the otherwhirled

where nothing is real, and nothing else is sacred.

Hey! Look Over Here!

(various things found while tubing down teh internets)

Worthy readings, all. Be inquisitive and clickify!

2007.09.05 Posted by | blogging, opinion | 1 Comment

A-F*@KING-MEN

via Digby, via Perlstein: PUH-RICELESS!

Alex Linder the founder of VNN and the lead organizer of the rally kicked off events by rushing the clowns in a fit of rage, and was promptly arrested by 4 Knoxville police officers who dropped him to the ground when he resisted and dragged him off past the red shiny shoes of the clowns.

And it only gets better from there. My hat’s off to the 100th ARA for their tour de force. Awesome!

2007.09.03 Posted by | humor, opinion | 3 Comments

May I turn your attention to:

Okay, look. I’ll post some “real stuff” sometime today. But, since there’s a few of us who dabble and/or excel in photographic snarkery, I believe it is prudent for me to ensure that I don’t duplicate anyone’s efforts. When I finally got done attempting to turn portions of my flesh into charcoal this weekend, I came home, showered, played with the cats (it’s great being able to play with several pussies even when my wife is out of town!), had a couple of beers, sat down with the intention of making a few late-evening posts, and wound up doing client work until about 2:00 a.m. instead, because I’m either really dedicated or was jonesing for some sort of semi-valid excuse to sleep late this morning.

So, I got up a little after 9:00 and started playing catch-up on the blog front, which meant a boat load of reading. And I’m still not done, and won’t be for a bit yet. But, in the meantime, I thought I’d share some recent posts from around the blogosphere that I believe are worthy of your perusal. I know most of you probably already visit these sites or get their feeds, but just in case, I wanted to provide them here, because I found them a great way to start my day today.

I’ll be posting some of my own patented inanity here in a bit. Stay tuned!

2007.09.03 Posted by | blogging, opinion | 2 Comments

Another Exercise in Not Getting It.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The reason why she was willing to pose with you, oh “Little Chimperor That Couldn’t”, is that she is so damned poor and desperate, she was even willing to appear on camera with the likes of the moron who made her that way. It’s not an accolade, it’s an act of literally having nothing more to lose.

And yes, everyone knows your handlers just picked her for her last name: “White”. Bravo.


photo credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

2007.08.30 Posted by | opinion, political hegemony, public figures, snark | 1 Comment

Read mah lips!

(Jim Young/Reuters) “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm”


President Bush performs another free-thought exercise, to the embarrassment of everyone.

photo credit: Jim Young/Reuters

2007.08.26 Posted by | humor, opinion, public figures, snark | 6 Comments

Gomer Piledriver

(AFP/File/Sabah Arar) “Here, General David Patraeus is portrayed as he prepares to pile another heap of turd onto the smoldering ruins of military independence from politicization. Later this year, General Patraeus will report to Congress whatever his White House handlers compel him to say, as the international community of military leaders hangs its head in shame.”


photo credit: AFP/File/Sabah Arar

2007.08.23 Posted by | opinion, political hegemony, politics, public figures, snark | Leave a comment

Of Legacies and Unsettling Memories

Whether you were aware of it or not, today is an important anniversary.

No, not yours, although it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make sure you have that written down somewhere.

No, not your parents, either. Besides, they only stayed together because of you kids.

Actually, it’s the anniversary of the Voyager space mission. Voyager 2 was launched on August 20, 1977 and Voyager 1 was launched on September 5, 1977. Space.com has its typical, unsurprisingly depthless coverage of the anniversary which fits in well to our sound-bite world. I say that so cynically because as a 10-year-old boy, the Voyager missions were primarily responsible for my sideline fascination with the Science Fiction genera, and my own irrepressible tendency to push the borders of my personal reality, and while space.com’s article is informational, it significantly lacks the brilliance I would expect to be attached to the two most farthest-flung symbols of human technological achievement.

Of course, what’s really interesting, in today’s light, with the Voyager legacy is this:

Each of the Voyagers carries a golden record that is a time capsule with greetings, images and sounds from Earth. The records also have directions on how to find Earth if the spacecraft is recovered by something or someone.

Yes, eventually, if the Voyager spacecraft are not unwittingly intercepted by Captain Kirk, they will continue traveling past the heliosphere and out into the truly great unknown, carrying their message of who we were 30 years ago, as if who we were 30 years ago, at the end of the Age of Aquarius and the beginning of the Age of Disco was really all that great. I mean, shit, we still used typewriters back then, and today’s neoconservative hypocrites were just starting to get things completely fucked up.

Personally, I’d be completely fine if we could spend the money and launch an update to those two forlorn space travelers that included the following disclaimer:

“The citizens of Earth wish to profoundly apologize for the previous spacecraft that were unknowingly launched toward your sun. We strongly recommend that you destroy the enclosed golden records and have the memories of anyone who listened to them purged or expunged. We also do not recommend visiting our planet until we have managed to eradicate every last trace of the Bush family lineage. Sadly, since they seem to continue to procreate, this may take us some time. We’ll send another spacecraft your way with an update when, and only when, that mission is successfully accomplished. Thank you.”

2007.08.20 Posted by | humor, opinion, snark | 1 Comment