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AARP: Muse Sick in hour Mess-Age

[Public Enemy reference]

I was curious to see AARP's response to Paul Ryan's talk, but on visiting their site, I was more caught up by seeing a Stevie Nicks benefit and a lecture by Mickey Hart. Nicks is almost 65, Hart is almost 70 - the idea of the Grateful Dead informing our geriatric existence isn't something I'd considered before.

Italy gives U.S. new tool in war on terror


BBC breaking news:

Italy's court system has successfully convicted foreign intelligence agents for kidnapping. 

The twist is they were tried and convicted in absentia, a technique that might limit the need to make arbitrary targeted assassinations from afar.

The DoJ is reportedly studying the decision to see how it might affect high profile cases, such as the drone killings of American cleric Al-Awlaki and later his 15-year-old son.

Benghazis kill man who helped them

So much for gratitude - a mob in Cyrenaica smoked out the ambassador who for the 3rd time was serving in Libya.

Ironically having helped arrange the US airspace protection that allowed Benghazi to survive attacks by Qaddafi and overthrow his government, Christopher Stevens was killed on a short visit to this bastion of freedom and self-determination. (2 other Americans & likely a Libyan security official also killed)

Obama echoes Eric Holder: no judicial process in Constitution

Here's our #1 lawyer in the country last March: 

"Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security," Holder said then. "The Constitution guarantees due process, it does not guarantee judicial process."

Play Miss Tea for Me

Rumor has it that Clint had a speech to give - and he backed out, ran it without script, talked to an empty chair instead.

Clint's new movie debuts this month - is a senile guy able to put together a major picture?

Or is he a savvy pro playing a senile guy on TV?

(latest film due in 3 weeks - ailing baseball scout going on one last scouting trip, with everyone questioning his judgement - familiar territory? though seems he's now given up directing - back to being just an actor. Cue cameras?)

Medicare Sux: Overcharging lesson for liberals


Okay, provocative title, but point is that we charge 2-3 times per person what sane countries charge, and our "cures" are to charge another third over the next decade. Bravo, bravo.

(ref. Miller, WaPo)

I recall debates over Medicare & Social Security 6 years ago - where I pointed out to conservatives that Social Security didn't have a problem - Medicare did. Any long-term projection showed this.

Romney for President

After looking at Romney's Wikipedia page, it's hard to imagine anyone better suited for president, more admirable. A pro-business guy who was friends with the common worker, a Governor who managed the budget while expanding social programs, a very effective business leader who gave back excess bonuses, who stood up for civil rights and against the war.

Why we ended up with Nixon in 1968 instead of Romney should give us pause for thought. Someone who seemed to unite the best of the right and left, an actual compassionate conservative, someone who believed in his people and his community, who raised taxes and expanded the budget to build a bigger, more effective state government.

Monday Morning Quarterbacking: Follow the RMoney

Pull up a chair, kiddos, Uncle Paracles has a Fable.

Once upon a time there was a bad bad man with lots of money....

People seem confused about the Romney selection.

Why does he need to please the base so much?

He has plenty of money....

The base are still likely to vote for him - he needs the independents...

Okay, here's the deal - the choice of Ryan means Romney's been captured by tea party/nuttism.

And that nuttism, as seen from Kansas the last few weeks, has been brutally effective.

Romney Tosses Turd in Punchbowl; King David Hotel

Warning, "In the News" piece repeated below. As part of a rather long comment re: NBC's skipping the Olympics 7/7 memorial & demands for a Munich moment of silence, I'd made a snide aside re: memorializing the King David Hotel bombing (location of once-PM and famed Irgun warrior Menachem Begin's greatest atrocity against the British soldiers enforcing the Palestinian Mandate).

Brits toss a bone to Romney; no one notices

By now we've heard about the rather feeble and desperate attempt of Mitt Romney to call upon Britain's Special Relationship to save his stumbling efforts, with the not so subtle hints to throw the Games.

What hasn't been heard is the role played by the Queen herself. Originally non-plussed over the presumptiousness of the request - after all, hadn't he spent his missionary days in France of all places - she soon found a warm spot when she discovered Mittens had had dog trouble hounding him through his campaign.


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Favorite Quotes
To be for or against the Plague, it's much the same thing. Fiddledee, how a body shure do get around - just 2 weeks ago I was in Mississippi and now I'm all the way to Tennessee... Eat or Be Eaten Better to be pissed off than pissed on.
Born in swaddling clothes (designer, of course) at the confluence of big waters, my first recorded words were "Dad, can I have the keys to the car?" Raised a Southern Pedestrian, my musical talents were recognized at an early age, leading to my being exiled to the shed out back with a stack of books that became my eddykayshun - advanced readin', writin' & ritmytick, creating a major quandary of "what will I do, oh what will I do?" (Gunslinger) As an old black man advised in song, "You Gotta Move", so move I did, traveling the byways sideways even a lot of driveways, picking up sticks and psychological tics, even movin' to Beverlee through a quaint misunderstanding of the seriousness of TV series, until finally I blew up so big the carry nation incarnation tarnation couldn't hold me no more, so I fixed my sights on yonder sitar, and like Queequeg and Paul Bowles and one of those abducted kids by the Pied Piper of Hamelin, I ventured forth to the larger world, pickin' and grinnin', doin' me some reckonin' and naughts from naughts, occasionally rightin', building me some buildings and wiring and just trying to understand the babble comin' out of people's mouths and heads, I finally ended up in what Rummy quaintly calls "New Europe", which ain't so new from what I sees, but that pit in my stomach from lack-of-moving-sickness finally disappeared, and instead I sit behind a whopping big desk stacked with missives from all the chiefs with big whampum around the world telling me "what's going on". Which seems like a load of boolshit to me, but I guess that's what keeps me busy and entertained now, separatin' the weeds from the chapstick. So my name is Perry Keys, or Peracles to you, and since my mammy always said, "say please and thank you", I added the please, but I'm holdin' back on that thankee until I feel you've earned it. But do welcome, and I hope we's a gonna have a real good time. It all starts with, "I wuz born a poor young white chile livin' in the South..." and we cycle through again, like Nietzsche and his infernal regurgence. So enjoy, and let's spin a spell...


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