Comments or suggestions: Gerard Van der Leun
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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