Category Archives: Maine

ATH Podcast 3-14-14: O’Changs Part 2 / Jet Plane Vagina


Listen to this one on a fine St. Patricks Day celebrations, pay attention to the drinking game, but you may want to stick to light beer, or just fake it because there are some party fouls that demand drinking with the bottles clinking.

It can’t be said enough, this is what podcasting is all about. Thanks again to the O’Changs for hanging out.

….oh yeah, and JR couldn’t help but steer the conversations towards a captain Marblehead classic. Jet Plane Vagina.

O’Chang Part 2

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ATH Podcast 3-3-14: O’Changs Part 1- STAHMAGEDDON!

Part 1 of the O’chang podcast….Hanji and Atom were absolutely awesome guests, and we were able to interview them the night after their wicked awesome STAHMAGEDDON release party up there in Rockland. This is what podcasting is all about. We had a bit of a release party of our own with them down here in southern Maine.

3-2-14 Ochang Part 1

There is a lot more where this came from, so you may as well call this the O’chang podcast for the next couple weeks. Get into the culture of Maine and has some fun with the Ochangs!!

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Teabaggers Infect Maine GOP

Teabaggers are on the march in Maine! It seems the Maine GOP recently voted to update its old state party platform with a bunch of raving loon tea party gibberish.

The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of “collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth,” suggests the adoption of “Austrian Economics,” declares that “‘Freedom of Religion’ does not mean ‘freedom from religion'” (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that “healthcare is not a right,” calls for the abrogation of the “UN Treaty on Rights of the Child” and the “Law Of The Sea Treaty” and declares that we must resist “efforts to create a one world government.”

It also contains favorable mentions of both the Tea Party and Ron Paul. You can read the whole thing here.

Dan Billings, who has served as an attorney for the Maine GOP, called the new platform “wack job pablum” and “nutcase stuff.”

Despite the document’s crazy content, Maine Republican Party Chair Charlie Webster insisted to the AP that all of the elements in the platform are things that Republicans support. He claimed to the Press Herald that these issues reflect the values of working-class Mainers.

Every time I hear stuff like this, I’m reminded of this classic post, likening the conservative “Movement” to a “controlling parasite astride its enfeebled Republican host”.  And since true symbiotic relationships are the exception rather than the norm, it is only a matter of time before the enfeebled host is destroyed.  In the meantime, we can expect to see more delightful stories like this one:

The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.

When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, “Working People Vote Republican.”

Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

This story is only shocking until you realize that the actual REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM calls for eliminating the Dept of Education.  They hate public schools!  Why not trash the social studies classroom? God forbid our children learn about the Constitution.

These people are scum.

(Via)

Let it Grow

Maine Public Radio reported the desire by some to reverse the voter’s clear intention and switch to a plan of centralized large scale grow centers. Why did they ask us to vote on it if they were just going to do their own thing anyway? I’ve been waiting for my chance to advocate for free markets, well here it is. Just let the people file the paperwork and get to growing. Keep the damn govn-mt out of my marijuana!

Snowe Job

What’s up Down East? Olympia Snowe votes against the Rockefeller and Schumer amendments yet her state overwhelmingly wants a robust public option (63% to 27%) and greatly prefer it to her “trigger” idea whereby the public option only kicks in only if insurance companies don’t lower their rates. Well it may help us understand her disregard for her constituents if we look at campaign contributions from the health insurance industry. I thought she was a republican who voted her conscience and wasn’t a lobbyist’s pawn? You can fool some people sometimes….

Jimmy and Madman you need to apply some pressure. Use the facebook if you have to. This beotch ain’t representin’!

Although I single out Snowe, she is not alone. There are spineless democrats who are caving as well. The progressives need to motivate on this issue. If the lobbyists have their way health insurance care will consist of rollin’ doobies in a van down by the river….

Shovel Ready

This story took place in Reefercake’s backyard. There is heavy traffic on this road and absolutely no shoulder, and kids are jumping off of it all summer long. Suprise, suprise, a kid got hit and is critical condition.

Something needs to be done, ie pedestrian bridge, and some of that stimulus money would do the trick. But this concept of shovel ready, is complete bullcrap, and that is probably why we hear that a lot of the money isn’t being spent as quickly as we would like…WTF is shovel ready, but a made up term? I guess the point being that we don’t want to do anything that requires planning or thought or design, we wouldn’t want to use our brains, we just want to send a bunch of guys out with shovels and “have at it!” Classic conservative anti-intellectual bullshit.

Reefercake is making a vow to get something done here, before my son reaches puberty…so we should be breaking ground on this one in 2015.

The American Taliban

The American Taliban is at it again. They burnt down a topless coffee shop in a small town in Northern Maine.

They have been responsible for countless acts of violence in addition to the recent dramatic murder at a church ceremony. Interesting to go through the list of these acts of violence on wiki, and see how many occur in the U.S. compared to other countries.

I can only assume that there is something uniquely special about America’s ability to produce these sorts of terrorist groups. These groups openly proclaim their support of terrorist acts. Why? I guess the common thread between the burning of a topless coffee shop and the anti-choice crowd, is a deep seeded fear that some people out there may be enjoying sex. Somehow in America we have simultaneously developed the ability to develop a very slutty and sexually promiscuous and all around perverted group of folks, along with a group of folks who probably don’t even know how to operate the clitoris. And somewhere in the middle are folks like me, who could appreciate a topless coffee shop, and at the same time maintain a healthy and sex life with my wife…as long as I can stay out of the dog house…but I digress.

The point is these morons are scared shitless of people, especially women, enjoying sex, and they are usually the same freaks trying to get it on in the airport bathroom with some hot and heavy foot-tapping. I really hate these stupid hypocrites.

At least we can hope that their violent stupidity will backfire. All it took was a tent and a generator and the coffee shop is back up and running. I am looking into how to donate money to this coffee and titty operation. With coffee and titties, I believe we can change the world for the better.

Small World

My man Radley Balko linked to this story today:

BUXTON, Maine — Buxton police raided a building where people were trying to raise money to give free food to the needy.

It happened at the Narragansett Pythian Sisters Temple on Route 22 where people were playing the card game Texas Hold’em to benefit the Buxton Community Food Co-op.

But state police said the game was illegal.

That’s because whenever a gambling tournament is held to raise money for a group and takes place at its headquarters, a permit is needed and the co-op didn’t have one.

So, state police seized cards, poker chips and $500 in cash — money the food co-op desperately needed.

Scofflaws!  Lock em up!