Thursday, December 28, 2006

Prelude to a Blogger President: Edwards & the Democratic Future

The Future is your Friend...

Read more about John Edwards at these fine resorts in the blogosphere:
Iddybud Journal
Benny's World

Random Thoughts from Reno
The Real Paul Jones
skippy the bush kangaroo
Blue Girl, Red State
Bark Bark Woof Woof
Edwards 08
Billy the Blogging Poet
The Nation blog
Exile on Jones Street

(Thanks to Bora at Science & Politics for these, and the other great work he is doing, and Jude for her continuing to dazzle us with her astute observations.)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

It's Official! John Edwards is in the Race!

"He is one we've been waiting for."

The Real Deal

Odd that on a day when we remember President Ford who is now dead, we say hello to a gentleman not unlike Gerald Ford in his demeanor and athleticism. So maybe it's not so odd. Maybe John Edwards will, like Ford before him, serve to heal the nation of harshness and corruption, and set an example of how like Atticus Finch is the true character of Americans.

We've got to change the face of America. John Edwards is a good start.

Reopen the World that The Bush hath clamped shut with his Americo-
and Texocentric policies and other intellectual poverties.

Welcome to the Neo-Edwardian Age.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Democrats want to thank the Republicans who stayed at home

Sometimes the best way to get something done is to do nothing at all. And I have heard from quite a number of Republicans who made a political statement by simply staying at home this voting season, and others who voted for the Democrat. Sometimes this is necessary, especially when those in power are micranimous and self-serving. For these folks I especially hope the Democratic congress earn your vote. I also hope they don't succumb to arrogance, greed, ambition or blind obedience to custom. As Deepak Chopra once wisely said: One experiences a sea-change when one shifts one's orientation from "What's in it for me?" to "How can I help?"

May the Democrats prove truly and universally helpful.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nixon or Haggard?

Parody of

(thanks to Sir Rah Bourbon)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

LET us vote then, you and I

LET us vote then, you and I,
When the evening news is spreading lies
to the patients etherised upon a fable;
Let us go, through a certain half-deserted mind,
The muttering unkind
A mindless knight in one-night crack-ho tails
And cornpone restaurants with taco-shells:
Sheep that follow like a tedious dittohead
Of insidious portent
To feed you all a dose of healthy koolaid...
Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"
Let us go and drink this sh*t...
From the boom we men come aglow
Walking from Los Alamo.

The yellow blog that wipes its back upon our window pains,
The yellow news that rubs our nose in blue dress stains,
Licked its lips upon the money of the evening news,
Lingered upon the fools that stand to gain,
Let fall upon his face the pretzel that falls from skies,
Slipped by the congress, made of sullen lies,
And seeing that it was a soft September morn,
Turned around the plane, and fell to Sleep...

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow dust that billows down the street,
Wiping its ass upon the window-panes;
There will be Time, there will be War-
To prepare a place to meet the presses that you meet;
There will be time for Russ and Rush to bloviate,
And time for all the worthless ways of glands
That lift and drop a dollop on your fate;
Time for Dick and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred distortions and revisions,
Before making toast of Cheney.

In the gloom the warmen come aglow
Talking of Guantanamo

And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I care?"
Time to turn my back and nude-descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my chair--
[They will say: "How his chair is growing thin!"]
My morning coke, my dollar mounting firmly to boy Ken,
My bolo is immodest, but inserted by a marking pen--
[They will say: "But how his arms of war are sin!"]

Do I dare
Destroy the universe?

In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minuteman will reverse.

For I have blown them all already, blown them up:--
Have known the evening, mourning, darkest noons,
I have mangled up my life with cocaine spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying thup!
Beneath the building from a farther plume.
So what should I consume?

And I have known the ayes already, known them all--
The ayes that fix you in a formulaic phase,
And when I am formulaic, scrawling with a pen,
When I am penned and scribbling on the wall,
Then how should I begin
To spit on all the but wholes of my days and ways?
And who should I consume?

And I have known the arms already, known them all--
Arms that are daisy-cut and grossly unfair,
[Caught in the gunlight, downed without a care!]
Is it blue stains on a dress
That makes me so digress?
Arms that lie are sold at table, with talk of shock and awe.
And should I then consume?
And when should I begin?
. . . . .

Shall I say, I have gunned at dusk through narrow streets
And watched the smoke that rises from the ruins
Of lonely kids in tatters, pouring out of windows...

I am just a pair of ragged shoes
Scuttling across the floors of silent news.

. . . . .

And the afternoon, the evening, creeps so peacelessly!
Scorched by hot zingers,
Asleep ... wired ... or country singers,
Stretched on the floor, here beside you Cheney.
Should I, after koolade, coke and icees,
Have the strength to force the world to its crises?
But though I'm inept and blasted, inept and crazed,
Though I have seen many heads [grown slightly shorn] brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet--and I'm no mad hatter;
I have seen the speeches of that city slicker,
And I have seen the eternal Bushman hold my coat, and Snicker,
And in shorts, I was DeLayed.

And would it have been worth it, after Oil,
After the kegs, the candy bar, the T,
Hugging the porcelain, a lonesome walk with you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have snapped at the batter with a towel,
To have squeezed the universe into a booger
To roll it toward some overstating question,
To say: "I am Nazareth, book of the dead,
Come back to sell you all, I shall smell you all"--
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: "That is not how I vote at all.
That is not it, at all."

And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the fun set and the shipyards and the wrinkled sheets,
After the novel, after the hiccups, after the nose that trails along the floors--
And Kos, and Media Whores--
It is impossible to know just why I'm mean!
But as if a manic slattern slew the pervs on ladders in a screed:
Would it have been with child
If one, settling a pillow or throwing up on call,
And turning toward the window, should spew:
"That is not it at all,
That is not how I vote, at all."
. . . . .
No! I am no ham omelette, nor was meant to be;
Petrol attendant, bored, one that will screw
To stifle progress, start a war or two,
Advise the Dick; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to disabuse,
Lunatic, caustic, and supercilious;
Full of false sentence, can't define "obtuse";
The times, indeed, almost ridiculous--
I am, for you, the Fool.

I grow old ... I grow old ...
I prefer my money rolled.

Shall I kiss your left behind? Do I dare to be impeached?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and strut upon the stage.
I have heard Travolta singing, to my age.

I do not think that he will sing of me.

I have seen them hiding leeward in the caves
Bombing the dark hair of the slaves blown back
With my thoughts forever white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the star
By star-whores wreathed with seafoam green and crown
Till human votes awake them, and we drown.

War Song of G. Dubya Bushrock
(reprinted from November 2004)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Neocons cut and run...from the President and his legacy of incompetence.

Ask Perle, Adelman or Frum what they think of the competence of the Bush White House, and you will no longer get happy talk. They failed, and thus the Neocons also failed. Now they have cut and run from both Iraq, and the man who put us there.

Looking for a Swiftboat

When the GOP is in need of a purchases a swiftboat. At the moment, they are swiftboating Harold Ford.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Purple Heart's Kerry Reddens Faces with Anger, While Bush Reddens Faces with Blood

Who is worse? A bad jokester who tells an inconvenint truth, or a bad president who sends American soldiers to their deaths in a war that should never have happened?

Kerry made a goof and apologized. Bush made a goof and keeps on making the goof over and over. The causes for war turned out to be non-existent...and yet our killer president keeps throwing our sons and daughters into the fire just to save his political ass, and keep him from seeming less cowboy. He is an idiot, and an evil one at that. I mean...600,000 people is a lot to kill...don't you think?
Even worse than screwing up a joke...

Real Men Can Handle the Truth : Soldiers ARE dropouts, killers and rapists.

American soldiers are on the top shelf of humanity. They are your Gandhis, your Martin Luther Kings, your Immanuel Kants. They are as great as Rumi and Lao T'se. They invent things, write great novels and compose the world's greatest symphonies. They have PhDs from Harvard and Berkeley and Chapel Hill. They are the world's greatest healers. No one is smarter than an American Soldier. No one has a bigger heart.

On the other hand, there are always anomalies. As such there are also American soldiers who are the opposite of the above. Only recently did the military discuss lowering the standards and accepting drop-outs. Largely because of fact that people are less willing to walk into a fire (unless of course you are a Hero...who can also fly, stop time and so on) recruiters are accepting lower standards, thus, themselves, perpetuating the egregious lowering of standards. But the standards were sadly low from the top and beginning. It's what they call "trickle-down" or "drink this".

Kerry was stupid because, unlike the more clever George, he didn't simply say, when service called, ""Could you take care of this for me?", leave the task to willing dupes like the great Prince Albert Gore Vidal Sassoon, and his evil-twin Osama bin Franklin Roosevelt Greer Garson Kanin Abel Baruch...Sassoon, of course.

Limbaugh, on Cloud 1, claims to have not parodied Michael J. Fox.
Apparently he didn't realize that in becoming, temporarily, someone clearly superior in every way, Rush got to raise his Being significantly before having to go back inside the bowling alley bar of his Mammonical and selfish little life of Me, Me, Me.

I Ching say "Ego take wrong message and run wrong way."

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rush Limbaugh admits to being a nothing, yet lectures Senator Kerry (a veteran and a somebody) on military service

The Fat Man's Messiah, the drug and lie addict, the dropout cut and runner, Rush Limbaugh is hyperventilating with such desperation today that one gets the feeling that many of his listeners have dropped him for the vastly superior Michael J. Fox. I guess you can't fool all the people...

The best Rush can do is to say that he has a cousin who attended and taugh at West Point. Yet he thinks that gives him the diploma to lecture Kerry.

The sounds, nay squeaks, of decline.

Why Republicans Suck at Government

The Republicans take the reins of government, drag it to it's knees, rob it of money, and make a supreme mess of it...and then say: "See, I told you government is no good."
But they can't be trusted with business either.
I personally think that much of their problem is egocentrism. Greed, bragging, and so on. Many Democrats are involved in ego-transcendence. Governments work better when they are altruistic.

"Can I use my 30 seconds?" : Dole's Swan Song?

While the Sunday talk shows try to outbore each other -- Tim wasting his hour on state senate debates, George forgetting to invite the truly bright Robert Reich, Chris... just another Bill Krystol -- risible nuggets of pregnancy cannot help but be extruded when it comes to politicians. And yesterday Elizabeth Dole was one of the shining examples. (There were yet others.) I like Mrs. Dole alright, but either she, or her handlers, are, well, whacked out...and may require medical attention. Here is what happened:

Dole, representing the Republicans, was to (sort of) debate Senator Shumer, representing the Democrats. During almost every exchange, Dole monopolized the time, and, as is often the case with Republicans (sorry, but it's true -- much to the chagrin of Democrats who really want to know) answers with whatever she wants to convey, instead of answering the question proffered. But the piece de resistance was when Chris admonished them both to answer the next (and final) question within 30 seconds.

Mr. Shumer used his full 30 seconds. Mrs Dole, much like this sentence, and using the English language, decided, or was told, that it was more important to attack Harold Ford (as I recall) and forget answering any question asked by one of her juniors...who, to his credit, contradicted her -- feeling apparently confident that it is now smart to fly Democrat -- and then, after a minute or two, the now ludibund Mrs Dole, after being cut off by Mr Wallace says: "Can I use my 30 seconds?"

I guess this is what happens when a regime is crumbling.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Impartial, Flawless, Fail-Safe, Tamper-Proof Voting System

In my spare time, I think I will go ahead and create an impartial, flawless, fail-safe, tamper-proof voting system. I can almost smell the fear coming out of the Diebold headquarters, currently in a closet in the Oval Office.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Rizzleweb: Where intelligence and politics meet.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Frankly Rush, You're No Michael J. Fox

I love Michael J. Fox. I will go ahead ahead and admit that. And I have no respect for Rush Limbaugh. I will freely admit that too. But today, when Rush Limbaugh accused Fox of acting and exaggerating his bodily movements...and then proceeded to imitate those respect for Rush fell to a new low. 1000 below. Lower than whale shit. And frankly Mister permanent adolescent are no Michael J. Fox. You are not even a Michael J. Pollard. Well, on the other hand, maybe you ARE a Michael J. Pollard. Or at least the perverse and opprobrious characters he used to play. And you can forget Jack Kennedy, whom Mike Fox more resembles. While Fox fights tirelessly, with limited ability and energy, for those who are suffering, and living beyond his own suffering, you wallow in your luxury and brag about wasting gas.

I hereby demand a public apology by Rush Limbaugh to Michael J. Fox. And for public service, dedicate your outsized mouth to helping those who actually need help -- not protecting and milking those at the other extreme.

anonyMoses: One Degree From Greatness

Jude and John

I may not have material riches, but Lord Almighty! I have met and been in the company of the greatest minds of our generation...including the above. There is no amount of money for which I would make a trade.

DEMOCRATS: "We promise to not go weird on you."


Democrats listen to country music, own guns, go to church, enjoy sports, and like lower taxes. Democrats fight in our wars. Democrats love Christmas.


Chicken George : "Cut and Run in 12 to 18 Months"

Chicken George is too much of a coward to stay the course in Iraq, allowing our killing machines to stay in Iraq forever, and now he admits he will cut and run in 12 to 18 months.

Gore-Edwards-Obama : The future is your friend

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Converge South, Greensboro once again make blogging history

No Place for Wompsters

Hoffman as Scoble

wompster - noun Someone who thumps or pounds something, usually a bible or other sacred text.

The great and good blogger, Robert Scoble, his lovely wife, Maryam, and the remarkable Elizabeth Edwards, helped to make this year's Converge South a memorable and historic success. Legends of the blogosphere converged on A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina on a cool and beautiful October day to establish, reestablish and celebrate the fellowship which seems endemic to the blogging family. Just like in the first of North Carolina's blogger conference, Ed Cone, David Hoggard, Sue Polinsky, Billy the Blogging Poet, Jay Ovittore, Patrick Eakes, Citizen Will R, and yet other archons of the blogosphere whose mere countenences rend ringent the slackjawed lookers-on who may only p-p-pray for such station in this amazing life we call anonyMoses, but participate in as if it were anything but, sadly. And let it be said that we at anonyMoses are sad and disappointed that we didn't get to meet Mister Scoble, but enjoyed the darshan, and his (and his wife's) most pleasant personalities, notwithstanding. I'm sure we'd be great friends, and probably are.

Great to see Bora has showed up from Chapel Hill. Fec Stench was also there, and in top form. Hell, every was excellent. Must have been magic. Other legendary attendees include Lex Alexander , Jude Nagurney Camwell, Sandy Carmany, Zack Exley, Ben Hwang, Matt Gross, Stewart Pittman, Robert Reddick, Roch Smith Jr., Pam Spaulding, Mark Tosczak, David Wharton, BlueNC and others I will surely add as my mind returns.

Here’s Daniel Conover’s Xark notes and Anton Zuiker’s notes.

EEBuzz - from Benny's World

as told to Anonymoses Hyperlincoln III
[from NC's first Bloggercon]

Iddybud, Anonymoses and Senator Edwards in Concord on Friday 13.

More of the occasion from Carolina Girl over at OneAmerican Blog.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Chris Wallace to Bill Krystol: "I seldom disagree with you"

Right Wing Nutcase

Fair and balanced? Hire someone who seldom disagrees with Juan WIlliams...

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sexual Congress: A New Page

Holy Moly Mr. Foley!

Mr. Family Values

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


War on Terror No Longer Necessary

George W. Bush has done such a splendid job of killing off the world's terrorists, it is no longer necessary to continue with the war. And while some detractors claim that Bush's war has created MORE terrorists, Mister Bush acknowledged that this is just "naive".

One can expect a dismantling of the infrastructure of war, now that it is basically over, and our soldiers should be returning home to enjoy the peace dividend.

Studio 60: Systematically Raising the Standards

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin has higher standards. In maybe more than one way. And he seems determined to reverse what Woody Allen once warned us about when he said "TV is systematically lowering the standards of the America public." I, for one, hope he succeeds. So far, so good. The climax of the second show -- when they finally introduce the show-within-a-show (also called Studio 60, and resembling Saturday Night Night) -- we are treated to television of the highest order...far surpassing anything ever done of SNL. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

It is not by accident that the show is of such a high order. The president of NBS (Jordan McDeere, played by Amanda Peet) decrees that it will be so, and solicits Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford) and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) to get them there...and they make it happen. Well, actually Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme make it happen.

Perhaps evolution IS real...

The show airs on Monday nights at 10pm on NBC.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Clinton Global Initiative: Iddybud Chosen to Report on World Elite

Small Group of Excellent Bloggers Attend Future-Creating Event

"The best way to predict the future is the create it."

First Lady Laura Bush and former President Bill Clinton

Jude Camwell, the blogger known as "Iddybud" was among a mere handful of bloggers, including Barbara O'Brien (Mahablog) and Peter Daou of's Daou Report, chosen to attend and report on the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan this week. The 3-day event has gathered a collection of leaders and thinkers most rare in human history. Along with many world kings and queens are such business and government leaders as First Lady Laura Bush, President Pervez Musharraf, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Hamid Karzai, King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, Elie Wiesel, Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Secretary-General Kofi Annan, The Right Honorable Gordon Brown, Al Gore, former presidents Jimmy Carter and (of course) Bill Clinton (with Hillary also playing an important role), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, The Honorable Dr. Javier Solana, Gerry Adams, Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, Wesley Clark, Thomas L. Friedman, David Freeman, Vartan Gregorian, Robert Edward Rubin, Jeffrey Sachs, media giants such as Tom Brokaw, Diane Sawyer, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria, George Stephanopoulos, Laura Rozen and Katie Couric, and many more. Kudos to Jude and fellow bloggers, as well as the Initiative which Jude says is a most positive ray of hope in an otherwise dark future.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Simple Solutions: "Restless Leg Syndrome"

SOLUTION: Kill the ants with the push pins.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Un Mark Karr

As you may have noticed, we at anonyMoses Scientific have avoided covering the John Mark Karr subterfuge. This is because we want to emphasize just how puerile and irresponsible the paedophiliac Mainstream Media really is.
Imagine. Top story for weeks at FOX, MSNBC, and even the once-respectable CNN, which, without Ted, is West Wing without Aaron -- a fossil of a once-living dynamo. At least ABCBSNBC limited the coverage by virtue of their limited news.
And then, after squeezing the sin of omission to the limit...poof! Case thrown out.

This is all anonyMoses Scientific will say on the matter. We value your mind.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

McCain & Lieberman to launch "Arrogant Has-Been Party"

David Brooks dying to jump from sinking GOP ship
David Brooks: 'McCain-Lieberman Party' still emerging
According to New York Times columnist David Brooks, the
"three major parties in America" are "the Democratic Party, the Republican Party
and the McCain-Lieberman Party," and "all were on display Tuesday night."
"The Democratic Party was represented by its rising force -- Ned Lamont on a
victory platform with the net roots exulting before him and Al Sharpton smiling
just behind," Brooks opines in Thursday's edition of The Times. "The Republican
Party was represented by its collapsing old guard -- scandal-tainted Tom DeLay
trying to get his name removed from the November ballot."

"And the McCain-Lieberman Party was represented by Joe
Lieberman himself, giving a concession speech that explained why polarized
primary voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics,"
Brooks continues.

If this is all the imagination Mr. Brooks can muster, I'm sorry but no thanks. Moderate Republicans need to realize that the immoderate Republicans are corrupt, jaded, mediocre, hateful, incompetent, bloodthirsty, Mammoniacal, greedy, self-righteous, ego-centric, micranimous, war-profiteering, war-mongering, murderous, liars and thieves. And many of them can't wait for WWIII. I guess they hate children as well.
Moderate Republicans need to sit on their hands this election, and help restore some goodness and principle to the system. Don't let your party be taken over by evil fools like Hagee and Limbaugh, who are paid royally to lie lie lie...and stir up hatred. Moderate Republicans are better than that. Time to prove it before it, and you, are too late.

David Brooks, whom I like and respect, is also better than a watered down middling faux center party. Lieberman is a Rightwing ideologue who loves money way too much. Come on David. Face it. The Democrats are better people. Instead of licking the boot of some worshipped superior in hopes for more and more dollars, Democrats look out for those less fortunate, and can easily tell the bribesmiths to go shove it. In other words Democrats are more like Jesus, Gandhi, Abraham, Martin and John... while the Immoderate Republicans are only like Abramoff, Hagee and Rush.

Democrats are the stewards of the earth, like Gore. And stewards of the poor, like Edwards.
Princes of Peace, not Presidents of War.

Lieberman once said: "If you want to live like a Republican, you need to vote like a Democrat."
I take it he wants to live like a Republican. I guess he is impressed by the corrupt, jaded, mediocre, bloodthirsty, Mammoniacal, greedy, selfish, ego-centric, micranimous, war-profiteering, war-mongering liars and thieves.

Who knows. Maybe he was talking about moderate Republicans, but there is a reek of obsolescence among this diminishing sect.

Why is George hiding? II

Well I guess my intuition was not on high alert for nought. Mr Fear hath raised his ugly head again, but remember...there is nothing to fear but Mr. Fear himself. And he can't be everywhere at once. As you will recall, fear causes people to do irrational and stupid, even evil, things. Screw fear.

After 9/11, a lot of people said there was a "failure of imagination". Okay then...let's use our imagination...

Yesterday, Tony Snow says: "A Vote For Lamont Is A Vote For Another 9/11"...and then what happens today? Oh shit! Big terror plot foiled. Red Alert! Red Alert! "We are at war"...
In other words...don't go anti-war on us!

But the timing? Right after the right-winger gets the boot? Of course. This is BushWorld. It is how terrorist governments operate. Oops! Did I apply too much imagination? Well, the administration told us, in so many words, that we need to use it more.

I know that Tony Snow realizes that he is lying. You can hear it in his voice. Maybe he wishes he could have worked for Clinton, who didn't try to scare Americans, but rather tried to lift us up...and did. Peace. Great economy. Internet. As opposed to what? War. Stagflation. Self-terrorism.

But back to the timing...
England knew about these operations (they say) for months. Why act now? Was it in order for Tony Snow to recall 9/11? It has happened before.

Juan Cole says that Bush has to do his war on Syria and Iran before this November, since the Democrats are not likely to fund such nonsense when the power changes hands.

I guess the point is...don't get fooled again.

U.K. Terror Plot Foiled Just a Day after Lieberman's
Defeat. Coincidence?


The pattern continues. A terrorist plot is uncovered just as the masses start to question national security strategy. The day after Senate Democrats brought a vote to pull out of Iraq, we catch a few idiots in Miami who were supposedly trying to blow up the Sears Tower, despite the fact that they lacked the means and ability to do so. Then there were the guys busted for supposedly plotting to blow up a New York subway exactly a year after the London bus bombings. And don't forget the release of new Osama bin Laden tapes just before the 2004 election as well as the very day after the Supreme Court decision striking down the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. And now today, a few men in England were arrested for a plan to blow up planes flying to America, just a day after Connecticut voters flatly rejected Joe Lieberman and the war in Iraq.

We certainly can't deny that there may have indeed been plans
to commit these acts. But the timings of the arrest announcements are awfully
suspicious. All three were still in the works and had been monitored for several
months by very capable intelligence agencies. While the exact nature of today's
arrests is still unclear, none of the plans seemed to have been immediate or
imminent threats. The decision of when to intervene has been arbitrary, making
the coincidental timings pretty convenient. (And the question of whether some of
them are "real threats," such as the Liberty City "Insane Clown Posse" remain to
be seen.)

Imagine a conversation late Tuesday night between Bush and his
British Prime Minister lapdog, just as Ned Lamont declares victory. "Yo, Blair,"
Bush says while scarfing down a dinner role. "I gotta to do something about this
sh*t. Can you finally arrest those suspected terrorists you told me about? This
election business is ruining my vacation! I know you're chillin' in the
Caribbean yourself right now, but it sure would be great if you could make a few
calls for me ASAP."

Don't buy it? Consider this quote from a Reuters article on the story: "President George W. Bush had known about the investigation for several days, was briefed about it regularly and knew the arrests were coming, a senior administration official said." Both countries are surely monitoring several terrorist leads that could lead to arrests at any time. The British group would have been stopped
eventually, but there has been absolutely no indication why it had to be


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Asked what steps he recommended for the current hostilities to be brought to an end and a lasting peace established, the well-know thinker responded..

"The basic steps are well understood: a cease-fire and exchange of prisoners; withdrawal of occupying forces; continuation of the 'national dialogue' within Lebanon; and acceptance of the very broad international consensus on a two-state settlement for Israel-Palestine, which has been unilaterally blocked by the United States and Israel for thirty years. There is, as always, much more to say, but those are the essentials."

More of the views on Israel, Lebanon and Palestine by Professor Noam Chomsky

Why is George hiding in Texas? (Think 9/11) : The week the world ended

Prior to the 2004 election, I posted this warning:

Democrats Win! World Erupts in Celebration!
Celebration, relief and good cheer spread across the globe, as war-happy madman is replaced by sane and beautiful leaders who respect all peoples.


Republicans win. America goes to war with Iran.
Foolwells get their Armageddon. Millions die needlessly. A handful of suits reap windfall profits.

Well, Republicans are having a tough go at it, and it IS, after all, an election year, and Pigboy Hagee keeps screaming about Armageddon, and George keeps talking about root causes (insinuating Syria and Iran, you know those evil people, as opposed to us good people) you know what? I have felt like I have been hallucinating lately -- probably the cold medicine -- but things feel all eerie like. Sorta like that fateful September, only earlier in the month.

My intuition was spot on back then. A week before the incident, I wrote a post called, "The week the world ended". And no, I had no inside knowledge. Only a fairly keen intuition.

I certainly hope that hiding out in Texas, George isn't going to allow more bad things to happen to our country. Things are bad enough already, thank you very much. But today I hear that Syria is looking forward to a larger war, and that President Logan, I mean Olmert, has basically said they were going to war with Iran and Syria.

I am ashamed of our country and the leadership. Surely God is not on our side, no matter what Pigboy might yell to the contrary. Pigboy is just our Taliban. God is Love, remember. Not hate. Prince of Peace, not War. Where are our own hearts and minds?

What ever happened to "Thou shalt not kill"? Was that a joke? Well, I, for one, still believe it, even though George and his oil raiders have long abandoned it.

Everyone will die, but only the sad and evil few die having murdered. If there must be Amerigeddon, may the truly evil people be swept up, and the innocent children of God left out of it.


A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Domesday Book is now online!


Loserman Paying for Kissing Bush Ass

I guess no one ever told Joe that if you pull on your face, it will become droopy. Or that if you pull on your pants and find your balls have undescended, it may be time to take a break from the Democratic Party, Stewards of Truth and Peace.

I sorta feel sorry for Joe, but lookit. Surely he has squirrel away some of that PAC money, and surely he can bask in former greatness. But, like Cokie Roberts, he is so yesterday. And his hindbrain support of the war is, well, embarrassing. Who removed this man's trendbone?

Ned Lamont is somewhat wooden, but at least he has a library at Harvard named after his family. Can't be too bad. Even has it's own Henry Moore! opposition party is a good thing. Especially when the opposition is so incompetent, backward, wrongheaded, bloodthirsty, greedy, mediocre, and Texan.

Bloggers bring you down? So sorry!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

How we squandered the world...and our souls

Many industrialized nations are becoming more and more removed from
nature, as money and material success become their "Gods"...while Indigenous
Peoples around the world still maintain their reverence for the Earth. And, like
the Native American Indians, their relationship to the Earth is part of their
everyday life. I strongly suspect that man's escalation of unhealthy minds,
greed, prejudice, and wars is in direct correlation to man's steady descent from
his innate spiritual connection to the Earth.
~ Patty Ann Smith

Friday, July 28, 2006

How to Cause the World to NOT End

It's a whole new world...
It's an entirely diffident point of view.

In the very very secret and very unique and interesting "World Maintenence Manual", there are a number of things that Juan may do in order to prevent the world from ending, which is considered, by some, to be mauvaise foi and entirely unfun. I disagree, but not with that.

Included in the list:

- Make war, itself, a crime. Arrest and incarcerate all those who participate.

- Truth in advertising. Call "War" by its real names: "Mass Murder" and "Serial Killing", and consider all those involved mass murderers and serial killers.
As Chaplin noted, "numbers sanctify". Not good. If one man kills, he is a murderer, but if a thousand kill, they are heroes. Desanctify number. Truth in advertising.

- When you find a leader who consistently makes the wrong decision (like George W. Bush)...use him! Ask him his view on the problem, and then do THE OPPOSITE of what he says. If, for example, he says "no ceasefire", know that the correct answer is "yes ceasefire". Most smart people know this already, but just look at the buffoons who still "stay the course" with every daft dictum of the dafter dictator, ever-dialed into Dick the Dastard: Dark Deity.

- Realize that the Foolwells of the world are literally banking on Armageddon. Deny them their Satanic visions. Create a a long, flexible tube wide enough for, say, Rush Limbaugh or Jerry Foolwell, and then put one end in the vacuum of Space: the final frontier. Then simply suck these Foolwells out into space. It may be the only sucking they've received in their ugly waste of a life. Very good for world maintenence, since these thumping egos are but shills for those who profit from the earth's rapine and destruction. What we call tree fuckers. See also: Exxon/Mobil, Halliburton

- Empower all the world's women. Men have devolved to the point where their mass-murdering wiles freely include women and children. No woman would stand for this. Women have to carpe the diem... and millennium.

- Elect wise leaders with a record of world maintenence, like Al Gore, John Edwards, Robert Redford, Constance Rice or The Yogurthead Man. Sex-changes are easy these days, even fun! (I've done it three times now, and am now working on my second species change. Genus is next.)

So you see, it is not too late. You don't have to give up and lose everything just because a moron from Texas is so power-crazed that he wants to bring it all down with him. Let HIM go down instead, then laugh at him derisively for having such evil and adolescent notions. Send in the clowns, and lock up the serial killing mass murderers.

Future and Fun begin with "f. u..."
So tell your president "F. U." next time you see him.
This will cause the world to not end.

(Cross-posted on The American Street)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Us against the World : Who wants Ceasefire?

(hattip to Reports from Poisonville)


Siding With the Republicans
by BooManWed Jul 26th, 2006 at 09:27:30 AM EST
This is probably this first time in my life where I have been 100% behind the Republicans on an issue. I am ashamed of the Democrats' efforts to prevent Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki from addressing Congress.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006

Josh Bolten: Mini Dick

Dick and Mini-Dick

Watching Josh Bolten on Meet the Press one thing becomes clear. Josh Bolten is Mini-Dick, and no, I'm not talking about the size of his tallywhacker. I'm talking about the fact that he looks and acts in such a manner as to make one realize that he is so obsessed with Dick Cheney that he is becoming Dick Cheney.
His boss, George W. is also adept at shape shifting, and would often shift into Pat Robertson, Karen Hughes and Paul Wolfowitz. Josh Bolten is a one-man shifter, and his man is Dick.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

India Arie

India Arie

...and speaking of electricity, Charlotte electricians are predicting a heavy hurricane season, so set up an appointment for an assessment of YOUR home or business. Are YOU prepared for another Katrina or Hugo?

Collective Punishment : Amerigeddon

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

How to Profit from the Current Middle East Crisis

(Excerpts from the anonyMoses speech given to the Academy of Multimedia Arts and Sciences*)


...This is a time for divergent thinking. While some seem to think that this crisis will spark World War III, I choose to deny that dark vision. In it's place I see the crisis sparking World Peace I. But to get there, from here, it will take vision, sacrifice, love, respect, generosity, magnanimity, and the entire panoply of higher human traits and abilities, including the one perhaps most difficult to attain...impartiality. For how can one be impartial when it comes to the death of friends and family? This is why I call the coming age, The Age of Radical Forgiveness. This Herculean effort will result in a breaking of the chain of causation that has allowed the now organic hatred to pass from generation to generation.

A sacrifice of the higher element that produces an increase of the lower is
called an out-and-out increase: it indicates the spirit that alone has power to
help the world.
Sacrifice on the part of those above for the increase of those below fills the people with a sense of joy and gratitude that is extremely valuable for the flowering of the commonwealth. When people are thus devoted to their leaders, undertakings are possible, and even difficult and dangerous enterprises will succeed. Therefore in such times of progress and successful development it is necessary to work and make the best use of the time. This time resembles that of the marriage of heaven and earth, when the earth partakes of the creative power of heaven, forming and bringing forth living beings. The time of INCREASE does not endure, therefore it must be utilized while it lasts.
Increase. Profit. What we have here is a new way of looking at profit...written thousands of years ago.
Thus the superior man:
If he sees good, he imitates it;
If he has faults, he rids himself of them.

While observing how thunder and wind increase and strengthen each other, a man can note the way to self-increase and self-improvement. When he discovers good in others, he should imitate it and thus make everything on earth his own. If he perceives something bad in himself, let him rid himself of it. In this way he becomes free of evil.
This ethical change represents the most important increase of personality.
Increase. Profit. Benefitting from the current Middle East crisis. Each person and leader mining their own personality for that which is best, and removing that which is worst. The war is not with other people. It is within yourself. You must conquer your own evil, and make flourish your highest angels.

True kindness does not count upon nor ask about merit and gratitude but acts
from inner necessity. And such a truly kind heart finds itself rewarded in being
recognized, and thus the beneficent influence will spread unhindered.

* Woody's House

ABC's "The One: Making a Music Star" outshines "American Idol"

"The One: Making a Music Star"

The lineup of 11 talented and attractive young stars includes a young Sir Elton (Austin Carroll), a Jude Law-looking Mick Jagger (Michael Cole), a rocking Kellie Pickler (Aubrey Collins), Keanu Reeves with dreadlocks (Adam McInnis), two singing Orlando Blooms (Jeremiah Richie and Nick Brownell), and more. Were I to cast my vote for "The One" (at this early stage) I would have to say that The One will come from those mentioned in this paragraph.

The show will be repeated tonight, followed by the Results Show.

Nick Brownell
Austin Carroll
Michael Cole

Aubrey Collins
Caitlin Evanson
Scotty Granger
Jadyn Maria
Adam McInnis
Jackie Mendez
Syesha Mercado
Jeremiah Richey

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barret is dead: Shine on you crazy diamond!

Pink Floyd's original genius has flown...

Syd Barrett

(Thanks to Zhonphus for the tip)

Monday, July 10, 2006

This cover entered the world as a clay sculpture circa 1984...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

France's Zidane Headbutts his way to Infamy at World Cup Finals

Watch the video clip and ask yourself if you'd let this man prepare your croissant...

I personally was pulling for France until I saw this egregious act, at which point my allegiance went entirely toward Italy. I suspect Zidane lost France a good deal more than just my vote...

Mais pourquoi?

Congratulations Italy! Well fought!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Frank Gehry Melon Balls

Get them while they're hot!

Right-wing pundits in Internet ratings freefall

Ce n'est pas un drapeau brûlant

Many well-known right-wing media figures -- including Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly -- are losing their Internet audiences, according to an analysis of Web site ratings by IPD Group and U.S. Politics Today.
On the other hand, traffic for has risen.
On Thursday,
Shakespeare's Sister checked other sites from the right and left at the same tracking service,, used in the analysis.
According to the blogger, Free Republic, Hugh Hewitt, World Net Daily, and Pajamas Media have all suffered at least a 19 percent decline, while the traffic at Raw Story, Crooks and Liars, and Think Progress has risen.


Thursday, June 29, 2006

MADE IN THE WAR ZONE - the weirdest CD ever!

(larger view)

Soundtrack for the soon-to-be-released film:
Music in the Age of George the Unready


This new CD from composer anonyMoses Dave Beckwith may well be, as some have said, "the weirdest CD ever!" Not sure. Haven't checked them all. But it is sufficiently weird, and spans a vast range of styles...from classical to industrial to rock to progressive to opera and more.

This is a one-of-a-kind CD that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for the war and current occupation of Iraq.

The CD opens with a piquant prayer (Prayer 1), then is followed by an astonishing piano rendition of the tragedy of 9/11...which happened to be witnessed by the composer. The piece, called "Prelude to September 11" starts out depicting the evening and wee hours of 9/10. As the night wears on, there are glimmerings of Gershwin and the decadence that was all to change in a few horrible hours. Then, as morning arrives, the piano takes on a determined relentlessness that ends in a fiery, explosive conclusion.

After a few moments of silence, comes the banging of the drums of war. "Banging the Drums", a powerful song with the first hints of war, signals the reorientation of America toward revenge, retaliation and war.

"Ululations and Warnings" represents the cries, ululations and warnings that also rally the warring parties.

This is followed by "Iraqalypse", a musical rendition of the march on Baghdad. Bombs and gunshots are heard in the distance...and foreground. And this is followed by "Drums of War" also known as "Mission Accomplished". It is a bombastic piece with orchestra, tympani and other percussives.

"First battle" is the first battle after the mission was accomplished, and the war became an occupation. The composer makes use of the "rock" format to convey the drive and almost rote mechanicality of this first taste of battle. But things get out of hand, and before long things are "Out of Control". Better buckle your seatbelts for this one!

As the storm passes, we hear the chanting of "Jihad". As a student of Indo-European languages, the composer was able to contruct an original language to convey some of the emotional aspects of the Iraqalypse. It is songs like this which have given rise to the notion that the composer and singer is "the male Lisa Gerrard". (I guess someone had to be!) Very strange! Play it sped up and you will laugh your arse off!

"O God!" represents the inner life of the soldiers. Thoughts of home, loved ones, girls...intermingle with the sound of guns and bombs and fear.

"Weenie" is a bit of comic relief featuring a guest singer who wishes to remain anonymous.

"Take THIS out" is the first rap/hiphop song and has some great rhythms and syncopations. A great dance tune!

"Nightmare 9" is the "Revolution #9" of the CD, and represents the dreamlife of the soldiers. Very very strange indeed!

This is followed by "Heaven", "a symphonic soothing". Music is indeed the great healer.

"Desert Nights" or "Desert Knights" is a representation of a battle that shatters the dreams and the peace, fought under the blanket of night.

"Angels in the Machinery". After a brief respite, the battles continue on...

"Admonition": The drowned-out voices of admonition.

"Tolling of the Bells" is a funereal lamentation and tolling of the bells for all those who have fallen. Beginning with piano, it tranforms into harp, strings, choir then the tolling bells.

The CD ends with a reprise of the prayer.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Israel to change named to Goliathland

Nukes aren't slingshots.

Letterman Classic Latenight: Anne Hathaway, Jim Gaffigan, Dashboard Confessional

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway (actress) (born 1982), American actress
Anne Hathaway (Shakespeare) (1556-1623), wife of the playwright

Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York to what she has described as a "solidly upper-class family".[1] Her father, Gerard Hathaway, is a lawyer, and her mother, Kate McCauley, is an actress who inspired Hathaway to follow in her footsteps;[1] her maternal grandfather was Joe McCauley, a Philadelphia radio pioneer. Hathaway, who has Irish ancestry on her father's side, grew up in the Catholic religion with what she describes as "really strong values",[1] and wanted to be a nun during her childhood.[2] She shares her name with Anne Hathaway, the wife of playwright William Shakespeare.
Hathaway grew up in
New Jersey and graduated from Millburn High School, and also spent several semesters studying at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, before transferring to New York University.

Methinks Mr. Letterman has a crush on the young princess...

Jim Gaffigan

Gaffigan Quotes:

"I watch a lot of TV, I drink a lot of coffee, but you know what's really addictive? Heroin."
"You ever read a book that changed your life? Me neither."
"My wife's gotten really lazy, or as she calls it, 'pregnant.'"
"It's good to be back in New York. I have lived here ten years. I'm originally from Indiana. I know what most of you are thinking: Indiana: Mafia. But the fact of the matter is where I grew up there was something very similar to the Mafia: 4-H."
"There's a different kind of pride where I'm from. It's not like, 'We're from New York; we're tough,' or, 'We're from Texas; we like things big.' It's more like, 'We're from Indiana and... we're gonna move!'"
"I love how New York is so multicultural. I wish I was ethnic, I'm nothing. Because if you're Hispanic and you get angry, people are like, 'He's got a Latin temper!' If you're a white guy and you get angry, people are like, 'That guy's a jerk.'"
"Actually, the reason I look like this is because my father was from Sweden, and my mother was Elton John. He was a very good mommy!"
"Isn't it strange, when you're single, all you see is couples, and when you're in a couple, all you see is hookers?"
"I was looking at a box of hot pockets and they have a warning on the side. It's like 'Warning! You just bought Hot Pockets! Hope you're drunk or heading home to a trailer! You hillbilly, enjoy the next NASCAR event!'"
"I only dated one Asian girl, but she was very Asian. She was a panda."
"It would have been hard to get Jesus presents back then. 'Cause whatever you got him he'd be like'Oh, pair of socks , thanks. You know I'm dying for your sins right? Yeah, but thanks for the SOCKS. They'll go great with my sandals, what am I , German?'"
"Lean Pockets, I don't even wanna know what's in those. I wonder what the directions are on a box of Lean Pockets: 'Remove from box, place directly in toilet.' Flush Pocket!"
"I'm not a strict vegetarian. I do eat beef and pork. And chicken. But not fish 'cause that's disgusting! How do you know when fish goes bad? It smells like fish either way! 'Hey this smells like a dumpster, lets eat it!'"
"There is the vegetarian Hot Pocket for those of us who don't want to eat meat, but would still like diarrhea."
"What was the idea behind Hot Pockets? Was there a marketing meeting somewhere, 'Hey I got an idea: How about we take a Pop-Tart and fill it with really nasty meat? You could cook it in a sleeve thing, and you could dunk it in the toilet.'"
"My wife always wants me to go to confession - don't get me wrong, it's not as if I don't enjoy lying to a holy man."
"How'd we come up with the robe? Was some guy just like, 'Hey, I've got an idea! Why don't we make a coat out of a towel? You can have a little belt that goes around. You could dunk the belt in the toilet! Have a toilet belt.'"
"Ever eat so much you feel sick? Isn't that the best?"
"I'm blind, bald, and pale. I'm like a gigantic recessive gene."
"Ever go to IHOP? I don't know why they call it IHOP. When I leave there I don't ever feel like hopping. They should call it, 'I barely move.' 'I need a wheelchair.'"
"I have trouble even remembering the prayers...Our Father, Who Art in Heaven without the approved written consent of Major League Baseball."

Bush is Over...(if you want it!)

Huffington Post has a new and useful service.

With one click, you can print out a nice poster based on the words of John Lennon and the deeds of George W.

(Thanks to Rabatuban for the alert.)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pigboy hates queers


Manly Man for Jaezus, the knucklehead Hagee, is one of the busiest politicians in Jesusland. I frankly think God hates his guts for lying so goddam much.

And who is Pigboy spouting hate about now? The Supreme Court, Democrats and Homosexuals.

I'm sorry but this politician's brain died many years ago, and all he can do is replay the same old tapes.

Why do Christians lie so much? Hell, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus and the other major religious types rarely ever lie. But Christians like on cue, and for the goofiest of reasons.
And do it day in and day out, or at least every Sunday.
I suspect Christians are just as ashamed of me as I am of them. Fact is, the Presbyterian Church I attend is not eaten up with the Mammonism, politics and bigotry...thank God. If you suspect you are being handed a plate of politics disguised as religion, you may want to take a Sabattical and think with your own head for a while. There is a lot of BS out there, mostly on TV and radio. Don't settle for this. Your mind is your own.

When will Christians demand more truth and integrity, and less spouting of the Republican talking points? Granted, when you are getting all that "faith-based initiatives" moolah to spout the points, it must be hard to turn down...that is if you really do serve Mammon...which they do.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Tarheel Tavern 70 is up at My Blue Puzzle Piece

...and it is most excellent indeed! Check her out!

People who think flag-burning is an important issue have low IQs

There is no greater proof of a lack of ideas and vision than bringing up the tired and worn-out antiquated non-idea of banning flag-burning.

Ask these low IQs what they think of map-burning, and you will see their vacuousness race to the surface.

Shun these buffoons.

Net Neutrality discussion this morning

9:00 AM
Net Neutrality discussion.
WFAE - 90.7 FM
Mike Collins Show
Guest: Scott Huffman, President/CEO WebKorner Internet Services

Listen HERE.

You may email your questions to:

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Life: It's quality not quantity

"Who wants to live forever?" - Queen

The British philosopher, Queen, once asked the age old question, "Who wants to live forever?", and the answer, as it turns out, is a fellah from Fuquay-Varina named Larry. But after seeing "An Inconvenient Truth", even Larry is beginning to have his doubts.

It is not good to live forever, and do not attempt to try it at home, especially if you live in a trailer. Hell, look at Aaron Spelling! He has some pretty nice digs, and yet he died. Unless the whole thing was a media stunt cooked up by NASA or PETA in order to bring The Love Boat back. But fact is...the Love Boat IS back, and we are on it. It is the Peace Train we are not on. And this is troubling, at least to Cat Stevens. Dog Stevens, however, is ebullient, but he is one of the famous Dogs of War we read about on the backs of cereal boxes. There are no Dogs of Peace, only Cats of Peace...and they are napping.

So don't go and try to live forever. After a few centuries you will begin to smell.
Instead, be content to live NOW, which is, of course, a show created by Bill Moyers, who knows how to live in the brief time he has been given.

Until the Supreme Court reverses the decision, it is still Quality, not seek quality in the life you have. I have, and can report that I am well on my way to having one hundred dollars. American!

Life is good. Well, at least I can pretend it is. In reality it is no bowl of cherries; no walk in the park. Perhaps realizing this helps us to let go when loved ones do leave us. Until then...

Love everything that breathes.

Back to you, Dan.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Thursday, June 22, 2006

John Edwards, "The Real Deal", lays out his vision at National Press Club

My conscience and intuition tells me there are only two people who deserve to be at the top of the Democratic Ticket, and indeed, the United States of America. One of them is Al Gore, the other is John Edwards.

Here is one reason why Senator Edwards should be our leader. He is one of the ones we've been waiting for.

The Deadly Lies of the Bush Administration : The Smoking Guns

Dick Cheney: The Dark Side
"Darkening of the Light"

If you happened to miss this important documentary, there is still a chance.
FRONTLINE can be seen and discussed by following THIS LINK.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Living Systems (Paperback) - Now only 275.00!

Book Description
This book has some of the characteristics of an encyclopedia. It presents and analyzes many diverse facts about cells, organs, organisms, groups, organizations, societies, and supranational systems, but it integrates all this knowledge into a single conceptual system. The book is a presentation of the state of current knowledge in all of the sciences relevant to these seven levels of living systems. It also provides a theoretical integration and a methodological approach to quantitative basic research, and how applied research and development can arise from this.


"It is one of the most important books of the 20th century and, if attention is paid, will be an important guidebook to the 21st."

On Net Neutrality

Tell Congress to Support the Internet Neutrality Act of 2006

The Next Big Fight Over Media Ownership Exclusive: AT&T may be hiding a second NSA domestic spying operation in St. Louis

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Central Park

2nd Avenue

The Dairy, Central Park

View from the Dairy

What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

Q: What is conservatism?
A: Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy.
Q: What is wrong with conservatism?
A: Conservatism is incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world.


New York City

Park Avenue, NYC

Plaza Hotel, From Central Park

"Grow Life"

Anonymoses (detail)

Dick Cheney: The Dark Side : FRONTLINE tonight!

On September 11, 2001, deep inside a White House bunker, Vice President Dick Cheney was ordering U.S. fighter planes to shoot down any commercial airliner still in the air above America. At that moment, CIA Director George Tenet was meeting with his counter-terrorism team in Langley, Virginia. Both leaders acted fast, to prepare their country for a new kind of war. But soon a debate would grow over the goals of the war on terror, and the decision to go to war in Iraq. Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and others saw Iraq as an important part of a broader plan to remake the Middle East and project American power worldwide. Meanwhile Tenet, facing division in his own organization, saw non-state actors such as Al Qaeda as the highest priority. FRONTLINE's investigation of the ensuing conflict includes more than forty interviews, thousands of pages of documentary evidence, and a substantial photographic archive. It is the third documentary about the war on terror from the team that produced Rumsfeld's War and The Torture Question.
Tamara Beckwith

Detail from "Creation" by anonyMoses

Monday, June 19, 2006

POWWOWIRAQSI - War Music in the Age of George the Unready

Click to enlarge

PREMIERE: "Free Speech": Jim Lehrer with Ben Bradlee

Tonight at 10 PM on PBS!

The Death of News - Mark Crispin Miller

In short, our very lives and liberty are at unprecedented risk because our press has long since disappeared into "the media"--a mammoth antidemocratic oligopoly that is far more responsive to its owners, big shareholders and good buddies in the government than it is to the rest of us, the people of this country.

Donations by corporations shift from right to left

What if we only made left turns?

A number of large companies are shifting campaign contributions to Democrats, an indication that business leaders feel the minority party is poised to make gains in the November election today's issue of the WALL STREET JOURNAL reports...

Reynolds Price delights on Terry Gross' Fresh Air

Wonderful interview on Fresh Air with Reynolds Price...
(Another treasure you'll never hear on Rush Limbaugh)

Did Ford Motor Co. (not American voters) Pick Taylor Hicks?

Imagine this scenerio:

Ford Motor Company, a major sponsor of American Idol, "test drives" the American Idol contestants by creating commercials with Taylor, Katharine, Elliott, Chris, Kellie and so on.
(They actually did do this, but whether they were test-driving the candidates is questiionable.)

It comes down to two. Katharine and Taylor. But is Katharine really a Ford kinda person? Not really. She is Prius kinda person. Ford is tough. Not girly. They need Taylor to win, so he can become their new face...which he is indeed becoming.

But the votes are close. Too close. Better pressure the judges to talk down Katharine and talk up Taylor....which the judges actually do. Surely you remember the negative talk toward Katharine in the final days. "It wasn't my favorite."...and so on...

There was a clear bias against Katharine by the judges.

Did Ford have anything to do with this? Did the judges get pressure from Ford to make sure Taylor Hicks won, and thus become the new face of Ford? Were American votes thwarted, influenced, thrown out? (It would be nothing new.)

This is my question.

In those final days of the show, I sensed that there was something untoward going on. I think, frankly, it was one of the sources of anxiety on the part of the judges. At the time, I couldn't figure who may have been the source of bias, but now that the outcome is playing out, and Taylor has become the new face of Ford...the source emerges.

This is just a hunch. I have no proof. But there is plenty of precedent...with Bush 2000, Bush 2004, Salt Lake City Olympics...

I never called in a vote, but it may even be the case that these calls had a cost. Either way, the American People would be quite cross, I think, if it turned out that Ford's vote had more weight than theirs.

Any insider dope on this matter?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

What Would The Antichrist Do?

Beatitudes of the Antichrist

Blessed are the arrogant: for theirs is the Kingdom of Selfishness.
Blessed are the strong, for they will dominate the earth.
Blessed are they who cause mourning: for they shall spread discomfort.
Blessed are they who thwart justice: for they shall get away with it.
Blessed are the merciless: for they shall obtain money.
Blessed are the mean: for they shall ignore God.
Blessed are the warmakers: for they shall be called the children of Satan.
Blessed are they that persecute for injustice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Hell.

What would the Antichrist do?
He would start wars, kill people, be haughty and arrogant, ignore the poor, send the poor and downtrodden off to die in his war for Mammon and self-aggrandizement.
He would lie, cheat and steal to get his way.
He would pollute and denigrate the environment, and the people who depend on it.
He would bury the truth, and spin, spin, spin.
He would not walk among but poor, but rather wall himself away from them.

Washington is full of candidates for the position of Antichrist-in-Chief,
and many are willing lackeys for sub-positions.

Too bad God is dead, because he or she would have had a field day throwing these mousy little antichrists out on their ass.

And yet there they sit. Asses as wide as Texas.

Don't bring our killing machines home

Maybe the Republicans are on to something...
Maybe we SHOULD leave our killing machines...over there!
The homeland is violent enough, and growing more violent.
Do we need more killing machines?

Make them stay in Iraq. Forever!
Hell, they volunteered!
Send ALL warmongers there too.
Maybe then America will witness peace.

Don't bring our killing machines home.
We have enough already.

Now you claim I am using reverse psychology?
Does it make you uncomfortable
to hit you from the Right?
When you are the one who really wants them gone...

Bring our children home.
We have broken them enough already.
And they grow tired of being pawns.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A few thoughts on gifts, the gifted, gift-economies, and the psychosociopathology of gifting

A few thoughts on gifts, the gifted, gift-economies, and the psychosociopathology of gifting

Gifts is ossum. I like 'em. Everyone likes gifts. Even the Eskimos.
Why not give them. Like head. Like Hell. La quelle.
Give me some gifts.
Make them expensive.
Maybe then I will put out.

The Light.
The Light is a gift.
No dog is a gift. Dogs are curses.
I yelled at one today.

Artists are gifted. Well some.
This poetry is hard.
Like the presidency.
Something about words.
Knowing them. Not knowing them.
Language is a virus.
The oncology of invisible touch.

It has been said:
"Give a man a gift and he will love you
two and he will like you
three and he will resent you
and four he will wish you dead
for not giving enough."

Things, things and more things.
The accumulation of things.
A multiplicity of It.

What is important is what is between.
Me and you.
I and Thou.
Not the one. Not the other.
The AND. The Gift.
The breath flowing in and out.
We are breathed.

Philosophy takes two.

There is no I without You or It.
And that I changes along with the Other.
The I-You more full than the I-It.
Relationship versus Experience.
Intimacy versus Isolation.
The I alone but Ego's delusion.
Maya, Samara, Hootenzee Schnooten...

Therefore consider outside yourself only,
and always put your neighbor's welfare
above your own

Everything we've ever learned
is wrong.
To stay the course would be disastrous.

Time to start all over.
Rejecting the humbug. Inventing afresh.

Religions are superstitions, and economies
Pyramid schemes.

The hole you are digging is your grave.
And a sucker is born every second.

I've an eight-track mind.
And philosophy takes five.

Friday, June 16, 2006