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Liars with Tidings to Bear, Oh My!

May 19, 2011

If posting is light in the next few days, well, you’ll probably figure out what happened…

The atheists have kindly offered to take care of your cat in the aftermath, for a reasonable fee.

PT Barnum would be laughing his ass off if he weren’t already in H-E-double-hockey-sticks.

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  1. cometman permalink*
    May 19, 2011 12:57 pm

    I’m a little rusty on my apocryphal biblical prophecies, but IIRC after the rapture comes all hell is supposed to break loose on earth, unleashing wars, death, destruction, famine, and all other manner of devastation.

    After reading through the headlines today about species and habitat being wiped out, illegal wars raging, peacemakers and whistleblowers prosecuted, police beating innocent people, floods, nuclear meltdowns, etc., etc., I have to wonder if the Seventh Seal were actually opened, how would anybody tell the difference?

    But if there is a rapture, Jeebus please take the WI Republicans first.

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 20, 2011 9:40 am

      Top Comment!

      It really would improve the neighborhood. One of those very rare days I half wish I believed.

  2. cometman permalink*
    May 20, 2011 11:02 am

    Couple notes –

    Greenwald with the latest on which of your civil rights are disappearing today – The always-expanding bipartisan Surveillance State.

    Anybody who is still naive enough to believe the “if you haven’t done anything wrong you’ve got nothing to hide” bullshit, take a look at how the FBI has handled (and completely botched) the anthrax case. McClatchy has a new report detailing more inconsistencies with the FBI’s “official” story – FBI lab reports on anthrax attacks suggest another miscue.

    Won’t help Bruce Ivins if he hadn’t done anything wrong, being dead already and all.

    • sisdevore permalink
      May 20, 2011 6:01 pm

      I thought that report on the anthrax case should have been the news of the day. Glad to see McClatchy teaming up with The Real News. I can’t take the tackiness of Huffington Post anymore.

      • cometman permalink*
        May 23, 2011 8:59 am

        No kidding. We’re supposed to be scared to death of teh terrah but it’s really funny how nobody really wants to talk about this story too much.

        If they really want to get to the bottom of it, maybe they should ask Dick Cheney. And since he’s in favor of the enhanced interrogation, if he isn’t forthcoming right away…..

  3. cometman permalink*
    May 20, 2011 11:09 am

    Haha! Intelligent life spotted, so don’t beam me up just yet! George Takei with a response to the legislation just passed by Tennessee which makes it illegal to mention homosexuality at all in K-8 classrooms

    Won’t bother reading this stupid piece of crap legislation, but if the blurb is correct and it’s illegal to even mention teh gay, here’s hoping the first racist cracker Tenn schoolteacher who slips up and expresses their distaste for homosexuality is hoisted on their own petard and winds up in the slammer for quite some time.

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 20, 2011 1:07 pm

      Post-Star Trek, Takei has developed as an amazingly sly and understated comedian. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the videos of his marriage to his longtime love, but they are quite amazing, Chekhov and Uhura and all the rest are there.

      • cometman permalink*
        May 20, 2011 1:53 pm

        Just went to look for his marriage vid and while I was viewing it, I also ran across this one which is absolutely hilarious –

        On a related note, Charles Barkley who I love for his willingness to cut through the usual bullshit, had some good things to say this week about the subject that so frightened Hardaway here.

        “First of all, every player has played with gay guys,” Barkley told 106.7 The Fan, adding that any player who says he hasn’t is “a stone-freakin’ idiot.”


        “First of all, society discriminates against gay people,” Barkley said. “They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I’ve been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.”

        Love to hear his comments if he wasn’t doing an interview for national media. I suspect he has some harsher words than “stone-freakin’ idiot” he could have used.

  4. artemis54 permalink
    May 20, 2011 11:12 am

    Hmm. The Obama/Netanyahu presser – Bibi is giving O a Likud lecture. Obama’s body language tells me if he had a knife handy he would use it.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 20, 2011 12:10 pm

      Wouldn’t mind if Jeebus made an exception tomorrow and made off with the Likud party too.

      Mind boggling how the US can threaten, sanction, and invade any other country that doesn’t get in line but when it comes to Israel, they act like a bunch of simpering puppies who just got kicked.

  5. cometman permalink*
    May 20, 2011 2:17 pm

    Wow, news of homophobia is rampant today. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the following was something out of the movie Idiocracy, but no, homophobic death metal drummer and friend of possible presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann (it’s really difficult to type that last bit without bursting out laughing) Bradlee Dean, who has called for the execution of homosexuals, was tasked by the Minn state GOP to lead their chamber in prayer this morning. Needless to say, that didn’t go over so well.

    Mr. Dean, who apparently voluntarily dresses like this, would have us believe that he despises everything about the gay lifestyle.

    Methinks the lady doth protest a bit too much.

    Cue up Punky’s Whips and take us on out!

    Have a nice weekend everybody!

  6. cometman permalink*
    May 23, 2011 12:27 pm

    Last week came news that an Indiana court stripped citizens of the right to resist unlawful police entry.

    Today I ran across a related item where this time the Supremes expanded thwe powers of police to bust into your home with no warrant at all. Evidently if the cops can claim they thought you might be flushing a joint down the crapper, no warrant is now needed. And the vote was 8-1, with the only dissent from Ginsburg –

    In dissent, Justice Ginsburg asked the right question: “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and, on hearing sounds indicative of things moving, forcibly enter and search for evidence of unlawful activity?”

    How disappointed all the pom pom girls must be, who told us incessantly during the 2008 campaign that we just had to vote for Barry because otherwise the court would go even further to the right, now that Obama appointees Kagan and Sotomayor have sided with the jackboots.

  7. cometman permalink*
    May 23, 2011 12:39 pm

    Here’s one definitely worth reading in full. The New Yorker has an interview with Thomas Drake, the NSA whistleblower about to go on trial for whatever charges the DOJ can trump up against him – The Secret Sharer: Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state?

    Basically the guy tried to call attention to wasteful spending and illegality at the NSA (for monitoring US citizens without a warrant) and now he’s being made an example of, even though he claims (and the government seems to admit if I read things right) that he didn’t release any classified info at all. The are charging him for possessing a handful of classified docs at his house without asking permission and he may face 35 years in prison.

    One small snippet related more to the next link than the story itself –

    The agency [NSA] reportedly has the capacity to intercept and download, every six hours, electronic communications equivalent to the contents of the Library of Congress.

    The spooks will be happy to learn that they will soon be able to download the Library of Congress in about 10 seconds, giving them even more to be confused about than they already are.

    Remember NSA, you heard it here first! And you’re welcome.

  8. cometman permalink*
    May 23, 2011 1:01 pm

    Some unrelated links –

    Researchers grow brain cells in a lab dish.

    The Greeks can do more than just riot. The Peliti alternative community has been organizing for about 15 years to collect and distribute endangered seeds and this year’s festival saw 5,000 people in attendance.

    This seems extremely poorly thought out, but Utah has become the first state to allow gold and silver as currency, at least indirectly, with more states looking to follow suit. Here’s how it works –

    Craig Franco hopes to cash in on it with his Utah Gold and Silver Depository, and he thinks others will soon follow.

    The idea is simple: Store your gold and silver coins in a vault, and Franco issues a debit-like card to make purchases backed by your holdings.

    He plans to open for business June 1, likely the first of its kind in the country.

    “Because we’re dealing with something so forward thinking, I expect a wait-and-see attitude,” Franco said. “Once the depository is executed and transactions can occur, then I think people will move into the marketplace.”

    The idea was spawned by Republican state Rep. Brad Galvez, who sponsored the bill largely to serve as a protest against Federal Reserve monetary policy. Galvez says Americans are losing faith in the dollar. If you’re mad about government debt, ditch the cash. Spend your gold and silver, he says.

    Yes, spend your gold and silver with Franco’s “debit-like card” so private businessperson Craig Franco can keep it. This Franco is probably aware that the hardcore gold bugs are the same type of people who kept PT Barnum rolling in cash. Wonder if the politicians responsible for shepherding this legislation along will be getting a cut of the proceeds? Perhaps campaign-like contributions from a check-like piece of paper?

    And a republican Maine state legislator, perhaps trying to emulate his hero Dick Cheney, threatens to shoot somebody in the face.

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 23, 2011 1:52 pm

      As wrong as it is possible to get, imo. I am still fascinated with the notion of local currency, based on work and worth as evaluated by one’s neighbors.

      Yikes: Sex, Sleep and the Law: When Nocturnal Genitals Pose a Moral Dilemma

      Only dated in a couple passages – it was written pre-Nonpocalypse – and highly recommended if a little hair raising.

      One of the most extraordinary things about sexsomnia is that the sleeping person’s inappropriate behaviors are sometimes directed at people that, during their waking lives, are not particularly arousing to them.

      And away we go.

      This was especially interesting to me as my godson, although never as far as I know having any of these sexual adventures, has exhibited extreme sleepwalking in the past, including very bizarre “conversations” which made it quite obvious that there were some parts of the brain accessible and some not.

      • cometman permalink*
        May 24, 2011 9:18 am

        I do like the notion of local currencies, especially the concept of using “hours” as currency. Makes it so that each person time is what’s of value, not necessarily what it is they are doing, so bankers don’t make several orders of magnitude more than teachers for example. Also like the idea of local, non-centralized banks. The oligarchs would claim that these types of things would make it impossible for our economy to “compete” on a global scale, but IMO the real problem the bankers have is that it would make it impossible for them to get filthy stinking rich off the backs of those who do all the actual work. Nobody ever seems to ask the working stiff is he or she is really interested in “competing” with the global workforce in the first place, it’s just taken as a given that people would rather cashier at Taco Hell than maybe grow their own food or actually make something and make a decent living at it by being paid a decent wage.

        And yeah, that’s a pretty interesting little article there. Can’t say that I’d heard of that particular affliction before and I’m kind of glad I haven’t met anybody “suffering” from it. Makes sense though – people do all kinds of other things while they’re sleepwalking without realizing it, so why not bumping uglies too?

        • artemis54 permalink
          May 24, 2011 9:46 am

          I’ve seen him get dressed, prepare and eat snacks, go to the bathroom, turn on the tv and then get very confused with what he was looking at, and even go outside and talk to the dog, all without ever waking up. It is very unnerving to watch. He would seem unaware that I was there until I said something, and then try to respond but obviously not know who he was talking to. It seemed like rote behaviors come, but there’s a real problem taking any information in.

          • cometman permalink*
            May 24, 2011 11:04 am

            Something similar happens with the missus once in a while. She’ll sit up in bed, eyes wide open, and start talking to me, sometimes for a couple minutes. But it’s gibberish, and she can’t understand anything when I try to talk back. Took me a couple times to realize she was still asleep.

  9. cometman permalink*
    May 24, 2011 11:57 am

    Bibi is getting the greeting he deserves. Group called Move Over AIPAC let the son of a bitch have it at yesterday’s AIPAC conference. Code Pink showed up for his speech where he tells the US Congress what to do today. He gave the hackneyed “isn’t it great that people can protest in a free country” response. Too bad they hauled the protesters out before they could remind the rat bastard about recently gunning down unarmed Palestinians who attempted to protest in a “free” country like Israel recently.

  10. cometman permalink*
    May 24, 2011 12:15 pm

    Looks like Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn’t the only champagne socialist in Europe these days. The choice for European leaders is either bail out the bankers and let millions of their people suffer, or force the bankers to take writedowns on their bad loans and have a few oligarchs who might have to sell off a yacht. Evidently the latter is the more horrific possibility as recently protests against austerity measures erupted in Spain and the once somewhat promising Socialist prime minister Zapatero who instituted the measures saw his party handed their asses in the latest election.

    So you’d think that might send a message to other Socialist leaders that bailing out the bankers isn’t the way to go if they want to keep their jobs and keep their countries from rioting constantly. You might think that, and you’d be wrong because Papandreou in Greece is flooring the accelerator on the austerity bus and having a fire sale on state owned assets in what will be a futile attempt to avoid default.

    Meanwhile, it’s the Greek conservative party now saying enough is enough with the bailouts and austerity measures, despite being the ones in power when all the shady deals were constructed.

    If anybody can make any sense of this whatsoever, you’re a wiser person than me.

    The world isn’t going to end if the bankers don’t get their pound of flesh from all of us, and yet nobody seems to recall the recent example which shows this to be true. Argentina hit a rough patch a while back and succumbed to the austerity measures imposed by the IMF which didn’t help anybody except the bankers as their economy continued to struggle. Then they told the IMF to fuck off, didn’t repay the debts, the world didn’t end, and within a few short months their economy was in recovery. But “God’s Work” forbid anybody be reminded of that.

  11. artemis54 permalink
    May 25, 2011 4:15 am

    Minority report: A new paper claims that the Amondawa of Brazil agree with myself and Julian Barbour that there is no thing called time.

    Time does not pass. We do.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 25, 2011 1:53 pm

      Thanks – added that book to the list. The last book I’d added is also coincidentally about time too and you might be interested in it – From Eternity to Here. The author is one of the main contributors to Cosmic Variance which I try to follow pretty regularly.

      On a related note, I watched an excellent documentary last night on life extension which I of course deleted after watching and now can’t remember the name of and couldn’t find with a search of the intertubes. If I remember the name I’ll post it in case you’re interested. Lots of interesting people interviewed, including Ray Kurzweil, people from The Calorie Restriction Society, cryonics enthusiasts, some Raelians!, and a British guy with a big bushy red beard who I’ve seen before in other similar programs. Some pretty interesting and some crazy ideas in there but the production value was excellent- really cool little video snippets in between interviews. After one scientific point was made that was in sharp contrast to certain unfounded religious beliefs, it just showed a box made of some very strong metal with a crucifix attached on top being slowly crushed flat in a hydraulic press, which I thought was a very nice touch.

      • cometman permalink*
        May 26, 2011 7:35 am

        Evidently I watched that documentary in some sort of time (or maybe non-time!) warp which has erased it from existence after viewing. Searched for it last night again and I did find that the name of the beardy guy, Aubrey de Grey, and I did find some other documentaries featuring him and Kurzweil, etc., but couldn’t find the one I saw anywhere. Oh well…

        Note to self: Use link found after watching lost documentary for next post.

  12. artemis54 permalink
    May 25, 2011 4:21 am

    Our meteorologic overlords?

    Bacteria manipulating the water cycle for their own purposes

  13. artemis54 permalink
    May 25, 2011 4:37 am

    RIP José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva — RIP Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva

    Da Silva had received countless death threats and had frequently warned that he could be killed at any time, however he was refused protection by officials.

    “I will protect the forest at all costs. That is why I could get a bullet in my head at any moment … because I denounce the loggers and charcoal producers, and that is why they think I cannot exist,” da Silva said in a TED Talks last November, adding “but my fear does not silence me. As long as I have the strength to walk I will denounce all of those who damage the forest.”

    • cometman permalink*
      May 25, 2011 9:01 pm


    • cometman permalink*
      May 26, 2011 12:43 pm

      Well here’s something that might explain why whoever murdered the da Silvas probably correctly assumed there would be no consequences for doing so – Slash and burn: Brazil shreds laws protecting its rainforests

      Brazil has taken a big step towards passing new laws that will loosen restrictions on the amount of Amazon rainforest that farmers can destroy, after its lower house of parliament voted in favour of updating the country’s 46-year-old forest code.

      In a move described as “disastrous” by conservationists, the nation’s congress backed a bill relaxing laws on the deforestation of hilltops and the amount of vegetation farmers must preserve. The law also offers partial amnesties for fines levied against landowners who have illegally destroyed tracts of rainforest. The legislation, which must still be passed by the Brazillian Senate and approved by President Dilma Rousseff, aims to help owners of smaller farms and ranches compete with under-regulated rivals in countries such as the USA and Argentina.

      We’ll see if Dilma will put her money where her mouth is and stand up to the business interests since she was critical of her predecessor for not doing so. Not holding my breath though. And this one one of the fucking stupidest things I’ve ever seen –

      Supporters of the bill, who have been heavily lobbied by farming groups, say the old forest code was impossible to enforce, and argue that the more relaxed laws will help them achieve better compliance.

      Laws against murder would be a lot easier to enforce as well if killing people were just made legal. The stupid burns hot today.

  14. cometman permalink*
    May 26, 2011 12:58 pm

    Excellent little article on the coming food crisis – Europe Sowing the Seeds of Hunger.

    Farmers are handcuffed by a system of seed laws that enforce uniformity and protect patents and intellectual property. In practice this means only the most advanced varieties can be sold on the market. But under intellectual property laws this means farmers must pay for the right to use patented genes and proprietary technologies, mostly owned by large corporations.

    Scientists are in the same trap and unable to utilise the full range of seed diversity, says Pimbert.

    The net result is dramatic reduction in genetic diversity across a wide variety of crops, finds the Farm Seed Opportunities report released earlier this month. The report is based on findings of the EU-funded Farm Seed Opportunities project which includes public-sector research institutes, peasant networks and organic farmers’ associations from six European countries.

    The solution of course is pretty simple, and one you had brought up here before melvin –

    Experts agree that diversity can build resilience in a food production system that will be hard hit by climate change. A diverse combination of plants, trees and animals doubled the yields in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the last ten years according to a recent report by Olivier De Schutter, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food. De Schutter calls this form of agriculture ‘agroecology’. Not only does agroecology produce more food at lower cost, it improves the health of the soil and also dramatically lowers farming’s carbon footprint.

    “It is fair to say that between 45 and 50 percent of all human emissions of global warming gases come from the current form of food production,” De Shutter said in a previous IPS interview.

    On a related note, almost done with Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes. She doesn’t go into great detail about the methods used, but from what I can gather the system of agriculture used there before whitey arrived was very similar to that described in Africa above. Then the plantations came to grow sugar, despoiling the habitat and a way of life for a crop that now isn’t even grown there anymore, or not very much at least, because cheaper people and land have been found elsewhere to exploit. The more things change…

    Vowell also discusses the missionaries quite a bit. On a happier note, I got to chase a couple jeebus freaks off my lawn yesterday when they came around trying to recruit for a new baptist church going up around the corner which the town needs like I need another asshole. Tried to hand me their damn pamphlets while I was standing by the recycle bin. I told them they could keep them, or I could put it directly in the trash, their choice. One of them thanked me for my sincerity. Ha!

  15. artemis54 permalink
    May 27, 2011 5:01 am

    Bummer. At long last my cousin has been chosen as Grand Marshal for the Dayton Days parade. (She was Queen back in high school, when our mutual anut was GM.)

    Note the description: besides the parade, a rodeo and parimutuel racing.

    Not so. Racing has fallen on hard times, and the state gaming commission unsanctioned the event.

    Then a couple weeks ago came the EHV-1 outbreak. There is now a complete ban on horse shows, rodeos, etc and any nonemergency transport of horses throughout the west. So there went the DD rodeo and all equestrian parts of the parade, which are really the heart of it.

    “I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to ride in the back of a goddamned convertible.” That would indeed be something of a disgrace for the family. Currently her plan is to ride her four-wheeler.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 27, 2011 12:25 pm

      Too bad. Sounds a little similar to what’s happened at The Tunbridge World’s Fair in my neck of the woods. Agricultural fair that’s been going on since the mid-19th century and it has seen some changes in recent years. Not sure if they still do harness racing or not – the track’s still there but I haven’t seen races when I’ve been in attendance, although I think the racing is generally in the evening. When I was a kid, I was never allowed to go – only my dad and some uncles would go at night and I never really knew why back then. Wikipedia sums up the reason pretty well though –

      The fair is currently chaired by Alan Howe, who took over from Euclid Farnham after the 2009 fair. Farnham had been president of the fair for over 30 years, and had made major efforts to change the fair from a “drunkards reunion,” with soft-porn shows and unlimited alcohol, to a more family-friendly environment.

      My dad tells me that it used to be frequented mainly by farmers and locals blowing off steam with 6-packs tied to their belt passing out in the mud. Now that it’s “family friendly” again (I really don’t care for that phrase much I have to say since it’s often the code word for “boring”) it has gained in popularity to the point that you can barely move through the crowds. They recently dropped the demolition derby due to liability concerns from what I can tell. Pretty sure none of the shit-kickers would have bothered to sue for getting a pebble in the face while watching, but some of the flatlander tourons who frequent it now just might.

      And is it just horses affected by the virus? Maybe your cousin can ride an ox?!?!?!

  16. artemis54 permalink
    May 27, 2011 7:05 am

    The White-Nose Syndrome National Plan recently disgorged by FWS is one of the most frustrating documents I have ever read. It is a “plan” that does little but discuss ideas about how to assign possible lines of inquiry into how to someday maybe come up with a plan. A million miles from action.

    Hence a new suit from the CBD and

    Beyond Pesticides, Californians for Alternatives to Pesticides, Center for Food Safety, Local
    Harvest, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Northeast Organic Farming Association—
    Connecticut, Northeast Organic Farming Association—Vermont, Organic Consumers
    Association, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and The Endocrine Disruption
    Exchange (TEDX)

    aimed at forcing the feds to among other things take the most obvious action in the world, immediately closing all caves to the public, not just those that have already spun out of control. If their house was on fire, the FWS would schedule a meeting for next month to plan a phone call to the fire department.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 27, 2011 12:30 pm

      I really don’t understand the non-urgency about this and so many other pressing issues. If you aren’t up to the task of at least trying to solve the problem, just admit it so somebody who can can take charge.

  17. cometman permalink*
    May 27, 2011 2:08 pm

    More than a little disturbing to see the Patriot ACT -and who knows what is really in it – renewed with no public debate allowed while Weak Tea Harry Reid uses the same rhetoric he once decried against those who would like a little more information about what it is they’re actually voting on. While a few Democrats have made little peeps against it’s passage, for the most part it’s the loony libertarians decrying its abuses, and that’s not a bandwagon I really want to jump on. Same goes or the legislation pending that would put the nation on a permanent war footing and give the executive even more power over individual’s lives. I’m sure that will pass with little debate as well, unless it was part of the Patriot ACT bullshit that already passed. Difficult to keep track of all the Big Brother legislation going through these days.

    The US is practically unrecognizable as a democracy anymore, but good luck getting anyone in power to admit it.

    One small ray if sunshine. Judge to Scott Walker: Suck it.

  18. artemis54 permalink
    May 28, 2011 3:20 pm

    An ad campaign that proved quite successful in Yakima County has been yanked by my county’s health district board as being in bad taste. What’s a little colon cancer when there’s a possibility of offending delicate sensibilities?

    • cometman permalink*
      May 31, 2011 9:03 am


  19. artemis54 permalink
    May 28, 2011 6:49 pm

    RIP Mergen

    On 11 May, a Han Chinese coal-truck driver ran over a 35-year-old Mongolian herder, known as Mergen, as he tried to stop a convoy driving across fenced prairies in Xiwu.

    . . . . . .

    Locals said 35-year-old Mergen was leading about 40 herders who tried to block a convoy of coal trucks from the Tongcheng No 2 colliery. The drivers had reportedly run down fences and intruded on nomads’ land to avoid a bumpy road. After a protracted stand-off, the drivers are said to have crashed through the herders, killing Mergen.

    One widely cited but unverifiable claim is that the driver boasted he was sufficiently insured to cover the death of a “smelly Mongolian herder”.

    Details, video and more at Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 31, 2011 9:04 am

      Sigh…. Seems to be open season lately.

  20. artemis54 permalink
    May 30, 2011 3:35 pm

    For Memorial Day

    Dulce Et Decorum Est
    –Wilfred Owen

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
    Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

    GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!– An ecstasy of fumbling,
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
    And floundering like a man in fire or lime.–
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 31, 2011 9:06 am

      Thank you thank you.

      I was getting really sick of all the jingoism while trying to listen to some baseball yesterday.

  21. artemis54 permalink
    May 31, 2011 6:43 am

    Who is the great moral authority of out time? The battle is joined:

    KKK protests against Westboro Baptist Church

    Ya know, a big enough explosion, two birds, just sayin’.

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