Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I started this blog 7 years ago, seems like yesterday, seems like a million light years from home, dedicated to the late great kitchen table drinking boozehound, Scramblin' Jack Costello, the inspiration for the Grill Rats character "Tom".
Graves doesn't get the Zappa thing, and I'm a bit surprised as Frank did his share of shredding. For some people the Zappa thing is about the politics, for some it's the silly bathroom humor lyrics, for others it's the odd time signatures and squealing saxophones. For me, it's all about the gumbo.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
“I mean, it's like a derivative of actual pepper. It's a food product, essentially.”
— Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on the use of pepper spray by UC Davis police against peaceful student protesters, from the November 21 broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Most Ironic Thing On The Internet Today, by way of Crooked Timber
This video commemorates a student uprising at Athens Polytechnic in Greece, 1973, that helped lead to the downfall of the military junta. The overthrow of the junta led to a "University Asylum" law that restricted the police's ability to enter the campuses. That law was abolished a few months ago.
The abolition law was based on the recommendatiions of an expert committee, which reported a few months ago... Fortunately, my friend has translated the key recommendationsUniversity campuses are unsafe. While the [Greek] Constitution permits the university leadership to protect campuses from elements inciting political instability, Rectors have shown themselves unwilling to exercise these rights and fulfill their responsibilities, and to take the decisions needed in order to guarantee the safety of the faculty, staff, and students. As a result, the university administration and teaching staff have not proven themselves good stewards of the facilities with which society has entrusted them.
The politicizing of universities – and in particular, of students – represents participation in the political process that exceeds the bounds of logic. This contributes to the rapid deterioration of tertiary education.
Among the authors of this report – Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis. And, to add to the irony, Katehi was a student at Athens Polytechnic in 1973.
It was 48 years ago today, Lt. Pike taught the band to play...
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I lived in Colorado for 10 years and did a fair amount of backpack camping in the high country. Strap 35 pounds, give or take, of food,clothing, and shelter onto my back, hike 5 miles or so with some buddies up a mountain side to a lake, and enjoy the view. Day hiked up to the peaks, hiked along the ridges, did a little fishing, practiced the harmonica when the mountain lion got too close. Good times, good times!
But....I guess I was doing some of my camping completely wrong. Apparently, before you take a tent down, you must first vigorously shake your pepper spray canister. I did not know that.
Photo by Randy Rasmussen
When chemical warfare against civilians fails to bring the desired results, expect the Secret Police to escalate the violence. Expect death, or more accurately murder, a magnitude above the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and Kent State all rolled up into one. Changes in magnitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.....with all of our gunning and all of our running, if we couldn't laugh we would all go insane....
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Based on the Herman Cain Uncertainty Principle, the Gingrich Box Equation, and Bachmann's Constant, it appears as though Mitt Romney is the ultimate Quantum Candidate. The Probability Wave of Romney's Positon is entirely dependent on who is observing Romney at any given time.
The Ron Paul Paradox of Entangled Partisans is entirely consistent with Santorum's Slit Experiments, and is one of the best pieces of evidence supporting Karl Rove's philosophy of invalidation of a theory by falsification-experiments, also known as "rat fucking". Is Romney involved in Rovian Ratfucking? It depends on whose box Gingrich is in.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Happy Birthday James and I'm in the Breakaway Bar drinking too many beers when the Vietnam war comes on television. The white people always want to fight someone and they always get the dark skinned people to do the fighting. All I know about this war is what Seymour told me when he came back from his tour of duty over there and he said all the gooks he killed looked like us and Seymour said every single gook he killed looked exactly like someone he knew on the reservation."
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
I'm a bit of a conspiracy guy, and the more I think about this Herman Cain business, the more I smell a rat. He's a patsy. His "handlers" had to have known all along about all the allegations against him. They had to have known that it would all come out in the press. Maybe Herman thought they didn't know, and he could just cruise control on by, like it would never come up. He seems to have a strong sense of denial.
So, if The Handlers knew that this is how it was going to play out, why bother going through with the charade? Probably one of the same reasons Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum continue with their campaigns. It's a great way to launder money!
You want more conspiracy? Joe Frazier just died, Heavy D just died, and the old They Die In Threes Urban Myth gets fluffed when the Cain Campaign tries to pull a page from the Bob Roberts playbook, but things spiral out of control. They forget to take into account Herman's cholesterol drugs and the boner pills causing an unsafe drop in his blood pressure, and an inability for the blood to clot.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Saturday, November 05, 2011
I'm sure you've surmised by now, I'm of the opinion that Herman Cain is a scumbag. Just as I believed Anita Hill about Clarence Thomas, I believe the women who leveled accusations against The Spermanator. Of course, I have no "evidence" to back up my beliefs, just my own feelings based on experiences of working for the type of power hungry men who think they can take whatever they want because they are in a position of power. Sexual harassment is a symptom of a larger disease. So color me judgemental, but Herman Cain is a scumbag.
I'm glad the women who made the accusations are choosing to remain anonymous. It would serve no purpose to come forward at this time, and they would be doing nothing other than drawing a huge bull's-eye on their backs for some Conservative whack job with a gun. They would be vilified in the media by the likes of other scumbags like Bill O'Reilly, another power hungry man in a position of power who thinks he can take whatever he wants because he's in a position of power. The women would literally be putting their lives at risk, and to what end?
The Brother From Another Mother? The maggoty apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
UPDATE: Terry at Urantian Sojourn beat me to the punch with "Koch Cain".
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Somewhere in the bowels of the
Meanwhile, in the mind of Herman "Nice Chicken, Honey, I Am Sticking With The Mustache" Cain, a pizza delivery man porn fantasy develops...