Monthly Archives: June 2015
Congratulations to my friend, angel, editor, boss and wise compatriot Diogenes Sarcastica on the 5th anniversary of the founding of Diogenes Middle Finger and the worldwide media empire known as MFNS. On behalf of myself and the rest of the staff here at EOT (a Berkshire-Hathaway Company), I present you with this custom made, Scotch Chocolate Cake along with our best wishes for many more years of global internet dominance and your continued benevolent reign over us all.
(Update) I should tell you this wasn’t my first choice of cakes. I thought I could get away with a $15 deal from Walmart if I had it personalized to add a bit of artisan baker cachet. The result was completely unacceptable – which I chalked up as a lesson learned rather then fight over a refund with what had to be the most un-Jolly Baker I’ve ever encountered. Of course, the fact that he was as black as Toby’s asshole didn’t help.
Good Flag – Bad Flag. Funny how the Left gets to decide which is which, for everyone. Only when we let them, I mean.
“It was like an out-of-body experience,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says. He was talking about his congratulatory phone call from President Obama after Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed the Senate last week. …(more)
More than 27 million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots, whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the border between England and Scotland, and later in the bitter settlements of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland. Between 250,000 and 400,000 Scots-Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century, traveling in groups of families and bringing with them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters. Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism, dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition. Over time, the Scots-Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military, of working class America, and even of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself.
Born Fighting shows that the Scots-Irish were 40 percent of the Revolutionary War army; they included the pioneers Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston; they were the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain; and they have given America numerous great military leaders, including Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Audie Murphy, and George S. Patton, as well as most of the soldiers of the Confederacy (only 5 percent of whom owned slaves, and who fought against what they viewed as an invading army). It illustrates how the Scots-Irish redefined American politics, creating the populist movement and giving the country a dozen presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. And it explores how the Scots-Irish culture of isolation, hard luck, stubbornness, and mistrust of the nation’s elite formed and still dominates blue-collar America, the military services, the Bible Belt, and country music …
(I have no relationship with Amazon of any kind. I’m a customer, that’s it. No kickbacks coming my way, I swear.)
Man…if a person can deny their own natural, biological truth simply because they ‘identify’ as the gender opposite of the one they were born with, then I can certainly state without fear of recrimination (pretending I’d give a feck) that I do not identify this North Carolinian Battle Flag (one of many in the Confederacy – but the one that stuck, because it’s a badass design) with slavery or racism, at all. I, like many others, see it as representing an independent, defiant mindset hard-wired into our DNA by our proud Scottish Borderer forebears. A mindset that essentially states,
“Don’t Fucking TELL Me What To Do.”
That’s what I identify with it. And if the sight of it disgusts you, don’t look at it.
It is always a tremendous honor to be recognized by one’s peers as productive of something worthy of recognition by one’s peers. The Paul Revere Award from Political Clown Parade represents the standard of excellence in peer-style testimonials that don’t cost money and I proudly and humbly accept it on behalf of the entire staff here at EOT.
Thank You, Curmudgeon!
We also extend our congratulations to all the 2015 PRA Peers/Honorees, many of who are known to peer around here from time to time. 3 Cheers for Peers, everyone!