150 Replies to “Are You and I So Different?”

  1. You are the man dave, and i mean it.

    Bunn, tell JR to tell Holmes that this Hitchens memoir is very good and he might want to read it.

    BTW. Been working in Anchorage and will be here another week. The city itself sucks, and I hope to sneak away toward the end for a couple days (to Kenai) and go catch some fish. Actually I promise that will happen.

  2. @Bif, I totally agree. It’s a real hoot watching dave run this blog. But don’t be renaming it Zuludave or anything like that or you’ll scare him off! As for the Hitch 22 recommendation… I’ll see about forwarding it to homey via jr or vice versa. Enjoy that fishing. You travel more than Jimbo even. Amazing, I say.

    Since learning that we all missed out on starting our gardens 30 years ago in order to get the soil decent, per GB’s advice (of several years ago), which I have put into my personal archives incidentally, I have been obsessing with how to travel backwards in time to a somewhat less stupid national and personal circumstance.

    Okay, I’ll take a crack at the Orlov thing: The impeccably groomed rabbit decided that he was going to stop goofing off on the internet. Next he would make a cup of tea, look at some excruciating dry reading materials for several hours, and then charge some monkey for his time. (To be continued…)

  3. I just figured that if it takes me 30 years to do something, it should take everyone 30 years, too. That would only be fair, right? Soil can take a long to build up, especially when you are starting with sand or clay. I’ve been gardening for over 40 years and I feel like I’m still a beginner. I’m learning new stuff every day. For instance, I recently learned that goldfinches will eat the leaves of baby Swiss chard plants, leaving the plants with skeletonized leaves looking for all the world like rabbit damage. Who would have thunk it?

  4. Bitter experience also suggests that some Indian minor birds (but not all) like the taste of Manoa lettuce, finishing off the entire crop. Pellet guns sorta work to scare them off.

  5. dave, I think you’re a great guy and very intelligent, but you don’t know shit about 9-11. just my opinion, of course.

    i told that Quick Draw McGraw philosophical cartoon narrative you found on YouTube to a film crew recently. they were making multiple takes of moi walking down a trail, so it occurred to me. they all thought it was great and wanted to know the link.

  6. Hey. Somebody start a post speculating on what happened to JR. Is he at Putin’s dacha? Doing time? Did he and Nudge go on a cruise? Did he wrap his Audi around an ice cream truck? Did Remus back into it with his M1?

  7. dave, I think you’re a great guy and very intelligent, but you don’t know shit about 9-11.

    wrong about that; dick c. told me everything that i, or anyone else for that matter, need to know.

  8. yeah, at first i was really enthused about orlov’s idea, so i tried to put down a couple of different versions of the next 24 hrs:

    i will jerk off to the internet.

    not very satisfying.

    i will jerk off to anal sex videos on the internet.

    stll not very satisfying.

    i will catch jhoon rhee, tie her up, oil up her asshole asshole, and have anal sex with her.

    i found this fiction of the future to be very satisfying, and immediatly resolved to make it true. but then i thought that this is what i would do anyway, so why go through the trouble of writing it down?

    then i thought to myself, well, orlov’s point is that we should write a small fiction connected to our day-to-day preparations for a low energy future. so i wrote:

    dave will make jhoon rhee oil his bicycle chain. then he will catch her, tie her up, oil up her asshole, and then fuck it(her asshole) soundly.

    now, if i do something similar daily, i think i’m on the right track to a bright new low energy future.

  9. so anyway, while i still believe that the idea does have potential, and i figure on working with it for a while, i’m not quite as infatuated with it as i was at first. mostly, i just keep writing down shit that i would do anyway. so i keep saying to myself, how does this count as fiction? simply because it has happened yet? kind of like our collective low energy future, it’s written in stone, but it just hasen’t happened yet. so is that narrative a fiction? of course not, to answer my own rehtorical. maybe i need to go back and reread orlov’s article.

  10. dave will, within the next 15 minutes or so, make a 4 egg broccolli omlet with maple flavored brown-n-serve sausages(i love those things) on the side. i resolve to make this future come to pass.

  11. and i resolve to making myself and family hot brewed kona coffee, and locs and hot toasted bagels, with cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, onions and capers, all for breaking our long sleepy fast this morning.

    orlov is another math moron, but a funny one who can write. jus sayin.

  12. “what a fucking great idea. i wish i had thought of that.”

    Oh, dave… Orlov is just regurgitating what numerous psychologists, neurologists, neurolinguistic programmers, and a few psychiatrists have known for decades–that you can direct your subconcious with conscious thought and action.

    Save yourself for more original ideas.

  13. EE, do you really think any of that NLP stuff actually works? I could see it happening in some sort of Svengali circumstance, that is, if the would-be perpetrator had decent charisma and tonality and all of that… but on a blog (or other written word media), forget it baby!

    Sincere thanks for the original copy of the Jack Kerouac article from your personal archives. When I can do it justice (and it truly is brilliantly done), I’ll put together a proper post — presenting it humbly and with inimitable arrogance, I would hope — to some productive end (not just Jhoon Rhee’s, mind you.)

    JR gave us plenty of warning that he was going to go away. I knew that he was serious. He has never been anything other than honest. That’s why Churchill pisses him off so much.

    I have to admit that a vainglorious part of me wonders what a resurrected Ronald Reagan would think about the idiotic curcumstances of today. If he had any sense at all he would simply return to the grave.

  14. Save yourself for more original ideas.

    eh, a good idea is still a good idea. but after playing with this for awhile, i’m not even sure that it is a good idea. if you’re writing some string of words down, then you’re just regurgitating something that’s in there, your brain let’s say, already. so, while this may or maynot not serve to clarify or reinforce some existing impulse, there’s no reason, at least in my mind, that this might serve any overrideingly usefull (whatever that might mean) purpose. in fact, it may just make you blind to some other set of circumstance that may deserve more immediate attention. and of course all thoughts and feelings are ultimatley driven by your connections, no matter how faulty they may be, with your surroundings. even inate capabilities, ie, speech, pattern recogniton, sense of direction; things that can’t be taught, per se, are molded by upbringing and environment. so you’re just stuck in some sort of tautology. the “unconscious” spits up something to write down and then acts on it. the “conscious” then gets to tell stories about how good, or how bad it did, to itself and others.

    i really don’t believe in free will or choice in any fashion.

  15. Exactly dave. Seems to me striking and going out into the streets would, under the right circumstances (like this moment in time for example) be perfectly rational behavior. As is redecorating street lamps with certain, ah, ornaments.

    Vainglorious and Reagan. Hmmm.

  16. Exactly dave. Seems to me striking and going out into the streets would, under the right circumstances (like this moment in time for example) be perfectly rational behavior. As is redecorating street lamps with certain, ah, ornaments.

    well, rational or not, i really don’t know, and who really fucking cares? the point is, if you could somehow pull it off within the existing conditions, it would definately be a piece of handiwork to be proud of; fullfilling, deeply and viscerally satisfying. way bettern’ practicing starving by fasting, at least to most people, i guess. who could ask for more than that?

    my own personal motto, however, is that if i can’t eat it, drink it, wear it or fuck it, it’s just not worth the effort. so you could probably only count on me for moral support.

  17. “who really fucking cares?”

    The government cares dave. The international corporations care dave.

    Life – no one gets out alive.

  18. The government cares dave. The international corporations care dave.

    well, i don’t think “they” care one way or another if you, in particular, think that some course of action is rational or not. i’ve often asked myself if workplace or school shooters are honest with themselves. i wonder if they say to themselves, “well, i’m doing this just cause it feels so fucking good.”, or do they make up all kinds of reasons for thier actions?

    i think that all “they” really care about is that you, meaning us, know how to stand in line without figitting around too much. that’s the rational thing to do afterall. just ask robert hirsch.

    everybody has a story, and anything can be rationalized, i guess.

  19. “i’ve often asked myself if workplace or school shooters are honest with themselves.”

    Highly unlikely.

    ‘all “they” really care about is that you, meaning us, know how to stand in line without figitting around too much’

    That’s caring dave. They don’t you to get hurt whilst waiting, or hurt someone else.

    “anything can be rationalized” – an understatement and at the very root of the grand delusion.

  20. UR, I guess I should elaborate. What I wrote was “a vainglorious part of me” (emphasis added). It just so happened that RR was in the same sentence. I said vainglorious because something that bubbles up from my consciousness commands me to associate myself, if only in my mind, with those ignorant, unsophisticated, bible-thumping, obviously racist, conservatives who dare to say “fuck you” to douchebag leftists like Hirsch. The typical American may be a borderline retard but is still instinctively able to feel Dear Leader’s sneering contempt for the troublesome rabble that would dare to interfere with this trajectory of national economic suicide.

    At this point, Reagan is more totemic than anything. So-called arch-conservatives seek to associate their ambitions with his legacy. More moderate pols similarly see RR’s veneer as compatible with values that they publicly profess to champion. These days, even lefties will attempt to leverage off RR when the opportunties to do so present themselves.

    To the extent that I might personally feel some sort of satisfaction, or maybe even vindication, in finally seeing someone effectively counter the treasonous America-hating reckless juggernaut currently on display, well… to seguey over to dave’s line of discussion… this easily allows me to rationalize taking the time to write this comment, not so much to tell you something you already know, but more for the benefit of the hopelessly indoctrinated often former-hippie would-be progressives who can’t allow themselves to understand or even acknowledge the seriousness of the threat.

  21. Oh EE,…don’t forget Dale Carnegie! One of my favorites: “Act enthusiastic and you’ll feel enthusiastic!” It really works, too, except some of us kinda feel dirty afterwards.

  22. “JR gave us plenty of warning that he was going to go away. I knew that he was serious. He has never been anything other than honest. That’s why Churchill pisses him off so much.”

    Maybe the blog will become “The JR Blog, starring dave!!”. JR pays the internet space rental, renewals, etc., and dave does the weekly shows, with his side kicks Bif, Bunn, EE, Doom, Remus, Yarra, MOU and jimi.

  23. Bunn,

    I appreciate the clarification, however unnecessary. I just found it unusual in the same sentence.

    “More moderate pols similarly see RR’s veneer as compatible with values that they publicly profess to champion. ”

    Reagan, I feel, genuinely believed in the America he spoke of, rather than it being just a veneer. That so few in DC actually believe in America to the extent he did is the root of underlying perception of a veneer. But perhaps I have misinterpreted your sentence.

    However, the end, then as now, does not justify the means. Reagan was just another in a long line of tools.

    The threat is very real and cannot be bargained with.

  24. “It really works, too, except some of us kinda feel dirty afterwards.”

    Did you wash your hands before you touched the keyboard?

  25. That’s caring dave. They don’t you to get hurt whilst waiting, or hurt someone else.

    yeah, sure, but my point is that “they”(who they are is a whole nuther story, cause sometimes “they” is “us”. aribitrarily, on my part, i define a “they” as someone with an income of at least $500k/yr. but the problem is someone like myself. while i make no where near that amount, i’m just as hooked into industry as someone who does. paradoxically, i want industry to fail, go figure.) don’t care what your REASONS might be for getting out of line. all that matters to they, is that you don’t get out of line.

  26. Maybe the blog will become “The JR Blog, starring dave!!”. JR pays the internet space rental, renewals, etc., and dave does the weekly shows, with his side kicks Bif, Bunn, EE, Doom, Remus, Yarra, MOU and jimi.

    that’s kinda fucked up.

  27. bunnbunn, just to be clear, i love roused rabble. if, or when, they get to throwing rotten tomates and eggs, you can be sure that i’ll be at the back of the crowd pushing on those in front of me.

  28. so you might say to me somethiing like: well, your average congressman, senator, president, etc., only makes maybe $180k/yr, so that makes them one of us. no, it makes them a wannabe.

  29. and ya know why that’s fucked up? cause if left to my own devices i wouldn’t write shit about shit. what’s the cardinal rule? if you can’t eat it, drink it, wear it or fuck it, who cares about it.

  30. i see that stupid whore nudge can’t even change a chain ring without calling in specialistists and looking for specialized tools and such. she should have a fucking blacksmith do the work, what a dumb ass.

  31. dave, you’re not the first reluctant star, nor will you be the last. face the facts, man, JR’s gone and you’re in charge here. it’s your “Alex Haig” moment, basque in it.

    “and ya know why that’s fucked up? cause if left to my own devices i wouldn’t write shit about shit. what’s the cardinal rule? if you can’t eat it, drink it, wear it or fuck it, who cares about it.”

    bullshit. you even post fabulous youtube cartoons for all to enjoy and learn from.

  32. I tend to agree that RR “genuinely believed in the America he spoke of”. To hold such beliefs today, one would have to be a “fucking idiot”, or so the pathetic press would have you think, which nicely suggests me thinks that in addition to being timeless, Reagan was, well… ahead of his time.

    Nancy was slightly kooky to be sure, but by California standards these were perfectly normal people. Bunn out.

  33. According to Robert Hirsch, the world’s civilization may end in 2 to 5 years, with the first oil supply shocks, and our civilization’s various responses to that, in particular the imported oil-dependent USA. And, he think’s a 4% decline is severe.

    Meanwhile, Nudge is attempting to make improvements to her bicycle so she can ride it moron effectively this fall and winter in hilly north-central Massachusetts. Bike riding in a blizzard this winter ought to be fun, with snow blowing up her skirt.

    Oh well, blog writing is a complete waste of time also, I guess.

  34. i’m sure, that most, if not all polticians and priests are sincere in thier genuine beliefs. i sincerely believe that bho believes in the america that he speaks of also, whatever that may be. and i really don’t know, cause i don’t pay much attention. imo, listening to any of these fuckers, weather it be bho or rr, or anyothers, can really only serve to make the listerener stupid in the end.

  35. According to Robert Hirsch, the world’s civilization may end in 2 to 5 years, with the first oil supply shocks, and our civilization’s various responses to that, in particular the imported oil-dependent USA.

    well, i for one, hope he’s right. and i believe in the audacity of hope. just like rr, with nancy by his side, used to believe that was america the land where a man could still get rich, and look how right in his beliefs he was. me an’ r. hirsch are at least as smart as rr and nancy, i would hope.

  36. i have no real opinion(hold no set belief) in the correlation implied by yhtis graph, but….

    anyway, i think that the one thing that we can all agree on is that the america contained in the visions of rr, or bho, or bill gates for that matter, is vanishing before thier minds’ eyes as we speak, i guess.

  37. so it was 1981 and i was a newly comissioned ensign, makeing maybe $10 or 12k/yr. suddenly, without warning, my paycheck went up by about a third. so i went to the bursar and told him that there must be some mistake, why is my paycheck so much? he said to me something like: you fucking dumbass, don’t you know that rr gave us all a raise? i was dumfounded. all i could say was something like: well i don’t know who he is, but tell him i said thanks a lot. he’s one hell of a guy in book.

    that’s my one and only rr anecdote.

  38. also, i think it was him who famously said something like: “i know that it’s said that hard work never killed anyone, but i never wanted to take a chance on that.”

    only a truely great man could have said that, seriously.

  39. “i’m sure, that most, if not all polticians and priests are sincere in thier genuine beliefs”

    The unsettling part is just exactly what those “genuine beliefs” are.

  40. God, how could I have missed this opportunity. It’s not “Blame Bush”. Far too myopic. It should be “Blame Reagan!”

    Maybe you can be facebook friends with this fella. He seems to be pretty well ready to attribute all problems to expenditures of the past. Undeniably that is a part of the delemna of the present, but no one is going to convince me that fucking StarWars was the sole causative element and perpetually perpetuating force behind the obscene extravagances that have been recently rammed through against the will of the people, as will be clear (to even the dumbest fuck) a few weeks from now.

    http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2010062415/reagan-revolution-home-roost-charts

  41. Far too myopic. It should be “Blame Reagan!”

    actually, i blame george washington, maybe george iii, not sure.

    no really, you really take this shit seriously? like there are some other tragectories other than up or down? i mean fuck, let’s tell each other stories about how ‘merica once put a man on the moon, so we can be great again, and shit. these are fucking children’s stories fer christ sakes.

    vote for me, i’ll set you free. oh my fucking god, i don’t beleive this shit.

  42. dave,

    We are long past the point of needing to redefine greatness. Even more fundamentally, redefine “success”.

  43. We are long past the point of needing to redefine greatness. Even more fundamentally, redefine “success”.

    yeah, well, greatness? i’m left speechless. liberty? other than maybe not being locked away somehow, no fucking clue. i mean, i’m not at liberty to do anything other than what is accepted by society, and niether is anyone else. so what does any of that even mean? how does any of this relate to a politician or politics in general? do you think that a politician is going to grant you liberty or greatness of some sort? why even look in that direction? do you think that some guys landing on the moon somehow reflects on you and your actions? none of what you seem to say makes even a lick of sense to me.

    success? i think that for me and about 95% of everybody out there, despite propoganda to the contrary, success going to bed with a full belly and getting up and taking a good healthy shit in the morning. the other 5% either aim much lower or much higher, refer to my confusion on greatness.

  44. diogenes is the greatest historical figure. he’s mostly famous for living in a barrel and telling alexander the great to move because he was blocking the sun while he was trying to catch a tan. there, that’s greatness and liberty all wrapped in one.

  45. “you really take this shit seriously?”

    Uhh… no. Of course not. But I do have my (ideological) preferences and a sincere desire to see those who would further ruin this country destroyed or at least removed from power. None of these pols reflect on me personally not even in the slightest. However, I humbly submit (and as surely as there are differences in people) that there are real and often important differences from one politician to another. And to the extent that one pol may be more likely than another to create (or facilitate the creation of) a circumstance that is in radical opposition to my perhaps nutty notion of the role that government should or shouldn’t have in our lives, then yes I am interested in what these miscreants are doing. I agree, generally speaking, this shit is mostly only fit for killing time. If your point is that we are all doomed regardless who wins, fair enough.

    Disasterpiece Theatre. Fuck, dude! I’m not above taking a side, even if it isn’t rational (as in maximizing options) and involves woefully inadequate hedges. I take my pleasures as I find them. And, while this may be representative of a profound mental defect, it pleases me to take my own side (as my energies and limited resources permit) in what I view as a personal existential struggle that also happens to involve a sphere that is mostly and maybe even entirely beyond my influence.

  46. Bunn, I for one appreciate your POV. However, it’s getting close to the time to cover one’s butt, as TSHTF. Completely agree with the pointlessness of politics, which ironically is entertainment these days, like watching football or nascar. If you’re still living in SoCal, it might be wise to at least invest in a property elsewhere, in a bit less car dependent area. It looks to me as though much of the American SW will simply be abandoned. Maybe the core cities will survive, as lifeboats in the desert. My mother is old, so she’s a short-timer anyway. I hope my sister is smart enough to walk away, with her kids. Not too sure about them, but they’ve been warned, several times, to get out. Instead, they garden (good) and commute everywhere.

  47. Remus,

    That “their guy, our guy” comparative photo essay was a real hoot!

    OTOH, I don’t think anyone will ever sink lower in machismo quotient than Carter being attacked by that “killer rabbit”. Reagan was a shoe in afterwards, with/without Iran, and then he took a bullet as Prez and survived. Reagan = Rambo president.

  48. Uhh… no. Of course not.

    oh, ok, i guess i get it. i mean, i root for the mets and dispise the devil’s own team, the hated yakees. so on that level i get it.

    However, I humbly submit (and as surely as there are differences in people) that there are real and often important differences from one politician to another.

    yeah, i guess. i know that santiago throws a mean change up, and paleverdus can smoke the fast ball, so i can see your point there too. you need to think about who you want to throw against a heavy hitter.

    If your point is that we are all doomed regardless who wins, fair enough.

    no, as long as the mets win, then i win too. so that just means that i’m doomed.

  49. in what I view as a personal existential struggle that also happens to involve a sphere that is mostly and maybe even entirely beyond my influence.

    yeah, i know how you feel. i often want to go to a yakees game just to throw rocks and shit at arod, bring the whole fucking thing back within my sphere.

  50. when the rabble starts throwing shit, that’s when politics gets interesting, imo. until then, i guess i’ll stick to baseball.

  51. “yeah, i know how you feel. i often want to go to a yakees game just to throw rocks and shit at arod, bring the whole fucking thing back within my sphere.”

    dave vesus 50,000 angry yankee fans. guess who wins that one?

    maybe, if dave’s still alive, i mean assuming the police get to him in time, they’ll let him continue to blog here from prison.

  52. dave vesus 50,000 angry yankee fans. guess who wins that one?

    yeah, that’s about 50,000 reasons to exercise impulse control.

  53. “… politics, which ironically is entertainment these days, like watching football or nascar.”

    Dr. Doom, now that’s a sly bit of commentary. Those great unwashed better stay the hell out of things that them too unlearned to understand how things are done that in any case should be left to their betters to manage, i.e., those with the proper edgumacation to know more than the toiling classes what’s truly in their best interest!

    With war transforming over the centuries from a seasonal and inextricable aspect of life to the perpetual yet largely invisible to the general populace remote monkey-assisted mechanized power projections of today, a large underclass with full and unfettered access to an essentially infinite font of internet blather finds itself in a peculiar situation. Stay with me. Sport, arguably the modern surrogate (perhaps even dispute resolution mechanism) for the time-honored skuffle betwixt rival tribals, is no longer affordable as a diversion to actually be attended by the modern everyman scrambling to make ends meet. But he or she still has a computer and access to the internet, well, for now anyway. I still contend the internet is far too important as a mechanism for populace pacification for it to ever get completely shut down. Anyway… most people would probably be better off to simply disconnect from the garbage and get back to their work.

    dave, if you were here in L.A., I’m almost sure you’d be a Clippers fan. I guess there’s something noble about loyally backing a team that is perennially outgunned by Satan’s Murderer’s Row or whatever you call that numbnut A-rod and his crew. At least in matters of sport, I threw in with the evil empire (The Lakers) decades ago. Ha ha.

  54. yeah bunn, maybe the elites will allow us monkeys with keyboards to continue blathering right up until that fateful knock-on-the-door time! i can see us all at home, isolated, with a car in the garage with a tankful of gas, but too afraid to waste it on other than emergencies. the grids are still up, but the freeways are empty.

  55. Ah yes, life initiating art.

    Art (in the general sense)

    The movie “Alien Resurrection” Scene – the monsters are loose on the ship and various crew and visitors are looking to get off the ship.

    (to group in passageway) Ripley: Who do I have to fuck to get off this boat?

    —————————————————————-
    Life.

    ‘Minor altercation at the bank today. I was in a long line looking to cash some checks. I happened to notice a lady talking to a loan guy in a cubicle across the way. It was clear, even from a distance, she was not happy with the way the conversation was going. She gets up and the banker comes out with her. She turns to him and says in a voice that was deliberately loud enough for all to hear:

    “I wanna know. Just who’s dick do I have to suck to get a loan? Can you tell me that?”

    You could’ve heard a pin drop for a second or two. The banker looked like he’d been hit with a shovel. A red-faced manager comes out of a hole and leads the lady out. It’s over in seconds.’

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/postal-bank

  56. I wonder if the 1980s were going to be the same 1980s with or without Reagan, and that he was just a product of the times. Sure it helped that he poured gas on the greedy dreams of baby boomers.

    Same with Clinton. We were going to do a tech bubble and plunge headlong into globalism and hug China either way, with or without Clinton. All the other stuff was just noise and posturing of political factions who wanted to be the ones to deliver the goods that would be delivered either way.

    The fuckers were selling us out so badly that they threw us a Lewinsky bone-job just to keep our eye off the trick. An old magician’s ploy. Pretty girl assistant.

    Presidents are mostly just mirrors of the times. The packaging is but drama and details for us assholes to bicker about. All roads lead to the same place after the 1970s, maybe earlier. Money drives the agenda. Its all the same money, same outcome ensured. Delivery agents (parties) only provide a style element.

    The Gipper was losing his mind in his second term and playing with his belly button in the bathtub by the time it was over, it didn’t matter. His keepers knew what to do. His participation was to fill out a suit and let them put rouge on his cheeks.

    I agree with whoever said BHO doesn’t have anything to do with anything. I think it was dave.

  57. “I agree with whoever said BHO doesn’t have anything to do with anything. I think it was dave.”

    Sounds like a daveism.

  58. Bif, I knew it was over before it started with BHO when he appointed Larry Summers and Timmy Geithner, both GS insiders. Some change there. He’s a Chicago pol and he is bought and paid for. I wonder if his handlers tell him what to do on a daily basis. I guess they do through his appointed advisors.

    I lot of innocence lost with his administration. All those hoping for change from the little Georgie and Dick show and getting moron of the same. “Exiting” Iraq but keeping 50,000 troops there in state-of-the-art bases outside the major cities. I think all the MSM showed was footage of the combat troops driving from the center of town out to the base, or some such, maybe to redeploy to Afghanistan.

    Oh, and looking for all the 300 or so Taliban left in the mountains of Afghan and their ghost-like and strangely silent fearless leader, dragging around his dialysis machine from one cave hideout to another, dodging our Predator drones. Yeah sure. Hit me again.

  59. “Blackwill foresees that the US’s Afghan counter-insurgency (COIN) strategy is unlikely to succeed and an accommodation of the Taliban in its strongholds becomes inevitable in the near future. The current indications are that the process is already underway. (See Taliban and US get down to talks Asia Times Online, September 10, 2010.) ”

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LI18Df02.html

  60. by apberusdisvet
    on Mon, 09/20/2010 – 19:19
    #593687

    Obama’s wet dream:

    All foreclosed houses given to illegal aliens who are seeking Amnesty (just keep the lawns mowed hermanos).

    All unfunded union pension plans get bailed out by Wall Street via a $10 fee on all trades.

    A constitutional amendment that Sharia law have equal weight in the US court sytem.

    by Uncle Remus
    on Mon, 09/20/2010 – 21:24
    #593930

    “A constitutional amendment that Sharia law have equal weight in the US court sytem [sic].”

    That’ll play havoc with usury, but on the other hand, politicians and bankers will be more easily identifiable at a glance.

    Washington monument will make a great minaret – they can introduce it on the first season of “America’s Next Top Muezzin”.

    And of course, the Department of Homeland Piety – aka jack-sandaled religious police.

  61. “[Summers]… looks forward to returning to Harvard to teach and write about the economic fundamentals of job creation.”

    As if. What a dick.

  62. “I agree with whoever said BHO doesn’t have anything to do with anything.” — Bif

    I can scarcely wait for a soon-to-be-even-more-entertaining future when you will be free once again to direct your devastating potential for eloquence against a figurehead that’s easier for you to reflexively oppose. Which isn’t to say that you’re not wildly worthsmithy in these intriguing attempts to convince someone (anyone) that the Liar-in-Chief is no less loathsome and essential the same as all who came before him. Poppycock! Nudge is the closest I have to a political ally around here. (Nudge, I’ll learn to ride the fucking ice bike! Just don’t leave me here alone [to be called reductivist again by dave], for the love of god, please…)

    Bif, I do have to salute you for picking up early (and I mean very early) on the Palin reboot. How was the fishing?

    UR, sometimes (and I’m being perfectly honest here) I’m not sure which of us would get a bigger kick out of seeing the boogieman of the burned out hippie imagination, aka, the corn pone nazi (per JHK) rise to power. That said, you and I should both take a moment to reflect on the fact that such a person would be no different from anyone else and as perfectly worthy of our adoration as any other and I have all of you to thank for teaching me the proper way to think in this regard.

  63. dave, you’re not implying that my girl Snooki is a cheap whore with a drinking problem, right?

    cheap whore(whatever that is) with a drinking problem(again, whatever that is), sounds like my kind of woman.

  64. fuck, if i ever did vote, i’d be sure to vote teaparty. this is bettern’ than when jose santana banged that soccer mom on a golf course in florida, i guess.

  65. personnally, i think that the best thing that could happen is that all the teaparty people lose in the next election. that’ll prove that the elections are rigged and they’ll be force to “take matters into thier own hands.” sign me up for that.

  66. i think that the teapartiers feel it, right down in thier guts, right where they should feel it, cause it really needs no articulation; in fact, i don’t know if it could be articulated, that the days of increasing social complexity ( in all it’s various displays, capital, industry, government, etc.) are over. they are at the edge of of the wave of increasing simplicity. if they’d only start throwing shit…

  67. “they are at the edge of of the wave of increasing simplicity.” And hopefully, the recognition that the simple solutions to this overwrought horseshit have always been there.

    Bunn, I save what little adoration I have left for Ms. Remus. For everything else, it is just varying degrees of scorn.

    The extremity of the pendulum swing in one direction is generally met with a swing to an extremity in the opposite direction. Until the pivot breaks.

  68. As pour moi, I really like the part where BHO trots out his Universal Health Care reform bill, written by the health insurance industry for the health insurance industry, and tells all far and wide that “hey, you might be unemployed now, with next to no job prospects (in this country) and a mortgage that exceeds by far the true value of your (soon to be foreclosed upon) home, but you’ll got this great Universal Health Care package coming”. “We’re taking care of you (TM).”

    Oh, and don’t forget to reform education, because all those future field hands you’re raising with need at least a 4-year college degree and perhaps some graduate school, advanced degrees in seeding, plowing, animal husbandry, and digging irrigation canals.

  69. “got this great Universal Health Care package coming”

    Just in time for a nasty lead poisoning epidemic. Then “dave’s plague” (TM).

  70. And hopefully, the recognition that the simple solutions to this overwrought horseshit have always been there.

    all solutions are contained in the dieoff party platform. it’s the only party with something for everyone.

  71. dave, you’re not implying that my girl Snooki is a cheap whore with a drinking problem, right?

    actually, i kind of place jersy shore, mlbb, bicycle fetish chic and partsian politics all within the same quadrant of the industrial spectacle. so i kinda thought that the juxstaposition of a sim snooki with a talking head o’rielly and palin was kinda funny, but that’s just me.

  72. 69 ways to stay in shape. That, and the occasional bulimia attack* will keep those ugly, unwanted pounds off.

    *or was it just too much cheap booze? Works either way, I guess.

  73. Bunn,

    Can you ask Holmes if he could be so kind as to call Chris/JR, or at least send an email to him regarding his general condition, state of mind, opinions regarding this blog in light of his sudden cessation of posting, etc.?

    If you or he prefer to keep it confidential, please email or call me. I’m “in the book”, 3 hours behind you on the west coast, 6 hours behind the east coast.

    Mahalo.

  74. OK, well Obama sucks, I know that.

    Bunn. The fishing was good. I only caught (and released) a couple trout though. There were dead and dying salmon everywhere. Mostly chub salmon. The smell along the river was putrid. What a stink. I went up a couple creeks and did OK. The grizzly bears were around (saw one about a quarter mile up the river) and it just freaks me out, so I didn’t venture too far like I normally would. I’m just a wimp in bear country. I spent a lot of time just goofing around in the river and watching the salmon. Glacier streams are COLD, brother.

    On my other free day I hiked up a mountain with a group of friends. It was warm and sunny above the clouds and the tundra vegetation was multi-colored. Just beautiful. My first time to Alaska so it was nice to take in the landscape. Picked and ate blueberries while working on my sun tan. Doesn’t get any better than that. I took both glacial and fluvial geomporphology classes in college and there were plenty of textbook examples. I want to see more, and I hope to go back someday.

    I’m out of there now. Am in Seattle, and just moments ago near the corner of Pike and 10th. Go to google maps and look up 1013 E. Pike Street. With “street view” you will see Bimbo’s Cantina. Look at the artwork over the front door.

    Alright that’s enough. Back to your battle stations.

  75. Left flank reporting from Battle Station Los Angeles.

    Fellas, I just sent an e-mail to JR. Will let you know when and in what manner he replies, if he does.

    If I don’t hear from him after a few more weeks, I’ll post the letter here and attempt additional communications via various alternate channels.

  76. ate blueberries while working on my sun tan

    Ahhh, now that’s living. I’m going to race to bed now to dream about breakfast.

  77. of course, the teapartiers are just another aspect of the global industrial spectacle. they put on a nice show, but, and this is important, they pose no real threat. they just provide foder for the the manufacture of dissent, or consent, depending on your perspective. but they are manufactured. thier main purpose, weather they realize it or not, is to distract, just like the talking heads, baseball players and and the cast of the jersey shore; until, or unless, they start throwing shit that is.

  78. if i was a progressive liberal(whatever that is, someone who makes a fetish of hybrid cars?), you know, i would be thanking god for the teapartiers and christene o’donnell. let’s just hope she loses so that they, the teapartiers can start throwing shit. it’s about time we took politics out of the spectacle and put it back in the gutter where it belongs.

  79. dave, that Christine O’Donnell’s kinda cute. maybe she could invite us to one of her private tea parties?

    i know just how to shake up these complacent, clueless americanos: we’ll suddenly take their gasoline away! yup, we’ll make it generally unavailable, and then charge ridiculous sums for any they do get. we’ll ration it. that will piss them off, big time. then, maybe they’ll start throwing shit.

  80. How about Christine O’Donnell’s claims that the biotech companies have developed mice with fully functioning human brains, and this needs to stop. This of course is being parlayed by the lefties that the Tea Party wants to kill Micky Mouse. How un-American!

  81. i thought that maybe if dave and i could keep her mind off politics, in fact, that she could maybe turn that overactive imagination off for awhile, well, she looks like quite the [tea] party girl we all dream about.

  82. I always did think the milonga was a beautiful dance. Never learned it, though. I think I like it better than the tango.

  83. I always did think the milonga was a beautiful dance. Never learned it, though. I think I like it better than the tango.

    yeah, that particular couple sends shivers up and down my spine.

    as you probably know, at least from my perspective anyway, the tango is 3 dances, tango, milonga and vals. that’s how i see it anyway. whatever it is, it’s always a work in progress.

    it does kind of piss me off, not really, but kinda, when i watch people who have been doing these dances since they were like 9 yo. there’s no way to replace that type of experience, at least i can’t.

  84. know just how to shake up these complacent, clueless americanos: we’ll suddenly take their gasoline away! yup, we’ll make it generally unavailable, and then charge ridiculous sums for any they do get. we’ll ration it. that will piss them off, big time. then, maybe they’ll start throwing shit.

    that just might work.

  85. How about Christine O’Donnell’s claims that the biotech companies have developed mice with fully functioning human brains,…

    i think she got it backwards.

  86. Our beloved JR is alive and presumably well. He replied to my message (in part):

    “Thanks for the shoutout. I’ll be back soon. Tan, rested, and ready.”

  87. aha! JR’s been secretly planning his big presidential run for 2012! Tea Party candidate, or Green Party, Zulu Kilo, Independent? Perhaps Republican, with Palin on the ticket. Frankly, it’s the only way I’d ever vote for her.

  88. so this video reminds me of a couple of things:

    one of my ex mothers in law used to live exclusively on hotdogs, bacon, white bread toast and coffee, fucking amazing.

    one time, the only time, i went to a greatfulldead show, some fucking hippy hippy came up to me shot fucking yellow mustard on my brand new denim jacket, and thought it was fucking fucking funny. that was the sorriest day of that poor asshole’s life.

  89. dave, here’s a true story and a riddle for you:

    about 15 minutes ago, while eating lunch at my office desk, i dropped a piece of teriyaki beef onto my shirt. it was wet, so it made a spot. however, i was relieved that it had landed on one side, and not the other.

    question: what was on the other side of that piece of beef?

  90. i love hotdogs with yellow mustard. dave, what on earth did you do to that poor fellow with the sad sense of humor?

  91. I climbed a fence to get in to the only Grateful Dead show I ever saw. Somewhere around Minneapolis. I think I saw the guy that accidentally squirted the mustard on dave. He didn’t look too good. I slept that night in a cornfield and was woken up by a beagle from the nearby farmhouse licking my face.

  92. Bill Clinton’s Diet Plan

    Bill Clinton has lost 24 pounds on a plant-based diet that eliminated dairy and cholesterol. The former president underwent a quadruple bypass in 2004 and says the diet cleared arterial blockage.

    Clinton was on TV with both David Letterman and Wolf Blitzer to discuss his diet of legumes, fruits and vegetables. He starts each day with a protein shake of almond milk, fruit and protein powder.

    After struggling with his weight for years, Clinton was encouraged to drop some dough by daughter Chelsea during the lead-up to her wedding.

    Find out more about Bill Clinton’s fitness transformation, including whether a vegan diet is healthy and how much weight Chelsea asked her father to lose.

  93. Protein for muscle from plants? The greatest athletes on the planet are race horses. Check out their diet.

    By Alan Pizer on Sep 23rd 2010 at 7:51AM

  94. Statement/Announcement from one of EE’s college roomies who happened to be perpetually rotund: I’m going to diet!!
    Response/Query from EE: What Color??

  95. Bunn-

    Glad to see you got the article! I have another one from a few years back on dice that I think you will really like.

    Saw a great stage production of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” recently.

    Love to JR from me…

  96. ….accidentally squirted the mustard on dave.

    the thing was, it wasn’t an accident. him and someother hippies were squirting each other with mustard and laughing. i happened by, and he got carried away with himself, i guess.

  97. you didn’t kill him, did you?

    no, just broken teeth, blood, probably broken ribs with some internal injuries; didn’t stick around to find out the details.

  98. yeah, dolan is always the best.

    i think he’s writing as glazoh[sic?] in this piece. anyhoo, i’ve never been much of a thompson fan. i mean who hasen’t gone to vegas and stayed drunk and high for a week or so and then wrote a book about it? fuck, any sorority kid who spent a week in cancune on spring break could write a better book.

    and, hitchens? until he got throat cancer, he barely popped up on my cultural radar, not that that’s saying much, i guess.

    dep probably wanted a percentage to write the forepiece, i guess. or, one of google’s algorithms based on data skimmed from amazon shoppers identified hitchens readers as mostly to bye thompson material. i’m glad i’m not in either of those demographics.

    http://exiledonline.com/how-christopher-hitchens-robbed-hunter-s-thompsons-grave/

  99. ya dave, gonzo journalism is/was overrated. thompson did write one good book: Hell’s Angels. the remainder is a drunk’s view of the world, with other drugs and guns mixed in. at the end, he just copied hemmingway. folks should do that kind of stuff outdoors.

    ralph stedman’s art is good, though.

  100. I made it up to the part where Dolan started blubbering about HST killing himself because of Bush… at which laughable juncture, I promptly made my exit. His brain has slipped into leftist fantasy-scape decline I’m afraid. (You doubt me? Go read the War Nerd return piece. This fool was salivating at the alleged opportunity to get an article published in the New York Times, when contacted by e-mail no less. WAHHHHHHHH-HAA-HAA!!!)

    And furthermore, I bear the grim news that Dolan’s tired hit piece template is not, alas, engagingly half a step ahead of each newly concocted alias.

  101. yeah, i didn’t read the whole thing either. but that dosen’t mean that dolan isn’t the best essayist out there. if, and get this, if it really is dolan writing under other names. the beauty of deniability…

  102. but then, how do we know for sure it’s you posting here, dave?

    well, you don’t, and i’ll never admitt to anything. so see, you’re stuck.

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