Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Other Bill Nye

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The original Bill Nye (click to enlarge)

A long time before he was born, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” was a national celebrity. Unfortunately, it wasn’t him.

Enter Edgar Wilson Nye, who wrote under the “pen name” of Bill Nye. Nye was born in Maine, educated in Wisconsin and moved to Wyoming Territory.

Nye was the postmaster in Laramie City, Wyoming Territory, and founded a newspaper that he named after his mule, which would confound generations of Laramites: Boomerang. Seems that old Boomerang really liked his owner and would follow him into Laramie saloons, giving him his name, and thence, the newspaper’s. He studied law in Wyoming and was admitted to the Wyoming Bar in 1876. But, as with the biographies of so many others, life had other plans. Continue reading

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Putting Out Fire With Gasoline


Well, I guess Netanyahu decided to celebrate his electoral win.

By BEN HUBBARD — Jan. 30 3:42 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, foreign officials and Syrian state TV said Wednesday, amid fears …

There is no more dangerous notion in the world today than the notion of “pre-emptive war.” We have seen the result in Iraq, for those who might have missed those who missed Vietnam getting us into a quagmire that another Administration would be left to clean up. OK? Continue reading


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Kerry Confirmed, Brown Stuff heads for Rotating Blades

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© Hart Williams 2004

On a big picture level, this seems a good and honorable choice:

Senate approves Kerry for State, setting in motion special election process
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box (a The Hill blog)

The Senate approved Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be the next secretary of State on Tuesday, opening up the seat for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to appoint an interim senator on Wednesday.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be the next secretary of State earlier on Tuesday, setting up a vote on the Senate floor later in the day. Kerry’s nomination later passed the Senate with overwhelming support.

Kerry, the former chairman of the committee, received a voice vote from his colleagues. His nomination had been expected to sail through after Republicans urged President Obama to nominate him instead of Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, after her role in the administration’s reaction to the Benghazi attacks last year….

And so the great Electoral manipulation, as Massachusetts candidates jockey for position in an odd year in which Elizabeth Warren suddenly finds herself the Senior Senator from Massachusetts. Continue reading


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P… osting on Beyoncé

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Well, Rupert’s scrofulous media launched the attack from London (0n an AMERICAN inauguration? Where are the SuperPatriots screaming about foreign influences) and now it concludes the successful attempt at moving Obama’s Second Inaugural to the back pages while the professional Murdochian Kerflufflers attempt to keep the kerfuffle going.

 Beyonce has yet to apologize to Chuck Schumer for lip-syncing at inauguration
New York Post

Her phony warbling made Chuck Schumer look like a fool — but she hasn’t apologized to him for it.  —  The New York senator angrily admitted yesterday that the pop queen has not called him to say sorry …

Which, of course, is a bonus attack on the senior New York senator, and forces Schumer to make a statement that he doesn’t understand why Beyoncé is supposed to ap0logize to him. Continue reading

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A PalinDrone sounds the same forward or backwards

No one’s ever heard it forward, of course, but I had an excuse to reuse this illustration (recycling for the environment, you know) and the Wasilla Hillbilly decided to hold an “exclusive” interview with Dead Breitbart media, to prove that they’re not BOTH irrelevant political corpses that are best  kept downwind to avoid the stench.


Thousands of dollars in silk underwear, lingerie and 
boxer shorts for Todd were bought by the RNC for
the Wasilla Hillbillies in 2008. No one has ever explained
what happened to these non-charitably donatable items.


Stephen K. Bannon / BREITBART.COM

In my research for the film I made on Governor Palin, The Undefeated, I was constantly amazed at the anti-establishment stands she took at every step in her rise to power…

That last sentence ought to conclude “-ful olfactory assault.”

All right. The three question interview by the sycophant isn’t exactly Woodward and Bernstein. More like the Berenstein Bears, if said bears were delusional, clueless and as psychotic as Nero in hip waders.  Continue reading


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Palin’s Last Spin

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I wasn’t fired, I quit! intone the surrogates for the Queen of Moosylvania. [emphasis added]

Sarah Palin Parts Ways With FOX News
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics

After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation’s highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.

“It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”

The source declined to say whether Palin would pursue a television contract with another news network, such as CNN….

Yeah. Right. Sure. Continue reading


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Soft Construction With Boiled Beans

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soft construction with boiled beans, Salvador Dalí, 1936
Oil on canvas ,  39 5/16 x 39 3/8 inches (99.9 x 100 cm)
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Perhaps you will recognize the title. It’s part of the title of a Salvador Dalí painting. Wikipedia [I have corrected an anachronism in the Wikipedia article]:

Dalí and his [then-mistress], Gala, were trapped in the middle of a general strike and an armed uprising by Catalan separatists in 1934, in Catalonia, and this may have influenced his Spanish Civil War motif.  Salvador and Gala had to run away to Paris, where they got married. Dalí and Gala had hired an escort to take them safely to Paris, but the escort died on his return because of the stresses of the Spanish Civil War.  When Dalí had finally returned home, his house in Port Lligat was destroyed by the war. He was also greatly affected because his friend was executed in the war and his sister Ana Maria was imprisoned and tortured.

It’s the second part that concerns us here, the subtitle, perhaps added with typical hucksterism, perhaps, as claimed, originally painted in 1934, BEFORE the Spanish Civil War of 1936:  (Premonition of Civil War). I have written about this before.* [* "Welcome Back to the Civil War" 12 APRIL 2011]

Suddenly, we stand on the precipice, with the Richmond Dispatchers of the Present Day throwing all the gasoline that they can on the Bonfire of the Hannitys. Listen: Continue reading


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Attack of the Corpse Humpers, Part XXXL

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Funny how nobody ever questioned
the previous administration on 
preventable deaths and inaccurate
reporting of facts in their deaths.

I see the Vince Foster Corpsefucking Corps are at it again. When will America get tired of their schoolyard shite? They’ve even got a hashtag already for twits to twitter:  #whatdifferencedoesitmake .

Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog

I haven’t been able to watch the Benghazi hearings, but I’ve checked my Twitter feed, and the lefties who’ve been watching are 100% convinced that Hillary Clinton has been wiping the floor with the Republicans who are trying to take her down.

The righties in my feed have a very different perspective. They have what they want: a soundbite they can rip from context and use as a cudgel to beat the administration and Secretary Clinton with. I’m not sure if they really expect their efforts to color mainstream coverage of this story, but it’s clear that that’s what they’re hoping. They have a new “you didn’t build that,” a new “spread the wealth around,” and they’re going to wring everything they can out of it.

And, if there’s anything that the schoolyard bullies of the GOP love, it’s using dead bodies to gratify their emotional desires. Continue reading


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Really? Five Shot in Texas but THIS is what’s IMPORTANT?

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From the same people who brought you THIS inadvertent porn fest …
(the soundtrack is snort-coffee-through-your-nose funny)

The Times of London (Rupert Murdoch, naturally) has broken a ginormous scoop, FWIW:

Exclusive: Beyoncé lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at inauguration
The Times [of London]

Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama’s inauguration.  —  Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer’s spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times …

Seriously: THIS is news?

If ever there were a reflexively dishonest business (in which secrets are the real membership and are NEVER printed)  filled with flim-flam, hoaxery, carney tricks and con games, it is publishing. And if ever there were an ultimate exponent of this continual puffer-fishery and fakey-namery it would be Rupert Murdoch. Continue reading


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A Memory of Senator Proxmire

I watched the Inauguration and Lunch, and await the Parade. I have n0thing to add to the festivities, save that it was a great speech. It is also, appropriately, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I have nothing as valuable to add as undoubtedly an army of other, more eloquent writers will say. So I will pass on that. Instead, let me tell a story that only I can tell, though it is a tale without a moral.

This has been in my head for the past couple of days, and I don’t know that it will have a point, but we shall see.

When I was at TCU, I was quartered in Tom Brown, B301. And Tom Brown Hall and Jarvis Hall had formed a semi-collective virtual “coed” dorm. At the time, co-ed dorms were the great kerfuffle, Vietnam having just wound down, along with whether holding the doors open for women was requisite chivalry or oppression. To Jarvis Hall feminists, it was invariably the latter. Tom Brown, on the other hand, had its own library, which, hilariously, contained the pledge books of all the fraternities. I presume Jarvis had the same for the sororities.

B 301 Tom Brown Residence Hall

B 301 Tom Brown Residence Hall

It was an oddly stratified campus, with the athletes getting a brand-newly refurbished superdorm (which they regularly trashed) with pool tables, etc. The Fraternities and Sororities were all officially ON campus, in a new winding stone-building row on a chunk of the ever-shrinking golf course — along with Brachman Hall, which was the official “coed” dorm, which meant that Brachman HOUSED men and women in the same building, if you didn’t count the three-inch-thick fire door that separated the wings and was always locked — a literal firewall between the sexes, and cynically used by TCU’s recruiting arm to fill in the little college evaluation box that asked “Coed Dorms?” with “YES!” Continue reading


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The Second Inaugural Address

Second Inaugural mug

Turns out to be 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

President Obama Inauguration
Brian Knowlton / New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama will be quietly sworn into office for a second term just before noon on Sunday in a brief White House ceremony, a day before Monday’s far showier public inaugural events, adhering to a long tradition of doing so out of the public eye when Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday….

This is, by all signs, an odd second inauguration. The second term essentially began in the Lame Duck session, and has carried through to the 113th Congress — whom all Americans hope isn’t the unmitigated disaster and national embarrassment that the 112th Congress was — with the same leadership in the House threatening the same stuff they did before.

Monday will coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, appropriately, even though King’s actual birthday, the 15th is NEVER MLK Day. Continue reading

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Gun Appreciation Day Literally Shoots Itself In The Foot


Bang bang she shot me down …

You can’t make this stuff up  (unless, of course, you’re Faux Nooz™):

UPDATED: 5 People Shot At 3 Different Gun Shows On Gun Appreciation Day
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress

If the gun advocates behind this year’s inaugural Gun Appreciation Day had hoped to use the day’s festivities to build support for their anti-regulation platform, they are going to have to wait another year. Emergency personnel had to be called to the scene of …

Seldom has toxic idiocy so rapidly visited its own karma on itself.

Whilst “appreciating” their guns, they literally shot themselves in the foot.

(Collective, that is.)

Or, screwing around with instruments designed solely to deal death is ofttimes unhealthy and rarely the opposite.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum.

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
~ H. L. Mencken


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Greatest Headline of the Day: ‘GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest’

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Cantor flanked by loons

(No comment as to whether it’s true or not).

GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest
Posted by Greg Sargent on January 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Big news. Eric Cantor has just made it official: The GOP leadership is prepared to agree to a three month debt ceiling hike. This is a major de-escalation of the crazy and effectively means Republicans have all but taken the threat of default off the table completely….

Still, less crazy is better news than more crazy any day.

Or, perhaps, they don’t want to face the American people on Monday.



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Air Conditioning

Fuzzy thinking will be the death of civilization. Listen:

GOP pollster: Stop talking about rape

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — It’s way past time: House Republicans need to stop talking about rape.  —  That’s the message GOP lawmakers got here Wednesday evening from Kellyanne Conway, a top GOP pollster.  —  Conway dispensed the stern advice as part of a polling presentation she made alongside fellow GOP pollsters David Winston — an adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — and Dave Sackett. The comment was described by several sources in the room.

Conway said rape is a “four-letter word,” and Republicans simply need to stop talking about it in their races for office…

No! Really? Rather than face the REASON the GOP gets in trouble for its pronouncements on rape, the tactic is going to be to not talk about it. There you go.

Civilization is air-conditioner noise. Most of the time, we tune it out, and only notice it after it shuts off. Most of the time we don’t notice it, and some few, arrogant souls will actually speak of their annoyance at that constant, low whine.

Pyramid 2

Now, suppose this were Death Valley in August, and you were in the restaurant. If that annoying whine of the air conditioner ceases, you will very quickly get to choose the greater and lesser of the two annoyances (for life is nearly never ‘black and white’ but human thinking is entirely too often) a mild whine that you can tune out, or 120 degrees Fahrenheit AND the sudden aroma of the other patrons of the restaurant as their bodies, like yours, attempt to equalize the temperature via sweat.

Civilization IS that air-conditioner, keeping our lives relatively mild while the deadly heat of savagery lurks outside its public tavern.

And, as there are several parties (OK: one) who would shut down the air-conditioner because its noise annoys them, let’s look at some other household mundanities. Continue reading


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