Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bread & Circuses: Sorry, No Bread
Today. Why Don't You Watch This?

UPDATED (@0209PT 24 February 2011): Sheesh, we don't even remember what this video was. Links to ESPN, but that still doesn't ring any bells.

Flats & Sharps The Bloomfield Way

So ennuiesque we are playing disc jockey in our mind. We could be toasting all over this instrumental were we live.

Bitter Irony

Oh fucking great. If the gummint shuts down, we won't have the money we'll need to buy a gun w/ which to kill a Republican because he, she or it cut off our $. Is there no justice?

Losing the War

Shorter Rachel Lipsky (in her pajamas): What's w/ them Jewish & Jesus types? We won't win the war on the evil rag-heads if religious leaders don't get their hate on.

Civility, Or, Too Bad She Didn't Have A Gun (You Know, For Self-Defense)

UPDATE (@1927PT): Further grim details.

Cozy In Here

Existential agony: Shower & shop? Or live on fish-sticks, English muffins & pancakes until tomorrow?

Nature intercedes: Thunder & rain have removed those questions from today's agenda.

Psychosis Break

Real Tax Protests

Brits lead the way:
UK Uncut, a group set up five months ago to oppose government cuts and corporate tax avoidance, has previously targeted companies such as Vodafone, Top Shop and Boots.
This message might even resonate w/ silly, selfish Americans.
The direct action by UK Uncut, taking place in more than 30 towns and cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, came as Barclays was forced to admit it paid just £113m in UK corporation tax in 2009 – a year when it rang up a record £11.6bn of profits.

A UK Uncut spokesman said: "We are hoping to very peacefully and legally send a big message to Barclays that paying 1% corporation tax is not really acceptable."
Nah. Really, who are we kidding? Fucking sheep. Only thing Americans can be expected to do is bend over, over & over.

It's Saturday

Go back to sleep!

Royal Vulgarity Report

This image made available Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011, shows a Royal Wedding souvenir for those who are less that enthusiastic about the forthcoming wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton - a special edition sick bag. The bags, similar to those used on airlines and decorated with a crown, a drawing of the royal couple and the slogan "Throne Up", sell for three pounds (US$ 4.83; euro 3.58), and are the idea of illustrator Lydia Leith, who is selling via her website.(AP Photo/Lydia Leith, ho) EDITORIAL USE ONLY:
Another bang-up job. Wonder if Ms. Leith will sue.

Passed Out On The Fuckin' Set

WASHINGTON — The House early Saturday approved a huge package of spending cuts, slashing more than $60 billion from domestic programs, foreign aid, and even some military projects, as the new Republican majority made good on its pledge to turn the grassroots fervor of the November elections into legislative action to shrink the size and scope of government.

The vote, of 235 to 189, was a victory for the large, boisterous class of fiscally conservative Republican freshmen that is fiercely determined to change the ways of Washington and that forced party leaders to pursue far bigger cuts than originally planned. It set the stage for a standoff with Senate Democrats and the White House that each side has warned could lead to a shutdown of the federal government early next month.
OK then.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Rainy Winter Night, Smooth Jazz, Slick Streets

Get Up, Stand Up

Apparently Tory Andy Sullivan's been going on about how the teacher & police rabble in the streets of Wisconsin should just suck it up & work until they dropfor just a few extra yrs. before they retire w/ inadequate healthcare or something (Can not be bothered. Must keep thoughts positive. Kittens! Cookies!) & Cole of BJ had something we felt was well worth stealing:
That’s why, after taking a month off from writing on the internet to recover from a cold, [Sullivan] can tell people who work back-breaking manual labor every day of their god damned lives for much less money than he or McMegan earn that they should “contribute” more to their health care costs.
Back-breaking manual labor nothing, we'd be happy to see either of the typists mentioned work a retail shift on their own two feet for eight hrs.

Media Watch

WTF, NYT?
Really, they don't know what wk. it is, let alone which day?

Hopeful Fighting In The Street
Up-Date

We (& Mother Jones) would like you to know:
Given that the tea party has previously held sizable demonstrations in Madison, the prospects are good that it can produce a crowd this weekend—which could lead to an ugly confrontation between the union supporters and the conservative activists.
Oh, we can't wait. Will BB be roller blading again? Will we at long last see the Powered Mobility Device Army of Righteous Tax-Paying Americans running over those lazy teachers, police officers* & firefighters?

*Could've mentioned "forces of repression," but did we?

Iconoclasts

Not inspired by U.S. Marines or Western journalists.Burn, book, burn!

Lowest Circle Of CPAC

Why The New Republic is winning the new media war: Hot from today's RSS feed, a story from a wk. ago.

In the Belly of the Beast

CPAC's carnival of groups offers a glimpse into the conservative universe.

Amusing & informative nonetheless. But what's the deal? TNR's "Top Stories Feed" goes out once a wk. by carrier pigeon from their isolated island offices?

Dirty Pies: Twitting In NZ

From the land where, as we understand it, civilization is advanced beyond our comprehension, & people should be upside down, yet insist they're right-side up, Twitter Tourism, via the world's foremost leftish rag.
According to the Lonely Planet website, out of 180 things to do in Auckland, having a White Lady hamburger from a long, white single-decker bus down a half-dodgy street near a car park has been voted the number one thing to do. And not just that – out of 870 recommended things to do in the entire country of New Zealand – a country of indescribable beauty and incredible history, a country of rugby, and wine, and vista upon vista upon heart-squeezing vista – this street/bus/burger experience comes in at number …

"Did you know this is the number one recommended thing to do in the whole of New Zealand?" I ask the drunk Israeli. He gives me a look that implies I've just asked to lick his chips, then his burger is ready, and he takes it and leaves.
Unexpected bonus: Best poetry we've read (by a conservative estimate) this yr.

Then his burger is ready,
and he takes it
and leaves.

Rapids Of Death

We don't have the energy even to make good-natured fun of Canadian musicians, so no comment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of a Canadian folk-rock band have been cited for canoeing down the Los Angeles River before an approaching storm.

Police Lt. Brian Wendling says six people in two canoes were cited for trespassing Friday after they left the concrete-lined channel in Studio City.

He says the Manitoba band took to the water in nearby Van Nuys with their instruments and a camcorder, apparently to make a music video.

Wendling says they left the 3-foot-deep river after one rickety canoe began leaking, and firefighters and police helped them out.

They were cited for trespassing and could be charged for the emergency response.

A website for a Manitoba band called Twin says the group planned a journey down the river. A message left for the band wasn't immediately returned.

The river can become a death trap when it swells with runoff.
No, wait, it said "folk-rock band." Stupid fucking acoustic hippie lame-os.

Calling All Lits!

No gloating (Yeah, stop us!!) about Borders Books Music Movies Cafe.
What happened to real estate is now happening to books: An industry colluded to push an overpriced product on a public whose purse strings were tightening and whose tastes were changing. Demand dropped steadily, but supply kept soaring - only now is it coming down to earth. Nothing reminds me so much of those tracts of foreclosed houses in Florida as stack upon stack of hardcover books, desperate to be bought for $25.99.

Having A Wet Wknd.

Promised by 0900, it took its sweet time, but rain has at last arrived. Maybe even a thunderstorm!

Paid Storage

More from the alley.
The alley itself.

Totally Live

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What Are Those Things For Again?

One Martin Peretz, typing in something called The New Republic, must have had a complex migraine or something while typing.
There was an Amos Biderman cartoon in Tuesday’s Ha’aretz called “the facebook revolution.” Here it is:
The unidentified faces sitting around a table of officials include King Abdullah of Jordan and the monarch with the same name who, in his feeble dotage, reigns in Saudi Arabia, Col. Qaddafi of Libya, Dr. Ahmadinejad of Iran, and a few men I do not recognize. The chairman of the motley gathering seems to be Bashar Assad of Syria. He puts a pregnant query to his colleagues: “What are we going to do about that damn Zuckerberg?”
Or he wasn't wearing his glasses & didn't realize those were more than cheerful splotches of color on the table in front of the unidentified.*

Remind us to bookmark this Peretz fellow. We may need to steal more informed comment on this whole Mid-Eastern mess.

*Of course, Marty can't tell them any of them apart anyway, if you know what we mean. Oh, & the answers are: Yemen (Pres. Salih) Iran, Jordan, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria (Pres. Bouteflika) & Morocco (King Mohammed VI).

More Sonoran Street Art

East on the former Sonora Cafe's southern wall.
Eastern wall, in the alley.

HEY!!

“I will tell you that a very senior talk radio executive, somebody with responsibility for a large number of talk radio stations, expressed to me just this week his concern that talk radio as we know it could be largely gone in five years and the reason for that is, just plain and simple, the aging demographics of the format,” explains Bloomquist. “Depending on who you talk to, the median age for talk radio is somewhere between 52 and, and, and 63, and it's just going up… for the most part political talk, particularly ideological political talk of any stripe, appeals to old people.”
Stop reminding us of our impending mortality & get the gawd-damn hell off our fucking lawn before we fill you w/ buckshot, you little punk!

The Way Of All Flesh

Spring Training Officially Open

First player popped for a DUI in Florida indicates baseball is just around the corner.
Cabrera, 27, was described in the arrest report as belligerent and combative by officers from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, who said Cabrera drank from a bottle of whiskey after they approached his 2005 Land Rover. Cabrera's car was at the side of a road with smoke coming from under the hood.

He refused a breath test, was booked shortly after midnight and released at 7:45 a.m. on $1,350 bond.
The cops are just going to use it in evidence, or pour it out, so slug the rest down while you can. And don't drive a Brit-mobile that'll break down on you like that.

No, Wait ... Even Worse

Keith Brown Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing Daughters

Shapiro couldn't say exactly when Brown first spoke to police, but said the father first went to his Mormon church leader to confess. Sturgill wouldn't comment further on the remarks.

Police were first contacted by Brown's daughters.
We're sure Joseph Smith, on whichever planet he's populating & ruling in the Mormon afterlife, is proud of the Mormon church leader who kept quiet.

Today's Biggest Asshole

This person
makes us sick.
Gwyneth also gives suggestions for a child poncho, straw hat, Hamptons top and pajamas conceived by a woman "faced with the problem of finding quality pjs while living in southwestern France."
Imagine spending your time not-country music carpet-bagging being concerned w/ this most serious of white people's problems.

Oh, Look!

Hah! Per Franklin Avenue, the Westwood Borders is already history. (A couple of items down we were sorry it wasn't on the list of closings. Little did we know it had already ceased to exist.)

We're sorry for the saps who had been enslaved there when we began our servitude in 1998 & were still slaving away there almost three yrs. ago, when we would spend evenings there catching up on our reading before retiring to our bunk under the playground equipment in the nearby park. However, no sympathy for the two managers who were still oppressing the workers there three yrs. ago. Hope both of them are on the streets begging or worse as we type.

After typing all that, we looked it up. Two of the saps we mentioned are name-checked in the blurb below. Guess they stuck it out to the bitter end.

A Message from Carlos Casanova, General Manager

Welcome to Borders Westwood, located in the heart of West Los Angeles near UCLA. We are one of the largest Borders locations in Southern California and offer a spacious, bright shopping environment with our own underground parking garage* (parking validated with purchase). Come visit our store and talk to Gene about classical music or ask Daniel to help you find that obscure title you have been trying to remember for years. Check out the event area on our second floor and ask for a copy of our event schedule--we have hosted events in the past with presidents, Beatles, supermodels and yes, even writers! Our local interest section on the first floor features great local art and architecture books as well as local history and things to do around town.
Almost sad, innit? Yet our heart is strangely warm. Indigestion?

*Two of the lower circles of hell: Cruddy ventilation, constantly humid & reeked of automobile emissions.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Enough

Here, look at these while we curl up w/ some escapist telebision.
Tiiiimm-ber!
Concertina wire says so much about so many things.

Today's Most Awful? Everybody!

At the same time, in the non-savage world:
Service Members Sue Military Over Sexual Assaults 
After alleging that military commanders routinely respond to rape allegations by ignoring, demeaning, or discharging victims, a group of more than a dozen current and former service members is trying to force the Pentagon to change the way the military responds to sexual assault.
Read original story in Associated Press | Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

Right & Center Discourse Wrapup

To Take Your Mind Off
This Miserable World For 51 Secs.

Awwww. (Was the ad for a "Gay Bear Site?")

Back to the horror in just a moment.

Borders Screws Publishing World,
But Good (UPDATED)

They drove this reporter to madness, why not ruin what little remains of the book biz while they're at it?
One potentially major concern is whether Borders will still receive shipments from publishers. A spokesman for the Ingram Book Group, one of the country’s biggest book distributors, said on Wednesday that the company was no longer shipping books to Borders.

Large publishers already have accepted that they will lose millions on books they shipped to Borders throughout the holidays. Wiley, for instance, has already written off $9 million in debt.

Penguin Putnam is owed $41.1 million, according to the bankruptcy filing. Other publishers owed money include Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins and Macmillan.
We were disappointed that the particular shit-hole where we were wage-enslaved will not be closed in this round, but there's no reason to think any of the stores will be around w/in a couple of yrs.

Ha fucking ha.

UPDATE (1650PT): From the AP, more nos.:
$36.9 million to Hachette Book Group, $33.8 million to Simon & Schuster and $33.5 million to Random House.
More evil laughter.

Car Culture II

The red one is about to get a ticket.

Why The Culture Wars Are Bullshit

Whining has occurred at Big Hollywood,
Soiling the building blocks and well-known tropes of our treasured modern myths is no different than other artists taking a crucifix and dipping it in urine, covering it in ants, or smearing it with feces. In the end, it’s just another small, pathetic chapter in the decades-long slide of Western civilization into suicidal self-loathing. It’s a well-worn road: bored middle-class creatives (almost all of them college-educated liberals) living lives devoid of any greater purpose inevitably reach out for anything deemed sacred by the conservatives populating any artistic field. They co-opt the language, the plots, the characters, the cliches, the marketing, and proceed to deconstruct it all like a mad doctor performing an autopsy.
& one of those at whom the whining was directed has responded.
But books don’t work that way. If I choose to write my own take on fantasy, what gets destroyed? What loss are we bewailing here? If the mere notion of moral ambiguity, explicit violence and some swearing chills your very soul, I daresay you can still find something on the shelves with “the elevated prose poetry, mythopoeic subcreation, and thematic richness that only the best fantasy achieves” as Leo has it.
Good damn point. Cultural production continues to expand even if more & more of it sucks harder & harder. What's the big deal?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blasphemy At Balloon Juice

Or music criticism.
Decide for yourself. (We know the animation's crummy.)

Right Wing Humor Recap

Oh, so funny we literally forgot to laugh. Larry O'D. doesn't think it's funny at all.

Car Culture

Two poorly composed photos of a Studebaker Lark,
& one of this, better composed.

The Present Day Cactus ...

No Way To Delay
That Trouble Comin' Every Day

We've no idea what the editorial bias of the Business Insider is (The title alone indicates bias will be somewhere along the drooling glibertarian broadsheet/not-overtly-fascist investment guide axis.) but they've compiled lists of nations that could be in deep water soon, & we don't mean Oceania.

Rather irksome there's no straight-up list we could copy & reproduce, so click if you care; we note that the last three of the 11 that could go (At any moment!) struck us as, well, non-Muslim, first, & second (esp. economic powerhouse China, holder of debt & ruler of all it surveys, at least per recent folklore) not that likely to go under from an uprising. Not that we've been devoting much thought to the stability of the Vietnamese gov't. lately. (Speaking of which, what's up in Laos? The other nations of S.E. Asia have been turmoiled & tumultuous recently, but not a peep from that landlocked zone.) On a brighter note, Venezuela is the only at-risk country in this hemisphere.

Moving on not to whatever vague will-they-follow-in-Egypt-&-Tunisia's-footsteps criteria were used for the Hot Eleven, but something based on nos. & such, The 25 Countries Whose Governments Could Get Crushed By Food Price Inflation.

Not shortages, but inflation alone.

Venezuela & the Dominican Republic the only New World nations. (Poor Haiti doesn't have enough of a gov't. to qualify?) Factoid: Issued before recent events; Tunisia was ranked only 18th, & Egypt sixth. Also ready to blow: Former S.S.R.s & Eastern Bloc nations, & Hong Kong? Huh? Really? Can't wait to see that. Burn, baby, burn!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Reds II: The Muslim Menace

Today In Paranoia: "It's A Cook Book!"

Honest to fucking gawd, even during the height of HUAC & McCarthyism in the '40s & '50s there actually were Soviet intelligence agents operating in the U.S. of A., & no doubt a few comsymps & fellow travelers would have loved to infiltrate & subvert our glorious patriotic institutions. (The success they achieved is obvious in contemporary Stalinist America.) The threat of communism was secondary to supplying Yanks their dose of fear, but there was no question that the U. of S.S.R. was more than a few thousand goofballs in caves, training camps & cramped apartments & it was armed & organized well enough to trouble even the non-delusional.

But we are fucking astounded that today's fear-mongers get any mileage from this crap at all. Were there not enough jokes about the Prez being Muslim for Ms. Geller's taste at the various CPAC events? How could one tell that
the Conservative Political Action Conference she was speaking at had itself been "corrupted" and "compromised by Muslim Brotherhood activists."
Did the Paulbots* suddenly sport fezzes? We went over the agenda or whatever & saw no scheduled five-a-day prayer breaks.† (Indeed, not even for Judeo-Xian prayers. Maybe she is right. What about that, CPAC?)

Or was having GOProud involved an indication of rampaging Islamo-fascism? At this point we have no idea, & we can't quite believe that these furtive activists are going to have a stealth resolution calling for Sharia Law passed. Not at an ACLU confab, & not at CPAC.

Though it's not as if the Islamo-fascists & Christo-fascists are that far apart on many issues. Perhaps Ms. G. is cleverly trying to point this out to us. "You can't even tell you're being infiltrated, because you're just like them!"

*NB: Did not type "Paultards."

†Top reason Islam sucks. Even the Xers & Hebrews have it down to one time & one day per wk. (Approx., depending.) of organized sucking up. Chill out, Musselmen.

CPAC Wrap-Up II

What passes for left in these United Snakes: David Corn & Josh Marshall. (No offense intended, we're sure neither gentleman beats his wife or anything, but they ain't exactly, well, us.) Also some other guy. (What's his deal?)

You Do Know Who Else Believed In "Divine Selection," Don't You?

I'd Like to Thank God... 
An author argues that a belief in divine selection really does make certain celebrities more successful.Read original story in The Wall Street Journal | Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

One night last summer, Lady Gaga sat in a tour bus in England, covered in stage blood from her concert that day. She told me that she had cried hysterically before a recent show because she'd had a dream that the devil was trying to take her. She then said, in earnest, that the spirit of her dead aunt was literally inside her body and that she had eaten a bovine heart to face her fear of her father's heart surgery.

If a stranger on a train had said all of this to me, I would have moved a few seats away. But this was one of the most famous women in the world. "It's hard to just chalk it all up to myself," Lady Gaga said of her success, explaining that there was "a higher power that's been watching out for me."

Cut to…Snoop Dogg in the living room of his home outside Los Angeles, smoking a blunt and discussing his comeback after leaving Death Row Records. "God makes everything happen," he said. "He put me in that situation with Death Row, and he took me out of it."

Cut to…a hotel room where Christina Aguilera is gorging on junk food and discussing her success. "All of this isn't something that I did," she told me. "It's something that is totally there for a purpose." In a separate interview, Ms. Aguilera's mother explained that fame was her daughter's destiny: "We thought there must be some divine intervention. Early on, I realized…God has plans for her."

We need a "Just Shoot Us" category. And a gun, obviously.

Happy Looting, Shooting & Wailing Music For Our Brothers & Sisters Fomenting Revolution

Fomentin's easy & safe from our middle-class suburban bunkerInternet hideawayon the other side of the planet.
Algerian protesters clash with riot police in Annaba, about 370 miles east of Algiers, Algeria. (Moh Ali/The Associated Press)
Added telebision lunacy:

Twice A Day, Like Clockwork

It happens:
That's four straight interviews in which the country's three top Republicans—the speaker of the House and the GOP leaders in each chamber—have refused to condemn the spreading of lies about Obama's faith and citizenship. These three men are confident enough in the personhood of fetuses to support banning abortion. They're confident enough in the efficacy and justice of the U.S. health care system to block funding of the Affordable Care Act. They're confident enough in Wall Street, despite the recklessness and bailouts of the last three years, to press for repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. But ask them whether Obama is a Muslim or was born in the United States, and suddenly they're too humble to impose their beliefs on others. They can only describe "the facts as I understand them." They can only speak "for me." They can only "listen to the American people," not "tell them what to think."

These men aren't leaders. They're followers. To lead a party, much less a country, you have to be able to say no. You have to stand up to liars, lunatics, and dupes on your party's fringe. John McCain did it, in his clumsy way (there's nothing wrong with being a Muslim or Arab), when he was the GOP's presidential nominee. Even Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck have done it. They've called the birther conspiracy theories "bogus," "absurd," and "ridiculous."

Why can't Boehner, Cantor, or McConnell speak that bluntly? Why won't they call a lie a lie? If they want to be leaders, it's time to lead.
Just to prove he's still Saletan, he makes the mistake of assuming there's a reason to stand up to the fringe.
The party that was supposed to stand up to President Obama can't even stand up to its own fringe.
Also:

CPAC Wrap-Up I

R. Edroso in Esquire picks some winners.
"That is [liberalism's] goal — to destroy the family… [liberals] just made up this gay marriage thing… gays are natural conservatives." - Ann Coulter
FEAR: "Liberals?"

Goblins Go Home!

Untitled (Awning 1)
Untitled (Awning 2)
Sez Pony Boy.

Digital Audio?

We saw & heard this as it happened, & wondered, but gave it no more thought untilit crossed the radar hrs. later. Hope all is well inside Ms. Branson's brain.

Pogo In The Streets

No freaking idea (Whatsoever!) if we've even seen this, let alone mentioned it here. (We've a vague memory of something to do w/ local news & the punk community possibly appearing here, but 50 yrs. of crap, most of it there, some of it here, starts to run together upstairs.)$8.00!!

Class & Breeding: Horses Or Humans?

Ad hominem action from the Red State Trike Force.
If you think I’m being less than charitable to otherwise unoffending Ron Paul supporters, think again.

Here at RedState we have experienced several influxes of Ronbots but our first real introduction to the type of person we were dealing with occurred as the 2008 primaries were heating up. Their monomania — along with mouthbreathing and poor personal hygiene — forced us to take the unprecedented step of banning them on sight.

Any doubt that we have unfairly maligned them disappeared this past week at CPAC where they booed and shouted anti-Semitic slogans at two of the pre-eminent public servants our side has produced in the past couple of decades.

[...]

While one is free to believe what they will about Rumsfeld’s second tour as Secretary of Defense, I happen to believe that history will judge him to be one of the most able and productive men to have ever held the job, there is no excuse for adults walking out. If you ever needed proof that class and breeding aren’t something that you can teach you need look no further.

[...]

Show us the shekels. Draft dodger. Murderous scum.

Foul epithets directed at men who accomplish more in any given day than the combined mass of Ron Paul supporters will accomplish in the totality of their miserable pissant lives.

These are people who fancy themselves conservatives and believe they have some place honor within the conservative movement. They are wrong. This odious behavior will be neither forgiven nor forgotten.
That'll scare at least a few of those mouth-breathers into using their nostrils & showering.

One doesn't really know which assortment of weasels is preferable, but the great American motor sport of Demolition Derby will be our example here: We hope only for flaming destruction, & expect no one to rise victorious from the tangled metal & charred human flesh.

Valentine's Day Special Feature

American romantic Newt Gingrich:
Gingrich's first wife was his high school math teacher, seven years his senior. Making an indelible contribution to his life story, she said he wanted to discuss divorce terms with her while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. Later, as GOP-driven impeachment proceedings stemming from the Monica Lewinsky affair unfolded against President Bill Clinton, came the news that Gingrich – then married to his second wife -- was having an affair with a much younger aide. The aide, Callista Bisek, became his third wife. He later admitted he had cheated on both his first and second wives, and apologized.
Gingrich, 67, and Callista, 44, have a high-profile partnership producing homages to conservative causes and heroes. The latest books from Gingrich Productions are about Ronald Reagan and George Washington. The subjects of the latest films are Reagan, terrorism, religion in America and how Pope John Paul II's 1979 trip to Poland helped lead to the fall of Communism there (Gingrich became a Catholic two years ago after having had his first two marriages annulled). Fans can keep up with their travels, their restaurant meals and their films, books and articles at Newt.org or on Twitter (@NewtGingrich and @CallyGingrich).
Ick. This reporter is ten yrs. less wretched than Newtie, & can't imagine being involved w/ someone a mere 44. (Nor can any 44-yr. olds imagine it, but this isn't about us!)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hiatus

Have done two loads of laundry & taken out trash. Expect no further activity in this space until Wednesday at the very earliest.

Fact-Free Paranoia From
A Leading Lunatic

Shorter:

Must This Englishman Live, &c.:
Endless Revisionism From
Mr. Roberts

If you're a Yank, & you've been offended by the celebration of treason (treason celebrated, oddly enough, by those who are first to hurl an accusation thereof at their fellow Americans) that's gone on since the slavers lost the War of Northern Aggression Between The States, & have only been more irked as Republican/Tea Bag/conservative/reactionary elements have increased the beating they've been giving the dead & buried horse of states' rights as the sesquicentennial of the Cracker Rebellion & that lost & noble cause has neared, you might have wondered if this revisionist bullshit could be topped.*

Well, Peak Wing-nut, our ass. Of course that can be beat. For example, a book review in The Daily Beast. (Not to be confused w/ The Daily Caller, or [simply] The Daily, which we haven't perused, & fully intend to keep ignoring, no matter how many references to it we see.)
Although Jasanoff does not put it in quite so stark terms, the Loyalists were people who opposed the anarchy that the revolution seemed to offer in its early stages, the tarring and feathering and the mob-rule exemplified by the Boston Tea Partiers’ despicable fancy-dressed hooliganism. They saw the opposition of Boston merchants—for whom, in many cases, read common smugglers—to pay their taxes as a glaring lack of gratitude for the massive debt that British taxpayers had incurred while protecting America during the French and Indian War. They also saw through the ludicrous attempt by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and others to portray the gentle, intellectual, and dignified King George III as some kind of European-style tyrant, especially when Americans paid an average of 6d in direct taxation per annum, one-fiftieth of the 25s Britons paid without hypocritically yelping about “liberty.” As for genuine liberties, such as that of conscience, Dissenters could operate in Britain without licenses, but not in some American colonies.
You read right, a review that includes "does not put it in quite so stark terms," but immediately asks, "You dirty peasants, how dare you?" There's a joke about the difference between Loyalist & Royalist here, & it doesn't have anything to do w/ the Japanese. And the hypocritical yelping. It never stops, does it Mr. Roberts? Wouldn't surprise us in the least if Andrew had been hoping that Mubarak would hold on against the filthy unwashed of his once-British colony. (The loss of which we're sure he laments daily, judging from what he finds admirable about the sufferers of the Loyalist diaspora.)
The Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff has trawled the archives of all the major destinations where the Loyalists wound up, including Britain, Canada, the Bahamas, the West Indies (especially Jamaica), and Sierra Leone. Her biggest trove of documents proved to be the records of the Loyalist Claims Commission, which was set up to compensate Loyalists for their losses and reward them for their fidelity to the crown, which had often cost them all they owned. The result is the first comprehensive global history of the Loyalist diaspora. And it really is global; the British empire in India was partly won by the efforts of first- and second-generation Loyalists such as Benedict Arnold’s sons, and Freetown in Sierra Leone was founded by 1,200 black Loyalists. The first serious proposal to colonize Australia came from an American Loyalist.
Slavery in the W. Indies, & imperialism on the other sides of the world. Just as well they left. If only more Confederates had.

We've a vague memory that Andrew Roberts ([His] latest book, Masters and Commanders, was published in the U.K. in September. His previous books include Napoleon and Wellington, Hitler and Churchill, and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. Roberts is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.) was G.W. Bush's fave historian, whatever the hell that meant. Bush 43 being so busy reading & all, how could he possibly have chosen a fave?

*All one sentence. So much for Faulkner.