Tag: Fight for freedom

Pro-America, Pro-Freedom: Out of My Mind for 11 August 2009

Martyr Hero of the day:

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who was just sentenced for fighting for freedom. (More about it here.)

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. — Henry David Thoreau

New crime: Poverty. Is this a great country or what? (And it explains maybe why the Big Media think multimillionaires suffer from poverty or whatever.)

Big Media assholes: The argument against Obamacare: In a system like the UK’s, Stephen Hawking probably wouldn’t have lived to grow up to be a genius. Clearly, the writer is no genius because then maybe he could have figured out that Hawking has lived essentially his entire life in the UK. Another paper we could afford to lose….

Professor Krugman explains for the slow how big government actually prevented the Great Depression 2 that Presidents McCain and Palin wouldn’t have or wouldn’t have been able to prevent.

Great Americans. More:

Sarah, you’re scared of death panels? The insurers have theirs already. Whatcha you and the other crazies gonna do about that?

The Rudy-Bernie connection (yes, there’s one).

If you have some money to spare, there’s a library in need.

How he attracted an over-the-hill star-fucker.
How he attracted an over-the-hill star-fucker.

God bless Schuey: Incredibly talented and almost always full of shit. Now he realized he was hurt a couple of months ago?

Kept on a plane grounded because of storms, without food, but with overflowing toilets, because all the TSA agents had left for the night. Is this a great country or what?

How to arrest potheads.

Damn! The burden of being a redhead.

See the mugshot of the day here.

What our kids are exposed to (and if there were any doubts to Miley’s paternity):

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Damn Right I’m Out of My Mind for 30 July 2009

Mr. President and members of Congress, Al has a message for all of you....
Mr. President and members of Congress, Al has a message for all of you....

These rightist assholes want to use tax money to destroy my family and families like ours, who have adopted children from other nations: Families for Orphans Act, House Bill 3070 sponsored by Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA) and Congressman John Boozman (R-AR), companion/related Senate Bill 1458 sponsored by Senators Mary L Landrieu (D-LA) and James Inhofe (R-OK). Why the bill sucks is at the above link or here. Yeah, yeah, I know that the rightists’ support for family values is solely lip service, pandering to know-nothings. Still, when its, or at least comes close to home….

And the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act (FACE Act), introduced in the Senate as S. 1359 (Senators Landrieu and Inhofe) and in the House as H.R. 3110 (Rep. Watson and Boozman), sucks mightily too.

Mr. President, a grateful nation thanks you -- for nothing.
Mr. President, a grateful nation thanks you -- for nothing. Making George W. Bush look less odious every day....

Barack Obama: Two-time loser. Refuses to fix the system that allowed if not enabled the global financial crisis and now has lost healthcare reform (assuming he wanted actual reform as opposed to a means to get more money to the insurers). I say real reform is dead. It’s not going to happen so stop with the hoping. (And yes, I’ll be as ecstatic as the morning after last election day to be wrong.) Elected with so much good will if not a mandate and has done absolutely nothing significant with it.

Fact: Medicare sucks fiscally less than private insurance.

Scumbags: Every so-called journalist who reports crap like this without prominently noting that the person they’re writing about is a complete hateful idiot unworthy of a public platform or the publicity they’re giving him. Too much fact for you, Mr. and Ms. Reporter? Then I don’t care if your employer goes out of business and that you never work in your chosen profession again. And this how low the so-called journalists are going, the scope of their failure and disservice to our nation. Really, who needs them? Not in theory but in practice?

You must love this: The sellers of crap mortgages make more money ensuring that the loans go bad than refinancing because of fixed fees. It’s the new profit: Just extort unconscionable fees. And our leaders clearly approve of this.

Corrupted watchdogs?

Oooh, EMI is trying to kill itself! It’s like soon the only way to get recorded music will be by stealing it….

The books you buy, the records and films you buy — why in God’s name should you think you’d have them forever to own and use and enjoy? If you believe (or think) that, the sellers say you’re wrong.

Oh, no!!! Reverend Ike is dead, and with him, a wee piece of my youth!

Don’t let the kids see this! The case for bad driving!

Thank you, global warming, the Northwest Passage is a reality at last!

Why people find assholes so credible. You too can be Bill O’Reilly or Rush or Glenn Beck.

Douchebag: If you had any doubts about Maureen Dowd, you’re right (me too). She’s well past her expiration date.

Racist cop asshole.

Assholes: The wingnuts and Lester Brickman have no problem with wasting court resources to enable a company’s advertising claims. They just don’t want courts used for, oh, individuals’ redress.

Sad but all true....
Sad but all true....
Looksl like they didnt have no Dont ask, dont tell during the Civil War....
Looks like they didn't have no "Don't ask, don't tell" during the Civil War....

Syfy. WTF? How stupid does one have to be to come up with that stupidity and to sign off on it? And what’s the pay? That kind of stupidity is endemic (fallout from the Raygun era)….

Click on the image for the full story. Me, I have to find a place that sells this fine product.

Uhh, not really....
Uhh, not really....

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).

Raving Out of My Mind for 29 June 2009

“I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.” — Rita Rudner

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. — Alfred Lord Tennyson

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” — Confucius

“I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That’s my idea of a perfect day.” — Anonymous

Look here: Hysterical headline over story that… doesn’t support the head and in fact is contra to the head. Another example of Big Journalism’s effort to make itself inessential, irrelevant. If they’re successful, they clearly won’t be missed when they go the way of the Pony Express…..

Gee, have I made it clear yet that I don’t think Sanford is history yet? The right apology, abject enough, will win the wingnuts right back. Meanwhile, when his wife stated essentially that she cared not at all that he had been missing for a couple of days without a word, why didn’t that set off any bells for the fifth estate — or is me, only I find it bizarre, abnormal.

And health reform? I’m certain it’s not going to happen, and here’s why.

What will they think of next (or: What has the RIAA wrought?)? Automated extortionate abuse of the legal system.

They’re back: Military coups (ousters of elected governments) in Latin America. Another success for the Raygunites and their followers: Their gratuitous spread of democracy clearly has taken deep root.

This is kind of sad (not that it directly affects me).

Concerned? Worried??

Out of My ^&%$ing Mind for 24 June 2009

I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her. — Rodney Dangerfield

One is one’s own protector, one is one’s own refuge. Therefore, one should control oneself, even as a trader controls a noble steed. — Buddha

Big Journalism, at least the print division, really wants to die: Gannett is expected to die from drowning in debt (I actually don’t believe that although I’m sure the debt will be a drag). But why rely on growth through earnings and planning for the future when you could do the Time-Warner thing and just service debt and claim all is well? And for those with simple financial strains, clearly taking money and stuff from those you cover, thereby devaluing your word, is a pretty smart idea — not! — guarantee to turn away readers. Smart!

Is Iran headed for its next revolution? Actually, Iran once had a true democracy once. But the American conservatives destroyed it. Meanwhile, they’re busting real journalists over there.

Let’s say the worst happens; who cares? And the story is weirder (as you’d expect from a lying wingnut), much, much weirder. This fucker truly is presidential in a Sarah Palin sort of way.

Tricky Dick Nixon wanted Obama aborted.

Obama’s still talking the public option for healthcare reform. That seems to be it. Talk. No persuasion or, you know, action. But, you know, the public option is the only actual reform needed. And with a public option, the carriers would have no choice but to reform. But, of course, that was never the point of reform; it’s really just a matter of wealth-transfer, like any other bailout. And the CBO numbers? Essentially bogus. And would real, actual reform have prevented this?

There were green shoots in 1930. Of course, when the middle class in a consumer society has so much wealth destroyed, it actually doesn’t turn around as quickly as it went to Hell, huh?

Weee! More corporatist bullshit; another slap on the wrist.

Want action? Say it to the right ear.

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 Week that Starts Like this Just has to get Better: Out of My Mind for 22 June 2009

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. — Joseph Baretti

I suppose we must make an effort to get here and see this….

Whichever side you’re on re the Iranian elelction, this is wrong:

Xeni has way more here and here and here.

And another vicious scumbag is found here….

…story is here.

Actually, I suppose we have personal health insurance reform: bankruptcy. Oh wait, that hurts the providers who seem to be opposing affordable, reliable, dependable healthcare (i.e. the public option)…. The wingnut argument for maintaing our over-priced, inefficient, economically-destructive system gets shot down here. (Of course, like nearly all wingnut arguements, it’s noise with no substance.)

This saddens me. I hoped one solution for the Times was give subscribers free Kindles for delivery that way instead of by paper. Well, as an alternative to the paper, the Kindle majorly sucks is completely second-rate if not inadequate. And here’s an example of the mendacity — well, utter stupidity and idiocy — destroying journalism, that and the owners’ greed and debt.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset should have whupped the RIAA and here’s how it could and should have been done.