Sep
15
2014
6

‘Detroit Rock City.’

This is gonna sound weird, but… I don’t think that I’ve actually ever listened to a KISS song.

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But that’s impossible, right?

Sep
15
2014
2

‘I need to get a new laser pointer.’

…Sorry; but that’s literally the most interesting thing I’ve thought for the last three hours. Everything else has been NO NO NO CURSE YOU SERVER I JUST WANT FIVE MINUTES OF PVP THIS IS NOT UNREASONABLE YOU HAVE GONE OUT AGAIN WHY MUST YOU MAKE MY TIME HERE ONE OF PAIN. In comparison, the need for a new cat distraction toy seems quaint, charming, and free of nerdrage.

I am just a little bit jangled up right now, sorry.

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Sep
15
2014
0

Rick Scott still leading over Charlie Crist in Florida-GOV.

Title says it all, really.  And I am not ashamed to admit that this response from Javier Manjarres made me laugh:

 This is what happens when you have me, your lovable little fuzzball of a conservative reporter, booted from political events. Read more here and here.

Well, maybe not.

Javier should just claim it anyway.  Why not?

Via… I’m not sure. The person who I thought it was, doesn’t seem to have been the person who sent the link around. Weird.

Sep
15
2014
2

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, New York) still profanely covering up for her male colleague’s sexism.

What message does Senator Kirsten Gillibrand think that this is sending to people? “Don’t rock the boat?”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is giving more details, and dropping f-bombs, about her experience with sexist comments she’s received about her weight, saying she couldn’t tell a male colleague “to go f—- himself.”

“At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him. And I switched the subject and I didn’t hear another word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go f—- himself,” Gillibrand told HuffPost Live in an interview posted Monday.

(more…)

Sep
15
2014
0

Headline title of the day.

I don’t know why this entertains me, but it does.

The Queen makes a surprise appearance on the Antiques Roadshow to discuss family knickknacks

You read that headline correctly, the Queen was on the Antiques Roadshow.

If you ever wondered what a Sunday night in with the Windsors was like, it involves watching the Antiques Roadshow, according to show presenter Fiona Bruce, who said that she’d heard Queen Elizabeth II was a ‘fan’ of the long-running BBC series.

That most definitely seemed to be the case when last night night saw HRH and husband Prince Phillip appear on the show to chat to experts about heirlooms from Hillsborough Castle, her residence in Northern Ireland, where the team were filming.

Staunch small-r republican, me – and Irish Catholic, at that – but I like Elizabeth II. Not that she’s ever invited me over for tea and cakes, mind you.

Sep
15
2014
8

Career State Department staffer accuses Hillary Clinton’s staff of sanitizing Benghazi records.

This comes perilously close to being ‘too bad to be true’ territory. Meet Ray Maxwell, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department – and one of the people fingered, then cleared, of wrongdoing in the Benghazi ambassador disaster.  (He since has retired, having served for over two decades. And also, yeah, the entire ‘pariah’ thing.) Mr. Maxwell is now testifying that Hillary Clinton loyalists organized a band of plumbers* to sanitize the relevant files between said disaster, and the inevitable investigation:

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

(more…)

Sep
15
2014
2

Alleged WMD (chlorine gas) attack in Iraq.

Just now hearing of this.

No other news on this.

Am trying my best not to go into full-blown wrath over this. Wrath gets in the way of proper negative reinforcement of bad behaviors, and original story may not be true.

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Sep
15
2014
5

Tweet of the Day, And That Just Gives You The Current State Of Play In Kentucky-SEN edition.

I think Mitch McConnell is going to be fine in this election.

And you can blame that squarely on Obamacare, actually. The fact that they had to force every Democratic Senator to vote for that piece of garbage in order to get it to pass has been nicely counteracting the “But I’m independent!” line that Democrats love to fall back on. …No, folks, they are not. When push comes to shove, a hypothetical Senator Grimes would sign off on whatever gun control bill Harry Reid would put in front of her. Or anything else, really.

There is no such thing as a conservative Democrat. They’ll betray you, every single time. Sure as day, sure as night.

Moe Lane

Sep
14
2014
0

‘Lola.’

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I do so love this song.

Sep
14
2014
1

Reminder: if a story sounds too good (or bad) to be true…

…it probably isn’t.

Nah, I’m not going to link to the latest example: aside from everything else, the details of said example are more suitable for a site that caters to a rather specific subgenre of porn than it would be for this dignified and classy website.

Sep
14
2014
2

Has there ever been a movie about the Flyers – Red Army hockey game?

Because I think that there could be a movie in this.

Hockey’s version of the Cold War reached a pinnacle in the 1970s. Team Canada’s narrow victory at the legendary Summit Series in 1972 only heightened the animosity and that had been between brewing between the powers-that-be in North American and Soviet hockey.

During the 1975-76 season, the rivalry was renewed again. Two Soviet club teams – the legendary Red Army (CSKA Moscow) squad and the skilled, but less formidable Soviet Wings (Krylya Sovetov) – toured North America and played a series of four games apiece against NHL clubs.

By far the most anticipated matches were those pitting the Red Army against the Montreal Canadiens and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Spoiler warning, for those who know nothing of the Flyers’ style of play back then: the Russians did know what hit them, but only after they picked themselves back up off of the ice.  I didn’t see it – I was only six at the time – but I’ve heard people who did, and they usually had tones of awe in their voice.  Why can’t they make sports movies about stuff like that?  I’d watch movies about stuff like that.

Moe Lane

Sep
14
2014
0

Tweet of the Day, …#Merica edition.

Look, just because I love “The Star Spangled Banner” doesn’t mean that I don’t love “America the Beautiful.” Maybe not as much, but…

‘Spacious skies,’ indeed.

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