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Monday, November 12, 2012



I was at my local Democratic Headquarters watching the election on Tuesday, November 6,2012 when the President re-elect Barack Obama won the 2012 election against Presidential candidate, good ol' Nit-wit shit-for-brains Mitt Romney!

Yeah! It was really sweet!

Obama was the first to get 272 electoral votes, which was 2 more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Of course, it would be a few more days before all the votes were finally counted. We didn't know if we were going to win Florida yet. That one was still up in the air. Of course, even without Florida, Obama would have still won anyway.

But after the final vote counts came in, we won Florida!

For the past couple of months, I had been hanging out at my local Democratic Headquarters on Tuesdays and Thursdays, doing unpaid volunteer work, making phone calls to people in Florida, because it was one of those critical swing states. In the election polls, it had been a toss-up.

But now, the only tossing up was done by Romney when he lost the election!

Yeah! He was tossing up, and crapping in his diapers! Poor baby!

Anyway, here are the final election results after all the votes have come in.

As you can see, Florida turned blue on the map. So, we have 25 states that are a nice pretty Obama Blue and 25 states are are Retard Romney Red on the map!

Again, the final Electoral vote count.

Yeah! Clint Eastwood, you fucking retard! You really started something, when during the RNC Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida back in August 31,2012 when you got up there on the stage, talking to an empty chair, and pretending it was Obama!

Well, if Barack Obama is a chair, then  . . . . . Mitt Romney is a toilet! OK?

Two can play at this game! Eh?

Anyway . . . . .

When Barack Obama won in is re-election as President, he really mopped up the floor with poor pathetic little piss-pants Mitt Romney!

Yeah! We really rattled his tea-cups, and then . . . . .

. . . . . we sent Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan back home on the short-bus to get their diapers changed, and back to Kindergarten! 

Aw! Poor babies! The Big Bad Obama Man beat the ever-living crap outta you in the election, and he broke all your tea-cups! Sorry! But your little Mad Hatter's Tea Party is over! Yeah, we sent you back down the rabbit hole, and then we broke your magic looking glass, and smashed your tea cups!

Yes, I'm beginning to feel a little bit more optimistic now about the future of America. When the Democrats won the election, and defeated the Republicans, America just grew up a little more.

And the Republicans really got schooled!!!

Listen up Republicans! Listen good and listen tight!!!


Ohio really did go to President Obama, he really did win!

He really was born in Hawaii, and he really is, legitimately, president of the United States again!

And The Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month!

And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy!

And the polls were not skewed to over-sample Democrats!

And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad!

Nate Silver was doing math!

And climate change is real!

And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes!

And evolution is a thing!

And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us!

And nobody is taking away anyone's guns!

And taxes have not gone up!

And the deficit is dropping, actually!

And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction!

And the moon landing was real!

And FEMA is not building concentration camps!

And UN election observers are not taking over Texas!

And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism!

Yeah! The Republicans got schooled!

Also, I must add . . . . .

The earth really is 4.5 billion years old, and the universe really is about 14 billions years old, and not a mere 6,000 years!

There really was NO Genesis flood, and there was NO Noah, and even if there was, he did not have dinosaurs on the ark, and there was no ark! It really is just a fairy tale!

And evolution really is a fact!


Yeah, Republicans! You have just been schooled!

Anyway . . . . .

I'm so very happy the Obama won in this crazy 2012 election.

I just want to shout out and cheer fore the Big Obama Man!!!





I would like to have had a blue mini-skirt to wear, and a couple of blue pom poms to wave while cheering for the Big Obama Man when he won his re-election for President.

OK, Mr. President!

Now get back out there and do some more Presidenting!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012


OK, this is not going to be a really long article. That's because I'm really tired, and emotionally exhausted. This has been the craziest election year I have ever seen in my entire life!

Eventually, I will get around to posting a much longer article. But, I'm much too tired, and I need to rest.

But now, I feel very happy and contented, because OBAMA HAS WON!!!

Now, I can just kick back and relax, and just allow myself to go limp.

This past year, I have been mentally and emotionally stressed out. In addition to this being the craziest election year, it has also been the most frightening! Yeah, these right-wing religious extremists in the Republican party really scare the ever-livin' bee-jeebers outts me!

But, now I'm so happy that I can laugh and cry at the same time. I'm a merry as a school boy! I'm as giddy as a drunken man!

Here's to you Obama!

Here's to Barack Obama, and his lovely wife, Michelle Obama. Aren't they a cute couple! 

Yeah! I think Obama is the cutest President we have ever had! If I were to meet Obama in person, instead of shaking his hand, I would want to give him a hug myself, and even a little kiss on the cheek. And I'm not even gay! I'm straight, but I'm just very emotional and passionate. That's just the way I am.

I'm just so glad that Nit-wit shit-for-brains Mitt Romney did not win this 2012 Presidential election. That would have been and absolute disaster for America!

Yeah! We sent Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan back home to Kindergarten on the short bus! They both needed to go home and get their diapers changed!

Yea! Obama! He's da man!!! 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012







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Sunday, October 28, 2012



OK, Democratic President Barack Obama didn't do very well in his first Presidential debate with Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, back in Tuesday, October 3,2012. The one fault I see in Obama, is that he is just too much of a gentleman and he needed to be more aggressive.

The only reason why Nit-wit Mitt Romney won in the first Presidential debate, is because he's a smooth talking liar, and a really good liar can often sound very convincing.

I believe that President Obama was sincere, honest, and truthful during the first debate. But, he simply should have been a little bit more aggressive, and tried to call Romney out on his bull shit!!!

Yeah, people are more likely to believe a smooth talking liar than to believe a non-aggressive person who is telling the truth.
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. 
Mark Twain

Then . . . on Thursday, October 11,2012 was the Vice-presidential between Democratic Vice-president, Joe Biden, and Republican Vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan. 

Yeah! Joe Bidden mopped up the debate floor with Paul Ryan!!!

Yeah! Way to go Joe!!!

This calls for for a drink in celebration!

Then came the second Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Tuesday, October 16,2012 and as usual, Mitt Romney lied like a piss-socked wet rug on a shit-house floor!

Yeah! Liar liar, pants on fire! His nose is longer than a telephone wire!

Oh! But it gets even better!!!

Then, came the third and final Presidential debate on Monday, October 22,2012 between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Shit Romney!

Here is where Mitt Romney politically drops his pants and exposes himself for what he really is! Yeah, a moronic fool and an absolute tool to boot!

It was during their discussion on the military and foreign policy when Mitt Romney made the following comment . . .

"The Navy is too small and has fewer ships than it did in 1916."

 To which, Obama replied . . . . .

"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."

And Obama went on to say . . .

"It's not a game of battleship where we're counting ships, it's 'What are our capabilities?'"

WOW! Obama made Romney look like an absolute fool!!!

OK, I'm sure that I love horses as much as Mitt Romney does. In fact, I like animals much more than Mitt Romney, because, unlike him . . . I would NEVER strap a dog down on top of a car and go for a 12 hour drive!!!

 Anyway . . . . . . .

Here is a really cute video game I found at:

And here is a screen shot I took while playing the video.

 Horses and Bayonets Game: Help 
Obama win! Throw horses and 
bayonets on Mitt Romney!
To play this game, you just simply click your mouse on the screen to drop horses and bayonets on Mitt Romney as he quickly moves from side to side.

So, just go to the above mentioned web site link.

And have fun!

Monday, October 1, 2012



And by the way . . .

Yesterday, September 30,2012 was my 61st birthday. I was born
September 30,1951 up in Northern Minnesota.

Anyway . . . . . on to my latest topic.


OK, before I talk about the recent Republican National Convention, and the more Recent Democratic National Convention, I have some books that I highly recommend for all of my interested readers.

Over the past few months or so, I have ordered these following books from Barnes & Nobel.

This one is by Chris Mooney published just this year in 2012, an excellent book! THE REPUBLICAN BRAIN - The Science of Why They Deny Science - And Reality. Brain scans have revealed that there is actually some structural and neurological differences between the brains of liberals and conservatives.

This book was published back in back in 2005 and the paperback edition was published in 2006, also by Chris Mooney, titled The REPUBLICAN WAR on SCIENCE. I haven't finished reading this one yet. I'm about half-way through it.

Here is another one of my all time favorites by Charles P Pierce published in 2009 titled IDIOT AMERICA - How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free. Yeah, many Republicans actually believe that the earth is only 6000 years old, and they would love to have their Creationist fairy tales inserted into high school science textbooks! 

Yeah, uh huh! Creationist fairy tales! Like, you know, the one about how a man was made from a lump of dirt, and a woman made from one of his ribs, and how dirt-man and rib-lady were placed in a magical garden with a magical tree bearing magical fruit that they weren't allowed to eat, and how they were tempted into doing so by a talking snake with legs! Uh huh! It all makes perfect sense! Doesn't it?


And of course, my all time favorite fairy tale from the BUY-BULL is the one about the Genesis flood, and how Noah and his three sons traveled all over the world and brought back polar bears from The North Pole, penguins from The South Pole, and kangaroos from Australia, and that they put saddles on dinosaurs and rode them back to the ark!

Gee! Like, that also makes sense! Eh?

Sorry Republicans! But The Flintstones is NOT a documentary!!!

And these bed-wetting ignoramuses want to run this country???  Oh! Parish the thought!

Hell, there's not a dry pair of pants among them!

I propose, that the Republican party ditch the noble elephant as their symbol and . . . . .

. . . adopt this one instead!!!

Yeah! I think this would be a more appropriate symbol for the Republican party, a dinosaur with a horse's saddle on it's back!

And of course, another book I would like to recommend to all my readers. 

This is one of the latest books published this year in 2012 written by Sean Faircloth titled ATTACK OF THE THEOCRATS! How The Religious Right Harms Us All And what We can Do About it - A Harrowing True Tale Told By Sean Faircloth.

I highly recommend these books to anyone who is concerned about the future of America and the future of science education in our public schools. 

OK, now back to the recent Republican National Convention . . .

I no longer have Cable TV anymore because Time Werner keeps raising the cost of the monthly bills, so I had unsubscribe to Cable TV because their programming is mostly crap! So now, I can put that money aside, and save up toward building a new computer. Yeah, I'm a computer geek, and I like to buy the parts and assemble the computer myself. It's much cheaper that way.

So, I had watched BOTH the Republican National Convention AND the Democratic National Convention on the Internet instead. 

Actually, I watched the Democratic National Convention at the Democratic Headquarters here in El Paso, Texas. I have been hanging out there every Tuesday and Thursday, making calls to encourage people to support Obama and getting out to vote.

Anyway . . . . .

The Democratic National Convention was by far more interesting, and more informative, because, they actually talked about the important issues, like, the economy, education, women's health care issues, civil rights and civil liberties, and also, climate change, etc. etc. Yes, global warming is a well established scientific fact.

On the other hand (or wing) the Republican National Convention was as boring as watching paint dry! I actually fell asleep through it. Then it got to be more fun to watch, when Clint Eastwood got up, and talked to an empty chair, pretending that it was Obama.

I just got to say, that was the highlight of the Republican National Convention! It reminded me of  a song by Niel Diamond "I Am I said" an old song from 1970. 

Yeah! Good ol' Clint Eastwood must be getting senile in his old age. OK, it's perfectly normal for little children to go around talking to an imaginary invisible person. I'm sure we've all done this when we were just little kids, however, children eventually outgrow that sort of thing. But, apparently, Clint Eastwood has not!

OK, I use to enjoy watching Clint Eastwood movies. Of course, I have always known he is a Republican and a conservative, but I didn't realize how far he was to the extreme right he is, and just what kind of  a right-wing wacko he really is, until he made a jackass of himself, talking to a chair! WOW! What a total fucking retard! I have lost all respect for him that I might have had,  and I will NEVER  ABSOLUTELY NEVER watch another Clint Eastwood movie ever again for as long as I live. 

Sorry Jimbo! But you blew it! Actually, not only do your blow, but YOU SUCK!!!

Yeah! Clint Eastwood is in his 80s and still wearing diapers!

Clint Eastwood is probably so delusional that he hears chairs talking back to him!

But the biggest MORON in the Republican party is the one who's running for President, Good ol' Nit wit Shit-for-brains- Mitt Romney himself. 

Yeah, he is of the Mormon religion, and so, like many Mormons, he probably wears magic underwear, and no doubt, he wears diapers underneath his magic underwear!

So, good ol' Mittens is BOTH a Mormon AND a MORON! Yeah! There is only one letter difference between the two! Just drop the second M.

Also, just like so many Christian, or rather, Christard Funny-mentalists, he doesn't know jack-shit about science. A prime example:

Recently, Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, had attended a  $6 million dollar Beverly Hills fundraiser in California. While she was flying, on board her plane there was a short which resulted in an electrical fire, and the passenger compartment began filling with smoke. The plane had to make an emergency landing. Ann Romney and some other passengers were overcome by the smoke and they had to be treated in a hospital emergency room. OK, she's fine. She and her fellow passengers have recovered.

But after the incident, Mitt Romney had publicly commented that passenger jets should have windows that can be rolled down to let in fresh air.

Yeah, Mitt Romney said the following . . . . . 

"When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no — and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem."


First of all, when you're flying at a cruising altitude of 32,000 to 35,000 feet, there is very little or almost no oxygen outside of the plane. Also, the cabin pressure inside the plane is much greater than the atmospheric pressure outside of the plane. So, even if you could open a window (which of course your can't) the air inside the plane would blow out through the open window.


Also . . . if you happen to be sitting in a seat by the open window, and if you're stupid enough to not have your seat belt fastened, then you would get blown out through the window!!!

So, it would be, by by Romney! And good riddance! 

Of course, if the plane were to descend to a much lower altitude, like, perhaps 10,000 feet or down to about 7,000 feet, then opening a window would let in fresh air from outside. But that would not be wise either, because if you're flying at a cruising speed of over 500 miles per hour, a 500 mile an hour breeze coming in from an open window would cause stuff inside the cabin that is not secured down to go flying around inside the passenger compartment, and people would get clobbered by flying food trays and hand bags and what not!

So, there is a damn good reason why airplane windows are not made to roll down.

Oh! Yes indeed! Mitt Romney is a very innovative thinker!

I can hardly wait for him to come up with some more of his brilliant ideas!

Like . . . . .

  . . . . . Screen doors on submarines!

Or, perhaps . . . . .

 . . . . . Helicopter ejection seats!

Like, OH COME ON!!!

Not even Mitt Romney could possibly be that stupid!!!

Or could he?

Well, anyone who believes in wearing Mormon Magic Underwear can't be all that bright.

Hey Mitt Romney! Who needs the Secrete Service for protection when you have on your Mormon Magic Underwear? Eh?

Also, you need a special detergent to wash your magic underwear. 

And be sure to change your diaper before putting your clean magic underwear back on again. Yeah! There ya go, Baby!!!

And hey, Mitt! If you're a good little boy, you won't get sent to bed without supper!

Oh! And since my blog, THE BIGGEST FATTEST BLOG, is devoted to the love of food and gluttony, I should have something here concerning food.

Yeah! A nice heaping plate of Rice Moroni The Salt Lake City Treat!

Of course, if you're a Mormon, you can't drink alcohol, you can't smoke, and you can't even have coffee or anything with caffeine, so it must really suck to be a Mormon, and poor ol' Mitt Romney, not only can't drink, but he can't even think! That's because his a moron!

And, he also believes in wearing magic underwear because he believes it will protect him from knives and guns. YEAH RIGHT!!!

Uh huh! Like, we know! We know!

Sorry Mitt Romney, but again . . . . .


Of course, when it comes to absolute moronic stupidity and major fuck-tardery, Mitt Romney is only just the tip of the ice burg.

And speaking of ice burgs . . . . .

This year, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic back in the year 1912 when the ship struck an ice burg.

And we all better hope like Hell that the Republicans do not win the 2012 Presidential Election, because, if that happens, the USA will surely go down in 2012 just like the Titanic went down in 1912.

Yeah! As I have said . . . when it comes to retardary, Mit Romney is only the tip of the ice burg.

I have been keeping a score card of all the stupid comments publicly made by Republican candidates all through out 2011 and 2012 and it's getting to where it's really not funny anymore.

For example:

 Michele Bachmann has said the black families were better off under slavery.

"A child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President."

The fact is, that black families were not better off under slavery. Quite often, black families were broken up, husbands and wives separated, children taken away from parents, brothers and sisters separated, all sold off to different plantations, never seeing each other ever again.

Also, according to some Republicans, people who are on disability, poor people, families on food stamps and senior citizens are just stray dogs and scavenging raccoons, and according to former President Bush, I'm not a citizen of the USA because I'm not a christian.

Yeah! Sound really familiar, just like Mitt Romney's more recent comments he made about 47% percent of all Americans.

"My job is not to worry about the 47 percent of people who don't pay income taxes. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Mitt Romney does not know what the Hell he's talking about.

True, retired people on Social Security do not pay income taxes on their pension checks, but when they were working, they paid income taxes, and a certain amount was deducted from their pay checks which goes into Social Security, so, these retirees had paid into the system.

Also, college students don't have to pay income taxes. The 47% percent that Mitt Romney has been referring to are not freeloaders shirking their responsibilities. No, many of them re students, teachers, fire fighters, cops, etc. etc. middle income families struggling to make ends meet.

Oh! And there some more really good stuff.

Yeah, and then there was another fuck-tard, Foster Friess, who was campaigning for Rick Santorum.  

Foster Friess has said the following . . . . .

"On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly." 

And of course, good ol' Rick The Prick Santorum believes that a college education is indoctrination.

"I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely. The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country."

So, Rick The Prick thinks a college education is indoctrination! Eh?

WHAT??? You mean, as opposed to religious indoctrination???

Yeah, uh huh! Students perusing a science degree is somehow harmful to America!


And here in the state of Texas, we have another prick named Rick, good ol' Governor Good Hair Rick Perry of Texas.

He's another right-wing Christard Funny-mentalist who is opposed to science and the scientific method.

Allow me to introduce you to Governor Rick Perry of Texas.

Governor Rick Perry once allowed an innocent man to be executed, despite the fact that DNA evidence proved, that the death row inmate was not present at the crime scene. But Rick Perry rejects science, especially DNA evidence, because DNA also proves EVOLUTION!!!

Here in Texas, lethal injection is used. The inmate is strapped down to the gurney and the arms are strapped down to the armrests that extend straight out at the sides, and a needle is inserted into each arm, with one needle administrating a saline solution, while the needle in the other arm administers the lethal drug.

Governor Rick Perry loves it when they use the gurney to administer lethal injections to death row inmates. That's because, with the armrests extended out to the sides, it looks like a cross!!!

Glory halleluiah! Amen!

I could go on and on and on and on and on about how stupid and moronic the Republican party has become. 

Oh! Here's another really good one!

Some Republicans are so stucking fupid, Whoops! I mean, so fucking stupid that they can't tell the difference between a woman and a female duck!!!

Yeah! That's right! Some Republicans, like Todd Akin, can not tell the difference between a woman and a female duck!

This is concerning  some moronic comment that Todd Akin said about rape, the women do not get pregnant from rape.

In a recent interview, in which the Republican Senate candidate from Missouri, Todd Akin, had admitted that he believes abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape, because . . . . . 

"if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."  

In another words Ladies . . .  if you say you got pregnant after being raped, you’re probably lying about the rape part! Yeah, at least according to Todd Akin.

But, he is wrong about the science concerning rape.

The scientific facts are far from being on Akin’s side. While it may be true that female ducks have evolved in such a way that they now have a biological anti-pregnancy response to forced sex, human beings most definitely have not. 

As the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff notes, many scientific studies have proven that the you-only-conceive-if-aroused theory is complete bunk. In fact, one study from 2003 even showed that rape victims may be more likely to get pregnant than individuals on the whole.

So, either Todd Akin does not know the difference between a woman and a female duck, or else, he thinks that a woman has a duck's vagina! 

For more information on female ducks, and how they have evolved a protective mechanism that prevents the eggs from being fertilized in the event of forced sex from the male, check out the following article from Scientific American.

OK, ya stupid Republicans!

Which one is the woman, and which one is the duck?

About 99 out of 100 republicans failed this simple test!

Well, I could go on and on about how stupid the Republican party has become.

But, it has not always been this way. There was once a time when the Republican party was a great institution. It was the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant.

Back then, the old Republican party was the progressive party that looked forward to the future. It was the party that abolished slavery.

If I have been living back in the mid to late 1800s, then I would have been proud to have been a Republican! I'm so grateful that The North won the civil war. 

The greatest Republican Presidents that America ever had were Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S Grant who later on was elected President Ulysses S Grant.

Of course, as President, he administration was rocked by some political scandals, but it was because President Grant had trusted the wrong people. A president is only as good as the people he works with, and if his administration is not fully co-operative then he can't do his job.

Now, I have found out some really cool things about Ulysses S Grant than I had never known before until recently, because, very little is mentioned of this of this in most school history textbooks, and I didn'k know about this, until I read about in in an on line NEWS article from AlterNet, to which I am subscriped.

Here is a link to said article, titled:

Five People Who Bravely Fought Christian Takeover of America

It mentions five people who stood up and fought against past attempts against a Christian Fundamentalist take-over of America. But I'll only quote a part of the article, because one of those five brave people was Ulysses S Grant, and the reason why, is because of a speech the Ulysses S Grant had given on September 30,1875 about 137 years ago, and September 30 happens to be on my birthday!!!


Ulysses S. Grant: U.S. Grant is best known for being a hard fighting (and hard drinking) Civil War general and later a scandal-plagued president. His advocacy of church-state separation is less well known.

Grant had his share of problems during his presidency, but on the issue of church-state separation he showed true leadership. Sadly, this tends to get overlooked today.

During Grant’s presidency, the concept of tax-supported public education began to slowly spread across the nation. More and more states were adopting laws establishing public schools and even mandating attendance. But there was a problem: People could not agree on what role religion should play in the schools.

In 1844, there were riots in Philadelphia between Catholics and Protestants over what version of the Bible would be read in schools. Tensions simmered for years. Protestants insisted that since they were the majority in the country, the schools should reflect their theology. Catholics fumed that their rights were being violated and proposed that the federal government give them money to start their own schools that would inculcate Catholicism.

Grant had a better idea: No tax money for religious schools and no religious worship in the public schools. Keeping public schools secular, Grant proposed, would be in the best interests of the nation.

On Sept. 30, 1875, Grant addressed a gathering of former Union soldiers. He could have played it safe and offered some reminisces about the war. Instead, he decided to address the school issue.

“Let us all labor to add all needful guarantees for the security of free thought, free speech, a free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men irrespective of nationality, color or religion,” Grant said. “Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar, appropriated for their support, shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian schools. Resolve that neither the state nor nation, nor both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford to every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical dogmas. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate. With these safeguards, I believe the battles which created the Army of the Tennessee will not have been fought in vain.”

Grant was ahead of his time. While some state courts adopted his vision and struck down laws mandating school prayer in the latter half of the 19th century, the U.S. Supreme Court did not declare official school prayer a violation of the First Amendment until 1962.
Yeah, Ulysses S Grant was very well known for drinking a lot of Whiskey and smoking cigars. 

But what isn't generally well know is his support for public school education. It's a damn shame that most of our school history textbooks don't mention more of this.  

So, Ulysses S Grant was a man way ahead of his time!

Yes, here are two of the greatest Republicans in our entire history.

President Abraham Lincoln and General, later to be Elected, President Ulysses S Grant, or two greatest Republicans in American history.

So, President Ulysses S Grant support public education, that is, public secular education, therefore, he supported science and math education, unlike today's Republican retards who wish to do away with science education, and instead, teach Creationist fairy tales!

If Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant were alive today, they would be shocked and appalled by what has become of the Republican party! No doubt, Ulysses S Gran would call them all fucking retards!

Anyway . . . . .

After reading more about Ulysses S Grant, and about the speech he had given on September 30,1875 to retired Northern Civil War veterans concerning public school education, then, I feel that my birthday being on September 30 is kind of special. 

I have come across even more articles after doing a Google search about Ulysses S Grant and his speech on September 30,1875 which was 137 years ago.

Now, that's why I feel that my birthday very special to me.
And so, I celebrated my birthday by having a straight double-shot of whiskey and I smoked a cigar.
That is what I will do from now on when it is my birthday.
Yes, from or on, I shall raise a glass with a straight double-shot of whiskey and smoke a cigar to honor Ulysses S Grant.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012



As always, please click on the 
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Astronomy has always been my most favorite science topic. My mother had taught me how to read before I had even started going to school and by the time I was only in the third grade, I could already read at high school and adult level. I was in the second grade when I checked out my very first Astronomy book from the school library, and it immediately sparked my interested. I wanted to know more, so I began checking out more books on astronomy until I had read almost every Astronomy book at grade school level.

I was living in a small town up in northern Minnesota, and both the high school and elementary grades were in the same building. The school library consisted of two rooms where one room was for grade level books and the other room had high school level books.

So, after having read all the Astronomy books at grade school level, the teachers allowed me to check out books at the high school level, and during the summer vacation when school was out, I spent most of my time in the public library, reading Astronomy books, and science books in general that were at adult level. I was only 9 years old at the time.

I also became interested in books on Paleontology, books on dinosaurs, and evolution, and books on Geology. I was fascinated by Geology. I had a thing for mountains and deep canyons. I also enjoyed books on evolution and was particularly fascinated by dinosaurs.

So, I was interested in the really BIG THINGS!

Yeah! Big things, like Geology, the mountains, canyons, and the oceans of planet Earth, and of amphibians and reptiles, and really big things like dinosaurs, and even bigger things as in the science of Astronomy.

And so, I got more and more into Astronomy, a major obsession of mine. I was overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the universe. As a kid, the world seem like a pretty big place to me. I remember how we would go from Duluth Minnesota, which is on the tip of Lake Superior, to Milwaukee Wisconsin to see Grandma, and it was a journey of about 300 miles. So, traveling at an average speed of about 70 miles per hour, it should have taken about four and a half hours to get there. But then, having to stop for gas, and having to stop to eat at a restaurant, and for restroom breaks, the trip usually took about six hours.

Well, the earth is about 7,920 miles in diameter and about 24,868 (I'm using round numbers) miles in circumference. So, if there was a tunnel through the earth, and if  we could drive through the 7,920 mile tunnel at a steady speed of  70 miles per hour without stopping for gas, or lunch, or restroom breaks, it would take about 113 hours, or 4.7 days to drive through the tunnel. And if we were to drive around the earth's equator, a journey of 24,868 miles at 70 miles per hour, it would take a little bit more than 352 and a half hours, or almost 14.7 days, just over two weeks to complete the journey.

Of course, we can't drill a tunnel through the earth, and we can't drive a car around the earth's equator. I'm just using this example to demonstrate how big the earth is and to get a feeling for its size. This is only just an illustration of how long it would take to drive all those miles.

So, to me, when I was just a kid, the earth seemed like a pretty big ball.

I became more curious about the world, and before I got into Astronomy, I was into Geography. I had a globe of the earth, and I loved to collect maps. When our family went on trips, every time we stopped at a gas station, I just had to collect road maps. This was back in the 1960s when you could get lots of road maps free from any gas station, and so, during our family trips, the car would get cluttered with lots and lots and lots of road maps! Thanks to me!!!

Then, I wanted to know what was inside the earth, and what was at the bottoms of the oceans, so I started reading books on Geology, and books about the oceans. I learned that the highest mountain on the earth is Mount Everest,  who's summit is 29,035 feet above sea level or almost 5 and a half miles tall.  

Mount Everest is 29,035 feet or almost 5.5 miles tall

Yeah! That's one really great big fat mountain alright! Then I learned that the Grand Canyon is about 277 miles long, about 18 miles wide, and over 6,000 feet deep.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and 
it's 18 miles wide and over 6000 feet deep

Yeah! That's one great big fat canyon alright! Then there is the Mariana Trench, deep in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the biggest and fattest ocean on our planet. The Mariana Trench is 1,580 miles long, about 43 miles wide, and 36,000 feet or 6.8 miles deep! So the Mariana Trench is about 5.7 times as long, about 2.38 times as wide, and 6 times as deep as The Grand Canyon! If Mount Everest were placed down in the Mariana Trench, it would take a dunking. It would be in really deep water way over it's head, about 7,000 feet over it's head!

The Mariana Trench deep in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is 
1,580 miles long, 43 miles  wide, and just over 36,000 feet deep

Yeah! That's one really great big fat canyon down in the bottom of the sea! So, we have some really great big fat things on our planet Earth.

Oh, but wait!!! 

Mars is just a skinny little planet, only 4,220 miles in diameter, just a little bit more than half the size of the earth. But it has some even bigger and fatter things than you will ever find on the earth! The tallest mountain on Mars is Olympus Mons, a really huge volcanic mountain that is about 14 miles tall, or about 73,920 feet above the surround flat lands. It is about 2.5 times as tall as Mount Everest. In fact, it's the highest mountain on any planet in the entire solar system! The base of the mountain, Olympus Mons, is big enough to cover the entire state of New Mexico! 

Now, if Olympus Mons were on the earth, instead of on Mars, the top of the mountain would be way up there at 73,920 feet above sea level where the atmosphere is so thin that you would almost need a space suit to just climb to the top of the mountain. There would be no breathable oxygen at that height.

A typical commercial passenger jet plane flies at about 350 miles per hour and at a maximum altitude of 32,000 feet. I suppose they could fly higher, but then, that would be up there in military air space, so, civilian passenger jets are confined to altitudes of no more than 32,000 feet. A commercial jet liner would never be able to fly over the top of Olympus Mons. It would have to fly several hundred miles out of the way to get around the base of the mountain. Olympus Mons is more than twice the height that commercial jet liners are able to fly. You would need a rocket plane instead of a jet plane. 

Olympus Mons, tallest mountain on Mars, or any planet! It's 14 miles 
or 73,920 feet tall. Notice how much of the planet's surface it covers.

Yeah! That's one great big fat volcanic mountain alright! Then there is the largest canyon on Mars, named Valles Marineris, often referred to as "The Grand Canyon of Mars"! It is about 2,500 miles long, about 125 miles wide, and 4 miles, or 21,120 feet deep! It is the largest canyon on any planet in the solar system!
Valles Marineris, referred to as "The Grand Canyon of Mars" is 2,500 
miles long, about 125 miles wide, and about 4 miles or 21,120 feet 
deep. Also notice the really huge scar across the face of planet Mars!

Yeah! That's one great big fat canyon alright! Actually, the highest mountain and the biggest canyon on Mars are not just great big fat things! No! Olympus Mons and Valles Marineris, compared to anything on earth, these Martian features are absolutely obese!!!

WOW! How can such a skinny little planet like Mars, have such great big fat things that are much bigger and much fatter than anything on Earth? Yeah! Mars has bigger and fatter mountains and bigger and fatter canyons than the mountains and canyons on Earth! I actually think that it's unfair that such a skinny little planet like Mars should have bigger and fatter surface features than anything here on the Earth! Damn! It's so unfair! But whoever said that nature was fair? Right? Right!!!

And now . . . . .

On to even bigger and fatter things out there in the cosmos!

OK, let's start with the small terrestrial planets of the inner solar system, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, and of course, little Pluto in the outer regions of our solar system.

 The five smallest planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Pluto

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, and it's average orbital distance form the sun is about 36 million miles, and it is 3,030 miles in diameter, much smaller than the planet Earth. Venus orbits around the sun at a distance of 67 million miles and it's about 7,520 miles in diameter, slightly smaller than the earth. Our home planet Earth is about 93 million miles from the sun and is 7,920 miles in diameter. Mars is at 142 million miles from the sun and is 4,220 miles in diameter, a little bit more than half the size of the Earth. And finally, we have little Pluto, the smallest and skinniest planet way out there on the edge of the solar system. Pluto is about 3,647,000,000 miles, that is, about 3 billion plus 647 million miles away from the sun. BURRRRRRR! Like, it's really cold out there!!! And it's just a little guy, only 1,480 miles in diameter, the smallest and skinniest plant of them all.

Now, on to some some much bigger and fatter planets, like, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, the Jovian planets, the big gas giants.

The four largest planets, the Jovian planets, or 
gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Jupiter, Big J himself, he is the biggest and baddest dude in our neighborhood, the biggest and fattest planet in our solar system. He revolves around the sun at a distance of 483 million miles and he is 88,840 miles in diameter. So, he is big enough to swallow over a thousand earths! WOW! What a glutton! Also, he only take 9 hours and 55 minutes, a little less then 10 hours to rotate on his axes, so he's equatorial diameter is greater than his polar diameter. Another words, he's a little bit wider than he is tall. He is actually kind of pot-bellied due to his rapid rotation. So, as far as planets go, he's really obese! But because if his enormous gravity, he helps to deflect most comets and asteroids away from a possible collision course with the earth. If it wasn't for him, the earth would certainly have had a Hell of a lot more devastating collisions in the past, and life would be even more difficult here on the earth, So, he's really a gentle giant and offers us some protection. Yeah! It's really kind of  nice to have him around. Kudos to you, Big J!

The next planet is Saturn, about 1,429,000,000 miles, that's 1 billion plus 429 million miles from the sun, and he has a diameter of 74,890 miles, a little bit smaller than Jupiter, and he proudly displays his beautiful set of rings. Show off!!! But, why should we begrudge him? Eh?    

Saturn with his most magnificent rings!

I remember many years ago, back in 1979 as I was watching Saturday Night Live on TV.  They would always do a satire of the evening NEWS. One of the satirical NEWS commentators said, that radio astronomers had picked up on some kind of radio noise coming from the rings of Saturn, and recorded it as sound, and he said "Here it is! The the rings of Saturn!" and when the audio recording was played back, you could hear a kind of ringing noise, like, rrrrriiiiiiinnnnnnng! rrrrriiiiiiinnnnnnng! rrrrriiiiiiinnnnnnng! This of course was only a spoof. But then . . . guess what!!! About a year later, one of the Voyager space crafts, as it passed by Saturn, it did in fact, pick up radio noise from the rings of Saturn, and when it was played back, for real, it sounded almost like the radio noise parodied on Saturday Night Live! So, what had originally been a spoof, a satire, a parody of an evening NEWS broadcast, had turned out, about a year later, to be prophetic! WOW! What an amazing coincidence! Eh?

The next of the Jovian gas giants is Uranus. I prefer to pronounce it You-rain-us instead of  Urine-us which I think is kind of gross! I would much rather be rained on than pissed on! Anyway . . . Uranus is about 2,871,000,000 miles, that's 2 billion plus 871 million miles from the sun and it's 31,760 miles in diameter.

And finally, Neptune is 4,496,000,000 miles, that's 4 billion plus 496 million miles from the sun, and it's diameter is 30,770 miles, just slightly smaller than Uranus.

So, we have two set of twins in our solar system. Earth and Venus are twins in size with Earth being 7,920 miles in diameter, and Venus being  a little bit smaller at 7,520 miles in diameter. And the other set of twins, Uranus and Neptune with Uranus being 31,760 miles in diameter, and Neptune being slightly smaller at 30,770 miles in diameter. Yeah! Two set of twins, Earth and Venus in the inner solar system, and Uranus and Neptune, in the outer solar system. Two sets of twins! Two skinny little twins, Earth and Venus, and two bigger and fatter twins, Uranus and Neptune. Yeah! Uh huh! Two sets of twins. The sun and all the planets, well . . . we're just one great big happy family! I love it! I love it!

And now, on to the biggest and fattest member of our solar family, The Sun himself!

 The Sun and all the planets compared

The sun is 865,000 miles in diameter. That bad boy is really huge and enormously obese! He could easily swallow a million Earths! Yeah! A super glutton! In fact, he could have all the planets in our solar system for lunch! Hell, it would still be only a light snack for him! It would be like me drinking some beer from a thimble, or eating just one potato chip! Remember the Lay's Potato Chips commercials from back in the 1960s? "Bet ya can't eat just one!" Yeah! The Sun can swallow all the planets and it would be like eating just one Lay's Potato Chip! Just look at how small all the planets are compared to the great big fat Sun! 

OK, now on to even bigger and fatter things out there in the cosmos!

If you think the Sun is so big and fat, let's just take a little gander at some stars out there in the universe. The sun is a typical yellow Class G  type of star, about average size as far as stars go. And of course there are smaller dwarf stars, but there are many stars out there that are much larger, much bigger and fatter than the Sun.

 The Sun, Sirius, Pollux, and Arcturus, stars much bigger than the sun

Here we see the sun as compared to some really big fat stars out there in the big fat universe. In the above picture, Jupiter is only one pixel in size and the earth is invisible, much too small and skinny to be seen, and you can just barely make out Jupiter. Arcturus is almost big enough to swallow a million suns! To him, eating the sun is like me drinking a beer from a thimble or having just one Lay's Potato Chip!

Oh! But it gets even bigger and fatter out there!

   Some even bigger stars, Rigel, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, and Antares

In the picture above, Jupiter is now invisible, and the sun is only one pixel in size. Antares is the biggest and fattest star known to astronomers at the present time. There may be some bigger stars yet undiscovered, but there is a physical limit to how big stars can get before they become much too unstable. 

Also, the bigger a stare is, the shorter it's life expectancy. A star like the sun, a typical yellow Class G star will last on average about 8 to 10 billion years before it becomes unstable. The sun is already about 4.5 billion years old, so it's a middle aged star, not quite ready for the old folks home yet. The really super morbidly obese super giant stars can expect to live for less the a few million years before they are a finally a headin' fo the last round up!  Yeah! I gotta toss in a little bit of cowboy lingo because, I am, after all, a Texan.

But as you can see, Antares is so big and fat, that swallowing  the sun would be like an elephant, no, a whale swallowing an ant! Yeah! Where's the sun in all of this? Where the Hell is the earth in all of this? We are as nothing compared to what is out there in the universe.

And there are even bigger and fatter things out there, like galaxies. The Milky Way Galaxy is a typical spiral galaxy. Actually astronomers have uncovered some evidence that it's a barred spiral galaxy.

 A typical spiral galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is a typical spiral galaxy which is about 2.3 million light years away from us. The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second, or 11,160,000 miles per minute, or 669,600,000 miles per hour, or 16,070,400,000 miles per day, or 5,865,696,000,000 miles per year. So, a light year is about 5.86 trillion miles. Our own Milky way Galaxy is about 100,000 light years across, and our next door neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy is a little bit larger and it is 2.3 million light years from us. We live on the edge of one of the spiral arms and we are about 2/3 of the way from the center. So, if you think of the Milky Way Galaxy as a city, we live out in the suburbs. Our galaxy has over 100 billion stars in it.

M31 The Andromeda Galaxy is our next door 
neighbor at 2.3 million light years distant from us.

The photo above is another typical spiral galaxy. These are the most common, averaging about 80,000 to 120,000 light years across, each containing over 100 billion stars. Individual stars are born, shine for a few million to a few billion years or so, and then, eventually die, but galaxies can last for many billions of years.

 A typical barred spiral galaxy

The photo above is a typical barred spiral galaxy, and astronomers have reason to suspect the our Milky Way Galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy, and barred spiral galaxies are as common-place as spiral galaxies in general.

And now, on to even bigger and fatter, super morbidly obese, giant elliptical galaxies!

 The Sombrero Galaxy, a typical giant elliptical galaxy

Giant elliptical galaxies can be up to 3 million light years across and instead of having only a few hundred billion stars, giant elliptical galaxies may have up to a few trillion stars! Elliptical galaxies don't have spiral arms, and have an almost featureless smooth appearance. These are galaxies that may have been formed by collisions with other galaxies coming together to form one great big fat galaxy. Giant elliptical galaxies are really old galaxies, having used up most of their interstellar gasses in star formation, and so, there is very little left to form new stars. So, these galaxies are the old timers, the  senior citizens of the cosmos, now too old and fat to reproduce new stars anymore. Yeah! they just can't get it up anymore! These are the biggest and the fattest galaxies in the universe. 

And now, for the biggest and fattest thing of all, the universe itself!

The universe is about 14 billion years old. That is, the most distant quasars we can observe are at least 12 billion light years distant. And the universe is rapidly expanding, and the astronomers have discovered that the rate of expansion is also increasing, so, even as we speak, the universe itself is growing bigger and fatter at an ever increasing rate! Of course, the galaxies, or rather, the clusters of galaxies are getting further and further apart as the space between them continues to expand.

When astronomers say the universe is expanding, it does not mean that the planets, stars, and galaxies are getting bigger, but that space itself is expanding and galaxy clusters are getting further apart. 

And so . . . space itself is growing bigger and fatter.

Oh yes indeed! It's a really great big fat universe out there!

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