Month: December 2009

Big New’s Year Eve Post! Read this Now, it Will Enable Extra Drinking Later!

Our next president, by the awesome, great, sadly recently-deceased David Levine.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? — Buddha

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. — John Kenneth Galbraith

Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone. — Hodding Carter

R.I.P.: David Levine.

Duh. It takes The Economist to tell us that it’s the quality of the journalism that matters, not the means of delivery. Of course, we knew that….

Wow! Our intelligence services lied to us!?

Yeah, it changed after 9/11. Crazed America-hating imbeciles are in charge.

Airport security: The Master speaks. And Obama agrees with him. New litmus test: Anyone who disagrees with this does not belong in power or in any position of any sort with any influence. None.

Scared? Of course not. Assured... and left scared by the crazies running your country....

God bless the ruling party (the GOP): Loves to talk tough about security then they go and put us at risk. Read: What the Iranians — the Goddam Iranians — can teach us. Ironically, we both got oppressive changes of government around the same time…. Query: When did elite journalism switch from reporting facts to writing fiction? Another rightist idiot pundit heard from:

Crook doesn’t offer any policy critique at all. Instead, he condemns Obama for not reaching out to Republicans, for “deferring to the implacably partisan Democratic majorities.” (Link.)

And watch this one blatantly lie:

And these eight Republican Senators want to enable terrorism.

This GOP congressman wants to make things easier for terrorists. The piece of garbage hallucinates that there’s some civil liberties issue. Bet you that he’s on the take from a company that sells an alternative to the screening machines that may have prevented the Christmas Day incident.

And the GOP takes joy in terrorist attacks so they can destroy our freedoms.

GOP fiscal irresponsibility ca. 2001. They never got better.

World gone crazy crazier.

Why Portfolio was stillborn: Some editor thought an article contemplating a Tiger Woods IPO was worth taking seriously and publishing.

Bill Clinton must be so damn jealous of this:

(Yes, sadly, it’s an apparent fake….)

Latent Republican Dems say: We can’t afford to save the earth. (Assuming global warming is a real phenomenon).

Shameless douchebag. Again: Deliberate liar or as brainless as dogshit? Next touch question: Why do people like this get publicity and thereby empowered?

Here’s another one. Disgusting. And they control our nation.

And yet another! Our national malignant tumor….

Professor Krugman errs again. Medicare D is a smashing success: Enables the GOP look like they did something good while succeeding in creating a government destroying financial disaster.

True GOP family values: Ditch the second wife. Such exemplars. Of lying hypocrisy. And here’s the long version, that is, a more thoughtful, deeper, analysis.

Professor Krugman believes this dying decade should be named the Big Zero. And while it’s not quite melodious, he has a point. By all measurements of importance, the grade is… a zero.

Reminder needed: The hope Obama ran on, what was it hope for? A continuation of failed Cheney/Rove/Bush policies?

Assholes: The has-been actress who now stars only in gossip media productions and her pissant, cockroach lawyers. FYI: These are the kind of lawyers who give lawyers a bad name: the ones who charge outrageous sums to represent the famous in some disgusting manner and/or represent them strictly for self-promotion. Read about how big a douchebag Demi Moore and her scumbags are here.

Great news for vets: The wives of married returning troops are being taught how to act like whores. I suppose there’s hope that the Pentagon may deign to decide to meaningfully treat the traumatized vets….

So. Next time I need ink, I'll opt for the Svedka? Except even if more expensive, the ink lasts longer.
I am with Dogbert 1,000%.

Muzorama

Muzorama is a short 3D animation film based on the universe of french illustrator Jean-Philippe Masson aka Muzo.Produce in 2008 with a six weeks production time.Directed by Elsa Brehin, Raphaël Calamote, Mauro Carraro, Maxime Cazaux, Emilien Davaud, Laurent Monneron and Axel Tillement.Softwares used are Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.Siggraph 2009 official selection.———————————————-A little entertainment as the year rolls over and a new decade begins….

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Holiday Greetings! — and More!

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them. — Buddha

There’s no use addressing complaints from the right; in general, the safest thing when dealing with crazy people is to avoid eye contact. — Professor Krugman

More of Xmas south of the border here.

Really: Is this country sick or just really fucked up or what? Look at this and this.

Atrios makes joke. Hahahahah!

God bless the innocence of the 1950s. When they weren’t imagining Commies everywhere, they went in for a little of that old time racism:

Meanwhile, at the same time….

Seriously, did the world’s greatest healthcare system, clearly in no need of reform according President Barack (“Oneterma”) Obama, drive this man to suicide? (Link. And here are the survivors begging for money, essentially, thanks to debt incurred from our fine healthcare health insurance system.)

What I love about the control of the media elite of the right: 40 years ago, the rightists are enabled to create the myth of great hatred of the Vietnam vets by hippy commies and no one in the media elite have called them on that lie — slander — to date. Meanwhile, all the real hate and hostility and mistreatment of the vets come from the wingnuts — and the media elite still haven’t called them on it.

I only hope this sticks, but undoubtedly it will not:

As part of Obama’s first budget, Congress approved a request for more than $110 million for a new “teenage pregnancy prevention” initiative that would only fund programs that have been “proven effective through rigorous evaluation,” which would effectively eliminate abstinence programs. (Link.)

Answer: What is “We get screwed some more”? The question is here. More about how we’ll (that is, the leaders we fail to rid ourselves of will) fail again is here.

How Obama fails homeowners.

God, the rightists are so fucking stupid. Today’s Example A is here and here. Not just the selections, although what can be expected from Brooks but his reading is so… well, it’s where you go these days to maintain your ignorance…. Hey! Here’s another one! The rightist imbeciles are more common than cockroaches and more likely to survive…. But here’s some Christmas spirit from the rightist crazies…. Ooops, here’s another imbecilic wingnut pundit!

The elite media’s greatest hits from this dying decade.

There is a little hyperbole here. But I do miss address books… an entire life in a wee book you fill out yourself….

The Lyin’ King’s dream.

I don’t know how I feel about this. (So much for being an opinionated asshole. Clearly not true. Or at least there are exceptions.)

Again, the teabaggers have it backwards when it comes to whom they pray should die. Here’s my two latest choices.

My Holiday Gift to the Celebrants!

You know why the bitch is laughing. My fellow Americans, our next president. God (oops, he's already passed) help us.

First things first, but not necessarily in that order. — Doctor Who

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. — Buddha

The life which is unexamined is not worth living. — Plato

Now Obama gets involved with healthcare reform (or “reform”)? Why? To prevent any actual reform?

Essential reading: Much about the fail that is America.

Healthcare “reform”: Essentially none (and assuredly less one the two bills are resolved). Unless you consider a windfall to the insurers a reform. But worry not; once the bill gets passed, it will be fixed in subsequent legislation including a public option. When? Why, well after hell freezes over.

Yellow journalism rules at the Times. Keep going, guys; ensuring the paper’s inessential will ensure its demise… that’s a scoop, Pinch and Keller.

On Christmas Eve, the Times hides the fact that Matt Taibbi was (essentially) right about Goldman Sachs. Of course, in the prior world, before moral corruption was endemic and par for the course, the Big Media journos would have been looking into, and verifying, his claims long ago. Now, too little, too late. And reminder: Taibbi didn’t publish his piece in a daily paper or broadcast it. It ran in a music biweekly. Just showing how inessential the dailies are.

Anyone wanna explain why “the print medium” particularly needs to be saved? At least in regard to papers they’ve failed us and in doing so have proven their primary importance is in being a bunch of ads wrapping Godawful “journalism”. Of course, they’d be important be if they were a primary source of important reporting. They’re not and there are alternatives doing a better job. Just off the top of my head, the most important reporting jobs recently are Taibbi’s recent run in Rolling Stone (magazine) and “Infinite Debt” in Harper’s (magazine). As for papers? Nothing springs to mind. My point, really, is that there are numerous sources for deep, significant reporting — not rewrites of press releases and the like. Again, if papers disappear, it is not like anything of great importance would be lost except jobs. Advertising? Who cares. Important journalism? Not recently. My God, the last two important papers in the countries are proving themselves inessential with lousy reporting (Times and WSJ). What, say, an iSlate, can do is make deep journalism easier to access, ditto breaking stories and video (and of course a whole lot more).

Ben Bernanke: Major fail. And Obama supports him. And he’s reappointed for another term of epic fail….

Big Brother is back! And he is watching! Remember: The COnstitution applies in the U.S., not in the superseding corporatist state in control.

This is sad. Not just the killing and smuggling of already-endangered species but that spending years tracking, busting and jailing the fucker accomplished nothing.

Is this news? To who?

The Cheney/Rove/Bush/Rumsfeld administration decided to go all techy with the military. And came up with gold-plated crap as we’ve seen the last couple of days. Here, maybe, is the latest failure. Good news? It reminds one of what we would have gotten with John Sidney McCain III or any of the GOP monkeys (and a pig) in 2012.

Why no public option? Because this senator is a complete whore (and Barack Obama is a punk-talking wuss who refuses to lead).

Professor Krugman errs again. Our government is not simply dysfunctional but dysfunctional because it’s been essentially completely corrupted. For to be healthy, it has to run on good faith, and our leaders swore that off back during the Raygun years. And yes, there is a solution: anyone up for direct action? And look, he blows it out his ass again here! Maybe he’s just suffering from too many holiday parties?

Screw Time, the newsweakly magazine’s and it’s fail of the year; here’s the lie of the year and why it’s so. This selection, I support.

This the way to prosperity: Temp workers.

Seriously. John McCain: Stupid? Deliberate liar? Both?

Google=evil.

Google does more evil. (Still love my Gmail, though, and how Google makes it possible to bust through paywalls! Wait, that last one’s kind of evil too!?)

Punk GOP wingnut asshole (yes, yes, a multiple redundancy). He wants to wish death on someone? I’d be happy to see him dead and gone now. Wait, it’s worse than that!

Ain’t this a crock? From Rupert’s debased Wall Street Journal:

It is time for regulators to make the banks think twice before bowing to sovereigns.

In other words, governments should encourage lawlessness. (Link.)

Must be some bug left over from Carly…:

Michelle Bachmann is a welfare-taking socialist.

Why the Senate’s healthcare reform-free bill sucks.

How dare the gummint tell airlines not to abuse passengers? The airlines will teach the gummint by treating passengers even worse!

The elite press’ failures. Not even the tip of the iceberg, sadly….

Money-grubbing asshole. Well, it’s the RNC chief, so I guess it’s only right and should be expected….

NSFW Christmas Greetings. (No war here.) Indeed, all I can say is God bless. Actually, God blessed.

Click on the image if you want (or dare) to read it....

Damn! That's a tat!

Making Fun City fun again; Times Square, Saturday night, 19 December 2009:

Where’s the Good News? Again, Not Here!

My life is my message. — Mahatma Gandhi

What do you have to do? Pack your bags, Go to the station without them, Catch the train, And leave your self behind. — Open Secret by Wei Wu Wei

This is the way of peace: “Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” – Peace Pilgrim

Heaven:

(More here.)

What I found amazing with the election of Ronnie Raygun was how fast the elite press turned into a bunch of fellating idiots — teabaggers, you could say — abrogating their societal responsibilities in order to service Ronnie. And the press has gotten even worse since then. Here’s the Lyin’ King’s media whores. Ho, ho, ho, soon to be unemployed incompetent journos….

If part of the healthcare problem is out of control costs fostered by the insurers, how does forcing millions more people to buy insurance help the underlying problem? So not only does the plan (so to speak) offer no reform, it actually exacerbates the problem. So if it passes, then what? Pols lie about to get reelected then do nothing?

All of our military’s planes can be easily hacked??

Wow! Even the federal government is stealing from the federal government to make money (in a recession, no less). The Government is selling videos financed with… taxpayer money.

This is great: Obama has made it legal for lenders to essentially steal homes from owners.

Again with the GOP haters of our troops. Sick. Loves to gets them killed, crippled, hates to do anything about it. But isn’t that the current “conservative” morality? Never take any responsibility for anything unless forced?

Here comes the second dip in the W-shaped Great Recession. Amazing was broad destruction of wealth can do…. But as long as Big Finance gets government handouts for worthless speculation, all is well….

And CNN’s great accomplishment of the year? Better journalism? (Joke, that.) Cost-cutting!

This is just lovely sick. Actually, it’s the scumbag’s who pass crap like this who are sick, albeit thanks to an equally sick electorate, in charge. No wonder corruption is endemic on all levels of the nation’s leadership….

Well, this is certainly a surprise. The power of the bribe (and maybe fear of death). Thank God our corruption isn’t quite as severe. All we get is a government that refuses to do anything for us.

Awesome! This is how the rich do it. Donates land around his home to the county for “preservation”. I guess the benefit to him of getting rid of the burden of maintaining the land or having any responsibility for it while keeping development as far away as it ever was with the resulting increase in value of what is keeps is just, well, coincidental. (Note: I love Metallica as comrades and musicians. But this is rich folks gaming the system or “bullshit”.) (Link.)

This is so sad. But since, if I ever buy another car, a used 9-3 convertible is on the short list, this will surely make it cheaper. God bless years of mismanagement and general ineptitude.

Really, the leaders of the GOP are just all scum. Like this governor who refuses to issue any pardons — except to the killers who worked the governor’s mansion’s grounds. What a solid criterion….

Obama fails homeowners. Query: The ones who get relief, any of street-workers, Wall Strett, that is?

The Pentagon’s drone fail.

N.Y.C. Corporation Counsel, Michael A. Cardozo, gets slapped for insulting the entire judiciary. Read it here. As a litigator in the City, I know Cardozo will make his Law Dept. operate with the same efficiency as he demands from the judiciary. The c*nt.

What a great scam. Loan recklessly, leave the government mortgage insurers holding the bag. And claim the whole problem is the government’s fault. For what? Getting played by the private sector?

(More about that viddie here.)

Money-grubbing greedy asshole destroyer of lives. That’s your Morning in America….

So. If an asteroid’s found rushing at earth, will our leaders be able to address the issue in time? I think the private sector could get it together, thanks to the profit incentive, the governments, I don’t think so….

Honeymoon of the year. More here.

Olbermann’s great idea: Don’t buy health insurance. I think ERs and bankruptcy are fine solutions, better than Obama’s healthcare deform. Dr. Dean, too, is dead on. In a word, the Senate version, at least, is shit.

Speaking of “reform”: Fact or fiction?

A joke, but not so far off from the reality that’s coming…. It’s a fine line between satire and a nightmare reality….

The Times’ lost: The economics reporter with the really screwed up personal economics takes a buyout, the better, I suppose, to help his repeatedly bankrupt wife pay off some debt. Read it here.

Sperm (but maybe not that of the Klaudt) considered as bytes of data. An idea for a sci-fi story’s coming (pun of course intended) to me….

To me, the big problem with any Android phone (besides that it’s no iPod) (and the problem of the Palm and Blackberry smartphones): Too much of the data’s in the cloud and not on the the phone, on your computer, in your control. On one hand, them storeage facilities have better back-ups (Microsoft/Sidekick excepted, maybe), but they’re clearly not 24/7. Since Apple got it’s act together with MobileMe, I’ve had (knock wood!) no such problem.

Have a little fun with this.

Better late than never. Love to know the rabbi (or was it an ignorant, thoughtless goy?) who koshered this....

Be prepared:

Possibly one of the Greatest. Songs. Ever:

I Know I Don’t See Anything Getting Any Better. You?

Books to the ceiling,/ Books to the sky,/ My pile of books is a mile high./ How I love them! How I need them!/ I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. — Arnold Lobel

The worst taint is ignorance. Destroy this one taint and become taintless. — Buddha

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. — Abraham Lincoln

“To keep your marriage brimming,

With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong admit it;
Whenever you’re right shut up.”
— Ogden Nash

A Klaudt is a sick fuck asshole.

This is a "Klaudt".

Isn’t this lovely: Spend, don’t save, during the flush years. Cut services when people need them. Make it harder for workers to, you know, get to jobs. Genius. The genius of a corrupted society. (Link. Update here.)

Not that the banks are better: Why make money lending when you can steal from the needy instead? But I’m sure Obama’s right and no meaningful reform is needed, maybe just more bailouts….

A defense for Obama? Maybe the country has moved so far to the right, that it can be pushed leftward so little? I don’t actually believe it but it can be right…. Look! Another healthcare fail! Lieberman got Obama to shift, and the “reform” will be completely devoid of any actual reform?! Imagine: The solution for out-of-control healthcare costs is to force people to buy private insurance, and nothing else….

More fail for Obama: Cuts a deal with Big Pharma; freed to do anything in exchange for support of a healthcare bill no matter how big a load of crap it is. So we are now to get screwed with an awful reform-free healthcare bill (excuse me: Health insurer windfall bill) and Big Pharma is now unpoliced. Read about his latest fail here.

And here’s a statement of President Oneterma’s that can only honestly be characterized as fucking stupid.

True? Obama never wanted a public option?

I wonder whether Oneterma’s popularity would be improved if actually accomplished something good for the nation. Like healthcare reform.

Wow! I was right that the Wall Street Journal has been turned to crap by Team Rupert! Look! Really, if papers (and all media elite journalism) keep people stupid, if not make them dumber, who needs them? Look, for example, at the weekend’s Times’ load of crap on the iPhone destroying AT&T’s network: Times lies, the blogosphere corrects. (More here.) So much for them high quality, but clearly lying, professionals….

Flash! Times discovers dog bites man! People upset over jobs situation is front page news!

Meanwhile, the Times clearly thinks Matt Taibbi was on to something. Too bad they couldn’t figure this out and report it long ago, when it maybe mattered….

This is sad. Don’t understand why this nation can’t be better… really.

Completely inexcuseable. If there was any thought to this stupidity, I do not want to know what they were thinking.

But this is funny. (You know it is. But don’t worry; the fucker will be rehabilitated soon.)

About the Google phone: A big fuck you to everyone who buys any other Android phone and the manufacturers. Why buy anything else? And just how affordable is an unlocked phone going to be? And smartphones that keep all the data in the cloud? We know how successful that’s been, right? (Yeah, yeah, I know there’s ways to set the G-crap up so the data goes to the desktop, but it ain’t MobileMe.) And here’s my Cringely moment: Maybe Apple can sue the crap out of Google over this: How much of this crap was arguably learned while Schmidt was on Apple’s board? If I was Apple and had billions in loose cash, I’d be drafting my papers right this moment…. Remember: Google may now be evil 🙂

God bless America. Someone who will vote Palin in 2012 speaks.

The RIAA extends it’s war of greed on… a record store. Of course. Who needs retailers when you can sue for money?

I think I’m sick of Tiger — but first, there’s this. (Ooops! I thought there may well be an early rehabilitation of the Lyin’ King — but this would not help at all.)

Huh. Fascinating….

Huh. This is a little scary…. (Imagine: instead of torture, enhance the alleged’s memories to fit the scenario, not the facts….)

Santa. Satan. Related?

Ho, ho, oy:

The perfect gift for a teabagger: