Dead Pool 2019 – First Call

This is not for the weak… If you cannot make light of death and mortality, please stop here and head to disney.com or someplace else.

That said, it is once again time to submit your dead pool rosters. It is still free. Maybe some day we will do a paid option for all of the marbles, but not yet.

Here is the way it works. I respect your privacy, so I you have two ways to submit your roster; you can post it in a comment on this post if you don’t care if anyone sees it, or you can email it to me. The email address to send to is deadpool@pissedoffpirate.com.

Your roster should look like this:

Dead Pool 2019 Roster

[What name do you want to be displayed as on the standings.]

1.

2.

[Snip – for brevity]

10.

Alt.

The rosters will be gathered up and published on a post to keep us all honest.

Why the alternate? well, it is possible that someone that you have on your roster may pass away between the time that you submit it and the first of the year.

I will be using the same rule set as last year.

If a person on your roster passes during the year 2019, you will get a score of 100 minus the person’s age at the time of their passing. There are bonus points that may apply and I will award them as they occur.

Basic points per death will be determined by their age deducted from 100. Additional points are listed above.

  • Your celebrities must die between January 1, 2019 12:00 a.m. PST and 11:59 p.m. PST on December 31, 2019.
  • Your celebrity must be a real person, not a character, like Ron Burgundy.
  • Your celebrity must be a real celebrity, not the mother of a celebrity, like Debbie Nelson.
  • Your celebrity must be a human.
  • An unborn child of a celebrity does not count as a celebrity, so miscarriages and stillbirths are worth nothing.
  • Celebrities that are terminally ill, on death row, or are political refugees / terrorists are qualified.
  • Spiritual death does not count.
  • Anyone saved by CPR or other life-saving means will only receive the “Michael Clarke Duncan” points and not the basic age points.
  • You have one month or until someone else’s celebrity dies (whichever comes first) to manipulate your celebrity death predictions. So whatever your standing list is as of February 1, 2019 12:00 a.m. or as of the first speculated death, will be your final list. Reminder: the moment someone wins the “First Cadaver”, the one month manipulation clause is no longer valid.
  • If you selected someone already dead, not qualified per the rules, or any other type of error, after the cut-off deadline, then you do not get to correct it. All lists by cut-off point are final.
  • You must list all of your celebrities as an actual list, in one post, to enter the game. Calling out individual people in separate lists will not be counted. A list must have no less than 8 names to be considered an entry in the game. Any list changes must be reposted as an entire list.

5 pts the “First Cadaver” if your celebrity is the first to die in 2019.

10 pts the “Selena” if your celebrity is murdered.

50 pts the “Vic Morrow” if your celebrity is decapitated.

15 pts the “Sid Vicious” if your celebrity murdered someone. Extra 5 pts if the celebrity  murders someone within 24 hours of his/her own death.

15 pts the “Whitney Houston” if your celebrity is African American and dies in February.

15 pts the “Owen Hart” if your celebrity is a sports figure that dies competing.

20 pts the “JFK” if your celebrity is a political figure and is assassinated.

20 pts the “Brandon Lee” if your celebrity is a musician or actor and dies while performing or working on set.

10 pts the “Paul Walker” if your celebrity dies during the filming of a movie and his/her contribution to the movie was not finished.

20 pts. the “David Carradine” if your celebrity dies from a sexy time gone sour (whether alone or with someone).

25 pts the “Kamehameha” if your celebrity dies on his/her birthday or wedding anniversary.

25 pts the “Michael Clarke Duncan” if your celebrity dies and is brought back to life.

5 pts the “Who Knew?” if your celebrity goes out in the most unique fashion. Most unique selection will be determined by group vote.

25 pts. the “Jon-Erik Hexum” if your celebrity dies from his/her own stupidity, such as playing with a gun or planking on a balcony.

15 pts the “Killing Spree” if 3 of your predictions die in a row with nobody else’s predictions in between.

25 pts the “Daily Double” if 2 of your celebrities die on the same day like Jackson and Fawcett.

15 pts the “Left Eye” if your celebrity dies in an auto accident. Extra 5 pts if the celebrity is driving.

5 pts the “Grim Reaper” for the poster with the greatest number of celebrities that die, regardless of any point value.

25 pts the “Sylvia Browne” if you predict the order in which all of your celebrities will die. (Even if all 10 don’t die, your celebrities that do die just have to die in the order you listed.)

15 pts the “Pink Ribbon” if your celebrity dies during the month of October, having been a victim of breast cancer at some point, but not necessarily dying of breast cancer.

10 pts the “John Denver” if your celebrity dies in plane crash. Extra 5 pts if the celebrity is flying the plane.

25 pts the “Keith Moon” if your celebrity dies in the same location as a former celebrity’s death. (Buildings count, cities don’t.)

5 pts the “Death by Misadventure” if your celebrity croaks while swimming, biking, boating, skiing, sky diving, mountain climbing, race car driving, or zip lining.

5 pts the “Last Gasp” for the last celebrity to die by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 31, 2019.

 

This rule set was respectfully pillaged from: https://www.yelp.com/topic/los-angeles-2016-celebrity-death-pool

 

If you have ideas for other bonus point situations, please let me know.

 

Mortician Celebrity Age at Death Bonus Sub Score Total

 

SCOTUS nomination

Well this is news that I have been dreading since the GOP already stole one seat on the  current SCOTUS bench.

Of course Mitch McConnell wants to get a speedy vote on this. He knows that the country is pissed at his slimy thieving ass.

We are seeing that federal court nominees are not even wanting to answer questions about landmark cases. They are getting away with it, why? because the GOP does not care about justice and constitutionality, just drive the dollars in the correct direction.

We know that the GOP is pushing for the youngest judges that it can get, regardless of qualifications.

Regardless of the damages, Thank you Justice Kennedy for all of the years that you have given to the bench.

The Illegal Immigrant Children page has been updated

I have done a complete re-write of one of my pages. I no longer stand as I did on the subject. There is some residual sentiment, but I must default to the kids as well as their health and welfare.

To clear up any confusion, I will be removing the old comments so that we have a clean slate to work with.

Illegal immigant children

Pissed Off Pirate Wall of Honor Inductee

This is one of two posts that have been in my head and heart for some time.

I am glad to finally get this one written for a very worthy recipient. I am sure that it is not as cool as other accolades that she has received, but it is deeply heart felt.

Storm Large, Bigger Than Life

A collection of Fool’s Errands

You know, over the years I have heard some great fool’s errands. You know the fun (hopefully harmless) pranks to send new folks after this or that…

For the life of me, I can only remember some. I would like to start collecting them on this page.

As you drop them in comments, I will get them added to the page.

 

Air Force:

Sending an airman to get a gallon of prop wash

 

Navy:

Sending a seaman for 50 feet of shore line

Sending a seaman for a can of remover

Thanks to a co-worker… a naval enlisted man was sent for fallopian tubing, I am betting that he didn’t find any.

 

For the service industry:

‘Tile Check’ – give them a plunger and told them to check for loose tiles

While fact checking a speech

Yes, I do perform fact checking. Not on everything, but items that seem too good/bad to be true. So, I was listening to one of the Lake Land protesters during the walkout the other day. She made the claim that the number one cause of death for kids was gun violence. Now, I do not agree with everything that they are trying to accomplish with this push. I do support a couple of items such as; less kids being killed, and their involvement in the process. (More on this later) Do I want kids to be getting killed? No.

So I pulled up the numbers and the little lass was wrong, the claim was false for every age group. The most recent chart is below for your review. For the moment, let me focus on the age group of the speaker, 14-24.  Homicide, Firearm is 2nd after motor vehicle accidents. Have you heard anyone push for vehicular safely? Even with vehicles being a third more deadly… When you combine the numbers from all of the age groups, where do you think homicide, firearm falls in? 5th place.

So let’s consider how business and life works. You seek out the fastest, cheapest, and effective method to bring the best results, right? If we were really looking to reduce juvenile deaths, we would take our eyes to the bigger numbers right? Well, drivers are not to be vilified, there are too many of them. God forbid we overburden the police by having them actually enforce the traffic laws. We would need to pay for more of them so that they could perform the job. Don’t get me wrong, I like to police. I just think that they have been refocused away from the community policing that we need to build the social structure that is conducive to respect for oneself and others. A great example of that was the pilot program in Vancouver WA that put cameras on school buses to catch drivers putting out kids in harms way while getting on or off the bus. Why was it called off? it generated too many citations. Wait, what?!?  Initially it would be a revenue generator, then as respect (or fear) built up, the drivers would pay more attention and the tickets would taper off with safer drivers. I know at least one local girl died in this manner, more than died in the county by school shootings in the last ten years.

There are 37000+ high schools in the US. How many have had a real shooting? No, I personally do not count the bullshit numbers being padded in such as a window getting shot by a punk with a BB gun. However for expedience, I will count the data in an unfiltered manner from 01/01/00 to 03/14/18.

There were 268 deaths and 386 injuries. Too many I know, but if you listen to the media and rhetoric then you would think that the number was in four or five digits.

Since the various levels of government have already permitted plenty of infringements to the second amendment, what will a very small amount more hurt right? It isn’t like I am going to pay attention to them. So let’s look at what may have some impact.

Good background checks, that are not as moronic as the no-fly list. There has to be due process to individuals being named. We have enough people listed on the no-fly because their name sounds foreign.

Mandated weapons security, safe, lock, other similar manners to keep arms limited to proper owners.

Illegal immigrants in possession of a firearm, immediate deportation after due process.

 

I am quite curious why suicide (in any manner) is listed as an “Unintentional Injury Death”. By the very definition of suicide, it is intentional and should not be included on this table. Another oddity in the results was that from 25-64 the leading cause was unintentional poisoning. No ideas there yet, but I found it notable.

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc-charts/leading_causes_of_injury_deaths_unintentional_injury_2015_1050w760h.gif

Can we play a game called reality check?

By a guest writer (not sure how he would prefer the by line)

 

Can we play a game called Reality Check for a moment? Everyone’s flipping a bitch about modern gun laws and how what the forefathers used were muskets so the rules need to change, blah blah blah… same discussion we have every time there is a shooting…

You know how the Americans started with muskets? So did the military. Every bit of weapon tech their military had, so did the citizens. Hell, sometimes even children were used to operate cannons. Gun laws are stricter now than ever, so don’t try to blame them all of a sudden because we have more psychos than ever. (Not that I want to see the average yankee-doodle dickhead with a F-16)

Over 1,500 people are killed every year by stabbing but you don’t see anyone screaming and crying about it.

Thousands freeze to death because they are homeless and you couldn’t share that 3rd or 4th spare room or people with multiple homes couldn’t open some space for them.

The whole world is effected by you and your wastefulness, but you think that buying little eco-bags or only using certain products will help the environment; never thinking that your biggest problem is that you never say no to yourself. This will kill a LOT of people from the cumulative effects from the environmental damage: lack of pollinators, soil erosion, soil and water toxification, these leading to areas that are already in poverty and rely on their agriculture for survival losing their one source of food and income.

You are only raising a fit about this is because you are scared, you don’t give a fuck about anything else but yourself and those directly in your bubble… don’t try to pull one over because it is in your “compassion”. If you want shit to change, change what YOU are doing.

Plant a tree, hug a stranger, be happy, and don’t fucking worry about what everyone else is doing. Just make the world a happier place to exist in and this shit will happen less.

Laws do not change the hearts of men, but the hearts of men change the world.

The U.S. – Mexican Wall

There was a number of years where I was a proponent of building a wall to secure our Southern border.  Over the years, I have read and discussed the subject more.

My position on the matter has shifted somewhat. I still see the need for the wall, but not as a budgetary priority.

Having an understanding that the numbers of those slipping over the border are not as great as those that are overstaying their visas. Since I work in an industry of numbers, I feel that it is important to follow my brain here more than my heart or gut.

Does this change my position on deportation? No, not in the least.  (Watch for a follow-up post on Dreamers)

I would rather see the financing for the war on drugs (as a tangent, legalize marijuana on a national level)  being diverted to the enforcement of immigration law.

While the wall has value, the tremendous cost is not one that we can afford. The GOP wants it. With the stiff tax cuts, they have fucked us over to the point that we cannot pay for it. Perhaps when we have our finances under control, we can construct sections of the wall in areas that badly need it.

I have to wonder how fuqtarded that the GOP voters were that actually believed the Orangatard when he said that Mexico was going to pay for it. I know that not all did, but they sure were vocally in support of the idea. Former Mexican President had put it pretty well:

“TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US tax payers. They will pay for it.”

Do I still think that property owners along the border should be able to defend our border by force? Yes, I do. I still view it as an incursion.  If the Mexican police or military cross over, even more so. Our sovereign soil should be defended, as well as property rights.
So, in the end, I am pretty well against the construction of a full wall on our Southern border.

 

Presidential Pardons

While we have a world class putz in office and the other three houses controlled by the same party, I do not expect any change. Not to mention that the slimiest party (when it comes to people vs corporations/political party) being in power.

This is something that needs to be addressed after the current shit ball is over.

The Presidential power to grant pardons needs to be limited. They should not be able to pardon anyone from their own administration/appointees.

Let the following Presidents issue those pardons.

Pardoning your own messes sure seems like a conflict of interest. Yes, an abuse of power, that perhaps should be grounds for impeachment by itself.

Which administrations have had the most resignations or indictments?

This post will take some time to refine the data.

The title really is the desired information. My initial thoughts are that this will show the GOP as the most corrupt. It could be enlightening, let us see huh?

Trump

Obama

Bush (W)

Clinton

Bush (HW)

Reagan

 

here is one source to start it off, while I gather details.

ADMINISTRATION PARTY YEARS IN

OFFICE

CRIMINAL

INDICTMENTS

CRIMINAL

CONVICTIONS

PRISON

SENTENCES

BARACK OBAMA Democratic 8 0 0 0
GEORGE W. BUSH Republican 8 16 16 9
BILL CLINTON Democratic 8 2 1 1
GEORGE H. W. BUSH Republican 4 1 1 1
RONALD REAGAN Republican 8 26 16 8
JIMMY CARTER Democratic 4 1 0 0
GERALD FORD Republican 2.4 1 1 1
RICHARD NIXON Republican 5.6 76 55 15