Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Series of Tubes? No, It's More Like A Truck.

This is what we like to read:
There are many ways to measure how screwed Republicans are after the last election. You can look at the avalanche of swing states that broke big for Barack. You can look at the demographic shifts that left McCain-Palin with decisive wins only among voters over age 60 and towns with populations under 50,000. Or you can look at my emergency telegram from John McCain.
Over 60 & under 50,000. Nice. Even nicer is the realization that we may see an actual evolutionary change in the politics of This Great Nation of Ours; it's not every day a major party disappears from the landscape, & the two current parties have been at this crap for 148 yrs.
But nostalgia is apparently alive and well at the RNC. They’ve been sending these same fundraising letters since at least the 1970s, when a portion of the population could still equate “telegram” with “urgent.” How quickly the Republicans recognize their need to modernize will depend on how much they like losing. It’s not an impossible task to catch the Democrats, but it will require a cultural revolution inside the GOP. Because, like generals fighting the last war (or campaigns re-running culture war scripts that riff on late-1960s divides), the right-wing direct mail “gurus” who profit from every GOP campaign didn’t feel it necessary to update their templates for the third presidential campaign of the 21st century. Or, arguably worse, they were actually aiming for the very, very old among us. 
Either way, it illustrates a comment made to me by a top GOP strategist during the campaign: “Our voters don’t use the Internet.” No doubt this was a well-researched fact. But accepting it is also the kiss of death, because it becomes justification for inaction. It’s an acceptance that the GOP has become that party that pridefully plays to the low tech, an inevitably declining slice of the demographic pie. They have become the “Party of Memory” that Emerson wrote about in the early days of our democracy, versus “the Party of Hope” as re-branded by Obama.
No further doubt possible: they're actually, actively proud of their bestial ignorance. We'll miss them when they're gone.

Gail Collins Is Right: Get Out Now!!

There must be a children's book in this: George, The Very Lamest Duck Ever, or something along those lines. May not be any way to get a happy ending out of the whole sordid, ugly mess though.

"Bulgaria 1992"

Best line of the "election cycle." (Now that it's all over but the shouting, recriminations, revenge & whatnot.)
Bill McInturff, speaking at a National Journal breakfast on Thursday, said the political environment for the GOP in 2008 was worse than anything he has seen in his time polling since former Soviet empires were breaking the shackles of communism. "Reporters would call me up and say, 'have you ever seen this?'" McInturff said of George W. Bush's approval ratings. "And I say, 'yeah, Bulgaria 1992.'"
Man. That is harsh. Even better? This:
Unrestrained by the formalities of the election, McInturff levied some sharps words at fellow GOPers who -- generally speaking -- never really were bullish on the idea of a McCain presidency. The most biting jabs were saved for communications guru Frank Luntz."I saw Frank Luntz," said McInturff, "who is a moron -- I want to make sure this is clearly on the record -- he was talking to Republican governors, making fun of John for not being able to use a BlackBerry. The man can't do it because he is much more disabled than people can imagine... I would like to take a hammer and start breaking bones in Frank's arms."
Testify, brother!

Ripped Off Again, Damnit!!!

As usual, we suggested such a thing several days ago, in the wake of Mukasey's fainting w/ the Federalists ("Should Obama's team take over Justice now?"): then some paid hoor for the liberal elite media took the idea & ran therewith.
Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.
Ms. Collins is right. Get him out now!! One caveat however.
The person who would like this plan least probably would be Barack Obama. Who would want to be saddled with the auto industry’s problems ahead of schedule? The heads of America’s great carmaking corporations are so dim that they couldn’t even survive hearings run by members of Congress who actually wanted to help them. Really, when somebody asks you exactly how much money you need, the answer should not be something along the line of “a whole bunch.”
So that rule of the stupid, by the stupid & for the stupid shall not perish from the earth.

See, There's Water There.
Now Can We Fucking Go?

This NASA computer graphic shows three craters in the eastern Hellas region of Mars containing concealed glaciers detected by radar. The left image shows how the surface looks today with the ice covered by a layer of Martian soil. The right image depicts the hidden glaciers.

It is still unclear, however, whether the water is accessible from the surface. Holt said the radar measurements indicated that it could be covered by as much as 30 feet of debris.

"If you could get a backhoe in there, you could get at it," said Jeffrey Plaut, a geologist at JPL. "You'd have to figure out how to get a backhoe to Mars."
From the L. A. Times.

Half-Hearted X-Mess Shopping Begins

For the woman who has pretty much everything already, the HK-47.

Out of Context Comics

Beginning Of The End

The Reverend Moon (Why are we calling him that? We don't revere him one bit.) like many would-be messiahs/world leaders, has a big interest in promoting fear. So when his UPI types the pertinent parts of the newest Nat'l. Intel Council report into a more convenient form for easy digestion by the hurried masses, you better believe they make it look bad for the good ol' U. S. A. 
And as fans of entropy, we're all for it as well.

Issue of the Day

U.S. intel panel warns of coming national decline
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Now it's official -- sort of. The United States is in decline.
[...]
"The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons," it said.

The report is also an indirect but very explicit repudiation of the grand strategy of outgoing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the neo-conservative intellectuals who served them.

It clearly rejects their assumption that a new century of U.S. global supremacy, leadership and even control more total than any the United States enjoyed in the past is likely or even achievable.

Instead, the NIC report warns of an increasingly uncontrollable, fragmented world with strategic, military and economic power increasingly diffused -- and with the danger of local and wider wars, especially over scarce resources, greater than ever before.

"The international system will be almost unrecognizable by 2025, owing to the rise of emerging powers, a globalizing economy, a transfer of wealth from West to East, and the growing influence of non-state actors. Although the United States is likely to remain the single most powerful actor, the United States' relative strength -- even in the military realm -- will decline and U.S. leverage will become more strained," it said.

No. Wow. What a shock. Now there's really no reason at all to get out of bed tomorrow, is there?

You Don't Say? Forty-Five Years...

Wallow in the nostalgia or something of "Camelot" at a collection of photos from the Reverend Moon's UPI. Above, the late President "lies in state" in the East Room of the White House, 23 November 1963. Below: Only Caroline survives. Photo taken at Hyannis Port, Mass., 4 August 1962.The especially morbid may want to see the autopsy photo.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Good Idea?

Just a minute here. Do we really want someone named "Jim Jones" to be President B. O.'s Nat'l. Security Adviser? Especially since the guy's a former general. They're supposed to fade away, not double dip at the gummint trough.

You're Telling Me

Another Wake-Up Call for America

The nation of Pakistan may have grown a proverbial pair, as they are making a big deal of recent target practice against Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Anti-aircraft guns and short-range surface-to-air missiles were used during the exercise conducted at a desert range near the city of Muzaffargarh in the central Pubjab province.

"The elements of Army Air Defence demonstrated their shooting skills by targeting the drones flying at different altitudes," the military said in a statement.

Air defence commander Lieutenant-General Ashraf Saleem praised the "precision and agility" of the gunners.

Bloomberg w/ greater detail:
Pakistani Army Tests Missile Capable of Shooting Down Drones

By Farhan Sharif

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan successfully tested a short-range, surface-to-air missile capable of destroying drones, the country's military said, two days after protesting to the U.S. over attacks on its territory by the unmanned aircraft.

Now we'll be wondering all night long. Were they just testing the anti-drone missile? Did they actually shoot anything down? Had the missile they were testing ever been used/tested before? Why didn't the IHT type anything about it being a test?

Wake-Up Call for America #3,589,274 (This Month)

Overheard today on the Michael Medved show: The author of the literary epic Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs, babbling that somehow the refusal by a few Somali immigrant taxi drivers in Minneapolis-St.Paul to transport passengers w/ alcohol or guide dogs is step one in the imposition of Sharia Law in the United Snakes. How this will happen is less than clear, but the usual suspects are responsible:
Not with guns and bombs, but via covert sources: Islamic charities, the ACLU--even presidential candidates. They are all pawns in a stealth holy war. Unwittingly advancing the jihadist agenda not by violence, but through endeavors designed to acclimate and subject us to Islamic law--just the way Osama bin Laden wants it. [...] America, Spencer demonstrates, is all but oblivious to a new kind of threat presented by a loosely organized movement whose activists are well funded, highly motivated, and relentless in pursuit of their agenda. This book is a wake-up call for a country so focused on foreign threats that it has left itself vulnerable to a growing danger much closer to home.
Hokey Fuckin' Smokes! Get our broker on the horn & tell her to put all our liquid funds in whoever the hell makes diapers for grown-ups. Once this book is out, Depends will be flying off the shelves! Conspicuously absent from any discussion or mention during the broadcast (the part we heard, at least) were such manifestations of American Xianity as pharmacists refusing birth-control & "morning after" birth control. Also conspicuous by its absence was any mention of the various propositions, initiatives, etc. designed to impose a religious definition of "traditional marriage" on our legal system, & take rights from groups of American citizens. We can add Roman Catholic bishops advising their flocks not to come to communion or any of the other mystical ceremonies of Catholicism if any of their sheep dared vote for now Prez-elect Obama. Now let's compare. Taxi drivers voluntarily pass on fares, for silly reasons, costing themselves money & costing the fares as much as three or four minutes getting a more welcoming hack. This is dangerous & will have all "our" hot-pantsed women in burqas w/in X wks. of B. O.'s inauguration. Versus a pharmacist possibly placing a life in danger due to superstitious beliefs. Or a bishop essentially damning congregants to hell for their votes. What kind of psychological damage might that do to someone already unhinged enough to be heavily invested in religious superstition? Not worth a mention from Messrs. Medved & Spencer.

Panic in The Year Zero

We love to say "We told you so, you stupid ignorant fuck!!" And if any one had to be told that the fucking "stock market" was going to fall through the floor & then through the concrete slab under the dripping, moldy, smelly basement of the dripping, moldy, smelly American economy, they're double-plus stupid & ignorant. That means you, optimists, believers & other saps & marks.

Markets 'in panic mode'

The latest teeth-gnashing plunge Thursday virtually wiped out the remaining gains from the five-year bull market that began in 2002. With the news dominated by grim economic data, including a 16-year high in weekly unemployment claims and the failure of Congress to reach a deal to help U.S. automakers, the Dow Jones industrial average sank almost 450 points -- its eighth triple-digit drop in 12 trading days.
Ha ha ha! We can't wait until deflation makes the money that you saps slave to earn, that must be pried from the skeletal fingers of your parasitical employers, worth even less, as your wages & salaries shrink, while here at Just Another Blog, between the incredible advertising revenues & our "too lazy to work" Gov't. handout our money will be worth even more. "Bring it on!"

Palin Gobbles, Turkeys Die

She won't go away. Granted , most of the public stuff she does now would never have trickled down to the lower 48 prior to her run at the vice-presidency. Still, we're going to be seeing her vapid face & hearing that grating, shrill, strident voice for some time to come. Note that all the family is healthy & happy, even Twig. Yet no word on how Bristol's unwed pregnancy is coming along. When's that wedding again? Gotta preserve the family & traditional marriage.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Broken News

Attorney General Mukasey collapses

Was giving a speech to Federalist Society when he began shaking

Latest. Even later. Hope he's alright, but who cares otherwise? Should Obama's team take over Justice now?

The Holidays Are Here (Like It Or Not) & So We Turn to Entertaining at Home

From the Yahoo! FOOD Entertaining section, how to run your parties, if not your very existence.
I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred This song's humor wore out long ago, and now it's just vulgar, cheesy, and so annoying. It's kind of become a really bad, hairy, cheap-cologne-wearing gigolo anthem. All By Myself by Eric Carmen Music to make even the happiest person on earth sick with despair. There's no amount of nostalgia in the world that can make us yearn for this song -- even if our dog died... even if we lost our job... and especially if we're trying to party! When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls These girls are H-O-T. We get it. And if your party playlist was voted on looks alone, they'd be near the top. But this repetitive, hi-pitched, electro-pop track lacks the sexy vibe of "Don't Cha" and just leaves us wishing the Dolls would grow up and sing a little something else. Endless Love by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross Just thinking about this gushy ballad makes us so happy the ‘80s are over! Even the divine Miss Ross can't save this duet from being maudlin. Macarena by Los Del Rio This flash-in-the-pan phenom is our pick for the most annoying song of all time. Even if half your guests agree with us (and we think the will), cross this dance ditty permanently off your list. Fergalicious by Fergie The funky Fergie stutters her way through this irritating tune, parts of which sound like a broken record, literally. She may have the best abs in the music 'biz, but do you and your friends really want to listen to her sing about herself for nearly five minutes? I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry Too loud. Too obvious. Just trying too darn hard. With its in-your-face content and dumbed-down lyrics, it comes off as a one-hit-wonder curiosity for the under-twenty set. The kind of tune you'd expect to hear playing at a teen-store at the mall, not a hip soiree. We like the taste of cherry chapstick too but... My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion Your gathering will sink and crash like the legendary Titanic. Need we say more? Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin Childish, perky pop -- upbeat to the point of being really really annoying. This is a song that makes you be happy that you're near the door. The End by The Doors Weighing in at over 11 minutes long, this song will stop even the most raucous party in its tracks. The lyrics - "Father...I want to kill you" - are not quite the feelgood hit of the century.
Sez you! Then:
On the other hand, if you are looking for your guests to leave, look here!
Yes, you too can be just this fucking stupid. We suspect that most of our largest demographic doesn't have a one of those tunes, w/ the possible exception of "The End" on a CD purchased when you were suckered into re-purchasing your record collection on CDs.Or maybe on the Apocalypse Now soundtrack. But any of the others?

Stop Pretending

Many other equally fine shots of Sec. Paulson at the Reagan Library. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/REUTERS
To paraphrase whichever of Hitler's goons made the original statement, "When I hear the word 'economics,' I reach for my revolver." (Does comparing oneself to a Nazi invoke "Godwin's law?") Why our trigger finger itches:
"If we do not correctly diagnose the causes, and instead act in haste to implement more rather than better regulations, we can do long-term harm," Paulson said in a speech in Simi Valley, Calif.

[...]

Paulson on Thursday again defended his management, including his decision last week to officially abandon the original rescue strategy: buying rotten mortgages and other bad debts from banks to free up their balance sheets and get them to lend more freely.

"By proactively addressing the problems we saw coming and being pragmatic enough to change strategy in the face of changed facts and despite the inevitable criticism — we prevented a far worse financial crisis," Paulson insisted.

[...]

"There was no playbook for responding to a once or twice in a hundred year event," Paulson argued, saying he needed to shift strategy to respond to worsening financial and economic conditions.

Our suggestion on this: give it up already. Stop pretending that economics is even a soft science. You're dealing w/ human greed, envy & a thousand other animal instincts. You can't make a system like that work smoothly.
And we have a question. Why so many "once (or twice) in a 100 yrs." events recently? Is the Bush Administration itself such an event? Or is this period just randomly so?

New Tapes, Old Crap

And a slightly different take.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let's Have One More Elephant in a Suit So We Can Get This Off the Hard Drive

Really, Where Do They Get These Ideas?

Theocracy in Action

This sublime example of capitalist realism was brought to our attention by Snorghagen.

Left-Overs at Western White House Gifts...

These should be moving like hotcakes in the next few eternities. When the divorce comes (Anyone like to start a pool? When? And why? Booze? Infidelity?) they'll really be valuable.There's also the haunted part of the store, where things you never wish to see again lurk in waiting.What, they couldn't fit "Country First!" on there as well?

No. Two Man Speaks

Fellow terrorist, or "House Negro?" How do we explain this newest video of an audio tape, of Ayman Al-Zawahri, Al Qaida's second-in-command, using only the tainted intel we receive from Western sources? In the video, No. Two gets vicious.
Ayman al-Zawahri's speech was al-Qaida's first reaction to Obama's election victory — and it suggested the terror network is worried the new American leader could undermine its rallying cry that the United States is an enemy oppressor.

Obama has been welcomed by many in the Middle East who hope he will end what they see as American aggression against Muslims and Arabs under President George W. Bush. Some believe his race and Muslim family connections could make him more understanding of the developing world's concerns.

Al-Zawahri dug into U.S. racial history to try to directly knock down that belief and argue Obama will be no more sympathetic than white leaders to what the al-Qaida leader called "the oppressed" of the world.

He said Obama was the "direct opposite of honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X, the 1960s Muslim African-American rights leader, who is known among some in the Arab world and seen as a symbol of anti-imperialism.

Al-Zawahri also called Obama — along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice — "house Negroes."

The video included old footage of speeches by Malcolm X in which he explains the term, saying black slaves who worked in their white masters' house were more servile than those who worked in the fields. Malcolm X used the term to criticize black leaders he accused of not standing up to whites and discrimination.

Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri used the phrase "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves." But in the video message, posted on Islamic militant Web sites Wednesday, al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of the speech that translated the phrase as "house Negroes."
If you know what we mean. But how do we reconcile this w/ the Marxist Muslim socialist that we know Mr. Obama to be? Perhaps this is a ploy to keep us thinking Pres.-elect Obama is on our side just until the inauguration, when his Sharia-imposing executive orders come down. We hear he wants to make Oprah his second wife. (For the money.)

Our New Heroine

Kathleen Parker has been sounding a note here & there of common sense lately. She was mentioned as someone who didn't like Gov. Moosedroppings in the story to which we linked two days ago, and threatened w/ e-mails most foul.
Mr. Frum witnessed the upbraiding his fellow conservative, the columnist Kathleen Parker, received when she wrote in her syndicated column on the National Review’s Web site arguing that Governor Palin was unfit to be vice president. Ms. Parker received nearly 11,000 e-mail messages, one of which lamented that her mother did not abort her. “Who says public discourse hasn’t deteriorated?” she wrote in a followup column that ran on the Web site. (National Review, as Mr. Lowry pointed out, can hardly be held responsible for a reader’s nasty e-mail messages.)
Ms. Parker, again:
[The GOP] has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners. Short break as writer ties blindfold and smokes her last cigarette. Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle. [...] Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can't have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting. With the exception of Miss Alaska, of course. Even Sarah Palin has blamed Bush policies for the GOP loss. She's not entirely wrong, but she's also part of the problem. Her recent conjecture about whether to run for president in 2012 (does anyone really doubt she will?) speaks for itself: "I'm like, okay, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is.... And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it's something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door." Let's do pray that God shows Alaska's governor the door.
No you dih-n't, Kathy P., no you dih-n't!

Real Humor

Entrepreneurs, Glibertarians &

Let's Not Have A War, For Once

Guest Star: Peggy Noonan

Viper Company, Part III

"Gripping" Viewing

We obviously have time to spare, & little else to do. So join us for another embedded video from an embed in Afghanistan, as he exploits the boys of Viper Co.

Viper Company Has Fleas

From 21 October of this yr., a report that reminds us of reports on Vietnam. Course that's all about the reports, not the actual situation, but we can't help but remember that no Western power has ever been successful in holding or changing Afghanistan. This doesn't look different any longer. Gun fans will want to note the "classic" .50-cal. machine gun w/ the two grips at 02:00 minutes in: the design straight out of WWII or earlier, w/ only cosmetic changes.

Sick! Sick! Sick!

You can't imagine how thrilled we were to discover that the name "Glenn McCoy" & the word "asshole," when typed together in that little box, lead directly to Just Another Blog itself. And that lead us to what was described as "The Sickest Editorial Cartoon Ever." By Glenn McCoy. Think he's proud of himself?

Avast!

Crap on a crutch, it's been almost three hundred yrs. since Blackbeard went to Davy Jones's locker. Who'd've expected piracy to make a high-tech return to the high seas? Now, w/ the seizure of the Saudi ship Sirius Star ("It's as long as three football fields!" "It's filled w/ $100 million worth of oil!" "Pirates!") (Photo: Fred Vloo/AP)the forces of international commerce & consumption are really taking notice.
"They're very well armed. Tactically they are very good," Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of staff, said this week. He said the pirate gangs were "very good at what they do." The Gulf of Aden effectively controls access to the Suez Canal, which allows ships to go from Europe to Asia without having to take the much longer and more expensive route around the southern tip of Africa. NATO, the United States and a number of European nations have all sent ships to the region to try to stop the piracy, which has only increased instead.
This seems to have reduced the Suez Canal to an expensive boondoggle.

Meanwhile shipping companies have usually decided to pay the ransom demanded, eager to get crews and goods home safely, and at least one major shipper has said it will no longer use the Suez route through the Gulf of Aden. Norway's Odfjell said Monday its vessels would now go around Africa's Cape of Good Hope.

"The re-routing will entail extra sailing days and later cargo deliveries. This will incur significant extra cost, but we expect our customers' support and contribution" to cover the costs, CEO Terje Storeng said.

So begins the return to barbarism. Whether it will be a long decline or a brutally short finish is all that remains to be seen. At the root of this evil, as most others, we find capitalism, specifically the greed of the small businessman.
Many of the pirates have made small fortunes from their activities, which have broad support from many Somalis, including shopkeepers who are able to charge them higher prices for their goods in the impoverished nation.
Hey, that's all that counts. Bleach on that money will wash the blood right off.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Unable to Grasp

A "Think Piece" on the People's Temple massacre, from The Root. Why? How? Again? Could be.

Miami Lice

As a real American, we're a bit apprehensive about having much of our Internet info aggregated by two foreign-born, English-educated people, who are also women. Nonetheless, The Daily Beast has stuff of interest & is easy on these aging 20th century eyes. 
Sarah Palin's performance in the waning days of the campaign—and especially at the Republican Governors Association conference—should put to rest the myth that her rhetorical skills are good or that they are even hers. (The base has McCain speechwriter Matthew Scully to thank for them.) As one Republican operative put it in an email to me shortly after Palin wrapped up at the RGA, "Who wrote that? Todd?" The lack of warmth other governors seemed to feel for Palin was just as surprising. Mostly confined to under the surface, the annoyance briefly crackled into view at the end of her bizarre presser, when Texas Governor Rick Perry overruled Palin's decision to end the event by calling on CNN's Dana Bash himself. Other than that, the governors and attendees kept criticism of Palin—which, to be fair, might stem somewhat from jealousy—off the record. One elected official, asked if he might have conducted himself differently had he gotten the VP pick, simply rolled his eyes, adding, sarcastically: "Oh, maybe."
From the keyboard of Ana Marie Cox, who has more on the RGA.
"It's kind of a blank slate," said one conference attendee. "We could do anything." In fact, this observer believes the party has to groom new personalities BEFORE it gets to the business of figuring out its new message or its new agenda: "How do you get people to listen to a message if you don't have a messenger?" As for who the new messengers might be, one consultant at the conference, Patrick Ruffini, emphasized quantity over quality: "We need five or six Sarah Palins and five or six Bobby Jindals," he said, explaining: "The media is going to tear them down as fast as we can build them up. If we send enough of them out, some will be left standing" by 2012.
Jee-zis. The chance of another election in which a "message" or issue is actually discussed again in our life is zero. Only "messengers" having at each other in that mealy-mouthed "My opponent is a good person, but," way they have, even as all others involved in the campaigns are in attack mode, & the media is tearing down anyone offered before them.

Mullah Huckabee Speaks

The American Taliban seems to be on the "war path." But the New York Post's Page Six thinks it's the other way around.
MIKE Huckabee will have gays on the war path when his new book, "Do the Right Thing," hits stores next week. "[Heterosexual] marriage matters . . . nothing in our society matters more," writes the ex-Arkansas governor, whom some see as the GOP front-runner to take on Barack Obama in 2012. "Our true strength doesn't come from our military or our gross national product; it comes from our families. What's the point of keeping the terrorists at bay in the Middle East if we can't keep decline and decadence at bay here at home?"
Yeah, there's a good reason to bring the troops home. Putting the queers, adulterers & divorced into re-education camps, perhaps?

"Manipulated, Pimped, & Bamboozled"

The hell w/ the bourgeois corporate drones of The Root. Real people of color are well aware that Obama is a lackey of evil interests.
Assuming that the corporate Wall Street elite and its concomitant opinion-forming, omission, and misinformation machinery of the U.S. corporate media successfully installs their favorite choice - Democratic Party Republicrat Barack Obama - as the first colored President of the U.S. Empire, the majority of people in the United States are in for a rude awakening in the form of increased economic austerity, internal political repression, deepened racial disharmony, external U.S. military adventurism, and an endless stream of misleading disinformation from the corporate government. The peoples of the world will face intensified imperialistic and military assault and attempts at U.S. hegemony. This time, however, the imperialism of the U.S. Empire will be conveniently spearheaded, condoned and rationalized by its newest and most potent weapon: the dangerously double-talking “Emperor” in black face - Barack Obama. Moreover, in one fell and foul swoop, the corporate/military elite of the U.S. Empire intends to utilize Barack Obama as the “messiah” (created by none other than corporate America and its corporate media) to neutralize and destroy the ongoing Black liberation struggle for justice and equality in this nation, and in people’s liberation struggles throughout the world.
Whooo! Testify!! Don't miss part two either, where we learn that
...the corporate media’s intense disinformation campaign and biased and overwhelming support for Barack Obama was initially, simply too potent, for the majority of people to see through or recognize how they were being manipulated, pimped, and bamboozled. But with renewed vigilance, over time that will change. It must also be remembered that liberation struggles for economic, social, and political justice, nationally and internationally, are long term dialectical affairs and they will not only continue, but in the course of time, become stronger.
Never forget. We only do the groundwork for real, lasting social change.

Suicide? Murder? Massacre? "Don't Be Afraid to Die."

Thirty yrs. since "Jonestown." Maybe we should not use that name at all, or maybe we should never forget it. Jim Jones. A real "All-American" name.It's been thirty yrs. for the woman who talks here. MSNBC, having exclusive footage which only cost NBC News a reporter & a camera operator, has been working up to the anniversary for some time, & now features this AP story. If for nothing else, we should remember it for the phrase "Drink the Kool-Aid," which wasn't what was actually consumed, but we suppose the Yankee mind is too limited to grasp anything w/o a price on it.A perhaps deeper look at The People's Temple & other "suicide cults," from Salon.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It Happens Every Time

No sooner do we punch our new ZIP Code into the window for weather & local news but low-brow culture follows us in. Through 29 November.

How Do They Think of These Things?

Two-word answer, of course: Media bias.

Don't Ask, Don't Speak

As an outside agitator ("Give Guns to The Queers!") we're interested in stirring up trouble. Nothing better for that than facts.
"As is the case with Great Britain, Israel, and other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion, and sexuality," the officers wrote. [...] Retired Adm. Charles Larson, a four-star admiral and two-time superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy who signed the statement with 104 other retired admirals and generals, said in an interview that he believed Clinton's approach was flawed because he rushed to change military culture. [...] The list of 104 former officers who signed the statement appears to signal growing support for resolving the status of gays in the military. Last year, 28 former generals and admirals signed a similar statement.
Progress is inevitable; it just takes two eternities & feels like one's teeth are being pulled most of the time.

Sidney Poitier as Prez

The "Magical Negro" concept has always cracked us up. (As does "Negro Spirit Guide.") And we barely qualify as a Norman Mailer "white negro," let alone a "wigger." How do people who might really fucking know think about it & Pres.-Elect Obama?They think everyone should just follow along.

Rest For Neither The Weary Nor The Wicked

It's started already, or, should we say, the honeymoon has ended?

It's Hard to Spell-Check When You Use A Pen

Guess the lobbyists had to outsource their signs.

Death & The Governor

We weren't the only ones, but we were a wk. ahead of the above, we assume. Used the same publicity photo, we see.

Screwed Either Way

Giving "The Shocker," or a gang sign? Either way, he probably shouldn't oughta.
President George W. Bush w/ members of the Arizona State University Sun Devils Track Team.

Yummy Schadenfreude

Ooooh, media cat fight! Watch for flying fur.
Now, thanks to the coarsening effect of the Internet on political discourse, the magazine may have lost something else: its reputation as the cradle for conservative intellectuals and home for erudite and well-mannered debate prized by its founder, the late William F. Buckley Jr.
May we add that Just Another Blog (From L. A.) does so much more than its share to coarsen the political discourse that we're waiting for some (any) kind of award. And might we assume that the print & on-line portions of the vast NR empire are not too happy w/ each other?
National Review, as the most pedigreed voice of conservatives, has often been tainted — unfairly and by association, some argue — by the tone of blogs, reader comments and e-mail messages. “Bill was always very concerned about having a high-minded and thoughtful discourse,” Rich Lowry, the magazine’s editor, said. “If you read the magazine, that’s what it was and that’s what it is.”
An admission of intellectual bankruptcy:
Wick Allison, publisher of the magazine from 1990 to 1993, believes that over the last several years the magazine became “the intellectual defender of the Bush administration” and said it had “run out of ideas.”
Gee, how did that happen? How could they run out of so many ideas so soon? Former Bush speechwriter David Frum's exit from the magazine is the starting point for the NYT story. Here's what Frum has to say:
“I am really and truly frightened by the collapse of support for the Republican Party by the young and the educated,” he said.
Y'all made your bed w/ baloney & cheese blankets & white bread w/ mayo sheets; now you have to lie down w/ whomever that attracts (wretched, old & stupid people, mostly).

Generic Neon Motel

Monday 17 November 2008

Smoky Morning

Sunday 16 November 2008

Jesusland's Leading Party

Just as we've been hoping: The actual end of the R party.
But putting clear blue water between moderate Republicanism and the religious right would undoubtedly give rise to a third party, a breakaway Christian Party. Such parties are familiar in American history, most recently in 1968 with George Wallace’s American Independent Party, and going back through Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996, Strom Thurmond and Henry Wallace in 1948. Our Third Evangelical Awakening, which has lodged itself in the Republican party, will eventually begin to fall asleep, as did the two previous Awakenings, only more rapidly this time because of the spread of education and accelerated methods of communication.
The author, a professor emeritus of English at Dartmouth College, wrote for the National Review for more than three decades, where he was senior editor, & wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan, when governor of California, and for Richard Nixon. 
Nor is he of the opinion that the split will necessarily be bad for the remaining Republicans. As long as America's junior Taliban is marginalized in their own party, we may be able to tolerate "Eisenhower" Republicans for a while. Although their insane desire to return to the '50s, whether through Ike, sexual repression or Jim Crow gets sillier & sillier the farther we move from that imagined Golden Age.

Another Entry in The Secessionist Sweepstakes

Brought to our attention by this blogspot, more rabid weasels in the secession vein as well:
Now that we have “un-muddied” the water…..we stand on the edge of a caldera with no idea of the complexity, depth, explosiveness, or unpredictability of this phenomenon we have witnessed in the rise of Barack Obama! We as a country have never actually been here before, standing at the edge of possible dissolution of our country, except perhaps in the election of 1860. One realizes at once the perils of both diving into that hot pool of water, or running away to avoid the explosion….either scenario leads to serious burns!
Sure, it seems to be from Texas, but this would be venturing farther than usual into the absurd. B. O.'s been the Pres.-Elect for two wks. and This Great Nation of Ours is closer to dissolution than any time since 1860? 
We just can't wait until President Obama is running things. These people's heads will explode. Maybe we'll get Jesusland to secede. They'll be so angry when...Oops! We also keep forgetting that nothing that will really bug the righties is going to happen under President Obama.

Made From A Molehill By The Media

Not just the AP but now more wimpy liberal elitists from the Northeast are all over a few hotheads letting off some steam after a long drawn-out campaign. Just like the AP story, it's a reaction to the Southern Poverty Law Center mongering a bit of fear, in the grand American style.
"Most of this movement is not violent, but there is a substantive underbelly that is violent and does try to make a bridge to people who feel disenfranchised," says Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. "The question is: Will this swirl become a tornado or just an ill wind? We're not there yet, but there's dust on the horizon, a swirling of wind, and the atmospherics are getting put together for [conflict]."
Poetry is where one finds it.
The CSM does get a bit farther into the story than the AP did, w/ the poetic academic (from San Ber'doo, yet) & this bit of apocalyptica.
But for nonviolent secessionist groups like the League of the South, the hope is for a more vigorous debate about the direction of the US and the South's role in it, says Michael Tuggle, a League blogger in North Carolina.

Mr. Tuggle says his group isn't looking for an 1860-style secession but, rather, a model that Spain, for one, is moving toward, in which "there's a great deal of autonomy for constituent regions" – a foil to what is seen as unchecked, dangerous federal power in Washington.

"To a lot of people, the idea of secession doesn't seem so crazy anymore," says Tuggle. "People are talking about how left out they feel, ... and they feel that something strange and radical has taken over our country."

Ooohh, somebody feels "left out?" Cracker, please!!

This is The "Highlight in History?"

Today in History - Nov. 17

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Nov. 17, the 322nd day of 2008. There are 44 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1968, the NBC television network outraged football fans by cutting away from the closing minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a special presentation of "Heidi" on schedule. (Home viewers were prevented from seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets, 43-32.) On this date: In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary. In 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building. In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt. In 1917, sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon, France, at age 77. In 1934, Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird," in San Antonio, Texas. In 1962, Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President Kennedy. In 1970, the Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. In 1973, President Nixon told Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla.: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." In 1987, a federal jury in Denver convicted two neo-Nazis and acquitted two others of civil rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg. In 1997, 62 people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when six militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt; the attackers were killed by police. Ten years ago: The public got to hear Monica Lewinsky's voice for the first time as the House Judiciary Committee released 22 hours of tape recordings secretly made by Linda Tripp. Israel's parliament overwhelmingly approved the Wye River land-for-peace accord with the Palestinians. Actress Esther Rolle died in Culver City, Calif., at age 78. Five years ago: John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California. Rush Limbaughreturned to radio after five weeks of rehabilitation for a painkiller addiction. Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez won the American League Most Valuable Player award. One year ago: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte delivered a blunt message to Pakistan's military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, telling him emergency rule had to be lifted and his opponents freed ahead of elections. A Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel said in a landmark report that the Earth was hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace. Today's Birthdays: Rock musician Gerry McGee (The Ventures) is 71. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 70. Movie director Martin Scorsese is 66. Actress Lauren Hutton is 65. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 64. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels is 64. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver is 64. Movie director Roland Joffe is 63. Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 60. Actor Stephen Root is 57. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 51. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 50. Actor William Moses is 49. Entertainer RuPaul is 48. Actor Dylan Walsh is 45. Actress Sophie Marceau is 42. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 41. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 41. Actress Leslie Bibb is 35. Actor Brandon Call is 32. Country singer Aaron Lines is 31. Actress Rachel McAdams is 30. Rock musician Isaac Hanson (Hanson) is 28. Actor Justin Cooper is 20. Actress Raquel Castro is 14. Thought for Today: "There's one thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die — their silence." — Ben Hecht, American author and screenwriter (1893-1964).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Freedom Fighter Seized By Frog Fascists to Appease Spanish Fascists

The struggle of the Basque people against the pair of nations they're caught between (France & Spain. Imagine if those two were your neighbors.) has continued for many yrs., but a blow has been struck against these valiant freedom fighters. As a long time armchair terrorist, we are in solidarity w/ Txeroki, & demand his release immediately, or else! Really.

Blue Screen Death

We think everyone should see this: It's vital to our survival as a civilized nation.
Home  Events
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack: Another Tool for America’s Enemies  November 17, 2008 10:00 — 

 

FDD and the Heritage Foundation will hold an event with Dr. William Graham, the chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, to discuss the threat and what must be done to defend our nation.

Speaker: Dr. William R. Graham, Chairman, Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

When: Monday, November 17, 2007 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Lehrman Auditorium

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by the rapid acceleration of charged politics.  EMP can be a weapon of mass disruption when these particles, either through a nuclear warhead or a bomb composed of isolated EMP, spread throughout electronic infrastructure, wreaking extensive damage on our electronic systems, vastly crippling America’s recovery abilities.  For instance, airplanes could literally fall from the sky, food would rot, and our medical and emergency response capabilities would be non-existent – the lives and property lost would be immense.

Join the Heritage Foundation and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as we explore the EMP threat and discuss steps that the next Congress and the new Administration should take to protect Americans from this preventable homeland security catastrophe.

Whoo. You think you can take just a few precious moments to be relaxed, & suddenly the FDD comes up w/ something else to frighten you. 

Who's Sorry Now?

Norah Vincent, formerly down w/ the Foundation for The Defense of Democracies (so named, you know that "democracy" is the very last thing being defended; don't even mention expanding it) typed a weepy item a wk. after the election, in which she began to regret her non-vote. (Recall that few would admit to having voted for Bush/Cheney after 2004. Few in the immediate future will be admitting they voted McCain/Palin "Country First.")
Not that we care, having just wasted half an hour of a rapidly shortening life cranking out that paragraph. We're really interested in shooting Sarah Palin from an aircraft, to thin the herd. And who better to pull the trigger than Ms. Vincent?
Though I am by no means as doctrinaire as I once was about political and social matters, I'm still a libertarian fiscal conservative.
How nice for you. Do get on w/ it though, won't you?
The second reason I didn't vote for McCain is -- big surprise here -- Sarah Palin. Christopher Hitchens was right on the money when he called her a "proud, boastful ignoramus," though I would go further. She is a belligerent ignoramus. The resounding theme of her candidacy was a shamefully rabble-rousing, nauseatingly populist denunciation of knowledge, intellectual expression and reasoned debate, all apparently the vicious province of the media elite and not the hard and hardy backbone of the "real" America. Watching her made me sick, and the thought of her ascending to the highest office in the land on the possible demise of her less-than-robust 72-year-old boss was not something I could live with. A vote for him was, in all likelihood, a vote for her, and I just couldn't do it.
Then it's on to to maybe Pres.-elect Obama isn't The Omen, Part IV, & he not only has a brain he uses it, blah blah. As if it's an amazing miracle in Presidential politics (It, of course, is.) to have a President who thinks first. 
But we thank Ms. Vincent for the "belligerent ignoramus" tag. And how committed she is to defending democracy: "shamefully rabble-rousing, nauseatingly populist." 
"My Lady, the people are revolting!!" 
"Yes, they certainly are."

Hyper Meta Typing

Pardon the Wired magazine look of the item below. We're using Chrome, & it likes to copy every single bit of HTML. Then we screw it up trying to make it visible/legible. And bingo: "Design!"

Report From The Real America

W. Virginia town shrugs at being fattest city

Huntington characterized as obese, toothless and poor in recent report

It's a sad situation, and a potential harbinger of what will happen to other U.S. communities, said Ken Thorpe, an Emory University health policy professor who is working with West Virginia officials on health reform legislation.

"They may be at the very top, but obesity and diabetes trends are very similar" in many other communities,
particularly in the South, Thorpe said.

Wings Over Dong Beach

The USAF looks to be making a big propaganda move in the Southland this wk. If you wanted to examine your tax dollars at work, you've probably already missed "Wings Over Long Beach." Check here for more stuff. Then go out & drop some bombs on innocent civilians from thousands of ft. away. What a vicious people we are.Above:
A B-52 Stratofortress provides a flyby down Hollywood Boulevard on Nov. 14 and over the Hollywood and Highland Plaza in Los Angeles for the opening ceremonies of Air Force Week-Los Angeles. The ceremonies included performances by the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and the Air Force Band of the Golden West with flyovers by several different Air Force aircraft and interactive expos. Air Force Week-Los Angeles is Nov. 14 to 21 and has events throughout the area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
Man. A shot like that (Gargantuan version here.) just makes us wish there were a few hundred carpet bombs dropping from that B-52, right on the Cathedral of Commodity Fetishism at Hollywood & Highland.

Images of the Recent Economic Crisis

A large. frightening bald man with pointed sticks arrayed behind him had talked & talked & talked in a very loud voice, but nobody could explain what he was saying...He hoped that the man's bottle would fall off the mic thing, but it didn't. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
There were flags there, in calming blue colors. He stared at them for some time before going inside. Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke/AP
Mr. Hank helpin' out at the big Saturday meetin'. Photo: Jim Young/Reuters
Heading to the last chopper out of Dodge for a wknd. at his private camp, after all the people who talked funny had said good-bye & left for funnyland. Photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP

From the Files of AFP

This:
A Humvee filled with US Marines on a combat patrol through the desert near Al Asad in 2006. Iraq's cabinet has defied fiery opposition from Shiite hardliners and approved a wide-ranging military pact that includes a timetable for the withdrawal of all US troops by the end of 2011. Photo: AFP/File/Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
accompanied the French News Agency's report on the agreement
At last! U. S. Troops Out Now!! More or less...
The point being that it's a good photo.

The Sad, Lonely Life of the Funnyperson

Below, Onion writers suffering. From left to right: Megan Ganz, Joe Garden, Todd Hanson and ONN writer Carol Kolb. Photo: Nicholas Roberts/WaPo
This might be good. We've not actually read it, only been exposed to the advertising. Caveat emptor.

Beyond the general grousing about the unending meetings, writers also griped with a sort of doleful pride that their work for the paper was something they toiled at, in at least some far compartment of their minds, during every waking moment of their lives.

"Everything becomes fodder for humor. It's actually a terrible way to go through life," said Guterman during a cigarette break on the sidewalk on Broadway. "You never entirely leave the work. It makes it impossible to have conversations with people. Your mind is incessantly working in this mode."

No shit. Especially the "It makes it impossible to have conversations with people" part. It's no picnic going through life poking fun at anything that moves or, alternately, is too lazy to move. Or inanimate. 

Story editor Todd Hanson, 39, who is the acknowledged despair specialist and the oldest writer on the staff, took a pull on a cigarette and offered a slightly different spin. "For me, comedy is essentially about personal horror, and transforming that horror into something people can laugh at."

Laugh while you can, funny boy.

We Can, However, Expect Action On Some Fronts Immediately

In an interview with "60 Minutes," Obama addresses a subject college football fans have debated for many years, and says he will use his influence to create such a system.

Mythbusters

The WaPo's Chris Cillizza exposes five election result myths. We're sure our incredibly sophisticated audience needs no reminder of what happened (nor indication of what will happen) but in case any one's getting carried away, let us pop your balloon.
1. The Republican Party suffered a death blow. 2. A wave of black voters and young people was the key to Obama's victory. 3. Now that they control the White House and Congress, Democrats will usher in a new progressive era. 4. A Republican candidate could have won the presidency this year. 5. McCain made a huge mistake in picking Sarah Palin.
Details.

Morning After

(Enlargable.)

Talk Is Cheap (& So Are You)

Nice people in Russia. From our only source for all Russian news, Pravda. That means "Truth," right?
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was aware of Vladimir Putin’s intention “to hang him by the balls” during the armed conflict in the Caucasus in August. Saakashvili, who arrived in Paris Thursday for a meeting with his French counterpart, confirmed that he knew about the notorious conversation, which supposedly took place between Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin. When journalists of a French radio station read out Putin’s threat to Saakashvili, the Georgian president responded with a nervous giggle. “I knew about this scene, but not all the details. It’s funny, all the same,” The Times quoted the Georgian leader as saying.
That Putin's quite a man. Two men, almost. We can certainly see how he & Bush are similar "souls." And the Russkies (Pravda, at least) like it when he talks dirty.
Putin is known for his street language, which he may often use in his official statements. A French journalist asked Putin an unpleasant question about Chechnya in Brussels in 2002. “If you are so eager to become an Islamic radical and are prepared to get circumcised, I would recommend them to carry out the operation in a way so that nothing grows back for you,” Putin responded.
Dude. Harsh. You're scaring us.

Dep't. of Moving Pictures

Two Guidos in Staten Island rise to the occasion as well.