Monthly Archives: May 2007

EZSmirkzz May 26-31,2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Agreed

Updated Below.

This is about the US controlling the region itself, having troops on the ground and structures in place so that none of the nominal governments in the region can act on their own without US assent. That’s a whole different question than which companies have the right to pump the stuff out of the ground.

Big Oil would love to get a piece of the action, but oil is fungible and big oil wants to keep the price of crude up because they own part of the production in most of the OPEC countries, and hence make money off of any particular country’s production.

No amount of crude production will increase refinery capacity, however, and so there is the other side of the coin. Given the consolidation of the refinery bidness, there is a de facto cartel on this end of the pipe too.

Now everyone ought to really want to understand why Dick, head of OVP, wanted to keep the energy policy consultations secret in 2001. With Iraq offline, Libya coming back on, and President in Name Only hell bent to keep the war against Iraqi oil production down or controlled by Saudi Arabia,

(HT dKos, which leads us to Digby and the dig, and) Georgie Anne Geyer’s piece in the Dallas Morning News, and this little tidbit,

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”

Of course our country’s destiny is never really revealed, except by Mr. Putkin perhaps, and so Mr. Bush seems to appear to be referring to his Harken oil buddies who bailed him out in the 1990’s and the return on those investments with interest.

In short, everyone that Bush owes a favor to is in oil, and oil in the ground is worth more than oil in the refinery. If everything that could be produced were produced crude would be 5 dollars a barrel. Iraq’s oil is intended to stay in the ground.

Update: It is by controlling Iraqi oil production that the US can make or break any Saudi embargo ala 1973, or Venezuelan embargo breaking ala,

According to Stratfor sources in London with longtime consulting ties to Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabian energy officials believed PDVSA and Venezuela was Saudi Arabia’s greatest future competitive threat in the world — until Chavez became president. The sources said that in their view, Mommer was instrumental in persuading Chavez to enact new oil policies that crippled Venezuela’s potential to threaten Saudi hegemony in the oil markets during the current decade. Chavez and Mommer had their own political and ideological reasons for halting PDVSA’s expansion plans. Riyadh stayed in the background and quietly encouraged Chavez, its new partner, to gut PDVSA and bind Venezuela more tightly to OPEC.

Chavez no longer thinks oil should be between $28-32 per barrel, as he he did in 2003. Imagine that.

President Emboldens the Enemy

Jon Soltz responds to Bush’s unending Iraq war

Of course that’s not really true, since absolutely no one with any sense listens to the President anymore. I tend to think that the lamest Iraqi insurgent is at least a little brighter than the WaPo blarney stones.

There is a tendency in DC, especially amongst the elite journalists, to take every bit information or dis-information coming out any department of the government and fluff it into a pillow of dreams, which would be really really nice reality if everyone would just take the brown acid and enjoy the show.

It is all just rhetoric, whether it is politicians or journamalists, seperately or in orgasmic barbeques at one anothers place. The only reason Jeff Ganon isn’t there anymore is because he actually wanted to drop his pants for it.

via the dKos and the dKos. Suffice it to say I don’t want to go there.

While Ya’ll Are Partaying…

The Secret Trade Deal of 2007 If the corporate Democrats think they can sandbag the left for the next year and a half, I would advise them to go ahead and try. Of course, I’ll be cleaning my rhetorical guns.

updated, edited, revised and addendumed for those who; are not familiar with my earlier stuff, boneheads, three letter boys, etc., etc.

Compassionate Conservative Utopian Disfunction

The missing letters

It was a riveting and also profoundly disgusting story. The whole rightwing noise machine from Sioux Falls to the Journal OpEd page spreading tales about the rampant vote fraud on the state’s Indian reservations. For folks more familiar with how this stuff works in the South it was reminiscent of something from early in the 20th century or late in the 19th. And the aftermath was a lot like the cases we’ve learned about in the aftermath of the Attorney Purge. Lots of lurid stories and in the end usually it’s left to some reasonably honest Republican officeholder to scrutinize the whole thing and have to announce that all the stories were bogus.

In any case, I mention all this because the LA Times has a good article out this evening explaining one of the key reasons that former Minnesota US Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger ended up on the firing list: took too strong a stand in favor of protecting the voting rights of the state’s sizeable Native American population.

The political anthrax of Karl Rove, under reported, unresolved.

Post N.I.N.A. Depressions

I guess the historical memory is a little short for some conservative Irish Americans, so I was just wondering,

John McCain’s campaign posted this YouTube clip of the Senator on the O’Reilly Factor:…

Near the end of the video, there was this exchange:

Bill O’Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you’ve got to cap with a number.

John McCain: In America today we’ve got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don’t need so many.

[crosstalk]

O’Reilly: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don’t know, I don’t know. We’ve got to cap it.

McCain: We do, we do. I agree with you.

Are you guys serious? via Atrios

When Will They Learn?

25 die in Falluja suicide blast

A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people and injured 50 more in the Iraqi city of Falluja today after blowing himself up in a queue at a police recruitment centre, officials said.

Ten policemen were among the dead in the attack at around 11am (8am BST), according to a police official in the city, 40 miles west of Baghdad.

Police said the bomber had detonated his explosives vest at a checkpoint as he stood among recruits lining up to apply for jobs on the force.

The centre, run jointly by US and Iraqi forces inside a primary school, only opened on Saturday.

Every time some American wheel or politician goes some place in Iraq and proclaims the “good news” this stuff happens. Morons, stfu comes to mind.

Torture R US

Guantánamo inmate found dead

If confirmed as suicide it would be the fourth at the base on the south-eastern tip of Cuba since it opened in January 2002. In June last year two Saudi detainees and one Yemeni man were found hanged with bed sheets.

Rule of Right Not Might?

A Short Poem

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Good Morning Houston, Hello World

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Senators Discover Canadians Aren’t Mexicans

Senators offer bill to delay security rules for Canadian border

Two key senators from northern states have introduced legislation that would prevent new border security requirements from going into place until the Homeland Security Department evaluates ways to make implementation easier for U.S. citizens traveling to and from Canada.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Norm Coleman, R-Minn., proposed a bill last week that they say is critical to help U.S. residents comply with requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Collins is the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Coleman sits on the committee and was chairman the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee during the last Congress. In addition, both senators’ home states border Canada.

Yeah it isn’t what it looks like, of course not, I mean why not? I’m sure only Al Whodas with TB use the Nawthern border, and nefarious people use the Southern one.

US Transfers Three Provinces to KRG Control

Kurdistan Regional Government Now Responsible for Sulaimaniyah, Arbil, and Dohuk

Brinkmanship on Turkish Border?

Tempered bellicosity coming out of Ankara this week, set against the backdrop of Turkish troops moving towards the border of Iraq, is raising concerns that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be losing patience with US and Iraqi assurances and plans to undertake unilateral action against PKK camps in Kurdistan.

The Turkish army began to relocate twenty additional tanks to the Iraq border on Wednesday, perhaps to reinforce a message conveyed by a Turkish envoy to officials in Baghdad and public statements made by the prime minister yesterday.

Apparently war is a good political issue in Turkish Presidential politics too, which puts the Cheney Administration between a hard spot
and the rocks in their heads.

Sign ze Paper Old Man

I cannot sign ze paper.

SIGN ZE PAPER OLD MAN!

I cannot sign ze paper.

UND WHY CAN’T YOU SIGN ZE PAPER, OLD MAN?

Because you have broken all of my fingers.

Pinched from Ceech and Chong

Crude Oil Good For Your Perplexion

From the Dept of Huh?!?

If the US refineries are running at 100% capacity, and there are no plans to build any more new ones now, and the ones we have can’t keep up, hence $3.leftnut a gallon for gas, then why does big oil need to drill for more oil in Alaska and off the coast of Santa Barbara? I mean if production is increased domestically, it won’t lower the price of crude, nor lower the price of refined products.

Just wondering.

War in Iraq Over Soon

Updated

WASHINGTON DC: Filed by Dud Lee Dueright 5-28-2007

The Pentangle: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaking through his interpreter Karl Rove has stated through a high ranking US Official that the War in Iraq will be won by October of 2008, when victory has been declared over terrorism there.

“We anticipate a large withdrawal of US ground forces by no later than mid summer 2008, provided the troops haven’t starved because of the necessity of diverting arms shipments to Lebanon, which problem is being addressed at the highest level of the Whitehosed,” the Official was quoted as winging, “and we anticipate that a troop reduction by the end of the summer of 2007 should help in relieving hunger in Iraq, and enable the US to continue to deliver arms at an accelerating pace to Sunni militia’s in Lebanon who are engaging the Hezbollah Shia of Evil Duers.”

In other developements President Cheny has acknowledged that the 93 percent of Americans incarcerated in US prisons would be allowed to serve in the armed forces provide that Lou Dobbs refrained from calling it an amnesty. President Bush was unavailable for comment on this, but said through his interpreter Karl Rove, “We resolutely refuse to impress foriegn nationals into our armed forces, although there might be some sort of farm work available for those who were convicted of non-violent crimes. Folks gotta eat. And we’re gonna feed folks.”

The Republican Plan For 2008 Begins Todayby Thom Hartmann

It’s difficult to watch Democrats play checkers while Republicans play chess with Iraq. It’s particularly difficult on Memorial Day as more Americans and Iraqis die. But the Republican Party has been playing politics with Iraq since the day after the Supreme Court installed George W. Bush in office in 2001, and they have no intention of stopping now. They may have borrowed some techniques from Richard Nixon, but they have no intention of repeating his mistakes.

The political calculus being pursued by Karl Rove and the Republican Party with regard to Iraq and the 2008 elections is a simple four-step process:

1. Shift “ownership” of the downside of the “war” and occupation of Iraq to the Democrats.

2. Begin to wind down American involvement in the occupation of Iraq no later than mid-2008.

3. “Claim victory and get out” of direct combat in Iraq by the early fall of 2008.

4. Win big in the 2008 elections by having “won” a “war.”

Karl Rove speaking through his interpreter Karl Rove stated that this was ludicrous since he rarely spoke through his interpreter, whom he believed to be hiding in a bunker with Dick, head of the OVP, and other people with bad haircuts. “These are bald people for Chrissakes!,” stated Rove’s Rove.

Doodle E Squat contributed to this report.

Update: Just in case Lou Dobbs has a munckin on the payroll looking for his name on the net, I thought I ought to be sure that you know there is no reference to any of his reports in this post, although I did read the NY Times article this morning. Tonight Lou posited that the number was actually 28 or 29 percent in Federal Prison, which he said was linked on his CNN page, which may not have been there when I looked, but the operative term here is Federal. Personally I think the man is an advocate, not a prevaricator, and a nationalist, not a racist per se. Without actually knowing the guy it is difficult to parse out where the lines all blur. But he is a piece of work.

We Walk On

When this dust has spored its’ final folly
spit from the barrel of the enlightened Christ
smoke stained with the blood of his tormentor’s volley,
and no one is any longer left to have a memorized request,
I will call you from my own dark lights’ exposure
upon the shores of all mankind, sunrising macabre
whence once shown a light so fair, for the disposer
of all things light, from whom the sullied saber
salutes the unending tombs of our forefathers.

Vicarious pain and death are a rich nations solace
for a failure to have a care for the living,
sleep walking among the killers, the steady pace
of deceiving an ill gotten gain with another’s giving
more than anyone should. And should your honor, weeping
not lay in tatters with what it shall become, living
amongst those whose faith has been born for the sleeping?
Are you now startled awake by your own senses?

Mindless man in timeless circles swirling outward
spins once more for a greater good to no avail
splitting the air in a orgy of the failed word
which death does not honor nor prevail.
The lie does not walk away nor turn a cold shoulder
to the honored dead, or those striving to cope.
For the moment we honor our own brave soldiers,
praised in wasted death, praised from a wasted life, wasted hope
reeks of its’ own disillusion, speaking truthfully of its’ own demise.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Broken Arrow

battle of the broken word – toshi reagon

While repression is the predictable response of authorities, that’s not an argument for why “fill the jails” would not be effective. It’s an argument for why more courage is needed and a call for more than mere letter-writing, vigils and symbolic protests. That’s what Gandhi was talking about when he said “nonviolence and cowardice go ill together. I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true nonviolence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness.”

If America’s true patriots aren’t willing to organize on a massive scale, then we had better get used to business as usual.
Let’s suppose a million-plus people — including women, children and the elderly — show up in the nation’s capital or New York City and shut the entire place down with the stated intention of not leaving until the U.S. occupation of Iraq comes to an end. While those brave folks necks would be on the line, think about the network of relationships (friends, family and acquaintances) tied to those million-plus demonstrators who WILL NOT just let their loved ones slip into some “enemy combatant” black hole.

The powers-that-be are forced to make a decision: either we capitulate to the demands or we go Tiananmen Square on our own countrymen and women and completely destroy whatever remaining moral legitimacy this government may have.

OK One More, But That’s It

After this I’ve got to get busy with the blogging again.

The Visual Thang

I was working on a poem for Memorial Day but couldn’t get it out of the dirge phase, at least in a timely manner, so I will perhaps regale you with it next year, when it makes it there. (This is something you see in the Bible, wherein a Prophetic utterance is negative to the max, such as in Malachi, and so the scribes rearranged the verses to end the book on an upbeat note.)

Pat Lang is a Lefty, and Other Serious Observations from The Right

Right-wing blogger geniuses expose another journalistic fraud!

The genius investigators in the right-wing blogosphere — who serve as our Watchdogs over the Corrupt “MSM” — made a major, major discovery this weekend. Last Wednesday, former CIA agent Larry Johnson published a Memo (.pdf) sent from the U.S. Mission in Iraq which advised troops and other military personnel in Iraq of a “theater-wide delay in food delivery” which would likely limit the available food supply.

In response to Cole’s refusal to retract, “Ace” said (h/t teh l4m3):

Hey, dickhead? What more “reasoning” do you need than this?

[photograph of figurine eagle]

This is a fucking hummel eagle and flag figurine from a cheesy knicknack vendor, you fucking idiot. What additional “reasoning” do you need?

It’s this [Green Beret and retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Force] Pat Lang character, a lefty buddy of Larry Johnson’s, who’s been passing this obvious sham around. . . .

At least when I get it wrong I either apologize or admit it with the rational, usually a failure to distinquish between editorial and reporting functions in the papers, which is blurred by the TayVay reporters themselves. On the other hand I work to overcome my limitations and shortcomings, and I don’t expect a perfection of results, only of effort, which to me means you have to try. Some people don’t. via

Updated: I mean perfection in the sense of complete, and not in the sense of without flaws. (Unlike my writing and editing skills, sigh.)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Not Fade Away

Memorial Day 2007

Rest in Peace

Peace

Give it Up

Double Frequent Flyer Miles

This weekend, the participating airlines will match your donation mile-for-mile, from 6 AM, Friday, May 25th through 11:59 pm, Monday, May 28th. Now is the time to donate those unused miles in your frequent flyer accounts!

…It now gives family members of wounded servicemen and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals across the country. Operation Hero Miles gives ordinary citizens an opportunity to help our troops in a very direct way that makes a real difference in their lives.

If you’ve got the miles then I’ve got the link. Appreciated

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Evangelizing the News

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007

The usual list of stories the MSM missed or felt it not in their corporate interests to report on. Via slashdot

#1 Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media
#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
#3 Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger
#4 Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US
#5 High-Tech Genocide in Congo
#6 Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy
#7 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq
#8 Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act
#9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
#10 Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians
#11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
#12 Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines
#13 New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup
#14 Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US
#15 Chemical Industry is EPA’s Primary Research Partner
#16 Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court
#17 Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda
#18 Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story
#19 Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever
#20 Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem
#21 Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers
#22 $Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed
#23 US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe
#24 Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year
#25 US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region

Praise the Lord and pass the reporters.

Your Mercs at Werks

Once in a while, the ambiguous legal, political, and practical implications of Blackwater’s private security forces in Iraq create problems that are, to put it mildly, awkward

In this case, we also know how ugly it got.

The officials described a tense standoff that ensued between the Blackwater guards and Interior Ministry forces — both sides armed with assault rifles — until a passing U.S. military convoy intervened

As if the dynamic of the conflict wasn’t complex enough, U.S. troops are now interceding in a gunfight between Iraqi Interior Ministry forces and employees of U.S. private security firm.

Great.

Steve Benen

This gives a whole new meaning to fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. Unfortunately it’s US troops intervening in a Civil War between US mercenaries and the Iraqi Army that is supposed to stand up so we can stand down. So two different armies, trained at US taxpayers expense, need the US Armed Forces trained at US taxpayers expense, to do what is it we are doing over there again?

Clusterf*!k is close, but so is a monkey f!*king a football.

Rudy McRomney Exposed

Today’s must-read story comes by way of the Boston Globe’s Peter Canellos, who reports on the highly misleading, if not downright false, rhetoric coming from the Republican presidential candidates on Iraq, al Qaeda, and the terrorist threat.

Heh, Saint McCain’t, Rudy Three Wives, and Mitt the Cape Codpiece. Top tier GOP eh?

The Circle Closes

Clemens cites a Cheney aide as indicating “that Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake” by supporting the diplomatic approach to Iran apparently favored by the State Department. So Cheney plans to deploy an “end run strategy” around the president (who’s more swayed at present by Condi Rice’s “realists” than Cheney’s neocons) if his flank doesn’t prevail and Bush resists the demand of the neocons and the AIPAC lobby for a bloody showdown.

“The thinking on Cheney’s team is to collude with Israel, nudging Israel at some key moment in the ongoing standoff between Iran’s nuclear activities and international frustration over this to mount a small-scale conventional strike against Natanz using cruise missiles This strategycould be expected to trigger a sufficient Iranian counter-strike against US forces in the Gulfas to compel Bush to forgo the diplomatic track that the administration realists are advocating and engage in another war.”

This is the most frightening piece I’ve read some time, along with Justin Raimondo’s latest column on antiwar.com that draws upon it. Raimondo citing a recent CNN interview with Seymour Hersh links Cheney and Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams (the most powerful neocon presently in the administration) to U.S. support for the Sunni Fatah al Islam militia in Lebanon as a means to weaken Hizbollah. “George W. Bush,” he declares, “is totally out of the loop” in what Raimondo calls “the Cheney administration.”

Now if only someone would unwrapped the tightly wound flags from off of their heads and actually do their jobs, which probably has little, to a lot less, to do with tit for tating with bloggers, then we might just might save something for the grandkids.

It really would be that simple.

So What’s Happening in Lebanon?

Updated Below: And Yet Again:

The Welch Club, and other bent wheels withing bent wheels. via the friday lunch club via Pat Lang.

The Seniora cabinet convenes and asks the Lebanese Army to enter the refugee camp and silence (in more ways than one) Fatah-al-Islam. Since entrance into the Camps is forbidden by the 1969 Arab league agreement, the Army refuses after realizing the extent of the conspiracy against it by the Welch Club. The army knows that entering a refugee camp in force will open a front against the Army in all twelve Palestinian refugee camps and tear the army apart along sectarian cracks.

The army feels set up by the Club’s Internal Security Forces which did not coordinate with the Lebanese Army, as required by Lebanese law and did not even make them aware of the “inter family operation” the ISF carried out against Fatah-al-Islam safe houses in Tripoli.

Today, tensions are high between the Lebanese army and the Welch Club. Some mention the phrase ‘army coup’.

The Club is trying to run Parliament and is prepared to go all the way not to ‘lose’ Lebanon. It still holds 70 seats in the house of parliament while the Hezbollah led opposition holds 58 seats. It has a dutiful PM in Fouad Siniora.

We have got to have the absolutely worst government in power in the history of man. It’s a good thing we started out as a hyper-power, the hegemon has a hernia.

Below:Another Waco in the Making” Inside Nahr el-Bared

With very intermittent internet access and this ancient pc with one lone wire running from the spaghetti wiring system tied to the ceiling and taped to a single bare light bulb socket, plus 8 toddlers, two babies, crawling over and under this ‘foreigner’ in a 10 x 12 concrete room where 28 or more of us slept on the floor last night, this blurb may never be sent. But if it does get out and for what it’s worthan update on the situation in the Palestinian Nabr al-Bared and Bedawi Camps. Will try to send results shortly of my interviews with 11 Fatah al-Islam fighters regarding who paid them and got them travel documents and weapons and what was their mission. There was no bank robbery by them. That wasa fake story put out by the Welch Club. Sorry I misreported it. BBC was suckered. Also, no, repeat no heads cut off. Where are the medical reports from those who claim it? That was black propaganda to smear Fatah el-Islam. Must leave this building nowmay not be until tomorrow or so.

Fear among PLO camp leaders that there could be a blood bath. “It’s the Bush complex,” one German NGO volunteer said. “The Lebanese government wants to be macho like the Israelis to gain some respect. This could be another Waco in the making, for no reason.” The PLO is trying to mediate with the army to avoid a slaughter that would occur if the army tries to enter al-Bared. “What is needed is leadership and for the warlords to keep quiet. The army has behaved very badly but it’s the politicians fault.”

Yet Again:

How foreboding was Hersh’s article?
Alastair Crooke, who spent nearly thirty years in MI6, the British intelligence service, and now works for Conflicts Forum, a think tank in Beirut, told me, “The Lebanese government is opening space for these people to come in. It could be very dangerous.” Crooke said that one Sunni extremist group, Fatah al-Islam, had splintered from its pro-Syrian parent group, Fatah al-Intifada, in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, in northern Lebanon. Its membership at the time was less than two hundred. “I was told that within twenty-four hours they were being offered weapons and money by people presenting themselves as representatives of the Lebanese government’s interests-presumably to take on Hezbollah,” Crooke said.

So Bush’s proxies are being shelled by Lenanon’s government, and the proxies are somehow al Qaida affiliated according to American press reports, which means we supplying arms to our War on Terror enemies, and there are politicians in Washinghands DC who still want to be taken seriously. Give me a break!

Interesting Tidbit

Sadr’s Dramatic Reappearance

In an attempt to refurbish his reputation as a non-sectarian nationalist, Mr Sadr said he was ready to co-operate with Sunnis “on all issues”. He added: “I am completely ready to defend them [Sunnis and Christians] and be their armour against their enemies.”

Mr Sadr has been out of Iraq in Iran and Lebanon according to one of his aides, abandoning the Sadrist claim that he never left Iraq. He seems to have returned about a week ago, at which time Iraqis talking to Sadrist leaders noticed that they seemed to be able to reach him rapidly by phone on landlines, though there are no landlines to Iran.

Score one for Military intelligence.

Wasn’t That America, Something to See?

Gone but not forgotten,

Traitors or Freedom Fighters?

Speaking of the Founders, don’t we all come grade school get fed the righteous story of the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the most famous case of property damage in an attempt to “affect public debate?” (At least the Green Scare defendants didn’t disguise themselves as an oppressed/occupied minority like Sam Adams and gang.) Yet, a couple centuries later, we now have judges mirroring the Tea Party’s target, King George III, whose response presaged another mad leader named George, “I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.”

But lecturing “the community” on just what the power structure will “tolerate” is but one, and not the most important one, of Judge Aiken’s prejudicial notions. The most important is her determination that ecosabotage constitutes “Terrorism.” The determination allows for “upward enhancement” sentences to be handed down. While a simple arson with no personal injuries usually merits a median sentence of 43 months in Federal cases, the “terrorism” determination allows for “enhancement” additions of up to 20+ years! It also means harsher prison conditions for those sentenced.

I’m sure the judge doesn’t want to be bothered with all of that, I mean this is so quaint

,”I will state what laws I consider ex post facto laws, within the words and the intent of the prohibition.

1st. Every law that makes an action , done before the passing of the law, and which was innocent when done, criminal; and punishes such action.

2nd. Every law that aggravates a crime, or makes it greater than it was, when committed.

3rd. Every law that changes the punishment, and inflicts a greater punishment, than the law annexed to the crime, when committed.

4th. Every law that alters the legal rules of evidence, and receives less, or different, testimony, than the law required at the time of the commission of the offence, in order to convict the offender. All these, and similar laws, are manifestly unjust and oppressive.”

— Justice Samuel Chase, Calder v. Bull 1798

Which is a lot like the immigration reformers from the Heritage foundation squawking about the need for law and order and the rule of law, like Nixon did, and failing to read the US Constitution on treaties being ratified by the Senate becoming the law of the land, which means the invasion of Iraq was illegal too. Amnesty for me, not for thee Republican’ts.

A large part of the problem I suppose is that it isn’t sexy, but it is fact, so maybe if the pig had a wig…

Field Day in the Swamp

Borger Predicts ‘Mass Resignation’ Of House Members Due To Stricter Ethics Standards

Transcript:

Chris Matthews: Gloria?

Gloria Borger: This new ethics legislation that’s been passed by the House, is going to be passed by the Senate. Watch for mass resignations from House members, who are now saying they can’t afford to live here unless they’re bought and paid for by lobbyists. they’re going to leave.

via Atrios

Of course I’ll believe it when I see it, but wouldn’t that be chicken soup for the politically roiled. UD: Think Progress has the video.

Verification of my Wankery Too

The previous post was not journalistically checked for a second source, sort of like a reading a press release from DoD, or the White House. My bad.

I am Plunger Boy, Feel my Poweer

From Joe Klein (in the comments):

She apologized because, like it or not, I am an important person who has the ability to affect her public image. This is the same reason John Kerry regularly called me and begged me to agree with his positions. It goes with the territory when you’re a prominent columnist.

via Atrios

Another prime example of the promiscuously prominent, who have come to have their noses pointed slightly upward so as to better caste their eyes slightly downward on the rest of us mere mortals.

Broderistically thinking, not speaking, what and anus.

Oh, Do Still My Beating Heart

Heads Up

I’ll be on the Chris Matthews’ show this Sunday, talking about the Clinton marriage and the JFK assassination.

If the left even came close to mentioning these things anymore they’d be excoriated, and rightly so, since the coup de etat is long past, and the other is no elses business. It’s probably more germane to the direction of American politics whether Guiliani still wears dresses than it is who’s skirts his lifting, or pants ….

Even that sounds boring.

Is anyone conceivably surprised by the subject of this Sunday’s Chris Matthews Show?

By the way, that’s one subject. It’s responsible for everything that happened, even things taking place before it existed.

Not Fire and Water

Mr. Big

Foul Mouthed Bloggers

Oh wait, it’s OK, it’s the British PM and his cabinet.

Caution blue language ahead. You know Broder is such a prissy pants.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Giving the Devil His Due

I don’t think anyone has rolled on Tim Russert as hard as I have, maybe so, but he has Joe Califano on tonight and it is a really good, informative interview. If he was this unbiased in all of his work we would all be better off, but that too is water under the bridge, so nuff said.

At any rate Califano doesn’t have all the answers, but he has a good start on it and whether your a stoner or not you might ought to read his book “High Society,” and get the good stuff out of it. God knows I’m no paragon of virtue in these things, but if this post helps just one person, besides Tim, get on the ball with this issue then it was worth it.

Unlike some of the news casts this one takes a humane look at the issue, and not a law and order look. We can’t always reform society, nor our own selves, but at least Joe and Tim are trying tonight, and I thought I ought to say thanks. So Thanks Tim, thanks Joe.

PS: The title refers to He’s a hard worker. You can always find something nice to say about anyone, even that one.

Same Place, Different Space

For all you expatriated Tejanos

Sandstorm the Pundits

I say. I’m sure the pundits would like to think that there is a major fracture in the Democratic Party because the left is peeved at the ludditeship, and it would be folly for the leadership not to take note of it, but there isn’t any large scale abandonment of the Party from the left, and there is also no wide spread angst on the leftern fringes of the Party either. Given the choice between has been stupidly wrong from the get go Neocon and Radical Regressive Republicans, (their three r’s,) and might be stupidly wrong given the chance to be so Neocon and Blue Thong Democrats, then even the lefty with the green blog is going to turn up the heat.

You would think serious political pundits would read Antiwar and CounterPunch and listen to the Newshour and such, but like the President has so aptly displayed, you can bring Presidents to intelligence, but you can’t make them read it. Nor should the elite think that a blog is going to have three conservatives and a liberal to be named later either.

In any case this blogger isn’t an Heritage fellow who thinks if half the compromise is cut out of a deal, say with immigration, then the government is fulfilling its’ obligation to defend and protect the conservative ideals that are cherished by folks with a better understanding of the exquisite jewels necessary to make flag brooches the size of said unnamed Heritage fellow’s brain.

That doesn’t mean I have all the answers either, or even some of them to some of you, I’m sure, but it does mean that you’ve got it all wrong here, and good luck with the estimation of the fissures and fractures in the Democratic activist base, because luck is all you have at this juncture in the space time continuum.

Open Source Radidio Needs a Hand Up

But if you want money for people with minds that hate…

With your encouragement and robust participation, Open Source has become one of the most talked-about experiments in public media — a civil union of online and on-air communities that trust each other to talk about pretty much anything.

So we’re in this together. And now we’re in a bit of an emergency together.

As you may know, we lost a major funder without warning late last year. The University of Massachusetts, Lowell ended a five-year sponsorship agreement in a political shuffle of chancellors.

We’re an independent, non-profit production company, and it has been no small challenge to try to replace half a million dollars a year in six months. We’ve made some progress — a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, not least — and negotiations are underway with several interesting partners.

If you’ve got some spare change it would probably be better than a sending in a Quarter Pounder with cheese.

Well I’m Getting There Again

So it must be time to quit. I almost felt like I was blogging again.

She was a level headed dancer…

When it says Libby Libby Libby

On the Stable Stable Stable

Torture are US Inc.

U.N. expert faults U.S. on human rights in terror laws

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States apparently violated international law in its military tribunals by using coercion to extract confessions and writing counter-terrorism laws that restrict immigration on questionable grounds, a U.N. investigator said on Friday.

But Martin Scheinin of Finland, a U.N. rapporteur on rights in countering terrorism, said his findings for the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council did not mean the “the United States has become an enemy of human rights.”

“It is a country which still has a great deal to be proud of,” especially in exercising freedom of the press, Scheinin said in a 12-page preliminary report on a 10-day visit to the United States. His full report will be presented to the Council later in the year.

Yeah the water has chlorine and flouride,

But U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad rejected the allegations, saying, “We have a different point of view.”

I’m sure you do Ambassador, so does Michelle and Abu.

HT

Sawdust Biscuits and Cornyn Gravy

BLITZER: Let me bring Senator Cornyn back. Senator McCain agrees with you, and Senator Lindsey Graham, another member of the Armed Services Committee — they agree the U.S. has to go big, deploying an additional 20,000, maybe more, as many as 50,000 is what you’re saying.

But what do you say to General Abizaid, the U.S. military central commander, who says that is not necessarily a good idea?

CORNYN: Well, I respect General Abizaid immensely. And what General Abizaid, I think, is failing to take into adequate account is the political reality in the United States.

The fact is we need to surge the number of troops there so we can secure Baghdad and allow the political reconciliation and rapprochement that Jack Reed is talking about.

It’s not going to happen in the face of this kind of lawlessness. We’re not talking about an open-ended commitment. We’re talking about a temporary surge and get that basic security to allow the political institutions to work out their differences.

BLITZER: So how long would 180,000 or 200,000 U.S. troops, according to your estimate, be deployed in Iraq?

How long would this surge last?

CORNYN: I think General Abizaid had it about right. He said he thinks we have about another four to six months to get this right. And I think that’s what we’re looking at.

Aired November 26, 2006 – 11:00 ET Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, July, Aug., Sept., and then we’ll listen to the Generals. HT FU^2

Yet Another Link

I added World-Newspapers for those of you who would like to actually get a differet perspective than the non fortified white bread MSM of America puts out. It’s arranged by region so you can pick a country, any country, and go find out what they aren’t telling you over here over there.

The Wizards of Mordor — Or Why Things Are The Way They Are

PSYCHOPATHS AMONG US

The condition itself has been recognized for centuries, wearing evocative labels such as “madness without delirium” and “moral insanity” until the late 1800s, when “psychopath” was coined by a German clinician. But the term (and its 1930s synonym, sociopath) had always been a sort of catch-all, widely and loosely applied to criminals who seemed violent and unstable. Even into the mid-1970s, almost 80 percent of convicted felons in the United States were being diagnosed as sociopaths. In 1980, Hare created a diagnostic tool called the Psychopathy Checklist, which, revised five years later, became known as the PCL-R. Popularly called “the Hare,” the PCL-R measures psychopathy on a forty-point scale. Once it emerged, it was the first time in history that everyone who said “psychopath” was saying the same thing. For research in the field, it was like a starting gun.

But for Hare, it has turned out to be a Pandora’s box. Recently retired from teaching, his very last Ph.D. student about to leave the nest, Hare, sixty-eight, should be basking in professional accolades and enjoying his well-earned rest. But he isn’t.

The PCL-R has slipped the confines of academe, and is being used and misused in ways that Hare never intended. In some of the places where it could do some good — such as the prison in the TV documentary I was yelling at — the idea of psychopathy goes unacknowledged, usually because it’s politically incorrect to declare someone to be beyond rehabilitation. At the opposite extreme, there are cases in which Hare’s work has been overloaded with political baggage of another sort, such as in the United States, where a high PCL-R score is used to support death-penalty arguments, and in England, where a debate is underway about whether some individuals with personality disorders (such as psychopaths) should be detained even if they haven’t committed a crime.

He calls them “subclinical” psychopaths. They’re the charming predators who, unable to form real emotional bonds, find and use vulnerable women for sex and money (and inevitably abandon them). They’re the con men like Christophe Rocancourt, and they’re the stockbrokers and promoters who caused Forbes magazine to call the Vancouver Stock Exchange (now part of the Canadian Venture Exchange) the scam capital of the world. (Hare has said that if he couldn’t study psychopaths in prisons, the Vancouver Stock Exchange would have been his second choice.) A significant proportion of persistent wife beaters, and people who have unprotected sex despite carrying the AIDS virus, are psychopaths. Psychopaths can be found in legislatures, hospitals, and used-car lots. They’re your neighbour, your boss, and your blind date. Because they have no conscience, they’re natural predators. If you didn’t have a conscience, you’d be one too.

Psychopaths love chaos and hate rules, so they’re comfortable in the fast-moving modern corporation. Dr. Paul Babiak, an industrial-organizational psychologist based near New York City, is in the process of writing a book with Bob Hare called When Psychopaths Go to Work: Cons, Bullies and the Puppetmaster. The subtitle refers to the three broad classes of psychopaths Babiak has encountered in the workplace.

Explains a lot doesn’t it. (But read the whole article and try to understand what is written instead of jumping to the conclusion that you are not part of the problem.)

No Cover Charge

Updated below;

Like Mr. No Sunshine Senator Reed said, no need to get emotional about the supplementally deranged funding bill, and having given the center some cover earlier, it was nice to see them at least get a minimum wage bill through and signed. All this goes to show how much the system sucks and fits modern man about as well as a tricorner hat and all that other Yankee doodle BS the elite like to imagine they are a part of, so long as no one else is allowed into the pretense.

The fact is without some sort of mechanism for controlling Iraq oil output, which is what the game was all about anyway, there will be no withdrawal. So long as American troops are there, there will always be someone to blow up the wells, pipelines, or infrastructure to keep Iraqi production to its’ OPEC, (Saudi Arabian,) defined limits, which given that nations, (Iraq,) large oil reserves, output (production limits,) is pretty small, along the lines of Iran’s output quota, with Iran having about a fourth of Iraq’s reserves. So the US troops will remain to enforce the sixty dollar a barrel price for American and world consumers of oil.

If the oil cartel can get us to take out Iran then they can pump more oil from Iraq, so the wheels within wheels keep on spinning, and it may very well be the oil cartel foisting fears of Iranian nuclear development on Israel for that purpose. Of course a size nine shoe fits many size nine feet too. That’s why I like the sunshine government we have currently in Washinghands DC. They’re so tangled up in secret alliances it makes the pre WW I secret alliances look like public domain toilet paper, with concomitant results as well. So look forward to more not less war.

The end result of all of this is what do the American people intend to do about it, and given their willingness to take to the street and blow some fifty amp fuses, or to heaven forbid, vote, in lieu of drinking themselves to sleep in front of the TV every night, they probably will stick another yellow ribbon on the tree, attend a few more church services and wave the flag and let it all rip. Somewhere in all of this they will look back in their old age and think they might have had a life, but what a great nation they have, which like the Liberty Bell is old, cracked and useless as a bell, but it is symbolic of something, and TV will tell them what to think, when they need to think about it, so all is well in the bastion of puberty.

So there will be no more political emotionalism here. Sort of like framing the rising price of oil as supply and demand instead of saying the dollar ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on, and gasoline still has the same value. That’s not inflation, that’s market forces. Like saying revolution which is political reactivity is not acceptable political activity, even though what we have now, somehow is acceptable political activity, and very much like the Holy Roman Empire was none of those things, so too are the acceptable political activities of our leaders.

Update: I deleted one sentence that I thought might lead morons to the wrong impression, and also would like to note that an observation is not an advocacy of something, for those same morons who can’t read what is written. I also changed one word to another so as to not offend large people with poetic effects. Other additions are in Italics.

Yeah, Me Neither

And will anger spent have purchased a rage
sufficient for the moribund dagger,
that lies blameless in its’ own heat

Shall we continue to mourn the passing
of moments not to be shared, weeping
for the ashes within our own hot cinders

Does the turning of night’s shadow not reek
of morning yet to befall the unwary traveller
wondering silently past his own wonder

Has the universe become too small to shine
that the star must burst its’ seams
to be noticed only for disappearing

Worms will not shadow even a ray of hope
that what is not is, but well knows its’ turns
in the making of it, toward the sleeper

Numb is the web of the spinner of wheels
but not so dull in beauty is the silken trap
as is the maker of many unknown tolls.

EZSmirkzz May 21-25, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child’s death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London’s daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.

Dylan Thomas

Time warped

I pushed Swimming in Oil back to today’s date 2004 at the request of my editor in chief.

May the Sun Shine Bright on You

A Little Piece of the Texas Sky Between Columbus and San Antonio

I Stand Alone

I stand alone and speak my mind
I stand my ground when I unwind
I don’t hide behind the herders of the dreams
I don’t believe the master baiters of the schemes

Gas has gone up a dollar a gallon in the last three months. Go figure.
North Korea still has nukes, and launches missiles at Japan. Go figure.
China has solid fuel ICBMs that can hit the US now. Go figure.
Pakistan is a bullet away from being a Nuclear Islamic State. Go figure.
Iraq is in the midst of a civil war on the cusp of a Shiia Crescent. Go figure.
Russia is feeling threatened by large foreign forces surrounding it. Go Figure.
Nigeria is losing control of its’ delta oil fields. Go figure.
Mexico is on the verge of a political collapse. Go figure.
Iran cannot invade the US so we are going to attack it with proxies. Go figure.
Science doesn’t know anything about global warming, only politicians do. Go figure.
Oh yeah, I forgot, you don’t do arithmetic and math.

Working Under False Assumptions

The congressional Democrats are cynical, but they are not stupid. If the surge works and U.S. troops are being withdrawn by fall 2008, they do not want it said of them that they “cut and ran” when the going got tough, that they played Chamberlain to Bush’s Churchill.

And if the war is going badly in 2008, they know that the American people, in repudiating the party of Bush and Cheney, have no other choice than the party of Hillary and Pelosi and Harry Reid.

That is why congressional Democrats are surely saying privately of the angry antiwar left what has often been said by the Beltway Republican elite of the right: “Don’t worry about them. They have nowhere else to go.”

And that is why the antiwar left was thrown under the bus.

Pat Buchanan is so wrong on so much in this article that it is surprising he isn’t still the number one propagandist for the right, mixing in some facts with some analysis that is dead on, with large shovels of mushroom feed. Apparently no one reads American history on the right either.

You know what I think.

President Cheney’s War

Via the Washington Note

Multiple sources have reported that a senior aide on Vice President Cheney’s national security team has been meeting with policy hands of the American Enterprise Institute, one other think tank, and more than one national security consulting house and explicitly stating that Vice President Cheney does not support President Bush’s tack towards Condoleezza Rice’s diplomatic efforts and fears that the President is taking diplomacy with Iran too seriously.

This White House official has stated to several Washington insiders that Cheney is planning to deploy an “end run strategy” around the President if he and his team lose the policy argument.

via the previous post.

Read em & weep kiddos, read em & weep.

Lebaneese Sunni Jihadist and the US Funding For Them

Further evidence of this “end run” around the White House is the recent leak to ABC News of a plan by the administration to destabilize Iran’s economy, including “a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.” Bush reportedly signed a “non-lethal presidential finding” authorizing the plan: such “findings” are supposed to be kept secret, with only the Senate and House intelligence committees in the know. The leak could only have been prompted, as Laura Rozen points out, by those with a desire to spike talks with Tehran – and perhaps even invite retaliation from the mullahs, who could easily interpret this program as an act of war.

Another component of this set-up is Lebanon, where a Sunni Muslim militant group has gotten into a major
confrontation
with the Lebanese army – and this barely a few months after Seymour Hersh reported in The New Yorker that the administration was covertly – albeit indirectly – funding Lebanese Salafist (Sunni) extremists in a bid to counter the Shi’ite Hezbollah, which is currently mobilizing the topple the pro-Washington government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. Hezbollah, seen by the Americans and the Israelis(or do I
repeat myself
)as Tehran’s sock-puppet, is yet another tripwire laid down in the path of the stumblingAmerican Gulliver,who is about to be dragged down into a wider Middle Eastern war.

Of course none of us are supposed to know these things, because you have to read, since it wasn’t on TV it can’t be true. On the other hand if I saw it on TV then it must be true…

New Links

I am adding two new links for Wounded Warriors Hospital Fund and Fisher House. Wounded Warriors does not actively solicit donations, but they didn’t ask me not to do so for them. This is one our families big ones. Fisher House has been on Chicken Noodle Network a couple of times, and so don’t consider the source, just consider the really fine work that they do and send them some spare change too. Like the quip says, change is good.

Notes on Christian Communism

One of the things I suppose us high school kids need to remember about our college educmacated betters is just how ignorant college really leaves most people. I doubt many of them have even seen, much less read Adam’s Smiths “Wealth of Nations,” so it is doubtful that they have read the Bible either, and in that case it is hard to frame an issue in terms that they are unfamiliar with.

Personally I would suggest starting with Smith’s book since so many of us think that is what sort of capitalism the current system of economics in the United States operates under, and having finished that perhaps they will be curious enough to read up on mercantilism as well. God forbid that they should read the Bible, or any early church history though, and so be able to carry on an intelligent conversation with a blogger.

One can only suppose that having got an education, ( as opposed to having gotten one,) and then a college degree, and then found a career, and having talked to God and discovered what their real duty and responsibilities were, that any other learning must be constrained to what reinforces what one supposes they know already. But I appreciate the attention to my views, and the lack of coherence to your representation of what I said previously. It is a shame that you do not know just how ignorant you really are, so I wouldn’t feel compelled to point it out to you in public. Looks like we’re back to a remedial Chicken Noodle Network, Christianity and economics. If this is what one hundred thousand dollars buys then kids are probably better off spending the money on weed and getting something in their heads for the money. Or maybe it’s just stoners and ex stoners that actually do stuff, you know, like read.

Boehner Weeps

John Boehner ought to weep for the victims of 911 whom he is using for political grandstanding on the war in Iraq, like every other Republican that has lost touch with reality, a reality which they created no less, by conflating that incident with their willful assent to invading a third rate banana dictatorship because they thought they could use it to win the elections of 2004.

But let’s take the political calculus out of the weeping and moaning of the flag flapper patriots and just asses the military reality which the Republicans cannot create from Flushingtons DC. They have sent a too small army to occupy a too large area, with a very large hostile population that likes the US almost as much as al-Qaida, although the Sunni tribes have just recently begun to attack the jihadists, not because they are allied with the US, but because al-Qaida is apparently just as sensitive to the deaths of the innocent as the US war machine.

I suppose we of my ilk will have to endure the slings and arrows of the Reich wing noise machine here in the States until the US casualty figures roll over four thousand dead, then five thousand dead, then six thousand dead to avenge the deaths of 911 on the wrong nation, while bin Laden roams around the mountains of Afghanistan, because it is better to appear to be correct to the Reich than it is to be correct.

In the end however, the war was begun as a lie, continues as a lie, and will end as lie, and there is nothing the yellow ribbon patriots can do to change that. They were wrong then, they are wrong now, and everyone they seem to have so much hero worship for now that comes back in box will be because they were wrong. Politically, strategically, morally, and ethically. These are the happy shiny people, the bright shining lies of our times.

Impeach For Peace

And Other Things That Congress Won’t Do

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Big Pipe Kahuna

Edited for Boehnerisms, McCainisms, Cheneyisms, and other non approved language according to Broder’s Manual of Piles.

Well that was a lot of fun loading up pages like, well, the rest of America, but then again saving them to download later will chew up as much time as always, but the searching was productive and voluminous. Whether it turns into a coherent post will be another thing as well.

Anyway it was nice to see the city lights and notice that there still aren’t any stars in the sky at night where most of my fellow citizens live. I would probably be surprised at how many people never look up at the night sky anyway, even out here where the Milky Way is one thing mankind hasn’t managed to foul up with some sort of progress of man, er, pollution.

I have quite a bit of catching up to do for skying out for three days, but the break in blogging was worth it.

Having spent the last couple of weeks to a month clearing the deck with the leftern frontiers it will nice to turn the gaze towards the twin towers of Mordor again. I talked to a lot of strange conservative people while in Austin this time around, strange in the wonderful way that people believe fervently in things they can’t articulate or defend. Odd as that was, the conversations were always initiated by them with me, so maybe I need to shave my beard so I don’t look like Jesus or something. At any rate they are neither in need of pity or ridicule so much as someone to inform them as to what the left is or isn’t, and what the left stands for and doesn’t. This much misconception is really weird for those of us who don’t spent a lot of hours in day to day jobs with conservatives.

I am not sure that it has changed my perception of the MSM any, although it hasn’t really improved it for sure. One of the things I worked on in these diverse conversations was asking how, what, where and when they had acquired these perceptions, but I didn’t really ask them where they had heard them since I am biased and figure it was from the mainstream media outlets. Of course Larry has spent fifty years asking questions so he knows how enlightening that aspect of conversation can be. Sometimes it is more important to know what people don’t know than it is to know what they do.

There is no doubt that any person’s bias is going to lead them to a certain frame of mind, which I think our lack of education system leaves wide open to manipulation from those who would chose to do so. This isn’t just happening in a vacuum either so I am working on the assumption that some of the misconceptions are being perpetuated by those who are educated well enough to know what the hell they are doing, and so it is being done for a purpose. This assumption is not restricted to the politicians who have many economic interests that do not comport with the most good for the most people, or Adam Smith for that matter. I think with the MSM we are dealing with a lot of egos that have been bruised, and so for the sake of their self esteem are content to sacrifice the blood of others and the treasure of the all for their foolish pride.

Anyway I am feeling refreshed, my mind feels like it is churning again, and I look forward to stringing the new and the old information together in some new posting tomorrow, but for now I am gassed.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Nuff Said

Only the People Must Live Within the Constraints of the Constitution

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

800 pound gorillas

I’m off in the city to do some research so there will be light posting around here.

It is interesting that the President has declassified the al Qaida memo at this time, which doesn’t negate any facts about where that organization wasn’t in 2005, but that too is not what I wish to write about either.

Given that the Democrats “caved” as the pro wankers like to term it, I thought that I should at least speak to the fact that beyond corruption, and even further beyond that, special interest corruption of many members of the Congress in both parties lies the large unspeakable special interest of OPEC, and petro dollars that seem to be the unheard rationale for the apparent unwillingness of the American government to listen to the vox populi.

Therein lies the hidden national security interests, and therein lies Dick, head of OVP, being read the riot act by the Saudi King. More later as this is borrowed bandwidth.

Post Surge Bi- Partisan Revue

David Ignatius, who passes on the exciting new “post-surge” plan floated by White House officials:

Yada Yada

I was just watching Headline News report on the Dragon Skin body armour in which the Army had a push back piece against an NBC report the other night, and it occurred to me if the media would have picked up on the story, oh two years ago when it first broke out here in the blogosphere then it could have all been over studied and solved by now. That doesn’t mean any negative about the media either, although I’m sure some of the talking heads and producers will take it that way, because observations of a thing seem to contain judgements of the thing in these cases. Nothing could be further from the truth, but you can tell people what you think but you can’t tell them how to feel.

That being the case, of course I should continue down that path, and the Army thought that due to NBC’s report they needed to take the gloves off and defend the US Troops body armor and the US Army’s honor, all of which could have been avoided by being as open and honest two years ago when the questions were first asked as well. There are a multitude of military gear purchases that fall into the same category, and the military in its’ infinite wisdom wishes to keep these things secret whether they need to be or not, for God only knows what reason, and so I will defer to God instead of my own surmise of the basic physchology of lifers in the military, who like many CEO’s hate to be questioned by their underlings under any circumstances for any reason whatsoever. Nothing could be further from the truth, in this case since the military in this nation works for the civilian government and that government works for We the People. It’s no ones fault but their own for getting the chain of command fouled up in their own heads, and since it is their bailiwick…

We also have that same problem with our Congress Creeps as well, so I don’t want the military and MSM think they are being singled out here. I am sure there are already many thinking that I don’t know my place either, which is also wrong on their part since I am a citizen and it is very much my place to observe and speak out about these things, and in fact it is my duty as a free man to do so. I am an American, and I was not born to forced, especially by my “betters’ who have some how earned the right to bamboozle me, in their eyes, for my greater good. Nothing could be further from the truth.

One of the advantages to being a liberal lefty and living in this part of Texas is that if one is to have any friends then one out of two of them are probably going to be a conservative, and in my case and peculiar situation then nine out of ten will be conservative relative to me. This is good training in listening and persuasion for me, something that seems to be missing from the American elites, and so they misunderstand even those things too. That doesn’t mean just conservative conservatives either, but I can run into the same situations with liberal conservatives too.

The advantage of being a Christian communist is knowing that the Lord’s Kingdom is the only way that that system will come to pass, and so in this age of things I am required to be more pragmatic in my expectations of what sort of system this age will allow itself to endure. I do not expect to achieve what I wish in this age, and so I rarely am disappointed. This position is aggravating to secularist who refuse to believe in God as I do and so they denigrate the sky god in their many diverse ways of humor, whether they are liberal or conservative secularists. Their position seems to bother me less than they can imagine so I wonder at their waste of time on it with me. I am blessed with being a non Trinitarian as well so that I can aggravate the main of the Christian community with my heresies as well, by agreeing with many of the secularist criticism of Christianity. So so far I see two advantages to me, one I am pragmatic in my worldly goals, and two I am able to boast in my knowledge of God and aggravate most of my fellows humans in one sentence if I so choose to do so. I just did.

Anyway, one of the advantages of knowing so many conservatives is you get to know what they really want, and so you can lay out and pop lines so that somehow they might achieve their transient goals and make their lives more tolerable while passing through this age.

One of those observations is that the ship of state and our culture have taken years to get themselves into this state and it will take some time to turn it around. I think we are at the beginning of that process, and so it may appear to some that they are being pushed against too hard, and others that the pushing hasn’t been hard enough, but I am generally happy with the direction things are starting to move. All I can really assure anyone is that we will not go back to where ever you think we were whenever you thought things were hunky and dory. We aren’t and they weren’t. In that I know that things are going to turn out all right, which is just how they are supposed to turn out anyway. You can’t sweat the big stuff.

Oh Well

Fleetwood Mac

Before the inevitable disjunct

between phone and service, whenever it rains around here, I wanted to point out this article in CounterPunch that has Hunter Thompson, Timothy Leary, and G. Gordon Liddy all rolled up into a tale of a tale about these guys.

I say symbolic because the news media then and still does require all types of symbolic actors to hold the nation’s attention and shape its reality. Today they range from Paris Hilton and Bill O’Reilly to Rosie O’Donnell, or political actors such as Barack Obama and John McCain. Or heroic figures in sport and war such as Patrick Tillman (which didn’t work out as well as planned by its Pentagon managers.) Even the most insentient lump of flesh may serve the purpose. Terry Schiavo comes to mind.

This kinda dovetails with all of this, and I just think it is important that everyone knows that I’m doing my utmost to prevent that from happening around here. LSS what John McCain said.

Just a Note to Reporters

I have read two articles this morning that have a heavy reliance on “a High Ranking US Official,” which causes me to parse the whole thing as a propaganda puff piece.

Vote Suppression — The al Qaida Within the GOP

The Fraudulent Fraud SquadThe incredible, disappearing American Center for Voting Rights.
By Richard L. Hasen
Posted Friday, May 18, 2007, at 1:41 PM ET

Not so for the American Center for Voting Rights, a group that has literally just disappeared as an organization, and for which it seems no replacement group will rise up. With no notice and little comment, ACVR—the only prominent nongovernmental organization claiming that voter fraud is a major problem, a problem warranting strict rules such as voter-ID laws—simply stopped appearing at government panels and conferences. Its Web domain name has suddenly expired, its reports are all gone (except where they have been preserved by its opponents), and its general counsel, Mark “Thor” Hearne, has cleansed his résumé of affiliation with the group. Hearne won’t speak to the press about ACVR’s demise. No other group has taken up the “voter fraud” mantra.

The death of ACVR says a lot about the Republican strategy of raising voter fraud as a crisis in American elections. Presidential adviser Karl Rove and his allies, who have been ghostbusting illusory dead and fictional voters since the contested 2000 election, apparently mounted a two-pronged attack. One part of that attack, at the heart of the current Justice Department scandals, involved getting the DoJ and various U.S. attorneys in battleground states to vigorously prosecute cases of voter fraud. That prong has failed. After exhaustive effort, the Department of Justice discovered virtually no polling-place voter fraud, and its efforts to fire the U.S. attorneys in battleground states who did not push the voter-fraud line enough has backfired. Even if Attorney General Gonzales declines to resign his position, his reputation has been irreparably damaged.

There are a lot of links to follow in the article so I’m not going to even bother, with that. If you want the whole shebang go read it and weep.

Ht TPM

How much of this is playing itself out in the immigration debate, do you suppose?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Immigration Reform Without Negative Emotion

One of the most notable aspects of the immigration reform debate is how quickly people become emotional about the issue, and of course there are those who wish to call it passionate debate, but it is emotional debate, and the heart is not where problems this complex are solved.

There are some very basic facts and positions that can be discerned and need to be addressed, one, there is a very great need to have secure borders and slow down infiltration of the bad guys, along with the workers, and there is also the very real fact that there are twelve to twenty million undocumented workers in the United States, and that were one able to deport the population of New York City in the blink of an eye it would collapse the economy faster than another oil embargo. Both sides are national security issues.

So far I have heard everyone speaking about what is wrong with the bill, both in the particulars of the language, and the methodology of arriving at the compromise bill now being discussed by the Senate. We have many voices that can tell us that the reform bill won’t work and why, but they cannot articulate what they would do to solve the problem.

For those who decry amnesty, then I ask what is your proposal? What do have in mind to do with twelve to twenty million people, and I urge you to bear in mind the law of unintended consequences.

For those who think the point system does not address the humanitarian aspects of the families involved, then what needs to be done so that families of both the native and immigrant populations are treated fairly and humanely? Labor is not able to forever sustain the brunt of inflation, either from cheap immigrant or cheap off shore outsourcing and so that issue will have to be dealt with as well.

But we cannot, I think, expect total security of our borders, nor perfect humanity in our laws. But we can discuss what needs to be done to solve the problems of both.

In the end, I recall hearing before nine eleven that when we Americans were abroad that we were easy to spot because we were not afraid, it showed in our eyes, and in the way we carried ourselves. If we are to overcome nine eleven then we must again regain that attitude in post nine eleven America. We should not speak of overcoming terrorism, we should overcome terrorism. That is in individual hearts. If cannot do that then we cannot claim to be being reasonable since we are speaking from our fears. If we cannot be reasonable then we have lost our humanity, and our ability to think through the problem clearly. We will, and have, ceased to be Americans.

Effing Mindboggling! Effing Mind Boggling!

Updated Below.
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007.

“Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? . . .”

“Creating a program that would allow illegal immigrants already living in the United States for a number of years to stay in this country and apply for U.S. citizenship if they had a job and paid back taxes”
————–Favor———Oppose——– Unsure
—————-% ————-%———— %
5/4-6/07——80 ————19 ———– 1
4/10-12/07—-77 ————21 ———– 2
5/16-17/06—-79————-18 ———– 3

Of course I am looking diligently for Republican Senators being similarly mind boggled by the Patriot Acts swift passage without any time to read the effing bill. It was of course unconscionable, that there was absolutely no input from the American people on that too.

But I am glad that it isn’t only Senators and bloggers that are modifying mind boggling. That would be effing mind boggling.

Update: Not to leave anyone in the dark, the Immigration bill is over at Truth Laid Bear if you want to slog through it all, it is in html and broken down into sections. Ht CNN.

What Willie Says

Take Action: Support a Better Farm Billby Willie Nelson

Slowly I Post, Link by Link

Been a little slow around here today as I did some research on manual labor. I am happy to report it is still there.

Stuff like this, The Next War By URI AVNERY, always seems innocuous to me until it doesn’t anymore.

Anyone who ignores this political background and sees Hizbullah only as a military problem shows himself to be an ignoramus. It was the duty of the committee to say so clearly, instead of prattling on about “orderly staff-work” and “military alternatives”. It should have issued a red card to the three ineptocrats for not weighing the political alternative to the war: negotiations with Syria for neutralizing the Hizbullah threat by means of an Israeli-Syrian-Lebanese accord. The price would have been an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan heights.

By not doing so, the committee really said: there is no escape from Lebanon War III. But please, folks, try harder next time.

That’s why I would stay away from CounterPunch. And Antiwar, and Haaretz…

Surging the Escalation

If the objective of al-Qaida is a Caliphate, then which government is aligned against itself?

Tempest in a Bonehead

The administration’s FISA falsehoods continue unabated,

Mike McConnell, the Bush administration’s Director of National Intelligence, has a remarkably dishonest Op-Ed in The Washington Post this morning, in which he argues for completely unspecified “updates” and “changes” to FISA in order to expand — yet again — the Government’s powers of eavesdropping on Americans. McConnell’s entire argument for expansion of surveillance powers rests on a patent falsehood.

In paragraph after paragraph, McConnell claims that FISA — which was first enacted in 1978 but amended multiple times since then — is an obsolete law because it was from an era where “the first cellular mobile phone system was still being tested” and “a personal computer’s memory had just been expanded to 16 kilobytes.” He then affirmatively (and falsely) states, several times, that FISA is unchanged since 1978 and thus does not recognize new communications technology such as e-mail and cell phones:

whistling, he posts,

George Bush justified the sweeping expansion of FISA back in October of 2001 by insisting that the changes allowed full-scale surveillance of all modern means of communications — including email and cell phones.

I guess you know why this is my homepage eh?

EZSmirkzz May 17-20, 2007

Sunday, May 20, 2007

I Firmly Believe America’s Best Days Are Ahead of Us

not behind us, and that the people of the United States awakened to the failure of both institutions and themselves to exercise proper oversight of their government and their representatives is the beginning of a resurgence of democratic activity at home, where it belongs, and not on the shores of distant lands which we have neither need nor reason to impose our way of life upon.

These are not our brightest days, nor darkest hours, these are the sunrise moments of the continuing American rebirth that many other generations have passed through, whether in war or economic disarray, that at one moment gave the non property owner the right to vote, or the slaves the beginning of the long march to freedom. At every turn the will of the people has been opposed by those who either feared the future or were blinded by the past, and at every turn they were met by the voices of a free people seeking not to be enslaved by the follies of our forefathers past nor over awed by their glorious triumphs, but demanding that we be allowed their right, to chose our own destinies in own own life times, free of all constraints but our own imaginations and our own free wills.

We have arrived at that moment again, and we will not falter and we will not fail, not because it is our right, not because it is our duty, but because we are Americans and we know of no other way.

It really is just that simple.

This Note’s for Lou Dobbs, (and You)

I’m sure my bff Lou is upset that I didn’t catch his show until this evening but I was busy.

Anyway I’m glad I tuned in and got to see the discussion he had with the SPLC over his reporting which I blogged up here. The post is pretty much a clipping from here, Dave Neiwet’s blog, so Lou tangled with some people that are pretty sensitive to racism, as I am.

I think I should make myself clear on how I see the issue, as far as my assumptions on Mr. Dobbs go since I did after all blog it up and I don’t want to leave my last reader with the wrong impression of my take on his position. I really don’t think Lou Dobbs is a racist, at least I haven’t had that impression since I’ve been able to watch his show.

He is opinionated and an advocate for various positions which I disagree with, but then I am opinionated and an advocate for positions that he disagrees with too, so no harms no fouls there. I’m sure he doesn’t like my word choices, but there are a lot of people like that, because I work in a written medium and so I don’t get to use other tools and methods. I think a lot of TV folks feel that way too, because in this medium I get to let my readers use their imaginations instead of mine.

Meanwhile back at the ranchero there Rick, I think Lou is certifiably anti-illegal immigrant and not anti-pilgrim. I think he can actually be made to move in his policy positions too, if one puts things in the proper way to him. He is not a closed minded individual in my opinion. I do think that he uses incredible resources to advance his point of view and that he is likely to have those who oppose his views on for less than equal time with a lot less than equal resources. Such is life.

I think many people mis-understand me and my motivations and I am not going through them every other week to remind people of what sort of political activist I am. It should be enough said that I will say things to move an issue to the forefront of other peoples minds and hence into the national debate if I think an issue is getting short shrift at the expense of the common people’s interest, and I will tackle Lou Dobbs if I think he is presenting one side of an issue and no one else is saying anything else from the other side of debate if only to achieve that objective.

But Lou requires a lot of background research and I am never sure if I haven’t POed any and all allies, so I do it with some trepidation. I just don’t have time to debate every expert on every subject all the time. Lou knows his position very well and for the most part he knows the other sides position well enough to use the ad hominem effectively with his audience which is what an advocate should do if that is what one represents themselves out to be. Like the man said, therein lies the rub.

I think that Miss Roman’s remarks were as they were represented by the SPLC, but they were given two years ago and I haven’t found any of Lou’s reporters to be racist and doubt seriously that Miss Roman is either. I think she advocates what her boss does, whether she concurs or not, because that is what her job entails, and everyone is under serious time constraints in that medium, so I don’t think we can expect the same level communication as one would expect out here in the written world.

There is also the very real fact that TV viewers are not as homogeneous as bloggers who are readers of readers, and writers for writers. I can afford to miss the fifty per cent of TV viewers that don’t have any discernible need for the Internet, which politicians and TV pea pushers cannot.

In all honesty I don’t think anyone working in front of a camera expected this level of scrutiny to pop up as it has in the last three or four months and so there is going to be quite a few instances of short cutting the language in the past presentations that I wouldn’t expect to see in today’s climate of media watch dogging. I would also expect that from the writing in blogs too.

Mr. Dobbs also had a guest on from the Washington Times tonight who stated she didn’t like watching the sausage being made on the Immigration reform bill which I found to be almost as amazing as the fact that it was a newspaper woman saying it. I think the people haven’t seen anything like this in years and it will be quite educational in how our government actually functions, or doesn’t as the case may be. But involved they shall be. When all is said and done Mr. Dobbs might do us all a favor and put this coming debate with his required reading list of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

I think it is vitally important to get more citizens involved in the political process, including the sausage making, so that by being informed of the power of special interests they might find that their interests are not being represented by the bff in Congress as they had presumed. In this issue, as well as the war in Iraq and others, I find it much more tolerable to discuss and disagree with others of equally strong opinions as my own than those with no opinion on those issues. As far as I have ever observed no opinion means I don’t care.

I have not given up looking for a way to goad the last into caring, but I am working on it. If at that point I have irritated everyone in this nation and half of the English speaking people in the world to boot, I will consider it a success at least in uniting you all into one people on one thing.

Over Sold and Out

Love and Haight

From 1964 to 1967, in and around the cheap Victorian housing of Haight Ashbury, a student quarter, something akin to what Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead calls a ‘little renaissance’ occurred, with still incalculable repercussions. ‘Ripple in still water/ Where there is no pebble tossed/ Nor wind to blow’, as the Dead song went. Except that there was a wind – a gale of ideas, music, appearance and lifestyle which would leave its indelible mark on Western society, and beyond. The drugs began with pure LSD initially manufactured by the CIA but documented and famously ‘tested’ by Ken Kesey. A core of Haight Ashbury bands played with each other, for each other, for free and at Chet Helms’s Avalon Ballroom and Bill Graham’s Fillmore. At their core were the Charlatans, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and the Holding company (with Janis Joplin) – leaving Country Joe and the Fish, and the Sparrows (later Steppenwolf), slightly to one, political, side. Artists illustrated the sound: Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, and others. Revolutionary activists, the Diggers, propelled by Peter Coyote, Emmett Grogan and others, endeavoured to demonstrate a new way of reorganising (or dis-organising) a society without money, often working with and as street theatre and the famed ‘Mime Troupe’. And there was a ‘look’: tie-dye came only later; costume was a pastiche, often mutating Edwardian and Victorian fashion, gleaned from various thrift shops. And these are only some of the things that those who made it happen remember …

Nothing last forever because it’s never really here
It’s always somewhere else so there nothing there to fear
I woke one morning and realized that you were up and gone
It just came so unexpectedly since you hadn’t come along
We’ll all look for you tomorrow just like we did yesterday
When everything that’s important to you really isn’t anyway
There’ll be song birds on the ocean and branches in the trees
No telling if anything heavy will be floating on the breeze
Someone will probably ask you if you’ve never heard that tune
You’ll hear it in your head before they played it in the saloon
A cold cup of coffee staggers and spills drunkenly across the floor
Before you realize it you’ve wondered out to find some more
Never coming back to the places where you never were before.

OPUS DOH!

No One Expects The Bill Donohue Inquisition !

Frank Cocozzelli, for Talk To Action, busts Donohue for both downplaying the Inquisition, via dubious revisionist history, and shines a light on apparent abuses, on the part of both Donohue’s Catholic League and the Opus Dei related Fidelis, of their federal nonprofit tax status as they mount apparently coordinated public attacks, with partisan political overtones, on political candidates.

There’s UFOs over New York and I’m not too surprised…

Best of Iraqi Roundups at the Notso OK Corral

Just so you know what PL and NQ are talking about. Of course Juan is usually the first out of bed.

Buying In Is So 20th Century

Cheap controversy is hard to find. Let’s generate one. Define the term. Bob Dylan sold out when he went electric – To the acoustic purists, but what did Bob think?

If someone wants to be a commercial success then they probably have to do some ass kissing to become so. Anyone who has submitted an article or a poem for publication knows that it is not going to be published exactly as written, because editors really aren’t very good writers, they are exact writers, they are proficient writers, they are all knowing readers of the Chicago Manual of Style, but they aren’t usually very good writers, and so a writer hopes to find one that is a good reader at least. Nothing I’ve written here would have ever been published by any of the mainstream houses, and had it been, none of it would have made a dent either because it would have already gone commercial with someone else’s interpretation overlapped on top of it already.

It really boils down to each individuals’ or individual bands’ idea of who they are and what they are trying to say with their music, and about themselves really. Since most decent songs tell some sort of a story there is a tendency to read more into the song and story than the artist may have original thought about, going into it. From one thought one song is born and a million perceptions. That makes for a good song, but it doesn’t define the artist or the band.

But lets kid ourselves about business, and the sort of asshole you have to be to be a successful businessman. You have to have a certain detachment from the human condition and bonding of the tribe, which allows you to prey upon the weak of your own species and tribe. If a band has come out one way and goes the other they have sold out, not me, but themselves.

But lets not kid ourselves, you can only sell out yourself not someone else’s perception of you, which is based on partial knowledge in an artificial context. Like I said, if you really want to know me, come by the house for some coffee.

Cigarette?

Must the Strong Be Stupid Too?

Israel ready to settle scores

Israel launched more air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza yesterday afternoon, killing at least two Palestinians, as top officials considered a broader strategy for stopping rockets being fired at Israeli towns.

There is nothing too wrong with defending oneself with violence if that violence stops the violence altogether. If it perpetuates a cycle of violence then other options need to be considered,

For the fifth time in seven days, Egyptian mediators announced yesterday a negotiated ceasefire to end fighting between the bitterly opposed Palestinian groups. But even if the ceasefire holds, it was clear this weekend that Israel planned to use the situation to settle political and military scores with both Hamas and militants who had engaged in a steady bombardment of Israeli towns near the Palestinian borders with their mostly ineffectual homemade rockets.

There is something to be said about the larger payload and greater accuracy of the munitions that Israel fires into Gaza as opposed to the glorified bottle rockets of the militants and Hamas. Israel could make many of the same vindictive points as it is now with handfuls of snot thrown over a fence, and reduce the worlds wonder at the mid East’s new bully. One cannot expect shame I suppose, but can one not expect sense?

Sunday Gospeless

If You Know What I Mean

This is not Iraq, You will not have 90 days

Edited for clarity.

One of many things I’ve come across of late is “Armed Madhouse” by Greg Palast, and if you haven’t read it I would urge you to do so. Not only has the information been useful personally because I have become warped by modern technology and become accustomed to reading small bits of information at a time on the net, (which is in itself and improvement over the small bits of information coming over the other screen,) as far as modern history is concerned. I hate falling behind and I hate being misinformed, which I have been, because while I am still fairly close in my understanding of the bigger picture I have begun moving further away in many particulars.

I still believe it is better talk less and listen more, but it is also important to guard your heart and mind from garbage in so as to avoid the garbage out that comes from being misinformed and under informed, which are two bugaboos of any computational endeavor whether human or mechanical/electrical. Television is the perfect tool for becoming so misinformed and under informed if it is the sole source of input, no matter how good some news and informative programming is. For those of a religious bent, it is the equivalent of listening to a preacher on radio, or watching one on TV, and concluding you have come to understand the Bible without reading it, much less having studied it, which is also another failing of many of us.

But then again, we all have to start some place, even if that starting place is all over again. One of the first things I have noticed about the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman is the adjustment in sustaining one’s attention and attention span to the presentation which is quite cumbersome at first for those of us that have some how managed to become inter reactive to the mainstream news format which is very much a reminder to me, now, of the children’s Sesame Street show.

I think it is very important to make the adjustment, and given as I have noted earlier the necessity of more, and more accurate information, that other than a spot of local news for local events, and the previously mention television shows there really isn’t much point in spending the time and effort to become misinformed by the Orwellian News Service, which is broadcast with diverse muppets on diverse channels.

Many years ago I realized that by reading a lot of modern history and a couple of newspapers a day I was as well informed as any pundit in the Wapo, in which I was also able to distinguish between the news function and the editorial function better than I have been of late. There are as I have always maintained some good journalists out there, but I have found myself becoming a muppet too, and so rather than take careful aim with the .308 I have opted for long Tom wide open assessment of both persons and their networks. This is another mistake I will rectify directly.

Ubiquitous shong lory stort I’ve been wrong about quite a few issues either in the main, (not so much here, I think,) and in the details, ( more so here,) and their impact on the whole thrust of divergent political groups and their goals. What I have been correct about, the war, I have unfortunately missed quite a few details about it that would have been helpful in presenting my case against it, and so I apologize to the antiwar movement for dropping the ball on this.

At any rate this where I am at now, and this is the dime that I am turning on. Like the man said, I ain’t dead yet so there’s still time to learn. You ain’t dead yet either.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

For Whom The Bells Toll

The Secret Bush-Democratic Trade Deal and What it Means Oh still my snarky heart. Update:

Dems losing momentum on lobby reform

Before a Democratic caucus meeting, a Politico reporter asked House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois about the language of the bill’s main provisions. After Emanuel demurred on the specifics, this reporter asked — in the effort for openness and disclosure — if a journalist could sit in to hear debate on the language.

“Why don’t you go f— yourself?” Emanuel replied, as he entered a men’s room in the Capitol basement.

Now if it is bad form for us DFH to talk like that on the blogs, and just out and out rancid to talk to the Press that way, ( I mean seriously, I have never told anyone in the MSM that,) why are elected officials doing so, and why is the MSM getting their feelings hurt by the blogs? It’s starting to sound to me like maybe the MSM and the blogs have their flags crossed up.

Heh Heh

The secret Iraq documents my 8-year-old found

When I started studying the massive archive of the Coalition Provisional Authority, the American occupation government that ruled Iraq from April 21, 2003, to June 28, 2004, I expected my experience to be different. I didn’t think any letters would fall in my lap, because the archive is paperless. The first archive of occupation created during the IT era, the CPA’s virtual history can be found online at http://www.cpa-iraq.org/ on thousands of pages that each begin “Long live the new Iraq!”

My son made his discovery while impatiently waiting to play a computer game on my laptop. As part of a research project, I had downloaded 45 documents from a section of the CPA Web site known as Consolidated Weekly Reports. All but three of the documents were Microsoft Word. I had one of the Word documents up on my screen when my son starting toying with the computer mouse. Somehow, inadvertently, he managed to pull down the “View” menu at the top of the screen and select the “Mark up” option. If you are in a Word document where “Track changes” has been turned on, hitting “Mark up” will reveal all the deletions and insertions ever made in the document, complete with times, dates and (sometimes) the initials of the editors. When my son did it, all the deleted passages in a document with the innocuous name “Administrator’s Weekly Economic Report” suddenly appeared in blue and purple. It was the electronic equivalent of seeing every draft of an author’s paper manuscript and all the penciled changes made by the editors. I soon figured out that with a few keystrokes I could see the deleted passages in 20 of the 42 Word documents I’d downloaded.

Calling Elvis…via Juan Cole

Why I listen to DIA and CIA Analysts and not DOD

Yet Again: CNN didn’t deserve the remark
Updated Below Already!
It Was Not An Ambush

If we are going to understand anything about the war underway in Iraq we have got to get the terminology right. The news media–CNN in particular–continue to call last week’s attack on small U.S. Army outpost in the Mahmoudiyah area (which is south of Baghdad) an “ambush”. This was not an ambush.

An ambush is defined as:

1. The act of lying in wait to attack by surprise.
2. A sudden attack made from a concealed position

Assault of an Outpost?

The latest I have heard indicates that these eight men were in an observation post consisting of two up-armored HUMVEES surrounded by concertina wire and that the position was attacked at 0400 (CNN Barbara Starr) from four sides, that the assaulting force breached the wire and overran the position. According to CNN, the “patrol” had been in that oupost for five hours.

If that is so, then this was not a patrol. It was an outpost placed there to watch for the emplacement of IEDs (on a road presumably). The battalion appears to have had other such outposts out that night.

Mr. Lang has an ongoing discussion of Mr. Chalabi on his blog as well that is worth looking into. Who knows, maybe you can put two and two together, which may explain the resurrection of Timmeh. Myself, being of a suspicious nature, see a paperclip in motion.

Update already:Obfuscation in the media and IO – Mahmoudiya/Baqouba

It is increasingly clear that the command in Baghdad is seeking to manage perception of the Mahmoudiyah attack by describing it as; “a patrol,” a “convoy,” “A stationary convoy,” an “ambush,” a “kidnapping,” etc.

Any fool can see that this was a well planned complex attack on an outpost. The two vehicles had been in position for five hours, they were to be “relieved” by another “crew” on the outpost in an hour, the enemy attacked at 0400 (the very best hour for such things) from several directions simultaneously, over ran the outpost and withdrew before any help showed up. It could not be more clear that this was an ATTACK not an AMBUSH. You have to be moving to be ambushed.

Or paying attention to the MSM and not the blogs.

Do Texas Republicans Hate Your Nana and PawPaw?

Dewhurst and Co. still chasing the ghost of Landslide Lyndon’s past

Voter identification legislation has always been a hot-button issue. It’s even hotter this year because of Democratic gains in 2006, concern about illegal immigration and Dewhurst’s political ambition. He has designs on the governor’s seat, and he has been much more political this session as he tries to shore up support among the Republican base.

Republicans like the voter ID bill because they believe it will weaken Democrats, but can argue that it is a reasonable requirement.

Republicans say the bill is needed to protect against voter fraud by people who cast ballots using false identification or stolen identity.

Remember that in the 2005 election contest between Hubert Vo and Talmadge Heflin, Heflin questioned more than 250 votes cast in the state House race.

But a Republican lawmaker who investigated the contest concluded that Heflin produced “no evidence of any intentional voter fraud” that would have affected the outcome. Vo’s margin narrowed, but he won the election by at least 16 votes. Democrats maintain that Republicans’ general claims of voter fraud are similarly overstated.

Which all sounds a lot like the rest of the Republican voter fraud cases around the country. Republicans used to hate federal interference in Texas state business too, until Tom’s justice Delay used Homeland Security to trace Texas legislators. Apparently Texas Republicans like to have their cake and to eat it too, so long as they don’t have to plant the seeds, harvest the wheat, and bake the cake. But, they do take the cake, you can count on that.

And that, my friends, is what the “voter fraud” game is all about.
— Steve Benen

New Links

For Link TayVeh. Link has some really good non comercial news from all the people that we probably shouldn’t watch-Furriners, and such.

Re-Read the Story, Man

The Story in Your Eyes

Holocaust Deniers

…According to the official text of Benedict’s comments on the Vatican website, the Pope declared that “the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean” were “silently longing” to receive Christ as their savior. He was “the unknown God whom their ancestors were seeking, without realizing it …” Colonization by Spain and Portugal was not a conquest, but rather an “adoption” of the Indians through baptism, making their cultures “fruitful” and “purifying” them. Accordingly, “the proclamation of Jesus and of his Gospel did not at any point involve an alienation of the pre-Columbian cultures, nor was it the imposition of a foreign culture.”

So there we have it. The invasion and conquest of the Americas, which caused the deaths of upwards of 90 percent of the indigenous population, was something the Indians had been pining for all along. They weren’t just “asking for it,” as sexist cranks depict women as complicit in their own rapes. They were actually “longing” for it, since salvation and “purification” came with it.

I’m sure there is no horn honking being done over there either.

He was “the unknown God whom their ancestors were seeking, without realizing it …”

And the Inca’s of course, were the unknown Athenians whom they were not thinking of, without realizing it too. So South America is in some ways like the conversion of the Greeks in the Apostle Pauls day. Obviously, this is not ex cathedra.

Incoming Mortar Rounds, Outgoing Tony Blair meet in Greener Zone

BAGHDAD (AP) — Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose premiership has been dominated by his unpopular decision to join the Iraq war, arrived here on a farewell visit Saturday, and three mortar shells or rockets slammed into the compound where he met with Iraq’s leaders.

The attack on Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone wounded one person, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Lou Fintor. One round hit the British Embassy compound, security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Heh, another super double top secret trip that fooled em all. The only people our leaders are keeping in the dark are us.

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Insanity of George Hamas Bush

You know, I write my opinions most of the time in very subtle language and terms, but there are a couple of issues on the table that I think need to be laid out in blunt terms for the duly elected representatives of these two governments.

Hamas has found itself, having won a popular election for Parliament, in shooting war with Fatah and so in great leaps of wisdom starting shooting rockets into Israel so as unite the Palestinian people, and so I suppose, to demonstrate just how stupid elected officials can be, as though the US has not demonstrated that quite well over the last six years already.

The President of the United States however is quite comfortable with shooting rockets, bombs and missiles into the wrong nation for the wrong reasons, and one would hope that Hamas might learn from that folly and so moderate their thinking into something approaching sanity.

One cannot hope that the Hamas led Parliament will cut off funding to its’ own faction and so one does not look for that to happen and fully expects that Israel will respond, and hopes that it will do so with some measure of understanding for the civilian population of Gaza, which would also be an improvement over what we Americans and the world as a a whole has come to expect from President Bush, who suffers under no such similar duress as Ohlmert and his people do.

I can hope however that the US Congress would cut off funding for the President and his Hamasian folly in Iraq. The President is not going to learn anything any more, having made up his mind that foolish pride and energy access are far more important than the blood of his and the Iraqi people. It is better to him in his own eyes to appear as a stalwart leader in the face of a growing continuous opposition to his policy, having been bucked up by Mr. Blair, I suppose, rather than admit to himself that he is a fool in the eyes of his few friends and a damned fool in the eyes of his opposition.

He is indeed fortunate that I am not the leader of any Congressional body, for he would have received today as would have the Joint Chiefs of Staff a blunt letter informing them to begin to prepare withdrawal at the earliest possible moment and with all due speed as there would be no more funding forth coming for spending in Iraq.

If the supplemental spending measure is indeed dead, then there is no point in it laying in state for the observations of the political elite, to bemoan its’ loss. There is no political calculus to make on the issue. Mr. Bush has been consistently wrong on the issue, is still wrong on the issue, and will in all likelihood remain wrong on the issue for the foreseeable future. This is an important thing to consider. He and his team have not got one thing right in this foreign policy issue, and so why should anyone pay anymore attention to him? It really is that simple.

Pilgrims Pride – No, Not the Turkey

I’m not sure that the proposed legislation will even pass muster in the Senate, much less the House, and surviving all of that get signed into law by the Giblet in Chief, but I do think it is a good start, in that it addresses all the major issues that are inherent to the issue, and that is an improvement in the debate that we have not heretofore not( we call that edit,) been subjected to from various grown ups on both sides of the issue.

Stuff We Can Do

I just saw a short on Autism on CNN International and checked out the website that was linked up. They have a lot of interesting stuff here. I didn’t know the rate of autism was rising, and wouldn’t be surprised to find that the petro chemicals that we rely on for so much are not somehow involved in this too, like the bees disappearing may be.

But my conjections are just that, just a wonder if and not surprise if so, observation. Anyway if you have some extra cash…

The Times They are Changed – Yet Again

The Season of Hope

The Republicans, for their part, are busy trying to close down all debate about the war: it’s significant, in a scary way, that the neo-authoritarian Giuliani’s first response to Ron Paul was to demand a retraction. As for the Democrats, they are mainly concerned with tamping down antiwar sentiment in their own party so they can get on with the real business of Washington: trading favors to build a political machine and entrench themselves in power.

With no political outlet, no means to oppose a policy that the overwhelming majority of the American people oppose – with increasing bitterness – the underground river of dissent that has been running through the country since 9/11, slowly building up steam until it became a torrent, is ready to burst through to the surface.

Ron Paul’s guerrilla campaign to take back the GOP from the neocons, the Bloomberg-Hagel insurgency that might or might not rise up from the wheat fields of Nebraska and Manhattan’s concrete canyons – these are just the beginnings of the resistance, the first acts of the new radicals in American politics who are neither “right” nor “left” but merely intent on subverting the neoconservative project of authoritarianism on the home front and perpetual war abroad.

Strange Days Indeed, Most Peculiar Momma.

But Who Was Right – Rudy or Ron? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Oh! I Thought it Was Emigration Reform!

Immigration reform is not going to make everyone completely happy, because business has no emotions but it does have a motive, and labor has both emotion and motive. No one wants to mention class warfare, but there it is, in all its’ horizontally violent glory, and the business class is keeping its’ hands clean to boot.

We really have some stupid populists in this country.

Slip Sliding Away

The Changing Face of Afghanistan

Things are not going to be the same again. The war is transforming. Adversarial lines are being redrawn. The enemy’s contours have changed. Front lines are being abandoned. In another six to eight weeks, hot, dry winds will have arrived, bearing fine, yellow dust that envelops everything, making appearances even more deceptive. No one will be able then to tell with certitude who is the enemy.

A decent read on the political developments in Afghanistan of late. You do remember Afghanistan don’t you?

And All That Too

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Kudos Earned, Kudos Given

From what I understand so far of the Senate and White House effort to forge an agreement on Immigration reform no one is going to get exactly what they want, but if it holds together they may all end up with what they need.

It seems it is a rare event when one can climb down off the partisan high horses and I wish it were easier on other issues, but such is life. Being an American isn’t easy when your born here either.

I hope all the politicians involved will bear in mind that they have brought to the table, the one a deer, the other a hog, and having turned them over to the sausage maker they will indeed get deer sausage back, hopefully not too dry. There will of course be many griping about not having ham, and the other about not having a venison steak. I will for my part be glad to make the biscuits or wash the dishes, as is necessary to finish the task.

Job well done. Even you Mr. President, even you.

Anonymous Bloggers Small Potatoes

Yeah those anonymous bloggers got cajones, I tell ya.

“So you’re arguing there is nothing — absolutely nothing – these officials could have said to reporters that would have been beyond the scope of their employment [whether it was] true or false?,” U.S. District Judge John D. Bates asked.

“That’s true, your honor.

The lawyers for the whole crew are claiming that it’s okay for White House staff to say anything, true or false, with no threat of civil prosecution. Nice theory. Naturally, such privileges do not extend to the common folk. For Cheney, they’re going further, claiming an immunity that in the past has been limited to the president. He could literally do anything, and you peasants would just have to live with it.

Better hide the shotgun shells.

You know I don’t do much without a reason, and neither do these guys, but apparently you have to be a made man, which is not so much a play on words as you might think, to do it with wealth and taste.

“Supporting” the Troops

Bush budget officials said the administration “strongly opposes” both the 3.5 percent raise for 2008 and the follow-on increases, calling extra pay increases “unnecessary.”

and then it get worse, but why not just go check out dKos if you haven’t left already?

John McCain’s Baghdad

Patrick Cockburn, intrepid Iraq-based investigative reporter, discusses the daily slaughter in Iraq, the Iraqi parliament’s vote for the U.S. to leave, recent attacks in the Green Zone, the factional differences and the “surge.”

MP3 here.

No News Is No News

The order was aimed at preventing journalists from inadvertently tampering with evidence needed for investigations, protecting the privacy and human rights of those wounded and keeping insurgents and militias from keeping track of their success rate, Gen. Khalaf said.

He denied that the new regulation was aimed at curtailing press freedoms, saying other countries have similar restrictions.

Like Red China, Zimbabwe. Cuba…

America’s Wanker

President Bush refuses to answer whether he ordered Card and Gonzales to Ashcroft’s hospital bedside … More personal responsibility from the law and disorder partay. You know the White House must have photos of all sorts of Congress Critters in bed with each, or each others wive and husband, or who who knows, maybe in bed with the press and their wives and husbands and each others wives and husbands, in big Broder’s, “Our Town” starring the cross dressing of J Edgar’s past. It would make some bodacious Youtube.

What to make of this long narrative?

Simply this. The warantless wiretap surveillance program stank. For two and a half years, Ashcroft signed off on the program every forty-five days without any real knowledge of what it entailed. In his defense, the advisors who were supposed to review such things on his behalf were denied access; to his everlasting shame, he did not press hard enough to have that corrected.

When Comey came on board, he insisted on being granted access, and had Goldsmith review the program. What they found was so repugnant to any notion of constitutional liberties that even Ashcroft, once briefed, was willing to resign rather than sign off again.

Of course the MSM was just all over this story…look! a bunny!

Keeping Austin Weird

7th Grader back in class at Bailey Middle School after suspension over haircut via the usual suspects,

7th grader Derek Jackson says he is back in his normal classes today following his placement in in-school-suspension for having a haircut that was too short; something the school says was both a violation of the school dress-code and a distraction.

This really is stupid on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin, although little things for little minds, come to mind.

All Things Politics

For the most part I don’t have any strong preferences in the Democratic Presidential primary, because I would imagine that barring any unforeseen circumstances, like the rest of the base I’ll end up supporting the nominee at any rate, and so even if I don’t really care that much for the candidate I’ll still have a Republican to shell, because they are less preferred around here than they would have been ten or twelve years ago.

I doubt very seriously that Ron Paul will be that nominee. I would consider Paul for the sole reason of knowing he is honest, and there is a pretty healthy libertarian streak in my political philosophy which basically distrusts government of any size in any guise.

There is a tendency IMHO for governments to institute laws based on the narrow financial self interests or personal preferences of individuals capable of selling themselves to the public as their new bestest friend. That so many people believe them is also a serious problem, but you can’t make people think even if you can make them comply, using the powers of the state. Hence Jefferson’s statement that all people end up with the government they deserve.

I find it something of a paradox that the state under the Republicans spends so much effort in incarcerating those who would vote Republican for doing things that Republicans ostensibly advocate, such as getting the state out of peoples lives and individual self determination, which argues against the victimless crimes that we have filled our prisons with, and so they are easy for me to oppose on the principle that they are short on principle and long on personal.

One of the drawbacks of debating I suppose is learning the art of learning the other side’s arguments as well as the one you are advocating, which is not exclusive to the issues under discussion, but also the principles underlying those arguments. Of course the final refuge of political debate is ad hominem which ought to say more than we wish to hear about today’s current political climate. Basically our leadership hasn’t got a clue as to what to do to both protect the physical and the philosophical underpinnings of the United States.

There are those however, in both parties, that do not care to protect the philosophical underpinnings of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution if it will interfere in their economic advancement, and instead of being called out for that they are hailed and toasted at most re-election parties, which they are also probably paying for. I think those like myself are more dangerous to these people’s political and economic goals then we are to the moderates of either party, because moderation itself is a principled stand against excess, and as such is neither left nor right.

The war in Iraq is a strategic blunder of massive proportions for the United States but it does highlight the differences between the conservatives and traditionalists, and liberals and traditionalists, of the two major parties in the United States. One would be in serious error I think, to confuse the traditionalists of either persuasion with the other. These too are different animals that herd together at various times for diverse reasons, but usually where Utopian visions of American history coincide with a current event or issue. Traditionalism doesn’t need historical accuracy, just a historical legitimacy. Unfortunately it cannot solve the problems of the present because it cannot, or will not discern and concede facts past or present which are needed to accuratel asses the current situations. It is not just the Generals that fight the last war.

Whaa???????

Yeah, I figured that everyone ought to know what the three letter boys and CNN know, and since Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush both have a Gordon as a pain in the ass, it was poetic justice denied.

Now you know.

Things the Left Doesn’t Read

Updated BelowUnraveling Al-Qa`ida’s Target Selection Calculus

These are the things that I actually read and know about which make so much of the political yada yada coming out of DC, and the Reich Wing’s Radidios disingenuous at best, since I am on a non negativity kick and all.

The topic of al-Qa`ida’s choice of targets has been the subject of much conjecture and speculation in open source literature. Some analysts argue that al-Qa`ida’s modus operandi is similar to traditional terrorism in that it is a form of “political theater” meant to bring attention to the group and its objectives by attacking targets of high importance. Others have diverged from this view, arguing that unlike traditional terror organizations, the al-Qa`ida network is more interested in the mass killing of Western civilians as revenge for perceived historical injustices against Muslims. In some cases, the debate concerning al-Qa`ida’s target selection is based on the assumption that al-Qa`ida targets symbolic facilities within the United States to demonstrate its military prowess and long-reach capability. Others argue that al-Qa`ida attacks soft targets due to the difficulty of attacking military and security facilities in the West. Yet an examination of primary al-Qa`ida operational manuals and published open source literature reveals a much different set of considerations in the group’s target selection. Such an analysis of what al-Qa`ida tells the world—and, most importantly, what it instructs its recruits and would-be cell members—indicates that al-Qa`ida’s target selection calculus is motivated by a far more ambitious, sophisticated and sinister motive: to destroy the economy of the United States and other Western powers by striking economic targets in the West and in the Muslim world. The network asserts that doing so curtails the American presence and influence in the Middle East and will end Western military and diplomatic support to regimes in the region. This ambition serves the final objective of severing American and Muslim alliances and bringing about the removal of all Western influence from the Middle East, as well as the overthrow of current Muslim regimes.

To best understand al-Qa`ida target selection, it is important to keep in mind al-Qa`ida’s foremost strategic objective, which is to “bleed” [exhaust] the United States economically and militarily by forcing the U.S. to spend enormous amounts of money to protect its numerous sectors and facilities. Al-Qa`ida’s primary literature and manuals affirm that the United States draws its formidable military power and political influence from its superior economy. Therefore, if the American economy is derailed, the United States will crumble and will not be able to sustain its military hegemony and presence overseas. One al-Qa`ida member stated that hindering Western economies is “the most dangerous and effective arena of Jihad, because we live in a materialistic world.”[1] Accordingly, al-Qa`ida cells are encouraged to attack targets that have a high economic value and will cause the United States severe economic losses.

The calculus of primarily attacking western targets of significant economic value is bluntly discussed in al-Qa`ida’s political publications which aim to “educate” the Muslim world about al-Qa`ida’s objectives and methods. These publications elaborate in sinister detail the network’s intention to empower individual cell members with the training and skills required to sustain al-Qa`ida’s global Jihad. The following excerpts from Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad), the official publication of al-Qa`ida in Saudi Arabia, illustrate the rationale behind al-Qa`ida’s target selection:

The rest of the article goes into details that we all probably know in the back of our minds and, which al Whoda is using in a physop against the US political system and it is a very effective campaign in some quarters as they descend into the abyss of paranoid illusions of granduer. Any attack coming from any source will be the, AHA! We Told You SO!, moment for the Nabobs of national insecurity over in the Neocon Kneewetters Brigade.

This is a win win, yet again, for al Whoda and the Neocons, who for all appearances are in bed together as far as their objective in propagandizing the American people into a national security frenzy, which aids the military industrial complex in draining the US treasury to defend the military and corporate industrial complexes’ assets, and achieves al Whoda’s goal of bankrupting the US.

Neat Trick, and it’s working too.

UPDATE: I really think that we should go into more detail on this, but this isn’t a bridge over the Tigris we’re discussing here either. It is also one thing to identify and understand what the bad guys are doing, and to propose methods, tactics and strategies for conteracting it, especially when it comes to the al Whoda aspect of it.

Then again, one is confronted with how to defang the Neocons whose manifesto of the PNAC is the basis for al Whoda’s operation in the first place, when it has become a patriotic lynchpin of some American’s patriotic pride, and some Israelis perception of what is necessary to insure the survival of the State of Israel.

Into all of this the calculus of a finite oil supply needs to be considered, and so there is some merit to the need for an increase in the production side of the equation which is being foisted off on us by the very people rigging the supply at the refinery level, who have done so much to not only slow alternative fuel developement to protect a very profitable business, but killed many alternative ways of making things like cars and trains go.

In this last case, an unregulated capitalism is detremental not just to the people as a whole, but to the capitalists themselves, who have become too short sighted to realize the significance of the threat that al Whoda really poses, as opposed to that which we as a people perceive at the behest of the Israeli and American Likud.

I suppose however, that advocating a well regulated capitalism relegates one to the fringes of the far left in our current political climate, and so Saint McCain’t is a moderate, and no one will ever raise the question of who looks better in a dress, Hillary or Rudy? Personally I’ll go with Hillary.

Momma Don’t Allow No Guitar Playing Around Here

Momma Don’t Allow No Guitar Playing Around Here
But We Don’t Care What Momma Say
We’re Gonna Play Guitars Anyway
Momma Don’t Allow No Guitar Playing Around Here

May 8-16, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Nay, Bob, of Negativity

Or,
How I Came To Overlook My Perfections And Learned To Live With Your Imperfections, Although You Will Have To Stay In The Guest House While I Travel To Australia To Do So.

Yeah? It seems that way to me sometimes too.

One of the hardest things for me to do when I am blogging is to put it down for a while and recharge my batteries, and having finally done so, pick it back up again. You really can’t do this stuff just for the money, even if your not me. It has to be fun to write, and it should be fun to read too.

That doesn’t mean it has to be funny, although I would prefer my stuff were so, there are a lot of bloggers out there who are fun to read and they are as serious as heart attacks in the ass. Not deadly serious but painfully serious.

Unfortunately the owner of this blog is a workaholic of sorts, and so vacations are hard to schedule in when you blog full time and so become self unemployed. There’s no one to approve the request, as if I would anyway. I mean I’ve only been back a year and took of most of June off to do whatever it is I’m not telling you about either.

You really don’t have the option of calling in sick either since the boss always knows when I feel fine and just don’t want to take out the garbage. Email is not an option either since I rarely check that stuff because I like live spam and so watch it on TV.

At any rate it is becoming a pain, and I don’t even feel like messing with the archives too much either, since that is boring to the max to have to reread every little thing that was important to me at some given point in time in the past in context with all the stuff that was really important to me at that same some given point in time. But trudgingly trudging I shall endeavor to persevere.

Shong lory stort, I am going to be less not very productive than usual over the next week and see if I can recharge the batteries and get all positive and upbeat again, which if you were trained in the Navy electronics program doesn’t make sense, since electrons flow from negative to positive and so the more negative in output that I become the more positive I should become which should mean that I am already fully charged and have become Rush Limbaugh.

Sing Along Gone

I never liked that tune anyway.

It’s Not All Politics

I just wanted to take a moment to ask everyone who thinks to keep the families of the captured US Servicemen in your thoughts, and for those of you who pray to keep these men in your thoughts and prayers, and pray for not only them but for those who hold them captive.

I would also humbly ask those holding those men captive to be compassionate, just as Allah the Merciful is compassionate toward us all. I do not ask as an American, but as a Christian, that by doing so you will heap burning coals upon the the heads of those who work evil towards you with many Holy Words, and towards those here who are easily misled, and because those ones produce the rotten fruitage of the tree that you yourselves, and I, must live under. I ask you to show the world the difference between those who fear God and those who do not. I ask you for peace in action, not in words, but in the name of Jesus the Christ.

“We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in [the Books] given to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to God do we bow our will”’ (2:136).

Who Would Have Thunk?

Everyone should read Kevin Baker’s excellent article in Harper’s about this.

Something from Atrios to feed your head with while I work on the archive.

We Must Attack Bolton

We must attack Iran before it gets the bomb

John Bolton, who still has close links to the Bush administration, told The Daily Telegraph that the European Union had to “get more serious” about Iran and recognise that its diplomatic attempts to halt Iran’s enrichment programme had failed.

Iran has “clearly mastered the enrichment technology now…they’re not stopping, they’re making progress and our time is limited”, he said. Economic sanctions “with pain” had to be the next step, followed by attempting to overthrow the theocratic regime and, ultimately, military action to destroy nuclear sites.

John Bolton has to be one of the worst people alive.

I have yet to hear anyone say why it is a bad thing for Iran to have nuclear power, and hence build a bomb, when Israel and Pakistan have them. Given that MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction, worked fine with the old Soviet Union which included more than one leader closer to being a brick shy of a full load.

This is just fear mongering by people who have always made sure that they are far removed from any of the repercussions of their rhetoric, which is actually getting shot at. I am sure there is a secret Medal of Free From the Chickenhawk Coop for those who have wheathered a mortar round in the Green Zone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The BaCzar and the Crackers

If anyone ever needed a Czar, it was George W, who I noticed had put on thirty pounds of armour vesting at the Policeman’s Memorial, one supposes, to show Dick how to appear less unhinged than what one really is. Of course Dick was in Baghdad and W was in the land of don’t recall where all sorts of magical thinking, Elves, Dwarfs, Hobbits, Ents and Orcs exist with Wizards of political machinations there in Mordor with Broder/Smeagle/Gollum and the precious rings of power.

But magical thinking aside, there is something about needing an Eisenhower like figure to co-ordinate Afghani and Iraqi military operations, with the caveat that there is no Eisenhower there anywhere, but there is Iran in the middle of the two and they are a rather large Shia nation with a rather large oil reserve, and of course Iraq is a rather large Shia nation with a rather large oil reserve, and of course Saudi Arabia is a small Sunni nation with a small Shia population living on top of a rather large oil reserve, and so I can see the need for someone to report to Mr. Hadley who will report to Dick, head of the OVP, and of course if the Clueless in Chef needs to go on TV they’ll inform him of what sort of stonewall needs erecting between the truth and the American people at that time, all duly reported with the solemnity it would deserve if it were given by anyone this side of Charles Manson, by the freeper press.

This would I imagine include a reference to Al-Qaeda, which declared war on America because the Saudi family was shorting UBL on his oil revenue, and which American military personnel were still in Saudi Arabia since the Persian Gulf War to defend that oil from Saddam and so imposing infidelism on the land of the two Holy Places, and preventing UBL from toppling the House of Saud. Of course no one need remember that Rumsfield pulled all our peeps out of Saudi Arabia in 2006 and in effect acquiesced to UBL and Al-Qaeda, which should tell us all something about how the War on Terra is really going, and the reporting thereof, but I digress.

You would think that with all that Shia oil tied to the dollar that Europe would be shouting with glee at the falling petro prices at the pump sold in Euros, but I haven’t heard a peep about that either. Hmmm. Maybe the fungibleness of oil is magical economics, in that it doesn’t matter what the reality of the situation really is, only that you imagine that it depends on something you do to affect the price at the pump. Oil is that fungible man behind the curtain, so click your heels and say three times, what is wrong with the vote Canvas.

You won’t get anywhere, but it will keep you busy and you won’t have to think about why Iran and Iraq are the feared Shia Crescent of the oiless Sunni, nor how by invading Iraq the US handed Iran what it had gone to prevent. The only way to “win” the war in Iraq is to topple Iran and replace the government there with one as incompetent as Iraq’s, or with a secular Shah of many colors of green. Who knows, maybe you won’t even think to ask GM why they killed the electric car which would have helped avoid all these wars.

Fastball

The Way

Yeah, but will the MSM respect you in the morning?

Reclaiming the discourse: namecalling is fun! by J V Calin Really what this is all about, AFAIK, is returning fire. This is not an expected development, and so it meets with unexpected reactions in the expected locations.

The MSM has become calloused to and moved right by thirty years of griping, and media consolidations that has moved them to the right anyway. I haven’t been anymore fair than the right in mine, but I freely admit a lot of things that the right would never admit to, even though it is the same thing.

One of the things that makes me think the MSM is clueless is that I actually told them four years ago what I was, a political agitator, and what I was going to do. This is almost like the rules of speechifying, Tell them what you’re going to tell them, Tell them what you intend to tell them, and tell them what you just told them. I just did, YA.

Fox Counters Democracy Now!

In effort to prove Greg Palast correct, which if you actually watch the two shows you would know that Palast has highlighted this Republican effort, that they in fact actually do target black US Servicemen over seas, and that the McHenry going to Arkansas as US Attorney actually is up to his eyeballs in it. Of course if you watch, read or listen to the MSM exclusively, this whole post is news to you. If you read Josh over at TPM you might have a clue. And so I worry about what AC360 thinks about me? ROTFLMAO.

Administration hit by second resignation.

“The White House was hit by two sudden resignations late Monday when Paul McNulty, a top Justice Department official, and Lanny Davis, the only Democratic member of the president’s civil liberties watchdog board, announced they were stepping down. Both resignations are likely to fuel allegations of White House political meddling in law enforcement and national security issues.”

When Davis protested the attempted deletions, he said the board was told that the White House lawyers feared that because the material witness law was used by U.S. attorneys, a new probe of that issue would become a part of the larger controversy over the firing of U.s. attorneys. “I found this reason to be inappropriate–and emblematic of the sincere view, with which I strongly disagreed, of at least some administration officials and a majority of the Board that the Board was wholly part of the White House staff and political structure, rather than an independent oversight entity,” Davis wrote in his letter.

via the cooker of small fish Pitiful.

Anglo-Saxon legal principle that “it is better that a thousand guilty go unpunished lest one innocent man be wrongly punished” might be outmoded.

Chertoff provided two anecdotal examples and presented another six to the Parliament. But, he said the decisions of border guards to detain or bar people entering the US could not be scrutinised.

He was asked to consider the oft-repeated criticism of the US “war on terror”, that it was being fought at the expense of the fundamental rights of the citizens it claims to protect.

In answer, Chertoff cited the doubts of British Home Secretary John Reid about the efficacy of European legal traditions in the face of terrorism.

“There’s one very big difference between prosecuting a crime that has occured in the past and to seek justice,” said Chertoff.

He suggested the Anglo-Saxon legal principle that “it is better that a thousand guilty go unpunished lest one innocent man be wrongly punished” might be outmoded.

I really must quit picking on the Brits. Abu Gonzales is smiling today, after all he is only assaulting the Constitution, and not the basis of the entire culture.

The things we do for oil companies I still don’t understand.

Foul Mouthed Bloggers

Oh! Sorry, I meant Angry Wolfowitz in four-letter tirade

Sounding more like a cast member of the Sopranos than an international leader, in testimony by one key witness Mr Wolfowitz declares: “If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too.”

Of course I’m not going to get all gleeful here, after all the President talks like that about reporters, reporters talk like that about bloggers, and bloggers talk like that about everyone. “And I say to myself, what a wonderful world.”

The remarks were published in a report detailing the controversy that erupted last month after the size of Ms Riza’s pay rises was revealed. The report slates Mr Wolfowitz for his “questionable judgment and a preoccupation with self-interest”, saying: “Mr Wolfowitz saw himself as the outsider to whom the established rules and standards did not apply.”

The report brushed off Mr Wolfowitz’s defence that he thought he had been asked to arrange Ms Riza’s pay package, observing that “the interpretation given by Mr Wolfowitz … simply turns logic on its head”.

He’s PNAC and a Bushie ain’t he?

But Then Again

Not everything is a decent read. We do try to be brutally honest, which can run afoul if we are wrong in particular or personage under discussion. But this here blog is a blog, and so it is bound to convey the thoughts of me, myself and I.

Those of you reading this little blog are doing so for some reason, but I’m not a mind reader so I assume it is because you either want to or were ordered by a superior to do so. That’s fine, but I don’t think I should change what I think and write just because some guy on TV or radio doesn’t like it. If you do, then pipe up, I’ll check the comments once in a while, maybe even respond.

So three things remain a mystery, wh does a moth fly into a flame and burn off its’ wings, why do I keep blogging, and why do those who do, keep coming by to read this here blog? Especially now since I’ve moved it?

I understand the three letter boys, who need to keep an eye on the people whom they used to investigate at libraries before that ruse was exposed. Anyway, good morning, this is a day the LORD has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Axis of Ineptitudeness and Short Term Memory Losses

America’s Other War

By Leslie, a regular contributor to this blog . . . From the NYT: “Civilian Deaths Undermine Allies’ War on Taliban”

What angers Afghans are not just the bombings, but also the raids of homes, the shootings of civilians in the streets and at checkpoints, and the failure to address those issues over the five years of war. Afghan patience is wearing dangerously thin, officials warn.

and the comments have some notable observations as well.
http://noquarter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/05/the_axis_of_ine.html

The Axis of Ineptitude, here, at NoQuarter has diverse comments than the original here, at Sic Semper Tyrannis, so you may want to read both of those sections and this, and this.

Tenet, Bremer, Franks. This is a trio of sycophants and self-serving careerists, largely devoid of creative thought and any real intellect who were given the job of managing history when all they really wanted was to manage their careers and incomes. They truly deserve to be known as the “Axis of Ineptitude.”

Bremer has been allowed by the neocon leadership of the Washington Post to place a whining, mendacious piece in this Sunday’s paper.

It is filled with evidence of his stupidity, ignorance and willingness to deceive in self defense.

As an example, his characterization of the old Iraqi Army is nonsense. That army was a NATIONAL army that stood at the very center of whatever NATIONAL institutions Iraq possessed. That army fought very creditably against the Iranians. Their performance has been much distorted in American popular imagination by the political warfare of the Iranians and their regional allies. In the Iran-Iraq War the Iraqi national army’s mixed units fought well against the sectarian brethren of the Iraqi Shia. There were many senior Shia officers in that army. The commanding general of the Republican Guards Armored Corps in the invasion of Kuwait was a Shia lieutenant general. He is currently employed in the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad. The Iraqis did not fight in the First Gulf War? Ask the US Marines of 2nd Marine Division who had to use MLRS in the “direct fire” mode to stop a counter-attack on their division CP just south of the Kuwait Airport. Did you ever talk to them, Jerry?

We are truly lead by morons, appointing fools, with oversight by idiots. Is the American flag red white and blue in DC or is just black with with white stripes and stars?

“ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER HERE!”

One of the things I think we do not understand is how much our interference in Iraq, is not only similar to our interference in Viet Nam, ( with the same Bright Shining Lie at the end, but how similar it is to our involvement in South and Central America in the 70’s and 80’s when, chastised by Viet Nam, Americans went after third world countries that relied on the the “Patron” system of aristocracy, and so the imperial hubris disappeared into the Iran/Contra scandal. To this day very few would ask why no other Senators signed off on John Kerry’s investigation of the scandal, which would have exposed the US Government to the J. Edgar Hoover syndrome. Henry Gonzales got as far in the House.

Both of these investigations overshadowed the real crime, American Imperialism, which goes beyond the Monroe Doctrine which was aimed at foreign interference of European Colonialist ambitions. It was never a declaration of American Imperialistic rights in regard to the New Worlds other nation states until after WWII.

Democrats are in favor of all sorts of warning labels on products, right? I propose a warning label be placed over Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, especially directed at antiwar voters, which simply says “ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER HERE!”

What is needed is not just a revision of our Iraq policy, or our Iran policy, or even our Middle East policy. We need to reevaluate – and, yes, reverse – our entire foreign policy from top to bottom, starting with its central premise, which is that we must be the dominant military and political power on the planet. Neither of the major parties is prepared to do this: since World War II, both the Democrats and the Republicans have been explicitly committed to a foreign policy of global intervention, and this bipartisan consensus has been maintained right up to the present day. After 9/11, this messianic tendency in American foreign policy metastasized like a cancer cell and gave birth to the neoconservative mutation, which seized control of the policy-making apparatus in Washington.

As Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan put it in their 1996 foreign policy manifesto, a founding document of the neoconservative foreign policy platform, the new American imperialism is to be a “benevolent global hegemony.” For the first time, the real nature of the bipartisan consensus, with its emphasis on “internationalism” and America’s role as the “world leader,” was made consistent and explicit. While disagreeing over means, both parties generally agree on the proper ends of U.S. foreign policy: global military dominance by the U.S.

This isn’t a Libertarian or Paleocon assessment of the war exclusive to the one in Iraq,

The survey does reiterate something we pretty much knew all along. The 2006 vote was predominantly about Iraq:

The prime issue that drove these atypical Democratic gains was — you guessed it! — the war in Iraq. Democrats gained 7.6 million voters in 2006 who said they “strongly disapproved” of the war in Iraq while simultaneously losing 2.9 million voters from 2004 to 2006 who said they approved of the war — for a net gain of 4.7 million voters. Similarly, Democrats gained 6.4 million voters between 2004 and 2006 who said that the Iraq war did not enhance national security while receiving 1.7 million less votes among those who did.

Other than the Iraq finding, there can be little in this report that shows Democrats the way to go in 2008. Iraq is likely to be the key issue in 2008 again, and once more, the key for Dems will be differentiating themselves from the GOP–and particularly Bush–on the war. That means doing everything in their power to bring an end to the Iraq debacle. Even if they don’t succeed in doing so, that has to be seen as a result of the intransigence on the part of the GOP and Bush rather than lack of effort on the part of the Dems.

It is just more obvious to those out of the loop than those who are trying to build a progressive movement on the maggot riddled corps of a bipartisan foreign policy that stretches back to the Cold War era, an era that is fifteen years dead. There have been more, not fewer efforts to rebuild the strong enemy, (see Russia,) for the ever ubiquitous missile gaps that are bound to appear to keep the American people fully invested in maintaining a large standing army at the beck and call of the imperialist that control the apparatus of the state, the media, and the church. At no time will the Democratic leadership acknowledge the simple facts of American public opinion,

I imagine there’s a pretty close correlation between those who regularly prattle on about Democrats needing to stand for things and show strong leadership, yadda yadda, and those who aren’t too thrilled that they’ll have to actually take a stand.

People hate this war and George Bush, I really don’t know why some lawmakers are still a couple years behind the polls.

because they are all in bed with the Republicans and J Edgar Hoover has the goods on them.

It is precisely why we can’t listen to the voices of reason like Monibot, over in Britain, because they are not the ones who are directly threatened by the imperial power, and what he may wish for merry olde England has little bearing on a fascist imperialism that is bearing down on America. It is one thing to have the Roundheads and Long Parliament in ones own history, but we here in America are facing one in our future. If the European left wishes to help the American left then they should start with STFU.

Thank You Blogger Team

I don’t say that enough anyway, but they really do work their buns off for us akaers and such. Maybe they can email me a way that they can turn a few bucks on this here humble blog, (heh) without me selling my soul or giving away my physical address. If they had a contribution link I’d stick it over there with Democracy Now!

Another WaPo Naivete Whine

Sunshine for the Virtual Town Hall

I don’t know why the Post toadies don’t just ask the CNN people who really is behind shooter 242’s ID, or which ever pseudonymous nickname he really wants to know. After all I don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know they got mine from the three letter boys leaking to Congresscreep, or in fact to a reporter. That’s how it goes out here in the aka world. Reporters, sheesh. Like I don’t really know who TEXX was either. ROTFLMAO.

These days we want “transparency” in all institutions, even private ones. There’s one massive exception — the Internet

No these days we want transparency with the US and State governments,

But most of them are wearing the equivalent of paper bags over their heads.

when it comes to reporters actually doing their jobs, whom seem to be the three monkeys, see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.

You would think that Grubsisch, being a denizen of “their” town, would also have a clue as to various forms of retaliation that government employees such as Presidents and Senators et al, engage in when they are criticised from wee the people. He is either disingenuous or stupid this Tom, but I am sure that he has obtained to his position in spite of either so, he re-whines and you decide.

You would think Web sites would want to keep the hate-mongers from taking over, but many sites are unwitting enablers.

Like the Wahinghands Post, I suppose, that in very proper English publishes the lies of those who hate running out of oil profits, and dislike Palestinians and Israelis and so always publish the crimes of the one side never the other, and never stories about the honest efforts of those whom have been brutalized by the continuing Likud/Hamas terrorism, one with US munitions and the other with someone else’s, who still reach out past the economic and “national security” issues of hatred for peace and coexistence.

Or the astounding reporting from there at WaPO on Iraq, and Whitewater, all based on hatred of either Clinton in the one case, or of being called traitors, DFH, unPatriotic, or reporters, by Karl Rove and the Worst President Evah! You mainstreamers love yourselves to much there, buddy.

A site that grants a pseudonym would have to know the poster’s real name as well as some facts that back up any accusations. The site wouldn’t have to cave in whenever it was slapped with a subpoena. Courts have ruled that both anonymous and pseudonymous posters have “qualified privilege” under the First Amendment that protects their identities and puts a high legal bar in front of subpoena seekers.

Again, sir, this site knows my name, my children’s names, where they work, etc. etc. etc. We do not know that about you, at all. In fact because the WaPo says you are who you say you are does not mean that I have to believe them in this instance anymore than any other, and even though I find it rather small potatoes to have to fact check your identity, I have no problem understanding that everything in the Post must be verified with reliable sources as well.

Plus What He Said, and this guy too.

and it is so nice to be able to edit these posts in a timely manner, so blow it out your ass, Tom.

Update: Oh Yeah, and KargoX too, or X2 for you short handers.

Update too: Like Judy like Tom?

I’m EZSmirkzz and I just don’t know anymore – sorta like SNL

You’ld Think — Twice

Tubular Tales

Of course it’s always all been posted specifically for you,
I mean, why not? I love you so much, and so you do too,
but I can’t help you help me get over my disbelief
you can’t hide your eyes behind the hands of your teeth.

So station up your crosses, your stars and your moons
and fill up our heads with your colored ballons
because somebody’s been there, it just has to be true
like the car wreck in a city we’ve all seen it too.

And the blood in the gutter glitters in the flashing police lights
with snowflakes falling gently, scattering out into the night,
then the phone call comes ringing, there’s a girl at the door,
with a song in her head you’ve heard a thousand times before.

Here I am, and Here I shall Remain

Obviously I have moved the blog, which is a big secret to the three letter boys. As you will notice I am rebuilding the archives here, so you can read something decent on a slow news day. This will be a slow process as Blogger has a new spam filter system in place which until I moved here and starting rebuilding the archive worked pretty well. Now? Not so good.

Anyway that is going to be the priority.

For those of you who have found this here blog, and watch Lou Dobbs too, this weekend his assistant domimatrix actually quoted Scripture, from Romans, on the need for Christians to obey the law. I thought she was going to use the one from Acts;

13 Now when they beheld the outspokenness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were men unlettered and ordinary, they got to wondering. And they began to recognize about them that they used to be with Jesus;

18 With that they called them and charged them, nowhere to make any utterance or to teach upon the basis of the name of Jesus. 19 But in reply Peter and John said to them: “Whether it is righteous in the sight of God to listen to YOU rather than to God, judge for yourselves. 20 But as for us, we cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard.” 21 So, when they had further threatened them, they released them, since they did not find any ground on which to punish them and on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God over what had occurred;

but then what can you expect from a media outlet that glorifies itself but never said anything about church involvement in secular affairs when the churches urged everyone into war, or to make their views known on abortion, but not capital punishment.

I suppose CNN is merely pointing out they too, are as sacred as the Church. Anyway since it came up, I used the New World Translation in this post, just for Lou’s gal Friday, Saturday and Sunday rerun too.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hiatus Ends

This is where I’ll be, and hopefully it’ll be here for a while before the blog is rediscovered and I move yet again.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

America is Dead, Long Live America!

That’s a variation on a theme for those of you whom may not remember the huzzahs of the passing of one Monarch and the ascension of the heir.

Since everyone else has weighed in on the topic of the poor me, poor me, pour me another drink punditocracy’s sudden realizations that there is a vinniesque blogosphere a-blooming in American basements like so many hydroponic motalitos fact checkers and they’ve missed the buzz, yet again, and so will be shocked I tell you, shocked, that even those Red Staters are teeing off on the corruption of the Republican leadership because conservatives basically are honest people unlike the neocons that have deluded them and many liberals over the years with their Binge and Cashncarry New Americon Vice Scheme, allow me to do so also.

You have to figure if the elites are clueless then what chance does Brian really have? I sort of figure the MSM is in it for the money and for the most part owned by conservative businessmen, ( and maybe one businesswoman, since I’m liberal,) that follow the money of the advertising dollars and so eventually they will come around and figure out three days after their advertisers do the difference between a conservative and neocon and the MSM reporting will swing back to non aligned, conservative journalism.

There are those who have cut their teeth in the age of the neocons and are now in positions of authoritie, since the movement really is that old. You know Scoop Jackson was a Demorat in all senses of the modern term, which is the wingdingwing of the party that Hillary most represents and so that strange feeling about her candidacy is hidden behind the skirt of liberalism desires to move beyond misogyny and her political orientation, which isn’t that much different than Bushwacko’s and Dead Eyed Dick’s in foreign policy. She is liberal enough to compromise with the neocons like Bill was, without being sharp enough to figure out that they won’t compromise, so you have to squashes them like roaches, or be like Bill and give them everything they want right off the bat and then be impeached for smoking cigars in a no parking zone.

Unfortunately conservatives are Republicans just like the neocons are now, so they do what they can for party unity while the neocons harangue them for actually trying to be conservatives in both foreign and domestic affairs. That is McCain’s and Hagel’s problem, too, since the people at large cannot tell the difference between a conservative and a neocon and they’ve all voted the neocons party line so long that they would end up sounding rather like the old twisted poem, roses are red, violets are blue, I’m a schizophrenic, and so am I, and so the conservative base finds itself in bed with gamblers, spendthrifts and and Christian fundamentalists in a hostile bipolar relationship. No wonder Rush makes sense to them, and Ron Paul doesn’t.

The problem with mainstream liberalism is it hasn’t found its’ voice yet, and mainstream conservatism is just beginning to figure out that they have lost theirs. I would imagine that by 2008 they will have both done so, as no matter how much the conservatives and liberals differ in politics they are far more united in basic American character and outlook than the neocons of either party, and just as unlikely to endure being sold a bag of beans for much longer. America doesn’t really need Unity 08 or a third party, it just needs the two parties we have to exclude the neocons within from positions of influence. That isn’t easier said than done because the netroots and the MSM can’t grow a pair of boys for the leadership, and the leadership has been disinclined to do so for various reasons. Something along the lines of advertising dollars, cept different. But we can do more than hope.

In that case one would expect the left and right of the blogosphere to continue kicking the leadership in the crotch, with a knee or two for the MSM’s, until the government starts behaving at least as decorously as the blogosphere and alternative presses do. After all, the words of the unwashed masses are not nearly as oily as the vitriolic toxicity of the charlatans and not nearly as hurtful as the deeds they are enduring, from the responsible grownups in “their” town. Joe Boehner Broder and the political porta potties need to get a clue.

Site Maintenance – Feed Your Head

UPDated Below I have linked up both Free Speech TV and Democracy Now!, because I was asked to donate to them, and being a DFH that already sent 25$ to Antiwar, I ain’t got no money left in the charity budget this month.(Next month it’s one of the ubiquitous police fraternal organizations, that I’m not telling you about because they have already called you anyway.) But I know you do so help me out, because if I can’t be all negative then I have to have sources of positive reinforcement. These are tax deductible donations to Free Speech and the cops. Democracy Now! sends you cool stuff.

Thanks

PS Don’t be cheap, I do that. Innovate don’t Imitate.

PSS OK the boss says I can have Amy and her brother’s book. Picture Snoopy from Peanuts doing his dance across your screen, YA. BTW this doesn’t mean I’m not watching CNN and HLN anymore, after all they use cool words like reticent.

We Have Become, Comfortably Numb

Willie Nelson – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Nope, I said I wasn’t going down that road, and I intend on it.

Lying Liars and the Lying Liars That Advance Them

Updated Belooowww

A Small War Guaranteed to Damage a Superpower What the Bush Administration Has Wrought in IraqBy Patrick Cockburn

The true importance of Bush’s words took time to sink in. In the months prior tohis speech, the U.S. seemed to be feeling its way towards an end to the war. The Republicans had lost control of both houses of Congress in the November 2006 elections, an unexpectedly heavy defeat blamed on the Iraq war. Soon afterwards,
the bipartisan Iraqi Study Group of senior Republicans and Democrats, led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, spelled out the extent of American failure thus far, arguing for a reduced U.S. military commitment and suggesting negotiations with Iran and Syria.

President Bush did the exact opposite of what the Baker-Hamilton report had proposed. He identified Iran and Syria as America’s prime enemies in Iraq, stating: “These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq.” Instead of reducing the American commitment, Bush pledged to send 20,000 extra troops to Iraq to try to secure Baghdad. In other words, the U.S. was going to respond to its lack of success in the conflict by escalating both the war in Iraq and America’s confrontation with Iran in the Middle East as a whole. The invasion of 2003 had destabilized the whole region; now Bush was about to deepen that instability.

So no, Senator Lieberman we are not betting against America by any means whatsoever, but we are saying is that the War Party keeps shuffling the deck of 51 cards they are playing solitaire with, and that the blood of the innocent is merely, to you, dealing off the bottom of the deck. What you are saying is that dealing off the bottom of the deck is OK because America is playing solitaire and so we are only cheating ourselves, so no foul. *Unfortunately we also know where the jokers are that hold the Ace of clubs that is missing from the deck. Long story short, Kiss my Ass.

The extent of the military failure over the previous three-and-a-half years was extraordinary. The foreign media never quite made clear how little territory the U.S. and the Iraqi army fully controlled — even in the heart of Baghdad. It was astonishing, in early 2007, to look out from the north-facing windows in the Hamra and see columns of black smoke billowing up from Haifa Street on the other side of the Tigris river. This is a two mile long militant Sunni corridor less than a mile from the northern end of the Green Zone. Since the early days of the fighting, the U.S. Army, supported by Iraqi army troops, had been unsuccessfully trying to drive out the insurgents who ruled it.

So now we have the right Generals in the right place at the Wrong Time, because there is no way to pacify a brutalized people after four years of Bush and the politicians of the Republican controlled Congress telling the Generals what to do, how many troops they needed to do it, and all the yada yada for domestic politcal purposes. The only thing the Republicans have even come close to being right about is you Joe, Loserman. One in a million ain’t bad.

Update: *And no this isn’t referring to a specific nation state, but it very well be referring to a political faction within both nation states, and how cars go zoom.

On a similar topic, which probablty explains the persistant perceptions of this, I’m not even sure most of the people in the newsrooms across this fair land are even old enough to realize this last part either. I think it has just become the accepted conventional wisdom, when in truth it is another urban legend, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Just to Amplify My Last Remark

Last nights post on Coulter had a pretty cutting remark for a title and since I was in hurry to split I didn’t have the usual time to come up with a catchy title to grab your attention, which is cool, because it gave me time to think about where I was headed with the blog, and that I have concluded was toward negativity. I don’t dig that all.

Of course once the thing is noticed then it must have a cause, and so after thinking over not hot dogs for supper, and praying before a good nights sleep, I have some ideas about what would take a normally sunny disposition and turn it into something so negative, and have concluded that it really is too much television news.

Sure some of the presenters are just negative in their all, which is another way of saying they are so overly certain of themselves that they are basically negative towards everything they disagree with, and that certainty prevents compromises and learning, and that is the basis of their reporting, or advocacy as the case may be with some networks and presenters.

Even the good guys and gals contribute to the negativity from the very nature of television news which is predicated on visually presenting the bad news and disasters of the day, or recycling yesterdays or last weeks as filler on a slow new disaster day. But the stories are all negative news and Kudos to those sunny presenters that can talk about that stuff all day long without losing your sanity, even as we out here in viewerville think you have because you haven’t lost that gleam in your eyes.

Identifying the problem is only half the problem, or the first step for those of you who think everything needs to be analysed phychologically, (you may need one if you do,) the other half being what to do about it. Basically I’m really going to cut back on television since I’m just getting snotty with the wrong people, or the right people for the wrong reasons, and those who really deserve it use it as a lubricant in their self infatuation ritual, if you know what I mean.

Yeah, that was gross, but one problem at a time. Anyway I’ll be exposed to a lot less pea selling although I’ll miss the on air people that I have allowed to be part of my life, and except for a few nosey ones, (probably from Texas,) they’ll be missed on my part.

The upside is I’ll have to actually read more, which because I wear non prescription glasses makes my eyes tired and so I’ll have poco more pocas siestas in the day too, just so you know. This will I hope leave me better informed and rested for blogging about important stuff, in more upbeat way. After all anyone who takes Ann Coulter seriously really needs to lighten up at best, or get a mind to go along with the fat heads and no brains.

So between smouldering religious pronouncements I hope to go a little Hubert Humphrey on ya, because politics needs some happiness and joy from us gun toting lefties, otherwise we end up like Dick, head of the vice Presidency, shooting our friends in the face, and I can’t think of anything positive that would or could come of that.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Ann Coulter Votes Again

Voting Fraud, Ann Coulter, and the FBI

However, in the Coulter case, the U.S. attorney’s office showed no interest in the case. State law enforcement officials did, however. And today we learn that the criminal investigation was closed—as a result of a direct intervention by federal officials supporting Coulter. The Palm Beach Post reports:

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter’s registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to vouch for Coulter.

Seems to me we had an FBI agent doing the same thing in the White House spying incident a few years ago, involving a Filipino Marine.

So no, I wouldn’t say that the Justice Department has the appearance of being a political tool of the White House.

Update: I was almost out the door, and had to come back and fix the title because I really don’t want to sink that low. Apologies to Mz Coulter.

Friday Night Dog Blogging

Dead Links For Clinton

Sam Stein has a post up on Hillary’s problems with the Blogostani citoyens which is generally a decent take on the situation, if you like generally decent takes on situations.

Of course one of the problems with the political elite is in trying to figure out what the leftospere has in common with each other, and sometimes it isn’t much as far as the wonkery stuff goes, and how to energize this core group of activists as allies in the war of ideas. But that is what the blogs have, a wide range of ideas, and so the void between the blogs and the elite is going to grow as the candidates coalesce around policy from the think tanks and special interests, which have specific policy goals at odds with with the blo getters goals of actually having policies that work for the most people.

I wouldn’t read twenty blogs a day if they all had the same ideas and the same way forward in implementing them. In fact there wouldn’t be any point in reading Politico either since I could just watch the TV and catch the rerun in an hour or so.

Blogostani’s aren’t some homogeneous monolith, except for those on the right who hum along on the Republican Party organ when keyed to do so. All Hillary has to do is get real. She isn’t a punching bag so much as she is leading with her face.

Uh Huh, Sure Alan

Now Greenspan is cheerleading the economy with a 1/3 chance of a recession. Sure Alan, sure. Maybe he is eating brownies with the cop. If so, the score was wasn’t really 3-3, and if you flap your arms really hard and fast you can fly. BTW Dick Cheney said he didn’t want an I-Pod for Christmas this year anymore.

An Interesting Year

I heard this over here yesterday, but I’m just a DFH blogger, and such, and I was on the case of some different wankers.

First, among my dismal economist brothers and sisters, I tend to be somewhat upbeat—no Cassandra, me. So I hope I have some street cred when I tell you that there are at least three ominous signals about where we’re headed, economy-wise.

#1: First quarter gross domestic product came in at an already low 1.3%. That’s well below the rate we need to generate enough economic activity to keep jobs and incomes growing. But since that report came out, we have new information that will almost surely lead us to revise that measure down, including an unexpectedly large increase in the trade deficit and slumping retail sales (more on that later). Merrill-Lynch thinks first quarter GDP we be revised down to 0.7%, a mere crawl.

#2: We’ve discussed April’s lousy job growth numbers, and in that write-up I worried that weak job and income growth would restrain consumption growth, the one component of GDP that’s been consistently strong, well…

#3: Now we’ve got a couple of retail sales reports, reflecting that, as the NYT put it this AM: “rising gas prices and the flagging housing market are starting to weight on American consumers.” Some have tried to downplay April’s retail sales because of weather or holiday effects (Easter came in early this year, so people bought more jelly beans in March), but average March and April together gets you to a similar place regarding diminished consumer activity. As analysts and Moody’s economy.com wrote: “The 1.8% average for the two months is the weakest since November 2004 and is indicative of additional restraint from rising gasoline prices, weakening housing markets, deteriorating credit quality, and the onset of slowing growth in nominal labor income.”

At least the stock market is still indicating that the global slosh funds have some liquidity left in them.

Morici hits the target when he says:

Many U.S. multinationals corporations, like GE, Caterpillar and GM, have earned huge profits investing in China’s protected markets. Those MNCs have profited greatly from the conditions in China created by its blatant violations of WTO rules and currency subsidies; hence, it is not surprising they have lobbied the Congress and Administration not to take action against Chinese mercantilism and have persistently characterized as protectionist U.S. advocates for affirmative steps to offset China’s export subsidies. The Bush Administration has bent to these pressures, refusing to even acknowledge the subsidy on exports China’s currency market intervention creates, and has placed these corporate interests ahead of free trade principles.

Morici should have added Delphi to his list. Our multinationals have decoupled from our economy.

Ah, for the days when America was a capitalist, democratic republic. Putin was more accurate in his description than we really want to acknowledge, and worse than what Iraq may become, Russia is not Iraq.

Sure Lou Dobbs ate a Burrito in Mexico,

But he is still drinking the water. It’s in the Kool-Aid.

On “Lou Dobbs Tonight” this past Monday, Dobbs said he stands “100 percent behind” his show’s claim that there had been 7,000 new cases of leprosy in the United States over a recent three-year period, and he further suggested that an increase in leprosy was due in part to “unscreened illegal immigrants coming into this country.”

Hmmm, there seems to be some disparities here Cartman.

Dobbs’ endorsement of the claim came after CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl challenged the leprosy figure during a profile of Dobbs on “60 Minutes” this past Sunday. Stahl cited a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services document that reported 7,029 cases over the past 30 years — not three.

… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of leprosy cases diagnosed in the United States peaked at 361 in 1985. The figure reported on Dobbs’ show is easily refuted with just a few minutes of research on the Internet.

OK there is the problem, it is on the internet, and since we saw it on TV it must be true.

“Because I’m the managing editor, and that’s the way we do business,” Dobbs replied. “We don’t make up numbers, Lesley. Do we?”

When it comes to Lou Dobbs — yes, he does. Not only does he make up numbers and “facts,” he obtains those “facts” from extremist sources whose far-right agenda his “reporting” propagandizes. That is, in fact, his established track record.

The most infamous instance of this came when Dobbs ran a graphic about “Aztlan” that not only was pure fantasy, it was taken from the white-supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens’ Web site. And then there has been his ongoing promotion of the Minutemen, which has similarly indulged afactual bashing of immigrants.

Dobbs, in fact, is beginning to make Don Imus look positively benign. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly clear that CNN is running hard right in the cable-news wars, so it’s unlikely that Dobbs will be affected unless, once again, CNN is hurt where it counts: with the advertisers.

Whew, I’m glad I went back to watching the BBC and CBS. (via the big blue one)

If This Is Living

Not my favorite tune from the band, but it
is today.

Have You Have, Or Have You Not Forgotten How to Forget?

Prof advocates digital forgetfulness, calls Google ‘Soviet’

A Harvard professor has published a paper in which he suggests that revolutions in data storage, search, and other information technologies are creating a “panoptic society”, in which everything is being watched and, worse, everything which is recorded is preserved and accessible forever.

Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, associate professor at Harvard’s John F Kennedy school of government, says on his webpage that he “holds a bunch of law degrees, including one from Harvard”. Prof Mayer-Schoenberger was also a 1991 “Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria”.

In his paper Useful Void: The Art of Forgetting in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing, Prof Mayer-Schoenberger mounts a trenchant attack on the modern tendency to record, store, and index everything. Unsurprisingly, he seems to have a particular grump on with the world’s favourite search engine.

“In March 2007, Google confirmed that since its inception it had stored every search query every user ever made and every search result she ever clicked on,” writes the professor. “Google remembers forever.”

Funnily enough, another organisation with a similar policy was the old-school KGB. The Soviet secret policemen would stamp хранить вечно (to be preserved forever) on the dossiers of political prisoners.

“Like the Soviet state, Google does not forget,” says Mayer-Schoenberger.

Moi?

Such considerations don’t seem to be bothering some folks in the blogosphere, to name just a few hundred thousand. But the professor isn’t bothered about mouthy online ranters.

So many “professionals”, so few bloggers.

Not All Conservatives are …

AntiWar is full of smart, articulate conservatives which I have always thought bright informed liberals ought to read and support. I’ll be nice, if you will.

I Had Thought I Would Get Away

from this topic and so I shall, but, Gay bishop plans civil partnership ceremony and I suppose I haven’t offended all of the readers of this here blog.

Gene Robinson, the Episcopalian bishop of New Hampshire, said he wanted to have both a civil partnership ceremony with Mark Andrews, his partner of more than 18 years, and also a religious blessing.

…”We need to separate the civil rights from the religious rites,” Bishop Robinson told the Reuters news agency.

Oh well there you have it. I am not sure if this would fall more under the purview of Mr. Paine’s observations or my own. Just to be clear, I was baptised by William Fry and confirmed by Bishop Kingsolving from through whom I received. These were not liberals. But since I do not and have not considered myself an Episcopalian for over twenty years I would just as soon stay out of the debate within that communion.

I like sweeping generalizations, because I do politics.

The bishop, a 59-year-old divorced father of two, praised New Hampshire for allowing civil unions, but suggested it could go further and follow Massachusetts, the only US state where full gay marriage is legal.

“It won’t be full equality until it is equal,” he said.

Apparently the Bishop does too.

Just to be clear, I don’t have a problem with full civil rights for the GLBT community, but I do have a problem with church men and women’s own personal agenda being more important than the one they are avowing to represent within, and without, the church.

*edited for accuracy

Thursday, May 10, 2007

When anger burns its last desire
across the parched hearts of man
may my words roll like water to you
making your heart blossom in the sand.

On a Positive Note, Note

Anyway, Wolf Blitzer had Drew Barrymore on tonight which was big improvement over his seemingly endless parade of Karl Rove approved list of guests, and so at least he hasn’t gone completely over to the dark side.

Snark and jocularity aside, Drew is an ambassador for the World Food Programme and yes, dear, it is UN sponsored. Anyway it doesn’t cost much to give each kid they feed in Kenya what appears to be 12 ounces of food a day in a cup, and gets the children to school, and then they give the girls a second small bag of food to take home at the end of the day, which appeals to their fathers and encourages them to attend school, and so it really is win win. Drew hopes to be going to Darfur, and having checked out the site and the program I posted a link up.

In the End

If the ultimate aim of Christianity is ones own salvation, then we must look at how that salvation will be achieved. This is pretty straight forward and not hard to understand if one only reads a single Gospel.

There is a lot of heavy duty theology in the Bible, and even in the Gospels, but it didn’t prevent the early Christians from memorizing one of them and one of the letters or epistles, as they like to say in church lady circles. The bottom line is that Christians should love, not just within the local or universal church, but that they should love their enemies as well. It is easier said than done, but is doable, and it is the basis of the judgement from the Christ.

American Christians spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what other denominations are teaching, or what other religions are teaching and doing and not enough time thinking about what they are doing. It is important for them to do so however, because Christ never mentions that he will judge the works of our faith on the “corporate,” works and efforts of our local church, He is going to get personal with each one of us as an individual. He will ask what You did for the least of these his brothers, not what your church did. He is not going to ask you what you think about Paul’s letters or John’s Gospel either. He isn’t going to ask you how you felt about the unbelievers either. He is going to ask you how you treated them, and if you loved them, and did you feed them and clothe them and visit them in prison. I have yet to read where he would ask what your Padre was doing about all these things.

Do not be misled, if the birds had boughs and the foxes had dens, and the Son of Man had no place to lay his head, then the accumulation of the wealth of the world, the things that rust and thieves break in and steal, then how is it that those who would teach and call themselves slaves to that one are the very ones that will find it easier for a camel to slip through the eye of a needle than for them to enter in to the Kingdom of God? (BTW the correct Aramaic translation of the word translated camel is probably more correctly the word for anchor rope.)

The skeptics are always willing to throw into their arguments against the faithful the work of the “higher literary critics,” of the Bible, and so they take great glee in casting about aspersions on the authorship of the various books based on these observations. Were the same standards of scrutiny to be applied to the Greek philosophies then it would also reveal them to be less consistent in writing styles and syntax than is supposed by the many. One wishes that the “scholars” would be so kind as to do the same literary criticism of the extant books that form their basis of their understanding as closely as they do ours. We may find that words becoming archaic and discarded from the language not to be exclusive to ancient Hebrew and Kione Greek, which Greek at one point was not considered to be authentic at all since it was not of the more scholarly Classical Greek of the “learned.” They are also no more able to read the various books in the context inwhich they were written than the faithful do. This not a point to criticize them, but to aid in your own understanding of the arguments being made today on both sides of the current dispute between those who don’t know and those who pretend to do so. These are the tempest in the teacup that we hear of when the queen is here, and is the same tempest in a tea pot that some English guy wrote. I believe Paul refereed to them as useless debates.

As much fawning over the queen as was done here last week one wonders at the level of belief in the King when, when that one says Peace!, He will be standing for war.

Where to Begin? Not at 3:14AM

I think one thing I need to make clear right from the top, is that no one knows the mind of God. I certainly don’t. If Thomas Paine is correct, all I can pass on to you from any revelation I have had, is hearsay. That is the difference between the statement of the President of the Mormon Church and the Scripture, which I dare say is another thing you do not understand about either Mormons, the Bible, or the Age of Reason, because I have a feeling that most of you haven’t read The Age of Reason either nor would I expect it of any Christian that hasn’t read the Bible.

In fact I think the Republic of America is already a dead letter with the pro forma motions of that government being played out by the Congress and President. This should not alarm too many people as they have lived with this very same thing in their religion for centuries. Apparently it has gone unnoticed that not only do people have the government they deserve, they also have the church they deserve, which is filled with useless men and women whom wish to tickle the ears of the people so as to fleece the flock, and the flock not only approves but extols those things as old time religion, which religion is basically a tool of the state as it has been since it was suborned by Constantine the Great. It may have been a long road from Jerusalem to Nicea, but it wasn’t to far from Constantine to Nicea at all.

To understand where we are now as a faith it is important to understand why there are three faiths of the Book, which can be stated rather simply as; the failure of Judaism begot Christianity and the failure of Christianity begot Islam, and those who have sown the wind are now reaping the whirl wind, and the failure of Islam is that there is no turning back, and the failure of Christianity is there is no turning back, and the failure of Judaism is there is no turning back, and without a turning back and repenting, and a doing of good there is no healing, and without a healing of the wounds there is only the sharing of the bitter discharges filled with spiritual diseases and all sorts of disgusting things of the heart that disgorge from the mouths of the sickest.

That is all I can or will say about any religion other than Christianity, but it had to be said so that Christians might understand all the religions of the Book and their relationships to one another.

Since Paul wrote Timothy, “all Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, reproving, and setting things straight, that the man of righteousness might be fully equipped for all good works,” and since the Bible is a book of revelation, by God to man of His outworking of His purpose, I have concluded that although written in a narrower context of knowledge and understanding of the worlds religions it has been recorded so that it might be found by those looking for it, even in the modern world. It does not comport with my understanding of God that He has abandoned all the son of Noah, whom He loved, because they were not of Abraham’s seed. All Scripture then, is beneficial for teaching, reproving, and setting things straight, that the man of righteousness might be fully equipped for all good works, and this is not exclusive to the various catalogs of the diverse Bibles used by Christians. All Scripture is All Scripture. If you are God then will know if this is so, if you are not then you don’t know. It is just that simple.

I work from the Western Protestant one because it is the most minimalist set of writings, and not because it is the more accurate canon of writings. I am fully convinced that the church as it should be understood, not as it is understood, could make more and better Christians out of non believers using the four Gospels exclusively, since it is very hard to misunderstand what the Christ is saying, and because it is so easy for useless men and women to twist the other writings to some other agenda. In fact it is only by twisting the other Scriptures and mixing it with Greek philosophy that the teachings of the Christ can be obscured at best, and ignored as they so universally are now in the Christian lands.

Mr. Hitchens would not have written his book had the Christian congregations followed Paul’s counsel to mind their own business instead of behaving as old women with nothing better to be busy doing. Not only have the churches brought his rebuke upon themselves, but they have brought reproach on the Christ and hence the living God as well. Mr. Dawkins would not have written his book had it not been for those who seek to teach things from the Bible as science, and so they have been met with the same disgust as those who would teach science as a religion do, and should be, because these are men and women of some educational background and so there is no excuse for their crossing disciplines to interject their stupidity into their and other’s ignorance.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

These People Honor Me With Their Lips…

I have reached the point where it is no longer possible to listen to the debate between those who profess to my faith but merely have a religion, and those who despise that religion’s interference in their lives.

It is not possible to debate a Trinitarian since most of them have a weaker grasp on the Greek philosophy that so imbues their religion than I do, and it is not possible to debate it with those like Mr. Hitchens, or Mr. Dawkins, who have only their understanding of the religion that they have been taught through education and experience with those professing it, the Trinitarians, and one to which I do not hold.

Suffice it to say, there is no science in the Bible because it is not a science book, nor is there any Greek philosophy in it either. If anyone cannot distinguish the three, one from each other then perhaps you may want to stick around. The rest of you may wish to clear on out of here before I really hit some nerves, because I’m tired of hearing it all.

Turn and Face the Truth

What Happens When We Leave Iraq?
I don’t think I can add anything nice to this post. Hubris, meet your Nemesis.

Ed note, I don’t think I need a bunch of war mongers preaching to me about honor and dignity, whether personal or national. You haven’t got enough money to buy either one of them back for yourselves or your nation, and you haven’t the sense to just be quiet. It has become a bad habit of yours to insist on being right even in the face of prevailing evidence to the contrary, and in that you play into the jihadists hand just as they wish you to.

You complain about everything and everyone that opposes you and your desires, and you fail to note that you yourselves are reaching up to touch the eyeball of God in your arrogance.

Is it not written, “If a calamity occurs in the city has Jehovah not caused it to occur?” You should judge the Mormons and the Muslims, you, who cannot even judge your ownselves and times” Tell me, if you should know, “and his head shall be toward the sea in the east, and his tail to the sea in the west, and his stench shall certainly rise up to heaven, because he is doing a great thing,” is this not you yourselves being spoken of? And what will the end of that be, if you should know anything at all, oh son of man.

The Time Has Come

Beds Are Burning

Midnight Oil

Pocas Palabras for the day

Today was one of minor observations for me, which means everybody beat me to the punch on everything today, but in honor of honor and self esteem, it is their fault.

Anyway I thought about them in the back of my mind all day today so I thought I’d pass them along. The first thing that has been working the little pumpkin head was why I still like to watch CBS Evening News, after a hiatus to watch Dobbs, and basically I think it is because Katie is in charge of it all, and presents the things that are important to her, and as such from a woman’s perspective, which is what is missing in tone and topics from the other news shows on at the same time. I may be fooling myself, but I like the idea of at least getting at a little bit of the other half of the populations perspective on news and events. But given the following I’m through plugging her show too.

Another thing that has been eating at me more than I’ve been thinking about it really, is a Mr. van Dillion remark, something along the lines of ” we do what we’re told.”, in reference to his job, and I have, contrary to popular opinion also been in those shoes and so I really need to get better informed about how much discretion everyone has in their MSM jobs before I go whacking away at their pride integrity and presentations. ( Had you there for a second eh?) So I am going to try and do a better job on that front. On the other hand I’m also going to quit watching so much news anyway.

And finally, I thought I should inform you that the owner of the blog has decided that one YouTube video at a time on the main page is enough, since the editor of the blog was complaining about the load time for revisions and editing when there were more. Since I am a prolific errorer there was a lot of that. So as soon as I find another tune I like the old ones will go into draft form, until the day they originally appeared on goes into the archive, which is currently set to three days.

That should I think, comma, cover it all.(grins)

Pull the Plug, Iraq is a Gomer

Updated, this fits in so well.

Aside from the issue of his lamentable inability to make verbs and nouns agree in number, Odierno has missed the possibility of the greatest threat of all to his outposts and to the continuation of the American presence in Iraq. Yes, the insurgents will continue to pound these posts with mortars, rockets, RPGs fired ballistically, etc. Yes. The threat of a massive truck bombing is always present.

and yet again with old news if you still don’t read the WaPo;

The Bush administration appears to have little enthusiasm for an Allawi putsch, despite its frustration with Maliki. U.S. officials fear that a change of government in Baghdad would only deepen the political disarray there and encourage new calls for the withdrawal of troops.

The ferment in the region is driven partly by the perception that U.S. troops are on the way out, no matter what the Bush administration says. To dampen such speculation, Bush is said to have told the Saudis that America will not withdraw from Iraq during his presidency. “That gives us 18 months to plan,” said one Saudi source.

One of the things we get in America is too much information spread out over spaces of ten days, that contradict previous statements or clarify previous statements, but basically reveal the hidden creamy center of the truth without being noticed by anyone in the media.

It would be easy to rail off on the MSM, since it is always an easy thing to do given the size of the media and the conflicting currents that run through each organization, and because mostly they work under tall ceilings and so they are big picture people, (smile, gratuitous cheap shot,) and the details are just something that people people in rooms with eight foot ceilings would notice. Like guys blogging in their shorts in basements around the globe, excluding of course people who live in houses on the bays and beaches and so in lieu of basements have stilts and so probably blog from upstairs rooms closer to the attic when they aren’t actually fishing or surfing.

Take the Generalissimo Raymond T. Odierno’s recent admission that the surge isn’t going to work in six months no matter what anyone else is saying, and so if we can hold out until April of next year then there is time for political developments to improve in Iraq to the point that the surge could be said to be working, even as it has absolutely no bearing on the political storm surge in Iraq.

This does two things, it provides unending obfuscation of the real military goals for remaining in Iraq which no one it appears has a clue about, other than it isn’t for the oil, and preparing the people for an extended over extension of the US Army while assuring the troops that the general leadership really cares about the enlisted men and wouldn’t commit them to a short term operation that had no chance of success, and everything they have been hearing is just scuttlebutt for the civilians who don’t understand what worms they really are.

U.S. commanders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that heightened troop levels, announced by President Bush in January, will need to last into the spring of 2008. The military has said it would assess in September how well its counterinsurgency strategy, intended to pacify Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, is working.

“The surge needs to go through the beginning of next year for sure,” said Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the day-to-day commander for U.S. military operations in Iraq. The new requirement of up to 15-month tours for active-duty soldiers will allow the troop increase to last until spring, said Odierno, who favors keeping experienced forces in place for now.

“What I am trying to do is to get until April so we can decide whether to keep it going or not,” he said in an interview in Baghdad last week. “Are we making progress? If we’re not making any progress, we need to change our strategy. If we’re making progress, then we need to make a decision on whether we continue to surge.”

The “surge” is in the generalissimo’s mind, a euphemism for escalation for said civilian worms, and he doesn’t want his troops getting the wrong idea from the folks back home.

Given what we’ve been lead to believe this week about the thirty five thousand troops rotating in, it would be helpful if, the Pentagon but hasn’t left and press reported on the thirty five thousand also rotating out as they do so, just to keep things on the up and up.

Of course the Pentagon but hasn’t left will want to advise that it cannot reveal those details because they do not want the enemy to know where the cherries are going, and the press will overlook the fact that there are no cherries left in the ranks of the Army and Marines.

In all probability the units going back to Iraq will be stationed near enough to their former assignments that they can just take over the equipment they left behind the last time they rotated out of country.

Basically this war is not going to wind down, the troops are going to remain engaged as long as they can endure, or they reach the operational readiness of the Iraqi armed forces, or George the Dubya leaves office.

ht dKos

Phone Calls, We make Phone Calls

Oh I am just so giddy with political activism.

Actually it was easy enough to get through to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer’s office. Like two rings each. Very polite receptionists, who obviously have yet to hear the last from me.

Of course I hate calling someone elses Represntative about issues, but sometimes you just gotta do what you know is right. Thanks Christy,

The Constitution needs you to make a few phone calls today. It would like to be whole again. I figure it is the least we can do for a document that has guided our nation through the last two centuries and then some. If you can spare some time today, I would really appreciate it if you would make a few calls.

ht Duncan.

Habeas Corpus – what a concept.

Really Sneaky Islamist Terrorist

Follow us home from Kosovo;

The small cell that plotted to attack Ft. Dix was made up of Albanians from Kosovo, along with a Turk and a Jordanian. Note that in the 1980s most Yugoslav Muslims were deracinated and secular. Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian are really the same language, and the only way you could tell if someone was a Muslim was to check their i.d. cards (the Communists recognized Yugoslav Muslims as a national minority). [See my colleague John Fine’s When Ethnicity did not Matter.]

When Communism collapsed, Yugoslav politicians cast about for new platforms. Slobodan Milosevic decided to opt for the most chauvinist form of Serbian nationalism one could imagine, setting in motion a vicious and brutal war for territory on the basis of ethnic identity. Muslims in Bosnia were targeted for mass graves. Kosovo autonomy was much reduced.

Well there goes yet another Fox turkey trotting out of the 911 fear monger barn into the Clenis zone. I am sure they are really Bill’s fault, I mean, why not?

Cold Core Conservative

Hurricane Force Winds

There are rumblings in the GOP that, if they get much louder, threaten to split the Republican Party over the war issue – and I don’t think anything could be much louder (in a good way) than Victor Gold’s colorful dissent from the pro-war neocon orthodoxy. As deputy press secretary to Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign, Spiro Agnew’s press secretary in the early ’70s, and a senior adviser to Bush père in the ’80s, Gold is a self-described “Goldwater conservative” whose new book, Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy Rollers and the Neocons Destroyed the GOP, is a shot across the bow at the Coulterized, Kristolized “conservative” movement. As Gold puts it,

“So it is that six years into the country’s first neocon administration, what Americans have learned about Irving Kristol’s ‘new kind of conservative politics’ is that it’s merely a recycled model of the old liberal politics that led to the decline and fall of the Democratic Party in the 1960s: a fiscally irresponsible, ever-expanding federal government presided over by an imperial executive imbued with a messianic view of America’s right to ‘democratize’ the heathen; or, as Irving’s neocon son William, editor of the Weekly Standard, prefers, our moral duty to ‘actively pursue’ policies leading to Woodrow Wilson’s dream of a ‘benevolent global hegemony.’

“Translated from the neocon: Today we own Washington, tomorrow the world.”

You Think?

Yes I know

It was a cheap ad homonym and gosh, so gosh.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Fair Thee Well Your Majesty, Fair Thee Well

Fungible Funk : Oil

The Invisible Fist, Adam Smith Goes to Bizarro World

Sure, the oil companies, and their PR and lobbying agency, the American Petroleum Institute, will give you all kinds of reasons for higher gasoline prices at a time of falling crude prices: problems at two refineries in Texas and Oklahoma, rising demand or whatever. But the real answer is that there is simply no competitive market in this industry.

As Tim Hamilton, a researcher and petroleum industry consultant with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, observes, the oil companies all store their crude oil and refined gasoline in the same tanks, and all know exactly how much inventory each other company has, so they don’t have to meet and collude on pricing in order to reap the huge rewards of deliberate supply constraints.

Says Hamilton, “Years ago, you had companies that would try to guess when the other companies were going to have supply shortfalls of gasoline in the summer. They’d ramp up their own gasoline refining and then supply the market at a lower price and eat their competitors’ lunches, the same way General Motors would do if Ford had

Songs in the Keys of Whiz May 8-12, 2007

May 12, 2007

Hiatus

Since I have decided not to be negative about the whole political thing, it may help if I just cool off. The last post I figure would wind up hurting those least able to do anything about their conditions which are deserving of understanding and compassion.

The politicians and pundits on the other hand have it coming, since they know as I do, that there is a big difference in policy wonking and actually achieving the goals of that wonkery. I’ll come back to you folks when the burning anger has resolved itself into a cold fury.

Policy wonks and advocates would do themselves and their party a big favor learning how the game is actually played. You may actually want to pay attention to what Sawicky says about it over at TPM cafe. Sometimes doing your fair share isn’t enough. Politicians are professional sandbaggers, and rhetorical bomb throwing sometimes needs to be put into the street before they get off of their dead centers. After all they really aren’t any more active or lazy than you are, but then again, they don’t need to be either.

America is Dead, Long Live America!

That’s a variation on a theme for those of you whom may not remember the huzzahs of the passing of one Monarch and the ascension of the heir.

Since everyone else has weighed in on the topic of the poor me, poor me, pour me another drink punditocracy’s sudden realizations that there is a vinniesque blogosphere a-blooming in American basements like so many hydroponic motalitos fact checkers and they’ve missed the buzz, yet again, and so will be shocked I tell you, shocked, that even those Red Staters are teeing off on the corruption of the Republican leadership because conservatives basically are honest people unlike the neocons that have deluded them and many liberals over the years with their Binge and Cashncarry New Americon Vice Scheme, allow me to do so also.

You have to figure if the elites are clueless then what chance does Brian really have? I sort of figure the MSM is in it for the money and for the most part owned by conservative businessmen, ( and maybe one businesswoman, since I’m liberal,) that follow the money of the advertising dollars and so eventually they will come around and figure out three days after their advertisers do the difference between a conservative and neocon and the MSM reporting will swing back to non aligned, conservative journalism.

There are those who have cut their teeth in the age of the neocons and are now in positions of authoritie, since the movement really is that old. You know Scoop Jackson was a Demorat in all senses of the modern term, which is the wingdingwing of the party that Hillary most represents and so that strange feeling about her candidacy is hidden behind the skirt of liberalism desires to move beyond misogyny and her political orientation, which isn’t that much different than Bushwacko’s and Dead Eyed Dick’s in foreign policy. She is liberal enough to compromise with the neocons like Bill was, without being sharp enough to figure out that they won’t compromise, so you have to squashes them like roaches, or be like Bill and give them everything they want right off the bat and then be impeached for smoking cigars in a no parking zone.

Unfortunately conservatives are Republicans just like the neocons are now, so they do what they can for party unity while the neocons harangue them for actually trying to be conservatives in both foreign and domestic affairs. That is McCain’s and Hagel’s problem, too, since the people at large cannot tell the difference between a conservative and a neocon and they’ve all voted the neocons party line so long that they would end up sounding rather like the old twisted poem, roses are red, violets are blue, I’m a schizophrenic, and so am I, and so the conservative base finds itself in bed with gamblers, spendthrifts and and Christian fundamentalists in a bisexual hermaphrodite hostile bipolar relationship. No wonder Rush makes sense to them, and Ron Paul doesn’t.

The problem with mainstream liberalism is it hasn’t found its’ voice yet, and mainstream conservatism is just beginning to figure out that they have lost theirs. I would imagine that by 2008 they will have both done so, as no matter how much the conservatives and liberals differ in politics they are far more united in basic American character and outlook than the neocons of either party, and just as unlikely to endure being sold a bag of beans for much longer. America doesn’t really need Unity 08 or a third party, it just needs the two parties we have to exclude the neocons within from positions of influence. That isn’t easier said than done because the netroots and the MSM can’t grow a pair of boys for the leadership, and the leadership has been disinclined to do so for various reasons. Something along the lines of advertising dollars, cept different. But we can do more than hope.

In that case one would expect the left and right of the blogosphere to continue kicking the leadership in the crotch, with a knee or two for the MSM’s, until the government starts behaving at least as decorously as the blogosphere and alternative presses do. After all, the words of the unwashed masses are not nearly as oily as the vitriolic toxicity of the charlatans and not nearly as hurtful as the deeds they are enduring, from the responsible grownups in “their” town. Joe Boehner Broder and the political porta potties need to get a clue.

Site Maintenance – Feed Your Head

UPDated Below I have linked up both Free Speech TV and Democracy Now!, because I was asked to donate to them, and being a DFH that already sent 25$ to Antiwar, I ain’t got no money left in the charity budget this month.(Next month it’s one of the ubiquitous police fraternal organizations, that I’m not telling you about because they have already called you anyway.) But I know you do so help me out, because if I can’t be all negative then I have to have sources of positive reinforcement. These are tax deductible donations to Free Speech and the cops. Democracy Now! sends you cool stuff.

Thanks

PS Don’t be cheap, I do that. Innovate don’t Imitate.

PSS OK the boss says I can have Amy and her brother’s book. Picture Snoopy from Peanuts doing his dance across your screen, YA. BTW this doesn’t mean I’m not watching CNN and HLN anymore, after all they use cool words like reticent.

We Have Become, Comfortably Numb

Willie Nelson – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Nope, I said I wasn’t going down that road, and I intend on it.

Lying Liars and the Lying Liars That Advance Them

Updated Belooowww

A Small War Guaranteed to Damage a Superpower What the Bush Administration Has Wrought in IraqBy Patrick Cockburn

The true importance of Bush’s words took time to sink in. In the months prior to his speech, the U.S. seemed to be feeling its way towards an end to the war. The Republicans had lost control of both houses of Congress in the November 2006 elections, an unexpectedly heavy defeat blamed on the Iraq war. Soon afterwards, the bipartisan Iraqi Study Group of senior Republicans and Democrats, led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, spelled out the extent of American failure thus far, arguing for a reduced U.S. military commitment and suggesting negotiations with Iran and Syria.

President Bush did the exact opposite of what the Baker-Hamilton report had proposed. He identified Iran and Syria as America’s prime enemies in Iraq, stating: “These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq.” Instead of reducing the American commitment, Bush pledged to send 20,000 extra troops to Iraq to try to secure Baghdad. In other words, the U.S. was going to respond to its lack of success in the conflict by escalating both the war in Iraq and America’s confrontation with Iran in the Middle East as a whole. The invasion of 2003 had destabilized the whole region; now Bush was about to deepen that instability.

So no, Senator Lieberman we are not betting against America by any means whatsoever, but we are saying is that the War Party keeps shuffling the deck of 51 cards they are playing solitaire with, and that the blood of the innocent is merely, to you, dealing off the bottom of the deck. What you are saying is that dealing off the bottom of the deck is OK because America is playing solitaire and so we are only cheating ourselves, so no foul. *Unfortunately we also know where the jokers are that hold the Ace of clubs that is missing from the deck. Long story short, Kiss my Ass.

The extent of the military failure over the previous three-and-a-half years was extraordinary. The foreign media never quite made clear how little territory the U.S. and the Iraqi army fully controlled — even in the heart of Baghdad. It was astonishing, in early 2007, to look out from the north-facing windows in the Hamra and see columns of black smoke billowing up from Haifa Street on the other side of the Tigris river. This is a two mile long militant Sunni corridor less than a mile from the northern end of the Green Zone. Since the early days of the fighting, the U.S. Army, supported by Iraqi army troops, had been unsuccessfully trying to drive out the insurgents who ruled it.

So now we have the right Generals in the right place at the Wrong Time, because there is no way to pacify a brutalized people after four years of Bush and the politicians of the Republican controlled Congress telling the Generals what to do, how many troops they needed to do it, and all the yada yada for domestic politcal purposes. The only thing the Republicans have even come close to being right about is you Joe, Loserman. One in a million ain’t bad.

Update: *And no this isn’t referring to a specific nation state, but it very well be referring to a political faction within both nation states, and how cars go zoom.

On a similar topic, which probablty explains the persistant perceptions of this, I’m not even sure most of the people in the newsrooms across this fair land are even old enough to realize this last part either. I think it has just become the accepted conventional wisdom, when in truth it is another urban legend, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Just to Amplify My Last Remark

Last nights post on Coulter had a pretty cutting remark for a title and since I was in hurry to split I didn’t have the usual time to come up with a catchy title to grab your attention, which is cool, because it gave me time to think about where I was headed with the blog, and that I have concluded was toward negativity. I don’t dig that all.

Of course once the thing is noticed then it must have a cause, and so after thinking over not hot dogs for supper, and praying before a good nights sleep, I have some ideas about what would take a normally sunny disposition and turn it into something so negative, and have concluded that it really is too much television news.

Sure some of the presenters are just negative in their all, which is another way of saying they are so overly certain of themselves that they are basically negative towards everything they disagree with, and that certainty prevents compromises and learning, and that is the basis of their reporting, or advocacy as the case may be with some networks and presenters.

Even the good guys and gals contribute to the negativity from the very nature of television news which is predicated on visually presenting the bad news and disasters of the day, or recycling yesterdays or last weeks as filler on a slow new disaster day. But the stories are all negative news and Kudos to those sunny presenters that can talk about that stuff all day long without losing your sanity, even as we out here in viewerville think you have because you haven’t lost that gleam in your eyes.

Identifying the problem is only half the problem, or the first step for those of you who think everything needs to be analysed phychologically, (you may need one if you do,) the other half being what to do about it. Basically I’m really going to cut back on television since I’m just getting snotty with the wrong people, or the right people for the wrong reasons, and those who really deserve it use it as a lubricant in their self infatuation ritual, if you know what I mean.

Yeah, that was gross, but one problem at a time. Anyway I’ll be exposed to a lot less pea selling although I’ll miss the on air people that I have allowed to be part of my life, and except for a few nosey ones, (probably from Texas,) they’ll be missed on my part.

The upside is I’ll have to actually read more, which because I wear non prescription glasses makes my eyes tired and so I’ll have poco more pocas siestas in the day too, just so you know. This will I hope leave me better informed and rested for blogging about important stuff, in more upbeat way. After all anyone who takes Ann Coulter seriously really needs to lighten up at best, or get a mind to go along with the fat heads and no brains.

So between smouldering religious pronouncements I hope to go a little Hubert Humphrey on ya, because politics needs some happiness and joy from us gun toting lefties, otherwise we end up like Dick, head of the vice Presidency, shooting our friends in the face, and I can’t think of anything positive that would or could come of that.

May 11, 2007

Ann Coulter Votes Again

Voting Fraud, Ann Coulter, and the FBI

However, in the Coulter case, the U.S. attorney’s office showed no interest in the case. State law enforcement officials did, however. And today we learn that the criminal investigation was closed—as a result of a direct intervention by federal officials supporting Coulter. The Palm Beach Post reports:

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter’s registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to vouch for Coulter.

Seems to me we had an FBI agent doing the same thing in the White House spying incident a few years ago, involving a Filipino Marine.

So no, I wouldn’t say that the Justice Department has the appearance of being a political tool of the White House.

Update: I was almost out the door, and had to come back and fix the title because I really don’t want to sink that low. Apologies to Mz Coulter.

Friday Night Dog Blogging

Dead Links For Clinton

Sam Stein has a post up on Hillary’s problems with the Blogostani citoyens which is generally a decent take on the situation, if you like generally decent takes on situations.

Of course one of the problems with the political elite is in trying to figure out what the leftospere has in common with each other, and sometimes it isn’t much as far as the wonkery stuff goes, and how to energize this core group of activists as allies in the war of ideas. But that is what the blogs have, a wide range of ideas, and so the void between the blogs and the elite is going to grow as the candidates coalesce around policy from the think tanks and special interests, which have specific policy goals at odds with with the blo getters goals of actually having policies that work for the most people.

I wouldn’t read twenty blogs a day if they all had the same ideas and the same way forward in implementing them. In fact there wouldn’t be any point in reading Politico either since I could just watch the TV and catch the rerun in an hour or so.

Blogostani’s aren’t some homogeneous monolith, except for those on the right who hum along on the Republican Party organ when keyed to do so. All Hillary has to do is get real. She isn’t a punching bag so much as she is leading with her face.

Uh Huh, Sure Alan

Now Greenspan is cheerleading the economy with a 1/3 chance of a recession. Sure Alan, sure. Maybe he is eating brownies with the cop. If so, the score was wasn’t really 3-3, and if you flap your arms really hard and fast you can fly. BTW Dick Cheney said he didn’t want an I-Pod for Christmas this year anymore.

An Interesting Year

I heard this over here yesterday, but I’m just a DFH blogger, and such, and I was on the case of some different wankers.

First, among my dismal economist brothers and sisters, I tend to be somewhat upbeat—no Cassandra, me. So I hope I have some street cred when I tell you that there are at least three ominous signals about where we’re headed, economy-wise.

#1: First quarter gross domestic product came in at an already low 1.3%. That’s well below the rate we need to generate enough economic activity to keep jobs and incomes growing. But since that report came out, we have new information that will almost surely lead us to revise that measure down, including an unexpectedly large increase in the trade deficit and slumping retail sales (more on that later). Merrill-Lynch thinks first quarter GDP we be revised down to 0.7%, a mere crawl.

#2: We’ve discussed April’s lousy job growth numbers, and in that write-up I worried that weak job and income growth would restrain consumption growth, the one component of GDP that’s been consistently strong, well…

#3: Now we’ve got a couple of retail sales reports, reflecting that, as the NYT put it this AM: “rising gas prices and the flagging housing market are starting to weight on American consumers.” Some have tried to downplay April’s retail sales because of weather or holiday effects (Easter came in early this year, so people bought more jelly beans in March), but average March and April together gets you to a similar place regarding diminished consumer activity. As analysts and Moody’s economy.com wrote: “The 1.8% average for the two months is the weakest since November 2004 and is indicative of additional restraint from rising gasoline prices, weakening housing markets, deteriorating credit quality, and the onset of slowing growth in nominal labor income.”

At least the stock market is still indicating that the global slosh funds have some liquidity left in them.

Morici hits the target when he says:

Many U.S. multinationals corporations, like GE, Caterpillar and GM, have earned huge profits investing in China’s protected markets. Those MNCs have profited greatly from the conditions in China created by its blatant violations of WTO rules and currency subsidies; hence, it is not surprising they have lobbied the Congress and Administration not to take action against Chinese mercantilism and have persistently characterized as protectionist U.S. advocates for affirmative steps to offset China’s export subsidies. The Bush Administration has bent to these pressures, refusing to even acknowledge the subsidy on exports China’s currency market intervention creates, and has placed these corporate interests ahead of free trade principles.

Morici should have added Delphi to his list. Our multinationals have decoupled from our economy.

Ah, for the days when America was a capitalist, democratic republic. Putin was more accurate in his description than we really want to acknowledge, and worse than what Iraq may become, Russia is not Iraq.

Sure Lou Dobbs ate a Burrito in Mexico,

But he is still drinking the water. It’s in the Kool-Aid.

On “Lou Dobbs Tonight” this past Monday, Dobbs said he stands “100 percent behind” his show’s claim that there had been 7,000 new cases of leprosy in the United States over a recent three-year period, and he further suggested that an increase in leprosy was due in part to “unscreened illegal immigrants coming into this country.”

Hmmm, there seems to be some disparities here Cartman.

Dobbs’ endorsement of the claim came after CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl challenged the leprosy figure during a profile of Dobbs on “60 Minutes” this past Sunday. Stahl cited a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services document that reported 7,029 cases over the past 30 years — not three.

… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of leprosy cases diagnosed in the United States peaked at 361 in 1985. The figure reported on Dobbs’ show is easily refuted with just a few minutes of research on the Internet.

OK there is the problem, it is on the internet, and since we saw it on TV it must be true.

“Because I’m the managing editor, and that’s the way we do business,” Dobbs replied. “We don’t make up numbers, Lesley. Do we?”

When it comes to Lou Dobbs — yes, he does.

Not only does he make up numbers and “facts,” he obtains those “facts” from extremist sources whose far-right agenda his “reporting” propagandizes. That is, in fact, his established track record.

The most infamous instance of this came when Dobbs ran a graphic about “Aztlan” that not only was pure fantasy, it was taken from the white-supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens’ Web site. And then there has been his ongoing promotion of the Minutemen, which has similarly indulged afactual bashing of immigrants.

Dobbs, in fact, is beginning to make Don Imus look positively benign. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly clear that CNN is running hard right in the cable-news wars, so it’s unlikely that Dobbs will be affected unless, once again, CNN is hurt where it counts: with the advertisers.

Whew, I’m glad I went back to watching the BBC and CBS. (via the big blue one)

If This Is Living

Not my favorite tune from the band, but it is today.

Have You Have, Or Have You Not Forgotten How to Forget?

Prof advocates digital forgetfulness, calls Google ‘Soviet’

A Harvard professor has published a paper in which he suggests that revolutions in data storage, search, and other information technologies are creating a “panoptic society”, in which everything is being watched and, worse, everything which is recorded is preserved and accessible forever.

Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, associate professor at Harvard’s John F Kennedy school of government, says on his webpage that he “holds a bunch of law degrees, including one from Harvard”. Prof Mayer-Schoenberger was also a 1991 “Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria”.

In his paper Useful Void: The Art of Forgetting in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing, Prof Mayer-Schoenberger mounts a trenchant attack on the modern tendency to record, store, and index everything. Unsurprisingly, he seems to have a particular grump on with the world’s favourite search engine.

“In March 2007, Google confirmed that since its inception it had stored every search query every user ever made and every search result she ever clicked on,” writes the professor. “Google remembers forever.”

Funnily enough, another organisation with a similar policy was the old-school KGB. The Soviet secret policemen would stamp хранить вечно (to be preserved forever) on the dossiers of political prisoners.

“Like the Soviet state, Google does not forget,” says Mayer-Schoenberger.

Moi?

Such considerations don’t seem to be bothering some folks in the blogosphere, to name just a few hundred thousand. But the professor isn’t bothered about mouthy online ranters.

So many “professionals”, so few bloggers.

Not All Conservatives are …

AntiWar is full of smart, articulate conservatives which I have always thought bright informed liberals ought to read and support. I’ll be nice, if you will.

I Had Thought I Would Get Away

from this topic and so I shall, but, Gay bishop plans civil partnership ceremony and I suppose I haven’t offended all of the readers of this here blog.

Gene Robinson, the Episcopalian bishop of New Hampshire, said he wanted to have both a civil partnership ceremony with Mark Andrews, his partner of more than 18 years, and also a religious blessing.

…”We need to separate the civil rights from the religious rites,” Bishop Robinson told the Reuters news agency.

Oh well there you have it. I am not sure if this would fall more under the purview of Mr. Paine’s observations or my own. Just to be clear, I was baptised by William Fry and confirmed by Bishop Kingsolving from through whom I received. These were not liberals. But since I do not and have not considered myself an Episcopalian for over twenty years I would just as soon stay out of the debate within that communion.

I like sweeping generalizations, because I do politics.

The bishop, a 59-year-old divorced father of two, praised New Hampshire for allowing civil unions, but suggested it could go further and follow Massachusetts, the only US state where full gay marriage is legal.

“It won’t be full equality until it is equal,” he said.

Apparently the Bishop does too.

Just to be clear, I don’t have a problem with full civil rights for the GLBT community, but I do have a problem with church men and women’s own personal agenda being more important than the one they are avowing to represent within, and without, the church.

*edited for accuracy

May 10, 2007

When anger burns its last desire
across the parched hearts of man
may my words roll like water to you
making your heart blossom in the sand.

On a Positive Note, Note

Anyway, Wolf Blitzer had Drew Barrymore on tonight which was big improvement over his seemingly endless parade of Karl Rove approved list of guests, and so at least he hasn’t gone completely over to the dark side.

Snark and jocularity aside, Drew is an ambassador for the World Food Programme and yes, dear, it is UN sponsored. Anyway it doesn’t cost much to give each kid they feed in Kenya what appears to be 12 ounces of food a day in a cup, and gets the children to school, and then they give the girls a second small bag of food to take home at the end of the day, which appeals to their fathers and encourages them to attend school, and so it really is win win. Drew hopes to be going to Darfur, and having checked out the site and the program I posted a link up.

In the End

If the ultimate aim of Christianity is ones own salvation, then we must look at how that salvation will be achieved. This is pretty straight forward and not hard to understand if one only reads a single Gospel.

There is a lot of heavy duty theology in the Bible, and even in the Gospels, but it didn’t prevent the early Christians from memorizing one of them and one of the letters or epistles, as they like to say in church lady circles. The bottom line is that Christians should love, not just within the local or universal church, but that they should love their enemies as well. It is easier said than done, but is doable, and it is the basis of the judgement from the Christ.

American Christians spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what other denominations are teaching, or what other religions are teaching and doing and not enough time thinking about what they are doing. It is important for them to do so however, because Christ never mentions that he will judge the works of our faith on the “corporate,” works and efforts of our local church, He is going to get personal with each one of us as an individual. He will ask what You did for the least of these his brothers, not what your church did. He is not going to ask you what you think about Paul’s letters or John’s Gospel either. He isn’t going to ask you how you felt about the unbelievers either. He is going to ask you how you treated them, and if you loved them, and did you feed them and clothe them and visit them in prison. I have yet to read where he would ask what your Padre was doing about all these things.

Do not be misled, if the birds had boughs and the foxes had dens, and the Son of Man had no place to lay his head, then the accumulation of the wealth of the world, the things that rust and thieves break in and steal, then how is it that those who would teach and call themselves slaves to that one are the very ones that will find it easier for a camel to slip through the eye of a needle than for them to enter in to the Kingdom of God? (BTW the correct Aramaic translation of the word translated camel is probably more correctly the word for anchor rope.)

The skeptics are always willing to throw into their arguments against the faithful the work of the “higher literary critics,” of the Bible, and so they take great glee in casting about aspersions on the authorship of the various books based on these observations. Were the same standards of scrutiny to be applied to the Greek philosophies then it would also reveal them to be less consistent in writing styles and syntax than is supposed by the many. One wishes that the “scholars” would be so kind as to do the same literary criticism of the extant books that form their basis of their understanding as closely as they do ours. We may find that words becoming archaic and discarded from the language not to be exclusive to ancient Hebrew and Kione Greek, which Greek at one point was not considered to be authentic at all since it was not of the more scholarly Classical Greek of the “learned.” They are also no more able to read the various books in the context inwhich they were written than the faithful do. This not a point to criticize them, but to aid in your own understanding of the arguments being made today on both sides of the current dispute between those who don’t know and those who pretend to do so. These are the tempest in the teacup that we hear of when the queen is here, and is the same tempest in a tea pot that some English guy wrote. I believe Paul refereed to them as useless debates.

As much fawning over the queen as was done here last week one wonders at the level of belief in the King when, when that one says Peace!, He will be standing for war.

Where to Begin? Not at 3:14AM

I think one thing I need to make clear right from the top, is that no one knows the mind of God. I certainly don’t. If Thomas Paine is correct, all I can pass on to you from any revelation I have had, is hearsay. That is the difference between the statement of the President of the Mormon Church and the Scripture, which I dare say is another thing you do not understand about either Mormons, the Bible, or the Age of Reason, because I have a feeling that most of you haven’t read The Age of Reason either nor would I expect it of any Christian that hasn’t read the Bible.

In fact I think the Republic of America is already a dead letter with the pro forma motions of that government being played out by the Congress and President. This should not alarm too many people as they have lived with this very same thing in their religion for centuries. Apparently it has gone unnoticed that not only do people have the government they deserve, they also have the church they deserve, which is filled with useless men and women whom wish to tickle the ears of the people so as to fleece the flock, and the flock not only approves but extols those things as old time religion, which religion is basically a tool of the state as it has been since it was suborned by Constantine the Great. It may have been a long road from Jerusalem to Nicea, but it wasn’t to far from Constantine to Nicea at all.

To understand where we are now as a faith it is important to understand why there are three faiths of the Book, which can be stated rather simply as; the failure of Judaism begot Christianity and the failure of Christianity begot Islam, and those who have sown the wind are now reaping the whirl wind, and the failure of Islam is that there is no turning back, and the failure of Christianity is there is no turning back, and the failure of Judaism is there is no turning back, and without a turning back and repenting, and a doing of good there is no healing, and without a healing of the wounds there is only the sharing of the bitter discharges filled with spiritual diseases and all sorts of disgusting things of the heart that disgorge from the mouths of the sickest.

That is all I can or will say about any religion other than Christianity, but it had to be said so that Christians might understand all the religions of the Book and their relationships to one another.

Since Paul wrote Timothy, “all Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, reproving, and setting things straight, that the man of righteousness might be fully equipped for all good works,” and since the Bible is a book of revelation, by God to man of His outworking of His purpose, I have concluded that although written in a narrower context of knowledge and understanding of the worlds religions it has been recorded so that it might be found by those looking for it, even in the modern world. It does not comport with my understanding of God that He has abandoned all the son of Noah, whom He loved, because they were not of Abraham’s seed. All Scripture then, is beneficial for teaching, reproving, and setting things straight, that the man of righteousness might be fully equipped for all good works, and this is not exclusive to the various catalogs of the diverse Bibles used by Christians. All Scripture is All Scripture. If you are God then will know if this is so, if you are not then you don’t know. It is just that simple.

I work from the Western Protestant one because it is the most minimalist set of writings, and not because it is the more accurate canon of writings. I am fully convinced that the church as it should be understood, not as it is understood, could make more and better Christians out of non believers using the four Gospels exclusively, since it is very hard to misunderstand what the Christ is saying, and because it is so easy for useless men and women to twist the other writings to some other agenda. In fact it is only by twisting the other Scriptures and mixing it with Greek philosophy that the teachings of the Christ can be obscured at best, and ignored as they so universally are now in the Christian lands.

Mr. Hitchens would not have written his book had the Christian congregations followed Paul’s counsel to mind their own business instead of behaving as old women with nothing better to be busy doing. Not only have the churches brought his rebuke upon themselves, but they have brought reproach on the Christ and hence the living God as well. Mr. Dawkins would not have written his book had it not been for those who seek to teach things from the Bible as science, and so they have been met with the same disgust as those who would teach science as a religion do, and should be, because these are men and women of some educational background and so there is no excuse for their crossing disciplines to interject their stupidity into their and other’s ignorance.

May 9, 2007

These People Honor Me With Their Lips…

I have reached the point where it is no longer possible to listen to the debate between those who profess to my faith but merely have a religion, and those who despise that religion’s interference in their lives.

It is not possible to debate a Trinitarian since most of them have a weaker grasp on the Greek philosophy that so imbues their religion than I do, and it is not possible to debate it with those like Mr. Hitchens, or Mr. Dawkins, who have only their understanding of the religion that they have been taught through education and experience with those professing it, the Trinitarians, and one to which I do not hold.

Suffice it to say, there is no science in the Bible because it is not a science book, nor is there any Greek philosophy in it either. If anyone cannot distinguish the three, one from each other then perhaps you may want to stick around. The rest of you may wish to clear on out of here before I really hit some nerves, because I’m tired of hearing it all.

Turn and Face the Truth

What Happens When We Leave Iraq?

I don’t think I can add anything nice to this post. Hubris, meet your Nemesis.

Ed note, I don’t think I need a bunch of war mongers preaching to me about honor and dignity, whether personal or national. You haven’t got enough money to buy either one of them back for yourselves or your nation, and you haven’t the sense to just be quiet. It has become a bad habit of yours to insist on being right even in the face of prevailing evidence to the contrary, and in that you play into the jihadists hand just as they wish you to.

You complain about everything and everyone that opposes you and your desires, and you fail to note that you yourselves are reaching up to touch the eyeball of God in your arrogance.

Is it not written, “If a calamity occurs in the city has Jehovah not caused it to occur?” You should judge the Mormons and the Muslims, you, who cannot even judge your ownselves and times” Tell me, if you should know, “and his head shall be toward the sea in the east, and his tail to the sea in the west, and his stench shall certainly rise up to heaven, because he is doing a great thing,” is this not you yourselves being spoken of? And what will the end of that be, if you should know anything at all, oh son of man.

The Time Has Come

Beds Are Burning

Midnight Oil

Pocas Palabras for the day

Today was one of minor observations for me, which means everybody beat me to the punch on everything today, but in honor of honor and self esteem, it is their fault.

Anyway I thought about them in the back of my mind all day today so I thought I’d pass them along. The first thing that has been working the little pumpkin head was why I still like to watch CBS Evening News, after a hiatus to watch Dobbs, and basically I think it is because Katie is in charge of it all, and presents the things that are important to her, and as such from a woman’s perspective, which is what is missing in tone and topics from the other news shows on at the same time. I may be fooling myself, but I like the idea of at least getting at a little bit of the other half of the populations perspective on news and events. But given the following I’m through plugging her show too.

Another thing that has been eating at me more than I’ve been thinking about it really, is a Mr. van Dillion remark, something along the lines of ” we do what we’re told.”, in reference to his job, and I have, contrary to popular opinion also been in those shoes and so I really need to get better informed about how much discretion everyone has in their MSM jobs before I go whacking away at their pride integrity and presentations. ( Had you there for a second eh?) So I am going to try and do a better job on that front. On the other hand I’m also going to quit watching so much news anyway.

And finally, I thought I should inform you that the owner of the blog has decided that one YouTube video at a time on the main page is enough, since the editor of the blog was complaining about the load time for revisions and editing when there were more. Since I am a prolific errorer there was a lot of that. So as soon as I find another tune I like the old ones will go into draft form, until the day they originally appeared on goes into the archive, which is currently set to three days.

That should I think, comma, cover it all.(grins)

Pull the Plug, Iraq is a Gomer

Updated, this fits in so well.

Aside from the issue of his lamentable inability to make verbs and nouns agree in number, Odierno has missed the possibility of the greatest threat of all to his outposts and to the continuation of the American presence in Iraq. Yes, the insurgents will continue to pound these posts with mortars, rockets, RPGs fired ballistically, etc. Yes. The threat of a massive truck bombing is always present.

and yet again with old news if you still don’t read the WaPo;

The Bush administration appears to have little enthusiasm for an Allawi putsch, despite its frustration with Maliki. U.S. officials fear that a change of government in Baghdad would only deepen the political disarray there and encourage new calls for the withdrawal of troops.

The ferment in the region is driven partly by the perception that U.S. troops are on the way out, no matter what the Bush administration says. To dampen such speculation, Bush is said to have told the Saudis that America will not withdraw from Iraq during his presidency. “That gives us 18 months to plan,” said one Saudi source.

One of the things we get in America is too much information spread out over spaces of ten days, that contradict previous statements or clarify previous statements, but basically reveal the hidden creamy center of the truth without being noticed by anyone in the media.

It would be easy to rail off on the MSM, since it is always an easy thing to do given the size of the media and the conflicting currents that run through each organization, and because mostly they work under tall ceilings and so they are big picture people, (smile, gratuitous cheap shot,) and the details are just something that people people in rooms with eight foot ceilings would notice. Like guys blogging in their shorts in basements around the globe, excluding of course people who live in houses on the bays and beaches and so in lieu of basements have stilts and so probably blog from upstairs rooms closer to the attic when they aren’t actually fishing or surfing.

Take the Generalissimo Raymond T. Odierno’s recent admission that the surge isn’t going to work in six months no matter what anyone else is saying, and so if we can hold out until April of next year then there is time for political developments to improve in Iraq to the point that the surge could be said to be working, even as it has absolutely no bearing on the political storm surge in Iraq.

This does two things, it provides unending obfuscation of the real military goals for remaining in Iraq which no one it appears has a clue about, other than it isn’t for the oil, and preparing the people for an extended over extension of the US Army while assuring the troops that the general leadership really cares about the enlisted men and wouldn’t commit them to a short term operation that had no chance of success, and everything they have been hearing is just scuttlebutt for the civilians who don’t understand what worms they really are.

U.S. commanders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that heightened troop levels, announced by President Bush in January, will need to last into the spring of 2008. The military has said it would assess in September how well its counterinsurgency strategy, intended to pacify Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, is working.

“The surge needs to go through the beginning of next year for sure,” said Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the day-to-day commander for U.S. military operations in Iraq. The new requirement of up to 15-month tours for active-duty soldiers will allow the troop increase to last until spring, said Odierno, who favors keeping experienced forces in place for now.

“What I am trying to do is to get until April so we can decide whether to keep it going or not,” he said in an interview in Baghdad last week. “Are we making progress? If we’re not making any progress, we need to change our strategy. If we’re making progress, then we need to make a decision on whether we continue to surge.”

The “surge” is in the generalissimo’s mind, a euphemism for escalation for said civilian worms, and he doesn’t want his troops getting the wrong idea from the folks back home.

Given what we’ve been lead to believe this week about the thirty five thousand troops rotating in, it would be helpful if, the Pentagon but hasn’t left and press reported on the thirty five thousand also rotating out as they do so, just to keep things on the up and up.

Of course the Pentagon but hasn’t left will want to advise that it cannot reveal those details because they do not want the enemy to know where the cherries are going, and the press will overlook the fact that there are no cherries left in the ranks of the Army and Marines.

In all probability the units going back to Iraq will be stationed near enough to their former assignments that they can just take over the equipment they left behind the last time they rotated out of country.

Basically this war is not going to wind down, the troops are going to remain engaged as long as they can endure, or they reach the operational readiness of the Iraqi armed forces, or George the Dubya leaves office.

ht dKos

Phone Calls, We make Phone Calls

Oh I am just so giddy with political activism.

Actually it was easy enough to get through to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer’s office. Like two rings each. Very polite receptionists, who obviously have yet to hear the last from me.

Of course I hate calling someone elses Represntative about issues, but sometimes you just gotta do what you know is right. Thanks Christy,

The Constitution needs you to make a few phone calls today. It would like to be whole again. I figure it is the least we can do for a document that has guided our nation through the last two centuries and then some. If you can spare some time today, I would really appreciate it if you would make a few calls.

ht Duncan.

Habeas Corpus – what a concept.

Really Sneaky Islamist Terrorist

Follow us home from Kosovo;

The small cell that plotted to attack Ft. Dix was made up of Albanians from Kosovo, along with a Turk and a Jordanian. Note that in the 1980s most Yugoslav Muslims were deracinated and secular. Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian are really the same language, and the only way you could tell if someone was a Muslim was to check their i.d. cards (the Communists recognized Yugoslav Muslims as a national minority). [See my colleague John Fine’s When Ethnicity did not Matter.]

When Communism collapsed, Yugoslav politicians cast about for new platforms. Slobodan Milosevic decided to opt for the most chauvinist form of Serbian nationalism one could imagine, setting in motion a vicious and brutal war for territory on the basis of ethnic identity. Muslims in Bosnia were targeted for mass graves. Kosovo autonomy was much reduced.

Well there goes yet another Fox turkey trotting out of the 911 fear monger barn into the Clenis zone. I am sure they are really Bill’s fault, I mean, why not?

Cold Core Conservative

Hurricane Force Winds

There are rumblings in the GOP that, if they get much louder, threaten to split the Republican Party over the war issue – and I don’t think anything could be much louder (in a good way) than Victor Gold’s colorful dissent from the pro-war neocon orthodoxy. As deputy press secretary to Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign, Spiro Agnew’s press secretary in the early ’70s, and a senior adviser to Bush père in the ’80s, Gold is a self-described “Goldwater conservative” whose new book, Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy Rollers and the Neocons Destroyed the GOP, is a shot across the bow at the Coulterized, Kristolized “conservative” movement. As Gold puts it,

“So it is that six years into the country’s first neocon administration, what Americans have learned about Irving Kristol’s ‘new kind of conservative politics’ is that it’s merely a recycled model of the old liberal politics that led to the decline and fall of the Democratic Party in the 1960s: a fiscally irresponsible, ever-expanding federal government presided over by an imperial executive imbued with a messianic view of America’s right to ‘democratize’ the heathen; or, as Irving’s neocon son William, editor of the Weekly Standard, prefers, our moral duty to ‘actively pursue’ policies leading to Woodrow Wilson’s dream of a ‘benevolent global hegemony.’

“Translated from the neocon: Today we own Washington, tomorrow the world.”

You Think?

Yes I know

It was a cheap ad homonym and gosh, so gosh.

May 8, 2007

Fair Thee Well Your Majesty, Fair Thee Well

Fungible Funk : Oil

The Invisible Fist, Adam Smith Goes to Bizarro World

Sure, the oil companies, and their PR and lobbying agency, the American Petroleum Institute, will give you all kinds of reasons for higher gasoline prices at a time of falling crude prices: problems at two refineries in Texas and Oklahoma, rising demand or whatever. But the real answer is that there is simply no competitive market in this industry.

As Tim Hamilton, a researcher and petroleum industry consultant with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, observes, the oil companies all store their crude oil and refined gasoline in the same tanks, and all know exactly how much inventory each other company has, so they don’t have to meet and collude on pricing in order to reap the huge rewards of deliberate supply constraints.

Says Hamilton, “Years ago, you had companies that would try to guess when the other companies were going to have supply shortfalls of gasoline in the summer. They’d ramp up their own gasoline refining and then supply the market at a lower price and eat their competitors’ lunches, the same way General Motors would do if Ford had a problem on its assembly line. But today, no oil company would do that. They all benefit by keeping the supplies tight.”

That’s Another Fine Mess You Got Us Into Ollie

Over on the left I put up a link to Doctors without borders, which list I will expand as I have time to check out some of the other organziations that do things like Orphan Relief in Iraq, which you missed if you missed Katie Couric tonight.

One of the drawbacks is the inability, or unwillingness, or “I could have had a V-8!” moments of the MSM when covering these stories to show a charity outfit that actually does what it says it does and doesn’t run afoul of the political giants in the land. Left to my own devices however I would say it is the corporate lawyers who see a lawsuit in every endorsement made on the airwaves.

Anyway, long story short, blah, blah, blah for those of you who would like to help me maintain this site you can do so by filling the coffers of the linked charity organizations, which will compel me to keep this here iteration up and running for at least the duration of the FUs necessary to stop the forces that create these needs.

One of the things I am most concerned about however is that by making my faith well known to friends and unhappy with me friends, that it should interfere in some way. So I will only ask that you not do so because it makes you a good Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Toaist, Animist, Wiccam, Druid, etc, etc, or Christian, but do so because you are a decent human being, who can afford to help those who are in need.

I reserve the right of course, to change the color scheme, typeface and tunes.

Political Vertigo

Coming to an America near you soon!

This template doesn’t function like the others, but it works pretty decent in a manual mode, sorry for the pings darlings.

Neo-Cons — the Fifth Column

Fox is in Al Qaida’s bag.

I just finished listening to an excerpt from Fox News Channel that featured, “Duck Morris in the 21st Century!” , on top of the trailer that extolled Al Whoda praising the Democratic Party’s withdrawal plan, and so it occurred to me that these are the only people left in America that believe not only their own propaganda, but Al Whodas as well. I mean I don’t know of anyone with any sense in America that pays any attention to Usama bin Laden and the Rejects opinions of what is going on in America. I know I sure don’t, and so depending on your opinion of me, all you can do is add to my estimation, but not subtract from it.

In all the time that he has been hanging out with the bats in caves, all UBL has ever been able to do is galvanize the Neo Cons in thier unending knee wetting for political purposes. You would think that Dick and the boys would catch a clue that it is not a matter of if, but when, Al Whoda pulls off another attack on American interests. This isn’t rocket science Dick.

There is also a little bit of a logical problem with equating a pullout from Iraq as having anything to do with Al Qaida in or out of Iraq obtaining a victory. They are already being attacked by Sunni tribesmen in Anbar Provence, not because the tribesmen are pro American either, but because Al Qaida is indiscriminate in killing people for an ideology, just like the Neo-Cons.

There is a reason for the military’s clampdown on information coming out of Iraq, and one of them is that even people like me can figure out the implications of political events on military options such as Turkey not letting the 4th ID enter Iraq from the north at the beginning of the operation, and we can even figure out the military implications of military events such as bridges falling into the Euphrates with spans left intact too.

The only purpose for producing Al Qaida propaganda on American television is to use it for what it is, propaganda. That is exactly what Al Qaida wants and lo and behold, guess who runs it. The only question any patriotic American really ought to be asking is just whose side is Fox News on anyway. Al Qaida’s intention is to split American public opinion, because as Joe Lieberman stated, we are weaker when we are not united, and Fox is carrying Al Qaida’s water for domestic political concerns and gains, period.

Patriotism really is the last refuge of scoundrels, isn’t it sirs?

Oh, Do Tell

Yesterday I heard the discouraging news that almost half of the nation’s population has no use for the intertubes, and saddend I thought, Hey!, that’s gotta be the half of the nation’s population that never votes anyway.

Of course we have to exclude all the grandma and grandpas that don’t read the internet and do watch TV, but they probably read the local and regional papers too, so they get the visual impact of events and the story behind those events. I would imagine that it is people my age that glue themselves to TV at work, especially since 911, and not the young who may be more internetted, and old who didn’t grow up with the TV, but with real hobos and unemployed people coming to the house looking to work for a meal.

Even I, being a somewhat a long in tooth pup myself, can remember when the media reported the news, not was the news.

I can’t ever remember not lying to a pollster about something however, after all skewing the leadership’s perception of what people were thinking by doing so was all good clean fun before the blogs. That was when we all still wanted to grow up and be President too, so it was a training of sorts. Unfortunately honest work, like blogging, was so easy to find.

Only In America

One thing I’ve noticed in my new improved TV watching schedule is how much I don’t really miss to much. In fact it has increased my powers of observation, (I am plunger boy, feel my power,) so that while everyone else is talking about Mickey Rooney kissing the Queen’s hand in a breach of protocol, I notice how everyone else is kissing HRH’s arse.

The only thing worse than being a Windsor is being another Windsor I suppose. Who else has George Bush in their flotilla of paparazzi, or can inspire women all over America to wear Lincoln hats, albeit of many diverse colours, in honor of the sincerest form of flattery?

No wonder she loves her horses, they have an ass instead of behaving like one in front of the Queen, by those who I suspect see a little bit of Arthurian round tableness to their presence in her company, for the purpose of making small talk. Personally I’d want to talk to her about serious stuff like the lessons of life she has learned from living to a good old age, and how she has manage to maintain an archaic institution, and the purposes for doing so. After all, with the grandchildren named William and Harold, who needs the legends of Arthur. She may be crazy like a fox unlike the well known Georges that were and are certifiably so not like a fox.

LiveWire May 7,2007

May 7, 2007

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say…

Caution: Motherly Wisdom Ahead …about someone then don’t say anything at all.

There are some drawbacks to being a public Christian and a vocal anti-war critic, because Christianity doesn’t really lend itself well to causes other than that of the Christ. It is a humbling honor I suppose to stumble publicly, because it is a reminder to the one being stumbled, and to the ones watching the spectacle unfold, the lack of anyone’s superiority in following a path. Perhaps that is why so many follow it in a more discreet manner. At any rate, since God has allowed me to be me to be put to the test in these things, I shall for my part, allow Him to provide me with a way out. I know of no other way.

I think I’ve allowed myself to become a little too hot at the government and the press, and I think I’ve articulated those points often enough not to have to run over the same old ground, besides if you show an old alcoholic a rut he’ll move in, and I am into moving ahead.

In any case, the things that are about to occur must occur, so that the things written can come to pass. In this too, I know of no other way. Be kind to one another and guard your hearts. It is an old and foolish king that has become too wise in his own eyes to learn anymore, and we have surrounded ourselves with such ones.

Take care of yourselves, and I’ll be back when I’ve cooled down, maybe.

LiveWire May 6,2007

May 6, 2007

The D’Souza Quatered Smart Review

Oh, What darkness, from yonder light doth tell,

It emerges from last evening’s debate that two of the 10 Republican presidential candidates–Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo—don’t believe in the theory of evolution. These aren’t the big hitters on the GOP side, but it reveals an interesting under-current of anti-Darwin sentiment among Republicans and conservatives.

No, to me it reveals a little bit about their inability to separate religion and science as two distinct disciplines and ways of thinking about the world in which we live. Science and nature do not carry a moral connotation, of good and evil, which creation by God does. Science just is. God is Just is. Even the softer sciences such as physchology have to take into consideration the harder science of neurobiology and brain chemistry that affect the behavior of individuals, and that may have more impact on theology than evolution ever would or could, unless you happen to be a Christian, in which case you wouldn’t be judging other people and condemning them to heaven or hell on your perceptions of their behavioral motivations, after all, as Christ stated, that is what the hypocrites did to the Prophets, himself and his followers.

I know many on the right, especially the Christian right, are scared of Darwin. Even intellectual magazines like Commentary seem to have adopted an anti-Darwin position. This has enabled many on the left, as well as the professional atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, to portray conservative Christians as yahoos. Sometimes we do come across that way.

Obviously, I am not part of the targeted audience, but it’s only those on the Religious Right that are “scared” of Darwin, and it is not exclusive to Americans, or Christians. The fact that

intellectual magazines like Commentary seem to have adopted an anti-Darwin position

would argue that your statement is a contradiction of terms, which I am only subjectively able to note. For anyone else to portray you and other conservatives Christians as yahoos on this topic would be redundant.

In my forthcoming book “What’s So Great About Christianity” I will show why, contrary to the claims of Dawkins and company, Darwinian evolution does not undermine the design argument for God. On the contrary, the latest findings of modern science have greatly strengthened that argument. Paley was right and Dawkins is wrong. Fasten your seat-belt and wait for my book, or, if you are a real fanatic, pre-order it here.

This paragraph conveys no useful information, other than you are selling another book. Oh, do tell. I believe the Bible states, “to the writing of books there is no end.”

But if Christian anxiety is misplaced, conservatives are even further off the mark. That’s because Darwin’s theory actually supports conservative positions in all kinds of interesting ways. First, Darwin gives a dark and selfish view of human nature, which is why we need a tough foreign policy to deal with bad guys who cannot be talked out of their badness–even if U.N. cocktails are served. In addition, the selfishness in human nature warrants a system called capitalism which channels this self-orientation toward the material betterment of society.

You are obviously as disingenuous with Darwin as you are with the teachings of Christ. I suppose the sky being blue warrants conservatives being red because they obviously are not in the sky as well, which of course would raise the logic of your missive by a factor or two. Of course the nice thing about the dead sir, is they cannot ask you if you have even read their books, which one presumes you think your readers have not done either. I think the consensus opinion would be that Darwin would be appalled at you using his work in this manner.

It gets better. Darwin shows that social institutions like the family are founded in the deep human drive to reproduce and care for the young.

Oh really, and of course to acquire more weapons, or UN Cocktails as you call those things we shoot at other people from US military vehicles and conveyances. I mean let’s think about “Rods from God,” for God’s sake.

Reproduction and self-perpetuation are the natural root of human family arrangements, which cannot be redefined as mechanisms of “self-fulfillment” without jeopardizing their biological basis and function. Consider a simple statistic: when divorced moms remarry or have boyfriends in the house, those surrogate parents are vastly more likely to physically and sexually abuse the children than their own parents. Darwinian theory supplies the reason: the real parent shares the same genes as the child and this forms a bond that dispels sexual attraction and discourages abuse. “Family values” are supported by modern evolutionary biology.

I think the correct term is Valuing Families, without overlooking the historical inbreeding of countless royal lineages such as the Pharaohs, Ceasars, etc, etc, and Lot and his daughters and the children of Adam and Eve and of Noah and his family.

I’m not saying embrace Darwinian evolution because it is politically useful. I am saying don’t hastily reject a theory that has a lot of evidence going for it when it has the added merit of being politically congenial.

Oh yes you are, and you don’t do a very good job of it either.

It is indeed a fortunate thing that the progressive rich don’t foist their money off on their intellectuals like the conservatives do on theirs, or you would be renting the guest house from me. I can only imagine you would be over at the main house daily, drinking my coffee and testing my Christian forebearances.

Of course my two readers demand an answer to the title, so, I would be remiss to not inform them, that if you were half as smart as you think you are you would be twice as smart as you really are. Of course that is a scientific observation, and so conveys no connotation of either good or evil.

Tet for Tat, Because Tits Should Be Implied, But Not Seen

I know you manage to make it here for the catchy phrasing and such, but that is only the facade of the mind that uses them, or likes to play with the sounds of words as much as their meanings, meanings which are for the most part lost on most people, because we are a verbal society, and so what a word means tend to be what we commonly hear it inflected with as well as the context of its’ usage, none of which may actually comport with the definition.

I probably should have been an English major, but after Shakespeare who really is one? Anyway, I left that behind before some college professor could ruin me with formalizations that have left most college graduates with the ability to compose mental slag, that slag being a composite of all their college training poorly articulated by being filled with the jargon of the specialities, which is called targeting an audience of equally poor writers, in verbiage and style that is just short of being comatose enough to make into still paintings usually reserved for vegetables and cornucopias.

You would never know this from talking to people face to face, since they can animate their eyes, smile or frown, and of course use their hands to help their lack of articulation along, and for the most part only real dorks actually speak the way they write because the words that one chooses in writing should at least make up for some of the arm waving, smiles, frowns and corneal expressions that one cannot convey over the intertubes, despite the advent of YouTube and such.

Even that is a one way communication from a comfortable environment for the speaker, to a multitude of disparate environments that the speaker would not be so comfortable in, and so there is a fair amount of posing for the camera that goes on with that form of communication, that in and of itself changes the tone and word choices.

I doubt it changes much if your a professional and so get to put on makeup and clothes that have been proven over the years to not make the talker appear as dull in appearance as they usually are in presentation of the scripted pocas palabras. In either case they are communicating from a comfort zone that is not necessarily shared by the viewer and so there is a perception gap that is rarely noted by those who are beaming their thoughts and words into your environment, and the viewer themselves. Given the prevalence of media companies, and their revolving doors, switching the channel is pretty much like switching the characters on South Park, which requires different paint to applied to circles, as the creators of South Park are honest enough to show us, and the MSM isn’t.

I don’t really listen to too much talk radio, but when you see one of the cross overs on TV they usually are most comfortable looking into the microphone when they are speaking, I would imagine because that is their cue that they are “on” and so the radio persona comes out which means they can use language and say things in their comfort zone that they wouldn’t say if they were standing outside in the general population. There are those too, who translate the transition to TV with the same voice theatrics that one notices if one is actually watching a live stage production.

So I don’t really blame individuals for this seeming disparity in their writing and verbal skills, because I am observant of these things and more, and because most people are far more interesting to talk to, than to read or listen to, which I attribute to having learned how to talk and listen from parents and siblings long before the process of education destroys the ability to think and write, which it is unable to do with the conversational fluidity of language common to the vulgar masses.

Of course education is more than just the destroying of a native talent, it is the process of teaching frustrated people the art of getting along with other frustrated people, under the misnomer of learning social skills, while destroying that talent. We must learn to quantify and judge things which cannot or should not be judged or quantified, so that things that should be judged and quantified are not or cannot be so judged because they are out of our fields of specialization, or out of our environment that would make it possible to do so, even if it were even necessary to do so, which it probably isn’t.

It is hard to tell if someone is a bitch or an asshole if the one who is doing the teaching of those skills is one, and given that teachers are specialists in education one can only imagine the frustration of having to teach for tests that measure everything but the knowledge and educational development of a student, and of course those who do poorly on tests are not well adjusted, or they would be docile test takers and frog dissectors. The corrective is to pump them full of drugs, and hope they don’t grow up and use drugs illegally, and is only the most obvious signs of a well adjusted people, and culture. After all, the crazy people are in jail.

This would probably be enough, if left at that, to form a large cohesive society of individuals with same consistency of individual thinking ability as one would expect to find in the dough of an industrial bakery. In fact no one wants to find a stray raisin or mouse turd in their sliced white bread, so perhaps the analogy is entirely too accurate. I suppose to be consistent with the thrust of the post, I should have used. “a creative thinker or asshole,” but I guess that’s what the lack of a formal education can do to you.

The thing I wish to discuss however, is how that consistency can be, and is, exploited by not only running capitalist dogs selling peas, bananas and themselves and their condos, but by people who are social engineers, such as politicians, industrial and military spies, our favorite phishers of mammon, (religious or Nigerian,) all using the massive, industrial media cluster fuck, hereafter shortened to mass media, which ought to be enough of a distinction for the MSM to parse out that it doesn’t necessarily apply exclusively to them, but could and probably does more often than not.

If the sole criteria for success or failure is ones ability to get along with everyone else, then the social engineers are going to do that, and so figure out what it is that other people want and give those other people what they think they really do want, even if they can’t or have no intention of delivering the goods.

You want patriotism, baybay I got your war. You want a new shiny car, baybay I got your money management scheme. You want a mansion on the Hill baybay I got your location. Tell me what you want I’ll send you the brochure. You want peace love and granola, baybay I am the light at the end of the funnel, which ought to be enough of a distinction for the MSM to parse out that it doesn’t necessarily apply exclusively to them, but could and probably does more often than not.

Helpful people are the best of useful idiots, since they are not only conforming to societies expectations of persons in their stations, they are totally unaware of the fact that others are exploiting their misconceptions of how the social network works for the antisocial networks of leaders and charlatans, hereafter refered to as the political elites, which ought to be enough of a distinction for the MSM to parse out that it doesn’t necessarily apply exclusively to them, but could and probably does more often than not.

I am sure that most people are aware of the fact that FBI and other law enforcement agencies use lie detectors for the purpose of catching emotional clues about whichever nefarious individual they happen to be not be lying to about the nature of their investigations, and I am also pretty sure that that most people are aware of the fact that the CIA and other intelligence agencies also train their people to cheat these lie detectors, should they ever fall into the hands of other counter-intelligence agencies, who also know that torture is a useless method of information extraction, but is just good fun and cruelty for the powerful and purposeless mean, which ought to be enough of a distinction for the MSM to parse out that it doesn’t necessarily apply exclusively to them, but could and probably does more often than not.

I am also pretty sure that most people don’t Google that stuff up either so that it might not ever occur to them that a spy within the CIA or FBI is better liar than the President, who is merely a product of the educational system, and consequently has nothing to really lie about, since most people don’t really see the game that is being played out on the stage anyway. Probably because they think they are on the stage and so they must be in the play, and must play out their roles. This probably happens to Presidents too, more often than not which ought to be enough of a distinction for the MSM to parse out that it doesn’t necessarily apply exclusively to them, but could and probably does more often than not.

One of the nice things about being a baby boomer is being old enough to have seen the counter-culture grow up to being the man, without anyone ever selling out. Only in America. Of course you would have to have bought in to sell out, but the baby boom never really bought in to what was happening, but moved around like a school of fish that the sharks herd in the Indian Ocean waters off of South Africa before they become physchedelic road kill. Yesterdays Nero shirts and bell bottom blues are today’s detached consumerism and blase faire. On the upside, their children and grandchildren were spared the “60s” or illusions thereof.

The renaissance will have to wait on the renovation of the McMansion on the hill, because the Renaissance was the outward expression of a revival of “culture,” that is easier seen than known, because no one wants to admit just how rude that thinking was of those assholes that inspired the Renaissance. Until then you can learn a foriegn language and how to play the oboe and be one.

Undo Influence May 5, 2007

May 5, 2007

Assholes in the Jerkplace

For those of you looking for a snarky review of Bob Sutton’s book for dweebs, dorks and underachievers working with, and for people aggravated by the Society for the Perpetual Propagations of the Peter Principle Begins at Entry Level School of Social Engineering, forget about it. Who knows, Bob may be right, and just doesn’t know how to write a persuasive book, or maybe the blogosphere has “gotten” to him and his verbal skills aren’t what they ought to be, although I’m sure that language like that ought to get a demonstration lead by Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton out front of Bob’s building, arm in arm, singing kumbaya and decrying the foulness of the first amendment and such for the use of language that offends for reasons other than attracting attention and selling books. That’s why I like libraries, so the public foots the bill for the public whining of private individuals selling books.

No, this post is about this. (Now there’s a sentence most journalmalists couldn’t string together, because they are professionals, and so don’t have to use hyperlinks to sources, and that makes it hard for them to conceive of using one as the subject of a sentence, but I digress, yet again.)

Memorial honoring fallen soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan runs out of room

WASHINGTON – Congress already has run out of space on a memorial created last year to honor all of the U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a grim sign of the times, the “Wall of the Fallen,” set up by House Republican leaders in June, is almost full. The mounting death toll from Iraq has forced U.S. House staffers to study how to reconfigure the display in the lobby of the Rayburn Building – the largest office building for members of Congress – to squeeze in more names.

According to the Defense Department, 3,736 U.S. service members died in the two wars by the end of April. New names are added to the display every few months, but none have been added since November. The last name listed is Lance Cpl. Luke Holler, 21-year-old Marine reservist from Bulverde, Texas, killed by an explosive device on Nov. 2.

In the current format, there is space for about 130 more names, but 506 Americans have died since mid-November. In April, 104 Americans were killed in the war’s sixth-deadliest month.

Which gets me to the title of my post, because the political discourse is just so foul, foul, foul, that the wave the flaggers, wave the flaggers, wave the flaggers deeds go unnoticed by the aforementioned professional journalmalists.

I suppose if I were fair, I would spend my time picking on the politicians who the press doesn’t have time for, since they are busy reporting on the loose knickers and such in Hollywood and reading press releases for adjectives and adverbs to synonymize into copy, professionalism for which they can heap scorn on those rude lefty bloggers that have noticed, “Hey!, we don’t really have a functioning news media around here!”

It is for all those reasons that I am switching ideology, and becoming a conservative blogger, so that all my snark will be considered constructive criticism of the liberal media, instead of my being an asshole blogging about a political party in Congress that somehow can still; muster the respect of the media for supporting a President whose policies match his own verbal acumen, and also their own monuments to their own stupidity, all with the help of the liberal medias silence or acquiescence.

It is no wonder three Republican Presidential candidates don’t believe evolution is a scientifically valid explanation of the origins of the species, having been educated in America and graduating from law college to reading, watching and listening to the American MSM.

GlowBalls Warming Post

For those of you who don’t like to read and so didn’t follow up on the links I posted up, LOOK Pictures !

Now I don’t want anyone to think I’m apologizing for failing to be partisan enough or failing to toe the line of the liberal consensus on all things scientific, because I think if anything needs a little bit more skepticism from the left, it’s science, because scientist are people too, and so enough of them publish their egos as well as their findings, which may or may not follow a credible methodology and be more supportive of their ego than their science, (see AIDs,) all of which conspires to require one to be a skeptic.

On the other hand I also think most people who read this blog are smart enough to read both sides of a scientific debate if it is presented without the jargonitis of terminal professionalism, before actually concluding for themselves what that data and all those reports and conclusions mean. This shouldn’t really be a problem for anyone, especially if they are looking for solid, scientifically based answers.

Anyone who can think of a better way should by all means wade through the 1,255,368 hits in .033 seconds links to find the two or three that fit the bill. Who knows, you may learn something you can share with the rest of us.

Having been on the minority end of many issues when they first hit the public conscience, I have a soft spot in my heart for the minority view actually getting a fair mention and presentation of its’ case in any particular debate, whether it is science or not. In this particular debate I have not seen any objections to the scientific data collection methodology, which means that both sides are, or should be, working off of the same set of facts.

When it comes to how we deal with the conclusions drawn from those facts it moves the debate into the political arena where both methodology and conclusions are subjected to all the wiles of the political discourse, and this is when it usually hits the radar of the average American, and hence they have the political view and not the scientific view of the debate. These facts and data are however, open to interpretation without it becoming, and previous to becoming, a religious issue for politicians and corporatists.

I think it is in exposing this larger group of people to both sides of the debate from the scientific points of view about the data, and the scientific interpreting of the data, is far more important to science than it is for politics, if scientific inquiry is indeed the motivation of the debate. In that case I would rather see it presented to the vast mythical center of Broderville as such, and which may in fact expose the politicians for the tools that they are, no matter what the political inclination of the reader may be.

To bring it all home for one and all, the punditry, press, statesmen and politicians are not alone in underestimating the blogs. Independence has always suffered that problem, as the Queen herself might attest to in her own realm.

Well No Wonder Conservatives Have Quit Thinking

Tomgram: Klare and Constantino, Where is the USS Nimitz? This is an interesting refresher if you like to think about the historical developements in foriegn affairs, and the implications of those historical activities on current events.

Best Served Hot

Jabberwonky

If idiocy had gravity, that paragraph would collapse into a black hole. Let’s take it sentence by sentence:

“It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing.” Here’s a news flash — there is no such thing as surprise withdrawal. You can’t sneak 160,000 soldiers out of Iraq in the trunk of a Volvo….

Oh Posh! We are Ruled by Wisemen and Women

UN scientists warn time is running out to tackle global warming I am not sure where they come up with the eight years, because like our fearless leaders who boldly march other people into wars, I don’t really understand the science behind it, and so it must not be as accurate as the envelope of money I am getting from my corporate masters to appear intelligent on these and other matters.

Slow to the Post, & Comment on American Culture

I was delayed in posting this morning because I stopped in the bathroom to age, and let a wrinkle develop. Best wrinkle for makers of these cures is to keep their fingers crossed

But this is the astonishing thing. Other manufacturers don’t submit their creams to a university dermatology lab, or publish academic papers: so these aren’t so much the best results, they’re the only ones. Why? The tests cost just £15,000. Cellular Radiance Cream by La Prairie, for example, costs £340 a pot. Fifty pots would fund one study.

Oh, the whole world is going to pot!

On other Earth shattering news, I hear that Paris Hilton is going to jail for the temerity of having an addiction. This is where America likes to warehouse its’ addicts and mentally ill, in lieu of the money we would have to spend on making these people productive members of society. It is the penny wise pound foolish theory of saving the state, and hence the taxpayers money, which is popular here because it gives the little minds something to be superior to.

No Name Blog May1-2, 2007

May 2, 2007

When the Republic Fell

Yesterday by my reckoning.

There are certain hints one should pick up on, like Mr. Risen’s article in the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal article, and of course the article in The National Reveiw. These aren’t suggestions, they are softening up the right wing to say yeah, yeah, when the deed is announced.

It may behoove one and all to reconfigure their associations into a cellular structure of five or six individuals that can be socially discreet, with each member becoming a singular member of another cell or two of roughly the same number, of equally socially discreet cells, such as bowling, softball, poker playing, whatever teams.

Those who cannot govern with the consent of the governed, but wish to rule, may have already begun to do so, and the MSM is either clueless or complicit.

Obama Campaign Pinching Website

Obama campaign usurps Myspace website, not a hit diary Makes Johnathan look like some other pikers I know.

Obviously Jonathan Chait is a Wanker

HT Atrios, who deserves an edit; The Most Stupendous Trolling Effort Yet

Because they convey facts and opinions about the news to their readers, bloggers associated with the netroots are often mistaken for journalists.

There is a term for this sort of political discourse: propaganda. The word has a bad odor, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. Propaganda is often true, and it can be deployed on behalf of a worthy cause (say, the fight against Nazism in World War II). Still, propaganda should not be confused with intellectual inquiry. Propagandists do not follow their logic wherever it may lead them; they are not interested in originality. Propaganda is an attempt to marshal arguments in order to create a specific real-world result–to win a political war.

…Jonathan Chait 5.1.2007

I sure am glad I don’t pinch his stuff, after all he is an intellectual and an original. OK Johnathan, go back to sleep, now.

One of the things that I’ve become concerned about that last couple of months is the amount of blood in the water over the politics of the Iraqi war, the reporting of the Iraqi war, and the propaganda matrix that is the media. I expect propaganda in its’ denotation at the political blogs, because they make no bones about what they are doing and whose side of the aisle they are on.

Function: nounEtymology: New Latin, from Congregatio de propaganda fide Congregation for propagating the faith, organization established by Pope Gregory XV died 1623

1 capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions

2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person

3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect

It is propaganda, hardly distinguishable from what the grown up at CNN is doing with whatever issue he is busying his little mind with at any given moment, but somewhat less honest than the fellow with issues who is a conservative not a journalist. But it doesn’t require any veracity to meet the criteria of propaganda, so you know what your getting when you go to FOX, despite its’ marketing protestations to truth, honesty and the Merican way.

In fact it really doesn’t change anything if a network, or newspaper, or radio station chain, advocates for something decent and as wholesome better bouncing babies, the mere act of advocacy is propaganda.

EZ Smirkzz 4.29.2007

thpffffffttttttt! Wanker.

Yeah, and This Too

One of the things I do know, is that there is nothing too awfully wrong with the American system of governance, because there is nothing too awfully wrong with the American people. The Founding Fathers intended for the government to lag behind the will of the people, to a tolerable extent, which lag doesn’t comport with the modern, internet speed expectations that we of the microwave age have come to expect of other aspects in our lives. Patience is a learned trait for most of us.

There is also the built in inclinations of politicians in a two party system to conflate issues for political purposes which leaves both political parties with some anomalies in their ideological foundations that we are constantly seeing exploitations of for political gamesmanship, so much so perhaps that we as a people don’t even see it anymore. For this I do not see a cure, except that cure which addresses the anomaly that ails the world as a whole, a loss of natural affection for our fellow man.

Love, like gravity, exerts a very weak force when its’ center of mass is isolated from other centers of love, and easily moved by other forces that inhabit the human heart, which have a greater force. But it is love that all of our good impulses spring from, including fair play, sharing, tolerance and endurance. It is when many people come together with these same impulses that great good is accomplished by a group or society.

Hate is another term that is often considered only in its’ negative connotation, when it is also a term for loving less. It, like love, does not carry the connotation of indifference which is the opposite of love or hate. Mankind’s problem in getting along is not exclusive of indifference either, but indifference allows an evil to continue that could be stopped if there were any love or hatred for that evil, since mankind would act either way. Darfur suffers from our indifference, Baghdad, from our love, and Muslim hatreds. Poverty exists because of indifference, wealth from hatred, in the sense of loving less.

None of these things spring from an unnatural impulse in the hearts of man, these impulses are intrinsic to mankind, because we as people balance and weigh and judge all things under our purview, and from those judgements we either love, hate or become indifferent. It is from this principle that the Christ commanded Christians not to judge, because if one does not, then one can be neither indifferent, nor loving one over another, nor one less than another. It is so we will rely on the judgement of God, and as it is written God is not a respecter of persons and so there is no partiality with God.

This doesn’t go down well with the world because it levels all religions, all economic systems, and all nations, tribes and clans to the same station as the next. It demands that we quit knowing our own hearts and judging good from bad, from desiring to be like God. The beginning of knowledge is the fear of Jehovah, it is also the sum of knowledge, so that whatever one thinks they might know, they do not yet know it well enough. This also permeates our knowledge of other things, and so there is no difference in the understanding of man in knowledge of things sacred or profane. We do not yet know anything well enough to say that this is a truth that will be truth for the ages.

Loving one another as you love yourself, because it is the best you can do, would go a long way towards solving all of what ails the world today, because you do not even know your own heart, and so you have many lovers and wives, and husbands, so how is it that you can know anthers heart? God may be mocked but He will not be long ignored.

Lessons Still Not Learned

Jackson State, Kent State.

Yeah, But They Speak English

U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons

LONDON, May 1 — Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.

But the 25-year-old Mr. Khyam, a Briton of Pakistani descent, also personifies a larger and more immediate concern: as a British citizen, he could have entered the United States without a visa, like many of an estimated 800,000 other Britons of Pakistani origin.

American officials, citing the number of terror plots in Britain involving Britons with ties to Pakistan, expressed concern over the visa loophole. In recent months, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, has opened talks with the government here on how to curb the access of British citizens of Pakistani origin to the United States.

Well just be good little Germans, and exclude those not of the master Anglo-Saxon race.

Obviously

Hoon admits fatal errors in planning for postwar Iraq

A catalogue of errors over planning for Iraq after the invasion, and an inability to influence key figures in the US administration, led to anarchy in Iraq from which the country has not recovered, the British defence secretary during the invasion admits today.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Geoff Hoon reveals that Britain disagreed with the US administration over two key decisions in May 2003, two months after the invasion – to disband Iraq’s army and “de-Ba’athify” its civil service. Mr Hoon also said he and other senior ministers completely underestimated the role and influence of the vice-president, Dick Cheney.

“Sometimes … Tony had made his point with the president, and I’d made my point with Don [Rumsfeld] and Jack [Straw] had made his point with Colin [Powell] and the decision actually came out of a completely different place. And you think: what did we miss? I think we missed Cheney.”

Well Mr. Hoon, we won’t.

Iran to tell coalition forces to leave Iraq at summit in Egypt

“We believe it would be to the benefit of both the occupiers and the Iraqi people that they [the coalition forces] withdraw immediately,” said Mohammad Reza Bagheri, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs with primary responsibility for Iran’s policy in Iraq.

“In Iraq there is an elected government and parliament and the other government institutions are functioning. They must be allowed to do as they wish. It is better that the US and Britain withdraw and let neighbouring countries assist them.

“Neighbouring countries are not willing to ransack the country. They do not want what is not theirs. When we speak of American and English people, historically they have acted as colonialists and ransackers,” Mr Bagheri added.

Yeah, we can’t even fool ourselves about our foreign policy anymore, but then that doesn’t mean we can buy everything everyone else says either. Iraq is a mess for Israel, and so long as the Likud is in the OVP there will be no peace in Iraq. It’s just that simple.

May 1, 2007

Iraq is For Lover’s Mr. President

The General and the Politicians

General Eaton’s Letter to President Bush on Veto May 1, 2007

I urge you to reconsider your position, and work with Congress to pass a bill that achieves the goals laid out above.

Respectfully,

Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA, Retired

via dKos, as I was saying in my previous post.

Kudos Due, Kudos Given

I don’t know how many people have been keeping up with the debates Lou Dobbs has been engaging in over the immigration issue on his show, which has indeed lifted the show from news to advocacy, to informative debate tonight. I really do think that if Lou, Mz. Lazano, and Jerry Brown could come to a definition of terms, that they could probably move the issue forward to a place where a compromise could be reached. From what I heard tonight I think the nation would be better served by a compromise these three would come up with than by all the Congress critters.

The problem with compromise always remains the ability to judge ones self as not always right on all points of a debate, or being willing to concede that an other’s position may be more correct than your own. It is I think a search for a solution that works for all those involved, and affected by the outcome.

That is very distinct from debating teams for colleges, or even from a political debate between candidates running for office, because the objective is to win.

I think we forget that sometimes, when discussing national issues, and that is why the problems become intractable, not because the problem cannot be solved, but because the protagonists are intractable.

Well It Tastes Like Chicken

FDA Widens Import Alert

PRODUCTS: Wheat Gluten Rice Gluten Rice Protein Rice Protein Concentrate Corn Gluten Corn Gluten Meal Corn By-Products Soy Protein Soy Gluten Proteins (includes amino acids and protein hydrosylates) Mung Bean Protein

PROBLEM: Poisonous or Deleterious Substance Unfit For Food Unsafe Food Additive

PAF: PES COUNTRY: China (CN) MANUFACTURER/SHIPPER: All

CHARGES: “The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to section 801(a)(3) in that it appears to bear or contain a poisonous or deleterious substance, which may render it injurious to health [Adulteration, section 402(a)(1)]”

Analysis;

The Invisible Hand performs a prostate exam….

Posted by: Davis. X. MachinaD | May 1, 2007 11:10:05 AM

Or Maybe…

Updated for the link.

Sometimes insider gossip seems to confirm what all us outsiders think we’re seeing, so, for what it’s worth. . .we’re hearing that some big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House.

The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he’s doing things would be OK. . .etc., etc.

This is called a “bunker mentality” and it’s not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous. Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now in circulation.

Or Maybe you ought to read the BBC article linked in the previous post, eh? Just saying.

Heads Up Stoners

Cannabis ‘disrupts brain centre’ ( and may lead to spelling words like a Frenchman,)via Balloon Juice.

THC levels are thought to have doubled in street cannabis in recent years – at the expense of other ingredients which may have a beneficial effect.

A separate study has shown that one of these ingredients – cannabidiol (CBD) – has the potential to dampen down psychotic symptoms, and could form the basis of new treatments.

The research will be discussed at a conference on the impact of cannabis use to be held at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College this week.

Experts are concerned that street cannabis is becoming increasingly potent. It is thought that average THC content has risen from 6% to 12% in recent years.

FWIW I’ve heard that BC Bud hits around 30%, which considering that it was around 3% when I was in my hay day is pretty serious stuff. That ought to bring you down.

The interesting thing to me is that I don’t know how one chemical component was increased so dramatically without increasing all of them, which is going to chew up some search time for sure, but letting my conservative within run wild, I would work on the hypothesis that it is due to genetic modification of the plant, and the greed of the growers.

This is on the heels of the report on alchohol being so deletrious, so perhaps there isn’t any money to be made in curing substance abuses either, only in treating and incarcerating those who do have these tendencies. Sounds Calvanistically about right for America.

And no dear, I can drug test with the best.

To Conservatives With Issues

The death rate amongst humans is still 100%. The National Security implications of global warming are a real inconvient truth. Learn the art of cooking a small fish.

A Note to John Edwards

On behalf of myself and 39 other long hairs, we would be happy to inform you that of the 25 dollar campaign contributions sent to you by us, we are right proud that you would use the funds for haircuts, and so get so many other peoples knickers in a knot.

The other thirty nine would also like to inform you that another 1 dollar will not be forth coming this month, as we are organizing a drive to buy shoes for a blogger to attend Congressional sessions on our behalf, and to determine, as some have contended, that it can almost all be explained by the brothel waters.

Little Cheese with that Whine?

via Angry Bear Trade Debate: Dobbs v. Luskin or Dumb & Dumber

I’m certainly no Lou Dobbs Democrat so I tend to enjoy it when someone takes down his anti-trade, anti-immigration garbage. But why does it have to be the Stupidest Man Alive taking on some rather obvious myths from Mr. Dobbs? The one part of this stupid debate that struck me was:

The claim about salaries and wages is so deceptive as to very nearly be a lie. Dobbs ignored the fact that for many of the years following 1929, companies paid only salaries and wages, and no fringe benefits such as pensions or health care. In the modern economy, fringe benefits are a significant portion of total compensation. Today, the income share of total worker compensation – wages and salaries plus benefits – is higher than in any year prior to 1967, and lands in about the middle of the narrow range in which it has since fluctuated.

We have graphed total worker compensation relative to national income as well as its components (salaries&wages and fringe benefits). While Luskin is correct that fringe benefits are a larger component of compensation today than they were in 1929 – notice something. The share of worker compensation has declined from 66.2% in 2001 to 64% in 2006. To disguise this fact, he has to reach back 40 years to find a period when the share of worker compensation was lower.

That’s what I like, honest debate, around the facts, by grown ups.

Here is an interesting article on the topic, that quotes everyone from WorldNetDaily to Lou Dobbs,

The purpose of this 4-part article is to explain why the US federal government can’t afford and doesn’t soon plan to to end illegal immigration.

You can also use Google too.

Mr. Blogger Goes to Washinghands

Give bloggers Capitol access

Although it would be better to have a Constitutional Convention and move the US government to Topeka, Kansas and just give everyone access to Topeka, this may be worth looking into as a stop gap.

This doesn’t mean Congress should throw open its doors to just anyone, which would undoubtedly draw security concerns and create space issues. However, with its own rules for membership, the Online Media Gallery would allow citizen journalists who cover Congress to at least have a fair shot at securing credentials.

Yeah I can see me qualifying for the new elite, and all my blogger neighbors chipping in to buy me a pair of shoes.

Why Joe Lieberman Can Kiss My Ass

ATol’s “Roving Eye”, Pepe Escobar, is back in Iraq and in the Red Zone – that is, outside “Fortress USA”, the Green Zone. This is the first of his unembedded, non-Kevlar-protected, bodyguardless reports.

Life under surge

The day had already started under high tension, as US jets around 9:00am bombed positions supposedly held by Islamic Emirate of Iraq guerrillas in explosive Dora, south Baghdad. We stop by the recently bombed Sarafiya bridge over the Tigris, which links the al-Qasra side of Sunni Adhamiyah to Shi’ite al-Altafiyah.

Residents are adamant: the bomb was planted “by the Americans”; one of them says, “The night before the bombing, the Americans were surrounding the bridge, and right after the bomb exploded, we heard the noise of a jet.” If this is true, it would fit a perceived – by a overwhelming majority of Sunnis and Shi’ites alike – American strategy of inciting sectarian war: Shi’ites are now forced to pass through turbulent Adhamiyah if they want to go, for instance, to al-Mustansariyah University (also recently bombed), which is considered in Baghdad as a “Shi’ite” university.

Just read the whole thing.