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Eli’s Obsession With The Google

Well, this is kind of… impressive. My current and previous blogs comprise the top four search results (out of a total of nine) for “horny sex perverts.”

Looks like I’ve found my niche.

1 comment September 3rd, 2007 at 10:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Clown Power!

This is 3 months stale, but still brilliant:

Saturday May 26th the VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK group attempted to host a hate rally to try to take advantage of the brutal murder of a white couple for media and recruitment purposes.

Unfortunately for them the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.

Alex Linder the founder of VNN and the lead organizer of the rally kicked off events by rushing the clowns in a fit of rage, and was promptly arrested by 4 Knoxville police officers who dropped him to the ground when he resisted and dragged him off past the red shiny shoes of the clowns.
“White Power!” the Nazi’s shouted, “White Flour?” the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelt “White Flour”.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more, “White flowers?” the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, “ohhhhhh!” the clowns yelled “Tight Shower!” and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan’s directions.

At this point several of the Nazi’s and Klan members began clutching their hearts as if they were about to have a heart attack. Their beady eyes bulged, and the veins in their tiny narrow foreheads beat in rage. One last time they screamed “White Power!”

The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhhh…” the women clowns said. “Now we understand…”, “WIFE POWER!” they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting “WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER!”It was at this point that several observers reported seeing several Klan members heads exploding in rage and they stopped trying to explain to the clowns what they wanted.

Apparently the clowns fundamentally misunderstood the nature of the rally, they believed it was a clown rally and came in force to support their pointy hated brethren. To their dismay, despite their best jokes and stunts and pratfalls the Nazis and Klan refused to laugh, and indeed became enraged at the clowns misunderstanding and constant attempts to interpret the clowns instruction.

The clowns on the other hand had a great time and thought the Nazis were the funniest thing they had ever seen and the loud laughter of over 100 counter protesters greeted every attempt of the Nazis and Klan to get their message out, whatever that was.

Awesome. The Nazis are in their element when it comes to rage and hate, but laughter and ridicule completely unmans them.

(from hammerblog, by way of Fetch me my axe)

September 3rd, 2007 at 08:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Racism

More Labor Day John Edwards Photoblogging

The rest of the Edwards pictures:

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Like I said, he was fired up.

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Here, he attempts to lighten the mood with some bird calls.

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John gets some love from the Steel Workers.

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Elizabeth doesn’t seem to mind.

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Elizabeth gets some love too. And why not.

September 3rd, 2007 at 07:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Edwards,Labor,People,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh,Politics

Labor Day John Edwards Photoblogging

Also, did I mention John Edwards was in town? He was pretty fired up, talking to a pretty much all-Labor crowd. The highlights that I can remember:

o Universal, mandatory, portable healthcare, to be paid for by repealing upper-class tax cuts.

o No more tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas either.

o Tighter trade regulations in general.

o Inviolate picket lines.

o Enforcement of safety regulations.

Needless to say, that all went over pretty well.

And, of course, I have pictures…

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Edwards is polling very strong in the all-important 0-1 demographic.

September 3rd, 2007 at 05:31pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Edwards,Labor,People,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh,Politics

Labor Day Pre-Parade Photoblogging II

Some vehicle shots from before the parade:

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Ooo, a construction shovel and a classic car! I’m in heaven.

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The wheels on the construction shovel, currently not going round and round.

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And another classic car.

September 3rd, 2007 at 03:08pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Labor Day Pre-Parade Photoblogging I

Some pictures from the pre-parade staging area:

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I see the Miniature Combat Helicopters Union was on hand.

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As was the Giant Carpenters Union.

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Not entirely sure, but I’m guessing steamfitters.

September 3rd, 2007 at 02:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

More NMAI Exhibitblogging

Some of the more whimsical exhibits from the National Museum of the American Indian:

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This crab is clearly wondering just how he ended up inside a museum.

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That’s a nasty habit – his mother would not approve.

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September 3rd, 2007 at 12:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Punk’d Again

Krugman is getting deja vu all over again:

In February 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell, addressing the United Nations Security Council, claimed to have proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He did not, in fact, present any actual evidence, just pictures of buildings with big arrows pointing at them saying things like “Chemical Munitions Bunker.” But many people in the political and media establishments swooned: they admired Mr. Powell, and because he said it, they believed it.

Mr. Powell’s masters got the war they wanted, and it soon became apparent that none of his assertions had been true.

Until recently I assumed that the failure to find W.M.D., followed by years of false claims of progress in Iraq, would make a repeat of the snow job that sold the war impossible. But I was wrong. The administration, this time relying on Gen. David Petraeus to play the Colin Powell role, has had remarkable success creating the perception that the “surge” is succeeding, even though there’s not a shred of verifiable evidence to suggest that it is.

Thus Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution — the author of “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” — and his colleague Michael O’Hanlon, another longtime war booster, returned from a Pentagon-guided tour of Iraq and declared that the surge was working. They received enormous media coverage; most of that coverage accepted their ludicrous self-description as critics of the war who have been convinced by new evidence.

A third participant in the same tour, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, reported that unlike his traveling companions, he saw little change in the Iraq situation and “did not see success for the strategy that President Bush announced in January.” But neither his dissent nor a courageous rebuttal of Mr. O’Hanlon and Mr. Pollack by seven soldiers actually serving in Iraq, published in The New York Times, received much media attention.


According to a draft report from the Government Accountability Office, which was leaked to the press because officials were afraid the office would be pressured into changing the report’s conclusions, U.S. government agencies “differ” on whether sectarian violence has been reduced. And independent attempts by news agencies to estimate civilian deaths from news reports, hospital records and other sources have not found any significant decline.Now, there are parts of Baghdad where civilian deaths probably have fallen — but that’s not necessarily good news. “Some military officers,” reports Leila Fadel of McClatchy, “believe that it may be an indication that ethnic cleansing has been completed in many neighborhoods and that there aren’t as many people to kill.

Well, someone’s mission has been accomplished, anyway…

Above all, we should remember that the whole point of the surge was to create space for political progress in Iraq. And neither that leaked G.A.O. report nor the recent National Intelligence Estimate found any political progress worth mentioning. There has been no hint of sectarian reconciliation, and the Iraqi government, according to yet another leaked U.S. government report, is completely riddled with corruption.

But, say the usual suspects, General Petraeus is a fine, upstanding officer who wouldn’t participate in a campaign of deception — apparently forgetting that they said the same thing about Mr. Powell.


And General Petraeus’s history also suggests that he is much more of a political, and indeed partisan, animal than his press would have you believe. In particular, six weeks before the 2004 presidential election, General Petraeus published an op-ed article in The Washington Post in which he claimed — wrongly, of course — that there had been “tangible progress” in Iraq, and that “momentum has gathered in recent months.”

Is it normal for serving military officers to publish articles just before an election that clearly help an incumbent’s campaign? I don’t think so.

So here we go again. It appears that many influential people in this country have learned nothing from the last five years. And those who cannot learn from history are, indeed, doomed to repeat it.

It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest when our corporate, Republican media is only too eager to swallow the spin of BushCo’s political hacks, but it’s extremely upsetting and frustrating when the Democratic political leadership does too. Have they no memories at all? No sense of healthy skepticism? Or are they really just as much in the tank as the media?

I’m beginning to think it’s that last option, but in any case, the Democratic party needs leaders who live up to the name. It’s bad enough when your leaders are followers, but it’s even worse when it’s the other side they’re following.

(I’m also a bit surprised Krugman didn’t say anything about the drumbeat for war with Iran, which is just as bogus as the drumbeat for Iraq was)

September 3rd, 2007 at 10:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War

Monday Media Blogging – Random Awesomeness

From ScienceBlogs, by way of GordonM, self-propelled, wind-powered, walking sculptures:
Wow. Just… wow.

Dragon Wars!

I totally have to see this.

2 comments September 3rd, 2007 at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

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