Saturday, January 15, 2011

Desert Vistas

We give this 110% for concept (minus a few for lack of originality) & around 92.5% for execution, for a average of ... what, 96.3%?

Oh, Stop. Please. Oh, Please. Stop.

International Politics and Zombies

In the mail: Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner.

"Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Relations and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid -- or how rotten--such scenarios might be."
"Rotten." See? Now they're just taunting decent air-breathing Americans!

"Someday Boooooom":
Another Republican Paranoid

Piling on w/ evidence: Not a random lunatic, a Grand Old Paranoid (admittedly, primary-only) candidate.
A former U.S. Congressional candidate charged with posting death threats against 4 county judges told a judge Friday that she's innocent and needs to be let out of jail so she can go to school.

A magistrate judge held Cheryl Allen's initial hearing at the Morgan County Courthouse Friday. Allen is facing eight felony intimidation charges for alleged threats against county judges and officials.

People who know her said they are scared of her. Many of the threatened people said she is mentally ill and needs medical help.

The Facebook threats targeted four Morgan County judges: Judge Jane Spencer Craney, Judge Tom Gray, Judge Chris Burnham and Judge Matt Hanson.

Police said she also named other public officials by their first names referencing Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega and Morgan County Councilwoman Vickie Kivett. The threats may be from anger Allen had over a recent discrimination case she filed. The case was dismissed by a judge.

"One day I will have my revenge on your seeking so much revenge on me. Jane, Tom, Matt, Chris, Steve, Monte, Eric, Vickie, Carol, Larry, Debbie, William(Bill), Mike, Penny, etc," a 4:46 p.m. post on Monday said.

"Someday Boooooom while your setting in your offices," a 4:47 p.m. post said.

"And you know I won't even be the one pulling the trigger. Someday this world will wake up and take those courts back for the victims whose lives you have destroyed to sit on your dead lazy asses and do nothing," a 4:51 p.m. post said.

"I'm not familiar with anything on Facebook but I know past history she has shared the same thoughts in emails to other people in our community," Councilwoman Vickie Kivett said.

"Well, my connection goes back to the time when I was county clerk I had problems with her," Kivett said.

Allen's posts prompted the felony charges.

Allen lists on her Facebook page that she is a 1977 Martinsville graduate and a Republican.

She ran as a Republican candidate for Steve Buyer's vacated 4th District Congressional seat last year. She ran in the primary as the only female candidate but lost.

Allen is being held on a no bond order until she is advised of a no contact order for all four of the judges.
Damn, the sheer banality of her revenge fantasies demonstrates the paucity of the Paranoid Party's imagination, even when delusional. And lack of self-control. Couldn't even keep herself from posting something that juvenile on her Facebook page. Note also she had filed a "discrimination" case. So maybe she's a liberal, unless she's a hypocrite. No special laws or rights for you, woman!

Reminder (to self & other Internet threateners/inciters/angry loudmouths):
In the release, Durnil said there was enough probable cause from the postings on the social-media site to issue an arrest warrant for Allen.

Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega, one of the officials reportedly targeted by first name in the postings, handed the investigation over to Barry Brown, a Monroe County attorney serving as a special prosecutor in the case.

Sonnega said Friday that he decided to err on the side of safety following a shooting that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others at the Democratic congresswoman's event Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.

Brown, who could not be reached for comment Friday, filed the charges against Allen, and officers arrested her Thursday at her home, Durnil said.

The charges carry a possible sentence of 4 to 24 years in prison and up to $80,000 in fines Allen is convicted.

Allen was still being held late Friday afternoon in the Morgan County Jail, with bond set at $100,000.

Like A Rolling Stone (Song)

You know, the one where the bg vcls go "Rape, murder!"
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The players who arrive from other teams notice it immediately. There’s something different about a Ravens-Steelers game.
The hitting seems louder, almost as if the stadium sound system is being turned up to a rock band-level. The intensity seems greater. The bumps and bruises last longer, the following week’s game seems to arrive much sooner than usual.
Competitively, no NFL rivalry is closer. Each of their last four regular-season games was decided by three points. Last season, the Ravens won in Baltimore, the Steelers won in Pittsburgh. This season, the Ravens won in Pittsburgh, the Steelers won in Baltimore.
That’s close.
“To me, it’s definitely the best rivalry in sports,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “It’s the most physical game of the year.”
As the mirror-image AFC North rivals from adjoining states await their eighth matchup in the last three seasons — the equivalent of a half season’s worth of games — there appears to be one discernible difference between them going into Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has figured out how to beat Baltimore in big games. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has improved during each of his three NFL seasons, but he’s still working on solving the mystery wrapped in an enigma that can be the Steelers defense.
Statistics and records don’t always tell all but, considering how close the rivalry is otherwise, those in the Flacco vs. Roethlisberger series are telling. Roethlisberger is 8-2 against Baltimore, with both losses occurring in 2006. Roethlisberger also is 8-2 in the playoffs. Flacco is 2-5 against the Steelers.
“I think he’s beaten us every time he’s been under center,” Suggs said of Roethlisberger. “That’s definitely my bigger problem.”
He’s right.
Since Flacco came into the league, Roethlisberger has thrown five touchdown passes and three interceptions while going 5-0 against the Ravens. He missed two games against them due to an injury in 2009 and the four-game suspension he served earlier this season. Flacco has thrown six touchdown passes but seven interceptions against Pittsburgh, two of which cost his team games.
For all the rivals’ similarities, and their shared toughness, the Ravens understand they probably won’t overtake the Steelers until Flacco’s play matches or surpasses that of two-time Super Bowl winner Roethlisberger.
“It seems like we see great quarterbacks a lot,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve beaten our fair share, but we haven’t beaten him. So it’s our turn.”
Despite a suspension that delayed his season debut until Oct. 17, Roethlisberger — according to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians — is playing as well as he has at any point in his career. He has a career-low five interceptions, and none in his last 158 passes. Roethlisberger and second-year wide receiver Mike Wallace have teamed up on seven completions of 40 yards or longer.
“He’s playing extremely well right now. He’s really into it,” Arians said. “We haven’t probably put in a new pass play since he came back. You just dress them up, change them each week. As long as he knows what he’s doing and he’s comfortable, I couldn’t be more comfortable.”
Flacco may have taken a step toward closing the quarterback gap when he led Baltimore to a 30-7 wild-card win in Kansas City last weekend, deftly executing the offense while throwing two touchdown passes.
Still, the divisional playoff game would be in Baltimore, and not Pittsburgh, if Flacco hadn’t lost a fumble caused by Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu on Dec. 5. The turnover late in the fourth quarter led to Roethlisberger’s game-winning TD pass and a 13-10 Steelers victory that flip-flopped the teams in the AFC North standings.
“If the same situation comes up this game, I’m pretty sure we’re going to handle it, and we’re going to be disappointed if we don’t,” Flacco said. “Yeah, great play by him but, at the same time, it’s something we probably should have handled.”
Baltimore also might have won the AFC championship game two seasons ago if Polamalu hadn’t halted a late Ravens drive by returning an interception thrown by then-rookie Flacco for a touchdown that wrapped up the Steelers’ 23-14 victory.
Earlier this week, Suggs predicted the Ravens-Steelers winner likely would go on to win the Super Bowl. Clearly, he believes Flacco is up to the challenge.
“I have 32 more regular-season games, a couple of more playoff games (since 2008),” Flacco said. “I think any time you have more game experience, you become more prepared for any team you’re playing. We’ve played the Steelers a lot of times since I’ve been here, so the more game experience you get against that defense, the more you can prepare yourself. Once the ball is snapped, it’s not going to make a difference that this is a playoff game against the Steelers.”
No doubt Harbaugh hopes Flacco takes that mindset into Heinz Field, where the Ravens are 0-2 in the postseason.
“You talk about Ben and what he’s meant to the Steelers,” Harbaugh said. “We’re hoping to get Joe to that kind of perch where he can take over games just by his talent and personality. He’s played really well all year — minus that play where Troy got us.”

This Violent Nation

The story is, someone who didn't get a chance to blow stuff up is conflicted.

Friday, January 14, 2011

More On Latest LAPD Murder

If this is an accurate transcription/copy&paste of the LAPD release, we're struck by the apparently specific terminology used to identify all "actors" in this.
Here is how the LAPD describe [sic] the event:
Upon arrival the officers were directed and located the naked suspect, a male Black, 25- years old, behaving erratically. The officers attempted to speak and detain the suspect, however the suspect ran away and the officers followed the suspect on foot. The suspect ran to another location where he found his shorts and put them on. The officers tried again to talk and detain the suspect, who again ran to another apartment complex a very short distance away.
When the officers attempted to detain the suspect in the apartment complex doorway, the suspect immediately attacked the officers. During the fight the suspect aggressively punched both officers in the face and head. One officer, a male Black, 17 months with LAPD, shot the suspect to stop the attack. The second officer, a male Asian, 5 years with LAPD, was also physically battered and dazed during the incident. The Officers took the suspect into custody and immediately called for medical assistance.
The suspect, who died after being transported to a local hospital, has been identified as "former MTSU football player Reggie Doucet," according to KTLA. Doucet reportedly lived at the apartment complex where the incident occurred; a neighbor says Doucet "was never violent in the seven years they were neighbors."
We'll actually guess it has something to do w/ one of the court orders the paramilitary LAPD operates under, but both the quick & the dead reading/scanning as if they were dog breeds is a little off-putting. Or illustrative.

Still There

This may disappoint Gregg Levine, but Palinoids may not be reading his stuff (Or they may have forgotten the password to the YouTube channel.) as this video (infamous surveyor markings at 0:33) is still there. And is it ever awful, sights aside. (Not For The Aesthetically Sensitive.)Our ability to superfluize is fading, as each new-to-us textual, visual or musical atrocity seems worse than the previous. "Worst Video of All Time At This Very Instant?"

What Would Vishnu Do?

KOCHI, India (AP) — A stampede of pilgrims returning from one of India’s most popular Hindu festivals killed at least 102 people and injured 44 others, officials said Saturday.

The stampede was set off Friday night when a group of pilgrims in a jeep drove into a crowd of worshippers walking along a narrow forest path as they returned from offering prayers at the hilltop Sabarimala shrine in the state of Kerala in southern India, said local police official Sanjay Kumar.

All the injured were hospitalized, some in serious condition, Kumar told The Associated Press.

“We have recovered 102 bodies. The rescue work is almost over,” he said.

The area was flooded with pilgrims and the stampede occurred nearly 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of the temple site, Kumar said.

The annual two-month festival attracts millions of worshippers to the remote temple to the Hindu deity Ayyappan. The ceremony Friday marked the end of the festival, and an estimated 150,000 devotees were thought to have taken the narrow path out of the densely forested hills where the stampede took place, said Thomas Isaac, the state finance minister.

Millions of devotees make the pilgrimage each year, and nearly 2,000 police officers were deployed near the shrine to prevent such an accident from happening.

Isaac said police had scoured the forest area near the stampede site and did not expect to find any more bodies.

“So far 56 bodies have been identified. Our priority now is to identify the rest of the bodies and hand them over to the families of the victims,” he said.

Rescue workers found it difficult to reach the stampede site due to the dense tropical forest on the hills surrounding the vast Sabarimala temple complex, Isaac said.

Manoj Kutty, 33, was returning from Sabarimala after participating in a ritual lamp lighting ceremony and evening prayers at the temple complex when the stampede occurred.

“People were rushing downhill, and we could see people fall down and others fall over them. It all happened in seconds,” Kutty said Saturday.

A small stampede at Sabarimala last week killed one pilgrim, Press Trust of India reported.

Deadly stampedes are relatively common at temples in India, where large crowds — sometimes hundreds of thousands of people — gather in tiny areas with no safety measures or crowd control.

In March, 63 people were killed when poor villagers scrambled for free food and clothing being given away at a ceremony at a temple in northern Uttar Pradesh state. In 2008, more than 145 people died in a stampede at a remote Hindu temple at the foothills of the Himalayas.
We'd take a not at all gratuitous poke at the Hindu pantheon & their lemming-like followers (One way to deal w/ excess population, eh?) but are much too lazy to research (We've been so conditioned by yrs. of wage-slavery that even 4.5 yrs. post-employment Friday night still stirs some atavistic impulse in the lower brain.) so just fuck 'em all.

Most Demented President Ever

Way out of the loop:

Reagan Had Signs of Alzheimer's While President

No, really? Gotta love that American electorate.

This Is Not Un-Vile Either

Well, the Pat Buchanan part."Savage smear." What a sour old fuck. His own bile can't consume him soon enough for our liking.

Described as a "power froth" where we found it.

Questions, Questions, Questions ...

This one had been flooding our mind:

Is the Right Speechless Without Hate?


Seeing that was a relief, as it fit right into the on-going Just Another Blog™ policy of "Link Before You Think, Let Alone Type."

As might be anticipated, we were disappointed upon reading it, because the big ol' headlined question was not answered, certainly not to our satisfaction. Clue you won't be getting much from typing: Use of the phrase "going forward," here esp. notable as it's appendixed to the item's only worthwhile paragraph (It's short, too.):
That Rush and his audience, which can easily be said to be representative of the entire Right’s thinking, believes civility means you’re being censored reveals something stark about the campaign we’ll see waged going forward.
True, but as it turns out it's not as much hate speech (& we might never have gotten to this revelation/conclusion, 'cause we weren't headed that way) it's lie speech*, as clearly explained by mistermix, most of which we'll save-you-the-trouble-of-clicking here:
The reason that hundreds of angry people came to town hall meetings in my Congressional district in 2009, and the reason that police had to be present where they had never been before, wasn’t because someone was “uncivil”. It was because their media heroes and party leaders told them a pack of lies about death panels, federal funding for abortions, Medicare being taken away and free insurance for illegal immigrants. The questions that my Congressman took at those hate-filled meetings weren’t reasonable queries about limited government, deficits and healthcare outcomes. They were questions about why he wanted to kill grandma, let the government pay to abort babies, and take away Medicare.

It’s an exaggeration to say that the whole Tea Party movement is built on lies, but not by much. And the beltway media is complicit in those lies, because they were so goddam eager to have a narrative of populist anger about healthcare that they conveniently neglected to emphasize that most of that anger was based on utter bullshit. The only way that’s going to change is if the same DC media decides they can call out liars and the lies they tell during next week’s repeal debate directly in the front page stories they write, not in some goody-goody factchecking ghetto buried behind the fashion section.
There. Links, pull a quote or two, dose of smart-assery & sneering, no actual thought, typing thereof, re-arrangement & polishing ... Getting tired just describing it.

*Granted that the nature of the lies makes some of the speech hateful & demonstrably inciting.

Most Vile MSNBC Video Of The Wk.

Gaaackhh! Between suck-up Matthews lobbing the softballs at brain-damaged-by-all-the-chemicals-he-used-as-an-exterminator & now convicted criminal Tom Delay, & Delay's bizarre Wild West gun fantasies, it's enough to make even an iron-stomached editor puke.

How fucking awful can these people be, & when will someone, anyone, kill them in their sleepget them off the people's fucking airwaves?

Political Violence Up-Date

Lest we forget:
In the comments on the roundup of recent political murders by right-wingers, reader Andrew Bockover points out that I missed a big one. In July of 2008, unemployed truck driver Jim Adkisson opened fire with a shotgun during a performance of "Annie" at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, killing two people and wounding several others. 

Adkisson attacked the church because he identified it as liberal, and he had specifically planned to go out and assassinate liberals. "This was a symbolic killing," he wrote in a four-page manifesto. "Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate, + House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the Mainstream Media. But I knew these people were inaccessible to me." 
Bernard Goldberg's book. It's hard to imagine a more straightforward case. Adkisson was, by his own description, angry, broke, and frustrated, looking for something to give shape to his rage and meaning to his life:
I know my life is going downhill fast from here. The future looks bleak. I'm sick + tired of being sick + tired, I'm absolutely fed up.
So he decided to take it out on liberals:
The worst problem America faces today is Liberalism. They have dumbed down education, they have defined deviancy down. Liberals have attack'd every major institution that made America great. From the Boy Scouts to the military, from education to Religion. The major News outlets have become the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. Liberals are evil, they embrace the tents of Karl Marx, they're Marxist, socialist, communists.
The reason Adkisson's anti-liberal message sounded like he borrowed it from talk radio and Fox News is that he was borrowing it from talk radio and Fox News: 
Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
There are probably some reasonable explanations for why we keep forgetting about cases like the Tennessee shooting—and the Pittsburgh shooting, and the Bay Area shooting, and the Tiller assassination. Adkisson explicitly wrote that he wanted "to encourage other like-minded people to do what I've done." Paying attention to domestic political terrorists gives them the meaning and coherence they're looking for. By treating every attack as an unexpected aberration, maybe we keep more people from believing it's a normal thing to do. 

Nevertheless, about once a year, it happens. Someone like Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly or Michael Savage goes on television or radio and names the names of people or groups who are treacherously subverting and destroying America. And some angry man gets a gun and sets off to kill some of those people—not out of some fractured, idiosyncratic crazy-person logic, but because the TV and the radio told him that these people were the enemy. 

Yes, vigorous dispute is essential to a free society. The idea that disagreements have to be polite, or that really deep down we don't disagree at all, is oppressive and is an instrument of oppression. And Jared Loughner does seem to belong to the older, more complicated tradition of political murder in America, rather than this contemporary wave of liberal-hating paranoid anger. 

But, again, Rush Limbaugh's claim that there has never been any evidence connecting the American right wing to violence is a brazen, ridiculous lie. Adkisson wrote four pages of evidence. This is not a gotcha in some game of partisan blamesmanship. This is what an actual person put down on paper to explain why he was about to go out and kill people with a shotgun in a church. Then he went out and killed them.

Liberals were targeted for murder because they were liberals. The question about the Gabrielle Giffords shooting isn't whether this particular incident proves that the right-wing Two Minutes' Hate approach to politics can move people to violence. The question is how or why anyone can pretend that was still a question. 

Every reactionary out there had better shut his/her fucking mouth, if they know what's good for them. Sadly, they don't know, or they wouldn't be pathetic fucking losers who lives were turned to shit by the policies of the same clowns for whom they vote, nor would they be influenced by the bullshit artists of the right.

Police Murder Naked Man

Did he have an "object" in his "waistband?"

Punk-ass pigs couldn't even subdue him, so they plugged him.
A witness said she heard screaming and commotion outside her window as police chased after the naked suspect. At some point, the suspect put on boxers.

"I heard them try to detain him and he would not comply; and there was a fight, a physical fight," she said.

She then heard two gunshots.
Off the cowardly pigs! And off the culture of police violence that's been a stain on this nation & all other nations since the dawn of the nation-state.

We so hate violence we will kill anyone else who engages in it. (And their children. We have to put an absolute stop to fascism.)

Bowl (1-5)

Neon*

*If you think that's dull/clichéd, imagine how lame/clichéd everything we tried w/ more than one word was. Slipping fast here.

Nations Of Sheep

Once again we must protest loudly that Americans & Canadians are sitting on their lardy asses while the rest of the world is in the streets. Even Tuvalu, a "tiny South Pacific country."
The one naval patrol boat owned by the country of about 12,000 people was guarding the coastline near the homes of the governor general, Iakopa Itaeli Taeia, and the prime minister, Willy Telavi and police were protecting the two compounds.

Emergency rule prevents more than 10 people gathering together. About 50 joined the protest demanding the resignation of the finance minister, Lotoala Metia, and marched around the main atoll, Funafuti, carrying placards.

Natano said the resignation demand was creating instability.

"We're trying to put a stop to it and get things stable again," he said, adding that Metia was placed under police guard after threats to his safety.

Tuvalu held general elections in September, but parliament was dissolved three months later after a successful no-confidence vote. Telavi was elected prime minister on 24 December.
Come on, people!
Demonstrators throw stones at police officers in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, Monday Jan. 10, 2011. Tunisia's Interior Ministry said Monday that 14 people were killed in weekend rioting in three towns in the deadliest episodes in more than three weeks of unusual unrest in this popular tourist destination. (AP Photo)

Moron Martial Arts

"Bring it on!"-mania!
In the wake of the mass shooting in Arizona that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann regrets saying he would like to "knock some sense into that idiot" President Barack Obama.

"I would never make that comment if that shooting happened first," Volkmann told theHuffington Post. "I can't imagine what it's like for the parents. I got a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy."

Volkmann said in a recent interview that he would next like to fight Obama, adding that the president is "not too bright."

As a result of Volkmann's inflammatory remarks, the Secret Service visited his home in Minnesota. Volkmann, a chiropractor by day, also criticized Obama's health care reform policy in that original interview.

Here's Volkmann's original interview:
Fun at (3:00). Chiropractors. Honestly.

Debris

Only thing of interest between the bunker & the 7-Eleven®.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Anti-Theism Round-Up

Rabbi sez:
Judaism rejects the idea of collective responsibility for murder, as the Hebrew Bible condemns accusations of collective guilt against Jew and non-Jew alike. "The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him" (Ezekiel 18).
Or you could believe this report of hot tribe-on-tribe genocide:
Saul "fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them." (1 Samuel 14:48) After this, God commands Saul to exterminate the Amalekites entirely:
I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys. (1 Samuel 15:2-3)
Collective animal guilt? Even the cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys must die for their sins?

Thy will be done.

Media Village Idiots

If this seems famiiar, it is.Good get, Rachel Maddow Show producers. You're as clever as an unpaid blogger who is mental! Happy w/ yourselves?

That's Sort-Of Governor Palin

++Creepy

Thugs Real, "Tyranny," Not So Much

More importantly: We have not focused at all on how the militarized rhetoric on the right is tightly connected to our national failure to enact the gun regulations that might have saved lives in Arizona.

The descriptions of President Barack Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms. The conversation of American conservatism is being shaped by the assumptions of the gun lobby to a much greater degree than mainstream conservatives should wish.

[...]

But in part from e-mail exchanges with ardent foes of gun control over the years, I came to realize that the real passion for a let-anything-go approach to guns has little to do with culture or hunting. It is rooted in a very peculiar view of how America has maintained its freedom. Rep. Ron Paul, as is his wont, expressed it as plainly as anyone.

“The Second Amendment is not about hunting deer or keeping a pistol in your nightstand,” the Texas Republican declared in 2006. “It is not about protecting oneself against common criminals. It is about preventing tyranny. The Founders knew that unarmed citizens would never be able to overthrow a tyrannical government as they did. ... The muskets they used against the British army were the assault rifles of that time.”

And at a Washington rally last year on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., linked this view to the current occupant of the White House.

“Fellow patriots, we have a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution, and they’re right down the Mall, in the Congress of the United States—and right down Independence Avenue in the White House that belongs to us,” he declared. “It’s not about my ability to hunt, which I love to do. It’s not about the ability for me to protect my family and my property against criminals, which we have the right to do. But it’s all about us protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government of the United States.”

Is it any wonder that the gun lobby argues that restricting high-capacity magazines is just one step down the road to dictatorship?

[...]

Of course most conservatives don’t subscribe to Broun’s theory. What I don’t understand is why the highest priority of so many who are not Brounites has been to resist any questioning of far-right rhetoric by pretending that doing so is the equivalent of holding those who speak that way responsible for what someone else did.

No. Jared Loughner, the accused killer, is accountable for his own actions. His politics are confused at best and he clearly has mental health problems. That is what most liberals are saying.

But, yes, this is the time to acknowledge that there is something deeply wrong with the militarization of American conservative rhetoric. Doing so is not—and there are many problems with the term—what Sarah Palin has called a “blood libel.” The approach to guns, violence and “tyranny” promoted by loud voices on the right has been instrumental in blocking measures that could at least have contained the casualties in Tucson—or at Virginia Tech or Columbine. Extremism in defense of feeble gun laws is no virtue.
By E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Another Media Villager cops out. Really, E.J., it's perfectly fine to reach the conclusion that "the approach to guns, violence and 'tyranny' promoted by loud voices on the right" clearly demonstrates the essential anti-democratic thuggishness of these bastards. And that there are, at minimum, two potentially violent thugs (both M.D.s, heh) sitting in the House of Representatives.

Additionally:
But there is one habit of conservative rhetoric that is relevant to the events in Tucson, and it would be helpful to single it out for condemnation instead of indulging in broad discussions about the “climate of hate.” It’s the suggestion that Americans have an inherent “right of revolution” which entitles them to deploy violence when they are convinced that government officials are trammeling on their liberties, and that we are at a stage of history where such fears are legitimate.

This is the nasty underlying implication of Sharron Angle’s remark last year that “Second Amendment remedies” might be necessary to deal with policies supported by her Senate opponent, Harry Reid. And it’s been the subtext of many years of conservative rhetoric about how the Second Amendment is the crown jewel of the Constitution because it ensures a heavily armed citizenry that can take matters into its own hands if government goes too far. In combination with Tea Party militants’ open assertions that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and marginal increases in the marginal tax rate represent an intolerable tyranny, reminiscent of the British oppression that made the American Revolution necessary, this belief that Americans should be stockpiling weapons in case they have to stop voting against government officials and start shooting them is extremely dangerous. And yes, this is the sort of thing that could help motivate a nutjob like Jared Lee Loughner to exercise his own right to revolution against the socialist tyrant Gabby Giffords.

Andy, Leave Sarah Alone!

Breitbart's tweets get farther & farther out. Man.
Chic or chick? Either way, what hideous mutant amalgam is he on about now?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Leave Sarah Alooooone

Please Do

Time to dial up the rhetoric


The right should be commended for responding vigorously to the baseless accusations that the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and conservatives in general inspired Jared Loughner to go on a shooting rampage that left six people dead and fourteen wounded. Yet the fact that this defense of conservatives had to occur at all is beyond disturbing.

There were two critical points that immediately sprang to my mind when I saw the left predictably blame the right for Loughner’s murderous rampage. I know that Rush Limbaugh has touched on these points and others may have as well. However, I want to offer my own take and explain why these points are so critical, and why it should be clear now that the differences between the left and right are irreconcilable.

[...]

The second critical point follows on the heels of the first. If the response to Loughner’s bloodbath is the kind of two-minute hate that the left drums up against the right when a leftist goes on a murderous rampage, what is going to happen once someone who truly can be identified with the right actually does do something violent that captures national attention? The answer is that the left will set in motion the process of complete criminalization of any opposition to the left.

These critical points combine to underscore the absolute danger that faces our nation. The mainstream left has become so insane that it now can have one of its own go on a murderous rampage, then shamelessly blame the right for it in the face of overwhelming evidence, and then use that obvious lie to call for an end to any opposition to leftism. The left is so far gone that it is even willing to outright make up “hate” in order to “prove” how bad the right is. This is frightening stuff.
Oh my, we're a bit frightened. By this paranoid. Overwhelming evidence, you say?

And off come the gloves.
Some may note that it is unfair to call Loughner a leftist. People have pointed out that while Loughner can more easily be identified as on the left than the right, he is better described as being on neither side; he simply appears to be crazy. I would agree that this would be a perfectly acceptable response if we lived in a civilized nation. However, we no longer do; the left has seen to that. This should be clear from the way that Mayor Michael Bloomberg gladly speculated that a conservative likely perpetuated an attempted attack on Times Square. Yet once he learned that the would-be attacker was a Muslim, Bloomberg immediately announced that, “. . . I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers.”
So the point is that this is no longer a civilized nation (A civilized nation would, what, encourage bias & backlash?) & therefore anything goes, including, what?
And so, since we no longer live in a civilized society, those who still care can no longer be satisfied with noting that Loughner is merely crazy and move on their way. Those who do not wish extinction must fight back against the left and use the fact that Loughner is more closely associated with the left to demand that leftists answer for the violence they have wrought. The right is the enemy of the left and leftists want to destroy their enemies through any means necessary. The right no longer has the luxury to deny this or to issue calls to “be bigger than they are.”

The right, if it seeks continued survival, needs to break out of its brainwashed, subservient state.
Yes, it needs to stop believing that somehow the "left" wishes "extinction" on them, before someone else is hurt.
The failure to admit that the left is irrational and beyond debate has been a disaster and it will become even worse if the right doesn’t wake up now. So perhaps the right should follow the president’s advice and come together following Loughner’s horrible crime. And if conservatives do come together, let them do so with the goal of eliminating leftism (legally and non-violently, of course)—a vile ideology that has plagued this nation for far too long. Now is no time for the right to “dial down the rhetoric.” No, instead it is time to dial it up. The left must be confronted and its war to destroy its enemies defeated. It’s the only way to stop the Party of Hate.

Paul Hair serves in the U.S. Army Reserves as a non-commissioned officer; he is veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has worked as a civilian in both the government and private sectors. His views are his own and he in no way represents the Army Reserves or any other part of the U.S. government.
Any mental health experts out there? Because if Mr. Hair has access to weapons, he needs a check-up from the neck up, before he decides it's up to him personally to stop the threat of extinction. "Extinction" is bad, & not to be confused in any way w/ "eliminating" "a vile ideology" "(legally and non-violently, of course)." Is he thinking of thought control?

Also: The gov't. & liberals are controlling your thoughts!!
Mark Durie said the following about the wars against Islamic jihadists, but I think his words apply to the left’s war against the right as well (HT: Diana West):

. . . This is an excellent illustration of World View Subversion. When your adversary has conditioned you to think his thoughts, and articulate his wishes, your battle is already half lost. . .

Indeed, conservatives think their adversaries’ thoughts and accept their premises. The right reflexively defends its own existence instead of going on the offensive and attacking the left—even when leftists are so clearly in the wrong.
Who else thinks the gov't. & media are controlling everything through language/grammar?

Dead Guys

Life of Beefheart through a socialist lens, maybe.

An obit we missed from Richard Cromelin, whose work we've dug over the yrs. It could be good/interesting.

And something just pointless from the Times. We could do a better job (Don't hold your breath.) or at least contextualize some of the locations.

Also dead, & from about the same cultural era (at least age cohort) David "The Late Ricky's Older Brother" Nelson, whom we encountered a couple of times (Or just once?) in the mid-'70s while he was producing & directing commercials & we were dicking around in the music video biz.

'Cause, y'know, if somebody w/ whom we were actually once in the same room (or even on the same sidewalk) dies, that's interesting. And important.

Not Yet

Damn, still a couple of hrs.before the Prez platitudinizes/politicizes "the tragedy;" Sarah bin Palin has produced & distributed a rambling, poorly-translated video from her undisclosed location in Afghanistanlaska.

It would be appreciated if everyone involved would just shut up the hell up, & maybe drown in a fire.

Break Up

Economic downturn edition.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Oh No

Just came to the realization that by the time we're awake & plugged in to the outside world tomorrow the Prez will have spewed platitudes in Tucson & there will be approx. three zillion Internet pp. devoted to what was/wasn't said, whether he was sporting a flag pin, where his hand & heart were during the playing of whatever, yada fucking yada.

As good an opportunity as any to get that bacon smell out of the microwave.

In Case You Forget Where You Live

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

New Murder Redux

If you couldn't be bothered to wrap your lips around all the syllables, now you can just sit there & still get the message, you lump!

Candidate Wrap-Up

Via The Washington Monthly, a recap of Newt Gingrich's quick-draw reactions to the terrible menace of filthy, evil liberals & their liberalism:
In 1994, just a few days before the midterm elections, a deranged woman named Susan Smith drowned her two young sons. Gingrich, at the time, made infanticide a campaign issue and publicly equated Smith's murders with the values of the Democratic Party. Gingrich told the AP, "The mother killing her two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we have to have change. I think people want to change and the only way you get change is to vote Republican."

Five years later, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people at Columbine High School. Gingrich insisted that American "elites" bore responsibility for the massacre. "I want to say to the elite of this country -- the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite: I accuse you in Littleton ... of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made," Gingrich said, "and being afraid to take responsibility for things you have done, and instead foisting upon the rest of us pathetic banalities because you don't have the courage to look at the world you have created."

In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. In response, Gingrich blamed liberals for supporting "situation ethics," adding, "Yes, I think the fact is, if you look at the amount of violence we have in games that young people play at 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 years of age, if you look at the dehumanization, if you look at the fact that we refuse to say that we are, in fact, endowed by our creator, that our rights come from God, that if you kill somebody, you're committing an act of evil." Gingrich, explaining the VT tragedy, went on to condemn Halloween costumes and the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law.

Sure, Newt, tell us again how awful it is for political figures to rush to "draw conclusions" in the wake of a tragedy.
Note our emphasis above. As delusional as alleged assassin Jared Lee Loughner? Not far from it. Maybe Gingrich should be put away for a while until a team of shrinks can get a good idea of what's going on inside that huge melon of his. Does he own any guns? And should his daughterwife,
Look at these two. Look!
an obvious loon, be allowed access to them?

Straight Outta The Guardian

Rock&Roll not much of a go in Limeyland either. (See another $$-related take on "the biz" down below.)

RIP rock'n'roll? Professor of pop reads the last rites

Rock songs in the charts fall to lowest level in 50 years, with only three tracks appearing in the top 100 best-sellers

Objectivity:
Yet some hold out hope of rebirth. Paul Stokes, associate editor at NME, is not yet ready to bury the sound. "Music is a cyclical business," he said. "We've been told rock was dead before, in the late 80s, late 90s, but it came back."
[Wait, when did this happen? — Ed.]
This year could even see rehabilitation, he said. Much-hyped the Vaccines have a debut album out in March and other acts such as alt-rock act Yuck and smalltown rockers Mona are hotly tipped. "We are waiting for the next big band to come along and change the scene. Something is around the corner and it's beginning to bubble."

The economic gloom may also speed up the revival, according to Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company. "Most interesting and challenging rock music comes out of periods of austerity," he said. "Maybe Tory governments make for more challenging rock music – and now we have one."
Someplace local we hadn't heard of &, it turned out, didn't care much about. No. 4.

History Showing Again: American Political Violence

Our permanent culture of political violence

And why the calls for civility in the wake of Saturday's shooting won't end up changing anything

And again:

With belated sanctimony


Then:

Not us (cont.)


You read all that fancy-typin', & figger out the good parts fer yerse'f!

Liberally-Biased Facts

Televised All-Douchebag Match