I Wish I Was Making This Up …

But, alas, I am not:

great moments in journalism

And it wasn’t (as one FB commenter asked) a confusion with hydrogen. No: they meant that they didn’t know that helium isn’t flammable. There was no ambiguity in their idiocy.

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Smiling For Muldoon

The borogoves were, reportedly, mimsy.

gop terror

In a partial score, the mome raths have been outgrabe by six. More numbers to follow.


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Fiddling While Home Burns

Something wicked this way comes.

NY Times Launches Its Jew-Tracker [Updated]
Steven Hayward / Power Line

 The New York Times today offers up a table examining the Democratic (but not Republican) Senators and House members opposed to Obama’s Iran agreement, noting whether they are Jewish and the proportion of Jewish constituents in their state or district …

Yeah. “Jew Tracker.” That WOULD have drawn a lot of justified ire just a few years ago, but the racial animus and religious animus of angry America has reached a fever pitch. Just in time for Nine Lebbin.


Whilst the hypnotized and sanitized mass media (endless coverage of the still relatively meaningless polling data for an election STILL well over a year away) seem otherwise engaged, something has come over the transom that I feel you ought to know about: Continue reading

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Hiroshima — Seventy Years On

Here it comes again, the hand-wringing, and the moralizing and the rest of it. The New Yorker reprints their 1946 piece on the 1945 bombing:

John Hersey / New Yorker

At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place …


Operation Meetinghouse, Tokyo, March 10, 1945 — the single deadliest
bombing attack of World War II, carried out with conventional bombs.
Estimated more than 200,000 dead. 

I partly grew up in Santa Fe, and lived there again in the early Nineties, and the hyper-liberal “We’re Sorry” demonstrations at Los Alamos (thirty miles away) were part and parcel of the fabric of the place. Let’s start here: Continue reading


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Happy Moon Day!

In light of the recent jingoism of the Pluto fly-by (which I had hoped we were bigger than — after all, what looks sillier than those getting the first view of our furthest “planet” standing around waving US flags?) it’s a good time to remember the wording of that plaque we left behind on all our Apollo missions:

Apollo 11.plaque

“We came in peace for all mankind.”

The Apollo missions taught us that we were all spacemen huddled together on that one small blue marble whirling in the Stygian void of space.  Continue reading

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Cruz’s ‘A Time For Truth’ Belies Its Title. Surprised?

Stack Of Colorful Falling Books Representing Learning And Education

How do you promote a slick piece of GOPaganda, bash your arch-enemy, the New York Times, and manipulate an incompetent and credulous media that you DON’T own (yet) into carrying your (sewer) water for you?

Easy: Call up Dylan Byers at Politico.

Amazon: ‘No evidence’ of bulk sales for Ted Cruz book
Dylan Byers / Politico

The New York Times’ refusal to put Ted Cruz’s memoir on its bestseller list is once again being called into question — this time by Amazon, the largest Internet retailer in the country.  —  On Sunday, an Amazon spokesperson told …

This is, of course, the followup to the hilarious “HarperCollins disputes N.Y. Times on Ted Cruz book: ‘No evidence of bulk sales’
By DYLAN BYERS 7/10/15 2:10 PM EDT” article, in which the mice were exonerated by the mice for any depredations of the cheese factory they were guarding.

Kind of like “Bill Cosby refutes allegations of accusers, releasing statement that no evidence has been found.” Continue reading

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No Monkeying Around

We’ve sure as hell progressed, haven’t we?


Via the History Channel:

July 10, 1925 – 90 Years Ago Today
Scopes Monkey Trial begins

In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense. Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.


Ooh. Ooh.


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