Wednesday, May 05, 2010


What to do on an airplane
when seated next to a real jerk:

 1. Take out your laptop.
2. Slowly open your laptop.
3. Turn it on.
4. Make certain your neighbor is watching.
5. Open your internet browser.
6 Close your eyes for a few moments, open them and then look up to the sky, or the heavens if you will.
7. Breathe deeply and open this site:
8. Look at the expression on your neighbor's face.
Cuzzin Ricky

PS. I'll add #9. Prepare to land at the nearest airport, where people will be waiting for you
There was a time, fairly recently, when I would have done it anyway.

a dark bargain

"We have made a dark bargain with
ourselves to let one of our cities die.

Buh-bye Dago

THE TECATE TRUCK was just like all the other Tecate Beer trucks that went back and forth daily at the border crossing, except that it was not owned by Tecate. The driver of that truck spoke fluent Spanish and the truck was always loaded with Tecate. In time the US border guards got used to it. The difference was that this truck had, at its center, a narrow, hollow space shielded with thin sheets of lead so that no ambient radiation would escape.

It had cost The Base over $150,000 to convert the truck at a garage in Ensenada a year before. That was little enough when it came to securing the device which had cost the same group more than $10 million in Russia in 1997. In any event, the truck did its job and passed without incident over the border and into the United States at Tecate, California on August 6th. Dates were important to The Base, and this date was especially significant. After all, what could be more significant than the day on which Hiroshima was destroyed?

After clearing the border the Tecate Truck followed Highway 94 north to it's merge with Highway 8 at La Mesa, California, and then drove west towards Highway 5. It pulled off the road at a rest stop where it picked up a technician in a Tecate uniform who was carrying a case with the necessary electronics and a couple of weapons. After that, the two men followed the road thought the heart of San Diego. It got off the freeway in downtown and quickly made its way to the intersection of North Harbor Drive and West Broadway. It's total travel time from the border to downtown San Diego was just over an hour. It was running close to schedule. It was about 11:30 in the morning.

The truck pulled over and parked along North Harbor drive and the technician took out some binoculars and scanned the harbor beyond the Navy Region Southwest Complex whose entrance was less than 100 yards away. Intelligence was correct. The USS Ronald Reagan was in its home port and riding comfortably at anchor.

The technician opened his case and took a wire that ran from the back of the truck along the floorboards. He plugged it into a jack in the simple switching device in the case. He looked at the driver and smiled. The driver smiled back. They both began to recite a prayer in Arabic while looking over the San Diego harbor. At some point in the prayer, without really thinking about it, the technician threw the switch. In the next instant, at the intersection of North Harbor Drive and West Broadway in San Diego, California on a warm August morning, a miniature version of the Sun appeared on the surface of the Earth. [More]
Gerard first published this in October 2004.  The last line in the essay, "To be continued....", sounded ominous, but now I think Part II is where we finish the tenth, and last crusade.


On her way ...

Boned Jello

Her mom and dad will be back tomorrow night.  I think they'll be pleased to see the strides I made, teaching our granddaughter to be a proper young woman. Seven days ago, she couldn't even spell broom.

The sun has already set GB

Sheesh. He was obviously trying to escape.

How we got here

Colonic High!

The Nation Gets an Enema
David Obey quits
 Newsweek on the block

Boned Jello

Stuff to mince over

Boned Jello


This is how you win!

Gov. Chris Christie ousting
state Supreme Court justice

Boned Jello

“Before and since becoming governor, I was unambiguous in my intention to bring balance and change to the Supreme Court. My selection today is not a commentary on Justice Wallace. It is a fulfillment of my promise to turn the court away from its history of using legal precedent to set social and tax policies in our state – a role which belongs squarely with the legislative and executive branches of state government,” Christie said in a news release. [My smelling salts Martha]
Wallace, 68, is the only black justice on the court, and is the first member not to be reappointed after an initial seven-year term. Clap-calp-clap!

What makes more sense- Kim, or Earth First nuts?

Throw this into the hopper:
US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig

Boned Jello

Suspicions that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was a deliberate act gained strength with news that North Korea may have played a role in it. Reports that North Korea torpedoed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig by many outlets include reports of a government-ordered a news blackout concerning details. If the oil disaster was caused by an intentional act, the dispatch of SWAT teams  to the Gulf by the Obama regime makes sense.
If you have a well earned abiding distrust of the Obama government, this could be viewed as a convenient red herring.  Aside from a corpse, who better to accuse than a corpse nation?  Especially after accusations of deliberate sabotage by the homeboy left have surfaced.

Russian Hackers

U.S. Treasury Web sites hacked

Boned Jello

Hackers targeted known bugs, including flaws in Adobe's Reader, to redirect visitors to a Web site in the Ukraine associated with similar attacks in the past.
Like the cartoon said - who needs nukes?



Boned Jello

Social Security Whispers

Jack Spratt Could Cut No Fat
So Geezers will go lean?

Boned Jello

John Spratt, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, was recently appointed by President Obama to the Debt Commission. I’ve been going through documents looking at his history regarding Social Security reform, and his involvement in “secret meetings” in 1997 authorized by Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.  Bowles was at the time negotiating a deal between Clinton and Newt Gingrich that included  partial privatization of Social Security.

Last week at the Pete Peterson confab,  Bill Clinton spoke openly about the secret agreement  he reached in 1997 with Newt Gingrich to take money out of Social Security and place it in private accounts — something Wall Street has been demanding in order to keep the bubble from bursting.  The deal was the subject of the 2008 Steven Gillon book The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry That Defined a Generation.

According to Gillon, Clinton agreed to take the political heat for privatization, and the plan only fell through when the Monica Lewinsky affair exploded and Clinton was afraid to take the hit in the polls.

This deal got very close to happening during uber private meetings.    Because all were assured that what was said in the room stayed in the room, they could put anything on the table, and know that any agreement would have Clinton's support.  Spratt subsequently fought against George Bush’s privatization efforts, and now ...
Spratt has indicated that he’s open to cutting Social Security benefits as a way to balance the budget. [Full article]
Label this .... Stuff I didn't know.    

Cheryl Jones