Today

From what I’ve seen on television, there were significant demonstrations today. For different perspectives, see the SEIU BLog and the Talking Dog.

I’m going to be away from the computer Friday and Saturday and a part of Sunday, so you’ll have to manage without me for a couple of days. I have made arrangements with my technical team (my daughter, Erin) to check the moderation filter from time to time to be sure c u n d gulag’s posts get published, but you might have to wait a bit longer than usual.

25 thoughts on “Today

  1. maha,
    Was that a dig? 😉

    Ok, ok, I’ll try not to clog-up the twit filter.

    Enjoy your bandwidth-less time off from the site! 🙂

  2. Maha is going away for a few days, leaving on one to defend this blog from right-wing-nuts. It’s time for us to take action.

    #Occupy Mahablog! We are the 0.00000099 percent.

  3. “Sure c u n d gets all the attention!”
    Well, maybe HE has a pig’s foot and a smoked sausage in his underwear too. (along with the Blarney stone)

  4. erinyes,
    There’s a joke about smooching my smoked sausage there, but I’ll leave it alone – because if I didn’t get twit-filtered right away, maha, when she comes back, will surely berate me! 🙂

    And look here at the police stormtroopers spraying capsaicin spray at protesters:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmJmmnMkuEM&feature=player_embedded

    Where do they think they are?
    In the mid-80’s working in the perfume section at Bloomingdales?
    If you never experienced it back in the day, when you walked by, the reps from all of the different companies would come out and schpritz you like you were a mosquito on the back deck, so that by the time you got to the next department, you smelled like you’d sat in a Bordello for a week. I mean, it was the job of EVERY rep from EVERY perfume company to come out and spray anyone walking by. Eventually, they spread out like roaches to other departments to ‘funk you up!’
    Eventually, the reps were told to stop spraying every poor schmuck, male or female, who walked by when a few people with allergies stopped breathing, keeled over, and died – thus hurting sales for the day.
    I don’t suspect the cops here care too much about that. Why get all of those nice toys like guns, and pepper spray, and Tasers, if you can’t use them?
    We proles are probably supposed to be grateful that they’re only spraying us with capsaicin, and not electrons and/or lead.

  5. C U N D GULAG – I don’t understand why Barbara didn’t leave you the ‘keys’ and have you guest blog. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? 🙂

  6. Doug,
    Maha is too smart for that. It’s like leaving your teenage son at home – didn’t you ever see “Riskey Business?”

  7. C U N D: I’ve kept looking back to see if you’re posting. These last two comments had me LOL. (You’re really good with quick quips.) Have a good day.

  8. Thanks for the compliment, PurpleGirl.

    And I guess what you’re telling me is that I should give up the marathons and just stick with sprints? 🙂

  9. I second Doug – I think Gulag should be given the keys for awhile, it’d be interesting to see how he could drive blog traffic, and entertaining too. Maha’s daughter Erin could shut him down if he starts breaking things.

  10. Doug and moonbat,
    Handing things over to me would be like giving Keith Richards a couple of kilo’s of Columbian Marching Powder, a case of “Rebel Yell,” and your college-age daughter for the weekend.

    Nothing good will come of it.
    But I will say this – I guarantee a good time would be had by all!
    Except maha, her blog, and her daughter, of course.
    They’d be… what’s the term?
    Oh yeah – collateral damage.

  11. Nothing good will come of it. But I will say this – I guarantee a good time would be had by all!

    And that’s somehow a bad thing? I think it could prove to be a nice counterpoint to the regularly scheduled serious kind of writing provided by our gracious blog-hostess. The trick is finding the right balance. I do agree with you Gulag that too much would destroy the place.

  12. Aside from the fact that Gulag has a bloodline that leads back to Ivan the Terrible I think he’d do a fine job as a guest commentator..

  13. I refuse to listen to all of you juvenile delinquents, and hold a coup d’emaha.
    You’re like those kids in school who egg on one of the other schmucks to write something nasty on the blackboard while the teacher’s out of the room.
    I’ll be the one who’ll get into trouble with our gracious host – NOT YOU!!!
    And, “Well, they double-dog dared me!” is a terrible excuse. It’s right behind “I vass juss following zee orderz!”
    If maha asks me, I’ll be glad to. But that would be like inviting Jeffrey Dahmer to the dinner party and asking him to bring lady fingers for dessert.

    PS: Swami, I prefer to think of those blood lines going back to Peter the Great!

  14. How about Stalin’s blood lines!
    Wait, no – those were bread lines.
    a lot of blood.

    If I were going to be any of the Soviets, it would be Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov. He was around from the beginning of the Revolution, and died at the age of 96 in 1986, right before the USSR collapsed. He was a revolutionary, a politician, and a diplomat. And he never got in any trouble! In the early 50’s, Stalin was about to see which Molotov preferred – lead or ice, but Molotov again got lucky, and Joe died before he could do that voodoo that he did so well.
    Plus, he had a cocktail named after him! How great is that?

  15. From my earlier link that’s still in ‘moderation,’ apparently the cops decided that the demonstrators sitting on their butt’s, protesting, and covering their mouths with jackets while the cops went around spraying them like they were roaches at a family get-together, needed to have their mouths pried open to get the full effect of the pepper spray.
    http://bicyclebarricade.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/open-letter-to-chancellor-linda-p-b-katehi/
    “Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.”

    Yes, they forcibly opened their mouths and sprayed capsaicin down their throats!
    So instead of maybe getting a taste of “tobasco sauce,’ they decided to schpritz a quart of it down your throat – wholesale.

    From ‘Daily Kos’:
    ‘The peacefully protesting young woman who was pepper sprayed directly in the face is 20-year-old Liz Nichols, from a small town in Arkansas, who says she joined the Occupy Portland movement in support of her disabled parents.
    Her mom, who has multiple sclerosis, told Nichols she’s proud of her. After pepper spraying her in the mouth then dragging her away by her hair what did the police tell her?
    Next time you get pepper sprayed, keep your mouth shut, she said they told her.

    Nichols has been charged with interfering with police. She says she will fight it. The police thug who blasted pepper spray straight into the face of a peaceful protester has not been charged with anything.’

    If this isn’t an example of a paramilitary police state, I don’t know what is!

    And this is what we get for recruiting from the military, and their contractors, for our civilian police forces. Stormtroopers in 21st Century attire, part of the 99%, given the latest toys, and just chomping at the bit to do the bidding of their 1% Masters.

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