Monday, May 26, 2008

Decoration Day Musings from Brother Brick

We present herewith an interesting idea from our friend Brother Brick. (No, he's not our actual brother, we're an only child.)

Ruminating over brain damage and other fun things on a Memorial Day weekend

Fighting off a bug this weekend and catching up on my reading. So I've been going through a big stack of cognitive/neurology newsletters I get, and as you'd imagine there is a lot of discussion on brain injuries suffered by Iraqi veterans, particularly due to concussion caused by IED's. Very profound after effects with a lot of changes in memory, skills and, most fascinatingly, behavior; victims can get quite nasty, vile and dangerous. (I'm more than a little familiar with these things first hand myself following seizures.) But it is astounding how much damage can be caused to the brain by concussion alone. Which got me to thinking.... I wonder, during the First World War, especially on the Western Front, just how many concussions were inflicted upon the soldiers who were subjected to all that shell fire? What was it? Hundreds of millions of shells fired? Is that an exaggeration? It had to be in the tens of millions anyway. Falling in a very small area, upon enormous numbers of men, for four years. Even accounting for all the duds and gas shells, that is an incredible amount of explosions in a small area upon a lot of guys over a long period of time. Who knows how many of those soldiers were concussed, and how often? There must have been, then, enormous numbers of men in postwar Europe who suffered from the after effects. So...did those after-effects collectively have an effect on post war Europe? Did those hundreds of thousands – maybe millions – of concussed soldiers with all those classic symptoms of paranoia and hostility and rage and depression and confusion – were they in numbers sufficient enough to actually alter the social and political atmosphere of societies and nations in the post-war years? Pre-war and post-war Europe were much different places. Post-WWI Europe was much more violent, rent by extremism and sociopathic political movements. And I wonder if any of that mass brain damage among the men of Europe in the twenties and thirties somehow made Nazism possible? Would normal people ever have fallen for it? Hell, was Hitler himself a victim of post-concussion that what made him so evil? He spent time in the trenches, exposed, and was nearly blown to hell a couple times. A lucky bastard...but did he suffer after effects? Just an idea. But the Europe of 1918 to, that is one inexplicably berserk place. Another horrible phenomenon that fascinates me is all these incredibly violent 'armies' of boys in Africa. They seem to be raised from the masses of orphans left by AIDS. There must be tens of millions of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, and in many places so many adults have died or are dying that the social structure is simply not capable of taking care of them. Hence sociopaths collect them, Manson-like, into armies and they being kids they make ideal killers. Of course, HIV is becoming less lethal as the more virulent versions kill their hosts and, like malaria, soon it'll just incapacitate but leave the hosts capable of bearing and raising children. The supply of AIDS orphans will drop, and those armies will disappear. Funny how that happens. It's interesting that the Spanish flu pandemic had a mortality demographic somewhat similar to AIDS in that it killed almost exclusively people in the 18 to 35 year range (roughly..I can't remember the exact age range but it was young adults. The reason for this, btw, is that people above that and kids below had a resistance they'd developed after being subjected to a flu strain that the vulnerable group in between missed.) The flu killed tens of millions in Europe in 1918-19. I am guessing, then, that it left millions of orphans, especially combined with so many fathers having been killed in the war. It'd be interesting to see how many young Nazis in the early thirties were orphans. Anyway, little something to ponder on Memorial Day, I guess. War and its leftovers seem to linger long after the shooting stops. Brick
Editor's Note: While we do present ourselves as the "Editor" here, we only spell-checked Brick's opus (Try it yourself sometime, B., it's fun!) & can't be responsible for any syntactical &/or grammatical errors. We don't have all day to check others' shoddy work. M. B.

Memorial Day Message to America

Dear America,

Today, while you're consuming at a Memorial Day mattress sale, polluting the air while charring animal corpses laced w/ hormones & anti-biotics, financing terrorism by driving a gasoline-powered vehicle, or getting the white clothes out of the closet, please take a minute to remember all the Americans who've been murdered by your government for the benefit of the military-industrial complex, granting you the "freedom" & "liberty" to be wire-tapped by the FBI or any number of other three-letter government agencies, &/or used up & thrown away by a corporate entity.

You're welcome,

Mahomet Bouffant

Sunday, May 25, 2008

No Comment

Thanks to P. J. for this one. We thought it was larger, but you get the idea.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Whole Truth, & Nothing But...In The Liberal Media

First, look at (Well, don't just look, read it too!!) this story from the AP. Then note this item from the Phoenix Business Journal. Hell, just look at the headline:
Poor ticket sales, expected protests scuttle Bush-McCain fundraiser at Phoenix Convention Center
You'd think the AP would make some mention of this in its article, but instead:
Bush's Arizona fundraising effort for McCain is being moved to private residences in the Phoenix area. A White House official said the event was being moved because the McCain campaign prefers private fundraisers and it is Bush administration policy to have events in public venues open to the media. The White House official said to reconcile that the Tuesday event will be held at a private venue and not the Convention Center.
The AP does catch Official White House Lying Sack of Liquid Crap Dana Perino at it again:
During the Bush presidency, the press has nearly always been banned from fundraisers in private homes. Former President Clinton sometimes allowed the press into such fundraising settings, at least for his remarks. Bush press secretary Dana Perino said the fundraisers are closed because it has been the McCain camp's policy to close all money events. "That's their practice and we will respect it," she said. She added, however, that it is possible the two men would appear together waving at television cameras in Arizona upon arrival or departure of the president's plane.
Airport photo-ops. That's really dealing w/ the issues.
The AP wants to beat this into our heads.
The press has nearly always been banned from Bush's fundraisers in private homes. Former President Clinton sometimes allowed the press into such fundraising settings, at least for his remarks.
Oh liberal media, why must you always compare President Bush to Slick Willie? Is that fair? It was eight years ago? Get over it!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Free at Last! Free at Last! Thank Gawd Awmighty, I'm Free at Last!

Finally, results! Following a non-stop campaign here at Just Another Blog™, Sid McSame has "repudiated" both Pastor "America was founded to destroy Islam" Parsnips & Heart Attack Waiting to Happen "Gawd allowed Hitler to off six million Jews so that two million Jews could live in Israel under constant threat, allowing me to scare the crap – & donations – out of my sheep w/ The Book of Revelations" Hagee. Now let's ask the questions & make the points that Maeve Reston & Stuart Silverstein missed in their L. A. Times item.
In Stockton, [a hellhole in Northern California, in case you didn't know] McCain said he did not think the comparison was fair. "I've never been in Pastor Hagee's church or Pastor Parsley's church. I didn't attend their church for 20 years, and I'm not a member of their church. I received their endorsement, which did not mean that I endorsed their views."
No, Sen. McCain, you went begging to these two deluded psychotics/slick con men & practically kissed their rings & washed their feet to get their endorsements.
McCain said he had not been aware of the comments -- which were made in a sermon in the late 1990s and turned up recently on the Internet -- when Hagee endorsed him in February.
We'll just steal the next refutation from the Great Orange Satan™ itself.
It's not like Hagee wasn't extraordinarily well known, before this election season, or somehow unvettable. I have Hagee's 2006 book, "Jerusalem Countdown", sitting on my table; it's chock full of insulting statements, dire prophecies and interpretations of Scripture so, shall we say, "unusual" that they bear far more resemblance to the ramblings of a UFO cult than to what many people would call Christianity. So here are the next questions. Will far-far-right evangelicals, of the sort that want to collect Jews into Israel so as to bring about the Apocalypse, forgive McCain for dumping one of their most prominent preachers under the bus? Will McCain learn anything from this about associating with far-right figures that use religion not just as little more than excuse for their own prejudices and bigotries, but as justification for violence and war? Will the media report McCain's repudiation with even one tenth as much vigor as they obsessed over Obama's "preacher problem"? I predict the answers to be yes, no, and you've got to be kidding.
That really is a cynical left-wing hate-site over there, isn't it? That fat guy who has his own fund-raising scam going (The Catholic League) was munificent enough to accept the sincere apology of Heart Attack John Hagee.
But Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said he found it "noble" that Hagee decided to sever his ties to McCain. "He knows he has become a liability to McCain, even after he has made amends to Catholics," he said. [...] "I found him to be sincere, apologetic and friendly," Donohue said. "I also found him to be the strongest Christian defender of Israel I have ever met, and that is why attempts to portray him as anything but a genuine friend to Jews -- one for whom the Holocaust is the horror of horrors -- is despicable."
Who died & appointed Donohue Pope? And a big "friend" of Israel is Hagee, who hopes that all unconverted Jews will die in a lake of fire or some such crap, after Hagee has done his best to start Holocaust II in Israel in order to get the "Rapture" going. Also in the Times "repudiation" story:
McCain was in California on Thursday on a campaign trip. He participated in a business roundtable with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and vowed he would "compete and win" in the Golden State. At the rally later, he drew laughter when he mocked Obama, saying that "for a young man with very little experience, he's done very well."
Great, now he's stealing St. Ronnie of Alzheimeria's lines. And the Compare & Contrast moment, also from the Times:
Less than four months after losing the California primary, Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in projected November general election matchups, a new Los Angeles Times/KTLA poll has found.
Percentage among registered California voters (705 of them questioned Tues. & Wednes.) Obama vs. McBush, 47% to 40 %, Clinton vs. McSame, 43% to 40%. As always, we remind you that there are still more than five mos. until the actual election, & that polls don't mean doodley-squat, especially this far away from the event.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Your FBI in Peace & War

The L. A. Times:
Agent says the FBI is not prepared The bureau is 'ill-equipped to handle the terrorist threat we are facing,' he tells a House panel. Agent Bassem Youssef said that counter-terrorism agents and managers at FBI headquarters often lack basic knowledge about Middle Eastern culture, language and terrorists' ideology. Compounding matters, he said, is the fact that the FBI has continued to name supervisors to anti-terrorism positions who have little or no experience outside traditional law enforcement. The result, he said, is that agents are wasting resources chasing leads that more sophisticated observers would quickly dispense with. The time and energy expended on marginal cases has diverted resources from investigating more substantial threats, Youssef said. "The FBI counter-terrorism division is ill-equipped to handle the terrorist threat we are facing," he told a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee considering legal protections for government whistle-blowers working at national security agencies such as the FBI. "Regardless of what happens to me when I walk into the Hoover building [FBI headquarters] tomorrow, that is what I hope to convey to you," said Youssef, one of several who testified at the hearing. [...] A decorated counter-terrorism agent in the 1990s, Youssef was passed over for promotions after the Sept. 11 attacks and filed a lawsuit in 2003 claiming the bureau discriminated against him based on his ancestry. The son of immigrant Christian Egyptians, he grew up in Los Angeles; he has long been the highest-ranking Arab American agent in the FBI and one of its few native Arabic speakers. Youssef has been outspoken about the failure of the FBI to recruit Arabic-speaking agents and other bureau shortcomings. After the FBI denied him a transfer to a counter-terrorism unit, he was placed in an administrative job managing the receipt of information from telephone companies. [...] Also testifying was Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who has frequently criticized the FBI for being insular and who has been a champion of government whistle-blowers. "The FBI is one of the most powerful and least transparent organizations in the federal government," he said. "Underneath all of the good things the FBI does, unfortunately, there is a history of abuse, mismanagement and retaliation so strong that it has become part of its organizational culture."Grassley said those who break the "code of silence" deserve more legal protection.
And from the City Pages of the Twin Cities, we see what the FBI is up to as far as stopping domestic terrorism.
What they were looking for, Carroll says, was an informant—someone to show up at “vegan potlucks” throughout the Twin Cities and rub shoulders with RNC protestors, schmoozing his way into their inner circles, then reporting back to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between multiple federal agencies and state and local law enforcement.
Fucking vegans. The nerve, not eating meat. That's a terrorist act in itself. But not to worry, National Beef Council. Just Another Blog™ hates America, but we loooove the flesh of dead cattle. More anti-biotics & hormones, please! (Leave a contact in the comments if you'd like to ship us some dead meat, cattlemen!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Draw & Quarter The Rich Before Eating

You have perhaps heard of Angelo Mozilo, the chairman of Countrywide Financial, the mortgage lender that was "hammered by losses on sub-prime loans last year," while Mr. Moz took home US$132 million. For the $132 mil he rec'd., Countrywide rec'd. the services of a fucking clown who can't even use e-mail, & is ("Surprise, surprise!!") a dilrod of the first water.
Apparently clicking "reply" when he meant to hit "forward," Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman Angelo Mozilo ignited an online furor Tuesday by describing a mortgage customer's plea for help as a "disgusting" example of form letters inundating the Calabasas home lender.
Again we ask, "When will the 'online furor' turn into real fury?"

We'd Exhort You to "Eat The Rich," But They're Filled w/ Additives

Or: Fall of the Roman Empire, Take Two. (For all the computer wienies out there, "take two" means "Version 2.0.") Just as the little people are, America's rich people are cutting back in the current economy. (Face it, if your dollars aren't going as far as they used to, neither are wealthy people's, because the percentage of your output that they take is going down too.) But don't for a minute think Mr. Moneybags is having the cook make more pasta dishes & fewer $23.99/lb. free-range, no-hormone steak dinners. Matter of fact, the L. A. Times story that inspired this rant doesn't really indicate just what the rich are cutting back on, it mostly demonstrates what crap they waste their money on, especially if they're in Los Angeles or New Yawk City. For example:
Although consumers with above-average disposable incomes have been notching back since the third quarter of last year, they aren't curtailing purchases of "experiences," such as theater tickets and meals out, said Pam Danziger, owner of Unity Marketing, a research firm that focuses on luxury markets. Danziger herself draws the line at stopping Botox and Restylane treatments, which set her back $800 or so every four months. "I'm not about to give that up," she said. "That's my affordable luxury."
"People are very concerned about everything they ingest, eat, put on their skin because of what it's doing biochemically to their body," said Pao, whose business helps companies develop turnaround strategies. "So the organic food market is kind of blowing out the door even though it's like four times as much as regular food." At Erewhon Natural Foods Market in Los Angeles, where "body ecologists" dispense tips from the tonic bar and customers pay $15 for a Mint Chip Energizer drink or $25 for Blood of the Dragon, business is great. If the drink they select doesn't already include it, most people add "super deer antler" (believed to boost sexual strength, virility and fertility) at $2 a drop, said Mitzi Poulin, a store manager. "Sometimes your drink can cost you $40 for just one cup," she said. Some sales come from people who partied too hard the night before. "They come and say, 'Oh, I have a hangover, can you fix me?' " Poulin said that in April, revenue was up 11% compared with the same month last year. "I cannot say that the recession affects us," she said.
Not at all dissimilar to the superstitions of later period Romans. "Super deer antler." We gotcher "super deer antler" right here, Richie Rich. The Romans had an excuse, they weren't quite hep to science yet. What's w/ our "elites?" We can only hope that ordinary "real" Americans (not "white wine-sipping swells") pick up their pitchforks, light some torches, & head for the West Side of Los Angeles & the Upper West Side of Manhattan, murdering & pillaging all the way.

Jesus Hussein Christ!

Gawgia State Republican something or other Sue Everhart compared John McSame to Jesus Hussein Christ on the cross over the wknd. @ the GA State GOP Convention, as McBush had "never renounced America," just as Jeezis had "never renounced God" while being nailed up, etc. But didn't Big John admit to being a war criminal, while the North Vietnamese were torturing the truth out of him? Yes he did. Or was the policy of bombing innocent civilians McCain's alone, not the U. S. Govt.'s?
“I am a war criminal,” McCain said on “60 Minutes” in 1997. “I bombed innocent women and children.” Although it came too late to save the Vietnamese he’d killed 30 years earlier, it was a brave statement. Nevertheless, he smiles agreeably as he hears himself described as a “war hero” as he arrives at rallies in a bus marked “No Surrender.”
From vicious cartoonist Ted Rall, who receives the Just Another Blog™ Seal of Approval.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Marxist-Leninist Yuppie Gen Xers On The (Long?) March

From Columbia News Service:

This is what class warfare looks like in the 21st century. In February, the CPUSA officially unveiled its newly refurbished office space in the trendy Chelsea district of Manhattan. The Reds went "green" for their $1 million overhaul, including various environmentally conscious features in the design. Huge windows and transparent walls were installed to take advantage of the sunlight and create greater energy efficiency. They also installed occupancy sensors so artificial lighting would not be wasted, and nontoxic building materials were used to reduce health risks to staff. [...] Glass walls rise from the floor to form state-of-the-art work spaces, nontoxic linseed oil burnishes the work surfaces, and biodegradable blue carpet is underfoot. Colorful paintings by the renowned artists Boris Taslitzky and Alejandro Romero, depicting the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and working-class struggle, dot the walls of the expansive open-plan office. Inside their transparent cubicles, the 21-strong staff tap away on Apple Macs and sip Starbucks offee.

We're not sure if this is a good thing, or a bad thing, or just a thing.

Always Happy to Lend Our Name to The News

Kennedy diagnosed with Malignant brain tumor.

Let's Have a War (Chickenhawk Edition)

Jules Crittenden (Sound like an effete Franco-Brit?) of the web log Forward Bowel Movement is, like, totally in favor of brave manly air-strikes on Iran.
“Called for” and gonna do it are two very different things. It’s entirely called for. Strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities and Quds Force training camps and headquarters. Any more crap out of Iran, and follow-on strikes on the oil and transportation infrastructure Iran uses to support and facilitate terrorism in Iraq and elsewhere. It’s long overdue.
So the Soviet Union should have dropped a few on the U. S. when we were arming & otherwise assisting Osama Bin Laden in his struggle against Marxist Imperialism in Afghanistan? Sauce for the goose & the gander there, Jules. But don't think we're not impressed w/ the picture on his blog header. What a man he must be. What a big gun. And an APC. Macho isn't enough of a word for him. And the adverts?
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Making the world safe for Xtianity, one tee-shirt at a time!! "Get Some!" our ass.

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'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: 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?


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 (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 (, 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



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.)