Monday, April 30, 2012

Greg's Giggles.
Cuz it's the last day of the month
and I need the hits.



Ladies 'n' Germs, Mr. GREG SCHANKIN!

*   During a recent password audit by Microsoft & Google, it was found that a Blonde was using the following password:  "MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento"  When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.

*   Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.

*   Father’s Day has got to be the No. 1 day of the whole year for selling barbecue aprons. And soap-on-a-rope. And ties.

*   According to a new poll, U.S. popularity in the Middle East is at an all-time low. How could it be lower than before, when it was “Death to America?”

*   The Smithsonian opened a new exhibit today about the Chilean miners. Though I thought it was in poor taste that they put it in the basement.

*   In the last month, President Obama’s re-election campaign raised $86 million. But the bad news is, to get re-elected, he has to come up with $14 trillion more.

*   Is it any surprise that the British police couldn’t stop the high-tech phone hackers? They couldn’t even stop a guy walking into parliament with a pie.

*   What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our mouths.

*   Hey, Spain’s annual running of the bulls happened a couple weeks back. Or as bulls are reporting it, “Last week was Spain’s annual chasing of the idiots.”

*   A New Mexico state trooper in full uniform was caught having sex with a woman on the hood of her car. She was so drunk that halfway through she said, “Hey, that’s not a Breathalyzer!"

*   President Obama’s uncle was arrested for a DUI. His alcohol level was actually higher than Obama’s approval rating.

*   Talk is Cheap - until you hire a lawyer.

*   It was on this day in 1992 that Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled the word “potato,” thus paving the way for Joe Biden.

*   From bin Laden's compound we now know Al Qaeda demanded that its agents keep complete records and receipts for all expenses. No doubt using Al Quicken. Also, Al Qaeda gave its agents better benefits than Wal-Mart (although at Wal-Mart you get to use your vests more than once....).

*   They say that if this asteroid had hit Detroit, it would have caused a crater, but it still would not be the largest pothole in Detroit.

*   That’s right, two Delta planes collided at an airport in Boston. Or as air traffic controllers put it, “Glad I wasn’t awake to see that one.”

*   A town in Arizona wants to have its own version of Spain’s running of the bulls. Right, because if there’s one thing Arizona’s missing right now, it’s thousands of Spanish-speaking people running for their lives.

*   According to new polls, 66 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. But the good news is, gas is so expensive and traffic is so bad that we won’t get there for a long time.

*   President Obama’s hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune has called on Obama not to run for re-election. He has to run. He knows there are no other jobs out there.

*   Asking Dick Cheney about his new book, CNN’s John King began by asking him, “...were you thinking, ‘My days could be numbered?’” Cheney's response would drop the temperature on Hoth by a couple of degrees: 'So are yours.'"

*   If you ever go to Las Vegas, and you will, just go for a few days. I was there recently for seven days, seven days in Vegas. After I blew all my money on gambling and prostitution, I had six days to kill. (What you take to Vegas you leave in Vegas.)

*   Plans are under way in England to build a laser they say is powerful enough to tear apart the fabric of space. Well, what could go wrong there?

*   President Obama will turn 51 in August. Congress is debating raising his age ceiling.

*   President Obama went last week to the G20 summit to give Europe advice on its debt crisis. Wait, Europe’s getting economic advice from Obama? That’s like J.Lo getting marriage advice from Kim Kardashian.

*   Hey, it’s rumored that Charlie Sheen checked his ex-wife Brooke Mueller out of rehab in Mexico and brought her to another facility. Which begs the question: What kind of rehab facility lets Charlie Sheen check someone out?

*   I don't believe in birth control. If you want to control your fertility, do it the way God intended: with a cold, loveless marriage.

Ththththtat's all, Folks....

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday. Weekend's almost here.
Time for GREG'S GIGGLES!



Ladiez 'n' germs, Mr. GREG SCHANKIN!

* A bunch of Secret Service guys got fired for their interactions with Colombian hookers last week. I don't know what the problem is. The Executive Branch has been screwing the U.S. for years, why can't we share the love?

* Anthony Weiner was photographed this weekend dining with his wife and texting from his cell phone. Maybe he should put the phone away for a few years.

* Today Newt Gingrich said we should use covert operations to assassinate Iran's nuclear scientists. Gingrich also said the key to covert operations is announcing them on the campaign trail.

* If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun. ~ Katherine Hepburn

* A woman working at a Dunkin' Donuts was apparently a prostitute. It takes a lot of guts to be a hooker in a place full of cops.

* A dead body was discovered this week on the grounds of a country estate owned by Queen Elizabeth. The queen said today she hopes this serves as a reminder to anybody on her staff that there is a right way and a wrong way to polish sterling silver.

* According to a Washington Post poll, 84 percent of Americans do not approve of the way Congress is doing its job. Sixteen percent weren't even aware Congress is doing a job.

* President Obama's campaign has released a highlight reel of his top moments from 2011. The video's a little weird. Halfway through, it's taped over by Joe Biden's recording of "Yo Gabba Gabba."

* President Obama was in Disney World to introduce a new plan to boost tourism in the United States. And also because the Mickey Mouse ears fit perfectly over his real ones.

* One of Murdoch's tabloids was hacking people's phones and listening to their voicemails. Victims said their iPhones were so messed up that they were actually working.

* China is now grading restaurants' hygiene using smiley faces and frown faces. Really? Who do they have working on this stuff in China, kids? Oh.

* A law enforcement agency in Florida revealed that it paid 15 employees to get drunk to see if its breathalyzer tests worked. In related news, it looks like I'm getting a second job!

* There's talk again about splitting California into two or more states. The problem is coming up with a new name for Southern California. "New Mexico" is already taken.

* Romney and Obama are both coming to Michigan in the coming couple of weeks. Just what Michigan needs: more people looking for a job.

* It was just revealed that Osama bin Laden's bedroom had the only air conditioner in his entire compound. Yeah, I'm starting to think that guy was a bit of a jerk.

* A Swedish firm has designed an efficient city featuring buildings on wheels that can be moved in or out of town as desired. This ingenious city of the future is known as a trailer park.

* A group calling itself the Courage Campaign is trying to win support for a millionaire tax by running an ad showing Kim Kardashian. They want the Kardashians to pay more. This is part of the plan to raise taxes on the dumbest 1 percent.

* Bob Morris, a state lawmaker from Fort Wayne, Ind., has decided not to support a proposal to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. He believes the Girl Scouts is a, quote, radicalized organization that supports homosexuality and abortion. I'm all for freedom of speech, but that kind of talk might get you picked as Rick Santorum's running mate.

* If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn't have declared their independence from it.

* When Obama hit his fiftieth b-day a few months ago the White House released Obama's vital numbers: they say his cholesterol is 209, blood pressure's 105 over 62, but the number that is really going to kill him? Unemployment at 9.4%. That's the bad one!

* Starting in January, couples can actually get married at McDonald's in Hong Kong. I'm not saying those marriages won't work, but when have you been to a McDonald's and not regretted it one hour later?

* A town in Minnesota has canceled plans to change the name of a street called "Stoner Avenue." It's a weird street. Instead of saying, "Stop," all the signs just say, "Chill, bro."

* The Department of Agriculture announced that it will ban six new strains of E. coli. Which explains why the hot dog vendor outside my offfice building is now just selling napkins.

* People should stop believing bizarre stories about U.S. presidents. George Washington did not have wooden teeth. Abe Lincoln did not write the Gettysburg address on an envelope. And President Obama wasn't born in Kenya. It was Tanzania.

* Obama is pushing for Congress to pass another jobs bill, which means we don't get any jobs, we just get the bill.

* The economy is so bad in Las Vegas, Louie Anderson has taken a second job as a bouncy castle.

* A mother in China gave birth to a 15-pound baby. Chinese officials say it's so big, it can do the work of two babies.

* Don't think of yourself as an ugly person. Think of yourself as a beautiful monkey!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Triumph of the Cross 2012

About two years ago--May 11, 2010, we noted the following story:
(1934-2010)

A couple weeks ago we mentioned that the Supreme Court upheld the right of a cross to continue to remain in the Mojave Desert on Federal land as it has stood since 1934. It was built by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a war memorial to the dead of WWI.

Five of the Supremes held, correctly, that it was not a violation of the First Amendment to allow the cross to remain.

Well, certain sore losers decided to destroy the Monument over the weekend. The Cross was ripped down and taken to parts unknown.

A sign of the times, and not a good one. Excellent news: The Cross stays. The ACLU and company have dropped the lawsuit. We are delighted.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Tribute to the Free Market,
Milton Friedman...and The Pencil



And THIS is why I support capitalism, the free market, and limited government regulation.

History of the English Language....
In 10 Minutes?



(If you like the subject matter and have several hours, this course (available at www.thegreatcourses.com or at most good public libraries) is an awesome introduction to the history of the English language. If you only have ten minutes, however... the above ain't bad at all.)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Dirt Day


Today is the 42nd Annual Earth Day. It was founded on April 22, 1970, the 100th anniversary of Hitler's birth, and was created by his followers as a secret way to propagandize National Socialism and promote a system that has killed millions.

Not true you say? Hitler's birth was April 20th? I got the birth date wrong? You're right. I did. April 22, 1970 was the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin, who founded a system, International or Soviet Socialism, that killed even more people than Hitler. Happy Earth Day.












ADDENDUM: THE ORIGINAL EARTH DAY

They had a slightly, er, different view of Earth Day in 1918.



"Comrade Lenin Cleans the Earth of Filth"

(....said "filth" being: Christianity, prosperity, and traditional authority, and the royal family of Russia, whom he exterminated.)

"A good Communist is also a good chekist." - V.I. Lenin, 1918

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"The Magic That Is Existence....
That Is Us"

...with thanks to Fr. Joe.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rich Doesn't Have Time To Post Today...
Time for Greg's Giggles!


Ladies 'n' Germs, Mr. GREG SCHANKIN!

 * In a new interview, President Obama was asked to describe Michelle, and he used the words “beautiful, smart, and funny.” When asked how he picked those, he used the words, “she’s, sitting, and right-next-to-me.”

* Astronomers have discovered a planet that has two suns. That solar company Solyndra went bankrupt on that planet too.

* Oil prices jumped to well over $100 a barrel, and analysts say it's due to tension in the Middle East. So, luckily, it's just a temporary thing.

* Police say that synthetic cocaine is being sold in gas stations, disguised as bath salts. So if you recently bought bath salts at a gas station — why did you do that?

* President Obama aired his first campaign ad of 2012, which promotes his record on clean energy. Obama’s a big environmentalist. In fact, for the election he plans to recycle the same promises he made four years ago.

* Mitt Romney says President Obama's promises are like Kim Kardashian's marriagewedding vows. President Obama shot back. He said Romney’s positions last about half as long as a Kim Kardashian marriage.

* Yanno why it's called labor day? Because it's 9 months after New Years Eve...

* For those who voted for the Democrats because they didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Are you feeling like it is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache??

* The FCC says you will soon be able to send text messages to 911. I'm sure 911 operators can't wait to get texts that say, 'Being carjacked, LOL.'

* The economy is so bad, even people who have nothing to do with the Obama administration aren't paying their taxes.

* Herman Cain was the first Republican presidential candidate to get secret service protection. The level of protection a candidate gets depends on how well-known they are. For example, Jon Huntsman got a 10-minute judo lesson and a plastic whistle.

* A pecan tree can live for 300 years and when they’re old and gnarled, they can still bear fruit. They’re like the tree world’s Larry King.

* Texas Governor Rick Perry now says his wife encouraged him to run for President. Remember first he told us God told him to run; now his wife is telling him to run. Same thing; the only difference is that if you ignore what God says you don't have to hear about it until the afterlife.

* Sources are reporting that Ryan Seacrest is being considered as a replacement for Matt Lauer. Earlier this month, he was informed there was a show on TV that he doesn't host and he became very angry. How many jobs can a person do? Forget Wall Street. These protesters should be occupying Ryan Seacrest.

* I paid $100 for a dozen roses for my anniversary recently. Yeah, I know that roses are expensive but $100 for a dozen? That’s a lot of money for a plant you can’t smoke.

* The Wallenda kids started walking the tightrope at age 4. To do something like that when you're that age, you need three things: courage, resolve, and horrible parents.

* Saving is the best thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.

* Labor Day is the day that Americans take three days off from looking for work.

* Sprint has a two-screen phone called the Echo. One screen is for you, and the other displays an apology to the person you’re eating dinner with.

* Osama bin Laden’s former deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has officially taken over as the leader of al-Qaida. I know that, because today he updated his profile on LinkedIn.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Is Truly Happening Around Us?

You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.

"But your friends are fewer now. Some have drifted off somewhere or submerged themselves in their work. You no longer see as many as you did at meetings or gatherings. Informal groups become smaller; attendance drops off in little organizations, and the organizations themselves wither. Now, in small gatherings of your oldest friends, you feel that you are talking to yourselves, that you are isolated from the reality of things. This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent to—to what? It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.

"But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked. But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D.

"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.

~ Milton Mayer, "They Thought They Were Free: Germans 1933-1945"

http://www.amazon.com/They-Thought-Were-Free-Germans/dp/0226511928 With Thanks To Cheryll Long Ruley

Monday, April 16, 2012

Work work work. It's all about work.
And Greg's Giggles.


Ladeeez 'n' germs.... Mr. GREG SCHANKIN!

* A man in Maryland says a flashlight on his iPhone helped save his life after he got lost during a hike. If you think that's cool, this morning the “Angry Birds" app on my iPhone helped save me from three awkward conversations in the elevator.

* President Obama was in Disney World last week, where he unveiled his new plan to create jobs. He was joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse but not Goofy. He had to stay behind to tend to his vice presidential duties.

* In Los Angeles, they're getting a Harry Potter theme park. I don’t know how excited I can pretend to be. I’m an old dude.

* President Obama has made so many gaffes lately, it is hard to tell if he's running against Governor Romney or Joe Biden.

* Congress may allow Americans to start selling horse meat for human consumption. When they heard the news, McDonald’s unveiled their new breakfast offering, the Sea Biscuit biscuit.

* Rod Blagojevich is going away for 14 Years in prison. His barber got the death penalty.

* So last night I finally get to watch "Repo Men” , starring Jude Law as a guy who rips out your internal organs if you can’t pay for them. He sort of reminded me of my insurance company.

* Rupert Murdoch couldn’t have had anything to do with the cellphone hacking. Old people don’t even know how to use cell phones.

* The price of gas is getting so high that a Detroit gas station is selling it by the gram.

* I finally tracked down Customer Support for Microsoft!

* Contemplating the recent the holiday season over at the White House, The theme for 2011 was “Shine, Give, Share.” While rumor is, the theme of next year’s White House Christmas will be “Clean, Pack, Move.”

* If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

* A man in Pennsylvania was arrested for leaving marijuana in his son’s Elmo backpack. The cops became suspicious when Elmo laughed for two hours without being tickled.

* The U.S. government is selling $30 billion worth of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia. Yeah, it’s part of a new initiative called, “Operation Regret This In Five Years.”

* Sen. Chuck Schumer said it’s time for jobs to move to the front burner. They’re only worried about our jobs when they’re about to lose their jobs.

* A lot of people want Gingrich and Romney to continue their attacks on each another all the way to the convention. These people are called Democrats.

* Never get into an argument with the schizophrenic person and say, "Just who do you think you are?"

* According to CNBC, a number of Americans are moving overseas looking for job opportunities. Now people over there will know what it feels like to lose their American jobs to foreigners.

* They determined the cause of last year's riots in London. Apparently they realized that this is the last “Harry Potter” movie.

* A new survey found that women spend eight years of their lives going shopping. Which means men spend eight years of their lives on a bench outside Anne Taylor at the mall.

* In Iowa this weekend, a woman gave birth to a 13-pound baby. It’s the heaviest baby born in Iowa since the last baby born in Iowa.

* President Obama ordered Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to take what little money we have left and buy lottery tickets. I don’t think that ever works.

* The economy is so bad that African television stations are showing 'Sponsor an American Child' commercials!

* It turns out that Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a D in Principles of Economics. So he can’t be president, but he can get a job on President’s economic team.

* If the protesters get to occupy Wall Street in their tents, I get to put up condos in Yellowstone.

* A toddler in China fell 10 stories out of a window and was caught by a woman walking by. The kid was fine. He didn’t even miss a day of work.

* President Obama will lay out his plan for bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. Ten years ago Afghanistan had a backwards, corrupt government. And now they have a democratically elected, backwards, corrupt government. So that’s progress.

* Mitt Romney released his tax records and they showed that he earned $42 million over the last two years. So now the other candidates aren't running for president. They're running to be Mitt Romney.

* Donald Duck and Donald Trump are very different. One is a cartoon character that no one can understand — and the other one is Donald Duck.

* President Obama may have significantly reduced our trade deficit with China. He sold the Chinese vice president a billion Jeremy Lin jerseys at $50 apiece.

* Apple is facing a $38 million fine in China because the word "iPad" is trademarked by a Chinese company. Apple was nervous about owing money to China — but then Obama was like, "Ah, you get used to it.”

* Paris Hilton is more popular than Congress. And, like Congress, Paris's maximum capacity is 535 members.

.....ththththtat's all, folks.....


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Repost: Tattered Remnants Of The Titanic



WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST: TATTERED REMNANTS OF THE TITANIC

(Okay. I know I already reposted this just in the past few weeks, in January. But hey. It's the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by Rose Dawson. May as well jump on the band wagon. Or lifeboat. Or whatever.....)

(Read all about the Tattered Remnants by clicking {here}.)

Dance band on the Titanic
Sing "Nearer, my God, to Thee"
The iceberg's on the starboard bow
Won't you dance with me

- Harry Chapin

It is in time of horrible disasters that the hidden virtues of the Tattered Remnant are often revealed. Some in steadfastness and strength keep order so that those who can save themselves do so. Some simply withhold themselves from rescue so that the young, the weak, and the ladies may survive. And some deliberately sacrifice themselves so that others may live.

The sinking of RMS Titanic forms the left-hand bookend of the catalogue of horrors we call the Twentieth Century, with the 9/11 atrocities forming the right. On this bitter and terrible night remembered, that of April 14-15, 1912, when a shipload of over two thousand people went from sleep to wakefulness to alertness to panic to horror to death in the course of three hours, some 1500 people lost their lives in the cruel, cold North Atlantic.

Now, three paragraphs into this retelling of an oft-told tale, I'm going to mention James Cameron's 1995 film "Titanic" just to get it out of the way. I have a love-hate relationship with this movie. The plot for the first half of the flick is lifted directly from the 1980 classic weepy Somewhere in Time: all of the plot elements are there, including the setting of a luxurious castle in the middle of great waters (the Grand Hotel is on Mackinac Island in northern Lake Huron), the old lady actress recalling her young love, the Iconic Object From The Past, the traveling-back-in-time to Spring 1912, the young man dying for his lady, the again-youthful lovers reunited in the next world, etc etc. The main difference, of course, is that the Grand Hotel doesn't sink into the Great Lakes at the end. (And a good thing, too.)

Anyway. The movie has become so embedded into the popular consciousness that "Titanic" is the gold standard of Titanic memory. But this is not about fictional turnip ghosts -- but true heroes.


THE WALLACE HARTLEY BAND

Well, they soon used up all of the lifeboats
But there were a lot of us left on board
I heard the drummer sayin' "Boys, just keep playin'"
"Now we're doin' this gig for the Lord"

-Harry Chapin

Their names, clockwise from the top left:

John Clarke
Percy Taylor
Theodore Brailey
Roger Bricoux
Jock Hume
Georges Krins
John Woodward (not pictured).

And in the center, band leader Wallace Hartley.

There is much to tell of the Titanic band members; Bill Whittle has done a marvelous job here; I cannot better his version.

But I join with him in saying: Remember these men.

They were, essentially, "deadheaders." The ship didn't employ them as crew; they were entertainers hired at dirt wages by some subcontractor for the privilege of entertaining the rich of First Class as they dined. They weren't paid by the contracting company, either; the assumption was that their tips would serve as their pay.

The Captain asked them to play happy and hopeful music as the ship began to go down.

So, they stayed and they played.

They played waltzes. They played ragtime. They played hymns of hope and hymns beseeching.

They played their lives away.

They were under no obligation to do so. They weren't under the Captain's command. As first class inhabitants (if not passengers) they had the best chance of any aboard the ship to survive.

But they remained.

They didn't play because they were ordered to. They played because music was their life. And in playing, they earned eternal memory by the human race, who look to them even now, a century later, as among the very the best to whom their people ever gave birth.

There are those who argue, perhaps rightly, that the stand of Englishmen against the Nazis were their finest hour. Perhaps. But the hour of music these men provided must surely rank as equal to the valor of their nephews of 1940.

Wallace Hartley.

John Clarke.

Percy Taylor.

Theodore Brailey.

Roger Bricoux.

Jock Hume.

Georges Krins.

John Woodward.

None of them survived.

A contemporary news account stated that "the part played by the orchestra on board the Titanic in her last dreadful moments will rank among the noblest in the annals of heroism at sea."

Indeed.

Shut off, shut off the ragtime ! The lights are falling low !
The deck is buckling under us ! She's sinking by the bow !
One hymn of hope from dying hands on dying ears to fall-
Gently the music fades away — and so, God rest us all !

- Arthur Conan-Doyle


FATHER THOMAS BYLES


"There's no way that this could happen"
I could hear the old captain curse
He ordered lifeboats away, that's when I heard the chaplain say
"Women and children and chaplains first"


I love Harry Chapin, but Father Thomas Byles, a priest of Christ, surely gave lie to that last line.

Thomas Byles


....was born Roussel Davids Byles in Leeds, Yorkshire, the eldest of seven children of the Reverend Dr. Alfred Holden Byles, a congregationalist minister, and his wife Louisa Davids. He attended Leamington College and Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire, between 1885 and 1889, then went to Balliol College, Oxford in 1889 to study theology, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1894. While at Oxford, Byles converted to the Roman Catholic faith, taking the name Thomas. In 1899, he went to the Beda College in Rome to study for the priesthood, and was ordained in 1902. He was assigned to St. Helen's Parish in Ongar, Essex in 1905.
Father Byles was walking the deck, reciting his breviary, when the iceberg struck. As the ship descended into chaos, he held his place, guiding women and children to the boats, and is credited to getting Margaret Brown to hers. He was said to have refused a lifeboat at least twice.

He gave his last moments in offering confession, absolution and perhaps even eternal life to those who turned to him their final minutes. He too chose to go down with the ship rather than turn his back on his calling. While he was neither a saint nor a martyr in the strict sense, it is clear that his actions in his last minute showed that he had the makings of both.

Father Boyle did not say "...and chaplains first." He died at his ultimate duty station, and if there is any truth to Catholic theology at all, it is entirely possible that his death bought the salvation of the souls of many. There is no finer way for any Christian to end his life; for no greater love hath a man.....

"He died a martyr of charity, performing the most perfect act of love of his God and of his neighbor." - The Vicar General, Society of Jesus, 1912




THOMAS ANDREWS

Mama stood cryin' at the dockside
Sayin' "Please son, don't take this trip"
I said "Mama, sweet Mama, don't you worry none"
"Even God couldn't sink this ship"

- Harry Chapin

The man who built Titanic, he took full and total responsibility for its failures and its design flaws, the exact nature of which was unknown to him at the time of the sinking, but ultimately revealed to be a short rudder and, possibly, bad steel and rivets that went into the hull.

He was seen below decks during the evacuation, making a last check to be sure that as many people from the lower levels of the ship as possible had a life jacket and an opportunity to survive.

He was last seen in life staring into a painting in the clubroom, waiting for the last call, contemplating in melancholy the painting of Southampton port.

Like the Captain, he chose to go down with his ship. The accident that occurred could not be attributed fully to him -- excessive speed was problem number one, followed by the choice of White Star Line not to put enough boats on board -- but he still took responsibility for whatever contribution to the loss he had made by choosing to stay until the end with those who died as a result of the catastrophe.

One might question whether this makes him one of the Tattered Remnant, for suicide is forbidden. But he recognized that he shared responsibility for the disaster, and withheld himself from rescue, allowing others to take his place: which is more than you can say for the owner of the White Star Line, who was rescued, but whose name I cannot recall at this instant.


WILLIAM MURDOCH

Well, the whistle blew and they turned the screws
It turned the water into foam
Destination sweet salvation
Goodbye home sweet home
-Harry Chapin

Of all the distortions of the movie "Titanic" the denigration of William Murdoch was possibly the most outrageous.

He was First Officer, on duty on the bridge when the ship struck the berg. He it was who desperately attempted to port around it; he it was whose hand was at the conn when the accident occurred. But in no way did he shoot any passengers and certainly he did not take his own life like a coward, as portrayed in the film.


After the collision Murdoch was put in charge of the starboard evacuation, during which he launched 10 lifeboats, containing almost 75 percent of the total number who survived. He was last seen attempting to launch Collapsible Lifeboat A. He was never seen again after Titanic disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean on the morning of 15 April 1912. His body, if recovered, was never identified. .... Several members of the crew, including the ship's lamp trimmer, Samuel Hemming, and Second Officer Charles Lightoller said they saw Murdoch attempting to free Collapsible A from the falls on the Boat Deck just before the bridge submerged in the final stages of the sinking, when a huge wave washed him overboard into the sea. Surviving wireless operator Harold Bride later stated that he saw Murdoch near Collapsible Lifeboat "B," but that he died in the water.
A great memorial fund was established in his memory in his home town: a fund that was much enhanced when an executive from the movie studios responsible for the film flew to Scotland and made a public apology and a GBP 5000 donation to the fund was made [As Steyn noted, "converted into Hollywood dollars, equals rather less than what Cameron and his family paid for dinner after the Oscars."].



MARGARET BROWN

They were burnin' all the flares for candles
In the banquet they were throwin' in first class
And we were blowin' waltzes in the barroom
When the universe went CRASH!

- Harry Chapin

"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" of course is most famous for having received that most American of tributes, a musical comedy written in her honor.

In spite of that, her actual achievements, and not just those on the night of the sinking, deserve to be remembered. First, Wikipedia:

Margaret helped others board the lifeboats but was finally convinced to leave the ship in Lifeboat No. 6. She would come to be regarded as a heroine for her efforts to get lifeboat 6 to go back to look for survivors. After the Titanic sank, she and several other women passengers took control of Boat 6, rowing "to keep warm" but headed back, against the demands of the head crewman, to find survivors in the water ... However, some sources report that no survivors were found, except by Lifeboat No. 12. Onboard the rescue ship R.M.S. Carpathia, Margaret Brown took a leadership role among the women passengers.
When the Carpathia reached dockside, Margaret went to considerable expense to have made a silver loving cup to be given to the crew of the Carpathia; furthermore, she had commemorative medals made for the individuals who crewed the rescue ship.

Her heroism and strength showed itself again after the event. Almost exactly two years later, in the town of Ludlow, Colorado, some 20 people were killed when the Colorado National Guard assaulted a tent colony of striking coal miners. Wikipedia reports that two women, eleven children, six miners and union officials and one National Guardsman were killed.


On the morning of April 20, [1914,] the day after Easter was celebrated by the
many Greek immigrants at Ludlow, three Guardsmen appeared at the camp ordering the release of a man they claimed was being held against his will. This request prompted the camp leader, Louis Tikas, to meet with a local militia commander at the train station in Ludlow village, a half mile (0.8 km) from the colony. While this meeting was progressing, two companies of militia installed a machine gun on a ridge near the camp and took a position along a rail route about half a mile south of Ludlow. Anticipating trouble, Tikas ran back to the camp. The miners, fearing for the safety of their families, set out to flank the militia positions. A firefight soon broke out.
The fighting raged for the entire day. The militia was reinforced by non-uniformed mine guards later in the afternoon. At dusk, a passing freight train stopped on the tracks in front of the Guards' machine gun placements, allowing many of the miners and their families to escape to an outcrop of hills to the east called the "Black Hills." By 7:00 p.m., the camp was in flames, and the militia descended on it and began to search and loot the camp. ...
[Three] captured miners were later found shot dead. ... During the battle, four women and eleven children had been hiding in a pit beneath one tent, where they were trapped when the tent above them was set on fire. Two of the women and all of the children suffocated.
Molly Brown's connections to the Colorado mining industry -- which had given her and her husband their riches -- combined with her fame from the Titanic disaster, gave her "good offices" to serve as an intermediary and a badly needed moderating influence between management and labor.


Margaret, who had connections in both the West and the East, went to Ludlow, in answer to urgent appeals for help from both sides, each seeing her as an ally. Margaret struggled to maintain a middle ground, refusing to join radicals calling for the resignation of the governor, while also challenging Rockefeller on his harsh business practices. As the two sides became further entrenched, Margaret spoke out about miners’ rights and pressured Rockefeller with the resulting negative media. Rockefeller eventually softened his stance and agreed to make concessions. The conflict at Ludlow was ultimately resolved and, in many ways, marked the end of the radical wing of the workers’ movement in America as the new PR savvy of industrialists like Rockefeller grew more and more effective.
She also went on to work in France providing war relief before American entry.

She died in 1932 at the age of 65, her money almost all spent.




KINGS OF THE WORLD: THE MEN OF THE TITANIC


Dance band on the Titanic
Sing "Nearer, my God, to Thee"
The iceberg's on the starboard bow
Won't you dance with me

- Harry Chapin

"Thank you, no; we are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen. But we would like a brandy!"
- attr. Benjamin Guggenheim, April 15, 1912, 12:30 AM

In the Waterfront section of Southwest Washington, DC, not far from the now-bitterly poor neighborhood called "Anacostia," there is a battered memorial. In one of those strange rituals that only a capital city can long support, there has been a tradition that, at midnight or so of April 14 of every year, a society of men gather at this monument and, as the clock strikes twelve, they raise a toast in commemoration of the men who chose to follow the ancient custom of "Women and Children First."

Those numbers were very great. Wikipedia reports that, for instance, of those men in Second Class on the Titanic, some 92% died, giving their places to the women and children on board. All but one child in first and second class survived; only 20% of the men survived, compared to nearly 75% of the women.

It is unknown if this rule would still be respected in this bitter era of sexual equality-as-battlefield. I think it would be, for I think it is one of those eternal rules of human decency that is written in every human heart (even if it is disregarded by many).

I should also note one of the many women among those who stayed behind: Ida Strauss, husband of former Congressman Isadore Strauss. Although a first class passenger, she refused a place in the boat, choosing to honor her vows to her husband and stay with him to the bitter end. "Not I—I will not leave my husband. All these years we've traveled together, and shall we part now? No, our fate is one."

(And of course we also remember the mothers who had small children that they protected as best they could as the waters came to enclose them.)

But that said, let us not forget those men who chose not to step on a lifeboat so that others might live, for it is this selfless act that made them all "Kings of the World."

For they are the truest embodiments of the Tattered Remnant that could be.

All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly, which can — and must — be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. ... Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than "Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal....
- Lazarus Long (Robert A. Heinlein), Time Enough for Love



ADDENDUM I - ROSE DEWITT BUKATER

I've always loathed "Titanic's" lead character. Rose Dewitt Bukater -– portrayed at the age of 17 by Kate Winslett and her two best friends, Port and Starboard -– is most decidedly not one of the Tattered Remnant, but is a self centered rhymes-with-witch who stops at nothing to get her way. She humiliates her family in public at every opportunity. She later makes her unmarried granddaughter wait in her hand and foot.

She deliberately tosses a zillion-dollar blue diamond that belongs to the insurance company (or should be left to the granddaughter) into the drink. The alternate ending on the CD -- where Rose throws the rock into the sea in full view of her hosts on the Russian research vessel -- needs to be seen (once).

(But, either way... didn't she realize how many billable hours in litigation she prevented? Doesn't she know there are starving lawyers in Ethiopia?!)

It could be argued that the sinking of Titanic was her fault--since she was on the deck smooching with Jack, distracting the first officer and the seamen in the crow's nest from paying proper attention to their jobs.

More seriously, she was remarkably cruel, in that she let her own mother believe, for the rest of her (the mother's) life, she was dead in the sinking, which if you think about it is about a 9.5 on a logarithmic Nastymeter. Yeh, Mom was nasty, but clearly the tree didn't grow far from the apple.

Really, I always figure that the alternate universe in which Cameron's "Titanic" takes place would probably have been better off if somebody else had gotten to the floating bedstead.... but that would not have made a very good movie, would it?

ADDENDUM II - ELBERT HUBBARD


Mr. and Mrs. Straus, I envy you that legacy of love and loyalty left to your children and grandchildren. The calm courage that was yours all your long and useful career was your possession in death. You knew how to do three great things—you knew how to live, how to love and how to die. One thing sure, there are just two respectable ways to die. One is of old age, and the other is by accident. All disease is indecent. Suicide is atrocious. But to pass out, as did Mr and Mrs Isador Strauss, is glorious. Few have such privilege. Happy lovers, both. In life they were never separated, and in death they are not divided.
- Artist Elbert Hubbard, 1912

On May 7. 1915, Elbert Hubbard and his wife Alice perished in the sinking of the Lusitania.

PS: Special thanks to my Facebook friend Betsy Gorisch, who brought my attention to the Steyn essay cited above.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Big Brother In National Geographic!

Congratulations to my brother Jerry Kent, who made the latest National Geographic! (Group pic of 'A Gathering of Detroit's Best Guitar Players.') He's the one directly under the letter R in RECORDING, the grey haired guy.... :0)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Biden: Al Franken "Leading Constitutional Scholar"

Vice President Joe Biden described former Saturday Night Live comedian, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., as a "leading legal scholar," presumably in the Senate, today.

"He has been one of the leading legal scholars," Biden said of Franken today, according to the pool report. He also said that Franken "is deadly serious" as a senator. He made the comments while recalling concerns that then-candidate Franken could not be taken seriously as a Senate candidate given his SNL work.

Can't imagine why.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

THE #PUBLIUS TWEETS #01:
The Federalist Papers
In 21st Century Language
INTRODUCTION & PART 1



(Editor's Note: I have no intention of revealing how the following correspondence fell into my hands - RLK.)

INTRODUCTION
TO:               THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FROM:         JAMES MADISON, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, JOHN JAY
DATE:          APRIL 2012
RE:                WTF?

 To the people of the State of New York and to the other States:

  Greetings to you all. We're sure you're wondering who we are. We are your spiritual forefathers sending you some Email using these nifty new servers they just connected to the Net.

  We are those known to you once as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, and we extend to you all our most humble greetings.

  You have surely heard of us, even after 200 years. James here is the fourth President of the United States; John is the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Alexander the first Secretary of the Treasury before an unfortunate incident on the bluffs of New York.

  Now we're sure you're all wondering what we mean. After all, we've all three of us been dead for almost two centuries, give or take a decade. And as you know, dead men tell no tales.

  We've been granted a small privilege, given the gravity of the current situation on Earth. We have taken a look at the state of the Union and we're not happy with what we see. So we applied to Upper Management for a special dispensation.

  We've accordingly contracted with a recent arrival hereabouts--I believe his name was Bart Bright, or some such, when he was with you all--and enlisted him to transcribe these message to you in a form of English more in keeping with the 21st Century: a time that from what we hear is both very alien and very familiar to us.

 And, of course, this writing style doesn't match at all that which we used the last time we were writing together. This is because, as we have to use Mr. Bright as our amanuensis, we have to use his voice and not our own. An annoyance really, but it has its advantages as well, which we'll discuss shortly.

  Now, this all started when Alexander recently completed his stretch in Purgatory and said he wanted to see what had become of our country, and we-–James and John--chose to join him for a little tour.

  We're not entirely pleased at what we see.

  Yes, we're very proud of how you have resolved many of the difficulties that marked our time. We're delighted that not only have you ended slavery but you've even overcome most of the dark habits we picked up imposing it. We're very proud about how you led the free world in fighting the monstrous regimes that took power over the last century. And we're delighted to see how your imagination and industry has created so many new instrumentalities of technology.

  But all is not well in this our nation.

  We're united in our dismay in seeing a serious breakdown in our system. You've locked in a group of representatives who seem intent on spending you all into the poor house. You've elected a President who appears not to know what he is doing–although we are pleased to see his ethnic background puts paid to much of the old ways. We see the business district of New York which we helped create is being occupied by a group of economic luddites. We're even hearing talk about cancelling elections and "decreasing democracy"  and even have heard the current President doubts that the Supreme Court should even perform its Constitutional duty!

  We've discussed the situation, and we've come to the conclusion that something needs to be done.

  In short: You all need to become reacquainted with what the Constitution means and how we came to this point.

  So we're going to urge you to reexamine certain papers of ours. They're quite famous, of course; the Federalist Papers are still read regularly by your intellectual elites and attorneys.

  But there's a problem. We've been gone a long time, and the English language has changed. Not everything we said back then is going to make much sense to you; furthermore, it's heavy style deters many from reading it.

  What to do about it?

  Well, truth is, one of our delights in our recent visit was to see a stage play in New York, a light musical based on Shakespeare. The story's the same, but since the form and language is that of New York and not sixteenth century England, the people enjoyed it much more.

 In the alternative, we've seen that the art of reading intelligently has declined pretty dramatically since the day we were about.

  So this is what we're going to do.

  Mr. Bright has agreed to transcribe and transmit our voices. We're going to rewrite and republish the entire Federalist Papers series, but in a form of English that is more amenable to your generation. The meaning will remain the same, but the form will be a little lighter and, we hope, a bit more enjoyable.

  While the tone may be less heavy than in 1788, the idea is that YOU GUYS NEED TO READ THIS STUFF. If you can't read the original (and if you can, forget Mr. Bright and for God's sake, read it!) But if you can't, or would rather not, then read this version. It's lighter, it's easier to comprehend, and it still will get the message across.

  Because if you people can't get your stuff straight, all our efforts may be wrecked.

  But keep this in mind: although the language is the language of the 21st century, we ask you imagine that it's 1788 all over again, and that we're writing for that audience.

  So.

  Read on, MacDuff.

===========================

 THE #PUBLIUS TWEETS #1

HAMILTON

 To the People of the State of New York:

  It's pretty clear to everyone now that the Articles of Confederation don't work, and that we've tried to fix it. Now's you're chance to judge our efforts.

  This is a big, er, deal, as your present Vice President put it so, er, eloquently. It covers whether we should be one country, and how safe those parts making up the country would be both under the new Constitution and independently.

  We are the subjects of a great experiment: whether people can pick their own government or not. This is something completely new–and History isn't on our side.

  This is the time and place. If we blow it, Mankind will suffer immensely.

  Patriotism and public spiritedness require that we pay attention to what is going on here.

  We need to pick carefully, and we need to choose dispassionately for what is really good for us as a whole and not necessarily what might be good for us as individuals.  (Figure the odds that this will happen, though. Again, History is Not On Our Side.)

  After all, this issue covers lot of territory, such as state and local governance and the effect the central government will have on them. These factors, and the effects they have on people at every level, guarantee that a lot of factors extraneous to the discussion will come into play.

  The most important obstacle facing the new Constitution is the fact that those in power already will do everything they can to prevent any change which lessens their personal power and/or income. Others, too, will fight it, as they would prefer to be big fish in a relatively small state pond than small fish in a large Federal lake. Many who would profit from disunion will lead the fight against Union.

  This series of essays, however, are not about this issue.

  It's of course unfair to equate all opposition to the Constitution to that of greedy men who want to maintain in power.

  It's possible that some of these men are arguing from legitimate reasons or from right intent. Much of our opposition will of course be made up of righteous individuals who, while holding wrong opinions, do so for correct reasons.

  We must remember that many good people will have mistaken opinions on this subject, and that their mistaken opinions does not diminish their inherent decency.

  We therefore should remember to be moderate in our criticism and modulate our tone, as we struggle to a great extent against our own.

  Furthermore we should also remember that many on our side of this constitutional question are not necessarily righteous in either their reasons or their intentions and bad motivations my be behind their good support. So let's be cautious and merciful in what we say.

  Furthermore, we all know that political intolerance occurs on both sides of the fence, and intolerance can arise in any political struggle and be far more destructive of the state than the questions that cause it to arise.

  In religion and in politics, conversion by sword point is a poor idea, and one usually can't eliminate a heresy by persecuting the heretic.

  I suppose that we should, nevertheless, expect it to arise in our present circumstance; and flamage and trollery will occur in this discussion as in so many others.

  Each side, we expect, will attempt to outshout the other. and the good guys will be accused of being power-hungry and enemies of freedom.

  Those who are careful to champion the people will be accused of being poseurs who want to be popular so that they can take advantage and those who have a passion for liberty may often harbor an obstinate hostility toward those they view as the enemies of liberty.

  We can't forget, though, that liberty can only be guaranteed by a sufficiently powerful government. These interests are inseparable. Beware, however: potential tyrants invoke "the people" much more often than they do a strong government.

  Advocates of "the people" have historically caused more despotisms than advocates of strong government; they often start as demagogues before they end up as tyrants.

 As you read these essays, we've tried to put you on guard against any politicized viewpoint, and we're attempting to give you as much information as possible based on truth, not spin. (Although I am sure you've already probably figured out that we favor the new Constitution indeed, we do....) we're convinced that this is the safest course for your liberty, your dignity, and your happiness.
 Nor will we give voice to any doubts that we do not actually have.

  We also won't pretend we're still deciding when we have indeed already decided.

  We're for the Constitution. Now we'll say why, as pretending to be evenhanded while being ambiguous betrays bad intent. (We're not going to tell you our personal reasons for supporting the Constitution, however; that business is strictly our own.) We're willing to lay this on the line, however, so that you can judge and we're going to try to speak the truth as best we see it.

  Over the course of this series, we're going to discuss the following subjects:

 WHY THE UNION IS A GOOD THING
 WHY THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION ARE A FAILURE
 WHY THE NEW GOVERNMENT FORMED ON THE CONSTITUTION WILL BE A DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT
 HOW THIS GOVERNMENT IS TRULY REPUBLICAN
 HOW THIS GOVERNMENT IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF OUR STATE
 HOW THE NEW CONSTITUTION WILL PROTECT LIBERTY AND PROPERTY.

  We're also open to questions and we'll try to answer them as this series goes on. Some may think that it's pointless to offer arguments about why the Union is a good thing–it should appear to most people to be a truth self-evident (to coin a phrase).

  But we hear from a lot of people that there are whispers going around–that one government can't handle an area so large, with so many different states of different sizes and characters, and that it is likely to be better if we were to have independent states in a few smaller confederacies. They aren't talking about it now, but they will later, because it's pretty clear that if this Constitution falls so falls the entire Federal union.

  So let's start by discussing the bad things that will follow if the Federal government should disappear.

  We will discuss this in our next. See you then.
/////

The Other McCain Takes
The Squire of Gothos
Down A Peg

(The enemy of my enemy is not always my friend, but here it is.) Fascinating read here:

http://theothermccain.com/2012/04/07/profiles-in-narcissism-charles-johnson-blinded-by-his-own-self-righteousness/

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Bright Monday. Time For....
GREG'S GIGGLES!


Ladies 'n' Germs.... MR. GREG SCHANKIN!
* You know why President Obama chose Disney World? It was the only place with longer lines than the unemployment office, so it looks better.

* Some Italian-American groups have complained that "Jersey Shore" perpetuates negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans — unlike "The Sopranos" or "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

* President Obama met with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the Oval Office last Wednesday. And after they left, Obama checked the White House to make sure Sasha and Malia were still there.

* A well known Mexican fast food chain was busted because 50 percent of its workers are undocumented. Now that’s real Mexican food.

* There are several new reports coming in from O.J. Simpson in jail. He is upset that they are foreclosing on his Florida home even though he hasn't lived there since his conviction, Apparently O.J. while in prison has been playing a lot of baseball. It seems he’s pretty good. The only problem is that every time he runs home, he murders two people.

* I just got a new TV where you change the channel by talking. I’m not sure it works. When I yelled "Crap!" during a football game, the TV put on "Jersey Shore."

* I spent Presidents Day acting like a president. I took someone else’s money and spent it on something I don’t need.

* What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary? One is filled with crooks, tax evaders, blackmailers, and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners.

* A new product that's coming out lets you consume caffeine by inhaling it. The product brings Starbucks one step closer to its ultimate dream, charging $9 for air.

* Political analysts say the key voting bloc could be birth control moms. Birth control moms are women who use birth control but apparently not correctly.

* A man from Thailand spent three extra years in an Indonesian prison because of a typo. It turns out he only ROPED a cow.

* The ASPCA has now released a list of guidelines and tips if you’re going to dress your pet up in a costume. The No. 1 tip is, "Get a life."

* Opening Day was on TV the other day. Don’t tell me what happened, I have it on TiVo.

* A group of Democratic fundraisers is offering a dinner with the president for $35,000. Unfortunately, the only person in America who can afford it is Mitt Romney.

* China's vice president was in Los Angeles yesterday. When he got off the plane, he apologized for his problem with the language. Apparently, his interpreter doesn't speak Spanish.

* A woman in Las Vegas celebrated her 105th birthday this week by gambling at a casino. It’s a little different than the way she usually gambles — by going to sleep.

* The agriculture department says we now have the smallest cattle population in 60 years. That shows you how fat we're getting. We're close to putting cows on the endangered species list.

* My buddy took his wife to White Castle for the candlelit dinner service for Valentine's Day. It's the perfect way to tell your partner, "I'm hungry and I don't love you that much."

* Italian authorities seized $6 trillion worth of fake, worthless U.S. Treasury bonds. Pretty good counterfeit job, too. They look just like the genuine worthless Treasury bonds.

* Because of a printing error, a billion new $100 bills have to be destroyed. They’re going to burn $100 billion dollars — just like they did with the last stimulus program.

* President Obama is backing down and will not require religious institutions to cover birth control for their employees. He flip-flopped. You know what that means? Mitt Romney may be qualified to be president.

* A 99-year-old man is filing for divorce from his 96-year-old wife, making them the world's oldest divorced couple. It's got to be weird when a divorce lawyer is fighting for your kids to get custody of you.

* Rocky is an obvious parallel for Newt. He's an underdog, a born scrapper, and he is fighting for the chance to be smacked around by a black guy.

* Wikipedia is going to back up at midnight. So you have less than a seven hour wait to get most of your facts wrong.

* Sen. John McCain told Sean Hannity that choosing Sarah Palin was still the best decision he ever made. Well, today the Arizona DMV took away his driver's license.

...ththththtat's all, folks.....

Sunday, April 8, 2012

More Flamage From Our Site Pest

                                                         

Anonymous Apr 8, 2012 11:14 AM
you can't handle that you have supported jihadists, you just can't handle it can you, you are a proud american who has been supporting jihad, we have many people who are aware of your activities with "islamic charities."

Richard L. Kent, Esq. Apr 8, 2012 12:06 PM
You can't handle that you have a room temperature IQ. (Assuming the room in question is the meat freezer at the nearest Burger King.)

AnonymousApr 8, 2012 11:12 AM
who is calling to destruction of Islam you fascist liar. Nobody here is calling to a destruction of Islam. I am not claiming to be a Christian but I am declaring that you have helped mujahadeens from pakistan, iran, saudi arabia, kill christians and you continue to help them kill in kosovo. 500 christian kids and teenagers had there organs removed and you dont have the guts to stand up for them you coward jihadist. but you are all cowards.

haha you and your Muslim deceptive tactics, you call upon the crusaders whenever trying to justify your cutting of heads and your islamic declaration in bosnia and your 500 years of turkish rape and inhumanity against christians, i have news for you buddy Christ nowhere mandated or decreed to fight for him, to kill for him, to take land for him, to overpower for him, to rape for him, this is the way of your prophet Mohammed. Crusaders were not Christians no matter what they clamied they wanted land, power and wealth. Just like you want a world under sharia.
you have layed your bed with the dark mujahdeens of bosnia now lay in it, you jihadist coward.

Richard L. Kent, Esq. Apr 8, 2012 12:08 PM
I haven't seen anyone foam at the mouth like that since I brushed my teeth this morning.

Anonymous Apr 8, 2012 10:51 AM
i think you misquoted your koran, the koran says that the rocks would cry out for the killing of the Jews. This is your book. This is what you have supported. You have supported the killing and raping of Christians, who were already slaves to Islam and the Turks for 500 years. You cannot win, Jihad will not win.

Richard L. Kent, Esq. Apr 8, 2012 12:10 PM
No. You don't REALLY believe that silly nonsense you spew, do you? Geez. (((shaking head making that wobble wobble wobble sound you only encounter in cartoons))).

PS. HAPPY EASTER, Christ is risen.

Anonymous Apr 8, 2012 5:02 PM
yah censor your blog, it shows fear and frustration. we know the minute you start censoring we have won. you fear, you have lost, keep censoring we know who you are, we know the money you took, we know your jihad

Richard L. Kent, Esq. Apr 8, 2012 5:03 PM
If I was taking money for this I'd be doing a lot better than I am.....

Anonymous Apr 8, 2012 5:04 PM
your sarcasm hides a desperate ugly jihadist who has lost and been exposed, make all the jokes you want, we know everything about you.

Richard L. Kent, Esq. Apr 8, 2012 5:23 PM
You do? Then tell me: how many finger am I holding up, Winston?

I'm honored! Honored I say!

       Jaenke Duedel went to town
       Riding on a pony
       Stuck a feather in his cap
       And actually thought he was cool or something.....
       - Yankee Doodle (Translated Into 21st Century English)

I am honored.

Truly.

I managed to annoy somebody SO MUCH that they actually took the trouble to post this to the Web! (Although it appears it's been there a while....)

http://i452.photobucket.com/​albums/qq243/jaunte_photos/​Esq-Dealer.jpg
(I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when he discovered his name in the phone book.....)
There is of course an EPIC story behind this....

Once upon a time, there was an idiot leftist (but I repeat myself) blogger named Charles Johnson (AKA "The Squire of Gothos"), whose blog, "Little Green Footballs," was once an interesting place. Before, of course, he started insultingly purging every member of his blog that stated something he didn't like.

I posted there for about a year and a half; he was very polite to me, until I dared to contradict him.

So I told him to frak himself and quit (before he had a chance to delete me).

Then... he outed me. I've told this whole sorry tale before and won't bother to give the details again. Go ahead and click *here* if you really want to know the whole stupid story.

So. Anyway, about two years later--say, last year--he discovered some videos posted by a "Doctor Richard Kent" (NOT NOT NOT ME) that purported to support "Young Earth Creationism", a POV I find ridiculous. (I'm an Old Earth creationist.)

Charles immediately asserted that he (Dr. Richard Kent) and I (Richard L. Kent, Esq.) are the same person, probably based on the fact that neither he nor I have been seen at the same place at the same time... or perhaps because we're both fat white haired middle aged guys (we Republicans all look alike). (I like to call myself middle aged because I like to pretend I'll live to 100, but never mind.) However, I am not him. (A guy named "Charles Johnson" should be aware that multiple people might have the same name.)

Charles wouldn't admit he frakked up of course, and over at "Little Green Footballs," it is an article of, er, faith that I am the same person as "Doctor Richard Kent."

Anyway, for some reason someone posted the above picture at LGF..... and the rest, as Henry Ford would say, is bunk. I admit that the expression on the EsqDealer's face is NOT quite in keeping with the spirit of this blog, however, so I'm altering it, and adopting it as our new blog logo.

The artist can sue me if he doesn't like it.



(C.f. "Yankee Doodle".)

PS. I should note that the Squire of Gothos has banned more than FIFTEEN THOUSAND PEOPLE FROM HIS BLOG since he lost control of his autism about two years ago. (I don't link to DiaryofDaedelus lightly, as it is run by a certified lunatic named "Rodan", but the article is both enlightening as to the extent of Charles Johnson's online self mutilation and the extent of DofD's unholy obsession with same.)

(But how many did he OUT? Other than me I mean?)

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1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.

14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

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31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and [that] they might be taken away.

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

35 And he that saw [it] bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave [him] leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight].

40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation [day]; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

Friday, April 6, 2012

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1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;

9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.