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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
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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By Mail: Gerard Van der Leun | 6616-D Clark Road #176 | Paradise, CA 95969

Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

It’s not just about the showerhead.
The water pressure in our homes and apartments has been gradually getting worse for two decades, thanks to EPA mandates on state and local governments. This has meant that even with a good showerhead, the shower is not as good as it might be. It also means that less water is running through our pipes, causing lines to clog and homes to stink just slightly like the sewer. This problem is much more difficult to fix, especially because plumbers are forbidden by law from hacking your water pressure. | Foundation for Economic Education [HT: Never Yet Melted]

In 2016 the Western political system had a stroke.

The American political system is operating in the curious condition of being an impaired state.
It's not really thinking -- about China, Russia, Syria, Kurdistan. It's not really thinking about anything except half remembered slogans from 1968. Like a person afflicted by a stroke, it can't take a consistent view of external reality because it's regressing into atavisms by a loss of brain function. Impaired

Fake News. At the same time of the political putsch, the mainstream media outlets,

in particular the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and the major networks, via broadcasts and social media, began an orchestrated campaign of defamation and delegitimization.
The crazier and more diverse the media mythologies, the better. Melania Trump was a former call girl and illegal alien. Ivanka Trump was peddling her business wares from the West Wing. Jared Kushner was a profiteering collusionist. Steve Bannon was a racist, Sebastian Gorka an unrepentant Nazi. Baron Trump was a spoiled, autistic child. The late elder Trump had run a racist campaign for mayor. And on and on. Resistance & Regime Change: Any Means Necessary – Lies, Leaks, Violence | National Review

Crime simply does not pay as well as politics or banking.

That may be the way to look at something like the Clinton Foundation and, coming soon, the Obama Foundation.
These are not explicitly criminal organizations, but they certainly play outside the spirit of the laws. Obama is out of office and prohibited from running again, but he still controls the Democratic party. The Clintons would be in charge, if not for the fact that the voters took their under boss out in the Tuesday Night Massacre, otherwise known as the presidential election. Even so, the Clinton Family is still a player. Late Phase Capitalism | The Z Blog

Bodymore, Murderville”

Most whites have become habituated to the reality of life in this part of the world.
Everyone, white and black, knows the reality on the street. The blacks with anything on the ball do exactly like the whites and that’s put distance between themselves and the black ghetto. That does not stop the Progressive maniacs from ranting about racism, but they do it from high up in the towers of their whites-only neighborhoods. As a result, no one hears them and so they can be ignored. The Killing Season | The Z Blog

New Blog Arriving Soon

Some have asked, "Gee whiz, Unca Gerard, where is that thar new blog you keeps a promisin'?"

I am hoping for sometime tonight. Hoping. We've been having some issues getting this winged dinosaur landed.

Drink Tea


Drink tea, together with your friends; pay attention to the tea, and to your friends, and pay attention to your friends paying attention to the tea. Therein lies the meaning of life. The Essence of Peopling

We would love to cut a deal with the noble indigenous peoples across the Earth—

you can have your Navajo panties and aboriginal dot paintings and every last freaking burrito on the planet so long as you give us back our computers and cell phones and cars and indoor plumbing and electricity and air conditioners. Deal?

If people go their separate ways such a divorce would be an astonishing defeat for the Left.

As late as 2016 it was possible to imagine an America led to a "progressive" future by Hillary Clinton;
an EU guiding all of Europe to a similar destiny and the G20 taking the whole world to the same destination. Indeed everyone told they were fated to follow an Arc of History. Yet after Brexit, Trump and G-Zero it is no longer possible to visualize this outcome. A blue-red division would confirm the failure to create a "progressive" world. No conceivable rollback will ever put Humpty Dumpty together again. Opportunity

Trump, Julius Caesar, and killing tyrants

The Roman lower classes, with whom Caesar was popular, became enraged that a small group of aristocrats had sacrificed Caesar. -- neoneocon

Execute Trump? Nah, You First.

Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency,
but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then — upon receiving guilty verdicts — they must all be executed under the law. Impeachment Is No Longer Enough; Donald Trump Must Face Justice | HuffPost [Retreived from GoogleCache after it was expunged from the Huffington Post]

A bee in her bonnet


Thousands of bees took over a car in the UK and beekeepers are struggling to make them leave -
At first it wasn't clear why the bees chose the blue Nissan car and he and a colleague were trying to determine whether this was just a temporary stop or a new nesting site. But as the bees moved to the inside of the bonnet, filling every nook and cranny, things got more serious. "They're building a lot of wax in there now, and of course once they start doing that, they're reluctant to leave it, because it's the start of building a house. They put a lot of effort into producing the wax," Coulson told Hull Daily Mail. "I've got a feeling this might be their chosen permanent home."

[Bumped] "They send one of ours to the hospital, we send two of theirs to the morgue."

Baseball Shooter a Big Wake-Up Call for the Left | Roger L. SimonRobespierre is alive and well in 2017 USA.

This pathetic character in Alexandria is, now was, the left's ungoverned id. By any means necessary -- that's for sure. They will undoubtedly try to shove him under the rug as quickly as possible, just one more aberrant individual to be forgotten, just one obscure Bernie volunteer gone bad. Sanders did his best to separate himself within minutes of the revelation. Yes, it's undoubtedly true that this was just one rotten apple, but it's also true that only five years ago Bernie was recommending Venezuela -- now ground zero for starvation, kidnapping and murder -- as a path for us to emulate.

Greatest antitheft device when the thieves are millenials:

Man leads Jeffco deputies on low-speed chase in stolen flatbed truck after unable to get out of 1st gear The driver - later identified as 29-year-old Randy Dewayne Vert - refused to stop and continued driving south on Center Point Parkway, Christian said. Vert was apparently unfamiliar with the complexities of a modern manual transmission.

The natural impulse of a political system in institutional crisis is to dig in.

Too many institutions in the West remain decades after their birth, frozen in the moment of their creation.
NASA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the university system and the United Nations rule us from the past. Public life has become a museum of memes from which nothing can escape without a mummy hand dragging the fugitive back into the darkened interior. It is perhaps no coincidence the two most popular leaders of the Western left, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, might credibly impersonate Boris Karloff. They are here to lead us back to 1968. Stuck

The Japanese. Nuked Too Much... or Trying to Get Their Mouths Around Fujiyama Volcano Plate


We put Japan's most phallic-looking roast beef meal into our mouth at VolcanoKitchen | SoraNews24
Since we’d already become somewhat desensitized to the initially unsettling sensation of peeling strips of meat off the top of the shaft, we mercilessly crushed the egg, sending viscous, gooey liquid running down to the base of the meat rod.

The power of the press is a figment of the imagination -- humbug --

Oscar Diggs behind the curtain projecting the image of Oz the Great and Powerful!
The Internet did not kill the power of the newspapers. It was suicide. And not just because most of them had Marxist editorials, editors, and reporters. Newspapers lost their sense of community -- and their credibility -- when the heirs to hometown publishers didn't want the paper, sold it to a chain for $1,000 per subscriber to a chain -- Gannett, Knight-Ridder, Thomson -- and moved on. Don Surber: Craigslist killed newspapers

When terrorists enter your children’s school and begin to execute them...

will the gun ban (you favored) in school that prevented abiding staff and teachers from saving your child, come to mind as a good idea?
If the answer to any or all of these and many more reasonable questions, is 'yes,' then you may be a delusional liberal, and likely a coward, and almost as big a threat to our nation as the terrorists who are at war with us." - Morgan K. Freeberg

"Happy birthday, Mr. President...."


First truth which has been grounded into dust, must spring forth from the earth again.

At the present time . . .he who practices loving-kindness is esteemed and sought after, while he who champions the truth in word and in deed is persecuted and shunned. 
For men desire to base their affairs on everything except the one incorruptible truth which has been set down before us by God , and therefore these affairs have no permanent value . . . only when love and truth meet together, only when men come to understand that the highest act of loving-kindness is to bring men to know and practice the truth, only then will the marriage of love and truth produce that condition on earth in which everyone and everything will occupy the place which has been assigned to it by the will of God. Truth and Peace - Men Of The West

What happened to Nuclear Winter?


As the media glare faded, its robust scenario appeared less persuasive;
John Maddox, editor of Nature, repeatedly criticized its claims; within a year, Stephen Schneider, one of the leading figures in the climate model, began to speak of "nuclear autumn." It just didn't have the same ring. A final media embarrassment came in 1991, when Carl Sagan predicted on Nightline that Kuwaiti oil fires would produce a nuclear winter effect, causing a "year without a summer," and endangering crops around the world. Sagan stressed this outcome was so likely that "it should affect the war plans." None of it happened. Raconteur Report: Aliens Cause Global Warming by Michael Crichton

If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus.

I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks.
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. - - Woodpile Report

Joe Biden’s niece dodges jail after $100K credit card scam

She walks on a major felony? Of course she did. And who believes she'll keep her end of the deal? In her defense, we're assured she's "a very complicated girl who has a lot of feelings and a lot of issues." Oh ... okay. That explains everything. Hugs from all the little people. Woodpile Report

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages?

There is exactly one language on Earth whose present tense requires a special ending only in the third‑person singular.
I’m writing in it. I talk, you talk, he/she talk-s – why just that? The present‑tense verbs of a normal language have either no endings or a bunch of different ones (Spanish: hablo, hablas, habla). And try naming another language where you have to slip do into sentences to negate or question something. Do you find that difficult? | Aeon Essays

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