Falling… into history

Got it: white is patriotic.

Got it: white is patriotic.

[Ed: We’ve been running this post since the blog began nearly a decade ago. It is from the SF Chronicle from 2006, which seems like a lifetime ago, when we were younger and perhaps innocent. This essay has fallen into the void and is no longer on the Chron’s servers. I want to ensure that it remains on the web, so I am including it verbatim.

It was written by Neva Chonin, who has long since gone from The Chron. I still think this essay remains the best writing about September 11 that I have encountered. Oh, we’re keeping it on top today–Tengrain]

He’s one of those average men you pass without noticing. A little tubby, wearing beige Dockers and a pink polo shirt. Not much to look at, were it not for the fact that this particular guy is flying. No, flying is the wrong word — he’s falling, falling through the blue sky, a lifetime of memories clutched in his outstretched hands and nothing we know about below.

He’s falling into history.

I can’t remember when or why I started Googling the words “Sept. 11” and “falling.” I was looking for … something. Chills? Answers? What I found were pictures of the jumpers — the people trapped on the upper floors of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, who chose to breathe free one last time before dying. Some leaped from their offices holding hands, lines of them, clinging to one another until gravity and wind tore them apart. A solo jumper, dubbed “The Falling Man” by media, went on to become emblematic of that day’s unanswered questions.

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Two Notches for Pamela Geller

pammygramSteve M at No More Mister Nice Blog does a stellar job of reviewing what happened in Garland Texas and how it is playing out.

For those of you now catching the story, anti-Islam agent-provocateur Pam Geller set up an event that was ensured to get a negative reaction (a Muhammad Cartoon Contest, in Texas no less) and it got a negative reaction: two (allegedly muslim) gunmen (killed) and a security guard (injured) in an attack on the event. The 70 or so attendees at this free-speech hate-a-palooza were escorted by the police to a secure site after the attack, and sang God Bless America. It really was made to order for Geller.

We’ve covered Geller before, and I feel reluctant to comment now, but more from our mantra of not empowering stupid people. Yes, she has free-speech rights, but there’s little doubt in my mind and moral universe that blood is on her hands for this. She designed this event to enflame Muslims, does anyone doubt it? And if you read the post by Steve M (linked above) you’ll see how it is playing out in the Fox Industrial News Complex: Wingnuttia is now claiming ISIS is here.

Well-played, Geller, well played. But have the balls to own it, please.

The Morning Quote

“Any woman can come forward right now and say ‘Billy Cosby did this to me 40 years ago’ and be on the cover of US Weekly,” he said. “With no vetting.”

“They will print your story, and maybe it happened,” Scarborough said. “If it did, it’s tragic. But if it didn’t happen, you get your 15 minutes of fame,” he added.

Joe Scarborough, the patron saint of dead interns.


I Wonder If The CDC Has Considered This?

This is a Tweet from the previously famous for sexting his very short comings (if you know what I mean and I think you do) former SC GOP Director Todd Kincannon:

I’m waiting for him to call in the airstrike on on the village of Dallas, Texas.

Anyway, if you take a look at his Twitter Stream, you’ll also see that he offers some solid advice to Africans: stop eating each other and learn some calculus.

Again, Reince, I worry for the Rebranding.

The Afternoon Quote

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The world is a banquet:

“Valentine’s Day is about expressing your unique heartfelt feelings for your special loved one,” blogger Elizabeth Esther told Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “To just robotically hand out, ‘Here’s your Valentine, here’s your Valentine.’ Like, what are we? It totally removes the meaning, the special memory for the kids.”

“You can’t make life 100 percent fair,” she added. “And why not let them experience a little of that, like, ‘Wow, okay,’ while they’re young and the stakes are low rather when they’re 20 years old and they’re still expecting everyone to give them a Valentines.”

Esther asserted that the children who would not have gotten a Valentine were only getting a “pity Valentine” if teachers required fairness in the classroom.

OK, aside from the pathology that a grown person would think that Mean Girls is a goal to which to aspire, I must wonder about the segment producer that thought this was perfect for the feel-good segment of Petunia and Pals.

(Raw Story)

And the water is wet

Remember him?

Two news items, somewhat related, from West Virginia, where Ayn Rand’s hollow laugh echoes from her grave:

  • Water-relief tankers filled from Charleston water system — you read that right. The tanker trucks allegedly delivering fresh, safe water to the 300,000 parched residents of the chemical spell Libertarian Paradise of West Virginia, was filling the tanker trucks with the contaminated water.
  • Good work, boys.

  • Freedom Industries files for bankruptcy, owes $2.4 million to IRS — Surely it is a coincidence that Freedom Industries would enter bankruptcy protection just now, before all the class action and other law suits could be filed for poisoning the water of 300,000 people through negligence?

    “The filing also puts a hold on all of the lawsuits filed against Freedom Industries. Since the leak last week, about a mile and a half upriver from West Virginia Water American’s plant in Charleston, about 25 lawsuits have been filed against Freedom Industries in Kanawha Circuit Court. The company also faces a federal lawsuit.”

(West Virginia Gazette, West Virginia Gazette via Scissorhead Skinny-D)

He channels his inner Rubio

Bad optics to be gulping water like a sumabitch during the press conference where you talk about how you poisoned the water in West Virginia, dude.

Also/Too: Could Freedom Industries have found a more perfectly named CEO than Southern? I think it must have been an off day for Eiron, the Goddess of Irony. Too easy.

Love, Republican Style

Republican Dating Techniques

pigs drinking

Former Montgomery County Republican party leader Robert J. Kerns spent the night at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after being arrested Tuesday on charges that he drugged and raped a woman who worked at his law firm.

Authorities say that on Oct. 25, Kerns offered to drive the 51-year-old employee from an office party in a Whitpain Township restaurant to the King of Prussia Mall, where she wanted to go shopping.

Instead, he allegedly slipped the sleep drug Ambien into a bottle of wine that he invited her to drink in his car. When the woman lost consciousness, Kerns raped her in the car and sexually assaulted her a second time at her home, according to a grand jury report.

Why are Republicans always banging their staffs? I bet Newticles could tell us. Oh, wait.

(Philly.com via Scissorhead Bruce388)

News Briefs

News you can use all day


As today is the day before Thanksgiving, we thought we should give all the Scissorheads something to be thankful for: that you are not the Lamestream Media pundits, as Mooselini so deftly describes them. So here’s our Pardon the Turkey Day Roundup.

  • So what has our old pal Divorce D’Spousa—a Xristian Xrazie so stupid and venal that he didn’t know that he needed to be divorced before he could be betrothed to his also-married mistress—been up to? Oh, you know, dog-whistling to kill the president:
    Divorce D'Spousa Tweet

    The Secret Service on line one! Anyway, he’s since deleted that Tweet.

  • And next we turn to Chimpy’s paid shill and ethically challenged word-smith Maggie Gallagher, the unwed mother and founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), who oddly claims that marriage is about raising children well, you know, with loving married parents. Anyway, Gallagher besides being opposed to marriage equality is also opposed to gay people raising children, especially through adoption:

    “But I actually do think it’s a — we’re making it a foundational decision about what marriage is and what it’s for. And the historic understanding of marriage is that it’s rooted in the reality we need to bring together male and female, mother and father, to make and raise the next generation.”

    “And as we disconnect marriage from that idea, which is happening broadly, not just because of gay marriage, but as we disconnect marriage and children and instead focus on marriage as a kind of romantic, intimate, loving, caretaking [sic] relationship for adults, I think we’re going to hurt a lot of children.

    Well, who can argue that a loving family should not raise children? (The New Civil Rights Movement)

  • Ah, Mark Halperin, a media personality so well-versed in his craft of punditry that he once called President Obama a dick on live television, has decided to look into Obamacare:

    “I’ll say here again what I tried to say on Twitter yesterday,” Halperin said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I didn’t use the phrase ‘death panels,’ and I don’t think there are ‘death panels’ in the Affordable Care Act.”

    “But what there is — the point I was trying to make and which I did make, what there is in the law is something that is intended to lower health care costs, which will produce rationing, whether you think rationing is a good idea or bad idea,” Halperin continued.

    Which is to say, Mark, that you think that there are Death Panels. (Livewire)

The South (and My Lunch) Will Rise Again

The Va Flaggers are THRILLED to announce that we have finalized a lease to acquire property adjacent to Interstate 95, just South of Richmond, and will be erecting a 50’ pole, on which a 10 x15 Confederate Battle Flag will fly 24/7, 365 days of the year.

The flag will serve to welcome visitors and commuters to Richmond, and remind them of our honorable Confederate history and heritage. The location is also historically significant, as Confederate troops are believed to have camped in and around the area during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign.

So, let me summarize: some people have plans to raise the flag of the traitors and KKK next to an Interstate Freeway to “welcome” people to Richmond, which I guess means welcome the right people to Richmond. Everyone else, not so much.

Give yourself a pat on the back, Reince Priebus. Your rebranding is going swimmingly well. Oh, read the comments lest you think that this might be enthusiasm run amok.

(Free North Carolina via Freakout Nation)