From 3 August 2011
To understand the attack on Wisconsin, we need to perform a little “thought experiment.” Take this test with me, OK? (You, too CNN.)
Here, in fig. 1 is Frank Zappa:
Now, who is this in fig. 2? (Take your time. Relax. Focus. Concentrate.) Continue reading
Last week, his vorpal sword saw its 2000th post.
Quincy Jones presents platinum copies
of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right)
and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008.
From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing ….
A Secret History of Neil Armstrong
July 20, 2009
Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today.
Over the past several years of blogs, I have tried to keep some remembrance of our most profound anniversary, a future holiday perhaps, on a par with the discovery and taming of fire: the species’ first extraterrestrial landing. (See 2001: A Space Odyssey for more on this.) Continue reading
The jihad against Civilization continues on all fronts. The Left blogosphere manages to split over boycotting and sech, and the Right blogosmear™ crows that anyone on the Left fights, not fully apprehending what it’s like to think NOT in lockstep or speak NOT in lockjaw:
Netroots Nation is going to Arizona, Daily Kos is not
Kos / Daily Kos
…. we’re not going to his backyard. — Netroots Nation announced two days ago that Phoenix, Arizona would host its 2015 conference. I wish the conference the best, but it will unfortunately take place without Daily Kos’ attendance or assistance.
I made very clear in the wake of Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 that I would not be setting foot in the state, nor spending a dime in it until the law was revoked. The law, however gutted by the courts, remains on the books, as does systemic harassment of Latinos, so my pledge still stands….
Followed by these chirping moonbats of rabid delusional derision: Continue reading
In Russia, Clowns don’t wear greasepaint
AFTER THE CRASH
David Remnick / Comment
Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning tapped conversations among pro-Russian forces, that the separatists shot down the plane, which crashed near Grabovo, a coal-mining town in the Donetsk region.
All well and good, BUT ….
Damocles Party? Your sword is ready. Please pick up at the front counter.
Just a quick note, as one of the biggest hack journalists around (a fellow wh0se reporting with ABC was highlighted by “smelling smoke” on then-candidate Obama, such were the “high standards” of his craptasticness) gets THIS bigtime scoop from one of the most reticent and circumspect politicians around:
McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq. The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his party’s nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journal’s “Politics On Tap” event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008.
On 2008, McCain said “national security” would be different, and he delineated the many ways he would have done things differently from the victor, President Barack Obama. But when asked about 2000, McCain made the most surprising remarks. “You’ll find this surprising,” he said, “but I think I would’ve been more reluctant to commit American troops.”
McCain was a strong supporter of the war in Iraq; one of his sons fought in the war….
Ah. And if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Continue reading
Alliteration week continues. We’ve been here before. I covered the rancid, rotten inflitration and takeover of the Wall Street Journal almost seven years ago to the day. (Here and here.)
How Murdoch’s goons cover their own criminal convictions … (two were found guilty)
Now, here we stand as the quaint notion of the Sherman Antitrust Act (named for General W.T. Sherman’s brother, the Senator who sponsored it***) passes into nostalgia along with the notion of democracy, representative government and the middle class.
We live in Feudal Corporatocracy, and the monstrousness of this latest acquisition by the media monster, the trans-national kleptocrat Rupert Murdoch only manages to raise eyebrows and not hackles. Why, to read the coverage, you’d think this was just another day at the Killing Fields:
Rupert Murdoch Is Rebuffed in Offer for Time Warner
New York Times
By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
JULY 16, 2014 7:02 AM
Updated, 12:07 p.m. |
The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed. The bold approach could put Time Warner in play and might again ignite a reshaping of the media industry, prompting a new spate of mega-mergers among the nation’s largest entertainment companies.
Over nearly five decades, the 83-year-old deal-maker has built a global media juggernaut spanning studios, television channels and newspapers, in part, by pursuing bold deals that were often rebuffed at first by targets that would later acquiesce….
“Acquiesce” as in when the rape victim stops struggling. Continue reading
Any resemblance to Zell Miller is completely cosmic.
There is something ultimately satisfyingly schadenfreudey about watching Right Wing cranks fight. To wit(less):
Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico
There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly….
Stop right there: “his stance on the Tenth Amendment”??
That’s basically the reiteration of the “states rights” notion that lost during the last Lost Cause, and is the resurgent rationalization for the new secessionism — kicked off by Perry himself. Continue reading
Maureen Dowd has decided that, since Chelsea Clinton was NOT fair game while her parents were in the White House, now, as a private citizen and only as much a public figure as libel laws need, attacking a pregnant woman in the pages of the New York Times (out of sheer PMS, I guess) is kosher.
Isn’t It Rich?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times
WASHINGTON — CHELSEA CLINTON never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter. — No ditching of her Secret Service detail. No fake IDs for underage tippling. No drug scandal. No court appearance in tank top and toe ring…
What is Dowd whipping up frenzy and hysteria over, as she famously did in the case of Time Magazine‘s Herpes cover story?*
[* A tale I've told elsewhere. Scroll down to the TIME cover.]
Gee: Continue reading
I cannot shake the feeling of something dreadful on July 13. I realized it as I was saving a leftover screenshot from Saturday the 12th. I remembered sort of half-dreading the date for the last week or so, but it is extremely vague.
I find thirteens generally lucky for me, so I can’t put it down to triskaidekaphobia. Continue reading
BREAKING: WordPress informs me that this is his vorpal sword’s 2001st post.
If TIME say so ….
My favorite headline of the decade just appeared. Not for its grammatical elegance, not for its word choices, but for its sheer Hemingwayesque simplicity and punch:
South Miami Mayor: Marco Rubio Is An ‘Idiot’
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo
Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) views on climate change have apparently not won him any favor in Miami. — Experts say that sea-level rise could easily reach six to ten feet by the end of the century, which would be enough to put most of Miami underwater, The Guardian reported Friday. Rubio is among those Florida politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott (R), who’ve refused to address the warnings of those experts.
Yes. As I’ve noted before, Rubio was the state senator who introduced the Howie Rich gang’s “takings” initiative in 2006, and thence received lots of Koch resources to win his US Senate seat in 2010. Continue reading
UPDATE: WordPress informs me that this is his vorpal sword’s 2000th post since THIS blog began in the summer of 2007. The two prior incarnations form a mass of verbiage longer than the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Dear Mr. Speaker of the House:
Bad Boehner’s bain is the boner of bon juste, not even a bon mot to describe bon ton Boehner’s boor score:
Boehner To Sue Obama For Unilateral Delay Of Obamacare Employer Mandate
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate, ratcheting up the tension between the White House …
You hold your office in trust to the American People, sir. Make your house of Congress work, as it has worked for 238 years under Declarations, Articles and, lately, the Constitution.
If they refuse to work, and do the job they were sent to Washington to do, then they need not be employed. Any voter with an IQ above that of mud ought to understand that. And no false equivalence.
The HOUSE GOP has “gone Galt,” and now they need to be GONE. Continue reading
More monstrousness from Snowden:
Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.
According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes
[suppressed by this blog. No need to FURTHER invade their privacy]
Dumbass Sarah Palin screams her hate on Breitbart.
EXCLUSIVE—SARAH PALIN: ‘IT’S TIME TO IMPEACH’ PRESIDENT OBAMA
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM
Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.” — Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this…
Sad to realize that the birth of her retarded son actually RAISED the average IQ of the Palin clan and its Wasilliness. Continue reading
Rick Perry showed his true colors today:
Rick Perry to President Obama: No handshake
By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 7/8/14 6:05 AM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 1:13 PM EDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama will meet in Texas on Wednesday to discuss the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, a governor’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
“Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow,” spokeswoman Lucy Nashed wrote in an email to POLITICO. Nashed said that the meeting will be in Dallas…
Funny thing though: Continue reading