Friday, December 31, 2004

Iraq Vs. Tsunami: The Duplicity Of The Media

Not going to express any surprise about this article below. I know most of us have spent the last week being horrified and saddened about the disaster in South Asia. [Interesting sidenote: more than one person--three, actually--mentioned to me that they were sure that somehow, somehow even this could be traced back to D*ck Ch*ney. Who am I to argue?] We contributed to Oxfam, but there are many others. Take your pick.

Neither am I surprised that the American People have given/pledged more in aid than dumbyass originally pledged. I don't have the strength to go into my rant about lost opportunities for global cooperation and perceived American generosity due to B*shCo's craven nickel-biting, but suffice to say, another shining moment of sickening arrogance from these bastards. So the Dim Son's coronation is going to cost more than the amount he originally, begrudgingly, belatedly pledged to disaster victims? Well done, Commander Codpiece. You're so f*cking macho it hurts. And I could spit in math genius Colin Powell's eye with his faux indignance and arrogant statisticalizing of the amount the US gives to global relief efforts. Of course, we give the most money, but as a percentage of GDP we are dead last. That's the point, errand boy. My God, he has no dignity. Ech, it's everywhere. I don't have the heart to link to it. Instead, let's read how the pandering media whores spin tragedy with voyeuristic hubris:
The American media has descended on the Asian tsunami with all the fervor of feral animals in a meat locker. The newspapers and TV’s are plastered with bodies drifting out to sea, battered carcasses strewn along the beach and bloated babies lying in rows. Every aspect of the suffering is being scrutinized with microscopic intensity by the predatory lens of the media.

This is where the western press really excels: in the celebratory atmosphere of human catastrophe. Their penchant for misery is only surpassed by their appetite for profits.

Where was this “free press” in Iraq when the death toll was skyrocketing towards 100,000? So far, we’ve seen nothing of the devastation in Falluja where more than 6,000 were killed and where corpses were lined along the city’s streets for weeks on end. Is death less photogenic in Iraq? Or, are there political motives behind the coverage?

Wasn’t Ted Koppel commenting just days ago, that the media was restricting its coverage of Iraq to show sensitivity for the squeamishness of its audience? He reiterated the mantra that filming dead Iraqis was “in bad taste” and that his American audience would be repelled by such images? How many times have we heard the same rubbish from Brokaw, Jennings and the rest of their ilk?

Well, it looks like Koppel and the others have quickly switched directions. The tsunami has turned into a 24 hour-a-day media frenzy of carnage and ruin, exploring every facet of human misery in agonizing detail.

The festival of bloodshed is chugging ahead at full-throttle and it’s bumping up ratings in the process.

Corporate media never fails to astound even the most jaded viewer. Just when it appears that they’ve hit rock-bottom, they manage to slip even deeper into the morass of sensationalism. The manipulation of calamity is particularly disturbing, especially when disaster is translated into a revenue windfall. Koppel may disparage “bad taste”, but his boardroom bosses are more focused on the bottom line. Simply put, tragedy is good for business.

When it comes to Iraq, however, the whole paradigm shifts to the right. The dead and maimed are faithfully hidden from view. No station would dare show a dead Marine or even an Iraqi national mutilated by an errant American bomb. That might undermine the patriotic objectives of our mission: to democratize the natives and enter them into the global economic system. Besides, if Iraq was covered like the tsunami, public support would erode extremely quickly, and Americans would have to buy their oil rather than extracting it at gunpoint. What good would that do?
Read more.... Sigh.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Conyers' Lonely Struggle

New York representative John Conyers (D) is doing his absolute best to try and prevent George Dubya from assuming a second term for his shamocracy, but it's tough when you're the only voice of reason in a room full of mindless yesmen and barking dogs. He wants the Senate to formally object to the vote of the Ohio electors on the grounds that vote tampering there questions the legitimacy of the vote and the entire election.

While some Democrats will almost certainly go along with Conyers' call, an objection will not necessarily stall the official Electoral College vote or overturn the result. But even symbolically, it will make a difference for the historical record and help underline what a lie the Bush "mandate" actually is.

New Year's Resolutions for Me - 2005

1. Starting with this year, I will officially stop getting older. When people ask my age, I will bat my beautiful brown eyes and answer, "Wouldn't you like to know?"

2. Even in this non-presidential election year, I will give at least $100 to progressive political groups like NARAL, Moveon.org and the NRDC.

3. I will not, no matter what the circumstance from this time forward utter or type the phrase, "wardrobe malfunction."

4. When referring to President George W. Bush I will, as often as possible, refer to him in print as "El Jefe" since he has about as much legitimacy as many Latin American strongmen.

5. I will recognize that cherry pie is neither fruit nor a vegetable, but a dessert and it should be eaten in moderation.

6. I will use my blog forum as a bully pulpit to sing the praises of Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic Party and Hilary Clinton as the next nominee of the party for 2008. I'd also like outgoing NAACP chair Kweisi Mfume to play a larger role both among Democrats and within the African-American community.

7. I will donate some money to the tsunami relief efforts, while recognizing that even if an early warning system had been in place, it would probably wouldn't have made much of a difference.

Happy Progressive New Year everyone. Remember that the real work lies ahead of us. Peace...

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas, Dammit

"Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God." -- Jesus Christ

Lots of non-Children of God among the B*sh cartel, apparently.



And, by the way, I'm about ready for Shrill O'Lielly to give the Save Xmas from the Libruls! crap a rest. These shysters will make any damn thing up to fuel their constituency's bruised inadequacies. Esteem in everyone's stocking this year, please, Santa. The world can't take any more guileless, defensive rubes.

Wish O'Lielly a Merry Solstice/Happy Kwanzaa/Felicitous Ramadan/Joyous Hannukah here.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Watch Fox News, Hate Your Muslim Neighbors?...

44 Percent Say Restrict Muslims

A recent nationwide telephone survey by Cornell University and reported by truthout.org, CNN and others said that 44 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans.

The survey also suggested that respondents who paid more attention to television news were more likely to fear terrorist attacks and support limiting the rights of Muslim Americans. Perhaps the only encouraging news to come out of the survey was that only 37 percent of respondents believed a terrorist attact was imminent in the United States in the next 12 months. A similar poll in November 2002 put that figure at 90 percent.

I don't really want to live in a country where nearly half the people believe that discrimination against a particular religious group is okay, but then I was born into that country and in fact that way of thinking is ingrained in our very creation and has it's emblems woven into our institutions--even our money, with its ubiquitous "In God We Trust". But perhaps during this holiday season it is important to remember that the only people who need to have their civil liberties violated are the ones we have proven and convicted of being guilty of that crime. Not people who trust in Allah instead of "God".

Happy Holidays all....

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

"Effective Propaganda Tools" Hit U.S. Base in Iraq, Killing 22

Actually, it was a missile that hit the U.S. base, but I thought I would employ the same verbal misdirection that our preznit likes to use. To wit:
President Bush delivered a sober assessment of the war in Iraq on Monday, acknowledging that recent bomb attacks were proving to be "effective propaganda tools."
It seems that recent bomb attacks are proving to be deadly. I don't know that how they are then manipulated is as pertinent to the soldiers. Do we need to up-armor mess tents now? More here.

A worrisome snippet:
A radical Sunni Muslim group, the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, claimed responsibility for the attack — the latest in a week of deadly strikes across Iraq that highlighted the unwavering power of the insurgents (emphasis mine) in the run-up to the Jan. 30 national elections.
Um, deadly strikes that highlight the unwavering power of the insurgents doesn't sound good to me. Which reminds me, has That Colossal Asshole been fired yet?

Dumbyass: Back by Unpopular Demand

From the article:
Republicans like to brag about the sweeping mandate that President Bush received on Election Day. But as he prepares for his second term, Bush approaches Inauguration Day with historically weak job-approval ratings, according to a series of new opinion polls. Unless there's a dramatic turnaround in public sentiment between now and Jan. 20, Bush will be sworn in to office with the lowest job-approval rating -- barely 50 percent -- of any president in the last 80 years, or since modern-day presidential polling began.

"It's striking how weak he is right now," says presidential historian Richard Shenkman, editor of George Mason University's History News Network. "You'd have to go back to Woodrow Wilson to find a president who was reelected in a position as weak as this one. There's been no euphoria around Bush's win."

Since his 3-percentage-point win over Sen. John Kerry, Bush has experienced a complete lack of bounce in the polls. In fact, in at least one national survey, Fox News' Opinion Dynamics poll, conducted Dec. 14-15, Bush's approval rating has fallen five points in the last month, to 48 percent. In other polls, including Washington Post-ABC, NBC/Wall Street Journal, Pew Research Center, Associated Press-Ipsos, Zogby, and Gallup, Bush's already soft approval numbers have flat-lined since the election. That phenomenon stands in sharp contrast to U.S. history, when presidents voted into office for a second term, even after close elections, routinely have received robust approval ratings.

According to an analysis posted on the Gallup Web site in mid-November, Bush's current 53 percent approval rating "is actually the lowest of any of the last seven presidents who won a second term in the first poll conducted after their re-election." Right after securing their second terms, Bill Clinton received a 58 percent approval rating, Ronald Reagan 61 percent, Richard Nixon 62 percent, Lyndon Johnson 70 percent, Dwight Eisenhower 75 percent, and Harry Truman 69 percent.
Snip...
To date, the press, busy detailing the mandate that conservative Republicans feel they won in November, has taken little notice of Bush's poor showing. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal noted that its "survey shows Mr. Bush in a middling position a month after besting John Kerry." (Rather than "middling," the Journal could have just as accurately opted for "unprecedented.") And this week, as it salutes Bush as its Person of the Year, Time magazine makes only passing reference to the president's unmatched showing in the polls.
What? The Steno Pool fails to notice what is abundantly clear and instead names the Dolt in Chief its Person of the Year? I'm shocked, if by 'shocked' you mean 'resigned to suffer the editorial whims of simpletons easily distracted by shiny baubles'. First against the wall, these media whores.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

The One Where Joey Goes Into the Map...


Maj. Gen. Galen B. Jackman of the Military District of Washington, stands on a giant map at the D.C. Armory in Washington, Dec. 16, 2004, during a preview of the parade route for President Bush's inuaguration in January. (AP Wideworld/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

REMINDER: Counter-Inaugural 2005. Be there, be somewhere in your neighborhood at least looking pissed, or be braindead.

A Soldier's Declaration

Last night I saw a production of Stephen MacDonald's play, "Not About Heroes," about the friendship between two great war poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, who meet during WWI in a hospital for "nerve cases," i.e. the loony bin. Sassoon was sent after writing the statement below; Owen was sent by his captain following a particularly traumatic episode. It was an impressive production, but, more importantly, it introduced me to Siegfried Sassoon's brilliant declaration, one which should be copied and sent to every general, captain, lieutenant, cook, driver, and newspaper editor in the land. Sassoon's timeless sentiment couldn't be more true today, which is to say, I detest Donald Rumsfeld.
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A Soldier's Declaration

By SIEGFRIED SASSOON

I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defense and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow-soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.

I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.

I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.

On behalf of those who are suffering now I make this protest against the deception which is being practiced on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of those at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize.

Siegfried L. Sassoon, July 1917
This written 87 years ago, and it needs be said again? Will we never learn our lesson?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

I Spy with My Little Eye...

Satire Rolling Over in Its Grave

I'm just saying that if dumbyass's conferring of Freedom Medals to that Trio of incompetents didn't kill satire, this little story is surely adding the last nail to the coffin.

God, that Zell is a walking tragedy. Why is he so dang angry? Somebody get the poor man a chair and a glass of water. I mean, look at him... He's clearly unwell.



Fun with Comix

With the recent rumblings about the need to overhaul Social Security emanating like a noxious gas from the White House and wearying in advance of the disinformation campaign heading our way, I found Ted Rall's succinct take on it very refreshing (and informative).



Wednesday, December 15, 2004

You Go to War with the Army You Have

Let me set the scene, friends. There I was sitting in a less than write-home-aboutable hotel room in Vancouver when I espied a breaking news report about That Colossal Asshole's press conference with the troops. And it was impossible to remain sane listening to That Colossal Asshole's assault on logic, language, and all that is decent and just.

Asked Spec. Thomas Wilson of the TN National Guard to the cheers of other soldiers, "Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?"

To which That Colossal Asshole replied:
You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have.
THUD.

That's me hitting the floor hearing the Secretary of Defense, possibly the most appallingly arrogant person to have ever lived, do what he does best: evade the question by creating dead air with his reprehensible "logic" -- all filler, hot air, prevarication, and dodge. Hence, the original title to this post: Sweet Jesus, I Detest Donald Rumsfeld.

And, hey, asshole, my cousin is on his THIRD tour of duty in Iraq, and if you don't damn mind, we'd all like him back in one piece, even if he is just "the army we have," you un-preparing, illegal war-making, unnecessary death-causing, unparalleled prick. The Army We Have is doing their job. And you? Have you no decency, sir, at long last?

And I thought, well, surely the next press conference will be of dumbyass standing in front of the whole world to publicly disavow Rummy's incredibly offensive remarks, which are tantamount to "screw you, suckahs!", and do the only decent thing and fire him on the spot.

[Crickets chirping.]

So what did the Witless Bleater have to say? Did he fire Rummy on the spot?
President Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew Card emphasized White House support for Rumsfeld on Sunday.

He "is doing a spectacular job, and the president has great confidence in him," Card told ABC's "This Week" program.
THUD.

[Media Matters for America has even more about the tempest in a teacup over Spec. Wilson's supposed "question by committee."]

Counter-inaugural 2005

Counter-Inaugural 2005
Bush Isn't Going Away and Neither Are We!

We cannot wait another 4 years to stand against the war and rampant social injustice of another Bush Administration. A coalition of social, political, and religious activists have come together to protest the coronation of George W. Bush. We invite you and all your friends and family to join hundreds of thousands in the streets of Washington, DC.

On November 2nd and 3rd as the votes were being counted residents of Washington DC took to the streets to show opposition to an inherently corrupt system, no matter who won the presidential election. Now the inauguration looms on the horizon and in DC where 91% voters rejected Bush energy is high to organize visible resistance to another 4 years of Bush through linking the national and even global struggle against the Bush regime to our local struggle for democracy here in the District. Come out and help shape this resistance!

Join us for a week of action January 15-Janurary 20, 2005. We're here to help plug you in to all the action.

I'll see you there!

Media Carta

We the undersigned , are troubled by the way information flows and the way meaning is produced in our society.

We have lost confidence in what we are seeing, hearing and reading: too much infotainment and not enough news; too many outlets telling the same stories; too much commercialism and too much hype. Every day, this commercial information system distorts our view of the world.

We have lost faith in the institutions of the mass media. A handful of corporations now control more than half the information networks around the world. At a time when people worldwide face hunger, social disruption, war and ecological collapse, only those who know how to walk the walk, talk the talk or pay big bucks are getting their message across.

We have lost hope that our national media regulators will act in the public interest. Essential rules limiting media ownership and concentration are being scrapped, while rules protecting local content and access are diluted.

We have lost patience waiting for reform.

We imagine a different system – a media democracy. We see great promise in the open communications of the internet and want that openness expanded into every form of media. We envision a global system of communications that has as its foundation the direct, democratic participation of citizens. To this end, we demand the timely transfer of key media sources back to the people.

As a start, we demand the right to buy radio and television airtime under the same rules and conditions as advertising agencies. We ask our media regulators to set aside two minutes of every broadcast hour for citizen-produced messages. We want the six largest media corporations in the world broken up into smaller units.

What we ultimately seek is a new human right for our information age, one that empowers freedom of speech with the right to access the media. This new human right is: The Right to Communicate.

We hereby launch a movement to enshrine The Right to Communicate in the constitutions of all free nations, and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Sign the manifesto here.

For those unfamiliar with Adbusters, it is one of the finest things going on this green earth. Pick up a copy, read it online, let it inspire you to do something. Like sign the Media Carta, for instance.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Putting the 'Mental' in Fundamental

I leave North Carolina for a week and the idiots go barmy. So a local Christian school wants to teach a "pro-Southern" view of slavery which holds that slavery "was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence"?? PARDON??

What part of bought-and-sold-like-chattel-with-less-rights-than-a-stray-dog do these people not understand? Mutual affection? That is repugnant.

And slaves led "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures"??? I'M SORRY, WHAT???

Two words for you astonishingly ignorant, racist, neo-Confederate, fundamentalist hayseeds: Middle. Passage. Kidnap, torture, physical and emotional duress, no rights under law. Yes, I'm sure that it was a life of "simple pleasures" being torn from one's home and culture to travel 3,000 miles in the bowels of a festering slave ship -- if you weren't one of the 5 million who died en route, that is -- to be sold like a commodity and then abused for the next 400 years by an entire society predicated on usurping your humanity and hard labor to perpetuate its class and economic dominance. George Bush, these are your people, you unforgivable f, and that the Repugnican Party continues to pander to this element is their eternal shame.

What is wrong with these people? It should be illegal to do this to one's children. It should be illegal to be this f*cking stupid. Are we living in an anarchic state? Are there no educational standards which apply to religious schools? Can any messianic moron teach any garbage they want to children using this especial right-wing brand of false equivalency? Should we get a "pro-German" accounting of the Holocaust? Shall we hear Pinochet's side of the story, cos of all that undue (librul commie) emphasis on the Disappeared? [Ed. note: I am all for teaching these points of view if framed under "justifications for heinous crimes," say. Propaganda can be instructive, of course, if understood as propaganda.]

And I suppose these were the Glamour Shots of the day?

And, what, pray tell, can be the use of this place in an ahistorical world?

And how perfectly tragic that just 30 miles down the road from this "school" is the home of the DEFINITIVE resource on slave narratives. Imagine: instead of "learning" from some poorly sourced, poorly disguised racist proselytizing, one could read actual accounts written in the first person by people with direct knowledge of the slave system, not to mention talk with experts who have actually bothered to read a book or two.

It is worth pointing out here to those whose heads are still ringing with the mind-numbing stupidity of this "Christian" "educational" "curriculum," that the operative term is slave. That's right, kiddies, slave. S-l-a-v-e, not pal, not employee. Slave, like I own you, like I can kill you, rape you, deprive you of all you need to be human, because I own you. No, I'll say it again for the thick-headed: slave. Tell me again the lullaby about the Happy Negro, daddy.

Holy God. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go wash my soul out with soap.

POMP, NO CIRCUMSTANCE

Today President Dubya honored three of his former cohorts by giving them the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the role in "the liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq." While it won't bother most Americans that neither place is completely liberated yet and that, especially in Iraq, the motivation for the military incursion seems less than noble, it's always good for a President to be seen handing out shiny baubles and waxing grandiloquent about "freedom, security and human liberty." Casual news followers might get a warm, tingly feeling in their heart during this holiday season and the imperial fight for control of oil in the Middle East will all seem somehow a little more grand and a little more righteous.

Meanwhile today in the Baghdad Green Zone, a car bomb detonated, killing 2 Iraqi's and injuring 13.

Bumper Bonanza

It didn't take long after the election for the Bush/Cheney bumper stickers to start multiplying like sex-crazed gerbils. Now I see them everywhere, whereas they were relatively scarce before the election. My question is, are all of these people bandwagon jumpers or are most Republican and Republican-leaning independents not too proud of their presidential ticket and they were just waiting until after the election when it is "safe" to let their freak flag fly?

The other day I encountered a progressive at a gas station in L.A. (He was filling up a 20-year old economy car.) While I was pumping gas, he noted my John Kerry bumper sticker and said, "I'm like you. I just can't bring myself to take the sticker off." I replied, "If I keep the sticker on, it helps with the denial just that much more." Party on President Kerry, party on...

Peace.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Media Whores, This Means You

Oh, we're good and screwed now. Bill Moyers Retiring From TV Journalism.

From the article:
"I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee," says Moyers. "We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."

Gosh, Bill, you sure sound shrill. God bless you. How come there arent' more like you?
"You don't get rewarded in commercial broadcasting for trying to tell the truth about the institutions of power in this country," he goes on. "I think my peers in commercial television are talented and devoted journalists, but they've chosen to work in a corporate mainstream that trims their talent to fit the corporate nature of American life. And you do not get rewarded for telling the hard truths about America in a profit-seeking environment."

Oh. Right. Yeah, there is that. What are we going to do?
"We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country," he warns in reply, "or we'll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we'll not save democracy from its own inertia."

Kill me now, please. One week in Canada just wasn't enough.

[On the Canada tip, a frolicking rollicking good time was had by all, bless those lovely, polite Canucks. And the quality of the newspaper writing! You wouldn't believe it if I told you, friends. None of that patronizing "for a precocious 12-year-old" bullshit like the Times likes to insist on. We're talking facts, coherence, narrative flow. It brings tears to one's eyes, it does.]

Saturday, December 04, 2004

HERE LIES TOM RIDGE

Have you gotten caught up in the Desperate Housewives hysteria yet? Yeah, me neither...I'm not sure what the big deal is, but as a red-blooded American male I am constitutionally obligated to mention at this point that at least the stars are hot, and isn't that what all the hype is really about? Especially Eva Longoria and the underrated Felicity Huffman. I'm happy for Felicity, finally landing a hit show years after the deserving and brilliant Sports Night got cancelled. But none of this is what I want to write about, so let's move on...

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Ten Little Cabinet Members

And now say goodbye to Tom Ridge and Tommy Thompson. This week, both Ridge who headed the Department of Homeland Insecurity and Thompson, who ran Health and Human Services, decided to resign from Bush's Cabinet, which is starting to look less like a Cabinet and more like a valise. Don't think that this is any kind of ideological split or a resignation of principle though (the two exceptions: UN ambassador John Negroponte and former Secretary of State Colin Powell). It's time for these high powered politicos and captains of industry to get paid, since government work doesn't pay all that well and the transition from the first to the second term is as good a time to get out as any.

Unfortunately, one cabinet member who probably won't be resigining is Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the mastermind behind our brilliant exit strategy in Iraq and the man who oversaw the excesses of Abu Ghraib. Things are going so well there why would we want to change, right?
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Peabo Bryson

I'm typing this at my g.f.'s apartment and it's hard to concentrate because she's watching one of those cheeseball paid programmings, in this case Time Life's collection of soul ballads from the 70's and 80's. It makes it hard to concentrate on the degenerate state of the world today when Luther Vandross is singing "Here and Now" and Peabo Bryson is exhorting us to "pick up the phone now" and order today for just four low payments of $29.99. "I trust Peabo," my g.f. says. Ah, romance. What we need is for Time Life to come up with a collection of political protest songs featuring the greatest hits of Public Enemy, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. Maybe we could throw in The Pretenders, "Ohio", since that's where the presidential election of 2004 was lost/stolen. I wonder if anyone would buy it. Probably not, unless we could get one of the Desperate Housewives to remove a bath towel and then jump naked into the arms of Stevie Wonder. ("Oh Lawd, I just dropped a white woman!") I think I'm digressing again.

Quick Movie Recommendations

Check out Closer, Sideways, Ray and, if you have kids, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie. You can skip National Treasure, although I guess there are worse ways to spend $8.

Final Thought

This week World AIDS Day came and went and it's important to remember that the United States, under the Bush administration, is in favor of promoting abstinence in Third World countries as opposed to making it easier for contraceptives to be distributed or for AIDS medicine to be more readily available in Africa, where the disease is truly epidemic. It's not always about Iraq and tax cuts for the rich, although these are the areas where most of us see the duplicity and mendacity of the Bush administration the most. What we are dealing with here is a philosophy shaped by the most backwards-looking and religiously conservative elements of our society and that is NOT the way to go about combating AIDS and other major health threats around the world.

Peace...


Vacation's All I Ever Wanted...

Adios, amigos. Your humble correspondent is off on vacation. Posting will be feather light, if at all, for the week. I will be in Canada, land of reasonable liberals. If I feel as enveloped by that ethos of striving for the public good as I expect to, it may be difficult for me to come back to Condi, Rummy, Prick, and their ilk. Why is this great country so saddled with avaricious warmongers? When will American innocence finally crumble? Is there hope for a new, robust liberal movement in a country in which a corporate media dominates? Discuss.
xo,
ae

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Vote for Progressive Blogs!

The Progressive Blog Alliance has been nominated for a 2004 Weblog Award!

Vote now for Best Group Blog. Quick! The wingnuts are winning. Well, "winning," I'm sure.

Who Loves Ya, Baby

Howard does.

Go show him some love. We need a fighter. As for the middlin' fence-straddlers out there, the guy's not even librul, so don't get your panties in a twist. It's a sad day when a self-avowed centrist is the best proponent of librul values we've got. Good on him, I say, and more of it. Screw the compliance and capitulation! Let's assert our damn values for a change. Please let's not quibble over haircuts and stationery right now while all those newbie no-name Cabinet members in Shrubbie's pocket dismantle democracy. The Dems (and I) can't take another namby-pamby apologist. Speaking of, remember "Joementum"? Yeah, me neither. Howard Dean for DNC Chair.

Fast Internet Service for The People

Subtitle: Telecoms Fight Plans For Public Networks

Subtexttitle: Duh.

Listen here, dumbass Dems in charge (not you, Dean, my dear): OPPORTUNITY'S KNOCKING SO HARD IT'S ABOUT TO KNOCK THE DAMN DOOR DOWN! I'm thinking these idjits need to make Fast Internet Service for The People this generation's Rural Electrification Program. You heard it here first.

Insecurity

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council: US, UK, France, China, Russia.

The five biggest arms traders in the world: US, UK, France, China, Russia.

It's just too much sometimes, and I'm thinking of starting an invitation-only commune somewhere beautiful and pristine (is there anything left) (within biking distance of a city, is that too much to ask?) where we can reflect on all things under the sun, eat beautiful, clean food, and write and read all day. Got skills in the chopping wood/ building cabin/harvesting food departments? Write to us. We'll talk.