Monday, December 8, 2008

Celine Dion Upskirt

Photo: Lori Shepler/L. A. Times, who, we're sure, had no vulgarity in mind.
If it weren't for the fucking Internet we would never have known what "upskirt" meant. Hell, there'd be no "upskirt" if not for technology anyway. Ick.

No Prez Left Behind

The alleged product of Yale & Harvard education speaks.

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.

Photo: President George W. Bush and
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.
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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?

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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.

It Is a Disaster

We just love the living shit out of forums w/ all the features: the smaller-than-a-postage-stamp picture/avatar (in most cases, a representation of an animated character, because these volk are probably as ugly as their opinions, & are pretty much living cartoons) very colorful, boxes, your individual quote, & a signature quote, how many posts you've made, some sort of ranking based on that number, u. s. w.  Just as stupid & ugly as fug. 
This being the land of the obvious & literal, the typing matches the display.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008, 06:18:17 PM »

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?
Well 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.)

Rockefeller Center, Here We Come, W/ Torches!

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!! 
In the spirit of the season, over three days of national tearing-it-up there have no been reported deaths. Congrats to the liberating forces of anarchy, & to the murderous pig cops who are managing to holding themselves in check (this time). We can only hope this has already taught them a lesson. And only wish Americans would stand up for themselves like this.
And would like to hear more from the defenders of Commercial Christmas about this sort of thing:
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.

The Obama "Recession"

Fat shithead Rush Limbaugh (& doubtless all others on the "talking points" fax list) had already pronounced the current economic mess as being all Prexy-to-be Obama's fault because his secret Muslim Marxist policies were scaring the money weasels. (Or something. Mostly just picking on B. O., no matter what.)
Wrong again. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Again, etc., etc.
[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?

Toots: Time Tough

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 9 mins ago Today is Monday, Dec. 8, the 343rd day of 2008. There are 23 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania. In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South. In 1886, the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio. In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the glorious Peoples Liberation Army forces led by Chairman Mao ZeDong pressed their attacks. The East is Red!! In 1978, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80. In 1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan. In 1982, a man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage, threatening to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. After a 10-hour standoff, Norman D. Mayer was shot dead by police; it turned out there were no explosives. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles. In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into U.S. law the North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect at the start of 1994 Ten years ago: Struggling to stave off impeachment, President Bill Clinton's defenders forcefully pleaded his case before the House Judiciary Committee. The Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search people and their cars after merely ticketing them for routine traffic violations. San Francisco and several suburbs suffered a power blackout; it was more than seven hours before electricity was fully restored.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed a $400 billion Medicare overhaul bill that included a prescription drug plan for seniors. Congress approved legislation to stem the flood of unwanted junk e-mail known as "spam." U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow resigned from Congress just after being convicted in the traffic death of a motorcyclist, Randy Scott, in South Dakota. A Greek anti-terrorism court convicted 15 members of the November 17 cell for their roles in a nearly 30-year killing campaign.

One year ago: The Justice Department and CIA announced a joint inquiry into the spy agency's destruction of videotapes of interrogations of two suspected terrorists. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed Barack Obama for president during appearances in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Skiers, fire-eaters and an ice sculptor joined in worldwide demonstrations to draw attention to global warming. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 78. Actor David Carradine is 72. Actor James MacArthur is 71. Flutist James Galway is 69. Singer Jerry Butler is 69. Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 67. Actor John Rubinstein is 62. Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 61. Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 60.Actress Kim Basinger is 55. Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 52. Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 51. Country singer Marty Raybon is 49. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 46. Actor Wendell Pierce is 45. Actress Teri Hatcher is 44.Rapper Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) is 42.As is Sinead O'Connor.Thought for Today: "So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs." #0151; Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915).

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Oligarchs, State & Disaster Capitalism

It's been said that the Soviet Union's economy was mere "state capitalism," rather than actual socialism. There's a version of our "bail-out" ("Rescue?" "TARP?")  going on in Russia where it's certain that the tax payer gov't. will be repaid every kopeck & a tidy profit. State & disaster capitalism at it's finest.
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.

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.

Who said Ayn Rand is anti-statist?
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...

Pictures That Move? You're Mad, I Tell You, Mad!

W/o the Intarwebz, there'd be no reason for this to move. The question, if any, is whether it was conceived as moving or a "still."Rain Deer 
Rain Deer This one must have started w/ motion in mind. Holy Plow
Please excuse the advert. You can't stop it but you can mute it.

Only When He's Had a Couple of Drinks

The, if not completely personal, at least less grim, side of B. O. & T. B. on Meet the Press today, as typed by Politico.
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.)
Not to mention culture & stuff. In the White House. A president who won't spend Sunday afternoon watching football by himself & choking on a pretzel? We'll take sneaking out to the portico for a puff during a recital over choking yourself to death in front of the LCD/plasma teat any day.
“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.

Democracy, Part II (In Which De Yout' A-Loot & A-Wail)

It would appear to our prejudiced mind that, as indicated below, things aren't going well in Greece. Let's get a bit more detail from Reuters. Under what flavor of fascism do they live? 
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.
Won't be long before we begin to hear that democracy is a "luxury" that we can no longer afford in these troubled economic times, will it?
But enough of that Gloomy Gus crap. Let's go to the video tape:

Further Develpments on the Pearl Harbor Story

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawai'i, 84, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient, salutes during the 67th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Commemoration in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. 5:49 p.m. ET, 12/7/08 Photo: Lucy Pemoni/AP
The AP is updating itself constantly. And Mighty Sorry, No Body Cares offers centenarians who remember where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Democracy

Our eyes & ears runneth over w/ the "This is a judeo-Xian nation" line of "thought." Most of those espousing it don't mention the Greco-Roman packers of much/most of the intellectual baggage the "West" hauls behind it in its wheeled bag, searching the station for someone who can speak English & will tell them which track the train to hell is on.
They'll whine about "libertyfreedomresponsibilityaccountabilityblahblah" until the words have lost their meaning & they're blue in their faces, but to see some of these concepts in action we have to return to our Greco-Roman roots. 
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.
In Greece, not only do the righteous riot, as they should, but 
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.)
One point w/ which we don't agree:
"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.
P. S.: Plenty/swell pix & vids of disorder & arson at the link. And: They still call 'em "pigs."
Violence broke out again Sunday afternoon in Athens and Thessaloniki during demonstrations to protest the shooting. "Cops, pigs, murderers," protesters chanted.

"The Surge Is Working, Damnit!"

Another big surprise from the Bush admin. Was it a surprise to them, as well, or a feature rather than a bug in the pathetic planning that led us to our current quagmire? 
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? 
We doubt that the neo-conservatives who "planned" the entire sordid mess gave thirty seconds of thought to any such repercussions. After all, they're big picture, macro-types. The survival of the nation is at stake! Human lives? Mere statistics, in that Stalinist way the neo-cons dig so much.

Worse & Worser

Hoo boy!
Obama warns economy to get worse
Is there any meaningful difference between "to get worse" & "will get worse"?

The Very Definition of "Matron" & An Old Joke Made New

Note the two women standing in the background.
We have eight yrs. of hate, pain, fear & rage stored up (OK, OK, we have well over fifty yrs. of it packed away somewhere, but we're talking eight specific yrs.) much of it on the hard-drive, & we'll be trying to clear it away from now through 20 January 2009.A tip of the Bouffant chapeau to  ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© for the shot of Mrs. George Walker "Pickles" Bush scaring the troops.

Revisionism

So, the ceremonies marking the 27th anniv. of the Pearl Harbor attack focused, for some reason (we know what it is, really) on the response to the attack. As if Doolittle's Tokyo raid has anything to do w/ the occupation of Iraq.
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.
We might point out to AP reporter Herbert A. Sample that Doolittle's pilots flew B-25s, not B-52s, but it might be a simple transposition error. Or the editor's a moron. Or they're all historically ignorant. Or, or, or...
UPDATE (Moments later): The AP has updated as well, lengthened their story, added pictures, & fixed the B-52 inaccuracy. Good for them.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Xmas

Last night there was a plastic Xmas tree, w/ blinking red & green lights, in the office here at the Neon Motel. Tonight, the lone palm tree, in the parking lot in front of the office, was garlanded in red & white lights. We don't want to get anyone excited about Consumermass too early, but we may show you a picture sometime soon. It's very festive.

By The Associated Press – Sun Dec 7, 12:01 am ET

Today is Sunday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2008. There are 24 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked American and British territories and possessions in the Pacific, including the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Also on this date: In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1796, electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States. In 1808, electors chose James Madison to be the fourth president of the United States. In 1836, Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States. In 1946, fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta; the blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff. In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. In 1982, convicted murderer Charlie Brooks Jr. became the first U.S. prisoner to be executed by injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. In 1983, in Madrid, Spain, an Aviaco DC-9 collided on a runway with an Iberia Air Lines Boeing 727 that was accelerating for takeoff, killing all 42 people aboard the DC-9 and 51 aboard the Iberia jet. In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the two pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash. In 1988, a major earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25,000. Ten years ago: On the eve of historic hearings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde said there was a "compelling case" for impeaching President Bill Clinton. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of President Clinton over 1996 campaign financing. Five years ago: Allies of President Vladimir Putin won a sweeping victory in Russia's parliamentary elections. Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth of Britain and its former colonies, which had suspended it for alleged abuses of civil liberties. One year ago: Congressional Democrats demanded a full Justice Department investigation into whether the CIA had obstructed justice by destroying videotapes documenting the harsh 2002 interrogations of two alleged terrorists. Two window washers fell 47 stories from a Manhattan skyscraper when their scaffolding failed; Edgar Moreno was killed, but his brother, Alcides, miraculously survived. Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in San Francisco to charges he'd lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs. Today's Birthdays: Actor Eli Wallach is 93. Political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 80. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 77. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 76. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is 71. Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 68. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench is 61. Country singer Gary Morris is 60. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 59. Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, is 56. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 53.Basketball Hall-of-Famer Larry Bird is 52. Former "Tonight Show" announcer Edd Hall is 50. Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 50. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 43. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 42. Football player Terrell Owens is 35. Thought for Today: "No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace or insure it victory in time of war." — President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

College Football Wrap-Up: Last Sat. of the Season

Just as we promised not to bother even laughing at the Raiders this season, we've kept our college football mania[end humour] under check until last gasp wknd. We're amused to report that Army, despite digital camo helmets & pants(Press releases. Pix here.) was shut out by Navy, 34-0, giving the Brigade of Midshipmen a seven to zip streak against the Corps of Cadets, as well as their sixth consecutive Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Speaking of the Commander-in-Chief's last gasp, he'll never be back to this game. Remember when it was a badge of some superficiality or another that senile old fool Reagan would never enter the Oval Office w/o sporting at least a sport coat & tie? As if it were a "better" restaurant? Here's G. W. Bush w/o a freaking tie on, when every middie & cadet in the stadium is in full uniform. He's already checked out, he's just waiting in the room for a flunky to come & get the bags.
"Hey, down in front! Take your fucking sailor boy hat off!!"
Pres. Bush, to his right Naval Academy Sup't. VADM Jeffrey Fowler, & — who's that off the adm.'s starboard quarter? It's Cinderella! We never thought she'd come out in the light of day again. Maybe this is a final appearance for her as well. WashTim reminds us that Bush is always playing to his base.
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.

Kill Your Television

Watch crap on the Intertubes instead!!

Why We Are Not A Muslim, Either

Since most on the left are Satanic atheists, the non-stop accusations from right wing blatherers that we're all a bunch of moooslim patsies is a load of crap. Those barbarians won't even let Satan in the hair salons.
"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

Spoiled Fucking Brats

Photo: Sebastian Scheiner/AP
On the other side of the world, Israeli "settlers" (colonialist religious fanatics) were forcibly removed from a house they may have scammed from a Palestinian gentleman.
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.

Above: "Settlers" rampage on Palestinian roofs. Photo: Rina Castelnuovo/NYT

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.

Clever Cons

What Republicans think is clever:
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.

Sophoclean

A brilliant synopsis of the Oedipal drama of the Bush Era, from commenter "jim" at Sadly, No!.
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.

MSNBC Economy Wrap-Up

Into the toilet America goes, soon to be followed by the rest of the world.

Hic!

Today is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. We were informed of this not by a "reputable" news source (Just Another Blog™ is the only source for reputable news!) but an advert in the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper©™ from the enablers at Dewar's. Hell, we might even knock one down today. (Except we'll probably forget about the whole thing, or decide it's too much bother. And really, what isn't too much bother?)

Knocked Up?

We'd heard a bit of this stuff, that somehow Sarah Palin really wasn't pregnant w/ the newest dummy added to her family. (The implication being that one or another of her daughters was knocked up, maybe the sluttiest one who is now pregnant. Again?)
Now Andrew Sullivan comes up w/ research, photos & the like on the subject. Interesting, to say the least.
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.
What a colossal asshole. (Which, of course, is whence he'd have to "bring a baby into the world.") How the fucking hell does he think the Down Syndrome person feels after being "brought into the world?" No, it's all about the "nobility" that a selfish, brain-dead witch like Palin can enjoy, as well as the exploitation of the child. (Worked quite well on another Catholic.) And the world may not appreciate it so much when it has to start taking care of & paying for said child. 
It may not have been as beautiful & noble as completely irresponsible for an old biddy like Palin to get knocked up at her advanced age. Not that she'd pay any attention to medical facts or statistics that would tell her she might not want to get knocked up by the so-called First Dude. Assuming he's the father. Ho, cheap shot!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Open Letter to Certain Right-Wing Mouthpieces

Many of the idiotic morons & simpletons on the wrong side of virtually everything have been screeching w/ joy (& there's little to bring them joy these days) that, somehow, someway, for some reason, the United Snakes won't be pulling troops out of the Iraqi occupation. We're not sure where they get these ideas (really, we do know, but we're not saying) but we can now point out that not only will AmeriKKKa's baby-killers be withdrawn, but Bobbo Gates of the DoD wants to get a move on.
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.

Pardon Our Soup

Last Ditch Efffort

Soon we won't have Bush to kick around any more. But it doesn't seem as if he's averse to getting the last kick in himself. Just the kind of weaselly little jerk-off he is. If you just can not get enough of Bush cartoons, here are a thousand or so.

Nixon Calls McGovern a "Prick." Can You Fucking Imagine?

The morons at ABC/Disney won't or can't let us embed one of their pathetic "news" videos, but it's worth the extra click to listen to more of the Nix at his very best. Note similarities between Agnew & Palin. We wonder how ol' Johnny McCain really felt about sweet Sarah.

Remission

We s'pose we'd be remiss in not mentioning that today's the fifteenth anniversary of the premature death of our semi-hero & acquaintance Frank Zappa, but at this point in the game who gives a fuck?

More Songs About Buildings & Food

Wrap-up (maybe, maybe not, you can't really trust slime who would essentially hold people prisoner for potential profit) of the people held prisoner for potential profit story from McClatchy.
And once we read the story, it looks as if these guys are screwed, period. Months of living like a homeless person/PoW, w/o pay, & it's pretty damn obvious Najlaa Catering has no intention of paying them.
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.

Lessons From The Bush Yrs.

A good point
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.

Sore Losers (Though We'll Guess They've Been Losers For A Long Time)

Slate wraps up the nut jobs trying to reverse the will of the American people by claiming that B. O. is a dirty Muslim Limey foreigner. Seriously. Here's the Limey part: 
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.

Thank You, Masked Moose Murderer

Lame Duck Wrap-Up

Right Wing Humor

Ha ha, we're doubled up from the yuks.
And very offended. By the stupidity. That's what offends us.
(And the crummy Photoshopping. Well, it does make Old Hair Dye look like the pinhead he was.)
Is that the Bitch Moose Party she's supporting?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This Date in Music History: Not Good in the '70s

Ah, nostalgia. 1729 - Composer Padre Antonio Francisco Javier Jose Soler was born.  1925 - "Concerto in F," by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin himself played the piano.  1960 - The musical "Camelot," by Lerner and Loewe opened on Broadway.  1961 - The Beatles met Brian Epstein for the first time at his record store in Liverpool.  1965 - In Sacramento, CA, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was shocked and knocked unconscious during a concert when his guitar made contact with his microphone during a performance of "The Last Time."  1965 - Ray Charles was convicted of possession of heroin and marijuana. He was given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.  1966 - The first Monkees concert was held, in Honolulu, HI.  1967 - The Supremes guest on a "Tennessee" Ernie Ford TV special.  1968 - Elvis Presley's NBC-TV special "Elvis" was aired.  1969 - John Lennon was asked to play the title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The offer was revoked the next day.  1971 - The Montreaux Casino was destroyed by fire during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.  1973 - Ringo Starr released the song "You're Sixteen." It was his second straight number one single.  1976 - The Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." was released.  1976 - Seven gunman fired shots into Bob Marley's home in Kingston, Jamaica where he and the Wailers were rehearsing. No one was seriously hurt.  1979 - At Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum eleven Who fans were trampled to death in the rush to gain admittance for general (unreserved) seats to the band's concert. 1986 - A lawsuit was filed against Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band's music for six hours.  1990 - Nightline aired Madonna's video for "Justify My Love." The previous week MTV had banned the video.  1991 - Gilby Clarke replaced Izzy Stradlin as rhythm guitarist for Guns 'N' Roses.  1991 - Alan Feed received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  1995 - Prince opened the inaugural VH1 Fashion Awards.  1997 - Janet Jackson got an injunction against Eric Leon Christian, who she claimed had been harassing her.

HIstory Link

If you give a shit about anything that happened of any interest anywhere on the 3rd of December, this is the site. And we don't plan to put all those pixels here. Deaths. Births.

Last Dose, Really

The Nix & The KISS of Death. AP file photo.
Here, for the price of one, is a link to several more Nixon stories.

Nixon on Agnew

The Nix at the controls. AP file photo.
More from the new (to us) Nixon tapes.
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.

Prisoners of War

We didn't know McClatchy had officially set itself up as anti-gov't., but there it is, Service Marked & everything, on their header: "Truth to Power." And have you ever seen more liberal elite media bias than this list of stories?
But this is what we were looking for.
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.
Sounds like a homeless shelter.