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Why So Socialist?


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 30, 2010 8:57 PM | Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
1,400 Miles Later

It was all about my mom's bench. On that, more anon. But it was 1,400 highway miles start to finish. Going to California I did the 700 miles in two days. Coming back I did the same distance in one day and I'm suffering a severe case of road burn.

Two signs of the times seen en route.

First, spotted outside a restaurant (The "Kalico Kitchen") in Paradise, California, proof positive that the public telephone network won't be back.



Posted by Vanderleun Apr 27, 2010 6:32 PM | Comments (20)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Good morning America, how are you?

Dealin' cards with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain't no one keepin' score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels grumblin' 'neath the floor
And the sons of Pullman porters, and the sons of engineers
Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep, rockin' to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning America, how are you?

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 24, 2010 4:18 AM | Comments (25)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Save the Fuckin' Planet? I'm Getting Tired of That Shit"

Now that the annual AFFF DAY (Auto-Fornication Festival of Fools Day) has flushed itself down the sewer of time, let us study its shallow meaning as revealed by Professor George Carlin. The lecture and the notes are below. Study them carefully as there will be a test.


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 23, 2010 6:31 AM | Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
It's Earth Day: Honor Gaia and Turn a Hippie into Compost Today

YouTube - EarthFirst Mourning Loss of a Tree - Crying & Screaming

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 21, 2010 10:10 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: "King Obama" ... And the hits just keep on happenin'

"It's time for a king again, a Papa Joe or a Ho-Chi-Minh...."

Pass it on.

[HT: iOwntheWorld ]

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: "American blood. We won't let our name be dragged through the mud..."

Right Network is in the house! Now that's what I'm talking about. Somewhere in the great out-there there's a bus going round for the Tea Party with a production crew. Seattle needs to get with the program and the programmers.

Speaking of Right Network, there's something going on over there with more promised for the summer. Check it out.

Here's their piece on Searchlight. The production values alone are worth learning from:

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful X 2: "Democracy Is Coming" Spoken & Sung by Leonard Cohen

American Digest commenter Nicole was wondering: "I was listening to that (Leonard Cohen song) with my mom and aunt. We all thought it was particularly appropriate for the times. Wonder why someone in a Tea Party group hasn't picked it up?"

We'll get there.

"I'm stubborn as those garbage bags that Time cannot decay,
I'm junk but I'm still holding up this little wild bouquet..."

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 15, 2010 10:51 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Barrel of GoogleRands

barrelbricksheader.jpgDear Congress, President Obama, or armed IRS agent with a no-knock:

I am writing in response to your request for additional money via the "WTF!? Cough It UP! Re-Financing America Extortion Act of 2010: IRS Form 259B Error" Page I was led to while filing my taxes electronically last night. It noted that I had not paid the full amount of estimated re-tax double blind anticipatory VAT levy for the "care and feeding of citizens who pay no taxes." I had put "Poor Planning" as the cause of my overnight insolvency in Line 42b of sub-paragraph A of Form 259B-subC. Your database asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I am a taxpayer by trade. During the last year of the recent mortgage "accident," I was working alone on the roof of a broken-down six-story building in West LA, laying down slate shingles and edging it with solid copper gutters, hoping to flip it to some fortunate soul who has recently landed a $13.25 hour job with the Census Bureau. When I completed the paperwork to purchase this pig, I found I had some cash on hand thanks to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" section of the "No-Money-Needed Mortgages" still available secretly from Fannie Mae under certain "conditions" (I swear my assertion of 10% Inuit-Kenyan ancestry was true, and not just something I made up in a tanning booth.)

This money, after I converted it to seemingly solid gold GoogleRands, weighed 240 lbs. This was delivered to me on demand by a bank-insured black helicopter drop onto the roof of the building I was hoping to flip. Talk about your "windfall profts!" This was money for nothing. Rather than carry the gold GoogleRands down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley attached to the side of the building at the sixth floor. To do so I had the helicopter lift me off the roof and deposit me on the ground. It was all part of their "customer servicing."

Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded my gold GoogleRands into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 240 lbs of GoogleRands. You will note on my vital statistics appended to the full-frontal naked picture you now require from all people unfortunate enough to work in the taxpaying industry - comforted only by the knowledge that Taxpaying is the one career that will never be offshored -- that my weight is 135 lbs.

Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of my still vacant building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel of my seemingly "free" gold GoogleRands that was now proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed stripping perceived market value from my property as it plummeted. This explains the fractured skull, minor abrasions, the broken collarbone, and eviscerated wallet as listed in Section 3 of "The Taxpayer's Plea for Mercy" form.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent thinking "A couple more marble countertops and I can still lipstick this pig enough to dump it in a down-market," not stopping in this fevered fantasy until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley of eternal insolvency, which I mentioned in Paragraph 2 of "The Taxpayer Pleads for Assisted Suicide" form. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the spare change I discovered after taking the cushions off the sofa, in spite of the excruciating rectal pain I was beginning to experience now that Congress was back in session.

At approximately the same time the President informed the nation that the recovery from the late tribulations was well on the way and that the government, his government, was going to hire the nation out of the recession, the barrel of gold GoogleRands hit the ground -- and the bottom fell out of online advertising, the manufacturing sector, government bonds, and the dollar. Now devoid of the weight of the GoogleRands, the barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs.

I refer you again to my weight. As you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of my building now occupied by the New York Stock Exchange, as that institution attempted to cut all costs except CEO compensation.

In the vicinity of the first quarter of 2010, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth, severe lacerations of my legs and lower body, and the last three weeks spent suspended in an "Out of the Money Experience." However, I hope, should the paralysis of my lower extremities continue until the year 2018 I will receive some free health care at that point.

Lately my multiple media-induced concussions have given rise to the false hope that my luck has begun to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of gold GoogleRands and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked, along with my consumer confidence.

I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of fools' gold GoogleRands, in pain, flat-broke, unable to buy so much as a Happy Meal, and watching the empty barrel six stories above me fill with the lethal gas of Congress, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope.

Reviewing the above, I have no doubt that in a full spirit of bi-partisanship and concern for the little guy in the Taxpaying Industries of America, you will agree in this one instance to allow me to pay all my taxes this year and next year with a check post-dated to 2013.

I apologize for any tpyos and errors in arithmetic since, due to my injuries, I am keyboarding this missive with a stick taped to my forehead.

Thank you for letting me share.

Gerard Van der Leun

HT: The Classic Barrel of Bricks

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 12, 2010 9:32 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Chinese Civilization Today: These Are the People That Hold Our IOUs

If this 10 minute one-man reverse parade doesn't give you pause, have another cup of coffee.

As the last comment says, "Discussion on this video is now closed, thank you all for your support and participation! "

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 12, 2010 1:30 AM | Comments (29)  | QuickLink: Permalink
This Ain't No Party. This Ain't No Disco.

Three passages from the Boomer's Bible occur to my highly-associational mind when I read Spengler stating:

I've been screaming about this for more than two years: Obama is the loyal son of a left-wing anthropologist mother who sought to expiate her white guilt by going to bed with Muslim Third World men. He is a Third World anthropologist studying us, learning our culture and our customs the better to neutralize what he considers to be a malignant American influence in world affairs. -- Spengler, This is not a drill. This is the real thing.


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 9, 2010 11:03 AM | Comments (13)  | QuickLink: Permalink
We are not at war with Islam? Wanna bet you life?


[Arabs] were incorrigibly children of the idea, feckless and colour-blind, to whom body and spirit were for ever and inevitably opposed. Their mind was strange and dark, full of depressions and exaltations, lacking in rule, but with more of ardour and more fertile in belief than any other in the world. They were a people of starts, for whom the abstract was the strongest motive, the process of infinite courage and variety, and the end nothing. They were as unstable as water, and like water would perhaps finally prevail. -- T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Sadly, it's going to take two. Below an excerpt from The First Terrorist War first published here in October of 2003.


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Comments (17)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Fresh from My Word Mint: "Obamadumb"

Obamadumb: The state of deeper dumbness that comes from believing "With Obama all things are possible." An affliction affecting millions of previously merely dumb Americans. Waiting For "Da Dough"

WASHINGTON Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how -- and when -- the sweeping measure will affect them.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups.

"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

Case in point: This classic "obamadumbation:"


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Save the Date

Yet again, love conquers all. Or, as a commenter so delicately put it:

jmx888 The moral of the story: Short asian men are desirable and are potential dating mates for ALL women!!!

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Save the Date

jmx888 The moral of the story: Short asian men are desirable and are potential dating mates for ALL women!!!

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 7, 2010 2:13 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Seattle "Style"

And Cobain said, "Let there be Grunge" and, lo, it stuck.

"Sauron's baleful influence spreads from Mordor... people are turning themselves into Orcs." -- Osprey | The Tat Queen of Capitol Hill, Seattle Public Market, Easter Sunday, 2010

Fashion in Seattle is a sometime thing. Lately I've been making excursions to various tribal gathering sites and documenting the look that says "Seattle." Around 100 of them can be seen @ Seattle "Style" - a set on Flickr

Others in large format are currently somewhere towards the top of the scroll on KA-CHING!

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 5, 2010 9:48 PM | Comments (29)  | QuickLink: Permalink

In my personal Church of the Rock, this would be my Easter recessional. But that's just me. As for you, "Don't stop...."

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 4, 2010 7:55 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
They Got iPad Fever for More Cowbell!
"I think that the press has been all over the iPad because Apple puts on a good show, and because everyone in journalism-land is looking for a daddy figure who'll promise them that their audience will go back to paying for their stuff." -- Cory Doctorow

Inside the iPad: “This week apple released the thing that does stuff that their other stuff already does”


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 3, 2010 6:58 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Nothing is Transparent: 5 Fascist Fundamentals


Richard at the Belmont Club with his usual clarity makes a little list that shouldn't be missed in » A Reason To Believe:


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Photograph of Inigo Montoya's Father Discovered


How many times have we heard:
and wondered, "Okay, but just what did Inigo Montoya's father look like?"

Many, many times, I'll wager.

Wonder no longer, dear reader. Our crack research time here at American Digest has discovered during a dataspelunking trip into the Dark Web the only known photograph of Inigo Montoya's parents, Ted and Ethel.


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 1, 2010 9:54 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Troops Eager to Take Obama's Picture in Afghanistan

An item on Obama in my sidebar on Wednesday gives the impression that troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere are not exactly as overjoyed to see the president as they were to see George Bush. That may or may not be the case, but this image from the Wall Street Journal certainly doesn't convey that. In fact it gives the opposite impression.

Having seen it, I'd be remiss not to note and post it here:


Posted by Vanderleun Apr 1, 2010 8:30 PM | Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Deconstructing Hank Johnson and Guam

Posted by Vanderleun Apr 1, 2010 11:10 AM | Comments (13)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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If my child were ever killed in such an attack,

I would go on a God-damned (and I don’t make this invocation lightly) one man Crusade for vengeance.
God may have said “vengeance is mine” but I would damn my soul to Hell to get even with anybody who attacked my family. So the passivity and magical invocations of the Progressives grates on my nerves. It’s disgustingly naive and utterly insane. It is the man who passively bows down to his executioner instead of fighting to the last. I don’t understand it. I can’t fathom it.Candlelight Progressive Magic... Again | Declination

Everybody Must Get Chipped!


Swedish Tech Company Implants Microchips in Employees Bodies to Make Their Lives Easier
“We already interact with technology all the time,” Epicenter employee Hannes Sjoblad told the BBC, in 2015. “Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.” “We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,” Hannes added, convinced that this way he will be able to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.

The Revolution has moved onto a new phase.

In the French Revolution, after the White Terror, the Constitution of 1795 established The Directory.
This was the start of a new phase in which the lower classes were mostly ignored, as the new ruling class consolidated its power. That may be what we are seeing with our managerial class as they largely ignore the results of recent elections and enforce discipline in their own ranks. Ruminations On The Way Down The Mountain | The Z Blog

A Window Looking Over "Happy Acres" is Here


Tumblr killed off his site there without warning. Twitter still tolerates him, but Twitter will purge him.
For now he's at: HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) | Twitter I tried to tell him that he needs to get his own platform. If on Twitter tell him too. We will need the sites we like to survive and not be killed off by Jack and other Neojacobins of his ilk.

Trump was a political asteroid impact


The idea that someone who shakes parmesan from a can contravened the wishes of those who can taste the difference between serrano and iberico Jamón is simply unacceptable.
Maxine Waters, Nacy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer and Al Green, are so far removed from traditional America as to be alien life forms. Outside of the 6 -7 major media/political centers in the US, the rest of the population simply do not factor into the equation until election time returns. The Price of Delegitimization – The Virginia Freeman's Society

" This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... "

Manchester: This Time They Came for Our Children

Politicians and the media particularly must face reality. We may not like it but we are at war. You should behave accordingly. This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... that is unless you want Manchester actually to be the "new normal." It pretty much is already. How horrible is that for all of us, how horrible for our children. Why don't we all get together and put an end to it? It's even more important than impeaching Trump.

The truth of the matter is that modern universities are not in the business of leader-making.

Our leaders these days come from other places, or other times;
because our institutions of higher learning have turned their energy to licensing managers to serve as the officers of our managerial oligarchy. According to Patrick Dennan, students these days are “…the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.” If You Don’t Read Books… | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

"We won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time."

In this case, the visuals will be provided by future terror attacks.

That reinforces the “evil” part, obviously. But more importantly, the Losers will be doing nothing but losing on the battlefield from now until “annihilation.” They are surrounded, and the clock is ticking. Oh, and the press isn’t allowed to watch the final battles. In other words, we won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time. No press means no prisoners, if you know what I mean. (American soldiers won’t be shooting the prisoners. We have allies for that sort of thing.)Goodbye ISIS, Hello Losers | Scott Adams' Blog

How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist

Has your novel just not flowed from your fingertips like you’d imagined?
Does each year of being an adjunct professor feel less fulfilling than the last? Starting to think that no amount of Adderall can launch you past the boredom of your role as a research assistant? Could it be that so much time has passed since you last picked up your guitar that it wouldn’t even be possible to get the old band back together again?

Do you seek validation? Are you hungry for permanent and hip confrontational posturing? Still having dreams about the glory of radical nonconformity? Eager to purge your upper-middle class and white guilt? Want to do something new with your life, but want to rely on the skills you already have instead of learning new ones?

I’ve got just the thing for you: become a left-wing critic of the mainstream American Left. It’s easy, really, and no matter what, your Twitter following will increase at least five-fold. How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist - Social Matter

The Japanese. Nuked Too Much or Sleeping with the Fish?


Japan's adult wrapping wellness trend is so weird it's creeping out the Japanese people | SoraNews24
In otona maki, participants lie down on a large, sheet-like piece of cloth. An attendant then wraps them up snugly, leaving their face completely obscured their knees tucked up near their waist, and their overall posture resembling the fetal position. The only openings are two small gaps near the participants’ midsection, left over from how the cloth is tied.

I am the king of lost places.


Nowhere-land. The triangular mud minarets of Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu, in front of that silent sandy plaza that used to host a university, back when life in Timbuktu had significance.
A Catholic seminary converted into a hostel in the old Belgian administrative center called Lubero tucked in the highlands of eastern Congo – blue helmets and razor wire waiting to accept the genocidaire; monsters who had decided upon the extinguishing of another race. Eating escargot and drinking warm beer with the priests. The cement and zinc-roofed house of a witch in a village in northern Nicaragua, sitting in front of her on a rocking chair imploring her to release the sick under her spell so I could take them for hospital care. The King of Lost Places | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

Occupation of a defeated America

would take a form other than garrisoning huge numbers of troops and running the place as a prison camp, the standard motif of doomer movies and novels.
The likeliest would be a Vichy-type puppet government that took care to mimic our current structure and outward forms. Just as in France, they'd have little trouble finding reliable, unprincipled opportunists already in place and eager to serve. Woodpile Report

"Black Lives Matter might more accurately be named White Killers Matter,

because it only seems to care about black lives that are ended by white people.

And that, of course, is because Black Lives Matter isn’t about justice, but about racial agitation."
But the routine taking of black lives by other blacks generates no interest in the mainstream media. Forty-three hundred people, including two dozen children under the age of 12, were shot in Chicago last year. Had 4,300 white people been shot, there would have been a revolution, and the media would have set up headquarters in the city to cover the breakdown of law and order. But because the victims were nearly all black, few pay attention—besides the police. Some Black Lives Don’t Matter | City Journal

The Way It Is

They ain't gonna do jack shitski.
At least nothing of physical context to anyone, cept maybe a couple pisswillys that needed it. On a large scale, say, several hundred people? Not hardly. Look cross eyed at em and they'll be slip-slidin in their own loose fecal matter. Then, with gas mask applied and industrial grade boot covers, just walk amongst them with a 28" Louisville Slugger crackin heads in both directions. Posted by: ghostsniper at May 20, 2017 8:25 PM

If they do break Trump, I don't think the genie goes back in the bottle.
I think the days of leftist pissants grinding our faces in the dirt under the threat of government coercion are over. How it will evolve, I don't know but I don't think it will be peaceful. Posted by: Bill Cox at May 21, 2017 5:13 AM
The Top 40: This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

Why do many people want to deny us our past?

Why does the brutishness of our ancestors offend so?

And why do the stories of tremendous resilience, of family and purpose and fight and faith offend them? We are told that because they were not perfect – that they held prejudice in their hearts or often misbehaved – we are not to look to them; certainly not as a means to better understand ourselves. As if we are not even now brutish and vile – albeit in different ways. As if the progress we have been sold, so carefully scraped of all vestiges of the past, is even healthy – even progress at all really, instead of another dark age served to us by know-nothings.Castles, Civilizations and the Know-Nothings | Joel D. Hirst

Memes that Make You Go, "Hummmmm..."

House of Eratosthenes

Two New Things Under the Sun

Louis Réard, the inventor of bikini, with a model in 1946.
He named his creation after the Bikini Atoll, which was the site of nuclear weapon tests, as he felt his new swimsuit would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction.”

Why the C-130 Is Such a Badass Plane


Designed to carry only 90 paratroopers, the Hercules's belly was bursting with far more people than that.
Its lone pilot, a VNAF major, pushed its four Allison T56 turboprops to full throttle and began his takeoff down the 10,000 foot runway. At the opposite end of the runway, the airplane still hadn't taken wing. But in the runway's 1000-foot overrun, the C-130 staggered into the air. After a harrowing flight, it touched down three and a half hours later at U Tapao Royal Thai AB, southeast of Bangkok. On the ramp, American personnel were visibly surprised as they watched 452 people disembark. With herculean effort, the C-130 had lifted more than 20,000 pounds above its operational limit. -- Popular Mechanics

This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

The Resistance would have arisen against whoever represented Americans who had voted not to be governed as they have been for the past quarter-century.
It is a cold civil war against a majority of the American people and their way of life. The members of the Resistance mean to defend their power. Their practical objective is to hamper and otherwise delegitimize 2016’s winners. Their political objective is to browbeat Trump voters into believing they should repent and yield to their betters. This campaign might break the Trump presidency. The Cold Civil War

Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?

Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display.
It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, “Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!” - David Cole

No. Just No.


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“Weapons are the tools of power.

In the hands of the state, they can be the tools of decency or the tools of oppression, depending on the righteousness that state.
In the hands of criminals, they are the tools of evil. In the hands of the free and decent citizen, they should be the tools of liberty. Weapons compound man’s power to achieve whatever purpose he may have. They amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own. Thus, we must regard them as servants, not masters–and good servants of good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” — Attributed to Col. Jeff Cooper [via Power Tools – waka waka waka]


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