Thursday, 05/26/2016

#throwbackthursday


Hard to tell if this is a throwback since Sadie has head wounds today similar to those on 5/20/2015.

ntodd

May 26, 8:51 AM in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, 05/25/2016

Murray Head Superstar


Chess superstar.

ntodd

May 25, 11:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ralph Waldo Superstar

Okay, perhaps I'm taking the Superstar thing too far:

As the bird trims her to the gale,
I trim myself to the storm of time,
I man the rudder, reef the sail,
Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:
“Lowly faithful, banish fear,
Right onward drive unharmed;
The port, well worth the cruise, is near,
And every wave is charmed.”

Emerson.

ntodd

May 25, 10:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BDS Superstar

Speaking of Judea or Palestine or Israel or whatever:

Tom Friedman Unit starts his column with this:

Israel has recently been under intense criticism on the world stage. Some of it, like the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (B.D.S.) campaign, is a campus movement to destroy Israel masquerading as a political critique.

I don't think that Friedman's opinion is all that important, but his characterization of the BDS movement is relatively widely held, at least in some circles. So what is the actual evidence that BDS is a campaign to "destroy Israel" as opposed to a campaign to criticize the country and to ultimately force it to adopt different policies?

It is indeed a disgracefully typical frame, which sadly one major party candidate adopted (hint: not the one I voted for).  There is no evidence, merely rhetoric designed to undermine the movement to save Israel from itself whilst securing justice for Palestine.

ntodd

May 25, 9:37 PM in Viva Palestina | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ammon Bundy Superstar


Hello, Dad...I'm in jail.  Right next to your cell.  See you at walk time.

ntodd

May 25, 8:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ryan Bundy Superstar

Even Jesus Christ Himself never had to deal with such tyranny:

In their complaint (which is different from daddy Cliven Bundy’s lawsuit, which you can read about here), Ammon and Ryan Bundy share that jail is SO the pits. Did you know that, at the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) where they’re being held, they have to stay in single cells, and only get to walk around freely during quote-unquote “walk time,” which the jailers schedule, as if they are in jail? 

Ryan Bundy would like to complain some, please:

All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. My right to freedom of religion is being violated. I cannot participate in religious activities and temple covenants, and wear religious garments. […] My right to freedom of speech is being hampered by monitoring and recording. My right to freedom of assembly is being violated; I am not allowed to see my brother and move about. Yesterday, I attempted to discuss these issues with the U.S. Marshals, and they said that these were simply the jail rules. […] My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right.

That’s right, he’s pissed off he can’t have his fucking guns. IN JAIL. And they won’t even let him sit around with his bro and make plans to fight government tyranny, unfair! He also says his right to “freedom from search and seizure” is being violated, in jail, and that he still has his right to life, but the feds shot at him during the standoff that left him in this unfortunate predicament (IN JAIL), so that right has at least been abridged.

Also, the snacks are terrible.  But as Jesus sermonized on the Mount: if you can't do the time, don't do the crime based on your imaginary reading of the Constitution.

ntodd

May 25, 7:44 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (2)

JFK Superstar


Could Muhammad land at Hadley Rille, or was that just PR?

ntodd

May 25, 6:11 PM in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bernie Sanders Superstar

Because I'm on a JCS kick for some reason, here's a little ditty about Howie Dean from a few lifetimes ago...

ntodd

May 25, 10:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 05/24/2016

Heaven On Their Minds


I remember when this whole thing began...

ntodd

May 24, 11:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

an evolution of one’s living quarters into a thought

Constancy:

To die, to abandon a family, to go away for good,
to change hemispheres, to let new ovals
be painted into the square—the more
volubly will the gray cell insist
on its actual measurements, demanding
daily sacrifice from the new locale,
from the furniture, from the silhouette in a yellow
dress; in the end—from your very self.
A spider revels in shading especially the fifth corner.
Evolution is not a species’
adjustment to a new environment but one’s memories’
triumph over reality, the ichthyosaurus pining
for the amoeba, the slack vertebrae of a train
thundering in the darkness, past
the mussel shells, tightly shut for the night, with their
spineless, soggy, pearl-shrouding contents.

Joseph Brodsky.

ntodd

May 24, 9:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, 05/23/2016

man's clouded sun shall brightly rise


Snappy tune, though not originally from Godspell.

ntodd

May 23, 11:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

And my friend Muhammad here feels exactly the same.

I Wouldn’t Want to Be Jesus:

Oh, I wouldn’t mind doing a miracle or two.
And as Jesus I’d have no problem with the cool sayings—
hey, if I knew the people following me around
were memorizing everything I said,
and that I’d still be getting quoted 2000 years later,
I could come up with some real zingers.
Just substitute Republicans for Pharisees, I’d be halfway home.

Jack McCarthy.

ntodd

May 23, 10:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

One Small Step

The Hindu:

Taking baby steps towards developing a reusable launch vehicle capable of sending spacecraft into orbit and returning to the earth’s surface, the Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday successfully tested the country’s first winged-body aerospace vehicle.

The technology, when developed completely, would launch spacecraft, including satellites, into space and re-enter the earth’s atmosphere withstanding extreme pressure and heat conditions and land in an intended spot, helping to cut costs on launch vehicles substantially.

“We had three objectives for Monday’s launch: To test the characterisation of the aero-thermo dynamics of hypersonic flights; to test the autonomous mission management of hypersonic vehicles; and to test the necessary re-entry technology for the vehicles,” K. Sivan, Director of the Thiruvananthapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, said.

A booster rocket, carrying a winged-body aerospace vehicle (RLV-TD), took off from the spaceport at Sriharikota, some 100 km from Chennai, at 7 a.m. It climbed for about 90 seconds before its burnout. Coasting to an altitude of 56 km, where it was separated from the booster, RLV-TD inclined further to 65 km, an ISRO release said. From an altitude of 65 km, the vehicle made a re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere at Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) and steered by its navigation, guidance and control system for safe descent, it glided down to the defined landing spot in the Bay of Bengal, 450 km from Sriharikota.

The total flight duration was about 12.8 minutes.

Dunno if I'd really call it baby steps.  Saw a commenter yesterday on a video about Apollo 10 questioning why they didn't just land then when the LM was so close to the surface.  Because you test the shit out of this stuff, even the little things.  Testing is good.  Every step is big.

ntodd

May 23, 9:10 PM in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

PUMAs?

Never heard of 'em:

[A]t this point in 2008, there were fewer “grown ups” in the Hillary camp than in the Sanders camp today:

One of the revealing nuggets of information from the recent NYT/CBS poll was that 72% of Bernie supporters say they plan to vote for Clinton against Trump. That compares to 60% of Hillary supporters who said the same thing about Obama in the same poll eight years ago. As we know, virtually all of Hillary’s supporters went on to vote for Obama. […]

But it's a much more fun narrative to suggest Bros, Busters, et al, make up Bernie's support, and are way worse than anybody who posted shit online in '08.

ntodd

May 23, 7:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, 05/22/2016

this same flower that smiles to-day


Python couldn't have done it better.

ntodd

May 22, 10:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I'm one that will cause people to scratch their heads in wonderment

Like a Universe:

if they only knew
what great jokes God has played on humanity
yes, he's placed me in the midst of them
for vague purpose of vague and
yet so great that I don't know where
it is myself
I don't know where this purpose lies
hidden
what is there?
a soft fire that is burning within me
to let me know
yes, it's there
and my mind searches for it
and my heart searches for it
And I look and I think,
yes, here it is
then it's gone
it's like a mist
then it's like a sunset
it's like a sunrise
it's like a universe

Sun Ra.

ntodd

May 22, 10:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

We Is Go To Crash Where No-one Had Crashed Before, Charlie


Paving the way for Neil to crash the simulator.

ntodd

May 22, 8:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Patent Of Lincoln

Today's GOP is patently ridiculous, but their first president held a reasonable patent.

ntodd

May 22, 7:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, 05/21/2016

the ruin of many a poor boy


God, I know...

ntodd

May 21, 11:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

An Essay on Criticism

From Part 2:

       A little learning is a dang'rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fir'd at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts,
While from the bounded level of our mind,
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But more advanc'd, behold with strange surprise
New, distant scenes of endless science rise!

Alexander Pope.

ntodd

May 21, 9:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Livin' in a lonely world


Don't stop.

ntodd

May 21, 8:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

We Should Require Loyalty Oaths, Too

Doctor Franklin, meet your proverbial jackass.

ntodd

May 21, 6:18 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, 05/20/2016

Men were deceivers ever


Say, man, are you down for doing something positive in the community?

ntodd

May 20, 11:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Plucky Sonnet

XIV:

Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;
And yet methinks I have Astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert;
   Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
   Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.

Wm Shakespeare.

ntodd

May 20, 11:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kulturkampf Is Life And Death

I'm dead, and I still hate this decision.

 - Dead Tony


Happy Romer Day!

[L]aws of the kind now before us raise the inevitable inference that the disadvantage imposed is born of animosity toward the class of persons affected. "[I]f the constitutional conception of `equal protection of the laws' means anything, it must at the very least mean that a bare . . . desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest."

Then came Lawrence, WindsorObergefell, and justice.  And finally Scalia died from a mortal wound to his dark soul he received during the Great Kulturkampf.  Ding dong.

ntodd

May 20, 9:48 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Maybe you're thinking of some other guy


You play tricks on my mind...

ntodd

May 20, 8:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

They're not shy, they get around

URGENT!

The bill, introduced by Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R) and House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R), also declares that the situation is an "emergency."

"It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public space, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval," the text of the legislation reads.

Oklahoma state senators also introduced a resolution that calls on Congress to impeach President Obama, as well as the attorney general and secretary of education, who authored the letter directing schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Given that Federal legislation is behind Obama, I'm not sure that impeaching officials for exercising statutory authority really, you know, makes any more sense than trying to nail a president for vetoing bills.  Yeah, I know...

ntodd

May 20, 7:05 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stopped Oklahoman Clocks

A Constitutional Conservative speaks:

Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a bill that called for prison terms of up the three years for doctors who performed abortions, saying the legislation “would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge.”

The bill, which was approved a day earlier in the Republican-dominated legislature, would have made performing an abortion a felony and also called for revoking the licenses of any doctor who conducted one.

The bill allowed an exemption for an abortion necessary to save the life of the mother.

“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’” Fallin said, in a statement from her office, where she was described as “the most pro-life governor in the nation.”

If Trump's SCOTUS nominees change the constitutional landscape, Gov Fallin would be able to sign the next iteration and set the clock back on reproductive rights.  Think on that, Busters...

ntodd

May 20, 5:39 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, 05/19/2016

I'm just a prisoner in a king's disguise


Nothing we buy with our pieces of eight will stand the test of time as the Moai have...

ntodd

May 19, 11:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

the country appears of a softer feather less predatory

Monk's Bird Book:

Really owls       are so soft       their deadly
 
                accuracy of flight depending on it
they are all but silent      a recognizable law
nobody says shit you learn       the city
 
has taught you to  pick up on     which wings
bring the disk of their sun for around
your neck each day
 
                                       and which take you out;
and that your green act of good is natural
in that it too depends on the weather.

Ed Roberson.

ntodd

May 19, 10:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I'm Generally A Loser

I voted for Jesse Jackson in my very first primary back in '88.  Jerry Brown in '92.  McCain in '00.  Dean in '04.  Kucinich in '08.  Sanders in '16.  In the General: Dukakis, Clinton, Browne, Gore, Kerry, Obama.  I have a shitty track record, and I don't take losses, let alone campaign bullshit, personally.  And that, my friends, is privilege.

ntodd

May 19, 8:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)