Friday, June 11, 2004

This is what it has come to

"People" protesting the memory of a dead guy.

Two things immediately come to mind:

1. Get a life.
2. If the crowd was larger, the photographer would have shown that it was.
It whould always rain at State funerals. When we finally get weather control, this should be mandated.

Thursday, June 10, 2004


I'd have to agree with the Muslim comments. Of course as a member of polite society I can't say that out loud. I'm glad to see at least one Frenchmen w/o a nuanced view of the world.
A hottie with a grudge I like it . . .

France Sucks, Part XLIII

PARIS - French actress-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot was convicted Thursday of inciting racial hatred and ordered to pay $6,000 — the fourth such fine for the former sex symbol since 1997.

The Paris court sentenced Bardot, 69, for remarks in her book “A Scream in the Silence,” an outspoken attack on gays, immigrants and the jobless that shocked France last year.

In the book, she laments the “Islamization of France” and the “underground and dangerous infiltration of Islam.”
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Her remarks seem to be boorish and profane, but at least in the U.S. and the rest of the civilised world it would be up to the readers if her remarks should have shelfspace in the marketplace of ideas - not the nannystate.

Essay - find one instance where John Ashcroft or the Bush Administration have fined, jailed or otherwise punished a writer for his words. Answers must discuss racism, the free speech movement, trends in First Amendment Law and the role of the marketplace. You have two hours. Begin.
Bad Aging Starlet! No twenty minute standing O at Cannes for you!

What Reagan taught me

You can be totally pussy whipped and still be the leader of the free world.
I loved his self-deprecating humor

Why Stop there?

Ted Rall:
"Reagan was a public figure, and he was an idiot. And if he were around and lucid, he would probably say that it comes with the territory."

Timothy Noah:
"Reagan can probably claim some credit for ending the Cold War, but his principal weapon, characteristically, was spending—the Soviets bankrupted themselves trying to keep up with the Pentagon's weapons-buying binge through the 1980s. Reagan's greatest achievement in foreign affairs was therefore linked to his greatest achievement in domestic affairs. He taught Republicans that they could be even less responsible than Democrats.

Michael Stoops:
"Reagan really was a modern day Robin Hood in reverse — he stole from the poor and gave to the rich"

Roger Hickey:
"The tone has gotten more venomous, largely because of the people who came after Reagan and carried the Reagan banner [ . . . ] I give him full credit for unleashing the vast right-wing conspiracy."

Walter Shapiro:
"Let Ronald Reagan ride off into the sunset untroubled by fleeting memories of astrologers, smoke-and-mirrors budget arithmetic, and arms-for-hostages swaps. Dwell instead on those political tall timbers still standing, the heirs of Jefferson, Madison, and Lincoln....Only Jesse Jackson, still an acquired taste for most white Americans, can strike the kind of inspirational pose that one could imagine being immortalized in granite."

Fidel Castro:
``His apologists characterize him as the victor of the Cold War,'' the radio said. ``Those in the know knew that the reality was not so, but rather (he was) the destroyer of policies of detente in the overall quest for peace.''

Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Haitham al-Kilani:
"Reagan's role was bad for the Arab-Israeli conflict and was specifically against Syria. He was the victim of the Israeli right wing that was, and still is, dominating the White House[.]"

Chris Hitchens (again!)
I have been wondering ever since not just about the stupidity of American politics, but about the need of so many American intellectuals to prove themselves clever by showing that they are smarter than the latest idiot in power, or the latest Republican at any rate.

North Korean News Agency:
Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Sunday sent a message of greetings to Carl Gustaf, king of Sweden, on its national day. The message extended warm congratulations to the king and the people of Sweden and wholeheartedly wished Sweden prosperity.

Okay, the last one was just to highlight the fact that the KCNA hasn't even mentioned the passing of RWR. Hell, even Gaddafi mustered up enough to say that he should've been tried as a war criminal.
The long post today was going to be a defense of McCarthyism, but the possibility of highlighting the moronic inanity of the Anti-Reagan Left was just too good to pass up.

Just the Blogs

Here are the opinion pieces on Reagan:
Christopher Hitchens
Reagan allowed Alexander Haig to greenlight the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, fired him when that went too far and led to mayhem in Beirut, then ran away from Lebanon altogether when the Marine barracks were bombed, and then unbelievably accused Tip O'Neill and the Democrats of "scuttling."

David Corn
Getting cozy with Argentine fascist generals, tax credits for segregated schools, disinformation campaigns, "homeless by choice,"...

William Rivers Pitt
The truth is straightforward: Virtually every significant problem facing the American people today can be traced back to the policies and people that came from the Reagan administration. It is a laundry list of ills, woes and disasters that has all of us, once again, staring apocalypse in the eye.

Greg Palast
The New York Times today, in its canned obit, wrote that Reagan projected, "faith in small town America" and "old-time values." "Values" my ass. It was union busting and a declaration of war on the poor and anyone who couldn't buy designer dresses. It was the New Meanness, bringing starvation back to America so that every millionaire could get another million.

Peggy Noonan?
He studied communism, read Marx...

Huh? Did Peggy Noonan just slam Ronald Wilson Reagan, our 40th President, on the event of his passing from this world? How dare she! That can't be right. Wait a second... what's this later?

  • "racist, a man who knew nothing, a militarist".
  • "evil"
  • "Mr. Know Nothing Cowboy Gunslinger Dimwit"
  • "All presidents should be so stupid."

Oh, man, the skeletons are out of the closet. Noonan's contempt for the man and the office is hereby noted.

It takes some big people to speak ill of a dead man. It takes even bigger people to make fun of a dead man (Bush/Zombie Reagan 2004). I suppose I would believe that he deserved more respect than this, but he was a public figure, a politician in fact. On his watch, lives were lost, fortunes lost or gained, careers and reputations made and destroyed. Once you submit yourself to public scrutinity, the public — that stupid hulk that smashes with the fist of the lowest common denominator — can rob you of everything. I would argue that he sacrificed his personal privacy for the sake of the public good, but he didn't. He was an actor before he was a politician. When he was a politician, he made that his career for two decades. This career was shepharded by giant corporations.

Maybe I could have kept silent about the man out of respect, but then came the news reports. Put Reagan on the $10 bill. Put Reagan on Mount Rushmore. Rename the Pentagon "The Ronald Reagan National Defense Center".

I don't think Reagan was a tyrant (unlike some other president with the initials GWB). I think he turned the country into a worse place, though. I don't think he was a god or our king. He wasn't even our most popular president. Let's stop treating him as such, and I'll let the man rest in peace.

Now that this exercise is complete, what does this look like to you?

I'm Shawn Laaschand I approve this blog posting.

Like the new sig?

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

That darkness isn't the result of ConEd

The furniture polish booze you've been drinking has just struck you blind.
Did you know there are six ways to make methamphetimine with just the contents of your bathroom and an old doily? It's easy - and it's a good thing!


Blogging: it's so discrete. Do it at home — at work — on vacation.

I'm doing it right now!

Puh-leez. Disparity? The electricity could be shut off at any second now.


The unemployed have the advantage in the blogosphere.
I'm blogging this with a divorce client in my office right now.

Funny, I don't agree with P.J.

He really sums up the argument between liberals and conservatives as liberals want to take away the conservatives' money and conservatives want to take away the liberals' fun?

He must be speaking of socially. Based on the last several "conservative" administrations, money was taken, fun was had by some, the nation was left holding the check.

I'm paying for government kick-backs in the 80s. Some might say, "Not at the moment, you aren't," and I would say, "Damn you for speaking so lightly of my unemployment." But seriously, when the government's house is in better order, the business world booms.

This is not a lie. This is a fact.

Out of control deficits hurt everyone. Lie-and-spend conservatives hurt America's economy. But to hear the testimonies to Reagan, whose fiscal plans were labeled "voodoo economics" by Bush pere, Reagan made us free. Bull.

That's why I listen to "hate radio". To counter the lies of popular media and the lies of the right wing. I get emails from people, especially quoting the nutty Coulter (I loved where he said she "has the look of a soon-to-be-ex wife who has just finished shouting") and have to tell people about the lies she spews.

I take it that "liberal" and "conservative" are code words for "Democrat" and "Republicans"? If so, show me a war won by a conservative. Civil? Is that the best you can do? Cold? Please. Liberals saved the world, and you know it. Greatest generation? Led by liberals, thank you very much. Conservatives? Let's look at Eisenhower's farewell address, shall we?

When nutty, nutty Ann starts calling liberals "traitors", she'd better start coming up with some good reasons for her "hate speech". Liberals are always against America? Really? I didn't triple the deficit, saddling future generations of Americans with unconscionable tax burdens.

What do liberals hate then? Fat cats. The intellectually lax. Aristocracy.

Yes, I am not a Bush fan. I am not a Reagan fan.

I don't think that it's fair to live in an America where life is good only if you're rich. Then, you can murder people and get away with it. You can cheat the government and get away with it. You can steal money from people and get away with it.

My government isn't suppose to only work for the richest 1% of the population. In fact, my government shouldn't give its protection based on the wealth or religion of someone, but rather should protect those in need.

There has already been a great war between the liberals and conservatives in America, and it was called the McCarthy Witchhunts.

I thought that the 90s were supposed to be the 70s redux. Instead, it looks like they might have been the 20s. Bush the lesser has certainly done his economic handywork on our economy, although it's something short of a depression (damn those regulations installed by liberals! They have stopped our full conservative potential). Does that mean that 9/11 was Pearl Harbor and now we're moving back into McCarthyism again?

I'm afraid so. And that's why I tune in to people preaching to the choir — after all, that's how you get the choir to sing louder.

If "P.J." is, in fact, his real name.

Creepyest Thing this Week

It either had to be OJ on Greta's show going on about how he's mad at Nicole for the choices she made in her life. Or Hillary quoting Psalms 118:24 "This is the day the LORD had made . . " at the "National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast".
You'll find no pithy comments here

I Agree with P.J. O'Rourke Agreeing with Me.

When was the last time a conservative talk show changed a mind?

He also asks the logical corrollary to that question, When has Liberal radio changed a mind?

There's also advice for what to do when approached by Michael Moore.
I knew there was areason I didn't listen to hate radio.

Enron employee speaks a fundamental truth

In fat boy, Enron traders used fake power sales to hide megawatts, shrinking the supply of energy and driving up prices. They also used the oldest trick in the book: lies.

"It's called lies. It's all how well you can weave these lies together, Shari, alright, so," an employee is heard saying.

The other employee says, "I feel like I'm being corrupted now."

The first employee adds, "
No, this is marketing,"


Just because you're successfully raping the world's sixth largest economy and the powehouse of American technology and agriculture doesn't mean you're incapable of telling a truth.
We used to use "enron" as a verb in DC. "We're going to get enronned when this gets out you know."

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Damn you Shawn

Every time I see this ad I think it's a Rummy spoof!

I shall avenge my Rummification

Monday, June 07, 2004

I win!

53 hours from time of death to "South American Death Squads" reference.

Terrence, I believe you said he'd hold out for at least 72 hours. The next bottle of Flieschmann's is on you.
The "Next Hoover"? Is that like the New Dick Nixon? I'm still holding out for the Grover Cleveland of the 21st C.

Puppet Shows

Was Reagan a simple man? Is that how you would want to remember him? Keep in mind that he was often accused of being a simpleton, a puppet.

Is that how we should remember him? Or was he the architect of budget deficits, South American death squads, and the circumvention of Congress?

Has politics since Reagan really been about making a new Reagan? That would certainly explain Clinton on horseback and Gwib out in Crawford. However, both of these examples are after they were elected President. I would say that the media tries to make the Presidents into Reagan.

Democrats try to make another Kennedy. Republicans try to make another Hoover. That's the way the parties work, and that's what's wrong with them both.
But I ain't voting for Nader this time.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

The Man.

Reagan was a simple man - there were no nuances, an innate sense of fair play and a desire to do good. In that he was much like America.

The difference between the last of the Depression era to lead our nation and the first of the Boomers to lead our nation is clear. Reagan's autobiography was called An American Life. Bill Clinton's is called My Life.
Both parties have spent the last fifteen years trying to elect the next Reagan. That says alot.

Dante Speaks

Dante: Daddy, can you feed me?
Shawn: Sure.
Dante: You're so strong!
Shawn: Uh, thanks.
Dante: You're like Superman!
Shawn: You're so sweet!
Dante: And Spiderman!
Shawn: Wow.
Dante: And Wonder Woman!
Shawn: Huh?
Dante: Because you're a girl.
I thought I wouldn't have to deal with that stuff any more after leaving high school.

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