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Morning Seditionists

Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on May 29, 2013
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I’m sure everyone was as sad as I am to hear that Michelle Bachmann will not be seeking reelection to her House seat next year. Aw. Michelle isn’t ruling out another presidential run, but my guess is she took a look at the Sarah Palin gravy train and decided there’s a heckuva lotta money to be made as a teabagger darling (and no pesky ethics considerations). So long, Michelle. I’d say we’re gonna miss you, but I suspect we’ll be seeing even more of you after you’re out of office than we do now. And that’s a damn shame. Thank goodness we still have guys like this around:

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Memorial Day

Posted by pjsauter on May 27, 2013
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I guess today is meant to officially honor those who died while serving in the military, but I like to think of it as a day to remember the people I cared about who are no longer with us. Notice I said “think” about them, as I don’t actually go around planting flowers or flags or anything like that. I haven’t even visited my parents’ grave in a long time, now that I don’t live very close to where they’re buried. But I don’t really think of them as being there, anyway. Whatever’s there, it isn’t what made them, them. But I think of them all the time, and not just one day a year. There’s also a long list of dogs that I think about, too. Mostly, though, it’s nice to just have a day off (though technically I’m on call support duty – there’s a technical difference between on call and support; if I was on call, they’d have to pay me – and could have to respond to a web emergency), and I even have tomorrow off, which is nice as well.

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Thank The Lord, It’s Friday

Posted by pjsauter on May 24, 2013
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By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the video of intrepid reporter and former U-Boat commander Wolf Blitzer asking Moore, OK resident Rebecca Vitsmun if she was thanking “the lord” for having escaped death in this week’s mega-tornado. Vitsmun, of course, politely (and genially) responded that she’s an atheist, so, like, no. I’d have liked to have seen Wolf ask other survivors if they were blaming “the lord” for having wiped their town off the map. Or asking parents if they were angry at “the lord” for having sent a tornado to a school and killing their kids. It’s always “the lord” or “the angels” were on my side when you escape disaster, but they never claim responsibility for putting you in these shitty positions in the first place, other than maybe the vague “it’s God’s will” or “‘the lord’ works in mysterious ways.” If Wolf had asked me if I was thanking “the lord,” I’d have told him: “Fuck no, Wolf. If there is a God, I wanna know why the hell He just destroyed my (literally) goddamned house!”

Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on May 23, 2013
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I’m sure everybody’s read the story about the brutal attack in London where a British soldier was hacked to death. British PM David Cameron called it an “act of terror.” So I’m now waiting for Darryl Issa and Fox News to condemn him for not calling it a “terrorist attack,” which of course is something completely different.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on May 22, 2013
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My, my, my. “The Press” has certainly gotten its collective panties in a bunch over the rather aggressive DOJ investigation into “leaks.” This outrage was expressed today in a NY Times editorial entitled “Another Chilling Leak Investigation.”

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on May 21, 2013
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Glad to see that OKat and family are okay. The pictures and video from Oklahoma City are just incredible. I’m really glad we don’t get that kind of thing around here. An occasional small tornado isn’t totally unheard of around these parts, but they’re extremely rare. Too many hills around to break them up, I guess. I hope Oklahoma gets a break from these tornadoes, but as we experience the effects of climate change, I’m afraid this stuff is just gonna get more frequent. It’ll be interesting to see what Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn push for to “offset” any disaster relief funding that goes to OKC. Maybe they can eliminate the Global Change Research Program.

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on May 19, 2013
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First, the bad news. I did not win the $590 million PowerBall drawing last night. I blame it on my wife, to whom I gave both two dollars (courtesy of the Nielsen folks) and fairly simple instructions: buy a winning ticket. Not only did we not win, we didn’t even get one number (I was hoping there was a prize for getting nothing right, but I guess that’s some other game, like Keno or something). I’m very sad about this, as I really don’t want to go to work anymore. Oh well.

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Saturday

Posted by pjsauter on May 18, 2013
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Last night’s Realtime wasn’t the worst show he’s ever had, but it was kind of disappointing in light of the fact that both Michael Moore and Zach Galifianakis were on. I was mostly annoyed by some MSNBC chick who is apparently a right winger. She was rather impassioned about the whole gun thing who seems to think that requiring a background check and/or registration to buy a gun is tantamount to being considered guilty until proven innocent. A rather specious argument, IMHO. As somebody tried to point out (only to be shouted down because that’s about the only thing these wingnuts can manage to do to “refute” opposing arguments), having to register your car (or license you dog) doesn’t mean anybody is accusing you (let alone convicting you) of a crime. Her other tactic was the tried and true, “I know you are but what am I” defense when the subject of how come all of a sudden right wingers are so upset with the government getting reporters’ phone records now that Obama is preznit, when they were all gung-ho when Dubya was in office. Her response, “where’s the outrage from liberals now?”

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Pre-Friday

Posted by pjsauter on May 16, 2013
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I got an e-mail from a guy I used to work with this morning. Apparently I was behind him on the way in to work. We work at the same place, except in different locations, but we live in the same general vicinity, and there aren’t a helluva lot of different ways to come in from the sticks to the big city, so I’m surprised we never came into contact before. So we had an e-mail reminiscence of my past life as a refrigeration mechanic, remembering the good old days of working in the anatomy cooler, squeezing between the cadavers hanging from their ears with their giblet juice dripping on the floor. If I close my eyes, I can almost smell it.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on May 15, 2013
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So I was listening to my old time radio in the wee hours of the morning (as I often do, since I don’t actually seem to sleep). It was some show from the early fifties, and for some reason they were comparing the US bombing run on the Romanian oil refineries in PloieÅŸti in August 1943 (operation “Tidal Wave”) to a football team being down by fifty points with time running out (the idea being, I guess, that the loser team keeps on playing instead of leaving the field).

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