Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Faith, Fuel & Fuckwads

They never stop. Nor do they come up w/ anything original. (Nor do we. This is from the LAT.)
One pastor, Ed Black of Arena Christian Church in Lincoln, Calif., told his flock on his blog Sunday that the car -- and the fuel it rode in on -- might be one of the roots of modern society's ills. "With the invention of the car," Black wrote, "young men would change the dating scene, picking up girls, and taking them away from their parents, without supervision, dropping [them] off later after who knows what went on."
They've been against the modern world since before it became modern. Kinda like the Moooooslims, who are having trouble as well. You'd think one of those fellers who wears his tablecloth on his head over there in the Middle East could find a few spare dinars to help his brethren get to the mosque five times a day.
At the Islamic Center of Southern California, it was common before the surge in gasoline prices to see people visit five times a day to find fellowship and pray. Now, coordinator Ahmed Mohamed says, many people come "just two or three times a day and sometimes less. They can't afford to drive here as often. I've never seen anything like it."
Condemned to hell by oil profits. Kissing gawd's ass five times a day is important, but the kids aren't going to overrun both the non-breeding Xtians & whiteys in general if they can't eat something.
The problem is affecting even the holy business, driving down attendance at churches, synagogues and mosques. Religious leaders are struggling to help their members cope, spinning new themes about a society that has become almost sinfully reliant on motorized transport.
The vast Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ empire is proud to have eschewed owning or operating motorized transport since it had to drive the car of a girlfriend who was overloaded on 'ludes sometime in the early '80s.
At the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valley City, Ohio, Pastor D. Murawski's message Sunday was simple. By all means, cut back on your driving but not your driving to church. "Yes, it may be more difficult at the end of the month to pay our bills and fill our tanks," he wrote on the church's website, "but one thing that hasn't diminished one iota is the commitment of God to love you, forgive you, and watch over you."
We fail to see any commitment to "love, forgive, & watch over" any one, if the pastor (sheep herder) has to beg people to continue to come to church to kiss Holy Ass.
In houses of worship nationwide, preachers are railing against the forces of energy evil, and congregations are praying for lower fuel prices.
Three reactions to that & we're history. 1) There is no gawd, & if there ever had been one, it's sure as fuck dead now. 2) "You cannot petition the Lord with prayer." 3) Even if it existed & were answering your prayers, you don't really believe gawd could do anything to stop the oil cos., do you?

Lazy (Or Not)

Look for (don't look for) fewer (any) items here for a day or two. It's all good, not to worry.

Better Late Than Never, But Never Better Late

There's a reason we refer to ourself as "The Editor" most of the time, rather than as a "reporter." We're just made for sitting at a devil-box criticizing people for their own good, as opposed to doing anything, or working, or chasing down a story, or exerting any effort whatever concerning anything at all. Case in point: Last night's big deal Scott McClellan book-pimping "event" at the nearby Barnes & Ignoble, which we mentioned in this very space, & then stated we would attend, implying, at least some sort of informative report on Mr. McClellan's event. Well, we did, but even though we'd been sitting in the three-level chain bookstore for a good hour before reading pulp sci-fi from the '30s, we managed to be late to said event. Here's the criticism part: Because every single retail establishment on the Third Street Promenade (For those who don't know: the City of Santa Monica closed four blocks of, yes, its own Third Street to vehicular traffic, making an instant mall, w/ what passes for "upscale retail" in middle-class America having taken over what once were no doubt failing Mom-&-Pop businesses.) has closed its restrooms (Guess who they don't want using the facilities?) one must leave the Promenade & wander through an already piss-soaked alley to a City parking structure to answer nature's call. And by the time we'd returned from pre-event bathroom (Caused by a "venti" coffee @ the Starbucks inside the B&N to prevent our collapsing on our face during the "event") & nicotine breaks, the author reading room at B&N was jam-up & jelly-tight, & we were unable to get any nearer than two people away from the door. Which was fine while Mr. McClellan was speaking, but once question time started, we were unable to hear the questions, & Scott kept going off mic to answer them. So, in our dedication to duty, we just gave the hell up & went back to the Northwest Smith story collection we'd been perusing. Not that we'd expected to hear (let alone actually learn) anything new. And what we did hear of Puffy McMoonface's talk was the same old same old that's already been bandied about the webs, radio, dead-tree media, etc. I. e., who gives a shit, really? It should be obvious by now that we don't.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Pen & Sword One Thing,
Ball Point & Gun Quite Another

Per Robert Mugabe, anyway. He's quite the resistance fighter, holding off the Western-allied so-called Movement for Democratic Change in an effort to keep his righteous revolutionary movement going. (And the $$$ pouring into his Swiss bank account.)
We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ball point pen fight with a gun?" the Herald, a government mouthpiece, quoted Mugabe as saying.
Gotta love it when the AP identifies the newspaper as a "mouthpiece."
Mugabe going through the motions.

Blackwater Worldwide Update

Blackwater Worldwide expert Jeremy Scahill op-eds in the LAT today that BW has essentially wormed its way into the structure of the "defense community," is looking to become a vital part of the "Secure Borders" myth, & is offering its espionage services to the gummint & (You guessed it!) Fortune 1000 corporations. And it won't matter who's in the House of Whiteness after noon on 20 January 2009. Never forget the "War on Drugs," either. (You think the "Global War on Terror" is "The Long War?" Think again.)
Blackwater was asked by the Pentagon to bid for a share of a whopping $15-billion contract to "fight terrorists with drug-trade ties" in countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Analysts say it could be the company's "biggest job" ever.
How long 'til their bully-boys are breaking down doors in your neighborhood, under some sort of contractual deal that limits their liability & your Constitutional rights? Go ahead & hold your breath, because it won't be that long.

Bush Admin Wrap-Up

(Don't we wish the entire sordid mess were wrapped up, w/ those who deserve it in the prisons where they belong.) Cheney Lies, No Surprise Dick Vader caught w/ foot in mouth & hands in Big Oil's pocket again.

Vice President Dick Cheney, in a speech Wednesday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, picked up the refrain. Cheney quoted a column by George Will, who wrote last week that "drilling is under way 60 miles off Florida. The drilling is being done by China, in cooperation with Cuba, which is drilling closer to South Florida than U.S. companies are."

In his speech, Cheney described the Chinese as being "in cooperation with the Cuban government. Even the communists have figured out that a good answer to higher prices means more supply."

"But Congress says no to drilling in ANWR, no to drilling on the East Coast, no to drilling on the West Coast," Cheney added.

Excuse the hell out of us here on the left Coast for not wanting massive oil spills on our beaches. What a bunch of tree-hugging fairies we are.

The next day:

Cheney's office said in a statement to The Associated Press that the vice president had erred.

"It is our understanding that, although Cuba has leased out exploration blocks 60 miles off the coast of southern Florida, which is closer than American firms are allowed to operate in that area, no Chinese firm is drilling there," according to the statement.

Will this give Darth Cheney an excuse to attack Cuba now, in a pathetic last ditch attempt to curry favor w/ the crypto-fascist Cuban refugee-voters who've been ruining South Florida & Jersey for the last forty yrs.?

Scott McClellan to Lie or Tell the Truth in Santa Monica Tonight When Scott McClellan's book finally dropped (thus say the kids) the RW talking point was: "Who is this? I don't recognize him. This isn't the Scott McClellan I know," ad nauseum. Perhaps they can only recognize him when he's spinning or outright repeating the lies he was told to tell, but can't recognize him when he's telling the truth. Decide for yourself tonight at the Barnes & Ignoble on the Third Street Promenade @ Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica tonight @1900, when Mr. Mc. will be reading, signing & answering questions. This reporter may even be there. Look for the homeless weasel w/ a greasy ponytail & a black messenger bag stuffed w/ junk. Compare to the illustration at right for confirmation, but please, no autographs!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ocular Knitting Needles Wanted

You may remember the Maggie Gyllenhall whoringadvertising underwear pix we were running last yr. Or you may remember the "Alien" photo of Posh we ran. (Sadly, we don't remember when, & can't remember what we wrote, so we can't search for it.) Here are the two ladies together, at their very best. Photo: Retna

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

1. Fathers Day (No father.) 2. Flag Day (No flagpole.) 3. Most other "Days" (No Valentine, for example.) 4. Most days, period. (Just plain apathy.)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

21st Century Valerie Solanas

Another woman who hates sports.
BAGHDAD - A female suicide bomber targeted a crowd of soccer fans celebrating Iraq's win in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, wounding at least 34 people near a cafe north of Baghdad, police said. The young woman, who was covered in a traditional black Islamic robe, was dropped off by a car shortly before the attack as dozens of cheering young men poured out onto the streets after watching Iraq beat China 2-1 on TV in the cafe in the town of Qara Tappah. [...] "The female bomber has spoiled our joy and celebration."
Like, whatever dude. Go Iraq!! Go Lakers, too. They may need a bomb threat to win another game.

Last Two Words on the Subject: Cheney & "Scooter"

Below: Mr. Serious. We wish this crummy library computer had even MSPaint on it, as there is much blank empty space to the late Mr. Russert's right, which (to us) screams to be filled w/ something. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Although some have sympathy for the dead, & for those who survive them, we're cold-hearted here, as well as lazy as all get out. So for "our" last words on the subject, we'll turn to the L. A. Times again. (Please remember, we no longer have the luxury of spending 16+ hrs. a day on the webs of deceit & fabrication, searching for ideas or buffoonery on which to comment, as the up to 4.5 hrs. a day available to us on those webs allows only for checking e-mail & then wasting the rest of our time compulsively typing & retyping this mess you're reading. Once we stop being depressed & murderous/suicidal, we'll work on the anal retention issues. In the meantime, we absorb the dead-tree Times on our bus ride to adult day care for the ill in the head, & while waiting for breakfast at adult day care for, etc. We realize no one else under the age of 65 reads the Times anyway, so we'll continue to pretend we're doing all concerned a favor by picking the very best parts & passing them along.)

We'd planned to say only: "This is all you need to know about Tim Russert:" & copy & paste this:

Early last year, during the perjury trial of Bush administration aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former press aide to Vice President Dick Cheney testified that she often tried to get officials on Russert's show."

Meet the Press" was "our best format," she said, where the administration could reliably "control the message."
But while looking for that, we came across an expansion on the theme by Tim Rutten, who is, we believe, the Times' "media critic." We actually believe that "criticism" should come out of the barrel of a gun, Chairman Mao-stylee, but we'll just have to settle.

Watching the cable news networks in the hours after his death, one was struck by the outpouring of admiration and affection from across the political spectrum and from journalistic colleagues of every sort. It was impossible not to be struck -- once again -- by just how incestuous and claustrophobic the Washington-based nexus of politics and journalism has become.

Thus, in all that gush across four networks in dozens and dozens of voices, hardly a word was spoken concerning Russert's role in the recent trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. That's odd because Libby's conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges was, in some large part, based on Russert's testimony. Like former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Russert was one of the high-level Washington journalists who came out of the Libby trial looking worse than shabby.

Libby testified before the grand jury investigating the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity that he first learned she worked for the intelligence agency from Russert during a phone call on another matter. Russert took the stand to contradict Libby only because he'd been subpoenaed -- a summons he and NBC had strenuously resisted on grounds of journalistic privilege.

As it emerged under examination, however, Russert already had sung like a choirboy to the FBI concerning his conversation with Libby -- and had so voluntarily from the first moment the Feds contacted him. All the litigation was for the sake of image and because the journalistic conventions required it.

If Russert's legacy stands for anything, it's that journalists have an obligation to preserve as complete a record as possible -- and to hold those responsible for that record accountable. In the outpouring of grief, affection and fellow-feeling that followed his sudden death, that didn't happen. Perhaps that's understandable under the circumstances, or perhaps it's another insight into the limitations of the sort of "insider" journalism of which Russert was an exemplar.
So there. Speak ill of the dead? Of course! They don't care any more. And we never did.

Slap Leather, Punk!

Senator McGun at the NRA annual meeting, 16 May 2008, Louisville, KY. Photo: Scott Olsen/Getty Images
An L. A. Times article on the NRA's declining clout (mostly because Democrats are so cowardly they barely raise the issue of gun control any longer, even as more states allow more morons to carry guns anywhere, at any time) refers to Senator Barack Obama's April "comments about 'bitter' voters who 'cling to guns or religion.'" If anything, they cling to guns as a religion; there's certainly a lot of faith that packing solves all problems.

And Wayne LaPierre (Wayne, favorite name of serial killers, from John Wayne Gacy on, & LaPierre, what is he, a cheese-eating surrender monkey trying to prove his manhood by playing w/ guns?) confirms the "clinging" thesis:
"Voters have proven election after election that this issue is one of their first freedoms," NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre said in a recent interview. "When people feel uncertain, when people feel unsafe, they run right back to the 2nd Amendment."
Run right back to it, like you run to Jeezis. "What a friend we have in Jesusdevices designed for murder."

Reaction from readers about the Times' earlier story on exercising your rights by walking around like Roy Fucking Rogers (Are these retards going to take up riding horses everywhere too? Uh, maybe not such a bad idea for the poor white trash losers who have to carry guns to feel manly, as most of them won't be able to afford gas much longer.) is amusing as well.
The Times portrayed a woefully underrepresented group of law-abiding people who choose to arm themselves for protection and to keep the tradition of personal arms alive in this country.

As pointed out in the article, these people are no more likely to harm anyone with their guns on than without, and they are exercising their rights -- something more of us should do.

Nathan Plant
Santa Clara
Well, certainly tradition is the most important thing. And these "law-abiding people" are "law-abiding" right up to the point where they wig out & turn their hoglegs on someone.
In the article, Utah's Travis Deveraux says, "What we're trying to say is, 'Hey, we're normal people who carry guns.' " Is it normal in Utah to fear for one's safety so much that one needs to be perpetually and publicly armed? I thought we had progressed from the times of Wyatt Earp.

Arnie Moore
Sherman Oaks
Wise up, Arnie. These people haven't progressed since Brigham Young led them to Utah.
Your article about people openly carrying pistols was full of color and sympathy for the nuisances suffered by today's gunslingers, but it ignored the extreme dangers created by the practice.

What happens when an "open carrier" is tired, having a bad day, collides with someone on the sidewalk, and finds himself only two easy steps away from firing his weapon? What about when a criminal sneaks up behind with his own knife or pistol and steals that openly carried pistol? And how about when an open carrier blows cigarette smoke in your face or mine? Who'd dare to complain?

Whether open or concealed, carrying a firearm puts a person within easy reach of tragedy and provides no security one cannot obtain from nonlethal weapons such as mace or Tasers.

Mike Ceaser
Bogota, Colombia
The voices of reason. We'll bet Mr. Ceaser in Bogota has a good idea of what guns everywhere can do to a society.

Flame On!!

Burn the United States Flag!Today is Flag Day, just another indication of how shallow & superficial these United States are. Appearances are all that count in the home of the brave. (No other people are brave?) Do we have a Constitution Day? Probably, but much more fuss is made about Flag Day. You tell us which is more important, a piece of colored cloth or the very document whence come our "freedoms?" Does the President-to-be swear to preserve, protect & defend the Flag or the Constitution at the inaugural? Does the First Amendment to said Constitution guarantee the right to free speech & expression? You bet it does!

By the way, these colors may not run, but they certainly fade.

Click the flag at top to burn, baby, burn!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Won't Have Him to Kick Around Any More

Per MSNBC, Tim Russert keeled over & died at work today, aged 58. One less big-headed Catholic of Irish descent to monopolize the airwaves.

Just Wondering

Morgan Tsvangirai supporters cheer his bus
as the opposition leader pulls into Harare Weds. Photo: STR, EPA
Here's a country that has some tradition of democracy (they had a presidential vote & it was close, as opposed to S. Hussein's 98% approval the last time he ran in Iraq). But it looks as if democracy is getting the Orwellian boot in the face over & over & over. Where are the forces of democracy? Britain, as "creator"/former colonizer of Zimbabwe, & the United Snakes, as loudmouthed advocates of "liberty," "freedom" & "democracy," should be right there insuring the upcoming run off election is at least as fair & impartial as American elections. (Little joke there, people.)

Perhaps there isn't enough oil to make it worthwhile. But the invasion & occupation of Iraq wasn't about oil, it was about freeing the Iraqis or something, wasn't it? (Been so long we can't remember.) Golly, it hardly seems possible, but could the "English-speaking peoples," to use Churchill's phrase, be hypocrites?

The secretary general of the party opposed to Mugabe, Tendai Bati, was taken into custody on treason charges Thursday. We suggested above that the U. S. & U. K. might want to help a bit before we even got to this part:
"The treason charges arise from a document he authored, 'The Transition Strategy,' while the other charge is about his inflammatory statements he made after the March 29 harmonized elections," Bvudzijena said.
Authorities allege that in the document, Biti calls on Britain and the United States to topple Mugabe's government. The opposition denies Biti wrote any such document.
Two great minds, one single thought.

World opinion is generally (Mostly? Completely, except for the Chinese hoping for resources from Zimbabwe?) anti-Mugabe, although our cynical view of rightist opinion makes us think that those on the right are actually pretty happy about Mugabe's hideous rule; they think it makes a case that Britain should have kept its empire & that the duskier-skinned among us just can't rule themselves.

They certainly know how to help themselves.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials said Thursday that Zimbabwean authorities had seized a truckload of food aid meant for schoolchildren and distributed it to Mugabe supporters at a political rally.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which contracted the truck, said in a statement that a group of military and police officers, as well as war veterans, threatened the driver, who fled to a nearby police station for protection.

"This unconscionable behavior must stop," said USAID administrator Henrietta H. Fore. "It is unacceptable for the government of Zimbabwe to steal food from hungry children."

State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said he did not know when the embassy first reported the June 6 incident or when it was made public.

Last week, Zimbabwe's government banned aid organizations from distributing food in the country, with Mugabe accusing the groups of inciting rural voters to bring down his government. About 4 million Zimbabweans, a third of the population, are dependent on food aid.

"We call on the government, the Zimbabwean authorities, to immediately reinstate permission for all aid agencies to resume their life-saving assistance," Gallegos said. "Failure to do so constitutes the government of Zimbabwean complicity in the assault, suffering and deaths of innocent citizens."
Ooooh, strong talk. Too bad all of Britain's & America's military might is bogged down occupying Iraq & losing Afghanistan (while bombing Pakistan) to do anything about the outright theft of American tax-payer dollars. Where's the outrage? This is worse than Reagan's (mythical) welfare queens!!

Today in History

Friday the Thirteenth comes on a Friday this month.

More from Valerie S.

Just for Friday 13 June 2008:

Money, Marriage and Prostitution, Work and Prevention of an Automated Society: There is no human reason for money or for anyone to work more than two or three hours a week at the very most. All non-creative jobs (practically all jobs now being done) could have been automated long ago, and in a moneyless society everyone can have as much of the best of everything as she wants. But there are non-human, male reasons for wanting to maintain the money system:

  1. Pussy. Despising his highly inadequate self, overcome with intense anxiety and a deep, profound loneliness when by his empty self, desperate to attach himself to any female in dim hopes of completing himself, in the mystical belief that by touching gold he'll turn to gold, the male craves the continuous companionship of women. The company of the lowest female is preferable to his own or that of other men, who serve only to remind him of his repulsiveness. But females, unless very young or very sick, must be coerced or bribed into male company.
  2. Supply the non-relating male with the delusion of usefulness, and enable him to try to justify his existence by digging holes and then filling them up. Leisure time horrifies the male, who will have nothing to do but contemplate his grotesque self. Unable to relate or to love, the male must work. Females crave absorbing, emotionally satisfying, meaningful activity, but lacking the opportunity or ability for this, they prefer to idle and waste away their time in ways of their own choosing -- sleeping, shopping, bowling, shooting pool, playing cards and other games, breeding, reading, walking around, daydreaming, eating, playing with themselves, popping pills, going to the movies, getting analyzed, traveling, raising dogs and cats, lolling about on the beach, swimming, watching TV, listening to music, decorating their houses, gardening, sewing, nightclubbing, dancing, visiting, `improving their minds' (taking courses), and absorbing `culture' (lectures, plays, concerts, `arty' movies). Therefore, many females would, even assuming complete economic equality between the sexes, prefer living with males or peddling their asses on the street, thus having most of their time for themselves, to spending many hours of their days doing boring, stultifying, non-creative work for someone else, functioning as less than animals, as machines, or, at best -- if able to get a `good' job -- co-managing the shitpile. What will liberate women, therefore, from male control is the total elimination of the money-work system, not the attainment of economic equality with men within it.
  3. Power and control. Unmasterful in his personal relations with women, the male attains to masterfulness by the manipulation of money and everything controlled by money, in other words, of everything and everybody.
  4. Love substitute. Unable to give love or affection, the male gives money. It makes him feel motherly. The mother gives milk; he gives bread. He is the Breadwinner.
  5. Provide the male with a goal. Incapable of enjoying the moment, the male needs something to look forward to, and money provides him with an eternal, never-ending goal: Just think of what you could do with 80 trillion dollars -- invest it! And in three years time you'd have 300 trillion dollars!!!
  6. Provide the basis for the male's major opportunity to control and manipulate -- fatherhood.

The People Speak (Or Type)

In response to the John Bolton op-ed piece we dealt w/ earlier, the masses have responded in the pp. of the Times itself. Our favorite:
Bolton may or may not be correct about Nikita Khrushchev's assessment of John F. Kennedy after their first meeting. Interestingly, Bolton conveniently ignores the fact that if Kennedy had listened to Bolton's neocon predecessors, especially Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, we would have initiated a nuclear conflagration. But let's stick with the roaring success of Iraq and our non-diplomatic, preemptive posture. It's worked so far, and at a cost of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi casualties, along with a few hundred-billion dollars and counting.

Tom Fleishman
Valley Glen
Couldn't have put it better ourselves. (Apparently weren't able to, either.)

Photo courtesy Associated Press

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More Car Dealer Democracy

The link you may not have bothered w/ in the previous item, to an item in The Consumerist, indicates the Ford dealership rescinded their half-assed apology. We suppose in shitholes like Mojave & Rosamond, where all of life's losers cling to their guns, gawd & queer-bashing, this approach may bring in more customers, but the double-wide demographic is probably not shopping for a new or "pre-owned" pollution device right now, what w/ the price of meth going through the roof along w/ most other commodities. Or, you could refer to The Underground Unbeliever, which apparently first brought this to the world's attention. But if you're like us, you're just going lie down w/ a cold compress on your forehead & eyes, hoping the world goes away.

What Democracy Means to Some of Us

From the Patt in The Hat's column, concerning the Kern County Clerk's decision that the county will no longer perform marriage ceremonies as soon as it becomes legal for Sodomites to get hitched.
[A] Kern County Ford dealership's radio ad [,] declared that "since we all know that 86 out of every 100 of us are Christians who believe in God, we at Kieffe and Sons Ford wonder why we don't just tell the other 14% to sit down and shut up." An early apology from the owner was choice: "We're obviously sorry that it offends a given segment who identifies themselves as atheist."
Ah, the wonder of Xtianity & its love for all mankind, uh, we mean humanity, sorry. We don't mean to offend a given segment who identifies themselves as homophobic closet cases. Nor do we mean to offend that portion of the other 14% who aren't atheists, but are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or what have you. And one other good one that Patt got off.
Her circumlocutions were positively Clintonesque. My favorite was when she said, apropos of the state Supreme Court decision: "It was not unanimous." By that standard, Al Gore should be job-sharing the Oval Office three days a week.
SNAP!! (That's how young people today say "touché," fellow ageing wretches.) By the way, Ms. Morrison seems to have been at The Times longer than any one in our memory, except maybe Ralph Vartabedian, whom we remember from way back as well. Congrats to both of them for resisting all the buy-outs, lay-offs, axeings, etc. Patt is wise enough, however, to have a back-up gig at KPCC wkdy. afternoons.
Photo: Matt Miller/AP
From NBC News & news services – The Midwest remained on the lookout for more tornadoes Thursday, after two twisters Wednesday killed six people — four of them Boy Scouts at an Iowa camp where Gov. Chet Culver described the devastation as "horrific."

Self-Righteous Jerk of The Week (So Far)

In the wake of more blather about NBA referee corruption:
On Wednesday, NBA referee Bob Delaney, who worked Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals with Dick Bavetta and Ted Bernhardt, told ESPN that he has not been contacted by the league or federal investigators about Donaghy's allegations that two referees in that Lakers-Kings game intended to assure the series went seven games. Said Delaney, a former New Jersey State trooper: "This is not the first time a known or convicted criminal has lied about me before the judicial system. I have an extensive law enforcement background, and still train police officers. I have dealt with criminals and informants, and I know full well they are capable of doing and saying anything."
OK, Trooper. No police officer has ever lied on the witness stand? The neologisms "testiphony" & "testilying" have no basis in fact? And police brutality? Same coin, different sides, cops & "criminals." Crap like this from some fucking jerk makes me ready to believe everything bad about NBA referees. A New Jersey State Trooper. No corruption there. Shit, pigs invented corruption, didn't they?

Funny Dep't.

What passed for humour in our day. Well, a little after "our day," assuming said day was sometime in the early '60s when we (& some of the rest of America) were still innocent/ignorant.Apparently Art Spiegelman, the comic artist (Maus) was the brains behind the Wacky Packages thing. Now late-blooming boomers & early Xers can re-wallow in this vaguely subversive, Mad magazine stuff. Straight from the Amazon website:

Known affectionately among collectors as “Wacky Packs,” as a creative force with artist Art Spiegelman, the stickers were illustrated by such notable comics artists as Kim Deitch, , Bill Griffith, Jay Lynch, and Norm Saunders.
Sweet fucking Jeezis, you'd think that an on-line bookselling outfit could write at least one simple sentence w/o extra commas or backwards syntax. If they can't do that, how can you expect them to fill your order correctly? There's a reason this web log isn't signed up w/ Amazon to pimp their shit in exchange for whatever pittance they offer. Fuck 'em. That kind of crap is for whores. No name will be mentioned.

Lying Sack of Crap of The Week, Orange County Version

A Republican office-holder lies about his offensive statements. What unheard of event will be next? The sun rising in the east?
Just after Orange County supervisors selected Sandra Hutchens as the first woman ever to lead the county's troubled Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante sidled up to a conservative blogger with a joke. "I kept telling the chief," he said, referring to Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, who narrowly lost the sheriff's job, " 'Maybe we should get you some implants. Or a water bra.' " [...] Steve Wilkinson, a 26-year veteran sheriff's deputy in Los Angeles County who once worked for Hutchens, said he was surprised by the comments. "It's time for Orange County to get away from this good-old-boy syndrome," he said. Bustamante, contacted Wednesday, denied making the joke about Walters needing implants, though the remark was clearly heard by a Times reporter during Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
Emphasis ours, of course. Can't this prick be impeached, removed from office or something for lying like a rug? Of course, if one of the good ol' boys, like the police chief of Santa Ana, had been selected, there wouldn't be enough fainting couches to go around in right wing circles, had anyone dared to say there was bias in his selection.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

As The Monk Burns

Speaking of puppet gov'ts., as we were earlier (Told you there'd be a quiz!) it was 45 yrs. ago today (1963, for you innumerates) that Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the policies of the gov't. of Vietnamese (Catholic/colonial) President Ngo Dinh Diem, who of course was assassinated, w/ American approval, in Nov. of that yr. Click for pix, you morbid bastards.

Big Score

ThoseBoth of you paying attention yesterday may have noticed that we hit the motherlode of comedy gold, Rabid Right Wing Weasel stylee!! And this vein is rich in irony & creamy nutritious goodness. (Rich as in "Haw haw, that's rich.")

Yes, it's "Dr. Jack" Wheeler's House of Absurdity. (He, or his webmaster, refers to himself as "Dr. Jack," quotation marks & all. It's not just us mocking his degree in fundamentalism from the Bumfuck, Alabama School of Correspondence Theology.)

Where better to start than a visual? We'll assume the dude on the left w/ the Jack Lord/televangelist pompadour is "Dr. Jack" himself, as the senile load on the right (so to speak) is one of those fools Americans continue to "elect" president. (Doesn't actually say on the site, so who really knows?)Now try this on for size.
"Dr. Jack" predicted the collapse of the former Soviet Union, ten years before it came about - and explained exactly how it would take place. He won a bet with a top-expert [sic] when the Berlin Wall fell. In To The Point™, he'll tell you about the plans the Chinese Underground Church Movement has to send 100,000 Chinese Christian missionaries to the Middle East to convert Moslem Arabs to Christianity.
We don't know about you, but we'd just looooove to hear about converting those Moooslims. In the meantime, don't worry about smarty-pants cynics mocking you.

Want to know why America's culture is not -- not -- going down the drain, why our cultural values are going to start getting BETTER and not WORSE? You must read this excerpt from "The Curse of the Xers" ... "Over the coming years, young Millennials (or Generation Y as some insist on calling them) will be pouring out of their teens and into their twenties to seize control of popular culture away from Xers. Say goodbye and good riddance to crotch-grabbing it's-cool-to-be-a-smartass sleaze. Say hello to music you can actually listen to (i.e., that's actually music), TV shows you can let your kids watch, and baseball caps worn normally. Trust me on this. American culture has not disintegrated, we're not going to keep heading down into a bottomless cultural barrel. We're in the bottom of a generational cycle that our country has gone through before and will again. Our nightmare of degeneracy will soon be coming to an end. Just remind yourself, though, before the next spectacle of Xer cynical ridicule drives you apoplectic, of all the Xers risking their lives right now in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we have the luxury and freedom to get mad at what's wrong with our culture. Some day years from now, one of them may need to become another Patton or Eisenhower, and we'll be quite thankful Xers are who they are."

Praise Jah!! If we'd seen another baseball cap being worn abnormally, we just know it would have been the very end of Western Civilization.

And now let us extend our apologies to "Dr. Jack," who claims "he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, where he lectured on Aristotelian ethics." If anyone would like to check on that, don't let us stop you.

Now let's re-examine a couple of the statements we used yesterday, & imagine just where "Dr. Jack" placed in his logic classes.

Liberalism is not a political philosophy or coherent set of beliefs. It is a psychological strategy to avoid being envied.

All forms of leftism and liberalism are based on an atavistic belief in Black Magic. All are based on the primitive fear of the envious Evil Eye.

Grab your DSM-IV(R)s & look for "enviophobia" right now. Oh, & tell this to those "Hollywood Liberals," all of whose "life-style choices" are about keeping a low profile, not drawing attention to themselves, etc.
The only Americans who owe reparations to the descendants of slaves are the descendants of slave owners. These people are one and the same, i.e., American blacks are a racial mix of white slave owner and black slave. Blacks owe reparations to themselves.

So many things wrong w/ that one. As if the slave owners married their slaves out of romantic love. And there are no white descendants of slave owners?

As a professional adventurer, [Wheeler] has discovered lost tribes and led expeditions to every corner of the globe. - U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Leave it to a ninny like Rohrabacher to think white guys are "discovering lost tribes." And if "Dr. Jack" is the world traveler he claims to be, we're a bit suprised he's not somewhat more tolerant & understanding of those not exactly like him. Of course he's more in the 19th century "Great White Hunter" model. And the following makes one think he's not very tolerant of those who are exactly like him:

The next insanity to come in the homosexual assault on the American Family will be PHM: Polygamous Homosexual Marriage. Pathologically promiscuous homosexuals will consider their "marriage" a legalism that will in no way prevent them from adultery en masse. To maintain the pretense of "marriage" however, they will have to quickly begin agitating for the legalization of group sodomization as "just another form of the married life-style".

We leave you & "Dr. Jack" w/ his recycled item from today.

It's funny that they call this ceremony a Commencement, for you've all reached the finish line: college, goodbye, we're outta here. Yet of course, "commencement" means a beginning, not an end.

It couldn't be, oh, the commencement of the the grad's productive, pro-capitalist wage-slave life, could it?

And just one more we spotted:

Yes, intimidation often works when your opponent is a pussy. Obambi is indeed a pussy, and voters' suspicion that he is would only be confirmed if he capitulated to Clinton intimidation - which is why he has to reject her, even though he knows she wants to be rejected.

We're sure that the University of Spoiled Children is proud of this graduate. Southern Cal alums, let's find out if he really is a grad, & petition to have his sheepskin revoked.

Compare & Contrast (A Link Added)

Page A1 of today's (L. A., of course) Times: Iraq officials question need for U.S. troop presence And on page A23, bloodthirsty war-monger Max Boot says:
We need a pact that protects our troops, and Baghdad isn't cooperating.
This may be an indication why people & nations world-wide are a bit suspicious of U. S. attempts to "bring democracy" to other nations. Doesn't "democracy" imply sovereignty? Just a little? Not per Herr Boot.
This bilateral agreement is supposed to provide authority for U.S. forces to remain in Iraq in 2009 and beyond, replacing a U.N. Security Council resolution that is due to expire at the end of the year. President Bush had hoped to finish negotiations by July, but that deadline seems likely to slip. The problem is that Iraqi politicians are resisting many of the conditions that Washington feels it needs.
The absolute nerve of Iraqi "politicians." We all know what a joke "politicians" are, especially when compared to the mighty, manly military Max prefers for problem solving, & when the bastards act as if it's their country or something, well, we can hear the steam coming out of Bootie's ears all the way from the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
Sticking points include whether the U.S. will continue to control Iraqi airspace, whether U.S. soldiers and private security contractors will maintain immunity from Iraqi prosecution, and whether the U.S. will continue to have the freedom to carry out combat operations and to detain terrorist suspects without Iraqi approval. From Washington's perspective, these are measures necessary to ensure the safety of U.S. troops as long as a substantial number of them remain in the war zone. U.S. commanders could not in good conscience continue to fight with too many restrictions on their ability to protect their soldiers and accomplish their mission.
"In good conscience." If any U. S. commanders had anything resembling a conscience, they wouldn't be involved in the invasion & occupation of a nation that had not & could not threaten the U. S. of A. And the sticking points? Little things like, well, carte blanche to do anything, anywhere in Iraq w/o the slightest repercussions from the duly-elected by all those purple fingers gov't. of Iraq.
So why are Iraqi leaders trying to hinder the very military operations that have been making their country safer and thus strengthening their own authority?
New! Improved!! U. S. Invasion & Occupation™, now with Authority-Strengthener™©!!! St. Nick on a fucking stick, Boot "is a senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations" (i. e., war-worshipping but never serving chickenhawk). How can he possibly believe, let alone state, that occupation forces strengthen the authority of a gov't. that pretty much serves at the pleasure of the occupiers to begin with? And here's the single "compromise" he's floating. (In today's devalued English, it's a "face-saving work-around.")
For instance, while U.S. units now can detain terrorist suspects on their own, those detentions eventually have to be approved by a joint board of Iraqi and U.S. officers. In the future, the initial detention decision could be subject to the oversight of that same board.
Har har. "Eventually have to be approved." Just how long is "eventually," especially to the detainee? A lot of "detention" can go on before the board decides not to approve. And we're quite sure that exceptions might have to be made, allowing detentions w/o board approval if, you know, there was the slightest danger that the future detainee might get away before the bureaucracy rubber-stamped the whole mess. And never forget:
But the contributions of U.S. logistics people, advisors, air crews, intelligence collectors and other specialists continue to be as important as ever. It will be years before the Iraqis are able to take over some of these functions.
John Sidney McCain III hasn't forgotten. Will it be 100 yrs. before the Iraqis are able to defend their own puppet gov't. on their own? Added Link (11 June 2008 @ 1920 PDT): BTC News has a bit more to say on the subject.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

To the Point of Your Head

Continuing the theme of "America: Will it elect a [insert pejorative of your choice]?" encountered in the previous item, we have this gem, from a website that is run by a "Doctor," & has its own "Intel Bulletin," so that the wretched retirees who read & believe it think they have an inside scoop on the dirty wogs trying to steal their bodily fluids. (Very Larouche-like. Lyndon publishes something called the "Executive Intelligence Report" or "Review." Some people are very impressed by the word "executive.") This also gives the old folks more reason to buy gold, stock up on canned goods, & get a few more guns. These people will decry slasher movies (moral decline & all that) but they still love to be scared shitless. Note especially that the website in question calls itself "The Oasis for Rational Conservatives." Isn't an "oasis" some sort of Ay-rab/Mooooslim thingie? Shouldn't we be investigating "Dr." Jack Wheeler? And shouldn't someone get a dictionary & define "rational" to the good "doctor?" Brought to our attention by Sadly, No!, via that frightening Pamela woman w/ all the last names. P. S.: Dipped our toe just a bit further into the To The Point website. Check this out. "Dr. Jack" will explain why:

It is envy that makes a Communist, Nazi, or Moslem Terrorist. It is the fear of being envied that makes a liberal.

Liberalism is not a political philosophy or coherent set of beliefs. It is a psychological strategy to avoid being envied.

All forms of leftism and liberalism are based on an atavistic belief in Black Magic. All are based on the primitive fear of the envious Evil Eye.

Islam, including the biography of Mohammed and the text of the Koran, was invented in the centuries after the Arab Conquest as a religious rationale for Arab imperialism.

"Mohammed" is not a name, it is a title meaning The Praised One. His real name was Ubu'l Kassim and he did not come from Mecca. He was a bandit chieftain from what is now southern Jordan.

Saudi Arabia, just like the Soviet Union, is a colonial empire within its own borders. It will break apart just as did the USSR.

China is busy surrounding itself with countries capable of aiming nuclear missiles at it. China is in very serious economic jeopardy, summarized by the Three No's: No water, no wives, no banks. The entire financial and banking system of China is facing collapse. The economic collapse of China will precipitate an attack on either Taiwan or Russia (to seize the Primorski Krai in Siberia which once was China's) as an attempt to overcome economic disaster by appeals to jingoistic Chinese nationalism.

Russia is doomed as a culture due to its inheritance of Mongol concepts of justice and equality.

The only Americans who owe reparations to the descendants of slaves are the descendants of slave owners. These people are one and the same, i.e., American blacks are a racial mix of white slave owner and black slave. Blacks owe reparations to themselves.

The next insanity to come in the homosexual assault on the American Family will be PHM: Polygamous Homosexual Marriage. Pathologically promiscuous homosexuals will consider their "marriage" a legalism that will in no way prevent them from adultery en masse. To maintain the pretense of "marriage" however, they will have to quickly begin agitating for the legalization of group sodomization as "just another form of the married life-style".

The "Original Jurisdiction" clause in the Constitution (Article III, Section 2, Clause 2) offers a way to quickly obliterate Roe v. Wade and teach the Supreme Court a lesson it badly needs to learn: to never again invent non-existent rights in The Constitution.

Uncle Who's What?

From a Slate column on racism in the world of the rest of the world (read it if you give a shit) we link you to the good part, a Kraut fish & chips wrapper w/ an interesting headline/photo. The best part, however, comes at the end of the SpiegelOnlineInternational story.
Although "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is well-known in Germany, ordinary Germans are not always aware of the controversy surrounding the book. Visitors to Berlin are often surprised to find there is even a subway station in the city called Onkel Toms Hütte, after a residential district which was named in tribute to the novel.
Huh? Wha'? When was this residential district named? Pre- or post-Hitler? And why? Uncle Tom's crib wasn't exactly a paragon of comfortable living. (Scheiss like this is why we at Just Another Blog™ don't make too much of our Bavarian ancestry & use a Froggy pseudonym, even though we, sadly, haven't a Gallic gene anywhere in our genome.)

Off We Go, Into the Wild Blu–Ooops!! It's The Back Burner for The USAF

DefSec Gates' selection of a non-fighter jock or bomber-boy as the new Chief of Staff of the Air Force pretty much tells us the cowardly Mighty Murderers of the USAF ("Death From Above!") are going to be getting even more cowardly, as they fly their remote-controlled recon missions (and, soon enough, combat missions – if you call dropping bombs on civilian populations from as far away as you can get "combat") from Stateside bases staffed by weasels raised on video games, & devote most of their other resources to flying real fighters to dirty third world shitholes where they'll be fighting dirty foreigners for – surprise!! – not even oil, but food. Then they'll fly the food back here. Guess how much that'll jack up food prices.

Also, take a look at this geek:
The Chief of Staff designate. No adult w/ a hair-do like that is completely normal. This is very worrisome. Is a 'do like that indicative he'd be willing to nuke Iran?

Hoping for The End: Food Riots, High Prices, Bad Harvest

The Times of New York has been running a series entitled "The Food Chain: Rain, Drought and Doubt." Very encouraging for the nihilist crowd (that's us) who'll settle for the end of the human world w/ a whimper if we can't get a bang. Rumor is this was a "nice" planet until Homo sapiens came along & screwed everything up w/ its agriculture & "nation-states."

Today's entry indicates trouble is a-brewin' right now.
In a year when global harvests need to be excellent to ease the threat of pervasive food shortages, evidence is mounting that they will be average at best. Some farmers are starting to fear disaster.


Last winter, as the full scope of the global food crisis became clear, commodity prices doubled or tripled, provoking grumbling in America, riots in two dozen countries and the specter of greatly increased malnutrition.

As the world clamors for more corn, wheat, soybeans and rice, farmers are trying to meet the challenge. Millions of acres are coming back into production in Europe. In Asia, planting two or three crops in a single year is becoming more common.
Good idea. More planting so arable acreage decreases in the long run. So long, human suckers! The cockroaches won't miss you one bit. And don't let the door hit your malnourished asses on your way off the planet.

Post #1,000

Oh, what the hell. Let's just wallow in this milestone of meaninglessness, rather than produce anything that might be in the slightest bit interesting. After a thousand of these effing things, why not indulge ourself just this once?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tales of Whitesnake Glory

Below: This fool, a 24-year-old graduate student in ancient languages at the University of Colorado at Boulder, "packs" when he goes to his local Starbucks, easily one of the most violence charged spots in Boulder, what w/ all those other grad students jacked up on caffeine & soy lattes. Photo: Ellen Jaskol/L. A. Times
This'll crack you up. After it sends you cowering under your bed in abject yet "irrational" fear.

From Column One of the cat pan-liner, fished out for your edification.

Those who wear their guns in full sight are part of a fledgling movement to make a firearm a common accessory.
A few quotes:

What we're trying to say is, 'Hey, we're normal people who carry guns,' " said Travis Deveraux, 36, of West Valley, a Salt Lake City suburb. Deveraux works for a credit card company and sometimes walks around town wearing a cowboy hat and packing a pistol in plain sight. "We want the public to understand it's not just cops who can carry guns."


As Clachelle pushed the shopping cart holding their two young children during a recent trip to Costco, her husband admired the new holster wrapped around her waist. "I like the look of that low-rise gun belt," he said.

The Jensens' pistols were snapped into holsters attached to black belts that hug their waists. Guns are a fact of life in their household. Their 5-year-old daughter, Sierra, has a child-sized .22 rifle she handles only in her parents' presence.

Clachelle is the daughter of a Central California police chief and began shooting when she was about Sierra's age. She would take her parents' gun when she went out and hide it in her purse because the firearm made her feel safer.

"I love 'em," Clachelle said. "I wouldn't ever be without them."


Jensen kept as many as 10 guns in the couple's 1930s-style bungalow in Santaquin, 21 miles southwest of Provo. In January 2005, he decided to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, mainly for self-defense.

"I'm not going to hide in the corner of a school and mall and wait for the shooting to stop," he said.

Nope, he's going to get as many many innocent bystanders as his cartridge belt allows.

Travis White, 19, who has ear and chin piercings, congratulated Brandon Trask, 21, on carrying openly for the first time that night. "Just wait until you get confronted by a cop," White said. "It'll make you feel brave."

Oh yes, you'll feel like a real man, for once in your empty life. It'll be almost as kewl as playing a video game, except it will be real, numbnutz! And you're much more likely to be the dead one when the game's over.

Days later, Jensen was still thinking about the reaction and the man's belief that guns are unsafe.

"People can feel that way and it doesn't bother me," he said. "If they have irrational fears, that's fine."

Certainly you can't accuse someone who feels he must carry a gun openly wherever he goes to have "irrational fears." Seems like the most sensible idea in the world. It was good enough for John Wayne in many of his classic films. Some varmint or a rustler may show up at the Applebee's or the T. G. I. Fridays, drunk on lite beer & ready to shoot up the place at any minute.

"I love this," he said. "I want people to be aware that crazy people are not the only ones with guns. Normal people carry them."

We can attempt to define "normal" until the cows come home, but as the vast majority of Americans do not carry guns, open or concealed, we doubt if any of these people are anywhere near normal. You have to imagine that these are the sorts of people to whom "honor" & "respect" are driving forces, and that bumping carts in the aisles at Costco, let alone a fender bender, would escalate to gunplay like the crummiest horse opera.

Seriously, there's little attempt by these pindicks even to explain any necessity for being strapped 24/7, other than to feel brave when confronted by the police, or to fantasize about saving a classroom full of teen-age girls from a crazed school-shooter. At least we were spared the "An armed country is a civil country" chestnut. You know, civility at the point of a gun. Not unlike democracy at the point of a "shock & awe" on the other side of the world. Bogus, that is. Most adults who speak of defending one's house & whatnot w/ firearms advise that you had bloody well better be ready to do it, & be ready to deal w/ the psychological aftermath of killing someone, no matter what your fervid imagination thought the intruder was going to do to you, but no mention of this aspect of the "Guns, Guns Everywhere" movement by any of these open-carriers.

We recently mentioned at Fire Megan McArdle that Americans are a bunch of sad frightened losers; this certainly throws a few more rounds in the fire.


The Intar webs are a very strange place. Today appeared a comment to an item from 23 June 2007 (yes, seven) consisting of links to two sites. One of them, ENTROPY4U, is not unamusing, the other was to a "blog not found" by Blogger™. Thank you, Jorge Soros (we guess).

New on the Bogroll [sic]

this recording, which for some reason has us on their roll, never heard of them but thanks... And actual friend BTC News. (We've met Weldon in person, an actual act of human contact from the innnerwebtubes!!) Not sure why they weren't there before. They're local, too!! And locals rule!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

"Tired of Living, Scared of Dying"

OK, we'll admit it. There is such a thing as a drive-by knifing. Not nearly as likely as a drive-by shooting. But in a crypto-fascist, over-populated anthill society like Nippon (w/ its repressive anti-gun laws) what the fuck-tuck-tucking hell do you expect?
"The suspect told police that he came to Akihabara to kill people," said Jiro Akaogi, a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. "He said he was tired of life. He said he was sick of everything," Akaogi said.
Who doesn't know that feeling?

Annals of Homelessness

Note to self (& others in this predicament): Don't sleep in front of the Public Storage bldg. on Pontius Ave., unless, unlike ourself, you enjoy having big-ass roaches crawl all over you.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

"Middle Class Sheeep/Nation of Rubes"

Copaine de l'internet "g" of Doves Today was kind enough to do some internet stalking that will be of interest to any & all surviving Nation of Sheep bandmembers, fans, spiritual advisers, etc. Yes, both of you!! And if Andre Champagne is Googling™ himself & finds this, well, he'll be interested too, maybe.

Bobo Types, We Read (Now w/ More Chewy Goodness)

From yesterday's national edition of the NYT: David "Bobo" Brooks' column. (Found Section A on top of a garbage can, if you must know. No, we aren't yet reduced to going through dustbins for recyclables, indeed if we ever find ourselves doing that we are going to check out permanently.) Yes, we know we're a day late, but it isn't as if the Times can telegraph it around the country & have it printed locally on the same day it appears in New Yo–What? Satellites? Satellite printing plants? Really? You're kidding. You're sure? Huh. Whaddaya know?

Anyway, it's another senseless, meaningless column from Bobo, in which his main point is bemoaning the end of "sin-centric" character-building.

The concept of maturity has undergone several mutations over the course of American history. In Lincoln’s day, to achieve maturity was to succeed in the conquest of the self. Human beings were born with sin, infected with dark passions and satanic temptations. The transition to adulthood consisted of achieving mastery over them.

You can read commencement addresses from the 19th and early 20th centuries in which the speakers would talk about the beast within and the need for iron character to subdue it. Schoolhouse readers emphasized self-discipline. The whole character-building model was sin-centric. So the young Lincoln had been encouraged by the culture around him to identify his own flaws — and, in any case, he had no trouble finding them. He knew he was ferociously ambitious and blessed with superior talents — the sort of person who could easily turn into a dictator or monster.


In January 1841, Abraham Lincoln seems to have at least vaguely thought of suicide. His friend Joshua Speed found him one day thrashing about in his room. “Lincoln went Crazy,” Speed wrote. “I had to remove razors from his room — take away all Knives and other such dangerous things — it was terrible.”

Lincoln was taking three mercury pills a day, the remedy in those days for people who either suffered from syphilis or feared contracting it. “Lincoln could not eat or sleep,” Daniel Mark Epstein writes in his new book, “The Lincolns.” “He appeared at the statehouse irregularly, hollow-eyed, unshaven, emaciated — an object of pity to his friends and of derision to others.”

Later, Lincoln wrote of that period with shame, saying that he had lost the “gem of my character.” He would withdraw morosely from the world into a sort of catatonic state. Early in his marriage, Epstein writes, “Lincoln had night terrors. He woke in the middle of the night trembling, talking gibberish.”
Brooks doesn't further mention Lincoln's taking of mercury pills, or recent speculation that his friend Joshua Speed might have been more than a platonic friend, which might have been a bit of torture for young Abe.

Instead, David B.'s idea of "maturity" is the usual Rabid Weasel approach, skin-deep only, & mindful of Exodus, the outfit that claims to "cure" gay people, mostly by telling lesbians to wear more make-up & play less softball, & telling gay men to play more sports & wear less make-up. More like a stuff back in the closet approach than a "cure."

Here's how Brooksie says Lincoln achieved "maturity."

Over the course of his young adulthood, Lincoln built structures around his inner nature. He joined a traditional bourgeois marriage. He called his wife “mother” and lived in a genteel middle-class home.
Yep, he got himself a beard, Mary Todd (And called her "mother." Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud.) who was not exactly stable herself, as any historians in the audience may remember, & lived in a "genteel middle-class home." Do you think they had "nice things" in their "genteel home?"

He concludes:

In the last few years, we may be [sic] shifting toward another vision of maturity, one that is impatient with boomer narcissism. Young people today put service at the center of young adulthood. A child is served, but maturity means serving others.
A source for this? No? O. K.
And yet, though we’re never going back to the 19th-century, sin-centric character-building model, for breeding leaders, it has its uses. Over the past decades, we’ve seen president after president confident of his own talents but then undone by underappreciated flaws. It’s as if they get elected for their virtues and then get defined in office by the vices — Clinton’s narcissism, Bush’s intellectual insecurity — they’ve never really faced.

It would be nice to have a president who had gone to school on his own failings. It would be comforting to see a president who’d looked into the abyss, or suffered some sort of ordeal that put him on a first-name basis with his own gravest weaknesses, and who had found ways to combat them.


Somehow a leader conversant with his own failings wouldn’t be as affected by the moral self-approval that afflicts most political movements. He’d be detached from his most fervid followers and merciful and understanding toward foes. He’d have a sense of his own smallness in the sweep of events. He or she would contravene Lord Acton’s dictum and grow sadder and wiser with more power.

All this suggests a maxim for us voters: Don’t only look to see which candidate has the most talent. Look for the one most emotionally gripped by his own failings.
Do those last four paragraphs make any sense? "Gone to school on his own failings?" "Somehow?" "Most emotionally gripped by his own failings?" What does this mean? Bush certainly seems "emotionally gripped by his own failings," he's been nothing but a failure his entire life. Do we want another one like him? How about McCain, who claims never to have sought help, counseling, or whatever for his horrific POW experiences? We're surprised Mr. Brooks doesn't have anything about Sen. Obama's "failings." Maybe he's not a "narcissistic boomer."

We are, & we say up yours!

UPDATE (7 June 2008 @ 1620):
We were on deadline (the adult mental daycare center where we hang only allows us an hour of internettery a day) so we were unable to get to one last point concerning Mr. Lincoln & that fool Mr. Brooks. Here it is: Lincoln is generally assumed to have suffered from depression, & the mercury ingestion certainly didn't help. Here is but one web page the Just Another Blog (from L. A.)™ research staff
located on the subject. Yes, it's from "Neuroscience for Kids." Perhaps a bit too deep for Mr. Brooks, who wouldn't want to be thought of as an elitist or anything, we're sure. One more, from The Atlantic. (Yes, the very same Atlantic where Megan McArdle types.)
Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a "character issue"—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation.
It would, therefore, appear that David "Bobo" Brooks' entire take on "character" & "maturity" is invalidated by his complete avoidance of Lincoln's mental health problems, especially as exacerbated by ingesting mercury. We may also note that Brooks dismisses mercury merely as medication for those suffering from or fearing contracting syphilis. Not so much at Neuroscience for Kids:
In the 1800s, these blue pills were commonly prescribed for a wide variety of conditions, including worms, tuberculosis, toothaches, and cholera. They also were often prescribed for "hypochondriasis," a very general medical term that was used to describe many different physical and mental problems. Lincoln was said to have suffered from one condition often attributed to hypochondriasis: melancholia or depression. It is likely that a physician recommended that Lincoln take these blue pills for his depression.
According to Brooks, however, Lincoln managed to "mature" by "joining a traditional bourgeois marriage." Joining? Is that like joining the B. P O. E.? Or DeMolay? It's as if the marriage were already going on & Abe joined in, threesome-style. Oh, Bobo. Oh, New York Times. Oh, the humanity.

A fuller spectrum of stuff on Lincoln + depression may be found @

Friday, June 6, 2008

Christian Sharia, Or: My Heart Bleeds for the Victims But I Stand By The Church's Hierarchical Structure

From our Times:
In a melodious voice, Mohammed chanted verses from the Koran expressing faith in Allah to protect him, then provided their English translations, observing that his linguistic skills seemed better than those of the tribunal's official Arabic interpreter. Mohammed denounced U.S. law as immoral, citing some states' recognition of gay marriage. "Evil laws are not the laws of God, laws allowing same-sexual marriage," he told the court. "I consider all American laws under the Constitution to be evil."
Smarty-pants terrorists w/ their "linguistic skills." Hmmpf. We suppose Pat Robertson & Ralph Parsnips (Rod Parsley, to the uninitiated) will be coming out for leniency for these sexist & homophobic killers, now that their position on "same-sexual" marriage is out. After all, per Pat it was gawd itself as what allowed the attacks of 11 September 2001 to take place. You know, like gawd allowing Hitler to scare all the Jooos back to Palestine. In yesterday's Timeses (N. Y., L. A. & Washington) this collection of Mary-worshipping Catholic wackos published this screed. Two freaking pp. in Section A of the local wrapper, we'll assume the same in the other Timeses. Not inexpensive, though it wouldn't surprise us one bit if the Moonie Times extended a discount to them, even if the Rev. Sun Myung Moon thinks he's the real pope or Jeezis or whatever. Note similarities to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's approach to law & human rights.

The stakes are also clear. This is a battle for the soul of America. The so-called Cultural War is gradually becoming a Religious War. For one cannot modify the lex agendi (rules of morals) without thereby modifying the lex credendi (rules of belief) given the profound relationship between the two. He who accepts as good and even exalts homosexual practice cannot adore the true and living God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of that sin. (Gen. 18-19) In view of the above, it is urgent to resist the imposition on our country of “morals” opposed to those of Christ. Our resistance must be accompanied by sincere, ardent, and persevering prayer, since, as the Savior admonished us, “without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Lastly, since the legalization of homosexual “marriage” is a public sin that can draw God’s punishment upon our country, we must sacrifice and do penance, for God does not despise “a contrite and humbled heart.” (Ps. 50:19)

The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property is yet another outfit that invokes the First Amendment as an excuse for their religion & morals to be imposed on everyone, because their "rights" are denied if any laws or court rulings don't exactly agree w/ their teachings, rather than treating the First Amendment as an admonition to mind their own beeswax & leave decent anti-theists alone. P. S.: Keep your mackerel-traps the fuck closed until you've cleaned up all the pervy priests your Holy Mother Church keeps shuffling from parish to parish, you sick bastards. ASDTFP's biggest concern w/ the pervy priests is that it may cost Holy Mother Church some of her tax-free donations & real estate profits. Second biggest concern is that the hierarchy may be threatened.
Far from denying the very real crisis inside the Church, the TFP takes note of the manner in which the present crisis is paraded before the public on every occasion. It also points out that a veritable media-reformist alliance seeks to undermine the trust of the faithful in all clergy. By creating a "hurricane of pressure," reformists create the conditions for presenting a range of demands to the bishops: empower the laity; eliminate, curtail, or render meaningless all priestly, episcopal, and papal authority; make priestly celibacy optional; ordain women; and change Church morality.
Golly gee whillikers, there's certainly no reason to "change Church morality," is there? Let's just blame the media. After all, it's not that gay guys think their gayness is a call from gawd to be celibate &, therefore, join the priesthood, is it? No. Rather, "Sexual Abuse is a General Problem of a Hypersexualized Culture." Really, the devil made us do it.

The American TFP insists that these reformist pressure groups do not represent average American Catholics who are extremely concerned with the crisis and their [sic] hearts bleed for the victims of so much abuse. "However, they stand by the Church's hierarchical structure," Mr. Drake reiterates. "Their hearts are not those of revolutionary firebrands but of deeply hurt but faithful sons and daughters of the Church."


As Michel de Jaeghere rightly reminds us “the Church stands alone in proclaiming today the existence of a natural moral order, knowable by reason, and which imposes itself on civil law.”10

The "Church stands alone" w/ the Radical Fundamentalist Extremist Islamic Terrorists. "Knowable by reason?" If they can't reason the intent of the First Amendment, we're not trusting their "reason" on anything else.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Smidgen of Solanas

Today's dose:
Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.
Can you disagree? We thought not. Ladies, what are you waiting for?

Do You Give a Fuck? We Sure Don't

Not about the John Bolton op-ed piece in today's wrapper of fish, anyway. Dead fish wouldn't want to be wrapped in this crap. The most cursory peek reveals:
This is perhaps the most breathtakingly naive statement of all, implying as it does that it is actually U.S. policy that motivates Iran rather than Iran's own perceived ambitions and interests. That would be news to the mullahs in Tehran, not to mention the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah.
One of Iran's primary ambitions & interests is not to be blown to shreds by a crazed United Snakes, which has made the "obliteration" of Iran almost official policy. We suppose Bolton's next move will be to deny that "infidel' Troops being stationed in Saudi Arabia was one of the reasons Bin Laden attacked this nation on 11 September 2001. Then he'll deny that the removal of those troops was an act of surrender. After all, his new book is entitled Surrender Is Not an Option. 'Cause we all know President Obama wants to hand Florida over to the Ay-rabs, just as soon as he's returned the Southwest to Mexico. 'Surrender." So lame we forget to laugh. Equally lame: "San Francisco Democrats." Another classic Bolton pulls from his pooper.
It is an article of faith for Obama, and many others on the left in the U.S. and abroad, that it is the United States that is mostly responsible for the world's ills. In 1984, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick labeled people with these views the "San Francisco Democrats," after the city where Walter Mondale was nominated for president. Most famously, Kirkpatrick forever seared the San Francisco Democrats by saying that "they always blame America first" for the world's problems. In so doing, she turned the name of the pre-World War II isolationist America First movement into a stigma the Democratic Party has never shaken.
Bullshit. Sheer unadulterated bullshit. Remember, Bolton is the bozo Bush couldn't get confirmed as ambassador to the U. N., so he had to sneak-appoint him when the Senate was out of session. What a colossal tool. Blame America first, last, & always, we say. You won't get very far from the truth when you follow common sense.

Ass-Kissing in America

A fine essay in the June Harper's Magazine, about what a bunch of pathetic, subservient brown-nosers you Yankee pig-dogs are.
This is the paradigm—the relational model that shapes so much of our public life. Its primary components are intimidation and fear. It is essentially authoritarian. If not principally about the abuse of power, it rests, nonetheless, on a generally accepted notion of power’s privileges. Of its inherent rights. The Rights of Man? Please. The average man has the right to get rich so that he too can sit behind a desk wearing an absurd haircut, yelling, “You’re fired!” or refuse to take any more questions; so that he too—when the great day comes—can pour boiling oil on the plebes at the base of the castle wall, each and every one of whom accepts his right to do so, and aspires to the honor.
Not even sad, only to be expected, & entirely true.


Does it ever stop? The constant in-out, in-out of the breath. The placing of one foot before the other, over & over & over. The incessant blinking of the eyelids. The constant necessity of resisting the urge to take a rock & smash in the head of someone (anyone) . The knowledge that one's life is over & one is merely waiting to die.


Forty yrs. ago today, Robert Kennedy, who'd just won the California Democratic presidential primary, was shot dead in the head in a pantry in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel. We can only wonder how things might be now if he'd taken the nomination & defeated that shitheel Nixon in November of that yr.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bush or Manson: You Decide

We've not seen or heard much discussion of Vincent Bugliosi's new book, though our television viewing is limited (non-existent, actually) but we happened to see it on one of our excursions to the book store from which we were banned (& fired) some six yrs. ago, just because we made an innocent little statement about having to get out of there before we killed someone. Former D. A. Bugliosi doesn't think George W. Bush is quite as innocent as we are. The book is titled: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, & Vince ain't kiddin', folks!! Amazon says:
In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world. [...] A searing indictment of the President and his administration, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder also outlines a legally credible pathway to holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions, thereby creating a framework for future occupants of the oval office. Vincent Bugliosi calls for the United States of America to return to the great nation it once was and can be again. He believes the first step to achieving this goal is to bring those responsible for the war in Iraq to justice.
Might be worth a read. It dropped (As the teens say, see how hep we are?) 26 May 2008, don't know why there hasn't been more (Has there been any?) controversy about it than the McClellan opus. Too hot to handle, perhaps. An actual plan & call for action, as opposed to yet another Washington post hoc mea culpa. Wait, some Googling reveals an exceprt on HuffPo.

God & Destiny for the United Snakes

A quick peek at John Sidney McCain III's foreign policy mavens, by some guy from the CFR in Newsweek, via MSNBC.com.

As usual, we present the most interesting & damning portions:
On national security issues, McCain receives advice from several generations of Republican strategists and former top foreign policy officials such as Henry Kissinger and Richard Armitage, often grouped in the realist camp of foreign policy, as well as William Kristol and Robert Kagan, leading neoconservative voices. The campaign lists Kagan as a leading foreign policy adviser...
Ah, some real winners there.
Scheunemann, Kagan, and Kristol are project directors of the Project for the New American Century, an organization formed when Democrats controlled the White House in 1997 around what many analysts say are neoconservative ideals. The project says on its website it aims to promote U.S. leadership in the world and "rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world." The organization's statement of principles says the United States needs to "increase defense spending significantly," "strengthen ties to democratic allies," "promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad," and "accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles."

Some observers point to McCain's embrace of policy issues identified with neoconservatives dating back to his presidential campaign of 2000, when he called for a "rogue state rollback" policy predicated on aiding opposition groups that could then drive from power some regimes seen as threats to the United States. His plan for a "League of Democracies," envisioned as a group of like-minded nations that would act in lieu of the United Nations against some threats to international security, is also seen as consistent with the neoconservative aims.
The usual gang of idiots, w/ virtually no idea of any other nations, ideologies or cultures (except that they're "other," & therefore wrong & "anti-American") who want to stick their fingers into everyone else's pie w/o even washing their blood-stained hands, & then are just "shocked, do you hear, shocked" when things don't turn out as they hoped & prayed (thinking they could "create their own reality" merely by exercising the military power that's bankrupting This Great Nation of Ours™).

We'd be more convinced of their desire to "promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad," if any of these chicken hawks had ever expressed the slightest interest in freeing working Americans from the economic exploitation that occurs every second right here in the United Snakes. "Political & economic freedom," like charity, begins at home, ass wipes.
Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria, say[s] the speech was indicative of a "schizophrenia" in McCain's foreign policy, due in part to his call for ousting Russia from the Group of Eight industrialized nations. In the speech, McCain describes himself as an "realistic idealist" who abhors war and emphasizes the importance of respecting allies. "When we believe international action is necessary, whether military, economic, or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right," McCain said. "But we, in return, must be willing to be persuaded by them."

Douglas C. Foyle, an associate professor of government at Wesleyan University, calls the Los Angeles speech a reaffirmation of McCain's core neoconservative beliefs. "He's talking about idealism with realistic tendencies but he's still talking about God and destiny for the United States, which is very neoconservative," says Foyle.
"God" & destiny. Wow. Makes us feel very insignificant. From The American Conservative:
The varied balloons Kristol and company hoisted to give a focus to their politics (“national greatness conservatism” was one, with an emphasis on an assertive foreign policy and constructing patriotic monuments) never gained much altitude.
Yes, kick Hussein's ass (quite a challenge, that) & build patriotic monuments, like the Nazis, the Soviets, or... (Dare we say?) Saddam Hussein.

The very same neo-cons who wanted a war/occupation on, of & in Iraq as far back as 1997. From the same American Conservative article:
Kristol and Robert Kagan’s “Saddam Must Go” editorial of November 1997 is reprinted: “We know it seems unthinkable to propose another ground attack to take Baghdad. But it’s time to start thinking the unthinkable.”


In “The Holocaust Shrug” (April 2004), David Gelernter wheels out the tried and tested appeasement analogy in support of the Iraq War. Saddam is no Hitler, Gelernter acknowledges, but “the world’s indifference to Saddam resembles its indifference to Hitler.”
Yes, the neo-cons. Bad, stupid ideas they stick w/ until well past the bitter end. Funny that so few mentioned Cheney's (& many others') pre-11 Sepember 2001 lust for war & occupation when commenting on Scott McClellan's new book. And funny (stupid) that McCain has bozos like Kristol & Kagan advising him, offset by "realist" Kissinger, who is scared to leave the country for fear of being arrested as a war criminal. In his case, we can only hope that he is captured & punished sooner than Pinochet, his good buddy in crime.