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The Obamas and the Suckling Pig

We cannot by this presume that B Hussein or the Mrs actually partook of the suckling pig.

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On HillBuzz, Buttered said:[*] "...There is not a single photo or White House menu of the Obamas eating, bacon, ham, or pork lion...." A Mindful Webworker replied[*] (edited to embed links and video).

"As with any VIPs or friends who dine at the Source, Drewno sent signature items to the Obamas’ table: tuna tartare cones, squares of suckling pig, tandoori Arctic char. The first couple make a point of having those items added to the bill." (Wash Post)[*] (Emphasis added.) Note: We cannot by this presume that B Hussein or the Mrs actually partook of the suckling pig.

Here's the first link[*] that turned up on Google Images for "Baby Pig" (a suggested link I noticed after looking through six pages of thumbnails of roast suckling pig). Warning, high "d'awww!" factor.

This has been Your Hog Report for the day.




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JFK Assassination seen from 2010

We spend 50 years examining every bullet like we'd been appointed to the Warren Commission

Zapruder film frame

On 22 Nov 2010 at 4:23 pm, most uncharacteristically, I posted a comment on a website.[*] The website is the blog of Jimmy Johnson, creator of the comic strip Arlo & Janis. Johnson (and subsequent commenters) commented on his experience of 1963 Nov 22. This came out of my fingers under the handle Long Winding Road. I was honored by a reply from Johnson, a memorable response which I'm hoping he does not mind my reprinting below in its entirety.

Yes, JJ, thanks for remembering.

Dad was big in the GOP; pix of him & mom w/Ike & Mamie, w/Dick & Pat; pic of me & my little sister w/ Goldwater at our house, ‘64! GOP house. GOP town. GOP state when Dad was done. Big early memory, ‘60, Dad raging at the TV while han'some Jack deflated haggard Dick.

I'm 11 in ‘63; like religion, kids have our folks’ politics, but we don't really understand why. In our class, Jay was the token Democrat. Coming in from lunch, Jay’s little brother tells me President Kennedy has been shot. Some kind of sick joke…? The teacher sends us home. It's true. Walter tells us he's dead. Whaa? That was our President! Then his assassin is shot down! Whaa? Then Johnson, Nixon twice, Bobby & Martin killed, cities burn, Viet Nam is lost… and we spend 50 years trying to understand, noting every historical coincidence, reading every conspiracy theory, examining every bullet like we'd been appointed to the Warren Commission. And Jackie, forever and ever crawling out on the trunk for pieces of Jack in ever-clearer Zapruder frames…. And to this day: Whaa?

Favorite related hist drama: Quantum Leap 2-parter. But I didn't change anything, says Sam-as-Oswald. Yes, you did, Sam! insists Al, you don't remember, but … [you saw it, right?]

Favorite so stupid it must be true theory: Oswald had missed hitting Gen. Walker in April, firing from 100 feet away. Oswald blamed the Texas Governor for denying him a visa [something like that, citation needed]. That unlikely fabulous shot with the same rifle, that shot which killed JFK and sparked a thousand conspiracy theories? Oswald was actually aiming for Gov Connally -- he hit Jack by mistake!

Then again, “Back & to the left.” -Bill Hicks

I had to read it a couple of times, but I think I like your post. I think. — JJ



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Oh where oh where was the President born?

Been watching the birth-certificate mystery ripple out since it was just a rock first tossed in the pond, and it's always been a hoot and a half. It just won't go away!

Toddler ObamaBeen watching the birth-certificate mystery ripple out since it was just a rock first tossed in the pond, and it's always been a hoot and a half. Now, Mainsteam Medea and the Supremes and the Enigma in Chief hisself have all alluded tuit! It just won't go away!

So this morning, saw the link on Drudge[*] that the Supreme Court was going to have a conference on an Obama qualification suit. Yes, those silly birthers (racist you know), the fringe cult with a wacky conspiracy theory with no legs, at tSCotUS. I thought, Farah, he of WND, the dog who wouldn't let go of this bone,[*] must be doing pirouettes; I should check WND. Clicked the Drudge link first and, Ha ha! It's to a WND article![*] That's why they call it a web.

My non-lawyerly reading of the WND article extracts these nuggets: In January, "the court denied, without comment, a request for a hearing on the arguments." Motion was submitted that Sotomayor and Kagan recuse. Court acknowledged the motion, let it slip to a "request," and failed to respond. A request for rehearing was made, claiming "the situation appeared to be violating the rules" of the court. WND calls it "stunning" that the court said, ok, 'nother "conference." This case, as the WND article says, is "one of the longest-running among those challenging Obama's eligibility." So: just one more paper-shuffle legal kerfluffle in this little mostly-ignored sideshow? At the Supreme level?

Insignificant. Oh, but, before I ran into all that, I had read this exchange:[*]

Washington Insider: There is something bigger than that out there though. Something directly involving the White House that is being protected. I am not certain of what, but have suspicions. It’s got people spooked because they have shut up about it. Very little information getting out, which in this business, means it’s something very serious.

Follow Up: Birther related?

Insider: No comment.

Heh. Fact or fabrication, gotta love that Insider.

In the unprecedented situation of a President being declared unqualified halfway through his term, we have no guidelines for what our attitude should be toward his appointments and actions. Many presume these can be voided, and certainly there would be challenges! However, I don't imagine his personal disqualification would necessarily void all the acts of his admininistration.

There's the mess (like, if Biden's not disqualified by association, if not conspiracy, then Pres-default Biden gets to pick two new SCotUS judges? Oh, look! Here's two recently-disqualified SCotUS judges who've already got the robes!)

And it's potentially a Constitutional crisis level situation -- something we really cannot afford right now on any level -- when you try to decide whether or not you can roll back everything just like that.

Also keeping in mind that in America, the 1/3 leftist fundamentalists and the 1/3 muddled-of-the-roaders are not going to appreciate what's going on, will more-or-less believe Obama was qualified (no matter the law or that rag the Constitution, we voted for him!) and removing him for such a trivial matter as his being unqualified by birth (which, let's face it, compared to his other lack of qualifications is pretty insignificant -- if he were doing a really great job, would we really care?) that it's a coup. Doonesbury will never let us forget it. (Does that still run?) Whew. Sorry.

There is no birth certificate that will be found. There is not a way they can fake one up. Ergo, he ought rightly to be disqualified if the Supremes take it on. So, they probably won't. But that's just my armchair-noodling opinions.

Kudos to the HillBuzz[*] for digging into this, too.




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Oklahoma National Guardsmen heading for Afghanistan

I always wonder, isn't there a better way than to keep throwing ourselves into this?

OK Guard SealAbout 3,400 Oklahoma National Guardsmen are about to leave for training and a deployment to Afghanistan[*]

A huge salute, of course! I always wonder, though, isn't there a better way than to keep throwing ourselves into this? I am no military scholar or even a student of such, but I'm so reminded of 'Nam, in that I support our efforts but our means don't seem to be as oriented toward victory (I don't know what better to call it), nor toward putting an emphasis on depleting them but preserving us, on the ground.

Website: Oklahoma National Guard[*]




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Fragile Infrastructure Meets February, 2011

Our infrastructure is far too fragile. A little February blast (okay, a record blast, but still just a snowstorm) and too much breaks.

Our infrastructure is far too fragile. A little February blast (okay, a record blast, but still just a snowstorm) and too much breaks. That dead-trees editions of newspapers that have never missed an edition, like our local Examiner-Enterprise[*] or the Tulsa World,[*] is not a survival matter, except that they could be dried out and burned for heat. Some of the lamer big-city clean-up efforts[*] may have more to do with "labor relations" and the economy than with our abilities. The basic infrastructure, though, is terribly fragile.

Feb 7, water crisis in El Paso, Texas.[*]

Feb 3, rolling blackouts in Galveston, Texas.[*]

Feb 3, Mexico cancels offer to send electricity to Texas[*]

Feb 3, New Mexico, gas and electric company shortages.[*]

How could we be so vulnerable? Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson at Prison Planet.com[*] opine that the winter's energy problems are exacerbated by, oh, worse, "are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America."




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