Tuesday, September 9, 2008

AQ on the Loose

These people not only live among us, they are (allegedly) charged w/ defending us from the "existential" threat of a bunch of funny-looking people sitting in caves on the other side of the world. (Are you scared yet? Only John McCain & Mme. Moosedroppings can protect us, y'know.) However, we're not following their rationale. (You can't call it logic.)
Terrorism analysts say that Americans--and American media outlets--are ignoring al-Qaida messages at their own peril. For many Americans, terrorism concerns are "falling off the radar, as al-Qaida has been silent in the USA (and much of the West) since 9-11," said Michael Sheehan, the former counter-terrorism official for the State Department and the City of New York. "Foreign attacks are mostly background noise. This is troublesome, for if we lose our focus they will attack us again at home," said Sheehan, who is now an NBC News terrorism analyst.
Does this mean that Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri is waiting for the average AmeriKKKan pig-dog to stop quivering in fear before the next attack? (Which, if successful, will probably kill a much smaller of people than the annual AmeriKKKan gunshot & automobile deaths.) Is our safety somehow predicated on alert AmeriKKKans "keeping their focus?" Is it the loathsome AmeriKKKan media outlets, who've managed to ignore international events for many yrs. now? (We could point out that if AmeriKKKans had known or cared what was occurring in the Mid-East in order to assure them cheap gas for the drive to Wal*Mart to buy cheap plastic shit something might have been done to change that, & the Islamic nutjobs might not have felt it necessary to attack. But that's a fucking pipe dream.) Or is Sheehan speaking of the "counter-terrorism community?" Are they starting to lose their focus because media outlets aren't reminding them of their duties? What weak-minded ninnies they must be, then. Some of the other experts consulted for this piece have opinions of AmeriKKKa almost as low as the one held here at Just Another Blog™.
Ben Venzke, who analyzes videotaped terrorism statements for IntelCenter, said that Americans are becoming dangerously complacent about terrorism. He said he is reminded of the weeks before the 9-11 attacks, when the public (and media) were focusing on shark attacks and the latest turns in the Chandra Levy murder mystery. "If there's an attack, it's going to be out of the blue and blindside us," Venzke said. "If we could just manage to keep our attention span," he said, Americans would be better able to put any possible terrorist attack into perspective." They [terrorists] stay patient and focused, and we become an easier and easier target," Venzke said. NBC News terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann says, if Americans have become blasé about terrorist statements, it's partially Zawahiri's fault. "He keeps rehashing the same set of basic issues over and over again," Kohlmann said. "Given a country like the U.S., which has a collective attention span of 5 minutes, it is easy to see why people get bored."
Is it worth the effort to secure a people w/ the national attention span of a gnat? Though we still don't get how AmeriKKKans are so vital to all this. Most of them can be distracted by any shiny object. Show them anyone wearing a turban or the like, & their pants are wet & the "furriner" is dead meat. Remember the Sikh gas station attendants killed in Texas immediately after 11 September 2001? That's what you can expect from this country. Not unlike G. W. Bush. Attack people who had nothing to do w/ the original attack. If the counter-terrorism crowd expects savvy, alert 'Murkins to help defend the rest of us, their confidence is sorely mistaken. Two guys w/ beards & their underwear wrapped on their heads, speaking anything but English, would be enough of a distraction for some of “the white men of Waziristan” to do anything they wanted to. Yes, imagine that, "white people," glorious members of the greatest "race" on the face of God's Green Golfball, & they are traitors to whiteness!! Oh, the shock, the shame, the horror!!

Nihilism Update II

Here's the MSNBC take on the possible "not w/ a whimper, but w/ one hell of a bang" human-caused end of everything, or our poor suffering planet, at least. Juicy parts:
Black holes aren't Wagner's only worry: He also is concerned that when the collider creates a soup of free-flying quarks, some of those quarks might recombine in a hazardous way — creating a stable, negatively charged "strangelet" that could turn everything it touches into more strangelets.

The lawsuit also suggests that magnetic monopoles — basically, magnets with only a north or a south pole, but not both — could be created in the collider and wreak havoc.

General scientific consensus is "no," but we can hope, can't we?

California Uber Alles

Lotsa historical crap happened on this date, including: 1776: The Second Continental Congress changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the United Colonies. 1850: California became the 31st state. 1893: President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Esther Cleveland, became the first president's child to be born in the White House. 1926: The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America. 1948: The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was created. 1956: Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1957: President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights law to pass Congrefs since Reconstruction. 1969: Your Editor's male parental unit, driving while legally drunk, tried to pass someone on a curve & paid for it w/ his life. 1971: The Attica prison rebellion began, leading to 43 deaths. 1976: Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Today in the Sheer Utter Pointlessness of "Human" Existence

In 1974, Ford pardoned Nixon for his many crimes, setting the precedent that no President will ever be held responsible for anything besides having an active sex life. Good job, Jerry. People now dead but born on this date: Richard I, Coeur de Lion (1157-1199); Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904); Alfred Jarry (1873-1907); Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933); Peter Sellers (1925-1980); Patsy Cline (1932-1963) & many others too dull to mention. Scotch™ Brand Cellulose Tape was developed today in 1930.

John McCain's Service Record

Our memory stabbed us this morning (following that 20 oz. cup of Pike Place Roast™©) w/ something from the J. Sidney McCain III piece in the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™© last wk. To wit:
On Oct. 26, 1967, in the air over Hanoi, an alarm signaled that a surface-to-air missile had locked onto his plane. He should have tried to evade the missile but decided to release his bombs first. The missile took off the plane's right wing; McCain ejected. He landed, with a broken leg and two broken arms, in a lake in the middle of Hanoi. After he was pulled from the water, he was bayoneted in the ankle and groin.
Did you get that? Sid, who took a free education from the U. S. Navy & managed to come in fifth from the bottom of his class, & who caused the destruction of several aircraft (not sure of the numbers, we hear many different stories) in training & otherwise (Note well, waste-fighters & reformers: Those planes cost millions of your taxpayer dollars each!!) was more interested in dropping a couple of 500-lb. dumb bombs that probably wouldn't have hit anything anyway than he was in saving his expensive aircraft & himself (mostly worthless, but a good chunk of money invested in his Annapolis education & flight training) from falling into the hands of the North Vietnamese. We in no way excuse the rotten treatment Fly-Boy Johnny received from Uncle Ho's minions (Reflect, however, so-called patriot, on your possible reaction if, say, a Chinese aviator had been bombing your neighborhood & you got a chance to have a few moments alone w/ the high-altitude baby killer.) but it's not "heroism." It's pathetic survival. If McCain had evaded the NVA SAM he would have continued to fly missions, rather than letting his flight training molder in solitary confinement for five-and-a-half yrs. Nor would we have been out an A-4. That's not serving your country. That's serving yourself, George W. Bush-style; G. W. being another great waster of the military resources of This Great Nation of Ours™© , both by his lack of service during the Vietnam adventure, & his essential destruction of our armed forces since 2003. Do we want a Mr. Macho type w/ the common sense & long-term view of an amoeba running Our Great Nation©™? Bombs away!!

Famous Last Words

Set design at its finest. Where's Dr. No?
It's no secret; we at Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ are the dictionary definition of nihilists. Tear it down & restart the whole ugly mess, we can't possibly do any worse than we have this time around, we bleat 24/7. We are therefore almost ecstatic about the prospect of the Large Hadron Collider bringing about the end of our benighted little planet, the entire solar system, the Milky Way & perhaps the entire universe, all fourteen (or whatever is being currently guessed) dimensions of it!! This is probably one of those George Carlin deals, we'll sadly admit (The late comedic & common sense great, Mr. Carlin, was always disappointed when death tolls in disasters, natural or anthropogenic, seldom met the early estimates spewed across the sensationalistic "mainstream, old" media.) but we can only follow Jesse Jackson by advising fellow nihilists to "keep hope alive." There are some who think it will be trouble.
Scientists say there's a chance that the LHC could create microscopic black holes, a phenomenon never before observed on Earth. They hasten to add that the tiny singularities will instantly pop out of existence, but that hasn't stopped critics from trying to block the collider's startup. Two of the critics have filed suit in federal court in Hawaii, seeking the suspension of LHC operations until more studies are done. Responding to the critics, CERN has issued a series of reports explaining why the LHC will pose no threat. Ellis was one of the report's authors. "If the LHC were to make microscopic black holes, it would be tremendously exciting — and no danger," he said.

Darn the luck. But there's always that chance that Mr. Science & his pals are wrong wrong wrong. And although the (European, need we add?) scientists are going to start whipping those particles around the LHC come Wednesday, it will be months before the particles are moving at virtually the speed of light, so we can't rationally expect not to wake up Thursday a. m. (Well, not because of a microscopic singularity anyway. There are many reasons not to awake Thurs. a. m., from cardiac death in one's sleep to just plain sleeping past noon.) Another "future holocaust" denier is heard from here. Now we notice that MSNBC (from whom we steal many of our story "inspirations," ha ha) is keeping the good stuff until tomorrow, when they promise us "doomsday scenarios." Can't wait.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ignoring Today's World

If we're resorting to "This Date in History," you know nothing has caught our jaded fancy in today's world of anger, pain & fear. The Woodward book (item below) may be good for some laughs, but the colossal screw-ups of the Bush Administration should not be surprising to anyone now, except Republican dead-enders who just will not see what is before them. So let's look behind ourselves. Think we can learn anything? We don't either. 1927: Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, Xmitted the image of a line purely electronically, via his "image dissector." This caused telebision. Mr. Farnsworth has yet to apologize. Warren Zevon died five yrs. ago today. Tupac Shakur was plugged on Vegas' "Strip" in 1996. He succumbed to his wounds six days later. In the music bidness, Sonny Rollins hits 78,& Chrissie Hynde becomes a mere 57. Below: Ms. Hynde is a member of PETA & wants you to leave the llamas alone.
"Stop killing spiders," or: "Ray Davies was only this big, seriously."

George W. Bush, Average AmeriKKKan

The WaPo has the vaguely interesting story of Bob Woodward's latest book; more in the long & horrifying tale of George W. Bush & his absolute ineptitude & idiocy. Any AmeriKKKan who'd like to put a candidate in the White House on the basis of the candidate being "just like me" ("jes' lahk me-yuh") or understanding their problems "'cause she's a pitbull w/ lipstick" or anything similar is too stupid to understand the need for a rational member of an elite to be in charge. And it is shameful that only the elites (well, the cosmopolitan liberal elites, educated & knowledgeable, not the "My daddy the admiral married an heiress," or the "My family's rich, w/ a long political tradition, & we've been supporting the Nazis since they started" elites – that is, the ones who try to convince Mr. & Mrs. Middle Class Oinker that they aren't members of a self-perpetuating, power-crazed elite) are capable of running This Great Nation of Ours™ anywhere but into the ground. A shame, yes, but it must be faced that the average AmeriKKKan is far, far below average. Stupid enough to believe that somehow John Sidney McCain III is not a member of an arrogant elite, but the other guy is. Enough for now w/ the horrors of today & the future, let's dip into the horror of the past, as we return to Washington, D. C., in the yr. 2006.
By mid-2006, Casey, a stout four-star general with wire-rim glasses, had been the commander in Iraq for two years. As American military units rotated in and out, Casey remained the one constant. He had concluded that one big problem with the war was the president himself. Since the beginning, Casey felt, the president had viewed the war in conventional terms, repeatedly asking how many of the various enemies had been captured or killed. Casey later confided to a colleague that he had the impression that Bush reflected the "radical wing of the Republican Party that kept saying, 'Kill the bastards! Kill the bastards! And you'll succeed.'" Casey was troubled by the thought that the president didn't understand the nature of the fight they were in. The large, heavily armed Western force was on borrowed time, he believed. The president often paid lip service to winning over the Iraqi people, but then he would lean in with greater interest and ask about raids and military operations, grilling Casey about killings and captures. Months earlier, during a secure video conference with top military and civilian leaders looking on, he told Casey that it seemed the general wasn't doing enough. "George, we're not playing for a tie," Bush had said. "I want to make sure we all understand this, don't we?" Later in the video conference, Bush emphasized it again: "I want everybody to know we're not playing for a tie. Is that right?" In Baghdad, Casey's knuckles whitened on the table. The very suggestion was an affront to his dignity that he would long remember, a statement just short of an outright provocation."Mr. President," Casey had said bluntly, "we are not playing for a tie." Asked later about Casey's perceptions, Bush insisted in an interview that he understood the nature of the war, whatever Casey might have thought. "I mean, of all people to understand that, it's me," he said. But several of his on-the-record comments lend credence to Casey's concern that the president was overly focused on the number of enemy killed. "I asked that on occasion to find out whether or not we were fighting back," he said during the May interview. "Because the perception is, is that our guys are dying and they're not. Because we don't put out numbers. We don't have a tally." He said his overall question to his military commanders was, "Are we making progress in defeating them?" "What frustrated me is that from my perspective," he said at another point, "it looked like we were taking casualties without fighting back because our commanders are loath to talk about our battlefield victories."
Never in human history, since some of the inbred, retarded Roman emperors, has there been as obvious a cretin in a position of such power. (Maybe George III of Britain, when his brain was being eaten away by syphilis or whatever his problem was.) Perhaps had Bush served or paid any fucking attention during AmeriKKKa's adventurism in Vietnam he would have been slightly aware of the trouble "body counts" led to in that all-AmeriKKKan failure.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

"It's Over"

Slate's "Today's Papers" brought to our attention today's column from one Peggy Noonan, of the WSJ. Yes, the Peggy Noonan who wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan, & was recently overheard saying "it's over" in reference (she claimed) to Republicans believing that whatever right-wing neo-you-name-it crap they come up w/ will appeal to "middle America." Some thought that wasn't quite what she meant. Her essay indicates that she, at least, swallows it whole.
She took him square on, fearlessly, by which I mean in part that she showed no awkwardness connected to race, or racial history. A small town mayor is kind of like a community organizer only you have actual responsibilities. He wrote two memoirs but never authored a major bill. They've hauled the Styrofoam pillars back to the Hollywood lot.
Gov. Palin isn't awkward about race at all. She's ready to bring it right out there. We all know what "community organizer" means in the world of the Rabid Weasels. It means "niggers being stirred up by outside agitators." It means "Remember George Wallace or whichever cracker Governor brought the phrase 'outside agitators' up." This is red meat, & it will not meet w/ as much disapproval as liberal wusses hope. Another fabulous rumor about Mme. Moosedropping is at a local (we guess) site, LA Progressive. You remember the children's story about Little Black Sambo & The Bitch, don't you? Time, like sands through the hourglass, runs out. One more from PN, however.
Cable news shows that had people insinuating Palin, whom America had not yet even met, was a bad mother, and that used her daughter's circumstances to examine Republican views on abstinence education? That was ugly.
Ugly? WTF? Used the slutty daughter to illustrate the sheer idiocy of "abstinence education?" (Where's the "education" in that, BTW?) What better illustration than the chickens coming home to roost in Wasilla? Read the remainder of the piece, & you'll for whom it's "over." The bell tolls for thee, Peggy.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

1. Burning Man. 2. Vampires. 3. The Fall 2008 Telebision Season. 4. Telebision in general. (That will shock the living hell out of many of our regular viewers, & may be an actual sign of the forthcoming apocalypse. As if Mme. Moosedropping isn't enough of a sign thereof.)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Today's History Lesson

Don't let this happen to you!!
One vital lesson to be gained from history is to be sure your weapons are cleaned, lubricated & functional. Case in point: On this date in 1975, Manson mamacita Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to plug United Snakes President G. R. Ford in Sacramento, but her .45 jammed, or she didn't have a round chambered or something, who can remember? Make sure you know what the fug you're up to when you're out trying to change history, smash the state, or whatever. Also today, in 1793, the "Reign of Terror" began in France, as the National Convention instituted "harsh measures" to repress counter-revolutionary activities. See also: Republican Convention, 2008. Off w/ their heads!!

"I Married My Mother": The John Sidney McCain III Story

Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud. Below we see Lt. (j. g.) J. S. McCain III w/ his mommy, Roberta, & his superior officer, Adm. J. S. ("Jack") McCain, Jr., beneath a picture of Adm. J. S. McCain, Sr., at the dedication of McCain Field in 1961.Here we see a photo of J. S. McCain III getting hitched to his second, younger, wife, in 1980.Besides the obvious physical similarities, the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™© notes:
McCain's father, Jack, was a deeply ambitious sailor. Nicknamed "Good Goddamn McCain," he was a binge alcoholic who tried fitfully toward the end of his life to control his drinking. "When he was drunk," wrote McCain, "I did not recognize him." Jack married a charming woman who would be indispensable to his rise in the Navy. Roberta Wright was one of two beautiful identical twins, rich young women whose father had retired at 40 after making a killing as an oil wildcatter. Jack and Roberta eloped to Tijuana and were married in a room above Caesar's, the restaurant where, some say, the famous salad originated.
If marrying an heiress was good enough for Daddy, why shouldn't it work for Trey? We have a vague sort of idea about George W. Bush's relationship (Oedipal) w/ his "Poppy." Do we need another fucked-up psychiatric basket case working his problems out on the world stage? Not to go out on a limb here, but perhaps not. Another exciting factoid from the Liberal Hymnal™©:
In fact, McCain lives by a series of honor codes, instilled in him by his father (an admiral) and his father's father (also an admiral). To boil them down to their simplest formulation: One must never lie, cheat or steal. McCain would be the first to admit that he has failed, sometimes spectacularly, at all three. But he also has perfected the familiar American ritual of coming clean and moving on.
Wouldn't it be nice if someone, somewhere were held accountable for something & publicly shamed, fired, etc., rather than being forgiven over & over, as the religio-hypocrites love doing? Let alone getting a "Medal of Freedom" for allowing attacks on New York & the Pentagon. (We mean you, George Tenet.) But back to McCain & his "moral code." We're pretty much doubled up laughing. "Don't lie, cheat or steal." Wow, that's a new one. Very strict too. Dropping bombs on civilians from the relative safety of a jet aircraft is no moral or ethical problem. And allowing the torture of others in your name is cool. Really, the only "moral code" (of course the filthy, non-ending hypocrisy of those who chant "morality, morals, blah blah blah" incessantly has taken all value from the word "moral") one needs is "Do unto others as, etc." as first espoused by Gautama Buddha some 500 yrs. before the best part of the sky-fairy Jeezis ran down Joseph's leg. Or, to put it in terms even AmeriKKKans can understand: "Don't be a fucking asshole, asshole." Even his buddies admit he's a weaselly fuckwad.
"He is the best apologizer in politics," said Dan Schnur, who was McCain's campaign spokesman in 2000 and now directs the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.
One doesn't become "the best apologizer" w/o much for which to apologize. Let's be nice for thirty seconds, or at least note something interesting & possibly decent.
In his biography, "John McCain: An American Odyssey," Timberg wrote that McCain began cheating on Carol while serving in a training squadron in Florida. "Off duty, usually on routine cross-country flights to Yuma and El Paso, John started carousing and running around with women," he wrote. Carol McCain told Timberg, the only writer to have interviewed her extensively about the breakup, that McCain's imprisonment had nothing to do with their divorce: "I attribute it more to John turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again." But there is no question she was devastated. And their three children, Doug and Andy -- Carol's sons who McCain had adopted -- and Sidney, their daughter, were wounded as well. None attended their father's wedding. "I was certainly mad and disappointed at Dad," Andy McCain told the New York Times in 2000. "I hold him responsible. I don't hold Cindy responsible one bit." Andy, 46, is chief financial officer of Cindy McCain's beer distributorship.
Pretty amazing that Andy, not even J. Sidney's biological son, has a job w/ Cinderella's beer company. That would seem at first glance to be a nice thing, but who knows what or who is being paid off? You can imagine that Andy could have been quite a bit of trouble for his step-father's various political campaigns, like Giuliani's son. And surprise, he doesn't hold Cinderella, his employer, one bit responsible for the whole ugly mess. No cheating, remember? (Hey, we can't be nice for even thirty seconds. What do you know?) A last question, raised by the photos in the Times piece. If this is Sid meeting his wife (The first one, Carol, in case you're confused.) after getting off the plane (no dates more specific than 1973, thanks mucho, Times) at Travis AFB, say, directly from Hanoi or a stop-over in Hawaii, & he's moving under his own powerthen what's the dilly-o that he manages to be gimping it up on crutches (Remember the days of wooden ones?) when he meets The Nix, also in 1973? We get a very slight impression from the Senator that he thinks his interminable (for him, sure, but in the telling thereof over & over as well) imprisonment has entitled him to be President of these United Snakes. Guess again, Mr. "Moral Code."

Tomorrow Belongs to Me

Official Republican Platform, 2008 Election Cycle: 1. Nine/Eleven! 2. P. o. W.!! 3. Drill, Baby, Drill!!! 4. U-S-A! U-S-A! 5. Gawd's Will Be Done!!!
PALIN, McCAIN SPEAK; UNEMPLOYMENT UP, DOW PLUNGES!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

If Bristol Were Black...

We mentioned the grotesque hypocrisy previously, but we're not the only ones thinking along those lines. We weren't as explicit in stating that if there were negritude involved, it would be a different story entirely.
Visit any news Web site and read the comments that flow from the mention of teen pregnancy. Won't take long before some self-professed, Republican-loving Christian defines the problem as one created by black folks.
No shit.

A Bit More History

Our Flag
Red, Green & Gold, in a Rasta Stylee

More of Today in History

It's the 100th birthday of Richard Wright, author of Black Boy & Native Son, two books that many middle-class Anglo youth read in high school during the '60s. Who knows if they're still taught today. (Or if anything at all is taught today? Our immediate guess is no, but we're cynical.)

At Last, No More "Partisan Rancor"

John S. McCain III, noted pleasant fellow & all around nice guy, has called for an end to “the constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems.” We hope that the Senator lets his vice-presidential nominee in on this excellent-sounding concept very soon. And on that note we'll stop discussing the "hockey mom" from hell until her handlers allow her to have some sort of contact w/ the media, & she manages to put her foot in her mouth right up to her knee.

Happy B-Day to the Belly of the Beast

Today marks the 200th & something anniversary of the founding of The City of Our Lady of The Angels of Porciuncula, known to most of you as Los Angeles, California (or L. A.) known to us as the city in whose parks we sleep. L. A. was founded by a collection of losers who were run out of the Spanish mission to the east, San Gabriel, & walked west until they found running water. In the 200 odd yrs. since, more & more people have been attracted here, for reasons no longer determinable. Really, the weather isn't that great. Just stay the hell away.

Clothes Make The Whore (Remember, Marriage Is Prostitution)

Enough w/ Mme. Moosedroppings, let's take a peep at Cinderella Stepford Hensley McCain & Laura "Pickles" Bush. (Photo: Mary Knox Merrill/CSM)At the Greasy Old Pricks' convention, one of them looking a great deal like a rotting banana, not unlike Mme. Senator Clinton & her pumpkin pantsuit. We'll just betcha that Mrs. Clinton's ensemble didn't run quite as much as either of the two skanks above spent on their outfits. To wit (per Vanity Fair): Laura Bush Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500 Stuart Weitzman heels: $325 Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500 Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325 Cindy McCain Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000 Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500 Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000 Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000 Shoes, designer unknown: $600 Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100 Stupid Question: Who's this Oscar de la Renta fuck who sells this overpriced junk to rich bitches?

Annals of Law Abiding

A law abiding citizen puts his guns to good use in Westwood (mere blocks from the park where Just Another Blog's™ editorial staff sleeps).
Man with van load of ammunition shoots traffic light in Westwood, UCLA police say Gene Bush allegedly began firing at a traffic light at Broxton and Le Conte avenues. Authorities say the 52-year-old, now in custody, had more than 10,000 rounds of ammo in his van and a storage locker, as well as timers and other suspicious materials in his briefcase. [...] Campus police said they did not believe that Bush had a criminal history. They said he appeared to be living in his van.
More guns for more law abiders, we say. Where are ours? We've never been convicted of anything.

No Coloreds or Dogs, Please

Below: No one under 35 either, we'd guess, & we're being pretty forgiving about that. Photo: Win Mcnamee/Getty Images
"They walk alike, they talk alike, at times they even dress alike..."
The Joint Center reported that the number of black Republican delegates declined from a record 167 in 2004 to this year's 36. According to the think tank, 24 state delegations at the Xcel Energy Center have no black members. The homogeneity of the audience is sometimes reinforced by delegations' tendency to dress alike. Floridians sported Hawaiian shirts decorated with palm trees Monday night, and more than 150 Texas delegates and alternates wore red shirts and straw cowboy hats Tuesday.
Excuse us, but couldn't the Floridians wear shirts from their own state? Something along the lines of a shirt reading: "My grandma lives in Boca Raton & all I got was this cheap T-shirt made by slave laborers in Honduras," maybe? Brain-dead authoritarians all the way. You've heard it before: "We're just more comfortable when everyone looks the same & dresses nicely. It's not racist or anything."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"It's Over"

We leave you today w/ a quick word or two from Peggy Noonan, WSJ columnist & generally delusional wackjob. Our friends at POLITICO have graciously transcribed a televised (though not, it appears, intentionally) conversation Ms. Noonan held recently w/ two other mopes, & provided a link to video thereof. We're almost missing telbision.
The following is an excerpt from a convo between Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan and Chuck Todd thanks be to a live mike, as reported by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo (here's a video): Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we'll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We'll find out on your BlackBerry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin, and she will get the chance to show voters she's the right woman for the job. Up next, one man who's already convinced, and he'll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman. (cut away) Peggy Noonan: Yeah. Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys — this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it's not gonna work. And — PN: It's over. MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good. CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too. PN: Saw Kay this morning. CT: Yeah, she's never looked comfortable about this — MM: They're all bummed out. CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to? PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this — excuse me — political bullshit about narratives — CT: Yeah they went to a narrative. MM: I totally agree. PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it. MM: You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical. CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky. MM: Yeah.

More on Miss Wasilla's Spiritual Influences

Does Gov. Palin strike you as the type to think for herself, or to question any authority? Us neither, so if this is the kind of crap being pumped into her piled-up 'do head, well, can't wait until the Princess has her finger on the apocalyptic button.
From a July 28, 2007 sermon: “Do you believe we’re in the last days? After listening to Newt Gingrich and the prime minister of Israel and a number of others at our gathering, I became convinced, and I have been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in.”
We can only these are the "last days" for Newt Gingrich.
From an November 25, 2007 sermon: “The purpose for the United States is… to glorify God. This nation is a Christian nation.”

United Secret Assholes Like Sarah Palin

If the Council on Foreign Relations is some sort of left-wing/commie conspiracy desiring to enslave us all under a one-world gov't., the Council for National Policy is a Christo-fascist conspiracy to enslave us all under a one-world gov't. while awaiting the rapture & apocalypse. Max Blumenthal advises us further.
CNP members have included Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Grover Norquist, Tim LaHaye and Paul Weyrich. At a secret 2000 meeting of the CNP, George W. Bush promised to nominate only pro-life judges; in 2004, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told the group, "The destiny of the nation is on the shoulders of the conservative movement." This year, thanks to Sarah Palin's selection, the movement may have finally aligned itself behind the campaign of John McCain. Though Dobson and Perkins reportedly attended the recent CNP meeting in Minneapolis, a full roster of guests would be nearly impossible to acquire. The CNP deliberately operates below the radar, going to excessive lengths to obscure its activities. According to official CNP policy,"The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs before or after a meeting." Thus the CNP's Minneapolis gathering was free of reporters. I learned of the get-together only through an online commentary by one of its attendees, top Dobson/Focus on the Family flack Tom Minnery. (Watch it here).

Just Make Her Go Away

We were getting sick & tired of smearingbringing the facts about Caribou Barbie to the unwashed masses, & started picking on the traitorous Senator from Connecticut, Joseph Lieberman. But there's just no avoiding the one-time Miss Wasilla. From Politico comes the religious usefulness of the Palin selection.
A prominent Obama backer, Florida Rep. Robert Wexler, has attacked Palin for appearing at a 1999 event with Pat Buchanan — who has attacked the influence of the Israeli lobby in America. [...] “There is almost always an inverse proportion between a candidate's popularity among conservative Christians and secular Jews,” said Jeff Ballabon, a Republican lobbyist long active in Jewish politics who supports McCain. An illustration of that gap came just two weeks ago, when Palin’s church, the Wasilla Bible Church, gave its pulpit over to a figure viewed with deep hostility by many Jewish organizations: David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus. Palin’s pastor, Larry Kroon, introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, according to a transcript of the sermon on the church’s website. “He’s a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism,” Kroon said. Brickner then explained that Jesus and his disciples were themselves Jewish. “The Jewish community, in particular, has a difficult time understanding this reality,” he said. Brickner’s mission has drawn wide criticism from the organized Jewish community, and the Anti-Defamation League accused them in a report of “targeting Jews for conversion with subterfuge and deception.” Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. "Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it." Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her. The executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Ira Forman, cited the “cultural distance” between Palin and almost all American Jews. “She’s totally out of step with the American Jewish community,” he said. “She is against reproductive freedom – even against abortion in the case of rape and incest. She has said that climate change is not man-made. She has said that she would favor teaching creationism in the schools. These are all way, way, way outside the mainstream.” [...] Also Tuesday, a new Jewish Democratic group, JewsVote.org, sent out an email under the heading “Who is Sarah Palin?” an echo of conspiratorial anti-Obama emails that have criss-crossed the Jewish community. “Given her record as a hard-right Christian conservative, her embrace of Pat Buchanan, her praise of Ron Paul, and her lack of credentials on foreign affairs, it is likely that her selection would raise serious red flags about the McCain/Palin ticket among Jewish swing voters,” they wrote, asking their members to send out their own anti-Palin emails.
A bit more along these lines from HuffPo, w/ video. At this point we're not sure if we want an Eagleton moment, or if we think that John McCain should go w/ his "gut" & keep Mme. Palin. We suppose that if he drops her like a bad habit, he could choose someone even worse. But what would all the Hillary fans say after an unceremonious dumping?

Humuncular Treason

Shouldn't the Independent Senator from Connecticut, Joseph Lieberman, who continued to call himself a "Democrat" last night, during his speech before the Republican convention, be tried for treason? Seriously. His rabid, fanatical defense of the Nation of Israel (not the 51st state, despite what some would have you believe) which has lead him to such excesses as backing the Iraq war & occupation, and calling for attacks on Iran, would certainly indicate that he places the welfare io Israel ahead of that of these United Snakes. Indeed, looks as if Sen. Joe took Gov. Sarah to meet the AIPAC Lobby yesterday.
MSNBC and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) are reporting that Gov. Palin met this afternoon with the board of directors of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Sen. Joe Lieberman to, in the words of one McCain campaign official cited by MSNBC, put “the American Jewish community at ease over her understanding of US-Middle East relations.” It’s worth noting that Palin, who has obviously been completely off-limits to reporters since she was rolled out as McCain’s running-mate in Dayton Friday, stiffed a reception in her honor sponsored by none other than Phyllis Schlafly a couple hours later. (One wonders what other lobbies have tried to arrange a meeting with Palin in the last 96 hours and with what success.) “We had a good productive discussion on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and we were pleased that Gov. Palin expressed her deep, personal, and lifelong commitment to the safety and well-being of Israel,” AIPAC spokesman Josh Block said after the meeting. “Like Sen. McCain, the vice presidential nominee understands and believes in the special friendship between the two democracies and would work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership in a McCain/Palin Administration.” “She was extremely well received,” McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said, noting that Palin was interrupted by applause twice,” according to the JTA account. He added that Palin spoke about “the relationship between Israel and American national security, and the threats to Israel from Iran and others.” Evidence of nervousness in the McCain campaign about Palin’s impact on Jewish voters and donors was made clear when the Likudist Republican Jewish Coalition circulated a video of her Alaska office in which it found a small Israeli flag, in the words of Politico, “poking out from behind a drape.” “I think it speaks volumes that she keeps an Israeli flag on the wall of her office,” RJC’s executive director, Matt Brooks, told Politico in an e-mail. “It clearly shows what’s in her heart.” Politico’s analysis is well worth reading. As I noted Friday, a Nexis search of the two years previous to her selection as McCain’s running-mate failed to find a single published article in which Palin ever mentioned Israel. I suspect it may make it into her acceptance speech Wednesday night.
Here's Sen. Lieberman in his own words speaking to AIPAC in March 2007.

In the great policy discussions in Washington, I've learned, there are opponents on the one side, and on the other, there are allies, and friends, and then, there is family. For me and many others, AIPAC is family—united in our shared history, our shared values, and our shared vision for the future. As family, we can talk frankly with each other, and that is what I would like to do with you today.

The fact is we can't afford anything less than honesty at a time like this—a time when, as citizens of America and supporters of Israel, we confront grave and growing dangers to the nations we care so much about. The threats I am referring to are directed not just against the security of our societies, but against the values that define who we are and who we hope to be. They are threats to the universal principles of freedom, of democracy, of the rule of law—threats to the fundamental human rights that we believe are not just cherished by, but endowed to everyone on earth. I do not need to tell you about the nature of these threats. I do not need to tell you about the regime in Iran—about its determination to acquire nuclear weapons, about its sponsorship of terrorism, about its repression of its own citizens. I do not need to tell you about Al Qaeda and Hezbollah and Hamas—about their addiction to violence, about their pathological hatred of America and Israel, about their ambitions for conquest. And I do not need to tell you about the fanatical ideology that links these different groups—the ideology of Islamist extremism, a totalitarian ideology as violent and vicious as the fascism and communism we Americans and our allies fought and defeated in the last century.

A man who wishes to serve two nations, & two parties. We think there's something clever in Shakespeare about this, but it slips our tired, aging mind. We're sure it was in a tragedy, & the two-faced protagonist didn't end well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Palin Poop Plus

From TIME, concerning the Governor's mayoral stint:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor. St. George, however, points out that Palin couldn't have seen everything through an Evangelical lens. She did, he says, notably resist calls to restrict operating hours for the bars in town. And even if faith did play an unusually large role in her decision-making as mayor, it may have only reflected the continued rise of Evangelicalism in the valley, a growth that continues to this day. "We like to call this the Bible Belt of Alaska," says Cheryl Metiva, head of the local chamber of commerce. Churches proliferate in Wasilla today, and among the largest and most influential is the Wasilla Bible Church, where the Palins worship. At the 11:15 a.m. Sunday service, hundreds sit in folding chairs, listening to a 20-minute sermon about the Book of Malachi and singing along to alt-rock praise songs. The only sign of culture warring in the whole production is an insert in the day's program advertising an upcoming Focus on the Family conference on homosexuality in Anchorage called Love Won Out. The group promises to teach attendees how to "respond to misinformation in our culture" and help them "overcome" homosexuality.
Kill a queer for Jeezis. And, more on Alaska secessionism & Sarah. (If they're going to give us people like Gov. Palin, Sen. Stevens & Rep. Young, it's OK by Just Another Blog™ for them to fuck off. And take most of the South w/ you, crackers.)

Right Wing, Half Wrong

David Brooks, in his inimitable, even a stopped clock is correct once or twice a day style, has an op-ed in the NYT today telling us why Sarah Palin is not a good choice for John McCain, not dwelling on her personal baggage, but on her unfortunate similarities to the Senator from Budweiser.
My worry about Palin is that she shares McCain’s primary weakness — that she has a tendency to substitute a moral philosophy for a political philosophy. [...] Rob Portman or Bob Gates wouldn’t have been politically exciting, but they are capable of performing those tasks. Palin, for all her gifts, is not. She underlines McCain’s strength without compensating for his weaknesses. The real second fiddle job is still unfilled.
All well & good, but Mr. Brooks nonetheless comes up w/ a few howlers, to put it mildly.
The main axis in McCain’s worldview is not left-right. It’s public service versus narrow self-interest.
It should be obvious to anyone granted an NYT column that the very difference between left & right is that of public service versus narrow self-interest. Has the Bush Administration taught Mr. Brooks nothing besides the already tired "Mr. Bush isn't a real conservative" talking point? According to Mr. Brooks, Sen. McCain has
been drawn to those crusades that enabled him to launch frontal attacks on the concentrated powers of selfishness — whether it was the big money donors who exploited the loose campaign finance system, the earmark specialists in Congress like Alaska’s Don Young and Ted Stevens, the corrupt Pentagon contractors or Jack Abramoff
& his selection of Gov. Palin
allows McCain to run the way he wants to — not as the old goat running against the fresh upstart, but as the crusader for virtue against the forces of selfishness. It allows him to make cleaning out the Augean stables of Washington the major issue of his campaign.
Not a good move to run on the old "clean up Washington" ticket, not only because there are a few more problems in our nation & our world than "Washington," but because Sen. McCain's campaign against "big money donors" was an attempt to distance himself from his having been a member of the Keating Five. While Alaska's representatives may have been "earmark" champions (Why did "earmark" replace "pork barrel spending," anyway?) when much of your state is Federal land, you just don't have the tax base to provide infrastructure that other states can pay for on their own. Not that this excuses any actual criminal activity Messrs. Young & Stevens may have been involved in. Pentagon contracting bullshit? Still going on. Sen. McCain's own service, the Navy, doesn't even know what it wants. Jack Abramoff? Just say Google™. If only Mr. Brooks were capable of doing a bit of research. This one we just don't get.
But most Americans will understand that this is what happens in real life, that parents and congregations nurture young parents through this sort of thing every day.
Which "congregation" is that, the one w/ the Scarlet Letters, perhaps? And we're talking here about under-18 unwed parents, not merely "young parents." St. Nick on a Stick, it's the very end of the universe when most people, especially those of a duskier hue, if you know what we mean, have children out of wedlock, but when middle-class Anglos do it it's all "Oh, happens every day, no one's perfect, keep out of their private lives," ad nauseum. Mr. Brooks sees corruption everywhere.
There are some issues where the most important job is to rally the armies of decency against the armies of corruption: Confronting Putin, tackling earmarks and reforming the process of government.
Certainly "confronting Putin" is a job for the Clean Gov't. Association., or maybe the League of Women Voters. 'Cause "corruption" is the only problem we have w/ Russia. But this becomes boring & pointless. The "Augean stables of Washington" will not & cannot be cleaned out until campaigns are publicly funded, & lobbyists giving money & the pols accepting it can be sent to the cooler for illegal bribery, as opposed to today's legal version. Mr. Brooks neglects to mention this. He's still right about why Mme. Gov. is a bad move, though. And we can only hope that Sen. McCain runs on the clean up Washington platform, while the American people are being forced to choose between eating or filling the gas tank so they can get at least some of their furniture out of the foreclosed house. Or greet their children's coffins as they return from the war zones. Remember: Reform, Prosperity, Peace.

GOP Photo Gallery

Behind the candidates: Todd, Piper, Willow, & Bristol (holding Trig) Palin, Cindy & Meghan McCain, Friday 29 August 2008 in Ohio. Note Mme. McCain's affectless face & orange gams. By the way, what the hell happened to ladies hosiery? You dames finally give up on the torture of pantyhose? Photo: Jim Wilson/The NYT. Click to enlarge.
And from the convention, The Undead & Pickles. Photo: Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

All in the Family Way

We had a sneaking suspicion when we heard that Sarah (then Heath) & her high school sweetheart Todd Palin had "eloped" in 1988, & that their son "Track" is now 19. Now we read that "Track" (it's in quotation marks because we still can't believe anyone would name their child "Track") was born a mere eight months after his parents "eloped." Like mother, like daughter. Per MoDo of the NYT,
Track (named after high school track meets), Bristol (after Bristol Bay where they did commercial fishing), Willow (after a community in Alaska), Piper (just a cool name) and Trig (Norse for “strength.”)
Norse for "strength." Are we dealing w/ a touch of white supremacy here? Norse? Huh? And what's next? Children named after swim meets? ("Breaststroke?") Or someplace their parents liked? Would you name your child "Grand Canyon" if you'd worked there? Or "Skokie?" The possibilities are endless. We'll also note that the right wing religious droolers/hypocrites, having already backed a divorced guy (R. Reagan) & guys who divorced their wives to marry the woman w/ whom they'd been catting around (McCain, Gingrich) & a host of others caught w/ their pants around their ankles (not only Sen. Craig) are now solidly behind a tramp who got knocked up w/o benefit of clergy, setting a fine example for her daughter, who, naturally, followed in her footsteps. Perhaps the traditional "shotgun wedding" is considered the best way to preserve the "institution of marriage," now that the Sodomites are somehow threatening it. And perhaps Gov. Palin should have been known as "Slutty Sarah Barracuda."

GOP Veep Nom Kills Bullwinkle™©

A '60s publicity shot of the murdered Bullwinkle™©.
Below: Circumstantial evidence. Gov. Palin & an unidentified daughter pose w/ a just murdered caribou, in an undated AP photo.
Below, Bullwinkle™© & his long-time partner, Rocket J. Squirrel™©, in happier times.
Millions of "Baby Boomers" are mourning the death of Bullwinkle The Moose™©, shot dead in cold (Very cold, it's Alaska!!) blood by presumptive Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who apparently got a craving for her favorite food ([Palin] "said her favorite meal at home is moose burgers and caribou sausages") went out, & plugged the cartoon icon as he was foraging through garbage cans near Gov. Palin's pad. The moose had apparently fallen on hard times recently, as his early 1960s contract w/ Jay Ward Productions did not provide for residual payments, & the heartless bastards at the Walt Disney Company, who had acquired the rights to the moose's image & television programs, had told him to "fuck off & die" when he requested consideration for the use of his image & voice. Bullwinkle's long-time companion-partner, Rocket J. Squirrel™©, was reported to be under psychiatric evaluation & sedation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., near the squirrel's home, Frostbite Falls, after making alternating threats to commit suicide or go after the Alaska Governess w/ a hunting rifle of his own. The squirrel had made better investments than his moose companion, which was a major factor in their break-up following the release of a re-union movie in 2000, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Annals of Executive Ability

Below: Sarah, NapoleonTodd, & Bristol Palin, pledging something.
Well, well, well. Well. File this one under schadenfreude of the first water. GOP presumptive veep nominee Sarah Palin apparently can't keep her own evangelical Xian, theocratic, snow-mobilin', moose-murderin' family under control. Nope, looks as if unmarried first daughter Bristol, of the possibly Second Family, has gotten herself preggers. That's what happens when you select white trash to be your running mate, eh John McCain? Or when you select rabid drooling anti-abortion & doubtless anti-contraception ninnies to accompany you on your Straight-Talk Express to nowhere. Their mutant issue get themselves knocked up. Extra-funny part:
Sarah Palin said Monday that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant, an announcement campaign aides said was aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin's youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter's.

This goes beyond satire, lampooning, parody or anything else. Seriously, read it again. Understand fully: In order to dispel rumors that Trig was actually Bristol's child, they had to reveal that Bristol is currently five mos. pregnant. Remember Billy Carter, or Roger Clinton, the last time that rednecks were let into the White House? (Not to mention, of course, such criminal degenerates as the Bush Bros., or that daughter of Jeb's who's always in re-hab.) Hokey Smokes, if we ever get around to re-registering to vote (By the way, are the address-deficient denied their voting rights?) we might just have to go for Sen. McCain & Governor Palin. Talk about your Alaska Gold Rush. This would be the Alaska Comedy Gold Rush.

The usual RW hypocrisy is spread on thickly. As long as Bristol's getting a start on her quiverful, it's OK. Really, women are for use as breeders & for child-rearin', nothin' wrong w/ a good Christian girl gittin' a head start. Like at that nice Warren Jeffs' little preserve out there in Texas. He's got the right idea.

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson issued a statement commending the Palins for "for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances." He added: "Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord."
So, all sinning is OK, as long as we confess afterwards? To hell w/ the laws then. Let each do as he will, & pay in the afterlife. Are we getting this right, Dobson? How's that showering w/ young boys so they know who's boss thing going, Jimmy? Nothing to confess to your feudal "lord" there, right?

Death to The Bosses!!!

It's Labor Day. But here in AmeriKKKa, we're special. We don't celebrate on the first of May, as the rest of the world does. No, we made up our own day, to bring summer to a crashing end. Nonetheless, the editorial staff is taking the day off. Because the fucking public libraries are closed, & we can't afford a laptop. So there! Get the hell away from that computer & go watch telebision for a while. Or burn yourselves to death in a barbecuing accident. (Meat is murder.) Just don't expect anything from us.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lazy as Sin

It's a three day wknd., y'all are lucky you got anything out of us yesterday. Now go jump in a lake, or some other recreational-type activity. (Jump off a cliff, for example. Or fall under your PWC & get chopped to bits by some drunk's propeller.)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Quick Hits

Below: Previous high point of Gov. Palin's life.
As we've other metaphorical fish to fry, we won't be going on at length, but suffice it to say that Mme. Alaska Goobernator Palin is a member of the Assemblies of God (Fellow member? Why, former AG John Ashcroft, of course.) & apparently a creationist, as well as a member of "Feminists for Life." She fishes, she hunts, she's a jock, she was a telebision sportscaster; in other words, she's more macho than any of the other three top-two-spot-candidates of the corporate-approved Big Two parties. Maybe more macho than all three of them combined, though we hear Sen. Obama likes to shoot hoops too. Maybe the two of them could have a dunk-off or a game of H-O-R-S-E or something to determine the next president. It makes as much sense as the bullshit Electoral College or letting Republicans & Diebold steal the popularity contest. Sarah is also "against wasteful spending." Then gave $500 million in state subsidies to a CANADIAN firm so they could build a pipeline somewhere. We'll just have to assume that "wasteful spending," to her, means gov't. money that won't result in a kickback/campaign contribution to her or the Republican Party, & might actually help, oh, let's just say, poor Americans, as opposed to Canadian corporations!! Her five children? Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper & Trig. Yes, she named one of her daughters "Bristol." Obviously she's too ignorant to know what it means in British slang, but we know. And "Track" & "Trig?" No son named "Field," or "Calc?" How 'bout "Geom?" Bad judgment in naming children, in breeding at the age of 43 or 44, & in believing religious lies. Do you want this person the proverbial heartbeat from the Presidency? Those of you too lazy to do it yourselves may refer to Slate's Today's Papers recap for links to the corporate print media's liberal bias on the whole mess. We read some of the NYT's biased liberal analysis (A copy was left at Starbucks, don't think we're going all high-falutin' on ya!) & you should too. In general, it doesn't speak well for Sen. McCain. The last thing needed here in the United Snakes (or anywhere the hell else) is another idiotic fuckwad who hasn't much intellectual capacity, is afraid of his ignorance & stupidity, & therefore makes a fetish of "going from the gut," Bushie boy style. And a quick wrap-up of the political points at Mighty Sorry, No Body Cares' First Read. Plus, we see that John Dickerson of Slate came to the same "Huh?" conclusion that we did. And though we've not seen it ourself, there's been much talk-radio discussion of Senator John Sidney McCain III allegedly getting an eyeful of the Gov.'s hindquarters throughout her speech yesterday in Dayton. Time to trade up to a younger model again, John?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Huh?

We thought Senator Obama was the "celebrity." Why, then, are Gov. Sarah Palin & Sen. John McCain here in Usmagazine.com's "Celebrity News"?

Many Happy Returns

Best present you could give a man for his 72nd b-day? Why, an "administrative assistant" nine yrs. younger than the birthday boy's current wife, of course. And if she's a former beauty queen? Priceless. Wouldn't it be funny, though, if the Republican Convention denied J. Sidney McCain III his wish & foisted another old & wretched white guy on him? Don't hurt yourself blowing out all those candles, Senator. Also today: Michael Jackson (the twisted pervert, not the L. A. area radio host) turns 50. Time to grow up, sonny.

McCain Selects One-Time Beauty Queen as Veep

Below: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after her introduction as McCain's veep nominee. Her daughter Piper (initials: Pee Pee) at her side. Are we sure it's only son Trig who's got Down Syndrome? Note typical Republican bottle-blond breeder women in background. Guess what, brood mares, the frontier closed 118 yrs. ago, we can stop trying to outbreed the Injuns now. Photo: John Gress/Reuters
No, not a drag queen, not Lindsay Graham, but a woman. A woman who's younger than Senator Obama, whose experience includes two yrs. as Governator of Alaska, & some other stuff. Considering that McCain is more likely not to finish even a first term than Marxist Messiah Hussein Obama, is Gov. Palin any more prepared to get that three a. m. 'phone call? And don't you for one New York minute (What the fug does that mean, anyway?) think that Just Another Blog™ hasn't been on top of the Palin story from the git-go. Once you've clicked & read, you will quiver in fear: K-Lo of NRO was behind this choice. Why? Because Sarah Palin decided not to abort her Down Syndrome baby. There's some judgement. A woman of 44, who already has four children, gets pregnant again. Smart, huh? And here are the juicy parts from MSNBC.com's compilation of Palin stuff:
Palin is married to Todd Palin, a lifelong Alaskan who is a production operator on the North Slope and a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, which is described as “the world's longest snow-machine race.” They have five children. Their son Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007.
Yes, not only did they name the son w/ Down Syndrome "Trig," they have a son named "Track." Initials in both cases: Tee Pee. And she wouldn't be much of a Republican if she weren't two-faced.
During one debate before the primary, Palin said she was in favor of capital punishment in especially heinous cases such as the murder of a child. "My goodness, hang 'em up, yeah,” she said. Palin opposes abortion rights.

Yup. Death penalty good, abortion bad. How soon before we have the death penalty for abortion practitioners & the women who receive their services? That would only be according to what Sen. McCain described as Palin's "tenacity."

"She is exactly who this country needs to help us fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second," McCain told supporters in Dayton.
She & all those Washington lobbyists running your campaign, right Sid? Yes, she is a beauty queen. Here's the corporate media on the subject. Apparently she was Miss Wasilla, even if she was only second in the Miss Alaska show. What's w/ the bee-hive, anyway? Is this entire election about returning to the early '60s?

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Previously on Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™, we mentioned that the F. B. I. isn't exactly impartial in its activities, often because agents are thinking ahead to their post-F. B. I. career. We mentioned banking & telecommunications as two fields former Feds like to get into. Add show bidness to the list. (Who doesn't want to get into Hollywood?) Not as consultants or would-be screenwriters, but as enforcers for the giant media conglomerates.
"In the past, these may have been viewed as victimless crimes," said Craig Missakian, an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles who built the case with the FBI and recording-industry investigators. "But in reality, there's significant damage. This law allows us to prosecute these cases."
Important part emphasized. Yes, the F. B. I., & ass't. U. S. attorneys are doing the bidding of the recording industry & its "investigators." We wonder how many of those "investigators" are former employees of the F. B. I. or other police agencies. How amusingly ironic that the recording posted on the arrestee's web log is titled Chinese Democracy. And that it's taken over a decade to record it. (It's a fookin' "rock-n-roll" album, dudes, get over it!!)
"I hope he rots in jail," said Slash, the former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist. "It's going to affect the sales of the record, and it's not fair. The Internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think if someone goes and steals something, it's theft."
By the way, Mr. Slash, buying possessing & using illegal drugs is, well, buying, possessing & using illegal drugs, & it's illegal. In case it slipped your mind. (Also: No one said the Internet is not what it is.)
But Corynne McSherry, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the arrest of Cogill was troubling for many reasons. It raises the prospect of eager fans going to jail for posting a handful of songs. "Bringing that hammer down on an individual music fan strikes me as entirely inappropriate," she said. "Taxpayers should be concerned that they are picking up Hollywood and the music industry's legal costs, particularly when you are going after an individual like this."
Golly, it strikes us as absolutely appropriate, or certainly to be expected, that the F. B. I. & the Bush Administration's Justice Dep't. would be working to benefit the corporate media conglomerates that control the nation's news & information. Is it a surprise to you? But we may not have to worry about this much longer. Your tax dollars may soon go directly to those "recording-industry investigators," for them to enforce & carry out the law any old way they like, if this story is any indication. You know, free market, free enterprise, let the people really concerned w/ the problem get the money, blah blah blah.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Go Away

The Editorial Staff is too effing tired to entertain or edify you further. 'Sides, we're saving our energy to catch Toots & The Maytals at the S. M. Pier later this evening. So get lost.

Anniversaries

1955: Emmett "Bobo" Till murdered at the age of fourteen by cracker assholes in Money, Mississippi, for whistling at a white woman (or worse). 1963: Martin Luther King, Jr., gives "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D. C.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Culture: It's More Than Yogurt

Via, as they say, Megan McArdle, we are informed of the debut of
The much-talked-about "Conservative version of Slate"
Something called Culture11. (Never heard of it. Much-talked-about where, exactly? And did they get all excited & forget to turn off Caps Lock, resulting in "11" rather than "!!?" Or does their culture go to 11?) Adds Megan:
Full disclosure: I'm fairly close to its editorial staff.
Looks like a load of crap to us, but we will read "How Big Business destroyed regional professional wrestling." Not that we don't know, of course. If they're so conservative, though, why are they opposed to the destruction of Mom & Pop rasslin' operations? Doesn't Vince McMahon donate enough to the right? We will not watch
Bill Bennett on “The Great Books” Here’s a preview of an upcoming video series by Bill Bennett on four of the greatest books ever written. “These books,” according to Dr. Bennett, “are sources of wisdom, guidance, inspiration and counsel. If you take them seriously, they can literally change your life.” Join him on “an adventure into the human spirit” by watching the introduction to the series below.Then join the group “Bill Bennett on the Great Books” to talk about the series and get exclusive updates on future installments.
Cheese 'n' crackers! Whatta revoltin' concept!! Not to mention the irony of a video series on written material. Guess degenerate gambler & fat-boy Billy wants to get his ugly mug in front of the public, rather than letting his researchers do the typing for him.

One More From the Bee Ess File in the In-Box

Britney Spears Caught Defecating in Target Store
Well, that's what it said. We suppose the real question is: "Was she seated on the throne in the restroom, & you douchebag paparazzi followed her in, or did she just..." Oh, never fucking mind.

Enough Already (UPDATED)

Dep't. of Sore Losers:
[Sen. Clinton] betrayed none of the anger and disappointment that she still feels, friends say, and that has especially haunted her husband.
Get the fuck over it already, both of you triangulating corporate crapholes!! Is ex-Pres. Bill angry 'cause now there'll be a real "black" President? You have another wishy-washy, middle-of-the-road, scared to make real change in the political & economic systems drone all set to beat Sen. McCain, just what is your fucking problem? You lost, because your campaign sucked; BOTH OF YOU hired the wrong people & didn't handle them well. Now do your jobs by getting Sen. Obama elected, and then get off the national stage. You had the chance, you blew it, & Ms. Pumpkin Pantsuit will be too old to go again after Obama's glorious Islamo-Marxist administration returns this nation to the empire it once was – no, wait, that's our Russian boilerplate. What we mean is – aw, forget the whole thing!! UPDATED, (well, added to, really) @ 1202 PDT 27 August 2008: Below is a picture of Madam Senator Clinton in her pumpkin pantsuit, accessorized by her daughter Chelsea. Anyone who dresses like the Senator probably should not be allowed to make any important decisions. And what's w/ the bug-eyed expression & that slack jaw? Photo: Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News
And just to lay it on a bit thicker, here's that expression again. (We mean, really, wazzup wi' dat? She looks as if someone she likes just rammed a stick up her ass.) Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles TimesOn the other hand, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can probably be trusted to dress herself, & has some sense of color, but can't seem to do anything correctly either.At least Sen. Clinton had the sense not to wear a green scarf w/ her ensemble.
Cattiness like, totally inspired by (if not almost completely stolen from) Kathy Bay, producer of the Mike Malloy Show on the NovaM Network, M-F 1800-2100 PT. Available on XM & Sirius.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Annals of National Insecurity: The Fear Mongers & The Incompetents

Newsweek's Terror Watch goes to see a "terror museum" that opened in Denver this wk. "Just a co-inky-dink," says the McCain contributor who financed it & brought Rudy "The Catholic" Giuliani in to open it. We all know there is no such thing as coincidence.
Giuliani said he didn't want to make any political points during his visit. But as soon as he left, he drove straight over to local GOP headquarters and fired away. "The Democrats want to go back on defense against terrorism, want to cut back on wiretapping, want to cut back on surveillance, they want to cut back on interrogation techniques," he said. "Senator McCain wants to be on the offense."
And we know damn well that "terror" is not "the most important global issue of our time." How can we say that?

(Ironically, the exhibit includes an observation from Rand Corporation expert Brian Jenkins who notes that the actual risk to an American of being killed in a terror attack is about one in a million, compared to one-in-7,000 or -8,000 chance of being killed in a car accident.)

In other national security news, the Bush administration has no interest in protecting us & our Internet from cyberattacks. They've been performed against the Pentagon, & against our plucky little democratic (sort of) friend, the Republic of Georgia, by the Chinese & Russkis, respectively. Here's the attitude & approach of the current gov't.
As if to underscore the gap, the government's latest point man on cyber safety used a keynote address the next day to discuss economic theory, explain why Abraham Lincoln was the nation's "first wired president" and dismiss calls for the financial industry and others to beef up security spending. "Over time, the banking industry is pretty rational," said Rod Beckstrom, director of the new National Cyber Security Center, which is part of Homeland Security. "So they're probably doing a good job on investment." He added that private security spending in general was probably at about the right level.In the hallway afterward, executives grumbled that Lincoln had nothing to do with protecting their corporate networks.
Rational isn't the word for the banking industry, over time or over the rainbow.
Beckstrom, an entrepreneur with little security experience before taking the helm of the National Cyber Security Center, is best known as the co-author of a recent book on the power of decentralized organizations. [...] Beckstrom said some effort should be devoted to rethinking the address system and other basics of Internet architecture because they represent a "single point of failure," a weak spot presenting an effective target. Otherwise, he praised the corrective power of the free market. That's not enough for people like Dixon, who said that companies hold back on computer security because it's expensive and they aren't punished when something goes wrong. Although customers who lose information occasionally sue, few change their buying habits after even well-publicized breaches.
Jeezis Hussein Christ. The "free" market. It isn't "free" when it costs people their credit ratings & identities. It may not be long before we hear Bush saying "Heck of job, Beckie!" Right after the whole fooking web is killed & the world as we know it has come to an end. We suppose it'll be an advantage that Sen. McCain can't even turn on a computer (maybe he could figure out how many houses his bottle-blond beer baroness wife owns – & how to get the taxes on them paid – if he had a real estate management program that he knew how to run) & can get the country back to work using carrier pigeons.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

Hillary Clinton

Please Explain, Senator McCain

How does not knowing how many houses you & the beer baroness own have anything to do w/:
“Could I just mention to you, Jay, that, at a moment of seriousness,” McCain said, “I spent five-and-a-half years in a prison cell. I didn’t have a house. I didn’t have a kitchen table. I didn’t have a table. I didn’t have a chair. And I didn’t spend those five-and-a-half years because, not because I wanted to get a house when I got out."
It's like Rudy "The Catholic" Giuliani, except it's not "noun, verb, 9/11," it's "noun, verb, I was a POW for five-and-a-half years."

Law-Abiding Citizen Report, or: Why They Call Them "Pigs"

Make sure you have a gun if you're a law-abiding citizen. No reason not to. And plenty of reasons to have one. You never know when a dangerous predator, human or animal, may threaten your life, your loved ones, or your property. And the constitution gives each & everyone of us the individual right to pack as much heat as we can afford. Here's an excellent example of why we need to be armed to the teeth 24/7.
L.A. officer shoots man dead in Corona The officer and another motorist were involved in a traffic accident on Temescal Canyon Road in the Dos Lagos area. As they were exchanging information, the officer fired at the man. By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 26, 2008 An off-duty Los Angeles police officer fatally shot a man after a traffic accident in Corona on Monday. Initial police reports said the man had tried to snatch the officer's 1-year-old child from the officer's vehicle, but Riverside County Sheriff's spokesman Jerry Franchville said later there was no evidence that the man had attempted to take the child, who was unhurt. The officer was involved in a minor traffic accident about 3:45 p.m. with an unidentified driver on Temescal Canyon Road in the Dos Lagos area, authorities said. The two were exchanging information when the officer fired at the motorist. The man was later pronounced dead, authorities said.
Because another "law-abiding citizen" (And who could be more "law-abiding" than a police officer?) who's packing as well may just get road rage & shoot you dead. And then play the child card in an attempt to cover for himself. As a matter of fact, it's probably a good idea not just to carry, but to have the weapon out, safety off, finger on the trigger in any encounter w/ anyone you don't know & trust absolutely. Don't let predators or cops get the draw on you!!

Little Johnny Goes to Prison Camp

Below: A photograph of Lt. Cmdr. John Sidney McCain III taken during an interview with U. S. News & World Report after his release from captivity in Vietnam. When did he quit smoking? Photo: Thomas J. O'Halloran for USN&WR/Courtesy Library of Congress
From the Horse's Ass's Mouth (Or typewriter. Or Dictaphone™. Or something.):
Here, in his own words, based on almost total recall, is Commander McCain's narrative of 5½ years in the hands of the North Vietnamese.
Well, we see no need to reproduce the entire thing here, but let's look at the "good parts." And wonder where the cross in the dirt story is. Here's a good one:
Others came in to find out about life in the United States. They figured because my father had such high military rank that I was of the royalty or the governing circle. They have no idea of the way our democracy functions.
Well, let's think about how that "democracy" functions, Sidney. You get into Annapolis as the son & grandson of the U. S. Navy's first four-star admiral father-son team (& it appears his great-uncle was a general in the U. S. Army during WWI) graduate fifth from the bottom at the Academy, crash several planes, still get to fly an attack aircraft from a carrier, marry a beer baroness, get her daddy to buy your way into the House & Senate, then get to run for President twice, actually getting the nomination the second time. No, you're certainly not royalty, or "the governing circle." (As mentioned previously, no enlisted person has ever been elected president of these United Snakes.) You bear no relation to George Bush (also not a member of the "governing circle," who in the wonderful words of Ann Richards, was "born on third base & thinks he hit a triple.") Four more yrs.! Four more yrs.!
As far as this business of solitary confinement goes—the most important thing for survival is communication with someone, even if it's only a wave or a wink, a tap on the wall, or to have a guy put his thumb up. It makes all the difference.
Gee, wouldn't this have been the perfect place to mention his Xian buddy the cross-drawer? You'd think, wouldn't you?
I had read a lot of history. I spent days on end going back over those history books in my mind, figuring out where this country or that country went wrong, what the U. S. should do in the area of foreign affairs.
What should the U. S. do, after yrs. of contemplation? "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran." "I'm sorry to tell you, my friends, there will be more wars."
People have asked me how we could remember detailed things like the tap code, numbers, names, all sorts of things. The fact is, when you don't have anything else to think about, no outside distractions, it's easy. Since I've been back, it's very hard for me to remember simple things, like the name of someone I've just met.
Perhaps we'd best keep him in solitary confinement if he's elected, so he can concentrate w/o 'outside distractions.' Maybe he just forgot when he met Slovakia & the Czech Republic.

Hope this one gets a little more notice:

The Oriental, as you may know, likes to beat around the bush quite a bit.

As you may know. And if you didn't, now you do. Anything to say about "The African," John?

I was determined at all times to prevent any exploitation of my father and my family.

Well, other than any exploitation that you might have done yourself, right Sid?

Now get this one:

Some guards would just come in and do their job. When they were told to beat you they would come in and do it. Some seemed to get a big bang out of it. A lot of them were homosexual, although never toward us. Some, who were pretty damned sadistic, seemed to get a big thrill out of the beatings.

Uh, John, if they were homos, but not toward you, how did you know they were homos? Is it just a shame that your gaydar was better than your anti-SAM radar? And is there a difference between being thrilled by beatings & being thrilled by dropping bombs on people?

We're bored limp w/ this thing now. Do see it for yourself, as McCain used the words "gook" & "slopehead," & says he's in better shape at the time of the interview than before he was shot down. And so on.

Thanks to Eric Brewer of BTC News for digging up this marvelous article in the first place, & tracing the timeline of the cross story.

Monday, August 25, 2008

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

In no particular order, but we'll assign them numbers anyway. 1. The Olympic Games. (We are glad it's over.) Don't give us all this crap about peace & brotherhood (And what about the sisters?) when the event is divided into teams from nations. Nationalism is the antithesis of peace & brotherhood. 2. Democratic National Convention. 3. Burning Man. 4. Republican National Convention. 5. Labor Day. 6. You, everybody like you, & the horse you rode in on.

Our Friends the Feds, or, The F. B. I. in Peace & War

The F. B. I. drops the ball again. (We often wonder why the ball is ever given to them, or even if they've ever caught it when it was thrown at them.) This time not an attack on the U. S. that might have been stopped had anyone in Washington bothered to read what field agents were sending in, nor J. Edgar Hoover's (photo, right) refusal even to admit there was organized crime in This Great Nation of Ours™. (Theories on that range from organized crime having something on his transvestism or gayness all the way to his enjoying the dog tracks in Florida & not wanting them to go out of business if he clamped down on the mafia.) Of course J. Edgar was so busy publicly battling the "menaces" of communism & "dope" that he probably couldn't invest the time in going after a real threat to the American Way of Life. On a lower level of the Federal Bureaucracy of Investigation, many of the agents have dreams greater than merely retiring from the Bureaucracy w/ a pension & the satisfaction of having done their jobs as well as possible, keeping America safe from crime & the crazy, un-American ideas of furriners. Nope, the dream is to get a cushy, well paying job in industry as security personnel, or even that Senior Vice-President of Security gig. And two excellent places to get those jobs are banks & telecommunication companies. Best way to get a job at a banking institution? Assemble a good record as an agent who catches bank robbers & people who commit fraud against banks. But let's face it, actually busting banks committing fraud against the public is not going to put you at the top of any employment list. In the telecom industry, former FBI (& other former law enforcement) personnel are prized both by the company, which knows that the retirees will be able to pull strings w/ their still-employed-by-the-gov't. colleagues, and by the FBI & so on, who will pull strings w/ the "retired" agents now at the 'phone cos., in order to obtain information, wiretaps & the like w/ more ease & fewer warrants. One hand washing the other. The end result of which is both hands remaining filthy. "Ain't that America," as some no-talent hack once sang. That, of course, is the part of the problem that won't be covered in the L. A. Times. And it's not entirely fair to blame greedy pig F. B. I. agents alone. The Bush Administration's pants-pissing paranoia about "turrists" plays a big part, though you'd think a few more heads would have rolled after the colossal fuck-up that resulted in the events of 11 September, 2001. That is, the heads of some F. B. I. personnel, not just of those who were murdered in the attacks. Also vital to the safety of the United Snakes, of course, or at least Republican political contributors, is not pursuing the economic crimes that truly do the greatest damage to our once-great nation.
But the tepid response also reflects a broad realignment of law-enforcement priorities at the Justice Department in which mortgage fraud and other white-collar crimes have been subordinated to other Bush administration priorities. That has reflected, in part, the ramp-up in national security and terrorism investigations after the Sept. 11 attacks. But the administration has also put more support behind efforts against illegal immigration and child pornography.
Oh, & illegal immigration. Isn't that ICE's job? While no one can be in favor of the exploitation & abuse of children, sexual or otherwise, it should be noted that the Justice Dep't., especially under John "Hide Justice's Titties" Ashcroft, devoted many resources to going after smut involving adults (& attempting to establish new precedents to prosecute the smut-peddlars) just because their brand of porn was thought to be "extra-icky."
"I think most sitting U.S. attorneys now staring at the subprime crisis find scant resources available to pursue sophisticated financial crimes," said John C. Hueston, a Los Angeles lawyer who was a lead federal prosecutor in the trials of Enron executives Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling. Absent a major shift in priorities and resources, he said, it is likely that the Justice Department and the FBI will continue on their current path of focusing on simple cases "that don't go to the heart of the problem."
At one time didn't F. B. I. agents have to be CPAs or lawyers or the like, before they could even apply? Has this changed, or is it that the simplest, slowest law school & accounting graduates just naturally gravitate to the F. B. I.? Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, or, it seems, an incompetent. Not to mention all the losers who cling to their guns & gawd, when confronted w/ the fact they'll never get a big-city job w/ a large corporation or partnership. F. B. I. academy, here they come!