Bumpersticker lifted from Valley Boy
THANK WHATEVER DEITY YOU FAVOR IT’S FUCKING FRIDAY
Because I for one have had more then enough of this week, what with all the unseemly Sept 11th clamor, our incoherent President all over the media selling his bloody war, the same media drooling over Debra Lafave, no more Deadwood, my own constant craving for nicotine, an importunate feline, the fact that I am neither making love nor expecting rain, plus a bunch of other nasty interior phantasms that bedevil my mind, but are far too personal and maybe revealing to describe. On the plus side, I have obtained a copy of ol’ Bob Dylan’s new blues record and like it a whole lot, but that’s not a great deal to make up for the rest of the shit.
In would also draw regular readers attention to the old comments board up on the right ("comments (977)" just above the crow logo) which seems sadly neglected. Okay so it’s cranky, ancient, and hard to scroll, slow to load – but who isn’t these days, dahling. It used to be a lot of fun and I’d sure like to see it make it to 1000.
Among my peers, the lovely Natalie Nichols has a column in LA CityBeat that is both witty and thought provoking, although some of the boys don’t get the joke...
And inebriate, occasional Deviant and former Texas Jewboy Michael Simmons has started writing for HuffPo...
The cats in the picture came from http://www.hotheadpaisan.com/ (sent by some girl)
And the secret word is (now nostalgically) Cocksucker
ANN RICHARDS – RIP
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
On the first of this month, I exhorted everyone to read Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC Countdown editorial, and damn me, but I’m only doing it again. Today Olbermann took special time to castigate Bush’s 9/11 antics, and the wretched little ABC/Disney propaganda miniseries that concluded tonight. In conclusion he even went to so far as to cite Rod Serling. Which ain’t bad for cable news....
"This is an odd point to cite a television program, especially one from March of 1960. But as Disney's continuing sell-out of the truth (and this country) suggests, even television programs can be powerful things.
And long ago, a series called "The Twilight Zone" broadcast a riveting episode entitled "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street."
In brief: a meteor sparks rumors of an invasion by extra-terrestrials disguised as humans. The electricity goes out. A neighbor pleads for calm. Suddenly his car -- and only his car -- starts. Someone suggests he must be the alien. Then another man's lights go on. As charges and suspicion and panic overtake the street, guns are inevitably produced. An "alien" is shot -- but he turns out to be just another neighbor, returning from going for help. The camera pulls back to a near-by hill, where two extra-terrestrials are seen manipulating a small device that can jam electricity. The veteran tells his novice that there's no need to actually attack, that you just turn off a few of the human machines and then, "they pick the most dangerous enemy they can find, and it's themselves."
And then, in perhaps his finest piece of writing, Rod Serling sums it up with words of remarkable prescience, given where we find ourselves tonight: "The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men.
"For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own -- for the children, and the children yet unborn."
For the whole bit...
The secret word is Cornfield
THE TWILIGHT ZONE IS ESPECIALLY APT IN THIS CONTEXT AS ALL THE MANUFACTURED 9/11 SPIN AND HOO-HA HAS ONLY SERVED TO DISGUISE THE NEWS THAT CAME WITH YESTERDAYS WASHINGTON POST THAT THE WAR ISN’T ONLY FUCKed UP, BUT POSSIBLY BEING LOST...
"The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim and that there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation there.
The officials described Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire state of Anbar as the first time that a senior U.S. military officer has filed so negative a report from Iraq. "We haven't been defeated militarily but we have been defeated politically -- and that's where wars are won and lost."
Wars, I might add that will have resonances that could last for generations, if not centuries. If we have centuries.
Valleyboy makes a point about James Woods new TV series...
While blu sends a link to someone who is very concerned about contrails...
And shane flipside just has to be read to be believed...
I refuse to post a picture of the twin towers burning. Today is September 11th. It is the anniversary of the attack on New York City in 2001, and also the 1973 death of Salvador Allende and the overthrow of legally elected government in Chile by a fascist military junta backed by the Nixon Administration and the CIA. I have heard much distressing blather about the one and nothing about the other, except the comment below. I figure I’ll do my own remembering in private.
The secret word is Tears
(pic by Chris Welch)
Meanwhile back on TV...
SO REPUBLICANS ARE FUCKING LIARS AND STILL SPOOKED BY BILL CLINTON? SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
Today I’m going to be doing my best not to watch the piece-of-shit ABC 9/11 miniseries that seems to be attempting to prove that the 2001 attack on New York was all Bill Clinton’s fault. Max Blumenthal did a bang up job following the money and the influence that made this rewrite of history possible, and how, bankrolled by Disney and the far right, the plot centers around the machinations of the despicable David Horovitz. Here’s the link...
Blumenthal did a great piece of joining the dots, but the way the left-ish media responded has me kinda worried. Isn’t there a tactical thinker – or even a poker player – in the while mess of them. Last week, Bush was practically on the ropes and babbling, and the left should have just been pounding him in the ribs with Katrina and the War. The ABC show would most likely netted lame to lousy ratings, but then this furor-of-the-week blew up, and the entire bloody liberal media drops everything and starts defending Ol’ Bill like it was 1999. The net result is more pointless noise. Bush, Rummy and the rest get a breathing space, and ABC gets a shitload of free promo, adding profit to propaganda. I suspect the only real way to neutralize the likes of Horowitz, Coulter, Hitchens etc., is to ignore them. By responding, we guarantee their face time. It's so damned tempting to go after these lying scum fucks, but its also a terrible waste of resources and playing into their game. If I was rich, I'd commission a highly plausible, CGI porno of Bush and Condi in BDSM flagrante and let that sucker loose on YouTube. Alas though... (This all started off a note to LA CityBeat Editor Steve Appleford, but then kinda grew.)
The secret word is Remote.