Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Sunday Edition (.017)

Bienvenidos one and all! Thanks for surfing in and thanks for reading. This issue of the NTD Sunday Edition is packed with all the news you dread to hear, from Hillary's cheating, lying, and treasonous run for the presidency to political assassinations in Bolivia. Good stuff.

• Have you seen the Open Borders political website? Do you believe in open borders and dropping our sovereign status as a nation? Maybe you don't really know what that would mean. It would mean some group, like the United Nations, would run the USA. The Constitution would become null and void (under Obama, it already has) and the US would change into something else. Maybe we'd come around to look like Belize or Haiti. Wouldn't it be fun to have voodoo shops springing up on every corner? One more point on open borders. I did a Google search and found loads of articles touting the benefits of open borders, yet nothing against. Ya really think search engine results are not weighed out and manipulated? Ya think Santa delivers all those toys too?

• The all-star Hollywood Hippie Burning Man Festival in the desert north of Las Vegas is going strong as I write this. The Man burns on Saturday, September 3, so there is still plenty of time to get there.

• Astronomers in Hawaii say they have located a galaxy that is comprised almost entirely of black matter. How do they know this if they cannot tell us what black matter is? I'm serious here. How do they know the discovered galaxy is made up of dark matter? Is this another race baiting article by the Associated Press? All galaxies matter!

• Why do political candidates have to collect so much friggin' money in order to run for office? They'll tell you that serious candidacy is an expensive proposition. They'll tell you the television commercials alone cost millions. They'll talk about staffing costs and travel budgets and how much all those decals and posters and lapel buttons cost. Then there are the unseen costs: expensive clothes, consultants, writers, advisors, make-up artists, as well as the traveling clown entourage who lend moral support and deflect blame. All that must be paid for somehow. Still, it's not where the bulk of the money goes. So, where does it all go?

It goes to buy votes and influence, that's where it goes. It's simple influence peddling. Give me money and I'll give you what you want, or access to what you want, and when I'm president (or mayor, or governor, or senator), I'll turn a blind eye to your nefarious schemes as long as you keep on helping me to gather more influence and power.

That is what modern-day American politicians do. They sell your right to justice and pervert the law of the land so that they may become like royalty instead of elected officials. By extension, anyone who works for the government in any capacity becomes more powerful by being associated with the system. My question is, doesn't anybody work for themselves anymore?

"Do you think you're more important or smarter because you make more money than me? Well, that's just a stupid way to think. The truth is, most of you couldn't carry my water either intellectually or physically." -- Jacob Crisp

• In yet another useless, time-consuming, waste of money and resources, some of Britain’s best-loved and most watched programs, including EastEnders and Coronation Street, are to be monitored for their ethnic, gender and sexual orientation diversity as part of a new scheme to be rolled out eventually across the whole of British television.

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky are all taking part in Project Diamond, a scheme which will gather data on the gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity of all key staff working in television production, from the actors to the sound technicians.

All of the information will be fed into an encrypted computer system which will anonymize the data and allow trends to be monitored.

• Hey! No staged shootings anywhere or beheadings in the desert this week!

• What's going on in Syria this week? I suppose the media will let me know if our side is winning or our side is losing...

• San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers' preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick's decision: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to show just how ignorant they are of American history, politics, and human nature. These pampered athletes are the rich elite among the common citizenry and not known for their intellect.

• In a shocking development in Bolivia, striking workers - who were demanding more mining concessions with less stringent environmental rules - kidnapped and "savagely beat to death" 56-year-old Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is calling Friday a day of "deep pain" for the country following the violent murder of Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes on his way to negotiate with striiking mine-workers. Illanes "was kidnapped, tortured and murdered," Morales said. As Reuters reports, officials said he died of blows to the head.

Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices.

The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies, who promise to put more cash in their pockets. President Evo Morales, who began as a champion of the working class and privatized the nation's mining industry, only to see his support crater amid the downturn. Striking miners say Morales has become a shill of the rich, and done little to help them make ends meet as the economy slows.

Deputy Minister Rodolfo Illanes, whose formal title is vice minister of the interior regime, had traveled Thursday to the scene of the violent protests in an effort to negotiate with the strikers who armed themselves with dynamite and seized several highways.

As AP reports, the fatal beating came after the killings of two protesters in clashes with police Wednesday, deaths that likely fueled the tensions.

Illanes, who was also a lawyer and university professor, had gone to Panduro, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of La Paz, to open a dialogue with the miners.

Just kidding! Not really!
Of course, I'm joking! Or am I?
They had blockaded the highway there since Monday, stranding thousands of vehicles and passengers.

Officials said he was taken hostage by the miners Thursday morning. At midday Illanes said on his Twitter account: "My health is fine, my family can be calm." There were reports that he had heart problems.

Illanes' body was later found abandoned on the side of the highway, his car burned.

This could be a new trend as far as the way politicians and leaders of nations (and banks) are treated. We can only hope for justice at this point in the evolution of socialism and worldwide tyranny.

All righty then. It's not often I have visitors out here at the North Texas Drifter world headquarters because I'm on the edge of being a long drive from anywhere; regardless, one pilgrim finally showed up. I found him to be worthy and gave him his own personal guitar chord. If he practices with diligence, he may one day gain total consciousness whenever he plays Purple Haze. He couldn't wait to get back home to start practicing.

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