Apr
24
2014
12

Welp: Cover Oregon has died.

 

Hold on, let me make this clear. Cover Oregon is no more. (more…)

Apr
17
2014
4

“Superman.”

Main Title from Superman (Instrumental)John Williams

Why can’t they just give me this in a Superman movie?  I do not understand why I have been denied this in every modern Superman movie. It has to be deliberate, but I do not understand why.

Apr
17
2014
10

Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine start trying to register Jews. #некултурны

I wonder how George W Bush would have responded, if this had been tried while he was President…

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

…HAHAHA! Who am I kidding?  They wouldn’t have dared. (more…)

Apr
15
2014
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‘The Ballad of the ‘Clampherdown.”

(From Norman & Saxon, and good luck finding a copy at this point.)

I am informed that this was actually a satirical poem.

…Dammit, I still think that you could get away with this trick.  Once.

Apr
11
2014
5

US government decides not to sign off on Iranian insult to the USA.

I sincerely hope that this will be a teachable moment for the administration.

The United States has informed Iran that it will not issue a visa to Tehran’s controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, the White House said Friday.

Denying visas to U.N. ambassadorial nominees or to foreign heads of state who want to attend United Nations events in the United States is rare, if not unprecedented.

The Obama administration had previously said only that the nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, was “not viable.” U.S. officials had hoped the issue could be resolved by Tehran simply withdrawing the nomination.

(more…)

Apr
09
2014
10

California anti-tech Left about to start eating the tech industry.

Ed Driscoll has an interesting post up on the anti-tech Left in California:

When I moved out to Silicon Valley from New Jersey in 1997, Internet fever was just about to peak (literally so, in the form of the bursting tech bubble that decimated the NASDAQ three years later). Silicon Valley was seen as the next big thing, ushering America into the wonders of the 21st century — and possibly saving the increasing bloated state government of California in the process. Wired magazine, based in San Francisco, was still owned by founder Louis Rossetto, and maintained its quirky but libertarian vibe, before Rosetto sold the magazine to the mammoth reactionary left Conde Nast publishing empire four year later. For those of us who had started computing on Altair 8800s and TRS-80s twenty years earlier, the mid-to-late 1990s was quite a ride.

It was fun while it lasted.

(more…)

Apr
05
2014
1

Not the actual music video post: ‘Fortunate Son.’

Had this laid on me this evening:


 

Fortunate Son

Almost soothing.

I figure that I’m going to do two music posts tonight.

Mar
30
2014
3

Possible voter fraud involving Covered California. DEFINITE incompetence in handling it.

For the record, even if this story is true I still do not think that this represents a concerted effort:

A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state’s Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party.

The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

(more…)

Mar
24
2014
1

“I Got You Babe.”

I Got You Babe, Sonny & Cher

…That song is kinda – well, not exactly spoiled; but it’s pretty much permanently associated with Groundhog Day at this point.

Mar
19
2014
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In the (e-)Mail: “New Olympus: The Armageddon Girl Companion”

New Olympus: The Armageddon Girl Companion is, well, the companion volume to Armageddon Girl, the Kickstarter superhero-themed book that I backed (and mini-reviewed) last year.  More specifically, New Olympus is a collection of short stories in the same world as the first book: I look forward to reading it, just as soon as the Kindle recharges.

Feb
21
2014
1

Texas passes Illinois in median household income.

How… interesting.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012 the inflation-adjusted median household income for Texas surpassed that of Illinois for the first time since 1984, when the statistic first started being recorded.

That means the household making the median income in Texas is taking home a bigger paycheck than the household making the median income in Illinois.

(more…)

Feb
10
2014
3

Thought of the afternoon: you shouldn’t assume Presidential candidates early.

I mean, I get that on the GOP side it turned out to be safe to bet that McCain was going to get the nomination in 2008 after losing out to GWB in 2000, and that Romney would get it in 2012 after losing out to McCain in 2008. But the assumed Democratic nominee for 2008 in 2005 was Hillary Clinton, and the assumed 2004 nominee in 2001 was Gore, and… I don’t remember who the assumed Dem candidate was in 1989, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Bill Clinton. For that matter, the assumed GOP candidate in 1997 wasn’t GWB (can’t remember if the assumed GOP one in 1993 was Bob Dole: wouldn’t surprise me either way).

My point is this: don’t assume inevitability. Particularly on the Democratic side.  The whispering campaigns have already started about Hillary Clinton – and unlike Barack Obama in 2008, the Clintons in 2012 have a history.

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