February 13, 2010 archive

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Open Thread

On Flying

While waiting for my ride to the air port, I read this about air port check in from tigerwater @ Dependable Renegade, I thought maybe I should just hop a cargo flight to Miami.

Douchemook #1: Yes, I understand you paid a pretty penny for that fine Corinthian leather carry-on bag. That doesn’t mean you should stroke it and pet it and call it “George” while the line behind you multiplies like bunnies fucking. Throw the fucking thing on the conveyor belt; it will be fine. The cow managed to wear it all those years without worrying about being rolled over a few metal bars, so you shouldn’t either.

Okay, now for douchemook #2: yes, you, young bankstress, future Master of the Universe (assuming you can break the glass ceiling – good luck with that). You, with the three carry-on bags and little regard for the fact that there are other passengers on your flight who might need the overhead compartment space. You who were too fucking busy texting to notice that the line was leaving without you, stranding those of us unfortunate enough to be stuck behind you, while you made plans for dinner at some ludicrously expensive restaurant. Fine, I don’t know that the restaurant is expensive, but you were acting like such a entitled twatwaffle that I can only assume the worst.

And just in case you are drinking and/or eating any thing while reading the rest of this, PUT IT DOWN. Asthmatics have your inhalers handy.

In Defense of the Filibuster 20100213

Recently we have seen quite a bit of controversy about the filibuster.  Most folks do not even know what that term means, and with good reason.  The rules for it changed, as I recall, in 1975, after damned old Nixon got booted, and, in my opinion, for ill.

However, the politicians, the pundits, and the public do not understand (or, if they do, are misleading folks) about its nature.  The Republicans mostly say that it was the will of the Framers, and that is just not only incorrect, but a lie.  In fairness, the Democrats said the same thing when they were in the minority.  Most of the pundits have it wrong as well.  Please follow and I shall explain what it was, and now is.

Obama declares national state of emergency due to mounting national emergencies.

At today’s White House press conference, Robert Gibbs told reporters that, “In addition to renewing the two national states of emergency executed by President Bush nearly a decade ago with respect to the 9/11 attacks and the war on terrorism, as well as the national state of emergency that has been in place since, oh, the early 50’s, or so, with respect to the existential threat posed by Iran to the United States…”  Gibbs paused, looking around the room of raised eyebrows, asking, “You knew that, right?” as everyone in the room, excepting the correspondents, gave grave sideward glances to each other.  

Gibbs continued, “Oh, and the national emergency due to swine flu, and uh…” Gibbs paused again to look at the laundry list of national states of emergency already in effect or being planned that were listed on the palm of his hand, before continuing, “Look, we’re up to our asses in alligators already, and things only look to get worse: Wall Street bankers gone wild, the mortgage crises, unemployment-fer chris’ sakes, have you seen U6?  Not “our” U6 but the real U6?– a federal deficit ballooning out of control, our inability to pass health care or even fill important cabinet positions, a dead-locked Senate majority, looming state, pension, and personal bankruptcies…the list of crises goes on, and they are multiplying like rabbits O.D.’d on Viagra!  

Enuhweh, rather than declaring national states of emergency individually for each and every crisis that unexpectedly erupts from the last, the President declared an all-subsuming national state of emergency due to the waning of hope and slim likelihood of desirable change amidst these established, persistent, and mounting national emergencies.  The President believes reducing the plethora of insoluble emergencies into a single state of emergency will raise consumer confidence sufficiently to pull us out of our spiraling nosedive into hopelessness and oblivion prior to November.”

Republican Minority Leader John Boehner accused the President of luring voters into a trap of false optimism.  “If Americans want to know the real truth, we Republicans will be glad to take them outside and show them things that will make them cry.”

Random Japan

LIGHTS OUT

In recognition of the fact that employees “feel uncomfortable about leaving the office when their colleagues are still working,” officials at Shiseido’s Ginza HQ have started turning off lights in their building at 10pm. Anyone still toiling away at that hour “must submit a written apology to their superiors, explaining the reason why they had to stay at the office until late.”

The ticket reservation website of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro was shut down by the so-called Gumblar computer virus.

Toyama is set to become the first city in Japan to use an electric-powered bus on a regular route. The vehicle, manufactured by Hino Motors and operated by the Hokuriku Electric Power Co, produces just one-third of the CO2 of a standard diesel bus.

Waseda University was forced to cough up ¥90 million because wind turbines it helped install at 19 elementary and junior high schools in Ibaraki failed to generate the promised amount of electricity.

7-Eleven unveiled a store in Kyoto that has solar panels and a charger for electric vehicles.

Prime Minister Hatoyama withdrew his support of a proposed bill to videotape police interrogations, saying it “could be deemed as criticism of public prosecutors.”

The Agency for Cultural Affairs said it is interested in relaxing media rules pertaining to the principle of “fair use.” The move has been met with opposition by publishing industry groups, though Reg Dunlap gives it a big thumbs-up.

Rapier

Rapier was started from the remains of Glasnost, and Glasnost was started from the remains of Masons.

Adem  RATQANDREW@yahoo.com.au

baethan broph8@hotmail. com

battless28.evony.com/default.html?logfile/20101011/dd/29/dd29f100b5d7aac7f255c32ac36a0ab7.xml

Gimi 526-443 524-453 580-694 601-733 547-735 576-727 596-728 597-745

hanky:  688-498 703-495 707-489 693-489 689-476 711-503 697-494 719-496

If you need me my cell # is 903-343-3692

you can text me anytime… name is Rich Tuz

Im

djlewis27@aol.com

kirstie35

entheogenie@gmail.com

Kashmir

jasonlindahl2332@live.com

hiro2332

LC

dbrianwatts@aol.com

cletis1

Hung

utpge@hotmail.com

pw:  hunglikehorse.

J elohim184@msn.com

password is: steven

Riper

battle86.evony.com/default.html?logfile/20100306/20/2d/202d5cd75717cf99ebeaecbea62a8ec6.xml

Tink

battless28.evony.com/default.html?logfile/20100721/3c/f8/3cf8e9bcb9e71ac4ab660318aa660306.xml

BOTH alliances were shattered and defeated by Deathinc. Shattered and defeated because DI has a strategy of GOING AFTER THE WEAKEST PLAYERS in an alliance and thus crippling the ability of the bigger players to fight by making them protect the smaller players.

As you can imagine, the players that came here from Glas do NOT want to see that happen again. And we were promised upon joining that it would not. Thus the prestige requirement of 500k. Thus the troop and defense requirements to insure that players can defend themselves.

And thus the (I hope) understandable desire to take on DI, the alliance that defeated the last two alliances we were in. But thus also, a deep rooted FEAR of DI, also understandable. But we were told that we would be given the opportunity to take on DI when we were ready. We were told the same thing in Glasnost and MONTHS went by and we were never deemed “ready.”

And then were destroyed AGAIN by DI.

Right now, DI is being attacked by several different alliances, making it a perfect time to join in trying to destroy DI and their dishonorable, though effective, way of playing.

We can either take them on now, when they are weak, or we can wait until they get strong again….AND COME AFTER US.

AGAIN.

I have no way of knowing what people not from Glas were told in recruiting them, but to us, the very PURPOSE of Rapier is to take on DI. NOT to be a farming alliance that seeks out small players and protects them ….AS WE ARE DESTROYED AGAIN.

And we are tired of waiting for people to be “ready” to take on DI. Now some people call me and the others who want to do this “shit stirrers.” My view is that we are holding Rapier to the promises made to us, and preventing Rapier from making the EXACT SAME mistake again. Aggression wins in this game, and we want to win. WE are prepared to take on DI, and we intend to. I will let others make the case for doing the exact same thing again, but I wanted to make the case to the whole alliance for NOT doing that.

Very soon we are going to check troop count requirements. And no doubt some people will NOT meet them and WILL be expelled. Because WE are ready.

Are you?

I would appreciate your input as fellow alliance members. If you don’t want to give it to me, please mail your views to Darnley, and we can proceed from there on discussing what we all want Rapier to be.

Thank you.

WOW! Bernie Sanders demands a Revolution! (not what you may think)

Crossposted at Daily Kos

    Yes, revolution, but as the title states, it’s not what you may think. In this case, I say Revolution as in drastic change, and when I say change I mean the kind of change you can believe in.

    On to the show. So you say you want a Revolution? How about a solar energy revolution?

     Thomas Edison, one of history’s greatest inventors said; “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” He was right then, in 1931, and he remains right today. The American people agree. Today, 92 percent of all Americans want our country to develop solar energy resources, and 77 percent believe the federal government should make solar power development a national priority.

– snip

     It also would mean the creation of over a million new jobs.

Sen Bernie Sanders: It’s time for a solar revolution

Bold text added by the diarist

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FRIDAY NIGHT DISTRACTIONS

As time flies, tonight I`ll go backwards in it, & try & show some black & white shots.

By changing the subject theme from week to week, I hope to keep you interested in distractions.

This is really oxymoronic, since I don`t want you interested, I want you distracted from your normal interests.

But you all know what I mean, so have a nice weekend & enjoy.

A “Silent Movie” should set the theme mood.

SILENT MOVIE

 Old Classic DSCN1515

TGIF: What is Your Favorite Cold War Movie?

Crossposted at Daily Kos

If you’ve ever seen the movie The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, based on John le Carré’s famous spy thriller novel, you’ll remember the movie’s central character.  Played by Richard Burton, Alec Leamas is a British spy coaxed out of retirement.

If so, you’ll remember this unforgettable quote by Leamas

What the hell do you think spies are?  Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx?  They’re not! They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: drunkards, queers, hen-pecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives.  Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong?

What is Your Favorite Cold War Movie?

Crossposted at Daily Kos

If you’ve ever seen the movie The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, based on John le Carré’s famous spy thriller novel, you’ll remember the movie’s central character.  Played by Richard Burton, Alec Leamas is a British spy coaxed out of retirement.

If so, you’ll remember this unforgettable quote by Leamas

What the hell do you think spies are?  Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx?  They’re not! They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: drunkards, queers, hen-pecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives.  Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong?

Even as his cynicism and self-loathing comes through quite clearly, notice the explicit references to political ideology by Leamas – something so evident in movies and literature during the several decades of the East-West Cold War.  

TGIF: What is Your Favorite Cold War Movie?

Crossposted at Daily Kos

If you’ve ever seen the movie The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, based on John le Carré’s famous spy thriller novel, you’ll remember the movie’s central character.  Played by Richard Burton, Alec Leamas is a British spy coaxed out of retirement.

If so, you’ll remember this unforgettable quote by Leamas

What the hell do you think spies are?  Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx?  They’re not! They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: drunkards, queers, hen-pecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives.  Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong?

Even as his cynicism and self-loathing comes through quite clearly, notice the explicit references to political ideology by Leamas – something so evident in movies and literature during the several decades of the East-West Cold War.  

Chicken-Heartland

At this very moment, the awesome military power of the United States is focused on the miserable little town of Marjah in Afghanistan.

Marjah! It doesn’t even look like any kind of town at maximum magnification on Google Maps, as you can see in this bizarre video.

Where the fuck is Marjah? There’s no “there” there!

And now…

Marjah is getting plastered by NATO and the ISAF and the US Marines…

For the fifth fucking time since our goddamned occupation of Afghanistan began…

Nine fucking years ago!

Meanwhile, back in the chicken-heartland of America…

Red state “honchos” can’t stop pissing their pants for fear that prisoners from Guantanamo might be relocated at a super-maximum security prison in their backyard!

Omigod what if a terrorist escaped?  

Abdul on the loose in Alabama!

Chicken-Heartland of America!

The good news is that blue states are just as brave!

New York can’t put KSM on trial without shutting down the city! Tanks in the streets! Black helicopters!

Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear! Fear!

And in the Oval Office, our fearless leader, Barack Obama…

Harharharhar!!!

Our fearless leader, Barack Obama…

Harharharhar!!!

Barack Obama is throwing his own Attorney-General under the bus in a piss-pants scramble to move KSM out of Manhattan and maybe out of the federal courts anywhere.

Retreat before the power of right-wing morons!

Beware of Abdul on the loose in Alabama!

Bomb a God-forsaken little town in Afghanistan for the fifth fucking time, in nine fucking years!

And that’s the news tonight, February 12, 2010, from Marjah in Helmand, in faraway Afghanistan, and from New York and Washington and Mobile and Petaluma and everywhere in between, in the chicken-heartland of America.  

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