Sense amongst Madness - Wit amongst Folly

Keep going guys – You are doing great! The GOP circles the drain.

January 26th, 2014

Just off their strategy meeting before the 2014 mid-term elections, and one year after publishing a post-mortem of their SECOND embarrassing defeat at the hands of the mean Mr. Obama, the RNC  is not what you might call getting their act together.

The election post-mortem report proudly declared they would “grow the Party and improve Republican campaigns” by appealing to African-Americans and Hispanic demographics, as well as women.  Well, things haven’t been going well, and what a week it has been.

Would-be congressional hopeful, Sen. Richard “Dick” Black, made the amazing claim that spousal rape shouldn’t be a crime, as well as other unbelievably offensive remarks about abortion, all of course delivered with a straight face.  “Dick” seemed genuinely surprised by the ensuing media firestorm.  Talking Points Memo Blog has published a shameful and hilarious History of GOP saying Crazy things about Women.

At the same time as “Dick” Black was holding forth on spousal rape, another old white guy, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was expounding his views on the role of public policy and women’s libido.  Of course, Repubs take the free market approach to women’s libido, and feel the best solution is for women to “control themselves.”  He further opined that the Dems, would take a Government regulation approach.  Hilarious!  Of course, Mike Huckabee is no stranger to wacky ideas.   During his joke presidential run, he talked at some length about his halcion college days in Arkansas.  Apparently in his crazy student days, he was so poor, he would catch squirrels and eat them.  Apparently crazy Mike and his buddies cooked squirrels in a popcorn popper, and get this, ate the entire squirrel including the brains.  Which is very bad.  Squirrels are known to be carriers of  Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or could we say Mad Squirrel Disease (?) which is found in the brain tissue of squirrels.  So perhaps it isn’t so surprising to hear such wacky claims, after all.


And then to top it off, on the final day of their strategy session, a contractor for the Iowa GOP posted a handy guide on how to tell if you are a racist or not!  Looking at the flow-chart, I think the social media contactor is NOT a racist, since he IS white, and DID think it was funny.  Chairperson A.J. Spiker of the Iowa Republican Party, who felt the posting was “in poor taste,” clearly IS a racist, since he IS white and did NOT think it was funny!


You can change it!

January 24th, 2014

The Outsider Colin Wilson Passes

December 14th, 2013

Colin Wilson

British writer and philosopher Colin Wilson
 and one of my favorite authors in my, umm,  formative years, passed over the weekend.  Back in those days, I was much given to exploring physic phenomena, mysticism and the unknown and Colin Wilson’s ideas and philosophy was, and is still, endlessly fascinating.  In addition to extensive works in philosophy, he wrote widely on true crime, mysticism and the paranormal. Wilson preferred calling his philosophy “new existentialism” or “phenomenological existentialism”.  Obituary on NY times.

Wilson explored his ideas on human potential and consciousness in fiction, mostly detective fiction or science fiction, including several Cthulhu Mythos pieces.

Like his non-fiction work, much of Wilson’s fictional output from Ritual in the Dark (1960) onwards has concerned itself with the psychology of murder.  However, he has also written science fiction of a philosophical bent, including the Spider-World series.

Wilson recounts a seminal moment:

On the verge of swallowing hydrocyanic acid, he had an insight: there were two Colin Wilsons, one an idiotic, self-pitying teenager and the other a thinking man, his real self.

The idiot, he realized, would kill them both.

“In that moment,” he wrote, “I glimpsed the marvelous, immense richness of reality, extending to distant horizons.”

Achieving such moments of optimistic insight has been his goal and subject matter ever since, through more than 100 books, from his first success, “The Outsider,” published in 1956, when he was declared a major existentialist thinker at 24, to the autobiography. (more…)

Infernal Schemes – In which Mr. Dowler meets the Iron Lady

December 1st, 2013

fiendish schemes_Fiendish Schemes, J.W. Jeter

Wonderful and delightfully well-written steam punk novel, which envisions an alternative past of steam power instead of internal combustion. Steam robots abound, fiendish schemes, sentient oceans which move where they want, walking, steam-powered lighthouses (made necessary by wandering sentient oceans) and all kinds of wildly imaginative devices set in in Britain in an alternative past of about 1880 – 1900.

Set in the later part of the last century, the author, K.W. Jeter, writes not only in the flowery vocabulary of the time, but also expressing much of the prudish and luddite sentiments, as wells as the decadent aristocracy, and the ‘coal-baron’ mindset.

Excerpt – In Which Mr. Dowler meets the Iron Lady

… A palpable fear flooded the space, pervasive as the gaseous fumes and clouds of vapour, directed toward the iron doors as they began to ponderously swing open. The unadorned cylinders of their hinges groaned with the tonnage of the bolted metal. From the space revealed beyond, a more forceful gout of steam rolled outward, churning as those great thunderheads in a darkening sky which promise storms so violent and cataclysmic as to wrench oaks from the stony ground and transform placidly meandering rivers into torrents tumbling ancient bridges into their foaming waters.

The timid figures scrambled toward the sides of the chamber. Their doing so made a crucial revelation to me, by which I was at last able to hazard a guess as to the exact designation of the place to which I have been so dangerously guided. (more…)

Follow your bliss? Or not so much…

December 1st, 2013

Very interesting discussion on the popular “follow your bliss” meme.

What’s really going on

November 13th, 2013

going-down-the-drainEconomic Recovery?  Don’t believe a word of it.   Here is what is really going on:

From Michael Snyder:

  • In America today, only 47% of adults have a full-time job.
  • According to one recent survey, 76% of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.
  • The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60% of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58% of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.
  • Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.
  • At this point, an astounding 53% of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
  • According to a study that was released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6% of all jobs in the United States qualify as “good jobs” at this point. [..]
  • … the three criteria used to define what a “good job” is are:

1 The job must pay at least $18.50 an hour. According to the authors, that is the equivalent of the median hourly pay for American workers back in 1979 after you adjust for inflation.
2 The job must provide access to employer-sponsored health insurance [..]
3 The job must provide access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. [..] (more…)

How to tell if your mayor is smoking crack – a handy guide

November 6th, 2013

Harper reacts to Duffy’s speech – The Downfall

October 31st, 2013


Make your own Hitler video here  LOL LOL

Capt’n Crunch and milk – pro version

October 28th, 2013

captcrunchHe set up his empty bowl and an exceptionally large soup spoon – so large that most European cultures would identify it as a serving spoon and most Asian one as a horticultural implement.  He obtains a stack of paper napkins, not the brown recycled ones that can’t be moistened even by immersion in water, but the flagrantly environmentally unsound type, brilliant white and cotton fluffy and desperately hygroscopic.

He goes to the fridge and gets the milk.  What Randy would like to see, ideally, is the milk so cold that when he reaches in and grabs it, he feels the flexible, squishy pod stiffen between his fingers as ice crystals spring in to existence, summoned out of nowhere simply by the disturbance of being squished.

The gold nuggets of Cap’n  Crunch pelt the bottom of the bowl with a sound like glass rods being snapped in half.  Tiny fragments spall away from their corners and ricochet around on the white porcelain surface.  World-class cereal-eating is a dance of compromises.  The giant heaping bowl of sodden cereal, awash in milk, is the mark of the novice. (more…)

Ready to write the great canadian novel

October 27th, 2013

underwood1Refurbished my $10 fleamarket Underwood typewriter and I’m ready to write the great Canadian Novel.  What an amazing machine – pulleys, gears and connecting rods – all kinds of complicated machinery.

All kinds of online resources for refurbishing antique typewriters

Basic Typewriter Restoration

Original Underwood Manual (PDF)







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