Saturday, October 01, 2011

TEA PARTY Remedial Ed: President Obama, Terrorist Hunter

No shit, Teabaggers!

While Republicans talked an evil game, mostly to inflame the racist predilections of their bloodthirsty base, President Obama actually went about the task of killing terrorists who would do Americans harm.

You have no idea, Teabaggers, not the slightest clue. As stated here, it came as no surprise that President Obama erased OBL. In fact, it's not that hard to hunt down and kill these scumsuckers, given our military and intelligence resources. Seriously. Bin Laden was a useful tool to the Bush regime, including W's re-election, so they kept him alive. Bin Laden's cockiness, living pretty much in plain sight in a heavily guarded compound in Pakistan right around the corner from their "Pentagon" indicated he was in on the game. Or so he thought.

Until a new sheriff came to town. No one should be surprised at President Obama's tough stance. He was to the right of John McCain in this regard, when he said during the campaign that, given actionable intelligence, he wouldn't hesitate to take Al Queda's leadership out, no matter where they were hiding. John McCain, sounding like a Democrat, criticized President Obama for circumventing the proper channels of international collaboration, etc. The Idiot Punditocracy thought the President's statement was hyperbole. Not any more.

 Some have argued that killing terrorists who are U.S. nationals abroad, in hostile territory — Yemen and Pakistan — is unconstitutional; that we should capture them and try them in our courts and, while we're at it, give them a latte and a scone. I don't think so. A U.S. citizen who joins the terrorist organization that killed some 3,000 innocent people on 9/11 is, by definition, a traitor. Whether or not terrorist mass murderers are held for trial, their fate is sealed. They will be executed, just as the Nazi war criminals hung at Nuremberg. Another important distinction is that the Nuremberg trials were held after WWII ended, when Germany was defeated. During the war, Hitler was fair game. There were numerous attempts to assassinate him, and his headquarters were reduced to rubble. Dictators and terrorists have one thing in common: They're protected by heavily reinforced concrete bunkers, compounds, and natural fortresses such as caves.

The notion entertained by Ron Paul that, given actionable intelligence, we should risk the lives of Special Forces teams to extract a terrorist who happens to be a U.S. citizen and bring him up on charges, is ridiculous. Wherever terrorists may gather in hostile territory, whether it be Yemen or Pakistan or any other country that harbors people bent on the mass killing of innocent Americans, if we find them with our 24/7 remote-controlled drones, they're toast.

And good riddance. No more Mr. Nice Guys (Bush and Cheney) keeping terrorists alive to foment internal fear in the population in order to justify the national security state. We've got a Ninja President in the White House who has a different idea of how best to protect the lives of Americans. Here's President Obama's impressive record of hunting down and killing terrorists:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nate Silver Rubs It In: The Red Sox's Epic Meltdown, By The Numbers

Did the New York Times' Master Geek Nate Silver write this exposé of the Boston Red Sox late season meltdown, which let the Tampa Bay Rays in through the playoffs back door courtesy of the New York Yankees, just to torment Rachel Maddow? (Nate usually reserves his probabilities expertise to polling and politics.) But if Nate's numbers baffle, there's always the conspiratorial view of sports. Here's the New York Times account of those dramatic eight minutes that sealed the fate of two teams. Can anybody say, "yeah, right"?
“Within eight minutes the world changed,” said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who was one of several Yankees players monitoring both games in the clubhouse. “That’s what makes baseball the greatest game.”

As the clock approached midnight, the Orioles came back to tie the Red Sox with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and when the score was relayed to the fans at Tropicana Field, their cheers let the Rays know what was happening up north.

A few minutes later, the Orioles won their game on a walk-off single by Robert Andino, and as the cheers went up again, Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist turned to his teammates in the dugout and said: “This is our game now. We have to win this now.”

At 12:05 a.m. Thursday morning, they did. Evan Longoria, the Rays’ most talented player and the face of the franchise, ripped a 2-2 pitch from Scott Proctor over the low part of the left-field fence and the Rays completed two improbable comebacks, beating the Yankees, 8-7, in 12 innings to win the American League wild card.

After trailing the Red Sox by nine games on Sept. 4, the Rays overcame the largest September deficit in major league history to make the playoffs, unleashing a wild celebration in the process.

“I don’t think there’s any specific explanation for it,” said Longoria, who also hit a three-run home run as part of a wild comeback in the eighth inning. “It’s just a bunch of guys who put together an incredible season.”
Oh really, Mr. Longoria? Here's one "specific explanation": Maybe the fix was in; not for an entire game, but for one inning, maybe even one at-bat. Consider this sequence of events: The Yanks improbably blow a 7-run lead to the Rays — the fastidious Mr. Silver calculalted the chances of this happening at 0.2% while the Red Sox had what can only be termed as a 99.6% metaphysical mortal lock probability of making the playoffs; the game is tied going into extra innings early Thursday morning; the players are tired and want to get off the field, especially the Yanks, for whom this is a meaningless (wink-wink) game; the fans erupt as news of the Red Sox defeat to the Orioles flashes on the scoreboard; then Longoria, their franchise player, seals the Red Sox fate by ripping a (telegraphed? batting practice?) Yanks pitch over the fence.

Hollywood ending? Cinderella finish? Or A-Rod — "who was one of several Yankees players monitoring both games in the clubhouse"— huddling with his millionaire teammates fixin' to inflict some more of the Babe's Curse on their arch-rivals by playing sports gods with a double-whammy: The Yanks clinch a playoff berth and are instrumental in keeping the Red Sox out ... against the same team and principal beneficiary, the Tampa Bay Rays! Sealed with a fist pump. Yep, and it's happened before, too. On the World Cup stage. Just sayin'. Kidding. Maybe. Is Henry Kissinger a Yankees fan, too?

Should that mysterious cosmic force sometimes called "Bad Karma" hit the Yankees during the playoffs, we'll know for sure the fix was in.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TEA PARTY Remedial Ed: A View From The Belly Of The Beast ... VOTE For the AntiChrist!

Attention Teabaggers: You’re about to get a chilling, blood-curdling look inside the BELLY OF THE BEAST, courtesy of this low-level trader whose twisted remnant of a conscience cattle-prods him into letting us in on their filthy, deranged, treasonous little secret: How to make money from the imminent collapse of the world’s economies. Maybe he’s hedging his bets against the suffering of billions he’ll be profiting from, just in case things go south on him too. And for those of you who think this is about Europe, not the U.S. economy, think again: “The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world.”

If you're a Republican, or vote Republican against your own best interests — unless you're a two percenter — and you can't believe Republicans are seriously trying to tank the U.S. economy, think again. This isn't the action of irrational people. Treasonous, maybe, but irrational, no. The sole remaining impediment to Republicans making money hand-over-fist from another Great Depression is President Obama. Mitch McConnell openly declared his top priority is defeating Obama in 2012. As we have seen from accidental revelations of Republicans like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan who stand to benefit from investments and policies that bet against economic recovery, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Watch and you'll understand the evil webs these Republicans weave. They've taken this dude's advice. They're uniquely prepared:

“See, I’m a trader. I don’t really care about that kind of stuff. If I see an opportunity to make money I go with that. So, for most traders, we don’t really care that much how they’re going to fix the economy, how they’re going to fix the whole situation. Our job is to make money from it. And, personally, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for years.

I have a confession: I GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT, I DREAM ABOUT ANOTHER RECESSION, I dream of another moment like this. Why? Because people don’t seem to maybe remember, but the 30’s DEPRESSION, the (GREAT DEPRESSION) of the 1930s wasn’t just about the market crash. There were people who were prepared to make money from that crash. And I think anybody can do that. It's not just for some people in the elite. ... It’s an opportunity. When the market crashes, when the Euro and the big stock markets crash, if you know what to do, if you have the right plan set up, you can make a lot of money from this. For example hedging strategies is one, [the Republicans — Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, whose investments against economic recovery came accidentally to light] then investing in bonds, Treasury bonds, that sort of stuff.

Everybody who’s watching this; this economic crisis is like a cancer. If you just wait and wait, thinking this is going away … just like a cancer, it’s going to grow and it’s going to be too late. What I would say to everybody is, get prepared. This is not a time right now to wishful thinking that government is going to sort things out. The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world. Goldman Sachs does not care about this rescue package, neither do the big funds.”
Then this dude goes on to say he wants to “help people” actually make money from a “downward market” because in less than 12 months “my prediction is, the savings of millions of people [will] vanish. So, I would say, be prepared and act now.” But wait, Teabaggers, there's still hope. Comes the AntiChrist to the rescue, and ... Rapture! Lawrence explains:


Tonight I tuned in (just for a minute before being outraged) at America's uncensored PORN channel, Fox, curious to find out whether the Hamlet of Trenton, Jersey BLUBBERMOUTH Governor Chris Christie would finally release the Coultergeist, Hannity, Karl Rove, and a bunch of KOCH-snorting tycoons into orgasmic paroxysms should this be the day Snooki's BEACH BALL announced his candidacy for president. It didn't happen. Hannity's program was on 30-second delay in case heads, or other body parts, exploded, so to speak.

Christie's religious revival was held at the Reagan Tent Library, a speech about leadership and the Republican Gospel according to their LITERAL GOD, Ronald Reagan. Word has it that some Republicans are desperately trying to clone Reagan, and others even hope he will descend from the skies in the chariot used by Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur to reclaim his throne. Meanwhile, in the Hannity set, body temperatures and sexual tension kept rising, manifesting as a dribble of spit from Sean's mouth, the hair inside Karl's ears achieving full piloerection, generalized Nixonesque upper lip sweating, and a pervasive sense of wingnut B.O. reeking of the subtle aromas of McDonald's fries, Meatloaf, cooked vegetables, and cheap cologne.

Wingnut Republican Congressman Connie Mack was on hand to provide off-color and offensive commentary about President Obama. He spoke in weighty terms of Blubbernor Christie, then mentioned the obligatory "shining city on a hill"... Hmm. Has it ever occurred to the wingnuts that the closest physical manifestation of a "shining city on a hill" in this country is the beautiful and gay, ULTRA-LIBERAL European-style enclave and little patch of heaven in America, the City of San Francisco? Yes, the Democratic city where liberal policies achieved affordable universal health care, where crime and unemployment are low, and where one-party Democratic rule ensures a government that works for all the people. As a rule American cities, shiny, flat, or hilly, are Democratic strongholds. Even in Texas. (Or "Te-HAS" as los ilegales de Rick Perry pronounce it.) Compare this to the typical Republican demographic, which lives in Wonder Bread 'burbs, gated communities, and inbred trailer parks.

Republican WORD DU JOUR from the Frank Luntz Propaganda Mill: "DEMONIZE." The wingnut HIVE first started using it with calls from phony "plants" to liberal radio talk shows. They call in claiming to be small business owners with a familiar sob story about Democrats and President Obama trying to "demonize" them for being "successful" and how they're oh, so burdened by "job-killing government regulations." You know, the kind that maintains a safe working environment and keeps benzene out of the water and mercury out of the air. Big Eddie smokes them out, usually after a whole series of callers crying that mean ol' President Obama is out to "demonize" them with his Crass Warfare.

Ironically, the wingnut HIVE are the very opposite of the "entrepreneur" and the creative personality. They must be told what to say and work from a script. They're disciplined worker bees, hence the HIVE, and they will die flying solo. They're a kind of one-dimensional proto-collectivist that even Ayn Rand could not have envisioned, for she gave hers a brain, the better to crush them. For all intents and purposes, when they call Big Eddie, their brain belongs to Frank Luntz. And so, it came as no surprise that Governor Christie charged President Obama with "insisting that we must tax and take and DEMONIZE those who have already achieved the American Dream." Straight from the HIVE. But then LOATHSOME Rep. Connie Mack of Florida said of the Republican mob, which cheered for the death of the medically uninsured, hollered for Perry's record executions, and jeered a gay Marine who is serving our country in Afghanistan:

"They want somebody to TAKE OUT Barack Obama and get this country back on track."

Those were his precise words. Every single word. There was no Fox editing as they did by excising "everybody here’s got a vote" from Jimmy Hoffa's speech when he used the words "take these sons of bitches out" referring to Tea Party candidates. Salty language, to be sure, but the unedited Hoffa passage left no doubt that he was talking about voting them out of office. What Connie Mack said was HATE SPEECH. But no one will protest because it was said on Fox, which traffics in hatred and incendiary, irresponsible language on a daily basis.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Phantom Wall Street Demonstrators MACED By Cops — THE STING IS REAL

Most Americans, not only those who get their news exclusively from Fox, have no idea that an organized grassroots protest by the group Occupy Wall Street involving thousands of demonstrators peacefully protesting Wall Street greed and corruption has been ongoing in the Wall Street area since September 17. How can the public know, when there has been a virtual news blackout imposed on coverage of this demonstration, even if it dwarfs a typical Tea Party demonstration attracting heavy media coverage? Why the news blackout? It's a rhetorical question. Mainstream media is corporate-owned and Wall Street is the transnational corporations' banker. It's really that simple.

But the mainstream media bias regarding which demonstrations to cover — Tea Party, yes; the Left, no — is so blatant that we are reduced to reading NYU Campus media or the British press to find out what the hell is going on in our own backyard. The Guardian actually covered the substance of the demonstration on Wall Street, not simply the visuals. On cable, Keith Olbermann has been flying solo. Things suddenly changed for the media when three young women were pepper sprayed by New York's finest. Here's only PART of Keith's segment. For some inexplicable reason, the most compelling and disturbing part, which shows and discusses the young women being pepper sprayed by the police, is not shown:

Here's the video from which shows the assault in detail. Does this qualify as police brutality?

Obama Campaigning In Poetry — Bob Dylan's Poetry

Mario Cuomo once said you “campaign in poetry but govern in …” well, we won’t get into that. Obviously, the Beltway Media hasn’t got an ear for poetry. But our awesome Rachel Maddow does. (Hell, even Rick Perry confessed to listening to Jesus Christ and Rachel Maddow — not necessarily in that order.) Where the Idiot Punditocracy sees conflict and recrimination, Rachel sees courtship and solidarity. You decide, right?

Seeking compromise and conciliation, proposing a fire sale of the Democratic crown jewels for the sake of his soul-selling “grand bargain” pact with the Devil, the President hits rock-bottom. Then he begins to realize something’s going on here ... It takes the Republican brinksmanship of two government shutdowns, + one for Mr. Obama to fully, finally, grasp its meaning.

This song speaks to the President's futile and fruitless "compromise" phase. Interesting that the media back then (65 or 66?) was just as shallow, stupid, and clueless as it is today. Genius, like Dylan at his peak, is fleeting and impermanent. But you can always count on mediocrity to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted ... through the ages. Watch this rare Bob Dylan performance of “Ballad of a Thin Man” filmed in a small, intimate setting in Copenhagen. It’s totally mesmerizing.

And here’s a great Robert Palmer/UB-40 version of Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”… dedicated to President Obama courting the base and the CBC:

Monday, September 26, 2011

58 Second FLAT Post-GOP Debate Analysis: Perry — Do I Get To Go To DISNEYWORLD Now?

THE AUDIENCE auditions for a part in George Romero's latest flick, "ZOMBIE DOMINION USA"...

... RICK PERRY recovers from his "PONZI SCHEME POKER NIGHT" bender ...


PIZZAMAN Herman Cain wins the Florida Straw Poll, which sends the Idiot Punditocracy and Chuckles Toddy scurrying and scrambling for rewrite of suitable alternate explanation that doesn't include: ... "its historic role in predicting the next Republican nominee ..." 


RACIST, BLOODTHIRSTY, LORD OF THE FLIES AUDIENCE says, plaintively, "We're not racists, WE HAVE A HEART, EVEN IF WE DON'T HAVE A PULSE (CHENEY), we're not the second coming of the Spanish Inquisition, we love FA ... HOMO-sex-UALS ... SEE ... WE CAN CAST A protest vote for the BLACK GUY too ... provided he don't get the TEA PAR ... GOP NOMINATION."