"Distrust all in whom
the impulse to punish is powerful."
Friedrich Nietzche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
"Distrust all in whom
the impulse to punish is powerful."
"The only difference I ever found between the
Democratic leadership and the Republican
leadership is that one of them is skinning you from
the ankle up and the other, from the neck down."
Huey P. Long
Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant (born December 9, 1933 in London, England) is an author and syndicated cartoonist living in Santa Barbara, California. He is best known for Pot-Shots, a single-panel comic of illustrated one-liners.
In a copyright infringement suit filed by Brilliant, a U.S. federal judge has ruled that, while short phrases are not eligible for copyright, Brilliant's writings were epigrams and, therefore, copyrightable (Brilliant v. W.B. Productions Inc., 1979).
The Legislature's approval rating has fallen to 25 percent -- its lowest point since 2000 -- the survey released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California shows, while the governor's popularity has changed little since January, with 37 percent giving him a positive rating.
In January, Schwarzenegger proposed a $222 billion, 10-year plan to improve the state's highways, levees, schools and public transit systems. It relied on $68 billion in borrowing that required voter approval over a series of elections.
It's too bad -- having thoroughly established himself as a bully, a thug, and an asshole, insulting the manhood of the legislators along the way by comparing them dismissively to women (something the women in the government didn't especially appreciate, either) he's focusing attention on dealing with things that really need doing, but, having pissed off everyone he's dealt with till now, no one wants to see his swagger or hear his boastful voice.
Something about first impressions. And second impressions.
"I believe the most damaging thing Tom DeLay has done in his life is take his faith seriously in the public office, which made him a target of all those who despise the goals of Christ," said Scarborough, a former college football player and longtime DeLay ally. Taking the stage before the 200 or so adoring activists in the banquet hall, DeLay ran with the end-times theme. "We have been chosen to live as Christians at a time when our culture is being poisoned and our world is being threatened, at a time when sides are being chosen and the future of man hangs in the balance," he said. "The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won, and if we put our trust in Christ, they never will."
As they say, if you're not getting any rhythm waving the flag, try swinging that cross.
Use it like a hammer.
Let me tell you, personally, as someone who live in Texas for a few years -- in sophisticated Houston -- I was called Yankee Jew Carpetbagger so many times, I started introducing myself as Horace C. Cola and my Wife, Moon Pie.
For them thar southren Christians to be screaming about all the discrimination against THEM?!?
Bring back the Romans and the lions and remind 'em what discrimination really is all about.
Show em the death camps and the ovens.
A bunch of spoiled brat creeps who can't accept the fact that there are a lot of people out there whose impression of moonlight isn't the same as theirs.
Can't get over the fact that other people don't agree with their brand of hysteria.
Those guys own the president and the congress and, apparently, at least Big Tony Scalia and Uncle Clarence Thomas.. and they're still throwing tantrums.
A bunch of babies .. malignant, vicious, terrified, furious at anyone who ISN'T terrified, anxious to "give 'em something to be terrified about."
They talk a whole lot of Jesus, but they walk a whole lot like Julius Streicher.
They wouldn't know what "humble" means if Billy Graham rose from the dead and tried to explain it to them.
They may hold a bunch of morons in thrall, but there are plenty of us out here who know their true face -- and it's a genuine demon from their own created Hell.
Grow up you malevolent babies.
March 29,2006 | WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Wednesday that Saddam Hussein, not continued U.S. involvement in Iraq, is responsible for ongoing sectarian violence that is threatening the formation of a democratic government.
Of course not -- how could God's pal Jimmy Olson ever be
It must be the guy who's been hiding for three years and in custody for two, yeah, that's the ticket.
What, does he think he's in the 5th grade?
You may never see a better definition of the word "pissant."
"I ran out of gas. I had a flat tire.
I didn't have enough money for cab fare.
My tux didn't come back from the cleaners.
An old friend came in from out of town.
Someone stole my car.
There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts!
It wasn't my fault, I swear to god!"
Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers Movie
"I believe that press coverage in Iraq is definitely too narrow."But too negative? I don't think so. If you are looking for good news stories in a war zone, you are looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place. It is like looking for virgins at the Playboy mansion--you might find a few, but they're certainly not the majority. If you want good news stories, go to Disneyland. Not Iraq...
“I have never made but one prayer to God,
a very short one:
‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’
And God granted it.”
By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer
March 24,2006 | INDIANAPOLIS -- President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney launched a two-man offensive against the Democrats on Friday, with Bush suggesting the opposition party would stall the economic recovery and Cheney portraying Democratic leaders as weak on combating terror.
Kee-rist -- Rule One in Politics: If you can't find any way to defend your own record, attack the opposition.
WASHINGTON, March 22 — President Bush's suggestion on Tuesday that he may add a new senior figure to his White House team raised questions about the future of two of his closest and most powerful aides, Andrew H. Card Jr. and Karl Rove, as they struggle to put Mr. Bush's White House back on course.
Mr. Rove told associates in recent days that he was confident he could resist calls to bring in new advisers. Still, Mr. Bush's decision not to squelch speculation about such a move — "Well, I'm not going to announce it right now," he said Tuesday at his news conference, with Mr. Rove watching — did nothing to restore diminished Republican confidence in a White House team that once promoted a reputation for efficiency, order and impeccable political instincts.****************
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An FBI agent who interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui before Sept. 11, 2001, warned his supervisors more than 70 times that Moussaoui was a terrorist and spelled out his suspicions that the al-Qaeda operative was plotting to hijack an airplane, according to federal court testimony yesterday.
Agent Harry Samit told jurors at Moussaoui's death penalty trial that his efforts to secure a warrant to search Moussaoui's belongings were frustrated at every turn by FBI officials he accused of "criminal negligence." Samit said he had sought help from a colleague, writing that he was "so desperate to get into Moussaoui's computer I'll take anything."
That was on Sept. 10, 2001.
Samit's testimony added striking detail to the voluminous public record on the FBI's bungling of the Moussaoui case. It also could help Moussaoui's defense. Samit is a prosecution witness who had earlier backed the government's central theory of the case: that the FBI would have raised "alarm bells" and could have stopped the Sept. 11 attacks if Moussaoui had not lied to agents. But under cross-examination by the defense yesterday, Samit said that he did raise those alarms -- repeatedly -- but that his bosses impeded his efforts.**************************
By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer
March 20,2006 | CLEVELAND -- Beginning the fourth year of an unpopular war, President Bush defended his Iraq record on Monday against skeptical questioning. He said he could "understand people being disheartened" but appealed to Americans to look beyond the bloodshed and see signs of progress.
He still doesn't seem to understand there are some of us out here who find the bloodshed itself the criminality of it all, regardless of the "progress."
PRESIDENT BUSH'S message to Iran these days sounds unambiguous: The United States will do what it takes to keep the mullahs from getting the bomb. Diplomacy is vastly preferred, President Bush and his aides insist. Yet it was no accident that the just-revised National Security Strategy declares: "This diplomatic effort must succeed if confrontation is to be avoided..."
Well, if there was anyone in this administration who knew what diplomacy was, that might be meaningful. Oh right, tell me how the Queen of Spades is so diplomatic.
(The reference is not to Ms Rice's race, but to the Bushwah Admin trying to "Shoot the Moon," as in a game of Hearts, where the Queen of Spades is the 13-point monster. In this case, Shoot the Moon means getting the whole pipeline string -- Iraq, Iran, Syria -- Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, no Black Sea, no tankers waiting in line for months. I mean no disrespect to Ms Rice. She does not inspire contempt, as do the rest of the Bushies. Only sadness. I had hopes she could have been so much more than a State Department Discipline Mistress.)
"The reality is that most of us think the Iranians are probably going to get a weapon, or the technology to make one, sooner or later," an administration official acknowledged a few weeks ago, refusing to talk on the record because such an admission amounts to a concession that dragging Iran in front of the United Nations Security Council may prove an exercise in futility. "The optimists around here just hope we can delay the day by 10 or 20 years, and that by that time we'll have a different relationship with a different Iranian government."
March 19,2006 | LONDON -- Iraq is in the middle of a civil war, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said in a TV interview aired Sunday. His comments were immediately rejected by Britain's defense secretary.
Allawi told the British Broadcasting Corp. there was no other way to describe the increasing violence across the country.
"It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more," Allawi told the BBC. "If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
Allawi heads the Iraqi National List, a secular alliance of Shiite and Sunni politicians that won 25 seats in December parliamentary elections.
I dunno -- is it partisan of me to put a little more value on the opinion of the man whose opinion we trusted enough to appoint him to lead the country?
March 16,2006 | TORONTO -- Canada's contentious seal hunt will soon start, the government announced Wednesday, despite protests by Paul McCartney and other animal-rights activists who condemn the killing of the pups as inhumane.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn charged that the media have misrepresented the hunt, and said Canada is committed to ensuring the seals are killed by humane methods.
"Canada's harp seal herd is a conservation success story," Hearn said in Ottawa. "We continue our surveillance and monitoring to make sure that Canada's is the most tightly regulated, closely watched and, above all, most humane seal hunt in the world."
What does that mean, "most humane?"
That a prize goes to the guy who can crush a baby seal's skull in only one smash?
(The white fur goes to making --- guess what -- souvenir toy seal pup dolls. The meat is either left out on the ice or goes to make sausage.. .and the little guys' willies? They're used as Chinese Medicine -- either served in upscale restaurants or ground up and sold to dirty old men in Japan and Germany so they can get it up and go to Thailand, Burma, etc in Southeast Asia and have sex with children, 10 years old and up a little bit (to bone a virgin is to regain virility, but first you have to get at least one bone.)
So isn't that sweet -- beat baby seals to day so you can rape baby Asians. Watta business, eh?
By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer
March 16,2006 | SYDNEY, Australia -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that China must be more open about its military buildup and play by international economic rules as its influence grows around the world.
"I heard that there's going to be a 14 percent increase in the Chinese defense budget. That's a lot," Rice said during a diplomatic visit to Australia, a country with broadening economic ties to China.
"China should undertake to be transparent about what that means," Rice said following a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
China's parliament on Friday approved a 14.7 percent increase in its annual military budget to $35 billion. The Beijing government said the money would go toward salaries, new equipment, training and higher fuel costs...]
"Your asshole Monkey-in-Chief has de-stabilized the entire Asian World because he's SCARED of the mean old brown-skin folks.
He's playing with his DICK while Kim Jim-Bob is building nukes and launching missiles.
The Russias are in chaos.
The Japanese are only 50 years away from the rape of Nanjing.
You got a question -- tell it to us face-to-face.
Or are you like your boss -- just one more of this administration's craven showboaters, talking tough when you're around your friends.
What a waste -- you actually have an education, even if it's a Cold War fixation.
And while we're on the subject, what about YOUR arms stockpiling?
Hey lady, DIG YOURSELVES FIRST."
WASHINGTON, March 15 — An updated version of the Bush administration's national security strategy, the first in more than three years, gives no ground on the decision to order a pre-emptive attack on Iraq in 2003, and identifies Iran as the country likely to present the single greatest future challenge to the United States...
But chief among the sections that remain unchanged is the most controversial section of the 2002 strategy: the elevation of pre-emptive strikes to a central part of United States strategy...
briefly stated, this is Bush's pre-emptive policy:
"MOMMY -- THOSE BAD BOYS DOWN THE STREET ARE SCARING ME. THEY MIGHT EVEN DO SOMETHING BAD, SO CAN I HAVE DADDY AND HIS FRIENDS BURN THEIR HOUSE DOWN? PUUHHLEASE!
My question -- what sentence would be given to some black guy who mugged an old lady for her pension check?
What about someone who mugged a few thousand old ladies?
If you're not familiar with deranged pastor Fred Phelps and his unhinged Westboro Baptist Church, consider yourself lucky. Phelps has an odd hobby: bringing his far-right followers from state to state in order to protest at the funerals for troops killed in Iraq, literally celebrating their death with signs that read "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "Thank God for IEDs." (Phelps and his followers believe soldiers' casualties are God's revenge on a country that is insufficiently hateful towards homosexuality.)
Well, nothing insufficiently hateful about this noisy bit of vermin that crawled out from under some rock and picked up a cross. I don't see why soldiers (former and current) in uniform, couldn't gather outside Westboro Baptist Chusrch of a Sunday morning making a joyful noise unto the Lord (hmmm... Sex Pistols or Bloodhag or AC-DC or Black Sabbath or pretty much anyone loud enough.)
Washington -- President Bush promised for the first time Monday to turn over most of Iraq to newly trained Iraqi troops by the end of this year, setting a specific benchmark as he kicked off a fresh drive to reassure Americans alarmed by the recent burst of sectarian violence.
Bush, who until now has resisted concrete timelines as the Iraq war dragged on longer than he expected, outlined the target during the first of a series of speeches intended to lay out his strategy for victory. While acknowledging grim developments on the ground, Bush cited progress in standing up Iraqi forces capable of defending their nation...
I don't object to him changing his mind -- I don't know if setting a date or not setting a date is the better course.
What I object to is that hypocritical little low-life pissant motherfucker setting the dogs loose on anyone who previously thought setting a date might be a good thing, savaging anyone who disagreed with him and barking about "Treason!!"
The little shit seems to forget he's President of the United States, not the United Arab Emirates. Doesn't matter that he bought his way into the office, with his brother blocking people of color from the polls in 2000, and payoffs to Scalia et al. Doesn't matter that he had Diebold to tilt the results in Ohio in 2004. He's got the job and we are his bosseses -- not Exxon, not Prince Faisal, not Mommy, not any of his homoerotic towel-snapping, sadistic bully buddies.
He acts as if the American public is his enemy, instead of -- now that he's worked his will -- the entire rest of the world.
March 07,2006 | JERUSALEM -- The World Bank on Tuesday announced a $42 million grant to the Palestinian Authority, which was plunged into a financial crisis by a drop in revenues after the Islamic militant group Hamas won Palestinian parliament elections in January.
A World Bank statement said the money was to help the authority meet immediate financing needs and to "avoid suspension of vital basic services to the Palestinian population."
March 05,2006 | NEW DELHI -- Hindu priests who look after the memorial of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi conducted a purification ceremony at the shrine after a visit from President Bush. But it wasn't the president who offended them, it was the sniffer-dogs who scoured the area ahead of his visit.
After the dog visit, the memorial was cleansed with water brought from the Ganges river, which Hindus consider holy, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported Sunday.
They brought dogs into a Hindu shrine -- Way to go, Rover.
Tony Blair has proclaimed that God will judge whether he was right to send British troops to Iraq, echoing statements from his ally George Bush.
Contradicting warnings from advisers not to mix politics and religion, the Prime Minister said that his interest in politics sprang from his Christianity and its "values and philosophy" had guided him in public life.
Explaining how he managed to live with the decision to go to war in Iraq, Mr Blair replied: "If you have faith about these things then you realise that judgement is made by other people. If you believe in God,it's made by God as well." His remarks, made in an interview to be shown on ITV's Parkinson show tonight, invite comparison with President Bush, a born-again Christian, who has made a virtue of bringing religion into politics. But they also carry the risk of inflaming opinion in the Arab world, where the term "crusader" is commonly used to condemn Christian leaders who meddle in the Middle East.
It is also exactly the sort of comment he has been repeatedly urged not to make for domestic purposes, because of the risk that a sceptical British public will react badly to politicians who appear to be "preaching". Mr Blair was instructed by his former director of communications, Alastair Campbell: "We don't do God."
As well as invoking God as the final judge of the Iraq war, Mr Blair also explained how his religious and political beliefs came to him simultaneously. "There were people at university who got me into politics. I kind of got into religion, politics, at the same time, in a way. And until the age of about 20 I really wasn't very interested in politics at all," he told Michael Parkinson. "That's how I got interested in it."
He refused to accept a description of himself as a "Christian socialist" - but only because the phrase contained the "s" word. "It's a long time since anyone used the word socialist about me," he said.
He agreed that his politics could be described as Christian "in terms of the values and the philosophy". He also confirmed that religion illuminates his politics. "If you have a religious belief, it does - but it's probably best not to take it too far," he said.
Roger Bacon, who has been trying unsuccessfully to meet Tony Blair since his son, Major Matthew Bacon, 34, was killed in Iraq, said last night: "This would explain why he won't see the parents. How can he speak to us when God told him to send the troops out to Iraq so our sons could be killed?"
And Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Basra in 2004, said she was "quite disgusted" at the comments made by the Prime Minister. The Military Families Against the War campaigner said: "How can he say he is a Christian? A Christian would never put people out there to be killed.
"A good Christian wouldn't be for this war. I'm actually quite disgusted by the comments. It's a joke."
During his eight-year premiership, the only decisions that have caused Mr Blair sleepless nights have been those that involved taking the UK to war, he said. But he added: "The only way you can take a decision like that is to try to do the right thing, according to your conscience. And, for the rest of it, you leave it to the judgement that history will make."
Mr Blair refused to say whether he had prayed for guidance on whether to send British troops into Iraq - which has cost the lives of 103 British troops, 2,300 US soldiers, and up to 30,000 Iraqis, with many thousands maimed or injured, in a conflict which has claimed more lives since the fall of Baghdad than the war itself.
There have been persistent reports that Mr Blair joined the President in prayer for God's guidance at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, in 2002, at the summit at which many people believe a secret decision was reached to invade Iraq.
The claim was made in a book by the Christian author Stephen Mansfield, who said he had heard it from White House officials. It was later backed up by a writer on Time magazine, David Aikman.
Mr Bush once told Palestinian leaders: "God would tell me, 'George, go end the tyranny in Iraq' and I did."
Mr Blair's Cabinet includes several deeply committed Christians, such as Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, who is a Roman Catholic, and the Chief Whip, Hilary Armstrong - but they rarely break the injunction not to mix religion and politics publicly.
Tony Blair has proclaimed that God will judge whether he was right to send British troops to Iraq, echoing statements from his ally George Bush.
Contradicting warnings from advisers not to mix politics and religion, the Prime Minister said that his interest in politics sprang from his Christianity and its "values and philosophy" had guided him in public life...
Oh Tony, if there IS a God, you and Bushwah surely DO NOT WANT THAT DEITY to judge you.
After a rocky and controversial start as the new Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice made the State Department her own today when she laid her first clutch of eggs in an assistant’s filing cabinet. As many as 200 or more nymphs are expected to emerge from the egg sac over a period of several weeks. The fact that Rice had evidently been secreting pheromones to signal her readiness to mate may account for the small number of Senators who protested her recent appointment as Secretary of State. “That explains why the male Senators were so complacent,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, “But we’re still wondering about Diane Feinstein and Hillary Clinton.”
After an elaborate ritual courtship dance followed by copulation, Rice removed and devoured her beau’s head, effectively putting to rest the question of why she never married. “It’s a little known fact that cannibalism does not always occur when Secretaries of State mate,” said white house spokesman Scott McClellan, “but in this case, she wasn’t digesting a significant amount of prey.” Rice reportedly killed and ate several lawyers last week, not her preferred prey, as they do not have high nutritional content.
The nymphs, who will be virtually indistinguishable from Rice except in terms of size, will feast on the corpse of their father for the first months of their life. Like most children of political figures, they will then undergo several stages of molting and private education before they are fully-grown. “I’m thrilled to become a mother for the first time,” said Rice, who expressed hope that only a few of her offspring would consume each other. When asked if her decision to reproduce at this time was in some way connected to a future invasion of Iran, Rice replied that it was “Not on our agenda at this time.”
Ahhh, sad but true -- better to present a few perfect gems than to try, as with a tv miniseries, for example, to string it out for another season and another, when you said what you wanted to first time around. Still, I would love to see more. A master and an artist.