29 June 2008
"He was a patriot - the best sort, the kind who do not walk around with American flags in their lapels."
"Twelve wrecked homes. The chaplain's words echoed. That's twelve wrecked homes. The doctor and I think in terms of human suffering not statistics. I thought about Sullivan again. He was one of the statistics, just like the four enemy soldiers killed that morning. The only difference was that they were in different columns on the colonel's scoreboard. Twelve wrecked homes. I thought about Sullivan's young widow in Pennsylvania, and a chill passed through me. Maybe her husband had died for nothing, maybe for something. Either way, it could not make much difference to her now."
Both come from Philip Caputo's book, Rumor of War, about his time as a US Marine in Vietnam in the Sixties. Not that much has changed.
28 June 2008
Meanwhile white-skinned and presumably Christan suspected evil-doers get to stay at home and end up with a cheque for $4.6 million.
Just doesn't seem fair does it?
27 June 2008
22 June 2008
21 June 2008
I'm just surprised that Bill-o forgot to mention the rather obvious Heinz-Teresa Heinz Kerry-John Kerry-oh my God liberal America is poisoning our kid's minds with gay mayonnaise connection!
It has also been alleged that Mr. Freshwater branded his students with crosses using an electrostatic device; a charge that should, one would think, lead to criminal charges of child abuse. Or perhaps not, it is America after all.
Mr. Johnson was firing his weapons, including an AK47 and two handguns, into a lake across from a crowded camp ground. His shots were ricocheting into the ground sending campers scurrying for cover. Fortunately, by dumb luck, no one was injured. When told that he shots had ricochet off the water into the camp ground the 25 year old Mr. Johnson apparently replied that "he didn't know bullets could do that" and presumably returned to picking his nose.
The appropriate punishment? No guns; ever again and maybe some jail time.
20 June 2008
The people of Cranberry Township must be awfully proud!
I spent most of the first 37 years of my life living in the Philadelphia area and I still have a great affection for the city. Perhaps the thing I have always loved about it is that, in opposition to New York, it always seemed human scale rather than gargantuan. So please don't ruin this by building a building a huge, fuck all building on Logan Square, OK?
That is all.
Yank in London
Rabbi Yitzik Shapira, the head of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar, said that the priority for the students is "net Torah study" and that rocket attacks by the students are only authorised once all of their schoolwork is completed.
Well done everyone; especially Steny Hoyer of Maryland. I'm sure you will sleep well tonight in the Land of the (Not So) Free (as It Used to Be).
I reckon that means I should head down the pub for a large Cuban rum, thereby violating America's most ridiculous law!
I simply no longer believe that these occurrences are accidental any more but rather part of a none-too-subtle campaign to associate Senator Obama with terrorists and further confuse those addled voters, who make up more than 10% of the electorate, who believe that the Senator is a Muslim.
19 June 2008
Nonetheless the two of them shouldn't get carried away as, even if the ban were lifted tomorrow, there aren't enough drilling rigs to go around as it is and the situation won't improve for several years if at all.
18 June 2008
Key quote: "If the detainee dies, you're doing it wrong".
17 June 2008
(Is it just me or is he harder to pin down than an epileptic eel coated with Vaseline?)
The saddest thing of all is that, after nearly 8 years of Captain Codpiece and his evil minions, the Nixon Republicans are looking better and better (and not nearly as criminal)!
16 June 2008
*Note: we reserve the right to kill you anyway.
15 June 2008
The European leg of Captain Codpiece's Legacy '08 Tour ends in London tomorrow and he's come will all guns blazing as he warns our beleaguered Prime Minister againstwithdrawing troops from Iraq. He also paints himself as a Simón Bolívar for the 21st century as he claims that he has liberated "50 million people from the clutches of barbaric regimes", possibly single-handed. He also threatens to write a book.
He is clearly a man capable of extraordinary self-delusion.
It is also possible that I could be wrong in this and that this carefully crafted conservative legal philosophy is only followed as long as convenient. Hard to tell.
*Should you not believe Mr. Dean or myself I give you the following from Federalist Paper (84):
"It may well be a question, whether these are not, upon the whole, of equal importance with any which are to be found in the constitution of this State. The establishment of the writ of habeas corpus, the prohibition of ex post facto laws, and of TITLES OF NOBILITY, to which we have no corresponding provision in our Constitution, are perhaps greater securities to liberty and republicanism than any it contains. The creation of crimes after the commission of the fact, or, in other words, the subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny. The observations of the judicious Blackstone, in reference to the latter, are well worthy of recital: 'To bereave a man of life, [says he] or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole nation; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore a more dangerous engine of arbitrary government.' And as a remedy for this fatal evil he is everywhere peculiarly emphatical in his encomiums on the habeas corpus act, which in one place he calls 'the BULWARK of the British Constitution.'"
14 June 2008
13 June 2008
See also "disaster", "greed" and "runaway neo-liberal, free market capitalism".
Maybe they should amend the law so that motorcyclists not wearing helmets lose their "rights" to sue for injuries sustained given their reckless disregard for their own safety. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that though as there is no constituency to pander to by doing that.
I am a bit suspicious as to the length of time it took the registrar to record the birth however. Who knows what kind of skullduggery his crack campaign staff could have got up to in those four days!
12 June 2008
"Up until yesterday I took the view that what we did in the House of Commons, representing our constituents was a noble endeavour because with centuries of forebears we defended the freedoms of the British people - well we did up until yesterday."
Are there any (probably not New) Labourites who wish to follow his example?
Why not try some Lawrence Welk Senator? It's bound to be a hit with your core constituency as long as the batteries in their hearing aids are fully charged up.
A word of warning Senator: I wouldn't try and give him an impromptu neck rub if I were you. He knows karate!
11 June 2008
Should have a pity party for the lumpen lass?
10 June 2008
Close gate? √
Captain Codpiece has come out in favour of the (memory of) the strong dollar. According to the Captain:
"We believe in a strong dollar and that the relative value of economies will end up setting the valuation of the dollar."
Curiously these normally careful and thorough researchers are silent about the shameful US-imposed gun control measures in Iraq!
Now it is up to Pelosi and I reckon we all know what that means. Nonetheless it had to be down.
09 June 2008
Sorry Grant but you're wrong. I reckon you must be used to that by now.
The city council responds by saying "you didn't think that was a real poll, did you". It's just we have some friends in the polling business and we wanted to throw some money their way.
The soon to be ex-First Lady is visiting Afghanistan to let us know how well things aren't going there. But what is that around her neck? I, for one, am suspicious but I shall let others claim the credit!
"I would put nothing past a man who, it has been alleged and not denied, has called his own wife a cunt."
"As I tore the pages, I felt a generational curse of immorality and perversion breaking off my family...I felt it."
Now repeat after me - "shareholder value, shareholder value, shareholder value". See. I' certain that you feel better already.
Gordon, I think you're hanging your hat on the wrong peg.
Remember that press conference about three months ago when Captain Codpiece was surprised when a reporter suggested that gasoline could shortly be hitting $4 a gallon?
"That's interesting. I hadn't heard that."Well it seems that it happened yesterday.
Note to Americans: 4 USD a US gallon still sounds terribly cheap to me.
*Is it just me or does "Porter Barry" sound like a name that could only come from a family deeply immersed in the East Coast, old money, intellectual elite that Bill-o and those of his despicable ilk so like to scorn?
Note: towards the end of the article you will find a quote from the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation, Shokri Ghanem:
"The easy, cheap oil is over...Peak oil is looming."