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September 30, 2009

O Irony, where is thy sting?

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Bwahahahaha. Where else? Planted firmly, barbed-end-first, in the ass-cheek of a woman who thought she could take the shortcut to queen-bee status:

SARAH Palin is said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.

After quitting as governor of Alaska in July, Palin signed with the top-notch Washington Speakers Bureau, which also reps George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, LA Dodgers manager Joe Torre and magician David Blaine.

Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."

Oh noes! Why do you suppose that is? Oh, probably only because she IS one.

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And why do you suppose THAT is? Hmmm...

"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."

Does she read? I know Dubya read ONE book, or at least pretended to read part of it--one far below what's par for a man his age. Judging from what her daughter's ex has to say, the woman who talked of banning books as mayor of Wasilla is probably no great reader herself; why else would she try to usurp the local librarian and impoverish the public bookshelves?

But don't take my word for it. Here's Levi:

I actually never saw Sarah reading much at all--once in a blue moon, I'd see her reading a book, and I've never seen her read a newspaper. The Frontiersman and the Anchorage Daily News were always there in the morning, but the only one who looked through them was Todd.

Hmmm. Does she at least hunt moose? Oh, deer:

Sarah Palin has said she's a hockey mom and a hunter, but that's really not the case. She pays no attention to her kids when the cameras aren't around. Track and I grew up playing hockey together, and I only saw her at about 15 percent of his games. People think that Sarah likes hunting, fishing, and camping, but she doesn't. She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat--I've never seen it. I've never seen her touch a fishing pole. She had a gun in her bedroom and one day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn't know, because it was in a box under her bed.

People would send Sarah big painted portraits of herself. Most of them went in the garage, but she once asked me to help her put one up in the house. So I put the little tab in the back and she told me she could handle it from there. But when I came back, it was sideways. About the only thing she knows now is Gucci and Prada.

Sounds like she wasn't really as much in touch with the huntin' and fishin' crowd as she made herself out to be.

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I'm guessing that she was also rather out of touch with the news, and thus, collectively speaking, the people. Which is kind of sad when you consider that she had an entire state full of 'em to govern, and a governor's job, among other things, is to be aware of issues in the local news, the better to be able to address what needs doing, competently and in a timely manner. Not just to provide lip service and window dressing, but action on the people's behalf.

But clearly, all of that was not even on Sarah Palin's radar. Levi Johnston again:

Sarah was always in a bad mood and she was stressed out a lot. Sometimes she would wonder why she took the job as governor. It was too hard, she said; there was so much going on.

[...]

Sarah was sad for a while. She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make "triple the money." It was, to her, "not as hard." She would blatantly say, "I want to just take this money and quit being governor." She started to say it frequently, but she didn't know how to do it. When she came home from work, it seemed like she was more and more stressed out. It seemed like she couldn't handle the job anymore. I think that she was just through with it all or that she'd become used to getting everything she wanted handed to her. She'd rather take the money and keep that kind of lifestyle. When a magazine offered six figures to be at the hospital when Bristol gave birth, she said yes at first but then told us not to do it.

No consistency of word or deed; no consistency between word and deed; nothing consistent at all, except the overarching theme: "Gimme money, lotsa money, yum yum yum more money." Greed, ambition and self-promotion: Check. Work ethic: Um, what work ethic?

In everything she has ever done, Sarah Palin is the embodiment of attention deficit disorder; a Jill of all trades, and a mistress of none. Need I bring up her dubious academic record to underscore the point? She ended up, after six years, with one journalism degree, which she invoked at every opportunity during her VP campaign, but at the same time, she no longer reads newspapers. Well, duh; she never wrote for them, either, even at school. Makes sense when you consider that she was originally shooting for TV. Maybe she figured that was the easiest way to fame and fortune, as well as to capitalize on those Miss Wasilla looks!

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For someone like that to aspire to writing a book--well, it doesn't surprise me that she had help. A lot of it. How else to explain the fact that she pooped the seven-million-dollar manure pile out in such record time? And indeed, there is a "collaborator". This is one of those "as told to" stories, although it's doubtless not being billed as such.

I'm gonna go wayyyyy out on a limb here and say that judging from the overall pattern of things, the "collaborator" did the grunt work, transcribing the Paliness's semi-coherent burblings into some semblance of a readable narrative. I do hope she's being paid well for her time and efforts, although I suspect she's probably not being paid nearly as well as the woman for whom she's ghosting.

But meanwhile, there is the question of whether this book will even earn out that very fat advance. The lecture circuit thing's early flop is, along with all those other plot twists, something of a foreshadowing. I'm an English major, as well as having studied journalism; in six years, I earned two degrees from just two schools. I know how to recognize familiar patterns and well-worn storylines. I already know how this will go:

First, I see bookstore clerks grumbling over having to stock this parvum opus front and centre, at the expense of real literature. Sales will seem brisk at first, then drop off dramatically as word goes out that it's a damp squib, rather than the firecracker the media hype has led us to expect.

Then, to save face, there will come a last-minute bulk buy order from a certain familiar Mr. Mellon Scaife, who has so kindly subsidized the wingnut-welfare cottage industry lo these many years.

And soon after that, the Conservative Book Club (!) will be making this one of their featured "3 for $1" introductory offerings. The chattering classes will chatter away, and so, alas, will Sarah--doing the talk-show circuit in lieu of lectures, and carefully skirting the hard questioners, of course. FUX Snooze will talk her up, and everyone else will courteously pretend neutrality and wish her well, while cringing inwardly at having to go through the whole Palin rigamarole yet again.

Meanwhile, cheaply-purchased but unread copies of The Book will be propping doors open and gathering dust on coffee tables before making their shambling way to the used-book market, along with the various tomes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and Jonah Goldberg.

Finally, remainder tables will be groaning under the weight of hundreds of unsold copies of Going Rogue, deeply discounted. After even that fails to unload very many of them, the covers will be torn off all the unsold copies, and the remainder returned to sender to be pulped. The rest, as they say, is toilet paper.

Et voilà! Another Great American Mavericky Success Story (TM) is born. You betcha!

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Venezuelan opposition comes home to roost in the US

Go. Read. Then tell me if what you see doesn't look awfully familiar.

Of course, Venezuela had its own "civilized", media-driven military coup seven years ago. The top brass of the military, together with an assortment of bidnessy types, decided it was worth going over the heads of the voters to remove a brown-skinned, Afro-American "terrorist menace" from the presidential palace. Here's how THAT panned out, for those who need a refresher:

Like I said...awfully familiar, no?

September 29, 2009

Stupid Sex Tricks: Kanga-RUDE!

I have NO idea what this man is talking about...

...and clearly, the fapping marsupial behind him doesn't care.

I'm sorry. I just HAD to do this.

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Seriously, doesn't it look like Chavecito is thinking exactly that?

Teh Heterostoopid...it's everywhere!

And it BURNS!

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But of course, to the Religious Reich, even coke-addicted and/or -dealing parents are perfectly acceptable, as long as they're married and of different sexes...

And then again, there are some people you pray will NEVER get married, much less reproduce:

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Actually, the Chinese policy is way too lenient for douchebags like these.

Stupid Sex Tricks: What blooming idiot came up with this one?

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According to my friend Corey, who passed this on to me:

Captured at 115th and Allisonville Rd. in Fishers, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The sign is real and was up for two hours before someone stopped and told them how to spell PEONIES!

This in turn reminds me of a poem...

There they are

drooping over the breakfast plates,

angel-like,

folding in their sad wing,

animal sad,

and only the night before

there they were

playing the banjo.

Once more the day's light comes

with its immense sun,

its mother trucks,

its engines of amputation.

Whereas last night

the cock knew its way home,

as stiff as a hammer,

battering in with all

its awful power.

That theater.

Today it is tender,

a small bird,

as soft as a baby's hand.

She is the house.

He is the steeple.

When they fuck they are God.

When they break away they are God.

When they snore they are God.

In the morning they butter the toast.

They don't say much.

They are still God.

All the cocks of the world are God,

blooming, blooming, blooming

into the sweet blood of woman.


--Anne Sexton, "The Fury of Cocks", 1960

But at least, with Anne Sexton, the floral metaphor was conscious and intentional.

September 28, 2009

Allen Stanford comes down another peg

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Not so high and mighty NOW, eh, "Sir" Allen?

Actually, the tall Texan's been taken down another peg. Undoubtedly getting something richly deserved here:

Allen Stanford, the indicted Texas tycoon and cricket impresario who bankrolled the Twenty20 game, has suffered two black eyes and a broken nose in a punch-up in prison.

Mr Stanford, facing trial for allegedly running a $7 billion pyramid scheme through his Antigua-based bank, was admitted to hospital with concussion after the fight on Thursday, officials said. The US Marshals Service said that the 59-year-old, an imposing figure who is 6ft 6in, got into an altercation with another inmate around 10am.

The cause of the fight and the identity of the other inmate involved were not immediately released. The prison is conducting an investigation.

I notice no one's calling him "Sir" anymore. He's just "Mr." now.

I'm sorry, but I just can't muster up much sympathy for the guy. I wonder why?

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I haven't a clue, do you?

EDIT: Oh lordy-loo, wouldja look at this:

In less than five minutes, he goes from tearful to eye-bugging anger, from "baloney" to "bullshit", and from wounded victim to threatening to punch someone in the mouth. Hmmm, do you think this show of true colors carried over into the "intolerable" conditions in the pokey?

Lucy is now truly "in the sky with diamonds"

From Yellow Submarine, the song.

Sadly, the "girl with kaleidoscope eyes" is gone:

Lucy Vodden, who is widely believed to be the inspiration behind The Beatles' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', has died.

Vodden, 46, had been receiving treatment for the immune system disease Lupus. She passed away last Tuesday.

'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' was featured on The Beatles' 1967 album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.

Critics originally thought the track was about drug use, but John Lennon always maintained it had been inspired by a picture of Vodden drawn by his son, Julian.

He is understood to have shown his father the drawing, and said: "It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds."

The pair, who went to a nursery in Weybridge, Surrey together in 1966, reignited their friendship when Julian discovered Vodden was ill.

Here's the picture Julian drew that so enchanted John and inspired what may be the Beatles' most misunderstood song:

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Rest well, Lucy.

Dude, where's my forecast?

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Looks like today's long-range calls for cloudy with a slight chance of "WTF, dude?"

Bloodless coup in Honduras still churns bloodlessly along

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A Venezuelan from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas demonstrates his support for the people of Honduras.

Another day, another death in Honduras. More murder and mayhem against local media who dare to report the true facts of the Micheletti dictatorship...

Marco Antonio Canales Villatoro, nephew of the proprietor of the Honduran Radio Globo station, was assassinated on Saturday in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

Canales Villatoro, 40 years old, was apparently killed during an attempted theft of his laptop computer as he left an evangelical church, by two men who came by on a motorcycle and shot at him.

Canales Villatoro was transported to hospital, where he died in the afternoon, according to a press release by the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup d'Etat.

Radio Globo is the only station in Honduras that transmits the words of the ousted president Manuel Zelaya, who returned to Honduras last Monday and remains in the Brazilian embassy. It is one of the few media outlets that has given coverage to the mobilizations of Zelaya's followers.

The Front also denounced that some assailants broke into the home of Silvia Ayala, a congresswoman of the Democratic Unity party and a follower of Zelaya. A journalist and distinguished photographer, Esteban Meléndez, stated that last Wednesday, during a march of the Front, he was wounded by five rubber bullets as he was taking pictures of the soldiers who were acting against the Zelaya partisans.

In a telephone call, Meléndez said that as a result of the gunshot wounds, he was currently in bed with a fever.

Translation mine.

Radio Globo of Honduras is not to be confused with Globovisión, the far-right television station in Venezuela, which is extremely pro-coup and anti-democracy not only on its own turf, but as concerns Honduras, as well.

It's obvious that the dictatorship has taken to murder as a means of intimidation, which is a sign of desperation on its own part.

And for anyone who thinks rubber bullets are non-lethal, wake the fuck up. Here are some pics (warning: gruesome!) of the damage that they can do, and some information (from Israel!) about why they are not acceptable as a method of crowd control. An infection causing fever is not unlikely, especially in a tropical setting such as Honduras. People have died of infection even from non-lethal wounds.

I hope Esteban Meléndez recovers, and soon. The resistance has need of all the help it can get, especially from photojournalists.

PS: The "bloodless" coup has also claimed its first female death since Zelaya's return. Wendy Elizabeth Ávila died from the gassing she sustained one week ago, when police and the army used supposed tear gas to dislodge protesters from around the Brazilian embassy. She suffered bronchial spasms and respiratory distress. Bear in mind that tear gas was first developed during World War I, and intended for use as a deadly weapon. This is one more thing that should not be used for crowd control. Its ongoing use by authorities everywhere is one more manifestation of their gross disregard for human life and welfare.

September 27, 2009

Music for a Sunday Night: The Enemy Within

This Rush classic has been in my head all day. Now, the haunting's all yours:

The siege of Tegucigalpa

Once more, The Real News nails it:

Al Giordano's analysis of the situation is bang-on. It looks to me like Gorilletti and his thugs are trying to wear Zelaya out--either to kill or take him prisoner, or if that be impossible, simply kill the clock on his mandate. The fact remains, however, that there is NO constitutional basis for their overthrowing him, so the term-limit issue is essentially meaningless. Zelaya is the elected president, not Gorilletti. Free and fair elections can only happen if he is fully back at the helm. There can be no democratic hand-over from putschists to another leader, no matter who it might be. And in fact, knowing the putschists, they will probably prefer to rig any election that does happen, in favor of their chosen candidate. Which makes a sham and a mockery of the "democratic" veneer they are trying so hard (and failing) to cultivate.

Cops Behaving Badly: How NOT to train your K-9 unit

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Good thing he got him in the side pocket and not in front, is all I can say...

More Wankers of the Week: Values Votership in Action!

Oh man, this is sheer comedy gold:

Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Linda Putz (yes, she really IS a Putz!) and her grumpy old unnamed friend. The media were kind enough to come and give them publicity, and now they complain that it's "rude and disrespectful"?

And hey! These guys are equal opportunity haters. Look who else they decided to bother:

And this, ladies 'n' gents, is why FUX is not the network to watch if you want to learn anything. The reporter-dude started out okay, saying he was there to do a job and report on the shindig (which is true, and which one devoutly wishes they'd always do--leaving out their usual cheerleading of course), but the grumpy old coot just keeps at him and at him, and in less than a minute, he CAVES IN.

This is journalism?

Actually, this is what's called an "own goal". Like I said, the "Values Voters" invited these people. They wanted the publicity. But then, when it looked like MSNBC was actually doing its job and reporting the inanities of the agenda, that's what got the "polite and respectful" badge-wearers all riled up. The last thing they want is for the rest of the world to see what bag they really come out of. They want deferential toe-sucking and sugar-slopping, not honest reporting. (Or half-hearted attempts thereat, in this case...)

There really is no pleasing some people, eh?

(Thanks to Lloyd Dangle at Troubletown for digging that nugget up.)

September 26, 2009

Wankers of the Week: Values Voter Circle Jerk edition

Ahem. Before we get on with the weekly wankapedia here, I thought I'd share a bit of wonkapedia with you:

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Yes, that's from this year.

And these people think they've got the world's progressive majorities "surrounded"? They may be shocked to learn just how small their circle jerk really is...and how many of their, uh, "weapons" are aimed at each other!

And now, the wankers, in no particular order:

1. Michael Fucking Schwartz. For as much as confessing that he's a raving closet case, and that he started masturbating when he was 11--and it scared the hell out of him so much, he now resorts to OTHER forms of wanking to, uh, distract himself. And one of them is to pull his pud to fantasies of VIOLENCE. Thanks a buttload, Mike--we really needed to learn THAT about you. (All my gay male readers are surely just as creeped-out by you as I am.)

2. Carrie Fucking Prejean. Yes, of course God chose her--to go down as the biggest hypocritical idiot in the history of homophobia. Her prize?

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Yes, that's right, folks--an eternal set of silicone Values Hooters! Because every boob deserves a booby prize--or two.

3. Todd Fucking Tiahrt. You're committed to Scott Fucking Roeder, the triggerman in Operation Re-Skew's assassination of Dr. Tiller? Brilliant idea, Todd. At this rate, the real values voters should get "Tiahrt" of you in no time! (And speaking of committed, you should be--both of you, to a max-security psych ward.)

4. Fucking rapturists. Why, oh why didn't God see fit to disappear them all when they were conveniently gathered in Washington two weeks ago? It would have been so cool to see them all floating up, up and awayyyyy...like a balloon release, y'know?

5. Lila Fucking Rose. Such Christian charity. Now we know what HER values are: hate, hate, vindictiveness, and more hate. Good thing votes like hers will never be a majority. Otherwise, the US would be worse than Iran and Afghanistan combined.

5 1/2. SUZANNE Fucking ALL CAPS Nitouche also merits a dishonorable mention, for similar reasons. Don't ask me how a woman can be such a misogynist; only trust that on the right, it is definitely possible. Must suck to be her; must suck to be the mirror she takes stabs at every day.

6. Sarah Fucking Palin, again. How many weeks has she been a Wanker, already? I've lost count. Let's just give her a lifetime membership in the Wank Club; lord knows she's probably been one all her life. But for the details on her latest foray into wankitude (in which, strangely, NONE of the attendees wanted to give their names), here's an excerpt:

"She was brilliant," said a European delegate, on condition of anonymity. "She said America was spending a lot of money and it was a temporary solution. Normal people are having to pay more and more but things don't get better. The rich will leave the country and the poor will get poorer."

Two US delegates left early, with one saying "it was awful, we couldn't stand it any longer".

Bet the walker-outers were rich, eh?

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7. Bud Fucking Norris. What if you held a Glenn Fucking Beck Day and nobody came? Just ask the current (and not likely to be re-elected) mayor of Mt. Vernon, Washington. He knows.

8. Fucking Dubya. Gone but not forgotten, thanks to yet another book detailing his dumbfuckery for all the world to see. And this time, it's a doozy: Oh noes, Harry Potter books promote witchcraft!

Actually, all they promote is reading. Something Dubya only pretends to do, as we all know all too well:

This is what those "values" voters voted for. A clueless git who just sits there while the country goes up in flames. Sad, isn't it?

9. Tamerlane Fucking Phillips. His sister comes out with a gut-wrenching shocker about incest survival, and he wants people to worship his long-deceased guru? Just goes to show you don't have to be a fundie Christian to be a religiously whacked-out wanker with seriously skewed values.

10. Joe Fucking Lieberman. Yep, orthodox Jews wank too. This one's preferred porn? Stunningly inept Nazi holocaust analogies. Which is really funny when you consider who his "daddy" was.

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11. Geert Fucking Wilders. Yeah, he made his hate-porn snuff film a few years ago. But he scared the piss out of a Kentucky high-school girl with it this week, so that gets him a place in the ranks of the wanks, too. (The as-yet unnamed teacher who chose to show it to a "leadership" class is also a fucking wanker. And so are all the classmates who are still ragging that traumatized girl.)

12. Steve Fucking King. So, same-sex marriage is a gateway to socialism? Bring it on, baby! (PS: Do you think he's Teh Heterostoopid, too? I do!)

And finally, all the misogynists who scream about the evil that lies in the heart of "a woman scorned". I'm sure you can explain this scorned male wanker to me, then.

Good night, good gawd, and get fucked. Especially YOU, Jasper.

The Assassination of Hugo Chávez: Colombian hitman tells all

And who was offering to pay for the hit? None other than Chavecito's last opponent in the presidential elections, Manuel "Brave Sir Robin" Rosales, currently holed up in Peru, whining about "political persecution" while under investigation for embezzlement, among other things. Who's really persecuting whom?

For more on the plot, clicky here.

And once more, it's got to be said: If the Venezuelan opposition can't field an honest, serious, non-criminal candidate, it deserves to fail until the end of time.

Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa gassed with hydrogen cyanide

Manuel Zelaya denounces a murder attempt on the part of the putschists:

You can hear the people around him coughing and wheezing. Many are still affected by the gassing they suffered yesterday and the day before. There is also a call going out for the UN to send a toxicologist to examine the gassing victims, so as to determine exactly what poison gases they inhaled and how much.

As you can see, Mel is not crazy. He makes his denunciation, his appeal for UN intervention, and his remarks to his supporters in a very calm, rational, intelligent manner. In other words: He's still very much himself, still definitely president of Honduras, and not about to give in to the coupmongers anytime at all.

Anti-coup march in Barcelona, Spain

You can see placards written in Catalan, as well as the flags of other Latin American countries, in this solidarity march. (I see Bolivia and Colombia, how 'bout you?)

Bloodless coup still proceeding bloodlessly as ever in Honduras

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From El Tiempo de Honduras, via Aporrea, something else the coup's apologists don't want you to see:

A teenager died yesterday afternoon, after shouting "coupmongers" at a group of police from Patrol 4-10, according to family members and neighbors who witnessed the crime.

The victim was identified as Elvis Jacobo Euceda Perdomo, 18. He died in the Las Colinas neighborhood, Carmen municipality, of two rifle shots.

The youth, who often gathered firewood from a nearby hill to earn pocket money, was riding a red bicycle at the time. He was headed to the local soccer pitch to play a game.

Emergency personnel at the scene discovered a shell casing corresponding to the official police issue.

According to witnesses, the crime occurred as the teenager was passing near the police patrol and shouted "coupmongers". At that moment, one of the police (who was not identified by name) got down from the vehicle and fired his rifle at the boy, who was some 70 metres away.

The shots struck the victim in his head and back. While waiting for the authorities to arrive at the scene, the victim's family members covered his corpse with a white sheet.

Translation mine.

But of course, we fully expect to see that pool of blood underneath the youngster photoshopped away when this incriminating story finally hits the lamestream pro-coup anglo media. Just like last time.

Sadly, we expect no better from the media anymore.

September 25, 2009

Honduras has teabaggers, too

How else to explain this sign, which appeared at the pro-dictatorship rally yesterday?

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They don't call these people "pitiyankis" for nothing.

Memo to Simple Simon Romero: It's not new, it wasn't coined by Hugo Chávez, and it's not just in Venezuela that they use it to describe these malinches, either. The word originated decades ago in Puerto Rico, where there are plenty of people who fit that description--petty Yankees, or Yankee-wannabes--themselves. It was coined by a Puerto Rican poet, Luís Llorens Torres (1876-1944). Not surprisingly, Llorens was an independentist.

Unlike the woman in the picture above, as we can plainly see.

Chavecito pwns Fux Snoozer

Watch this and laugh:

Finally, someone puts the racist, self-righteous, imbecilic Fux-ers in their place. And he does it so sweetly, too.

Why can't any of the Dems (Obama included) show this much courage and style?

Israeli torture device used in Honduras

The longer the siege of the Brazilian embassy goes on, the more interesting details keep coming to light. Not only has Peru been sending tear-gas grenades to the Honduran dictator and his military enablers, arms-dealing Israel has also been in on the evil:

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Photo found at Aporrea. The caption reads: "Latest-generation Israeli device, used in repressions and torture. Causes damage to the ears and loss of balance. President Zelaya denounced this from the Brazilian Embassy.

"Whose are the whitey-white hands that are setting it up?"

Note, too, the hearing protectors on the soldier in the middle. This is clearly an ear-damager.

Israel has gone from "Never Again!" to "It's not fascism when WE do it" in the space of less than 65 years.

What does that say about them?

PS: Oh, FUCK. They're definitely plotting Mel's murder, and thinking this will make it look like suicide. Worse, some really fucking stupid bloggers believe he's crazy already. Think I should send them this link to let them know THEY are the mental cases?

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito and Evo in Nueva York

Chavecito rocks the UN:

...and shocks the crAP, no doubt by disappointing them. Damn, this time they can't make out like he's crazy! (Last time, he was only joking--and they neglected to report the laughs and appreciative applause he got.)

Meanwhile, here's Evo:

...who undoubtedly shocked the press in his own right. El Duderino reports that NBC was googling the search terms "Evo Morales crazy" when they landed on his blog.

Joke's on the anglo media. These two are both sane, and immensely popular. Why? Because they dare to say what the sleazy anglo media do not.

That, and they're just plain hot stuff.

PS: Via Paul Escobar at BoRev, the pic that says it all about Chavecito at the UN:

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Fun: Chavecito has it.

September 24, 2009

Stupid Sex Tricks: One more thing not to do while driving

Via "Andy" at IKN, a link that brings back some unpleasant memories for Your Humble One:

Swedish police suspect a German truck driver was on drugs and masturbating while he wrecked his rig south of the western city of Borås earlier this week.

The trucker, apparently unable to reach a satisfactory climax, then proceeded to continue to pleasure himself during a police interrogation, the Borås Tidning newspaper reported on Thursday.

"He was masturbating while the police questioned him," police prosecutor Åsa Askenbäck told the newspaper.

"He has admitted that he was not paying full attention at the time of the accident. He was playing with himself instead of focusing on the road."

The truck driver was en route from Gothenburg to Borås at around 4 am on Tuesday morning. The truck and trailer flipped over when he rammed his vehicle into the central division on route 40 south of Borås.

The upturned vehicle blocked all traffic towards Gothenburg and one lane was closed in the direction of Borås.

The man remained in the vehicle with his hands apparently still clasped around his own gear stick and was subsequently arrested for reckless driving and driving while under the influence of drugs.

The suspicions against the man have now been extended to sexual molestation.

Yeah, I can kind of see how that would happen.

BTW, when I was 20 and in my second year at university, I had a run-in with a wank-driver. I was taking summer courses at the time and was just walking home from my Latin class for lunch when some red-eyed unkempt dude pulled over beside me and asked directions to Napier Street. I had lived at the corner of Earl and Napier, which was just a block or two away, so I was able to give him directions.

Then a joggling motion caught the corner of my eye, and I happened to look down.

At first I didn't know what that thing he was bouncing in his hand was. Oh, I'd seen my share of them before--including the dead ones in the anatomy museum on the ninth floor of Botterell Hall--but this didn't look like any schlong I'd seen, living OR dead. It looked huge and inflamed and ghastly.

When I finally twigged to what it was, I backed away, acting as if I hadn't seen. It had been only a split-second glimpse, but it was enough for me. I walked off as quickly as I could without breaking into a run--cursing myself the entire time. How could I have been so stupid? Why had I stopped? Why hadn't I ignored him? Why, oh why, did I live alone in a basement apartment in an unsecured building which was only a block away?

I made it home, and when I looked behind me, I noticed that the street was mercifully empty. I let myself in and yanked shut every curtain in the place. I tried to cook myself lunch--whole wheat spaghetti with sauce from a jar--but as soon as the first rolled-up forkful touched my lips, I retched. It looked too much like--that THING. I was so appalled--and scared--that I lost my appetite for six whole weeks. Oh, I ate, but it was like choking; every bite hurt going down. I had to force myself.

Not until I mentioned the incident to my mom in one of our Sunday phone calls did I finally get my courage--and my appetite--back. I told her some pervert had "flashed" me. It wasn't the most accurate description of the incident, but it was easier to say than that I'd caught some drug-addled freak, possibly a released sex offender from the city pen, wanking in his car. It took me more than twenty more years before I was finally able to say what had really happened.

Moral of the story: Guys, if you're gonna do that--and I know you will, at some point or another, because everybody does--don't do it in your car, don't do it on the street, do NOT do it in broad daylight, lay off the drugs--and above all, do NOT try to involve someone else. Whether you roll the vehicle or turn the stomach of an innocent passerby, it's not worth it.

Thus concludes today's public service message.

Scary Thought #13: Tom DeLay gets in touch with his feminine side

Are those CUBAN heels he's wearing? I do believe they are.

Yeow!

PS: The last time a conservative douchebag tried to cha-cha-cha on this show, here's what it looked like:

And when you're ready for the necessary and all-important kitten chaser, clicky here.

Somewhere, a village is missing its "ediot"

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Fortunately, he was recently spotted in Washington, DC carrying this "ediot"-ic sign.

September 23, 2009

Once more, Poland forgets its own history

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This is not the gate to an abortion clinic. Just so's you know.

As a teenager back in the 1980s, I was always seeing stuff about Poland on the news. Something about a union calling itself Solidarity, and its struggles for independence against the huge, oppressive state apparatus that everyone was calling communism (even though it looked like nothing Karl Marx had ever written about except capitalism, and that was precisely the problem with it.) One of Solidarity's points of conflict with the Polish state was the matter of religion: Solidarity wanted freedom of religion, Poland's Moscow-connected rulers kept saying nyet. Of course, since the overwhelming majority of Poles had been Catholic before communism, the Polish branch of the Roman Catholic Church, Inc., was all fire-and-flame behind Solidarity!

Well, in 1989 the Berlin Wall finally fell, and now Poland has something we loosely call democracy, as well as some other things we loosely call freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. And the RCC is once more firmly in control of the land. But Poland also has an unholy consequence to deal with as a result of all this religion-and-speechin', and it comes in the form of one young visually-impaired woman:

A Polish court on Wednesday ordered a Roman Catholic magazine to pay a fine and apologize to a woman for likening her to a killer for wanting an abortion and equating the practice with Nazi crimes.

Judge Ewa Solecka ruled Wednesday that Catholics are free to express their moral disapproval of abortion -- and even call it murder -- but in a general way that stops short of vilifying an individual.

Solecka ordered the magazine, Gosc Niedzielny, which is published by the Katowice archdiocese, to pay Alicja Tysiac 30,000 zlotys (nearly $11,000) and issue her a written apology.

Solecka said the magazine's language was "particularly contemptuous" of Tysiac.

So what did Ms. Tysiac do? Well, she had the audacity to be born with severely limited eyesight, and to ask for an abortion on the grounds that she could go blind. She had already had two children, and her eyesight had apparently deteriorated further as a result. Her doctor had warned her that if a third pregnancy went to term, she could become more impaired still--possibly even lose her sight altogether.

Now, any mother knows that it's hard to keep an eye on one's children even in the peak of health. It's practically a full-time job. So, just imagine being a blind mother. Not an appealing prospect? Funny, that's just what Ms. Tysiac thought, too.

But the church/state (funny how little separation there is between the two, in Poland) wouldn't let her terminate that pregnancy, and she was forced to give birth...and suffer a retinal hemorrhage that did, indeed, worsen her already serious eye problem considerably. But that was only the beginning of it. Without wanting to be, Alycja Tysiac became the lighting rod for the whole abortion issue in Poland. Religious types called her nothing less than a Nazi death camp doctor--and all for seeking one small surgical procedure that could have saved her sight and enabled her to be a better mother to her two existing children. And when Ms. Tysiac had the audacity to sue a religious Sunday magazine for that bit of libel, there was a huge uproar. Now the magazine is going to appeal, saying it doesn't owe her a zloty, much less an apology.

Unfortunately, I don't think the church magazine's appeal is going to go all that well, for the simple reason that freedom of speech doesn't entail freedom from responsibility for what one says. If it's a lie, and it does harm to an innocent person, you can't put it in print and expect to get away with it. And this is precisely what's happening in this case. But someone, who should know better, just doesn't see it that way:

Following the ruling, the editor of Gosc Niedzielny (Sunday Visitor), Rev. Marek Gancarczyk, wrote: "We live in a world where a mother receives an award for very much wanting to kill her child, but not being allowed to do so."

Gancarczyk compared abortion to the ghastly medical experiments performed at Auschwitz by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele and others. "They had become accustomed to the murders being carried out behind the fence of the camp. And what is the case today? Different, but just as terrible," he wrote.

Now, I doubt very much that Alycja Tysiac "very much wanted to kill her child". If that were the case, she could have drowned the two existing ones in the bathtub, like Andrea Yates did. She didn't do anything nearly so terrible. All she did was ask for a surgical procedure that would have spared her the retinal hemorrhage that she later suffered. Is that "just as terrible"...as this?

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Note that none of the corpses in this pile is a fetus. They are all well past birth.

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These prisoners, forced to carry the corpse of a comrade, are not abortionists. The head in the tongs is that of an adult.

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This is not a medical-waste disposal area, which is where the end products of abortion would normally end up. This is a crematorium. Corpses of already-born people ended up in it.

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This is not an "abortion mill", nor is it an "abortuary", nor is it any of those other stupid euphemisms the anti-choice movement uses instead of just saying the word clinic. This is the gas chamber of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As you can see, it holds hundreds. They packed 'em in there very tight.

This is the true horror of the death camps.

THIS is what the Roman Catholic Church in Poland wants us to believe is equivalent to abortion?

Anyone who thinks there is any equivalence, should really check the size of that gas chamber again. It is far more easy and efficient to gas adults and already-born children en masse than it is to evacuate the contents of a single woman's uterus.

And no, abortion clinics are not "mills". There is no assembly line. There is no mass horror. There is no murder (malice aforethought--by legal definition), no grotesque experimentation, and no torture. It is a normal medical setting. Each woman is treated as an individual, with the respect accorded to an individual, thinking, fully functional person. She gets to sit down with the doctor, the nurses, the counselors. She gets to air her feelings, even if some of them are misgivings. Someone is there to hold her hand, to reassure her, to dry her tears. That's more than any woman--or man, or child--entering that grim gate at Auschwitz ever got.

And that's certainly more respect than this "pro-life" padre editing that Sunday magazine would ever think to accord her, I'm sure.

But you know what's the real kicker here? Take a look at this, and see if you can tell me:

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Hmm. Looks like someone also forgot his history lessons.

What's really going on in Honduras

The best report to date, from the accurately named Real News:

Interesting points: Gorilletti's lies and bumbling (who could really want an oligarch so fucking stupid and arrogant in charge of a country?), the utter rejection of the San José accord by Zelaya (good--it was a piece of shit that granted amnesty to his would-be killers, and a "unity government" with the selfsame unelected illegitimi!)--and the hilarity, however inadvertent, of the OAS (why do we have that thing, anyway? Could someone please enlighten me?)

September 22, 2009

Gorilletti: Arrogant ape calls for insurrection in Venezuela, orders Brazil around

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Famous last words? Maybe not, but I have a feeling that all of this will come back to haunt the current de-facto dictator of Honduras--preferably when he's sitting in a nice, dank cell in a penitentiary somewhere:

On Monday night, the de facto president of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, told Venzuelans to "get rid of" president Hugo Chávez Frías, claiming he was a menace to the Venezuelan economy.

Micheletti, ringleader of the junta that launched a coup d'état against the legitimate president, Manuel Zelaya, once again claimed a supposed "interference" on the part of Chávez, whom he called a "dictator", as an excuse to call for insurrection in Venezuela during an interview he gave to the channel Televicentro.

"Get rid of that dictator politically, because he's doing damage to your economy....You have to have dignity and don't give him any more chances to humiliate you," Micheletti harangued the Venezuelan people.

Regarding the declarations made by US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, who both expressed themselves in favor of the return of Zelaya and asked for compliance [on Micheletti's part] with the San José Accord, Micheletti said: "I hope Hillary and Arias like what's coming out of Zelaya's return now, and that they don't complain if there are lamentable consequences.

"I think what Arias did ended when Zelaya got here, this immediately broke any accord we reached. I respect the opinion of the gringos but they can say what they like--this is our position, the sovereign one taken by the people of Honduras," said Micheletti.

He said he maintains his position on the reinstatement of Zelaya: "He must present himself before justice and be judged. There is no other way out but before justice, it's the obligation of any citizen who has committed a crime."

He ruled out any chance that "Mel" would return to take the reins of Honduras: "There is no form in which he could return to the presidency, he left the country without being president of the republic."

Finally, regarding the decision of Brazil to house Zelaya in its embassy, he said that Brazil must either grant him asylum or hand him over to Honduran justice.

Translation mine; emphasis added.

So, you can now see clearly the arrogance of this unelected little man. Not only has he usurped power in his native Honduras; now he's trying to tell Brazil and Venezuela what to do, too. And he's telling the US to back off, too? And he thinks he is "the people of Honduras"?

And after breaking with the San José Accord (which should never have been reached, IMO, because it grants him way too much bogus legitimacy) he has the gall to accuse Zelaya, who complied, of breaking it?

And oh yeah, then there's the little matter of his ordering Zelaya deported--in his pajamas. Excuse me, who committed the crime, again?

Maybe a max-security rubber suite at the nuthouse would be in order. Where else would you house someone who thinks he's Napoleon?

"Bloodless" coup in Honduras defends itself very bloodlessly

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Hondurans assaulted by Gorilletti's thugs in front of the Brazilian embassy, where they have gathered to defend their REAL president. Photo from Aporrea, where live audio of the repression-in-progress is also available in Spanish.

Via Honduras Coup 2009, some inconvenient truths:

The Micheletti regime, about 4 am this morning, violently dislodged the protesters outside the Brazilian embassy with tear gas, pepper spray and water canons. Radio Globo reports THEY SUSPENDED THE CONSTITUTION and declared a state of emergency. Among the rights suspended are the right of free circulation and assembly.

There are many people hurt, and reports of at leaast one death as a result. Update: Adrienne Pine, reporting that police are surrounding the hospital where the wounded were brought, says there were "17 critically injured patients (3 already dead)". Vos el Soberano reports that the police have surrounded the hospital with the injured and are removing them to an unknown location.

A friend who lives a couple of kilometers from the Brazilian embassy wrote at 4:30 this morning to report hearing gunshots:

We can hear gun shots and more from our house, about 2km from the Brazilian Embassy. There are hundreds injured. We can hear many gunshots.

This as Martha Lorena Alvarado, of the de facto regime, denies that any shots were fired.

Romeo Vasquez Velasquez said "we will maintain the order no matter what the cost."

The military has occupied the Boulevard de los Proceres closing it, and surrounds the Brazilian embassy. They have stationed a military truck with loudspeakers outside the Brazilian embassy and are broadcasting the National Anthem at full volume. They've stationed sharpshooters on top of the buildings around the Brazilian embassy.

Channel 36 is off the air because the millitary have cut off its electricity. Radio Globo continues to experience periodic outages, but has continued broadcasting. Radio Progresso shut down last evening at 5:20 local time because the owners anticipated violence, but is back on the air this morning.

Radio Globo reports that the military is cordoning off the area around the US embassy now, and has just told all the foreign press to leave the area.

Links as in original. Emphasis added.

This is all very inconvenient to the Dissociated Press, which saw fit only to gloss them over very conveniently. I guess they never bothered to send a real reporter down there. If they had, they would be forced to report that there is violence, and blood, and death in the streets!

The Micheletti dictatorship is now officially illegitimate. They used violence to oust a legitimate president, and they are now using violence to defend that usurpation. This is a human rights violation on a large scale. Repeat: Gorilletti is officially illegitimate.

Any questions?

PS: This ghostwritten article in the WaHoPo is a fucking joke from first to last. Especially the last line. The author is NOT president of Honduras, or anyplace else. HE IS A FRAUD AND A DICTATOR.

PPS: Here's your "democracy" in action, Gorilletti:

You filthy, foul old fucker. I don't go around screaming death to everyone I hate, but I'll cheerfully make an exception for you, Roberto. You should go out like your spiritual ancestor, Mussolini.

PPPS: Suck it, Bitcheletti--Brazil is not handing Mel over to you. Here's Lula with some choice words (translation mine) for the de facto dictator:

The president of Brazil, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, called on the United States to act alongside the Latin American countries to preserve democracy in the region. He was referring to the events taking place in Honduras as of the ouster of president Manuel Zelaya.

Zelaya, who returned on Monday to Honduras in clandestine fashion, is now taking refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Lula, speaking in New York, said: "I believe that the position of the United States and that of Brazil is important, because it strengthens the democracy on our continent."

He added that he would not hand over Zelaya as demanded by the "de facto president" Roberto Micheletti: "We cannot accept that anyone believes himself to have the right to remove a democratically elected person from his post, and puts in place another thinking that one is better."

From inside the embassy, President Zelaya denounced that the security organisms of Honduras are taking aim at him. "They've fired tear gas at the demonstrators outside who were there to express their support for democracy," Zelaya said.

Other sources, among them journalists from Brazilian networks, say they are being threatened by security forces, some of them masked. The intent is to stop journalists from covering the events as they occur.

"Democracy" AND "freedom of speech" at work in Honduras.

September 21, 2009

The return of Mel

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"Hola, Bitcheletti, I'm ba-ack!" Guess who's gonna be scrubbing the skidmarks out of his underwear tonight...

So, the news all over the BoRevosphere is that the legitimate president of Honduras is back in country, though not yet behind his desk. Kudos go out to El Salvador for helping him sneak back in (bet the golpistas were only watching the Nicaraguan border!), and to Brazil, for loaning out its embassy as a refuge. (Lula and Mauricio, I owe you guys some serious FLFB tributes. Please pose for some cute photos between now and Friday, y'hear?)

While we wait for the Great Ass-Walloping to begin, let's reflect on the sweetly amusing irony that only yesterday, Gorilletti was bragging to Greta Van Softball on FUX about how he's the bestest Dear Leader ever, and how there's no proof of his human rights abuses, and blah blah blabbity blah blah.

And when you're done with that, enjoy the words of Honduran anti-coup leader Juan Barahona, one of many who've been keeping the faith while they wait for the restoration of their democracy:

The co-ordinator of the National Front Against the Coup D'état in Honduras, Juan Barahona, assured on Monday that there was little chance that the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti would remain in place for 24 hours, following the return of Manuel Zelaya to Tegucigalpa.

"It's very hard for the putschist regime to stay on in power for more than 24 hours, and the Armed Forces will have to unleash a bloodbath in order to stop this [anti-coup uprising]," said the leader in an interview with VTV.

Barahona said that thousands of people are gathering outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa to see and greet the constitutional president.

"It's a popular reaction, this afternoon Tegucigalpa was a capital inundated with people, and various departments elsewhere have confirmed that more Zelaya supporters are on their way...Now this zone [around the Brazilian embassy] is a sea of people, and more caravans of buses are coming from other cities."

Barahona considers the return of the legitimate president to have caused a popular movement "which no one will be able to stop...it will take a massacre, it's very difficult [to imagine] that the army would want to go there," said Barahona, referring to the area around the Brazilian embassy. He says that "the objective is to bring Zelaya back to the house of government."

Translation mine.

And there is little doubt in my mind that they will succeed in doing just that. Seven years ago, the people of Venezuela did it too--by convincing the loyal sectors of their own armed forces that it was time to look for the legitimate president and bring him back. That took just 48 hours. It's taken a bit longer than that in Honduras, but unless the Honduran army wants a bloodbath, it will have to understand that the people, not the business sector and themselves, are in charge now. And they are not going to rest until the man they elected is back in the sash, Channel 36 is back on the air, and the putschists in custody.

¡Viva Honduras!

EDIT: Looks like he entered via Nicaragua after all, not El Salvador. Sorry, Mauricio, not this week. But keep yer dimples polished anyway, 'coz I like 'em. Meanwhile, Lula's probably gonna be the Lion King of the next OAS or Unasur summit, and Daniel Ortega will get an honorable mention too for sheltering Mel as long as he did.

Quotable: Ellen Russell on the use of "Big Government"

"The term "big government" persists as a schizophrenic double standard. New programs that help the bottom line of business are endorsed by the business punditocracy as wise investments in competitiveness. Government programs that help the bottom lines of the rest of us are pejoratively denounced as "big government". Hello, Orwellian doublespeak! What is good for business is in the public interest, while what is good for anybody else is just the self-serving whining of special-interest groups. The current economic crisis has shifted rhetoric, but this wacky double standard persists. Card-carrying opponents of big government have squeamishly conceded that government must intervene big time before capitalism hits the fan."

--Ellen Russell, in Public Values

September 20, 2009

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: Who needs death panels...

...when you've got the Joker?

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Sadly, this is not that much of a joke.

This concludes the week of Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare. Laugh, cry, get pissed--do something.

Telesur journalist assaulted, threatened with death in Quito. Déjà vu...

Thanks to postings by Otto at IKN and RickB at Ten Percent, I learned about this disturbing story. You probably won't see this in the anglo media before tomorrow, so I'll take the liberty of posting this video...

...and translating the Aporrea story that goes with it:

The Telesur correspondent in Ecuador, Elena Rodríguez, relates the aggressions she suffered at the hands of armed individuals.

The journalist says that the aggressors assaulted her and kicked her on the ground, robbing her of her belongings, among which were her documents and the keys to her car.

Finally, they left a paper on which was written a threat mentioning the journalistic work she was doing in Ecuador.

The tacky-looking menace note, incidentally, reads: "Next time you won't be saved by Correa and Chávez".

If you're wondering how Elena Rodríguez could be so composed in the video above, it's because she's been there before. I googled to see if there were any English reports on her yet beyond the blogosphere (there aren't), and found out something rather remarkable: The same thing happened to her two years ago. And, amazingly, RSF--normally in the grips of a huge hate-on for all things even remotely connected to the president of Venezuela--actually reported the story accurately, if briefly:

Reporters Without Borders today condemned threats made in the past month against the Quito-based staff of the pan-Latin American TV news channel Telesur. This is not the first time the station, launched by the Venezuelan government, has been the target of hostility. The press freedom organisation calls on the Ecuadorean authorities to quickly put a stop to it.

"The death threats and attempted sabotage of Telesur's Ecuadorean branch come on the heels of attempts to harass and intimidate its Colombian correspondent, Freddy Muñoz (see release of 16 February)," Reporters Without Borders said.

"Telesur represents an important current of opinion in Latin America and the way it is being attacked and smeared in some countries violates the principle of respect for editorial pluralism," the organisation added. "The threats have already been reported to the Ecuadorean judicial authorities. We urge them to identify those responsible and bring them to justice."

In a Quito news conference yesterday, Telesur chairman Andrés Izarra condemned a "campaign of harassment against the station's staff" in Quito that began about a month ago. He said journalist Helena Rodríguez had received death threats from a "Death to Telesur" email address. "The messages accuse her of being [Venezuelan] President Hugo Chávez's prostitute," he said. Similar threats have been sent to other staff members and one of the station's vehicles was sabotaged.

That report is dated June 13, 2007. It reads like a real case of déjà vu, doesn't it?

Little wonder, then, that Elena Rodríguez appears so calm. She's faced this sort of thing on a regular basis.

The cowards who did this to her are not only hired mafiosi (and don't you wonder who their capo is?), they're also dead wrong. She doesn't work for Rafael Correa OR Hugo Chávez, but for Telesur--whose president is Andrés Izarra. He is strongly committed to accurate, unprejudiced reporting. How committed? He used to work for the far-right Radio Caracas Televisión until the coup of '02, when he refused to follow the station's "zero Chavismo on screen" line and quit. He knew that the streets were seething with angry protesters who wanted their president back, and also that the station's refusal to report it was inexcusable. At the time, there were no other job openings waiting for him, and the coup had yet to be reversed, so it was an extremely brave thing to do. He probably faced a blacklist by all the other oppo channels, who followed the same line.

More proof, in case you needed it, that being an honest journalist in Latin America is a dangerous thing. While the dishonest ones are incestuously living it up in the same office buildings and rubbing shoulders with the high-society toffs, putting out sporadic and lazy "reports" heavy on "with files by...", the real ones are literally putting their lives on the line to tell it the way it really is.

And somebody--no doubt rich and well-connected, probably with strong ties to opposition media--wants the honest journos dead. Perhaps it's somebody they've reported on in past, or are currently following.

We shall see...

Revealed: FUX Snooze is fake news!

So, FUX Snooze Corp. claims that nobody else covered all the teabagging going on last week in Washington? Well, that was a lie, as CNN's leading right-wing douchebag, Rick Sanchez, went to extraordinary lengths to prove. Now, we have evidence that they were actually out there, egging on their sheeple:

Watch the girl in the green top. She's a FUX producer, Heidi Noonan. She repeatedly whips up the crowd, then moves off camera when she notices she's being taped. But she's not the only one--Griff Jenkins, the reporter, can also be seen waving the mike around like he's trying to whip them up before he gets in front of them to do his stand-up. Guess the crowd just wasn't loud and "angry" enough to make the "report" exciting!

So, here's the deal with FUX: They don't report. They fake up nonexistent news. And they do it with "protests" that they advertise for months on end in advance.

What can we decide, based on revelations like this?

PS: Don't miss the other video here, in which we see what went on in front of the "official" FUX-cam. The fact that even the stooge, Griff Jenkins, is overtly promoting it (remember, he whips up the crowd in the video I put here), should tell you: This is so NOT grassroots. It has Astroturf written all over it. When the stage is covered in corporate-front logos, and the "protesters" have pro-FUX signs and shout pro-FUX slogans, you know what it really is: just another ill-disguised ad for big, faceless corporations who make their money preying on willing suckers. Thanks to Ben for the link.

Music for a Sunday: Nazareth (for those who love Joni Mitchell)

Not too fussed on the video, but the song's unbeatable. Love how they switch styles to a Beach Boys vibe so seamlessly midway--and then switch back again. That's the mark of a great band!

September 19, 2009

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: Another sad comment

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Whaddya bet he's on old-age pension (provided by government) AND US Medicare (free healthcare for seniors--again, provided by government)?

Sadder still: After all these years, don't you think he could at least have learned to spell "medicine"? (Or comprehend irony?)

Mike Malloy shreds the teabags

Essential listening!

Wankers of the Week: Sticking to Their Guns edition

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Can you believe the wheel is still spinning? It is, and so are all these brain-dead hamsters:

1. Glenn Fucking Beck. Living proof (but just barely living) that playing "telephone" with news of your own failed protest is a bad idea. Dude, you've got a whole huge media machine where you can, you know, just call the National Parks Service to get a crowd estimate. Why didn't you do that, instead of consulting the notoriously unreliable right-wing nut-o-sphere for figures that vary widely, but all coincide on one point--namely, they're dead wrong?

Oh. Shit. I forgot. It's Glenn Fucking Beck. That's just not how he rolls, because the truth would kill his ratings. He doesn't have to fact-check anything, because he's just an entertainer. Like Rush Fucking Limbaugh, who of course doesn't really control the Republican party. And the right-wing nut-o-sphere is never wrong, either. Mea fucking culpa!

2. Michelle Fucking Maglalang, alias "Malkin". Don't you or your ghost-writing fascist hubby know how to pick up a phone and call the Washington office of the National Parks Service, either?

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3. Troy Dale Fucking West. Nice to know that this whole "post-racial America" phrase is just that, eh?

4. Randall Fucking Terry. Oh look, somebody really likes going out there and scaring innocent post-born children. And this with Hallowe'en more than a month away. Trick or treat, smell my feet, give the sexists more red meat!

5.James L. Fucking Pouillon. Yes, I know I'm a little late with this one. But when the man's own son has just now weighed in to the effect that his old man was a woman-hating wanker who only "protested" abortion in order to torment women, well...what more seriously needs to be said about Randall Fucking Terry's role model, the latest instamartyr?

6. Roxanne Fucking Wilson. Boom boom, ain't it great to be crazy? Just ask Mrs. Addison Graves Wilson what it's like to be married to a nut and not know it until now.

I feel a song coming on. Ladies and gents, give it up for Ms. Tammy Wynette and her pure platinum football helmet:

Ah. That was lovely.

7. Addison Graves Fucking Wilson. Yes, he's still a wanker this week. And he's likely to remain one for several weeks more, if not the rest of his unnatural life, at this rate. But one thing he's not, never has been and never will be, is an immigration attorney. (PS: He lies!)

8. Peter Fucking Marshall. How did this not-so-reverend manage to graduate divinity school? Must have been another of those unaccredited outfits that take "homeskooled" racists. And we wonder why Texas has such poor academic ratings? Wonder no more!

9. Geraldo Fucking Rivera. Who knew that J-Lo represented the future of capitalism democracy? Oh, only the man who broke into Al Capone's vault and, to his everlasting embarrassment, found it empty. What a coincidence, that's just how I find Geraldo's "journalism"!

EDIT: Oh, holy shite...

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Anybody got that centrefold...?

10. and 11. Rand Fucking Cardwell and Elias Fucking Alias. Somehow, something about them just keeps on screaming "Douchebags!" Whatever could it be?

12. Joe Fucking Garofoli. Exactly who is this dickweed to pronounce on "civility in discourse" having gone to the dogs, when all Pete Stark did was say he wouldn't pee on some crazy old birther's leg? And why is that somehow equivalent to Addison Graves "Disease" Wilson yelling "You lie" at the duly elected president of the United States? If you're gonna go for an equal-rudeness angle, shouldn't you remark first on the rudeness of the accusatory old fart, and how it mirrors that of Wilson? And doesn't Rep. Stark's response seem a lot more like Barney Frank's? It seems a more logical comparison by far...although I really don't expect logic from the punditocracy anymore.

13. Mark Fucking Williams. Nice try at doubletalk; nicer job of calling him on it by Anderson Cooper. Newsflash: Barack Obama is not honor-bound to "embrace" teabagging nutjobs who talk out of both sides of their mouths. He won, they lost--isn't it time someone got over it?

14. and 15. Connie Fucking Rhodes and Orly Fucking Taitz. The former files a frivolous lawsuit; the latter thinks she's Nelson Mandela now? This while complaining about "yellow people", according to one commenter who met her and overheard it? Words fail...all words except batshit crazy, insane, dissociated and nutso, that is.

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16. Kevin Fucking Brady. The epitome of teabagger entitlement and stupidity in one thick, badly cracked nutshell. Yo, Congresscretin: You do NOT get to have your cake, eat it too, and force someone else to pay for the slice. Ayn Rand's books are filed under Fiction for a reason: Real life does not work that way. Next time, all you free-market fuckwads can bring your own damn transportation to Washington. Either that or suck it up, pay your taxes, and STFU.

17. Rush Fucking Limbaugh. Bring back segregated buses? Great idea, Rush! Let's segregate them between racists and non-racists, and make the racists (that's YOU, blobbo!) sit on the roof.

And finally, the stupid fucking shitbird from Hinsdale, Illinois, who came on here to wank. Hey, don't hate me because I'm beautiful (and much smarter than you). I'm Canadian--we recognize what guns were made for, and acknowledge that they can't just police themselves. And neither can those who own them. Most shockingly of all, the lawmakers of Illinois seem to agree--gun control IS crime control. Hell, even a Republican newspaper columnist sees the light on this issue, so why not you? Didja shoot your eye out? Apparently you did, because you missed half the facts that were staring you in the face. Fortunately, you got me to point them out to you. (You're not welcome--moron.)

Fuck you all very much, and good night.

September 18, 2009

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: One way to remove the obstruction

And it's non-surgical, too--meaning it's cheap, cheap, CHEAP!

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Remember, folks--single-payer mental healthcare saves lives!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: The unbroken spirit of Honduras

A new COTRAIN documentary by Venezuelan journalist Liliane Blaser, showcasing the people the presstitutes keep writing out of the story--the REAL Honduras:

I especially liked their adaptation of "Guantanamera": "Van para fuera...golpistas van para fuera..."

Fat chance that Gorilletti and his US enablers will be able to put any of their small-government neoliberal putschist nonsense past this bunch. They're gonna make it hard for anyone with right-wing sympathies to do business in Honduras, and that's just fine by me.

New sexual orientation discovered

It's called heterostoopid, and here's a fine example of it at work:

Heterostoopid = straight people so dumb they should be denied marriage licenses, so they can never have the "potential" to breed and contaminate the gene pool.

Haha--teabaggers funny!

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How funny?

This funny.

Good thing it's not illegal to be so very stupid, is all I can say.

PS: Torontonian's comment here is also Teh Funneh.

Quebec blogger murdered in Mexico

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One of the last pictures published on Renée Wathelet's blog, En direct des îles. "Jeux d'eau" ("water games") is from her Flickr page.

A very sad note from the Canadian blogosphere. Thanks to "Monmick", who sent me this article in French from the Montreal newspaper, La Presse:

Quebec blogger murdered in Mexico

A 60-year-old woman from Quebec was savagely murdered yesterday morning in her apartment on Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Her killer, a 24-year-old man, stabbed her at least 36 times with a knife before being arrested.

Once more, the circumstances have been ignored surrounding the ugly deed which cost the life of Renée Wathelet, who for years had been sailing between Montreal and Mexico.

The victim, born in Belgium, had decided a few months ago to settle down for good on the island, just off the coast of Yucatan.

The murder happened at her apartment, in a condominium complex facing out on the Caribbean Sea.

The suspected killer, José Joaquin Palacios, was arrested on the spot while trying to flee. According to Mexican authorities, he was not intoxicated, but may be suffering from mental health problems. Palacios appears to have claimed to have killed Mme Wathelet for personal reasons. The connections between the victim and her killer have yet to be determined.

Well-known in cyberspace, Renée Wathelet kept at least two personal blogs, endirectdesiles.com and professionnomade.com, and was a fixture on Twitter and Facebook.

The news of her death has shaken those close to her, and many members of the blogging community.

The mother of three had worked as a financial advisor. In Mexico, she was dedicated to her blogs, as well as looking after stray animals with a veterinarian friend.

This morning, one of the victim's sons prepared to leave for Mexico. According to him, his mother had interrupted a break-in as it happened. "She was a marvellous person, devoted to everyone, a pacifist. I'm going to carry out her last wishes," said her son, visibly shaken by the senseless-seeming crime.

Renée Wathelet had asked that her ashes be scattered over the sea. Passionate about her travels, the sea, and swimming, she had decided to put down roots in Mexico because of the sun and the warmth of the people, her son said.

The last contact he had had with his mother was a few days ago, when she sent him a picture taken September 15.

The death of Renée Wathelet has created a shock wave through the blogging community. "If there is one truly kind person in the blogging world, it's her. She is something like a spiritual mother to bloggers," said Michelle Blanc. She and her friends had organized a little celebration for Wathelet at her apartment in Outremont just before her departure for Mexico. "We are really in shock," Blanc said.

"I knew her as a super-humanistic person. She cared a lot about animals. I can't understand how anyone could break into her place and kill her. It's really horrible!" said Cécile Gladel, an independent journalist and blogger, who reported the death of her friend on her blogue, cecilegladel.blogspot.com.

Just before having been killed, Renée Wathelet published an entry on her blog, endirectdesiles.com, about the beach she loved. "Lost in thought, I arrive at the little cove where every morning, I take time to take time. A moment in which I can attune my breathing to the rhythm of the waves; a moment in which I look to the north, towards Montréal--hello everyone, yes I think of you every morning!"

About an hour later, she whom her friends called "the nomad", lost her life.

The suspected killer is in jail, and the police are continuing their investigation.

Translation mine.

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My thoughts go out to all she left behind. You are her footprints on the sand.

Blessed be the name of Renée, now and always.

Who NOT to vote for in Honduras

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Mel Zelaya has called 'em out:

Via a communiqué, Manuel Zelaya accused several aspiring political candidates of having made decisions behind the back of the Honduran people, who "have patriotically resisted the beatings and violations of their human rights."

The constitutional president's signed communiqué accuses Elvin Ernesto Santos, Pepe Lobo, Bernard Martínez and Felicito Avila of a "secret political arrangement which they have kept going for these [past two] months."

"We denounce that in secret meetings this weekend, between Carlos Flores Facussé (de facto foreign minister), Camilo Atala (banker), Luis Alberto Rubí (attorney general), Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez, Arturo Corrales (businessman) and Ricardo Alvarez (mayor of Tegucigalpa), with those candidates mentioned above, they are planning to boycott the Arias plan, at the suggestion of US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, refusing to restore President Zelaya."

Translation mine.

Remember those names, particularly if one of them "wins". There will be protests--and worse--if that happens.

PS: For whatever this is worth, the president of Uruguay has just expressed his categorical rejection of ANY president who does not legitimately succeed the tall guy in the sash. And he did it right in New York at an OAS meeting, to boot. Let's see the anglo media spin this--most likely they'll cover it right up.

September 17, 2009

Yet another Venezuelan oppo crook seeks "asylum" in Peru

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If you're at all aware of who's who in the Venezuelan wingnutosphere, this one's name (and his arm-long rap sheet) will be familiar. If not, ladies 'n' gents, allow me to introduce someone who's been long overdue for a good thumping here...

Early this morning, the "political leader" Oscar Pérez, better known as "Cabeza 'e Motor*", member of the national directorate of the Alianza Bravo Pueblo party, formally solicited asylum of the foreign ministry of Peru, claiming to be "politically persecuted by the government of President Hugo Chávez and the representatives of the rest of the public powers of Venezuela", meaning, in particular, Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz.

An arrest warrant went out for Oscar Pérez last August 27, from Tribunal 37 of Metropolitan Caracas. Pérez is suspected of instigation to delinquency and delinquent association, as a result of his part in a march on Saturday, August 22, in Caracas, when an attempted riot was thwarted by members of the Metropolitan Caracas Police and the National Guard.

Translation mine. Linkage added so you can see that this is NOT political persecution, but criminal prosecution, that Pérez is trying to elude.

And if you need further proof that it's crime, not politics, that's at issue here, have a gander at this:

That's the opposition's idea of a "peaceful" march. Deliberate violence, deliberate provocation--followed by (they hope) a crackdown that will give them a perfect excuse to try to oust Chavecito yet again. (April 11, 2002--same shit, 'nother day.) Pérez was right in the thick of this, inciting--as he likes to do, when he's not busy shoving innocent people around:

This was taken two years ago, when Pérez (on cellphone, in striped shirt) assaulted a man who didn't want oppo graffiti on his vehicle.

Or how about journalists?

Here he is, repeatedly assaulting Carlos Echeverri (long hair and shades) of Avila TV.

And here he is bullshitting about a vehicle he STOLE (he's a repeat offender on those grounds, too). He claims it was given to him by the government of the state of Miranda. Even if that's true, it's evidence of corruption on the part of the oppo governor of that state. Giving cars to unelected and violent delinquent political cronies is kind of an odd practice, don't you think?

BTW, Oscar Pérez is far from alone as a common criminal seeking "political" asylum in Peru. Here's one of his cronies, Manuel Rosales, before HE fled. See if you can see some striking similarities between the behavior of his bullyboys toward journalist Jorge Amorín, and Pérez's behavior toward Amorín's colleague, Carlos Echeverri:

And oh joy, oh bliss, there's another bogus asylum-seeker, too:

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Nixon Moreno (don't you love that name?)--wanted for a vicious assault on two police officers, attempted rape, and attempted murder. The Apostolic Nunciature in Caracas actually sheltered this sinning bastard, if you can believe it. Now the Peruvian government confirms that he's there, too--seeking asylum, but not yet granted.

What's that song Otto keeps referencing when something like this happens? By Jove, I think I've found it:

* Cabeza 'e Motor = "Motorhead", a reference to his past as a notorious car and motorcycle thief. Personally, I prefer Cabeza 'e Mierda--"Shithead", a reference to his ongoing status as one of many "leading" turds in the local punchbowl.

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: What the teabaggers don't want you to see

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BTW, the first comment on my first entry of this week is worth checking out...and if you own stock in medical insurance, now would be a terrific time to divest.

Just a humble suggestion.

Watch your back, Lugo...

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Yo, Jesus: You look after him, y'hear?

Uh oh. Looks like the president of Paraguay just went rogue:

The president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, rejected the presence of 500 US soldiers in his country until 2010, under a program called New Horizons, on Thursday.

"This is not a categorical rejection. We just don't believe it's convenient that the US Southern Command be present in Paraguay with 500 members for this type of exercises," said the president in a press conference, according to the AFP news agency.

Lugo explained that a new defence, security and sovereignty scenario, generated by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), "supports regional integration in the first place."

Lugo commented that at the latest Unasur meeting in Ecuador, "the huge presence of US soldiers in the region was very much questioned", referring to the agreement between Colombia and the US, in which seven Colombian military bases are to be used by US soldiers.

"A deployment of 500 persons, military and professional, within the country, will not go unnoticed. For this reason, I believe it will be neither prudent nor convenient [to permit them in Paraguay]," said the president.

During the reign of former president Nicanor Duarte Frutos (2003-2008), the US military presence in Paraguay was known as Operation Medrete and included 400 uniformed foreigners.

Translation mine.

Somehow, I knew it was only a matter of time before Lugo decided to quit being diplomatic and just tell it like it is.

I hope he's got good bodyguards, he's gonna need them from now on.

September 16, 2009

Puerto Rican independence leader's widow accuses State Dept., FBI of murder

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The scene of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos's bloody murder. Note the "crime scene" tape, a perfect ironic touch.

A little item from Aporrea:

Beatriz Rosado, the widow of the Puerto Rican pro-independence leader Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, accused the US State Department on Friday of having assassinated her husband in order to neutralize the growing support for his cause.

In order to pay for the death of the social leader, the FBI "and all mechanisms of colonial control" must leave Puerto Rico, said Rosado from Havana, where she participated in a day of solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico, according to Prensa Latina.

Ojeda, leader of the Boricua Popular Army (a.k.a. the Macheteros), died on September 23, 2005, when his house was raided by agents of the FBI, who shot him and left him to bleed to death.

Rosado denounced the impunity of the assassins, and that the Department of Justice in the United States has blocked all attempts to investigate, claiming national security concerns.

"I never expected anything of the US authorities, but there is no forum in my country either that will guarantee justice to the independence movement," said Rosado.

She added that she is waiting for a response from the Human Rights Council in Geneva, although she would prefer that the assassination inspire the struggle against the colonial conditions in which Puerto Rico remains.

Rosado's visit to Cuba coincides with the revelation that the FBI chief in Puerto Rico tried to pass off Ojeda's murder as a suicide.

Translation mine.

It may seem strange, but in Puerto Rico the FBI serves the exact same function that the CIA has served since its inception everywhere else in Latin America. Why the FBI? Well, even though it's not a US state, Puerto Rico is still considered US territory, for some unfathomable reason. Puerto Ricans don't have equal rights as US citizens, however, unless they immigrate to the US. Those living on the islands of that little nation are colonial dependents. They can elect nonvoting representatives, who I'm guessing don't get a whole lot done for them either. They don't get a say in the functions of the US government (probably because to grant them that would mean that they would incessantly petition for independence, or something like that.)

Meanwhile, the US government still exploits Puerto Rico shamelessly; the little island of Vieques was, until fairly recently, a bombing practice site for the US military. A series of protests starting in 1999 eventually got the military to pull out, but there are still huge dumps of toxic and dangerous munitions in need of cleaning up. The island also has a number of social problems that the US government is in no hurry to do anything about: poverty, joblessness, a crying need for better healthcare, lack of education, lack of futures, and high teen pregnancy rates. No doubt the US authorities are hoping that this will all just sweep itself under the rug!

What doesn't seem strange is that the FBI would want Filiberto Ojeda Ríos dead. If elected Puerto Rican representatives are powerless to actually represent Puerto Rico before the US government, it stood to reason that Puerto Rican activists would have to take matters into their own hands. Ojeda did it guerrilla style. He and a group of fellow Macheteros robbed a Connecticut Wells Fargo depot in 1983 to finance their operations, which included several bomb placements inside the US. For that, he got a price slapped on his head by you-know-who. It was claimed (probably falsely) that this cash was actually destined for Cuba. After being released on bond in 1990, he gave his captors the slip by cutting off the electronic ankle bracelet that had been attached to monitor him and hinder his flight. He fled back to Puerto Rico, and was sentenced in absentia by the US for his part in the Macheteros' activities in 1992. He hid out successfully, occasionally releasing communiqués, recording statements, and giving interviews to the alternative press, for 15 years prior to his assassination, which took place, significantly, on the anniversary of the Grito de Lares--the "freedom cry" of Puerto Ricans for independence from Spain in 1868. (You can read an English account of the assassination here.)

It's hard not to see Ojeda's assassination as a deliberate slap in the face from the US authorities to Puerto Rico--and a dire warning the Puerto Rican independence movement, not all of which is as disposed toward armed combat as the Macheteros are. The message it sends is clear: You are under our thumb, and you're there to stay, so don't try any more funny business.

Little wonder, then that his widow is making the accusations noted above. They are undoubtedly true, but whether anything will ever be done about them remains to be seen.

In the meantime, nobody is holding their breath.

PS: Don't miss my earlier entry on this case--in which Calle 13 pays angry tribute to Filiberto Ojeda Ríos.

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: A sad comment

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Some of them really ARE this stupid. Or this crazy.

Please, won't you help them get single-payer MENTAL healthcare?

September 15, 2009

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: We're # WHAT?

Get ready for it, folks...here comes our second installment for the week:

What better way to say it than with loud music and pretty pictures?

Quotable: Joe Sudbay on the March of the Teabags

"I'd like to make a friendly suggestion to the teabaggers: Get a hobby, do some volunteer work, or better yet work out and get some exercise. These people need lives. They were a stream of vitriol walking to the Capitol. Watching them, if you didn't know better, you'd think that somehow Obama was some kind of third world dictator. Here's a note to the teabaggers: We have these things in America called elections. Our side won. That's why Obama is in power. Your side lost. It's called democracy. My goodness, they are sore losers."

--Joe Sudbay, on AmericaBlog

I'm surprised this took so long

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But hey, better late than never...right?

Honduras ambassador Jose Delmer Urbizo was expelled yesterday from the UN Human Rights Council after Latin American countries said he did not represent the government of deposed President Manuel Zelaya.

As security personnel approached Urbizo to escort him out of the room, Urbizo stood up and told the 47-member Council: "I will be back," before leaving the meeting.

The dispute over Urbizo's credentials held up yesterday's opening of the 12th session of the Human Rights Council for about five hours.

Latin American countries said Jose Delmer Urbizo was a representative of the defacto government after President Manuel Zelaya was deposed, and was therefore not qualified to attend.

"My government does not recognise the diplomatic representation of the defacto government," Dominican Republic ambassador Homero Hernandez told AFP.

However, Urbizo insisted that he represented "my country and my people and there's no reason for me not to participate in the work of the council."

Nope...no reason at all. None whatsoever. Nada. Nix. Zilch. Zero.

Stupid Sex Tricks: Mickey sells, but who's buying?

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Well, at least he appears to be wearing a condom.

September 14, 2009

Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare: Sick For Profit

I've decided to declare this "Help Our Stateside Friends Get Healthcare" week. So, all week long, I'll be blogging whatever catches my eye that has to do with injustice in the US healthcare system, and how to fix it. Here's the first installment: Sick For Profit.

Warning: Very disturbing beginning, very sad middle, and toward the end--very, VERY angry-making.

Let's get this fucker off the air for good

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Last Saturday's flop of a march on Washington was Glenn Beck's idea. Wingnuts claim that 2 million or more showed up, although the actual figure was only in the tens of thousands. Color of Change can tell you why anyone showed up at all:

This summer, Beck said:
This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people...this guy is, I believe, a racist.

That statement fits into a pattern of rhetoric from Beck designed to stoke racial paranoia and fear. He has claimed that President Obama has a "reparation appetite" and a desire to use his policies to settle old racial scores. Beck's overall plan is to create an atmosphere in which the White House can accomplish nothing, and he's carrying it out by preying on race-based fears and mobilizing hate. Beck relies on dishonesty, distortion and exaggeration, and he is embarking on character assassinations of Obama administration officials with whom he disagrees.

FOX has a horrible track record on pushing racist propaganda, but Glenn Beck appears to be taking the network to an even lower standard. He's trying to divide and distract America when we should be coming together and talking about issues that really matter--like health care and the economy.

So, the Million Moron March, while good for laughs at the expense of the morons, has a serious underlying purpose: to derail democracy by claiming that it wasn't the will of the voting majority, but a nefarious (nonexistent) communist conspiracy that put Obama in power.

Meanwhile, Beck's whiny-ass show is suffering; it's lost half its sponsors thanks to some serious good work by CoC and ordinary people who are sick of hearing racism and hate speech being passed off as "patriotism".

What say we kill the remainder, and thus make his corporate bosses seriously reconsider their bad business decision that essentially entails treason and gross racism? Click here if you haven't already, and sign Color of Change's petition.

Remember, folks: The future of our stateside friends depends on it!

September 13, 2009

What it really all comes down to...

Yep, it's one tough call, all right.

Who listens to Glenn Beck?

These people do...unfortunately for them:

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"We are all Joe Wilson"--i.e. loud obnoxious racist redneck crackers dumber than dogshit. (And destined to lose next year's midterms, too.)

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So, who's responsible for this pro-death piece of signage? Let's take a closer look:

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The American Life League--another of those handjob brigades advocating for doctor-killing and woman-harassing!

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Heinz may have 57 varieties, but the US only has 50 states. And these people think they can tell what a real Hawaiian birth certificate is supposed to look like?

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Finally, one of them inadvertently lets slip what the "9/12 movement" is REALLY about: crucifying poor Ms. Liberty!

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Slaves worked hard for your ancestors so you could be such an uneducated, racist bitch.

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Stupid redneck skanks "heart" Joe Wilson. The rest of us think he's a turd.

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Another one of those who presume to speak for God.

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You are all characters from a bad work of fiction? Phew, that's a relief. Also explains a lot, like why this plot makes no sense and why the "philosophy" it purports to prop up is so god-damned asinine.

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No, she's not a BIT racist...

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...is she?

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Another of those forced-birth handjobs who believe that the entire economic crisis brought to you by Dubya should be paid off by the kids and grandkids.

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At this rate, no. But you still stink.

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Careful, sweetie, or the Grammar Nazi will come and explain to you the proper usage of the plural!

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This message brought to you by one of those subprime-mortgage suckers who fell for Dubya's "Ownership Society" bullcrap--hook, line and sinker.

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FBI, DOJ--time to police the NRA!

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You aren't allowed to burn the flag in protest, but you're still allowed to desecrate it. God Bless Amurrica!

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Flag Desecration + Thinly Veiled Death Threat = Massive Douchebaggery.

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Another fan of bad Russian fiction.

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Call out the Honduran Army! Democracy is under so much attack that we may as well destroy it altogether!

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Finally, the Beck Brownshirt Brigade reveals its true agenda.

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Another thinly veiled death threat, this one from someone who makes blood sacrifices to imaginary trees.

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And of course, he has NO statistics to back that up. Guess why.

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Just call him "Dishonest Injun".

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Oh yes, you are.

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Ms. Uglypants meets...

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...the Masked Moron.

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Well, at least one of them admits it.

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2 + 2 = 5.
Apples + Oranges = Bananas.
This Placard + Its Bearer = Teh Stoopid.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it--you're a whiny wingnut who thinks he has a point, other than the one on the top of his skull.

Just answer me this, dude--where the fuck were you when Dubya let terrorists in, broke down the social safety net, declared two illegal wars, okayed subprime mortgages, and let New Orleans drown? None of those things registered with you, but then a black dude finally enters the White House as something other than a servant, and you go ballistic? You're fucked.

And thankfully, so's your entire sorry-ass widdle bowel movement.

(All pics courtesy of the 9/12 Flickr photostream.)

Music for a Sunday: What's wrong with going around in the buff?

"En Cueros", a rockin' number from Cuba's own Buena Fe.

September 12, 2009

Your weekend leftist hottietood: Rafael Correa on Democracy Now!

And now you know why the lamestream media up here won't show this guy on TV. I don't call him El Ecuadorable for nothing, you know! But besides being distractingly cute, he's also smart, and in a world of stupid little sound bites, that simply won't do!

Video in 3 parts; click through for the other two.

Wankers of the Week: Making Kitty Scared edition

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Yep, kittikins, I saw it too. And the more I see of wankers like those below, the more I appreciate all cats--particularly the LOL kind. These people are guaranteed to make you scramble around looking for a kitten chaser--or something equally cute and benign to lick your eyeballs clean:

1. Rodney Fucking McGill. Christ, what is it with all these imprecatin' pasturds? This one not only doesn't repent of having committed fraud, he prayed for horrible fates to befall those who put his mangy ass in the dogpound. Cat scratch fever is too good for him!

2. Michael Fucking Duvall. This sleazy Californian assemblyman was caught on an in-house camera talking about his screwin' and spankin' escapades--with women (lobbyists!) not his wife. Can you believe he still got a 100% score from a homophobic "family values" group? They may want to reconsider that now, eh? (Either that, or they'll have to send him a blonde in "eye-patch underwear" for him to soak with semen. Ugh.)

(Edit: He has now resigned, though strangely enough, he hasn't said a word about the inappropriate things he DID, only apologizing for what he SAID about them. Classy, no? Wonkette's announcement wins for Best Title. Best comments, too.)

2 1/2. And while we're at it, let's shed no tears for Jeff Fucking Miller--the person to whom the Slimeball Duvall bragged of his exploids. Yet another asshole who thinks same-sex marriage somehow diminishes his special status as a heterosexually-wedded slimeball!

3. Robert Fucking Morgenthau. How old is this wingnut? And more to the point, how senile? (And have I mentioned yet today how very much I love Mark Weisbrot?)

4. Whoever the fuck thought it was a good idea to advertise Colombia, land of death squads and cocaine, using disembodied hearts.

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5. Charles Fucking Boustany. No, Grandma ain't dead at the hands of a mythical Obama death panel yet. And neither, alas, is the "Obama death panel" canard. Count Dracula Boustany is keeping that urghly monster on life support, with the help of his friend, Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Who will drive a stake through it?

6. And while we're on the subject of Frankensteinian monsters--has anyone gotten a good look at Stephen Fucking Harper lately? Looks like his bland, "nice" face has fallen off and could use some repair work! But oh, if only it were limited to his face. Truth is, he's rotten to the core, and there ain't NOTHIN' that can fix THAT...short of a silver bullet.

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7. J. Grant Fucking Swank. You make Kitty more scared than any Islamist jet-crasher ever could. "Shudder" that, crazydude.

8. Joe Fucking Wilson. No, not Valerie Plame's husband the ambassador. This one's a right-wing redneck from South Carolina, with all the disgusting racism that implies. (Hello, state with a Confederate flag flying from the state house? Guess who helped put and keep it there.) He actually promised he'd wank in public, too. So you know exactly how much salt to put on his ass when he projects his ass off, heckles the elected president of the United States and calls him a liar, eh? (And no, I don't believe he's really sorry. Had he that much grace in him, he'd have kept his big yap shut.)

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9. Lindsay Fucking Graham. Joe the Racist gets up and yells "You lie!", and yet Obama's the one with the "combative" tone? Somebody needs to clean the jizzum out of his ears.

10. Fucking "MXDAD56", alias "Buck". And you wonder why I don't Twitter, or tweet, or whatever it is they're all supposedly doing these days? It's because I get all the wingnutty trolls I care to see right here, in the old school. And I really could do without the death threats that this cowardly twat dishes up like cardboard cafeteria "freedom" fries.

11. Miriam Fucking Lozano. Did you know that Venezuela has a new president, and that she thinks she's Jesus? It's true! Watch this:

Yeesh. How drunk WERE they at that little march? No wonder the watchword is still "Chávez los tiene locos" (Chávez drives 'em nuts)!

Well, that's enough wanking for one more week, yes? Now, here's the antidote: a bit of Katzenmusik!

And if that's not enough to erase the nightmare visions of wankdom from your mind (and monitor), may I recommend a good screen cleaner?

September 11, 2009

Just had a thought

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The first post-Dubya 9-11 has just come and gone without a major terrorist event (costing thousands of lives at one fell swoop, that is).

Also, the 2008 US presidential election did NOT become a lengthy débâcle of vote theft, hanging chads, recounts, and recounts denied, much less a delayed coronation by SCOTUS intervention, as the 2000 one was.

Do you know what that means?

IT MEANS THAT OBAMA IS A BETTER ANTI-TERRORIST PRESIDENT THAN WEAK 'N' STUPID EVER WAS.

No shit--he's been at the helm longer now than Dubya was when those jets crashed, smashed, and blew fireballs out the other side of three buildings and a field in Pennsylvania.

And, perhaps owing to all the threats against his life, I'll bet The Hawaiian's taken a much more active stance with the intelligence and security organisms, too.

Think about that the next time you hear a wingnut screaming that the US isn't safe under a black president.

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Salvador Allende tribute edition

Remember the other September 11? Chile does:

"Venceremos"--the battle hymn of Allende's party.

A documentary of Allende's life and death. In Spanish; subtitles in Italian and English.

September 10, 2009

Charlie Hardy exposes the AP

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Charles Hardy, a.k.a. the Cowboy in Caracas--really ought to blog more often. His entries on Venezuelanalysis are always excellent, but far too sporadic for my liking. In his latest one, he takes on a "news" agency which seems to be locked in a death-race to the bottom with FUX Snooze:

In an Associated Press article with the byline of Christopher Toothaker published on the Internet on August 9, mention was made of Colombia's accusation and that Sweden confirmed the sale of the weapons to Venezuela (which happened in the late 80s). It also said that, "Chávez denies aiding the FARC." But the article did not say anything about the weapons being among those taken in 1995.

So I called Mr. Toothaker to ask why he omitted that. He replied that he didn't "believe" that they were the weapons that were stolen. He added that Chávez said the weapons involved were taken by the ELN, (the National Liberation Army in Colombia). That was pretty much all of our conversation.

Afterwards I was thinking that maybe the weapons that the Colombia government retrieved were taken from the ELN and not the FARC. It is difficult for me to trust anything coming from the Colombian government. I thought about calling Mr. Toothaker again to ask about that possibility, but decided not to do so. I felt I would just receive another of his beliefs.

Now, Mr. Hardy knows a thing or two about beliefs; he's a devout Catholic, a former priest, who has worked in the slums of Caracas as a Maryknoll missionary for a number of years. This would explain why he is far too polite to say the word bullshit about anything the infamous Christopher Toothaker writes. But you can definitely hear him thinking it, particularly here:

It ought to be noted that the Associated Press in Venezuela has its offices in the building that is home to El Universal, one of the major opposition newspapers. Having offices there is like trying to grow beautiful smelling roses in a hotbed of onions. Not exactly the best place for a news service that is should be presenting balanced reporting.

"A hotbed of onions"? Well, at least onions are good for something. (Companion-planting gardeners, BTW, swear by garlic--another member of the allium family--as a companion to roses.) I respectfully suggest he may have been thinking of raw, uncomposted sewage.

But El Universal is actually more like a hotbed of radioactive waste. You can't smell it, and unless you come equipped with a Geiger counter calibrated to bullshit, you come away burned--and contaminated--from just being in the same building. Which is a damned strange place for the AP to be, when you think about it. And which would also explain why so many AP "reporters" are merely stenographers, repeating in English whatever the highly-biased El Luniversal says in Spanish. They probably sit in on the same editorial bull sessions. It must save the AP a whackload of dinero; also saves its lazy journos having to actually go out there and report on something.

Anyhow, long story made short: Something is definitely sniffy when the AP's offices are in the same building with those of the most rabidly right-wing paper in the nation. Finally, someone exposed this very salient fact about the Dissociated Press. Now, let's see if anyone else does anything about it.

Good job, Charlie--keep it up!

Two former US soldiers speak out for peace...in Venezuela

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Meet Benji Lewis, 24--US army vet, and now, because of what he went through at Fallujah, a peace activist.

Eva Golinger has a knack for finding all sorts of interesting things that the government of the US would undoubtedly prefer that we not know. She's found evidence that USAID--supposedly an agency to aid development in underdeveloped countries--has actually been financing coupmongers (some of them extremely violent) in Venezuela and Bolivia. She found enough material for two books--or was it three?--just on Venezuela alone. Now she's branched out; she interviewed two soldiers-turned-peace-activists recently, and here are some of the highlights from the piece she wrote for her blog and Venezuelanalysis:

EG: When did you go to Iraq, Josh?

Josh: September 2004 to September 2005.

EG: What did you think when you were going there?

Josh: I was against the war but at the same time figured we already started the war and so should see it through and help the country rebuild. It was hard to think about. I was in charge of interrogations in Irak. And Source Operations, running sources to get information. I was in Mosul, Iraq. In Iraq, 95% of those detained and interrogated were innocent. The interrogations agitate the population against you. If they weren't terrorists or insurgents when detained, they will be afterward! The reason why 95% are innocent and still detained is because the way to measure succes in Iraq, unlike in Vietnam where it was a body count, is based on the number of detainees. It doesn't matter if they are women or children or innocent. I didn't participate in physical torture and beat detainees. But I did participate in psychological torture.

EG: But you knew torture took place?

Josh: I saw the victims of the torture. The bruises and lashes all over their bodies came from somewhere. We would send the detainees to the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Militia that were working with us and they would do the torture for us. I had concerns about that especially because torture doesn't work well for getting information.

EG: Benji, you were in Fallujah during the Blackwater scandal?

Benji: Right after. I was sent to Fallujah and there was excitement because it was right after the Blackwater scandal and we were on a mission of revenge. No one told us what had really happened except that US citizens had been killed by the Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah. So I was excited because I was going to be in a mortar unit and would be able to do what I was trained to do, we were going to utilize our mortars. We thought we were going to Fallujah to neutralize an insurrection, but they didn't tell us that the entire city had already been bombed by the US for about a week and a third of the population was already displaced or dead. We were being told that this was a mission of revenge, we didn't know they were Blackwater mercenaries that had been killed, we were told they were just US citizens. Several batallions of marines were unleashed on the city from every angle. It was a seige. There were thousands of us that assaulted Fallujah. We surrounded them and cut off their electricity and water, we bombed mosques.

EG: The military wasn't giving the soldiers any kind of information?

Benji: Hearts and Minds is double rhetoric. You have to first control the hearts and minds of the troops committing these atrocities before sending them to war. You have to lie to them--otherwise you can't fight these kinds of wars.

This interview also appears in Spanish in the Correo del Orinoco, and at YVKE Mundial.

Josh Simpson and Benji Lewis have also appeared on Venezuelan TV. Vanessa Davies, who hosts Contragolpe ("Counterpunch", or in this case, "Counter-coup") interviewed both of them. Josh's interview can be seen here; Benji's here. The videos are in Spanish and English. There's some translation, but it's not hard to get the gist of the questions being asked.

What they have to say is great, and we all need to hear it--over and over and over again. What bugs me is that there seems to be more interest in what they have to say in Venezuela than back where they come from. What's that saying again, about a prophet in his own land...?

Ah, the miracles of high technology!

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And gee, hasn't South Africa come a long way since apartheid fell and the country was declared open to capitalism democracy? I mean, look: They have memory sticks now!

Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.

Telkom said it was not responsible for the firm's slow internet speeds.

They have great corporate governance too, as you can see. And such accountable corporate people!

Stupid Sex Tricks: Going off half-cocked (from now on)

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See, this is why the Second Amendment really, REALLY sucks....

It's a lesson he should have learned from Plaxico Burress -- but this was worse.

A 15-year-old Brooklyn boy shot himself in the penis Sunday after fumbling with a gun that had slid from his waistband, authorities said yesterday.

Khamir Grant was then arrested for reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon -- the same charges levied against Burress, who shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub in 2008, law-enforcement sources said.

Grant told cops that he was walking home from Amersfort Park at East 39th Street and Avenue J in East Flatbush around 1:30 a.m., when the gun began to fall into his pants, sources said.

When Grant grabbed for it, he accidentally pulled the trigger, firing a bullet right through his penis.

...it makes it possible for total dumbasses to not only get their hands on one, but their family jewels shot off by one.

September 9, 2009

Facebook is for humans...

...very bored humans.

Facebok is for chickens! Swedish chickens, that is...

Congratulations, Ecuador!

A happy note from Aporrea:

On Tuesday, on International Literacy Day, UNESCO declared Ecuador to be free of illiteracy.

The minister of education, Raúl Vallejo, represented President Correa, who was unable to attend because the date coincided with the funeral of his chief of security, who died of the AH1N1 flu. The official proclamation took place in the city of Manta, in Manabí province, according to Prensa Latina.

Vallejo made the official declaration in front of 15,000 persons in Jocay Stadium. He also set a goal of 420,000 literate persons with at least ten grades of basic general education.

Hundreds of students from various provinces performed colorful dances, accompanied by a giant human chalkboard, percussion bands and musical groups, in a five-hour celebration broadcast on radio and television throughout the country.

Vallejo recognized the work of 160,000 high-school students in their graduating year, who offered their aid as volunteer teachers in various parts of the country.

Vallejo pointed out that the conclusion of this first step took place just a few days after the second anniversary of August 14, 2007, when president Rafael Correa set the goal of reducing the illiteracy rate from what it was that day, 9.3% of Ecuadorians over the age of 15.

The program began days later in Monjas, Chimborazo province, and illiteracy dropped by 7 percentage points, to just 2.7% of the adult population.

According to UNESCO, a country can be declared free of illiteracy when the illiterate portion of the population is no greater than 3.9%.

The literacy campaign in Ecuador consisted of five sub-programs: Manuela Sáenz, directed at the mestizo population; Dolores Cacuango, for indigenous and peasant communities; Voluntad, for prison inmates; Cordón Fronterizo, for people in the border regions; and Capacidades Diferentes, for the disabled.

Translation mine.

So, look who's now in the same league as Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia. Damn commies! Haha.

One more to get the wingnuts shrieking

Michael Moore and Chavecito--together in Venice. They shot the shit for about three hours. Gee, maybe this will give Michael some ideas for his next project?

Video in Spanish; exploding heads in the US.

September 8, 2009

Quotable: Marc Perkel on Obama's "socialized" medicine

"President Obama says, 'If you like your health care plan you can keep it.' This statement is not true.

"When health care reform passes you will no longer be able to buy the kind of health insurance you have now. For example, if the plan you have now excludes coverage for preexisting conditions, that will go away. If they have a cap on what they will pay out if you are really sick, that will go away. If they want to drop you when you are sick or raise your rates so you can't afford it, that will go away as well. You will no longer be denied life saving procedures by insurance company death panels like you have now.

"So when Obama says that you can keep your health plan, don't believe him. He's lying to you. He's going to force you to get a better plan for less money whether you like it or not."

--Marc Perkel, at Bartcop.com

This'll shut 'em up

Dame Pa' Matala has some choice words for the King of Spain. I have some for him and the media.

All weekend long we've been hearing nothing in the news but how everybody and their dog is out marching against that "evil dictator Chávez" (o rly?) Well, finally the media have woken up to the fact that there's another side to the story. Take it away, Ollie Stone!

Spain's King Juan Carlos should "shut up" and listen to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, US film director Oliver Stone said in comments published Tuesday in a Spanish newspaper.

"Your king should shut up and listen to Chavez more," the top-selling daily El Pais quoted Stone as telling one of its journalists at the Venice film festival on Monday.

Stone and Chavez were in Venice for the world premiere of his documentary "South of the Border," which looks at the outspoken Venezuelan leader's role in bottom-up change sweeping South America.

At the Ibero-American summit in Chile in November 2007, King Juan Carlos sparked a diplomatic row when he turned to Chavez -- who had been repeatedly interrupting a speech by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero -- and said: "Why don't you shut up."

His outburst became a catchphrase in the Spanish-speaking world, appearing on T-shirts and even being turned into a mobile-phone ringtone downloaded by millions.

Stone said: "Chavez is an extraordinary man who has managed to reduce by half the number of people living in poverty in his country. I am tired of seeing the media in my country call him a dictator, because he is not."

SHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!

And the scary part is that Chavecito, unlike his neighbor El Narco-Paraco Uribe, managed to deal with the poverty problem without killing poor people! He gave 'em hospitals, schools, doctors in their own neighborhoods, a pediatric hospital, and so much other free stuff I can't list here. How evil is that?

Er. Actually, it's not evil at all. It's good, isn't it? Yes, absolutely. So why's it taken so long for the media to catch on? Well, they didn't have Ollie Stone to interview. And they couldn't very well break the news on his latest doc without talking to the man. And oh, bad luck for them--every word out of his mouth has been nothing but good about Chavecito, and slams for his detractors.

That's why Reuters had to crib from The Hollywood Reporter, which also has another amazingly decent piece here; their own journos, who hate all things non-capitalist, were all in the bathroom with the cramps.

And that's why TIME's Richard Corliss got so fucking dyspeptic that he couldn't even see straight, let alone spell Kirchner without an S. (Here, Dick, have some Angostura. Infallible stomach remedy, created by Simón Bolívar's own German army doctor. Don't worry--it's now made in Trinidad, not Venezuela. And will you please get over your wife's gushing about Chavecito's nice firm handshake?)

And oh yeah, that great cultural guru and human Cheeto, Cornelius McGillicuddy the Fourth (please God, let there not be a fifth!) just had to weigh in too, however lightly. Whaddya bet he didn't even see it--and that this is just his usual knee-jerkiness talking?

But y'know what? Seeing all the wingnut heads exploding is infinitely preferable to watching them continue to swell over their sad little march four days ago. Because this makes them all look every bit as idiotic as they are. And because it's really sweet to see Aporrea flaunting headlines like "Venice kills Facebook" and "Oliver Stone: 'Chávez is a hero, a phenomenon'." And because that, not the march, is what's gonna stick in people's minds--or craws--the longest.

El Ecuadorable loses security chief to flu

From Aporrea, a sad note:

Colonel John Merino, chief of security for the President of Ecuador, died today from AH1N1 flu, after 27 days in the intensive care unit of the Military Hospital in Quito.

Merino was admitted on August 10 with a grave prognosis. He had co-ordinated the security for the Unasur summit, the bicentennial celebrations of the independence of Quito, and the inauguration of Rafael Correa's second consecutive term as president, which was being celebrated that day.

Since that date, Merino remained in intensive care. According to President Correa himself, in a report on August 29, he was "between life and death."

"My security chief, an extraordinary official, Air Force Colonel John Merino, is between life and death because he went above and beyond the call of duty, to the point of imprudence," President Correa said.

Merino did not mention having symptoms of influenza, and kept on doing his job. Correa confirmed that "the chief of security was a man who worked tirelessly for the national government."

Merino, 42, died around 8:00 pm local time (1:00 GMT). He will lie in state in the Yellow Room of the presidential palace in Quito, and will be transferred tomorrow to the coastal city of Guayaquil.

The latest data from the Ministry of Health in Ecuador report that up to now, the type A flu has affected over 900 persons in Ecuador, killing 45.

Translation mine.

Condolences to Col. Merino's family, and to all of Ecuador.

A sleeping giant too angry to scrapbook

Yes, it's a parody. But only just. The real 'wingers really ARE this stupid. Here's the original:

Next up: Chris Crocker cries and tells us to leave Shanneen alone!

Ladies and gentlemen, the future president of Honduras

I just love this kid, and so does the crowd:

He's just ten years old, and already a red-hot socialist, kicking the ass of Gorilletti and his military goons with passion and intelligence and a real way with words. Remember his name: Oscar David Montecinos. This will not be the last time you hear of him, I guarantee it.

¡VIVA!

(h/t The Scarlet Pimpernel, Honduras Oye)

September 7, 2009

Hey Branko, come sue me too--if you dare!

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Hey Branko, is this "libel", "slander" or "calumny" enough for ya? Dude, if the shoe fits, wear it and don't send out your lawyer to complain that it pinches:

Branko Marinkovic, businessman and ex-president of the radical Comité Pro Santa Cruz, filed a slander lawsuit on Monday against the vice-minister for governmental co-ordination, Wilfredo Chávez, and a presumed activist for the ruling MAS party, professor Margoli Guzmán, accusing them of linking him to terrorist acts.

Marinkovic's attorney, Otto Richter, told the media that this action would set a precedent, because no government authority or political leader had previously faced such accusations without knowing that they would have to answer for their actions and words before the law.

"Today, Mr. Branko Marinkovic has filed two lawsuits, one against Ms. Margoli Guzmán Rojas, and the other against Mr. Wlfredo Chávez Serrano, for slander and injuries [to his reputation]," said the jurist.

Richter explained that last Wednesday, vice-minister Chávez insinuated that Marinkovic used his influence against the Superior Court of Santa Cruz, with the objective of slowing down investigations into a separatist-terrorist case against the ex-civil society director.

Margoli Guzman is said to have accused Marinkovic of financing the activities of the terrorist cell dismanteld in Santa Cruz this past April.

Marinkovic's attorney asserted that his client "is in Santa Cruz, will stay in Santa Cruz, and will remain in the country" to demonstrate before justice that he had never had any relations with the terrorist group.

"He is not trying to evade any orders, for one simple reason: there is no arrest warrant out against Branko Marinkovic," said Richter, who claims that justice failed because the terrorist-separatist court case is rooted in Santa Cruz, not in La Paz.

Translation mine.

Here you can clearly see just how much arrogance and chutzpah exists in the Santa Cruz "civil society" groups (read: fascist terrorist financiers). They claim it's not really justice because the case against them is a federal rather than a local or provincial one? Surely they jest.

Or maybe they're just running scared, because they know that the government has some real information on them. And to intimidate anyone who speaks out, they're now pursuing this frivolous suit against two very minor players.

Bad news for ya, Branko: The truth is the best defence legally as well as in any debate. These two will get off, because they're only telling the truth, and it is nothing that we don't already know. And if you don't have the truth on your side, all the lawsuits in the world aren't going to change that.

At best, this is just gonna make you look like the rich bully you undoubtedly are.

And if you don't like seeing it told so baldly, you can sue me too--if you think your arm reaches all the way up the Internet into Canada. C'mon, Branko, let's see if you can repossess my used furniture, haha.

PS: Branko's lawyer is lying, BTW. Government minister Alfredo Rada has just made it clear that a warrant for Branko's arrest is in the works. The case against Branko is being made at the federal level because Branko (or his Comité, same diff) is widely suspected of having bribed a superior-court judge in Santa Cruz. So you can kind of see why the case against him can't be carried out locally, eh?

Ooh, ahh...

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Either Gainesville is a very small town, or it was a very slow news day. Or this "independent" newspaper is one of the many in the US that have a strange notion of what constitutes peace and democracy...

About forty people gathered Friday gathered with a simple message: "No more Chávez."

Forty? Wowzers.

What started out with two students and a lone sign that read "No + Chavez," slowly became a full-blown protest demonstrating against Hugo Chávez's rule over Venezuela.

Though it was scheduled for 5 p.m., the protest took full force around 5:45 as the demonstrators, mostly students, trickled to the corner.

Yeah, I bet they were a real force to be reckoned with...

However, not only Venezuelans attended the protest. About 10 students from Honduras held signs and chanted in favor of democracy.

Kenya Perez, a Honduran junior at Santa Fe, said she felt inclined to protest because she is against communism in Latin America.

"We want peace," Perez said. "And we hate Chávez."

Yo, Kenya: Peace and hate cancel each other out. If you actually wanted peace, you'd be in favor of him--unlike Gorilletti, he's never turned the army out to fire on its own people. Even when they demonstrate against him, as they do with nauseating regularity.

And what do you bet these Hondurans are all in favor of the very VIOLENT coup that took place just two months ago in their homeland--from which they are well removed? Of course, the author doesn't go into THAT. The story was supposed to be on how "peaceful" and "democratic" it is to hate a very democratically elected, ratified and popular leader, and by damn, the writer stuck to it--even though the end result was, as you can see, pitiful!

Ah well. Things were pathetic all over for the disociados. Here's what the "big" march in downtown Caracas looked like:

Mario Silva, of VTV's La Hojilla, shows that not only was this "global" march extremely ill-attended (and short), the demonstrators were also drinking (illegally!) And most pathetic of all, when they got to the public prosecutor's office, which was the end of their mini-march, there were no police or national guard troops there for them to fight with! Imagine, no targets for their empty booze bottles. They came loaded for bear, and went home without so much as a moth-eaten squirrel. That's gotta hurt!

And how pathetic is it when even CNN--well known for its antisocial tendencies--is forced to report that things were a flop? Right in the headline, even?

Meanwhile, for REAL independent reporting, here's what happened in San Francisco. This demo was small, too--but...

A handful of anti-Chavistas were there. We had 10 people present but only 2 of us went near the anti-Chávez demonstration. We intentionally kept it a secret from them that we had other people there so that they wouldn't mess with them. These 8 people spread out around the perimeter of the demonstration, handing out flyers and telling people that the protest was in support of President Hugo Chávez.

Passers-by saw the group waving Venezuelan flags and the 8 pro-Chávez supporters handed out thousands of flyers to people explaining why they should support Hugo Chávez and, probably, most people figured the anti-Chávez protest was actually in favor of Hugo Chávez. It greatly angered the anti-Chávistas that only TWO people were disrupting their little demo by passing out pro-Chávez literature. IF ONLY THEY HAD KNOWN THAT EIGHT MORE PEOPLE WERE FURTHER AWAY, DOING THE SAME THING! We figured they would notice those 8 people -- but they never did. The 2 people who got close did a good job of distracting them. The anti-Chávistas didn't bring any flyers (well, they had maybe 20 copies of a "talking points memo" that they desperately tried to hand out to compete with the 2 protesters' 1000-some flyers) and so all they had was an incoherent banner and a bunch of Venezuelan flags, making our job much easier.

The anti-Chávistas were too busy arguing with, pushing, and trying to mess with the 2 people who went up close to them to even notice the other 8 people who were there. Every time they said "there's only two of you," those 2 people just smiled, knowing that the anti-Chávistas had been outsmarted (not hard to do). Most people didn't get close enough to the anti-Chávistas to know what they were saying and all they got was a flyer that explained in great detail why Hugo Chávez should be supported and gave URLs to good websites about the Bolivarian Revolution.

The 2 people who were close to the anti-Chávistas encouraged them to believe that there were only 2 of us present. In the meantime, we had our other 8 people calling a bunch of the local media -- radio stations, etc, and reporting on the pro-Chávez demonstration. At least 3 local radio stations put us on the air, reporting "live from the Support Hugo Chávez Rally".

But, really, there were only about 15 anti-Chávistas there. And there were 10 of us. They had all the time in the world to prepare -- they had a permit and everything and weeks to prepare for the demo but still only about 15 people showed up. They CLAIM 40 people showed up against Chávez but that is just a lie. The pictures prove that. The closest they got to 40 people is when a bunch of Japanese tourists came by to see what was going on and even then, it was only about 20 - 25 people and the tourists only stayed around for 5 minutes or so.

We only found out about the protest TWO DAYS in advance. And, in those two days, we got together basically the same amount of people and, because of our superior protest strategy of spreading out and keeping the majority of us secret from the anti-Chávistas, we were able to use their numbers to make our protest look even bigger. But, like I said, we were about the same number anyway.

Once more, with feeling:

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Stupid Sex Tricks: Next time, just take the damn insulin.

I mean really...what else is there to say to THIS?

It all began when 62-year-old Enrique Milla, a married man of 25 years, went to a doctor to discuss his sexual dysfunction.

After consulting with a urologist, Milla decided to have a penile implant, cbs4.com reports.

His attorney Spence Aronfeld told CBS4 news partners Newsradio610 WIOD that the decision was a huge mistake.

"The problem is that Mr. Milla has uncontrolled diabetes and it is absolutely, 100 percent, contraindicated - which means it should not be done on anyone with uncontrolled diabetes because diabetics have a rate of infection (higher than) people who don't have diabetes," said Aronfeld.

Milla went ahead with the surgery and developed a very serious infection, which caused his penis to become gangrenous. It was then removed.

"The man will live the rest of his life without his penis," Aronfeld said.

On second thought, this makes rather a good case for socialized medicine, does it not? We get very few cases of uncontrolled diabetes up here in Soviet Canuckistan.

September 6, 2009

Evo denounces "USAID campaign" in Bolivia

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We already knew that Manfred Reyes Villa and Leopoldo Fernández were a pair of slimeballs, but now we know what bag they come out of, too. Not only has SOUTHCOM been financing them, but USAID is apparently in on it too. Let Evo fill you in:

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, denounced on Sunday that USAID is financing the electoral campaigns of opposition ex-prefects Manfred Reyes Villa and Leopoldo Fernández.

"I want people to know that this Manfred-Leopoldo ticket is a USAID campaign," said Morales during an interview on Bolivian television.

The ex-prefect of Cochabamba, Reyes Villa, and of Pando, Fernández, have forged various alliances within the opposition after other candidates have declined to go up against Morales and his vice-president, Alvaro García Linera, who are seeking re-election for the 2010-2014 period.

Translation mine.

Well, this would undoubtedly explain why Germán Antelo, Tuto Quiroga, Jimena Costa and Víctor Hugo Cárdenas have all bowed out so far. And these guys were all nowhere near as slimy as Manfred and Leopoldo, BTW (though certainly slimy enough all in their own rights.) This also probably explains why two such obvious losers would think they had a shot, instead of doing what any sane person would: pack it in and get a normal day job.

At this rate, they are guaranteed to lose even more power. Manfred Reyes Villa was impeached by the people of Cochabamba, and Leopoldo Fernández is in jail, awaiting trial for the massacre at Porvenir.

If the Bolivian oppos can't field an honest, non-criminal candidate, they deserve what they get. And so do their US backers.

Oscar Arias ain't no bad dude

The president of Costa Rica pwns Globovisión:

...or at least, fails to fall into their carefully laid trap. Interviewer Gladys Rodríguez tries to get him to say he "accepts" the putschist leadership of Honduras; Arias ain't biting. He holds firm to what any good democrat would: he says that any elected leader who receives the sash of office from the hands of a putschist would not be accepted by the people, and that the only way to avoid such a disaster is to return the legitimately elected president--that would be Mel Zelaya--to his desk and let him finish his mandate.

Interview in Spanish; pwnage in universal body language.

Music for a Sunday: Neil Young for the geek brigade

A rare 1983 reworking of his Buffalo Springfield hit from the late '60s, "Mr. Soul", this time with electronics. This is actually an extended version of the single from the Trans album. Proof that a good song can sound outstanding in any format, including the electronic. Proof, also, that synthesizers can take on a humane undercurrent when a great musician is at the helm.

September 5, 2009

Wankers of the Week: Brain Cancers edition

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Ted Kennedy may have died, but it seems that the disease that killed him is contagious. It's eating brains, and it's eating them all over the place. A carcinomic plague? Could be! And it needs a quick, aggressive cure. So, without further ado, here are this week's carcinogenic wankers:

1. Steven Fucking Anderson. Yes, the fundie-fruitbat "pasturd" from Bumfuck, Arizona is at it again. It wasn't enough for him to kvetch about being beaten up by the border patrol (yes, that was he.) It's not enough for him to be a sexist swinebag. It's not enough for him (and his wife, and kids) to be a raging homophobe, either. No, no, nooooo. He wants Barack Obama to die just like Ted Kennedy. And he's ratcheting up the rhetoric, rather than dialing it down in the face of Secret Service visits. Not only that, but one of his parishioners carried not one, but TWO murder weapons to an anti-Obama "protest" at a speech the president gave. That can only mean one thing: he's gone malignant AND metastatic. Time for chemo, yes?

2. Meanwhile, speaking of metastases, Sarah Fucking Palin is spreading...all the way to China. Has no one told her that their environment is already full of carcinogens, and can't handle any more?

3. Michele Fucking Bachmann. She wants people to do WHAT? Slit their wrists to stop public health care from ever becoming a reality in the US? Hey y'know, that's actually a rather good idea, Mitchy-bitchy--why don't all you right-wing freaks just slit your wrists, longitudinally, and forgo that blood-brother shit. Do it alone, in your nice, warm bathtub. And don't forget to cut nice and deep. That way, you'll cure one of your country's most malignant cancers for just the cost of a razor blade. And you won't have to wait for God to tell you to run for president, because you'll have already met your maker--and it won't be God. Nighty-night!

4. Shona Fucking Holmes. Lemme see if I got this straight: This queue-jumping nutcase I've never heard of till now (a self-styled sex advisor, no less!) is FOR privatized healthcare. Why? She went to the Mayo Clinic to get a non-life-threatening, non-malignant, slow-growing cyst "brain tumor" diagnosed and treated. Which she could have done up here, too. But noooooo, OUR system (which would have booked her based on need, not greed) wasn't good enough or fast enough for Her Nibs. And now, to recoup her exorbitant and unnecessary expenses (hey, that's the private system for ya!), she wants the Ontario government to pay? And she's suing for that?

This bullshit should be laughed out of court. It is just such a waste of resources on so many levels. Suing (or going broke) to pay your medical bills is un-Canadian; it's the reason Tommy Douglas gave us our present system. Trying to score ideological points on the basis of your own health is pretty damn stupid, but trashing our system at taxpayers' expense is intolerable. Yeah, we have a wait-time problem; so what? We don't need privatized healthcare, we need more public healthcare funding. The solution is clear: what we need are more med school positions, more doctors, more money in the system, more hospital beds, and more rural health centres.

And then, just to muddy the waters further, along comes the ultimate useful idiot (and her corporate backers) to suck away not only the $100,000 her treatment cost, but God only knows how much more in legal costs, too?

Yo, Shona? You are a parasite. You and your US-based astroturfing buddies want private healthcare, you'll just have to pay for it yourselves. You don't get to sue OUR government so you can have your cake and eat it too. You want to get paid to babble by a wingnut-welfare "foundation"? Fine. Let them pay your Mayo Clinic bills, and while they're at it, they can also reimburse the Ontario government for the court costs. (Punitive damages would also be nice; sounds like they can well afford it, too.)

Once that's done, you can all just fuck off.

5. Patrick Fucking Buchanan. Christ, how many years has this man been living with his white-supremacist cancer already? I knew something was wrong with his head when he called my home and native land "Soviet Canuckistan". Now he claims Hitler didn't want to take over the world? Yo, Puke-Cannon: Please explain Operation Barbarossa and the Afrika Korps to me. And try to make it convincing, please.

And while we're at it, would MSNBC please explain to me why they hired this revisionistic idiot? And would those who call MSNBC "liberal", please just shut the fuck up?

6. Dave Fucking Leach. Again with the "justifiable homicide" defence. If the shoe were on the other foot, can you imagine the shrieking?

7. Robert Fucking Tilton. Why? For giving Scott Roeder brain cancer. Televangelists are toxic, people!

8. Glenn Fucking Beck. Well, at least he admits he has something eating his brain. Would help if he pulled his head out of his ass, but that's too much to ask.

9. The town-hall teabaggers who heckled the wheelchair-bound woman here:

They must all have truffles growing in their heads, because who would WANT to pay high premiums for insurance only to be denied at every bend? Oh, but of course--who else but a selfish asshole who doesn't care if someone else suffers, as long as he's got his. Only, as anyone who's paid high premiums only to be denied can tell you (if you would only listen)--you can shell out way more than you would in taxes, and you STILL won't get yours. And neither will anyone else get theirs. Town-hall teabaggers are the ultimate losers, because they advocate for the lose/lose scenario--and the winners, the Big Insurance bean counters, are laughing their way to the bank, over people's dead bodies, and congratulating themselves on yet another successful astroturfing.

And finally, anyone who sides with the teabaggers, the Chappaquiddick sharks, the townhall gun nuts--or anyone who tells me I have a "Bill O'Reilly attitude". Hey jackass, it's a Jon Stewart/George Carlin attitude, and don't you forget it. Fuck you very much, and good night!

Bolivia terror plot: The Rózsa-Marinkovic "Ustasha Connection"

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A World War II-era Ustasha propaganda poster, highlighting the connections between the Nazi SS and local tyrant Ante Pavelic.

From ABI, an in-depth look at the connections behind the attempt on Evo's life this past spring:

Seven months and five days after the inauguration of the progressive government of Evo Morales, the Bolivian-Croatian-Hungarian mercenary Eduardo Rózsa wrote a column for El Nuevo Día, owned by the Spanish media group Prisa and already part of the stock portfolio of Branko Marinkovic, according to a journalistic investigation.

On August 5 of that year, the Santa Cruz-edited daily, published an article on the political situation in the war-torn Middle East, signed by Rózsa.

The article, titled "Mad dogs ravage Lebanon", was published a day before the installation of the Bolivian constitutent assembly, whose 245 members were elected in July 2006.

It is the first evidence that Rózsa, born in Bolivia in 1960 to a Hungarian father and a Bolivian mother but based in Budapest, had turned his eyes to his ancestral country at the moment the Morales government began to implement its agrarian reforms, redistributing cultivable land to disadvantaged peasants and indigenous people.

There are no earlier traces of Rózsa in Bolivia, except for one opinion piece signed by his sister, Silvia Rózsa, written for El Nuevo Día of Santa Cruz.

The article, attributed to Eduardo Rózsa, reveals the first formal contact with the local operators, who deny that they knew him, and which is now being investigated by a judge in Santa Cruz, Luis Tapia Pachi, along with the "Ustasha Connection".

The "Ustasha Connection", crucial to the understanding of European conflicts in the last decade of the 20th century, incorporates concepts such as "ethnic and religious cleansing", and creates humanitarian catastrophes in other parts of the world. It is "the union of fascists with fascists, no matter where they were born, which languages they speak, what color their hair or what religion they profess," wrote Bolivian intellectual Marcos Domic.

The "Ustasha Connection" relates to the civil wars which divided Yugoslavia in the 1990s. It concerns "fascists of whatever type, who attached themselves to post-Yugoslavia Croatia. That is, it has to do with connections before all politics," says Domic.

Rózsa, of whom there is no evidence that he was present in Bolivia between August 5, 2006 and September-October, 2008, entered the country surreptitiously with a group of European mercenaries, veterans of the Yugoslav war, to "gain independence for Santa Cruz", according to his own words to a Hungarian journalist before returning to Bolivia late last year.

"I will enter Bolivia via Brazil and start organizing a militia, based in Santa Cruz," said Rózsa, in an interview now circulating on the Internet.

Rózsa Flores entered Bolivia illegally across the Brazilian border, just as he had told the journalist, Andras Kepes.

"If the federal government won't allow the autonomy of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz will separate from Bolivia," said the mercenary in Hungarian.

On April 16, 2009, Rózsa, who commanded an armed group seeking to spark a civil war in Eastern Bolivia, was killed in an exchange of fire with the local police in a hotel in Santa Cruz.

That same day, the police found an arsenal in a storage locker at the Santa Cruz agricultural fairground in the city of Santa Cruz, 900 km east of La Paz.

The investigation opened with testimonies by two of the Rózsa cell's mercenaries who had been captured alive, the Hungarian Elöd Tóásó, and the Bolivian-Hungarian Mario Tadic, as well as a local contact, Ignacio Villa Vargas, "The Old Man". Local analysts deduced that this group of veterans of the Yugoslav, Croatian and African wars, were contacted in Bolivia by "fascist Croats, connected with the fascist right-wing in Santa Cruz."

The Public Ministry's investigations point to Branko Marinkovic, who in the second trimester of this year, took over the entire stock of El Nuevo Día.

Bolivian magistrate Marcelo Soza, based in La Paz, heads the investigation and after studying hundreds of files collected from the computers confiscated from Rózsa, summoned Marinkovic to explain his actions in financing the armed cell.

Marinkovic, accused by the government of financing and supporting armed "civil society" groups which, between August and September 2008, occupied airports, blew up gasoducts, and broke into public offices in the districts of Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando and Tarija, with the objective of toppling President Morales, refused to testify about the Rózsa case before authorities of the national judiciary.

Between 2007 and 2009, Marinkovic was president of the politico-business organization, the Comité Pro Santa Cruz, which opposed President Morales.

The agricultural businessman, accused also of holding illegal lands, tried to evade justice by availing himself of some resources proposed by judge Tapia Pachi so that the case would go to trial in the jurisdiction of Santa Cruz, instead of La Paz where the process is currently ongoing.

Tapia Pachi has gained the unfortunate reputation of having archived the proceedings in Santa Cruz against Marinkovic. The government accuses the judge of bowing to the interests of the powerful agricultural-cattle-ranching businessman. The attempt to change jurisdictions was resolved this week by a tribunal which settled the investigation definitively in La Paz.

Quick 'n' dirty translation mine.

The proceedings are still going on, but the use of the word "Ustasha" is significant; the Ustasha were the Croatian Nazis who wrought havoc in the Balkans during World War II. The fascistic connections between the mercenary-terrorist cell and the land-owning business elites of Santa Cruz may well trace their "spiritual" lineage to this feared, reviled local Nazi/separatist movement.

September 4, 2009

So how'd that (cough cough) "global anti-Chávez march" go?

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Hang on, I'll get to the sorry little march in a bit. I found a story on Aporrea about this poster, which I guess was meant to insult Chavecito and El Ecuadorable. (The caption on it says "Why don't you shut up?" in Russian. How subtle!)

And of course, I had to do SOMETHING with it...

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...so I did. Which I'm sure the girls in the pic can understand, as they seem to be transfixed by the sight of two hot guys kissing. (Can you blame them?)

Ahem. Now, about that march...how sad is it when you get projections like this (from the Dissociated Press, natch)?

The Honduras march was led by Roberto Micheletti, who became president when Chavez ally Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a June coup.

"Any politician who tries to stay in power by hitching up with a dictator like Hugo Chavez, he won't achieve it," Micheletti said. "We'll stop him."

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(Gee, that owl looks a lot like Mel Zelaya. Who is coming back to kick Gorilletti's ass, BTW.)

Don't worry, as soon as we get pictures of the not-so-vast crowds, we'll post 'em. In the meantime, enjoy a few anti-Chavista LOLcats. I suspect there are more of them than there are escualidos these days.

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UPDATE: Bwahahahahaha...¡qué marchita!

Festive Left Friday Blogging Too: Who's the most popular leader in the Middle East?

Let these crowds in Syria give you a broad hint: He's not homegrown!

Now, why him, of all people? Well, it's the oil money, of course!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Say "queso"!

What do you do in a resort town like Bariloche, when you're not busy at Unasur conferences? You bring a camera...

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...and get your friends to ham it up, as Chavecito did with his pals, Lugo and Lula.

Oh, those crazy Canucks!

Would you just LISTEN to them?

Can you believe they don't know what a "co-pay" is? One guy thinks it's one of those drinks with the little umbrella in them! Well, maybe the little umbrella protects you from something? I'm sure it's a better protection than the US healthcare "system" is. After all, that's where the REAL death panels are...

Full disclosure: Yes, I too am a crazy Canuck. I was hit by a car at 14 and suffered a really badly broken pelvis. I went to Sick Kids in Toronto that same day. Best children's hospital in the country; even attracts doctors from overseas (my orthopedic surgeon was British--"luv" that accent!) AND the US. Cost to me and my parents: NADA.

Meaning, no drink with the little umbrella in it, either. I can live without that!

Stupid Sex Tricks: Think with the big head...

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...because if you let the little one take over, you get Teh Stoopid, fellas:

Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived.

Researchers said it was as if he was so keen to make an impression he 'temporarily absorbed most of his cognitive resources.'

To see if other men were affected in the same way, they recruited 40 male heterosexual students.

Each one performed a standard memory test where they had to observe a stream of letters and say, as fast as possible, if each one was the same as the one before last.

The volunteers then spent seven minutes chatting to male or female members of the research team before repeating the test.

The results showed men were slower and less accurate after trying to impress the women. The more they fancied them, the worse their score.

But when the task was repeated with a group of female volunteers, they did not get the same results. Memory scores stayed the same, whether they had chatted to a man or a woman.

In a report on their findings the researchers said: 'We conclude men's cognitive functioning may temporarily decline after an interaction with an attractive woman.'

Psychologist Dr George Fieldman, a member of the British Psychological Society, said the findings reflect the fact that men are programmed to think about ways to pass on their genes.

'When a man meets a pretty woman, he is what we call 'reproductively focused'.

'But a woman also looks for signs of other attributes, such as wealth, youth and kindness. Just the look of the man would be unlikely to have the same effect.'

Plus, if he's "reproductively focused", and we can tell, we tend to think he's kind of a dork, no matter how cute he is.

Meaning, all that "reproductive focus" has gone for naught.

Guess what else the Paliness lied about

I'll give you a verrrrrry broad hint:

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Hey Sarah, don't forget to take off the lens cap BEFORE you shoot!

And here's why I said that:

Levi Johnston, the teenager who Mrs Palin embraced as part of her family last year when it emerged during the presidential campaign that he had impregnated her 17-year-old daughter, turned against the family in an interview with Vanity Fair, painting the former governor as a selfish woman who took little interest in her children.

He claimed that Mrs Palin, whose fans boasted she could "field dress a moose", was incapable of handling a gun kept in the family home in Wasilla.

"She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat - I've never seen it," said Mr Johnston, 19. "I've never seen her touch a fishing pole.

"She had a gun in her bedroom and one day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn't know, because it was in a box under her bed."

I'm sure all the gun nuts out there who support her a thousand percent are just creaming their pants over THAT. Seems this woman can't actually DO anything, she'll just say whatever it takes to get her elected or make her a buck. The fact that she managed to get as far as she did says something unfortunate about her followers and their ability to verify information, no?

Speaking of creaming one's pants, etc., get a load of what Levi the Fuckin' Redneck (HIS words, not mine!) would do for a buck...

"I would do it," Johnston said during a behind-the-scenes video for his recent Vanity Fair photoshoot. Although he had never read Playgirl, he claimed to be familiar with its contents: "I'm guessing it's a dude posing for women."

He has NO idea who actually reads that mag. Bwahahahahahaha!

September 3, 2009

Don't ask, don't tell--especially if you're abused

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Used to be, nobody batted an eye if you were gay in the navy. How things have changed!

Youth Radio reported today that former Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after unit mates first suspected that he is gay. The Navy promoted the Chief most responsible for the violence, even though Naval officials were aware of his role in creating the climate of abuse.

Official Navy documents confirm that after Rocha's unit mates first suspected that he is gay, they engaged in a two-year pattern of abuse including hog-tying him to a chair and pushing him, still bound, into a dog kennel full of feces. Rocha says that they forced him to simulate oral sex with a man more than thirty times, on video tape, as part of a training exercise to teach sailors how to respond to a hypothetical complaint about homosexual sex. And they hit him as hard as they could repeatedly while forcing him to bend over a desk. The documents are available at www.youthradio.org.

Rocha was a military police officer with anti-terrorism training who graduated at the top of his military class, and who received favorable performance evaluations throughout his career. His unit mates first suspected that he is gay in 2004 when he refused to sleep with female prostitutes, a practice that was widespread at his base. Rocha did not report the abuse, which continued until 2006, because he feared retaliation as well as discharge under "don't ask, don't tell." According to Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center, "It is very hard for an organization to get rid of abuse as long as discrimination remains official policy."

After a colleague complained, the Navy launched an investigation, which concluded in 2007. Official documents from the investigation were obtained recently via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by one of Rocha's unit mates.

While Rocha was singled out and forced to endure the longest period of abuse, others were victimized as well. An official military summary of the investigation lists 93 incidents and types of abuse including throwing hard rubber balls at the groin, allowing a dog to attack a sex worker, and handcuffing two female sailors to a bed and forcing them to simulate lesbian sex while being videotaped.

Since the launch of the investigation, the Navy has promoted Chief Michael Toussaint to the rank of Senior Chief. Toussaint was the petty officer in charge of Rocha's unit, and perpetrated or presided over most of the abuse.

Following his return from the Middle East, Rocha developed symptoms of PTSD. After acknowledging to his superiors that he is gay, he was discharged under "don't ask, don't tell."

Yep, that rule is really working GREAT to protect gays in the military. Grrr.

Larry Klayman fails again!

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Remember how I predicted that Larry Klayman, right-wing jackass stuntster and bogus human-rights attorney, was about to get laughed out of court?

Well, it happened.

On Monday a U.S. judged dismissed a lawsuit filed against Citgo, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA. The company and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were accused of alleged terrorist acts and human rights abuses.

News service EFE reported that Judge Cecilia Altonaga granted Citgo's request to make the proceeding null and void and also closed the cases against Chavez, Vice President Ramon Carrizales, Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro and four other officials.

The petitioner of the lawsuit against Chavez, journalist Ricardo Guanipa, failed to follow an order to notify all of the defendants. Through his lawyer he managed to notify Citgo, which responded with a request to annul the case, but not Chavez and the other officials.

[...]

In the lawsuit, Freedom Watch asserted that Citgo resources were being used by Chavez to "support terrorism and other crimes against humanity, including death threats, arrests, torture, and murder." Freedom Watch was seeking US$5 billion for punitive damages.

On its website, the NGO calls Chavez a "terrorist communist dictator" and claims that he has supported the "Colombian FARC, a Marxist-Leninist group of terrorists, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Middle Eastern Arabic terrorist states and others bent on destroying Judeo-Christian and western civilization and freedom."

The organisation says it will "bring [Chavez] to justice in a Miami court for his crimes, not only to compensate his victims, but to set an example for the Obama administration."

For those who claim this was only dismissed on a technicality, wake the fuck up. They couldn't put this through even in a Miami court, under an ex-Venezuelan judge! The burden of proof is on the plaintiff, and they (meaning Guanipa and Klayman) couldn't prove anything. This was just a show trial at best. And it looks like their little sideshow flopped.

I found this part particularly hilarious:

According to Aporrea.org, Guanipa used to work with Radio Marti, a U.S.-financed station that transmits to Cuba against the government there, and Radionexx, a private Venezuelan station that has called for the overthrow of the Chavez government and for the president's assassination.

Radionexx stopped operating at the beginning of this year, because, in the words of its operators in an interview published on Elbrollo.com, "It's useless, this country doesn't want to understand."

(Emphasis added.)

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Yeah, the country "doesn't want to understand" because it's happy with its democracy and doesn't want fascism back, dumbass!

Meanwhile, guess who else is (probably) feeling the Schadenfreude right about now:

Chavez responded to Freedom Watch's accusations in April by laughing and saying, "It's the kind of strange news that comes out everyday."

Yes, it certainly is. Ha ha! Joke's on you, Laughable Larry. Can't wait to read your latest self-serving press release. Bet it won't make the "news" like the last one did! BTW, where the hell did your sad widdle website go? I got a "server not found". Funny dat!

PS: Speaking of ex-Venezuelans and terrorism, looks like Luis Posada Carriles might just be in deep doody now, too.

Big bust in Venezuela

No, it's not the latest Miss Universe and her silicone funbags. It's Teh Crime, stoopid:

A band of narcoparamilitaries called Los Restrejo, which operated in northern Táchira, was dismantled by members of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Body (CICPC).

The information was given by the director of the CICPC, Commissioner Wilmer Flores Trosel, by telephone to VTV's La Noticia.

"It's a narcoparamilitary cell which dealt in drugs and 'vaccines'*," said the commissioner.

The detainees are Diego Antonio Alvarado Contreras, 57; his lieutenant Juan Carlos Urisa, 35; Primitivo Cáceres Ramírez, and driver Tulio Mendoza Carillo, 73. All are previously known to the police for involvement with drugs, theft, stolen property, and beatings, said Flores Trosel.

The commissioner emphasized that the Colombian authorities should "take the long view, because this drug came from the principal drug-producing country, which is Colombia. It passed through their barracks, police headquarters and into our country, so that it could later be taken by air or sea to the islands of the Caribbean, and then later continue on some other route."

Flores Trosel said that other members of this criminal organization had also been identified, and for this reason, people should expect to hear of further arrests in the next few days, both in the interior and along the Colombian border.

Translation mine.

So, what was this the DEA keeps saying about Venezuela not co-operating in anti-drug operations? Looks like they're STILL doing a better job on their own than they did when the smugglers DEA were "helping" them.

Bet Colombia might stand a better fighting chance if THEY kicked out the DEA, too.

*"Vaccines" = protection racket. You inject cash, they make you immune to crime.

Mel Zelaya knows his putschists

And he knows the exact size of Gorilletti's member when fully erect, too:

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Compensation. It explains a lot.

September 2, 2009

Freedom and Democracy (TM), baby!

This is what's guarding the US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, right now:

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These are "contractors" (read: MERCENARIES) from a private security firm. Yes, they really like to drink vodka out of the cracks of one another's asses...among other things. Mother Jones has more:

Drunken brawls, prostitutes, hazing and humiliation, taking vodka shots out of buttcracks--no, the perpetrators of these Animal House-like antics aren't some depraved frat brothers. They are the private security contractors guarding the US embassy compound in Kabul.

These allegations, and many more, are contained in a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday by the Project on Government Oversight, which has been investigating the embassy security contract held by ArmorGroup North America (a subsidiary of Wackenhut, which is in turn owned by the security behemoth G4S). The contractor was the subject of a congressional probe earlier this summer that found serious lapses in the company's handling of the embassy security contract, which internal State Department documents said left the embassy compound "in jeopardy." Nevertheless, the government opted to extend the company's 5-year, $189 million contract for another year.

[...]

Numerous emails, photographs, and videos portray a Lord of the Flies environment. One email from a current guard describes scenes in which guards and supervisors are "peeing on people, eating potato chips out of [buttock] cracks, vodka shots out of [buttock] cracks (there is video of that one), broken doors after drnken [sic] brawls, threats and intimidation from those leaders participating in this activity...." Photograph after photograph shows guards--including supervisors--at parties in various stages of nudity, sometimes fondling each other. These parties take place just a few yards from the housing of other supervisors.

Multiple guards say this deviant hazing has created a climate of fear and coercion, with those who declined to participate often ridiculed, humiliated, demoted, or even fired. The result is an environment that is dangerous and volatile. Some guards have reported barricading themselves in their rooms for fear that those carrying out the hazing will harm them physically. Others have reported that AGNA management has begun to conduct a witch hunt to identify employees who have provided information about this atmosphere to POGO.

Because hey, what are Freedom and Democracy all about, if not nightly frat parties, hookers, booze and hazings? Your tax dollars at work, USA!

PS: Yes, I know. That was VERY hard on your virgin eyes. Here, have a kitty chaser.

Isabel Allende's tales of passion

Do. NOT. Miss.

(Thanks to Corey for sending me the link!)

September 1, 2009

Jesus Christ on a pogo stick!

Watch the woman with the denim jumper--she goes gradually berserk. First she bounces around, until she's off camera. We can still hear her, though, babbling like a lunatic. The man with the belly joins in with the bouncing, albeit half-heartedly. Also watch the white-haired one behind the pulpit. Her face is a scream!

And just think, these are the ranks from which the "birthers", teabaggers, choice-o-phobes, and other right-wing crazies are drawn. Is it any wonder?