“Legislators have gone to prison over $1,200 honorariums that they had accepted illegally”
The thing that’s most entertaining about Jim Hahn’s latest campaign email is its stink of failure. It reeks like a gangrenous wound. Catching a whiff of it, one wants to suggest that maybe he shouldn’t be going outside right now, waving that thing in people’s faces…
The second most entertaining thing is the image that Hahn is trying to paint of Villaraigosa with the email title “Miami Vice in L.A.?” The image of a swarthy man in a shiny suit jetting down to the Florida Keys to pick up a very special suitcase…
… it’s like a pizza delivery boy trying to imitate Harrison Ford.
Oh ye self-rightious ribbon-magnet slappers. Oh ye with-us or against-us chanters. Oh ye “never saw the movie but you know it’s all lies” — These are your people. You giggled at their shiny baubles, and pawed the air at their dangled trinkets. You licked the hardened sap from the nape of their wooden necks and called it sweat. You willingly voted for these zombie lords.
Now — as they live on, rotting in the open air, walking the earth with arms outstreched, sneering and sneering — now, you must sniff them.
BY HELEN KENNEDY
New York Daily News
Posted on Fri, Mar. 25, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. – (KRT) – As Terri Schiavo weakens and legal options peter out, tension here is intensifying.
Eugene Volokh decides that death by slow cruel torture is a bad idea only because it would be a bureaucratic inconvenience. Which provokes Glenn Reynolds to clarify his political philosophy (“At its core, the nation-state is all about killing; everything else is window-dressing”)
These men teach law.
We are fucked.
Excerpt from Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
April 1967 at Manhattan’s Riverside Church
The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from re-ordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Update — the Stalinist Red State speaks out at Editor and Publisher:
“Their dissent equals treason.”
“Today’s press undermines our troops and supports our enemies.”
“The Patriot Act will put both of you (Al Neuharth and Greg Mitchell) on trial for treason and convict and execute both of you as traitors for running these stories in a time of war”
Fairly raw notes on the “oil for food” scandal…
Thanks for the memories:
“He just fucks California,” says one Enron employee. “He steals money from California to the tune of about a million.”
“Will you rephrase that?” asks a second employee.
“OK, he, um, he arbitrages the California market to the tune of a million bucks or two a day,” replies the first
Behold the power of the market:
“Just cut ’em off. They’re so fucked. They should just bring back fucking horses and carriages, fucking lamps, fucking kerosene lamps.”
And the doomed contemplate their fuckitude…
Schwarzenegger Campaign Ad:
Now, here is my plan: audit everything, open the books, and then we end the crazy deficit spending.
A week before Schwarzenegger’s inauguration [LA Times]:
Massive Loan for State Weighed
Aides for Gov.-elect Schwarzenegger float the idea of borrowing $20 billion to balance the budget as key players reverse fiscal stances.
SACRAMENTO — As Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to take office, his aides are testing the waters for a possible budget solution that would include having the state go into debt to pay off a substantial portion of the coming year’s deficit.
No more funny.
Pain hurt in head.
Among the reasons I started writing in this medium was so I could have some forum to vent my rage and confusion, particularly in the wake of a “preemptive” American war. It gave me some way to argue with the fools and vampires who howled in favor of an occupation, who chanted in blind obedience or wallowed in tortured belief of the occupier of the White House.
This purpose no longer seems valid. There’s no longer anyone I can even pretend that I’m arguing with. I can’t find an intelligent blogger who is willing or able to address the sickening circus that’s been happening for the last few months from a pro-war/pro-Bush perspective.
The lies are unquestionable. Even corporate media is mentioning unmentionable things like the total lack of any threat whatsoever from Iraq and the utter disconnection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein. Even Donald Rumsfeld is saying the cheerful pre-war mythology was a pile of bullshit, while still managing to say it’s all a good thing. And no one’s even bothering to come up with flimsy excuses–Bush simply blamed the sailors on the ship he used for his photo op for the content of his photo op. A spy who spent her career searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction is outed by a vengeful administration and right-wing bloodsucking whores suddenly attempt to make an argument in favor of treason. It’s gotten this stupid.
And on the day sixteen Americans were plunged to a flaming death as their helicopter was shot from the sky, conservative bloggers remained silent. Hard hitting war pig Glenn Reynolds spent his time complaining that columnist Maureen Dowd may have used hyperbole, until several other writers repeatedly pointed out his cowardly hypocritical silence. He eventually mumbled something vague about how he doesn’t really write about Iraq…
Such flaccid sniveling sputum is not worth gracing with rebuttal, even in this solipsistic sandbox. Not that there isn’t plenty to argue about. But I think I need to address it in some other way, maybe more solipsistic…
For example when the fires were burning outside Lake Arrowhead near where I grew up, and Geraldo Rivera was on Fox News waving his hand at smoldering blackened tree trunks complaining about the tree huggers (quote) who had prevented the clearing of the forest which Bush had been trying to do. “As you can see,” he said “there are just too many trees.”
How to even begin? How to discuss the bark beetle infestation, the lack of funds for clearing the dead trees, the chaparral in the foothills where the fires all started, the state and private land the fires burned through, the imbalance in fire prevention planning and funds for the dry, heavily populated areas of Southern California, and what the FUCK does any of that have to do with allowing logging companies to thin heavily forested federal lands without legal review? Not a goddamn fucking thing, Geraldo. Not a goddamn thing.
However Bush waiting six months before rejecting federal aid to clear dead trees in Southern California, and rejecting it just a few hours before those very trees went up in flames? Well, that seems kinda relevant.
Unfortunately I don’t really feel better pointing it out. Geraldo still somehow manages to defy the laws of nature with a public career, and Republican media corporations continue to remain tightly on message.
So maybe I should be more focused on maintaining my own sanity rather than trying to make some kind of semi-public rational argument. These aren’t really rational times after all…