A long-time family friend called tonight (he’s been around for 50 years…I think at this point he just qualifies as family), and he started going off, as usual, about Oath Keeping and 3 percenters and how the blacks are taking over. Something he mentioned, though, that I was unfamiliar with is “8 bells.” Anybody have any clue what that is?
The phrase “eight bells” comes from ships’ bells, which are rung every hour to keep track of watches. So, after the first hour, the bell rings once, after the second hour, it rings twice, and so on. Eight bells signals that one watch is over and the next watch starts the cycle over. ”Eight bells” is a slang term for “over” or “finished.”
As far as conspiracy theories goes, I’m not sure exactly how it was used, but I imagine it was probably a way of saying that America is finished because of the socialists/muslims/nazis/illuminati/reptilian/whatever threat.
Or maybe he was talking about Eight Belles, the filly who was euthanized on the track at the Kentucky Derby. a/k/a the saddest story ever.
Sorry guys, I didn’t have a good turkey pun for the title! My bad. But as it is the week of Thanksgiving, a.k.a. Turkey Day, I thought I would bust out some knowledge and tell you all about why turkeys are totally neat.
First of all, turkeys are not dumb, bumbling idiots like people say; on…
I’m not surprised, I’m usually considered intelligent and quick-witted, but also kind and caring, so both Rawenclaw and Hufflepuff have always been my first guesses, even if I never would have been disappointed with any House, really (and there’s another Hufflepuff quality, I guess xD)
Snake fighting is one of the great traditions of higher education. It may seem somewhat antiquated and silly, like the robes we wear at graduation, but fighting a snake is an important part of the history and culture of every reputable university. Almost everyone with an advanced degree has gone through this process. Notable figures such as John Foster Dulles, Philip Roth, and Doris Kearns Goodwin (to name but a few) have all had to defeat at least one snake in single combat.
So, Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell wrote a little opinion piece for the Washington Post where they say that in order to achieve greatness, President Obama should announce that he will not seek re-election.
A shocking idea, no doubt, but these are two esteemed political insiders who can count among their achievements the successful presidential campaigns for President George McGovern, President Gary Hart, President Joe Biden, President Jerry Brown, and President Hillary Clinton.
What’s that? None of those people actually won and became president? That’s odd. I kind of figured that since they were giving President Obama advice that that meant they had some sort of y’know, actual achievements. Well, I guess working for (actual) President Jimmy Carter in 1976 counts (even though it would have been nigh-impossible for Democrats to lose in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the Reagan/Ford primary fight). But if we’re counting the 1976 campaign, then we have to count the 1980 campaign as well, where he got absolutely trounced by Reagan.
Hmmm… Well, even if they’re inept at running elections, at least they still have their day jobs working at Fox News.
“Let’s turn next to Social Security. There were rumors beforehand that the commission would recommend a rise in the retirement age, and sure enough, that’s what Mr. Bowles and Mr. Simpson do. They want the age at which Social Security becomes available to rise along with average life expectancy. Is that reasonable? The answer is no, for a number of reasons — including the point that working until you’re 69, which may sound doable for people with desk jobs, is a lot harder for the many Americans who still do physical labor. But beyond that, the proposal seemingly ignores a crucial point: while average life expectancy is indeed rising, it’s doing so mainly for high earners, precisely the people who need Social Security least. Life expectancy in the bottom half of the income distribution has barely inched up over the past three decades. So the Bowles-Simpson proposal is basically saying that janitors should be forced to work longer because these days corporate lawyers live to a ripe old age.”—Paul Krugman (via azspot)
The American people are keenly aware of the grave and evil hazards to our freedom and to our way of life which international communism is eternally dedicated to destroy.
Aside from a relative handful of traitorous zealots in the ranks or clutches of the Communist Party, we—all of us in this land—are unalterably committed to deter and, if necessary, to combat and defeat any aggression, Communist or otherwise, against us or our free friends, who, like us, propose to keep our freedom.
I rise today to speak of another danger we confront, not as dread or as foreboding, but equally offensive and evil to all reasonable, rational, free American citizens.
It is the danger of hate and venom, of slander and abuse, generated by fear and heaped indiscriminately upon many great American by another relative handful of zealots, in the ranks or clutches of self-styled “I am a better American than you are” organizations.
It results from a strange intellectual strabismus which professes to see our government crawling with Communists and which, abandoning the processes of reason, pours its spleen upon anything or anybody which does not meet its own queer and puzzling dogmas.
Mr. President, in every day’s deluge of mail at my office, which sometimes means as many as 5,000 letters, telegrams, and postcards—there are generally a hundred and even two hundred letters which I describe simply as “fright mail.”
I know this is a matter which many of my colleagues have given a lot of thought to privately, but, so far as I know, no one has discussed it publicly.
I cheerfully admit that I have, in the past, attempted to reply calmly and factually to “fright mail,” mustering all the reason and reserve I could summon.
Yet, I have found over the years that this is not quite the answer.
For most fright mail writers will come right back a week later, terrified about something else, urgently stating that they do not believe me—and that I am either misinformed or worse. Sometimes, they darkly insinuate that treason has prompted the reply they have received.
Treason. I still cannot believe my eyes when I stare at the ugliest word in the American lexicon tossed about in a letter as casually as the “Dear Senator” salutation which opens it. Indeed, I was once charged with treason by a correspondent who then closed his letter a few words later with “Respectfully yours.”
Treason. The most heinous crime on the American books. And not always scrawled illiterately on a scrap of a paper bag, but often typed meticulously on embossed paper.
In recent months, I have been casually accused of ignorance or of a desire to sell my country down the river because I have said for example, that it not only seemed untrue on its face, but was demonstrably untrue, that thousands and thousands of Chinese Communist troops were poised on the Mexican border for an attack on California.
It not only seemed untrue on its face, but was demonstrably untrue that such-and-such American or free world leader— forty-four of them in all— is a Communist agent. The gallant Eisenhower is a favorite target for their contemptible slime.
What new and frightening charge tomorrow’s mail will bring, I cannot begin to anticipate.
Senator Thomas Kuchel (R-CA) Excerpt from an address to Congress, May 28, 1963
The Tea Party phenomenon is nothing new. There have always been paranoid idiots on the right. It just that the Republicans used to have the guts to stand up to them and call them out on their stupidity.
“The friend of nature is the man who feels himself inwardly united with everything that lives in nature, who shares in the fate of all creatures, helps them when he can in their pain and need, and as far as possible avoids injuring or taking life.”—Albert Schweitzer
“We had a whole generation of journalists who sat by and did nothing while, for instance, George Bush led us into an idiotic war on a lie, plus thousands more who spent day after day collecting checks by covering Britney’s hair and Tiger’s text messages and other stupidities while the economy blew up and two bloody wars went on mostly unexamined… and it’s Keith Olbermann who should “pay the price” for being unethical? Because, and let me get this straight, he donated money, privately, to politicians?”—Matt Taibbi (via azspot)
In the wake of the 2010 elections, the Blue Dog coalition is trying to oust Nancy Pelosi from her leadership position in the Democratic caucus. Show your support by signing this petition. Let them know that Democrats don’t succeed by being Republican-lite. The succeed when they act like Democrats.
Even if you don’t agree with her politically, at least do it to piss off the Teabaggers…
Numbers tell a story. Especially over time. They compel us to focus on results — success and failure. Over the short term, maybe a few years, numbers can be manipulated or give false signals. But not over decades, and not over a generation. The numbers over the past 30 years are not refutable. When it comes to creating jobs and managing the nation’s finances, Democratic presidents demonstrate success while Republican presidents show failure.
Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 10.5 million new jobs Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 11.6 million new jobs Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: 12.4 million new jobs Total: 33.6 million jobs created over 12 years, or 2.8 million jobs per year
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 5.2 million new jobs Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 10.8 million new jobs George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 2.6 million new jobs George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.2 million fewer jobs George W. Bush 2005-2007: 5.5 million new jobs Total: 24 million jobs created over 19 years, or 1.3 million jobs per year
How much did the government spend for every dollar of revenue?
Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: $ 1.16 Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: $1.25 Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: $1.01 Democratic Average: $1.16
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: $1.31 Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: $1.38 George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: $1.34 George W. Bush 2001-2004: $1.27 George W. Bush 2005-2007: $1.24 Republican Average: $1.29
The difference between $1.16 and $1.29 may not seem like a lot, but the impact on the national debt is huge, especially when you consider that $1.29 applies to 19 years, and the budgets under this president are so much larger.
Increases in Government Debt
Growth In Debt Held By the Public [$US trillions]
Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 0.2 Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 0.7 Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: -0.3 Democratic Total: 0.6
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 0.6 Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 0.7 George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 0.9 George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.9 George W. Bush 2005-2007: 1.1 Republican Total: 4.3
Fox News headline (paraphrased): ZOMG! NANCY PELOSI GOT FIRED!*
*Fired, of course, means that she won reelection with 80% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mike Pence, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and virtually every other congressperson, Republican or Democrat.
Seriously, when will people stop trying to act like local elections mean anything nationally?
Pelosi is enormously popular in her district. Her constituents are happy with her and send her back to Washington time and time again. Just because some assholes in Bumfuck, Alabama elected a Republican who ran against the “Pelosi agenda” doesn’t mean anything, other than that Republicans are as good at exploiting sexism as they are racism.
In states that didn’t secede from the union during the Civil War, Republicans went 16-11 in Senate races last night. AK, CO, and WA still haven’t been called at this point, but I expect them to go Rep, Dem, and Dem, respectively. So, we’re looking at a ratio of 17-13. A solid night for the GOP, but by no means a “tidal wave.”
In states that did secede from the union, however, Republicans were a perfect 7-0. And they won by double digits in every one of those contests.