fr_defenestrato: (nebuchadnezzar)
The mother needs a rest. Mother Earth needs a long rest with no people on her. —Spalding Gray, who later opted to do his part thereto

What with the way Hillary Clinton née Iron Rodham and Barracks Osama [sic] have been trying to out-Republican the Republicans lately with the frequent public flaunting of their rabid bellicosity—yea, even unto nuclear annihilation of "our enemies"—even as the public finds increasing fault with our national warmongering, I have to wonder (apart from wondering why nobody else seems to be wondering) what's going on in the federal gubmt game.

Ok, so that's being coy. It took me maybe 30 seconds of wondering to come to a conclusion, the only Occam's razor-satisfying conclusion I can find: These miserable motherfuckers don't even give a shit anymore who actually gets voted into the presidency. Or rather, they may give a champagne grape-sized turd about it, but they are coming to realize that it is far less important to appeal to U.S. voters than to the scumbag criminals in charge of the world's most powerful corporations—the war-making and war-sustaining corporations; the oil- and other energy-mongering corporations; and when we get around to the appropriate political rhetoric re health care, also the pharmaceutical, hospital-owning, and medical insurance corporations—who can and will pump sufficient money their way to ensure their bid for the presidency is viable. They are not Democrats any longer; nor are they Republicans. There is NO SUCH DISTINCTION. They are the tools and the benefactors of the corporations who use them to ensure continued and increased profitability, to the sheer, exclusionless exclusion of any other factor, like ethics or human rights or human lives or human quality of life.

In short, they're tired of the other party having all the fun. And since there's really no way they're going to reverse the trend of corporate ownership of our representative gubmt, even if they were inclined to so try in the first place, they might as well play the game just as well as the GOPs. Yes, of course we'll invade more countries that pose no immediate threat to us. Yes of course we'll consider tactical nuclear weapons (which, BTW, we can actually pronounce!). Of course of course of course.

Some of my dearest friends act like the Democrats will win and then things will be all better. I think that's the biggest load of horseshit I've ever heard. Nothing will make this better. We are the Roman empire (in particular, Mel Brooks's Senate hollering "FUCK THE POOR!"); we are Louis Quatorze. We may or may not have revolution in our lifetimes, but there's really no way one would succeed anyway. As mindless, slavishly devoted as countless Middle Easterners are to Allah, we are every bit as devoted to the defense of capital. We the corporations have 99.9 percent of the world's firepower. We the people (quaint little phrase, innit?) are wholly owned subsidiaries. We are sacks of chemicals of no value or consequence to the owners of this planet except for their chance to annex the little we own to their fortunes.

We are doomed.
fr_defenestrato: (armaments)
All kidding and all politics aside, the most compelling argument for the removal of U.S. military troops from Iraq—indeed, for the permanent disbanding of the U.S. military as a whole—and frankly they can all stay in fucking Iraq for all I care—is the staggering, in-your-face, nine-inch-nails-on-a-chalkboard stupidity that prevails there. Sure the front lines end up populated mostly by kids most unfit for any sort of formal education (typically performing badly in class from grade school up); but what is less commonly known is that at every level of military command and administration the important once are chosen not for their smarts but for the facility with which they can make shit up on the fly to pretend they're smart. That's why the knee-deep bullshit jargon. That's why "to include:" is used even in past tense. That's why every document in the "List of Applicable Documents" in the Request for Information I'm reading right now has the annotation "(current version or later)" next to it.

Support our troops! They need our support! They're too stupid to get out of the way of a suicide bomber!

(The author of this blog would like to point out to anyone who should happen across this entry who has a relative or friend fighting in Iraq, that he really doesn't wish them ill. After all, they are only following the Fourth Reich's orders and fighting for my right to marry, have joint power of attorney with my partner, visit him in hospital, successfully bequeath my property to him, etc.; to not get beaten up, fired, kicked out of my housing, or kept from joining whatever association for being queer; also for my right to be religion-free; for my overall right to privacy without illegal molestation from the feral gubmt; and to ensure all the country's kids are taught according to indisputable scientific facts and principles.)

(Oh. Wait.)
fr_defenestrato: (Default)
"Apparently, if George W. Bush can't go to see Little Leaguers play tee-ball on the South Lawn of the White House whenever the hell he wants, then the terrorists have already won."
fr_defenestrato: (j'accuse)
The Organized Crime Racket of the American Presidency (OCRAP) continues to upmarket its image, following up our maverick, principled (and oh, so timely) stance about Darfur with more genuine, loving care to export to Africa.

The front page photo of the Washington Post Express has OCRAP Head Fuckstick Bush picking up a young black child as he might a pile of dirty underpants or a rotten log, and the caption reads "Bush Seeks $30B for AIDS." (I recommend he look under the sofa cushions; he is as likely to find it there as anywhere else.) Inside, the article takes Fuckstick at his word, going so far as to state, as fact, that the $30 billion represents a "doubling" of current funding.

What the blistering fuck IS this? Where did my liberal media go? (Maybe they're buried in the sofa too; that's what I used to do as a young child when things got uglier than I could deal with.)

There IS no $15 billion to double to $30. The Fuckstick used the number $15 billion once, four years ago, in his "State of the, [his] State of the Union, or State, [his] speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation" in announcing his Presidential Emergency Program For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); and it was immediately and abundantly clear that the number was entirely fallacious, as solid as a calamari fart and every bit as pernicious. Four budget years later (in which, BTW, the White House's recommended PEPFAR numbers were used) the U.S. has spent less than $9.5 billion, leaving the White House scrambling to get Congress to spend $5.5 billion in a single year. How can our major newspapers allow the criminally lying assholes to get away with this shit on a daily basis? What fucking planet is this?

Ah well. Who cares? Certainly not Fuckstick; he doesn't give a flying fuck who comes up with how much money to combat HIV and AIDS anywhere: not here, not in Africa, not anywhere. He didn't care in 2003 when he dialed up the magic number $15 billion. If he cared in the slightest, he wouldn't try to foist abstinence-only prevention programs on at-risk populations here in the U.S., let alone in Africa, where societal norms around sex and marriage are radically different. Oh wait! I guess it's NOT abstinence-only... Fuckstick's AIDS Mouthpiece Marc Dybul explains:

'Calling ABC programs abstinence-only is also a mischaracterization. There is no abstinence-only provision. I wish people would stop calling it that. It's abstinence until marriage.'

Ah, I see. So not only do we want to tell people how and when to have sex, but we want to dictate how and when people can form primary lifetime 2-person bonds—presumably as blessed in the eyes of an imaginary being that few of the abstaining-until-marriage folk actually believe in.

And then this from Dybul: 'The bottom line is that funding should go to programs that work, and the evidence (supporting) ABC is overwhelming.'

And here I come close to gnawing off my own fingers. There is NO WORD for this kind of horseshit except EVIL. There just isn't. Study after study has found these programs to be wildly ineffective. See, for example, the congressionally mandated study whose results were released last month; also in 2004 Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cal.) requested a review of federally funded abstinence-only programs aimed at public school students, which found that 11 or 13 of the reviewed curricula contained scientific inaccuracies w/r/t condom efficacy, risk factors, etc. And common sense suggests that, if you tell hormonally wound-up youngsters that their only option is to refrain from sex and don't tell them about STD prevention, a lot of them are going to have sex anyway without appropriate protection.

To argue that these programs are "successful" basically takes the same kind of disregard and disdain for the scientific method that allows Fuckstickians in Kansas and elsewhere to argue that evolution doesn't exist, Yahweh put all those dinosaur bones in the earth's crust just to test our faith, and global warming is a Democratic Party plot to scare citizens away from the GOP.

Nightmare... must... end... Please, gourd, wake up!
fr_defenestrato: (j'accuse)
From the perfectly named Dick Cheney's remarks to U.S. Troops at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq:

"We are here, above all, because the terrorists who have declared war on America and other free nations have made Iraq the central front in that war."

Oh, they HAVE, have they? That's funny, I coulda sweared WE had decided to take our war on terror to one of the few friggin' places in the Middle East that WASN'T overrun with jihadists.

"[Osama et al.] see this country as the center of a new caliphate, from which they can stir extremism and violence throughout the region..."
spleen cont. )

Dear Iraq:

May. 10th, 2007 12:53 pm
fr_defenestrato: (j'accuse)

We keep sending him.  You keep missing him.
What up with that?
fr_defenestrato: (j'accuse)
"Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." —George W. Bush*

"I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn." —George W. Bush**

And this lovely exchange from 20070111:
CONDI: ...we're not going to stay married to a plan that isn't working because Iraqis aren't living up to their end of the bargain.

SEN OBAMA: Madam Secretary...Are you telling me that, if in six months or whatever timeframe you are suggesting that in fact the Maliki government has not performed these benchmarks... that at that point you are going to suggest to the Maliki government that we are going to start phasing down our troop levels in Iraq?

CONDI: Senator, I want to be not explicit abvout what we might do, because I don't want to speculate. But I will tell you this: the benchmarks that I'm looking at—the oil law's important, the political process is extraordinarily important—but the most important thing that the Iraqi government has to do right now is to reestablish the confidence of its population that it's going to be evenhanded in defending it. That's what we need to see over the next two or three months, or this plan is not going to work.

SEN OBAMA: The question is not whether the plan is going to work; the question is what the consequences to the Iraqi government... Are there any circumstances that the President or you are willing to share in which we would say to the Iraqis, 'We are no longer maintaining ... American combat troops in Iraq'? Are there any circumstances that you can articulate in which we would say to the Maliki government that enough is enough and we are no longer committing our troops?

CONDI: I'm not going to speculate... but the President made very clear that of course there are circumstances. That's what it means when he says 'Our patience is not limited.'

GOURD: Freudian slip?

*, **criticizing President Clinton on *19990409 **19990605 for not setting a timetable for exiting Kosovo.
fr_defenestrato: (j'accuse)
(so I got a form mail from Don Cheadle and John Prendergast at asking me to sign a petition to Prez. Bush urging him toward action on Darfur... on the site to which I was redirected I was asked to edit the text of the form letter before sending it off to the White House. I did:)

Dear Mr. President,

Sudanese President al-Bashir continues to ignore diplomatic efforts to pressure him to end the genocide in Darfur. More than 400,000 Darfurians have already lost their lives and over 2.5 million have been displaced.

In case you were asleep, drunk, coked out, or have received contraindicative reports directly from "reliable British sources" or maybe God, that's on par with what we helped Saddam Hussein do to the Kurds of Iraq (and perhaps also on par with what we did and continue to do to the Iraqi people).
More bile )
fr_defenestrato: (Default)
the evil fucker. i mean, pure, unadulterated, no two ways about it EVIL MOTHERFUCKER.

i dunno where the fuck Dana Perino came from, but i truly madly deeply wish there was something to the christian cosmology, because i really wish to believe that someday she and every single evil motherfucking boss of hers will be holding a coffee clatch in hell. if that's not possible i suggest we give them a one-way ticket to the sun, departing Earth 1300 hrs EST 20 January 2009.

this evil motherfucking president (TEMP) vetoes and will continue to veto any bill that includes ANY kind of structure to facilitate the end of the U.S. military occupation of Iraq. TEMP even steadfastly refuses to put any due dates on "benchmarks" for the "democratic," "independent" government of Iraq. why? Perino tells us that "[TEMP] is determined to win in Iraq." what does winning look like to TEMP? he won't tell us. maybe we can use common sense and surmise that winning is when all the Shiites and John Sununus stop killing each other. wait wait wait: our ultimate goal is a cessation to violence, but we won't put a timeframe on cessation of violence?

but if TEMP is using that criterion, which he appears to be doing, he is committing us to an indefinite stay there (until he's no longer TEMP and somebody else is T(hopefully slightly less)EMP and won't veto a bill with a troop withdrawal timetable.

but whoa, two steps back. why is ANYBODY giving credence to the absurd notion that TEMP refuses to even entertain the notion of ending this U.S. occupation because he wants to win? please. he is keeping us engaged, at the cost of a few American lives and a few hundred Iraqi lives per week because and ONLY because it benefits his cronies in the big business of waging war and thereby lines his pockets, makes his retirement (the pre-hell phase, anyway) more cushy, and gets more and more evil corporate motherfuckers to love him even more. how motherfucking sick depraved eat the asshole out of a dead wolf EVIL can he get?


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