Monday, December 30, 2013

Year in Review.

And now for the Public Occurrences year in review, God I love these things. 2013 affected the following changes in the undersigned Idiot Blogger:

-From proudly American to anti-this America.
-From pro-Obama to Obama critic.
-From lifelong New York Times reader to non-New York Times reader.

Disillusioning. More than once I have had the image pop into my head: I'm walking in a barren landscape, like the moon, or Mars, sand under foot. It is unfamiliar to me and I cannot gain traction. I do not know where I am or where to go.

Worst year of my life--Spirited competition there, I allow. :)  Oh, well.
Four now from Saudi Arabia today.

"Do all Muslims go around with weapons?"

There was a terrorist bombing in Russia yesterday in Volgograd, the former Stalingrad, in which 17 people were killed. The suspect is Pavel Pechyonkin, a convert to radical Islam. Earlier this year Pechyonkin's father asked him the question above in a YouTube video, to which his son posted a reply, "I have come here only to make Allah pleased with me, to earn heaven."

And today another bombing in Volgograd: 14 dead.

On February 7 Russia, through the city of Sochi, about 400 miles from Volgograd, hosts the Winter Olympics. This past July, the leader of the "Caucasus Emirate," an Islamic terrorist group vowed to disrupt the Olympics with attacks like this.
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  Saudi Arabia, 3

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I just saw another headline, "BBC Endorses New York Times Report on Benghazi," and, like the photo of Goebbels children that I almost put on the header for Christmas, I almost posted that headline, which would have been a shot of credibility to the Times. Then I read the article, from the worthy "Dallas Blog," which may be associated with a "Dallas newspaper," I don't know. There is NOTHING in the Dallas Blog article to support their headline. The BBC report just says "The New York Times reports..." There is nothing there that the BBC verified the Times report by, e.g. conducting their own investigation. So basically, the "Dallas Blog" aforesaid IS FULL OF SHIT! LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN TEXAS!

"Oh, you Benjamin Harris, getting so upset again."

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oh me. Oh, them. 

The Republicans have been saying all day that the Times report is false and just now I saw a headline that "sources on the ground" dispute it also. I have previously written that I do not believe the Susan Rice-Innocence of Muslims story, and my faith in the New York Times has been severely shaken in the last year. I seldom read it anymore. I've only read a tiny portion of that article. So...I believe David D. Kirkpatrick, therefore I believe the New York Times, over the Republicans on this story. "Sources on the ground," are another matter. This will get sorted out and I think Kirkpatrick and the Times will be proved right. They better be. Or at least not proved wrong. They better not be.
That's Aart! Aart Blijdorp with his I *heart* Egypt 2011 shirt. Ha! His shirt says "Gypt" which is my nickname for Egypt since 2011. Wonder if Aart has been back. 
This week:


  jennifer gamal
  hitler china
  hitler loves you
  aart blijdorp I remember that guy! He visited Free Egypt after the Wall of Authoritarianism fell.

  binbin mao

Saturday, December 28, 2013

It is almost the end of 2013 and I thought I'd do one Top Ten early. These are my Top Ten favorite movies of all time:

10. Borat.
9. Innocence of Muslims.
8. Innocence of Muslims.
7. Innocence of Muslims.
6. Innocence of Muslims.
5. Innocence of Muslims.
4. Innocence of Muslims.
3. Innocence of Muslims.
2. Innocence of Muslims.

And #1, the greatest motion picture of all time:


Fuck you, Islam.

New York Times: Muslims Upset with "Innocence of Muslims" Killed Amb. Stevens, Not Al Qaeda.

Interesting looking book. ? ... Ahh, I get it. The woman's legs around the book. And the other book edges made to look like guys leering faces...An erotic novel? Yes! Oh, and the Marquis de Sade right on the cover. Duh, duh, duh.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Interesting looking book.
"As every individual, therefore, endeavours as much as he can both to employ his capital in the support of domestic industry, and so to direct that industry that its produce may be of the greatest value; every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can. He generally, indeed, neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for the society that it was no part of it. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good. It is an affectation, indeed, not very common among merchants, and very few words need be employed in dissuading them from it."-Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776.

"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages."-Ditto.

What then of an individual who does not economically act from self-interest? He does not as frequently promote societal interests. 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."-American Declaration of Independence, 1776.

Do groups have the right to pursue happiness or is the right an individual one only? From context, the more reasonable reading seems to be that it is an individual right. If so, then, not having the God-given right, may groups still pursue group happiness? It would seem to me they may if permitted to by the government, whose purpose it is to secure this right. If the right is individual then government need not secure it. If government need not secure a right may it prohibit its exercise? It seems to me it may.  

Does an individual have the right not to pursue happiness? No, it follows that he does not. The right to a thing does not imply a right to its negation. The individual may do otherwise, pursue group happiness for instance, but it is not a right and the Government may alienate it. Does the individual therefore have an obligation to pursue happiness? No. He may pursue happiness, which he has a right to, but he may not, subject to government sanction.

Democracy and hidden-hand economics are consistent with one another. Individual action in both the economic and political spheres. But, as things have evolved, individuals do bandy together in groups to promote group interests in both economics (trade unions, chambers of commerce) and politics (parties). That is, individuals have a tendency to the social, a tendency so pronounced that it is akin to instinct. And, as it has turned out, Americans do have the right to act in groups for both economic and political purposes. Is this evolution reflection of some flaw in the charter documents? Undeniably. Smith's statements were in the context of domestic economic activity, that is, they were support for tariffs. Understood in that context, his statement that "every" individual capitalist seeks to support "domestic industry" is floridly absurd as characterization of capitalist intent or act. Understood in that context, the entire statement is wrong. Tariff-based economics manifestly did not augment "the annual revenue of society" see obituary, Smoot-Hawley. Smith went far beyond domestic economics however. He purported to describe the behavior of homo sapiens economus. His statement, that "By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it," is a general statement, a modest statement, not a statement of economics law, an observation, anecdotal, but even that far it is facile. There is a "hidden hand" in capitalism, one that does augment the "wealth of nations," in fact capitalism is the greatest wealth-augmenting machine ever invented. But that is not how Smith uses the term "hidden hand." Capitalism is a machine, it knows neither morality nor immorality, it simply makes money. Smith, though makes it the hidden hand of a Righteous God leading the self-interested, self-loving brewer, butcher and baker to unintended "social good," "benevolence!" Smith's statements are not good explanations of general capitalist behavior but they are better at that than as he intended them, as argument in support of domestic tariffs.

So, Adam Smith sucks.

Turning to the Declaration of Independence, I have written so frequently and so critically of the Dec. of Ind. that I will only summarize: (1) Those truths are not Truths and they are not self-evident. (2) There is no Creator. (3) She did not endow us with any rights. (4) Men, frequently women, give all the rights we have. (5) Those vary from woman to woman, nation to nation, government to government. (6) The right to life, that is the right not to be murdered, is a right worthy of the name. Every woman, man, nation, government, secures that right in very similar, not identical, ways. (7) The right to liberty, not so much. (8) The P.o.H. is not a right worthy of the name. (9) Governments are not instituted by consent of the governed, demonstrably not. As a statement of fact that is wrong. As a prescriptive, that has attained the status of "universal." Even governments that are the opposite claim the status, see Democratic People's Republic of Korea, et al. So, that one caught on. "Consent of the governed" was inspired verbiage. Nothing about elections! That is the most far-sighted thing in the Dec. of Ind. You can have government by consent of the governed without democracy, see People's Republic of China.

What about this idea of democracy, though, of one man-one vote? Very much like Smith's economics, no? Individualized. The faith that the authors of the Declaration of Independence put in the common man is truly inspiring. It was anything but self-evident. Nearly everyone in the world thought the common man too ignorant, too self-interested, to vote responsibly, which meant at the time and still does, to vote for the common good of the group, the nation. As it turns out, American voters do vote their self-interest, frequently their economic self-interest ("It's the economy, stupid.") and that has conduced to the general good. It has produced more happiness; In Smithian terms, democracy has produced more political "wealth." Has American democracy produced morally good government? Better. It has produced morally better government. The people in a democracy have the right, indeed, as above, it is almost considered an obligation, to ignore self-interest and vote for the good of the country. The hand of Goodness, if goodness it is, is not hidden in a democracy, as Adam Smith absurdly contended it was in economics. 

Why then, why then was not political democracy extended to the work place in America? Why was there no "economic democracy?" Democracy is older than capitalism. Why, when democracy had worked for 100 years in America, was it not extended to the corporation? Every business, every office--even a government office--in America is run as an autocracy, if not a dictatorship. There is not one business in America that is run by anything remotely approaching political democracy. Why?  "It's not efficient." Really. You don't say that about voting for president do you? "It's not efficient" is the most common answer one gets if one gets any answer at all; it's usually just a response, a laugh and a dismissal, not an answer. If, as is the consensus among economists and political scientists, if democracy and capitalism are consistent ideas, that do seem in practice, to go together, then why is there no work place democracy? Why have the people not withheld their "consent" from economic autocracy and dictatorship? I don't know. 

What got into Abe? Why would he do that, then, and in the middle of this contretemps over the islands and the air defense zone? Imagine the position this puts Xi in now: He is a new leader, still has to prove his bona fides. His people are clamoring for a more muscular foreign policy to match their economic strength. He has given them a more (too) muscular f.p. with the unilateral declaration of the air defense zone. Japan is the principal target. China, and everyday Chinese, have continued, legitimate, resentment over Japanese atrocities committed in the Century of Humiliation. Abe just threw Xi a hanging curveball. Xi will respond to this. Idiotic situation. Idiotic action by Abe.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Have a great night!

Cannibal Muzzled.

Yesterday was Boxing Day in the UK. Usually a big soccer game that day and was this time. Mr. Luis Suarez, the "Cannibal of Ajax," and his fellows with Liverpool Red Sox were invited to an early supper at the Etihad Stadium. The Cannibal left hungry. God's Angels in Blue defeated the Sox 2-1 without Sergio Aguero (hamstrung with hamstring) and held Suarez, the EPL's leading goal scorer, without a goal. Citeh are now second in the table behind the Arse.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine. The shrine contains the remains of, among others, convicted World War II war criminals, including Tojo. Under Tojo Japan occupied South Korea, Taiwan and much of China. Japanese war criminals committed beyond-the-pale atrocities against South Korean and Chinese civilians, forcing some to be "comfort women" for Japanese troops and raping Nanking. Japan has never made a full-throated apology to China and South Korea for its World War II crimes. Japan and China are involved in a territorial dispute over some islands. Japan, South Korea and the United States, which protects the other two, are involved in an air defense zone dispute with China over the rocks. Nationalist sentiment is heightened in all three Asian countries. China and South Korea are furious over Abe's visit and the U.S. is displeased. Abe made this visit, the first by a Japanese Prime Minister in seven years, on the day China celebrates the birthday of Mao Zedong who enabled China finally to "stand up" to foreign domination. Nice move, Shinzo Abe.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Red Legacy in China.

More Chinese will celebrate today's birth anniversary than (either of) yesterday's. In Mao Zedong's hometown, Shaoshan, a $16 million gold statue of the communist god has been erected. Most Chinese will celebrate today for, if for no other reason, the end of foreign domination. That is understandable for most people everywhere would wish to suffer domestic rather than foreign domination. Mao Zedong's state is uniquely Chinese, based on Chinese philosophers Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and, in the last 37 years, Adam Smith. That is the Red Legacy in China.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

So um, Google. Who will it be today in your doodle? Huh? Cesar Chavez on Easter; today? Here's one for you, Googs: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, "Father of Pakistan." Today's his birthday. National holiday in Pak. Doodle him Google.
Glad I didn't put up the Goebbels kids. Jesus Christ.

It is Christmas, Greenwich Mean Time. In Beijing it is passed 8:00; children are up and unwrapping their presents. In Tokyo it is after 9:00 and in Sydney, the kids are sitting glassy-eyed in front of the TV waiting for lunch. Moscow parents have got a couple hours to sleep yet. It is still 4 1/2 hours until midnight on the Atlantic coast in America, 8 1/2 on the Pacific. Kids aren't even in bed yet.

Merry Christmas, everyone, especially all close-to-the-ground ones, and to members:


Love you guys.

Dang it. I almost saved a picture for possible use on the header later on, an old photo of several children with their mother decorating the Christmas tree. I clicked on the Google image to enlarge it and it took me to the site, as it always does. Then I saw the caption: "The Goebbels children decorate the tree." Jesus Christ.

RE: Get rich quick.
Write book on CW or CR.

"Where is it?" Lincoln asked, leaning forward eagerly.
"I...I have it right here." Chase replied haltingly.
"Let me have it!" The President stretched his long arms toward Chase, his hands greedy for the prize.
Chase, taken aback and embarrassed by Lincoln's enthusiasm, reluctantly handed over the letter of resignation.
"Now, it's balanced out. I've got a pumpkin...It was a pumpkin, pumpkins, he had one on each side now. Where did he have them?  In pouches? What do you call those things on horses, saddle bags?...I've got a pumpkin on each side now."

Huh? I could do that! The Tall Man had his pumpkins, he was balanced. In every Lincoln biography, in every general history of the Civil War, there is that scene. They all come from one source, Secretary Welles' friggin diary. Did no one else document it? Chase? Who else was present? Had to be other people if the Secretary of the Navy was there. Hay? Nicolay? Stanton? What the hell was Poseiden doing there? Anyway, that's the story and they're stickin' to it. Have stuck to it.

There is an insatiable market in America for books on the Civil War. And, to my surprise, for first-hand memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I could write one of them, too. Now, if you could combine the two...

"They burst in and grabbed Uncle number 3 and took him away and we never saw him again. They tore at the shelves, at the walls, looking for hidden money, Nationalist documents, weapons. "Smash the Four Olds!" they shouted at the top of their lungs as they threw the antiques onto the floor, destroying them all, as mother and sister and I cried and screamed. They took all the books and piled them in a heap in the courtyard and made a bon fire.  Later, they came back for Brother number 2 and took him away. They now had a pumpkin in each pouch."

"Said the shepard boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light."

Monday, December 23, 2013

It is Christmas Eve. There is a Sunday school song that is sung throughout Christendom that begins, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." Christians, and I, celebrate one child's birth tomorrow and in doing so we, all of us, celebrate all children. Merry Christmas, kids; you have all been good; you will all get presents tomorrow. We love you very much. I love you very much.
President Barack Obama is on Day II of his Christmas Hawaii vacation.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

There's one of those little blue boxes under the Christmas tree (one of two) at mi casa! For the prettiest, sweetest girl you ever saw. (I used to get her mother something every year from Tiffany's until one year she said, "You don't put any thought into my Christmas present, you just go to Tiffany's!" It was true. The next year I gave her some floor mats for her car. (We are no longer wed.))

Only three more days, little guy!

Only three more days, Little Red Riding Hood!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Mr. Obama's Disappointing Response."-New York Times editorial.

This is from one of the President's supporters, an elite institution that over decades has acted as one of the manufacturers of consent among the American public for State abuse of the public. The editorial is in reference to President Obama's news conference Friday after receipt of his hand-picked panel's report on surveillance reform.

He could have started by suspending the constitutionally questionable (and evidently pointless) collection of data on every phone call and email that Americans make.
Mr. Obama has had plenty of time to consider this issue, and the only specific thing he said on the panel’s proposals was that it might be a good idea to let communications companies keep the data on phone calls and emails rather than store them in the vast government databases that could be easily abused. But he raised doubts about such a plan, and he left the impression that he sees this issue as basically a question of public relations and public perception.
He kept returning to the idea that he might be willing to do more, but only to reassure the public “in light of the disclosures that have taken place.”

In other words, he never intended to make the changes that his panel, many lawmakers and others, including this page, have advocated to correct the flaws in the government’s surveillance policy had they not been revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks.

Image: Yeah, right? "You've got to be kidding me." That was my reaction to the President's remarks also.
Get up! It's December 21, the Winter Solstice. Also it's Deng Xiaoping Day...Shortest day of the year.   Get it? Oh, don't look at me like that, it was just a little joke. Get it?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Good night, love.

This marvelous photograph, "Her Study," is by Chinese art photographer Ho Fan, who was Hong Kong-based at the time of the photo, 1963.

It's Friday night...Let's dance. Slow dance.

"GCHQ and NSA Targeted Charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU Chief."-The Guardian.

This week.


  what is public occurrences
  define public occurrences


  song binbin
  song yaowu

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Off we go into the wild blue yonder...

Angelic girl-child, keep decorating the tree and ignore daddy.

This is fly-boy Michael Carey who was United States Major General Michael Carey, in charge of the ...unitedstatesnucleararsenal.

Then Mikey went to Rus. And got drunk, vis (The below vis is taken from an article in the Washington Post (Angelic girl-child, put your fingers in your ears.) entitled, that is the title of the article is..."Amazing (note: "amazing") Details from the Drunken Moscow Bender that Got an Air Force General Fired."))) :)  Now the vis:

Maj Gen Carey stated that he only had about half a dozen shots of 8 ounces and sipped on some toasts and finished his glass on others. He also stated that he didn't remember the particulars of any of his toasts other than them being about camaraderie. (Ex 15:52-53) When asked if he was intoxicated when he left the banquet he declined to answer.

That is from the "Official Report" (as quoted in the article aforementioned beginning with "amazing."). We experienced laborers in the fields of justice observe that the above is the statement of the accused. It was intended by the accused to be beneficial to him. We do not observe that. We not-infrequent dabblers in the Bacchanalic Arts are amazed indeed. We are amazed firstly, that is in the first part, to learn that "shots" (of alcohol) come in the 8 ounce size. That is sui generis, a matter
of first impression, for us, for we dabblers, who are used to a "shot" being 1 oz. Maybe dos. Not eight. For Godssake. Secondly, we are amazed that Uncle Mikey had "a half dozen" ("about"("only")) of these ICBM sized "shots."  Yes, yes, yes, we see the part about "sipping" on more and finishing others, yes, yes, yes, we see that. We find--Honey! Could you put on "Rudolph" again for Angelic girl-child--Mikey's memory lapse on the "particulars" of his toasts to be credible.

Mikey's imbibing produced predictable behavior. Another vis:

 -"one witness was concerned that Maj Gen Carey needed assistance standing." 

We find that witness's account to be credible.

-"Maj Gen Carey consumed alcoholic beverages to the extent that it impacted his conduct during briefings, during the banquets, during the tour of the monastery, and on the walk to Red Square for dinner."

-"Ms. [REDACTED] states that Maj Gen Carey was visibly agitated about the long delay at Zurich, he appeared drunk and, in the public area, talked loudly about the importance of his position as commander of the only operational nuclear force in the world and that he saves the world from war every day."

Apparently--Honey! "Deck the Halls"--there were some womenz involved.

-Lt Col [REDACTED] also recalled the two women's arrival and that Maj Gen Carey got up went to the table with the two women, "then two young ladies came in and said hello to everybody at the table... which surprised me. And then the General and the translator went over and sat with them." (Ex 16:20)

And some...dancing:

-"Mr. [REDACTED] recalled Maj Gen Carey dancing with one of the women at La Cantina, "Yeah, I, I think he might have danced with one of them, um, yes, yeah, I think they did dance one time. It, it was a fast dance, I think, as far as I can remember."

I do not dance fast. I only dance I will not have aspersions cast on my character like that.

And hewantedtoplaywiththeband:

-"While at La Cantina, witnesses stated that Maj Gen Carey had alcohol and kept trying to get the band to let him play with them. (Ex 16:20, Ex 17:25, Ex 21:26) According to Mr. [REDACTED], the band did not allow Maj Gen Carey to play with them."

Probably wise by the band.


Okay, Angelic girl-child, get on daddy's back and I'll give you a giddy-up to bed. "Off we go..."

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

And I love you! :)
That snow header image does not work well with South Sudan news.
And now for the news from South Sudan.

"South Sudan Says Order Restored After 500 Killed, but UN Still Concerned."-CNN

South Sudan's leader, at right, meets with a foreign haberdasher to negotiate a new locusts-for-cowboy-hats trade deal.

That image also works well with Canadian, as well as Russian, news. And, both Putin and Ford are pigs! How about that? Pretty neat to draw erudite parallels, huh?
And now for the Canadian news:

The annual Festival of Slush kicked off in Medicine Hat today.

Looks like they're having fun in the Hat!

And the crack-cocaine smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, and members of the City Council danced to "One Love" as sung by a gen-u-ine African-Canadian vocalist.

The Russian Duma has voted unanimously to free Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at top and Maria Alyokhina. Putin is still a pig.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

James Woolsey, former CIA director, on Edward Snowden today on Fox News:

“He should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by his neck until he is dead."

That's pretty close to a death threat, I guess it's a death wish on Woolsey's part. Snowden does not face the death penalty. He's not charged with treason. Woolsey says he "should" be charged with treason, a capital felony. Snowden is charged with "conveying classified information to an unauthorized party,"  "disclosing communications intelligence information," and theft of government property. The maximum sentence he faces is 30 years in prison. That's the max. It's not even life. So in Woolsey's opinion, that of an extremely high ranking former government official, the American state is wrong: Snowden "should be" charged with a capital felony. And then if found guilty by a jury, which guilt Woolsey has already found for himself, "should be" "hanged by his neck until he is dead."  Which is pretty descriptive.

Does the American federal government still hang? I read an article earlier today in which federal judge Richard Leon, he of the NSA spying violated the Constitution which spying was revealed by Snowden, Judge Leon ruled against the State's use of some chemical solution which when injected causes death, the case involving a Guantanamo condemned, which leads me to believe that the American State does not hang which would mean Woolsey is also urging a method of killing not authorized by the State's laws but Woolsey seems to know what he's talking about...Um, strike "Woolsey seems to know what he's talking about" and substitute "maybe I'm wrong and I'll give Woolsey the benefit of the doubt."

So in Woolsey's opinion the American State should kill Snowden. "All things considered," Woolsey's stature, his previous position, his disagreement with the State's charges and the penalties "if" guilty, that really is pretty doggone close to a death threat made public on national television but, giving Woolsey the benefit of the doubt, I don't think it is a death threat so a counter death threat on Woolsey would, I find, be "disproportional." I will be proportional: To be proportional, it would be "Woolsey should be prosecuted for treason" and after due process "hanged by the neck until he is dead."  But, I don't know if Woolsey has committed treason so to be proportional and to give Woolsey the benefit of the doubt I will say I wish I was convinced--regardless of whether the American State thinks so--that Woolsey should be charged with treason and then I would wish Woolsey to be hung by the neck until he's dead, but I'm against the death penalty, but not in cases of treason but I will give Woolsey the benefit of the doubt and say I wish, upon evidence sufficient to me that Woolsey be charged with treason and hung by the neck until he is not dead. Or that he be guilty of some lesser felony or misdemeanor that, notwithstanding the State's proscribed punishment therefore, I would still wish him to be hanged by the neck until not dead. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

The United States Supreme Court's 1979 opinion in Smith v Maryland is the legal basis for all of NSA's spying. That case involved a warrantless "pen register," a device put on a telephone that simply makes a list or "register" of the numbers called from that phone. A pen register is an abacus to a modern-day computer. Judge Leon discussed the Smith precedent in his ruling today:

 "[T]he question before me is not the same question that the Supreme Court confronted in Smith."

Okay, Judge Leon, we'll play Jeopardy with ya, What's the question? 

"When do present-day circumstances -- the evolutions in the Government's surveillance capabilities, citizens' phone habits, and the relationship between the NSA and telecom companies -- become so thoroughly unlike those considered by the Supreme Court thirty-four years ago that a precedent like Smith simply does not apply?"

"[T]he answer, unfortunately for the government, is now."


I ain't no constitutional lawyer, I'm a low-down lawyer but my sense is Judge Leon's ruling will not stand, it is too sweeping, it goes against the opinions of too many other courts so...let me enjoy this as long as it lasts. This ruling, this 68-page opinion is my lullaby tonight. Therefore, with visions of a presidential facial dancing in my head, I say to all yinz, good night.

Federal Judge Enjoins NSA Metadata Collection, Stays Order; U.S. To Appeal.

Judge Richard Leon:

"I cannot imagine a more 'indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary invasion' than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely such a program infringes on 'that degree of privacy' that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment."

"[P]laintiffs in this case have also shown a strong likelihood of success on the merits of a Fourth Amendment such, they too have adequately demonstrated irreparable injury."

"[T]he government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA's bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature."

Judge Leon's full opinion, from the Wall Street Journal:
"only good to come of it is that arsenal can drop the idea that this squad can compete in three competitions and actually win anything without bringing in reinforcements.the team looked totallly winded and MC who also had CL match this week were not winded because sheik actually has purchased a deep deeep team, while our wal mart heir republican cocksucker stan kroenke still wont let arsenal spend to keep up, though Ozil was a great signing."

2013 has been the year of the fun email: Dr. Mo, Dr. Ruth, and now this. 
Many years ago, shortly after I started writing on Manchester City, I got an email from a sportswriter in England. He covered Arsenal. He was an elegant writer and we have exchanged emails, infrequently, since. As we became familiar our writing became more...informal. We became casual, we frequently were non-observant of the grammatical rules of the Queen's English, occasionally we were profane. Never, as far as I could tell, however, did we write while drunk. That is the only explanation I can think of for this hilarious, non-capitalized-run-on-sentence-pour-your-agony-out-profane communication. Ladies and gentlemen, the email of the year.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ah, mi amigo. You can always count on John McCain. He'll stand up for what's right. He's at it again, joining the protesters in Ukraine. I think America would have been better off with McCain as president than Obama. I've always liked McCain and considered hard voting for him, but his pick of Sarah Palin for veep called into question his judgment and his panicked, as I saw it, reaction to the beginning of the 2008 financial collapse, seemed...panicked. So I got wary and voted for Obama. Didn't regret that vote till the end of the 2012 campaign: Benghazi. Still don't regret the Obama vote over Romney. Now, since the NSA disclosures, I don't intend to renew my voter registration; may not vote again. God bless Senator McCain, though.

From Tumblr, of course. No idea who the artist is of course, since it's from Tumblr. I love contemporary Chinese art; published a bunch of it previously, but remotely. 
"Uh, Beijing, Bay of Rainbows here, the Jade Rabbit has landed...hopped."

The Chinese are on the moon. Well, an unmanned rover. A giant, not to say a Great, leap for their space program. They're gonna be doing pure science up there, too. For mankind.

Good morning, Dr. Greenblatt. I am Time's man of the year. And He, whose birth we celebrate, died for your sins. Heh-heh-heh-heh.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friends and not-yet friends, this is from an article today by Mr. Simon Curtis, writing for espnfc. The title of the article is "Electric Manchester City Zaps Arsenal." This is not the first time I have quoted Mr. Curtis for he is a cracklingly good writer. His writing crackles. Like Mr. Curtis, I favor Manchester City. However, to use his words to describe City today, this is writing that makes all want to stand and applaud, no matter your favored team.

To smash six past the leaders and have clear opportunities to double that score leads one to the only conclusion a right-thinking human could come to: This is the best team in the Premier League; it is the most potent attacking force in the country; it is a team that, even with only a slight upturn in away form and results, will be crowned champions in May 2014. 
It took fully seven minutes for Arsenal to make any meaningful progress out of their own half. If this had not set the alarm bells ringing among their support, it took this correspondent 27 minutes to realise star playmaker Mesut Ozil was actually on the pitch.
The ebb and flow, the balletic movement, razor-sharp passing, blurring one-touch football was a feast for the eyes, as the ball travelled around the pitch at dizzying pace, as if on a giant never-ending thread. A golden thread for City.

Thanks must go to Senor Pellegrini for the unmatchable treat he is turning this 2013-14 season into for all City supporters. In fact, City supporters or not, one would imagine it difficult enough, whichever club you support, not to stand and applaud a performance like this. 
...the creaking Arsenal goal. If little angels in short skirts had danced along the crossbar, the scene could not have been more complete. [On Fernandinho's last goal]
Manchester City, in wiping aside the challenge of the clear league leaders, have put down a serious marker for the others. This is the place you will have to come and do the business. If not, expect to be zapped.

"S. African Interpreter Says He Never Murdered, Raped Anyone."-USA Today.

I remember when I read Song Binbin saying "I never raped anybody," I was so reassured! Or when Obama and Kerry both said the same week that they did not "think" they were "stupid." Big relief, man, let me tell you. So I'm very glad to hear that this South African guy, who was not a sign language interpreter is also not a murderer or a rapist. What else is he not? Huh?

Hugely Abnormal:
  Slovenia, 5
  India, 2
  Kuwait, 1
  U.S. 0


  Mauritius, 2
  Poland, 2

song binbin
"On China," by Zhang Mu, April 17, 2011. Fourteen pageviews today! Very, very happy for Mr. Mu.
It's over at the Etihad. Mercifully. City missed the point after touchdown, leaving the final score at 6-3 and closing to three points in the table.

Arsenal, you mad, bro?

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Execution Adds to Power Mystery in Seoul."-New York Times .

We interrupt my romantic dance that WAS on the header to bring you the news flash immediately above.
Put down your crack pipes, you imbecilic mutants! Pyongyang is the capital of the North, Seoul is the capital of South Korea, YOU FRIGGING MOE-RONS! What, do you have Maureen Dowd writing headlines now?

Fold, aren't you in financial trouble or something? Or has the angst of breaking unions worn you down. Sell! Go out of business, whatever, just disappear. Just go. Gooo! 
"Water is for bathing." 

It's Friday...the thirteenth.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I hold that Grunewald's crucifixion applies to the Aaron Donald post also because, Hmm, because..that's what the quarterback looks like after Donald tackles him! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Not bad, huh? Pretty good, I'd say. C'mon man, if I take it off the header now then I gotta put it in two other posts and that is pain in my assholes. It's too late for pain in my assholes. Manana. Peut-etre. 

Sports News.

My goodness gracious. Ladies and genitals the University of Pittsburgh tackle football team will not win any awards this year unless winning six games and losing six games for the third year in a row merits some kind of trophy. However, one of the players from that average team has this week been recognized officially as spectacularly un-average. Aaron Donald swept several player-of-the-year awards. He was just awarded the Outland Trophy, probably the second most prestigious award in the sport, and earlier won the Bednarik, Lombardi, and Nagurski (The awards are based on the position played. (The positions overlap.)). All hail Aaron Donald and Hail to Pitt.

That's a versatile image for the header.

"Lie of the Year."

Boy, fierce competition there, huh? Whoo-doggie. But Politifact, the respected fact-checking source has chosen one:
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

Good job, man.

Search keyword of the day:

dr wei li (Try dr weili ye.)

North Korea Executes Jong Sang Thaek.

I don't know if he was put on a cross like Dr. Greenblatt's savior but he was really most sincerely whacked by the regime. My goodness gracious. Un's mentor and uncle, now the un-uncle. North Korea is bizarre. Perfect combo, there:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dedicated to Dr. Stephen Greenblatt of Jews for Jesus.

We are happy to report that a good time was had by the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Denmark and the Prime Minister of Great Britain at Nelson Mandela's funeral. We look forward to pix of the rave dancing.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

UCL: Bayern Munich 2, Manchester City 3.

That little throw-away line on the weekend, "City can't win away from the Etihad?" I was kidding, it was a joke. See?

The lowest moment of City's EPL championship season was the trip to the Allianz Arena in the Champions League.  Wasn't...Yes...Yes, it was. That was the game Carlos Tevez refused to come off the bench. Now I remember. City got crushed. Then this year, at the Etihad Stadium, the rematch! Revenge! No. Joe Hart should have stayed on the bench, he could have done as well from there to stop Franck Ribery's shot. Crushed again. Today...a return to Munich. Sans the first team (The Arse this weekend): Aguero, Pantilimon (Hart's replacement), Kompany, Nasri, Negredo, Toure. I mean my frigging God.

Boom. Muller in the 5th minute.
Boom, Boom. Gotze in the 12th.

Can we frigging call this thing now?

David Silva in the 28th minute.
Alexsandar Kolarov on a penalty kick in the 59th.
And James Milner, James Milner! in the 62nd minute.

My daughter (Kun Aguero's future wife) first texted me and my son shortly thereafter. City hung on. Here are the texts between the three of us:

Me: You're frigging kidding me! I'll follow it on my phone. Kesus Chrost. (Sic: "Jesus Christ." Wasn't typing too good at that particular juncture in the rent fabric of space-time.)
Son: Lol ok I'm gonna check twitter thanks sis!
D, cont.: My heart is actually beating.
Me: Is it over!
Son: We put up 3 against Bayern??!? Wow
D: If we get another point and win 4-2 we driggin like win the group
D, responding to Son: YES OMG but it's not over
Me: I see it now 79th min. We were down 2-0!!!
Son: Holy crap, down 2 and then 3 unanswered, insane!
Son: 90 minute game sis and we're at the 80th mins so only 10+ minutes left!
Me: Go clock!
D: Holy moley.
Me: This would be such an upset and down 2-0! In Munich!!
D: I'm about to cry.
Son: We can do this!
D: I actually might start crying.
Me: Wait till we win! Remember QPR, ain't over till over!
D: My heart is beating so fast and my hands are shaking. I think I'm going into cardiac arrest.
Me: RUBBY!!! (My nickname for her, short for cherub.)
Son: Exactly, remember QPR. Not over till it's over, we can almost taste victory!

D: I'm not VEN lying like I can't type
Me: 85th minute!!!
D: Holy
D, cont.: I can't
Son: Probably 4 mins of stoppage time so let's say 9 full mins left
D: I'm so happy right now.
Me, responding to son: Yeah, that's what I was thinking.
Me: 87th minute.
Son: Stay alert this is a good team that can play under pressure lets not celebrate until that whistle blows!!
Son: Shit I'm about to cry now lol
D: I literally have tears welling up
Son: This would be an incredible upset
D: I would kill myself
Son: 87th minute now.
Me: 88th min!
Son: Dad's ahead of us.
D: I can't right now.
Me: 89th
Son: Just 5 mins 5 stinky mins!
Son: Omg omg omg
D: Omg I can't.
Son: 2 mins of stoppage!!!
Son: That's it two more minutes!!!!
D: I can't right now.
Me: 90th min [And at THIS critical juncture in mankind's history, I got a work phone call. Arrrghh.]
Son: Oleee ole ole oleee
Son: That is it the final minute!
Son: WIN
Son: We did it hold shit!!!!
Son: Holy**
Son: I can't believe it we did it!!!
Son: Do you believe in miracles?!?

Bring on the Arse.

The Joy of America.

A red-neck Jacuzzi.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hey, there's an advertisement on here right now,, sponsored by the eight Big Tech companies, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, et al that sent a letter today to the politicians asking that NSA be curtailed. Good effort, good ad placement. That will probably be more effective than "FUCK YOU" but we all do what we can.

Kim Jong Un--he's the one with the Fade above--is the thirty year old leader of the family business, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Un has been unstable since assuming control, rattling nuclear sabers, executing his girlfriend, and yesterday having his uncle and mentor, National Defense Commission Vice-Chairman Jang Sung-taek, arrested, in public no less.

Very Un-usual in the North. Un is turning to another for mentoring. More Unstability to follow.

Putin's a Pig.

The people of Ukraine have been protesting President Viktor Yanukovich's decision not to sign an agreement that would have tilted the country west toward the European Union and away from Russia. But Vladimir Putin wouldn't allow it. At an E.U. meeting which he attended Yanukovich was button-holed by, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We expected more," Merkel was heard to say. Yanukovich explained: "We have big difficulties with Moscow. I would like you to hear me. I have been alone for three and a half years in very unequal conditions with to one."

And so, right now, Yanukovich's and Putin's Ukrainian riot police have surrounded the main protest site in Kiev.

America Out of Control.

"I think I've heard it all now," wrote British security analyst Graham Cluely.

"Obviously online games which include chat or IM facilities do provide a method for people to communicate ... but how practical is it to have a team of spies sniffing around 'World of Warcraft' to see what they might find?" he wrote.

"Why aren't they also snooping -- maybe they are! -- on the chess app I have on my smartphone? Perhaps every time I mess up my Dutch Stonewall defence it's not really an indication that I'm a lousy chess student, but instead a coded message for my opponent to launch an attack on SCADA systems in the Netherlands?


"Spies' Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls."-New York Times.

"World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games."-ProPublica.

"Online Gaming Surveillance: So many NSA and CIA Spies, They Were Spying on Each Other."-Computerworld.

From the Guardian:

"To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency's impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs."

"What the intelligence agencies feared... was that among these clans of elves and goblins, terrorists were lurking."

"The NSA document, written in 2008 and titled Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments, stressed the risk of leaving games communities under-monitored, describing them as a "target-rich communications network" where intelligence targets could "hide in plain sight".

"Games, the analyst wrote, "are an opportunity!". According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a "deconfliction" group was required to ensure they weren't spying on, or interfering with, each other."

These guys are a joke.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Good night. 

NSA Morale Down & etc.

They're pissed at Obama. Me too! For not showing support for them by visiting (although other White House officials have). Ha!


"NSA Morale Down After Edward Snowden Revelations, Former U.S. Officials Say."-Washington Post.

Having the truth told about what you do has gotten you down, huh NSA?


Hello, my name is Ben...jamin.
What is your name?
Would you like to carpe the diem with me?
Or are you going to tell me to FUCK OFF like Friday night?

Saturday, December 07, 2013


  Argentina, 3 (pageviews)
  Hungary, 1
  United Arab Emirates, 1
  Manchester United, 0 (goals)
  Newcastle United, 1 (ManU's second loss at home in a row)

  U.S., 2
  Russia, 3
  Southampton, 1
  Manchester City, 1 (City cannot win away from the Etihad.)
Good morning.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Google says Malaysia has supplanted Philippines (no "the") as tenth in countries by pageviews, with 1,453. No. As Google well knows there are these sites-don't click on them-that do nothing other than have their bots crawl web pages, inflating and grossly distorting, readership statistics. One of them is (do not click on this) Vampirestats is responsible for over 1,300 bogus pageviews on Public Occurrences in the last 30 days, the vast majority from milk-of-Malaysia. So no, Malaysia is not tenth, the...sorry, Philippines still is. Malaysia, vampirestats, what that lady up there, now down there, says--to you.

"Excuse me ma'am, it is Friday night. Social convention and the expectations of your gender as well as the fervent wishes of mine require me to ask, DO YOU WANT TO DANCE?"
Scholars and other intelligent-looking humanoids from the following elite institutions are represented among view pagers recently:

Government of Canada

Seeking the Soul of America.

"Walmart is the largest employer in the United States.  Now if we were back in the 1950's, General Motors was the largest employer of the United States.  General Motors in today's dollars was then paying its workers about $50 to $60 an hour.  Today, Walmart is paying the average worker, including its part-timers, $8.80 an hour."-Robert Reich.