Letters from the Lunar Outpost

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.
- Sappho, Greek Lyric Poet (fl. B.C. 600)

Monthly Archives: August 2011

Green is the hot new color for today's modern stormtrooper.

Green is the hot new color for today's modern stormtrooper.

Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company . . . It isn’t the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service have come knocking at the storied maker of such iconic instruments as the Les Paul electric guitar, the J-160E acoustic-electric John Lennon played, and essential jazz-boxes such as Charlie Christian’s ES-150. In 2009 the Feds seized several guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the delightful name “United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms.”

It isn’t just Gibson that is sweating. Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next . . . It’s not enough to know that the body of your old guitar is made of spruce and maple: What’s the bridge made of? If it’s ebony, do you have the paperwork to show when and where that wood was harvested and when and where it was made into a bridge? Is the nut holding the strings at the guitar’s headstock bone, or could it be ivory? “Even if you have no knowledge—despite Herculean efforts to obtain it—that some piece of your guitar, no matter how small, was obtained illegally, you lose your guitar forever,” Prof. Thomas has written. “Oh, and you’ll be fined $250 for that false (or missing) information in your Lacey Act Import Declaration.”

source: WSJ

You better know where every single bit of wood and ivory on that classic guitar of yours is from and you better have the papers to prove it, because the E-P-A is G-O-D and environmentalist stormtroopers are in full force under this administration.

From a comment by R. Fine over at Lonely Conservative blog, some insight into what might be inspiring the forces behind this jackbooted thuggery:

Using federal agents [as] political thugs is an impeachable offense. The Gibson CEO is a major GOP donor; the Martin Guitar CEO is a major democrat donor. Both use the same woods – in fact, Martin uses more “endangered” woods than Gibson, and brags about it in their advertising. Yet only Gibson alone was targeted by the federal government. Did you ever think such political thuggery on the part of the federal government this would ever happen in our country? No surprise Obama is a fan of Hugo Chavez.

source: Lonely Conservative

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[mp3j autoplay=”y” track=”http://losalamoslabs.com/mc/_/Spun_Honey_II/09_Committed.mp3″]

Take your turning for changing
Before rearranging
Don’t you know that it’s cold in here
It’s been a long time since I’ve heard from you dear

Let me tell you about the place I live
Four walls and a wooden fence
I get a letter from you every week
You want to tell me that’s a recompense

When you’re committed there’s a hole in the wall
Committed
And the boys fill it all
Committed
Like the hole in your head
Committed
Makes me wish I was dead

Every day I walk in the field
I see the grass and the trees so real
I look up at the sky so blue
I wonder why I never hear from you

But I’m committed
There’s a hole in the wall
Committed
And the boys fill it all
Committed
Like the hole in your head
Committed
Makes me wish I was dead

Every day I exercise
In the yard with a big high wall
There’s a man with a nice green coat
He gets his pencil and he makes a note

And I’m committed
There’s a hole in the wall
Committed
And the boys fill it all
Committed
Like the hole in your head
Committed
Makes me wish I was dead

Committed
Committed
Committed

Committed
Committed
Committed
Committed

Committed
Committed
Committed
Committed

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No one has ever entered the presidency riding such a powerful wave of love and elation among his supporters as Barack Obama. For many of those who bought into the HOPE and CHANGE campaign, the ascendancy of Obama was no less of an event of supreme delirium and ecstasy than the second coming of Christ.

It’s true, Obama has only himself to blame for much of the unrealistic expectations (“a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama.” and “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”) so it’s understandable if he didn’t live up to all the hype, but far from simple disappointment, it seems that the sentiment from some of Obama’s most devoted disciples can now be characterized as something more along the lines of bewilderment, disillusionment and disgust.

From fellow Democrat, Rep. Kucinich, on Obama’s launching a war against Qaddafi without any congressional approval, calling it “an impeachable offense.”

“President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn’t have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said,” Kucinich said in an interview with Raw Story. “It’s not even disputable, this isn’t even a close question. Such an action — that involves putting America’s service men and women into harm’s way, whether they’re in the Air Force or the Navy — is a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone.”

According to Kucinich, Obama’s decision “would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.”

source: TPM

Maureen Dowd, NYT op-ed columnist and one-time passionate Obama booster:

Faced with a country keening for reassurance and reinvention, Obama seems at a loss. Regarding his political skills, he turns out to be the odd case of a pragmatist who can’t learn from his mistakes and adapt.

Obama’s response on Monday to Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade and to the 22 Navy Seal commandos and 8 other soldiers killed by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan was once more too little, too late. It was just like his belated, ineffectual response on the BP oil spill and his reaction to the would-be Christmas Day bomber; it took him three days on vacation in Hawaii to speak about the terrorist incident when the country was scared about national security, and then he spent the next week callously shuttling from the podium to the golf course.

source: NYT

From Drew Westen, a guy who was as high on the HOPE as anyone in attendence at the president’s inauguration.

A possibility is that [Obama] is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.

Perhaps those of us who were so enthralled with the magnificent story he told in “Dreams From My Father” appended a chapter at the end that wasn’t there — the chapter in which he resolves his identity and comes to know who he is and what he believes in.

source: NYT

Liberal stalwart, Paul Krugman saying the president has no vision:

But what is true on all of this is that Obama has had no vision. He has not articulated a philosophy. What is Obama’s philosophy of government? He wobbles between sounding kind of like a liberal. Then he says, well, the conservatives have some points, too. He concedes the message.

source: ABC News

From Colbert I. King, WaPo opinion writer and big-time supporter of the president:

Is there anyone in the White House with nerve enough to tell Barack Obama that Martha’s Vineyard is the last place on earth that the president of the United States should find himself next week?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge the chief executive a little time off from the Oval Office.

But to be leaving town to spend 10 days luxuriating in an affluent, New England summer town when millions of Americans can’t find work? To fly off to the Vineyard when the public is losing faith in Washington’s ability to fix the nation’s economic problems, and with people anxious about their futures?

What is he thinking? It’s not as if the Obama family is living in deprivation in Washington.

source: WaPo

Obama Pedals while Rome Burns

Nero Bicycled while Rome Burned

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[mp3j autoplay=”y” track=”http://losalamoslabs.com/mc/_/Spun_Honey_II/Miss_Vu.mp3″]

Back down home on the funny farm
It’s been ten years that I have been gone
Gotta whole life behind me and a whole life ahead
One of these days I’m gonna end up dead
But not now

One more day on the funny farm
Attention span as short as my hair is long
I’m at the El Royale in the Santa Ann
Give me some meds, I’m a troubled man
Yes I am

I’ve got a special feeling, Miss Vu
That the one that I’ve been searching for could be you, Miss Vu
Even all your imperfections are perfect to me
Let me be the mirror to show the reflection of you
And how beautiful you are in my eyes

Lost my mind such a long time past
We had some fun, yes we had a blast
But then I lost the path I was searching for
Throw away the key and lock the door
We’re locked down

One more night that I have to kill
Just one more pill of that Vistaril
I’ve gotta pace this hall just to pass the time
“Excuse me please sir, don’t you cross the red line.”
Oh no, sir

Under the cuckoo’s nest
I laid my head down and got some rest
Code three, let me be
I never would leave if it was up to me
Won’t you let me stay one more night

I’ve got a special feeling, Miss Vu
That the one that I’ve been searching for could be you, Miss Vu
Even all your imperfections are perfect to me
Let me be the mirror to show the reflection of you
And how beautiful you are in my eyes

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Baseball bat sales are up 6,856% over at Amazon UK.

Amazon UK Baseball Bat Sales

I’m sure some of the sales are for shop owners and people trying to protect their neighborhoods, but for the rest of you – good luck trying to stop those rubber bullets with your bats, assholes.

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