Thursday, May 28, 2015

The King Then, The King Now

The rekindled past?   France, like America, had a king.  Wait, what I mean is, France had plenty of kings, and America, at least for now, has somebody who  thinks  he's king, and he's doing a darned nice job of making Congress believe he really  is  our monarch, and can do whatever he wishes.

Well, this one king, Louis Philippe -- and no, you millennials, he isn't actor Ryan Phillippe's brother, even with one less "l" in his name, and besides, we're going back more than a century and a half ago -- assumed power after a particularly nasty French revolution.  As I understand history, and I don't, old Louis started out as quite the liberal king, and some of his subjects adored him, maybe.  However, things quickly soured in the kingdom and Ryan Phi. . .I mean, Obama, wait, I mean  Louis Philippe  began receiving an onslaught of threats to his regime, thus turning him into an ogre of a ruler, bent upon little but intense oppression of his people.  Finally, having endured all they could take as years passed, the French people turned on Obama, no, I mean Louis Philippe, and literally chased him from Paris, causing him to assume exile in England in 1848.

Now, to me, the greatest historical benchmark for this event occurred as King Obama, sorry, I mean  King Louis Philippe, climbed into his coach, anxious to depart.  An anonymous onlooker stepped forward and closed the coach door, and the deposed king offered a vacant  thank you. 

"Not at all," replied the French citizen.  "I have waited 18 years for this day."

It just seems to me that our eight years of an unapologetic  shogunate  wannabee are going to consume history books much like those 18 years of repression endured by France.  Parlez-vous de liberties lost?

A little more light for the true citizens of the USA:   The refreshing fact that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided with a lower court, ruling that President Obama likely broke the law in taking unilateral action last year to grant amnesty from deportation gives us more hope that tyranny, clearly in violation of our laws, will not stand.  Still, Washington’s sleight-of-hand tricks are always a concern for rational minds, so keep those fingers crossed.

Yippee, now Muslims from Burma  are planned for ushering into the United States in large numbers.  Burma, 90 percent non-Muslim, wants nothing to do with the troublemaker class, so naturally we'll be accepting them as refugees -- people who, true to form, will overwhelmingly want nothing to do with becoming Americans.  In U.S. lotteries, they say all you need is a dollar and a dream -- these folks, all they need is a turban, a burka and a bomb to win.  In America they can easily improvise.

Walt rolls over in his grave (or in his cryogenic container of the future).   News reports indicate that, as plans for a new trade agreement proceed, some Disney employees were allegedly forced to train foreign-born employees who would then replace them, probably at a cheaper wage.   Maybe that's the real  Tomorrowland.

Now the leftist journo-justifiers hit up Cleveland, Ohio   as a cop is found innocent of murder charges in the killing of two unarmed people in a car.  Or that's all we need to know, as far as the mainstream media is concerned.  I've watched one TV news show after another, and they all seem to miss the first and most important point that the driver led police on a car chase for almost a half hour, putting hundreds of people in jeopardy all along the way.  The sad fact that a cop thought his life was in danger from the occupants and fired his weapon repeatedly due to reasonable cause makes no difference to the ignorant, wilding street mobs who probably believe the Dept. of Justice is on their side, no matter what.  No matter what.  Psst -- the DOJ under this deplorable president may as well train storm troopers and invest in jackboots, as its members receive instructions from thugs above to spread out across the country and destroy perfectly satisfactory police departments.  Ever notice how the agenda-driven street mobs almost always seem to materialize following instances when law enforcement personnel focused their attention and efforts upon suspects who seem to deserve such intervention?  Watch murder and assault rates soar across the country as cops' hands are tied and they shrug off confrontations in which the "social justice" crowds lie in wait to destroy their reputations and careers via cell phone cameras.

Trade legislation  will probably screw the USA as surely as NAFTA did, and this time Senate Republicans are alarmingly in Obama's corner to forge ahead.  The real fight is destined for the House, where those on both the right and left aren't quite so willing to be roped in to a "trade agreement" that is being kept secret from the public and held as hush-hush from congressional reps forbidden to speak of the contents to constituents.  Still, having watched the Republican spineless continue with business as usual, their decisive vote will energize Obama's trade bill, amidst flustered explanations of how they yet intend to hold the reigns on this fiasco, should things go wrong.  We've heard it all before.

Hello, Syria:   Several Democrat senators sent a letter to Obama this month, requesting that we accept an influx of nearly 100,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S.   Trouble is (besides lapping up refugees like milk), there's no way to know who these people are or what their intent might be.  I'm no mathematician, but the refugee numbers alone, from several countries, tell me that the day will come when Sharia is a real threat to the Constitution -- a day when your daughters will be dressed in burkas and raped and your sons converted or beheaded, right here in the USA.  It's time we stop listening to the United Nations AND several religious organizations adept at importing the useless, uneducated, America-hating masses into the country whose only product will be endless welfare subsidies and multiple births of children taught to be anything but Americans.  Damn the Democrats and damn the Republicans for doing this to us.

And the problems are compounded  if we consider some predictions, which seem reasonable enough, that there will be far too many people to fill a declining number of jobs in the years ahead.  Were I a member of the black community,  this  is the subject that would anger me most -- the realization that people from South American and Middle Eastern countries alone are stampeding our borders and clouding any possibilities for a well-employed black youth population.

Water, water everywhere   and Texans and Oklahoma residents are sick to death of it.  I was surprised to learn that even Wichita Falls, Texas, where I lived for more than two years, was inundated with water overflowing from its riverbanks.  As we watch communities suffer floods, drought or other calamities from an ever-changing climate, it might be time to consider radically new ways to build homes and office buildings, because the old ways seem increasingly out of step.  Man-made climate change?  No, no, no.  Climate, just climate.  It's always changed and it always will, all by itself.

Hollywood Report:   Where would it be without morons?    So now alleged actress Rose McGowan is in the news for fabricating a nasty comment about Ted Cruz, followed by a tepid apology and more rage emanating from somewhere in the confines of her liberal head.  These folks will say or do anything to keep their power, which ultimately means, aware or not, they support empowering those who exercise power over the rest of us. 
Word of the day:   You folks in the news business -- y'all already freak me out when you say something was "completely destroyed," when the second word covers everything nicely, thank you.  Today's complaint is TV and radio news reporters insistent upon dramatically announcing that somebody died of a "massive" heart attack.  Hmm, I believe just  heart attack  will do the job, though I suspect reporters are somehow attempting to shower personal medical expertise upon their audience by throwing in an extra word guaranteed (?) to make them sound brilliant.  Fat chance.  I ain't perfect, but these little hackneyed refinements completely and massively bother me.
A California man visiting Arizona brought down a drone  with his tee-shirt.,  Unfortunately, for swinging his shirt at the thing and destroying it, he was arrested – nevertheless, this is my kind of small-time hero.  You may recall, many entries ago, I suggested that anybody whose yard is invaded by a drone should perform cleanup with a sledgehammer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Turds

Every strange light in the sky was a UFO to me as a kid, and by definition I suppose one could conclude that every personally unexplainable light in the sky  is  a UFO.  But eventually I realized that most of my "UFOs" were airplanes -- even the one which began showing up faithfully, way off in the east, almost every evening (that one turned out to be an experimental project occurring at an Air Force base way, far away from my location).  Of course, some lights remained unidentified for me, but that's the nature of so many lights in the sky (as UFO investigators know only too well).

As a teenager and later as a young man, appearing occasionally on TV and radio shows to discuss the UFO subject, I routinely took along a few of what were considered at that time to be among the most reliable UFO photos in existence -- but, alas, years passed and gradually a few of those old reliables were exposed as hoaxes or misidentifications of normal things.  Because (to the surprise of some) almost all of those old  broadcasts recorded between 1965 and the late seventies were converted digitally and included somewhere deep within Wendy Connors'   Faded Discs  collection, I'm keenly aware that the day will come when somebody, agonizing over my often lackluster TV and radio appearances, will say, hey, that Barrow, what a fraud, pushing those old faked photos on an unsuspecting public!  It won't matter that these weren't phony pictures when I displayed and discussed them in good faith originally -- it's the end result that matters, burned into digital format until the end of time, the end of R. Barrow or the end of digital media.

Nowadays, with the advent and breakneck progression of computer-generated images, anything goes and the world of still and motion picture photography offers an entire digitalized universe of fakes, frauds, hoaxes and reality shape-shifted any way one's little heart desires.  Images of UFOs and accompanying alien beings, sadly, have not been excluded from the hoopla.

Which brings us to the recently disclosed and long-hyped "Roswell alien" slides, finally unveiled in Mexico this month, and quickly determined to show, not an alien from the 1940s, and not a Roswell alien -- but only a mummified two-year-old earth boy's corpse from antiquity, apparently photographed in the 1940s.  At last, an affair to beat TV's  Alien Autopsy  all to hell.  But wait, what's that smell?

Indeed, the UFO alien circus returned to town, where it festered under cloak of darkness and daylight for about three years, until the main attraction tent collapsed into a squalid heap.  No time left to fold this puppy into neat sections.

Hardly unique to the UFO research arena, but predominant nevertheless, is the ufological grapevine, a living, pulsating thing all abuzz with gossip, rumors and innuendo about UFOs and, sometimes more importantly, the people involved with the subject.  For instance, some folks are disappointed with me because I slipped into writing less about UFOs and more (much more) about politics and extremists who methodically plot to destroy Western society.  I'm no authority in these matters, but if one really hopes for a scientific solution to the UFO enigma, I think's it's kinda essential to maintain as free a society as we can get in order to keep things above board.

Some will condemn me simply because the title of today's entry is, um, unappetizing.

The ufological grapevine performs other services.  It throws a few names around which consistently pop up when bad things are about to happen or have already occurred.  Such was the case with the "Roswell alien" slides.  As much as I sit back these days and contribute little to nothing in the UFO information realm, I'm still aware of names, many names, of people "involved" in one way or another -- the sort of names ending up ultimately on the "UFO Watchdog" site (see link in the margin) as either good or not so good when it comes to UFOs.

Frankly, anybody who knows anything of the past should have remained extremely cautious about the "Roswell slides" months before they finally appeared, based primarily upon the names behind the scenes, names with whom there have ben problems in the past.

And now?  The question we posed in a previous blog entry can now be asked boldly, in no uncertain terms:  Will the "Roswell slides" fiasco pound another nail, a very large nail, into the lid of the UFO research coffin here in the United States and/or elsewhere?  Yes, quickly determining the apparently true identity of the photographed image is an outstanding plus, but the unnecessary and questionable length of time and circumstances involved in keeping this simmering cauldron of virtually nothing on the stove -- by, yep, UFO "researchers" -- does add a black mark to the affair, and subsequently to the future.  What form both merits and damages will assume is a matter of conjecture for now.

Long-departed UFO researchers of the past had their own flaws, as we all do, but they labored on, producing some superb investigative work.  Today, my wish would be that people such as the late Coral Lorenzen, Richard Hall and Donald Keyhoe could revisit us for a day, because I'd be pumped up to hear their personal condemnations of everything that went wrong and  was  wrong with the so-called "Roswell alien" slides.  A veritable slide show sideshow. 

Yes, right before our very eyes, there were supposedly adult "researchers" whom, much like myself as a kid, desperately wanted a light in the sky to become a real UFO, except their "light" was only a temporary superhero whom we might call  The Amazing Mummyboy, and now, to the chagrin of believers who often receive satisfaction in doggedly pursuing an obvious non-event,  not even Mummyboy, lying in eternal repose on Kodak slides, wants anything more to do with this performance.  Too bad he wasn't alive to watch the parade.

George Stephanopoulos:    Uh huh.  Well, was there ever any doubt that this ABC-TV pundit is just another leftist and well-saturated political tampon for the Bill and Hillary Clinton machine?  At the very least, he should have disqualified himself from interviewing (and aggressively so) the author of a new book slamming the Clinton Foundation, the Clintons and their donors -- but instead he labored on, failing to tell viewers that he, too, is a Foundation donor and participant..  Just an innocent little oopsie?  We doubt that, and we're getting pretty weary of giving mainstream media members the benefit of a doubt -- particularly when one annually witnesses the coziness involved with politicians and so-called journalists at White House correspondent dinners.  The stench wafts on.

"We're all connected,"  and despite those annoying TV commercials touting this growing reality, these very words make me want to run for the hills.  The Amtrak train disaster, whatever its cause, ultimately makes me even more suspicious (if that's even possible) about computers in control of our daily activities, because you just know total digital train control is coming (if it wasn't already there at Amtrak and messed with by a source unknown).  Still, my favorite computer horror story of the year involves one Chris Roberts, a well-equipped-for-travel computer consultant who claims to have infiltrated -- hacked -- the entertainment system aboard a United Airlines flight on April I (and others previously), thus giving him access to the rest of the aircraft's operating system.   That is, Roberts was allegedly flying the plane, likely to the amazement of the flight crew. While some officials downplayed the sum total of Roberts' abilities, the FBI took him very seriously,   interrogating  questioning him extensively and seizing his high-tech devices.  But, hey -- aren't we all connected now?  Doesn't that make us equal in the cockpit as well?  We're all connected.  Theoretically, what difference does it make who flies the damned plane or what consequences are incurred, as long as somebody's computer knows how?  In computers we trust.  Further, I may be lacking in computer knowledge, comparatively speaking, but it seems to me that eventually, as computers rapidly innovate and increase their “intelligence,” each will strive to control the other, thus assuring no safety, no promises, for humans left to flounder in a world controlled by digital overlords.  Meanwhile, major airline corporations will, for as long as they can (not long), deny that their crucial operating systems can be hacked by tech-savvy passengers.  It's the money, stupid.  Enjoy your flight :) :)

The national honeybee decline continues  as entire colonies die out during the summer, when their actions and crop benefits are essential for food production.  Potential blame falls upon parasites, loss of bee-accessible environs to development, insecticides and herbicides.  In recent years, considerable attention has been directed toward chemical applications containing a nicotine derivative, suspected to be absolutely deadly to bees, causing a loss of ability to "remember" how to return to their hives and ending in certain death.  The U.S. chemical crop industry will not take any of this lying down, be assured, though the swift actions of some other countries to band substances which appear even remotely hazardous provide quite a contrast in global policy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Putrefied Forest

It's almost like when something, maybe an insect or small animal, creeps into your linen drawer and dies there.  You may not notice much in the way of an odor, but because it's a drawer you haven't opened for a while you're eventually shocked to discover a big brownish stain on the top sheet -- nothing solid, no bones or anything like that, but a grungy reminder that something invaded and dirtied up your fabrics.  Yes, the fibers were a little dated, but suddenly they're tainted and you just want to run outside and throw up.

The Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton come to mind. 

Long ago, when the party was at least tolerable and functioned with a good measure of "blue dog" Democrats, one could actually whip up a little respect.  What happened?  Now, and I'm not at all intent upon throwing rose petals upon Republicans, the Democrats, as if the modern version of a rat-infested flophouse, accommodate all manner of diseased and failed ideas, often carried by notorious rabble and foreign-influenced scum bags tied to the international crime syndicate popularly known as the United Nations

Which reminds me, Monica reportedly received an offer of a million dollars for her infamously stained blue dress recently.  Yikes, talk about something terrible defiling your fabrics in a closed space.  Yet, the price of fame in this country knows no limits.

It should come as no surprise when Obama, Hillary and others among the Democrat-inclined  beautiful people  slip off to Hollywood for monumental political fund-raisers and other gaiety, because Hollywood folks who exist perpetually in a world of pretend have the talent, expertise, equipment and hypnotic influence over the ignorant entertainment-gobsmacked masses to make even trolls and corrupt hearts appear good as gold -- a very dangerous thing for a republic dependent upon truth and informed voters to function with as few blemishes as possible.

22 trillion dollars reportedly funding the "war on poverty" and associated examples of Democrat genius since the sixties?  Thanks, LBJ.  Tell me again, what year did we win that war?  And there are Obama and formerly secretary Hillary, blazing across the Middle East, causing misery and foreign policy failures for every country they've touched so far, arguably helping convert the Middle East, as recently as this week, into the "Missile East," via politically inept decisions.

But, important issues aside, Democrats from coast to coast have a new evil to fight now -- sex abuse on college campuses.  Natch', they're after the boys, primarily.  First of all, the "statistics" of rampant abuse and attacks are disputed, depending upon whose studies one reads.  Second, the current political agenda-infested society has been conducting an almost invisible war on boys for some time now, determined to extract typically male qualities and toss them in the trash.  Whether in the classroom, on the street or at sporting events, boys are not supposed to be boys anymore, as vicious progressives rewrite the rules to emphasize what girls can do and what boys should not do.  To tolerate males who assume roles males are traditionally and physically tooled to handle -- to be smart, innovative, strong, aggressive and ready to fight when necessary -- has no place in the intended society penned by wildly liberal Democrats, and if they can lessen the value of boys either weakening them or by converting their image into one of sexual predators who proliferate and lurk threateningly on every campus, putting every young lady in constant danger, so be it.  The very fact that rules regarding personal encounters on campus are actually being put into writing by demented university administrators in conjunction with willing government fascists tells the sad story.  Frankly, the rush to make sexual encounters a social contract also portrays young women as too stupid to be independent and too inept to take charge, and that's exactly what the pseudo-parent leftists want.  Beware of sexual contracts promulgated by those who hold themselves worthy of hovering over foreplay and orgasms, keeping score every step of the way as they promote fear and revulsion.  Yes, campus attacks occur, but to portray a national college World War III with a take-no-prisoners siege by monsters from a lagoon, well. . .

Presumably, we'll all be happier if Al Sharpton, who, like the Reverend M. L. King, has a dream-come-true,  in which  he prays that local law enforcement control goes bye-bye so the federal government can assemble instead a national police force. 

Remember -- these folks are serious about their desires.

Chris Wallace rolled out the names   on his Sunday morning Fox-TV show, a list of several people from the Obama Admin who have consistently refused to appear for interviews (though liberally sprinkling themselves on other network news offerings), including Homeland Security's Jeh Johnson.  Really, are members of the Obama bunch responsible to anybody in America who happens to be a legal citizen?

Garland, Texas Update:   So now we’re told that a lone traffic cop did not finish “the job” by himself, though his efforts certainly put two radical Muslim converts at a medical disadvantage  before the Big Finish was actually accomplished by SWAT team members, who apparently engaged in quite the shoot-out with those two dedicated morons.  Oh well, the same satisfying result occurred and all is well that ends well.

Minimum wage controversy:   Every moron legislator currently screaming for a higher minimum wage at commercial establishments should first address the fact that his or her expansion of government has made reasonable living an expensive venture.  Burdensome, high-priced government causes all costs to spiral upward, and to place the blame on businesses -- destined to fail under the trauma of paying more for entry-level jobs -- is simply unconscionable. 

Muslim Bashing:   Well, I'd really rather not, but as I continue to ponder what the hell Obama was talking about when he told Americans that Islam has contributed so much to our country, from its very founding (so far, we know only that they were prolific slave traders in Africa -- there's one for the old resume'), I also wonder  who let the dogs out  who let the dangerous Muslim variety into the U.S.  I think we can blame religious relief organizations (thanks, Catholics) for a large part of it, but we must also hold government leaders in contempt for open borders and loose immigration maneuvers which flaunt our laws.  Unfortunately, a significant portion of followers of Islam the world over endorse head choppers and the like from the post stone-age pages of Sharia, and most moderate Muslims will not speak out for fear of retaliation.  That is, they are perfectly content to let American military personnel and others kill and die rather than sparking an Islamic reformation whose time is long in arriving.  Pam Geller's not the enemy -- both overt and silently enabled extremist Islam is the real threat.