Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saturday Emmlou Blogging

This one was up some time ago and was taken down. I'm glad it's back up! A little wide, a little flat, but the tune's good.

Thanks to OldTyme TunesFour.

Friday, May 16, 2014

American Sacked* Spring

*To us mechanics, a spring that has lost its tension and is therefore useless is "sacked".

Operation American Spring warns of FEMA roundup, civil war, chemtrails

This is just getting too good! Note to the rest of the world that laughs at the U.S. becaue of these yingyangs and a good many of our politicians: A lot of us are laughing right along with you. If we didn't laugh at these idiots, they're so embarrassing we'd cry.

"A caller from North Carolina said he feared Obama would declare martial law and begin executing Christian citizens as a prelude to civil war."

“I’m so fed up with the tyranny I sold my jet ski,” the caller said. “I’m so fed up with the way the government is manipulating the water with the chemtrails, I’m afraid I can’t even use my jet ski.”

That guy obviously has no idea what the unburned oil in the exhaust from his 2-stroke jet ski does to the water. Yeesh.

“I didn’t see the Civil War,” she said. “But I’m from the South, and we’re still fighting it.”

You're still losing it too. Heh.

Much more, and if you look around the intertubes a bit you will find many more hilarious pieces on this #MajorFail.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Excerpt of the Day

From "Will Justice Scalia Ever Get Tired of Tasting His Own Ass?" at Political Garbage Chute.

By the time Scalia leaves this mortal coil, his entire career on the high court will be riddled with embarrassing decisions. These decisions will declare to all of history to come after us that he was a bitter, old bigot who used his enormous authority to hurt the average American time and again. Whether by gleefully and unapologetically giving corporations and Wall Street a wide open door through which they can enter and buy off our government wholesale, or by just as gleefully and unapologetically standing up for the rights of the bigots to write laws that hurt minorities, Scalia has been right there to make sure the elite get to keep their oligarchy, and his legacy will be forever tarnished for it.

Along with democracy.

Shit's Getting Real Out West

Charlie Pierce. with video.

It's really time for the Republican party, at the local, state, and party levels, to man up here, or else to say clearly that individual acts of seditious lawlessness are part of the party's basic philosophy of government. Maybe each Republican state committee can have an annual Calhoun-Davis Day Dinner.

Lyman said the much-publicized ride on the northern section of the 11-mile trail is less about the canyon specifically and more about public access to trails in general. "This is not about Recapture. It is not about ATVs. It is not politics, it is not economics," he said. "It is part of who I am. It is part of Blanding, and it is our culture, too. We don't not want to see groups come in and say these trails did not exist ... it was a thoroughfare since the mid-1800s."

Which is about when a big-government program called the U.S. Cavalry came along and cleared out all the natives so that, one day, Phil Lyman could help people dodge taxes and act like a jackass on weekends.

(And, of course, the local Native Americans objected, too, but they haven't been relevant since "the mid-1800s.")

This is an elected official, not some racist wrinkle-bag like Cliven Bundy. If you vote for Phil Lyman, you are voting for sedition. If you are Fox News, and you celebrate him, you are celebrating sedition. It is long past time for the Republican party to fish or cut bait on this end of movement conservatism. Either support the seditious philosophy of local control, or oppose it. But they shouldn't be allowed any more to use its energy during election years and then walk away after the votes are cast.

There far too much loose talk in respectable Republican circles about nullification, secession, and the crackpot theories of county government that used to be the exclusive ideological province of the Posse Comitatus movement. (There is also too much loose talk about impeachment, too, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of scrod.) Increasingly, there is no apparent fringe to conservative rhetoric, let alone any real limits. Somebody within that party has to step up and rein this lunacy in, or else embrace it publicly as the party's basic philosophy, or else euphemisms may not be the only things that die in those deserts.

I would be thrilled fucking shitless if it's the Repuglican't Party that dies in those deserts. Make their bleached bones a national monument to the death of right-wing stupidity.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Boxer On Benghazi

My Senator. Thank you, Babs.

You don't need a degree in political science to know that the House Republicans' latest "investigation" of Benghazi is a political witch hunt.

It was clear before the Republican chairman of the new Select Committee on Benghazi suggested he wants to put the administration on "trial."

It was clear before the House GOP rejected House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's offer to have a fair panel with equal representation from Republicans and Democrats.

It was clear well before the National Republican Congressional Committee and top Republicans began fundraising off this tragedy.

Republicans have only one goal: to turn this tragedy into a scandal. Their relentless campaign to use the events in Benghazi to score cheap political points ahead of the midterm elections is appalling.
This is Plan B since Obamacare is succeeding. Those idiots don't think, if such is the word, very far ahead.

Here's another thing the GOP won't be investigating -- the tragedy and scandal of more than 4,000 Americans killed in the Iraq War based on phony intelligence.

Between 1998 and 2013, there were at least 501 significant attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel in 70 countries, which resulted in the deaths of 586 people, including 67 Americans. During the Bush administration, there were 166 attacks, which killed 116 people, including 18 Americans.

Those attacks were all terrible tragedies. The difference is that we never had a political party spend years exploiting them for political gain.

The New York Times had it right last week when they wrote:

"They won't pass a serious jobs bill, or raise the minimum wage, or reform immigration, but House Republicans think they can earn their pay for the rest of the year by exposing nonexistent malfeasance on the part of the Obama administration."

The Republicans' kangaroo court on Benghazi isn't just a waste of taxpayer dollars -- it's a national disgrace.

My 2¢: The only thing that will make these Repugs happy in their already-dead failed attempt to keep Hillary from being President is if a video surfaces of her with an AK-47 in either hand and a Quran in the other, wearing a hijab and ululating wildly, personally leading the attack on the Benghazi CIA facility.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

From the Latest Headlines crawl:

Supreme Court approves conversion of Jews to Christianity

China Considers Building Underwater Bullet Train to U.S.
Using American laborers in search of a better life.

Greece Ranked Most Corrupt Nation in EU
Roughly on a par with New Jersey.

99.5% of Wonder Bread's Political Contributions Went to Republicans
Who eat nothing but.
Helps make them bland and tasteless and makes them think they are eating real food. that esplains a lot.

Las Vegas One of Several Finalists for 2016 GOP Convention
Others being looked at: Macao, Dubai, Shanghai.
They forgot to add: Adelson to make final decision.