Saturday, November 22, 2008


Does Lieberman even have a lower jaw? Or is there just a sort-of inflatable pouch hanging from the upper half of his skull, occasionally simulating flatulence?

Friday, November 21, 2008

the moronic inferno rages 

Calling a lower court's decision flawed, The FCC has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show decision.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in July threw out the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS stations for the broadcast as arbitrary and capricious.

Apparently buoyed by the oral arguments in the Fox profanity appeal in the High Court earlier this month, the FCC, backed by the Department of Justice, filed a petition for a write of certiorari Wednesday, according to Andrew Schwartzman, president of Media Access Project, who received a copy of the petition.

Boob on the TV machine. Highest court in the land. The stupid. When will it end?

In the United States at the present day, the reverence which the Greeks gave to the oracles and the Middle Ages to the Pope is given to the Supreme Court.

-- Bertrand Russell

Bertrand, you ignorant slut.

Why Hillary is a terrible choice 

A good piece by Al G. on what's shaping up to be Obama's first big mistake:

... multiple and sustained efforts by Friends of Brad Will in New York to convince Senator Clinton to use her international bully-pulpit to help bring justice and closure to the [Brad Will] case have gone unanswered.

A month ago, on October 22, some of them sat in front of Senator Clinton's New York office, at 780 Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan, and fasted to appeal for her assistance to her late constituent, his family and friends.

According to one report, Senator Clinton was physically present in the office on at least one of those days, but avoided responding to or speaking with those fasting out in front, much less writing the letters and making the public statements to bring justice to the case that any authentic advocate of human rights would do, especially if it involved a constituent.


And you might say that, "the next Secretary of State will have to follow the policies of the next president." In an ideal world, that would be true. But so much happens, day in, day out, in so many lands... so many daily attacks on dissidents, community organizers, and others who dare speak and act to improve their lives... that no US president could possibly micro-manage the situation and take preemptive action on each pending atrocity from the Oval Office. That's what a State Department is for: to handle the constant communications that are necessary with other governments.

And if - as the mass media seems to agree right now - US President-elect Barack Obama is about to install someone as the next Secretary of State who has shown zero understanding of, much less passion and action for, human rights in Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere (except in isolated cases where the same mass media has turned a particular case into an international cause celébre), we're going to see more of the same terrible story happen over and over again.

If you can't get somebody to act to defend human rights when she's your own local elected representative, do you really believe that such a person would begin to do so if she suddenly represented the entire country before the world?


It's a done deal. Vomit amongst yourselves.

More Mukasey 

Apparently he just fainted-- no stroke or heart attack. But did the doctors consider a buildup of shit in the body that can traverse the line between the human soul being "on" or "off?"

vengeance is mine saith the Lord 

RfrancisR's diary on Kos:

As you know, Mormons have a practice of converting dead people from other religions into Mormons through a practice known as posthumous baptism. Ordinarily, this might just seem a silly act of disrespect towards the individual's personal beliefs and convictions.

However, the Mormons have made an overt effort to posthumously baptize Jewish Holocaust victims. That is not merely silly and disrespectful, that is superfluously offensive. An agreement between Jews and Mormons limited the practice thirteen years ago. But the Mormons returned to the practice recently.

Well, then of course, many of us rightly took offense for the heavy Mormon influence during the Prop 8 vote in California. Well, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I am converting dead Mormons into homosexuals.

My first Conversion is Joseph Smith.


Dear God of the Homos,

With your great and everlasting love that blessed the covenants of Achilles and Petroclus, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and of Jonathon and David, bless then the soul of Joseph Smith of Sharon, Vermont with your divine penis. Let it pierce the anus of his soul, and let you be forever joined to him, since on this oppressive earth, he was denied the pleasure of the male sex.

Forever and ever, our brother Joseph Smith has now joined our family (We Sing the Hymn to Praise God of the Homos!).

Blessed be God of the Homos,


The history of the USA from 2001 to 2008 in 4 minutes 

All that anyone could ever say or feel about the period of misrule now coming to an end is clearly shown in this video. In the foreground: a Republican politician unleashing a stream of senseless blather. In the background: cold, brutal, semi-mechanized slaughter.

An account of an illness 

Josh Marshall relates an eyewitness account of AG Michael Mukasey's collapse:

I've been in contact with an attendee at tonight's Federalist Society meeting where Attorney General Mukasey spoke for roughly twenty minutes before collapsing. According to this trusted eyewitness, events transpired roughly as follows. Attorney General Mukasey was roughly twenty minutes into a speech defending the administration's torture policies and particularly arguing against prosecutions of people who made decisions in the aftermath of 9/11 (essentially arguing against what he believed amounted to the criminalization of policy differences).

Some seven or eight minutes prior to the incident a heckler start shouting, calling Mukasey a "tyrant." But the AG seemed unfazed by this; and members of the audience shouted the heckler down.

The eyewitness tells me that Mukasey seemed particularly in earnest about the argument he was making. And when he first began to falter it appeared he was merely choking up. Soon, what at first appeared to be choking up blended into slurred words. Twenty to thirty seconds later he collapsed, his fall broken by a nearby FBI agent.

The room fell silent. After a moment there were shouts from the table where Mukasey's wife was sitting, calling to turn down the stage lights. A woman in an evening gown, presumably a doctor, ran up to the stage and the FBI agents hovering over Mukasey allowed her to attend to him. The eyewitness told me that Mukasey collapsed at approximinately 10:06 and was taken off on a stretcher at approximately 10:33.

The one additional detail is that this eyewitness says that the medical personnel attending to Mukasey were talking to him for at least part of that period, at one point asking him "can you wiggle your toes." In other words, it appears that Mukasey did regain consciousness to at least some degree before being taken to the hospital....After Mukasey was taken away the audience was led in a prayer for Mukasey by former Congressman David McIntosh (R-IN).

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Old endgame lost of old, play and lose and have done with losing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Post-Bush Stress Disorder 

Am I the only one suffering from occasional bouts of PBSD?

On November 5, millions of Americans found themselves, in Frank Rich's words, "emerging from an abusive relationship" into a new and uncertain future that they were hardly capable of believing in only 24 hours earlier. For PBSD sufferers, the thrill of having won the election persists but is also accompanied by a creeping recognition that they have spent eight years protecting themselves from traumatic Bush-related abuse and from a complete understanding of the extent of the damage they suffered.

Symptoms of PBSD include weird surges of anger, triumph, joyful weeping, disbelief, panic, generalized anxiety, emptiness, weird repressed sensations of trauma, and dull stomach pains caused by realizing that the future has finally arrived and you are totally unprepared for it.

I am sure that others out there have PBSD.

Can we sue somebody for this?


I would like to point out this article, a hilarious example of total semiotic obliviousness.

How wonderful, all advertising and vulgarity have been purged from Grand Central! Except, of course, for those oversize flags, remnants from our recent fascist past!!!

Obama making big mistake 

Qualifying, maybe taking back, what I said in the thread below about Obama's willingness to eat shit (i.e., tolerate Senator Joseph I. Lieberman).

So-called "doves" are apparently excited about the HRC Secretary of State "cool event."
They say she is committing to "bringing peace to the Middle East." Here is Steve Clemons:

More dovish experts are also excited about the prospect of Secretary Clinton, albeit for slightly different reasons.

“Her top, top, top advisers told me, ‘Steve, she will animate things in the Middle East—she will deliver a Palestinian state. Gold-plated,’” said Steven Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington. Mr. Clemons also noted the irony that Mrs. Clinton potentially would be tasked with preparing the road for the direct negotiations with antagonistic foreign leaders that she excoriated Mr. Obama over during the primary. “She criticized him so much for going to meet foreign leaders without preconditions; now she is the one who is going to have to go and get all the preconditions sorted out.”

Unless Obama really has her under his thumb, the idea that HRC has anything to offer on the Middle East is much less plausible than the idea that Joseph I. Lieberman has anything to give to the Democratic party.

A Palestinian "state" brokered by HRC will be a gift, "gold-plated", for Israel -- and will thus lead to another 50 years of murder and mayhem.

If you're wondering why, consult previous discussions on AmCop about the Oslo process. Unless there is a radical -- read: impossible -- change of perspective, there will be more Oslo and more death. HRC is crazy and ignorant enough, as was Bill, to try to shove a non-state down the Palestinians' throats.

The bottom line: East Jersusalem must be Arab, must be part of Palestine. But it is surrounded by a ring of settlements and suburbs in which 300,000 + Israelis now live. Unless that massive settlement ring -- which few in Israel even acknowledge to be settlements -- is dismantled, there can be no two-state solution, thus no Palestinian "state."

The only way out is a single state, on the model of South Africa.

If you want to stay involved... 

Tell the Obama campaign what the organization should be doing now.


Thoughts on Joe 

Part of me really wanted to see Lieberman humiliated. But another part of me wondered how much this would help the cause: not much in the immediate future (another distraction spilling over into cable media coverage) but possibly more in the long term.

In a way, the worst part of Lieberman's chairmanship of the homeland security committee is already over. When Bush was in power we were depending on Joe and his committee to be a check on the president's power and Joe failed. But Bush is leaving soon and then Barack Obama will be in charge. Obama promised to leave Iraq as soon as logistically possible and he will be running the country. What could Joe Lieberman actually do now, as chairman of the committee on homeland security, that would truly prevent Obama from doing this? Joe Lieberman is not part of the command and control structure of the military.

And Joe should have held real, meaningful hearings on Katrina, but didn't. And it is a shame but now that Bush is leaving this simply won't be happening now, no matter who heads that committeee. The only consolation we have is knowing that Bush is probably headed straight to hell for what he did to the people of New Orelans; if there isn't actually a hell then one will have to be invented for him.

I'd also like to think that Joe may feel that he owes his survival to Obama now and will behave better as a result, but I seriously doubt Lieberman will change his ways.

So although the bad news is that Lieberman really let us down during a time when the Democrats were out of the White House and the limited power of a Senatorial committee chairmanship was all we had to resist the Bush agenda, the good news is that we are back in the White House until at least 2012 and, as a result, it is just not as significant who runs that committee.

Am I hopelessly naive on this one?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Allegory for Obama's emergent cabinet 

Xmas come early! 

A penny for a terrorist fist jab?


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