Saturday, June 6, 2009
Drooling Fucking Idiots Who Want To Tell You How To Live (Not That You Stupid Yanquis Couldn't Use Some Advice On That)
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christians to get involved in politics to preserve the presence of religion in American life. "I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history," Gingrich said. "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."Sixth-century Newt, surrounded by pagans. Here in the 21st century, we haven't noticed that many, but Newt & Huck are doubtless concerned about their ever-shrinking base of fools, fanatics, right-wing domestic extremists & bitter guns & gawd clingers. (Doesn't Glen Beck preach that "we surround them," them being "us?" Organize your talking points, gents.)
Gingrich and Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, argued the rights of Americans stem from God and to ignore that connection is perilous. The two were among several speakers, including former U.S. Senate candidate Oliver North, at the three-hour "Rediscovering God in America" event. The event was closed to reporters but was broadcast live on God.TV, an evangelical Web site.
"I am not a citizen of the world," said Gingrich, who was first elected to the U.S. House from Georgia in 1978 and served as speaker from 1995 to 1999. "I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator."Foolish anti-theist us, we thought being born in the United Snakes (under the pesky to 'wingers 14th Amendment) was what made Gingrich a citizen of the United Snakes. But why would he go w/ that, when it can be made mysterious & spooky? Recent convert-to-Catholicism Newt is swinging the censer here, covering the real w/ a cloud of stench & smoke. "Big Idea Men" like Newton regard reality as a mere speed-bump slowing their race to destiny.
his listeners to get engaged in public life or their views won't matter. "Politicians aren't interested in pleasing the public," he said. "They're interested in pleasing voters."Or those who count the votes, right, Hucklebee? And fewer votes make it so much easier to count them. Or not.
Huckabee told the audience he was disturbed to hear President Barack Obama say during his speech in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another.* The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling American revolutionaries' defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand." The same kind of miracle, he said, led California voters to approve Proposition 8, which overturned a state law legalizing same-sex marriages.The potential envisioned here by these giants of the right? A nation that, if led by a loud & public-about-it Xian president who was elected by Real Americans, could do no wrong & probably should be ruling the world, no matter how many Christian soldiers must die to achieve that goal. Not explicitly stated, no, but the implication is certainly there. Then think of the fear-mongering these same buffoons attempt vis-á-vis the "socialist agenda" or whatever bizarre scenarios other right-wing extremist leaders have imagined Barack Obama to be cooking up.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Frightening People Making Us Scared Not To Be Scared Of The Government Scaring Us In Order To "Control Us"
At least the phrase "special operations troops" was typed in the sub-head.
Pentagon Quietly Sending 1,000 Special Operators to Afghanistan in Strategy Revamp
The Pentagon is sending 1,000 more special operations forces and support staff into Afghanistan and is revamping the way its covert warriors fight the Taliban, military sources tell FOXNews.com.
Today's Highlight in History: On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested. Read the original AP story. Kennedy thanks supporters moments before the shooting, & KRKD radio reporter Andrew West at the scene.On this date: In 1723, economist Adam Smith was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, prohibiting Americans from enlisting in the service of a foreign power. In 1883, economist John Maynard Keynes was born in Cambridge, England. In 1884, Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected." In 1916, the Arab Revolt against Turkish Ottoman rule began during World War I. In 1917, about 10 million American men began registering for the draft in World War I. In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard. In 1940, during the World War II Battle of France, Germany attacked French forces along the Somme line. In 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as The Marshall Plan. Hear a fragment. In 1967, war erupted in the Mideast as Israel raided military aircraft parked on the ground in Egypt; Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.In 1976, 14 people were killed when the Teton Dam in Idaho burst. In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS. Read the original AP story. In 1993, country star Conway Twitty died in Springfield, Mo., at age 59.* Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland. Charismatic failed in his bid to win racing's Triple Crown, finishing third behind Lemon Drop Kid and Vision and Verse in the Belmont Stakes. Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the first devoted to any women's sport, opened in Knoxville, Tenn. Five years ago: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. The nuclear submarine USS Jimmy Carter was christened in Groton, Conn., in the presence of the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, who cracked a bottle of champagne against the sail. Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid when 36-to-1 shot Birdstone ran him down near the finish of a thrilling Belmont Stakes. Anastasia Myskina beat Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 to win the French Open. One year ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton met privately at the Washington home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the first such get-together since Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment he welcomed the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an "inquisition." Astronauts opened up Japan's new billion-dollar space station lab, Kibo, aboard the international space station. Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Bill Hayes is 84. Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is 75. Author Margaret Drabble is 70. Country singer Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 64. Rock musician Fred Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 63. Rock singer [Huh? She's a zillion times more pretentious than "rock singer." — Ed.] Laurie Anderson is 62.Country singer Gail Davies is 61. Author Ken Follett is 60. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is 58. Rock musician Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) is 57. Jazz musician Kenny G is 53. Rock singer Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) is 53. Actor Jeff Garlin is 47. Actress Karen Sillas is 46. Actor Ron Livingston is 42. Singer Brian McKnight is 40. Rock musician Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 39. Actor Mark Wahlberg is 38. Actor Chad Allen is 35. Rock musician P-Nut (311) is 35. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Torry Holt is 33. Actress Navi Rawat is 32. Actress Liza Weil is 32. Rock musician Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 30.
Today in Entertainment History Associated Press - June 5, 2009 3:13 AM ET In 1956, Elvis Presley went on the "Milton Berle TV Show" doing his hip-gyrating act. From then on, cameras would only show him from the waist up. Fifty years ago, in 1959, Bob Dylan graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minn. The name on his diploma was Robert Zimmerman. He'd been the leader of a high school band called the Golden Chords. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, singer Sly Stone married Kathy Silva during a Sly and the Family Stone concert in New York. Also in 1974, Patti Smith recorded her version of "Hey Joe," her first recorded work. In 1977, Alice Cooper's pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat for breakfast. The snake died. Cooper held a public audition a week later to find a replacement for the snake, which was featured in his act. Thirty years ago, in 1979, bluesman Muddy Waters, age 64, married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday. In 1982, Sophia Loren was released from a 17-day prison sentence for tax evasion in Italy. In 1983, U2 performed a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colo. The concert was recorded as released as an EP and a video cassette, both called "Under A Blood Red Sky." Footage was also used in the "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" video. In 1988, "The Phantom of the Opera" won seven Tony Awards, including best musical. "M. Butterfly" won best play.
Thought for Today: "Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts." — Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States (1911-2004). [Is that sound his demented ass spinning in its grave after hearing today's Republicans? — Ed.]
Thursday, June 4, 2009
(This video was removed from the Huffington Post on the grounds that it had “no news value” and “did not move the conversation forward.”)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
"Intolerable noise constructed either electronically, with computers, or with electrified instruments."
Shit yeah. We hope that the intolerable noise of shitgaze (Why not "shitcore?") is considerably less tolerable (i. e., better) than Metal Machine Music, to name but one.
The Depression brought blues to the pop charts and led to the rise of folk and country music. If new forms (musical or otherwise) emerge from the current meltdown, they might well be ones now held in such low esteem that we cannot begin to take them seriously yet. I do not know what they might be.
For informed counsel, I turned to a colleague whose taste I abhor, and he pointed me to a new genre of intolerable noise constructed either electronically, with computers, or with electrified instruments. Its purpose, he said, is to challenge prevailing standards of normalcy by "sounding as awful as possible." Its early advocates have given it a name, derived from the rock genre "shoegaze." It is called "shitgaze." I tend to doubt that it will blossom to become the dominant music of the coming years, though music critics for publications such as The New Republic felt the same way about blues a hundred years ago. For now, I am kind of tickled by the idea of shitgaze, as much as I am maddened by the sound of it. Maybe Neil Young is onto something. Perhaps the music appropriate to this shitty time should properly sound like shit.
Complaints about the Supreme Court’s power are almost as old as the Constitution, but they have more merit now than ever. According to calculations by the Harvard law professor Jed Shugerman, the Court has gone from overturning roughly one state law every two years in the pre-Civil War era, to roughly four a year in the later 1800’s, to over 10 a year in the last half-century. So too with federal law: Prior to 1954, the Court had struck down just 77 federal statutes in a century-and-a-half of jurisprudence; in the 50-odd years since, it’s overturned more than 80. Under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the Court invalidated federal statutes at an unprecedented rate — and by the barest of majorities, in many cases. In one eight-year period, the University of Michigan’s Evan Caminker has noted, the Court invalidated 16 Congressional statutes by a 5-to-4 vote, something that had happened just 25 times in the previous two centuries.Great gobs of goo, boy. An increase in the number of states (13 to 50, if we must remind you, & it seems we must) & population growth & movement would be a good start to explaining all that. (The first Google™ hit has everything we need to say.) Total population in 1790 was 3,929,214, the nation was 5.1% urban & 94.9% rural. By 2000, we were 291,421,906 lost souls, 81.0 % of whom congregated in cities, while 19.0% clung to the old ways.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
“In college you have this culture of drinking all the time, and he kicked it cold,” said Kevin DeAnna, a friend of Epstein and the founder of Youth for Western Civilization, a student group founded in 2008 of which Tancredo is the honorary chairman. “It’s unfortunate that he’s getting hit from this now, years after he stopped doing this kind of thing.”No, Epstein's getting hit "from" this now because he's about to be sentenced, following his bogus plea bargain. And one might ask, "Youth for Western Civilization?" One would be entirely correct to ask. Believe it or shove it.
“The ‘R’ word is a tough word,” said Pinkerton. “My immediate reaction to Sotomayor’s ‘wise Latina’ comment was ‘tell that to the people whose faces are on Mount Rushmore. They were pretty wise and they weren’t Latina females.’ That being the case, we all are blessed with the vocabularies to choose different words. In our culture, ‘racist’ is really up there in the Richter scale of words.”
Curt Levey, the executive director of the Committee of Justice*, has been optimistic about the right’s fight against Sotomayor, but he admitted to TWI that he “underestimated the degree to which a few conservatives would say a few extreme things, and that would be characterized as what all conservatives think.”
For Epstein’s friends, this aspect of the Supreme Court debate has simply been surprising and sad. “I hope he can live it down,” said Taylor of American Renaissance. “I would have thought Dick Morris would never live down his $150 an hour hooker. I would never have thought Bill Clinton would live down what happened between him and Monica Lewinsky. In the end, those people were welcomed back into the fold. It’s just that liberals tend to be very unforgiving about things of this kind.”
The nation is still moving away from Republicans demographically, too. It can't be emphasized enough that Michael Dukakis would have won the 2008 election. His exit polls of 40% among whites, 89% among African-Americans, and 70% among Latinos is enough to reach 50%+1 now, even in the event that African-American turnout was only 12% of the vote instead of 13%. That is an 8% shift toward Democrats in just twenty years, leading to a crude rate of 0.5% a year, or 2% every four years. Demographic trends are so bad for Republicans that Dukakis would be able to win a landslide in 2012. That's pretty bad.Polling is bull shit, but we're dealing w/ demographics here, not fickle responses dependent on whether or not the President left the White House this wknd. given by a nation wanting to get off the 'phone w/ this moron & get back to tee vee &/or dinner. (This doesn't mean George Soros can turn off the money spigot, by the way.)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Buchanan attributed the release of court documents to “some low-life” who was acting out of spite. “Marcus is going off to law school [at the University of Virginia] at the end of the month,” she said, pointing out he had planned to leave before this case became public. “Who cares? This is something that happened two years ago that Marcus has paid a price for.”Yes, you could call it a youthful indiscretion, like shoplifting a six-pack on a dare, or a speeding ticket or something. Except it's hitting a woman while calling her "nigger."