Let us go down, and there confound their language

Happy New Year!

Here’s a fun true story about NOT hiring a bilingual proof reader:

Many years ago, I got a job typesetting for a company that specialized in supermarket flyers. Several of our accounts were for flyers in Spanish. But, like good Orange County, Cali. gringos, they couldn’t be bothered to hire a bilingual proofreader. Came the new year, in giant HEADLINE type:
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Our Fourteenth Annual Christmas Radio Show!

Jan. 1 2019 UPDATE: The show has been taken down. Link no longer works.

Welcome to his vorpal sword‘s  Fourteenth Annual Presentation of “The Saint Nick Case,” a Christmas radio play of approximately one-half hour.

The Saint Nick Case for radio was written by Hart Williams in 1986, and performed on KOPT AM radio for Christmas 2005.

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For a special treat,  The KOPT Radio Theater Players in the 2005 production of “The St. Nick Case,” in wide-spectrum, full color stereo. The radio play was broadcast live on Eugene’s Air America affiliate KOPT-AM 1600 on December 23, 2005. Continue reading

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Shameless Plug

I’m out of jail. Finally. Five months of twelve have been spent being capriciously punished by Facebook.

Oh, and not able to do my Christmas marketing. Have a look. It’s only 60 seconds.


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America At Its Best

Some of you know that I carried out a lengthy blog campaign in the summer and fall of 2006 against a secretive group of libertarian cronies of the Koch Brothers, going back AT LEAST to David Koch’s Vice Presidential campaign in 1980 with Ed Clark as the standard-bearer.

I phrase that last very carefully, because, even at the time, they were clearly working at Koch’s behest and paycheck and walked out of the Libertarian Party together a few years later. What I uncovered was what the mainstream media still can’t wrap their heads around: these guys spawn 501(c)3 charities and 501(c)4 “civic leagues” at a rate that would awe a rabbit.*

[* And, following the phony “IRS scandal” that the right wing flayed and pilloried the agency with for years, those organizations are, more or less, off limits to IRS scrutiny.]

But if you focus on the people, they keep showing up again and again and again.

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Facebook is a Kafkaesque Nightmare

Mark Zuckerberg’s Rube Goldberg machine is starting to squeal. It seems that the scandal de jour is that they knew about the Russian intervention a full year before the election and chose stock price over country. (And customers, come to think of it.) Naturally, Mr. Z releases an apologia and a “fix” statement:

My focus in 2018 has been addressing the most important issues facing Facebook.  As the year wraps up, I’m writing a series of notes about these challenges and the progress we’ve made.  The first note was about Preparing for Elections and this is the second in the series…

Note that it starts with “Me.”

Let me tell you about “me” instead.

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Where Are The Angry Tea Party Voices NOW?

To wit(less):

Vote as if your life depended on it. It probably does. Continue reading

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Putting the entire military budget on the credit card

Think Progress:

Last month, the Congressional Budget Office announced that the federal budget deficit had hit $895 billion and would rise to $1 trillion before the year ends — earlier than predicted. They attributed the growth to the tax cuts and spending bills.

The military budget for FY2018 is only $717 billion, or,

Why Military Spending Is More Than You Think It Is
BY KIMBERLY AMADEO, The Balance (investment blog)
Updated September 04, 2018

Estimated U.S. military spending is $892 billion.That’s from the spending bill signed by President Trump on August 13, 2018….

Actually, that’s only the half of it. (Or, technically, two thirds of it.)

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