Month: January 2011

Today’s Special: Great Screws

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect.There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. — Mark Victor Hansen

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt

How Egypt did it. (See below; Western Big Business helped.)

(More here.)

Doomed! Nothing like following the worst possible advice to get out of an economic crisis. Banks aren’t lending not because of government interference but because of lack of demand.

Chuck Schumer’s wrong. The Republicans are pushing awful economic policies that are in fact not good for the economy because those are the policies Big Finance want, and Big Finance has learned how to make money in a downturn because it doesn’t matter to speculators, only to people who actually invest in growing an economy.

This guy couldn’t be more wrong about the US and the Egyptian military. He is as detached from reality as any wingnut. And he’s a professor at Stanford??

Forget Egypt; Free elections in America are being marked for elimination. No joke.

Ah, the Egypt uprising is Ben Bernanke’s fault.

Michelle Bachmann (not atypically for a Republican, of course) hates our veterans.

Why, it’s enough to make you dizzy: We secretly back Egypt’s protest leaders as we sell Hosni’s cops teargas. Big Business helps set up Egyptians’ internet and cell cut-off.

Even with Egypt — which is to say the Mid East in crisis — this is the most depressing thing I read today.

China’s J20 stealth fighter: Made in, or at least stolen from, America.

Why China needs to keep its citizens ignorant of the news from Egypt.

Retard: Ross Douchat.

Asshole: Adrian Lamo, self-avowed Great American Hero.

The FBI’s post-9/11 war against civil liberties. (They can’t help it, it’s in their culture.)

Ayn Rand, Welfare Queen: If taking Social Security was just a way to get her money back from the feds, then clearly, she… well, there’s nothing to do except live on it. Next question is: Did she end up with more or less money than the gummint took from her in the first place? And of course there’s the whole issue of appearances…. (And she’s not simply a libertarian but something bad.)

This is the most gorgeous graphic I've seen in ages.

Catching Up with a Revolution, and More

Have to admit I’ve been ignoring Tunisia and Egypt because I’m not hopeful of actual, substantive, progressive change (Hello, Iran 1980)….

And there are those who actually fight for real freedom, not just the freedom of to be more awfully abused by Big Business and the Lords of Capital. We are not all Tunisians and Egyptians:

Running updates here and here.

Dispatches: Here and here (and here) and here and here and the Egyptian army goes all scummy here. Guess Hosni wants to make sure that however this plays out, it ends as awfully as possible. That’s patriotism!

China supports Mubarak, or at least wants to keep its citizens ignorant of what’s going on.

Who’s surprised by this? American complicity. More here.

'Nuff said.

Atrios’ great idea: Let’s liberate Egypt like we did Iraq!

The pundits’ reactions are of course shameful.

Elsewhere in the world:

Failing to learn from your mistakes, refusing to implement proven solutions — how to ensure disasters stay disastrous. — The Seditionist

Real healthcare reform we’ll never get. Betcha it would help us but cost carriers lost profits.

America, R.I.P.

I stand corrected: Modern Big Finance aren’t just anti-societal speculators but thieves stealing from their customers (like Chase stealing from its customers but moreso).

How to be skeptical.

Atrios misses the point. The goal is to destroy the public sector to the money can go to Big Finance for speculation because they must get every penny they can. Vampire squids indeed….

Know your rights (while you still have them).

Asshole: Bill Keller.

The successes of America’s greatest president, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Atrios is wrong about this. How can he have no faith that Obomba will do anything the Republicans tell him to do?

Can any modern conservative please make the connection between interracial child-bearing and America’s greed-fuelled collapse? I can’t.

CNN is a news source solely when it isn’t spending the bulk of its time broadcasting complete idiocy like this.

Damn! Fires shotgun shells!

I don’t know what to say about this.

Sunday cartoons!

Answer: All of the above.

Boom Boom Pow

Vote: The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country. — Ambrose Bierce

Doomed! The lies with which the Republicans are destroying America’s economic health.

Doomed! Because the Republicans lead with lies that policies get based on. Overly-simplifying: The economic problem is a failure of demand caused by lost wealth — home values, jobs and a crushing debt-load. Fiscal austerity does nothing to help and can only hurt. Hey, look! Someone thinks a real stimulus would help! Incredible! I guess the fact that it got us out of the first depression is irrelevant to our leaders.

Doomed! The good economic news is in fact not good.

What I’ve said: The collapse of America began with Reagan.

Joe Lieberman loves Egypt’s oppression.

Meet Mubarak’s Washington whores.

Target of the day; just saying, not inciting.

Just an infidelity? This would be America’s greatest train ever.

Welfare Queen of the Day: Ayn Rand. Objectivism isn’t a philosophy, just a pathology, an excuse for anti-social behavior.

See for yourself: Obomba=WTF.

Reminder: The Republicans hate women.

CNN’s death spiral continues. By all means, put reporting in the hands of the most mediocre water-carriers available instead of, you know, journalists.

Is this the future — buying deep reporting a la carte? I think I’d go for it….

Something to consider:

(More here.)

Theory: Empires collapse because they refuse to adapt to a changing future?

This is sad. I love Harper’s and wish everyone the best luck.

Sad. Nixon dies again. First as a relief, second time a little depressing.

Dunno whether these glassy iPhone 4s are a real Fail or not, but are these the only phones that sometimes crack when they fall?


Know Thy Enemy

Flattery is like cologne — to be smelled, but not swallowed. — Josh Billings

Egypt now: Major international disaster or not so much?

Airport security threat.

This, though, isn’t considered much of a threat….

Asshole: Michael Bloomberg: Another Republican who believes one must never take responsibility for one’s acts. And I’m not the only one who thinks he’s full of crap.

Doomed! Here’s the whole report explaining both how all our leaders, financial and their corrupted pols, failed us for their benefit with the bonus of a slew of Republican lies.

Doomed! Yet another Fail of Obomba’s by enabling Republican economy-wrecking policies.

erin Andrews isn’t just a self-promoting sex object but a complete lying whore.

What’s Bill Keller’s point? Professionals know to put the most awful lies on the front page to curry favor with a Republican White House and the reporter is the publisher’s friend?

Big Business and their politician stooges sure hate our troops…..

Great to know enough money can help you beat a rap.

The free market works sometimes. Of course, Micro$oft’s ultimate problem is that so much of their profits rely on forcing an unwanted product on people so when it becomes less essential, the company has little enticing to offer. A second-level smartphone OS and the world’s worst tablet OS aren’t the paths to the success of the monopoly….

Chips, like horse chips.

What Google does and doesn't censor. Evil, when they're not just vile....

Truth: Maybe the greatest 10 minutes of cinema ever:

Big Snow-Day Special. or Maybe Just a Return to Normal

The daily truth.

This sickens me, no really. You anything good for our nation in it? Me neither:

Obama proposed freezing “annual domestic spending for the next five years” to “reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade,” but warned that going after discretionary spending would not be enough. To significantly reduce spending, Congress will also have to target entitlements — reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending and find a “bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security.” Obama did not endorse his deficit reduction commission’s proposal to “raise the retirement age, and otherwise reduce Social Security benefits.” The President said that Congress must do more to control health care spending without undoing the new health law, endorsed the GOP proposal to fix the nation’s malpractice system, and called for greater simplification of the tax code, noting that many corporations “are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.” Democrats and Republicans, Obama said, should “[g]et rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years — without adding to our deficit.” That line played well with Republicans, as did Obama’s pledge to veto legislation that contained earmarks. (Link.)

Doomed! Bailouts for Dummies. Hope we each get one….

Professor Krugman, you’re wrong: When it’s all lies and one doesn’t care about truth or facts, you can say anything. Particularly if you’re an unprincipled whore to start with.

Doomed! All the stimulus went to Goldman Sachs, none to anyone actually in need. And surely it will happen again. And it won’t be affected by a spending freeze.

This would be wonderful: A return to the good old days when corporations weren’t even citizens, let alone our lawless, unpoliced masters.

Help them. Harps Food Stores wants to be boycotted:

There’s a reason they’re called “trash”.

We never had sex sex. I bought drugs and a massage from him, and he masturbated me at the end of it. That’s it. — Christofascist leader Ted Haggard (More Christian piety and wisdom here.)

It can always get worse:


Obomba Fails Again!

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. — Jane Wagner

Someone seems to have had it with modern capitalism (and maybe’s watched too much Glee):

(About the viddie for non-Spanish-speakers here.)

Doomed! Because the Right can only deny reality and facts and instead spew and promote complete, destructive shit.

Doomed! Because whenever you think Obomba can’t do anything worse or at least dumber, he does. Domestic spending freeze my ass. (Sorry: Better than that — freeze plus increased spending.) Retreat from two expensive, pointless, national security-harming wars will save far more money and do far less harm than empowering the destroyers of America. What leadership.

This may be great; time will tell.

If you must talk like a cop, here’s your big list of words.