Archive for January, 2014

Somebody’s Watching Me

Posted: January 31, 2014 by veeshir in Hotassery, Random Crap

The plant in front of my porch always has flowers, they’re usually kind of nice, they look like paper roses.

The other night this one creeped me out the whole night as I tried to read.

PLANTFACE

plantface2

I kept expecting it to climb through like some desert El Seed.

el seed

And since I’m putting pics into the post, some art.

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Update, watch that gif while you’re playing the song, it’s hypnotic.

Unhelpfulitis

Posted: January 30, 2014 by veeshir in GOP FAIL

It’s spreading.

Ace’s headline

GOP Announces Declaration of Principles For Why You Should Vote Third Party

His post in full.

 

And they’re compelling reasons, too.

This is part of the reason I gave up on politics and stopped identifying as a Republican. There is no point supporting a Team of Losers who furthermore don’t even actually have the same goals in mind I do. Not that that would make a big difference, as they are Losers, and cannot advance their goals.

Short and sweet.

More and more it’s become obvious that the GOP needs a different base and the base needs a different set of politicians to support.

The GOP needs to nominate Jeb Bush (or will he be running as a Dem?) or Mitt to just destroy the GOP, they can then go to the We’re Better Than You Party and we can start the Federalists back up.

 

I have to quote the headline and subhed of the National Journal link above showing Mitt’s the frontrunner in the GOP for 2016.

Mitt Romney Is the 2016 Republican Front-Runner

This is not an “Onion” story.

How funny is it that they felt the need to make that clear?

More and more people are seeing the humor. I’m telling you, 2016 is going to be funnier than 2008 especially since non-hyper-partisans are just refusing to take the hilarity seriously anymore.

More and more the Establishment and Elite types are believing idiocies that have no relationship to the real world so when they run for office on a platform based on idiocies like global warmmongering and not having a problem with a trillion freaking dollar deficit every year, well, it’s hard not to point and laugh.

They’re so insulated from reality that stuff like Obamacare is a talking point/election stance instead of the screwing with of all of Americans who don’t have special, new nobility/gov’t, health insurance. The GOP, with current leadership, will never repeal Obamacare absent a Soviet Union type collapse of the United States.

That non-Onion article links an interesting article about the poll.  (Minitrue/Boston Globe link, you need to pay them to see the article with, I assume, the link to, I think, this pdf file poll where they use some weird landline/intertubes for cell phone only folks algorithm)

In a hypothetical 2016 presidential field, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the front-runner in the Granite State GOP primary field, with 25 percent of the vote. Behind Romney are Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, at 18 percent, then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, at 17 percent, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 13 percent.

So  the cuckoo bird who does not have nearly the national recognition of the rest in that bunch right now and what people do know are mostly attacks by Minitrue, the rest of the Dem party and the GOP establishment, is in second place.

To Mitt Romney.

Intellesting, funny and scary all in one. Wasn’t it already Mitt’s turn?

So I’m trying to figure out, do I want Rand Paul so maybe we can take the GOP back from the establishment tools or do I want some combination of Mitt, Jeb and Christie to complete the destruction of the GOP?

The reason I’m leaning toward Let It Burn is because if Rand Paul did win, against the combined chubby-fist banging of Dems, Minitrue and the GOP establishment, we’d have the sorry spectacle of Republican Senators siding with Senate Democrats against a GOP House and POTUS.

I ask this (1) as somebody who has a strong dislike for Mike Huckabee, and (2) rhetorically, as he committed no real offense.

The supposed transgression was so subtle that David Gregory could not express it with any precision when questioning Rand Paul on Meet the Press, choosing only to play the clip, and then ask, “Is this helpful?”

Not satisfied with Senator Paul’s response, Gregory followed up, “My question, about whether you think it’s appropriate for the party, key figures in the party, to be talking about women, women’s health, women’s bodies, and the role of the federal government related to those things?”

Whoa, whoa, WHOA!  So Republicans are not even allowed to broach the subject of the federal role in matters of women’s heath?!?  When did this rule go into effect?

So there’s this highly controversial –frankly, unconstitutional on many dimensions– federal mandate forcing all Americans into insurance policies that, in part, pay for abortifacient drugs regardless of their religious (or secular) objections, and Republicans are just not supposed to express any opinions on the absurdity of the matter.

Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.

I defend Huckabee in this despite my strong dislike for him.  He’s not particularly conservative from a fiscal perspective, and has no qualms about launching demagogic attacks on those darned greedy Wall Street folks who have the nerve to call him out on it.  Perhaps more important to the issue at hand, he’s a complete hypocrite, having signed a sort of birth control coverage mandate as Governor.

But in the context of recent events, he has committed no crime except to use the word “libido” in a sentence that was more than six words long, and thus impossible for a journalist to parse.  Ace and Allah have taken a stab at why his suggestions concerning women’s libidos, even though he was attributing the thought to the Democrats, betrayed a judgmental attitude about recreational sex.  There is almost something to this, but Huck continued, “…because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government…”  A more complete reading of the sentence diminishes this interpretation.

I think, having been caught with their pants down, the media has determined to find some fault with what was said.  What you’re seeing here is a bunch of wagon-circling and butt covering.

[Related post: My send-up of the Sandra Fluke controversy from March of 2012.]

Okay, I might want a Smart Car

Posted: January 20, 2014 by doubleplusundead in Random Crap

But only if it has a Hayabusa motor dropped in it.

Yeah, I know, it’s old enough that Numa Numa Guy was like holy FUCK that is old!  But still, that is awesome, it’s like a little go-kart on crack.  I wish they’d kept it stock looking, I love a good sleeper car.

Good News:

The bloody civil war in Syria and Iran’s efforts to come in from the diplomatic cold will drive the agenda next week …(at) Davos.

Bad News:

…not be Davos with the presence of celebs …Hollywood heartthrob Matt Damon…Bono …and Goldie Hawn

You have to love the description of Goldie though, “erstwhile US comedy star Goldie Hawn”

That’s cold.

Good News: ISIS is losing in Syria

The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has reached out to other rebel groups in Syria to head off infighting,

Bad News: That means Hezbollah is winning and that means winning in Lebanon.

Top Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad on Sunday said that his party was unwilling to discuss the ministerial statement before the formation of a government,

In other words, “We’re going to be terrorists you sheep.

Bad News: China is spoiling for a war in the South China Sea, Korea and Taiwan.

“Those borders where our army has won victories are more peaceful and stable, but those where we were too timid have more disputes.”

Goodish News: The Philippines are pushing back.

Gazmin, (Philippines Sec Def V) visiting a military camp in the northern Philippines, said the Hainan law did not apply to Philippine territorial waters, some of which overlap with those of China which claims most of the South China Sea.

“We will not follow their rules in our own territory. Why do we need permission from another country that does not own our fishing grounds? These are ours,” he told reporters.

More Goodish News: The Philippines are noticing that China is actually preparing for war.

Stephen Den Beste always said that we aren’t afraid enough of the Japanese, I’ve always believed him, which leads to…

Weird News To Note: From the Japan Times

One can only wonder what sort of tale American “techno-thriller” writer Tom Clancy …might have spun from the scenario that’s now unfolding in the East China Sea.

Alas, Mr. Clancy passed away of an undisclosed illness on Oct. 1, …

Buh? You’re talking about fighting the most populous nation on the Earth and you’re wondering what the hell Tom Clancy would have to say about it?

Good News: We have a decent chance for a zombie apocalypse (or linking link bait)

America’s Number One Prescription Sleep Aid Could Trigger ‘Zombies,’ Murder and Other Disturbing Behavior

An aside, you’re characterizing zombies and murder as “disturbing behavior”? Heh.

Bad News: They’re already in charge in some places.

The San Francisco Inquisition is now itching to roast Maria Conchita Alonso alive.  The charge: blasphemy.  She not only dared to support a Tea Party candidate for governor, but also used the term “illegal” in reference to migrants from south of the border who sneak into the United States without a visa or any kind of permit.

She  was supposed to be in the Vagina Monologues. Isn’t that some sort of free speech thing? I don’t know, I don’t have one. I have rented them though so I suppose I should find out.

Another aside, listen to her in The Running Man and then listen to Selma Hayek and try to figure out who is who.

Good News: Scientists are starting to notice the Sun is not cooperating.

Bad News: These idiots can’t give up their religion. After a few paragraphs talking about the Maunder Minimum and other minimums causing outrageously cold condition we get this:

And while some have argued that ebbs and flows in the Sun’s activity are driving the climate – overriding the effect of greenhouse gas emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that solar variation only makes a small contribution to the Earth’s climate.

A trace gas (less than .04% or under 4 parts in 10,000) is driving the climate more than that great glowing orb of nukular fire whose effects (noon in a desert), or lack thereof (northern cold areas), can kill you in a matter of hours from 93,000,000 miles.

How do you even talk to someone who so smugly believes that idiocy?

That’s the worst part of global warmmongering, you can’t do real science on our effects on the climate, you have to prove CO2 is gonna KILLS US ALL!!!!!!!.

If you find that say, the Great Brown Cloud of Asia has more effect on the environment than all the autos and flatulent cows in the world, well, you’re a denier and you can’t get your stuff published.

The Science Is Settled.  Heretic.

Good News: Arizona has rights to lots of water from the Colorado for irrigation.

Bad News: California needs that water.

Worse News: Klamath Falls had rights to water for irrigation too.

There’s a spring on the patch of land where my apt is and there isn’t another one anywhere close.
When it all falls apart, I still think I’ll head to the mountains. There are no terrain features here, just flat scrub while the Salt River flows through mountain valleys that have pretty much ready made strong points on or near water. At least I’ll have water for the trip. Hopefully I get there soon enough that the residents won’t be organized to keep riff-raff like me out.

So as Kerry and Obama are sucking Iranian dicks, they’re laughing at us.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Thursday that he was facing domestic opposition to a landmark nuclear deal with major powers that is to go into effect next week.

They’re not going to make any deal of course, but Kerry and Obama are idiots so they don’t realize that (I hope, it’s worse if they do).

It’s not funny  at all (except for Iranians), but it is kind of funny. The Iranians are worried about public opinion while the leaders of what used to be a Constitutional Republic are not.

Speaking of Obama and Kerry being clueless idiots.

(Israeli V) Diplomatic officials also said: “Kerry visits here a lot, but he does not display any understanding of what is happening here. The U.S. plans are superficial and not serious. ,,,. It seems that Kerry is just not in touch with reality. He is not an expert, to say the least, on the roots of the conflict, he does not know how to create real solutions and does not even demonstrate proficiency in reading maps that are presented to him.”

Bwahahahahhahahahahhaa. But wait, there’s still more!

“The conduct of the U.S. secretary of state is obsessive. …Kerry seems to think his path to the White House is via the signing of a Middle East peace agreement.”

Kerry, still fucking that chicken. I have to admit, I think the next election will be as funny as the 2008 one. Biden and Kerry alone will make it  the “No, I’m more stupider!!!” election.

But where’s the endy? you ask.

Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] will ask more of Israel, such as a [settlement construction] freeze or another prisoner release, and these demands will be backed by Kerry and turned into an American demand, accompanied by a threat.

Whoop, there it is.

This one is a little more subtle in its humor.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has sent condolences to President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres over death of former Prime Minister of the State of Israel Ariel Sharon.

“I have been deeply saddened by the news of the death of former Prime Minister of the State of Israel, prominent statesman and political figure Ariel Sharon.

I share your grief over this heavy loss. On behalf of myself and the people of Azerbaijan, I express my deepest condolences to you, family, and relatives of Ariel Sharon, and to the people of Israel,” …

Why is that funny? According to Wikipedia, Azerbaijan is 93% Muslim and they’re nicer to Israel and respectful of Sharon than the US.

C’mon, that’s pretty darn funny. I hope American Jews are happy with their votes for Obama.

This one isn’t that funny, but it is.

There isn’t much the Palestinian people haven’t suffered. But the use of enforced starvation against them by the …refugee camp breaks new ground in cruelty.

Yawn, Lebanese media blaming Israel for something stupid, So why is that funny and endy? Cuz those ellipses took this out, “Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad at the Yarmouk.” They’re blaming it on Syrians, not the Joooooooooooooooooos!!!!! and it’s the real kind of “starving” not the Paliwood kind.

This one has me weirded out.

…Tie Rack, the global chain of stores that sells — yes — ties recently announced it would shut all of its Great Britain stores..,

Seriously, my perception of the Brits is that they’d take the time to dress properly as the tidal waves are washing across London and the aliens are setting up huge people-cooking pots in the Scottish Highlands. Like Shaun of the Dead’s mother and step-father. Weird. Is that a sign of the end of civilization on that island?

Closer to home, this isn’t funny at all, it’s mostly just endy.

I wrote something about Mexican people organizing militias to fight against the Obama-sponsored cartels and how the people weren’t going to like it when the gov’t came back in but I can’t find it, that is the update to that post.

that farmers sided with the vigilantes to block the soldiers on a road leading into the town. The townspeople reportedly begged the soldiers to leave.

Can’t have Teh Peepul defend themselves, that’s what gov’t is for so they must be disarmed.

And if their gov’t isn’t willing or able to  defend them due to being afraid to be killed and/or bought off? Well, that’s the price Obama is willing to make them pay rather than do something about it other than sell guns to cartels.

As Minitrue is almost done with their first riveting week of wall-to-wall Bridgegate coverage.

Boned again, naturally.

Now let’s get to some gov’t intimidation in a different corrupt country, America.

The Connecticut State Police has contacted citizen reporter and gun rights blogger Mike Vanderboegh in Alabama, indicating they wish to question him about sending an empty gun magazine to the Connecticut governor.

Fuck you. No, really. Fuck you. That’s the most polite response I can think of to that sort of crap. It was obviously not a threat but this fucking totalitarian asshole uses the threat of death (cops carry guns) in the face of non-violent, free-speech. Fuck you.

Related, This is my very favorite kind of Larious: Freaking High.

Seen at the ATF’s booth at SHOT.

molonlabemofo

Bwahahahaha.

Speaking of Bridgegate….I mean, BRIDGEGATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, sometimes I just love Ann Coulter’s take.

I agree with MSNBC. I find it hard to believe that Gov. Chris Christie knew nothing about his staff’s plotting a massive traffic jam on the ramp to the George Washington Bridge for political retribution. On the other hand, I also find it hard to believe that Obama didn’t know his own IRS was auditing his political enemies.

But most of all, I find it hard to believe that MSNBC host Al Sharpton didn’t know Tawana Brawley was lying when she claimed to have been gang-raped by rogue cops on the Wappingers Falls, N.Y., police force.

Bwahahaha. Funny. Of course, what she’s talking about is darn endy, but you takes what you gets.

In more Heh news,

Historic subsidies propping up US wind energy ended on January 1 and Congress refused to renew them, despite supporters arguing that the aid has made renewable power cheaper than coal.

No you stupid commie idiots, it doesn’t make it cheaper than coal, it makes it more expensive than it should be as the gov’t siphons off money from me, let’s much of it stick to their hands, then disburses it to people who then go bankrupt.

It’s funny they’re that stupid, it’s not at all funny that stupidity is believed by all of our ‘elite’ and not a one of them seem to realize that if something actually worked you wouldn”t need to subsidize it for the last 50 years.

We’ll end on a little optimism.

American society today is almost identical to September 10th, 2001, before the terrorist attack that took down the World Trade Center towers….

Just as the WTC was attacked in 1993, but survived long enough for the forces of terrorism to regroup and return with a greater, more elaborate plan, the citizens of the United States were attacked by its government on October 3, 2008 when it passed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP),

Yup. That wasn’t actually the very beginning, but it was pretty bad as we found out that Bush’ peeps actually threatened banks into taking money.  More from our optimist.

the government has empowered the IRS, militarized police departments, changed the definition of “enemies” to include returning veterans; Christians; believers in the Constitution; those preparing to survive the obvious next attack; and many others. It has stacked the military with commanders who understand their role as defending the U.S. Government, not necessarily the people or the states of the United States.

Eh, so far just standard noticing the endy, but he does get to the optimism

They (Us Americans V) know that their government hates them, that it considers them stupid and weak, as other terrorists have done in the past. Americans know that their rights are being violated; that the Constitution cannot stop those in power from implementing any sort of plan they wish; that plans are being made by the government to handle civil unrest; that the government has been snooping into their e-mails and phone calls (compiling an enemies list?).

You gotta love his “faith in Americans, I’m more pessimistic, I don’t think they have a clue. I think they’ll figure it out when it’s far too late.

The rest of it is pretty depressingly accurate though. I wouldn’t read it unless you have a (un)healthy supply of your favorite intoxicant.

I mentioned Shaun of the Dead, you know what that means, zombie pics. (more…)


If you’re goin’ down South
They got no work to do,
So you don’t know about Chicago.

Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ is agin the law,

Gone, gone  Chicago… Gone to Chicago…
Going down… going down now… going down…..

Recall that in the Before Time, when Evil Overlord Bush Cheney was ruling, a memo that said, “Al Quaeda is going to try to attack us by hijacking planes” was prima facie evidence that Bush Knew!!!!!!.

We’re not in the Before anymore, se’re in the Now.

Ntice that in this 25 paragraph article, they mention Obama 2 times(unsafe, Minitrue link to Wash Post) and not until the 9th paragraph and nowhere is the name Hillary Clinton.

It (“long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report” V)  says the State Department failed to increase security at the sites despite warnings and faults intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.

The State Dept’s fault. Not tied to any person really… certainly not Obama. Let’s let Winston Smith explain. (first mention of Obama, paragraph 9)

The account sheds little light on the most politicized aspect of the incident — questions about whether the Obama administration deliberately played down the terrorist origins of the attacks. The committee described the attacks as opportunistic and said there was no specific advance warning that they were about to be carried out.

Wait, what? You just said that there was warning. Oh, you said, “Specific.” I get it, just because you had a warning that there was going to be a terrorist attack soon there was no reason to think that some sort of terrorists attack might happen on 9/11.

That’s pathetic even by Minitrue standards.

A little attempt at an appearance of a fig leaf of balance later on

The committee’s minority criticized the White House for obstructing the report, which the committee had wanted to complete much earlier, and accused Patrick Kennedy, U.S. undersecretary of state for management, of shielding the Obama administration from Congressional oversight.

That included Susan Collins who got a little testy with Kennedy (D-Hereditary), but they’re the minority so their opinions don’t matter. .

Nother story that does shed light on that “journalists” editorial comment above

Now testimony by Gen. Carter Ham, head of AFRICOM at the time of attack, before the House Committee on Armed Services in June 2013 suggests that Defense officials did not raise the prospect of an out-of-control demonstration and immediately deemed the incident an attack.

Okay, ou’ve all seen it.

Se either Obama and crew were lying from the first seconds of the attack or a general going to brief his Commander in Chief did not mention a terrorist attack on an ambassador. Hmmmmm, now that’s a conundrum. For the record, I tried to find a story on this at the Washington Post to see how they handled it, they didn’t have one. Assholes. They’re still trying to hold back the levee.

Another case in point from Minitrue.

The Associated Press is now reporting that congressional testimony from CIA personnel and contractors “bolster” the agency’s denial…(of this story from Faux News V)

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down”

Okay, that’s funny.

Especially since that article has this part

At least one of those security contractors, a former U.S. Army Ranger, was told to “wait” at least twice, and he argued with his security team leader,

So nobody was told to stand down, they were told to “wait”, until the next day. That’s totally different being told to stand down. Because Fuck You.

(Updated bit about previous link to try to make it clear what I meant)

Further, we’ve seen story after story about how they refused to send people even though people were begging to be sent and the Wash Fucking Post has the balls to print that editorial comment in news chothing.

This one is especially infuriating, from Panetta’s outgoing Senate briefing.

Panetta and Dempsey repeatedly blamed an “intelligence failure” or an “intelligence gap” for the lack of preemptive action to strengthen security in Benghazi.

That’s perjury, right? We just saw that there was no intelligence failure, (except for the intelligence of the people who voted for fucking Obama), they just failed to heed the warnings that they shouldn’t have fucking needed. Every America military, law enforcement and emergency medical asset everywhere should be on full alert on 9 fucking 11 you fucking assholes.

Oh wait, I forgot. Laws mean nothing to our Nobility. If Clinton can have droit du seigneur, Panetta, Hillary, Holder, et al. can lie to Congress

So why do I say the levee’s breaking?

Because Obama has become so used to a fully functioning Minitrue that people trusted that he’s become more and more authoritarian and acting contrary to America’s interests.

So in other words the right people are sick of looking like idiots, hell, even Peggy Noonan has written an article or two about how Obama’s new clothes are not really all that great.

The catalyst seems to have been Gates’ book, which elucidated the obvious such that people have to notice it.

BOB GATES: It started with (Biden V)voting against assistance to Vietnam, the assistance package at the end of Vietnam War that basically left the South Vietnamese government high and dry. I think he said with the fall of the Shah that this “represented progress towards human rights in Iran” when the Ayatollah took over. He voted against almost every element of the Reagan defense buildup, the B-1, the B-2, the MX missile. [He] opposed Reagan’s approach to trying to deal with the Soviet Union. [He] voted against the first Gulf War. Those are a few examples.

“Those are a few examples”.

That can be one of the best quotes about you, or the most damning.

You know the other reason I’m thinking the levee’s breaking on Dems being able to lie about key stuff with impunity?

Because we’ve passed the point of no return on spending, we can’t cut spending on the welfare stuff because tens of millions of people think they’re owed my stuff, the world is going fucking crazy and they all know deep in their hearts that America is no longer on the side of freedom.

In other words, it’s too late for people to wake up.

You have to admit, that’s kind of funny.