Saturday, November 18, 2006

Why Rove Thought He Had THE Math....

Rob Kall at OpEd News has posted a telling expose about the discrepancy between the 2006 exit polls and the actual vote counts. According to Election Defense Alliance National Chairwoman Sally Castleman:

"The numbers tell us there absolutely was hacking going on, just not enough to overcome the size of the actual turnout. The tide turned so much in the last few weeks before the election. It looks for all the world that they'd already figured out the percentage they needed to rig, when the programming of the vote rigging software was distributed weeks before the election, and it wasn't enough"....

"We see evidence of pervasive fraud, but apparently calibrated to political conditions existing before recent developments shifted the political landscape," said attorney Jonathan Simon, co-founder of Election Defense Alliance, "so 'the fix' turned out not to be sufficient for the actual circumstances." Explained Simon, "When you set out to rig an election, you want to do just enough to win. The greater the shift from expectations, (from exit polling, pre-election polling, demographics) the greater the risk of exposure--of provoking investigation. What was plenty to win on October 1 fell short on November 7....

"The voting equpment seems to be designed to support two types of vote count manipulation--techniques accessible to those with hands-on access to the machines in a county or jurisdiction, and wholesale vulnerabilities in the underlying behavior of the systems which are most readily available to the vendors themseleves. Malicious insiders at any of the vendors would be in a position to alter the behavior of literally thousands of machines by infecting or corrupting the master copy of the software that's cloned out to the machines in the field. And the groundwork could be laid well in advance. For this election, it appears that such changes would have to have been done by early October at the latest," EDA's Bruce O'Dell explained.

Now rumors are increasing that Rove's about to make a hasty exit.

Even so, we can't afford to let this sort of fuckery slip past for another two years. Time to very aggressively push through measures like this, this, and this.

Quote of the Day:

"He didn't get drunk
But once every four years,
On Election Day.
He would rise early and go
To the polls, drinking hard
All day. By the time
The polls were closed
He would be passed out.
It was his way of expressing an opinion."

"The Election", Samuel T. Ragan,
NC Poet Laureate, 1915-1996

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bush to Vietnam: "US Should've Stayed in VN War"

Oh. My. Fucking. God.

Can this asshole be any more culturally insensitive?

Bush visits Viet Nam and proudly vomits up this idiocy:

HANOI, Vietnam - President Bush said Friday the United States' unsuccessful war in Vietnam three decades ago offered lessons for the American-led struggle in Iraq. "We'll succeed unless we quit," Bush said shortly after arriving in this one-time war capital.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ruh Roh....

Looks like the feline's slipped the confines. Now we find out orders for the Abu Ghraib lightstick anal rapes and secret overseas prisons came from none other than...

yup, chimpboy hisself.

>Knock< >Knock<

Hello, Mr. Conyers?

Quote of the Day:

"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said, "Thank you," and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!"

Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan R. Jessep, "A Few Good Men"

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Progress...


...or not.

Korean electronics titan Samsung has teamed up with Korea University to develop a -- get this -- MACHINE GUN-EQUIPPED SENTRY ROBOT.

"Samsung has partnered with Korea university and developed the machine-gun equipped robotic sentry. It is equipped with two cameras with zooming capabilities one for day time and one for infrared night vision. It has a sophisticated pattern recognition which can detect the difference between humans and trees, and a 5.5mm machine-gun. The robot also has a speaker to warn the intruder to surrender or get a perfect headshot. The robots will go on sale by 2007 for $ 200,000..."
Remember that old Saturday Night Live skit, the commercial for "Bad Idea Jeans"?

I can't think of a more fitting candidate.

Good thing its strong suit is being able to tell the (admittedly small) difference between HUMANS and TREES.

Check out the jaunty, happy music accompanying the video. After all, what could be more joyful than thoughtlessly killing people?

Folks, we're talking about an automated, human-slaughtering machine. The cost of a human life just got immeasurably cheaper. Who ARE the evil bastards that sit around all day conjuring up sick ideas like this? One word: T-H-E-R-A-P-Y.

Quote of the Day:

"Blood in the streets; blood on the rocks;
blood in the gutters, every last drop.
You want blood? You got it!"

--Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bonn Scott, Phil Rudd: "If You Want Blood, You Got It"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

WTO Launches Formalized African Slavery



US Trade Representative follows up on
comments of WTO representative Schmidt as
Schmidt assistant Thomas looks on



Text, photos, video: http://www.gatt.org/wharton.html
WTO Contact: Hanniford Schmidt (schmidt@gatt.org)

Philadelphia - At a Wharton Business School conference on business in Africa, World Trade Organization representative Hanniford Schmidt announced the creation of a WTO initiative for "full private stewardry of labor" for the parts of Africa that have been hardest hit by the 500 years of Africa's free trade with the West.

The initiative will require Western companies doing business in some parts of Africa to own their workers outright. Schmidt recounted how private stewardship has been successfully applied to transport, power, water, traditional knowledge, and even the human genome. The WTO's "full private stewardry" program will extend these successes to (re)privatize humans themselves.


Schmidt and assistant
Thomas fraternize with
US Trade Representative
to Africa


"Full, untrammelled stewardry is the best available solution to African poverty, and the inevitable result of free-market theory," Schmidt told more than 150 attendees. Schmidt acknowledged that the stewardry program was similar in many ways to slavery, but explained that just as "compassionate conservatism" has polished the rough edges on labor relations in industrialized countries, full stewardry, or "compassionate slavery," could be a similar boon to developing
ones.

The audience included Prof. Charles Soludo (Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria), Dr. Laurie Ann Agama (Director for African Affairs at the Office of the US Trade Representative), and other notables. Agama prefaced her remarks by thanking Scmidt for his macroscopic perspective, saying that the USTR view adds details to the WTO's general approach. Nigerian Central Bank Governor Soludo also acknowledged the WTO proposal, though he did not seem to appreciate it as much as did Agama.

A system in which corporations own workers is the only free-market solution to African poverty, Schmidt said. "Today, in African factories, the only concern a company has for the worker is for his or her productive hours, and within his or her productive years," he said. "As soon as AIDS or pregnancy hits—out the door. Get sick, get fired. If you extend the employer's obligation to a 24/7, lifelong concern, you have an entirely different situation: get sick, get care. With each life valuable from start to finish, the AIDS scourge will be quickly contained via accords with drug manufacturers as a profitable investment in human stewardees. And educating a child for later might make more sense than working it to the bone right now."

To prove that human stewardry can work, Schmidt cited a proposal by a free-market think tank to save whales by selling them. "Those who don't like whaling can purchase rights to specific whales or groups of whales in order to stop those particular whales from getting whaled as much," he explained. Similarly, the market in Third-World humans will "empower" caring First Worlders to help them, Schmidt said.


Selling whales saves whales, and the
same can be applied to poor Africans



One conference attendee asked what incentive employers had to remain as stewards once their employees are too old to work or reproduce. Schmidt responded that a large new biotech market would answer that worry. He then reminded the audience that this was the only possible solution under free-market theory.

There were no other questions from the audience that took issue with Schmidt's proposal.


WTO's Schmidt and colleague visit
historic Philadelphia


During his talk, Schmidt outlined the three phases of Africa's 500-year history of free trade with the West: slavery, colonialism, and post-colonial markets. Each time, he noted, the trade has brought tremendous wealth to the West but catastrophe to Africa, with poverty steadily deepening and ever more millions of dead. "So far there's a pattern: Good for business, bad for people. Good for business, bad for people. Good for business, bad for people. That's why we're so happy to announce this fourth phase for business between Africa and the West: good for business—GOOD for people."

The conference took place on Saturday, November 11. The panel on which Schmidt spoke was entitled "Trade in Africa: Enhancing Relationships to Improve Net Worth." Some of the other panels in the conference were entitled "Re-Branding Africa" and "Growing Africa's Appetite." Throughout the comments by Schmidt and his three co-panelists, which lasted 75 minutes, Schmidt's stewardee, Thomas Bongani-Nkemdilim, remained standing at respectful attention off to
the side.

"This is what free trade's all about," said Schmidt. "It's about the freedom to buy and sell anything—even people."

World Trade Organization, rue de Lausanne 154, CH-1211
Geneva 21, Switzerland

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Better Dead Than Red....


So just how repellant has the Republican Party become to Americans?

Although it hasn't been getting much media play, the POP has become so despised that people would rather elect a dead candidate than leave even an incumbent neocon in office.

And it isn't the first time either. Former attorney general and madman-at-large John Ashcroft famously was humiliatingly defeated in his bid for a Senate seat by a corpse. Apparently people assumed a dead man would wreak less havok upon his constituency than a contemporary right-winger.

Oh, and as a footnote to all you "Centrist Democrats" citing Raygun as an example of the "golden age of conservatism": please just shut the Hell up. The man was an arrogant, opportunistic, smug, ammoral buffoon who betrayed the very fundamental principles of conservatism.

Quote of the Day:

"When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joy within you dies
Don't you want somebody to love?"


--Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody to Love"

Friday, November 10, 2006

Am I the Only One Thinking This?

Why the FUCK aren't the Democrats interceding on Cindy Sheehan's behalf?

Let's ask 'em!

The Democrat Party
Nancy Pelosi
John Conyers
John Kerry
Howard Dean
Robert Byrd
Barbara Boxer
Harry Reid
and the rest of the gang - not to mention their cohorts.

I can't think of a better way to send a clear, immediate message of policy change to Americans and the globe.

My subtle message (feel free to quote verbatim if you're so inclined):

Why the HELL aren't we helping Cindy Sheehan?!?

DO it!!!

STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

SHOW AMERICA YOU MEAN TO BRING OUR COUNTRY BACK.

Liberty....























As the era of smash and grab governance comes to a close with astonishing speed -- closer to a balloon's deflation than the supernova of destructive self-immolation we feared -- two particularly insightful editorials have been crafted, clarifying brilliantly what has come to pass lo these past twelve years as the saner set blink our eyes in momentary disorientation at the blinding light of renewed hope and honesty.

Folks, we made it.

Although the massive work of repairing the damage has yet to begin, already the air tastes sweeter, cleaner, fresher.

For now, we have escaped the Orwellian master plan.

For now we have averted imminent nuclear holocaust.

For now, we have lifted the death sentence upon the majority of life on the planet.

Perhaps there is something to all that "Higher Being" malarky after all.

Quote of the Day:

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

--Wendell Phillips, speech before the Massachusetts Antislavery Society, 1852

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Gore Vidal: 'The Most Important Election in My Lifetime'

Gore Vidal spells it out.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Legacies



















"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" -- We have come full circle, it seems. Having "evolved" socially and politically, from the days where white men of privilege gleefully celebrated the gruesome public killings of "uppity" dark-skinned folk, Americans claimed the mantle of moral superiority; now -- all ostensibly in the name of the Christian God of Love and Peace -- George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld will proudly trumpet their triumph over the publicly dangling corpse of Saddam Hussein -- a man at least two of them directly aided in the very crimes for which they are lynching him.

The film footage of Reagan envoy Donald Rumsfeld smiling and cheerfully shaking hands with Hussein while brokering the arms and cash deals that consolidated his iron rule may be well-known; perhaps less so is Hussein's role as our CIA "go-to guy", or Cheney's back-room deals that helped support the now-doomed dictator.

The tragic yet ultimately apt irony is that George Bush Jr. may well herald this repulsive act -- the politically expedient, deliberately misguided slaughter of a former American intelligence tool -- as the crowning glory of his "career" in the White House.

And of course those devout "Christians" enjoying the offically-sanctioned release of long-repressed sado-erotic thrills who savor the lynching of Hussein as a vindication -- revenge for the events of September 2001 -- will be handily and willfully ignoring the well-documented fact that Hussein had no involvement whatsoever in the World Trade Center attacks, just as they handily and willfully ignore the very teachings of the Christ they purport to follow.

Perhaps the White House might have gained more pre-election traction had they sentenced the sad, befuddled-looking former dictator to a public drawing and quartering, or televised Abu Ghraib-style beatings and torture.

Such hypocrisy and politically expedient evil is paralleled by today's revelation that yet another rightwing leader built his fortune on teaching millions of religious American extremists to hate an entire segment of society while secretly engaging in the very practices he denounced, adding credence to the growing conventional wisdom that a Republican's secret vices can be seen by the crusades he or she engages in.

But the real tragedy is that Haggard, who brought so much pain and misery to his fellow gay Americans could have avoided his own self-indulgently Wagnerian destruction by a simple act of courageous honesty -- by choosing not to wake up every morning and make the deliberate, conscious decision to further a lifelong career built upon life-destroying lies.

Ann Coulter and Bill O' Rielly, the darling conservative posterchildren of the Two Minute Hate, have been caught red-handed in deliberate, arrogant subversions of the very ideals of American freedom they so arrogantly bluster about, while repulsive media sibling and serial drug addict Rush Limbaugh sinks to new lows by mocking the spasms of a chronically-ill American media hero.

Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld's hubris has earned him the position of the most despised civilian leader in the history of the Pentagon.

These defining moments may well be the historical legacies for which these once-proud American conservatives are remembered. As for America, tomorrow will be ours, and will decide our fate: if we pulled back from the brink of self-destruction in the nick of time, or if we allowed the momentum of aggression and greed to hurl us to a final ignoble end.

Quote of the Day:

"Our Father high in heaven -- smile down upon your son
who's busy with his money games, his women and his gun....

"And the unsung Western hero killed an Indian or three
and made his name in Hollywood to set the white man free."

"If Jesus saves -- well, He'd better save Himself
from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death."

--"Hymn 43", Ian Anderson

Friday, November 03, 2006

Allen Unveils His REAL Platform....

Should you have had any remaining doubts about George Macaca's demeanor, this will quickly put them to rest.
Why George Allen's an Asshole (part 2000)

The devil's (and the smug, bullying, racist bastard's) in the details. Even I didn't know some of these details.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

George Allen's Sister Recalls His Beatings


THIS certainly ought to be getting a little more media play:

Republican George Allen's sister has published a cringeworthy biography entitled "Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter" (available at Amazon.com here).

Among some of the more revealing excerpts relating Allen's characteristic "compassionate conservatism", we find:

"Ever since my brother George held me over the railing at Niagara Falls, I've had a fear of heights." [Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter, page 43]

"We all obeyed George. If we didn't, we knew he would kill us. Once, when Bruce refused to go to bed, George hurled him through a sliding glass door. Another time, when Gregory refused to go to bed, George tackled him and broke his collarbone. Another time, when I refused to go to bed, George dragged me up the stairs by my hair." [Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter, page 22]

Should this man REALLY be allowed to hold office in Congress?

Update: From Wikipedia:
"George hoped someday to become a dentist," she writes. "George said he saw dentistry as a perfect profession--getting paid to make people suffer." [page 22]

Makes you wonder why he refuses to release his divorce records. What's he hiding there?

Quote of the Day:

"My name is Luka, I live on the second floor
I live upstairs from you, Yes I think you've seen me before
If you hear something late at night,
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was

Maybe it's because I'm clumsy, I try not to talk too loud
Maybe it's because I'm crazy, I try not to act too proud
They only hit until you cry, And after that you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore

Yes, I think I'm okay, Walked into the door again
If you ask that's what I'll say, And it's not your business anyway
I guess I'd like to be alone, With nothing broken, nothing thrown
Just don't ask me how I am

My name is Luka, I live on the second floor
I live upstairs from you, Yes I think you've seen me before
If you hear something late at night,
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was

And they only hit until you cry
And after that you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore"

-- "Luca", Suzanne Vega

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TDD)