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Up to this point, I thought the best (and certainly the simplest) commentary on the Royale Deluxe avec Fromage was, "He weighs 8 lbs., 6 oz. That's $13 American."

But, no. I do believe you will find this worth your time.
filkertom: (i_has_a_sad)
Great sadness, and the end of an era. Pauline Friedman Phillips, who wrote under the pseudonym Abigail Van Buren, has passed away at the age of 94.

I don't know that there's an easy way to sum up Dear Abby's contribution to our culture. Some people made fun of her newspaper advice column; some people collected it. But, no matter what, for decades, Abby was as close of a blogger as we had, dispensing advice and wisdom and a little gentle humor. A product of her time, sometimes she was really wrong. But, when she was right, it was usually the best possible advice. And she was right way more often than she was wrong.

Rest well, Ms. Phillips, and thanks.

filkertom: (toolate)
At least 27 dead, including at least 18 children, in Connecticut elementary school shooting.

Peace and condolences and whatever cold comfort may be taken by the families of the dead and wounded.


Anybody want to say they should have open carry at a FUCKING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!?

You know. Elementary school. Kindergarten through fourth grade.

Anybody want to bring up the fucking Second Amendment rights to goddamn arm yourselves under every possible circumstances? Anybody want to tell me the teachers and secretaries at a fucking elementary school should've been packing, and then, by God, they woulda taken him down right quick? Anybody want to suggest Rambo or Chuck Norris are better role models than Elmo or Mr. Rogers?

Four weapons on this guy. Possibly a second shooter.

An elementary school.

I don't want to hear about goddamn gun rights for a long, long time. I ask those who have argued in favor of firearms in the past, please understand. I am not attacking you, I am not attacking the Second Amendment.

Huh. I feel I have to say that, because some of you will go off on me about constitutional rights and protect ourselves from the government and guns don't kill people, people kill people and on and on and on. If I mention gun control, you'll freak out.

Well, then, freak the fuck out.

I am horrified, and disgusted with the goddamned fucking NRA and the spineless bastard lawmakers -- all of them, Dem and Repub -- that kowtow to them.

Because something was drastically wrong with this guy.

And he got guns anyway. Several of them.

Our lawmakers, and the ones who lobbied them, made sure he could get them.

And he shot up an elementary school.

ETA: added a bit about my cowardly disclaimer.
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I'm a huge fan of Rachel Maddow. I'm (still) a huge fan of Keith Olbermann. But someone else of whom I am a fan hasn't got enough love on this LJ, and that's Lawrence O'Donnell. Eloquent, heartfelt, a little bit vicious. Perhaps not quite as erudite as Keith, nor as personable as Rachel (how does she remain so calm and friendly in the face of some of the bullshit she gets?), O'Donnell is every bit as competent and passionate about the news and how it affects us all.

Click here for O'Donnell's amazing takedown of Mitt Rmoney's claptrap on civil rights. It's about eight-and-a-half minutes, and very much worth your time.

ETA: For those who want a transcript -- if you mouse-over the bottom of the video, you'll see "transcript". Click that, and it'll pop up to the left of the vid.
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I must remember that the Washington Times is owned and operated by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and he and his employees are fuckin' insane:
The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
No, really. Tell me more.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”

“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.

The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
Get outa town.

Just read the rest of the excerpt that the Washington Monthly has on its site (at the link above, obviously). It's boggling. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss our civilization goodbye.


Mar. 28th, 2012 08:12 am
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Thanks to [personal profile] juglore for identifying the cartoonist as Steve Benson. I originally nicked it from comments on this post at dKos.
filkertom: (doom)
Remember: It's The Onion. That means it's only satire. So far.

What would your robot minions be capable of? Keep it PG-13, please. I'll only admit that mine would very strongly resemble AF709, but with an Asia Carrera mode. And she'd like gaming -- especially Munchkin.
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No, really. They're asking.

Shame the comments are closed. I suspect they're closed because pretty much every one of them was a paraphrase of Are you actually asking such a stupid question?

Public Editor Arthur Brisbane even denigrates the idea in the very title of the article -- as if being a "truth vigilante" is somehow a bad thing.


If you're not doing that, you're not a news organization. E.g., Faux Noise.

None of this He Said She Said. No Some People Are Saying. No Opinions Differ.

The Truth. Facts. Verified. If you don't have the facts, then you say why you don't have the facts. If someone makes a blustery statement, e.g., the President has apologized for the U.S., have him back it up with citations. If sources want to remain anonymous, print why they want to remain anonymous, even if the reason is, "Because our news organization would lose access if we didn't grant them anonymity".

Many commenters at the NYT page pointed out that, without the Times' reporters actually, y'know, fact-checking, most everyone can simply read press releases and have the same information, only free.

That means The Truth is a news organization's first, best product.

We want and need the damn truth. And, frankly, it's the only card most news organizations have yet to play.
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I did something really stupid today: I read the comments to stories at Yahoo News.

If you're ever looking for fuel to become a bitter, horrible misanthrope, that's the place.

Small example: A Detroit woman -- 36 years old, disabled, mother of six -- sold her house. Well, traded it, basically, for a decent-shape minivan so she could drive her kids to school. (The Detroit bus system being what it is.) They aren't homeless -- they got another house nearby on a land contract.

Some of the commenters berated her for having so many kids. Some said she should've taken one of the better vehicle offers she got, e.g., a Corvette, sold that and kept the profit. Some said she should home-school the kids.

Not very many said Hey She Did A Good Thing. Too many damn qualifiers, many of which were straight-up negative. (About the Corvette, she'd said, "I can't do anything practical with a Corvette." Which means, to me, that the profit motive wasn't involved in this whole thing. She hadn't thought past getting her kids to school. Sounds like a devoted mother to me.)

Some people said something was fishy.

Multiply that by about fifteen stories, many of which were political, and you start to wonder whether you should just crawl back into the hole.

Fortunately, you all are much, much smarter and wiser than I. And very generous as well. I'm out the door to pay the rent. Thanks.

After I get back, I start uploading the next concert. And warming my toesies -- it's cold out there.

How's your day going?
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This is a story of heroism -- at least, that's obviously how the TV station is playing it. And it is, no question -- many kudos to Brent Alvarez and Billy Denney, not merely for stopping a crime but for their humility and compassion while doing so. But it's also a story of luck, good and bad.

The good luck, of course, is that no one got shot. Best possible situation: The robber put his gun in the duffel bag before he'd even left the office, let alone the crime scene.

The bad luck, of course, is that of the robber. I don't know if he was b.s.'ing about his daughter... but the story gives it the ring of truth. And I can't help but worry about him and his kid, and what this arrest will do to them (although it would have been much worse if someone had indeed been injured or shot).

So, here's to the heroes, Alvarez and Denney. Thanks for the cool heads, guys, and may your lives go well. And here's hoping Luis Rosales, the robber, whose bail is set at $101,250 he can't possibly have, can somehow put his life back together -- for his sake, his daughter's, and ours. Surely we need a father more than we need another guy in jail.

This is not to excuse his crime, but to lament that crimes like this happen every day. This time we got lucky and no one was killed. But the worse things get, the more crime like this we'll see.

I believe the phrase that goes along with the mindset is, "I've got nothing left to lose."
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At the age of 92. Condolences to his friends and family.

In the spirit of his commentaries, kindly let us in on your weekend plans (finishing up two projects and getting them in the mail), or what you plan to cook (I have to use some pork blade chops, gee, I think it's pulled pork time), or what's the last movie or three you saw (X-Men: First Class, Captain America, and the animated Batman: Year One, all of which kicked major ass and which I commend to you highly). Or any damn thing.
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Faux Noise drone Steve Doocy apparently thinks the binder clip that President Obama used on his copy of the new jobs bill was somehow worthy of derisive laughter and a zinger about Kinko's. Or somethin'.

We are now well past the Fucking Stupid Bullshit phase of Obama Derangement Syndrome and well into the WUT I DON'T EVEN phase.

They don't care. They just don't care. They're willing to look, act, and sound like second-grade bully wannabes, willing to go after literally any little thing in their attempts to belittle the Not-Right-Winger-With-The-Wrong-Amount-Of-Melanin.

They themselves should be mocked and brought to the light constantly, until they are finally and utterly discredited in the public eye.

Because they literally have nothing of any importance to bring to the conversation.

Binder clip. Jayzus.
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Few details yet, but not good.

ETA: More details. Not a plant, a waste storage facility. No leaks as of yet, and a leak does not appear likely. One person killed, four injured.
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Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC cuts loose. Really, it's amazing, in a good way.
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Countdown with Keith Olbermann premieres on Current TV tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT. If you don't have Current TV, you can still watch it for free:
  1. You have to have iTunes.
  2. Click on iTunes Store.
  3. Click on TV Shows.
  4. Search for "Olbermann". One of the results will be "Countdown" on Current TV.
  5. Click on "Subscribe". This will download each show automatically every day.
I presume that it will also be shown on the Countdown site, and some of the other options such as Hulu or Netflix. If you find out about those options, please post them in comments.
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Here's your news day.

So very many things can and will be and already have been said about this, especially given the irony of it occurring on the eight anniversary of George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" show. What occurs to me, though, is this:
  • Now, maybe, just maybe, we can start boldly saying "enough already" and start removing ourselves from Iraq and Afghanistan and maybe even Pakistan.
  • There will always be another bad guy to rise and take his place. Stop committing to permanent warfare based on chasing shadows. That's what bin Laden was able to do to us for years, and our nation has suffered for it.
  • Some people are already protesting about the directive that bin Laden's remains "will be handled in accordance with Islamic tradition". Well, it only makes sense. He's already going to be a martyr to his followers; there is absolutely no reason to rile up those who otherwise would not consider him a martyr by desecrating his remains further.
  • There is already a hue and cry from the Right about President Obama "politicizing" this. I do believe we've had enough precedent over the past eight years of the Republicans doing precisely the same thing. Moreover, there's already this (h/t [profile] jblaque).
Thoughts? Please keep it civil. And no unseemly gloating. This is not a cause for celebration; it's a cause for sighing with relief that this portion of a long and tragic story is over, and for moving on.

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