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How Did I Miss That? Political Porn and Rhino Horns

Steve Russell
5/27/16

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.”

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