Ohio Barbarian

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  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Reflections on Halloween by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 18:53:21View | Delete

    Thanks for the pic, mods! Actually, it really does resemble my Vampire Jack O’Lantern.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Reflections on Halloween by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 18:46:12View | Delete

    Sounds familiar, but in some neighborhoods around here you find more houses decorated for Halloween than you do for Christmas. I am not sure why that is, but I’ve lived in four other states and I’ve never seen anything like it. Cmaukonen may well be right about that, for all I know. Whatever the real [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Reflections on Halloween by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 18:33:25View | Delete

    Heh! I’ve lived here for almost ten years and I never knew that about this area. But it makes sense. Ghoulardi sounds like fun. Great way for Halloween respond to those who didn’t like it, with laughter and a different kind of fun, but harmless fun. Scary fun. Those who want to abolish it then [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Reflections on Halloween by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 18:22:13View | Delete

    Ah, the definition of Halloween in Wikipedia. Well, whatever the roots are, I don’t think it really matters anymore. Halloween has adapted to all of the changing cultures, languages, and traditions in Western Europe and, much more recently in the Americas for around 2000 years. In a Darwinist way, Halloween as a holiday of some sort [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian wrote a new diary post: Reflections on Halloween

    2014-10-30 16:54:26View | Delete

    ThumbnailWhen I was a little kid in San Antonio in the 1960′s, Halloween was a huge holiday. Scores of kids would dress up in costumes, walk around local neighborhood blocks, and trick or treat, with the emphasis always on the treat part. Just about everybody participated, and those who didn’t were thought of as antisocial tightwads, [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 15:26:55View | Delete

    Marketing? Sorry, but politics is not about selling ideas like a laundry detergent. It’s become that way in this country. The PTB’s talking heads embrace that concept with all their talk of Democratic and Republican brands. They do have their point–there’s the D-brand of Fascism and the R-brand of fascism. No, politics is the art [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 15:21:14View | Delete

    “Taxing the rich is a great idea but it will never pass.” Just like Obama, you’ve given up before even trying. It’s passed before; under Eisenhower the top rate was 90%. Now, it’s what? 35? Lower? I agree with you on the inheritance tax. The whole idea is to prevent the same sort of hereditary [...]

  • This is nothing new. In the Civil War, when a contractor sold boots to the Union army which wore out after just a few days of marching, the contractor replied to criticism by saying they were designed for the cavalry, not the infantry.

    And, when I was an electronics technician in the Navy, I personally witnessed power transistors for radars frying out every few weeks. The price from Motorola climbed from $15 a pop to $75 in 18 months. I got so sick of replacing them that I went to a civilian store and bought Japanese transistors with the same specifications for $5 each. They lasted through an entire Persian Gulf deployment.

    When the inspectors arrived, employees of the private contractor, of course, they ordered us to replace them with their own overpriced pieces of garbage. The captain, not surprisingly, wanted his radars to work and paid me to get more of the Japanese transistors the day after the inspectors left the ship.

    So whenever someone gripes about welfare or food stamps or Social Security Disability or anything else, I tell them that if they want to save money, support cutting the defense budget by at LEAST 50% or STFU.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-29 19:13:42View | Delete

    I understand you completely. Guess I’m just in the habit of having the speakers off most of the time. And I taught myself in childhood to completely ignore ads on TV, so I guess it just kinda carried over.

    I hope you don’t go, though. I’ve always enjoyed your posts and comments, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post On Doug Henwood’s piece about Hillary Clinton by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-29 18:40:05View | Delete

    I’ll take any of the three over Shrillary or Bush III. It’s pretty sad when our current crop of leaders is so bad I would seriously consider getting a “Bring Back Dick!” bumper sticker.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 18:32:58View | Delete

    Hmmm. I’ve been thinking about your comment for awhile. You say “Now once the Greens do something outside the usual two year “here I am ” thing and, too, come up with an intelligent economic policy, I will listen in.” I think they have come up with some intelligent economic policies, like taxing the shit [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-29 18:18:47View | Delete

    They’ll probably tell you to send money to reduce the ads. As for me, I have no money to send at the moment; otherwise I would.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-29 18:16:18View | Delete

    Let’s look at the facts here. Ebola is not terribly contagious, true. It is also a deadly and nasty disease that kills people by, basically, liquefying their internal organs. It is not contagious until symptoms develop, they think, but they are not 100% certain of that. The incubation period, including the time before symptoms develop, is about 21 days.

    So. If one has no contact with other human beings for 3 weeks after one has been exposed to ebola, one cannot possibly spread the disease. If one develops symptoms and is then immediately treated with very expensive and unpleasant techniques, such as blood transfusions, one will probably survive.

    This means the question is: Just how cautious should the authorities be? There are good arguments on both sides, but look at your own words, Jon.

    “You will find almost no infectious disease expert who would support this move (to quarantine potentially exposed people flying in from West Africa),” emphasis mine. So there’s some disagreement there.

    I agree with you that there is no point in quarantining travelers from areas with no ebola infestations, but there’s a rational argument for quarantining health care workers and soldiers returning home from areas where ebola IS active. These people knew the risks when they went over there.

    If they are so high-minded that they want to go to the few West African countries that ARE infected in order to help people there, then why are they throwing temper tantrums when the authorities want to make absolutely sure that they won’t infect anyone over here? Like the nurse in Maine.

    This is spoiled, latte’ liberal hypocrisy at its worst. What the hell difference does three weeks make when measured against getting people horribly sick? As far as ebola having “little risk” of spreading in this country, you are correct.

    But are you willing to take that risk yourself? Or expose your own loved ones to it? I’m not. I can’t blame local authorities for erring on the side of caution when there is a real risk of spreading this horrible disease, no matter how small.

    So I respectfully disagree with you. We have bigger fish to fry, after all.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Narrow is the Gate by David Cox.

    2014-10-29 16:13:20View | Delete

    Point taken. I certainly wouldn’t attempt to force you to support gay marriage. For the record, I do think consenting adults should be allowed to marry anyone they want, except for people who are so closely related they are likely to produce unhealthy offspring. 20 years ago I was opposed to gay marriage, mainly because [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 16:04:53View | Delete

    Better to be vilified for speaking the truth than to be neutralized out of fear of vilification. But that’s me.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 16:03:15View | Delete

    What are they afraid of? Class-consciousness. This came out in 1984 to an extent, when Walter Mondale, a true social democrat if America has ever had one, was vilified as being too extreme, too far left. Reagan, OTOH, was somehow portrayed as “presidential” and “comfortable.” He was the guy who told Americans that we were [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:33:31View | Delete

    Little doggie! Good to see you. Of course, I agree with every word you said. Surprise! Surprise!

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Madame Jane predicts: Things are gonna to get worse, much worse by Jane Stillwater.

    2014-10-29 15:31:44View | Delete

    Magnificent rant. Recommended.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:26:03View | Delete

    Good point about the POTUS debates. They, like the running of elections themselves, are rigged by the two corporatist parties.

    “There are not two political parties in the United States; only one, with two right wings.”
    –Gore Vidal

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:23:11View | Delete

    The Greens, at least sometimes, are pretty clear about what they believe. The problem with them for me is that they also believe that capitalism can be regulated so it can work for most of us. I don’t believe that, which is why I’m a Socialist when I’m in a good mood. When I’m in [...]

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