Wednesday, October 31, 2007
It'd be a shame to miss a chance at that, wouldn't it?
Now we find a story indicating that we may have a chance for further mockery, this time of people too stupid to keep their brains from boiling into vapor.
[T]here tends to be a lag of many years between exposure to radiation and tumour growth but the number of cases already apparent suggest a much bigger problem to come.
"One would expect this to be only the tip of the iceberg because of the long latency of those diseases..."
Added to that is the increasing use of cellphones, especially by young people.
Stupid young people. They'll get what they deserve. We can only hope that the various types of radiation to which they're exposed will sterilize most of them.
Story brought to our attention by alex constantine's blacklist, whence we stole the graphic as well.
Curtis allegedly donned women's clothing, red stockings and a black sequined lingerie top before engaging in a sex act at the store. He then continued to wear them throughout the night under his clothing, the [police] report says.And if you're really into the Halloween thing, you can practice deception in words as well as appearance:
The police report offers a far different version of events from the brief account Curtis gave Monday to The Columbian, one that seems likely to threaten Curtis' political future.But why pay attention to the biased, liberal Old Media? We all know that law enforcement & the military never lie, so let's look at the police report & the search warrant (Remember, the search warrant may have been signed by a liberal activist judge, so it must be taken w/ a grain of salt.)
You'd think Rep. Curtis could've just his worn his fire captain's suit for Halloween. Or borrowed some of Mrs. Curtis's clothes.
Curtis, 48, is married and has two daughters. The two-term legislator and retired fire department captain was in Spokane last week for a retreat with other Republican lawmakers in preparation for the 2008 Legislature.Does the representative vote against gay rights every chance he gets? Need you even ask? Last question: Does the representative sport one of those big old macho fireman mustaches? You know, the kind often referred to as dick-dusters?Why yes he do! How'd you ever guess?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The little feller has noticed that the vast majority of Americans (& sensible people throughout the civilized world) are not exactly enamored w/ conservative values & causes.
The trouble for conservatives [...] is that their worldview isn't overwhelmingly popular.Can't fool him for more than two or three yrs., can you? None of this has anything to do w/ Bush of course:
Some conservatives respond to this dilemma with an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" shrug. If voters don't embrace limited government -- which really just means self-government -- then have them choose between a big government that does right-wing things and one that does left-wing things. Some of those people are called "compassionate conservatives." Others seek comfort in the soothing irrelevance of purism and adopt libertarian candidates and causes that will never, ever, win at the ballot box.Out of idle curiosity, when was the last time the phrase "compassionate conservatism" issued from any one's mouth? It had pretty much gone the way of "I'm a uniter, not a divider," by February 2001, hadn't it?
Committed conservatives, meanwhile, find themselves at a disadvantage: They advocate smaller government for everybody -- when Americans generally (including most Republicans) want smaller government for everybody but themselves.Oh, those stupid Americans, w/ their self-interest, their desire to pool their risk, & have the pool administered by the gov't. instead of a profit-crazed corporate insurer.
If Hillary Clinton promised to socialize medicine -- which, let the record show, she has attempted to do in the past -- she would lose. But her current campaign promise to simply expand coverage sounds reasonable enough -- even though there's no reason to think she'll stop pushing for a national single-payer healthcare system (a.k.a. socialized medicine).Let the record show that Americans don't realize that limited gov't. "really just means self-government." They're handing over their right to govern themselves & live free for a chance at health care, or a retirement consisting of more than scavenging for recyclables & eating canned pet food. How short-sighted of them. There's neither liberty nor virtue there. (Warning: It's frighteningly easy to spew crap like that.)
At this point we were afraid Doughbob was headed into "This Is Why Democracy Isn't Such a Good Idea" territory, but he may be saving that one for next yr., after the election.
But there is another course for conservatives: Simply do what you can, where you can, including supporting the most conservative candidate who can win and succeed in office.And while you're prying out the loose bricks, drowning the baby or whatever colorful metaphor you like to use for destroying the remainder of our social/governmental structure, don't let that building fall on you. Not that a ton of self-inflicted bricks on your head would make you any more of a brain-damaged fool than you already are.
Meanwhile, writes Voegeli, it "makes sense for conservatives to attack liberalism where it is weakest, rather than where it is strongest." Unlike the utopianisms of the left, conservatism is defined by an understanding that this life can never be made perfect, so pry out what bricks you can, when you can, wherever they are loose.
And here's the shorter version (Ha ha, made you wait): Fellow committed conservatives, we've fucked up royally with stupidity, recklessness, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy & all the other traits we're so well known for. Now all we can do is hunker down, wait for the demonic forces of liberalism to pass, then stand up & make funny faces at them. Once they're completely out of earshot, we can go "Nyah nyah!!" at them too.
Stylistic Notes: Unless not having a style is considered a style in this post-modern era, Jonah's only stylistic trait is the use of the word "crowd" in a condescending manner. And he comes through again:
[A]narchists, Marxists, flat-Earthers and every other creedal crowd -- all think they're right.Usually it's something along the lines of "the brie and sandals crowd."
Above: DoughBob has an idea for (yet) another subtitle.
Liberal Fascism Update: We noted previously that the subtitle had changed, & the publication date had been pushed back, though only by a week. Not the first time the release date had been moved back. And now the subtitle has changed again, to: "The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning." Sen. Clinton & Whole Foods don't get to sue any more. Editor & Publisher reports that Amazon's page for the book was hacked recently as well:
Now someone--presumably not a fan--has hacked the book's entry at online bookseller amazon.com. Its current title -- at least momentarily at that site -- is "Liberal Fascism: The Totalitarian Temptation from When I Got My Advance Until I Finally Hand in the Manuscript in 2011."Not the first time that's been hacked, either.
Latest? From the WaPo:
Ten months into his presidential bid, Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work part time at the security consulting firm he promised to leave this past spring to focus on his pursuit of the Republican nomination.
Giuliani's continuing involvement with a firm catering to corporate clients makes him unique among Republican contenders. It also complicates the task of separating his firm's assets from his campaign spending.
One concern among ethics experts is that Giuliani's continuing affiliation with the firm might create a public perception that clients with business that could be affected by a Giuliani presidency might hire the firm to curry favor.
The firm's past clients had many connections to government.
• Purdue Pharma, which resolved a lengthy Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into the security of its OxyContin painkiller with only a fine, with the Giuliani firm's help.
• A confessed drug smuggler who hired Giuliani to help ensure that his company could do security consulting business with the federal government in the post-Sept. 11 period.
• The horse-racing industry, which hired Giuliani's firm to review the security of its betting systems after a wagering scandal shook public confidence.
• BioOne, a company that can do biological cleanups, such as its cleaning of a Florida media building after the 2001 anthrax attacks.
• Energy giant Entergy, which hired Giuliani's firm to help tighten its security.
This was the president of the United States, invoking the specter of World War III if Iran gained even the knowledge needed to make a nuclear weapon. The American discussion about Iran has lost all connection to reality. [...] Israel and every Arab country (except Syria and Iraq) are quietly or actively allied against Iran. And yet we are to believe that Tehran is about to overturn the international system and replace it with an Islamo-fascist order? What planet are we on? [...] Real power, they said (correctly), especially control of the military and police, was wielded by the unelected "Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Now that Ahmadinejad is president, they claim his finger is on the button. (Oh wait, Iran doesn't have a nuclear button yet and won't for at least three to eight years, according to the CIA, by which point Ahmadinejad may not be president anymore. But these are just facts.) [...] Stalin and Mao—who casually ordered the deaths of millions of their own people, fomented insurgencies and revolutions, and starved whole regions that opposed them—were rational folk. [...] One of the bizarre twists of the current Iran hysteria is that conservatives have become surprisingly charitable about two of history's greatest mass murderers. [...] Last year, the Princeton scholar, Bernard Lewis, a close adviser to Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal predicting that on Aug. 22, 2006, President Ahmadinejad was going to end the world. The date, he explained, "is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the Prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back. This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world" (my emphasis). This would all be funny if it weren't so dangerous.The response from the blood-thirsty war-mongers (should they attempt to deal w/ facts) will, of course, be the tired refrain of: "9/11, 9/11! Everything changed after 9/11!!" Many people didn't buy that six yrs. ago, and fewer & fewer are going along w/ it now.
The "lads" @ Maxim picked the Five Unsexiest Women Alive. We should qualify that by adding: "In Show Bidness, Who Are Considered Sexy by Someone, Somewhere." Just Another Blog™ would allow any of the five to eat crackers or almost anything else in bed, as "sexy" is not determined by mere physicality. How much money do any of these gals have, & how much of the rent chez Bouffant would they be willing to pay? There's your sexuality!
Funeral Thurs. @ the Grand Ole Opry.
The report says that dead-bolt locks were installed on all bedroom doors at the Richard Roberts residence at the insistence of his oldest daughter. ''This was precipitated by Mrs. Roberts repeatedly moving into the home her 16 year old male 'friend,' which made her daughters uncomfortable.''Damn. What is this world coming to when a parent doesn't have control of her own house anymore?
Monday, October 29, 2007
...Giuliani buys the idea that since 9/11, the U.S. has been fighting World War III. You know how this routine goes. Al Qaeda is made up of Islamo-fascists; 9/11 was Pearl Harbor; Saddam Hussein was the Arab Hitler; the fall of Baghdad would be like the liberation of Paris. And so on. Now it's Giuliani's turn. "We should try to accomplish [in Iraq] what we accomplished in Japan or in Germany," he says. What, like bombing the place flat? The reality is that the threat posed by Islamist terrorism today is wholly different from the threat posed by the Axis powers in 1941-42. To judge by Osama bin Laden's latest rant, he aims at mass conversion, not conquest (with low-interest loans as the latest inducement). The Islamists have thousands rather than millions of trained warriors. Their most dangerous weapons are land mines and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, not aircraft carriers and guided missiles. The total number of American fatalities that can be attributed to this supposed world war is about 6,000 (adding together 9/11 victims with U.S. passports and the service personnel killed in action in Iraq). On average, the Axis powers killed about 20,000 Allied soldiers and civilians a day. The trouble is that the more Americans imagine they are in a world war, the less attention they pay to the more profound strategic threats their country faces. I can think of four in particular: • the descent of the greater Middle East into a large-scale war; • the disintegration of the system of nuclear nonproliferation; • the escalating competition between developed and emerging economies over scarce raw materials; • the breakdown of the system of multilateral trade liberalization. Taken together, these challenges will sorely test whoever occupies the White House after Bush. Has Giuliani given any of them serious thought? Does he have any strategic vision beyond preventing another 9/11 (his nightmare, he says, is an Iranian-made dirty bomb "in London or Rome or America")? Applied to cleaning up the mean streets of New York, Giuliani's offensive approach worked pretty well (though it eventually ended in overkill). How well it can work as foreign policy is another matter altogether.And read the discussion from tonight's PBS News Hour w/ Norman "Nuke 'em All" Podhoretz, one of Giuliani's advisers, & Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International.
Commentary magazine editor Norman Podhoretz wrote in June that military force was "required" to stop Iran from getting a bomb and offered this description of Iranian President Ahmadinejad. Quote, "Like Hitler, he is a revolutionary whose objective is to overturn the going international system and to replace it with a new order dominated by Iran and ruled by the religio-political culture of Islamofascism," end quote. Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria responded recently to Podhoretz, writing, "For this staggering proposition, Podhoretz provides not a scintilla of evidence." And Zakaria wrote, "The American discussion about Iran has lost all connection to reality." [...] JUDY WOODRUFF: ... I do want to ask you both, because I think it's important. Mr. Podhoretz, do you think that, as you wrote a few months ago, this administration, this president intends before he leaves office to strike Iran? NORMAN PODHORETZ: Yes, I do believe he will, because he has said many times -- or at least two times that I know of in public -- that, if we allow Iran to get the bomb, people 50 years from now will look back at us the way we look back at the men who made the Munich pact with Hitler in 1938 and say, "How could they have let this happen?" Well, unlike Fareed Zakaria and the foreign policy establishment that is complacent and irresponsible, in my opinion, I think the president recognizes the danger. I think he knows that time is short, that time is not on our side. And I think he will take military action, not an invasion, but air strikes before he leaves office. JUDY WOODRUFF: And, Fareed Zakaria, if you would, a brief response. FAREED ZAKARIA: Oh, I would doubt it. Look, in the early 1980s, Norman Podhoretz and the neoconservatives believed the Soviet Union was going to take over the world and Finlandize Europe. When Reagan started talking to the Soviets, started talking to Gorbachev, Mr. Podhoretz excoriated him, called it the "Reagan road to detente" and such. It turned out he was wrong. It turned out that the Soviets were not that powerful, and that history was on our side, and that things were going to work out as long as we kept our cool. I believe in just the way that we have deterred the Soviet Union, Mao's China, Kim Jong Il, history will prove that we can use deterrence and containment to contain the problem of Iran and that we do not need to launch a third unilateral invasion just to do that. JUDY WOODRUFF: Fareed Zakaria and Norman Podhoretz... NORMAN PODHORETZ: God help us if we follow that counsel.Who'll help us if we attack yet another country, Norm? The 101st Keyboard Kommandos? The 82nd Chairborne? Space Elves?
What does this say about us? We worship (that is, are scared shitless of) death. Our other big holiday? The excess of commerciality that is X-mess. We don't want to die, but we expect a reindeer herder to break into our house & leave stuff for us. (The exact opposite of regular human behavior.) How fucking stupid, childish & ignorant can one nation be? (Don't ask, you'll find out.)
More on Rudy "The Catholic" Giuliani's close friend, the Molesting Monsignor, Alan Placa, from ABC News' The Blotter:
At a campaign appearance in Milwaukee last week, Giuliani continued to defend Placa, who he described to reporters as a close friend for 39 years.
"I know the man; I know who he is, so I support him," Giuliani said. "We give some of the worst people in our society the presumption of innocence and benefit of the doubt," he said. "And, of course, I'm going to give that to one of my closest friends."
Appearing publicly for the first time today on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Tollner says the abuse started when he and Placa were in the high school making posters for a Right to Life march.
"As he started to explain how these posters should be done, I realized that something was rubbing my body," Tollner said. "After a minute or two, I realized that he's feeling me, feeling me in my genital area."
SPECIAL NOTE: This is our 500th item, & a nice vicious one, politically meaningful even. How nice that it wasn't a lame attempt @ humor, an excuse to show unclad women, or any of the other tripe so often found here. 500 in a bit less than six months. Not bad for an editorial staff w/ nothing else to do.
He was "attacking crime and public corruption," boasts a video played at his campaign events. During a candidate debate this month, Thompson said he spent those years "prosecuting most of the major federal crimes in middle Tennessee -- most of the major ones." But a review of the 88 criminal cases Thompson handled at the U.S. attorney's office in Nashville, from 1969 to 1972, reveals a different and more human portrait -- that of a young lawyer learning the ropes on routine cases involving gambling, mail theft and, in one instance, talking dirty on CB radio.
He's a liar, he's lazy, & Nixon didn't think highly of him:
In this May 1973 recording, he shared his concern with then-chief of staff Alexander Haig. "He's talking to Fred Thompson. I said you're not --," Haig begins. "Oh sh--, he's dumb as hell. Fred Thompson," Nixon interjects. "Who is he? He won't say anything." [...] In his memoir of the Watergate era, Thompson admits to secretly alerting the White House to key evidence as it was discovered by congressional investigators. Former Watergate committee investigator Scott Armstrong told ABC News that Thompson's cooperation with the White House undermined the investigation.Of course, he has as much of a chance at the Republican nomination as Ron Paul does. Too bad, as either one would be a worthy opponent. For Lyndon Johnson.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Yes, it's a big fight over which lie/fairy story/con game is to be believed. The Southern Babtists are saying poopy-oopy-doopy to the Mormons, who of course don't have a leg to stand on because their fairy story was made up so recently that, on a historical scale, it's like yesterday. Mormonism is the same deal as UFOs: Why don't they show up on the White House lawn, instead of appearing to one or two ordinary people in the middle of nowhere? Why didn't the Angel Moroni & Elohim & Jesus & whichever other space-elves were involved make a big public announcement & hand over all the golden scrolls or whatever bullshit it was to a whole bunch of people, instead of one nobody who was the spawn of crooks ("treasure-hunters" or whatever the fuck) who "lost" half the revealed stuff anyway?
The Mormons regard themselves as Christians, and Jesus figures prominently on the covers of LDS publications. They believe that after the death of Christ's apostles his church became confused, a period that ended only with the restoration of the Gospel by the presentation of another book of scripture by an angel to LDS founder Joseph Smith.
Most Christian theologians, however, disagree, not just because they disbelieve the angel story and the Book of Mormon that resulted, but by pointing to Mormon concepts including the ability of humans to become godlike entities after death. Most perturbed have been conservative Evangelicals like the Southern Baptists, who share many of the Mormons' conservatiave [sic] social values yet have a very strict view of what is and what is not scripture, and find themselves in competition with the LDS for congregants.
Land explained that he would look at Mormonism "as another faith in the same sense that I would look upon Islam as another faith. I think the fairest and most charitable way to define Mormonism would be to call it the fourth Abrahamic religion — Judaism being the first, Christianity being the second, Islam being the third, and Mormonism being the fourth. And Joseph Smith would play the same character in Mormonism that Muhammad plays in Islam."
Oral Roberts University founder Oral Roberts (modest, isn't he, as befits a man of God) dragged his aging ass from California to Tulsa, OK earlier this wk. AP coverage.
Dep't. of Irony:
The most sensational bit of evidence in a civil case against Oral Roberts University ironically exists because university President Richard Roberts ordered it.
Mr. Roberts, who announced a temporary leave of absence Wednesday, said last week in an interview with The Associated Press that he asked his sister-in-law Stephanie Cantees to be his eyes and ears in Tulsa and to report to him every week what people are saying about the ministry, whether it was fact or rumor.
Her report reached his desk three years ago, Mr. Roberts said.
An Oral Roberts student repairing Ms. Cantees' laptop discovered the document and later provided a copy to one of the dismissed professors.Very interesting to us as well. Especially when it's his sister-in-law who's hired. Aren't these people supposed to be living on a higher spiritual plane? And perhaps not keeping everyone in the family on the payroll, as if they're fucking Mafia? Is it too much to ask that the human species move beyond feudalism?
"It's interesting to me that a president of a Christian university hires someone to report to him what rumors are going on about town," Mr. Richardson said.
Little has happened since Just Another Blog™ was on this three wks. ago. It may be some time before it makes its way through the legal system & we can get the full poop on Lindsay Roberts & her "underaged companions." And if there is any truth to those accusations, we can bet there will be a settlement long before one witness testifies, no matter how indebted ORU is. A summary of recent events from TIME.
And though 18th-century France may seem impossibly distant to contemporary Americans, future historians examining Mr. Bush’s presidency within the longer sweep of political and intellectual history may find the French Revolution useful in understanding his curious brand of 21st- century conservatism.
[T]he political clout ritualistically ascribed to Mr. Perkins, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Gary Bauer of American Values and their ilk is a sham.Ooooh, snap!! The NYT Magazine visits Wichita, where we see that lesser-known fire & brimstone-preaching bible-thumpers are not doing so well either, although we're not surprised, if this is what their message has come to:
These self-promoting values hacks don’t speak for the American mainstream. They don’t speak for the Republican Party. They no longer speak for many evangelical ministers and their flocks. The emperors of morality have in fact had no clothes for some time. Should Rudy Giuliani end up doing a victory dance at the Republican convention, it will be on their graves.
If they really believed uncompromisingly in their issues and principles, they would have long since endorsed either Sam Brownback, the zealous Kansas senator fond of using fetus photos as political props, or Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who spent 15 years as a Baptist preacher, calls abortion a “holocaust” and believes in intelligent design rather than evolution. But they gave Senator Brownback so little moral and financial support that he folded his candidacy a week ago. And they continue to stop well short of embracing Mr. Huckabee, no matter how many rave reviews his affable personality receives on the campaign trail. They shun him because they know he’ll lose, and they would rather compromise principle than back a loser.
Backing a loser, they know, would even further diminish their waning Washington status in a post-Rove, post-Bush G.O.P. The more they shed their illusion of power, the more they imperil their ability to rake in big bucks from their apocalyptic direct-mail campaigns. They must choose mammon over God if they are to maintain the many values rackets that make up their various business empires.
“I think the Gospel is offensive, and I think the cross is offensive,” Wright continued. “I think Jesus loved everybody and I think he loved the Pharisees, but he certainly told them how the cow eats the cabbage.”W/ its mouth, like most other mammals? Is rumination a specific biblical value? And though there are references to the "mainstreaming" of evangelicals (though today's god-squadders aren't as poor &
In the Wichita churches this summer, Obama was the Democrat who drew the most interest. Several mentioned that he had spoken at Warren’s Saddleback church and said they were intrigued. But just as many people ruled out Obama because they suspected that he was not Christian at all but in fact a crypto-Muslim — a rumor that spread around the Internet earlier this year. “There is just that ill feeling, and part of it is his faith,” Welsh said. “Is his faith anti-Christian? Is he a Muslim? And what about the school where he was raised?”“There is just that ill feeling, and part of it is his faith.” The other part would be? Well, what is it? Cmon, what's the "ill feeling?" Can't you say it? "Political correctness" got your tongue? If Jesus could tell the Pharisees how the cow eats the cabbage, can't you call a spade a spade?
“Obama sounds too much like Osama,” said Kayla Nickel of Westlink. “When he says his name, I am like, ‘I am not voting for a Muslim!’ ”
We're still wondering whether all of this will result in an evangelical candidate to fulfill the H. Ross Perot function & get a Democrat (sadly, probably Hitlery) into the White House.
But don't count Jeebus & his earthly warriors out yet:
But liberals, he said, should not start gloating. “Some might compare the religious right to a snake,” he said. “We may be in our hole right now, but we can come out and bite you at any time.”Please come out here & bite this!!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Best bit of Rotten schtick:
Resplendent in polyester vest and plaid pants, Rotten worked his showbiz outrage to the point of near collapse, taking a break after 40 minutes for what he claimed was an irresistible response to nature's call -- well, that middle-aged prostate can indeed be a bummer.Ain't that the truth. Should've worn some Depends™. Any one know what the deal is w/ that toof of Lydon's? Does he just take it out for show bidness purposes, Lixie Miller stylee? 'Cause if not, eventually the two neighboring ones are going to fill in that hole, & there'll be reason to call him "Rotten" again.
Not seen @ the big gig: Nancy Spongebob (l) & boyfriend John Simon Vicious (r), the "bass player" for the Sex Potatoes when they first hit it big.
Old logo on the left, new logo on the right.
Also, look at Danger Room (we've pre-clicked to the "Mercs" category) for an overview of Blackwater & its fellow private security contractors, & the "new logo" contest they're kindly hosting. Our fave? Right here:
Jesus, Guns & Money. All hail America! Or else!!
Friday, October 26, 2007
It's our personal speculation that Rudy's handlers (The Mafia? Pedophile priests?) set him up w/ a nurse as his most recent wife so she could keep him well-medicated, but there's always the chance that he'll go off the tranqs & we'll see his real nature. There's also the chance that American voters will like the real Rudy even more than the media image. ("Triple Guantanamo!!" "Where's Podhoretz? I want him to push the Big Red Death-to-Iran Button, he deserves the honor!!" "I'm all over this ferret like Michael Vick on a pit bull!!")
Rudy "The Catholic" Giuliani has a swell collection of campaign advisers, though we're not yet sure who's counseling him on ferret policy. On foreign policy, however, he's got the
Mr. Giuliani’s team includes Norman Podhoretz, a prominent neoconservative who advocates bombing Iran “as soon as it is logistically possible”; Daniel Pipes, the director of the Middle East Forum, who has called for profiling Muslims at airports and scrutinizing American Muslims in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps; and Michael Rubin, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who has written in favor of revoking the United States’ ban on assassination.
Warnings like that one and his reliance on advisers like Mr. Podhoretz, who wrote an article in June for Commentary magazine called “The Case for Bombing Iran,” have raised concerns among some Democrats.
Mr. Podhoretz said in an interview published Wednesday in The New York Observer that he recently met with Mr. Giuliani to discuss his new book, in which he advocates bombing Iran as part of a larger struggle against “Islamofascism,” and “there is very little difference in how he sees the war and I see it.”
One of Mr. Giuliani’s most important foreign policy tutors is Charles Hill, a career diplomat and former deputy to Secretary of State George P. Shultz in the Reagan administration. Mr. Hill had never met Mr. Giuliani when he was invited to a 45-minute meeting at Giuliani Partners in late February — a meeting that stretched to nearly three hours.Or American foreign policy, depending.
Mr. Hill went on to become the campaign’s chief foreign policy adviser, and to assemble a team that is united by its generally hawkish views and its belief in using American power to achieve its aims.
Just days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Hill
joined a number of foreign policy experts in signing an open letter to Mr. Bush urging that “even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.”
Instead of talking about “the war on terror,” Mr. Giuliani speaks of “the terrorists’ war on us,” or, as he put it in a recent speech to a group of conservative Christians, the “Islamic terrorists’ war against the United States.” He sometimes faults Democrats for failing to mention that the terrorist threat comes specifically from Muslims.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
As she has concentrated on the Middle East peace process, Iran and Russia, Rice has increasingly turned major responsibility for hot-button issues -- including North Korea, Pakistan and Iraq -- over to Negroponte. He has taken the lead on management problems, such as the contractors, along with his longtime Foreign Service colleague Patrick Kennedy, a senior management official who served as Negroponte's management deputy when Negroponte was director of national intelligence, before he took the No. 2 post at the State Department.
But the changes in security policy for Iraq and in her team are unlikely to temper rising criticism of Rice's management style. She is due to testify today before the House oversight committee, whose chairman, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), has accused the department's prime security contractor in Iraq, Blackwater Worldwide, of tax evasion; charged the department with papering over evidence of widespread corruption in the Iraqi government; and accused the State inspector general of failing to monitor shoddy work and overspending in construction of a new, $600 million U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
State Department officials denied any double standard or impropriety in the firing of Griffin and this week's promotion of two of his subordinates who directly oversaw the hiring of contractors, including those in Iraq.
Rice's answers on the Blackwater scandal did not satisfy many Democrats during the hearing, including Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire.
Before giving Blackwater hundreds of millions of dollars, "didn't you or your subordinates ever stop to ask whether or not the legal framework was a place to hold these contractors accountable for its actions?" he asked.
Congress is moving to put all armed contractors operating in combat zones under military control and make them subject to U.S. criminal jurisdiction.
Even in the Blackwater compound, no definitive account has emerged of how and why the Sept. 16 shootings occurred, company employees said. For its part, Blackwater has said that its guards were responding to an insurgent attack. But in furtive discussions over recent weeks, certain details about the episode, they said, have gained currency among many Blackwater workers, many of whom would like to believe that their colleagues acted appropriately.
Those workers said, for example, that Blackwater guards who fired at Iraqis in Nisour Square described how an Iraqi driver had pulled up his car well after the Blackwater convoy had arrived and warned traffic to stay back. The encroaching car, the workers said, caused their colleagues to feel threatened and initiate machine-gun fire. They also said that friction between Blackwater convoys and groups of armed Iraqi police in the days before the shooting had created a mutual distrust, and that the police officers, perhaps as a result of earlier disputes, fired at the Blackwater convoy. “The Iraqi police were testing these guys at various intersections,” said one former Blackwater guard who has spoken with men on the convoy at Nisour Square.
Iraqi police at the intersection have said they were not armed that day, and none of the dozens of Iraqi witnesses interviewed by Iraqi investigators and reporters for The New York Times said they saw anyone firing at the Blackwater convoy or even brandishing a weapon.
But in a measure of the gulf between the narratives that have taken hold in the Blackwater compound and on the streets of Baghdad, the former guard and a current employee said that a consistent view had developed within the compound: that Blackwater was fired upon by Iraqis with AK-47s who fled the scene after Blackwater returned an overwhelming amount of fire.
“How long does it take for a dead terrorist to become a dead civilian?” a Blackwater employee said. “As long as it takes to remove an AK-47 from the body,” suggesting that accomplices might have removed weapons as they fled.
The Blackwater employees said that talk about the Sept. 16 shootings had also focused on a heated dispute between members of the team in the square, pitting the men pouring gunfire into Iraqi vehicles against other Blackwater guards who were imploring them to stop.
“There was turmoil in the team, where half the guys were saying, ‘Don’t shoot,’” said a military veteran who spoke to a member of the Blackwater team on the convoy.
Not quite the "thin blue line" of police forces. But the stories don't all seem to match, do they?
We were advised by the latest person w/ whom we had a conversation that it would have been faster to cancel the previous account entirely (rather than change the name & keep the same 'phone #, which has been in the family for 33 yrs.) & just get an entirely new #.
We are now informed that if the order goes through today (Thurs.) it will be Mon. or Tues. before the DSL is reëstablished. The process apparently is not under the actual control of AT&T, who must to wait for the old whatever to "drop off" or something, then they can place the order, which will then take several more days to come to fruition. Is there not an on/off switch? They certainly manage to cut it off promptly if you don't pay, & restore it soon enough once they've received their pound of flesh. Why such a big deal to change a name on an account? Bastards!!
In the meantime, the ability to wander the vast web wasteland in search of amusement & tidbits to share is severely hampered, as is the anal retentive typing/copying & pasting process. It's suck city, baby!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
And those California Nat'l. Guard troops & equipment in Iraq & Afghanistan aren't any problem at all. Duncan Hunter, joke Republican presidential candidate, was just on Lardball w/ Chris Matthews, & between repeating the "Reaganesque" line "We're optimistic, we'll rebuild" about San Diego County (Remember Al Einstein's definition of crazy: Repeating the same action but expecting different results) he announced that firefighting is not done w/ a wall of bodies facing the flame, & if it were, the 1st Marine Division is right there @ Camp Pendleton. This has, of course, nothing to do w/ the Guard being trained & experienced in disaster relief, refugee assistance & so on (& we'll bet that some Guard members/units have some training & experience w/ wildfires) which is what was being discussed, but Hunter isn't one to let facts get in the way of the partisanship he decries in the left, yet practices himself.
But it was just a matter of time until the real concerns of the lunatic fringe right (not to be confused w/ the lunatic mainstream right) surfaced, & here they are, right on schedule:
As the embers cool, investigators in public and private will begin asking some hard questions, including how in blazes these fires happened: Were some of the purportedly wild fires scorching more than 600 square miles of Southern California this week set by border-crossing Islamist terrorists?"How in blazes" indeed. Aren't we clever? Of course, they'd have to be "border-crossing" terrorists, they couldn't possibly have come in legally & overstayed their visas, because our highly efficient Dep't. of Homeland Security doesn't let that happen. By the way, how do these "border-crossers" get into Mexico in the first place? We continually hear that Mexico is very harsh on Central Americans trying to come into Mexico illegally, while pushing as many Mexican citizens as possible over the U. S. border.
An Oxford-educated engineer, bin Laden knows the power of asymmetrical warfare wherein a few matches and bottles of gasoline can cause millions of times their cost in damage to enemies, from military families in San Diego to morally-corrupting Hollywood stars in Malibu.Yes, it would certainly take an Oxford education to figure that out. Although we swear to you we haven't gone any farther from the House of Bouffant than the 99¢ Only Store in the last two wks., the concept of setting Southern California afire for terroristic purposes during the Santa Ana Winds occurred to this reporter & one of his associates in schadenfreude & nihilism several yrs. ago, when we were glued to the tube watching the houses of the privileged go up in flames. (An annual Southern Cal fall ritual.) Neither of us have an Oxford education, though we're not not nearly as stupid or paranoid as Lowell Ponte. Added stupidity:
Well sure, because terrorism works so well when it's thought to be an accident or a downed power line. You might even think that Oxford intellectual Bin Laden would go ahead & claim credit for the fires anyway, just to get Ponte's pants even more piss-soaked. And it would take a "coded command," because no "border-crossing" terrorist could put the concepts of high temperatures, high winds, & dryness/drought together, especially after those power lines were knocked down & some fires started.
Although a new Osama bin Laden video was issued at almost exactly the same time these fires began, and might have contained a coded command to his operatives to carry out planned arsons, it makes sense that al-Qaida has claimed
no credit for the fires.
But bin Laden would probably be embarrassed, in the wake of his astonishing terrorist “achievement” on 9/11, to be seen resorting to mere fire setting around the homes of innocent people.
Other possibilities: the fires were all accidental, like the one north of Los Angeles reportedly touched off by a spark from welding equipment.Extra credit to Mormon asshole Beck for his statement that people who hate America & live in Malibu are losing their houses to forest fires. And extra credit to Ponte for pointing out how Bush & the Republican-dominated Congress had six yrs. to establish a "No Forest Left" policy to "rationally manage" forest & brush (but didn't). That was Clinton's fault, too, right? It always is. As was noted on Sadly, No! by a member of the commentariat, Trilateral Chairman, Bush seems to like clearing brush, he could have helped.
Or, perhaps, one or more of these fires were ignited accidentally by an illegal alien’s campfire, as has happened before in Southern California. Even if evidence points this way, do not expect the liberal media to report anything this politically incorrect — or this likely to give inconvenient fuel to critics of our liberal border policies.
TV and radio talk-host Glenn Beck deserves credit for having Competitive Enterprise Institute experts Chris Horner and R.J. Smith explain how radical government environmental policies under President Bill Clinton interfered with rational forest and brush management, and set America up for today’s catastrophic super-fires.
Real credit where credit is due: J— commenting @ S,N! must've brought it to the attention of Gavin Sadly, who posted it at exactly the same time as we were asking if such a thing had happened two threads previous!!! Coincidence? We think not.
UPDATE (@1731 PDT): Just heard on MSNBC's Countdown that the Fox News Channel's morning show (Fox and Friends) was making a big deal (transcript) of an FBI memo from four years ago that indicated an Al Qaeda member or informant or a guy who lived down the street from a guy whose sister-in-law used to work w/ a dame who was married to an Arab once, only he was a Christian Arab, but really what difference does that make, told the FBI of an Al Qaeda plot to light simultaneous forest fires in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming & Utah during the summer. No confirmation of said plot, either, but it could be what's behind the current fires, the Fox tools implied. You certainly do have to get up early in the morning to put one over on Just Another Blog™.
Damn! We're just lucky that hurricanes, tornadoes & earthquakes can't be caused by human agency, we'd need more home-care workers to keep changing the Depends™ on these clowns. Volcanoes? Could go either way.
Further arson poop, from a self-proclaimed "voice of the resistance."
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We can, however, make mock of a politician who just sent us an e-mail:
Dear Friend:Jeezis, Babs, don't you have the guts (in the middle of exploiting the suffering of others) to mention that maybe we should have brought the California Nat'l. Guard back from Iraq to guard us & our all-important property a little sooner?
Fires continue to rage across southern California. I am working to make sure that California has needed resources from all federal agencies. We need firefighting resources and equipment as well as assistance for the thousands of people who have been left homeless or evacuated. I am working to see that these resources get to California as soon as possible.
I hope you will use my Senate website as a resource in the days ahead, both for yourself and for any impacted family or friends. It will have constantly updated information about where fires are burning, evacuation centers, and the federal resources that will be made available in the days ahead. You can find my fire feature at http://boxer.senate.gov/calfire.cfm
United States Senator
(UPATE/CORRECTION 24 October 2007 @ 1710): Sen. Babs was discussing the Nat'l. Guard shortage today on telebision, but sort of copped out, saying that we had enough equipment, by borrowing from other states & so on. Guess she didn't want to sully her e-mail w/ politics.
Lt. Gov. Garamendi (a Dem just like Boxer) has also been on telebision, about the strapped Calif. Nat'l. Guard, & how Bush's visit tomorrow is photo ops bull, & a distraction, and Bush hasn't done much to rebuild New Orleans, so please keep your promises this time, Bushie.
Speaking of Iraq, tonight Law & Order Special Victims Unitwas all over torture, or enhanced stressing, or whatever this week's euphemism is. Another example of horrid left wing media bias. We thought series creator Dick Wolf was of the right-wing persuasion, one of those rare-as-hen's teeth Hollywood conservatives. Guess the Bush admin has lost another one.
Monday, October 22, 2007
In fact, the U.S.A. is the least threatened nation on the planet. Its geographic, demographic, and economic size, and its location, give it far greater security than Russia, or Holland, or Hungary, or France, or Finland, or Iraq, or Iran. These nations are easily attacked from several sides, and in modern history have been thus attacked. These nations have reason to be fearful, but in fact are less fearful than is America. Certainly it is impossible for foreign forces to invade and occupy the U.S.A. even should the U.S. have the most minimal defenses.
In the mistakenly published 1935 testimony to Congress about the need for new air bases to attack Canada, a military expert explained that Canada has thousands of lakes, and each of these is a potential float-plane base. He asked the congressmen to imagine the fearful vision of the sky filled with bush-pilot float planes flying down from Canadian forests to bomb Boston and Baltimore.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Just Another Blog's™ demanding schedule usually has it awake & off the couch by 1400 PT wkdys., or 1600 PT for sure, so we usually take a peep at the man his staff dubbed "Tweety" ('cause of the hair color he uses) to see what crap the masses are having stuffed down their mental throats by the Old Media Washington, D. C. cocktail weenie crowd. And one thing we've determined is that Matthews is a tool, & not the sharpest one in the MSNBC drawer either. While we've never given much of a shit exactly what his problem was, while wandering the vast wasteland (the Internet, not the telebision wasteland Newton Minow predicted in the early '60s) we encountered a delicious hit piece in Slate that gave us a better idea of Mr. Matthews' demons:
Legendary. Supporter of democracy. Learned reporter. Distinguished. Prolific. All of these words may capture Matthews' character, but not as well as do flighty, braying, shameless, and opportunistic. It's a shame that nobody gives a Sammy Glick Award. Matthews would be a cinch.Haw haw. And this:
"He made no secret about it. Chris Matthews wanted to be a pundit, a player, a face on the Sunday political talk shows," Rosenstiel writes. But the transformation required journalistic credentials, which Matthews lacked.And since we've already plunged into Slate, let's get into the other big Internet magazine that starts w/ an "ess," Salon:
Chris "Tweety" Matthews is indeed an insufferable blithering jackass, a creepy Irish-American misogynist who fits nicely into conservative Catholic Jack Welch's similarly-pedigreed stable of thoroughbred infotainwhores.Testify, brother. (Didn't know Welch, former chairman of GE, was a Catholic too.) The above & the following excerpt are from a comment to this item, which excoriates Matthews & his cocktail weenie buddies.
I find it interesting that admirers can somehow brush aside Tweety's adolescent loathing for Hillary Clinton (I'm not a fan), or his embarrassingly homoerotic gushing over men in power. During the post-war era of Freudian psychotherapy, Tweety would've been instantly classified "latent homosexual".Ah, Freud. Mostly full of crap, but an excellent source of sophisticated-sounding insults. More Irish-Catholic misogyny, as evidenced in Washingtonian:
Talbot's characterization of Tweety as a shallow, superficial blarneymonger comports with my mercifully limited experience of him.
The irony of the situation came to a point when Matthews began to discuss Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. “You gotta be heard because men just keep talking,” he said after he mentioned the “big, deep, green, scaly, horny monster” of misogyny that might rear its head at at the polls.Or, when Chris yells, it's an asshole of the first water. And speaking of Freud, how 'bout that "horny monster" of misogyny? And those "whipped into silence" men? What exactly was it that "whipped" them, Chris? Something that so scares you, you dare not speak its name?
“Men are all whipped into silence on this topic,” he said. He also noted that women’s voices often scale upwards when they try to be heard in a debate, and he conjectured that men might weary of Mrs. Clinton’s sometimes strident tones.
“Not 8 years,” he imagined men thinking.
“When a man yells, it’s entertainment. When a woman yells, it’s Eleanor Clift,” Matthews said.
Last & least, here he is, morning after-stylee:It wouldn't be Just Another Blog™ w/o an unflattering photo, would it? Note hair & its dye.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
"I may not be in focus, puny humanoids, but I can still rip your friggin' throats out & feast on your entrails (as long as I get you while you're asleep)!"
To hold you over, please examine the picture above.
What is it?
Our guess? Extra Terrestrial scientists, working from telebision signals sent into the ether just after the introduction of color tee vee, attempted to create a robot/android/clone/replicant/doppelgänger/simulacrum of a human female for their own insidious purposes, such as stealing vital human bodily fluids (if you know what we mean) to improve the failing DNA of their dying species. Look at it. The perfect hemispheres on the chest. The hair color that doesn't occur in nature. The nose. The disproportionate lower lip. (Is that how it will obtain the vital bodily fluids?) The blank, soulless eyes. It can't be a human being, can it?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
But much more appalling than the ride was the deleterious effect each movement through town had on the already beleaguered people of Iraq. I began to wonder whether my meetings, intended to further U.S. policy goals and improve the lives of Iraqis, were doing more harm than good. With our drivers honking at, cutting off, pelting with water bottles (a favorite tactic) and menacing with weapons anyone in their way, how many enemies were we creating? [...] As we approached at typical breakneck speed, the Blackwater driver honked furiously and motioned to the side, as if they should pull over. The kids in the back seat looked back in horror, mouths agape at the sight of the heavily armored Suburbans driven by large, armed men in dark sunglasses. The poor Iraqi driver frantically searched for a means of escape, but there was none. So the lead Blackwater vehicle smashed heedlessly into the car, pushing it into the barrier. We zoomed by too quickly to notice if anyone was hurt. Until that point I had never mentioned anything to my drivers about their tactics, but this time I could not contain myself. "Where do you all expect them to go?" I shrieked. "It was an old guy and a family, for goodness' sake. Was it necessary for them to destroy their poor old car?" My driver responded impassively: "Ma'am, we've been trained to view anyone as a potential threat. You don't know who they might use as decoys or what the risks are. Terrorists could be disguised as anyone." "Well, if they weren't terrorists before, they certainly are now!" I retorted. Sulking in my seat, I was stunned by the driver's indifference. [...] As we do the work of bridge building and improving our host citizens' lives, if the people providing our transportation and security are antagonizing, angering and even killing the people we are putatively trying to help, our entire mission is undermined."But, but, the hell w/ the (often actually physical) impression these clowns leave, not one American they've protected has been killed!" says the right-wing cowboy crowd. And of course Ms. Gans is an "ingrate" when she mentions that the activities of Blackwater subverted her mission to help the Iraqi people.