Monday, December 8, 2008
MCFADDEN: So, you can read the Bible and not take it literally. I mean you can -- it's not inconsistent to love the Bible and believe in evolution, say.President George W. Bush and ABC News' Cynthia McFadden at a "Youth Focus" event in North Carolina. The president spoke to McFadden about the importance of faith-based programs.(White House )
BUSH: Yeah, I mean, I do. I mean, evolution is an interesting subject. I happen to believe that evolution doesn't fully explain the mystery of life and ...
MCFADDEN: But do you believe in it?
BUSH: That God created the world, I do, yeah.
MCFADDEN: But what about ...
BUSH: Well, I think you can have both. I think evolution can -- you're getting me way out of my lane here. I'm just a simple president. But it's, I think that God created the Earth, created the world; I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty, and I don't think it's incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution.
reenieWell of course, as if getting a counterfeit Social Security card w/ a dead person's SSN on it is the same as getting a U. S. Passport. Indeed, were he not a Yankee pig, he would have had to obtain a visa or residence permit to get into the U. S. after his madrassa yrs. in Indonesia. (Good thing we're pretty much preaching to the choir here. We'd hate to send the conspiracy theorists on a wild goose chase.)
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Is this guy an idiot or what? Give me a break. Oh I killed someone 40 years ago but hey I have lived a good life since and well the government never caught me before now, so hey, I shouldn't be bound by the law. Does this twit realize how many illegal immigrants have social security numbers and driver's licenses?
In Athens, rioters torched the capital's huge Christmas tree in central Syntagma Square. As the hooded youths moved on, some protesters posed for photos in front of the blaze, and others sang the Greek version of "Oh Christmas Tree."Go, cats & kittens, go!!
With the global financial crisis hitting Greek consumers, shop owners worried the violence would hurt consumer confidence. "It comes at a time when we have been trying so hard to establish a Christmas spirit in the market," said Vassilis Krokidis, head of the Piraeus Traders' Association. "Our challenge remains getting through the economic crisis and saving the jobs of those who work in regular businesses."Yep, Geezis Hussein Christ's miracle birth, etc., has long been perverted to give retailers hope for profit this year. But there's no more complaint about that. The traditionalists lost the "Put the Christ Back in Xmas" war long, long ago. Now it's "Atheists are forcing stores to tell their wage-slaves not to say 'Merry Christmas,'" as if the continuation of the faith depended on sales associates' greetings. Na'gonna happen, anyway, as the only faith observed in the chain stores is that oldest of them all, commodity fetishism.
[I]nvestors bet that President-elect Barack Obama’s plans to increase spending on public works projects will help lift the economy back to health.The real problem (Hey, pay some attention here, AmeriKKKa, we're schoolin' ya!!) is that our economy or financial system or whatever all this bullshit is relies on investors literally betting that something's going to happen (or not) seldom based on anything more than hunches. Is that any way to run anything?
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Mr. Putin, the former president and current prime minister, has long maintained that Russia made a colossal error in the 1990s by allowing its enormous reserves of oil, gas and other natural resources to fall into private hands. [...] Now, the Kremlin seems to be capitalizing on the economic crisis, exploiting the opportunity to establish more control over financially weakened industries that it has long coveted, particularly those in natural resources.Who said Ayn Rand is anti-statist?
Last month, for example, the government assumed greater influence over Norilsk Nickel, the world’s biggest nickel producer, whose large shareholders, two billionaire oligarchs, have ailing finances. And Mr. Putin said Thursday that he was considering other such interventions.
At the forefront of these efforts is Mr. Sechin, 48, a deputy prime minister who has been a Putin confidant since the two served in the St. Petersburg city government in the early 1990s. Mr. Sechin almost never gives interviews or speaks publicly, but he is believed to spearhead the use of the secret services and other government arms to capture companies. “He is the state’s main raider,” said Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a prominent Kremlin expert at the Center for the Study of Elites in Moscow. “He organizes these raider seizures, sometimes to the benefit of the state, or sometimes to the benefit of companies that are friendly to him.” Mr. Sechin’s role in the Uralkali inquiry immediately caused analysts and investors to presume that the company was in peril. Uralkali’s stock, once highly prized by fund managers, has plunged more than 60 percent since the inquiry began, far more than the broader Russian stock market. That has caused steep losses for Mr. Rybolovlev, 42, a former medical student who is known as Russia’s fertilizer king because of his dominance of the business of mining potash, a principal fertilizer component. Last June, when Uralkali was soaring, the otherwise low-key Mr. Rybolovlev attracted attention by buying Donald J. Trump’s mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., for $95 million.Sounds like an ideal Objectivist scenario.
With the financial crisis jolting economies around the world, Russia is hardly alone in taking ownership stakes in corporations these days. But many governments seem to view this as an uncomfortable role that has been thrust upon them. Russia’s rulers, however, appear to perceive the crisis as a chance to further expand their control over the economy, concentrating ever more power and wealth in the Kremlin. “We will put capital directly into major companies, in cases when it would be beneficial to the state and eventually to the taxpayer, and in those enterprises that are the basis of the economy of the Russian Federation,” Mr. Putin said in a television appearance on Thursday. “We do not exclude that these tools may be used in a large-scale way.”Plus ça change, plus c'est...
But ultimately we want to talk about parents reading to their kids. We want to invite kids from local schools into the White House.” The president-elect said his administration is interested in “elevating science once again, and having lectures in the White House where people are talking about traveling to the stars or breaking down atoms, inspiring our youth to get a sense of what discovery is all about.” “Thinking about the diversity of our culture and inviting jazz musicians and classical musicians and poetry readings in the White House so that once again we appreciate this incredible tapestry that's America,” he said.Already the Prez-in-waiting shows us he understands that education begins at home, not necessarily w/ home-schooling either, but w/ parents who give a shit. (Good luck getting Americans to buy into that. Yes, they're all too busy & everything. We understand how it is.)
“What I said was that there were times where I have fallen off the wagon,” Obama said. “What I would say is that I have done a terrific job under the circumstances of making myself much healthier, and I think that you will not see any violations of these rules in the White House.”That's politics at work. And what a pleasure to have a guy who doesn't sound as if he just fell off the proverbial turnip truck (landing on his head) in the Presidency. A guy w/ a regular, West Coast/Telebision accent, for once. A real real American, not some pseudo or real hayseed w/ deep-rooted Oedipal problems (NB: Could as easily be Clinton as Bush!) to get all Freudian on y'all.
The conservative government, suffering a sharp drop in popularity in recent months, appealed for calm... [...] "We must not feel weak and disgraced, but furious with the government's incapacity, apathy and irresponsibility," said opposition Socialist party leader George Papandreou, who has seen his party lead opinion polls in recent months. Greece, where one in five lives below the poverty line, has seen a rising wave of anti-government strikes and youth protests in recent months as the global slowdown starts to bite.
Rioting in several cities, including Hania in Crete and cities in northern Greece, began within hours of the death Saturday night of a 15-year-old shot by police in Exarchia. The downtown Athens district of bars, music clubs and restaurants is seen as the anarchists' home base. Soon stores, banks and cars were ablaze. The rioting was some of the most severe Greece has seen in years. The last time a teenager was killed in a police shooting — during a demonstration in 1985 — it sparked weeks of rioting.Now think of the United Snakes. When what we used to call a "pig" shoots an unarmed, law-abiding citizen who was "reaching for his waistband," every politician stands up & screams about the "thin blue line," the officer(s) involved are put on desk duty, & it's turned over to the legal system, where it essentially disappears. Short of smoking gun level evidence (Rodney King) the oppressed return to being oppressed.
The two officers involved in Saturday's shooting have been arrested and charged, one with premeditated manslaughter and the illegal use of a weapon, and the other as an accomplice. They are to appear before a court Wednesday. They and the Exarchia precinct police chief have been suspended. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose offer to resign was rejected Sunday, has promised a thorough investigation. "It is inconceivable for there not to be punishment when a person loses their life, particularly when it is a child," he said. "The taking of life is something that is not excusable in a democracy."Damn. We've never heard a Yankee pig-dog pol say anything like that, let alone offer to resign when there is a screw-up under his or her responsibility. (Although we're sure that many of the "offers" to resign that we hear of any as bogus as the day is long. Still, here in AmeriKKKa, even the gesture goes unmade.)
"I understand the anger and the right to demonstrate it," Pavlopoulos said Sunday night. "What is inconceivable is the raw violence that undermines social peace and turns against the property of innocent people."No one who "owns" property is innocent.
Violence broke out again Sunday afternoon in Athens and Thessaloniki during demonstrations to protest the shooting. "Cops, pigs, murderers," protesters chanted.
From the southern port city of Basra to bustling Irbil in northern Iraq, Iraqi activists are trying to counter the rising influence of religious fundamentalists and tribal chieftains who have insisted that women wear the veil, prevented girls from receiving education and sanctioned killings of women accused of besmirching their family's honor. In their quest for stability in Iraq, U.S. officials have empowered tribal and religious leaders, Sunni and Shiite, who reject the secularism that Saddam Hussein once largely maintained. These leaders have imposed strict interpretations of Islam and enforced tribal codes that female activists say limit their freedom and encourage violence against them.Islam's been fighting their version of The Hundred Years War for some 700 yrs. now. Is it any surprise that men willing to kill on the basis of an internal religious difference rigorously enforce the various laws & customs of their superstitious, patriarchal tribal cultures?
Unlike past observances, which focused on the attack itself, this year's remembrance ceremony focused on the aftermath, including the B-52 bomber raid on Tokyo led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Earlier in the day, Bush got a look at how history will remember him at least in one artist's view as he presided over the unveiling of his portrait at a private club. "Welcome to my hanging," Bush said, drawing laughs from the well-dressed audience in The Union League's ornate hall. The portrait shows Bush staring straight ahead, looking comfortable but not quite smiling, against the backdrop of the White House's Treaty Room. The sitting took place in March, when artist Mark Carder took hundreds of photographs to capture details, such as Bush's skin color.Read the next part carefully. See? We've said more than once that Bush's cheer leading, boozing & the like could easily be due to his being a closet case:
The president put his hands on his hips and eyed the painting when it was unveiled, as if to judge whether Carder got it right. "He did a really fine job with a challenging subject," Bush said.Was he wearing a tie at The Union League, among the well-dressed in the ornate hall? Amazing. We are so deranged & hate-packed that we can't even discuss college football w/o viciously attacking the war criminal Bush. So we wrap on a lighter note. The University of Spoiled Children & the Westwood Weasels (Half-time score: The forces of the extra-privileged are leading the merely privileged, 21-7.) both look good playing in their home uniforms. The cardinal of USC & the whatever-kind-of-blue of UCLA offset each other nicely. New score: 28-7.
"Police confronted rascals and thugs who appeared in public wearing satanic fashions and unsuitable clothing," Qaemshahr city police commander Mahmoud Rahmani told IRNA. Rahmani also said that five barber shops were shut and 20 more warned for "promoting Western hairstyles." In the past, such crackdowns have lasted a few weeks or months, but the current campaign was launched in 2007 and has not let up. It includes measures against men sporting spiky "Western" hairstyles or women wearing tight trousers and high boots.Which puts them on the same level as the Mormons, who recently put their morals squad in effect in California, though more w/ money than arrests. And while we'll wag our finger at asshole ayatollahs as much as the next finger-wagger, there's not much more we can do about religious ugliness in Iran. We don't think bombing them into the stone age will necessarily cut down on strict dress code enforcement. (It's not the "nanny" state, it's the "junior high" state.) So pardon us as we citizen patriots of Unreal America deal w/ religious bullies right here, where we can do some good. Hey, look, here comes the morals squad now. As a patriotic American, we must get up at 0900 to watch the Army-Navy game, so we'll deal w/ William A. Donohue & his co-signers later. Much later.
Friday, December 5, 2008
After losing a swift afternoon battle, settlers struck back into the night with gunfire and arson attacks on Palestinians in this troubled city and other parts of the West Bank, raising tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Seventeen Palestinians were wounded along with at least 35 Israeli soldiers, police officers and settlers. Fires blazed after dusk along a ravine dividing Hebron, a largely Palestinian city, and the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba as police skirmished with settlers on both sides. [...] "The expulsion has begun!" an Israeli named Orel wrote on eretzil.org, a Hebrew-language settler forum. "Anyone who can arrive at the House of Peace should come now. Those who cannot come should begin acts of revenge in the towns." [...] At that point, the settlers began clashing with Hebron's Palestinians, who threw stones at them from rooftops. Settlers set fire to two homes, a store and nine cars, Palestinian officials said. In an incident caught on film, a settler shot and wounded a 65-year-old Palestinian and his adult son outside their Hebron home. Settlers briefly sat on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, snarling traffic. In the West Bank they pelted cars with rocks and blocked roads with burning tires near Ramallah, Kalkilya and Nablus, and set fire to olive groves near Nablus, witnesses said.Dem a-loot, a-shoot, a-wail & a-arson on the weaker like the bullies they are.
And then blame leftists.
Because elections are scheduled for February and Mr. Barak is his party’s leader, opponents of the evacuation accused him of seeking political advantage through his decision. “Barak sent the army and police as part of the left wing’s election campaign and the blood of the casualties is on his hands,” said Arieh Eldad of the National Religious Party.And they take the Sarah Palin approach to child-raising. Children are little props to be used.
Many Jews who charged into Hebron from Kiryat Arba to skirmish with police had their families in tow. Nir Nahum, a 42-year-old teacher, clutched his 8-year-old son's hand while retreating from a charging police phalanx. "We don't have the power to recapture the house right now," the teacher said. "Our power is in our ideas, in the Torah. This is the land of Israel, and we'll keep fighting to preserve it for our children. We will not give up easily."Your ideas, or the old crap from the Torah? Can't have it both ways there. And don't forget the struggle over corpse worship. Religion. As charming as ever.
The contested building, which occupants had dubbed the House of Peace, is on the road to the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives are said to be buried, a site Muslims and Jews have coveted and fought over for centuries.
I'm also, as you may have guessed, a Republican. I've been in the political minority in Manhattan for eight years, and before that, I failed to fit in at my super liberal upstate university. It isn't always easy, but it can be a lot of fun. Wearing GOP paraphernalia to Whole Foods is a favorite Saturday-morning pastime.Bet that really makes those hateful liberals spitting mad.
W - “So, Pappy, about that whole S&L deal - you only took them for a measly half a trillion, & it took you YEARS to pull it off? Not to mention some of your buds wound up under indictment? So THAT’s where the expression "Bush League" comes from! Hee hee hee!” Pappy - (scowls)Ai yi yi. Too fucking true.
Maybe I am crazy to even wonder. Or maybe we have witnessed one of the biggest frauds in American political history and the biggest failures among the American media in a very, very long time.It would be irresponsible not to speculate. (And stop splitting your infinitives, limebag. Don't they teach you anything in Albion?) Randy Andy, of course, is some sort of fanatic Catholic weirdo, & comes up w/ this bizarre statement:
I have always stated that bringing a baby with Down Syndrome into the world is a noble and beautiful thing.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
As the only Republican Cabinet member asked to stay on by President-elect Barack Obama, Gates told reporters that military commanders are looking at ways to more quickly pull troops out of Iraq in light of the 16-month timetable that was a centerpiece of the Democrat's campaign.Haw-haw, you stupid fucks!! Wrong, wrong, wrong, again, again, again.
About 400 were taken on buses to the airport Wednesday to board planes for Dubai, a hub for flights in and out of Iraq. Flights weren't available, however, and the men were returned to the warehouses. Kodithuwakku said that about 160 were asked to get on buses again Thursday night, but they were holding out for stronger guarantees that Najlaa would pay them. [...] Rizk told McClatchy this week that the company had encountered unspecified obstacles to its contracts in Iraq that delayed the jobs it anticipated giving the men. He said Najlaa took care of the men's basic health and safety needs, though the workers have complained about poor food and inadequate restrooms. Spokesmen for the Multi-National Forces-Iraq have declined several requests for comment about the warehouses this week.Reminder: The AmeriKKKan liberators are so loved in Iraq that the contractor's sub-contractor has to hire exploitable poor people from thousands of miles away to handle food & cooking, out of fear that Iraqi workers would poison "our" troops. What a colossal, pathetic joke. Yet no one laughs.
And in my most humble of opinions, when you put a microphone in front of someone who wants to be President and a whole lot of stupid falls out of their mouth… Well, I no longer take that lightly because I now know that a whole lot of stupid can still be elected President if you’re not paying attention. Thanks everyone. I promise to try and move off the Palin topic soon. I’ve just never been good at ignoring idiots. You see, in a country that offers you a free public education and free public libraries there is just no excuse for ignorance… except ignorance itself.We have nothing to ignore but ignorance itself.
More likely, the justices will consider the lawsuit—which claims that Obama Sr. made his son a dual citizen of the British Empire and thus ineligible for the presidency—frivolous, decide that Donofrio lacked the standing to sue Obama anyway, and move on.We'd love to see B.O. (or his flunkies) counter sue all these morons, & bankrupt them so they'll crawl away, tails between legs.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Nixon was told by his Deputy Asst. for National Security Affairs, Alexander Haig, that Vice President Spiro Agnew disagreed with Kissinger, then serving as national security advisor, about some diplomatic and political strategy regarding Vietnam. Nixon said he thought Agnew "was on board," but that he "is a god damned fool" who "doesn't know a god damned thing. He bores the hell out of me. Christ ... I'll have to have him come in here."Nothing else new, really.
In the conversation with Kissinger, filled with long pauses, Nixon expressed fears that Congress would cut off funds for the Vietnam War. Nixon: "We may be faced with that. So what do we do then, Henry?" Kissinger: "Blame the Democrats."Nothing new at all. This one's good too.
In a later exchange, Nixon says he wants an Italian in his cabinet: "Goddamn it, Chuck, we haven't got an Italian yet. I can't find any," he says on the tape. Colson suggests former ABC News correspondent John Scali for the United Nations Ambassador job. Nixon thinks that's a good idea. Scali is not only Italian, but Nixon believes "he'll take orders.
That is important, Nixon says, because, "That whole staff up there is violently anti-Nixon... and (George H.W.) Bush hasn't done one damn thing about it. He's become part of it." When considering an African American for the post, Nixon says, "We don't owe the blacks a damn thing, anyway." Colson agrees: "Oh, hell no. As a matter of fact, Mr. President, I think it's a bad signal to put a black in the cabinet."And now there's a person of color in the Oval Office, Chuck. Whaddaya say to that? Maybe if the Republicans could stop running old jackasses for a change. 36 yrs. ago they had the same problems.
In a different taped conversation between Nixon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on election night 1972, Nixon tells Kissinger that Republicans have lost some Senate races because some incumbents were too old and because one of them, former Senator Jack Miller from Iowa, was a "jackass."It's quite an improvement that in 2008 they managed to combine the age & jackass elements into one candidate. Although we suppose that Bob Dole qualifies as well. That Nixon. A political genius.
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BAGHDAD — About 1,000 Asian men who were hired by a Kuwaiti subcontractor to the U.S. military have been confined for as long as three months in windowless warehouses near the Baghdad airport without money or a place to work. [...] "It's really dirty," a Sri Lankan man told McClatchy, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he still wants to work for Najlaa. "For all of us, there are about 12 toilets and about 10 bathrooms. The food — it's three half-liter (one pint) bottles of water a day. Bread, cheese and jam for breakfast. Lunch is a small piece of meat, potato and rice. Dinner is rice and dal, but it's not dal," he said, referring to the Indian lentil dish.