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October 29, 2008

Felonius Punk

Filed under: Outrage Fatigue, Politics — cangrejero @ 7:24 pm

Jess has a point:

Senator Ted Stevens was convicted of seven felony counts. He is a felon. According to this site, Alaska restores the right to vote after completion of sentence, probation and/or parole. As far as I can tell, these felony convictions (all seven of them) do not affect an individual’s right to serve in the government, although, depending on the state, they cannot participate in the government as a voter. What’s wrong with this picture?

The GOP, fighting hard to keep felons in power since 1974.

Toby Adds:

The irony implicit in the fact that felons cannot vote, but they can serve as our reps is, well, stark.

September 23, 2008

CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers

Filed under: Outrage Fatigue, Politics, protest — Tags: , , — t4toby @ 11:13 am

Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, the head of the Indian operations of Graziano Transmissioni, an Italian-headquartered manufacturer of car parts, died of severe head wounds on Monday afternoon after being attacked by scores of laid-off employees, police said.

Alright. I’m not saying there is any connection between this story and the fuinancial situation.

Nope, none at all. I would not want to encourage my fellow Americans to put CEO’s heads on spikes.

No sir. Not me.  Wouldn’t be prudent.

July 21, 2008

No Shame.

Well, they aren’t even trying to hide it any more.  Via Glennzilla, here is the goodie bag that all atendees of the Democratic National Convention will recieve.

See anything funny about it? I notice that the frackin’ AT&T logo is the biggest damn thing on the bag.  Even the letters for AT&T are in a larger font than anything else.

As the Hep Cats say today, WTF ?

The whole system is bought and paid for by corporations that have no interests beyond making the very rich richer.  That is the reality we live in.  We are a top-heavy imperialistic power that is listing dangerously.  I seriously wouldn’t put it past our current leaders to come up with a way to suspend our democracy and try to install Bush as President for Life.

Start growing a garden.  Hug your neighbors.  Be nicer.  I think we’re in for a hell of a ride.

June 26, 2008

I guess it’s time to arise from my stupor and write someting down.

Filed under: Outrage Fatigue, Politics, protest — t4toby @ 2:42 pm

Spider Hole picture by Bill Finger

Many thanks to the positive words from my commenters. I have been really down, coming full circle from an anti-establishment Nader supporter in 2000 to believing that the Democrats actually might accomplish something in 2006 back to someone that is actually considering not voting.

I know. How could I? Isn’t Obama the great Black/White Hope? And isn’t not voting for Obama a vote for McCain? And why not vote fro Nader again?

I guess my answer is: Fuck it. Straight up. Fuck. It. I have spent the last couple of years pouring over the blogosphere, learning all I could about where we are today. Let me tell you, it’s not pretty.

The experiment has failed. Even with the amount of time and effort our Constitution’s framers put into designing checks and balances the corporations and moneyed interests run the show. Our Great Hope, Obama, is now shamelessly tacking to the Right in order to shore up his chances of winning. Motherfucker didn’t even bother to show up for the first vote on the FISA bill, and has now switched his ‘Against Immunity’ position to ‘Hey, Whatever Will Get Me More Votes’. We have the most unpopular President in history, and the so called “opposition candidate” has publicly said he will vote for the early X-Mas gift for Incurious George and Big Dick, Telecom Immunity.

As I write this, I have Pandora on, the After the Gold Rush Channel. Neil has spent his life rallying against this bullshit, and now I’m feeling like maybe this is exactly where the powers that be want me to be: Disillusioned and feeling utterly powerless. I just don’t know what to do about all of this. The ‘re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic’ metaphor seems quite appropos right now.

All empires go through a life span. I don’t have the links right now because I forgot to bookmark them, but I have seen analysis after analysis comparing the United States to the historic Empires and showing that we are on the downward decline towards irrelevance. When big countries pick fights with small countries in order to keep fueling the nationalistic impulses of the people and greed of the rich then the gig is up. Fear for fear’s sake. Keep the people so spun by rising cost of living, the impossibility of health care, the difficulty of the job market and they won’t question our leaders even when we catch them elbow deep in our grandkids’ cookie jars.

Nothing worth having is ever easy. Hard work will set you free. Think in generational terms, not in immediate gratification. Good advice, but how do you work hard when you aren’t sure where the work lies? Do we work tirelessly to get progressives in the government, only to watch them eventually be corrupted by the sweet seduction of power and money? Do we risk being disappeared and work for actual revolution? Withdraw from society and arm ourselves to the teeth? Come up with a scam to get rich quick and retire on a tropical island? Give in and start a porn company to wring some of the last change from our fellow citizens’ pockets? Drink (even more ) heavily? Head to the hills and farm herb?

The last is my first choice, by the way, but I don’t see it working for my children. Plus, right now I think that giving the government a reason to incarcerate me is foolish (or just a paranoid delusion?) I don’t know.

As is human nature, I am comfortable enough to complain, so I do. I really am blessed. I have my health, and my daughters are growing to be amazing and brilliant. A superpower is not bombing my home town. Some paranoid freaks are not building 30 foot walls separating me from my friends and neighbors. We don’t have a President violently pushing his opposition out of the race. We don’t experience ethnic cleansing, or the terror of having to flee our homes in the dead of night for fear of losing life or limb.

I guess things are pretty good. I have completely lost faith in our government, even our form of government, but by all other metrics I am a very lucky human being. I’ll meditate on that for a while and see if I feel like participating in our ‘Democracy’ when I come out on the other side.

June 11, 2008

Eisenhower was Right.

Filed under: Not Funny, Outrage Fatigue, Politics, war, War Profiteering — t4toby @ 3:09 pm


Dwight D Eisenhower was a wise man. And a Kansan. I’m not sure which came first. But suffice to say he was very prescient about how the companies with a financial interest in war should be closely watched to make sure they don’t drum up conflict to pay their paychecks.

Take it away, BBC:

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

Who could have ever predicted this?

Seems that that 23 billion dollars went missing, but all parties in cases involving the lost money are under a gag order.

In the run-up to the invasion, one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth $7bn that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company which used to be run by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president.

Go figure.

Henry Waxman, who chairs the House committee on oversight and government reform, said: “The money that’s gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it’s egregious.

“It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history.”

If only one of our leaders had been wise enough to warn us about this.

D’oh!

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

To be fair, I guess, the Fifties were a long, long time ago…

May 28, 2008

U.S.S.R? Yes we are.

Filed under: Outrage Fatigue, Politics, Propaganda, war, writer's block — t4toby @ 1:02 pm

We have retired military officers pushing the party line in the media.

We have agent provocateurs infiltrating our vegan potlucks in order to quell dissent.

We have a congress falling all over itself to protect the companies that helped Bush and Co. to commit multiple felonies.

We have a “Justice” Department that refuses to enforce any subpoena that Congress hands down.

The same “Justice” Department also seems to have colluded with the White House to jail Democrats for political reasons.

I have been aware of these stories for some time. They are just the tip of the iceberg. I really don’t know what to say. I could post every day on these subjects, but yelling, “WHY THE FUCK DOESN’T ANYONE CARE THAT CRIMINALS ARE OPENLY COMMITTING CRIMES AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT EVERY TIME?”, whilst bashing my head against the keyboard and dreaming about the sweet release provided by a nice cold, hoppy IPA does not good reading make.

I recently was acquainted with the idea of fuzzing an investigation. Basically it means to blur the details of something by cutting the information up into little bits. Each bit needs the other bits to make any sense, so by isolating parts of the information from the other parts, the truth gets fuzzed up.

I think that is kinda what is going on. There are so many things wrong with our government right now that it is impossible to grasp the big picture. Every day we hear of a new scandal, or a new investigation, or a new tale of malfeasance and woe. There is no way to worry about what happened yesterday, because we are just hearing a new bit about a new scandal. The avalanche of these News Bit Sound Bites paralyzes our sense of outrage. Mine is pegged constantly.

The result? I freeze up. I am at a loss. I fail as any kind of instrument of change because I am simply overpowered by the deluge of wrongness.

Or, as my wise friend Wilson puts it:

Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.

Yard by yard, life is hard.

Hard to count the inches when the outrage stretches to the moon.

April 29, 2008

Rift

Filed under: Not Funny, Outrage Fatigue, Politics — t4toby @ 2:42 pm

Is this election almost over? Have we heard enough about dark people and manly guffaws and crooked-assed straight talkers and glass ceilings and electability and ‘My friends’ and flag pins and patriotism and Michigan and Florida and voting irregularities and internecine rancor and 100 years of war and Faux news and madrassas and HUSSEIN! and inevitability and Democrats acting like Republicans and Beltway Advisers and someone’s Reverend (certainly not the white guy’s) and polling and robocalls and dirty tricks and he-said-she-said and White-said-Black-said and dog-whistle phrases and cutting off our noses to spite our faces?

Have you heard enough? I know I have.

I would really like to hear how we are going to avoid the Second Great Depression.

I would really like to hear about not giving phone companies automatic immunity.

I would really like to hear that we are not going to bomb Iran.

I would really like to hear that we have a plan to ween ourselves of oil that doesn’t involve using valuable agricultural land.

I would really like to get back to reality.

It seems that we are mostly living our lives vicariously through media. A media that has proven again and again to be nothing more than a vapid club of cool kids clamoring for attention. We obsess over Brittney’s shaved snatch and Lindsey’s wrecked car and if Brangelina will stay together and adopt 227, 314 more rainbow colored kids while there are food riots and people predicting $200/barrel gas all headed up by possibly the most incompetent government put together since the days of the banana republics.

I have repeatedly tried to start posts only to wad the virtual page up and throw it in the trashcan of impotent outrage. What. The. Fuck.

So I decided that this presidential race is all about the Supreme Court. We cannot let McCain in the White House. Period. I don’t care how you feel about Barry or Hill. We cannot let any more retrograde conservatives that prefer the heady days before Sufferage and the abolishment of slavery to legislate morality from the highest court in the land. If McCain gets in, we will have an entire generation of terrible rulings, coupled with the outrageous affronts to our liberties already in place thanks to the current cabal in power.

So I’m less and less fond of Hillary the more she seems to be on message with McCain. But I’ll vote for a polished turd over Old Man McScarypants. But can’t we just vote tomorrow?

December 5, 2007

That 70’s Show

Filed under: Not Politics, Outrage Fatigue — t4toby @ 11:32 am

The late 70’s, early 80’s were my crucial formative years. In honor of that, here’s a bunch of crap that has nothing to do with our mess of a government:

eleganza.jpg

Notice the street? What did you expect?

nauga.jpg

I’m not really sure what is going on here.

hoff.jpg

No comment.

ptl.jpg

Heh, indeed.

I get a lot of my ridiculous pictures from Eat Liver.  Check out his great vintage ads and assorted weird stuff.

October 23, 2007

‘Where can anybody be safe from Bush’s democracy?’

Filed under: Bush's Democracy, iraq, Outrage Fatigue, Politics, Surge, war — t4toby @ 12:05 pm

And with that, Mohammed al-Samarrae hits the nail squarely on the head.

‘Whenever we want to open a new chapter with the Americans, to forget the past and try all over again, they drag us into violence, weapons and fighting again. And to sympathize with al-Qaeda against them. All because of their inconsideration for our blood.’

Chris Floyd, guest blogging at Greenwald’s digs, discusses the Glorious Surge and pretty much sums it up:

“We invaded your country under knowingly false pretenses, fixing the intelligence around the policy, because our leaders, who were in possession of vast amounts of intelligence that undermined or refuted their stated casus belli, couldn’t reveal their true, long-held intentions… We destroyed your infrastructure, we destroyed your society, we destroyed your history, we enthroned extremist militias to rule over you, we tortured your sons and fathers in the same hellhole that Saddam used, we killed a million of your people and drove millions more from their homes. And we intend to stay here for as long as we like, in the vast ‘enduring bases’ we are building on your land. Now if you don’t accept this, if you keep shooting at us and trying to make us leave, then we will go on bombing your families in their homes, we will go on killing your women and children, until you stop.”

What can I add to that?

neverforget.jpg

October 22, 2007

Your Tax Dollars at Work.

Filed under: Abdallah Higazy, FBI, No Class, Outrage Fatigue, Politics, terror, Torture — t4toby @ 1:58 pm

FBI mistakenly picks dude up.

FBI coerces confession out of said dude by threatening to expose his family to Egypt’s secret police.

Dude confesses.

Reason dude was picked up in the first place turns out to be false.

Dude is let go.

Dude sues the FBI.

Appeals Court sez: Dude, you can totally sue them.

Court publishes decision.

Website sez: WTF? How is it okay for the FBI to coerce?

Minutes later, Federal Court posting disappears.

Website asked to take down its .pdf of the decision.

Website’s all like, “No.”

Redacted version of decision is posted by the Feds.

I tip my hat to Steve Bergstein.

The intertoobz win.

Well, we didn’t win anything, but the moral victory is almost there.

Fuck!

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