Monthly Archives: November 2012

LIONEL PODCAST: A Cringe Well-Deserved and Well-Placed

When the going gets weird … . The point has been made. The great distractor. The great obfuscator.

Howard Beale — and there was a Howard Beale, trust me — said it limpidly in Network.

I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

Video. Video. Video.

LIONEL PODCAST: Never Trust. OK, Trust. But Not Often. Sit Down. Trust Me.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: This is a Thanksgiving, post-Thanksgiving pastiche. We’re talking mondo.

History would be a wonderful thing if only it were true. That Leo Tolstoy was on to something.Look at current history. How many folks think that Hopey is something he isn’t. He’s Dubya. That’s the truth but some folks’ reality won’t allow that perspective.

Could we have an example as to myth, please? I’d be delighted. Here’s a god one. Did Chris Columbus do what they said he did? Look, virtually everything you think you know about Columbus is a myth. Here’s a favorite.

Columbus set out to prove the world was round.

If he did, he was about 2,000 years too late. Ancient Greek mathematicians had already proven that the Earth was round, not flat. Pythagoras in the sixth century B.C.E. was one of the originators of the idea. Aristotle in the fourth century B.C.E. provided the physical evidence, such as the shadow of the Earth on the moon and the curvature of the Earth known by all sailors approaching land. And by the third century B.C.E., Eratosthenes determined the Earth’s shape and circumference using basic geometry. In the second century C.E., Claudius Ptolemy wrote the “Almagest,” the mathematical and astronomical treatise on planetary shapes and motions, describing the spherical Earth. This text was well known throughout educated Europe in Columbus’ time. [Related: Earth Is Flat in Many People's Minds]

Columbus, a self-taught man, greatly underestimated the Earth’s circumference. He also thought Europe was wider than it actually was and that Japan was farther from the coast of China than it really was. For these reasons, he figured he could reach Asia by going west, a concept that most of educated Europe at the time thought was daft — not because the Earth was flat, but because Columbus’ math was so wrong. Columbus, in effect, got lucky by bumping into land that, of course, wasn’t Asia.

The Columbus flat-earth myth perhaps originated with Washington Irving’s 1828 biography of Columbus; there’s no mention of this before that. His crew wasn’t nervous about falling off the Earth.

There’s a reason you hate certain people. I know hate’s a strong word. So is syphilis. But enough about Columbus.

LIONEL PODCAST: Awash in Calumny the Constitutionalists Soldier On

Behold our priorities. And marvel at the set-up. Think about it. The guy’s toast over ____ (your favorite pudendal reference here). I mean it’s beautiful. And I hope you saw Dr. Paul’s valedictory to Congress. ‘Twas stellar, insightful, elegant. The gravamen of his indictment was referring to them as psychopathic authoritarians. How beautiful is that? Being an American has never been more fun.

Did someone say “video”? Well, too bad.

LIONEL PODCAST: Dave’s Honeypot, Benghazi Diverted, P-tards That Hoist & Goober Prompterbot Stares Narcotized

Not buying it. Oh, sure, that he’s an idiot. Fine. I know that. But the timing?! Come on, Sparky. Wake up. Look this is the issue. This is where the fighters are. Look, look at the map. This is the issue not Petraeus, though he’s a schmuck and his ouster is certainly warranted. But be not diverted. Look, this is Cyrenaica. Specifically the Benghazi-Darnah-Tobruk corridor. This is al Qaeda. These are the rebels. This is where they originate. That’s the issue! But it would only make sense to provide a framed analysis there. But that would take time and effort and knowledge. Goober Prompterbot reporting for duty!

I sound like a broken record. No, I am a broken record. I’ve preached this since the Ides of March in 2011. As has the world.

Please review this most thorough compendium of the subject. It’s truly remarkable and worth perusing.

The Hindustan Times reported last year:

“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.

It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.

Now do you see? Please nod. Hello? Anyone in there?

Tada! And now, something that might re-inspire a faith in the mainstream media. Prithee.

LIONEL PODCAST: Post-election “Freudenschade” Infects My Soul. And I Called It From Day One.

Deliriously happy for reasons they know not. I’m still unclear what the idea is. Try this on for size? 10 dire consequences of Obama’s re-election victory. So many folks I know in two categories: the insanely morose and the groundlessly giddy. Both are clueless as to the bases of their reason. The myth of the left-right paradigm in all its glory. But never forget who lie recessed and virtually invisible.

This radical Right fairy tale, which is now an accepted folk myth in many groups in America, pictured the recent history of the United States, in regard to domestic reform and in foreign affairs, as a well-organized plot by extreme Left-wing elements…. This myth, like all fables, does in fact have a modicum of truth (by becky). There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the Radical right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other group, and frequently does so. I know of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies… but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known. — Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time. 1966, New York: Macmillan, 1348 pages. Reprinted by Rancho Palos Verdes: GSG & Associates, 1975

Turd blossom. Not exactly prescient and vatic, eh, Mr. Blossom? As you know, Florida finished counting its votes Saturday, giving Obama a 332 to 206 final margin in the electoral college.

My take. I have said and new as did anyone with two neurons that it would be Hope for the second term, the deuce.

The compendium. ​The box set. I’ve uploaded a slew of new commentaries. Choc-full of choc.

LIONEL PODCAST: You Have the Right to Defend Your Family, Especially During Times of Disaster! And It’s Hopey for the Deuce.

The heuristic. The most incredible reaction was to that of the ability to self-protect. ‘Twas truly amazing. With all that happened since ​Sandy you’d think that folks would just intuitively understand that self-protection and preservation were not things or concepts that required explication. But as you can imagine, whenever anyone so much as even hints at self-protection especially via a handgun, the reactions are as predicted.

Vatic psephology. Hopey will win the deuce. And nothing would have been different had Mittens won. That’s the nature of the beast and the game. The left-right paradigm is but an illusion. Two sides of the same coin. That simple. That basic.