Friday, September 26, 2008

Jack Thompson Disbarred!

After years of gadflying and trying to ban violent video games, Jack Thompson - the only person to ever bring a successful (if ultimately overturned) obscenity charge against a musical act in America - has been permanently disbarred in Florida.

Info is here.

This is wonderful news. I was wondering when his antics would finally catch up with him. It sure took long enough!

I saw him in action, once, at Ohio University. They brought him in on a roving debate about music censorship, but unfortunately they had him up against Professor Griff, late of Public Enemy. It wound up being less of a debate about music censorship and more of a dual lecture about afro-centric views of American history and the evils of obscene music. They never really butted heads, and Thompson came across as a reasonable, okay guy who just wanted to protect women and kids. And that was really sad.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

In which comic books speak the truth

thanks to my friend bwrynn for pointing out what should have been obvious.

(If this ISN'T making any sense, you need to read Transmetropolitan. Like, right fucking now.)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin made victims pay for their rape kits

I am just speechless:

Despite denials by the Palin campaign, new evidence proves that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin had a direct hand in imposing fees to pay for post-sexual assault medical exams conducted by the city to gather evidence.

Palin's role is now confirmed by Wasilla City budget documents available online.


Under Sarah Palin's administration, Wasilla cut funds that had previously paid for the medical exams and began charging victims or their health insurers the $500 to $1200 fees. Although Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella wrote USA Today earlier this week that the GOP vice presidential nominee "does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test...To suggest otherwise is a deliberate misrepresentation of her commitment to supporting victims and bringing violent criminals to justice," Palin, as mayor, fired police chief Irl Stambaugh and replaced him with Charlie Fannon, who with Palin's knowledge, slashed the budget for the exams and began charging the city's victims of sexual assault. The city budget documents demonstrate Palin read and signed off on the new budget. A year later, alarmed Alaska lawmakers passed legislation outlawing the practice.

The whole investigation courtesy of Jacob Alperin-Sheriff at the Huffington Post.

Now, will you Democrats who want to vote for McCain because Hillary didn't get the nomination please, please, please pull your heads from your rear ends and understand what you're supporting, instead, is as far as you can get from what Hillary, herself, would stand for?

Yes, Will Bower -- I. Am. Looking. At. You.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hillary Supporters for McCain: A Democratic False Flag Op?

I ask only because, while the Internet is a great place for stupid people to meet up, the timing seems too nearly choreographed for my liking. And this seems too ridiculous for Karl Rove Republicans to touch with a ten foot pole, so of course the Democrats are probably to blame.


One of the more clever political tricks to play is the “false flag” operation. It’s really simple: you get a bunch of people to pretend to be on the other side of your position, and set them up so they look like a legitimate outfit. Then you get the group to either attract opposing activists, and corral them into doing nothing substantive, or make such fools of themselves that anyone who might possibly be on the fence will leap back to your side of things if only to avoid being associated with... THEM.

It’s a clever tactic, and time-honored. In fact, I’ve often suspected David Horowitz’s “Frontpage” to be a long-term false flag, perpetrated on his behalf (along with many unwitting accomplices) to make conservatives look really, really bad. How else could you explain the inanity that tumbles out of his bullcrap mill every day?

(On the other hand, maybe he really just is that loopy.)

But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. And, in this season of wild accusations without much proof (“Lucille” the waitress on one side, Larry Sinclair on the other, Trig Palin’s parentage in-between) I have an unfounded suspicion of my own.

To wit: the various Democrats Opposing Obama for McCain (DOOM) outfits, while they might be made up of individual stupid people, are being handled and groomed, though maybe not funded, by Democratic operatives in the hopes of preventing said stupid people from doing anything REALLY harmful to the campaign.

Quite a mouthful, I know. Also quite a theory! What do I have to prove this? Nothing. Just a bad, bad feeling.


Watch this video of Chris “Tweetybird” Matthews talking to people claiming to be from Clintons 4 McCain. And keep an eye on the Anne Coulter impersonator in the middle.

Okay, now, you’re probably wanting to burn that out of your mind. But think about this: the garbage that “Anne” is spewing -- how many active, well-informed Democrats do you know of that would really buy into that kind of tripe? The story itself has been researched, debunked, and turned into near-meaningless vapor, circulated only by the likes of Robert “Islam=terror” Spencer and company in the hopes of remaining relevant during the 2008 election cycle.

In other words, if they were hoping to get on national television and present something of a coherent argument as to why they should vote for John McCain rather than Barack Obama, they failed miserably.

And then there’s Party Unity My Ass (PUMA) Or Party Unity Means Action, depending on which graphic you prefer to look at.

One of their head honchos, Will Bower, got on FOX News to explain his side of things. About 1:37 in, the real question is asked: “Why? Why would your group want to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama. On issues, they’re just about diametrically opposed on every issue?”

Will’s answer is... no answer. He points out that, yes, not all PUMAs will vote for John McCain. But then he rambles about having faith in what Obama would do, versus what he says, which is always a good point to make about any politician. However, he neglects to think about the important point that underlies his own: which candidate would be more likely to do what your average Democrat would want him to do -- McCain or Obama?

(FOX News, of course, neglects to point that out, much less call him on his evasions.)

Darragh Murphy, Executive Director of PUMA PAC, told a reporter that “the only way to save the Democratic Party at this point is to destroy it. Mr. Obama must lose, and his supporters must be purged.”

Stalinism, anyone? Since when do Democrats talk like that about their own damn party?

Admittedly, Holy Joe Lieberman IS being shown to the door, at long last, but a full-scale “purge” of Obama supporters -- and there are many of them -- would lead to a crippled, horribly weakened party that would be in no shape to do anything in 2010, and possibly even 2012. How can they NOT see that?

How can they NOT see that having McCain in office would be, from a Democratic standpoint, a terrible thing? How can they NOT see that, from a Democratic standpoint, having Sarah Palin one heartbeat away from the President’s chair would be even worse? How can they NOT see that, while it’s great that a woman was nominated to be Vice President, voting for her ticket over Obama’s would be, from a Democratic standpoint, the equivalent of biting your own nose to spite your face?

And how can they NOT see that, however badly Hillary Clinton was treated in the nomination process, that not voting for Obama over McCain is a horribly selfish, stupid thing to do in the face of a national emergency, a war gone out of bounds, the need to change our economic and environmental policies, and other issues that are vastly more important that whether or not some fools out there looked at Hillary Clinton and saw only a woman, rather than a viable, qualified candidate for the Presidency?

If these people who are organizing these groups were just Johnny-and-Jane-come-latelys who appeared from nowhere, like a bad case of food poisoning, and got some ratty little website going, I’d suspect mere stupidity and laugh at them. If they came from nowhere and scored interviews on FOX News, and had a good website up and running just in time for the hits they’d score after the interview, I’d suspect Republican money was involved, and want to see who paid for their website, and who donated what, when and to whom.

But these people are known quantities: old-hand Democratic activists and fundraisers. They should know what the full stakes are. They should know that, in a time like this, you pull the party together and run with the candidate you have, because the alternative is so much worse.

They should know these things, and yet they aren’t doing it.

And that’s why I suspect there’s a false flag in play. I suspect they have been ordered, under the table, to corral the idiot and doofus populations of the Democratic Party in order to keep them from doing or saying something really damn stupid. And I suspect that they are hoping that their own, stupid and short-sighted antics will keep others from joining them.

To what ultimate end, I don’t know. But I predict that, when the dust is all cleared, we’ll find that the PUMAs are not, themselves, “purged” from the Democratic ranks, as their leaders claim to want to do to the Obama supporters. I suspect that, instead, we will find them in new, improved niches within the party for their sacrifice, all done in the name of “unity” -- whether in victory or defeat.

But it’s just a theory. Really.

Monday, September 08, 2008

McCain gets Rickrolled at convention

Best use of Rick Astley, ever.

The expressions on McCain's face are priceless.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Sarah Palin and Harriet Miers - Separated at Vetting?

As more details about what a poor choice for VP Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is turning out to be emerge - the latest being her attempts to censor library books as Mayor of Wasilla - and the question as to how rigorously she was vetted, and by whom, start to circle, one can't help but remember another "historic" candidate put forward for a post that she just wasn't the right choice for.

That would be Harriet Miers: former White House legal counsel, current recipient of contempt of Congress for ducking a subpoena "under orders" from her former employer, and would-have-been Supreme Court Justice.

Would have been, if it hadn't been for those meddling congressmen who, in a quite bi-partisan manner, came to the conclusion that she had no business sitting on the bench. Hell, she didn't have any business bringing them lunch.

In fact, I'd go so far to venture that the only reason she was nominated in the first place was that she, much like Alberto "Squeaky" Gonzales and Michael "Brownie" Brown, were long-time friends of W, and he was in a mood to reward his favorite sycophants.

And look how well both of those gentlemen fared when called on the carpet for their official actions!

That's not to say that Sarah Palin is, like those three folks, stupid, incompetent, and/or ill-prepared for the role she's been asked to do. There's a reason why it was said, so famously, that the job wasn't worth a bucket of warm spit.

(There's even a reason why "spit" wasn't actually the word used.)

But in terms of finding a candidate who could be judged on her merits, and not her flaws, whoever dangled Sarah Palin in front of John McCain's nose and said "she's the one" was stupid, incompetent and ill-prepared to do the job of properly vetting the candidate.

Just to name one glaring example - almost lost in the storm over her daughter's pregnancy - her involvement with the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party puts her on the side of a group whose goals, barring openly supporting terrorists, is about as anti-American as you can get. And while there's some confusion over whether she was an actual member or not (AIP people say yes, McCain's people say no) she did address their 2008 convention, and have other dealings with them.

If you think Obama hanging around an unrepentant domestic terrorist like William Ayers is bad, you have to ask how Palin really feels about the country she's going to campaign to be the Vice President of. Hopefully it's better than the AIP's founder, Joe Volger, who said "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

That alone should have gotten her tossed of the would-be list with extreme prejudice. That she yet remained, passing up the likes of Mitt Romney or, Gods help us all, Joe Lieberman, is a sign that someone wasn't paying attention.

But I guess that's what you get when you ask James Dobson and company for input - a massive embarrassment waiting to happen.

Just like Harriet Miers.