Saturday, December 28, 2013

Nice to wake up hungry

and knowing it'll stay down after you eat it.

Being as I can now sit here and feel something other than 'Where's the bag?!?', I now return to your usual noise.

Remember Joe Biden claiming 'Victory in Iraq is the greatest accomplishment of this administration!'?
WASHINGTON — The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.

The move follows an appeal for help in battling the extremist group by the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who met with President Obama in Washington last month.

But some military experts question whether the patchwork response will be sufficient to reverse the sharp downturn in security that already led to the deaths of more than 8,000 Iraqis this year, 952 of them Iraqi security force members, according to the United Nations, the highest level of violence since 2008.

"Piranhas will not bother humans.
Except when they do."

That shock to the leftist system when a performer won't follow the 'We Need Government Money!' script:
Yes, I still feel that way. I’ll take the dirty socialized art money but I prefer crummy little clubs where there’s a promoter who is risking his own money to put the show on. I feel no urge to thank an audience. I thank the promoter – as should the audience.
Follow up re “dirty socialized money” – is this less a matter of political principle for you, and more a matter of personal pride as an artist?

I think the government has no business in the arts at all.

Follow up: do you not think it valid, in countries that cannot compete on equal footing with the American entertainment industry, like Canada, to support their artists through government funding? I doubt there’s a Canadian musician, filmmaker, writer, or novelist who hasn’t received some government support along the way, be it scholarships, grants, fellowships, things like the Canada Council.

No, see above.

I want you to pay close attention to this next bit from the interviewer:
Follow-up: In a purely market driven entertainment landscape, which is mostly what we see in the States, doesn’t that lead to the proliferation of Miley Cyruses and Britney Spears and other such phenomenon? Isn’t it bad for art?

No, it’s good for them.
It would appear that this champion of the arts likes the idea of the .gov having control of who gets to make it, or even try to.  Nasty little control freak, isn't he?

Looks like the psychiatric profession is moving toward a soviet-level of  'helping people'.
New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior. In the past, these were called “personality traits,” but now they’re diseases. 

And there are treatments available.
Yeah, there are.  And if you don't accept them like a good little drone the nice armed agents of the .gov will show up to help you take them.
These people would've had Mark Twain drugged into insensibility.

This is from Captain's Journal a while back: various ways the UN small-arms treaty is a threat.

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