Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Republican Sleazewipes Gearing Up to Attack Obama

Gearing up?!?!?!? What the fuck have they been doing already???

It’s sort of like when Ronald Reagan was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and everybody was saying “how could they tell?”

David Bossie was the leading pit bull during the Republicans’ “investigative” attacks on Clinton all during his presidency. He’s now the president of Citizens United. Yes, that Citizens United.

And his next mission is to advise victorious Republicans on how to best utilize their new political capital to attack Obama as viciously as possible; how to get the Obama administration and congressional Democrats hogtied and paralyzed. As with Reagan’s Alzheimer’s, if Obama and the Democrats are hamstrung and tied in knots, how will we know?

Bossie was one of the authors of Slick Willie, an anti-Clinton book put together by Citizens United in 1992. Bossie and his fellow Citizens United shitwads spent jillions of taxpayer dollars investigating Whitewater, the “murder” of Vince Foster, you name it. Somehow, Republicans didn’t seem concerned then about the budget, or safeguarding taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.

Republicans are bragging that when they take over the House next January, they’ll be holding one investigation after another, trying to dig up something — anything — on Obama. Your tax dollars at work.

Republicans have spent the last two years placing holds on everything imaginable, including the funding to enforce laws that have already been passed. Maybe the occasional Democrat could grow a pair, and place a hold on the funding to investigate Obama. Just a thought, in case the Democrats ever decide to fight fire with fire instead of bringing a pocket knife to a gun fight.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Alan Grayson Trailing in Florida

Well this sucks. How the fuck is this even possible???

Alan Grayson is one of the few Democratic politicians who yells it like it is. He’s as blunt as they get. He’s probably most famous for saying Republicans want you do die quickly if you get sick.

This is the kind of fearless blunt-spoken politician we need more of; not fewer.

The Kochtopus has contributed $250,000 to Grayson’s teabirthing opponent, “Taliban Dan” Webster.

And the National Republican Congressional Committee has another $800,000 set aside for TV ads against Grayson. These shitbags are sure scared of something.

And speaking of scary: the recipient of all this largesse from the NRCC and the Koch Brothers — Grayson’s opponent, Taliban Dan Webster — is closely tied to the Christian Reconstructionism movement.

Among other things, the Christian Reconstructionism movement wants to bring back stoning to death for crimes such as adultery, heresy and witchcraft. Gee, what ever happened to “We The People!” "Freedom!" and “limited government?” Or maybe those were last week’s teabagger slogans.

Why don’t those douchebags just move to Iran or Saudi Arabia if they want people to get stoned to death for adultery and heresy?

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Corporations are People: Phase Two

The Oligarchy has long ruled that a corporation has all the rights of a person, without any of the vulnerabilities or responsibilities. And now the Supreme Court will probably take this “reasoning” to its logical next step. If a corporation is a person, then obviously he has feelings; she has emotional needs. Corporations have their ups and downs, their good and bad days; just like us.

A corporation would be embarrassed — just petrified! — if his/her sensitive personal information got revealed. Therefore, a corporation has the right to privacy, just like we do.

The FCC, during an investigation, gathered some information about AT&T. And now AT&T wants to keep this information secret. AT&T will just die if this information gets out! All the other corporations will laugh at AT&T. Halliburton will kick AT&T’s ass after school. General Motors will put a thumb tack on his chair.

Just imagine poor little AT&T sitting there, blushing, squirming, turning away, unable to look the other corporations in the eye. Have you no sympathy???

So far, a federal appeals court has ruled in AT&T’s favor. The Supreme Court will probably make its ruling in early 2011.

In the meantime, AT&T is just a nervous wreck. She hasn’t been herself lately. She’s been breaking out in zits, and she’s starting to overeat. She might even call in sick tomorrow.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

This Coming Saturday: the Anti-Teaparty; the Un-Teabaggers

This isn’t to be confused with Jon Stewart’s Million Moderate March in late October.

This Saturday’s rally will be held at Washington DC’s National Mall, same location as Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963 and last month’s Gathering of the Beckwads.

This rally is called One Nation Working Together, and is being sponsored by about 300 organizations, including the A.F.L.-C.I.O., N.A.A.C.P., National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Council of La Raza.

George Gresham, president of 1199 S.E.I.U., said:

“The Tea Party has been getting much more media attention than it deserves, and it’s been saying it represents the voice of middle-class America. A lot of us feel we have to get a different voice out there speaking for working people, one respecting the diversity of this country, which the Tea Party does not.”

Benjamin T. Jealous, president of the N.A.A.C.P., said:

“We’re living through a moment of decreasing prosperity and increasing diversity. That’s a formula for a battleground, not common ground. We say, ‘Let’s get the country moving back to common ground.’ ”

That quote pretty much sums up the difference between the Far Right and the rest of us. When a teabirther sees “a moment of decreasing prosperity and increasing diversity,” it reacts with “Oh boy! Wedge issues! Hatred! Civil war! Yeehaw!”

A normal person, on the other hand, will see this volatile period as a time for rational discussion; sanity.

They’re predicting that about 100,000 people will show up this Saturday at the One Nation Working Together rally. In other words, if Fox News was in favor of this gathering, that would be a turnout of 900,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Americans are a bunch of Socialist Class Warriors

They just don’t know it. They don’t identify themselves with those labels. But according to this survey, 92% of Americans prefer Sweden’s approach to wealth redistribution over the American philosophy of “if you’re poor it’s your own fault. Die.”

The same survey also shows that most Americans are NOT aware of the huge gap between the richest and poorest; between CEOs and their employees. Most of the respondents guessed that the wealthiest 20% of Americans had 59% of the wealth.

(The correct answer: the wealthiest 20% of Americans control 84% of the wealth.)

When asked what percentage of the country’s wealth should be controlled by the top 20%, the average answer was 32%. And that just happens to be about the percentage of Sweden’s wealth that’s controlled by their wealthiest 20%.

A person’s income level and political viewpoint played no role in this survey. No matter how rich or poor they were, how liberal or conservative, 92% of them agreed that America’s wealth should be distributed more evenly.

Some of our most popular political labels don’t seem to indicate what a person actually thinks. More Americans identify themselves as “conservative” than “liberal.” And terms like “socialism” and “redistribution of wealth” tend to grate on the American psyche like chalk squeaking on a blackboard.

And yet when you strip away all of the images and archetypes that Americans associate with certain phrases — we’re all a bunch of bleeding heart Eurosocialists.

Maybe, just maybe, Democratic strategists could start using market research and focus groups — you know, like Republicans have been doing since the 1970s — and come up with a few slogans that would resonate with the above-mentioned 92%. And then do some TV ads to get those slogans out there to the public.

Oh well, one can dream.


Friday, September 24, 2010

John Boehner: “I Did Not Have Sexual Relations with That Woman, Miss Lyons”

Take that, all you two-faced Biblehumping “Values” assholes. What goes around comes around.

Allegedly, the New York Times is sitting on a story — to be released in October — that John Boehner has been having an affair with a lobbyist, Lisbeth Lyons.

Oh My God! Is this the kind of wayward immoral heathen that we want soiling the office of Speaker of the House??? Remember the GOP rallying cry against Clinton during Monicagate — “This isn’t about sex. This is about lying to the American people!”

Bring on the Fire and Brimstone.

(Here are some links to the story.)

This is just too poetic. The Republicans spent eight years throwing stones at Bill Clinton; and almost two years throwing stones at Barack Obama. It’s all they know how to do. And now it turns out they’re living in a glass house. Uh oh.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if the GOP’s glass house got shattered to smithereens. Let the smear campaign begin.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Republican Pledge to America — more like “Bend Over, America!”

The public — the gullible ones anyway — has been waiting for weeks, for what? For this shit???

Everything in this simple-minded “pledge” falls into one of three categories:

1. Nonspecific feelgood phrases that mean absolutely nothing;

2. Somewhat specific proposals that give no indication — zero! — of where the money will come from.

And the third category: Things that Obama has already done — or tried to do but was blocked by Republicans — which have now been re-worded and presented as a new, “Republican” idea.

For example, the table on this page shows seven features of that dreaded Freedom-killing Obamacare. That’s in the left-hand column. In the right column is the Republican “replacement” for each item. In all seven cases, the “replacement” is the exact same fuckin’ thing as what they’re “replacing.”

For example, that wicked Obamacare prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Republican free-enterprisers have deleted that, and changed it to: “We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition.”


Anyway, check out the table. Talk about “funny but not ha ha.”

Just how stupid do the Republicans think their “base” is? Oh. Nevermind.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

‘The Rage of the Rich”

Also known as “the wail of the one percent.” This New York Times column by Paul Krugman will throw you into a rage. You’ll fume; you’ll yell; you’ll punch your computer monitor.

Paul Krugman doesn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. But he pinpoints the problem — totally captures that arrogant self-absorbed Marie Antoinette attitude of the wealthiest one percent — and he does it all without a single swear word; without insulting anybody’s parents or anything. He’s a better man than I.

Here’s an item from that column: When Obama tried to close a tax loophole that hedge fund managers were reaping a fortune from, fund manager Stephen Schwarzman — a billionaire — compared Obama’s proposal to the Nazi invasion of Poland.

Regarding whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts for millionaires, Krugman says:

“Among the undeniably rich, a belligerent sense of entitlement has taken hold: it’s their money, and they have the right to keep it…The spectacle of high-income Americans, the world’s luckiest people, wallowing in self-pity and self-righteousness would be funny, except for one thing: they may well get their way.”


“Politicians spend a lot of time hanging out with the wealthy. So when the rich face the prospect of paying an extra 3 or 4 percent of their income in taxes, politicians feel their pain — feel it much more acutely, it’s clear, than they feel the pain of families who are losing their jobs, their houses, and their hopes.”

He wraps up the column with:

“And when the tax fight is over, one way or another, you can be sure that the people currently defending the incomes of the elite will go back to demanding cuts in Social Security and aid to the unemployed. America must make hard choices, they’ll say; we all have to be willing to make sacrifices. But when they say ‘we,’ they mean ‘you.‘ Sacrifice is for the little people.”

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Is Newt Gingrich Mentally Ill?

Chris Matthews vaguely alluded to this on Hardball last night. He was going over a few of Gingrich’s recent sickass quotes, and then said something like “do you think he’s OK?”

Come to think of it…

Maybe this twisted sack of shit needs sympathy instead of scorn and hatred. Maybe he’s just sick and not really a demented scheming megalomaniac. As you remember, Gingrich led the impeachment drive against Bill Clinton — for having an affair and disgracing the Oval Office — while simultaneously having an affair himself and disgracing the position of Speaker of the House. Maybe he has an undiagnosed case of full-blown schizophrenia.

When he served divorce papers on his wife while she was in the hospital with cancer, maybe he was suffering from a rare mental illness.

Is Gingrich suffering from just another case of Obama Derangement Syndrome, or does he have permanent brain damage?

Is he sick? Or just a sickfuck?

Newt, America cares. Please seek the professional help you need — you shit-stirring bottom-feeding lowlife son-of-a-bitch.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Trying to Compete Against the Rightwing Noise Machine

This article is about Sarah Palin, but it applies to the teabaggers, Fox News, talk radio shouters and rightwing nutjob candidates in general. Logic and intellect aren’t stopping them. Rational discussion? Good luck.

Sarah Palin talks like a hyperactive 8-year-old, can’t name a single news publication she reads, and only talks to pre-selected audiences. She’s been the butt of more jokes than Dan Quayle and Michael Dukakis put together. And yet she has more influence than ever.

Sure, it’s entertaining to make fun of crazed rightwing demagogues and the millions of inbred dunces who hang on their every word. It’s a guilty pleasure. But it hasn’t accomplished a F$&#in’ thing.

Millions of vapid TV watchers and radio listeners are unable to think any deeper than “Ugh! Taxes! Bad!” “Ugh! Want! More! Beer!” And rightwing demagogues have the perfect soundbites for these people: “Lock and load!” “Take Back Our Country!” “Not ‘no’ but Hell No!” “He’s a MUSLIM!”

And Democrats are supposed to counter this by, what, using logic? Reasoning? Talking about the economy using complete sentences with multi-syllable words?

It’s a long-running cliché that the public usually agrees with the Democratic candidate on the issues, but they vote for the Republican because the Republican campaign has better slogans, and/or the Republican candidate is somebody you’d like to go have a beer with.

Whatever you’d call that syndrome, it’s worse now than ever. Rightwing soundbites are getting sharper and more focused, and the Democrats try to counter them with long dry speeches about how the economy is gradually improving.

What to do?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Republican Health Care Plan is (this space for rent)

Republicans have been spewing out the same 3-word slogan for the last few months: Repeal and, uhh…what’s the other word again? Oh, Replace; that’s it. Repeal and Replace. There’s just one tiny question:

Replace the Democrats’ health care reform bill With WHAT???

They don’t have a replacement. No alternative plan whatsoever. Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip point shit.

From the time they defeated “Clinton Care” in 1994 until George W. Bush’s departure, Republicans had fourteen years to come up with a health care plan of their own. What did they come up with? (See previous paragraph.)

If Republicans win control of the House, Weepy the Orange will instruct his drones to pass a bill repealing Obamacare. And Obama will promptly veto the bill. Next.

Republicans will no doubt withhold all funding to enforce the new health reform law, as they’ve been threatening to do. This will be an opportunity for Obama and the Democrats to grow spines and start fighting fire with fire. There’s a ray of hope — Bill Clinton became a stronger president after Republicans captured the House in 1994.

But the fact remains, the GOP has no plan whatsoever — for health care, the economy, anything — besides saying “No” in unison. If Republicans re-take the House in November, voters will expect them to uncross their arms, stop stamping their feet, pull in their pouting lower lips and start coming up with some actual solutions.

That oughtta be interesting.


Friday, September 17, 2010

YOU could be Sued by RightHaven

I’m too pissed off about this to even rant about it. First off, Hat Tip to Jolly Roger at Reconstitution, where I first read about this.

RightHaven is a gang of lawyers with one mission: Scouring the Internet to look for any website or blog that contains ANY written content that originated in the Las Vegas Journal Review. It doesn’t matter whether an entire article was copied, or just a sentence or two. And it doesn’t matter that the blogger or webmaster linked the quoted sentences back to the Las Vegas Journal Review.

Needless to say, search your own site for ANYTHING quoted from or linked to the Las Vegas Journal Review; and delete that post, or at least remove the “offending” text.

This is RightHaven’s M.O.: When they find a sentence or paragraph somewhere on the Internet that was quoted from a Las Vegas Journal Review article or column, RightHaven buys the copyright to that particular story. Then RightHaven threatens the offending blogger/website operator with a federal lawsuit for copyright infringement.

RightHaven has filed over a hundred of these lawsuits so far. More often than not, the website operator is too intimidated to go to court so they pay a few thousand dollars in shakedown fees.

There’s nothing political about this. Nevada’s favorite tinfoil hatter, Sharron Angle, was sued by RightHaven for $150,000 because her website contained some text from a Las Vegas Journal Review article About HER.

The Las Vegas Review Journal is RightHaven’s only client — so far. But they reportedly are looking for additional customers.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is observing and monitoring RightHaven’s activities, but hasn’t taken any action yet.

Here are some more links to RightHaven.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pacific Gas & Electric: Wanted for Murder in San Bruno, CA

Or negligent homicide in any case. If Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cared about anything besides their balance sheet, they would have prevented last week’s raging inferno in San Bruno, CA which killed at least four people and destroyed dozens of homes.

In 2007, PG&E requested permission from the Public Utilities Commission for a $5 million rate increase. This $5 million was requested specifically so PG&E could repair a section of the exact same natural gas line that exploded last week.

The Public Utilities Commission granted PG&E the $5 million rate hike, with the understanding that PG&E would repair the gas line in 2009. It never got done.

A spokesperson for the Utility Reform Network said:

“And they said they would replace that section in 2009 and the Public Utilities Commission gave them that money.”

When PG&E requested the $5 million rate hike so they could repair that gas line, their written statement said:

“A pipe failure has a potential impact radius of 415 feet” and “the risk of a failure at this location is unacceptably high.”

They got that right.

Give Wall Street a trillion dollars to keep the economy from collapsing, and Wall Street keeps the money and gives everybody else the finger. Give Pacific Gas & Electric $5 million to prevent a deadly pipe explosion, and the pipe explodes anyway.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“We Should Extend Our Hand to Wall Street, Rather Than a Fist”

That has gotta be the most hilarious campaign slogan EVER. The candidate who uttered it lost yesterday’s primary, so this clueless phrase probably won’t go down in history. After all, who remembers what Michael Dukakis said as he was going down in flames? Or Robert Dole in 1996, or thousands of other losing candidates.

Reshma Saujani has worked for three hedge funds, and thought she could muster up enough financial backing from Wall Street mucky-mucks to unseat incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D—NY). Didn’t happen.

As this article says, Reshma Saujani had positioned herself as “the only candidate who understands how stressful and difficult the past few years have been for some of the wealthiest people in America.”

Oh Thank God — somebody finally understands their plight. Don’t you just hate it when the servant brings in the wrong caviar? Oh, the Agony! As I said to the butler yesterday…

She received more than $800,000 in campaign contributions, mostly from Wall Street. Last July she spoke at a private gathering of several dozen Wall Street VIPs. She said:

“We need to extend a hand rather than a fist” to Wall Street. “In New York, it's complicated because 35 percent of our revenue comes from the financial services industry…we can't make it so difficult to do business here that people will vote with their feet.”

It’s the Oligarchy’s favorite scare tactic again. “Businesses will leave if” this law gets passed. If one employer actually left every time the Right shouted “businesses will leave!” the United States wouldn’t have one single employed person left. And voters keep falling for that shit.

But not yesterday.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Why Senator Mike Johanns Needs to be Repeatedly Cock-Punched

Sorry to be stealing one of The Rude Pundit’s favorite phrases.

But this asshole from Nebraska is too contemptible for words. The Senate finally broke a Republican filibuster (one of dozens) and has agreed to consider legislation providing tax credits for small businesses. The bill would also provide a $30 billion fund for loans to small businesses.

The two Republican “traitors” who broke the filibuster — George Voinovich and George Lemieux — are both retiring, so rightwing powerbrokers won’t be able to retaliate against them.

Anyway, Senator Marie Antoinette
Mike Johanns (R—Douchebag) said:

“Small businesses need another loan like they need a kick in the pants.”

Any small business owners still planning to vote Republican this November?

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Republican Hostage Takers: “Give My Rich Friends Another Handout or the Middle Class Gets It!”

That was short-lived. Just yesterday, John “The Crying Game” Boehner said House Republicans would agree to extending the Bush tax cuts to everyone except the wealthiest 2-to-3%. That was then.

Now the orange flipflopper is saying that if the wealthiest Americans (i.e. the people who are financing his re-election campaign) don’t get their tax cut, NOBODY gets one.

To anyone more observant than Terri Schiavo, it’s been clear for months that Republicans don’t give a flying fuck about working Americans. They’re willing to wreck millions of lives just so they can block everything Obama tries to do. This makes Obama and Congressional Democrats look weak and ineffective — which they are — and then Republicans can swoop in to the “rescue” in November by re-taking the House and possibly the Senate too.

But this is the most blatant display yet. Tens of millions of struggling Americans will twist in the wind unless the people with five vacation homes, a yacht and a Swiss bank account also get THEIR tax break. Is there anybody who still doesn’t get it?!?!?!?

And speaking of hateful Republicans, this news story combines two of the things Republicans hate the most: the economic stimulus program and hybrid vehicles. To paraphrase an old Zen parable — what’s the sound of hundreds of Republican legislators gnashing their teeth and pulling their hair out.

Today in Michigan, A123 Systems Inc. opened a plant in Livonia, Michigan. They’ll be making lithium ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. And the opening of this plant was made possible by that commie stimulus package.

President Obama said:

“This is about the birth of an entire new industry in America, an industry that's going to be central to the next generation of cars. And it's going to allow us to start exporting those cars, making them comfortable, convenient, and affordable....When folks lift up their hoods on the cars of the future, I want them to see engines and batteries that are stamped: 'Made in America.'“

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

KGB’s Newest Partner: Microsoft

I don’t even know whether they’re still called the KGB or not. Russian security forces have a new gimmick when they crack down on dissident organizations. Now they can say, “oh, this has nothing to do with human rights. We’re just looking for pirated copies of Microsoft software.”

OK, that clears that up.

An environmental group from Irkutsk (if you play Risk — yes, there really IS such a place!) called Baikal Environmental Wave is trying to protect Lake Baikal from pollution. Lake Baikal holds 20% of the world’s fresh water. Years’ worth of the group’s files were lost when the police carted off all of their computers.

All across Russia, dozens of dissident groups and opposition newspapers have had their computers confiscated by security forces for the same “reason” — Microsoft made us do it.

And Microsoft is working hand in hand with Russian security apparatchiks. They’ve been instigating these police raids, and then they refuse to help any of these groups when it turns out they DIDN’T have any pirated Microsoft programs.

A spokesperson for Baikal Environmental Wave says their group purchased brand new — legal — Microsoft software, specifically so the police couldn’t use the Microsoft ploy to steal their computers. A lot of good that did.

For some odd reason, Russian police never carry out these “Microsoft piracy” raids against organizations that AGREE with the government.


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Controlled Demolitions on September 11th

I’ve never had any specific theory about What Really Happened on 9/11. But the “official” story is the wackiest, most intelligence-insulting drivel imaginable. Nineteen crazed religious fanatics, armed with box cutters, pulled off several coordinated hijackings and suicide crashes with a degree of precision and synchronization that the CIA, KGB and NASA together couldn’t have pulled off.

This bullshit makes “the dog ate my homework” sound credible.

I don’t necessarily agree with the controlled demolition theory about the World Trade Center. But this report isn’t the usual tinfoil hattery.

Former senator Mike Gravel has signed on to a report by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. More than 1,200 architects and engineers have also signed on. They’re saying that “all three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, in NYC were destroyed by explosive controlled demolition.”

Mike Gravel said in a press release that “critically important evidence has come forward after the original government building reports were completed…Unlike the first investigation, this commission should be granted subpoena power and full access to all governmental files and personnel. George Bush should be forced to testify ALONE.”

You mean, he can’t even bring Jim Beam and Johnny Walker with him???

Architect Richard Gage said:

“The official FEMA and NIST reports provide insufficient, contradictory, and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction. We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials.”

Anyway, food for thought.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

America is Number Four! YEAH!!!

Capitalism has never worked!

The land of rugged individualism, rough and tumble capitalism and let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may economics has tumbled from second place to fourth in terms of economic competitiveness. These rankings were compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

(Here’s another link.)

And in case that’s not humiliating enough, the two most competitive economies in the world are Switzerland and Sweden. WHAT???

That’s right — the two most competitive economies in the world were created by limp-wristed Eurosocialist welfare-coddling nanny states. NOOO!!!

This is a Ghost Dancing moment for Free Market types. Or at least it would be, if they weren’t so F#$%in’ stupid and dogmatic.

So, what do all of you “too much government meddling!” “socialism has never worked!” “the invisible hand of the marketplace” buttwads have to say?


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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Pastor Terry Jones: Koran-Burner, Soldier-Killer, Child Pornographer

This inbred sack of putrid has already gotten more fame and publicity than he deserves. By now, the Pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL is almost as famous as the most ubiquitous Hollywood celebutantes.

His “church” — with somewhere between thirty and fifty members — is planning to have a Koran-burning ceremony this Saturday, September 11th. (But you already knew this.) He says he’s still praying and asking God for guidance before he decides whether or not to go through with it.

It’s pretty much a no-brainer that this will endanger American soldiers in Afghanistan. For that matter, any American who’s in any Muslim country, whether as a soldier, diplomat, aid worker, or tourist — will be in danger.

What happened to all those drooling bug-eyed rightwads who shouted in unison “You’re endangering our troops!” whenever somebody questioned the Iraqi invasion? Did they all die suddenly? (No such luck.)

And now, on to another side of Terry Jones — Terry Jones the child pornographer. Actually, it’s mostly rumors. I have no idea whether there’s any truth to this or not. Here are the websites that came up when I Googled “Terry Jones child porn.”

Ordinarily I’m against spreading malicious rumors. But in the case of this lowlife shitstain, an exception can be made.

Pastor Terry Jones likes to molest little boys in front of their parents. Pass it on.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Midterm Debate between Boehner and Obama


Come on, Weepy the Orange — put down the bottle, step slowly away from the tanning booth and face the voters.

Jonathan Alter says:

“As long as he's venturing onto would-be House Speaker John Boehner's turf, Obama might as well challenge him to debates this fall on the future of the country.”

He also suggests the possibility of debates between Boehner and Nancy Pelosi; or Obama and Joe Biden debating Boehner and Mitch McConnell. In that match-up, the president and vice president would be grossly outnumbered. If you counted all of McConnell’s chins, it would be fifty-three against two.

Can you imagine Obama and/or Biden in a face to face discussion with either of those two pitiful Wall Street puppets? Those two buttwipes can barely recite what their corporate owners have instructed them to say.

A debate would show the public once and for all that the Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer except legislative holds, filibusters and “NO.” And for that reason, this debate will never happen. Why face your opponent one on one, in front of God and everybody, when you can just hide behind a billion dollars worth of attack ads and hit pieces.

In any case, Obama should challenge Boehner to a debate. When the sobbin’ sot says no, use it as a campaign issue. As Alter says, this debate would:

“…allow the president a chance to do what he has done poorly so far, which is to frame the choice. To me, it's a simple one: rebuild America (with public-private infrastructure projects to put the middle class back to work) versus more tax cuts for those making over $1 million.”

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Paul Conrad: 1924 — 2010

With the Internet and hundreds of cable channels, newspaper cartoonists don’t have the impact they used to. But in several decades as the Los Angeles Times’ resident cartoonist — plus being syndicated in hundreds of other papers — Paul Conrad Ruled! He was the REASON to buy the L.A. Times.

He received three Pulitzer Prizes — 1964, 1971 and 1984. Only two other political cartoonists have ever achieved that.

And an even bigger honor — Paul Conrad was part of Richard Nixon’s Enemies List. Nixon was probably the most common target of Conrad’s cartoons, even after he fled the White House with his tail between his legs.

His drawing style had a harsh, angry look to it. You could just picture him boiling with fury as he drew. In a PBS documentary about Conrad, Tom Brokaw said:

“Every line he draws cries out to the powers that be, 'We're watching you.'“

A few of his cartoons can be found here.


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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Blackwater aka John Smith Inc. aka Your Neighborhood Security Guy aka…

Blackwater has painted itself into the same corner the Moonies have been painted into since the early 1970s. When your name is already a laughingstock among billions of people, but you don’t want to stop doing what you’re doing — make up a new name. And then another new name. And another one. And another one.

Nobody wants to do business with a gang of inbred thugs with low IQs, quick tempers and machine guns coming out of their ears. First Blackwater changed its name to Xe. Didn’t help. Now they’ve got about thirty shell companies and subsidiaries. Thirty little Blackwaters, multiplying and spreading like an infection.

It’s surprising the mainstream “media” even picked up this story. But at least they slipped it in during a three-day weekend. We’re all familiar with the Friday News Dump. I don’t know what you call it when an important story gets run on the Saturday before Labor Day.

These thirty innocent little Blackwaterettes are still trying to get millions of dollars worth of government contracts. Some have succeeded; some haven’t. But at least three of them have been hired by the Pentagon and the CIA. XPG and Greystone are two of the Miniature Blackwaters that got CIA contracts.

In Berkeley during the early ‘70s there was a local (or so I thought) innocuous-seeming New Age group called The Ideal City. They were sort of pushy, but harmless. They always had that same vapid smile that Jesus Freaks had back then, and they kept trying to get people to visit them at their headquarters in Boonville, CA.

Years later I saw an article about the Moonies, saying they use a lot of different names since nobody will have anything to do with the Moonies. The article had a long list of group names that were Moonies in disguise, and The Ideal City was on the list.

Let’s hope somebody will start looking a little deeper when Mom ‘n’ Pop Security or We Protect Your Family tries to get a government contract.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Jan Brewer: “___________________________”

In the early ‘70s there was a book titled “The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro Agnew.” Every page was blank.

For the updated version, check out the first YouTube video at this link. It’s about a minute long. It sounds more like a Cheech and Chong skit. While Jan Brewer is bragging about her accomplishments, she makes several long excruciating pauses. I was half expecting to hear Tommy Chong’s voice saying “uhh, wow man, I forgot where I was, uhh…”

Jeez, if you can’t remember your talking points, just write them on your hand. Other people have already done it.

In the other video, she refuses to confirm or deny her earlier statements that illegal immigrants are beheading people out in the desert. Uh oh! But at least they aren’t homosexual immigrants with pre-existing conditions.

In that same video, she’s debating with her opponent for governor. He’s explaining to her that if tourists are staying away from Arizona, it’s because of the scary rumors she’s spreading, and not because of the boycott.

Whatever she was smoking right before her speech — I want some of that!

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Alan Simpson to Disabled Veterans: “We Don’t Need You Any More! DIIIEEE!!!”

Hard to believe this fuckwit isn’t a chickenhawk. He actually did serve two years in the Army in the mid 1950s; he was stationed in Germany. OOOOHHHH!!! Germany was a scary badass place ten years AFTER the end of World War II.

In any case, Alan Simpson has nothing but contempt for Vietnam veterans who are suffering permanent injuries from Agent Orange. They’re costing us money, and all they do is lie around all day smoking pot and having flashbacks.

“The irony is that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess. It’s the kind of thing that’s just driving us to this $1 trillion, $400 billion deficit this year.”

Goddamn right! We’ve got countries to invade, failed CEOs to bail out, a Prison Industrial Complex to feed. We can’t keep wasting money on a bunch of useless old veterans who can’t even fight any more.

A disabled veteran is like a fetus that’s already been born: it no longer has any value.

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