Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hello.

This thing is still on? Will anyone notice?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The "Game" As It Is Played

It's bad enough that Boehner and Cantor are such cynically dishonest 'opponents' in legislative debate, but that Pelosi feels compelled to politely respond, is, well, depressing.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Glenn Beck's 'Guru'

This is worth reading in full, but to give you some excerpts of the writings of Glenn Beck's 'guru', W. Cleon Skousen:
The tendency was to sell [slave] families as units, if for no other reason [than] to keep the slaves contented. The gangs in transit were usually a cheerful lot, though the presence of a number of the more vicious type sometimes made it necessary for them all to go in chains. At the other extreme, when the Central of Georgia railroad company in 1858 equipped a Negro sleeping car to assist in the slave trade it set a standard not always maintained in a later generation. When on the block, the slave was as likely to hinder as to help in his sale. Some, out of a vain conceit in bringing a high price, would boast of their physical prowess, in which case an unwary purchaser would likely be cheated. Others would malinger, because of a grudge against owners or traders or in order to bring a low price and be put at less tiring labor. Dealers, also, adopted the tricks of horse traders to make their merchants more attractive -- the greasiest Negro was generally considered the healthiest.

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Slave food, even if monotonous, was plentiful. Corn bread and bacon were the mainstays, with plenty of fruit and vegetables in season. In hog-killing time, countenances were unusually greasy. Clothing also was on the par with that of the poorer white people and no less adequate in proportion to the climate than that of Northern laborers. If [negro children] ran naked it was generally from choice, and when the white boys had to put on shoes and go away to school they were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates.

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Numerous observers, of various shades of opinion on slavery, agreed that brutality was no more common in the black belt than among free labor elsewhere, and that the slave owners were the worst victims of the system.

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The constant fear of slave rebellion made life in the South a nightmare, especially in regions where conspiracies were of frequent occurrence. [Emphases added]
Yeah, it's Obama who has a 'race problem.'

Idiots

Reality be damned.

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday night approved an amendment providing tens of millions of dollars to fund abstinence education programs for teens.
As the linked post makes clear, this does not work.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kirk Cameron vs. Science


I have nothing to add.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"We Can't All Marry Liza Minnelli"

Daily Hate From Glenn Beck


People are watching this. Scary.

Yes, Coming Back!

Well, after my long hiatus from blogging here, I've decided that it's time to come back. The reasons for this are several.

First, I decided to join Facebook last week on a bit of a whim. My girlfriend was having fun getting back in touch with old friends, and the cynic side of me at first reacted negatively. I can be a bit anti-social, and sometimes it's nice, and much less compicated, to be a hermit. But the very next day I started to warm up to the idea. So, I signed up. The friends part has been cool, but I started enjoying posting things again. However, anyone who's used Facebook knows that there are limitations. Not that there aren't limitations to blogger, but they're much less pervasive. Anyway, I started to want to write a bit more again, and coming back to this virtual real estate seemed like the best way to start.

Second, I think I've recovered from a politics overload that had pretty much made me want to stay silent. It can feel like banging your head against a wall attempting to counter arguments that you thought would be settled months, if not years, ago. The obstinancy of the conservative movement ultimately wore me down.

Third, I got some Big Bufords at Rally's today and was stuck behind a truck with birther, World Nut Daily, etc., bumper stickers. I wanted to yell, but I knew at most it would result in getting my ass kicked. Perhaps this can get some of that out of my system in a more constructive way than yelling at random people.

I imagine that the content will not be 100% politics; I have too many interests for that to happen. Yet, the liberal victory that made me feel so great last November is in danger, and not in danger because of better ideas or rationales, but because of lies and hatred. I'm sick of it, and even if I'm only preaching to a choir of liberal friends, at least I can help raise awareness and be part of the network of millions that will, hopefully, get the Obama Administration to deliver the change we voted for.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Coming Back?

I've been wondering about that.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Movin' In and Out

Well, I've moved, both in the phenomenal world and cyberspace. While I've been wanting to get back to blogging, I knew something had to be different this time. I really don't think I am going to have the time to be thoughtfully political, and the politics always came at the expense of my more creative proclivities. So, imagine my pleasant surprise when I got invited to A HaHa is (N)ot Art!, a new group blog including the work of Hilton Hightower, the best half-man, half-robot, half-carnivorous ninja pirate writing on the web. We will also be joined by Ronald Polar, a questionable fellow, in my estimation.

What are my digs going to be like? I can't say for sure, but you won't be going there for straight-ahead discourse. Perhaps the best way to describe its potentialities would be to think of it as an amateur outgrowth of the Dada-John Cage-Fluxus art-stream. It's In There has been fun, but sometimes you know it's finally time to move.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Thank You

Thank you, various commenters for your various comments on my last post. Be assured that QuickSauce has, in fact, been incarnated in multiple times and forms. I very well may eat my ruffage and get more regular. In the meantime, I am moving to a house 26 miles away.

But if you wish to raise your eyebrow (just one) at the strangeness of life, imagine being a 35-year old culinary naif, one sheltered enough to ask the following:
I am wanting to find out how to prepare broccoli and well, how to eat it without adding cheese. Trying to learn new healthy habits and whatnot.

Does one have to boil, steam it or can one just wash it off and commencing eating? Do you eat just the stem?
Perhaps some of my Texas friends can explain. Do they not have relish plates in Texas? Is broccoli preparation exotic anywhere in the States?

I'm not making fun. But my eyebrow raised, and maybe yours will too.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I'm not dead

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Recent Searches

I always love to share these.
drinking shampoo (Google)

want to castrate man (Google)

"male masturbation expert" (Google)
Note that the first two searchers must have been very patient, as I do not show up among the first 100 results for those searches. However, it looks like I've got "male masturbation expert" almost to myself.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Where I Have Been


Make a map.

I will confess that two of the states above are a bit sketchy, in terms of how much I have really "been there." My brief time in both Texas and Colorado was spent solely within airport property. That may or may not count, depending on your persuasion.

Via Alterdestiny

Not Only Does His Music Suck

but he's got the sense of a tub of butter:
Scott Stapp[, formerly of the cock-rock band Creed,] thinks a recently released sex video showing him and Kid Rock with several strippers is meant to sabotage him.

"Obviously someone wants to hurt me and doesn't want me to be successful in my solo career," Stapp told AP Radio in a recent interview.

....

Stapp, 32, says the tape was made soon after he was divorced from Hillaree Burns.

He said he previously told his new wife about having a wild year and that she accepts the tape as part of his past.

"You think it's part of your rock 'n' roll memories," Stapp said. "I should have burned that tape."
Rule #1: if you are thinking of making a "sex tape," ask yourself, "Do I care if strangers catch a glimpse of this?" If your answer is yes, then don't make the damn thing.

Rule #2: if you are already famous, repeat Rule #1.

Funny Shit

Rush Limbaugh, on Tuesday:
This is a survey, first of all, of just adults, Americans. This is not a survey of voters. It is not a survey of likely voters. It is not a survey of registered voters. It's just a random sample of "Will you answer the phone today, and I got some questions for ya." And the questions are absurd. And the questions are misleading. And the questions lie. And this poll was produced to make news. Just as they all are these days. This whole -- this poll was nothing more than a way for CBS to get its editorial position out there as a so-called news story. That's all this poll was.

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...This is not representative of the -- of the population of the country in any way, shape, manner, or form. Nor is the fact that Bush has 34 percent. Nor is the fact that Cheney has 18. You just know that's not possible. It simply isn't possible. [emphasis added]
Too bad other polls that came out today concur. FOX gives Bush 39% and Gallup gives him 38%. True, it's not quite 34%, but it's also not exactly a refutation of the CBS poll. Of course, FOX must be "in" with those Commies at CBS.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

SCOTUS Seating Chart

It may be trivial, but it's interesting.
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. may or may not change the Supreme Court's jurisprudence [Now, that statement's a wee bit silly - QS]. But he will shake up one aspect of court business that was unchanged for more than 11 years: the seating chart.

As the junior associate justice, Alito will occupy the end of the bench farthest to the courtroom audience's right during oral arguments. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who has sat there since October 1994, will move across to the audience's extreme left.
Kind of symbolic, too.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Quilt

Early Teen Memory

Years ago (we were probably in 8th or 9th grade), I went with A. to an NBA basketball game with a group of people from A.’s church. As is typical, the team had cheerleaders. At one point during one of the cheerleading routines, this guy a couple of rows behind us (he was probably drunk, thinking back upon the whole situation) yelled out, very loudly, “I. Want. Your. Pussyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” We still laugh about that.

Assholes

"When $10 Billion Isn’t Enough" - Think Progress
Today, Exxon Mobil recorded the highest quarterly profit ever for a publicly traded U.S. company, raking in $10.71 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005. The previous record was $9.92 billion, set by Exxon in the third quarter of 2005.

....
Exxon Mobil Corp. urged a federal appeals court Friday to erase the $5 billion in damages an Alaska jury ordered the oil giant to pay for the 1989 Valdez oil spill.

Exxon attorney Walter Dellinger told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the company should be liable for no more than $25 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to deter and punish misconduct.
You can do the math.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Washington and Tehran Agree

Queers don't count.
(Washington, D.C., January 25, 2006) - In a reversal of policy, the United States on Monday backed an Iranian initiative to deny United Nations consultative status to organizations working to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

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In May 2005, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, which is based in Brussels, and the Danish gay rights group Landsforeningen for Bøsser og Lesbiske (LBL) applied for consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. Consultative status is the only official means by which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world can influence and participate in discussions among member states at the United Nations. Nearly 3,000 groups enjoy this status.

States opposed to the two groups’ applications moved to have them summarily dismissed, an almost unprecedented move at the UN, where organizations are ordinarily allowed to state their cases. The U.S. abstained on a vote which would have allowed the debate to continue and the groups to be heard. It then voted to reject the applications.
Remember that every time Bush acts like he knows a damn thing about "civilization."

Mega Reptilian Jesus W. Bush

Really. The title says it all.

America's Mengele

I happened upon Wikipedia's entry for chemist Sidney Gottlieb, an American of note whom I hadn't heard of. Very interesting stuff.
In April 1953 Sidney Gottlieb headed the secret Project MKULTRA which was activated on the order of CIA director Allen Dulles. Gottlieb was known for administration of LSD and other psycho-active drugs to unwitting subjects and for financing psychiatric research and development of "techniques that would crush the human psyche to the point that it would admit anything." He sponsored physicians such as Ewen Cameron and Harris Isbell in controversial psychiatric research that used unwitting humans as guinea pigs. Many people had their lives destroyed in this research financed by Gottlieb and the Rockefeller Foundation.
What strikes me about this new-to-me information is how much it reinforces my incredulity that there are people who would trust a government to not cross lines it says it hasn't. Eavesdropping on innocent Americans? Why wouldn't they? Sending people to other countries for the real dirty work to be done? Pshaw. Teaching weekend warriors abject sadism, sans the masochism? Please. The idea that those "normal" Americans we send to the White House have the same moral compass as the rest of us is naive and silly. There are exceptions to this of course, but they are exceptions.
After US president Eisenhower, in August 1960, ordered the assasination of Congolese prime minister Lumumba, secret agent QJ/WIN (Sidney Gottlieb) was sent by the CIA to deliver a tube of poisonous toothpaste, of the same brand used by Lumumba, to a CIA contact named Larry Devlin. The toothpaste was to be secretly switched with Lumumba's personal toothpaste. Devlin, however, in his undercover work had come to admire Lumumba and could not in good conscience murder him. So Devlin abandoned his CIA mission.

Some historians speculate that the CIA eventually played some role in the events that transpired in those weeks before Lumumba was murdered in January 1961. The US government has never made an official statement to the Congolese people.

....Less known was an operation within the CIA's Phoenix Program in Vietnam where a team of CIA psychologists performed mind control experiments on NLF suspects being detained at Bien Hoa Prison outside of Saigon. Through electrode implants in the brain, the prisoners were manipulated to attack each other with knives. The experiment was a failure and the prisoners were shot and their bodies burned. [emphases added]
Yes, Mengele was a doctor and Gottlieb was a chemist, but that matters little. They both were men willing to use their academic training to further not their own sciences, but the science of suffering and misery. Let's not fool ourselves into believing we don't have similar creatures among us.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Random Shit For My Homies

Salmon P. Chase was the lucky face for the $10,000 bill, discontinued in 1946. Not a President.



The best thing I read today.

I finally got to see Napoleon Dynamite, and I certainly liked it.

Nietzsche quote for today, from The Twilight of the Idols:"...the concept of 'pure blood' is the opposite of a harmless concept."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Update

If any of my readers are still out there, I do apologize. I've been wasting all this free virtual real estate by keeping almost silent for many months. There are several reasons for this.

First, my job requires a lot of typing and date entry. When I started blogging, this was not the case, and now that it is, I feel much less inclined to put for the effort for It's In There.

Second, I haven't been feeling especially verbal. I wish I knew why. Part of the problem is, as I believe I have mentioned, that I really hate to repeat myself, or offer refutations of Republican spin that are already plentiful in the 'sphere. It really is frustrating to see the same false claims surfacing again and again, despite efforts much more valiant than mine to counter them. I guess my position on political blogging, certainly for my voice, and not necessarily those fine writers at the top, can be summed up in one word: futile.

But that doesn't mean I can't work up some posts more regularly. Of course, my withdrawal has only made myself even less relevant. But I still have friends, and this is a good way to provide a "one stop shop" for them to know what I've been thinking about.

So, it is only 19 days into the new year, and only 7 days since my 31st birthday. Maybe I should post some shit.

Love,

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Start Of the Great Northern Police State

I'm not sure, as an American of the political left, if it is comforting or frightening to read that even Canada is starting to use these tactics.
Essentially what is happening is this: Police knock on your door and ask for your consent to search your premises without a warrant. If you refuse, that is if you exercise your constitutional rights, you will be considered a suspect, and clearly subject to more rigorous, onerous, and disruptive processes of investigation. Effectively, there is tacit coercion to abdicate your rights in the face of an implied threat of considerable future harassment. People "volunteer" because of the tacit, but clear consequences of not "volunteering." [italics in original]
I always have found some solace in the idea that, if push came to shove, moving to Canada would somehow be an option. Unfortunately, it looks like our growing disregard for civil liberties is contagious.

Too Many Males

As I suspected:
To study how animals respond to sex ratio bias in their population, the scientists monitored two groups of common lizards. The reptiles were kept in enclosures covered by nets to stop birds from munching the lizards.

Each lizard population was skewed to either three-quarters male or three-quarters female.

After a year, the group of mostly female lizards had grown from 73 to 118, while the population with excess males had declined to just 35.

The mostly male population became even more skewed toward a male majority, as adult and yearling females in that group died four times more often and produced three or four offspring instead of the usual five.
Of course it is only personal preference on my part, but I've always found the workplace atmosphere somewhat more, say, polluted when the men outnumber the women. It's comforting to see that other reptiles feel the same way.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

It's In There Weekly

Blogging is an interesting medium, to be sure. It has provided me with a free way to vent and contemplate, for friends and strangers to view at their discretion. However, there is something very time-conscious about the medium, too. What's the point in stopping by a blog if there isn't fresh material? Unfortunately, I've been feeling very laconic, and posting often is just not likely. So, for any of you still out there, I'm going to promise a weekly post, and I'll try to make them longer. But if I just provide you with an interesting "link dump," don't be too surprised, either.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Alive, Thinking, Contemplating

In case anybody has stopped by and wondered, I'm not calling it quits. I've just been busy with other projects.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Another Reminder

that we are all Africans.
A new genetic study supports just such a scenario and suggests that early Africans colonized the planet gradually through a series of small migratory steps.

Results of the worldwide genetic sampling project show a strong correlation between genetic diversity and geographic distance. The closer modern people live to one another, as measured along the ancient migration routes that led humans out of Africa, the more similar is their DNA.

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The new data show that genetic diversity decreases as one traces ancient migration routes out of Africa.

"There's a very linear decrease of [genetic diversity] as you leave Africa, and it's a bit surprising that it would fit the pattern so well," Ramachandran said.

Ramachandran and her colleagues studied the genes of 53 indigenous populations around the world.
In other news from National Geographic, "Dogs Used as Shark Bait on French Island."