Saturday, August 18, 2007

Deadwood Administration

While hanging out in California with my Mom while she recovers from oral surgery we've been having a ball watching all three seasons of Deadwood.

A couple days ago, while there was a picture of Tom Tancredo up on the screen my Mom totally cracked me up by saying "Al Swearengen would make a great President. He'd keep those Washington cocksuckers in line."

Even without having to hear a woman who used to wash my mouth out with Fels Napatha soap for telling my sister to "Shut up" say "Cocksucker" it was pretty funny.

To balance the ticket and make even more history than would be booked by running people that have been dead and buried for 130 years, or worse, fictional, I think the Vice Presidential candidate should be

"Calamity" Jane Canary

Let's hear your ideas for the cabinet positions. I'll post the pictures as we fill them.

Our slogan (thanks Mom)



Friday, August 17, 2007

One For The MIners

This song was written by Merle Travis in 1947. Reforms and union benefits had been rolled back by the demands for wartime production.

We are now experiencing the first increase in mining accidents since the 1920's. The Mine Bureau is headed by a coal industry insider, who as a mine operator had a dismal safety record. He is another one of Bush's recess appointments.

The men in Utah will die down there, if they are not dead already. Rescue digging has been suspended after the deaths of three of the miners digging to find their brothers.

Dark As A Dungeon
-Merle Travis

Come all you young fellows
So fair and so fine
Seek not your fortune
In the dark dreary mine

It will form as a habit
It will seep to your soul
'Till the blood in your veins
Runs as black as the coal

And it's dark as a dungeon
Damp as the dew
The dangers are many
The pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls
Where the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon
Way down in the mines

There's been many a man
That I've known in my day
Who lived but to labor
His whole life away
Like a fiend with his dope
Like a drunk with his wine
A man will get lust
For the lure of the mine


I hope when I die
As the ages do roll
My body will blacken
And turn into coal
I will look through the door
Of my heavenly home
And I'll pity the miners
A'digging my bones



This is Your Victory

Democracy Now has an interview with Dr. Angela Hegarty, a forensic psychiatrist who examined José Padilla.

Some excepts:

"What happened at the brig was essentially the destruction of a human being's mind," said Dr. Hegarty. "[Padilla's] personality was deconstructed and reformed." She said the effects of the extreme isolation on Padilla are consistent with brain damage. "I don't know if he's guilty or not of the charges that they brought against him," said Dr. Hegarty. "But, already - before he was ever found guilty - he's paid a tremendous price for his trip to the Middle East."

AMY GOODMAN: President Bush then classified Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant, stripping him of all his rights. He was transferred to a Navy brig in South Carolina, where he was held in extreme isolation for forty-three months. The Christian Science Monitor reported: "Padilla's cell measured nine feet by seven feet. The windows were covered over... He had no pillow. No sheet. No clock. No calendar. No radio. No television. No telephone calls. No visitors. Even Padilla's lawyer was prevented from seeing him for nearly two years."

DR. ANGELA HEGARTY: Well, “torture,” of course, is a legal term. However, as a clinician, I have worked with torture victims and, of course, abuse victims for a few decades now, actually. I think, from a clinical point of view, he was tortured.

We will never know the truth. Any speaking of the truth in this case has already been drowned out by the screams of the tortured. Here, once again, the goal was not to search for and find the truth of a matter. Torture was used for the only effective thing it will produce, a suitable confession comforming to the desired viewpoint of the torturer.

Go read the whole thing. It will chill you to the bones. This is what has been done in our name.


Glenn Greenwald writing at Salon covers this case and its constitutional implications very well.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What Be Your Nerd Type?

This one is pretty fun. I found it at World History Blog which totally gives away the type of nerd that I am doesn't it?

What Be Your Nerd Type?

I be a Literature Nerd. When I tried to publish the table of results and stuff it totally hosed my page and I don't be enough of a computer nerd to fix it.

So, like uh, What be YOUR nerd type?


Monday, August 13, 2007

I Has Arrived!

Wow! How cool is this? First I get a link, courtesy of William K. Wolfrum blogging at Crooks and Liars which marks my first appearence in a megablog. Wow.

Then, because I speak out against cockfighting and dogfighting I get for the first time, anonymous trolls. That's so cool! It means somebody cares.

'sides, in the beautifully eloquent phrases of The Dark Wraith . . .

There ain't no season on varmit.
No bag limit neither.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Amazon and Animal Fighting

I am no big fan of Amazon. Their politics are pretty much greedy neocon bastard variety and I get better selection and better treatment as a customer from Barnes & Noble.

After receiving this link from the The Humane Society, I have decided that I am simply through with them.

I do, and it's a hard thing to do sometimes, agree with Amazon's position on Free Speech and Free Markets. The thing about free markets though, is that if they are in violation of existing laws by selling subscriptions to "Feathered Warrior", "The GameCock" and other magazines devoted to cockfighting, they deserve to pay full penalties for that.

Follow the links, read what they are doing. Then, I urge to you email Amazon to voice your displeasure. I emailed, cancelled my account, and then phoned to express my disgust with them.

Oh, yeah, they also sell DVD's of dogfighting.

Sick. Fucking. Bastards.

Again, they can exercise their first amendment rights by selling these, within existing law of course. I can exercise my first amendment rights by voicing my displeasure and refusing to do any further business with them.


When you contact amazon you will receive a bullshit, disingenuous form email that says stuff like blah, blah, freedom of speech, blah blah blah, free markets, blah blah blah we have rights blah blah. . .

I wrote back saying that since they don't sell books that instruct the reader on the making of home made bombs or the newest developments in pedophilia that their argument simply does not hold water. In the words of my sister, the nurse and fostermom of the decade, If you do business with creeps and someone points that out to you and you still do business with creeps it makes you a fucking creep. Creep.