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Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:40 PM PST

"rural" and "dumb" need not apply

by ornerydad

OK, I'm a workin stiff, so who's got time - but egged on by a counter-commenter, here goes...

Good ol' MinistryofTruth posted a diary headlined The Walking Dumb, highly recced today, certainly enough to get me to read it... whereupon I seen some 10 really GREAT lead-off lines, followed by some dumping on the dumb.

Dig it, sisters and brothers, I enjoy inveighing against the willfully ignorant just as much as the next progressive-socialist-humanitarian-ecologian type around here - - but I also believe in the most TOLERANT, expansive, inclusive DEMOCRATIC Party possible in our times... and times to come. And so, past the autumnally-hued cloud x-ray, I take the advice of counter-commenter Mathazar, who suggested I post me own fine screed here!

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Sometimes a bit of comic relief....

Mitt Romney Adopts New ‘Ronnie Ferocious’ Persona For Debates...

“I would say Ronnie is a cross between Sid Vicious and Ronald Reagan,”

...is in order.
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The next time someone declares how much we NEED nuclear power as a “green alternative” to carbon-based fuels, at the very least as a “bridge” to a zero-carbon future, you may be forgiven if you hold up both your hands and say: “ACHTUNG!”

You may then reply to their puzzled look by suggesting that the United States is positioning itself to spend the next 50 years as a CONSUMER instead of PRODUCER, compelled to buy new technology and expertise and supplies from countries like Germany, instead of making it ourselves.

Why? Jump ahead for a glance at what’s cooking in Germany.

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Truly baffled am I, dudes & dudettes.

Are we East Germany or the USA?

Please explain: E.P.A. Scales Back Emissions Rules for Industry

Thank you, NYT reporter John Broder, for this nugget:

“The power plant rules are currently being scrubbed by the White House...”

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Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 08:23 AM PDT

Not worth an Afghan dime

by ornerydad

As the main bank in Kabul fails, and financial panic stirs new political chaos across Afghanistan, the irrefragable Juan Cole pulls back the curtain on the deep and dreadful corruption and moral vacancy rampant in that tortured land.

And we comfortable millions in the U.S. are left wondering - we need to be demanding - what will our government and military do next over there? Our president has chosen a policy. He has a freshly installed general in charge.

But things in Afghanistan just seem to keep getting worse.

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Well, just for the sheer mad fun of it, here's a quote from 'Going Rogue' straight out of that strange bizarro world where former Democratic VP candidates meet their soulmates from the opposing party:

“there was a bright spot in Philly and his name was Joe Lieberman.” - Sarah Palin.

That's on page 285 of the book, as doggedly cited by themudflats.net

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Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 10:16 PM PDT

Quagmireistan, Understand?

by ornerydad

Does this sound familiar?

Captain Huysman said the Afghan forces were critically important in establishing trust and communication with citizens. “We can’t read these people; we’re different,” he said. “They’re not going to tell us the truth. We’ll never get to build and transition” — the last phase of the operation — “unless we have the Afghans.”

Well, I hope Commander-in-Chief Obama gets briefed as succinctly as this NY Times reporter on the ground with the troops.

What have our armed forces learned at unbearable expense in Iraq?

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 09:13 AM PDT

The Crisis - Dec. 23, 1776

by ornerydad

"These are the times that try men's souls."

So wrote Thomas Paine, in an essay so stirring that General George Washington had it read aloud to his more or less miserable troops at Valley Forge that winter of 1776. Paine called his essay "The Crisis."

Here is a passage from "The Crisis" that might apply to the snake oil we are being offered for our (and our grand-children's) hard-earned $700 Billion:

There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both.

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Spring has sprung and we're all heading out for picnics, swims, sails - - so please leave the plastic at home! In fact, please learn to do without and encourage your local businesses, town councils, county boards and institutions to cut back, pick up and recycle.

The latest from the plastic dump formerly known as the Pacific Ocean:

Nearly two million Laysan albatrosses live here and researchers have come to the staggering conclusion that every single one contains some quantity of plastic.

Where is this? Midway Island, as reported in this BBC News story

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But you know, it seems so - - well I’ll just say it: it seems so OLD.

As a rank-and-file member of the Baby Boom, just consider how many hours I’ve viddied, oh me brothers. 37,000? 59,000? 100,000 hours of television?

Consider the ocean of bullshit that represents. (Although, I will admit there have been plenty of pretty good commercials.)

But also the window on the world. The promise, the diversity of our living planet and the unpredictable people who’ve pranced and strutted across the viewport.

I’ve loved TV, I admit it. Loved and lost the love, it seems.

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Oh boy! 50 billion greenbacks for new nukes!

How much you got in that there Energy Bill for solar? Wind? Geothermal? Tidal? Co-generation?
How about for Conservation? Retrofitting America’s leaky doors, windows attics and basements? Research on new automotive fuels?

Oh, here’s some funds for all that: $7 billion for renewable energy. Hmm, so all those other forms of independence-supporting energy will get 12% of the pie, while nukes will draw on a suitably robust, manly, nuclear 88%.

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I didn't say give him bullets.

Just ship his worthless, traitorous ass straight to the FUBAR hellhole he helped make into the suppurating reality that is draining life and freedom out of this world and this America.

You want to commute his sentence, Bush-Cheney?

D.C. to Baghdad, one-way. How's THAT for a commute.

Happy Independence Day, and let's IMPEACH the entire verminous clot of them.

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