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Short (Monday) And Sour (Understandably): Out of My Mind for 17 August 2009

An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it. — Jef Mallett

This one’s for Obama (see below):

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. — Buddha

There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more. — Woody Allen

Damn straight, this makes me sick: The victory of “No”, the triumph of lies — the liars won:

DEAD:

HEALTHCARE REFORM

(Try and get re-elected now, Obama: Friend of the GOP! Actually, the defeat starts in 2010. I must say, it’s an absolute tragedy that a deliriously popular president with majorities in both houses can’t do anything of substance. Not that the Big Media with their relentless, irresponsible repetition of GOP lies helped. Well, I suppose a rerun of 1996 is better than a repeat of 2000….)

The next governor of New Jersey knows all about corruption. He’s got the experience, every step of the way….

(About the video here.)

I want this, or at least a chance to play with one:

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Introducing The Death List: Out of My Mind for 16 August 2009

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. — Buddha

I guess little is doing as fine a job pushing papers over the brink as crushing debt taken by buyers when the prior owners just had to pig out, irregardless of the harm to their old paper…. I mean, there’s also lost advertising, some permanently so, as well as a failure to engage readers but still, I do think the debt is the worst.

Support the US at the risk of one’s life and then when aid and succor is requested of the US in exchange… rejected? Is this such a case?

Who does sponsor Beck and Limbaugh and O’Reilly and the other purveyors of anti-American hate? Ohhh, wait, the sponsors mostly want to reached kind of people who listen these nabobs of hate, not the listeners of Air America.

Why? I mean, really, why?

No comment: Rudy G. agrees with Sarah (when’s the divorce?) Palin….

If you want real healthcare reform, fuck Whole Foods. Figuratively, of course; actually, I mean boycott them.

Read: The A.P.’s plan to keep info from you.

As he does periodically, Alex Cockburn makes a good point which I’ve sort have known but have been sloppy making: This is not about healthcare reform but health insurance reform, a means to ensure that more people are covered (e.g. fewer people using emergency rooms as their primary physicians) and, one would hope, a reduction, if not cessation, of arbitrary denials. Obamacare has none of that…. In a way, it’s as much healthcare reform as Obama’s economic policies have brought any meaningful, necessary financial reform, which is to say, none, really. If I’m right, then, really, Obamacare is at least pointless and maybe bad. I’m ready to stick with my personal insurance plan: ready to file bankruptcy and leave everyone else hanging. They all will still have their Mercedes and I’ll be healthy and debt free.

This is depressing: The great failure of mainstream journalism and how it’s screwed up this country. Waiting to hear Steve Keller’s namby-pamby defense. Like this approach to journalism is doing anything good for anyone except the crazies. (Or you can just jump here.)

This may be part of the papers’ problem: They cover something once, late in the game, and actually think they have the influence of or can be a balance to cable having repeated the story first, and on a 24/7 basis.

Atrios succinctly shows why you can forget about reading any of the Wall Street bullshitting apologists and shows why this “great recession” will inevitably be W-shaped. More reason why it’s a W here.

How the banks are getting better: By simply lying about their finances, bad is simply called good and then taken as if they are good. There is now less than ever a place for the truth in all things political. It’s all about the lies. And the Big Journos have no problem simply spreading lies brainlessly. Well, when the profession gets essentially destroyed, maybe a few of the cream of the profession will be able to discover a clue to the reason why…. Meanwhile, where’s the legitimacy of crap like this? Inexcusable.

Wait, it’s worse! Miss a single mortgage payment and lose your building?

Wrong.

Hey, what is Schiavo living on? How are her bills paid? Why would private insurance pay? And if I can’t get a public option, public insurance certainly shouldn’t be paying in a situation like this. In a just world, the wingnuts would be paying….

The truth about “death panels”. Of course, the rightists are completely full of shit, without a scintilla of truth to their bleating. Attention, mainstream press: Where are you? At your death panel?

Sick.

Chris Christie’s qualification for being governor of New Jersey: He was Rove’s buttboy whore. God bless the post-Regan GOP: Taken this nation ever lower, aided and abetted by a mainstream press that can’t do too much to help the GOP, journalistic principles be damned.

In tribute to the GOP lies about “death panels”, I am now instituting the OoMM Death List. This blog’s death panel will now start those who earned the termination of their lives, whose absences will make the world just a little bit better.

The Death List:

Sarah Palin and Michael Steele.

Newt Gingrich (looonngg overdue of course).

This is what the GOP think is worthy of being on the Supreme Court. The new two-party system: The America-haters vs. the Wimps, the latter too corrupted to do anything about anything.

James Fallows is a deluded candy-ass. I do wish he was right, but he’s actually dead wrong.

This is too crazy to believe.

Query: How do mediocrities like this guy and his wife get so much publicity? Is it just from loads of schmoozing?

The awfulness of Mickey D.’s cuisine.

Maybe sincere prayer would do more than this idiocy:

Again, Why Shouldn’t I be Out of My Mind for 14 August 2009

Life is odd, never even. — Me

What does the Times have to do with promotion of healthcare reform? Regrettably, essentially nothing.Tell that to the proto-fascistic anti-American crazies — not that they’ll let a fact dissuade them from their hate radio and TV beliefs. (Remember: Walt Disney is finally essentially a fascist, just like the 60s delusions.)

Did I misread this maybe? The AP wants to build a news aggregator? Aren’t they dead-set against aggregators?

New boss same as the old boss indeed; different administration, our leaders still hate their troops and vets.

Fucking Rove: He did it. Here’s the proof (for those who believe in proof). Again, who did he help elect with his scummy tactics that made the world a better place? or even prevent the election of someone truly awful? Yeah, me neither…. So where’s the indictment?

Asshole redux: Niall Ferguson: If something is not meant racist but clearly can be interpreted as racist, how can one claim it racist just because it’s read that way? Simpler: Whether or not meant as a racist comment, it clearly could have been and was perceived as a racist statement. Be a man instead of a glib asshole (notwithstanding that’s how you made your wealth) and just take responsibility without the imbecilic whining. Can he now be sent back to his country? Please?

Assholes: Investors Business Daily. What is with the modern conservative? Completely unable to acknowledge mistakes notwithstanding, you know, facts and reality?

Thank you, Barack Obama: Thanks to your policies, wealth is growing even more concentrated amongst the nation’s wealthiest 0.01%. I’m no economist so cannot explain why but sffice to say that in a real-world sense, that is not a good thing. Not that he’s doing so well getting us, you know, genuine healthcare reform. Actually, he’s probably going to prevent real reform for another few decades…. Here‘s his latest surrender of an element of reform. It’s like the only thing keeping the GOP alive is his giving them legitimacy by caving to them all the time….

Oh, look, Professor K has a draft for the obit for the Obama administration!

Attention, Sarah Palin: The insurers don’t need no socialistic death panels; they’re doing great killing people without help.

CNBC also incited the teabagging proto-fascists to violence at town halls. Another journalistic source we can well afford to lose.

Asshole: And a great disappointment: John Edwards. Of course, it’s candy-ass to expect a pol to actually be a mensch — it’s mutually exclusive. But still.

Asshole: Timmy Geithner, lying front for the speculation bubble.

Asshole or cretin or what? USA Today dietitian recommends eating crap.

Scumbags: Marriott.

Scumbag: Whole Foods’ CEO. Just part of a pattern, here’s the latest: No need for “Obamacare”, just buy your stuff at his stores, it’s all the healthcare reform you need.

Too late, New York Times, you have already don’t enough damage. (See? I insult them and send them business! How can one complain?)

Oh, no, Bernie cheated on Ruth??

You do know that cheap is bad, it’s inexpensive that’s bad. The latter costs less than the former.

God, is there anything scarier than east Asian TV?

Whatever happened to Bruce Jenner? How did he end up with the kreepiest Kadashian?

This woman scares me!!!
This woman scares me!!!

Now if you want something less scary, like naked supermodels, look here.

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):

How Can One Not be Out of My Mind for 10 August 2009

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.- – Buddha

When I said last fall some silliness about America being freed, liberated, I was at best exaggerating, certainly speaking prematurely and proven wrong by numerous subsequent acts by the current administration. I apologize for unjustified enthusiasm.

Some dope reporter thinks Philly’s two papers are case studies of the apparent or perceived or believed “last stand” of journalism. His mendacity is demonstrated by the use of the terms “journalistic worthiness” and “lenders”, the latter without any awareness of what an awful, destructive roles the lenders play, the destruction their foolish borrowers set into play. The journo’s hero is the same shithead who thinks it’s good for his paper to hire John Yoo. More knowledgeable (factually speaking) people fully know Yoo has nothing to say that is worth paying for. Too, in my opinion, “journalism”, in the broad sense, is safe. The papers, by and by, are committing suicide by their refusal to provide anything of importance to their readers, to wit, accurate, important news, analysis of any depth. (The newsmagazines are doing the same but moreso.) However, for the minute to minute crap, the web and cable are as fine as they want to be; the infrastructure is fully in place. As for depth, there are magazines — “Infinite Debt”, anyone? — and books which, by and by, are not suffering  and stand to gain from the dailies’ downfall. Snap quiz: If we lose this dope, we have lost what, if anything?

And here’s another prime example of the Big Media failing us on a major story. Listen, the media’s failings are pretty much the rule, not the exception.

Speaking of health insurance coverage or lack thereof: Big Journo has a vested interests  — financial ties — to the insurers so of course objectivity, reporting, facts — all to be ignored, thereby establishing the societal necessity of these assholes. The story is here.

Speaking of media mendacity: There are the poor, the middle-class and the only class whose pain matters to Big Media: Multi-millionaires and those wealthier. Again, journalism like this is essential to…? Not many people, really.

Again, the GOP hates programs that work. And that’s the most lucid they get; most of the time, they’re crazy like this: The insurers’ heads should be consulted on reform since they’re experts? Yeah, experts at wrongfully denying coverage, mis-managing both healthcare as well as their own bloated bureacracies and  the necessity for providers to bloat up their staffs, not to mention bankrupting providers. Flash: Our system works despite these assholes, not because of them, and that’s why, I’m sure, Obama feels a need to get more unearned wealth to them.

How it works, the really short version:

How are the big banks moving back into black? By stealing your money via bailout moneys and increased fees. And I’m sure this is fine with the Administration because surely the banks have spread more than sufficient wealth around to ensure that they will be free to do what they want at our expense. And what’s really amazing, to me, is that the GOP is even worse!

Liar: Will Smith.

Palm Pre? Sounded too good to be true? That’s because the corporate hype wasn’t supported by reality. The truth is here.

“Recovery” is a pretty fungible concept. Our “recovery” includes banks hemorhaging but appearing profitable, job losses slowing to a very limited degree. To me, recovery means an economy at least where it was a year or two ago, personal wealth-wise or, better, functional in a post-New Deal sort of way, lightly policed and controlled. Using the word “recovery” in any other way is just a lie.

Another fungible word: “Profit”. To me, a company’s one profitable quarter doesn’t make it profitable where its losses up to that point are a quantum or three greater than the minuscule profit. Here‘s an example. Simply, a single profitable quarter does not a profitable company make. (And in our example, this company is far from being in the black.)

Can we get rid of these America-hating idiots and scumbags? Please?

Briefly Out of My Mind for 7 August 2009

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time. — T.S. Eliot

To me, it looks like what remains of the health insurance reform will exclude any limits on reckless denials of treatments. Without reform of that a public option, I’d choose bankruptcy court as my insurer, that and my local ER. And this is so depressing, almost as depressing as the fact that resulting bill will fall short, only question being How Sshort?

Does this mean smokers (like, say, Barack Obama) are schizophrenics??

Asshole and traitor (long overdue, here): Karl Rove. Note to Big Media: Being a person who accomplished absolutely no good ever in his life and did great harm to this nation does not mean you owe him any publicity.

Scoop! The Truth about President McCain Revealed! Out of My Mind for 6 August 2009

Power, n.: The only narcotic regulated by the SEC instead of the FDA. — /.

(Yes, I acknowledge the irony between that video and the nest item. I’m not the MSM, I recognize irony but….)

Must be a joke: CNBC’s rating’s tank unless the market’s tanking. That is so not true yet some asshole got paid for spewing that line of shit. Another little piece of the MSM obsoletes itself and loses a little audience. And isn’t that a pisser? Big Journalism’s sense of entitlement?

CNN: No balls to report, not even enough balls to run this:

Big Journalism fucking up on health insurance reform. We’re not surprised are we?

Reminder: Anyone who supported Clarence Thomas who says Sotomayor is unqualified is a partisan liar, prima facie unfit for leadership, a cancer on the commonweal.

(Speaking of) Douchebags: “Blue Dogs”. Yeah, yeah, you knew that too, but maybe not why.

Query: Again, why does the MSM give any publicity to people like these? In the context of the commonweal, they’re sociopaths.

Sarkozy’s France stinks, fatally.

Looks like MySpace is for losers, from Murdoch on down….

Killed because of his internet addiction. Yipes!

Not every fiat is stupid and pointless even if it seems so.

Ask me, most old people get really stupid when they hit old age, refusing to be open to anything, acting like two year olds except they’re adults. Then there’s this guy:

You too can be born in Kenya, like President McCain was — and here’s the proof: