Via Harry Shearer’s Le Show.


Get ready for Exodus 2.0.


“Get thee behind me, peasants!” sayeth the Techbro.



Brian Greenspun points out that history matters.

In a related thought, I am somewhat bemused by the spectacle of Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Cal Thomas, George Will, and their like agonizing over the rise of Donald Trump. This is the same lot that has twisted itself into pretzels to justify everything Republican, however noxious, for 30 years or more (see Exhibits A-Z).

In the words of the Who, I say to them, “Look in the mirror, boy.”


Via Mediaite.

03 May 2016 · 2 comments · Categories: Gunnuttery

A polite society is a clean society.

A man accidentally shot himself in the foot on Sunday afternoon in Murfreesboro. A woman who was in the home at the time of the accidental shooting told police that she was in the kitchen when the 37 year old victim shot himself while cleaning his Mossberg shotgun.

I had a Mossberg five-shot bolt-action .22 rifle when I was younger. I once used it to pick a crow out of a tree at 150 yards.

I grew up on a farm. Crows were the enemy. Live with it.

Somehow, I managed not to shoot myself with it, because I’m not too stupid to own a gun.


Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

What: Monthly TWUUG Meeting.

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room. See directions below. (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, May 5.

Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6:00 PM (separate checks)
Uno Chicago Grill
Virginia Beach Blvd. & Military Highway (JANAF Shopping Center). (Map)

Join the forums.


Alfred Adler:

To be big! To be powerful! This is and has always been the longing of those who are little or feel they are little.

(Remind you of anyone?)


The Charlotte Observer’s Taylor Batten looks at a champion of North Carolina’s “It’s Okay To Hate the Gay” law and realizes he’s seen it all before. A nugget:

Those politicians who thundered against civil rights in the 1950s and ’60s did so because many white Southerners applauded them, and those who knew better too often stayed silent. The public’s fear-fueled support, and good people’s acquiescence, allowed blacks to be deprived of equal rights for far too long.

Now (state senator Buck–ed.) Newton, who is running to be North Carolina’s attorney general, bellows about “how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.” He invokes the threat that those who oppose state-sanctioned discrimination against gays will “expose our wives and our sisters and our children to the sexual predators in the bathrooms.” He says that “the folks that wave the rainbow flags” need to get used to “the way things have always been in this state.” Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.

Read the rest.


Have you wondered why these days you see all those TV commercials from law firms asking, “Have you taken this drug/used this device/had this treatment?” Watch this and wonder not.


Cartoon showing Congressman partying with big donors, then expressing outrage at a crisis, next waiting out the crisis without taking action, then partying with big donors . . . .

Click for the original image.


Image of Westboro Baptist Church  displaying

Click for the original image.


Chart showing how Republican policies since 1980 have favored the rich and punished the lover and middle classes.

Via Job’s Anger, which points out that

They (Republicans–ed.) imposed a system that tilted the economic playing field to favor the rich (and the corporations). They told Americans that giving more to the rich would benefit everyone, because much of that extra money going to the rich would trickle down to everyone else in the country. But that didn’t happen. They rich got richer, and everyone else got poorer (thanks to stagnant wages and rising inflation).


Twits who don’t know how to behave in public.

And, in more news of twits, a run-of-the-mill obnoxious twit (no, “obnoxious twit” is not inherently a redundancy).


It’s showtime for politeness!

The 63 year old man left his loaded gun in the car when he went inside the (gun–ed.) show because loaded weapons are forbidden.

Sgt. Dean Carriger of the Sandy Police Department told us, “Following the gun shot he returned to his car and he retrieved his weapon and was re-holstering it prior to leaving. At which time he accidentally discharged the weapon, which is a 40 caliber pistol, shooting himself in the right thigh.”


Berlin acts to rein in rogue rentals which raise rents beyond the resources of rental residents (emphasis added).

Rents in Berlin shot up 56 percent between 2009 and 2014, although at around 10 euros per square metre this year, they are relatively low compared to other major European cities.

Given that it is more profitable to rent out whole apartments for short holiday lets, some investors are holding on to apartments for such rentals rather than having long-term tenants.

San Francisco-based — short for the business’s original name AirBed & Breakfast — is the biggest of several sites that allow people to offer and find such rental accommodation worldwide.

When it’s being done by “investors,” my friends, it ain’t sharing, not by any measure.

More at the link.


Salman Rushdie:

Faith without doubt is addiction.


When I see a crossword puzzle clue citing “Avengers,” I think of Diana Rigg.


Bernie supporter says,

Via Job’s Anger.