Excerpt: I'm stopped at a red light when a decrepit old
Chevrolet pickup with its windows rolled down pulls into the adjacent lane.
Its radio is bleating Rush Limbaugh, and the
bumper sticker reads, "My wife, yes. My dog, maybe. My gun, NEVER!"
The driver looks disheveled and haggard, making
it very easy to surmise that here's the perfect example of an American
totally screwed over by capitalism run greedily
amok, decisively abetted by conservative ideology. He's probably unemployed,
has no medical insurance, no pension prospects,
and is likely facing having sheriff's deputies put his family's belongings
the sidewalk, following a heartbreaking eviction.
But he's got that radio tuned to right-wing propaganda,
and he's so completely brainwashed that he thinks his greatest worry is
gays getting married! He's undoubtedly
convinced that the "Democrat Socialist Party" is ruining his life and his
-- and that liberals are the reason his wallet
has thinned to nothing but pictures of his gaunt spouse and sickly, skinny
Here's where I blame the Democrats for failing to list the damn facts.
Why don't poor people vote themselves a higher standard of living?
Because the idiot Democrats have never explained that they have that
This country is maybe 5 percent rich, forty percent middle class and
55 percent poor.
Poor people have all the power at the voting booth but they
refuse to use it to help themselves.
If only the idiot Democrats would explain things to them.
"They say Rush Limbaugh is the 800 lb. gorilla
in the Republican Party. But I think it's mean-spirited to say
that -- because he's down to 650 lbs." -- Gov Musclehead, turning
on the Top Republican in America,
Excerpt: Maybe the most important personal lesson I learned
as a journalist came from a story I never wrote. During the 1980s,
I was assigned to write about how sky-high prices
and inflation were wrecking the hopes of young professionals to buy
their own homes. Stories about finance bore me.
When people start talking about their "dreams," in the sense of unrealized
fantasies, I lose interest. They'd have to settle
for what they could afford, poor things.
Almost needless to say, I already owned a home.
I decided to interview one of my cleverest friends,
a foreign-born real estate developer. Roberto brought me up short.
Naming mutual friends, he said our parents wouldn't
have dreamed of living as they did-fancy cars, foreign vacations,
frequent restaurant meals - and also buying a
house. Previous generations had saved for years to make a down payment.
He said articles like mine were a sure sign that
a sharp market correction was overdue. Texas, he said, was experiencing
a classic speculative real estate bubble. Shrewd
investors should be unloading properties and debt. House-hungry yuppies
should sit tight, awaiting lower interest rates
and plummeting prices. Roberto's logic was inescapable, but none of us
to play Cassandra. Somewhat grumpily, my editors
let me write two sports features instead. We sold our Texas house at
a tidy profit and left town.
Excerpt: I have been in towns along the east coast where
they consider it almost un-American to spend money with retailers
owned by people that aren’t residents of the
community. This is why large retailers like Wal-Mart are becoming less
and less desirable as new additions to many communities.
The facts are that many a local main street has become a
row of deserted buildings because they couldn’t
compete when large retailers moved just outside the city limits and
set up shop. The undesirable consequence of this
is that local dollars, except for those few that were spent paying
employees of the large retailer, immediately
left the community and thus damaged or destroyed the local economy.
This includes the taxes that are collected for
things like water treatment and sewer treatment facilities not to mention
what happens to property values and in turn ad
valorem taxes which generally fund things like our children’s education.
"The Republican Party is today’s oppressed
minority, and it knows how to behave as one. It shuts up. (Really?)
It doesn't cross bridges, it doesn't run into the Bull Connors of the Democrat
Party, it is afraid of the fire hoses and
the dogs, it's compliant. The Republican Party today has become totally complacent; they are an oppressed minority,
they know their place. They go to the back of the bus." -
-- Piggy the vulgar Pigboy, Link
Rush, who are you trying to sell that load
of shit to - your braindead sheep-listeners?
If the Fascist dogs are scared bunnies,
running to the back of the bus, that would mean
the Democrats are ruthless bullies, always
forcing their will down the GOP's throat.
Can you give us some examples of the Democrat
Is Patrick Leahy the mean and dangerous
Is Harry Reid the eveil thug who always
breaks the law?
Is Nancy Pelosi the hard-driving slave
master who won't give the rich guys a break?
"We're tough sons a bitches..."
Who are these mythical bullies that are
beating up you helpless Republicans?
Hell, if we had anybody in this congress
half a sac I'd buy them a shot of Chinaco.
Bart, GM employs nearly as many Americans
as all foreign automakers combined. Ford operates nearly as many
assembly lines as Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai
combined. Chrysler employs more U.S. workers than Honda,
Hyundai and Volkswagen combined. Each Detroit
3 autoworker supports nine other U.S. workers.
Automakers invest in the U.S. economy. They buy
much of the steel, rubber and semi-conductors made in the U.S.
They are the largest exporters. They've invested
more than $230 billion in new plants and infrastructure over the past 25
In just five years, from 2001 to 2005, Ford, G.M.
and Chrysler invested more in U.S plants and infrastructure than all
the foreign automakers combined invested over
the previous 25 years. Of every dollar invested in the U.S. over the past
25 years by all automakers, 86¢ came from
Ford, G.M. and Chrysler, while 14¢ came from all foreign automakers
Are you sure you can really afford to keep trashing
source: Solidarity magazine May-June 2009
Ron, Detroit's problem is with the facts, not with me.
Sure, I have an opinion that's backed up with facts, but the facts
are killing GM, not me.
If I wrote, "GM makes better cars than Toyota,"
I'd lose a lot of credibility
with the majority of people who do not work in Detroit or work for
the Big Three.
I'm going to feel real bad when GM goes away, because it's as American
as baseball and apple pie,
but I was in the car finance business for 9 years and (at the time)
I knew what cars are worth.
I was talking about this with a friend the other day - the Blue Book
It might say a 2004 Accord is worth $9,000, but no way you can
buy them that cheap. (made up numbers)
It might say a 2004 Impala is worth $6,000 but I can buy
them all day for $4,500.
I wish the facts were different but we have to live with those ugly
ignoring reality is too much like religion for me.
Excerpt: It is with sad irony that the company which invented
"planned obsolescence" - the decision to build cars that would
fall apart after a few years so that the customer
would then have to buy a new one - has now made itself obsolete.
It refused to build automobiles that the public
wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be,
and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh
- and that wouldn't start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly
fought environmental and safety regulations.
Its executives arrogantly ignored the "inferior" Japanese and German cars,
cars which would become the gold standard for
We are now in a different kind of war - a war
that we have conducted against the ecosystem and has been conducted
by our very own corporate leaders. This current
war has two fronts. One is headquartered in Detroit. The other front in
this war is being waged by the oil companies
against you and me. They are committed to fleecing us whenever they can,
and they have been reckless stewards of the finite
amount of oil that is located under the surface of the earth.
Excerpt: Rarely has a company fallen so far and so fast
as General Motors. And while its bankruptcy appeared
increasingly likely in recent weeks, the arrival
of the moment is still a staggering blow, particularly for
anyone with ties to the company.
G.M. began a long and slow process of undermining
itself. Its strengths, like the rigid structure that provided
discipline early on, became weaknesses, and it
lost its feel for reading the American car market it helped create,
as Japanese automakers lured away even its most
The company did have vast numbers of loyal buyers,
but G.M. lost them through a series of strategic and
cultural missteps starting in the 1960s.
It bungled efforts in the 1980s to cut costs by sharing the underpinnings
of its cars across different brands, blurring
their distinctiveness. G.M. gave in to union demands in 1990 and
created a program that paid workers even when
plants were not running, forcing it to build cars and trucks it
could not sell without big incentives.
Let's not forget good, old-fashioned American greed.
I read that Ford paid it's CEO $20M
Toyota pays it's CEO less than one million per year.
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"Cheney is giving the Republicans a demonstration
of how to fight a popular president. Stake out defensible high ground, do
not surrender an inch, then go onto the attack. Unlike Obama's position, Cheney's is
100 percent reality based." -- Pat Bushanan, hoping
somebody will believe him, Link
Hey Pat, we all agree.
You guys should run Cheney against Obama in 2012, with Pigboy
Excerpt: Dr. George Tiller, (OB-GYB) was shot to death
Sunday in his church as he handed out church bulletins.
The authorities said they took a Republican into
custody later in the day.
A provider of legal abortions, Dr. Tiller, 67,
had become a focal point for McVeigh-like handjobs
loike this shit who thinks it's his business
to impose their opinions on others with lethal force.
In addition to protests outside his clinic, his
house and his church, Dr. Tiller had seen his clinic bombed.
In 1993, an abortion opponent shot him in both
arms. He was also the defendant in a series of legal challenges
intended to shut down his operations, including
two grand juries that were formed after handjob-led petition drives.
All the headlines I've seen say, "Late term
abortion doctor murdered." America's whore media wants you to feel OK about his murder.
Was this murder a political ploy to derail Sotomayor's nomination?
If it was, it proves again that the handjobs can't aim for shit.
Most normal people will see this is anti-abortion extremism.
I don't know Bush about this doctor, but he might've been a man of courage
if he was the only doctors within a hundred miles willing to help a
poor woman "in trouble."
Women with money can afford to seek out a doctor.
Women without money depend on the Dr. Tillers of the world - or a coat
If my business was bombed and if I'd been shot twice,
I would've said, "My job is done"
and retired in peace.
Tiller chose to stay and fight and they murdered him.
Excerpt: Horror movies usually follow the same script.
The monster - whether genetically modified, abused as a child, or whatever
- picks off
the frightened teenagers one by one. After many
thrills and chills, the hero drives a stake through the heart of the beast.
Finally, just as
we're finishing off the last of our popcorn in
relief, the not-quite-dead monster makes one last attempt to dispatch the
hero. It fails, but
not before we've dumped popcorn all over our
If Wes Craven decided to make a horror movie out
of the last year of U.S. politics, he would definitely cast Dick Cheney
as the monster
that can't be silenced. The former vice president
is Leatherface, Jason, and Freddie Krueger all rolled into one: lawless,
unpredictable with firearms. He's had more sequels
than Chucky: White House chief of staff, House minority whip, secretary
CEO of Halliburton, vice president, and now rogue
In the last presidential elections, the voters
repudiated the Cheney legacy. But like Glenn Close in her final scene in
Cheney's not yet down for the count. As the various
TV appearances and his speech last week at the conservative think tank
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) suggest,
he's still got some fight in him.
"There are subtle ways they dance around
the race issue. 'When are we going to see the real Michelle Obama?' And you know what they're saying...
They're waiting for her to throw all his stuff on the White House lawn... They're waiting for Weezy to jump out." -- Wanda
"Why the mere relocation of imprisoned terrorists
from Gitmo to prisons in the United States is a moral issue
in the first place is by no means clear... But putting them within the jurisdiction
of liberal circuit court judges who can find reasons to turn them loose is
a much more serious issue." "
-- Thomas Tom Sewell, pretending he's more stupid than he really is,
Hey Thom Tom, if it's not about location, why did Bush send them
And those liberal judges who might "find a reason" to stop torturing
What if they're not guilty of any crimes?
The way we heard the story, our forces landed in Afghanistan and
"We'll give you $5,000 American for every
al Qaeda you point out."
At $5,000 a pop, I'm surprised we didn't kidnap hundreds of
thousands of goat herders.
Excerpt: “Ohh, isn’t it dangerous,” said an acquaintance
as I was extolling Egypt, where Obama is scheduled make a historic address
The Feb 22 terrorist bombing in Cairo that killed
a French schoolgirl gives one the wrong idea. I was there, in Hussein Sq.,
family park with palm trees, ice cream, and minaret-laden
mosques; a couple of days before. Cairo is actually amazingly relaxed,
peaceful, and safe, considering the grinding
poverty many people live under. One can walk anywhere as late as
3am, and never feel
threatened in the slightest, even girls. Try
that in Rio, or Mexico City, or Sao Paulo- other 20 million person megalopolises-
keep your money or life long. Mark it off to
the civilizing effect of Islam, which contrary to the image in the West,
is a pervasive social
contract with the people that punishes cruel,
dishonest, or violent behavior. The general attitude towards America
and the West,
even after the carnage in Gaza, is universally
warm and welcoming, maybe because a vote is actually possible there sometimes.
“Ah, America”, they say softly and longingly,...
“a good place.”
Excerpt: We begin tonight with a tale of two speeches
-- both from the same man, President Obama. One speech that
could have been billed as a ballad to the Constitution
-- a proclamation of American values, a repudiation of
the lawless behavior of the last presidential
administration. And another speech -- announcing a radical new claim
of presidentialpower that is not afforded by
the Constitution and that has never been attempted in American history,
even by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Remarkably, President Obama today made both those
speeches simultaneously. Standing in front of the actual,
original Constitution, Obama delivered a blistering
critique of Bush in which he called his legacy literally a mess.
It's gotta be tough times for Rachel Maddow, who shamelessly whored
herself to get Obama elected.
I remember one example, when one of the Clintons said something totally
harmless - it might've been Bill's
"incredibly racist" comparison of Obama to Jesse Jackson (which never
made any sense) Rachel said she
was overcome with physical nausea at the sheer viciousness
of his blatant racism ( my recollection)
That was pure horseshit and Rachel knew it was horseshit
when she said it
but she wanted her candidate to win and her credibility went out the
Basically, Rachel was Randi Rhodes with better manners.
Well, if any criticism of Obama is racism, isn't she the
I'm kidding, just to turn her own prejudices back on her.
Sidebar: I don't hate Rachel, I still kinda like her, in the same way I kinda
like Randi, and Caroline Kennedy
and Keith Olbermann and Rosie O'Donnell and Richard Belzer and Harry
Shearer and Arianna and
Bob Parry, and others, but when you whore for someone, when
you pretend that their polirtics and
yours are identical you have to realize they might eventually do something
that disappoints you.
Then everyone looks at you and says, "So, explain
yourself," and then you're stuck.
Rachel knows she lied to get Obama in power and now she's a little nervous.
Hey *I* am OK with Obama because I didn't wear the rose-colored glasses.
Christ, by Christmas, I'll be Obama's last friend.
Rachel, you sacrificed your credibility when you gave yourself
to Obama. In what universe is that
a good idea for a journalist? I get that Obama is/was a great,
new piece of America's future,
but why did you claim he was a million light-years from the politics
of Hillary Clinton?
Remember all the times people like Rachel called Hillary "Cheney light?"
Do those people feel stupid now?
Pre-emptive Strike And before you make the nutty claim that *I* whore for the Clintons
- I challenge you to quote me. Quote me where I ever said anything more glossy than Bill was, in my
opinion, the best president of the last 60 years.
Excerpt: "Borat" actor Sacha Baron Cohen and Eminem caused
a big stir Sunday at the live MTV Movie Awards.
Cohen, promoting his movie "Bruno" in which he
plays a gay Austrian fashionista, brought the house down.
Sweeping high above the studio on a harness, Cohen
hit an obstacle, spun down toward the audience and landed face down
in the lap of Eminem, sticking his naked ass
right in Eninem's face and exposing himself to millions of viewers live
Eminem stormed out in a heated rage after the
incident near Los Angeles where the live awards show was taking place.
How bad was it?
I think I'd rather be waterboarded.
You do not ambush a rich and powerful
man with anger issues this way.
I taped it and watched the playback and that's
not exactly how it happened.
I don't know how they did the choreography, but
Cohen's big ass landed in Eninem's face and
Eminem looked in to the camera and clearer than
Lake Concha, he barked at his body guards,
"Are you fucking serious? Get this mother-fucker
Trust me - if *I* had bodyguards and they let
happen to me,
getting fired and never working again would be
the least of their problems.
Geez, what were they waiting for - Cohen to orally
Security guards are notorious for overreacting,
but Eminem seemed to have Democratic bodyguards.
Their goal seemed to be wanting to be fair
to the possibly dangerous invader.
The whole point of body guards is prevention,
But if somebody hostile (I think this counts)
penetrates your security zone,
lives could soooo easily be lost - so how funny
is the joke then?
If Eminem fires his bodyguards, I guess they could always get a job
protecting Abe Lincoln.
Notice how MTV had Eminem on first - so when he
stormed out after the attack
they wouldn't have a five-minute hole in their
And why would MTV allow Cohen to humiliate an
At this writing Eminem holds the 2009 record
for top selling album. This is how MTV treats music's current top act?
Is Eminem hated by all and I somehow missed it?
Was that the joke?
That Eminem finally got what was coming
I don't get it.
If he pulled that shit on 50 Cent, would Cohen
be alive today?
If he pulled that shit on Snoop, would Cohen
be alive today?
If you read Hammer of the Gods, Zeppelin's
head of security Richard Cole wrote about
using a swift kick to extract teeth from possibly-innocent
people who had pierced the security zone.
Anybody remember Biggie and Tupac?
At the very, very, very least, the intruder should've
had to pay a price for that stunt.
But Eminem's "protectors" seemed satisfied to
push his attacker away - after the damage had been done.
If Eminem has half a sac, he's got new
bodyguards today and yesterday's sleepy weenies are out of work.
There are fun jokes and there are jokes that get
Why attack a powerful man who might have
a hair-trigger temper - on live TV?
And why would MTV allow Cohen to humiliate one
of their guests?
...and don't even bring up Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
What Cohen did was waaaaaaaaaay beyond insulting a dude with
I love American music, American movies, Bob Dylan,
the great food and the wonderful sites your great
nation has to offer. I love poker, Grand
Canyon, Dita von Teese, New York, San Fransisco and Jimmy Kimmel.
But at the present time, because I do not appreciate
being treated and screened and interrogated like some
terrorist criminal scum to be allowed to visit
your great country, I will not go on vacation to your beautiful country.
Too bad, you could use the money.
When will Obama make America sane again?
I miss you.
Ole, give us some time.
Obama's pretty busy putting out fires but maybe
we can get back to sanity soon.
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