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Anyone else remember Bob Fass? "Radio Unnameable" on WBAI in NYC. Died over the weekend...

He was 87.

I remember listening to him in the 60s, and was one reason I never got any high school homework done. Went to a Central Park be-in and met him and some of the other nuts at WBAI.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Apr 26, 2021, 08:13 AM (1 replies)

So, yesterday afternoon I woke up and something was on NPR about vax denial...

Seems some group had a groups of antivaxers in a room and was trying to educate them. Nothing worked.

Until, of all things, Chris Christie got up and did an excellent job of telling his personal story. When he was finished, maybe half the crowd was at least thinking about changing their minds.

His secret? Well, to start with, the crowd had a deep distrust of government, and authority in general. They were, or believed they were, tricked and lied to all their lives. Cigarette companies told them tobacco was really healthy, their parents told them weird stuff, bosses lied, advertising told then each product was best, and the worst were politicians-- bullshitting them blind worse than any Nigerian prince.

So, when Fauci tries to tell them about covid, they are primed to throw him out with the trash. Same with any other "experts". Experts had been conning them all their lives, and they weren't having any of it.

Christi's push was simply to avoid anything technical or medical. He told about his time in the hospital, and about how the meeting in the White House ended up with everyone sick. Hope Hicks ran two or three miles a day and was in excellent shape and got sick. Donald hisself got sick. And not just down for a bit, but sick almost with death rattles. He told the personal story the White House glossed over.

The audience was rapt. Here was someone not repeating the usual BS, but speaking from bitter experience.

And it worked better than anything else.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Apr 26, 2021, 02:31 AM (24 replies)

Horrific acid attack on Pakistani college student...


A stranger threw acid on a Pakistani college student from Long Island, disfiguring her face and shattering her life in an attack activists want investigated as an anti-Muslim hate crime.

Nafiah Ikram, 21, and her mom were getting out of their car outside their Elmont home March 17 when a man rushed up to her, threw a caustic liquid at her face and ran off.

Authorities believe the man may have fled in a 2013 or 2014 red Nissan Altima, Nassau County police said Wednesday.

The case has also drawn public attention, including a plea from celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi, who said in an Instagram video she’s known her family for years.

“We don’t even know if she’ll be able to see properly ever again, because she had contacts in, and the acid burned and melted the contacts into her eyes,” she said. Because she screamed, the acid got into her body, and she hasn’t been able to eat solid food since, Lakshmi said.

And a 10 grand reward if you know who did it.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Apr 22, 2021, 03:30 PM (26 replies)

Not the best way to pass a truck...

At the Cars and Coffee event in Loveland, CO, one dumbass managed to spoil the day:

Amazingly, nobody was seriously hurt, although the pickup driver was taken to the ER to be checked out.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:06 PM (3 replies)

Didja know the Supreme Court once had 10 justices?

It started with 6, and grew to 10 by 1863. Because of Reconstruction woes and hatred of Andrew Johnson, it was to be reduced by attrition to in 7 1866, but in 1869 became 9.

And that's where it's been-- since 1866.

It grew to 10 because of the increased workload, but in 1866, 13 of the present states hadn't yet been admitted. And California was growing, but nothing like it is now. Hell, we didn't even own Alaska and Hawaii in 1866, or whatever stuff we got from the Spanish-American war. To say nothing of all the other changes since then.

So, yeah expanding the Court would probably be a good thing just as a practical matter. Term limits, and/or mandatory retirements might not be bad, either.

What could go wrong? Well, for one thing, expanding the Court would give it the ability to review more cases, which means it just might take closer looks at things we may not want them to look at. And, just how much to expand it? If it were to grow to the same extent as the country has grown, we could be looking at hundreds of justices, so that makes little sense.

Anyway, it is entirely up to Congress how to configure the federal court system, and a Congress with a bit of smarts and guts might come up with something worthwhile.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Apr 9, 2021, 11:15 AM (10 replies)

Who heard of the Colfax Massacre?

This is a new one to me, but it's a bad one.

Easter Sunday, 1873 around 300 hundred KKK, White League, and ex-Confederate troops attacked a successful Black settlement in Louisiana. Up to 150 were murdered, with only 3 whites killed.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Apr 5, 2021, 09:28 AM (5 replies)

Fast forward to Gaetz' wedding...

And, after the wedding?

Two-gun Boebert's wedding party invited, with her "friends"?

And, Matt still doesn't get it (although he wants to get some of that)

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Apr 5, 2021, 05:23 AM (5 replies)

Dolly Parton gets her shot. (And wears shot-ready sleeves)

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Apr 2, 2021, 09:53 PM (2 replies)

7 Texas Officers Are Fired in Death of Black Man Restrained in Jail


Seven sheriff’s officers in Collin County, Texas, were fired on Thursday in connection with the death of Marvin D. Scott III, a 26-year-old Black man who died after being restrained at the county jail last month.

“Evidence I have seen confirms that these detention officers violated well-established Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures,” Jim Skinner, the sheriff, said in a statement, adding that an eighth officer had resigned.

The police in Allen, Texas, just north of Dallas, arrested Mr. Scott on a marijuana possession charge on March 14. He had less than two ounces of the drug, according to the authorities — a misdemeanor.

The police said they had taken Mr. Scott to a hospital because he was acting erratically. He was then taken to the county jail, where county officers restrained him and pepper-sprayed him. A spit hood was placed over his head. He died later that night.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Apr 1, 2021, 11:55 PM (11 replies)

All those years of economics courses and I am still dumbfounded...

Maybe I should have gone for the PhD.

Anyway, here we are dumping trillions into the economy to help small businesses and people rubbing their last dimes together. I see the poverty and the lines at food banks.

But, somehow there's a whole bunch of people bidding housing prices sky high. Just saw a listing where in one day there were a dozen or so cash bids and went to contract as soon as the lawyers could get off their asses. There's a huge building boom around here, and the builders are so busy they won't answer the phone. Start thinking of a half million to get a bungalow.

This does not add up.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Apr 1, 2021, 01:57 AM (33 replies)
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