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What Makes Us Hated & Reviled By The Rest Of The Civilized World?

CLUE: It ain’t our freedoms.  Most 1st world countries have more of those than we do these days: A good part of it, as displayed by these folks in South Africa, is the attitude displayed by entitled pieces of shit like these guys, that says they should be able to go to any other country, in packs like this, and display their dubious manhood by ambushing and murdering endangered species.  I suppose they had a big Viagra party back at the hotel that night? 

Remember, rich, entitled old fat white dudes like this are the only Americans most people in other countries will ever see.  Are you OK with them representing YOU?

  1. Alayne Mitchell@Alaynesa 10h @JaniAllanthis should get you going. “Dickheads” – brain and dick same size. Testosterone problem!!! pic.twitter.com/FGD7YNyT7TRetweeted by Kathe GarbrickEmbedded image permalink

     

  2. Pascoe@Pasco_e 15m @Alaynesa @DianeKrouwkam @JaniAllan we should go to USA, shoot some bald eagles and pose with the SA flag. Let’s see how they feel.Expand
  3. Diane Dankaert@DianeKrouwkam 13m @Pasco_e brilliant idea Pasco!!!!!Expand
  4. Kathe Garbrick@femmekatz 11m @Alaynesa @JaniAllan yeah, non-existentExpand
  5. 46664@Sivi_Pillay 11m
  6. @Alaynesa @JaniAllan Despicable yanks! Heartless & Brainless!From Milnerton, Western Cape

Tom Bales@TomBales1 2m

  1. @Alaynesa @femmekatz @JaniAllan Took that many of them even with their large caliber manhood cards? What a bunch of pussies.
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Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Still More Facebook Ramblings

This isn’t as easy as it looks.  Most of my family and friends are Republicans, ranging from fairly moderate to outright Tea Party radicals.  Posts that aren’t unsubstantiated attacks on the POTUS or shots alleged freeloaders, “welfare queens” and all the usual targets for Tea Party “outrage” tend to fall into the usual “I managed to get up this morning” report, the latest new way to tell you what day of the week it is, a complete rundown on every ache and pain that has afflicted the poster since the last aches and pains report at most a couple of hours previous, the almost obligatory report on the latest cute thing the pet has done plus everything you ever wanted to know about what the poster is doing, is going do do and has done, again since the last release of vital statistics issued at intervals dependent on whatever point in his or her life the poster decides to stop doing what he or she is doing and do something else. 

Nothing wrong with any of it and if any of you think you see yourself in that paragraph don’t take it personally.  I do it myself and it’s what (you’re supposed to think) Facebook is for.  Hard to believe Zuckerberg became a billionaire simply by providing a place to do all that but then most of us know that’s not the information he makes his real money from anyway, right? 

Anyway, items that might possibly be of even minimal interest to folks other than your immediate circle can be kinda like chicken teeth to find sometimes.  I may have to make Grumpy Cat reposts a regular feature on the really slow days.

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Tom Bales

Probably gonna get me accused of hating our troops in certain circles but I’m way beyond caring at this point. Virtually the same number of flag officers commanding a 1.5 million person military that we had in charge of 12.7 active duty personnel during a multiple front world war. As of 2009 there was one flag rank officer for every 1500 enlisted persons and junior officers.
http://www.salon.com/2012/12/12/7_absurd_ways_the_military_wastes_taxpayer_dollars/

7 absurd ways the military wastes taxpayer dollars

salon.com

If you thought the Petraeus scandal was embarrassing, wait ’til you hear how much is spent on military golf courses

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Tom Bales and Join the Coffee Party Movement shared a link.

EXCLUSIVE: Fired Army Whistleblower Receives $970K for Exposing Halliburton No-Bid Contract in Iraq

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Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse, the former chief oversight official of contracts at the Army Corps of Engineers, has reached a $970,000 settlement six years after she was demoted for publicly criticizing a multi-billion-dollar, no-bid contract to Halliburton—the company formerly headed by then-Vice Pr…

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Bill Moyers

“On December 14, we’ll have a moment of silence for Newtown. But with 26 more school shootings since that day, ask yourself: Is silence what America needs right now?” – PSA for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Bill Moyers Essay on the NRA

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Bill discusses the work of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has just released a moving video urging people to speak out against firearms violence.

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Sara Williams shared Hot Liberals‘s photo.

Make this viral. Make this viral now.

Make this viral. Make this viral now.

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Sara Williams shared You Can’t Scare Me, I’m a Teacher‘s photo.

Ravich gets it...

Ravich gets it…

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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

More Facebook Ramblings

Just think of them as Tweets that don’t fit the Twitter Page.

A compendium… always wanted to use that word… of disconnected… OK, disjointed… alright dammit! Totally uncoordinated and massively rambling posts from my Facebook front page.  I like Twitter and absolutely loathe Mark Zuckerberg and his contribution to the cloak and dagger Government Scared Shitless Of It’s Own Citizens regime we’ve got going on but sometimes 140 characters is a laughingly small limit when you’re really pissed off.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Today’s Veteran of the Day is Jan Northstar who recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lt. Colonel. (1983-2013). Jan served as a Public Affairs Officer.  She is also the regional public  relations  director  for V.A. in  Atlanta, Ga.   Thank you for  your  continued service, Jan!

NorthstarI follow the VA’s Facebook page and have for a couple of years now.  I read all and share many  of these and in many cases add my thanks to the thousands of others that are posted by grateful citizens all across the country. 

Tonight marked a first for me.  A group of people appeared to actually have taken offense to this lady having been named in today’s post as vet of the day.  The reason given by the snerd that started it all off was apparently that she had not served a combat deployment which somehow disqualified her from calling herself a veteran and being honored by the VA. There are lots of people that have been honored on that page who haven’t served in a combat role so my curiosity was naturally piqued.

The derogatory posts had been removed by the time I got there but from what was left of the other 1900+ comments I was able to glean some small glimmering of what had occurred.  I was able to determine that the majority of posters had come to her defense as I, perhaps naively, would expect anyone calling themselves a “real” American to do and the few that chose to try to detract from her honor did so… as nearly as I can see… out of some kind of pique.  Pique over what I have no idea but given what we’re seeing in this country today until I see differently I have my own personal guess.  As usual, when I tried to ascertain what was different about her case from those of the many other non-combat vets that had appeared, there were no answers from those who had made the original negative posts and since I hesitate to indulge in unsupported conjecture I’ll just drop it right there.  While most of the “controversial” posts no longer exist you can check the basic story for yourself on Facebook by checking the VA Vet of the Day post for this date.

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Tom Bales Yeah, forgot that for a moment. I’m older than you guys and never thought I’d see a congress with an approval rating of… what is it now 7% or something?… strutting around totally useless but still running their mouths like they were worth a pinch of monkey shit and anyone gave a rodent’s rosy red rectal orifice what they had to say.

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Tom Bales

about an hour ago near Visalia, CA · Edited ·

  • You guys that insist on throwing out an entire social safety program, because your second cousin’s mothers uncle’s dog groomer allegedly saw some gal at Walmart buying ice cream with her food stamps… you DO realize that when your congresspimp voted to chop food stamps for all those frauds and phonies that dominate the program… almost 1.8% at last count… he/she was also voting to chop them for the millions of honest people simply down on their luck and thousands of active military as well as no telling how many vets for whom they were huge part of all that stands between them and going hungry 24/7. As a small town kid growing up in the fifties, during the spirit that emerged after 30 years of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and WWII, I never thought I’d live to see this. Times ain’t all that are a changin’..

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This one is from my oldest friend Tony.  We agree on just about nothing political.  Except this.  This is the one subject on which we unfailingly come together.  Of course he thinks it’s all the fault of those sneaky Liberals while I, being the highly enlightened and discerning observer that I am, realize that they’re all in it together on their luxury yacht, the USS Wall Street,  just as we serfs are all in the leaky lifeboat that’s all the DC pimps and Whores have left for us, the USS F**k You.  But what can I do?  He’s even more hardheaded and stubborn than I am.
Tony Cornett shared American Military‘s photo.

SHARE this if you stand with our homeless vets!

SHARE this if you stand with our homeless vets!

    • Tom Bales Exactly what I’ve been saying here for two years now. Thanks for posting it. Every time I see a story about a vet… all of them but ESPECIALLY a Viet Nam era vet… going without food or homeless it makes my damned blood boil.

      ___________ Yeah it’s not right.

 

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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Jesus’ Word? It Ain’t Rocket Science Folks

December 12, 2013 at 10:27am

For many, the holiday season that begins on Thanksgiving, revolves around Christmas and ends with the New Year is a spiritual time in which we supposedly honor Jesus Christ  the man AND the son of God and for me it was always more about the man Himself than the myriad of images that have been put forth by the massive number organized Christian sects, the members of each believing there’s is the only “true” faith. 

I found it very simple, really.  Jesus was a good man who lived His life in an exemplary manner and if we truly want to honor Him all we have to do is live our lives in the manner in which He lived His.  That’s all.  Nothing else is required.  We don’t need 10 million dollar church “campuses” and we don’t need ostentatious displays of piety with which to pillory our perceived “enemies” as Godless.  All we need is to live our lives as Jesus lived His.   

We don’t need the Pat Robertsons and the Jerry Farewells and the Jimmy Swaggarts, or anyone else who has become hugely wealthy peddling their interpretations of what Jesus said or wants us to do (nearly all of whom include sending THEM tons of money as a major component) because Jesus Himself told us all of those things and more. 

Need to know how best to deal with a situation?  it’s as simple as opening your Bible, learning what Jesus did in a similar situation and then doing that.  Jesus didn’t equivocate.  He didn’t talk in riddles and change His story to suit his audience.  His piety didn’t end at the front door of his bank.  His message was ever one and the same and left no room for doubt in the mind of anyone who truly wished to emulate HIM.

Those of you who profess to be of the “one true faith” because you show up on Sunday and put money in the plate after a week of condemning the poor for being poor, the sick for being sick and the elderly for being old and worst of all, claiming you do those things in the name of and according to the teachings of Jesus Christ?

Well, let’s just say that you’ll deserve everything that’s going to happen to you when the day comes to finally sort out who honored Him and who didn’t.  I personally have no problem sorting out who’s who.  I may not get into heaven but it won’t be because I spent my life attacking those Jesus spent his defending.  Everything you need to know to be a good Christian is right there in Matthew in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats:

Matthew 25:31-40-31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

There.  Do you get it now?  If you don’t I suppose you never will   As for those pesky goats and what happens to them when it comes time to be measured, I’m going to assume that if you really care what the Bible says instead of what Bill O’Reilly says, you’ll look it up yourself.

That’s it folks.  Nothing else is required.  He doesn’t set one race or one nation above another, He doesn’t preach hatred for those of other faiths, He doesn’t ask us to spread his word by roaming around the world blowing people up and taking their stuff… He simply asks us to treat one another decently, as we would ask to be treated ourselves.  Those of you who insist on changing or adding to his words, by merely presuming you have any right to do so, demean and dishonor his name.  There’s no sin in being poor, no sin in being old, no sin in being lame or sick.  The sin is in claiming that the poor, the old, the lame and the sick are somehow less in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ than you are and don’t deserve the same consideration you feel is your due.  I draw my line right there.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Musings From The Facebook Archipelago

Why Facebook Archipelago?  Damfino, just seemed to look good in the little box up there and I used to be somewhat of a Solzhenitsyn fan.  Just some of the stuff that shows up on my Facebook home page from time to time that I like to think of as a a microcosm of contemporary American thought although it’s obvious that this time I was doing most of the commenting (although not necessarily most of the thinking.) 

Tom Bales

4 hours ago near Visalia, CA · Edited ·

  • So… after two of the last three years with no raise at all, and the reduction in SSI from $157 a month to the magnificent sum of five whole bucks, my Social Security is going up by $11 a month next year. I don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything (By the way, that’s not your money and I wouldn’t be posting this if your govt hadn’t borrowed from the trust fund to finance your simultaneous multiple wars for profit AND tax cuts, a combination that had NEVER been attempted before) but the car insurance increase alone was more than that and my rent increase will likely be twice that much or more while the costs of everything else I have to have went up just as much for me as they did for you. I’m not at that unavoidable food vs medicine stage… Wall St hasn’t caught on and cornered the market on Ramen noodles… today’s equivalent of Soylent Green or cat food… yet but getting there real quick and it’s kind of dismaying that so many of you are actually rejoicing in the fact that I can’t get food stamps and would like to see me refused medical care and many of you want to turn my Social Security over to the Wall Street banks to run the same way they’ve run the rest of the country’s economy for the past 30 years. I didn’t ask for what happened to me and short of jumping off a cliff… which one fine young Millennial suggested to me that ALL people too old and/or crippled up to work do (called me a coffin dodger and a public trough feeder)… when I see all this anti-poor propaganda on my FB page every day, I’m not exactly sure just what you expect me and the millions like me to do about it. I get the impression that many of you think we LIKE living like this or something. Ah well.

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    • ________________ I guess those people think they will stay young forever, I got news for them it will creep up on them.

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    • _____________ And a lot of them will be struck low by injuries or catastrophic illnesses and see their own little “nest eggs” evaporate and their lives turn to crap. Be interesting to see what they have to say then.

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    • _____________ WHO CALLED YOU THAT?????>:(

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    • ______________ And WHERE do we have to go to beat their ignorant ass?

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    • ______________ Erin, Missy. You don’t have to look far and while you won’t find Tom mentioned it’s pretty obvious who is glad that aid to dependent children, food stamp programs and Social Security have been cut, eliminated or “reformed” so they can rejoice that the frauds and loafers wont eat off “their” dime tomorrow and those truly in need will just have to suck it up.

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      Tom Bales The guy was a total stranger named Jeff Dotson who left it as a comment on my blog (I didn’t publish it, just ripped him a new one in Email and sh*tcanned it) . But the point is, I’ve seen stuff like this right here in our good old Visalia Slimes Delta and this is the attitude I’m seeing, albeit in smaller degrees throughout this society today and I just don’t have any idea what I’ve done wrong or why I’m suddenly to blame because everybody isn’t a flipping millionaire by now. You don’t see people ripping up the banksters who stole every dime they could lay their hands on and then made the taxpayers foot the bill for their thievery and/or crappy management. You don’t see people bitching about the lobbyists that have bought our damned government lock stock and barrel. While I see plenty of posts ripping up the politicians (although mostly only from one party) for selling us out, you never see anyone tearing up the multi-billion buck multinational corporations who are the ones they’re selling us out TO. No, we blame the single mom or the dad whose original, halfway DECENT jobs are now held by some 12 yr old in Fok Yu China making $1.30 an hour so the money that used to pay those American workers can go directly in the pockets of the almighty shareholders. We blame the homeless, most of whom ironically, are veterans who just haven’t been pushed totally over the edge to suicide yet, whose lives were destroyed by our endless flipping for profit franchised wars and were abandoned when they were no longer able to serve as cannon fodder for Raytheon or Boeing’s dividends but whom we all claim to support without reservation with flag lapel pins and arguments over who’s the “real” American and who'[s not. Yeah yeah, I know. Damned funny how everybody knows that just EVERYBODY on food stamps is ripping us off for at least a few grand a year (which is about all any one individual could really get, but nobody can see the billions… even trillions… of dollars being shoveled into offshore accounts by the almighty gods on Wall Street. Sorry for the soap boxing but I’ve been researching for an entry on the holiday “giving” season for another blog site the past few days and some of the stuff I’m reading is pretty hard to take. It appears to all boil down to the basic fact that we haven’t got the cajones to go after the big dogs so we content ourselves with kicking puppies and beating up Chihuahuas.

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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized