Happy 45th Moon Day
Jul20

Happy 45th Moon Day

Sometimes known as “A Secret History of Neil Armstrong” Quincy Jones presents platinum copies of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right) and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008. From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing …. A Secret History of Neil Armstrong July 20, 2009 Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today. Over the past several years of...

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Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry
Jul14

Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry

Any resemblance to Zell Miller is completely cosmic. There is something ultimately satisfyingly schadenfreudey about watching Right Wing cranks fight. To wit(less): Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong Sen. Rand Paul / Politico There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him...

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory
Jul07

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory

The slide towards inevitable armed conflict can be seen from far away. I even predicted it a long ways out (See “The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming” December, 1994).  Now, a Federal Judge discusses the fundamental madness of this Supreme Court’s 100+ 5-4 majority, The Alter Boys: Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases RGK / Hercules and the umpire In the Hobby...

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If LBJ had been Netanyahu
Jul01

If LBJ had been Netanyahu

The analogy is not perfect, but it comes damn close. Three Israeli teenagers were abducted while hitchhiking and found murdered after a national search. Three young civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi 50 years ago. Both cases were senseless tragedies born of generations of unyielding and unrelenting hate. What happened on the night of the kidnapping The Times of Israel The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the...

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The Absolute Perils of Absolutism
Jun26

The Absolute Perils of Absolutism

Hope fades SCOTUS STRIKES AGIN! The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose ThinkProgress The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that being required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances … I will not attempt to second-guess so many first rate minds, except to say that I learned...

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Eleven Years Later, Nothing Has Changed
Jun19

Eleven Years Later, Nothing Has Changed

Iraq continues to be … well, Iraq. The plan for saving Iraq begins by ousting Maliki David Ignatius / Washington Post What would an effective quick response to the catastrophic civil wars in Iraq and Syria look like?  Sometimes in foreign policy, as in sports, it can be useful to visualize the right technique — and then hit the ball. Aw. The hand-picked (by the US) Prime Minister has managed to bungle a representative government...

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A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall
Jun12

A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall

The perils of playing tin god?  Tin gods tend to have tin ears. George W. Bush: mission accomplished … Congress that enabled him? Well, election’s coming … And so, having invaded a sovereign nation to kill one man on false pretenses, we force fed them Galtian Democracy, trained their troops, had elections and skeedaddled.  And, because we see the world as lines on a map, and not as a collection of families, clans,...

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We’re Not Americans Anymore; We Are Merely Partisans
Jun01

We’re Not Americans Anymore; We Are Merely Partisans

Leave it to the GOP (as predicted) to find the horror in the release of the only Afghan war POW. Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say Karen Tumulty / Washington Post Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished … I guess all...

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The Theft of Decoration Day celebrated To-Day!
May26

The Theft of Decoration Day celebrated To-Day!

My Great Great-Grandpa. He served under Thomas at Chickamauga (Turchin’s Brigade). My wife’s great grandfather served under Sherman at Vicksburg. For Memorial (originally Decoration) Day. Photo is © Decoration Day was the day that we Union descendants and relatives remembered those who gave their lives in defense of the Union and ended slavery. Congress stole this day from us (the G.A.R. and then The S.U.V.C.W.) in the...

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Pat Sajak in Damage Control Mode
May22

Pat Sajak in Damage Control Mode

The hits started Tuesday afternoon, overwhelming my traffic and leaving a giant spike in my bloggy seismograph. I tracked it back to this–although the number one search term driving traffic to my blog was (I kid you not): “PAT SAJAK IS AN ASS***.” From the Washington Post: click to enlarge Yup. Seems old Mr. Game Show Host is deep into rightie politics. And that’s what drove them to my 2010 post on Pat: This is...

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Gay Marriage Ban in Oregon Overturned
May19

Gay Marriage Ban in Oregon Overturned

For a change, it’s nice to blog about GOOD news. From Oregon’s junior senator minutes ago Oregon marks the 13th win in a row for Gay Marriage rights. Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Weddings Can Start Immediately Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed State officials have said they will not appeal the ruling.  Judge’s order is effective immediately. WASHINGTON — Oregon cannot bar same-sex couples from...

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Some Personal Notes on the Death of H.R. Giger
May13

Some Personal Notes on the Death of H.R. Giger

Or, when I was “Lee Quarnstrom.” The Long Playing Record Album cover of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Brain Salad Surgery” (obscure slang for fellation, as it turns out. Note the airbrushed penis. )  Swiss “surrealist” artist H.R. Giger is dead, of a fall. H.R. Giger, Surrealist Artist and ‘Alien’ Designer, Dead at 74 Painter and sculptor, whose cover art graced albums by Debbie...

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An Oliphant Always Forgets
May09

An Oliphant Always Forgets

This was once a reporter, before pulling a Sharyl Attkisson. click for larger I will ladle out his swill undiluted for a paragraph or so: Progressive Bloggers Are Doing the White House’s Job James Oliphant / NationalJournal.com This administration enjoys an advantage afforded no other: a partisan media that has its back, minute-by-minute.  —  Off the record: The Obama administration has a complicated relationship with...

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Health Care! Health Gauze! Healthgazi! Benghazi!
May07

Health Care! Health Gauze! Healthgazi! Benghazi!

I predicted this in a cartoon I posted on FaceBook last month: The GOP Titanic (Healthcare) timestamp Saturday, April 19, 2014, 6:36:29 PM Having ‘gone to the mattresses’ over the Affordable Care Act open enrollment, it far surpassed expectations,  made its numbers; said numbers were debunked for the Faithful, but, to any sentient being, the GOP had just gotten its collective vertically-integrated-monopoly of a political...

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Dying to see our post-antibiotic future
Apr30

Dying to see our post-antibiotic future

The old diseases are coming back. We fought them to a standstill in the Twentieth Century and the Twenty-first seems ripe for their comeback. Staphylococcus (which means ‘bunch of grapes’ for obvious reasons) Just in time for Walpurgisnacht, The World Health Organization has released a chilling new report, the Washington Post reveals: Planet headed toward ‘post-antibiotic era’ when treatments don’t work: WHO BY LENNY...

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How To Get Rich From Fringe Politics
Apr28

How To Get Rich From Fringe Politics

 Mere millionaire Foster Friess addressing Tea Party Patriots in early 2011. Phoenix. The news is that the “head” of the Tea Party Patriots took home a cool $450K from the allegedly oppressed and targeted cluster of 501s legally constituted as the fictitious entity(ies) Tea Party Patriots, while the tea party groups aren’t using their cash to support candidates … Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but...

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Wyoming Tales: T. Rex at Fifty
Apr18

Wyoming Tales: T. Rex at Fifty

April 11, 1964 was windy at the University. Of course, in Laramie, Wyoming it’s generally ALWAYS windy. I was bundled into my dress jacket, and was wind chilled by it all. Just like the dedication of the Lincoln Monument up top of what was then US 30, “The Lincoln Highway” and is now Interstate 80 at its highest point, the “tarp” for the “unveiling” had managed to form a sort of surrealist...

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Are You XPerienced?
Apr08

Are You XPerienced?

Well, if not, the operating system is dead to Microsoft, as of today. XP X-its Only problem? 20-30% of all PCs still run it. (Forgive the writer below) The BBC reports: Windows XP users face end to Microsoft support By Mark Ward 7 April 2014 Support for the venerable Windows XP operating system ends this Tuesday. It means that there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for the operating system from Microsoft. Some...

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The Party of the Empty Chair
Mar30

The Party of the Empty Chair

Speak the inconvenient truth, get sent to woodshed, apologize and Kiss the Ring: Chris Christie apologizes for ‘occupied territories’ remark Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico LAS VEGAS – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a Saturday afternoon meeting with Sheldon Adelson apologized for stepping on a fault line in fraught Middle East politics during a speech he gave earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with the...

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Hinderaker, Putin, Koch and Climate Denial, Oh My!
Mar23

Hinderaker, Putin, Koch and Climate Denial, Oh My!

Charles Koch awards himself John Hinderaker of Power Line was one of the rightie smear merchants responsible for the phony perception that 60 Minutes II had “forged” Dubya’s National Guard truancy documents, and for successfully getting Dan Rather fired. He’s also an attorney working on retainer for the Koch Brothers. Keep that in mind as you read his petulant whine: The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I...

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