Monday, May 19, 2008

Betcha Can't Read Just One

One more from The New Yorker, entitled "The Fall of Conservatism." Generally encouraging to those of us who are anti-fascist & anti-bourgeois, but we were especially amused by this:
“From Day One, Nixon and I talked about creating a new majority,” Buchanan told me recently, sitting in the library of his Greek-revival house in McLean, Virginia, on a secluded lane bordering the fenced grounds of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Yup, Pat Buchanan lives right next door to the CIA. Imagine.

Counter-Revolutionary Activity Will Be Punished Severely

It's no secret we've stolen as much as we can from The New Yorker, so let's link to Jeffrey Toobin's report on what Sen. John Sidney McSame wants to do to the Supreme Court.
McCain plans to continue, and perhaps even accelerate, George W. Bush’s conservative counter-revolution at the Supreme Court.
That's all we're giving you. And it's all you need, really.

Fat, Limp-Dicked Losers Can't Die Soon Enough for Us

Click here for a boring story about diabetes, impotence erectile dysfunction & heart disease. (Don't bother, we didn't either, but it gave us the opportunity to type yet another hateful headline.)

Tweety Chirps

Man, everybody has a web log. We thought the bar couldn't get any lower than when Bugger™ allowed us on the innerweb, but here's Chris "Tweety Bird" Matthews from "Hardblogger." (Not a pretty word, is it?)
So after years of exploiting buzzwords like “terrorism” and “mushroom clouds” and “homeland” and “weapons of mass destruction” to control the policy debate, the president finally went a buzzword too far.
Matthews, you've been on the air for quite a while now, what's taken you so long to call out the Commander-in-Chimp on his non-stop bullshit?

Birthday Greetings to a Real American

Malcolm X hits the big 83 today, or would have if Farrakhan hadn't had him murdered. Thanks to msn.com's colored waiting room for bringing this to our attention. By any means necessary!!

Whiny-Ass Spoiled Americans Weigh In

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.
Then PunditGuy (Clever name, that.) states:
...to think that someone who is running for president can suggest that Americans give up their freedom to spend what they want to purchase what they want; to eat what we want and to keep our houses heated to whatever level of comfort we want…it’s…Un-American.
What a spoiled bag of scum. Is that all This Great Nation of Ours™ means to you, PunditGuy? A chance to be nothing more than a food tube? A spacer between agri-business & the toilet bowl? No wonder Just Another Blog™ hates Americans. We hate everyone else as well, but Yankee pig-dogs, because we've known them intimately for so many yrs., have a special place in our hateful parts.

Hagee + Hitler = John McCain?

Here's a good one.
Hitler and the Nazis were divine agents, sent by God to (with gruesome inefficiency it would seem) chase Europe's Jews towards Palestine.
Who said it? Pastor "Heart Attack" Hagee, of course, who is so anxious to bring about the apocalypse that he thinks Hitler was "doing gawd's work." Is he hoping to be raptured before his coronary? Because if he dies from a heart attack, he should go to hell for gluttony.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Blood & Irony

It's crawled all the way out of the wood-work now. If your "blood" isn't completely "American," get your bags packed for that train trip East. (Granted, here in America they'll probably set up the death camps for those of lesser blood in the open spaces of the West, but we think you know what we mean.) Bottle-blond Kathleen Parker ('Fraid you don't look "Nordic" enough, Kath?) gets a quote from a West Virginian, & proceeds not to disagree w/ it, or tear it to shreds, even, but to go right along.
"A full-blooded American." That's how 24-year-old Josh Fry of West Virginia described his preference for John McCain over Barack Obama. His feelings aren't racist, he explained. He would just be more comfortable with "someone who is a full-blooded American as president." Whether Fry was referring to McCain's military service or Obama's Kenyan father isn't clear, but he may have hit upon something essential in this presidential race.
Something essentially ridiculous, that is. "Oh, no, I'm not a racist. Just interested in people's blood." Let's just hear how military service makes one a "full-blooded American" as opposed to having a Kenyan father makes one not "full-blooded." Huh? We're waiting. Really, what is this? What if Sen. Obama's father were, oh, Canadian, and his name was something Scottish? Think the same dubious "issue" would be raised?
It's about blood equity, heritage and commitment to hard-won American values. And roots.
"Blood equity?" What the eff is that? "Heritage?" Need we remind anyone that the only "full-blooded" Americans are those whose ancestors were here before that Columbus fellow showed up? Are we about to get another, newer, apartheid system here, based on how long ago one's ancestors showed up to keep slaves & murder the indigenes?
But there's a different sense of America among those who trace their bloodlines back through generations of sacrifice.
Yes, it's the old "some of us are real Americans, but if you live w/in 50 miles of the Atlantic or Pacific coasts you ain't one." And no one since the 19th century has made any sacrifice to get here, have they?
But so-called ordinary Americans aren't so easily manipulated and they don't need interpreters. They can spot a poser a mile off and they have a hound's nose for snootiness. They've got no truck with people who condescend nor tolerance for that down-the-nose glance from people who don't know the things they know.
Just what things do they know? Isn't West Virginia the very bottom of the heap in education, & the leader in pollution?
What they know is that their forefathers fought and died for an America that has worked pretty well for more than 200 years. What they sense is that their heritage is being swept under the carpet while multiculturalism becomes the new national narrative. And they fear what else might get lost in the remodeling of America.
Funny, there just isn't anything in the Constitution that says the United Snakes is a specific, Euro-centric culture. And if America is such a great fucking idea, & the world continues to beat a path to our door, why are these clowns so worried that "multi-culturalism" will suddenly destroy everything? Isn't America a wonderful idea that transcends race, color & creed? Apparently not. Only those who work at their faith need apply, per Kathleen.
That God, for instance, isn't something that comes and goes out of fashion. That clinging to religion isn't a knee-jerk response to nativist paranoia, but is the hard work of constant faith. Likewise, clinging to guns isn't some weird obsession so that Bubba can hang Bambi's head over the mantel. To many gun owners, it's a constitutional bulwark against government tyranny. As Condi Rice has noted, it wasn't long ago in this country that blacks needed guns to protect themselves when the police would not. Some Americans do feel antipathy toward "people who aren't like them," but that antipathy isn't about racial or ethnic differences. It is not necessary to repair antipathy appropriately directed toward people who disregard the laws of the land and who dismiss the struggles that resulted in their creation. Full-blooded Americans get this. Those who hope to lead the nation better get it soon.
With threats like that, perhaps we'll all soon need guns to protect us from the Kathleen Parkers & Josh Frys of This Great Nation of Ours™. Last questions: Is it only the swarthy & furrin, due to their "blood," who "disregard the laws of the land?" And who is "dismissing" the struggles that led to the creation of the "laws of the land?" Really, who? A companion piece comes from another great ClownHall thinker, Michael Medved, who seems to believe there is a specific "American DNA." The irony of a Jewish person who so identifies w/ Protestant evangelical/fundamentalists who want to see him burn in Israel to bring on Armageddon talking about "American" DNA is just too much for us. Let us know how your test turns out, Mike. We may be interested in seizing your property after your train ride. Seattle's not that far from Wyoming, is it?

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!

Screw it, we're taking a nap...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

More Info, More Often

Internet pal "g" asks: "I didn't realize Hugo Boss was that old a corporation. Is it?" in reference to our previous reference/link. Here's more from the Michigan Journal:
Clothing manufacturer Hugo Boss also worked for the Nazi Party. He designed the all-black uniforms for the SS Army and Hitler Youth. The clothier, now reputed for constructing some of the most chic business attire for men, just recently learned of their connections to the Third Reich after the names of prominent Hitler supporters were released. Hugo Boss, the company's founder, was on the list. Boss execs paid for further research on the company's Nazi connections to be conducted. Sure enough, the business relationship was confirmed. Hugo Boss's son, Siegfried Boss explained that it wasn't hard to believe that Boss, being a German company, had connections to the Third Reich. ''Of course my father belonged to the Nazi Party. But who didn't belong back then?" Siegfried Boss said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Profil.
We might ask son Ziggy the difference between "connections," "prominent Hitler supporters" & actually designing shit for the Nazis, not that there's a link to the list, or any indication of what "prominent supporters" means in this context. We will state that we will never purchase any Mitsubishi products, as their aircraft were used to try to kill my father (and others, also) during the Japanese sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. Anyway, thanks to "g" for providing us w/ a question that we could blather about today. (The well is drying up here.) Hugo Boss, the corporate entity, may not be that old, but it looks as if Hugo himself was. Just Another Blog™, having co-invented the "jeans & t-shirt" fashion category in the late '40s (w/ Neal Cassady & Jack Kerouac) doesn't follow the fashion world that much, but we had thought Hugo Boss was an Italian corporate entity, & had no idea that there had been an actual Hugo Boss. (Trust us, we know from made-up names, & "Hugo Boss" sounds like one.) Never occurred to us that Krauts would run a fashion outfit (Who invented lederhosen?) but then again, as the guy on Dragnet said to Sgt. Friday, "Y'all a buncha Nazis, you just don't dress as sharp."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Heil Hugo!!

The Michigan Journal (student newspaper of the U of Mich – Dearborn) gives us a swell story on corporations besides Prescott Bush's inked to the Nazi party. Does it surprise you that corporate clothier Hugo Boss was a Nazi? Not us. A uniform is a uniform.
Among the most renowned organizations to lend their services to the Third Reich are Porsche, IBM, Hugo Boss, Bayer and Siemens.
Thanks to Alex Constantine's Blacklist for leading us to this.

In Case You Didn't Get The Bigger Pcture

From the California State Supreme Court ruling handed down yesterday:
An individual's sexual orientation – like a person's race or gender – does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.
Note that the decision is not limited to marriage alone, but uses the much more encompassing phrase "legal rights." If gawd flooded New Orleans in advance of the gay parade that was planned there, imagine how pissed he is now! We suppose we'll be hearing that this season's wildfires are the vengeance of the war god of the Hebrews. Homeowners, clear that brush, & all should be sure their earthquake survival kits are ready to go, the water, survival bars & batteries are fresh, etc. Because there's trouble coming. Gawd hates fags, you know.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Democrats, Not Drugs"

The Republicans are now in full pants pissing mode following a victory by a "DemonRat" in the special Mississippi Congressional election. One of their moves is a new slogan (Remember the "Contract on America"?) which they share w/ anti-depressant Effexor™©: "The Change You Deserve." More from WaPo's Dana Milbank:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called reporters into his office. "Democrats, not drugs, is what the American people need," he said. He flashed the Effexor side effects on a large flat-screen television. "Nausea, up to 58 percent," Hoyer said. "Actually it's higher than that for Republicans."
From elsewhere in the WaPo:
"What we've got is a deficiency in our message and a loss of confidence in the American people that we will do what we say we're going to do," conceded Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
No, the American people are afraid that you actually will do what you threaten to do.
"These races were not in New Jersey or New England, where Republican erosion has taken place over the last decade. They were in the heart of the Bible Belt, the social conservative core of our coalition," Rep. Tom Davis (Va.) fretted in a 20-page memorandum given to House Republican leaders yesterday and provided to The Washington Post. "Members and pundits, waiting for Democrats to fumble the ball so that soft Republicans and Independents will snap back to the GOP, fail to understand the deep seeded antipathy toward the President, the war, gas prices, the economy, foreclosures and, in some areas, the underlying cultural differences that continue to brand our party."
They're in the same bubble of privilege & idiocy as G. W. Bush. Before we go, let's hear from two losers who were essentially run out of congress on a rail, not-yet-convicted felon Tom DeLay & serial adulterer Newt Gingrich. (That the Goofy OLD Party is still paying attention to these two bloated buffoons may indicate part of their problem.)
"We haven't hit bottom yet. I've never seen members so frustrated or demoralized," former House majority leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) said in an interview. DeLay and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) have been issuing calls to arms to their former troops. But even they disagree on the steps needed to reverse their fortunes, with Gingrich demanding an emergency meeting of all Republicans to craft a new agenda. Gingrich is offering unusual proposals such as reforming the Census Bureau and the Federal Aviation Administration. But DeLay called those ideas "a yawn" and instead demanded a dramatic agenda that would energize the conservative base -- or else face major losses in the fall leading to wholesale changes in leadership next year. "That sort of thing will happen over time if there are more losses. You can never gauge when members have had enough," he said. "There is no simple, easy way out of this," said Glen Bolger, a GOP pollster who works closely with congressional Republicans. "This is extraordinarily problematic."
Yes, the nation cries out for reform of the Census Bureau. Knowing Gingrich, it's probably a plot to keep Democrats from voting, or at least to reduce representation in blue states.

File Under: Shit, Sacks of, Lying Republican

L. A. Times reporter Maeve Reston (Any relation to Scotty?) follows yesterday's story w/ added proof that J. Sidney McCain is not exactly the "Straight Talker" he claims to be.
When a reporter in North Bend, Wash., asked McCain why the average voter concerned with climate change should support him over Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama, his reply was tart. "I have been involved in this issue for many, many years," the Arizona senator said. "They have never, to my knowledge, been involved in legislation, nor hearings, nor engagement in this issue," he said, adding that he'd "traveled around the world and seen the impacts of climate change." What he didn't mention was that on two of those trips, Clinton was there alongside him. She joined him on a 2004 congressional delegation to Svalbard, a group of Norwegian islands in the Arctic, and on a 2005 trek to Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory, where they viewed shrinking glaciers. McCain mentioned both trips in his speech but not the New York senator.
Ms. Reston refers to it as "selective memory." The Times' style book probably doesn't allow reporters to flat out state that a major party candidate is a lying you know what, but we'll be holding our breath waiting for the Times to editorialize on the subject. (Please call 9-1-1 when we turn blue. Thanks.) Meanwhile, every time Republican Liar-in-Chief Bush opens his mouth, horseshit falls out. We won't even start on the whole address before the Knesset where he suggested that Sen. Obama would have appeased the Nazis, & so forth, but let's look at reaction to Bush's recent Politico/Yahoo! interview. From Tim McDonald at TravelGolf.com (which, we guess, isn't the most radical left wing site on the web, if you know what we mean):
Talk about flawed intelligence. I’m referring to George Bush’s I.Q., not the baloney he and his cronies cooked up to wage war on Iraq. Bush says he gave up golf to show solidarity with the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even with such a trivial subject, he lied. Records indicate Bush played at least another round after he swore he gave up the game. America will be a better country without this clown, the world will be a better world and so will the game of golf. I never thought there would be an American president more out of touch with the people than the first George Bush, until his slacker son came along. Troops are dying. Bush gives up golf. Maybe. Imagine playing a round with Bush. Keep an eye on his pencil and scorecard.
HuffPo links to various stories indicating W.'s knee is screwed up, & that's why he's given up golf, as well as running. The actual quote:
"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," he said. "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."
And what sort of "signal" does it send to do a "comedy" piece for whatever Washington dinner it was where he looked for WMDs under his desk & the rug in the Oval Office, etc.? Remember what a horrid disgrace it was that Bill Clinton got some action in the Oval Office, as if it's some sort of sacred location? But when Bush uses the Oval Office to mock Americans serving & dying in his war, it's all fun & games? "Mom?" "Son?" What about daughters & fathers? Which century does this abomination live in? WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE? WHERE. IS. THE. OUTRAGE?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Military-Informational Complex

Fuck the New York Times, it takes a private citizen/journalist using the Internet tubes to ferret out the full story. We haven't listened yet, but the excerpted recordings of the ever-popular Rummy chatting w/ other "retired" baby-killers who open their fat mouths on the "news" channels on a daily basis may be very amusing, in the "laugh to keep from crying" style of amusement.

McCain Wrap-Up

Johnny Boy is speaking w/ the proverbial forked tongue again. ("Surprise, surprise!") If you want to be picky, he qualifies his lying w/ the weasel phrase "Never, to my knowledge."
McCain, who has sponsored a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said his rivals had "never, to my knowledge, been involved in legislation nor hearings nor engagement in this issue," even though both Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton co-sponsored his global warming legislation in 2007 and now back more aggressive measures.
Next it'll be "I don't recall..." Alberto Gonzales style. Remember Al? Where is he today? Back to his old gig shystering for Texas real estate developers? Making big bucks on the Republican rubber chicken circuit? Waterboarding detainees in his spare time?

Back on the McCain front, morbidly obese evangelical endorser John Hagee has issued a non-apology apology for his anti-Catholic rants. Y'know, where you don't actually apologize, or admit that you were wrong, but merely state that you're sorry if anyone found your "remarks" hurtful or were offended by them.

Below: Heart attack & a half waiting to happen John Hagee. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images
The other fat slob involved in this is William Donohue, who runs a fund-raising scam called the Catholic League, wherein he scares Catholic sheep, by appearing on television & ranting against gay people, then bitches & moans when anyone says anything bad about Catholics or Pope HitlerYouth or whatever the hell, to insure that the faithful will send him more money to defend the Holy Mother Church against the homos or whoever he says is threatening it this wk. If memory serves, he's the one who said "Jews" in Hollywood would poke their grandmothers in the poopchute on film if it would make them a buck. Or was that a different weasel-dick? We haven't time to look it up. Anyway, Big Bill made a big stink about Hagee's blather, about which Hagee now says:
the terms he used to describe the church, such as "the great whore," were "rhetorical devices long employed in anti-Catholic literature."
No shit, Sherlock. When did you figure that out, when you were busily reading all the anti-Catholic literature you could get your meat hooks on? We thought most of that "whore of Babylon" stuff came from the Book of Revelations, found in some versions of the Holy Bible. Is that all rhetorical devices now, rather than the "revealed" or "inspired" or something word of gawd?

All is well now, in the battle to impose religion by force.
"Pastor John Hagee has demonstrated an improved understanding of the Catholic Church and its history," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. "The tone of Hagee's letter is sincere. He wants reconciliation and he has achieved it."

McCain said he was pleased by the exchange. "That's the kind of reconciliation that I've been engaged in for many, many years," he said.

Asked whether he or his campaign was involved in brokering the reconciliation, McCain said: "I certainly wasn't."
Hey Johnny, you were asked if your campaign was involved, not if you were. That would be a non-denial denial, like the non-apology apology.

NB: Just Another Blog™ firmly states that the Catholic Church is a big whore, along w/ all other religiosity, but it's pretty obvious Hagee is more worried about donations going to Rome rather than Cornerstone Church, as opposed to any serious "theological" differences. It's also obvious that Cornerstone Church is as big a whore as any other religious outfit.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tweety Does It Again

Chris Matthews of MSNBC can best be described as a braying donkey. (Yes, there probably are better ways to describe him, but let's leave it at that.) And here's something especially amusing that he brayed, from some media column at Politico.
Matthews: Hillary is 'the Al Sharpton of white people' When Chris Matthews says something he thinks is clever, it usually keeps coming up throughout the night. Early in Tuesday's primary coverage, Matthews said that if Hillary Clinton uses the word "white" once more, she could be called "the Al Sharpton of white people." A couple of hours later, talking to Sen. Bob Casey, Matthews mentioned how he doesn't like using labels like white" or "working class." Matthews said, "We're not sociologists; we're Americans." And again, Matthews likened Clinton, with her use of the word "white," as possibly becoming "the Al Sharpton of white people." Let's see if he makes it a hat trick!
We're not that amused by "Hillary is 'the Al Sharpton of white people,'" but what the fuck does "We're not sociologists; we're Americans," mean? People who work for a living don't exist? There are no class divisions in America? As an alleged political something, or pundit, or whatever the fuck he thinks he is, he ought to have some knowledge of sociology, oughtn't he? And maybe should stop denying the disparity in income & opportunity belying the "American Dream." Fucking mackerel-snapper. Hagee's right, in some respects. The Catholic Church does some serious drain bamage.

Tuesdays w/ Jonah

Another one. Does it ever stop?
What do Yucca Mountain and Guantanamo Bay have in common? Well, there's the obvious stuff. Both have Spanish names. Neither is a great spot for a family vacation. And each is under the control of the federal government.
We'll note that "yucca" is not a Spanish word. Maybe Jonah thinks that the United States was stolen from the King of Spain, rather than the people from whom the King of Spain stole parts of it.
Even if every American lived like a Prius-driving, vegan eco-feminist, we'd still fall far short. A recent MIT study found that even the homeless in America have twice the carbon footprint of the global average.
In reference to the slur against the homeless, we send you to Sadly, No! And what does "eco-feminist" have to do w/ anything? Only women are...are...are what?
But here's the thing: If you want to fight a war on terrorism, or any war, you need to put captured combatants someplace -- someplace other than a conventional U.S. prison, where they're treated like any other criminal.
Uh, yeah. Certainly there are no "SuperMax" prisons anywhere. Nor brigs or stockades on military bases located w/in the continental U. S. That might make it too easy for Mahometans to have contact w/ attorneys though. Speaking of which:

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday it dropped charges against a Saudi who U.S. officials say intended to be the "20th hijacker" on Sept. 11 but sent five others to trial on accusations they planned the 2001 attacks.

A Pentagon appointee who oversees the U.S. war court at its Guantanamo Bay military prison did not say why she rejected the charges that prosecutors sought earlier this year against Mohammed al-Qahtani.

Just how many "20th hijackers" have there been, anyway? Back to Jonah:

McCarthy prosecuted jihadi terrorists as criminals in the 1990s, but he rightly scorns the idea that we can treat terrorists like bank robbers. That Clinton-era strategy "can be considered a success only if one's chief preoccupation is due process. Viewed through the prism of national security, the effort was an abysmal failure." According to McCarthy, from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 to the second on 9/11, only 29 mostly low-level operatives were caught and convicted in the U.S., costing taxpayers millions and doing next to nothing to prevent the 9/11 attacks.

Now compare & contrast w/ this:
Domestic spying far outpaces terrorism prosecutions As more Americans are watched, fewer cases are made. The trend concerns civil liberties groups as well as some lawmakers and legal experts. [...] The emphasis on spy programs also is starting to give pause to some members of Congress who fear the government is investing too much in anti-terrorism programs at the expense of traditional crime-fighting. Other lawmakers are raising questions about how well the FBI is performing its counter-terrorism mission.The Senate Intelligence Committee last week concluded that the bureau was far behind in making internal changes to keep the nation safe from terrorist threats. Lawmakers urged that the FBI set specific benchmarks to measure its progress and make more regular reports to Congress.
So even casting due process & civil liberties to the wind, the FBI are still stumbling over their own dicks. (No they aren't. If they had peckers large enough to stumble over, the Special Agents wouldn't have joined the Bureau in the first place.) Per Sadly, No! (again) Guantanamo isn't a Spanish word either. What an ignoramus Jonah is.

Let's Have a "Long" War, So You Can Go Die

The phrase "The Long War" has been bandied about by various minions of the Bush admin., though little attention has been paid to the Orwellian implications. Even Big John McCain has mentioned that there will be "many more wars," if he has anything to say about it.
Back in September 2001, Rumsfeld put it this way: "We have a choice -- either to change the way we live, which is unacceptable, or to change the way that they live; and we chose the latter." In this context, "they" represent the billion or so Muslims inhabiting the greater Middle East. [...] Well into the first decade of this generational struggle, Americans remained oddly confused about its purpose. Is the aim to ensure access to cheap and abundant oil? Spread democracy? Avert nuclear proliferation? Perpetuate the American empire? Preserve the American way of life? From the outset, the enterprise that Gates now calls the "Long War" has been about all of these things and more.
From Andrew J. Bacevich's fine piece on the L. A. Times' op-ed page today. And he doesn't even bring up the Orwellian perpetual war concept that the "Long War" feeds into, nor the damage that can be done to even an allegedly democratic nation by putting it on a continuous war footing.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Let's Have a War, Or At Least Drop Stuff on Another Country

Drooling bloodthirsty asshole Mark Steyn is all for invasion at the late Bill Buckley's Corner.
I'm all for the option of invading just about anyone, at least in the sense that I believe in a doctrine of conditional sovereignty. That's to say, there's no reason why a dictatorship should expect its sovereignty to be as respected as, say, New Zealand's.
Easy for him to say, he's one of those Canadians who makes a living being more "American" than most Americans, yet he'll never be carrying a gun anywhere except to a photo session.
However, I'd be reluctant to send the boys into Rangoon on the say so of Time magazine. If we've learned anything from the past five years, it's that the media, the Democratic Senators, the think-tank experts and large numbers of other fast-molting hawks are on board only until the first setback, or the first "atrocity".
Or until they realize they were lied to, & (what probably really made them change their minds) were stupid enough to believe the lies about "threats to our national security." (By the way, it's not just "the boys" in the services any more, though we realize Mr. Steyn thinks whitey isn't breeding enough to keep up w/ the brown hordes, & doubtless would like to set up some of those SS-style breeding houses for "the boys" when they get back from the latest adventure.) Oddly enough, another dipstick mentioned invasion of Myanmar/Burma & compared it to invading New Zealand in a recent item. Was that part of the talking point issued to all the droolers? Can't these fucks even do a rewrite?
Let’s see: first the Wall Street Journal says that Burma should be kicked out of the United Nations (why can’t the US be kicked out, so we would be able to stop funding their rampant anti-Americanism and support of human rights violaters [sic], dictators, and terror supporting nations?) [...] So, it is apparently OK in Liberal World to invade a sovereign nation that has no bearing on US security, is not trying to gain WMD, is not systematically torturing, maiming, raping, and slaughting [sic] its citizens on purpose, is not paying families $25k to have their kids blow themselves up in Israel, and is not in violation of 17 UN resolutions, not to mention firing on US forces in the No Fly Zones. Great. Maybe we could invade New Zealand next.
What horseshit. First Mr. Rum, Sodomy & The Lash is decrying the U. N.; a paragraph later a U. N. resolution is good reason to invade a sovereign nation whose greatest bearing on U. S. security was as an oppositional force to Iran. Now, of course, the president of Iran makes announced visits to Baghdad & is openly welcomed, but Bush, Cheney, & Rice have to sneak into Iraq unannounced. Final quibble: There's no real desire to "send the boys into Rangoon" in the Time article, at the most there is talk of securing the flooded areas to insure supply of food, medicine, etc. Leave it to clowns like Steyn & "William Teach" to read the Time headline & get all squishy in the Depends™, rather than read the whole thing & comment sensibly. Oh. Unocal & their ilk already have most of the oil in Burma/Myanmar in their pockets, in coöperation w/ the generals, so there's no real reason to "invade." And there may be some sort of agenda, or instructions from Vast Right Wing Conspiracy HQ, as to the reaction to have (bash the U. N., the media, Democratic Senators & non-Heritage Foundation/AEI think-thank experts not on the non-stop war bandwagon).

Sen. Obama as "Biblical Plague"

You see this headline: "McCain's Christian Problem" & you think, "Oh, more about John Hagee & Ralph (Rod) Parsley, what a pair of deluded, vicious, dangerous jerks they are, & what a problem they'll be for Sen. McCain if the old media ever decide to cover a few of their statements, positions & pathetic beliefs." Well, not if it's the headline to a column by Catholic creep Robert Novak, known to all of Washington as "The Prince of Darkness." (We've no idea why that's his moniker. Does it stem from a particular event or statement, or simply reflect his general attitude?) However, bead-rattler Novak has other fish to fry.
Some U.S. Christians are not reconciled to McCain's candidacy but instead regard the prospective presidency of Barack Obama in the nature of a biblical plague visited upon a sinful people. These militants look at former Baptist preacher Huckabee as "God's candidate" for president in 2012. Whether they can be written off as merely a troublesome fringe group depends on Huckabee's course.
Excuse us, but isn't George W. Bush the "biblical plague" in question? He hadn't been in office a yr. when This Great Nation of Ours™ was jumped by a bunch of Muhammadans. And see the item immediately below for how happy America is under W.'s administration.

Nevertheless, the word is that some evangelicals dispute Huckabee's support. One experienced, credible activist in Christian politics who would not let his name be used told me that Huckabee, in personal conversation with him, had embraced the concept that an Obama presidency might be what the American people deserve. That fits what has largely been a fringe position among evangelicals: that the pain of an Obama presidency is in keeping with the Bible's prophecy.

According to this activist, at the heart of the let-Obama-win movement is longtime Virginia conservative leader Michael Farris -- the nation's leading home-school advocate, who is now chancellor of Patrick Henry College (in Purcellville, Va.) for home-schooled students. Best known politically as the losing Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 1993, Farris is regarded as one of the hardest-edged Christian politicians. He is reported in evangelical circles to promote the biblical justification for an Obama plague-like presidency.

Yes, these people live among us.
Even taking Huckabee's professions of support for McCain at face value, he is not leaving politics for the lecture circuit. He has formed the Huck PAC to back Republican candidates, his supporters have established a Web site (Huck4America.com), and Huckabee backers are behind the Government Is Not God PAC, which aims to discourage McCain from naming Romney as his vice president.

We're still trying to reconcile the "Government Is Not God PAC" w/ the concept that Huckleberry is "God's Candidate" for 2012. But consistency, foolish or otherwise, is not the hobgoblin of the small Xtian mind.

Wrong Way Bush Continues to "Lead" Entire Nation Into Toilet

President George W. Bush's approval rating has hit an all-time low in Washington Post-ABC News polling, as pessimism about the country's direction nears record territory,
reports the Washington Post. For a nation supposedly founded on individual initiative (stealing everything from those who were already here, is what that really means) & "forged in revolution," one would think that Americans would be in the streets w/ pitchforks & torches (or those millions of guns they have) demanding change. Instead, no more than half of them will even bother to vote this November. It's not easy spending 24 hrs. a day hating the "nation" between whose imaginary lines on a map we were born, but polls like this & the apathetic reaction thereto make it so much easier.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

1. That today is the hundreth observation of Mother's Day. 2. Gambling. Or "gaming." Whatever you want to call it, we don't care

HEADLINE UPDATE

UGLIER OF BUSH DAUGHTERS WEARS WHITE TO MARRY TOBACCO MAN'S SON; GOD KILLS 20 + CRACKERS IN STORMS AS WARNING!!! Details follow, from Wonkette, also Wonkette, and the AP.

Death of the Middle Class, & Its Cars

The two-party system in these United Snakes is leading to a two-tier economic system as well, reflected in the disappearance of such automobile marques as Plymouth, which went away in 2001 w/o much hoopla that we can remember, and Oldsmobile, the very middle of the GM ladder of success that customers were expected to climb when it was assumed one's economic status would continue to improve over one's life. Instead, Americans are to be born to wealth & privilege, or to an indentured servitude based on debt & fear. Today we see in the Times of L. A. that there's no point to the Mercury anymore, & it only has a few more yrs. of running down the highway.
It would be a sad end for a marque that had generated its share of automotive history. Launched in the 1939 model year as a "step-up" car for buyers between economy Fords and upscale Lincolns, Mercury was known for its powerful V-8 engines and became popular with hot rodders. James Dean drove a black '49 Mercury Club Coupe in the 1955 movie "Rebel Without a Cause," cementing the brand's place in American pop culture."It became an icon for teenagers," said Gary Richards of Sun City, Calif., a member of the International Mercury Owners Assn. "James Dean was cool; he drove a Mercury; ergo, Mercury was cool." [...] Because of franchise agreements and state laws that protect car dealers, killing off a line of vehicles can be a real pain, as General Motors Corp. discovered when it pulled the plug on Oldsmobile eight years ago. GM set aside almost $1 billion to handle the transition and still spent more than five years battling dealer lawsuits. "Discontinuing a brand isn't as easy as you might think," said Libby of J.D. Power. "It's a long-term process and it can be very expensive."
We can't say if the elimination of the middle of Ford's & GM's middle cars are part of the plot, or a reflection of its success, as the middle-class dwindles & fewer & fewer consumers are able to afford anything but a shit mobile. And a shitty one at that. Chrysler, even before the Krauts & then the venture capitalists took over, had long ago dropped Imperial. They've gotten rid of the extremes, leaving it to the Dodge & Chrysler marques to demarcate the class divide, as Ford will w/ its two remaining brands. meanwhile, General Motors plods along w/ four separate lines, although to this jaundiced eye the new Caddies (pick-ups & SUVs) have little to do w. the luxury vehicle of our fading youth,

Dust My Pumice!

Today is idol Richard B. Meltzer's natal anniv. (He's the greatest living American writer, & who cares about the no longer living ones?) & as it often does, his birthday falls on Mother's Day, perhaps enabling him to have his annual "fuck-his-mother" dream. Pleasant dreams, Richard.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

More Death (on a Birthday)

John Carlo Cruze 10 May 1957 - 22 July 1986

Whoops!! Deathly Errors

An astute commenter suggests that Frank V. Zappa & Norma Jeane Mortenson were cremated, as they may well have been. We're not so obsessed that we'd know for sure, but we do figure we'll have to be disposed of in a way that will prevent morons from digging us up & using our skull for anything. Anyway, a glance out the library window reveals that most of the markers (there are no headstones, just plaques flat in the lawn) are very small & close together. Even if they had them buried feet down (as those buried under their stars on Hollywood Blvd. are*) there wouldn't be enough room, so we'll guess that most of the dear deceased are mere ashes. (Must be one of the smallest cemeteries in the world, 'cept for Elvis & his parents @ Graceland.) We just like the concept of moldering bodies, in a John Brown's body in his grave stylee. We might also mention that we mistakenly identified the place itself. The full & proper name is:
Dignity Memorial Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary
not Pierce Brothers Westwood Cemetery. P. S.: Bookseller 47, did you ever sell books at a shithole like Borders, as we did? And does the "47" in your handle have aything to do w/ Star Dreck? *Kidding. Joke. Not real.

Mercenary Update

The New York Times brings us up to date on Blackwater Worldwide, what it's been up to since last September, & how it has the United Snakes gov't. over a barrel.
“We cannot operate without private security firms in Iraq,” said Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management. “If the contractors were removed, we would have to leave Iraq.” [...] “The shooting incident was like a hammer blow, but where are the consequences?” said Peter W. Singer, a scholar at the Brookings Institute and author of “Corporate Warriors,” a book about contractors in Iraq. “I think it points to the fact that the dependence on contractors is like a drug addiction. They just can’t help themselves.”

Representative Henry Waxman, California Democrat who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating Blackwater on several fronts, said, “I can’t understand why Blackwater’s contract was renewed. It seems to me the administration should have looked for others who could do the job, including the U.S. military.”

Amazing. "Privatisation" & "free enterprise" only restrict the gov't. & it's options. How'd that happen?

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sexy Cindy Lou Who Won't Let Her Taxes Out

And here are some good reasons she should, from Media Matters for America, who reprinted an AP thing:

Within a few years of marrying Cindy Hensley, the daughter of a multimillionaire Anheuser-Busch distributor, John McCain won his first election. He was new to Arizona politics and fundraising in the 1982 race for the House of Representatives, and his campaign quickly fell into debt. Personal money -- tens of thousands of dollars in loans to his campaign from McCain bank accounts -- helped him survive. Anheuser-Busch's political action committee was among McCain's earliest donors. Cindy McCain's father, James Hensley, and other Hensley & Co. executives gave so much money that the Federal Election Commission ordered McCain to give some of it back. His campaign used Hensley office equipment such as computers and copiers, and Cindy McCain personally paid some of the campaign's bills. Campaign reimbursed wife The campaign gradually reimbursed Hensley for use of its equipment and Cindy McCain for her expenses. The loans -- described initially by McCain as coming from him and his wife -- caught the eye of the FEC, which repeatedly questioned him about them; spouses are held to the same donation limits as everyone else. McCain told the FEC the loaned money came from his share of joint accounts. At the time, McCain reported drawing a $25,067 salary and $25,000 bonus working for Hensley in public relations and receiving a Navy pension of $11,038 a year. His 1982 financial disclosure report showed bank interest income, but it did not say how much the bank accounts held. [...] McCain's campaign still taps Hensley assets: His presidential campaign paid at least $227,000 last year to a limited liability corporation in which his wife and children are invested, King Aviation, for use of its private jet, according to campaign finance reports.

How can one sum up such?

Socialist Realism Update

More cultural controversy:
The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts thinks "the colossal scale and Social Realist style of the proposed statue recalls a genre of political sculpture that has recently been pulled down in other countries," commission secretary Thomas Luebke said in a letter in April.

[...]

The sense of confrontation in the sculpture is not a coincidence. "We see him . . . as a warrior," Chaffers said yesterday. "We see him as a warrior for peace . . . not as some pacifist, placid, kind of vanilla, but really a man of great conviction and strength."

"It's hard for me to put my arms around" the criticism that the sculpture smacks of Social Realism, Jackson said.

Us too.

Annals of Our Dying World

From the other side of the world, where people are sleeping right now, we are forwarded an item concerning the Bush administration's science policies, Censorship exposed at US environmental agency, & from Canada, "retarded giant to the north" (as the National Lampoon put it many yrs. ago, don't blame us...) w/ the sarcastic suggestion "In case there IS a connection, just gag the scientists," this item about the soon-to-be-uninhabitable-by humans planet Earth, both from Eurocorrespondent The Lovely Sophia. Grazie!! Hope we live long enough to see you rotters rotting in the cold, cold ground. (Yeah, it'll probably be so hot & wet we'll have to bury you all above ground, New Orleans style, if we haven't used you all for food, or at least fertilizer.) Our experience in "Urban Camping" is going to make us much stronger (unless it kills us, of course) & we'll live whereas you weaklings will die from the heat or simply drown.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Scott L. Detects "Shiftless Negroes"

From Lawyers, Guns & Money:

Armandologic Goes Mainstream! Shorter Verbatim Hillary Clinton: "I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on...Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.

"See, Obama's coalition is bigger. But Clinton's is broader, because it consists of more Real Americans and fewer [insert adjectives from RNC attack ad here] elitists and Shiftless Negroes.

Please tell me she was misquoted here; I really never thought that the worst arguments of her hack defenders would start coming from the candidate herself. I may have to retract what I said earlier -- if she cares at all about her reputation it may be wise for Clinton to drop out before she says more stuff like this. Posted by Scott Lemieux at 6:31 AM

Platypus Genome: Mix & Match

The only other monotreme ('sides the platypus) is the echidna, which one F. V. Zappa (just below) immortalized in song. He liked nature shows on the telly. Horndog that he was, maybe he liked the four-headed penis (from Wikipedia):

The echidna, along with the Platypus, are the only egg-laying mammals, known as monotremes. The female lays a single soft-shelled, leathery egg twenty-two days after mating and deposits it directly into her pouch. Hatching takes ten days; the young echidna, called a puggle, then sucks milk from the pores of the two milk patches (monotremes have no nipples) and remains in the pouch for forty-five to fifty-five days, at which time it starts to develop spines. The mother digs a nursery burrow and deposits the puggle, returning every five days to suckle it until it is weaned at seven months.

Male echidnas have a four-headed penis, but only two of the heads are used during mating. The other two heads "shut down" and do not grow in size. The heads used are swapped each time the mammal has sex.

From the AP:
More than 100 scientists from the United States, Australia, Japan and other nations took part in mapping the genome, using DNA collected from a female platypus named Glennie. Jenny Graves, an Australian National University genomics expert who co-wrote the paper, said the gene sequencing shows the platypus has a mix that crosses different classifications of animals. "What we found was the genome, just like the animal, is an amazing amalgam of reptilian and mammal characteristics with quite a few unique platypus characteristics as well," she told Australian Broadcasting Corp. The platypus is classed as a mammal because it has fur and feeds its young with milk. But it also has bird and reptile features — it lays eggs, has a duck-like bill and webbed feet, it and lives mostly underwater. Males also have spurs on their heels that inject pain-causing venom to ward off mating rivals. Scientists believe the platypus and humans shared an evolutionary path until about 165 million years ago when the platypus branched off. Unlike other evolving mammals, the platypus retained characteristics of snakes and lizards, Graves said. [...] Unique to Australia, the platypus has confounded observers for centuries. Aboriginal legend explained the notoriously shy animal as the offspring of a duck and an amorous water rat. When the British Museum received its first specimen in 1798, zoologist George Shaw was so dubious he tried to cut the pelt with scissors to make sure the bill had not been stitched on by a taxidermist.
(Ancestor/relative of George Bernard Shaw?) The WaPo also covered the story.
"It's such a wacky organism," said Richard Wilson, director of the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University in St. Louis, who with colleague Wesley Warren led the two-year effort, described today in the journal Nature. Yet in its wackiness, Wilson said, the platypus genome offers an unprecedented glimpse of how evolution made its first stabs at producing mammals. It tells the tale of how early mammals learned to nurse their young; how they matched poisonous snakes at their venomous game; and how they struggled to build a system of fertilization and gestation that would eventually, through relatives that took a different tack, give rise to the first humans.
Look, scientists say "wacky" too, as we do so often here at Just Another Blog™. Also wacky: The comments to the WaPo article. The evolution deniers take the opportunity to drag out their misspelled ignorance & foolishness & display it for all to mock.

F. Z. Makes First Section For Something Other Than Dying

As we type this we are mere metres from the mortal remains of Mr. Zappa (or what remains of those remains) in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Cemetery. (Marilyn Monroe is out there moldering too.) We've never made the Baltimore/Zappa/Mencken connection before, even though we've been described as "The H. L. Mencken of The Blank Generation." (Not to be confused w/ HTML Mencken.) Other Baltimoreans (Baltimorons?) in the Just Another Blog™ Hall of Cultural Fame: John Doe of X fame, & John Waters. What a town! "Charm City," they call it. This Baltimore Sun (B. S.) story made the L. A. Times today as well, in a slightly truncated version:
In 1995, Paukstys was so determined to commemorate Zappa's creativity that he claimed to have enjoyed a personal correspondence with Zappa, whom he'd met on a visit to the United States.
We did have "a personal correspondence" w/ Frank, whom we met on a visit to Paris (France, not Texas) in the late '60s. Well, one letter, which included the lines "Your letters are emotionally disturbed and we aren't going for it," and a post script which went: "You don't know who [sic] groovy your mother is," which may amuse those who knew her. Sadly, said letter was lost to us when our entire collection of souvenirs was auctioned when we couldn't pay our storage fees. Maybe it's on e-bay™ now. So Frank's dead & getting a statue in the city of his birth, we're still alive, but suffering greatly. Who's better off?

Nostalgia: Not What It Used to Be

We've noticed a disturbing trend. (Whaddya expect, this is Los Angeles.) Many mornings there's a Just Another Blog™ editorial meeting at the Starbucks near our outdoor house, the park. And virtually every morning, LAPD officers come in. And they don't get plain old "drip" coffee. (That's what we get, 'cause the editorial staff here is all-man, all the time.) Whatever it is, they get something that they have to wait for, which must involve "half-caf," soy milk, a "shot" of something sweet, or some phonus bolonus Italian phrase. Sometimes the officers get a bit o' pastry, & you can be sure it's not a dough nut w/ sprinkles. For the sake of all that's decent, oinkers, there's a Winchell's Donut House across the street & a block east! Get back to where you once belonged!! Latte drinking cops! For crying out loud!

P. S.: What the fuck is a latte, anyway? Something to do w/ milk, we guess.

Stabs From The Past

1945: The fucking Nazis finally surrendered.

1958: Then Vice-President Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru. Below, we see the car The Nix used in Caracas, Venezuela, where anti-American sentiment also ran high on his South American tour.
1978: David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder, and assault in connection w/ one of the "Son of Sam" shootings that had terrified New Yorkers.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Additional Hagee Hoopla

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has a lovely story entitled "Jesus Made Me Puke." Us too, Matt. It's not, however, merely about Jeezis' weight-loss program, but about Mr. T.'s experience "undercover" at the mega-church of Fat-Boy John Hagee, Johnny-Boy McCain's best friend & endorser. Time constraints prevent us from picking the juiciest parts for blockquoting, so just go read it. OK, just one:
The whole idea behind Christian Zionism is to align America with the nation of Israel so as to "hurry God up" in his efforts to bring about Armageddon. As Hagee tells it, only after Israel is involved in a final showdown involving a satanic army (in most interpretations, a force of Arabs led by Russians) will Christ reappear. On that happy day, Hagee and his True Believers will be whisked up to Heaven by God, while the rest of us nonbelievers are left behind on Earth to suck eggs and generally suffer various tortures.
Vote for the man who begged this "pastor" to endorse him. "There'll be many more wars."

Annals of Hypocrisy: One Person's Mass-Murdering Child-Killing Terrorist Is Another Person's "Freedom Fighter"

Most American sheep won't remember, but the Bush regime has more than once promised to eradicate "terrorism" of all kinds, & no doubt used the term "zero-tolerance" in reference thereto. But, surprise, surprise, the regime's money & mouth are far, far apart. Especially when it comes to keeping the votes of the reactionary middle-class Cubans (virtually all of them of European descent) who ran from Cuba to Florida after the revolution because they were afraid Castro would force them to work for a living, instead of letting them continue to exploit the majority of Cubanos (of African, i. e., slave, descent) & sell the country out to America's own Cosa Nostra. Yeah, you bet these morons have been infected w/ Roman Catholicism, Republicanism & anti-communism, but the Republican Party has been pandering to them since Nixon's Southern Strategy, at least.
Venezuela's ambassador in Washington, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, condemned the celebration of Posada as a mockery of justice and evidence of a Bush administration double standard in fighting terrorism. "This is outrageous, particularly because he kept talking about violence," Alvarez said of Posada. "He said that the whole thing now is 'to sharpen our machetes' " for a confrontation with leftist regimes in Latin America.
What'd he do?
Posada, a naturalized Venezuelan citizen, is alleged to have masterminded the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 on which all 73 on board were killed, including a youth fencing team returning from a tournament in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. He is also suspected of plotting a series of hotel bombings in Havana in the late 1990s, one of which killed an Italian tourist.
Oh, that's all?
Analysts speculate that the U.S. government has dodged calls for prosecution of Posada for fear he would disclose details of CIA involvement in coups, assassination plots and scandals, including the Iran-Contra Affair. Peter Kornbluh, head of the Cuba Documentation Project at George Washington University's National Security Archive, has compiled declassified CIA and FBI documents on Posada that show he remained in close touch with Washington handlers throughout his covert service. "The spectacle of a wanted international terrorist being publicly feted as a hero in Miami makes a mockery of the Bush administration's commitment to wage a war on terrorism," he said of Posada's coming-out party. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) convened a congressional hearing in November on the administration's handling of the Posada case, arguing that there was "compelling evidence" implicating Posada in the plane bombing. Delahunt said Tuesday that "there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm" under the current administration for prosecuting Posada, but that he would push again for legal action against Posada after the fall election. "To have Posada honored in such a way sends a terrible statement to the rest of the world," the congressman said of the tribute.
Not the first "terrible statement to the rest of the world" that the current administration has made. Read the whole mess here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Self-Described Xtian Mafia

From our friends (Huh?) at NBC News, as brought to our attention by War in Context (scroll to the Editor's Comment) a fine site brought to our attention by our Senior Executive Consultant Peabody, we hear a bit more about "The Fellowship," an apparently religio-fascist organization probably even more threatening, vicious & powerful than McCain's endorsers Hagee & Parsley combined, which seems to have its tentacles into almost every pol on The Hill. Jeff Sharlet's Harper's Magazine piece on "The Fellowship" (a/k/a "The Family") is here & here's an interview w/ him from AlterNet. And a "Q&A" from mediabistro on the article. Last two Q&As from mediabistro:

What is the Family's take on—or remake of—Christianity? The beginning began with this vision that Christianity had wrongly focused on the "down and out." And the founder, in 1935, said that's not the point; we need to focus on the "up and out." The elite are the ones who can change the world. And this group has been at odds at times with other more traditional and conservative Christian groups because they don't really care about converting the masses. They just want to convert the leaders who will instate a Christian-led government. Does it matter whether you or I share their vision of Christ? No, not at all. As long as the leaders who support the Family are making the laws that we have to follow. So what do you think is the end result that they're after? Is it only "power" in the abstract sense? They state their goals in their private documents pretty explicitly. A world leadership led by Christ. Every single world leader and politician making every decision under Christ's will. And you could quibble over semantics, but I would say that worldwide theocracy is their goal.

More frightening than the Yellow Peril/Red Menace mentioned below.

China: Yellow Peril or Red Menace?

Certain reactionary elements, in their continuing effort to make you believe that "free" markets are the solution to all the world's problems, will tell you that capitalism leads directly to a burgeoning middle class which then wants democracy & cannot be stopped in its desire for freedom, justice, property rights & the rule of law.

Or perhaps not. One Joshua Kurlantzick, in, yes, today's L. A. Times, whips together some anecdotal evidence that the current Gen Y or whatever the fug it is in China today are a bunch of nationalistic a-holes who don't give a fuck about anything but power & are still resenting the Opium Wars.
The explosion of nationalist sentiment, especially among young people, might seem shocking, but it's been simmering for a long time. In fact, Beijing's leadership, for all its problems, may be less hard-line than China's youth, the country's future. If China ever were to become a truly free political system, it might actually become more, not less, aggressive.
Yikes! Though maybe they aren't that different than our own Generation of Sheep stateside:
Academics I know, members of the Tiananmen generation, are shocked by some students' disdain for foreigners and, often, disinterest in liberal concepts such as democratization. University students now tend to prefer business-oriented majors to liberal arts-oriented subjects such as political science. The young Chinese interviewed for a story last fall in Time magazine on the country's "Me Generation" barely discussed democracy or political change in their daily lives.
Everybody wants to be an engineer or a businessperson, & grub as much money as possible. Ick.

Of course, this may all be bullshit to support neo-con lust for yet another "war of national greatness," but w/ a country that can fight back this time, making it a real challenge, not just a cakewalk over some Muslim wimps. (It's very difficult to be as evenhanded & fair minded as we are here, seeing all the possibilities inherent in something. Moral relativism, they call it. Or paranoia.)

Monday, May 5, 2008

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less, Part Two

Traffic reports via the broadcast media.

Quoth The Raven

The Divine Mr. M.'s Quote of the Day:
"I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but [an American] political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either." ~ Edward Zehr
We've no idea who Edward Zehr is, but he's no dummy.

Something Which Might Actually Concern Us: Electrocutions of Our Boys & Girls in Iraq & That Other Country We're Occupying

Eurocorrespondent Sophia (she's 73, you know, but still lovely) brings to our attention further contractor malfeasance in Iraq & that other place, uh, what is it again...you know, the one...um...anyway:
American electricians who worked for KBR, the Houston-based defense contractor that is responsible for maintaining American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, said they repeatedly warned company managers and military officials about unsafe electrical work, which was often performed by poorly trained Iraqis and Afghans paid just a few dollars a day.
Now we see how a profit is turned by KBR & it's ilk. Exploiting the poorly trained, & screwing our brave & glorious military. As long as KBR keeps kicking the money back in contributions to the Republican party & candidates & causes, it's OK w/ the current administration & Congress, however.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

1. Cinco de Mayo 2. Mother's Day And all other pointless invented for commercial purposes holidays.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Maybe He Is Too Old

We've been holding back on the "too old" thing here, because we aren't exactly spring chickens ourselves (though we're nowhere near 70+) & age discrimination really is stupid. But after a certain point you have to wonder a bit: Is it just the usual politician pandering & flip-flopping or is there something serious going on (or not going on?) in the cognition dep't. w/ Senator McSame? Other deliciousness on the McBush trail: "Did you call that bitch a cunt?" (Frankly, ladies, when you all stop calling men "pricks" & "assholes," we'll stop w/ the bitch & cunt stuff.) McLame's response:
Now, now. You don't want to... Um, you know that's the great thing about town hall meetings, sir, but we really don't, there's people here who don't respect that kind of language. So I'll move on to the next questioner in the back.
So what if they "don't respect that kind of language?" What the hell does that mean, anyway? So McCunt ducks the question, & the guy who asked it gets "interviewed" by the Secret Service. What is this countnation coming to?

Spiritual Adviser: Jerry "Captain Trips" Garcia

Big John McBush has spiritual advisers as well. Pastor John Hagee & Reverend Rod Parsley are two of them. (What's the deal on "pastor" & "reverend?" How do these honorifics get chosen?) Here, therefore, is a list of "outrageous" (Where is the outrage?) statements from the two. Our personal favorite? The United Snakes was founded (in part, mind you, let's not get cazy here) to destroy Islam.
I cannot tell you how important it is that we understand the true nature of Islam, that we see it for what it really is. In fact, I will tell you this: 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, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore." - Rod Parsley in Silent No More (Charisma House, 2005)
Isn't "false religion" redundant, Rod? Tip of the Mahomet Bouffant chapeau to Cenk Uygur @ HuffPo, who has some footage of fat-boy Hagee preaching some hate.

Annals of Self-Congratulation

Today marks the first anniversary of Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™. We won't dwell on it, but we had to run someone else who tried to use the name out of business, while just ignoring some schmuck who uses the same name (& calls himself "Zomby Woof") inside Democratic Underground. But he's not stand-alone, & doesn't post much. So to hell w/ him. The big question, of course, is how much longer will this (or the editor thereof) continue. With close to 28,000 visitors in merely a yr., an average of 71/day (yeah, we know, & besides that most of those hits were perverts looking for Sophia Loren's bare breasts or the Xtian wife-spanking story...sick, sick, sick) we feel obligated to continue. For a while. And thanks to the Public Libraries of Los Angeles & Santa Monica (though not so much Santa Monica any more) for providing free Internet access, even if on a limited basis. P. S.: And the horse you rode in on!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Annals of Bureaucracy & Malpractice

Let's review. (Item directly below.) Caught up? OK. It occurs to us that a deliberate refusal to provide medical assistance (the refilling of a prescription) as a result of the childish "We won't respond to 'threatening' messages" (& the refusal even to communicate anything along the lines of "we won't talk to you because we're scared, stop 'threatening' us") rationale offered for not responding to us for two wks. might just qualify as malpractice. Of course, for all we know we had to sign away all of our rights in order to get the alleged treatment we've rec'd. from whichever bureaucracy we're referring to. (No one reads all that crap, & one has no choice anyway, if one wishes to receive what passes for help. So it's all signed under duress, if you ask us.) So the response to this "threatening" e-mail:
I took my last Lexapros today, can you refill my prescription, & advise me by e-mail, so I don't have to go on more wild goose chases, as your colleagues at the DMH are so fond of sending me on?
was not to respond at all, but leave us hanging w/o the medication. Which, we've recently noticed, is not just to treat depression but anxiety as well. In other words, to keep you doped up to "treat" your anxiety – a fear of living in this society of clueless herd animals dominated by evil & cunningly intelligent predators – & prevent you from expressing your righteous & justified anger at those who are responsible for it. Sounds like malpractice to us. We'd be horrified if there are any legal eagles in the readership here, but if there is anyone who knows anything about this sort of thing, advice is gladly taken. (We realize that it will be worth just what it costs us, & thanks.) Although we don't have an exact memory of whatever alleged threats we made via e-mail or voicemail (if they'd answer their fucking 'phones once in a while instead of wasting their time in meetings kissing each others' asses, maybe people wouldn't be quite so angry, hint hint) we think we still have enough common sense left (Though it's going fast, people!!) not to have made any obvious, overt physical threats, partly because we still had some hope that some of these people would get out of their meetings & get some clue as to how to do the jobs for which they are paid, & actually help us, & partly because we'd just as soon not be in jail or another mental hospital. (Although the more often one is hospitalized, apparently the better one's chance of getting Social Security benefits w/in half a decade of applying. And hey, maybe being drugged into submission, surrounded by paranoid schizophrenics in a "facility" w/ three institutional meals per day & an actual bed or at least a cot wouldn't be any worse than being surrounded w/ stupid, normal, morbidly obese, in debt up to their third chin Americans, eating processed food until the food stamps run out while sleeping in a park. But what do we know?) So if the above e-mail was "threatening," we can only suppose that legal action & filing a grievance against these people is much the same as pointing a loaded gun at them. (AN ANALOGY, NOT A THREAT, LITERAL-MINDED FOOLS!!) Though oddly enough (here we take a clue from regular correspondent Mr. Peabody, The Dog That Walks Like a Man, in the comments section of the previous item):
No wonder that they have armed guards search you at the door of the DMH in Hollywood...
They do indeed, & as we left the office of the person who was so outraged that we were calling him on the general incompetence displayed, we noted one of said armed guards stationed just outside the office door. Never seen that before. Must've put the fear of something in them. Just rec'd. a further e-mail in response to one I sent to the DMH asking what was so "threatening" in the e-mail blockquoted above. The half-answer: "One of the inherent problems with email is that even small nuances in tone can result in a message being misconstrued." We wonder what could be "misconstrued" in the note we mentioned above. We are also told not to send any more e-mails, that all communication in the future should be in person or by 'phone, & that if we must go to the clinic, we'll get bus tokens. Sure. Thanks for the tokens we were provided yesterday. (NOT!! We were too fucking angry to beg for them, & of course they weren't offered, because these people drive around polluting the atmosphere & can't even conceive of someone not having a car, & a "nice car," at that.) Will the county be paying for the innumerable 50¢ 'phone calls we'll have to make, as well as the 25¢/minute surcharge before we are able to make contact w/ anything besides the voice mails to which they never respond? Not to mention the difficulty of hearing back from them when we don't have a mobile 'phone, & their message-leaving skills are about as good as all their other abilities. Bear in mind (we've wasted over an hour of our rapidly diminishing life span on this, sorry to any one still reading) that all of this started when, after informing our shrink that we weren't in very good shape, it was decided that we should be put into a program where "all the money was going," where attention beyond dosage incrementation is devoted to the "client." We then met w/ our perpetually incompetent case worker, who almost threw herself on the fainting couch w/ all her worry that soon we'd have pneumonia, & we'd be "groggy" when we woke up (No, we don't really know what that means, unless she was worried that thugs [police or gang members, very little difference] would be the ones waking us up.) so she makes the effort to call someone at a different Mental Health Center to see if we can get a bed in a facility in their area. And this airhead, using what was obviously an old listing (When we first used her "services" she gave us several hand-outs for where to obtain free lunches, shelter, & the like in the Hollywood area, most of them – this was in 2007, mind you – were "as of" some time in 2000!!) called the number given, received a voice mail w/ another name than the one on the list, & then simply left a message. She made no attempt to call the main number & find the person on the list, or see who was doing the "gatekeeper" job now, if the person named on the list wasn't. When the editorial "we" questioned her about this (knowing full well that the housing referral process involves faxing paperwork to the shelter, & giving the person referred paperwork to take to the shelter) her reaction was to call the same # & leave essentially the same useless message on the same wrong person's voice-mail. Nonetheless, we suppose because we're "mentally ill" & still trusted people, we made the long trek downtown, to find (of course) that the shelter in question had never heard of us. This, by the way, is what the shrink refers to as "doing our best to help you." We realize that not everything is going to work out perfectly the first time, but if the person in charge has no idea what's going on, the chances are pretty low that it will ever work out. Pretty fucking sad when the nutcase has a better idea of how to do the job than the L. C. P. W. who's paid for it does. But of course there's something wrong w/ us for being mad about this. We should also note that neither the shrink (whose idea it was in the first place) the case worker, nor the actual worker from the more intensive program were aware that as we hadn't been homeless for four months yet, WE DIDN'T FUCKING QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM!!) Again, this is "doing their best." "Best," my ass!! If you're not aware of the simplest options & requirements how can you even pretend that you're doing your "best?"
There's also something wrong when a person (us) who has been driven mad by a society of liars, cheaters, murderers & thieves is considered "mentally ill," but the people who do their "best" (sort of) to perpetuate that society & force conformity to it are not considered nuts. Think about it. Remember when dissidents in the Soviet Union were slapped in psychiatric institutions? Coming soon to a nation near you.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Annals of Bureaucracy

If one is dealing w/ a bureaucratic organization (Let's pick one at random, the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, as a purely hypothetical example.) & said bureaucracy, or at least all of the humanoids working therein w/ whom one has had contact, are incompetent, incapable of doing their jobs, lazy, stupid, or more interested in boosting their own "self-esteem" by treating their "clients" like shit, because the clients are some of our society's most powerless & can't fight back, should one "threaten" these bureaucratic incompetents by suggesting the possibility of a lawyer to sue them, or using the Department's own "grievance" system against them, they then decide that they are being "threatened," & will not respond to any of one's requests for help. In other words, their refusal/inability to assist their "clients" make clients even worse, & when said clients react other than in full Oliver Twist, cap off, knuckle to forehead, "please, sir, may I have some more gruel" mode, the "clients" get screwed again. Damned if one does, damned if one doesn't. Here is a "threatening" e-mail., to which no response was rec'd.:
I took my last Lexapros today, can you refill my prescription, & advise me by e-mail, so I don't have to go on more wild goose chases, as your colleagues at the DMH are so fond of sending me on?
Jeezis Hussein Christ, I know if I were a so-called doctor whose sole medical activity consisits of increasing dosages I'd certainly look at at this as a threat. Get out the restraining orders!!

Hurray Hurray, The First of May, Outdoor Fucking Starts Today!

Our thousandth item, in honor of May Day, the international workers day. If you went to work today you are a tool of the capitalist exploiters & deserve no more mercy than they do. Be ready to die. We are!! And ready to take you w/us as well!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Poodle Crap From the Blair Witch

Cowardly closet Catholic Tony Blair was apparently taking communion in secret,
Blair said he kept his belief long under wraps for fear of being dismissed as "a nutter."
Not a nutter, just a weak sister. We're so glad his "faith" kept him from joining the United Snakes in its campaign to murder as many Iraqis as...oh, never mind. How does it continue to slip our minds that a profession of religious faith from a world "leader" is despicable self-serving hypocrisy, every time? And especially when it comes from those who claim their "faith" is a "religion of peace," as they all do, while calling for holy war, whether jihad or Crusade. Religion is an instrument of social control, nothing more, nothing less. And it sure worked on Tony. Looks as if the Pope, in his non-stop war on the Ay-rabs & Moooslims, found himself a nice little poodle/sheep.
Blair had begun to pick at the subject haltingly over the last year, announcing his conversion to Catholicism (after years of secretly attending Mass as prime minister) in December. But only now is he discussing it fully and openly, and acknowledging the degree to which his religious faith informed his years leading America's closest ally.
Closest ally in death & destruction, that is.
Blair's aides have long said that his policies on intervention in Iraq, Kosovo and Sierra Leone were motivated not by practicalities or even, in the case of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, fear of weapons of mass destruction so much as a profound sense that they were the "right" thing to do.
Yep, it's the same old George W. Bush "gut feeling." Would it be possible, just once, to have a "leader," somewhere, who made a fucking decision based on truth & reality, not "gut feelings" & political expediency? Is that so much to ask? Remember the Enlightenment? No? Figures.

Homicide: Life on the Street

Highlights from the world of being broke & homeless: Finding a (non-menthol) cigarette butt big enough to get a few hits from. When the men's room in our outdoor house is not locked @ night, & we can sleep behind a locked door, instead of under playground equipment. Lowlights: Everything the fuck else. Biggest Dilemma: Can we keep our rage in check for the two or three yrs. it will take to get Social Security? At which time we'll be able to buy lots of guns!!

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From the Los Angeles Times:
For the record April 30, 2008 Jeremiah Wright: Jonah Goldberg's column on Tuesday identified journalist Joe Klein as a writer for Newsweek. He works for Time magazine.

Other Controversies

The Mainstream/ Corporate Media has been slightly called on the carpet for hiring retired baby killers (Many of them, as generals, were too chickenshit even to kill babies themselves, letting their proxies do their work for them, though some of them may have offed a "gook" or two if they served in 'Nam. Or, like the cowardly war criminal McCain, they may have notched their metaphorical gun by bombing people from the safety of aircraft miles away.) and Gen. Barry McCaffrey, not only a professional baby-killer but a former "drug czar" (Any one who would take that job is an asshole & an idiot, as it is the drug laws that cause more drug "problems" than the drugs themselves.). Hiring these brain-dead, brain-washed clowns to perpetuate & reinforce the lies of the current administration (Some of these fucks, or their equivalents, may have been defending Clinton & his Balkan adventurism, but it's more likely this element were opposed to anything Clintonian.) as far as the current "long war" & any others they feel like starting. Corporate NBC Universal/GE ("We Bring Good Nukes to Life!!") stooge Brian Williams has attempted to defend himself. Key quotes:
I've worked with two men since I've had this job -- both retired, heavily-decorated U.S. Army four-star Generals -- Wayne Downing and Barry McCaffrey. As I'm sure is obvious to even a casual viewer, I quickly entered into a close friendship with both men.
And:
I made four trips to Iraq with Wayne. We were together, in close quarters, for over two months at the start of the war and survived at least one harrowing adventure.
"It's not what you know, it's who you know." Them ol' macho buddies, having harrowing adventures together. Per Williams, if these whores made a bit of a whine about the Pentagon fuck-ups that nobody could possibly deny existed, they therefore weren't Pentagon propagandists. News flash, Bri: Soldiers, sailors, airmen & Marines fucking love to complain, especially about the kind of bureaucratic bullshit that so often occurs in a hierarchy. Most of the complaining is about the ignorant incompetence of fuckheads like Downing & McCaffrey, who either forgot what's it's like on the ground, or never served, or were too political to care. And ret'd. gens. like Downing & McCaffrey love to whine about the civilians in the Pentagon who don't know how to kill babies like the generals do. But did any of these "passionate patriots," as Williams refers to them, question the larger assumptions behind the "long war?" We think not. Here's one reason why, brought to our attention by a commenter on Mr. Williams' web log. Thank you, Karen C. of Auburn Georgia! And The Nation, which was on this quite some time ago, but the story was, of course, ignored until the NYT picked up on it five yrs. later. Note: The NYT story is a long one (7,592 words!!) & asshole & NASCAR fan Williams wasn't man enough to provide a link to the NYT article. You're not a real web logger like we are, you fucking droopy-eyed ass-licker.
McCaffrey and his NBC colleague Col. Wayne Downing, who reports nightly from Kuwait, are both on the advisory board of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a Washington-based lobbying group formed last October to bolster public support for a war. Its stated mission is to "engage in educational advocacy efforts to mobilize US and international support for policies aimed at ending the aggression of Saddam Hussein," and among its targets are the US and European media. The group is chaired by Bruce Jackson, former vice president of defense giant Lockheed Martin (manufacturer of the F-117 Nighthawk, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and other aircraft in use in Iraq), and includes such neocon luminaries as former Defense Policy Board chair Richard Perle. Downing has also served as an unpaid lobbyist and adviser to the Iraqi National Congress, an Administration-backed (and bankrolled) opposition group that stands to profit from regime change in Iraq. NBC News has yet to disclose those or other involvements that give McCaffrey a vested interest in Operation Iraqi Freedom. McCaffrey, who commanded an infantry division in the Gulf War, is now on the board of Mitretek, Veritas Capital and two Veritas companies, Raytheon Aerospace and Integrated Defense Technologies--all of which have multimillion-dollar government defense contracts. Despite that, IDT is floundering--its stock price has fallen by half since March 2002--a situation that one stock analyst says war could remedy. Since IDT is a specialist in tank upgrades, the company stands to benefit significantly from a massive ground war. McCaffrey has recently emerged as the most outspoken military critic of Rumsfeld's approach to the war, but his primary complaint is that "armor and artillery don't count" enough. In McCaffrey's recent MSNBC commentary, he exclaimed enthusiastically, "Thank God for the Abrams tank and... the Bradley fighting vehicle," and added for good measure that the "war isn't over until we've got a tank sitting on top of Saddam's bunker." In March alone, IDT received more than $14 million worth of contracts relating to Abrams and Bradley machinery parts and support hardware.
Is it any fucking wonder that Just Another Blog™ is consumed w/ rage on a 24-hr. basis? When you factor in our personal existence, well, let's just say that an explosion is inevitable, & imminent. Stand clear!!

Opening Volley of Vitriol

America the Exceptional: Born from genocide, nurtured by chattel slavery, & continuing to this day to solve its problems through violence & bullying. As we type this from the Westwood Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (overlooking the mini-cemetery where Marilyn Monroe & Frank Zappa molder while awaiting the rapture) we are surrounded by Mormon "missionaries," in their white shirts, dark neckties & name tags. Did you know that the Mormon "church" actually suggests how many piercings ladies should have (In their earlobes, of course!! You weren't thinking...gasp!!) & tells men whether or not to wear beards, etc.? Oddly enough, beards were cool in the 19th century, less popular as the outside ("gentile") world gave up on them. In other words, Mormons are the shallowest conformist dupes imaginable. (Hey, multi-billion dollar church, give your fucking lie-spreaders their own laptops, so they won't be using resources that are needed by people who work for a living or are w/o a living!!) And here's a lovely story about the real Mormons, not those whose desire for power & acceptability caused them to sell out many of the distinctive tenets of their oh-so-American religion (You know, pro-slavery, racist, etc. They still hate & fear women, that most common element of all religions: "Get your biscuits in the oven & your buns in the bed, we need a quiverfull!!") but those who still practice it more or less as Joseph Smith made it up from whole cloth.

State authorities raided a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon sect, on April 3. More than 450 children are in state foster facilities from the raid.

The agency later released more information on its Web site, stating that: "Medical exams and reports by the children indicate that at least 41 children have had broken bones in the past. We do not have X-rays or complete medical information on many children so it is too early to draw any conclusions based on this information, but it is cause for concern and something we’ll continue to examine." "Based on interviews with the children and journal entries found at the ranch, we are continuing to look into the possible sexual abuse of some young boys."

As we typed above, it's really the plain old non-fundamentalist (Salt Lake City-based) Church of LDS that's the renegade sect. The FLDS (don't confuse it w/ FDS) is the one true church. And here's another good one:
FLDS spokesman Rod Parker called Cockerell's testimony "a deliberate effort to mislead the public."
As opposed to:
Cockerell also told a state legislative committee that mothers who stayed with their children in state custody launched a coordinated effort to stymie investigators, coaching their children to not answer questions.
Spare the rod & spoil the child, right Rod?
Church officials have denied that any children were abused at the ranch and say the state’s actions are a form of religious persecution. They also dispute the count of teen mothers, saying at least some are likely adults.
The true "religious persecution:"

On Monday, CPS announced that almost 60 percent of the underage girls living on the Eldorado ranch either have children or are pregnant.

Of the 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who are in state custody, 31 either have given birth or were expecting, Azar said.

"If they're old enough to bleed, they're old enough to breed."

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