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Thursday, October 28, 2004

A new Bush campaign ad unveils his mighty clone army.

More at Daily Kos, and the ad in full straight from the source.

2004's Scariest Halloween Costumes (via BoingBoing)

"Your child will be the hit of the neighborhood costume parade in this recreation of the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal's most indelible image. As an added bonus this easy-to-make costume will remind everyone on your child's trick-or-treat route of our national shame! Simply roll a cone from a sheet of 24"x38" black cardstock, making sure to cut out a hole for the face. Drape with two yards of black felt, and add leftover wires from your last lamp-rewiring project. VoilÀ! So easy, so quick, and so terrifying!"

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

"Within me lies infinite power... before me, endless possibilities...
Decisions... Decisions... Decisions."

I came across this image, part of a collection of superhero motivational posters, a couple of weeks ago. Something about it didn't sit too well with at the time, but I couldn't articulate my feelings into anything other than: "But, he's a bad guy..."

Yeah, so, with the help of a recent post at MemeMachineGo!, it hit me: All of the other posters feature superheroes such as Captain America, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, even the mother-effin Nightcrawler. The Good Guys. Magneto is all about genocide. He wants humans to die. He has made attempts--always thwarted--to destroy humanity. He may be a pretty intense character, but not so good of a role model.

This one would be worth owning just for the sweet irony it implies. It would also be nice to hang on one's wall at the office--assuming one had an office--and see the occasional co-worker or underling "get it" and then avoid you as much as possible from that moment onward.

Monday, October 25, 2004

"Peace is our Profession."

Strategic Air Command dot com is a neat little site that makes me wish I had been born on another planet.

Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq

"The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives - used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons - are missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.

The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year.(...)

American weapons experts say their immediate concern is that the explosives could be used in major bombing attacks against American or Iraqi forces: the explosives, mainly HMX and RDX, could produce bombs strong enough to shatter airplanes or tear apart buildings.

The bomb that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 used less than a pound of the same type of material, and larger amounts were apparently used in the bombing of a housing complex in November 2003 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the blasts in a Moscow apartment complex in September 1999 that killed nearly 300 people.

The explosives could also be used to trigger a nuclear weapon, which was why international nuclear inspectors had kept a watch on the material, and even sealed and locked some of it. The other components of an atom bomb - the design and the radioactive fuel - are more difficult to obtain.(...)

A Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, said Sunday evening that Saddam Hussein's government 'stored weapons in mosques, schools, hospitals and countless other locations,' and that the allied forces 'have discovered and destroyed perhaps thousands of tons of ordnance of all types.' A senior military official noted that HMX and RDX were 'available around the world' and not on the nuclear nonproliferation list, even though they are used in the nuclear warheads of many nations."

I love the response from the Pentagon. Who gives a fuck now where stuff was stored, and how much of has been destroyed? The US--and Bush personally--was told specifically to watch and control this particular storage area, for very significant and obvious reasons. The place was ignored, apparently in favor of schools and hospitals that had some old artillery shells lying around. And it doesn't really matter if the stuff is "available around the world" when any jackass can pull up to a deserted bunker and load up his truck.

And this stuff has been missing for a year and a half. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that these explosives haven't been sitting in a safe place waiting to be used to disrupt the upcoming January "elections". In effect, the US's laziness in keeping track of weapons has cost many lives. Oops.

How long do you think it will be before Bush claims the missing explosives to be the weapons of mass destruction he was looking for in the first place?

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Carnivals Offer Workers Free Dental Care

"'Take that home and throw darts at it at the next fair,' Fowler said, laying the bloody brown tooth on the paper bib covering Alves' chest."

And I thought I had it bad because a dentist once asked me "how's it hangin', chief?"

People who hate people, come together (and don't forget the squeegees): 'Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand Up Comedian' comes out this coming Tuesday. Oddly enough, a Dennis Leary DVD comes out on the same day; I say oddly, because Leary is a shameless and wholly inferior rip-off of Hicks. In fact, Leary is Carrot Top without props compared to Hicks.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Friday, October 22, 2004

I just bought "Labyrinth". You know, the one with muppets and David Bowie's tight, tight pants? Again, it was a childhood favorite. I remember seeing in the theater with my dad, and for some reason he seemed quite uncomfortable whenever Bowie was onscreen. As did most of the other dads in attendance. Damn those tight, tight pants...

Thursday, October 21, 2004

A storm is coming...

Is it a bird? A plane? It's an all too perfect opportunity to drop obscure Donnie Darko references on your friends and co-workers! (Thanks Mac!)

I finally indulged a childhood obsession and picked up a copy of "V: The Original Miniseries." You know, it's really not that bad, especially considering it's a made-for-television science fiction movie. Even more amazing is the fact that Maggie, never a fan of science fiction, is really into it. Now if only I could convince her to watch Time Bandits...

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Enjoy the Draft

Robertson: I warned Bush on Iraq casualties

"'And I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, 'Mr. President, you had better prepare the American people for casualties.'
Robertson said the president then told him, 'Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties.'
The White House has made no reaction to Robertson's comments.
Robertson, the televangelist who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, said he wishes Bush would admit to mistakes made.
'I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy,' Robertson said. "I warned him about casualties.'"

You know you're in trouble when you're George W. Bush and even fucking Pat Robertson thinks you've screwed the pooch.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Parks Service Sticks With Biblical Explanation for Grand Canyon

"The Bush Administration has decided that it will stand by its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, according to internal documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

"Despite telling members of Congress and the public that the legality and appropriateness of the National Park Service offering a creationist book for sale at Grand Canyon museums and bookstores was 'under review at the national level by several offices,' no such review took place, according to materials obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act. Instead, the real agency position was expressed by NPS spokesperson Elaine Sevy as quoted in the Baptist Press News: 'Now that the book has become quite popular, we don’t want to remove it.'" (via Chapel Perilous)

In light of this news, I think the Grand Canyon could do with a name change; God's Glorious Leaky Crack sounds pretty good.

So, I'm about finished with with Greg Egan's "Permutation City". Fucking awesome. I don't know what to read next--I have a backlog of about fifty to sixty books I've picked up over the last year or so that remain unread, not including the Powell's order I received today (PK Dick's "Mary & the Giant", Steve Erickson's "Arc d'X", and Greg Bear's "Blood Music".) I find it pretty sad that I agonize over shit like this...

Music of the past week or so:
Modest Mouse "Good News for People Who Love Bad News"
Bjork "Post", "Medulla"
The Clash "London Calling"
Ride "Nowhere"

Monday, October 18, 2004

I love Jon Stewart.

I love him even more after seeing him call the hacks, whores, and dicks of the mainstream media hacks, whores, and dicks to their faces, on their own show.

And the best part: after being confronted, the hacks, whores, and dicks continue to prove Stewart's point.

The video is all over the freaking place; if this doesn't work for some reason, it won't take long to find another.

Oh yeah, "BJ" is apparently back in the saddle again.

Sunday, October 17, 2004


"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'"

Just a tiny part of a huge, and very good, article by Ron Suskind in the New York Times.

Monday, October 11, 2004

US seizes webservers from independent media sites

"American authorities have shut down 20 independent media centres by seizing their British-based webservers.

On Thursday a court order was issued to Rackspace, an American-owned web hosting company in Uxbridge, Middlesex, forcing it to hand over two servers used by Indymedia, an international media network which covers of social justice issues and provides a "news-wire", to which its users contribute.

The websites affected by the seizure span 17 countries...

Tim Gopsill of the NUJ said: 'If the security services of the UK or US can just walk in and take away a server, then there is no freedom of expression.'"

Sunday, October 10, 2004

It seems only fitting that the first-ever democratic election in Afghanistan, which also happens to be the Bush administration's first-ever "proof" that the War on Terrah is actually accomplishing something, is about as legitimate as the one that landed Bush in the White House.

Voting farce threatens free Afghanistan

"Saturday's election was hailed as a democratic dawn for Afghans after decades of repression, war and terrorism. But it became a farce when many voters discovered they could easily wash away identifying ink daubed on their index finger, intended to stop them voting again...
'Our research shows all candidates were guilty of multiple voter registration. We'll have to see how it'll affect the result, but politically it'll weaken whoever is the next president.'"

Observer group says Afghan vote ‘fairly democratic’

"'A fairly democratic environment has generally been observed in the overall majority of the polling centres,' the independent Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) said in a statement."

Or, put another way: Nowhere was the election fully democratic, and in some specific environments the atmosphere was decidedly undemocratic. That's okay, though, because an "overall majority" of the polling centers were not entirely undemocratic, and majority rules in a democracy, so really there is not much to complain about...

It's not important that Afghanistan is still occupied and controlled by foriegn powers.

Never mind that the direct election of a president does not create a democracy. There is still no elected legislature, no established judiciary system. Afghanistan may have a president, but one without any meaningful accountability (to the people of Afghanistan, anyway) and no real checks or balances. One might even be bold enough to suggest the Afghans have just elected themselves a dictator.

Friday, October 08, 2004

"As everyone knows, Community Living Opportunites should stop and savor life, not waste taxpayers' money. What you might not know, however, is that Community Living Opportunites is known for walking into crowded rooms and telling everyone there that it does the things it does "for the children". Try, if you can, to concoct a statement better calculated to show how presumptuous Community Living Opportunites is. You can't do it. Not only that, but I am hurt, furious, and embarrassed. Why am I hurt? Because it intends to create a new social class. Gloomy, sadistic moral weaklings, surly misers, and what I call doctrinaire nonentities will be given aristocratic status. The rest of us will be forced into serving as their adulators. Why am I furious? Because if Community Living Opportunites's insinuations get any more intolerant, I expect they'll grow legs and attack me in my sleep. And why am I embarrassed? Because if I want to roll over and play dead, that should be my prerogative. I doubtlessly don't need Community Living Opportunites forcing me to. Please let me explain that I am not fooled by Community Living Opportunites's pushy and eristic rhetoric. I therefore gladly accept the responsibility of notifying others that I try never to argue with Community Living Opportunites, because it's clear it's not susceptible to reason. Stripping from the term "histomorphologically" the negative connotations it evokes, I, not being one of the many foul-mouthed drug lords of this world, will try to spread the word about Community Living Opportunites's power-drunk beliefs to our friends, our neighbors, our relatives, our co-workers -- even to strangers." More here...

It gets worse. And personal.

"In my last letter, I claimed that Mr. Jason Sheets is a social liability, and that claim is even more true now. As this letter will make clear, Jason keeps telling us that a plausible excuse is a satisfactory substitute for performance. Are we also supposed to believe that the ideas of "freedom" and "frotteurism" are Siamese twins? I didn't think so. The picture I am presenting need not be confined to his allegations. It applies to everything Jason says and does. I don't care what others say about him. He's still perfidious, choleric, and he intends to encumber the religious idea with too many things of a purely earthly nature and thus bring religion into a totally unnecessary conflict with science. All of Jason's magic-bullet explanations share elements of traditional, disorganized conspiracy themes in which dirty wheeler-dealers secretly create profound emotional distress for people on both sides of the issue. This is all well and good, but if we let Jason display an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, all we'll have to look forward to in the future is a public realm devoid of culture and a narrow and routinized professional life untouched by the highest creations of civilization... I have two words to say about his principles: clueless poppycock. Whatever he claims to the contrary, Jason's dissertations do not represent progress. They represent insanity masquerading as progress." More...

(via Chapel Perilous)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

"Oh, dude..."

"Britain's Channel 4 News has broadcast a 30-second video clip of a U.S. pilot killing a group of what appear to be civilians on a Fallujah street. The video includes an audio track of the pilot's conversation with mission controllers. As the UK Independent notes, 'At no point during the exchange between the pilot and controllers does anyone ask whether the Iraqis are armed or posing a threat.'" (via Posthuman Blues)

I admit I could use a little context on this one: it could have been a rapacious band of roving evil-doers, or it could have been a group of America-loving schoolchildren on their way to their Brand New School of Freedom that we never hear about in the liberal media. The pilot's eloquent response to his direct hit makes me think he just wanted an opportunity to blow some people to bits. Armed militia, unarmed civilians, girl scouts, it doesn't matter as long as it looks like a video game. Support your troops, dudes.

I Vivisimoed my name and came up with a couple of fairly interesting matches.

If you are unsure about which of three guys happens to be me, I'll give you two hints: Hint Number One. Hint Number Two.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Communists for Kerry

I was slightly amused when I first saw this. I initially assumed it was the work of the Landover Baptist folks, or someone like them--the satirical humor (though somewhat less-than) is too obvious to be serious. After about a minute of browsing I realized the scam, and I didn't even have to read this.

I'll let them in on a little secret: this great country of ours is already slightly more socialist than it is capitalist.

Friday, October 01, 2004

I love to observe things I despise. That's why I watch the 700 Club and FOX News.

That's why I watched The Great Foriegn Policy Debate last night. Unbelievably, I somewhat enjoyed it. In all honesty, I thought it was fucking hilarious. Kerry proved that the president does indeed have shit-for-brains by handing Bush's ass back to him inside of his hollowed-out skull.

Another thing I despise and love at the same time? "Patriotic" country music performers. How can I not love a bunch of flag-waving Jesus-lovin' fag-hatin' manly-men who have an overpowering preoccupation with shoving things (like their feet) up other mens' asses?