February 15, 2006
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Greetings, faithful readers, and welcome
to this very special edition of
This a special edition, I say, because
I must report to you - with much trepidation - that not only has
Vice-President Dick Cheney stolen the executive office, nearly turned this
country into a police state, robbed us and our treasury blind, got us into
an unnecessary war, and trampled on our constitution - now...
HE'S SHOOTING AT
(Don't say I didn't warn you.)
Things to look for in the coming days:
1) The White House will try to
benefit from the fact that - hey, what's the big deal - after all, Harry
Whittington, 78, (the shootee) was A LAWYER.
2) The CIA will launch a campaign
claiming that Whittington is actually a quail.
3) Cheney will say it's part of his
extreme strategy to cut back on Social Security spending.
4) Right-wingers will claim that
Cheney's innocence of wrongdoing is obvious by his unwillingness to
field-dress the victim.
5) Cheney will say he only shot him
in the face - Whittington's a lawyer, he can use his other face.
6) Bush will claim that the
accident was the result of "bad intelligence."
7) The White House will insist the
sure-fire veep merely "peppered" the oldster with a loving
handful of harmless little Nerf-ball SquishyShot.
Know your target and what is beyond.
Be absolutely sure you have identified your
target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond
your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you
shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other
potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second. NRA
Gun Safety Rules
You know at least
one person is happier
than a pig in poo.
Of course, the White House blamed
Scott McClellan Grilled
on Cheney Shooting -
"You don't have to yell..."
to play the Dick Cheney Quail Hunt Game. Try to outscore the vice-pres in
this game of skill, timing and valor.
Okay, enough fun with the Gunslinger-in-Chief, on with the show...
My MySpace Space is Getting out of
Go check out the OtherSpokane
MySpace account. It's rapidly gathering more bytes than the throat of
Dick Cheney's puppy.
The Feeding - BloodWired Jesse's
Latest Digital Offering
A tale of passion, cruelty, and forced transformations.
Gore Porn Cuts Deep Into American
Why has America gone nuts for
guts, and sadism?
"Art is not safe."
- Rob Zombie
Wall Street Journal's Take on
nihilism, anarchy, and paranoia – Death-Metal is also known for a certain kind of Cookie
Monster voice... more
Postcard from Texas
My son, James, sent the following video postcard from Round Rock,
I'm generally not one to say "I told you so," but...
Doubting Luigi Needs to See Holes in
An Italian judge has ordered a priest to appear in court this month to prove
Jesus Christ existed. In Viterbo, north of Rome, Luigi Cascioli accused Father
Enrico Righi of "abuse of popular credulity," an offense under the
Italian penal code. What Father Righi might offer as proof of Christ's existence
is not clear but we'll be watching.
Iraq: The Musical
Check out this animated
Flash cartoon, set to the music of the Beach Boys' classic "Kokomo."
"Ramadi, Fallujah, Bush has really screwed ya..."
I think this
would be wonderful addition to a corporate getaway.
Spirits Intervene on
German paper apologizes for Holocaust advertisement
A German newspaper has apologized
for accidentally placing a utility company advertisement for 'the gas of
tomorrow' inside a full-page story on the Nazi killing of Sinti (Gypsy) people
in Auschwitz concentration camp. The article about a local exhibition describing
the fate of the Sinti in Hitler's Germany was published right alongside an
advert for utility company E.ON which covered about a third of the page and
read: 'E.ON is taking care of the gas of tomorrow, today.'
"Tonight I ask you to pass Legislation
to prohibit the most egregious
of medical research: human cloning
in all its forms, creating or
embryos for experiments, creating
human-animal hybrids, and buying,
selling, or patenting human embryos."
- George W. Bush
State of the Union
The Music Genome Project Gets Fancy
For the uninitiated, the Genome Project is "the most sophisticated
taxonomy of musical information ever collected." Enter the name of a
favorite band, and you'll be offered 20 similar groups. And now with
Pandora, the Genome Project has gone deluxe. On the front page, you can
type in the name of a group and listen as the system plays something by
them or a similar artist. Each time something new is played for you, you
can choose whether or not it "fits." In the end, you wind up
with your own personalized station, all wrapped up in a slick Flash
presentation and efficiently saved for the next time you find your way
back. Find it here.
Frightening Award Goes to NYT
Subsidiary Gets Contract to Add Temporary Immigration Detention Centers
By RACHEL L. SWARNS, the New York Times
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a
contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration
detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton
subsidiary that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for
its work in Iraq.
KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for
an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a
natural disaster or for new programs that require additional
detention space, company executives said.
What "new programs" might "require additional
here to see an animation about the first American jailed in the United
States for violating the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act. Brought to you from the
folks at NORML.
Tasers Not Recommended to Subdue Small Children, Grand Jury Says -
Don't Blame the Vultures for Devouring What's Dead - Houston Chronicle
Mayor: New Orleans Will Seek Aid From Other Nations - Reuters
Nothing But the Pravda
You gotta love the Russian take on Condi Rice's psychological makeup.
"The US Secretary of State released a coarse anti-Russian statement.
This is because she is a single woman who has no children....The statement
from the high-ranking US official sounded like a reprimand from a strict
babysitter that was teaching its baby to behave." Read Condoleezza
Rice's anti-Russian stance based on sexual problems
Yeah, I Feel Safer
The US now spends as much for defense as the
rest of the world combined. The Pentagon's budget for buying new weapons rose
from $61 billion in 2001 to over $80 billion in 2004. Lockheed Martin's sales
rose by over 30% at the same time, with tens of billions of dollars on the books
for future purchases. From 2000 to 2004, Lockheed Martins stock value rose 300%.
Northrup-Grumann saw similar growth with DoD contracts rising from $3.2 billion
in 2001 to $11.1 billion in 2004. Halliburton, with Dick Cheney as former CEO,
had defense contracts totaling $427 million in 2001. By 2003, they had $4.3
billion in defense contracts, of which approximately a third were sole source
"In a time of universal deceit,
telling the truth is revolutionary."
- George Orwell
Welcome to the Lunar Games
If winter Olympic Games were held on the moon, where would they be? The lunar
Alps, of course. Never heard of them? They exist, and you can see them with our
own eyes this week. "Lunar
Olympics" kicks off a series of Science@NASA articles about the physics
of low-gravity sports.
Taliban Offer Reward for Cartoon Creator
The Taliban will give 100kg of gold as a reward to anyone who kills the person
responsible for the contentious Danish cartoons, Afghan Islamic Press (AIP)
reports. 'Any one who will kill the person responsible for blasphemous cartoons
of Prophet Mohammed in Denmark would be rewarded 100 kilogram of gold by the
Taliban,' Mullah Dadullah, chief military commander of the Taliban, said.
Dadullah also said the Taliban would give 5kg of gold as a reward to anyone who
killed any military personnel from Denmark, Norway and Germany in Afghanistan.
Linking Ain't Printing, You with the Big
Can't find those cartoons that have caused Moslems to riots and Danish
pastry products stock to plummet? Try
More Help Dealing with the Bush Boy's BS
Our attorney general is supposed to uphold the interests of the American people.
But last week Alberto Gonzales parroted the yapping of his boss, the president,
by refusing to answer even the simplest questions about the government's illegal
spying on Americans. From the left and the right,
senators on the Judiciary Committee expressed skepticism and frustration over
the lack of real answers from Attorney General Gonzales. Here's some more
responses to the Bush boy's BS:
Boy BS: This is merely a "terrorist surveillance program."
Response: You truth-twisting Nazi. When
there is evidence a person may be a terrorist, both the criminal code and
intelligence laws already authorize eavesdropping. This illegal program,
however, allows electronic monitoring without any showing to a court that the
person being spied upon in this country is a suspected terrorist.
Bush Boy BS:
The program is legal.
Response: Are you smoking crack? The
program violates the Fourth Amendment and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA) and will chill free speech.
Bush Boy BS: The
Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) allows this.
Response: You Stalinist scumbag. The
resolution about using force in Afghanistan doesn't mention wiretaps and doesn't
apply domestically, but FISA does--it requires a court order.
Bush Boy BS: The
president has authority as commander in chief of the military to spy on
Americans without any court oversight.
Bullshit. The Supreme Court recently found the administration's claim of
unlimited commander in chief powers during war to be an unacceptable effort to
"condense power into a single branch of government," contrary to the
Constitution's checks and balances.
Bush Boy BS: The
president has the power to say what the law is.
No, that's called Nazism. The courts have this power under our
system of government, and no person is above the law, not even the president, or
the rule of law means nothing.
Bush Boy BS: These
warrantless wiretaps could never happen to you.
So we should just trust you? Without court oversight, there is no way to ensure
innocent people's everyday communications are not monitored or catalogued by the
NSA or other agencies.
Bush Boy BS: This
illegal program could have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
Before 9/11, the federal government
had gathered intelligence, without illegal NSA spying, about the looming attacks
and at least two of the terrorists who perpetrated them, but failed to act.
Bush Boy BS: This
illegal program has saved thousands of lives.
Bullshit. Because the program is secret the administration can assert anything
it wants and then claim the need for secrecy excuses its failure to document
these claims, let alone reveal all the times the program distracted intelligence
agents with dead ends that wasted resources and trampled individual rights.
Bush Boy BS:
FISA takes too long.
FISA allows wiretaps to begin immediately in emergencies, with
three days afterward to go to court. Even without an emergency, FISA orders can
be approved very quickly and FISA judges are available at all hours.
Bush Boy BS: Only
liberals disagree with the president about the program.
Response: The serious concerns that have been raised transcend party labels and reflect
genuine and widespread worries about the lack of checks on the president's claim
of unlimited power to illegally spy on Americans without any independent
More help: Clients in the ACLU's lawsuit against the NSA share
their thoughts about the White House spin on its illegal spying program. Play
the audio or download the podcast.
"If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire
better than another, it is a brave man, - it is the man who dares to look the
devil in the face and tell him he is a devil."
- James Garfield
$1,000 Reward to Any Reporter Who Will Ask
At a White House press conference on June 7, 2005, Steve Holland of Reuters
asked President Bush and Prime Minister Blair the $1,000 question: "On
Iraq, the so-called Downing Street Memo from July, 2002, says 'Intelligence and
facts were being fixed around the policy of removing Saddam through military
actions.' Is this an accurate reflection of what happened? Could both of you
respond?" The adamant denials by Blair and Bush were widely reported by the
White House press corps. But a new "White House Memo," reported in the
British media on Feb. 2, 2006, has just exposed both responses as lies.
Democrats.com is now offering $1,000 to any reporter who will directly ask Bush
"How can you claim you were trying to avoid war through the UN, when you
told Prime Minister Blair on Jan. 31, 2003, that if you failed to get a
resolution from the UN authorizing war, 'military action would follow
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