Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No Presidential Pardons for Elected or Appointed Officials

I don't usually do this sort of thing. But in this case I think it's kind of important, and I also think it is a viable solution to a problem that is getting worse all the time -- i.e., political corruption.

I'm not going to rehash everything that is written in the petition outline. The title sort of sums it all up. If you click on the link, you can read the detailed reasoning.

If you agree, please sign and share the petition.

Thanks.

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I Despise the Size of My Thighs (A Sonnet)

Just in time for all those holiday dinners and snacks, we have a little poem for you. Written by Vicky Perrone, performed by Yours Truly.

You can also listen/download it at iTunes, Google Music, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, and more.
 
Enjoy. :-)

 

Monday, October 9, 2017

We Only Want the Fax, Sir

Credit: Wikimedia
I found out a few weeks ago that AT&T offers a 10% discount on wireless services for AARP members. I just happen to be an AARP member, and I use AT&T, so I decided it's time to take advantage of this.

I called the AT&T department that handles these things, and was talking to a nice, millennial-sounding customer service agent. She told me there was a form I had to fill out and fax to them in order to get the discount.

Geezer (i.e., me): Is there a way I can just email this to you?

Millennial: No, sir, you have to fax it.

Geezer: That's just so 1980s.....

She kind of chuckled.

Do you see the irony in this?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Snotty Phone Meets the Telemarketers - Episode 3

In this episode, Snotty leaves a message for Texas Senator Bryan Hughes, chats with a representative of the NRA, and has a little fun with the usual collection of life insurance, health insurance, and "final expenses" hucksters. Not to mention the guy with the heavy accent who says your computer is downloading malicious files from the Internet....

These are all REAL calls. Take a look, you will laugh your buns off.

Also, you can watch Episode 1 and Episode 2.




Thursday, June 8, 2017

If It Quacks Like Obstruction....

Donald Trump
Credit: whitehouse.gov
Let's talk about obstruction of justice. There are apparently a lot of people who do not believe that President Donald Trump has been involved in obstruction of justice regarding the FBI investigations of his campaign and associates. They come up with various lines of reasoning to explain why Trump's requests to former FBI Director James Comey to back off of his investigations are not criminal, or are not technically obstruction, or whatever.

So let's examine this a little bit. Play along with me, you will enjoy it.

First, let's look at perhaps the key incident so far: Comey's statement that after a meeting in the Oval Office, Trump asked him to "let this go," referring to the FBI's investigation of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. Here is a synopsis of how Comey recounts this story:

Trump had a meeting in his office with a large group of his advisors. After the meeting ended, Trump stated that he wanted to speak to Comey alone. Everyone left except the Attorney General and Trump's son-in-law (the trusted family advisor). Both of them lingered behind, until Trump asked them to leave so he could speak to Comey alone.

Then, after various discussions, Trump got down to the nitty-gritty and said to Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

Did you just hear "obstruction of justice"?

No? Okay, let's try a fun little exercise. Let's change a name and a title, but otherwise leave the story the same, and see what happens.

We want a new name for Trump. We don't want him to be Donald Trump anymore, we want him to be some other name.... some name at random... let's see.... let's call him.... "Vito Corleone."

Yes, that's a fine name. We'll call him Vito Corleone. And the Attorney General will become the consigliere.

Now let's run through the story again. We'll do it pretty much word-for-word from above. But before we get to the key quote, we'll pause for a brief instruction.

Corleone had a meeting in his office with a large group of his advisors. After the meeting ended, Corleone stated that he wanted to speak to Comey alone. Everyone left except the consigliere and Corleone's son-in-law (the trusted family advisor). Both of them lingered behind, until Corleone asked them to leave so he could speak to Comey alone.

Now the pause for the brief instruction. For this next part, I want you to hear the quote in your head in your best Marlon Brando/Godfather voice. Go all out for it. You know you can. Okay, here we go...

Then, after various discussions, Corleone got down to the nitty-gritty and said to Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

So.... Did you hear "obstruction of justice" this time?

Try it again, in your best Brando:

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

I'll bet you heard it that time. So there are only two choices.

One, obstruction of justice can only happen when the person involved has an Italian name and speaks with an Italian accent.

Or, two, Donald Trump has been involved in obstruction of justice.

Go back through the second scenario one more time and really visualize it this time. Get into it. Use your imagination. Watch Corleone behind his desk. See the consigliere and the son-in-law. Hear Corleone speak. You'll get the idea.....

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Letter to Texas Senator Bryan Hughes re: SB6, the bathroom bill


Dear Senator Hughes,

I see that you are a co-author of SB6. However, I am writing to express my strong opposition to this type of legislation.

On the practical side: It is a waste of time and money. It is unnecessary. It will not solve any "safety" problems that it is purported to be the solution to. It is unenforceable. Its backlash, as demonstrated in other states, will cause significant harm to the Texas economy.

Those are just the practical elements. But they pale beside the principles involved.

This type of legislation is a gross invasion of individual privacy. It is none of the government's business which bathroom anyone uses. Period.

Republicans continually campaign on platforms of "less-intrusive government," yet you and others continue to support this type of highly intrusive legislation.

I could go on, but I will not. I simply urge you to withdraw your support for this proposed legislation, and instead to oppose it strongly, both on practicality and on principle.

Ed Perrone

Great Texas Pee-In - March 7, 8:00am, Capitol Extension, E1.036, Austin (updated location!)

The Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs has scheduled a hearing on the Texas "Bathroom Bill" (SB 6).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Room E1.036
(Senate Finance Room)
Capitol Extension
Austin, Texas 

I have visions of great crowds of people lining up to pee in the "wrong" bathrooms!!

Of course, if you can't do that, you CAN contact your senator and the committee members and tell them what a great waste of time (not to mention invasion of privacy) this is. This post has contact info.

Pee on!!


Note: Post edited on 3/3/17, as the Committee changed the location of the hearing. Perhaps they are expecting a big crowd....