Archive for September, 2009

Plus Ca Change …

September 28, 2009


I don’t think all opponents to Obama’s policies are racially motivated. However, I have no doubt a sizable portion of those screaming “Socialism” today are the spiritual inheritors of the 1950’s and 1960’s segregationists for whom Communism wasn’t about charring wealth but loosing racial privileges. (I want my country back!)

Update: 9.29.2009
Comments closed thanks to a moron calling himself “True Patriot” who thinks the n-word is appropriate language.

A History Of Scotland

September 27, 2009


Bringing alive the past, which has shaped modern Scotland, is at the heart of this major initiative Scotland’s History from BBC Scotland. The landmark ten-part series, which is being co-produced with the Open University, is the catalyst for a raft of radio programming, a new website, interactive game, audio walks, concerts and events going through to late 2009.

The first half of the series is formed of the following programs:

The Last of the Free (AD 84 – 943)
Hammers of the Scots (1214 – 1305)
Bishop Makes King (1306 – 1332)
Language is Power (1411 – 1503)
Project Britain (1543 – 1603)

BBC 1914-18

September 24, 2009

Seven parts documentary series telling the history of the Great War, in which nine million people perished, through the words of those who lived through the conflict.

1. Explosion
2. Stalemate
3. What if … Total War
4. Slaughter
5. Mutiny
6. Collapse
7. Legacy

More Reasons To Trust Glenn Beck …

September 24, 2009

Glenn Beck, the early years. Also, a chimp. Also, holy shit. This is a 1986 ad for the Phoenix Radio station Y95.

For some reason Alexander Zaitchik at Salon doesn’t share my enthousiasm and belives that Glenn Beck becomes damaged goods

Politicians In Their Own Words

September 24, 2009

Politicians try to rewrite history, but there is scant evidence that autobiographies change the public’s views says The Economist:

There is scant evidence, however, that autobiographies change the public’s views. Memoirs by presidents, in particular, are likely to be bland. The first sections of Mr Clinton’s book are interesting enough, but the main conclusion from “My Life” is that it makes an excellent doorstop. “Dreams From My Father” is fascinating precisely because Barack Obama wrote it long before becoming president. Perhaps the last illuminating memoir by a former president was written 124 years ago, by Ulysses Grant.

The Birther Party

September 24, 2009

A new Public Policy polling shows that more Republicans believe that the president is illegitimate and born in Kenya than those who acknowledge reality. A quarter of Dems believe Bush allowed 9/11 to happen. But at least a big majority – 63 percent – are not insane.

Update: 9.29.2009
Comments closed thanks to a moron calling himself “True Patriot” who thinks the n-word is appropriate language.

Let Us Relax Ctd: Henri Matisse

September 24, 2009

Henri (Émile Benoît) Matisse (b. Dec. 31, 1869, Le Cateau, Picardy, Fr.–d. Nov. 3, 1954, Nice) is often regarded as the most important French painter of the 20th century. The leader of the Fauvist movement around 1900, Matisse pursued the expressiveness of colour throughout his career. His subjects were largely domestic or figurative, and a distinct Mediterranean verve presides in the treatment.

He initially became famous as the “King of the Fauves”, an inappropriate name for this gentlemanly intellectual: there was no wildness in him, though there was much passion. He is an awesomely controlled artist, and his spirit, his mind, always had the upper hand over the “beast” of Fauvism.

Example of his work and extended biography can be found here.

Chuck Norris Calls For Desecration Of US Flag During Tea Parties

September 24, 2009


In a column for, action star and conservative activist Chuck Norris calls on tea partiers to stop using the modern American flag as a means of protest against the current administration. And if you insist on using the 50-star flag, well, you can buy a tea-stained one for just $73.50 to show “solidarity with our Founders.”

I fail to remember when the Founders called for desecration of the flag, and why it is patriotic whereas flag burning is not.

GOP Gay Bashing Goes “Nuclear”

September 24, 2009

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) reached new lows Wednesday condemning his own state’s Supreme Court for legalizing gay and lesbian weddings, and expressed concern that the U.S. Congress might repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which gives states the ability to refuse to recognize same sex marriages or civil unions in other states.

His most absurd and offensive claims are “,,,that legal same sex marriages would open the door to legal polygamy or bestiality”, and that “…it a radical social idea, it is a purely socialist concept in the final analysis”.

The question that comes to me every time I hear this kind of crap is: Do these people really believe their nonsense or are they just pandering to the stupid?

O’Reilly Defends Public Option Health Insurance

September 23, 2009

Bill O’Reilly proves he is more attuned to the actual needs and fears of some working Americans than the more ideological tools at Fox.

O’REILLY: The public option now is done. We discussed this, it’s not going to happen. But you say that this little marketplace that they’re going to set up, whereby the federal government would subsidize insurance for some Americans, that is, in your opinion, a public option?

OWCHARENKO: Well, it has massive new federal regulation. So you don’t necessarily need a public option if the federal government is going to control and regulate the type of health insurance that Americans can buy.

O’REILLY: But you know, I want that, Ms. Owcharenko. I want that. I want, not for personally for me, but for working Americans, to have a option, that if they don’t like their health insurance, if it’s too expensive, they can’t afford it, if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks.