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Saturday, December 22, 2012

"It's the worst hell," Hemingway said. "The goddamnedest hell. They've bugged everything. That's why we're using Duke's car. Mine's bugged. Everything's bugged. Can't use the phone. Mail intercepted."



U.S. Government Launches Massive Surveillance Database

A recently discovered initiative by the National Counterterrorism Center will search millions of America's government files for criminal wrongdoing--even if they aren't under investigation.



The U.S. government has quietly launched a massive master database on American citizens, most of whom have no criminal records. According to the Wall Street Journal's Julia Angwin, a little-known government organization called the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has begun to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible wrongdoing. Angwin claims the NCTC is searching disparate government databases for proof of possible criminal behavior by ordinary citizens, even if they are not suspected in any crimes. Despite the NCTC's name, the organization is searching for proof of ordinary crimes, as well as terrorism.
Lists being parsed by the NCTC include flight records, casino employee lists, and the names of Americans hosting foreign exchange students. All-seeing government databases are becoming an increasingly common part of everyday life; in recent months, New York's police department created a massive citywide surveillance system and the FBI announced a billion-dollar biometric database.

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Ernest Hemingway 'driven to suicide over FBI surveillance'

By Jon Swaine, New York 

7:56PM BST 03 Jul 2011

Ernest Hemingway may have been driven to kill himself because of his surveillance by the FBI, his close friend and collaborator has said.

AE Hotchner said he believed the FBI's monitoring of the Nobel Prize-winning author, over suspicions of his links to Cuba, "substantially contributed to his anguish and his suicide" 50 years ago.

Hotchner wrote in The New York Times that he had "regretfully misjudged" his friend's fears of federal investigators, which were dismissed as paranoid delusions for years after his death.

In 1983 the FBI released a 127-page file it had kept on Hemingway since the 1940s, confirming he was watched by agents working for J. Edgar Hoover, who took a personal interest in his case.

Hotchner described being met off a train by Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho, in November 1960, for a pheasant shoot with their friend Duke MacMullen.
Hemingway, struggling to complete his last work, complained "the feds" had "tailed us all the way" and that agents were poring over his accounts in a local bank that they passed on their journey.

"It's the worst hell," Hemingway said. "The goddamnedest hell. They've bugged everything. That's why we're using Duke's car. Mine's bugged. Everything's bugged. Can't use the phone. Mail intercepted."
Later that month he was committed for psychiatric care at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he received electric shock treatment. He attempted suicide several times before being released.

A few days after returning home to Ketchum, he shot himself in the head with his favourite shotgun aged 61.

"In the years since, I have tried to reconcile Ernest's fear of the FBI, which I regretfully misjudged, with the reality of the FBI file," wrote Hotchner, the author of 'Papa Hemingway'.

"I now believe he truly sensed the surveillance, and that it substantially contributed to his anguish and his suicide," he said.

97 comments:

  1. I thought I would save you from going over the physical cliff.

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  2. We did a post on the “most interesting man in the world” commercials.

    John Boehner’s name did not come up.

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  3. If you get in the Federal crosshairs, your life can become a living hell or in case your bad enough, a dying one.

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  4. Listen to this(ht: Doug) and think about the future under a Federal government controlled by people who "know better than you" and have no problem enforcing their "living constitution" version of the greater good.

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  5. An little stat from my local rag:

    "Americans are 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than any other developed country"

    'Haiti is an armed camp much like the NRA proposes for America. Is that what you guys want - to be more like Haiti?'

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    1. More like Switzerland, or Israel, would be fine. Haiti no thankee.

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    2. Hardcore top down control in both Switzerland and Israel but Haiti, nope!

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  6. The bad guys have or will get guns. Good people want to legally be able to protect themselves.

    The last time I researched US gun crime statistics I found that when Black on Black crime is removed from US gun crime statistics, the US statistics are in line with other developed countries.

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  7. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics Homicide Trends in the US
    Racial differences exist, with blacks disproportionately represented among homicide victims and offenders
    In 2005, homicide victimization rates for blacks were 6 times higher than the rates for whites.
    To view data, click on the chart.

    [D]

    For more information about racial patterns in violent victimization
    see Key Facts at a Glance.

    In 2005, offending rates for blacks were more than 7 times higher than the rates for whites

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    1. Then, perhaps, we should quit arming them.

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    2. Another statistic I recently saw showed over a million firearms were stolen and only about 9% recovered.

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    3. Your welfare state is what brought about the downfall of black families, Rufus, and all it's attendent pathologies.

      Obviously, more of the same is the answer.

      Pure Genius.

      MORON

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  8. More from Bureau of Justice Statistics
    http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=940

    Inmates serving time in state prisons during 1997 said they obtained their guns from the following sources in percentages:

    Purchased from a retail store 8.3 percent
    Purchased at a pawn shop 3.8
    Purchased at a flea market 1.0
    Purchased in a gun show 0.7
    Obtained from friends or family 39.6
    Got on the street/illegal source 39.2

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    1. Obtained from friends or family 39.6
      Got on the street/illegal source 39.2

      These are the guns that interest me. Somehow, they got from the manufacturer to the street, or to the "friend."

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    2. Firearms Stolen During Household Burglaries And Other Property Crimes, 2005-2010
      Lynn Langton


      November 8, 2012 NCJ 239436

      Presents findings on the theft of firearms during household burglaries and other property crimes from 2005 through 2010. The report examines the number of property crime victimizations involving the theft of one or more firearms, the number of firearms stolen each year, and the characteristics of property crimes involving stolen firearms. It presents data by the amount of loss, the percentage reported to police, the percentage of items recovered, and the characteristics of households experiencing the theft. The report also presents trends from 1994 through 2010 on the number of victimizations involving firearm theft. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.

      Highlights:

      About 1.4 million guns, or an annual average of 232,400, were stolen during burglaries and other property crimes in the six-year period from 2005 through 2010.
      On average, firearms were stolen in an annual average of about 4% of the 2.4 million burglaries occurring each year, in 2% of the 529,200 robberies, and in less than 1% of the 13.6 million other crimes involving theft from 2005 through 2010.
      From 2005 through 2010, 86% of burglaries and 75% of other property crimes involving a stolen firearm were reported to police.

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    3. http://www.gallup.com/poll/20098/gun-ownership-use-america.aspx
      Gun Ownership and Use in America
      "Women more likely than men to use guns for protection
      by Joseph Carroll, Gallup Poll Assistant Editor
      How many Americans personally own guns, and what do they use them for? A recent Gallup Poll* shows that 3 in 10 Americans personally own a gun; most gun owners say they use their guns to protect themselves against crime, for hunting, and for target shooting. Gun ownership varies by different groups in the country, with men more likely to be gun owners than women, Southerners and Midwesterners more likely than Easterners or Westerners, Republicans more so than Democrats, and older rather than younger Americans.

      Gun Ownership

      The poll, conducted Oct. 13-16, finds that 4 in 10 Americans report they have a gun in their homes, including 30% who say they personally own a gun and 12% who say another member of their household owns it. These results show essentially no change since this question was last asked in 2000. At that time, 27% of Americans said they personally owned a gun and 14% said another household member owned one."

      The 2005 nationwide Gallup poll of 1,012 adults found the following levels of firearm ownership:

      Category Percentage Owning a Firearm
      Households 42%
      Individuals 30%
      Male 47%
      Female 13%
      White 33%
      Nonwhite 18%
      Republican 41%
      Independent 27%
      Democrat 23%


      * In the same poll, gun owners stated they own firearms for the following reasons:

      Protection Against Crime 67%
      Target Shooting 66%
      Hunting 41%

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    4. So, out of 300,000,000 Firearms, we could assume that maybe 10,000,000 are on the street illegally as a result of theft?

      Which brings us to traffic cameras. The Brits have the right idea. Every street corner (and, a lot of other places the bad guys won't think to look, or couldn't see if they were looking.)

      Our cameras should be tracking the vehicle of the offenders within seconds (milliseconds) of any armed robbery, anywhere. Along with the facial identification of the robbers.

      This is very doable. You don't believe it? Get identified as a "card-counter" by a casino. Any casino. Anywhere in the world.

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    5. I saw something on television about Oakland, Ca. Very High crime rate. Had a huge number of people working "drugs."

      3 Officers working "burglary."

      Nuts

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    8. Then, perhaps, we should quit arming them.

      R a c i s t R u f u s !!!

      Blacks don't do the mass killings though. (Least none comes to mind unless one thinks Rawanda and machetes provided by the French)

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    9. Our cameras should be....... anywhere.

      A lovely Yuletide vision, if there ever was one!

      Oakland is nuts though. My sister used to live there. Got out. Seems it hasn't changed much.

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    10. Believe me Rufus, in Oakland they aren't wasting time working the teenage marijuana problem.

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    11. BTW - Saw on FBI or Justice site that "assault weapons" are involved in only 2% of gun crime.

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    12. makes sense anon, gotta focus on all those other weapons as well.

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    13. If you should ever get attacked, Ash, it would be fitting if it were by a madman with, say, a three iron, or maybe a driver. Or both.

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    14. far better that then a sig sauer or a Bushmaster

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    15. Oh, yeah, getting beat to death is a much more pleasant experience than being taken out with a single bullet to the head.

      I know:
      That's what the possum repeatedly told me as it took me 10 minutes to finish off his thick skull with a trenching tool.

      At a much younger age, I learned that drowning is a pleasant way to go also, when I dropped a gopher and trap in a bucket of water.
      I could just tell how grateful he was to the very end.

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    16. I fancy my chances better against the clubs

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    17. Starting at minute nine in Bob's link above w/a hat tip to me, Carolla uses a Casino anology in another context, Rufus, pointing out that they'd soon be out of business if they treated their best customers the way Big Government treats big producers.

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      "Our cameras should be tracking the vehicle of the offenders within seconds (milliseconds) of any armed robbery, anywhere. Along with the facial identification of the robbers.

      This is very doable. You don't believe it? Get identified as a "card-counter" by a casino. Any casino. Anywhere in the world.
      "

      Yes, but a Casino is a private enterprise, not a government.
      In Los Angeles, regulations increasingly rule out legitimate businesses, while turning a blind eye on illegals who then make a killing, since they are burdened by no regulations whatsoever.

      Carolla's example is all the unsafe, illegal, non-health law conforming Taco Wagons plying the streets, while legitimate operations are run out of business by unworkable over-regulation.

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  9. Ernest Hemingway suffered from a genetic condition (hemachromatosis(sp?) that affects the iron content of the blood, and leads to depression, and mental illness. Just about his entire family on his father's side died from suicide. All those shock treatments probably didn't help.

    We're not, yet, properly using the technology available to us. Facial recognition software should have picked up Adam Lanza when he attempted to gain entry at the front entrance. He should have been in a database, and the perimeter should have been secure.

    Our cops should be freed from enforcing social behavior (pot, prostitution, etc,) and put to work protecting the populace.

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  10. SNAKE SCENE FROM ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS (not Hemingway)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJQa8wXa27k

    Ernie at his very best.....I thought of Rufus.....who hates snakes...
    ...........
    That's nonsense about Hem. The part about being driven over the edge by the FBI. Like Rufus says, he may suffered from some stuff I listened to his son explain it one time. He was manic/depressive all his life. Could get really high about a subject or activity, then also really low. At the end of his life his writing skills were leaving him, he went way low, and, like his son said, it finally 'got him'.

    He was also suffering from some effects of a head banging in Africa, and the years of boozing...

    He was investigated however, for his political views. He was not a commie, or a commie sympathizer, though he had supported the Republic in the Spanish Civil War, which was made up of various parties. He was anti-fascist, anti-nazis.

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  11. Thank you, Quirk! That is the best gift of all!!

    Paolo Gabriele is free, is free!

    And in time for Christmas too!

    Bless The Pope!

    Bless the Vatican!

    Thank you, Mother Mary Intercessor!!!

    Peace On Earth! Goodwill To Men!!

    Joy To The World!!!

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    1. .

      Another ex-con hits the steets.

      Noel!

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    3. A true danger to society, that Paolo.

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  12. Rufus puts up his Christmas Lights -

    "Fairy Tales"

    Neighbors complain

    Court rules for Rufus --

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.

    http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/12/21/judge-louisiana-woman-can-flip-finger-in-holiday-lights/


    Photo of 'Christmas Finger' can be currently seen on Drudge.

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    1. Rufus has a replica of Mao in a Santa Suit on his lawn.
      The ultimate Maximum Leader in RufusWorld.
      Last year it was Castro.
      Hugo is on deck for Christmas 2013.

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    2. :) - Mao in a Santa Suit - :)

      heh

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    3. Still chuckling here.

      Keeper.

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  13. If I shared your views, Rufus, I'd hang out with the Kos kids.

    You don't enjoy being around people who share your views?

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  14. Rufus P. "Grinch" Outback is his real name,aka P. Outback.

    Not up to your high standards, but best I could do.

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  15. No one shares ALL my views, and I don't share ALL of anyone else's. But, I can't imagine why anyone would be against using technology to make our society safer.

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  16. The post is about using technology to spook on you, spook on me, spook on all of us.

    How does that make us safer? I can understand spooking on an individual with a court order. The rest of us should not be spooked upon.

    This comment is now in the spook center archives.

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  17. One day we, some of us, may have to develop a coded language of some sort that can be intermixed with our praise of Barky.

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    1. Like, isn't Obama great!, ((((may the Lord treat him as he deserves)))). May he never be convicted, if ((((he should be impeached by the House)))), etc.

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  18. Why the fuck would Unka Sam, or Obama give a fuck what you or Doug do, Bob? Don't you think you're flattering yourself a bit?

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    1. Why the hell are my comments and e-mails going in their fucking archives?

      I see it as a legitimate concern. No, I don't think they are after me.

      But I do note I was one of those millions described by big sis as a potential terrorist. Tea Party attender, gun owner, white, middle aged (to flatter myself), conservative, distrustful of the government, wanting less government, etc.

      You got nothing to worry about, yourself, Rufus. Maybe you are just playing it safe with all the horseshit?

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    2. B00bie,

      Don't forget your mental breakdown! Now that the mentally ill are to be tracked in a national database in case they mass murder you will be watched! You will be monitored!

      No need to track the guns just track the people because guns don't kill, people do!

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  19. America is driven by fear! Fear of the 'other', the communists, the blacks, the Latinos, of their own government.

    Arm up baby.! Armed guards in every school! Conceal carry - just in case!

    Heck, why not arm the most vulnerable?

    Arm the children!!

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    1. Another totally idiotic nose picking comment by His Brilliance.

      The people that founded this government had read history, and knew enough to be fearful of the government. That is why, you moron, they tried to corral it all about as they did, including allowing people to own weapons just is case things got out of hand.

      Further, any sane man, after reading a little history, would be extremely fearful of communists, they have killed enough megamillions to warrant it. And the writer of Barky's book had once recommended to kill thirty million of us to get us straight with Marx, Lenin and the boys.

      The fool walks in unawareness. It can happen here and if it does it will come from the left. Many of whom are so fucked up they are in complicity with the muslims, like Barky, who is enabling the rise of MB in the middle east.

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    2. Yeppers cause democracy sucks and must be opposed if the voters dare to defy the will of the b00bie!

      Arm up baby!

      Arm the babies!

      Arm the b00bie!

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    3. Surely you have an inexhaustible supply of boogers.

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  20. December 22, 2012
    Grotesque Obama eulogy for Sen. Inouye
    Thomas Lifson

    Signs are accumulating that re-election has aggravated an already serious ego problem for Barack Obama. His eulogy for Senator Daniel Inouye yesterday shocked even some people favorably inclined toward the president, for its focus not on the departed, but on Barack Obama himself.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/12/grotesque_obama_eulogy_for_sen_inouye.html

    Video included.

    I've read several shrinks who seem to know whereof they speak that don't think Barky has a 'problem' but a full blown narcissistic personality disorder.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder

    To me, this was first and most perfectly shown in his o so cool nonchalant condemning to death of an American citizen who had survived an abortion, and in the use of the term 'confort room' to describe the process, may the Lord treat with him as he deserves.


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  21. You guys are perfect; an idiot of the hate-America Left, and a loon of the hate-Obama Right. You're made for each other.

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    1. And you are a ping pong ball, voting for Bush one year, McCain the next, Obama the next.

      :)

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    2. At least I find new, and creative ways to be stupid.

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  22. Meantime, serious people have to try to get things done, while dodging all the nonsense from the extremes.

    Bob, Doug, you two do realize that when that cop pulls up behind you he can push a buttong, and immediately get access to the complete history, and current status of yourself, and the car you're driving, right?

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    1. I'm just saying we should make it more efficient.

      Of course, we could just sit around and bitch about all the crime.

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    2. What he gets is your rap sheet, any outstanding warrants, drivers license in effect, not your damn e-mails.

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    3. Of course, we could just sit around and bitch about all the crime.

      And advocate disarming all American blacks, like you did, while keeping yours.

      :)

      A chink in your armor there, of the first order. Guns for me, and the Cherokee, but not for thee.

      :)

      (I'm sure you didn't mean it as it sounded)

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    4. Of course not, I would like to see All Sane, Law-Abiding Americans have ready, and unimpeded access to firearms. But, we need to make it very difficult for the gang-bangers, and mentally ill to acquire, and keep, theirs.

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    5. I'm pretty much agnostic about the short barrel, .223 Semi-automatic peashooters, regardless of the magazines, or type of stock. As I said, he could have done just as much damage with the two handguns as he did with the rifle (although the rifle might have been a bit handier breaking the window glass.)

      I do, however, see some merit in having the question "does a mentally ill person live at your address - please explain."

      The biggest fuckup of this whole mess was putting a security door at the front entrance, and windows that a first grader could break into everywhere else.

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  23. Remarkably, John Boehner couldn't get enough House Republicans to vote in favor of his proposal to keep the Bush tax cuts in place on the first million dollars of everyone's income and apply the old Clinton rates only to dollars over and above a million.

    What? Even Grover Norquist blessed Boehner's proposal, saying it wasn't really a tax increase. Even Paul Ryan supported it.

    What does Boehner's failure tell us about the modern Republican party?

    That it has become a party of hypocrisy masquerading as principled ideology. The GOP talks endlessly about the importance of reducing the budget deficit. But it isn't even willing to raise revenues from the richest three-tenths of one percent of Americans to help with the task. We're talking about 400,000 people, for crying out loud.

    It has become a party that routinely shills for its super-wealthy patrons at a time in our nation's history when the middle class is shrinking, the median wage is dropping, and the share of Americans in poverty is rising.

    It has become a party of spineless legislators more afraid of facing primary challenges from right-wing kooks than of standing up for what's right for America.

    For all these reasons it has become irrelevant to . . . .

    Crazies

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    1. "afraid of facing primary challenges from right-wing kooks"

      ...who know that at the present rate of spending, not to mention future obligations, complete theft of the ENTIRE WEALTH of those 430 thousand evil folks would only run the country w/o a deficit for a couple of months.

      ...and more jobs than BHO economy has already eliminated would be lost.

      Your inability to reason honestly astounds me.

      You claim to have spent your adult life selling insurance.
      ...yet ignore the actuarial impossibilities of your Socialist Spending Schemes.

      My mom was a farm girl raised dirt-poor, but had more common sense than most of DC combined.
      Such as:
      "Money doesn't grow on trees."

      ...a simple fact of life ignored by all you greedy fucks hiding behind your "compassionate position" as you rob our children's futures.

      Despicable.

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  24. We need more Christmas music.

    My present to myself just came -

    Mysticism and the New Physics

    The Holographic Universe

    The Biology of Transcendence

    If I am able to understand, I may report!

    My wife, while thanking me effusively, immediately gave my present to her, a Kindle book dealie, to our daughter.

    heh, I did my best anyway.

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    1. 7 Codes You’ll Never Ever Break

      By Robert Beckhusen and Noah Shachtman
      12.21.12
      6:30 AM

      http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/codes/

      Concentrates on The Voynich Manuscript (1400-1500s), aka the Quirk Document, which has successfully resisted all attempts at understanding.


      The real code of the universe is written in love, also impossible to understand, and against all expectations, the universe actually being made out of same:

      Gospel of Thomas Saying 113

      (113) His disciples said to him: On what day will the kingdom come? And Jesus said: It will not come while people watch for it; they will not say: Look, here it is, or: Look, there it is; but the kingdom of the father is spread out over the earth, and men do not see it.

      http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/thomas/gospelthomas113.html

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      Didn't Jesus also say 'a watched pot will never boil'?

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  26. By the way, Obama just opened up a huge chunk of Federal land in Ca to drilling. It's a shale play (Monterrey, I think it is.)

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    1. Bless him then. Did something right.

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    2. It turns out that this isn't the first Ca land that the feds have opened up for fracking.

      Monterey Shale

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    3. But, the problem seems to be that the oil drillers are shutting down. 41 rigs quit drilling last week, alone. That makes 5 weeks of decline in rigs drilling for oil.

      Don't get used to $90.00 oil seems to be the take-away.

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    4. Gas for the first time in a long long time is under $3.00/gal here. Something along the line of $2.89 or thereabouts.

      This is a pleasant Christmas surprise.

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  27. "afraid of facing primary challenges from right-wing kooks"

    ...who know that at the present rate of spending, not to mention future obligations,
    complete theft of the ENTIRE WEALTH of those 430 thousand evil folks would only
    run the country w/o a deficit for a couple of months.

    ...and more jobs than the BHO economy has already eliminated would be lost.

    Your inability to reason honestly astounds me.

    You claim to have spent your adult life selling insurance.

    ...yet ignore the actuarial impossibilities of your
    Socialist Spending Schemes.

    My mom was a farm girl raised dirt-poor, but had more common sense than most of DC combined. Such as:

    "Money doesn't grow on trees."

    ...a simple fact of life ignored by all you greedy fucks hiding behind your "compassionate position" as you rob our children's futures.

    And eliminate our chance to choose our fate on Earth for ourselves.

    ...for the first time in human history.

    All thrown down the sewer of Socialist lies enacted over the last 80 years.

    Despicable.

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  28. John Bolton just gave a wonderful thrashing to Hillary and Barky on Fox, taking apart their behavior during and after The Great Most Disastrous Most Excellent Barky Hillary Benghazi Mis-Adventure.

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  29. Leave 'em all behind, I say.

    ...including our kids.

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  30. The Most Selfish Generation in the History of the United States.

    Run the country on a credit card, pretending a non-existent God will make good on it.

    Someday, somehow.

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    1. Creation of wealth - creatio ex nihilo - printing presses - Fed - Trillion Dollar Platinum Coins -

      What do you possibly mean, Rufus doesn't believe in God? Both my friend from Arizona and Rufus obviously do.

      ....

      Ex nihilo is a Latin phrase meaning "out of nothing". It often appears in conjunction with the concept of creation, as in creatio ex nihilo, meaning "creation out of nothing"—chiefly in philosophical or theological contexts, but also occurs in other fields.

      In theology, the common phrase creatio ex nihilo ("creation out of nothing"), contrasts with creatio ex materia (creation out of some pre-existent, eternal matter) and with creatio ex deo (creation out of the being of God).


      Here is a difference between east and west. Tat tvan asi -thou art that -in the east.

      A good image is, the spider spinning its web. The spider and the web are quite different, yet the web is made of spider stuff in the east. In the west the spider and its web are entirely different. Not spider stuff. Totally other. A great unbridgeable gulf looms between Creator and Creation there. Created only in the image of God not out of God stuff.


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    2. Trying to remember the name of the Marin County Intellectual that had a similar rant about our skin seeing it as separating us from the rest of the World, or connecting us, being that it's all one.

      Mom would call it BS.
      Just like she did on me when I came back from college delivering some rant about every action taken, if taken a second later, could change the entire arc of your life.

      She responded with:
      "What about Stop Lights?"
      (or traffic cops, or schedules in the real world, alarm clocks, etc etc)

      Gotta love it:
      A GD stop light blowing the shit out of a mountain of it.

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    3. "...s curious man,
      Half monk and half racecourse operator.
      "

      - Aldous Huxley


      Allen Watts

      Watts was born in 1915 in Chislehurst, Kent. His father had been a sales rep for the Michelin tyre company and his mother was a housewife whose father had been a missionary. In later life, Watts wrote of mystical visions he’d had after suffering fever as a child. During school holidays — while he was a scholar at King’s School in Cambridge — he went on trips with the Buddhism enthusiast Francis Croshaw, who first developed his interest in Eastern religion.

      With penetrating eyes like Aleister Crowley’s, he described himself as a ‘spiritual entertainer’

      By the age of 16, Watts was the secretary of the London Buddhist Lodge, which was run by the barrister Christmas Humphreys. But Watts spoiled his chances of a scholarship to Oxford because one examination essay was judged ‘presumptuous and capricious’. And, despite his obviously brilliant mind, Watts never achieved a British university degree. This, perhaps, is another of his qualities that chimes with my own spirit — I too left school with only two A-levels, and am, like Watts, an autodidact.

      As a young man, Watts worked in a printing house and then a bank. During this time, he hooked up with the Serbian ‘rascal guru’ Dimitrije Mitrinović — a follower of the Armenian spiritual teacher GI Gurdjieff and the Russian esotericist PD Ouspensky — who became a major influence on his thinking.

      At the age of 21, in 1936, he attended the World Congress of Faiths at the University of London. There, he heard the renowned Zen scholar DT Suzuki speak, and was introduced to him. Later that year, Watts published his first book The Spirit of Zen.

      That same year, he met the American heiress Eleanor Everett, whose mother was involved with a traditional Zen Buddhist circle in New York. He married Eleanor in 1938 and they moved to America, where he trained as an Episcopal priest, before leaving the ministry in 1950, thus separating once and for all from his Christian roots. From then on he concentrated on the study and communication of Eastern philosophical ideas to Western audiences.

      I felt powerfully attracted to Alan Watts. Not only to his ideas, but to him, personally. Watts was no dry, academic philosopher. With eyes hooded and penetrating like Aleister Crowley’s, he was a jester as well as a thinker, describing himself as a ‘spiritual entertainer’. Aldous Huxley described him as ‘a curious man. Half monk and half racecourse operator.’ Watts wholeheartedly agreed with Huxley’s characterisation. He carried a silver cane ‘for pure swank’, he hung out with Ken Kesey and Jack Kerouac (he is even parodied in On the Road as Arthur Whale). His English public school-educated voice was rich and deep, like a prophet’s, and his laugh juicy and contagious.

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    4. Love this Picture

      No time for received wisdom:
      a young Alan Watts (L) and friends reading haiku poems written for a contest (!)

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    5. In some ways, his interpretations were radical — for instance, he dismissed the core Zen idea of zazen (which meant spending hours seated in contemplative meditation) as unnecessary.

      A cat sits until it is tired of sitting, then gets up, stretches, and walks away,’ was his forgiving interpretation of zazen.

      Slightly less forgiving was his comment on Western Zen enthusiasts, whom he mocked as

      ‘The uptight school … who seem to believe that Zen is essentially sitting on your ass for interminable hours.’

      It was a great relief to read this for someone like me, who found the idea of excessive meditation as unhealthy as the idea of excessive masturbation.

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      I once interrupted Garret Hardin's class on Human Evolution, after enduring some uptight British Chick drone on with:

      "Cat's take more baths than people"

      Garret was interested, but I don't remember making much of a logical connection to square the circle.
      Carolla woulda just told the cunt to shut the fuck up.

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    6. Don't miss the video.
      Hilarious.
      Euclid visited evil upon us.
      Making us forever Squares.

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    7. Next video:

      "You can't see your eye without a mirror.
      You can't bite your own teeth.
      You can't touch the tip of this finger with the tip of this finger.
      "

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  31. Belief in God is BS to Rufie.

    Belief in Magic?

    Just good sense.

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  32. "Run Rudolph Run"

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round

    Said Santa to a boy child, "What have you been longing for?
    "All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar
    And then away went Rudolph, whizzing like a shooting star

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph, reelin' like a merry-go-round

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  33. Knew I missed a bunch:

    "Run Rudolph Run"

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round


    Said Santa to a boy child, "What have you been longing for?
    "
    All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar
    And then away went Rudolph, whizzing like a shooting star


    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph, reelin' like a merry-go-round

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph, I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round

    Said Santa to a boy child, "What have you been longing for?
    "All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar
    And then away went Rudolph, whizzing like a shooting star

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph, reelin' like a merry-go-round

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph, I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round

    Said Santa to a girl child, "What would please you most to get?"
    A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, drink and wet
    And then away went Rudolph, whizzing like a Saber jet

    Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
    Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
    Run, run Rudolph I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round

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  34. Run, run Rudolph

    Keith Richards

    "I've never had a problem with drugs, just the police "

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  35. How are we to know this year, when Santa does his helicopter fly over here, that it isn't some Barky funded homeland security ploy, set to separate the naughty from the nice.


    You ever worry about that.....yet?

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    1. Just a matter of time, obviously.
      Rufie's Nirvanna.

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    2. We spoke in metaphores...
      The reality:

      DRONES !!!

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  36. ...second video above reminds me of what I remembered about watts:

    We Westerners see ourselves as our egos encapsulated in a bag of skin.

    ...fwiw !

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    1. For every inside, there is an outside.

      For every outside, there is an inside.

      Alan was deeply into the bag of skin view of self.

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