Thursday, December 23, 2010

This Is Gettin' Old

It's Been Good To Know You, Sike...

David Leroy Burner (1955-2010)

David Leroy Burner, 55 of Fort Valley died at his home Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

A graveside service will be held today, 2:30 p.m. at the Smith Cemetery, Fort Valley, by Rev. Sherry Waddell.

David was born February 3, 1955 in Shenandoah County. He was the son of the Late Elvin Burner and survived by his mother, Rosezella Funkhouser Burner of Edinburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Burner.

David is also survived by his wife, Carolyn Burner of Fort Valley; a daughter, Cara Arlene Burner of Fort Valley; two sisters, Cindy Ritter of Maurertown and Laurie Lantz of Timberville; two brothers, Danny Burner of Woodstock and Chris Burner of Timberville.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

So 'long, Cap'n

Don Van Vliet has left the building.


Friday, December 17, 2010

We Are All Elves

For our listening pleasure (and erudition) Barenaked Ladies:

(HT) (I love this shit.) Ezra Klein

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kickin' Doors

I meant to post this sooner. Hilarious.
Is Obama the Angry Black *Lord* to My Angry Black *Lady*?

By stopthemadness on December 10th, 2010

Makes me think of this:

A Bridge Too Far

Nat In Holiday Christmas  Threads

One of the best-known covered bridges is the 204-foot single-span Burr arch truss known as Meem's Bottom Covered Bridge in Mount Jackson. The Meem's Bottom Bridge was constructed in 1892-93 from materials cut and quarried nearby for the massive arch supports and stone abutments, which extended 10 feet below the riverbed. It was deeded to the Highway Department in the 1930's in return for assuming its maintenance.

This long span over the North Fork of the (Shenandoah) river carried traffic for more than 80 years before being burned by vandals on Halloween 1976. After salvaging the original timbers, the bridge was reconstructed and eventually undergirded with steel beams and concrete piers. The bridge was reopened to traffic in 1979 and is still in operation to date.
Sunday morning after breakfast and Santa...

You Can't Make This Shit Up or We Are All T-Baggers Now

Andy Borowitz puts a crimp in diplomacy:


In Latest Compromise with GOP, Obama Agrees He is a Muslim

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – In his latest effort to find common ground with Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama said today that he was willing to agree that he is a Muslim.
Differences over his religious orientation have been a sore point between the President and his Republican foes for the past two years, but in agreeing that he is a Muslim Mr. Obama is sending a clear signal that he is trying to find consensus.
 This is Borowitz at his best, but is it good enough for this?


Saudi Media Fall for Borowitz Report Joke on HuffPost

...The satirical headline, "In Latest Compromise with GOP, Obama Agrees He is a Muslim," was reported as straight news by the Saudi newspaper Al-Hayat, one of the region's most influential publications, believed to be controlled by the Saudi interior ministry.
According to an official statement from the satire site, "The Borowitz Report is proud to be the official news source of the government of Saudi Arabia.
 Or this?

Saudi media fall for Obama Muslim joke

We got a cold one comin' down.

Hazardous weather condition(s):
Point Forecast: Fort Valley VA
 38.85°N 78.41°W

Wind Chill Advisory
Wind Advisory
Hazardous Weather Outlook

This Afternoon: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Breezy, with a northwest wind between 21 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Breezy, with a west wind between 22 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Breezy, with a west wind between 21 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West wind between 14 and 18 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 31. West wind between 11 and 17 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Beck Don't Have a Chance

On the other hand, I may let my grandson, Little Red Eye, take care of Beck.

(Click the pic for the laugh.)

If Glenn Beck Was My Son...

...I'd beat the shit out of the pompous. lying, xenophobic asshole. Then I'd really get mad...

Fareed Zakaria Blasts Beck's Muslim Terrorist Claim: 'Total Nonsense' 

On this Sunday's "GPS," CNN host Fareed Zakaria blasted Glenn Beck's assertion that around ten percent of Muslims are terrorists.
Beck first made the claim in a 2003 book, but it didn't attract major coverage until he repeated it last week on his radio show. Zakaria said Beck's claims were ludicrous.
"Beck wondered why this wasn't receiving any media coverage," he said. "Well, let me suggest one reason. It is total nonsense. A figure made up by Glenn Beck with absolutely no basis in fact." 
Zakaria also debunked the response from Beck's producer Steve "Stu" Burguiere to the controversy Beck created. On his blog, Burguiere said that Beck was citing polls showing that many Muslims advocated or supported violent action against the United States, and that this matched the dictionary definition of terrorism.
"Of course, the FBI, the State Department and most other organizations define terrorists in the more common sense that they are well, terrorists, but never mind," Zakaria said. "Hating America is not the same thing as being a terrorist."
Zakaria also noted that many polls show a substantial percentage of Americans are angry with the government.
"Does supporting such anger against the American government make one a terrorist?" he said. "According to Glenn Beck's producer and his definition, maybe, but in that case, how would one describe a man who has been fuelling (sic) such singer against the American government on television daily for the last two years? How, in other words, would one describe Glenn Beck?"
 HuffPo Has the whole article.

Friday, December 10, 2010

First Snow and All That Pretty Shit

Not much, but more than I want to see again this year.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Are You Assholes Happy, Now?

House Votes Rare Censure of Rangel in Ethics Case


...during the Battle of Kunu-ri. Despite shrapnel wounds, Rangel led 40 of his comrades for three days behind enemy lines rather than surrender. He was later recognized for his bravery with the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and three battle stars. "Since Kunu-ri ," Rangel says, "I have never, never had a bad day."
What a shameful bunch of assholes. This is the only thing the hypocritical scumbags could agree on.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

People Are Corporations, Too. Right? Right??

Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter

 O.K. So could y'all toss a little over here in the corner. We got some sick, hungry kids here. How about grandma? Her check has gotten a little thin since her medicare co-pay went up. I got a 56 year old buddy with heart disease and no insurance. I know a dozen folks in their mid 20's lookin' for jobs. So, how about it? Y'all gonna let US in the game, or are we going to have to change the rules?

Toles: There is No 'Rest of the Trick'

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Willie Is The Man (One of them)

Same old Willie. Got to love him.

Willie Nelson Arrested for Pot Possession

'He said he feels great,' Nelson's harmonica player tells Rolling Stone. 'He lost six ounces.'

Run, Johnny, Run... 

Kentucky 'King of Pot' On The Run 2 Years After Giant Raid 
SPRINGFIELD, Ky. — With authorities closing in to seize 2,400 marijuana plants on John Robert Boone's farm two years ago, the legendary Kentucky outlaw vanished like a puff of smoke. The prolific grower has been dodging the law ever since, his folk-hero status growing with every sale of a "Run, Johnny, Run" T-shirt and click on his Facebook fan page.
Tracking down the fugitive who resembles a tattooed Santa Claus has proven as hard as "trying to catch a ghost" for the federal authorities canvassing tightlipped residents among the small farms in a rural area southeast of Louisville. Boone, who's trying to avoid the life sentence he would get if convicted a third time of growing pot, has plenty of sympathizers in an area where many farmers down on their luck have planted marijuana.
"That's all he's ever done, raising pot," said longtime friend Larry Hawkins, who owns a bar and restaurant called Hawk's Place. "He never hurt nobody."
 G/L, Johnny.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Doctor Will See You Now

What do you call an economist with a sense of humor?
Why, Paul Krugman, of course.

Austerity In Action

The New York Times

Dr. Krugman's blog is Conscience Of A Liberal at the NYT.

Word Games

ABL has a nice rant about, well, stoopit. Classic ABL and worth the read.

I left a comment and need to define one of the terms I used, Spongin:
The arcane sport of backwashing bong water through the stem of the bong. This is usually accomplished by making some obscenely hilarious comment at the apex of the toke and buzz. Distance is the determining factor in the competition, but points will be awarded for volume. Accuracy is not important as form is always weighted more heavily. Points are deducted for unburned weed that is expelled. Bong drop results in instant disqualification and forfeiture of the competitors bag. Most professional sponginers retire by the age of 25 due to lung disorders and work mandated urine tests*.

*(Many retired sponginers have reported success using spongin techniques during these tests.)

I hope this clears the fog everything up.

*** Update:  (The "heads" of the largest international smoking organizations have, today, classified Spongin as a full contact sport. Respect at last.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

I Got a Follower, In spite of myself (Belated Thanks)

The Gentlewoman from Angry Black Lady Chronicles has her pic under the followers (Please ignore this shit) thing, and I thank her. Ego sucks. She has a great blog, and as of now, is guest posting at Balloon Juice, but she's bein' real so...

So, a belated thank you to the ABL, damn, I wish I drank PBR. (It's that asshat thing, again)

Y'all check out Matt Taibbi, he's on our side. What we don't know can get us river front property, under a bridge.

I Got the Answer!

Well, I did. Have. Fucking rethugs is sneakin' around here stealin' my answers. Y'all see 'em? Got to be here, somewhere. Don't matter what the assholes McCainites say, the answers is here and it don't take a lot of blood letting to find them. Pain caucus, my skinny white ass. These asshats (see I used it) don't know pain from a bad blowjob. (Is blowjob supposed to be one word?).

It ain't contrary that has got us to this point, it's hate. It ain't just hate, it's hatin' the wrong peeps. One another. 99% of US are getting dealt down by the other 1%, but we love Bill and Warren and Carly and Lloyd and LeBron and KO and Oprah and Lilo and I'm getting the shits from this. But we hate the poor fuckers who have to get by on "public assistance", or unemployment, or lose their home, or have any other normal life threatening situation that we would prohibit our pets from having to endure. To paraphrase Gandhi, I like America, but I don't like our Americans. A little charity is tax deductible will go a long way.

Thank you, Sally Kohn, and Willa!

This is something I can agree with. From Movementvision., here is Willa Hansen-Kohn:

Repeat After Me

Despite the purported insanity and impending doom stalking us all, I would like to be totally miscreant in my outlook tonight. Some folk would call me loaded. They would be presumptuous, if correct.

Ya see, I got these two sons I really like and don't deserve and they got five kids, too. We all get along like a bunch of ho's at a crack party, so that ain't the subject here. What I mean to do is talk about my youngest son and a little change in the world that might not fit in with the we're all gonna die crowd.

He's a big guy, a weight lifter and a cook at a retirement home. One of the kindest people I have met. He will turn 23 when I post this on 11/12/2010. He will drive an hour and a half and work 12 hours. Then he will go home to his girl and 2 sons, maybe get in an hour of WOW. If you read this, Happy Birthday, son.

I know many other young folks with the same level of commitment as Travis. It ain't time to go all Apocalyptic, yet. I believe in these people because they are better than me.

Repeat after me:  
This means we have succeeded. Our children are better than us.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just Because We Need It

Just another hero from my youth. Now we call him Yusuf. Got to love him and that Carter boy, Jimmy.

Midterm Mystery

The Angry Black Lady has a spirited post concerning the Midterms which I don't pretend to understand much of. This is my fault. Much of her spectacular prose concerned some uppity dicks on television and we don't get TV here (out of choice). My ignorance almost pains me, but not enough to fucking do business with that English dude who owns most of American television. Beyond that, she tries to point out that the difference between dems and rethugs is...that we're different. This is not a facetious point, it is the point. Only rethugs look the same if you stand them all on their heads. (I should have been able to work asshat in here. Another failure for public education.)

But, to the point of this pitiful exercise in techno-stupidity, I did steal this cartoon from the ABL (hey, she can steal it back anytime). Far too many morons have dsl and a keyboard.

Now, wasn't that worth the bullshit you had to read?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ephphatha Poetry - Tim Wise

I am re-posting this article from Tim Wise originally posted on Ephphatha Poetry. If you have to ask why, go away.

"Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" - Tim Wise

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.

Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.

Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.

Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.

Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.

Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.

Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.

Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”

Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.

In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.

And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.

Game Over.

Thank you to Sara and Brian.
This material was co-opted from

Thievery, Plain and Simple

Bryan Fischer at Rightly Concerned, "A Project of the American Family Association", shares his fast food opinions with us:

One human being is worth more than an infinite number of grizzly bears. Another way to put it is that there is no number of live grizzlies worth one dead human being. If it’s a choice between grizzlies and humans, the grizzlies have to go. And it’s time...

"A grizzly is a top-level carnivore; at times he will act like one," said Chuck Neal, author of "Grizzlies in the Mist," who lost a botanist friend to a grizzly attack this year. "People are a readily available source of high-quality protein. We eat too much and exercise too little. We're like a hot dog on two legs."
Yep, the problem is those pesky couch potato homo sapiens who just need to get in better shape. So they, what, can outrun a bear?...

Ms. Cart continues her angst-ridden piece by making a statement that is ludicrous on its face:
"With more bears and more people stuffed into the 22,000 square miles of bear habitat, something has to give, and no one here has a simple answer.”
Of course there is a simple answer: shoot these man-eaters on sight...

God makes it clear in Scripture that deaths of people and livestock at the hands of savage beasts is a sign that the land is under a curse. The tragic thing here is that we are bringing this curse upon ourselves.
 Fischer is stunningly stupid and inhumane, but the comments were a hoot. I am re-posting some of the "I almost pissed myself" comments. They were anon so they shall remain, though I wish I could take credit for a few of them. (This would be the theivin' part since I can't attribute these gems.)

11/10/2010 4:17:23 AM
In 2008 there were exactly zero fatal grizzly bear attacks in the US, while 28 people were killed by dogs. Can we expect you to advocate shooting all dogs on sight?
11/10/2010 1:14:36 AM
"This article certainly does point out just one of the many curses we very sadly are bringing on - full speed." You fools are inviting the bear curse. BEAR CURSE.
11/10/2010 12:39:23 AM
Thanks for opening my eyes to this epidemic of bear! I have heard that people are paying money to attend Bear vs. Dolphin fights and this is clearly our Awesome Lord's punishment for such heathenry! (sic)

11/9/2010 11:54:10 PM
This Bryan Fishhead guy is an idiot.If you want to stay all safe and comfy maybe you should stick to the petting zoo and stay out of national parks, where one of the main draws is the WILDlife.A curse indeed.The wingnut doofus curse.

1/9/2010 9:59:11 PM
I support the right to arm bears.

11/9/2010 9:42:43 PM
The #1 threat in today's threatdown: BEARS! Smoking kills millions of people a year. Therefore, tobacco plants need to be shot on sight. It's just common sense. Also, it is correct that shooting grizzly bears is scripturally mandated. Deuteronomy 34:1 reads: And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo. And there he saw three bears, grumbling about the theft of their porridge. And Moses unslung his Winchester Model 94, and shot the bears. And the Lord said unto him "Good shooting."

11/9/2010 3:31:38 PM
Christians pose a far greater threat to the survival of our planet than bears.

11/9/2010 3:07:11 PM
At least the bears aren't gay.

11/9/2010 2:26:40 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the new dark ages.

11/9/2010 2:13:02 PM
It's cute because you think that you're using your brain.

11/9/2010 1:16:33 PM
Did you mean to post this on The Onion?
11/9/2010 12:24:43 PM

11/9/2010 10:29:02 AM
Bryan, you crazy piece of right-wing bat-shite... If only a Grizzly or Killer Whale would get a hold on you and eat you, you might actually do some good in the world. You really are the worst person in the world.

11/9/2010 10:07:36 AM
As usual Mr. Fischer you are right on. This article certainly does point out just one of the many curses we very sadly are bringing on - full speed. We absolutely have to pray diligently that our awesome GOD will continue to Bless America and that more and more will wake up.

Damn, I thought it was the beer curse.  Drunk Old eyes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From TPMMuckraker:

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order against an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that would prohibit courts from considering Sharia or international law.
The Sharia ban passed as a ballot measure in last week's election, in a vote of 70 percent to 30 percent.

These jerks make me almost proud to be a Virginian, almost. We do have Cantor and McDonnell blotting our copy book. What are these people so afraid of? Last I checked, they were attacked by an American terrorist.

Is Bob Herbert The Smartest Man In America?

Bob Herbert says everything I ever wanted to say about politics in the NYT:

One of the most frustrating tendencies of mainstream leaders in the United States is their willingness, year after debilitating year, to embrace policies that have no hope of succeeding...

I don’t know if it’s the drinking water or the rarefied air at the highest reaches of government that makes so many of our leaders go loopy. Whatever it is, we need to put a stop to these self-defeating tendencies. The U.S. is in sad shape, and most of the policy prescriptions being tossed around by the movers and shakers are bad ones...

People traveling in the real world understand that the federal budget deficits are sky high because of the Bush-era tax cuts, the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the spending that was needed to keep the Great Recession from spiraling into another Great Depression...

As a society, we’ve lost our way, and there is no chance of getting reoriented if we can’t find the courage to make some really tough decisions about warfare, taxes, public investment, the crying need to educate all young people, and the paramount importance of gainful employment as the cornerstone of a revitalized America.
Great sacrifices will have to be made if the U.S. is to get its act together, and those sacrifices will have to be shared. We can start now, or we can wait and continue to fantasize about an eventual triumph in Afghanistan, or about cutting budgets with some magic cleaver until they’re finally balanced and all’s right with the world, or whatever other impossible dream is floated by the chronically dissembling political class to blind us to the real world.

The whole column is a great read.

Monday, November 8, 2010



From the lexicon of the Angry Black Lady:

twatwaffle, as in:
These dumb ass race-baiting twatwaffles with their faux concern-trolling and faux outrage...

From the Urban Dictionary
Complete idiot. Dipshit, assrod. You get the idea.
Bush voters are such twatwaffles..

asshat, as in:
"John Boehner: Stop using my dad's name as a punchline, you asshat," - Roseanne Cash.
From the Urban Dictionary:

One who has their head up their ass. Thus wearing their ass as a hat.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Public Eradication

The farm has kept me busy lately but I had to re-post this from the Angry Black Lady (remember this post?):

The Angry Black Lady is guest posting at Balloon Juice. Check her out. Good shit.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Covered By A TARP

Tim Geithner and Larry Summers have engaged in a massive redistribution of wealth, from the bottom to the top. They saved nothing but the nominal and relative worth of the wealthiest Americans from destruction. The rest of US are well and truly fucked, if you think not, read on...

"Dr. Pitchfork, an iconoclast who writes at Daily Bail ", has a brilliant dismemberment of TARP and Timmy over at : 
In “5 Myths About TARP,” Tim Geithner joins Steve Rattner and Herb Allison in the parade of Washington insiders who have gone out of their way to tout the great success of TARP, calling it the “most effective government program in recent memory.” If you think the Timmy doth protest too much, methinks you’re exactly right.
Geithner starts by rehearsing the same, tiresome narrative we’ve heard a thousand times:
[TARP] was essential to averting a second Great Depression, stabilizing a collapsing financial system, protecting the savings of Americans and restoring the flow of credit that is the oxygen of the economy. And it helped achieve all that at a lower cost than anyone expected.
Then Geithner proceeds to debunk some “myths” about TARP.
The message of the bailouts, like Geithner’s message to us, is clear. The guys at the top get served first, at our expense. We are expected to be grateful that people like Geithner have bailed them out. And the buck stops nowhere.

This article was originally posted at The Daily Bail, to which site I was helpfully pointed by Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Blog, what Blog?

Balloon Juice had an American Idol moment tonight. DougJ, the business and economics editor for Balloon Juice had a WWF type blogroll:
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and now seems like a good time, in light of commenter ellaesther/Emily Hauser’s recent you have a blog? I’d like to add all the Balloon-Juice readers’ blogs to my RSS reader, I have about a dozen so far.
I must have surfed 50-60 blogs, but most contained old posts. I added 3 to my RSS reader:

Monday, September 20, 2010

DADT or Why the Fuck You Wanna Know?

I think we are approaching this "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" thing from the wrong perspective.
Rather than repeal it, we should extend it to cover straight people, too. Here are some examples where this policy would be extremely handy:

  • Should a friendly police officer inquire as to ones degree of inebriation, "DADT, ossifer."
  • Upon arriving home, after posting bail for aforementioned inebriation, and your wife inquiring about your paycheck, "DADT, but we're eating in."
  • When the preacher asks if you'll be attending the Revival on Saturday, your regular poker night, "DADT, but let the chips fall where they may, Padre."
  • When your buddies start asking about 'roids after your bowling average jumps 43 pins, "DADT, it's all in the wrist."
  • When your senator is asked how he/she will vote on DADT, (all together, now), "DADT".

Saturday, September 18, 2010

This Is A Big F*****g Deal!

10 30 10 "Rally to Restore Sanity"

Stephen Colbert David Ippolito - "See You in Washington, Colbert!" 


Stewart and Colbert plan DC Rally; South Carolina plots preemptive counter-protest

William Moultrie reports on a counter demonstration at the

Columbia – In an emergency conference call, a hastily assembled coalition of South Carolina’s politicians, bloggers, newspaper reporters, strategists, and inmates crafted plans to protest a newly announced rally by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
The Rally to Preemptively Restore Honor to South Carolina will be held on the same day as the Stewart/Colbert rally, October 30, but due to National Park Service rules about overlapping events, the South Carolina rally will begin at 4 a.m.
“We’ll be all be meeting at the corner of South Carolina Ave. and Independence Ave. and carpooling to the Lincoln Memorial,” said U.S. Senate Candidate Alvin Greene, who was asked to publicize and organize the event because of his proven method of  frugal yet effective campaigning. “We picked that location for symbolic reasons, but unfortunately we didn’t realize how far it would be to walk from there to the mall, so please call me if you’re planning on driving and you have a bus or minivan.”
The preliminary speaking list includes:
  • Governor Mark “Hiking the Trail” Sanford
  • Lt. Governor AndrĂ© “Don’t Feed the Poor” Bauer
  • Former Treasurer Thomas “convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine” Ravenel
  • Former State School Board chair Kristin “alleged erotic fiction author” Maguire
  • Sen. Jim “Drink the Koolaid” DeMint
  • Sen. Lindsey “Goes both ways (on political issues)” Graham
  • Rep. Joe “YOU LIE!” Wilson
  • Former Rep. Arthur “NAACP = Nat. Assn. of Retarded People” Ravenel
  • State Sen. Nikki “So transparent you see right through her” Haley
  • State Sen. Jakie “Nikki’s a raghead” Knotts
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Alvin “I did too campaign” Greene
  • Dr. George “I was trying to fix the gay kid” Rekers
  • Kaitlin “Miss Teen South Carolina” Upton
Maybe we should have let them secede.

About Babies

We have lots of them around , right now. A couple of new ones, a couple of medium ones and one who is 4 going on 18. From Justin at Shit My Dad Says:

"You came out of your mom looking like shit. She thought you were beautiful. Don't know what scared me most, your looks or her judgment."

Just sayin'. My son and his wife were having a similar conversation yesterday. 
Which brings this Pete Seeger tune to mind, not for any good reason, it just does.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I'll See Y'All in D.C. 10.30.10 *** Peace Out ***

I haven't been to a rally since 1973, the "Honk If You're for Impeachment" rally. I guess this is a good occasion to stomp my feets and dance:

Stewart, Colbert: 'Rally To Restore Sanity' vs. 'March To Keep Fear Alive'

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dude, You Have No Quran

There are still some real Murikens.

Updated 9.18.10 (ht) John Cole

Waitin' for Godot, er, Kaleb...

Grandson #3 is scheduled to land today. I wish my mama was here to see him.

Peter, Paul and Mary 1966

~ 2008

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mark Thoma: An Economist I Can Understand

First I want to link to Mark Thomas' post at his blog, Economist's View. I don't have anything to add except this:

My Shit's Fucked Up

John Cole at Balloon Juice reminded me of this Warren Zevon tune. Thank you, John.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Excuse Me?

Based on the latest data, around 7,200 students drop out of high school each day, or about 1.3 million a year. Nationally, about 68.8 percent of students who start high school graduate four years later, but there are huge local differences. While 83 percent of the students in New Jersey graduate each year, only 41.8 percent of  Nevada's students do. ~ Newsweek

But Sharron Angle has a solution:

Where do these people come from? Evidently not the public education system.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Jefferson Thomas Dies At 67

Little do we remark the passing of giants in our midst. From The Huffington Post:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Jefferson Thomas was fast and athletic and often played pickup basketball with white students while growing up in Little Rock in the 1950s.
But when Thomas became one of nine black students to integrate Arkansas' largest high school, many of his basketball buddies weren't happy to see him in their classes.
"One of them said, 'Well I don't mind playing basketball or football with you or anything. You guys are good at sports. Everybody knows that, but you're just not smart enough to sit next to me in the classroom,'" Thomas recalled years later.
The pioneer in school desegregation died Sunday at an extended-care living facility in Columbus, Ohio, of pancreatic cancer at age 67...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I Feel Better Now

I just don't know what to say about this, except a free laptop is a nice incentive...but who would want a job with such a high barrier of entry? Months of training? C'mon, gimme a break. It's just a laptop.

Feedin' Time

Part of the horde. All of the cats and both dogs are either abandoned or the progeny of abandoned pets. We live in the mountains in a fairly remote location that seems to attract irresponsible scumbags who no longer have any use for their pets. We have an open farm policy and everybody eats. The rabbits and chinchillas are my brides acquisitions. It's my job to feed and doctor everyone. There are actually those rare days when I go 24 hours without being burdened with human conversation.

A Thought On Productivity

Second Quarter 2010, Revised

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased at a 1.8 percent
annual rate during the second quarter of 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today as hours increased 3.5 percent and output
increased 1.6 percent.

From Justin at Shit My Dad Says:

"Put the rake down. I don't wanna sit around
watching you 'give it your best.' Either
stop sucking or get the fuck out of the way."

More or Less on Beck

Sally Kohn at Movement Vision Lab has initiated an ongoing, we hope, dialogue with Glen Beck, heroically challenging his inane prattle. Here is the first installment, sort of a Beck-mania primer:

The Real Lich King

E.D. Kain at Balloon Juice and Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic are in agreement that Glen Beck is the Lich King and a virulent brain eater. The Lich King thing is a WOW character that I had to have my son explain to me. He is sort of a 21st century Sauron. Though I have not hammered the Beckster here, I have no problem with their characterization, per se. I would proffer that in reality he is Saruman, merely a pale imitation. Dick Cheney is the front runner. This from Matt Yglesias.

Tony Blair confirms Dick Cheney's identity as the Lich King in his memoirs:

“He would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it – Hizbollah, Hamas, etc,” Mr Blair wrote in his autobiography, A Journey. “In other words, he thought the whole world had to be made anew, and that after September 11, it had to be done by force and with urgency.”

I would point to this WaPo article by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilme;

", as the United States ends combat in Iraq, it appears that our $3 trillion estimate (which accounted for both government expenses and the war's broader impact on the U.S. economy) was, if anything, too low."
"Re-imagining history is a perilous exercise. Nonetheless, it seems clear that without this war, not only would America's standing in the world be higher, our economy would be stronger."

Dick Cheney is a real live Lich King, the driving force of evil in America.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Virginia style

This is from Radley Balko at Reason:

In April I wrote a column about the secretive habits of three large police departments in Virginia's Washington, D.C., suburbs: Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Arlington. As Connection Newspapers reporter Michael Pope showed in a series of reports that began in March, they are among the least transparent departments in the country, having interpreted Virginia's Freedom of Information Act in a way that allows them to turn down nearly all requests for information.
Michael Pope's initial attempts to obtain information, even about mundane cases or arrests the department itself was highlighting in press releases, met with astonishing disdain. Police were not only stingy with information; they were smug and arrogant about it.

There is no way to explain to the outside world that this is how it has been done in Virginia since my granddaddy. Virginia invented "The good ole boy" system of regulation and control. I'm sure everyone is familiar with its various manifestations; The U.S Senate, the U.S. Military, CIA, ICE, Big Oil, Wall Street. All are examples of organizations which monitor their own behavior through secretive mechanisms, like shaman type shit. If Virginia were a little southwest of here, it would be called Arizona.

(HT) The Agitator

Hello, Chicago

Leo's Coney Island in Chicago

Good news for Detroit and Chicago.
Good dogs, cold beer and the Cubs. Chicago, here I come.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Novel Idea or Martians In L.A.

" some way they are able to generate an intense heat in a chamber of practically absolute non-conductivity. This intense heat they project in a parallel beam against any object they choose, by means of a polished parabolic mirror of unknown composition, much as the parabolic mirror of a lighthouse projects a beam of light... it is certain that a beam of heat is the essence of the matter. Heat, and invisible, instead of visible, light. Whatever is combustible flashes into flame at its touch, lead runs like water, it softens iron, cracks and melts glass, and when it falls upon water, incontinently that explodes into steam." ~ H. G. Wells - The War of the Worlds

LA authorities plan to use heat-beam ray in jail

By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer Fri Aug 27, 12:50 am ET

LOS ANGELES – A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is "tantamount to torture."

The mechanism, known as an "Assault Intervention Device," is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning. The Los Angeles County sheriff's department plans to install the device by Labor Day, making it the first time in the world the technology has been deployed in such a capacity.


The device was made specifically for the sheriff's department by Raytheon Missile Systems. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said its $750,000 cost was paid for by a Department of Justice technology grant.

Hemlock, anyone?

(HT) The Agitator

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday At The Zoo

Grandma and I took the two granddaughters to Perry's Wildlife Zoo yesterday. A good time was had by all.