Sunday, October 19, 2008

Time's Up

As is our patience w/ all things political. Impressed that My Lai cover-up author Colin "Killer" Powell endorsed Obama? Whatever.

Sweet Sarah's Boys

Above: The sort of idiot we'll have to fight for the title of "Real American." Note number of Anglos (& bottle blondes) in the Indiana crowd. Photo: Michael Conroy/AP Guess what? The typical Sarah Palin supporter is a total loser (male) who doesn't even understand why people like him should be kept as far as possible from gov't. or anything else that requires reading or comprehension.
And Ms. Palin tells ’em, peppering her rallies with references to guy-themed stuff — hunting, fishing, hockey. She introduced her husband, Todd, as Alaska’s First Dude. “He is a guy who knows how to work with his hands,” she said to loud applause.
Wow, Todd, & every other human being since the dawn of human beings, & also chimpanzees, and the other apes, can all work w/ their hands. We're really impressed. Work w/ those hands, Todd.
She has been widely attacked, even by a growing number of conservatives, as being essentially unserious and uncurious. “She doesn’t think aloud. She just ...says things,” the Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan wrote Friday. “She does not speak seriously but attempts to excite sensation.” [...] “Katie Couric and Tina Fey are going to do their thing, but it doesn’t bother me at all,” said Rob McLain, an insurance agent from Avon, Ind., who attended a packed Palin rally at an amphitheatre in Indiana on Friday night. Mr. McLain wore a “Proud to be voting for a hot chick” button and was joined by his wife, Shannan (“Read my lipstick” button on lapel), and his 6-week-old son, Jaxon (“Nobama” button on beanie). “The criticism is part of the process,” Mr. McLain said, adding of Ms. Palin, “Who can’t trust a mother?”
A better question would be, "Who can?" And, what kind of ninny conflates Tina Fey & Katie Couric?
There is a kind of “conservative feminism” here, and several men cite the appeal of Ms. Palin as a can-do caretaker. She can be glimpsed lugging an overstuffed bag of books, papers and baby supplies onto her plane and bottle feeding her infant son, Trig. “I love the idea of someone like her being allowed into the White House,” said Matt Cude, who drove three-hours to Weirs Beach from Jericho, Vt. It would be “absolutely fantastic,” he said, both for women and for the country.
She can carry a book bag & bottle feed Twig. She's already got a head start on Cheney. Allow her in that White House!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cinderella & Sidney McCain Up-Date

Dig this. The McCain campaign sent a letter to The N. Y. Times asking them to go easy on Cindy McC, as referenced below. Then they complained when The Times apparently spiked the juicy parts, as requested by the campaign. More on McCain's war record from "former counsel to the president" (Of what, exactly?) John Dean. Sick & tired of politics, elections, & all ideologies other than our own. Enough. No, wait a minute. We really thought ol' J. Sidney III wasn't to blame in this mess, but...

From Pullman, Wash.

University of Spoiled Children Trojans: 69 Washington State University Cougars: 0

No, It Never Stops

We've found more outrage. Shocking, simply shocking. This harpy (Seriously, is there a "women can get away w/ this kind of crap" directive at the McCain & RNC operations?) is all over the tube, & now she's claiming that population changes can lead to an area becoming less "real."
McCain senior adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, a self-described "proud resident of Oakton, Virginia," said on MSNBC that "Democrats have just come in from the District of Columbia and moved into Northern Virginia, and that's really what you see there. But the rest of the state, real Virginia, if you will, I think will be very responsive to Senator McCain's message."
Unless these people are ready to fight over what exactly constitutes a "real" American, we'd advise them to close their pie-holes forthwith.

Let's Have A Fucking War Then, Crackers!

Cheers to a Tommy Christopher (Birth name? We doubt it.) at something called AOLNews (?) who has made available (w/ video of the poor man's pitbull avec lipstick, Rep. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman) two statements on a subject dear to our heart: Anti-AmeriKKKanism. Is it our imagination, or do the Republicans prefer to have women make these bizarre sorts of charges? We'll give you Mme. Gov. Mooseburgers paraphrase right here, saving your aging fingers & tiring keyboards.
Palin also made a point of mentioning that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country, of which North Carolina is one. No word on which states she views as unpatriotic.
Amplification from the pool reporter who filed the story is here. The "tell" here is the Palin spokesmodel trying to weasel her way out of it:
In an e-mail, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt emphasized that the Alaska governor was not insulting D.C., she was merely highlighting the virtues of far-flung cities and towns across the nation. "She was reinforcing the message that the best of our America isn't confined to our nation's capitol," Schmitt wrote.
Uh, Tracey, "our America?" Isn't that what you're supposed to try to avoid? Because let us just tell you, you gap-toothed cousin-fuckers, you can keep your "AmeriKKKa." The dry dusty plains, abandoned factories & decaying swamps are all yours, real AmeriKKKans. And if you two-bit punks want to fight us for any of our land, that's just fine, 'cause we'll squash every last one of you between the Armies of each Coast & Chicago that will roll you bitter cracker gun-worshippers up into one ugly pile somewhere in Kansas. You want another Civil War, War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression, whatever you want to call it, we're ready to roll any time. Any time at all. Anything to get you to shut your yaps once & for all. What w/ our elitist educations & so on, it'll be a slam-dunk. Seriously. Let's take it outside & have a war about this, loudmouths.

Not Like You Or Me: Poor Little Rich Girl Cindy McCain

Not in the least bit surprising, a hit piece on the former Cindy Lou Who. Following are the most telling parts of the first half.
She initially seemed like an ideal political partner, giving Mr. McCain a home state, money and contacts that jump-started his career. [...] Those close to Mrs. McCain say she aspires to be like another blonde, glamorous figure married to an older man: Diana, the Princess of Wales.
Just don't be like Queen Nancy.
The two often relax in separate places: Mr. McCain prefers the family’s ranch in the Arizona desert, while Mrs. McCain’s refuge is a high-rise condominium on the Pacific. (Her husband is “not a beach person,” she recently told Vogue.) [...] The separation had a political upside: Mr. McCain, initially considered something of a carpetbagger, boasted that his family lived in Arizona. He flew home on weekends, but spent part of them campaigning.
It's almost as if Republicans are kidding or something when they say they stand for family values.
Below: Cinderella Hensley Stepford McCain at a hospital in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on June 19, 2008. Photo: Chitose Suzuki/AP

Friday, October 17, 2008

"Real" Americans: Dumb as Fucking Rocks, But Thinning the Herd

Here's another surprise, from this week's issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (one of our favorite publications): Those non-elitist plumbers, unemployed factory workers, & cousin-fuckers in the innards of our nation, the Midwest & South (Darkest AmeriKKKa) are actually this stupid.
Most car surfing injuries and deaths occurred in August, and 74 percent of the incidents occurred in the Midwest and the South.
Gee, we so wish we could be "real" patriotic Americans like those people. Honest to fucking gawd, we're just about in favor of a literacy test for voters in certain areas. If not a literacy test, at least require that these "real" Americans not be mouth-breathers.

Annals of Humour, Vice Presidential Candidate Division

Click here, & then zip your cursor & click merrily on the various objects. (Our favorite is the red 'phone, but we're nihilists around here.) Other funnies from the same source:
Campaigning in one of the swing state's conservative strongholds, Palin said Obama hasn't been forthcoming about his ties to ACORN, the Association of Community Activists for Reform Now. The group faces allegations of voter registration fraud in Ohio and other states. Obama has said he doesn't have any significant links to the group. "You deserve to know," Palin told thousands surrounding her stage in a suburban community park. "This group needs to learn that you here in Ohio won't let them turn the Buckeye State into the Acorn State."
Know what exactly? This is as tiresome as all get out. If the McCain/Palin campaign has any evidence of any "ties" between ACORN & Obama & Bill Ayers or Frosty the goddamned Snowman, let them come forth w/ those ties, rather than demanding that Sen. Obama prove a negative.

We ♥ L. A.

We knew there was something that set Los Angeles apart from other major cities besides the fact that wilderness (natural, not cultural) is often a mere hike away. Tim Rutten, in the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™©, adds other factoids.

Putting aside for the moment the simple historical fact that our natural disasters -- earthquakes, floods and droughts, as well as fires -- predate development, there is another way to look at this. Alone among the world's great cities, Los Angeles does not exist at the confluence of great rivers, on the shore of a fine natural harbor or astride some important traditional trade route. It never was the historical seat of some great power.

It exists because it has a magnificent climate and a fascinatingly beautiful natural setting, and because a bunch of ruthless, steely-eyed guys with their avarice on overdrive realized that they could get rich selling good weather and open space, if they willed a city into being. They succeeded beyond even their counting-house fantasies; the result was Los Angeles, which is unique among the world's great cities in that -- until the construction of Disney Hall and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels -- it lacked a single inarguably distinguished public building but possessed the world's finest store of fine domestic architecture.

Ah, that explains it. There's no actual reason for the City of The Angels (Haw-haw!!) to be here. We could quibble w/ that last clause, but we won't be bothering today. (Ok, just one: "Store of fine domestic architecture?" What is this, a wine cellar? And have we done well "storing" all that architecture?)

Liberal Conspiracy, Not Bias

The Liberal Bible (on page A1 of both the New York & National dead-tree edition) & the Liberal Catechism (merely on the first page of Sports) have both chosen to shine the liberal spotlight on a controversy from the world of high school football, that Times from Northern California, our Times from the Southland. One could certainly compare & contrast here. But we just wonder what's up? Is this A-11 formation a liberal deal of some sort? That is implied in the NYT take on it.
To its proponents, the A-11 represents the logical and inevitable evolution of a game that is becoming faster and more spread out at all levels. The alignment diminishes, or eliminates, the need for a traditional offensive line, where players can weigh 300 pounds even in high school. And, coaches say, it reduces injury because it involves glancing blows more than smash-mouth collisions.
Glancing blows? Instead of smash-mouth football? Obviously, this is a liberal move to turn our young men into weaklings. The only reason we've triumphed so far in the war on terror is that our boys play football, & the Islamists prefer soccer, which doesn't even allow them to use their hands. Talk about obscurantist. W/o macho sports teams & the culture around them, where will we get the next generation of warriors for the "long war" we face against the enemy?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

There Will Always Be An England

Singer Christina Aguilera and perpetual party girl Paris Hilton were also at the club in Mayfair, downing champagne. Miss Hilton apparently did her best to attract a prince, but to no avail. Prince William chatted with her only briefly before walking away and Harry tried to ignore her sexy dance, according to witnesses - a good thing too, as his girlfriend Chelsy Davy was there.
And from the comments:

Paris Hilton sounds so desperate doing sexy dances in front of men who are already taken. How she thinks she can compete I've no idea. - Tess Fenwick, London, UK, 16/10/2008 16:49

"Soldiers from William's regiment die every day, while he plays the soldier at clubs. God, poor Diana, what her son has become. Worse than his father. - Anon, London" Actually Anon - that's the Labour Government's fault- They are killing off the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan... and killing the people of Iraq and Afghanistan too. The Conservatives don't seem to mind too much. ...and nobody could be worse than Charlieboy. He will end the Commonwealth. - Jonathan, Redditch England, 16/10/2008 16:45

Can't even have a story about some toffs & royals out boozing w/o dragging politics into it. No wonder the Republicans are afraid we'll become more like Europe.

Sports Wrap-Up

And we mean it! No Raider coverage this yr. A season summed up by an anonymous editor at the L. A. Times:
L. A. Season ends with a series of lowlights, instead of first Series appearance in 20 years

Obama: "Uninformed & Patently Stupid"

We dived just a bit deeper into the tundra of "Canada" Free Press, where we encountered the Obama = Marx article. (Immediately below.) Oddly enough, there doesn't seem to be much Canadian content in the Free Press. Another sample from the same typist:
As it stands now, ACORN’s admitted voter fraud may just hand Obama the election. There has been massive ACORN-created voter fraud reported—and being investigated—in virtually all of the US’ swing states. If so, the days of the US Republic will—officially—be over. By no stretch of the imagination is this an exaggeration. And Obama claims he wasn’t aware of either ACORN’s voter fraud or Ayers terrorism? If so, we may soon have the most uninformed—if not patently stupid—presidents in our nation’s history. But, it is not the case and Obama knew and knows exactly what he’s doing. One can only surmise that William Ayers may end up being Obama’s Secretary of Defense.
Yikes. Most frightening part: She (still) realizes that it might be considered an "exaggeration," so she emphasizes that it really isn't an exaggeration. Really.

O! Obama!

As opposed to unfettered, free-market, laissez-faire capitalism,
Communism has never worked in any country in which it has been tried. In practice, Communism—the ultimate goal of liberalism—affords [sic] everything to and for the power elite and little to nothing for everyone else. It also does away with the concept of meritocracy—unless of course one is a member of the aforementioned power elite. However, more and more this is what Democrat [sic]presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama seems to be proposing.
Isn't "power elite" redundant? And if we're going to question writing, let's question it at the American Thinker, where they question who wrote Sen. Obama's book, Dreams from My Father. Their suspect is both surprising & to be expected. Thanks to Brother Brick for both of these splendid items.

Sarah Speaks, Jaws Drop

Oh, the questions this sort of statement raises. Like, why did Allah's sheep get more of those resources than we did? What if the guy who made the invocation at the rally a few days ago about G-d getting his cosmic ass whupped by Hindu [sic] was right, & G-d's been slacking lately? If G-d's blessing America, why doesn't America have all the fuggin' oil & gas? We ain't kissin' no holy ass that won't give us all the fuel we need for our SUVs. Oh, the statement itself? Like you couldn't guess.
"God has so richly blessed this land, not just with the oil and the gas, but with wind and the hydro, the geothermal and the biomass," Palin said. "We'll tap into those." Palin said some of the countries the U.S. relies on for energy use their resources "as a weapon." And she said the billions spent each year on oil imports should be circulated within the country "for the sake of the nation's security." "We need to drill here and drill now," Palin said as the crowd chanted "drill baby, drill." A protester at the back of the crowd shouted "No blood for oil."
We'd actually prefer it if the Sky Fairy would "bless" us w/ candidates able to use common sense & reason, but we've been neglecting our prayers recently. And does G-d really want us to dump all those burned hydrocarbons into our "spacious skies?"

Econ Wrap-Up

People (media, & the loudmouth morons of the financial community, that is) seem very happy that there are big banks to buy failing banks, making even bigger banks. Proves the fundamental soundness of "our" economy, they claim. Consolidation is a good thing, because it makes for more competiti...No, wait, that's not it...The good thing is, that...that these banks will really be too big to fail (like GMChrysler, for example) & they'll still be able to do whatever they desire, knowing that the gummint will be there to bail them out. What a relief for our free markets. Imagine. The eventual result of "demand-side," "trickle-down," unfettered free market economy is, is... TA-DA: Socialism!! OK, not really. The whole fucking system, whether run by Wall Street, or Wall Street execs taking a sabbatical in Washington, is still run by pathetic aging male Anglos in suits, ties & the same mind-set.

Class Warfare at The New York Times

From the first page of "Business Day" in yesterday's National Edition.
Next Victim Of Turmoil: Your Salary What, then, will the next stage of the downturn be about? It is likely to revolve around the worst slump in worker pay since — you knew this was coming — the Great Depression. This slump won’t be anywhere near as bad as the one during the Depression, but it also won’t be like anything the country has experienced in a long time. Income for the median household — the one in the dead middle of the income distribution — will probably be lower in 2010 than it was, amazingly enough, a full decade earlier. That hasn’t happened since the 1930s. Already, median pay today is slightly lower than it was in 2000, and by 2010, could end up more than 5 percent lower than its old peak. [...] What will make this recession different, no matter how deep or shallow it is, is that it’s following an expansion in which most families received little or no raise. The median household made $50,200 last year, slightly less than the $50,600 that the equivalent household earned in 2000, according to the Census Bureau. That’s the first time on record that income failed to set a new record in an economic expansion.
You are so screwed, America. On the other side of the aisle (& the other side of the first page of Business Day) we are cheered by this.
Banks’ Bailout Unlikely to Crimp Executive Pay He said he did not think the Treasury plan went far enough, but he praised it as attacking the “perverse incentives” that led to the crisis. Compensation experts say that the provisions, though politically prudent to appease public anger, will probably have little real impact on how financial executives are paid in coming years. They predict banks will simply pay higher taxes and will find other creative ways of paying their executives as they see fit. Some say there could even be a sudden surge in compensation as soon as the government program ends, in a few years, leading to eye-popping numbers down the road. “Congress’s record of regulating executive pay has been unblemished by success,” said Kevin J. Murphy, a finance professor at the University of Southern California, pointing to perverse outcomes of past efforts.
Whew. We were worried that the driving forces behind our fabulous economy wouldn't be adequately compensated for all they do.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Is There No Decency? Must All Be Shared, in the Public Eye?

Nancy Reagan (who wanted to be Queen, but had to settle for being First Lady for eight yrs.) fell down & broke her pelvis recently. Terrible, we wish her the best, but look at the sappery this inspires.

We'll See You in Court

In Nebraska, it's another of those "legislative member spills beans before retiring" deals. Not exactly a "Why the hell didn't this old bastard say, let alone do, something about all the awful behavior he's blabbing about now?" moment, but not unamusing.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit last year seeking a permanent injunction against God. He said God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents in Omaha, inspired fear and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."
Praise Jah that someone, at last, is trying to establish some responsibility & accountability for some of the crap that's been going on lately. What if, for example, it were true that God threw the election of '00 & really did choose George W. Bush to be president, because God knew he would be allowing Bin Laden to attack us for our immoralities & lesbian witchcraft or whatever the eff Falwell & Robertson said. And God made the wrong choice. That might be worth a few zillion dollars.

Life on the Trail

From here.
Wednesday's debate may be his last chance to win this race. By John Dickerson Posted Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at 7:32 PM ET To get a sense of what John McCain is going through on the eve of the last presidential debate with 20 days before Election Day and Barack Obama leading in the polls, I decided to put some pressure on myself: I delayed working on this story until 45 minutes before my deadline. To approximate the string of people in McCain's ear offering advice, I turned on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Be the happy warrior! Attack! Talk about Ayers! Don't mention Ayers! Fire your campaign staff! ACORN! I then put Wagner on my iTunes. I'm finding it very hard to concentrate. If we're all lucky, I may just give up and end this piece right here.
No such luck. WARNING: The phrase "media filter" is used later in the piece, w/o apparent irony. And it's long. Therefore, in the public interest, we will skip to the outro, letting a paid professional wrap it up for us.

McCain never really explains why his ability to fight, to buck his party, or to do unpopular things is going to improve anyone's life. Yes, he's been tested more, and endured more in life, than Barack Obama. But voters want to know: How's that help me? McCain has got one more night to make the case.

On the other hand, we heard a person on the radio last night who believes that Sen. McCain is a maverick who doesn't go along w/ the party & "reaches across the aisle" because (Get this!) "his North Vietnamese torturers beat the fight out of him." That explains that.

20 Yrs. Ago Today

Kirk Gibson hit his big deal gimping homer against the Oaktown As. Not looking as if there'll be any such miracle for the former Bums of Brooklyn tonight.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

No, Canada

It appears our cousins, friends & neighbors to the north will be allowing conservative Steven Harper to continue in office. Although it's not as bad as it initially sounds.
But the Conservative Party leader was expected to fall short of winning the parliamentary majority he sought by calling early elections. That would force him to continue relying on the opposition to pass legislation, as he has since first winning power in 2006.
Though a lack of comprehension of the parliamentary process seems to be keeping the Canucks from effectively dealing w/ their problem.
The party winning the most seats generally forms the government, with its leader becoming prime minister. The opposition parties could unite and topple Harper if they won enough seats for a majority, but analysts said that was unlikely because the parties have no tradition of forming such coalitions.
Wise up, neighbors.

One Hundred Yrs. Ago

The Chicago Cubs won their most recent (never say last) World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Not that it does a heck of a lot for the Dodgers, but....

From the Columns

J. Goldberg: Continues to be an idiot. E. Robinson: Belabors the obvious. Though how is it that the obvious is never apparent to the Republican base?
Now that it's election time, the party -- as usual -- is trying to convince Americans that it stands on the side of the little guy. Sarah Palin has been trotted out to convince everyone that the party cares deeply about the eternal roster of cultural issues -- God, guns, gays, abortion, etc. If McCain and Palin were elected, the party would doubtless return these issues to the storage locker until the next election, at which point they would be dusted off once more. [...] I defy anyone to give a coherent explanation of what today's Republican Party, under George Bush and now John McCain, wants to do except perpetuate itself in power. When a political party reaches the point of lurching incoherence, the most effective cure is a good, long spell in the wilderness. Americans should help Republicans out by sending them home to get their act together.
It is this reporter's opinion that a good long spell in the torments of eternal hellfire would be more appropriate. But what do we know? E. J. Dionne: Worried that those base (Aren't they, though?) Republicans are moving the proverbial Overton window, & relegitimizing the extra-drooly right.
Yet culture war politics is relatively mild compared with the far-right appeals that are emerging this year. It is as if McCain's loyalists overshot the '60s and went back to the '50s or even the '30s. What we are witnessing is the mainstreaming of the far right, a phenomenon that began to take shape with some of the earliest attacks on Bill Clinton in the 1990s. False claims that Obama is Muslim, that he trained to overthrow the government and that he was educated in Wahhabi schools are a standard part of the political discussion. These fake stories come from voices on the ultra right that have dabbled in other forms of conspiracy, including classic anti-Semitism. McCain and his campaign do not pick up the most extreme charges. They just fan the flames by suggesting that voters don't really know who Obama is, hinting at a sinister back story without filling in the details.
Not that endorsements or whatever mean a damn thing, but Mr. Dionne, no doubt in his capacity as a full-fledged member of the cocktail weenie circuit in the Washington "village," brings us this tidbit about another defection from the McCain camp.
When Christopher Buckley, a novelist and former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, announced last week that he would vote for Obama (his first vote ever for a Democrat), he referred to words once spoken to him by his late father. "You know," the conservative hero William F. Buckley Jr. said, "I've spent my entire lifetime separating the right from the kooks."
Too bad Bill didn't really take his task completely to heart. Unless some of the zillion pro-segregation pieces National Review published weren't "kooky," just, well, right? And to keep it even, if not fair, last words from the Hammer of Kraut (which is usually striking the Anvil of Idiocy):
Until now. Today, on the threshold of the presidency, Obama concedes the odiousness of these associations, which is why he has severed them. But for the years in which he sat in Wright's pews and shared common purpose on boards with Ayers, Obama considered them a legitimate, indeed unremarkable, part of social discourse. Do you? Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect. There is a difference between temperament and character. Equanimity is a virtue. Tolerance of the obscene is not.
"Shared common purpose on boards w/ Ayers?" Was that the Weather Underground Board of Advisers? No? Then it doesn't count, Charles. We refuse to tolerate any further obscenity from you.

Big Sister Is Watching. And Winking.

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Re-Birth of The Cool

Mostly as an excuse to run this shot of Bird & Miles wailing (we assume; it might have been their crummiest gig ever)we refer you all to a not-entirely dull & pointless item in today's L. A. Times, concerning "hot" & "cool" in American culture & even politics.
Three-score years ago, or thereabouts, some cats named Miles, Dizzy and Charlie brought forth upon this continent (OK, actually it was the Three Deuces club in New York) a new musical style, conceived in heroin addiction and dedicated to the proposition that white people can't dance to fast rhythms. Bebop jazz was born, soon followed by its close cousin, beatnik culture. Together, they forged a new attitude that would define popular culture in the second half of the American Century. That attitude, of course, was cool, or "cool pose" as the sociologists call it, and it has come back to haunt us this season, though no longer decked out in goatee and Jean Genet beret.
Everything seems to be coming back to haunt us lately. Why is that? Are those chickens over there? We didn't know they could fly like that.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Can We Call Him A Limey Drunk?

Silly drunk (Is he still a Limey, or did he sell out his motherland for a mess of American pottage?) Christopher Hitchens vitriolizes the current campaigns, while revealing what a scaredy-pants he is. Is he worried that "civilization" under Sharia Law will cut off his single-malt?
I used to call myself a single-issue voter on the essential question of defending civilization against its terrorist enemies and their totalitarian protectors, and on that "issue" I hope I can continue to expose and oppose any ambiguity. Obama is greatly overrated in my opinion, but the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one, even if it does accept the support of the surrender faction, and it does show some signs of being able and willing to profit from experience. With McCain, the "experience" is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke. One only wishes that the election could be over now and a proper and dignified verdict rendered, so as to spare democracy and civility the degradation to which they look like being subjected in the remaining days of a low, dishonest campaign.
As if there were the slightest possibility of a "capitulationist" ticket of any sort being nominated by any party we can imagine. And just how big is that "surrender faction" here in the U. S. of A.? A few thousand fundamentalist Muslims & some "peace-at-any-price" Quakers? Mr. Hitchens, read yourself once in a while. It's good practice, even for someone as experienced at slinging crap as you.

Random Boring Notes From Nowhere...& Anywhere

This will make the bail-out/rescue an even trillion, right? Why no, we misunderstood the text at the top of gmail™©, which read: U.S. Treasury to inject $250 billion into banks. Huh?...Turns out it's from the already committed $700,000,000,000.00. Whattaya know. Is there anyone w/ any money left? Anywhere?...The longest presidential campaign in remembered subjective history drags toward an almost perceptible conclusion somewhere in the not too far future, pretty much unchanged since the last time we pretended we gave a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut about any of this, w/ the exception that the right's rabid weasels have begun screeching about "voter fraud," hoping to establish a case that Obama couldn't possibly be the winner, remember, shhh...he's black, you know...or a defense for the voter suppression they'll engage in...blah blah...Do you ever ask yourself, "Why do I keep bothering? What difference could it possibly make?"...Or do you sometimes find yourself holding your breath waiting for the Bush Admin.'s last-chance-at-anything "October Surprise?"...Looks like those fuckers who made the planes that sneaked up on our boyz at Pearl Harbor many yrs. ago still have some money, if no one else does, as Mitsubishi UFJ has just bought into Morgan Stanley, w/ the "assurance" of our gov't. Did you get a firm handshake on that one, Mitsubishi?
The announcement came after federal officials assured Mitsubishi UFJ late Sunday that its planned investment would be protected, according to people involved in the talks. The Treasury’s assurances amount to another extraordinary move by the government and could serve as a model for future deals. The tense, weekend talks were so critical to the financial markets that they drew in both the Treasury and the Japanese government. Mitsubishi and the Japanese government pressed the Treasury Department to guarantee that if the United States were to inject money into Morgan Stanley at a later time — a step the Treasury has ruled out for now — the move would not wipe out Mitsubishi’s investment.
Happy 13th!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Just a Taste of Crap From Tammy Bruce

Ms. Bruce was comparing the candidates' wives. Ms. Obama, as we all know, was "never proud of her country" (well, never as proud as, if you want to be specific) until hubby Barack was nominated. Meanwhile, Mme. McCain is a "successful" woman, who's given a lot to charity. (And taken a few pills from charity as well.) There you have the conservative definition of "success." Inherit from your daddy. That's all it takes. Conservatives just can't understand why there aren't more successful people. And Ms. Bruce would like to add that it's all about "character & candor." Takes one hell of a lot of "character" to steal drugs from your charity for old people, doesn't it? And that happened somewhat more recently than anything that Ayers dude did. We can't wait until McCain & his family have been sent back to the Washington they so despise & so want to fix (having squandered so many opportunities in the last 26 yrs.) & all these drooling idiots start drooling all over themselves & their keyboards about the coming socialist revolution. This is going to be funny. In a sad way. Ms. Bruce adds that the purchase of a half-hour of television time later in the month by Sen. Obama is because he wants to be on tee vee. Sure.

Nation Worships Stupidity

It's official. We are a nation of idiots, we like being that way, & we want to be even dumber. We're not just referring to the "Them smart people is lookin' down their noses at us reg'lar folks" attitude that elitist Republicans try to sell to their ignorant fool supporters, it's stuff like this.
"The situation is becoming urgent. The data show that a majority of the top young mathematicians in this country were not born here." Writing in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Mertz and colleagues described their analysis of data from international math competitions going back to 1974. They also looked at surveys of U.S. students. "It is deemed uncool within the social context of USA middle and high schools to do mathematics for fun; doing so can lead to social ostracism. Consequently, gifted girls, even more so than boys, usually camouflage their mathematical talent to fit in well with their peers," they wrote.
Yes, we're giving up leadership on the world stage in math, & virtually everything that comes from math, 'cause "it's too hard" & "only nerds do that." Why should any one have the slightest loyalty to a country & culture that is all too willing to cut off its own nose to spite its face?

Further Theo-Fascism From The Campaign Trail

Who do these Republicans choose for their intros & prayers at campaign events? Why, religious types, of course. The religious types who believe that there are other gawds (how ecumenical of them) & that "our" (Xian AmeriKKKa's) gawd is menaced by other gawds. Not much of a fucking gawd that you losers worship, is it?
Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself. "I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," Conrad said. "And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day," he said.
St. Nick on a stick! Really, what goes through their minds? Are all the dirty foreigners praying for Sen. Obama, "for a variety of reasons?" We're betting that fear of Sen. McCain bombing the living shit out of their countries is one reason they're praying for his opponent. Let's see if their gawd(s) will protect them when Jeezis's Avenger gets in the White House. And what kind of a gawd needs morons to pray to him w/ advice? Can't His Holy Fucking Majesty in the Sky figure out what needs to be done w/o some retired loser trying to bend his ear?

Campaign Aggregation

OK, there's Gov. Palin ignoring the separation between church & state. This is just some of the fun Gov. Six-Pack had when she was still merely Mayor Moose-Murder:

"What a blessing that the Lord has already put into place the Christian leaders, even though I know it's all through the grace of God," she wrote in March 2000 to her former pastor. She thanked him for the loan of a video featuring a Kenyan preacher who later would pray for her protection from witchcraft as she sought higher office. In that same period, she also joined a grass-roots, faith-based movement to stop the local hospital from performing abortions, a fight that ultimately lost before the Alaska Supreme Court.

Palin's former church and other evangelical denominations were instrumental in ousting members of Valley Hospital's board who supported abortion rights — including the governor's mother-in-law, Faye Palin. Alaska Right to Life Director Karen Lewis, who led the campaign, said Palin wasn't a leader in the movement initially. But by 1997, after she had been elected mayor, Palin joined a hospital board to make sure the abortion ban held while the courts considered whether the ban was legal, Lewis said. "We kept pro-life people like Sarah on the association board to ensure children of the womb would be protected," Lewis said. "She's made up of this great fiber of high morals and godly character, and yet she's fearless. She's someone you can depend on to carry the water." In November 2007, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that because the hospital received more than $10 million in public funds it was "quasi-public" and couldn't forbid legal abortions.

Comella said Palin joined the hospital's broader association in the mid-1990s. Records show she was elected to the nonprofit's board in 2000. Ties among those active at the time still run deep: In November, Palin was a keynote speaker at Lewis' "Proudly Pro-Life Dinner" in Anchorage, and the governor billed taxpayers a $60 per diem fee for her work that day.

"Great fiber of high morals and godly character." Oh Lordy. We are bent over, nay, doubled up in laughter at that one. And "children of the womb" is pretty good too. Sounds like a horror flick. On a double bill w/ The Unborn. Meanwhile, at Slate, their chief political correspondent (don't be overly impressed, remember, we're the chief political correspondent here at Just Another Blog™) John Dickerson, seems to think that people at McCain/Palin rallies are "scary."
"I'm mad, and I'm really mad," said one man who'd been called on to ask a question. "It's not the economy. It's the socialist taking over our country." McCain started to respond, and the man shot back sternly. "Let me finish please. When you have an Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the hooligans up there gonna run this country, we've got to have our head examined. It's time that you two who are representing us, and we are mad." After the crowd stopped chanting "USA," McCain promised that he would take on Obama and the Democrats (and wisely didn't choose the moment to present his case for the financial bailout or his plan to have the government buy mortgages). Before the question-and-answer portion of the rally, McCain had already clobbered Obama several times. But the audience stuffed into the gymnasium at a local sports center wasn't satisfied.
Alright!! Crowds chanting "U-S-A!" That proves you know what's best for the country & the rest of the world. And no socialist takeover either!! Let the chips fall where they may.
Many in the GOP grass roots believe that if Obama wins, it will be the product of voter fraud. McCain heard the calls and addressed the issue by saying, "There are serious allegations of voter fraud in the battle-ground states across America. They must be investigated. No one should corrupt the most precious right we have, and that is the right to vote." The crowd responded favorably. If they'd rushed the candidate to carry him from the room on their shoulders, it would have been unsurprising. A portion started chanting, "FBI."
The fucking nerve. Voter fraud. Do these people listen to themselves? Have they any idea what actually goes on around them? Why are they allowed to vote? There's the real fraud.

Atonement

We took two days off, & we had nothing for which to atone, we're just lazy & tired. Not enough atonement seems to have occurred, however. We were hoping that some of those responsible for setting up the global financial system/melt-down would perform some newspaper-style atonement, w/ a bullet to the temple, or roof of the mouth, but there being neither guilt nor shame any longer, that was probably a bit much to expect. Nonetheless, everything appears to be headed to hell in a hand basket. It would be hard to fully express the unbelievable schadenfreude we're experiencing in this part of the global melt-down. One of the many positive results we hope for from this mess is a moratorium on statements of any kind issuing from the mouths of the free-market anarchists & terrorists, now that their alleged system has fallen apart before our very eyes. Many of them still refuse to admit there's something wrong w/ a system built on nothing but confidence (as in "con man") having been distracted by the socialist takeover the Bush administration is threatening. These should be the first to be relieved of their life savings, retirement funds & whatnot, in the name of the free market & paying for the bad choices they've made. And once they're on the streets where their bad judgment has correctly placed them, we hope that at least a few of them suffer the same kind of horrible death as this homeless man in Los Angeles. Ah, AmeriKKKa, the special country, the exceptional country. AmeriKKKans are good. They don't want to hurt people, they're in Iraq & Afghanistan to help people. There's no history of horrid violence in AmeriKKKa. Shining city on a hill. Hill of shit & dead bodies.

This Date in Outer Space

1968: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo vehicle, was launched w/ three white guys from the military on board. 1984: The first gyno-American to "walk" in space, Kathryn Sullivan, stepped out of the shuttle Challenger.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Oh, Canada

Below: Our newest heroine, Canuck columnist Heather Mallick. Photo: Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail
A Canadian writer whom Greta Van Susteren repeatedly referred to as "a pig," per The New York Times (Greta: Taken a look at your nose lately?) had her column taken off the CBC website as the result of a collection of probably American assholes complaining about her take(s) on Sarah Palin. Here's one, apparently written for commie-limey sheet The Guardian, 'though it has no porn-star reference. Ah, here's the one receiving the most attention. As well as Ms. Mallick's reaction thereto. Jeezis, if there's no more free speech in our retarded neighbor to the north, where can we go if John & Sarah do steal the election?

A Taste of Justice

A heinous crime committed last yr. in Hollywood has resulted in the convictions of two fucking jerks who probably should have been thrown in the hoosegow & had the key thrown away. Instead, the actual stabber got 15 yrs. to life for second-degree murder, & the instigator (the actual killer's wife) got three yrs. for involuntary manslaughter.
Witnesses said they heard Angela Sheridan tell him "I could kill you" several times before the assault began. And they testified they saw her hit Poole in the head and kick him while her husband appeared to punch him in the chest. An autopsy later showed Poole was stabbed six times.
Nice fucking people, eh? And they & their kind live & walk among us. Seriously, you almost run over someone, someone else calls you on it, & you beat, kick & stab to death the person who said "Hey, watch it?" Really, what kind of species are we? Or is more a question of what kind of horrible nation we're running here? Or is it just that this country attracts the very worst the world has to offer?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lies, Damned Lies & Polls

From AFP, some pollery.Not looking too good for Sen. Johnny, is it?

Feminized America

Real men, defenders of competitiveness & capitalism, would have come on stage w/ blades, & promised that only one would leave alive. Certainly Gov. Palin would have.

"Radical" McCain

Sen. McCain has now been connected to right-wing death squads, & not because he said "hi" to someone once at a beer distributor's meeting, but because he served on the advisory board of The U. S. Council for World Freedom.
The council created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league's chairman.
There are the usual half-denials by various half-asses as to just when & where McCain noticed what the hell was going on & decided that it wouldn't look good for him to be associated w/ the Council, but anyone who was involved in crap like this w/in the last 25 yrs. who wants to talk about William Ayres when he hasn't done anything criminal w/in the last 35 yrs. should really be sure the curtains are drawn when he's watching tee vee in his underwear in his house of glass. And this would never be seen as "radical" by the media "filterers" anyway. It's decent anti-communism. Founded by a real live U. S. General. Have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, y'know. Killing non-Americans isn't terrorism anyway. It's National Defense.

Palin Speaks

To Reporters It's news when the GOP VP candidate actually speaks to reporters, let alone answers questions.
Obama campaign aides said the Illinois senator did not know of Ayers' past when they first met in Chicago. Palin told reporters the lack of clarity about their relationship was precisely why it was relevant to raise it on the campaign trail. "It's relevant to connect that association he has with Ayers, not so much he as a person Ayers, but the whole situation and the truthfulness and the judgment there that you must question if again he's not being forthright in all of his answers, "Palin said. "It makes you wonder about the forthrightness, the truthfulness of the plans he's telling Americans with regards to the economic recovery." Pressed on whether she was saying Obama was dishonest, Palin said no. "But in terms of judgment, in terms of being able to answer a question forthrightly, it has two different parts to it, that judgment and that truthfulness," she said.
Jeezis Hussein Christ, speaking of someone who can't "answer a question forthrightly"!! Meanwhile, your economy plunges deeper into the toilet each day, you'll all be working greeter jobs until you drop dead right there at the front entrance to Wal*Mart, & Gov. Palin's audiences are screaming for the blood of Bill Ayers or Obama. That Accent We finally got the scoop on the Governor's accent. From a column by Steven Pinker in The NYT:
The dialect is certainly for real. Listeners who hear the Minnewegian sounds of the characters from “Fargo” when they listen to Ms. Palin are on to something: the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in Alaska, where she grew up, was settled by farmers from Minnesota during the Depression.
We'd been wondering why she sounded like that. Of course, it's probably not that good a thing that she grew up in a valley of Northern Okies, sad losers who couldn't make it in Minnesota & had to run all the way to Alaska. Maybe that's why Wasilla is the alleged "Meth Capital of Alaska."

Monday, October 6, 2008

October's Quiver in Fear Message

Not Hallowe'en, but a warning from the F. B. I.
Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and operators to be aware of potential attack tactics."
Do you live or work in a "building?" Does one of your loved ones? What a brazen political use of a gov't. unit. Really, where is the fucking outrage? How stupid do you have to be to swallow this & vote for the "maverick" ticket?

Today: Carole Lombard's Centennial

Too bad she's been dead for 66 yrs.Here Ms. Lombard's boyfriend Clark Gable feels her up for the camera. 1973: Yom Kippur War gets underway. 1927: The Jazz Singer opens, essentially ruining the motion picture arts.

No Freeway Series This Year Either

Photo & Financial Round-Up

Sen. McCain hiding behind the Secret Service at the Denver airport on Friday 3 October 2008. He may not get that e-mailing jazz but he can sure work the mobile 'phone. Photo: Stephen Crowley/NYT
Sarah Palin hands off the prop child to the one named after an entire tree, not just part of a tree. Also Friday 3 October 2008. Hey!! Doesn't she have a wedding band? Photo: Richard Perry/NYT
Bonus: The pit bull in heels & the "First Dude" are worth more than a million. That makes them somewhat more elite than that "Joe Six-Pack AmeriKKKan" to whom she loves comparing herself.

Hicks vs. Sophisticates

In case you haven't noticed, we've been sucky lately. Our vibes not as bad as they should be, the level of bile at an all time low, the futility of existence more obvious each day. Continuing in that tradition, we point you to an article in Slate that, essentially, brings up the farmer/city dweller dichotomy that's been poisoning our country for some time.
But Alaska leans Republican while Hawaii leans Democratic, and the GOP long ago intimidated the media into believing that only Republican strongholds represent the "real America." These Republican strongholds are usually sparsely populated, and I suppose the media's been sold on the idea that because the United States started out as an agrarian nation, rural areas are somehow more authentic than urban ones.
Fuck you, clodhoppers. Keep your old-time religion & your old time everything else to yourself. Then wonder why your offspring run to the cities the first chance they get. Tell us again what "authentic" Americans you are, w/ your secessionist parties & your Confederate flag. You don't even want to be part of this nation, & we don't want or need you any more. So get lost!! 80 % of the U. S. population lives in metropolitan areas. (We have no stats for metro-sexual areas.) We win, you lose, fuck off!!

The Right Wing Mind at Work & Play

You may have seen something somewhere concerning the recent study indicating that "conservatives" were more likely to jump & otherwise react adversely when scared. (Probably a result of their being beaten when they were puppies. There must be some rational explanation for religious belief & low-grade fascism.) You've probably seen evidence of this phenomenon in some show biz figures. The one that comes most to mind is Dennis Miller, the putz from Pittsburgh who had a semi-amusing career as a reciter of semi-arcane references to older films & whatever other cultural references he could dig up. Following 11 September 2001, however, Mr. Miller had several shit-fits, & realized that there were scary men from the Mid-East who were coming to get him, his family, you, & every SUV & other status symbol that Mr. Miller owns. The reaction to this realization is usually along the lines of : "Kill them there before they kill us here!" "We've got to be tough & fight," & so on. It's all about screaming at the top of your lungs & waving your big stick at anyone not involved or too weak to defend themselves. So when Mr. Miller made an appearance on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno last wk., it was pretty obvious he'd be supporting Sen. McCain over Senator Obama. Dennis's reasoning? "He gave us five-&-a-half yrs., I'll give him four." Well alright. We're convinced. One thing though. Take a peep at the stories we've referenced below. See if you still think McCain's allowing himself to be shot down & getting captured is some sort of noble act, or just stupidity. And even if it is noble, how does it qualify anyone for the presidency? Should that office be reserved for those unfortunate enough to be captured during the non-stop wars of the McCain future? P. S.: Where does Sarah Palin fit into this, by the way? She gave us a wink, we'll give her four yrs.?

John Sidney McCain III: Not Right For Naval Aviation, Not Right For America

Big piece in the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™© today raking John McCain, the maverick Senator, one-time POW & current GOP presidential nominee over the coals for his screwing w/ the tax-payers' money, among other things, by effing up planes, power lines, & anything else that gets in his way. We (& the Times) have already taken a look at the specific reason Sidney III was blown out of the sky over Hanoi in 1967; this Times story covers some of the Senator's earlier waste & fraud, before he was even a Senator. Takes a certain type to be able to screw the taxpayer consistently, doesn't it? And an even worse type to whine about how he's opposed to pork. Three Navy aircraft treated like a rent-a-car? Is that not pork of the worst kind? It seems as if he's outright lied, or at least printed a "truth" different than the Navy's findings about his mishaps.
McCain recounted the accident decades later in his autobiography. "The engine quit while I was practicing landings," he wrote. But an investigation board at the Naval Aviation Safety Center found no evidence of engine failure. The 23-year-old junior lieutenant wasn't paying attention and erred in using "a power setting too low to maintain level flight in a turn," investigators concluded. [...] In his autobiography, McCain said he had flown on a Saturday to Philadelphia to watch the annual Army-Navy football game with his parents. The accident report does not mention Philadelphia but rather indicates that McCain departed from a now-closed Navy field in New York City on Sunday afternoon and was headed to Norfolk, Va. In a report dated Jan. 18, 1966, the Naval Aviation Safety Center said it could not determine the cause of the accident or corroborate McCain's account of an explosion in the engine. A close examination of the engine found "no discrepancies which would have caused or contributed to engine failure or malfunction."
So he tries to blame his tools every time he doesn't do the job. And get this:
Edward M. Morrison, a mechanic for VT-7 who is now retired and living in Washington state, said that the plane McCain checked out that day had just been refurbished and that he knew of no engine problems. "McCain came to the flight line that day, carrying his dress whites, and said, 'Give me a pretty plane,' " Morrison said. "Nobody had ever asked me for a pretty plane before. I gave him this one because it was freshly painted. The next time I saw him, I said, 'Don't ever ask me for a pretty plane again.' I think he laughed."
Personal use of naval aircraft to meet Admiral Dad & Mom at the Army-Navy Game? Marry a beer heiress? This guy is out to get everything he can free. And do remember that anything he's ever said about reforming the "system," campaign reform, or anything other than rabid free-marketry is a result of his being caught trying to peddle influence in the Keating 5 mess. A truly intolerable bag of lying crap. Country First!!

Second City Sweeps Third

Our sympathies are extended to America's former Second City, Chicago, on the losses by its professional baseball teams, both the pathetic Cubbies, now a hundred yrs. from their most recent (if not last ever) World Series victory, whipped by the Los Angeles (Now America's Second City.) Dodgers in three, & the White Sox, who took four games to lose to Tampa Bay. We'll repeat that: The Tampa Bay Rays. Not even the Devil Rays anymore. No Lakeshore Drive, Van Ryan Expressway, Chicagoland or whatever they'd call it Series between the Cubs & Pale Hose this yr. And little chance of a Freeway Series in the Southland this yr. either, barring the Angels getting a few timely hits against the Beantown Beaners or whatever Boston calls their club.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

BO, HICA

Below: Isn't it time the McCain campaign stuffed a sock in that fat mouth, before someone gets really angry? Photo: Nati Harnik/AP
Lipsticked pitbull Palin is on the loose again. Hope Animal Control gets here soon, before she hurts herself, or another animal.
During her stop in California, Palin was asked about an Associated Press analysis that said her charge about Ayers was unsubstantiated, a point made by other news organizations, and the criticism carried a "racially tinged subtext that McCain may come to regret." "The Associated Press is wrong," Palin said, before arguing that the issue had not been adequately discussed.
The AP analysis is right here. And Sarah is handing out that good ol' AmeriKKKan exceptionalism. If you don't believe that gawd put us here to kill the Injuns & provide the light of freedom to the rest of the world, you are a gawdless commie AmeriKKKa hater.
"This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America," she said. "We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism."
That Obama, w/ his funny name, has the nerve to see AmeriKKKa as perhaps less than perfect. Imagine that.

Historical Wrap-Up

1793: Our Froggy friends, what w/ their Revolution & all, abolished Xianity. Good try, anyway. 1882: Robert Goddard, American rocketry pioneer & liquid-fuel ground breaker, born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Paris Fashion Wrap-Up

Photo: Jean-Luce Huré/NYT
They hate us for our freedoms.

Time for Write-Ins?

In the interests of democracy & freedom (of course we're not really interested in silly bourgeois concepts like that, but one must pretend) we provide a link to some three-named write-me-in-for-president bozo who left us a comment requesting as much.
Looks like this one is in the bag...they can have all of the Century City Fundraisers they want...that financial meltdown swayed the tide...For all of your friends that are on the other side of the aisle send them to: http://www.mikecarlinforpresident.info/
Here you are, Michael Douglas Carlin. Don't let it go to your head.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sports Wrap-Up

We may have jumped on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bandwagon a bit early...but we are now fully on the Los Angeles Dodgers of Brooklyn wagon, having purchased an L. A. 2008 Post Season NL WorstWest Champions tee shirt at K-Mart (25% off on all men's stuff.) while picking up some non-advertising or otherwise decorated tees.

Other "Comics"

Autumn Leaves

Autumn's here, & in many parts of the continent (even Canada) they're recycling both the leaves & the "Pop raking the leaves" strips. 'Til Death Do Us Part from Fri.: Blondie, the same day (75 yrs. old, but it's in color.)And Death's Sweet Release (which has only been rolling for 29 yrs. but is now in some sort of permanent re-run, as well as monochrome) won't stop, as evidenced by today's repeat.We guess the Tom Sawyer reference is amusing.

Crime Blotter/Annals of Transience

We are saddened to reprint this from the Santa Monica Daily Press
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, AT 4:20 P.M., An officer on routine patrol in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue noticed two people fighting outside of Sears. When the officer went to confront the two men, they stopped fighting. The officer spoke to both and learned that one of them was a security guard for Sears and he was struggling with a suspect who allegedly stole a jacket. The suspect had a restraining order preventing him from entering Sears after prior shoplifting convictions, police said. The suspect was taken into custody and booked for robbery, violation of probation and violation of a court order. He was identified as Frank Stephen Ashby, 45, a transient. His bail was set at $50,000.
as we are an acquaintance of Mr. Ashby. A casual acquaintance. Maybe we should say he's an acquaintance of ours. Either way, we're betting no one's gone his bail.

Neo-Conservatism on the March in Russia

Where better to see the precepts of neo-con thought put to work than in the post-Stalinist Russia that scared the crap from the original neo-cons way back in the '50s & '60s? Well, granted it's now post-post-Stalinist, & we mustn't forget that during the '30s most of the O. G.s of neo-conservatism were commies of some sort (extra irony) whose faith lapsed. Is it something in the Central & Eastern Euro water? Whatever it is, we don't think it's good news.
Never mind all that. After decades of embarrassing military defeats, in Afghanistan in the 1980s and in Chechnya in the 1990s, Russia is once again a winner. “We can thank the Georgians for a small victorious war; it was helpful for our nation, for Russia,” said Oleg Sergienko, a 38-year-old lawyer who was visiting the exhibition. “For the last 20 years Russia’s sense of identity greatly declined,” added Mr. Sergienko, who fought in one of Russia’s wars, but declined to say which one. “Now there is cohesiveness.”
Yessiree, restore that "national greatness." That's why Bush made all that hoopla about going back to the moon, & getting to Mars (w/o funding, of course) to infuse us w/ the cohesiveness the lawyer above feels. And why Bush or whoever lied us into Iraq. The neo-cons like the idea of huge monuments too. Adding Reagan's mug to Mt. Rushmore, for example. Now, Putin is whining about people shooting at his pwecious soldier boys, calling it a crime. Act of War maybe, but hardly a crime. They're soldiers. They're supposed to be shot at. Vlad may just be trying to stir up further trouble, or to scare the Ukes, but if he doesn't stop rattling that saber it's going to fall off his belt & he'll really look silly.
Without referring to Ukraine's president by name, Putin suggested Yushchenko authorized weapons supplies to Georgia before and during Russia's war there in August. He also alleged that Ukrainian military personnel fought on Georgia's side during the conflict. "When people and military systems are used to kill Russian soldiers, it's a crime," Putin told reporters after meeting with Tymoshenko at his residence outside Moscow. "Only a few years ago, it could not even come to mind, even in a nightmare, that Russians and Ukrainians would be fighting each other. But that happened, and it is a crime."
Not that Ukraine looks like any kind of a paradise either, mind you. Just nothing but trouble over there. Glad everything's fine here. Think I'll just peep at the ol' IRA, see how all that money is piling up.

Again w/ the History

We observed the 50th anniv. of the War in Space last yr. This yr., we observe the discovery of Janis Joplin's corpse in a Hollywood hotel room in 1970, putting a temporary halt to the murders of so-called rock stars by various agencies.

Threat or Promise?

We know we shouldn't encourage them, but sometimes one catches the eye & it's difficult to resist. Therefore, from a robot calling itself "Dolf:"
Back to Spam Delete Forever Not Spam More Actions ‹ Newer 10 of 30 Older › You will see your penis on MTV
The hell we will. That's a fate we wouldn't wish on anybody.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Why Not a Whole Case? You Some Kind of Wimp?

Find out more about Joe Six-Pack here, courtesy of the AP & writer Sharon Theimer. No, wait, never mind, it's through the "filter" of the media.

Oooops!

We missed this in our in-box somehow. And missed passing it on to you, who may not be fortunate enough to be on a Republican mailing list.
McCain-Palin Victory California Leadership Team Invite you to join them for an evening honoring Cindy & John McCain Wednesday, October 1, 2008 5:30 P.M. Host Committee Reception 6:00 P.M. General Reception 7:00 P.M. Chair, Co-Chair and Vice Chair Dinner *Please arrive with ample time for security. CENTURY PLAZA HYATT REGENCY2025 AVENUE OF THE STARS ~ LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Business Attire
Of course, those of you w/o "business attire," or w/ a record of political activity or thought might not have been admitted anyway.

Nausea...

Another bout of/with the flaming mung, this one shorter but still enervating & nauseating. Urrrrp! Made it difficult to watch the debate, even w/ the fever gone. Not that it would have been much easier if in perfect health. Tomorrow, Gov. Palin will be avoiding the mainstream media & its "filter" by appearing at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The Calif. Democratic Party will be having a little get-together outside, & asking questions which will be displayed on a giant screen, allegedly visible from quite a distance.
The good news is that we have a perfect way for you to ask your questions of the McCain-Palin campaign. You see, Sarah Palin is coming to our state this weekend for a public rally -- and we'll be there too. We're bringing with us a giant screen to display your questions so big that they'll be seen hundreds of feet away. Click here to find out how you can get your question on our screen. http://www.cadem.org/palin We want to display your questions. Whether you're like Matt Damon and want to know if Sarah Palin believes that dinosaurs and humans roamed the Earth together four thousand years ago or you're like me and want to know if -- in light of the current financial crisis -- John McCain regrets saying last week that "the fundamentals of the economy are strong," let us know what you think.
This would be a perfect opportunity for Mme. Palin to answer questions w/o that media "filter." You know, real questions from "real" Americans. And she can just open up & say what she wants. There won't be any educated smart-asses to "filter" any of her well-memorized squawking points, just "real" Americans asking questions. Think she'll take the bait? Haw!! Nope, Gov. Palin will continue to hide behind this "filter" myth. Let her get her ass out on the stump, in those "Town Hall" meetings that Sen. McCain (the lousy speaker) seems to prefer, & let her answer questions from "Joe Six-Pack American," if she's so interested in getting whatever her message may be out to America. And please don't bring your sad little unmoving newborn/prop w/ you, Mme. Governor. It was bad enough that you irresponsibly chose to become pregnant at your age, knowing that age increased the risk of birth defect or injury, but to drag the poor child everywhere w/ you, at all hours of the day & night, often handing him over to your seven or eight yr.-old daughter (a future of back pain for her?) when not holding little Twig w/ only one arm. Just let him stay at home in peace. Can't "First Dude"/house-husband Todd stay home & keep poor Branch out of the public eye? Another beauty from the Palin-McCain campaign:
"It's time that normal Joe Six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency," the Republican vice presidential candidate told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.
(Apparently Sarah Six-Pack will only be appearing on rabid weasel talk radio from here on out, preventing the devious pinko "media" from "filtering" her inspiring message of mediocrity.) Yes, it's certainly time for someone who doesn't read (just one example) to take charge of the Senate, among other things. This may be part of the Carly Fiorina "not qualified to run a big co., but can certainly run the U. S. Gov't." approach to things, but we should remember that Ms. Fiorina manages to fail upward each time she gets a gig. Note also that Mrs. Six-Pack can't even speak like a "real" American.
Palin said if she and John McCain win, they will "put government back on the side of the people of Joe Six-pack like me."
(Is "Joe Six-Pack" a state that has people?) And:

"...the position of vice presidency."

Does America just want to go to the lowest common denominator & stay there? Is this election really between those who would rule (if only it were those who would lead) by their "gut" & "common sense instincts" & those actually capable of rational thought, who might apply some of their intellect to leading, running or ruling? Our suggestion for the weekend? Get down to the Home Depot Center w/ some rocks & give this woman the brain damage she so fervently wants.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another Day Off

A place-keeping item, for the sake of consistency. We be illin', & won't be typing today. NB: Actually typed 3 October 2008 in the early afternoon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Annals of Bandwagon Jumping

We're still not all the way on board, but one foot is fully on the flatbed, &, assuming it's actually going anywhere, we won't be letting the bandwagon get away w/o us. Pointless stats: The Dodgers (Flatbush & Chavez Ravine versions) have played the Cubs for the last 118 yrs. Until this afternoon, the two teams had never met in the post-season, and had played a total of 2,024 games, of which each team had won 1,012. Today, the Dodgers took the lead in the series, by a score of 7-2, coincidentally taking the first game of the 2008 National League Division Series. 20 of the 24 teams that have won the first game of the Division Series have gone on to win the series. Fingers crossed.

Big Date in History

One Hundred Yrs. Ago: Henry "Eeek!! Jews!!" Ford introduced the Model T. 1936: He's still dead, but Francisco "Fascist Falangist" Franco was proclaimed the head of the insurgent Spanish state. 1949: Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China. Next yr., the East will have been Red for 60 yrs. Fifty Yrs. Ago: Amex card introduced. 1964: Free Speech Movement starts at UC Berkeley.

Big Debate Tomorrow: Gen X Know-Nothing vs. Maturity, Experience & Wisdom

Democrats & other such Obama-backing middle-of-the-roaders are anxious for Gov. Palin to totally, like, reveal herself as an example of why John McCain can't make a single good decision w/ his gut, or whatever it is he's using to conceptualize his campaign. We may not get the effect expected even when she gets completely lost in the third repetition of an answer that doesn't answer the question. Apparently the American cobra wants to be hypnotized by the mongoose. "We don't need no statistics, fuck the facts," say the masses, hoping for a decent, lower middle-class Britney Spears type to lead us out of the economic desert. The Beeb looks into Gov. P.'s Alaska debate experience & style. What to watch for?
"The one thing I found during the [2006] debates was no matter how knowledgeable her opponents were on the issues, it didn't matter," Mr Halcro told BBC News. "She has an amazing ability to turn a 45 second answer into a folksy story... she's never been forced to know the issues."
Ah, we do have another Ronald Reagan here, don't we? And a rather snotty, dare we say, rhymes w/ witchy type, at that.

Having studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, in addition to being a lifelong Alaskan and lawmaker, Mr Halcro came to the debates armed with a wealth of knowledge and statistics.

Mrs Palin even said Mr Halcro would make "the awesomest statistician," when asked during a debate what position she would appoint Mr Halcro to if elected governor.

"Awesomest." It's occurred to us that Gov. Palin is the first "Gen X'er" to hit a major-party presidential ticket. You can quibble about the Baby Boom cut-off, & where Sen. Obama falls in the "Boom-X" continuum, but compared to Gov. Palin, the Senator from Illinois is completely Old School, w/ his education, law degree, & knowledge beyond Alaska. Now we'll see what the Boomers have wrought w/ their mutant idiot children.

Annals of Psychiatric Humour

The Incredible Exploding Newspaper

Looks as if the L. A. Times really is out of the paws of the Chandlers & Otises, as the region's premier cage-liner actually mentions the anniversary of the bombing of the Times' building on this date in 1910. Current CEO Sam Zell (or his flunky, the guy who used to run DirecTV) allows little mention of the paper's rabid anti-unionism during the period. Not that the bombing did much to wise them up. As we see, no matter the owner, or the date, there just isn't very much left-wing union bias in the "liberal media," is there?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crawling to Armageddon

It's the last day of September. A mere one quarter of the yr. remains. Thirty-five or so days until the election. Will there be any money left by then? Will we be dragging $billions around in wheelbarrows just for a trip to the 7-11©? Frankly, who gives a shit? Any one foolish enough to have invested in or committed to this system gets everything he or she deserves: nothing. We've heard the expression "We're scared to look at our 401(k)s, we don't know what we have," more than once. Schadenfreude indeed warms the heart, if there was any doubt left. Are we ready to start from the beginning again? Especially all those hoping-to-retire-soon baby boomers. Sorry you gave up your '60s socialist ways & sold out to "the man" now? Bet you are, losers.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bail This Out, Lout!!

Here's an idea "conservatives" should be in favor of. It's a common sense return to the old days, when people worked for a living by creating real, physical products, or by providing an actual service that often involved objects & non-metaphysical stuff. And in those glorious days of restraint & responsibility, when someone wanted something, they saved their money until they could buy it outright, rather than entering a permanent state of debt. How about more of this, & fewer financial markets, obscure "financial instruments," investments, & other ways for the already wealthy to play w/ money & create nothing from less-than-nothing. How about a new system? That is, no fucking system at all. Just real rewards for real work. Any takers? Remember John Smith of whatever that colony was? "No work, no eat, spoiled imperialist spawn of the aristocracy!!" And just as there is no mention of "gawd" in the Constitution, we don't recall any mention of capitalism as the only way things can go in these United Snakes. Disclaimer: Author of piece admits he or she hasn't held down a job in over two yrs., but has made some very wise investments. Second disclaimer: Actually typed & published early evening Tuesday 30 September 2008.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Newman.

Paul Newman (l) & Mario Andretti, looking glum. (Photo: Tannen Maury/AFP)
Recollections of Paul Newman from beyond the World of Show Biz™. Namely, the World of Racing©. Specifically, Mario Andretti.
"We were always fighting for the check," Andretti said. "He would never give in, never in anything. One time, we settled a check by betting on how long it would take a beer bottle to hit the floor when it fell off the table. "This time, he says, 'How many people do you think are on the street now between 8th and 9th Avenue?' He says, 'At least 75.' I said, 'No way, at the most 50.' "Our wives roll their eyes and head for the ladies room. Paul and I get up and head out to the street to check out our bet. The poor maitre d' thinks we are running out on the check. "And of course, I was right. There were barely 50 people out there, even when he's trying to count a hobo three times. So we go back and the maitre d' is relieved and I won the bet. Again."

We also heard on the radio that Mr. Newman's outfit of choice at the track (the SCCA, anyway) was Bermuda shorts, flip-flops & a tee-shirt, giving rise to the nickname "Chickenlegs." NB: Actually typed & published early evening of Tuesday 30 September 2008. Just trying to fill the blank, empty space.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What Is So Fascinating About This American Icon?

Would this Trojan have been any help at Corvallis last week?
John Wayne is one of those essentially blank screens upon which America likes to project itself, & often the America projected on The Duke is not popular w/ fellow travelers, comsymps & pinkos. This can result in their denying Marion Morrison's (related to Jimbo Morrison?) considerable acting ability, or mocking the very principles on which America was founded (a powerful agent, front-end money, & a big piece of the back-end gross). Susan King of the L. A. Times covers the John Wayne retrospective academic (They're just movies, f'r cripe's sake!) blatherfest ("John Wayne: Actor, Star, Icon, Trojan.") at the University of Spoiled Children thislast wknd. And look, it's the man who personifies middle-brow film criticism, Leonard Maltin!
The 1953 3-D western "Hondo," in which Wayne plays a dispatch rider for the cavalry who meets a woman (Geraldine Page) living alone with her young son in the middle of hostile Apache territory, screens Sunday evening. Maltin believes it's one of Wayne's finest performances. "There's one long scene early on when he is talking to her while hammering some horseshoes. He has to hammer them, he has to fire them with the bellows, cool them in the water and hang them to dry on a rack. He has important dialogue through the entire scene where he is establishing his relationship with her while he performs all of these tasks. It's like choreography. And he pulls it off flawlessly and seemingly effortlessly -- Olivier couldn't have done it better."
See? There's some damn acting, philistines!

There's also an exhibition of junk through the next three mos., in a basement somewhere on the USC campus. One more thing to know:

Gretchen Wayne is thrilled at USC's tribute to her father-in-law because it "defines him as more than a movie star. There was more to him, and certainly he loved being a student at USC. He loved education." The Duke possessed a "terrific sense of humor," says Wayne. "He didn't like vulgarity. He certainly didn't like it around women."

What's your 21st century definition of "vulgarity," bee-otch? NB: Actually typed & published late afternoon Tuesday 30 September 2008. We're just trying to look as if we "create" daily.

Friday, September 26, 2008

G. W. O. T. Medal

We're expecting to receive ours in the mail any day now. If you only knew how many times we've left wherever we were on an expedition to buy a newspaper (for information on this "global war") or to make a scathing remark over the Internet about George Bush or another global terrorist, you'd understand completely how well-deserved this is.

The End

Debate's over, nothing really happened, no new things, both sounded as expected. We knew we'd be bored. And it seems as if McCain lived up to his low expectations. Wouldn't it be nice to have a presidential candidate for whom we didn't have to lower the bar so far? Remember "the soft bigotry of low expectations?" Or even (we enter fantasy land here) a democracy, w/ an educated & intelligent electorate? While we're at it, where are those flying cars we were promised by now?

Comparing Bracelets

OK, it's come to this: Both candidates have shown (we assume, we're only getting the audio – so maybe Nixon will win this one) & compared bracelets that they wear honoring or commemorating or something some poor fucking sap who couldn't find a decent job & ended up dying or at least serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever the secret wars are for the same country that wouldn't give him a job. "Look, I have a bracelet too." McCain brings up his "League of Democracies." Who also control a lot of the world's economic power. And will sanction the shit out of the Iranians, So there. Heh-heh. Unless those democracies are so busy making money w/ Iran that they don't care. Then McCain says they have a lousy gov't. so their economy stinks. (That makes the sanctions really hurt!!) Excuse me, dude, looked in your economic mirror lately? Hope someone else catches him on this. McCain: blah blah blah... Obama: Annnnd, blah-blah-blah-blah blah blah...

Debate Update

We're either losing our mind (or Sen. McCain is – yes, cheap shot) or there's a digital loop repeating. Said Sen. has twice said that he wasn't elected "Miss Congeniality" in Washington. Twice. (Due to his "maverick" refusal to go along w/ whatever, you understand.) Is that why Gov. Palin is on the ticket? Bad cop, good cop? Dumb & Dumber?

Let's Have A War (W/ Pakistan?)

We missed this story of Pakistani choppers resupplying the Taliban in Afghanistan on its first go-round, but in light of the recent firefight 'twixt U. S. forces & Pakistani border patrols, we have to wonder when a Pakistani fundamentalist/Air Force general will decide to use one of those "Islamic bombs" on U. S./NATO troops in Afghan territory. And what American reaction might be. Also on Thursday, as we shot it out w/ them, U. S. Secretary of State Dr. Rice shook hands w/ Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (Bhutto's widower?) at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York City.
Photo: Louis Lanzano/AP

W/ Bated Breath

Mere moments from the very first "debate" (Q&A session, at best) & our first attempt at so-called live blogging. Haw haw!!! Gotcha!! No way in hell! Not gonna happen. Not until Hell hits 0°C (No Fahrenheit 32° = frozen water crap!!) or the overnight temperature here in "The Southland" dips under 17°C. "Live" blogging my patoot. If we could type that quickly we could hold down a real job. No, wait, lehrer says financial wjhatnot is part of nat'l. policy & foreign security...now he's asking a question "where do you stabd on the financila recovery plan?" derfining moment two wars great depression main street howz it gonna affect me job housr retirement college? 1805PDT: getting money back no. 3 pad CEO bankacccts. foreclosures all across the country eight yrs. failed econmonic policies Bush gasn't worked...trickle down Middle class getting a fiar shake. McCain says Kennedy is in hosp. tonight, callls him "lion of the senate" starts slow...wallows in emotion, enough already...

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