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!

Cross in the Dirt, Line in the Sand

Religion News Service has an article on Senator John Sidney McCain III & his "faith journey," whatever the fuck that is. Author Adelle M. Banks uncritically repeats the NVA guard making the sign of the cross in the dirt in the prison camp (In a pig's eye!!) story, not finding it worth mentioning that Sen. McCain had made no mention of this little vignette in his big deal "I was a P.O. W." article in U. S. News & World Report, 14 May 1973.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain has one story he tells again and again about his religious life. In a campaign ad, a family memoir, and most recently a televised interview with megachurch pastor Rick Warren, he recalls a guard in his prisoner of war camp in Vietnam who silently shared his faith one Christmas. "He stood there for a minute, and with his sandal on the dirt in the courtyard, he drew a cross and he stood there," McCain told Warren at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Saturday (Aug. 16). "And a minute later, he rubbed it out, and walked away. For a minute there, there were just two Christians worshipping together."
Another religioso notes how what McCain wants you to get from the story has changed over the yrs. The big point being that the cross-in-the-sand-or-dirt story seems to come from the writings of the late Alexander Solzhenitsyn (We've heard both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch & The Gulag Archipelago as the source) & J. Sidney appropriated it sometime in the late '90s. Apparently Adelle M. Banks couldn't be bothered to check any of this. See also an examination of the story by BTC News.
McCain biographer Paul Alexander says the senator's faith and military backgrounds are responsible for his religious reserve. "He's a very spiritual person but ... in his core, he's a military man," said Alexander, author of "Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain." "They don't feel comfortable talking about religion."
No shit. We suppose that were our primary job to insure the survival of capitalism by killing as many people as possible, in direct violation of one of those "Commandments," we wouldn't be too comfortable going on about religion either.
Add McCain's Episcopal roots -- his great-grandfather was an Episcopal minister -- and you have someone who was raised in a "subdued and understated religion," Alexander says. In "Faith of My Fathers," McCain says his father "didn't talk about God or the importance of religious devotion," but used a well-worn prayer book when he knelt to pray twice a day. Faith -- cultivated over the years by his attendance at Episcopal day and boarding schools -- helped McCain through the tortuous 5 1/2 years he spent as a prisoner of war.
"Cultivated" – or inculcated? We can also see just how faithful is is to his 'Piscopalian "roots."

During much of his time as a senator, McCain has attended North Phoenix Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Arizona where his wife Cindy was baptized in 1991. But McCain has not joined the church, whose Sunday morning service is attended by about 2,200. "He does not describe himself as one denomination or another but he felt like the Baptist church in North Phoenix had a good message, a message that resonated with him and so that is where he goes to church," said Taylor Griffin, a spokesman for the senator's campaign.

He said McCain attends church "whenever possible when he's in the Phoenix area."

Ah yes, all things to all people; therefore pretty much nothing. But those evangelical votes come from nutjobs like Babtists, not from 'Piscopalian nutjobs. And why was Cinderalla Stepford Hensley McCain not babtized 'til 1991? Slow learner? Began to feel guilty about the number of houses she has? Looking to get into heaven, despite that "camel through the eye of a needle thing?" The hypocrisy never ends, of course.
Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values in Ohio, said he respects McCain's preference for a private faith. "I believe his faith is deep but he will not use it to try to get somebody to vote for him," said Burress, an evangelical Christian who met with McCain in June along with a handful of other conservative leaders in Cincinnati. "I just think that that's his style, that he just does not wear his religion on his sleeve." In recent weeks, McCain has made brief mentions of faith, recounting the Christian history of Georgia after Russian forces entered the country, calling Hispanic immigrants "God's children" in an advertisement and saying of today's military members: "I pray to a loving God that he bless and protect them." But generally he has kept his faith to himself, a spokesman says, at least in part for political reasons."To Sen. McCain, faith is a private matter," Griffin said. "He believes that politicians or leaders shouldn't be judged on their religious beliefs but rather they should be judged on their preparedness to do the job."
You better believe it!! That's why he & stealth Moooslim Sen. Obama showed up to be quizzed at Saddleback church by Pastor Fat Boy Warren, 'cause they didn't want to wear their "faith" on their sleeves. Lying scum, both of them!! Anyway, congratulations to Religion News Service, "The only secular news and photo service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion and ethics—exclusively." Bang up job. Really unbiased, just taking everything said on faith.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Paradise-By-The-Pacific

The truly local dog-trainer, the Santa Monica Daily Press, has two exciting stories on the front page of its wknd. edition. Sadly, their website involves a PDF of the paper rather than anything easily copy & paste-able, but here's a link thereto.The two stories, "Gang-related shooting Downtown" & "Finding middle ground Santa Monica is lacking homes that the majority of middle-class workers can afford, raising concern," pretty much sum up the future for most of AmeriKKKa: Gang warfare among a permanent underclass, w/ middle class slobs who have to drive three hrs. a day to be wage-slaves getting caught in the cross-fire, as wealthy Neros, safe in their multi-million dollar estates, gated enclaves & condos fiddle as the world burns about them. Safe, that is, until the security guards decide it's just not worth driving half of your life to lay it on the proverbial line for your millionaire boss. Then the fun will really begin. We only hope we live to see it.

Not Coming Attractions

It may be some time before any "shot just for us" photos see the light of day here. It seems as if no library computers will allow the plugging in of a digital device. Please, do not hold your breath.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

Biden, schmiden.

"That's right folks, don't touch that mouse!"

If we can find a devil-box w/ a working USB port, we'll be publishing some probably crummy (due to the cheap digital camera, not us, we're very talented) shots of a fire engine of the '60s or '70s. Stay tuned.

MilRubes, Parte Trois

One LT Nixon, a "milblogger," has noted one of our items from March of this yr., & commented on it at his "milblog." (And in our comments here.) Odd, that the LT should use a word like "zeitgeist," yet not know what "jingoistic" means. Nice picture of typical jarhead Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C., however. And thanks for the info on Marines & bayonets. We don't keep up as we used to, but "baby-bayoneting" is so alliterative we couldn't resist. Do they now use those carbon-fiber assault knives or whatever they call them when they're slaughtering civilians for truth, justice & Exxon-Mobil profits? Refer to U. S. M. C. General Smedley Darlington Butler's War is a Racket for why we might just think that the continuing occupation of Iraq is more about profits than "spreading democracy." (Itself a coded phrase for "installing gov'ts. that will give their people's oil to AmeriKKKa cheaply.") P. S.: We know that "AmeriKKKa" is stupid & cheap, but we're pretty cheap ourselves, & if its use irritates anyone, our mission has been accomplished.