Saturday, September 1, 2007

Telco Says "Fuck You" To California

(We wouldn't ordinarily bother w/ such an obvious vulgarity as the photo immediately below, but as it turned up, labeled "AT&T.jpg", in our search for the image just below it, and as we'd already determined the title of this item, we thought it à propos.)
They've already said it to every other state but Nevada. Ma Bell & her split-up, then re-combined offshoots have been saying it to everyone picking up a phone since A. G. Bell (on certificate below:) dropped acid in his crotch & whined to his flunky, "Mr. Watson, come here, I need you." Bastard probably wanted Watson to lick it off his lap. Not to mention that AT&T, Google, & every single other corporate "information" provider will cheerfully provide "your" information to any gov't. agency that flashes its tin badge. Often Feds who've put in their time & "retired" from gov't. service are hired to handle "security" for these corporations, but in essence function as arms of whatever agency they were attached to, from w/in the corporation.
From the L. A. Times:

The brief note in customers' bills hardly does justice to the momentousness of the decision. "Service withdrawal," it blandly declares. "Effective September 2007, Time of Day information service will be discontinued."

[...]

Times change," said John Britton, an AT&T spokesman. "In today's world, there are just too many other ways to get this information. You can look at your cellphone or your computer. You no longer have to pick up the telephone."
Those of us not in thrall to the on-demand slavery of a mobile 'phone, or who have a computer that's currently, for example, four minutes fast (How the fuck do you set the computer w/o the time recording?) & probably gaining every nano-second, are screwed. Why can't Microsnoft make an OS that can keep time? How is one to set the VCR (alright, Just Another Blog™ is somewhat of a technological Neanderthal, or just too effing broke to buy new crap every other year) or the DVD recorder? Sunny (as hell itself) SoCal is probably going to have brown-outs & black-outs soon, if the extreme heat warnings continue much longer. That means re-setting clocks & recording devices. You could count on the "Time of Day information service" to give you a count-down for resetting crap. Now we're supposed to look @ the fucking cell 'phone (an added expense) & hope it's telling the correct time, then punch in on the remote & hope we're not more than a second off? Bullshit!! M. Bouffant insists on having all chronometry exact to the second.

Let me make this perfectly clear: You fucking people are damn lucky Just Another Blog™ doesn't have access (yet, negotiations w/ Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il are ongoing) to nuclear weapons. 'Cause when we get them, if we have to put up w/ much more of this shit, we won't have any reason to live, & none of you have had any excuse for your oxygen wasting ways for quite some time now. Be warned, capitalist (& otherwise) assholes!! And come & get us, George W(orst) Bush!! We have just as much (if not more) intention of possessing & using nuclear weaponry as those two-bit nut jobs in Iran!! Whatcha gonna do, closet case cowboy? Huh?

Ben Stein = Bull Shit

Boise, Idaho residents Cassandra White, left, and her mother Kristy White, Sept. 1, 2007, at the old Boise Depot train station overlooking downtown Boise. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)Watch this clip from Your World W/ Neil Cavuto, in which Ben Stein completely denies everything about the Larry Craig case, while getting (Coincidence? We promote, you decide.) his new book mentioned & its cover displayed. There's no direct link, click on the little picture of B. S. Oh, you'll have to put up w/ a 45 second Levitra® ad. Yuck. The typical Your World viewer must be an aging limp-dick. Like the host.

(Pre-publication UPDATE: Crooks & Liars has finally wised up to this. You can link there & avoid the Levitra® advert.)

Just Another Blog™ saw this in the wee hours this morning, & would have been on it sooner if we hadn't been up so damn late, hadn't wasted time trying to find it on the Infobahn, & hadn't suspended typing to go to the Liquor Mart for the paper & a pack of Camel® regulars (C'mon, RJReynolds Tobacco Company, send us a fucking carton already!) And it would help if we could type a little faster.

(By the way, Sen. Craig apologized today, in his resignation announcement, not for anything he did, but for "what I caused." That's known as an "unpology.")

According to former Nixon advisor Stein (rhymes w/ "whine"): "As far as we know all he did was tap his foot, or at least listen to somebody else tap his foot..." & "He didn't do anything wrong, he tapped his foot." No, what he did was play footsie w/ the officer, then put his hand under the stall divider three times, according to the officer. And we all know that police officers don't lie. At least not when it's poor people accusing them of lying. It may be different when it's someone w/ power. We might also note that the Senator didn't deny these acts, merely attempted to explain them w/ his absurd statements that he has a "wide stance" when using the bathroom (pretty much an anatomical impossibility, as far as evacuating, hard to have a "wide stance" if your pants are around your ankles, and stupid unless you want your pants to hit the floor) and that he was "picking up a piece of paper" from the floor. When was the last time you decided to pick up a piece of paper from the floor of a public restroom, America? We're quite sure that the people who clean those restrooms are sporting disposable gloves & using brooms & dustpans when they're doing their job. But who are we to judge? Maybe the Senator has some neatness issues as well.

Further quotes (Crap on a crutch, we wish someone would post a transcript of this idiocy. If we have to listen to Stein's monotone a few more times we're going to hang ourselves. Unfortunately, virtually every sentence out of his mouth is such bullshit we must go over & over & over & over it to transcribe it all. Another reason we started this @ 1443 but it won't be "push-button published," as Blogger™ says, until about 2235. And breakfast. That got in the way too.):
What did he do wrong? Just tell me what he did wrong. And even suppose he was soliciting for gay sex, gay sex is not illegal in the United States, the Supreme Court has said that, if it were illegal, it would be a different story, it's not illegal, he didn't do anything illegal, they just bludgeoned him into a confession.
Well, Ben, first get hold of a dictionary & compare "bludgeon" to "browbeat." Then let's see what he was "bludgeoned" into pleading guilty to (When Stein says "bludgeoned," we assume he means that in the time between the arrest, 11 June 2007, and the guilty plea, 8 August 2007, the Senator was being followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police officers, who were pounding on him w/ truncheons the whole time.):
609.72 DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Subdivision 1. Crime. Whoever does any of the following in a public or private place, including on a school bus, knowing, or having reasonable grounds to know that it will, or will tend to, alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace, is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor:

(1) Engages in brawling or fighting; or

(2) Disturbs an assembly or meeting, not unlawful in its character; or

(3) Engages in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy
conduct or in offensive, obscene, or abusive language tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.

A person does not violate this section if the person's disorderly conduct was caused by an epileptic seizure.
That's what he plead guilty to. He was also charged w/ peeping, but that charge was dropped, so he seems to have gotten off pretty easily.
(c) A person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor who:
(1) surreptitiously gazes, stares, or peeps in the window or other aperture of a sleeping room in a hotel, as defined in section 327.70, subdivision 3, a tanning booth, or other place where a reasonable person would have an expectation of privacy and has exposed or is likely to expose their intimate parts, as defined in section 609.341, subdivision 5, or the clothing covering the immediate area of the intimate parts; and
(2) does so with intent to intrude upon or interfere with the privacy of the occupant.
Tell me, Mr. Stein, what would your reaction be if the guy in the next stall played footsie w/ you? Would it "provoke an assault or breach of the peace?" Or would you take the Tucker Carlson approach, & come back w/ a friend to help you w/ the assault? And how might you react to a guy peeping into your stall for two minutes?

And it just isn't a right wing rant w/o the traditional appeal to the pants-wetters, all of whom are "existentially threatened," all the time:
Hey, it's an airport, hello, there are security problems at airports, Al Qaeda, are you listening, our security people are entrapping perfectly honest U. S. Senators in lavatory stalls instead of looking for you terrorists.
Just Another Blog™ is pretty damn sure the M-SP Airport Police are keeping their eyes open for terrorists, but there is also the Dep't. of Homeland Security & its Transportation Security Administration, who are more specifically charged w/ preventing terrorism at airports. Or does Mr. Stein think we should let everything else go to hell? Shoplifting @ the gift shop? Dine & dash @ an airport restaurant? Armed robbery @ an airport bar or bank branch? Drunken frat boys running around grabbing women? Sure, anything should go @ the airport, as long as we're looking for "terrorists." Like those imams who dared to pray in Arabic before their flight out of Minneapolis-St. Paul. That worked out pretty well. Or this recent event @ San Diego's Lindbergh Field. People speaking Arabic aboard aircraft seems to be the closest we've come to a high-jacking in seven yrs. Stein manages to use the word Gestapo five times in his spiel. Yes, a Jewish guy accuses the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police of using Gestapo tactics in trying to make a public restroom a place to use w/o having someone sticking their hand in your stall, or worse. Is this where we invoke Godwin's law?

More from B. S., asked about Republican reaction to the whole sordid event:
This is just what they did to Trent Lott, Trent Lott did a totally innocent, slightly amusing, slightly silly thing, they kicked him out of there, even though he was a great leader.
Sure, many people found it innocent, amusing & "slightly silly" when Trent Lott wished that Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond had been elected in 1948, avoiding all the trouble that getting rid of Jim Crow laws caused. We can add that Sen. Lott was removed from his "leadership position," not urged/forced to resign. And that Senator Craig is not generally known as a "great leader."

Now we move into the realm of serious paranoia. Ignoring that the police probably wouldn't have known that Craig was a U. S. Senator if he hadn't shown them his business card*, & prompted by host Cavuto's statement: "Maybe like you say, Ben, they realize, hey, we have a big Senator here, this could make our careers if we bring him down, um, what then?" Señor Stein goes on to say:
I think the message is that the executive branch can belittle and destroy the legislative branch, that they can sting anyone they want, and ruin his career, I've seen that happen with legislators over and over again, some trumped-up charges, they bring down a legislator and change the balance of party, of power within the United States of America, generally. This is a really serious case of police over-reaching, and I think that the victim here is Larry Craig and the Constitution of the United States.
The only "reaching" done was Sen. Craig reaching under the stall divider. And Craig certainly isn't a "big" Senator (OK, he's over six feet, indeed, that was part of his "wide stance" explanation) & it's completely absurd to think that this was some sort of set-up or sting (Sen. Craig stung himself) to "change the balance of...power within the United States of America." Idaho's Republican governor is not likely to appoint anyone too far to the left of Atttila the Hun to replace Craig, but firedoglake does offer this as to why the drumbeat for resignation was so loud & fast:
Bush is also angry with Craig, a conservative who joined with Democrats in a filibuster to defeat permanent renewal of the Patriot Act. As a meeting recently, Bush referred to Craig as “a goddamned traitor” and told the National Republican Senatorial Committee to start recruiting someone to run against the Idaho Senator in 2008.

Such anger against those who dare oppose him is typical for a President who all too often launches into obscene tirades when his policies are questioned. Bush, on many occasions, has called political opponents “traitors" and, in private, refers to Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter as a “lily-livered bastard.”
Last from Stein (Whew!):
Look, I've spent a lot of time in Idaho, these are very nice, innocent people, they're not legal eagles, they're not tough guys, they're not shtarkers as we say in Yiddish...
Nope, no "tough guys" in Idaho. They're all a buncha wimps. (In which case you'd think they would understand the Senator's little problem.) Certainly no shtarkers. Just retired LAPD officers, gun nuts, survivalists, tax dodgers, white supremacists, Ruby Ridge, etc. Senator Craig just pled down to disorderly conduct because his constituents wouldn't have been able to understand the complicated legal, ethical & moral concepts involved, we guess. And we'll bet that "Look, I've spent a lot of time in Idaho," is the closest to truth that Ben got in his entire diatribe. And that the translation of that is something along the lines of: "I've been to Sun Valley a few times with some of my wealthy show biz friends."

Neil Cavuto's closing line:
You're arguing a position not many have. Thank goodness for that. Ben Stein, thank you very much.
That's open to interpretation. Is he thanking Stein for arguing his insanely absurd position, or does "thank goodness" mean Cavuto is glad no one else is nuts enough to argue it? Once again, they babble, you decide.

A final note: Stein is obviously out & about pimping his new book. You may look it up @ Amazon or Powell's if you give a shit. We don't. But Ben has another project about to curse the nation, a "documentary" called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. WARNING to veterans & other nervous types: cheesy website opens w/ loud school bell & a gunshot, especially appropriate for the school theme on the page. (School shooting, anyone? It may be the sound of a school door being slammed on Intelligent Design/Creationism, but it'll frazzle your nerves either way.) A heaping pile of crap about about the dirty "scientists," & how they're crushing the spirit of enquiry, blah, blah, blah, it would appear. Ben seems to be getting even stupider in his old age. Or more desperate. Casting agents may be getting a little tired of his monotone schtick, & that Westside of Los Angeles/Sun Valley, Idaho "life-style" isn't easy to maintain.

*Business card? St. Nick on a Stick, if it takes five minutes to find a Senate Seal in the toobz, make a "business card" & throw some cardstock in the printer Just Another Blog™ will eat one of them. Business card? Izzat the only kind of Senatorial identification these toads carry? "Look at me, I'm Senator Crapo, the other senator from Idaho!!"

Friday, August 31, 2007

Talking Heads Ad Nauseum

TNR's sincere form of flattery of bloggingheads.tv gives us an example of the state of discourse (Just Another Blog™ is starting to hate that word, especially if it has "civil" tacked on before it) in This Great Nation of Ours™. A far right pantload from the National (Socialist) Review, and a centrist from the Council on Foreign Relations who was a big supporter of This Great Nation of Ours'™ latest adventure in military adventurism. Couldn't they find a moderate Republican to moderate the panel? Then it would be just like NPR. Fair & balanced.

Heat Stroke Update

Current temperature one foot from the floor @ 2130 PDT: 82ºF. If The Editor starts an Amazon wish list, will one of you fucks send me an air conditioning unit? Last April?

Sorry...

No semi-funny fake iPod shuffle/random music listing today. Why bother, really?

"It Was So Hot Today..." "How Hot Was It, Johnny?"

So fucking hot that poor Princess Lillie has withdrawn to the (slightly) cooler tiled floor of the bathroom. And that's not to mention the humidity.
Lillie: Be sure you don't tap your paws (or tail) in a salacious way if anyone else goes in there.
Photo actually from May or June of this yr. Gives you an idea of the suffering we've been undergoing the last few months. But she is in there, trying to chill.

Die, The People's Princess

"People's Princess." There's an oxymoron. Not one more word.

The Enemy At Home

D'Souza on Countdown:
You might remember when Dinesh D'Souza's book The Enemy at Home ("This book uncovers the links between the spread of American pop culture, leftist ideas, and secular values, and the rise of anti-Americanism throughout the world") came out. Yes, the book in which he says he has more in common w/ the Grand Mufti of Egypt than w/ Michael Moore, at least as far as "family values" & repression. Now, from the backwaters of AOL.com, he comes out in favor of democracy in Turkey. (Well, "Islamic democracy.") His last paragraph, appropriately, sums up his take on the matter:

No. Turkey, like Iraq, offers a better model. This is the model of traditional Muslims who support modernization and free markets and free elections. These traditional Muslims are willing to work with America and they are fiercely opposed to Al Qaeda and to the radical Muslims. Yet at the same time they believe that traditional Muslim values that enjoy majority support sometimes should become the basis of law. I'm not Muslim and most of the readers of this blog surely aren't either. We don't support all these laws, but then Turkey is not our country. Why should America or the West dictate how the Turkish people govern themselves? Why is secular thuggery preferable to Muslim democracy?
He could be given credit for not wetting his pants at the very mention of Muslims, but considering that secularism gives him the same piss-puddle Islam does to most of his conservative compatriots, we're not cutting him any slack here. Not to mention statements like this: Turkey, like Iraq, offers a better model. Oooh-wee!! That Iraq! No thuggery going on there. Indeed, shouldn't Iraq be offered to all the world as the very best model of a nation ever? Speaking of Iraq: Why should America or the West dictate how the Turkish people govern themselves? Indeed. Why should America or the West dictate how the Iraqi people govern themselves, either? Sounds like D'Souza can't wait for that ol' Sharia law to be imposed. We expect Mr. D'Souza's call for total withdrawal of American forces any day now.

And if you dirty leftists w/ your pop culture & secular values don't just stop it right now, it may be necessary to impose a little "religious democracy" here in the U.S. as well. After all, September 11th was your fault.

He's certainly setting out in some interesting directions here. As an immigrant from India who's managed to attach himself to the teat of the Wingnut Welfare Machine, he of course has the zealotry of the convert to inspire him, and as a Catholic (imagine how marginalized he was as a Catholic w/ Portugese colonialist ancestry in India) he is wide open to the fascism of religion, whether Christian or Islamic. Deeply rooted psychological (& logical) problems is our conclusion. Proof, from Wikipedia:

Prior to his marriage, D'Souza had relationships with two well-known female conservatives, Laura Ingraham, a nationally-syndicated radio commentator to whom he was engaged but never married, and best-selling conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

Pointless side note: While looking for a shot of Mr. D., the editor came across this Sound Politics (one of Washington State's leading wingnut sites) story concerning the editor's alma mater (is it one's alma mater if one didn't graduate?) deciding not to have D'Souza speak there. When the editor was there, way back in the last century, it was chock-full of the male children of the old money right wing buttwads who ran Seattle. And the editor suspects it hasn't changed that much (other than having gone co-ed) though of course now the parents are the editor's age, or younger, and they may have learned something their parents didn't. Damned liberal education.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

NASA & National Security

Little Debbie takes off into the wind. No "muzzies" allowed.
Two days ago, we wondered how much "national security" work was done @ NASA. Here's an answer from The Nation. (Also available @ Yahoo!® NEWS Opinion, where we first found it, & where the font is bigger & more legible.)
"Almost nobody at NASA does classified work," says Robert Nelson, a veteran scientist at JPL who heads up the photo analysis unit on the Cassini-Huygens space probe project exploring Saturn and its moons. "I think this is really all about NASA director [Michael] Griffin putting a security wrap around us."
The security crackdown has nothing to do w/ Little Debbie Snackcake's fear of "Moozlim infiltration" of NASA; it's thought by those on the receiving end to be an attempt to keep any information on global climate change from reaching the public.
The new security clearance requirement, which involves interviews of neighbors and checks into the distant background activities of scientists, many of whom have worked at JPL and Goddard for as long as thirty years, is puzzling because both locations have little or no involvement in secret or national
security research. Indeed, by law, NASA's activities and the research its scientists engage in are
required to be publicly available.

America First W/ The Romney Campaign

Mitt makes his big announcement at the Henry (Protocols of the Elders of Zion) Ford Museum.
From the Herald of Beantown:

Romney’s five sons appeared with their dad onstage in February when he announced his presidential bid in Dearborn, Mich., at the Henry Ford Museum, father of the American auto assembly line. But all of Romney’s boys are foreign car owners, and most have never owned an American vehicle, records show.
(One little question, as the writing above isn't too clear: Is "Dearborn, Mich.," or "the Henry Ford Museum" the "father of the American auto assembly line?") Other than that quibble, it's an interesting but not terribly significant story. Big surprise: Republicans w/ money drive foreign "status" cars. Most Democrats w/ money as well, we're sure. But as we so often find w/ the Rs, there might be just a touch of hypocrisy involved:
The parking lot at Romney’s Commercial Street campaign headquarters could be mistaken for a high-end foreign car dealership as staffers drive Lexus SUVs, Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs, Audis and Saabs, many adorned with Mitt Romney campaign stickers.

[...]

But Romney has touted American-made cars, including during his presidential kickoff speech at the Ford Museum. At the event, he stood in front of a Ford hybrid SUV and a white Nash Rambler as a soundtrack of all-American music played at the event.
Just Another Blog™ has to wonder if Frederick of Hollywood Thompson will be driving his formerly leased (apparently he bought it after the lease ran out, so as not to look like the show biz phony he is) red pick-up when he finally makes his big announcement next week.
Editor's Note: Try as we might, we couldn't work any Mormon bashing into this, although we can point out that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which Henry Ford had printed & distributed, are as bogus as The Book of Mormon, and anythng else ever to escape the lips of Joseph Smith. Happy now?

Bo Diddley Is a Gun Slinger

Bo Diddley's been mentioned before in these pages. He rocks it hard & he's got a sense of humor. But he's not as young as he used to be, as a matter of fact he's illin', again.

Loud, Fast & Stoopid

Some of us are cursed w/ both literacy & a liking for loud, fast, simple, lyrically obnoxious music, two predilections that can be hard to reconcile. From 35 yrs. ago (35 years!!! Where's it all gone? What the hell?) Metal Mike Saunders (recent photo here) reviews the rock press of the day. And says: "literacy is irrelevant." The article is no big thing, but Just Another Blog's™ editor used to hang w/ the Angry Samoans, of which (whom?) Metal Mike is still the lead vocalist.
It comes to us from Crawdaddy, a now on-line mag that used to be paper & ink, whose archives (& other archives: Metal Mike's list is from something called The Rag) have been made available through Wolfgang's Vault. If you wallow in the good old days, or aren't old enough to have been there, but for some reason wish you had, you can hear live performances (Hey, maybe you were there!!) from about 1965 on, most of them probably recorded straight from the house sound board, in their Concert Vault.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bird

Charles Parker, Jr., b. 29 August 1920, d. 12 March 1955. An absolute genius, who woodshedded like hell to become one of the greatest sax players ever (Greatest alto player ever? Could be.) & still died long before his time. Max Roach, w/ whom Bird often jammed & recorded, just passed a couple of weeks ago.
A Virgo. (So what.) Named Charles. Went by a diminutive of Charles, Charlie. Only child. And that's about where the similarities w/ Just Another Blog's™ editor end. (The Editor goes by another diminutive of Charles, & it ain't "Chuck!" And he did learn most of "Louie Louie" on the soprano in college. Now there was some honkin'!!)
Music available here.

Hideous UPDATE: Today is also Michael Jackson's B-Day (1958). The less said the better.

Bow Tie Justice (W/ Updated Link)

Very appropriate image from BilgeBucket Gazette. Took a peep @ AlterNet, for the "Holy Joe" Lieberman to be appointed AG rumor. (Urrk!!) Saw this as well, about the Swanson TV Dinner™ heir, Tucker Carlson. Let's go to the original post, from Pam's House Blend:
The MSNBC host has serious masculinity issues. He said that Obama "seems like kind of a wuss" and "It makes you wonder what he won't compromise of himself. Are we going to have mani/pedi parties next?" because the presidential candidate belongs to a book club.

[...]

As I've noted before, Tucker has to deal with
Freepers continually questioning his masculinity and sexual orientation; I guess it leaves him so wound up about his manhood that he can't simply tell the bathroom perv he's not interested or report the guy to the cops. Think about it -- he came back with a friend to bash the guy. Nice.
Just Another Blog™ does have to question the above paragraph a bit. If the "hit him against the stall with his head," event was perpetrated in high school, we don't think it was because Tucker was "so wound up about his manhood" by the Freepers questioning his masculinity, as Pam suggests. The Freepers weren't bugging him in high school. But it's pretty obvious that a bow tie wearing twerp's masculinity would be under question in the behavioral sink of high school, especially if Tuck was sporting bow ties then.

Media Matters has the full transcript & video, as well as a disingenuous response from Bow Tie Daddy himself. And see Just Another Blog's™ previous take on Tucker.
Photos above & to the right: No one could possibly question this person's macho, could they? And below: How you would live if "mater" were the Swanson heiress. Photo: Daniel Norton.UPDATED LINKS: Yes, we've picked on her (economics is so dismal) but Megatron provides this link to Wonkette's coverage. And Princess Sparkle Pony's Photo Blog™ has a swell image of Tuck & Craig, & plenty on the infamous Mpls.-St.Paul Airport restroom/tearoom. "Two lumps, please."

Levee Failure + 2

The grim ugliness above was not the result of Hurricane Katrina, but of levees in New Orleans failing, the direct responsibility of the Army Corps of Engineers & President George W(orst) Bush.

Moozlims On Mars? Jihad On Jupiter? Sharia On Saturn? Debbie On Drugs?

While slogging through the muck of Internment (she's in favor of it) author M. Malkin's site, we spotted a link to the Cut-rate Coulter, Debbie Schlussel, whose panty-hose are in a bunch about the current Iraqi Ambassador to Japan, who, she alleges, "infiltrated" NASA. Well, that's her headline. The only reference in the actual item, however, is:

Al-Jumaily worked at the highest levels of NASA as a jet propulsion engineer on the Mars Rover Team and in that capacity had high-level security clearances and access to classified information.
Just Another Blog™ isn't sure that working as a "jet propulsion engineer" is the "highest levels of Nasa." And now that we've clicked on her link, we see that Dr. Al-Jumaily was a member of the Control & Navigation Team for the Sojourner Rover MFEX: Microrover Flight Experiment. Can't get any higher up than that. And we're not too sure what sort of high-level clearances & access to classified info he may have had. No question there may be some hi-tech stuff going on w/ the Mars Rovers that we might not want in the hands of, say, China or Russia, but it isn't as if he was building nuclear weapons @ Pantex. And the Mars Rovers have worked very well so far, better than expected, if we're not mistaken (& unlike Debbie, we seldom are) so Dr. Al-Jumaily didn't manage to sabotage anything.

Ms. Schlussel goes on to state:
And the presence of Jumaily on the Brotherhood's American board confirms what has long been known: that the Brotherhood is part of Al-Qaeda and should be put on the State Department terrorist list.
Not according to the Anti-Defamation League or the Council on Foreign Relations, however. And you'd think Little Debbie would trust the A-DL, if not those Rockefeller one-worlders @ CFR.

Also: Dr. Al-Jumaily knows people in the gummint!

And Al-Jumaily had access to government officials at the highest levels. Top FBI, ICE and Justice Department officials repeatedly broke pita with him. That includes current U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III (a Bush Federal Court of Appeals nominee), past Bush U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge for Michigan/Ohio, Brian Moskowitz, and several FBI Special Agents in Charge.
Gee, you don't think they're, oh, getting information from him or anything like that? But in Debbie's world, talking to "The Enemy," instead of imprisoning & interrogating him, is, of course, a sign of weakness.
The rest of the story is taken up w/ various half-baked assertions that so & so knows what's-'is-name, and they're involved w/ various Muslim charities or HAMAS, or they know some guy who was accused, or suspected of, doing this or that. The final paragraph:

But now we know, he was far more than that--a high-ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood. And he helped carry out its "grand jihad [against] Western civilization."
If he "helped carry out" the grand jihad, does that mean it's over & we've lost already?

Best indication of what really goes on in Debbie's world? The disclaimer @ the top of the item:

**** EXCLUSIVE - MUST CITE Debbie Schlussel and link to DebbieSchlussel.com (That Means You, Sean Hannity, WorldNutDaily, and Steven Emerson) ****
She doesn't think she gets enough bookings on Hannity & Colmes, etc., even though they all use her well-investigated items. A second or third tier fear-blogger, trying her best to get her face all over the place before no one wants to look at it any more. And that day is coming soon.
And do read the comments, if you dare to go there. Foamy site, foamier commentariat.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"Gem Of The Mountains"

Left overs, miscellany, & oddities from the Larry Craig caper:

You just have to love local telebision, especially small town local telebision. Sac'to's Channel 13 shows us how to cruise a tearoom. Dig the sandals.

The Idaho Values Alliance has a nicely ironic page pointing out how Sens. Crapo (no jokes, please) & Craig "cast pro-life votes" against a stem cell bill, followed immediately by "Bonus Bytes" about airport restroom activities in Atlanta. Best line:
It is a little-acknowledged secret that many active homosexuals will have more than 1,000 sex partners over the course of a lifetime (the average among heterosexuals is seven – still six more than we were designed for).
If you have more than one is your warranty invalid?
And, their "regretful" call for Sen. Craig's resignation.

After that you'll want to look at "Idaho Blows." Just Another Blog™ has always thought of Idaho as that narrow place between Washington State & Montana, but the author of "Give Idaho Back to Britain" takes a closer look, & doesn't like what he finds.

And Michelle Malkin calls Senator Craig a "supremely arrogant, lying crapweasel." Projection, we assume. And what is a "crapweasel?" A high school word? Considering Lady Eminem's repressed cheerleader desires, it just could be: "Now that I'm in 10th grade, doody-head just doesn't sound very mature any more."

Stall Kickin' Mule Denies All

Mug shot: Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police.
Couldn't even open our e-mail w/o encountering Sen. Craig's denial. In both the legal & psychological senses of the word. From the Associated Press:
Sen. Larry Craig on Tuesday said the only thing he had done wrong was to plead guilty after a complaint of lewd conduct in a men’s room. He declared, “I am not gay. I never have been gay.”

[...]

Craig also lashed out at the Idaho Statesman newspaper, which reported Monday that, according to an anonymous source, Craig had a homosexual encounter in a Washington train station. Craig accused the paper of waging a witch hunt against him.
Here, again, is the Statesman story. (Gotta love it when a member of the Party of Religion & McCarthy calls "witchhunt." "Jiminy God," as the Senator likes to say.)

Like Jelly On A Plate

Is this new fangled interweb thing just bringing more of them to our attention, or...is something up?
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Russia's Kuril Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Monday
And w/ the country burning up, the last thing needed in Greece was this:
ATHENS, Greece - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck the western Greek island of Kefalonia on Monday, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Think Zeus & his friends are angry about something, and coming back w/ a vengeance?

Megatron In A Barrel

From the "dramatic slide into the abyss" of The Atlantic, we bring you Megan "Jane Galt" McArdle, & her Asymmetrical Information web log. (We think "Asymmetrical Information" may have something to do w/ "asymmetrical war," though as practiced by Ms. McArdle it seems to mean saying something she finds quite daring & contrarian, backing it up w/ "it seems to me" & "I assume," then copping out w/ an "Oh, but you didn't understand my hidden meaning" @ the end.) Or just this sort of thing:

It wasn't long after I stopped writing short stories that it occurred to me that dying old, desperate and alone probably wasn't nearly as inspiring for the people it happened to as it was for twenty-year olds looking for an excuse to smoke too much.
Huh? At least she stopped writing short stories. We can't imagine why.

Another Mule (With A "Wide Stance") Kickin' In My Stall

L to R: Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo), Sen. Larry Craig (R-Id), Unidentified, Skeletor. White House Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt. (Any relation to Huge Hewitt?) Photo for illustrative purposes only. Just Another Blog™ makes no implications about the sexual orientation of those pictured. (But we do have our suspicions.) Open season on Republican office-holders & activists commences now, & one doesn't even need a license, thanks to the First Amendment to the Constitution.
First of all, there's plenty of action in the Orlando, Fla. area. Literal "open season" in this story:
Police: Former Marine Killed 2 Others, Self
Motive For Shootings Unknown, Officials Say

The Orange County Sheriff's Office did not reveal a potential motive for Jason Robert Drake, 30. Deputies determined that he killed Ralph Gonzalez, a well-known 39-year-old GOP political consultant, and David Abrami, a 36-year-old attorney also active for the Republican Party.
The earlier headline for the story:
Lovers' Quarrel May Have Sparked Murder-Suicide
Prominent Republican Party Consultant, 2 Others Found Dead

Rep. Allen's Solicitation Trial Date Set
Official Accused Of Offering $20 To Perform Oral Sex

Statements police said Allen made about being scared of a "stocky, black man," will not be entered into evidence. Also, taped statements Allen made to Assistant Chief John Lau will also be excluded, as previously agreed to by both sides.
Plenty of swell video on all stories from LOCAL6.com @ the links as well.

But a couple of local Republican consultant/activists who were shacking up & a Florida state representative offering a "stocky, black" police officer $20.00 to put a lip-lock on the officer's love muscle is nothing compared to Monday's big fish (to continue the "open season" theme) U. S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho). Yes, that's a U. S. Senator, a member of "the most exclusive (formerly men only) club in the world." Michael Rogers, @ blogActive, more or less outed Senator Craig last year, but there's nothing like an arrest & guilty plea to get serious attention:
Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine,” the report states. Craig also told the arresting officer that he reached down with his right hand to pick up a piece of paper that was on the floor.
“It should be noted that there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper,” the arresting officer said in the report.

Local take from the CBS affiliate in Boise:

For conservative group the Idaho Values Alliance the news was unexpected. "There are some disturbing elements to the police report and I think the Senator needs to give the public a thorough explanation," Bryan Fischer from Idaho Values Alliance told CBS 2 Eyewitness News.
And some 25 yr. old video of Craig denying stuff before even being implicated.
Bonus items: Sen. Craig was a Romney supporter. But no longer.
And a story in the Idaho Statesman. Plenty of accusations & rumors recounted.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Read It & Weep

Punk Ass Chump Rich Lowry
Internet comment buddy D. Sidhe has posted a beautiful (in its horror) description of the agonies of being a member of the working poor, in response to an exceptional HTML Mencken destruction of National Review editor Rich Lowry @ Sadly, No!, which quoted Lowry's recitation of the usual "poverty is your fault, you lazy (insert derogatory term for any non-white group here)" theme so popular w/ those who suck at the teats of the wealthy & powerful.
Poverty in America is primarily a cultural phenomenon, driven by a shattered work ethic and sexual irresponsibility. Child poverty would be nearly obliterated if every household had one adult working full time and married parents.
Sure, Rich. That's all it takes. Marriage & a minimum-wage job. Thanks for the advice. Don't ever let us catch you where Just Another Blog™ can take a swing at you. The Editor will do the job Al Franken wanted to do on you, but you were too cowardly to face, you faux macho punk. Pardon us while we expel some bile. Where's that bucket?

Trouble At The CupOn The Web

Just visited Franklin Avenue (Hey, if you guys moved to Burbank, change your name!) & noticed that their YouTube™ embeds aren't showing. Neither are Just Another Blog™'s. Nor is the "Sucky Gôögle News Feed." Is the mighty Google™ empire collapsing?

Totally

Damn, the info just keeps oozing in here @ Just Another Blog™. From NASA:

Bombs Away!! Follow Up

USAF B1-B SovietRussian Tu-160 Blackjack
The Russkies say they aren't flying their new bomber patrols w/ nukes.
The resumption of the long-range patrols, recent tests of a new generation of intercontinental missiles and the resumption of large-scale exercises have taken place against the backdrop of new strains in ties between Russia and the West.

[...]

Russia has 79 strategic bombers in service including 64 Tupolev-95MC, known as Bears by NATO pilots, and 15 Tupolev-160, known as Blackjacks by NATO, according to Russian media.
"There is deep modernization (of the bomber fleet) going on," Androsov said. "We are working on a new generation (of bombers), I don't even know what it will be called."
Oh well. Guess the Doomsday Clock can go back a few seconds.

Gonzales Gone?

"Fredo" & a portion of wife Rebecca, 9 August 2007. AP photo by Ron Edmonds.
Just heard on the tee vee that AG Alberto Gonzales has resigned, according to the New York Times. So go to the NYT website & find out. Perhaps Skeletor will be the replacement. Nothing further on the "Sucky Gôögle News Feed" on the sidebar, as of 0530. That's why we call it "sucky."
All right, enough updating, this isn't Little Green Shitballs™, use the News Feed, under "Attorney General" &/or "Gonzales."

From The Sitemeter

A Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ Senior Executive Vice-President finds out just what the hell is going on in that Devil Box:
Just Another Blog™ barely cares, but while checking Sitemeter™ we were led to Technorati™, where we are currently ranked 1,372,336, putting us in the top 14%, based on an estimate (very rough, obviously) of some 100,000,000 "web logs" in existence. And we found that Techorati™'s "Authority" ranking (currently four) is how many other "web logs" link to us. Four may not be much, but we know for a fact that more sites than the ones displayed @ Technorati™ link to us. The ego swells.
And a great big all American "Howdy!" to the Woosh Wireless user in Auckland, N. Z., who comes by & actually spends a few minutes reading this crap. Good for you, & don't be shy, leave a comment sometime, we don't bite!

Patriotism Is The First Refuge Of A Scoundrel

Maybe, maybe not, but when you sunshine patriots leave them out in the sun they sure as hell fade.
And when it fades or is otherwise too damaged for repair, the flag is to be burned in a dignified ceremony. The flag is only to be displayed from local sunrise until local sunset, unless it is illuminated.

While You Were Out

Mature adults: Click on image to read.
From Carry a Big Sticker.

"Wimoweh, Wimoweh"

We're grabbing onto something else from Obsidian Wings' hilzoy, guesting chez Sully. She posts something from NYT op-edder Roger Cohen. Here's the part Just Another Blog™ likes best:
Alluding to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his successor, Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security adviser, Khalilzad continued: “Powell and Condi were incredulous. Powell called me and asked: ‘What happened?’
And I said, ‘You’re secretary of state and you’re asking me what happened!’ ”
Powell confirmed his astonishment. “The plan was for Zal to go back,” he said. “He was the one guy who knew this place better than anyone. I thought this was part of the deal with Bremer. But with no discussion, no debate, things changed. I was stunned.”
The next time some neo-fascist dipstick says something to the effect of: "Oh no, there's no racism in the Bush administration, look at Condie Rice & Colin Powell," remember that they have been/were so completely marginalized by the warmongers that they're barely tokens. And you don't think their somewhat darker skin tones would make it easier for the good ol' boys to ignore them, do you? Go ahead, call us cynical. We are, & we have every reason to be so.
One can't expect much of Dr. Rice, erstwhile member of the Chevron board of directors (fill in your own blanks about her relationship w/ Mr. Bush) but one can hope General Powell will write a book about how he was essentially fucked royally at every turn by Cheney & the neo-cons. He really should be doing that right now, if he's got any guts. Oops. Forgot about his role covering up the My Lai massacre back there in 'Nam. Never mind.
Powell in Viet Nam, 1963.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

21st Century Willie & Joe

Not that there is any relation between the War in ah Babylon & WWII, but Bill Mauldin's "Up Front" single panel, which featured two inrantrymen named Willie & Joe, summed up the G.I.'s point of view in WWII: "Don't look at me, lady. I didn't do it."

Mr. Peabody (check the comments) brings to our attention a 21st century grunt (Do they still call themselves that?) writing from Mesopotamia/Babylon (at least until the Pentagon weasel-dick monitoring this "web log" finds out & shuts him down) "Army of Dude." None of that WWII pencil & paper crap, censored & known only to the family & friends of the writer. (Until Ken Burns gets ahold of it & has a voice over artist read it over pans across some still photos.) "Dude" has a laptop, & must have access to a satellite link, or Wi-Fi, or a landline to a server somewhere. And he has a digital camera, photos available hither, under the name "˜leavethegun."

Never did read the Scott Beauchamp stuff in TNR (possibly hidden behind the subscription wall) but we wonder what the warlovers & chickenhawks will make of Dude. It's all required reading, but these seemed like the best excerpts:

Do you know what the light at the end of the tunnel is for us?

Food.

Yeah, food. When we're on patrols and house clearing missions, what's keeping us going is not the promise of freedom and democracy in Iraq. It's the vision of hamburgers, fries and ice cream. I can live without a market based economy in the Middle East, but I can't live without a toasted ham sandwich.
Several times we have raced back to the base to get to the dining hall as it closed. Something to eat is the high point of the day. Imagine the low points.

[...]

As Kurt Vonnegut suggested, our morale is shot to pieces. The few tattered remains left were eviscerated when they extended us four months. The most devious trick the media and the government has pulled in the last ten years is suggesting to the public that the soldiers believe in the mission and the war itself. In my unit that is definitely not the case. We just fight for food and friends, and the hope of getting home. I know a few people who still believe in the cause. I would know one more, but he died when I was on leave.

[...]

Readers, fear not! Despite the caustic undertone of this entry, I am glimmering with hope. The dining hall opens in ten minutes for breakfast, and they make some killer omelettes. [graphic from the hideous MoveAmericaForward.org.]

The military is obsessed with taking something and renaming it with a totally different term. A jumping jack is a side straddle hop, and any Islamic terrorist not affiliated with Al Qaeda is a concerned local. When a mission is complete, there is a rollup of killed enemies and found weapons. A rollup is another term for a summary. So I present my own summary (er, rollup) for the time my company has spent between June 2006 and June 2007:

525,600 Minutes Passed

Countless Enemies Killed and Captured

3 Destroyed Strykers

Dozens of Rifles, RPGS and Mines Found and Destroyed

2 Fatherless Baby Girls

Thousands of Rounds of Ammunition Found and Destroyed

9 Figure Severance Paycheck to Dick Cheney, Courtesy of Halliburton

3 Cleared Cities

2 Dead Friends

100,000 Contractors Making Five Times My Pay for Doing Laundry and Serving Food

Thousands of Cleared Houses

1 Quagmire

A year later and this is what we have to show for it. A year later and we care about the survival of each other more than a fledgling democracy in the Middle East. To officers and officials influencing policy, our goal is to stimulate the economy and prop up competent Iraqi Security Forces. To the unwashed enlisted in the muck, we’re just trying not to get blown to fucking bits. A year later and we have realized finally: we’re biding time until the next unit comes to replace us. That’s it. Rotate in, rotate out. A year’s worth of sore backs, twisted ankles, near death experiences, shootouts, blown up buildings, fires, mangled corpses, dead kids, dead soldiers, cold desert nights, hot desert days, shit covered boots, trash filled streets, unfulfilled dreams, stagnant aspirations and murdered futures.
A year well spent.

AH
"They call the boys who shovel our shit in Viet Nam shitshovelers."
End the occupation. Now. The military will never be able to impose a "political" solution to the charnel house we've created, and now that the talk is of replacing the elected Prime Minister w/ yet another buffoon, Allawi (who, by all that is unholy, has hired Washington lobbyists to pimp for his appointment as P. M.) the Viet Nam analogy is complete.

Early Sunday Morning Chronic Brain Syndrome w/ The Angry Samoans

Possibly the first visual recording of the Angry Samoans, from New Wave Theater, 1978 or '79. The late Peter Ivers, host of the show, & later a victim of murder, is the interviewer. Gone are the days. At least "punk" (even such as it is today) has long outlasted "new wave."