Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Update: Androids vs. iPhones and War Games

Friday morning and Wally has finally made up his mind and decided against replacing his 3G Motorola with a much newer iPhone 5s.  “The buypartisan app seems like fun,” he'd wrote on the internet and looked forward to downloading and using his new toy. 

“And I’m actually anticipating doing some serious shopping and barcode scanning this weekend," he’d said to friends.

But alas, when he went to download the buypartisan app, he found that it did not work on his Android.  Meanwhile, most of his iPhone owning friends were having a blast at the stores and, of course, they sent him their many “thank you” texts for having turned them onto the app, in the first place.

Late Friday night, however, Wally learned that the buypartisan app will soon be available for Androids, and hopes it's out before he is forced to purchase an iPhone.  He wants in on the fun, but since he uses his cell only for voice and text, he’d like to save a few bucks and stick with his obsolete Motorola 3G

War Games

Wally’s been following the news and readily admits to having mixed feelings.  “As for Syria and Iraq,” he says, “they need to figure out their own shit because we ain’t the cops of the world.”  On the other hand, he realizes that ISIS is composed of psychopaths and crazy people and some of them have U.S. Passports and will be a problem upon their return.  “Besides,” he says, “we’re the ones who upset the applecart over there in the first place.”

Putin’s Russia?  Now that’s a different story.  “Everyone knows the man is crazy,” Wally said in a recent tweet.  “But is he crazy like a fox?”  He does like Russia’s story about how their soldiers ended up crossing the border into Ukraine.   “Story is, they had gotten lost or were on vacation.”  Although not sure of which is true, Wally gets a kick out of the map Canada’s NATO delegation drew for the Russian soldiers.   And, of course, Russia’s response was almost as funny


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Possible: A Nationwide Law Enforcement Conspiracy

Wally can’t help but wonder about all the shootings of unarmed African-American teens, of late.  “I don’t know how most white people feel about them,” he said.  “But for me, it’s real creepy.”   And citing the many police shootings and beatings of unarmed black people across the nation, “It’s starting to seem like more than random events and may be informal, but very organized.”

 Although the well-known police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO is very scary, Wally is just as concerned about the death of Victor White III, in New Iberia, LA,, last March  "What I can’t understand is how an African-American teenager managed to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest, while in the back seat of a police car, hands cuffed behind him, “ he said.

While insisting that he is not some kind of conspiracy freak, Wally is quick to point out, neither does he believe in coincidence.   

Wally says he first noticed a lot of red states starting to pass eviscerating, but subtle anti-union legislation and cutting of taxes for the wealthy, among other kinds of distasteful policies, sometime around 2007.  Like many others, he noticed, but paid it little attention.   “After all,” he had said, “just a bunch of Republicans screwing us over to make life better for rich people.”

But these anti-worker laws and policies, it later turned out, were not just mere coincidence.  Not only were the passing of the legislation well organized, the subtle scenario was well executed and a perfect conspiracy.  It was a well-funded group of elites, including the Koch brothers, behind a group calling itself the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

“I’m not saying the shootings are a conspiracy or anything, but a black teenager with a body full of bullets charging at a cop, or another one shooting himself in the chest, hands cuffed behind him, while in the back seat of a police car?”

For Wally, the Oath Keepers, or something like them, may end up doing for police and sheriffs as something similar to what ALEC has done for corporations and politicians.   “I’m just saying...” he said.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

It’s Not Just Demographics, Stupid

GO:  IPI-Clock
Although he missed it by less than twenty-four hours, he still missed it.  Worse yet, he didn’t even know it was coming until after it had already passed.  On Friday, August 22, 2014, according to EthniFacts, the United States of America reached its “Multicultural Tipping Point.”

And Wally is a little depressed about it.  “I’m PC and into the diversity thing,” he recently told friends.  “But right now, we’re on the precipice and either we’ll step back a little or jump off.

“Meanwhile, we’re all pissed off, angry and compartmentalized.   Whites want to keep what they have and fear the rest of us want to take it from them and that we’ll treat them like they treat us.  And the fact that we have an African American as president really scares the shit out of them and they’d rather cut off their nose to spite their face than abide a successful black president.”

At times, even Wally is known to be verbose.  In short, most minorities go to #Ferguson, and white people tend toward #ILoveFerguson.   “It’s a simple tale of two cities,” Wally said.  “And symbolic of what’s happening all over the country.”

It’s possible that the Republicans will take the Senate in November, 2014.  And if they do, according to Wally, our government will most likely cease to function and we’ll all be fucked. 

Right now, Obama is sending a message that he is no longer, “the caver in chief,” and will stand strong and fight them off.  Meanwhile, Republicans are betting that he’ll fold and cave rather than risk a total government shutdown.  Now, does that suck or what?

Democrats, meanwhile, seem to be focused on 2016 and already writing off 2014.  Only problem is, a lot can happen in those two short years.  Imagine the worst possible things that Republican governments can do and, rest assured, it will be done.  Not only will they do as bad as you imagine, they will do worse than you can imagine.

In two years, they can suppress the vote, destroy the environment, repeal Obamacare, eviscerate public education and privatize social security, and that’s just for starts.   For Republicans, it’s all about power and control and by 2016, there may be only a few Democrats left who are still able to vote.  Republicans do not play fair and will do whatever it takes.  This is not a game for them and neither is it about democracy.

But if Republicans end up controlling both houses of Congress as well as state legislatures, it’ll be just like Wally said, “…we’ll all be fucked.”


Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Buy Partisan (BuyPartisan) App Has Finally Arrived: Now We Can Spend Consciously

App's screenshot after scanning the barcode of a product
Although Wally is technically smartphone illiterate and manages well enough with his Motorola 3G, when he chanced upon something called a “BuyPartisan” app, he downloaded it immediately.  It was his second ever smartphone download.  “Since there is no longer such a thing “bipartisan” in politics,” he said, “I may as well join the shitfest.”

According to Colby Itkowitz, of the Washington Post’s “In the Loop,” Matthew Colbert “developed the app to give consumers more knowledge about how they spend their money.  For some, it may translate to not buying a certain cereal anymore, for others it could simply be a conversation starter, Colbert said.  But he hopes all users will appreciate having at their fingertips an awareness that a fraction of their grocery bill went to political contributions.”

Wally says that he is anxious to try it out, “It’s my newest and most fun toy of the year, so far.”  And although he doubts that the app will seriously effect his buying habits, “it’ll still be fun to know where some of my money goes,” he said.

“As long as people take Wally’s attitude towards the app, there won’t be much of a problem,” says one Denver attorney.  “But should it become both popular and effective, then you can expect that state and federal legislators will start passing laws placing mucho limits on what apps like that will be able to do.  Most likely it’ll happen as a Corporate Privacy issue because, unlike in the recent past, corporations are now people.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It’s Time for Voter Registration in Ferguson, MO

Let's protest at the polls people. Let's protest at the polls
“The Ferguson Police Department,” insists Wally, “is what happens when black people don’t vote.”  And despite all that is wrong in Ferguson politics, the fact remains that most brothers and sisters of Ferguson didn’t bother to vote.  “It’s only common sense that people tend to get the type of government they deserve,” he’d said.

Initially, Wally was somewhat upset with the victims of the Ferguson Police and wondered how it was possible in a town where African Americans outnumber whites by more than two-thirds, whites hold all the political power? 

Like most Americans, regardless of race, Wally’s thoughts and opinions were much like bumper stickers; short, sweet and to the point.  And “Black People Don’t Vote,” precisely fit the bill. 

But after typing “how many blacks voted in the last Ferguson, MO elections,” into google search,  Wally says that he now sees with eyes wide open and things aren’t always as they first appear.  As a result, Wally figures it might be a good idea to couple voter registration and education to the current protests, “That'll scare the shit out of those power hungry bastards,” he said.


Note:  Today is August 19, 2014 and the mentioned search has surely been updated and improved.  But by far, the best article to date appeared in yesterday’s edition of the Daily Kos and is probably still worth reading even if you read nothing else.  

Weird Wally Sez:  Remember, if you don't vote, you won't count.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Foiled in Ferguson and WTF

It’s hard to accomplish a police cover-up when the whole world is watching.  #Ferguson

Riot Gear
Tear Gas
Camouflage
Assault Rifles
Armored Land Mine Vehicles
Dashboard cameras X

Wally and his laptop were up way past midnight logging onto google search and twitter.  Besides live-streaming, he was looking for an answer to a very simple question.  “How is it possible that a town with a 67% African-American population, has a white mayor, mostly all white police force, no members on the local school board and, of the six members of the city council, only one is black.”

But what was most scary for Wally were the videos and images coming out of Ferguson.  For a county, according to the 2010 census, of just under a million people, the local police looked more like an occupying army, and instead of “to protect and to serve,” their mission seemed more like, “to repress and to repel.”

Outfitted in gasmasks, riot gear, assault rifles, and camouflage, these masked invaders patrolled in Humvees and Armored Land mind Vehicles.  And what Wally wants to know is, in a county jurisdiction of less than a million people, where the hell did all that money come from?

Seems as if the St. Louis County and Ferguson Police Departments were part of a federal program run out of the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) and known as Program 1033.  Designed to distribute surplus military equipment to police departments across the country, Program 1033 gave away $449,309,003.71 in arms and armor in 2013 alone.  The equipment ranges from simple pistols and assault rifles to MRAPS and Heavy Armored Vehicles, used in Iraq and Afghanistan.


“Problem with that kind of policing,” Wally insists, “is that the cops become schoolyard bullies and everyone else is helpless.”


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Coming Shakeup at MSNBC and NBC News


Wally stayed up very late last night doing, what he refers to as, “important research.”   This morning, he told some friends that the shit will soon be hitting the fan at MSNBC and NBC NEWS.  And if there is any truth to what he said, the splatter pattern will be interesting.

Although he declines to name his sources, Wally is saying, “I wouldn’t put my money on Chuck Todd to host Meet the Press yet, if I were you.” 

According to Wally, many at NBC want to change the show’s format and Deborah Turness, President of NBC News, remains uncertain if MtP should even continue. 

In order for the show to survive, says Wally, NBC is considering pulling in Chris Matthews from MSNBC.  Problem is, Chris Matthews is quietly talking about retirement.  The other contender, Rachel Maddow, is saying, “I already have a life, thank you very much.”  With Matthews and Maddow pretty much out of the picture, Turness is said to be considering Joy-Ann Reid for the spot.  “It’s not as much of a long as you may think,” one NBC insider is rumored to have said.  “Watch this space.”


Weird Wally Sez:  Remember, you read this on the internet.

Monday, August 11, 2014

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown


Wally is reported to have spent most of this weekend hold up in his apartment and reading tweets on the, #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, Twitter feed.  Several years north of 65, he knew he appeared neither threatening nor gangsta, but Wally also realized that there were a lot of crazy white people and cops with guns on the street.  “It’s like open season black folk,” he tweeted.  “And it’s pretty scary.”

Although he seldom mentions it in mixed company, the recent killings of young black people by white civilians and cops is very much on his mind.  And since most whites simply don’t understand, Wally usually remains mute on the matter.  But in the absence of whites, he is said to freely speak his mind. 

Ever since Trayvon Martin was shot while walking home from the store in 2012, Wally has felt a bit more distant from even his closest white friends.  “It’s hard to explain,” he told one white friend.  “But I do know that you’ll never know that kind of fear for yourself, your children, nor your grandkids.”

Twenty some years ago, Wally’s son was in his teens and early twenties and there didn’t seem to be so much gun craziness and stereotyping.   Now, on almost a daily bases, young, unarmed black people are being shot.  And even after their death, the deceased are treated like defendants with a lot of whites assuming that the black person must have been doing something to deserve it.

“Do you remember hurricane Katrina in 2005 and how the media had two different descriptions for very similar photos and videos?” Wally asked a friend, via cell.  “If you were white, you found food.  But if you were black, you stole food.  And it’s still all like that and not too much has changed.”


Friday, August 08, 2014

Iraq: The Bombs Have Dropped, The Death Toll's Ris. I wonder Where Dick Cheney Is?

Seems as if things have changed in Iraq almost overnight and like most everyone else, Wally doesn’t have a clue.  “It’s okay to be ignorant of something,” he said.  "As long as you admit that you don’t know what you’re talking about.” 

The good thing is, Wally didn’t have to hear from Dick Cheney and all those other neocon assholes on the right, before the shit had hit the fan.  Thus far, the only comment Wally has heard from FOX News and other wingnuts, is that Obama is bombing Iraq in order to distract us from Benghazi.  But it’s only Friday, and less than twenty-four hours since we started engaging the insurgents with airstrikes.  By Sunday morning, Wally knew, the neocons would be all over the talk shows, talking smack about the president.

Wally also knew that it would be the same people who got us into this Iraq mess, who’d be pointing out all of Obama’s mistakes in the Middle East and blaming him for everything that’s happened in that area.  And never once will they connect the dots back to the first cause, it’s the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq on a bullshit tip that got this whole nightmare going in the first place.


Meanwhile, Wally is not sure if our involvement on any level is a good idea, but genocide sure as hell trumps make believe WMDs.  But on Sunday morning, FOX News and Republicans will be blaming Obama and Meet the Press will come up with a neocon or two to help confuse us more.  “At least FOX News, has an agenda,” Wally insists.  “But Meet the Press, I don’t know what their problem is.  Maybe they need some new booking agents and new host with some balls, who can think on her feet.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Weird Wally’s Right Wing Money Making Scheme

Weird Wally refused to either confirm or deny that he is working on a secret project, but a close friend and gossip, recently retired from NSA, has hinted that Wally’s Wi-Fi may have been hacked.  “And from the looks of things, he’s definitely up to no good.”  The possibility that Wally might, in fact, be up to no good came as no surprise to members of the Old Farts Symposium (FOS), as they sat for their monthly luncheon at a one star restaurant in downtown Denver.

And since Wally had failed to show, the Symposium wasted little time in voicing their concerns about his recent behavior.   After over an hour of trading information and speculation, their concern for Wally was near panic.  “Shouldn’t we do an intervention,” a former attorney gleefully suggested.

Seems as if Wally has hit upon, what he calls a, “low risk-high income,” get rich quick scheme.   “And Sarah Palin is his inspiration,” someone had said during lunch.   But what had initially gotten everyone’s attention was a google search Wally had done a little over a week ago.  “Hesearched for ‘top right-wing money making schemes’” the retired NSA employee said, while distributing printouts.   “It’s like he’s studying up on building a business model,” NSA concluded.  “Kind of like getting an online MBA.” 

Most of those present agreed that Wally was a decent writer.  But, was he devious enough to actually go through with such a brazen scam?  Now that, was way open to debate.  The gathering noted that the Republican Party is a goldmine for unscrupulous entrepreneurs.  “I know of several people who’ve run for office with no intention of ever being elected.  After losing, they write books, appear on FOX News, give speeches and make a damn good living being has-beens,” a retired political science professor quickly pointed out.

After many minutes of debate, NSA managed to get everyone’s attention again, “I stopped by his place around six this morning…”

“Isn’t that the time he usually goes to AA?” a retired social worker (MSW) chimed in.

“Anyway,” continued NSA, “I thought I heard him scream for help, so I had no choice but to pick the lock and…”


But NSA would not be sidetracked, “He wasn’t home,” NSA continued, “but when I accidently bumped his laptop, I saw a website he’s designing and a bunch of eBooks he’d written and uploaded to Amazon.  Looks like he’s planning to sell them for eight bucks a download.”

“What kind of eBooks?” someone asked.

“Stuff like, ‘Obama’s Secret Journey: Africa to America’ and ‘Research Proves: GMOs Are Good for You.’”  NSA then produced a printout of an email Wally had sent to Monsanto about buying advertising space on his yet to be named website.

By lunch end, the only thing the group could agree on was that Wally was up to something and that NSA should probably keep an eye on him.  Before leaving, they all asked for separate checks and paid with separate credit cards

Later, outside in the parking lot, MSW is rumored to have asked NSA if Wally had gotten his Private Detective License yet.

“Why ask me?” replied NSA.

“Because I can’t imagine Wally ever owning a gun.”

“What does owning a gun have to do with being a private investigator?” NSA asked.

“Whoever heard of a private dick without a gun,” replied MSW.



Saturday, August 02, 2014

Twelve Basic Laws of Karma Revealed

Weird Wally does not believe in “coincidence” and whenever he runs up against anything even remotely similar, he calls it “synchronicity.”  The main difference, according to Wally, is that a mere coincidence seems random.  With synchronicity, however, a coincidence has both meaning, and is meaningful.   Coincidence can often be shrugged off.  But synchronicity, now that bears some looking into.  And far above many things, Wally loves a good metaphysical puzzle. 

Even after finishing his thirty minute, morning Mindfulness routine, he was still in a funk and knew he had only himself to blame.  Unable to name a cause, Wally logged onto Facebook for lack of anything else to do.

While scrolling through his Fb feed, he came across a “Been there, done that” photo (see insert below), and immediately shared it on Facebook.  A few clicks later, Wally hit upon an interesting post from themirrorpost.comHe immediately shared that one also.  “Talk about synchronicity,” he said to a friend, later that morning.  “Meaningful coincidence, Gatta love it.”


Finishing up with Facebook, Wally knew that something about the two posts are meaningful for him and all he has to do is look for clues and find the meaning.

But before starting out on his quest, he is said to have taken a moment or two to thank the Gods of Synchronicity for his blessing.

Twelve Little Known Laws Of Karma That Will Change Your Life


What is Karma?  Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it.

This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning.


A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. Ignorance of the law is no excuse whether the laws are man-made or universal.


To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.



http://www.themirrorpost.com/2014/07/12-little-known-laws-of-karma-that-will.html


1. THE GREAT LAW

- “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.
- Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.
- If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship… Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.

2. THE LAW OF CREATION

- Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.
- We are one with the Universe, both inside and out.
- Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.
- BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your Life.

3. THE LAW OF HUMILITY

- What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.
- If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.

4. THE LAW OF GROWTH

- “Wherever you go, there you are”.
- For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us.
- The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over.
- When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too.


5. THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY

- Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong in me.
- We mirror what surrounds us – and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.
- We must take responsibility what is in our life.





6. THE LAW OF CONNECTION

- Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.
- Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.
- Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
- Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance,
- As they were both needed to accomplish the task.
- Past-Present-Future they are all connected…

7. THE LAW OF FOCUS

- You cannot think of two things at the same time.
- When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.

8. THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY

- If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.
- Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual

9. PRACTICE. THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW

- Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.
- Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams…
- Prevent us from having new ones.

10. THE LAW OF CHANGE

- History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.

11. THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD

- All Rewards require initial toil.
- Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.
- True joy follows doing what we’re supposed to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.


12. THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION

- You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.
- The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
- Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.
- Lack luster contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.
- Loving contributions bring life to, and inspire, the Whole.





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