Thursday, October 23, 2014

What Really Happened In Ferguson? More Details Emerge #Ferguson

Source: Darren Wilson says Michael Brown kept charging at him

The emerging details continue to exonerate Officer Darren Wilson and show Michael Brown was the aggressor in the confrontation that killed him.

Monday, October 20, 2014

FERGUSON T-SHIRTS FOR THE FAITHFUL - Buy One For The Next Riot #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace

Stogie, Ltd. wishes to express solidarity with the righteous bruthas of Ferguson, Missouri, as they plot and plan their next riot for righteousness.  This event is expected to occur once the Grand Jury refuses to indict Officer Darren Wilson.  As everyone knows, the curr Wilson shot a black brutha simply because that brutha had dark skin, and oh yeah, attacked Wilson, beating him in the face while trying to take his gun, and then charging Wilson with apparent intent to do bodily harm. Details, details. 

We can no longer allow such blatant racism to continue in Ferguson, Missouri!

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We feel certain that if the Ferguson Righteous Rioters wear this T-shirt to the next riot, the event will prove to be a huge success for peace and justice.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Radical Muslims Are The Islamic Majority: Ben Shapiro Explains (Video)

The case for massive deportations of Muslims from the west continues to grow.


A "No Indictment" for Officer Darren Wilson Appears Likely

An article in the New York Times has revealed that Officer Wilson reasonably feared for his life when he shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri two months ago.  Wilson said that Brown had pinned him in his police car and reached for Wilson's gun.  The gun was fired twice in the car (by whom is not clear), hitting Brown in the arm and the second shot missed.  Brown's blood on the gun and on the door panel of Wilson's car corroborates this.

The Times article made a big point out of saying that Wilson's version of events were different from those of Brown's partner-in-crime, Dorian Johnson, a thug with a record of lying to the police, and Brown's accomplice in the robbing of a convenience store just before Brown was shot.  The Times refers to Johnson as "Mr. Johnson," and treats his dubious version of events as credible.

Now the Black underclass in Ferguson are promising that "the whole country will burn" if Wilson is not indicted.  Of course, that's just a lot of bravado and braggadocio from ghetto trash.  For their sake, I do hope they are wrong.  I personally am quite fed up with the Black population's crime rate, anti-white racism, and extortionate threats of violence unless justice is perverted to favor their hatreds and delusions.

And I am armed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do Liberals Want You To Die?

I'm not big on conspiracy theories, and usually delight in puncturing them with facts and logic.  However, there is one conspiracy theory that may have some truth in it.  It is the theory that liberals desire a much smaller global population (true) and are willing to starve, abort and ebola-ize people to get it.

The "Climate Change" hoax has advocated draconian governmental intervention into the world economy.  Denying electricity and carbon based fuels to impoverished third world countries would, some say, result in widespread starvation.  Through-the-roof energy prices also cripple an economy, reducing more people to poverty.  Abortion, of course, eliminates millions of potential human beings, and keeps population numbers lower than they otherwise would be.

I have often wondered why the leftist intelligentsia cannot see the human misery that their policies cause -- do they want humanity to be impoverished?  No,  They want humanity to be substantially reduced.  Some fear that the Ebola threat will be used to accomplish this end.

Below are some quotes from leftists who see humanity itself as "the enemy."

“A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” Ted Turner, in an interview with Audubon magazine

“There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….”“Our program in El Salvador didn’t work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too goddamned many people…. To really reduce population, quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age females….” “The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black Death….” Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of Population Affairs

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap of mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.” Alexander King, Bertrand Schneider – Founder and Secretary, respectively, The Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution, pgs 104-105, 1991

“A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people…. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions.” Stanford Professor ” Paul Ehrlich in The Population Bomb

Quotes are reprinted from "Before Its News."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rush Limbaugh Is IGNORANT of American History and the Civil War; My Rebuttal

Rush Limbaugh really showed his ignorance of American history and the Civil War today.  He voiced some feel-good myths that are easily refuted, and should be.

Here are his statements and my correction:

1.  The Founding Fathers only allowed slavery at the formation of the United States to appease the Southern states and encourage them to join the union.  The Northern states opposed slavery and hated it and wanted to get rid of it.

Horse feathers.  MOST of the Founding Fathers were slave owners or slave traders, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Patrick Henry.   Of the 55 men at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention of 1777, no less than 30 were slave owners.

Twelve of the thirteen original colonies were slave states.  There was no significant opposition to slavery by the Northern states.  In fact, the Northern states were enthusiastically getting rich through slave trading.  For every slave they sold to the South, they sold 20 more to Cuba, Brazil and the West Indies.  Massachusetts, that great bastion of abolitionism, enslaved the Pequot Indians and sold them into slavery outside the continent.  Rhode Island built and maintained an impressive fleet of ships designed and used specifically for slave trading.  Northern textile mills used Southern cotton, planted and harvested by slaves, without any moral objections whatsoever.

Slaves were used in the North just as long as they were needed, and were then sold to the South once immigrants (like the Irish) were plentiful enough to replace slavery.

2.  Fifty thousand soldiers died in the Civil War to abolish slavery.  Not even close, Rush.  Over 600,000 soldiers died in the Civil War (estimates put the number at around 640,000).  At least 300,000 were Union soldiers. They did not fight to free the slaves, they fought to force the South back into a political union that they no longer wanted, for the usual reasons:  to maintain the ability to tax and rule.  For more details, see the scholarly essay by a university professor who actually knows what he is talking about:  Why the Civil War Was Not About Slavery, by Donald Livingston, Emory University.  The "fighting to free the slaves" myth was created after the war to give a false veneer of righteousness to Northern aggression.

So Rush, as someone who listens to you regularly, I must advise you to SHUT UP with regard to the Civil War and the Southern states, since you are wrong on the facts, and since you are alienating many Americans who are Confederate descendants, many of whom are conservatives.

BY THE WAY, Rush, I have defended you against liberal attacks on several occasions.  But when you are wrong, I will refute you.

Taking Stock: the World According to Stogie

Fall Weather and Flapping Duck Wings
I like to spend the morning sitting in my canvas-top gazebo, drinking coffee, reading the news on my laptop, and enjoying the fall weather.  This morning I saw two large V formations of ducks flying overhead, quacking happily amid a sea of flapping wings.  It was such a lovely fall scene.

Wifey has begun harvesting our persimmons, which are ripening earlier than usual.

Marriage and Merriment
Our youngest son is getting married on November 1st, in Los Angeles.  We are happy for him, and getting ready for the trek South to see him, his bride, his new in-laws, and many relatives and mutual friends.  This week I bought a new dark blue pinstripe suit for the wedding, which will also serve me well in the tax season.

Bay Area Sports
Professional sports are a small item in the Great Scheme of Things.  I won't lose any sleep if the San Francisco Giants baseball team loses to the St. Louis Cardinals, nor if the San Francisco Forty-Niners lose the rest of their football games.  Nevertheless, I really enjoyed seeing (hearing, rather) the Giants beat the Cardinals 5-4 in ten innings last night.  On Monday, I enjoyed seeing the Forty-Niners stomp the St. Louis Rams.  Nothing personal, St. Louis, and I wish you well otherwise.

Islam Sucks and So Do Liberals
Since Islam is one of the greatest evils that western civilization has ever faced, naturally liberals love it, defend it, rationalize for it, and want more of it.  Fortunately, the American public is becoming more aware of just how awful Islam really is, and are less and less tolerant of its hostility to western values, like the right to be a non-Muslim and still keep your head.  I suspect that the public's tolerance of Islamic intolerance will diminish as Islamic atrocities increase within our borders.  And they will.

The Natives Are Restless in Ferguson, Missouri.  Oh was that racist?  Tough shit.  This week a crowd of blacks in Ferguson expressed their racial hatred of white cops by harassing shoppers in a mall, demanding "Justice,"  By "justice," they mean that white officers who shoot attacking black thugs are to be prosecuted regardless of a lack of evidence that they did anything wrong.  The New Black Panthers (who are more skunk than panther) are demanding the murder, not only of police officers, but of white people in general.  Note to Black Skunk leader:  we are armed, and we shoot back.  Further, there are a lot more of us than there are of you, and we are quite fed up with your bullshit.  Don't push it.

I understand that they are still investigating the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and have not yet reached any decision to indict and prosecute police officer Wilson.  I wish they would hurry up and come to a conclusion.  If it is to not indict, some black leaders have sworn to riot and rampage in protest.  Others blacks are pissed that the Ferguson stores that they burned down have not yet been rebuilt so they can shop locally.  They are vowing to riot again if the stores are not rebuilt.  Not sure what they are going to burn down next, however.

If I lived in Ferguson or St. Louis, I would definitely arm myself with a pistol and a shotgun, and practice shooting at a shooting range.  As a matter of fact, I should put that on my to-do list, even though I live elsewhere.  You should too.

All three of my sons are well armed and know how to use their firearms.  I raised those boys right.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Playing Bass: A Moment of Personal Satisfaction

I played well at my last big band practice of last Thursday.  I finally have my amplification problem solved, and I have plenty of volume, great tone, and no feedback.  I was the first one to arrive, and had my bass all tuned up and ready to go by the time the bandleader arrived.  Faris, the bandleader, started playing jazz standards on the piano while the rest of the band was arriving.  He played "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," a depression-era song.  The chord progression was easily discernible, and I joined in on bass.  I could tell he was pleased with the result.

Now that the band can actually hear the bass, they seem to like it.  After the practice, one of the trumpet players told me "I really like the bass!"

As I departed for home after practice, I felt I had turned a corner, that my musical goals were becoming a reality.  It was a great feeling.

Obama's Latest Failure: Bombing Campaign of ISIS Fails.

Obama's plan to stop the aggression of the Islamic State terrorists with bombs only, no boots on the ground, has failed miserably.  ISIS is now expanding its reach into Syria and Iraq.  Obama's presidency is one giant, unfolding failure.  The U.K. Independent reports:
America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad. The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.
Obama's reign has shown a spotlight on a profound truth:  liberal policies are miserable failures when applied to either the economy or foreign policy.  They don't work.  They never work.  They make things worse.

Where will we be in two more years?  It is a frightening thought.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ben Afflack's Ignorance of Islam

Recently, Ben Afflack had an outburst in defense of Islam on HBO's Real Time.   He showed just how clueless and illogical are liberal ideas on the world's most violent religion.

Read all about it here, plus a stirring rebuttal of Afflack's delusional apologetics.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Bananas for Big Band Bass

Lately I am obsessed with learning to play jazz on a double bass (also called string bass, stand-up bass or acoustic bass).  I give not a scatological expression for anything else.  I get on these kicks, where I want to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, about a subject that interests me.  So I listen to jazz music, paying particular attention to the bass, I read articles on how to play jazz bass, I play exercises, I read musical scores, and I play along to backing tracks.  Lately I have even used a free musical notation program to write my own bass lines from the chord sequence of a song, e.g. "Blue Monk."

Today I finally understand what a 1-6-2-5 chord progression is.  There are many other chord progressions with similarly strange numeric descriptions.  The 1-6-2-5 is used in basic blues progressions known as "rhythm changes," in such songs as "I Got Rhythm."

In other words, when it comes to double bass, I am attacking on all fronts simultaneously.

Ultimately, after digesting a ton of music theory, you have to actually sound good.  So lately I have emphasized playing to backing tracks or the recordings of actual songs.  I don't want to just ad lib, I want to play the chord sequences in clever but accurate ways.  Sounding great on bass is the one overriding goal.  All the rest of it, i.e. the theory, just supports that goal.

I am in my second semester of Beginning Big Band class.  The band leader is a gigging jazz trombonist who really knows jazz and swing, and he is leaning on me to improve (he seems to like me, though).  He is always telling the brass section to "Listen to the bass!  Listen to the bass!"  The bass lays down the rhythm and chord changes that keeps the rest of the band on track.  If I screw up, the whole band can get lost, especially the soloists.  That's a lot of pressure on me not to screw up (i.e. losing my place in the song's bar sequence).

I have learned a lot in the past few months, but there is so much more to learn.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Vintage Babe Mitzi Gaynor in "Anything Goes," 1956

Mitzi Gaynor
Last night I watched "Anything Goes" for free on Google, a musical comedy made in 1956.  It starred Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Zizi Jeanmaire and Phil Harris.  The film was in gorgeous technicolor and appeared unfaded by the passage of 58 years.  Maybe they restored it, I don't know.

Most impressive was Mitzi Gaynor.  She was one very gorgeous young woman, and she is still alive in 2014, now age 83.  I was impressed with her uniquely beautiful face, her voice, and most of all, her sizzling hot legs.  Pardon me while I howl.

Zizi Jeanmaire was a ballet dancer and French actress.  She was okay, but I was not blown away.  She is still alive at age 90.

Unfortunately, the great Bing Crosby and the talented Donald O'Connor are no longer with us.

1956 is one of my favorite years.  Yes, I remember it, though I was only 11 years old.  The musicals of that time generally had a lot of sophomoric slapstick humor that wasn't funny, and "Anything Goes" was no exception.  There was usually a dream sequence, where one of the dancing artists pranced and danced around the stage, insulting our intelligence more than entertaining us.  Zizi Jeanmaire gets the task in this film, and the number was awful. The ending dance number featured all the stars and a troop of dancers, all dressed in unisex black, tight fitting suits, each one with a black derby with white wings on the crown, like the god Mercury.  The men looked silly and the women about as sexy as a drain pipe.  What on earth were they thinking?

Mitzi "Legs" Gaynor
In spite of the silliness, the four stars did a credible job of acting. The best song and dance number was the opening one, with Mitzi Gaynor dancing and singing the song "Anything Goes."  The rest are forgettable.

One of the best aspects of the film, for me, was the fashions of 1956.  Men in suits and ties, fedora hats.  Donald O'Connor looked quite spiffy in a powder blue sweater over his shirt and tie.  The ladies' fashions were generally beautiful, especially the decolletage of the lovely Mitzi Gaynor.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Writer's Block: What I Would Say If I Didn't Have It.

I haven't written for several days.  Sometimes I just don't have much to say.  But if I did, here is what I would say:

Islam -- With the advent of ISIS and beheadings occurring within the United States, people seem increasingly aware of the evil and violent nature of this terrible religion.  It should be banned from all western countries and its adherents deported.  If we are going to allow Islam in the USA, we might as well allow cannibalism and human sacrifice.  The last two items are no more shocking than the practices of Islam.  Related Post at Right Truth:  At War With Islam.

Obama -- His glaring incompetence has become so acute that even liberal newspapers and pundits are criticizing him.  Will this spell a Republican victory in the November midterms?  It's hard to say.  Never bet on the intelligence of the average voter.

Rush Limbaugh -- It has come to light that Media Matters and a few fascist Democrat activists have been running a scam to scare away advertisers on Limbaugh's radio program.  They are using automatic Twitter feeds to target Rush's advertisers, trying to make their suppression of alternate views seem like a grass roots movement.  Typical of the left:  they cannot win an honest debate, so try to silence or slime the opposition in any way possible.  Truly, "politics is war by other means," and the Democrats are high practitioners of the art.

California's Drought -- Here in California, we go through droughts fairly regularly.  Finally, the rain will start again and we'll get drenched.  The current drought, however, is particularly long-lasting.  Sunny California and all that.  Yes, too much sun is not a good thing.  We need the wet stuff.  If we don't get it soon, water rationing will begin.  Today the sky is blue and cloudless.  Rain damn you!

In spite of the drought, my persimmon tree is chock full of fruit.  This will be our biggest harvest yet.  Persimmon trees only produce every other year.  Last year we had around 8 persimmons.  This year it will be ten times that much.  We'll give a lot of it away.  The fruit will be ripe enough to pick around November 1st.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rainy Day Musings: Big Band Music Class Tonight; The Glenn Miller Story

Glenn Miller, Band Leader
Rain!  In California
This morning when I went to let the dog out to do his business, I noticed the patio was all shiny.  The air smelled cool and fresh.  Then it dawned on me:  it is raining!

There isn't enough rain in this gentle precipitation to cure our drought, but it is nice to reminisce.  I love rain, passionate for all things pluvial.

Big Band Class
My second big band music class is tonight.  We will be practicing "Greensleeves" and "Pennsylvania 6-5000."  I have practiced all my songs faithfully, every day this week.  I should do okay.

"Greensleeves" is a traditional English folk song from the late 16th century.  The original lyrics are a bit strange, but new lyrics are often substituted.  The tune is also used as a Christmas song, and renamed "What Child Is This?"  I love Vince Guaraldi's version.

"Pennsylvania 6-5000" is a 1940's style telephone number, the number of the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City, where Glenn Miller and many other bands performed.  It is a famous Glenn Miller hit song.  Hear the New Glenn Miller orchestra play it here.

The Glenn Miller Story
Glenn Miller, Officer,
U.S. Army
In 1954, James Stewart starred in the film "The Glenn Miller Story."  It's all about the life and career of Glenn Miller, trombonist, big band leader and music arranger extraordinaire.  You can watch this movie in its entirety on YouTube, for only 99 cents.  It's worth it.

During World War II, Glenn Miller was given a commission as a Captain in the U.S. Army (later promoted to Major), and applied his musical talents to army bands.  He organized his own swing band for entertaining troops at the front.  His band was scheduled to play for a Christmas radio program, broadcast from newly liberated Paris, France.  Miller decided to fly from England to France in advance of his band, to arrange quarters and other matters for the band.  On December 15, 1944, he boarded an army plane for the trip.  His plane disappeared over the English Channel in bad weather, and Miller was later listed as "missing in action."  His remains were never recovered.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kate Davis: More Bass and Brass!

More bass and brass from the talented Kate Davis!  And when I say "brass," I'm not referring to the horn section, because there isn't any.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Disappointing News: American Spectator Caves To Brett Kimberlin

Apparently, the American Spectator has removed all articles and all mention of Brett Kimberlin from its website.  Kimberlin recently released the American Spectator from his absurd RICO lawsuit against numerous conservative bloggers and pundits, and so it indeed appears that the American Spectator caved.  It has acquiesced to legal extortion and lawfare, and opted for self-censorship.  This is troubling and puzzling, because it appears certain the RICO lawsuit will soon fail due to res judicata, i.e., the same charges in the RICO suit were dismissed in the state civil trial, and may not be relitigated in another forum.

I don't usually read the American Spectator, and do not have it linked in my left sidebar.  I have only read it when someone provided a link to an article of interest.  In any case, I will now avoid it like the plague.

Ken White at Popehat has more details of this story here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Band Practice: Progress!

Last night was the first session of my Big Band class.  It went very well.

You can read about it here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zen and the Art of Playing Bass

My Big Band music class starts up again tomorrow.  This morning I began practicing the songs (on my string bass) that I learned in the last session.  I noticed how much easier it is to read notes this time around.  What once was torture is now an achievable task.  You do something many times over and it becomes easier to do.  Funny how that works.  I am not "there" yet, but I am further down the road.

Before I started this class, my two string basses sat in their stands, untouched, gathering dust.  No more.  Now they both get handled a lot, played, tuned, adjusted and repaired.   I am forever tweaking the setup of each one, always seeking the best playability (the "action") and sound possible.  I even ordered a well known book to teach me better how to do that:  Chuck Traeger's book, Setup And Repair of the Double Bass for Optimum Sound: A Manual for Players, Makers, And Repairers.

Mastering an instrument is similar to learning a new language.  It requires immersion, study, practice, contemplation and great patience.  Zen might help too, except that it is difficult to play bass while holding the full lotus position.  

Stick with it long enough and you may come up with something like "The Abe Train" (see video below).  The Abe Train is a jazz quartet of young musicians in their twenties.  They are from the San Francisco Bay Area and damn good.  The bass player really grooves.  Use headphones so you can hear every note of their rendition of "Autumn Leaves."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kate Davis: an Angel With a String Bass

I just discovered this young talent tonight and became an instant fan.  As a double bass player myself (but not in her league by any means), she is truly an inspiration.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

Today is the anniversary of the 9-11 Muslim attack on America, in which 2,996 Americans and others died.  They died because of Islam.  Islam is all about murdering non-believers.  It is a barbaric ideology that should have died with the dark ages.  Now, however, it is back in full bloom, seeking to spread its poisonous "religion" all over the globe by sheer force and terror.

While we honor and remember the 2,996 who died thirteen years ago today, we must remember what Thomas Jefferson once said, that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."  Today we have a greatly weakened military and a President with little or no resolve to protect Americans from external threats, except to make empty speeches and blame everything on his predecessor.  Perhaps Obama will finally be motivated to use his secret weapon, the Twitter hashtag:  #warisbad, #dontdodat.

Now Obama has announced war on the Islamic State (ISIS), but it will be a war by committee.  Most other Muslim countries will be invited to participate.  The US will not put boots on the ground, but will instead supply weaponry to Muslim countries who are under attack by ISIS.  Meanwhile, Obama will make brave speeches and little else.

The main reason for Obama's "war by committee" is to diffuse blame in case the project fails, to spread responsibility among many, to protect himself from accountability.  It is the coward's way to fight a war.

ISIS will continue attacking and conquering other Muslim states, who will fold in short order.  ISIS will then appropriate all that American weaponry to continue its expansion across Arabia.

What can we do to protect ourselves?  Lacking a responsible and decisive administration, the answer is "not much."  Vote for conservatives in the November midterms, and try to hold on for two more years of Milquetoast Barack Obama.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

World War II Movies for Free on YouTube

I haven't been motivated to do much for the past week or so.  I just wait until night time, then go to my table in the backyard gazebo and watch World War II movies and documentaries on my laptop.  You can see a lot of these full length films on YouTube -- just search for "World War II full movies" at YouTube.

One that I particularly enjoyed was "The Bunker," portraying Hitler's final days, from the time he entered his underground bunker to the day of his suicide in April 1945.

I have no sympathy for Hitler, but I did feel some for his staff and guards and entourage who had to cope with certain defeat, total destruction and their own deaths or imprisonment.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Chris Rock: How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police (Video, Satire)

Here is some surprisingly good common sense advice from comedian Chris Rock.

Trial Transcripts Show a Confused, Disorganized Brett Kimberlin

On August 11 and 12, Brett Kimberlin's lawsuit against four bloggers was tried in a Maryland court.  Ali Akbar, one of the defendants, uploaded the transcripts of that trial to Scribd.  Those transcripts show Brett Kimberlin to be confused and disorganized, unable to grasp even the most elementary aspects of a trial, i.e., leading the witness, examining witnesses of items and events that are completely irrelevant to his case (like "Everyone Draw Mohammed Day"), attempting to get hearsay introduced as evidence, etc.

Kimberlin, by his own admission, has filed over 100 lawsuits, acting as his own attorney.  However, the Maryland transcripts indicate all those lawsuits didn't teach him much, if anything, about the law or civil procedure.

Here is a very brief summary of the trial:

Judge:  You say you were defamed when the defendants claimed you are/were a convicted terrorist, felon, perjurer and drug dealer, and a pedophile to boot.  Weren't all of these claims true?

Kimberlin:  Well, technically, yes but.....

Judge:  Case dismissed!

Here are the links to the transcripts.  Don't take my word for it, read them yourself.

Day 1 of the Trial

Day 2 of the Trial

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

O.J. Simpson Converts to Islam

This story has been circulating around the web for the past few days:  O.J. Simpson has converted to Islam in prison.  O.J. will fit right in -- as if his journey to Hell wasn't already assured.

Back in 1994, O.J. nearly decapitated his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, with a large knife.  He cut most of the way through her neck, only stopping when the knife hit bone.  O.J. then killed Ron Goldman, who apparently wandered into the scene trying to deliver sunglasses that Mrs. Simpson had left at the restaurant where he worked.  Ron was Jewish.

Islam is the religion where believers are allowed (even encouraged) to decapitate non-believers.  Perhaps O.J. saw something in Islam that he could strongly identify with.  Ya think?  For instance:
  • Women are chattel, and may be abused, beaten, even murdered, as the husband sees fit.  
  • Murdering Jews is A-OK in Islam, in fact, it is a requirement.  As Muhammad commanded, "Kill Jews wherever you find them."  Sorry Ron, rules are rules.
O.J. follows in the footsteps of fellow black athlete-turned-criminal, Mike Tyson.  Tyson was imprisoned for rape, and converted to Islam in prison.  Rape, like beheadings, is a popular activity in Islam.  Muslim men can rape women for a variety of reasons, all with the approval of their religion.  Somehow, the ancient religion found a place in Tyson's heart as well.

O.J., like Mike Tyson, has found his home, a religion that finally reflects his true values.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Fall Is Here, Early

Fall officially begins on September 22 of this year (2014).  However, the weather has been fall-like in Hollister for the past couple of weeks.  Today, September 2nd, the temperature is 61 degrees Fahrenheit, rather chilly.  The sky is overcast, resembling that of Washington State more than that of California.

My persimmon tree is full of fruit, and the fruit is already quite yellow.  Persimmons are usually ready to pick by early November.

I like this time of year.  The chill is in the air, and smells sweetly of dying grasses.

Monday, September 01, 2014

My Letter to Governor Jerry Brown Re: Banning the Confederate Flag

Today I finally had enough, and wrote to Governor Brown.  That correspondence is below.

September 1, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re:  Proposed Ban on Confederate Flag in California

Dear Governor Brown:

I understand that a bill to ban the Confederate flag in California has been passed by the state legislature.  It now sits on your desk awaiting signature.  I am asking you not to sign it.  It is a blatant violation of the First Amendment, and if passed, we will litigate the matter in federal court.  You will lose.

The Confederate flag is a sacred heritage symbol to millions of Americans, both white and black, particularly those who are descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines.  We do not display it to offend anyone, or to express hatred of anyone, but as a symbol of who we are and where we came from.  It is a tribe symbol, representing our families, our ancestors, our people, their culture and their history.  If some are offended by the sight of the Confederate flag, you can be sure that we are equally offended by their uninformed and unfounded hostility.  They pretend to know what’s in our hearts, and they haven’t the slightest idea.  Their efforts to ban the flag both insult us and slander us.

Those who seek to ban the flag do so out of ignorance, and seek to make their ignorance the law of the land.  They seek to politicize American history, making any alternative views of that history illegal, shameful and suppressed.  Such efforts are totalitarian and oppressive, no matter how “honorable” they pretend to be.  

For the sake of freedom of expression, inquiry and association, please do not sign that bill.

Sincerely yours,
Stogie [full name redacted]
Life Member, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Cc:  Isadore Hall III, D-Compton
2200 W. Artesia Blvd. Suite 210
Compton, CA 90220

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fighting Back at Brett Kimberlin: Vexatious Litigants and Civil Restraint Orders #BrettKimberlin

There has been much talk about having Brett Kimberlin adjudged a "vexatious litigant" after his last two lawsuits against conservative bloggers.  His recent lawsuits include a meritless lawsuit in the Maryland court system, now ended with a directed verdict against Kimberlin, and an ongoing (even more absurd) RICO lawsuit in the federal court system.

Kimberlin has reportedly filed over 100 lawsuits, suing judges, opposing attorneys, the widow of his bombing victim, and even a U.S. Senator in an orgy of meritless and abusive litigation.  This week W.J.J. Hoge reports that Kimberlin will now appeal the directed verdict in the Maryland case, and is considering a third lawsuit, this one in federal court.

I am not a lawyer, but this is my understanding:  A "vexatious litigant" is anyone who files many meritless lawsuits, abusing the legal system to punish or extort defendants.  Once a court finds someone to be a "vexatious litigant," that person can no longer file lawsuits without the prior review and consent of a judge, and must post bonds to cover the expenses of the defendants in the event the suit fails.

Ken White at Popehat discusses the need and the means to have Kimberlin declared a vexatious litigant.  He wants to compile a list of all lawsuits filed by Kimberlin over the past 35 years.  But is that even necessary?  Why wouldn't the last five, six or ten of his latest lawsuits suffice?  Or the most egregious examples?  Why would we need all of his lawsuits to prove him a vexatious litigant?  How many are necessary?  What have other court cases decided in similar situations?

I found this book on Amazon (see graphic above):  Vexatious Litigants and Civil Restraint Orders.  It is a legal guide to vexatious litigants.  Resources are available.  We should not let this issue drop.  With Kimberlin promising to punish his victims with "endless lawsuits for the rest of their lives," it is imperative that seeking a civil restraint order against Kimberlin's serial litigation go forward as soon as possible.

Postscript:  Here is a federal court case in which the pro se plaintiff was declared to be a vexatious litigant.  This pro se plaintiff's suit and claims have a striking similarity to those filed by Brett Kimberlin in his RICO lawsuit, i.e.:
1. In this case alone, Plaintiff filed almost one hundred motions or other requests for relief, the majority of which are duplicative of relief previously denied by this court or other courts.
2.  The court dismissed the plaintiff's causes of action against the defendants for "1) race discrimination, (2) employment discrimination, (3) retaliation, (4) free speech discrimination or retaliation, (5) defamation, (6) breach of contract, (7) breach of trust, (8) breach of confidence, (9) antitrust violations, (10) unfair competition, (11) copyright violations, (12) conspiracy, (13) civil violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, (14) violations of privacy, (15) misappropriation of intellectual property, and (16) bad-faith dealing."
3. [T]he facts alleged in the Complaint are both fantastic and delusional. For example, one of Plaintiff s allegations involves what he calls a “broad base conspiracy” to steal unidentified “intellectual properties.” Compl. at 3. To this end, he alleges merely that all of the defendants in this action “are inter-connected holding business contracts for joint business purposes.” 
4. Plaintiffs allegations are clearly fanciful and delusional on their face.  The facts and legal claims set forth in the Complaint are virtually identical to those made by Plaintiff in cases that have been repeatedly dismissed by other courts, including the courts of this district. They are frivolous and, in keeping with Plaintiffs typical modus operandi, appear to be made for the purpose of harassing the defendants into entering into a nuisance settlement.
5. “It is evident to this Court that Whitehead is either, at best, a dealer in Mitigation futures,’ or at worst a ‘litigation extortionist.’ Neither approach should be tolerated under the Rules of Civil Procedure.”

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Real Cop Explains What Cops Do

Fred Reed
Fred Reed used to be a cop.  In Washington, D.C., if I remember correctly.  He has written an essay on the difficulties of being a cop on the street.  He explains how a cop must sometimes make a split second decision to shoot a suspect, thinking that his own life is in immediate danger.  Sometimes innocent people get killed as a result.

He writes:
With time, your views on police brutality will become ambivalent, or not ambivalent. You will see the pretty blonde rape victim, fifteen, about due for her first prom, screaming and screaming and screaming, sobbing and choking,  while the med tech tries to get a sedative into her arm. And you will hear the cop next to you, hand clenching hard on his night stick, say in cold fury, “I hope the sonofabitch resists arrest.” Yeah, you may find yourself thinking, yeah. Social theories are nice. The streets are not theoretical.

And you will find that the perps are almost always black. If you are a good liberal, you won’t like this, but after three months on the street you will not have the faintest doubt. If you are a suburban conservative out of Reader’s Digest, you will be surprised at the starkness of the racial delineation.

All cops know this. They know better than to say it. This can be tricky for black cops, especially if former military who believe in law and order.
Read it all here.   It is worth your time.

Comedian Jon Lovitz Spars With Me on Twitter RE Rush Limbaugh

Jon Lovitz

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Uses Stogie Graphic in Sign

Westboro Baptist Church is the congregation that likes to picket fallen soldiers' funerals, and carry signs saying "God Hates Fags" and "Fags Die God Laughs."  They are despicable, and I have criticized them and made fun of them with Photoshop.  See here and here.

Now, ironically enough, they are making use of one of my Photoshop graphics in their latest signs.  This time, however, they are protesting Islam.  One of their signs makes use of a graphic I made for Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, at her request, some years back.  That graphic depicts Uncle Sam putting a gun to his head.  I didn't sign the graphic, but I did put "Atlas Shrugs" as the signature.  See that graphic below.

Other websites have also made use of the graphic, and I don't mind.  I have never put restrictions on the use of my graphics.  Here's the Westboro Baptist Church members protesting Islam.  Note my graphic on the sign that says "U H8 Jesus."  I can't completely dispute their message this time around, except for the "Muslims Die God Laughs" sign. It is highly presumptuous to speak for God.  The "U H8 Jesus" sign may be correct, depending on who "U" is.  As for "God Hates Islam," I would expect that to be true if God hates evil, mass murder and rape.

What Happiness Is! Really.

Happiness is two string basses.  And they are all mine!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bring It, Jamiliah Naheed

Bring it.  The justice system will not, should not, cannot be influenced by extortion from the black underclass mob.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The HOLE-y Koran (Photoshop)

Showing my sentiments for the ISIS mass murderers and the book that inspires them.

Update:  Flames and smoke added per suggestion of Paul Lemmen.

Larry2 Nails It: Race Mongers Work From a Predictable Script

A commenter at Instapundit nails it. See below. (Hat tip to Smitty)

There seems to be a pattern:
1) unarmed young black guy is shot,
2) there is a vast media outcry over the young "honor student's" death,
3) family provides photos of the dead guy taken when he was 11 years old, well before he had opted for the ghetto thug look,
4) it comes out that the "honor student" has been committing felonies,
5) witnesses say the honor student was beating the hell out of the person who shot him,
6) Democrat politicians call for the shooter's conviction, and
7) prosecutors, fearing rioting, black voters, or what have you, prosecute the shooter anyway.
Have I missed anything?
Glad to see Smitty taking up the slack over at The Other McCain.  Stacy McCain is an excellent writer and analyst, and could impart wisdom and insight on current events:  the Michael Brown affair, the lawfare against Governor Rick Perry, the beheading of the journalist, ISIS.  However, Stacy seems to be overly interested in lesbian feminist pedophile perverts, and that's about all he writes about these days.  Stacy, we need you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Report: Officer Wilson "Beaten Very Severely" Before Shooting Michael Brown

Fox News reports:
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
The poor sweet "Gentle Giant" fairy-tale continues to unravel.

Finally, A Decent Speech By Barack Obama, With One Disagreement

President Obama's speech about ISIS (also called ISIL) was one of his best.  For a change, it wasn't self-serving or pushing the far left agenda.  He told the truth about ISIS, mostly anyway.  Obama said, in part:
Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shi’a, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason than they practice a different religion.
Islam has always murdered people who practice other religions, and Muslims are commanded by their prophet to do so, in an eternal war against the non-Muslim world.  ISIS is largely just following Mu's commandments.
They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.
"No faith teaches people to massacre innocents...No just god would stand for what they did yesterday...."
I absolutely agree with the second statement about "no just God," and that's why Allah is not a just god.  His "prophet," in several Koranic verses, does indeed command Muslims to "massacre innocents."  This is where Obama is wrong.  Two of those verses are below.

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." [From The Religion of Peace]

Quran 9:5 (the infamous verse of the sword inciting mass murder):  "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." [From Daniel Pipes]

ISIS Is The True Face of Islam: Pure Evil

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,  is absolutely brutal, ruthless, merciless.  This military style force has taken over large parts of both Syria and Iraq.  Their goal is to restore the Islamic Caliphate.  The Caliphate was formed after Muhammad's death, a kind of Islamic Papacy, that rules over all Muslims worldwide.  It existed for many decades, until it was dissolved after World War I.  However, Muslims want it back.

ISIS has been executing Christians, Shiite Muslims, Kurds and Yazidis for some time now.  They behead many, crucify others, and shoot many more.  They are pure evil, but they are the true face of Islam.  They are merely following the example of their "prophet," Muhammad, who was also a ruthless, murdering megalomaniac who committed similar atrocities in the name of his "religion."

Yesterday a YouTube video came to light with the title "A Message To America," showing the beheading murder of American journalist, James Wright Foley.  These sub-humans seem to think that such atrocities will strike fear into our hearts and make us stop all opposition to their evil.  It will have the opposite effect.  In light of such barbaric mass murder, our determination to wipe out ISIS grows stronger daily.  Jihadis must die, all of them, without exception.

I wanted US troops out of Iraq.  Now I want them back in.  Not to make democrats out of the Shiites, but to kill ISIS, wipe them out to the last man.  They say they love death.  Let's give it to them.

Michael Brown's Partner In Crime Recants: Admits Brown Went For Officer's Gun

Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown's partner in crime, started the massive riots in Ferguson by lying to the media.  He claimed that Officer Wilson grabbed Brown by the throat from the open window of his police cruiser, then pulled out his pistol and shot Brown.  As Brown backed away, he raised his arms in surrender and said "Don't shoot!"  Wilson then allegedly felled Brown with a flurry of gunshots.

But Johnson lied about the whole thing.  He now admits that Brown went for the officer's gun.  That Brown attacked Wilson is beyond dispute, now that serious damage to Wilson's orbital eye socket (from Brown's fist) has been revealed.

How much more truth will Johnson reveal?  Methinks he will sing like a canary to avoid jail.

Hat tip to Blazing Hat Fur.