Thursday, May 31, 2007

50 Years On, With The Bushevik ClusterFuck

TruthOut.Org supplies the link to this (did this get any ink or vid yestiddy?):
And while you're reading, open a new window and LISTEN TO THIS...

Bush Envisions US Presence in Iraq Like South Korea
By Steve Holland

Wednesday 30 May 2007

Washington - President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.

The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.

Democrats in control of the U.S. Congress have been pressing Bush to agree to a timetable for pulling troops from Iraq, an idea firmly opposed by the president.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush would like to see a U.S. role in Iraq ultimately similar to that in South Korea in which "you get to a point in the future where you want it to be a purely support model."

"The Korean model is one in which the United States provides a security presence, but you've had the development of a successful democracy in South Korea over a period of years, and, therefore, the United States is there as a force of stability," Snow told reporters.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in a statement he believes it is time for Bush to "recognize the reality on the ground in Iraq," that U.S. troops are mired in an Iraqi civil war and a change in course is urgently needed.

"Democrats know that Americans demand realistic plans, not more White House rhetoric, rosy predictions and best-case scenarios. Our troops and the American people deserve better," Reid said.

Iraq's neighbors have raised concerns about the possibility of the United States maintaining permanent bases in Iraq, and some U.S. lawmakers have said they think the Iraqi insurgency may have been fueled by perceptions the United States wants a permanent presence in the country.

Washington has consistently denied wanting permanent bases in Iraq.

Snow said U.S. bases in Iraq would not necessarily be permanent because they would be there at the invitation of the host government and "the person who has done the invitation has the right to withdraw the invitation."

"I think the point he's (Bush) trying to make is that the situation in Iraq, and indeed, the larger war on terror, are things that are going to take a long time. But it is not always going to require an up-front combat presence," Snow said.

"The president has always said that ultimately you want to be handing primary responsibility off to the Iraqis," he said.

"You provide the so-called over-the-horizon support that is necessary from time to time to come to the assistance of Iraqis but you do not want the United States forever in the front."

The motherfuckers are clearly delusional.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Drinking Liberally Observes 4th Anniversary

As the 'host' of the (struggling) Albuquerque chapter of DL, i got this in the morning E-mail.

Dear Dedicated Liberal Drinker,

This week join us as we celebrate 4 YEARS OF DRINKING LIBERALLY...and help us make the next year the most significant yet.

Political change is brewing all across the country…and it's all because of YOU! Founded in 2003, Drinking Liberally hit its 200th chapter one month ago because people have stepped up to organize and attend local chapters, bring politics into their everyday lives and use these communities to make a more liberal America.

- Reading, PA: hosted 100 activists to meet grassroots candidates before the '06 election

- Gooding, ID: defended the word "liberal" from libelous attacks in the local newspaper

- Natchez, MS: created social space where black and white activists feel comfortable attending together

- Louisville, KY: built a network that pledged thousands of dollars to local public radio

The journey from local dive bar to national prominence has seen our drinking clubs grow into a new organization. LIVING LIBERALLY creates social communities around progressive politics in many forms: the Laughing Liberally national comedy tour; Eating Liberally meals, providing grass-fed grub and grassroot gab; Reading Liberally national book tours; Screening Liberally films; and Blogging Liberally discussions of democracy in the information age.

This 4th Anniversary coincides with another coming-of-age step for Living Liberally: co-founder Justin Krebs will be stepping into the role of the organization's first Executive Director to give the growing network the attention to make it an instrumental progressive partner in the political season ahead.

But no one person makes Drinking Liberally effective -- we all do. So please, offer suggestions for where DL can go next, how we can grow the network, deepen our chapters and increase our impact toward a more liberal nation. Email your ideas for our 5th tremendous year.

And please attend your local Drinking Liberally gathering and help us celebrate around the country by raising a glass to "promoting democracy one pint at a time."


The Drinking Liberally National Team

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pretty Girls

They are: these are the five finalists for the title of Miss Universe (apparently the entrants from Aldeberan and Spica didn't make the cut). But women in the Trump-meister's Girlie Show also seem to be just about interchangeable: you could throw all their banners into a heap, and have each one just reach in and grab, and you could not tell which one belonged to which. By the way, Miss Japan (far right) was named the winner.

Monday, May 28, 2007

An OUTRAGEOUSLY Mixed "Immigration" Metaphor

The citizens of the USofA are, in relation to our recent immigrants, a lot like ship-wrecked passengers in a crowded, gated lifeboat in a gale. We're kickin' people over the side, to keep afloat, while the weight of the gates designed to keep the folks from crawling back sinks us deeper and deeper into the storm.

Just THINK! If USer Pols Had The Same Scruples, We'd Possibly Have Been Spared Abu Gonzales' Shameful Displays Of Dissembling and Lies

Don't You Wish OUR Politicians Had The Same Scruples?

TOKYO - Japan's agriculture minister died Monday after hanging himself just hours before he was to face questioning in a political scandal, officials said. The suicide may have dealt a powerful blow to the increasingly beleaguered government ahead of July elections.

Toshikatsu Matsuoka, 62, was found in his apartment Monday unconscious and declared dead hours later. Matsuoka's death comes just ahead of upper house elections, and as support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is plunging.

An autopsy showed that he died after hanging himself, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Police official who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

The minister was found hanging from a door in his apartment earlier Monday, and he left a suicide note, according to local media reports.

Matsuoka had faced heavy criticism over a scandal involving suspicious bookkeeping practices in his offices, and was scheduled to appear before a parliamentary committee Monday afternoon for further questioning.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Fucking "Rolling Thunder" Dumfux: Clueless Morons Riding Noisy Toys

They got lots to say about MIAs and the like...Look! Listen! Bright, sparkly, noisy motorcycles!

But they ain't got SHIT to say about ending the fucking illegal, murderous, immoral, criminal, imperialistic invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Notice whose grinning, simpering visage is prominently featured at the top?

Fucking assholes. Just fucking assholes...

Friday, May 25, 2007

Hip, Hip, Al Hurra!!!!

Dumb motherfuckers RULE!

Us_government_g_mn_3 Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.

That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, including an hour-long tirade on the importance of anti-Jewish violence, among other questionable pieces.

Facing tough questions before a congressional panel last week, Broadcasting Board of Governors member Joaquin Blaya admitted none of the senior news managers at the network spoke Arabic when the terrorist messages made it onto the air courtesy of U.S. taxpayer funds. Nor did Blaya himself or any of the other officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the network.

"How does it happen that the terrorists take over?" asked Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, D-N.Y., at a hearing last Wednesday of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee he chairs. "Is there no adult supervision?"

Blaya conceded that the top officials in the network's chain of command could not understand what was being said on al Hurra broadcasts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Is ANYBODY Talking About That Fucknozzle Lieberman's Threats To Assfuck The Dems?

I dogpiled "Lieberman Changes Party" and got one hit.

But it sure sounds like Loserman's willing take the noses of the likes of his 'supporters' like HRC and Barak, and Mary Landrieu (again), and wipe his reaking, leaking, dripping, turn-coat ass with them.

One MIGHT, if one were of a certain sensibility, be inclined to declare 'jihad' on NoMoJo, the fucking ho, should he take that woeful step.

Ever since he turned on Clinton, it's been my opinion that he was an honest-to-fucking-christ, John LeCarre-style MOLE, a GOP agent INSIDE the Democratic Party. We're watching "the Jo, de Ho comin' in from de col'..."

Okie Anti-Environmentalist Senator Blocks Rachel Carson Memorial

One of two of men leading Oklahoma's long-term project to field the DUMBEST FUCKING DELEGATION IN CONGRESS has put a 'hold' on a Senatorial memorial to honor Rachel Carson on the centennial of her birth.

Which one?

Well, ya gotta choice: Jim Inhofe, who proudly proclaims there has NEVER been a faggot in HIS family; or Tom Coburn, the physician who claimed women's sports in Okiedom were promoting lesbianism in the lockerroom.

Through a spokesperson the Senator accuses Carson of responsibility for millions of deaths in the developing world because of her activism to reduce the spread of chemical pesticide toxins.

You'd think a state the mascot of which is a bunch of thieving cheaters would try NOT to call attention to the sloping brows, ridged eye-brows, and prognathous jaws of its populace...

Read the piece, linked under the headline of this post, for the answer.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Are 'Dumbocraps' Ready To Cave On Iraq Funding? Are They REALLY Gutless Fucking Shit-Stains? You Betcher Sweet ASS They Are!

7:30 am, May 22, '07-- NPR just reported that the Dim-o-craps are ready to send an Iraq Occupation Funding bill to the Chimp to sign which does NOT contain ANY restrictions insofar as continuing the occupation. No time-lines, no bench-marks, no nothing: The Complete CAVE-IN...You just knew they were gonna cave, the gutless, feckless, worthless, useless, reaking pieces of SHIT! You JUST FUCKING KNEW!

UPDATE: From The Pen:

The following was in my e-mail, this morning.
Inescapable Conclusion: This has been coming for DAYS...


Please call NOW toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803 and ask for your own House member and Senators. And ALSO leave separate messages for both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi at their leadership offices. They represent you too!


Drafting this alert has been an enormous challenge . . . to find a way to express our anger in a way that is still civil. Please, Lord, help us to express this in a way that will have a positive result.

We are hearing reports that the Democrats are preparing to unilaterally surrender to Bush on the Iraq supplemental, despite a solid majority of the American people in favor of at least some kind of restraints on a war president run amok. If this is a trial balloon, or in part even a Republican trick to try to demoralize us, it didn't work. We're not demoralized, we're just angry.

The inside the beltway genius pundits, the ones who thought the Iraq invasion and occupation was such a bully-bully party for the first couple disastrous years, pontificate that if the Democrats don't completely cave in on yet another mammoth emergency funding demand it would be political "suicide". Like we really need them to self-appoint themselves as our campaign managers. Meanwhile, the death and destruction in Iraq continues unabated.

And for what? The latest rumblings in Iraq are that the stinky, smelly oil production sharing agreement that was the end game of this entire monstrosity is generating increasing resistance in even the puppet Iraq government, the harder we try to force it down their throats. This is the only benchmark Bush has ever been interested in. And is there any doubt that even if they are able to force it through by our military presence, that it be nothing but a casus belli for all eternity?

Is there any doubt that the Iraqi people, if not the entire Muslim world, will resent for generations, with the most blind and unanimous hatred, the way their natural resources were looted from them by an invading imperial army? Is there any doubt that insurgent attacks will continue to increase exponentially, the AlQaeda dream come true? Is there any doubt that any member of the Iraqi parliament who signs on to this does so at peril to his own life from his own

Is there any doubt that our only net spoils from this war will be magnified threats of terrorist attacks against our own homeland in revenge?

In 1919, the Chicago White Sox UNEXPECTEDLY lost the World Series. Their biggest star, Shoeless Joe Jackson, the number three lifetime batting average champion of all time, had admitted under oath to being part of a conspiracy to throw the series, but he was only convicted of not reporting the scandal. On leaving the courtroom, it is reported that a young fan plaintively begged him, "Say it ain't so, Joe!" Joe Jackson was banned from major league baseball and
never played there again.

Democrats have majorities in both houses of Congress. They have done little but surrender, capitulate, and surrender some more since the day we gave them those majorities. One of the things we have heard is that they will attach the forgotten minimum wage increase now to a new total surrender version of the Iraq Supplemental. Somebody please explain to us why with a majority in both houses of Congress they could not have put the minimum wage provision on the
president's desk months ago.

Some say they will "seek other opportunities later this year to challenge Bush's handling of the unpopular conflict." There will be other opportunities for gratuitous grandstanding. But there will be few other opportunities for ending this insane occupation, short of impeachment (itself a necessity), UNLESS the Democrats stick to their guns just one time.


WAKE THE FUCK UP, America. We respectfully submit that if you are not angry by now, you are not paying attention. And we pray for you, that if you are motivated to express that anger to Congress, please do it in a way that cannot be construed as anything but a verbal expression of your policy position.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Klaudt-Klones In MO Lege? Wouldn't Surprise ME: Patriarchs ALWAYS Lurvs'Em Dat YOUNG Pussy!

TruthOut.Org has the following: The Missouri Lege is ready to pass and to send on to Gov. Blunt--who has already pledged to sign it--a bill which would impose regulatory language on Mo. abortion clinics that would effectively drive existing abortion providers out of business, and prevent new ones from being established. It would also restrict 'sex education' in schools to programs dominated by the 'abstinence-only' stance.

Somebody check and see if Gov. Blunt's been giving "ovary checks" and 'egg-counts" to poor, teenage girls in foster care in the Guv's office...cuz that's the kind of sleazy shit these 'pro-life' fuckers pull, if nobody's watching 'em.

Iirc, Missouri was one of the 'pick-up' states, where tolerance was thought to be rebounding, based on the '06 election results...

What this illustrates most compellingly is that, when human rights are taken off the national table and relegated to the far less carefully scrutinized Leges in the States, human rights are far more vulnerable to challenge, if not out-right revocation, by the prejudices of the 'majority.'

Have the GOPhascist Fux ALREADY Stolen the '08 "Election"?

Or at least they're well on the way.
That's the opinion of rogue investigative reporter Greg Palast, reported in a BuzzFlash interview late last week:

One 'money-quote':
Vote theft is mainly a racial issue in America, and it’s a class issue. The white caucus is a lot bigger than the black caucus. They don’t call the Congress a millionaire’s club for nothing. There aren’t many guys in there -- or women -- who are not millionaires. So it’s the millionaires versus us. It’s the white caucus versus the black caucus, which is of great concern. So the vote is along racial class and economic lines, not along party lines. Party lines are pretty much meaningless. There’s pretty much one party -- the party of the cash. But I’m not one of these people that says there’s no difference between the Democratic and Republican Party. The question is: is the difference meaningful? That’s all. When it comes down to voter issues, remember that the Democrats in power there were elected under the racist, broken, classist system. If you fix the voting system, a third of those Democrats could never win a primary. The last thing that they want is poor people to vote.
This of course echoes my long-held conviction thet neither Democrats nor GOPukes really want to expand the franchise, or make it easier for people to vote, or do anything that would change by even the least chinchilla the dnamics over which they now feel they are in control.

More Palast:
When I say the 2008 race has already been stolen, about a million and a half voter registrations have been turned down. Even though there have been massive voter registration drives among Hispanics and African Americans, as the churches fill up the bucket, there’s a hole in the bucket where the registrations are being dumped.

It used to be that you signed your name -- bang, you got through, you’re registered. Not anymore. About 40% of the registrations are being rejected on the grounds that they don’t match citizenship files. Well, you know what? It ain’t the Soviet Union. We don’t have citizenship files in the United States. They don’t exist. They can’t exist under the law, which is the U.S. Constitution.

Go read the whole thing.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

SANTORUM!: Your Next Attorney General?

I do not expect Abu Bin Gonzo to resign as Attorney General. He is too valuable to the Busheviks, as a lightning rod and a blind behind which the rest of the regime may evade responsibility and accountability.

However, if he were to resign, I'd expect it to occur within days of a Congressional recess--Memorial Day, or 4th of July--so that the Busheviks can immediately install a sympathetic nominee via recess appointment.

I would not expect them to appoint a strong leader to the DoJ, because such a leader might interfere in the plans of the Busheviks to use the AS Atty's to help them steal the next election. They already fired a bunch of them, all of whom they thought they mightn't be able to trust to pursue their nefarious election-tampering schemes.

Should Abu Gonzo resign, the Chimp will undoubtedly regard it as a persona affront--a 'black eye,' in the terms Heller's Col Cathcart would understand. And the Chimp will move heaven and earth to shove a stick in the eye of those he regards as enemies. Such a sharp, pointy stick would be to recess-appoing ol' "Man-on-Dog" Rick Santorum, recently defeated in his bid to return to the US Senate.
Gay-Ron-FUUKIN-TEED, chers...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

More On The (Alleged) Child-Raping, Sodomizing S.D. GOP (Former) State Rep.

These allegations were included in the .pdf in the previous post. But if you are a like I am, you'd rather have teeth pulled without anaesthesia than go through the rigors of downloading a .pdf file. Here, a newspaper reporter has done what I had neither the patience nor the stomach for. It's for this reason we NEED newspapers.

Meta: Somebody in the comments over at Digby, in response to a Tristero post on the matter, asked (rhetorically, I presume): (... how he could live with himself as probably the most obvious).

I replied: Did anyone mention that he probably CAN'T live with himself, and that's why he's tried to cover himself in so many layers of suet? It's the Picture of Dorian Grey, but worn as flesh, in public...

US Military Out-Sources Recruiting

Yep. Program is called GRAP (Guard Recruiting Assistance Program). Run by a company named Docupak (short for Document and Packaging Brokers, Inc). They call themselves, nothwithstanding the odd name, a marketing company. Their corpoRat HQ is (wait for it) ALABASTER, Alabama...

Contract awarded in 2002 - operates in all 50 states.

"Recruiters" collect $2k for every recruit who shows up at basic training.

Friday, May 18, 2007

More "GOPolice Blotter" Stuff: One Of The "Family Values" Is Really Young Pussy, Apparently

Former SD Legislator Arrested On Sex Charges

A former South Dakota legislator (photo: right) has been arrested.
Republican Ted Klaudt faces several charges including stalking and second degree rape. Klaudt is charged with eight counts of second degree rape, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of sexual contact with a child under 16, two counts of tampering with a witness, and one count of stalking.

Klaudt turned himself in this morning to the sheriff's department in McIntosh. These cases are being prosecuted by the Corson County States Attorney, the Hughes County States Attorney, with the Attorney General’s Office assisting.

From Klaudt’s voting history, to reaction from his former constituents and the state, our news crews are working to cover all angles of this developing story.

There is a .pdf file which graphically details the explicit crimes of which Klaudt is accused.

I reckon he 'turned himself in,' alrightee. Where was he gonna hide that shape? And there was NO FUUKIN WAY he could get far fleeing on foot. The story doesn't report whether he's (was) married or not. Whaddaya think*?

(*he IS, with one child)


Gonzo ain’t gonna resign…
Indeed, i expect his behavior to become more and more outrageous and bizarre…
His job now is to draw ALL the attention of the Congress onto himself, to MAKE Congress impeach him, thereby drawing away all the oxygen from other efforts to impeach cheney/bush.
Any contemplated impeachment of Gonzales would occupy the Congress’s attention through the rest of this year, and probably well into the primary season. There's no way there could be enough energy--much less, the votes--needed to pursue aggressive investigations into Cheney/Bush's malfeasances with an 'on-going investigation' of Abu Bin Gonzo.
In a strange way, impeaching Gonzales would actually benefit the GOPhascist fux because it would focus attention on one, relatively minor actor in the drama, and relieve the rest of the Busheviks, and not incidentally the aspirants to replace them, of the scrutiny they so richly deserve and so desperately need.
And the greasy li'l pimp’ll be amply rewarded. One could expect dozens of “free Alberto" defense/slush funds to spring up, to be financed by donations from the wealthiest members of the GOPhascist inner circle. Proceeds from which he'd be free to dispose of as he wished.
Impeaching Gonzo will be GOOD for the GOPukes.

(Cross-posted at

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Coming Attractions: The (Much-beloved) On-Going Investigation

I am pretty sure now that Abu Gonzales will NOT resign, and that the Chimp will NOT fire him, no matter WHAT crimes and excesses the Congress may be able to hang on him...

Instead, Gonzo will become more and more outrageous in his behavior; possibly--hell, prob'ly--he'll outright defy Congress, blow off their subpoenas, scoff at their threats. He knows there aren't the votes and there isn't the will on the Hill to actually send the marshalls to compel him.

Gonzo will, in other words, dare the Congress to impeach him (and fuck the DoJ as an instrument of the People's justice--which, of course, is what he was hired to do in the first place)...

In doing so, the Congress will start the 'on-going investigation' behind which all the rest of the malefactors and miscreants in the Regime will then hide-out while Congress obediently follows the fruitless chase.

Until the next 'election' installs a new Regime which will, out of bi-partisan comity or one-partisan CYA, drop the whole thing.

Game. Set. Match, Busheviks...

(More kewl cartoons by the guy whose work I shamelessly stole: Here and/or Here)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Apparently, 'Rev.' Jerry Falwell's Being/Been Gathered Into The Arms Of His Creator

If so, ONE MAY ONLY HOPE he finds his 'God' is every bit intolerant as Falwell himself was.

Here's a brief account of what he deserves to repent:

On 9/14/01: "The ACLU has got to take a lot of blame for this. And I know I'll hear from them for this, but throwing God...successfully with the help of the federal court system...throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools, the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad...I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America...I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen."
"I listen to feminists and all these radical gals - most of them are failures. They've blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men - that's their problem.
"The argument that making contraceptives available to young people would prevent teen pregnancies is ridiculous. That's like offering a cookbook as a cure to people who are trying to lose weight.
“I had a student ask me, "Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?" Of course, we know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed”
"AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals”

“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.”

“Someone must not be afraid to say, ‘moral perversion is wrong.’ If we do not act now, homosexuals will own America!.. If you and I do not speak up now, this homosexual steamroller will literally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in its way…and our nation will pay a terrible price!”

“The whole (global warming) thing is created to destroy America’s free enterprise system and our economic stability”
Jerry Falwell
US clergyman & conservative commentator (1933 -2007 ): RIP, motherfucker...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Sexual Tension Between Them Was So Thick You Could CUT It.

US Vice President Dick Cheney(L) meets with Emirati Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktum at al-Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Click To Support Mammogram Donations: A Favor for a Friend

Favor to ask, it only takes a minute....
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Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammograms in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Not-so-serious Must See TeeBee: K-Lo Uncovered

To see is to believe

Seriously, for a moment: Must See Web TeeVee

Michael Pollan moderates a panel discussion of the 2007 farm bill, now being debated, with guests Dan Imhoff, the author of Food Fight: A Citizen's Guide to the Farm Bill; George Naylor, Iowa corn farmer and president of the National Family Farms Coalition; Ann Cooper, Director of Nutrition Services for the Berkeley school system, and other leaders in the effort to reform federal agricultural policies.

Every five years or so, the President signs an obscure piece of legislation that determines what happens on a couple of hundred million acres of private land in America, what sort of food Americans eat (and how much it costs) and, directly as a result, the health of our population (and which allocates more than $90 BILLION). The American food system is a game played according to a precise set of rules that are written by Congress, typically with virtually no input from anyone beyond a handful of farm-state legislators. Nothing could do more to reform the American food system --an by doing so improve the condition of America's environment and public health-- than if the rest of us were to start paying attention to the farm bill.
Who Gets the Money?

For the simplest answer, one might twist a line from Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, "It's the commodity groups, stupid." Thanks to a growing number of nongovernmental, governmental, and mass media resources, following the Farm Bill money trail is not that difficult. (Excellent places to start include Environmental Working Group, Oxfam International, Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.) According to the Congressional Research Service, 84 percent of commodity support spending goes to the production of just five crops: corn, cotton, wheat, rice, and soybeans. Half of that money currently goes to just seven states that produce most of those commodities. The richest ten percent of farm-subsidy recipients (many of whom are corporations and absentee landowners who can hardly be classified as "actively engaged" in growing crops) take in more than two-thirds of those payments.

A few other broad brushstrokes:

  • Almost 50 percent of all commodity subsidies went to 5 percent of eligible farmers in 2005;
  • Subsidies help the largest farms to acquire the best land and squeeze out smaller growers;
  • The growth rate for jobs trailed the national average in nearly two-thirds of counties receiving heavy subsidies between 2000 and 2003, according to a recent report.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I'll Be TOTALLY Honest And Forthcoming

I mean, all that body-language stuff is pure guff, innit?

See, Man-yoo-ell, Ah Tol' Ya: Sloppy Seconds Ain' So Bad...Heh Heh

Step On A Crack...

Break your mother's back? He seems to be aiming for 'em, don't he?

"I need to get me one o'these fer the next Krawford Klavern meeting!

"This'n's jis' th' raht sahz! Ah kin jis' pull it raht ovah m'haid! Don' need no hood 'r nuthin!

"Oh, SHIT! Did I, Or Did I Not, Remember To Tie My Laces?"

On Yer KNEES, Peasants!

You WILL grovel before the Commander Guy!@!!

Tabula Rasa

New "Thought-Balloon" Technology Reveals Chimpy Mental Operations

"See, the bad news goes in here, and comes straight out the other side...heh heh"