My post-Facebook life

Yesterday, about 7 years after joining the chorus that eventually talked my daughter and most relatives into using Facebook, I disabled my account. The only think keeping me from completely deleting it is that someday I might find it necessary to log in to check on someone but as far as checking in on any kind of regular basis, I’m done with Facebook.

It was a hard decision, one I did not take lightly. I’ve been using Facebook to “keep in touch” with friends and relatives, some of whom I haven’t seen in decades. That was the wonderful thing about Facebook: it brought me back in touch with some long-lost friends I figured I’d never see again.

Unfortunately, the dark side of Facebook has overwhelmed any joy I once found there. Rarely does anyone actually post anything of substance. Usually, it’s some silly “meme” (I’m still trying to figure out what exactly that means) or a picture that they “liked” or “shared”. It has become social cesspool but not so much in the Usenet sense. With Usenet, I could easily ignore / filter out the spam. With Facebook, the platform itself is serving up the spam. Now don’t get me wrong, the need for advertising revenue is not lost on me. But Facebook is just the latest in a long line of companies that underestimates my tolerance for bullshit.

Sharing my information, including things I “like” with advertisers. I look at a car on and Facebook shows it to me for the next two months, clueless to the fact that I bought it the day after finding it online. I don’t mind ads but I do mind creepy ads.

It’s like video auto-play, pop-ups, and all the other shit you do that gets in their face and in the way of what they came to your website to do in the first place. People hate it but you do it anyway because you think you can convince advertisers that people really are “engaged”. People like me, the ones with a low tolerance for BS, just leave the site. Chances are, if it really was that interesting, I can find it elsewhere.

And then there were the leaked reports about Facebook using psychologists to manipulate peoples’ interactions with others. Facebook damaged their public trust even more when it was revealed that they were routinely marking news stories as “trending” when they were doing nothing of the sort. No, Facebook was just doing what all “big media” companies do nowadays: pushing bullshit.

Need I get started on the political arguments? How about Facebook’s ultra-liberal bias? Stupid Fuckerberg talks about shit like letting cameras in your crib connect to FB and even trying to read the minds of users. LOL, nah. Fuck off, Zuck.

Meanwhile, I’m re-discovering a whole bunch of websites I haven’t visited in a while, like my own! There’s a whole ‘nother web out there.

Once again, it’s “Morning in America”

Trump_dayGood morning America! What’s that I hear? “Not another political post!” you said? Oh well, I can’t help myself.

Eight years ago, the useful idiots (as the Soviets called their own) banded together and elected a man with no background besides being a college professor (whose his records, grades, etc. have been sealed ever since for some reason) for no other reason than because he was young, likable, and black. I had nothing to do with his qualifications. He was historic and that’s ALL that mattered.

The Democrats are so full of themselves with their disastrous social welfare programs, the only thing that seems to be making black folks forget WHICH party it was who freed the slaves and passed the Civil Rights Act, all against the wish of who? The Democrats. Go look it up if you don’t believe me. It’s the greatest mystery in modern American politics.

Today, a man takes charge who has the experience and the intelligence to help our nation recover from the consequences of living under a president who was elected for all the wrong reasons.

Let’s start with the border laws. ISIS has been telling us that they are infiltrating through the southern border. What has our President done about it? Nothing. Getting more votes from people invading from poor countries (and will later become Democrats of course) is more important that protecting the American people. How else can you explain it?

We’ve been led by a man who has encouraged trade policies that drive our jobs overseas, including jobs in the STEM fields like computer science, accounting, even radiology! I’m all for global competition, but that can only occur when we compete on a LEVEL playing field. How am I supposed to compete against some guy who lives the same lifestyle as I do (if not better) halfway around the world for half the price? It’s not because he or his country are better than I. His country is on a different financial level than ours so his cost of living is much lower than it is here. You think $50 a day isn’t much money. In some countries, you can buy a LOT for $50. To those guys, that’s much better than he was making in his own country and thanks to technology, he doesn’t even have to move to take the job!

Today, a new administration, Congress, and Senate, ALL DULY ELECTED BY US, not the Russians as the sore losers would like you to believe, will take charge. Together, we will lower taxes, cut the size and scope of the federal government, return power to the states that has been taken in violation of the 10th Amendment, fix our broken health care system, the list goes on and on. There’s a lot of work ahead but WE THE PEOPLE are up for the challenge to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain !

If you don’t like it, fuck it. You won the last two elections. Today, EVERYONE WINS. GO PREDSIDENT #TRUMP !

Happy Thanksgiving!


Every Columbus Day and Thanksgiving I see this nonsense that’s supposed to make Americans feel guilty because some of our ancestors, hundreds of years ago, conquered the American Indians. Idiotic cartoons insinuate that we should abandon our immigration laws and quit celebrating holidays that celebrate our nationhood.

Granted, the American Indians were wronged in many instances, such as the trail of tears and Wounded Knee massacre. Forcing them onto reservations wasn’t cool either. None of that can be changed. Thankfully, many of them are still here and from what I can see with all these casinos, they’re doing better than they were in 1850. I hope they continue to thrive.

I don’t feel the slightest bit sorry for them in losing their land over 100 years ago (a good deal of which they sold ). Why, because I’m mean? No, because that’s the way the world has always been. People have conquered (and bought) the land of others throughout world history. Maps from the Roman Empire days bear little resemblance to modern maps. Archaeologists say the American Indians immigrated from Asia. Us white guys came from the Caucasus mountains of what is now southern Russia. Before all that, everyone (supposedly) started out in Africa. The past is history and I don’t have any more ties to Russia than a Cherokee has to China so who gives a shit?

To summarize: My ancestors came, they saw, they kicked ass. Some people lost. Oh well. The year is 2016. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Build the wall and save Mexico


A wall on the southern border (along with patrols, of course) could be the best thing to ever happen to Mexico. By us taking in millions of their impoverished, they never have to change their ways.

What we’re doing now is called enabling. Just like the alcoholic’s spouse who’s constantly cleaning up the other’s messes.

Imagine a Mexico where the people get fed up and demand change. Imagine a Mexico that actually had to fix it’s own corruption. Now that’s a Mexico that can thrive, with real hope for a future besides being a third-world nation for a change.

But no, Democrats and Mexican politicians like things just the way they are. Democrats get new voters, some Americans get cheap labor, and Mexican politicians keep the peasants from forming an uprising. To say otherwise gets people like me labeled a “racist”, though race has nothing whatsoever to do with it. If we were being invaded by millions of Swedes, I’d demand their deportation as well.

The American people have spoken. We’ve had enough and we’re building the fucking wall whether brainwashed college students like it or not. Mexico will hate it. Their press will scream bloody murder. Ignore their propaganda. In the end, the Mexican people will win and the American people won’t have to put up with being a doormat to Mexico. It’s time to DRAIN THE MEXICAN SWAMP.

Who’s watching the watchers?

This article
today on is most troubling. Since you and I are apparently too dumb to check sources and make up our own minds, the partisans at Facebook and Google have anointed themselves judges of what’s “real news” and what’s “fake”.

If they just leave shit alone, it will work itself out in time as people realize when they’re being hoodwinked and stop visiting bullshit news sites. In my opinion, the Huffington Post publishes all kinds of nonsense, even outright lies. A few others immediately come to mind like Media Matters,, The Sierra Club. Somehow I doubt they’ll be included on that list of “fake” news sites. I saw just such a proposes list published today in the Los Angeles Times, written by a college professor. As > 90% of college professors are liberals, it wasn’t terribly surprising to find conservative news sites like Breitbart and RedState listed among the “fake”.

Who the hell are Google and Facebook to make these decisions? Their websites are, after all, private property so they can do whatever the hell they want. But when the majority of people search for answers to important questions on Google, I’m not at all comfortable with Google censoring out the answers they don’t like. Do we really want Facebook, another hyper-partisan company that has a poor reputation for honesty and transparency to be deciding what news is real and what’s nonsense?

It’s common knowledge that Google is, by far, the world’s leading search engine. As such, it has probably achieved that legal level we can call a monopoly. In the strict sense of the word, they are not a real monopoly because there are other search engines like Yahoo!, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. The problem with the others is that they don’t work as well. Google, for the most part, holds a virtual monopoly on information. And THAT is dangerous.

Back in ancient times, before the internet, if you wanted to get a message out, you had to either pay a publisher to run an ad or convince them to print your book. The internet gave everyone the ability to publish. It’s an information revolution the likes we haven’t seen since Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. Now EVERYONE can have a printing press.

But when a small handful of companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter decide what most people see when they go online, they need to think long and hard before they go injecting their own political biases into content that people trust to be non-partisan. There’s a reason most people don’t trust news media outlets in the first place. Unfortunately, most everyone seems to blindly trust these companies. If they, especially Google, are on the verge of violating the public’s trust. That usually follows with regulations and/or litigation. Do we need to split up Google like we did with AT&T in the 80s?

Democracy in historical context

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage..”
–(attributed to Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, 1887)

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
–(John Adams, 2nd President of the USA)

“Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.”
— Aristotle


Voting machines behaving badly

When I voted yesterday, the machine REMOVED my selection for president. I voted a straight Republican ticket. On the next screen, the selection for the Republican candidate in every race was selected EXCEPT for Trump/Pence!

The poll worker was insistent that it was user error. Bullshit. I know how to use computers and that was no “user error”. I filed a complaint with the county, my local Republican Party office, and the Trump campaign. I also reported it to a local Fox TV affiliate, in case they cared.

A local representative from the Republican Party called me. He explained that unless I had followed a certain procedure (which I’m sure few people know about) he would have nothing to go to court with. What I should have done is stopped before I made the correction and shown a poll worker what happened. They would ask me to repeat the process. If it works, great. Problem solved. Otherwise, I have to get 2 poll workers to sign a sworn affidavit stating what happened. I’m sure the lawyers among us are nodding their heads in agreement. The rest of us learn a lesson in civics.

Before correcting my vote, I considered showing the poll worker but how could I prove what happened? They could claim that I must have unselected the president (user error). If I repeated it in front of them and the machine behaves itself, they win again. Only if the machine repeats the error would it be caught. I figured that if that was the case, then others would notice and the poll workers would then shut down the machine. However, if you really want to cheat an election with software, would you make it so obvious? Call me paranoid, but I do some computer programming and the code would be very simple to do it randomly. Removing the presidential selection every time is going to raise flags. But do it about 10-15% of the time and you can have a big impact with minimum risk – if people aren’t paying attention.

Mine is not the only such report of voting machine problems. This is happening all over the state and probably the country. If people don’t check their ballots, we’re doomed.

Enough with the temperature “feels like” nonsense

The National Weather Service, one of our government’s biggest purveyors of the man-made global warming myth, has been pushing this “feels like” temperature for at least a couple of years now. I’m also hearing radio stations mention the Accuweather “RealFeel” temperature.

After giving the actual outdoor temperature, they throw in this extra nonsense about what the temperature “really feels like”. So if it’s 95 degrees (F) outside, they’ll say something like, “It’s 95 degrees out there but it FEELS like 104”.

This is bullshit and it needs to stop. There’s no such thing as a “feels like” temperature. When it’s 95 degrees out, it feels like just that – 95 degrees. It’s scientifically impossible for it to “feel like” the temperature is anything but 95. The justification they use is humidity. They figure that since high humidity adds to the discomfort caused by a high temperature, then they can claim that it “feels hotter” than it really is. For example, 100 degrees in the desert (like Las Vegas) is more tolerable than 100 degrees in humid climates (like Miami). When the mercury reads 100 F, it’s no hotter in Miami than in Vegas but it feels more uncomfortable and this is often interpreted as feeling hotter. But HOW MUCH hotter? Two degrees? Five? Who decides? It’s just like the “wind chill index”. All nonsense. When it’s 10 degrees outside, it may feel colder with the wind blowing but it’s not colder and no one can tell you how cold you “feel”.

So what’s the point? Why do NOAA and others think they need to tell us this “feels like” temperature? If you pay any attention to politics, the answer should be obvious. NOAA, along with every leftist group you can think of (like the “news media”), has been pushing this myth that human activity is causing the Earth’s temperature to rise. The truth is, global temperatures are not rising like they originally claimed (notice how they call it “climate change” now instead of “global warming”) and even if it were, there isn’t a damned thing anyone can about it. But for the sake of their political objectives, they have to perpetuate the myth and if they can’t get away with lying about the daily temperature, at least they can make something up to make you THINK it’s hotter than it was “back in the day”.

Living life better by looking forward to death

If I am to go to Heaven when I die, and if Heaven is the incredibly wonderful place as described in the Bible, shouldn’t I be looking forward to it? Should I therefore not look forward to my own death? I am not depressed or even sad. However, it seems that the ultimate exercise in faith is to not fear death. From what I’ve read about near-death experiences, most of them say they wanted to stay where they were. And they hadn’t even seen their new crib yet! Again I note, I do not in any way intend to hasten my own day of reckoning, but from a philosophical point of view, perhaps I would do well to follow the old saying, “live each day as if it were your last”.

Thankfully, there seems to be something at work in us that prevents us from killing ourselves upon making this realization. Is it doubt? That implies a lack of faith, which I’m trying to increase here. Maybe it’s just survival instinct, God made us this way.

Would I not do everything in my power to defend and preserve the lives of my own children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, relatives, etc? If I were to come upon a man having a heart attack, would I not do anything I can to save him? I would certainly take a bullet for my kid and I sure as hell wouldn’t just walk past a heart-attack victim and wish him all the best in the afterlife.

Having such an instinct to survive is necessary to preserve and perpetuate the human race. It would be very abnormal for any animal to not attempt to preserve it’s own life and the lives of its offspring. It’s all about being fruitful and multiplying.

Still, knowing that I have something to look forward to when I die allows me to fear growing old a little less.

While death will hopefully not come today, it WILL EVENTUALLY come. If I’m lucky enough to get advance warning (something like cancer vs. a car accident), I hope I can take comfort in knowing that the Lord has my name written in the Book of Life and I haven’t a thing to worry about whether I’m cured or not. In fact, taking on such an attitude now while I’m healthy might even help me live longer as such an attitude is surely to lead to a reduction in stress. Why worry about anything here when I’m only here temporarily?

I have never had a life-threatening illness or accident but when I do, this philosophy will most surely be tested. I hope to pass that test when it comes. Meanwhile, I’m going to continue trying to learn more about God and the afterlife so I can look forward to meeting Him face-to-face all the more.

Annoying radio commercials that backfire

I’ve been a news and talk radio junkie since about 1999. I’ve enjoyed listening to many shows, going all the way back to TalkNet days. Today, I alternate between two stations in Texas, one of which has been my favorite since I moved to Dallas in 2004: WBAP, along with a few stations I stream from elsewhere across the fruited plain. Unfortunately, my favorite station WBAP is losing me as a listener and they can blame their own short-sighted advertising staff.

Perhaps I’m a little more sensitive to this than other talk radio listeners because I listen almost all day, from about 9:30 am until 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. I catch some shows on live radio and others via internet audio streams. You are wise to note that whatever broadcast to which I am listening occurs in the background of my workday. Therefore, I catch only bits and pieces here and there as most of my attention is focused on my work. Nevertheless, I do hear the most important bits.

The problem? Certain commercial formats drive me up the wall and in most cases, make me tune you out not just for that 30-second spot, but for the next 2-10 minutes.

Yes, commercials always suck but most people recognize that they pay the bills for the broadcasters. However, some commercials suck way more than others and that’s when I tune out. I have a little speaker mute button on my keyboard that gets used a LOT.

Overplay:    For as long as I can remember, one of WBAP’s biggest advertisers is a car dealership called Classic Chevrolet. These guys are an advertising salesman’s dream (I should know, I used to sell newspaper ads). They’ve been using the same voice talent for years, some monotone guy who never takes a breath. About once a month, he records one or two spots that WBAP dutifully plays over and over and over and over again throughout the day. Almost every commercial break – there’s Mr. Annoying. Yes, I know you’re the biggest Chevy dealer in America, you’ve told me 10,000+ times. Yes, I know it’s TRUCK MONTH! It’s always TRUCK MONTH! Nowadays, I just mute the radio every time they start talking about traffic conditions because I know what’s coming next. I haven’t listened beyond his first two words in years.

“But look!” Their ad reps will say, “We reached you!” Yes, you did, and I promise you this: if I were ever inclined to buy a Chevy, I wouldn’t buy it from Classic if it were the last Chevy store on Earth. [ Truth be told, I swore off Government Motors forever when they took a taxpayer-funded bailout but that’s beside the point. ]

Fast Fine Print:    Here’s another type of ad that I can’t silence fast enough. You’ve heard them. For some reason, certain companies think they need to have someone read a paragraph of fine print as fast as possible. Audio compression techniques make these ads REALLY annoying. It seems to be mostly sweepstakes and home mortgage commercials. I really don’t care what your address is and no one is even trying to understand what you’re saying but you ARE irritating listeners. Some commercials are fine with saying “terms and conditions apply” or “see for official rules”. I’m cool with that. But the minute you get annoying, I’m tuning out.

Crank It UP!     Nothing says you love your audience like cranking up the volume when they don’t expect it. Years ago when televisions were more primitive, people bought devices that plugged into the TV to stop this nonsense. Thirty years later and believe it or not, advertisers still do this shit. Maybe it helps them get the attention of drunk people at 3 am. I can see no other practical rationale.

Are there any radio commercials I DO like? Not really, but I don’t turn off the radio or mute the stream when they come on. The golden rule that’s lost on advertising MBAs with no experience in the real world is this: Respect me as a listener and I’ll respect you enough to at least not completely tune out your ad. But the minute you get on my nerves by trying to get my attention, I’ll blacklist your ads like I blacklist certain other businesses who treat their customers badly (Target, Walgreens, CVS).

At its root, this is a lesson in psychology. Think about it this way. A pretty lady is sitting alone in a bar. Two guys try to strike up a conversation with her. One is kind, respectful, and takes a real interest in her. The other is more aggressive and dying for her attention. He seems mostly interested in a purely physical encounter. Which guy do you think has a better chance at getting her phone number? The only difference in advertising is the size of the audience.