Not a Halloween song, but definitely a Halloween video, Sheena Easton's 1983 single from her fourth album was shot for an October release, and scored her a Top 10 hit.
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Friday, October 28, 2022
I haven't had much to say hereabouts the last few days, because everything is basically SSDD, so other than comments at several other hangouts, nothing much that hasn't already been said is percolating.
But it seems to me that what folks ought to be pondering about now, are the answers to two related questions:
1) If the 2022 elections follow the same pattern that 2020 did, and you watch it stolen in broad daylight right before your eyes, and the other side gaslights you into thinking you should ignore your lying eyes. AGAIN;
2) If there's a Red Tsunami, but when the dust settles, and the media pants-wetting is over, nothing changes, because the Stupid Party is unalterably spring-loaded to feckless and studied incompetence, like always, rather than cutting out the civilizational rot with machetes, and burning it all with a flamethrower,
WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?
Asking for 300M friends.
I don't need to know your answer to those questions.
But you sure as hell do.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Monday, October 24, 2022
If this was going well for Russia in any way, we wouldn't be talking about Ukraine as an independent country going into November of a year when they invaded it in February.
Things are nowhere near over, and that's exactly the point: Russia, on paper, should have been done with this before March 1st.
Hitler conquered France in 40 days. (To be fair, the Germans were only going up against the French, but you get the point.)
Russia can't even hold onto the territories they'd infiltrated since 2014, and will hold even less than they do now by the time this conflict hits 40 weeks. (Common Core grads: that would be in 5 weeks from now.) They stand a very good chance of even going backwards, and having to cough up Crimea as well, for the second time since 1989, perhaps as a Christmas present to Zelensky and the people of Ukraine. IOW, had they just sat there in February and done nothing, they'd have 60,000 more soldiers alive, 1200 more tanks, an extra airborne brigade available, and still have a Black Sea Fleet they could sail back and forth to Syria. Just by not starting this war.
Against a country with only 1/10th their military strength.
This level of military performance by Russia is why you can count their notable military victories in the last 300 years on your thumbs.
And at current trajectory, Russia wouldn't be any worse off than right now if we switched sides, and then abandoned them like Afghanistan.
|Team Putin. 24/7, for 243 days and counting.|
Maybe things will be better for Russia tomorrow. Outcomes can always change in war, sometimes rapidly (just ask the crew of the Moskva), and very well may multiple times before this ends. They certainly have for Russia since September 1st, let alone since February 23rd. But they're not showing anything new, and all those conscripts seem to be just so much cannon fodder. Now they're hoping Iranian drones will help them out.
Dear Putin Rooters: Lucy Van Pelt called. She wanted to know if you'd like to practice kicking some field goals.
Sunday, October 23, 2022
If you paid attention to the last couple of picks, you might have wondered what was going on with Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks' original bf. The reason she was brought into Fleetwood Mac at all was his insistence that they were a package deal.
By the time the Rumours LP came out, she'd slept with Mick Fleetwood behind his back. How'd that go over with Lindsey? Listen to the lyrics of Go Your Own Way, or the moans and screams in the background closing of Gold Dust Woman, which was Lindsey alone in a studio after all this went down.
His solo albums gave him a chance to work it all out, and this track, the first single he released on his second solo album in '84, was the encapsulation of what he'd been quietly living amidst for seven years. It was his second solo hit, and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
We are second to no one when douchebadge coptards royally screw up.
By the same token, when good cops acting properly perform a community service arrest, and it turns out like this video, it warms the very cockles of our cold, green amphibious heart. Much like Beetlejuice watching The Exorcist, it keeps getting funnier every time we watch it.
Total time from initiation of felony stop "Go!" decision to resolution: fourteen seconds.
Incredibly, yet again, passing a law to stop felons from having guns didn't work. Color us shocked.
Important safety tip: Even an AR-15 isn't an instant one-shot stopper at muzzle range to the chest. Head shots are, but I'm sure their policy is center-of-mass "to stop". In our humble opinion, if police officers are pointing weapons at you, and instead of stopping, you run and draw a firearm, once that gun comes out, nothing says "Stop!" like a bullet to the brain. PSG, WSP. (Or alternatively, as the commenters on the video noted, a round of buckshot to the chest would have been très approprié.)
Kudos to the officer on the trigger for safely ending the situation, saving months of trial costs and years of prison upkeep for another waste of skin, and helping him to fully kick his oxygen addiction. If we had more of this, we'd have less of this.
"The mark of a man's intelligence is how much he agrees with you"
"If Russia isn't stopped in Ukraine, it will have to be stopped in Warsaw.
Russia has already lost its main goals. More countries joined a strengthened NATO. Ukraine is more independent and nationalistic than ever. Just as bad, Russian equipment, training, and leadership has been shown wanting. The war has been lost. Now it's a matter of how long the fighting will go on."
We've been telling you this, and more, since March. There's no version of "Russian victory" in this conflict that doesn't start with "pyrrhic". In fact, they've already blown past that Rubicon, and proceeded to "Mariupolic". The only measurement left for Russian "victory" at this point is "Carthaginian", and it's still theirs for the grasping.
Contrarian whingers: explain to the class when it's acceptable for one country to conquer another country, and forcibly annex their territory and people at gunpoint, bearing in mind the current date. Show all work.
Can't do that?
Monday, October 17, 2022
|No pension for you, podpolkovnik. War is all hell.|
It seems that the man responsible for the current Russian recruiting debacle in one district, to provide cannon fodder for their ongoing disaster in Ukraine, was found dead near a fence at his home. Some reports say he hanged himself, but no one has yet explained how he also cut himself down afterwards and got to where he was found, and no points for guessing how many times he also shot himself in the back of the head and stabbed himself before settling on hanging as the best method of suicide.
"There is rising fury over mobilisation officials forcibly recruiting men with little or no training in apparent violation of the rules. Armed conscript-snatching teams of enlistment officers backed by police have been operating in Russian cities, grabbing men on underground trains, on the street, and in offices."
Either way, whether through popular insurgency, or official displeasure, it's pleasing to know that at least one more lieutenant colonel of the Russian Army will be in a warm place for all eternity. And it's yet another data point letting you know just how well the war is going for Russia, and the actual nature of both popular and official support for it.
As noted in comments, the Potemkin Army is suffering from Potemkin readiness and Potemkin recruiting, which explains much about their Potemkin success. Some folks are going to need to stock up on condiments for all the crow and shit sandwiches they'll be eating if this continues apace. Boo frickin' hoo.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Enchanted, you thought you saw something in my eye.
It's a shame that you wanted me, but didn't try.
Woah woah woah, I hope you make it...
Last week's choice gave you the backstory on the inspiration for Walter Egan's biggest hit. Today's choice is one from Stevie Nick's solo album Wild Heart from several years down the road that sounds an awful lot like a belated reply.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
The 4th Guards Tank Division and 2nd Guards Motor Rifle Division-and by extension the whole 1st Guards Tank Army-probably are unfit for further fighting. They could reconstitute, but with what and whom? The Kremlin's urgent recruitment drive is faltering. And having written off more than a thousand tanks in Ukraine, the Russians might need years to bring depleted units back up to full strength.
The Ukrainian army by contrast has more tanks now than it did before the current counteroffensives, as it has captured more Russian tanks than it has lost of its own.
Oops. Cat. Out of bag.
It's because they haven't got anything else to spare to throw at this war.
And the Number One supplier of military equipment to Ukraine, for weeks and weeks now, and by orders of magnitude, isn't NATO; It's Putin's raggedy drunken Russian Army.
What do you want to bet that a large percentage of the billions Moscow allocated to modernize its armed forces following their underwhelming performances everywhere from Chechnya to South Ossetia wound up bobbing gently at anchor in Monaco and Barcelona?
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Over at Borepatch's blog, he mentions additional evidence to overturn the beloved Big Bang Theory, which has people who've embraced it lifelong in what is best described as panic.
Commenter SiG mentions a New Dark Ages.
Too late, I say. The New Dark Ages have already started. We've been in a Post-Scientific Age for decades, if not nearly a couple of centuries. I've mentioned this before, because I'm not the only one who's noticed it.
The only trouble with describing a New Dark Ages is that one must necessarily place the advent in the past tense. Probably somewhere around the mid 1800s.
It's a sloppy border, not a hard demarcation, but while some of the harder sciences proceeded fairly normally to the current moment, the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings regressed hard over a century and a half ago, and many of the popular explainers were promulgating the exact superstition-filled world they claimed to be leading us out of. Color me shocked.
They merely traded their own biases and fears for those of the medieval monks, and they've spent entire careers, not shining a light on darkness, but throwing buckets of water on any unorthodox candles they find offensive.
That's "scientific consensus" in a nutshell, and such dictatorial groupthink - the hallmark of tyranny and socialism in every other realm - has ever been the nemesis of actual discovery.
The only thing that makes it even partly fair over time is that some things can't be shouted down, because the entire body of evidence shouts back against them.
Science is a team sport; Discovery is one man stepping forward onto the pinnacle and saying "A-Ha!"
Thus true science is always and necessarily Show and Tell.
There's no Tell without the Show. And anyone who says "Trust the science" isn't a scientist, he's a used-car salesman, trying to get you to buy the sizzle, without providing any steak.
Everyone's job, as a proper consumer of the product, should be shouting back at those charlatans, "Where's the beef?"
False prophets, upon discovery as such, used to be stoned to death. It's a penalty that needs to be revived.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
I'm guessing mediocre lawyering. There should have been another zero there ahead of the decimal, minimum.
And, as usual, the idiots at Fox News fucked up the story by the first line: she didn't refuse to let Officer Douchebadge draw the blood. She refused his illegal demand that SHE join a criminal conspiracy to draw it HERSELF, and become an accomplice to battery on an unconscious patient, and violation of civil rights under color of authority. Pity Fox can't afford anyone with a high school diploma to look that detail up for them. Layers and layers of editorial oversight.
And rather than being charged criminally under state and federal law for those felonies, Officer Douchebadge, though fired by SLCPD, is still free, and trying to get his old job back. No, really.
If ever someone needed to go away and eat his gun for the good of society, Officer Nursebeater is the poster child.
There's only one thing we have to thank him for: Officer Douchebadge's inspirational, brazen, and profligate violation of his oath, the law, the US Constitution, and all common sense and decency, and his total commitment to outright over-the-top jackbooted thuggery, which he'd obviously been doing his whole career, roused us enough to begin memeing. (5-8K of 'em, at last tally.)
You can blame him or thank him, as ye will.
Either way, he's still unmitigated human debris, and his entire family line should be erased from the genetic pool, on general principles. And anyone who killed him, deliberately or accidentally, should receive a Presidential Medal Of Freedom for public service.
At the very least, the Governor of Utah and the Mayor of Salt Lake City should both award that nurse a commendation for upholding the actual law far better than the douchebadged thug at SLCPD did that day.
There's already enough sheep pens in Utah that the state, and the nation, could be considered well rid of that additional giant piece of walking shit, and anything that happens to him between now and whenever he kicks his oxygen addiction is totally justified.
This should be for sale as a 24"x36" poster (I'll take 100 of them), and be found plastered on every flat surface from Maine to Maui. Starting with outside every federal building and facility in the country, including post offices.
If Sabo wasn't in hiding somewhere, he should be working on the billboard version of this 24/7.
I leave town for a couple of days far from anything higher-tech than a wristwatch, and the Putinophile Usual Suspects wet themselves with glee when he rockets multiple cities far from the front lines. Exactly like he's been doing to Ukrainians since February. >yawn<
1) Cities don't move very fast, so this wasn't a particularly impressive technical feat.
2) People who you've been shelling for seven months aren't liable to lose heart when you do it yet again.
3) Interested third parties aren't inclined to take you more seriously when you bomb cities instead of armies.
4) Both of them have, in fact, tripled down on their resolve, and their aid guarantees, and the phrase "war crimes" moves from whispers to bullhorns.
5) When your armies, plural, are getting their asses handed to them on a platter for over a month straight, you might want to think about shelling those military formations that vex you. If you could find them and target them correctly. Everybody also notices when you can't do that: their army, your own army, and the armies of friendly and unfriendly nations now know you can't hit Jack or Shit, unless Jack's a third-grader on the swings in the playground.
6) When all you have is a tack hammer, even your problems that really are nails give you trouble.
7) Vlad has now announced it's open season in return on actual Russians in actual Russia. That rarely ends well. Ask Zombie Herman Goering.
All Vlad has accomplished is to look like a bigger and more murderous @$$hole, with a weaker and less-competent military than before. The only things helping him now are that his supply lines are 100 miles closer to Russian territory than they were in August, and he's got 60,000 less troops to supply than he started out with in February.
And with time, as things develop, he may not have to worry about supplying his forces in Crimea any more at all. As the king said in The Princess Bride, "Won't that be nice?"
Well-played. It's like Christmas in October.
Monday, October 10, 2022
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Every day, Vlad's troops are moving 10-20 miles. Back towards Russia.
And he's using the suckers in Eastern Ukraine who took his side, and the fat, old slobs press-ganged into his war as cannon fodder tampons to plug the holes long enough for his shattered professional troops to retreat without getting cut off or wiped out to a man.
And The Usual Suspects at P-Anon keep telling you the same thing:
Friday, October 7, 2022
Thursday, October 6, 2022
But before the World's Foremost Experts, who've gotten this wrong every day since February 26th, start wetting themselves with delight, some background:
You see, I assumed that the military tribe of incompetents surrounding Putin would call up their 300K reservists, equip them, give them some minimal refresher training, and use shattered leftovers from early in the war as cohort units, around which to rebuild serious fighting forces.
That takes weeks to months for us, and Russians aren't anywhere near that competent, so I figured a reasonable expectation was that either they'd have to issue and train for a winter offensive (good luck with that in Russia or Ukraine on the steppes), or far more likely, they'd take the time to do it right, and have another go at things next spring.
Because that's what military leaders competent in logistics, tactics, and strategy would do.
Only total farking military idiots and morons would send them straight into combat immediately, right?
Nope. I was wrong there. Nothing could be further from the truth. That's not what's happening at all.
They loaded the busses and trains with old farts, and simply shipped them Stalingrad-style, straight to the front lines, to be fed face-first right into the meat-grinder, and they're already turning up in Uke POW hauls. In short, Russian generals are falling for their own patriotic propaganda from their Great Patriotic War.
Three days after the mobilization, their fresh conscripts were already being captured. Some of them are simply driving over to the Uke side, and surrendering, to get it over with. And bringing fully functional BMPs with them.
Unarmed, unfed, unsheltered, un-equipped, and generally surly and pissed at being treated as exactly the cannon fodder they are.
Captured Russian equipment is now a sizable percentage of the reason for the renewed and re-invigorated Ukrainian push forward: Russia is supplying them nearly as much gear and ammunition in some areas as they're getting from the West. How annoying.
The Russian conscripts being force-fed into this would be rioting and mutinying, but they don't even have the ammo to pull that off.
So where I'd previously expected the Ukrainian Army to take a breather any day now, if not weeks ago, to consolidate their gains, and then see where to go next, I expect they may be able to completely push the remaining Russian forces back strategically. They're encircling a full corps (two-plus divisions) now, and if they cut off the southern front, everything from Odessa to Mariupol is in play, including shutting the Crimea off from Russia proper by land again.
Things on the fronts might return to something like normalcy eventually, but that would depend on Russian military leadership competence (another thing they're under-supplied with), so the only limiting factor may become how long the Ukrainians can keep kicking Russian forces in the balls, and how long they want to keep doing it, before they stop to fully consolidate their gains, with an army on the ground now about 4 times the size of the Russians, and at least twice the size it was when this conflict started.
And the whinging that this offensive was all NATO troops has dissipated like fog on a sunny day. The Ukes are doing this themselves, and it's obvious from space.
Russia's big mobilization so far is looking like the mouse that farted.
The primary concern, and still-open question, is whether Putin has the ability and the will to order a nuclear strike, and the insanity to try it, or if that really is the point at which he gets retired, and he knows it, and is thus forced to eat the entire shit sandwich he ordered, until all of it is gone.
Interesting times continue.
from Chief Nose Wetter
As if, at this point, anyone in the country is surprised that the banana republic poser in the White House can't even put his pants on frontside to the front without copious assistance.
The expression on the guy behind Emperor Stumblefuck Poopypants looking at the zipper on his backside is priceless.
But at least it's faster to take care of business when he's about to sh*t himself again. Which, we're guessing, is just about hourly, both metaphorically or literally.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
It's looking grim for Team Annexation:
Russia no longer has full control of any of the four provinces of Ukraine it says it annexed last week after Ukrainian troops advanced dozens of kilometres in Kherson province in the south of the country and made additional gains in the east.On Monday, the Russian military acknowledged that Kyiv’s forces had broken through in the Kherson region. It said the Ukrainian army and its “superior tank units” had managed to “penetrate the depths of our defence” around the villages of Zoltaya Balka and Alexsandrovka.
The [Russian] Ministry of Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said Russian troops had occupied what he called a “pre-prepared defensive line”. They continued to “inflict massive fire damage” on Ukrainian forces, he claimed.
His comments are an admission that Ukraine’s southern counter-offensive is dramatically gaining pace, two months after it began. Ukrainian brigades appear to have achieved their biggest breakthrough in the region since the war started, bursting through the frontline and advancing rapidly along the Dnieper River.
The Ukrainian military’s southern command said forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher, without providing details of where the fighting occurred.
Russian sources acknowledged that the Ukrainian tank offensive had moved along the river’s west bank, recapturing a number of villages along the way, and threatening the supply lines for thousands of marooned Russian troops.In a sign of turbulence inside Russia’s army command, the head of the western military district was reportedly sacked on Monday in the wake of the recent defeats.
The news outlet RBC said Col-Gen Alexander Zhuravlyov had been fired. His district is one of five that make up Russia’s armed forces. The move follows criticism over the weekend by Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, of Valery Gerasimov, Putin’s chief of the general staff, over the loss of Lyman.
“This is obviously related to the war blunders, which are becoming harder to hide. The Kremlin is looking for scapegoats,” said a former Russian defence ministry official who has worked with Zhuravlyov. “The pressure on the commander of the Russian armed forces, Valery Gerasimov, will only increase,” the former defence ministry official added.
But wait, there's MORE!:
Russia's forces occupying Ukraine’s southern Black Sea region of Kherson have suffered serious territorial losses to Kyiv’s troops over recent days, maps published by Moscow's defence ministry showed.
The ministry’s daily video briefing made no mention of any pullbacks on Tuesday, but the maps included showed that Russian forces were no longer in control of the village of Dudchany on the west bank of the river Dnieper, where Ukraine’s forces have been pushing to reclaim territory captured at the start of Moscow’s offensive.
In the northeastern Kharkiv region, defence ministry maps showed that Russian forces have left positions on the west bank of the Oskil River. They appeared to have retreated some 20km (12.4 miles) to the east, as far as the border of Luhansk province, in the aftermath this month of a counteroffensive by Kyiv’s army.
That's all Russian sources admitting that the Russian Army is getting its ass kicked all the way back to actual Russia, Internet Field Marshalls. Hint to the hardcore Putards: this was the military breakthrough news you've been breathlessly waiting for since February. Except it's going in the wrong direction. Bummer, huh?
Ukraine has regained more territory in one month than Russia could capture in five. This doesn't bode well for the competence or success of any future Russian operations short of Canned Sunshine deployment.
Maybe the Russians are going to wait until the Ukes have totally recaptured all Ukrainian territory before they spring their Sooper Sekrit Counter-Offensive.
Probably by zooming in from behind on flying unicorns, right?
The war is far from over. Things may shift again. But it hasn't been a very good week for those Rootin' For Putin.
How sad they must be.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Meanwhile, back in the actual war, Ukraine continues to beat the Russian Army like a rented mule, pushing them out of town after town in a month-long counter-offensive that hasn't stopped yet, and attempting to completely encircle some 20,000 Russian troops and cut them off from any hope of Russian resupply or help. Bummer.
But it's okay though, because the World's Foremost Experts assure us that the Ukes are going to collapse any day now, certainly long before they take Moscow, definitely before they get to the Urals, and Putin has all those elderly recycled conscripts coming online. In a few weeks. Or months. If they can catch the hundreds of thousands of military-age males (which is now 60 in Russia) lately seen bum-rushing the borders to neighboring countries, like Mexicans at the Rio Grande, to avoid Putin's latest military levee.
Any day now, the Russian military powerhouse is set to spring their Sooper Sekrit Trap on the Ukes as they recapture more of Ukraine. Any day.
No one is sure how Russia will manage to equip their replacements, but most sources report there will be plenty of Ak-47s and -74s lying on the ground waiting to be scooped up.
Thank God. Vlad was afraid only Syria and Belarus were coming to the party.
And Kim's surprise support, coming on the heels of the Norks' 72-year quest to ratify their "annexation" of South Korea, is a total shock to experts.
So all those heroic keyboard commandos bravely taking a firm stand for guilt by association as a perfectly logical rationale in standing against globohomo now have a firm new ally in the fight to warp reality.
Now all you need are Xi and Ayatollah Imawannajihad on your side, and you've collected the entire 1991 Legacy Edition set. Well-played!