Frontier Former Editor

October 28, 2007

I suppose it is easy to get pissed . . .

when the kids are behaving exactly like the parents. Not that it really surprises me, but it does have its own chuckle factor:

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8SI15C80&show_article=1

WASHINGTON (AP) – The homeland security chief on Saturday tore into his own employees for staging a phony news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” Michael Chertoff said.“I have made unambiguously clear, in Anglo-Saxon prose, that it is not to ever happen again and there will be appropriate disciplinary action taken against those people who exhibited what I regard as extraordinarily poor judgment,” he added.”

Anglo-Saxon prose, eh? Fuck you Chertoff, you shitbag fuckwit goddamn Bush administration mouthpiece and douchebag. How’s that for unambiguously clear, Anglo-Saxon prose?

It doesn’t strike me as the dumbest and most inappropriate thing I’ve ever seen in government. After all, there’s:

  • – the actual FEMA and Homeland Security response to Hurricane Katrina
  • – the invasion of Iraq (and yes, it was an invasion)
  • – George W. Bush in general
  • – damn near anything Dick Cheney does on a daily basis, whether or not it’s classified.
  • – all those canned news spots issued by a private PR firm under a contract by the federal government on the Medicare drug benefit plan – the one with the fake reporter.

It just goes to show the real point Orwell made in 1984: totalianism in the future is the result of basically stupid, ignorant, know-nothing people that we allow to ooze into positions of responsibility.

September 2, 2007

The joys of re-enacting, or designer SPAM and potted meat

Sometimes I go wandering through my IE favorites to see what stuff I bookmarked for a particular project.

I’ve got a lot of projects. Too many projects.

Being an inveterate modeler, I’ve always found the Internet to be a treasure trove of quick research for all those kits I’ll never build or will partially build. But after last week’s essay on school lunches and canned food at Teeny Manolo, I remembered the time last year when I was working on a figure of a German infantryman and started looking for info on helmet covers (yep, the hobby can get strange . . . .)

And as I scrolled down the faves list, there it was, a website devoted to reproduction field rations.

While I’m a historian by education and often interested in minutae as well as broad strokes, I’m not sure I’d pay the equivalent price of a steak dinner for this:

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