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Happy Halloween

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Vintage Halloween

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Today's Pix

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A WTF Podcast

Marc Maron talks with Robin Williams (2010)

Today's Toon

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Today's Poodling

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Jason Chaffetz (R-is-for-rocks-in-head):
"Why not have the surgeon general head this up?" Chaffetz asked in a Wednesday appearance on Fox News. "I think that's a very legitimate question. At least you have somebody who has a medical background whose been confirmed by the United States Senate...It begs the question, what does the surgeon general do? Why aren't we empowering that person?"

The basic dig against Chaffetz of course is that his guys have blocked Obama's nominee for SG, so he sounds pretty stoopid - not that that's gonna matter to the rubes.  OK, maybe he was referring to the "Acting SG"?  No way of knowing because of course the DumFux News Poodle managed not to mention any of that.  Which kinda reinforces the basic point that DumFux News is not a news thing.  It's a GOP thing.

A New Meme

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Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.



Unfortunately, even as monumentally stoopid as it sounds - and even tho' somebody's bound to say he put it up just to see if he could get a rise outa the Libtards -  ya gotta know there's a whole-number percentage of rubes out there who're gonna buy into it no matter what.

So OK - let's play:

We haven't had a catastrophic economic crash since Obamacare.
We haven't mistakenly invaded Iraq since Obamacare.
Terrorists haven't flown any hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center since Obamacare.
There's been no Zombie Apocalypse since Obamacare.
There are no Badger/Unicorn hybrids playing in the NBA since Obamacare.

We're not seriously thinking about putting a douche canoe like this guy in charge of anything are we?

A Star Died That You Should Live

"The universe is huge and old, and rare things happen all the time." --Lawrence Krauss

The Strategy

...or: Politics In The Age Of Clutter-Busting Viral Messaging

(Maybe we should talk in terms like "blinding the radar with chaff in order to penetrate the victims' defenses and bomb the fuck out of 'em before they even knew what was happening", but that seems a little too bleak even for me.  So...)

1) Make wild predictions of gloom and doom - be sure to slag Obama at every opportunity, and tell everybody that he's "in over his head", and he's paralyzed with indecision, and that he's unable to provide the right kind of leadership etc etc etc.

2) Once you're fairly sure the bad shit you knew wasn't going to happen - but said loudly and repeatedly that it was going to happen - is actually not going to happen, step forward and take credit for saving all of us, once again, from Da Gubmint's incompetence.

This shit goes on all the time, and this ebola shit is a really good example.  Repubs have been savaging Obama for weeks.  They're prett…

This Is What We're Up Against

God established slavery in the Old Testament in order to show us that slavery is wrong.  That's pretty much the mindset of "God's Sheep", and it's why we are so fucked.  

The world's problems have practically nothing to do with people "getting further away from religious teachings", and everything to do with people being taught to accept this ridiculous shit as The-One-And-Only-Truly-True-Truthy-Truth-Of-Truthiness™.

Like the man said: If you can get people to believe absurdities, you can get 'em to commit atrocities.

Moody Richard

Harry Shearer et al took the transcripts of some of the Nixon Tapes and turned them into a YouTube show - just in time for Halloween cuz they're scary as fuck, especially because there's a weird "more things change, the more they stay the same" kinda thing going on.

Social Eugenics

A New Favorite

Web Of Evil

Shut Up & Take Your First Cousins As Your Second Wives Already, Whining Saints
by M. Bouffant at 21:25
Garmies:
[T]he LDS church released a video on its website explaining the ritual purpose of temple garments, requesting that non-Mormons and members of the media to treat "Latter-day Saint temple garments as they would religious vestments of other faiths. Ridiculing or making light of sacred clothing* is highly offensive to Latter-day Saints.  
Fuck you, self-styled Saints & all the other shitheads who swallow that they must dress in a special way to please their sky fairy & distinguish themselves from mere mortals but then complain when laughed at. You don't want to be ridiculed, don't be ridiculous. (I think it's called the Golden Rule; isn't it in your book of fairy tales & silly stories?)

And yes yes we understand that making their cultists look idiotic to the rest of the world is only one of many ways the shepherds of the flocks rein…

Call Bullshit

We're stuck in a Supply-Side nightmare.  We know these nutball "conservatives" have failed to deliver on any of the promised awesomeness.  We know their policies of Austerity and Free Market Magic and everybody's-a-millionaire-in-waiting are just sun-shiny-happy-talk bullshit designed to get you to help them make their big money contributors a little richer while blaming you for their failure when you find out you're not quite able to make the thing  work for you when it's not supposed to work for you in the first fuckin' place - and somehow we're still looking at another possible Repub win next month in the mid-terms.
That word, "experiment," has come to haunt Brownback as the data rolls in. The governor promised his "pro-growth tax policy" would act "like a shot of adrenaline in the heart of the Kansas economy," but, instead, state revenues plummeted by nearly $700 million in a single fiscal year, both Moody's and St…

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Anybody worth knowing (ie: anybody who's ever actually done anything of note or has ever thought or said anything interesting) has a skeleton to two in his closet.

That said - holy fuck - you think The Biden Bunch pulls some embarrassing shit?

hat tip = Web Of Evil

The Scoop On Ebola

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When you can count on about a third of the population in USAmerica Inc to be gullible rubes, and you can also count on about a third of our esteemed "leaders" to be more than a little willing to exploit that gullibility, you can count on going exactly nowhere and having exactly nothing when you get there.
From an email I just got from my vet here in Earlysville:

There are so many Questions about Ebola and Pets - here are answers from the CDC:

The ongoing epidemic of Ebola virus in West Africa (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/index.html) has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the American Veterinary Medical Association do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States.

How are animals involved in E…

Parties

We have two political parties in USAmerica Inc:

The Demoblicans (or Republicrats, if you prefer), and the Tea Party.

At any rate, we've got "one side" that actually wants to get some things done, and we've got another side that's filled with so much hatred for everything that we've always known and recognized as being American, that they just seem hell-bent on tearing it all down.

Nothing changes until we figure out how to get rid of these bozos.  And Repubs, you have to step up and do it.  Those are your guys.

Today's Pix

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Remembering

The first step is to convince you that you're remembering certain events in your life incorrectly.  If those events make for crappy memories - like having been in combat, or that you may have done things you know were wrong, or that you fell for a scam and got played for a sucker - well, then I can substitute an alternative version of history and you'll be more than a little happy just to go along with it.

From truthout:
With George W. Bush's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and Barack Obama's drone wars in seven Muslim-majority countries and his escalating wars in Iraq and Syria, we have apparently moved beyond the Vietnam syndrome. By planting disinformation in the public realm, the government has built support for its recent wars, as it did with Vietnam.Now the Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Replete with a fancy interactive website, the effort is aimed at …

Today's Stevie Ray

The Things That I Used To DoTin Pan Alley 04:57Leave My Girl Alone 14:10Riviera Paradise 18:29Ain't Gonna Give Up On Love 27:22Life Without You 33:32The Sky Is Crying 37:50Little Wing 42:31Texas Flood 49:24Dirty Pool 54:48Lenny 59:53

Elect Republicans

Expect amazingly great things, and end up getting Kansas.



We are so Kansas-ed.

2014 Mid-Terms

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Find out what's on your (Virginia) ballot here

This is what the ballot looks like for Albemarle County Virginia:

OfficeJurisdictionBallot NamePartyWeb SiteUnited States SenateStatewideEd W. GillespieRepublicanhttp://www.edforsenate.comUnited States SenateStatewideMark R. WarnerDemocrathttp://www.markwarnerva.comUnited States SenateStatewideRobert C. SarvisLibertarianhttp://www.robertsarvis.comMember House of Representatives - 0505Robert HurtRepublicanhttp://www.roberthurtforcongress.comMember House of Representatives - 0505W. Lawrence GaughanDemocrathttp://www.gaughanforcongress.comMember House of Representatives - 0505Paul F. JonesLibertarianhttp://www.pauljonesforcongress.comMember House of Representatives - 0505Kenneth J. HildebrandtIndependent Greenhttp://www.electken.com

There's also a Proposed Amendment that exempts active-duty military survivors from a certain level of property tax.  I'm not crazy about the idea because first, it was proposed by a Repub, which makes me…

Today's Tweet

@TinaDupuy:  So far every case of Ebola in this country got it by helping people. So relax, Republicans, you're in the clear.
hat tip = Democratic Underground

Privatizing Public Money

There's a good buncha rubes who're always prattling on about how "taxation is theft; da gubmint holds a gun to yer head and steals yer hard-earned money, and gives it away to welfare cheats yada yada yada".

You've got the process right, Dub - but as usual, you're lynchin' the wrong guys, because you're just too deliberately ignorant to know it.

When your head is that far up your ass, even if you manage to open your eyes, all you're gonna see is your own shit.

From TruthDig:
In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation — a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers — embarked on what it billed as a statewide tour of charter schools, a cornerstone of the group’s education agenda. The first — and it turns out, only — stop was Douglass Academy, a new charter school in downtown Wilmington.Douglass Academy was an unusual choice. A few weeks before, the school had been warned by the state about lo…

Dreamin' Of A Better Day Gone By

Lay My Burden Down --Alison Krause & Union Staion

Today's Self-Parody

Not that long ago, DumFux News was busy slagging Obama for his propensity for the PhotoOp - I seem to recall somebody using language along the lines of "Obama's addiction to the PhotoOp".  Here, of course, the Fluxxy Friends need to run in the opposite direction to slag the Prez for his dislike of the PhotoOp.

2nd - as everybody's been pointing out - these guys give us a good look at another example of just saying whatever the fuck they need to say to get the rubes to start flingin' shit - the fact that we don't have an Ebola Czar, even tho' their guys have blocked Obama's choice for Surgeon General; and if we wanna go back just a bit further - these are the guys who were voicing great disgruntlement over Obama's "appointment of all those darned czars"; plus something else that everybody's pointing out - the simple fact that their guys have done nothing but cut the funding to the bureaus and agencies that they now say are letting us d…

Today's Colbert

A Ballsy Ad

I'm not asking anybody to try to match the Repubs crazy-for-crazy, but I really would like it if the Dems could finally getup on their hind legs.



And BTW, Dems - when you don't stand up and make a lotta noise about the Repub Stoopids wanting nothing but more cuts, you're helping people make the case about "both sides", which adds to the gridlock in Washington, which adds to the paralysis of the electorate, which makes it impossible for cooler heads to prevail once the shit really hits the fan.

Step up or step aside.

La Musica

Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Caron Kids, Austin City Limits

Mile On The Moon




Years Gone By

Today's Jesus Ain't

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Jesus ain't your toady, Huck.


The American ISIS

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...meets the Islamic Klan(?)

Whatever I'm doing on any given Saturday morning isn't more important or educational than listening to The Professional Left podcast from driftglass and BlueGal.



Starting at about 37:00, they get to the meat of something that sounds about right.  Even if it does end up seeming a little obvious, when somebody connects a coupla dots for me, and there's the sound of a click in the upper part of my brain, I know I've become aware of something worth learning about.

Anyway, listen to it and then tell me there's nothing to worry about with something like the Bullshit Revisionist History Curriculum in Colorado (eg) right now.

It's important to believe as many true things as possible, and to not believe as many false things as possible. (paraphrasing Matt Dillahunty)

And Away We Go

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Farther down that long and slippery slope.  From Rolling Stone: "In terms of a clear national picture of what kind of military equipment is going to K-12 schools through the 1033 program, we don't have a 100 percent transparent picture," says Janel George, education policy counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. That lack of transparency is one reason the Legal Defense Fund and Texas Appleseed are asking the DLA to end the 1033 program's relationship with school districts and school police departments. George also emphasizes that excessive force against students by school police is already far too common, with many school officers armed with weapons like tasers and pepper-spray. "The concern is not only the potential harm when you add in military-grade weaponry – we're talking about M16s, AR 15s and grenade launchers. It's also, how does this exacerbate existing school climates that are already tense? And how does that contribute to the criminalization o…