Out of the Mountains
Ramblings from a relocated and under-employed Southeastern Kentuckian. Liberal politics, art, music, movies, books,sports, games, whatever else strikes my fancy....Sad and strange the days that are no more...
Friday, October 31, 2008
Stewie Plots O'Reilly Revenge
Video | Is There A Ghost
Happy Halloween | Witch Head Nebula | PHN MRI
I had an MRI done last night for the shingles/PHN numbness and pain in my right arm and shoulder. This crap has been, and will be a life changing event till it's finally (fingers crossed) gone.
Someday soon I'm going to try and do a conversation about this thing I'd heard of but never experienced till now. Chronic pain, and all those people out there that you see every day who have to live with it. Speaking of which I'm sitting here at work with my hand on an ice pack.
Between the PHN, work and everything else I've had trouble keeping up with the ol' Blog here. Doesn't matter much except to me though, so moving along.
While I have a few moments here's something good for halloween. The Witch Head Nebula looks at the stars:
Have a safe All Hallow's Eve and a nice weekend. I should be back later...??
Quote of the day for yesterday:
"Joe's with us today, Joe, where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today? Joe, I thought you were here today."
John McCain, at a bussed in rally in Ohio, calling for Joe the plumber(who's real name isn't Joe and who's not a plumber but who is probably the luckiest man in America at this moment).
Sadly Joe stood Johnie up.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Obama's Primetime Ad
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Danny Glover | Obama: The Lesser of Two Evils?
From the Real News Network:
Danny Glover has been very critical of the policy stances that Barack Obama has taken in his campaign for President. Despite this, Danny is about to go campaign on his behalf in swing state Nevada. Paul asks Danny how he reconciles this state of imbalance. Danny also discusses the importance of third party candidates, even while not voting for them, of getting their ideas out there.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Mad Magazine's "Hopeless"
Workers Walk Off Job Rather Than Read Script Attacking Obama
Ted Stevens Guilty!
VoteVets Ad Targets Saxby Chambliss
Skinhead Assassination Plot Broken Up
Fist Bump: Pic of The Day
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Sunday Headlines & Opus
America to McCain: We’re Okay with Higher Taxes and Spreading the Wealth . . . and Obama
McCain Totally Losing It: Palin Is Qualified To Be President Because She’s Married To An Oil Facilities Worker
Sarah Palin's Alaska gas pipeline:
A Total Fraud
Even Bush/co gets something right sometimes:
Bush administration campaign reduces chronic homelessness
Sarah Palin's hometown paper endorses Barack Obama
Two rallies in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday:
John McCain: Less than one thousand
Barack Obama: 45,000
My Ol' Kentucky home:
Obama's faith is widely mistaken in Kentucky
and finally Opus is leaving me behind again and I still miss Bloom County:
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Hartford Courant To Endorse Obama
Friday, October 24, 2008
McCain Campaign Official | "An Epidemic of Incontinence"
Hi travelers...I'm finally back.
It's been a decidedly bad day for the McCain campaign and for the Republican brand in general. I did something tonight that I haven't done in a long time. I sat and watched the "news" and a long night of the "talking heads" tv. It was NBC News, MSNBC and the comedy Channel and not FOX OR CNN. I'm drowsy and recuperating not a Democratic masochist.
Nope, NOT a good day for the Bush/McCain/Palin brand Republicans.
Where to begin the list?
Sarah and "First dude" testify under oath about Troopergate
McCain's brother call's 9-11 over a traffic jam and say's "F*ck you" to the operator
The McCain campaign worker admits to making up the whole story about being robbed, attacked, fondled and face-carved by a large, black obama supporter
The FOX News head who said if that story proved to be a "hoax" it would be the end of the McCain campaign
We find out that Palin's make-up artist made $22,500.00 in 2 weeks
Sarah Palin ridiculed scientific(fruit fry) research, such research has proven to be critical in the study of autism
More major National Republicans give their support to Obama
Now THAT'S change we can believe in my friends...!!
The sweet thing about all this is the arrogance of these guys back when they had a lock on the Federal government. Like Enron and now the Banking Industry there was no thought that it would end. Just a few short years ago they were certain that they and DUH-bya were creating a Republican empire to last for generations.
A lot can happen in a short week(attack on Iran?), but tonight I'm celebrating the gloom and despair of the neo-con machine right now. They're like the Keystone Cops(OLD reference) right now and hopefully they'll stay that way.
Heres a few sweet words from one of those neo-con just a few short years ago:
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
(see my little declaration in "About Me" at the top of this page.)
Oh, and the pic of Sarah campaigning with a "Vote Democratic donkey" scarf on. Was that just ignorance, or employee subterfuge? who knows, and who cares. It's been a hugely entertaining campaign. They have 1 week to turn it around.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Opie, Andy, Richie And The Fonz
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Daily Show Pfriend Or Pfoe?
Astronomy | Millions And Millions Of Light Years Away
Ladies and gentlemen, we're out of sub-space now. This is your captain AI-Droid-905. On your forward screens you can observe the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7331. You're now about 50 million light years from old earth-sol. The galaxies you see in the distance are ten times farther than that.
For your enjoyment I've put an old earth song on the aero-speakers, and for viewing-if you wish, on your AI-Parascreens. It's an ancient old earth song by someone called....searching..searching...Ah, yes...here it is..The Rolling Stones?
2000 Light Years From Home...
on your AI viewers...now:
Video | ACORN And The Republican's War On Democratic Voters
You knew what was coming from the Rightwing wurlitzer when "Blinking" Johnie McSame gave his little ACORN war speech in that last debate.
As a voter this video should tell you all you need to know about the Republican's desperate battle to suppress the vote and to discredit the election results when(if) it doesn't go their way. From ACORN and Brave New Films:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Been busy all evening. Had to take daughter Brittany to the doctor, she's caught something flu-like. Wife Ellen's working so with 4 dogs, 2 guiniea pigs, 2 birds and all, I've been BUSY.
But, just a moment to post this old pic of Barack Obama's maternal grandparents. You can see where Obama gets the ears. Look at his grandfather. His grandmother is now gravely ill and he's pausing his campaigning to go to Hawaii to visit her.
I found the photo at Ta-Nehisi's place along with this wonderful write-up about racial relations in America today and about the white mothers and grandparents who have helped lead the way closer to a more color-blind society.
In Case Of Terrorist Attack
Monday, October 20, 2008
The GOP's Desperate Plan For The Election
The huge problem on Election Day--for the GOP--is that the nation isn't inclined to vote for Republicans. To counter that, the GOP has decided to make huge problems on Election Day for voters, especially voters in traditionally Democratic areas.
Campaign Turns Ugly
The Campaign is Getting Ugly
GM: OK, the bugbear attacks you. What do you do?Go..
OBAMA: I send one of my 672 henchmen after it.
MCCAIN: OK, seriously. Why does he have so many henchmen? I'm a level 72 ranger and he's only a level 8 paladin.
OBAMA: Well, if you'd bought the Grassroots Organizing and Oratory/Colgate Smile proficiencies you could min max it so that you...
MCCAIN: Why is he even IN this campaign? I thought this was supposed to be a high level party.
OBAMA: Well, maybe some people got tired of the grim and squinty "Matterhorn, son of Marathon" shtick you keep doing. Dude, could you be any less original?
MCCAIN: Oh my god, I did not leave my left nut in a tiger cage in the Tomb of Horrors to spend my Friday nights mopping up after the new kid.
OBAMA: "My friends, I am a totally unoriginal grizzled character class stereotype. I should lead the party because I have more testicular damage than that one."
MCCAIN: Yeah, well, you pal around with dark elves.
OBAMA: OH NO YOU DIDN'T...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Colin Powell Endorses Obama
On Meet The Press. It's not much of a shocker because it had already been rumoured.
I've never been much of a Colin Powell fan. His whorish routine at the UN for the Bushco attack on Iraq was the clincher. On the other hand many people still admire the guy especially on the conservative side:
Also The Lexington Herald-Leader endorsed Obama today.
Note: I do agree with Juan Cole that this might be one of Colin Powell's finer moments, if only for his take on the "Obama may be a muslim" McCain attack.
Anyway here's Colin Powell, and tell me if you don't think he's earned just a tiny bit of redemption:
"..I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.."
Update: I did say a tiny bit of redemption. But I really hope that Barack Obama's statements about Colin Powell being an advisor in his administration should he win are just crazy "bi-partisan" election talk. I don't consider Powell a war criminal like I do Cheney/Bush, etc. but it's a really fine line.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Meet The Bloggers Interview | John Cusack
Barack Obama Rally Draws 100,000 In St. Louis
RIP Levi Stubbs
In A Pic, Far Far Away | The Sombrero Galaxy
Nice Saturday evening All. Hope it's a good weekend. Here's something to post, let's call it my astronomy pic of the day. I'm still posting left-handed. Anyway meet the Sombrero Galaxy. Only 28 million light years away.
Doesn't it give you a feeling of longing though?
"We are made of star stuff..."
'Night, may see you again later.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Supreme Court Turns Down Ohio GOP
McCain Returns To Letterman
Obama At The Alfred E. Smith Dinner
Interview: Former Monty Python Journeyman John Cleese
Kentucky Student In Jail For Writing Zombie Story
Still feeble and in pain but still here. Here a story to be filed under under "you can't make this sh*t up"!
Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The John McCain Health Care Plan
In all it's glory:
"..give a $5000 check to the insurance companies and leave families on their own to figure out how to cover the rest of the $12,000 family plan premium, strip away consumer protections by letting companies sell across state lines, and force 20 million out of employer-based health insurance and leave them vulnerable to not being able to get coverage at all in the individual market because of pre-existing conditions.."
Even better, there's a video:
Iraq: Death From Friendly Fire
A recent video obtained by Salon proves that American soldiers killed in a firefight were actually killed by fire from an American tank. Here's an edited clip:
"..Shot from the perspective of the soldiers taking fire from what they clearly believe is an American tank, the footage shows how Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez-Gonzalez died. It also records soldiers trying to save Nelson’s life, and the sound of a platoon sergeant attempting to report over a radio that the casualties were due to friendly fire. He then seems to be overruled by a superior officer who insists it was an enemy mortar attack. Troops from Nelson’s unit interviewed by Salon, including three soldiers there that day, blamed friendly fire from a U.S. tank for the deaths. “A tank shot us,” said a soldier. “That is what happened..”
Posting Slipping Away | Meet The Herpes Zoster "Shingles" Virus
This Just In: Post herpetic neuralgia sucks!
My posts have decreased from 2-3 a day to about 1 or so lately, probably even less. Not that the Internet crowds notice or care. This Blog from the very beginning has always been a hobby for me, and a way of sharing art, science, politics and other interests of mine. You might call it a mishmash journal. Certainly not close to an occupation like the A and B list Bloggers, my family would have starved long ago.
Being at work right now and still in some severe pain shows that "taking off" that work is not much of an option either.
While I'm here and cruising the Nets at lunch I wanted to throw up this micron photo of the little booger that's been kicking my ass. Ladies and germs meet the varicella zoster virus(shingles):
It seems like this pain and nightmare has been ongoing forever but I checked the calender this morning and it hasn't even been a month yet since the onset of the shingles leading to this. Hopefully this sh*t will gradually be gone in the near future as it is with around 75% of people who contract PHN. Otherwise it's going the be the life-altering nightmare it is, and that I'm so afraid of.
On to your regular surfing. In chronic pain world I'll continue typing left-handed. Down With PHN!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday Rock And Roll | Amy MacDonald
Sigh...I'm in LOVE again..Here's Amy MacDonald with, "Mr. Rock & Roll", Crank. it. up...
I should have said,here's the Exquisite Amy MacDonald:
Exquisite: def: Pleasing through beauty, fitness, or perfection
Video Repeat | McCain Calls Obama Good Person, Gets Booed
Moyers Interviews George Soros
Video Greeting | Home From Iraq
An Alaskan Writer's View Of Sarah Palin
I haven't been able to post much the last little while with this shingles/post-herpetic neuralia crap still kicking my ass. I'm down to typing with my left hand(I'm right handed). But I am going to throw up a few things right now.
Oh, I got my Obama/Biden sticker on my car today! Pointless in Kentucky I know, but it's there. Just to annoy the wingnuts.
The linked article at Salon is from an Alaskan writer's dismal view of Sarah "well golly gee" Palin. From the barbaric killing of wolves and bears from planes, the killing of wolf cubs in their dens, the open access to oil companies, and all those little Sarah tricks. Writer Nick Jans gives you the Alaskan's view of Palin that you rarely see.
Sarah Palin: The view from Alaska
Amid “Troopergate” and other government scandals, including killing wolf pups, an Alaskan writer explains why the Palin phenomenon rings hollow in his home state.
"..Like many Alaskans, I resent Palin’s claims that she speaks for all of us, and cringe when she tosses off her stump speech line, “Well, up in Alaska, we….” Not only did I not vote for her, she represents the antithesis of the Alaska I love. As mayor, she helped shape Wasilla into the chaotic, poorly planned strip mall that it is; as governor, she’s promoted that same headlong drive toward development and despoilment on a grand scale, while paying lip service to her love of the place.Continue..
As for that frontierswoman shtick, take another look at that hairpiece-augmented beehive and those stiletto heels. Coming from a college-educated family, living in a half-million-dollar view home, basking in a net worth of $1.25 million, and having owned 40-some registered motorized vehicles in the past two decades (including 17 snowmobiles and a plane) hardly qualifies Palin and her clan as the quintessential Joe Six-Pack family unit — though the adulation from that quarter shows the Palins must be fulfilling some sort of role-model fantasy.
Palin can claim to know Alaska; the fact is, she’s seen only a minuscule fraction of it — and that doesn’t include Little Diomede Island, the one place in Alaska where you actually can see Russia. So she can ride an ATV and shoot guns. Set her down in the bush on her own and I bet we’d discover she’s about as adept at butchering a moose and building a fire at 40 below zero as she is at discussing Supreme Court decisions. And that mountain-woman act is only the tip of a hollow iceberg.."
Friday, October 10, 2008
Obama Saw The Fear Frenzy Coming Months Ago
The Faux News Crowd | Talkin' To Wingnuts In Ohio!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Video For Sarah Palin | Rockin' Fundies | Familjin
Here's to Sarah and her evangelicals:
The band is Familjin.
The doctor prescribed some different meds for me yesterday for my post-herpetic neuralgia, Lyrica. The problem, SEVERE numbness and pain in my right hand and arm.
I stopped this morning to pick it up and was really worried about the price. The girl at the pharmacy told me it was really high and my insurance wouldn't cover it..Ready...$168.00!!! I can't afford that, so i'll have to suffer this pain and misery till some time(I hope) this agony goes away!
Anyway, enjoy the vid. It was a previous video of the day.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
John McCain, "My Fellow Prisoners"
Evening Video | Moody Blues
Everyone watch at least some of the debate last night? I watched about half and thought that John McCain must have said "my friends" at least 10 times after I started watching. He had to do some damage and gain some ground and I don't think he did either. Obama seemed as cool at the end as the beginning
Here's The Moody Blues with "Tuesday Afternoon", 1970:
Is that a joint being passed around at the 0:16 mark?
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Need Another Reason To Vote Obama?
How about Shakira'a ass? Yes I said Shakira's ASS:
"..Colombian superstar Shakira says Democrat Barack Obama is the best candidate for president, citing his leadership skills...
In a statement Saturday, the Grammy-winning pop artist said Obama can restore peace and the world's confidence in the United States..."
If they could figure out how to attach batteries to that we'd have energy to spare.
John McCain And The Keating Scandal
Logged On And Hurtin' | Postherpetic Neuralgia
Before I scatter a few posts on the old OOTM's I want to throw up a bit of a painful tirade about what my shingles has apparently evolved into. My doctor told me in the beginning that after shingles return to dormancy in the nerve cells that a lot of people experience a painful and dehabilitating aftermath which I have now apparently acquired. It's called "Post-herpetic neuralgia(s?)".
There's severe numbness in my right hand and up my arm all the time especially in the hand, the finger tips feel like they're being squeezed in a vice most of the time, painful itching, stiffness and painful cramping in the knuckles of the hand, burning sensations on the arm almost like a sunburn, the skin on the arm and the hand are super-sensitive to touch-something as simple as a piece of cardboard scraped across the skin brings sharp pain and burning. To top it off there's still pain and aches inside the arm and shoulder.
I've nearly become the one-armed man. At work and at home I've been reduced to using my left hand(I'm right-handed). The agony of the shingles is gone, but alms to the FSM when this pain and grief has finally left me!
I have an appointment on the 28th for a "nerve test" and then a meeting on the 29th with a neurologist to discuss the findings.
I've read(and been told) that some people never get rid of this, that it lingers to the end of their days(NIGHTMARE!)
A big reason the posting has been slow..
Sunday, October 05, 2008
The Palins Arrive From The Trailer Park
Barack Obama In Asheville North Carolina
SNL's "VP Debate"
The Classics Are Still The Best | 25 Funniest Web Videos
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Al Franken Takes Solid lead in Minnesota
Al Franken has moved into his first solid lead over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman
I like this Franken ad:
Fargo's Marge Interviews Sarah Palin
Friday, October 03, 2008
Hola! - Agoraphobia By Carruth
Having a nice weekend? Hope so....I'm logged on, and feeling the throbbing pulse of the Nets...Did that come out right? Here's something while I look around:
Agoraphobia is when a stranger enters the house and you go to the attic and lie down with your face pressed into the darkest corner, under the slanting slats of the roof. It’s the scream lurking in your gorge, so ready to burst that the least noise above a cat’s purr makes you tremble: when the marching band from the high school practices in the street outside you sit in the back of the closet, when the March wind lashes the treetops at night you crawl behind the sofa. Agoraphobia is when every night at 2:00 a.m. for five years—that’s 1,825 nights—you go out loaded with Thorazine to walk in the street beneath the dark, blank windows of the houses on either side, and you never get more than a hundred yards from your door. ... Agoraphobia is when you breathe and eat the dust of oblivion.
-Lives of a Poet - Hayden Carruth
Friday Afternoon Video | Snow Patrol
Yes There Was A Debate Last Night!
Well Sarah did well, as I thought she would. Not well enough though. Joe didn't make any of his trademark gaffes, and gave one of his best performances. Here's some feedback from the viewers:
CNN vote of debate watchers: Biden 51, Palin 36
CBS poll of undecideds: Biden 46, Palin 21, tie 33
For more and far better coverage go here, here, and here to start.
Oh, and just for giggles here's Sarah winking at America:
If you're peed off enough over the last eight years of B.S. and Ms. Alaska Airhead then you can go read the Rude Pundit and he'll tell you what Biden should have said(Warning: Rude version). Enjoy.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
UH OH! Someone's Looking Closely At John McCain!
A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty
On the grounds between the two brick colleges, the chitchat between the scion of four-star admirals and the son of a prizefighter turns to their academic travels; both colleges sponsor a trip abroad for young officers to network with military and political leaders in a distant corner of the globe.
"I'm going to the Middle East," Dramesi says. "Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran."
"Why are you going to the Middle East?" McCain asks, dismissively.
"It's a place we're probably going to have some problems," Dramesi says.
"Why? Where are you going to, John?"
"Oh, I'm going to Rio."
"What the hell are you going to Rio for?"
McCain, a married father of three, shrugs.
"I got a better chance of getting laid."
Oh and there's Mad Dog.
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Endorses Barack Obama
This is mostly a radio ad that's being run in Virginia but I think this video is great to. Bluegrass music legend Ralph Stanley does an endorsement for Barack Obama.
I'd Love to have this ad playing in Kentucky. Hell Bruce Lunsford is virtually tied right now with Mitch McConnell so we're not a completely lost cause.
McCain Gives Up On Winning Michigan
McCain Pulls Out Of Michigan.
He's trailing in lots of key state. Unless we have a HUGE October "surprise" it's starting to look pretty good. Even if "Bible Spice" does REALLY well in the debate tonight and Joe makes a couple of his patented gaffes I don't think that will affect the standings right now in a big way.
I also-being a pessimist-have to look at the worst case scenario so I don't get hopes to high. I don't think I'll watch much of it. I tend to get to angry(surprise, not!). I'll follow some of it on the web.
Anyway fingers crossed. Go Joe!