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I’m not sure if it’s me or if the world is themeless. I keep starting with one and then having it fall apart. Oh well. See if you can guess the theme I thought I had.

In our wordcloud below is “drunken chariot racing” but the link has absolutely nothing to do with drunken, chariot or racing. Which made me think that wordcloud is judging us! As if we’re the kind of window-lickers who’d be all into drunken chariot racing so it just threw it in.

Then I realized, a good idea is a good idea so here’s part of the chariot race from The Perils of Gwendolyn.

 

You can’t tell from that clip, but that movie has the highest boobs/frame ratio of any movie I’ve ever seen. If you’re into that sort of thing.

 

So… what happened to “The First 100 Days” on Foxnews?  It used to be on at 5pm here (7 east coast), but now it’s Tucker Carlson. His first 100 days are not over and that show started in January so it cannot have been 100 days. Every time I flipped over there was Martha and some, acknowledged, Dem operative bashing Trump, so I have to figure the ratings were pretty low because MSNBC and CNN are much sadder and a whole lot funnier.

 

In the now, apparently Trump is thinking about doing recess appointments to get around the GOP Senate to confirm his appointments.

I’m torn on that one. On the one hand, it’s fucking hilarious he has to do this to get around the slow-rolling of Republicans. On the other hand, that’s a slimy thing that we do not need to have regularized. Which leads us to the gripping hand, Czars! They do not need to be confirmed, I’m not even sure if they’re officially appointed. I think they just show up and start working.

The ‘recess appt’ thing has to be a troll. I prefer the Before! so I’d like a Czar troll.

Having the NYTimesWashPostCNNABCCBSNBCetc. start freaking out about ‘Czars avoiding confirmation are the end of the Republic!!!!!!” so Trump can comment on the 39 Obama sub-Czars wikipedia claims avoided that messy, tax-cheating-finding, confirmation process would be hilarious.

 

To make sense of this next link, you have to understand Trump  is a recent Republican. He thinks more like a Democrat.

WELL, YES: Trump isn’t really campaigning earlier than other recent presidents. He’s just more upfront about it.

The “permanent campaign” was invented by (or maybe “for”) Bill Clinton a quarter century ago, and for better or worse it’s now a permanent part of our political landscape.

 

WELL, NO: Bush didn’t campaign constantly. He promoted himself, but he didn’t campaign. He was a breath of maturity in the office that Clinton and Obama did their best to ensmallen.

As for “He’s more upfront about it.”… No. The media is more upfront about attacking him for it. He’s not doing anything different from what Clinton and Obama did. Hell, he’s less upfront than Obama who traveled to fundraisers across the country all the freaking time.

 

While I’m yelling at Instapundit, this always bothers me. Most of the article linked is pretty accurate.

The basic division in American politics today is not over the merits of President Trump. Many of those who voted for him believed that he lacked the moral grounding and gravitas that great Presidents must ultimately draw on. The division is between those who think that before Trump, things were going just fine and the American elite was doing an excellent job, and those who blame the rise of Trump on the failures and blindness of the so-called “meritocratic elite” who, they would argue, have been running the country into the ground.

No argument from me so far. Here’s where we go off the tracks.

In foreign policy, the United States has had two failed presidencies in a row. Our grand strategy of…democratization of the Middle East would and could solve the terrorism problem—and so did their degreed and esteemed advisers and the commentariat.

We had won in Iraq. We were almost done. As anybody with a brain told Obama, he had to fucking leave some dam Marines, A-10s and Apaches there, similar to how we treated Germany.  That way, ISIS would have been stain in the desert when they were first chased out of Syria in their Toyota pick-ups instead of getting stronger and taking over much of the region.

 

Now: Israeli soldier gets 18 months in jail for shooting a wounded, Palestinian terrorist. Palis are all upset it’s only 18 months. Apparently, helping suicide attackers suicide is verboten in their religion. You need to let them blow themselves up I guess.

 

Before: Palestinians have a different view on successful suicide bombers being killed as they open an exhibit of a suicide bombing from the previous month. After an outcry from people who give the PLO money, the Arafish canceled the exhibit. Yes, it was built less than a month later. Too soon?

 

Doesn’t really fit, but this is another in a very long series. We’re talking Days of our Lives long.

At UCLA Law School last week, a squad of student “thought police” tried to ban my book, Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond. They don’t want you to know the book even exists, let alone what’s inside it. And the UCLA administration enabled them. This ominous episode underlines how students are learning to be contemptuous of intellectual freedom.

And since it’s California, they went the extra mile. It happened at

…a panel discussion at UCLA Law School on the vital importance of freedom of speech and the threats to it.

The funniest part is that this State-Sponsored, Law Fucking School does not see the irony of students learning how to be law talking folks at a gov’t-affiliated Law Fucking School stomping on speech they do not like and not being immediately and humiliatingly slapped down by either the faculty or the admin (both?) at the gov’t-run Law Fucking School. More, they think anybody who does see irony is a hating hater who hates.

Yeah, that bothers me a lot. At least some of these people are likely to be future lawyers, politicians and judges.

Our best hope is if all the different flavors of fascist assholes start killing each other before they start trying to kill the rest of us.

 

Which leads to this.

“The Court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice,” the order reads.

That could be really horrible with possibly good results.

CNN begged for it. As did Rolling Stone. As are a bunch of others. Expect a slew of these as precedents are set.

I really don’t like the idea of the US have British-style libel laws. US law is an attempt to fix what the Brits got wrong.

On the other hand, maybe they’ll stop being fucking lying sacks of fucking shit.

I’m really of the opinion that it’s a terrible precedent and I really, really, really wish our fine Minitrue betters did not make it nearly a requirement but since they did, I hope it has a salutary effect. Or should that be “salutatory affect” so people can have something easy to make of me for? Besides constantly ending sentences of prepositions, that is.

 

These might be a good metaphor for the people who supported Trump and/or people who supported Hillary.

Peep-Flavored Oreos.

That’s right, the neon marshmallow-flavored filling will actually get sandwiched between two golden cookies…

If you’re totally into this concept, you should probably consider dunking them in Peeps-flavored milk…

To some people that’s the most horrible thing in the history of ever. They deserve no mercy on their souls.

Others think, “Hmmmmm, that sounds delicious! I’ll have to try those!”

I’d avoid those people personally. Probably anarchists. Or even worse. Hipsters.

 

Scientists Need Grant Money To VacationStudy In Mexico!!!!!

The worst of those outbreaks were known as cocoliztli, from the word “pestilence” in the Aztec language Nahuatl.

It’s during one of these cocoliztli, between 1545 and 1550, that up to 80 percentof the native population is believed to have perished…

Now, the Max Planck researchers have presented evidence that the cause of the outbreak could have actually been a primitive and deadly form of salmonella.

 

The first glaring tell, “up to” and “believed to be…” are codewords for “Yeah, I’m pulling this out of my ass.”

At one point I got really into Aztec history after reading Jennings’ Aztec.  It’s a very good book, as are most of his books, I haven’t read the sequels to Aztec, and it’s also, like all his books, surprisingly well researched and accurate.

That salmonella deal is an interesting idea that seem implausible to me. They list the plagues sweeping the area and the theory I’ve always seen is that it was just a cumulative deal with no real “This is the one!!!!”

I figure they just need some cash and global worming is getting tapped out.

Holy Moley!

 

That’s a video of the streets of Dhaka in Bangladesh where the sacrificing for Eid is in full swing.

Huge swathes of animal sacrifices marking the Islamic festival Eid al-Adha turned the streets of Bangladesh’s capital into rivers of blood.

Authorities in Dhaka had designated areas in the city where residents could slaughter animals, but heavy downpours Tuesday rendered them out of action.

Instead, Muslims took to car parks, garages and alleyways to traditionally mark Eid al-Adha – or the Feast of Sacrifice – by slaughtering livestock and when the blood flowed into the streets, it turned them red.

That’s a lot of blood in that water. What gets me is people walking through it. Check out the pics at the link.

Via Doug Ross’ site.

 

Think of it as a preview of the upcoming Battle For Mosul where the streets will run with blood too.

The United States has increased its forces in Iraq by almost 500 troops in the last week to support the operation to take Mosul from the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

ISIS are a bunch of murderous/suicidal, evil bastards who would think nothing of destroying the city as they fight. They’re planning on it.

Recall, they’re the ones who split off from al Quaeda because they’re a bunch of pussies and we know how al Quaeda acted in Fallujah.  And that’s when we got most of the non-jihadi folks to leave the city. The people in Mosul do not have that option.

Of course, with Obama in charge, you know it’s going to be needlessly bloody.

Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State inIraq.

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Nothing like telling your enemy when you’re going to attack.

Excerpt from a speech by Roosevelt, June 2, 1944.

…we shall be invading the coast of France, not at the Pas de Calais as the Nazis expect but at Normandy to surprise the Nazis!!! And we shall be invading in a few days!!! Beginning our task of driving the Nazis from their conquests on the European continent!!!!

Well, that would have been the speech if he was an idiot like Obama.

As I’m Writing The Post Update!!!!!!

Hannity is on talking about Trump’s rising poll numbers and I’m pretty sure he’s beating off under the desk as he talks about it.

Now, back to the post as it’s in progress!

 

Australia had their big gun-grab where it’s very difficult to own any guns anymore, so how’s that working out for them?

Crimes associated with firearm possession have also more than doubled, driven by the easy availability of handguns, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and, increasingly, machine guns, that are smuggled into the country or stolen from licensed owners.”

The machine gun are almost definitely smuggled in as you cannot own a machine gun in Australia.

So gun-grabbing didn’t work, what to do, what to do?

Gun-controlled Australia is witnessing gun crime at such high levels that state and federal officials are pushing new controls that will do everything from enact a second national gun buyback to increase sentences for gun crime and illegal gun possession.

Make it more illegaler!!!!!!

Huh, I can’t figure that out.  Gun control has worked so well in places in America that have tried it, like Chicago,

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Britain banned evil guns, how’s that worked out for them?

The West Midlands is STILL the nation’s gun crime capital – and it’s getting worse…

These were all cases where firearms were actually used (emphasis me, V) rather than just possessed, including firing them, threatening others with them or using them as a club-like weapon.

It means that there were 20 offences for every 100,000 people in the region last year, or one for every 5,000 residents.

Not far behind was London with 19.4 per 100,000.

Greater Manchester had the third-highest rate in the country with 16.0 gun crimes per 100,000.

Read more: Dublin cops want machine guns as brutal gang war kills two

When you ban guns, only criminals will have guns.

That’s win/win for our fine political betters. They turn generally law-abiding people into either criminals or disarmed victims, both leading to reduced freedom as cops need to ignore other Constitutional amendments because of the rise in crime. Like “Stop and Frisk” where cops in NY were just stopping random folks for no reason except they felt like it and it was necessary because of all the gun crime. Cuz guns are illegal so the criminals know their victims are unarmed.

 

I’m trying to figure out what is up with this story.

She was in for a rude awakening when she realized her 5-year-old kindergarten student had brought 30 packets of heroin to school Monday, officials said.

He brought enough for everybody so I don’t get the problem.

 

Caballero update!

I finally got it back today! It runs freaking great, sounds great, the transmission slips like mad so I can’t get on it!

Sonomogun. The first idiot I thought was a good mechanic 4 months ago told me I had a 4L60 transmission.

I just found out that a 4L60 has lots of electronics hanging off it for computer control. Mine has one (1) wire on it. Apparently something to do with kickdown.

The guy who put it together told me I have a 700r4 transmission, so I have to replace the torque converter.

Son of a bitch.

At least now I have a guy I can trust who can get that done in one day once I get the right torque converter.
The worst part is that I knew this guy but he has a muffler place. He’s done exhaust and brake work for me but I didn’t think of him as an engine guy. His father is a big motorhead who has a shop in Globe but he came to Mesa to work on my car.

I should have known, he has a Toyota Corolla he took the body off and replaced it with a body that looks like a huge muffler. It’s pretty cool, if you’re a muffler guy I guess.

Which actually works out, I’m supposed to drive like a grandma for 500 miles to break in the engine and I surely can’t stomp on it as it sits.

I cannot drive like a grandma, it goes against everything I stand for. When I was 16 I had a hitch-hiker refuse to get in my car, he had heard about me. If I hadn’t had a ’72 Dart with a 198 cubic inch engine with a whopping 100 HP I would have been wrapped around a tree by the time I was 16 3/4.

As it was, when driving on mountain roads with “no speed limit”, which meant 55 at the time, I would get the car to 60 (0-60 measured by sundial) and keep it there no matter what the road did.

Gila Muffler in Mesa did a great job, taking a car that had two people work on it before him and figuring out what was done, what needed to be done and what needed to be redone.

I actually paid him more than he asked as I thought he was undercharging me and I wanted him thinking happy thoughts about me when I need more work.

If you’re in the East Valley near Phoenix, I suggest you use Gila Muffler. Good, honest mechanics are hard to find.

On the east coast, I have a few friends who are mechanics so I haven’t had to worry about being ripped off since the 80s.

 

I just can’t figure out a title, just like yesterday. I might be the only person who gets a laugh out of my headlines, but I usually do get that laugh.

Oh well, let’s tube.

Will Syria become a battleground between Turkey and the Kurds?

Turkish troops and special forces, backed by allied Syrian rebel groups,launched on August 24 the Euphrates Shield operation to liberate the strategic Syrian city of Jarablus on the border with Turkey from ISIS. Turkey’s president later vowed to press ahead with the military offensive until ISIS and Syrian Kurdish militias no longer posed a security threat to Turkey.

The Kurds tried to make nicey with the Turks, but as the Armenians discovered, the Turks aren’t all that into diversity.

Stories coming out of Syria are all confused as to who’s who. I’ll provide a helpful guide. It stopped being about anybody but jihadis long ago. Except for the murderous Syrian dictator’s forces, they align with whoever they think can help them today.

The only constants are that Iranian-allied terror groups are always for the murderous Syrian dictator and the Saudi-allied terror groups are always against the murderous Syrian dictator. Below that level, it gets murky. If Turkey gets too rambunctious, expect Saudi terror groups to ally with Iranian terror groups (both without involving the murderous dictator) to ally with the Kurds to kick them out. If/when they succeed, they’ll go back to killing each other. It’s a witch’s dog’s breakfast brew of murderous fanatics.

 

The murderous Syrian dictator does have a plan now that his financiers have a new ally.

The Syrian government has ramped up its efforts to teach the Russian language to secondary school students, nearly a year after Moscow started airstrikes on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

More of that Obama/Clinton smirt duhplomacy.

 

So having a black Little Orphan Annie and wymyn Ghostbusters is Awesome!!! but you’d better cast previous non-white roles as their ethnicity!!!!!!

Disney is supposedly making a live-action Mulan (before a live-action Futurama, TANJ)

“to tell Disney that we demand to see them cast an Asian Mulan.” The lead instigator, Michigan children’s librarian Natalie Molnar, vented against the practice of “whitewashing” — that is, employing “white Caucasian actors and actresses in roles originally meant to be characters of color.”

This is pretty funny.

…Korean-American Daniel Dae Kim to play the villainous role of Shan Yu … Japanese-American George Takei to play the Chinese Emperor and another Korean American, Margaret Cho, to play the Chinese matchmaker.

That’s like casting an Italian to play Erik the Red cuz they’re both Europeans. Although I’m pretty sure casting Margaret Cho as anything is a movie-killer.

Let’s go to the Dem Perfidy section of the post. The only hard part about doing that is deciding how many stories to actually post. It’s like a hydra-headed thing, as soon as you post one, two more spring up.

Remember when the GOP was going to PUNISH THE DEMS FOR THEIR TOTALLY ILLEGAL SIT-IN OVER GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!?

So how’s that going?

A memo from minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for a “gun violence prevention day of action” today includes a long itinerary of scripted actions to be taken by Democrat representatives under orders from the 76-year-old gun control zealot. The actions called for are tightly controlled, right down the the tweets the powerful California Democrat wants the staff of representatives to use on social media on her orders

 

And since it’s Dems going after guns, you know there’s jaw-dropping dishonesty involved.

272 mass shootings this year. When will @SpeakerRyan give us a vote? #NoFlyNoBuy  #CloseTheLoophole #GunVote
You would think you might have noticed there being more than one Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook or Pulse Night Club every single day this year

You would think that only if you didn’t just accept that Dem gun-grabbers gonna lie like a Clinton caught with his dick in the cookie jar.

Obama campaigning for Hillary! in his own inimitable way.  I love the URL, barack-obama-reagan-fan/

It’s not that long and it’s an interesting look into how the Dems just crap on their constituents even in something as simple as a campaign event and yet, they still don’t complain.

I have to quote this bit

 be told that they could not bring water with them to witness the president speak on behalf of the indisposed Democratic presidential nominee.

Okay, that’s funny. Don’t they know what happens when you dehydrate?

 

And that, folks, is why we will never see peak irony.

 

Dem Congresscritter Uses Gov’t To Shut Up Enemies!

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) urged the Department of Justice to prosecute conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

You can file that under News We All Knew.

The reason it may have taken the IRS fourteen months to turn my IRS files over to Judicial Watch is that they state a United States senator from Oregon was involved. At the time both senators from Oregon were Democrats. But only one, Ron Wyden,

It’s what they do, act like fascists as they’re screeching about the latest Emmanuel Goldstein Being Hitler!!!!! Or Worse!!!!!!

Speaking of which, yesterday I made fun of the GOP’s Failure Theater in IMPEACHING KOSKINEN!!!!!!!, little did I know the fish wasn’t just stinky, it wasn’t even fish! It was just a handful of shit covered in nuoc mam.

But GOP leaders are cool to the impeachment push, which stands little chance of succeeding. Some Republicans argue that an impeachment vote two months before elections risked irritating voters,

How out of touch do you have to be to think that attacking the IRS will irritate voters?  No really, that’s like a prosecutor saying he can’t go after organized crime before an election or he’ll irritate voters.

Jebus.

So who else has noticed that all those hearings are OUTRAGE!!!! Theater and that even if they actually try to accomplish something, there’s nobody to enforce their will?

The IT specialist who ran Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server ignored a subpoena to testify before Congress Tuesday, leaving GOP lawmakers fuming and threatening retribution. (hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahha snort….no, I’m fi….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahaa thud

 

What happened? Oh…. Where was I?

Two other witnesses linked to Clinton’s e-mail server invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and repeatedly refused to answer questions.

There will be no repercussions. Oh, the GOP will shout about it, but they won’t actually do anything and if they do try to do anything, the Dept. of “Justice” certainly won’t be any help, the Justice League of America would be more help. They’re at least entertaining.

 

Yesterday I linked the post comparing this election to Flight 93. Since it was pretty down on both candidates, the push-back was pretty strong and from all over the place.

Some also complained about the aptness of the analogy:

That’s funny, I praised the aptness of the analogy, and I love analogy. I like analogy the way a Clinton loves lying.

This shows the author is really paying attention.

First is the objection to anonymity and specifically to the pseudonym. Anonymity supposedly proves that I am a coward, while the use of “Decius” shows that I am a hypocrite. What am I risking?  I freely admit that, unlike the real Decius, I don’t expect to die. But I do have something to lose, and may well yet lose it.

If you come to the attention of the intertuby left, they’ll do everything they can to destroy your life. Hell, that article is way worse than a stupid shirt.

Read the whole thing, it’s a good read.

Yesterday a guy tried run over 3 Phoenix cops

Similar things are going on in Chicago where Clintonista extraordinaire, Rahm, is busy turning it into what Hillary! wants to do with America.

In other news, an SUV was observed on the southside (006?) driving through the alley behind the station with a M/1 passenger taking video of personal cars parked in the police lot. The SUV’s plate comes back to a rental at one of the airports, so it appears to be another escalation in the directed harassment, intimidation and targeting of officers.

So yesterday they posted this,

An officer’s personal vehicle was torched the other night near 67th and Kostner. Written on the back of the car in marker was “Fuck the Police.”

People are now targeting off-duty cops. The Dems and their BLM front group are doing their best to turn America into some third-world, banana-republic shithole where only the rich and connected are safe in their persons.

Sure, let’s elect Hillary! to save the country!!!!!!!  For criminals!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nough of that. Let’s watch a Science! fight that I didn’t realize was happening.

I was looking for a link about how there’s no brontosaurus anymore when I found a bunch of links with this.

Paleontologists have spent the last century insisting that the species and its name (Latin for “thunder lizard”) are invalid… Nevertheless, from comic books to high literature to the Flintstones, the name brontosaurus has invaded popular culture and refuses to die.
…A team of paleontologists l…., they say they found that Brontosaurus really is in its own group. Its fossils share distinct, incomparable bone features—enough for it to reclaim its iconic genus name.

So the science isn’t settled.

Now we just need to get Pluto back into planethood and at least something would be right with the world.

 

I hate the Eagles only slightly less than the I hate the Cowboys, but I never realized exactly how correct I was to do so.

I saw a link to a story about how (Screw The)NFL teams got their nicknames, it was all over place so I finally clicked it. They’re mostly uninteresting except for this.

In 1933, Bert Bell and Lud Wray purchased the bankrupt Frankford Yellowjackets. The new owners renamed the team the Eagles in honor of the symbol of the National Recovery Act, which was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Sonomobatch, so they’re named after one of the most destructive forces not named “Carter” or “Obama” ever inflicted on this nation.

 

Last and totally, hilariously, not least: It begins!

Now, it is my understanding that is(sic, and not my sic! V) she were to be incapacitated, or if she were too ill to continue, or if, God forbid, she should pass away, then the Democratic National Committee would hold a meeting to fill that vacancy. And I don’t think it would be Joe Biden. I don’t think it would be Tim Kaine. I’m fairly confident she would be replaced by Michelle Obama.

Is that a “Heh” or an “Oh shit?!?!??!”?

It’s both! You don’t get the funny without the endy.

In November 2011, I wrote, “Wait, that stuff is still going on?

So what was still going on three and a half years ago? Post in bold, links show it’s all still going on.

Syria is still killing people. Actually, that one is more nuanced than the rest, it’s pretty much a dog’s breakfast of everybody killing everybody there. Syrian Military, Isis, Hezbollah,  other

The Gaza death cult is still shooting rockets at Israel. Yup.

Fukushima is still going on. Yup.

Mexican cartels are still killing Intertubers. Yup, though most of those alive are “self-censoring”

Somali pirates are still pirating. The funny part being that after ships avoided the area, it seemed as if piracy went down, when ships went back, it went up. Surprising only fools and the willfully ignorant.

Armenia is still occupying and acting all aggressive on Kazakh Azerbaijani lands, totally without Russia’s help and encouragement (wink wink, nudge, nudge). This is a case of people who’ve hated each other for a long time hatin’ on each other and Russia is still involved.

Terrorists are still operating in the Sinai. Now it’s ISIS of course. Giving Hamas Jihad Envy.

North Korea is still working on nukes and threatening with said nukes. Yup.

Iran is still threatening all and sundry with nukes. Now with more aid from Obama! This poll makes me proud to be an American. Subhed

A new Zogby poll suggests that more and more Americans trust Israel more than Obama to get rid of the Iranian nuclear threat.

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A large plurality of Americans prefer that the Obama administration take a more dovish approach to end the Iranian nuclear threat but at the same time back Israel’s bombing the Islamic Republic

 

EUnuchstan is still boned and still won’t even contemplate actually fixing anything. They keep talking “austerity”, which used to mean, “Living within your means” and now means, “Increasing taxes to pay for what you want.” Good luck with that.

On the lighter side, we might be looking at revolution in China. Yup.

 

Something not new, but the vid of the day

Crazy Russian guy lights himself on fire and jumps from 9 story building.

It lives up to its billing.

This liveleak vid is from the guy’s head-cam.  I cannot figure out how to embed it. I’m computerly challenged.

 

Added 30 seconds later because I forgot it:

Same H/T, my generally sour attitude today.

I’ve been calling him Tsar Putin I for years now, apparently he sees himself as more of a Caesar type.

 a group of Cossacks in St. Petersburg have gone a step further, erecting a statue of Putin in the form of a Roman emperor.

Boy is there egg on my face.

In attempting to write about the Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice incidents, the apparent futility of conservative blogging has once again caused me overwhelming despair.

As it concerns the death-by-cop incidents, the post-factual nature of our political discourse becomes palpable. “Hands up, don’t shoot!” is an utter fabrication, exposed as a lie by overwhelming physical evidence and the preponderance of eye-witness testimony, such that no charges were brought by a grand jury against the officer.

There’s much more room for concern in the Garner and Rice cases, but the public backlash in these three cases seems inversely proportionate to the evidence of police wrongdoing. (How many of you are going to Google “Tamir Rice” now?) But the incident drawing the most ire, the Michael Brown shooting, is the one with the least genuine merit – nil by my reckoning.

Presented with the futility of attempting to dislodge an erroneous belief from the public consciousness, one recalls the many other instances of valiant but Sisyphean work by conservative and libertarian bloggers. Whether it is the exposure of the IRS criminality, or the Gosnell little abortion shop of horrors, or the Jonathan Gruber recordings, nothing seems to stick or matter. Obama’s even back to funding ACORN as health insurance navigators.

I will from time to time find cause to write, but for now I expect the sparseness of my motivation to continue. In a world where facts don’t matter, there’s little reason to discuss facts.

During my insanely long commute to work (and a little in the mornings at work before my phone starts ringing off the hook), I’ve been listening to podcasts to keep my brain from completely turning to mush.

I use and recommend the BeyondPod app for Android.  A few months ago I upgraded to the premium version, which I feel was well worth it.  Now I can queue multiple downloads and can adjust the playback speed. I generally listen at 1.1x speed.

For better or worse, here’s my current list. Feedback greatly appreciated.

  • Ace of Spades – (weekly for the most part) – The best part of waking up on Friday.
  • Coffee and Markets – (daily podcast) – Suffering from a dearth of Ben Domenech, but still pretty good.
  • Ricochet – both the “flagship”/namesake one, and GLOP.
  • AEI’s “Banter”
  • Econtalk
  • Uncommon Knowledge
  • The Tim Ferriss Show – Author of the “four hour” books.
  • The James Altucher Show
  • Freakanomics
  • Mark Levin Radio Show – Sporadically when I think ML might have special insight into a topic, or the show title grabs me.

I just added “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” to my queue and will be trying that out tomorrow. I also have the TED app, which allows TED talks to be downloaded. Don’t use it too much, but have been meaning to.

I’d throw up links, but (1) it’s probably just as easy to search from your podcast app and (2) I’m lazy.

Given my areas of interest, I am reminded again of why I have no friends.

Suggestions?