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Two Reasons To Scream

Posted in politics, reproductive health with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2008 by vagabondsaint

Yeah, I know, like you needed any more.  But it’s real and it’s happening, so check it out. . .oh, and do something about it,  would you?

Thanks For Registering, Now You Can’t Vote

In addition to the aforementioned shenanigans pulled in order to keep people from voting, some state governments are getting in on the act too.  Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, and North Carolina have all taken actions to remove voters from the rolls, actions that are – guess what – illegal.  These are all key battleground states, in which even 1,000 voters could swing the state one way or another in the presidential election, never mind the 37,000 removed from the rolls in Colorado alone.  (Colorado is truly a swing state, having supported Clinton in his first election, Dole in 1996, and Bush in 200 and 2004). I’m sparing you the details of exactly how those removals were illegal; you can read the NYT article just like I did, and you can get just as upset as I did.

My point is, it’s illegal and it needs to be fixed before the general election, before another election is stolen from the American people, by the very people who proclaim to care about what the people want. . .

WTF? (Warning:  Profanity Ahead)

Let me get this straight.  According to the Bush Administration, the United Nations Population Fund in China supports China’s one-child-only family planning program, which has resulted in forced abortions and intimidation of families, including but not limiting to knocking their houses down. Given that assertion, the Bush Administration feels justified in defunding the UNPF. (By the way, John McCain supports that defunding.)  Okay, I think I’ve got it so far.

Because of that, the Bush Administration also feels justified in ordering six African countries to make sure that no American-financed IUDs, birth control pills, condoms, or anything else that could be called a contraceptive device will be supplied to Marie Stopes International, which is a privately-funded British-based aid group that runs clinics in third-world nations.  MSI works with the UNPF, and so Dubya’s Folks believe it’s okay to deny them any assistance.

This almost makes sense. . .except for three things:  (1) The State Department has found no evidence of UNPF involvement in China’s actions, (2) the UNPF has actually been a strong force supporting moderation of China’s policy, and (3) WHAT THE FUCK DOES CHINA’S POLICY HAVE TO DO WITH WOMEN IN AFRICA?

Those contraceptives help women and families in Africa by allowing them to space out their childbirths and prevent the spread of diseases like AIDS in the places hardest hit by them!  Without those contraceptives, women will be forced to either have more abortions and/or face a great risk of dying in childbirth!  MSI, the people who are the experts here, figure that the loss of those contraceptives will cause “62,000 additional abortions and 660 women dying in childbirth” per year!  This is one case where the “Pro-Life Agenda” equals “Pro-Dead Africans!”  And the reasons for doing it are false!  It’s been proven untrue by our State Department!

And what’s the Bush Administration’s answer?  The contraceptives will be rerouted to other aid groups, so no one will be left unprotected.  But, according to Nicholas Kristof, who’s, you know, actually been there, ” in rural areas, there’s typically nothing else for many miles around. Women in the villages simply have no other source of family planning.”

It pisses me off.  It beyond pisses me off; it sends me to the highest levels of pisstivity possible.  I’m super-sick and super-fucking-tired of lofty, selfish, impractical, self-deluded, holier-than-thou ideologues trying to force their beliefs on Americans already, and now they’re fucking up people in other countries too?  What kind of ign’ant bullshit is this?  It’s a trumped-up, completely bullshit reason to push the abstinence-only, pro-life agenda on parts of the world that need fucking help more than they need a Bible and a shiny fucking smile!

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  YOU FUCKING PEOPLE!

All right, I think I got that out now.

I’m going to be writing my congressional representatives today, and making sure more people know about this absolutely ridiculous policy.  What are you going to be doing?

VS – 10.09.08

Tears From Gas, Balls Of Brass, Hypocrisy: It’s The RNC! (While I Was Sleeping, Part Three)

Posted in brilliance, economics, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by vagabondsaint

I had actually planned to cover the RNC night-by-night in several separate posts, because there was just so much inherent wrongness in the proceedings that it would have taken several blog posts to cover it all.

However, due to time constraints and my own impatience to cover more current events, I’m just going to sum it up day-by-day and move on to all the stuff that’s happened since I started playing catch-up.

Suspension of disbelief is required. . .you won’t believe the things they said and somehow got away with.

Ready, Republicans?  On your mark. . .get set. . .go viciously and hypocritically attack your opponents without proposing solutions to or even discussing the major issues affecting Americans today!

Monday, September First

Monday was a bit of a slow day for the RNC, since Republican leaders were busy either being in Louisiana for Hurrican Gustav or busy talking about Hurricane Gustav on TV.  The poor delegates were left at the XCel Center, clueless and leaderless, because, as one delegate put it, “some people are getting rained on.”  Believe it or not, that was one of the most compassionate statements heard all week from the Convention.

Adding to the distractions from the Convention: Sarah Palin’s possible ethics violation in trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired and the revelation that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.  Does it strike anyone else as slightly hypocritical that the party that brought us abstinence-only education, whether we wanted it or not, is rallying behind someone for whom it failed miserably?

(By the way, in that Troopergate article, mention is made that Palin has “has a proven record championing transparency in government”.  What bullshit.  Even as mayor of Wasilla, she ordered city employees not to talk to the press, our best apparatus for ensuring a transparent government.  As governor of Alaska, she used, and encouraged her cohorts to use, private email accounts for state business, in an attempt to prevent those communications from being subpoenaed.  Think I’m making that up?  Click here.)

The best action was the protests around the convention, where, due the lack of major activity at the convention, police were forced to make their own fun by tear-gassing and pepper-spraying protesters, including Brendan Kiley, a reporter for Seattle weekly news magazine The Stranger.  I’m sure that both his pepper-spray shower and the $1.9 million that St. Paul police spent on tear gas and pepper spray for the RNC were well-deserved.

So, as I said, a quiet first night for the convention. . .well, except for the lobbyist parties.  I’m glad that the lobbyists and delegates listened to McCain’s request and kept things toned down.  Jerks.

And if you’re like me, and wondered why the GOP picked St. Paul for the convention, well, wonder no more:  The Daily Show knows why.

Tuesday, September Second

RNC Theme For The Night:  John McCain, The Complete Sellout He Is and The S.O.B. That Barack Obama Is

The night began with a speech by current president and nominal leader of the Republican Party, George W. Bush (in case you’ve forgotten who he is, as the RNC seems to be trying to do).  I am a bit, um, befuddled by Bush’s speaking at the convention.  After all, isn’t all he what the McCain campaign is rallying about changing from?  When they talk about the bad governing of the past eight years, isn’t he the person who was in charge of it?  So they’re having him speak in favor of McCain?  The only way that this could make sense is if someone came up with a way to blame someone other than Bush and his Republican-controlled Congress (until 2006) for the problems of this country.  But you’d have to be a complete bullshit artist to do that.

Of great interest is this part of Bush’s speech: “When he takes office next January, John will have an outstanding leader at his side. America will have a strong and principled vice president in the Governor of the great state of Alaska, Sarah Palin.”  Ummm, what?  McCain’s going for President here; isn’t he supposed to be the “outstanding leader” of the two?  And I believe Bush when he says that Sarah Palin is an outstanding leader as much a I believed him when he said there were WMDs in Iraq.

We (as in me and the people who read this blog regularly) all know that I love The Daily Show. But they really, really outdid themselves with the comparison of Tuesday’s RNC speakers, Fred “If I’d Won, Sam Waterston Would Have Run Against Me” Thompson and and Joe “Backstabbing Without Even So Much As A Reacharound” Lieberman to cartoon characters Foghorn Leghorn and Droopy Dog, respectfully.  It’s a Moment of Satirical Brilliance, truly.

So what did Senator Leghorn actually say, I said, say?  Well, I just linked you to the speech right there, so you can read it in its entirety, if you want.  As for me, I’m just going to briefly touch on its most prominent lie, with some help from FactCheck.org:

Thompson repeated misleading claims about Obama’s tax program, saying it would bring “one of the largest tax increases in American history.” But as increases go, Obama’s package is hardly a history-maker. It would raise taxes for families with incomes above $250,000. Most people would see a cut.

That Obama is certainly out to fool us!  How dare he propose the majority of Americans take a tax cut while slightly increasing capital gains and dividend taxes and closing the loopholes that allow corporations to get away with paying barely any taxes at all!  He must think we’re stupid, if he thinks we’re just going to let him waltz into the White House and leave us with more money in our pocket!

And Senator Droopy?  Surely, as  former Democrat, he wouldn’t have taken part in the partisan lying and mudslinging, right?

WRONG! Oh, so, so wrong!

Droopy Lieberman (which sounds like something that a man should see a urologist about) took his brush, dipped it in GOP-approved slime, and happily slathered Barack Obama with a healthy coating of crap.

Lieberman said Obama hadn’t “reached across party lines” to accomplish “anything significant,” though Obama has teamed with GOP Sens. Tom Coburn and Richard Lugar to pass laws enhancing government transparency and curtailing the proliferation of nuclear and conventional weapons.

Hey, I thought government transparency was Palin’s department. . .

Lieberman also accused Obama of “voting to cut off funding for our American troops on the battlefield.” But Obama’s only vote against a war-funding bill came after Bush vetoed a version of the bill Obama had supported – and McCain urged the veto.

Sigh.  Oh, Droopy, when you get back into the Senate, the Democrats are gonna treat you like shit, and your own legislative director will quit, and you’ll deserve it. . .but will you even hear it over the jingling pieces of silver in your pocket?

One more thing I want to share:  Karl Rove, Bill O’Reilly, pundit Dick “My First Name Says It All” Morris, McCain’s senior policy adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, and Sarah Palin herself starring in a gender-card hypocrisy parade, courtesy of The Daily Show.  Seriously, can someone please, for the love of God, tell me why the “real” news sources don’t use clips like these when they actually talk to these people?  Why don’t they make them confront their own hypocrisy? Why?

And where is Dick Cheney?

Wednesday, September Third

RNC Theme For The Night:  Save Us, Sarah Palin, Save Us!

Well, several people spoke that night; all but one were losers in this year’s Republican primaries (or, as Jon Stewart called them, “ghosts of candidates past“).  You’d think that would have made for a much more interesting night than actually happened, wouldn’t you?  You would. . and you’d be wrong!

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who is, in my eyes, the most personally likeable of the Republican candidates (and yes, I’ve met him personally), delivered a. . .well, a pretty blah speech, really.  It was almost like he didn’t want to give the speech, somehow.  In addition to his speaking woes, he’s also bad at math:

Huckabee told conventioneers and TV viewers that Palin got more votes when she ran for mayor of Wasilla than Biden did running for president. Not even close. The tally: Biden, 79,754, despite withdrawing from the race after the Iowa caucuses. Palin, 909 in her 1999 race, 651 in 1996.

Then there’s Mitt Romney, who I am convinced is actually a robot.  His hair absolutely never moves, his teeth are entirely too perfect, and his voice never changes.  I fully expected him to step outside of the XCel Center, start mowing down protesters with his laser eye-beams, and eventually have to be stopped by Superman.  He scares me.  Moving on.

Next up, former NYC mayor and Republican presidential hopeful “9/11” Rudy “9/11” Giuliani “9/11” gave his “9/11” speech.  If you’ve “911” made it this far “9/11” into this paragraph, then “9/11” you know what a typical “9/11” Giuliani speech is “9/11” like.  However, he managed to restrain “9/11” himself that night, holding out for an entire 13 minutes and 57 seconds into his speech before mentioning 9/11.  (However, I firmly believe his legs, hidden by the podium, were trembling from 9/11 withdrawal.)  He didn’t screw up too badly, though; he did call John McCain a fighter pilot when he, in fact, flew bombers, and distorted Obama’s reaction to the events in Georgia to make them seem different from McCain, when in fact both of them called for the UN Security Council to step in, as did the White House.  As far as speeches for that convention went, it was one of the more honest ones.

And then it was time for Sarah Palin to speak.

She was late for her speech; she’d been busy outside shooting protestors from a helicopter and then dragging their bodies inside to field-dress them, but once she got cleaned up, she came in and gave a speech that would be inspiring, encouraging, heartwarming, and persuasive to anyone with less than three functional brain cells.  To the rest of us, it sounded like this: niceties, joke, joke, lie, lie, joke, lie, joke, family, lie, blatant hypocrisy, partisan attack, lie, denigration of community organizers, lie, partisan attack, attack, lie, praise McCain, joke, lie, lie.  FactCheck.org had a field day with her speech; I’m just going to hit the low notes:

  1. Lied about her flip-flop on the Bridge to Nowhere (again)
  2. Lied about Barack Obama’s record on ethics reform; she dismissed legislation he cosponsored as not being “major law or even reform” though it led to major changes in how lobbyists can legally operate in Washington
  3. Misrepresented Obama’s tax plans as increasing income taxes for everyone when they would actually cut taxes for 81.3% of Americans (but she didn’t misrepresent as badly as McCain, who outright lied)
  4. Lied in saying Obama is against producing more energy; he isn’t and isn’t even against increased drilling, within limits
  5. Mocked Obama for being willing to meet with the heads of “terrorist nations” without preconditions, something that even the Bush Administration is now embracing (presumably they’ve learned that aggressive saber-rattling and pre-emptive invasions only get you hated more)
  6. Lied in saying that Barack Obama is worried that suspected terrorists won’t be read their rights; in fact, he hasn’t said anything to that effect but has supported the rights of detainees to challenge their incarceration in federal court, a decision that the Supreme Court made earlier this year.
  7. Lied about building a gas pipeline in Alaska, which the oil companies opposed due to its prohibitive expense, and used that difference to back her claim of “opposing Big Oil.”  The pipeline she wants built isn’t past even the planning stages yet, and it’s not a certain deal yet.  Meanwhile, the oil companies actually do want a pipeline, and Conoco and BP have started work on plans to compete with hers, but she wanted one big enough for the oil companies that are already there plus room for new companies to come in.  Not so much a matter of disagreement as it is the oil companies wanting to keep their monopoly and Sarah Palin wanting to bring in more companies for more revenue.
  8. Lied about standing up to oil companies.  Other than the disagreement over the pipeline, they’ve been in alignment on every other issue, including offshore drilling and opening up the Arctic National Widlife Reserve for drilling.
  9. Mocked Obama’s experience as a community organizer. . .which, aside from being ignorant as to what community organizers do (they have responsibilities, you know), is also hypocritical, given that one of the themes of the Convention itself was Service, and that is what Obama did as an organizer:  he served his community.

My bullshit meter just exploded.  And now I have outrage fatigue.

Sarah Palin’s speech was of course met with many cheers and howls of applause from the moronic idiotic conservative crowd in attendance, as if they were either too stupid to know that she’d just lied her ass off or so desperate to stay in power that they’d follow her off a cliff.  (Hint:  it’s desperation.)

Which finally, finally, brings us to. . .

Thursday, September Fourth

Theme For The Night:  If You Missed Last Night, You Missed All The Good Stuff

Look, Cindy McCain spoke, then John McCain spoke.  If you want to know what he said, click here.  If you want to know what lies he told, click here.  I can sum it up like this:

  • All the same lies he’s told before.
  • None of the excitement of Sarah Palin’s speech.
  • Some idiot made the mistake of scheduling McCain’s speech on same night as the opening night of the regular football season. . .it’s like they wanted nobody to watch this speech.
  • Reminded us that “POW” is to “McCain” as “9/11” is to “Giuliani.”
  • Railed against “constant partisan rancor.”  Hey, John, did you actually watch the preceding three days of your own convention?  It was full of the partisan rancor and mudslinging you’re talking about in your speech!  If I may make a suggestion:  start getting rid of partisan rancor by taping Palin’s mouth shut.
  • Ended his speech by urging all Americans to “stand up to defend our countries from its enemies.”  Well, Mr. McCain, I’ll be doing exactly that when I vote for Barack Obama, instead of the party that’s ruined America over the past 8 years.

Man, I’m just tired now. . .but that’s the RNC, covered, over, and, thank God, done.

Next time. . .oh, who knows.  I’m like two weeks behind on news right now.  I’ll think of something.

VS – 09.15.08

Life, Death, Points In-Between

Posted in politics, religion, war with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by vagabondsaint

So I didn’t blog last week. The week before had been a very rough one here at Saint Central, so I needed a little time to rest.

And what happens while I’m not blogging? EVERYTHING.

Hold on, kids and neighbours, we got a lot to talk about.

Let’s start with a perennial favourite, The Bush Administration!

1. Conservatives Attacking Birth Control – Never ones to let a silly thing like a 35-year-old Supreme Court decision stand in the way of trying to tell women what to do with their bodies, the Bush administration launched a new attack on birth control at the tail end of July. How is contraception abortion? What brain damage resulted in that “even-Evil-Knievel-wouldn’t-jump-that-far” leap of logic?

Did these people learn nothing from the failure of abstinence-only education? Are they too blind to see that the use of birth control prevents many of the unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortions? Too controlling to allow women access to full reproductive care? Or just too fucking stupid to understand that having a religion does not give you the right to force your beliefs into law and therefore onto other people? (Hint: “yes” to all of the above.)

I must have missed the part of the Bible that says it’s okay to force other people to act the way you think that they should. And since I’ve read it cover to cover a few times, I’m starting to think it’s not in there. And yet, to watch religious and political conservatives in action, you’d think Jesus preached fascism and control over others instead of tolerance, understanding, and unconditional love for all. I must have also missed the part where He said, “Give them no choices; make them act in accordance with My Father’s laws.”

Hey Republicans: Roe v. Wade was decided 35 years ago. You lost. Let it go. Work on teaching your values and beliefs to your children and, hey, start living by those beliefs yourself and stop nominating infidelitous Presidential candidates. When it comes to winning hearts and minds, role models are far more effective than laws.

(By the way, I had an interesting conversation with a ministry student over the weekend. We both agreed that people have to find their own path to God and religion, and it must be their choice; forcing it on them only breeds resentment and more of the false piety that continually damages every major religion in the world. Good luck in your ministry, Mat, and I sincerely hope you spread the message to others that you can’t force your God on people. Lord knows, all religions need more people who think that way.)

2. Russia And Georgia Went To War – Okay, let me get this straight. Georgia, a breakaway republic of the former Soviet Union, invaded South Ossetia, itself a breakaway republic of Georgia, where Russian peacekeepers had been stationed for months. Russia responds by invading the invasion, retaking the Ossetian capital of You-Can’t-Pronounce-It-Either, pushes Georgian troops back to the border and then follows them into Georgia in a retaliatory invasion of the NATO-hopeful, increasingly Western-leaning nation. Words like “genocide,” “war crimes,” “excessive retaliation,” and “vodka-swilling Putin-suckers” are bandied about, and after some toothless saber-rattling by European nations and the US, a temporary cease-fire agreement comes about, and that’s where we stand right now.

No one has yet explained to me why South Ossetia is so important to either Russia or Georgia.

The most pertinent thing to me coming out of this is John McCain’s statement: “In the 21st Century, nations don’t invade other nations.” Really, Captain? You must have been in cryogenic storage when the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq then, I suppose. (By the way, McCain’s top foreign policy adviser has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Georgian government over the past few years. The same aide also worked for Trent Lott, the disgraced former Senate Majority Leader. Curious, eh?)

3. The Olympics: Doping is out, Lip-synching is in – In these days of constant battles over steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports, it’s good to know that someone somehow still has the time to fake even the insignificant details.

Case in point: The singing of the Chinese national anthem at the start of the Olympics games this year was faked. The world saw a cute 9-year-old lip-synching to the voice of a 7-year-old, who had the better voice but also had “crooked teeth,” making her unsuitable for the televised performance, according to a member of China’s Politburo, who requested the change. Like the world cares if a little girl in China has crooked teeth. We’ve got wars going on out here.

Why stop there, though? With all the computer graphics work in movies and TV nowadays, we can replace the German women’s weightlifting team with supermodels that appear to be superstrong! We could make Beijing’s rampant smog look like friendly spirits of the ancestors! We could make Bob Costas look like anybody else! Don’t half-ass the fakery, is all I’m saying.

4. The War On Drugs: Arkansas Ain’t Playin – This from Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: police have instituted a 24-hour curfew on a 10-block area due to drugs and drug-related violence in the area. Is this the right thing to do?

According to the ACLU, it isn’t: according to that article, state officials for the ACLU say that constitutional rights are being violated by the curfew. (They don’t mention the issue on their website; ergo, no link.) While I usually lean towards agreeing with the ACLU, this time, they can bite me.

The people in that neighborhood have the right to live lives free of drugs and gangs. They have the right to sleep in their beds instead of having “to sleep on the floor, because of stray bullets.” And, like the Helena-West Helena police, I’m more on the side of protecting them by getting drug dealers off the street than I am the ACLU.

The curfew has already resulted in 32 arrests (at the time of that article), 10 for felony charges, so yes, obviously criminal activity in the area is being curtailed and prosecuted. There had been no curfew violation arrests, and, finally, the police have been heavily armed to match the weaponry of drug dealers, like AK-47s.

If it’s really a “war on drugs” in this country, then it’s long past time that it was fought like a war. The scourge of narcotics has to be eliminated, or at least significantly reduced, and this works for me, until someone comes up with a better plan (and educational funding increases.)

“We’re not here to play,” said Helena-West Helena Police Chief Fred Fielder. Amen to that.

My only concern here is making sure that tougher enforcement is being carried out across all lines: political, racial, and economic. If that can be guaranteed, or at least strenuously avoided, then I think there’s some good lessons for other cities to take from this.

Very special thanks to my best friend for bringing this story to my attention.

5. Heaven’s Overeager Recruitment Drive – While we here on Earth are mourning, God’s got a great new drinking buddy in my friend Taylor, having a good laugh with her while watching Bernie Mac perform, and probably trying to romance her with the soulful sounds of Isaac Hayes. May they all rest in peace, but we weren’t done with them yet down here, God.

VS – 08.13.08

Catching Up

Posted in economics, media failure, politics, ramble, religion, war with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2008 by vagabondsaint

Oh boy, lots to catch up on.

I’ve been sick for most of the week with sinus issues, so I’ve missed a lot of news. Not to worry, though; I’m feeling better now and ready to share with you my opinions of the general crap pulled by our government, the media, presidential candidates, and airhead Fox News anchors.

Let’s start with the double-bitchslap given to the Bush Administration last week by the Supreme Court. First, the court ruled that Guantanemo Bay detainees do in fact have the right to question and protest their detainment in front of a civilian judge, instead of the secret military tribunals. This restores to them the right of habeas corpus, which the administration has been denying to them for years now. We’ll see if they get it, though; the Supreme Court has made this ruling three times in the past four years and still been ignored by the administration. (For those unsure of how these things work, here’s a quick primer: the legislative branch makes the laws, the judicial branch interprets the laws, and the executive branch ignores both and does whatever the hell it wants. Don’t we have checks and balances for a reason?) Second, if you followed the link above, you may have noticed a tiny but important paragraph at the bottom, which comprises the backswing of this double-bitchslap: the Court found that American citizens that commit crimes in Iraq can be turned over to Iraqi courts for trial and do not have the right to petition American courts for their freedom. That’s small, but significant; it means the bastards at Blackwater, the mercenary firm contracted by the US Government for security work in Iraq, can from this point on be tried in Iraq for what they do there, which I’m sure is a relief to the Iraqi people. It’s a relief to me, since the Blackwater commandos have yet to be charged in the US for any of their crimes. And yes, the Bush Administration not only opposed charging Blackwater employees with crimes, but also renewed their contract after those incidents. That just stuns me. I mean, really, just how badly do you have to fuck up to lose a government contract? I’m in the wrong industry, I swear.

Moving on. . .

Courtesy of this clip from The Daily Show:

A new book says that John McCain called his prettier-than-he-deserves wife a “c-word.” (There are some things that even I won’t say, and that word is one of them.)

Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain: kinda hot, once you adjust the scale with an age modifier

Way to lock up that crucial “men who don’t deserve their wives” vote, Senator McCain.

Speaking of “undeserved”. . .

“Terrorist fist-jab”? Because Obama gave his wife a fist-pound at a rally? What ignorant, stupid, fear-mongering, malicious airhead could possibly think that. . .

Oh wait, that came from Fox News. No surprise, then. In fact, it’s more of a surprise that the “fist-jab” wasn’t also linked to gang activity, being black, being gay, Vietnam, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Fox News: the only true word in their motto (“Fair And Balanced”) is “and.”

Hey, guess what? The Taliban’s back! You know, the people we failed to crush thoroughly in Afghanistan before getting bogged down in Iraq? Gee, if only we had someone willing to “finish the job” in office. . .

Speaking of ugly heads being reared (and no, my neighbour is not taking his pants off again): Offshore drilling is back in the news, as Bush urges Congress to lift the bans on it, supported by McCain. It’s almost a step in the right direction, aimed at ending our dependence on foreign oil. But I’m voting for the guy that wants to end our dependence on oil entirely and fund alternative energy sources. We can do better than oil, no matter where it comes from.

And finally, from Defenders Of Wildlife: The powerful Safari Club International has sued the federal government to once again allow wealthy U.S. hunters to kill struggling polar bears in Canada — and bring their carcasses back as trophies.

What the fuck? What the hell did polar bears ever to do to people smart enough to stay out of their way? Who needs a polar bear rug or head on their wall as a fucking hunting trophy? Dear Safari Club, I have a better idea: If you’ll leave the damn bears alone, I promise I will donate my money, time, and biting wit towards supporting legislation that allows you to hunt the most dangerous game of all: other Safari Club members. Think about it: prey that can shoot back. Isn’t that extreme? Isn’t that exciting? They might not make very good throw rugs, but I have it on the authority of some German pen pals that live in Argentina and BuffaloBill_91@yahoo.com that human skin is good for making lampshades, ashtrays, cushion covers, and dresses (but the skin must be carefully treated with lotion first, preferably while still alive). This way, everybody’s happy, and the polar bears are left the fuck alone.

Whew! I’m caught up now, I think.

More vitriol and acerbic humour soon. . .

VS – 6.20.2008