October 6, 2009

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[Bootlicking] Stage Participants Four doctors will stand on stage behind the President during his remarks. [Lab coats will be supplied.]

Proctologist-in-Chief: Surrounded by doctors, Obama pitches overhaul Oh sweet Jesus and Mary mother of God! Is there nothing that cannot be reduced to an inane photo-op? Apparently not in this diversity-drenched photo. (I especially treasure the aging hippy doctor with the ratty grey pony-tail. He's both a doctor & a lawyer so, I guess, he can go sue himself. Big Obama donor? Of course.)

"[The doctors] consider this thing a done deal, and they're jockeying for position on one of those righteous death panels. We've seen death panels before in this country, and it was a very fucking bad idea that time, too." -- Velociworld: O Death

Hard to know whether to file this under " jack or squat.". Either way, it now appears that the motto for "Health Reform" will be "Bend Over Here It Comes Again."

Lincoln had something to say about this level of political ambition
[It] thirsts and burns for distinction; and, if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves, or enslaving freemen. Is it unreasonable then to expect, that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time, spring up among us? And when such a one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Distinction will be his paramount object; and although he would as willingly, perhaps more so, acquire it by doing good as harm; yet, that opportunity being past, and nothing left to be done in the way of building up, he would set boldly to the task of pulling down. -- Lincoln and his Circle: 1838 Lyceum Speech, "The Perpetuation of our Political Institutions"

Crossings Borderland: Of Law, Family and Divide @ The New Ledger Border policy vexes the best minds, and is exploited by the worst.

Basic economics redux again: Cash for Clunkers Fails to Help Economy and Environment - WSJ.com "The basic fallacy of cash for clunkers is that you can somehow create wealth by destroying existing assets that are still productive, in this case cars that still work."

An almost biblical exegesis of Darwin, "Ardi", and the African Apes @ Laelaps

If our species had arisen from some ancient ape stock that gave rise to the rest of living apes then wouldn't we be more or less equidistant from other living apes?
Bob has more on the "no such thing as a Darwinist" @ One Cʘsmos: Thomas Jefferson vs. Charles Darwin

.... presents The Third Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper :: OfficeSupplyGeek (I confess I am an office supply geek. O, the shame!) including this gem, Please Mr. Postman @ The dark side of the moon Plus a pointer to this little island of mania, My Supply Room's Scripto Collection

My collection covers the late 40s to 90s. I will be showing the items in detail at a later time. I have yet to post my top 5 list of pens and pencils but I will tell you that the Scripto K780 is the top pencil. Scripto also made the VU Lighters which I also collect.


Morgan meditates on Fighting Soft Comfortable Toilet Paper "Plush toilet paper needs a good protest. People driving around with boom boom boom music in a convertible with the top down — they don’t need protesting. Nor do kids jumping on their skateboards waaaaaay too close to your car. Captain Capitalism is prompted by the soft-toilet-paper protest to ask: Do the activists look back on their lives with regret when it’s all over? [Illustration item from Regretsy – Shit One, Purl Two]

First and Last. Take two and click me in the morning. Two great songs by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. They WILL cure you.

First, Stagger Lee (Brixton 2004)

Last, the "May the baby Jesus open your mind and shut your mouth" version of "John the Revelator:"

[HT: Ilkka's concise and strong The Fourth Checkraise. A blog to follow.]

Finally, a questionable Onion NSFW ad that features the ultimate anti-smoking message for teens.

This strikes me as something that, in attempting to be funny, comes off as just creepy. It's the kind of "comedy" idea that can't be done without pulling kids into its message. I'm not happy at all about getting some little boy to say "Cock magnet" for the sake of a laugh. It's a classic example of trying to be "edgy" and ending up simply being revolting.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 6, 2009 7:34 AM
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Did they have to give back the lab coats?

Posted by: wth at October 6, 2009 8:45 AM

I’ll tell you, the fake doctor on the left -- the dude with the ponytail, suspended in mid-clap –- looks like it just occurred to him “oh crap, I am so. screwed.” You know, the "laugh-cry".

Posted by: Ricky Raccoon at October 6, 2009 8:51 AM

If my current doc traveled around, went to meetings and photo ops in his or her lab coat, I would get a new doctor. Just saying.

Posted by: joe buzz at October 6, 2009 9:17 AM

The Bad Seeds are an acquired taste, no?

Posted by: dr kill at October 6, 2009 11:31 AM

You’re right, Gerard. I can’t watch the whole thing. (no pun) Anyways, what if aliens (from other planets) can only get the Onion News Network channel on their death star and think it's for reals.
We’re toast.

Posted by: Ricky Raccoon at October 6, 2009 11:42 AM

Oh, man. Some flunkie is sooo fired for handing out lab coats without The Won's logo on them.

Posted by: director at October 6, 2009 12:27 PM

Here's one way to deliver a rectal exam to Obama,

a new game came out, it seems like any conservative would get a good chuckle out of it. It's a satire and a strategy game, that takes place in 2011, Obama has dissolved the Constitution of the United States and created a new government between the "former" US, Canada and Mexico, ON TOP of having banned the private ownership of fire arms. Revolution and patriots get Obama cornered and then it's a competition to bring him and other traitors to justice.

You can find it by googling "usofearth", it's called 2011: Obama's Coup Fails

Posted by: Daman at October 6, 2009 3:09 PM

Dear Mr. Vanderleun: Really, you left out the best part of the white coat exhibition. It came at the end, when The One went back inside. CLANK, went the gates, followed by the bloodthirsty howls as the trial lawyers led by John Edwards, came racing in yelling "There they are! Get 'em! Get 'em! Kill 'em!" to the accompaniment of their tribe's war cry Moneymoneymoneymoneymoney....They fired curare tipped subpoenas all over the place. The medicoes ran for their lives but didn't get very far thanks to the bullseyes The One's gang had painted on the backs of the jackets. The ripping out and eating of vital organs (the wallets---what did you think I meant?) followed, to the accompaniment of melodious snores interspersed with a few giggles at such doltish trust, from the press who were bored now that their future paymaster had gone back inside.

This is a serious omission, and I hope you correct it.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Posted by: Gregory koster at October 7, 2009 12:31 AM

How many of these useful idiots are just pretending to be doctors, like that woman who showed up as a play-act doctor at a Town Hall meeting to support DearLeaderCare?

Posted by: Redwine at October 8, 2009 12:27 PM