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.