Monthly Archives: November 2008

Defeating the Skirmishers of Venus

The Latin term pudendum and the Greek term αιδοίον (aidoion) for the genitals literally mean “shameful thing”. (Wikipedia)


Interesting times we live in (wonder what Chinaman we pissed off?): Fifty days left until we see whether Bush actually leaves office. Joe the Plumber’s book comes out tomorrow. Sarah Palin continues to dominate digital searches, fighting it out for first place with Paris Hilton.* Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

How To Cap Off The Election — A Modest Suggestion

Regular readers will recall the Phrygian cap*, which the “Sons of Liberty” adopted about 1766 as the emblem of our Revolution. Many of the militia who served in the Revolutionary War wore the “Liberty cap” with “Liberty” or “Liberty or Death” or “Congress” embroidered on the headband.

[* "Who Stole Our American Hat?" 5 September 2008]

You don’t see that much in the movies, of course. Nor, does the “Liberty cap” mean much anymore — although at one time, it was not only the emblem of the American Revolution, but was incorporated into the coats of arms of several states (New York and New Jersey, for instance) and chunks of the federal government. The Liberty cap is at the center of the Army seal on the Army flag. It is on the seal of the Senate, and on a very nice stained glass window with that seal IN the Senate. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

A Thanksgiving Plate

Lots of dishes, served up steaming and hot.


i. What I’m thankful for. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

Thanking Sarah Palin

Part 2, in which battling spokespersons collude like you wouldn’t believe. (Part i was yesterday’s “Moving America Bass-ackwards“)

They are the political equivalent of unscrupulous telemarketers or internet phishers: This week, they’re a prince from Nigeria; the next, they’re telling you that you’ve won the Liechtensteiner lottery, or they’re from your bank checking your account, they’re checking on the “warranty” for your car (that went off warranty years ago), they’re telling you that you’ve won a free vacation, they’re “saving” children from starving in Africa, raising money for another good cause … anything to get your vote, or — perhaps more importantly — your money. Let’s follow a couple of these shape-shifters. We begin with MSNBC on Monday, as a new PAC (that you’ve never heard of) is promoting Thanksgiving “thank you” ads, using a vaguely familiar face:

Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

Moving America Bass-ackwards

Well, tonight’s news showed the new “Thank you Sarah” ad from a new astroturf group called “Our Country Deserves Better PAC.”

Deborah Johns during the Move America Forward Tour in 2005

And you know, something made my little reporter’s “HUNCH” arrow swing all the way into the red. The reason, when I checked the website “” became manifestly apparent. I’ve COVERED these weasels before — over 10,000 words worth — in “Swift Boat Moms in Winnebagos.” (August 30, 2005, cited by SourceWatch HERE and HERE.) Then, they were called “Move America Forward.”

Say “hello” to our NEWEST California astroturf group, website registered in July, 2008: Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

Behold, the Valley of the Dumbass

Snark springs eternal in this Winter of klannish Discontent.


From the ever-snarky Politico:

Obama skips church, heads to gym

11/23/08 3:41 PM EST

President-elect Barack Obama has yet to attend church services since winning the White House earlier this month, a departure from the example of his two immediate predecessors.

On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym. Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Uncategorized

In Memory Yet Green …

Two score and five years ago today.



Comments Off

Filed under Uncategorized

The Modern Day Writer Refuses To Die

(To paraphrase Edgard Varèse.)


Or, perhaps, Paul Simon: “The words of the mid-list authors are written on the subway walls.”

I fear that I’m about to rant, so some time ought be allotted to get small children, pets and those of a more delicate sensibility out of the room. OK? All right. You’ve been warned. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

Why There Was No Blog Today

(backposted from November 21)


Fate is inscrutable.

Out of the blue, and old friend of my wife’s died last week. Since she lived three hours away, and her son, an only child, lives on the East Coast, the past 48 hours have been taken up with trips to the airport, the bus station, and, on the night of Nov. 19 and 20, a six-hour round-trip over the high Cascades between winter storms to retrieve son, whose flight left early that morning. (Airlines wouldn’t re-schedule without an obscenely hefty fee).

Six hour drives tend to cut into my writing time. And, trust me on this: driving on a moonless night on two-lane blacktop through Santiam Pass is like the world’s worst video game — the same monoculture same-size Douglas Firs keep growing and passing in cheesy animation, and you keep the vehicle between the white lines. (Sometimes there is fog. Fog is scary AND dangerous.)  It is terrifically monotonous, but too twisty and dangerous not to give your complete concentration.

But, consider this a memento mori — a reminder that we are all mortal, and that death visits whenever it chooses — ofttimes, seemingly, capriciously.

So: No blog today.


Comments Off

Filed under Uncategorized

An’ There Be Pirates …


Those gosh darned pirates!

They took advantage of the complete lack of meaningful governance by locating the easy pickings.

And, in so doing, they developed a new criminal tactic based on some very old criminal tactics.

They preyed on the weakest and most vulnerable, and then held them ransom for their extravagant demands. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

The Bully Pulpit

One of the great attractions of patriotism is that it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.” — Aldous Huxley


As one bully begets another, so, too, the feral yowl of one can affect others. Listen to Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds’ wife, “Dr. Helen,” today [special EMPHASIS added]: Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Better Angels of our Nature

I began this blog entry a month ago, but old sports superstition, you don’t queer the championship game with premature celebrations or speculations. (e.g. don’t plan the victory parade until AFTER the you’ve won the victory. cf. Dewey v. Truman, 1948).


  • October 16, 2008

I woke up this morning with a thought I hadn’t thought before.

By all indications, Democrats will control the Presidency and both houses of Congress this January.

Assuming that there’s anything left, and floating the hypothesis, my thought was rooted in the memory of the six years out of the last two score that Democrats controlled all three elective chambers. And it was important to remember those six years, because another such six could sink us — not merely the Democrats, but everyone. And that’s too important not to share this thought with you. Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Uncategorized

The Rule of Law

[ NOTE Nov. 18: This post has been featured today on Crooks and Liars (@"above the law"). Thanks Mike!]

I didn’t want to go here, and the country probably doesn’t, either, but Alan Keyes has decided to go there, and that means the gloves have to come off.


From Ballot Access News:

Alan Keyes Files Lawsuit Over Obama Eligibility

November 16th, 2008

On November 13, Alan Keyes and his vice-presidential running mate in California, Reverend Wiley Drake, and other members of the American Independent Party, filed a new lawsuit over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president. Keyes v Bowen, Superior Court, Sacramento, 34-2008-80000096-cu-wm-gds. Read it here.

Unlike other lawsuits about the eligibility of either John McCain or Obama to serve as president, this case has a presidential candidate plaintiff. All the other cases have been dismissed because the plaintiffs were said to lack standing. This is the first case with a presidential candidate-plaintiff….

Desperate, sad, and a reminder that the rule of law matters. Keyes is a glory-hogging a*hole, of course, on a par with Theodore Nugent and that Godzilla from Wasilla. Obama, as the son of an American citizen is an American citizen, just as John McCain (born in the Canal Zone) is. But the phony birth certificate smear? Disproven here and here *. This is old, tired news. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

A Sign



Comments Off

Filed under Uncategorized