Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Tuesday - March 15, 2016

GOP Tuesday 2 Results

Trump Tramples
Cruz Crushed
Rubio Quits
Kasich Wins One. Ohio.

Trump gets Florida, Illinois, South NORTH Carolina.

Oh, and Hillary wins big. Who cares about that?

That took 3 seconds. So, what’s happening that’s at least interesting? 


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calendar   Monday - March 14, 2016

historical trivia

History of the Condom

I’ve always been a student of history but I didn’t know this.

In 1272, Arabic Muslims invented the condom, using a goat’s lower intestine.

In 1873, the British refined the idea by taking the intestine out of the goat first.


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calendar   Sunday - March 13, 2016

Midnight Basketball in Duluth

One more example of the government throwing good money after bad.

$300,000 to prevent Somali Terrorists. In Minnesota.

What? Send them back to Somalia instead? What a crazy idea. The raycis nerve of you for even thinking such a thing.

Six organizations that work with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants as part of a federal pilot project designed to combat terrorism, the nonprofit group that is administering the funds announced Thursday.

The grant recipients include a youth sports group, a program that empowers Somali parents, an organization that plans to enhance youth employment opportunities and a group that addresses mental health issues for refugees. An additional $100,000 has been set aside to help with technical assistance, professional development and other resources with the goal of keeping the programs going on their own in the future.

Marcus Pope, director of partnerships and external relations for Youthprise, the nonprofit administering the money, said investing in youth development is crucial. He said Minnesota is home to many creative and bright Somali youth, but many of them face “formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.”

Boston and Los Angeles are also participating in the federal pilot project, which the Obama administration launched in late 2014 to stamp out violent extremism.

Minneapolis’ program, called Building Community Resilience, focuses on the state’s large Somali community, which has been a target for terrorism recruiters. More than 22 men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/13/2016 at 02:51 PM   
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The Brownshirts: Partie Deux; These aare the Muscle We’ve Been Waiting For

So I get up to check in and I see this latest bad news. And as soon as I saw the details I knew I wanted to expand a bit on Somnabulist’s post. But first if you havenot already, please read the post Drew put out explaining ths. and then come back.

What I wanted to say is that- as one of the local grumpy history nerds, what Bernie’s thugs did to Trump is EXACTLY THE KIND OF THING that the Brownshirts were used for. In a nutshell, this was the goal of the Brownshirts- or the Sturmabteilung/Storm Detachment as they were properly known (and “Stormtroopers” as they are popularly known)- during the time when they were most important.

In a nutshell, the average Brownshirt formation had three duties.

1: To intimidate and violently harass anybody the Party wanted intimidated or violently harassed.

2: To attack and forcibly break up any political rallies or meetings that the NSDAP did not want to happen.

3: To provide security/muscle protecting Nazi leadership from having 1 or 2 done to them by one of the numerous other paramilitaries in interwar Germany.

Keep in mind. The SA was the main body of the party’s active members. So THIS was the main thrust of the Nazi Party’s activities during its’ rise to power. Not getting out the vote.  Not buying guns. Not doing military drills. Not fund raising. THIS. What does that say?

I think it is pretty safe to say that this is an example of 2 par excellence. It is one thing to deal with hecklers or protesters, who might occasionally get nasty. They’re there, they come in all kinds of stripes, and they have always been there. But this is something different. This was a coordinated attack by a fairly broad number of groups against a rally by someone they did not like. They did not come to heckle, they did not come to protest, they did not come to try and shout the groups down, they did not come to try and embarrass their opponents, they came to completely deny them the right to have their own damn meeting.

I’d call it paramilitary if any of the groups involved seemed even vaguely military, but this seems to be plain old ununiformed thuggishness. But it’s still thuggishness. Just of a kind that I fear is different from what we’ve seen so far.
And that worries me.

But don’t believe me. Take a look at this, from the absolutely invaluable German propaganda Archive. And take a look around the rest of the site. See if anything Goebbels said seems applicable, or reminds you of the stuff that Weasel put up. I’ll quote just one part of it that stood out to me.

And the Pharus Hall? — that was the uncontested domain of the K.P.D. [the Communist Party of Germany]. They held their party congresses there. Almost every week they gathered their most loyal and active members there. Here one had heard only talk of world revolution and international class solidarity. Here of all places the NSDAP scheduled its next meeting.

It was an open declaration of war. We meant it that way and the opponent understood it that way. Our party members were jubilant. Everything was now at stake. The future of the Berlin movement would be risked boldly and bravely. It was win or lose!

This was an integral part of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party’s strategy, like it had been for Mussolini and other thugs before. It was part of the strategy he followed ever since he was released from prison after the Munich fiasco. On one hand the National Socialist German Workers’ Party would forswear attempts to launch a violent coup that would see them march on the Reichstag and other institutions of power and forcibuly remove the people in it and put Nazis in them in favor of actually trying to win power through the ballot box. But the other half of the equation was this. To obtain a monopoly of violence and force on the streets, to forcibly dominate the streets. Because the streets are the level where public life is lived. To dominate THEM was to dominate both public life and ultimately private life. So that when the people did go to the polls, they would be those that ha d already lived under Hitler’s rule for months, or years. People who had been exposed to the Party’s propaganda, to its’ ideals, and to its’ leaders and what they believed in on one hand, while being denied access to those of others. There’s also the fact that this meant that those were the Party knew it could “reach”.

You can imagine what effect this had. So can you imagine what would happen if the Bernieites try to do it again?

I don’t even particularly Like or Trust Trump* . But I like political terrorists even less, and unless these bastards are indicted or given a sound thrashing by anyone else they try to attack, they will likely try it again.

But if there is one advantage this does it gives Trump and everyone in that crowd the right to wear the Martyr’s Crown, and they SHOULD. Frequently, and PUBLICLY. Especially whenever Bernie tries to pad out his claims to be a “Democratic Socialist”, especially if he does not renounce these bastards and assist in apprehending them. And you can help. This is the first post of mine I feel obliged to say: SPREAD IT AROUND. Spread It Around. Because this kind of behavior should concern everyone who loves freedom. I honestly don’t care about the allegiance of people doing this, because ANYONE behaving like this has politics and ideology that is distinctly totalitarian. Distinctly antithetical to American ideals. And I’d encourage people to haul these people over the coals and to the police station even if they were militant Cruz supporters. Because if this kind of conduct becomes kosher, freedom in America will go to the operating table and risk dying.

I honestly do not know what to say, so I guess I’ll end by making a few notes. That..

1: Yes, this attack seems like a bunch of wild animals that got together and stampeded. Because it is. But if that makes you think that this might not be a problem or that it isn’t as much of one, look back at the Tharsus Hall link and realize that it describes the small nucleus of a group that would number over three million men and had its’ own motorized and-yes- medical corps. This Can Happen if people like this are not stopped, and when you have a horde of three million people- thousands in any given city or town against maybe a couple dozen or hundred cops, tops?- THEY WILL BECOME THE LAW.

2: To ANYBODY who even REMOTELY thinks that this isn’t a problem because they personally do not like Trump, so it’s not your problem.. OF COURSE it is your problem. It’s a problem for anyone who lives here and does not support this kind of stuff. It would be a problem if this was being done to Bernie supporters. For the sake of the Christ, Take that article I linked for example. The attack Goebbels spoke of was on the Communist Party of Germany who were Stalinists with their own groups of street fighting terrorists. But so what? It was still a crime, one committed not because the Nazis objected to the KPD’s attempts to institute a totalitarian regime by violence, but because they objected to *what kind* of totalitarian regime it would be. It was a crime these very people would go on to commit against countless others. Old Imperialist Stalheim, Weimar Constitutionalists and Republicans, members of the press, Austrian independentists, Poles, and innocent Jews (as Kristallnacht showed).

So whether or not you “approve” of these people being beaten up is already missing the plot. A group with this kind of power can threaten to use it on anyone it damn well pleases, and nobody’s precious opinion can outweigh that. First They Came sums it up well enough…

and finally, to my readers and any of the participants in this riot that might be reading this to see how the barbaric right wingers live and who has read this far down....

3: Between 1922 and 1934 the SA was by far the most powerful part of the Nazi party and largely catapulted them into power. But after that, it was utterly gutted in the Night of the Long Knives where ideological troubles led Hitler, the SS, and the old Imperial military establishment to slaughter the more troublesome members of it when they judged that they were getting too independent and forceful. So if these petty university brownshirts feel on top of the world today and believe that they are oh so important, they might want to think twice about how expendable they are to those on the top. Because in the end, a totalitarian beast devours its’ own children. Without exception.

*in fact, the previous bit of brutality I was reading about was the fact that someone in the Trump campaign manhandled a friendly reporter and that wound up with them getting bruised and the Trump campaign flatly denying everything and anything. So ironically the morons might have helped cover up some dirty laundry for him.... Great Job Chuckleheads, Ge-reaaaat Strategy there…

Posted by Turtler   United States  on 03/13/2016 at 10:47 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 12, 2016

The Brownshirts

The tactics used across North America whenever someone with an “unpopular” opinion is scheduled to speak at a University or College is for hoodlums come in and shout down the speaker until the event is cancelled.

A group of “protesters”, whose sole purpose in attending was to shut down the rally in Chicago, have their actions justified by the broad statement “a lot of people are upset at Trump”.

And then the Democratic Party functionaries come on the TV and call the Trump supporters “Brownshirts”.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”


Posted by Somnambulist57   Canada  on 03/12/2016 at 05:33 PM   
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Is The Reichstag Burning Yet

I don’t know what to say. I am utter appalled by the acts in Chicago, in which the Trump rally got shut down by hordes of young leftists all fired up by Bernie and by MoveOn.

And they did it all to prevent hate and violence.

Do we have entire generations of kids out there, Nazi Children Of The Corn, so skull-fucked that they think they’re acting in support of peace and freedom? Obviously. Welcome to America, transformed fundamentally.

We are doomed. Utterly.

Go visit Weasel Zippers for a detailed rundown. Me? I wanna puke, then go hide in a cave for a few years.


perfectly diverse sign carriers. by


PS - Do we need to haul out Charley Sheen to analyze this and tell us who is “winning” here? How about Donald and his old pal Hillary. Right wing types will flock to him over this. Centrist Democrats will be properly horrified at this, properly realize the Teh Bern is a bomb throwing commie, and flock to her. As for those hundreds or thousands of protesters? Who cares/ Useful idiots and their guy isn’t going to make it to November anyway. So they’ll either note vote, or vote for her. Hey, that’s more “winning”! Thanks Charley. But to follow the money ... who owns Isn’t that one of Obama’s Acorn nuts? I’m not sure. But I know that Bill Ayers sure is, and I read how he was at this “massive protest”.


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calendar   Thursday - March 10, 2016

Rock ‘N Roll Time Machine


What On Earth Is It?

Nah, we can’t play WhatsIt? any more. Image search engines are just too good. So I’ll tell you. You’re looking at a primitive computer program. In the same vein as Herman Hollerith’s punch cards and the programmable Jacquard loom, the scrolls are a repeatable finite set of machine instructions. ie, computer programs. It’s not their fault that they aren’t hooked up to a computer. That never stopped Lady Ada Lovelace.

Actually it’s the “sheet music” for a player piano. Which in this case is a crazy fancy calliope, not a piano. A fairground pipe organ from France, from over 100 years ago. And what delightful frilly bit of Turn of Last Century, Belle Époque French music is it playing, ever so sweetly? Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.


Go play below the fold. Enjoy.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Wednesday - March 09, 2016

Today In History: The End Of An Era

March 9, 1862: Civil War Battle of the Ironclads

In which one small, purpose-built steam powered iron battle-barge in the Union Navy fights to a draw with the Confederate Navy’s steam powered armored ship, a built on the fly, jury rigged, re-floated burned hulk covered in scrap iron and bacon fat. At the end of the day both drove away and into history. The era of wooden ships was over.


Cut-away views, to scale of CSS Virginia and USS Monitor

On March 9, 1862, Catesby Jones assumed command of the Merrimack and set sail down the river to attack more of the Union ships. What he didn’t know was that during the night, the Union ironclad USS Monitor had slipped in to join the Union ships at the area known as Hampton Road.

Jones saw the USS Minnesota and took aim on the wooden-hulled frigate. As the ships neared each other, they opened fire. It was then that Jones saw an odd low profile almost raft looking boat alongside the Minnesota. The Monitor steamed toward the Merrimack and the two ironclads began firing upon each other. Jones tried to ram the Monitor, but being smaller, faster and more maneuverable, the Monitor managed to avoid most of the ramming.

By nightfall, the battle was a draw. The Monitor headed to the safety of shallower water where the Merrimack could not follow. Fearing being caught by the receding tide and being low on ammunition, the Merrimack headed back to the navel yard.

A couple months later, Union troops advanced on the Norfolk Naval Shipyard where the Merrimack had been docked. The crew of the Confederate Merrimack blew up the ship rather than allow it to fall into the hands of the Union.

As 1862 drew to a close, the Monitor encountered bad weather off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and sank.

The Battle of the Ironclads, the first of its kind, ended. The battle may have been over but it changed the face of naval warfare for all time.

This was always one of my favorite war stories growing up. The dour Monitor, under powered, it’s poor hull design barely seaworthy. It’s mighty guns probably capable of piercing Virginia’s armor, but the gunners afraid to use the full specified powder charge would have destroyed lesser cannons. The first turret, a 100 ton iron cheesebox that must have rung, deafening, like Hell’s own bells when struck by cannonballs. The plucky Virginia, an emergency effort. The USS Merrimack had been burned to the waterline, so they took the underwater part of the hull and built a steamship on top of it. The frantic search for iron; their inability to roll or weld iron plate. All the battle damage as the shells struck, smashing the wood beneath the iron to splinters while the railroad track armor held together.

Neat stuff. Follow my link, or look up any of the hundreds or thousands more out there.


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weather wonder

This morning, before sunrise, I was outside in my winter parka, heavy wool socks, insulated hiking shoes, and polartec™ lined jeans and was glad for it. There was a rim of ice on the catch basin here on the patio, but I couldn’t see my breath. So my guess is that it was maybe 37°F. I wore that outfit to work this morning, and by 9am it wasn’t uncomfortably warm, but I did take the coat off walking back to the car.

Right now it’s 82°F here. 2:30pm. At 1:45pm the Weather Channel robot was saying it was 81. Now it’s 82. With an expected high of 79. Hey, that’s robots. Point is, that’s a 45 degree increase in 5 1/2 hours. Yowza. Break out the suntan lotion.

I have no idea why the weather icon over on the sidebar here at BMEWS says it’s only 60-something. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt, sandals and no socks, and I’m perfectly comfortable. Time to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house!


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calendar   Tuesday - March 08, 2016

it always has to be about race for some. and if it isn’t, they will make it so

Much of this sort of insanity it now occurs to me, has been learned before young folks ever got to college, and were taught in grade school by the very authorities who make decisions and think this way by the time those kids arrive here. While story originates in the USA at a private college in Maine, the very same is also taking place on the very same topic here in the UK.
There really is, to quote various conservative thinkers, “a mood of censorious political correctness sweeping university campuses”.
What?  Are they just waking up now?  This kind of thinking while getting worse it must be said, has been going on for quite some time.


You betcha.  In this brave new world, even the Mexican hat is racist when worn by an Anglo.

An American college in Maine is offering “counseling” to those students who may have been “injured and affected” by classmates who wore small sombrero hats to a tequila themed birthday party.

What happened was, photos of party goers ended up as these things are want to do, on social media.  College authorities immediately upon being made aware of this latest outrage against the common good, sent out emails notifying students about an “investigation” into a possible “act of ethnic stereotyping”.
And .... while that was happening in the USA, not to be outdone by the colonists, Brit college authorities followed suit on the very same issue.
So what else might cause offense? 
Well ... there’s always something ppl can find to build a cause around. Like this, from March of 2015.

H/T The Federalist Papers Project

University Bans Hoop Skirts Because of Racist overtones

By Jason W. Stevens

The issue for the university is not whether the hoop skirt is racist. That question had nothing to do with their decision, and was never considered. What was most important when weighing the ban was whether people perceive the hoop shirt as racist, which is a different issue entirely.
The self-professed object here is to keep students from feeling “uncomfortable.”

This means that the appearance of anything potentially, or even remotely, offensive can and will be banned. It seems that no one on or off campus ever complained about the hoop skirt in the first place. The university took preemptive measures to ban the thing before anyone actually complained, because it was thought that someone might complain at some point in the future.

I don’t care about the hoop skirt.
And I really don’t care that it was banned from campus.
But what I do care about is the reason WHY it was banned, because the same logic might be used to ban just about everything.

The University of Georgia’s Student Affairs officials met with fraternity and sorority leaders this week to discuss the perceptions of Greek life after a video surfaced from a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party at the University of Oklahoma that featured members chanting about lynching and exclusion of black students from the fraternity, reports. …

UGa officials met with members of the university’s chapter of SAE and Kappa Alpha, both of which have deep ties to the Old South. Students and administrators discussed appropriate attire for Kappa Alpha’s “Old South Week” and SAE’s “Magnolia Ball,” events at which students have been known to dress in costumes that include hoop skirts and other period wear, according to the new site.

“The discussion was about more than dress, but about how to present yourself, and dress was a part of that,” Victor Wilson, vice president for student affairs, told
He said students decided for themselves that hoop skirts send the wrong message.
Ashley Merkel, president of the student Panhellenic Council, issued an emailed statement Tuesday with Alex Bosse, Interfraternity Council president.

“A standard aspect of event planning for Greek organizations is that costuming for events must be evaluated as to its appropriateness,” the email read. “The student leadership, staff and advisors agree that Antebellum hoop skirts are not appropriate in the context of some events. We will continue to review costuming and themes for future events to ensure their appropriateness for our organizations.” …

Wilson believes the hoop skirt is far more dangerous than a historical fashion, and likened the Old South attire to Confederate solider uniforms that were worn by fraternity members on special occasions until around 2006, when the college ended that tradition.

“We’ve made a lot of progress,” Wilson said. “This is just one more step. We applaud our students for being courageous and making a tough call.”

The following is impossibly long which does not mean it has no value.
So for those with a lot of patience and want to read for a week, I offer this link.


Here’s a newer race issue.

I never heard a Brit use the expression “Spic and Span” but apparently the term was used in a promotion to clean up the country and some dim light saw the word SPIC and immediately tied it to a slur used against Mexicans and ppl from South and Central America and the Caribbean.  I had always accepted that it only applied to Mexicans, as those are the folks most prominent where I’ve lived. And btw, I guess I have managed to live all these years without actually knowing how the word ‘spic’ was actually spelled.  Really.  All I recall was Spic and Span laundry powder. I never actually saw the word in print any other way. Anytime I ever saw it used away from the laundry product, it was always spelled spic. Never spick. But apparently the Brits do spell it with a ‘k’ and so any other way can only be, a racist slur.

Here’s part of the current outrage and what has some Brit knickers in a twist. 

‘Clean For The Queen’ Campaign Poster Confuses ‘Spic’, A Racial Slur, With ‘Spick’

· Posters and T-shirt used the spelling ‘spic’ instead of ‘spick’
· It is used in the US as an offensive term for Hispanic people
· Clean For The Queen is backed by MPs including David Cameron
· Was created to mark Queen’s 90th by cleaning rubbish blighting our towns

It is a wholesome campaign to clean up Britain for the Queen’s birthday – but last night a race row erupted over an unfortunate gaffe.
Posters and T-shirts designed to advertise this weekend’s Clean For The Queen drive mistakenly included a racist slur.
They were meant to show the slogan ‘Spick And Span Ma’am’ but instead used the spelling ‘spic’ – used in the US as an offensive term for Hispanic people.
Twitter users noticed the error last week. One asked: ‘Are you aware you’ve put a racist term on your asinine posters? You’re missing a k.’
Sam Taylor, editor of The Lady, said: ‘If they’re going to go around cleaning up the country they should start by cleaning up their language. It’s an unfortunate mistake and whether or not people are offended, they’ve used the wrong word.
‘I wouldn’t suggest they put it on a commemorative tea towel.’



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The Food Police Suck More Fun Out Of Life, Again


I had a great post just about ready to publish and I managed to close the tab by accident. Lost the whole thing. I had a 3 paragraph social commentary, tie-ins to ObamaCare and Big Pharma, links to the Celiac Foundation and everything.

fuggit. It’s too late at night and I’m cranky. But I’ll try to regurgitate the gist of it. I probably needed the editing anyway.

so here’s the damn link to the original story

My whole point: You’ve probably noticed how every food product under the sun that isn’t made with flour now touts “Gluten Free” on it’s label, as if glutens were some new kind of poison worse than eggs, salt, Conservatives, or even those awful trans-fats. And now we’re being pushed to believe that everybody and his uncle, and probably their dog to boot, has celiac disease. 1 in 100, says the foundation. Absolute total horse shit, says the Drew. Someone has lowered the membership bar into a trench dug deeply in the ground, so that anyone with the occasional tummy ache can claim to be a victim of the disease, and being a victim is the thing these days.


Well not just bread, but any foods with a high glycemic index. Cakes, pies, rice and barley. Also sweet fruits and vegetables, including beets, carrots, apples, oranges, and dates. And let’s not forget starchy foods, they’re HGI too. Atkins Diet for everyone!!

White bread, bagels and rice ‘increase the risk of lung cancer by 49%’, experts warn

a new study revealed that carbohydrates may also be bad for your lungs. Consuming a diet with a high glycemic index increases the risk of lung cancer, scientists revealed.

Foods known to have a high glycemic index (GI) include white bread or bagels, corn flakes and puffed rice.

Lead study author Dr Stephanie Melkonian, of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said: ‘We observed a 49 per cent increased risk of lung cancer among subjects with the highest daily GI compared to those with the lowest daily GI.’

The findings suggest that cutting out foods with high glycemic index could reduce a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.  Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women across the US. Furthermore, it is also the leading cause of cancer mortality.

More than 150,000 people in the US are expected to die from lung cancer in 2016, according to an estimate from the American Cancer Society.

Meanwhile in the UK there are around 45,525 new cases of the disease diagnosed each year, while 35,371 people lose their life to the disease annually, according to Cancer Research UK.

And, while tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer, it does not account for all cases - particularly for those who never smoked.

The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, is the largest ever to investigate the potential link between glycemic index and lung cancer.

It is also the first to show that GI was more significantly associated with lung cancer risk in specific subgroups - including people who had never smoked and those with the sub-type squamous cell carcinoma.

The glycemic index, or GI, measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose.

Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food — either glucose or white bread.

A food with a high GI raises blood glucose more than a food with a medium or low GI.

Previous studies have found that dietary factors may have an influence on a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.

Diets high in fruits and vegetables were found to decrease the risk - while increased consumption of red meat, saturated fats and dairy products are known to increase the risk of the disease.

So. Can’t smoke, can’t drink. Don’t do drugs! Red meat is bad, sugar is bad, fat is bad, bread is bad. Eggs are OK this week, but are scheduled to be bad again soon. Anything with flour or white sugar is bad. Salt is bad. Sugary fruits are bad. What’s left? Here, chew on this disgusting bitter green shit a starving Mexican donkey wouldn’t eat called kale. And have a big scoop of this re-moistened tasteless puss called quinoa. The Fun Suckers are at it again.


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calendar   Monday - March 07, 2016

Godwin This

I saw a truly disgusting picture on Facebook yesterday.  It was Donald Trump peeling his face back (a la Mission Impossible) to reveal Hitler.

It prompted me to write:

Wanting to secure your borders to properly process third-world workers does not make you a Nazi. Wanting to put a moratorium on a group of people (some of which want to kill you) until you figure out how discern between them doesn’t make you a Nazi. Wanting to make the populace proud (once more) of their country doesn’t make you a Nazi. Wanting to reduce your trade deficit doesn’t make you a Nazi. Coming back at someone with both barrels when they’ve fired the first shot doesn’t make you a Nazi. Not allowing someone to shout you down at your own political rally doesn’t make you a Nazi. Wanting to better your countryman’s lot by shaking up the status quo in the political, media, and donor classes doesn’t make you a Nazi. Calling someone a Nazi because you’re too intellectually lazy to form a real opinion makes you, well, intellectually lazy.


Posted by Somnambulist57   Canada  on 03/07/2016 at 06:54 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 06, 2016

So Long, Nancy

Nancy Reagan, 94


Nancy Reagan, one of the most high-profile and influential first ladies of the 20th century, has died. She was 94.

The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library.

“Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004,” Drake wrote in a statement.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/06/2016 at 01:23 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 05, 2016

bad week in kittehtown


the two kittehs taking a nap together between bursts and fits

It’s been a rough and very emotional week for us here in our little condo on the edge of rural NJ.

This was the week both cats were supposed to go to the vet to get spayed. One got there. Neither one had the surgery.

Sniffles, the tiny one with the permanent stuffy nose—I’m trying to rename her Amanda, but it’s just not working—made her appointment, but was hardly under the knife when she had a bad reaction to the anesthetic and started turning blue. So the doc stopped the procedure, sewed her up, and brought her out of it, just to be safe. We’ll try again in another six months. She’s home, isolated in one of the bedrooms, resting comfortably, and being pampered left and right. Two days of that and she’s a loving little purr machine, and can’t wait to get out of the room. Tomorrow, honey, we just want to give the incision an extra day to heal.

Dizzy, the one who was born mostly blind and with a small facial deformity, is in a bad way. We don’t know if the onset of puberty was the trigger or not, but the poor baby has started having petit mal-like seizures. OMG, it’s a frightening and heart-rending thing to witness.

Cats do stupid shit. Cats chase their tails. Cats run around the house at 1000mph, and sometimes they go kind of crazy and leap and pounce all over the place at nothing, as if they were hunting ghosts. That’s cats. This is different.

She doesn’t have convulsions, per se. But she does run in tight circles, spinning around like a four legged figure skater at amazing speeds. Half a minute to a minute of this spinning, her tail and head stretched out straight the whole time while her body gyrates. Sometimes she falls over and then thrashes about. And then, like throwing a switch, it’s over. And she’s scared to death and sometimes wet from heaving up a little phlegm or cat snot or something. So we scoop her up and hold her firmly but gently and pet her and soothe her until she’s calm and has her breath back. And that’s it. And we never know when or if the next one will hit.

The first time was at night in the middle of the living room. We were terrified because there was nothing we could do, and cried our eyes out because ... well convulsions ... this means the end, right? So I get up the next morning and go in to use the bathroom. We’ve learned to not latch the door because the litter pan is next to the toilet, and we don’t want to force the kittens to have any little accidents. Plus Dizzy is totally nosy, and will Kung Fu the door open and come right in to see what you’re doing. And for a nearly blind cat, that means up close and personal. While you’re sitting on the throne!! Cats!!!

So she struts into the room after I’d been in there about 15 seconds, walks a couple steps in my direction, and has another seizure. I didn’t know what to do. “No kitty no!” and I reach over and pick her up and cuddle her fiercely. Her little body is red hot and stiff as an iron bar, and I can feel her torquing against me with amazing strength. So I’m yelling for help, yelling for the wife, still sitting naked on the john. And the cat thrashes herself loose, climbs up my arm and onto my back as I lean forward, and finishes her flamenco de fuego on my back. Untrimmed claws extended. She finally fell off me into the litter pan, and got up a couple seconds later as if nothing had happened. Meanwhile, I’ve got 30 bloody gashes all over me. And I still hadn’t done what I came in there to do!

So we got on the phone to the vet ASAP, and he cancelled her operation. But he was very supportive, and said how there were various tests to do, and a whole assortment of medicines depending on the cause. It is not the end. Since then she’s had 3 more fits. I can’t tell if they’re getting any worse, and they don’t seem to have any schedule. One second she’s fine, the next second a demon has possessed her, a minute later she’s fine but upset, and once we’ve comforted her she’s fine again. And we’re emotional wrecks. Again. There have been a lot of tears here the past few days. She’s going in for blood work Monday. And from there? We’ll see.

The good news is—if there is anything that can be called good news here—is that NJ has one of the best equipped large scale veterinary hospitals in the country. The Red Bank Veterinary Hospital has a staff of more than 80 vets, 4 of whom are neurological specialists. The bad news is that it’s on the other side of the state. The good news is that in NJ, that means it’s only and hour and a half away. More bad news; it’s guaranteed to be mighty expensive. But hey, we’ve got ObamaCat! Just kidding. But we do have health insurance for this kitteh, and it’s from the company that says they pay out without a hassle. So maybe she’s covered. Bad news is, we won’t know until we submit a bill.

Poor kitteh. But we have to do something. And we aren’t willing to lose her. Not yet. No. No no no! So there’s been a whole lot of praying going on here too.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/05/2016 at 10:04 PM   
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