29 February 2012 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: First Looks

Saul Bellow:

A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.

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28 February 2012 · Comments Off on A Gruesome Birthday · Categories: Political Economy

Shaun Mullen explains. It’s a must-read.

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28 February 2012 · Comments Off on Little Ricky: “Lerning Ain’t Gud.” · Categories: Political Theatre

Mike Papantonio traces Republican attacks on learning and knowledge back to Big Tobacco.

Actually, it goes back much further.

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28 February 2012 · Comments Off on State Rape · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Now on the agenda in Alabama.

Truly vile persons.

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28 February 2012 · Comments Off on Great Moments in “Yeah. Right.” · Categories: Give Me a Break

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes to Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in the last scene of Sherlock Holmes Faces Death:

There’s new spirit abroad in the land.

The old days of grab and greed are on their way out.

We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just of what we’re compelled to give him.

Time’s coming, Watson, when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while other folk go hungry or sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold, when we shan’t be able to kneel and thank God for blessings before our shining altars while men anywhere are kneeling under either physical or spiritual subjection.

That certainly worked out well.

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28 February 2012 · Comments Off on Make TWUUG Your LUG · Categories: Geek Stuff

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source.

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.)

When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, March 1.

Directions:
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)

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28 February 2012 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: First Looks

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, from the Quotemaster (subscribe here):

How is it that in the so-called barbarian ages art was understood, whereas in our age of progress exactly the opposite is true?

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27 February 2012 · Comments Off on Violations · Categories: Political Theatre

Catholic prelates and Republican pundits conclude that the female orgasm is the root of all evil
Click for a larger image.

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27 February 2012 · Comments Off on Your Tax Dollars at Work · Categories: First Looks

If you wonder where the money goes . . . .

The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters.

More at the link.

Via Raw Story.

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Warning: In bad taste, but not as bad the targets.

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27 February 2012 · Comments Off on Do the Math · Categories: It Is To Laugh

If 666 is the number of evil, is 25.8066 the root of all evil?

Via PoliticalProf.

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27 February 2012 · Comments Off on The Internet Is a Public Place · Categories: Geek Stuff

Alyona discusses the proposed consumer privacy “bill of rights.”

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27 February 2012 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: First Looks

T. S. Eliot, from the Quotemaster (subscribe here):

Radio is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

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26 February 2012 · Comments Off on Oscars · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Oh, goody.

Another public exercise in Hollywood’s pleasuring itself to pictures of itself.

I must avert my eyes.

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26 February 2012 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud · Categories: Republican Lies

Reports of rampant voter fraud regularly turn out to be somewhere on a scale between hysterical lies and lying hysteria.

Facing South considers the recent kerfuffle in South Carolina:

As was suspected from the beginning, the fevered stories of “zombie voters” turned out to be fantasy. This week, state elections officials reviewed 207 of the supposed 950 cases of dead people voting, and couldn’t confirm fraud in any of them. 106 stemmed from clerical errors at the polls, and another 56 involved bad data — the usual culprits when claims of dead voters have surfaced in the past.

So the question is, how did this cheap B-movie fiction make it into the public debate in the first place?

Follow the link to see Facing South’s answer to the question at the end of the selection. My answer to it is that Republicans and their sycophants at Fox News will hype for any crackpot (non)story they can find to justifying keeping voters who are not likely to support them from having a say in elections.

Republicans know they are a minority party with no hope of becoming a majority. They have fixed on a strategy of remaking the electorate into one that favors them by excluding those who do not (how shall I put this diplomatically?) fall for their twaddle.

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