14-Jun-18

The Manchurian President

Photo comparing salutes given by USS Pueblo crew members to one from DJT

«Salute this, asshole.»

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13-Jun-18

History as Prophecy

I have been attempting to read «Michael Burleigh’s The Third Reich: A New History» since it came out in 2000. Instead, I’ve read «William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich» twice. Nothing wrong with anything I’ve read of Burleigh’s work; quite the contrary. In fact, it has to do with how big the book is; the first edition is 950-plus pages and weighs a ton and I’ve had hand/wrist problems since, well, 2000. And I have Rise and Fall on Kindle.

But I always thought that Burleigh’s opening paragraph (and all Third Reich histories in general) were always backwards looking; in other words, they were histories. Sure they warned about what could happen if we weren’t careful, but that was all theoretical and probably wouldn’t happen and we put a stop to it in the first place and it couldn’t happen again.

Turns out, how wrong I was. His opening ‘graph was instead prophetic. And how.

“This book is about what happened when sections of the German elites and masses of ordinary people chose to abdicate their individual critical faculties in favour of a politics based on faith, hope, hatred and sentimental collective self-regard for their own race and nation.”
—Michael Burleigh, The Third Reich: A New History

The paragraph’s last sentence was actually not as accurate, however:

“It is therefore a very twentieth-century story.”
Ibid

Yeah, that part? Not so much. But sections of American elites and masses of ordinary people have indeed, just 16 years after the book’s publication, chosen to “abdicate their individual critical faculties” and their “faith, hope, hatred and sentimental collective self-regard for their own race and nation” do in fact rule the day.

The only thing Burleigh couldn’t do is tell us how this particular American very twenty-first (and seventeenth/eightteenth/nineteeth/twentieth) century story will turn out.

We have, after all, already committed genocide against milions of people based on race, segregated millions of people based on race, destroyed democracy in favor of wealth (for a very few) and world domination, and are conducting limitless war without end throughout the world. What else is there? What else can we do from here on out than we haven’t already done before? Isn’t nuclear holocaust the Last American Frontier?

I’ll just stick my nose back in Burleigh’s magnum; the events in it have already happened and the good guys won and put an end to the suspense.

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27-May-18

Dean Allen, RIP

Because so much has been messed up and unstuck during the first half of this god-awful year, I just discovered the other day that Dean Allen, the creator of Textpattern, which powers this site, and of TextDrive, which used to host this site until Joyent destroyed it, and of «Textism» and Textile and Cardigan Industries and tamer of the epically wonderful Weimaraners «Oliver and Hugo» … well, he died back in January. I had no idea. There has been death aplenty around here since January and his slipped past me.

I’m glad that part of Dean lives on here in Textpattern (still running my websites with no let up since 2004) and the consciousness-raising I got from reading his stuff. I wish TextDrive was doing the same. WebFaction and NameCheap (what names!) have been adequate substitutions, but hardly anywhere near the same thing. «Many people» wrote «many wonderful things» about Dean’s influence and I can’t beat «them», so here’s the first part of his obit in the Vancouver Globe and Mail:

“It is with unspeakable sorrow
that we announce the sudden
passing of Dean Cameron
Allen, on January 13, 2018 at
the age of 51.
“He leaves behind his parents,
James and Holly; his brother,
Craig; an adoring family;
longtime partner, Gail; and a
legion of loving friends and
admirers around the world.
“Renaissance man, trailblazer
and autodidact extraordinaire,
Dean was a person of dazzling
wit, charm and erudition.
“Graphic designer,
typographer, teacher, web
pilgrim, critic, author,
Weimaraner tamer, song and
dance man, chef… he brought
titanic intelligence, insight and
humour to everything he did.
And whatever room he was
in, he was the weather.
“He was instrumental in
bringing clean, elegant design
and typographical rigour to
the early internet. And in
raising online writing to a
fresh and thrilling new art
form. A source of inspiration
to many, he was generous
with his guidance and praise.
…”
Vancouver Globe and Mail, 6-Feb-18

God speed Dean … and thanks for all the … empowerment you gave us.

“Intellectual property is theft!”

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15-May-18

Latest Bad News: Sascha

Did you ever have one of “those” years? For me, 1993 was my, as the Queen said, “annus horribilus.” But 2018 is…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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15-May-18

We're Ready ...

While waiting for “Sunset Boulevard” on Sunday at Opry Mills, Carol, Frank and I were … say it with me …
“All right, Mr. DeMille, [we’re] ready for [our] close-up!”

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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15-May-18

Sunset Boulevard!

Seeing Sunset Boulevard on the big screen Sunday was pretty fabulous. Noticed many things you can’t see on the tee-wee….

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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14-May-18

BA223 Arrives

Welcome to KBNA, 787-8 BA223, arriving on 20R after an 8 hour, 56 minute flight from LHR.
British Airways began five-times-a-week, nonstop service between London Heathrow and Nashville International last week and I’ve been trying to get the beautiful Dreamliner on film all week and the stars aligned today. Not great lighting, but I got ‘er!!
Welcome to Music City, BA! Hope to fly Dreamliner flights 222/223 some day!

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, May 14, 2018
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13-May-18

Curses! Drugged Again!

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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30-Apr-18

That Curtain-y Feeling

That feeling you get when you hang your first curtains in the first house you ever owned? Priceless.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, April 30, 2018
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26-Apr-18

His Royal Snit Fit

Portrait: His Imperial Majesty The Roux throws the Royal Snit Fit, leading His Court in vocal protests against All This Infernal Packing.
Again, sorry for poor video quality. You takes ‘em as you gets ‘em.)

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, April 26, 2018
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23-Apr-18

The Vet, Again.

Mr. Goose is on his way to a nail trim and latest shots. He’s always up for a ride.
Meanwhile, hiding from the camera…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, April 23, 2018
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23-Apr-18

Welcome to the Neighborhood

The moment when you close on your house and your new neighbor welcomes you with a giant batch of chocolate chip…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, April 23, 2018
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23-Apr-18

Oh Frabjous Day!

It’s official!!! Frank opens the door for the first time on the first house he/we have ever owned! “Oh frabjous day!…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, April 23, 2018
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22-Apr-18

Shooting Up the Waffle House, Naked

In all this pouring (and pouring and pouring) rain, how difficult is it to find a naked man running around after he assaulted a Nashville Waffle House at 3 a.m. with an AR-15 and killed four people? And this after he was arrested last July by the Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House and is known to FBI and Illinois authorities for various other gun-related incidents, but who probably could do nothing because … Second Amendment?

Apparently very difficult, ‘cause he’s still running around., although he apparently stopped by his apartment and put on some clothes. So at least there’s that.

The slaughter was stopped by an unarmed restaurant patron (not, it should be noted, by an armed teacher or armed waitress packing a tommy gun with her smothered, covered, chunked and diced hash browns).

He’s insane. Thoughts and prayers are insane. And a country that lets slaughter like this continue is insane.

For the rant, sorry, but not sorry, you know? Back to packing!

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22-Apr-18

Closing Tomorrow

Closing on the new house at 11 a.m. tomorrow! VERY happy. His Majesty is preparing final addresses for the Cats of Saddlebrooke/Hermitage, then he and the Royal Court will be off at the end of the week to invade and conquer the new land of Jonesboro/Nashville. Wish him luck; there is a very giant, very loud coonhound living behind our new house and this is gonna get very interesting. We’re buying earplugs.

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19-Apr-18

Entitle This

Rep. Larson Slams GOP for Labeling Medicare and Social Security 'Entitlements'

Congressman John Larson (D-Conn.) scolded Republicans in a fiery speech on Thursday, criticizing their use of the word "entitlements."
"Newsflash! It's the insurance that the American people have paid for."

Posted by IJR Blue on Friday, April 13, 2018
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12-Apr-18

Moving to Donelson

On the road again …
Moving packing has begun! Heading back to Donelson (yay!) to a smaller house (yay!) with no…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, April 12, 2018
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11-Apr-18

Deer Tracks

With the recent freeze/heat weather cycle, the Saddlebrooke Deer Herd are a little pressed for food, it appears. The…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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10-Apr-18

Goose's Most Favoritist Thing in the World

Goose loves when the sun goes down, because it makes great reflections off the phone, which is his MOST. FAVORITIST. Thing. IN. THE. WORLD!!!!! to chase. Tails are for pikers. He gets very excited, which in turn Wholly Displeases His Imperial Majesty The Roux, who is then bothered and obliged to Issue Verbal Correction to the Wayward Prince. They’re both quite mad, really.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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04-Apr-18

Bosco Comes Home

Bosco came home today. He now takes his place next to Bayley, Feargal and Fred.
Thanks again to Lap of Love’s Dr. Regan…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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02-Apr-18

I Could But I Won't.

“You do know I can jump over there and grab that cheddar at any moment, don’t you? But I am a Very Good Boy and I won’t. I could if I wanted to, though. Just sayin’. Jerk.”

Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, April 2, 2018
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26-Mar-18

Sascha Says Goodbye to Bosco

She was not very willing (a little freaked out, I think—she knew things were not right), but I did get one last photo of…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, March 22, 2018
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22-Mar-18

Memories of Bosco, Part 2

Here is a series of pics of Bosco (and Sascha) from the moment we first saw them in October 2015 as Belly Rubs…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, March 22, 2018
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22-Mar-18

Memories of Bosco, Part 1

Some pics of a happy/sleepy Bosco. Always such a happy boy, until that last night. Farewell, Boscketty. Lordy do we miss ya.

Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, March 22, 2018
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20-Mar-18

Farewell, Boscketty Bagel.

Our beloved Bosco is calling time and can now see the Rainbow Bridge and the finish line of a life well lived and well…

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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