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“This is a big fucking deal” -Joe Biden.
“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” -MLK
The Devil is thriving in the Catholic church.
The Ides of March have passed.
The health care bill passed with some drama. As it should.
Outside, the wind blows hard.
My favorite part is that they lied without shame and cheated overtly and they still lost with ceremony all around them on worldwide television. Republicans sucked the other day like they haven’t in decades and it was all on display. They barked like dogs and continue to whine like toddlers. Shameless.
I readily confess I don’t have my brain wrapped entirely around this bill and some specifics of the reconciliation language. I have been paying attention. I didn’t for a time and then I did again. I got kinda sick of it all. It does suck. The bill. As in sucking chest wound suck. A mandate without fierce oversight, a mechanism to not only compete but provide accountability and barometric pressure is pure dumb.
A license to ill.
It was on it’s head already. I sort of understand the economic imperative behind the mandate but throw us a bone bitches or don’t even bother touching me there.
I just can’t help but get caught up in the symbolism. I know the bill sucks but it does accomplish some pretty important shit. I’ll defer to the fantastic Ms. Maddow:
“On September 23rd…
- All kids get covered (no pre-existing conditions)
- Can’t get dropped if you get sick (no more insurance companies dropping you)
- No more lifetime limits (on benefits)
- Children can stay on until 26 (coverage up to that age)
On January 1, 2011…
- Premium payment reformed (80-85% for medical care) with rebate if you don’t use coverage
- Free Medicare preventative care (no co-pays)
- Total ban on all pre-existing condition denials
- Health exchanges open
- End to annual limits on benefits
Republicans want to repeal this…” -democraticunderground.com
I’m not sure I want to “do” Rachel but I’m positive I want to get her drunk and cuddle.
So yeah, some good stuff. It’s just that it barely flirts with incentive for fairness via non profit competition.
That’s the part I liked the most when we started this whole thing. I see it as key. Public option, extended Medicare, whatever. Vital. We have miles to go before we sleep.
Single payer, Universal, whatever label you choose and whomever you choose to accuse, the richest spender nation on the planet ought to be covering it’s people. We buy half of all the weapons. Half of all of them. Half of all the weapons made for war, we buy. I don’t think we’re as big as Canada geographically, but our dick is way bigger. Can you hear me now? WAY bigger. We could take Canada in 72 hours without the military. They don’t have many guns but we do.
What exactly are health exchanges? We now know they will be open. How many? Where? I’ll assume that’s good news. A place to trade bandages and syringes. Do I have to volunteer? I’m gonna have to choke a bitch. I’m gonna have to read this bill and the 157 page reconciliation. I’m working like twelve hours a week and taking a class. You can see how I’m underwater.
My feet hurt and it’s humiliating.
It’s a simple problem and the answer is simple. Shave five or fifteen cents off the defense budget and we can throw in some jobs for infrastructure. Health care, jobs and mortgage relief. We spend half the entire global budget on weapons and ten times as much as our nearest competitor. China. That there is my idea of Socialism, spending way too much of the people’s money on things they vehemently disagree with. Wait, that’s Communism. Isn’t it? When they can’t afford roof and bread it is. There is your Goddamn communism.
That there is your buttock.
Wars are your ass.
Your ass mam, has gone missing.
I’m trying to make a point here. We still are a wealthy nation, despite our recent financial regress. Much of it was concentrated without equity in the last decade but there is plenty of money right here in River City. There is no reason, moral or fiscal, we should be denied this right. It insults my intelligence when anyone complains about paying for it. They talk about health care being 15 to 18 percent of our GDP. The defense budget is well over half of every dollar you pay in taxes. We spend so much fucking money on weapons, it makes the world go round.
Literally. The world turns because of America’s efforts to be able to kill everyone of us. Thank God for us. Don’t piss us off.
Still, I’m impressed and finally proud again of the Democrats. They pulled it off and scared the crap quite literally out of the obstructionist asstards by supplying them with an example of lockstep so long taken for granted as a fundament in the Republican playbook. Smoked them at their own game. Here’s hoping this bodes well and emboldens this heretofore assemblage of invertebrates. See little Billy, we knew you could do it. Now get your little ass back out there because the game isn’t even half over. Be a Democrat for fucks sake.
Now the crazies come out like corpses of Laurel & Hardy with giant red eyed rats speeding off and away from their persons and pockets and folds. Slack jawed zombies repeating obsolete talking points and swinging scythes. The Baggers. The Birthers. The Hawks, Neocons, Bigots and Bible thumpers. What an egregious ship of fools. Obsructionist pricks for infamy. Avoid their rodent familiars and do not dance with either of any of them.
It’s not safe to drink their liquor.
They really are beginning to parody themselves.
I’ve always thought that being a good loser is important. I’ve been on the losing end enough to approach being gracious I think. I’m hopeful that losing has humbled me, it sucks and it shames me but I try to learn and stuff and be polite about it. The way one loses speaks volumes about one’s character. If you listened to Boehner on the floor the other night or The Human Shitsmear and Butt Boy Hannity these last few mornings you might think the sky is about to kill you in your bed.
Not good losers, but excellent assholes.
These pricks are the epitome of sore losers along with the entire lock step, teeth full of Orios, lime green plastic tumbler full of cherry Kool Aid and rum mouth breathing members of the 1/4 Paradigm. That was a pretty cool sentence. If you don’t know about the 1/4 paradigm, categories are on the right on the main page. Just scroll down. I have a fairly general theory about relativity and how it applies without bias but with predictable pattern in a sociopolitical context. I offer a bold constant.
I don’t really know about other countries but I understand very well that one of every four people in this country are ignorant dipshits. My “1/4 Paradigm”. In stores near you.
You’d think an invitation was extended to a banquet just ahead of the apocalypse. You’d think because we passed a weak ass health care bill we were courting Satan himself. The bill sucks. Hello irony. Fuck us in the neck.
The reaction has been of the meanest of spirit and bafflingly irrational. Childish and callow. Pointless. Some fourteen state attorneys general have or intend to file suit. Futile. Not going to happen, if any single case enjoys a day in court it will be ashes, ashes and they will all fall down. A waste of time money and the attention of even the dumbest citizens. Give me a break. Might as well piss up a rope.
Children of the corn.
What has my attention is the ugly and still gathering brutal reaction of the great unwashed.
Bricks through windows and awful terrorizing threats directed at our elected representatives that have finally and with courage, attempted the right thing on behalf of us all. Stupak came around and they went after him like a common enemy. Cheers Bart. Those were your people. An articulate bunch. Very brave and very cool.
Kucinich is still the king of composure and principal. What a class act. I think Maddow and Kucinich should snuggle. Just then, Dennis’ hot, six foot tall, copper haired, wife with a scorching accent enters the room in a black skirt, pumps and a line up the back of the stocking. Nobody gets the Kucinich cool like I do.
Cantor’s claim of a bullet is looking dubious. I bet that little prick is lying.
What frightens me is the virulence and vehemence, the irrational fury of those that would oppose a leap forward.
What makes me sick is the publicly elected officials who foment such dehumanizing disregard for common decency and difference of, or deference for, an opinion. This is America. We aren’t ever going to be herded onto boxcars for mass extermination. If it ever happens here it will last an afternoon, maybe a day. I’m not referencing irresponsible roundheads like Limbaugh, Hannity or Beck but rather the Boehners, Bachmanns, Cantors, Kings, Grassleys and Demints. Allegedly responsible representatives who hobby, trade and wage in fear and dangerous incendiary nonsense.
Dirty, filthy immoral bastards who would blow anyone for $20k. How do these people get taken seriously? See above.
They deliberately cultivate and collect the same brand of bigoted, racist and ignorant subhuman that so violently opposed civil rights legislation. Dumbass mouth breathing fucktards. A handful of those folks have ended up being assassins. Murderers.
American tradition and legacy is such that justice and liberty for all eventually prevails. When there is will there is way.
It can take a while and never without a price. The vulgar and profane consistently manage to extract more than a pound of flesh. They are arrogant and bereft of humility. At this pace, there will be blood.
They will go too far unfortunately and their cause will be consigned to history as ill advised and malattempted. Political leprosy. Social pariahs. Just like McCarthy, Nixon and Dumbya’s entire posse.
These people are as ridiculous as they are dangerous. There will be blood.
Just do the best you can to think peace. It’s gonna get ugly.
It just might start rural.
All these earth quakes. Bound to be a volcano. See what I’m saying?
Health care is no mere privilege but a right that comes with being born human at least. I believe that. I always will.
Drinks for my friends.
So, the Democrats run a lame candidate for Senate in Massachusetts while turning their backs on a nest of Republican snakes. So, the Republicans simply cater to the lowest common denominator.
Meet Scott Brown.
He posed. Hairspray on an empty corn cob. He’s a goddamn lead singer. How new are you? Look at my thumb, gee you’re dumb.
Maybe, just maybe if he wasn’t up against cardboard.
I should be angry. I suppose I am. Should I be angry at Republicans for being such ignorant, obstructionist asstards, or Democrats for being such paper tiger pantywaste losers? I feel like being confused, but I’m not. What I am is disgusted.
“The Republicans are playing chess and the Dems are in the nurses office because, once again, they glued their balls to their thighs.” – Jon Stewart.
Teddy Kennedy held this office for forty seven years. The lion of the Senate. I admired Ted Kennedy. Comity no longer exists anywhere in the Senate. It went from solid to gas. The way of the Dodo. What we have here, is piss all over his grave, equal parts Democrat and Republican. It will freeze and eventually evaporate come spring. It will still stink for summers to come. Them with more mild sensibilities and weaker constitutions will wonder if the reek is merely rotting vegetation. The dying foliage of deciduous urban landscaping. Only in the fall.
You and I, along with the forest rodents will understand it to be the odor of personal weakness and the strength of filthy lucre.
And the shit of urban rodents.
No equitable, compassionate health care for the richest nation ever. Health care is a right, not a privilege. Yet this crap persists to blow in our faces. Tens of thousands die here every year because of greed and cowardice and/or no health care at all. Then there’s them that go broke. Hundreds of thousands dead in Haiti, not because of an earthquake, but because of decades of poverty and neglect. Wait til you hear how complicit we’ve been. Hundreds and thousands die every month in the various wars we conduct. Plenty of funding there, but no conscience.
We are getting sucker punched every morning out of bed.
I need to remind you that by shaving one tenth off our budget for the military industrial complex, we’d all have health care and groceries forever. Higher education would be free. No potholes. No collapsing bridges. We’d all have enough for the fruit of the month club. We’d be excited about the pears.
Pete Townshend once said something about ending The Who before they became parodies of themselves. He was anxious for them not to become a joke. It’s too late for America.
Since when did a party have to have 60 out of 100 votes in the Senate to scratch their own balls? How is it that after barely a year under a new administration, a twisted referendum is allowed to hold sway in state like Massachusetts?
This is profoundly and spectacularly ridiculous.
I’m not sure I give a mad fuck. The only option now is to ram the diseased phallus that is the Senate health care bill down the blistered, milky, puss oozing upper gastrointestinal tract of the house. It’s a shitty bill. A mandate to buy but no mechanism for controlling cost or avarice. A non starter for me.
I’m having a hell of a time giving a shit. Whatever happened to hope and change? Does anyone remember laughter?
I am disgusted. I’m romancing apathy. Sure, there’s been progress, but on such an infinitesimally incremental level that I’m struggling with what appears to be a wish sandwich.
“Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you, hee hee hee, wish you had some meat.” -The Chips 1956
This really is stupid.
You give me twenty, maybe twenty five bucks, I’ll make you the best salad you’ve ever had. I have skills.
Drinks for my friends.
The need to communicate. To write. Despite not having anything immediate to say.
I’m here in Carson City because I imagined it to be a haven of sorts. If not that, then friendly. Sanctuary from exorbitant bills and ridiculous drama. I was weary of the drama and the bills. Mostly the bills. Spent am I. Pun intended. It started off okay. Business prospects were promising. I had irons in the fire. Sibling drama did rear it’s ugly head but I was honest and above it. Restrained. I chose distance in light of the wildest cards and it served me for a time. I’m smart.
Dad fell from a ladder, broke six ribs and a shoulder, madness prevailed on every level. Soon after, sibling rivalry exploded like Krakatoa. I wake up checking to see if I still have an ass. I realize now I’m in deep depression once again. I would risk the reader’s patience at this point were I to detail how often and how hard life has been punching me straight in the mouth in the last year or so.
I’s okay, I roll with it and drink a lot.
A carnival of nonsense. My sanctuary a mirage. I do tap the occasional oasis and it is like paradise by the dashboard light. I get refueled, nourished and a chance to wash my face and hands. I wash my stinking crotch and put on clean socks, put on a little lotion. Don’t always know where to find those islands, but I know if I sail long enough…… No sooner than this and I’m waiting for vulgar to ring the bell. Ugly will revisit any day. It’s true I’m feeling sorry for myself but you can’t know what’s visited me in the last year or so.
It’s been pretty fucked up.
I am weary.
I hate most people and most things. Sometimes.
Outside the wind rages, but inside Swirly Girl the Cat snores like a drunken boxer, whistling and snorting. It makes me smile. Her face flinches and flickers in the throes of a dream. I smile some more. Her paws are curled inward. Her nose tucked between them. We’ll move to the bedroom and she’ll sleep beside my head all night. I am her father. She is my beloved problem child. She frowns and objects a lot. I just love on her as best I can.
I have to care about what happens next but it’s easier said than done. People really suck. You have no idea.
I’ll take politics and world events for five hundred Alex. If you visit regularly it’s most likely the reason.
Can you believe this fuckhead Stupak? Smoking tobacco is no different than smoking lettuce leaves. He didn’t say that but I don’t care. No real surprise that he rents a room at C Street and his head is misshapen. Can you say hydrocephalus? This guy is a dick. 44,000 people a year dying due to lack of health care insurance and he wants to make the whole thing about Roe v. Wade? What an asshole. News flash, we’ve got it covered with the Hyde amendment.
No worries dickhead.
To stir this brand of shit in light of just how important this issue is, is beyond irresponsible. It’s plain stupid and I think someone’s ego needs a leash and a muzzle. Thanks you peniswhipped cocktail.
Sarah Palin and her new book and book tour. She’s doing the “battleground” states. Who cares? Run the stupid bitch in 2012. Please. Run Romney and Huckabee and Limbaugh or Hannity. The Keystone Cops, The Stooges, The Flinstones or maybe Tucker Carlson and Orly Tates and Wile E. Coyote. Yep, bring it. Give us a show. I swear I equated Romney to Guy Smiley before the Daily Show did. Bitches. I’m way on top of this shit. Sometimes.
I’m very much encouraged to hear Obama has rejected all battle plans he’s been presented with for Afghanistan. We don’t have the resources in terms of personnel and we don’t have the money to even attempt to support a government we know to be abstrusely compromised. It’s a no win boys and girls. The pooch was raped seven years ago. People die for no reason everyday.
Time to take the long way home. Russia failed. England failed. No invading force or country has ever prevailed despite it being among the poorest countries on earth. We’re certainly no smarter and likely even dumber than those who’ve come before us.
We have no clear objectives or realistically realizable goals. No one can define “victory” or a “successful mission”. We are lost. Strangers in a strange land fighting for what? Use the money we are spending there, to increase security here, if the idea really is to be proactive.
I’m not talking about taking off your goddamn shoes or limiting the size of your toothpaste or shampoo containers before you board a flight from Burbank to fucking Reno. I always travel to Reno at the behest of Allah because I don’t shit where I eat. Ha! Such policies are useless and miss the point entirely. It’s all about demonstrating that someone, somewhere, is doing something to show the dumbest among us that someone, somewhere is doing something to protect us. Nevermind that it represents nothing more than an inconvenience and an egregious breach of logic. Somewhere, someone is doing something.
In the meantime, more people die everyday because of lack of health care or insurance than in our elective wars. Pretty fucking stupid, huh? It’s no wonder the world thinks we’re a big stupid bully. It’s no wonder Sarah Palin still has a realistic shot at the presidency.
The only way to even find out if the conflict in Afghanistan is solvable is to escalate it to the level of the Vietnam conflict. That means 50,000 dead Americans and millions of dead Afghanis, many of whom will be civilian. Good plan. Time to walk away.
Wait. That’s actually more than we lose every year due to our health care clusterfuck. Oh boy. Now we’re cooking with butane.
I don’t really care if the Ft. Hood massacre is defined as “terrorism” or not. It was terrible. Horrible. Horribalism? Anyone? It’s a fucking tragedy and Republican efforts to label it as terrorism amount to nothing more than a cheap shot as well as shameful exploitation of what is simply an American tragedy. Somehow these pricks believe that if they can succeed with the blatant polemic nomenclature of terrorism they can claim that a terrorist event occurred on Obama’s watch. Good luck with that you fucks. Your’s happened two months earlier under your watchful and diligent eyes and you lost three thousand in an event so contrived that I doubt we know half the truth. We lost thirteen.
Drinks for my friends.
I rocked at Jeopardy tonight. Even nailed the final Jeopardy question. Rock of Gibraltar.
Shall we do a little politics?
First up, the alleged war between FOX and the White House. Here’s my take: FOX lies egregiously and irresponsibly. Consistently. They are shameless propagandists. Therefore, they lose. This President or any other has every right to neglect them, ignore them or even cast the occasional aspersion their way. FOX is full of shit and any thinking, attentive American knows it. It’s Obama’s prerogative. It’s just that simple. I kinda like that he’s dismissing them while saying he’s not losing any sleep over it.
Um, looks like the public option is alive once again. Harry Reid says as much. He told us yesterday he has the votes. Turns out he probably doesn’t. Olympia Snowe is blanching, or posturing as though she will, as I can’t imagine her blanching any more. That bitch is pale. Translucent. Then there’s Lieberman. Benedict Fliptop. The little droopy eyed cartoon jowled prick announced he’d get behind a Republican filibuster on the public option. You know he’s a former Democrat, now an Independent, allowed to retain his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs by virtue of tacit agreement between he and Mr. Reid that he would play ball on domestic policy. Just so happens he’s the junior Senator from Connecticut, the finest and most luxurious mall in the country for health insurance corporations. He’s taken over a million bucks in the last five years from the medical plutocracy.
Without even a conversation, not so much as a memo, Benedict Fliptop should be stripped of his chairmanship and barred from even caucusing with the Democrats. This should happen yesterday. He should be made to eat peanut butter and jelly on the steps or dine with his stinky Republican abominogs. If possible, he should be ejected from his DC residence, have his single payer health care revoked and be issued a shopping cart, a hoodie and fingerless gloves, maybe a few cans of Sterno. This fucker needs to understand that it’s politicians like him what cause unrest. His own goddamn state favors a public option by some 68%. What an asshole.
Let the asshat obstructionists filibuster if the Democrats can’t get their house in order enough to vote for cloture. Force their hand and make them embarrass themselves and their party on C-Span. Mr. Reid, you boxed. You’re tough. I know because you signed and inscribed your book for me at the respectful behest of my mother. Bring in the cots, order pizza and throw Senate decorum out the goddamn window, at the same time throw tomatoes and rotten fruit. Roll up your sleeves Harry, get a nurse for the elderly members. Make the Republicans actually filibuster. This is one one of the most important issues of our time. Popcorn and porn for the junior members and Geritol, sponge baths and plasma for the senior ones. Do I need to remind you that what happens here is not at your convenience but quite possibly at our abrupt financial inconvenience and physical well being?
I joke but I’m serious. If it comes down to it and the Republicans aren’t forced onto the floor for days and weeks to read from their favorite children’s books, we will be justifiably far beyond angry. Shame them. Make them pay for attempting to prevent what every citizen of the richest country in history deserves. For five fucking percent of our defense budget this would be a done deal. Get this done. How long did you want to be Senate majority leader anyway? This is a cruel joke. The debate is for and by the stupid.
If we can pay for these ridiculous wars we can pay for the health and welfare of our people and that’s right out of my mothers mouth. The very first campaign I ever worked in was for you as Lt. Governor, I think I was seven and you were a “Goldust Twin” along with Dick Bryan. You simply must do everything you can and give this everything you have, or I will campaign against you next year.
Let’s talk about the war. You know, that one in Afghanistan where more of our men and women have been killed this year than any of the other seven? The one Darth Cheney has the prunes to accuse Obama of “dithering” over. The one he and Dumbya dithered over for seven years and ultimately bequeathed this mess of way too much technicolor that mother Cheney made for us? Darth Cheney has my vote for most evil, most ineffective, most dishonest and most destructive President never elected in the 21st century. The epoch is young but we should pray he prevails.
My money is on him and I can only hope it’s how history judges him and his little dog too.
I have to tell you I don’t envy our President. He inherited a shitstorm of clusterfucks. The electorate is flirting with disappointment. The village folk grow restless. The goddamn unscrupulous Republicans are pouncing on anything that moves even if it’s in the throes of death. They’re stockpiling pitchforks and fagots (no, like torches). I admit my own handful of discouragements.
We would do well to remember however, that a mess this size took eight long years to manufacture and the public was complicit for at least five or six. Most of you have just woken up and are still rubbing the shit dust from your eyes. We may not be all about a rose garden economically but the entire worldwide system is no longer staring into the mouth of the dragon and withering from it’s breath. Jobs is what we need but jobs is always the last to appear. It’s dicey yet, but we are closer to some modicum of meaningful healthcare reform than we have ever, ever been in an effort nearly a century old. Troops are coming out of Iraq and he’s doing his damnedest to figure out Afghanistan. There is legitimate effort in Gitmo and I’m not sure we’re done torturing or wiretapping but I know we’re up to far less of it these days. He’s reaffirmed his promises to the the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender community and I believe he will follow through.
You can’t always govern with the President you’d want, you have to govern with the President you have. I for one am still absolutely confident we picked the very best man. There is not a doubt in my mind.
Drinks for my friends.
For those of who haven’t heard this nomenclature of dolts, it refers to a small but vociferous group of nutbags who insist, despite all legitimate evidence to the contrary, that Barack Obama is not an American citizen by virtue of not having been born in the United States. Gotta give to them. Sounds big.
Eh. Gimme a break. Like McCain Palin or Hillrod wouldn’t have beat this like a baby seal.
I’ve been aware of them for nearly a year and rightly assumed they were a brand of conspiracy theorists who’s inevitability was matched by inconsequence. Now, regrettably, it seems the media has afforded them some attention. Regrettable for a handful of reasons, the most important could be the silly but vulgar stain the movement visits on an already gore festooned Republican party.
Swinging for the fences.
So there’s a bill in the house, authored by a Republican and sponsored by ten other Republicans seeking to mandate Presidential candidates prove citizenship before being inaugurated. Redundant methinks. This bill will end up in someone’s ass long before it sees the floor.
It is raw, desperate and willfully ignorant racism. Stupid, unfounded, crazy eyed hate.
“The conservative talk show host Michael Medved recently referred to the movement’s leaders as “crazy, nutburger, demagogue, money-hungry, exploitative, irresponsible, filthy conservative imposters” who are “the worst enemy of the conservative movement.” “It makes us look weird. It makes us look crazy. It makes us look demented. It makes us look sick, troubled, and not suitable for civilized company,” he mourned.” -Politico
Interesting that journeyman nutbags have issue with these particular nutbags.
On the other hand, world class dipshit Alan Keyes called it, “the greatest crisis this nation has ever seen” and warned of “chaos, confusion and civil war.” -Politico
What concerns me here, and what may be the salient reason this whole thing is so unfortunate, is the insidious and desperate rage it lays bare. I’m compelled to draw some frightening but obvious parallels. I’m neither predicting nor endorsing what I’m about to say so excuse my caveat. It’s just that these kinds of shrill and intellectually bereft movements provide fertile ground for the gun loving, God fearing wing nut, who sooner or later opts to take matters into his own hands. These people are around whether we like it or not. Often the best we can do is not stir them up.
By the way, if there was no religion and they couldn’t be addicted to God, maybe these people would come to worship the clarinet. In a few thousand years, the oboe. Eventually the saxophone. Sounds nice doesn’t it?
Guns don’t kill people, people do.
Unless there’s an accident.
Give them a really dumb reason and they morph from plain nuts to domestic terrorist in a week or two of 24 hour news cycles. Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P which stands for personality disorder at the very least. Already angry and just waiting for a reason. Probably off the meds because of no supervision or no money.
Tick. Tick. Tick.
I’m watching Liz Cheney and The Ragin Cajun, James Carville, go at it on Larry King. Tonight’s topic comes up and I’ll bet Liz is about to stick her foot in her mouth. Let’s watch! She’s all supercilious as she says ‘one of the reasons people are so concerned, is they are uncomfortable with having for the first time ever, a President who’s so reluctant to defend us overseas……….fundamentally uncomfortable with a President who seems to be afraid to defend America.’ -Larry King Live
What the fuck? Are you kidding me? Instead of calling it what it is, retarded and paranoid, she chooses to offer rationale. A rationale of fear for our national security. Pathetic. The GOP insists on puking down it’s frilly conservative blouse. Cut to the sins of the father.
Please let this ridiculously stupid cunt run for office. Please. She could honor tradition and be Palin’s running mate. Oh my stars the grandiose buffoonery. Palin McCain. I’m so on board.
Given that I’m a bleeding heart, progressive goddamn liberal, I have real reservations about our role in Afghanistan. The escalation and troop infusions. Military might can’t ever be long term infrastructure and anchor for a foreign people’s societal and political constructs in their own land. We are perfectly capable of kicking their asses but what then? Iraq again with darker facets of Vietnam.
Afghanistan is a far bigger and more lethal power vacuum than was Iraq. Iraq was stable. This, the part of the equation Dumbya’s sock puppets ignored. This, the part of this equation no one is really talking about now. In fact, no one seems to be talking about that war very much at all. You know we’re losing lives over there. You know we’re mowing them down.
It is a movie far worse than you can imagine. Just watching the movie would change you forever.
These “birthers” do us all a bad service for polluting the national dialog with their baseless and recklessly incendiary crap. Swift Boaters still wearing paper masks of patriotism. Traitors. I wonder what would happen if we tried them. Bet we’d figure out they’re breathtakingly despisable.
Drinks for my friends.
Our man has delivered a budget. That word reads so simple. A budget. It’s more than that. A philosophy. He has huge balls. He’s not here to fuck around. It’s a lot of goddamn money. An unbelievable, unimaginable amount of money. Three and a half trillion at least. History will repeat itself like pi before you and I can realize a number like that.
“In keeping with my commitment to make our government more open and transparent, this budget is an honest accounting of where we are and where we intend to go,” Obama said at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House before the budget was officially released. He said previous budgets have “not told the whole truth” about spending and that “large sums have been left off the books,” including war costs that have been funded by separate emergency supplemental appropriations.
“And that kind of dishonest accounting is not how you run your family budgets at home; it’s not how your government should run its budgets either,” Obama said. -truthout.org
It’s spooky ambitous and ideological even. It’s visionary. The symbolism of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building is not lost on me. Long term thinking as opposed to thumb in the dyke stop gap chicanery. He’s made the very bold and cold shower honest move of including the cost of our wars in the official accounting of our government’s spending. The first time since we began to wage this unjust war. It begs the question of why it hasn’t been included so far. Did they think we didn’t know? Did they think we didn’t understand they were spending more money than you and I can make?
That all the while the rich were getting richer and we didn’t know?
“I have serious concerns with this budget, which demands hardworking American families and job creators turn over more of their hard-earned money to the government to pay for unprecedented spending increases,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement. -truthout.org
That is a lie. He is a Senator and he is lying. He sucks. His lament was for the wealthy. He presided over what will be the bulk of your debt for the last eight years. He’s an asshole. Google him, you can tell by looking at him. He was the kid you beat up for trying to tax Jello or maybe sell you gum by the stick.
These asshat Republicans have forced us to double down. They act like they left us a pile of chips. They left a pair of red panties on the green felt. Cotton granny drawers XXL.
Get out of the way while we play bold because it’s the only option you left us. Peniswhipdrinks. Go sit by the pool but you can’t put your drinks on your room.
We intend to use the rollback of tax cuts to the absurdly wealthy as our marker. Spreading the wealth around indeed. 80% of the world’s wealth in the hands of 1% of it’s people. Socialism my ass. Looks entirely equitable and ethical to me. Again, you haven’t left us much choice.
Here lies some proof in the moveable feast of the pudding. We spend ten times more than our closest competitor on guns, bombs, missiles and fighting men & women. America is responsible for forty percent of the entire global outlay of guns, bombs, missiles and humans. It’s ridiculous and obsolete. The single biggest component of that expense is humans. The world has changed. The ideology and geography of huge human armies is obsolete. Wars like this are no longer sustainable. If they prove to be viable at all, we will lose them. Good Morning Vietnam. A lesson we should have learned forty years ago.
“WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama Thursday unveiled a 663.7 billion dollar defense budget, up a modest 1.5 percent on 2009, but projected a sharp decline in spending on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the coming years.”
Somehow under the new administration, it’s ok to photograph and reproduce images of coffins containing our dead service members. You may call the changes so far symbolic, I call them substantial.
We’re not in Kansas anymore. Kansas is no longer Kansas, despite how bad the people who live there want it to be. The world has changed and continues to do so. Pay attention. Nobody is in Kansas anymore.
We need to be as fierce in battle as we are gentle in friendship. I stole that but I don’t remember where.
Maybe next we’ll talk about education and health care.
Drinks for my friends.
I’m referring of course, to Rush Limbaugh. I know it’s old news but…….
I had the pleasure of viewing “Right America Wronged”, an HBO documentary examining American Conservatives during and shortly after the last election.
Within just a few minutes I was treated to charming vignettedotes like these:
One man was asked if he felt two Americas were emerging and he said, “There’s gays and there’s working people”
When asked what the most important issue of the campaign was, several responded with a mix of abortion, homosexuals and fear of losing their guns.
“……..We’re gonna let this world know there is only one God, there’s only one way to heaven and ya better sit up and ya better take notice and ya better start listening.”
“I hope there’s enough Christians in the world to save us.”
One campagne worker who claims to be working for God, is dismayed to discover an Obama yard sign. She then discloses in a whisper that the house belongs to two lesbians.
The whole time they bray toothlessly about the ‘liberal media’. It is the second month of the third week of the year of our Lord, 2009.
A dumptruck full of bowling ball mechanics. Sheezus.
Yes, I concocted the word ‘vignettedotes’. Mark your Aztec calendar. It’s pronounced Vin-yet-a-dotes.
What is so compelling is how overtly and thoroughly the McCain Palin campagne utilized American churches as a surrogate army for their message. I was aware of this but not at all cognizant of how pervasive. A message that pivots on abortion and The Gays. A man inside a First Baptist Church at a lectern shaped like a cross urging the congregation not to vote for Obama. His message is one we understand all too well. Abortion and the nomination of every judge in the orchestra on up to the Supremes and Diana.
The irony is, to my dismay, Barack Obama is demonstrably more pious than McCain.
Recently Bristol Palin said on television that abstinence was unrealistic. No shit?
“Set me free, why don’t you babe”
Second issue but hardly least, is of national security and American troops in Iraq; that they won’t be safe under an Obama administration and neither will we. These people unaware that of the two, it was Obama with the wisdom and a promise to get our men and women home as soon as possible. If you rednecks are worried about your people over there and you can read, you might be a little less worried than last year.
And the idea that the more we do over there somehow amounts to less they will do to us here is goddamn stupid. It’s the exact opposite. 180 degrees out. You think they can’t spare ten dudes to light us up? What if we had an extra couple hundred thousand battle trained soldiers back on our own soil? You guys are dumb.
Somehow they’re not getting the memos. Maybe they can’t read them. Buy a vowel people, or learn what one is. I can’t apologize for my flying spittle here. I thought about this. I’ve been sitting on this blog. The people in this documentary embarrass me. I’m not over reacting when I tell you I was embarrassed to be white. These people are fucking idiots. It was horrible to watch.
I came away with reinforced belief that our differences are far more about class than race or any other factor. What lies between almost all of us is socioeconomic. Keep your hands on your undies lest they bundle up. Race is huge. Obviously class and race are mutually inclusive.
The very real issue of racial discrimination in America still has a full belly and a big head of steam. It has torn us apart in bloody and spectacular ways. It still does. What rips hardest at us today is the disparity between rich and poor. I know minorities are disproportionately poorer than us white folk. Class and race are symbiotic.
The top one percent own eighty percent of the world. It’s that simple. It’s that bad. Worst in history. America is not courting socialism, it is rushing , meth and steroid lubricated, towards a medieval caste system.
Looks like there’s going to be a troop surge in Afghanistan, I’m not sure I like it but maybe it will save some American lives. Too late for much more than that. Seventeen thousand troops will not fundamentaly change this game. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the Hydra, a Wild Card and Rogue Nuclear State all in one. But wait! There’s more! Act now and you get one billion pissed off Indians with nukes just to the right on the map.
India, allegedly the world’s largest Democratic country, along with China, are making giant strides in the implementation of humans as currency.
They said it’s all gonna end over there anyway. If the region from Iraq to India was anywhere near like it is now, in terms of mind wrenching turmoil, conflict, poverty, war, slavery, death hatred and desperation, back then it was a pretty safe bet. I think most authors of the First Testament were in the area at the time. They must have known something we still know now.
This effort has to be economic, diplomatic, adroit, intelligent and humane. Notice I didn’t say transparent. Forgive me, but that’s just stupid. Not gonna happen. Don’t even ask for it.
Several men at a Nascar event are asked whether they’re ready for a black President. They all admit they’re not.
A man is asked what he thinks of Obama. “I’m not too partial to blacks.” The interviewer is incredulous, “What do mean? C’mon this is 2008, you can’t say that.” His reply, “Why can’t I say that? I’m in the South.” He also didn’t believe women should have the right to vote.
Asked who he’s going to vote for, a man says, “I’m gonna vote for the white man, McCain.” The interviewer asks why, “I ain’t voting for no nigger”, he says turning away. He stops and faces the camera to repeat himself.
They say he’s a Muslim, a terrorist, he’ll swear in on the Koran, he’s not full blooded American. Didn’t salute the flag, doesn’t wear a flag pin. He’s a socialist, comparisons to Hitler, 666, he’s the Anti-Christ. The whole time they moan about the liberal media.
Don’t ya hate when you vomit so violently it comes out your nose? Sometimes you puke so hard you poop a little. Sometimes you fill your britches.
What astounds me most is yet another irony. Those people who wail so vehemently against ‘The Liberal Media’, those who are so adamant about their side of the story not being told, are the most egregious victims of media bias and manipulation in this country. I mean, if you had to guess where they got all this disinformation, all these lies, what would you say? Where would you point? Fox News. They even said as much.
It’s not like they read.
Where do we go from here? By the scale of all human tragedy this certainly isn’t defcon four but it’s beyond that greasy turd in the punchbowl. It is tragic.
Can they be helped? I doubt it. They certainly aren’t willing to be helped. They’re already marginalized. I believe them to be a lost cause. Not worth the time or the trouble.
It’s all about the children.
I’ve decided that CSI Miami has the best visual production on television. Brilliant set design, costumes, locations, lighting, cinema photography……………..and the worst acting, writing, script, plot, storyline I’ve ever seen. A very high watermark on the television without substance as a vehicle for mindless entertainment scale. I like it as background without sound. I only watch it with the sound off.
Drinks for my friends.
This is crazy. World markets are convulsing. Lose the image of a spasm. This is flopping on the floor foaming at the mouth crazy epileptic shit. Jam something in the maw to prevent tongue swallowing and pull the furniture away, it’s a grand mal baby.
Dumbya shows up on television like a deer in the headlights. This shit is way over his head.
In concert, banks of the world moved yesterday to simultaneously slash prime by half a percent. That’s five hundred basis points, as a neophyte banker I can tell you that’s a shitload of lucre. Money is traded on a hundredth of a percentile. This level of cooperation is not just huge, it’s completely without precedent.
Still hemorrhaging though. Bleeding badly. The Dow down a hundred eighty nine yesterday and over six hundred seventy points today.
The bottom is around eighty three hundred. Trust me. I have it on good authority. That’s a scary number. I know people who’ve lost everything already. They have no choice but to stay in.
This crisis will lay a finger on every single one of us. If it hasn’t already.
Truth is it has, and it’s not done.
American industry cannot lose forty percent of it’s value without far more than a ripple breaking across the country. It’s a tsunami that will wipe people out. I doubt America will end up a third world nation, but we’ll a see a huge increase in the homeless and poverty in general. Get ready for desperation and panic. Soup lines.
Lots more ugliness on the way.
I almost don’t care what you know. I know what I know. This prick Dumbya inherited a surplus and a balanced budget. We were fine, we were golden. Golden. The thing is, his eyes are way too close together. You can tell by looking at him that he’s stupid. Listen to him and it’s obvious he’s a dumbass.
The proof is in the now bloody pudding. It’s the biggest mess we’ve ever seen. At war in two countries for now at least, and an economy literally eroding by the day. By the day. The American domino keeps on giving as we see world markets slide with increasing velocity towards a pileup that portends to clog arteries major and minor. Asian markets are shitting pants as we speak.
If you voted for Bush, you’re an idiot bordering on asshole. If you intend to vote for McCain, you’re an ingnorant idiot, stupid asshole motherfucker. Despicable and dumb. Clueless and wortheless. The mouth breather at the pump unable to remember a zipcode. When I see you, I hope you haven’t procreated.
I don’t doubt you’re boring.
Certainly, this should command our attention by delivering a focus onto the crisis at hand in context of the Presidential race. McFuckstain and Moosewoman are suddenly delighted to exhume the corpse of a deceased and rotting nag for to flog in public. They do so with eyes bloodshot from venality and a frantic spraying of spittle.
Ugly. Hard to watch. Dispiriting, demoralizing and ultimately detrimental.
They really should be ashamed, if for no other reason than their naked, vainglorious audacity.
Meanwhile, Our Man continues to exhort on the issues in general and and elucidate on the economy in particular. He remains above it. He attacks with vigor and his strikes are surgical, but always on issue, never personal. I am pleased and inspired. Obama consistently endeavors, despite every low blow, to remain on the high road. He is a class act.
Stewart has fucking Deniro on tonight. How cool is that?
Someone yells “kill him” at an event. McCain says nothing. He calls him “that one” in a nationally televised debate. Discourse off course. Reckless and irresponsible. Amateur hour at the feckless cafe. Farting in public. Blowing your nose over your date’s food. Shit running down your leg.
Fuck these guys. They act like they’re new.
Drinks for my friends.
Paul Begala said it of Dumbya about his speech last night and whether there was any resonance. I fell off the couch howling.
He was saying that no one cared. I had to watch the speech in pieces. A yawner. I kept thinking about how close together his eyes are.
The full twelve minutes was empty of anything save for common knowledge and the mashing, over and over, of the fear button. The red one that makes bells ring. He really should just stay out of this. He wields zero influence and has long since squandered any credibility, particularly in matters financial.
A high functioning moron.
And did ya see McCain’s broad with Katie Couric today? You have got to be fucking kidding me. I’m comfortable calling her a broad because she shoots magnificent defensless mammals but ducks the press. This broad is dangerously clueless.
I really hope Doubtfire takes a powder tomorrow night in Mississippi. What a tool.
Washington Mutual took the dirt nap today. Biggest S&L in the country and the largest bank in the history of the world to ever collapse. JP Morgan bought all the juicy debt. I think we got stuck with the rest.
It’s surreal, as it gets better, as in more entertaining, it gets worse, in terms of consequences.
A materialization of the perfect storm. The tempest without flaw that I’ve been predicting for years. There is no joy in being right about this one. It’s stupid and disgusting.
The blame here rests as much on John Q. Public’s shoulders as it does on any head of state, titular or not. We allowed this. We encouraged it with our ignorance, apathy, laziness and cowardice. We are fools on this ship already compromised of buoyancy by failed leadership. Despite the obviating of the inevitable. As we speak, this vessel of American prosperity and potential heads full steam towards the mother of all icebergs.
Good job. We should all take a bow. Yes, especially the stupid ones. Couldn’t have done it without them.
Know what alarms me the most about the whole thing? We don’t have the money. It’s preposterous. We are so broke we can’t pay respect. They say seven hundred billion but we’re borrowing ten billion a month for Iraq.
Guess what passed yesterday? A defense spending bill for over six hundred billion. Understand that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not accounted for in that bill.
Start thinking about who you can blow and/or people with extra rooms. Prioritize things like clotheslines, wells and land enough for crops. Don’t worry about propane camp stoves, but a tent, sleeping bags and firearms are all smart purchases. Don’t forget the bullets!
I’m not here to dip your popsicle in dog hair but you need to be on top of this. This shit is realtime. Many of them are shrugging their shoulders with the attitude that it’s one last ass rape before they walk away. They. Don’t. Care. Think Doubtfire does? I don’t. He’s taking an unsanctioned time out. Tried to cover himself by putting Palin out in front today. No luck to be had there. She hit her mouth on the way down.
Both of them made of paper. One born that way, the other worn down to it. Empty shells. Empty suits. A future of mere mediocrity awaits both, regardless of how the election lands.
Barack Hussein Obama will not save us. He will not deliver us from evil. Yet I have every reason to believe that it is within his power to change the direction of this country. That is what I expect. It is why I will vote for him. I must tell you that my optimism is heavily mitigated by my fondness for the truth in the form of absolutes.
There is honesty and lies in almost everything. Black and white, cut and dried is still available, but rare. I respect the gray but seek and heed the black and white. Absolutes.
Here is absolutely the most honest and truthfull thing I can say to you. Barack Obama is your best bet. He is your only bet. Nader and Ron Paul have ceased to matter. Seriously, shut the fuck up. You don’t want to put your money on the other side. Even if you win, you’ll be very, very sorry.
He’s not here to come into your livingroom, solve your problems and go next door to solve theirs. Anyone who claims to do that is a liar. I’m hoping he can swing enough lumber to restore some fairness for Americans despite race or class. I don’t know he’ll do this but I think he can.
I do expect him to get busy on this pointless war.
Drinks for my friends.
I doubt there’s another human being on the planet that could merely announce he would be there and have two hundred thousand Germans Show up in Berlin to hear what he has to say.
They can say he’s presumptuous. They’re saying it. Speaking like a President who is not yet a President. Looking like a President who is not yet President. Acting like a President.
He is kicking ass worldwide. Understand, no way he could pull this off if he wasn’t whip smart, savvy and wise beyond wise. Our Man Has long held the official Brainspank Presidential endorsement but I’m here to tell you he’s over there making America proud with grace and dignity.
I hear he wasn’t sure how many he could draw in Germany. Can you imagine at all what it felt like taking the stage in front of two hundred thousand?
His speech was brilliant. Almost spooky to hear how far his voice was carried by successive amplified towers.
He’s in France tomorrow. That might be good.
I understand he’s not perfect. It’s been but a few weeks since I’ve written both angry and critical of him.
Having said that, the rest is true, he may very well be our last best hope. The best chance we have against my generation being second or third to last. Not because of war. But because of a lack of understanding that requires global participation when it comes to solving global problems. Enviromental problems. Poverty and waste. Fucking war.
Forgive my John Lennon moment.
I hear Doubtfire was at some burger stand or taco shack somewhere in the Midwest today. He may have told a joke.
All three network news anchors follow Our Man as he gets the Iraqi Prime Minister to endorse his plan for troop withdrawl.
If you’re McCain today, stepping out of the shower, what do you see when you look down? A dangling filbert, scarcely bigger than a clitoris.
You flick it for sport but the pod itself remains inert. This disappoints you but you weren’t anticipating a different result.
Woe is you John McCain.
I’m not sure how bad I can feel after your statement that Our Man would prefer to win an election at the expense of losing a war. That kind of talk makes you a punk ass bitch.
Where is your vanity? Your dignity?
You’re going to lose, your best option is to do it with a modicum of sincere decorum.
Mr. McCain, I believe you should grow now. Show us you understand just how bad things are and how bad they are about to be. Start telling the fucking truth. Participate and stop worrying whether you’ll be elected because it’s not going to happen. You know the truth. There was a time when you championed the truth. It is the only reason you enjoy any popularity today.
Tax cuts for the rich and an endless war in Iraq when our biggest problem is Afghanistan. Are you paying any attention at all? America is imploding you ignorant fuck and the best you can do is say shit like that? Fer fuck’s sake, who actually is more about the winning than the people?
More nuclear power when we still don’t have a clue what to do with waste that could kill millions. Offshore drilling that wouldn’t impact the price of gas for a decade. Phil Gramm, your top man on the economy, calls us a nation of whiners with delusions of a mental recession.
Fuck you you fuck, gas is near five bucks a gallon and foreclosures rival The Great Depression. They called it that, by the way, cause it sucked.
Yer a dick.
Drinks for my friends.
The talking heads have coalesced on how to frame Our Man’s travels abroad.
Roaring success with a foreign policy/national security bump vs. overstepping his station. His place. Gergen was bellowing this crap tonight on CNN.
Looks to me to be establishing relationships so he can hit the ground running once he’s elected. They complain he’s so bold as to do the President’s job, yet the President remains both unwilling and incapable.
Forgive me, uppity?
Yup, it is. Big balls on Our Man. I’m impressed. Fucking A.
It is chronic, this adolescent navel gazing the media succumbs to. They pretend to ask themselves whether they talk too much about Our Man, while they talk even more about him, so Senator Doubtfire gets the short end of spotlight stick.
You can imagine, this conundrum doesn’t much try my patience.
I’m sponsoring the widely held elitist view that McCain is boring at best; doddering at not so best. He’s fucking creepy. Obama is way better television and he’s kicking ass over there. Got an official agreement on troop withdrawl from Iraq PM, Nouri al-Maliki. Looked very presidential with Hamid Karzai. He drained one from outside the paint on some army base.
Obama Don’t Bowl!
Obama drains balls?
Obama Don’t Bowl, in white on a good quality navy tee. I saw Stewart did his show on this tonight but by then I had the sound off. If he did something similiar, chalk it up to great minds thinking alike. I avoid Sir Jon when I’m writing politics.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch.
As direct consequence of such shallow introspection, the media is poised to manufacture the slightest gaff by Obama into a Cat Five Vortex complete with flying cows that are shitting because they’re not used to flying. A shitstorm far beyond flying shitting cows.
No need to keep an eye out. It will hit you on the head over and over when it happens.
They had to do something. They’ve been caught red handed paying more attention to the more interesting, dynamic guy that just happens to be bowling them over, pun intended, in a good part of the rest of the world.
Whaddaya want fer nuthin? A rubber biscuit?
Today I purchased my first Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich from Don’s place. The product has been sitting on my granite countertop since aprox. 3:20 PST. It is now about 9:45 PST and I’ve just taken my second bite.
It’s a good sugar to salt ratio. Kinda the bun in contrast to the meat postulate observed as key to most food products on the menu at Don’s place. Ever notice the powderiness of the salt they give you? Genius. Granules far better suited to adhere to your fries than ordinary table salt.
Wendy’s does this as well.
It was the random pickle chip protruding from underneath the bun in the TV ad that first got my attention. The way the sandwich rotated with golden culinary symmetry. Immaculately interrupted by that jagged corrugated fleshy green pickle chip………………….
It left me wistful but secure in the knowledge that someday I would purchase one for my very own to taste, savor and rejoice in.
I’m gonna have another bite and refrigerate it for the next round of tests.
I think pickles are a boon to fast food products of all kinds and should be exploited more. Compared to cheap ass mayonnaise and flavorless lettuce and tomatos, pickles are a zesty bold flavor and a real crunch enhancer. Provided they aren’t punk ass, chewy, vinegary cucumbers.
When I buy pickles I look for some dill and peppercorns in the jar at least.
So anyway, the texture is good, even after six unrefrigerated hours on my countertop. This does belie a certain structural integrity on the part of the sanwich. A good sign. I’ve no idea why they included the word “southern” in the title of the product other than perhaps the patty is chicken and of the fried variety.
My conclusion is that although tasty and gut satisfying, this new menu item at Don’s could use something more. More onions, more pickles perhaps. Mine had but two, barely larger than a quarter. It could use more committment on the part of the skilled and talented chef’s and their underlings.
I’m just saying, dress that product thoroughly. It’s new! Aren’t you excited to be making a new sandwich?
I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t a little premature. Not done yet basking beneath the flavor enhancing glow of the brighest, yellowest fast food arches in the universe.
It’s future as a menu item remains uncertain.
Tips: Order it with cheese for texture and a little whang. Remember, if you get fries, get some of Don’s salt. I don’t usually drink soda, but when I eat at Don’s, I has me some soda. I’m about the carbonation and not the sugar, so I order diet, but indulge in the bubbles, whatever kind blows your skirt up.
I’ve just now taken a bite of the below room temperature product. It’s really horrible in it’s gelatinous state.
Last test is to nuke the remaining bite and a half…………..
Drinks for my friends.
Yesterday we learned Dick-in-Bush would be sending one of it’s “most senior diplomats” to Switzerland to meet with Iran’s top nuclear official.
Today we learned of the Pentagon’s intention to shift troops from Iraq to Afghanistan earlier and more precipitously than anticipated or forecast. They told us everything was fine………
Tonight, Rush (the band) appears on the Colbert Report.
It is America’s smartest day in over seven years. It’s not saying much but I had to mention it.
Dumbya has broken with stated, fucking shouted, obdurate policy.
Oil went down for the second day in a row, further than it has in seventeen years. The NYSE rallied after having it’s ass handed to it for month after hemorrhage after month after hemorrhage. The Bear is back.
There is some idea that as a result of conservation, demand is down so oil speculation is down. Were that the truth, I’d be encouraged. I’m not saying it’s not possible, it’s just not happening yet.
Really, wouldn’t that be cool? A collective effort on part of the American citizenry having a global effect? Yes, that would be cool. It would be empowering.
Forgive me but that’s not what’s happened. Exercises in the Gulf weren’t doing the trick. More missiles should have been photoshopped I guess.
Us sending a diplomat to Switzerland is what happened.
It wouldn’t hurt at all for us to conserve and I don’t doubt that it could have a profound impact on the global economy. The onus is on us as the preeminent species to manage air, food, water and fire anyway. It’s an ecological mandate.
Unfortunately, the entire planet seems to be in an ugly state of nationalism. It’s almost as insidious as religion. It’s as though we seek to define ourselves by our differences while there aren’t so many when compared to our commonalities.
I’m here to tell you that if we don’t start thinking as a people, as opposed to American or Mexican or Catholic or Jew or Muslim or Arab, we will be responsible for our own extinction. It is inevitable. The only guarantee of survival is compassionate cooperation among all people.
We’re such assholes. That’s never gonna happen. Oh well, sorry I brought it up.
Did you know that it takes about two and a half bottles of water to manufacture the bottle you’re drinking water from? Did you know that fuel from corn is one of humakind’s stupidest ideas? Did you know that “bowtie” or “farfalla” pasta is the champion pasta shape for more delicate sauces? It works with gravies of medium density as well. Farfalla means butterflies in Italian. Make sure you use butter and capers.
If it were me instead of Obama, I’d have a tough time sleeping in the same room Dumbya had for eight years. Poor bastard.
Drinks for my friends.
Remember the next line?
Our government knows. Beyond complicit. They actively encourage and participate. This administration is guilty as fuck. These are very bad people.
“…….the Nobel Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights has released a report, called “Broken Laws, Broken Lives,” that puts an appropriately horrifying face on a practice that is so fundamentally evil that it cannot co-exist with the idea of a just and humane society.” -truthout.org
On Thursday of this week, John Yoo and David Addington testified defiantly and with overt disdain on interrogation and torture before a House subcommittee. Addington is former legal counsel to Darth Cheney and his current Chief of Staff. Yoo, formerly of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, contributed to the Patriot Act and authored memos advocating torture and the denial of enemy combatants various protections under the Geneva Conventions.
A pair of obstinate punks, mere war criminals, as well as high ranking powerful officials in our cancer ridden Executive and Judicial branches.
What the hell, the Legislative Branch isn’t worth the goddamn butane to set it on fire. Crooked cowards in a cabal of corruption, greed and perverse piety.
” The report profiles 11 detainees who were tortured while in U.S. custody and then released – their lives ruined – without ever having been charged with a crime or told why they were detained. All of the prisoners were men, and all were badly beaten. One was sodomized with a broomstick, the report said, and forced by his interrogators to howl like a dog while a soldier urinated on him. He fainted, the report said, “after a soldier stepped on his genitals.”
It all took place at Guantanamo Bay, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dick-in-Bush knew all about it. It’s often been the source of Cheny’s evil smirk whenever America is fortunate enought to have cameras in whatever place he suddenly appears. I fucking hate that guy.
Addington took it upon himself to lecture the committee on the terrorist threat. You really must watch it. He’s a quite the prick. We’ll deal with Yoo on another day. Interesting profile on him in the June Esquire.
“Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who later characterized Addington’s attitude as “smug,” asked whether, if the interrogation program was found to be illegal, he would bear any responsibility.
“Is that a moral question or a legal question?” Addington asked, then said he bore no responsibility, legal or moral.
Was President Bush constrained by laws against torture? Addington refused to offer an opinion. Putting the question in extreme terms, Nadler asked Addington if torturing a detainee’s child to get information would be legal.
“I’m not here to render legal advice to your committee,” Addington shot back. “You do have attorneys of your own to give you legal advice.” -Los Angeles Times
Man I hate these fucking guys.
America has lost it’s moral authority. America has lost itself. Those of us with the capacity to at least pay attention, are ashamed. Disgraced. We understand America has inflicted wounds on itself in a cornucopia of ways.
This wound is unique. To be able to say that truthfully is horrible on it’s own, but this wound has been neglected. It may have started out relatively minor on the chart. Now it’s the wrong color, a gaping hole in our gut, discharging the foulest vapor to ever enter one’s head.
There was a time we’d pack the seeping crater with gunpowder or sulfur and cross fingers.
“Perhaps the strangest exchange came at the end of the hearing. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) asked Addington whether waterboarding was discussed in meetings.
“I can’t talk to you,” Addington said. “Al Qaeda may watch these meetings.”
Delahunt replied that he was sure they did. “I’m glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington,” Delahunt said. Without missing a beat, Addington answered, “I’m sure you’re pleased.” -Los Angeles Times
After that the Republicans crapped in their hands and threw it at Delahunt for like an hour. Monkeys. Retarded ones that throw like girls.
You know what’s just fucking nuts? Of a scale by quantity of innocent lives lost as a direct result of the American government’s obtuse warmongering since Dumbya ascended, this senseless torture, this damage and ruin to a handful of lives, is but a mote in the eye of a hurricane.
I’m inclined to believe just about anything about us anymore. Any of it could so easily be true. America has lost her identity.
Just how profoundly ridiculous have we become?
Drinks for my friends.
You say one must be a few bricks short of a load to like war. I agree. Logic dictates therefore, that we have a profoundly retarded administration. I understand that war is an inevitable component of the human condition, yet it doesn’t make the current state of affairs any less tragic and misguided.
As an amateur conspiracy theorist, I’m confident we don’t know half the truth behind 9/11. Nonetheless, the obvious course of action in Afghanistan was neglected. Our efforts in Iraq were unjustified and the reasons far too dubious for common sense. It’s a horrible mess. I believe this to be the most recklessly incompetent administration in history.
I rather like your proposed strategy of hitting them until they get the point. Our military is so adept at tactics like that and it would have been far more effective than an invasion. Saddam was already behaving far more than we knew or were being told. If Military action in Iraq would have been limited to devastating surgical strikes like you suggest……..well, we would definitely be safer, less hated and a lot better off economically.
I disagree that we should have taken Baghdad and Hussein out the first time. You only need to read the first Bush’s memoirs for the exact reasons why. Everything he, and Cheney by the way, predicted would happen had we done so, has come to pass. Bad Idea and poorly executed.
Look at the difference between intelligently executed military operations under a President who who was way smarter than his son, and the absolute disaster the retarded son has presided over.
I liked Platoon, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket and I watched Jarhead just last night (brilliant by the way).
Finally, no, the Democratic party is not lost. There is an internecine ideological struggle that may end up being healthy and productive. I hope so. We will have a Democratic President in November and that’s an excellent thing.
Looking forward to visiting sooner than later. You can take me shooting.
I trust this finds you all well.
So, The Joint Chiefs chairman tells us today we’re fresh out of cannon fodder.
Admiral Mike Mullen admitted today that although additional US troops are needed in Afghanistan, we’re tapped. We have no more personnel.
The military said, nope.
In saying such a simple thing, Mr Mullen acknowledges what we’ve all known for some time. The back of our great American Army is broken. We are left without the ability to defend ourselves. Our men and women are bogged down and tied up in the stupidest and most disgustingly reasonless war America has ever engaged in.
Looking for something to be afraid of? There it is.
Did you know there’s a movement in San Francisco to rename a sewage treatment plant after Dumbya?
We are unable to prosecute, for all intents and purposes, what has always been the more important of the two fronts on “terror”.
Well, one didn’t matter at all and the other did kinda. It matters more now.
“There are force requirements there [in Afghanistan] that we can’t currently meet,” Adm. Mike Mullen said. “Having forces in Iraq at the level they’re at doesn’t allow us to fill the need that we have in Afghanistan.” -CNN
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Fire and death were lobbed into the Green Zone. Basra and Baghdad burn and die again. Turns out, we barely have the resources to take on al-Sadr’s Mahdi army. He was merely testing us.
We tell everyone it’s Iran’s fault
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear a welding helmet. And a hazmat suit.
This thing ain’t going nowhere but worse.
The economy. Duh.
We need a leader.
It’s amazing that our Little Bootlicker, McCain is a contender. I think he should have to reveal whether or not he’s in diapers well before the general in November. I wonder if he’s wearing a bag.
I don’t know what to make of this man. I used to like him. It’s been a while. He runs down the middle and literally alienates both sides while still polling well.
I guess the middle is big too. I’d hoped they weren’t that dumb.
With any luck we can collectively understand that old rich white men in charge is a bad idea, particularly if they have too much faith. Doubtfire doesn’t seemed to be consumed with Santa, but he’s wrong on all the issues.
I have but two questions, maybe three for Mrs. Doubtfire:
#1. How exactly are you going to win this war on a broken economy AND a broken military?
#2. What on earth made you run for President, what is your answer to number one?
#3. Are you serious about maintaining these tax cuts while staring at this black maw of an economic vortex?
#4. Do you understand these things at all?
He’s lucky to be getting a running start.
I know what it’s like when you’re trying to think but nothing happens.
He does too. Way better than me.
Look, the Republicans are used to various monkeys. Reagan was a bit of an orangutang. Bush Sr. was some skinny big eared sharp chinned simian. Dumbya is a retarded chimp. Doubtfire is a goddamn reptile. They confuse him while he confuses them.
James Dobson loathes The Bootlicker and that cracks me up. This guy reaches over two hundred million a day in a hundred and sixty countries by radio alone. Focus On The Family. Yes, that megalomaniacal douchebag. It’s these bastards that I really loathe. They highjack common sense with self righteous morality and an archaic set of standards that they barely pretend to live up to.
Before they’re done they take it upon themselves to press the flesh of their hypocrisy on as many as they can find and it means nothing to them that their beliefs have no place in politics, particularly if they are to remain sacred. Those beliefs aren’t sacred, they are for sale.
Anyway. Forgive me. It’s just that despite how much this matters, it’s still really stupid.
Try really hard not to be stupid.
Drinks for my friends.
September 19, 2007
Today Obama proposed a tax cut and thatâ€™s a spectacularly dumb idea.
In all fairness, he did propose some much needed reforms as well as shifts in policy and ideology. He did speak to the widening income gap and therefore, simultaneous atrophy of the middle class and concentration of wealth in America right goddamn now.
But, weâ€™ve got a whole fucking city down south that is now merely a study in compassionless governmental inept broke ass dipshitedness.
And this war is not only shamefully stupid but very expensive. Russia fell because they ran out of money. Russia crawled away from Afghanistan because the coffers were about echo, long since about ring. A radioactive water supply, shit loads of nukes and nuke fuel unaccounted forâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦and Putin overtly tightens his grip.
He pretty much fired everybody and took his ball home this week.
By the way, Russia is back.
And this time weâ€™re broke.
Then we have the housing bust, it looked to me more like a soft skull implosion, and the inevitable subprime conflagration. Greenspan maintains he missed that one. I doubt that.
Then thereâ€™s the extraordinarily ominous notion that China owns a massive chunk of our asses.
Tax cuts are a really bad idea. Simply because the best we could hope for, were Barack to prevail, is a symbolic cut in taxes to the poor and middle class and no reform at all.
Well, and because itâ€™s a really stupid idea from every other angle as well. The Republicans tried the tax cut tango and by virtue of smoke and mirrors, murder and lasers, fucked every one but the rich.
What we need, is those proposed reforms and re-prioritizing. Repeal the Dick-in-Bush fuckery and close the damn loopholes. You know, the ones that make it free to do business offshore?
We really need to pull an assload of troops out of Iraq as our very first DIPLOMATIC move. While weâ€™re doing that we need to start making some goddamn friends in the neighborhood for once.
We donâ€™t need no fucking tax cuts Mr. Obama. Your move may be a shallow populist grab for the great unwashed because your fellow Donkey/steeds are bustin a nut over healthcare, while you and Hills are on the big pharma tit like no other whorse on the grounds.
Or you may be sincere. I donâ€™t care. Bad form. Gamesmanship: Zero.
Iâ€™m simply using you as example Mr. Obama, an example of underestimating what we want and what we know is needed. We have whales to fry. Now is no time to make decreasing revenue an empty priority.
I donâ€™t dislike you, so Iâ€™m hoping you do better.
By the way, Stewart and Greenspan tonight was a Frazetta painting of two genuine big brained geeks riffing. It rocked my taint.
Drinks for my friends.