How Did I Miss That? Political Porn and Rhino Horns

Take a gander at the two tabs on the far left.

How Did I Miss That? Political Porn and Rhino Horns.

Indicating the site is not in the tank for all conservatives, Conservative Daily joined lots of less political websites in reporting that Mike Webb, who claims to be a “conservative independent” but is running as a Republican for Congress in the Eighth District of Virginia was posting a screen shot of his computer on Facebook but neglected to remove two pornography tabs.

Oops.

Pornography or indecency is really a culture-bound idea. Look at all those countries that force women to be covered head to toe because if men could see…well, anything…they would not be able to control themselves.

Not to go too deeply into the porn weeds, but Japanese tastes are pretty strange by U.S. standards, with a strong leaning toward what we would consider pedophilia—little girls in school uniforms. And then there are the vending machines with used panties.

Even Japan had to draw a line, I guess, and so they indicted artist Megumi Igarashi for building a kayak based on a 3D scan of her vagina. She was released from jail after over 21,000 people signed an on line petition in her support. NPR quoted 3DPrint.com complaining of the arrest in the same country that celebrates Kahamara Matsuri (“Festival of the Steel Phallus”), which “includes a parade that features models and sculptures of male genitalia.”

I was hoping my cousin Ray Sixkiller would have a stiff rejoinder, but I’ve never seen his face so red. CNN later reported that Igarashi was acquitted of obscene boating but convicted of sending computer files to duplicate the vagina kayak.

Speaking of red, The Daily Beast called out the Republican Party for scheduling a convention in what it called a “Commie Convention Hotel.” Like the Green Bay Packers, the Hilton Cleveland Downtown is locally owned. The taxpayers of Cuyahoga County built it and own it and therefore its “very existence contradicts party orthodoxy on private enterprise, less government, and lower taxes.”

The GOP’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, released a list of 11 judges he would consider for the Supreme Court, including one who has compared gay sex to necrophilia and bestiality.

Texas Monthly reported the following from the Texas Republican Party platform: “Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that has been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nation’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.

Cousin Ray said it sounds like they are bucking for a Supreme Court appointment but wondered if they really meant to claim homosexuality is shared by the majority of Texans?

The Guardian reported that retired teacher Mary Lou Bruner lost the runoff in her run for Texas State Board of Education. She led into the runoff with 48 percent of the vote after posting on Facebook claims that Barack Obama was a gay prostitute, climate change is a hoax concocted by Karl Marx and that Obama’s healthcare overhaul was an orchestrated plot to wipe 200 million people from the US population. She also wrote that Noah’s flood is what destroyed the dinosaurs.

“I get it,” Cousin Ray snickered. “They went the way of the unicorns.”

The New York Times reported that some 20 veterans and military organizations sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs demanding a crackdown on for profit colleges and trade schools, many of which deliver no educational value but could not exist without the GI Bill. It’s not that the government doesn’t know about the ripoffs. A Senate report in 2014 found that seven of the eight for profit schools that received the greatest amount of GI Bill money were under state or federal investigation for misleading students.

Problems include poorly credentialed faculty, lack of meaningful admission requirements, low graduation rates, and overstating the numbers of graduates who found work.

“There is no truth to the rumor,” Cousin Ray snarked, “that Donald Trump thinks he is in the best position to crack down on these ripoffs because of his relevant experience with Trump University.”

The Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Citizens’ Voice reported that Tenth Street Elementary School teacher Amy Kosco apologized for emails comparing proposed accommodations for a special needs student to appeasing Adolf Hitler and opining “it would be nice if we spent this much extra time” on students who are “going to amount to something.”

The German transnational corporation that made a fortune by patenting and trademarking a traditional healing substance from willow bark, Bayer AG, has made a tender offer to acquire the U.S. transnational corporation, Monsanto.

Bayer actually did invent something: a method to synthesize the healing substance rather than extracting it from plants. They also coined the name that they still have trademarked in a few jurisdictions, Aspirin.

The behemoth seed company was known among family farmers in Indiana when I taught there as “the outfit that turns farmers into sharecroppers” because of Monsanto’s tactic of suing farmers downwind of fields using Monsanto seed for patent infringement. Not many farmers can afford to litigate with Monsanto.

“Bayer or Monsanto?” Cousin Ray was undecided. “I’ll get back to you after I figure out whether Trump or Clinton is worse for the U.S. We all know which one is an Indian fighter.”

My Republican cousin smiled when I remembered out loud that Richard Nixon was horrible for the country but pretty good for Indians.

Juan Williams published an op-ed in The Hill that should have been headed, “Be Careful What You Wish For!” Williams pointed out that the national polls are beginning to show the Trump-Clinton race within the margin of error.

However, the Electoral College numbers tell another story. Trump needs to hold Romney’s 2012 vote. Of those states, Georgia and Arizona are thought to be up for grabs. The Indian vote matters in Arizona. It’s nigh impossible to poll the Indian vote, but based on talking to lots of politically active Indians and reading Indian media, I do not see a lot of enthusiasm for an Indian fighter like Trump.

Let’s say Trump somehow manages to hold the Romney vote. He still has to scare up 64 more votes in the Electoral College. Williams points out that Trump could turn Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida—none sure things—and he still loses.

So what did Hillary Clinton wish for? After Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Supreme Court, 5-4, the newly elected junior senator from New York said, “I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral college and move to the popular election of our president.”

If the Electoral College had been abolished, the polling data show that Clinton would be in deep trouble.

CNN Money reported that the boycott of North Carolina begun by Bruce Springsteen over the anti-transgender law has cost the state about $200,000 in ticket sales alone. The Potty Purity law has also cost hundreds of part time jobs for workers at the aborted concerts and hundreds of full time jobs that just are not going to happen.

Sports Chew reported that 78 percent of NFL players and 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy within five years of retirement.

Yahoo News reported that surveillance video showed the thief who made off with $700 worth of donated animal food from the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. All that was left when shelter workers arrived the next morning was one small bag of kitten food. No arrests have been made.

On the first day after the news, people started showing up to donate jumbo bags of dog and cat kibble, more than replenishing the empty pantry. Within a week, the shelter had replaced the stolen food many times over. A month later, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported that the donations had kept coming long enough that the victimized shelter was passing on animal food to other shelters in the area.

NBC reported that Flo Matheson, 77, is running for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District currently held by Diane Black (R). The Democratic challenger’s uphill slog got harder when police served a search warrant at Matheson’s home and seized more than 180 marijuana plants.

While she claimed the growing operation belonged to a tenant, she also said, “I smoke marijuana . . . two or three times a week.” Matheson said of marijuana prohibition, “I don’t feel that bad about breaking a bad law.”

“Sounds like,” Cousin Ray smiled, “she sewed up Willie Nelson’s support.”

This last item goes out to tribal game managers, to be filed under “You think you have poaching problems?”

Great Big Story reported on the most numerous herd of surviving black rhinos in Kruger National Park, South Africa. They lost 1200 rhinos to poachers in 2014, but cut losses to 1175 last year. Ten poachers a day enter the park and they take no meat—just the horns, considered a “status symbol” to some alleged human beings. Seventy percent of the horns become status markers for rich people and 30 percent go to quack medicine. The horns sell for $95,000 per kilogram.

The black rhino is one of five surviving subspecies and one of three that are critically endangered. Cousin Ray noticed that the scientific name of another critically endangered subspecies—the Greater One-Horned rhino, found in India—is Rhinoceros unicornis. “So,” he said, “some of the unicorns didmake it to Noah’s ark!”

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