I'm a lifelong insomniac. I do the thing where my brain won't shut off and I walk around the house or sit and watch TV or pull out the laptop and read for hours because there's just no way to make my thoughts quiet enough for sleep sometimes. It manifests in times of stress and depression especially. My father's the same way, and my brother.
Mr. A is a night owl and can get by on a couple of cat naps, but he'll sleep like a rock for nine, ten hours if given the chance.
I’m suffering a Recall-Packer Loss-Newt Gingrich-Walker Ad Blitz-Edit happy assholes hangover right now. I kept trying to say something, but realized that I can’t find anything particularly poignant to say about anything epic. Could be the end of an interim where I had awesome kids who really demanded a lot of me. Could be that The Midget managed to vomit twice, one time being at school after telling her teacher she was fine. Might be that I’m working on a longer post and it never seems “done” enough to put out there. Maybe it’s something else. In anyway, here’s my brain-emptying thoughts on a horribly frigid Friday:
- From the “Good Tip” Department: Found this from a friend who solved his problem with DirecTV the old-fashioned way: “What I learned tonight: If you scream "FUCK YOU!" into your phone when stuck in DirecTV automated phone system hell, it then connects you to a customer service rep.”
- It’s been ass-pounding cold out here, to the point where I’m actually wearing gloves because it hurts not to. I had not fully put the gloves on, so a small sliver of skin was exposed to the -30 wind chill yesterday and it felt like I was being stabbed in the wrist with a butcher’s knife. In walking around campus, however, I saw three kids without hats and one wearing flip flops with socks. Look, kid, no one is taking away your “man card” if you actually try to avoid frostbite.
- Went to get gas today. It was so cold that digital display was barely visible and slow in switching from screen to screen. After I scanned my credit card, the pump robot immediately asked me if I would like to add a car wash today. Duh.
- Last year, I was driving my Civic to work in weather like this when I found that the cruise control no longer worked. I figured something had broken and I’d have to go to a boneyard and pull a part. Did some research and found out that Honda admits that under the “rare instance” that temperatures fall below -20, the cruise may cease to function. This year, the same thing happened. You’ve got to wonder if people from Honda ever visited Wisconsin.
- Got our first “copy edited” chapter back from the book I’m co-authoring. This was supposed to be a simple cleaning edit for style and grammar. Instead, the copy editor decided she would be better off just writing the book herself. I’m not even close to kidding. She tracked changes in blue and it looked like an entire planet of Smurfs were massacred and left to die on that chapter. Making it worse, she was adding unneeded words and putting back things the initial reviewers said were really bad ideas (and they were right in retrospect). I was more than a bit upset and it wasn’t even a chapter I had written. My co-author wrote to me that he stopped reading after six pages because his blood pressure meds were failing to keep him in the green zone. The response from the publisher: We’re looking into this. Oh… Good…
- Read this piece about Muhammad Ali at 70 and what he means and should mean to people. It’s a solid read about a complex man who had a polarizing nature and a firm sense of right and wrong. I might be in the minority here, but I have huge problems with Ali the man (as opposed to Ali the symbol). He embraced a religious persona as a member of the Nation of Islam and yet was horribly unfaithful to his wife. He was pro-civil rights and anti-racism and yet he had no problem calling Joe Frazier “a gorilla.” He never seemed to fully understand that his lack of consistency was unnerving to people who weren’t solidly on his side. Prior to the Fight of the Century, he said Frazier could never beat him. Ali said if he lost, he’d crawl across the ring and subjugate himself to Frazier. After Frazier kicked his ass, Ali instead claimed it was a huge miscarriage of justice and that he didn’t really lose. After he agreed to a “computerized” boxing match against Rocky Marciano to determine who would win, Ali bragged about how he’d never lose. After every the final scenario showed he lost, his answer was, “That computer was made in Alabama.” Every conceivable slight was attributed to racism or error or something else entirely. Some people loved him for that, I suppose. However, it took Larry Holmes to cut through all of this and at one point explain, “For all he did for boxing and for all he did in life, Ali wasn’t a good boxer and he wasn’t a good loser.”
- Finally, rest in peace, Etta James. The sultry singer whose smooth voice launched a million love stories will be missed. When The Missus and I were getting married, we pretty much disagreed on everything at some point, but the one thing we knew for sure was that our first dance would be to “At Last.”
Tilly's fur is changing as she loses her tiny-baby fluff. When she came home to us she was almost entirely dark gray with little white feet and her stripe. Now there's more brown fur mixed in there, but her stripy little head is still the same.
And, the beatings will continue until morality improves.
I'm probably not the only one who feeling a little embarrassed if not appalled at not having paid much attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills they were and maybe still are trying to ram through Congress. For shame, Christopher Dodd.
And while I'm not an expert, I do work in IT, and when reading this I realized: what a sham. Using DNS as an enforcement mechanism is...TERRIBLE from a technical standpoint alone, and terrible worthy of all caps.
What the hell are they thinking?
Sometimes I forget how much of a "mystery" the internet is to these people. Hats off to all the folks who raised the alarm over the past few days, since it looks like they're at least for now going to stall this in Congress. Still...amazing, and not in a good way: seems like the ONLY thing this Congress was going to do was fuck up the internet beyond all recognition...
Okay, Okay. I shouldn't read David Brooks. I shouldn't give two shits about what that neo-Victorian finger-wagger is on about today. But this shit right here just left me gobsmacked. Read on!
[T]here is a misbegotten ideology haunting the land, the ideology of sunshinism. This is the belief that everything should be made public.
Sunshinism is a destructive ideology. Forcing people to financially undress in public is just one of those incursions that repels decent people from running for office.
That's right. You have just witnessed a man who has a cushy sinecure at the country's premier newspaper just say that too much public information is a bad thing. Take a minute to let that sink in. And imagine if, say, the Commandant of the Marine Corps embraced pacifism, or the Pope suddenly decided that this whole "God" stuff is all bunkum and issued an encyclical stating that Holy Mother Church was to become the world's foremost atheist organization. While my two scenarios are, essentially, punchlines, that's what Brooks just did. David Brooks, ladies and gentlemen: walking punchline.
You should hit that link and read the whole thing. I don't know if Brooks actually believes the bullshit he's spewing or if it's all a show, but in the end, it doesn't matter. To be fair, Gail Collins does point out how stupid this idea is, but that's akin to calling water wet at this point.
David Brooks: Go find another job, please. You're one of the one percent; actually, even better, you're a mouthpiece for them, so you'll land okay. No breadlines for the likes of you, O Titan of the written word. But journalism? You're doing the vast majority of us no favors with this, and it can't make you feel good to have millions of people mutter "Christ, what an asshole" every time they see your picture.
But it shouldn't be on Brooks to recognize what a schmuck he is. I mean, this enormous, gaping asshole has every right to his opinion. But I can't imagine why a goddamned business that is (in theory, at least) committed to shining light into dark corners sees fit to cut him a check for this utter, utter crap.
It strikes me that the world the Wise Old Men of Washington and their fetishists imagine, the one where The Right People just get together and decide everything without any real need to worry about what people actually want to see done, is actually here now:
The City Council today approved two controversial ordinances that would increase penalties for protesting and expand Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s authority over city contracts in advance of this spring’s NATO and G-8 summits in Chicago.
The measures cleared the council as protesters demonstrated outside the chambers in City Hall, claiming the ordinances would infringe on their First Amendment rights. One protester, a 22-year-old man, was arrested after allegedly striking a police commander, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. Charges are pending.
The council voted 45-4 to tighten restrictions on public gatherings. Protesters will now be required to describe the sizes of signs, banners or sound equipment in permit applications for protests and the minimum fine for violating the ordinance will increase from $50 to $200.
Aldermen Will Burns (4th Ward), Robert Fioretti (2nd), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Nicholas Sposato (36th) voted against the ordinance. Ald. Mary O’Connor (41st) was absent.
The second measure, which gives Emanuel greater control over city contracts for the summits, passed 41-5 without debate.
Governing is hard. Better to just kick back and let Those Who Know Best take care of it.
Recall petitions with Over a MILLION signatures were delivered today. From WEAC:
United Wisconsin, the organizers of the petition campaign to recall Governor Walker, announced this afternoon that they have collected more than 1 million signatures, almost twice the number needed to force a recall election.
In addition to the Walker recall petitions, organizers of separate campaigns reportedly well exceeded the required signatures to force recalls of Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators. The reported signature count is:
More than 845,000 to recall Kleefisch
More than 21,000 to recall Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.
More than 21,000 to recall Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau.
More than 24,000 to recall Sen. Van Wanggaard of Racine.
More than 20,600 to recall Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald.
Here is my video from today of boxes announced by county being brought into GAB, though I don't know that I have all 72 counties included. It really was an amazing sight and of course it represents an amazing accomplishment. The joy on the faces of the people who have worked so hard is a must see.
A million. A MILLION. In the snow and the cold, over the holidays, with ads blaring from every TV set that said Walker was going to save them all and they'd be sorry, with carping pundits complaining about how very rude and mean this all was, they got A MILLION.
This is why you never give up. This is why you get back up. This is why you shout as loud as you can with every voice you possess, because one of these times, somebody's going to fucking HEAR YOU. And you never know when that time's coming, because it's always coming, always out there, always heading your way.
I can't. Just.
Wait, maybe I can. Thank you to everyone who donated, who circulated, who worked, who watched. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I've lived here a long time but Wisconsin will always be my home. Thank you for caring enough to try to save it.
Scout's gonna have more later. Jude just texted me that he's at the "cocaine-fueld abortion fest and black mass to celebrate recall sigs. Can't get a signal to Tweet. Tell the world it kicks ass."
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically.Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.
Yeah, you know, every once in a while somebody comes along and provides the kind of vicious clarity this party really needs in communicating its worldview. No messing around, here. No opaque language or weasel words. It's refreshing.
What an unredeemable monster. What kind of obliviously nasty fucker do you have to be to say to an audience of people ANY OF WHOM may have a disabled or challenged child that it's their fault for having an abortion or otherwise being whores? Why kind of horrifying God do you worship, that he rains down hellfire upon your innocent children, for some wrong you've committed? I get that about half the Old Testament was Yahweh being a total schmuck, but I think even Job would find this a bridge too far.
I have news for this asshole. Everybody who's ever had a child who had anything different from a textbook conception, easy-peasy delivery, and total typical physical and mental condition questions whether that child's problems are their fault. For something they did, or thought about doing, for drinking coffee or not drinking coffee or driving too fast or not breastfeeding or whatever. EVERYBODY. Childless whore, sure, but I know a lot of parents, and in the dark hours they all wonder if they're fucking up their kids on some level, somehow.
SO THANKS FOR HELPING, in reinforcing the message that they're at fault. And by the by, how does this explain the phenomenon of special needs children born to those virtuous girls who haven't offended God by having an abortion? Did they commit some other sin? How else did they deserve their children's fate?
I really can't fathom living in the world this guy's living in, watched over by the God in whom he believes. I can't imagine what it's like there, always under threat. Nature's vengeance would be the least of my worries.
For example, in Manhattan, after paying "millionaire's tax" on everything from apartment purchases to income tax "surcharges", $150,000 per year for school (if you have four kids and want them to have a primary school education close to what you get for free in a decent suburb), send them for a few weeks of day camp in the summer for around $30,000--unless you want them to play video games all day, pay a mortgage on an apartment barely large enough to house the family (no one with a bedroom of their own) $100,000 year, pay $800/ month to park your car (no, not a luxury car), make some meaningful charitable contributions, etc. there is little left.
I mean, really. Just keep your legs closed, amirite, folks? FOUR kids? There's eleventy-billion forms of birth control out there, fella. No glove, no love. Wait, you wanted a big family? Well, guess what. You should only have kids if you can afford them, and it sounds like you can't afford them. Family is a luxury, you know. Everyone who doesn't make a squillion dollars should be alone.
You want more money? Sell some bling. Get a job. Get another job, it's the American way. You lazy fuck. Learn to clip coupons like our parents did back in the day! Maybe you should be getting your food at a cheaper store. Maybe quit buying those T-bone steaks, buddy. You don't have a luxury car? Well, get a USED car, and like it!
You would get a better education for free in a suburb? Move to one, then. Where you want to live makes no difference at all if you can't afford it, so you just fix yourself right up there. It's easy, after all. Anybody can buy or sell a house these days. Go for it.
I think you have it backward. The Republican Party’s destruction will be complete. They are about to join the Whigs on the ash heap of history.
6 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:46:02 AM by KamperKen
And you helped.
You are 100% right! We are screwed. The Tea Party did not take over the Republican Party....they destroyed us. Now we will have every RINO candidate shoved down our throats. The Dems and the Rebubs are one and the same. They took away every real Conservative from us. Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, and now they will destroy Newt and Santorum! I do not know if America will ever be free again, or have truw free elections. We have no real choices, because they are made for us. ALL of the media are now paid operatives for the elites. All hope is gone....
11 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:50:01 AM by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
The closest thing to a TEA Party candidate in this race is Ron Paul and he’s labeled as a kook.
13 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:51:14 AM by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?
I thought the objective is beating Klownie the Kenyan? Quit your whining.
I read the same post back on the night when Dumbo won the election and the best posts was when Freepers who owned business wanted to fire every Obama voter in their company. That’s the Freeper I want to read about
14 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:51:14 AM by max americana (Obama is a POS)
The Tea Party has been co-opted by the GOP. The economy is no longer an issue for those who have co-opted the Tea Party. They talk of everything else other than the economy - national security, abortion, religion and winnability. These issues induce fear into the sheep and they are willing to forget the economy and fall in line behind the GOP establishment. The candidates in the primaries are establishment candidates who are seasoned politicians.
16 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:53:52 AM by JimWayne
To: max americana
Sadly firing folks in this economy is not populist.
22 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:59:32 AM by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
Captain Obvious to the white courtesy phone, please....
I always listen to Rush. Today I wanted to crawl through the line and strangle him. He doesn’t get the fact we know that there are times where capitalism exceeds it’s limit and becomes socialism for the few.
34 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 1:07:46 AM by TwoSwords
There's enough cognitative dissonance here to actually make his scalp move a little.
“I always listen to Rush. Today I wanted to crawl through the line and strangle him. He doesn’t get the fact we know that there are times where capitalism exceeds it’s limit and becomes socialism for the few.”
He really was an imbecile on stilts today, and perhaps a whore - don’t know his real motivation so not sure on the latter.
Today Rush, Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan came out against Gingrich. Early for the Ides of March, but there it is.
78 posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 1:48:15 AM by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
Rush Limbaugh - RINO whore!!!
More after the "Continue reading" hyperspace link.
After playing a news clip describing the video, Loesch said, "I'd drop trou and do it too. That's me, though. I want a million cool points for these guys." She wondered why there was any kind of scandal surrounding the incident.
"C'mon people, this is a war," she said. "Do I have a problem with that as a citizen of the United States? No, I don't."
Not about the "million cool points" the people who desecrate corpses deserve, or about how she would do it, too (anybody predicting how he or she would react in that situation is a liar; you have no idea), or about how pissing on corpses is somehow anything but offensive and filming it so as to brag to the world isn't catastrophically stupid. But about how this is a war.
And it's not that this is a war, and we should be okay with any sickness that comes out of it. There are reasons, after all, that we have rules about safe conduct and treatment of prisoners and enemies, good reasons.
But this is a war, and we should know before we start that sickness like this WILL come out of it. You start a war, which means you take people, not all of whom are geniuses, not all of whom are decent and compassionate and capable of restraint, and you throw them into a horror unlike anything they've ever known. It is not excusing them, in the least, to understand what happens then.
You march them through charnel houses and you kill their friends in front of them, and in the case of our current conflicts you add a sense of futility and endlessness and obliviousness on the part of people at home who are making movies about this stuff like it's over already, and even some of the decent, compassionate, restrained ones are going to absolutely lose their shit.
This is a war. Which is why you don't start them in the first place. Which is why you don't start them unless you absolutely have to. Unless you know you have no other choice. Unless you know how to end them as quickly as possible. Unless you're ready not only for what will be done to your enemies, but what doing that will do to you. Unless you think you can carry that, because you sure as hell can't prevent it all.
That's not what Loesch meant, but it is what she said, however unintentionally.