Friday, December 23, 2011

No, No, Not News!

!(WWH) by Dr. Woody

"Truth" someone said, most often has a decidedly "liberal" cast.

There persists a serious canard about the nature of USer "media," which is universally accused by the Fucktard Right of some kind of "liberal bias" when the radicals on the right want to demonize anyone who is willing to suggest that 'truth' doesn't always--or even usually) conform to the delusions springing from the painfully misshapen skulls of the Rightwing Fucktard militias, etc....

The "real truth" is that majority of the media (TV, radio, internet, print, movies, books, billboards, even ISPs) is owned by big corporations which strive endlessly, and loudly, to protect the radical conservative agenda of which they are the primary sponsors. The CorpoRat/SCUM "press" are the wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Rightard Oligarchs, Aristos, and Elites. Their reach is enormous, and their ties bind ever so tightly.

This article was produced simply as a counter-weight to the claim by the radical right wing that all media is liberal. From big news outlets to small time blogs, there are many dozens--probably HUNDREDS--of sites that you want to avoid when trying to get good news and information. This is a list--admittedly incomplete and in no particular order--of 50, or so of the worst--that is, the least reliably truthful, most evidently bullshit-filled--places you could go to get your news. These are sites at which you should exercise EXTREME caution and careful judgment before passing along ANY information they purvey.
1. Fox News 2. Rush Limbaugh 3. Glenn Beck 4. Michael Savage (nee. Michael Weiner) 5. Alex Jones (the most credulous skeptic ever) 6. The Heritage Foundation (Koch money) 7. The Wall Street Journal (Murdockian Editorial page) 8. Neal Boortz (his first piece of ass was) 9. Sean Hannity 10. Bill O'Reily

Also: 11. Rightwingnews.com 12. National Review (including NRO) 13. Mark Levin (Wadda butt-hole!) 14. The Weekly Standard (the OTHER "Billy Crystol") 15. Washington Times (Moonies) 16. The American Conservative (Rod Dreher,* for fux sake?) 17. The Drudge Report (the name says it all) 18. The Cato Institute (more Koch money) 19. Media Research Center (Brent "Bozo" Bozell'd gag an orc) 20. Townhall.com (Freeper "News" Central)

Ughlier: 21. Red State (Erick Erickson, now inexplicably employed by CNN) 22. Andew Breitbart's Big Government ("Did" ACORN, e.g.) 23. The American Cause (Pat ("in the original German") Buchanan) 24. Christian Coalition 25. The John Birch Society (OLD Koch money) 26. Citizens United (eponymously renowned) 27. Freedom Works (Dick's Armey) 28. Tea Party Express 29. Tea Party Patriots 30. No Left Turns (John Ashbrook at Ashland U)...

Plus: 31. News Busters ("Exposing & Combatting Liberal Media Bias"), 32. News Max (Ben Stein, George Will, etc; fucking dreadful) 33. The New York Post (Murdock's "racy" Tab) 34. Conservative HQ 35. Sirius radio "Patriot" (the only people who boast of being "patiots" are dicks) 36. Conservative American News 37. Conservative Daily News (their names say it all) 38. Judicial Watch (Larry Klayman; nuff said.) 39. The Source Daily ( "I think therefore I am Conservative") 40. Republican National Committee

Follwoed by: 41. American Spectator (R. Emmetic Tyrell) 42, Reason Magazine (Liberturdian codswallop) 43. Where Freedom Rings (batty in the bell-tower) 44. Conservapedia (bwahahahahahaha) 45. The Right Side of the Web 46. CNS News ("Christian" News) 47. Michael Reagan (the BAD seed) 48. Family Research Council (Dominionism Central, in Colo Spr.) 49. Conservative Underground 50. Hugh Hewitt (He's a Huge Twit!)

I'd add a couple more: 51: EUTimes (a skinhead/supremacist outfit) 52. WorldNewsDaily (G.Gordon Liddy's drivel? Really?) 53: The Washington Post (barely less status quo-partisan than the Moonie rag) 54: Human Events (mAnn Coulter's their "legal" expert) 55: Prison Planet (an Alex Jones off-shoot) 56: RT (American arm of the Russian State Propaganda agency; the folks who once brought you Pravda, Trud and Isvestia)
I'm sure there are more, but these will do. If you do happen to post anything from ANY of these sources, be aware that the reliability (i.e., "truth") of the matters will ALWAYS be in doubt. The original list I pulled off "The Examiner." I alone am responsible for the (italicized annotations. Please, feel free to augment or add to the list in COMMENTS below.

* I could have spared the world the insult to intelligence that is Rod Dreher: he was a student in TWO classes I taught at LSU J-School, back in the day, and I could have flunked the drooling tool but to my continuing regret, I didn't.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Try Running the DNA on THAT Shit!

And remember: A Christian lady never does anything that leaves lipstick on any body part NOT seen in church...

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Price, and the Cost, of "Fictitious Capital": Dr. David Harvey



Local democracy, but national feudalism:
Three years after the near collapse of global financial markets, America is still struggling with unemployment, debt, and foreclosure, European governments are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy—and the world's billionaires are getting richer faster than ever before. The current situation is not sustainable. But what changes need to be made to overcome this mounting crisis of our world economic system? How radical an adaptation will be required? David Harvey, the brilliant theorist and scathing critic of postmodern society, looks at what the future holds for global capitalism.
http://davidharvey.org/

The Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture Series in the Humanities brings to the Penn Humanities Forum scholars and artists whose work has advanced our understanding of issues central to the humanities.
http://www.phf.upenn.edu/11-12/harvey.shtml
If I were still teaching, I would be teaching this.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

ALEC: Corporate Subversion of What's LEFT of State Democracy


Corporate dollars are funding changes in state laws that disenfranchise voters, and weaken regulations designed to protect the environment. Those dollars are flowing through the Arizona desert this week as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convenes to draw up more legislation it wants passed in state legislatures.

To highlight what ALEC is doing, groups including Common Cause, People for the American Way, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Arizona AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers, the Arizona Education Association, and Progress Now held a press conference Wednesday in front of the Arizona state capitol.

?ALEC?s leaders, firms like Wal-Mart, Pfizer and Koch Industries, have poured close to $400 million into state elections over the past decade, financing campaigns and spoon-feeding our elected officials bills that put profits over the public interest,? said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, citing a recent Common Cause report. ?The Arizona desert is a perfect place for the public to call them out.?

ALEC?s agenda includes weakening clean air and clean water laws, undercutting public education, and disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of legally-qualified voters. At closed-to-the-public meetings like this week?s confab at the posh Westin Kierland Resort Spa, ALEC?s business executives, lobbyists, and elected lawmakers sit side by side and vote as equals on the group?s ?model? bills, then carry that legislation back to state capitols across the nation.

ALEC puts its stamp of approval on hundreds of pieces of legislation each year and claims an annual success rate of about 20 percent. Almost all of the group?s $7 million annual budget, including the cost of conferences like this week?s gathering, is underwritten by its corporate affiliates.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why Are Atheists Angy? You REALLY Wanna Know?

To answer the question, I'd say, mostly, cuz them pushy, righteous, pious, hypocritical fucking Cristo-theocrats wanna keep shoving THEIR version of some mystical, long-dead, zombie-'god' creature into the fabric of law and gummint with which EVERYBODY would be compelled to comply.

Knock that shit off, and we'll settle the fuck right down. Promise!



"The demand from the Oligarchs for civility amounts to a feces-soaked ball-gag shoved in the mouths of the powerless to rob them of the force of their anger." ~~ Dr. Woody, 2011.

Friday, November 25, 2011

You Can't Argue With "Stupid," Cuz Stupid ALWAYS Wins

So just ignore the imbecilic fuckers. Most FauxNooz viewers are men hoping to get their next and possibly last sexual charge from a flash of white up the skirts of one of the Nooz-Reader Hareem of vacuous, bosomy, leggy blondes with peach pits for brains.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

GOP Foreign Policy: Go To War!

Re: The GOP "foreign policy" debate, which focused on foreign posturing and national "security." What was UNSAID!

The GOP Candidate Clown Car debauched its contents onto yet another stage an "debated" topics from the Patriot Act to the roll of the TSA, while some critical topics were avoided such as the Eurozone and Iran.

Paul Craig Roberts, former Reagan administration official and columnist, gives us his thoughts on the GOP debate. "Syria's first; then Iran." FORGET those cretinous, credulous morons like Alex Jones. Here's a guy with the "inside skinny.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Face of Bovine Bellicosity; "You Can't MAKE Me Think!"


You KNOW how we do, Bugs!!!. Thanks, Win-STONE!...Hola, Hippies,

Regardez-vous the "Face of Bovine Bellicosity, Murkin Style!" (Joe: start image, full frame, here)

His posture, his rhetoric, his look: All of it screams "I WON'T THINK!!! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME! G'WAN, TRY IT, MOFO!"



His name is Max. And at least he's NOT claiming he's NOT one of the 99%, which sop for many of the self-satisfied, self proclaimed 53 percenters do.

But WOULD YOU JUST LOOK at that face!

Jayzus! I've seen cattle that exhibited ex-actly the same ignorant, perverse, cud-chewing, pugnacious stubbornness when it was time to move'em

This is the face of a person who has never once been troubled with nuance, who is a complete and utter stranger to complexity, which has NEVER, ever, once, in all his years, been troubled by an idea of ANY sort of abstraction. And how old IS he?

Does this face look like a 30+ year-old-man? I did the arithmetic. One tour in the Corps = 4 years. Then 8 years to "work his way through school" (with the GI Bill?) Anyway, that's 12 years. He HAD to be 18 to enlist. So that means he's AT LEAST 30.

(PS: I did it in three, on the Bill, working two-three jobs, and carried 18 hours/semester, too...what's his problem??? OH, yeah...)

There's not even a flickering gleam of intelligence to be seen in the whole of the vast expanse of bellicose jaw, belligerent forehead, flushed and ruddy cheeks, or the distinctly barn-yard-like, ever-so-slightly crossed eyes.

I bet he was a good soldier. "STRACK," they call 'em, latterly. He'll work his ass off, for the mission and his illusion of his superiority. He'll take ORDERS, sir, yes SIR! Seventy hours? May I have SOME MORE, SIR, please SIR?!
(JOE: END IMAGE HERE)

You want your whole army made up of exactly this kind of specimen. Big, brawny, inchoately or misdirectedly angry, and not very bright. Eager, though. And willing. Just tell 'em what to do.

Who equate 'success' with virtue.

And "doesn't blame Wall Street." (Is Max even DUMBER than he looks? Who knows?)


There is a very good reply to both the tone and substance of the resentful fellow's complaint at this site. Here's one "money-quote," from the reply--from the link, to the obnoxious prick:
...I’m a liberal, so I probably dream bigger than you. For instance, I want everybody to have healthcare. I want lazy people to have healthcare. I want stupid people to have healthcare. I want drug addicts to have healthcare. I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare. I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it. And not just by crowding up an emergency room that should be dedicated exclusively to helping people in emergencies...
I'l bet you dollahs to quatloos that, if the boy could read it --by no means a given--he'd still be unpersuaded; he wouldn't get it, gay-ron-teed, chers...The whole thing is worthy of your attention.

Indeed, copy it for further use, because there are more of them, still, than there are of us. Mebbe we can hold 'em off at the beach?


Monday, November 14, 2011

Congresscritters "Beat" the market 12% of the time

But it's legal for 'em to take un-publicized, 'congressional" information, and then to buy/sell stocks on that basis.
I already called my light-weight Congresscritter and DEMANDED the fujcker sign on to The STOCK Act as a co-sponsor, or loose my vote, entirely...

The Boner flat out lies, and Pelosi, that suppurating slag, gets all huffy and avoids the issue.

EVERYBODY fucking cheats. You're a fucking fool to play it straight when EVERYBODY ELSE is on the pad...

Line up the tumbrels and sharpen the fucking blade, and bring these skeevy motherfuckers out, one at a time, and cut off their fuuking heads.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dover, Pa: Where Reason Won

In this award winning documentary, NOVA captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in one of the latest battles over teaching evolution in public schools. Featuring trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants, including expert scientists and Dover parents, teachers, and town officials, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" follows the celebrated federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The UNIONS are to Blame!

A fresh offering from one of the very few authentic claimants to the mantle of Tom Lehrer (another being my pal, Jim Terr, Santa Fe & Las Vegas, NM's premier satirist and filker...)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Cain-temptible!

Herman Cain, the Right-wing Oreo-millionaire businessman who's 'running for the presidency' on the GOPhux side, was revealed recently to have paid hush-money to at LEAST three women for assaulting and insulting and sexually harassing them while he was the chief lobbyist for the Restaurant Association in DC. The first three complainants decided to forego the p[ublic scrutiny and potential humilition of mking their complaints public.

But now a fourth woman has come forward, represented by the bane of male turpitude of ALL kinds and descriptions, Gloria Allred, with GRAPHIC details of Cain's behavior, which included uninvited, unwanted physical contact, and a blatant quid-pro-quo come-on, promising a job lobbying with the RA in exchange for having sex with him...

The video beneath is Cain's reply to these allegations, as well as to the nearly unanimous condemnations he's received from the Black political community leaders, including Cornell West, Ishmael Reed, Glen Ford, and Harry Bellafonte.

Do NOT feel compelled to watch this.***

***But if you do, make sure YOU have the handy, brand NEW! Popeil pocket vomitoreum by your side, to capture the undigested remains of your lunch. This Cain fucker could gag an Orc.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Scrap the Cap -- Equal Liability for All

About one sixth of the people in the whole fucking country DEPEND on Social Security to make an even semi-dignified life in the "richest country on earth." That's the same number who are in poverty. Coincidence? WADDA YOU THINK?

The video may be funny, but the subject is serious—now more than ever, Social Security benefits are critical to the more than 50 million Americans who rely on them. Instead of cutting benefits or raising the retirement age, we're relying on you to protect working class families by scrapping the cap on payroll taxes.

Currently, workers are taxed only on their first $106,800 of income. People earning over that amount don't pay (FICA) taxes on that income. By simply requiring upper-income taxpayers to contribute at the same rate as many middle class families, Social Security's benefits could be improved, and its funding would remain in balance beyond the longest projections.
Working Americans are in trouble. 401(k)s were decimated by Wall Street, home values have plummeted, and nest eggs are gone - yet some in Congress continue to defend a lower Social Security payroll tax rate for millionaires than for middle class families.

Social Security has a surplus of more than $2 trillion - enough to cover benefits for 25 years or more. It is fully funded by the payroll contributions of American workers; it doesn't contribute a dime to the nation's deficit.

Now more than ever, Social Security benefits are critical to the more than 50 million Americans who rely on them. Instead of cutting benefits or raising the retirement age, we're relying on you to protect working class families by scrapping the cap on payroll taxes.

Currently, workers are taxed only on their first $106,800 of income. People earning over that amount don't pay taxes on that income. By simply requiring upper-income taxpayers to contribute at the same rate as many middle class families, Social Security's benefits could be improved, and its funding would remain in balance beyond the longest projections.


Please support the 50+ million working people and families who rely on Social Security benefits, and Just Scrap the Cap.

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Talisman Against the Social Security Stoopits!

Keep this remarkably clear, concise, unemoitional, factual, objective account of the history, structure and purposes Social Security handy at all times, in case yoiu are unexpectedly accosted by some drooling scion of the troglodytic rightard, Xto-fascist ignorati!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

War Is "Good" For Some Folks, Fer Sher!

What is it GOOD for?

Start with "big BUX!"


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War industry CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, putting them in the top 0.01 percent of income earners in the U.S.


Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush made $22.84 million last year.

Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens made $21.89 million.

Boeing CEO James McNerney: $19.4 million.

These guys use their corporations' massive lobbying dollars to keep their job-killing gravy train rolling. Last year, their companies spent a whopping $46 million on lobbying, corrupting our politics and ensuring that their bank accounts continue to fatten at our expense. These executives are some of the main reasons why we're wasting so much on war instead of rebuilding our own nation here at home.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dylan Rattigan Demands The President STAND For The People

One suspects that, if O'bombster WERE to go to the People, were to be that candid, were to draw the lines that sharply, were to call the fraudsters and banksters out by name--which truly IS the only way to hail them to account--it would be tantamount to daring the Owners to kill him as they did Kennedy, when he got uppity and fired Allen Dulles from the CIA...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wall Street's Just About in the Dead-Middle of the East, Innit?

Sophisticated (snark) juxtaposition of the articulations of the plutocrats about 'justice seekers' in the Middle Eaast and those occupying Wall Street. Their demands are not dissimilar, even if the specific kinds of despotisms which oppress them vary in form and fierceness.



By the way, if you've ever wondered how "cops" got their names, attend to the "handiwork' of the 'restraining officer' in this beguiling image:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Echoing an Earlier Sentimeng: "We Shall Not be Moved..."

It's nice to have the juxtaposition of Sec. Clinton admiring the demonstrators of the so-called "Arab Spring" but atr the same time (well, later, really) disparaging the efforts of the crowds at the Occupy! to accomplish the same things: being heard, having a voice in their own political futures, and shit like that.

Unless, as I have thought all along, and as Sec. Clinton well knows, the "rebellions" around the Northern Mediterranean this year were NOT about political aspirations of the people, but were instead about changing the names on the deposit slips in those overseas banks where the Rulers and Oligarchs stash the booty they steal from "their people," and Clinton realizes that that is EXACTLY how futile will be the USer demonstrations are and will be.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jesse LaGreca Becomes "The Voice" Of OWS...

And embarrasses both the Nooner, Peggy Noonan (no signal feat), and the prissy prig of the privileged, George Will. Go, Jesse!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Late Joe Bageant on American Exceptionalism

It's not surprising the Murkin people 'bought' the CorpoRat Murkin Dream, cuz we're hucksters, we can sell anybody anything, no matter how toxic...and we INFALLIBLY "buy" our own press releases...


Saturday, October 08, 2011

What's the MATTER With These Fucking People?

There's GOTTA be a reason guys like this turn into such poisonous dickheads. Woody guesses guys like King and Canter and that clown in Utah, Mike Lee, and the rest?

They're the Niedermeyers of the world, the ROTC creeps who'd rather NOT think for themselves, getting their revenge for having NOT had the balls to defy convention, and get high and laid in college.

They've harbored and nurtured this sense of humiliation, and sheltered their resentments all these years, and now, by golly, WE'RE gonna fuckin' pay for laughing at 'em.

Kinda like a Steven King film--a diminished testosterone version of "Carrie?"-- about frustrated, vengeful, ugly old men...

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Please. If He's NOT Saying What I THINK He's Saying, Then WTF IS He Saying?

Practical Semiotics, via MediaMatters:



It's truly astonishing that NO ONE has yet taken a baseball bat to Karl Rove's reaking gob, relocated a few teeth into the gutter, and then jammed the blood thing a foot-ana-half up his ass.

Somebody convince me that the skeevy fuck ISN'T implying that "a negrow" has got a buncha uppity, talking about "improving" something that White folks claim to have built and perfected.

Is there some OTHER way to interpret that remark?

Sunday, October 02, 2011

What Price The Justice?

Keith Olbermann discusses corruption at the HIGHEST judicial levels with Congresscritter Chris Murphy: If you watched Justice Alito mouth criticisms during the State of the Union, or you saw Justice Thomas’ wife raising money for the “Let-Him-Die” tea party, you have doubtless wondered why there is no law preventing justices of the U.S. Supreme Court from degrading themselves, and us, ethically....So what’s wrong with Clarence Thomas getting a $15,000 gift from an organization that had a brief pending before the court?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

"Crash Course" Needs Grains of Salt For Palatability

Crises probably are imminent in energy, environment, and economic systems.

But wealthy guys who "got out" with their money before the crash always seem to me to be insufferably proud of themselves and their good luck. Like most of that ilk, he's absolutely CERTAIN he's figured it out, and that he's absolutely right about it.

So take it with the usual dose of salt.


Friday, September 23, 2011

To Call Something a "UFO" Is a Text-book Case "Petitio Principii"

That's "begging the question," in English. Dr. Tyson is a wonderful advocate for Science. I've posted this before, but it's so good, it can stand repeating.
(Edited, 9/26/11)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wherein You Will Learn Why Elizabeth Warren Does NOT Occupy a Significant Place in the Obamster's Regime

Here's why:

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there -- good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea -- God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along." - Elizabeth Warren

Can't have THAT kind of thinking in the highest councils of the CorpoRat State!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Drill and Spill

Via the NYTimes: This is a map of the US charting the known oil spills from pipelines in the last 10 years and the volume of them.

Since 1990, more than 110 million gallons of mostly crude and petroleum products have spilled from the nation’s mainland pipeline network. (Now there's more bubbling up from under the Gulf, around the Macondo Well. But they're never gonna stop, til it's all gone.)

More than half of it occurred in three states — Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana — where more pipelines exist.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT, and carefully read the legends and the charts.



The Obamanator and Miz Hillary are about to agree to another, massive, trans-Continental pipeline to pump tar-sands crude from Alberta, Canada, down to refineries in Houston TX, from whence it will be sold to the highest bidder.

I know the argument that, given the high volumes of material these pipelines transport, 100 MILLION GALLONS, spread over 50 states, really isn't THAT much.

But it doesn't TAKE much to thoroughly fuck up some place for a decade or so.

Olbermann Assesses Al Gore's "24-Hours-Of-Reality"

A Facebook friend, Carl Howard, wrote:
Whatever you do, DO NOT WATCH THIS! It is full of evil Global Warming alarmists and hoaxers using human tragedy to fatten their wallets! AGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!

Hide the children!@ Spare them, at least.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Red-State Update, With Jackie & Dunlap: Debates

Day's Byack!
Ah sher am glayad these boyz's bayack fum they high-ate-us...
And just ignore, or mute, or skip over that pile of shit at the start hyping the Social Security killing "Jobs" Act. (These fuckers (not J & D, but Shamwow, Boner, Canter, et al) will stop at NOTHING to pander to their corpoRat masters.)



Monday, September 12, 2011

Social Security Is NOT a "Ponzi" scheme, etc...

Reich is completely, totally, utterly, unreservedly CORRECT about these points.

However, he's talking to the waves (aka, "pissin' in the wind"), cuz NO ONE in the CorpoRat/SCUM "press" will press the points to the offending (oh, boy, are they) candidates...

Two inviolable rules: You cannot call any self-professed GOPhuck a liar, and you cannot call any "Christian" a terrorist, no matter WHAT!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The Metastacization of "Security"

Since 9/11, there have been more than 30,000 "Security" company start-ups, and more than a TWO MILLION more people employed in snooping for HSA, either officially or off-the-record.
The "National Security State" is firmly in place, and will NEVER be (peacefully) dislodged...

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

When US Chamber Of Commerce Applauds, You're Not With The People



Oh, Keith? Brian Beutler is incompetent. And incomprehensible. There must have been 50 pronouns without a single identifiable anaphora. Please, no mas!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's The FUCKING Inequality, Stupid!


The richest 1% of US Americans earn nearly a quarter of the country's income and control an astonishing 40% of its wealth. Inequality in the US is more extreme than it's been in almost a century — and the gap between the super rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a bitter partisan debate over how to cut deficit spending and reduce the US' 14.3 trillion dollar debt is underway. As low and middle class wages stagnate and unemployment remains above 9%, Republicans and Democrats are tussling over whether to slash funding for the medical and retirement programs that are the backbone of the US's social safety net, and whether to raise taxes — or to cut them further.

The budget debate and the economy are the battleground on which the 2012 presidential election race will be fought. And the United States has never seemed so divided — both politically and economically.

How did the gap grow so wide, and so quickly? And how are the convictions, campaign contributions and charitable donations of the top 1% impacting the other 99% of Americans? Fault Lines investigates the gap between the rich and the rest.

This episode of Fault Lines first aired on Al Jazeera English on August 2, 2011 at 0930 GMT.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Friday, August 05, 2011

Dit-Dit-Dit-DAH! Jason Jones' Vasectomy!

"I been to the Vet."



They fuck you up, your mum and dad
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can
And don't have any kids yourself.
"This Be The Verse"--Philip Larkin

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Olbermann: "Four Great Hypocrisies"

He's right, but there is nothing (legal) we can do about it.
Our 'representatives" do not fear us.
Until they do, they will fuck us.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" Part 1 & 2

It turns out that they're not THAT much different from any other kind of bloody-handed "sicario." The opnly differences are in the 'mobs' they service.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tweety & former GOPhuq Poobah, Bruce Bartlett Dice the Debt Crisis

This clip was on Big Orange/Kos, in a piece which includes the transcript. The Money Quote:
BB: I think at this point, there's nothing that can pass the House of Representatives.

Tweety: Because it's too much of a zoo?

BB: Yeah, I think a good chunk of the Republican caucus is either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards, who are desperately afraid of the tea party people, and rightly so...


Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why Did Prez. Shamwow Continue God's FBI?

The Faith-based Initiatives--which the Busheviks cynically started to funnel federal funds to mainly black, fundie congregations?

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Dia-Rhee-Uh...

A suitably jaundiced take on former DC School Supt, Michelle Rhee, via www.RheeFirst.com: Michelle Rhee claims she won the battle for DC public schools. But can you win a war when you're firing on your own troops?

Friday, July 08, 2011

The Real News: The Age Of Greed, w/Jeff Madrick--Parts 1, 2, & 3

Obama fucked up--showed his true fucking colors--when the gutless fucker appointed the Simpson-Bowles commission.

Part II:

Part III:

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

The world economy is depleting the earth's natural resources, and economists cling to models that make no reference whatsoever to the biophysical basis that underpins the economy. That's why ecological economics is needed, says William Rees in this INET interview.
IF--crucially--it is NOT already way too fucking LATE?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

ONS FactZone: White Suspect To Be Tried As Black

ONSW FactZone:

The Rule of Lob(biests)

You really think that you have a say in how your government functions, think again. This 60 Minutes report describes a "shocking, revolving door system" that works beyond our control. It is why you can't pay your medical bills. And it is happening behind the scenes so you never see it. This report is a rare glimpse into how we lost our democracy. This report appeared first in 2008, and has since slipped into cvomplete obscurity. Only just over YouTube hits.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

WikiLeaks: "Brilliant!"

It's a Life-And-Death Struggle...



This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (www.sanctuaryasia.com).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Stupid design, with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

What engineer worth the name would place the entertainment complex right next to, and use parts of, the sewage system? This is NOT intelligent design.

The universe was not made for people, if 99.99999999 percent of it can KILL US in mere seconds.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cenk & Grayson Take On GOP Orthodoxy on Medicare

The GOPhux are tools!

I wish it were actually true that the Dims were solidly behind protecting the entitlements fopr which we have already paid.

But they're not. You gotcher Blue Dawgs (among whom is usually numbered the injured Gabby Giffords), and yer "moderates," indeed, thew whole caucus outside the slef-proclaimed (76-member) House "Progressive" caucus who will probably line-up with the GOPhux. Grayson's technically "right" that the Dims are the only thing protecting the programs now, but they are remarkably flaccid about it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Abyss

I find this image compelling on so MANY levels. It was created by Vanessa Versailles Ma'et's Photos, and shared with me by mi bien hermanita in El Paso, Kathy Mc., who remarked upon it, with aching wisdom: "One tries to go with the flow, but it's difficult to just float toward an abyss." Yup...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: The God of the Gaps

This has ben around a while, having garnered about 125 THOUSAND hits on YouTube, but it's worth the attention--about half an hour:

Monday, June 13, 2011

"DON'T Even THINK About Possible Connections..."

because that might might lead you to conclude that global warming is already happening, warns Bill McKibben in a Washington Post oped.

In the wake of the devastating tornado's in Joplin, MO, and a record year for tornados, floods, and wildfires worldwide, author and environmentalist Bill McKibben makes the case that the extreme weather patterns predicted by climate science models look awfully like what we've been experiencing. His sarcastic column is a scathing indictment of climate change-deniers who repeat the "mantra that no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change" even in the face of clear patterns of many weather events.

The San Francisco videographer Stephen Thomson used images of the disasters mentioned to make McKibben's words even more powerful. Take a look:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

The (Video) Periodic Table of the Elements

This is quite possibly the KEWLEST thing EVER on the Web in the way of an instructional project: Explanatory videos about the elements. Here's "nitrogen."



MEGA-props to my El Paso pal, Kathy Mac, for finding the foregoing; and, lest we forget:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Max Blumenthal, Israel Apostate, Brings It To AIPAC

The Zionists are not the ONLY purblind, moronic, delusional fuckwitz around, but they are some of the most egregious. You don't have to vget past the first intyerview to figger out that these people are completely NUTZ!

I usta think the Russkis would crash the world before they'd abandon Stalinism/Leninism; then I worried the Boers would bring it down rther then truckle to the kaffirs. But I am almost completely CERTAIN the Zionists wouldn't scruple to violently irradiate the planet if they thought they were losing "Israel."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bulletin: Bankstas/Brokas Covering Their Toxic Assets



This vid more or less synopsizes much of the information included on Taibbi's blog, but the read is far more complete, especially in terms of the crimes for which the Bankstas and Brokas might be liable
The questions Schneiderman will seek to answer are these: did the banks securitize loans they knew were fraudulent, throwing the rotten mortgages into the stew before serving them to customers? Did they also commit insurance fraud by duping the bond insurers (known as “monoline” insurers) into thinking the mortgages were not as risky as they really were? And did they participate in the fraud scheme on a more basic level by lending huge amounts of money to the Countrywides of the world, knowing that they in turn would immediately use that money to create the bad loans? In other words, did the banks finance the fraud in addition to brokering it?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Paul Ryan" Throws "Grandma" Off The Cliff

This is starting to get there, as a counter-discourses go. Is there the slightest chance that this would go viral? I hope so. Because the only to strike back at these wacktards and fuckoloons is through satire, humor and vitriolic mockery.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Colbert's "Word": Autocratic For the People



I invite you to imagine that, instead of the actual, odious, smarmy little shit-weasel you just watched, Benton Harbor were beset by, oh, I dunno, socialists?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Disaster Capitalism: Coming Soon To A Catastrophe Near YOU!

In 2007, Naomi Klein (finally) collected the insights which had troubled her and a LOT of folks for the previous generation or so about certain predatory aspects of the "post-industrial" capitalist sispensation, and published the results in a vlume which stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy then, and is STILL required reading if, for example, you want to try to understand why socio-economic conditions in such diverse places as Haiti and (now) the lower MIssissippi Valley turn out the ways they do. The firswt vid here is a kind of primer; the second is a whole hour of exposition and examples.



If that whetted your appetite, then you're ready for the main course:

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chomsky on the Intentional Dismantling of the University

Around 90 minutes; Noam doesn't generally use visuals, so you can just listen along while washing the dishes or painting the house. He's refined this theme quite a bit sincve I heard him first discourse on the subject 25 years ago, in Baton Rouge, where he excoriated the Academy for selling out to the DoD for the research money. If someone had tossed a serin-grenade into that room, that night, they'da depopulated the Mississippi River delta of all the "liberals" between Natchez and N'Awlins...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Motherhood: "Profound" Doesn't EVEN Begin To Touch It.

We hear often enough about, speculate upon, Blake's universe in a grain of sand. Well, here ya go.

Just over three minutes: close enough!

I completely lost track of the original FBFriend where I found this. Thankyou, thankyou, whomsoever you were--a mom, i'm betting...

Robins - 4 Eggs, 4 Weeks from Fred Margulies on Vimeo.



And this for my (late) Mom. If she were alive, I'd have sent it to her. She'd have laughed and laughed. Recuerdos, mama...

Monday, May 02, 2011

Barbara Ehrenreich on "Positive Thinking."

It has ALWAyS struck me that "positive thinking" was a scam developed by the Owners to psychically--but SELDOM materially--to "reward" the peons with spurious 'self-esteem' for willingly consuming the CorpoRat shit-sandwich they get handed; indeed, for apparently "liking" it: "Please, sir, may I have anovver?".

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bat-shit, wackloon, fucktard Morons in South Carolina

I always thought Sherman should just have cleaned the whole fucking state out in 1864, when he had the chance. These people are just crazy as shit-house rats.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Just Think, If St. Barry, The Pale, Was Not The Prez...

Via Democratic Underground:
Why, if we hadn't elected Obama we might have had a president:
  • who refused to roll back taxes on the wealthy,
  • who refused to establish a windfall profits tax on oil companies,
  • who refused to investigate activities carried out by telecom companies who illegally helped the government tap our phones, and who continued to tap phones without a warrant,
  • who would have turned his back on Miranda,
  • who would refuse to investigate any of the Bush Admin. lies, incompetence, corruption or torture,
  • who would support anti-democratic, murderous coup regimes in Central America,
  • who might refuse to restore Habeas Corpus,
  • who would have left Guantanamo open indefinitely and maintain that its inmates had no rights at all,
  • who might have continued extraordinary rendition and torture,
  • who might have fought to keep Dick Cheney's remarks to Plame investigators secret,
  • who would have done nothing of substance to rein in Wall St.,
  • who would have continued to issue signing statements,
  • ho might have continued to delay investigations of CIA torture and even investigate those who protest that torture,
  • who would have traded away the Public Option even while saying he was in favor of it,
  • who would have expanded the war in Afghanistan,
  • who would have opened "vast expanses" of Atlantic seaboard, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling,
  • who would have 'put politics before science' and at first minimized the BP oil spill and then might have claimed that there was practically no oil left and that "the microbes ate it!",
  • who might have continually filed SCOTUS briefs in favor of large corporate polluters,
  • who might have even been in favor of whale hunting,
  • who might have used cluster bombs on civilians in Yemen,
  • who might have refused to investigate Bush's political firings of US Attorneys,
Why we might even have a president who would appoint a bunch of right wing psychopaths to the Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and try to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class while allowing Wall St. Banks, the filthy rich and military corporations to continue plundering our economy, or who might try to institute policies which would effectively shut down the internet.
See! Weren't we lucky we 'elected O'Bama?

Oh, wait...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

60 Minutes: The Blow-out of the "Second Mortgage" Crisis

It is 60 Minutes; we should be at least glad that SOMEBODY mong the SCUM< has figured out a way to make the Banksters look almost as bad as they are...

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Bill Maher's Elaborate Shaggy Dog On "Getting Crabs."

It's pointed, and clever and it points the blame where it needs to go, but it leaves out the political folks who "gotcher money, dude."

Thursday, April 07, 2011

"WE ARE..." "UNION!" "WE ARE..." "UNION."

Oligarchs! Owners! Bosses! Fear THIS!

The Miners' union has gone out against all the coal companies in Alabama. There's NOTHING on ANY "News" abnout this ANYWHERE, according to Glynn Wilson, blogger and regional reporter, via his FaceBook page today.

It's exactly the stridency and the barely restrained militancy that GOPukes, and the Owners, too, fear so much they are struggling to disband them. In the age of predatory, disaster-driven, manichean capital, labor solidarity is the ONLY antidote. Shamwow and the Dims are complicit by their faint-heartedness in support of labor's struggle. That, in itself, is damning.

Of course, St. Barry, the Pale, is in a bind. He cannot take up labor's standard for fear of enacting the racist canard that he's "just one of them." So, while a fucknozzle like the Chimperor Bush need have made NO effort as President to distance himself from, or to avoid being seen to advance a particularly GOPUKE agenda, Obama steps into a rhetorical/political trap if HE advocates for the Dem's constituency. I've said all along, I almost feel sorry for him.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Got An Hour? Two? Spend 'Em With Jeff Sharlet & "The Family"

All you EVER needed to know about the anti-democratic, subversive, seditious bunch of god-blighted meretricious fucktards, oligarchic wackloons, and theocratic shitwhistles as EVER you'd wanna know. This could ruin yer whole day!
Parts 1-10:


















Friday, March 18, 2011

The Confidence Game

Hartmann and I disagree on whether or not there is time to effect structural change through existing institutions. It took the Kochsters--the John Birch Society, et al--almost 50 years, and countless BILLIONS of dollars to finally corrupt the system enough (they call it, deceptively, "gaming") to install their shills and lickspittles and scabs in gummint to finally take over and deliver it.

We don't have that kind of time, or money, or even numbers.

Sorry 'bou'dat!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Local Licenses: The "Real" Targets Of The Attack On NPR

The "ether" on the Web--FB, of course, but elsewhere, too--is ABUZZ with the announcement that the House has scheduled a vote tomorrow on "zeroing out" NPR's federal appropriation. I'd say it's a done deal. Ever since that refugee from the Orleans Parish prison got the video, it's been a foregone conclusion, imho. You cannot tell the truth about the Teabaggers, cannot even imply that you KNOW the truth about them: which is that they are, indeed, the suburban arm of the KKK; the only difference being, the Baggers' sheets are polyester-blend, floral prints from WalMart, not the plain home-spun of Forrests' marauders.

But all that is a charade, part of the kabuki. What's at risk here, the real stakes in the game, are the licenses of the local outlets which would be imperiled if the local stations, which receive a total of around $95 MILLION annu8aly, lose that revenue stream.

What happens is, they are forced to sell the licenses. Licenses in even middling markets sell for fucking beaucoup Million$. Every frequency, in every market, is allotted. If the 1) the House zeros out NPR, and the Senate goes along, and St. Barry, the Pale, does not demonstrate hitherto unforeseen and unforeshadowed depths of courage, that's gonna be the pay-off.