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Bureaucracy

June 21st, 2016 by Vader

Nothing defined the city of paper more than its bureaucratic fog. On one memorable occasion the vice president of a New York City bank applied for a job in Washington at the Office of Economic Warfare. While he awaited a reply, the agency’s head, Leo Crowley, happened to drop into the same bank and asked its president to recommend someone for the same job. The president suggested the very same vice president who had applied. Crowley hired him on the spot, and the banker moved to Washington. Weeks later he received a letter forwarded to him from New York. It was from the same agency, which rejected his original application on the grounds that he was not qualified for the job. That was painful enough, but on closer inspection the man discovered that he had signed the letter himself.

— Thus Maury Klein, A Call To Arms: Mobilizing America For World War II

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June 21st, 2016 18:05:20

There is a time and a season for all things

June 08th, 2016 by Vader

Even something as great-sounding as beating swords into plowshares. Timing is critical.

Bethlehem Steel, among other companies, had built a formidable arsenal, but after the [First World War] the government continued to impose heavy taxes on its machinery that had use only in wartime. In desperation Bethlehem offered to give the facilities to the government, which politely declined the offer. Rather than pour more money into unused equipment, Bethlehem brought in gigantic hammers and smashed the machines into scrap iron and steel to sell for whatever it would bring. …

–Maury Klein

A Call To Arms: Mobilizing America For World War II

The U.S. had no armaments industry to speak of in 1940, the year Hitler conquered France and put Britain on the ropes.

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June 08th, 2016 11:29:35

Shower

May 12th, 2016 by Vader

In Darth Vader’s tears.

There’s no lack.

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May 12th, 2016 13:08:31

The Simpsons predicted Trump

April 05th, 2016 by Bookslinger

I wanted to have a handy reference to this link.  Here’s the clip. Relevant part starts at 2:15.

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April 05th, 2016 09:20:21

Another Take on Trump

March 27th, 2016 by Bookslinger

Scott Adams has the best explanation of Trump that I’ve read. Adams has been mostly accurate in his predictions too.

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/139541975641/the-trump-master-persuader-index-and-reading-list

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March 27th, 2016 16:30:02

Nuke pills – potassium iodide

February 28th, 2016 by Bookslinger

Someone who works for a major city’s department of homeland security recommends everyone having a pack of these.

https://www.nukepills.com/potassium-iodide/   (more…)

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February 28th, 2016 18:35:46

Angina Monologue 28

February 19th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty has been much preoccupied lately.

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February 19th, 2016 09:18:46

Several Republican Candidates Support Drafting Women

February 08th, 2016 by John Mansfield

I don’t expect much of politicians, and yet they never stop finding ways to disappoint:

“Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all said or suggested they’d support women being required to enroll in Selective Service and be eligible for the draft, since female service members can now serve in combat roles. Cruz was not asked.

“‘It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military,’ Cruz said. ‘I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts?'” (link)

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February 08th, 2016 14:14:16

His Majesty was slack-jawed and drooling this morning

January 28th, 2016 by Vader

At first I feared he had suffered a stroke. Then I realized he had simply read the Washington Post.

And now I’ve gone and shorted out my own vocorder.

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January 28th, 2016 09:24:24

“Neoreactionaries are Wrong but Wromantic…”

January 20th, 2016 by MC

“…and the Alt-Right is Right but Repulsive.”

This is the sort of thing that pops into my head while making a turkey sandwich. I blame the provolone.

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January 20th, 2016 21:18:19

Today is the Feast of the Ass

January 14th, 2016 by Vader

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January 14th, 2016 16:00:01

My other crazy has a name too.

December 07th, 2015 by Bookslinger

Mirror touch synesthesia.
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December 07th, 2015 16:30:39

Hey, ISIS.  You’se guys wanna piece o’ dis?

November 23rd, 2015 by Bookslinger

https://www.rt.com/usa/323032-mafia-isis-warning-gambino/

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November 23rd, 2015 07:30:27

The Myth of Martydom.

November 19th, 2015 by Bookslinger

What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers, by Adam Lankford.
John Batchelor interviewed the book author on his radio show:
Listen to this episode/podcast at this web page.

The book at Amazon.

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November 19th, 2015 07:43:59

STD rates reach record levels

November 18th, 2015 by Vader

CDC baffled over what could possibly be causing this.

His Majesty: “Yet another reason to favor cloning.”

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November 18th, 2015 09:58:54