Tuesday, September 18, 2007

From The Sidebar of Psycho-Sociopathology

"WHO SPEAKS FOR US?" ask decent, clean (& White) people in front of their ticky-tacky suburban box.
The National Policy Institute (a new addition to the mostly White Supremacist websites on the bogroll [sic] toward the bottom of the sidebar) claims to speak for them. They're also kind enough to link to a couple of websites that, to them, prove that White is Right, etc.:
Of Further Interest To White Americans
FBI Most Wanted
LAPD Most Wanted
Of course, were they to link to the U. S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives List, as an example, the story might be a bit different. Although we suppose that would just be proof to them that White People are smart enough to break out of jail, or skip bail, or both. And by the way, the FBI link is to the Most Wanted in Criminal Enterprise Investigations (i.e., drug rings) not the Top Ten Most Wanted. Plenty of honkies there too.

If Just Another Blog™ didn't know we're all one sad pathetic species, and was ignorant enough to believe there was a real difference between breeding groups, we'd really be ashamed to be a "White Person."

USAF 60th Anniversary

The most chckenshit of the armed forces celebrates the deaths of hundreds of thousands, killed as if by a mafia chieftain, from a long distance, by cowardly fly-by shooters & bombers. Or, for a slightly less cynical message:
"Sixty years ago today the Air Force became an independent service. Three days before becoming the first secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington noted in an address to the Air Force Association, "No Air Force can be created by legislative action alone. All the National Security Act of 1947 has done is to give us the green light. It must be considered an opportunity and not an accomplishment." Since that time, courageous Airmen have pushed the limits of imagination and technology to fight and win the nation's wars.
It goes on @ the Official Website, which is celebrating like crazy. Why should Just Another Blog™ do anything else, we've already made our vicious (The truth always hurts, doesn't it, you candy-asses?) hateful remarks. Also, snappy pictures of planes @ Wikipedia.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Mr. Sulzberger, Tear Down This Wall!

The usual fine public service from Jurassic Pork @ Welcome to Pottersville, as he allows the unwashed masses access (on his dime, yet) to the most recent Paul Krugman (about Greenspan's new book) & Frank Rich (occupation, MoveOn.org, Congressional Democrats) columns, which are said to be worth a read. As long as they're free. ALERT: For some reason Mr. Pork's added a soundtrack to his site. If you're one of those "slackers" who reads this mess @ work, good for you, but be warned.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Alan Keyes' Earth Shattering Announcement

Scores, hundreds, maybe even a few thousand Christo-fascists have been on the edges of their seats for months now, & apparently the "entry" of Freddie Thompson into the horse's-ass race wasn't enough for them (he doesn't seem to darken the door of a church on a regular basis) but the tension has been released, as Alan Keyes has at last thrown his mitre into the ring. He made his announcement on something called Janet Parshall's America last Friday. Let's go to the transcript:
Alan Keyes is a statesman, and there's a marked and distinct difference between a statesman and a politician. He spent eleven years in the U.S. State Department, but he is also a man who has run for the office of the United States Senate a couple of times, and also for the office of President. But, in the meantime, he continues to help mold and shape the culture so we discern and learn the difference between right and wrong, and good and evil — and there is no ambiguity in which side Alan Keyes serves.
There is a certain ambiguity as to which state Alan Keyes would like to "serve," as he has run for the senate in both Maryland (twice, in 1988 & 1992) & in Illinois, where Barack Obama handed him his lunch while beating him like a rented mule in 2004. His previous presidential runs were in 1996 & 2000. Remember? Dr. Keyes is a veritable Harold Stassen. Indeed, he didn't try for the presidential brass ring until Stassen gave up after his 1992 effort.

How does Dr. K. feel about the occupation (It's not a war, damn it!) of Iraq?

KEYES: Well, I think that, in one immediate sense, we can't get away from the truth that we are in a battle for our survival, but I think what we need to recognize clearly is that the problem we face right now on Iraq is actually a problem of morale.

Our forces are over there doing the job they need to do — confronting terrorists, making sure that the terrorists deal with our armed forces rather than come over here and try to kill our unarmed people.
Yes, he's a Harvard graduate. And despite that, he believes that w/o our boys & girls, & middle-aged National Guard & Reservists, those "terrorists" will be swimming across the ocean to kill us. Because we're "unarmed."

PARSHALL: Uh-huh.

KEYES: And some people actually think that we can just withdraw and forget about it, forgetting that
we were attacked. And usually, when you withdraw from a war before your enemy stops fighting, you don't call that "withdrawal." You call it defeat and surrender.
And some people forget who attacked us. Hint: Those who attacked us weren't Iraqis.

That doctrine of terror is the utter opposite of the moral principle our country is based on, that our rights come from God, and must be exercised with respect for the authority of God — beginning with the right to life, which no one, for the sake of any agenda, has the right simply to disregard, where innocent lives are concerned.
Certainly none of the thousands upon thousands of Iraqis killed in or since "shock & awe" were innocent. Not even the children. After all, "they attacked us." Except that they didn't. And if you thought "Christo-fascist" was too strong, or inaccurate, read the the above selection & the following one carefully. Ambassador Keyes has abso-fugging-lutely no interest in the Constitution of the United States. No sir. He's all about the Declaration of Independence, because it refers to his imaginary man in the sky once or twice. Ask yourself if this doesn't represent Christo-fascism:
So, I think it's a moral problem. Do we really adhere to that principle, or not? And if we do, we will have the courage to defend it, and I think it's like a lot of other problems we face. As a matter of fact, just about every major challenge we deal with right now is turning on this question of the moral character, the sense of moral principles, the allegiance to our founding principle, which is the authority of God and the derivation of our rights from God, which is right there in the Declaration of Independence.

[...]

I'm sure, in your audience, there are a lot of people who have prayed for revival in America, for a return to the standards of the Declaration, our allegiance to God, our acknowledgment of His existence and authority. I think the mistake that a lot of folks have been making is thinking that somebody else is going to do this, and so we're putting together an effort that's not going to be like anything before, because it's going to be entirely based on citizen action.
Citizen action by duly-deputized Knights of Columbus beating the crap out of godless atheists & Planned Parenthood members is what he's thinking of.

We've wallowed in this pile just about long enough. We'll leave you w/ one more chunk from the big announcement:

PARSHALL: Yes. Alan, let me ask you. In a Keyes presidency, what would the top three issues from your White House be?

KEYES: Top three issues, I think, at the moment, are clear. We have got to restore our respect for Declaration principle by defending life, and making it clear that life begins at conception and must be respected, from that moment, as the will of the Creator, God, because that's what the Declaration establishes as our principle, and what the Constitution says we owe to our "posterity." That has to be clearly done, and clearly established.

Number two would be the restoration of our allegiance to and respect for God's authority, especially when it comes to clear moral decisions like marriage, where we need to restore the sense that the God-given family is an unalienable right. I wrote about this, in articles that I've done over the last several weeks, trying to restore a sense of what our principles really mean, when it come to decisions like this.

And finally, across the board, I would be trying to restore the moral character and morale and sense of our commitment to our basic moral values, starting in the area of national sovereignty, both in terms of our security from terrorism, and especially the security of our borders, and our assertion of the sovereignty of the American people, which our elites have been betraying and trying to throw away.

Certainly someone who went to Harvard, "served in the U.S. Foreign Service, was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under President Ronald Reagan, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1985 to 1987" (Wikipedia) couldn't be a member of any elite. Also from Wikipedia: "Keyes is a third degree Knight of Columbus and his family is devoutly Catholic."

Skin crawling yet? Try this on: "During his first year of graduate school, Keyes was William Kristol's roommate. (Kristol later ran Keyes' 1988 U.S. Senate campaign against Paul Sarbanes in Maryland.)" Guess that's how Bloody Bill got his job as one-term vice-president Dan Quayle's chief-of-staff, by racking up 38% of the votes.

OK, enough already. But we'll leave you w/ some links:

First, the ambassador's website, Renew America. Don't miss the ghoulish thrill of clicking to "hear Terri laughing" (yes, Terri Schiavo, who'd you think?) & be sure to read columnists like Marie Jon', Kaye Grogran, & Rudy Takala, although we suspect each & every person who types there is, like the three mentioned, highly amusing, & equally punctuation-, grammar-, & syntax-challenged.

The doctor's presidential website is America's Revival Alan Keyes for President.

And wander over to WorldNetDaily for a bit more on this, dare we say it, miraculous, candidacy, & many links, from that special WorldNetDaily perspective, on Ambassador Keyes, Ph. D. & his miraculous career.

Just Another Blog™ really has to get out of here. The stench of mackerel & the sound of beads being rattled is giving us a headache.

P. S.: If you didn't make it all the way through the Knights of Columbus Wikipedia entry, take a look @ their emblem, & read this: "Mounted on the shield is a fasces with an anchor and a short sword crossed behind it. The fasces is a symbol of authority while the anchor is the mariner's symbol for Columbus." Now who else used the fasces as a symbol of authority?

Alors! Il Nous Faut Peut-être Avoir une Guerre! Parte VII

May have to take down the Froggie flag on the sidebar. "What," you say? A pathetic Francophile like Just Another Blog™ changing allegiance in mid-stream? No, it's more like les petits bourgeoises de la France changing course. From the BBC (Mayhap we'll head in a more Anglophiliac direction.):

French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner says the world should prepare for war over Iran's nuclear programme.
And a video report from the Beeb.

Hmmm. Sarkozy. Kouchner. Not real French names, exactly.

Implication & Accusation

F-16I. Many more pictures & data @ Israeli Weapons.
As mentioned directly below, last Thursday, 6 September 2007, Israeli F-16Is bombed a "large underground" Syrian facility. Now "experts" & "sources," all of them anonymous, would like you to believe that what the F-16s targeted were "nuclear materials," possibly of North Korean origin. Of an Israeli, a Syrian & an American who went on the record, the American was the lowest ranking & most willing to imply & accuse, as reported in Rupert Murdoch's TimesOnline:
Andrew Semmel, a senior US State Department official, said Syria might have obtained nuclear equipment from “secret suppliers”, and added that there were a “number of foreign technicians” in the country.

Asked if they could be North Korean, he replied: “There are North Korean people there. There’s no question about that.” He said a network run by AQ Khan, the disgraced creator of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, could be involved.
Note this paragraph from the NYT:
“If I were the Iranians, what I’d be freaked out about is that the other Arab states didn’t protest” the airstrike, said George Perkovich, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The Arab world nonreaction is a signal to Iran, that Arabs aren’t happy with Iran’s power and influence, so if the Israelis want to go and intimidate and violate the airspace of another Arab state that’s an ally of Iran, the other Arab states aren’t going to do anything.”
Just Another Blog™ wishes to hell it could have some confidence in what the United States gov't. has to say about anything, let alone what it plans to do.

Lets Have a War, Pt. VI(ish)

Image from Barking Moonbat Early Warning System.
Veep Cheney's "Idiosyncratic Views" have been noticed before. Today the "liberal Eastern Establishment media," in the form of the New York Times & the Washington Post add fuel to the fire. From the NYT, further confirmation:
The language in Mr. Bush’s speech reflected an intense and continuing struggle between factions within his administration over how aggressively to confront Iran. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been arguing for a continuation of a diplomatic approach, while officials in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office have advocated a much tougher view. They seek to isolate and contain Iran, and to include greater consideration of a military strike.

[...]

But a belief has been growing in Iran, which administration officials have pointedly not tried to stem, that the Bush administration was considering military strikes against Iran. An Israeli airstrike in Syria last week kicked up speculation in the Iranian press that Israel, in alliance with the United States, was really trying to send a message to Iran that it could strike Iranian nuclear facilities if it chose to.

“If I were the Iranians, what I’d be freaked out about is that the other Arab states didn’t protest” the airstrike, said George Perkovich, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The Arab world nonreaction is a signal to Iran, that Arabs aren’t happy with Iran’s power and influence, so if the Israelis want to go and intimidate and violate the airspace of another Arab state that’s an ally of Iran, the other Arab states aren’t going to do anything.”
And from the WaPo, former NATO supreme commander Wesley K. Clark lays out the same sad story of air & naval action:
Think another war can't happen? Think again. Unchastened by the Iraq fiasco, hawks in Vice President Cheney's office have been pushing the use of force. It isn't hard to foresee the range of military options that policymakers face.

The next war would begin with an intense air and naval campaign. Let's say you're planning the conflict as part of the staff of the Joint Chiefs. Your list of targets isn't that long -- only a few dozen nuclear sites -- but you can't risk retaliation from Tehran. So you allow 21 days for the bombardment, to be safe; you'd aim to strike every command-and-control facility, radar site, missile site, storage site, airfield, ship and base in Iran. To prevent world oil prices from soaring, you'd have to try to protect every oil and gas rig, and the big ports and load points. You'd need to use B-2s and lots of missiles up front, plus many small amphibious task forces to take out particularly tough targets along the coast, with manned and unmanned air reconnaissance. And don't forget the Special Forces, to penetrate deep inside Iran, call in airstrikes and drag the evidence of Tehran's nuclear ambitions out into the open for a world that's understandably skeptical of U.S. assertions that yet another Gulf rogue is on the brink of getting the bomb.

But if it's clear how a war with Iran would start, it's far less clear how it would end. How might Iran strike back? Would it unleash Hezbollah cells across Europe and the Middle East, or perhaps even inside the United States? Would Tehran goad Iraq's Shiites to rise up against their U.S. occupiers? And what would we do with Iran after the bombs stopped falling? We certainly could not occupy the nation with the limited ground forces we have left. So what would it be: Iran as a chastened, more tractable government? As a chaotic failed state? Or as a hardened and embittered foe?
It's worth reading all of ret'd. Gen. Clark's piece.

And former L. A. Times reporter Robin Wright (she got out just in time, it appears) now w/ the WaPo, steno graphs anonymously sourced gov't. information about those Iranians & their arming of everybody who looks cross-eyed at the U. S.:
This time, the arms were shipped into the western province of Farah, a vast but sparsely populated area, the sources said, indicating an attempt to find routes less likely to be discovered.

"They're clearly trying to vary their routes and not get caught," the U.S. official said on condition of anonymity because the interdiction has not been formally publicized.

A senior Iranian official called the allegation baseless. "We have no interest in instability in Iraq or Afghanistan. We have good neighborly relations with the heads of state, who have praised Iran recently. Why should we send weapons to the opposition?" the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized by the Iranian government to comment on the allegation.

Iran, a predominantly Shiite Muslim country, has long opposed the Taliban, a Sunni Muslim group with different ideas about society, government and religion. But their cooperation is based on common opposition to foreign, and particularly Western, troops in Afghanistan, according to the United States and officials from other countries in the international force.
We've nothing to add. We are left speechless. And apprehensive.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

From The Sitemeter: Your Tax Dollars At Work

A visit from a gov't. employee, looking for Raquel Welch:
Domain Name: disa.mil (Military) IP Address: [Deleted for Reasons of National Security] (Naval Ocean Systems Center) ISP: Naval Ocean Systems Center Location: Continent: North America Country: United States State: Ohio City: Columbus Lat/Long: 39.9666, -83.0123 Distance: 1,975 miles Language: English (en) Operating System: Microsoft WinXP Browser: Opera 9.23Opera/9.23 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en) Time of Visit [Deleted for Reasons of National Security] Last Page View [Deleted for Reasons of National Security] Page Views: 1 Referring URL: http://blogsearch.go...2&ie=utf-8&scoring=d/ Search Engine: blogsearch.google.com Search Words: in post title: "raquel welch"
Why is the Naval Ocean Systems Center in Columbus, Ohio? And why were they looking for Raquel Welch?

MacArthur Redux

Oh, the shame & horror, questioning a professional baby-killer whose own superior ossifer is alleged to have said about him: "He's an ass-kissing little chickenshit. I hate people like that." Why, no one who wants to be president would ever go along w/ being a political marionette, would they?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shocking: Politician In Sex Scandal, Suicide In St. Petersburg

A tip of the Bouffant chapeau to Nebris of Commie Journal & The Divine Mr. M., who asks this: "Bonus Question! What political party did Mr. Bryan belong to?" From the St. Petersburg Times:
Authorities were investigating allegations that Bryan had sexually abused two of his adopted daughters, Stuart said. The Times is withholding their names because of the nature of the allegations. In addition, authorities were investigating whether Bryan had sexually abused his former nanny, whom he had also adopted. The former nanny is now 38.
These days, we needn't really ask what his party was, do we?

News Flash: Joel Stein Writes Something FunnyAmusing!!

They said it couldn't be done. And humour, like most everything else, is in the eye or ear of the beholder. Nonetheless, the hateful cynics here @ Just Another Blog™ were actually amused by Joel Stein's regional cage-liner column today. Perhaps it's that it deals w/ a serious subject, rather than, say, his desire to install a urinal in his house, as documented two weeks ago. Today's subject? Perhaps the most serious issue confronting the American media-consuming public today: Britney "B. S." Spears. We'll let the title & sub-title say it all:

Petraeus on Britney
A no-nonsense assessment of the benchmarks achieved by the rehabilitating pop star.
Oh, & he manages to drag in that thing going on in, in...um, you know, that place, uh...

Like, The Clash?

A little band pimping from the e-mail:

Hey, if you like "The Clash" (and who doesn't?) check out my band "The Clash City Rockers." We're playing Fri. Sept. 28th at: "The Goodhurt Nightclub" 12249 Venice Bl., LA. 90066 (310) 390-1076 It's $10. Show time is: 12:30 am...............Hope to see ya there..........Mikaleno AKA Mick J.

$8.00 tix may be available @ their MySpace page. Click "band" above.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New "Web Log"

An addition to the "Neighbors, etc." bogroll: The Editor has taken a gig (pays just as well as this one) ranking on one Megan McArdle, who has been stinking up the place @ The Atlantic.com's Voices section for about a month, as documented here. Hear & see her speak & move, especially the first six or so minutes (it's stupefantastic!!). Tip of the Bouffant chapeau (which, by the way, is usually a baseball cap, not a beret) to Sadly, No! for bringing this outrage to our attention, & especially to brad ("a different brad" when commenting @ S,N!) who started Fire Megan McArdle & opened it up to anyone who wanted to participate (explaining how we got involved).

Podhoretz Plus

No, it's not Norman Podhoretz. It's his wife, Midge Decter. Think she explains anything about Norman?
Sadly, No! guest poster clif brings our attention to Podhoretz' book-pimpin' @ the WSJ.com OpinionJournal. (Well, we saw it yesterday, but were so dulled out by N-Pod by that time we had little more to say, so thanks to clif for saying something worth adding. Also posted @ Outside The Tent.) Or you could look @ Reason, who have the Podperson's video on bombing Iran. And if you did go to OpinionJournal, you might have noticed the illustration w/ the book self-plug, which Crooked Timber mentions & re-publishes. Or after all this, you could just slit your wrists. Remember, length-wise, not across.

A tip of the Bouffant chapeau & a bow from the waist to the S,N! commentariat for the links, especially to Lesley for the photo of M. D.

And a link to The New York Review of Books on World War IV, blah blah blah...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Posturing & Slithering Realpolitik

We mentioned Roger L. Simon's review of Norman Podhoretz' new book, The Trouble With America Is Americans Whose Brains Work Correctly, and hinted we might return to it. Here we are, but it's barely worth the effort. Still, let's at least pretend to make one:

The best part of Podhoretz’s book is a tour d’horizon of all this opposition. He has a nose for the sturm und drang of intellectual conflict, whether it be the posturing of a Sontag or a Mailer, the slithering realpolitik of a Brent Scowcroft or the preening prevarications of a Joseph C. Wilson.

Podhoretz has a nose for all that because when he turned into a crypto-fascist in the '60s he started picking fights (intellectual, of course) w/ all the people who were in his New York literary crowd. And we must mention Roger L.'s nose for alliteration. "Preening prevarication." Here's a bit more preening from Rog. See if you can spot the prevarications.

In his understandable zeal to defend Bush and his doctrine from admittedly disingenuous opponents, he overlooks an inadequacy on the part of the President and his administration that is nearly fatal. I am not referring to the strategic errors that may or may not have been made – whether there were too few troops, etc. Podhoretz makes it clear such errors were probably even worse in WWII. The “fog of war” is a cliché for a reason. Nor am I even referring to the decision to emphasize the pursuit of WMDs over the promotion of democracy as justification for the war. (Podhoretz sees this as an error, as I do, although he soft pedals it.) I am referring to the extraordinary inability of Bush and those surrounding him to understand and to respond to the paramount importance of public relations in asymmetrical war. Indeed, it can be argued that asymmetrical war is in essence about public relations. You would think, given the recent history of our time, the Tet Offensive, indeed the whole story of Vietnam, the administration would have known that, seen the inevitability that a powerful opposition would coalesce in the media and in the political classes (one that Podhoretz describes so well) and moved to head it off, to co-opt their opponents, but they did the opposite. They told us to go shopping.

"Admittedly disingenuous opponents." There is nothing as disingenuous as Dick Cheney insisting Saddam Hussein was involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks, then denying he said it, then saying it again. Those strategic errors were not made in the fog of war; they were planning errors made long before the war was started. That clichéd fog of war is what happens to your plans after the war begins. And if your plans are worthless from the beginning, the fog of war has that much more of an effect on them. Or perhaps the entire administration has been in a fog from its first day in office. Has Mr. Simon ever heard the current president speak? An exhortation to "Shop 'Til You Drop" is the longest sentence you'll get out of him. And as Lyndon Johnson said when he was president, "It's hard to defend an unpopular war." Especially if that war is actually an occupation you were completely unprepared for, & everyone in the "media & the political classes" knows it. One last inanity:
He also knows that few could do what history demanded of George W. Bush. For that reason perhaps he does not emphasize Bush’s failings in World War IV.
Either that or Podhoretz is being, oh, what would you call it? How about "admittedly disingenuous?" Certainly any one who pretends that George W. Bush did what history demanded, when he has yet to do what common sense & national security are demanding, can't be taken seriously. Nor can Academy Award©-nominated screenwriter Simon. And here's a bonus, if you've ten minutes of your life you never want back. See & hear the man who decided his country was perfect, except for all those annoying people who didn't share his predjudices. Listen to a discussion of The Bush Dictrine. (Shorter Bush Doctrine: "I'm running this schoolyard, and if you look at me cross-eyed or call my Mommy a poopy-head I'll push you down & kick you. Now give me your oillunch money.")

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Doughbob Duz It Again! D'oh!

Playing card from Internet Weekly Report. Shorter Jonah Goldberg: Osama Bin Laden lives in a fantasy world where he creates his own reality, even though he's incompetent & can't pull off a successful attack. But I won't mention George Bush & his "reality-creating" incompetence. Oh, & if we pull out of Iraq, Bin Laden will really start to think he's a bad-ass, and might do something naughty.

Let's pull a quote just for the hell of it:

Many Democrats too have been grudgingly breaking from their base's otherworldly narrative of late, though they continue to insist that a "political solution" can be had in Iraq without a concomitant military one. Even the Sunni insurgents are coming to grips with the fact that Al Qaeda doesn't have Iraq's
best interests at heart.
Ah, now the Democratic "base" has an "otherworldly narrative." Few narratives are more "otherworldly" (& rapidly changing) than that of Bush/Cheney/The Project for a New American Century. A brief recap:

• "Every ten years or so we have to throw some crappy little country against the wall to prove to the world that we mean business."

• "Saddam Hussein is a thug w/ WMDs who's terrorizing his own people."

• "We can't let the smoking gun be a mushroom cloud."

• "We'll bring democracy to Iraq, inspiring other nations and ushering in a new age of peace and prosperity."

• "We're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here."

• "If we withdraw now, there'll be a bloodbath."

There are a few others, but they've mercifully slipped our mind. Jonah, could you remind us just who it is that has "a dizzying sense that they were living in a supernatural world, in which reality knelt before faith?"

And while you're explaining that (good luck) could you throw in an explanation of the "military solution" the United States is going to achieve in a sectarian civil war, in a "nation" that was a drawn up to maximize the power & influence of an imperial power (the United Kingdom)? By staying there in the line of fire like cops trying to stop a turf war between the Bloods & Crips? The "political" solution won't come until the Sunni & Shia are sick & tired of killing each other. And considering this particular schism has been going on for the last 1300 or so yrs., is that the new timetable for withdrawal?

If these fools will admit that the war portion of their sad little adventure has been over since late spring of 2003, and everything since has been an occupation, it might be easier for them to leave w/ the "honor" they continually babble about. Not they had any "honor" to begin w/.

A Different Anniversary Entirely.

Image of Qetesh for illustrative purposes only. From the commentariat @ Sadly, No!, we are reminded by Qetesh the Abyssinian (even as we watch MSNBC re-running the Today show of six years ago, w/ the whole mess) of a previous 11 September, in Chile. Let's go to Qetesh:
Finally, let’s not forget the other September 11th. I just wish that some idiots would realise that behaviour like the first leads to behaviour like the second.
She spells in that cute way because she's a cat, & lives in Australia.

Below, the last photo of Salvador Allende before his murder at the hands of fascist thugs supported & financed by the CIA, on the orders of Richard "Murderhous" Nixon & Henry "Killer" Kissinger.

Monday Morning Quarterbacking W/ Newtie

Callista (Wife MkIII) & Newton Leroy Gingrich 27 March 2007. (See also: Freddie Dalton Thompson.)
Several days ago we had a good laugh at Newt Gingrich's expense, concerning his appearance yesterday @ AEI. TNR briefly reports on the event. Let's steal the whole thing:



09.10.07
GINGRICH: A LITTLE BIT KOOKY, A LITTLE BIT ... LIBERAL?:

Newt Gingrich gave a speech at AEI this morning in which he presented an "alternative history" of the war on terror as he would have conducted it. The speech was vintage Newt, complete with bold new capitalization (Gingrich says at war with the Irreconcilable Wing of Islam), exciting-but-kooky ideas ("We should give every student in Iran a free cell phone"), and casual suggestions for huge new military operations (Blockade Iran! After all, "We have an entire Navy not currently occupied in Iraq.")
Listening to the speech, though, what I found most interesting was that it also contained a fairly standard liberal critique of the way President Bush has conducted the war on terror. Gingrich faulted Bush for not dedicating enough resources to first responders, for not waging an aggressive public-diplomacy campaign to improve the U.S.'s standing in the world, and for maintaining a visa system that makes it all but impossible for many foreigners to visit or study here. He called for the creation of a "new Geneva Convention against terrorism" and a "Convention on Civilization, the Rule of Law and the Illegitimacy of Terrorism," which sounds a lot like John Edwards's proposed "Counterterorrism and Intelligence Treaty Organization." Gingrich also wants "a genuine Marshall Plan-scale effort to transform the poorest parts of the Islamic world." He even channeled David Broder, saying Bush should have "established an informal bipartisan advisory committee from the Congress which he met with every two weeks," which would have "enabled the President to get far more out of Congress with far less partisanship."

It was heartening to see that a more liberal narrative of the fight against terrorism has taken hold to such a degree that even the Newtster is repeating it--and also nice to be reminded why Gingrich never got closer to the presidency than third in the constitutional order of succession.
--Josh Patashnik posted 6:54 p.m

Annals of "Literature"

You are reading Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™, but let's go to New York, where, you might remember, six years ago today something happened that has resulted in our incompetent, foolish, so-called leaders sending us into a tailspin of aggression, death & destruction in the Middle East. And some of the equally incompetent fools who populate places like the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise Institute would like to make sure that we never pull out of that tailspin. In the New York Times, Peter Bienart, a senior fellow at the CFR (and Editor-at-Large @ TNR) looks at a couple of books (one of them "drops" today like the load of crap it is) by two nitwits, one of whom is a CFR member. Things may be a little strained in the CFR lunchroom for a while. The CFR member is Norman Podhoretz (also Editor-at-Large @ Commentary). His book is entitled “World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism.” There's an article @ Commentary entitled "The Case for Bombing Iran" that pretty well sums up Mr. Podhoretz' general attitude. But let's see what Mr. Bienart has to say:
His new book [...] contains remarkably little information about its supposed subject. “Islamofascism,” for instance, goes largely undefined.
Here's how Mr. Podhoretz defines it in Commentary:
Like the cold war, as the military historian Eliot Cohen was the first to recognize, the one we are now in has ideological roots, pitting us against Islamofascism, yet another mutation of the totalitarian disease we defeated first in the shape of Nazism and fascism and then in the shape of Communism; it is global in scope; it is being fought with a variety of weapons, not all of them military; and it is likely to go on for decades.
Ah yes, the "totalitarian disease." Bienart again:
Podhoretz does call it a “monster with two heads, one religious and the other secular.” But if fascism involves worship of the state, how exactly does the religious “head” — Al Qaeda — qualify, given that Osama bin Laden sees the state as a pagan imposition threatening the unity of Islam? And if the secular “head” was Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, what made it Islamofascist? [...] What really interests Podhoretz, who now advises Rudolph Giuliani, isn’t the Islamic world; it’s the home front. The news media, he explains, are in favor of “an American defeat in Iraq.” So are the former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft. Why do these ostensibly patriotic Americans want to see their nation humiliated and its troops killed? Because it will help their careers. Many Realists ... along with most liberal internationalists,” he writes, “were rooting for an American defeat as the only way to save their worldview from winding up on the ash heap of history.” And thus, Podhoretz lays the foundation for claiming — if America loses in Iraq — that we were stabbed in the back. Which, as Theodore Draper noted 25 years ago in a review of Podhoretz’s book “Why We Were in Vietnam,” is exactly what he did the last time America lost a major war.
The stab in the back narrative. Known to post World War I Germany as Dolchstoßlegende. Did somebody say "totalitarian disease?" On to the next book:
Unlike Podhoretz, for whom “World War IV” is largely an excuse to insult his old foes on the left and titillate himself with fantasies of civic violence, Michael Ledeen has written an actual book on the Middle East. In particular, he is passionate about Iran. If Podhoretz is vague about whom exactly America is fighting, Ledeen is precise: everything traces back to Tehran.
Ledeen has had it in for Iran for quite some time. He's well connected to sources in the country. And is a generally pleasant, entertaining fellow. A bit more from the NYT review:
He says Shiite Iran was largely behind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a man famous for his genocidal hatred of Shiites. He claims that “most” Iraqi insurgents are “under Iranian guidance and/or control,” not just Shiite warlords like Moktada al-Sadr, but Sunni militants as well — the very people who say they are fighting to prevent Iranian domination. In Ledeen’s view, in fact, Sunni-Shiite conflict — the very thing that most observers think is tearing Iraq apart — is largely a mirage, because Iran controls both sides. And Al Qaeda is a mirage too, a mere front for the regime in Tehran. “When you hear ‘Al Qaeda,’ ” Ledeen writes, “it’s probably wise to think ‘Iran.’ ” Not surprisingly, he thinks the mullahs were probably behind 9/11. If this kind of statement sounds oddly familiar, it should. It’s the 2007 equivalent of the claims made in 2002 and 2003 about Iraq. The years between 9/11 and the Iraq war gave rise to a cottage industry — led by Ledeen’s colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, Laurie Mylroie — charging that Saddam Hussein was the hidden mastermind behind a decade of jihadist terror. While refuted by the 9/11 Commission and mainstream terror experts, these claims had a political effect. They offered cover for top Bush administration officials who were predisposed to believe Iraq represented the real terror threat.
Mr. Bienart wraps it all up:
One day, prominent conservatives will offer not merely new foreign policies for the post-Bush era, but a new style of foreign policy argument: lighter on character attacks and unsubstantiated generalizations, heavier on careful reasoning and empirical evidence. And when they do, they may find “World War IV” and “The Iranian Time Bomb” instructive, as object lessons in the kinds of books not to write.
For more poop on these two pants-wetting paranoiacs, click away. Norman Podhoretz. Michael Ledeen. Remember those names. If This Great Nation of Ours™ finds itself spinning faster & faster out of control, & about to smash itself into the ground, these two will be as responsible as any for an air disaster bigger than anything Osama Bin Laden could ever have imagined. P. S.: Roger L. Simon, CEO of Pajamas Media, has also reviewed Podhoretz' book. We haven't read that review yet, but we'll link to it, and perhaps add more later. Bet it's amusingly stupid & ignorant though.

Monday, September 10, 2007

We Fuckin' Wish.

Yeah, Hillary the Socialist. You bet. If only. Alternative energy research as socialism. What's the crypto-fascist modified Elvis symbol at the start?

"Twit Of The Year" For The New Millenium

If you hate young & old people w/ an equal passion, you're probably middle-aged (a "Boomer) like Just Another Blog™. Not that we particularly like middle-aged people either. Here's another reason to despise the young: You might want to enlarge this one to read the graphics. NB: We already had the title before the admission @ the end. Thanks to The Militant Angeleño for posting it first. Give him a click.

Family Values, The Autobahn & Nostalgia

Ummm. Teutonic beauty. Very attractive. Until you take a closer look. Or read:
NDR said Eva Herman, 48, was fired after confirming quotes printed by the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
She said "values like the family, children and motherhood, which were promoted in the Third Reich too, were later scrapped by the 68ers".

Here's the cover of her book:
Not to be confused w/ Das Fuhrer Prinzip. Or... is it?
The subtitle translates as: "For a New Womanhood."
Tip o' the Bouffant chapeau to MCH, commenting @ Sadly, No!

Obligatory Daily Post

Alright, maybe more later (Do not hold your breath, though.) but let's amuse ourselves w/ more Maggie Gyllenhaal pimping for underwear.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Constitutional Rights & Wrongs W/ Burt "Dragnet 1967" Prelutsky

Burt Prelutsky is a card-carrying member of the Angry Old White Guys Club referenced a few items down. You know, this & that, blah, blah, young people today, on & on. See, he is older & Caucasian: Here's a chunk from his most recent complaint:

In the past, compassion was extended to the elderly, the abused, the innocent and the infirm. But during the last few decades, it has become an entitlement demanded by members of various voting blocs. In short order, it has been transformed into political currency doled out by political hacks trolling for votes.

He seems to be whining about identity politics. Imagine that, a group complaining about their mistreatment as a group. The nerve! Oddly enough, he does mention the "elderly" (though we're sure he doesn't consider himself so, nor do we consider him so) as deserving of compassion. And a lucky thing for him, because:

As some of you may be aware, I am one of the 175 or so older writers involved in a class action lawsuit that accuses the movie studios, the TV networks and a number of Hollywood talent agencies, of engaging in the unlawful practice of ageism.
Burt, just shut up & take it. It's their industry, & they can run it any old way they want to. You aren't one of those "liberals, leftists, Socialists, progressives, Maoists, Castroites, Communists, and all the other whack-jobs on the wrong side of history" types you were just bitching about.

But back to compassion:
Frankly, I’m sick and tired of pretending that foreigners -- be they Islamic terrorists or Mexican nationals -- are somehow entitled to constitutional safeguards, not to mention a grab-bag of goodies unavailable to law-abiding American taxpayers.
We're not completely sure what that has to do w/ "compassion," but that was where he started. And frankly, we're sick and tired of people taking the position that "constitutional safeguards" (rights, Burt, rights) apply only to American citizens. Which constitutional amendment was that again? If we're not mistaken, the Constitution applies wherever the U. S. government is the sovereign authority, and is not limited to citizens of the United States. Maybe he'll take it a bit further & say that "safeguards" should only apply to American citizens who've not been accused of anything. Or maybe he could take 30 seconds to explain the "grab-bag of goodies unavailable to law-abiding American taxpayers." Is there a hidden super-secret Dep't. of Cool Stuff for Swarthy Furriners that no taxpayer can find out about, & if you did they'd have to kill you? Is there another gift-giving agency for law-abiding work permit-holding legal alien residents who pay taxes? Please tell us. We'll gladly renounce our citizenship if there's an entire grab-bag of goodies in it for us. After all, we may not have any constitutional safeguards left anyway. And what if there's an "Islamic terrorist" who's an American citizen? The courts will be tied up for years w/ that one. (See also: Jose Padilla case.)
Recently, I received an e-mail from a kindred soul. She wrote: “Like a lot of folks, I have a job that requires I pass a random urine test. That’s not a problem. What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my tax money to people who don’t have to pass a similar test. Why shouldn’t one have to pass a drug test in order to get a welfare check if I have to pass one in order to earn it for them?"
OK, can't blame Burt for the idiocy of his "kindred spirit." Just for publishing her. We can point out that the drug test she has to pass is not government mandated, but employer mandated. For all we know, she may operate heavy equipment. Let's hope it's not a job that requires rigorous logical abilities. She has to piss in a cup in order to support herself, not in order to pay taxes. Perhaps she wants any one receiving government aid to pass a morals test rather than a means test. People living in the decadent, free luxury of public housing can already be evicted for drug convictions. College loan applicants w/ drug convictions are denied federally-backed student loans, by federal law. Not enough. Certainly cameras & microphones in all public housing (even the private housing of aid recipients) would be an excellent idea. One of those dirty welfare bums might say something w/ which "kindred spirit" disagreed. Can't have her precious bodily fluidstaxes supporting that, can we? Electronic monitoring by ankle bracelet (no, let's put microchips under their skin) woldn't be a bad idea either. And on & on. Where did these people get the idea that government assistance is a paradise, and that every penny of their taxes...Oh. Reagan & his anecdotal approach to governing. That's right. Forgot, just like Ronnie did.

And now Burt wraps it all up & brings it on home. Remember, he writes for telebision (& letters to the editor) so logic isn't his strongest suit:
Not very compassionate, I grant you, in these days of unbridled political correctness. But it certainly sounds far more sensible than anything I’ve heard from our elected officials. One can only assume that when this sorry collection of senators and congressmen took their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, they all had their fingers crossed.
Please, Burt, we're trying very hard to make the connection between what you call "compassion," & urine tests for all, & the Constitution, and the legislative oath sworn w/ "fingers crossed," &...&...Oh, at this point we're just throwing good money after bad.

Amy Winehouse's Yearbook Picture

In our continuing efforts to keep on top of the Amy Winehouse saga, we found this picture from Amy's yearbook @ PlanetHiltron. How could such an innocent child go so wrong?

Name Checked By Bin Laden

We tried to find the video (or even plain old text) of Michael Scheuer's CNN appearance yesterday, in which he put the lie to Bush's (& D'Souza's) "they hate us for our freedoms" & "decadent western life-styles" bullshit. Maybe it's available now, but who cares? You can get the same truth from CBS right here. Cover your ears, the advert (just like real telebision) is much louder than the programming.

Adding To Depression

Seeing the date atop the previous item, The Editor was reminded of the death of his father, 38 yrs. ago today. Died drunk driving (Well, drunk enough to cheat me out of $1,000.00 of insurance money, as he was committing a crime.) trying to pass someone on a curve near Yakima, Washington, two days after his mother's funeral. Grim, huh? The Editor thinks whoever who was coming the other way survived. (No digital photo available.)
One other 9 September death: Mao Zedong, 1976.

Early Sunday Morning Flesh Blogging

Maggie Gyllenhaal modeling underwear for an underwear co. Who says they can't recreate the illusion of "Hollywood glamour?" All it takes is a turban, fake eyelashes & some drop earrings. Or a garter belt. Further flesh @ the underwear co.'s website.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Birthday Bonus

While researching the previous item we discovered that 5 September, as well as the b-day of Bob Newhart, D. Sidhe & Raquel Welch, is also the natal anniversary of Dweezil Zappa. (1969, if you must know.) Quite a date in history. And better late than never. (Though never better late.)

Good News From "Ah-nold" (UPDATED Link)

Der Gropenator carrying the remnants of the California Republican Party on his manly shoulder. The Cage-liner informs us that the political birthplace of such luminaries as Tricky Dick Nixon & Ronnie "When did the Alzheimer's disease start, and how could you tell, really?" Reagan, the California Republican Party, is doomed. (See also the previous item, where we mention the "collapse" of the "current version of the Republican Party." Talk about prescient!)

Groper-in-Chief Conan speaks:

Cautioning against an incipient "bunker mentality," he urged the party to follow the lead of Democrats and invite independents to vote in primaries. Otherwise, he said in a clear reference to the summer's prolonged budget standoff, the party will deteriorate to such an extent that "our only remaining power is to say no."

[...]

"The Republican Party should stick to its core principles," said Mark Zappa, 48, a promotional business owner from Gilroy who said he was "very disturbed" by the governor's call to open the Republican Party to independent voters as the Democrats do.

"If you have to sway your beliefs just to satisfy society, you don't have a moral basis," Zappa said. "Does that mean you're
marginalized? Possibly."

Just what does a "moral basis" have to do with a political party? Besides the obvious jokes, shouldn't a party's platform be based on policy, laws & programs to be enacted, & the like? If you want "morality," please check w/ your spiritual advisor, not some greedy power-crazed legislator.

To the best of Just Another Blog's™ knowledge, the principled but stubborn Mr. Zappa is not related (closely, anyway) to any better known Zappas.

"They want this party to do something more about climate change than simply doubt it," he said. "If it is the policy of the Republican Party to ignore the great majority of the world's scientists . . . then that is a party at odds with the future."

Schwarzenegger also said voters "want us to work for comprehensive healthcare, not stand in its way."

"We will be on the losing end of history unless we realize that healthcare must be addressed," he said.

But, but...the profits!! Who will think of the profits?

The state party's fortunes have dwindled of late. Its coffers are empty. Members have questioned the competence of party leadership after some dubious hiring decisions. California's Republican congressional delegation has been embarrassed by ethics investigations. And the number of registered Republicans in California has dropped by 370,000 since 2005.

There's a very good reason California Republican legislators have been known as "The Cavemen." Troglodytes is more like it.

UPDATED Link (11 September 2007 @ 0450 PDT): TNR has more poop on the whole California conservative thing.

Southern Culture On The Skids

alicublog has kindly provided another listing for the Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ Neurosis & Psycho-Sociopathology (And Not in a Good Way)© bogroll way down there on the sidebar. This newest one, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, falls under the category of Angry Old (And Often Dead) White Guys w/ a patina of academia & an abiding respect for, you know, the classics, i. e., anything produced by a Greek who's not alive to defend himself against the misinterpretations of his work w/ which these clowns come up. Just regard the picture of the author, one Clyde N. Wilson, and the first three words of his take on our culture: "My late friend..."
Everything that America has produced in literature and music of enduring cultural value since the mid-20th century has come from Southerners who were raised in an environment that was still incompletely conquered by Yankee pragmatism. Whether our Southern bit of cultural residue will survive for much longer, and whether it can possibly do so without political separation from the American Empire, are questions that will probably be decided in the present rising generation.
One can respond to that only w/ a resounding "Say what?" and perhaps a request for an example or two of this fine Southern culture. Or a definition of "enduring cultural value."

alicublog also provides, by the mention of Daniel Larison & his invocation of "Patriarch Anthimus," a chance to direct our loyal following reader(s) to a TNR item about where the evangelicals &or fundies may be taking their toys when the current version of the Republican Party collapses (fingers crossed) & the less political among them find that megachurches, the "prosperity gospel," & hypocritical moralizing from the pulpit aren't cutting it for them either.
As Daniel Larison, a conservative writer and Orthodox convert who attends a Russian Orthodox Church in Chicago, says, "As a general rule, the sermons are going to be related to the gospel and that's about it. Political themes and political ideas don't come into sermons directly. That's not why people are there. They want to keep that as far away as possible."
A Modest Proposal from The Editor: We find out exactly what is involved in this "hard-wired for religious belief" mutation, round up all those cursed therewith (and who curse us w/ its manifestations) and send them to the afterlife they so anxiously await. Now. Starting w/ Pope HitlerYouth & the Archbishop of Canterbury and proceeding East through every patriarch, metropolitan, imam, ayatollah, mullah & Hindu muckety-muck, right across the Pacific where we get every pastor & his flock. And any other cults we've forgotten.

Stinkng Up The Place

From The Group News Blog.

Fear & Raging

This seemed as good an opportunity as any to run this image: A commenter @ Jihad Watch, in response to the Bin Laden video:
I have no doubt he is in Iran. The Iran & Hezbollah complicity in 9/11 is now undeniable. Bin Laden has undoubtedly received medical care and safe haven inside Iran. It all comes down to Iran. But will our commander-in-chief gather courage to take it on? The only man among all presidential contenders is Rudy Giuliani. For the sake of this country and the world we desperately need him in the White House. Vote for Rudy and pray it is not too late.
Ruslan Tokhchukov, EnragedSince1999.

Uh,...yeah, because a fanatic Sunni would be a perfect fit in a country run by fanatic Shi'a. That's why 15 of the 19 high-jackers were Iranian. They weren't? Well, that proves it then. Those Hizbullahs & Iranians are so devious.

P. S.: Ruslan, you think you're bad? Just Another Blog™ has been "enraged" since the early '60s. But we're still not crazy enough to vote for Rudy.

L. Brent Bozell's Brother-In-Law

Bill Buckley salutes his troops following his loss in the 1965 NYC mayoral election.
That would be William F. Buckley. Jr. From his syndicated column, Bill explains why Willard "Mittens" Romney is not a "flip-flopper."

We have to imagine that there were public men in the age we speak of who, giving thought to slavery, walked into an epiphany of the kind Gov. Romney claims to have walked into in the matter of abortion. Early utterances by Abraham Lincoln were ambiguous in the matter of slavery, and, of course, the principal draftsman of the Bill of Rights was a slave owner.

Isn’t it an obligation of some kind, in a society that yields to public discourse for judgments on the law, to permit a contender for high office to change his mind on basic issues without incurring the charge of hypocrite or opportunist?
Well, sure, if you're the Republican ex-governor of Massachusetts. Though perhaps not so much if you're a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, and your epiphany puts you on a different side than Mr. Buckley.

Friday, September 7, 2007

O. Bin Laden Rings Bell, American Dogs Bark For Dinner

It would be wise to read the "Intelligence response" & "Public response" to Bin laden's (successful) 2004 attempt to play the American electorate like a violin, from Wikipedia. Remember, this is the 2004 pre-election video.

Intelligence response:
Ron Suskind noted that the CIA analysis of the video led them to the consensus view that the tape was designed strategically to help President Bush win reelection in 2004. Deputy CIA director John E. McLaughlin noted at one meeting, "Bin Laden certainly did a nice favor today for the President." Suskind quoted Jami Miscik, CIA deputy associate director for intelligence and Alan Premel former DCI Task Force supervisor, as saying "Certainly, he would want Bush to keep doing what he’s doing for a few more years." (Robert Parry, CIA:
Osama Helped Bush in '04
, Consortiumnews.com, July 4, 2006)

Public response:
The 2004 tape boosted the popularity of American
President George W. Bush. President Bush opened up a six-point lead over his opponent Senator
John Kerry in
the first opinion poll to include sampling taken after the videotape was broadcast. (Philip Sherwell,
Bush takes a
six-point lead after new bin Laden tape
, The Daily
Telegraph
, 01/11/2004)

In today's exciting episode Bin Laden parrots some vaguely left-wing talking points & gets the right-wing's panties in a bunch. He also appeals to the "submit to religion & don't pay taxes" side of the proverbial aisle, as quoted by ABC News:
"To conclude," bin Laden says, "I invite you to embrace Islam." He goes on to say: "There are no taxes in Islam, but rather there is a limited Zakaat [alms] totaling 2.5 percent."

Hindrocket of Powerline's panties are crawling up his hinder:
It has never been plausible to suggest that the war in Iraq is anything other than fundamental to our conflict with al Qaeda and related groups; after this video, any such suggestion is impossible.

You know it, dimbulb. Why, when Bin Laden mouths Bush's lines, we know how important it must be to stay in Iraq, so the rest of the Muhammadan world can see how we're not trying to grab all their oil in some giant crusade.

Couple of interesting notes: The suggestion to convert to Islam is a Qu'ranic requirement; you are given a chance to convert before they come after you. And the beard color? Hair dye is an Islamic no-no, except when getting ready to commit some jihad, when it's thought to have a psychological effect.

Transcript of Bin Laden's latest attempt at evangelical Muhammadism here.

CNN gives us footage of the intro. Bin Laden's right, the most powerful nation on earth can't do shit to defend itself, because it's using a hammer to try to kill a fly, & all it's accomplishing is wrecking the living room. Anyone remember the Soviet Union? One of the reasons it's now the "former Soviet Union" is that it bankrupted itself & lost whatever confidence its people had in it trying to beat Bin Laden in Afghanistan. Now we're bogged down in Afghanistan & Iraq, and pouring billions into the money pit, as well as the lives, limbs, eyeballs & brains of American service people & contractors & many more Iraqis.

Thanks to Sadly, No! commenters bpower (for the Wikipedia link) paul (for the title idea) & John O for the violin reference. Actually, just click the S,N! link. The commentariat says all that needs to be said.

Where's The Video?


No actual video yet. No one has the guts to provide the URL of the Jihadi website where this thing is alleged to be.
CBS2 New York reports no new threats from the"lion sheik."
Here's one of MSNBC analyzing it.
This is the first MSNBC report.
And the NBC Nightly News report, available here before you can see it (locally) on KNBC tonight @ 1830.

The Chaser

There's a guy in Oz by the name of Chas. (snappy name, that) who has an ABC TV show called The Chaser's War on Everything (The Editor wishes he'd thought of that, though he's not too sure about calling himself "The Chaser") who pulled a good one on "Australia's biggest security effort ever." Story & videos @ the ABC (that's Australian Broadcasting Company or Corporation, not the Disney outfit here in the U. S., dimbulbs) site. (It actually links to a story about another stunt The Chaser pulled, but it has all available links & videos, unlike the stories about the serious breach.)

Best part?
On Thursday, eight other members of the Chaser program and three hire car drivers were charged using new APEC powers for allegedly entering a restricted zone in real cars with Canadian flags.
Yep, "new APEC powers." The Aussies passed (or decreed, who knows?) "new powers" to ensure security. Interesting.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

More Of Ron Paul & Morton Downey Jr. (UPDATED Dr. Ron Links Too)

We had a shorter version of this a while ago. So while waiting for the new Bin Laden video to hit the Infobahn, let's take a peek at this from Slate. (Take note of Dr. P. referring to a remote control as an "automatic selector." He really is trapped in the 18th century.) And if we can't get the damn thing to embed, you may have to use the link.

OK, it didn't embed well enough to play w/in this item, but if you click on the empty frame it will at least play in a separate window, & you won't be sent all the way to Slate. (Speaks well for you, Slate. Really well. Perhaps it's this "Brightcove" outfit that seems to be hosting Slate's videos. Remind us to avoid them in the future. YouTube/Google were able to solve their embedding problems. How long will it take you?)

The Two Ronnies: Doofus & Goofus.
UPDATE (7 September 2007 @ 0345 PDT): Here's Dr. Ron, constitutionalist, w/ his 180º wrong take on that pesky ol' First Amendment. And the full version of the text mentioned in the second link. Here's a clue or two for you, Doc: Neither your nor my nor anyone else's taxes should pay for anything to do w/ religion. And if you're so fucking big on freedom & liberty, etc., why shouldn't we have a choice between bullshit hypocritical moralizing handed down from above, w/o recourse because it's been handed down from above, and putting our trust (such as it is, not our "faith") in a democratically elected, representative gov't.? Here's the big quote from the Doc, not original to him, but a common theme among the "no king but Jeezis" element:
Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government.
Got that? "External" government is for you moral weaklings who don't know how to "govern" yourselves, because you don't spend your spare time being lectured about an invisible man in the sky and how "He" wants you to live. So, to go along w/ that unchanging, written in fire on stone tablets Constitution of ours (the one that never mentions "god" or a "creator") we can assume that Dr. P. thinks laws need not apply to white male property holders who go to church.

Orcinus, as is their wont, go into extensive detail about the doctor & his supporters. If you want links to far Reich-wingnuttia, you got 'em.

And a tip of the chapeau to ChrisV82 (for the Lew Rockwell.com link) & Svlad Jelly (for the Orcinus link) both of them commenting @ alicublog, where the proprietor has some things to say about Wednesday's Fox News Channel Republican Q & A session.

P. S.: Note the favicon on Doc Paul's website. Hmm.

UPDATE (9 September 2007 @ 2326 PDT): Said favicon was a white cross on a blue circle. It's now back to the generic Microsoft/Windows/IE "e." Did someone notice?

"Long Haired, Atheistic Communist..." (Not A Description Of The Editor, Though It Applies)

Archie AndrewsThompson in his junior year, with classmate Betty Brewer. (Lawrence County Public Library)
The L. A. Times report on Freddie Thompson, who officially, finally, threw his hat into the ring last night, on The Tonight Show, while avoiding Fox News' Republican Q & A session from New Hampshire (& also avoided some campaign finance reporting requirements by waiting until two days after Labor Day) has already been termed "must read" (at least by the guy who writes Today's Papers for Slate) so let's take a gander:
Freddie Dalton Thompson (Freddie was his legal name, appearing on birth and marriage certificates) was born in 1942 to a family less distinguished than the Lindseys. His grandparents had come off the farm to run a diner near the center of town. His father, Fletch, a used-car dealer, and mother, Ruth, a homemaker, had eighth-grade educations.

[...]

Though friends and family say they detected no racial animus in Fletch Thompson -- he had black customers during segregation, when other local businesses didn't -- he signed ads in local newspapers railing against communists and forced integration. An Oct. 21, 1968, newspaper ad signed by Fletch Thompson alone said: "Don't vote for George Wallace . . . if you believe you should let some long haired, atheistic Communist teach your child in college . . . if you believe you should have to bus your child all over the Country to balance the races. . . ."

Father and son remained close, but they disagreed politically that year. "Fred was definitely for Nixon," recalls Bill Crowder, chairman of the Nixon-Agnew campaign in Lawrence County. "He went to all the rallies with us."
Now you have the juiciest parts. Once again, we read, you decide.

Heat Wave Recap

Restoring power for more air conditioner use, leading to more carbon emissions & faster climate change. Yay!!The SoCal heat wave is over. From the Socal cage-liner:
Most died alone.

Los Angeles County officials are investigating 16 deaths as heat-related.

As the poet Richard Meltzer put it: "You're born alone, you die alone."

TRUTH 2007

From Pravda: "Stunning Photos of Pilots Ejecting From Fighter Jets." We've never heard the word "stunning" used for anything other than a "fabulous gown," but what do we know? When the Communist Party was running Pravda ("Truth," in Russian) it would never have run crap like this. But if you're jonesin' for the Weekly World News, Pravda may be the place to visit.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Football, Wrasslin', Concussions & Jeebus

(Darryl Dyck-Edmonton Sun/AP Photo)
Let's see if we can make it an even ten items published today.
Looks like pro wrassler Chris "The Canadian Crippler" Benoit may have been suffering from a whole shitpile of concussions, rather than steroid rage. As former pro wrestler Chris Nowinski, of the Sports Legacy Institute, remarked on Nightline this evening:

"Right now, I don't know what role it played, but the fact that he became more religious at the end did set off alarms in my head," said Nowinski. "I had heard that Chris placed Bibles next to the body. That actually did raise red flags in my head, because … a few of our prior cases had become very religious,
where they had not been, at the end of their lives."
Also from Nightline, Chris Benoit's father:

"We certainly were aware, or have been made aware, of some issues that he was having, from some neighbors — of some strange behavior that was going on," Michael Benoit said. "He had started to wear a rosary around his neck … he wasn't all that religious a person."

A sudden shift toward spiritualty can be interpreted as the result of dementia.

We rest our case, religious types. You're drain-bamaged. Hard-wired for religion, our ass. Mis-wired for religion is more like it.

Bestest 5 September B-Day Of Them All!!

Internet buddy (from the world of commenting) D. Sidhe also celebrates today. Doghouse Riley apparently broke the news, World O' Crap picked it up. Well, maybe D. herself broke it, yesterday, but she just mentioned it in passing. We, as usual, are late to the proverbial party, but we like sleeping 'til 1400 every day! (When we looked @ Lady Insignificant yesterday the new post title was so similar to the previous one we didn't actually notice it was new.) Makes us wonder if it was yesterday, or if she just got presents early. Though she's got plenty on her mind, sounds like she's enjoying herself. Choc-o-lat-l, as the Aztecs or whoever pronounce it.

No, she's not a typing otter, but that's the only picture on her site. Quite the woman of mystery, no year available either, but it's really nobody else's beeswax. Many happy returns (Still don't know what that means. Returning your gifts for cash?) & hope all stays on an even keel, for a long time.
Not that The Editor believes a word of it, even if he is one, but Virgos is teh best! Edsels, On The Road, Peabody, Bob Newhart, Raquel Welch (And Sophia Loren, we think. Dating ourselves much?) only prove it.