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November 11th, 2010

02:00 pm - LFPIVA
It's sort of vapid to use a gentle wisecrack, from a genuinely nice and non-anonymous person, as a fake reason to have something to be indignant about.


p.s: another hot rant about his imaginary wife and explosive feminine footware:



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October 29th, 2010

02:13 pm - Black Twig Pickers
stratmatt posted this on Oct 29th, 2010 at 02:02:05 pm:
"the first true hipsters i encountered were dooshbags from either rochester, ny or fairfax, va when i lived at duquesne. way too many of them.

common theme? pavement lol"


Current Music: Painkiller boots! ugly sweaters!

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October 13th, 2010

02:39 am - Danielle Pletka
.. always nice to be lectured to by an Australian national about what American foreign policy *should* be. Apparently, Obama isn't going far enough in pursuing the disastrous policies of his predecessor for Mz Pletka's taste. The worldviews of Pletka and Obama, however, are remarkably alike: Lebanon has no right to self-defense if the main Shia party assumes a more active role in the government, Iran must be "stopped," unrestrained domestic spying is "necessary" to preserve the American Way of Life, and - most ridiculous of all - it is in America's interest to ink a $60 Billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the greatest promoter of terror in the region (and beyond). Think 9/11 , think the funding of Wahhabist schools around the world , think SAUDI suicide bombers in Iraq targeting Shia holy sites, pilgrimages, and marketplaces. Pletka? Obama? How are we supposed to distinguish one vile warmonger from another?

Won’t you rise for the hangman
His pleasure is that you should rise

Peter Merel writes ..
We are not "defenders against Islam." We are mercenaries for the Saudis. We fight their regional wars for them, give their princes free passes when they knock down our buildings, and have our presidents kiss and bow to their king.

As for the old British great game against Russia ... you're a couple of centuries and a whole continent away from something relevant to our situation. Right now the world's manufacturers are China and India. Its resource owners are the Saudis, the South Americans, and a couple of Commonwealth countries. The only thing we have is guns and bombs. We are the world's mercenaries.

Why does a mercenary nation need to have a first world civilization?
Current Music: "walls and bridges"

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August 5th, 2010

09:09 am - Peter T. Sarjeant, boy detective ..
"Are international weapons merchants buying armaments from our own suppliers and peddling them to the Taliban? International trade in weapons and explosive devices is a murky, shifty business with plenty of money in it. Is China involved or are any European manufacturers? I'd sure like to know.

that's a real simple one, sure!

Americans sell technology to Israel, Israel alters it just enough to get around patent issues, Israel resells to China, China sells to Iran, (alleged) "international pariah."

any questions?
Current Music: th' Stylistics

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February 23rd, 2010

12:45 am - "listen, little man!"
When you contemptuously call someone a "Jew," your sense of your own littleness is relieved. I discovered that only recently. You call anyone who arouses too much or too little respect in you a Jew. And as if you'd been sent down to earth by some higher power, you take it on yourself to decide who is a Jew. I contest that right, regardless of whether you're a little Aryan or a little Jew. No one but myself is entitled to say what I am. I am a biological and cultural mongrel and proud of it; in mind and body, I am a product of all classes and races and nations. I don't pretend to be racially or socially pure like you, or a chauvinist like you, petty fascist of all nations, races, and classes. I'm told that you didn't want a Jewish engineer in Palestine because he was uncircumcised. I have nothing more in common with Jewish fascists than with any other fascists. I am moved by no feelings for the Jewish language, Jewish religion, or Jewish culture. I believe in the Jewish God no more than in the Christian or Indian God, but I know where you get your God. I don't believe that the Jews are God's "chosen people." I believe that someday the Jewish people will lose themselves among the masses of human animals on this planet and that this will be a good thing for them and their descendants. You don't like to hear that, little Jewish man. You harp on your Jewishness because you despise yourself and those close to you as Jews. The Jew himself is the worst Jew hater of all. That's an old truth. But I don't despise you and I don't hate you. I simply have nothing in common with you, at any rate no more than with a Chinese or a raccoon, namely, our common origin in cosmic matter. Why do you stop at Shem, little Jew, why not go back to protoplasm? To my mind, life begins with plasmatic contraction, not with rabbinic theology. (Wilhelm Reich / escaped the Nazis only to find death at the hands of America's "Red Fascists" [WASP's like Michael Whitney Straight]).

Science Fiction
Ursula K. Le Guin (The LEft Hand of Darkness)

On the fortieth day and the two succeeding we were snowed in by a blizzard. During these long hours of lying blotto in the tent Estraven slept almost continuously, and ate nothing, though he drank orsh or sugar-water at mealtimes. He insisted that I eat, though only half-rations. "You have no experience in starvation," he said.
I was humiliated. "How much have you - Lord of a Domain, and Prime Minister - ?"
"Genry, we practice privation until we're experts at it. I was taught how to starve as a child at home in Estre, and by the Handdarata in Rotherer Fastness. I got out of practice in Erhenrang, true enough, but I began making up for it in Mishnory ... Please do as I say, my friend; I know what I'm doing."

Horror: Somebody's Saturday Night
He forced himself to consider Matthew Colben and his murderers. At least, he thought they were murderers. There was no proof that Colben had been killed. He might be alive, though not well, somewhere in this area. Or someplace else.
Now that he was recovering from his shock, he could even think that Colben might be untouched and the film faked.
He could think this, but he did not believe it.

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February 3rd, 2010

08:45 am - one flash of light ..
but no smoaking camera.

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January 5th, 2010

02:43 pm - Shire Network News ..
( perhaps "Uncle Winnie" is just being "satirical" ]

"In violent opposition to all this sphere of Jewish efforts rise the schemes of the International Jews. The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers, and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world.

"This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxemburg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide revolutionary conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing.

"It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster has ably shown, a definite recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworlds of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of the enormous empire.

"There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creating of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews. It is certainly the very great one; it probably outweighs all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from the Jewish leaders...

"In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astounding. And the prominent if not the principal part in the system of terrorism applied by the extraordinary Commissions for combating Counter Revolution has been take by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses. The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews in the brief period of terror during which Bela Kun ruled in Hungary.

"The same phenomenon has been presented in Germany (especially Bavaria), so far as this madness has been allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people. Although in all these countries there are many nonJews every whit as bad as the worst of the Jewish revolutionaries, the part played by the latter in proportion to their numbers in the population is astonishing."

-'Zionism versus Bolshevism: A Struggle for the Soul of the Jewish People.' ILLUSTRATED SUNDAY HERALD, London, February 8, 1920.)

.. Winston Churchill -- a patron saint, apparently, to th' Huns an' Hunnies over at Shire Network News (a softer and cuddlier National Front, repositioned as "Scoop" Jackson Democrats, with Tolkien fetishes !).
Current Music: "Cuckoo Madame" (Robert Wyatt)

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December 23rd, 2009

01:48 am - To Catch a TEXAN
Liz was hating Teri all that morning over coffee (it was snowing and it was going to snow, their relationship was so disfunctional). Liz sat next to me, probably naked, in the cedar-limbs ..

".. I don't remember their names, but they were weird. One was short and dark and looked like a maniac - I think it was his eyes. He was intense, alcoholic, Lara and Kate were afraid of him because he'd get too drunk and become violent and break things. It was like he was a terrorist or something. I remember being at a party and both of us were drunk and he talked wildly about blowing things up and I felt like he would really do it. He wasn't an activist. Activists never blow things up even though they want to, because their hearts are too big and tender. That's why they're activists. This guy was just crazy. The other guy was slender, quiet and I had a hard time believing he was gay because his hair was long and he looked like a hippie. He was a real potsmoker but his current boyfriend didn't like it so he would have to hide to get stoned and then pretend he was sober, which I imagined would make you really paranoid." -- The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Michelle Tea
Current Music: Ros Bobos - “Descend the Staircase”

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December 2nd, 2009

09:52 am - is this some kind of community service thing?


Current Music: East River Pipe - Mel

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October 28th, 2009

08:37 am - Darlene Burcham: designer vodka on the public dime
Along with Brian Townsend, her economic development aide from Norfolk, Burcham made it known that she wanted more highend residential neighborhoods in the city limits and set out to make it happen.

Where the valley’s best and brightest real estate developers – including some regional powerhouses like Fralin & Waldron, Boone Homes, Strauss Construction and others – had feared to tread, Burcham and Townsend, with council in tow, waded in. The years 2004 and 2005 saw Burcham plow into the real estate development business in Old Southwest, at Countryside Golf Course, at Wilton in South Roanoke.

In retrospect, her timing could not have been worse.

.. yes, i had forgotten that the City of Roanoke was acting as advocate for Boone & Loeb's stupid "Wilton" scheme. besides the folly of building half-million dollar bungalows behind the 220 Wal-Mart, there was also the side-effect of further marginalizing the historically black neighborhood of South Hills (Darlene Burcham: sponsor of ethnic cleansing?).

now it's her crony from Norfolk, Brian Townsend, seeking to drive the vendors from the City Market area. smooth move, Brian / what are you going to set up in its place? pull a Bobby Ukrop and lobby for an opera house? hell, the region refuses to support the already built Taubman Museum of Art (it's not that Roanokers are necessarily rubes, it's just that no one bothered to stock the new building with art [well, there is the Lady Taubman's collection of exotic handbags, but ..]).
Current Music: "Old Black Dawning" (Frank Black)

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