From the end of a delightful story about the upstanding citizens of Brattleboro, Vermont (for the unedified) voting about arresting the president and/or vice president for, um, various crimes:
The [ballot] article goes on to say the indictments would be the “law of the town of Brattleboro that the Brattleboro police … arrest and detain George Bush and Richard Cheney in Brattleboro, if they are not duly impeached …”
Daims said people in Brattleboro were willing to “think outside the box” and consider the issue.
Daims had no compunction in comparing Bush and Cheney with one of the most notorious people in history.
“If Hitler were still alive and walked through Brattleboro, I think the local police would arrest him for war crimes,” Daims said.
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As I was leaving the Apple Store in Pasadena today, after wading through a checkout line 25 people deep, I was accosted by a LaRouche supporter asking if I had time to “Discuss the collapse of the U.S. economy.” I turned around, looked at the chock full Apple Store, and laughed in the poor idiot’s face.
I’m writing this from my Blackjack outside a studio in Burbank – since I just joined the WGA I’m compelled to picket or I face fines.
Ugh I’m a Union Man. Oh no! Does this make me a liberal?
Before you read this story, read this paragraph from near the end:
At least for now, Hanley said, disillusionment has not set in. Indeed, she just turned down an offer from a for-profit consulting firm to manage a government contract. It paid well, but she was not ready to jump off the international aid track.
Keeping that in mind that, read the entire piece. I double dare you-no, make that double dog dare you-to feel sorry for this girl. And while you’re at it, try to find a justification for this story’s existence.
No matter how good Wikipedia will ever get, there will always be backwater pages that don’t get edited. From “Opposition and Controversy”[!] section of the Interstate 69 entry:
Opponents of neoliberalism believe that I-69, by expediting free trade between Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America, will further contribute to the exploitation of workers in the global south.
Did some Pitzer student write that for a class assignment?
I swear to god if Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize I’m going to find some Swedes and beat the piss out of them.
So as Tom pointed out in the comments – he won.
This essentially proves what many of us have known for a long time. The Nobel Peace Prize has nothing to do with promoting peace. It is nothing more than a prize given to the best proponent of leftist politics. It should be renamed The Nobel Prize For Leftist Blowhards.
The Nobel Peace Prize lost all credibility when it was given to Gorbachev and not Regan, despite the fact that Gorbachev still operated, and personally sent people to, Gulags. It has been given to known and avowed terrorists. Blatant liars. And anti-semitic warmongers.
What is even more baffling is attempting to figure out what this award has to do with Peace. If Al Gore had his way, and treaties such as Kyoto were implemented, massive economic hardships would undoubtedly ensue. As history has show us – one of the prime causes of violence and war is poverty. Far from promoting peace, Al Gore would contribute to the economic devastation of many industrialized nations, prevent third world countries from pulling themselves out of the 18th century and give “breaks” to countries like China – one of the most egregious human rights abusers in the world.
What a sad day for Sweden and the Nobel Prize Committee – you’ve chosen politics over recognizing someone actually worthy of the prize.
I can’t say I’m surprised.
I knew the San Francisco board of supervisors had voted to denounce Michael Savage. But I just read the specific comments they faulted him for:
In another action, the supervisors unanimously approved a resolution condemning radio personality Michael Savage for comments he made in a July 5 broadcast about students who fasted in support of immigration reform.
Savage said, in part, “Let them fast until they starve to death; then that solves the problem.” The supervisors condemned the comments as “symbolic of hatred and racism.”
Really? Of all the genuinely awful things Michael Savage has said, that’s it? That snippet is neither hateful nor racist, and saying that it’s “symbolic” of such is just a cop out.
What are the alternatives to letting fasting protesters starve? 1. Give them what they want so that they stop fasting, or 2. They stop fasting for some other reason. Since 2 is outside the control of anyone except the proesters, let’s talk about 1.
I see little reason to cave to people because they believe something so strongly they stop eating. So if they think changing a policy is so important that they’d rather starve than live under it, and I think a policy is sufficiently important that I’d rather see someone else starve than to change it, what’s objectively wrong with my position? And it’s worth pointing out that once a government starts caving to starving protesters, we make the will of the majority subservient to the will of whoever is willing to go the longest without food.
But I guess in San Francisco, reasoned analysis is hateful and racist. That, actually, would explain a lot that goes on there.
News from Down Under, apparently the benefits of organic food are pretty much nonexistant;
Even if it can’t be proved that eating organic is healthier, advocates claim it is nutritionally superior. Some studies, especially those reported by the organic farming advocate group, the British Soil Association, show that organic produce has a higher content of vitamin C, minerals and anti-oxidants such as flavonols, polyphenols, lycopene and resveratrol.
However, some of the compounds present at higher levels in organic food are actually natural pesticides. According to Bruce Ames, a variety of insect-resistant celery had to be taken off the U.S. market in the late 1980s because its psoralen levels were eight times higher than normal and caused a rash in people who handled it. There was a similar story with a naturally pest-resistant potato variety that ended up being acutely toxic because of its high levels of solanine and chaconine – natural toxins that block nerve transmission and cause cancer in rats. Organic farmers who rely on ‘naturally resistant’ plant varieties may also be producing plants with high levels of ‘natural’ toxins. And in this case, ‘natural’ is not likely to mean better. Think of Abraham Lincoln’s poor mother, who died after drinking the milk of a free-range cow that had grazed on a snakeroot plant.
So all you hippies, crunchy-cons, and San Franciscans can wake up today knowing that the food your eating is making you less well off.
When I heard that ANSWER would be staging a new anti-war protest that would include a “die in” I got my hopes up. I mean 1000 less patchouli stinking hippies in the world can only be a good thing, right?
Alas, it was not meant to be.
The protest, organized by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), begins with a rally near the White House, continues with a march to the U.S. Capitol, and concludes with a “die-in” that organizers estimate will involve approximately 1,000 people lying down near the Capitol in a symbolic effort to represent dead U.S. soldiers and dead Iraqis.
Now if these morons had any real conviction they would stand there and slash their wrists until they got what they wanted. Well, one can only dream.
Lest we all forget ANSWER is an offshoot of the World Workers Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation, both of which are Marxist revolutionary organizations. Charming.
Once again liberals are showing how classy they are:
Go 2 Guy: Seahawks duo blitzed by Bush backlash
KIRKLAND — Are you still fans of Matt Hasselbeck and Mack Strong after they visited President Bush last week in Bellevue? Or have their political leanings turned you against them?
The Seahawks quarterback and fullback gave the 43rd president a No. 43 jersey with his name on it at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Rep. Dave Reichert at the Hyatt.
At the time, Hasselbeck called it a thrill and said it was a win-win, this opportunity to meet the president and get out of a team meeting.
But as soon as he saw the picture of the two players with Bush, Gary Wright, the team’s vice president of administration, said he was concerned about negative reaction.
Maybe in really red Republican states, it would not have been a big deal. But Washington is a blue state, and deep, deep Democratic blue in King County. So objections were raised, and Hasselbeck heard them and read them. He got nasty voice mails, e-mails and text messages.
“I had no idea,” Hasselbeck said.
Now I know that social conservatives rail against Hollywood and constantly point out connections between politicians like Obama and Hilary – but you never see this level of hate for the celebrities (Brent Bozel not withstanding). I don’t know many conservatives that will no longer see George Clooney or Brad Pitt movies simply because they donate to Democrats.
How sad – will you hippies ever grow up?
A poster over at HuffPo says that the GOP has declared war on brown people.
Newt Gingrich’s comments on the murder of three college students that were committed by an illegal immigrant child rapist.
Let the pogroms begin good times roll!
Yes moron, that is exactly what Newt was saying. When will these idiots get it through their head that the immigration debate has NOTHING TO DO WITH SKIN COLOR and everything to do with the fact that these people are BREAKING THE LAW.
Then again when you see everything through the prism of your own racialist prejudices like the moronic liberals over at HuffPo it must be hard to imagine those of us that really don’t care what color you are as long as you get here legally.
..and you get a stupid response.
Erik Loomis responds to my post about his clearly well reasoned article on the American Revolution.
Unfortunately he just doesn’t get it.
Lets put aside for a moment that fact hat 1) Michael Moore is a self-aggrandizing propagandist with barely anything truthful, let alone useful, to say 2) That Canada is clearly not the country America is when it comes to opportunity to live out ones dream or 3) That the American Revolution is arguably the greatest single moment of freedom and democracy in the history of the world. Put that aside – I’ll stipulate to all of Eric’s three assumptions.
The most moronic part of Eric’s original post is that he somehow extrapolates how over 200 years of history would play out to give him his liberal utopia in America. As if The American Revolution wasn’t a watershed in the history of British Imperialism. The map of the world wouldn’t even look the same – let alone the composition of modern political ideology. The original post is moronic not because of the ends he seeks to attain (although I will debate their merits in a free society) but rather because his methodology is at best 6th grade historical reasoning.
I reiterate – Most moronic post in the history of political blogging.
This guy decided to refute Eric’s original post “on the merits”. He clearly has more time to waste than I – but it is nonetheless a very good refutation.
Some guy named Tom decided to make a comment – Heh.
I don’t usually push my musical beliefs on this site but everyone needs to watch this:
The video is a year old but still – man that looks incredibly complicated to play.
“Well I’m back.” Tanned, rested and ready from my holiday in sunny Tuscany (more on that later.)
I was going to post a nice long fisking of Michael Moore’s Sicko, which to be honest is probably his most balanced movie to date, but I decided to simply illustrate what is wrong with Moore’s movie with two simple images.
Who would you rely on to get your letter to someone overnight?
Or in the words of my dad: “These people really want to turn over responsibility for our health to the same geniuses in charge of Katrina?”