Feb
28
2013
1

“Gimme Some Money.”

The official song of… sorry, I’ll be good.

Gimme Some Money, Spinal Tap

Feb
28
2013
4

OK, this is getting to be one hell of a surreal Sequester Eve.

First there was this.

I was warned, but I went looking for it anyway. My mistake. Then there was this.

These things come in threes.

(pause)

I don’t wanna know what three is going to be.

Feb
28
2013
5

So, where will YOU be spending your post-Sequester apocalypse?

I was going to go with the traditional compound in the wilderness, but that’s just so done, don’t you think?  And at this point one simply cannot pre-book any cabins on any of the cobbled-together rusty fleets of tramp steamers drifting offshore as the cities burn.  Don’t get me started on the space arks, either; clearly with those co-op boards it’s not what you know but who you know, if you catch my drift – and I think that you do.

Clearly I am going to have to barricade the first floor and hope that the rest of the country will oblige me with a Last Man On Earth scenario.  It’s all very tiresome.

Moe Lane

PS: Alternatively, we could just… keep going on.  ‘We’ being, you know, human civilization and such.

Feb
28
2013
4

Are there NO ambitious Democrats in California’s 43th district?

None at all?

No, really:

I will concede the seat. I repeat: I WILL CONCEDE THE SEAT. And I hate conceding seats. But it’d be worth it.

Feb
28
2013
19

Richard Dawkins picks and chooses which religions to slam.

Do I even need to bother saying which one?

I’ve noticed that this happens a lot:

In a recent Al-Jazeerah interview, Richard Dawkins was asked his views on God. He argued that the god of “the Old Testament” is “hideous” and “a monster”, and reiterated his claim from The God Delusion that the God of the Torah is the most unpleasant character “in fiction”.

As you can see, Dawkins has no trouble attacking the Hebrew God in a most direct and uncompromising manner. No atheist wallflower he.

Asked if he thought the same of the God of the Koran, Dawkins ducked the question, saying: “Well, um, the God of the Koran I don’t know so much about.”

(more…)

Feb
28
2013
4

In the Mail: Grim War.

Grim War was written by Greg Stolze and Ken Hite for the Wild Talents superhero RPG, and it promises to be full of the occult-meets-mutant-meets-Cold-War goodness that I would expect from those two.  I’m a sucker for horror/occult spy stuff, to be honest*; I dunno if I’d run a game using that sort of thing, but then one of the deep, dark secrets of the roleplaying community is that we read this stuff for fun even if we’re not going to do an actual campaign about it.

Moe Lane

*If you are, too: Declare.  Tim Powers.  If you haven’t read it yet, do so if you wish to have a pleasant few days.

Feb
28
2013
5

I think that Barack Obama may skip this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

I dunno why, and I fully admit that I could be wrong; but I just read this, and something clicked. It just sounds… plausible, somehow.

Via

 

Feb
28
2013
5

Blast from the past: Michael Barone predicted the Obama Thugocracy in ’08.

The more things change

‘I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people’s faces. They seem determined to shut people up.

[snip]

Obama supporters who found the campuses congenial and Obama himself, who has chosen to live all his adult life in university communities, seem to find it entirely natural to suppress speech that they don’t like and seem utterly oblivious to claims that this violates the letter and spirit of the First Amendment. In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see its flourishing in the four or eight years ahead.

(more…)

Feb
27
2013
--

“Barbara Allen.”

Barbara Allen, Joan Baez

One of the first ones I ever memorized.  Learned this one off of a scratchy LP in a college library two weeks before the formal start of classes…

…Sorry.  My mind was elsewhere for a couple of minutes.

Feb
27
2013
5

GI Joe Retaliation trailer… wait, this didn’t come out yet?

I guess that it hasn’t: if it had, I… all right, ALL RIGHT, I admit that I would have gone to see it.

 

 

I’m not proud to admit it.  But for some reason I still thought that it came out last year.

Feb
27
2013
9

Meanwhile, a somewhat belated note on the Chuck Hagel thing.

John Podheretz speaks for me here:

If confirmation hearings actually served as the job interview for the Senate — which must approve a presidential Cabinet appointment, under the rules of the Constitution — Hagel would’ve been dead in the water. But of course they rarely do.

What that hearing did do was give the lie to all those who said there were no grounds on which to oppose Hagel. By the hearing’s end, there was precious little ground to do anything but oppose Hagel — except for the key fact that the president wanted him.

Well, he has him, and mazel tov.

Although I’m going to add: there’s probably a bunch of Democratic Senators looking at the Obama/Woodward meltdown right now and thinking Wait.  I did this President a favor by voting for that schlemiel?  What was I thinking?

Answer’s easy, of course: they weren’t.

Feb
27
2013
2

Hugo Chavez either is, or is not, dead.

Either way, my response is going to be… a shrug.  Just another as-close-to-Commie-as-he-dares strongman thug – which, frankly, was and is a lot less than Chavez’s fan club either thinks or thought.  I’m being a little temporally vague there because as soon as Chavez is actually dead he’ll rapidly be abandoned as an inspirational figure by guilty norteamericano liberals and supplanted by whatever as-close-to-Commie-as-he-dares strongman thug takes his place.  They come, they go, and weep for Latin America, which never seems to catch a break on this for too long.

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