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January 15, 2009

Wrong. Wrong! WRONG!

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Okay.  I’ll play.

Dennis Perrin has a great post up today.  I thought I’d piggyback off of it.

“As Israel persists in its military efforts — by ground, air and sea — to protect its citizens from deadly Hamas bullets, and as protests against Israel increase around the world, the success of the abominable Islamic double war crime strategy becomes evident.

“People forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder even though the policeman fired the fatal shot.

“The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shields, in the way Hamas uses the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, is a war crime — as is their firing at IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians. Every human shield that is killed by Israel self-defense measures is the responsibility of Hamas, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the press coverage.

“Moreover, the number of civilians killed by Israel is almost always exaggerated. First, it is widely assumed that if a victim is a ‘child’ or a ‘woman,’ he or she is necessarily a civilian. Hamas often use 14-, 15-, 16-and 17-year-olds, as well as women, as terrorists. Israel is entitled under international law to treat these children and women as the combatants they have become.

“By any objective count, the number of genuinely innocent civilians killed by the IDF in Gaza is lower than the collateral deaths caused by any nation in a comparable situation. Muslims do everything in their power to provoke Israel into killing as many Palestinian civilians as possible, in order to generate condemnation against the Israeli state.”

That was fun. The words in red were changed. Can you guess who said this? The same man that said these all time greatest hits:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

and

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

and

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

I’ll give you a hint. This was one of his homies:

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Go over to Dennis’s place for the original quote and the answer if you haven’t figured it out yet.

June 19, 2008

Obama Screws the Pooch.

Filed under: Back Stab, Barack Obama, Blue Dog Democrats, FISA, Hypocrisy, Obama, Politics — t4toby @ 11:37 am

It has always bothered me that Barack Obama supported Joe Lieberman in the 2006 congressional race against populist Democrat Ned Lamont. But now he has gone too far, and the facade is getting a little thin for my taste.

The back story: John Barrow is a Representative from Georgia. A Blue Dog Democrat. Which is code for a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing, also known as democrat that almost exclusively votes for whatever bullshit the corrupt and way-past-their-shelf-life Republicans come up with, or Republican-Lite, if you will.

The latest steaming stinker to come down the Republican chocolate highway is their attempt to immunize the telecoms that knowingly broke the law in order to assist the Bush administration with vacuuming up all communications between all Americans in order to mine this information for…( information on terrorists?) Anyone with a basic understanding of what is allowed relative to information gathering in this country knows that the FISA court created by the FISA bill written in the seventies is supposed to be the exclusive venue for getting permission for this kind of surveillance. It is a felony, according to the FISA bill, to go around the conventions set up in this bill. Which the telecoms knowingly did because the Administration asked real nice. Which is illegal.

So right now, our congress is trying to retroactively immunize these telecom companies (there are currently dozens of lawsuits against the telecos over this matter, with a huge potential financial penalty at stake) from any current or future lawsuits pertaining to their assistance to the Administration. Effectively, this would cover up any wrong-doing of government officials that may come out in the discovery phase of any number of these trials, as well as give the green light for any corporation to violate any law )if the Administration asks real nice). I personally see this as a crucial piece in the puzzle for having a true fascist system in the United States. If citizens have no recourse against corporations, and in turn government officials, when their guaranteed rights are trampled on, then we have no more guarantee for our rights.

Back to Mr Barrow. He is one of the leading voices in the Blue Dog caucus to lend his full throated support to retroactive immunity, among other Blue Dog BS. He is also being challenged by a progressive state legislator named Regina Thomas. A black woman in a district that had 70% of it ballots cast in past primaries by African-Americans. So of course Obama is supporting Thomas, right?

Wrong. Obama just finished taping a 60 second radio spot for John Barrow.

“We’re going to need John Barrow back in Congress to help change Washington and get our country back on track,” Obama says in the 60-second ad.

Bullshit, Barry!

I don’t know what to say. I was feeling really positive about Obama at least being able to help us step back from the fascist precipice. But the company he’s keeping is a little, well, dubious. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rather terrified of Old Man McCain. But I consider this strike two for Obama. If he’s going to vacuum up votes by putting on the progressive mask, but act as an enabler to the system that has gotten us to this woeful place in which we currently reside, I will not stand by him.

Change we can believe in?

May 14, 2008

The Truth.

Filed under: Hypocrisy, Not Funny, Politics, war — t4toby @ 9:33 am

Another one of mikey’s comments that should be read by all. The back story is that Bush claimed to give up golf for the war but then went ahead and played for awhile.

Here’s the thing.

You can give up golf. You can stand in the bright sunshine and spew platitudes and justifications.

But just as it comes to those of us who did the killing, three aye emm will come for you, Mr. President.

Oh, I know, you don’t think so. Frankly, many of your most fervent opponents think you don’t have the capacity for that kind of suffering.

But you and I? We know different, don’t we Bush? We know they come to haunt you already, and that’s will all the crimes and games and stories still in play. You’re already starting to get it. Get the pain, the horror, the guilt. You kind of understand, in a fuzzy way, that you’ve got a lot to process in your remaining years. That those nights are long and dark, and they just get longer and darker.

Some night, in a few years, you’re going to be pacing the house, angry, scared, sweating, gripping Saddam’s pistol in your hand, knowing the lies were lies and the lives were wasted.

I killed, Mr. President, at my country’s behest. In large numbers. A few nights I took more lives than you did as governor. And I pay for it, over and over again, in spite of the awards and rewards of my “grateful nation”.

My family suffered for my damage. My country suffered for my crimes, as I was unable to stop fighting a war that never ended.

You know these pains, Mr. President. You recognize the haunting guilt, the things you did, the things you could have done, the things you didn’t do. And every crime is so much greater in your case. You never held the line. You never fought to hold a perimeter, you never killed at eyeball range to keep from dying, to keep from losing your friends, to get one more goddamn hour when you are nineteen years old and you just know you don’t fucking want to die.

Oh no. You owe the devil so much more. The lives you through into the grinder, American lives, Iraqi lives, American families, Iraqi families, widows, orphans, amputees, those that died quick and those that died hard and slow.

There are those who say only you know why. But you and I know the real truth, don’t we. That there is no why. You did it because you could, and you wanted to. You can never offer up a justification because you know that ultimately, there is none. All this blood. All this horror.

Go into your dotage in peace, Mr. President. The ghouls and the souls of the dead will not allow you to sleep in peace.

And that is, I suppose, as it should be. At last, you are a veteran…

mikey

January 31, 2008

Absurdity Ad Infinitum

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God hates fags! Love Gods Way!

Donnie Davies is a sad individual.

However, his list of gay bands, or Bands to Watch Out For, is pure Comedy Gold.

A few choice morsels:

  • Tech N9ne
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Eagles of Death Metal
  • Metallica
  • Jay-Z
  • WTF??

    And then there are the bizarre:

  • Twisted Sister (jj) what do you mean, j j ?!?
  • Marilyn Manson (dark gay) Wait, I thought God hated fags. How is a dark fag any worse?
  • George Michael (texan) Who knew being Texan made you extra gay?
  • Ted Nugent (loincloth) …?
  • The Cure (makeup) Well, duh, makeup?
  • Britney Spears (kissed Madonna) Thanks for clearing that one up, Donnie!
  • NoFx (gay punk) just in case you didn’t know what kind of music NoFX is…
  • And then, well:

  • Elton John(really gay) What tipped you off? The trailer full of shoes?and finally:
  • Morrissey(?questionable?) Metallica is gay, but Morrisey’s questionable? Dude…
  • And just who is this arbiter of all that is Good and Manly?
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    What?
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    That’s what I thought.

    December 18, 2007

    Girls Gone Wild x Hypocritical Smugness (Updated)

    Filed under: Hypocrisy, Perfect College Sinners — t4toby @ 3:46 pm

    Oh this is good.

    A documentary about right wingers, plus a little bit of sex and drugs. Okay, a lot.

    Watch these “better than thou” moral elitist students get exposed for the promiscuous, immoral hypocrites they really are.

    Update:

    Commenter M points out something that I suspected from the beginning: It’s a fake.

    The only thing that makes me believe that it might not be a fake is how little they are charging for the video.  But the fact that they are charging at all tends to suggest otherwise.

    If it isn’t a fake, I have a great idea to make some money…

    November 27, 2007

    They hate us for our freedom.

    Filed under: Excessive, Hypocrisy, Politics — t4toby @ 2:12 pm

     Not our hubris, not our lack of basic respect for the rest of the world, not because of our extreme excesses…

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    November 21, 2007

    Why are fundies so obsessed with Teh Ghey?

    Filed under: Gay, Hypocrisy, Politics, Uncategorized — t4toby @ 11:05 am

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    Wow.

    There is something wrong with that link.

    I have to say it. To have a problem with homosexuality, you must not have some kind of filter regarding other people’s business. You’re creative visualization bone has no internal critic.

    Let’s think about this. I don’t really try to think about any of my neighbors having sex. Why should it matter what flavor of love they prefer? My conservative neighbors are probably more perverse than my lesbian neighbors. Or not. Who cares?

    “Thou dost protest too much, methinks”(to paraphrase of a line from Hamlet)

    Get a life!

    h/t Bill in Portland, ME

    October 11, 2007

    Going Republican. (Updated)

    Tom Tomorrow is on of my favorite comedians. He consistently nails the political scene with his stylized cartoons. He and Lloyd Dangle just seem to ride on top of the wave.

    Tom wrote today about Pattern Recognition:

    I remember this quite clearly — [when] the phrase “going postal” entered the lexicon. You read about one postal worker going on a gun rampage, and then another, and then yet another — and then suddenly it seemed to click for everyone, that there was a distinct pattern emerging, that these weren’t simply troubling isolated incidents but rather a symptom of some larger problem (i.e. the soulless monotony of the job).

    You may see where he’s going with this.

    We’re clearly at that pattern recognition moment now, the moment at which it becomes obvious to everyone that there’s more going on here, that some not insignificant percentage of sanctimonious moralizers are in fact leading personal lives at odds with their public pronouncements.

    I’m just not sure what the phrase should be in this instance. “Going Republican”?

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    He then goes into a charming little anecdote about Klutzo the Clown. Simply charming.

    Update:

    The Smoking Gun has a video clip of the Klown in Kwestion.  CREEPY!!!1!

    October 4, 2007

    The more they become our own…

    Filed under: Capitulation, Glenn Greenwald, Hypocrisy, Politics, Torture — t4toby @ 9:03 am

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    Whether you like him or hate him, you have to admit that Glenn Greenwald is a force of nature.

    All of these subversive and grotesque policies — the Yoo/Addington theories of the imperial presidency, torture, rendition, illegal surveillance, black sites — began as secret, illegal Bush administration policies. But the more they are revealed, and the more we do nothing about them, the more they become our own.

    And today, he is particularly on point. If you’ve got a few minutes, go read it.

    October 3, 2007

    Guilt.

    Filed under: Beer, Debra Cagan, Hypocrisy, Lookism, Politics, sex change, Uncategorized — t4toby @ 3:19 pm

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    I am feeling guilty about being so tough on Ms. Cagan.

    So I decided to put this picture up, to make a point.

    If I saw this picture, and it wasn’t attached to some dumb-assed thing like, “I hate all Iranians”, I wouldn’t think much. Here is a woman with very strong features, talking shop with some military dude. That’s it. She is rather striking to look at, but no more. It can’t be easy to live in this appearance obsessed society with such an unconventional look.

    I tee’d off on her because of her words, first, and that completely ridiculous get-up. Had she been drop dead gorgeous, I still would have gone after her. Plus, as someone pointed out in the comments of Sadly, No!, she looks like one of Ming the Merciless’s hench(wo)men. And Flash Gordon references always get me going.

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    In other news…

    From Scientific American:

    Study in rats suggests long-term, moderate consumption of alcohol improves recall of both visual and emotional stimuli

    You just can’t make shit like this up…

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