Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ Official English Style Guide

A Conservative Speaks Of Empathy & Respect

BB (among other idiocies) Twitlinks to this crap, which was previously handled w/ heavy gloves & tongs.

He who must demand respect does not deserve it.

At This Moment (And Possibly Forever)

We are busy not giving a damn about the iPad or the NCAA Men's (Or Women's, to be be absolutely fair.) Basketball Tournament.

TSOL* Exposes Hutaree

CAREFUL: Loud, thumping, irritating, martial choral music almost immediately, followed by not for work (Probably. Depending.) spoken content.Tip o' the chapeau to Green Eagle.

*Not TSOL, TSOL.

Age Of Consent Lowered To 10 For Boys

NAMBLACatholic League prez Bill Donohue sez it's OK, per the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The data collected by John Jay College of Criminal Justice show that between 1950 and 2002, 81 percent of the victims were male and 75 percent of them were post-pubescent. In other words, three out of every four victims have been abused by homosexuals. By the way, puberty, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, begins at age 10 for boys.

No problem can be remedied without an accurate diagnosis. And any accurate diagnosis that does not finger the role that homosexuals have played in molesting minors is intellectually dishonest. The cover-up must end. And so must attempts to muzzle my voice. Everything I am saying is what most people already know, but are afraid to say it. It's time for some straight talk.
Did we miss the Internet outrage about this? Here's some, though Bill's only giving 12 or 13 as the age of "post-pubescence." Funny, but isn't doctrine in Catholic World along the lines of "Wait 'til you're married, & then only for reproduction?" Maybe that's just for heterosexing lay people. If you're "celibate," there may be double-secret rules for you.

Annals Of Meaninglessness, Mostly Estranged Methodist Style

Dan Riehl types:
Ironic that without sin I suppose there would be no need for religion, Catholicism, or any other church. But without religion, Catholicism, or churches as a whole, there would still be sin. Of that much I am devoutly convinced. Many of the current arguments over the Catholic church re-affirm that, perhaps even more so than do they accomplish any thing else.
Then, an ugly attack on "elitist media hack" Peggy Noonan.
The ugliest attacks are coming from the Left. And I've no reason to believe there's any principle to them, given a willingness to distort facts. I also thing [sic] some in the Jewish community are over-playing this. And Peggy Noonan disappoints, as she seems to do more and more over the years.

Evidently Noonan felt compelled to defend the press, suggesting any potential bias is irrelevant. That's nonsense, especially given the rampant bias employed everyday [sic] when the press reports on politics.

Ultimately, that paints her as neither Catholic, nor conservative, but simply an elitist media hack invested in protecting her position, more so than anything else. But then, I suppose that's an accurate depiction of what she's become. And it seems to be taking forever for people to figure out and admit that her time has come and gone. I doubt the same thing can be said of the Catholic church. But clearly they've found yet another issue to address with some type of reform. Churches do do that from time to time, for better, or worse.
Conveniently unmentioned: The nature of "the scandal," or "issue" that it as the root of the "current arguments."

Elements Of Style©: Two typos in what we pulled. Does Riehl not have the strength to go over his crap even once before posting?

FEMA: It's Time!

An inside-the-Beltway type finally admits the truth:
[C]onversations with those immersed in a right-wing ideology tend to be rather frustrating, if not futile, experiences. In order for political discourse to have any meaning or value, there have to be certain agreed upon facts that serve as a foundation for the dialogue. But as the McClatchy piece notes, that foundation is no longer stable -- conservatives frequently choose to believe versions of events that aren't real, because the make-believe version makes them feel better.

[...]

For all the talk about getting reasonable people with different ideologies into a room to find common ground on a host of complex issues, it's worth remembering that for many political actors in 2010, there isn't even agreement on the basics. When dealing with a large group of influential conservatives who believe FDR created the Great Depression, Theodore Roosevelt was a socialist, and Joe McCarthy was a hero, what's there to talk about?
There you have it. Can't live w/ them, & can't even point out what idiots they are. What more do we need before we round them up & ship them to education camps? (Not reëducation camps: That would imply these remarkable simulacra of humanity had received education in the first place.)

From Uras To Earth

Turtles '67: W/ The Schnozz At The Palace & The Smos. Bros.


Turtles - Can I Get To Know You Better Uploaded by DwightFrye.
Turtles - Guide For The Married Man Uploaded by DwightFrye.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Public Digital Access

Goofy "militia" vids for TGIF amusement. (It is Friday, innit?)

An Excellent Question

Katha Pollitt: Recall the Ambassador to the Vatican
In a scathing piece for the Nation, Katha Pollitt questions why American secularists allow the Vatican any moral authority at all.

Read original story in The Nation | Friday, April 2, 2010
We give no moral authority whatsoever to the Whore of Babylon. Half the damn mackerel-snappers themselves don't. So who the hell does? (Oh crap, now do we have to read it if we want to know who the authoritarian sheep are? Do we care enough? Hell, we like scathing. What are we complaining about? Some would say, "What aren't you complaining about, Bouff?")

Jesus Christ!

No, this is Boy Scouts, not bead-rattlers.

Boy Scout Leader Blames Parents for Sex Abuse at Hands of Scoutmaster

Timur Dykes molested young boys as an assistant Scoutmaster. This is a fact. He admitted it. Now, Dykes is in the middle of a $29 million sex abuse case filed against the Boy Scouts of America that is heating up. Eugene Grant, the president of the Boy Scouts council for the Portland metro area, told parents of abused children that they "should not have allowed boys to stay overnight with a single man at his apartment," the Associated Press reported. During cross-examination, Grant called the parents' decisions "negligent" and "criminal." At the time of the abuse—the mid-1980s—the Boy Scouts didn't have an official policy on sleepovers. "I just find it almost incomprehensible to think their children were going to be safe in that type of environment," Grant, an attorney, said, according to the Associated Press. Earlier in the trial, one attorney for the prosecution called Dykes a "pied piper" who filled his apartment with things that would lure young boys in "such as exotic pets, an aquarium and games." The trial, which began in mid-March, is expected to last about a month.
Read original story in The Associated Press | Friday, April 2, 2010
Or could it be a different faith?

How Could They Not Be?

We want to go to sleep or something, but the flow of tempting idiocy is non-stop.

Resurrection: Are The Cloud, Collective Consciousness and The Singularity Intertwined?


What an idiotic question, we mean. Not that this kind of inane babble is stupid or anything. Here's the picture attached.
The Cloud, Collective Consciousness and The Singularity
Touching, isn't it?

Our Motto Too: Why Bother?

Balloon Juice notes:
I was going to send you all to another “NO ONE HERE IS RACIST” tea party apologia at Reason magazine [...] but it just gets so tiresome I figured why bother.

[...]

Again, this may be an artifact of my political movement, but I do not remember libertarians being such complete shitheads under Bush.
That being hrs. ago (& how the hrs. pass when crawling through these tubes) we'll throw our two cts. in & note what none of the usual gang of idiots typing there seemed to.

The Reason element looks at the T.People, sees tax-haters, & the familiar ding of the register goes off in the libertarian mind. New financial blood for their magazine & website. (Both refutations of their free market theories.) Add to potential profit the possibility of the political/media energy of those who've taken to the streets w/ their unprecedented show of force, anger & delusion, & you betcha they'll be sticking up for the angry, middle-aged likely voter. No matter how much of an asshole or shithead s/he is.
And it is generally agreed, at Balloon Juice & throughout the civilized world (as well as California) that glibertarians are complete shitheads & assholes.

The Rat?

On the basis that there was no such programme
An array of fantasy projects - from a tank weighing 1,000 tons that no road could support to a long-distance rocket that could have pounded London or New York into brick dust - were debated on the ABC TV show Nazi Secret Weapons.
on the ABC-TV we have in these United Snakes, we have to wonder if this was one of those April Fool deals. One must doubt that they would have called this thing "The Rat."
From AC.

We Aren't Tired Of This Yet

2 April: Rebs Flee Richmond; Argies Seize Falklands/Malvinas; Pompidou, Pope Die

Today is Friday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2010. There are 273 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy." (Congress declared war four days later.) Also in 1917, Jeannette Rankin, a representative from Montana, took her seat as the first woman elected to Congress. [She voted no to that war, was the only representative to vote against WWII, & remains the only woman to be elected to Congress from Big Sky Country. Twice, in 1916 & 1940. Dirty commie. — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in present-day Florida.
In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.
In 1805, author Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark.
In 1860, the first Italian Parliament met at Turin.
In 1863, rioting erupted in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., sparked by an angry crowd's demand for bread at a bakery.
In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces.
In 1872, Samuel F.B. Morse, developer of the electric telegraph, died at age 80.
In 1877, the first White House Easter Egg Roll was conducted.
In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon went to a cemetery in The Bronx, N.Y., where Condon turned over $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh's kidnapped son. (The child, who was not returned, was found dead the following month.)
In 1974, French President Georges Pompidou died in Paris.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a windfall profits tax on the oil industry. (The tax was repealed in 1988.)
In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.) Audio Fun: British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington announces the invasion.
In 1986, four American passengers were killed when a bomb exploded aboard a TWA jetliner en route from Rome to Athens, Greece.
In 1987, the U.S. Senate overrode a Reagan veto by one vote to enact a highway bill that allowed states to raise speed limits to 65 mph in certain areas.
In 1991, Iraq crushed monthlong insurgencies by northern Kurds and southern Shiite Muslims.
In 1992, mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering.
In 1995, an explosion in the city of Gaza killed eight people, including a leader of the military wing of Hamas.
In 1999, the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March 1999.
In 2000, more than 600 people set out on a five-day, 120-mile protest march to Columbia, S.C. to urge state lawmakers to move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome. Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi suffered a debilitating stroke (he died more than a month later). Connecticut won its second women's NCAA national championship with a 71-52 victory over Tennessee.
In 2002, Israel seized control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen forced their way into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, beginning a 39-day standoff.
In 2004, a judge in New York declared a mistrial in the grand-larceny case against two former Tyco executives after a juror apparently received an intimidating letter and phone call for supposedly siding with the defense. (Former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Mark H. Swartz were convicted in a retrial of looting Tyco of more than $600 million in corporate bonuses and loans; each was sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.) Flags of seven new NATO members from former communist Europe rose at alliance headquarters in Brussels for the first time, marking the biggest expansion in NATO's 55-year history.
In 2005, Pope John Paul II, who left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he'd led for 26 years, died in his Vatican apartment at the age of 84.
Terri Schiavo's body was cremated as disagreements continued between her husband and her parents, who were unable to have their own independent expert observe her autopsy. An Australian helicopter on a relief mission in Indonesia crashed on earthquake-devastated Nias Island, killing nine people on board.
In 2006, U.S. journalist Jill Carroll returned to Boston after being held in Iraq for 82 days by kidnappers. Also in 2006, at least 50 people were killed in Iraq in violence that included a mortar attack, military firefights and roadside bombings.
In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. And, in 2007 sports, the University of Florida repeated as NCAA Division I basketball champion, becoming the first school to win both the national collegiate basketball and football titles the same academic year.
In 2008, President George W. Bush suffered a painful diplomatic setback when NATO allies rebuffed his passionate pleas to put former Soviet republics Ukraine and Georgia on the path toward membership. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who'd helped broker peace in Northern Ireland but couldn't survive a scandal over his collection of cash from businessmen, announced he would resign. The opposition leader in the Zimbabwe presidential election, Morgan Tsvangirai, declared himself the winner over long-time leader Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, with a reported 50.3 percent of the vote. Mugabe refused to concede, official election results were postponed and widespread violence began.
In 2009, leaders of the world's rich and major developing countries met at an emergency G-20 economic summit in London; afterward, President Barack Obama hailed agreements they had reached as a "turning point in our pursuit of global economic recovery," but cautioned, "there are no guarantees." The House and Senate passed companion budget plans, giving President Barack Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill a key victory. A 19-count federal racketeering indictment was returned against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who denied doing anything illegal. Penn State beat Baylor 69-63 to win the NIT title.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Rita Gam is 82. Actress Sharon Acker is 75. Singer Leon Russell is 68. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 67. Actress Linda Hunt is 65. Singer Emmylou Harris is 63.
Social critic and author Camille Paglia ia 63. [Photograph of Miss Paglia courtesy of Ann Althouse. — Ed.]
Actress Pamela Reed is 61. Rock musician Dave Robinson (The Cars) is 57. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 49. Actor Christopher Meloni is 49. Singer Keren Woodward (Bananarama) is 49. Country singer Billy Dean is 48. Actor Clark Gregg is 48. Actress Jana Marie Hupp is 46. Rock musician Greg Camp is 43. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 41. Actress Roselyn Sanchez is 37. Country singer Jill King is 35. Actor Adam Rodriguez is 35.
Not Celebrating: Charlemagne, founder of the Holy Roman Empire (742); Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova (1725); French novelist Emile Zola (1840); surrealist artist Max Ernst (1891); actors Buddy Ebsen (1908) Alec Guinness (1914) & Jack Webb (1920);
Australian auto racer Jack Brabham (1926); singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye (1939).
2 April In Entertainment
In 1956, the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS.
In 1968, the science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
In 1971, Ringo Starr's first solo single, "It Don't Come Easy," was released. It became a Top Five hit.
In 1974, "The Sting" won the best picture Academy Award. "The Way We Were" from the movie of the same name won the best original song and score awards.
In 1987, jazz drummer Buddy Rich died of a heart attack.
In 1992, country singer Wynonna Judd began her first solo tour in Midland, Texas.
In 1997, singer Joni Mitchell was reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
In 1998, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli died after consuming alcohol and pills in a hotel room in Frankfurt, Germany. He was 32.
In 2003, dozens of fans walked out of a Pearl Jam show in Denver after singer Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of President George W. Bush on a microphone stand.
Thought for Today: "The future starts today, not tomorrow." — Pope John Paul II (1920-2005).

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Our Gawd: More Mighty Than The Media

Gawd Bless Our Christian Nation, The Constitution & The First Amendment!

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dogs

Text, to offset the previous photo essays.

Almost daily revelations surface of sexual abuse of children in the past, accompanied by allegations of a cover-up. Strategy to defend the pope from being forced to testify in the Pope led Holy Thursday "It is a belief, admittedly a strongly held belief, that's on the fringe of society," Wilbert said of Roeder's argument that killing Tiller was justified because it reduced the number of abortions performed. Wilbert was required to sentence Roeder to life in prison, but he had to decide whether Roeder would be eligible for parole in 25 years or 50 years. St Peter's Basilica and Catholics marked the most solemn week of the liturgical calendar, culminating on Sunday in Easter Day. In the morning the pope blessed oils for Church services during the year. "The Perversion Files," as the Scouts called them, have rarely been seen publicly -- but now, 20,000 pages have been admitted as evidence in the trial. "It's shocking to read case after case of sex abuse of men preying on boys," Boyle said. "What's also shocking - you realize how much the Scouts knew." He washed the feet of 12 priests to commemorate Jesus' gesture of humility the night before he died. But on the day Catholics commemorate Christ's founding of the priesthood, the pope did not refer in any of his sermons to the crisis of confidence sweeping the Church as almost daily revelations surface of sexual abuse of children in the past. I’m not even worried. The machine has been sent for forensic testing to determine what award, if any, Chavez is entitled to. Early census returns are showing that conservatives have been measurably less likely than liberals to return their census forms. A recent article in the Houston Chronicle points out that three weeks ago, Cornyn told reporters he thought GOP Senate candidates would and should run on a platform of repealing the legislation conservative Texas is way behind the national average in returning census forms and some of the lowest rates of abuse of children by priests, cannot be called to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, a top Vatican legal official said on Thursday. "And you know this actually has a physical keyboard, which a lot of people still want," says CNET's Wood of a cell phone. The interview with Giuseppe dalla Torre, head of the Vatican's tribunal, was published in this year’s 10-question census form. "It is no secret that George Tiller killed unborn babies for a living," Roeder said. "Abortion was illegal in this state 37 years ago, and it should be illegal today." Witnesses told police the man had been stabbing himself with a knife Saturday night at City Farm Market in Inglewood. A store employee says the man confronted him and told him he "killed people," then tried to stab the employee and walked away. Conservatives have been measurably less likely than liberals to return their census forms. The lawyer of a Lebanese TV psychic who was convicted in Saudi Arabia for witchcraft said Thursday her client could be beheaded this week and urged Lebanese and Saudi leaders to help spare his life. Few things will make Nancy Pelosi happier than large numbers of conservatives failing to respond to the census. He said God's judgment against the U.S. will "sweep over this land like a prairie wind." "He will avenge every drop of innocent blood," Roeder said. If we do not respond, we will not be counted and if we are not counted, then we effectively will not exist. Dave Leach, a Des Moines, Iowa, anti-abortion rights activist who has interviewed Roeder, also testified on Roeder's behalf. "He honestly believed he could do some good," Leach told Wilbert. "He was willing to sacrifice his own freedom and life for others." Thompson described his friend Tiller as a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a strong believer in women's rights. He said his office still receives calls from women seeking medical services. As he spoke about Tiller as a devoted grandfather, Tiller's widow, Jeanne, cried. Roeder at times looked away, yawned and took a drink of water. That would reduce conservatives’ power in elections, allow Democrats to draw more favorable congressional boundaries and help put more tax-hiking politicians way behind the national average in returning census forms and abuse of children by priests. The troop leader, Timur Dykes, had already admitted to a Scout official that he had molested 17 boys. Still parents were not notified and Dykes continued to work with the Scouts. In a deposition he confessed to abusing Jack Doe No. 4. Dykes was asked what he did that could be considered molestation. "I handled his genitals," Dykes said to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, born in Miami in 1941, Roberts spent time in the U.S. Air Force and earned an electrical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University in 1968, according to information provided by his family and Catholics marked the most solemn week of the liturgical, the pope did not refer in any of his sermons to the crisis of confidence sweeping the Church as almost daily revelations surface of forms and some of the lowest rates are in Texas abuse of children by priests. Raised in Ashville, N.C., the rebellious teen says her problems all began when her parents divorced and she was sexually abused by a family acquaintance. "That led to substance abuse, staying out all night long, and running away," Booth said. By the time she was 18, she'd been legally emancipated from her parents, married, and had a baby. No, abuse of children in the past, accompanied by allegations of a cover-up. I’m not even worried about privacy – this year’s 10-question census form is the shortest. [Update: Since the Houston Chronicle article was published, the average national census participation rate has increased to 52 percent and the rates in each On April 15th McRoy was in an Orange County Circuit courtroom when her phone began to ring loudly. McRoy admitted she hadn't checked to see that it was turned off after her sister used it outside the courtroom. McRoy said the judge stopped proceedings and tossed her phone into a garbage can. The appeal court ruling found McRoy did not embarrass the judge or obstruct justice. "And the iPad doesn't, so it's hard to imagine why you necessarily need to switch from [a cell phone] to [an iPad]." McRoy said she hopes to get the phone of right-wingers will attend rallies in cities and towns across the United States. It was not the first attack against a Navy ship, but it underscored the fact that most pirates aren't terribly sophisticated, said Roger Middleton, a piracy expert at the British think-tank Chatham House. Before a federal judge, Justice Department prosecutors will lay out the dirty laundry of the company best known for its elegant Mercedes-Benz autos: a pattern of bribery that for many decades has helped fuel the company's sales and illicitly added millions of dollars to its profits. The organizers of this nationwide day of protest call it a tea party. This tea party movement that emerged only a year ago is a coalition of conservatives, anti-Semites, fascists, libertarians, racists, constitutionalists, militia men, gun freaks, homophobes, Ron Paul supporters, Alex Jones conspiracy types and American flag wavers. I’m not worried about the President’s attempt to run the census out of the White House – we beat that power grab back last year. I’m not even worried Catholics commemorate Christ's trying to do the right thing, but instead they are helping big government liberals by discouraging fellow conservatives from filling out their census forms. Early census returns are showing that conservatives have been measurably less likely than liberals to return their census forms. [Update: Since the Houston Chronicle article was published, the average national census to grow in size and strength there is a big chance they will dominate this country in the near future. If the tea party movement takes over this country they will really hurt poor people by getting rid of social programs like food stamps, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, student aid, free health care, etc. The threat of criminal prosecution didn't stop the illegal activity entirely. "Certain improper payments even continued as late as January 2008," the court papers say. The tea party movement will say these programs must be gotten rid of because hard-working taxpayers cannot afford to pay for these things especially when the economy is in a depression. There are three options Republican strategist Kevin Madden said the repeal message is "a call to action" that excites many conservative voters, who will be important in November. But the risk of talking only about repeal, he said, "is you only define your position by what you're against." On April 15th thousands of right-wingers will attend rallies in cities and towns across the United States. Police followed a trail of blood inside the store to a walk-in refrigerator in the market's warehouse. Two officers shot the suspect multiple times and killed him after he allegedly came out of the refrigerator wielding an ax and lunged toward one of them. If the tea party movement continues to grow in size and strength there is a big chance they will dominate this country in the near future. The tea party movement will say these programs must be gotten rid of because hard-working taxpayers cannot afford to pay for these things especially when the economy is in a depression. There are three options we have with the tea party movement: 1. Organize counter-protests against the tea party demonstrations, same time, same place. This is probably the best option. We need to get in the streets on April 15th and show the tea party movement that there are lots of people out there who oppose their agenda.

T.P.ing Or Tea Bagging?

We've never seen them, so they're news to us. Not that we aren't sick & tired of these two-tub turkeys, but it makes our heart beat just a bit quicker (which is probably going to kill us quicker) to see what absolute failures these mortal fools be. Especially telling: Inconsistency.
This one more for the odd ideas than the spelling. There are no Xians in Kenya?
And for Ann Althouse.

Spelling, Grammar, Economics

Hope here can't quite decide which is worse: School or Socialism. More at Flickr.

A Paucity Of Imagination

At Whiskey Fire a funny-man is coal-raked. We got out of the boat, curious as to the complete unknown or D-Lister who typed the crap & were struck by this masterpiece of contemporary design. (Where "contemporary" has the value of -40 yrs.)
This lends credence to the idea that many of the T.P. people are the "jocks" etc., of the '60s who were too busy being squares to get in on the fun of being tear-gassed &/or having an oinker thwack you w/ his baton; now they're spotting mortality peeping at them & don't want to miss any fun or pay any more damn taxes, damnit, this go-round. Who/whatever these literally thousands upon thousands of protesting patriots are, it's a damn shame there haven't been any more recent revolutionary movements they could look to for inspiration.

Perhaps somewhere (Undisclosed location at a luxury resort?) a secret deal was made between Democrats & Republicans: The Dixiecrats & their racist ways would be welcomed to the Republican Party, & The Left would let the GOP use all the clenched fist & '60s revolutionary (Not Revolutionary War, they've had the three-cornered hat market tied up for a while.) imagery, if & only when a Democrat of recent African heritage was elected President. Probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

I Steal Your Satellite

American Americanism For Americans, & Americans Only!

Democrats Don't Like Sports!

And that's only a slight exaggeration.
Don't leave though; here's the real exaggeration:
Another signal, emerging independent of the Obama-media-industrial-complex, that leftists are not only outside the mainstream, but literally un-American according to key indices of popular culture. Sure, some Democrats are sports fans. But these data really should give pause to those on the left claiming to represent middle America. (And notice the elitists at Democratic Strategist trying to blow off the findings.)
Yes, it's a free country where you can do anything you want, as long as it's watching the same crap on telebision that all the other fucking sheep watch.

Wolverines!!

AssociatedPress — March 31, 2010 Matt Savino is a colonel in the Michigan Militia Corps Wolverines. He met with the Hutaree leadership in 2006 and describes them as a "religious extremist group." He also says David Brian Stone is "obviously the leader of the group." (March 31)

1 April, Fool!!

Today is Thursday, April 1, the 91st day of 2010. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fools' Day. Speaking of, The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On April 1, 1960, the first true weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral. (TIROS stood for "Television Infrared Observation Satellite.")
On this date:
In 1789, The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first speaker.
In 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio, established a fire department made up of city employees. Cincinnati was the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary. [Leading directly to the end of the glibertarian paradise that America once was. — Ed.]
In 1873, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in Russia.
In 1918, the Royal Air Force was established in Britain. Two months later, Britain began bombing industrial targets in Germany from bases in France.
In 1924, Adolf Hitler was sent to prison for five years after failing in his first effort to take over Germany by force, the unsuccessful "Beer Hall Putsch" in the German state of Bavaria.
In 1933, Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.
In 1939, the United States recognized the government of Gen. Francisco Franco in Spain, the same day Franco went on radio to declare victory in the Spanish Civil War.
In 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa.
In 1946, tsunami waves struck the Hawaiian islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a $1.85 billion emergency housing measure.
In 1963, most of New York City's daily newspapers resumed publishing after settlement was reached in a 114-day strike.
In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971.
In 1976, Apple Computer founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
In 1979, Iran declared itself an Islamic Republic.
In 1982, the United States transferred control of the Panama Canal Zone to the government of Panama.
In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay (cq) Sr. in Los Angeles, the day before his 45th birthday. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.)
In 1986, world oil prices dipped to less than $10 a barrel.
In 1987, in his first major speech on the epidemic, President Ronald Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1."
In 1991, Moscow food stores closed to curb panic buying in anticipation of government price increases.
In 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced a $24 billion aid package to the former Soviet republics.
In 1996, an outbreak of "mad cow" disease forced Britain to plan the mass slaughter of cows.
In 1998, a U.S. judge dismissed the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
In 1999, Canada created a new territory, Nunavut, as a means of providing autonomy for the Inuit people. A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with originating the "Melissa" e-mail virus, which infected more than 1 million computers worldwide. (David L. Smith later pleaded guilty to various state and federal charges.) The United States branded as an illegal abduction the capture of three U.S. Army soldiers near the Macedonian-Yugoslav border; President Bill Clinton demanded their immediate release.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton, speaking at a fund-raiser for his wife's Senate campaign, accused New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of enlisting a "right-wing venom machine" against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Michelle Kwan won her third World Figure Skating title.
In 2001, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was arrested on corruption charges after a 26-hour armed standoff with police at his Belgrade villa. A U.S. Navy spy plane collided with a Chinese jetfighter off the coast of China. The Chinese plane crashed into the ocean; the damaged U.S. plane landed on the Chinese island of Hainan, where its 24 crewmembers were held for 11 days.
In 2002, the United States and Pakistan announced the capture of a top al-Qaida leader, a major break in their war on terrorism.
In 2003, American troops rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where she had been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed nine days earlier.
In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law new protections for the unborn that for the first time made it a separate federal crime to harm a fetus during an assault on the mother. Michigan won the NIT championship with a 62-55 victory over Rutgers.
In 2005, the Vatican reported that Pope John Paul II was near death, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing. President Bill Clinton's former national security adviser, Sandy Berger, pleaded guilty to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives; he was later sentenced to two years' probation. Also in 2005, all nine people aboard an Australian navy helicopter on a relief mission to earthquake-struck Indonesia died when the aircraft crashed.
In 2006, all 19 people on board a Brazilian commuter flight were found dead following a crash in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2007, a magnitude 8 earthquake in the South Pacific triggered a tsunami that sent waves several feet high into the western Solomon Islands.
In 2008, the Pentagon made public a legal memo dated March 14, 2003, that approved the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects, saying that President George W. Bush's wartime authority trumped any international ban on torture. (The memo was rescinded in December 2003.) Top executives of the country's five biggest oil companies told a skeptical Congress they knew record fuel prices were hurting people, but argued it wasn't their fault and their huge profits were in line with other industries.
In 2009, President Barack Obama, in London for an economic crisis summit, sought to rally the world's top and emerging powers to help cope with a global downturn; chanting protesters clashed with riot police in the British capital. Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel's prime minister. Sixteen people were killed when a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the North Sea off Scotland's northeast coast. Sweden became the fifth European nation to legalize same-sex marriages. Others are the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Spain. In a college baseball blowout, Eastern Kentucky was leading Kentucky State 49-1 when the teams stopped playing after five innings (they also agreed to cancel the second game of a scheduled double-header).
Today's Birthdays: Author Anne McCaffrey is 84. Actress Jane Powell is 82. Actress Grace Lee Whitney is 80. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 78. Country singer Jim Ed Brown is 76. Actor Don Hastings is 76. Blues singer Eddie King is 72. Actress Ali MacGraw is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is 71. Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro is 71. Grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower David Eisenhower is 63. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 62.
Jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron is 61. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 60. Rock musician Billy Currie (Ultravox) is 60. Actress Annette O'Toole is 58. Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is 57. Singer Susan Boyle (TV: "Britain's Got Talent") is 49. Country singer Woody Lee is 42. Rapper-actor Method Man is 39. Movie directors Allen and Albert Hughes are 38. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 37. Tennis player Magdalena Maleeva is 35. Actor David Oyelowo is 34. Singer Bijou Phillips is 30.
Birthday Extra: German military theorist Prince Otto von Bismarck (1815); Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni (1866); actors Lon Chaney Sr. (1883) Wallace Beery (1885) and Toshiro Mifune (1920); authors William Manchester ("Death of a President") (1922); football coach Bo Schembechler (1929).
1 April In Entertainment
In 1957, Cadence Records released the single "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers.
In 1963, the soap opera "General Hospital" premiered on ABC.
In 1966, David Bowie's first single, "Do Anything You Say," backed with "Good Morning Girl," was released in Britain.
In 1969, the Beach Boys announced a lawsuit against Capitol Records. The band was asking for more than $2 million in royalties and producer's fees. The Beach Boys also announced the formation of a new record label, called Brother Records.
In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay (cq) Sr. in Los Angeles, the day before his 45th birthday. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.)
In 1985, singer David Lee Roth left Van Halen.
In 1992, Billy Idol pleaded no contest to punching a woman in the face. He was fined and told to make public service announcements against alcohol and drug use.
In 1983, guitarist Dave Mustaine left Metallica. He went on to form Megadeth.
In 1993, the producers of the country TV comedy series "Hee Haw" announced that the show would leave the air, after a 25-year run.
In 2002, actress Tawny Kitaen was arrested for allegedly attacking her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley.
In 2004, actress Carrie Snodgress died in Los Angeles at age 57.
Thought for Today: "Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness." — Sacha Guitry, Russian-born French actor-writer-director (1885-1957).

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Annals Of Advertising

While idly wondering* about just who & how stupid the target market of the Vaseline Hair Tonic folks was in 1949, we also had to wonder about the evolution of  "small men" into "grunty little malebeasts."
See also.

*Never let it be said that the Great Ideas are not under constant scrutiny around here.

You &/vs. The State

Resistance is futile.
Law enforcement swarmed a rural, wooded property on the evening of March 27 near Adrian, Mich., about 70 miles southwest of Detroit, believed to be the home of Hutaree leader David Brian Stone. Two ramshackle trailers sat side-by-side on the property, the door to one slightly ajar late Sunday as if it had been forced open.
More.

Legion Of Charlies

Via a swell rant at Alternate Brain, we see that the Hutaree need to be defended by the same Satanic society whose footsoldiers they wanted to kill. (Public Defenders be warned.) Good point:
The last time I can think of that a 'general uprising' was planned was the Tet Offensive in '68. Didn't work then either, but I don't guess these clowns read much history. These ying-yangs' thinking was probably closer to Charles Manson's Helter Skelter.
The AP via CBS. WTF?
One defendant expressed anti-tax views during his Monday court hearing. Thomas W. Piatek, a truck driver from Whiting, Ind., told a federal judge he could not afford an attorney because he was "getting raped on property taxes."
Here is the Head UbangiHutaree's double-wide. Looks like rape to us.

Federal Fascism In Florida: "Quality Of Life" & "Pirates"

Between Jan. 1 and March 23, they made 90 arrests, and the federal stimulus will ensure that the trend continues: the Key West police recently received $813,000 to add four officers to its 89-member department. Their sole mission will be quality-of-life policing.

“It’s for vagrants,” said the police chief, Donald J. Lee Jr. “People who are out on the streets, disrupting the quality of life or experience for visitors, residents and businesses.” What some call vagrants, of course, others call simply down-and-out. The police say their targets are people like the homeless man arrested last week after he told two teenage girls they were sexy and offered them a swig of his Jack Daniel’s. Yet in a city of 25,000 that claims to have more bars per capita than anywhere else in the country, enforcement can sometimes look selective.

The police now regularly question the homeless but ignore visitors like the man at a table near Ms. Skinner’s Jeep last week. He was passed out before sunset, snoring, with a 16-ounce beer in front of him and two chickens pecking near his feet. Only his pressed shorts and a half-eaten Godiva chocolate bar suggested that he had a home.


[...]

“The tourists come here and drink all day long,” said Manuel Casas, 43, who moved to the Keys from Miami five years ago. “When we sit here and have one drink, we get arrested.”

Mr. Casas was sitting at the island’s main beach, at a picnic table with a half-dozen homeless friends. With raspy voices and slurred words — some actually sounded like pirates — they all said they deserved to be left alone.

“God gave us this, not the government,” Mr. Casas said of the island. “This is what he’s given to us. Why can’t we enjoy it?”
Homeless going teabag? Gawd over gummint? What'll happen when they get guns?

Actually sounded like "pirates?" Has typist Cave ever heard an "actual" pirate?

Put Me In The Back Seat & They Took Me For A Ride

Nostalgia for the future of the past. Making our hair hurt already.
From Mr. M. Part I.

Hostile, Crude & Frantic, LLC


Added value: W/ the new template, YouTube embeds fit w/o the anal blog-prop having to resize them.

Serving As A Bad Example

NB, kidz: Close to 45 yrs. of debauchery & all we have to show for it is a developing pair of Hugh Hewitt breasts & an increasing resemblance to our mother.

Leave We Alone!

'Taters at Rumproast better stop making fun of us behind our back. To wit:
a certain kind of self-regarding underachieving white Boomer male
It's happened before: First the spot-on descrption, then the hate.

Lest We Forget

The Hutaree.
Westboro Babtiss's Phelps Family on steroids, w/ an extra-generation or two of inbreeding.

Daily Dose Of Uras

Couldn't wait to post another of these.

31 March: Q1 Comes to End


On This Day In History.
Today's Birthdays!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Psychedelic Cat Party

We wondered when we saw this. We wouldn't feed the wet stuff to a dog, let alone an indoor animal, so we had no idea that what the advertisers claim about "feeding wet" goes on. Our existence has been a protected one.
I asked Friskies marketing director Susan Schlueter to explain. What followed was a fascinating glimpse into the world of feline feeding rituals. (Perhaps you knew this stuff already. As I lack a cat, or any experience tending cats, it was new to me.) Apparently, dry food is left out all day for cats to nosh on. Kitty will take a few desultory nibbles, but then go back to chasing dust motes or clawing at upholstery—leaving the remainder of the desiccated food in the bowl for later. By contrast, wet food is a once- or maybe twice-a-day treat. When that can of wet food peels open, kitty hops up onto the countertop and eagerly slurps until she reaches the final drop of yummy slop.

"Feeding wet," as Schlueter calls it, can for some owners be a highly ritualized and intimate pet interaction. The pop of the can primes kitty for excitement. The scents that escape set feline nostrils aflutter. This is a time for cats and owners to bond over a heap of moist, processed meat. And, according to Schlueter, many owners like to imagine what their cats are feeling and thinking during these moments of culinary ecstasy. This trippy ad, which is for wet food, is meant to capture the altered consciousness of the cat—the sensually heightened bliss it derives from chewing on a pile of damp Friskies.

Of course, not all cat owners are quite so jazzed about spooning out cat food and watching their pets munch on it. Friskies did some proprietary consumer research and found a specific segment of cat fanciers they wanted to home in on. Schlueter says the target is "owners who are very involved with their cats, and have a deep relationship with their cats. These are owners who love to get inside and experience the magical world their cats experience." Thus the lyrics of the ad's jingle promise that Friskies will help you "excit[e] your cat, day and night, with endless enchantment." (At the risk of forcing some cat owners to contemplate uncomfortable notions, I will note that this pitch is not unlike that of spam e-mails guaranteeing the ability to "satisfy your partner like never before.")

You might assume that these extreme cat enthusiasts all fit into the "crazy cat lady" mold. But, in fact, Schlueter claims that what links Friskies' target customers is attitudinal, not demographic. These ads are meant to appeal to cat owners male and female, young and old, hitched and single. Why all these people enjoy the thought of their pets dropping acid, I can't quite say.
It's spot the stupid. We think we win (for being least inane) because little actual work was involved in the little we did. The schmuck at Slate had to at least make a 'phone call & interact w/ another of you.

Late Night News Break

From the source for late-breaking news, this:
The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling for the first time, officials said Tuesday.

The proposal -- a compromise that will please oil companies and domestic drilling advocates but anger some residents of affected states and many environmental organizations -- would end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida, covering 167 million acres of ocean.
Just keep that sort of thing away from California. We might want to go to the beach one of these yrs.

Cliché Corner

It's pick on PuffHo day, we guess. We can't help it if they just point their asses at us & wait to be kicked. Look at this atrocity. We understand that no one who types there is paid for their spew, but that doesn't mean Mme. Huffington can't let the typists borrow a comma (& apostrophe) or two.

The cliché-crammed writing's worse than the punctuation.
with compromised reform bills being the highlight these days there is nothing that really satisfies me deep down in my soul at least from this facet of life.

[...]

Of course even these bits of madness cant [sic] be fully appreciated knowing this corner of the sublimely absurd is also doing things to not only threaten its enemies but attack them as well. I guess the only thing to do is just take it all as a metaphor for this era of politics.

However, before I try to cover this hallowed ground, I must acknowledge the current masters of getting laughs from political shenanigans. The list for me starts with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Stephanie Miller and her Mooks. Letterman deserves an honorable mention and last but not least the Democratic Underground's Top Ten Conservative Idiots by Earl G which I truly hope is only temporally [sic] on the shelf.

Back to the GOP and their hijinks, the one that really jumps right in your face at the moment is Michael Steele and his cohorts spending some serious money on RNC trips and there is just no delicate way to put this "a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex." Is that a mouthful or what?

[...]

Namely that as Billy Preston once sang a number of years ago that nothing from nothing leaves nothing. Of course this argument has a tad more substance than most of the criticisms from this group of right wing brain dead soulless politicians. Which I think has a nice ring to it for the Dems attack ads. As in, Don't vote for right wing brain dead soulless politicians because for one thing they cant add or subtract.
NO HE ISN'T!

Hokey Smokes, our original reaction was that this was the first draft of an average high school student's creative writing assignment. We then gave Mr. Pappalardo the benefit of the doubt; he might have accidentally hit send after blazing through a first draft (Really Tom, we know commas can be trouble, but "cant?"). It's still awful though.

Andrew Sullivan, Please Take Note

Vessel of Truth updated. From LAist.
Bill Rosendahl, the only openly gay member on the Council, noted that he has the same power and authority as his fellow councilmembers, but doesn't have his "basic and civil human rights... I pay into it like everyone else!" He told how he fought aside gay men in Vietnam, but how culture, politics and religion made coming out an even tougher thing than battle. He eventually came out after his mother's funeral when he was 32. "My religion, Catholicism, is also perverted in how it defines us. God made us this way, God makes no mistake."
To contextualize, Bill's a flaming liberal who parlayed his position as VP/GM of the local Adelphia (Remember John Rigas & family, early corporate looters?) cable tee vee operation & exposure (as a public affairs host) on Adelphia narrowcasts to his current gubmint gig.

Let's Have A War, 'Cause, Like, Whatever

War in Context:
The fact that America’s wars of this last decade have required no war effort is one of the most telling ways in which these have not been wars of necessity. In a war of necessity, a civilian war effort is not merely required; it is unavoidable.

Whereas the civilian role in a war effort is an adjunct to the military effort, in a war that requires no war effort, there is no civilian role. There is instead a necessity that civilians be cocooned by an infantilism engendered by consumerism, which is to say, that they be easily pacified and rendered politically apathetic by having their trivial desires easily fulfilled.

From The Radical Center

Former flunky to Rudy Giuliani John Avlon fills some space on the Daily Beast server w/ an excerpt from his now available from Beast Books book, tied in to the nabbing this wk. of another string-of-adjectives collection of American genetic drift, & their alleged guns & bomb-making gear. See: The Internet.

As that goofy Olbermann fellow has repeated several times as we've been typing this, "Where are all the Left-Wing Militias?" Speaking of Olbermann, why is his mug w/ two actual loons on Avlon's book?
Sure, he's what passes for left in these United Snakes today, but do they really mean to include him in the lunatic fringe? Olbermann's not nearly as far in the tank for Obama as Beck is out of said tank. At its worst (& we find it amusing) MSNBC does about what FOX News does during its news, not opinion segments, report everything bad about the opposition. FOX, at its worst, doesn't report a damn thing, but speculates wildly & presents paranoid fantasies as fact. There's where America gets hijacked.

We'll assume (We know what the results of assumption are, thank you.) Mr. Avlon gets at echo chambers, polarization, etc., & offers Olbermann & Rachel Maddow as examples of the left being worse than real Americans in his book, but we've no recollection of his presenting a long list of, again, all those left-wing militias since his contributions to The Daily Bleat began several mos. ago. Is "being objective" objectively pro-fascist?

Felony Menacing

We reserve the right to go juvenile at a moment's notice, let alone after blowing most of the afternoon reading shit & typing & retyping our pained reaction.

Let Us Know When That Cookie Expires, Google Privacy Advocates

SAN FRANCISCO — A broad coalition of technology companies, including AT&T, Google and Microsoft, and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum said Tuesday that it would push Congress to strengthen online privacy laws to protect private digital information from government access.
Yeah, keep your filthy Obama Gov't. hands off the data we've gathered from our, uh, um ... oh, yes, customers.

Oil & Holy Water (Eeeww! That's Not Water)

If you remain unaware that Arianna Huffington is some sort of cultist, involved w/ a pervert who calls himself "John-Roger," get this Gawker item from October 2008.

(Added funny:
But it is all but impossible to read the LA Times' three exhaustive articles on MSIA, dating to 1988 and 1994, without coming to the conclusion that the movement is, in fact, a scary cult, and among the last organizations Huffington should be calling on to prepare HuffPo to keep growing as the economy, and soon politics, cools down.
Politics will cool down soon? Ninny!)

Gawker continues:
John-Roger is depicted as a paranoid leader who secretly wires each room in Insight headquarters with a microphone connected to his office, who taps the phones, and who warns that his critics "had been infected by a powerful and contagious negative force known as the Red Monk," a spirit of whom members were terrified. He removed "negative entities" in a popular "exorcism-like" ceremony known as the "Super II's," organized hours-long "Prana Awareness Trainings" involving "repeatedly answering a simple question," and organized followers into a complex hierarchy, including a Melchizedek Priesthood and an inner, elite circle of attractive young male ministers known as "the Guys."The LA Times said one of these favored sons was among at least three close John-Rogers associates who said they had sex with him "as an important spiritual favor:"
In July of 1977, John-Roger put [Victor] Toso on staff, and he joined the rarefied ranks of "the guys." But things didn't go smoothly. "He kept telling me I didn't have what it took to be on staff," Toso said. Finally John-Roger told him that he would have to move from the hillside estate to the movement's Purple Rose Ashram of the New Age in downtown Los Angeles, he said.

Toso says that he dropped to his knees and sobbed, begging John-Roger to tell him how he might become a better servant of the Traveler.

"It dawned on me what I had to do," he said.

To stay on staff, Toso said he knew he would have to engage in sexual relations with John-Roger. "I decided to make the Faustian pact," he said. "And, indeed, I was admitted into the brotherhood."But the pact didn't sit well with Toso, even as he found his life with the Traveler vastly improved. And one day "I walked in on another staff member having sex with J-R. I had been naive enough to believe I was the only one," Toso said.

In last year's interview, John-Roger denied he had sexual relations with Toso or any other staff member.
Toso said he was later "defrocked" in front of other church members and stripped of his wallet, credit cards, watch, ring and airline tickets, and had to write a "dishonest" letter to get them back. Other former members, named in the series, testify to brainwashing and other forms of manipulation. "My God, I was manipulated and used," former MSIA newspaper editor Victoria Marine told the newspaper.
So Ms. Huffington has some serious problems dealing w/ reality. Further proof will be found at PuffHo, in this column questioning the "biological" origin of oil.
NASA, the oil industry and its complicit profession of English speaking geologists, many on oil industry staff, have been working for several generations to make us believe unquestioningly that oil and gas are of biological origin. It is a cornerstone of the Peak Oil Dogma that has indoctrinated us into the belief that oil is consummately and imminently finite permitting the oil industry and its allies to drive all over us, setting prices beyond the wildest dreams of Croesus. You see if oil supply is running out quickly -- as we are taught (as it has according to oil industry and geological gospel ever since that first well in Pennsylvania in the 1850s) -- a lesson that the oil industry wants us to learn each and every day is that we will have to pay, pay, pay.
No question that oil cos. may have an interest in our paying them every penny the market will allow, & a "pump use" fee on top of that. And that oil interests complicate foreign relations. But are NASA, Big Oil & "English-speaking scientists" engaged in a conspiracy of some sort to deny the "geological origins" of fossil fuel? Yes.
Well just suppose we have been purposely misled. That the Peak Oil Pranksters and their geologist sidekicks have been the purveyors of one of the great con jobs in history. That oil and gas is not the biological phenomenon that has been drummed into us. Rather that oil and gas are a geological phenomenon, inherent to the geological construct of the earth and all that means to its expanse and availability.
We're no scientist (nor have we even played one on tee vee) but one doesn't need a doctorate to see there isn't much science here. The discovery of methane on Mars seems to have brought the idea to fruition in the author's head, though our artsy-fartsy mind doesn't quite get the connection.
You see last year a team of NASA and University scientists achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates, according to NASA, that the planet is either biologically or geologically active. Giving credence that the existence of methane might indeed be of geological origin rekindles the question whether the theory attributing the origins of oil and gas to biological (fossil) origins on earth is in large measure a myth.
Does he really want to drive the band-wagon down Lysenko Avenue? What the hell,it's a short-cut, right?
As cited in the post here, "Why Does Abiotic Oil Theory Ignite Peak Oil Theorist Fulminations??", 08.14.08," which questions why so little has been published on this issue in English language scientific/geological journals. This in spite of the rigorous work done by the Russian/Ukrainian geological community which is highly supportive of the theory of the geological origins of oil and gas.
He cites (Very science-y, "cites.") a post concerning not the many experiments performed or whatever it is the people in the white coats do, but the fulminations ignited on the other side. That'll teach 'em to fulminate.

The larger picture being that even were energy entities exactly as advertising agencies portray them on telebision, hell, if they were all anarcho-syndicalist workers' paradises that returned excess revenue to the victims of colonialism, burning shit & spewing particulates into the atmosphere is not a good idea. (Yes, we tire of restating the obvious, which also applies to climate change. Whether or not energy pyromania & CO₂ cause warming, nobody wants to stand downwind from a campfire. Or the raging bonfire of capitalism self-destructing.) That OilCo charges the American people for gas at the pump & again every April 15th so the Defense Dep't. will keep the sea-lanes open & the oil-producing nations threatened on behalf of Aramco, etc., is second on the list. We think either approach will get more traction than implying that oil & gas aren't going away or whatever Learsy is attempting to get at.

Who is this Raymond J. Learsy, one might ask. For one, he's a scholar. Good gig that, very generalized.
In the 1980s, he became a private investor, and from 1982 to 1988, served as a Reagan appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is a member of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
"Became a private investor." We'll have to guess one of the big oil cos. screwed him royally & he's been bitter (& on wing-nut welfare) since. The W.W. International Center for Scholars? Can you get more medieval? We may to start calling ourself a "scholar" too.

Click on the book covers under Learsy's typing (Arianna doesn't pay you to fill the blank, empty space, but you get free, linked advertising. Nice.) & you'll see this (code in our bold):
Longtime commodities trader Raymond J. Learsy lifts the veil of the Mideast oil cartel, showing how OPEC manipulates the oil markets and destabilizes the world's economy. With refreshing candor and an insider's perspective, Learsy explains how OPEC: Twists bogus perceptions of oil scarcity to hike prices and gain political power; is compromised by Islamist terrorist connections that fuel anti-American hatred with dollars from our own wallets keeps Third-World nations in abject poverty despite their rich oil deposits and became the de facto master of Iraq's newly liberated oil
Red Monks & geological methane. What hath free speech & Arianna wrought?