Tag: American Justice

Out of My Mind for 15 August 2009

Normally, I save the fun stuff for the end but this is too awesome; the world can wait a few minutes to go to Hell….

Professor Krugman agrees: even when the Times does good work, it’s often still somehow lacking, like this.

Another hypocritical GOP asshole: Chuck Grassley: Votes for “death panels” then, against them now. Reason for change: no better reason than to stop Obamacare. More here. Of course, it would help the debate if the Big Media bothered to make clear at all appropriate times that one of the big objections to the public option is that in a lot of states, health insurance is a political-contribution-purchased monopoly so f course the pols there are paid to vote against competition.

Speaking of which, how well does the UK healthcare system work? And it was created by a conservative “icon”!

To me, this is funny:

Boswell says the president told him “he’s willing to be a one-term president if that’s what it takes to get healthcare and energy reform.”

But will he be happy to be a one-termer because his services to Wall Street fail to really fix the economy? You know, like despite everything he does, instead of an L-shaped downturn we get a W-shaped one with the second valley coming around 2012? Four years of recession and near-recession and relative impoverishment usually isn’t a winning platform.

Coming this Sunday: Smackdown! Maddow vs. Gregory. The freaky looking white boy hasn’t a chance, unless he games the match….

Busted: Bob Dylan. For walking around a neighborhood looking for a house while wearing a hoodie. So maybe it’s not racism, maybe cops are, along with the rest of rightist society, just gtetting really stupid?

Awww! I love red pandas almost as much as “real” pandas….

The Rage and the Humor; Out of My Mind for 22 July 2009

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. — Joseph Conrad

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice. — George Jackson

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. — Thomas Jefferson [not much of a Christian Founding Father, huh?]

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence. — Buddha

Attention, wingnuts and the rest of the America-hating GOP “conservatives”:

He, who by good deeds covers the evil he has done, illuminates this world like the moon freed from clouds. — Buddha

Of course, when one provides journalistic excellence — journalism that matters — you can attract an audience even if you’re a newspaper.

Cretin: This WaPo putz has it exactly backwards: Cronkite left no legacy except nostalgia for an era of journalistic honesty and competence.

Assholes: The Israelis, picking on the castrated, impotent Gazans.

Asshole and cretin: Beloved Leader’s anti-sex abstinence policy increases teen pregnancies.

Indeed, why not increase taxes on Big Wealth when gratuitous, unnecessary cuts helped fuel the speculation bubble that brought us to this point in the first place?

Assholes: Whoever did this.

Essential reading: How to protect yourself from surveillance so you can excercise a little freedom.

His crime: Being black. Charges dropped but that's almost besides the point. Click on the image for the full story.

Assholes: Everyone who drove this man to suicide. But in an oppressive capitalist/corporatist state, I guess one shouldn’t be too surprised.

Man held for contempt for 14 years freed. (and yes, the sentencing judge: asshole.)

Boycott of the Day: Jamba Juice. They earned it. Some things are too sacred to rip off without getting smacked for it.

In 1933, the American advertising industry loved Hitler.

Delayed for hundreds of years! Medieval military records available online at last!

Good, healthy games for your kids that don’t require their sitting on their growing asses.

See how cool Shaquille O’Neal really is!

Dead: The inventor of WD-40.

Dead: Half of Peter and Gordon.

Just in case you need to know how to raise an ape in your family (warning: may be outdated).

Leadership We Need, and Hope; Out of My Mind for 10 July

Beloved Leader couldn't have done this any better....

As Big Journalism implodes and collapses and stuff, here’s one asshole who deserves — well, as one of the terminated, it’s hard for me to say fired — let’s just say he’s well qualified to seek a new profession as journalism is clearly wrong for him, given his utter lack of perspective and ability to perceive and acknowledge reality.

What do you think? Don’t you think plagiarism is deliberate or results from some form of imbecility, neither of which is appropriate a professional, legitimate journalist? I mean, how the hell do you copy something unconsciously?

Whoa, it’s Jayson Blair time at the Times again!

By all means, let’s worry about closeted gays serving in the military, not America-hating Nazis (or, for that matter, Christofascist proselytizers).

Unrest in China: what it’s about.

Are we dead in the water, with no future?

You don’t get published via Kindle; you give Amazon all your rights for your work to be available on a Kindle. Sweet! Not.

GOP family values: Getting your parents to pay off your mistress.

Palin lies. (More here and here.) Yeah, yeah, what else is new?

Palin’s enablers. (Remember, the whole GOP loves her, don’tcha know.)

Levi: Greed, not insanity, made Palin a quitter.

IT departments of small amd mid-sized businesses are interested in Macs and iPhones. I see it as cost-cutting in the IT industry created by the shitty difficulty of maintaining windows systems. Ditching one IT guy can save far more than the expense of switching to Macs and iPhones (which we know works wonderfully with Macs).

Too big to fail, now too big to jail.

A single GM car outsells Buick and Caddy!

Another teeny piece of my past, gone….

Read: The autobiography of Professor Krugman’s favorite science fiction writer.

The comic book of the day is here. (More here.) Another funny book is here. Remember, kids, these are good for you! (Well, at least the second is….)

I can’t afford to eat here anyway.

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Even More Out of My Mind for 26 June 2009

If you were alive then and a guy, you know there's nothing to add.

Maybe:

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. — Buddha

So he confesses and cries like a baby. Where’s the taking any responsibility? Apologizing for lying on so profound a level, for the dishonesty? It’s like there’s not a single GOP pol with anything remotely like true honor and this asshole was nowhere being the exception. To put it politely, he was a posturing piece of garbage. But that goes back to when he was screwing his puta behind all our backs. An awful little man.

Internet radio host busted for saying (perceived) anti-Second Amendment judges should be killed. And Bill O’Reilly in regard to Tiller — when he’s getting his??

“Stars and Stripes”: Better no coverage than having a reader wonder about a reporter’s objectivity. Hate to tell them, but after this incident, the entire staff is suspect — and, indeed, always should have been. It ain’t the journos with the final say at “S&S”; never was.

GOP love the Saudis. They so love beating us up, ripping us off with high oil prices, making us protect them, financing anti-American terrorists.

That case the Supremes decided about the idiotic, inexcuseable, probably sick strip search of a 13 year old (so sick, the gender doesn’t quite matter)? It’s worse than you think because the fuckers would have gotten away but for the 13 year old who fought back.

There’s a whole bunch of national secrets in hard drives dumped in Ghana. Such security: no one can be bothered to do a true wipe of the drive before dumping….

Faux Bidness Journal (ex-Wall Street Journal) seems to be lead, in the twilight of the daily paper, by real wackos….

Why are facilities associated with rightist organizations and the such never bombed or attacked but lefty facilities such as abortion clinics and the offices of diversity organizations are? What’s that say about the right? That the lefties fail to incite their followers like Rush and O’Reilly do theirs? Is this some sort of proof that the wingnuts are truly sick, that they only condemn the violence after they successfully incite it? And Professor K got this right: The wingnuts will rise again, sure as Obama will re-inflate the speculation bubble. (And he’s right about this too but his periodic optimism hasn’t helped.)

It’s, like, so rare to catch someone thinking with any depth about anything big these days…. And, yes, that does pretty much explain how we got where we are and why doesn’t going to be done about. Knowledge lost takes like an eternity to recover.

Idea! Your computer downloads and forces adware on you all by itself!

Michael Jackson’s death means little to me — I mean, my world, already spinning at an accelerated rate, didn’t stop for his death (slowed a little bit momentarily for Farrah’s though) — but I do hope he’s finally at peace, His life, at the end of the day, must have been a troubled one, particularly the last five or ten years when he went from supremely talented musician and performer to gossip industry freak show.

I totally can’t figure out whether this is worth sharing….

As Always, Truth! Out of My Mind for 23 June 2009

Ain’t this the truth? If a crime is big enough, there’s no punishment, just rewards (or in Bernie’s case, insufficient punishment):

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” — Aesop   

“Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.” — Robert Heinlein

Beaten for taking approved photos.

The Iranian elections: What happened. And the story of Neda, the martyr, starts here. And apparently, our Neocons’ BFFs are involved in the unrest. Innocent lives are at stake but our Neocons love playing their games….

The healthcare public option: It just doesn’t know yet it’s dead. Speaking about which, that monkey scary-looking creep, David Gregory, lies about the issue. Wotta surprise! And more here about the Dem traitors: They’re bigger whores than you thought.

Another sick fuck heard from. Shame on whoever gives the National Review for giving him a platform. Oh wait, he’s clearly sponsored by people who despise this nation….

Did inherited wealth save Ford? When you rely on a company for long-term health for long-term wealth…. But then, there are the former owners of the Wall Street Journal. But, of course, they lost faith… and may yet get the last laugh….

Wanna be free? This is what you need to know: How.

Now, have some laffs!

Scum....

One of the good guys: Paul Krassner profiled!

Awww, Kodachrome is dead!

11 gorgeous train stations lost....

(More about that here.)

Twitter 1935

Beeezarre: A Texas strip club hires a 14 year old??

Google fails, can lead to death.

No comment, but it's Gaga. 'Nuff said.

A Flood of Stuff; Out of My Mind for 19 June 2009

I run this because I can and because I still think so little of Sarkozy.

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. — Aldous Huxley

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. — Bertrand Russell

I’m not the person your mother warned you about… her imagination isn’t that good. — Amy Gorin

This looks like a really cool charity.

To me, this is funny.

You want your sexy back? Forget Carla Bruni, here’s the real deal.

We don’t have to eat this: spudburgers.

Obama’s radical health reform doesn’t have any public alternative. Reform looks more like a health insurer windfall act with a few goodies for the medical professionals. You know, rewarding and therefore encouraging bad behavior like TARP bailouts and credit card reform (latter only lacked the most important benefit, to wit, a cap on crushing interest rates). (More financial failure noted here. Obama’s latest failure is here.) Dunno who Obama’s leading with all his popularity but it sure aren’t the Dems in Congress.

Wow! If my wife was willing, this looks like one great way to get a job!

Who needs newspapers if they make readers do their work for them? (I joke; this is actually somewhat cool.)

Where not to live in the U.S.

Art in the street? (Click for the story of how a Duchamp got on the street.)
The rescue of Wall Street in historical perspective.

See memories form.

By God, Greenwald is right again: The columnist the WaPo fired was its best. Of course, the paper’s been running on hubris for the lat thirty years or so….

The innocents have no right from unlawful incarceration.

If this was Woodstock in ’69 though….

Kinda Pissy Again…. Out of My Mind for 10 June 2009

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided. — Casey Stengel

“A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.” — Baruch Spinoza, “Ethics”

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. — Sidney J. Harris

Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good. — Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Can’t even give crappy newspapers away anymore….

This article says that thanks to Obama’s failure of leadership, we’re screwed.

A little real justice; an innocent, railroaded man freed after too many years imprisoned.

The sickos and crazies and haters won: Tiller’s clinic not to reopen.

Mr. Rogers always blew my mind:

Damn! Tootsie Pops can cut up your tongue!

I think this guy should be playing B. Obama:

Obama loves government secrecy as much as Beloved Leader did. So much for change….

Finding safe drugs in Africa. (As opposed to these, I suppose.)

Professor K has a bad omen.

The iPhone 3Gs is my lust object. But the bitching that AT&T customers not entitled to an upgrade can’t get it at an upgrade price — that’s really irritating. Talk about an entitlement mentality (says he who is entitled to an upgrade price on a new phone). And the Pre/iPhone comparisons: Here’s the one that matters: Suckyish AT&T vs Lousy coverage/going out of business Sprint. Now, when Verizon gets the Pre….

Look! The Times finds Keynesian economics awful, frightening…. Of course, the Times, journalistically and as a business both clearly has its own issues so maybe, you know, this piece might not be quite dead on….

Run! The nation is in its greatest danger since 9/11! The wingnuts will assure you this is fact, not a joke!

What we need to know: Goths in hot weather.

OMG, this is scary/awesome!

WOW!