Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

I don’t get cable, satellite, etc, so I don’t remember exactly when, where or why I saw the CNN report on this incident.  But I do remember that by the end of her story, the reporter was almost sobbing and that this picture will haunt me until the end of my life.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

…for the recent extended down time, I don’t have one.  All that I can say with any certainty is that something happened, nobody’s entirely sure what, that required MAJOR surgery by Greg Griffith in order to fix.  While we were away, I bookmarked a considerable number of stories on which I’d like to comment so some newer posts here might be old news. 

In order to at least partially alleviate any future outages which may occur, the MCJ Management Team is discussing the establishment of some kind of back-up situation.  More details as they become available.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 25 Comments

ELCA takes out its Hattori Hanzo sword:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has approved a resolution calling on the American government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria and “enable an independent Palestinian state”, JTA reported Sunday.

Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended Saturday, the church also sought a halt to all investment in companies that profit from Israel’s alleged “occupation” and called on the president of the United States to recognize the “State of Palestine.”

The aid vote, which passed 751-162, urged church members to “call on their U.S. Representatives, Senators and the Administration to take action requiring that to continue receiving U.S. financial and military aid, Israel must comply with internationally recognized human rights standards as specified in existing U.S. law, stop settlement building and the expansion of existing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, end its occupation of Palestinian territory, and enable an independent Palestinian state,” according to JTA.

The resolution also called on the president not to prevent the application of the State of Palestine for full membership in the United Nations and, in coordination with the United Nations Security Council, to “offer a new, comprehensive and time-bound agreement to the governments of Israel and Palestine, resulting in a negotiated final status agreement between Israel and Palestine leading to two viable and secure states with a shared Jerusalem.”

In the divestment resolution, which passed 821-92, the church adopted a human rights-based investment screen for its social responsibility funds to ensure the church is not profiting from human rights abuses, and mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by name. It also called for the church to “increase positive investment in Palestine.”

One of the nice things about being a completely irrelevant mainline church is that you can say the stupidest crap you care to, safe and secure in the knowledge that nobody anywhere is ever going to pay attention to you.  I got well over a decade of material out of the Episcopalians because of this fact.

Although it is rare to see an alleged Christian church go this anti-Semitic this overwhelmingly, I guess ELCA figures that it’s got nothing left to lose.  Nobody who matters gives a crap what it thinks so why not push all-in?  And you’ll probably finally be rid of what few Christian traditionalists remain in ELCA.

So it’s a win/win.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | Narrow Minded Idiots | 16 Comments

Because sometimes all you can do is enjoy the irony:

An Oklahoma college student visiting Washington D.C. on a school trip, says he was beat up for wearing a Redskins Jersey. And the person he got into a fight with was a White House official in charge of American Indian education.

Barrett Dahl is Native American and a member of both the Choctaw and Sac and Fox Nations. He is also autistic. He says he wore the Redskins shirt because he was in Washington D.C. and because he sees it as a sense of cultural pride. However, when he showed up wearing it at a Pow Wow that’s when the trouble started.

He says within seconds of sitting down he was approached by William Mendoza.

“He comes to me and calls me the name weetard not retard, weetard. ‘You’re a weetard for not understanding Redskins is offensive’,” said Dahl on Wednesday. The incident happened back on October 30 of last year.  

Mendoza is the Executive Director of the White House Initiative of American Indian and Alaska Native Education, and an outspoken opponent of using Native American images as mascots.


Posted by Bill (not IB) | Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | Technology Gone Wrong | 8 Comments

There’s not a lot I can say about this; it’s hilarious, tragic, an indictment of what happens when we put blind trust in technology, and the kind of frustrating experience that I think we’ve all had at one point or another:

Roomba cleans up by smearing dog poop everywhere


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 | Hypocrites Unlimited | 16 Comments

Sally Kohn.  Professional lesbian.  Major-league dumbass:


Posted by Bill (not IB) | Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 | Movies | 30 Comments




With all of the serious items posted of late, I though it time for something completely different.

I’m always intrigued by how our brains are selective. Something that has been in plain sight for years and seen many times, ends up being repeatedly overlooked.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” – is generally considered the best of the Star Trek movies (I certainly think so). I’ve watched it countless times, and have just now discovered a whopper of a continuity error.

Towards the end, just after Spock goes into the radiation-contaminated engineering compartment, Kirk, on the bridge, asks “time’. The answer is “Two minutes, 10 seconds”.

45 seconds later in real time, with Spock having been busy working on a fix, Kirk again asks “time”. The answer – “Three minutes, 30 seconds”.

Somehow, Spock has apparently been able to add 2 minutes 5 seconds to the “detonation time” simply by walking into the contaminated compartment. He’s done nothing to affect the Genesis device; nothing to move the Enterprise farther away – but darn it, Lt. Saavik says clear as day, “3 minutes, 30 seconds.”

We all know that Spock is what might be called a miracle worker; his intellect and physical resources are truly astounding. But here, in one seemingly minor incident, we see the fullness of his powers – he can alter the passage of time.

I’m looked for Hermione Granger and/or the time turner in the scene, and been unable to locate either. So, it must be Spock handling manipulation of the clock.

So, what say ye, folks? Is it Spock? Is it Saavik? Is it the the Genisys wave? Or did some dumb-ass low-paid continuity technician simply make a whopper of a mistake?

Inquiring minds want to know.

(Another classic example of “pay attention and you’ll be amazed what you see/hear”, In “Tales From the Crypt”, Season 7, Episode 1, “Fatal Caper”, during a ritual to bring the patriarch of the family back to life, the “seance leader” invokes “Klaatu, Barata, Nikto”.)


Scott W. happened to make mention of Gene Roddenberry, and that raised some ghosts from a past which makes me feel VERY old…

It just so happens that once upon a time, 40 years ago (criminy! was it really THAT long?) a fellow by the name of Gene Roddenberry was hitting the college lecture tour circuit. He came to the university where I was a lowly freshman; he gave a wonderful talk, and showed the “goodie reel” of Star Trek bloopers that is commonplace nowadays, but was very rare back then.

I decided I might like to have a photo of Gene, so I raced back to my dorm, got my camera, and managed to arrive at the arena just as he was coming out of his dressing room. He’s rather “informal” – in fact, that was an issue. Note the cigarette and beer (Miller, a real man of the people) in his hand… After the picture of Gene and Your Humble Narrator had been taken, his handlers immediately realized the potential downside, and had me swear an oath on my Romulan decoder ring that I wouldn’t embarrass Gene.

Gene is now long past any chance of being embarrassed, so I humbly submit the photo of Gene and myself as evidence that I am an intimate acquaintance, and warned him over and over again that “Star Trek: The Movie Motion Picture” was a massive mistake.

(Like the long hair??? I sure did !)


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 15th, 2016 | Hypocrites Unlimited | 84 Comments

Regardless of where they live, modern elites share a common goal. All of them fervently wish, paraphrasing Glenn Reynolds, to dissolve the general public and replace it with a general public that is more worthy of them.  German President Joachim Gauck:

As VoxDay noted appropriately, Germany’s elite is going to get a well-deserved one soon as German President Joachim Gauck was booed and attacked in the streets of Sebnitz, Saxony after he blurted out the following unbelievbable statement:

“The elites are not the problem, the people are the problem.”

Official German State TV and State Radio reported that “a handful of right wing extremists” have attacked the president and disturbed the otherwise peaceful and welcoming reception of the President.

At one time or another, this joke has probably been applied to every major collegiate football power in the United States of America.  The punch line has the university president saying something along the lines of how, “We’re trying to build a university that the football team can be proud of.”

President Gauck’s only mistake was to come out and say what all elites everywhere think.

Here in this country, the Democratic Party, the living embodiment of this tendency, has, thus far anyway, successfully insulated itself from its effects.  As much fun as a Trump-Sanders presidential race would have been (“fun” in a Pittsburg Landing/Shiloh or Sharpsburg/Antietam kind of way), there was no way in hell that anybody other than Lady Macbeth was going to be immaculated.

The Republicans weren’t so fortunate or so smart.  Because the fact of the matter is that while nobody, your Esteemed Editor included, much likes him, Trumpy was and is nothing more than a revolt against a GOP establishment that offered up and endorsed weak “conservative” tea like Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Your Bills Kristol, your Georges Will, your Glenns Beck, etc.

Since most of us conservative evangelical Protestant Christians eventually caught on to the fact that the GOP doesn’t much like us and never really has, why not take a flyer on anybody who sounded like he or she genuinely wanted it regardless of whether or not we liked the guy/gal or agreed with him/her on every issue?

Even if it pissed off your Bills Kristol, your Georges Will, your Glenns Becks, etc.

Especially if it pissed off your Bills Kristol, your Georges Will, your Glenns Beck, etc.

In some cases, anyway.  At least that’s what I’ve heard.

Hence, The Ego.

UPDATE: Professor Reynolds has additional thoughts.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 14th, 2016 | Stupid People | 7 Comments

Actually, that’s far too generous a term to apply to former Twin Falls, Idaho mayor and current Twin Falls city councilman Greg Lanting.  So if you’ll pardon my language, I think I’ll go with “asshole” here.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, August 13th, 2016 | Sports | 23 Comments

I miss the NFL less and less:

The Arm in Arm decal the Cowboys unveiled to open training camp [to honor the four five Dallas police officers recently murdered there] won’t be on their helmets when the club opens its preseason schedule Saturday at the Los Angeles Rams.

The Cowboys heard back from the NFL on Wednesday and were told by league officials they can’t wear the decal during any preseason or regular-season games, executive vice president Stephen Jones said. Jones added that the Cowboys can wear the decal during training camp practices.

“Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other 31 teams,” Jones said after practice Wednesday. “We respect their decision.”

To the DPD, the thought was enough.

The Dallas Police Department sent out a news release reacting to the news Thursday afternoon. In it, the department said the sentiment mattered more than the results.

“We appreciate the support of the Cowboys organization and its players,” the statement said. “Their concern for the families of our fallen officers, the Dallas Police Department, and the City of Dallas is what matters most, and we know that support will continue for the immediate and long term future.”

Screw that, said the NFL.

“There are so many wonderful, wonderful causes, the league has to be careful,” Jones said earlier in camp about the possibility of wearing the decal in games. “If you allow one, then what do you do about every team that has a great reason to have something on their helmets?

“There are tons of things out there that need to be recognized. Once you open that Pandora’s box, how do you ever stop?”

To which the only, oh, what’s the word I’m looking for, okay, now I remember, human response is, “You don’t, dumbass.  EVER.

One morning, the Charlotte , North Carolina Fire Protection District gets a multi-alarm call about a school that is close to fully-involved.  Multiple station houses respond.

All the kids are, as far as anyone can determine, safely evacuated and the fire is almost contained.  But during a final sweep to make sure that everyone is safely out of the building, the fire breaks a gas main and the resulting explosion instantly incinerates 137 CFPD firefighters, both men and women.

To everybody else in the United States, this is an unbelievably tragic story that they hear about on the nightly news and move on since it doesn’t personally affect them at all.  But to the people of the Charlotte area, this tragedy is a stab in the heart from which it will take them years to recover, if they ever do completely recover from it.

So for a period of one year, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers propose to honor the fallen Charlotte firefighters by replacing their familiar helmet logo with one honoring the CFPD.  There are only two possible NFL responses to this move and only one response is right.

(1) Great, go ahead.  We’re with you.  God bless the CFPD.

(2) Denied.  We’ve got a brand to protect and if we let you do this, we’d have to let everybody in the league do it.  And God knows where that will lead.



the MLS can’t get here fast enough.


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, August 12th, 2016 | LGBT+54 | 14 Comments

According to the Slaketrib, Brigham Young University would like to join the Big 12 athletic conference:

Brigham Young University’s intolerance of homosexual behavior should keep the private school out of the Big 12, a group of national LGBT advocacy groups says in a letter addressed to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

Fox Sports first reported Monday that Athlete Ally and the National Center for Lesbian Rights sent the letter to Big 12 administrators. It details what the coalition of LGBT awareness groups say are discriminatory policies in BYU’s honor code.

The letter says that BYU “actively and openly discriminates against its LGBT students and staff. It provides no protections for LGBT students. … Given BYU’s homophobic, biphobic and transphobic policies and practices, BYU should not be rewarded with Big 12 membership.”

File this one under “Dog Bites Man While Sun Rises In East.”

BYU would be a good fit for the Big 12.  That conference has lacked a Rocky Mountain presence since Colorado left for the Pac 12 a few years back.  And the school has had strong athletic programs for a long time, even pulling down a football national championship back in 1984 (yeah, I know, but BYU’s title was as legitimate as any national collegiate football title was back then).

But it’s odd that Big Narcissism would publicly make an issue out of BYU taking an athletic step up, given who its true enemies are.

Seems that as far as foreign homosexuals are concerned, Big Narcissism really couldn’t give a crap about them at all.  Which I guess is why I call it Big Narcissism.


Posted by Bill (not IB) | Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Website Issues | No Comments

UPDATE (from CJ): EVERYBODY who comments here goes through a kind of screening process.  Everybody.  If you want to see how it works, enter a comment using a handle that you don’t normally use.  Your comment won’t show up until Bill or I let it through.  That’s because the system thinks that you are a first-time commenter and ALL first-time commenters have to be approved by one or the other of us.

Spam attacks, like the one we’re currently undergoing, are part of running sites like this.  They happen and we have to figure out ways to deal with them.

Original Post:

It’s no secret that there’s been some griping over the spam filters; folks getting upset that their particularly inspired comment doesn’t appear immediately, and has to be released from moderation because it contained something which triggered the filter. The overall idea seems to be that the filters are arbitrary, overly sensitive, and not really needed anyways; and even if they’re useful, it’s unfair to subject commenters to any kind of oversight.

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Posted by Bill (not IB) | Thursday, August 11th, 2016 | Stupid People | 10 Comments

Remember when I opined that the ‘Pokémon Go’ mania is causing problems?

It seems that things are escalating – and, of course, there’s no one responsible:

College ballplayer killed in SF while playing ‘Pokémon Go’


Posted by Bill (not IB) | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 | Sports | 44 Comments

OK, sports fans – you tell me:

“Are Vikings-Packers tickets worth $411 apiece?”

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune has an article to help you determine how much you should spend on sports tickets. Nowhere does it address the issue of affordability; instead, it focuses on such things as:

“The key advice to fans from Chris Leyden, an analyst at ticket reseller SeatGeek.com, is to be patient, because ticket prices drop for 90 percent of sporting events as the game approaches.

That was the case for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2014, the highest-priced ticket in recent Minnesota history. The average listing price a month before the game that July was $842 for a ticket. That dropped to $531 the day before the game.”

What a bargain – going from 116 times the Federal minimum wage ($7.25) to a mere 73 times the minimum wage. Can you see all the Wal-Mart workers lining up to take advantage of such a “falling price”?

“What typically happens is that as we get closer to the game and sellers get nervous that they might not sell their tickets, they tend to lower the prices to make sure the ticket sells, since they would prefer something over nothing,”he said.

Right. Selling tickets for a mere 200-300% markup is a poor business model; if you can’t get 5 times the face value, you’re taking a massive loss. Just because there is literally nowhere else for fans to turn to if they want tickets provides carte blanche to stiff them for not exorbitant, not extravagent, but unconscionable prices.

Just once, I’d like to see a major media outlet take the time to fully document the cost of attending a major-league football game. The tickets, service fees, parking, programs, refreshments, etc. – all the costs, both obvious and hidden.

And then match that up against the incomes of various middle-class occupations – plumber, auto mechanic, dental technician, …

How many just plain “ordinary people” can ever hope to afford going to a football game without making it a “lifetime experience” – saving for years, and having just a single opportunity?

When various communities vote to build new ultra-mega-hyper-arenas for sports teams, does ANYONE ever take the time to determine how many of the residents affected will have a chance of attending a game without taking out a second mortgage, cashing in their IRA, or getting a payday loan?

I really don’t understand. To me, the prices being charged are so far above reality that I can’t conceive of anyone paying them. Yet games are sold out all the time, and there are waiting lists for season tickets.

Who are the people buying these tickets? Where does the money come from? How do they justify the expense involved in about 4 hours of “entertainment”; and if your team of choice craters and fails to so much as score a single point, can you really say you’ve been “entertained”?

I used to go and stand along the edge of the fairway at a local golf course and watch the players. There were folks of all calibers; duffers, decent amateurs, real players, and pros. Cost: $0.00 In fact, by shagging lost balls you could make some money while you were at it.

Is there any way to watch a pro football game for nothing at the arena? You can’t even enter a parking lot for free, much less get inside the ultra-mega-hyper-arena. And can you imagine if you tried to shag footballs kicked out-of-bounds?

Finish the following sentence: “If there is justice and fairness in this world, owners of pro football teams will have to . . .”


Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 | Presidential Election | 117 Comments

John EllisEveryone is well aware that just because a person hates The Ego doesn’t mean that he or she would dry hump Lady Macbeth at his or her first opportunity:

Most of my #NeverTrump cohorts roll their eyes at the fallacious harangues from Trumpkins claiming that not voting for their guy is a vote for Hillary. That assertion demonstrates either a desperation similar to that of rats on a sinking ship or a lack of understanding of formal logic and situational ethics. But, I’m not here to excoriate Trumpkins, because some of them do make a good point.

Frequently reviling one candidate creates the risk of appearing to favor the other candidate (although, to be fair, my entire opening paragraph of this #NeverTrump article is anti-Hillary).  I do understand the desire for those of us in the #NeverTrump crowd to produce more #NeverHillary articles. I mean, if one of the awful candidates is going to be dogpiled, it’s only fair that the other awful candidate gets rhetorically squashed, too.

With that acknowledgment, let the record show that I am as solidly #NeverHillary as I am #NeverTrump. Like Trump, there are too many reasons why I do not want Hillary as POTUS to name, much less detail, in one article.

Except that this year, that principle doesn’t apply.

Let me see if I can explain this to you, Dumbass, er, John.  There are two, AND ONLY two, candidates who can be elected to the US presidency this year.  One of them is Donald Trump.  The other one’s Hillary Clinton.

There are no other possibilities.


I don’t know how old you are, John, but I suspect that you’re pretty young.  Because more often than not, most US presidential choices are and have always been between Bad and Less Bad.

Like 2012, for example.

So go ahead and “vote your conscience,” big dog.  Just as long as you realize your vote helped elect a woman hell-bent on the destruction of the American republic.

But vote for or write in whoever the hell you want because that’s what’s truly important.

That you can sleep at night.


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