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18h42 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2012: For those asking about the inspiration of the title for today's post, reader, there's a Yiddish expression which translates as "making the pig's foot kosher," oft used as a Jewish colloquialism for "attempting the impossible"--which itself alludes to the fact that Jews avoid pork for religious reasons.

The which could be said to apply to "Tea Party" (pseudo)movement and GOP articles of faith intertwined vis-a-vis Indecision 2012 as insist that the State should not have any sort of role to rescue our "morally superior" free-enterprise-driven model of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe, that such needs to be of a "people-centred" model, "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" essentially--howbeit consistent and compatible with the aforementioned ekonomesie vryheid, &c., such itself being "consistent with AmeriKKKan experience, heritage and conditions."

(As in condoning gross disparities of wealth and mass poverty to be "AmeriKKKan" and yet "Christian," reinforced by a perverto, out of context reading of Divine Writ as is itself perverted in the stylee of Nazi Germany's seeking to rewrite the Bible to conform to its "Holy Blood and Soil" sophistry excusing race mastery as itself excused anti-Semitism.)

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Before proceeding with the next point, perhaps the following passage from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four (as in the interrogation between O'Brien and Winston) may want to serve the role of insight:
O'Brien was looking down at him [Winston] speculatively. More than ever he had the air of a teacher taking pains with a wayward but promising child.

"There is a Party slogan dealing with the control of the past," he said. "Repeat it, if you please."

"'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,'" repeated Winston obediently.

"'Who controls the present controls the past,'" said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. "Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?"

Again the feeling of helplessness descended upon Winston. His eyes flitted towards the dial. He not only did not know whether "yes" or "no" was the answer that would save him from pain; he did not even know which answer he believed to be the true one.

O'Brien smiled faintly. "You are no metaphysician, Winston," he said. "Until this moment you had never considered what is meant by existence. I will put it more precisely. Does the past exist concretely, in space? Is there somewhere or other a place, a world of solid objects, where the past is still happening?"

"No."

"Then where does the past exist, if at all?"

"In records. It is written down."

"In records. And --?"

"In the mind. In human memories."

"In memory. Very well, then. We, the Party, control all records, and we control all memories. Then we control the past, do we not?"

"But how can you stop people remembering things?" cried Winston again momentarily forgetting the dial. "It is involuntary. It is outside oneself. How can you control memory? You have not controlled mine!"

O'Brien's manner grew stern again. He laid his hand on the dial."On the contrary," he said, "you have not controlled it. That is what has brought you here. You are here because you have failed in humility, in self-discipline. You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity. You preferred to be a lunatic, a minority of one. Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. That is the fact that you have got to relearn, Winston. It needs an act of self-destruction, an effort of the will. You must humble yourself before you can become sane."
I'm not exactly sure of the specific numbers, but as the numbers of Nazi-era Holocaust survivors--Jews, Catholics, Roma, Russo-Slavs, homosexuals, "mental defectives," the disabled, the war-wounded, Jehovah's Witnesses and others the Nazis regarded as "subhuman" or "life unworthy of life"--goes into inevitable decline the world over, the Holocaust denial crowd, in its Luscious Glory of Nazi appy polly loggia, just can't wait for the last Holocaust survivor (especially if Jewish) to shuffle off its mortal coil and use same as "evidence" that the Holocaust never really happened.

That, and challenging the authenticity of survivors' accounts of Holocaust atrocities in official archives and elsewhere, replete with the usual patsies such extreem elements have about "defective or deficient memories," "inconsistency of accounts," that sort of thing.

Aren't we forgetting George Santayana's maxim about "those who do not recall the past are condemned to repeat it"?

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So much for GOP Presidential wannabe Mitt Romney's once tying down the family dog to the roof of his SUV: A United States Marshal in Ft. Wayne arrested the parental units of four children (ages 4 through 7, inclusive) as were tied down unto the roof of their SUV as it left a liquor store and thus driven for about four blocks before the police noticed something untoward. Both parents face Child Maltreatment charges and the paterfamilias "himself" is charged with Drink Driving.

Imagine how conservative prolefeeders will spin this one out of control....

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Getting back to the greater GOP/"Tea Party" ideal of "people-centred" economic rescue "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" (cf. the Afrikaner Nationalist socioeconomic agenda in the decade preparatory to the apartheid regime's coming to power down South Africa way in 1948): You can just imagine the most (un)likely template therefor being one based on "gifting" chain letters similar to one Your Correspondent noticed making the rounds a couple years back at the holiday season here in the Minnwissippi, itself rooted in the "Send-A-Dime" chain letters making the rounds in early 1935 before the then-Post Office Department ruled such were a form of Illegal Lottery and shut down several promoters thereof.

(Only this time asking would-be participants to send $20 to the first of three names on a list, duly identified as a "gift" to [theoretically] make such mailable, remove the first such name, move the remaining two up one position each and add yours in the third, open position.)

And you have to wonder just what sort of pains will be taken this time around to avoid letting slip direct "Tea Party" involvement in their ideal for "people-centred economic recovery" as is itself obviously illegal (refer to 18 USC 1302, 1341 and 1343; the last one being included inasmuch as the agency of PayPal could be used in e-mails in furtherance thereof, thus raising questions of Wire Fraud).

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And speaking of PayPal, do make note of the buttons labelled "Donate" throughout the site: Such are not for show of any sort whatsoever; on the contrary, serious purpose is being served thereby--as in opportunity to make a modest little gift of what you may be able to spare in aid of Your Correspondent inasmuch as it's highly unlikely that he may come into money within measurable distance.

Which also explains the Online Mall presence, as if you needed aide-memoire of some sort....

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How many of you have heard some version or another of "the bedbug story," in which some sleeping-car passenger complained of serious bedbug infestations on a journey recent, eventually to receive a polite letter of apology--and, unwittingly, an attached slip to the effect of "Send the standard bedbug letter" as was intended for the secretary?

(Including, perhaps, a Canadian variant involving pre-VIA Rail Canada services on Canadian National in which the apologia is received in both English and French in the same mailing ... and one involving pre-denationalisation services on British Rail, since supplanted by ScotRail's Caledonian Sleeper and the Night Riviera from First Great Western.)



Continuing with an earlier suggestion about a low-cost high-speed passenger rail idea itself inspired by Canadian National's Tempo concept in Southwest Ontario (the above shown ready to leave Windsor for Toronto in 1974) as would essentially use existing track upgraded as necessary, rebuilt road-switcher diesel electrics as motive power (say, an Electro-Motive GP40-2 in its Luscious Glory of ubitquity) and coaches based on established designs, howbeit of aluminum construction to reduce weight and energy consumption: Your Correspondent had this idea the other night about embracing as the ideal coach template for such an analog high-speed rail that known as the "American Flyer" design; as RailwayClassics.com explains the concept:
In 1934, the New Haven engaged the services of noted industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, who collaborated with Pullman designers to develop a light weight car design for a new fleet of cars that would allow the railroad to improve schedules, reduce maintenance costs and to reduce the growing costs of fuel. The first 50-car order were 92-seat coaches delivered in December of 1937. Utilizing Cor-Ten steel, and weighing in at 100,000 pounds (17 tons less than comparable contemporary cars), these cars featured a tubular cross-section design that was aerodynamically clean with full skirts and windows that were flush to the sides. Vestibules were located at both ends of the cars to facilitate fast loading and unloading. So successful was this design, the New Haven would eventually purchase 205 of these cars.

Pullman Standard's Osgood Bradley plant in Worcester, Massachusetts built over 270 lightweight passenger cars of this design, known as "American Flyer" style cars, named after the O scale American Flyer train sets that were models of this prototype.
Which, it turns out, would eventually be embraced by several other railroads (as in the Bangor and Aroostook, Boston and Maine, Kansas City Southern, Seaboard Air Line and St. Louis Southwestern) in a number of interesting permutations, as witness the following specimens (all from the builder's photos):








I'm not exactly sure if the original plans are still around for which to review and perhaps adapt such to the desideratum of this value-for-money high-speed rail approach, in particular aluminum body construction and wide-scale energy efficiency in terms of lighting, power supply and passenger comfort generally. As well as even extending the energy efficiency to the windows, with a slight tint to reduce glare.

So what would you think?



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