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It's hotter than Satan's ball sack!

I just took my instant read thermometer outside and my driveway is 118 degrees.

WeatherUnderground sez tomorrow it'll be hotter still.

This is insane.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 05:27 PM (20 replies)

You've got to be fucking kidding me.

The J6 Committee is undecided whether to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department.

The Democratic chairman says making a formal referral to the DOJ is, "not our job".


(CNN)The chairman of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol told reporters Monday that the panel will not make any criminal referral of former President Donald Trump or anyone else to the Justice Department -- a claim that met swift pushback from members of the panel.

"No, you know, we're going to tell the facts. If the Department of Justice looks at it, and assume that there's something that needs further review, I'm sure they'll do it," Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson said when asked whether the committee would refer Trump or others to the department.

Pressed again on whether the committee would ever make a formal referral to the Justice Department, the Mississippi Democrat said, "No, that's not our job. Our job is to look at the facts and circumstances around January 6, what caused it and make recommendations after that."


Rep. Liz Cheney, who serves as vice chair of the committee, released a statement contradicting the chairman's comments. "The January 6th Select Committee has not issued a conclusion regarding potential criminal referrals. We will announce a decision on that at an appropriate time," the Wyoming Republican tweeted.

I'd hate to be right, in my most cynical moments, thinking that these hearings are more about the mid-term elections than defending the Constitution and bringing the perpetrators of a coup attempt to justice. But, it sure looks like the committee is positioning to make no definitive statement on the prosecution of the ringleaders.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Tue Jun 14, 2022, 11:58 AM (38 replies)

(Dayton, Ohio) Panel approves request to demolish Wright brothers' 1st bike shop


The Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the city's request to demolish a 129-year-old historic building that once was the site of the Wright brothers' first bike shop.

The city wants to tear down the site because the building has deteriorated to a point where it can no longer be maintained and redeveloped, the Dayton Daily News has reported. Public safety concerns have also been raised by some who fear the building could collapse.

While agreeing that most of the building should be demolished, the Dayton Landmarks Commission rejected the demolition request in September. The panel instead recommended that the city re-advertise the property and encourage its renovation in a way that preserves the historic facade.

Preservation groups had also opposed the city's plan. They argued that keeping the building's facade and incorporating it into a redevelopment project would make the project eligible for historic tax credits.

More at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wright-brothers-1st-bike-shop-panel-approves-request-to-demolish-building-dayton-ohio/

It's a shame that, with all the history of aviation attractions around Dayton, the owners and foundations can't all get together and buy and restore this piece of history.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Nov 27, 2021, 10:28 PM (20 replies)

Donald Trump and the Murder in the Cathedral

Good blog post about Trump's culpability in the attempted insurrection.


At first glance, it may seem that the brutal murder of Thomas à Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, by four of King Henry II of England’s knights on December 29, 1170 has nothing to do with the siege of the United States Capitol building by Trump supporters 851 years later on January 6, 2021. Yet the bloody tale of the “murder in the cathedral” offers a unilateral truth about just how dangerous a leader’s words can be, whether their intent is malicious or not. It’s a story about personal responsibility — or, rather, the abdication of it and the consequences of any leader’s words.


According to the monk Edward Grim, a witness to the Archbishop’s murder in Canterbury Cathedral, King Henry said, “What miserable drones and traitors have I nurtured and promoted in my household who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric!” Others have reported that Henry said, “Will none of these lazy insignificant persons, whom I maintain, deliver me from this turbulent priest?” or, more directly stated in a later dramatization, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”


Absolutists, dictators, and mob bosses have long used direction via indirection as a way to keep their hands clean while others do their dirty work. For example, Hitler apologists and Holocaust deniers have argued for decades that as there is no known written directive from Hitler ordering the murder of all European Jews, Hitler could not have known about the mass murders committed under cover of invasion, or of the heinous machinations finalized at the January 20, 1942 Wannsee Conference. To them, Hitler is therefore a victim of malicious lies, the one innocent amidst all the carnage.


The blood on the floor of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 is no less red than the blood that was splattered across the floor of Canterbury Cathedral on December 29, 1170, save for one crucial difference: Donald Trump is not a king, not an absolute monarch, not the dictator he so wishes to be. He is beholden to the laws of a representative democracy, and must be held accountable.

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Feb 11, 2021, 01:07 PM (0 replies)

Trump's brownshirts rally in Washington after Supreme Court decision.

(Video of the Proud Boys marching and chanting, "Our Streets".)


Bring it, you fascist assholes.

Your side has a long history of losing wars. You sure you want this?
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Dec 12, 2020, 02:46 PM (4 replies)

Twitter bans Steve Bannon after call for beheadings; YouTube removes video

From the NBC news election blog:


Twitter banned an account associated with Steve Bannon on Thursday and YouTube removed one of his videos after the former Trump adviser called for the beheadings of two federal officials.

Bannon, in a video for his podcast recording, had said he wanted to behead FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert.

Bannon said he would “put the heads on pikes” as a “warning to federal bureaucrats,” referencing Tudor-era England.

“The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, specifically our policy on the glorification of violence,” Twitter said in a statement. The platform has an established policy against the glorification of violence.


Trump's former, drunken, slovenly, right-hand man...

GOP = Terrorist death cult
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Nov 5, 2020, 09:52 PM (9 replies)

John Cornyn is a classless scumbag.

Yeah, I know. We already knew that.

But, instead of publicly congratulating MJ Hegar for a hard-fought campaign (after she called him and gracefully conceded), he takes the lowest road and goes in front of the media to call her a liar.

Go fuck yourself with a rusty chainsaw, you Trump-sucking piece of shit.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Wed Nov 4, 2020, 12:35 AM (2 replies)

Stochastic terrorist, Donald Trump, says "we'll have to see" if plot to kidnap and execute...

Governor Whitmer was "a problem".

CNN link: https://tinyurl.com/y4lemo6d

President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, during his rally in Lansing, Michigan, on Tuesday, at one point taking credit for the FBI thwarting a plot to kidnap her and then immediately downplaying the actual threat that had been posed to Whitmer.


"Hey, hey, hey hey," he told the audience, "I'm the one, it was our people that helped her out with her problem."

"I mean, we'll have to see if it's a problem. Right? People are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn't," he added. "It was our people -- my people, our people that helped her out. And then she blamed me for it. She blamed me and it was our people that helped her. I don't get it. How did you put her there?"


The FBI revealed in early October it had uncovered an extremist group's plot to kidnap Whitmer at the Michigan state Capitol. The alleged domestic terrorism scheme included plans to overthrow several state governments that the suspects "believe are violating the US Constitution," including the government of Michigan and Whitmer, according to a federal criminal complaint.


If that piece of shit steals 4 more years, I have little doubt that we'll see Trump brownshirts - loosely organized paramilitary forces - engaging in intimidation, beatings, and assassinations of his opponents.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:58 PM (3 replies)

Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano - NYT 10/21/20

The pathbreaking musician reveals the health issues that make it unlikely he will ever again perform in public.


...this month Mr. Jarrett, 75, broke the silence, plainly stating what happened to him: a stroke in late February 2018, followed by another one that May. It is unlikely he will ever perform in public again.

“I was paralyzed,” he told The New York Times, speaking by phone from his home in northwest New Jersey. “My left side is still partially paralyzed. I’m able to try to walk with a cane, but it took a long time for that, took a year or more. And I’m not getting around this house at all, really.”


“Right now, I can’t even talk about this,” he said when the issue came up, and laughed his deflective laugh. “That’s what I feel about it.”


“I can only play with my right hand, and it’s not convincing me anymore,” Mr. Jarrett said. “I even have dreams where I am as messed up as I really am — so I’ve found myself trying to play in my dreams, but it’s just like real life.”

As a musician, I can say that this has got to be horrible for him...having his ability to play taken away.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Oct 22, 2020, 01:04 PM (13 replies)

The Only Acceptable Moderator For Any Future Debates

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Tue Sep 29, 2020, 11:33 PM (34 replies)
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