War On E-cigs

Today, The State of California has declared electronic cigarettes a "health threat" and wants to regulate and ban e-cigs the same as cigarettes.

This is based solely on junk science, BOGUS research, and the lobbying of anti-smoking zealots. How can you regulate e-cigs the same as tobacco, e-cigs contain NO tobacco! And e-cigs have been proven to be much safer, and much more environmentally friendly, than cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes a "health threat"? Ban them like cigarettes? The California State Legislature? They WRONG!

I have one thing to say to the State of California:

Leave my e-cigs alone!

no-flow shower head

Thanks, Washington, for regulating my shower. Thanks, assholes, for my low-flow NO-FLOW shower head.

According to the federal government, "Federal regulations mandate that new shower head flow rates can't exceed more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at a water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi)." 2.5 gallons per minute is 50% lower than it used to be!

In my experience, "low-flow" shower head means not enough water pressure to rinse the soap off my body!

For 20 years I had a nice shower head. A great shower head. Plenty of power, plenty of water pressure. The water pressure from my shower head was so strong it practically knocked me backwards! A power shower. Then, after 20 wonderful years, the shower head became severely corroded and was recently replaced. My wonderful "power shower" was replaced with a "low-flow" shower.
Here's what happens now when I take a "low-flow" shower:

I turn on the shower, adjust the temperature, and step in. I wet my body and soap up. I go to rinse off the soap and find that the freaking shower head rinses off only a small area of my body at a time. And the shower heads lacks enough power and pressure to rinse the fucking soap off my body! It's not a "low-flow" shower head, it's a NO-FLOW" shower head! And I can't adjust the shower head downward enough to rinse the soap off below my waist. Yes, thanks to the stupid mandatory low-flow shower head, I can't rinse off my soapy private parts!

Thanks to the government-mandated low-flow shower head, every time I take a shower, I am forced--by the government--to walk around with a soapy dick!

Why is the government in my shower?

talent crackdown

"Los Angeles is moving to crack down on talent scams against aspiring entertainers being charged outrageous amounts for Hollywood representation.

City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced his office has launched a public awareness campaign, in coordination with entertainment industry advocacy groups, to help people avoid being bilked by such schemes.

'Thousands come to Hollywood every year to pursue their dreams in the entertainment industry,' Feuer said in a statement. “We need to protect them from those who would dash those dreams by taking unfair advantage of them.”

Los Angeles government officials are spending taxpayer time and money cracking down on some scams against actors? That's instead of addressing and fixing the huge, critical problems in L.A. that area residents suffer from, like having the absolute worst traffic congestion in the nation, no new jobs, unaffordable high rents and home prices, poverty, gangs, crime and a host of other major issues facing the second largest city in America.

Congratulations to the L.A. City Council, City Attorney, and Mayor, for spending taxpayer time and money protecting a couple of thousand wannabe actors, many of whom are not even permanent residents (many come to L.A. for a couple of months to try and break into showbiz and, being unsuccessful, go back home to wherever they came from). Yeah, let's have the government protect a few thousand "visiting" wannabe actors--instead of protecting and helping MILLIONS of L.A. area full-time, permanent, taxpaying residents. Whose brilliant idea was THAT?

global warming hypocrites

From NewsBusters

As media outlets focused on the World Economic Forum’s plans to address climate change it ignored the hypocrisy of the huge number of private jets flying world leaders and celebrities to that conference. Roughly 1,700 private planes will head to Davos, Switzerland for the 2015 World Economic Forum (January 21-24). That doesn’t include commercial air travel or any other method of transit to the conference. Ironically, the top article featured on the “Agenda” section of the World Economic Forum website on Jan. 19, boldly stated that “decarbonizing the global economy in a matter of decades is the number one priority.”

According to Newsweek, former vice president Al Gore will be speaking at Davos “to stress the importance of tackling climate change.”
Al will be arriving, no doubt, in a carbon-belching private jet.

So, is this conference another case of "Don't do as I do, do as I SAY"? Yes. Is it hypocritical? Quite.

To those who urge others to "clean up your act" and/or "live with less" I say, "I judge not your words but your deeds".

new movies suck

So, last night I watched Godzilla (the 2014 remake). It was yet another ill conceived, poorly written movie, with a hard-to-follow convoluted story and stupid looking, non-scary monsters. I watched it for an hour or so and finally turned it off and went to bed. I did not care how the movie ended. Luckily, the movie was free on one of my my premium cable channels. As of 2015, I am skeptical of ANY "new" movie I rent or watch. I have lowered my expectations of finding a good, recently released movie--to zero. Nearly every movie I have seen lately--including the 2015 Academy Award nominated films--has good acting but little or nothing else. It seems that movies today now only mainly present a visual component, or a "true story" (which should be freaking DOCUMENTARIES not full length feature movies!). Though today's movies do feature very good, good or acceptable acting (talking heads), that is not enough. The last two or three dozen or so movies I have seen, with one or two exceptions, had lousy scripts, an uninteresting or impossible-to-follow story line, little or no emotional involvement for the audience, and no rooting interest. Worse than a bad comic book. Am I being too demanding? No, I don't think so. Movies made today are mediocre, or incomprehensible, or both. Perhaps major motion pictures are now being made by 11-year-olds, or millennials, or the "F Generation". With low, or no, standards. Welcome to the new America.

Unlike today's movies, I am producing and writing some good stuff. In the past month, I wrote two books, and today I am submitting the copyright for my newest book to the Library of Congress, submitting the book to Heather, the Witch, for formatting, eating lunch, and taking a nap. Welcome to MY new America!

al sharpton blasts Oscars

Al Sharpton has blasted the Academy Awards in 2015 for not nominating blacks for an Oscar. Too fucking bad. Rather than jumping to the conclusion of automatic racism in Hollywood maybe there were simply no black actors, directors, screenwriters et al that deserved an Oscar nomination. Not because they were black but because their work simply was not good enough to merit an Academy Award.

Sharpton's racist diatribe against The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is laughable. In fact, in response to the Reverse Racist Reverend, I hereby nominate Al Sharpton for an Oscar--for Best Actor in a Comedy.

Hope you win, Al, you deserve it!

By the way, Al, the current President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is black. And a woman.

please stop ruining America

The American Bald Eagle - an endangered species?

I was born in America. I grew up in America. I am an American. I am an old American, living in a new America.

For over 200 years America has been unique. Special. A nation with unique values. Unique values, unique principles which made America a beacon for people everywhere, people from every country, people who dreamed of a better life.

America has now lost its way. Why? Because it's critically important HOW you get that better life. In America, you got a better life by taking advantage of freedom and opportunity. Freedom and opportunity. That's what made America the land of the free, the home of the brave.

The unique previously-cherished American principles are individual "freedom" and "opportunity". Freedom and opportunity. For the individual. What does that mean? it means the freedom to live your life the way you wish to live your life (without doing harm to others) and without undue interference by the government. And the opportunity to do that. The opportunity to succeed, to improve your life. It's an opportunity, not a right. It is not guaranteed. It is the American Dream. It is not "handed to you" by the government. It is earned. It is up to each individual to personally improve their life, to make a better life. You have to do the work, take the risk, and take responsibility for your life. America was always about the individual. America was always about the individual improving their own life, not the government doing it for you. That's what made America the beacon of hope for the world.

Yes, making a better life is hard. You need to get at least a basic education and be willing to work hard, and maybe take a few risks. And take personal responsibility for your life. Since 1620, when the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, that's how Americans made a better life. They built it. They earned it. They worked for it. This uniquely American concept applies to any--and every--citizen of America today. Whether or not an individual succeeds, whether or not they improve their life is, in the end, that individual's responsibility.

If it were any other way, America would no longer be the land of individual freedom and opportunity. And that is exactly what is happening. And those that would eliminate the individual's responsibility for their own freedom and opportunity will end up with neither freedom nor opportunity. And then America would no longer be the land of the free and the home of the brave. And the beacon of hope for the world.

For centuries, Americans built and lived in a "promised land". They created it. They built it themselves. And now, thanks to allowing and encouraging more and more local, state and federal government intervention, we're turning America into a "no promise land". No more will America be a special nation but instead is fast becoming a nation like other nations--no longer special, no longer a beacon of hope, no longer a mecca for personal freedom and individual opportunity. No longer a place where you can better your own life and the lives of your children. No longer a place where you can create a better life, often with just a little education and a lot of hard work. If America continues on this path the last bright light in the darkness will be gone.

I was born in America. I grew up in America. I am an American. I cherish my individual freedom and opportunity. It is priceless. America is priceless. Once it's gone, it's gone. And the world will be a poorer place.

I am an old American, living in the new America. And I am homesick.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham Lincoln

health insurance premiums jump 65 percent

Health care premiums
in 2015 jump 65%!

I am a California resident. I have a medicare prescription drug plan from WellCare. They just raised my 2015 monthly premium a whopping 65%!

A 65% jump? For one year? The official annual inflation rate in the U.S. for 2014 was 1.3%.

How on earth can an insurance company justify a 65% annual increase in their premium??? They can't.

This is an outrageous ripoff! Where's the federal and state investigations of insurance companies ripping off sick old people on Medicare and raising premiums 50 times the rate of inflation? There aren't any! Where's our elected state representatives? Where is the United States Attorney General? Where's our Senators and House members? Where is our President? Where's AARP? Silent.

sex, lies and politicians

Where did politicians ever get the idea that they could lie? Who said politicians could lie? Why do politicians get a pass when they tell an obvious lie, especially when they knew it was a lie. Outrageous lies like:

"Oral sex is not sex"

"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"

"If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan"

"We have to pass the law to know what's in it"

Lies. Liars. Politicians telling outright lies they know are not true. Making campaign promises they have no intentions of keeping. Lies, lies and more lies.

And politicians wonder why they are not trusted? In America, Members of Congress and lobbyists are the least trusted group of people. For trustworthiness, they rank at the very bottom, lower than used car salesmen. Why? Because they lie.

And shame on us, the public, for allowing politicians to get away with all the lies. We the voters elect politicians who lie. Politicians who make promises they do not keep. Instead of booing their lies, and turning our backs on lying politicians, we voters not only excuse the liars, we reward the liars, electing them to public office. Why? Because ALL politicians are liars? Maybe so. Out of the many thousands of politicians in America can you name five current "honest" politicians, politicians who have not lied?

Whatever happened to Thou Shalt Not Lie? Isn't that one of the Ten Commandments? Yes, the Ninth Commandment. Thou. Shalt. Not. Lie. That being the case, why in God's name, are politicians allowed to lie? It's just plain wrong.