- Look up Yates and the Smiling Public Man
- Find out where (aside from Costco) that I can buy Kirkland brand cashew almond nut and fruit crisp
- Write thank you notes to people who’ve helped me out, during the last year
I never understand people who choose to plagiarize college papers. That goes double for a final research paper. Come on, the paper passing bar isn’t set that high. I do not consider my final research paper as anything worth writing home about, let alone reading! In fact, I’ve forgotten the paper’s focus! Really, I should have done a thesis, but the fear of God was instilled in me during an initial grad student orientation meeting that I attended, in 2008. That concern was reinforced when I attended a 600-level research class. So, I chickened out, or comped out as I like to say!
Okay, okay, in some ways I am an academic fraud. For example, I HEAVILY relied upon WordPerfect’s grammar checker, giving me a huge advantage over my colleagues who all used Microsoft Word. It’s not that I relied on WordPerfect to write my papers, but it did help me to make those papers much, much better. My professors would tell me, “Peter, you write really well,” and I would smile and say, “thank you,” never letting them in on my little secret! (Heh, heh, heh…)
Presently, I think that the grammar checker offered by dictionary.com is better than what’s part of WordPerfect, but right now is not the time for me to renew my subscription to the dictionary.com service, though I’d really like to!
Anyway, on ethical grounds, I cannot see how anyone would plagiarize. Even from a pragmatic view, I could never trust someone else’s work enough to present it as my own. Yes, I do think that highly of myself.
I don’t know what made me think of old records, today, but my mind branched onto the subject:
Question: Are the analog records of my youth as ancient to today’s young people as cylindrical records were to me?
Sometimes you just have to lose it all!
Shut up, Mark!
Yet another year of drought, and things are turning out mighty dry west of the Rockies. How long will it be before Lake Mead falls to its Dead Pool level, I wonder?
I never in my life thought that I’d have a reason to praise a company with a name as foolish as “Twitter,” but Twitter seems to be doing what nobody else is: telling the DOJ to fuck off.
It’s enough of people’s rights being eroded, using fake fear! Jihad “Lefty” Joe and his ISIS buddies aren’t coming for you, unless you’re stupid enough to do volunteer work or contract reporting in countries, like Syria and Iraq, where they’ve had enough of the West, or so they tell us!
No amount of surveillance of people’s Twits via Twitter by DOJ, FBI, DEA, ICE (relation to ISIS disavowed), CIA, BATF will protect Americans from ISIS or ISIL or IS or Islamic State! It’s really time to cut the bullshit out of the US Federal Government.
Now, let’s see how long Twitter can keep this up. I’m rooting for Twitter!
Many times, I’ve stated that I have a thing for the beheadings in Iraq. Actually, I have a thing for the macabre. I don’t know why. It goes back to my earliest memories. I think that it may be related to my parents’ fixation on the Holocaust, which then became my own fixation. Anyway, I’ve paid pretty good attention to the details of US invasion-related beheadings, as far back as that of Daniel Pearl. I’ve watched them all, each many times.
The moment I saw the black flag of ISIS/ISIL/IS/Islamic State, I immediately recognized it as an extension of the flag of Ansar al Sunnah at the time of the Armstrong beheading. (Armstrong was a screamer, all the way to the severing of his spine; and yes, it is possible to scream without a voice.) Take a look at the two flags, the current one and the one of ten years ago, and you judge:
(The flag of ISIS/ISIL/IS/Islamic State)
(The flag of Ansar al Sunnah)
The current black flag is all the evidence that I need to know that ISIS/ISIL/IS/Islamic State is not new. It was formed under a different name early on in the Bush war with Saddam Hussein. It is nothing but combined factions of Ansar al Sunnah and al Qeda of Iraq which emerged with Bush’s toppling of the Iraqi government, in 2003. The warriors of ISIS have no present intention of bringing their war with the US, in Iraq, to US soil. They never have; otherwise, they already would have. They just want us to get the fuck out of Iraq. Who’s to blame them? Who started this Middle East melee? Bush opened a can of worms. He did so with the support of a majority of dipshit Americans. They served as convenient idiots, willing to believe that Iraq had something to do with 9/11. When that lie didn’t pan out, it was about WMDs. Remember that line of bullshit? When that prevarication didn’t work, it was about freeing the Iraqi people. Well, Bush and the citizens of America did free the Iraqi people. It turns out that a free Iraq is deeply ensconced in religious dogmata!
- Do you have a problem with that?
- As Buzzie Bavasi used to say: Like it or lump it!
- War does not wash the minds of true believers. Instead, their beliefs grow stronger.
The unfortunate reality is that a majority of Americans do not have at least an undergraduate degree from a reputable university. Had they, then they would have the critical thinking skills necessary to understand the psychology of war in the context of political science, which is supra to sociology, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. It’s what makes the difference between “training” and “education.” Some forms of all of those classes were (and still are) required for all undergrads at California State University, Long Beach. I personally sweated them all!
It is tragic that Americans, generally, are so ill-informed that they’ve supported President Obama’s reopening of the wounds of war! The result is the re-emergence of Ansar al Sunnah and Jihad Joe, who I’ll just call “Leftie” from now on!