Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Annals of Irony (Or Is It Hypocrisy?)

Dr. Rice:

"Russia is a state that is unfortunately using the one tool it has always used when it wants to deliver a message . . . that's its military power," she told reporters on her airplane en route to Belgium. She said Russian bomber patrols during the last six months near the U.S. and Europe were, in particular, a "dangerous game."

Rice and President Bush have been intensifying their criticism of Russia in recent days over the fighting in Georgia.

And which state was it that invaded a sovereign nation, blah blah blah, illegal, blah, no threat, blah blah, & has been occupying it for the last five years? Russia? No, no, not Russia, it's, uh...you know, that big one on the other side from Russia, Cana–no, no, but it's near Canada, ummm, it's on the tip of my tongue... Which state invaded that same sovereign nation in 1991 after it "pulled a Georgia" & went to take back what it considered a breakaway area, Kuwait? (After, if not being encouraged, at least not told absolutely not to do it, or else. Does that sound familiar?) Are there any similarities between that & what Russia did? Not really, because Russia was dealing w/ a problem right on its border, involving people holding Russian passports (although there's plenty of suspicion about those). And which presidential candidate made the big "not in the 21st century statement," conveniently forgetting the invasion/occupation & his "surge" & all that? Two wrongs don't make a right, nor do three wrongs, or five or lebenty-zillion. As far as we're concerned here, the Russkis & the Georgians can & should both go fuck themselves w/ splintery broomsticks. None of that excuses Dr. Rice & her foolishness, however.
Rice said a strong statement from NATO leaders would show the Russians that they will not succeed in their "strategic objective" of undermining the government of Georgia and the country's democracy. U.S. officials say they recognize that North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are divided on how far to go in pushing Russia, which is a key supplier of oil and gas to Europe. But they believe they can bring stronger pressure if NATO issues even a general statement of support for the government of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, and begins a public discussion of retaliatory measures against Russia. American officials believe the Europeans have great leverage over the Russians, who want ties to the European economy.
Last paragraph must have been on "deep background" from the doc herself. Seriously, a "strong statement" will show Russia it "won't succeed?" All it has to do now is make a U-turn in the direction of Tbilisi (assuming it truly is pulling out of Georgia proper) & it's succeeded. Yeah, the Russians are really scared of those "strong statements of support." Worth the paper they're written on, that's for sure. Hurts like a slap on the wrist, too. And we'd guess they'd be happy w/ gas & oil ties to the Euro-economy. Meaning that the U. S. would have to let ProfitCo Oil loose offshore & in your backyard to keep the Euros happy. Or warm. Or watching American movies.

Pravda Gets The Boot

We had an idle interest in pointing out what a bloodthirsty weasel Max Boot (stamping on a human face forever?) is, in this op-ed item, but our good friends at the paragon of Russian journalistic excellence, PRAVDA.Ru, while not exactly beating us to it (we decided not to bother w/ dead horse Boot after all) did a masterful job (we're kidding, really) of abusing Boot. PRAVDA.Ru may especially have it in for Max as he was born in Moscow, & raised in Los Angeles (per Wikipedia, anyway, but no other details). Oh, one other thing about Bootie (again, per Wikipedia, not much more reliable than PRAVDA.Ru) that the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper©™ neglected to mention in the little thing at the end of the column:
Boot is currently a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain in his bid to win the 2008 United States presidential election.[5]
Ooops. Maybe the LAT is a source of disinformation. Max's thesis:
We should also do more to help Georgia defend itself. Sending American troops is out of the question, but we can send American equipment. That's what we did in 1973 when Israel appeared on the verge of losing the Yom Kippur War, and it is a favor we should extend to our embattled ally in the Caucasus. The greatest bang for the buck would come from two inexpensive hand-held missiles: the Stinger to destroy Russian aircraft and the Javelin to destroy tanks. Pictures of long columns of Russian vehicles advancing slowly down winding mountain roads indicate that a few well-placed missiles could wreak havoc with their operations.
What a military genius! We really don't understand why The Boot is opposed to sending more of our girls & boys to die for other countries, but at least the arms manufacturers who doubtless pay Boot a princely sum to shill for them can make a few bucks on the deal. PRAVDA.Ru is as mean & juvenile as Just Another Blog™. Do remember that this PRAVDA is not the house organ of the Russian Empire, as the original was the mouthpiece of the Soviets, although we haven't the slightest idea who or what is behind this version. It's funny, though.
The piece “Stand up to Russia” was shown to me by a Russian friend, who asked me to reply in PRAVDA.Ru, which was quoted in this two-page schmuckfest of unadulterated bilge. It could almost have been printed by the British Bullshit Corporation or written by that other insolent female who got a Pulitzer. Max Boot, “Senior fellow in National Security Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations” is the name of the author in this case.
"Schmuckfest." Ha ha. We'd like to know who the "other insolent female" is.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fair- Minded, Even-Handed

Jerome Corsi, paranoid, racist, author of "that Obama Book" & a lying sack of poopy-doody as well, seems to be impartial in his hatred for, & willingness to lie about, anyone who gets a (presumptive) Big Two Party presidential nomination. (In deep ominous voice: Or is it a lie?)
ELECTION 2008 McCain fortune traced to organized crime Mob figures later implicated in Arizona savings and loan scandal Posted: February 26, 2008 9:29 pm Eastern By Jerome R. Corsi© 2008 WorldNetDaily John McCain's personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona, through his father-in-law, according to a report published by a multi-news agency team called Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.
Germs fans will dig this part.
In 1977, after Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles was killed when his car was blown up by the mob in a parking lot, a team of 36 journalists from 27 news organizations, known as IRE, published an 80,000 word 23-part series on organized crime in Arizona. Dan Nowicki and Bill Muller, reporting in the Arizona Republic March 1, 2007, documented that in 1953, Hensley was again charged with falsifying records at Marley's liquor firms. Hensley was found not guilty after being defended by William Rehnquist, the future chief justice of the Supreme Court, Nowicki and Muller wrote. In 2000, Hensley, then 80 years old, still controlled the Budweiser distributorship valued as a $200 million-a-year business, with annual sales of more than 20 million cases of beer. On Feb. 17, 2000, Pat Flannery reported in the Arizona Republic that Hensley's beer-distribution empire was the fifth largest in the nation, "a Budweiser franchise whose bigwigs hold the No. 2 spot on Sen. John McCain's all-time career list of corporate donors."
Interesting, no?

Survey Says: Americans Just Plain Cretinous

A recent poll published in today's Archives of Surgery reveals that a majority of Americans probably should not be allowed out of the house w/o a helmet, & a poorly-paid 'tard minder as well, although it appears enough brain damage has already been done that it's already too late for most of them.
An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors "need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle." More than half of randomly surveyed adults — 57 percent — said God's intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand such treatment.
Now we know why health care costs so damn much: Keeping junior on the ventilator until gawd gets around to fixin' him. As usual, there's no mention of why the "omnipotent" spook-in-the-sky allows traumas to happen in the first place, but these pathetic sheep are so happy/amazed when anyone survives trauma, even momentarily, that the others involved, who died in horrible agony, pinned in the car w/ a steel rod through their guts while they burned to death, are soon forgotten, along w/ gawd's "allowing" this to happen. The survey was taken so that trauma/emergency room personnel would understand that a majority of the people who live in this country holds these superstitions to be self-evident, meaning that the medical people must make a special effort to prove that trauma victims are damaged beyond recovery & won't be experiencing a miracle. Jeezis Hussein Christ, it's like practicing medicine in the third world!! If the natives' belief systems are threatened, they'll run away screaming "Witchcraft! Demons!!" & never return to be inoculated against beri beri or whatever.

Why We Fight: The First Amendment

Click & then click "Listen Now" to hear how the United States military respects the First Amendment to the Constitution. Aren't they supposed to be defending the Constitution, or is that some sort of lie? We just can't believe that our own gov't. would lie to us. Can you? "They hate us for our freedoms," remember?

Foreign Policy Fuck-Ups: Eight Yrs. of "Work" Down The International Crapper

If the NYT is the "Liberal Bible," is the L. A. Times therefore the "Liberal Catechism," or the "Liberal Hymnal?" We ask because of two different pieces we encountered w/in minutes in today's Incredible Shrinking Newspaper©™ (Now being run by the guy who started DirecTV for Hughes Corp. How's that going to work out? Satellite xmissions to your fucking iPod to save the trees?) while standing outside the Santa Monica Central Library getting some nicotine before entering to type for a while. The following was on page A1.
Georgia-Russia conflict a blow to Bush foreign policy The president's reliance on diplomacy based on personal relations with leaders such as Putin and his push to establish democracies from the top down has proved not so viable. By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 18, 2008 WASHINGTON -- In the last week, two major pillars of President Bush's approach to foreign policy have crumbled, jeopardizing eight years of work and sending the administration scrambling for new strategies in the waning months of its term. From the earliest days of his presidency, Bush had said spreading democracy was a centerpiece of his foreign policy. At the same time, he sought to develop a more productive relationship with Russia, seeking Moscow's cooperation on issues such as terrorism, Iran's nuclear program and expansion of global energy supplies. And in pursuing both these major goals, Bush relied heavily on developing what he saw as strong personal relationships with foreign leaders. The recent setbacks to the president's approach were all the more unsettling because Georgia had appeared to be one of the few success stories in the administration's effort to nurture new democracies that could advance U.S. interests.
Sheer ego & arrogance on Bush's part. Does he really think he's so charming that actual world leaders will treat him as his daddy's business buddies did? Just a hint, George: None of that had anything to do w/ your drunken frat boy personality, it had to do w/ your family's power & money. Even were you a charming sophisticate, there are other things going on, as evidenced in this Gregory Rodriguez op-ed:
Consider what Sheik Allahshukur Pashazadeh, the chairman of the Muslim Board of the Caucuses, told me over tea and grapes: "There are never friends in politics. Individuals have friends, countries don't. Their interests are too complicated." "What does 'friend' mean?" echoed Samad Seyidov, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee in the Azerbaijani parliament. "We just want normal relations."
See? The chair of the Muslim Board of the Caucuses (Izzat a typo for Caucasus, or does he really mean more than one caucus?) wiser than Bush. We could go on about the horrors & inequities of relationship-based commerce, employment & the like. But we'll let this serve as an example.

End of An Era

Below: Pervie M. makes retirement announcement in multi-screen video installation. Photo: Shakil Adil/AP
King of Paki-Rap Pervie M., a/k/a General Mooshie, announced today that he is leaving show biz. In a move reminiscent of American entertainer Tricky Dicky in 1974, Pervie M. is getting out "to get real w/ his family" just ahead of possible payola impeachments that might have forced him to give up his gig anyway. Pervie's long career was mentioned by Condi "Boots" Rice, a spokes model for his management team, the Gov't. of The United Snakes of Amerikkka.
Condoleezza Rice praised Musharraf as “a friend to the United States and one of the world’s most committed partners in the war against terrorism and extremism.”
Increasing factional & gang-related violence in the world of Pakistani hip-hop was one of the hallmarks of Pervie M.'s rise to stardom, following his signing w/ the Amerikkkan management group.
Many Pakistanis blame the rising militant violence in their country on Musharraf's alliance with the United States. His reputation suffered blows in 2007 when he ousted dozens of judges and imposed emergency rule. His rivals won February parliamentary elections and have since sought his ouster, announcing impeachment plans earlier this month.
We only wish that the current King of Amerikkkan Show Bidness, Gee-Dub, had been forced to take his act far away from our nation's telebision screens by potential impeachments. Maybe he realizes that his family would as soon undergo perpetual root canals in the ninth circle of hell than spend any time w/ him. And the judges of Amerikkkan Idolator could never seem to summon enough intestinal fortitude to kick Georgie Boy to the curb, under the bus & off the island, no matter how lame & stale his act became. The competition between Big Band vocalist Sidney "Puffy Face" McCain III & Barry O., the youthful "conscious rapper" w/ a message of hope & ponies, which will determine the next King of Amerikkkan Show Bidness, only now enters the public's mind, but when Amerikkkan Idolator resumes on Fox this Oct., after the World Series, emotions are expected to run high. It is estimated that as many as 40 to 50 million Amerikkkans will pull out their mobile 'phones & vote in the contest.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jerry Wexler Dead at 91

Jerry Wexler, who did as much as any honkie to bring the Afro-European musical synthesis to the attention of Euro-Americans, died; his obits are all over, but we did like this from the NYT:
“I asked him once,” said Mr. Thurman, the filmmaker, “ ‘What do you want written on your tombstone, Jerry?’ He said, ‘Two words: More bass.’ ”
Yeah. And Jerry was a foul-mouthed atheist, as well.

Annals Of Disturbed Behavior

We find paranoia, at least this kind, highly amusing. (We only suffer from depression & a certain desire to murder certain people – no, we're not so foolish or stupid as name any of them – rather than a conviction that the "gov't." is trying to keep us from exercising our rights. Well, of course the gov't. would like to keep all of us from exercising anything but our wallets, but they're not coming after us personally yet.) We also mention this story because the alleged perpetrator used to hang out at the same Day Care for the Disturbed that we do. We recognize the name, though we forget what he looks like. We also wonder if it's his original name, "Aaron Brothers" being a chain of art supply & framing stores. Maybe the name drove him mad, if it is his birth name, not that any one forced him to use all three names.
Richard Rea, a staff assistant and field representative at Dreier's district office in San Dimas, testified during a July 29 preliminary hearing that Brothers left three "very colorful" phone messages on the district office's answering machine late June 12 and early June 13, according to a transcript of the preliminary hearing. Rea testified that Brothers said in the messages he liked to wear women's underwear and made numerous vague references to "purple and pink," using profane language throughout the messages. Brothers also said wearing women's underwear "was his right...and that the government was taking his right away from him - preventing him from doing that," Rea testified.
Fascist bastards. How dare they? We blame George W. Bush himself for this travesty of justice.
Brothers was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 9, and during an interview at the San Dimas station the following day admitted he made the calls to Dreier's office, Detective Rudolf Schaap testified July 29. He told the detective he made the calls because "he was tired of people not listening to him and tired of people harassing him" for wearing women's underwear, Schaap testified. Brothers also said he had no intention of carrying out the treats, Schaap testified.
We should probably add that it is rumored (we heard it on the radio just last Friday) that Rep. Drier is of the gay persuasion, though he himself hasn't uncloseted himself, as he is a "no 'special' rights for homos" Republican. Perhaps that's why Mr. Brothers appealed to him, as Mr. Drier's district is quite a dusty, dreary distance inland from our beautiful seaside enclave of Santa Monica. Not that men wearing women's undies necessarily has anything to do w/ gayness. And we'll point out to Mr. Brothers that if one doesn't say anything about what's under one's jeans, no one else need know or interfere. No one, by the way, is going to listen to anyone whose chief topic of conversation is that he's wearing women's panties. No one knows what Your Editor sports under his Rustler jeans, for example.

Campaign Bullshit: Saddleback

The presumptive Big Party nominees answered questions from another two-bit book-writin' religious hustler last night, at his zillion-member mega church somewhere south of the Orange Curtain. We didn't see it, we don't care, but the rumor is that John Sidney McCain III (he's the one who isn't an elitist, remember) was totally scripted, i. e., had all the questions in advance & managed to memorize his answers. Sen. Obama probably had all the questions too, but he's not as stiff as a board. In the New Hope For Modern Man category, the necktie for men may just (finally) be on the way out, judging from these pix.
Photo above: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Photo below: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times
Look at McCain w/ the shitty Vegas comedian bit. Surprised he wasn't using his thumbs as the hammers on his pistol. Does anyone believe that rictus of a smile? Not to mention fat boy in the middle. Didn't Jeezis feed the poor or something? Or is the Eleventh Commandment "Thou shalt stuff your already fat face w/ the profits from your bogus self-help book passed off as a religious work?" We can't tell anymore. Meanwhile, stealth Moooslim Obama plays grab-ass w/ Rick (plenty to grab there, heh-heh) & gives the Nazi salute, indicating to his followers that soon we'll all be worshipping Marx (no, sadly not Groucho) & Chairman Mao will be the baby Jeezis in the New World Order.

More Trouble in the Blog-O-Sphere

Latest addition to the Just Another Blog™ blogroll is good (one of the few we have left, really, so that must make him extra good in the friend dep't.) friend & former housemate Mikaleno, who isn't much happier than we are w/ the current state of the world, as evidenced by the title, The Good Old Days. If you hadn't noticed (& if you haven't, get your head out of there, wipe that stuff off your eyes & get it out of your ears) everything pretty much sucks now. Except people complaining about how miserable everything is. That's still amusing.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Did You Know? (Or Care?)

Babe Ruth (1948) Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley (1977) & Idi Amin (2003) all died 16 August. That's today!! Also: English singer & occasional "actress" Madge McDonna (Of "Like a Material Virgin Girl" fame, remember that one?) is 50 today.

Generational Politics, Presidential Division

Age, as the cliche has it, is but a number. Calendar age, anyway, as far as one's mental faculties go. (Of course, when it's necessary to have the hideously homuncular Sen. "Holy Joe" Lieberman at your side to correct your continuously repeated mistakes, or when your response to the question, "Just what have you done for civil rights for Americans of more recent African heritage?" is a series of hems & haws, a long silence, a request to repeat the first part of the question, & then some blather that you've voted for lower taxes for all Americans to increase opportunity, as if people getting the Earned Income Credit just need lower taxes to put their fabulous entrepreneurial ideas to work, it's hard to say if you're a senile asshole or a moronic, uncaring asshole.) Beyond varying mental abilities at varying ages, this Gen X, Baby Boomer, Gen Whatever division into specific cohorts, all of whom allegedly behave & believe the same way, based on birth year, is as ridiculous as astrology. All that being said, let's take a gander at all of the Presidents since WWII, & what some of their ( military) experiences were (according to Wikipedia, anyhoo). Harry S Truman, b. 1884, member of the Missouri Nat'l. Guard, served as an artillery officer in WWI. Vice-Presidency lead to his becoming Pres. Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, b. 1890, West Point, served during WWs I & II, never was in combat, became president because he won the war in Europe. (Yes, we know. We're keeping it short here. And he probably received many votes because dumb ol' Murkins really thought he whipped Hitler single-handedly.) John Fitzgerald Kennedy, b. 1917, joined U. S. Navy September 1941 (before Pearl Harbor) served as an officer in WWII (PT-109, etc.). Terms in House of Representatives & Senate led to his Presidency. Lyndon Baines Johnson, b. 1908, was commissioned in the U. S. Navy Reserves December 1941 (post Pearl Harbor) while remaining in Congrefs, made a fact-finding mission to the South Pacific & rec'd. the Silver Star for nothin'. (The Wikipedia entry is worth a look.) Vice-Presidency & murder led to his Presidency. Richard Milhous "Tricky Dick" Nixon, b. 1913, USN supply officer in the South Pacific during WWII. No one can figure how or why he became Pres. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., b. 1913 (as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) served in the USN as an officer during WWII aboard the USS Monterey, which was never attacked, but as a result of the infamous typhoon of December 1944 caught fire. Wikipedia states: "Because of the extent of the fires, Admiral Halsey ordered Captain Ingersoll to abandon ship. Instead Captain Ingersoll ordered Ford to lead a fire brigade below. After five hours he and his team had put out the fire." Not actual combat, but not bad. More than Nixon ever did. Attained Presidency due to dumb luck & Nixon's fuck-ups. James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., b. 1924, only graduate of the US Naval Academy to become President (so far, & you can bet our fingers are crossed). Served on submarines, no combat, left Navy after his father's death to take over family business. Governorship of Georgia led to presidency. Ronald Wilson Reagan, b. 1911. Straight outta Wkipedia:
After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa. He was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937, and on June 18 was assigned to the 323rd Cavalry. Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas. His first assignment was at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation at Fort Mason, California, as a liaison officer of the Port and Transportation Office. Upon the approval of the Army Air Force (AAF), he applied for a transfer from the Cavalry to the AAF on May 15, 1942, and was assigned to AAF Public Relations and subsequently to the 1st Motion Picture Unit (officially, the "18th AAF Base Unit")in Culver City, California. On January 14, 1943 he was promoted to First Lieutenant and was sent to the Provisional Task Force Show Unit of This Is The Army at Burbank, California. He returned to the 1st Motion Picture Unit after completing this duty and was promoted to Captain on July 22, 1943. In January 1944, Captain Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the sixth War Loan Drive. He was re-assigned to the 18th AAF Base Unit on November 14, 1944, where he remained until the end of World War II. He was recommended for promotion to Major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year. He returned to Fort MacArthur, California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945. By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF.
A nearsighted wimp who took correspondence courses to get into the Army Reserve!! We assume it was his show bidness abilities, as well as the deal w/ Iran ("We do not negotiate w/ terrorists!") that got him into office. George Herbert Walker Bush, b. 1924, served in WWII as the then-youngest US naval aviator (officer) ever, got shot down, etc. No wonder Sonny Boy hates & envies him. Made Pres. from Vice-Pres., & by lying about his opponent. William Jefferson Clinton, b. 1946 (as William Jefferson Blythe III) did not murder Asian babies for the US gov't. because he was busy educating himself. (See also Richard "Dick" Cheney: "Other priorities.") Became Pres. because Ross Perot cut into Poppy's votes. George Walker Bush, b. 1946, allegedly flew a few planes in the Texas Air Nat'l. Guard, claimed to have transferred to the Alabama ANG, where no one remembers him showing up for anything. Illegally & unconstitutionally appointed to Presidency by Stupreme Court. (His daddy's business & political buddies handed it to him on a silver platter as they had every other time in his life he fucked something up.) So we see that no enlisted men have reached the presidency in the post-WWII yrs., & probably never in US history. (You look it up, our time here is short & bittersweet, like life itself.) Have to be an officer. We also note that military duties performed seem to have nothing to do w/ electoral success, & we wonder aloud what the hell military service has to do w/ foreign affairs capability in the first place. Even more important, though, is age. There is a progression; each post-WWII Pres. younger than his predecessor, except when the unexpected happens (JFK/LBJ) or the same age (Though the Democrat serves earlier: Carter, then Bush the Elder, Clinton, then Bush the Punk. Nixon/Ford, same age, but it was a natural succession) the only exception being someone significantly older than, as it turns out, any other Pres., & 13 yrs. older than his predecessor, Mr. 666 himself, Ronald Wilson Reagan. And it was his foolish ideas (apparently inculcated in him by his second father-in-law, Nancy's pater, Loyal Davis) that set the stage for the "supply-side" economic decline we're in now. All that in mind, let's see what exactly is up w/ the presumptive big party candidates this go-round, Barack Hussein Obama II (Learn something new many – but not every – days!!) & John Sidney McCain III. (Did you also note the number of "jrs." & "IIIs," the similarity in Bush names, & those whose names were changed from their birth names? Hmmm.) Obama II, b. 1961, no draft for him to worry about, & able to educate himself & find employment w/o signing up for a hitch. McCain III, b. 1936, heir to a long naval tradition, we've heard it all before. But can we afford a President who isn't even a so-called Boomer? We saw (& are still living through) what happened to This Great Nation of Ours™ when Murkins went against the grain & elected Old Man Reagan, who was only 13 yrs. older than his opponent, Jimmy Carter. J. Sidney III is 25 yrs. older than the man running against him!! What will his old-fashioned ideas do to us? "We'll have a contest to develop alternative energy sources," says he. And: "I get my foreign policy advice from lobbyists for one of the countries involved." Don't forget: "There are going to be a lot more wars." Etc. Sheeesh!! We certainly aren't saying Sen. Obama is any prize. Despite the ravings of ancient droolers, talk radio hosts & the like, we fear that the junior Senator from Illinois is pretty much a triangulating neo-Clintonian wimp, & is far from the radical Marxist firebrand we'd like. Nonetheless, this imaginary secret socialist/stealth Moooslim seems to be scaring the pants off those playing the Wingnut Wurlitzer. (Of course, they like having their pants scared off, especially in public rest rooms, or when the pants can be replaced w/ diapers in which to poop.) But when he pauses before answering a question, he gives the appearance, anyway, of thinking about his answer, rather than the the Sen. McCain hem & haw, silence, "What was that again?" deer-in-the-headlights, "How can I get out of this one?" approach. And the Democratic nominee can string together several sentences in a row, & w/o having to sound out the words, as if he's hearing them for the first time, unlike certain recent Presidents who can seldom finish one sentence, let alone get off several in a row. (May not seem like much, but your editor has had an almost physical repulsion to the voices, faces & public speaking personas of every Pres. since LBJ. Sen. Obama hasn't stared rubbing us the wrong way yet, & don't think we aren't happy about that.) These are the choices. The concepts of the eternal "You kids get off my lawn!!" Generation, or some guy w/, at minimum, half a brain on the Boomer/X cusp, who's never been an officer in the armed services. (Next former grunt/squid who runs may just have our vote.)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Local Update

Maybe it's the humidity, maybe it's common sense, but we just aren't giving a shit about the situations that humanoids have made in their world of suffering, misery & you name it. So let's go local. It is humid. Yesterday afternoon it rained in the eastern parts of Santa Monica, enough to make some drivers turn their windshield wipers on, not quite enough to cause the usual spate of traffic accidents that occur when the rain hits the oily sts. What the fuck is this, Noo Yuck City, w/ the sudden summer rainstorms? Later, there was a display of lightning flashes that gave us a bit of a fright, but only because we thought at first it was the blue-tinged spotlight of the General Services Dep't.'s Public Safety Po-leese come to roust us. Then we were worried that an actual lightning strike might hit the metal pole sticking into the sky that our head rests mere cms. from. Then we went to sleep. The Black Moses had been scheduled to make the musical scene at the annual Sunset Junction Street Festival later this mo., until he exercised himself to death. Now Sam of Sam & Dave fame will be appearing "in a tribute to Isaac Hayes."
Below: Bogus Lorna Doom (Bijou Phillips, daughter of "Mama" Michelle Phillips & "Papa" John Phillips) & Pseudo-Darby. Photo: Kevin Estrada
Also advertised at the function at the junction: The Germs. Well, it's not The Germs. Even if Lorna, Don & Pat are playing, they're probably playing too well thirty yrs. later, & sans Darby (neé Bobby Pyn) Crash it just isn't. In one of those "meta"-things, the rôle of Darby is being played by Shane West, who plays Darby in the biopic What We Do Is Secret, which seems to have taken a yr. to reach theatres. Listen to the imitation here; also other multimedia crap & the story of the delay of the making of the flick. Per the NYT review:
Despite this — and a particularly ugly dental prosthesis — Mr. West succeeds in conveying the intelligence behind the desperation, exposing an intellect wholly focused on premeditated extinction.
As opposed to the random extinction that all others will suffer? Or does a certain NYT film reviewer think everyone else lives forever? The prosthesis? He had some ugly teeth. No Hollywood implant job for our boy. Big question: Will "Mr." West (to cop that NYT style) be wearing said ugly prosthesis onstage?
Below: Authentic Darby Crash @ The Masque, 23 November 1977. Photo: UnknownAnyway, don't be fooled. No Black Moses, no Darby from the grave. It will cost you $15.00 in advance. $20.00 @ the gate, however. Per day. No longer on a donation basis, either. In the world of local homelessness, The People's Republic of Santa Monica (also known to Harry Shearer as the Official Home of The Homeless) is once again behind the actual trends, as they attempt to clamp down on free expression & those who are uhhoused, even as the rest of the nation turns away from Bush & his "screw everybody else" ilk.
"The key issue is that the city needs to be open to the public," said Kathleen Rawson, executive director of the Bayside District Corp., the public-private partnership that manages the downtown business district and urged the council to consider the restriction.
The city must be open. Mr. Mayor, tear down those walls!
When the city installed the slatted metal and wooden chairs and benches, Rawson said, they were not intended for use by people trying to make a living.

The ordinance is aimed at opening resting spots that are often monopolized for hours at a time by panhandlers, many of whom are homeless. The city already prohibits the promenade's street performers from sitting on public chairs or benches. Thousands of visitors and residents compete daily for about 100 seats.

Oh yes, the competition is incredible. Not a day goes by w/o a knife fight, & there are wkly. gun battles over those 100 seats. (Those are merely the Japanese tourists visitors.) Not to mention all the bicycle-by slashings of yoga mats. (Santa Monicans play for keeps.)

Apparently the idea of adding benches & seats is too large a concept to enter the pinheads of the "public-private partnership." Another indication of Santa Monica being behind the trend. What's happened w/ those other "privatization" projects our federal gov't.'s been behind? Going well?

One recent lunchtime, little panhandling could be observed on and near the Third Street Promenade. One grubby fellow sat in a public chair, asking for nothing. Chairs and benches were occupied mostly by visitors from out of town.

That's on-line in the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™©. In the print version, it says:

One recent lunchtime, little panhandling could be observed on and near the Third Street Promenade. One grubby fellow sat in a public chair, inexplicably holding a chain in one hand but asking for nothing. Chairs and benches were occupied mostly by visitors from out of town – New York, Toronto, Germany.

We mention this mostly because we've seen the guy w/ the chain, who's been identified to us as "Skippy," & uses his chains, as well as a collection of pipes, as percussion instruments accompanying unlicensed, uncertified street performers, who apparently will be shot if they strum two consecutive chords w/o gov't. papers in the outdoor temple of commodity fetishism that is the Third Street Promenade. Skippy is one grubby mofo, however, & he emphasizes it by a tendency not to sport a shirt.

We are curious as to the editing decision to delete the chain part. Just one of the many mysteries at the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™©.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Conspiracy Corner

Did Dr. Rice speak w/ the forked tongue of the 19th century American gov't. in reference to the Injuns (as we affectionately refer to casino owning non-Italo-Jewish-Donald Trump groups around here, even as their hands are justifiably in our wallets) when, just in July, she dropped in on the man Sen. McCain knows as "Misha" since both Misha's allegedly democratically elected gov't. & the senator use the same lobbying firm? Was this another April Gillespie, "Oh, go ahead & invade, we don't care," & if the Russkies give you any shit, well...remember Hungary 1956, etc. Huh. Guess that "forked tongue" bit didn't really stop in the 19th century, did it? Bay of Pigs, anyone? (Just a note here. For anyone in any American gov't. to call any other nation's gov't. or its actions "cowardly" when the United Snakes has exclusively attacked weak nations like Grenada, Panama, Iraq &...what was that other one, mmm, oh, almost forgot, Vietnam, on the most trumped up basis, never once having the balls even to stand up to the real, powerful Commies, let alone drop a few nukes on their heads, while screeching over the past fifty odd yrs. about the "menace of communism, blah, blah, blah," is simply another example of how this nation, its governments, no matter the party, & the people who allow this shit to go on in their name are putrid beyond words.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Who Says There's No Money In This "Web Log" Stuff?

Below: The Editor of Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ poses w/ his new haircut & the Just Another Blog™ jet.
Photos: JAB(FLA)™ Images. ©MMVIII

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More "Truth"

Pravda tells it like it is (or isn't).

The Georgian barbarians have completely destroyed Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, and many villages of the unrecognized republic.

And:

Taking the words of the illustrious King of Spain, in his imbecillic [sic] retort to President Hugo Chavez, we use them not as a response to a diatribe but rather, a just retort to an imbecile. President George W. Bush, why don’t you shut up?

Talk about your two (or three) wrongs don't make a right. An update from Pravda.
"The security of our peacekeepers and civilians has been restored," Medvedev said. "The aggressor has been punished and suffered very significant losses. Its armed forces have been disorganized," Medvedev said. [...] "If there are any emerging hotbeds of resistance or any aggressive actions, you should take steps to destroy them," he said. Russia's foreign minister says Georgia's president must leave office and is demanding that Georgian troops stay out of South Ossetia for good.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Truth

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Goodbye To The Black Moses

We've told you before
Family members found Hayes unresponsive Sunday afternoon next to a treadmill in a downstairs bedroom in his home just east of Memphis, Tenn.
& we'll tell you again: EXERCISE WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!!!
The Black Moses, live, circa 1970. Born in Covington, Tenn., in 1942, Hayes began singing at an early age, performing at his local church. Hayes lost both his parents when he was an infant, and he was raised by his grandparents. He picked cotton, and taught himself to play the piano. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

What Americans of recent African heritage have to say about Hayes. P. S.: What the hell does "Black Moses" mean, exactly?

We're Lazy, Time Is Short

Below: Russian troops outside Dzhaba, wherever the fug that is. Photo: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP – Getty Images
So we'll refer you to a summary & linkfest concerning South Ossetia & the Russian Empire's desires in the region, & everywhere else it was big when it was merely the Soviet Union. (Do they just want Georgia back 'cause it's Stalin's birthplace & they're planning a pro-Stalin revision of history?)

Jerry Ford: Squealing Rat Bastard

Besides his saying that the Iraq mess was a stupid mess, but not wanting his statement to get out until he was dead, turns out Nixon successor Ford was in bed w/ Gay Edgar Hoover & the FBI. Oh, wait, this is allegedly common knowledge. Maybe we even knew it, but it's been lost in the mental mess between our ears. (Too much madness, too many factoids.)
That Ford served as the FBI's eyes and ears inside the commission has been known for years. Long ago, the government released a 1963 FBI memo that said Mr. Ford, then a Republican congressman from Michigan, had volunteered to keep the FBI informed about the panel's private deliberations, but only if that relationship remained confidential. The bureau agreed.
The effing weasel "volunteered." What a sniveling toady. One can only wonder what the FBI did in exchange, other than what's been revealed.

Most of the newly disclosed documents describe the relationship between the FBI under Mr. Hoover and influential members of Congress or the judiciary once Mr. Hoover was convinced that they were allies.

Mr. Hoover rewarded Mr. Ford with personal notes that congratulated him on re-election and on awards, thanked Mr. Ford for publicly defending the bureau and expressed sympathy over the death of Mr. Ford's mother. In turn, Mr. Ford responded with private and public praise for Mr. Hoover and the FBI.

Like other friendly officials, Mr. Ford was granted favours. Some Mr. Ford sought: a photo of Hoover, background checks on a maid the Fords wanted to hire and on a man with a Swedish accent seeking public office in Mr. Ford's district but who had not answered all his neighbours' questions about his personal background. Others were surprise gifts, such as a signed copy of Mr. Hoover's book on communism.

Mr. Ford was elected to Congress in 1948. Mr. Hoover first congratulated him on his re-election in 1952 and thereafter. An internal FBI memo in 1965 said that, “though we did experience some difficulty with all the members of the Warren Commission, Ford was of considerable help to the Bureau.”

Many of the newly released records describe the bureau's controversial surveillance of anti-war and civil rights protesters as the FBI reported on plans for protest demonstrations at Ford's public appearances as a congressman, vice-president and president.

Two documents provide a rare glimpse of the depth of security fears during the Cold War:

A memo from Nov. 9, 1965, said the FBI performed a security check at Mr. Ford's request of telephones at his home in Virginia, his line at the phone company's central office and all points between. The FBI found no bugs, but a foreman said installation of new touch-tone dialling equipment in the area may have caused “some inadvertent noise on Mr. Ford's line.”

A memo from Dec. 2, 1959, showed the Navy was considering inviting Mr. Ford to a strategy conference at the Naval War College and asked the FBI – fully 11 years after Mr. Ford was first elected to Congress – whether Mr. Ford had any “subversive nature.” The famously tightlipped FBI had amassed a large file on Mr. Ford, but replied only that when Mr. Ford had applied to work for the FBI in 1942 its background investigation “revealed no pertinent derogatory information.”

What does this tell us about current "security fears," let alone suspicions that the gummint is tapping the lines of current members of Congrefs, keeping them from doing anything about the increasing revelations of criminal, anti-Constitutional activities of the Bush admin.? Paranoid? Maybe, but is there a better explanation? Except that the Democrats are cowardly political weasels, just like the creeps across the aisle.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Living Like Jeezis, First Class to Vail

Below: Eyes of The Undead, or: Why Do They All Look Like Cinderella Stepford Hensley McCain? Photo: Pat Sullivan/AP
Evangelical con artist Joel Osteen must not have sworn on a Bible when he took the stand Friday in a civil trial in which his bottle-blond (Isn't the hair color gawd gave her good enough?) wife Victoria is being sued for assaulting a flight attendant over a spill on her first class armrest.
On Thursday, another flight attendant on the plane, Maria Johnson, testified that Victoria Osteen demanded special attention to clean up the small spill. When she didn't get her way, Osteen became verbally and physically abusive to both flight attendants, eventually grabbing Brown by the shoulders, elbowing her in the chest and pushing her out of the way in an attempt to get into the cockpit, Johnson testified. But Joel Osteen disputed Johnson's testimony, saying his wife never raised her voice or grabbed the flight attendants. However, later he admitted to McKamie that he could not hear his wife's voice from his seat. [...] McKamie also asked Osteen whether his family was used to getting special treatment, making reference to an anecdote in one of the pastor's books in which he wrote about being allowed to take an expensive television camera on board a flight to India even though it was against the rules. "You feel that you're entitled to the favor of God ... to do things other people can't do," McKamie said. "All of God's children are," Osteen said. Brown has claimed the flight attendants asked to have Victoria Osteen removed from the plane, but Joel Osteen testified he and his family left voluntarily.
The Federal Aviation Administration fined Victoria Osteen $3,000 for interfering with a crew member.

Joel Osteen said his wife did not want to pay the fine but he convinced her to do so because he thought it would be a way to put the incident behind them even though they felt they did nothing wrong.

Those who aren't "God's children" can just suck wind. Not mentioned in the AP story is the racial element. Leave it to liberal bible The New York Times to play the "race card."
One of the other attendants, Maria Johnson, suggested in testimony Thursday that Ms. Osteen had been dismissive and abusive to Ms. Brown, who is black, and a second black attendant because of their race. The witness said Ms. Osteen had pushed past those two attendants to speak to her because, in Ms. Johnson’s words, she was “the only white girl on the plane.”
All you could ever want to know about the trial here. Douchebag Close-Up© here. Pastor Osteen & Co-Pastor Osteen enjoy fleecing their flock through the "Prosperity Gospel," which conveniently preaches that if gawd loves you you'll become rich. The best way to get gawd to love you is to hand over any excess riches to the Pastors of your flock. And so the sheep are sheared.

War & Violence Update, w/ Just a Pinch of Nihilism & Hatred Tossed In

Things perhaps improving in Zimbabwe, although until Mugabe is out on his ass (Or just plain dead; he's 84, why's he waiting?) good results can't be expected. And we question Mbeki's impartiality. Fortunately for those dedicated to nihilism (And what else is realistically possible, hope-seekers?) humanoids are at it somewhere else in the world, w/ a real shooting, tanks, aircraft, indiscriminate bombing, soldiers, guns kind of war. The Russian Empire is jealous of the Chinese Empire's world-wide attention from the Olympic Games, & has decided to steal some of the opening ceremony thunder by standing up for the rights of Russian Imperial subjects in a backwater called South Ossetia, where said subjects are allegedly being threatened by Georgians. (Bush fans? WTF?) Or something. Whatever the problem is, we all know it can be solved by force. Might makes right, or at least gets to write the history books from which the human species never seems to learn.
This photo, by George Abdaladze/AP, was captioned "A woman lies near apartments damaged by a Russian strike in Gori, Georgia. Neighbors helped her," in the L. A. Times. I. e., it was thought so horrifying that they didn't want you think that George Abdaladze was a heartless bastard who was snapping when he should have been helping. Gori's other claim to fame? It's Stalin's birthplace.

This Wknd. in History

9 August: 1945: United Snakes forces nuke Nagasaki, three days after wreaking atomic havoc on Hiroshima. 1969: Manson Family killings of Sharon Tate & others in the exclusive Brentwood area of Los Angeles. 1974: Tricky Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United Snakes, Gerald Ford was sworn in as his successor. This led to fools like Dick Cheney & Donald Rumsfeld, flunkies in the Ford administration, being scared witless that all kingly powers were being taken away from the "unitary executive," & is essentially the cause of the current administration's unilateral bullying & irresponsible wars, poor foreign policy, subversion of civil rights, blah blah blah. Amazing to think that Nixon was forced to resign merely by being named as an "un-indicted co-conspirator," & threatened w/ impeachment over a "third-rate burglary" & a bit of lying to the public, Clinton actually was impeached (by adulterous hypocrites, among others) on petty pseudo-moralistic bullshit, yet Bush, Cheney and the others responsible for the wrongful deaths, mutilations & dislocations of thousands upon thousands of Americans & Iraqis are allowed to continue the human slaughter & evisceration of the treasury w/ absolute impunity by our cowardly Congrefs. Not to mention the many other crimes, from the Stupreme Court's appointment of Bush onward. That sound is indeed Jefferson & many others whirling in their graves like dervishes. 1995: Jerry "Captain Trips" Garcia (described by the Associated Press as the "lead singer" of the Grateful Dead) died of a heart attack, aged 53, in San Francisco. Whatever. We've always thought of them as the Dreadful Grate, except for those first two albums. 2008: Funnyman Bernie Mac died of pneumonia, aged 50, in Chicago. Quite a day. Let's see what 10 August had in store for those who lived in the past. Not as exciting as yesterday, it turns out. 1921: FDR stricken w/ polio. 1969: Rosemary & Leno LaBianca offed by the Manson Family in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. Charlie waited in the car. 10 Aug B-Days: Singers Jimmy Dean (now the sausage magnate) & Eddie Fisher both hit 80. Ronnie Spector, 65. Ian (Jethro Tull) Anderson, 61. Randy Andy ("War good, no, war bad now") Sullivan is, per the AP, 45. Just Another Blog™ has seen pictures; if he's 45, we're 35.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Die, Humanoid Pigs, Die!!!

Below: Georgian soldiers run through the town of Gori on Saturday after a Russian air bombardment. We've no idea where Gori is in relation to South Ossetia, but if it's not actually in S. O., we suggest nuking the Russkis off the map, & repopulating the radioactive wastelands w/ all the Russian Mafia members currently in the U. S. Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
The nihilist in Your Editor hopes that things get worse, & soon, in the sovereign nation-state of Georgia, which seems to have come under serious, though not (yet) all-out attack from the Russian Empire. The mere fact that the Russkis are taking their attacks to areas besides South Ossetia, where they claim to be defending their own citizens & "peacekeeping" forces, indicates what vicious shits these people are. We're guessing that Georgians aren't that much better. Any country named after Bush must be a shit-hole too. So: More murder & destruction, blowing up of pipelines & oil fields, general chaos & insanity. Hip-hip-hooray!! Prove all fans of hope & optimism to be the idiots they are! Your species is a stain on this once-pleasant planet, & we call for its extinction, ASAP!!

Taking A Baath in Chalabi Lite

Kanan Makiya, the Iraqi who ran out on his country to take a teaching gig at Brandeis, and told W(orst) that "American troops 'will be greeted with sweets and flowers'" (What a colossal asshole.) also managed to steal "the Baath Party archives from the country -- 7 million pages that undoubtedly document atrocities of the Saddam Hussein regime" & turn them over to the fucking Hoover Institution @ Stanford U. What exactly is Hoover doing w/ them? Taking notes on how to run the United Snakes after Sen. McCain becomes Pres. McCain by another Stupreme Court appointment? Further indication of the "privatization" of virtually everything. Odd that this "privatization" always seems to favor those in favor w/ those in power, isn't it? We'll let the conclusion come from where we first stole this, an op-ed in the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper©™ (today's biz-niz section: four pp.) by Jon Wiener.
And if, two years later, continued protection required moving the archives to the U.S., that should have been a job for the U.S. National Archives in a formal agreement with the new government of Iraq, not a deal between Makiya's foundation and a private American institution. Private individuals and organizations simply do not have the legal standing to gather up governmental records and ship them out of the country.
The hell they don't under the current admin. It's every weasel-dicked mofo for hisse'f, & devil take the hindmost. Once more of us on the left begin to internalize this attitude ( You can bet your booties that The Editor here is only biding his time, 'cause that attitude is well entrenched w/ him) the rabid weasels had better start watching their pasty-white asses, 'cause there's much revenge to be had & much justice to be administered.
If the Hoover Institution continues to refuse the Iraqi government's demand for return of the archives, the U.S. government, which improperly gave Makiya permission to collect and remove the documents, ought to insist that those records belong to the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government. It's up to the Iraqis to decide what to do with them.
Yeah, like the Iraqis are supposed to have any control over our colony. Where's that cheap oil & the money from it, by the way? Are they holding out on us? Better not be!

Friday, August 8, 2008

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

John Edwards whipping it out about his whipping it out. At least it was a live human who seemed willing. Ans by the way, ladies & skanks, please stop being so available to these douchebags, just because they're powerful & whatnot. It ruins their & their families' lives, & it makes you Monica Lewinsky material for late night comedians. No one comes out ahead. Our suggestion is to try the less powerful & determinedly single. (Us, for example.) And who knows how far you could go as the girlfriend of a powerful web presence?

Deep Background On This Wk.'s War

From Slate several mos. ago., a piece from where the action is now:
In May 2008, Joshua Kucera said South Ossetia is "perhaps the closest you can get today to experiencing the old Soviet Union, as well as a good place to get the flavor of a good old-fashioned, Cold-War-style proxy war between the United States and Russia." His dispatch from Tskhinvali is reprinted here.

Let's Have A War, We Need The Oil!!

Below: A Russian aircraft pulls the old "shock & awe" on Georgia.
George W. Bush looked into Vlad (The Impaler?) Putin's eyes & felt he'd "Looked into his soul." Seems he was really looking into a mirror of his own blackened soul. We've reached this conclusion for many reasons (their mutual disregard of democracy & elections, for one) and now we see that either of these fucks are ready to go to war against any weaker nation for the sake of oil, or any energy resources at all.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Georgia of driving people from their homes. “We are receiving reports that a policy of ethnic cleansing was being conducted in villages in South Ossetia, the number of refugees is climbing, the panic is growing, people are trying to save their lives,” he said. Georgia has allied itself with the West and is pushing for membership in NATO, a bid strongly backed by the Bush administration. It lies at the heart of a region emerging as a vital energy transit route. World distracted by Olympics? The fighting broke out when much of the world’s attention was focused on the start of the Olympic Games and many leaders were on their way to Beijing. Saakashvili, who insists his government’s military action was provoked, noted the timing in an interview with CNN. “Most decision makers have gone for the holidays,” he said. “Brilliant moment to attack a small country.”
Sounds smart to us. Looks like it's working, because Bush & Pito Putin met earlier today, w/ little success on Bush's part.
BEIJING - President Bush blended political messages for China and Russia with high fives and hugs for American athletes Friday as the first U.S. president to attend an Olympics abroad. Before settling in for the opening hoopla of fireworks and acrobats, Bush took another swipe at China's human rights record and spoke with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about fighting in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Russia sent tanks in after Georgian troops launched a military offensive Friday to retake control of South Ossetia.
Bush and Putin discussed the situation at a luncheonfor world leaders hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao, said Gordon Johndroe, a Bush spokesman, without giving details.
Bush talked a little louder in Thailand, but it is well known what size stick he carries.
What are the risks of a wider regional conflict?, The risks here are great. With casualties to Russia’s peacekeeping force and attacks on Georgian territory beyond the conflict zone, we are already seeing the potential for this to spin into a larger, Russian-Georgian conflict. In addition, many of Russia’s unstable Caucus [sic] regions — Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan — are nearby and could see a spillover of violence into their regional conflicts.
Putin (or his figurehead, Medvedev) sound about as smart as G. W(orst) Bush, & his little pals, don't they? Just go stumbling into a smaller, weaker country, don't plan for anything beyond the day after tomorrow (if that far) & then act really surprised when things don't go just as you didn't plan. We wonder if any of these other "unstable Caucasus regions" have any left over/behind Soviet nukes?

China Invades Afrika

China is all over Afrika, & seemingly more successfully than the old Euro-colonists. Especially successful for China, but it's that free-market, exploit-whom-you-will glibertarianism that vicious government control is supposed get rid of, making the economy a paradise for workers & a hell-hole for risk-taking employers soulless parasite exploiters. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
There are already more Chinese living in Nigeria than there were Britons during the height of the empire. In similar hubs in cities from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Dakar and Casablanca, the decade-long project known playfully as "ChinAfrica" is exploding the old economic order.

Bilateral friendships have bloomed along with African pagodas, as 48 of the 53 African governments have broadened or initiated ties with China's juggernaut economy. Angola has become China's No. 1 source for imported oil, having surpassed Saudi Arabia in 2006. Sudan is also a leading energy partner. Mozambique and Zambia provide timber and copper. As China seeks to play in the Middle East, Egypt is an essential political ally, while in eastern Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia are important hubs for commerce and foreign relations.

China's expanding footprint across Africa has raised hackles, both on the continent and in the West. China's indifference to human rights, labor and environmental standards—a tense component of many Western business agreements—is proudly ignored on the continent. And China has displayed a brash willingness to cozy up to and deal with despotic and corrupt governments—chief among them, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe and the genocidal regime in Khartoum.

[...] Most of the world wants to know how China does it, says David Shinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, who is writing a book on Sino-African relations. The formula, he says, is simple: "One, they take greater business risk, and two, they don't attach the political conditions that the West tends to impose." Indeed, China's remarkable control of its private sector is a clear advantage when it comes to partnerships with less economically sophisticated nations. Eight hundred Chinese companies have set up shop in Africa, and some giants, like Sinopec and Chongqing Telecom in addition to Huawei, have at times operated at a short-term loss (underwritten, naturally, by the Chinese government). [...] It's easy to see why detractors call this deal the "Chinese Takeout." They fear that resource-rich nations like the DRC will industrialize, expand and develop economically—and only then realize that brokers sold the farm for beans in 2008. Already, all but 13 of the nations in Africa are running trade deficits with China. To move from the pocket of imperialists to the pocket of a rights-averse patron state is hardly a step forward for the young governments of the continent. But, as Shinn notes, "I'm not sure that the DRC had much choice…. For a deal this big, it was either go with China or take an arrangement that would have had so many conditions attached to it, it would have been unacceptable."
Yikes. We lose again.

Rest & Recuperation

Just spent two days & one night at an exclusive Dinner & Breakfast Inn in the exclusive Garvanza area, hidden between Highland Park, Eagle Rock, & North & South Pasadena. It's so off the beaten track there was only (Gasp!) dial-up Internet access, so we decided to spend much of our time sleeping & taking showers, rather than edifying you, our audience. Nothing really exciting or worth comment occurred anyway. (Does it ever, really?) We sincerely thank our kind hostess, the owner (w/ a bank) of the lovely establishment, where we were called upon to pay our way by various acts of handymanism. Look for a renewed determination to tell the offensive truth about offensives against nature, decency & common sense as soon as the editorial staff has caught up w/ current events, & brought it's righteousness back to the necessary level of sputtering rage.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Scram, We're Busy!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Another Surprise (If You've Been Living Under A Rock for the Last Seven Yrs.; If You're a Bush Supporter/Believer, That's Only To Be Expected

Some smart ass Jew claims that Dear Leader Bush is a lying sack of crap, & he has the nerve to do it right on the Today show, w/o shame. Also, he wrote some book, but real Americans don't read commie propaganda any more, do they?
The author writes that Bush’s action is “one of the greatest lies in modern American political history” and suggests it is a crime of greater impact than Watergate. But the White House is denying the allegations, calling the book “absurd” and charging that Suskind practices “gutter journalism.”
The author is a "Pulitzer Prize winner." Isn't "Pulitzer" a Jew name too? If it isn't, it should be.
Suskind quotes Rob Richer, the CIA’s Near East division head, as saying that the White House simply ignored the Habbush report and informed British intelligence that they no longer wanted Habbush as an informant.

“Bush wanted to go to war in Iraq from the very first days he was in office. Nothing was going to stop that,” Richer is quoted in the book.

Yep, his trigger finger was itchy from the git-go. And he took his shot when Bin Laden gave him an opening. Bush might as well have taken his itchy trigger finger & personally shot all four thousand plus dead Americans, as well as the thousands more wounded or maimed for life, not to mention the millions of dead, maimed, & internally or externally displaced Iraqis. Except that he's a bully & a coward. Vincent Bugliosi is right. Not that you'll find any reference to his book anywhere in the Media of Mass Deception.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

The Olympic Games. (Only four more days until we're drowning in them.) A cesspool of competition & pointless nationalism, anathema to rootless cosmopolitans such as the editorial staff here. Unless of course something blows up, or the Chicoms massacre protesters, in the style of Tien an Men Square or the PRI in Mexico City in 1968. Speaking of such incidents, remember the belief that "free markets" & "economic opportunity" would lead to democracy & freedom of expression? In the cases of Russia & the People's Republic of China, predatory capitalism (both) & profit-grubbing corporations owned by the military or government (China) or sold to the highest bidder (Russia) have led to oligarchy & continued fascism. Something wrong w/ your economic tenets, gliberati?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Rabid Weasels of the Week (And It's Only Monday)

Weasel Numero Uno:
The Prince of Darkness, not looking too healthy at the age of 77. Photo: Rich Hein/AP

Commit hit & run, die in agony. It's called justice. This time justice is meted out to Catholic columnist Robert Novak, whose sins were not limited to hit & run. Remember when he stormed off the set of a CNN program, & said dirty words besides? It's as if he's had a tumor pressing on vital parts of his brain for quite some time, destroying whatever parts of his humanity & decency that Catholicism didn't get to. Well, we won't have Nixon Novak to kick around any more.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Political columnist Robert Novak, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor a week ago, said on Monday his prognosis was "dire" and announced his immediate retirement.

"The details are being worked out with the doctors this week, but the tentative plan is for radiation and chemotherapy," the 77-year-old writer said on the Web site of the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper that is home to his column.
Anyone as rabid as he should have been checked for brain tumors twice a month, at least since his column started appearing & it could have been determined that his brain wasn't working so well.

MSNBC claims that the victim of his hit & run was homeless. We'll guess His Majesty, the Prince of Darkness, didn't feel it was worth stopping for someone who wouldn't be able to sue him. We'd like to see him taken from his death bed & hauled into civil court while convulsing because his brain was being shoved into a corner of his skull by an ever-growing tumor. And we'd like to see the allegedly homeless victim be set up for life by Novak's estate.

Vicious, hateful, sentiments like that lead us directly to

Weasel Number Two (meant in every possible sense of the phrase) because that's the kind of shock value crap he deals in:
Michael Savage, né Weiner, & his dog, at home in San Francisco. Let's see, single guy, rumored to have been or wanted to have been Allen Ginsberg's boyfriend, currently living in San Fran (the Bay Area, anyway) w/ a poodle (?). And overflowing w/ hate, venom, bile, fear of The Other, etc.? Stereotypical closet case, were you to ask armchair psychologist M. Bouffant. Photo: John Storey/AP file

Mikey Weiner's lawsuit for copyright infringement against CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations, & since when is a religion supposed to have specific relations w/ a nation-state? Next we'll have a council on American-Leprechaun Relations, we suppose.) for an obviously "fair use" of a transcription of Weiner's radio program in an attempt to dredge funds from people stupid enough to believe that a seventh century rug-merchant named Muhammad was not a paranoid delusional schizophrenic hearing voices, but was receiving the hot poop on how to live from an invisible man in the sky, was thrown out of federal court last Fri. (Fri. being the Islamic "holy day," we suppose Mr. Weiner sees some conspiracy in that.)

Savage sued the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, for copyright infringement and racketeering late last year, claiming the group violated his rights by using a segment of his "Savage Nation" show in a letter-writing campaign to get advertisers to boycott the program. In the broadcast used by CAIR, Savage also called the Muslim holy book "a throwback document"

and

he called the Quran a "book of hate."

While Just Another Blog™ is in complete agreement w/ both of those incendiary statements, we hold that all religious books are filled w/ hate, & are certainly "throwbacks." Perhaps the silly Savage isn't aware that both the Torah & the New Testament are significantly older than the Muslim "Holy Book," therefore even greater throwbacks. (And they should all be thrown back, if you follow our drift.)

The biggest weasel action is this (Maybe Mikey should have been Numero Uno.):

In an interview with The Associated Press after he filed the lawsuit in December, Savage said he was referring to Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his violent brand of Islamic extremism in the broadcast, not about the religion in general.

Yes. we certainly heard a lot of qualifying, "only Ahmadinejad" in those statements.

Savage's attorney, Daniel Horowitz, told the San Francisco Chronicle he plans to file a new racketeering suit.

Mr. Savage Weiner, please, continue to beat your head against the wall, until it's as fugged up as Mr. Novak's. Thank you.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Jesus, or Some Hindu Deity, or Somebody, Loves You (Not!)

Below: The fruits of religious belief. Have you ever noticed how the American media is squeamish about publishing photos of dead Americans, but doesn't seem to give much of a shit about international corpses? Photo: Stringer/India/Reuters
More religious based death, this time accidental in India, unless the iron railings were tampered with.
Stampedes at temples are not uncommon in India where thousands of people gather to pray during festivals. In 2005, about 265 pilgrims were killed in a stampede near a temple in the western state of Maharashtra.
And about how many die in the hajj to Mecca each yr.? Not that we're complaining. The more dead believers, the better the world, in our not in the least humble opinion.

Blame It On Bud?

As the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™© collapses upon itself like a stellar object becoming a black hole, we still manage to find something horrifying that illustrates so-called simplexity. "For want of a nail, yada yada..."
The United States, for instance, is on the verge of a potentially historic election, but it is the small shifts of fortune and accident that brought us to this pass. Of all the people blamed for the Iraq war and the failures of the Bush administration, the name of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rarely comes up. But maybe it should. Selig has held his job since 1992, but for several years he was technically the acting commissioner, a team owner merely caretaking the job while searching for a permanent replacement. George W. Bush, then part-owner of the Texas Rangers, was candid about his interest in the position. Selig dithered, Bush gave up and soon decided that politics might be a good alternative career.
So if that old fool of a car dealer from Milwaukee had made up his mind, one way or another, we might not have had to suffer through the Worst Presidency Ever™, thousands of Americans might be alive or not permanently damaged, as well as hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, & the steroids mess in beisbol might have been avoided as well. Shit. Fuck you, Bud Selig!! Elements of Style©: Another noun turned into a fucking verb. "Caretaking" our ass.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Economics Wrap-Up

Jobless Rate Hits Four-Year High (Nothing to add to that.) GM, Other Automakers on Road to Grim Year in Sales U.S. sales fall 13% in July. Companies blame pickup trucks, SUVs and tighter credit. GM reports a huge quarterly loss. Parasite Runs Business into Ground, Receives More Money & Free Plane Rides If just one of these bloodsucking "executive" leeches were to receive anything besides the keys to the vault & the company plane when they are "replaced" for utter gross incompetence, it might give someone, somewhere (not us, mind you) the slightest reason to think that there truly is a free market, & that people who make "bad decisions" were actually suffering as a result. (Those who made the "decision" to be born poor, non-white or both, of course, are punished every day by predatory capitalists & the police, to name but two groups who punish but are seldom punished.) Today's case in point is the sad tale of one David Sambol, prexy (but not for much longer) of Countrywide Financial Corp., whose mortgage-related fuck-ups resulted in Bank of America taking the outfit over, to prevent further collapse of America's financial house of cards. You've probably heard the whining refrain of glibertarians world-wide: "They take the risks, they should be well-rewarded." The corollary, that they should be forced to work as greeters for Wal*Mart at no-benefit minimum wage, or be forced to dig ditches eight hrs. a day (We'd love to see one of these bloated parasites try some physical labor, & then watch as his heart exploded.) if they totally screw up, causing thousands to lose their jobs, never seems to be mentioned, let alone carried out. Mr. Sambol, after running Countrywide into the ground & causing layoffs of thousands, has been rewarded by Bank of America w/ the following: Severance Package: $28 million in cash & stock Extras: BofA pays his country club dues & for financial consulting services through the end of 2009. And: Use of the Countrywide Gulfstream IV, which he appears to be using to take his family on a nice little three-week safari to Africa before he leaves his position. This seems to have been the straw that broke some camel's back, & inspired "a person w/ knowledge of Countrywide's flight operations" to squeal to The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™©. How many laid-off Countrywide employees rec'd. anything remotely close to this sort of severance package? Most of those laid-off (What a euphemism that is!) were doubtless living paycheck to paycheck. Last yr. Bloodsucker Sambol earned $10.3 million, but he'll be getting almost three times that to go away. How many of those thrown under the bus got three times their salaries or wages when they got their pink slips?

Annals of Religion (Not)

Each Sat. a. m. on our way to Starbucks (maybe we should switch to the Dunkin' Donuts across the blvd.) we steal the Daily News (yes, there is a paper in L. A. besides the incredible shrinking one) from a business that probably won't be using it on Sat., so we can do the NYT Sat. crossword. Voracious print fetishist that we are, we take a minute or two to scan the entire mess. Sometimes it's worth the wasted minutes. As it turns out, in this case it wasn't, because we couldn't find the printed in the murdered-tree version item about which we wanted to whine on their crummy website. Incompetent bastards. Not even worth stealing!

What Happened On This Date? No One Cares? Too Bad

Don't believe that Fourth of July crap; it wasn't until this date (at least they did get the yr. correct) in 1776 that the Continental Congrefs started signing the Declaration of Independence. Other signatures: In 1939, Albert Einstein signed the letter to FDR urging the creation of destruction, that is, an atomic weapons research project. Deaths This Date: One hundred yrs. later (1876) "Wild Bill" Hickok got plugged while playing poker in now HBO-famed Deadwood, Dakota Territory. The hand he was holding, aces & eights, has become known as the "Dead Man's Hand." 1923, Fatso Warren G. Harding went under in San Francisco, making "Silent Cal" Coolidge the prez. 1934, Kraut President Paul von Hindenburg died, giving Adolf Hitler complete control of Germany. Militaria: JFK was thrown overboard from PT-109 when it was rammed by the Nipponese destroyer Amagiri in the Solomons, leading to (or helping) his becoming president, which lead to his assassination. In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox rec'd. light damage from North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin, allowing LBJ to lie about what happened & eventually to send huge numbers of American forces & material to be wasted in South Vietnam. In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, allowing any George Bush you can think of to lie & cheat in order to start a couple of wars.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dickwad of The Wk.

Just Another Blog's™ official position on Hollywood, movies viewed anywhere but from the comfort of one's domicile, & especially the Oscars™ is: Who cares, who needs 'em, why bother, etc. That said, some self-righteous puke in the Op-Ed page of the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper (a little larger today because of wknd. sales & movie advertising) wrote a screed about Heath Ledger & his Oscar™ possibilities. As someone w/o much sympathy for anyone but ourself, we know wretched assholery when we see it. Maybe you can recognize it as well. Here the "it" is Ledger's performance as The Joker.
It has all the subtlety of a hangover -- exactly what I'd expect from someone who headed home every night to a pill party.
Excuse the living fuck out of us, Mr. Eric P. Lucas (The "P." Does it stand for Prick or Pretentious?) "a writer in Seattle," but we, at least, were laboring under the impression that Ledger had one fucking hell of a sleep problem, & while he may have visited too many doctors & pharmacies, had too many prescriptions, & took his work too seriously, or worked too hard or whatever, unless you're sure he was just popping pills for kicks, we really don't think that his attempts (however misguided) to get some rest can be correctly described as a "pill party."
Lucas doesn't seem to have much grasp of the concept of cause & effect either.
The preeminent example is the deification of Hendrix. How many young men pick up a guitar to emulate him, and wind up under a bridge with a bottle of Colt 45 picking out a wobbly solo on a tinny set of strings? I see them every day in downtown Seattle.
Golly, we just don't know. Does the act of picking up a guitar, inspired by a great player & musical innovator, lead directly to wandering under bridges w/ a Colt 45? Better close the music stores & confiscate all copies of Guitar Hero. (Playing Guitar Hero may cause you to play the Boozing While Picking on Tinny Strings video game.)
Here's the giveaway:
It's a simple thing to find help for drug and alcohol abuse these days. Millions have done it, including me, and though not easy, it represents the only way to live with the integrity we owe ourselves, our families and the world around us.
Lucas did it, he's better than all these loser creative successes who died before the age of 80. Of course, any one w/ the merest fraction of a brain knows that the word "integrity" has been completely devalued by puds like this. It's simple to get help, but it's not easy. (?) As well as Hendrix, Eric. P. mentions Janis Joplin, Jackson Pollack, Hank Williams, James Dean & Dylan Thomas. (What? No Lizard King?) Just how simple was finding help in their days?
Later deaths on the Lucas list include Kurt Cobain. If we (again) aren't mistaken, Cobain (the only one mentioned who purposefully committed suicide) had very painful stomach problems that led to his opiate addiction. And maybe a bit of depression. In other words, he was physically & mentally ill, & self-medicating. But to Lucas, w/ his AA bullshit,
Some drank themselves to death, some overdosed, some ran their cars off the road. As the saying goes in AA, the stories are the same, only the details are different
seems to think it's all a "moral" issue, that devalued, cliched words like "courage" & "integrity" are all it takes to suck it up & straighten up. (That & "surrendering yourself to a higher power," even if your higher power is a doorknob – yes, they actually say that to people who don't buy into gawd & the ancient wretched morality of AA – quite a load of integrity there.) We won't waste time explaining that booze & dope troubles are generally a subset of mental illness (That's right, a chemical imbalance in the brain, so it's physiological illness as well) let alone the agents, managers & other enablers that surround popular, wealthy cultural workers. None of that an excuse, mind you, but a much clearer explanation than Lucas's "Don't give him an Oscar™© because he was cowardly & dishonest" shtick.
And speaking of the "details,"
"Hendrix's creative journey was cut short by an accidental overdose of sleeping pills." (Nine sleeping pills, accompanied by barrels of wine; he choked to death in his own vomit.) The Hendrix monument at a cemetery south of Seattle says nothing at all about his death. It's as if the angels just took him away to the big amplifier pile in the sky.
Barrels of wine? Surely Jimi's monument is the only one ever to neglect the cause of death. Most of the cemetery visits we make are to read the tragic headstones: Died of Cancer, Shot By A Jealous Husband, Murdered By The Police, Hit By A Drunken Driver, Slipped On Some Snow & Hit Her Head, Gnawed To Death By A Pit Bull, ad nauseum. Families & loved ones want to remember the gory details.
Take your tough love of whatever you call this garbage & stuff it up your ass, E.P. Lucas!! Preferably sideways, schmuck.

"There Was a Rumor/About a Tumor"

Today's historical horrors: In 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, aged 25, killed 14 people from the tower on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, shooting them down w/ a rifle as if they were game animals. In 1944, an uprising against Nazi occupation erupted in the Warsaw ghetto. It took two months for the Nazis to suppress it. In 1936, the Berlin Olympic Games™© were opened w/ a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler. In a related & relevant side note, the Beijing Olympic Games©™ will open a wk. from today.

McCain Nation? WTF?

Is the idea behind "McCain Nation" like Saudi Arabia, where the entire fucking country is named after the royal family that owns it, &, apparently all the resources & people therein? Or is it just another sad attempt by the McCain campaign (if you can call it that w/ a straight face) to appear "hep?" We thought the phrase "Woodstock Nation" was mighty stupid when we first heard it, and all other uses of "nation" in such a context have just been worse (w/ the possible exception of Raider Nation). Nationalism is not a good thing, in case you've not been informed.

For sheer amusement purposes, you may click here & type a Zone Improvement Postal Code in the box, to see how close the nearest "National Event Day" is. We found a whopping 14 w/in 100 miles of central Los Angeles (90001). Heh heh.

P. S.: We s'pect Cinderella Stepford Hensley McCain will only be showing up on a DVD (or, in the case of the McCain "campaign" & its supporters, a VHS tape). Don't get too excited at the prospect of looking into those limpid blue contacts in person.

What? You Want a Living Wage?

The fat cats at Wal*Mart are shaking in their booties at the prospect (probably unfounded) that the election of Senator Arrogant Obama to the presidency may lead to easier unionization of Wal*Mart's wage-slaves.
About a dozen employees who attended meetings in seven states said executives argued employees would have to pay hefty union dues and get nothing in return, and might have to go on strike without compensation. They also warned that unionization could force the company to cut jobs as labor costs rise, the Journal reported.
Or, better working conditions & higher pay. Um, no, because Wal*Mart management would rather die from choking on its own vomit than cut its pay or "return to stockholders" in exchange for living wages, health care, paid overtime or whatever for the "associates." (What a repugnant, condescending term for people who are paid hourly, & as little as possible. Another laugher is "team member." Please!)
"If anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression we were telling associates how to vote, they were wrong and acting without approval," David Tovar, the Wal-Mart spokesman, told the Journal.

Wal-Mart Watch, a union-backed group that often takes issue with labor practices at the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer, argued that the meetings were just the latest example of bad behavior toward employees.

"Today's Wall Street Journal story demonstrates once again that Wal-Mart intimidates its workers," Executive Director David Nassar said in an e-mailed statement.

The Journal, citing figures from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive politics, said that 12 years ago, 98 percent of Wal-Mart's political donations went to Republicans. Now, with Democrats appearing poised to gain more clout in Washington, the Journal said the 48 percent of its $2.2 million in political contributions go to Democrats and 52 percent to Republicans.

Ah, the tide turns, & so does Wal*Mart. There oughta be a law. Or a purge.

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