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Friday, April 28, 2006

File under Irony 


It is beyond hilarious that the collapse of the administration of George W. "W" Bush is being precipitated by:
Anything that happens regarding the genuine horrors of the administration, war crimes, destruction of the Constitution, screwing the veterans, screwing every pooch they could get their hands on, et cetera, will succeed only because of these two things that really do not matter.
posted by Tom  # 4/28/2006 12:37:00 PM
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Saturday, April 22, 2006

How you can profit from the world crisis of the next forty years 


As they say,
If you're not scared, then you just don't understand the situation.
Here are the opening paragraphs of an eloquent Kos diary:
The Five Percent Solution
by antifa

Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 03:49:45 AM PDT

The Republican plan for America, all along, was Banana Republic.

A nation of poorly educated renters and workers, ruled by their betters -- the wealthy five percent who own everything worthwhile, control all the capital, rule over the government, dictate laws in their own favor, stack the courts with their own judges, and send out the police and army to enforce those laws.

The Republican plan for America is the Five Percent Solution -- move all money and power into higher, tighter, whiter, righter hands.
And more, an eloquent and plausible scenario of world domination over the next forty years.
posted by Tom  # 4/22/2006 02:15:00 PM
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Thursday, April 20, 2006

When George met John 


Everybody is running with this tribute from John Lennon to President George W. "W" Bush, and so am I.
I am me and Rummy's he, Iraq is free and we are all together
See the world run when Dick shoots his gun, see how I lie
I'm Lying...

Sitting on my own brain, waiting for the end of days
Corporation profits, Bloody oil money
I'm above the law and I'll decide what's right or wrong

I am the egg head, I'm the Commander, I'm the Decider
Koo-Koo-Kachoo
Ed's note: Sound file.
posted by Tom  # 4/20/2006 12:14:00 PM
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Field and Stream strikes again 


From Field and Stream, also known as Hate-America HQ:
Rod and gun in hand, and backing the Second Amendment right to own firearms, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have won the hearts of America's sportsmen. Yet the two men have failed to protect outdoor sports on the nation's public lands. With deep ties to the oil and gas industry, Bush and Cheney have unleashed a national energy plan that has begun to destroy hunting and fishing on millions of federal acres throughout the West, setting back effective wildlife management for decades to come.
Ed's note: Previous Field and Stream anti-American tirade.
posted by Tom  # 4/18/2006 02:43:00 PM
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Gravel for president 


Mike Gravel announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination today.

Gregory Fossedal, who is associated with Gravel in various institutes and tanks dedicated to promoting direct democracy, nominated Gravel back in 2004 in a think piece for UPI.

Notice that this was written without reference to any current political controversy, trumped up or real
Outside view: Gravel for president


By Gregory Fossedal
Outside View commentator


Hanover, NH, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Americans are going to the polls today and, essentially, selecting a king for a period of four years. We will also select a congress of nobles for two to six years.

If we're unlucky, there will be weeks of legal battles over who actually won. Even if we're not, however, politicians who have the support of 51 or 52 percent of the vote will govern for two to six years. Isn't there a better way to organize democracy?

Well, yes there is, according to Mike Gravel, the former senator from Alaska who is leading a national effort to establish direct democracy at the national level.


Democracy? In America? Under his proposal, voters in the United States could do what they do in Switzerland and many U.S. states today: Propose a change in policy, collect signatures or support to show there is serious public interest, and thus create the conditions for a direct national vote on legislation. (You can get information on Gravel's proposed democracy upgrade, if you will, at his Web site, www.ni4d.org.)

As a professional politician, Gravel showed courage and public-spiritedness by defending Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg on the Senate floor. That effort pleased the left. He was also the author of the Alaska Pipeline bill. That effort pleased the right, in general, though it was also opposed by Sen. Robert Dole and a number of big oil companies.

Now an ex-politician -- "the only kind you can trust," he winks -- Gravel has devoted much of his considerable energy to promoting initiative and referendum at the national level. The effort has little support from professional politicians, who prefer to keep decision-making power in their own hands.
Click on the link and read on. I found myself getting . . . excited . . . and . . . hopeful. I'm sure these feelings will pass.

The next sentence in the article:
The press hasn't paid much attention either.

posted by Tom  # 4/13/2006 06:42:00 PM
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Biggest Dutch flim-flam man since Col. Tom Parker 


The redoubtable JO pumps a little oxygen our way with this snippet to which I've added a handy pointer:
From The Week magazine:

A convicted Florida pimp is suing six of his former customers, alleging that they deserve some of the blame for his arrest and subsequent deportation. Dutch national Arthur Vanmoor, 46, who did business under the names [wait for it -- Ed.] "Arthur Funmore" and "Big Pimpin' Pappy", says the men all signed credit card slips containing the disclaimer, "Carholder states that this transaction is not for illegal activity." Had he known the men were planning to have sex with the prostitutes, says Vanmoor, he would have promptly refunded their money.

posted by Tom  # 4/12/2006 06:10:00 PM
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

How to silence the administration 


This idea that one cannot comment on any ongoing legal procedure is just going to be handier and handier for the administration of George W. "W" Bush in the coming months and years.
Mr. President, should there be capital punishment for war crimes?

I'm sorry, I can't comment on an ongoing legal procedure.

posted by Tom  # 4/11/2006 12:15:00 PM
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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sharif don't like rockin the Casbah 


More outdated pop music on the political front. From Reuters:
LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said on Wednesday.

Detectives halted the London-bound flight at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Harraj Mann, 24, was taken off.

The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash's 1979 anthem "London Calling," which features the lyrics "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected".

Mann told newspapers the taxi had been fitted with a music system which allowed him to plug in his MP3 player and he had been playing The Clash, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to the driver.

"He didn't like Led Zeppelin or The Clash but I don't think there was any need to tell the police," Mann told the Daily Mirror.

A Durham police spokeswoman said Mann had been released after questioning -- but had missed his flight.

"The report was made with the best of intentions and we wouldn't want to discourage people from contacting us with genuine concerns," she said.


© Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved.
Ed's note: Reuters ran this under "entertainment news".
posted by Tom  # 4/08/2006 03:03:00 PM
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Call the volunteers; call the bombardiers; Call the financiers, better get their ass in gear. 


Way back in 1965 the Beach Boys accidentally had a hit with their beer-drenched cover version of "Bar- Bar- Bar- Bar-bara Ann".

Way back in 1978, it was "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran".

Way back in 2003, somebody took a crack at "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iraq".

And now, way forward in 2006, it's time to bring back "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran".

And I thought it was Grateful Dead lyrics that held the secret to everything.
posted by Tom  # 4/08/2006 02:12:00 PM
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Smoking or Nonsmoking? Wet or Dry? 


The vocaballistic JO snagged this one in the businessphere:
"I asked about wet leases yesterday. A wet lease is when one carrier charters an airplane and crew from another (as opposed to a dry lease,
which is just an airplane)."

posted by Tom  # 4/04/2006 03:16:00 PM
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