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May 15, 2005

The OTHER terrorist Bush won't arrest

Remember this name: Luis Posada Carriles.

Remember this date: October 6, 1976.

Why?

Because to Cubans, that date is their 9-11. And that man is their Osama bin Laden.

On October 6, 1976, Luis Posada Carriles and an accomplice, Orlando Bosch, became the murderers of 73 people. At the time, both were active in the Venezuelan intelligence service, Disip. (He was also still in regular contact with the CIA, although he was no longer officially an asset by then.) They planted a bomb on board a Cuban airliner, Cubana CUT-1201, designated Flight 455; the plane blew up shortly after takeoff from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing everyone on board. One of their hired bomb-planters later called Bosch to report that the plan had succeeded, in the following manner: "A bus with 73 dogs went off a cliff and all got killed." As for Bosch, he made excuse for this act of terrorism in 1987 with the unbelievable utterance, "All of Castro's planes are warplanes."

Even innocent civilian passenger planes, it seems, are fair game to a terrorist. Osama would be proud.

And just like Osama, Carriles is the terrorist George W. Bush won't arrest.

Bosch and Carriles have both spent plenty of time behind bars since that day, but it has hardly slowed either of them down in their terroristic profession. Carriles, in particular, has been a busy boy; in 1985 he escaped, thanks to bribery, from the Venezuelan prison where he was serving out his sentence for the Cubana bombing. Shortly thereafter, he took the alias of "Ramon Medina", and became active in Oliver North's infamous Iran-Contra scheme, as a deputy to another anti-Castro Cuban thug, Max Gomez, a.k.a. Felix Rodriguez, airlifting weaponry to the right-wing Contra terrorists in Nicaragua. And in 1999, he and three others attemped to assassinate Fidel Castro while the latter was attending a summit in Panama. The following year, Carriles was pardoned (on "humanitarian grounds"!) for that crime by the outgoing (and shockingly corrupt) then-president of Panama, Mireya Moscoso. That little incident resulted in Cuba cutting off relations with Panama. (Word has it that Moscoso always was tight with the Cuban conservatives, despite being elected on a platform of anti-poverty and social justice rhetoric; it is well known that she has a home in Key Biscayne, Florida.)

Now it seems Carriles has found a new cesspool to ooze about in: Miami. Yep, Jeb Bush's Florida. And he got in from--get this!--Mexico. If the Minutemorons out there on the Arizona/Mexico border aren't a bit chagrined by this, they should be. They're sitting out in the pitiless desert sun like the saps they are, watching for skulking figures between the cacti; meanwhile, a wealthy Cuban developer was giving this bona fide terrorist a ride to Miami from the resort of Isla Mujeres on his yacht. While they're busy chasing starving wetbacks, this former CIA asset (who used to be paid US$300 a month for his anti-Castro services) is whooping it up in Little Havana, even applying for political asylum.

And, sad to say, he'll probably get it--for the same reason Osama got away with 3,000 murders on 9-11: He's ex-CIA. Never mind that the FBI has a dossier on him that reaches from floor to ceiling; he'll never be apprehended as the criminal he is, let alone extradited to Venezuela to face the justice of Hugo Chavez (which is bound to be harsh, seeing as Chavez and Castro are on excellent terms.) He'll never see justice any more than Osama will. The FBI can sound the alarm on both of them until the entire organization is collectively blue in the face. It won't matter. Both are safe as flies in an outhouse.

If ever you need proof that nobody in the Bush Administration--or, for that matter, the entire Republican party--really gives a flying fig about terrorism, this is it. They didn't care that they were arming those who were, by their own definition, terrorists (in at least two countries!) back when Reagan was in power. They didn't care that they were creating them in Afghanistan back then, either. They didn't care that they had one on the CIA payroll from 1960 to 1976. In fact, George H.W. Bush was probably glad to have Carriles aboard. After all, he was CIA, too. He blocked the extradition of Carriles' old accomplice, Orlando Bosch, in 1990. And, like Mireya Moscoso, he issued a scandalous mass pardon shortly before leaving office: six truly egregious Iran-Contra villains on his way out of the White House in December 1992.

Meanwhile, the 77-year old Carriles may be reaching the bottom of the sand in his hourglass. He's said to be dying of cancer. The question is, where will the Grim Reaper finally give him his just reward for all that terrorism--in Miami, or in a Venezuelan prison?

So now Dubya is caught in a most unwelcome dilemma: Should he appease the right-wing Cuban mafia of Miami, as he has always done, and as his father did before him? Or should he break with Republican tradition and actually follow through on his heretofore empty rhetoric about the importance of fighting terrorism? Whichever he does, he's bound to piss somebody off in the worst way, and compromise his entire house of cards in the process.

And I say it looks damn good on the little hypocrite.

May 13, 2005

They have Skanky...

We have SEXY.

Yes, Lauren Bacall is a proud, loud, articulate liberal. And Larry King is, by the looks of things, totally bowled over.

Eat shit, Ann Coulter!

You MUST remember this

Absolutely essential reading: The Downing Street Memo.

Yes, you know what I'm talking about. Don't play coy, now. It's only the basis for BushCo's war on Iraq. You know, the war built on a LIE??? That's the one.

Full text here. If you still believe it wasn't a lie--read it and weep!


Conscientious objectors, take note

Army recruiting has become increasingly desperate lately. Just take a listen to this.

By the way, this sort of "marketing technique" is highly illegal.

Oh, jeesh...

How could I forget THIS one? Thank heaven Buzzflash didn't.

Frankly, I don't care that Spokane mayor Jim West is gay; that's not abnormal. What is, is that he's a right-wing hypocrite who abused power--and the affections of an unsuspecting woman--to cover his ass while he trolled for sex.

And what sex it was. Throughout his career, West was haunted by allegations of pedophilia. Perhaps that's why he made such a public to-do out of it when he proposed to his wife (she stuck it out for five years living his lie for him, if you can believe it.) Perhaps that's why he made such a big noise about family values.

The noise, we now know, was the skeletons in his considerable closets rattling their bones.

Are you sensing a pattern here, reader? Every right-wing nut, it seems, has something to hide. And the louder they prattle about sexual morality, the worse you can safely assume their own to be.


May 12, 2005

Is any one of them NOT a sex fiend?

Oh, lordy, we have a couple more kinky doozers surfacing on the right. Larry Flynt has uncovered some dirt on John Bolton that would make the Marquis de Sade blanch with horror--or envy. Then there's this winner in Pennsylvania, a Family Values hypocrite accused of attempting to strangle his mistress (who is, incidentally, in the same age group as his daughters). But who really takes the biscuit? Yup, Dubya's pick to head up the FDA. Dr. David Hager, whose chief prior claim to fame was a book recommending prayer as a cure for PMS, has depupated as a pervert who liked to sodomize his wife while she was suffering from attacks of narcolepsy--brought on, perhaps, by the stress of living with a raving one-man freak scene.

The list of Republican sex fiends is ever growing. By now, it's so long that it's no longer a question of who IS one, but whether any of them is NOT one.

PS: Got a polimerick for ya, written in response to a thread started by Rob G....

Neal Horsley, the murderous fool,
Confessed that he once "loved" a mule.
He boinked it quite gaily;
Sometimes, three times daily--
Before, during and after school.

May 10, 2005

Yah, mule!

First it was Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum. Then it was Bill "Cat Killer" Frist. Then it was James "Spare the rod, spoil the wiener-doggie" Dobson. And then Pickles let it slip that Dubya had been masturbating stallions. Just when you think right-wingers couldn't get any kinkier with poor defenceless animals, though, Neal Horsley decided to share with the world at large just what he used to do...with mules.

Horsley, an adulterous anti-abortion freak who wants to post on his butt-ugly website a hit list of doctors for his fellow right-wing terrorists to shoot, gives a whole new meaning to the term "country bumpkin". He fessed up to his prior shame with great gusto; the way he talked about it, you'd think he'd never put it behind him. And poor Alan Colmes may never recover:

AC: "You had sex with animals?" NH: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule." AC: "I'm not so sure that that is so." NH: "You didn't grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?" AC: "Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?" NH: It has historically been the case. You people are so far removed from the reality... Welcome to domestic life on the farm..."

Um, Neal? We're not the ones who have trouble telling the mules from the humans. We're also not the ones advocating doctor-murder on the Internet. We're not the ones in denial of our sexual identities, or the ones who pretend that juvenile bestiality is normal just because it's common in the dumber parts of the country. Who's far removed from reality, again?

Apparently, an awful lot of farmboys in Georgia. Particularly Neal Horsley, R-Mulesticker.

I guess this explains why those rightards are all so confused between homosexuality and bestiality. They practice both simultaneously. No wonder same-sex marriage scares them and they think it means that next, you'll be allowed to marry Bowzer or Bessie or your pet goat...

Oh. Oh dear. I just had a thought I really don't want to have...about Dubya and what he was reading during those seven infamous minutes on September 11.

Shudder.

Thank heaven we have the Neal Horsleys of this world to prevent THAT from happening.

May 9, 2005

We sez, they sez...

Ain't it lovely? Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation committee has offered old Taliban thugs an amnesty.

Meanwhile, I hesitantly point out that this kindly gesture kinda clashes with Cofer Black's the-gloves-are-off barking about how he wants all their heads on pikes.

Um, make that dry ice, in the case of Osama...assuming the CIA ever works up the gall to go after one of its own.


Runaway bride, walking neurosis...

...what's the difference?

Just ask the attorney who prosecuted Jennifer Wilbanks for shoplifting a few years ago. She's now representing her in court on her public-mischief charge.

I don't know what's funnier, the small-worldism or the fact that the pop-eyed bride (and darling of the right-wing mainstream media distraction machine) is a repeat offender for committing public mischief.

May 7, 2005

Socialism is good for capitalism. Who knew?

Canada, that's who.

And this Canuck loves Dave Lindorff for pointing out why what's good for Canada is good for General Motors.

Lindorff is the author of Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains--a quietly shocking piece of investigative journalism that shows how capitalism has undermined the public good by its own profiteering, and how so-called neo-liberalism is certainly neo-something...but liberal, it's definitely not.

And worse, it's undermining business in America. Employers are forced to either pay obscene amounts in health insurance for their employees, or to scrimp and save at the expense of the employees' well-being. The result is an unholy mess, and it's driving some manufacturers out of America and across the border...

...but not into Mexico. Try the NORTHERN border, sugarmaple. Canada's "socialized" healthcare system (non-profit, single-payer, with hospitals run by local organizations as private non-profits) is the unspoken envy of America. Because GM doesn't have to pay extra for health insurance here, Canada is attractive to the car manufacturer; made-in-Canada vehicles are every bit as well made as those produced in the States, but the cost is lower because there's no healthcare premium figured in.

Meanwhile, here's the flipside of the coin: how "unfettered capitalism" is its own worst enemy. Enjoy, enjoy! (I know I do. But the mainstream media is strangely silent about the president under whom this debacle is happening...something they wouldn't have been if this had happened ten years ago under a different president.)

May 5, 2005

And now, for something completely different...

...a rant about little yellow ribbons.

Ever notice how something so innocent and innocuous has been completely HIJACKED by the evil, filthy warmongers? I have. For the past couple of days I've been noticing around my hometown, a proliferation of bumper stickers--little yellow ribbon loops with black writing on them.

Well, I hate to say it, but I automatically jumped to the conclusion that my town--on the north shore of Lake Ontario--had suddenly spawned a proliferation of pro-Bush wingnuts.

WTF???

So I resolved to do two things: (1) Find out, first, what the writing on those little yellow ribbons says, and (2) if it IS a pro-war statement, start printing flyers and fact sheets to slip under the windshield wipers of any parked vehicle I see sporting such a sticker.

Well, today I finally got a chance to do #1. And it turns out that the yellow ribbons are NOT pro-war, but pro-cancer-research. They're issued by the Relay For Life, which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. The same that recently helped my mom, a breast cancer patient, make a confident choice of lumpectomy, radiation and tamoxifen to treat her early-stage disease.

I guess I don't have to print up any flyers now, but I'm still angry at the warmongers for hijacking an innocent symbol and causing so much confusion.


May 4, 2005

John T. Scopes, arise! Gird up thy loins!

Look out, Kansas. Here comes another damn monkey trial. Sweet Jesus, didn't we already do this in Tennessee, three scant quarters of a century ago? Well, now we know what's really the matter with Kansas: they're awfully slow to get it. As is evidenced by their attitude toward consensual teenage gay sex. (And, for that matter, consensual teenage straight sex.)

BTW, evolution is still indisputably a fact, and another story came out just today to confirm it. From UTAH, no less. That oughta piss off the Mormons, whose theories on our origins are even stranger than those of the fundies out East.

And just for shits and giggles, here's H.L. Mencken's immortal account of the original Monkey Trial. Enjoy!