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Three little men are sitting in a bar.

The first man says, "I believe I have the smallest hands in the world."
The second man says, "I believe I have the smallest feet in the world."
The third man says, "I believe I have the smallest p*n*s in the world."
The bartender says, "You know, you can find out for sure, and maybe even get paid for it."
"Really? How?
"The Guinness Book of World Records keeps track of all kinds of stuff. Biggest, smallest, fastest, slowest, oldest, youngest, and so forth. And they might pay you $3000 if you hold the record."
"Great idea! Let's go!"
So they all troupe off to the office of the Guinness Book of World Records.
The first man goes in. He's there for a few minutes, then he comes out with a big grin and a fistful of cash. "I have the smallest hands in the world!"
The second man goes in. He's there for a few minutes, then he comes out with a big grin and a fistful of cash. "I have the smallest feet in the world!"
The third man goes in. He's there for more than a few minutes. When he comes out he's angry. He's kicking the furniture, punching the walls, cursing a blue streak.
"What's the matter? What's wrong?" ask his friends.
"Who the f*ck is Lindsey Graham?"
Posted by bluescribbler | Fri Jan 10, 2020, 05:16 PM (13 replies)

First thing I do when I get home from work is,

I Check my emails.

Today there were 99 new emails in my inbox. Of those 99 emails, 2 were not from some politician or nonprofit group begging for money.

I am not a wealthy man. I'm not as careful with my money as I might be, because I like to have a good time. But I do work hard for the money I get. I am a machinist. I have worked in my trade for more than forty years. This often requires me to be on my feet, performing physical tasks, and paying close attention to the results of my efforts. Today, for example, I spent the day standing over a lathe boring a part to a tolerance of .0002". For those who cannot grasp the significance of that tolerance, I present an illustration. The average human hair measures .008" Imagine, if you will, splitting a human hair into 16 equal parts. That one part, that one sixteenth of a human hair, is the maximum error I was permitted on this part. I was exhausted when I got home.

Now don't get me wrong. I do support some of the politicians and many of the causes who beg for money. But I can't send money to all of them. I have to pick my spots. I have rules I abide by. The rules vary. If you are a politician or aa PAC, the first rule is, Do you support positions which I support? If not, then you won't get my money. The second rule is, Will you appear on my ballot? If not, then you won't get my money.

If you are a nonprofit, the first rule is, Is your cause something about which I care deeply? If not, then you won't get my money. The second rule is, are you really helping people who need the help? If not, then you won't get my money. The third rule is, are you spending money wisely, getting the best results for the money spent? If not, then you won't get my money.

These artificial fundraising deadlines really piss me off. For the past month I've been getting these emails, each day ramping up the "urgency", as if I could give two shits about their deadlines.

The main reason I get so many emails is because I am active in my local community. I preside as chair of my ward Democratic Committee, and as vice chair of my city committee. I also contributed to John Kerry's Presidential campaign, and to (less than) a handful of other campaigns. That doesn't mean that I'm a soft touch for any Democrat who's running for Congress in Bumfuck, AZ.
Posted by bluescribbler | Tue Dec 31, 2019, 07:18 PM (6 replies)

Who is the shrewdest politician in Washington?

Madam Speaker is.
Posted by bluescribbler | Sat Dec 21, 2019, 01:54 PM (2 replies)

I just called Rep. Katherine Clark's office

To pass along my thanks for her leadership in the impeachment of Donnie Dotard. I encourage all DUers to do the same, regardless of your Rep.'s position on the matter. Your most powerful weapon in this fight is your voice. Use it.
Posted by bluescribbler | Fri Dec 6, 2019, 02:26 PM (0 replies)

The Madness of Don the Con

Earlier this week, Lawrence O'Donnell had as a guest one of the psychiatrists who coauthored the book which suggested that the Conman in Chief exhibited symptoms of severe mental illness. The good doctor said that the symptoms appear to be getting progressively worse. I have a theory about that.
We know that he considers himself to be something of a ladies' man. We know, from the Access Hollywood tape that he is attracted to beautiful women and that he feels entitled to assault them because he is a star. We know that he has had multiple affairs with many women. We know that he had an affair with at least one former nude model. We know that he had an affair with at least one adult film actress. We know from the Steele Dossier, that, on at least one occasion, he consorted with Russian prostitutes. We know from multiple reports that he refuses to use protection in his affairs.
I am not a physician. I am only speculating here, but is it possible that he is suffering from late stage syphilis? That would explain a lot, I think.
Posted by bluescribbler | Fri Dec 6, 2019, 09:08 AM (8 replies)

Who remembers the "Millineum Bug"?

People the world over were panicking because the folks at Microsoft hadn't thought far enough ahead, hadn't planned for what would happen to computers when 1999 became 2000. It would be catastrophic, experts told us. Airplanes would crash. Highways would become gridlocked. Patients hooked up to life saving machines, including premature infants in incubators, would die.

Of course, none of these dire predictions came true. Why not? Because governments and industry spent many person hours and millions of dollars to avert those catastrophes. It was considered to be too urgent to ignore.

How I wish we saw the same urgency in dealing with global climate change. The consequences will be far more dire than anything the "Millineum Bug" alarmists could imagine. And yet, our government does nothing.
Posted by bluescribbler | Wed Jun 19, 2019, 05:15 PM (4 replies)

I have not yet chosen a candidate, but

Richard North Patterson makes a compelling case.

"Warren stands virtually alone in the field by offering comprehensive, and specific, proposals for reanimating American democracy by reforming capitalism to reconcile its long-term interests with the needs of Americans writ large. She is, in substantive terms, by far the most important Democrat seeking the presidency.

Whether one tends right or left, Warren’s importance to the political dialogue transcends the eventual fate of her campaign. That’s because she is asking an essential question: Can we repair our deepening economic and social fissures by making large corporations more responsive participants in a revitalized democracy which expands economic opportunity, reinvigorates competition, and redefines corporate citizenship. Her candidacy is an attempt to rescue contemporary capitalism from its potentially fatal excesses.
To attempt this, Warren takes two broad pathways. The first reimagines the traditional Democrats’ curative of aggressive federal spending to equalize opportunity by lowering the barriers to advancement facing average Americans. The second would recast Warren as Teddy Roosevelt reincarnate: a rigorous regulator who would make the marketplace more accessible, and democracy more inclusive, by curbing the accretion of corporate power.

In contrast to the array of candidates who propose to banish Donald Trump by channeling outrage or inspiring hope—or, in the case of Bernie Sanders, conjuring a fantastical “political revolution”—Warren offers specific proposals to define our future. Says David Brooks: “I might agree or disagree with some of Elizabeth Warren’s zillions of policy proposals, but at least they’re proposals. At least they are attempts to ground our politics in real situations with actual plans, not just overwrought bellowing about the monster in the closet.”

More at the link

Posted by bluescribbler | Sat Jun 8, 2019, 03:37 PM (3 replies)

For those of us who love slide guitar

Check out the long solo at the end of this song:


Posted by bluescribbler | Mon Jun 3, 2019, 10:55 AM (2 replies)

We may have a Repuke Senator who would vote to convict

Romney wrote. “Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President. I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”
Posted by bluescribbler | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 04:02 PM (14 replies)

Kyle Korver on white privilege

I still remember my reaction when I first heard what happened to Thabo. It was 2015, late in the season. Thabo and I were teammates on the Hawks, and we’d flown into New York late after a game in Atlanta. When I woke up the next morning, our team group text was going nuts. Details were still hazy, but guys were saying, Thabo hurt his leg? During an arrest? Wait — he spent the night in jail?! Everyone was pretty upset and confused.
Well, almost everyone. My response was….. different. I’m embarrassed to admit it.


Anyway — on the morning I found out that Thabo had been arrested, want to know what my first thought was? About my friend and teammate? My first thought was: What was Thabo doing out at a club on a back-to-back??
Yeah. Not, How’s he doing? Not, What happened during the arrest?? Not, Something seems off with this story. Nothing like that. Before I knew the full story, and before I’d even had the chance to talk to Thabo….. I sort of blamed Thabo.
I thought, Well, if I’d been in Thabo’s shoes, out at a club late at night, the police wouldn’t have arrested me. Not unless I was doing something wrong.

Read the whole article at the link.
Posted by bluescribbler | Tue Apr 9, 2019, 03:59 PM (3 replies)
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