[Cynthia McKinney] called on President-elect Obama to address the Gaza crisis, saying the weapons being used by Israel were supplied by the United States."Help me, Obee-ama, you're my only ---"
Waiting for Sleep
The circus has folded
but sometimes (at night)
dented trumpets erupt
and the ringmaster waves
a lion's path of ringed fire.
Weary of solo encagement,
the hesitant beast falters; gathers;
then plunges unburned through the blaze.
The theatre has closed
but sometimes (at night)
a swirling-gowned singer dissolves
in pearly arias to clouds of applause
from an enthralled audience,
The war is ended
but sometimes (at night)
aurora-draped skies descend
and officers trudge waning
armies to vanished battlefields.
Jesus is actually a confused zombie. He's back from the dead and goes around wanting the rest of the world to eat pieces of him, instead of the other way around.
When the dominant belief system, permeating every sector of our lives, claims it is wounded because of the machinations of unbelievers, they rival only holocaust-deniers, and possibly O.J., for sheer disconnect from reality. They invalidate themselves as rational beings.
"Orlando, you can't be a pilgrim. The pilgrims had snowy white skin to match their pure Christian souls. They didn't sacrifice coconuts to their monkey gods." -- Probably from Jerri Blank in "Strangers with Candy."
Believing in Santa is just a trial run with positive reinforcement for believing in Jesus.
And finally, from the proprietor of this blog, happy football-every-day?-I-love-it to you.
"_Now that I can dance?"
craze crash, craggly
jaggeding over winter freezelock
>>>>>>>>>>>on warm water below.
sharp shiny songshards
>>>wer the lifejoy of
Come tell me darling --
Is it really spring ?
I worry each let
ter from my love to your life,
Impatiently dreaming its flight;
but it's no delicious
tion! there's a soft leaden
>>>>>>>>>tail on this kite
sibly waiting for forever someday
entangled in thickets of how,
I need you
<<<<<I need you
>>>>>>>>>>I need you
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I need you
"Your dad left you something in his will."
"Alright! What is it?"
"It's a credit card..."
"Oh, boy. I'll buy me a..."
"...it's maxed out."
"Really? What did he buy me with it?"
"A bunch of union jobs."
"Why? I already have a job."
"Union jobs for other guys."
"I don't get it."
"That's right. You just pay for it."
WASHINGTON — More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming.Consider the loss of that trillions of tons of weight. The planet, released from the mass of it, is swelling outwards, thinning below the mantle. The resultant low pressure underground will suck down oil against the pull of oil wells, depleting the refinery tanks, and possibly even emptying your gas tank!
Forgive me Father, but I may be about to become devil's advocate by my own lights, and surely the antichrist him/itself in the eyes of certain others. Until something seriously untoward comes along, and as sure as destroyers emerge from their own smokescreens it will, I think the right man for the times is, albeit presumptuously and with the anal retentive faux-gravitas of a toddler commanding a troop of Fisher-Price little people, about to take office.
If the economy is going to be in shreds, industry nationaiized, and another terrorist attack to rattle our chains, how crucial it is that the left be on the field executing the plays instead of booing, second-guessing, and raining bottles down on the sideline.
It's more than the fact that the right had their chance and flubbed it. It's that the left has had too long of neither putting up nor shutting up. I for one welcome our new overlords and only regret we didn't bequeath them a republic of patriots. But I'll do what I can.
America changed right after the Civil War from saying "The United States are" to "The United States is." The nation's gone from compartmented dirigible to the One Big Gas Bag of blimpery, although it took a while. The shift from can-do to "where's mine?" has been lightning fast yet tectonic in nature.
It's been known for centuries that the downfall of democracy is accomplished when the electorate realizes it has the keys to the treasury, aka the other guy's pocketbook. What we've learned since is that the other guy's credit card gives us not only his money but that of his kids and grandchildren to spend right now.
It feels like we've lost a war and are occupied by a vengeful adversary bent on extracting reparations.
Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., had this to say last week about his response if the abortion lobby’s Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) becomes law:
“I would say, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to close the hospital, you’re going to arrest me, go right ahead. You’ll have to drag me out, go right ahead. I’m not closing this hospital, we will not perform abortions, and you can go take a flying leap.’ ”
What a man. What a mighty man. But wait... from the same article...
There are no Catholic hospitals currently open in Bishop Loverde’s Arlington diocese...Sigh.
"This is Big Daddy, OJ. He's your cellie."
"Uh, hello, Big Daddy."
"Hello, OJ. You like football?"
"Whew, this isn't going to be as bad as I thought. Yeah, Big Daddy,
I like football. Why do you ask?"
"'Cuz when I see a tight end playing wide receiver, then I'm going deep."
"This isn't about football, is it?"
"Shut up and turn out the light."
More than 2,200 hours of tape recordings from the Nixon White House now are availableDig it. The heirs of Warren G Harding have managed to keep his personal papers unavailable.
To modern day Islam, the non-Islamic world has two wildly exaggerated faces. Infidels are seen, on the one hand, as being weak, pasty-faced, licentious, naive, heretical, stupid and undeserving of life.
On the other hand, the Muslim world sees western civilization as mad with power, Islamophobic, Jew-loving, Zionist, and energy-devouring.
The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between the two.
The Republican party can be likened to a tribe of brigands finally consigned to the outback for betrayal and thievery by government on an unheard of scale. Why anyone would want to associate themselves with this rabble is one thing, but to want to be called a brigand is another, and to take an associate position as brigand-in-name-only is to reap the scorn while eschewing the benefits, if there be such.
And now, having lost most of the mesa to the half-breeds, the brigandage hopes to retake the high grounds by demonizing their wounded and shooting their survivors.
Zane Grey would call this a western tragedy, onlookers a farce. Is there anything to be salvaged? Well, here's one thing. Brigand-in-name-only hangs a target on some opportunistic palefaces who are only doing what brigands do: Take money at the point of a gun, also known as governing. Since that is the nature of briganding, in-name-only is a poor description of their shortcomings.
You want to identify the Indians in your midst? Those are the conservatives-in-name-only. CINOs are readily identifiable by how they live, what they do, and things they support. You can spot them easily, unlike RINOs, who can only be seen disappearing over the hill with your goodies when it's far too late to do anything about it.
Want a purer posse before the next raid? Get rid of the CINOs. But know this ... litmus-testing every supporter on every conservative issue and throwing out those with imperfect scores will leave you Gabby Hayes, Andy Devine, and in the wilderness forty more years.
The left wing is restless; the moderats are pleasantly surprised; the right wing is spitting pre-emptory venom.
I guess that's a danger of being a Rorschach. Until Obama is sufficiently emerged from the protean possibilities of the inkblots, whatever he does will only reinforce the personal interpretation given him by individuals who may have invested keyboard capital in "nailing" Obama early on. They'll hold on to that stretching licorice stick until it finally snaps off in their hand, braying more and more loudly as it begins to dawn on them that they were wrong.
We need to insist on definition by essentials, not the pedantic meanings used by evasive intellectuals.HT: The ineffable Billy Beck
Socialism is not defined by who owns the means of production; it is defined by whether the individual is free to opt out of something, or not. If individuals are free to opt out of something, it’s capitalism; if the individual is not free, it’s socialism.
"Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.
"It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war," Halperin said at a panel of media analysts."
because of management's desire to create productions for new media, like the Internet ... without paying residuals. These are payments that actors receive each time one of their performances is rerun.So they're striking to get paid everytime they hit on the website that uses their clip? It's like having your own morphine pump, only with money. This can only end in mousal abuse.
No Welcome Mat for Carter in Zimbabwe, says Cathy Buckle.
the humanitarian catastrophe now engulfing ZimbabweZimbabwe seems to be in post-drain circling, having opted to die rather than fight Mugabe's regime. Cathy Buckle is a special case. She is among the liberals living in Zimbabwe who thought the whites were causing the country's problems and that Mugabe was doing the right thing. She is one of the enabling, useful idiots dumb enough to have stayed in the country until it was too late.
Rhodesia was once the bread basket of Africa. Now it's a basket case. I feel sorry for them up to the point of wondering why there is no resistance/revolution. Then, having barked, I watch the caravan roll off the cliff.
From the nitwits at American Thinker cometh...
The continuous assault on Sarah Palin is not so difficult to understand. In fact, it can be summed up thusly: she's a woman opposed to abortionIt's not just abortion, Litmus-man. It's someone who embodies what feminism claims to aspire to; it's a female Horatio Alger story; it's a tolerant believer. It's a shame when Ride of the Valkyries is being played and some only hear a violin plucked.
...but I know what I like.
Scholars still argue over Bosch’s elusive point of view. Are the men and women depicted in a dizzying variety of sexual behaviors in the central panel joyously indulging in the freedom Adam and Eve won at such a steep price? Or are they victims of agonizing lusts that were let loose in the human bloodstream when Eve took that unseemly bite of the forbidden fruit?Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delight
Much as (mostly) conservatives bally-hoo the election results that went against the political flow in suppressing same-sex marriage, this same election enacted decriminalization in places along with legitimizing the use of cannabis medically in others. Where's the bally-hoo?
From the comment section of the Library of Economics and Liberty ---
Speaking as a 20 something, I have never met anyone with communist sympathies or affiliation who was the least bit embarrassed to admit this in a crowd. And there is good reason for this; I have never been in a crowd that experienced any negative affect from hearing such a confession. In fact, any of the times I've seen such a statement met with opprobrium (always by some token dude. Not me, I've learned when to show my cards. ), it is the one who challenges the communist who experiences social stigma (e.g. "McCarthyite", "red baiting", etc).
Sure if someone who is a "true believer" starts yelling at everyone about their Wicked Capitalist Ways, they get shunned, but this is true for almost all belief systems; people don't like to get lectured by evangelists. But people with passive Communist beliefs are seen as interesting, intellectual, or fashionable. This is certainly not true for fascism, or even mainstream conservatism.
[L]isten carefully … “Wham!!!”
That's the sound of my foot kicking the door shut on the era of white guilt. The rites have been muttered, the carcass lowered, dirt shoveled, and tombstone erected. White guilt is dead and buried.
However, despite my glee, there's apparently one small, rabid bastion of American racism remaining. Black Americans voted 96% for Barack Obama. Hmmm. In a color-blind world, shouldn't that be 50-50? Tonight, every black person should ask forgiveness for their apparent racism and prejudice towards white people. Maybe it's time to start spreading that guilt around.
---Tom Adkins writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer
"Hey, watch your step, George! What is that anyway?"
"Ah, that just some dog poop, Barack, we got two of 'em, you know."
"Well, I, well, I almost stepped in it. Hold up a second."
"I think I can kick this pile of crap right between the two women and down the hall."
"Don't do that, Barack. Leave it for the SS."
"No, the shit scoopers. They gather all the poop, bag it, and ship it to Kenya."
"What? Well, I, you know, I wondered why there was more dog poop in Kenya than dogs."
"We just started this last year, Barack. The reason there is more poop than dogs in Kenya is 'cause they eat the dogs."
"Huh. Well, yeah. Hunh."
McCain: "How's the exhaust fumes down here, Rudy?"
Guiliani: "Ah, you'll get used to 'em, Johnny Mac."
McCain: "You know my friend, I think I overmarried."
Guilliani: "You did, Johnny Mac."
Palin: "You boys be quiet under there and get to sleep, doggonnit."
The point of our discussion, from my end of it and before I leave it, is that you are in no more danger at this moment than you have been the last eight years. The shocking thing is how safe you thought you were, not how unsafe you think you are now.
"Obama links health issues to farming, then backs off."
"Because it's gonna blow!"
"You mean, like it's gonna explode?"
"No, because it's gonna suck!"
"Suck means blow?"
"You're not from around here, are you?"
"Not anymore. Let's blow this place."
"What does that mean?"
"You see, dear, wealth is like manure; to do any good you have to spread it around."
"Well, mom, why doesn't daddy spread some wealth around to aunt Zootie?"
"That's aunt Zeituni, dear."
"Whatever. Look honey, when Daddy talks about spreading wealth, he's talking about OPM."
"No, dear, other people's money. Not ours. What you're thinking of is opium, the drug we get from poppies."
"Is that the same opium that religion is for the masses?"
"Where do you hear such nonsense? Daddy is the religion of the masses."
"Oh, and we get that from poppy?"
"Yes, but you can call him daddy."
"I'm very confused. I think I'll ascend to my room."
"You've been spending too much time with your father."
Little Plumber Boy
The Hairy Simian Corral
The tank float nodded,
The overflow kept time,
Water sloshed 'round the bowl,
Splashed up and down the bowl....
Then it overflowed, pah rump pump pump pum,
On me and my bum. All over the rug. Pah rump pump pum ugh.
It would have been subtler, but much cooler, to have the mannequin wear a red ribbon around its neck. That's what French women did at the Bals des victimes in commemoration of the Reign of Terror's guillotined, mimicking where the blade met the neck.
At this stage, the Potemkin village being bulldozed should be that of partisan media. Obama has sold his bill of goods to the country; that's his job. The utter failure of objective journalism should be the bête noire of this election, discussed ad nauseum and vowed 'never again.'
Lost film footage of Edwardian London discovered
The film was shot in 1904 as a 'travelogue' for Australians curious about life in what was "one of the most exciting cities anywhere", according to Professor Ian Christie. From the article...
The footage, shot of 35mm film, also shows subtle insights into life such as the way people walked, he added.
Jean Harlow would disguise herself to go out at night and pick up men. Guys were too terrified of certain rejection to approach her in normal life. She ended up married to creeps, one of whom beat her enough to cause kidney damage. Her mother, a Christian Scientist, wouldn't let doctors treat Jean until it was too late to save her.
Remember that next time you walk up to a beautiful woman, and she tells you to get the hell away from her, the poor thing.
The government is investigating more than 1 million Ford Motor Co. vehicles after receiving reports of tires leaking from faulty valve stems made by a Chinese company."What seems to be the problem, sir?"
Asked if he believes Obama is a socialist, Romney replied, "I'd say he's a real liberal. He's not in the mainstream of the Democratic Party. I think he's more liberal than that. I don't think mainstream Democrats like Hillary Clinton, would be excited about the proposals he's made. And I think his comment about redistributing income is one which would certainly scare a lot of people. Certainly scare away a lot of jobs, hurt the creation of small businesses, which is of course, been the source of job growth in our country.Poor Mitt. He cain't help it. People in Massachusetts recognize socialism like a fish does water, ie, only in its absence.
"So, I think he's off of the left wing of the party. And after all, that's how his votes have also lined up."
Justice officials told a local news station that it appeared as though an explosive device was thrown through the law firm's window. The suspect [71-year old lawyer Lloyd Cantrell]'s body was still in the building Friday afternoon, police said.Crazy old Lloyd. You know, in law school, Lloyd was voted Most Likely to Throw a Bomb Through a Window and Then Run Inside the Room.
From Billy Beck, my friend I am proud to say, at Two-Four.
"Free speech". Look around you: that hasn't stopped a steady march of imbeciles for generations since, say, FDR. I see a lot of people holding "free speech" as a political standard against which to judge the advance of tyranny, as if being allowed to point out to imbeciles every other sort of violation of freedom that they actively sanction makes it all worth bearing.
You are hollering from the prison-cell, and calling it freedom. The herd at the cannibal-pot will give you their reply next month.
I bought a share at $5.
It rose in value to $7.
It crashed to $4, I panicked and sold it.
Did I lose $3? I think I only lost $1 and
the person who got that was the guy
who sold me the share for $5.
So what about the other $2? It only
existed as a potential had I sold when
the share traded at $7. Until you sell,
then, portfolio worth isn't money and
doesn't 'go' anywhere except away.
Feeling poorer as I now do, is actually
a 'correction' to not feeling so poor
a month ago. Heh. Sob.
A question is at what point shiny, happy populism becomes cheerful manipulation.When it's the other guy doing it.
Chuck Schumer comes over to your house and harangues you to let his friend borrow your car. Initially refusing, you finally submit after hours of browbeating, scolding, and being accused of selfishness. Schumer's friend drives your car two blocks, wrecks it, and sues you for the hospital bill. Schumer says, "What were you thinking?"
Jerry Bowyer, chief economist at Benchmark Financial Network, faults regulations themselves for the mess: “Large financial institutions like Lehman Brothers built their balance sheets under certain sets of rules. But then those rules were changed. In the wake of the Enron scandal, numerous regulations were modified in ways that guarded against future attempts to make corporate earnings appear to be higher than they really were.”So accounting rules designed to prevent another Enron had the effect of uncovering other Enrons... so the rules were a mistake. Got it.
That's the emperor's new clothes of this election. Obama is not running on any platform every Democrat hasn't run on in my memory. It's trash the economy, hype misery, and promote dependency. That isn't change, it's pandering to the core. Don't look for any 'crossing the aisle,' from a party where the already pathetic 'reach out' is merely a cross-dressed 'reach around.'
"Mr Wolffe, we have got to get some face time with Obama. The bloggers are eating our lunch out there."
"I'll tell you what, Sam, let's make a deal. I'll bring the nominee back here and allow you on-the-record exchanges coupled with off-the-record chit-chat. One to one. Will that help?"
"We'll take what we can get, Wolfie."
"Alright then. Barry, could you come back into the press cabin, please?"
"Sure. Hello folks. How's it going?"
"Fine, Mr Obama. The first question is a chit-chat, to get started."
"What is your take on the Iran situation?"
""Well, guys, Iran plans to nuke Israel, and I gotta tell you, it can't come soon enough for me. I'm sick of kowtowing to American Jews, paying too much for oil, and living with terrorist jihad that stems directly from our support for Israel. I'd nuke 'em myself, if I could."
"Uh, Mr Obama, on the record, what is your take on the Iran situation?"
"Well, we have to take a very nuanced approach to the multifaceted, complex interaction among ancient cultures and hostilities. We must exhaust diplomacy and give multilateralism a chance to work."
"Uhm, Mr Obama, how should we deal with abortions where the abortee is accidentally born?"
"Great question, Sam. As you know, I voted to chop 'em up and toss 'em out."
"And on the record? Did you vote to destroy accidentally born fetuses?"
"Why no. But since my voting records for that period were accidentally classified NATO Secret, you'll have to take my word for it."
"Mr Obama, do you think it was a mistake to skip over Hillary Clinton as your veep nominee?"
"Off the record? Yes. I'd be swept into office with a chapter in the history books before the inaugural address, while McCain would have been saddled with some creepy white guy running mate, doomed."
"On the record?"
"No, picking Biden was not a mistake. The downtrodden, home-losing, marginally-employed, subsistence farmers will not be crucified on a cross of gold."
"Mr Obama, off the record, the plane cabin has been getting drafty, noisy, and cold. Would you ask the pilot to turn up the heat?"
"Sorry to hear that Sam. What I can tell you is during preflight for this trip, they found a structural crack in the tail section and warned there was a chance the entire ass-end of the plane could detach and fall to the ground. Guess it's likelier than I thought."
"Mr Obama, for the record, is this plane coming apart?"
"Let's just say we may be going our separate ways. Those of us with parachutes wish to remind the rest of you that your seat cushion serves only as a flotation device, and is not aerodynamically suitable for acceleration delay. Use only as directed."
[Opening scene from LOST]
Palin is bulletproof; the press is kicking against the pricks, creating a Rube Goldbergian counterpunch that sends their credibility bouncing off the National Enquirer, overturning a pile of flaming DailyKos which melts the weightless balloon of cable punditry, lowering the anvil of derision onto the chairman of General Electric, startling him into dropping his cigar and kicking over the Huffington perch, forcing the NBC parrot to drop its peacock pose and shrilly confess, "Polly doesn't want a cracker!"
I'm not Lisa
Rewritten for John McCain
I'm Not Dubyah
"I'm not Dubyah, my name is Mackey,
"Dubyah blew it, long ago.
"My Veep's not hair-plugged,
"Her dude Iditarods,
"Your only 'mush' is some stump speech."
"You did some Europe thing
"That reeked of shark jumping,
"You wowed the German throngs,
" 'Ere strutting home."
"But soon the DNC,
"Greek columns styrofoam,
"Felt Arctic's sword."
"For came the RNC,
"Came Rudy Giulani,
"Came statuesque Cindy,
"Came Piper and fam'ly,
"Left you crying in your beer.
"Wailing dead fish, lipstick pigs."
"That's not Dubyah, that's the Gov'nuh,
"Sarah Palin with McCain.
"Sending you and
"Circling 'round the drain again."
"I'm not Dubyah."
I read where Obammy-mammys are criticizing McCain for not getting voice-recognition software to create email since he can't use a keyboard.
These would be among the technology-enslaved drama queens Judge Milan lambasted on The People's Court yesterday for claiming they "need" a cell-phone.
/yes, I watch it every day.
//because Judge Milan is a redhead, dammit!
///tell 'em what 'e won, Ed.
"Bill, I want to thank you for having lunch with me today."
"Don't mention it, Barry. Since Hillary's out on the campaign trail for you, I have a little more time. You don't mind eating at my desk, do you?"
"No, of course not."
"That's fine. Care for a drumstick?"
"That's awfully small. Is it quail?"
"No, it's crow. Eat plenty."
"Be sure to save room for some pie, though."
"No, humble. And Hillary wanted me to make sure you take some of this for Joe Biden to eat."
"What is that?"
"She called it her dust."
"This isn't going too well, is it?"
"No. But you can eat some of this..."
"I think you've got it, now."
"I'll be leaving now."
In an internet first, what follows in the liveblogging of an article, namely Hard Fall: What Happened to NBC? from the New York Observer.
“This makes me so mad, because it’s so untrue,” Mr. Griffin [president of cable-news network MSNBC] said.Walk like a man,
sister-brothers...as opposed to those
“straight” journalists of NBCOn the other hand...
nobody from GE had ever big-footed his domain...and you know what big feet mean. Plus, if you've ever had your domain big-footed, you know how painful it is.
our guys don’t want to be restrainedI think it was the ball gag that finally queered the deal, though.
Mr. Griffin said he was feeling gung-ho about the network’s performance.Gung-ho could not be reached for comment.
I haven't been paying attention. What I do grasp, I forget anyway. What I notice is this 'narrative' thing seems to have latched onto a capillary of the body politick and found a home. Is narration the new touchstone?
If we're going to elect people based on their stories, which are concocted, burnished, and sold like snake oil as we go, then personality is a better description of what we vote for than issues, and Rick Davis is not only correct, but trivially so.
But if we're not to be picking presidents from 'Just So' stories, there's more to it than that.
Buried beneath this strata of trivial pursuits lie bedrock principles, differences between liberalism and conservatism. But the connection is being lost. Cut off from philosophical raisons d'etre, left with goals of little more than attaining power, we get the vacuous blather of an Obama and the label 'maverick' and 'extremist' for anyone actually rooted in something unchanging.
Obama and Biden are Democrats.
McCain and Palin are not what the big-spending, deficit-loving Republicans have become. And bless 'em for it.
By attacking the narratives, the Obamanation is ceding the philosophical battle. US Weekly, MSNBC, and Sally Quinn are finding out the narration windmill is not only unsuitable for jousting, but reveals itself as a mirage only after considerable mulepower has been wasted.
Near the end of his tenure, Tom Landry switched away from his Doomsday Defense and went for big, heavy (but very polite) linemen. The first few opponents were literally blown over by the new behemoths but reported that, after being steamrolled, the opposition player would be helped to his feet by the young Cowboy amid regrets and apologies for having flattened him.
That's what we saw yesterday, with 300+ pound, alarmingly mobile, Sumo-boys ironing out creases in the Browns, complemented by an offensive line wall that could seal the border with Mexico in the offseason. Romo took a chin full of stitches from one play, but had the Browns in stitches the rest of the game.
Future opponents will have to plan for Felix Jones, while Patrick Crayton and T.O. eat their lunch aloft. It's gonna be a fun season.
Their boat is dead in the water, perceptibly sinking. Biden clanks a pair of rusty metal balls, nervously watching a thunderstruck Obama who fumbles with an astrolabe, wondering where to plug it in. Meanwhile, the pirates, reeling from a counterbarrage that shows no signs of abating, grab their tingling peglegs, double-down on their parrots, and wonder who stole the Jolly from their Jolly Rogering.
The spectacular running of media lemmings after anything, anything to destroy Governor Palin's VP nomination, tabloidized a New York Times that couldn't be bothered with the Edwards soap opera, but could not bring itself to climax. This tumescent fantasy in search of an orgasm exposed the onanistic monkey spankers, leaving in its wake frustrated press war rooms full of blue balls. How are those Rapid Attack Teams working for you, RAT-lovers everywhere?
"I'm bored, mom. These trees aren't doing anything."
"Well, what do you want to do, honey?"
"Let's play a game."
"What would you like to play?"
"Rock, scissors, paper."
"Oh, my god. Where did you hear that?"
"What filth. The horror! The horror!"
"What's wrong, momma!"
"You might as well whack baby Jesus upside the head."
"What's a Jesus, momma?"
"It's like the bestus tree in the woods, the biggest rock."
"I'm still bored."
"Don't say 'bored,' honey. It sounds too much like 'board.'
"Well, how about this clod then?"
"You mean Claude?"
"That's fine. Play with Claude."
A beautiful, confident, articulate, independent, accomplished—and conservative—woman apparently has enraged Team Obama, the mainstream media, and the entire American intelligentsia, as if they got collectively hit by a cruise missile aimed from Middle America. --- Pajamas MediaThat's some industrial grade chain-yanking there.
Well, worry no more.
"[Put] a portable AM radio near one that’s on and listen for extra static the closer you get."Then ask yourself, "Being awash in radio transmissions as I am, how likely is it that the light bulb static I have to strain to hear is less worse for me than the AM radio transmission blaring out the same radio?"
Then, turn off the lamp and go to bed where you will lie awake worrying if you overmarried.
It might be difficult luring li'l Georgie from hovel-tending to the convention, as there'd be a good chance of some other feral abo squatting on his prems, leaving li'l Georgie no home to come back to.
Still and all, big brother O has some swing. Maybe he could arrange for a wireless laptop with a Nigerian franchise on scamming ofays abroad for Georgie. That should pull in at least a dollar a month, providing he includes brother O's Washington phone number for verification of the scam. Note to Georgie --- don't use O's Chicago phone number: there's some area codes even a scamee won't touch.
"So, what does your husband do?"
"He's a TV reporter who poses as their meteorologist."
"That's wonderful. Mine does, too."
"Your husband poses as a meteorologist?"
"Oh, my no. He's a cable installer who poses as an electric-meter reader."
"Well, I swan. What on earth for?"
"He goes up to the house looking like he's reading the meter, but he's
really checking to see if the cable customer is home."
"And then he goes in to hookup the cable?"
"Oh my no, bless your heart. If he sees they're home he goes away. If they're not home, he leaves a "sorry I missed you" note on the door."
"Well, lands o' goshen."
"Yes, it's a small world isn't it?"
"Yes, it surely is."
"Pwesident Cawtuh, wiw you be dewiviwing a speech at the convention?"
"Yes, Ms Walters. May I call you Barbara?"
"Why yes, Pwesident Cawtuh, you may. Befowuh you go into the convention hall, wiw you make shuwuh they wocked up all the wabbits?"
"What? Listen, "Babwuh," I don't need this from you, you hare-lipped has-been."
"Oh, you said hawuh-wipped! How pwecious! Anothuh wabbit joke!"
"I'm outta here."
Clinton's name to be placed in nomination at next week's Democratic nominating convention --- ABC News"So, there's a possibility I can still get the nomination?"
But discrepancies between his story and the unraveling timeline of events raise more questions about whether Edwards' attempts to come clean are in fact just more lies and half-truths.From the libretto:
Wow. Michael Kinsley looks at
It is a convention of platform-writing that all government spending is referred to as “investment.”
The run on firewood started last winter when heating oil surpassed $3 a gallon and kept on climbing. The environmental impact of the shift from oil to wood is unclear. State-of-the-art woodstoves are cleaner than older models, but particulate emissions remain higher than those of oil furnaces.Anyone walking through a fireplace-friendly neighborhood on a cold night, eyes burning and nose recoiling from smoke invisible and not-so-invisible, can spot the enviro-looney here. Even state of the art woodburners are dirtier than oil, the suppression of which falls like ashes on the shoulders of the "hell, no, we won't drill," crowd.
Cultural artifacts existed in a hierarchy, with opera and fine art at the top, and stripping at the bottom.David Brooks has a great little piece that deserves a read. As someone who was an early adopter but now has fallen off the technobus, I can only watch it trundle off into the distance, radical redos of significant improvements of paradigm-shifting upgrades trailing like so many cans strung from strings tied to the rear bumper.
Being antisocial has finally paid off, saving me untold amounts of money by simply not caring to be in touch in the least.
From the WSJ Best of the Web
Reservations About Reparations
Contrary to our speculation in a Wednesday item, it appears that Barack Obama is not a reparationist. DemocracyNow.org has a transcript of Obama's question-and-answer session with minority journalists, which provides some context for the comment we highlighted.
It came in response to a question from Brian Bull of Wisconsin Public Radio as to whether an Obama administration would "issue an apology to Native Americans for the atrocities they've endured for the past 500 years." Obama suggests that he would consider doing so, then goes on to say:
I've consistently believed, when it comes--whether it's Native American issues, whether it's African American issues and reparations, that the most important thing for the US government to do is not just to offer words, but offer deeds. And when you look at the situation on tribal lands, the fact that by every socioeconomic indicator Native Americans are doing worse than any other population on health, on education, on substance abuse--their housing situations are deplorable, unemployment is skyrocketing--you know, I have to confess that I'm more concerned about delivering a better life and creating a better relationship with the Native American peoples than anything else. And that's what I want to engage tribal leaders in making sure happens.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux then tries to get a more specific response from Obama:
Malveaux: When it comes to reparations, would you take it a step further, in terms of apologizing for slavery or offering reparations to various groups?
Obama: You know, I have said in the past, and I'll repeat again, that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed. And I think that strategies that invest in lifting people out of the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, but that have brought applicability and allow us to build coalitions to actually get these things done, that, I think, is the best strategy.
You know, the fact is, is that dealing with some of the legacy of discrimination is going to cost billions of dollars. And we're not going to be able to have that kind of resource allocation, unless all Americans feel that they are invested in making this stuff happen. And so, you know, I'm much more interested in talking about how do we get every child to learn, how do we get every person healthcare, how do we make sure that everybody has a job, how do we make sure that every senior citizen can retire with dignity and respect. And if we have a program, for example, of universal healthcare, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because they're disproportionately uninsured. If we've got an agenda that says every child in America should get--should be able to go to college, regardless of income, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because it's oftentimes our children who can't afford to go to college.There's a contradiction here between expanding the welfare state in a way that "all Americans are invested" and the idea of reprations, which would benefit those Americans whose ancestors were wronged at the expense of those whose ancestors were not wronged. It's hard to see how Obama would square that circle. Then again, probably the purpose of his answer was simply to dodge the question rather than forthrightly say he opposes reparations.
Our Friends the Pakistanis
Disturbing news from the New York Times about one of America's flakier allies:
American intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan's powerful spy service helped plan the deadly July 7 bombing of India's embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to United States government officials.
The conclusion was based on intercepted communications between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants who carried out the attack, the officials said, providing the clearest evidence to date that Pakistani intelligence officers are actively undermining American efforts to combat militants in the region.
The American officials also said there was new information showing that members of the Pakistani intelligence service were increasingly providing militants with details about the American campaign against them, in some cases allowing militants to avoid American missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.The McCain campaign should take note, too. Obama long ago started talking about taking military action against Pakistan--a stance that seemed crazy at the time but now may make Illinois's' junior senator look tough, even realistic.
Overheard on the web...
I'm just afraid [Republican national convention] might be duller than dirt!"Ah, well then, that is because you
Seen around the web...
If, as those here and science insists that homosexuality is not a 'choice,' I have a question for God as to why He would permit people to be born with such proclivities, if in fact it is sinful to Him.Well, yes, that poses a dilemma.
Advice from the FBI on computer fraud:
# Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits information."Honey, how are you?"
Gary Cruse, The Washington Dispatch, May 27, 2003
Should the Libertarian Party, a party that barely shows up on political radar as it is, be further split? Has the LP written itself out of post 9/11 America?
In a country moving perceptibly to the right, does a retrenched, leftist Democratic Party open up middle ground for its own replacement to the right?
As a small 'l' libertarian, I increasingly find myself at greater odds with the LP than I am with conservatives. When social conservatism is replacing the Tenth Amendment (the powers not delegated to the United States ...are reserved to the States) with any number of Commandments, a party of individual liberty and responsibility should be highly visible.
The Democratic party has been equally contemptuous of the Tenth when that party has been in power. Are the pieces there for assembling a real party of Liberty?
The Libertarian Party might be poised to make such a run, but not in its present incarnation. A couple of planks in the party platform are serious anachronisms and must be dealt with first. Completely out of step with America today,a 'foreign policy of non-intervention and peace' sticks out and resonates with recent anti-Iraqi war sentiments. Isolationism was almost a necessity when the oceans made dealing with the rest of the world more nuisance than blessing, but not any more.
Anti-terrorism cannot be a winning hand without the cooperation of nations capable of harboring future Osamas. As to an announced policy of peace, let the lambs be silenced. There is an insidious, woolly-headed thinking among the naifs of society who are willing to settle for lack of conflict, for now, and call it peace, without regard to the wolfy machinations on their doorstep.
France and England had a treaty with Poland to come to each other's aid if attacked. When Germany invaded Poland, the treaty was enforced to the extent that war was declared but nothing else was done, bringing about the Phony War that allowed Hitler to gobble up someone else (it's always someone else who needs to sacrifice for the common good) while Poland's friends worked to restore the 'peace.' We used to call that appeasement, but now it's peacekeeping.
The subtle shift in emphasis from defending what is worthwhile to redefining 'necessary' as 'expendable' isn't negotiating, it is surrender. Well, maybe it's negotiating. "I'll give you everything you want, but that's my final offer," might be dressed up enough to dance with, if you're that desperate.
As road maps go, expecting Israel to give up the Golan Heights, a strategic sacrifice of elephantine proportion, for useless promises of peace from those who unfailingly call for her extinction, secures a peace that passes understanding, not to mention overtaking credulity.
The Libertarian Party's notion of peace is appeasement in Birkenstocks.
The other disconnect I have with the LP platform is the elimination of all restrictions on immigration, which, coming from the Libertarian Party of Texas is a 'kick me' sign I wouldn't want to wear around the Alamo.
I'd still be laughing at that if I didn't know they were serious as a front yard fiesta del tercer mundo.
Can the Libertarian Party even coexist with War on Terrorism? The party platform seems singularly incapable of keeping suicide killers out of the country or doing anything pre-emptively to stop the creation of terrorist cadres not already here. The primary mandate of sovereignty is survival, a principle easily translated into libertarianism's recognition of the individual, with his full complement of rights and responsibilities. At the national level, this is vaporized without border control and amounts to shattering the individual writ large.
That's why I got the 'L' out of Libertarian in favor of raising a little 'l' of my own. Being a libertarian may be a step in the direction of conservatism, but being a Libertarian puts me in the pocket of people out to kill me.
As constituted, the LP will remain off the political radar, and small 'l'ers will agonize over how far down the ticket the silliness has to be before one can safely vote for it. So far, dog catcher is not far from the ceiling. A party rethought without these suicide clauses might do well as the major parties peel away from each other.
The Republicans look to have a lock on 2004, so there's plenty of time to get a new dog ready. This one won't hunt.
Everybody oughtta know, but doesn't, that two things create the trading value of a stock. The value of the assets of the company issuing the stock, and the desire or lack of it on the part of investors to own said stock, the technical function of the price. That's the one giving us charts that show moving cost averages, shoulder formations, spikes, dips and the generally tortuous path carved by shares in a company whose underlying assets don't change with anywhere near the speed of its capitalization. If you've read this far, congratulations.
Now imagine trying to predict a stock price, or even understand it, without factoring in its popularity. In other words, being unaware of market fluctuations. Would you feel comfortable betting your 401K that way?
Overhead on the web today---
After tutoring economics at a college for over a year, I have to agree that most students can not connect what they learn to the real world. This is caused in part by the professors. Many of the professors are excellent statisticians and fully understand numbers and their relations, but when it comes to psychology they have no clue.
Economics is primarily a psychological problem; you have to understand people and their motives BEFORE you can accurately describe them with numbers. In today’s academia there is a huge disconnect, we are trying to describe in numbers behavior we don’t understand.
Until the psychological part of the “dismal science” is put back in, we will continue to fail our students and the future.
Clare Boothe Luce argued, every president gets just one sentence in the history booksThe obvious ones are:
Obama 'Has a Vision for America and the Whole World'" -- Der Spiegel
In the IT industry, that is known as vaporware
"Hope is on the way" was the theme
Of the last Dem national convention,
So O'Bama's gassy platitudes fit the meme.
It ain't much but it is more sustaining
Than McCain's grumping out the lonely press
That showed up for his last deplaning.
This race is so over.
Coburn, a conservative from Muskogee who was an obstetrician, usually has 70 to 80 holds in place at any one time, aide Don Tatro said.'Cuz I'm proud to be an OB from Muskogee,
Joel Brenner, the US government’s top counter-intelligence official, warned: “So many people are going to the Olympics and are going to get electronically undressed.”"Step over here, roundeyes, I see you better. Hey, nice chipset."
-vaporous visions of pie-in-the-sky,
-sitting unaffected for twenty years in a religiously-bigoted pew,
-having a wife who hated America up until just now,
-being as underqualified for office as you can while remaining a citizen,
-throwing grandmothers and other inconvenient enablers under the bus, and
-showing a stunningly uneducated grasp of geography
aren't sufficient hooks upon which to hang Barack jokes,
I can only assume the jokesters are waiting for things that end,
"Isn't he cuddly or what?"
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
"Everyone is an atheist to most of the gods mankind has ever believed in, some of us just take it one god further."
"The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by H.Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not receive this flattery. Yet this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it, has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive industries in history."
ScienceDaily (July 18, 2008) — Resistance to ciprofloxacin, a member of one of the most commonly used groups of antibiotics in the world, has been discovered by a team of Canadian researchers among people in remote South American villages who are believed to have never taken this medication. They took rectal swabs from 535 people in Bartica and the remote villages.
A San Francisco city and county board resolution [...]will be challenged tomorrow in court for violating the Constitution's prohibition of government hostility toward religion.Have you seen the new King James Version of the Constitution? I hear it's all the rage.
The ankle monitor has come off.
Tribune file photo by CHRIS URSO (2006)Debra Lafave won't have to wear this ankle bracelet now that she's off house arrest and on probation.
By THOMAS KRAUSE
The Tampa Tribune
July 11, 2008
Schoolteacher-turned-sex-offender Debra Lafave no longer will have to provide Florida Department of Corrections officials her daily schedule, and they no longer will keep minute-by-minute track of her whereabouts.
With Lafave having served more than 2 1/2 years of a three-year house-arrest sentence, a judge commuted the final five months to probation. She will remain on probation for seven years.
Probation officials said Lafave arrived at the Plant City probation office at 8:20 a.m. Her probation officer deactivated the ankle bracelet and cut it off. She left at 8:40 a.m.
While on house arrest, Lafave was allowed to leave home for only a few reasons, including grocery shopping and work, DOC spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said. Lafave had to write her schedule in advance and have it approved by a probation officer, Plessinger said.
Now, Lafave will have to meet with a probation officer regularly, and an officer will come to her home, but she will not have to present schedules for approval, Plessinger said. Because Lafave is a sex offender, she will be subject to a curfew for the remainder of her probation. She must be home by 10 p.m. and cannot leave before 6 a.m., Plessinger said.
Lafave, a former English teacher at Greco Middle School, was arrested in June 2004 after a 14-year-old boy's mother called police to report that Lafave was having sex with him. Prosecutors have said the only reason they offered Lafave a plea deal was the extreme level of media coverage. The teenager's mother wanted to spare him the difficulties of testifying at trial.
The terms of Lafave's plea deal with prosecutors — inked in November 2005 — stated that she was to serve three years of house arrest and then seven years of probation. If she did not willfully violate house arrest after the first two years, she was to be allowed to ask a judge to commute the third year to probation.
While serving house arrest, Lafave had one legal incident. In December, Lafave was arrested for having inappropriate conversations with a 17-year-old girl at a restaurant where they worked. Circuit Judge J. Rogers Padgett determined the conversations were a violation of her house arrest but were not willful. She was not punished.
Fitzgibbons had argued to the judge that the conversations were common workplace discussions and age-appropriate.
A few months later, Fitzgibbons asked for Lafave's early release. The judge said she would be released today. All Lafave's community service is complete and all her fines are paid, Fitzgibbons said.
This morning, Lafave's former husband, Owen Lafave, appeared on the "Today" show.
Shortly before the interview, he told TBO.com that his ex-wife's sentence was "too lenient." There is one standard for female sex offenders and another for male sex offenders, he said, and that must be stopped.
His involvement with Debra Lafave brought him to the forefront of an issue that, he said, he previously ignored. Owen Lafave said he feels obligated to act as a spokesman for issues involving sex offenders.
"I've got two beautiful boys now who I want to protect," he said.
On Thursday, Debra Lafave's attorney criticized Owen Lafave for continuing to appear on television and speak publicly about his former wife, even though he has remarried and has children. Fitzgibbons said Owen Lafave needs to move on.
"John is entitled to his opinion," Owen Lafave said this morning. "This is something that happened to me in my life and, unfortunately, pushed me into the media."
So [disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters] are taking their revenge on people without health care, women who need abortions, and others who they (if they supported Hillary) must think will be harmed by a Republican victory in the fall. --- Michael Kinsley, Time magazine."And what seems to be the problem, Cynthia?"
Myron Cohen told the story of a man who lay dying in his upstairs bed. His wife was downstairs in the kitchen making cookies. The man calls his young son, whom he loved very much, to his side.
"Joshie, my boy, I'm dying."
"I know, pappa."
"What is your mother doing?"
"She's in the kitchen making cookies."
"Oy, your mother's wonderful cookies. I love them so. Go downstairs and tell momma to send me up some cookies."
So the boy goes downstairs and returns a minute later empty-handed.
"Joshie, did you bring me some cookies?"
"No? But I love your momma's cookies. Go and get some."
"Momma said I can't give you any cookies, poppa."
"What? Did she say why?"
"She said the cookies were for after the funeral."
Pump the oil. Mother Nature won't die.
But I suspect that is because direct mail is still one of the few areas where conservatives and Republicans have a major fundraising advantage. If direct mail fundraisers were to become viewed by the general public as the used car salesmen of politics, they could then use it against any Republican who employed the supposedly shady fundraising method.
Now you're probably thinking that keeping 83 percent of the money is still a lot. But it's not, and you would understand that if the article didn't demonstrate a pretty shoddy grasp of how direct mail fundraising works.
Archaeologists and art historians have long complained about the poor upkeep of Pompeii, dogged by lack of investment, mismanagement, litter and looting. Bogus tour guides, illegal parking attendants and stray dogs also plague visitors. --- ReutersHow to tell if your tour guide was bogus.
Slight differences in the growth rings in wood from which violins are made might help determine sound quality, distinguishing a mellow-toned Stradivarius from an ordinary instrument. --- Science News
I thought they decided the varnish made the difference. But that was long ago, and now my consolation is in the sawdust of the song...
And wishin' her kisses will start,
That might get you into her heart...
So if you're thinkin' how hard true love is,
All you gotta do is drive up to Pike's Peak
Then off an embankment,
Into the blue like Thelma and Louise
And after you do, she'll wear your ring.
Wishin' and Hopin'
If I were a parent of such, though, I would turn my little snowflakes into steely-eyed atheists before submitting their soft cranial Play-doh to be mashed onto Louisiana's colored funny papers.***********************
The actions of a handful of their co-religionists on that fateful day wrecked that trajectory beyond recognition and unleashed something base and ugly in the American character. ----Leonard Pitts, Miami HeraldAll the American muslims had to come up with were a few large street demonstrations against the murderous catastrophe unleashed by some of their fellows. Islamic silence unleashed an American suspicion Muslims did nothing to dispel.
The author is another student of the Winnie the Pooh school of foreign relations -- "It must have been something we did."****************
They used to have a ride called the Cliffhanger (?)
that took you up way high, then dropped you and
let gravity take over for what seemed an eternity.
The pre-drop pause at the pinnacle gave you time
to look at the grand high altitude vista and ask yourself,
"My Gawd. WTF am I doing?"
See, what you got here ain't much different from your automobile.
Let's just lift up the hood and poke around a little.
Now, you see that? That's your fuel injection, and it takes gas from your tank back there.
You with me so far? Okay, now, your gas tank has been sitting here full for the last year.
The gas in there cost you $25 and now it's worth $50.
Hear that? That's the whooshing sound of profit you made without working for it, so you ain't any better than Exxon.
We're all entre-manures: small business is the SUV in the American garage and don't let some camel-toad tell you any different.
Thank you, and go Cowboys.