Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Helmut Krone

I found this while searching for information on the late-sixties sports magazine Jock, my interest having been piqued by a recent post on Alicublog.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Kunstler's Tongue Lashing

I've heard about Obama's 'bitter' comment only in passing. If voters' delicate sensibilities can be bruised by his phrasing, imagine how Kunstler's latest (reposted below in full) could pulverise them. The especially fiery parts are bolded.

April 14, 2008
Slip of the Tongue

Barack Obama caught hell last week for daring to tell the truth about the ragged thing that the American spirit has become. He said that small-town Pennsylvania voters, bitter over their economic circumstances, “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” to work out their negative emotions. He might have added that the Pope wears a funny hat (see for yourself this week), and that bears shit in the woods (something rural Pennsylvanians probably know). Nevertheless, in the manner lately prescribed for those who slip up and speak truthfully in public (and in contradiction to the reigning delusions), Obama was pressured to apologize for his statements.

The evermore loathsome and odious Hillary Clinton, co-owner of a $100 million personal wealth portfolio, seized the moment to remind voters what a normal, everyday gal she is -- who would never look down on the small-town folk of Pennsylvania the way her "elitist" opponent had -- forgetting, apparently, that the Clinton family's consigliere, James Carville, famously described the Keystone State as a kind of redneck sandwich with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as the bread, and Alabama as the lunch meat in between. As I mull over all this, I begin to think that Hillary is exactly what the USA deserves and, that should she manage to winkle away the nomination and get elected president, the outcome would be instructive and salutary. For one thing, she will be buried under an avalanche of political woe, beginning with the basic financial insolvency of everything in the nation except the Clinton family. Then she would proceed straight into an oil-and-gas clusterfuck that could take this society back to the eighteenth century economically.

This would have the positive effect of forcing the American public to look elsewhere for governance than the usual parties in Washington, D.C. It's time for a national purgative, anyway. In fact, it's way overdue. Are the Democratic and Republican parties anymore necessary than the Whigs? Neither of them can really articulate the problems we face (and when their honchos slip up and come close to the truth, they're persecuted for it).

A President Hillary will also go a long way to defeating the popular delusion that a world ruled by female humans would be heaven-on-earth. (It would be more like one of those chaotic single-parent households in Section-8 housing, ruled by a harried and distracted mom, with a shadowy man in the background molesting the little ones while she was off working at the WalMart.) I'm very sorry that Barack Obama apologized for his remarks. It compromised his authority. They were truthful and correct. He might have added that the anxious and bitter lower classes were also neurotically hung-up on cars, and that his first act as president would be to shut down the Nascar tracks by executive order in the interest of national energy security.

It's been illuminating to see how almost nobody has come to Obama's defense in this matter -- hardly anyone in the press, anyway. It shows what the mainstream media's interest in the truth is (close to zero). In the background of these sad and sordid campaign doings, the financial sector -- and the dog's-body economy that the wagging financial tail used to be attached to -- is whirling steadily down a big wide culvert, along with the rest of the debris shaken loose by the spring rains. Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd have been putting together mortgage rescue schemes that are gut-bustingly hilarious because they don't seem to take into account the basic fact that nobody knows who the lending parties to all those distressed mortgages really are. (Hint: they're not the "servicing" companies who send out the default notices.) So when they say that the government will "negotiate down" the principal owed on a house hemorrhaging dollar value, who exactly did they have in mind as the negotiating partner?

These are issues that would, in a more mentally-healthy republic, occupy center stage of the political conversation -- not whether a cohort of Cheez Doodle addicted rural Pennsylvania morons prays out loud for God to shoot all the Mexicans.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Despite her liking pearls and her flip hairdo, Michelle Obama doesn't remind me of Jackie Kennedy. Then I realised she really looks much like Amy Poehler, especially about the eyes.

On the Four Types of Capitalism


Monday, April 07, 2008

Higa's Sex Scandal Costs Taxpayers and Might Cost Him His Campaign

Update: One of Hunter's respondents thinks Stacy Higa resembles Fat Bastard, nemesis of Austin Powers. Perhaps in girth, but otherwise I don't see it.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Corn Prices Rise

The rising price of corn is attributed to increased demand worldwide (food, livestock feed, and ethanol) and lowered supply, i.e., farmers cultivating less of the crop.

This explains why farmers have not grown enough corn to meet demand. At the moment wheat and soybeans are more lucrative.

My initial take on this news: Corn and its derivatives (e.g., high-fructose corn syrup version) are used to make everything from soda to plastics. Consequently, the price of corn-derived materials will rise. Try to avoid as much as possible foods with HFCS, especially soda and snacks. If you're inclined, grow your own corn. For example, popcorn. A nice array of popcorn and other corn seeds can be found here.