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Bob’s Musings: It’s A Wonderful Day In The Neighborhood

13 January 2012 @ 11:04

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-As to the controversy over the video of Marine snipers urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban, Iask: Patton pissed in the Rhine, so what’s the problem here?

This is what soldiers do to show their contempt for their enemy.

What a nation of wusses we have become.

-Of course, I favored putting Bin Laden’s head on a pike at the top of the wall surrounding the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

-According to Reuters [tip of the fedora to Wombat-Socho’s Live At Five]:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the video, describing the men’s actions as “inhuman” and calling for an investigation, in a statement on Thursday evening.

Well, pal, what’s really inhuman is the way you corruptly govern your backward little s–thole of a country, especially how you look the other way and profit from the opium trade, and how you cozy-up very comfortably with the Taliban.

-The Department Of Homeland Security, as you may have heard, is monitoring journalists, reporters, and blogs. From the Reuters report by Mark Hosenball [tip of the fedora to Ed Driscoll pretending to be Instapundit]:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document.

A “privacy compliance review” issued by DHS last November says that since at least June 2010, its national operations center has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” which involves regular monitoring of “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.”

The purpose of the monitoring, says the government document, is to “collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.”


My message to the DHS crew if they’re looking in here at TCOTS: Be situationally aware of this! I got your operating picture right here!

The Lonely Conservative has more details here and offers her own opinion [which is spot-on].

-Why is the Secretary Of Defense issuing a Martin Luther King Day message, especially one that doesn’t mention or have anything to do with the military?

-In a comment on a posting by Smitty on Sunday, Richard McEnroe, Warden of the asylum known as Three Beers Later, commented:

Romney’s back to his “Obama’s not a bad man, he’s just over his head on the economy” trope again.

I thank him for reminding me of that. I saw him say that on C-SPAN last Saturday and had wanted to mention it.

Obama is a bad man. He’s trying to destroy everything this country stands for in order to see his Utopian dreams realized. He is suffocating us, seeking to deprive all Americans of the air of Liberty.

Knock it off, Willard.

-It’s a major election year and that means get ready for all those .org activist groups along with their celebretard supporters to start loudly and relentlessly urging everyone to get out and vote because it’s your duty to.

No…don’t vote…not if you’re not willing tot make a serious effort to research the candidates and the issues.

Not if you don’t regularly keep up on what’s going on politically and culturally.

It’s your duty not to vote if you won’t take the time to do these things.

This ‘everyone must vote’ bromide is nothing but a Leftist scheme to accumulate more votes. Uninformed voters are Useful Idiots for the Left because they can be emotionally manipulated. So, if you won’t take the time to stay informed, then stay home on Election Day ― that’s your duty, dammit.

-In a review of what looks to be an interesting read, Michale Kane, in last Sunday’s New York Post, writes:

Once the dream of the Porsche family patriarch, the Volkswagen Beetle became a pet project of an industrious prewar Third Reich. It was only luck that it survived World War II, but then — thanks largely to a pioneering ad campaign — it was embraced by America’s counterculture.

The weirdest part? The very conceit behind Hitler’s backing of his People’s Car (the translation of Volkswagen is “folks wagon”) — to provide an affordable means for all Germans to spread out into conquered lands — likewise gave tie-dyed hippies the mobility to drop out and roam around the United States in search of themselves. Or, at the very least, to drive to San Francisco.

That the Volkswagen should appear to both Nazis and Hippies is not weird at all: both groups are Socialist.

The slightly-off part of the whole story is that the man who successfully marketed the ugly car in America was Jewish.

-Speaking of reading: on Wednesday Paco recommended an article by Daniel Flynn on Ray Bradbury that is well worth a read. He’s a very interesting fellow and a fine writer. Paco has a highlight from Mr. Flynn’s piece here and here’s another:

For H.G. Wells and Edward Bellamy, utopia was the far future. Bradbury looks in the other direction. He sets his wayback machine to Green Town, America circa 1920. The son of a Swedish immigrant mother and a power lineman father, Bradbury cherishes a nostalgia for boyhood along Lake Michigan that would seem odd given the mama’s boy wimpiness that made him a target for his peers. His family’s poverty limited his opportunities; so hard up were the Bradburys that one older brother taken by 1918’s influenza epidemic lies in an unmarked grave, while another older brother shared a bed with Ray in the makeshift living room/bedroom well into adulthood.

This time and place is nevertheless the Eden of Bradbury’s fiction. This is perhaps most loudly pronounced in “Mars Is Heaven” (1948)—redubbed “The Third Expedition” in The Martian Chronicles (1950)—in which the red planet turning out to be heaven is overshadowed by the fact that heaven turns out to be small-town America.

In the course of reading the article, I was not surprised to learn that among his admirers was Russell Kirk.

The Martian Chronicles is a great read.

-There’s a medical mystery occurring at one high school in New York, according to a report in the New York Post:

A mysterious illness that produces symptoms similar to Tourette’s syndrome is sweeping through an upstate high school, hitting a dozen girls since fall.

The state Department of Health has diagnosed the ailment — which includes spasms so severe that some have missed more than a month of classes — as a mental disorder, one victim’s dad told The Post yesterday.

As you are probably aware, Tourette’s Syndrome causes the victims of it to spontaneously blurt-out obscenities.

The report goes on to state that some parents do not think what is happening is a result of a psychological problem, that there must be a physical/biological reason.

I disagree.

I think what we are seeing here is a form of Stockholm Syndrome with, in this case, these young girls unconsciously adopting the speaking habits of Michelle Obama after having been held hostage and being subjected to Lady Michbeth’s ‘charms’ for the past three-plus years.

Another reason we must defeat Obama in Novemeber, eh?

-Live well, my friends…

  1. 13 January 2012 @ 11:20 11:20

    I would have put bin Laden’s head on a across the street from One UN Plaza, with a couple of NY cops or firefighters stationed there so no one fucked with it.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      13 January 2012 @ 18:44 18:44

      Me likey.

  2. 13 January 2012 @ 11:21 11:21

    pike. Head on a pike.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      13 January 2012 @ 18:44 18:44

      Your mistake got me thinking: how about his head on a dyke, like, say, Rosie O’D?

  3. 13 January 2012 @ 11:23 11:23

    Not nice to piss on the dead bodies of enemy barbarians. So. What’s that old saying? When in Rome, do as the Romans do? I think the rules of gentlemanly conduct in these barbarian lands is to drag the bodies through the streets and then hang what’s left of the bodies from a bridge. Oh, and post the video of the ceremonial dragging on the internet for all to enjoy.

  4. Adobe Walls permalink
    13 January 2012 @ 14:06 14:06

    I would encourage our troops to show their contempt for the enemy, speaking of enemies Obama is a bad person as are all Bolsheviks and their angry wives.

    Sometimes an inexpensive car is just a car.

  5. 13 January 2012 @ 20:20 20:20

    Hey Bob, our friend Hugh got hold of Barry’s diary, you better go have a look, since you’re in it!
    Watch out for those black vans!

  6. M. Thompson permalink
    14 January 2012 @ 03:42 03:42

    The word is these days, if you don’t want it put all over the front page of every damn scandalsheet, don’t film it. Sadly, that’s what those wimps have reduced us to.

    A pox on their houses!

  7. Wayne permalink
    15 January 2012 @ 18:51 18:51

    OBL’s death makes no difference. Our true enemies walk among us and look like us, except they have no loyalty to us. You need not worry about Al Queda, gentlemen, the stake in the heart of this country was the 1965 Population Replacement Act. What Republicans are willing to address this? ANSWER: NONE. As a matter of fact, they are all to busy denying their base and pandering to minorities. After all, wanting our children to not be a hated, second class minority in their own country is raaaaaacist!
    OBTW, who do you think the leftist controlled government is really afraid of and regards as terrorists?

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