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September, 2018 archive

A Tune for the Times 0


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Where like minds gather . . . .

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the report of an accidental discharge at Oak Tree in Newhall after 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Ignacio Somoano.

“It was determined the shooting was accidental,” Somoano said. “One person sustained non-life threatening injuries.”


This is the third shooting at Oak Tree Gun Club in 2018. On Sept. 2, a person was transported to a local trauma center after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the facility.

(Misplaced tag fixed. I’m only human.)



Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:

One of the prime ambitions of a jackass is to bray louder than any other jackass . . . .

Stout, Rex, “The Cop Killer” in Triple Jeopardy (New York: Bantam, 1957), p. 76


The Bully’s Pulpit 0

Karen Tumulty.


Hoist on His Own Petard 0

Frame One, titled

One of my history professors used to delight in pointing out what he called “the ironies of history.”

Image via Juanita Jean.


Those ironies are oft bittersweet.

I think the professor was Dr. Bill Shade, under whom I studied the Early Federal Period during my year in graduate school, out of which I dropped, for I realized that I was not cut out to be an academician.* (Hell, when I drove away in my U-Haul heading east back to the Eastern Shore, I did indeed feel a weight lift from my shoulders. It was a metaphor come to life.)

He was a bright spot in that experience


*”Academic” is an adjective. “Academician” is a noun. It’s called “proper usage.” Live with it.


Animal House Senate 0

Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnel, and the Senate Judiciary Committee holding cups of beer crowding around Lady Justice saying,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

A polite society is a clean society.

Just before 10p.m., Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy was cleaning a .22 caliber rifle at in the 300 Block of Anderson in Brookville, according to Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan.

The boy didn’t know gun was loaded when it discharged into his abdomen and the bullet continued through his back, according to Soldan.

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The Pusher Men 0

Transcript here.


Misdirection Play, Psychological Projection Dept. 0

Hater blames hatees for hate.

Words fail me.


The Taken (In) 0

Will Bunch analyzes why the media, both broadcast and print, fell so hard for the fake “Rob Rosenstein resignation” story late last week. His piece is well worth a read. Here’s a snippet:

The media seemed reluctant to admit that the biggest story on Monday wasn’t either the developments in the Rosenstein matter (since there weren’t any, really) or in Kavanaugh’s defense, but the way the naive Charlie Brown of highly paid inside-the-Beltway access journalism fell thump on its head yet again, duped by the football-yanking Lucy of an administration that yells “fake news” at its enemies yet specializes in inventing alternate version of reality.




Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.


International Laughingstock 0


Next stop, Pariah.


The Art of the Mid-Terminable Con 0

Paul Krugman suggests that there is no Republican there there. A snippet:

One thing we do know, however, is that Republicans have decisively lost the battle of ideas. All of their major policy moves, on health care, taxes and tariffs, are playing badly with voters.

In fact, Republican policies are so unpopular that the party’s candidates are barely trying to sell them. Instead, they’re pretending to stand for things they actually don’t — like protecting health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions — or trying to distract voters with culture war and appeals to white racial identity. The GOP has become the party of no ideas.

Follow the link for the rest.


Consistency 0

Woman speaks:  Our institutions are under attack as the President tears down the FBI, undermines the Justice Department, and maligns the press, so why shouldn't he do the same thing to the Supreme Court.

Click for the original image.


Extreme Vetting 0

Two men walking down the Capitol steps.  One says to the other,

Via Job’s Anger.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Don’t toy with politeness.

The stupid. It burns.


Russian Impulses 0

Shaun Mullen brings up-to-date on the latest in Kremlinology.



Hippolyte Taine:

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.


Gamers 0

Roy Eidelson explores the mind games that the right-wing deploys to further their agenda and how they are being used to protect the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s a bit about one of them:

Superiority. “Pursuing a Higher Purpose.” They insist that tainted actions—such as the torture of war-on-terror prisoners—must be evaluated within the context of the greater good and America’s enduring exceptionalism.

Follow the link for the complete list with more detail.


Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Schoolhouse Trumpling.