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Life beyond David Bowie

I was lucky tonight for having begged out of work tomorrow. It made it easier for me to absorb the news of David Bowie’s death.

An all-time epic indictment of Fascism.


You are noble and poetic in defeat, sir

Ta-Nehisi is right.

A great many American problems, by Coates’ lights, come from the fact that the nation was simultaneously founded on a messianic self-conception and gruesome injustice — the high moral principles of the Declaration of Independence grafted onto an agrarian slave state.

It is a token of faith in America that every man should be something of a God. That Righteousness be His eternal birthright. So I see no point in asking this man what the hell he was thinking.

An Indiana veteran is baffled that he was arrested on felony charges after opening fire at two shoplifting suspects fleeing a store near his home.

“I thought, ‘Really? A felony charge?’ I’m very well-trained,” said Norman Reynolds, who chased the men out of the Big R store in Elkhart and fired his gun at them when he was unable to catch up, reported WBND-LD.

Because Indiana. Which is smack-dab in the middle of America. This means that Norman Reynolds has the right to summarily execute evildoers of whatever stripe, on all days, everyday, in all circumstances. Although I must admit I’m glad to hear him offer up some law-and-order mumbo-jumbo for drawing a bead and firing the ole’ Wrath of Christ. Such gestures are always polite and well-appreciated, culturally speaking…

“I wanted them to stay there [in the parking lot] until the police arrived,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds has a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

He said he only opened fire because the suspect in the passenger seat of the truck had dropped out of sight and Reynolds didn’t know if the suspect would pop back up with a weapon.

Having chased the shoplifters outside, he was afraid one of them was about to draw a gun on him. I mean, are these people assholes or what? Clearly it had become a dangerous situation, there’s really no arguing about it. These jerks are the type of people who steal things and then run away, after all. It makes perfect sense he would try to murder them. There’s no more effective way of forcing a moving object to remain exactly where they are [forever].

He still has his permit to carry, but Reynolds said this experience has led him to no longer arm himself.

“I really, really feel uncomfortable,” Reynolds said. “So [my wife and I] hardly ever go out. I pretty much stay in my house cause I don’t feel like I can defend myself and I will not be a victim.”

Now he’s not allowed to shoot anybody.

“I have to completely rethink my life now because of this,” Reynolds said.

He’s totally helpless. Thanks, Obama.


Today in right-wing terrorism

Three dead and many wounded at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Zigmond Post, who told BuzzFeed News he was a neighbor of Dear’s in Hartsel, said the man once gave him anti-Obama pamphlets.

Post said he once went to Dear’s home to retrieve two dogs that had gotten loose. “We were there for a minute and the guy was already handing us anti-Obama pamphlets,” he said. According to Post, Dear said “Obama was ruining the country and needed to be impeached.”


The Washington Post.

The gunman suspected of storming a Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two others told the officers who arrested him “no more baby parts,” after being taken into custody, according to a law enforcement official.

The attack on the clinic was “definitely politically motivated,” the official — who has been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because it is still unfolding — told The Washington Post.


Ground and pound for the clowns

Yesterday was ‘there’s a monster in the backyard let’s go throw rocks at it’ day. And after only barely poking his head out from behind the safety of his 2% polling, Bobby Jindal worked up the courage to step out and girl-arm this at the beast’s feet.

President Trump today announced that the first season of “The Apprentice: White House Edition” will air on CBS this fall. Contestants, including Gary Busey, Ted Cruz and Kanye West, will vie for Cabinet positions. The announcement came as the newly renamed “Hair Force One” touched down in South Dakota for the unveiling of President Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, first lady Melania had reason to celebrate as her White House-branded perfume, Trump, by Trump, hit Macy’s shelves …

No, this is not a story from The Onion. It’s a vision of our future.

To which Godzilla replied: “No one is going to carve Kenneth the Page’s face up there next to Teddy Roosevelt. Okay? I’m sorry.”

Just how bad are Donald’s rivals at playing this game? They’re this bad:

The problem with Donald Trump is that he will never be president. His nomination as the Republican candidate would gift the White House to Hillary Clinton. He would self-destruct in a general election.

Jindal can’t decide whether Godzilla would destroy Tokyo or merely hand it over to Mothra. When the Donald calls these guys a bunch of clowns, he’s right. Flinging poo from the enemy camp:

‘Trump is going to see what low-energy looks like,’ an ally to Jeb Bush says.

That should have sounded like a threat, not a suicide note.


Republicans and Negro music

A bit of sixties history:

citizen councils and negro music

This was a flyer distributed by the Citizens Council of Greater New Orleans. These ‘Concerned Citizens Councils’ were the button-down equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan, more likely to get you fired from your job than burn a cross on your lawn. Shockingly, they still exist today.

As late as 1998 Republicans like Trent Lott and Bob Barr were still attending CCC meetings and talking conservative politics to their members. As late as 2010 Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour was praising the good work a CCC did in his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi.

By the way, yesterday marked the beginning of Black Music Month.

The event was called “A Republican Salute to Black Music Month” and, according to organizer Raynard Jackson, a black Republican consultant, was to include R&B legend Sam Moore (“Soul Man”), Marlon Jackson of the Jackson 5 and others…

Moore, Marlon Jackson and the others showed up. But among the “confirmed participants,” [Reince] Priebus was the sole man missing. And there was nobody from the RNC to take his place.

The chairman of the Republican Party was supposed to grace the event with his presence, but for some reason he missed. Maybe he wasn’t missing much.

Whatever the cause of the chairman’s absence, it would be unfair to say there was widespread disappointment, because attendance itself was not widespread. The organizers had warned of the “limited number of seats available to the general public,” but half of the 50-odd place settings in the room were unused. Rather than a Republican salute to black music, this was a limp handshake.

Even with members of Sam And Dave and the Jackson 5 on the panel, “A Republican Salute to Black Music Month” didn’t draw 30 members of the public. Too bad. I’m sure Sam Cooke fans would’ve have loved to hear this:

…music producer Carvin Haggins, offered the novel view that African Americans quit the Republican Party because of Watergate (and not, say, Barry Goldwater or the civil rights movement). The Democratic Party, he said, “is the slave master’s party.” He explained: “Instead of leaving my plantation and making it on your own, stay here and we’ll feed you and we’ll give you health care.”

Priebus (and the RNC in general) has been widely criticized for doing virtually nothing to integrate the Republican Party after all these long, white years. Still, the organizer of “A Republican Salute…” keeps the faith.

Raynard Jackson offered a defense, of sorts, of the absent chairman. “When I first met him I thought he was a chicken, but when I got to know him and I became friends with him I think he’s a pig now,” Jackson said. “For a chicken to lay eggs, that doesn’t mean anything. But when you ask a pig for bacon, that’s a total commitment. And see, most Republican chairmen have laid eggs in the black community. . . . He’s my pig. He’s made a total commitment.”


Urgent call for cat boarding/rescue in Pennsylvania

I received some terrible news today by way of our friends at Rumproast. Terrific blogger StrangeAppar8us has taken ill and is currently hospitalized. His three cats are in urgent need of a new home(s). The cats are in the Pennsylvania area.

We will be doing everything we can for Strange, including setting up fundraisers and putting together his work, but for now we have an immediate need for homes for his three cats, most likely permanent homes, though I hope with all my heart someday he may be reunited with at least one. They are all seven years old, spayed and neutered, and I am hoping he may get one back someday, but we have no idea if that will ever happen.

So, anyone interested in taking in the charming 7 year olds, two males one female, see the post here. Or at least contact Strange’s friends at

Anything you could do in this regard would be much appreciated. Get well soon, Strange.



Dilbert’s Scott Adams: getting worse and worse

Dilbert’s creator and libertarian ink-bag, Scott Adams, mounts a campaign for most-hated internet denizen. We come to terms with his ‘Dilbert’ without saying much. But we note the Misogyny of His March, where women were slap-worthy toddlers, or something:

The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.

Then there was the Appreciation of His April, where he took to message boards to socketpuppet-ly masturbate himself:

3. Can he repeat his success with Dilbert? He already turned a failing comic into a household word by transforming it from a generic comic into a workplace comic. He wrote a number of best selling books. He was one of the top paid public speakers for a decade. His website has earned him millions while no other comic property has done the same. One of his two restaurants was solidly successful. And now he’s one of the most popular writers in the Wall Street Journal. You can argue that all of his successes spring from his one lucky success with Dilbert, but I would argue that all entrepreneurs leverage whatever advantages they start with, whether that is technical knowledge, contacts, or whatever.

4. As far as Adams’ ego goes, maybe you don’t understand what a writer does for a living. No one writes unless he believes that what he writes will be interesting to someone. Everyone on this page is talking about him, researching him, and obsessing about him. His job is to be interesting, not loved. As someone mentioned, he has a certified genius I.Q., and that’s hard to hide.

Now comes the Justification of His June, where we men are all turgid, pegged rapists in a world full of annoyingly defenseless and geometrically displeasing holes:

If you have a round peg that doesn’t fit in a square hole, do you blame the peg or the hole? You probably blame neither. We don’t assign blame to inanimate objects . .

Now consider human males. No doubt you have noticed an alarming trend in the news. Powerful men have been behaving badly, e.g. tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive to just about everyone in the entire world. The current view of such things is that the men are to blame for their own bad behavior. That seems right. Obviously we shouldn’t blame the victims. I think we all agree on that point. Blame and shame are society’s tools for keeping things under control.

The part that interests me is that society is organized in such a way that the natural instincts of men are shameful and criminal while the natural instincts of women are mostly legal and acceptable. In other words, men are born as round pegs in a society full of square holes. Whose fault is that? Do you blame the baby who didn’t ask to be born male? Or do you blame the society that brought him into the world, all round-pegged and turgid, and said, “Here’s your square hole”?

Here’s where I impress you with my commentary: Wow.


What’s the civilized alternative to multi-culturalism?

Isn’t disappointment guaranteed you when you choose to be a Conservative? Doesn’t it hurt, the way so few people behave? Think of the problems that would vanish if we could all be the same.

State multiculturalism has failed, says David Cameron
BBC News | 5 February 2011

David Cameron has criticised “state multiculturalism” in his first speech as prime minister on radicalisation and the causes of terrorism.

At a security conference in Munich, he argued the UK needed a stronger national identity to prevent people turning to all kinds of extremism . .

The speech angered some Muslim groups, while others queried its timing amid an English Defence League rally in the UK . .

“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,” the prime minister said.

Your liberalism, yes, as in ‘squeeze the outsiders.’ So Britons are to do what, exactly? Or Americans, who have been bludgeoned by right-wingers with “naive multi-culturalist,” they need to change, how? I’m curious to know what you’d have me do from now on.

When I see someone wearing a headscarf, should I criticize them? Should I tell them that a normal person doesn’t dress like that?

When I smell someone cooking strange, odoriferous food, should I knock on their door? Should I remind them of the mainstream pleasures of hamburgers and hot dogs?

When I see somebody observing strange customs, like praying to an unfamiliar God, should I point out that most of us doubt He exists? Should I add that some think His religion evil? Or, at least, hilarious?

I am nauseated at the sound of “multi-culturalism has failed.” In what way should I change my tolerant habits? I can’t tell you how I would love to know. Because the only alternatives to acceptance and mutual respect, as far as I can tell, are outdated regionalism and racism.

When someone criticizes institutions or traditions, like our flag, our holidays, our celebrities, I oughta take them to task? I might lecture them on the meanings of such things? Perhaps I’ll make it personal and tell them what it all means to me. That should be effective, right, because I am such a typical, wonderful, national-type person. Gosh, lucky me.

And, please, do let me know how to go about tightening up Cameron’s “collective identity.” What is it, by the way? Is it somewhere where I can see it? Or must I read about it in a book? Such things were once the fancies of historians, gazing long hours into their way-back machines.

This attack on multi-culturalism is ugly politics, period. They offer no alternative because there is no civilized alternative. Only an anachronistic fool would want to beef up the cultural, if not criminal, codes on behavior, attitude and appearance. The absences of such things are the trademarks of open, Western societies. You can’t tighten freedom.

Remember these guys?

They look pretty normal to me. To you, maybe not. So what are we really talking about?


Jimmy Carter faces $5 million lawsuit for his 2006 criticisms of Israel

So the pro-Israel folks still can’t let it go? Jimmy Carter’s likening the former treatment of Blacks under Apartheid to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in their territories?

And there, apartheid exists in its more despicable forms, that Palestinians are deprived of basic human rights. Their land has been occupied and then confiscated and then colonized by the Israeli settlers. And they have now more than 205 settlements in the West Bank itself. And what has happened is, over a period of years, the Israelis have connected settlements with highways, and those highways make the West Bank look like a honeycomb and maybe a spider web. You can envision it. And in many cases, most cases, the Palestinians are prevented from using the highways at all, and in many cases, even from crossing the highways.

Gee, what a pile of . . facts. Anyway, good luck beating a guy who won a Nobel Prize for his work in the Middle East:

President Carter named in $5 million lawsuit over his “Palestine” book
By Stephen Lowman | WaPo | 2/2/2011

More than four years after its publication, five disgruntled readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Jimmy Carter and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, alleging that his 2006 book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” contained “numerous false and knowingly misleading statements intended to promote the author’s agenda of anti-Israel propaganda and to deceive the reading public instead of presenting accurate information as advertised” . .

The suit accuses Carter and his publisher of violating New York consumer protection laws because they engaged in “deceptive acts in the course of conducting business” and alleges that they sought enrichment by promoting the book “as a work of non-fiction.”

In a press release, one of the attorneys, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner stated: “The lawsuit will expose all the falsehoods and misrepresentations in Carter’s book and prove that his hatred of Israel has led him to commit this fraud on the public. He is entitled to his opinions but deceptions and lies have no place in works of history.”

They don’t? Nitsana apparently doesn’t read much history. What a bunch of red-asses.


Iran produces video and propaganda to claim ‘deceitful’ Neda Soltan faked her own dramatic shooting death

This is all pretty much par for the course for Fascists:

Neda Soltan’s death was faked, says documentary on Iran state TV

THE young woman killed during the June election protests in Tehran was an agent for the United States and Britain who faked her own death, says a documentary made by Iran state television.

Neda Agha Soltan, 27, became a symbol of Iranian democratic resistance when her death was filmed on a mobile phone and then posted on YouTube [above], where it was watched by millions of people.

It was then broadcast around the world by news organisations.

Yet a documentary shown on Iranian state TV claims she wasn’t dying, but had simply poured blood on her face from a hidden bottle, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a group of journalists who cover 20 countries where a free press is banned or not established.

The documentary later claims the “deceived and deceitful” Neda was shot dead on the way to hospital and that she was the victim of a plot by foreigners and Opposition supporters, including the doctor, Arash Hejazi, who treated her in the street.

“While Neda is (pretending) she is injured and is lying on the back seat of the car on their lap, they bring out a handgun from their pockets,” the documentary’s narrator says.

“A handgun that they obtained from their Western and Iranian friends to water the tree of reforms and kill people and create divisions within society. Neda, for a moment, realises their wicked plan and struggles to escape, but they quickly shoot her from behind.”

RFE/RL reports Iranian officials have repeatedly described her death as “suspicious” and a “premeditated scenario” to defame Iran…

Dr Hejazi said Tehran kept changing its story about Neda’s death.

“Their first reaction was that she was alive,” he said. “Then they said the footage was fake. One day they said a BBC reporter killed her. Then they said it was the CIA. Then they said the (Mujahedin) Khalq Organisation was behind it.

“The latest is this documentary.”

How could they be so stupid? Why would they even bother? Fear. Check out the comments of the guy who posted the English version of the ‘documentary’ at YouTube:

shabbirh (1 day ago) Show Hide

@weekendperson1 with respect are you illiterate? Do you understand English? The report is about a DOCUMENTARY made by a THIRD PARTY about the murder of Neda Agha Soltani. Just because you can’t cope with the fact that the western media you idolize was lying. You say all manner of things about Press TV. Eh do you worst – you’re just so pathetic and irrelavent it matters not. Neda was killed by her own allies; poor misguided and confused soul. Sad yes – but also true. Also – hands off Iran