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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009  

Laurel and Hardy Dance To The Gap Band


Monday, June 22, 2009  

If you use Twitter

If you use Twitter, set your location to Tehran & your time zone to GMT +3.30. Iranian security forces are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut down Iranians' access to the internet. Cut & paste & pass it on.


Sunday, June 21, 2009  

Happy Fathers Day

When the nasty old bogeyman
Fills me with fears
And my little old pinafore
Is all wet with tears
And my cute little pug nose
Is all red for crying
Who is it that saves me
And keeps me from dying?
My Pa!

When my little pink cheeks
Are pale with fright
Who is it that lifts me
And holds me tight
And says, "There, there, little man
Everything is all right?"
My Pa!

~ Ursine Hat Tip (and a Happy Fathers Day) to Old Dominion Tory


Wednesday, June 17, 2009  

Know Nothing Soap

An illustrated advertising label for soap manufactured in Boston, interesting for its imagery and allusion to the popular "Know Nothing" or nativist movement. In the foreground are two American Indians, emblematic of the movement's prejudice against the foreign-born. In the lower right is a seated brave, leaning against a rock and holding a pipe. Above him a large American flag, with thirty-one stars, unfurls across the main picture area. The flag is supported in the upper left corner by an Indian woman, who points to the words "Know Nothing Soap" emblazoned on it. In the background is a landscape with tepees and a campfire on the bank of a stream.

~ c. 1854 ~ Library of Congress



Pictures from Iran

~ Via Llama

Lots of Iran coverage at Pajamas Media

Protest Babes show the Whig spirit:










The Hague


Friday, June 12, 2009  

Cri de Coeur of Lumper Potboy

A spam e-mail from "Winnie" rises to a garbled crescendo:


lumper attic ragout emir?
chalk warble nimbus.
rococo mix novel graft?
gasper agile bounty thyme!
alb potboy tempi pupa?
tops cue estop attic.
penes acuity.
farad budge.
pawn coatee ape gooey.
reflux nibble ingle find?
outre morgue.
bled novel coatee gypsa?
cue nimbus outre ragout?
ingle tare lumper.
cooker keeker.
pray gas fiber.
ape feel coatee.
warble morgue voter pant!
attic novel alb outre?
lumper potboy.
swathe wen feel fully!
sleety cashew fully arise!
moving fiber sniffy.
alb baboo.

This is more than spam lorem ipsum. It's poetry.

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Dog Snow * Via Panabasis Photo


Wednesday, June 10, 2009  

Old Nick

A photographer at Flickr captures representations of Satan in Anglican churches.

They seem jollier companions than their real-world counterparts.


Sunday, June 07, 2009  

Keep your eye on the ball


Saturday, June 06, 2009  

Omaha Beach

ABLE Company riding the tide in seven Higgins boats is still five thousand yards from the beach when first taken under artillery fire. The shells fall short. At one thousand yards, Boat No. 5 is hit dead on and foundered. Six men drown before help arrives. Second Lieutenant Edward Gearing and twenty others paddle around until picked up by naval craft, thereby missing the fight at the shore line. It's their lucky day. The other six boats ride unscathed to within one hundred yards of the shore, where a shell into Boat No. 3 kills two men. Another dozen drown, taking to the water as the boat sinks. That leaves five boats.

Lieutenant Edward Tidrick in Boat No. 2 cries out: "My God, we're coming in at the right spot, but look at it! No shingle, no wall, no shell holes, no cover. Nothing!"

His men are at the sides of the boat, straining for a view of the target. They stare but say nothing. At exactly 6:36 A.M. ramps are dropped along the boat line and the men jump off in water anywhere from waist deep to higher than a man's head. This is the signal awaited by the Germans atop the bluff. Already pounded by mortars, the floundering line is instantly swept by crossing machine-gun fires from both ends of the beach.

Able Company has planned to wade ashore in three files from each boat, center file going first, then flank files peeling off to right and left. The first men out try to do it but are ripped apart before they can make five yards. Even the lightly wounded die by drowning, doomed by the waterlogging of their overloaded packs. From Boat No. 1, all hands jump off in water over their heads. Most of them are carried down. Ten or so survivors get around the boat and clutch at its sides in an attempt to stay afloat. The same thing happens to the section in Boat No. 4. Half of its people are lost to the fire or tide before anyone gets ashore. All order has vanished from Able Company before it has fired a shot.

Already the sea runs red...

"First Wave at Omaha Beach," S. L. A. Marshall, The Atlantic, Nov. 1960

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The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead, or on the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

~ Ronald Reagan, Remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984, Pointe Du Hoc, Normandy, France

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David Gelernter, Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2004:

"Boomers heap insincere praise on 'greatest generation'"

Scott Johnson, Power Line: The Ordeal of Omaha Beach


Friday, June 05, 2009  

Conservatives Are More Easily Disgusted, Study Finds

A Cornell psychologist using scales to measure "disgust sensitivity" and political ideology found a correlation between being more easily disgusted and political conservatism:

People who squirm at the sight of bugs or are grossed out by blood and guts are more likely to be politically conservative, new studies find.

In particular, the squeamish are more apt to have conservative attitudes about gays and lesbians...

[Researcher] Pizarro explains that disgust is evolution's way of protecting us from disease. Unfortunately, in his view, disgust is now used to make moral judgments.

Liberals and conservatives disagree about whether disgust has a valid place in making moral judgments, Pizarro argues. Some conservatives think there is inherent wisdom in repugnance, that feeling disgusted about something - gay sex between consenting adults, for example - is cause enough to judge it wrong or immoral, even lacking a concrete reason, Pizarro explains. Liberals tend to disagree, and are more likely to base judgments on whether an action or a thing causes actual harm, he said.

Forget philosophy and considered principles. It all comes down to the eww factor.

This also explains Robbo "North of the Equator" Llama's great interest in antiquarian details of the French & Indian War.



Koko Taylor, RIP


Monday, June 01, 2009  

Annie and Rhododendrons


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