Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Absolutely The Best Possible Bus Ride EVER!

No sooner had we gotten this shot of these poor socialist bastards doing something for the common good in the hot sun & secured the camera
than a limited bus appeared, starting its run in the middle of the route. We got on, first & only passenger; no discharges, no pick-ups. Straight to our stop, stopping only at red lights. Will never happen again.
People will do anything.
video
Should have used the freaking digital camera for the Tea Party.

Tedious Banality Round-Up

Hot, & not un-humid. Light becomes creepy & off-setting when the sun gets behind a cloud.
Irony: Formerly Daniel Murphy (Catholic) High School, sold to The Hebrews by the Archdiocese to pay settlements in priestly sexual abuse cases.
Moving banality to come.

Like To Died

The devil-box, & us. As it turned out, the stupid box was trying to boot from the DVD (that won't encode usably) that we'd left in the drive.

Note to self: Get portable self-defibrillator.

Paranoid, Stupid & Ignorant:
Not A Good Combo*

She's running for the hard-working Xians in her district, who of course have every reason to be scared of a non-mosque in a former discount outlet several blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, & mere hundreds of miles from those hard-working clichés.

LATER (1410PDT): The advert.

*Unless you're a Tea Party nitwit in a stupid district.

Good One On What Pieces Of Crap The Constitution & Courts Really Are

Read it & realize it!

These are accomplishments of which we can be justifiably be proud as a nation. Many of these things would not be possible in much of the world today. 

I just don’t think these things have very much to do with the constitution.

I have four points I want to make today against constitutional idolatry, which is my label for our misguided tendency to blindly worship the Constitution, giving it credit for all the things we love and honor about our country.

(1) The Framers’ constitution, to a large degree, represented values we should abhor or at least reject today.

(2) There are parts of the Constitution with which we are still stuck today even though we would never freely choose them and they are impossible to defend based on contemporary values.

(3) For the most part, the Constitution is irrelevant to the current political design of our nation.

(4) The rights protections we do enjoy today, the importance of which I do not minimize, are mostly a function of political and social mores, which have dramatically evolved over time and owe relatively little to courts using the Constitution to protect them. 

More From The List:
White Trash Family Values Nation

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Never-Ending List:
Why We Hate This Fucking Country
& Those Who Inhabit It

A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.

Forty-five per cent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn't know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.
Yet these shitheels (Not singling out the Holy Roman Empire of Perversion here, they're all despicable.) want to shove their unexamined, uncomprehended values down our throats.
More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.

The survey released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life aimed to test a broad range of religious knowledge, including understanding of the Bible, core teachings of different faiths and major figures in religious history. The U.S. is one of the most religious countries in the developed world, especially compared to largely secular Western Europe, but faith leaders and educators have long lamented that Americans still know relatively little about religion.
What do Americans know about? There's a survey we'd like to see. You can see it too, we just made it:
As filled in by an average American.
You stupid fucking sheep. We hate each of you w/ the standard burning white heat of a large number of stars. More proof there is neither a gawd nor intelligent life in this nation of sheep.

File under: You suck, we hate you, please die.

The Destroyer

Dennis Green  has been educating the masses (unwashed droolers that they are) at Balloon Juice as to the similarities between the current forces of reaction in This Great Nation of Ours® (We kid, because we hate this scab of a nation!) & the late & somewhat unlamented Confederate States of America.

All good, and this excerpt from today is clarifying:
In another lecture Blight discussed the very different ways that the Confederates and Unionists viewed the US Constitution:
Now, another argument here, and again Phil Paludan has made this better than anyone I think, is he’s argued that southerners and northerners have sort of come to view the U.S. Constitution, this document we live under, in different ways; that northerners had come to see the Constitution as a kind of protector, much violated now by Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott decision, et cetera, whereas southerners had come to see that constitution more as a destroyer, as something to fear, that might, if the wrong people get hold of it, begin to attack or erode their society…
Like democracy, the Constitution is a good thing, as long as the plebes & proles don't get a hold of it & pervert it into a suicide pact for businessmen.

1200?

And we quote:
TheBoogaloozoo | September 26, 2010
The Beverly Hills Tea Party was held. About 1200 people which is a shock considering the location. Celebrity speakers and some wonderful people. Blacks, Mexican, Caucasians, Indians, Iranians, German, Italians and Israeli's. All were protesting peacefully. But many Liberals that drove by weren't so peaceful. So it appears the haters are really Liberals.
We were there from just past 1500 until the bitter end, & there was little change in crowd size. Those extra 1,000 or so patriots could have come & gone between 1400 & 1500. Sure.

By the way, if these two little victims of exploitation have the right to stand on the sidewalk looking like ninnies (Or, this being a fascist society, they don't have the right to self-determination, & were forced, possibly by threat of starvation, to perform like a pair of organ-grinder's monkeys.) don't people who drive by them have the very same right to express their views?

"Liberals" that drove by weren't "peaceful?" How? Rocks hurled? Punches thrown? We think not.

Marty Peretz' Party

Peretz, one of America's leading hate-mongers, quite possibly on the way to burn a cross on someone's lawn, or break a few windows at a mosque, is confronted by brain-washed libs who don't have jobs or zillionaire wives.Worth pausing to read the signs w/ Peretz quotes. Marty's not too hot on non-White Yanks, either.

Melt-Down Up-Date

It's 87℉ inside the bunker here at the moment. We've been sporting underwear (only) since getting up; now we see why.
Windows Sidebar claim.
Perhaps closer to current reality.
OK, this explains it.

Hollywood Insider

The Hollywood Reporter takes a slightly different view of things. They quote from yesterday's Bagging event.
"Their business model is going to crap not because they can't figure out CGI or 3D," Breitbart said, "it's because they have a contempt for their audience."
Right again, Andrew. Certainly someone who likes to screech about the left's "plausible-deniability McCarthyism" & "Alinsky tactics" while equating social justice w/ communism has the greatest respect for his audience.

PSK

A. Bastard reminded us there's more to Philly than Gamble & Huff, & indeed there is. The True Sound of Philadelphia:Sounds a little like that Fresh Prince feller. Whatever became of him?

The Coast Is The Most

Don Surber-style scorecard:

Saturday: Decent Human Beings, 60,000+

Spoiled whiny honkies: Police Est.: 400

That Big A Deal?

Nats 3B Zimmerman expected to miss rest of season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman probably will miss the rest of the season because of an injured rib muscle on his right side that’s sidelined him since last week.

[...]

After Monday, the last-place Nationals will have five games remaining.


Read more.

Waiting ("ETA"1h 36m 44s)

As we cool our heels w/ fingers crossed ...Better shots from elitist camera platform. Can anyone figure what the hell he's talking about, besides his inability to get real work in Hollywood?We do find out why he was so angry about (ALLEGED) SEIU members (ALLEGEDLY) using  "anti-gay slurs." They suggested he might be gay. Huh.

Neither policy nor content, of course, it's just about insulting "The Left" for their imaginary transgressions against America, Freedom & Liberty.

Shit, we needn't be arsed w/ our lame stuff, plenty of footage has been shot.

Another Vain Attempt

Encoding "ETA" 2h 15m 42s (Or so.)

Beverly Hillbillies Tea Party Test

Ha ha, nagonna happen. Need real editing software. Or time to whatever tomorrow. Patience is a virtue. What the hell, another still or two.
Religious boiler plate: "no shame in black community, yada." News Flash: Jesse Jackson sucks. So dull & pointless we bagged the camcorder & shot stills.
Merch.
Merch table.
Other side of merch. Water: $1.00/small bottle.
Breitbart greets a fan.

The Late English Frank, & Others

Not sure if we've run this before. (Quite sure we could not possibly care less.) Testing Blogger video. Nagonna hassle w/ editing/YouTube time limits if we can avoid it.
video
Assaulting camera & cutting hair: TX Terri. Boozer: Mikalino. Voice over, hair-cuttee: Peabody. Gorilla voice-over: K. C. Poodle(!). We forget the name of TX Terri's friend in the hallway.

Tease II

Don't ask us, we just work here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Video Tease

25% encoded, "ETA" of 20m.

Speaking of Defending Democracies

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Mon, September 27, 2010 -- 12:46 AM ET
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U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretapping on the Internet

Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is "going dark" as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications -- including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct "peer to peer" messaging like Skype -- to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

Read more.
So. Google, or the FBI?

Missed It By That Much

Oh, this is where David (so inconsequential we forgot even to mention his bit at the B.H. Tea Party) Horowitz was headed.
Confirmed panelists for the September 26 forum include David Horowitz, founder and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Mona Charen, syndicated columnist, author, and political analyst.

"This group of experts will explore the many issues that concern Americans at this critical time," said Matthew Brooks, Executive Director of the JPC. "Energy, the War on Terror, Obamacare, the role of government, and foreign policy - there is no shortage of topics that will be covered in this interactive and wide-reaching discussion about securing America's future."

The Saban Theatre is located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

The event is free to the public, but registration is required.
Crap, a freebie too. We plead that spending that long in Beverly Hills would not be good for our mental state. Nor would listening to the Ph.D.'s from on-line Clown College for hrs. Reading this crap is one thing. Even watching them, under remote control & muting, is possible. But in the flesh? (Almost blew our "cover" at the Tea Party.) And the possibility of being w/in mere yards of (Also: via.) "I'm heading out to Beverly Hills for a talk at the Saban Theatre"? Hoo boy.

Flag Desecration

Of course the stupid rag has never been consecrated, so it can't really be desecrated. Doubters may consult the United Snakes Code for information on proper display & use of the flag.
Victoria Jackson hates America. (Wouldn't do a hand-stand, either.)
This schmuck just hates himself.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!!

Stalking Burt Prelutsky

So sorry, can't dub the Hi8 tape of the event onto a DVD until 2000 hrs. (And it may be hrs. after that before anything shows here.)
Pat Boone, standing left, B.P., sitting right.
Solitary man.
Bye Bye Burtie.

Scenes From A Tea Party
(Beverly Hills)

Cut hair, to blend w/ squares, & it's HOT!
Note Mme. LaFarge knitting in her chair.
Actor Robert Davi wants prayer back in schools. Moron.
Looniest sign we bothered to notice.
Later: Video of Victoria Jackson, Andrew Breitbart, & Burt Prelutsky. (Barring technical difficulties.)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Indian Summer

As hot as a you-know-what outside. ("Feels like 95℉.") We told you it would warm up again.

Tomorrow: More hot.

Name Recognition

We wouldn't be the least bit surprised if American Power's Donald Douglas (That should be Donald Douglas's American Power, shouldn't it?) were yucking it up at somebody's expense. So we don't know if he's trolling for someone to call him on this. Or if we should bother. (Why not? Quantity being quality, if nothing else we can fill space.)
"Christine?" Is D.D. trying to make a point?
No, he typed California right there, so he's not on about New Jersey & its lady RINO.

American power is always most dangerous (to America & others) when it's on autopilot. Keep 'phoning it in, Donald.

REMINDER FOR LOCALS

New York State Of Mind:
BÖC, Sha Na Na Team Up
To Honor Hofstra

AP, via.
[S]everal former members of the doo-wop singing group Sha Na Na are reuniting this weekend for a special one-time-only performance.

“It feels so natural that I just have not had as much fun or felt in harmony with anybody since,” said Robert Leonard, a longtime Hofstra University linguistics professor who in 1969 helped form Sha Na Na. He spent two years with the band before being offered a fellowship to Columbia Graduate School that led to a career in education.

Leonard, who sang bass and can be seen in the Woodstock movie wearing the group’s signature gold lame jacket, is bringing together former members of the group for a performance Saturday at a celebration marking Hofstra’s 75th anniversary. Other performers on the bill include Public Enemy, Blue Oyster Cult [sic], Fountains of Wayne, Lisa Lisa, and hip-hop star Trey Songz.
No mention of Donny York. (X yrs. w/o a thought directed at or near Sha Na Na, then w/in 36 hrs. we are twice confronted w/ their ghosts. What's the deal?)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Philadelphia Jihad

Kenny Gamble, Muslim Menace!
An article I recently wrote, “Muslim Enclaves U.S.A.,” went viral and brought enormous reaction. One of the stories contained in the piece was about a music producer, Kenny Gamble, who converted to Islam and is now going by the name of Luqman Abdul Haqq. He has been accused of trying to create a “black Muslim enclave” in Philadelphia. Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, investigated Gamble further and discovered that he owned the United Muslim Movement’s (UMM) first mosque in Philadelphia in 1994.
This chain of inane connections is entitled

Jihadists Making Themselves
at Home in Philadelphia


Kenneth Gamble (born August 11, 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has some fucking nerve "making himself at home in Philadelphia," doesn't he? The very definition of "uppity." Whose country does he think this is? And a Muslim to boot. That's good enough for a conviction in any Court of Public Moron Opinion.

Let's see just how much he hates America:
Probably hates America as much as the next guy who wraps himself in a flag to make a buck.
And capitalism.And who can forget the subtle Musselman modalities of this number, which turned a nation of Xians into whirling Islamofascist dervishes?Now we need to know where George Clinton is on the vital Tea Party/Death To America issues.

As always, know your source:
Ryan Mauro is the founder of WorldThreats.com, national security advisor to the Christian Action Network, and an intelligence analyst with the Asymmetrical Warfare and Intelligence Center (AWIC)a pants pisser for profit. He can be contacted at TDCAnalyst@aol.com.

For Aesthetes Only

STERANKO & other Nick Fury covers here.
Was this the "Giant Scary Negro" edition?

"This tree is ugly and it wants to DIE"

Missed this on first appearance; we've given up purchasing fish-wrapper. (No leftover fish to wrap. Also, trying not to leave the safety of inside. Had we purchased it, might have been wks. before we scanned it. And there isn't much to miss.)
A typical fan? We'll ignore the fact that we could look just like him in six months. If we were lucky. And lost some weight.
Among those in attendance was the chief judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. John N. Prevas, 63, a Zappa fan since 1966, called the bust "a wonderful symbol of Baltimore's cultural heritage and the fact that Frank was such a paradoxical icon for freedom."

"We're glad that he was born here, and even though he didn't spend much time here after the age of 10, we've always felt he was one of us," he added.
One of us. One of us!

Dog Bites Man, Again

You know who else is a lying liar whose pants are on fire?

Oh, There It Is

Cowboys solidify themselves at the top of NFL's Bottom 10

A 27-20 loss to the Dancing Bears of Chicago leaves Dallas 0-2, along with the Rams, Bills, Browns, Lions and Panthers.

Good news for those who hate America & her team.

T. Ocho On Sarah Palin

WARNING: "Versus" outro loud as fuck (0:37)! (Direct result of having to turn it up to hear T.O. & 85.)

Rockin' Friday

This snappy number was in the suggestions of one of the Mike "Duh-huurrr" Pence videos we were looking at for the item beneath. Who knows why & what the hell. Should cleanse the politics-encrusted palate.

WORK WARNING: LOUD! Pre-attenuate, squares.

Cretin & Cretiner

Sometimes this crap just writes itself.

Pence and Santorum: Thought Leaders


But we still have to beat it into Internet legibility via the keyboard. We were almost lazy enough to copy the headline & leave it at that, but as we're planning on spending the wknd. curled in a fetal position, clutching a stuffed animal from our childhood (Poor little Barfy, run over by a car as we watched.) & whimpering, we thought we'd leave a couple of items.

No point even starting w/ Santorum. Rick hasn't had a thought of his own since some time before Vatican II, w/ the possible exception of "Repeal Vatican II, & Health Care Reform!"

Pence, though, is fresh moron for the grinder. Thought leader? Let's see:
As for the constitutionality question, and the fact that Pence has voted for self-executing rules several times, I also enjoyed this exchange:
The DC: It's an issue of the magnitude of the legislation?

MP: I think that's part of it.
I see. The constitutionality of a procedural rule in the House is dependent on whether Mike Pence things the rule is being applied to a "big" bill or not.

Remember, this guy not only went to law school, but is a top member of the Republican leadership and -- I kid you not -- someone openly considering a presidential campaign.
From Typo King Yglesias, actuality.
For an example of what I’m talking about with regards to dumb-as-a-post Representative Mike Pence, watch his answer to the question of what kind of compromise he would propose for health reform:
“Well, look, you know, I was, uh, yeah, yeah, look, uh”
More from Matt.
The larger issue, however, is that Mike Pence is a moron, and any movement that would hold the guy up as a hero is bankrupt. You can see my colleague Amanda Terkel for more of the specifics on this, but I would refer you to this post from September about the earth-shattering ignorance and stupidity of Mike Pence. He has no grasp, whatsoever, of public policy issues. And yet I can only gather from the fact that his colleagues have elevated him to a leadership post, that a large faction of them are actually so much stupider than Pence that they don’t realize how dumb he is. But it’s really staggering. In my admittedly brief experience talking to him, his inability to grasp the basic contours of policy question was obvious and overwhelming.
Goodness! We feel positively faint after that. Didn't know Mr. Yglesias was on a liberal jihad to expose Mr. Pence's inadequacies; we'll just step away from the whole issue now.

Rather telling that The American Spectator thinks it must rehabilitate these two thinkers now. In a mere three or four mos. they'll have to have their hats in the ring. The very first A.S. commenter types:

aware| 9.23.10 @ 6:37AM

"Pence and Santorum: Thought Leaders"
You're kiddin', right? This has to be a cruel joke. Are we THAT desperate? Must we grab at ANY debris floating down the river?
Also telling:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sha Na Na Na Na Sha Na Na Na Na
Get A Job!

Not as dense as Chuck Norris or Pat Boone, but even less known, a guy from Sha Na Na has typed furiously in hisat PJs Media. Let's get some show bidness insider insight from ... from, um, oh — Donny York!
We've no more idea than you if D.Y. is in this shot.
Call and response does energize a crowd. Obama wasn’t the first to deploy it, only the first to deploy it with such momentous success. In the unknown future of our constitutional republic, call n’ response is as here to stay as rock n’ roll. Crowds still matter, even in the cyberspace age. Acting together physically is still how the homo sapiens do it, and any ruling class of the species still takes heed.

The method of call and response and of group chanting or singing may be powerful, even dignified, as in “We Shall Overcome.”  Or may be lame, even embarrassing, as in “Whadya want?”… “When d’ya want it?” and the like. People participating in call and response or in sing-along reveal things about their character: Faith? Anxiousness? Selfishness? Opportunism?
Alright, dig at Obama; not a racist though (referred to "We Shall Overcome"); used the inane "ruling class" thing they want to make a "meme" of. Then: What? Reread, same question: Huh? About to lose us, but there's a cartoon. To save you the agony of clicking, we'll post it here. WARNING: "Donny York, one of the founders of ShaNaNa, has gotten the fever and rewritten the oldie "Bread and Butter" for today's tea party movement." Also: York claims that Pat Boone sings on it! (Did not know that when we name-checked P.B. above.) And more half-baked babble. Further reading indicates this guy is about as simple as Mr. Norris, but short on the specific paranoia.

Heavy on the Rand though. Dirty, filthy fucking hippies! Wake up & smell the coffee & cigarettes!!
Hasn’t it ever dawned on you that our “peace” and Yasgur’s Farm demonstration of the viability of socialism were dependent on a life-support umbilical cord from the Nixon era capitalist grown-ups?

Didn’t you ever come to notice how the robust creation of wealth must be assured before any conversation about its redistribution can even be useful?

To those of my Woodstock cohort who are now aghast at the “tea party” (which more assuredly has “changed the world” than it’s said our misadventure at Yasgur’s farm did) I return that stunned glare, then the sputter: “But…  I thought you were smart. I thought you were a nice person!” Being a nice person aligns with being in the fight for the nicest societal arrangement, among all of human history’s rarest gems: limited government.

Like, dig it, man. Some of today’s teapartyers are grown up flower children.  Imagine there’s no statism.  It’s easy if you try. They may say you’re a dreamer. But you’re not the only one.

A co-founder and lifelong member of ShaNaNa, Donny York took his political science degree in 1971 from Columbia University, under the same faculty that graduated Eric Holder in 1973 and Barack Obama in 1983. Inquirers may obtain his detailed student transcript from the Registrar’s office.
Why look, another subtle Obama dig. The very same faculty! And central to the point of liberal indoctrination in those ivied halls of yada, innit?

Most people become infatuated w/ Rand in adolescence & grow out of it. Is Donny's dedication to the imagined past causing him to live backward through time? A veritable Merlin.

Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire due to "Chuckery."

Insert Bottom Joke Here

College:
No. 7 North Carolina, which had 12 players sit out a 24-30 loss to Georgia Tech because of an NCAA investigation, announced it's switching to six-man football.

[...]

In an unusual doubleheader, Ohio lost a football game to Ohio State, 7-43. But Ohio's Rufus Bobcat mascot won a separate match, knocking down the Buckeyes' mascot during the game. Ohio later apologized.

Rout of the week: Eastern Michigan (0-3) at Ohio State (3-0).
And the pros: [NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR THEFT. — M.B.]

La Liz Outlasts Husband She Stole

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daughter: Singer Eddie Fisher dies at age 82.

We gotcher schadenfreude right here.

Fear & Loafing In Connecticut

Too long; won't read, but this struck us.
World Wrestling Entertainment, a company the McMahons transformed into a sort of Disney for the age of postindustrial American anger.
The typist goes on to bemoan (Or something, who can tell w/ the objective nostalgiast?) that Connecticut is not what it was, especially in his parents' day, as illustrated by that vulgar Linda "Ball Buster" McMahon, illustrated here busting someone "in the groin area."
Onstage, a tableau of supporters carefully constructed for television in the way of modern campaigns — nonwhite faces up front, directly behind the candidate — stood assembled under a banner that read, blandly, “It’s Time for Something Different.” Just behind the lectern, alongside other family members, loomed McMahon’s ponytailed, R.V.-size son-in-law, the wrestler known as Triple H. Then a state senator, Len Fasano, delivered one of the more bizarre political orations I had ever heard, getting himself so worked up that he apparently forgot which state he served and introduced the crowd to “the next U.S. senator from the great state of New York!”

The 61-year-old candidate herself walked onstage in a pink suit and pearls, looking for all the world like the president of the Fairfield P.T.A., and proceeded to deliver a victory speech that was sort of amazing for its amalgamation of clichés and a complete, almost defiant, lack of substance.

“I had a great fear that the American dream was in the greatest jeopardy that it has ever been in our lifetime, and I didn’t want to lose that opportunity for the American dream for our children and our grandchildren.”

“The great communicator Ronald Reagan had it right, but this president and this Congress have it wrong!”

“This campaign has never been about the political pundits or the establishment. This campaign is about you!”

And so on. Then McMahon strode off the stage to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

Such a spectacle might not seem out of place in a state like California, where millionaires and celebrities are always jumping into the fray, or in one like Minnesota, where popular revolt seems to come in waves. But this is Connecticut, my home state, where the business of campaigns and governance used to be a predictable, serious affair, the province of mostly estimable public servants who worked their way up through town councils or local party machines. Sometimes called the Land of Steady Habits, Connecticut was never a place for garish campaigns and outsize characters with bank statements to match.

Until recently, the closest thing Connecticut experienced to an overturning of the political order, at least in modern times, was the revolt over a state income tax in the early 1990s. So incensed were the voters then that they replaced their moderate governor, the former longtime senator Lowell Weicker, with a more conservative career politician, a three-term congressman named John Rowland . Take that, status quo!

That, however, was before Rowland and a small cadre of other Connecticut officeholders were hauled away to prison on corruption charges; before Democrats ousted Joe Lieberman from the party only six years after they nominated him for the vice presidency; before the politicians in Hartford blew a hole the size of Long Island Sound in the state budget. As I watched McMahon’s hopeful supporters file out of the ballroom clutching their tote bags, I found myself wondering: when, exactly, did genteel Connecticut become Louisiana? And if politics could get this weird here, then what did that mean for the rest of the country?
Not a bad question. If anyone reads far enough to figure it out, let us know.

Standing Athwart History
W/ Its Thumb Up Your Ass

We don't know or care who this dip is, though he is linked often enough by the Usual Gang of Idiots at The Atlantic. (Gangleader Sullivan, for example, dragged this before our eyes.)
I think it is easy for some liberals to miss just how antagonising flip mockery of absurd religious beliefs can be, though it's hard to believe they don't, at some level, grasp what's at stake. To laugh at someone's views on the evils of masturbation or witchcraft or gay marriage is clearly to imply that these views, and the people who hold them, deserve to be laughed at and, thereby, diminished.
Sweet fucking blood of Jesus, what other possible reaction is there? The typist himself admits these beliefs are absurd. Does he wish to be ruled/led/manipulated (however you care to describe the dynamics of human politics) by the patently absurd?

Oh crap. We read Douthat's bullshit about liberals loving the culture war, thought it garbage but decided not to bother. Now we realize this is part & parcel of that. (W.W.: "Mr Douthat makes an excellent point.") What've we gotten ourself into? Well, fuck, good money after bad, eh? Let's break it down.

Confusion follows:
It is easy to believe that Fox News is so popular among conservatives simply because it caters to their prejudices. But another way of saying almost the same thing is to say that it treats conservatives with the respect they feel they deserve; it asserts on their behalf a claim to social status that acknowledges the efforts of liberals to weaken that claim, all the while encouraging pride in the identity-constituting affiliations and convictions liberals seem to disdain.
No, no, liberals are all identity politics & resentment of their betters by minorities the libs keep on some pseudo-metaphorical "plantation." Noble conservatives judge by individual character & reject identity-constituting affiliation. Didn't he get the memo?

One really has to wonder how such a clear summing-up of reality leads to a 180°-wrong conclusion. Again & again.
Unlike liberalism, social/moral conservatism is essentially a creed of lost causes. It is about delaying the inevitable, standing firm against the tide of progressive social change for one more decade or year or day. Vulnerability—a sense of a treasured way of life under siege—is at social conservatisms' heart, and embattled reaction to the slings and arrows of liberal reproach and condescension is intrinsic to conservatism. In contrast, liberalism is generally confident, sure that it is the vanguard of history. But the arrogance of liberals frustrated by the futile intransigence of America's morally conservative majority is fuel for the conservative grief machine. That is to say, overly blatant liberal confidence only delays the hour of liberal victory. From time to time, liberals grasp this. So they tend to prefer Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's relatively subtle (but still annoyingly supercilious) cultural politics of satire over Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck's anxious hours of direct, aggressively self-righteous defensive actions in an openly-waged culture war.
W.W. continues to admit reactionary causes are absurd & lost. Yet they must be respected. Why? What will happen if not? There is no useful reaction beyond mocking & sneering. No reasoned discourse will disabuse reactionaries of their self-proclaimed deep faith & other lost causes. Why shouldn't the eminently foolish be sneered at superciliously? While liberals "sneer" (Oh, horrors!) reactionaries literally demonize those w/ less or different religiousness. (Sometimes they just cry "Witch!" Does that fall under literal demonization?)

And how long would Mr. Wilkinson have us wait for the progress he admits is inevitable to arrive? The aged among us may remember (Youngsters, you could look it up!) as long ago as the 1960s, when certain groups advised what they would call "the coloreds" (If they were in a good mood.) just to be patient, it had only been a few hundred yrs. & they'd get some rights soon enough. Well, it's been all of human history for all of us, & some of us are damned tired of waiting for these clowns to go through their little act & then die off.
However, sometimes a conservative figure comes along who is so outrageously ridiculous that liberals just can't hide their sneering sense of superiority, their cultural politics becomes unusually overt, and conservatives emerge to correctly point out that culture war is waged by liberals too.
Not to get more playground than usual, but who the fuck started this? If perpetual candidate/grifter C.O'D. weren't so anxious to cram her absurdities down the throat of real Americans who don't wear mittens all the live-long day, no one would have heard word one about her, would they? See also: Knee-jerk accusations of "class warfare" whenever it's pointed out that the middle-class (let alone people who work for a living, or who can't work for a living) has been under attack for 30-some yrs.

Damned if one resists, damned if one doesn't.

[Also posted (in the first-person singular) at a more adult venue.]

Angle May Need More Autism Insurance Than She Realizes

For such an expert on free-market economics, Sharron Angle doesn't seem to have a clue about insurance. Something to do w/ sharing risk, isn't it? Unless Sharron's just scared of sharing. Anything. Or (Our emphasis.):
high functioning individuals who may have active but distinctly odd social approaches, narrowly focused interests, and verbose, pedantic ommunication.
Well, can't really include "pedantic" in our long-distance diagnosis.

Sci-Fi Stats

The New War. The New Face of War. The Long War. The Forever War. Blah blah blah.

This Year, Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Ones in Iraq and Afghanistan


More than 250 civilians working under U.S. contracts died in the war zones between January and June 2010, according to a ProPublica analysis of the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Labor, which tracks contractor deaths. In the same period, 235 soldiers died, according to Pentagon figures.
Possibly positive:
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a plan last month to sharply reduce the number of contractors, saying the Pentagon has become overly dependent on private workers to carry out jobs once done by soldiers.
Fewer contractors, more military personnel required, draft, resistance to permanent state of war increases. Fingers crossed.

Another Grizzly Mama?

Many folks probably missed her double entendre, but the social conservatives in the audience certainly didn't. Using sex education as an example of unwarranted government involvement in personal matters, Kleefisch said that she wanted her children to learn about the birds and the bees from her, not from "Jim Doyle and Mark Pocan."

Kleefisch will undoubtedly claim that she's simply using Mark Pocan as an example of a big bad Madison liberal, and that Pocan's sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with it. But given Kleefisch's background, and her knowledge of Wisconsin politics, she knew exactly how the social conservatives in the audience would interpret her words: Democrats have put gays in charge of sex ed so that they can corrupt your children. Be afraid, be very afraid.
From, via illusory tenant, who notes:
Republican candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch discusses the State's domestic partnership registry with Jim Schneider of WVCY, Milwaukee's fundamentalist radio station:
At what point are we going to okay marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table? Or this, y'know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous. And biblically, again, I'm gonna go right back to my fundamental Christian beliefs . . .
Yes, and please stay there.
Now let's all laugh at her.
Nice eyeliner. Is that a "Bumpit™?"
LAY-TAR: Corrected to Bumpit™, courtesy T&U.

Dullsville

Boring crappy photos of boring crap.
Hot rails to tequila.
Southwest Museum of the American Indian or something.
So terminally dull we shot them Sunday & promptly forgot them.