Saturday, January 08, 2005

How to drive in Madison, Wisc.



  1. Drop off friend at house behind porno shop.
  2. Find and listen to Country Western station on radio. Share belief systems.
  3. Go to La Hacienda on Park Street. Purchase for take out two orders of Chiles Rellenos.
  4. Leave. Don't use rear view mirror.

Listening to C&W for the first time in years I learned that a) Since you left, I can't talk to God without shouting, b) Shoes don't stretch and men won't change and c) It never hurts to get a little mud on your tires.

Newsflash


Caveman learns to use computer, blog.

Caveman produces witty banter, including jokes about women in politics.

Note: Caveman was not talking about Condileeza Rice, for whom he has utmost respect because she's working on the genocide he loves so much.
Give it a rest, dude. It is a big deal, and I know you recognize that. As for Sen. Boxer crying, I don't know what that was about — and neither do you.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Don't Cry Barbara . . .




Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., wipes away a tear as she announces with Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Pluto, that they will object to the certification of Ohio's electoral votes during a joint session of Congress today Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005. It would be only the second time since 1877 that the House and Senate were forced into separate meetings to consider electoral votes.

Crying makes Mr. Mope happy, you don't want to make Mr. Mope happy, do you Barabara? Crying makes Senator Kerry sad during his European ski vacation this week. You wouldn't want to make him sad during his ski trip, would you? That's right - turn that frown upside down!! Stop being little missy rainy face and start being little missy happy face! You can do it!! There! Don't you feel better already?
Chicks in politics are so funny.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Kill Them All, Let Allah Sort It Out


OK, it's taken me a while to get my mind around it, but I think I'm starting to. Brian hates "Islamo-terrorists" because of the Iran Hostage crisis, which was "resolved" (peacefully) in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan, who bombed Libya (can't remember why, though; I think it had something to do with their inability to effectively retaliate), but left Iran alone.

Well, mostly alone. In the 80s, Reagan also allowed the US to secretly and illegally sell weapons to our most hated enemies.

In the 80s, we also helped out Iraq, under the "Enemy of Our Enemy" program.

We were struck in 2001 by Saudi terrorists in a plot devised by a Saudi living in Afghanistan. We struck at Afghanistan, but never captured nor killed the leader.

We then invaded the neighboring country, based at best on faulty intelligence we wanted to believe. We told the neighboring country on the run-up to invasion that they had to disavow all of their programs we didn't like, which, by the way, would have made them a nice target of Iran.

In other words, none of this has to do with Iran. Some of this recent unpleasantness has to do with September 11th, but as we've all agreed in the past, the US forces in Afghanistan are significantly less than those in Iraq.

Additionally, the Pentagon is actually running a campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqis. We're miserably failing, as even the Pentagon agrees.

Does this seem like a policy to exterminate terrorism everywhere? Wouldn't we be more effective completely running a country at a time? Or maybe we could put a country on lock-down, search for terrorists in every quarter, publicly execute them, etc. It worked for the Romans.

Instead, under Brian's worldview, the mouth of Sauron has come out to treat with us, and we've invited it to sit down to tea. Meanwhile, we've invaded the Dwarvish lands to the north in hopes that it will draw out the Uruk-hai.

Per my discussion the other day, the reason that the Iranians captured our embassy was because we'd used it as a base of operations to overthrow an elected (albeit, Socialist) government and install the Shah. The reason that we fought Gulf War I was to keep the Kuwaiti royals installed. The reason the Taleban took over Afghanistan was because we supported them to kick out the Commies. The reason bin Laden (who is our real enemy) struck us was because we kept troops in Saudi Arabia during Gulf War I.

My point? We suffer under tragedies of our own making. We plucked our eyes out and continue to make time with Jacosta.

We need to protect people instead of wealth. The Shah was installed at the urging of British Petroleum. Look where it's led us.
"Do you ever wonder to yourself, why we don't defend people, we just defend wealth?" — Billy Bragg

A New Year — a New Chance for Linguistic Smackdown


You're absolutely right: I completely misspelled odyssey. Thank you, "It's" Boy.

BTW, you missed my use of the term "inteesting". Clearly, I was drunk at the time.
In-jokes on a blog; that's what you get when you put a bunch of posters together in one spot for a period of days.

My Problem with the Justice Department's Torture Definition Expansion


The Justice Department published a revised and expansive definition late yesterday of acts that constitute torture under domestic and international law, overtly repudiating one of the most criticized policy memorandums drafted during President Bush's first term. [source]


First paragraph, since we all know I don't like to look too deeply into things...

The Justice Department is an executive branch. It is about to be (unless the Senatorial Dems grow a pair) headed by the guy who wrote the offending memo in the first place. Considering the outplacement services required at the CIA after Porter Goss showed up, I think it would be safe to recommend to the guys at Justice that they polish up those resumes. Perhaps not, as the article goes on to state that perhaps this new memo was intended to clean up the mess of the earlier one.

My biggest problem with it is that we had to do this clean up. We had to undo our legitimization of discredited interrogation techniques that have led to deaths.

Torture should be like pornography: I know it when I see it.
Odd that a UC Berkley guy helped define torture. Oh, wait: he clerked for Thomas.