Friday, October 24, 2008

From The Scaredy-Cat File

Not to insult the feline population at all, mind you. But the religious rabid weasels who provide the actual foam to their already-foaming-at-the-mouth followers are either starting Depends™ use before the rest of their demographic, or they're simply exploiting the Christian Right base's baseless fears.
Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action.
No, no, not the Boy Scouts!! Not attacks on the freedoms of Christian Evangelicals!!

Steve Strang, publisher of Charisma magazine, a Pentecostal publication, titled one of his recent weekly e-mails to readers, "Life As We Know It Will End If Obama is Elected."

Strang said gay rights and abortion rights would be strengthened in an Obama administration, taxes would rise and "people who hate Christianity will be emboldened to attack our freedoms."

Separately, a group called the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has posted a series of videos on its site and on YouTube called "7 Reasons Barack Obama is not a Christian."

The commission accuses Obama of "subtle diabolical deceit" in saying he is Christian, while he believes that people can be saved through other faiths.

(Just who exactly is emboldening the Christian attacks on everybody else's freedoms & rights? We'd like to know that.)
But among the strongest pieces this year is Focus on the Family Action's letter which has been posted on the group's Web site and making the e-mail rounds. Signed by "A Christian from 2012," it claims a series of events could logically happen based on the group's interpretation of Obama's record, Democratic Party positions, recent court rulings and other trends. Among the claims: • A 6-3 liberal majority Supreme Court that results in rulings like one making gay marriage the law of the land and another forcing the Boy Scouts to "hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys." (In the imagined scenario, The Boy Scouts choose to disband rather than obey). • A series of domestic and international disasters based on Obama's "reluctance to send troops overseas." That includes terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that kill hundreds, Russia occupying the Baltic states and Eastern European countries including Poland and the Czech Republic, and al-Qaida overwhelming Iraq. • Nationalized health care with long lines for surgery and no access to hospitals for people over 80.
That last one's in the Democratic Platform, isn't it? We distinctly remember the floor fight.

It's a Visual Medium

New Air Force Approach: Nukes May Be Dangerous

Can't fool those four-star boys for too long. No more nukes criss-crossing the country unless someone knows where they are from now on. Or from next September on. Nothing will happen between then & now, will it?
The Air Force announced the plan for Global Strike Command, to be headed by a three-star general, as part of a broader revamp to sharpen the focus on its nuclear mission.
Glad they're sharpening that focus. Eyes may not have been on the ball for a while.
Gates also ordered a review into the Pentagon's management of nuclear weapons, headed by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, which found a "dramatic and unacceptable" decline in the Air Force's commitment to its nuclear mission.
See? And to what the fuck were they committing, then? The usual bombing of villages & slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan?
Schlesinger's report recommended redesignating the Air Force's Space Command as Air Force Strategic Command and giving it responsibility for the service's nuclear mission. But Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff, said officials had been concerned the space and nuclear missions could be too much for one command and decided instead to create a separate command dedicated to nuclear issues. "Our road map reflects a back to basics approach," Schwartz said. Currently, the Air Force's Space Command oversees nuclear missiles, while Air Combat Command oversees nuclear bombers. The new command should start operating by next September and be responsible for nuclear-capable B-52 and B-2 bombers as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles, Donley said.
Up in the air, Junior Birdmen!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Note to Sarah Palin

Dear Gov. Palin: You announced today on telebision that an "elitist" is "somebody who thinks they're better than somebody else." Please note that many people are, objectively, better than you & "Joe the Plumber" combined. One way to tell who is "better" than you are is comparing education. Various JCs & a degree in broadcast journalism from the U. of Idaho, or Occidental, Columbia & Harvard Law (just as an example, of course). Who's objectively "better?" And who's just bitter? Hope you enjoy those free clothes. And we really hope that you pay all the taxes on them. Sincerely, Malignant "Chas." Bouffant

Editorial Statement

We are sickened, appalled & (worst of all) terminally bored by virtually everything happening in the world of the world. Stop it already. All of you. Just go away somewhere & stop bothering decent people. (That's us.)

Today's Stolen Editorial Cartoon

This Date in Lying History

Twenty-five yrs. ago today, Ronald Reagan's stupidity led to the deaths of over two hundred AmeriKKKan Marines, sailors & soldiers. An idiot on The New York Times op-ed page claims that if only we'd stood up like men, instead of pulling out like sissies, we might not have had the attacks of 11 September 2001.
Had we stood our ground 25 years ago instead of pulling out after the bombing, it is possible that 9/11 would not have happened. Likewise, anyone who thinks we can pull back into a shell now and hope terrorism will go away simply isn’t looking at the lessons history offers. People ask if we are accomplishing anything in Iraq and Afghanistan. I say yes. Terrorists no longer have a safe haven in Afghanistan. If we pull out of Iraq before the time is right, guess who moves in: Iran. The same Iran that trained the Hezbollah bombers who killed 241 of my comrades on that October morning in Beirut. Do we want to look back 25 years from now and regret not having stayed the course again?
Oh, stay that course. Does it occur to this ninny that if the AmeriKKKan gov't. hadn't stuck its nose into Lebanon, or stationed troops in Saudi Arabia, or any of the many other foolish things done in the Middle East in "our" name, we might not have to deal w/ any of this crap? The concept of "fighting them there, so we won't have to fight them here" is absurdly stupid. And rather offensive, in that somehow foreign countries should be militarily attacked merely so so-called terrorists won't threaten our precious country. The very assault on a Moooslim country makes for more terrorists & more likelihood that we will be fighting "them over here." Afghanistan no longer a safe haven for terrorists? What? No mention of Pakistan right next door, we see. Should we pull out of Iraq next wk., or in a hundred yrs., there'll still be tribal & religious bloodshed, & Iran will still want to (& probably be able to) fill any power gap that exists there. An opportunity handed to Iran by the Bush Admin., by the way. Al Qaeda managed to bring down the Soviet Empire by bogging it down in Afghanistan, where AmeriKKKa certainly seems to be bogged down now. And were caught in the quicksand of Iraq as well. How much longer is the Bush Empire going to last, what w/ two wars & global financial meltdown? The author of the op-ed piece, Randy Gaddo, is the director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services for Peachtree City, Ga. We can only fear for the young people of Peachtree City, that a violent, blood-crazed ignoramus like Mr. Gaddo is in anyway in charge of their futures. We must ask ourselves, does Mr. Gaddo like to keep the coloreds out of the public pools so he won't have to fight them in the honky parts of town? Assuming that the coloreds are even allowed in Peachtree City, of course.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's In A Name?

All kinds of stuff. Letters, mostly. Here's a name some of us may remember: McCarthy. And a schmuck who bears it, though he's probably no relation (Wikipedia says only an adopted daughter. Guess Joe was as limp as his politics.) doing his best to smear anyone he can find w/ the "commie" appellation. Up to & including Senator Obama's address book. Just idiotic. These stupid bastards are now recycling the '50s (granted, a much happier time for their ilk) w/ "commies, pinkos, fellow travelers" & you name it. None of which resonates w/ anyone under about 45, let's guess. And none of it really scares anyone under about 70. Yes, even though the Soviet Union has disappeared under a pile of Moooslims, & China (the Chicoms, to Mr. McCarthy) have fully learned the wonders of unfettered free-market capitalism w/ a party face, the moles are still burrowing their way into Andrew McCarthy's AmeriKKKa.
In 1951, the legendary liberal Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas insisted that, though communism might be a threat abroad, the movement in this country was a mere “bogeyman” that had been “thoroughly exposed” and “crippled as a political force.” We now know that even as he wrote those words, communists had covertly infiltrated the U.S. government at high levels and that, as a political force, the movement was just getting started. The Klonskys and Ayers were still on the horizon.
Just one clue for you, McCarthyite. This is a free & democratic country. (No, not even we can say that w/ a straight face.) And if the people decide that the way things have been for the last few yrs. isn't working & they might want to vote in someone who isn't a obvious neofascist, that's their right. If they want to vote in Chairman Mao from the fucking grave, it's their right. And your fucking bullshit won't make a dime's worth of difference. By the way, Mr. National Review, have you pissed away so much of Buckley's money that you can't afford to do some investigation of your own about this new Communist menace to AmeriKKKa? The constant refrain of "why won't Obama come clean?" is officially older than the hills. Find something he should come clean about. Please.

White Riot?

Well? A colored person responds to the burning (Heh-heh!) question of the day.

Will angry white people riot if Barack Obama wins the election? There may be some people who think this is an absurd question. I honestly don't know. But it is no more absurd than asking it about blacks.

Some outside agitators would like to think honkies may just rise up.
"Many whites feel they are losing their country right before their eyes," said Mark Potok, who directs the Southern Poverty Law Center that monitors hate groups. "What we are seeing at this moment is the beginning of a real backlash."
More money for the Southern Poverty Law Center, then, eh? There does seem to be trouble in the white supremacist community, however. They say so themselves. Bill White, of the American National Socialist Workers Party, says:
“There’s a real problem in what’s called the ‘white movement.’ One, there’s a lot of people who are just mentally ill, and we deal with those a lot. No. 2, there are people who have serious sexual problems.”
No fucking shit, Sherlock? Mentally ill perverts? My, my. Or is that no shit, Shylock?
A landlord of low-income tenants of all races, he devotes as much of his energy to attacking rival leaders he hopes to purge from the supremacist leadership as he does attacking Jews and blacks.
Cheesis K. Rist, the guy's a mother-fucking parasitical landlord & he's bitching about other people? He chose to be a bloodsucking landlord, & if there's any justice, he'll die of rat bites in a one-room slum apartment. One of his own, we hope.

Tax Up-Date

The trouble w/ rich people & taxes.
The previously unreported study estimates that taxpayers whose true income was between $500,000 and $1 million a year understated their adjusted gross incomes by 21 percent overall in 2001, compared to an 8 percent underreporting rate for those earning $50,000 to $100,000 and even lower rates for those earning less. (The "net misreporting rate" as the IRS calls it, includes both underreported income and inflated deductions.) In all, because of their higher noncompliance rates, those with true incomes of $200,000 or more received 25 percent of all income, but accounted for 40 percent of net underreported income and 42 percent of underreported tax in 2001, the new analysis finds.
Note well: That was in 2001, before the Bush Admin.'s plans to redistribute income upward & entitle the filthy rich to continue their cheating ways. It is therefore this web log's opinion that tax increases on the upper crust should be proportional to the amount they already cheat us. Plus a few percentage points for punishment. Sounds fair to us. Assuming we don't choose to feed them all to our pets.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Latest Palin Poop

This sort of thing happens in the more thinly-populated states all the time.

AP: Palin children traveled on state expenses

VP hopeful charged state for children's travel, amended expense reports

This sort of thing, not as often.
RNC appears to shell out $150K for Palin fashion
Nope, just a "works w/ her hands" kind of gal. Elite? Where would you get an idea like that? We anxiously await a Palin/Bachmann ticket in 2012. Hell, it's not too late to dump the grump & go w/ the witches now, is it?

R. I. P., Dolemite

(How can you not "rest" in peace?) Anyway, one of the greats, & (w/ those Jamican toasters) one of the originators of what you honkies call "rap" music, Rudy Ray Moore, passed from this mortal coil Sunday night. Our favorite line from Dolemite?
He said, "Move over, and let me pass. Before they hafta pull these Triple-A's out yo muthatfuckin ass."
We'll leave w/ the end of Dolemite, & offer it back to Mr. Moore in tribute.

They had his funeral. Carried him down to the graveyard. Dolemite was dead, but his dick was still hard. The preacher said, "Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust." Said, "I'm glad this little bad muthafucka called Dolemite is no longer here with us!"

Approved for hunkies obit. Slightly darker version.

Compare & Distract

Who is stupider this week, Jonah Goldberg or David Brooks?

Don't Let Us Stop You. Go Ahead.

Another surprise from the "Duh!" file. A recent study noted that those least likely to be happy in the U. S. of A. were middle-aged, as opposed to the young or wretched. Our conclusion was, "No shit, most middle-aged people, as opposed to the puerile or decrepit, have jobs. We'd be unhappy too." Further proof arrives in a study from left-wing academics (pardon our redundancy) that indicates 16 or 17% more of you goofy-ass workers are offing yourselves. Rats in a cage chewing each other to death, when you get right down to it.
More research is needed to identify the forces that are causing people ages 40 to 64 to take their own lives and to develop prevention strategies that might stem the tide, Baker said. In the meantime, she wrote, public health officials should take note of "a change in the epidemiology of suicide'' that has made middle-aged whites "a new high-risk group for suicide.''
Maybe, maybe not. We've a suspicion.
Before 1999, the U.S. suicide rate had declined for 13 years. The new numbers are especially puzzling because other research has found that for most people, middle age "is a time of relative security and emotional well-being,'' Baker and her colleagues wrote in their paper.
Started in 1999, did it? About the time the right wing was going nuts trying to smear Clinton, followed by the right wing stealing as many elections as it could, & eight yrs. of...(We dare not speak its name.) That could certainly lead to a death-wish. Check also w/ the L. A. Times, which goes the extra mile & gets statements from other academics not involved w/ the study. And gives a different rate for the increase than Bloomberg does.

Real Voter Fraud

"Voter fraud," that is, where someone ineligible to vote registers & votes, or where someone registers twice or more & votes in several different localities, almost never happens in these United States. Here, however, we find a kind of voter fraud, the Republican kind, where people are tricked into changing their registration.
The 70,000 voters YPM has registered for the Republican Party this year will help combat the public perception that it is struggling amid Democratic gains nationally, give a boost to fundraising efforts and bolster member support for party leaders, political strategists from both parties say. Those who were formerly Democrats may stop receiving phone calls and literature from that party, perhaps affecting its get-out-the-vote efforts. They also will be given only a Republican ballot in the next primary election if they do not switch their registration back before then. Some also report having their registration status changed to absentee without their permission; if they show up at the polls without a ballot they may be unable to vote.
Not mentioned in the article is that a larger Republican registration enables voter suppression, & fooling around w/ actual votes. It can be claimed that w/ all the "Republicans" registered, it's not so unlikely that a precinct or whatever would have gone for the R candidate. In extra irony, we see that the voter fraud that hardly ever happens (but Republicans like to claim is perpetrated by Democrats) has happened. It was the very owner of the firm changing people's registrations. Imagine that.
"We contacted people at the addresses where he registered, and they have no idea who he is," said Dave Demerjian, head deputy of the public integrity unit at the L.A. County district attorney's office. Goldfine said his client does business in many states, traveling frequently, and his permanent address has been his parents' Los Angeles County home, where he received mail and registered to vote.
We anxiously await Senator McCain's hysterical fit concerning this "threat to the fabric of democracy." Oh? There won't be one? Why not? Oh, Oh, we get it. OK. Note also today's NYT, wherein some op-ed liberal whines about this stuff too. Opening paragraphs follow.
It never ends. The Republican Party never gets tired of spraying its poison across the American political landscape. So there was a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann, telling Chris Matthews on MSNBC that the press should start investigating members of the House and Senate to determine which ones are “pro-America or anti-America.”
Seriously (no, really, we're calling for bloodshed here) if those bastards steal yet another election, we will have to have a civil war. Make no mistake, "real" Americans, we will squash you like the cockroaches you are. Let's see how Rep. Bachmann feels when we decide she's not much of an American. See how she likes Gitmo.

This Date in World History

1805: Adm. Nelson's British fleet won the battle of Trafalgar. Nelson died of injuries sustained in the battle.

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!