Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jane Smiley: Goodbye, Cruel World

In terms of contemporary politics, there are five writers that I consider the best of the best, the most enlightened and articulate. These are Paul Krugman of the New York Times, syndicated political writer and cartoonist Ted Rall, William Pfaff of the International Herald Tribune and the man who singlehandedly broke the story of Katherine Harris and the purged Florida 2000 Presidential election voter rolls, BBC journalist Greg Palast. Also in that bunch is Pulitzer prizewinner Jane Smiley, with whom I feel exactly in alignment in terms of a moral compass. This week she once again brilliantly lays bare the truth:

The world would be a better place if the American right wing had never existed. Thousands of Americans and Iraqis would still be alive, tens of thousands or Iraqis would still be living in their own homes. The American economy would not have hopped from bubble to bubble if the right wing had not put all of their faith in deregulation, and American jobs would not have been sent abroad. Our tax dollars would not have flowed upward into the coffers of the rich, and the war machine would not comprise such a large part of our economy. We would have retained the respect of other nations, and not aroused the absolute hatred of those we have attempted to bomb into submission. We would get along better with one another if the right wing had not used tribal hatreds to arouse their base against black people, immigrants, liberals, and the well-educated. Our infrastructure, health care, and schools would be better if the billions spent on futile wars had been spent on domestic needs. The planet would be a better place if our addiction to oil had been broken 25 years ago.

But the issue goes deeper even that these practical matters. We would, in fact, be happier people if the right wing had not terrorized us with their horror-filled systems of belief. The Friedmanites are bad enough -- in their world, there are only winners and losers. Everyone deserves what they get, and if a child who gets melamine in his milk is a victim of "creative destruction", well, too bad, because some rich person is getting a little bit more money. In the capitalist world, you are not just supposed to starve, you are supposed to deserve starving -- insult added to injury, humiliation added pain. Of course, as Naomi Klein has shown, the "free market" is never free at all, it is fixed, by dictators and armies and oligarchs. But the thrust of the propaganda stands. We may call this the "Phil Gramm Position".

As bad as this is, far worse has been the effect of religious fundamentalism on the individual spirit and the national mood. By now, we all know some child (or former child) who has been terrorized by "the Rapture" -- who has come home after school to an empty house, only to panic because he or she is convinced that everyone else has been "raptured up." The left behind one has to reckon with the idea that not only is everyone he or she loves gone, he or she has done something wrong according to Jesus, and failed to deserve salvation. I call this child abuse. The religious right has been determined to enforce the unhappiness of others, no doubt so that that unhappiness will match their own. After all, they want to make sure that gay people understand that no matter how much they pay in taxes, they are second class citizens. They also want to make sure that every woman in the world understands that her interests are secondary to those of any embryo, any man, even, indeed, any sperm cell. This would be the "James Dobson Position".

The God of the right wing, and of the Bible, is a pretty arbitrary guy. He lays down the rules, but you can get those boils or those locusts even if you didn't knowingly do anything wrong, in fact, even if you didn't do anything wrong at all. Your personal God could punish you for something someone else did, as in the Bible he frequently punishes the enemies of Israel, men, women, children, dogs, cats, goats, etc., just for being the enemies of Israel. I love how right wing preachers pray away hurricanes, sending them to places like Bermuda. If your God is arbitrary, then of course you are always anxious and depressed -- your adrenaline is always pumping. And you are never motivated to understand how the world works. But locusts and boils and hurricanes have causes -- physical, medical, and ecological. Society can avoid locusts and boils and even mitigate the effects of hurricanes if it understands cause and effect, but if your God is an arbitrary authoritarian, and your father was an arbitrary authoritarian, then you never truly understand cause and effect in the world we live in. As we all know, no religion has ever successfully answered the problems raised by the issue of an omnipotent God. The best they offer is to forbid questioning, and to punish those who do. Because the right wing experiences the world as cruel and arbitrary, they have no inhibitions about enhancing that cruelty -- as in "Hurricane Katrina", as in "Iraq War", and in "Abu Ghraib".

This is the world we have been living in for the past thirty years.

In a week, we have a chance to leave this world behind. If we look at our two candidates, the differences between them are stark. John McCain, who was raised by and accepts the authoritarian model, is evidently never at peace. He is hot-headed, erratic, and has been remarkably cruel. He claims to have principles, but his principles change every time he loses his cool. The more he is pushed, the more it becomes evident that he lives by his own selfish desires -- for money, for power, for women. He's is a classic avoider, who can't even answer the simplest question -- if something "unpleasant" comes up, he changes the subject. Barack Obama rarely changes the subject, because he is fully capable of looking at an issue and considering it. He seems to have been reared in a non-authoritarian household, by a loving mother and loving grandparents. He thinks that the world is a rational place that can be understood and modified. His own family seems happy and loving. Right wingers think he is shallow, but he isn't shallow -- he's well-adjusted. And we've had two whole years to poke him and prod him and discover this. Obama has grown through campaigning because he has learned from it. McCain gets ever smaller and more weird as he campaigns because he doesn't understand what is happening to him. When we choose between these two men, we are choosing between two worlds -- the world of ignorance, fear, manipulation, and cruelty, and the world of rational investigation, weighing of options, and planning. This world is a world where sexual preference is not such a big deal, salvation is not an eternal mystery, and life goes on. It's a world where bad things happen, but there is no malign Godly intention behind them. It is world that understands the temptations of human nature and attempts to deal with them rationally and systematically. Some of these attempts will fail, but on balance, not as many as have failed in the last twenty-five years.

Most of my friends see the coming election as the most important we have known. The right wing has damaged our country, our livelihoods, our national honor, and our planet, but not yet fatally. If McCain gets elected, that could change.

ZOMFG! John McCain and Sarah Palin Are Socialists!

from blogger Jed L at Daily Kos:

Down in the polls, John McCain's Divide & Flail™ strategy is to call Barack Obama's tax cut for 95% of Americans "socialism."

Well, John McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class. The YouTube don't lie:

Side note: Isn't it amazing how much John McCain has changed over the years?


Oh No, Sarah Palin Is A Socialist Too!

It's not just John McCain -- Sarah Palin is a socialist too! Hendrik Hertzberg notes (emphasis added):

A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that "we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs."

Also discussed in The Wife of Bath's diary.

Lyrics of the Day:

We don't care what flag you're waving
We don't even want to know your name
We don't care where you're from or where you're going
All we know is that you came
You're making all our decisions
We have just one request of you
That while you're thinking things over
Here's something you just better do

Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

Well we were caught with our hands in the air
Don't despair paranoia is everywhere
We can shake it with love when we're scared
So let's shout it aloud like a prayer

Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

We understand your paranoia
But we don't want to play your game
You think you're cool and know what you are doing
666 is your name
So while you're jerking off each other
You better bear this thought in mind
Your time is up you better know it
But maybe you don't read the signs

Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

Well you were caught with your hands in the kill
And you still got to swallow your pill
As you slip and you slide down the hill
On the blood of the people you killed

Stop the killing (Free the people now)
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Stop the killing (Free the people now)
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

Bring on the lucie

"Bring on the Lucie" - John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Second Opinion from Wonkette....

What Monster Did McCain Become Last Night?

WTF?A horrified America watched John McCain stagger up from his debate chair last night and turn into a monster. He almost caught our Barack Obama! What was happening? Clearly, the special anti-monster juice McCain drinks before public appearances was starting to wear off. They got him in the titanium-lined SWAT van just before he fully transformed. But fully transformed into what?

I saw Lon Chaney Jr. dancing with the queen ...HORRIBLE MEDIEVAL WEREWOLF: This would actually explain a lot, including, probably, why McCain is always talking about medieval Ireland, when he was a boy, before he was bitten by a werewolf, which put a terrible end to his happy carefree days of being a Celtic warrior who always crashed his horse into the enemy’s village.

We all float ... for five and a half years!HORRIBLE CHILD-EATING DEATH CLOWN: No wonder McCain’s handlers try to get him away from those debate audiences so quick! He was just moments away from turning into this evil-ass thing, the New Hampshire Primary Murder Clown, Rich Uncle Pennywise! Imagine being stuck on Secret Service duty with this campaign. Imagine having to bury the bodies every night.

Get behind thee, Walnuts!EVIL GORGON MEDUSA: Walnuts has always roamed the Earth, in his various guises, but by night, he shows his true death’s head, the GORGONEION from Hades, where he spent Five and a Half Million Years. (This is also the face he makes when he has sexytime! Your tax dollars pay for his Viagra!)

Knights In Satan's Service!DISGUSTING CLASSIC-ROCK GIMMICK CAR: There is nothing more hideous than 700-year-old arena rocker Gene Simmons, so it stands to reason that John McCain is the demon father of the KISS monster. Legend says shitty ‘71 Volkswagen Beetles with home paint jobs and huge styrofoam monster skulls/tongues were frequently on the scene before the Crusaders lost Jerusalem to the Arabs led by Bill Ayers the Terrorist Muslin.

HENGNGH HENGHH!EVIL SILENT-MOVIE GERMAN VAMPIRE: And now, a quote from Bram Stoker’s Dracula: “As the Count leaned over me and his hands touched me… a horrible feeling of nausea came over me, which, do what I would, I could not conceal. When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demonaic fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat.”

Yes, that sounds about right.

The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs. THE BEAST: But our demonic experts here on the Wonkette staff finally concluded McCain was turning into this hell-beast of yore, as seen here in a 16th Century woodcut. These demonic shit-monsters once roamed the Eastern Seaboard, until they were captured by Benedict Arnold in 1776 and taught Naval Command skills at Annapolis. The creatures spawn a single fetus from the “egg duct” every hundred years; the fourth spawn of the cycle is always a crazy, self-obsessed idiot who has no military skillz.

(And yes, of course we have demonic experts on staff! We are a Washington Politics website, after all.)

John McCain's Praising Speech at ACORN Rally

So the Republicans think they've found a new bugbear with which to hoodwink voters. Turns out McCain is cynically, dishonestly and knowingly using ACORN as an election disruption tool. So much for the man of integrity he promised to be before his handlers dangled all the shiny pretties in front of him.

Said an ACORN spokesperson:

"In most states, ACORN is required by law to turn in every voter registration card -- even in cases where the cards are not valid," the organization insists, adding that ACORN "has reported almost all of the issues regarding voter registration cards..."

"Invalid voter registration cards do NOT constitute voter fraud. Even RNC General Counsel Sean Cairncross has recently acknowledged he is not aware of a single improper vote cast as a result of bad cards submitted in the course of an organized voter registration effort..."

"ACORN hired 13,000 field workers to register people to vote. In any endeavor of this size, some people will engaged in inappropriate conduct. ACORN has a zero tolerance policy and terminated any field workers caught engaging in questionable activity..."

"At the end of the day, as ACORN is paying these people to register voters, it is ACORN that is defrauded."

Quote of the Day

A damsel with a dulcimer (6)
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian (7) maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice, (8)
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

--"Kubla Khan" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Still a Man With Direction - Just the Wrong One

AP has finally cleared up the mystery of exactly what the fuck McLame was doing in this picture.

He's jovially displaying an admission of foolishness upon realizing that - yet again - he's been completely befuddled by the task of walking to the exit.

Metaphorically, of course, he's implying that even HE believes Obama should be leading.

And you can't argue with THAT.

Lyric of the Day

He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody.

Doesn't kave a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, please listen,
You don't know what you're missing,
Nowhere man, the world is at your command.

He's as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Nowhere man can you see me at all?
Doesn't kave a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, don't worry,
Take your time, don't hurry,
Leave it all till somebody else
Lend you a hand.

He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody.

-- "Nowhere Man", The Beatles

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Comment

Lyric of the Day

I'd like to sing a song about the American Dream
About me,
About you,
About the way our American hearts beat way down in the bottoms of our chests,
About that special feeling we get in the cockles of our hearts
Or maybe below the cockles,
Maybe in the sub cockle area,
Maybe in the liver,
Maybe in the kidneys,
Maybe even in the colon,
We don't know

I'm just a regular joe,
With a regular job.
I'm your average white,
Suburbanite slob.
I like football, and porno, and books about war.
I've got an average house,
With a nice hardwood floor.
My wife, and my job, my kids, and my car,
My feet on the table,
With a Cuban cigar.
But sometimes that just ain't enough,
To keep a man like me interested,
Oh no, no way, uh uhh.
No I gotta go out and have fun,
At someone else's expense,
Oh yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,

I drive really slow,
In the ultra fast lane,
while people, behind me, are going insane.

I'm an asshole
(he's an asshole, what an asshole)
I'm an asshole
(he's an asshole, such an asshole)

I use public toilets,
And I piss on the seats,
I walk around in the summer time,
Sayin' "How 'bout this heat?"

I'm an asshole
(he's an asshole, what an asshole)
I'm an asshole
(he's the worlds biggest asshole)

Sometimes I park in handicapped spaces,
While handicapped people make handicapped faces,

I'm an asshole
(he's an asshole, what an asshole)
I'm an asshole
(he's a big fucking asshole)

Maybe I shouldn't be singing this song,
Ranting and raving and carrying on,
Maybe they're right when they tell me I'm wrong.

I'm an asshole
(he's an asshole, what an asshole)
I'm an asshole
(he's the worlds biggest asshole)

You know what I'm gonna do?
I'm gonna get myself a 1967 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible,
Hot Pink!
With whale skin hub caps,
An all leather cow interior,
And big brown baby seal eyes for headlights.
And I'm gonna drive around in that baby,
At 115 miles per hour,
Getting one mile per gallon,
Sucking down quarter-pounder cheeseburgers from McDonalds in the old-fashioned non-biodegradable styrofoam containers.
And when I'm done sucking down those grease ball burgers,
I'm gonna wipe my mouth in the American flag,
And then I'm gonna toss the styrofoam containers right out the side,
And there ain't a God damn thing anybody can do about it,
You know why?
'Cause we got the bombs, that's why.
Two words, Nuclear Fucking Weapons OK.
Russia, Germany, Romania,
They can have all the democracy they want.
They can have a big democracy cake,
Walk right through the middle of Tiananmen Square,
And it won't make a lick of difference,
Because we got the bombs OK!
John Wayne's not dead,
He's frozen.
And as soon as we find a cure for cancer, we're gonna thaw out the duke.
And he's gonna be pretty pissed off,
You know why?
Have you ever taken a cold shower?
Well multiply that by 15 million times,
That's how pissed off the duke's gonna be.
I'm gonna get the duke,
And John Desimeties,
And Lee Marvin
And Sam Peckinpaugh,
And a case of whiskey,
And drive down to Texas,
(hey, Hey, You know you really are an asshole)
Why don't you shut up and sing the song pal,
You know the whole time I thought I was that asshole,
And it turns out it was him,
What an Asshole

I'm an asshole
(he's an asshole, what an asshole)
I'm an asshole
(he's the worlds biggest asshole)


I'm an asshole, and I'm Proud of it!

Put McCain Out of His Misery

From Robert Shrum at HuffingtonPost:

At first, Senator McCain seemed to be resentfully respectful toward the probably presidential Obama; I think McCain must have heard from the same Republican operative who said to me that in this third debate, McCain had to come across as "presidential too" -- as Obama already did in the earlier debates and in his reaction to the financial crisis. This reflects a stunning role reversal during the past month, and the dimensions of the challenge that faced McCain tonight. He had to be in command, steady and reassuring, but his partisans were urging all-out war on Obama's character. When he takes that course, and he soon did, the polls show that voters turn away. They worry a lot more right now about paying their bills than about some guy named Bill Ayres. (But that would come from McCain -- because that's all he's got. .) And McCain had to know Obama would be ready, not just to answer and dismiss the attacks, but to cite them as proof that McCain can't deal with real concerns like the economy. And he can't: he just keeps repeating his tired falsehood about Obama raising taxes on most Americans and the middle class, when in fact he cuts them and Obama wins the exchange hands down.

And oh God here comes earmarks again. McCain sounded like a wind up toy -- and Obama readily turned his metronomic attacks aside.. The beleagured heir to Bush couldn't convincingly separate himself from Bush economics. Instead the differences he cited were torture and climate change. And he violated the first rule of debate -- don't issue a challenge the other guy can meet. Obama deftly cited a range of disagreements with his own party.

McCain also sounded like an aggrieved coot who thinks this campaign is all about him. Obama nailed him cold when he reminded his opponent that it's not about the hurt the candidates may feel, but the economic hurt inflicted on the American people.

Halfway through McCain's hate emerged. He defended the extremists at his rallies. He babbled about Bill Ayers and vindicated Obama's suggestion that Ayers is the centerpiece of his campaign -- which reinforced the charge that his own aides say he can't compete on the economy. It was an ugly interlude.

It was matched by the absurdity of his incoherent defense of Sarah Palin as a plausible vice president. One of her qualifications apparently is that Todd Palin is some tough guy. And Sarah, well now that Americans have some sense of her, she has some tough poll ratings.

No one could have coached McCain to be this bad. His criticism of Obama on trade: bye, bye Ohio. His decision to talk about how he repeals the tax deduction for health coverage: McCain got squashed again. " Senator Obama voted against Justice Breyer": it was in 1994 and Obama wasn't even in the Illinois State Senate, let alone the US Senate.. And if he thinks this election is about school vochers, he really is a nitwit.

When it isn't sad, it's sinister. McCain isn't a candidate anymore, but a negative research dump-- a heedless purveyors of distortion and untruth, a man who started off running on his experince, but ends up now as a right-wing caricature stumbling toward defeat with dishonor.

For McCain, the urgent need tonight was not for McCarthyism on Ayers or ACORN ( this one will not grow into a mighty campaign oak), but for sounding empathetic, informed and authoritative on the economy -- a daunting objective for someone who unforgettably, irretrievably said he doesn't know much about economics and the "fundamentals" are sound anyway. And when he did venture a half-understood point on this issue, was fighting on what is now decidedly Obama's ground. His latest, rushed policy re-invention came just a day before the debate and with a glaring credibility gap; McCain's own staff previewed the plan as a politically driven maneuver to appeal to senior citizen in battleground states.s.

McCain had to be presidential but wasn't, maybe because he knows that's now catch-up ball for him, not a game changer.

So his real choice in the final debate -- as in the final weeks -- is between defeat with honor, or a desperate and debased resort to untrue and irrelevant attacks that will leave him both defeated and dishonored.

This performance was embarrassing. Put McCain out of his misery -- hold the election now.

Ah I Do So Love this Young Lady....

See more Hayden Panettiere videos at Funny or Die

Republican yuck yucks

At the National Press Club Republican Congressional Club Chairman Tom Davis has a laugh before saying Republicans would "...never, ever do any along the lines of" voter suppression - on the record of course.

His response draws big larfs from all present. showing just how entertaining plutocratic rule by vote theft can be - I mean who could argue that the last eight years under Herr Bush haven't been anything but a joyride for the "little people" all round the world?

Elsewhere in the news, his dark majesty has retired to his mysterious grotto to convalesce in his sarcophagus. I'm certainly crossing my fingers in an earnest wish.

Lyrics of the Day

For a while I thought I fell asleep
Lying motionless inside a dream

Then rising suddenly
I felt a chilling breath upon me
She softly whispered in my ear

I have come for you tonight
Look in my eyes and take my hand
Give yourself up to me

I waited faithfully
For night to fall again
Trying to silence the fear within me

Out of the night and mist
I felt a stinging kiss
And saw a crimson sting on her lips

I have to know your name

Where have I seen your face before
My dear why don't you be afraid

I have come for you tonight
Look in my eyes and take my hand
Give yourself up to me
Take me far away
Close your eyes
And hold your breath
'Til the ends of the earth

I have come for you tonight
Look in my eyes and take my hand
Fly away with me tonight
Renew my life
Now you are mine
Give yourself up to me

---"Forsaken" - James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess – Dream Theater

Saturday, October 11, 2008

McCain Hires Token Black Man to Give "Spontaneous" Rally Praise

I thought this looked totally staged.

Gee what a surprise. It was. McCain's goofballs actually paid some guy to be a token black "supporter" for the Evil Empire. Gee he must be proud to cash THAT check.

They bought it; now you eat it.

Bon appetit

Lyrics of the Day
These are the days
These are the good ones
After this it’s all down hill
I got a raise
But something smells rotten
All good till you can’t pay the bill

Don’t know what this has to do with drinking
Hooking up, that’s all I want to do
But that old song’s got me thinking

Drink up all your sorrow
Drink up, it’s almost tomorrow
Drink up, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through

I’ve heard it said
Seen it written
You can’t stand still on a moving train
The seats are soft
Cabin’s air-conditioned
You can’t feel
The wind or the rain

You ride along laughing and drinking
Hooking up with whomever you do
But the train you’re on is a ship that’s sinking

Drink up all your sorrow
Drink up, it’s almost tomorrow
Drink up, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through

These are the days
Of ones and zeros
After this there’s nothing new
Of all the ways
We could’ve been heroes
Tonight’s the best we’ll do

I’ll figure out what this has to do with drinking
And hooking up when those days are through
As the harsh truth starts to sink in

Drink up all your sorrow
Drink up, it’s only tomorrow
Drink up, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through…

-- "Drink Up", by Willie Wisely

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid....

Although pronunciation-challenged (for fuck's sakes, it's "NU-CLEE-UR" you retarded fucks) Sarah Palin may come across as just a "gee whilikers, aw shucks ya'll" specimen of folksy down-homism, should she get anywhere NEAR the nuclear football, there is a serious chance she may doom us all (well, more quickly than her party's fiscal and environmental policies already have). If this outtake from her replies at the VP debate doesn't send an icy chill down your spine, you need to cut back on the meds:

Quote of the Day

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...strangers hand
In a...desperate land

Lost in a roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There's danger on the edge of town
Ride the king's highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and well do the rest

The blue bus is callin' us
The blue bus is callin' us
Driver, where you takin' us

The killer awoke before dawn. He put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and...then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door...and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother...I want to...fuck you

C'mon baby, take a chance with us
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin a blue rock
C'mon, yeah

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end.

"The End" - Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore

Friday, October 03, 2008

Your Taxes Are Paying for War Crimes.....

Well, it appears we STILL haven't heard of all of the war crimes that were committed at Abu Graib:
Veteran Benjamin Thompson, an MP at Abu Ghraib, has been touring the country telling shocking details of 10-year-old prisoners, deliberate mass manslaughter, and more.

Of course there's worse that he wasn't privy too. Although we're still holding 360 children prisoner in Iraqi prison camps exclusively for (often prepubescent) children. Other shadow detainees, have also long been reported, and by irrefutable sources.

Then there's General Taguba's report to the Pentagon:

"I saw [name redacted] fucking a kid; his age would be about 15 - 18 years. The kid was hurting very bad, and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then, when I heard the screaming, I climbed the door, because on top it wasn't covered, and I saw [name redacted], who was wearing the military uniform, putting his dick in the little kid's ass.... And the female soldier was taking pictures."
And among the 87 Abu Ghraib photographs and four videos the White House blocked from release, even worse abuses were recorded; as Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina explained it, "The American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We're talking about rape and murder -- and some very serious charges."

At the ACLU 2004 America At A Crossroads conference, Pulitzer laureate Seymour Hersh, who helped uncover the scandal, got a little more specific:

"I can tell you it was much worse, and the government knows it was much worse....

"Some of the worse that happened that you don't know about, ok? Videos, there are women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters, communications out to their men....The women were passing messages saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened.'

"Basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys/children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror it's going to come out."
But Donald Rumsfeld's 2004 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee makes the Bush Administration's view on the matter abundantly clear: "If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse."

He was patently not speaking of matters getting worse for the PRISONERS -- after all, it's impossible to do worse than imprisoning, torturing, raping and murdering. It thus becomes transparently obvious that he was referring to a public backlash against the Administration and the senior military officers involved.

Which is why, as the New York Times reported, the White House has been doing everything it can to prevent Americans from seeing what is in those photos and videos, absurdly arguing in court that by not showing the prisoners in the act of being raped and murdered, they are "protecting them from humiliation".

True to form, the White House has stepped in to prevent any hindrance of their asserted right to anally rape little boys and beat shackled, hooded prisoners to death -- even if 70% to 90% of them are known to have been ARRESTED BY MISTAKE and INNOCENT -- as admitted by senior American military officers.

"Dick" Cheney immediately took control of the effort to hamstring anti-torture legislation before it was even out of the gate. In a moment that smacked of Omerta, the vice-rat-bastard-in-chief held a closed-door meeting with the three senior Republicans, reportedly warning senators that their anti-torture legislation "...would interfere with the president's authority and his ability to protect Americans against terrorist attacks", and that the White House would respond to any Senate approval of such laws with a veto.

What are the consequences likely to be for OUR side's POWs if we continue to engage in this horrific, ineffective, soldier-endangering and illegal activity?

Well, it won't be pretty. Just ask Senator McCain.

Quote of the Day: "From my experience as a physician, the Abu Ghraib images are not an exception to the rules. They represent the rules, I believe, by which the U.S. government and military exercise power over a non-servile population to optimize the economic and political interests of an elite few in the U.S. and abroad. What is not the norm, what is exceptional, is the graphic revelation to the world of these horrors. In his book A Miracle, A Universe, New Yorker writer Lawrence Weschler crystallizes the torturer's message to the tortured: 'Scream. Scream as much as you like. It doesn't matter. No one is listening. No one will ever hear you. No one will ever know.' The torturer, like the state sponsoring him, depends on the obscurity of the victim and silence of witnesses to continue his crimes.

We are all witnesses now."

Dr. Miles Schuman, documentarian, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Republican Computer Fraud Expert: E-Vote Fix Underway by Rove, other Bushian Thugs....

Velvet Revolution has published info about Stephen Spoonamore disclosing that our voting apparatus has been compromised and is under the very real threat of being permanently controlled by the ultraright corporatists and plutocrats that have been royally fucking up the US over the last eight years.

Last week, VR interviewed GOP Cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore about the upcoming election and his testimony in the new Ohio litigation to take depositions of Karl Rove and others.

The video is posted in full below with ten short clips for You Tube viewing. This interview is so important and explosive that we urge everyone to watch it. Spoonamore says that the GOP wanted e-voting to steal elections but now foreign governments will be hacking and the winner will be determined by the best hackers. He says that if the GOP wins the hacking competition, McCain will win 51.2 percent with three electoral votes over Obama, and it will be a stolen election.

Spoon makes valid points about the people who have been implicated in much of the election thefts such as, “they are religious extremists.” He names those who know about stolen elections and he insists that the only way to protect this election is with paper ballots, hand counted. Check out this extraordinary interview here. > It’s a network, people. Electronic voting machines are a national security threat. The genie is out of the bottle…. Fifty ways to steal an election. Mike Connell: Bush IT Guru The Rapp Family: Ohio election cover-up. Evangelicals and voting machines. Paper ballots please. McCain/Palin will win by theft. People should doubt the vote, it’s being stolen.