Saturday, April 29, 2006

Business grads meet the police

In control....

of what you pay at the pump?
Thanks, George. Heckuva job, George.

In lieu of swallowing the pathetic gas tax holiday b.s., read this pdf from the Oildrum.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Mum's the word

The fact that the United States will assert the state secrets privilege should not be construed as a confirmation or denial of any of Plaintiffs' allegations, either about AT&T or the alleged surveillance activities.

No, never.


Herewith a modest proposal for naming the unfolding scandal of limousines and prostitutes and gambling and influencing thanking congressmen for their service to our dear nation.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ma Bell from the grave

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Superpower? Not.

A country that fears small, distant countries to such an extent that it utilizes military in place of diplomatic means is not a superpower. The entire world knows that the US is not a superpower when its entire available military force is tied down by a small lightly armed insurgency drawn from a Sunni population of a mere 5 million people.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

From the 'It Can't Happen Here' department


Another reason to walk

I wonder when it will be amended to include jotting down notes?

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Take the quiz.

Quote du jour

"They tell me I don't respect their religion. Well, I don't. But I don't have to. I tolerate it, which is all that's required of me as an American. It'd be nice if they'd return the favor."

Bill Maher

Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Screaming Comes...

across the sky. Heh, if you've never read it, get yourself a copy.
A 20th century classic, indeed.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Merle's not happy

Texas Hold 'Em

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

à la Charles


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Theo, meet Theo.

Unmindful Western nations may still be playing out the Crusader hand. In the months before George W. Bush sent US troops into Iraq, his inspirational reading each morning was a book of sermons by a Scottish preacher accompanying troops about to march on Jerusalem in 1917.

More diplomacy

with less.
Preparing for war with China, in other words, is to be the future cash cow for the giant U.S. weapons-making corporations in the military-industrial complex. It will, for instance, be the primary justification for the acquisition of costly new weapons systems such as the F-22A Raptor air-superiority fighter, the multi-service Joint Strike Fighter, the DDX destroyer, the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, and a new, intercontinental penetrating bomber -- weapons that would just have utility in an all-out encounter with another great-power adversary of a sort that only China might someday become.

Good luck.

Just a friendly reminder

That's all.

Monday, April 17, 2006

It's not OK corral

A truly inspired name for an issue orientated blog- Coat Hangers at Dawn.
Bet you can't guess the subject.

Quote du jour

I watched Dr Strangelove again the other night, it`s looking more and more like a documentary.

Wag the dog

Jagged edge

You don't have to go so far as to predict another Permian-Triassic extinction to realize that humanity is playing trapeze without a safety net.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Concerning Sotoligarchy

or try to be kind.
National self-interest is indistinguishable from global legalized violence aimed at humans, the natural world, and ultimately being itself, before which our captains of state stand with all the wonder of a gourmand before a steak. They're going to eat it up. What if our kindness-defeating self-interest is only, from the perspective of the future, the repeated application of a rapacious and self-defeating logic?

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Congressional oversight

Watching the Condi tap dance will test your stomach and/or sense of outrage. Found this link in a comment on Glenn Greenwald's post- Does the debate over Iran matter? Long story short. You must be joking.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Mellow ambience

Demon spawn

Clean room

in the mobile weapons lab. Since that story is back in the papers, I thought you might want to see what they are referring to. Image was originally on the front page of the NYTimes illustrating a story by her nibs, Ole Kneepads, Judy Miller.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Biilmon nails it

Si, se puede redux

Anomalous behavior

In western Iceland
in late March 2006, a large fire broke out in the grasses of a wetland area, which had been dried out by a period of persistent north winds. According to local reports, some farmers in the area had to evacuate their livestock to protect them from the fast-moving, wind-driven blaze. The fire took four days to control, and it burned somewhere around 67 square kilometers, the largest fire recorded since the island was settled in the 9th century.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Blog for a fish?

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Big Brother or Sister

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No dose yet

Obviously I got better, but now whenever a doctor reads my medical history I can always tell when they get to that part of the story. They go real quiet.

America hasn't noticed it has it yet.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Condi of Arabia

'Searching for attackers lurking in the night' Unhappily, none of the fools in DC have a clue as to how the rest of the world sees it oh, so clearly.

Do it now

Friday, April 07, 2006

Allan Kaprow

Imagine some evening when one has sat talking with friends, how as the conversation became reflective the pace slowed, pauses became longer, and the speakers 'felt' not only heavier but their distances from one another increased proportionately, as though each were surrounded by great areas commensurate with the voyaging of his mind. Time retarded as space extended. Suddenly from out on the street, through the open window of a police car, siren whining, was heard speeding by, its space moving as the source of sound moved from somewhere to the right of the window to somewhere farther to the left. Yet it also came spilling into the slowly spreading vastness of the talkers' space, invading the transformed room, partly shattering it, sliding shockingly in and about its envelope, nearly displacing it. And as in most cases where sirens are only sounded at crowded street corners to warn pedestrians, the police car and its noise at once ceased and the capsule of time and space it had become vanished as abruptly as it made itself felt. Once more the protracted picking of one's way through the extended reaches of mind resumed as the group of friends continued speaking.

Allen Kaprow Assemblage, Environments, & Happenings.
A time long ago when all the current clowns weren't paying attention. R.I.P.

Confiscatory dentistry

Unbelievable. Once you've read that, read this. More than a few gold teeth.

Straight from Cursor

David Sirota sees "the beginning of a frontal attack by Corporate America on the progressive movement," in an account of the launching of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, "using the Democratic Party as an all-too-transparent cloak of legitimacy."
As it happens, I was lamenting (always polite) this with a friend just yesterday.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Dark Miracle

in the Jornado del Muerto. Well worth the read. Gotta keep that perspective fresh.

Monday, April 03, 2006


Tomorrow's Bell cartoon

without the cartoon.
"What I would like us to explore is to what extent we could impose upon non-state actors the same obligations to civilised conduct, even in warfare, which we apply to ourselves," he said.

To think we breathe the same air


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Too F'ing Bad

Dress Tight!
Those who saw her said that Miss Rice was particularly annoyed at having to endure such a ride.

Iraq is somewhere in there

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