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Had Enough Therapy?: Enough with the Multiculturalism

Today in Research: Synthetic Weed Inventor Can't Believe You Smoke It

Rough Type: The remains of the book The sense of self-containment is what makes a good book so satisfying to its readers, and the requirement of self-containment is what spurs the writer to the highest levels of literary achievement. The book must feel complete between its edges.

Human Experimentation the Real Issue in Stopping "Transexual" Boy's Puberty

Shrews With the degradation of marriage came the devaluing of the husband. This is turn sent a very clear message that we, mighty roaring women, no longer needed men. Men responded by no longer treating us as ladies. After all we weren't behaving like ones. Now no one respects the other, trust has been shattered, and fewer and fewer people are getting married.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 11:33 PM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
What does and does not offend PETA


FROM 22 Words

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 8:57 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Peel a whole head of garlic in 10 seconds:

Here's something I just learned at Sarah Et Cetera that's going to make one small corner of my life easier from here on out. Passing it on...


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 7:10 PM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Teacher of the Year: "Shut up and sit down! This ain’t no Crips, Bloods kind of nonsense. … You can’t talk it out, then get out."

A bit more of this and some schools wouldn't be such shams and sinkholes.

“You boys are pissing me off! Hey! Hey! … Both of y’all, listen. Quit sellin’ out of my house, Anthony. [Turning to the other student he says] Shut up and sit down, before I make change out of you and you! If you don’t take that mess over there right now — right now! It‘s not like you’re going to push through me to get to him. You ain’t! So take it over there if you can’t squash it like gentlemen and get out of his face — and get out of mine, get over there. Take it, Anthony.
“Now, if you can’t squash it, do that off campus. Y‘all don’t do that in here. Whoever made you believe you could, we could squash this right now. … Anybody else? Trust me, we could take it to the grass. Trust me. It’s been that type of Tuesday. You’re too young, your life is too short for y‘all to be sellin’ out with that kind of nonsense. This ain’t no Crips, Bloods kind of nonsense. … You can’t talk it out, then get out. “

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 2:37 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: "29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time! "

This just in from "The Age of Miracles and Wonders."


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 12:22 PM | Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
WhoDunIt? "I wuz framed!"

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 11:39 AM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: La-di-da-di-dum — 50 years of non-word pop music lyrics in one song

26 songs, over 49 years. Featuring Jane Lui. Michael T. on bass and Jonathan Batiste on piano. Directed by Joe Sabia.

HT Abraham Piper @ 22 Words

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 30, 2011 11:28 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
T axed E nough A lready? Let's Review

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 29, 2011 9:41 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Hoper Can You Spare A Dime?

Obama, Can You Spare a Dime - YouTube

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 29, 2011 9:36 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Dip Your Apple - Fountainheads' Rosh Hashanah

In just three minutes you, yes you, can improve your day.

[HT: Neatorama]

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 29, 2011 9:53 AM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink

"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."

Now that's a President who's hip to what is happening today. And on the cutting edge of fashion too.

“This is a flat-bed scan of an original ca.1920s KEYSTONE VIEW COMPANY curved-mount, silver-print stereoview that was printed from a copy negative made directly from a 60-some year old rare albumen print in the Library of Congress. Photographed by LEWIS EMORY WALKER around February 1865, it was originaly published by ANTHONY. It’s the last known stereoview of him before he was assassinated." -- Love Truth & Beauty

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 29, 2011 9:03 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
"Staccato signals of constant information:" The Age of Miracles and Wonders

Millennia to build the record. One day to destroy it: "Believe it or not—and I know most people do not—violence has been in decline over long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence." A History Of Violence by Steven Pinker

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." Greece Runs Out Of Ink, Can't Print Tax Forms | ZeroHedge

Windmills, Coal, and Peat: Things got out of hand when entire villages disappeared.... Low-tech Magazine: Medieval smokestacks: fossil fuels in pre-industrial times

Nice work if you can get it: Gibor Basri has 17 people working for him in his immediate office, including a “chief of staff,” two “project/policy analysts,” and a “director of special projects.” Berkeley’s vice chancellor for equity and diversity [is paid a ] $194,000 annual salary. Half Baked by Heather Mac Donald - City Journal

In the 1960s, Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a fantastical, growing map of unbelievable scope. It began with just a doodle, but now it takes up almost 2,000 8" x 10" frames. Drawing from a randomized deck of playing cards and a complex system of rules.... The Mysterious Life of Jerry's Map

Green Jobs? Not Happening. Brown Jobs? Now Your Talking. Gassing Up: Why America's Future Job Growth Lies In Traditional Energy Industries

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 29, 2011 7:50 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Rosh Hashanah's In The House Tonight!"

L'Shana Tova! and.... next year in Jerusalem!

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 28, 2011 11:18 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Crack Pipe Progressives -- Cornell West and His "Call and Response" Field Hands

Cornell West, easily the most oportunistic and least intelligent member of the Crack Pipe Progressives leads his colonized clones in a bit of anti-capitalist blathering down on Wall Street. Check around the 2:00 mark for the confirmation of the thesis, "Regardless of diet these zombies have no brains."

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 28, 2011 7:12 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Double Vision: The Most Fascinating Post Today

What do these two men have in common? One's a good student. One isn't. One's gay. One's straight. One's... etc and so forth.


Check out neo-neocon's discovery and exposition today HERE.

You won't believe it.

And then you will.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 28, 2011 2:29 PM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Terri Clark's "Northern Girl": I do believe we've found the Sarah Palin campaign song. Now all we need is the campaign....

in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1....

[Starts to get uncanny at around 1:30]

Where I come from
What I'm made of
Where I wanna be
You can take me out of there
But you can't take it out of me

Northern girl, wild and free
I've got four strong winds to carry me
I've been East to West and all around the world
But I'll always be a Northern girl

I'm a Northern girl
True North, strong and free
Carry me
I'm a Northern girl


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 27, 2011 1:32 PM | Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Endgame in Libya: A Photo Essay

Libyan Rebels Attack Final Qaddafi Strongholds - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

Some seven months after the start of Libya's revolution and one month after the taking of Tripoli, anti-Qaddafi fighters continue to face resistance in two remaining Qaddafi strongholds, the towns of Sirte and Bani Walid. Just today, ant-Qaddafi forces reportedly seized control of the port in the eastern part of Sirte as another group of fighters pressed in from the west. Over the course of this evolving conflict, reporters have repeatedly changed the terminology they use to describe these fighters -- from "protesters" (in February) to "anti-government fighters" to "rebels" to "revolutionaries." Now that the leadership they support controls most of Libya's state affairs, they are being called "National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters", and even "government fighters." Meanwhile, progress has been made toward rebuilding and reopening businesses in Tripoli, as residents look forward to the next phase in Libyan history with a wary eye toward Qaddafi's still-dangerous supporters.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 27, 2011 12:18 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
"Love Truth & Beauty" -- My Second Scrapbook

Why? Because with a Flickr page, a Facebook page, a rambling tumblr of pretty near 10,000 items called Ka-Ching, this page, and the sidebar over there, I obviously needed someplace to post even more items that catch my eye.

Result? Love Truth & Beauty is my new page for collecting items and images that fall (loosely) under those three categories.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 26, 2011 10:49 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Medicine Man" of Seattle

Marijuana in Movies (Compilation) - YouTube

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 26, 2011 6:34 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Obama 2012 Has Lift Off: Meet the New Campaign. Same As the Old Campaign

Fortunately, the Republicans in their decades long thirst for death, seem to have taken John McCain off the menu. Unfortunately, they seem to be running a clown car full of his clones.

"And here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice
Oh, Mama, is this really the end
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again."

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 26, 2011 10:49 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Everything Old is Back Again: Useful Editorial Cartoon Up for Recycling


"SAFE!" by Clifford K. Berryman -in 1924

This cartoon at the time referred to the Progressive Party's execrable 1924 Presidential candidate from Wisconsin, Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 25, 2011 7:48 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Phony from the First Moments

Blog: Seeking a False Perfection | The Responsibility Project by Liberty Mutual

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman faked their performance at President Obama’s inauguration, pretending to play in a quartet, while the audience — and the world — was treated to a recording instead. Mr. Ma soaped his bow so it would slide soundlessly across the strings. “It would have been a disaster if we had done it any other way,” said Mr. Perlman, explaining the virtue of the virtual performance. “This occasion’s got to be perfect. You can’t have any slip-ups.”

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 25, 2011 9:22 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Morgan Freeman: In noble mode and racist mode

Nobel Morgan Freeman then

Feeble Morgan Freeman now

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 25, 2011 8:38 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
"I want to be clear"


HT: Woolie

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 24, 2011 11:45 AM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Seattle As Rarely Seen

Early Morning SeattleClick to enlarge

Here's a far too rare moment in life in Seattle. Clear almost pellucid in the early morning light. The great god Mt. Rainier loom over all and the clouds part. In rare moments like this it does seem like the Emerald City, but then the rain returns and...

Photographer Thatcher Kelly:

This photo was taken out the window of an Alaska Airlines flight into Seatac airport. I was noticing how beautiful of a morning it was, decided to ignore the "turn all electronics off for landing" announcement, and pull out my camera. As the plane flew over Green Lake I was impressed with the view. I waited for the plane to start turning again so that the wing and jet exhaust wouldn't obstruct the view. I smashed my face against the seat in front of me to get both the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier in the shot without also getting the wing, and snapped away. I have to thank the ever-patient passenger in front of me who probably thought a restless 3 year old was behind her. -- Thatcher Kelley Early Morning Seattle

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 23, 2011 3:42 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Simple Truths: Old Hoes With Tattoos

"It ain't cute."


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Posted by Vanderleun Sep 23, 2011 6:15 AM | Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"The moon in September was special and the war kept going."


"No matter where we walk, the enemy will plant bombs. 


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 22, 2011 11:36 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Meanwhile, Back Home: Organized American Mayhem -- 4,000 People and 750 Balls

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 22, 2011 11:19 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"The peace is not winnable, the war is, and only war can bring about some kind of manageable peace. "

"The peace is not winnable, the war is, and only war can bring about some kind of manageable peace. "

The American and European foreign policy establishments can't let go of Israel, but they can't stop torturing it either. It's a powerful piece in a game that they don't dare commit to, and in the game of half-measures that they play, it's a piece that does more harm than good. And the Israeli government is playing that same game of half-measures, which also do more harm than good. Everyone wants to keep their options open, to take the high road and kiss the olive branch-- but that road leads down to the abyss. -- Daniel Greenfield

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 22, 2011 9:07 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Herstory. So Far.

Watch. You'll see.

"Like SHE in her lonely alien gaud waiting her Egyptian lover..." -- Gregory Corso

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 22, 2011 8:51 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Tom Selleck's Moustache: It's Everywhere You Want to Be!

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 21, 2011 6:20 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Palestinian Issue

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 21, 2011 12:53 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Just When You Think It's Safe to Go Back to Your Bong

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 21, 2011 12:43 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
You Think Your Compter Has Problems? Consider the Alternative.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 21, 2011 10:36 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Barack Obama: Diplomatic Sooper-Genius! [UPDATED]

Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo

"I don't know much about diplomatic protocols, but I would guess that waving during the group photo is something to avoid."

UPDATE: This just in from MOTUS:

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 20, 2011 7:37 PM | Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
This Day in History: Bill Clinton's (D) Homophobic "Don't Ask. Don't Tell" Policy Has Ended

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 20, 2011 6:50 PM | Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Words to Live By: "Reality hits you hard, bro."

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 20, 2011 5:11 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
An Open Letter to The Onion: Shoot Yourself Or...

Dear Onion,
After a couple of decades of being the nation's go-to-url for mirth, you've simply lost it. It's not working. It's lame. You are not delivering "teh funny." You are becoming merely a stand-in for a garden bulb we use to cook lots of stuff. I look upon your works at The Onion - America's Finest News Source and I see this collection of headlines wrought by your paid staff of jokesters and quipsters. These are the "fruits" of joke meetings and story conferences and all sort of "work, work, work." Your "staff" of paid comedy writers have the entire world of news to draw from and yet these are the headlines I see:


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 20, 2011 10:11 AM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
In the Museum

"Ye Olde Walk-In Seattle"

Where Lake Washington meets the ship canal at Union Bay, that's where Seattle has tucked in its slight, but somewhat interesting, Museum of Science and Industry. I'd been putting off going there since I seldom hear of anything interesting that the museum is exhibiting. It's a bit like the city thought it needed such a museum in order to qualify as a first-rate city. There's a lot of that kind of stuff in this town. It usually disappoints. However, having little to do other than avoid the rain last week -- and being in the general area -- I pulled into the road to the parking lot.

I had to stop and wait while a bus from a local old-folks home slowly unloaded its compliment of day-tripping seniors. You've seen these groups. They're the people that we usually store out of sight in one of God's proliferating waiting rooms. You know those places too. Somewhere ahead there's one of them with your name printed on a temporary tag and slipped into a bracket next to the door.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 20, 2011 2:50 AM | Comments (49)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Marching Morons Starring in "Where's Wal[do|Mart]?"

Click to enlarge

"In which various dozens of members of various groups non-zero in number unite in various corners of New York's Zuccotti Park (owned by Brookfield Office Properties [NYSE: BPO]) to oppose the dominance of various corporations and... like... stuff." -- | finem respice

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 19, 2011 6:15 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
"Stop serving lemonade to the Marxists."

Comment of the Month (So Far): Responding to Zombie's statement @ Day of FAIL[noted in sidebar],

"If you think you can "win the argument" against protesters like these, then I recommend you watch these videos for a reality check. No one is allowed to win anything against them, because the rules already define you as the loser,"
AD commenter Scott M offers these thoughts:

"But, in Mayberry if you are nice enough and speak calmly enough and use facts you can change everyone's mind. In fact, the only reason people don't already agree with you is because you have explained carefully enough the benefits of thinking like you.

"Conservatives are largely cowards on defense while Liberals are on offense. Liberals haven't so much taken over culture, but Conservatives have retreated and given the field to the Liberals. Conservatives preemptively warn a mildly unpleasant idea may be forthcoming and they are forever including their enemy's argument for equal time while arguing.

"No matter how often Liberals prove themselves to be full of hate, hypocrisy, lies, or Marxism no Conservative will conclude Liberals are haters, hypocrites, liars, or Marxists. It's like every time you encounter a rabid wolverine first you must offer food, try to pet it, and then re-tell your story from the emergency room after your bowels have been slashed open. Next rabid wolverine, same outcome.

"It would be nice to live in Mayberry, we don't, and our enemies have been assured no matter what filthy names the call us, and what outrageous things they do to us, we will react in a Mayberry fashion.

"Even when we win elections our side immediately sets about including our opponents and playing nice.... and losing.

"Liberals want to rule the world and Conservatives want to be left alone. That is a recipe for easy defeat.

"What will your enemies do when they control more of the culture? They will demonize you and your children even more, and they will have fewer limits on their actions.

"Get in their face and punch back twice as hard. Stop serving lemonade to the Marxists."


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 19, 2011 1:54 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Bank Hate Brings $25,000 for Painting on Ebay


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 19, 2011 2:36 AM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
It's Alive! ALIVE!: Around the World in 62 Seconds

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

"A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy. "
Silent as things in space are, but you probably want to select full screen for the full effect.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 18, 2011 11:31 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Sunday Supplement


The most important and fascinating article of the week. The American Scholar: Dubya and Me - Walt Harrington

As [Bush] talked, I even thought about an old Saturday Night Live skit in which an amiable, bumbling President Ronald Reagan, played by Phil Hartman, goes behind closed doors to suddenly become a masterful operator in total charge at the White House. The transformation in Bush was that stunning to me.

Who was wrong about Galileo? Rick Perry Versus the True Believers

Science does not advance by simple progression from ignorance to perfect knowledge, nor is it proven by consensus.... Fallows may think that he’s the one who really knows the first thing about Galileo, he may not know the second and the third thing....


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Something Wonderful: The Beatles in 5 Minutes and 3 Songs

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 17, 2011 1:47 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
ScarletJohanssoning: At Last, An Internet Photo Fad I Can Support

The last time there was an Internet fad I favored it was that one a few years back where idiots lay down on the centerline of busy highways and improved the gene pool in short order. Since then there have been countless thousands of others. Recent efforts were things like planking, which was good fun until the "Born-To-Be-Culled" started planking themselves on high ledges and rolling the wrong way. The resultant "plotching" quickly took the joy out of that one, as well as its more extremely stupid participants.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 17, 2011 9:39 AM | Comments (16)  | QuickLink: Permalink

Belmont Club サ Why Solyndra Failed

It failed due to competition from a superior product. Meet the solar panel of the future. No more utility bills. Low maintenance. However, a tarpaper shack or equivalent hovel is required.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 17, 2011 2:15 AM | Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Concertiny: Dire Straits "They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band. It ain't what they call rock and roll" [UPDATED]

"He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman;
He do the song about the knife.
He do the walk, he do the walk of life, yeah he do the walk of life."


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 16, 2011 7:01 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Vambies Among Us

"I'm from the Government. I'm here to help myself to your brainz and blooood!"

"Monsters! Monsters of the Id:" It’s a peculiar technique of critique to use the disposable products of our popular culture to craft deeper observations on our present era. Efforts to reveal our culture at large by extrapolating them from current films are a popular exercise -- not to mention a drop-dead easy manner of making points without any larger areas of knowledge having to intervene. Why study history when you can just stream in a slick selection of pop-cult classics from Netflix and hose down your mind?

Recently touted as “the weirdest graph you'll see all week,” that fountain of cultural commentary, Cracked came up with 6 Mind-Blowing Ways Zombies and Vampires Explain America asserting,

Here's the weirdest graph you'll see all week. It's graphing the popularity of zombie movies versus vampire movies, split out by whether the president at the time was a Republican or a Democrat. There are exceptions, but in general when a Republican is in office, it's all about zombies. When it's a Democrat, it's all about vampires.


Alas it wasn’t the weirdest graph I’ve seen all week. Mostly because I’ve seen it before. Many times, such as in 2009 at The San Diego Union-Tribune’s ”With Obama election comes the return of the vampire.” I’ve seen it before 2009 as well but can’t be troubled to make a list. Everything in our age scrolls off our screens, is forgotten, and floats away on the waters of oblivion. That is why “all the news just repeats itself.”

In a culture in which, for some reason, the youth continue to feast upon horror flicks of increasing depravity safe in the conviction of their own immortality, it’s no wonder it’s always Vampires vs. Zombies in America. In it’s way it’s a comfortable assumption since it assumes and extends the two-party system myth that obfuscates our real political dilemmas. But what happens when the standard cultural meme of Vampires vs. Zombies suffers a deviation? What happens when real deviancy takes control?

That’s when you get a new monster; a political hybrid that popular culture has not quite assimilated. That’s the real monster we have stalking the political stage of our present day; the Vampire Zombie (The Vambie) -- something that is trying to eat brains and suck blood at the same time.

We used to call this political aberration “Fascism,” but now it goes by a much more neutral term, “embedded bureaucracy.” It’s what happens when the appointed aliens such as, say, Van Jones, are taken out of play but leave their infected spawn behind. Once inserted into the body of the host with the ovipositor of the original alien, the spawn grow and fester and replicate. Once the Vambie (politely known as the Czar) is in place, the infection is irreversible by normal political means. This is true even if the original Vambie is destroyed. The sub-Vambies become the “Left Behinds” even after the rapture of the reversible presidential election takes place.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 16, 2011 11:01 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
In the AttackWatch.Com Bunker the President is Looking Paler with Every Passing Day

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 15, 2011 10:14 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Great White House Escape: In which James Carville and a cunningly disguised Barry Obama flee the torch bearing mob to a better life

I'm thinking it'll play out something like this:

And they lived happily ever after.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 15, 2011 8:12 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: "The Way the Camera Follows Us in Slow-Mo"

Experience Zero Gravity from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 15, 2011 11:33 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Why the Current Descendants of the British Empire Are an Evolutionary Cul-de-Sac

Not a teaspoon of testosterone left. Not one.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 15, 2011 11:09 AM | Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Pets or Meat? Sippican Simplifies High-Low Finance for You


Sippican Cottage: One Of These Is Banking. One Is Running A Pawn Shop. See If You Can Tell Them Apart

Situation 1: People need to borrow money, so they put up gimlet-eye-appraised collateral against the sum they need and pay a non-adjustable rate of interest on the money. There is a balloon payment due at the end of the term to repatriate the collateral. If you default, the lender keeps the collateral and sell it to others more able to afford it....
Situation 2: People need to borrow money, so they put up capriciously appraised collateral, and/or submit to a byzantine, arbitrary, personal appraisal of their financial affairs made by a slew of shady and disreputable third parties. Both the lender and the borrower know that the third party appraisals are akin to a farce, but neither really cares about the long-term viability of their transactions....

Details HERE

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 15, 2011 9:45 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
James Carville Is Seriously Behind the Times


What should the White House do? Panic! - James Carville "As I watch the Republican debates, I realize that we are on the brink of a crazy person running our nation..."

On the brink? On the BRINK? Has the sun been beating too hard on thy chrome dome, Jimbo?

We are far, FAR, past the brink when it comes to "a crazy running the country."

I’d suggest to Carville that he is in the position that Wiley Coyote often finds himself, i.e. running at full speed off the brink and far out onto thin air before realizing that there’s nothing under his paws.... and gravity is about to have its way with him. Yet again.

To paraphrase the only memorable phrase from your execrable career Carville, "It's the present president, stupid!"

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 15, 2011 9:25 AM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
APOCALYPTO! The Porn Must Go On!

[Click to see the plan]

If you are worried that the little red choo-choo of our American culture might, just might, have jumped the tracks, fret no more. It has.


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 14, 2011 11:22 PM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Attaaaaack Waaaaaaatch!

See it, hear it, pass it on, share it with friends, family, and all your depressed Obama-voting pals! Be the first to create the definitive Progressive-powered blacklist. Revive HUAAC! -- the House on Un-American Anti-Obama Committee! Bring back those glorious days of the Red Scare!


Posted by Vanderleun Sep 14, 2011 10:07 AM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Bipolar-In-Chief


At first it was just a passing jape by The Onion:


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"A Duty Beyond Memory:" George W. Bush Flight 93 Memorial Speech

Posted by Vanderleun Sep 11, 2011 12:49 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
IT'S SUNNY! Teaching Us All How to Tolerate Intolerance or Something Like That Anyway...

"If all of us women got together we could turn it into a fashion statement.... you CAN wear this and still be sexy! Just take one small step towards sharia law..."

Jewel says, "She's subtle as a velvet covered sledgehammer."

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The Book of Vacations: A reading from the Obama scriptures.

And the people did cry out, "Thou art not the one we have been waiting for. Indeed, thou sucketh."

HT: Maggies

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"Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13


Major Heather Penny


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Something Wonderful: Nessun Dorma (Pavarotti, NY 1980)

When it comes to song and Pavarotti, everyone else in the world can just sit down.

For reasons obscure, filmic, youtubish, and temporal the visual quality of this piece gives it all a 19th century painterly look that only enhances the song and the singer.

Once upon a time in another life in another universe I was in a tony, noisy New York Restaurant late, late at night when Pavoratti came in dressed in a tux. The whole joint shut up as he made his way across the floor with a Spanish shawl wrapped around his commodious midriff. Here and there men and women stood up at their tables. As he brushed past my table my dinner companion leaned over and whispered to me, "He looks just like... just like... a Pavoratti." Indeed he did. Indeed he was.

HT: Ed @ Thunder Tales

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Hell's Welcome Wagon: So you die and are sent to Hell and you cross the Styx and you are greeted by this group and you know, you just know, it's going to be a very, very long Eternity

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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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