Saturday, February 16, 2008

Terrorist Bedfellows

Another example of how the biased liberal mainstream media is surrending all of Western Civilization has come to the fore, in the story that was all over the cable news channels & broadcast network programs. You remember, the story that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia (Yes, the former Saudi ambassador to the U. S, who was chosen by George H. W. Bush & his braintrust to educate George W[orst] Bush on international affairs.) told Tony Blair, then-prime minister of the U. K., to stop investigating the bribes Bandar had rec'd. from BAE, Britain's largest defense co., or Bandar, now head of the Saudi Security Council, would stop providing information about possible Islamist terror attacks to the Brits. As they say, w/ "friends" like this you don't need enemies.
Using a sheaf of previously secret documents, the court is now hearing how BAE obtained the help of powerful friends to stop the fraud investigators. They included the then prime minister, Tony Blair, and one of Saudi Arabia's most influential princes, Bandar bin Sultan. Bandar does not deny himself receiving £1bn from BAE for his own purposes, although he denies there was anything wrong with the secret payments. The two judges appeared yesterday to have some trouble wrestling with the concepts involved. Moses said that surely, in Britain, for a suspect to issue threats of dire consequences if an investigation went ahead was simply "a criminal offence".
Seems as if the Limeys have their own Blackwater:
There is a state within a state in the United Kingdom, a small but untouchable domain that appears to be subject to a different set of laws. We have heard quite a bit about it over the past two months, but hardly anyone knows just how far its writ runs. The state is BAE Systems, Britain's biggest arms company. It seems, among other advantages, to be able to run its own secret service.
Big ups to Britain's own Guardian, for breaking this story that our own left-wing pinko media have used to shame & embarrass the Bush Administration. What? You say this hasn't been the lead story? That the leftist pinko scum whose only interest is to make G. W. Bush look like an even digger douchebag than he already is haven't been all over this? You must be kidding! How could those biased liberals miss a chance to show how the Saudi royal family & their allies in crime, the Bush family, haven't the slightest concern for Western Civilization or its safety? A Google search of "Prince Bandar + BAE" had this article as the second ranking American story. The first is from the NYT of 8 June 2007. Google hasn't anything about this latest horror from any American news source. Liberal bias? Bush Derangement Syndrome? Please!!

Pervs

Listening to the ever-amusing/amazing Michael Weiner (Savage Nation)yesterday. Sez he: The reason "Demoncats" are opposed to gov't. wiretapping is that a considerable part of the Democratic base are child molesters/child pornographers, & Pelosi is protecting her base, because, you know, the FBI or whoever might pick up some of these perv-o conversations while spying on "terrorists." (Paraphrased, but true.)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Annals of Religiously-Justified Sexism

In Kansas (remember the state School Board opposing the teaching of evolution?) a basketball referee was not allowed to referee a high school boys game. Why not?

The game was at St. Mary’s Academy, a private religious school that sits on a sprawling campus about 25 miles northwest of Topeka. Before the game started, a school administrator approached Campbell’s officiating partner, Darin Putthoff of Topeka, and told him a woman could not serve as referee. That would be putting a woman in a position of authority over boys, he was told — a scenario that was contrary to beliefs at St. Mary’s Academy. “I was upset,” Putthoff said. “So I said, ‘You’re telling me you don’t have any teachers at the school who are women?’” When reached Tuesday by The Star, the athletic director at St. Mary’s declined to comment, and other officials referred questions to the school’s principal, Father Vicente A. Griego. Griego was at a retreat in Minnesota and unavailable for comment, they said. The school is owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X, a group founded in 1970 in response to reforms that the Roman Catholic Church initiated with the Second Vatican Council. The group follows pre-Vatican II practices, such as the Latin Mass. Pope John Paul II excommunicated the society’s world leader, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in the late 1980s. Lefebvre died in 1991. [...] According to the St. Mary’s Web site, “The ultimate goal of our schools is to form good Catholics and good citizens in such a manner that the whole person may be submitted to the reign of Jesus Christ in the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical spheres.”

For Fred Shockey, the message that came from the school that day was far different.

A basketball official who lives in Wamego, Kan., Shockey worked two games at St. Mary’s just before Campbell’s game. He was getting ready to leave when the school’s athletic director approached him and said there had been an emergency. The school needed Shockey to stay and referee another game. Reluctantly, Shockey agreed to do so — until he found out what the emergency was.

In a show of solidarity, Shockey and Putthoff walked off the court with Campbell.

I said, ‘There’s no way I’m staying,’” Shockey said. “I kept going, ‘Wow. Wow.’

“I was so disgusted.”

[...]

In 2004, St. Mary’s chose to forfeit its football game against White City High School because White City had a girl on its roster. At the time, an official in the U.S. district office for the Society of St. Pius X told The Star, “We’re trying to form the boys to be gentlemen, and knocking a girl around on a football field is the furthest thing from that. … It’s not a game for girls, and not a game for boys to play against girls.”

An official at the district office said Tuesday that, like Griego, all designated spokesmen were in Minnesota and unavailable for comment.

People who are too nutty for the official Catholic Church indoctrinating innnocent children who have no choice about where they're being sent to school. And it sounds like a boarding school. ("St. Mary’s, which houses students in kindergarten through 12th grade...") Wonder what the Society of St. Pius X has to say about priests & altar boys? "No comment," perhaps? "The boss is out of town on a retreat in Minnesota w/ some of his little friends?" "We have to teach boys to respect the authority of men?" "Jesus says shut your mouth (or open it, depending) and take it like a man?"

Campus Eviction

Wingnuts worried that today's college & university campuses are hotbeds of liberal giveaways & so-called entitlements should be cheered by this, from The Daily Bruin (Yes, we've gone totally Westside.):
In Old Westbury, N.Y., student Denisha Dennis started the semester on a sour note. She received a letter from the administration informing her that because of her GPA, she was being removed from the dorms and getting kicked off her meal plan. Now, according to an article in The New York Times, Dennis makes a five-hour round-trip commute from her parents’ home in Mount Vernon, N.Y. to the State University of New York, since non-university housing is rare in the area.
Cheese & Crackers. One can only wonder if Denisha D. rec'd. a rebate for the room & board she didn't receive. As the Bruin editorial goes on to say, this is hardly going to help anyone get their GPA back up.

This Week's School & Governmnet Shootings Wrap-Up

Besides the Northern Ill. U. event yesterday:
Last Friday, a woman shot two students to death and killed herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. Also Friday, a man shot at his wife, a teacher, in an elementary school in Portsmouth, Ohio. This week, a high school student in Memphis, Tenn., was shot, allegedly by a classmate, during gym class. And a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high in Oxnard; he has been declared brain-dead.
From the L. A. Times. Not to forget the Kirkwood, Missouri City Council shooting last Thursday. That's still part of the wk. in question.

Bush League

Further on the Congressional MLB/steroid/HGH hearings, from Christine Daniels of the L. A. Times:

Rep. Dan Burton, Republican from Indiana, called Clemens "a titan in baseball. All these lies, if they're not true, destroy his reputation." [...] Burton told McNamee, "This is really disgusting. You are here, under oath, yet you have told lie after lie." [...] Houston is GOP territory. Houston has an airport named after George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president and a longtime friend of Clemens. In 1991, while still pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Clemens visited Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and pitched horseshoes with the president. [...] George W. Bush is also a Clemens friend. Bush used to serve as Texas governor. Clemens' governor. In 2006, USA Today reported Clemens has a standing invitation to dine at the White House. On Thursday, one of McNamee's attorneys predicted Clemens will be pardoned by Bush, if and when such a bullpen call is needed.

"It would be the easiest thing in the world for George W. Bush, given the corrupt proclivities of his administration, to say Roger Clemens is an American hero, Roger Clemens helped children," Richard Emery told the Associated Press.

"It's my belief they have some reason to believe they can get a pardon."

Yikes. And those of you complaining about hearings on this mess when there's a war on, the economy, & so on... Congress is investigating these issues because it may want to pass some laws concerning the issues. It's probably not a good idea that young people think they can & should use these substances to get ahead in scholastic & professional sports, or that young people (scum that they are) think they can get away w/ abusing these drugs. In adition, both Major League Baseball & the NFL (whose players have been much more honest about their performance-enhancing drug abuse than the baseballers, though the NFL hasn't been the subject of Congressional investigation) enjoy anti-trust exemptions from the gov't., so it is Congress's business. Just Another Blog™ calls for a deeper investigation into the roles played by team mgmn't. & ownership in the abuse of these substances.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Liberal" Fascism

More proof that "fascism" is totally liberal:

"People are very curious about us," said Gabor Vona, a former psychology student and rising star in Hungarian far-right politics. He founded the Hungarian Guard to defend what he describes as traditional values and his nation's cultural heritage. [...] The freedom that followed the collapse of communism, and then expanded with EU membership, has also unveiled a dark strain of anti-Semitism, prejudice and anti-immigrant sentiment that is being channeled by a new crop of small but noisy extremist groups. They are able to capitalize on disillusion among some segments of the population who feel bypassed by free-market reforms and globalization. [...] In Vona's view, Hungary never made the full transition from communism; he wants to get rid of Gyurcsany's Socialist government and return the country to an older time, with emphasis on pure Hungarian identity and Christian values. "Christian identity and Hungarian identity are one," Vona, who turns 30 this year, said in an interview at his office in Budapest. [...] What many people here find particularly provocative are the Hungarian Guard's uniforms (black caps, vests, pants and boots), insignia and flags. All of it is reminiscent of the Arrow Cross, Hungary's World War II fascist militiamen who worked with the Nazis and were responsible for or assisted in the slaughter of tens of thousands of the Hungarian Jews who were killed.Many Jews were shipped off to death camps; others were simply shot on the banks of the Danube and dumped into the river.

Vona says the red and white stripes and other emblems are from the medieval Arpad dynasty and weren't meant to evoke Nazism. But that explanation has convinced no one. [...] Anti-Semitism persists but has not been overtly violent in recent years, said Michael L. Miller, who teaches Jewish studies at Budapest's Central European University. He recalled being handed a leaflet a couple of years ago at a mainstream political rally that showed a big-nosed, kinky-haired man with a fistful of 100-euro bills, an unstated but not-so-subtle use of the Jew as the money-grubbing "outsider."

Sounds like the typical left-wing organization to us. Could be Code Pink, or MoveOn.org.

V. D., Performance Enhancing Drugs, etc.

Today in history: Valentine's Day, and pitchers & catchers report to spring training. And typing of baseball, yesterday's congressional hearings on the subject of steroid use by professional players divided along party lines, with the weasel on the hot seat, one Roger Clemens, apparently a Bush supporter (and there is talk that the Texas Rangers, the team of which George W. Bush was made the figurehead/"owner" after all his other business ventures failed, was advising its players how to use steroids w/o getting caught) was hailed as a "titan" & "the franchise" by Republican members of the committee, while the Democrats were more inclined to disbelieve Clemens & take his accuser (also his former personal trainer) Brian McNamee at his word. Per Bill Plaschke of the regional cat-pan liner:
In a 4 1/2 -hour hearing in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, McNamee's testimony was supported from the first capital letter to the last period. Clemens' deposition was contradicted from page to page. McNamee calmly withstood criticism of his checkered history while his testimony in baseball's Mitchell Report was supported by everyone from Clemens' teammates to Clemens' former nanny. Clemens, meanwhile, could offer nothing but unsupported bluster and banter before finally being gaveled shut by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).
We're happy to say that Rep. Waxman is Just Another Blog's™ Member of Congress, whether we're in the Armory or where we lived when we had someplace to live. And we're pleased as punch to see the Republicans once again backing an apparent liar. Not surprised at all, but pleased. Via the fish-wrapper, from across the nation (Well, from Newsday, at least.):
Shaun Powell, Newsday Without [Andy] Pettitte, the afternoon was much ado about nothing. Really, did you learn anything? Did it change your opinion? McNamee stuck to his story, Clemens to his. Both stories were running in opposite directions, like Hillary and Obama. The hearings lacked someone to trust and believe. Instead, the hearings had Washington-style justice, with Republican questioners lining up behind Bush backer Clemens and the Dems throwing up the dukes for McNamee. Wallace Matthews, Newsday You wonder why nothing ever gets done in Washington, why all these brilliant minds can't unravel the health care mess, balance the budget, find an alternative means of energy, end homelessness or figure out a way to keep more Americans from dying in Iraq. Then you watch something as comparatively simple as yesterday's hearing and the reason immediately becomes clear. This 4 1/2 -hour charade disguised as a hearing was Washington in microcosm. Democrats . . . put Clemens on the grill. Republicans . . . aimed their barbs at McNamee. And in the end, Clemens walked off knowing that since nothing was resolved, nothing more is likely to happen to him. Did Clemens perjure himself? Probably not. Did he expose himself? Definitely yes.
Other columnists went much further in calling Clemens a liar. He's a Republican, what can one expect?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Joke of The Week

Foundation for Defense of Democracies [sic] would love to have you at their confab in Israel ("Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism") this June. (Maybe they'll be helping to stop Israeli terrorism against the Palestinian people...ha ha, we kid. Israel is a democracy, the Palestinians aren't. That answers that.) Oh, you have to be an academic. They're looking for:
...university professors and lecturers who serve in a teaching capacity to participate in the FDD's Academic Fellowship program.
Participants have included (names redacted for the sake of common decency):
Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Philosophy Department, Arkansas Tech University Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University Associate Professor of Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University Associate Professor of Political Science, Azusa Pacific University Paideia Professor and Holder of the Tower-Hester Chair in Politics, Southwestern University Associate Professor of Political Science, California State University at Chico Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of South Carolina at Beaufort Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, California State University at Chico Professor of History, Grove City College Professor of History, The College of Mount Saint Vincent

Well, we didn't say you had to be much of an academic. And don't think it's going to be some picnic on the beach:

During the trip you are requested to dress in relaxed, business casual style. Acceptable attire for men includes shoes, khaki pants and a golf/polo shirt while women should wear a skirt/pants and a shirt/blouse. During off hours and on some visits to military bases you can dress in shorts and t-shirts- Israel is a very laid-back country. A light sweater or fleece vest might be necessary on some evenings and for air conditioned lecture halls. FDD will advise you about the dress code on a daily basis. Do I need to attend every FDD event in Israel?

Yes. Barring illness or some previous arrangement made with FDD, you are required to attend every FDD event in Israel. It is a condition of your acceptance into the program. If you have visited Jerusalem previously and prefer not to go on the tour of the Old City you may do so provided you advise the FDD staff of your decision, provide a point of contact, and rejoin the group on-time for the next day’s events. You will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself, but your activities will be largely group oriented. We should finish most days by 7:30 PM unless we have arranged a group event for the evening. Otherwise, you will be free until the next morning.

No free ride, either:
Under no circumstances will FDD pay for transportation costs that exceed the cost of round trip travel between your home airport and Tel Aviv.
So there.

"Manic-depressive goth-barfly with an unhealthy appetite for pot and lager and ne'er-do-well men"

Slate has a semi-thoughtful (& short) Amy Winehouse piece, no good pix, & YouTube links for those of you who, like us, have better things to do w/ our (or just not enough) time than cruise YouTube for anything even vaguely interesting.

More of The Same

That is, nothing...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Nothin', Y'Hear, Nothin'!!"

If less is more, than nothing must be the most. Therefore: (Blank empty space intentional.)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Kirkwood, MO Follow-Up

Comment leader Peabody kindly advises us of linkage from fellow whack-job & once homeless person The Divine Mr. M., who has links to one "Infamous Brad" (not brad of Fire Megan McArdle, this a different adifferentbrad) who has deeper whatnot on the whole ugly mess. Surprise, race & economic class are involved!! We'll point out that when the story first broke we didn't know Charles "Cookie" Thornton was of the African-American persuasion, so we assumed he was just another crazed honky. Turns out he was a black man driven crazy by the honkies.

Gramophone Award Wrap-Up

Wrap it up & throw it away, we say! Fifty yrs. of crap, be done w/ it! Just Another Blog™ could not possibly care less about awards, let alone the programs on which they are presented. Indeed, back in the good old days when the AMPAS Awards©™ were presented in late Mar. or early Apr., & there was a House/Apartment of Bouffant© (other than a homeless shelter) to clean, we'd take the opportunity of Oscar©™ night to perform spring cleaning.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dep't. of Amplification, Scatological Obscenity Desk

We recently mentioned former AgSec (& current moldering corpse) Earl Butz ,indicating in our mention that we weren't sure whether or not he'd said "nigger." Well, thanks to Gustavo Arellano, in today's regional wrapper of fish, we find out that ol' Earl said "coloreds."
Other newspapers, on the other hand, had fewer qualms about Butz's insult. The New York Times, America's epitome of a too-genteel newspaper, wrote in its obituary, "Mr. Butz made a remark in which he described blacks as 'coloreds' who wanted only three things -- satisfying sex, loose shoes and a warm bathroom -- desires that Mr. Butz listed in obscene and scatological terms." Doesn't quite capture the flavor of the original, but it's closer. Reuters used a description similar to the New York Times' measured take, as did Butz's home state daily, the Indianapolis Star. None of them printed Butz's full joke, but their approach makes them veritable George Carlins to the Los Angeles Times' Jeff Foxworthy.
(For the obscene & scatological terms, click the "Earl Butz" link above. Just Another Blog™ is much closer to Carlin than to Foxworthy, we say modestly.) What a paragon of tolerance the Sec'y. was, & shame on us for thinking he'd have used an awful term like "nigger." Our sincerest apologies to the late Secretary Butz & all of his family & friends. (Heh-heh, we said "Butz.")

Roots of American Socio-Political Idiocy

Gawd knows if these two tomes have yet reached the Los Angeles Public Library, but they've certainly reached the reviewers @ the L. A. Times. (Therefore we'll leave it to the Timesfolk to review them.)
Corruption abounds. The U.S. secretary of the Interior is giving no-bid contracts for oil, coal and timber on public land to the president's corporate campaign contributors in secret meetings. Big Oil not only writes energy policy but also dictates military options and environmental priorities, this last mainly by dismantling protections enacted by previous presidents. The U.S. attorney general signs off on whatever comes his way, putting the administration's friends above the law. The FBI looks the other way. The president may not understand what it all means, but it's unclear whether he would disapprove if he did. What year is it? Here are a few more hints: The president's security detail shuttles concubines in and out of the White House and delivers payoffs to former mistresses to keep them quiet. His wife consults a psychic daily and punishes petty slights with the help of government agencies. Vocal upholders of public morals keep their gay lovers in Washington and their wives back home.
Still guessing? Turns out it's 1922, not 2001-2008 or anytime during the Reagan era, as evidenced in a book about the Teapot Dome scandal. Also: The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby. Pantheon: 362 pp., $26 Merely as a pseudo-intellectual, we at Just Another Blog™ are outraged by what Mme. Jacoby has to say about you wilfully ignorant bastards & the future you promise us:
"a surge of anti-intellectualism capable of inflicting vastly greater damage than its historical predecessors inflicted on American culture and politics."
As reviewed by Art Winslow, some sort of intellectual elitist who used to write for The Nation, fer crissake.