Saturday, March 31, 2012

Art Break

Nancy Spero  Elegy, 1983
Nancy Spero  The Floutist, 1995


Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Soundtrack

De La Soul, This Is A Recording 4 Living In A Full Time Era

Fantastic (and so fucking old)!

I forgot about this bit...

De La Soul, Transmitting Live From Mars

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spermicidal Secretion

The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are "one in millions and millions and millions," said state Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature's leading abortion foe.

The reason, Freind said, is that the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to "secrete a certain secretion" that tends to kill sperm.
from here

Also, spermacidal lack of secretions:

The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don't flow, the body functions don't work and they don't get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.
from here

The downside of living in the "Information Age" is that it quickly fills with shit.

I should add that the above statements from Republican politicians were given several years ago in direct opposition to abortion—a reminder that the current Republican War on Women is not new.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

NCAA Déjà Vu

A not-so-guilty pleasure.
Anthony Davis, 2012
Pervis Ellison, 1986

As I watched this weekend's games, I realized that Kentucky's Anthony Davis, a freshman, reminded me a lot of Louisville's Pervis Ellison—a long, lanky, freshman center who often wore a t-shirt under his jersey—and he lead the Cardinals to the championship in 1986.

It's likely that Louisville and Kentucky will meet in the final four (a monster rivalry), and while I'm a diehard Cardinal fan, I'm a little uneasy about the Davis-Ellison similarity—like Ellison in '86, Davis has a weird coltish power (and I don't see it in Gorgui Dieng).

Backstory: in the late 70s and early 80s the Kentucky Wildcats were still haunted by the ghost of Adolph Rupp, the Jim Crow of college basketball. By that time the Louisville Cardinals were thoroughly integrated, fun to watch, fast-paced, and generally disliked by Kentucky knuckle-draggers.

In a nutshell:
In contrast, Crum took Louisville’s progressive nature to the next level, recruiting far more blacks than whites. And he let his teams play with soul. Huge afros were perfectly fine with the coach. Dunks and alley-oops became the program trademark. The 1980 national championship team claims to have popularized the high-five.

Some Kentucky fans responded by calling the Cardinals the “Black Birds.”

Down the road in Lexington, Joe B. Hall’s teams played with a more corporate approach that sometimes bordered on repressed. As the Wildcats were fulfilling huge expectations by winning the 1978 national championship, that forced march was characterized in the media as “the season without celebration.”
from here

As the racial make-up (and type of play) has changed for Kentucky, so has the ideological terms of the Louisville/Kentucky rivalry.

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Camper Beethoven, Take the Skinheads Bowling

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Too Soon, Too Fast

A month early here in MA.

A normal New England spring lasts 4-6 weeks.
This year: 2 weeks.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Sad Story...

...becomes sadder in the wingnutosphere.

...the American right already has determined that the whole controversy is a subtle plot by the Kenyan Muslim black liberationist Derrick Bell-hugger to gin up racial distrust so as to guarantee his re-election as Chief Executive Shaka Zulu. And, also, to steal all the guns from white people.
from Charles Pierce
Warning: Pierce links to the RedState blog (will kill brain cells and soul).

The world view of the right wing is so twisted by resentment and race-fear that they'll believe most fictions that allow them to carry the victim flag.

Look, people are imperfect, we are generally fearful, and our beliefs are often shaped by those fears. But political resentment and race-fear are malicious creations—ideological weapons used to exploit large groups of people for political goals. Republicans have been beating this drum for years, but now, and with growing urgency (because it's true), the "our demographic is shrinking" fear is making them even crazier.

Transparent Liar Wins Illinois

"I am also much taller than Godzilla."

I listened to Romney's victory speech...good god.

"Deregulate to undo the damage of deregulation."

"Government checks will give the nation brain cancer."

I have never heard so many awkward conservative bromides and dog-whistles delivered in the span of 5 minutes.

Santorum and his home-schooled children.

More of the same from Santorum...but blue collar conservative (insanely counter-intuitive).

Santorum also went on to decry the science of climate change (it will be in the 80s today in New England).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Too Real

Tom Tomorrow

It does remind me of my local news readers and meteorologists trying to put a happy face on a string of record high temperatures...chatty nothings about hitting the links early this year and " beats a March snowstorm."

Nothing about the coming droughts and the AC will they spin that?

I know, I know, I'm jumping the gun, but in New England, it should not be 82 degrees on March 19.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ridley Scott

h/t Dangerous Minds

June, 2012

The Republican Long Game Loses A Player (?)


In addition to a new round of recall elections of Republican legislators, that includes the good Governor, one state senator has abruptly resigned, ending Walker's destructive Republican majority.

...the problem Walker has is that the entire state is sick of him. It's going to be fun to watch the Republicans in that state senate try to devise a "power sharing" arrangement with the Democrats, who may take the better part of a week to stop laughing.
Charles Pierce

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Baby Patch Dusted With Miracle-Gro

Santorum Unleashed - watch more funny videos     

Gilead, Republic of

State Rep. Terry England (R-GA) was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.
                           .                         .                         .
These macabre freaks (and I'm looking at you Santorum) have developed a new religion of fetus worship and it's verging on psychotic. Invading the relationship between a doctor and a family who are informed that their fetus will not live outside the womb and insisting they carry it to term is immoral. Forcing a woman who is carrying a dead body inside of her to go through childbirth, despite all the physical and emotional risks that entails, should be criminal.
from Digby

Tuesday-Wednesday Doonesbury



If you think this is fun, just imagine a Santorum Presidency.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday's Doonesbury


This is the Republican long game.

Two weeks ago, the left blogosphere was on fire over Virginia's trans-vaginal probe law—while seeming to overlook the fact that Rick Perry had already signed a vaginal probe measure into law last May.

Republicans are racking up a series of regressive legislative victories in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, and more.

We're losing this game.

Monday, March 12, 2012


from Real Time with Bill Maher

Irrational belligerence fed a steady diet of conservative bullshit.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Night Soundtrack

Tim Eriksen, O Death

From western MA...
American roots music before it moved south.

Republicans Reject Your Interpretation Of Their Misogyny

With a big assist from "old" media.

Trudeau said in an email that the "party of limited government," a reference to Republicans, has legislated "onerous preconditions for a perfectly legal procedure" and withdrawn funds for reproductive health services that prevent unwanted pregnancies.

"This is happening in statehouses across the country," Trudeau said in the statement. "It's lunacy, and lunacy, of course, is in my wheelhouse."
from here

Newspapers pull not-so-funny Doonesbury strip on abortion

...but the legislation itself is a real hoot.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

John Carter (of Meh?)

Having posted about the ERB stories in the past, I did look forward to seeing the film.

The Pixar treatment was well done, but the story was a bit flat, rushed through—maybe held back by explication...the Greens, the Reds, the Therns, I don't know.

The white apes were cool.

I'll have to see it a second time

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Granny-Starver


The zombie-eyed granny-starver in the woodpile here is Paul Ryan...

He is interested only in wringing out of the government those functions that his teenage-fanzine-addled political theory believes are not government's true functions, which are practically everything. The country cannot long function like this. What makes me nervous is that may be the whole point.
Charles P. Pierce, here

Present-day and future grandmas will never be out of the woods as long as these small government ideologues are getting elected to government.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Art Break

Gilbert and George, George The Cunt and Gilbert The Shit, 1969

additional video at Milwaukee Art Museum site

Thursday Soundtrack

It's In The Bottle

One of Robert Gordon's excellent downer ballads.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


from here


These things are so cool that rational concerns about their development simply disappear.

Monday, March 05, 2012

President McCain Wants To Make The Rubble Bounce In Syria

It's a fucking civil war.

The benefit of the United States leading the military effort, he said, is that it would allow the U.S. to better empower Syrian groups that support U.S. interests to move toward a democratic transition.

"If we stand on the sidelines, others will try to pick winners, and this will not always be to our liking or in our interest," he said.

What a disaster.

The Left Made Me Do It

You name it...whatever it is.



Tom Tomorrow

Friday, March 02, 2012

F* The Banks

There are two things every American needs to know about Bank of America.
The first is that it’s corrupt. This bank has systematically defrauded almost everyone with whom it has a significant business relationship, cheating investors, insurers, homeowners, shareholders, depositors, and the state. It is a giant, raging hurricane of theft and fraud, spinning its way through America and leaving a massive trail of wiped-out retirees and foreclosed-upon families in its wake.

Matt Taibbi

A new OWS site to organize and track bank actions.

Brietbart High School Lowers Its Flag To Half Mast

There really is a disquieting adolescence in the right blogosphere's reaction to Breitbart's death.

It reminds me of how a school reacts when the "bad boy" dies in a car accident, drug overdose, or suicide. All the usual suspects (parents, school, cops, etc.) are targeted as the ultimate cause of the young person's untimely death—a deeply selfish, but satisfying process that teenagers are wired to experience.

It's Freebird on a loop.

Warning: This video is appropriately messed up.

Thursday, March 01, 2012


Matt Taibbi takes a few well aimed shots at the memory of Andrew Breitbart.

Scroll through the comments, it's as if Taibbi skullfucked Nancy Reagan on her birthday...a terrifying procession of anger, sanctimony, and psychological projection. Wow.

Some on the right believe that Obama had Breitbart killed—or the Occupy Movement was somehow involved.

Update 2:
The comments are amazing—the tribalism of American politics on glorious display.

Update 3:
A comment from JennOfArk at TBogg..."If you want the lulz, the ‘baggers are still frothing at the mouth over at Taibbi’s blog. So far, at least 200 threats to cancel suscriptions from non-subscribers."

A riot.

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