Au Courant

This week’s au courant:

And, finally, on the nature of rat fucking:

There are two basic philosophical foundation stones to ratfucking. The first is that political sabotage for its own sake is a worthy enough goal. There doesn’t necessarily have to be an obvious purpose or obvious logic behind it. Everything is simply tactics. Those tactics either work or they don’t. To believe this, of course, one must first believe that all politics is a essentially a zero-sum game of power; you win and the other guy loses. Who rules? Period. One cannot for a moment contemplate the notion that politics — and therefore, government — has anything to do with the public good. I trust I don’t have to spell out the parallels between this elemental basis of ratfucking and what the Republicans are about in their current campaign of vandalism. This has now entered a time in which we are seeing sabotage for sabotage’s own sake. Remember, the conservative rump faction has brought this shutdown upon the country because its members refuse to agree to a federal budget that contains lower discretionary spending than even Paul Ryan contemplated. That’s because now — as Congressman Marlin Stutzman pointed out clearly yesterday — this isn’t about the budget, or even about economics, it’s about who wins and who loses. It’s about whether or not John Boehner, the castrato Speaker Of The House, can keep his job. The public, as was said during our previous Gilded Age, be damned.

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Stems and Seeds

Some links while everyone naps through the afternoon mountain showers:

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Show 1 footnote

  1. It was always just a matter of time.

Au Courant

Another perspective on Snowden and Manning

Fingerprinting – the next great panacea…

An overview of all the things that should keep you awake at night…

Expect the TSA to start feeling up women this week…

Speaking of which (or possibly not): The Third Gender

The iPhone goes ghetto

Fark has several last words on the Tejada imbroglio…

One of the most creative sites on the Innernetz plans on closing soon…

And, finally…remember how wthe U.S. government  been saying for years that  they have no such thing as an Area 51? Yeah, well,  it seems they  may have inadvertently mislead us.

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A couple of thoughts.

We’ve yet  to weigh in on the last couple of  bong-pipe bubbles, mostly because they seem fairly clear-cut. However, according to some people, who continue to badger us by e-mail,  these items warrant comment.


  • While we understand the impulse on NYC to “stop and frisk”, and whole heartedly believe that it indeed has helped lower crime rates (a good thing) in that ‘burg, it is still profoundly  unconstitutional, as we believe SCOTUS will eventually rule (of course NYC is appealing.)
    Indeed, we would ask how that differs in either theory or practice to the daily ‘stop and frisk’ of the American people by the NSA.

As to that clown…

  • For ourselves, a ban from any state fair would be welcome, but we understand there are those who enjoy the ‘entertainments’ provided therein. However, fair is fair: being banned is only an excessively gratuitous performance review. A simple “Thanks, but we won’t require your services in the future” should have sufficed, n’est-ce pas? But that’s show biz for you.

    As to the question of whether the clown’s performance should have been allowed in the first place, this is still America where free speech is the standard, however disgusting one may occasionally find it.

At least that’s what the note from the N.S.A. on my p.c.’s Desktop this morning said.

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There are more whistle-blowers than you know. What they do after the media circus has passed them by

Apparently making a similar lifestyle change is not nearly as difficult for war criminals – it’s off to London to see the Queen!

The ultimate mother’s little helper?

And now a word about the new proletariat.

Not only would these folks not buy a used car from Hillary, they don’t even want to hear her pitch…

Who’s in your home right now?

If Trayvon €™s family files a a civil suit…and loses…under the law they would be required to pay George Zimmerman €™s attorney €™s fees and lost wages.

Take your time

And finally, how we live now.

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  • Why, yes, I AM a desert beetle. Why do you ask?Fuck Apple: NBD is technology….
  • Our Japanese is less than perfect but we think what’s being offered here is the ability to create 3-d Mini-Mes. The technology uses a small scanner to create a three-dimensional model of precious you, which a 3-D printer then fashions into a detailed, plastic Mini-You. (via)
  • No, Gentle Reader, they didn’t blow the shit out of a priceless Aston Martin in Skyfall.
  • Who says sex dolls don’t have other uses?
  • One of the more promising Alzheimer treatments in the works is by TauRx, which just started Phase III clinical trials. They are now enrolling patients on this continent and setup a survey you might want to participate in.
  • What makes us intelligent?
  • Rather funny world attitudes toward sex.
  • Sleepy lil’ Spokane, WA, where the torture techniques devised to “win” the war on terror were devised.

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At this post holiday season, the refrigerators of the nation are overstuffed with large masses of turkey, the sight of which is calculated to give an adult an attack of dizziness. It seems, therefore, an appropriate time to give the owners the benefit of my experience as an old gourmet, in using this surplus material. Some of the recipes have been in my family for generations. (This usually occurs when rigor mortis sets in.) They were collected over years, from old cook books, yellowed diaries of the Pilgrim Fathers, mail order catalogues, golf-bags and trash cans. Not one but has been tried and proven — there are headstones all over America to testify to the fact.

Very well then. Here goes:

1.Turkey Cocktail: To one large turkey add one gallon of vermouth and a demijohn of angostura bitters. Shake.

2.Turkey à la Francais: Take a large ripe turkey, prepare as for basting and stuff with old watches and chains and monkey meat. Proceed as with cottage pudding.

3.Turkey and Water: Take one turkey and one pan of water. Heat the latter to the boiling point and then put in the refrigerator. When it has jelled, drown the turkey in it. Eat. In preparing this recipe it is best to have a few ham sandwiches around in case things go wrong.

4.Turkey Mongole: Take three butts of salami and a large turkey skeleton, from which the feathers and natural stuffing have been removed. Lay them out on the table and call up some Mongole in the neighborhood to tell you how to proceed from there.

5.Turkey Mousse: Seed a large prone turkey, being careful to remove the bones, flesh, fins, gravy, etc. Blow up with a bicycle pump. Mount in becoming style and hang in the front hall.

6.Stolen Turkey: Walk quickly from the market, and, if accosted, remark with a laugh that it had just flown into your arms and you hadn’t noticed it. Then drop the turkey with the white of one egg—well, anyhow, beat it.

7.Turkey à la Crême: Prepare the crême a day in advance. Deluge the turkey with it and cook for six days over a blast furnace. Wrap in fly paper and serve.

8.Turkey Hash: This is the delight of all connoisseurs of the holiday beast, but few understand how really to prepare it. Like a lobster, it must be plunged alive into boiling water, until it becomes bright red or purple or something, and then before the color fades, placed quickly in a washing machine and allowed to stew in its own gore as it is whirled around. Only then is it ready for hash. To hash, take a large sharp tool like a nail-file or, if none is handy, a bayonet will serve the purpose—and then get at it! Hash it well! Bind the remains with dental floss and serve.

9.Feathered Turkey: To prepare this, a turkey is necessary and a one pounder cannon to compel anyone to eat it. Broil the feathers and stuff with sage-brush, old clothes, almost anything you can dig up. Then sit down and simmer. The feathers are to be eaten like artichokes (and this is not to be confused with the old Roman custom of tickling the throat.)

10.Turkey à la Maryland: Take a plump turkey to a barber’s and have him shaved, or if a female bird, given a facial and a water wave. Then, before killing him, stuff with old newspapers and put him to roost. He can then be served hot or raw, usually with a thick gravy of mineral oil and rubbing alcohol. (Note: This recipe was given me by an old black mammy.)

11.Turkey Remnant: This is one of the most useful recipes for, though not, “chic,” it tells what to do with the turkey after the holiday, and how to extract the most value from it. Take the remnants, or, if they have been consumed, take the various plates on which the turkey or its parts have rested and stew them for two hours in milk of magnesia. Stuff with moth-balls.

12.Turkey with Whiskey Sauce: This recipe is for a party of four. Obtain a gallon of whiskey, and allow it to age for several hours. Then serve, allowing one quart for each guest. The next day the turkey should be added, little by little, constantly stirring and basting.

13.For Weddings or Funerals: Obtain a gross of small white boxes such as are used for bride’s cake. Cut the turkey into small squares, roast, stuff, kill, boil, bake and allow to skewer. Now we are ready to begin. Fill each box with a quantity of soup stock and pile in a handy place. As the liquid elapses, the prepared turkey is added until the guests arrive. The boxes delicately tied with white ribbons are then placed in the handbags of the ladies, or in the men’s side pockets.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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