Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rachel Maddow Turns ‘Gay Therapist’ Back to Gay


"Listen, Mr. Cohen, if you want your ball-sack bac when you leave the studio, just let my producer know, but all of America has just witnessed you taking it up the ass."

Story and video at HuffPost.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Emmylou Harris & Spyboy covering Neil Young's 'Wrecking Ball' on Sessions at West 54th.

Thanks to TheDwightStuff.


Here's a little follow-up on Fixer's post on why gold is a bad investment now. Let Miss Becky's suckers buy it.

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I'm not Warren Buffett by any means but we do okay. I don't generally offer financial advice but for the last few months, I've been seeing a lot more advertisements for gold peddlers, namely Goldline, on CNN.

Listen to me, now is not the time to buy gold. Now is the time to sell if you feel so inclined. Gold is at its highest value on record and you don't buy high. The time to buy was 5 years ago. Keep your money.

And don't take my word for it. Dave Neiwart has a post up at C&L touching on this as well.


"When people buy into the fear and flock into one thing, it's only a matter of time before it turns," said Matt Zeman, a metals trader at Chicago-based LaSalle Futures Group. Indeed, since last week's high of $1,218, gold had dropped Tuesday to $1,143, Zeman noted, adding: "I think the wheels could really come off the gold bandwagon."


The only "gold" you should be buying right now is Goldman-Sachs Preferred. Serious. Yeah, I know they suck as far as good corporate citizens go, but they always come up smelling like a rose and always pay dividends. Might as well take advantage of it.

But always, before you invest in anything, do extensive research and don't buy anything from anyone who solicits you. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Friday, December 11, 2009

It's true ...

Americans have an attention span that lasts as long as it takes to boil an egg.

My contribution ...

To Zappadan:

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Camarillo Brillo

Sums up my single, dating life perfectly. I was a "crazy chick" magnet.

Back after pizza ...

As useless as a ...

Thanks to YubaNet.

Sarah Palin, James Inhofe, and the Rest: Meet Christopher Clavius, Copernicus Denier:

The Rude Pundit compares anti-heliocentrists to climate change deniers. Worth a read.

You cannot imagine the shitstorm Nicholas Copernicus started when he stated that the sun was the center of the universe with planets revolving around it. All of a sudden, holy fuck, not only was the Earth no longer the big astronomical cheese, but the fuckin' terra firma was moving. [...]

The point here is not to mock poor Christopher Clavius for being a Jesuit tool for his German religious overlords. But one imagines that if at the time, with the wealth of the church behind him, had there been an internet and Fox "news" and a compliant media who believe that facts are mutable, Clavius would have been cited repeatedly in order to smack down that asshole Copernicus for daring to fuck with our sense of our place in the universe. And the uneducated masses, not knowing anything more than what the church told them, would have mostly agreed, "Fuck that Copernicus. What does he know?" We would still be arguing over it now, calling out Copernicus-deniers.

The Rude Pundit thought of Clavius when he read Sarah Palin's idiotic editorial in the Washington Post and then saw that she was daring to take on Al Gore over climate change. Truly, while he is not threatened possible sanction by a powerful church, it is sad to see Gore have to answer constant questions on whether or not climate change is real, to have to address every conspiracy theory that comes up, to have to talk to people as if an observed, confirmed fact is not such.

Clavius never completely gave up on geocentrism. But Galileo visited him in 1611, just before his death, and allowed him to use the telescope. Observing for himself such things as the phases of Venus and the moons of Jupiter, Clavius realized that what he believed about the order of the universe could not stand up to such scrutiny, and one of the last things he wrote was, "Since things are thus, astronomers ought to consider how the celestial orbs may be arranged in order to save these phenomena."

Clavius died the next year. Imagine Clavius in that moment, knowing his time was passed; knowing that everything he defended, all those centuries, all those theories, was now up for grabs; knowing - he had to - that he was wrong. The Rude Pundit would like to believe that we live among people who have the capacity for such enlightenment, but he fears that we are in an age where unbelief is, to rephrase, too convenient for truth.

It's easy to believe lies when ideology trumps reality. It follows then that if you believe it, it must be true, right?

The marijuana majority emerges

Traffic light near Fixer's house

Stephen C. Webster

According to an Angus Reid poll, 53 percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana. A further 68 percent of respondents said that the war on drugs has been a “failure.”

If only it mattered what the people think...

Headline of the Day dos

Tea Party protesters plan ‘die-ins’ at Senate offices

Excellent! I hope they have a great turnout and I wish them great success! May they all die!

Headline of the Day

Insurance industry insider: 'We win'

It's a race to the bottom ...

Between NY and CA ...

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. David Paterson said Wednesday that New York has run out of cash and he's directing budget officials to reduce state aid payments to schools, local governments and nonprofit service providers until things improve.


"I am directing the Division of the Budget to limit payments so that we will have the cash to pay our debts at the end of December," Paterson said. "I will continue to withhold payments until this economy is leveled off."

"Now New York has run out of cash," he said. "You can't spend money that you don't have."


... for the title of the 'Most Useless Legislature in the Nation'.

Thanks to Mr. Mass Transit for the link.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"...coulda had him any day..."*

*Apologies to Pancho and Lefty. For the full effect, open a new window and listen to that over and over while you read this link.

Today's 'must read' at Washington's Blog, more links at site:

The top military commander in Afghanistan - Stanley McChrystal - says that getting Bin Laden is the key to defeating Al Qaeda.

Getting Bin Laden sounds fine to me. But apparently the Bush administration couldn't have cared less about him.

Oh, they cared about him, all right. He was indispensible to their efforts. More on that later.

The oldest - and second-largest - French newspaper claims that CIA agents met with Bin Laden two months before 9/11, when he was already wanted for the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. Sibel Edmonds (the former FBI translator, who Department of Justice's Inspector General and several senators have called extremely credible, and some of whose previous claims have been confirmed by the British press) makes similar allegations. Bear with me, the rest of this essay is less speculative. If true, then the CIA could have nabbed Bin Laden before 9/11 (my em).

On October 14, 2001, the Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden to a neutral country if the US halted bombing gave the Taliban evidence of Bin Laden's involvement in 9/11. As the Guardian writes:

The Guardian subsequently points out:

A senior Taliban minister has offered a last-minute deal to hand over Osama bin Laden during a secret visit to Islamabad, senior sources in Pakistan told the Guardian last night.

For the first time, the Taliban offered to hand over Bin Laden for trial in a country other than the US without asking to see evidence first in return for a halt to the bombing, a source close to Pakistan's military leadership said.

So the U.S. could have had Bin Laden led away in handcuffs in October 2001.

According to the U.S. Senate - Bin Laden was "within the grasp" of the U.S. military in Afghanistan in December 2001, but that then-secretary of defense Rumsfeld refused to provide the soldiers necessary to capture him.

In addition, French soldiers allegedly say that they easily could have captured or killed Bin Laden in Afghanistan, but that the American commanders stopped them.

Yeah, letting yhe French get him simply wouldn't have done.

President Bush also shut down the CIA operation trying to capture Osama bin Laden. And let him escape in Tora Bora.

If they care about capturing the man who actually attacked us on 9/11 and killed nearly 3,000 Americans, they have a funny way of showing it.

A retired Colonel said that the U.S. could have killed Bin Laden again in 2007, but didn't:

We know, with a 70 percent level of certainty — which is huge in the world of intelligence — that in August of 2007, bin Laden was in a convoy headed south from Tora Bora. We had his butt, on camera, on satellite. We were listening to his conversations. We had the world’s best hunters/killers — Seal Team 6 — nearby. We had the world class Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) coordinating with the CIA and other agencies. We had unmanned drones overhead with missiles on their wings; we had the best Air Force on the planet, begging to drop one on the terrorist. We had him in our sights; we had done it ....Unbelievably, and in my opinion, criminally, we did not kill Usama bin Laden.

What did they know about bin Laden that they did not share with the public? Were they confident, for undisclosed reasons, that he posed no threat? Why are there no expressions of concern about his whereabouts?

If capturing or killing Bin Laden is so important, why didn't we do it in early 2001, or October 2001, or December 2001, or 2007?

Simple. Without bin Laden, al Qaeda would have been done and they would not have had an excuse to invade Iraq. They needed a boogieman on the loose to keep up the fearmongering that turned this nation into compliant pussies and let them get away with the crime of the century. The neocon PNAC and the Military Industrial Complex demanded it.

Oil, money, and world domination. That quest has cost us over 5000 American lives, 40,000 wounded, God knows how many walking time bombs and lives ruined, 100,000 plus dead Iraqis, a coupla $Trillion dollars, the nation is broke and in debt up to its ass.

We have no money left, we didn't get the oil, and we're in absolutely no danger any more of ruling the world.

It's what we get for letting warmongering capitalists and right-wing ideologues install a weakling as president who would do their bidding. Karzai is corrupt for sure, but he is small potatoes compared to the previous administration.

Thanks, Georgie. You pussy asshole.

It must never happen again again, but as memory fades it probably will until we get the money out of politics. Probably not in this lifetime.

As long as this post is, there is much more at the main link. Read it and stay pissed off. Complacency kills.

*!אױ גװאַלד

Mark Leibovich, NYT. Links at site.

The canon of Hanukkah songs written by Mormon senators from Utah just got a little bigger.

Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a solemn-faced Republican with a soft spot for Jews and a love of Barbra Streisand, has penned a catchy holiday tune, “Eight Days of Hanukkah.”

The video was posted Tuesday night on Tablet, an online magazine of Jewish lifestyle and culture, just in time for Hanukkah.

“Anything I can do for the Jewish people, I will do,” Mr. Hatch said in an interview before heading to the Senate floor to debate an abortion amendment. “Mormons believe the Jewish people are the chosen people, just like the Old Testament says.”

Uh-oh. End-of-days shit. Yeah, that Mormon likes Jews all right if they'll convert any time up until the last minute. Otherwise fuck 'em.

At one point, Mr. Hatch unbuttons his white dress shirt to expose the golden mezuzah necklace he wears every day. Mezuzahs also adorn the doorways of his homes in Washington and Utah. Mr. Hatch keeps a Torah in his Senate office.

“Not a real Torah, but sort of a mock Torah,” he said. “I feel sorry I’m not Jewish sometimes.”

I'm going to be sick.

Note to Hatch: Put yer money where yer mouth is. Have a bris or STFU.

Note to those of the Hebrew persuasion: Watch your backs. Better yet, run for your life from this asshole.

*Oy gevult!

Quote of the Day

From Deer Hunting with Jesus - Dispatches from America's Class War at the end of letters back and forth:

PS: Yes there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats. One has no heart and the other has no spine. But they both work for the same crime syndicate.

That's it in a nutshell.

Something good ...


Whether it is for the 170,000 troops stuck in one of the Bush/Cheney sandtraps or any of the other thousands of US military personnel away from home and family, do something to show your support for the troops beyond a cheap, made in China bumper magnet.


And he directs us to the USO site. Now, as a vet, I know what the USO does and it's a lot more than Bob Hope shows. Sometimes, the USO is the only slice of home a GI has for months, maybe years, at a time when he's deployed. If ya got a couple extra bucks, this is a good place to send them.

Rufus feat. Chaka Kahn - Tell Me Something Good

Paying their share ...

Good on my British friends:

Britain's Labour government slapped a one-off levy on bank bonuses on Wednesday and said it would hike income tax for all but the poorest in 2011, delaying action to tackle a record deficit until after an election it is expected to lose.


Now, I like paying taxes as much as the next guy but a big reason we have a deficit is because the very rich have all but given up paying them; that, and two wars being fought "off-the-books". After 30 years of hearing the bullshit of how taxation hurts the economy, they actually believe it.

Ladies and gentlemen, the stuff we do and take for granted has to be paid for ... sometime ... eventually.

Tell ya what, since the Christmas season is neigh upon us, buy as many things as you can. Until your credit card melts. Ten times more stuff than you can afford. And then tell your creditors that repayment isn't in your budget this year. Better yet, tell them you'll issue them a bond with a meager interest rate coming due 30 years from now. See what they say.

You like highways and bridges that don't crumble under you? You like the military to be able to respond to a threat against our nation? You like all those things you take for granted to still be there? You gotta pay taxes. You also gotta realize that making the rich and the corporations pay their fair share will not "lose jobs" or "destroy the economy". "Trickle-down economics" has been proven not to work, yet people still fall for the scare tactics.

"The Land of the Free" does not mean you don't have to pay for anything.

Thanks to Chris for the link.

Do we ...

Have to let them back in?

House Republicans are preparing for a trip to Copenhagen and looking to derail Democratic efforts to negotiate an international climate agreement.


Common sense ...

Of which the Dems and their leadership seem to have abdicated (if they had any to begin with). Mr. Philadelphia (in toto):

I hope Dems in Congress take a moment or two to think about the politics of health care reform. Once it passes they will own all of it, not just the reforms. Republicans will turn every health insurance horror story in a story about how the Dems' HCR is a tremendous awful horrible failure, whether or not it has anything to do with specific reforms enacted.

All of this is my subtle way of suggesting they'd better pass something that people like and that works, because otherwise every insurance company dick move will be their fault.

The Dems painted themselves into a corner from Jump Street and this crap legislation is what we end up with. Way to shoot yourselves in the foot, guys.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Shoein' an' Wheezin'

Snow can be fun, and just about anything you do in it, from shovelling to skiing, is great exercise. The dogs love it.

The snow is still pretty soft and the 'shoes are sinking in about six inches with every step which I hope explains the wheezin' a little. It's good to get your heart rate up. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice so I'll go out again and take a ski pole for better balance and break some trail up to the woods. Enjoy this. I did.

Notice me snicker at about 1:17 when I got my 'shoes crossed. My prediction almost came true. Heh.

I gotta work on holding the camera more level.

Thanks to me.

No shit!

Thanks to YubaNet,

War Tax Spirit

Maybe if we had to pay for the wars we start, we wouldn't start unnecessary ones.

Thanks to YubaNet.

"Irony Floats"

One more article on Oasis Of The Seas in Time.

The cruise industry is basically a duopoly, with two players--Carnival, which owns Cunard, Holland America, Princess and Seabourn, among others, and Royal Caribbean, which also owns Celebrity and a few international lines--controlling 70% of the market. There are three segments: contemporary, at $200 and under per day; premium, $250 and up; and luxury, at $300 and above. Royal Caribbean and Carnival operate mostly in the contemporary segment.

[...] Robin Farley, an analyst at UBS, says only 5% of vacationers opt for cruises each year, "just larger than the number of people who go to Branson, Mo."

Heh. The cruise lines might sell more tickets if folks could drive their RVs right onto the ship. Do they have 'tank decks' like an LST? Pull into port, just ram the thing up a boat ramp and disgorge everybody in their own rigs! Fabulous! It's the American Way! It'd be a lot of fun to watch 'em back their rigs back onto the ship too. After about one session of that the cruise line'll install turntables to hold down the damage! Valet parking at the very least. Or maybe ro-ro. More amenable to the port facilities. Don't wanta piss the locals off just by showin' up. Cruise ports-of-call probably shouldn't be treated like Iwo Jima.

To cruise lines, every passenger is a potential ATM, which is why they'll do anything to avoid leaving with empty berths. A full ship is important to the atmosphere, and to employees' pockets, as tips are an important income boost. If you board, you might buy drinks, spa treatments, snorkeling excursions or even airbrush tattoos. And gamble. So the 103% occupancy rates RCL has maintained through the recession have been worth the deep discounting. "It's been a frustrating time," admits Goldstein, "but in this downturn it's critical to satisfy our customers and hope they'll come back and pay a higher price."

Your ticket accounts for more than 70% of revenue--Royal Caribbean had sales of $6.5 billion last year, with $574 million in earnings--and ancillary charges, easily paid with a swipe of your onboard ID, made up about a quarter of those revenues. In the past 10 years, the ships have added acupuncture, personal trainers, spinning classes and premium restaurants. One line even offers Botox treatments. The bigger the boat, the more opportunities, which is why Kochneff, for one, expects cruise companies to introduce more sea monsters like Oasis.

"A swipe of your onboard ID." According to reports, Fixer wears out the card readers, but his bar tab easily pays for replacements.

According to Yesawich, Oasis is tailor-made for first-timers--hence the park, the golf, the shows. "Getting them on the ship is the big hurdle," says Brown. "So the way to get a ton of them up the gangplank is to make it as much like land as possible." Apparently, irony floats.

Go see photos. This barge, and a barge it truly is, looks just like the joints in Las Vegas, difference being that Vegas can't sink. Think I'm kiddin'? They couldn't get the whole ship in one photo!

Click to embiggen

Not for me, thanks. If you're gonna spend all your time in the ship as the destination, I think I'd rather go in one of these.

Or a nice, useful cruise to the African coast in one of these.

R.I.P. The Washington Times

Good news. We need a little of that once in a while.

The Smirking Chimp, links at site.

You'd think that somebody with a direct line to the Almighty, and tapped by Jesus to save mankind on Earth, would be able to come up with a better business plan for running a daily newspaper. But, alas, after nearly three decades of unrelenting financial losses, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a federal tax cheat, accused cult leader, and founder of the Unification Church, has decided to pull out. Actually, according to news reports, it's more like Moon's U.S. college-educated sons, as part of an internal family power struggle, have decided to finally cut off the endless stream of Asian church cash that's kept the Times afloat.

With the announcement that 40 percent of the Times' staff is getting pink-slipped, and that the daily's no longer even going to bother with traditional who/what/where/when/why reporting, instead publishing an opinion-heavy publication that will be free of charge at a diminished number of local outlets, Times owners look like they're angling to be a Weekly Standard wannabe, churning out lots of predictable GOP Noise Machine opinion prattle. (Paging Andrew Breirtbart!) What is clear is that the daily's days as a functioning newspaper are now over.


And this: Moon claims to have communicated with God, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed. Moon also claims to have freed Adolf Hitler from hell, and that 36 former U.S. presidents have all endorsed him from beyond the grave.

What that kind of brazen nuttiness ever had to do with conservative values remains a mystery. But the Moonie checks were cashed all over town as Beltway conservative activists embraced Moon and his largesse, which for decades poured into right-wing think tanks. It paid for elaborate anti-communism conferences; it lined the pockets of high-profile guest speakers; and of course sustained a newspaper that could not otherwise sustain itself.

It kept alive a newspaper that utterly failed in the marketplace.

And no, I can't say I'm going to miss The Washington Times.

I think it's that wingers are less and less able to read as time goes by, and why should they bother when they can get the opinions they're supposed to have from AM radio and ClusterFox?

Note to Tony Blankley: Maybe you can sell yer fancy suits for tents and live in yer Navigator.

Quote of the Day



Honestly, I think Palin and the rest of the End-Timers have already been left-behind during the last evolutionary jump.


If you thought ...

Getting through security in the airport was a pain in the ass before, wait:

Reporting from Washington - The Transportation Security Administration is investigating a breach in which a manual detailing sensitive airport screening procedures appeared on a government website, officials said Tuesday.


Ass-covering will begin shortly. Expect mandatory cavity searches for everyone ...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Today's Projects

Since all that's going on in the news today is obstructionist blathering from the batcrap right wing and Moosebreath's silly hat, I got time to do more fun stuff.

I gotta dig the Dakota out in time to take my property tax check to the post office on Thursday.

Click fotos to waaaay embiggen!

Down that way and to the right is my spare toilet paper supply. No hurry. I got three sheets left.

An hour or so's work, maybe two. No sweat. It's a beautiful day to be outdoors. Later.


An unusually cold storm has brought a little of the Himalayas to California.

Ah, Grasshopper, do brass monkey's balls turn blue before they fall off?

Thanks to Dawn Fischer of Bitney Springs CA. From "Snow Stories" in YubaNet.

Where ...

Is the Little Red Book?

Logistics ...

Once again, as I've said here a million times, any success for the "surge" in Afghanistan depends on the ability to supply the combat units in-theater. As we pull out of Iraq, consolidating our presence there, you'd think we'd rotate equipment no longer needed to Afghanistan. Ah ... no:

Even as the U.S. military scrambles to support a troop surge in Afghanistan, it is donating passenger vehicles, generators and other equipment worth tens of millions of dollars to the Iraqi government.


Some of the items that commanders may now leave behind, including passenger vehicles and generators, are among what commanders in Afghanistan need most urgently, according to Pentagon memos.


It's one thing to get "boots on the ground" and quite another to keep them in the fight. 30,000 troops and their personal gear are the easy part; load 'em onto transport aircraft in the States and drop 'em off half a world away. Getting them stuff like electricity, potable water, vehicles of all kinds, and all the other accoutrement is the hard part.

Bringing stuff into a place like Iraq, where we have access to a sea route (container ships and ro-ros can carry far more than C-5s and C-17s) is easier by orders of magnitude than to fly everything in, due to the fact we have no water access to Afghanistan. Trucking the shit through Pakistan is virtually impossible due to the threat to the supply line in the "lawless areas" along the border like Waziristan and Baluchistan. Leaving "flyable" stuff behind in Iraq when it could be used, and is sorely needed, in Afghanistan seems like very bad policy to me.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The kinda problems I wish I had...

Guardian UK

International drug cartels have abandoned the US dollar for high denomination euros to launder millions in illegal profits, Europol has revealed. The gangs no longer use $100 bills because €500 notes – the largest denomination of euro – take up less room when transporting large amounts of cash across the world.

I should only have so many Benjies I can't find room for them. Yeesh.

Sorry ...

About the lack of blogging today. Gordon's buried in snow and we're burying a relative. Back in form tomorrow. Anybody who has privileges, feel free ...

Heavy Snow, Possible Light Blogging

Lotsa mountain snow out here in CA. Right now it's as deep as the augur housing on my snowthrower. I'll be in and out all day. Maybe some pics later. We're expecting another 18-24" by tomorrow so I sorta got keep after it.

This actually happened in the Safeway produce section the other day:

A visitor to our town to his wife, "We better get some cans of beans and chicken soup in case we get snowed in."

Guess who: "If ya get snowed in, just call Dominos. They deliver."

V: "They got a good four wheel drive, huh?"

Gw: "Yeah, and if the kid has ta shovel yer walkway to get the pizza to ya, be sure to tip him good."

Everybody has a good 4WD around here and today is why. Just launched Mrs. G towards work through a foot plus of snow. I blew the driveway, but that's gotta stop somewhere.

Check out our local I-80 webcams and an assortment of other local webcams. Here's our downtown one. The building is our train/bus depot, called TITT. I'm not making that up. Stands for Truckee Intermodal Transportation Terminal. Our local bus service will have you standing on the corner waiting for a TART too. Tahoe Area Rapid (Hah!) Transit. Either me or the local transpo guys have a dirty mind. Heh.

I'll be ba-ack...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Try Not To Remember

This is a song about PTSD. Lyrics.

In the still of the night
Do you laugh, do you cry?
Do you try not to remember?

Written and performed by Sheryl Crow. From Home of the Brave

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

Kindly notice that the not-very-well-adjusted soldiers have the 4th ID patch on their right shoulders, signifying the outfit they saw combat with. The 4th ID is based at Fort Hood.

Sheryl Crow ~ Try Not To Remember
Thanks to CrowVideoArchive.

The Indian and the White Guy

Last night Mrs. G made her World Famous Texas Hot Tamale Pie. Let's just say her version involves cows, buffalo, Jiffy corn muffin mix, cheddar cheese, Carroll Shelby and the good GOP - Garlic, Onions, and Peppers. Most recipes come in a pretty white bread form to appeal to people who don't like a lot of spicing, but Mrs. G knows how to jazz 'em up to our taste.

While she had the cookbook out to refresh her memory, I got to thinking about said book and when and where we got it. Florence Henderson (website) used to have a cooking and talk show with celebrity guests on The Nashville Network and we watched it many times.

I think my favorite comment of hers was when she said that, being from a large family and given that girls wore dresses in the days when she was a child, her family ate so many beans that her feet didn't touch the ground 'til she was twelve years old. Din't need no hoop to billow her dress! Heh.

Anyway, here's the cookbook. It looks like you can get a copy for a penny and on up. I recommend this book for the "Pamela's Chicken Spaghetti" as well as the Tamale Pie. Other good recipes as well.

One of the big featured acts on this show was Williams and Ree (website - read their 'fake history'. Heh.). These guys are clowns and good at it.

Here's a clip of them trying to make a dessert whilst doing a comedy bit or vice-versa. Yeah, it's silly, but it's funnier'n shit. There's plenty more videos of 'em too. Enjoy.

Thanks to hallingdal22.

Raw materials ...

I've elaborated on the difficulties of trying to get Afghans to see themselves as "Afghans" (and not primarily part of their tribe Pashtuns, Tajiks, Turkmen, etc.) and turn them into a national army. What I didn't take into consideration was that, on top of all these "mindset problems", these guys love their dope too much:


As someone who has spent time in Afghanistan, Howie pointed out that the thing that nobody seems to want to admit about Afghanistan is that it's not actually a country, its a bunch of tribes. And everybody's stoned --- their culture is organized around growing opium and they have the best hash in the world.

This is not a value judgment. It's just an observation of a strong, thousand year old culture and thinking US soldiers can change it in a "couple, three years" is so absurd you just know they aren't even remotely serious about doing it.


We're doing nothing but wasting lives and money. Digby's money line is this:


But hey, maybe that's what they've got the DEA doing over there. After all, it's been such a roaring success here in the US.


If it's up to the DEA to change attitudes over there, we'll be in the Hindu Kush for another century.