Next stop… Jupiter and points OUTWARD…

SkyHarbor, 2012/10/31 

Sonny was just a few dozen orbits in advance of the rest of us… that’s all.
A spirit-blessing upon the Alter-Destiny-Obama-Dynamo-Myth from the Galactic Justice Council…

I moved the complete film to comment #2.

As the darkness falls, Romney Lies and Dies…

SkyHarbor, 2012/10/30 

I give Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) kudos for doing his job and for giving credit where it’s due and for blowing off Mittens entirely. Meanwhile Romney thrashes about in his own juices… Sad, really. I should also point out that having a freaking HURRICANE coming ashore in New York City (not to mention ‘Irene’ from 2011) puts the lie to the Koch brothers/GOP bullshit of calling global climate change a ‘hoax’.

All Mitt can do is make absurd claims about Jeep/Chrysler/Fiat sending Ohio jobs to China… and then when called on it, just turning up the volume. Hope you like the suit – ’cause there’s no one in there. No one. He’s just pathetic.

Romney’s Zombie Apocalypse


So funny


One week until we bury this bastard.

Sluggo’s Happy Little Pup.


Posted with permission. This is Helen, the sweetiest American Staffordshire you’ll ever want to meet in a dark alley.

She’s a big Obama supporter.

Awwww. Ready for trick-or-treating.

No, not The Onion


Bush’s ‘Brownie’ criticizes Obama on Sandy

Michael Brown, former President George W. Bush’s former FEMA director who was criticized for his slow reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said on Monday that President Obama may have acted too quickly on Hurricane Sandy this week.

Brown said Obama’s Sunday press conference with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials was “premature” because the effect of the storm was not felt until a day later.

“It’s premature [when] the brunt of the storm won’t happen until later this afternoon,” Brown said Monday, according to Denver Westward.

Brown said he was concerned about Obama’s early remarks because people in the Northeast were “already beginning to blow it off.” He added that Obama’s comments on Sunday were leading New Yorkers to start “shrugging their shoulders” and ask “what’s this all about?”

You’d think, when your name is a punchline demonstrating extreme incompetence in dealing with a natural disaster, that it might just be a good time to lay low and STFU? I can only see this helping Obama.

Source: The Hill

That’s a surge

Max, 2012/10/29 


Mitt Romey, ‘Pinhooker’.



I grew up in the 1950s in the heart of the bright leaf tobacco belt in the Carolinas. As a boy (8 to 12 years old) I spent my summers working on my grandmother’s small tobacco farm near Mullins SC. Tobacco was a labor intensive business in those days, so we relied extensively on migrant “colored” help during the peak tobacco cropping season. Hard work but the pay was good.

The men worked in the field, cropping tobacco leaves and putting them into the mule-drawn “drag” — which was a crude high-sided sled, narrow enough to fit between the rows and large enough to carry 1,000 pounds of wet tobacco. The women and children worked at the barn stringing the wet leaves onto tobacco sticks using cotton twine. More after the twisted tobacco knot.

I was the “drag boy” (yes, that’s what we were called) who drove the empty drag to the field, exchanged it for the waiting full drag, which I drove back to the barn and unloaded the wet tobacco for the ladies at the barn.

Did I say the pay was good? Croppers were paid $4.00/day, barn help (including me) got $3.00. Everyone got paid the same: family, sharecropper, neighbors, and migrant workers. More after the knotted tobacco leaves…

Later, during my college years (early 1960s) I worked summers for American Tobacco Company on the tobacco market in Mullins SC. I worked as a “pull boy”. That’s right, I had graduated from being a “drag boy” to being a “pull boy” and making 50ยข/hr. A pull boy works as a side-kick to a tobacco buyer at the fast-moving auction. His job is to inspect every basket of tobacco bought by his buyer to make sure he’s getting what he’s paying for.

You see, in those days tobacco was sorted into grades by the farmer, with bright leaves bringing the highest prices. The carefully graded leaves were neatly stacked in baskets, about 200 lb each, and arranged in rows along the warehouse floor. In most cases, farmers did a good job of presenting the product of their hard work and the buyers would bid a fair price.

But occasionally a basket would not bring a strong bid and that’s where the pinhooker would come in. Pinhookers were speculators who would canvass the warehouse before the auction looking for baskets of improperly graded tobacco. He would bid low and if his bid was successful he would re-grade the tobacco, separating the trashy leaves from the better grade. If successful, he could turn a substantial profit without ever getting his hands dirty working in the fields.

I think it’s fair to say, nobody liked pinhookers. If all they did was make a markup for value provided, that might be OK. But you can’t get rich playing the game that way. Pinhookers were known for a few dirty tricks. First, was to simply remove the visible bad leaves and bury them deep inside the stack. Just rearrange things to make the product look more appealing. That’s why the tobacco company paid me so well to pull samples from the inside of the stack to check for consistency.

The other trick was the common bribe. Pinhookers would carry a pocket full of paid gift cards from local liquor stores. Before the auction, they would slip a few cards to their favorite buyers to express thanks in advance for the high bid they were going to get on their graded tobacco. A wink and a nod and the pinhooker made more money on that tobacco in a few hours than the farmer made all year.

You see, pinhookers don’t produce anything. They simply exploit the work of others. And they’ll do whatever it takes to maximize their profit. Cheating is a way of life for them. Say anything, do anything, the end justifies the means.

I don’t know where the name “pinhooker” came from. But, I do think it’s a good name to pin on a certain presidential candidate.

Mitt Romney: “Pinhooker”

I’ve done some hard-ass physical labor in my life. I still have an internal routine running that would make it difficult for me to make a living on the stock market or anything similar — ‘work’ is work, building something, making something, performing a service. This ‘work ethic’ routine makes me think predatory capitalism is a social crime — I could not do it. Leveraging a healthy company and then declaring bankruptcy while pocketing millions in fees certainly seems to me like it should be disincentivized by any reasonably intelligent culture; certainly made out-of-bounds for any respectable citizen.

Just like lying for political gain. Monopolization of public resources. Ill-treatment of other human beings, blah blah blah that’s right I’m a fucking Super Liberal. Proud of it.

Our Story Thus Far…


Here she comes



Hurricane Sandy is moving toward the northeast. At some point, it is expected to become what’s known as an extratropical storm. Unlike a tropical system like a hurricane, which gets its power from warm ocean waters, extratropical systems are driven by temperature contrasts in the atmosphere. At some point, Sandy will strike the East Coast.

Although Sandy is currently a hurricane, it’s important not to focus too much on its official category or its precise path. It’s a massive system that will affect a huge swath of the eastern U.S., regardless of exactly where it hits or its precise wind speed. For example, tropical storm-force winds can be felt 450 miles away from the storm’s center, according to the National Hurricane Center.

5 Reasons Sandy Will Be Epic

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