Archive for August, 2014

so, how did gordon pross do?

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Is this the end of the line for Gordon Allen Pross?

Besides abolishing taxes, Pross believes in securing America’s border with drones, restoring the American dollar, ending the Federal Reserve banking system, bringing back a military draft and putting an end to “the tyranny” in American government, he said.

Drones?  Like… those things used by Amazon dot com to deliver packages?  Ye Gads!

He called Congress a “pit of vipers” and told the Herald if he were elected he would expose “those people who hold the purse strings to your gold dust.”


One of Pross’ priorities in Congress would be to try and start a self-sustaining community of about a thousand people who are “down on their luck,” he said. He would want the community to mass-produce a commodity to help turn their lives around.
If successful, Pross believes the community could become a blueprint for politicians to implement across the nation, he said.
“I would want to make everyone a millionaire in two years,” he said.

When everyone’s a millionaire, nobody’s a millionaire.

Pross didn’t receive a single vote in a straw poll following a candidate forum in June. He dismissed the notion that he is a long shot in the primary, saying he hasn’t stopped fighting since 1998 and he won’t stop now.
“If you hate me you need to vote for me,” he said. “I’m going to bring things to the universe you can’t even imagine.”

Wait.  What?

Pross will not be discouraged if he doesn’t make it to the general election for the fifth time, he said. He is confident his willingness to take on corruption will one day lead to him representing the district.
“You want America or ‘Pretendica?’ ” he said.

Yes.  Candidates like them really do spice up the electoral process, don’t they?
Final returns in 2014.  137 votes.  point two percent of the vote.  I think it is the worst of his showings.  Just ahead of Kevin Midbust … unless there’s a cache of eleven Midbust votes lying about somewhere.

senate election hub

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

So, what’s going on in this Senate race in Mississippi?

The endlessly complicated aftermath of Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary added a new layer of complexity late Tuesday, with reports that the man who had accused the campaign of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) of buying votes is now accusing a spokesman for Chris McDaniel, Cochran’s opponent, of paying him to lie about the whole thing.

That’s Integrity for you.

And the Senate race in Montana… John Walsh withdraws, we go to… who the hell knows?

And in Tennessee?

But even though the Tennessee Democratic Party remains undermanned compared with the state’s dominant Republicans, it at least will have a candidate this fall who’s not a national joke — something the party couldn’t say two years ago.

Still waiting for Oklahoma, even though… apparently no one cares enough to make a joke of the would be “joke” candidate.

a single tear drop…

Friday, August 8th, 2014

lincolncryingoverquinn  According to this cover of the National Review, Abraham Lincoln is crying because of the poor performance of Illinois’s current governor.

This might be an interesting way to proceed for covers of political journals when they publish critical pieces admonishing current state governors.  For instance… the next time a publication has reason to go on the attack against Indiana’s governor … Benjamin Harrison is Crying right now!

But shouldn’t the National Review feature both Lincoln and Obama crying?

radio killed technocracy

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Though its vocabulary was not altogether intelligible, it talked in terms of power energies, mechanics, efficiency, elimination of waste, and these, even more than its utopian promise of $20,000 a year incomes, were calculated to capture the American imagination.  Howard Scott, its progenitor, had been a familiar face in radical bohemian circles for many years, during which time had been pouring forth his scorn on the radicals’ schemes of mass revolution and demonstrating that twelve revolutionary engineers in strategic places could bring capitalism to knees in three days.  Coming now from the hollowed precints of Columbia University, backed by an imposing array of academic sponsors and assistants, his theories took on an authority and dignity that made Scott the Man of the Hour.  A Technocracy Craze swept the country.  The newspapers were full of it; whole magazines were devoted to it; fierce controversies raged around it.  Verblins’ The Engineers and the Price System, which contained the essence of technocratic theory, was republished and became a best seller.

Scott himself helped to kill the movement several months later in a rambling, incoherent and confused speech that was broadcast throughout the country.  A few stubborn admirers hoped, and claimed, that their idol was somewhat “tight” when he made it.  But a new prophet had toppled from his pedestal.  The new panacea died a rapid death.

——      Rebel America, Lilliam Symes and Travers Clement, page 369, 1934

damned liberal phony nerds.

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Okay, this National Review article is insane.  Yes, it is.

Which is to say that the nerds of MSNBC and beyond are not actually nerds — with scientific training and all that it entails — but the popular kids indulging in a fad.

Hit a Nerd where it hurts, why don’t you?  Why, I bet they were all secretly hanging out with the star quarterback in high school while nobody was looking… and then brushing them off and ignoring them in haste whenever anyone might see them together.

[…] stereotypical facsimiles of the real thing. They have the patois but not the passion; the clothes but not the style; the posture but not the imprimatur. Theirs is the nerd-dom of Star Wars, not Star Trek; of Mario Kart and not World of Warcraft; of the latest X-Men movie rather than the comics themselves.

Someone out there needs to throw Rachel Maddow a Pop Quiz on The Dark Phoenix Saga.

Look at me and let me tell you who I am not, which is southern, politically conservative, culturally traditional, religious in some sense, patriotic, driven by principle rather than the pivot tables of Microsoft Excel, and in any way attached to the past.

Wait.  I thought these were Star Wars nerds and not Star Trek fans… or, you know “A Long Long Time Ago” (in a Galaxy far far away…)

The movement’s king, Neil deGrasse Tyson […]
Bill Nye wants to usurp the crown so badly…
is useful because he can be deployed as a cudgel and an emblem in political argument — pointed to as the sort of person who wouldn’t vote for Ted Cruz.

Someone needs to vinn diagram people who quoteth  Neil deGrasse Tyson on their social media accounts with those who go for that whole “Chuck Norris” meme.

Marie Antoinette is no more welcome in America if she dresses up in a Battlestar Galactica uniform and self-deprecatingly joins Tumblr.

I Haz Ur Cake!

Sorry, America. Science is important. But these are not the nerds you’re looking for.

Sure beat the nerds voting for Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin.

silly season of American politics: Merkley versus Wehby, on the ground grassroots activism

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Scattered about in a neighborhood in Portland:

We’re Going to Throw Apples onto the Rooftops of Jeff Merkley Supporters
No Paychecks…. No Future

It’s a real puzzle.

This would send a message, I suppose.  Message:  Monica Wehby supporters are real jerks.  And… incomprehensible jerks at that.  What is the apple?  Is that symbolizing the teachers’ union?

I half suspect a dirty trick on the part of the Jeff Merkley campaign to make Monica Wehby look bad.  Then again, maybe it’s a dirty trick from the Monica Wehby campaign to make it look like a dirty trick coming from the Jeff Merkley campaign.