Monday, November 28, 2011


LA Times:

""When the oil price shocks hit the United States in the 1970s, many Democratic stalwarts supported the Nixon and Ford administrations in their attempts to enact comprehensive energy policies. They understood that energy is not a partisan issue but rather one that draws people together to ensure the future health and security of the nation. Democratic senators, congressmen, governors and President Carter supported myriad energy technologies, policies and projects, including nuclear power, conservation, renewable energy development, the Trans-Alaska pipeline and the lifting of oil and natural gas price controls.

While other Democratic voices sometimes argued that energy policy leaned too heavily toward conventional fuels and not enough toward conservation, fuel economy or efficiency standards, few party leaders opposed specific forms of energy or played to the galleries of anti-industry activists....""
To Frack or not to Frack.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


“The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.”

(relatedly: Super-scribe Brian Goldie and his favorite Tommy Trojan)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"the roads to war..."

PC Roberts/Counterpunch

""In the November 22 presidential “debate,” the candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, revealed themselves as a collection of ignorant warmongers who support the police state. Gingrich and Cain said that Muslims “want to kill us all” and that “all of us will be in danger for the rest of out lives.”

Bachmann said that the American puppet state, Pakistan, is “more than an existential threat.” The moron Bachmann has no idea what is “more than an existential threat.”

However, it sounded heavy, like an intellectual thing to say for the candidate who previously declared the long-defunct Soviet Union to be today’s threat to the US.

Any sentient American who watched or read about the Republican presidential debate must wonder what there is to be thankful for as the national holiday approaches."""
  Miss Krenwinkle Miss Bachmann called Pakistan "more than an existential threat". The dizziness of freedom, man.


Thursday, November 24, 2011


"Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for -- annually, not oftener -- if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments."

- Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 (U of C Press, 2010).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mewt vs Nitt

Gingrich vs Romney

""NASHUA, N.H.—If Mitt Romney is weak broth, Newt Gingrich is a bouillon cube. Watching the two Republican presidential front-runners in New Hampshire over two days has been a study in contrasts. Romney is a known conservative ingredient suitable in a main dish. Gingrich is a powerful dose of partisan flavor to be used sparingly.

Gingrich is having his moment now because he offers punchy answers and ready solutions to seemingly insoluble problems. If he endures an examination of his personal baggage, his record on the issues, and his private-sector career, it will be in part because he is the “Republican Ideas Man.” But when you listen to those ideas—the scope of the change he is proposing, and the punch with which he delivers his pitch—you get the sense that that voters may not be interested in the Gingrich past because they’re too scared of the Gingrich future.

As Romney finished a four-day campaign swing through the state where he has dominated the polls, he touted his recent spending reduction plan and offered his carefully honed lines. President Obama “said if he was unable to get this economy turned around, he would be looking at a one-term proposition,” Romney said. “Well, I’m here to collect.”""

Many Mericans might consider a papist (Gingrich converted to the church of Aphrodite catholic church a few years ago) and a Mormonic to be completely at odds yet MR and NG have one thing in common: they're both members of  the Chickenhawk Hall of Shame.


Speaking of Mormonics:  it's Dennis Dunderson, LDS-Log Cabin guy and the P-dale press club

Monday, November 21, 2011

OWS, etc.

""So chapter one of the Occupy movement draws to a close, and maybe the concerted onslaught by uniformed goons actually did the movement a favor – scant comfort to those battered to the ground – by leaving the Occupiers with a positive bank balance in ·terms of imagery at the moment of their enforced departures. Besides, this will allow trained teams of OWSers to hunt down all members of those drumming circles and dispose of them by any means necessary. This is not protected speech.""

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.

Ambrose Bierce

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Freddie Newt

LA Times/Gingrich:

""Newt Gingrich, who has built his now resurgent presidential candidacy in part around virulent criticism of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, found himself Wednesday defending the at least $1.6 million he reportedly earned while under contract to Freddie.

While campaigning in Iowa, Gingrich was besieged by reporters asking him about a Bloomberg News report that his consulting firm took in much more from Freddie Mac than previously reported.

The former House speaker said he didn’t know how much he had received from the federally backed mortgage company, but that he welcomed the inquiry into his private-sector work.

“Everybody will dig up everything they can dig up,” said Gingrich, according to the New York Times. “That’s fine, they should.”""

Saturday, November 12, 2011


“The state of man's mind, or the elementary phase of mind which he so far possesses, conforms precisely to the state of the world as he so far views it.” Hegel

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nix DoD cuts

say John Howard Johnsons Boehner and the Demopublicans: 

"Top congressional  Republicans, Democrats and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are united in a single message to the special bipartisan committee looking for ways to cut the deficit: Leave military spending alone.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Thursday that the Pentagon budget was cut more than enough in the debt accord this past summer by President Obama and Republicans.

That deal calls for cuts of $350 billion in projected spending over 10 years. The Pentagon is planning on reductions of about $450 billion.

“I would argue that they’ve taken more than their fair share of the hits,” Boehner said.""

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

"Experience hath shewn...."

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

Th. Jefferson

Monday, November 07, 2011


Asteroid/LA Times:

""Asteroid YU55 is about to swing by Earth, coming closer to our planet than the moon. It will make its closest approach at exactly 6:28 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

The event marks the first time that something this big has come this close to Earth since 1976, and the scientists who have been tracking it on a daily basis since Friday are giddy with anticipation.

"It is just a great scientific opportunity. It is really, really exciting," Marina Brozovic, a scientist and member of the JPL Goldstone radar team, told The Times."""...

An asteroid closer than the Moon might be said to define a "truthmaker".

Saturday, November 05, 2011


mazzy star update

Like opium day at the convent


Friday, November 04, 2011

New tax revenues

LawrenceWelk Boehner/HuffPo:

""House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that any bipartisan agreement reached by the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee will need to include some new tax revenue.

Most Congressional Republicans have signed a "taxpayer protection pledge" -- devised by the Grover Norquist-led group Americans for Tax Reform -- vowing not to raise taxes. When asked about Norquist on Thursday, Boehner dismissed him as "some random person in America" but later revised his comments to say that "Norquist, like millions of Americans, believes that raising taxes is not good for our economy."

According to CBS News, Boehner insisted that Republicans would only compromise on tax revenue if Democrats were willing to take significant steps to shore up entitlement programs."

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

and the winner is...Mitt Androidly


"....Ignore the Politico daily briefings, the Rasmussen tracking polls, the angst from conservative activists over Romney’s past deviations and present-day dishonesties. Please ignore me as well, should campaign fever inspire a column about the Santorum surge or the Huntsman scenario. Because barring an unprecedented suspension of the laws of American politics, Mitt Romney has this thing wrapped up.

Note that I am not saying that he will win every primary or caucus. He could easily lose Iowa to somebody, and if he loses Iowa, he will probably lose some Southern primaries as well, giving political reporters grist for the horse race narrative they crave."""

Thus speaketh Douthat.
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