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.

Too Cool For Fall

Also too good not to steal, though it isn't as if we couldn't have found this all by ourself on the YouTube.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More Witchery

The TPM link below made us realize that the person we'd mercilessly mocked further below, one Jean Houston, had been called a witch by noted grotesque John Hagee:
Pastor John Hagee, whose 2008 endorsement of John McCain sparked a major uproar, is one such leader. In his 1997 book Day of Deception he recounts witnessing demonic possession, and alleges that the state is complicit in "Rosemary's Baby"-like coverups of Satanic killings. "Female Satanists breed themselves to give birth to children for ritual offerings. Doctors in the satanic groups deliver the baby, filing no birth certificate. As far as the state is concerned, the person never existed."

Man, between them & the (imaginary) terror babies, what are we gonna do?
In the opening pages of the same book -- a chapter called "Witchcraft and the White House -- Hagee claims "Hillary Clinton has brought witchcraft into the White House." The witch in question, according to Hagee, was Clinton's one-time New Age spiritual adviser Jean Houston.

A quote from the L.A. Times link above (Worth it for the inanity.):
Houston is a scholar and philosopher who travels the world giving seminars on human potential and what she calls "social artistry," applying myth, history and spirituality to help effect social, political or personal change.
Can't tell the doofuses w/o the proverbial scorecard.

Witchie Poo Dabblings

Dunno why the drone who typed up this list would prefer Donovan to this Bob Dylan & other superstars version.

Or the obvious. Sheesh.If you missed it, we mock, they quiver in fear. No better illustration of the essential diff 'twixt left & right. They live in a demon-haunted world. And to some of them, decent gawd-despising Americans are demons.

Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Up-Date

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Wed, 22 Sept, 2010 -- 10:55 PM ET
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China Blocks Export of Crucial Minerals to Japan as Dispute Escalates

Sharply raising the stakes in a dispute over Japan's detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain, the Chinese government has placed a trade embargo on all exports to Japan of a crucial category of minerals used in products like hybrid cars, wind turbines and guided missiles.

Chinese customs officials are halting all shipments to Japan of so-called rare earth elements, industry experts said on Thursday morning.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/business/global/23rare.html?emc=na


You know what else happened the last time someone cut off Japan's access to raw materials?

Won't Be Long Now

++sludge.

Our Cup Runneth Over

Oh, this (via the fine folks of Franklin Avenue) is going to be fun.
Should anyone desire to see some form of coverage of the event in this space, we're just saying it's going to cost the editorial staff $1.50 to get there, & the same to get back. We'll be in quite a hurry to file our report, too. So get those nickels & dimes pouring in, only three mailing days left.

And, did we mention? (Via a Tintin tweet.)
No, we didn't; we don't want to be bum-rushed out of the Hammer. Not that we really believe Mme. Suderman is scrutinizing our every move, but maybe we should have used our legal name on the non-reservation list.
Hey, thanks for making a reservation, except you didn't, ha ha, you just gave us your email for our sucker list.
This one's six bucks round trip. And, we'd like snacks & so on, for both events. (We were thinking it would be nice to have, oh, say, a large pie*, for the Hammer event.) As Ms. McA. would tell you, there is no free lunch, people! You want coverage, you pay.


*Joke. Humor. Laugh. Not a threat, implicit or otherwise. We haven't got time for the pain, to quote Carly Simon.

Short & Sweet

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2010. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 11:09 p.m. EDT2009PDT. [Fuck you, Eastern elitists. — Ed.]

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Cap't. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.
On this date:
In 1761, Britain’s King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long-count” fight in Chicago.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PuffHo Religion Section Wishes We Go Not W/ Bang, But Whimper

Moving Beyond the Pathology of History: Why We Need a Shift in Human Consciousness


What we need is a crowbar big enough to pop the collective human head out of its collective ass. (The obvious alternate take is "First, we need something resembling human consciousness.") Fancy it up w/ your hippie bullshit all you want, the world is interested in common-sense (if not final) solutions.
As Arnold Toynbee has well argued, many civilizations have risen and faded away, and others (like our own) have been transformed through something akin to a hybridization. But there is yet to be a civilization that undergoes that death-and-rebirth process that we have come to know to be the essence of individual transformation, as manifest through the experience of those who have completed it: the prophets, enlightened individuals and mythic heroes. In light of such a conception, it is appropriate that we hope that the decaying structure of Western Christian Civilization learns to die well, so that the regeneration of our social body may take place in the best of possible conditions.
Choices here: An affectless "What ever," or a bitterly sarcastic "Yeah, right." And whatever amorphous crap she's typing (Our emphasis. And really: What the fuck?) must be completed by "the prophets, enlightened individuals and mythic heroes." Mysticism, myth & what not: Feudalism & fascism. At least now we realize why there's a constant refrain from reactionaries that "The Left"/hippies/multiculturalists do hate everything decent & good (Xian & Western). Because of hippie-dippies in the PuffHo. Thanks, Huffer.

The reactionaries are still fooling themselves if they think any one who could or would type this paragraph, for example, is a threat to anything but rationality. (Therefore, no threat to reactionaries at all. Especially as reactionaries are all for those gypsies, tramps & thievesprophets, enlightened individuals and mythic heroes.)
You may rightly say that with so many shadows and challenges and with the avalanche of avarice accosting us, how can we ever deal with them in such a way that our higher humanity, our required human, is not compromised? We can either undergo a progressive deactivation of the conditioned and pathogenic personality wrought by present civilization, the way of the excellent therapist, or we can find the ways and means to the emergence of a more profound awareness in which the experience of being and the felt meaning of life have their foundation, and which, in spite of constituting our true nature, lies ordinarily, in our so-called civilized condition, in a darkened, or veiled condition -- as if asleep. With regard to methods, probably both are appropriate here: the release of old conditions and the discovery of ways into the light.
We made it to "higher humanity" before our eyes glazed over & our hair began to hurt, but our case is not typical, & your results may vary. (Is there a conjunction or two missing above, or are we an idiot for thinking it should at least ... connect, for lack of a better word?)

What actually drew us to this drivel (Moth to the flame, baby!) was the first sentence (unfortunately not backed up w/ more apocalypticism but w/ the Koom-buy-yah crap in the above dose) an at least semi-precious gem in a pile of poop.
How can we not hope for such a collective death-and-rebirth when the commercial interests of the powerful devastate our environment, our values, our quality of life, our education, our culture, and even life itself? And can we not hope that the destruction of life and the mind may at least serve to stimulate awareness and thus accelerate a regenerative process, in the same way that diseases, by stimulating the organism's defenses, can become the indirect cause of their own cure? Funny as it may sound, it was not at all absurd for the Sufi E. J. Gold to write during the 1980s in a humor magazine, "As Brother Rabbit said, maybe civilization is nature's way of telling us to slow down."
No, not absurd at all. Indeed, self-described "scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities," please do hope in one hand & crap in the other. Then let us know which piled up faster.

While typist Houston seems to hate Western Xian Civ as much as we do, as she is on a higher spiritual plane she's unwilling to deal w/ it as righteous, justified hate, as we do every day). Admittedly, our contempt extends to humans & almost all their constructs; we got an impression that hippie-dippie crap ("the Sufi") is, like, OK, man, w/ her. Like. Look at her work w/ "cultures." All over the world. My.
Not only has my experience working with individuals, groups and cultures over the last four decades and in over 100 countries nurtured my trust in the intrinsic goodness of humans and in the individual's possibility of leaving behind destructiveness, but it has also nurtured my hope in collective transformation ...
Sweet blood of Juses, what planet has she been visiting? Not one w/ which we have any familiarity.

Enough, let's let The Dictators sum up, w/ hippies, higher spiritual planes, vomit, & fear of aging, all in one number. Don't forget to wipe your ass!

24 Hrs.

Restoring Sarah's Honor

Not that we give two shakes of a rat's ass, but we are idly curious as to what NBC's Chuck (Face-Mullet) Todd said about Andrew Breitbart's dreamgal Sarah Palin that set BB off. Must have been the truth about that woman. Or a polling fact, like "Most Americans believe Palin is unfit to serve at Denny's®, let alone as President."

Death: Final SolutionSure Cure For Tea Party Activism?

While complacent libs sit around imagining that the yout' will be all, like, not caring about dope & who the hell can get married or kill foreigners for Jeziz & the military-industrial-congressional vortex; therefore not to worry about aging/aged reactionaries rolling the streets w/ their poorly-scrawled signs in a last gasp at relevance & resentment, we're thinking maybe not. More of the demented/delusional can only be good for reaction.

Catholic Charity

Church Donations Deprive Good Work in Favor of Political Causes
In fiscal year 2009, the Catholic Church of Portland reported millions of dollars in revenue, but still more in costs. Its losses on investments, its costs “attributable to sexual misconduct,” and its sundry upkeep costs combined to represent a loss of over $20 million. When the extent of its political spending became apparent, it didn’t take long for outrage to follow.

“Parishes are being closed, parochial schools are being closed. It’s not just [on account of] staffing issues, like they say, but also financial issues,” says Anne Underwood, Maine resident and founder of Catholics for Marriage Equality. “And I think Catholics were very aware that this is not a wealthy diocese and yet the diocese spent a lot of money on this cause.”

Crackdown on Charitable Organizations that Support Marriage Equality
The Catholic Church’s advocacy against gay marriage does not stop at contributions to campaigns on state ballot measures. It also includes which charitable programs it chooses to support and which to defund. In the wake of Maine’s decision to ban gay marriage, the church has played an active role in revoking funds from worthy charitable organizations because they diverged from church doctrine by joining a coalition to protect marriage equality in the state.
This disgusting info found at TWI.

Who Is This Guy Again?

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Dream Is Over:
You'll Never Work Again

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. — Patricia Reid is not in her 70s, an age when many Americans continue to work. She is not even in her 60s. She is just 57.
"Just 57." We like that, having reached just that age yesterday. Our greatest fear is working again, but all gawd's chillun got problems, & we guess we can sympathize w/ Patricia. (Though she looks to have a winter's worth of suet stored under her chin, so we don't know what the fuck she's all worried about.)

Larger picture here is that we know real humans (Sadly, w/o nearly as much food stored for the winter.) who have the same problem. If it took WWII to pull the United Snakes out of that depression, why do we have a recession or whatever while pursuing two wars? (Not to mention adventurism in areas w/o declaration of anything but, "Yeah? Try to stop us.")

This entire ugly George W. Bush financial & economic mess has been an almost perfect exercise in class war, hasn't it?

State-Of-Virginia-Sanctioned Murder

Annals of Hypocrisy:
Why the discrepancy? The answer is obvious: Like other pro-lifers, McDonnell doesn't really believe that fetuses have the same right to life as the rest of us. If he did, he'd hold women responsible for contract hits on their fetuses. Instead, he forbids prosecution of these women and insults our intelligence by calling their non-prosecutable offenses "infanticide." Any legislator, attorney general, or governor who prohibited prosecution of infanticide procurers would promptly be thrown out of office. But in the context of abortion, politicians do this routinely. And pro-lifers applaud them.

If you seriously believe that killing a late-term fetus is infanticide, you should be outraged at the legal immunity guaranteed to purchasers of this crime under "pro-life" legislation. But regardless of your views on abortion, Virginia's double standard is plainly unjust. A state can't criminalize late-term abortion as infanticide, systematically prosecute the doctor but not the woman, and then execute a woman but not her triggermen for an arranged murder. It doesn't add up.

Ordinarily, this kind of inconsistency can be addressed in the course of time. But Lewis has no time. Is killing by proxy a noncrime or a capital offense? Gov. McDonnell, you have three days to sort this out.
A foolish consistency, yada.

"Can you meet me in LA next week?"*

No. (Among other things, Dana Point is hardly "LA." Nor is 30 September next wk. And no fucking dinner for our 750 clams? Next you'll be telling us it's a "no-host," cash only bar.) But we will ask here & now how the free market of ideas is working out for you.

*Title of email.

Shut Up, America!!

We just bet the "Second Edition" was necessary because the first was seized & pulped by Obama's thugs.
Further photos of Values Voter lunacy.

UPDATE: Must be seen also:
(Some of) The Duggars.
Reactionary bitcheswomenladies are hotter!!

Oh, Well Then

[Editor’s note: Several days ago, an interview with Nicolai Sennels by Jamie Glazov on Muslim inbreeding was published but taken down soon after at the request of the author, as it was decided that several themes needed to be buffered by more evidence and research. The final product ended up working best as an article by Nicolai Sennels himself, which is presented below].
Remember?
There is a dire phenomenon rising in Europe that is crippling entire societies and yet the continent sleeps, refusing not only to confront the destructive elephant in the room, but also to admit its very existence. The troubling reality being referred to is the widespread practice of Muslim inbreeding and the birth defects and social ills that it spawns.
We suppose it goes on from there, noting only that refusal to admit the very existence of something often indicates its non-existence. If (unlike us) someone gave a rat's ass they could compare the first draft/original/whatever w/ this version.

And, why Camille Paglia sucks.

What Ever Happened to Camille Paglia?

by Bruce Bawer
Once known as "America's foremost cultural critic," Paglia's literary output has dropped precipitously while she has failed to engage on the number one women's issue in the world: Islam's treatment of females.
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Isn't that about how you figured it?

(Rerun.)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

History Shows Again & Again

1881      The President Dead.
19XX     Publisher's Birthday.
Other awful things that have happened on this date:
1777American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War.
1934Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby.
1955President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the military.
1957The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
1970"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted on CBS.
1982Emoticons were born when Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman proposed punctuating humorous or sarcastic computer messages with a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis – :–) – to depict a horizontal smiley face.
1985The Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.
1994U.S. troops entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1995The New York Times and The Washington Post published the Unabomber's manifesto.
2001The Pentagon ordered combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2002President George W. Bush asked Congress for authority to use military force if necessary to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if he did not quickly meet United Nations demands to abandon weapons of mass destruction.
2004Hu Jintao became the undisputed leader of China with the departure of former President Jiang Zemin from his top military post.
2005Former Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and former finance chief Mark Swartz were each sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for looting the company of hundreds of millions of dollars.
2005Al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahri said his terror network had carried out the July 7 London bombings that killed 52 people.
2008Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration asked Congress for $700 billion to buy up troubled mortgage-related assets from U.S. financial institutions.
2008AMC's "Mad Men" became the first basic-cable show to win a top series Emmy award.

Current Birthdays
Jimmy Fallon turns 36 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini Talk show host-comedian Jimmy Fallon turns 36 years old today.

90Roger Angell
Author
84James Lipton
TV host ("Inside the Actor's Studio")
84Duke Snider
Baseball Hall of Famer
83Harold Brown
Former defense secretary
83Rosemary Harris
Actress
80Adam West
Actor ("Batman")
70Bill Medley
Singer (The Righteous Brothers)
70Paul Williams
Singer, actor
67Joe Morgan
Baseball Hall of Famer, sportscaster
65David Bromberg
Rock singer
65Randolph Mantooth
Actor ("Emergency")
62Jeremy Irons
Actor
61Twiggy Lawson
Actress, model
60Joan Lunden
TV personality
59Daniel Lanois
Rock singer, producer
46Trisha Yearwood
Country singer
45Cheri Oteri
Actress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")
23Danielle Panabaker
Actress

Historic Birthdays
Sir William Golding

9/19/1911 - 6/19/1993
English Nobel Prize-winning novelist (1983)
(Go to obit.)

78Augustin Pajou
9/19/1730 - 5/8/1809
French sculptor and decorator
95Charles Carroll
9/19/1737 - 11/14/1832
American patriot leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence
83George Cadbury
9/19/1839 - 10/24/1922
English social reformer and chocolate manufacturer
73William Hesketh Lever
9/19/1851 - 5/7/1925
English entrepreneur; built the Lever Brothers firm
79Charles Mauguin
9/19/1878 - 4/25/1958
French mineralogist and crystallographer
73Bergen Evans
9/19/1904 - 2/4/1978
English lexicographer and educator
77Leon Jaworski
9/19/1905 - 12/9/1982
American lawyer; Watergate special prosecutor
90Lewis F. Powell Jr.
9/19/1907 - 8/25/1998
American associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court (1972 -1987)
64Elizabeth Stern
9/19/1915 - 8/18/1980
Canadian-born American pathologist

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