Monday, May 25, 2015

Dulce et Decorum est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

We're Only In It For The Money

The New York Times reports that John Scalzi has made a $3.4 million deal for his next thirteen books, while the guy who writes the "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" books earned $20 million last year.

Clearly I should have gone into publishing.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Ends of the Natural Family

Truly I say unto you, before this night is over, Rod Dreher will deny Josh Duggar three times.

Rod and his pal Owen apparently believe that Josh Duggar is a victim of something, and want "to kick those who profited out of making this kid and his siblings into celebrities — starting with the Duggar parents." But the known abuse started well before the family were celebrities -- .or at least when their only celebrity was based on the father's status as a Republican state representative -- and when the children were homeschooled and their access to the corrupting media was controlled by the parents. In other words, the molestation started when the rapist not in any way famous and his worldview was the product of cultural influences (and only those influences) acceptable to Rod.

Rod may deny running "in the circles in which [Josh Duggar] is a star," but when he perceives danger to or doubt about his bigoted worldview, he screams and shouts exactly like Josh.

Sodom and Begorrah

Screamin' John Hawkins thinks they're stealing more than his Lucky Charms on the Emerald Isle.
From everything I’ve read going on in Ireland a lot of Irish politicians, those in a position of power were for same sex marriage. (sic) I doubt very highly this vote was as a result of Irish voters deciding out of the goodness of their hearts to be in favor of changing their constitution to allow same sex marriage.
I strongly assert an atmosphere of intimidation exists in Ireland to “get your mind right” on this issue if one wants to stay employed. People have lost their jobs in other countries in Europe for not supporting same sex marriage. That doesn’t sound like freedom of choice to me.
If you're looking for some confirmation of Hawkins' thesis, don't bother checking his blog, because he doesn't provide any. (No link to the gobshite.)

Apparently the 38 percent who voted "Nae" in today's election were on the dole, or independently wealthy, or self-employed, or just refused to drink the Shamrock Shake.  

Of course, since they have the secret ballot in Ireland, if the vote hadn't gone gay, everyone would have been out of a job on Monday.  Either that, or John Hawkins is just a twat.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Let He Who Has Not Slaughtered Dogs Cast The First Stone

Ted Nugent's wingman, Mike Huckabee, is now courting the right-wing pedophile vote:
Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins [sic] in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims.
Really, Huckleberry?  You've spoken to the victims about this?  

I have no doubt that the rapist wanted this hushed up, and that the victims didn't want to be raped (a word Huckleberry never uses) in the first instance, but Huckleberry never provides any evidence of what the victims actually want.  

(The concept of a judge ordering public record of a crime "destroyed" is also troubling, assuming Huckleberry knows what the fuck he's talking about.) 

More importantly, what about people who may not want their children in the vicinity of a rapist?  Do we keep them in the dark too, as the rapist's family did, just because the rapist assures us he's been forgiven?

This is even worse:
No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.
The rapist "confessed his sins to those he harmed?"  Presumably, those he harmed already knew his "sins" as soon as they were raped by him.  The rapist calling his rapes "sin" doesn't change a thing.

Duggar's victims were victimized by Duggar, and no one else.  If Duggar and Huckabee believe they're the victims of bloodthirsty critics, they need to take a long look in the mirror, break the mirror with a rock and then find some productive use for the resulting shards of broken glass.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Teddy and the Cruzers

Wingnuts are bent out of shape by the fact that one of their own, Mark "Drudge rocks my cock" Halperin, asked Rafael "Ted" "El Castor" Cruz to speak a few words in Spanish.

That's just not right.

He should've asked Ted to speak in tongues.

Chris Christie Denies Jesus Three Times

Big Pussy exits the Republican primary race
Global warming came up on Thursday, at the Cheshire County Republicans Lincoln Day dinner. There, the New Jersey governor took a strong stand on climate change that sets him apart from the other Republicans running or thinking of running for president. He said, "I think global warming is real. I don't think that's deniable. And I do think human activity contributes to it."
The RNC will throw Big P under the bus as soon as they can find one large enough to accommodate him.

Happy Mother's Day From Your Loving Son, Roger

Monday, April 27, 2015

Douche Diligence

Caught retelling lies about Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Time magazine Blogger of the Year John "Asshole" Hinderaker pleads willful ignorance:
Obviously if I had known this guy was a liar I would not have given him the forum to tell a story.
Hinderaker is an attorney. And his defense -- seriously -- for repeating lies is that he didn't have any reason to think the lies weren't true.  As in, "some guy I don't called me up and told me something which I "verified" by Googling the guy's fake name and talking to him on the phone some more, so why wouldn't I believe him? And I didn't say he was telling the truth, because who reads my sorry ass for that shit?"

Time for another blogger ethics panel.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


"Inspector of the Dead," by David Morrell:
The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters.
Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.
This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.
From the author of "William S. Boroughs, Lawrence, Kansas Private Dick."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

MoDo Is Insipid, But Douthat Is Insidious

Ross Douthat becomes more loathsome by the day.

In his latest column, he argues that raped children (whom he refers to as "women") were privileged in respect to their rapists.  And that, therefore, privilege doesn't exist. But U.S. gays are extraordinarily privileged.