Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Anti-Capitalist Party

After much well-deserved time off, we return w/ "hope" (that amorphous, meaningless concept) from our French siblings-in-revolution (well, cousins, at least) as "profiled" in Sat.'s NYT. Here's all you really need to know:
In the 2007 presidential election, Mr. Besancenot won 4.1 percent of the vote with the slogan, “Our lives are worth more than their profits.” But in the year since, as the Socialist Party has squabbled over its leadership and Mr. Sarkozy has picked off a few Socialist figures for his own cabinet, the young radical has become almost mainstream — serious surveys show that more than 60 percent of the French regard him favorably. [...] So he is trying to gather other small, left-wing parties into a new grouping: the New Anti-Capitalist Party, which is intended to provide an umbrella voting list for those unhappy with the impact of capitalism and globalization on the poor, the environment, the third and fourth worlds, and on the rights of women and homosexuals.
Huh? "Fourth world?" We were recently wondering what exactly had happened to the "second world" of "communist" gummints, now we find a "fourth world?"

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Annals of Lumber

We didn't dare publish anything yesterday, Sat. the 13th being too close to Fri. the 13th. Besides, between the hideous Metrolink accident & George ("It is this reporter's opinion...") Putnam dying, events have been just too overwhelming for us to add anything. As for now, "Be vewy quiet, we'uh sweeping."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin Update

If you clicked here to read our hate-filled rant against Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Palin, & a thorough critique of her interview w/ Charles (What the hell kind of name is that?) Gibson on ABC World News last night, you must've forgotten that we are homeless & don't have access to a telebision set. Except, no, wait a minute, we aren't unhoused, we're still "homeless," but we're MOTELED!! And have a telebision. W/ cable!! Basic, but who's complaining? Big ups (as today's youth so colorfully put it) to Step Up on Second, in Santa Monica (Rich readers: Make a donation here!) who recently purchased a dumpy motel in Santa Monica, close to the border w/ icky lower-class Los Angeles (Again, who's really complaining?) which they will be using for their homeless/runaway troubled teen program, but in the meantime, until December when they start converting it, they are housing semi-competent, "non-volatile" (If only they knew, ha ha!!) types such as ourself, who are otherwise w/o a bed, in the dumpy motel. We know, as Nietzsche so ably put it, that gratitude is an emotion for dogs, but we'll make an exception in our case (rules are made to be broken, especially if they concern us) & type a fairly good-sized "thank you" to all there who've helped us in our time of need. And now, before we get any sappier, we must go recover our bags from under the bush in the park, return to our new-to-us but somewhat moldy domicile, shower, & relax. Don't expect to hear from this web log any time soon, we have eight months of tee vee viewing & quite a few hrs. of sleep to catch up on. P. S.: When we typed "Sarah Palin" in the title box, we typo'ed it "Sarah Plain." Freudian?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Annals of Cinema (DVD Version)

Screw politics, & the horse it rode in on. Seriously, we've had enough. We're lightening up. It's Kultur Time. Take a look at Debbie Reynolds' gams, & mellow out.From The New York Times' DVD column, a review of How The West Was Won, w/ some serious fawning over the John Ford section, "The Civil War." Dig this (Links from The NYT):
“The Civil War” is an exquisite miniature (unfortunately padded out by some battle sequences lifted from “Raintree County,” an earlier MGM Civil War film) that consists of only three scenes: a mother (Ms. Baker) sends a son (Peppard) off to war; the son has a horrible experience as night falls on the battlefield of Shiloh; the son returns and finds that his mother has died. The structure has a musical alternation: day, night, day; exterior, interior, exterior; stillness, movement, stillness. In the first and last scenes the famous Fordian horizon line extends the entire length of the extra-wide Cinerama frame. In the aftermath of the battle the horizon line disappears in darkened studio sets. The sense of the sequence is profoundly antiwar — Generals Sherman and Grant, played by John Wayne and Henry Morgan, briefly appear as a couple of disheveled, self-pitying drunks — and it gradually becomes apparent that the elderly Ford is revisiting one of his early important works, the 1928 drama “Four Sons.” The expressionistic middle sequence, with its studio-built swamp, refers to F. W. Murnau, whose “Sunrise” was one of the great influences on the young Ford, while the open-air sequences that bracket it, with their unmoving camera, long-shot compositions and rootedness in the rural landscape, recall the work of the American pioneer D. W. Griffith. When, in the final panel of Ford’s triptych, a gust of wind tousles Peppard’s hair in the foreground and then continues across to the forest in the middle distance and on to the stand of trees in the most distant background, it seems like a true miracle of the movies: a breath of life, moving over the face of the earth. No less formidable a filmmaker than Jean-Marie Straub has called “The Civil War” John Ford’s masterpiece; for the first time, thanks to this magnificent new edition, I think I know what he’s talking about. Birth, death, rebirth.
Damn. Of course, we've not seen HTWWW ("Won," that's almost amusing.) on the really big screen since 1963 (we've caught it a couple of times on TCM) but if we ever live anywhere again we'll definitely be renting & re-examining it. And for the straight ladies & gay guys in the crowd, here's Jimmy Stewart saying "How" to a redskin.
Any one offended yet?

The Real Tragedy of 11 September Happened in 1973

Here's the Ass Press version of the hot poop on at least some of the machinations of Richard M. Nixon, the original George W. Bush (except the Nix had a certain shrewd intelligence missing in our current Dear Leader) & the 11 September coup in Chile. (See below.) Even more fun may be the fuller story, w/ audio, from the pinkos who dragged this info from the National Security Archives. Below is the cover of the pinko book. Look at that bloodsucker. Hitler & Dracula's idiot bastard son.

"Honor." John McCain Can't Define It, Neither Can We

Just two more date-related items. From the 9/11 that should "be put behind us, so we can move on w/ our lives": The Big Blue Buses (known to much of the rest of the world, if at all, as the City of Santa Monica's bus system) have been driving around today w/ this message on their headsigns (besides route # & destination, of course): "HONOR THE VICTIMS OF 9/11." What the Official Home of The Homeless™, also known as the People's Republic of Santa Monica© means by this is debatable, though we might go out on a limb & suggest that it's an "unpatriotic" message, meaning that the "victims" (& remember, no one is innocent, so there really aren't that many "victims") should not be used as political pawns by the forces who want to continue to hold power, & have no way to do so besides scaring your already yellow-wet pants off you.

Enough w/ Mormon Murder Day, Already

We're over halfway through & no attacks yet. Have any of our right-wing viewers wet their pants yet, perhaps at the sound of a backfiring automobile, or the sight of a swarthier than you person wearing a towel on his or her head? Not to worry, here's more outrage. That is, we're outraged that people are offended by factual truth.
On Wednesday, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler told a reporter for the website Politico that Sen. John McCain chose a running mate "whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion."
Tell it as is, Chairwoman Fowler.
Also on the call was Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who alleged that Fowler's remark was part of a sexist pattern by the Obama campaign, starting in May when Obama addressed a reporter as "sweetie."
We've seen Rep. Blackburn on telebision. She's an active drooler. How these fucking creeps in the Republican party can say word one about sexism or racism when they're the ones who took over the political South w/ their "Southern Strategy" of barely-coded racism, and have been consistently opposed to rights & freedom for the fairer sex is beyond us, but at this stage of the game, what isn't?

Not a Good Day for The Rational

Today is a red letter day for religious murder. Both Mormons & Islamists (Oddly enough, both religions were founded by loser criminal sex perverts who somehow received personal revelations from gawd. This sort of activity is now diagnosed as psychotic, schizophrenic, delusional, or all three.) took out some of their enemies today; the Mormons in 1857 in the so-called Mountain Meadows Massacre (which should have "Mormon" tacked on, both for alliteration & factiness).

Bush Babble

Dear Leader speaks (& you know it didn't sound a bit like the text version) from the safety of the Pentagon:
For future generations, this memorial will be a place of learning. The day will come when most Americans have no living memory of the events of September the 11th. When they visit this memorial, they will learn that the 21st century began with a great struggle between the forces of freedom and the forces of terror. They will learn that this generation of Americans met its duty -- we did not tire, we did not falter, and we did not fail. They will learn that freedom prevailed because the desire for liberty lives in the heart of every man, woman, and child on Earth.
"Did not fail." Nope, just neglected ever to find Bin Laden, & managed to create more enemies & bring them together by invading a country that had nothing to do w/ the attacks, but was weak & oily. And another juicy piece of stupid from a juicer:
10:08 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Mr. Vice President; Secretary Gates; Madam Speaker; Justices of the Supreme Court; members of my Cabinet and administration; members of Congress; Admiral Mullen and the Joint Chiefs; Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a first responder on September the 11th, 2001; directors of the Pentagon Memorial Fund -- Mr. Chairman, congratulations; families and friends of the fallen; distinguished guests; fellow citizens: Laura and I are honored to be with you.
Yes, Donald Rumsfeld, SecDef, who was a "first responder" when the nation was under physical attack for the first time since Pearl Harbor. But, instead of getting to a secure location, taking command of air defense, or doing anything along the lines of his position, he was running around like a chicken w/ its head cut off, trying to push gurneys around, & probably just getting in the way. Fortunately, his later conduct of the illegal & stupid invasion of Iraq & the following occupation was letter perfect.

The Real 9/11 Horror

Rerun time again. Amazing how the yrs. pass like nothing; before we know it, we can recycle the same stories again.
Below: A smiling Augusto Pinochet enjoys privatizing Chile's Social Security.
There is another anniversary to be recognized today, of an event 35 yrs. ago. Rather than making you click your way to it (although for the full effect you might want to) we'll just grab our text & repro it right here.
From the commentariat @ Sadly, No!, we are reminded by Qetesh the Abyssinian (even as we watch MSNBC re-running the Today show of six years ago, w/ the whole mess) of a previous 11 September, in Chile. Let's go to Qetesh:

Finally, let’s not forget the other September 11th. I just wish that some idiots would realise that behaviour like the first leads to behaviour like the second.
She spells in that cute way because she's a cat, & lives in Australia. Below, the last photo of Salvador Allende before his murder at the hands of fascist thugs supported & financed by the CIA, on the orders of Richard "Murderhous" Nixon & Henry "Killer" Kissinger.

Should you wish some sort of editorial comment on this all-AmeriKKKan mess, the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™© has some, although it's weak-kneed, & acts as if economic success is worth it, even at the cost of the lives of thousands, & most of the success is reserved for those who were already successful. And Timothy Garton Ash, a "senior fellow" (Does that sound gay or just queer?) at the Hoover Institution, nonetheless has an op-ed concerning "authoritarian capitalism." No, he doesn't think that's redundant. Manufactured consent is just as good as natural consent to him. His closing line, by the way?
Pessimism of the intellect must be matched by optimism of the will.
If not an outright triumph thereof. Remember when the "free market" guaranteed that political democracy would follow, as sure as night follows day? Believe you us, we knew better then, & now it may be occurring to those who spread that particular big lie, as well. (They're not stupid, they're just slow, & blinded by their ideologies.) Indeed, we recently heard some fuckwad on the right (perhaps from the Bush Administration itself) spewing some crap about how a democracy somewhere would soon lead to a free market. Isn't it the other way around? We only wish we had a better recall of the country to which the clown in question was referring. Note (If you give a shit.): Due to the deadline restraints mentioned immediately below, we made some additions & changes to this item, @1257 PDT, rendering it slightly different from the version posted @1143.

Further Foolishness From Fools

Typing under deadline (The public library-imposed deadline of "Finish before your time is up, or it does not get published!!") probably has its advantages in discipline & whatnot, but sometimes vital points are neglected, ignored or forgotten. So we now return to yesterday's L. A. Times op-ed concerning secessionism, & a part of it to which we didn't get. This part, about the second North American secessionist convention:
The delegates settled on a list of principles they called the Chattanooga Declaration. "The deepest questions of human liberty and government facing our time go beyond right and left, and in fact have made the old left-right split meaningless and dead," the declaration read. "The privileges, monopolies and powers that private corporations have won from government threaten ... health, prosperity and liberty, and have already killed American self-government by the people." The answer, it went on, was that the American states "ought to be free and self-governing."
Yet another clue is offered to these clowns. (We really should charge for our clue-providing services). If you think that the United Snakes are dominated by corporations, just imagine how well your piddly little state (or its legislature & executive branches) will resist further corporate depredation. Look, for example, at our own beloved California & how it was under the thumb of the Southern Pacific Railroad at the turn of the last century. Frank Norris wrote a book about it, referring to the SP (on whose commuter trains the editorial staff here used to ride to school each day, up & down the San Francisco peninsula) as The Octopus. If you're so fucking worried about fascist corporations, step one is public financing of all political campaigns. Try working on that before you decide to try to secede. (Not very nihilistic of us, we know, but common sense can prevail, even here.)

Official Position

Below: Moment of impact II.
It is the official position of this web log that we are completely unsocialized, could not possibly care one whit less about this horrid country & horrid world into which we were thrust w/o warning or desire, & that you people should all shut your fucking mouths about 11 September 2001. It's been seven years already, you've grown an entire new set of skin cells, if that tale is to be believed, isn't that long enough? As so many of you losers are so happy to say: "That's in the past. Get over it. Move along." Please. Now. Spare us your maudlin whining, titty-babies; try using your vocal cords to force "your" government to do something that will actually make "us" more secure. They didn't do a very good job then, and there's not the slightest indication that any part of this nation is in any way safer from dedicated fools willing to die for their cause now than it was on 10 September 2001. Death to AmeriKKKa!! (A country unable or unwilling to defend itself effectively, whether through stupidity, or a death-wish, must die.)
Below: Rubbing it in. We're laughing at you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Editorial Choices

Below: The New York Times ran this photo on page A1 this morning.
And the Los angeles Times ran the one below on page A8; both photos to illustrate the absence of Kim Jong-Il from the 60th anniversary celebrations taking place in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.
Nice goosestepping, whether by Korean cats or Korean kittens.

Is The "Surge" Surging? No, It's Not Even Working.

At last, a review of Bob Woodward's new book.
Woodward's appraisal is more nuanced. He argues that the current situation was created by the confluence of three forces of which the troop surge may be the least consequential. More important is a hyper-secret new program (by inference, a combination of technology and operational techniques) that has allowed U.S. forces to identify, locate and kill huge numbers of the insurgency's leaders, including members of Al Qaeda. When military and White House officials learned that Woodward knew of the secret program, they asked that he withhold any details because publication would endanger the operation and compromise its use elsewhere. Responsible though Woodward's decision may be, it lends a fairly frustrating opacity to what is "The War Within's" biggest revelation. The author also argues that the diminution of violence in Iraq owes a great deal to the so-called Anbar Awakening, in which the tribal sheiks in that crucial Sunni-dominated province have turned on Al Qaeda and aligned themselves with the U.S. and the new central government. Woodward points out that the success in Anbar began long before the surge with the Marines' successful counterinsurgency efforts on the Syrian border. The result of those efforts reached critical mass at about the time the surge began. In fact, Woodward quotes a memo from one of Gen. David H. Petraeus' counter-insurgency experts, musing that the troop surge has had the opposite effect from the one intended, which was to give the Maliki government a safe space into which it could extend its influence as a national regime. Instead, the memo argues, the presence of additional U.S. troops has allowed the tribal leaders to assert themselves and their influence not only locally but also on the Baghdad government in an evolving but specifically Iraqi expression of civil society.
Not to mention, as many pundits/loudmouths/blowhards more widely circulated than we are (Bitter? Sure we are!) has, now that Baghdad has pretty much been segregated into all-Sunni or all-Shia neighborhoods, there's no one left to kill. As well as the United Snakes, filthy materialists that they are, having begun to pay the various tribal leaders not to shoot at AmeriKKKan troops, but to shoot w/ us, against all those terrorists, or patriots, or whatever they are. So the surge is as meaningless as virtually anything else Bush has told us, & somehow Obama, when confronted w/ "the surge" by Bill O'Reilly recently on FOX News Channel, didn't refer to this book (Is he so fucking busy on the campaign trail he doesn't know what's going on?) but said "Oh, beyond our wildest dreams," or crap to that effect. Loser.

Are Op-Ed Writers Really This Stupid? Why, Yes, They Are.

A dumb cluck trying to pimp his upcoming book
Christopher Ketcham contributes to GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper's and many online publications. He is writing a book on American secessionism. christopherketcham.com
writes on the "all-American" subject of state secession, in conjunction w/ Sarah "The Moose-Eating Barracuda"Palin's affiliation w/ & appreciation of the Alaskan Independence Party in today's L. A. Times. He thinks secessionism is a American as a lynch partysorry, apple pie.
Secession worries the staid opinion gatekeepers of the major media. Sarah Palin's "flirtation" with the AIP should make us "uneasy," as Rosa Brooks warned in these pages. Palin's secessionist ties raise "serious questions," averred the New York Times. A more honest assessment is that the separatism of the Alaskan Independence Party is not so weird or wacky -- or out of keeping with what appears to be a sentiment rooted in that loveliest of American predilections, our crotchety contrarianism.
Maybe so. It wouldn't kill us (immediately) here at Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ to secede from these United Snakes. (Imagine: gay marriage, reasonable dope laws, general pinko West Coast freedom of & from the repressive whatnot of the dolts living too far from the oceans. Also imagine China/Russia/India/Brazil deciding to help themselves to California. Just whose army, navy, air force & marines are going to stop them?) But the point w/ slimy Sarah P. is that she's on the ticket w/ überpatriot John McCain, whose slogan is "Country First." Well, sometimes it's "Reform, Prosperity, Peace." ("Mr. Orwell, to the white courtesy 'phone, please. Mr. Orwell, paging Mr. Orwell.") Seems somewhat odd for Mme. Moosemurder to be all for the AIP, while claiming to place "Country First," doesn't it, Mr. Ketcham, you fucking dolt?

Interview w/ the Government

Sadly, our un-enhanced interrogation this morning was merely an eligibility interview w/ the Housing Authority, & only took 25 min. max. Not counting the time in line in the hall, & the waiting room, of course. Once again the competence of non-law enforcement gov't. employees who help rather than hinder others is demonstrated. (Not, mind you, that this is always the case. Other troubled & unhoused people that we know – Hey, wait a minute, we had our own fucking problems with the piece of shit moronic idiot jerks who couldn't social work their way out of a paper bag at the Hollywood Mental Health Center of the County of Los Angeles Mental Health Department. And, oddly enough, the other people who were dissatisfied w/ service that we were about to mention when we interrupted ourself had poor to non-existent service at the Edelman Mental Health Center of the aforementioned County Mental Health Dep't. Fuck those bastards!! Fellow Angelenos, do you know how your tax dollars are being wasted by these creeps? There'd be fewer smelly people wandering the streets screeching at their invisible friends if those Mental Health Dep't. employees would make the slightest fucking effort at knowing or doing their jobs. And why is the law-enforcement side of gov't. not watching us for threats & promises of the violent overthrow of the U. S. gov't? What secret words must we type here so that the mighty federal supercomputers will pay attention to us & make a name for us. Off the pig!! String up the bastards!! Death to AmeriKKKa!! Bin Laden rules, George Bush drools!!!!

A Date Like None Other (Completely Dull)

As the Editorial Staff here will be under gov't. interrogation at an undisclosed location tomorrow morning, we'll just leave you w/ a bit of what happened today in "history," in case we never get out. Nothing interesting so far. 1813: Oliver H. Perry sent his famous message, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," after defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. 1846: Elias Howe of Massachusetts received a patent for his sewing machine. 1939: Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII. 1963: Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Mobile, and Tuskegee, Alabama, after President John F. Kennedy sent National Guardsman [sic] to end the standoff with Alabama Governor George Wallace. (Just one National Guard guy? That George Wallace was a wuss.) 2002: Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations. That's some excitement, huh? Canada & Switzerland, two of the world's most exciting nations, did something. And sewing machine patents. No, wait, here's something...well, interesting, anyway. From the very same page, we find a contradiction: 1846 - Japan invents the rickshaw Or: 1869 - Baptist minister invents rickshaw in Yokohama, Japan Once again, you are forced to decide. Even most of the birthdays are those of dullards. Why, it's as if the entire world were waiting for 11 September, 2001. Elsa Schiaparelli, fashion designer (1890) Arnold Palmer, golfer (1929) Charles Kuralt, television news reporter (1934) Roger Maris, baseball player (1934) Arthur Dyre Tripp III, Mothers Of Invention, Magic Band (as Ed Marimba) percussionist (1939)* Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist and science writer (1941) *Pointless personal note: Art used to have his 'phone number in the L. A. 'phone book. Around 1983 The Editor called him (after discovering his # by accident while looking for another # – ah, the randomness we've lost due to the rise of the devil-box) & asked if he'd play drums for Nation of Sheep, one of those "legendary" bands that never happened. Art said no, thanks for the offer, but he was going to school in order to become a chiropractor. We wonder if he did.

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!!!

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?