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ToDaZeD Pop Kulchah Mystery [to me; 'splain, plz?]

This is actually a thing. …out there ….somewhere.

Justin Beeeeeber was ‘given’ a Roast by Comedy Central. …in an attempt to rehabilitate his Image. …at age 21 + 15 days.

Now, I’m not, by any means, a Bielieber, but I do hear random stuff on the raadio: he got a monkey as a gift from …someone, and then abandoned the poor animal in Germany when they imposed their 30 day quarantine restrictions. you don’t even have a flunkee possee who can go take care of that?!? He’s gone all “tough” and “gangstah” with tats and arrests — as a kid who also has a webpage dedicated to him called Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber but make better life choices.

Among those bad life choices was an incident involving egging his neighbors his neighbor’s Venetian Plaster wall which resulted in twelve [12] cop cars responding and $20,000 damage allegations, speedracing with rapper-gangstahs on Miami streets, in a rented Lamborghini, driven by an alleged hooker; multiple …odd tats; many stoned/drunk arrests, and so on.

Tweenie. Pop. Star.

This is what he said at his change my image Roast:

There was really no preparing me for this life. I was thrown into this at 12-years-old and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.

There’s been moments I’m really proud of, and a lot of moments I look back and I’m pretty disappointed in myself for. But the things that I’ve done really don’t define who I am. [begging to differ, here]

I’m a kindhearted person who loves people. And through it all I lost some of my best qualities. For that, I’m sorry.

But what I can say is I’m looking forward to being someone that you guys can all look at and be proud of. Someone you can smile at and see some of yourself in. [srsly?]

Someone close to me once said “It’s how you rise from a fall that truly defines you as a man.” I’m excited for that challenge and I want to say thank you so much for taking this journey with me and I’m excited for you to see what’s next. Thank you, God, for your grace and for never giving up on me.


I mean, poor kid; thinking he’s that important to random strangers is a kind of mental illness. Sad.
…but, rly?!?

Then lots of people I never heard of [presumably because they are up-and-coming new Pop Stars and such] and Martha Stewart [yes.] said awful things about him. Because Roast.

MARTHA STEWART: “Justin, I’m sure it’s great to have 60 million followers on Twitter, but the only place people will be following you in jail is into the shower.”

and “I taught Snoop that the most important thing in business is diversification. Besides his music, he’s produced a porn movie. And, by the way, Natasha, you were great in that. I guess tonight’s the second time you’ve worked with five black guys.”

SNOOP DOGG: “You bought a monkey! I mean, that monkey was more embarrassed than the one that started the AIDS epidemic.”

LUDACRIS: “The Brazilian prostitute that claimed she was with Justin told the news that he was well-endowed. And that prostitute would know because so was he.”

HANNIBAL BURESS {who???}: “They say that you roast the ones you love, but I don’t like you at all, man. I’m just here because it’s a real good opportunity for me.” {o. I c.}

CHRIS D’ELIA: “You have it all … Except love, friends, good parents, and a Grammy.”

It is an interesting [in the sense of the Chinese curse] experience to live in a decaying Empire.

*toasts The Great Experiment*

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…Clinton, on at least one occasion, accidentally mingled personal and work matters…

…In reply to a message sent in September 2011 by adviser Huma Abedin to Clinton’s personal email account, which contained an AP story about a drone strike in Pakistan, Clinton mistakenly replied with questions that appear to be about decorations.

“I like the idea of these,” she wrote to Abedin. “How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think?”

Abedin replied, “Did u mean to send to me?” To which Clinton wrote, “No-sorry! Also, pls let me know if you got a reply from my ipad. I’m not sure replies go thru.”…

there’s a word for this

“He was an anchor to many of us.”

Vice President Joe Biden in tribute to Ted Kennedy


They’re just trolling us, aren’t they? What with the Water Dogs named Splash, who wrote a children’s book, of course? And, then there was the 2008 DNC tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy, which was BY GOD WATER-THEMED…

Monday’s seminar: Org Charts

Case Study #1: the need for meritocracy in knot-tying organizations
(You gov’t employees might want to look away at this point.)

Presidential trips

Coming up next on The Golf Channel, running with scissors.

(What? Nah, just havin’ a little fun with the ol’ gravity vs gravitas and cool vs hubris things and wondering how they’ll blame this on Bush or racism.)

Speaking of “optics” …

And should, like, pray to the, like, presidents; because, like …

The Mary Jo Kopechne Center for Prog Hypocrisy

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate opens its doors Monday with grand political fanfare. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Sen. John McCain are just a few of the politicos attending the formal dedication ceremony at Columbia Point in Boston.

At least the Boston area should get a welcome warming trend with all of the hot air being released into the environment.

That the guest list includes a mix of high-profile Democrats and Republicans is no coincidence: The center opens its doors with the lofty goal of restoring respect for Congress at a time when its approval rating is just 18 percent.

Some industrial-strength iron being slung around here.

But bipartisan dealmaking was Sen. Ted Kennedy’s hallmark attribute, and the institute is trying to rekindle that spirit.

Sorry, in which parallel universe was that?

Situation normal in Harvardistan.

Historical Ref:

cleverness vs ruthlessness

In the spirit of the upcoming season,
I give you tonight’s KisP perspective

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I spent a career dealing with the problem:
We will prevai; after all, the enemy is not ten-feet tall.
No, perhaps not; but how tall is he?

Knowledge (intel) is useful, and in some cases necessary, vital, critical, or decisive.
So are strategy, doctrine, tactics, operational art, luck, training, leadership, numbers, materiel, etc.
So are weapons,
but only nukes are nukes.

This generation has no idea what power nuclear weapons had in deciding wars and battles unfought, where right and wrong didn’t ultimately matter, where the only thing that did ultimately matter was a credible capability and willingness to wreak unacceptable mayhem upon the Motherland. Only the awareness and sanity of decision-makers who truly believed in protecting their societies made for the stability of mutual deterrence.

If dealing with self-destructive, unbalanced, or messianic decision-makers, deterrence fails; and nukes are destabilizing. Their use is tolerable, even desirable or inevitable. Even an empty threat must be taken seriously, perhaps requiring preemption. When more than one nuclear power has that kind of decision-maker, well…

Knowledge is power, certainly; but it is not sufficient in dealing with those who believe that power is power.
You know, like Iran and others who, by the way, don’t abide by their treaties or agreements.

(What? Yeah … and Cersei Lannister and the Progs.)

The riddle of where power resides.

Fire is power

tonight’s KisP fun facts

Confused about what’s happening in the Middle East? No need to worry—our research team at the Institute of Internet Diagrams has come up with the ultimate explainer in the shape of an interactive diagram that sums up the geopolitical alliances traversing this ancient region, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era.

The diagram clearly maps out the relationships between the main players as well as external powers, like the United States and Russia, that are deeply involved in the region. ..

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motorcycles, guns, and gangs, oh my!

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Snookered me!
Fell for it hook line, and sinker.
(Kripes, current reality has warped my ability to recognize satire.)

Hey, I know!
Let’s sacrifice a goat for Earth Hour or sumpthin’.
It’s the Bronze Age thing to do.

Even the website I got the story from now admits to bein’ snookered.
Now I don’t feel as bad.

Do these people even hear themselves?

(Recycling a year-old graphic, here, boss)

A BBC presenter found herself in the middle of a Twitter storm after claiming a radio documentary on climate change was balanced because it did not feature any sceptic voice.

… speaking to a panel of ‘experts’ on how to explain away anomalies in climate models, such as the growth in Antarctic sea ice and the slow down in global warming since 1998.

After climate scientist Michael Mann took to Twitter to complain that the BBC was “actively promot[ing] misinformation” about man-made climate change, one member of the panel … responded …

Yeah, yeah, I knowwww … this looks like it’s just another in a never-ending parade of exhibits that condemns leftists and others for their utter disconnect from reality. Old news, you say.

Well, that’s certainly true; but this one is kind’a special, to my mind, in its simple. utter. deliciousness.
Even in these few words, one can savor a range of bitter flavors and acrid aromas emanating from this woman’s fried-brain disconnect. One can feel the slipperiness of the illogic, the iciness of the erroneous assumptions, the viscous gooiness of the sickly sweet chocolate sauce of credence that provides an illusion of coherence and insulates the good intentions from the ugly consequences.

It’s … it’s like, well, like a melting ice cream sundae on a counter top — it won’t come easily to hand. It squirts around in its self-generating lubricant. It looks firm at first glance, but it’s ultimately doomed — nature didn’t make it, an environment-altering machine did; and nature won’t support it outside of that machine. It will collapse from reality, and it will leave a godawful mess for the adults to clean up.

A mind that associates “balance” with an absence of skepticism is badly broken.
It is either dishonest, disingenuous, non-functional, ignorant, oblivious, stupid, or tyrannical.
[insert long essay on why]
What it is not is “balanced.”

(What? Yeah, just having a little fun at the Brits’ expense, again. The BBC is low-hanging fruit, though, I know.)

Real science is nature’s way of keeping life interesting and mankind humble

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