Wolraich: Obama at the Gates of... Gates
Dr. C: In Praise of Writing Binges
Maiello: Gatsby Doesn't Grate
Jollyroger admits that he did work his way through stripper school as a lawyer, but since graduating he has rehabilitated himself, and profits no longer from the misfortune of his brothers, but from the lust of his sisters instead. He is currently on the 60 day DL (too fat); Until he is called back up to the show, he is temping as an inventor.
* Favorite Quotes
REX VISIGOTHIS:"I believe in less than enough feed, just enough speed, more than enough weed, and way too much pussy"
BERNARD EIBER: "You write like a god"
KATHY SISSON: "You fuck like a god"
SUZANNE FARRELL: "Someone had to be eliminated, and poor Roger was the most expendable"
VANESSA FARRELL: "You have such a pretty dick"
MY SISTER: "He wasn't always like this...you should have seen him before all the acid. My God, he's a Woodrow Wilson Fellow!"
MY MOTHER: "So I told his father, 'Look Manny, let's don't kid ourselves. All he really wants to do is get high and get laid..."
Although my sister lives in New Jersey, I have been blissfully unaware of the post Sandy travails besetting New Jersey Transit due to some demonstrably poor pre-storm planning (must visit more)
Leaving aside the substance of the matter, we learn this amusing if alarming detail:
When asked by the Bergen Record for a copy of their prestorm planning documents (New York City's Transit Authority has a 5 volume treatise) the responsive document, entitled "New Jersey Rail Operations Hurricane Plan” required only 3-1/2 pages.
Beyond astonishing brevity, not much can be said about the document - it was blacked out except for the title.
WTF!!?? [Read more]
Tamerlan Tzarnaev, ten years and trillions of anti terror dollars later, attracts FBI attention, then maintains a floridly pro jihad ( public) YouTube channel , yet eludes further investigation.
Obviously, our security apparatus is overworked in the war on terror.
(I suggest triage: withdraw funds from the war on drug users.)
Put another way, if they weren't watching 750,000 people ( Tamerlan's watch list compatriots ) maybe they could have picked up his channel.
If they weren't watching him, who the fuck were they watching?
Begich, Baucus, Heitkamp, Pryor.
They have made clear their party affiliation.
The appropriate, indeed, sole remedy is available in the next primary.
If any of these four escape a primary, we on the left can occupy the toilet. Outcome, notwithstanding. They must be primaried for the sake of minimal cred. BTW Obama has to endorse the primary challenge
Place: Lebanon, the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla.
Dramatis Personae: A gunman from the Israeli ally militia, a just-orphaned 10 year old boy, a cameraman.
Action: Immediately after killing the boy's father, the Israeli surrogate takes careful aim and kills the child. Horrified, the cameraman asks "Why did you kill that boy?" Gunman replies, "He just watched me kill his father. When he grows up, he will have but one goal in life-killing me, or someone just like me. I'm not going to let him grow up."
From the Annals of the Affirmation of Life in the midst of despair: [Read more]
From the PBS Newshour, a story so frightful that it will shake your humanity to the core, in horror that your species includes amongst it the sort who would perpetrate the foul crime described.
Briefly, in a spasm of rage mimicked (it is estimated) 5000 times each year, a family of rich Pakistanis stalked and murdered its daughter and grandchildren. Her crime--she married a poor man. [Read more]
I have studiously avoided as much as possible viewing the pictures of the slaughtered children from Sandy Hook.
It makes my heart explode, and I really am not right for hours thereafter.
Sometimes I get caught unawares, like I just did by Chris Hayes sitting in for Lawrence O'Donnell, in the prelude to discussing yesterday's primary in Chicago.
Chris segued directly from the Senate testimony of a bereaved father to the consequential crushing of the NRA "A" rated Debbie Halvorsen. (Rot in hell, Debbie)
A modest proposal.
Some among you of an esoteric (and perhaps senescent) character may remember the story of that jewel of kundalini yoga, Bhagwan Rajneesh.
(My friend "Nada", one of the many girls who revolutionized the sex industry upon the dissolution of Rajneeshpuram, used to say in her exotic South African accent, "Bhagwan was like heroin"-and she should know...but I digress.)
Back in the day, Bhagwan, perhaps under the goad of needing someplace to park his 18 Rolls Royces, or maybe merely seeking privacy, led his adherents to the sleepy town of Antelope, Oregon. (population who-knows-what, but small enough) [Read more]
This is a Fox Business Channel segment of surpassing entertainment value--watch it soon, cause it's bound to be taken down shortly.
Under the rubric "Is government being too hard on the banks?", "correspondent" Melissa Francis mounted a push-back against Elizabeth Warren's widely praised roasting of a panel of do-nothing regulators for their abysmal failure to punish even the most egregious bank criminality.
"Is she being too tough for her own good?" concern trolls Francis. "We don't want to over restrict the banks"
It was bad enough a month or so ago when a conflict roiled Afghan-US relations over the release by our clients of thousands of detainees who had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the local judiciary.
At the time, the embarassing formulation of the simple precept that due process matters for good reasons, brought me to my knees in shame at my government, and the peace laureate for whose continuation as president I had just recently (if reluctantly) been laboring. [Read more]
My father was irritated because a Federal Judge had ordered him to produce before him his client, an Italian American businessman then vacationing out of the continental limits (and, coincidentally, the extraditional reach) of the United States.
This moved my father to share with the judge his opinion that his obligation of vigorous representation of his client was incompatible with hauling him into court, and if the judge wanted him here, the judge could undertake to bring him.
When their colloquy reached the point of the judge's suggestion that my father's noncompliance might merit the cited penalty, my father (perhaps unwisely) unburdened himself as above.