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You know that itching, burning, apocalyptic feeling? Yeah, me too.

Not our leaders, though. It’s not just Obama — Call Me Dave is on vacation, too. And it’s just grand to see snaps of him on the beach in the middle of this unholy shitstorm.

I get the feeling these guys think if they act like this is no big deal, it won’t be. Because if they act like it’s a big deal, it will be obvious how badly they’ve misjudged the ‘Arab Spring’ from the beginning. And that would be too, too embarrassing.

As part of a radio feature about WWI the other day, the BBC reeled off all world’s current war zones. With the exception of Ukraine and the Koreas, every single one of them was a case of Islamists versus the world.

They got around having to admit this explicitly by blaming ISIS in one place, Israel and Hamas in another, unnamed Islamists in another, Boko Haram in another, “separatists” in another, “militants” in another. Without ever acknowledging what all those fights have in common.

Odin help us all.


Comment from McThag
Time: August 11, 2014, 9:54 pm

I guess the “good” news is that once they take over the world they’ll self destruct via factional fighting once they’re out of outsiders to “other”.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: August 11, 2014, 9:57 pm

In all my years I have gotten used to being angered, puzzled, and confused by the leaders of my country (Murica f yeah). I will never get used to being embarrassed by the juvenile antics of the present crowd.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 11, 2014, 10:37 pm

Well, and just so…astonished. They’re just going to act like this is no biggie, are they?

Comment from drew458
Time: August 11, 2014, 11:15 pm

Horry clap. Robin Williams is dead.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Comment from Pablo
Time: August 11, 2014, 11:36 pm

I will never get used to being embarrassed by the juvenile antics of the present crowd.

You can say that again.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 11, 2014, 11:37 pm

Asphyxiation, Drew. That doesn’t sound nice.

Comment from Pablo
Time: August 11, 2014, 11:43 pm

That sounds like hanging. Damn. What a loss.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: August 12, 2014, 12:21 am

The US seems to have entered the age of the Infinite Tween.

Chile is looking better and better.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 12, 2014, 12:26 am

As far as pretending that everything is fine, anyone else notice how fast Ebola fell out of the news? They had enough monkey serum to ‘cure’ (as in ain’t completely dead) two people, and now there is suddenly no problem. Nothing to see here, move along. Riiiiight. Within the next year, they will be able to create enough to protect the president and a few hundred of the ‘right people’ in the government, and of course, the most important political donors.

I guess, I’m sorry that Robin Williams is dead. I hope that Doctor Patch Adams was there to make breathing his last more funny.

Comment from mojo
Time: August 12, 2014, 12:56 am

We should be encouraging the Shia and Sunni to kill each other in large numbers, but without getting involved ourselves. A “let’s you and him fight” strategy, coupled with restrictions on the types of weaponry that can be sold to the combatants. Sticks, knives, guns, artillery, all fine. No nukes , bio or chem. And we mean it.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: August 12, 2014, 1:13 am


I’m down with that idea, but it’s when they start messing with people who don’t want any part of it that makes me (not specifically the US military) want to enter the fray. I get a bit rage-y when I read about kids getting beheaded and people forced to convert or die…and I’m an agnostic who doesn’t even like kids.

If they would just stick to killing willing participants. I’d be fine with it.

Sex and war should only involve consenting adults who are in agreement on the limitations.

I know, we could make a reality tv show about dueling suicide bombers or World’s Funniest Home Jihadis.

I’m so funny, I forgot to laugh.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: August 12, 2014, 2:02 am

Hey NSA, fuck off and quit messing with this blog.

Something odd is amuck with the Deadpool. In case it is relevant, I am viewing via Android browser.

Round 66 is the newest ‘pool to view. But that isn’t the current ‘pool.

Comment from mojo
Time: August 12, 2014, 2:12 am

FG: Normally, I’d agree, not being a barbarian. But when barbarians rumble…

Comment from Simon
Time: August 12, 2014, 10:13 am

Lester, Round 67 is the latest not 66. I don’t think anyone had him.

I stopped finding him funny, but it’s still sad.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 12, 2014, 1:51 pm

I realize now, that I was too harsh on Robin Williams. What killed him, I think, was the pressure to be cheerful and funny ALL the time. He was trapped in an impossible situation. He had to be ‘ON!’, all the time, and even if he was amusing, people would be disappointed if he wasn’t amusing enough.

I like to hope that Jim Carey has escaped this trap, but Robin never could escape for very long.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 12, 2014, 1:59 pm

I remember seeing him at first on “Happy Days” as the Mork character, and thinking, “Who IS this guy?” Then the network spun the character off to its own series, and I thought, “This guy is great, but he’ll burn out early.”

But he didn’t. He lasted more than 30 years.

He was not only a comic and a comic actor, but a dramatic actor as well: “Dead Poets Society,” “Seize the Day,” “One Hour Photo,” “Bicentennial Man,” and others I can’t think of.

I think I read somewhere that he and Christopher Reeve were classmates (and roommates?) at Juilliard, in New York. Imagine seeing the two of them having breakfast in a diner circa 1974 . . .

Most recently he was starring in “The Crazy Ones,” a fast-paced sitcom from David E. Kelley about a Chicago ad agency. Sarah Michelle Gellar played his grown daughter. The scripts used Williams’s own background with drugs and alcohol — his character, the head of the ad agency, was a recovering addict/alcoholic. The series didn’t get renewed, but it had a good deal of charm.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: August 12, 2014, 2:55 pm

Odin help us all.

Unfortunately, Odin is asleep, Loki is running loose.

I just wish Bush was still around to fix all the problems he caused as Obama keeps admitting he’s a hopeless incompetent who can’t fix anything caused by Bush.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 12, 2014, 3:36 pm

Regarding the friendship between Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/the-l…opher-re#gk6yta

A cold rainy morning in a Village diner ca. 1974. Cloudy windows, clatter of dishes, clink of silverware on plates. And over in a booth in the corner, these two guys. They couldn’t be more different: the tall guy must be over six feet, with curly dark hair and a grin like a rube from Indiana; the short one, hyper, pixie-like, making the tall one laugh.

“Look at them guys,” says one cab driver.

Another nods. “Yeah. Reminds me of Superman, and that imp he was always sending back to the fifth dimension in the comics. Mr. Mix-something. . . .”

Comment from caseyreno
Time: August 12, 2014, 5:16 pm

Some weasel humor from the WaPo…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 12, 2014, 5:59 pm

Nice catch, casey. But those are clearly beavers. And, holy shit, taxidermied weasels are expensive. I’ve seriously considered buying two I’ve run across and could talk myself into paying that kind of money for half-bald dead mustelids.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 12, 2014, 6:40 pm

$8 sounds like a lot for a tube-sock with legs & teeth.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: August 12, 2014, 7:23 pm

Stoat, you forgot to add the deadpool tag to your last dead pool. When people click on your home page link it takes them to #66 instead of the latest #67.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 12, 2014, 8:14 pm

“Barry, could you use ‘dictate’ in a sentence?”

“Uh, yeah, uh, Reggie, I love the way, uh, your dick tate when you been, uh, eatin’ pineapple.”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 12, 2014, 9:36 pm

Thank you, Stephen! Fixed.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 13, 2014, 12:50 am

Comment from Some Vegetable @ August 12, 2014, 1:51 pm: What killed [Robin Williams], I think, was the pressure to be cheerful and funny ALL the time.

W. S. Gilbert nailed it:

Though your head it may rack with a bilious attack,
And your senses with toothache you’re losing,
Don’t be mopy and flat — they don’t fine you for that
If you’re properly quaint and amusing!
Though your wife ran away with a soldier that day,
And took with her your trifle of money;
Bless your heart, they don’t mind —
They’re exceedingly kind —
They don’t blame you — as long as you’re funny!
It’s a comfort to feel
If your partner should flit,
Though you suffer a deal,
They don’t mind it a bit —
They don’t blame you — so long as you’re funny!

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