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Monday miscellany

And now, on the lighter side …


  1. BusyPoorDad
    BusyPoorDad April 23, 2012 5:57 am

    Oh dear! a vetocracy! Why Congress is at a stand still! No laws are being passed! We must do something! (forget that last year they passed 326 bills between 1 Jan and 1 Dec, or that they are on track to pass a bill a day so far this year.)

    You’re right, we are just fooling ourselves thinking we have too many laws now, we NEED a government that can do more to us or we will go the way of the Roman Empire.

  2. Claire
    Claire April 23, 2012 6:35 am

    BusyPoorDad — Maybe we should start a nationwide crusade. You think? “More government! For the people!” I can just hear us chanting now …

  3. EN
    EN April 23, 2012 7:36 am

    It’s hoped I would always have the intelligence not to press the red button.

    The strip search is the a primary tool of totalitarian governments. Kennedy’s opinion clearly showed he comes down on the side of totalitarianism. I did find it amusing that she would bring up this happens when governments descend into “Fascism” as if her preferred candidate for the presidency, Berry, wouldn’t do such a thing.

  4. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 23, 2012 7:47 am

    Civil “servant” stealing $30mil from a town of 12,000? Easy. The town council was not exercising due diligence by not having an outside audit every year. I would guess they were not keeping track of grants being requested and approved, and probably enjoyed some really good parties at those ranches she owned.

    It is truly a deranged government employee that would want to see most people naked. As a group, I am pretty sure most of us should only be seen with clothes on in poor lighting.

  5. clark
    clark April 23, 2012 8:43 am

    Ha, your link, ‘a federal government that can do more’ put the song “The Government Can” in my head. You know, the song set to the tune of, The Candyman.

    Hey I noticed RT had a bit about the hog slaughter in Michigan, something we’ll likely never see on American TV unless they can give it a goberment favorable slant.

    Not By the Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin: Farmers Fight Hogicide in Michigan

    That Baker fella does miss one thing though when he says, “It’s one thing when they try to tell us what kind of cars we can drive, but if you try to tell us what we can eat – that’s a different story.” … It’s the same dang thing.

  6. Mic
    Mic April 23, 2012 9:18 am

    I love having a vetocracy because it means the government is deadlocked and THAT seems to be the only way we get these idiots to stop passing legislation that is destroying our freedom or raising our taxes. I just want to be left alone, but they simply can’t do that so I guess total gridlock is my only reprieve. I am good with that. However even with all this gridlock they still manage to get enough bad crap through, i.e. NDAA so it certainly don’t stop them.

    SOPA or CISPA, whatever. It will never stop. They want to take over and put the Internet under the same control they have every other industry so they will never stop trying. Look how long it took them to get socialized medicine through, some accounts say it has been 70 years. Does anyone really believe they will stop trying on this front? Fat chance. It will never stop until they find a way to jam it through in the dark of night and we wake up to find what a “great” thing they did for us when we were sleeping.

  7. Laird
    Laird April 23, 2012 9:31 am

    Vetocracy works for me. “Gridlock is Good” is one of my mantras.

    Oh, and “always push the red button” is another!

  8. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 23, 2012 10:04 am

    I love that pic with the dog glaring in the rear-view mirror. It’s creepy.

  9. Claire
    Claire April 23, 2012 10:36 am

    Ellendra — Yeah, that was the one that got to me, too. That and the kitty behind the slinky curtain (that’s exactly how a cat would plot to rule the world).

  10. Richard
    Richard April 23, 2012 10:38 am

    Is that professor insane? He’s writing a two book Opus and his conclusion the government isn’t doing or passing enough laws? A vetocracy? Maybe he’s been in his ivory tower for so long he’s missed all the laws that have been passed in the last 3 years alone. Little things like Obamacar and the Dodd-Frank Act of “financial” reform. One idiot writing a book doesn’t surprise me but when I read the comments section of articles like that I start to feel chill to the bone fear that so many actually believe the shite the nutters publish. We are doomed.

  11. Bob
    Bob April 23, 2012 3:33 pm

    Hi Claire,
    Regarding the Barefoot Bandit, I wanted to let you know that I gave you and your blog a shout out in my new book: The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw. I live out on Orcas Island, WA, which was Colt’s sanctuary and happiest hunting ground throughout the adventure.

    One of your posts back in 2010 gave me a big laugh because it let on how far Colt had gotten once he bolted from Orcas, while at the same time “bounty hunters” were setting up ambushes in places he’d never even been.

    Like on most islands, there’s a strong anti-authority bent out here, so it was real interesting to live through Colton Harris-Moore’s outlaw days at ground zero where the community was pretty torn up between empathy and anger. Though I must say, almost everyone was rooting for him once the Homeland Security Black Hawk showed up.

  12. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 23, 2012 8:31 pm

    Claire: This might be off-topic, but, I think the question of when “it” is might be decided for us soon. Twitter is full of people vowing to start riots if the Trayvon Martin case doesn’t go their way. Some attacks have already been reported as being out of retribution, and there are death threats against the judge who let Zimmerman out on bail. Given the powder keg that a lot of areas had become even before Trayvon, I think things are about to explode. There’s too much suppressed anger out there, most of it unrelated to that case, but all of it looking for an exit.

  13. naturegirl
    naturegirl April 23, 2012 8:51 pm

    I would push the red button, cuz I’m crazy that way…

    And the last animal, a hamster?, is one seriously scary critter….LOL

  14. clark
    clark April 23, 2012 9:03 pm

    Ellendra wrote, “decided for us soon”.

    One way or another, that part is likely very true.

    Well, the concrete slabs they poured for the check-points on the Interstate surrounding my Midwestern town are about dried and ready for the guard shacks. The asphalt interceptor slabs just prior to those are done. They’ve already put three strand cable fences alongside the Interstate, effectively fencing in the whole city and corralling all the traffic to where they want them to go. So, who knows?

    One thing I think about in contrast to those who are “vowing to start riots” is a photo I saw of a white child and a black child playing in a swimming pool. The caption underneath said something like, “America doesn’t want your race war.”

    Of this, there is no doubt: “There’s too much suppressed anger out there, most of it unrelated to that case, but all of it looking for an exit.” … And a lot of those People have strings attached to them as if they were puppets.

    The big, “it”.

  15. kevin m
    kevin m April 24, 2012 1:03 am

    “this is beautiful man” I live outside of Chicago and it warms the cockels of my heart to read stuff like “She looks after every tax dollar as if it were her own.” This was the actual quote of a Dixon Il. city councilman praising her a year BEFORE she was caught. Looks after the loot like it was her own indeed.

  16. winston
    winston April 24, 2012 5:34 pm

    Heh..the red button. Back when I was in ITB, I went to medical because I messed up my feet. When they called me back to see a really stressed out corpsman who must have been brand new, for vital signs and paperwork (Why I need to have my temperature taken and throat looked because I have wounds on my feet, I have no idea…anything involving the navy is weird like that. Anyway…)

    And there was this big red button on the wall behind the desk. Like bright red, four inches diamteter, bordered with yellow and black ‘caution’ edging…behind a little clear glass flip-up thing with DO NOT PRESS written under it in big block letters. Just plain comical. You saw it and in your mind you just HAD TO push it. It had to do something crazy awful…

    Doc:”Okay devil, I just need to take your temp, hold still…”
    Me:”Hey doc, what’s up with the button? That looks like something out of a corny kids cartoon…”
    Doc:”DON’T even bring that up…I’m serious.”
    This tortured me, so a couple minutes later…
    Me: So…….about that button? What does it do?”

    He was seriously upset…I had to wonder if it was because he at one time or another pushed the button and got himself in serious trouble somehow, or just if the mental stress of being a 19 or 20 year old guy with something that temping literally hanging above your head just got to him.

  17. Claire
    Claire April 25, 2012 8:38 am

    Bob — Thank you for the shout-out. That’s wonderful.

    I’m very much looking forward to reading your book. I read Holtz’s Fly, Colton, Fly & thought it was okay, but perfunctory and without spirit. Yours sounds much more in-depth and insightful — not to mention possibly a lot more fun.

    Homeland Security Blackhawks for a teenage outlaw … sigh.

  18. jed
    jed April 25, 2012 5:28 pm

    Who transports a Lama in the back of Toyota? Oh, nevermind, I’ve seen photos of stranger things, like pigs in a Cadillac.

    In re. being stripped by the fedgoons:
    designed to psychologically habituate US citizens to a condition

    Well, that’s the meat of it right there, but it doesn’t apply just to this one practice. Checkpoints, dependency on the state, Socio-fascism, etc.; all these things are being reinforced with each generation. Of course, this is what governments want.

    I did note a couple of responses to the TSA’s practices, and while I don’t recommend it for everybody, if you voluntarily let it all hang out, they can’t demean you by exposing your nekkid body. Reminds me also of the story from a while back — maybe you posted this, Claire — of the guy who flew in a kilt, commando, and gave his package the pet name ‘resistance’. The larger point here is to find ways to take away their power to use humiliation and degradation as tools. Easier said than done, I know.

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