Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Unsolicited Plug

Regular readers may have noticed that this web log is no fan of corporate entities, though filled w/ sympathy, empathy & a bit of schadenfreudal pity for all those cursed to slave for stockholders (or small business owners, the gubmint, or anyone else) who do not have the freedom (as we do) of urban camping & hanging out w/ mental patients &/or in libraries & chain bookstores.

But we'd like to give a shout-out to the staff at Starbucks #05738, located @ the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. & Pontius in West Los Angeles, just a blk. W. of Sepulveda Blvd. As Your Editor staggers in there each early a. m. that he has the scratch to shell out $1.95 for a large (or "venti") coffee, hair greasy, breath possibly funky (we ain't gwine brush our teeth in a public restroom before the coffee) dragging several bags w/ us, the staff are always cheerful & respectful, even realizing there won't be any tipping involved, remember that we want a large coffee (Sometimes it awaits us!) & gave us a free croissant yesterday when their stupid point of sale computer system rang it up as $0.00.

And, they leave the cabinet in the men's room unlocked, resulting in all the toilet paper rolls an urbane urban camper could want. Thanks, guys & gals! Keep up the good work!!

Record Remains Unbroken

34 yrs. since hammerin' Hank Aaron (namesake of M. C. "Parachute Pants" Hammer) broke the Babe's homer record of 714. Saw it ourself on a 12-inch diagonal B&W tee vee. Hank went on to set the record at 755. Exactly a yr. before, Pablo ("Ain't no asshole") Picasso had died @ 91. And a mere 95 yrs. ago, the forces of repression allowed the 17th Amendment to be ratified, providing direct popular election of the U. S. Senate, rather than appointment by state legislatures. Oh, sweet democracy!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

More Mind-Altering Substances

Just Another Blog™ European correspondent Sophia forwards a YouTube™ item. We'll assume that the chaps (or "Tommies") involved at least knew what was going on, unlike we Yanks who dosed our troops w/o their knowledge. We are amused by the sod climbing the tree to "feed the birds." And we hope none of the weapons were loaded, especially the rocket launcher. P. S.: Do the decadent Euros have nought to do but look for funny stuff on YouTube™ all the live-long day? Nice work if one can get it.

Drink Up!

Below: Used to drink this stuff before we got tired of the whole drinking thing & were put on an anti-depressant that precluded boozing anyway.
Today marks the 75th anniv. of alcohol sales returning to legality in the U. S. of A., post-Volstead Act. Some whoop-de-do prevented anything but beer from being sold until the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed. We were going to make note of this anyway (heard about it in Budweiser™ adverts during ball games on the radio) but the L. A. Times ran an op-ed piece as well, w/ more detail. Except the Times thinks 1933 to 2008 is 70 yrs. Morons.

UPDATE (7 April 2008 @ 1938): We advised the Times of their computational error, & they have corrected the subhead.

UPDATE II (9 April 2008 @ 1250): Here's the first draft, which we wrote on 5 April & then forgot (a peek at our behind-the-scenes machinery):

Elbow-Bending Time

Seventy-five yrs. ago today, the prohibition of alcoholbeer was over as the bars reopened & boozesuds began flowing legally & openly again. Fortunately, this little experiment in imposing the morality of frigid old biddies on the rest of the nation had no long lasting effect, other than giving organized crime, La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia, etc., all the power they ever needed to corrupt already corruptible gov't. agents & agencies.

Seems like a fair exchange; peoples' lives are ruined, boozing, now having the cachet of being "forbidden," is made more popular than previously, & another source of income for criminals, politicians & Joe Kennedy is created. A perfect example of the "free" market & gov't. working hand-in-hand for the good of gov't. & those w/ the funds to start a bootlegging business.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Know Your Rights (Haw Haw Haw, Suckers!!)

Those of you who don't jump from library to library in an effort to keep one step ahead of the forces of repression are probably already paying the forces of repression for the privileges of reading crap like this & downloading certain films from certain states of the former Soviet Union.
The Associated Press reviewed the "Acceptable Use Policies" and "Terms of Service" of the nation's 10 largest ISPs — in all, 117 pages of contracts that leave few rights for subscribers.
It is not pretty. You have no rights, though you may get a refund.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Spooky Visual Aid

Direct from the pages of the regional wrapper of fish:

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968. Within hours, Life magazine photographer Steve Schapiro was on that balcony and through the door of King's room.

"The physical body of Martin Luther King Jr.," writes Schapiro in a new book of his photographs, "Schapiro's Heroes," "was forever gone, leaving a few small material remains behind: a wrinkled shirt, a book, a Soul Force magazine, an old Styrofoam coffee cup. The half-drunk coffee cup gave me a moment of pause. He had left his room planning to return."

The TV was on. When King's face appeared on a newscast, Schapiro took this photograph -- history preserved. Now the two motel rooms that housed the King party, along with parts of the rest of the Lorraine Motel, have been turned into the National Civil Rights Museum. In 2006, Schapiro went back to the scene. "The wall on which the television had been mounted was ... gone, replaced with a sheet of thick clear plastic," he said. "Visitors could peer into King's room, but no one will ever get to see that eerie image that is forever imbedded in my mind."

Sorry, we've no available, digitized picture of our bald pate.

Really, It Is All About Us, But Let's Pretend Otherwise for a Few Moments

So you won't think that we think it's all about the staff here (previous item) we'll lead you to Mighty Sorry No Body Cares dot com, where we discover that Martin Luther King's
life, like those of other historical figures -- Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt -- has been simplified, scholars say, his anger blurred, his militancy rarely discussed, his disappointments and harsh critiques of government's failures glossed over.
Also in that story: info on the Memphis sanitation workers strike, & Dr. King's last hours. There were reasons that transvestite whack-job J. Edgar Hoover thought Dr. K. (not fucking war-criminal Kissinger!!) was a commie. Why, King might even have thought that there were better methods than the economic fascism that's been practiced in this country since the original Euro-genocide was committed. (We're guessing that a few Origino-Americans may have committed some genocide against other Origino-Americans before whitey showed up, but at least capitalism wasn't involved.)
King's conclusion? "There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism." He didn't say this in the mainstream but to his black colleagues.
Imagine, a pissed-off guy whose anger is swept under the rug until he's murdered. Only in America, right? (And that brings it back to us, us, us!!)

Bald as a Something

Today is the 40th anniversary of the editor here shaving his head, in reaction to being forced by fascist parental units to get a hair cut (things were different 40 yrs. ago). The next day, many of the drooling idiots where we attended school thought we had done it as some sort of reaction to Martin Luther King, Jr. having been assassinated. No connection. And no further threats of haircut imposition when we were still under the alleged control of the parents after that. (Got rid of dandruff too.) In today's modern world, of course, every gangster, police officer & member of the military sports the "displaced person who was just dusted for lice & had all his body hair shaved" look, again confirming the age-old "the more things change, etc." axiom. So our mane remains.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Junior F(1)ascists Club

Oh, wait a minute, here's something stupid & tawdry. Max Mosley, son of Oswald Mosley, has had his fun recorded.
A British tabloid, The News of the World, reported Sunday that the 67-year-old Mosley participated in sex acts with five prostitutes in a scenario that is believed to involve Nazi role-playing.
Max is the president of FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) .

A video posted Sunday on the News of the World's Web site showed a man identified as Mosley arriving at an apartment and taking part in sex acts with women, one in a prisoner's uniform, while speaking German. The video can no longer be found on the paper's Web site. Mosley is the son of British Union of Fascists party founder Oswald Mosley, a former British politician who served in Parliament for both the Labour and Conservative parties. Oswald Mosley died in 1980.

Found Object

Left on the desktop by a previous user @ the Santa Monica Public Library.

Nada, Rien du Tout

The editorial board here at Just Another Blog™ has absolutely nothing to add to anything today. You're all on your own.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Annals of Secrecy

Below: A patch for "Minotaur," a still classified program of Lockheed's Skunk Works.
How to dig up poop on the black budget ops the Bush admin seems to love so much...

Skulls. Black cats. A naked woman riding a killer whale. Grim reapers. Snakes. Swords. Occult symbols. A wizard with a staff that shoots lightning bolts. Moons. Stars. A dragon holding the Earth in its claws.

No, this is not the fantasy world of a 12-year-old boy.

It is, according to a new book, part of the hidden reality behind the Pentagon’s classified, or “black,” budget that delivers billions of dollars to stealthy armies of high-tech warriors. The book offers a glimpse of this dark world through a revealing lens — patches — the kind worn on military uniforms.

Uh, are we sure this isn't the fantasy world of a 12-yr.-old boy? Granted, one w/ many of our tax dollars w/ which to play. And in our best 12-yr.-old. boy vein, there are some interesting patches to be viewed.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tuesday, Trash Day

Again comes Jonah w/ this subtitle to the online version of his L. A. Times column of today:
Evolution of religious bigotry The cowardice and intolerance of slapping a Darwin fish on your car bumper.
Dead tree edition:
Christian Baiting
First there's blather about the Dutch movie stating the Quran is pretty vicious & violent. At least as bad as the Old & New Testaments, yes, possibly even worse. But Doughbob doesn't even bother to condemn the dirty Moooooslims, he whines momentarily that
European and U.N. leaders are going through the usual motions of theatrical hand-wringing, heaping all of their anger on Wilders for sowing "hatred."
Then comes what's really on his tiny mind, Jeezis fish & those "Darwin" stickers:
In America, the easiest place to find this ancient symbol is on the back of cars. Recently, however, it seems as if Jesus fish have become outnumbered by Darwin fish. No doubt you've seen these too. The fish symbol is "updated" with little feet coming off the bottom, and "IXOYE" or "Jesus" is replaced with either "Darwin" or "Evolve." I find Darwin fish offensive. First, there's the smugness. The undeniable message: Those Jesus fish people are less evolved, less sophisticated than we Darwin fishers. The hypocrisy is even more glaring. Darwin fish are often stuck next to bumper stickers promoting tolerance or admonishing random motorists that "hate is not a family value." But the whole point of the Darwin fish is intolerance; similar mockery of a cherished symbol would rightly be condemned as bigoted if aimed at blacks or women or, yes, Muslims.
First of all, you stupid fuck, what "cherished symbol" of black people or women is there to "mock?" (You want to make up some bumper stickers that say "Martin Luther Coon?" And of course no woman has ever been mocked by a conservative. Is the "Iron My Shirt!" bumper sticker order ready yet?) Secondly, do you not understand (of course you do, you can't really be as fucking dense as you pretend to be) the difference between something that one is born (a breeding group or a sex) & something that one chooses to be (a Catholic, a Moooooslim, a libertarian, a flat-earther, a UFO-believer, whatever).
It's not that secular progressives support Muslim religious fanatics, but they reserve their passion and scorn for religious Christians who are neither fanatical nor inclined to use violence.
Actually, they're just sick & tired of seeing that stupid Jeezis fish on the cars of morons, so they came up w/ an answer to it. Try unbunching your panties for a few seconds, J. G., it's just a bumper sticker. And in a nation that identifies itself to pollsters as somewhere around 85% Xtian, what exactly is the point of the Jeeezis fish anyway? It's not like the stupid story you tell of the Turkish guy you met in Istanbul, who thought he had to sneak you (a goober of Jewish extraction but not much faith) the "fish sign." And let's think again about statements like "neither fanatical or inclined to use violence." Kansas Board of Education? Eric Rudolph? Some of your little "harmless" Xtian pals are just as ready to impose their religious law over everybody in this country as any Mooooslims are in other nations. And don't think that any Jooooos would get a break, either.
The Darwin fish ostensibly symbolizes the superiority of progressive-minded science over backward-looking faith. I think this is a false juxtaposition, but I would have a lot more respect for the folks who believe it if they aimed their brave contempt for religion at those who might behead them for it.
Just as gay rights advocates condemn, for example, the executions in Iran of people for homosexual activity, but don't make as big a fuss about it as they do about various issues here in the U. S., an alleged democracy where the rights promised to all can, once in a while, actually be extended to all, so there is little point in aiming our brave contempt for obscurantist superstition of the Moooooslim ilk against any one in a country where five-time-a-day foot washers number some two per cent of the population, & are much more likely to be scared of crazed Xtians & /or Jooooos (Remember when Sikhs were killed after 11 September, 2001 merely because they wear turbans, Jonah?) than we are of them. As soon as we see as many crescent moons w/ stars as we see Calvins pissing on somebody on the rear windows of moron-mobiles, we'll find something w/ which to get back at the towelheads. In the meantime, Jonah, who started it? Whose holier-than-thou activities began this entire fish war? Huh?

Annals of Insurance Scams

Well, it's all a scam really, innit? In the case in question, it appears that private insurance cos. are gumming up the Social Security disability works for their own potential profit. Having spent much of the day dealing w/ a governmental bureaucracy, we're doing no further original work on this, but handing it to the NYT & Slate (who brought it to our attention). At least some people pull their weight around here! Slate sez:
The New York Times leads with a lawsuit that claims insurance companies are costing the Social Security system millions of dollars every year by forcing people who file disability claims with them to also apply for money from the federal program even if it's clear that they'll be denied. These insurers often force claimants to appeal the denial, thus costing more money and delaying benefits for people who really need the government program.
And adds:
Insurers who pay out long-term disability insurance want claimants to try to get Social Security benefits because it would cut down on the amount of money the private company would have to pay out every month. The problem is that the government program defines disability much more stringently than private companies and usually doesn't pay out money unless the person can't do any job at all. But everyone still has the right to apply for Social Security benefits and each case must be investigated, which is why even the ones that are obvious denials cost time and money for an already-strapped system. These costs are then multiplied when insurers force claimants to appeal a denial again and again.
We thought we had mentioned this item, covering the underfunding aspect of the backlog, when it first came to our attention, but perhaps it was in private correspondence, as we couldn't find anything in Just Another Bum™ concerning it. Today's story reveals another cause, corporate greed & malfeasance. What would Megan "Free market solutions are groovy, the gov't. always screws things up!" McArdle type about this, one must wonder. A huge backlog, caused in part by fascist corporations, & partly by gov't. underfunding, directly affecting us, the editorial we here at Just Another Bum™. Whom do we murder first?

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sports Update

George W. Bush, looking like the former cheerleader he is. Photo from Deadspin, which appears to be from the folks who bring you Wonkette & Gawker & Defamer & other such sites.
It's compare & contrast time once again. From the Baltimore Sun one has one's choice of:

Bush's first pitch: More cheers or boos?

or (a few hours earlier): Bush on the mound: More cheers than boos

The AP story doesn't decide one way or the other:

He was greeted by plenty of loud jeers, but also determined cheers, as if the fans in both camps were trying to outduel each other.
The comsymps at the LAT:

President Bush set the script into motion, delivering the ceremonial opening-day first pitch, albeit to a chorus of mostly boos.
Voice of America ("A trusted source of news and information since 1942") ignored the whole thing:

The game opened with a ceremonial first pitch thrown by President Bush. Manager Manny Acta caught the ball and says the visit by Mr. Bush made the day special.

"Sitting there in the clubhouse and seeing the President of the United States walk in. He talked to all of us. And he made everybody feel real good," Acta said.

A former Major League baseball team owner, Mr. Bush has showed interest in the construction of Nationals Park. He seemed at ease in the clubhouse, an oval dressing facility in the shape of the President's office at the White House.
The founder of Fire Megan McArdle, brad, was especially unhappy w/ the president's hogging time on the ESPN cablecast:

Motherfucker. He stayed after the commercial break. Bush is just hanging out. The President of the fucking United goddamn States is chillin with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew. I'm trying to watch baseball, you assholes. Joe Morgan is bad enough. Next they'll call up Camille Paglia.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
He stayed through a second commercial break. I can't even mute it, they keep showing the shit eating twins grinning at each other in the booth.
This is proof God does not exist.
As if any more were needed.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

UGH!

Just...ugh.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Stop Loss, Part Deux: Army of Rubes

You're probably aware that words like "honor," "duty," & "integrity" have been dragged through the mud & stripped of all meaning by the American military, much as their civilian counterparts in the forces of fascist repression have removed all meaning from, among others, words like "liberty" & "freedom." A particular example would be as described in an L. A. Times marketing review of the new Paramount flick Stop-Loss (Yes, we typed "marketing review." We don't know what else to call it. Look for yourself.):
the stop-loss military provision that can legally re-conscript combat veterans -- even against their wills -- creating what has been decried as a "back-door draft."
(We think there's something else of a "back-door" nature there. Ouch!) Unlike real wars, WWII for example, where enlistments or conscription were "for the duration," the "professionals" of the American armed services currently enlist for a fixed term. Just one little problem: If it is decided that a soldier or Marine is somehow better at ground pounding, baby bayoneting, or interrogating insurgents, he or she can be kept in the service by means of the "stop-loss" provision in the enlistment contract. How much honor do you think was involved in the recruiter's explanation of the enlistment papers? Even subtler, though perhaps not quite as dishonorable, is the old "you'll be able to get a really good job when you get out, 'cause the Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines will train you for something," schtick they pull on the yout'. Don't believe a word of that either. From the L. A. Times of the day after the above Stop-Loss marketing story. Bear in mind that this is the VFW talking, not the Hippie-Dippie Peacenik Association:
Daniel M. Ortiz, department service director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., says the military misleads young recruits into believing that a stint in the armed forces turns them into attractive job candidates. "I don't put it past our military to spin stories that soldiers will get the best training and, when they get out, they'll have the world at their feet," said Ortiz, a veteran of the first Gulf War. "It is a false promise." The transitional assistance program run by the Department of Defense is insufficient, Ortiz said. And when veterans get intimidated by the lack of job opportunities, many give up on finding civilian work and reenlist, he said. Discouraged by an unsuccessful job search, with no gas money to go to interviews or college, Fabian Serrano, 27, of Riverside County, said he was tempted to rejoin the Marines. He doubts he will ever find his ideal job as a cartoon designer, or any other worthwhile post. And with a wife, parents and younger brother to support, Serrano said he can't take a minimum-wage position and hope for a promotion later. A fellow Marine persuaded the sergeant, who served in Iraq and is now in the Reserve, to attend his first job fair. But Serrano had no resume -- only a high school diploma and nearly a decade of experience shooting cannons and working as a military policeman. "I have no good sense of direction of where to start and where to go. None of my experience transfers," he said. "There's nothing out here for me, so I might as well go back to active duty and stay there."
So assuming you weren't stop-lossed from getting out in the first place, you're screwed if you can get out, & may end up re-upping, Never forget that words like "duty," "honor," "patriotism," "integrity," & so on are w/o meaning. They are used merely to cause knee-jerk reactions in the naive & trusting (or just plain stupid) so they'll follow orders & die for this country, even though this country won't educate them or provide jobs that would give them something worth defending. Noble warriors, our ass! Suckers, every last one. An Army of Rubes, as it were.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Hopes Up (For an End to the World, That Is)

No, we've not turned into a sappy optimist. But this story put some pep in our step, hope in our heart, & our finger in our nose. Burn, baby, burn.
[T]he experiment might create globe-gobbling black holes or never-before-seen strains of matter that would destroy the planet.
Hope springs eternal. The waiting is the most difficult aspect.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Just to Be Disgusting, Or: Sex Sells

From the AP, via MSNBC.com:
Boyfriend in toilet case accused of exposure He's arrested after allegedly exposing himself to girls Updated 2:01 p.m. PT, Thurs., March 27, 2008 NESS CITY, Kansas - A man whose girlfriend sat on a toilet for so long that the seat adhered to her body has been arrested in a separate case. Kory McFarren was arrested Sunday for alleged lewd and lascivious behavior, police said. He allegedly exposed himself to a neighbor's teenage daughter and her friends. He spent the night in jail before posting bond. No charges had been filed by Thursday. The 36-year-old McFarren could not be reached for comment. He was charged last week with a misdemeanor count of mistreatment of a dependent adult. That was after his girlfriend was found stuck to the toilet in late February.
What a species we are.

Emo: "Fucking Bullshit" per Mexican TV Host

Hey, where was this intartubes crap when we were young energetic punks? Maybe we could have destroyed the world, or at least musical culture. Look at Punknews.org. (They have the Mexican emo story.) Or even SoCalList.com. We wouldn't have had to get that L. A. Weekly ink smeared all over our hands to find gigs worth attending. Still doesn't make us want to leave the house we no longer live in though.

Note to Self

The sprinklers in the park where we're sleeping go off every other night just before midnight, for about five minutes. Don't be caught again.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

We Told Him to Hang On

Below: Widmark w/ The Late Great Duke in The Alamo. Not a veritable barking dog, but not one of his (or The Duke's) greatest, either. Photo added 27 March 2008 @ 1300.
One of the all-time psychos (well, portrayers thereof; Robert Ryan was another) Richard Widmark, has decided not to take our birthday advice & stick around any longer, but shuffled off this mortal coil Monday. His premier screen exposure in Kiss of Death has been giving people the creeps for 61 yrs., and once he got past the psycho parts he turned out to be a fine all around actor as well. The Bedford Incidentremains a personal favorite of Just Another Blog™, & is well worth a peep in these days of madness & war-mongering. Here's the H'ywd. Reporter poop, w/ footage of the famed wheelchair scene from Kiss of Death. (Asswipes cut it before the giggle, though.)

Good job all around Richard. You won't really be missed, as we''ll always have your representations to amuse us.

Dodging the Bullets

Below: Not-Sen. Clinton & Sen. McSame. Talk about fun!
(Photo: Spencer Weiner/L. A. Times)
Time is short & we must e-mail the head-candler, but in all the fuss about Sen. Clinton & her time in Bosnia, we think the real question that should be asked is: "How the fuck does merely being under fire make any one a foreign policy expert?" Why does Sen. McBush's being shot down & allowing himself to be captured make him a national security expert? Why does the service of either of these two on the Senate Armed Services Committee make them anything more than pork-barrellers (or earmarkers, if you wanna get all 21st century)? By this criteria, anyone who's been shot at on an L. A. freeway should automatically be the next California Highway Patrol Commissioner.

Why is our foreign policy continually considered only in terms of bellicosity? Oh, right, highest murder rate of any developed nation, etc. Kill for Peace, or Peace Through Strength, or something.

Racist Trash

Every Tuesday is trash day somewhere; at the Los Angeles Times (& most other major metropolitan dailies) it's virtually every day, but Tuesday is toxic stupidity trash day, as the Times rolls out to the curb a can containing one Jonah Goldberg, ignoramus nonpareil. Yesterday's load, as usual, is barely worth the effort (the usual crude attempts to sweep issues of racial discrimination against non-white people under the rug) but there was one extra special note of idiocy we thought deserved mention.
Who is Janet Murguia? Oh, she's just the president of a group called the National Council of La Raza, which -- despite what they'll tell you -- means "the race."
We don't know "what they'll tell you" (& if Jonah knows he doesn't bother to tell us either) but it is the impression of Just Another Blog™ that "La Raza," in this case, refers to the fact that many or most of the people known as "Latino" or "Hispanic" in this hemisphere are, to varying degrees, descended from all three major breeding groups that compose the single "human" race, that is, the people from Asia who got here first, the Europeans who decided they should be running things & the Afrikan people who so kindly swam here under their own power & offered themselves & all their descendants for all eternity to help the Euros build things up in exchange for room & board, & maybe one of Massa's old shirts every couple of yrs. So there, Mr. Jonah Goldberg. One race, the human one, recombining here in the New World. The very "tea-colored world" that strikes fear in dedicated whitey-lovers all over. Not as much chance for advancement by nepotism in that new world, is there, Mrs. (Lucianne) Goldberg's son? The rest of the paragraph:
In fact, doesn't it seem like the majority of people begging for a "new conversation" on race are the same folks who shout "racist!" at anyone who disagrees with them?
In fact, doesn't it seem that most people who cry "Class Warfare!" when confronted w/ the facts of surplus labor, economic inequality & the shrinking of the middle-class are indeed those committing the class warfare against the classes underneath them on the economic ladder? Final Note: Fish wrapping version of the Times entitles the piece:
When haven't we talked about race?
While were one to go on-line, one would see:
A race conversation? What are you talking about? Judging by the reaction to Obama's speech, you'd think Americans had never uttered a word about race.
We're well aware that column titles are usually written by the op-ed editor at whichever paper (as columnists love to screech when called on an especially offensive title) but why/what's the diff here? Separate editors for cage-lining & web-viewing? Or...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Annals of Euphemism

From yesterday's West Coast fish-wrapper & today's East Coast cage-liner, we see that our boys & girls who've died in vain on the other side of the world (victims of, at the very least, voluntary manslaughter, at the hands of the Bush-Cheney criminal consortium) are now gloriously, poetically known as "The Fallen." NYT today: "Six of the Fallen, in Words They Sent Home" Yesterday's LAT: "Stories of the fallen" "Help, I've fallen & I can't get up! Again. Ever." Wouldn't destroying our Army & Marine Corps in a war of choice qualify as treason, or "aid & comfort to the enemy?" Aren't those impeachable offenses?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Blackwater Worldwide Keeps On Rollin'

As we aren't scared of Blackwater in the least (As if they could even find which park we're sleeping in; it changes every night.) we will refer you all to an article from Mother Jones (the magazine, not Tom's mom) as brought to our attention by lovely reader Sophia L. (Name changed for security purposes.) Looks as if BW is branching out. Remember, Mr. Prince is a hyper-religious nut-job who's convinced that Xtians are being "persecuted" anywhere there's not a Xtian theocracy, & would like to do something about it. An outfit like Greystone may well be able to function w/ virtually no legal checks on it. We doubt Barbados is going to put them out of business, even if they start shooting up any one in a Third World country who refuses to accept Jeezis as her or his personal savior.

Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics

Another bleeding-heart pinko opposed to personal responsibility who wants to steal your hard-earned money & give it all to bums weighs in w/ some "facts" & a story that attempts to tug at your heart strings. Fortunately, as a decent American, you have no heart, & this Marxist crap won't suck you in.
According to the most recent information provided by the Los Angeles Housing Service Assn. (current as of October), about 73,000 homeless people seek shelter or are on the streets on any given night in Los Angeles County. There are fewer than 13,000 shelter beds in the county, so more than 60,000 people live in the streets. Twenty-five percent are part of a homeless family, 15% are under the age of 18, and according to a study by the nonprofit group Shelter Partnership, there are from 3,000 to 4,000 homeless people older than 62 in L.A. County. When considering the causes of homelessness, the following statistics may provide some insight. Seventy-four percent of L.A.'s homeless are disabled in some way; 33% suffer severe mental illness; 35% are physically disabled; 42% struggle with addiction; and 50% are clinically depressed.
Jeez, no wonder we can't find "shelter." This article should have been headlined: "L. A. County to Homeless Low-Lifes: 'Fuck You!'" Hey Doc, a question: What, if any, is the difference between "severe mental illness" & "clinical depression?" Don't be slighting us here at Just Another Blog™. Just because the editor isn't a raving paranoid schizophrenic doesn't mean he's not totally screwed up. Not for much longer though. Here's another stat:
The Los Angeles Coalition to End Poverty and Homelessness [More accurate name for this group: Coalition to Smash Capitalism.] released a document in December that presented the results of a study of homeless mortality in the county from January 2000 through May 2007. This study presented the sobering statistic that the average age of death was 48.
Shee-yit, we're living on borrowed time already.
If a disease emerged that struck hundreds of thousands of people and killed its victims at an average age of 48, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would jump to attention and commit enormous resources to curing it. The National Institutes of Health would grant millions of dollars for research. Scientists who developed effective treatments would rightly be celebrated.
Here we must believe the doctor is being optimistic. Pollyannaish, even. Or naive.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Further First Amendment Violations

Why in the hell are both the Los Angeles & Santa Monica Public Libraries closed for Easter? They're only open from 1300-1700 anyway, why bother closing? Has the ACLU looked into this? (This of course means there'll be nothing desk-top published here until Mon. We believe our free speech rights are being curtailed.) We'd also like to complain about the God-squadders taking all of our glorious pagan/Northern European rabbit, egg & chick activity & conflating it w/ their pathetic resurrection fairy tale. It's spring, time to fuck, not to worship death, fools!!

Easter Notes From Hell

Mrs. Laura "Pickles" Bush. Are the eggs pickled too?

Mr. Pickles gave his weekly radio address today, violating the First Amendment as usual.
Easter is a holiday that beckons us homeward. This weekend is an occasion to reflect on the things that matter most in life: the love of family, the laughter of friends, and the peace that comes from being in the place you call home. Through good times and bad, these quiet mercies are sources of hope.
(Read that last sentence again. Does it have the slightest meaning, or is it just another platitude – if that – from the most platitudinous president ever?)

Funny, we thought Thanksgiving was the holiday where all America ran like lemmings to some relative or another's house to drink. Isn't Easter the holiday where throngs of drunken collegians run like lemmings to the seashore & act like George Bush used to, before he found Jeezis & (allegedly) got off the sauce? George's connection to actuality is about as tenuous as Sen. McSame's.
On Easter, we remember especially those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. These brave individuals have lived out the words of the Gospel: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." And our Nation's fallen heroes live on in the memory of the Nation they helped defend.
Say, kind of a fucking shame that those almost 4,000 "brave individuals" (most of whom probably died with their skivvies full of shit & piss) won't be coming back to life in another three or so days, as Bush's favorite political philosopher, Jeezis Hussein Christ, is rumored to, isn't it? Not to mention the uncounted contractors & mercenaries. Or the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, & the millions of Iraqis who don't have "the peace that comes from being in the place you call home?" Not even an afterthought to our president. What a holy man he is. Read this if you doubt it:

Presidential Message: Easter 2008

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."
John 11:25

Laura and I send greetings to all those celebrating the joyful holiday of Easter.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds people around the world of the presence of a faithful God who offers a love more powerful than death. Easter commemorates our Savior's triumph over sin, and we take joy in spending this special time with family and friends and reflecting on the many blessings that fill our lives. During this season of renewal, let us come together and give thanks to the Almighty who made us in His image and redeemed us in His love.

On this glorious day, we remember our brave men and women in uniform who are separated from their families by great distances. We pray for their safety and strength, and we honor those who gave their lives to advance peace and secure liberty across the globe.

Happy Easter. May God bless you, and may God bless our great Nation.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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No Passover message yet.

Friday, March 21, 2008

There's One on Every Corner, & There's One Born Every Minute

Besides screwing people stupid enough to pay their ridiculous prices for ground beans & water w/ some flavoring added, Starbucks™ has been (no surprise here) screwing its wage-slaves. A judge in San Diego ruled yesterday that the practice of letting "shift supervisors" help themselves to the tip jars was wrong, wrong, wrong. (Remember, "supervisor" is Latin for overseer. As in plantation labor. We don't know what the fuck-tuck-tucking hell a "barista" is.)
Saying baristas were entitled to $86 million in back tips plus interest, San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett also issued an injunction preventing Starbucks’ shift supervisors from sharing in future tips. Cowett said the practice was a violation of a state law prohibiting managers and supervisors from sharing in employee tips. Starbucks Corp. spokeswoman Valerie O’Neil said the company planned an immediate appeal, calling the ruling “fundamentally unfair and beyond all common sense and reason.”
Pardon us Val, it's, how do you say it, "against the law?" And if you don't like the law, you can always bribe some legislators to change it, fascista. Valerie went on to say:
“This case was filed by a single former barista and, despite Starbucks request, the interests of the shift supervisors were not represented in litigation.”
Then who exactly was Starbucks'™ team of legal eagles representing, assuming there was representation? Won't you even stand up for your managers?
Terry Chapko, an attorney for the baristas, said the ruling was a victory, but the case was far from over. “Starbucks should be paying their shift supervisors a supervisory wage, not compensating them through tips that legally belong to baristas,” he said.
Oh, now we get it. Starbucks™ is interested in paying its overseers & plantation managers the least possible amount it can, just as w/ its "baristas." Don't believe Valerie for a minute. Their hearts do not bleed for their management wage-slaves either. It shouldn't be hard for the urbane sophisticates who read this to locate one of their ubiquitous stores; we suggest you heave a heavy object through a Starbucks™ window tonight. A heavy object like a Starbucks™ shareholder, or an executive vice-president.

Famous Last Interview Words

From the recently late Arthur C. Clarke
who died Wednesday at age 90 and left explicit instructions that no religious ceremony accompany his death. (For good measure: In what was possibly his last interview, in BBC Focus magazine last December, he said the greatest danger humanity faced was "Organised religion polluting our minds as it pretends to deliver morality and spiritual salvation.")
No shit.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

From Sen. Bab's Out-Box to Our In-Box

Dear Friend: I have joined in an effort to ensure that seniors, people with disabilities, and children who rely on Medicare and Medicaid can continue to receive care under these programs. As you may know, the Bush Administration recently proposed unprecedented cuts of nearly $200 billion to services that patients and communities rely on. Medicare alone would see funding for hospital programs cut by $135 billion. I recently joined other Senators in writing to the Senate Budget Committee, and asking that the proposed cuts in Medicare and Medicaid funding be rejected so that people who depend on these services will have assurance that they will continue to receive care. Many people who rely on Medicare and Medicaid already are facing challenges, including rising pharmaceutical and specialized care costs and physicians who may decline to take new patients. This is not the time to create new challenges by slashing the budget for these programs. You can count on me to continue working to ensure that the people who need medical services the most can receive it. Sincerely, Barbara Boxer United States Senator
Senator Babs wrote a fucking letter!! Wowie Zowie! That's really kewl. I know it'll be a big help to losers like The Editor here, who is asked "Do you have Medicare/MediCal?" by every single gov't. or private agency he has any contact w/ in his effort to find someplace inside to sleep. Really, is this what these fucking people do all day in Washington, send letters to each other? "Please don't hurt dem po' folks no mo', Sen. Brer Fox, don't cut off they funds, an' please don't throw me in the briar patch!" "Fuck you!" is a waste of three and a half perfectly good vowels & an exclamation point on crap like this. Tell you what, Senator Babs, why don't you write a fucking letter to the damned Social Security Administration & tell them to get a move on w/ their obligatory turn-down of The Editor's first application so he can hurry up & get the appeal going? That might be a service to your constituents. Or at least one of them.

I'm Sick & Tired/And I Really Have My Doubts/I've Tried & Tried/But It Never Really Works Out

Screwed again by the heartless, faceless, scatter-brained bureaucracy. And we knew better, but didn't want to tell someone how to do her job. At least she gave me bus tokens, so no hard cash was wasted on a trip to nowhere. A sad state of affairs, when the editor of this web log has a better idea of how to do something w/in the County Mental Health bureaucracy then its own wage-slaves do. Just too smart for our own good. Our problem all our life. (Here we break into song, something along the lines of: "I wish that I were stupid/as fucking dumb as you/I wish that I were stupid/then I'd be happy too." Needs a little work, but you get the idea. Or are you stupid too? We bet you just might be. Wouldn't want to be different, would you?) Anyway, we've just about had it. 54 yrs. wasted in this world of liars, thieves, murderers & cheaters, not one fucking thing to show for it, & surrounded by stupid, ignorant incompetents every step of the way. Oh, no, we have three bags of shit to show for it ("Yes sir, yes sir, three bags of shit full.") which we have to drag around w/ us everywhere we go. That's something to show. Show the world that we're dangerous homeless scum, mostly. Quiver in fear, members of the housed community! We may urinate in your fucking alley some day. That'd be the end of your world, wouldn't it? We wish that one of those bags were filled w/ something that would blow up real good; one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter, as they say, & we'd really like to free most of the world from their mortgages & SUVs & hair-styles & hideous jobs (even worse: "careers") & relatives & beliefs & everything else, especially their ugly bodies. P. S.: We were really fucking angry before we spent some of our precious Food Stamps on some food. Two new assholes would have been torn, & many more idle threats would have been made. Hope this was enough to keep you happy for a while.

Annals of Pin-Dickery

That squeaking in the corner there? No, it's not a little mouse w/ its tail in a trap, it's a conservative trying to show both his macho (Or, in Freudian terminology, "Still trying to show mother something?") & how clever, creative, & artistic he is. (W/o being thought of as a sissy though. Wonder what Klavan thought of 300?) Anyway, it's news to Andrew that David Mamet is some sort of RW type. Take a gander at The Unit ("Herr Doktor Freud, paging Herr Doktor Freud.") Mamet's paean to the boys who commit crimes for us in the name of democracy, Tuesdays @2100 Eastern & Pacific on CBS. Appears that Mamet officially came out of the conservative closet in The Village Voice last wk., & little Andy is all a-twitter.
The left has monopolized the arts for so long that some on the right have lost the knack of them. We love to denounce Hollywood and indulge in paroxysms of rage about the latest artistic insults to patriotism and God. But when it comes actually to producing mature and complex works of art -- or supporting the people who produce them -- a good conservative can be very hard to find.
You don't suppose that has anything to do w/ '"conservatives" being brain-dead receptors of conventional wisdom, authority & tradition, do you? Note, for example, the linking of "patriotism" & "God." Or his summation of Mamet's plays:
searching for remnants of heroism in the rubble of modernity through a hilarious and poetic tough-guy vernacular.
ANDREW (from offstage right, in whiny simpering voice):
Oh, there aren't any heroes in this horrid modern world any more. Oh, tough-guy vernacular is just the coolest, don't you think, Bruce? Hold on for these two:
The journey 60-year-old Mamet has made from being what he calls a "brain-dead liberal" to acknowledging the genius of philosophers such as Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman is a difficult one for an artist. We in the creative world swim in liberalism like fish in water. It's hard for us even to imagine that one might evolve and walk on dry land.
Note that Thomas Sowell is a "genius philosopher."
So now Mamet has grasped the nettle. He will come to find out just how small-minded, exclusionary and intellectually corrupt many on the left can be. Colleagues may abandon him; theater critics will contrive to ignore and attack him; his dependable audience may turn away.
If Mamet's going find "intellectual corruption" anywhere, it'll be coming from the mouth of Thomas Sowell. And wasn't the deservedly dead Milton Friedman alleged to be an economist, rather than a philosopher? That may explain the problem w/ most of his ideas. That & the fact that people like Chile's Generalissimo Pinochet are the ones most likely to carry out his "reforms." And if any one "turns away" from Mamet's art, it'll probably be because it's become propagandist shit, not because he's no longer a "brain-dead liberal." This is awfully repellent too:
Will they turn out for his plays and embrace their excellence? His is a hard language of four-letter words and scorching insights. Will rightists, despite their commitment to good behavior and values, remember that art is an examination of the world as it is, not as we would have it be?
Good behavior, huh? Wholesale murder & torture is excellent behavior, but don't say "poopie-doodie" on stage. Values, he says. They "value" everything, but know the worth of nothing, to coin a phrase. And art (although what Klavan knows of it is beyond us) as examination of the world as it is is exactly why the arts are hardly filled w/ the right wing fantasists who worship Reagan & think Cheney's "So?" is the height of clever discourse. The right wing, however, is filled w/ louts. But Klavan thinks that Mamet may still be able to get some:
He will meet women of intelligence and competence who -- mirabile dictu -- don't despise men and manliness but openly admire them.
"How 'bout belching for me again, big boy? You're such a man, not like those nancy boy artists! And your vernacular is tough as nails!! Ravish me, you brute!!" And let's take a peep at what passes for art (& manliness) in the Klavan klavern. This is straight from Andy's website:

Damnation Street They are two sworn enemies with a single obsession: a woman on the run from them both. Scott Weiss is a private detective. John Foy is a professional killer. The woman is Julie Wyant, a hooker with the face of an angel. Julie spent one night with Foy - a night of psychopathic cruelty that Foy called love. Desperate to get away from him, she vanished without a trace. And Foy wants her back. There's only one man who can find her: Weiss, the best locate operative in the business. She's begged him not to look for her, fearing he'll bring the killer in his wake. But Weiss can't stay away. Now, from a town called Paradise, through a wilderness that feels like hell, Weiss searches for Julie - and the killer follows, waiting for his chance. They are two expert hunters matching move for move - until it ends in gunfire on Damnation Street.

There's further disgusting crap in Klavan's screed, & we can't let this one pass:
Rather than the low and tiresome obsession of the left with the color of people's skins, he will find people who embrace a philosophical colorblindness.
Jeezis Hussein Christ, you fucking asshole, who was obsessed w/ the color of people's skins, & their superiority or inferiority, & how one "race" should be in charge of all other "races" for most of the history of this country? For the right to deny history, & then accuse the left of being "low and tiresome" in its efforts to bring about that "philosophical colorblindness" is as good an indication as any that Mamet is unlikely to
discover thinkers who seek historical and moral truth as if it really mattered[.]
on the right. So Klavan, you pin-dicked overcompensator, if you're man enough to live in Southern California, I cheerfully challenge you to an ass whuppin'. Show us what a hero you are. It'd be worth a few days in jail if we could keep you from writing another book or "adapting" another Japanese movie.

Mono-Syllabic Dick

From WaPo:
After a reporter cited polls showing that two-thirds of Americans oppose the Iraq war, Cheney responded: "So?"
Yeah, this is a unitary executive, not a republic, let alone a democracy, & don't any of you peasants forget it.
"I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls," he added in an interview in Oman with ABC News. "There has in fact been fundamental change and transformation and improvement for the better."
Sure has. That Iraqi gov't. is united & moving as one, the insurgents are just a few dead-enders in their last throes, there's no more sectarian squabbling, blah blah blah. Meanwhile, in the real world...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Multiple Faces Have They

Perhaps the lack of demands that Sen. John ("Bomb-bomb") McCain denounce & repudiate various statements by one of his "spiritual guides," Rod Parsley, & the other mega-church pastor whose endorsement he actively sought, John Hagee, as opposed to the hysteria concerning the sermons of the retiring pastor (Baaa! Baaa!) of Sen. Obama's church has something to do w/ Jeremiah Wright's comments (Except that the gov't. developed HIV to kill black people; why would it even bother, black people die younger already?) all being true, whereas the "end times" crap spouted by Hagee & Parsley is obviously the ranting of the delusional mentally ill (You too can play "Spot The Symptoms." Just get out your DSM-IVTR & start flipping through it.) & needn't be taken seriously by serious white people, while Wright is speaking the truth & the slapping of the juiciest parts all over the media is embarrassing to those who say that the only racism in This Great Nation of Ours™ is when black people mention that they might have gotten a raw deal at the hands of Euro-Americans. (And are still getting a raw deal.) Let's take a closer look at ol' Rod's "prosperity gospel," through the lens of an actual (Gasp!) Xtian who takes issue w/ the prayer hankies, etc. Even his own people see right through his scamming. From the spiritual to the profane, we go to David Corn, formerly of The Nation, who's taken his keyboard to Mother Jones, & dug into some of Pastor Parsley's plans for the physical, political world.
Parsley claims that Islam is an "anti-Christ religion" predicated on "deception." The Muslim prophet Muhammad, he writes, "received revelations from demons and not from the true God." And he emphasizes this point: "Allah was a demon spirit."
Just Another Blog™ does support the eradication of Islam, & all other religions. One of the first steps would be to recognize that "Allah" was not "a demon spirit," but the hallucinatory delusion of a mentally troubled merchant from Medina. Again, check the DSM-IVTR. (Sadly, no longer available on the innertubes. Try any chain bookstore or the lie-berry.) Rod's take on This Great Nation of Ours™ vis-a-vis Islam:

I do not believe our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand our historical conflict with Islam. I know that this statement sounds extreme, but I do not shrink from its implications. The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed [.]

He traces this back to Christopher Columbus. Seriously. And is, of course, a dominionist. Well, fair enough, "Bomb-bomb" thinks this is an "Xtian" country, & you might remember he was a little nervous at the prospect of a Moooslim pres. a few months back, 'til he made a U-turn w/the "Straight Talk Express." Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop. P. S.: This just in, as we type:
McCain: Sunni? Shia? What? Where did all that vaunted national security experience go? WaPo: Sen. John McCain, traveling in the Middle East to promote his foreign policy expertise, misidentified in remarks Tuesday which broad category of Iraqi extremists are allegedly receiving support from Iran. He said several times that Iran, a predominately Shiite country, was supplying the mostly Sunni militant group, al-Qaeda. In fact, officials have said they believe Iran is helping Shiite extremists in Iraq. Speaking to reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital, McCain said he and two Senate colleagues traveling with him continue to be concerned about Iranian operatives "taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back." Pressed to elaborate, McCain said it was "common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that's well known. And it's unfortunate." A few moments later, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate's ear. McCain then said: "I'm sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda."
Emphasis theirs. Either MoJo's or WaPo's. Being a prisoner of war does not foreign policy experience make.

Homeless Notes From All Over

Olga (top) & Helen (below)

Sadly, just in our brief time on the streets, we've had to turn down more than one offer from attractive but aging women to take us into their homes. Hard to believe that a parasite such as Just Another Blog™ would pass up such opportunities, but we're just a little nervous due to the (alleged) activities of the septuagenarian slaughterers, Helen & Olga, whose trial on charges of taking in homeless men & staging hit & run fatalities for the insurance they took out on said hard cases has just gotten underway. Boy, we could be on easy street right now, but we're just a little too nervous.

Helen & Olga are

accused of murdering a pair of Los Angeles homeless men in a chillingly deliberate scheme that required them to feed and shelter their victims for two years -- the period after which insurance companies often cannot contest policies -- before crushing them to death under cars in dark alleys.
Grim, eh? And no rest for the weary (us).

2001 + 7

Arthur C. Clarke, the remaining member of the science fiction "Big Three" (the other two having been Isaac Asimov & Robert A. Heinlein) died early this a. m. If not for him there might not be any satellite communication.
A radar pioneer in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Clarke wrote a 1945 article in Wireless World magazine in which he outlined a worldwide communications network based on fixed satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 22,300 miles -- an orbital area now often referred to as the Clarke Orbit. Clarke's seminal article, for which he received $40, was published two decades before Syncom II became the world's first communications satellite put into geosynchronous orbit in 1963.
Well, someone had to come up w/ the concept, but he was the first. Thus, DirecTV, satellite 'phones, that delay between the anchor person & international correspondents (they call it "instantaneous" communication) & many other ills of the modern age:
Deemed a scientific prophet, Clarke foretold an array of technological notions in his works such as space stations, moon landings using a mother ship and a landing pod, cellular phones and the Internet. "Nobody has done more in the way of enlightened prediction," science-fiction author Isaac Asimov once wrote.
Oddly enough, in our desire to escape the grim reality that surrounds us, we've recently been reading anthologies of early or "classic" sci-fi short stories from both the L. A. & S. M. Public Libraries. Clarke had a few early classics. Guess that $40.00 for the satellite concept wasn't enough to keep him going, so he had to keep writing.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bail Out (w/ Golden Parachute)

If we here at Just Another Blog™ were not so full of hate, pain, rage & fear (to name but a few of our "emotions") we might be able to gently mock the parasitical scum that control the financial markets & make our lives miserable w/ their greed, filthy hypocrisy & sense of entitlement. But the chances of mockery w/o a full keyboard melt-down are slim to none, so for some mild invective, let's turn it over to a guy who has to go to the same cocktail parties as the rest of them, Mr. E. J. Dionne Jr.:
Never do I want to hear again from my conservative friends about how brilliant capitalists are, how much they deserve their seven-figure salaries and how government should keep its hands off the private economy.
See? He has "conservative friends." How are we to get the truth about economics from someone who claims to have such friends? Probably financial conservatives, not the drooling, hallucinating, schizophrenic religios who endorse Sen. John ("Bomb bomb") McCain, but still.
The Wall Street titans have turned into a bunch of welfare clients. They are desperate to be bailed out by government from their own incompetence, and from the deregulatory regime for which they lobbied so hard. They have lost "confidence" in each other, you see, because none of these oh-so-wise captains of the universe have any idea what kinds of devalued securities sit in one another's portfolios. [...] Enter the federal government, the institution to which the wealthy are not supposed to pay capital gains or inheritance taxes. Good God, you don't expect these people to trade in their BMWs for Saturns, do you?
Our favorite potential outrage would be the investor class having to take its lunch to work. Of course, the lunch would be packed by "illegal" immigrant slave-labor. Nonetheless, what an indignity!
So now the bailouts begin, and Wall Street usefully might feel a bit of gratitude, perhaps by being willing to have the wealthy foot some of the bill or to acknowledge that while its denizens were getting rich, a lot of Americans were losing jobs and health insurance. I'm waiting.
Don't hold your breath, E. J. We've been waiting quite a while ourselves. How are those cocktail weenies, anyhow?

Irksome, Tedious & Banal

The editorial staff here is exhausted & bored today. But we shall not bore you. Leave, & find information or abuse elsewhere. Go on, scat! Shoo!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Blame America: First, Always & Often

A reader (more like likely a mouth-breather who wraps his/her lips around every syllable) who signs him/herself "A Christian Prophet" comments:
It's not about the pastor. If Obama's THEOLOGY is seen for what it is the election is lost. See: http://miraclesdaily.blogspot.com/
which leads to "Our Conservative Spirit." Jesus Hussein Christ on a Crutch, where do they grow these automatons? Just in case you haven't yet had enough green beer to make you vomit, let's pull just a few samples from OCS:
Barack Obama is not a real Christian. He is a Marxist attempting to sneak into the flock in Christian clothing. His most beloved early teacher was a communist. (See: Barack Obama's Communist Friend and Guru).
Funny, huh? These people can't find an enemy to replace the dreaded menace of Communism (not even swarthy Mooooslims who WANT TO BLOW US UP11!1 are scary enough) so they rely on the spectre of Marxism to attract the 60 yr.-old & up demographic that had fear of Stalin so inculcated in them it's never coming out. Or is Sen. Obama merely the ultimate in evil? A mixed-race (as we all know, colored people are naturally docile & take well to slavery, it's only when you get white blood lusting for liberty in them that they're dangerous) Muslim radical Marxist. Talk about hitting the trifecta!!
A free market does redistribute wealth, but by means of voluntary transactions and voluntary charity which affords spiritual benefits to all. To grasp the unnatural insanity of Obama's agenda of using taxation (government force) to redistribute wealth, it is only necessary to imagine a reasonable person covered with leaches[sic]. Might as well just lay there and let the leaches [sic] go on sucking ... true or false? In other words, how long are producers of wealth going to continue producing wealth knowing it will be redistributed by force?
There's so much stupidity in that paragraph we're not even going to bother, other than to note that there's so much charity going on that Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon went off the air the first yr. it was on; donations were so magnanimous that the disease cured itself. And heart disease & cancer? Gone w/ the buggy whip. Just Another Blog™ can personally advise you how much private charity has helped us in our current situation. No need whatsoever for gov't. assistance. Yes, charity has put an end even to unpopular diseases & conditions, except the sickness of not producing "substantial" wealth. That is a sin that cannot be forgiven. And remember, it must be "substantial." No mere millionaires allowed:
...those who do not produce substantial wealth must be protected from learning the lessons the results of their decisions are trying to teach them.
For if you do not "produce substantial wealth" you must be taught a lesson, by not receiving any charity, except when it can be used like a stick to teach you the Jeezis lesson. And that "affords spiritual benefits to all." And may we ask quickly about those who do indeed "produce substantial wealth," except that they do it at minimum wage, w/o health insurance (WalMart, foe example) & all that wealth goes to others (Walton family members, for example) who produce nothing but memos from the head office?
Jesus Christ tells us in his modern day revelation, A Course in Miracles, that taxation was invented by mankind, not God. And He tells us that we will abolish taxation when we wake up. Until then we might have to convert Barack Obama and his followers to true Christianity.
No idea what the "modern day revelation, A Course in Miracles" is, but it's plastered all over Our Conservative Spirit. "Modern day revelation" makes this reporter think Joe Smith & Mormonosity, but who knows? And who invented tithing, again? So, A Christian Prophet (modest little fellow, aren't you?) please respond as soon as your charity volunteering can be put aside for a moment. If you are anywhere in the Southern California area, we'd love to meet you somewhere & debate. Bring a few copies of A Course in Miracles, we'll use them to pound a modicum of sense into your pea-sized dinosaur brain, you chump!! Seriously, that is an actual physical threat against your person, you deranged sub-human. It's assault. Are you & your butt-buddy Jeezis going to do anything about it? Or will you just rermain hiding behind His skirtsrobe, you closet-case?

Up the Irish!!

In all possible orifices. Columbus has a day, the wop-a-dagos get all hot & bothered about that. Mythical figure St. Paddy has a day, the bog monkeys have a parade & vomit green everywhere. How 'bout Just Another Blog's™ Teutonic ancestors? All we get is Hitler's B-Day, except somehow the potheads got hold of that. We guess that our quarter-Italiano heritage should be satisfied w/ Columbus Day (a real Federal holiday, you Guinness suckers should notice) & shut up about the whole thing.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Real Terror Threat to Real Americans

One time acquaintance & professional loudmouth Johnny Angel (forced, for one reason or another, to use his legal name, Johnny Wendell, on air) suggested today on his 0700-0900 Sat. show on L. A.'s own KTLK 1150AM "progressive" talk station that the various federal anti-terror laws passed in the wake of 11 September 2001 should be used immediately by Generalissimo Bush to round up gang members (there's been a spate of gang shootings of alleged innocents here in Los Angeles recently) declare them enemy combatants & ship 'em to Gitmo. Sounds like an excellent idea to us, but since contributions to Republicans are more likely to come from developers & car dealers, we're sure the only Federal activity against domestic terror will continue to be against "eco-terrorists" who deface Hummers or burn down McMansions & gigantic apartment complexes that are under construction, w/o killing anyone. When the FBI says "eco-terrorists," we suspect they mean people who are terrorizing the economy (the campaign contributors' economy, that is) not those who are acting to protect the environment. No idea where one could find the stats, bet we'll bet our next General Relief check that more Americans have been killed by gang-related violence since 11 Sept. 2001 than died in the attacks that day.

God Damn America to Hell!!!

We at Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ would like to announce our complete & absolute endorsement of Jeremiah Wright's "incendiary" sermons. Incendiary, in this case, meaning truthful. The truth hurts, doesn't it? We also "vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements" that have been made by Sen. Obama trying to disassociate himself from J. W.'s truth. Stand up like a man, Barack. If "Insane in the Membrane" McCain can actively seek the endorsement of John Hagee, & be photographed w/ him (not that Just Another Blog™ thinks the Roman Catholic Church is any thing but The Whore of Babylon & a cult) then why can't you be a man & support the truth your "pastor" (Guess that makes you a fucking sheep to be led around, doesn't it?) has the intestinal fortitude to speak. P. S.: There are better sermons than the one linked to above, where Wright does indeed say: "God Bless America? God Damn America!" So say we all here at Just Another Blog™, except for the Gawd part, 'cause there ain't no such thing!

Friday, March 14, 2008

More on Mental Health (Or the Lack Thereof)

I've no idea why the "group" concept is so fucking popular w/ mental health professionals, other than laziness or a feeling that compensation for their labor isn't enough (probably isn't, in the public sphere) so let the wig jobs handle it themselves. Why, just yesterday, being in a mood to grab a sledgehammer & begin wreaking total & absolute destruction on inanimate objects ranging from newsracks to single-story buildings, I attended an hour-long group described as "Living with Strong Emotions," facilitated by an unpaid non-professional ( just plain busybody?) who took cues from Big Bill W.'s Big Blue Book of Big-Ass Bullshit. (I've got your Moral Re-Armament & higher power right here, you surrendering losers!) Once the nine or ten groupies introduced themselves, said how they were feeling on a scale of one to ten (I guess) & expressed gratitude (Didn't some wise-ass say "Gratitude is an emotion for dogs?") for something, as well as explained the trivial reason they were less than a 10 (really, you wouldn't believe some of the insignificant crap, compared to my glorious troubles) & the person who won't shut up & always has something on a tangent to add "contributed" (Is it a Law of Group Dynamics that every group has one?) I'd only been able to rant/rave for two minutes, & the group was over w/o any concrete, positive suggestions as to why I shouldn't start smashing things. There seems to be some concept that being in a group w/ other less functional types is "supportive," whatever that means, but it's not the support this melancholic needs, it's housing, not an over-medicated slow-talker offering me a hug. (Not that any one offered one, but you know what I mean.) Not to be a sexist pig, but recognizing, if not celebrating the differences between the sexes, mental health workers should realize that support, to males (one of whom I more or less count myself) means a resolution of the problem, not a processing of the emotions (whatever the hell that means) as occurs when women gab about their problems. (OK, "gab" could qualify as sexist, but I find the slang of past ages highly amusing, & at least I didn't type "have a henfest.") Something I realized at a sadly late age, but now that I understand it I'm not letting the concept go. All jocularity aside, what are we supposed to get from these things? There is almost always the person who won't shut up but is way off on a tangent, the person (often me) who doesn't want to share w/ the group, & cliches, platitudes & psycho-babble/jargon from all. And the sub-text of being a member of the group, participating, not being isolated, ad nauseum. I. e., they want you back in the herd so you may be manipulated w/ greater ease, & become a productive member of Pig Nation again. Phooey!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Day Off & a $ Short

We note that Friday the Thirteenth has arrived a day early this month.

Don't Even Bother Asking

You bet your sweet ass we're as bitter as fuck here at Just Another Blog™? How'd you notice?

Econ Notes From All Over

The latest indicators indicate recession. Here at Just Another Blog™ we can't wait for an economic depression, so middle-class pigs will be right there w/ us, wandering the streets aimlessly w/ all their material goods in a couple of bags, victimized by callous, greedy landlords, wondering where their "investments" went (See that yacht at the marina? That's where your retirement is, sucker!) & why they can't get Medicare or any other help. Bush War & Reagan economics, taking us back to feudal society. Couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving nation.

Where's The Outrage?

Unlike other office holders recently caught w/ their pants down, the most prominent of whom would be Sens. Craig (R-ID) & Vitter (R-LA), Gov. Spitzer resigned his office, although we here at Just Another Blog™ saw no reason for him to do so. None of the ex-gov.'s personal activities are really any of our or the gummint's business. And where are all the glibertarians bemoaning the gov't. prying into people's bank acc'ts. & personal lives? Apparently if you believe the "free market" doesn't mean a free pass for corruption & cheating, & then do something about, it's another story for the forces of "Freedom and Liberty." Maybe Spitzer should pull a Larry Craig & change his mind about resigning, so he can at least serve the remainder of his term. Wonder if Sen. Diaper-Doo Vitter plans to run again, & if the good moralists of the state of Louisiana will send him back to Washington? (They may just want to have him safely out of their state, so they can concentrate on titty-flashing for plastic beads.)

Rant/Rave Concluded

Yesterday I ran out of time (& it's running out for all of us) to conclude effectively my little load of righteous anger, by returning to the R. D. Laing reference (Hard to stop once a good spew of hatred, rage & pain starts, & the Santa Monica Public Library only gives one 90 mins./day.) The point being that if this unspeakably horrid culture/society/scam ("the world") that's been perpetrated/constructed on this once decent & honest planet by you awful mutants believes me to be "mentally ill" for not wanting to be a part of it, it is the one illin', not I. Step back & look in the mirror, world. Why would I want to have anything to do w/ either the ignoramuses or, even worse, those who think they know something, but don't? For example:
Only 28% of the public knows that nearly 4,000 Americans have died in the Iraq war[.] [...] In the poll released Wednesday, around a third said about 3,000 U.S. troops have died and about one in 10 said 2,000. On the other hand, about a quarter put the figure close to 5,000. The actual number Wednesday was 3,987, according to the independent website icasualties.org.
Of course there's a partial excuse for this stupidity: The media needs you to be a brain-dead food tube, consuming tainted beef & useless Made-in-China-by-slave-laborers-who-have-what-used-to-be-your-jobs objects.
The portion of news stories that are about the war also has dropped in recent months, according to a study by the nonpartisan Project for Excellence in Journalism.
The medication I take doesn't make me feel any more like participating in or "contributing" (that means being exploited like a dog, for those of you reading by wrapping your lips around each & every syllable) to this world. Desiring blissful ignorance of & numbness to all that surrounds me (Will it & they never shut up?) is a healthy reaction, not a sick one. Enough of this, already. What's the point (of anything)?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mental Health/Illness Manifesto Rant/Rave

It was some published shrink (R. D. Laing?) who wrote that mental "health" was defined by society. Here's my take, in the first person singular, so you'll know I mean it. I'm not interested. I'm not interested in being a "healthy" member of your unhealthy, death-worshipping culture. I'm not interested in being a member of your "community," which means only sucking up to you & playing the same fucking political games that I can't play (I wouldn't be in this situation in the first place if I could, would I?) in the"real" world either. I'm not interested in being in "groups" where the truly deranged go off on tangents & I get nothing but more hopelessness & despair. I'm not interested in having to attend your bullshit chapel services to get a meal or a cot. (Stop preying on the ruined & hopeless, religious assholes. Take your fucking missionary work to the wealthy, successful & popular, see how far your exploitation goes there!) I'm not interested in receiving charity from wealthy women (that's the alliterative form, the rhyming form is "rich bitches") attempting to use up their spare time, & assuage their guilt for prostituting themselves to men who lie, cheat, steal & murder to achieve success & buy trophy wives in this world of liars, cheaters, murderers & thieves. It's entirely about how much better they feel about themselves after "helping" poor unfortunates. Stick your day old bread from overpriced, pretentious Westside restaurants up your various wretched holes! I am not interested in waiting in lines for food or shelter, nor am I interested in waiting on lists for yrs. & yrs & yrs. for transitional or permanent shelter. I am not interested in being a wage-slave to a corporation that will pay me a wage (even though it's a $ or two an hour over the so-called minimum wage) that will not allow me to live alone, w/ a tiny amount of creature comfort, in this city of shit & pain. Especially when said corporation's managers will treat me like a piece of shit. It's not enough that your humanity is destroyed by the crummy wages, they must take what little dignity one might have too. Screw 'em. But enough negativity. Here are positive affirmations, for your lying, stupid, "Oh, don't be so negative," attitudes even though I'm living in the streets & piss-drenched alleys on $221.00 cash & $160.00 in Food Stamps a month, w/ no realistic hope for any relief, just an even shorter life w/ greater physical suffering. Easy for you to say, w/ your crummy job "helping" people, which seems to consist of telling them to "be positive," or "chill out." I am not blind. I know what my future holds, & there's nothing "positive," or "possible" about it. I am intelligent, much more intelligent than you, who are too stupid, ignorant, or willfully blind to notice that everything is made of shit & you are all dying. I know too much for my own good. I am tired of living & less & less scared of death, especially as I hope to take many of you w/ me when I go, or at the very least screw up traffic somewhere, or delay the Red Line for quite some time. I could not possibly care any less, except for the destruction & agony I will leave in my wake. I am nothing to you, you are less than nothing to me. I will not die w/o being noticed! NB: This has not made me feel any better. But it's entertaining. Can't tell if I mean all of it or not, can you? P. S.: Should I tell my shrink or case managers or any other of the useless "be positive" element about my little "web log?" Because the slightest threat against their precious world of violence, hatred, war, greed & general evil would result in my being committed to a mental hospital, while the truly insane & violent continue their merry way through the world, in positions of power, producing & causing more twisted fucks in their image. Yes, George Bush & Dick Cheney can rant, rave, rattle their sabres and threaten entire nations w/ horrid mutilation & death from above any time they fucking want to, but I mention that I'm tired of living & wouldn't mind being dead, & it's off to the loony bin. Where's the justice, or even simple fairness, in that?I'm glad I'll be dead soon; your world that I never wanted anything to do w/is only going to become worse. I pity the young, for even worse shall be their world, though at least in part it will be their own fault. And that's it for today's Ranting Lunatic Prophecy Corner!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Compare & Contrast (Again)

We're beginning to think that we should transform this "web log" into a review of the L. A. Times, as we no longer have 16 hrs./day to wander the web looking for outrages, but instead are limited to dead trees & radio waves for our input & inspiration. Example: Just yesterday we referred to a Times op-ed about the probable return of RW militias. Yes, we understand the difference between an op-ed (not written by a Times staffer) & a news article written & edited by Times employees. Still, the one day separation between the op-ed,
Home-grown terrorism Current political conditions are conducive to violent domestic extremism.
& today's
Domestic terror groups in disarray after Sept. 11 After the violent mayhem of the '90s, right-wing extremist groups are less active. Some believe the 2001 attacks diverted rage away from the U.S. government and toward foreigners.
is somewhat amusing. And in no way, shape or form does today's story indicate there won't be a revival of domestic non-governmental terror. Nor, indeed, does today's piece make any note of the facts from the op-ed, that is, this sort of mania flourishes under (relatively) liberal administrations. It does refer to those dangerous "eco-terrorists" that the FBI wastes so much time on. Let's see how the FBI will respond to RW hate groups screaming that "the Democrats surrendered to Al-Qaida" by pulling troops out of Iraq (assuming such actually happens, & we're not holding our breath) therefore any action against the current "Jew-dominated" gov't. is legitimate & necessary. Funny part (there's always something w/ these people):
Three years after foreign terrorists killed nearly 3,000 Americans in the Sept. 11 attacks, Steve Holten left the San Francisco Bay Area, drove east through the Tahoe National Forest, skirted the Truckee River and settled himself in Reno. Here he proclaimed himself a lieutenant colonel of the local chapter of Aryan Nations. He sent an e-mail to area newspapers declaring war on the federal government, the media and the Jews. But no war came. Holten's career as a domestic terrorist was short and uneventful. FBI agents promptly arrested him, and a federal grand jury indicted him for transmitting a threatening e-mail. He pleaded guilty and served four months in prison. After getting out he contracted the AIDS virus, and he was rearrested, this time for soliciting a man for sex in a nearby city park. With shaved head and Nazi lightning-bolt tattoos on his neck, Holten is emblematic of how far the anti-government terrorism movement has sunk in the years since the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
Don't worry, The South (or its mentality, if you can call it that) will rise again.

Lapel Pin Patriotism

The eternally shallow Jonah Goldberg offers yet more drivel to This Great Nation of Ours™, pretending there's no difference between nationalism & the "patriotism" he'd like to practice (try enlisting & "surging" in Iraq, Loadpants, if you're such a patriot, rather than attempting to lower the national I. Q. w/ every sentence you type). Key line:
Nationalism, a romantic sensibility, says "my country is always right." Patriots hope that their nation will make the right choice.
And left-o-commie Democrats actually try to make the nation make the right choice. Case in point: The invasion & occupation of Iraq. What was the "right choice" there? And whose "patriotism" was questioned at the merest mention that Our Current National Clusterfuck™ might not be the "right choice?" We might also note the irony of an op-ed piece entitled:
Loyalty oaths fail the test of democracy Such requirements are an anachronism from the McCarthy era.
appearing on the same page as Goldberg's column.
Certainly, a truly disloyal employee could pose risks to the government. She might (if she were doing something other than teaching remedial math) disclose secret information to an enemy, destroy important government files, make decisions intended to harm the public interest and recruit other employees to engage in subversive activities. But just how does a loyalty oath guard against such dangers? After all, anyone who is truly disloyal will simply take the oath falsely. No dangerous subversive will be deterred by the requirement of an oath.
In other words, Jonah, you twit, actions speak louder than words, & the phony flag-on-the-lapel patriotism that Republicans practice, at which you claim the "left" is deficient, is another red herring. Of which country do you think Sen. Obama is campaigning for the presidency, Nepal? Real patriots needn't advertise; their actions, policies, etc., prove their patriotism w/o drawing attention to it, as if they were "old fogy right-wing bullies." What's that proverbial "last refuge of a scoundrel," again?

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Worstest Generation

If your curiosity was piqued by our brief quotations from the review of Nicholson (C'mon, dude, lighten up, just call yourself "Nick.") Baker's new Human Smoke, there is a podcast or something where you post-literate types can listen rather than read. (Jeezis, we thought this whole devil-box thing would return us to literacy, but no, it's all "txtng" & A/V crap.) Click here & scroll down until you see a guy who thinks he's Santa Claus (Speaking of "lightening up," get a fucking shave while you're at it!) w/ the words "Nicholson Baker" beneath his visage. It's in the right column. (The embed lead somewhere entirely different. We are so fucking sorry to have made any of you do any extra clicking. We know there are only so many million clicks in that mouse of yours.) Looks as if this one may cause some controversy. As usually happens when someone thinks for him/herself.

People Get Ready

From today's cage-liner:
In November, it is possible that a liberal Democratic administration will be elected to replace the long-established conservative Republican leadership. Such a transition has occurred three times in the past 80 years, in 1932, 1960 and 1992. (For various reasons, the defeat of Gerald Ford in 1976 does not fit the model.) In each period, within two to three years, the nation had a frightening upsurge of radical right-wing, paramilitary movements. In each case, these angry movements spun off terrorist cells that plotted assassinations and bombings. Significantly, these upsurges only characterize the shift from conservative to liberal administrations. Paramilitaries remain few in number and marginal under GOP administrations.
Not the first time a rise in action (rather than mere babbling) by right-wing lunatics after the replacement of the W(orst) admin. has been forecast, but this item provides historical context.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Imperial Hubris Indeed

In today's regional fishwrapper (We've decided not to worry so much about half of our items being based on L. A. Times items, after all, this is Just Another Blog [From L. A.]™, not from Peoria or Washington, D. C. or even Walla Walla, Washington.) Michael Scheuer, whose first two books were published anonymously, has the lead piece in the Opinion section. It probably should have appeared under the "Anonymous" byline as well. Mr. Scheuer is not a total fool, he's derided the current administration for its foolish "war of terror," & its insistence that "they hate us for our (slowly eroding ) freedoms, but in his article he calls for
the use of massive, largely indiscriminate military force
against the
worldwide uprising of radical Islamists.
"Worldwide uprising?" No question there are religious fanatics out there, wishing to harm the United States & its interests (mostly oil, of course) & they are not to be taken lightly, but just what indications are there of a "worldwide uprising?" A few thousand "radical Islamists" per Islamic country, or non-Islamic country, carrying out acts of terrorism in the Islamic Crescent & parts of North America & Western Europe do not a "worldwide uprising" make. For some reason (payments from the military-industrial complex?) Mr. Scheuer seems to think that "the clandestine service and special forces" are not enough:
Simply and callously put, covert forces cannot kill the number of enemies that require killing.
He offers no estimate of the numbers that need to be offed, but claims
[t]he fact is that in this global war against non-uniformed, religiously motivated foes who live with and are supported by their civilian brethren, and who are perfectly willing to use a nuclear device against the U.S., victory is only possible through the use of massive, largely indiscriminate military force.
Is he suggesting the carpet bombing of any place occupied by Muslims, simply because the "radicals" live in the same neck o' the woods? And what does this mean:
But as long as we continue to avoid the broader, Europe-angering death and destruction that are the necessary byproduct of war-winning conventional military campaigns, we will not be able to win. Although the covert services can successfully eliminate the enemy's leaders, its foot soldiers and civilian supporters are not being wiped out. Thus, fallen Islamist chiefs are quickly replaced, and their troops and civilian support networks remain intact. Bluntly put, using covert forces as our main war-making tool ensures an endless struggle against a well-led, resilient and manpower-rich enemy.
Manpower-rich? No one can say w/ much certainty how many fundamentalist foot soldiers there are, let alone "civilian supporters," but we would really like to know what the targets of this "broader, Europe-angering death and destruction" are. Believe you us, if there were divisions of radical Muslim troops, armor & artillery, supported by an Al-Qaida air force (other than the ones they manage to high jack, of course) & navy, we'd know exactly where to apply plenty of conventional military force. But this sounds like the old "turn the Middle East into a glassy parking lot" routine, especially in light of this:
The knee-jerk reaction to calls for applying massive military force is an anguished cry of "oh, but we will lose the battle for hearts and minds!" That is an utterly false claim because the United States has already lost the "hearts and minds" war -- up to 80% of Muslims worldwide share Osama bin Laden's belief that the goal of U.S. foreign policy is "to weaken and divide the Islamic world," according to a poll by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes. More military force could only drive that number up marginally.
So we should continue w/ foreign policies that alienate & then radicalize Muslims, then bomb the shit out of them, because 80% of them are lost anyway? As opposed to electing leaders who would at least weaken the stranglehold of the oil & armament industries on American foreign policy & enable us to attempt to win back some of that lost 80%? Sad, as we had thought Mr. Scheuer had some common sense. Oh well. Once you've read this in your dead-tree edition of the Times, flip the Opinion section over, & it will magically become the Book Review, where the cover review is of a book Jonah Goldberg might want to consult when carefully researching & detailing what should be his next book, Conservative Fascism. (Fair & balanced, y'know.) It's about the origins of WWII, & not the standard "if only they hadn't appeased Hitler, blah blah blah" take, either. Let's look at some quotes from Winnie Churchill, the hero of the National Review crowd (it gets their knickers all squishy when they refer to George W(orst) Bush as Churchillian):
Churchill is a dominant figure in "Human Smoke," depicted as a bloodthirsty warmonger who, in 1922, was still bemoaning the fact that World War I hadn't lasted a little longer so that Britain could have had its air force in place to bomb Berlin and "the heart of Germany." But no, he whined, it had to stop, "owing to our having run short of Germans and enemies." Churchill was not driven by anti-fascism. In his 1937 book "Great Contemporaries," he described Hitler as "a highly competent, cool, well-informed functionary with an agreeable manner." The same book savagely attacked Leon Trotsky. (What was wrong with Trotsky? "He was still a Jew. Nothing could get over that.") Churchill repeatedly praised Mussolini for his "gentle and simple bearing." In 1927, he told a Roman audience, "If I had been an Italian, I am sure that I should have been entirely with you from the beginning to the end of your victorious struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism." Churchill considered fascism "a necessary antidote to the Russian virus," Baker writes. In 1938, he remarked to the press that if England were ever defeated in war, he hoped "we should find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among nations."
And from the Big Appeaser himself:
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said in 1939 of German treatment of Jews that "no doubt Jews aren't a lovable people. I don't care about them myself."
Winston again:
But even more than the communists, Churchill's enemy No. 1 in the 1920s and early '30s was Mohandas Gandhi and his doctrine of nonviolence, which Churchill warned "will, sooner or later, have to be grappled with and finally crushed."
As previously documented here.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.