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  • Happy Birthday, Blog: BTC News is 10

    This is actually pretty impressive, considering. I regret not being more active of late but I remain pleased generally. There have been some highlights, Eric Brewer writing for the blog from the White House, and asking difficult questions of some spectacular dissimulators and stonewall masons, chief among them. He should have been famous for . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday, Blog: BTC News is 10

    Drugs, guns and money, plus: was Zimmerman set up? Plus: Blogs on Parade

    I haven’t seen any right-wing conspiracy theories yet about how George Zimmerman was set up by ___________ to kill Trayvon Martin so that ____________, and I’m somewhat surprised by that. My bet with myself was that somebody would blame the anti-gun crowd, as in, “They knew he was a loose cannon and they set him up to kill the gangster so they could attack our right to bear arms.”

    I would like to note that so far this century, US government employees salaried by you and me, dear reader—well, not me, exactly but all for one and so on—have violently destroyed, degraded, uprooted or otherwise disrupted the lives of millions and millions of people who live (or lived, as may be) in other countries and never did you or me or those government employees a lick of harm. And the spasm has nowhere near run its course. No need to internalize that, of course, as what would that accomplish?

    Somebody somewhere remarked on some right-wing person’s assignment of blame for widespread drug use to hippies and liberals of the 1960s, which reminded me that a while back I found this trove of 1950s New York Times stories on drug use.

    Continue reading Drugs, guns and money, plus: was Zimmerman set up? Plus: Blogs on Parade

    Blogs on Parade: “They’re Wrong About Everything” edition

    I have been lazy about referring the two of you to other blogs. I keep forgetting that it’s perfectly legitimate in this business to just quote stuff and then say I wrote something, which makes me feel better about not having written anything. Here are some things that people I like have found other people to be fantastically wrong about.

    Jack Crow on the threat to traditional marriage:

    If you’re looking for what degrades or corrupts the, heh, marriage bond, you ain’t ever going to find it the affections and affectations of homosexuals. But, you will find a whole lot of sundered wedded union in the wake of deployment, military industrial centralization and the austerity which follows war upon war. That shit is disruptive. The gays, not so much.

    Continue reading Blogs on Parade: “They’re Wrong About Everything” edition

    So Tu, Bluto?

    I didn’t get around to reading the State of the Union speech until this morning because the idiot White House didn’t post a transcript on their web site before I went to bed last night, and be damned if I’m going to subject myself to the audiovisual torment of a major political speech ever again. So I apologize to both of you for not responding immediately, as I hear that some malevolent homunculus from my former home state, Indiana, did.

    The speech can be divided into two parts: the part that recognized and cashed in on all the pressure toward economic justice that Occupy created* during the past four months, and the part that didn’t.
    Continue reading So Tu, Bluto?

    Happy Birthday To US: BTC News is eight years old

    Hard to believe but there it is: Monday, October 10, will be the eighth anniversary of our first published post. Cliches notwithstanding, among the just shy of 3,000 days since I got this thing up and running have been quite a few very strange ones. Thanks for everything …

    The fabulous new BTC News forum

    We’ve added a bulletin board-like thing to the site which at some point will be integrated with the blog but for now is separate. You will find it here. It’s very basic and wholly undecorated at the moment, but presumably the decoration pixies will stop in sometime and remedy that.

    Meanwhile, I’ll appreciate . . . → Read More: The fabulous new BTC News forum

    Blogs on Parade: “The Negro’s Revenge” edition

    From Lenin’s Tomb, a lefty Brit blog run by Richard Seymour, comes this on the recent London riots:

    On the history of British reactionaries blaming black music for riots and disorder:

    “It is deplorable. It is tribal. And it is from America. It follows rag-time, blues, dixie, jazz, hot cha-cha and the boogie-woogie, which surely originated in the jungle. We sometimes wonder whether this is the negro’s revenge.”

    Continue reading Blogs on Parade: “The Negro’s Revenge” edition

    Blogs on parade, the Lost edition

    I never saw Lost, but I gather it’s about being someplace strange where strange things happen.

    Jack Crow’s Open Letter to A Registered Democrat

    Your party hasn’t changed. It isn’t betraying you. That you ever believed otherwise is entirely to your discredit. The onus isn’t on you to figure this out. The onus is you. We’ve been carrying your credulousness for so long now, you don’t realize that you’re a burden.

    Continue reading Blogs on parade, the Lost edition

    Happy anniversary to me: BTC News is 7 years old

    Actually a week or two more than 7 years, because I forgot about it. I published the first of 1,923 posts (quite a few written by others who were gracious enough to help me out) on October 22 of 2003.

    The subject of that first post was Frank Gaffney’s daffy take on the . . . → Read More: Happy anniversary to me: BTC News is 7 years old

    Blogs on Parade: Jack Crow is grumpy today

    Please go visit his blog. He is perceptive and precise, he writes well and he regularly sends readers my way; I would like to return the favor.

    Health insurance “reform”:

    :… the authors of this law could have written in anti-defunding language if they wanted. Or tied the funding to percentages of any number . . . → Read More: Blogs on Parade: Jack Crow is grumpy today