Thursday, September 30, 2004

Shorter Debate

Bush: We can't have a President who says anything negative, we can't have a President who changes his mind. I am the candidate who only says happy things, I am the candidate who has gone on the offensive and will not change the course.  I believe, I believe in the transformational power, I'm the believer.

Kerry: <Kerry's debate tactics do not lend themselves to quick summaries>

Nader's Advice For Kerry

I don't think Nader gets why he is so ineffective.  I've heard him say as much.  But he's a smart f*cker, and, although he probably hasn't been watching the campaign the way most Americans do (from in front of the TV), Nader has worthwhile thoughts.  Without further ado, A Gift to the Kerry/Edwards Campaign: Ten Ways to Beat George W. Bush, by Ralph Nader.

UPDATE: I didn't mean to imply that anyone should follow the advice, but it is worth a read.

Scalia Clinches Chief Justice Spot

In a speech given to Harvard students, Scalia confirms what always has been suspected about him, a predilection for group sex.  “I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged,” Scalia said.  Thanks to the BeatBushBlog.

Bush's Secret Plan? Redemptive Democracy

Did the President plan to discredit Democracy(really, Aristocratic-Republicanism) all along, or did he have bigger, long range plans, plans that might be called redemptive democracy?

Like lots of theories on this blog, no one is expecting anyone to take this seriously, but let us look at the facts

  • The big three troop contributors are currently America, Britan and Australia
  • Australia is having their election in October, America November, and early next year for Britain
  • The US President is heavily involved in his own campaign, according to one reliable report
Is George Walker Bush planning to lose?  If Bush, Howard of Australia, and Blair of Britain all lose, won't that show that Democracy works?  Won't that excite the people of the world of the powers they, themselves, could have?

Note: There is one major problem with this theory, and that is Britain.  Britain is a Parliamentarian Monarchy, with almost no emphasis on the Monarch.  This means, in practice, that Mr. Blair is only running for re-election in a district that is one/sixth the size of that a US Representative covers.  In other words, Blair will return to the House of Commons almost definitely.  If the Conservatives(Yikes!) or the Liberal-Democrats(bloody unlikely) take over, Blair is no longer PM, but the early indications show that Labour will maintain an absolute majority in the Commons.  If there is no absolute majority, Britain will have to have a coalition government.  Perhaps the Lib-Dems can stick it out for a Gordon Browne(did I remember that right?) PMship.  I do not believe there is a modern precedent for switching PMs if the party stays in power.  Anyone?

Tip to "WTF Is It Now?"

Your Handy-Dandy 2004 Bush Debate Guide!  Click on each one, as Bush utters his soon-to-be world famous phrases...(the first 10 entries are from the blog WTF Is It Now?

9/11 changed everything
Saddam used weapons against his own people!
If I have to choose between taking the word of a madman and protecting the 'Merican people, I choose the 'Merican people everytime.
The world is better off without Saddam in power
I inherited a recession
He's gonna raise taxes
We're turnin' the corner
Mixed messages embolden the terrists/hurt our troops
Saddam refused to let the inspectors in
Changin' his position
The just-launched strike in Samarra

Add a comment, before the debate starts, if you want to see more.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Tid bits

Is anyone going to be watching FOX, they are controlling the feed for the first debate.  I mean, watching to make sure they aren't cheating!.  Note: They will be cheating by manipulating the feed.

Riverbend, bless her soul, has a new post.  Included is this very detailed biography of Iyad Allawi, the empty suit who has the most authority in Iraq.

The Daily Howler has been great lately.  So good, in fact, that NY Times seems to be directly confronting Mr. Somerby.

Funny picture time?  Here

I Want the Info On Iran

All I've heard so far stinks just as badly as the Iraq "intelligence" lies pushed by the bloodthirsty warmongers in the Bush administration.

Swab of U-235?  Still being pushed, and bullshit.

Razed field?  Say no more, it's razed.

What else do the greedy killers want?

If Attacked, I Will Retaliate

If that's a threat, then consider me threatening too, China.

  If China invades Taiwan, and it is at all possible, I will go to Taiwan and attempt to repel the invaders.  By that logic, I should go to Iraq and attempt to repel the Americans.  Hmmm.

Shorter Article: China claims Taiwan is acting "threateningly" by declaring it will defend itself, if attacked by China.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Have you heard of Sibel Edmonds?

If she is telling the truth, she's a hero, and deserves to be known.  Sadly, she writes very poorly.

What Others Are Saying
Evans Moove from The Young Curmudgeon took the time to write me a personal e-mail which stated
Fuck off and die troll.

Deleted and banned.
Please, take the time to stop by this spiritually stunted dwarf.  By the way, this mean spirit is a conservative with links to the Evangelical Christian community!
On the dark side, I found another blog to like, called Ayn Coulter.  In fact, it was her section "What Others Are Saying" which inspired this post.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Which do you want first

  The good news or the really, really bad news.
  You owe it to yourself to read the bad news, from start to end.  Your head has been filled with the false good news for so long now, it is going to hurt.  Get the hurt started, because then we won't be so schizophrenic.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Flash News from BuzzFlash
  • One in three voters will using DieBold machines this November.  Heard any stories about polls being bad?  It's because they have already rigged the voting machines, if I don't miss my guess.
  • Sleazy Firm will pay $4,000 for any seniors willing to say the GOP amendment to Medicare is a good idea.  Funny they have to try that hard.
  • New Lying Swift Boat Veterans Ads.
  • Tom DeLay aides garner 32 indictments.  Would you believe it had anything to do with corporate contributions to campaigns?
  • More Bush administration kowtowing to corporate interests.  This time, DHS changes EPA report on threat from chemical industry (as victims of attack).
Victory Lap Waylaid

  Before Michael Totten (fascist, ignoramus blowhard for $$$) could finish his victory lap, declaring the Second Intifada over and done with, this happens.
  When the next right-wing blowhard announces the end to the Palestinian uprising, perhaps he should consult with the Palestinians first, or at least check with some of them? Perhaps one?  Slimeball Totten cites not a single Palestinian who says it is over.
Dan Rather For President
Expected to tell the truth?  Forced to apologize when he doesn't?

We already hold him to a higher standard than any President in my memory.
Who Said What?
Take the Stupid White Men's Quiz at CounterPunch. Find out who said ""Freedom is about authority." and "A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed."
Swaggart, Scumbag
Swaggart said "I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry, and I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died,"
Gay advocacy groups say such language encourages violence against gay men and lesbians.
"Good gracious alive, it would be a long stretch of the imagination to come up with that," Swaggart, the fuckwad idiot, said.
A Message to Libertarians
"Neither force nor fraud" is a axiom of Libertarians around the world.  For them, I present...
Reasons for Libertarians to Support Bush's War in Iraq

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Next to Face Recall Vote?
I jest.  Joseph Diess, President of Switzerland, said, after Pretzeldent George Walker Bush spoke & ran at the UN...
In hindsight, experience shows that actions taken without a mandate which has been clearly defined in a security council resolution are doomed to failure.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Yay Yay Yugoslavia!
The great heros at Whatever It Is, I'm Against It have linked to the fantastic news that we really bombed Yugoslavia to sell its assets to hard-working corporate CEOs.
I guess this disingenuous attitude is the only way to deal with this truly, truly evil occurence.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Are you Busy, Busy, Busy?
I saw a nice T-Shirt once, in a store on CommonWealth Ave in Back Bay, Boston...
Jesus is Coming... (then a picture of a person sweeping)... Look Busy.
Busy, Busy, Busy is a wonderful blog, especially for those who think the major national columnists could whittle down their columns a bit.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Let Freedom March
And provide the boots. From Fanatical Apathy.
Someone Asked...
"Is this a religious blog?" so I think I should get back to politics.
  To me, the Killian memos, (memos which claim Bush had to be given good things because of political pressure), always seemed entirely real.
  Some people, including Randi Rhodes of Air America Radio, say that because the memos were leaked only to Dan Rather of CBS, it sounds dubiouos.  If I had memos, not documents on official stationary, I would have a hard time proving they were real, so I would go to the one person I know/trust.  Politicians tend to leak things to single sources, because they all know it is a boon to the journalist to whom the story was leaked.
  Within four hours of the television broadcast of the story, the Stooge Republic began attacking the peice, mostly for lies about the nature of typography at the time.  Because it was an anonymous poster on Stooge Republic, the mainstream media picked up on it.
  Now it turns out that this person who posted anonymously has a regular history of mendacious garbage, and is nothing like anonymous anymore.  Thanks, Digby, for getting the story to me, and thanks to Democratic Underground, where it broke first.

  This LA Times story doesn't, up front, call MacDougland a "pull it out of his ass liar who still got attention from the mainstream media," and the timid reader might think MacDougland was more of a patriot than a scurrilously, and flagrantly lying loser.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

France Bashing

Will it ever end?
Certain morons are up in their roosts, flapping their wings about the new French ban on visible religious symbols.
The France bashers are jumping all over this, claiming the Sikhs are particularly hurt because of their turbans.
If these nitwits pulled their heads out of their asses, they would learn that the turban is only to cover their long hair, which is a religious requirement.
The Turban Sikhs wear is not a requirement of their religion, but it is tradition.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

YOU heard it here first!
  The g-d of the monotheistic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) started out as the g-d of the Jews.
  The Jews called it by many names: Yahweh, Elohim, El, Elah, Eloah.
  El was the name of a person.  Elohim refers to El's seventy children.
  This is the gossip on the Dead Sea Scrolls, from a student of one of the scrolls' top scholarly researchers.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Praise the Lord!
Gentlemen, Rulers of the World, have I got the Good Word(tm) for you!  Don't fear about a Kerry election, because we no longer need to have elections!  The proof is quite simple, and even the thickest of your followers can understand.  Here we go...
  • The Lord of America, President George Walker Bush, gets direct answers from G-d!.
    • John Kerry certainly doesn't.
    • Yes/No answers from the Almighty are all a Nation can ask for from its leader!
    • Theocracy is a rule by the G-dly, which His Excellency George Walker Bush certainly is!
  • "Democracy" (spit!) was invented by Homosexual Greeks, and not G-d-fearing Americans like George Walker Bush, praised be he.
    • The evil men who forced "Democracy" (spit!) on America were, in fact, believers that G-d is One!  Every True Christian knows that G-d is Three (such heretics were executed in earlier times)!
    • Is there even any question that these "Framers" were in fact... Homosexuals?  If they were not, they were duped by the Homosexual Agenda to destroy America and sodomize the sons of the loyal and faithful followers of His Highness, George Walker Bush.
  • Monarchy is the most holy of all forms of Government.  Certainly if G-d has selected our Dear Leader, then there is no need to ask the hoi-polloi(common people, ignorant of the Most High's Grand Plans).
    • Like the Kaiser (Holy Roman Emperor, or Ceasar) before him, the Great George Walker Bush has been selected by God to be the unquestioned leader of the Greatest Nation on Earth.
    • To deny this is satanic.  Are you a tool of Satan?
  • Terrorists want us to have elections.
    • No elections mean no election-time terrorism!
    • Arab leaders want our Holy King(tm) to be replaced!
  There you go, Mr. Murdoch, Mr. Moon, and all the other craven media flunkies of the current regime.  In a nutshell, gays want you to vote, G-d wants Bush to be KING.
If you are a normal person, you might like this PhD's views on the theological aspects of Bush "diplomacy" (spit).
Dear Readers, please get your heads outside of your rears and realize that Bush is a Theocrat, a Born-Again Christian, and, for that, a loony.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

The Origins of the Word Politics
  As I (perhaps) already discussed, the word "Terrorism" comes from the French, specifically the State terror of Robespierre and the Jacobins.
  The word politique, with its current meaning, also comes to us via the French, but first a small explanation of my brief knowledge of the latter half of the 16th century European situation is in order.
  Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor ruler of Germany, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, parts/intermittently of Italy, and Spain's possessions in the New World, was dead.  The Protestant Reformation had taken hold, and while Luther himself was dead; Calvin, from his base in Geneva, was proving to be a powerful organizer of cross-continental forces.  Book-banning and Inquisitions were being stepped up in Spain and the Netherlands, and religious disharmony was being used by the aristocratic elite to help overthrow weakened Monarchs (tired from a long Spanish-French war and broke from the double default, both France and Spain, in 1557).  At the same time, the Calvinists connected with the aristocrats in order to gain, by force if necessary, the right to worship freely.  For the record, some of the most militant Calvinists didn't want anyone worshipping any other way than their own.

  From the book

Already in France, about the year 1564, the term "politique" had come into use to describe the growing body of middle-of-the-road opinion which, while holding no brief for the new religious doctrines, considered that repression would only precipitate the very disasters it was designed to avert.
I'm screaming on the inside with the irony of it all.

Most all of this is from J.H. Elliot's 1968 book Europe Divided 1559-1598, which I am currently reading.