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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
When we lost our CIA director, we lost four decades of expertise at a time when we need that most. Diane Dimond on the high cost of a scandal.
This country has invested heavily in developing Petraeus into the successful and well-decorated military leader he became. And a decades-long ascension to the elite branches of government doesn’t come cheap. Look at Petraeus’s schooling alone: four years at West Point, where he graduated in 1974 in the top 5 percent of his class; Ranger School; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and Princeton University, where he earned both a master’s and a Ph.D. in international relations.Well, say no more. Nagonna read the rest, but we'll scan it for mention of "The Surge" in Afghanistan.
Nope. Her theme is that millions have been paid him & spent on his education, we can't waste that. Her theme is not that he's, like, actually competent, or that he has achieved anything beyond promotion. And that he was injured in service to his country (in training accidents). We hope he didn't contract prostate cancer in the service of these United Snakes as well, but Dimond adds that, so ...
Official Washington might be done with David Petraeus, but this is a man who has survived being shot in the chest during a training mishap, a broken pelvis from an ill-fated parachute jump, and prostate cancer. He has developed into a highly valuable commodity, and now it seems that only the corporate world will benefit from his expertise. Corporations seeking to do business with foreign governments will be lining up with open wallets to tap into Petraeus’s considerable knowledge.We don't follow why someone w/ 40 yrs. of baby-killing experience would be so valuable to those seeking business w/ foreign nations, other than whatever the former Blackwater corporation (Whatever they're calling themselves now.) or other literal mercenary outfits.
No mention either of corporations hoping to do business w/ the military/industrial/Congressional complex. Good fucking job, DiDi.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
At least they share.
The Pasadena Police Department still has four flight-worthy helicopters, and the two grounded helicopters will not affect police helicopter service to Pasadena police, or any of the neighboring law enforcement agencies who also make use of Pasadena’s police helicopters.
We suppose that's what they get for starting a QB initialed M.B. Also: The head coach hiring his father as the defensive coördinator? Shee-yit!
It is our sincere hope that this embarrassment motivates the Men of Troy to reduce Nôtre Dame to a quivering pulp next wk.
Oh, & grudging congratulations to the Bruins. Good job, Jim Mora.
Somewhat conflicted here, as an SC semi-alum who gets discount dental service at the UCLA Dental School, & contemplated sleeping on the UCLA campus during our un-housed period. However, our immediate male ancestor having graduated from the University of Spoiled Children, we're going w/ Southern Cal.
Either way, the winner of this one will have the Ducks of Oregon hand them their helmets in the PAC12 championship game. We'll be happy as long as the Trojans beat the vicious
Uh-oh. Field goal. UCLA 10, USC 0, zip, nada, yada.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Insurance company’s skydiving cats cause alarm (via Raw Story )
Some pet-owning web users reacted with shock this week to a Swedish insurance company’s new advertisement featuring cats skydiving, set to the soothing sounds of artist R. Kelly. The uproar was actually enough to get CNN’s attention. Reached by reporters, the insurance company Folksam assured the…
This arises in the context of sad weirdo Bryan Fischer (Real name: Brian Fisher.) who at least knows it sho' nuff wasn't George W(orst). Bush who "kept us safe" after ('though not before & during 11 September 2001) it was ... well:
Is us larnin'?
Hey, exciting new feature from Raw Story: Embedding the whole mess. Let's give it a shot.
Bryan Fischer: Singing ‘God Bless America’ prevents terrorist attacks (via Raw Story )
Via a loon-o-rama selection at Alternet, we note two items that hadn't previously appeared on our limited attention span radar. And since we're lazy as well as inattentive, we quote:
Apparently certain people believe demography is destiny. 'Though of course they'll scream about it not being so in other contexts.4. Conservative columnist goes full racist: “Maybe minorities' values need changing.”
There were too many racist dog whistles to count during this election season. But this column by right-winger Dennis Prager isn’t a dog whistle so much as it’s a blow horn. A big, sad, loud blow horn trumpeting a pathetic resistance to accept that women’s and minorities’ priorities are legitimate.
The headline (“Maybe Minorities' Values Need Changing”) and lines like “there is no debate over whether the minorities' (and single women's) values are correct or whether the values of the white males are correct” tell you pretty much everything you need to know about Prager and his ideas.
Oddly enough though, AlterNet readers will probably find a few things to agree with in the piece:
The Democratic Party, and the left generally, have done a magnificent job in identifying conservative values as white male values.
Right, because they are. (Thanks for the compliment!)
5. Convicted con man whines about how “difficult” the next four years will be.
Here are a few choice lines from Conrad Black’s whiny missive for the National Review:
“In the last 40 years, as many as 20 million unskilled peasants have illegally entered the U.S.”
“This president could not run on his record and just smeared his opponent as a rich asset-stripper, and frightened women voters with fatuous red herrings about ‘reproductive rights.’”
“For the first time, a coalition of pigmentational minorities and government employees and other benefit recipients outvoted the bulk of the traditional white majority. If this is the template for America’s electoral future, strains unimaginable since the Civil War will result.”
Those are some strong moral judgments coming from a man convicted of defrauding shareholders of $6.1 million.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
A study of the new California congressional delegation by Harold Meyerson of a liberal magazine, the American Prospect, showed that the 38 Democrats elected this year included 18 women, nine Latinos, five Asian-Americans, three African-Americans, four Jews and at least one gay American. The 15-member Republican delegation is all white men.Source.
You think we're kidding about pig criminality? The police are as much of a gang as any Blood or Crip clique.A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shooting and killing a man in Sylmar while off-duty in June, authorities said.
The deputy, Francisco Gamez, 41, has been with the department for 17 years and was last working as a station detective in West Hollywood.
Set a gangster to catch a gangster? Jesus fuck these people to hell.In August, a person who identified himself as the victim's brother commented on the website of the Los Angeles Times, saying he suspected a deputy was responsible.
"We think he is a L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF," the comment stated. "The reason we think he is a Sheriff is that he shouted to my Brother "L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF WHERE YOU FROM" as if the sheriff was in a gang."
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Since 2009, 5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion, a summary of F.D.A. records reviewed by The New York Times showed.Keep on swallowing that crap, you fucking cretins.
Another federal agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported late last year that more than 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009 were associated with energy drinks alone.
And while some of you are evil scum who should have been strangled at birth, the trouble w/ the vast majority of you is that you bore us limp when you're not driving us nervous.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This must be denial: Whites & men, esp. white men, because victims & women. "NOT a minority, a member of a grand coalition!!" (Offer not available in Calif. or N.Y.)
Is this humor?
New code: "Erbs." Hmmm ... nothing in the obligatory but short search to indicate what an "Erb" & its ilk would be in this context. Any guesses?
But all of the above was mere context. If anyone's gotten this far, here is the full dope on today's scandal:
The Democrats are really blowing it if this guy's giving credit where due & the Dems indeed invented sex. "The party that brought you sex" sounds like a winner.
"We've got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything. We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys."American voters, surveyed:
Good luck fucking that chicken, y'all.
Monday, November 12, 2012
mean she's in charge of the sex workers? Or is it more like a groupies for baby-killers deal?
Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman Paula Broadwell harassed via email leading to FBI probe
Hey, this Daily News is alright!
It’s like the Dad never even listens when the son is trying to tell him he’s gonna vote later. All he wanted was to go vote. And he wouldn’t give it to him. Just a vote! And people say he’s crazy? When he went to your schools and your churches and your institutional learning facilities? He’s not on drugs. He just wants to vote!which inspired a search for this,as opposed to this one, which does not feature our friend John Dorr as the Army officer at (3:22).
From, via Weird Dave in the comments down there.
For Medved to bitch about negative attack campaigning (i.e., showing Romney for what he is) when the Prez has been vilified & demonized w/ the fantasies & delusions of a paranoid right-wing is just another peak reached in his attempt to climb all the mountains of hypocrisy.
The president didn’t win with a ‘magnificent’ get-out-the-vote operation. It was his relentless negative ads that discouraged and disillusioned the Republican and independent voters Romney needed, says Michael Medved.
Upon reaching this summit, M.M. turns on his projector & lets Karl Rove shine his light through:
To which we can only bold that one admission of straight-up protection/reaction & add: So? (Under our breath we muttered, "Fuck both of you gasbags.")
The most creative (& revealing) take on the GOP blast fax that generated all this (Seriously. Where did it come from?) has to be Grover Norquist & his "poopy-head" entry.Elections don't matter any more. All the lower marginal rates talk is pure crap too. All of it:Hey America! Remember the good old days when if a man lied to another man's face he'd be taken to the street & horsewhipped? The days when a flim-flamming snake-oil salesman would be run out of town on a rail, decorated in tar & feathers? Where has that America gone, America?
Even more amusing is the decision to rationalize or explain or whatever Romney's loss by crying that, in a campaign, campaigning is unfair. The Obama campaign had the gall to keep their mailing lists up to date, for example, as we noted yesterday. And more than once the scurrilous accusation Obama made ("Romney caused cancer!") is followed by the whiner saying the Romney campaign didn't answer the scurrility. Conclusion: The Republican campaign sucked, & Obama approved this negative message. We can only wonder why the Romney campaign never responded. Could it be that Romney did cause cancer?
Just one more example of research: A paragraph or four from the snooty version, as typed by whoever drew the short straw-man at Ye Olde American Spectator.
Drag out the multi-syllabics if you like, but you can't convince us that somehow both horses in the race lost.
S-E-X is nasty & shameful. Stop it, as Ann Romney would say.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Not that we saw it all. (You couldn't make us watch Fred Barnes w/ a gun to our head.) but it's over for these people. Seeing their crests fall at each update was icing on the cake of Fund admitting that there was no fraud. Yet.
And how long ago should Pat Robertson have been eased out? Does he require the services of a personal drool wrangler yet? Catch his segue at the end of the Fund segment. Marriage fan Maggie Gallagher follows that, trying to be cheerful about various state referenda, while admitting they're all in blue states. And she mentions the Iowa justice she wants out. Who is staying. ("Vote for revenge?" That's wrong, isn't it?)
Did you know? "Obama has been ruling by executive fiat; he just ignores Congress & just, y'know, he thinks he's the Anointed One" (53:45) as Pat lets some dude (Jimmy Falwell no longer being available) do the subtle scolding.
Look & listen well: When these weasels have passed from the earth we're not likely to see their like again.
city w/ the most retired vets.
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Here is the juicy, delicious marrow from deep w/in Greenwald's column. Yum:
There are several revealing lessons about this media swooning for Petraeus even as he exits from a scandal that would normally send them into tittering delight. First, military worship is the central religion of America's political and media culture. The military is by far the most respected and beloved institution among the US population - a dangerous fact in any democracy - and, even assuming they wanted to (which they don't), our brave denizens of establishment journalism are petrified of running afoul of that kind of popular sentiment.Now back to football (where a commercial for the Marines greets us). Ooh-rah!
Recall the intense controversy that erupted last Memorial Day when MSNBC's Chris Hayes gently pondered whether all soldiers should be considered "heroes". His own network, NBC, quickly assembled a panel on the Today Show to unanimously denounce him in the harshest and most personal terms ("I hope that he doesn't get more viewers as a result of this...this guy is like a – if you've seen him...he looks like a weenie" - "Could you be more inappropriate on Memorial Day?"), and Hayes then subjected himself to the predictable ritual of public apology (though he notably did not retract the substance of his remarks).
Hayes was forced (either overtly or by the rising pressure) to apologize because his comments were blasphemous: of America's true religion. At virtually every major sporting event, some uber-patriotic display of military might is featured as the crowd chants and swoons. It's perfectly reasonable not to hold members of the military responsible for the acts of aggression ordered by US politicians, but that hardly means that the other extreme - compelled reverence - is justifiable either.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It just gets better.The day after the election, as Republican strategists diced the demographics of their loss — Hispanics and young people went with President Obama — the push was already on to make the GOP more inclusive and reflective of the country. The party needed to gather up more of the middle. In other words, it needed to tame the tea partyers who had moved the party to the right.
It was precisely this mentality that energized Emma Runion and her husband, John, to dig in even harder.
After gathering her signs Wednesday morning, Emma went to her computer. First she scanned it for spyware. “Hackers were very busy last night,” she said. Her second order of business was dropping Fox News as her home page, annoyed with the network for pitching in the towel so early and calling Obama the winner. Her new home page: the Blaze, the Glenn Beck-run news site.
We're pretty damn sure that's complete bullshit.Emma pulled open her pantry. “We are not preppers,” she said, revealing a normal food closet instead of one preparing for anarchy. Canned pears. Canned pumpkin. Sugar. Peanut butter. Dog treats. There was no survival food, but they were planning on stocking up on guns and ammo.
“We’ll probably get a long gun and a short gun,” Emma said. “We’ve already got our concealed carry permits; we just need to be fingerprinted.” That last step was the one that made her hesitant. “Once you are registered, they know who you are. Most firearms now are chipped” for tracking.
Knowing this deluded son-of-a-bitch has two fucking guns is what's disturbing.They worried that Obama would now downsize the military — “MacDill is going to be a ghost town,” Emma said of the Air Force base in Tampa — to build his own military consisting of the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.
“Right-wing nut” is what Emma playfully calls herself, a reference to Obama once categorizing extreme conservatives as fringe. John is less playful, especially when it comes to Obama.
“This guy, who is he?” asked John, at the kitchen counter. “He’s Buddhist, he’s Muslim, he’s Christian. When he addresses the Muslims, he speaks Muslim. When he addresses blacks, he goes into that black dialect. It’s creepy.”
He stirred his oatmeal. “To know this guy is going to have power for the next four years, that’s disturbing.”
The New York Times
Saturday, November 10, 2012 -- 4:56 PM EST ----- The director general of the BBC has resigned in the wake of a controversial broadcast on child sexual abuse, the BBC announced Saturday night.
The director, George Entwistle, issued a statement saying, “I have decided that the honorable thing to do is to step down.”
No relation, we assume.Damn, the Ox has been dead 10 yrs. now. That's a long time to be dead.
At least the DVR functions unconnected. We were able to view much of The Giant Claw while the real or live world was gone.
If we gave a shit we'd diversify our outside connections. At least we had the mobile w/ which to bug The Cable Monopoly. Fucking socialists.
Friday, November 9, 2012
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Mr. Klavan, in the Hudson Institute's City Journal.The Long GameThree areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually"As the brainwashed American public & the evil Hollywood producers who wash their brains have no interest in any of my art (For I am an artist.) please give me & my fellow conservative artists money, preferably in the form of a tax-free grant or award (For infrastructure!) so we'll be able to reverse liberal influence in the culture & restore the free market by making movies about what swell dudes businessmen are."
Haters Continue GloatingWe may be over it by the
Patrick T. Fallon for The New York Times
At the private air terminal at Logan Airport in Boston early Wednesday, men in unwrinkled suits sank into plush leather chairs as they waited to board Gulfstream jets, trading consolations over Mitt Romney’s loss the day before.Neener neener from The NYT.
“All I can say is the American people have spoken,” said Kenneth Langone, the founder of Home Depot and one of Mr. Romney’s top fund-raisers, briskly plucking off his hat and settling into a couch.
The biggest single donor in political history, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, mingled with other Romney backers at a postelection breakfast, fresh off a large gamble gone bad. Of the eight candidates he supported with tens of millions of dollars in contributions to “super PACs,” none were victorious on Tuesday.
It would appear they were correct. Certainly the General betrayed Mrs. General Petraeus. Fucking assholes, it's time to finish purging our nation of the upper classes & their toadies in public service & establish a peoples' democracy.
Meanwhile sad sack suck-up Mark Halperin (Speaking of motherfucking toadies. Cheese Louise.) is licking Petraeus up down & sideways on MSNBC. What a great intellectual, so respected, yada. Fuck you, jerk, it's over for you & everyone like you.
Added schadenfreude first brought to the nation's short attention span yesterday.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Esp. Calif. Cutting edge, bay-bee!!
Steve M. also recaps, w/ bonus Ted Nugent tweets.
The Golden State's stark message: America's changing demographics will give Democrats total control of Congress
|GOP supporters in Las Vegas watch as|
Fox News calls the election for President Obama
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
On CNN, the correspondent with the Obama campaign reported that Team Obama is telling her that they see nothing in the Ohio turnout that looks any different from what they expected -- in other words, the polls were correct.
Surely one of our readers will be able to help us & look into what happened in those two counties he was on about.
Other bright stuff from Breitbart that we bookmarked:you could look at. It's stenography on behalf of the Romney campaign. We heard one or another suit-sporting idiot on MSNBC's Morning HoJoe, possibly a POLITICO drone, quoting the Romney release but not working the Catholic angle as much. At least not before we tuned out.
General idiocy & incitement:Related?
As early voting continued in Houston on Friday, an incident occurred that should serve as a shocking reminder that there are those who care nothing about voting rules and integrity. Members of the NAACP took over a polling location and broke multiple election laws. Despite repeated requested by a poll watcher, to halt their activities, the NAACP members continued with their pro-Obama rhetoric and moving certain people from the back of the line to the front. This is what Americans need to watch for in the closing days.Man. That was close. Really dodged a bullet there.
Now all you people in majority cracker states & districts get to work running the collections of assholes you elected in 2010 the fuck out of town on a rail. Tar & feathers optional.
Points for congeal.
The most significant thing (actually the only thing) that's crossed our mind as a result of this interminable mess is that this is the third consecutive POTUS who's been elected to a second term.
Second time it's happened, Jefferson, Madison & Monroe having done it a couple centuries ago. How do the last three winners stack up against those presidential powerhouses? Ha ha. Why do you hate America?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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