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July 02, 2019

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Why do the tanks at the Lincoln Memorial remind me of this ?
http://forums.canadiancontent.net/showthread.php?t=100893

Justin Amash may believe that he is splitting principled hairs among right-wing conservatives, but he will be sorely mistaken when the savage backlash against the entire malign conservative movement begins apace, sans elections.

He is merely one of the original malignant tumors among the now metastasizing malignant masses killing the American body politic.

Fuck him and fuck p and fuck McConnell equally on this patriotic holiday.

Real Americans aren't permitted to see the tanks.

Only the filth who had their taxes cut, and who hate the idea that they are have been forced, I say forced, to pay taxes at all, in order to pay for the tanks, are permitted to fucking see the fucking tanks.

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/07/04/open-thread-report-from-ground-zero/

Flood watch in Washington D.C.

May the Potomac rise from its banks in a fury and wash America clean of subhuman republican vermin.

Jared, Ivanka, the two little p bastards aren't gonna make it to the July 4th rally.

I hope someone is left at the White House to prevent those four from stripping the place clean.

Maybe they are in charge of removing the chunks of Khashoggi's remains from the walk-in kitchen freezers while the Secret Service is busy keeping the royal hairdo dry in the deluge down at the John Wilkes Booth Monument p is going to unveil sneaking up on the Lincoln Monument.

And what's with all the Chinese fire works at an American debacle?


They turned off the camera that filmed the miniscule crowds at p's fake inauguration.

https://twitter.com/acnewsitics/status/1146869976986525698/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1146869976986525698&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.balloon-juice.com%2F2019%2F07%2F04%2Fopen-thread-report-from-ground-zero%2F

Maybe Zapruder's grandchildren will catch the action on their cellphones so we real Americans get to see our government in action too.

I sure hope all of the Federal employees and military cucks disgracing themselves today for enabling this travesty have better sense when I as President order them to execute all conservatives and republicans in the country.

But they don't seem to have consciences, a feature which can be put to good use one day.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/04/opinion/trump-tanks.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Never before and never again:

https://medium.com/@AltHomelandSec/trump-trump-2020-why-ivanka-trump-may-be-the-next-vice-president-e1d3aab8421

The violence must be sudden, overwhelming, complete, without pity, like a tidal wave.

Spare not one.

They are over the wall. Whaddaya gonna do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU0DNCV22dU

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/07/04/he-has-excited-domestic-insurrections-amongst-us-2__trashed-2/

On the 4th of July, 2019, I was prevented from visiting the Lincoln Memorial:

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/07/trumps-big-party.html

Fort Sumter on the Potomac.

We should have butchered all Confederate vermin the first time around.

RIP Mad Magazine

I guess it's just too hard to do satire when reality is so unreal. But it's a loss nonetheless.

JDT: To Tony P's point upthread ...

Point? Moi?? I was only wondering whether we had to worry about Our President, whose insouciant assumption that His military is all on His side matches poor old Sadat's.

I guess I need not have worried. As wj assures us, the American military is faithful to the Constitution. Oh wait ... does that mean He, Trump does have to worry?

--TP

I guess it's just too hard to do satire when reality is so unreal.

Poe's law rules the world. The Onion is probably next.

Hope everyone had a nice 4th. My wife and attended a "boat parade" at a friend's house, which consisted of a couple of pontoon boats tricked out as parade floats making a circuit of a local pond. We had Danerys on a sword throne, an eagle, and a couple of Uncle Sam's, including a blow-up one riding a rocket. Plus some kayaks and a canoe. The canoe was going the wrong way.

It was whimsical, hilarious, and about ten minutes long, which is the definition of a perfect parade in my book. Then up to NH for my niece's daughter's birthday. A glass wine and a plate of papadam at our local Indian joint on the way home.

A very nice day.

I guess it's just too hard to do satire when reality is so unreal.

Poe's law rules the world. The Onion is probably next.

Hope everyone had a nice 4th. My wife and attended a "boat parade" at a friend's house, which consisted of a couple of pontoon boats tricked out as parade floats making a circuit of a local pond. We had Danerys on a sword throne, an eagle, and a couple of Uncle Sam's, including a blow-up one riding a rocket. Plus some kayaks and a canoe. The canoe was going the wrong way.

It was whimsical, hilarious, and about ten minutes long, which is the definition of a perfect parade in my book. Then up to NH for my niece's daughter's birthday. A glass wine and a plate of papadam at our local Indian joint on the way home.

A very nice day.

A very nice day.

Worth repeating I guess. Texas temperatures just reaching averages. I'm barely using the A/C.

Should His Donaldship carry out His announcement that He will deport the families of active service members of the US military, He may have to take care that none of said service members are in attendance should His Donaldship call on military presence in His presence. And even greater care will have to be taken to monitor any Ciervillo Cardenillo in order to keep him out of range of any US official in His favor let alone His Donaldship himself.

Interesting article on Japan’s gender politics:
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/07/02/national/social-issues/japans-gender-problem-human-disaster-says-award-winning-scholar-chizuko-ueno/

Chizuko Ueno is my hero for the day.

I would laugh at the failure of Trump's parade, were it not for the sneaking suspicion that when he is disappointed or hurt, other people suffer. It reminds me of the last two lines of the wonderful Auden poem Epitaph on a Tyrant:

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,

And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;

He knew human folly like the back of his hand,

And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;

When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,

And when he cried the little children died in the streets.

"And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;"

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-revolutionary-war-airports

Did they commandeer the radio stations too?


More on Alaska:

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/07/alaska-is-burning-but-so-is-everything-else

Give it back to Russia.

They can set up rat-fucking operations there for the 2020 election, which is to say they don't have to change anything.

Replace it with Puerto Rico as the 50th.

Better beaches.

strange days have found us:

actual McArdle headline:

Dear Democrats: I’ll vote for any of you. But please nominate someone who’ll win.

It is tempting to resort to poetry as the art form that explains His Heinous-ness, but with all due respect to the wonderful Auden, let's give satire one more shot at it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_G2a2hL6U

No, it just doesn't ring any longer, does it? One breaks into laughter and forgets what needs to be done, the running through with a broad sword, for example, et tu?

I have Von Clausewitz's "On War" on my bookshelf.

Let's take a peek. Please turn to Book Four: Engagement, chapter title: Mutual Agreement To Fight. Page 291.

McArdle's modified Haiku is instructing us that she's voting for p, unless there is a Democratic candidate with the given name "Someone".

But his or her last name has to be "WhoWillFurtherEliminateMyTaxes"

The Generals were no shows at yesterday's flatulence display as well.

Ingrates.

They sat around at holiday barbecues in those spiffy new uniforms p stole my money to dress them up in, yelling "Charge!!!" (it to the Treasury)

The all-knowing, all-seeing Markets this morning:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/not-market-wants-payroll-data-130628608.html

Please lay more Americans off or send their jobs abroad and cut their pay so we can force the Federal Reserve's hand on further lowering the interest rates on our yacht purchases.

We have 30-room manses and only 28 are furnished. For God Sakes, don't think of the children!

Please continue Obama-era easy money monetary policies which we hated because they were Communist.

Our kingdoms for a Keynes! Our kingdoms for a Keynes!

Or we'll demand p abolish the Federal Reserve and the Census.

Over-stimulated, anti-American jagoffs.

Arthur

Laughing.

Kudlow

Dead.

Stephen

Moore ... gimme more and more and more and ...

McArdle:

the leading candidates have wandered so far out into left field...

The leading candidates are calling for a return to pre-1980 norms on the socio-economic front, and a preservation of post-1980 gains on the social equality front.

It's not the leading (D) candidates who have wandered.

We're just trying to fix the mess people like you have made, Meghan. But, by all means, please do vote for a (D).

Saddle up yer waterproof teslas, men. We're crossing the Delaware:

https://twitter.com/ElJefeRants

Gee, if we Dems nominate the wrong person, we will be forcing poor Meghan to vote for He, Trump. Again.

Hillary had it wrong. It's not the deplorables who are the problem. It's the despicables, like McArdle.

Let Meghan hold her nose and vote for He, Trump if she doesn't find the Democrat sufficiently Republican next year. Just remind her where the stink actually comes from.

--TP

McArdle:

the leading candidates have wandered so far out into left field...

McArdle suffers from the fact that our political vocabulary is stuck with only a left/right dichotomy. In fact, she isn't a conservative, just a strong libertarian. Think of CharlesWT here.

So I doubt the Democrats could find anyone who would push her to vote for Trump. At most, someone like Sanders might cause her to stay home. But I suspect that, even for Sanders, when push came to shove she would hold her nose and vote for the only guy with a chance to beat Trump. Go back to voting Libertarian when the stakes were lower.

Always chancy to guess another's intentions, of course. But I've been reading her since she was the Economist's US correspondent, and that's my take.

We must see corporate profits rising at all times.

By hook or by crook:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/corporate-profits-have-been-falling-since-last-summer-but-buybacks-came-to-the-rescue-2019-07-05?siteid=bigcharts&dist=bigcharts

Brought to you by the same lot who condemn dairy farmers for pouring their excess milk production down the storm drains.

The same lot who condemn federal crop price supports and taking excess corn, peanuts, and such off the grid.

The same lot who condemn labor holding back their productivity to force increased wages.

The same lot who want OPEC destroyed for keeping oil off the world markets.

The same lot who are against minimum wage supports.

But the same lot who love them some monopolies.

The same lot who shut the world's art away in climate-controlled secret places off the market to maintain the value of their holdings.

The same lot who revel in limited edition everything as they supply side and disrupt the shit out of everyone else's livelihoods.

America: The Land of the Big Lie

Another wealthy person goes shopping for bootstraps for those without boots.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/education-isnt-enough/590611/

wj: ... she isn't a conservative, just a strong libertarian.

A "strong libertarian" is the kind of person who can say

Haw, haw! Your end of the lifeboat is sinking
with a straight face.

I don't know if CharlesWT is that strong a libertarian.

--TP

I got a retweet and a "Lol" from Morgan Fairchild, my life is now complete...

Ugh is John Lovitz!

At most, someone like Sanders might cause her to stay home..... when push came to shove she would hold her nose and vote for the only guy with a chance to beat Trump. Go back to voting Libertarian when the stakes were lower.

I would need to see the long form original of her 2016 ballot before I could even begin to believe that.

Twitter is nobodies getting 15 seconds of attention from somebodies. :)

Ugh is John Lovitz!

LOL, that's exactly what I was doing in the tweet (perhaps you saw), "let me introduce you to my wife, uh, morgan fairchild..."

didn't tag her or anything. So funny.

But I've been reading her since she was the Economist's US correspondent...

You have my sympathy. My take on her oeuvre is that it is characterized by a rather glib dishonesty that is rather breathtaking.

But opinions vary I guess.

Twitter is nobodies getting 15 seconds of attention from somebodies. :)

Yes, something I was discussing with my therapist on Wednesday.... :-)

rather glib dishonesty that is rather breathtaking.

She was IMHO far better when she was at the Economist than now that she has her own column. And less editorial constraints.

Wow, Morgan Fairchild wrote for the Economist?

And Meghan McArdle was in the original daytime soap, "Dallas".

lol

It's Friday. Time for a tune from the conservative dictionary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVRny0HtjaQ

In fact, she isn't a conservative, just a strong libertarian.

I seem to be basically allergic to McArdle, so apply grains of salt as needed.

I see her as not so much a libertarian, but specifically a Randian, who sees unfettered markets as the solution to everything, and finds moral hazards behind every attempt to help people basically eat and have a job and a place to live.

Combine that with her apparent lack of self awareness regarding the privilege she was born into, and predilection for going off on topics like her new kitchen appliances and pink Himalaya salt, and you end up with someone who is hard to take seriously.

Just speaking for my own experience.

her apparent lack of self awareness regarding the privilege she was born into

But isn't that true of pretty much all libertarians? At least, I've never run across a libertarian who started life poor. Almost all were born upper middle class at least. And are convinced, nonetheless, that their success was due entirely to their own merits.

You'd think successful people who were born poor would feel the same. And with far more reason. But it doesn't seem to happen.

I've met plenty of rags to riches, nobody ever handed me anything types who are strongly libertarian - they tend to be harsher than upper-middle and upper class libertarians who usually possess some self doubt. But maybe it's different in Europe.

Didn't MM say exactly what we'd want her to say - that she'll vote for the D regardless, because Trump is Trump?

I disagree with her about almost everything, but not this. Well done Megan.

What Pro Bono said.

It’s clearly futile to expect the MM’s to agree with the Democratic platform - but attacking her for expressing a determination to vote against Trump is self-defeating.

for the record, i didn't attack MM for saying she'd vote D. i merely noted that these are strange times.

P tweet-bombed this morning that if only California would follow his advice and caulk and spackle over those earthquake fault lines and fissures, the Earth would be more conservative.

Meghan McArdle responded that while this may be technically correct, she's not sure, let her check her sources, certainly we can't permit government entities to engage in such operations for fear of providing the wrong incentives to geologists and crackheads, and besides, government interfering and disrupting the free market spackle and caulk industries will only hold things together at the expense of the disaster movie sequel industry.

We mustn't tip the scales, she opined, and then she started a new diet.

No one has ever handed me anything.

I'm a taker.

Someone hand me that microphone so I can announce to everyone that while someone just handed me something, no one has ever handed me anything.

Libertarians are never handed anything.

No, you must serve them a court order to get them off government property and to stop handing everyone else a crock of shit.

I've known libertarians who were raised by their ma's wearing hand-me-downs and then grew up claiming "Look ma, no hands!"

My brother is a professed Libertarian. He refuses to participate in grab bags and no one ever handed him a nickel.

They knew better.

He has principles, and if you don't like those, he has others near at hand.

He'd go through my mother's purse for spare change behind her back when she wasn't handing him a twenty for gas money.

He was always lecturing us that his bird in the hand was worth two in the bush and then he'd point at the bush to divert us from his reach into the cookie jar.

Libertarians remind me of Yogi Berra when a sports interviewer said to him, "OK, Yogi, let's play a game. I'm going to toss out a series of names to you and you must limit your impressions of them to one word. Ready?"

Yogi: "?"

Announcer: "Mickey Mantle"

Yogi: "What about him?"

Perhaps Charles WT will enjoy this one ;-):

https://nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/sffaudio-usa/usa-pdfs/SalesPitchByPhilipK.Dick.pdf

The "fasrad" somehow reminds me of libertarianism.

It can do anything.

Perhaps Charles WT will enjoy this one ;-)

A mixture of the mundane and farfetched. As though the mundane wouldn't be irrevocably changed by the farfetched.

A variation of a lot of the other SF of that era. Rewritten westerns with spacemen, aliens, and spaceships instead of cowboys, Indians and horses.

attacking her for expressing a determination to vote against Trump is self-defeating.

Fwiw, I'm pleased that notable public conservatives are publicly stating that they won't vote for Trump.

All of that said, I think it's safe to offer candid opinions here on obwi without fear of influencing outcomes in unwanted ways.

Very dry, russell!

Very dry, russell!

Dry humor. Another impact of climate change...

Very dry, russell!

Look, I take Pro Bono and Nigel's points, but I also do not embrace McArdle or her point of view. I find the things she advocates to be harmful, and I'm not inclined to not say so out of concern that she will decide to vote for Trump.

How she votes is her choice and her responsibility, not mine. Not least because I most certainly am not on her radar either way.

The idea that the (D)'s have "wandered" off into some left wing cloud cuckoo land is absurd. It's ahistorical. It ignores, at a minimum, the history of the US from at least the end of the 19th C until the ascendancy of Reagan.

The (D)'s are advocating for programs that have been on the table for decades. Often as (R) proposals. The folks who have gone off the reservation are the (R)'s.

I'm glad McArdle is interested in voting for anybody but Trump. I'll have better things to say about her when she grows out of her Randian free market dogmatism.

Also, from JDT's PK Dick link:

Robot salesmen were everywhere...

The man was a prophet.

Very dry, russell!

Your 10.01 perfectly understandable and (as always) reasonable. For the avoidance of any doubt, I was appreciatively referring to:

All of that said, I think it's safe to offer candid opinions here on obwi without fear of influencing outcomes in unwanted ways.

which seemed to me both a rationale for us being honest with each other, and a realistic evaluation of the (probably minute to non-existent) impact of this blog in the real world!

Don't take advice from people who hate you

This little article has some good stuff to read on a Sunday morning....

https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/politics-is-changing-why-arent-the-pundits-who-cover-it.html

What bobby linked to.

Don't listen to them. We're nothing but prey to them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es83ejXi5wg

That said, with the stock market and the voting booths jacked up to fuck us, and our institutions gelded and anesthetized, I fully expect this is what we wake up to the day after election day 2020. Because they cheat, lie and steal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTP_SdjD5ms

After the past 40-plus years, we still didn't see it coming. All of the portents, the signs, the hints, the nightmares, the allegations, the threats, the thousands of position papers and FOX Friend's pronouncements by the subhumans about the plan for us and our children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C-Y3oX5PyQ

Donny Fucking Deutsch. Another shallow fucking sell-side pig who rose up, like Maria Bartiromo, like Kudlow, like Cavuto, like Martha McCallum, like the fat dead p-loving guy on FOX whose name by brain refuses to barf up at this moment, the entire lot of them, from stock market business channels like the old FNN, CNBC, the old, old Nightly Business Report on public television happy talk shilling every piece of business news, because happy talk is the most profitable business in pigfuck America, their gleaming capped teeth blinding you, when necessary hiking their skirts and minxly, basic instinctly, sharon stonely, crossing their legs because the one thing, the only thing they wanna keep your eyes riveted on is what's up there between their legs, the glimpsed nirvana of ever higher stock prices, juked into your brain stem and your portfolio, like dagny taggart reminding john galt of Galt Gulch's street number:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z8H6cutVRo

bobbyp, in response to your 9:32, how do you suppose that they missed that, in addition to nominating a rapist, the GOP got one named to the Supreme Court? Guess which one we are likely to be stuck with longest. And is likely, over time, to do the most damage.

The Moral Majority: even if one was under the illusion that they ever were, they've definitely abandoned the slightest claim to "moral".

Good Cut piece, bobbyp.

GftNC: ... a realistic evaluation of the (probably minute to non-existent) impact of this blog in the real world!

"This blog", with its "Voice of Moderation" motto and its ironic avatar, has always seemed to me like a digital analog (if you'll pardon the expression) of the fictional lamasery of Shangri-La in one of my favorite novels.

I have mentioned Lost Horizon before. Several times, sorry. And yet I never quite recognized the parallels between Obsidian Wings and Shangri-La until GftNC's comment. Two things in particular:

First, the "point of it all". As the High Lama explains to Conway, the international community of lamas practicing moderation and pursuing knowledge in an obscure and isolated corner of the Tibetan plateau does not expect to influence the world; it merely hopes to survive the coming cataclysm because of its obscurity and isolation, and thus preserve the seeds of culture and decency for humanity's battered survivors. ObWi, like Shangri-La, may "faintly hope for neglect" and survive because "the passing aviator may not think us worth a bomb".

Second, recruitment: the regimen of Shangri-La prolongs their lives tremendously, but the lamas are nevertheless mortal. At first, the order kept its numbers fairly constant by offering its hospitality to lost wanderers who stumbled into the Valley of the Blue Moon by chance. Later, it began to seek out and extend invitations to the occasional travelers making their way across the mountains. Always, the lamas made newcomers feel welcome; almost inevitably, guests were seduced into staying "for good". They were never prisoners: the High Lama explains that Shangri-La has "no sentinels except those Nature herself provided". All are free to leave, but most choose to stay. Incorrigibles do crop up from time to time; they are, in extreme cases, banished to The Outside -- a most dreadful punishment, not lightly imposed.

And so the lamas front pagers of Shangri La Obsidian Wings carry on, welcoming new postulants commenters who may, in the fullness of time, enter into full lamahood and carry the modest flame of moderation through the darkness and the storm in the hope of rekindling Civilization itself for some remote posterity.

Well, well. I see I have been immoderately flowery and allegorical. What chew gonna do bout it? Huh?

--TP

I'm in full accord with TonyP's conception of ObWi, although I hadn't previously tied it to Lost Horizon. I guess that somewhat idealised picture is also why I have often tried (annoyingly I am sure) to maintain a semblance of courtesy, in order to pay more than lip service to preserve the seeds of culture and decency for humanity's battered survivors. Clearly, this is only in cases where I believe there is underlying good faith.

As for Tony P's apologies for mentioning anything "several times, sorry", I can only say that each time I post a poem I am suddenly conscious that I have almost certainly posted the same one before, maybe more than once. Please accept this as my blanket apology: I never think of it until I have already pressed "Post", and then it is too late. I don't know whether this is cognitive decline, or general distraction, but they are always good poems....

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