October 22, 2009

A Politically Incorrect, But True, Cartoon


October 21, 2009

It’s the Truth That Hurts

From the Shoq Value website, by way of the William K. Wolfrum Chronicles:

Best Letter to Editor, ever!

To Washington Post Letters:

Steven F. Hayward wrote: “The single largest defect of modern conservatism, in my mind, is its insufficient ability to challenge liberalism at the intellectual level. . . .”


The single largest defect of modern conservatism is that it has ruined the nation.

Conservatives do not have ideas; they have interests.

Conservatives are not “thinkers”; they are rationalizers who give an intellectual gloss to their belief that an alliance of predatory businesspeople and religious extremists should rule the rest of us.

The wreckage caused by modern conservatism lies all around us, and speaks for itself: If conservatism isn’t dead, it should be.


From the Washington Post, October 9, 2009.

Thanks, Mr. Rosen. It’s a shame the members of our so-called ‘liberal’ party don’t repeat these points at every chance.

Tales from the FOXholes, Part 10

Filed under: Commentary,Opinion,Toon,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — RS Janes @ 12:37 pm


DU: A poisonous legacy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 6:32 am


In 1991 the first nuclear war was fought in Iraq. The second was fought in Serbia in 1999. The third and fourth are still being waged in Afghanistan and Iraq, thanks to our tax dollars, the callousness of the U.S. government and complacency in our media.

You will not like what you see in these photos, but get used to it. People in Afghanistan and Iraq will be seeing things like this for the next 4.5 billion years, because that is the half-life of depleted uranium (DU).

A study of veterans of the first gulf war showed that 67% had children with severe illnesses, missing eyes, blood infections, respiratory problems and fused fingers. In the Aftermath of the Kosovo conflict, cancer rates have increased 166% and are still rising.


Most Americans know little or nothing about DU and its devastating effect on human life. It’s about time you do. It’s yet another reason to end these wars that are destroying not only lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and the ranks of our military, but also the credibility of our nation in the eyes of the world community.

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October 20, 2009

Absurdism, Surrealism, and Reality TV

Filed under: Guest Comment — Tags: , , , — Bob Patterson @ 9:49 pm

(Venice CA)  While standing in line at the Cow’s End Coffee House waiting for  my turn to order a white hot chocolate drink, the TV monitor featured CNN’s coverage of the barf boy and balloon dad.  They were relaying the information that last week’s scientific experiment gone bad might have been a publicity stunt that failed.  It seems balloon dad is more than just an amateur clone of  “Back to the Future’s” Dr.Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd); he actually is more of a combination of Cuthbert J. Twillie (W. C. Fields), Orson (War of the World broadcast) Wells, and Rosie Ruiz all rolled in to one.  [Why can’t the news shows play “Up, up and away (in my beautiful balloon)” as background music when they give updates on the “balloon boy” story?]

It seems that the “Let’s revitalize the concept of Zeppelins” guy is a bit disappointed by the prospect that his chances to land a reality TV gig have just gone down the toilet.  Well, this columnist came up with a suggestion that should leave balloon dad flush with excitement and get his spirits flying higher than the Hindenburg on a cross ocean trip to New Jersey.  Since it looks like he’s going to “the joint,” “the big house,” or the place where Johnny Cash recorded a live version of “A Boy Named Sue;” why doesn’t he see if the reality TV production company would like to put some video audio equipment in his cell for 24/7 coverage of him paying his debt to society.  That way folks could participate vicariously in his attempt to become rehabilitated.

The only possible objection to such a venture would be that it would set a precedence and that would open the possibility that some other company could up the ante by initiating pay-per-view access to Charlie Manson in his cell.

After getting our drink, we talked to some of our fellow Cow customers and in doing so we came up with a curious local belief.  According to a reliable source, if a person says a prayer to Bob Marley, within five minutes, someone will offer that person a joint.  No!  Not Q or “the rock” (isn’t that a national park and not the slammer these days?) a joint as in marijuana. 

Now some cynics might suggest that in Venice even if you don’t say the prayer, it’s still gonna happen, but we’re just relaying the local lore.

Actually, we hear that the fire escape to the rooftop crib where (allegedly) Jim Morrison crashed has been removed because so many tourists have been attempting to visit that particular location, the means of getting there had to be removed but that, in turn, has angered the fire inspector.

Speaking of smoking that exotic herb, we heard a rumor that one of the local legal medical dispensaries for that very kind of medicinal cigarette has provoked the usually tolerant and liberal local artists into making a concerted effort to close down one of those angels of mercy (?) efforts because of the fact that they have been a bit rude in chasing away some of the world famous Venice Beach street performers working in close proximity to the “legal medicinal pot” location’s front door.

Isn’t one of that folk remedy’s effects to make the “patient” mellow and easy going?  What up with the “scam, kid, ya bother me” type attitude?
There was a time, many, many moons ago, when the “hang-loose” attitude was one of the area’s trademark attributes. 

There was a local fellow who would sit on one of the benches and ask for money.  On occasion he would use his discretionary funds to purchase a liquid libation which might leave him in the prone position in the middle of the Ocean Front Walk.  This columnist can remember seeing a police car drive around the guy and leave him taking his afternoon siesta unbothered.  We were never able to verify the local urban legend saying that he was given every possible break because he had won a Medal of Honor during the Second World War.

Guess who is supposed to have been a Venice resident for a mere six weeks (or so) before trying her luck further up the coast where she joined a band called “Big Brother and the Holding Company.”   Ironically the singer who became synonymous with the San Francisco sound of the sixties, died in Los Angeles. 

It was on Ocean Front Walk where (according to Danny Sugerman’s biography) John Densmore offered fellow UCLA student, Jim Morrison a chance to fill-in that evening for hid band’s singer.

Venice also was home to the only bar in the world that intimidated us away.  That didn’t happened in Casablanca, but it did happen when we had the opportunity to have a sarsaparilla at “The Sand Bar.”

This columnist can personally vouch for the inexpensive but filling breakfasts which were offered by the Layafette café. 

The Catholic Church displayed a bit of civic pride by naming the local one “St. Mark’s.”

Just about the only thing missing in Venice CA is a bar that could boast that it had been (one of) Hemingway’s favorite gin mills.

Just across the border in Santa Monica, the legendary pioneer punk venue called “Blackie’s” is now a chic restaurant run by a world famous chef.

Don’t get the idea that his columnist has gone Yuppie just because of his visits to the Cow’s End.  When this columnist recently chatted with Caleb, the owner, we asked where the cow which was on top of the building many years ago went, he pointed to the cow and immediately knew this columnist was not a “johnny come lately” newbie.  We got extra points for knowing that the place, which attracts laptop owners with wifi access, could boast that an episode of “The Rockford Files” had done some location work on the premises.

Do the hippies in Venice refuse to abandon their attachment to the past?  Recenlty we saw a young fellow in his old car.  He was driving up Lincoln in a green four door convertible 1927 Bentley.  Can’t he, at least, get into the Sixties frame of mind and upgrade to a VW bug?

Aimee Semple McPherson did better than balloon dad when she told newsmen:  “It’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

Now, the disk jockey takes great civic pride in playing “Down on Me,” “L. A. woman,” the “They shoot horses soundtrack album” and “the Lawrence Welk Show” theme song.

This is the world’s laziest journalist reporting live (via wi-fi) from our source for white hot chocolate drinks.  Have an “out of Vietnam now!” type week.

Poll: Majority of Americans still back public option

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 9:04 pm

A new Washington Post – ABC News poll shows that a clear majority of Americans still back a government- run health care plan to compete with private insurers.

What perhaps is most striking about the new poll results are that 56% of Republicans responded that they would back a public option if a public plan were run by the states and available through subsidies only to those who lack affordable private options.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the public option is getting a new life in the Senate. Democrats writing legislation are now considering several alternatives to the Senate Finance Committee’s bill that did not include a public option. While none involve an expansion of Medicare that many progressive Democrats are advocating, several include a public option.

While a public option is only a possibility at this point, one thing is certain: Most Americans want a public option, and despite millions of dollars spent on lobbying and ads by the health care insurance industry, it is not dead yet.

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Bubble Boy Rush


October 19, 2009

Report: Iran cannot make nuke for six to eight years

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 8:48 pm

A report in the Washington Post on Sunday contradicts claims in the media that Iran is on the verge of producing nuclear weapons and states that Iran is incapable of making nukes for at least six to eight years. The report debunks “five persistent myths about Iran’s nuclear program.”

The significance of this report and the NEI report, if accurate, is that there is plenty of time left for negotiations with Iran regarding their intentions with their nuclear program. Moreover, there is absolutely no justification at this time, or in the near future, for a pre-emptive military strike to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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Teabaggers: The Useful Idiots of the Right


October 18, 2009

Tales From the FOXholes, Part 9


October 17, 2009

Tales From the FOXholes, Part 8


$400 per gallon fuel in Afghanistan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 2:34 am

According to a Pentagon report submitted to the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, a gallon of fuel costs the taxpayers about $400 by the time it arrives in the remote locations in Afghanistan where U.S. troops operate.

That statistic is one of the reasons cited by the Pentagon to explain why the deployment of each individual soldier in Afghanistan costs U.S. taxpayers $1 million per year. That means a surge of 45,000 troops would cost U.S. taxpayers an additional $45 billion per year.

In an interview with The Hill, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense panel said, “It is a number that we were not aware of and it is worrisome. When I heard that figure from the Defense Department, we started looking into it.”

The question is, is it really worth it?

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October 16, 2009

Zen and the Art of Hoaxes

Filed under: Guest Comment — Tags: , , , — Bob Patterson @ 3:11 pm

(El Paso, TX) America is the home of the “Inconsistency for fun and profit” school of business philosophy.  Here’s a good example:  Richard Heene says he didn’t know that his kid wasn’t in the balloon and a large part of the USA reacts by crying:  “Fraud!”  George W. Bush claims he didn’t know that the WMD’s in Iran were a figment of his own imagination and all Republicans respond with this nonchalant reaction:  “well, that’s good enough to start a war (even though it contradicts the American philosophy as stated at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials) and let’s let it go at that.”  Who, other than the Who, cares about getting fooled again?

Isn’t inconsistency the basis for driving people nuts (as well as the hobgoblin of small minds?)?  When Pavlov’s bell rings and the dog doesn’t get the expected treat isn’t that a good way to make the dog begin to manifest schizophrenic behavior?

Don’t Texans, and especially the 43rd President, know that a different term for hoax is to call it a practical joke or to at least use a deceptively exotic label such as:  “preemptive strike” rather than calling it a “sucker punch”?

Richard Heene should be held accountable for an expensive prank, and George W. Bush should get a pass regarding any war crimes trials and be hailed as the one who should be getting this year’s Nobel Prize for his efforts to track down rogue weapons of mass destruction.  What’s wrong with a little bit of inconsistency?

“You got your mind right, Luke?”

Good patriotic American Christian Republicans have no trouble seeing that a Texan like George W. Bush deserves an “attaboy” for his use of extreme questioning because the results saved American lives.  The Geheime Stastspoltzei used the same methods while questioning French citizens (AKA “frogs”) in an effort to root out members of the resistance and they faced charges of war crimes for their dastardly efforts, but if it could have been proven that by doing so, they had saved American lives, then all the expenses involved in the Nuremberg trials could have been avoided.

Can’t the Democrats see that sending American troops to Afghanistan today is in the same commendable tradition as sending volunteers to the Alamo? 

When Texas was invited to join the United States, they put a secession clause into the contract and by golly if Americans can’t live up to the contracts they sign, then hellfire, they are getting this capitalism stuff all wrong. 

Didn’t some great capitalist say “I don’t want lawyers who will tell me what I can and can not do; I want lawyer who will get done, what I tell them to do!”  Wasn’t whoever said that the same fellow who coined the phrase:  “Get ‘er done!”?  Would he have let some lawyer foil attempts to save American lives by using whatever interrogation methods were necessary to learn what a terrorist didn’t want to tell?  

In a capitalistic democracy the bottom line is king.

The big difference between George W. Bush’s search for WMD’s and Balloon Boy’s adventures is that 43 was smart enough to not let a six year old spill the beans on national TV.  The Bush bunch knew that once you make up a story, you stick to it and so the search for WMD’s in Iraq has become a sacred American tradition that is not questioned.

Letting a kid commit a blooper that “lets the cat out of the bag,” isn’t a good game plan.  If you are going to fool all of the people all of the time, you’d best select a Svengali spokesman who is erudite and eloquent.  Shouldn’t Donald Rumsfeld have offered his services to the Heene family?

Online Davy Crockett is credited with saying:  “Step down off your high horse, Mister.  You don’t get lard unless you boil the hog.”

The disk jockey will now play, Marty Robin’s “El Paso,” Kinky Friedman’s “Proud to be from El Paso,” and Bobby Fuller’s “I Fought the Law (and the Law Won).”  Now, it’s time for us to go down to Rose’s cantina.  Have a “Just Kidding!” type week.

Judge: Birther Queen Orly Taitz ‘Borders on Delusional’


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The neocon idea of peace: nuclear war

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 2:41 am

John Bolton, former ambassador to the U.N. under the Bush administration, apparently has a novel idea of “ensuring peace” in the middle east. A nuclear first strike on Iran.

During a conference at the University of Chicago sponsored by the University Young Republicans and Chicago Friends of Israel, ironically entitled “Ensuring Peace,” Bolton stated once again:

Negotiations have failed, and so too have sanctions. So we’re at a very unhappy point — a very unhappy point — where unless Israel is prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iran’s program, Iran will have nuclear weapons in the very near future.

The mere mention of a nuclear first strike should wake people up to the fact that maniacs like Bolton, who would risk starting World War Three, are given air time in our media and access to our young minds.

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October 15, 2009

Rush Channels Colbert


Hear Limbaugh’s ‘color-blind’ rant here.

“First: Color-blindness is an impossibility. Socialization, history and the institutional facts on the ground make being honestly color-blind quixotic. But, second: Were it possible, it would be a disability, just like, well, red-green color-blindness.” […]
“Simply put: It is impossible to be color-blind in a racist society. And anyone with pretenses to the contrary is not only lying to themselves and everyone else by extension, but is also perpetuating racism.”

– Frederic Christie, “Racial Color-Blindness: As Bad as Regular Blindness,” Associated Content, Nov. 18, 2008.

Limbaugh’s “Color-Blind” History of Racially-Charged Comments
– Media Matters, Oct. 13, 2009.

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