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Acquainted With the Blight (for Ray)


Acquainted with the Blight

I have been one acquainted with the blight.
I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain,
(And out in rain -- and back in rain,
And out in rain -- and back in rain,
And out in rain -- and .... you get the picture.)
I have been skinsoaked under every city light.

I have looked down every moss-choked city lane.
I have passed drowned dolphins flopping on my lawn,
And splashed them with galoshes unwilling to explain.

I have stood up to my kiester in the ceaseless plop of drops
When overhead a sloshing cloud's deluge
Drenched the houses with a mound of mist,

But not to call me back, but slather me with slops;
And further still at an unearthly height
One more damned raincloud against the sky

Proclaimed Seattle was neither dry nor Right.
I have been one acquainted with the blight.


[Apologies to Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) on the 50th Anniversary of his passing.]

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 4, 2014 11:18 PM |  Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Top-Of-The-Food-Chain Soul Train's Gotta Roll: Rush's Rushing to Miss It

This morning (you could have seen it coming from the event horizon of 2008) Limbaugh shuffled aboard the Sequester Soul Train at the White House. It's off-the-rack Limbaugh in which he criticizes the Obamas for conspicuous consumption and quotes Drudge: "POTUS chomping nicorette. Standing O for Lauper, who already looks deep into Obamacare. Now back to urgent gun control push, crying families."

Limbaugh rambles towards his point with "Yeah, yeah, yeah, sequester soul train. I mean, here we are in the middle of the sequester -- do you realize, folks, the Blue Angels have been grounded all year?"

Well, Rush, yes and no. Some do and most don't, but it's mighty white of you to mention it.

Here's the point you don't get, Rush: You are not the audience for this Soul Train special. It's being done for the groundlings. Among the cataplectic African-American Obamaites, 99.9999% don't know, don't care, and wouldn't care about the Blue Angels if they knew. Among the cataplectic African-Americans Soul Train is not only what they want, but what they have to have to fill up the bottomless hole in their blighted lives.

Obama, as anyone with a smidgen of insight knows, is not just the commander-in-chief of African-Americans, he's their bump of coke, their hit of crack, and their 10cc's of heroin IV daily. He's their fix; the one thing that keeps them on the nod and him as their God. Stoking their hope with chump change is the name of his game, and keeping race hot on the hob is his job.

His Number One Chopper and Plane, his Top-Of-The-Food-Chain Soul Train, his limo to his bad golf game... it's all part of how he rolls out his role model. He gives his core constituency bread as well as circuses. It's how the "governing" of what has become a permanent underclass is done in this Brave New 1984. And in terms of keeping it all chill, it works like a charm.

Limbaugh and his conservative cohort seem to think that the Obamas' endless partying, golfing, vacationing, labial lassitude and sloughing off is some sort of gross dereliction of duty. The Limbaughs never tire of pointing out that, among the hard-core unemployed, the most hopelessly unemployed are young black Americans. They seem to think that the Obama's should be "more aware of their suffering" and not so profligate with the nation's resources; not so relentlessly set on squatting over the squander pit and indulging themselves in another load of conspicuous quantitative easing.

This misunderestimentation is not just wrong, it is stupid. The Obamas and their cull-the-herd hivemind in the oval office know exactly and precisely what they are doing. They discuss it. They poll it. They wargame it. They decide on the when and the where of the next action. And then they execute on plan. It's a malicious method of governing but they are very good at malice. And at the camouflaging of malice.

In this case, their protective coloration is to become a large and lavish screen that the proles below may watch; a kind of Dreamland Drive-In. In events such as this shadow of Soul Train they are projecting a lush fantasy world that their supporters can project themselves into and revel in. It is an extension of "even a cat can look at a king" into, through the magic of television and magazines and other venues, the Obamas' worshipers can imagine themselves living the life of the Obamas. All the Obamas have to do is to consistently show themselves to be worthy of their cohort's fantasies.

And they do. They might be eating our seed corn. They might be fiddling about while the country burns. They might be all hat and no cattle. They could be, and most likely are, whistling past their own grave yard. But the Obamas' bottom line has always been and always will be, "Not a single fuck is given."

The Obamas' know their "supporters" down to the marrow of their bought bones. Their cohort has always loved Soul Train. All they want to do is for the train to roll on and never stop delivering them the big bottomed beat. That it's a runaway train heading for a very large cliff doesn't bother them. It would if they could conceive of a future beyond the next bump of coke, hit of crack, and 10cc's of heroin IV daily. But they can't.

The Obamas not only know this, they depend upon it. Next year they'll be twerking to it. So study up and prepare for the moment when you hear: "All aboard for Soul Train."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Apr 10, 2013 12:26 PM |  Comments (22)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"5m80:" Because they can, okay?

"I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
And seen a needle wink its eye
But I be done seen about everything.... "

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"West Virginia, Mount Your Mama. Padded Bra!"

We built this city on a dog camel, so scuze me while I kiss this guy!

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Creation and Evolution Together At Last!

It's just this simple:

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Spread from "Science Made Stupid" by Tom Weller

Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 16, 2011 10:56 AM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
On Fortitude, Honor and the Arab "Spring": A comment by RedCarolina... response to an item cited in Side-Lines: Intellectual Stakeout

Re: Tolkien and Beowulf, fortitude and honor are ideals, beacons for the "lost" and standards for the "found", regardless of the god.

An argument for Creationism is that God designed us to need Him, to seek Him. And, ironically, it is the new church godlessness and/or the new church of Environmentalism which feels the need to snuff out Christianity to make room for their own god(s).

The reason Christianity is treated with less respect than it treated paganism is because we are witnessing a religious coup, a devolution set into motion by The Left, for The Left. Devolution of man, devolution of civilization, devolution of the very constructs of natural selection... The Left believes in man-made selection so long as they are in power.

In the conquering of one faith, insert a new god, complete with a new image, new powers, new rules and new "good guys" and, subsequently new "bad guys" as a means to a political and financial end.

Greed and power. It's the same old story repeated over and over again. Every new faith deems its god and people supreme, but the struggle to achieve fortitude and honor is universal and never ends well except in fiction.

In reality, the cycle will continue and the baby will be thrown out with the bath water until the earth finally stops spinning.

Westernized Muslims long to see their faith brought into "modernity". Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is one of the outspoken leaders in this weak movement, a movement that has been upstaged by The Arab Spring.

And how does the American Left react? By enabling the most violent Muslims the world has to offer. Why? To conquer Christianity, full stop.

Devolution. Devolution of Muslims, devolution of Christians, devolution of Jews.

Ah, American Jews who remain loyal to the Democrats, the party which actively participates in Israel's destruction. If that isn't an example of human devolution, then I don't know what is!

Christian Europe is dead and Christian America is under full assault.

Israel is just Israel. It would simpler to answer the question "When haven't Jews been under attack?"

And Muslims... well.. they've had 1500 years to modernize. I think it's safe to say they are not only devolving, despite The Arab Spring, but they are demanding the rest of us devolve along with them.

Regardless, it is safe to say, that the concept of individual liberties endowed by a creator and protected by The United States Constitution had to have been inspired by a loving god, not a tyrannical god. And lucky for us, our God-given right to choose our god is also protected by the same document.

How tragic, how ungrateful how blasphemous to such a good God and how collectively suicidal it is that we would throw away the most perfect agreement in the history of mankind for the sake of destroying the very set of virtues that bore it, that being the enlightenment of the Protestant Reformation.

Arab Spring, my ass.

Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 16, 2011 10:51 AM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
There is no limit to how far the left will go in stripping us of our liberties and reducing us to Gandhian poverty.


Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 4, 2011 8:01 AM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Flower Duet: "As you drifted off, you knew in your heart they'd play it at your funeral"
Posted by Vanderleun at May 29, 2011 10:30 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Politically Lethal: Bringing Down the Boxer Gasbag

A Barbara Boxer Killer: Now this is how political advertising should be done. A "CarleyforCalifornia" production. Hang around for the last few frames.

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 13, 2010 3:54 PM |  Comments (25)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: "Ya might get cold-cocked if you try and cross my path..."

Katz sent this to me to cheer me up. It worked. It'll work on you too.

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 13, 2010 1:14 PM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Play Milky for Me: The Mike Loads Chronicles

Iowahawk is on the case with Dial 'M' For Maternity Excerpts from the new Mike Loads gyno-mystery by Andrew Sullivan

Nine months is a lot of time. Enough time to rehab a darling vacation bungalow on Cape Cod. Enough time for a whirlwind romance with the contractor. The birds 'n' bees boys down at the OB/GYN lab claim that's how long it takes to hatch a baby. But in my line of work you learn it's also plenty enough time to hatch a plot -- maybe the single biggest stinking political gestation coverup plot ever to hit P-town. My name is Loads. To me, everything is a mystery.

Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 9, 2009 6:25 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Here He Comes to Save the Day! Jib-Jab Unleashed on Obama

Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 19, 2009 9:20 PM |  Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Speaking Truth to Cower

Shepard Smith eviscerates the congressional beclownment hearings today: "Well, well, well. Wasn't that a quite a little show. Ladies and gentlemen, just facts now. No opinions."

"And furthermore... Barney Frank asking the CEOs to 'name names'? Remember Joe McCarthy?"

HT: Kate @ small dead animals: Fwankwy, My Dear who notes:
After watching most of the testimony on Fox News, I came away thinking the only competent person in the room was the $1 a year Chairman of AIG. Across from him, a pompous posturing grandstanding bloviating herd of swine. And if I noticed, I suspect millions of Americans noticed, too.

Sigh, I try to become more cynical every day, but lately I just can't keep up.

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 18, 2009 4:44 PM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Change and Hope for 2009


I don't look back. So here's a look forward from the precipitous cliffs of the two biggest buzz words of 2008: "Change" [1,360,000,000 Google Hits] and "Hope" [Running far behind at only 617,000,000 Google Hits].

Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 31, 2008 5:20 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 30, 2008 10:54 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Obama Honeymoon, 2008 vs. Truman Honeymoon, 1948: The More Things Change the More They Stay Insane

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Let's review:

Victory? Check.
U.S. Debt? Check.
Inflation? Check.
Labor? Check.
China? Check.
Europe? Check.
Farm Prices? Check.
Russia? Check.
Congress No Good? Check.
Housing? Check.
Price Controls? Check.
Cost of Living? Check.
Budget? Check.
Job Seekers? Check.
Socialized Medicine? Check.
Deserving Democrats? Check and double-check.

As seen by Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling on November 16, 1948. Browse Ding's other work HERE

Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 16, 2008 12:25 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
South Park: The Morning After the Night Before

Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 6, 2008 12:30 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Why I Got My Mom Cable Years Ago
Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 28, 2008 2:07 PM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Best Palin Reaction Line of the Day

"The smart liberals are worried. The dumb ones think they've won."

Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 29, 2008 4:33 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
McCain Pen for "Student's" Is True. Is That Stupid
Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 28, 2008 7:56 AM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Obama to Depart Speech on Faux Air Force One? Can't Possibly Be True. Can't Possibly Be That Stupid!
Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 27, 2008 12:15 PM |  Comments (17)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Okay, This "Obama Messiah" Sketch is Just Too Silly
Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 24, 2008 9:47 AM |  Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Books That Beg to Be Written: Exurban Existentialism


Inspired by a comment HERE.

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 27, 2008 1:21 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Obama is "Calling Me Dude!"

It is war on YouTube, war! He's one lobbed right into the heart of the Obama videos. Check it out, dude.

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 7, 2008 9:57 AM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Words Fail"
From Fresh Meat @ THE RYSKIND SKETCHBOOK / Pointer via Wheat & Weeds
Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 15, 2007 10:57 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Old Time War Remedies for New Age Democrats

apaptton.jpgSince the Democrat Party seems to be having problems coming up with a way to end the war in Iraq, it may be time to look into folk wisdom to help these afflicted souls out.

According to Old Time Cures and Remedies here's how people dealt with wars when people were self-reliant.

Wars [Stopping them]

  • Make a paste of baking soda and spirits of camphor and apply every night. Cover with a bandage. Remove in morning. Removes all kinds of wars, even stubborn planter's wars that resist every "medical" treatment.

  • Rub the war with a rock.* Put the rock in a tobacco sack and throw it over your left shoulder.

Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 2, 2007 4:06 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Color (Double) Blind

Fresh from feasting on the scrawny corpse of Don Imus, the marching morons of Media Matters turned this week to more succulent fare, Rush Limbaugh. Sensing a self-inflicted wound from Limbaugh's repeated playing of "Barack the Magic Negro," the M&Ms of MM were getting into "Firing" mode over this "insensitve" and, wait for it..., "racist" assault on the tender sensitivities of all African-Americans from Al Sharpton to Jesse Jackson. The magic phrase "Barack the Magic Negro" was, of course, coined by an LA Times writer who, being black, has a natural immunity to saying the word "Negro." Indeed, he could say much worse and still get a pass from all and sundry, but because he is a gentleman he has eschewed such language.

Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 29, 2007 7:20 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
In the Musee des Beaux Arts


Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 4, 2006 6:42 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Intellectually Insane!" ®

aninsanebrain.jpgBig Brother Speaks: "Enemies of the homeland, particularly those behind the scenes, I will give you a name: Globovision. Greetings gentlemen of Globovision, you should watch where you are going. I recommend you take a tranquilizer and get into gear, because if not, I am going to do what is necessary." -- Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan Proctologist-in-Training. Hard to believe there a scads of Americans in love with this fascist, but, hey, once a bear gets hooked on garbage, there's no cure.

Big Sister Speaks: "Starting in the fall and toward the end of the year we're going to start seeing troops withdrawn from Iraq. 'My argument is, why wait?' " Given her history, we can understand why Hillary Clinton's default state is to pray for an early withdrawal, but just because her husband complied years ago is no reason to insist the America do the same.

Posted by Vanderleun at May 31, 2006 8:06 AM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Poster Child for Pap

This coming Christmas' Must-Have Stocking Stuffer for the Republicans on Your List.

I SOMETIMES WISH I COULD BE A DEMOCRAT ONCE MORE . It was a good party in its time, it had nice ideals once, and, to tell the truth, I'm not at all easy being labeled as a Republican especially since I'm not. At the same time, I have to admit it is just too embarrassing these days to be a Democrat.

It's not so much that they are wrong. Sometimes they are not wrong. It is not so much that so many of them are demented by the very existence of George W. Bush in the same universe. Not all are demented. Chiefly, I think that it is hard for men to be a Democrats these days because the Party has taken on an ever-growing blob of ur-male members who have run up a catastrophical overdraft at The Bank of Testosterone. That wouldn't be so bad in itself, but it seems that a symptom of this syndrome is for the man involved to become, well, moist.

Posted by Vanderleun at Feb 21, 2006 10:13 AM |  Comments (38)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Google of the Neuter is Faintly Heard Throughout the Land

AN ALTERNATIVE TITLE for this item was "Hapless LA Times Columnist Admits He's Not Gay and Has a Two Inch Penis," but that would have been too cruel. True, but too cruel. After all, Joel Stein, writer of I'm not gay, I'm a wuss! has evidently been a drive-by reader of American Digest:

A few months ago, I Googled an article on some blog about how my voice on the radio is the voice of a "neuter ... educated and acculturated out of ... any gender at all."

That would be my essay The Voice of the Neuter is Heard Throughout the Land @ AMERICAN DIGEST that begins,

LIKE SOME HAGGARD CRACK WHORE banging on the door of a dealer's den willing to do anything , the hapless Joel ( "I despise our troops." ) Stein has been passed randomly about the blogsphere in the last couple of days.

A bit harsh, I grant you, but the punishment must fit the slime.

Of course Stein in his girly-man prose, is being much less than genuine about his slighting glance at my essay The Voice of the Neuter is Heard Throughout the Land . It wasn't a "few months ago," but most likely just last month, or even more likely, just last week as he was writing his column. After all, he had to pull in the quote which he notably eviscerates in a "rit of fealous jage."

We do so love elisons of the kind Stein employs. Elisions (those coy little "..."s) are the lying writer's

Posted by Vanderleun at Jan 6, 2006 10:21 AM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Retro Democratic Impeachment Techniques

"Hell, I'd wear a purple tutu and ride a pogo stick coast to coast if it'd get Bush and Cheney impeached." -- Kevin Hayden @ Body and Soul

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 18, 2005 7:13 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
A Sure Sign of American Victory in the Middle East?

James Frederick Dwight @ soxblog has it:

2) The other way we'll know we've won?

When a free and democratic Afghanistan and a free and democratic Iraq unapologetically screw us the way France and Germany did the past few years, then we'll know that victory is ours.

Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 4, 2005 7:30 AM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Best Movie Award Acceptance Speech Ever

HALLE BERRY WAS NAMED WORST ACTRESS OF 2004 by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation for her performance in "Catwoman" and she showed up to accept her "Razzie" carrying the Oscar she won in 2002 for "Monster's Ball."

"They can't take this away from me, it's got my name on it!" she quipped. A raucous crowd cheered her on as she gave a stirring recreation of her Academy Award acceptance speech, including tears.

She thanked everyone involved in "Catwoman," a film she said took her from the top of her profession to the bottom.

"I want to thank Warner Brothers for casting me in this piece of shit," she said as she dragged her agent on stage and warned him "next time read the script first."
-- Reuters

Posted by Vanderleun at Feb 28, 2005 7:20 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
The Continuing Tragedy of Our Glacial Legal System

Dream Duo Not to Be

IRATE FANS OF PROGRESSIVE COOKING AND POLITICS were depressed early Tuesday when it was confirmed that, due to routine procedural matters, hopes were growing dim that Lynne Stewart and Martha Stewart would become cellmates.

"Given the time it takes to get a convicted felon like Stewart (Lynne) into the system," said Stewart (Martha)'s personal spokeswoman, Nada Pluckit, "we just don't see how we can make it happen before Martha is due to be released and start her television career."

Stewart (Lynne)'s personal spokesaman, Ahmad Akbar Finkelstein, was equally despondent: "It is an outrage against Allah, that our helpmate of many years has been denied the right to share up-close incarceration with the doyen of doilies. We were told that a collaboration between the two on book projects, Plastique for Dummies and Mullah Makeovers was a done deal in the high six figures. Again, the Jews of New York crush innocent Muslimites with no outcry from the world. We demand that Lynne Stewart be slammed into Martha Stewart's slammer this instant."

In related news, the spokestotem for "The Apprentice" confirmed rumors regarding Stewart (Lynne): "Yes, we have been in discussions with her and have signed a letter of intent to let her star in The Apprentice for the 2035 season."

Posted by Vanderleun at Feb 15, 2005 8:53 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
In Which I Tell My Therapist Everything....

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred: In The Garage: American Digest On The Couch With SC&A

Posted by Vanderleun at Jan 12, 2005 9:26 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Working with Lesser Life Forms

Peeling the Times' most loathesome life-form down to his shabby and stained foundation garments is, alas, a task that simply has to be done from time to time. It's a pleasure to see it done by a master. A salute to Stephen Green for Vodkapundit - A Fisking

Posted by Vanderleun at Jan 7, 2005 4:02 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Of Whales and Moore

It could be that our long national nightmare is coming to a close, and that the media's love affair with Michael ("Mr. Peepers") Moore is on the wane.

Witness this story by the AP via Yahoo: Yahoo! News - Drug Firms Issue Memos on Michael Moore

While the story concerns the next target of Moore's mendacity, the illustrations pair him with a beached whale. Check it out...

Posted by Vanderleun at Jan 2, 2005 3:02 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Fred's Dead

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Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 14, 2004 1:54 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Temperature in Hell: 0 Centigrade

Dead Man Writing


" Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?"

and answers with:

Posted by Vanderleun at Jul 24, 2004 10:17 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
The Spin Song of Josh Micah Marshall

LET us go then, you and I,
When Josh Marshall is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherised upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted lies,
Marshall's muttering sighs
Of inside baseball in one-post cheap shots
And strawman arguments out of piss-pots:
Blather that poses like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to a conscious falsehood ...
Oh, do not ask, ' What is it? '
Let us go and make our visit.

If you like relentless eviscerations of the now discredited gasbag Josh Marshall, you will love the swift and sharp job done to this tool by THE BELGRAVIA DISPATCH in The TPM Defense: "Splainin" or Spinning?

If Marshall had any sense of self or honor, he'd just lie down until these deep incisions healed, but he won't. He'll be back at his stand bobbing like the drinking bird over the glass.

Alas, poor Josh, he really doesn't have any choice but to keep on coredumping the spin into his page. Once you've committed to the big lie, there's no going back, there's only the making of the big lie bigger. If he turned towards writing the truth, he'd not only be out of a job, Joe Conason would dump him.

Posted by Vanderleun at Jul 12, 2004 11:58 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Public Evisceration of Michael Moore

"Ever wondered if there's a literary equivalent of someone attacking a hanging side of beef with a chain saw? Wonder no more." -- James Lileks

To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery.
-- Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. By Christopher Hitchens

Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 22, 2004 8:13 AM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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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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