31 May 2008
"This is an event that is, on its face, very offensive because they're in there demonstrating their same-sex affection...It's a party on their part. Most of them hang out on Main Street; they hang out in the restaurants. They want to be seen."
He's bound to grow up someday; I just won't live to see it.
*That rhymes in English!
Nonetheless I reckon Americans should brace themselves for some solo Ernies and perhaps even an Elmo or two as the election draws near.
30 May 2008
For those of you who haven't read Anthony Burgess's outstanding novel about the murder of Kit Marlowe, A Dead Man in Deptford, I heartily reccommend it.
- Do you inform the illegal occupier, who relies extensively on American support and finance, that this is unacceptable and force them to allow these undoubtedly deserving and intelligent young people to further their education?
- Do you cancel the scholarships?
If you took the first choice you've forgotten who is running the country!
"McClellan could have resigned in protest or simply moved on with his dignity intact. Now he looks pathetic, vindictive and opportunistic. Not much of a legacy."
From an "assessment" of Scott McClellans' revelations by the White House's favourite gay escort and pseudo-reporter Jeff Gannon.
29 May 2008
Of course Ms. Deason's previous school was in Texas so that may explain the lower standards.
"Heh. I snorted something. I thought it was coke but I was just a stupid rich kid. They probably ripped me off and I only did meth! Heh."
I must react to the drug different. I remember snorting coke it's the things I did afterwards that get fuzzy!
I may have more to say on this later.
The United States joined those beacons of freedom and peace China, Israel, Pakistan and Russia in refusing to even discuss the matter. India also did not attend the session or sign up to the agreement. The company one keeps says a lot about oneself I think.
"is disgruntled about his experience at the White House...For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad. This is not the Scott we knew."
Over on Faux News former Presidential aide turned professional
And here's some footage from MSNBC discussing the White House's anger managment problems. (I wonder what the word-he-can't-say-on-TV was.)
28 May 2008
Note: this is in no way intended to disparage Jamaica. I haven't been there for a very long time but I had two lovely holidays there when I was in my twenties involving sun, sex, beautiful food and perhaps some other stuff.
They should start charging for this! (Sadly that pun is intentional.)
27 May 2008
As they used to say in the early days of the automobile: "Get a horse"!
*Not during Lent though!
26 May 2008
25 May 2008
On this day in 1925 Tennessee school teacher John Scopes was indicted for teaching evolution in the public schools. Thank God that can never happen again, eh?
According to arguments by government lawyers at a hearing in the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a legal US resident who has been held without charge on US soil for over six years, the President of the United States "can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a citizen and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely".
Not at all totalitarian or unconstitutional or even terrifying. I am now going to go and hide.
"The country is finished. It's all over. But you know, with a new republic like this, if you missed being here at the beginning, the next best thing is to be here at the end."
24 May 2008
"Smart candidates don't invoke the possibility of their opponents being killed. This seems so obvious it shouldn't need to be said, but apparently, it needs to be said."
From a Washington Post article by one Libby Copeland about Hillary Clinton's incredibly boneheaded "Bobby-Kennedy-didn't-get-assassinated-until-June" remarks.
Oh fuck, now I really, really want a cheese steak (with provolone of course).
"Well, in 2004, I expect to be campaigning for the reelection of President George W. Bush, and by 2008, I think I might be ready to go down to the old soldiers home and await the cavalry charge there."
"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history."
From that great seer Dan Quayle who obviously saw Captain Codpiece coming. A note to those 30% of Americans who still approve of the Captain's performance at the helm of the nation the word "tremendous" is not a synonym of "positive" or "favourable".
23 May 2008
Your soon to be ex-Senator,
Larry "Not Now and Never Have Been Gay*" Craig
*But I Might Consider It in the Future"
"This is the worst time of my long life...I have never had such meager expectations of the system. I find those expectations verified in the paucity and shallowness every day I live."
From an interview in The Nation with great American patriot Father Daniel Berrigan, aged 87. I have the honour of meeting Father Berrigan when I was around 15 or 16 just after he had been released from prison for destroying draft files in Catonsville MD.
As far as I am concerned this is far too little, too late. Unlike Senator Obama's relationship with the Reverend Wright, which was of long standing and therefore complicated and difficult to unstitch, Senator McCain and his staff actively pursued the support of the radical cleric Hagee. This demonstrates that either he did not care about these pronouncements, did not believe that would become public or he and his team are incapable of executing even a cursory process of vetting potential high profile supporters. Any of these three explanations must give a voter pause as to whether The Aged One is qualified to be President of the United States.
"Every day that goes by and more people suffer, increasingly the blame falls on the government."
22 May 2008
So many idiots; so little time.
A note to Ms. Everhart: I've never "denounced God" either; I just don't believe in Her.
20 May 2008
It must be because my great-grandfather, the Rev. John Stringer, was a Methodist preacher. (How he ended up with this heathen of a great-grandson is inexplicable.)
*It's the Baron Black of Crossharbour connection.
Now if he'd just apologise for the illegal invasion of Iraq, illegally spying on the American people, firing US Attorneys for political purposes et al
You can follow it all here.
Note: curiously all of the parties are allowing members a so called free vote,ie they do not have to follow the dictates of the party platform, but in reality the votes will be anything but. Instead of, as one would expect in a representative democracy, looking to their constituents for guidance these rebel MPs will be following the dictates of their church!
19 May 2008
"I recently had a wee confrontation in Miami Beach. Hands-up time: I detest cyclists who use the pavement. Obviously, I understand how dangerous the roads are in medieval UK cities, and if people are respectful I'll tolerate it. But I will cheerfully admit to getting fucking heart-sick at (usually stupid, spoiled, rich) cunts who cycle down the sidewalks in the USA when America is all big, straight roads and careful drivers. Not only are the poncey wankers too shit-scared to drive on the road, they often expect you to get out of the way.
"A few weeks ago some wankstain pedalled towards me at speed, ringing his stupid wee bell. This had happened before but this time I wasn't for standing aside. In fact, my intent was to step back at the last minute, and lash out with the anticipation of separating him from his bike. Fortunately for us both, he was as cowardly in interpersonal encounters as he was in the face of the traffic and braked and swerved at the last minute, almost coming off over the handlebars. As I smiled in satisfied vindication, he regarded me in a bemused and irate manner. I cheerfully told him that if he'd made any contact with me I'd have dragged both him and his crappy fucking bike into the traffic. He retorted that I had anger management issues - they actually say things like that in Miami Beach, which kind of wants to be in California. Nonsense.
"Nevertheless, and this is another reason why the expression of public, interpersonal rage is dodgy, I felt guilt creep in. The guy was obviously scared. He wasn't the demon I had made him out to be, just a stupid youngish chap caught up in his own thoughts and selfishness. He'd go home feeling crap, debased, and a little humiliated. I fought the urge to patronise him with some dreadful speech about how that might make him think twice before cycling on the sidewalk. Further up the road, it struck me that he could have had a gun."
It is a difficult decision to have to make but I think that the status quo could not have reasonably been maintained.
18 May 2008
"It is a grim story, of decision-making driven by fear and ideology and incompetence, a story of crime and of cover-up. It seems likely that the charges against him were dropped because proceedings before a military commission would have turned the spotlight on his treatment and - even more dangerously - on those most senior individuals - politicians and political appointees - with whom responsibility lies. The abuse of Al Qahtani has backfired, as many down at Guantanamo predicted it would. The truth as to his involvement, if any, in the events of September 11th will not be established. He will no doubt linger in a limbo of legal uncertainty in the bowels of Guantanamo or whatever other place may be found for him, a totemic figure whose treatment will be invoked by those who seek to harm the United States. "
From an essay by British human rights barrister Phillipe Sands as to the tale of Prisoner 63 at the US run Guantánamo
Concentration Camp Beach and Leisure Resort on the PBS website.
17 May 2008
Clearly Bush must be impeached now before he succeeds in turning America into Cuba!
(It should be noted that St. Tony and Cherie are champagne drinking, country estate owning socialists.)
He is not, however, as terrified as I have been by the reality of first John Ashcroft and then Alberto "Gone-zo" Gonzales.
Perhaps this is the "double Guantánamo" that Gov. Romney got so excited about.
You do realise that this is not the intended purpose of "humanitarian" aid, don't you?
Keep up the effort Senator Obama. I can be persuaded.
16 May 2008
The above was the title of an email I got from the lovely folks over at about the hateful ruling from the California Supreme Court yesterday. But what's with the "s_x" thing? You're writing in English not in Hebrew (or Arabic) where the vowels generally aren't written. What's up with this anyway?
Are they so afraid of S-E-X that they can't bring themselves to evenly spell it? I pity their husbands/wives.
"This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset ... and make this kind of ridiculous statement."
He also seems to have picked a rather odd time to start his re-election campaign but then at his age he probably just forgot his first term hasn't happened yet!
Er, on second thought, I wouldn't worry.
Dear Mr. President,
As an American who has lived in Europe for the past fifteen years I often find myself in the position of having to try to explain or defend either the policy of my government or the statements of its leaders to my friends and colleagues. Your comments yesterday before the Knesset in Israel, in your role as America’s head of state and the country’s chief diplomat, have led to a flurry of communications from those I know well ranging from simple requests for an explanation of your intent to expressions of outrage.
You and I are roughly of the same generation as are many of my European friends and acquaintances. As such they have lived through a period in which Europe was recovering from and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Second World War and therefore they understand, in a way neither of us can, the price paid for appeasement. Even though many of these people speak English as a second (or third or fourth) language they cannot understand your apparent confusion between the concept of negotiation and acts of appeasement.
It is not appeasement to talk to one’s enemies. It only becomes so if one one-sidedly accedes to their demands. If there is no conversation between sides in opposition there is only one means left to resolve their differences; violence and war. Certainly we all agree that in any and all circumstances acts of war must be a final and ultimately regrettable resort and that to engage in war is an expression of our failure as human beings.
In addition to the many concerns and queries of my friends and colleagues, which I find I am unable to adequately address, I find several other aspects of your remarks to be of great concern.
First of all it seems to many of us that your poorly worded statements appear to be a direct attack on Senator Obama, a Democratic candidate for President and the probable nominee of that party. In your remarks to the Knesset on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the state of you were acting in your role as head of state and representing all of the American people. This attack, if it was intended as such, was inappropriate in that role and it was especially unbefitting as your were speaking on foreign soil; soil whose status is in dispute. There can be no adequate explanation for your misuse of such a forum. If you intended these comments to be directed at Senator Obama you must retract them forthwith and apology. If you did not intend the Senator as a target you must explain to whom your statement was directed and why.
Secondly choosing the occasion of a speech on the anniversary of the state of Israel to launch such an attack, whilst inexplicably failing to talk about peace and the painful concessions that will be required of all sides in order to achieve a lasting peace, will allow some parties to the conflict to legitimately dismiss you and your administration as honest brokers in the search for resolution and peace for all of the peoples in Israel and Palestine.
I hope that you have already taken the opportunity to reconsider your remarks. If not, I hope that this missive may prod you to do so. I am certain that you will, given time to reflect, realise that damage has been done by these statements; damage to the peace process between the state of Isreal and the Palestinian people, damage to America’s stature in the world and damage to the American political process. I trust once you recognise this that you will urgently take steps to undo this damage to the extent that it is still possible.
Yank in London
Her apparent disdain for confidentiality in her intimate recollections has lead to calls for her to be sacked as a judge by prominent members of the legal profession including a former senior judge and a senior barrister.
I hope she isn't counting on her judgely earnings to finance her families burgeoning real estate empire.
This thinly veiled attack on Senator Obama also ignores the fact that his own Secretary of Defense has called for talks between the US and Iran and that his own government has spent considerable time
Despite the clear inaccuracy of his intended point it is also well beyond the pale to use the forum of a speech, in his role as head of state, to a foreign parliament to embark on issues related to domestic politics. It also makes clear that he has no intent to act as an honest broker in the middle east thereby eliminating any slim chance that there might have been to see any progress towards peace during the thankfully short remainder of his term.
Somehow I doubt that will bother him much. After all peacemakers don't wear codpieces!
15 May 2008
Now he has decided that there is a problem in American so severe that it requires that an independent Federal investigation is required. "What is this problem?" you ask. Is it high gas prices? The firing of US Attorneys for political reasons? The politically motivated prosecution of a southern Democrat to prevent him regaining the governor's mansion in his state? The suppression of science for political gain and the profit of huge multi-national businesses?
None of these?
What then? I don't know how I overlooked the scandal that is how the New England Patriots used video cameras to cheat at American football!
With the death toll in the recent terrible earthquake in China now estimated to be approaching 50,000 souls I am hopeful that you can explain to me how much worse the tragedy would have been had there been plans for a gay pride event in Sichuan province.
Yank in London (an apostate Christian)
"a male sexual dysfunction characterized by ejaculation which always or nearly always occurs prior to or within about one minute of vaginal penetration; and, inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations; and, negative personal consequences, such as distress, bother, frustration and/or the avoidance of sexual intimacy."
But let's face it folks. He is the son of privilege and in the circles he travels in giving up golf would be considered just as terrible a sacrifice as having to sell one of the holiday homes (at a huge and barely taxed gain) or deciding not to buy a fourth car.
The bad news is that the Department of the Interior has carefully worded the finding to ensure that off shore oil and gas drilling in areas of the bears' habitat is not effected, at least until the oil and gas runs out, and is taking steps to prevent the regulation of CO2 and other greenhouses gases because they "don't have the science to do that".
How may days until Xmas?
14 May 2008
*Note: I mean the little green man space kind not the Spanish speaking, river swimming, coming to steal my hard earned lifestyle kind!
I wish I had his courageous patriotism but I'm afraid I'm flag-lapel-pin-aphobic.