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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Cold Dead Fingers?" If You Insist (An Unhinged Rant)

Cartoon from Sodahead

[Resurrecting this post, in "honor" of the AZ Governor's asshattery, signing this into law yesterday. It's an insult, and it's open, cynical war against the wishes of the populace. The buyback program was not intended as some sort of statewide inventory clearance sale. They should be so rigorous in the disposition of the creatures at the animal shelters.]

Pardon me, if I am "unreasonable."

But this! The NRA and Koch-Backed ALEC Have Fought Gun Buyback Programs Across Country:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is threatening legal action if the Tucson Police Department tries to destroy the guns it acquired through a voluntary gun buyback program -- thanks to legislation advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and then passed in Arizona.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Don't You Dare Cry

Crocodile Tear
Is this you? How dare you. Image from Survivors' Network

I'm too disgusted for words. There have been far too many of you who have advocated for extra-Constitutional treatment of the "other," for far too long. And far too many more who remain silent. Your bleatings, or your neglect, have reached a critical mass, and you've "othered" your own government, and it now has all the permission it needs.

Good luck turning this barge around.

Stick a fork in it. Stick it somewhere else, too, while you're at it.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blessed By The Curse Of Disruption: Feeling Fine

Cheery, acoustical change

Change, or the disruption of habit, causes anxiety. Anxiety is a "bad."

Habit is a "bad," too - but not because its disruption causes anxiety. It's a bad in and of itself, as any enjoyed behavior always has "More!" stamped on it, and before you know it you're ensconced in the metaphorical armchair, alcoholic with metaphorical beer and fat with metaphorical pork rinds.

So, habits should be regularly disrupted... but there's that bugaboo of anxiety, and the tension of anxiety kills - and that's not a metaphor. So, in the human animal kingdom, a healthy aversion to death means that habits are more often than not broken involuntarily.

If you're not an extra in the mediocre-but-unavoidably relevant film Idiocracy and are cursed with the imperatives of an examined life, then it seem that one is trapped in a damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don't situation. Calm the heart with the armchair of familiar culture and lifestyle and experience the slow spiral of death-by-disengagement and irrelevance, or shake things up regularly and opt for the good-looking-corpse brought on by the quick heart-attack of anxiety.

Or perhaps you're more Zen-inclined, and would more passively let life deal you its blows - it's quite good at wrenching you out of the comfy chair all by itself, and if you eschew defensibly clinging to your comfort zone you can be naturally battered by the forces of change. "Natural" is good, after all...

Well, this doesn't seem to be working out well at all, so far.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Garlic And Crosses: Keeping Functional Stupidity At Bay

Safety Earrings
These weapons are well-placed, tactically speaking

I've titled this post exactly backwards, since vampires are culturally symbolic of freedom (perverted symbols, of course, because actual freedom is a fearsome thing and it's important to make the "outsider" a blood-sucking monster), but I wanted to get your attention (pretty cool earrings, huh?)

Now that that's out of the way...

Dmitry Orlov has come across an article in Journal of Management Studies called “A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations” (no online links, contact info is included in Orlov's post,) which he is kind enough to meditate upon for our benefit. In his post Understanding Organizational Stupidity , he writes (I've brutally excerpted here, of course, go read the whole thing):

Friday, April 12, 2013


The Big Dick

Same old paranoid Dick: Dick Cheney Warns GOP On North Korea: 'We're In Deep Doo Doo':
" never know what they're thinking."
(Feeling a little nostalgic, in a dark kinda way.)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Moved By Maron Again

WTF with Marc Maron
Image found at WTF! with Marc Maron
Moved, that is, by Dean Delray, whom I'd never heard of before. Dean was drawn out, of course, by Marc, in my opinion the single best interviewer working today, in any medium. And this time you will be moved into the direction of joy.

I may be able to look back and find one better, but this is arguably the most "fun" interview I've heard on WTF (this is episode 376). Not only does Delray have one of those enviably interesting lives (teaser: Harley Zep Scorcese quesadillas Stones bootlegs Devo and bears), but the dude is having a party recounting it, and you're soon partying right along with him. Infectious. Effusive. Joy. And he turned Mick fucking Jagger on to a "new" Bob Marley boot.

Hey, I enjoy mostly all of Maron's interviews, but I rarely link to them from here - so this means I think this an especially good one. What, you still hanging around here? Go have fun: Episode 376 - Dean Delray

Clinton Presidency Redux Redux


[Hill's "campaign" is in the news again, so I'm re-posting this one from 2012/12/04.]

Update 02/09: ‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Hillary is Running: A Dispatch from the Saban Forum, posted by David Remnick atThe New Yorker:
Hillary Clinton is running for President...
It's now less than four years before Election Day (I know, it just runs up on you!), so it is of course incumbent upon us to get deep and serious about the fielding of our next Presidential candidate. (Democratic candidate, of course, since the Republicans are pretty much toast - at least in the short run, right? - and Hisself must pass the baton.)

Sarcasm aside, the seeds of "conventional wisdom" are indeed being sown, and the probability of another Clinton run at he presidency is a (long-) germinating meme, and it deserves some consideration, certainly, at least, in the throwaway forum of faux-journalism that is the blogosphere. It is getting such consideration, so here we are.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Making Sense Of Kim

Cartoon by Mike Keefe
[Update: 2013/04/04: A well considered opposing viewpoint from The Rogue Columnist here.]

Yes, I said "making sense." Stop laughing. This has to make sense somehow. Everything does, right?

So, North Korea is threatening a nuclear strike on United States territory.

I'm scribbling on the back of an envelope here. I only know what you know, what's "out there" on the Internet, what the media is feeding us, etc. I am just beholding what is, to me, this bizarre spectacle. Can this guy be serious?

Near as I can figure, Kim Jong-un needs to do some stuff domestically. We have become, here in the U.S. of A., all too familiar with the tactic of consolidating popular consensus by promulgating fear, so it is not too hard to comfort oneself with the idea that the Supreme Leader is doing pretty much the same thing.

But... why in the hell is the United States government responding to this nonsense?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Death And Death And Death And Death And...

High resolution wallpapers can be found at
Just desserts:
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James E. Holmes deserves to die for killing 12 people in a storm of bullets inside a packed Colorado movie theater one night last July, prosecutors said in a hearing here on Monday. “For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death,” the Arapahoe County district attorney, George Brauchler, said in court.
Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in Colorado Shooting By Jack Healy, April 1, 2013
It's April Fool's Day, but this ain't no joke.