Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, A Long Tough Blog

Four years ago today this insipid silliness began. Woe be to the internets that it limps on still.

If you wish to help A Long Tough Blog celebrate this day of great lament, you can hop on over to any of the many music sites listed under "Songs for sale - cheap!" at the top right of the page (or just go to CDBaby by hitting the baby below) and purchase a song or three from my CD, Bottomfeeders. I suggest the song "Sigh," simply because it has the most musicians on it who aren't me.

Happy New Year everyone, and may 2011 indicate a much better decade than the last.




Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Deep Thought

Pants wetting, hand-wringing, and generally being an overreacting crybaby is the New Macho.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Tastical Illusions

I just saw this very cool video over at Boing Boing, and it got me wondering: Would it be possible to create something similar, except with something that tricks the sense of taste, rather than vision? That'd be cool. I'm going to have to look into that.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Deep Thought: Reconciliation

When Republicans used the reconciliation process in both 2001 and 2003 to pass massive tax cuts, primarily for the most wealthy in the country, it was Holy reconciliation. If it's used to pass health care reform, which would overwhelmingly help the poorest in the country, it will be like killing Jesus again.




Extra. (This one is a really good explanation and history of reconciliation.)


Thursday, December 10, 2009


Like most people, I assume, I haven't given a lot of thought to what my own epitaph might be - you can't put an epitaph on a plastic bag of ashes anyway, can you? - but this one appeared to me as if in a dream, and I don't think my working brain could do a whole lot better:

Free Myspace Generators

Says it all, really.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Air Stagnation Advisory

The voice on my teevee just told me that the region wherein I reside is under an Air Stagnation Advisory:

Air stagnation is a phenomenon which occurs when an air mass remains over an area for an extended period of time. Due to light winds and lack of precipitation, pollutants cannot be cleared from the air, either gaseous (like ozone) or particulate (like soot or dust). In the United States, the National Weather Service issues an Air Stagnation Advisory when these conditions are likely to occur.

Yep, sounds like the Rogue Valley wintertime.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Breaking: Global Warming Scientists Hiding Icebergs Off New Zealand

Damned lying scientists.

Large numbers of icebergs last floated close to New Zealand in 2006, when some were visible from the coastline — the first such sighting since 1931.

The second time since 1931. Woo hoo!

More on the email fiasco here.


German Robin Hood Gets Suspended Sentence

Never even heard about this story:

The 62-year-old branch head of one German bank was hailed as a hero after she confessed to transferring money from rich customers to help her poorer clients. Already, she has been dubbed "Die Robin Hood Bankerin".

She was given a 22-month suspended sentence after moving more than €7.6m (£6.9m) in 117 transfers between 2003 and 2005. The court in Bonn was told that the employee, who has not been named, took no money for herself.

That's about $11 million US. I smell a movie.


Friday, November 20, 2009

"Where Were the Tea Parties?"

Good question.


Hit the Baby

* New posts appear above and below this one. *


Hit the baby and you can get my CD, Bottomfeeders, or just a song or two, at the great Oregon internet store, CDBaby. You can even listen to some samples over there.

Or get it by the song straight to your digital device at iTunes.

Thanks. That is all.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I got a line on you, babe

Spirit, 1968.

Spirit trivia: Guitarist Randy California (who wrote this song) was born Randy Craig Wolfe in Los Angeles in 1951. His family moved to New York City in the mid-1960s, and when he was just fifteen Randy became a member of Jimmy James and the Blue Flames - Jimi Hendrix's band. The bass player's name was also Randy. He was from Texas, and Hendrix dubbed him "Randy Texas." Randy Wolfe became "Randy California" - and he kept the name for the rest of his life.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Deep Thought

if I were a captured terrorist, I'd rather be treated like an awesome and terrifying terrorist than a simple thug.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Wow: India To Move All Zoo Elephants to Wildlife Parks

Hopefully we do the same some day soon.

Photo source


Reverend Moon is one Crazy Sumbitch

How can any serious journalist ever work for this guy?

"Father [Moon] said that he had originally trained Kwon Jin Nim to be the president of the United States. He said that Kwon Jin Nim might be appointed as a leader in the newspaper field.

The fifty states of America offered to create a statues of Rev. Moon but Father did not allow them to do so."

More very weird Moon looniness here.


They're Teabagging Each Other Now!

My goodness, hide the children.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vonnegut and Bogle Veteran's Day Post From Last Year

Vonnegut and Bogle, here.

And a special salute to my father, Donald. Thanks, pops.


O'Reilly: "We Can't Kill *All* the Muslims"

This is someone held up by a significant portion of our population as a respectable and thoughtful commentator. And he thinks it's perfectly normal to make an offhand comment implying that Americans actually want to kill every Muslim alive.

Even the kids, Bill?

We want to - but we can't. That's why we, in O'Reilly's thinking, try to "win hearts and minds." Because we can't kill them all.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

First Black Holes Created by Black Hole Machine

Just kidding. But the LHC has produced its first collisions - and the black holes will be produced any day now, I'm sure.

* Hit the "cern" tag below for more on this subject.


Friday, November 06, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Morning Music: Badfinger

The song that would not leave my head this morning:

And the most Beatle-esque thing about that Beatle-wanna-be band performing that very Beatle-like song, in my opinion: the use of the word "Sonny." Something just screams Beatles about that.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Strange, Shuttered, Fifth-Grade-Forever People

This is this:

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic classification system used in the United States, as "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy."

Too perfect.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Memories of the Big Red Machine

Nice interview with Tony Pérez. Simply because I just had a memory of a spectacular catch he made in either the 1975 or 1976 World Series. It was a line drive over Pérez's head (playing at first), and he jumped into the air so quickly and snagged it.

Memory's a weird thing.


Sick, Broken Humans

55 members of congress who oppose the public option currently benefit from the public option Good enough for them, but not for the rest of us.

Sick bastards.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Report: First Direct Talks Between Iran and Israel Since 1979

Um, that would be, like, bizarrely good news:

A representative of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission and a senior Iranian official met last month to discuss the chances of declaring the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, Haaretz has learned. This is the first direct meeting between official representatives of the two states since the fall of the Shah in 1979.

Iranian officials are denying the story, it must be noted, but Haaretz is sticking to the story - saying the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission has confirmed that the meeting took place.

On a related note: Dick Cheny is incompetent. And an asshole.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Raw: Bush Pentagon Used Psychological Ops on US Public

On you. Unbelievable. The sickest part is that the Teabaggers frothing over Obama's government won't even blink at this news. Actual evils in government mean nothing to them.

The story regards the military analyst program. Raw story (in link above) and Glenn Greenwald have been all over this story for some time.


Senator Franken School's a Tool

Just brilliant:


Friday, October 16, 2009

Backseet Dog Iz Wachin U...

This is something I don't normally do, but this dog over at AmericaBlog, where they're posting pet photos, just cracked me up. She's "Moxie from Portland, Maine," and you've got to click on the pic to enlarge it and look at the look on her face. Too funny. She was just asking for a caption. (I actually had to search and find out how to caption photos, and found this site. Piece of cake.)

Reckon I'll start a "Backseet dog iz wachin u" series.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Like Watching the End of Slavery

I just had a goosebump moment, realizing that we, right now, are very possibly witnessing the end of an evil American institution. They won't be able to do things like this anymore. How awesome is that?

Is it a bit much to say it's like watching the end of slavery? Yeah, but still. I love it.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Does Al Qaeda Have Weapons of Massive Black Holes?

Forget nukes, Al Qaeda might have a Black Hole Machine!


Nobel Statement

Here's one paragraph:

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.


Good Morning, Oslo!

Wow, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Weird. Seems a bit early. Whatever. Congratulations. Hope your two terms live up to it. If you help push the U.S. into the 20th 21st century in regards to affordable and fair universal health care you'll have deserved it, if you ask me.

Hey - I wonder if the Right Wingers are freaking out. Let me go check.



P.S. Please, Mr. President, donate the prize money to ACORN. Please. I beg you.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

"If There's a Stonehenge in Your Stonehenge, Don't Be Alarmed Now..."

Second henge of stones found near world famous henge of stones. I hope the famous one doesn't get jealous:

Archaeologists have unearthed a new stone circle near Stonehenge that lends credence to the theory that the famous prehistoric monument in Britain was part of a funeral complex.

University of Bristol archaeologist Joshua Pollard described the new find as "incredible" because it establishes Stonehenge as part of a larger ceremonial complex linked to the nearby River Avon.