Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rick's New Sewer

Today is Wednesday, 28 November 2012.

The great physicist Enrico Fermi, Nobelist and a father of The Bomb, died on this date in 1954.

Hater extraordinary, comically-failed Presidential candidate, and Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick "The Prick" Santorum has found another sewer from which (a la Herblock on Nixon) to emerge.

Santorum opposes the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.  Seems it's yet another insidious United Nations plot to enslave America.  (Santorum is perhaps best known for carting his son's corpse home from hospital, and forcing his other children to "play" with the corpse, so they'd "get to know him".  If that ain't child abuse, nothing is.)

Why won't Rick Sanctimonious tell us the entire truth:  that the plot is actually the creature of the Jew-nited Nations? 

Is he in their pocket too?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mo' Better Klan

Today is Sunday, 25 November 2012.
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
On this date in 1915, it was Thanksgiving.  At Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the temperature was bitterly below freezing, a dozen thugs braved the elements and gathered to inaugurate the second iteration of the Ku Klux Klan.  (Bullcrap mythologizing began early:  temperature records show a low of 45.)
While Klan2 would address secondary issues in a questfor "respectability", its core mission remained the same as Klan1’s:  the use of various means and degrees of terrorism to ensure the hegemony of segregation, the Second Slavery, and the continued economic hyper-exploitation of Black labour.  Behind all the fan dances of ideologies, the core mission of slaveries the world over and across all time remains the same:  simple, mass thievery of the fruits of the labour of slaves.  (And, as an added fringe "benefit", facilitating the mass rape of fully- and partially-enslaved women by males.)
Racism is the “justifying” ideology:  theft and rape are the actual, sordid appetites and goals.
In our time, this ideological filth deploys different fig leaves.  Enter, stage far-right, the Tea Party.
Until four years ago, Catherine Engelbrecht of Fort Bend County, Texas claims to have ignored politics to concentrate on motherhood and the family business in oil field machinery.
“Then in 2008, I don’t know, something clicked.  I saw our country headed in a wrong direction that, for whatever reason – it didn’t hit me until 2008 – this really threatens the future of our children.  (“Looking, Very Closely, for Voter Fraud”, by Stephanie Saul, The New York Times, 16 September 2012)
Engelbrecht is 42, which means she has been eligible to vote in Presidential elections since 1988.  And nothing clicked until … a n----r was elected President.  This inspired Engelbrecht to found "True the Vote", an organization ostensibly focused on combatting non-existent endemic voter fraud, but in reality the contemporary version of the poll tax, working to suppress voting by non-whites.
A Klan without sheets.  Isn’t that special?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today is Saturday, 24 November 2012.
When Ruptured Rupert Murdoch bought The Wall Street Journal in 2007, he boasted that it would soon replace The New York Times as the national newspaper and paper of record.  (How’s that workin’ out for ya, duck?) 
This from an autocrat whose most significant contribution to journalism would be the (admittedly enjoyable) Page Three Girls of The Sun, who posed fetchingly topless, and whose state of undress was complemented by “their” (wink wink) pronouncements on issues and events of the day.  (“Amber finds the evidence of global warming severely lacking.”)
As a long-time occasional reader of WSJ (and a daily reader while working on Wall Street), I found that a more genteel conservatism and parlour bigotry was replaced under Ruptured by unrelenting blunt force trauma.
Case in point:  a headline in the issue of 17-18 November – “How Mexico Invaded America”.  What seemed to promise armed border incursions by Federales, or at least illegal immigrants hoping to mow lawns, was in fact a review of three new books on the taco.
Rupert the Ruptured Reprobate.  (In the spirit of the season, these words may be sung to "Rudolph".)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fallin Is "Fallen"
Today is Friday, 23 November 2012.
Mary Fallin is the latest in the long line of OklaRepub governors who would be merely an embarrassment, were it not for the fact that she eagerly seizes every opportunity to degrade the lives of the vast majority of Oklahomans.

 "After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange,” Fallin sniffed recently.  “Any exchange that is [health care reform] compliant will necessarily be 'state-run' in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement."

"I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable.”  Even though the Federal government will fund the full cost of the expansion of Medicare to the poorest residents of Oklahoma from 2014 to 2016, then gradually reduce its share to 90% in 2022 and after, Fallin refuses to participate.

Fallin supports the lawsuit of Oklahoma’s attorney general against the Republican-inspired and -originated health care act, which Repubs now sneer at as “Obamacare”.  (Given the widespread racist bigotry in OklaRepub circles, it’s a wonder they don’t call it “coloredCare”.)

In theological terms, Fallin should be named “Fallen”.
The Second Coming of Petraeus?

Today is Thursday, 22 November 2012.
On this date in 1928, Ravel’s Bolero premiered in Paris.
Hoagy Carmichael, composer of the music for “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul”, was born this date in 1899 at Bloomington, Indiana, where he also attended college.  (I’ve had the honour of noodling around on a bar and grill piano that he would climb out the window of his dorm after curfew to play.)
It comes to my attention that a passel of nitwits, who shall remain unnamed out of an uncharacteristically-over-indulgent sense of pity on my part, are claiming that pathetic David Petraeus has “suffered” enough, has been sufficiently “rehabilitated”, and should therefore be nominated to succeed himself as CIA Director.
“O brave new world/That has such people in’t.”
During his career as a commissioned infantry officer, Petraeus spent 1 year out of 37 as a combat commander, or 2.7%.  Except for two short tours as company and brigade commander, his entire career until the Conquest of Iraq was spent as a staff officer.  In other words, until his command of the 101st Airborne during the Conquest, he had never commanded more than approx. 4,000 soldiers.  And even as Major General with the 101st, he “saw” combat from safe positions insulated from actual fighting.  (However, he can do a lot of push-ups, as well as pecker push-ins.)
The word mediocrite leaps unbidden to mind.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll, taken since the news of Petraeus debuted, gave him a 45% approval rating, down from 55% in March 2011 and 61% in September 2007 (both Gallup polls).  Apparently a wandering “member” exposing a CIA director to blackmail and thus potentially harming national security is of no concern to nearly half of Americans.
I might have been somewhat impressed, had Petraeus resigned his commission during the run-up to the Conquest of Iraq, warning of that which was obvious to hundreds of millions worldwide:  that the war was a criminal war of aggression under the Nuremberg Principles of international law, which could only replace one set of brutal and corrupt political gangsters with a fresh set of brutal and corrupt political gangsters, albeit one allegedly more amenable to the “guidance” of the United States Empire.
We are well rid of David Betrayus, even though millions of his ilk still degrade the world.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why Jane & Dick Can't Thimk

Today is Tuesday, 20 November 2012.
According to many conservative Christianists, the deity is a duplicitous and cruel asshole.
Their deity created a fossil record replete with dinosaurs, etc., consistent scientifically only with the view that Earth is some 4.5 billion years old.  Yet the deity actually created the Earth only 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, and, if you don’t believe that, you fry in hellfire forever.  What a wild and crazy sense of humour!  Coyote the trickster has nothing on him!
(A Gallup poll released last June showed that 46% of Americans believe that the Earth was created 10,000 or less years ago, a number which has remained constant since the question was first asked 30 years ago.)
Now comes Marc Rubio, Republi senator from Florida, and Legend in His Own Mind.
In a recent GQ interview, the MarcMan was asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?” 
“I’m not a scientist, man [such a common touch!].  I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.  Whether the Earth was created in seven days, or seven actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that.  It’s one of the great mysteries.”
No wonder, with weasels such as … pardon me, no reason to insult weasels.  With cynical power-lusters such as Rubio influencing the ideological climate, ‘tis no wonder so many American children are best by ignorance.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Breaking "Eggs"

Today is Monday, 19 November 2012.
According to the current doctrine of the War Department of the United States Empire (USE), collateral damage is “Unintentional or incidental injury or damage to persons or objects that would not be lawful military targets in the circumstances ruling at the time.  Such damage is not unlawful so long as it is not excessive in light of the overall military advantage anticipated from the attack.”
Put truthfully:  how many dead babies, children, and elderly is one allowed to murder in cold blood in the pursuit of “overall military advantage”?  And who weighs the lives in the balance?
And what a charming, demonic euphemism is the term ”unintentional” here.  All our strikes are surgical.  Valid, but only if one is accustomed to doing open-heart surgery with a sword rather than a scalpel.
Both Hamas and Israel are doing surgery with missiles, which by their very nature are incapable of distinguishing between innocents and the guilty.  The righteousness of a cause does not grant one the right to slay innocents in its defense.
I’m waiting to hear:  “One can’t make omelets without breaking eggs.”
Collateral damage is a war crime and a crime against humanity.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Today is Sunday, 18 November 2012.

In an editorial of this date, the Jerusalem Post said:
“A strong opening isn’t enough, you also have to know how to finish – and finish decisively. If it isn’t clear whether the ball crossed the goal-line or not, the goal isn’t decisive. The ball needs to hit the net, visible to all. What does a decisive victory sound like? A Tarzan-like cry [My italics.] that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated.

To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can’t bear, can’t live with, and our initial bombing campaign isn’t it.

THE DESIRE to prevent harm to innocent civilians in Gaza will ultimately lead to harming the truly innocent: the residents of southern Israel. The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.

Why do our citizens have to live with rocket fire from Gaza while we fight with our hands tied? Why are the citizens of Gaza immune? If the Syrians were to open fire on our towns, would we not attack Damascus? If the Cubans were to fire at Miami, wouldn’t Havana suffer the consequences? That’s what’s called “deterrence” – if you shoot at me, I’ll shoot at you. There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.  [My italics.]

There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.

Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.

This comes at least perilously near to a call for and a rationalization of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Speaking of Whoring...

Today is Saturday, 17 November 2012.

If Petraeus can't be trusted to be faithful to his wife of 37 years, why should one credit with belief any of his sworn testimony before a Congressional committee?
At Least He Wasn't Whoring

Today is Friday, 16 November 2012.

Senator John McCain, the 76-year old man-child famously beaten by Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election, has thrown another tantrum.

When asked by a reporter why he been absent from a classified committee briefing on the Benghazi Incident, Big Bad John exploded.

“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media.”  (Or, through the media, to the citizens of Arizona and the United States.)  “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not.”

McCain played hooky from his responsibility as a Senator to prance and pontificate at a press conference, such preening opportunities before the press obviously over-riding his responsibility as a Senator.  Obviously, it would have been impossible to delay the fan-dancing until after fulfilling his Senatorial obligations.

Perhaps we should be grateful that McCain wasn’t whoring about on his second wife, as he whored about on his first.  (At least not during the press conference.)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mitt and the Hobgoblins

Today is Thursday, 15 November 2012.

On this date in 1930, one of the great 20th century writers, J. G. Ballard, was born.  Long ghettoized as a science fiction writer, he described his interest as “inner space”.  If you don’t know his work, begin with the moving short story, “The Voices of Time” (1960).  “You're not alone, Powers, don't think you are. These are the voices of time, and they're all saying goodbye to you ... every particle in your body, every grain of sand, every galaxy carries the same signature ... you know what the time is now, so what does the rest matter?”
In Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes:  “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

In at least two phone calls to top donors, the day after the humiliating conclusion of his grab at President, Mitt said the following.

"What the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote.  With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift.” 

“Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women.  And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."

"You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you're now going to get free health care, particularly if you don't have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge.  Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group."
And they all drive welfare Cadillacs, so they can fit in all those out-of-wedlock piccaninnies.  (Obviously, whores like that tend to forget to use the free contraceptives.)  Certainly, no “white” folks will benefit from the Affordable Care Act, no “whites” secure student loans or contraceptives, no “whites” receive any benefits from the government, etc.
Mitt the 47% White Supremacist racist never left:  he just went into temporary seclusion with his hobgoblins.
seclusion with his hobgoblins.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Joe, You Never Left Us

Today is Wednesday, 14 November 2012.
Joe McCarthy was born this date in 1908.

The fundamental, abiding, and gross sewer hypocrisy of the leaders of the Repub Party is again displayed in their attacks on Susan Rice as UN Ambassador regarding the Benghazi Incident. 
“I am shocked, shocked!”
These reprobates know full well that information on such a fluid situation is almost always initially confused, and much is downright wrong.  Yet, they gleefully press their attacks, very likely because it’s a twofer:  they’re enabled to slander two Blacks at once.
(I did enjoy the clownish J. McCain’s characterization of Rice as “not being very bright.”  This from the adulterer who chose Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate!)

Joe smiles in his grave.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Today is Monday, 12 November 2012.
On this date in 1969, the great journalist Seymour Hersh moved news of the My Lai/My Khe massacres across the AP wire.
At least 547 “gooks” or ”slopes”,  in the slanguage of the time, were murdered.
One of the inevitable consequences of subdividing humanity into “races”, which in fact do not exist in reality, and are entirely malignant social constructs, is that inculcating notions of racial superiority makes it oh-so-much-easier to stir people into atrocities against their perceived enemies.  This is the case whether the construct is fashioned to be “white”, Aryan, English, American, etc. ad nauseum.
Killing the not-quite-human-as-us becomes a moral duty of sanitation, and consequently much easier on the killers.
Armistice Day

Today is Sunday, 11 November 2012.

A story for this day:

Special thanks to all those who supported the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan with their mouths, but were cowards who left the killing, dying, and being harmed to others.

I hope you can't live with yourselves.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In Memory:  Ken Saro-Wiwa
Today is Saturday, 10 November 2012.
One of the last things I do every evening, or, failing that, one of the first every morning, is to consult, on the Wikipedia Main Page, “On this day…” 

I believe that one of the central things which distinguishes persons who choose to define themselves as objects (or allow themselves to be defined as objects, usually under the impact of seemingly-overwhelming power), and those who choose to define themselves as subjects (in the existential sense of acting, instead of merely being acted upon), is a continuously renewed sense of one’s place in the continuum of the history of humanity, the planet, and the universe.

On this date in 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa of Nigeria was assassinated by hanging, by the military dictatorship of General S. Abacha.  His crime:  playing a leadership role in nonviolently defending his Ogoni people against the environmental destruction occasioned by the international petroleum industry, particularly Royal Dutch Shell.  I recall keenly taking part in a subsequent protest, I believe at the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations.

When this murder was recalled to me last night, I suddenly felt incredibly old, as it seems so green in my memory. To remember and honour those such as Saro-Wiwa helps to preserve our own humanity.

Friday, November 09, 2012

I Do...
Today is Friday, 9 November 2012.
On this date in 1965, Roger La Porte of the Catholic Worker Movement set himself afire in front of the United Nations, a call for an end to Indochina War.
On this date in 1979, NORAD screens showed a massive incoming Soviet missile attack, and the USE prepared to launch.  Then some bright soul thought to look at the live radar feed, and saw no such thing.  A technician said:  “Shit!  I accidentally loaded a missile attack training tape?  I thought it was Hendrix, man.”  Unfortunately, a true story.  (Well, except for the Hendrix part.)

I do … demand a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage.  I do … demand the immediate repeal of the Defense of Marriage (DoM) Act, in reality the Protection of Homophobia Act.
Why should the DoMers stop with same-sex marriage?  Let’s see some real moral gumption and logical consistency:  ban marriage between persons of colour and “whites”, Jews and anyone but Jews, etc.

And if they justify it with the “Christian nation” scam, then let’s really get down with the Bible:  polyester is of Satan, as is eating fat, not combing one’s hair, women attending church until 33 days after delivering a boy (66 days if a girl), reaping to the edge of a field, eating grapes fallen on the ground in your vineyard, not paying employees at the end of every shift, not standing in the presence of the elderly, etc.
Why is it the DoMers are so sexually obsessed?  Hmmm…

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Eat More Crap!
Today is Thursday, 8 November 2012.
On this date in 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovers the X-ray.

I frequently find “Personal Health”, the Tuesday column in The New York Times by Jane E. Brody, to be quite informative and useful.  Unfortunately, her column of 30 October (“There’s Homework to Do on School Lunches”) harbours a glaring omission.

She correctly notes that “many parents, pressed for time, money, or both, don’t introduce their children to foods that foster good nutrition and a healthy weight, allowing them instead to feast mainly on produce-poor fast foods that are high in fat, calories and salt”.
Often true, so far as it goes.  However, a culprit at least as significant is the American legal fiction that corporations are people too, guaranteeing them a right to free speech, which they employ by flooding the media with advertising which pressures children in the direction of a diet filled with (profitable) crap.
Until this abhorrent legal travesty is reversed, and the media promotion of unhealthy foods is banned, our society will continue to produce increasing numbers of the over-weight and obese, with all the health problems that entails.
I suppose that is one route to population control…
Similar situation obtains in K-12 education.  Nintendo, etc. could care less if children learn, so long as they buy buy buy and self-anesthetize.

Turn it off and bury your nose in a good book!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"Say good night, Dick"

Today is Wednesday, 7 November 2012.

Gracious concession speech, my ass.
When one has spent one’s entire Presidential campaign promoting sexism, homophobia, racism, militarism, imperialism, rationalizing rape, stomping the “Little People” further into the dirt, crapping on 47% of the population, wallowing in “partisan bickering and political posturing” ...

"I so wish - I so wish thatI had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction"  To hell in a hand basket:  no thanks.
Ain’t no way to be gracious about evil.
It were better that you tie a millstone around your neck and hurl yourself into the depths of the sea.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Today is Tuesday, 6 November 2012.
It is Presidential Election Day in the United States Empire.
Adolph Sax, creator of the eponymous musical instrument, was born this day in 1814.
John Philip Sousa, “The March King”, was born on this date in 1854.
Austrian novelist Robert Musil was born on this date in 1880.  He is best known as the author of one of the great modernist novels, Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (The Man Without Qualities). 
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky died on this date in 1893.
On this date in 1944, the first plutonium was produced; the USE would use it to fuel the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
On this date in 1971, in the Aleutians, the USE detonated its largest-ever underground nuclear explosion.  (In 1973, your author conversed at a cocktail reception with Edward Teller, a co-creator of the thermonuclear bomb.)

Why not to vote for Mitt presents an embarrassment of riches.
As noted in an earlier column, Mitt was a white supremacist racist until age 31, at the behest of his Mormon masters.
Mitt believes in the inferiority of females to males, again at the behest of his Mormon masters.
Mitt believes he is on the path into being transformed into one of a plague of ”gods”, yet again at the behest of his Mormon masters.

His political “philosophy”, such as it is, is founded on the contempt of a spoiled rich brat for the elderly, the physically- and mentally-challenged, the poor, the “non-white”, etc.

With both hands, Mitt is a taker, not a giver.

Barack Obama, while too conservative for your author’s taste, frequently displays compassion for the down-trodden and oppressed.
Obama’s policies are, in the greater part, constructive rather than destructive, as those of Mitt and the Repugnican party are.
The Museum of the Bourgeois urgently endorses the re-election of President Barack Obama.
The Museum of the Bourgeois urgently endorses all referendums to legalize same-sex marriage.

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Divine Mr. M?

Today is Monday, 5 November 2012.
Today is the birthday of Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), labor leader and Socialist Party stalwart, imprisoned for the crime of speaking out against American participation in World War One.  In 1920, his campaign buttons read:  "For President - Convict No. 9653".
It will come as no surprise that many politicians have egos which are, to say the least, abundantly healthy.
As a good Mormon, Mitt Romney does most of them one better.
In an 1844 sermon known as the “King Follett Discourse”, Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, said:  God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! … It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did.” [my italics]

Do we really need a President so delusional that he (pardon, almost He) believes he’s on the fast track to becoming a divinity? Do you really want such a finger (pardon, almost Finger) on the nuclear trigger?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran

Today is Sunday, 4 November 2012.
Americans generally delight to forget that the United States Empire has been making war upon the Iranian people since 1953, when the CIA overthrew the elected civilian government of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh, and re-installed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (“the Shah”, whose daddy had been, not of imperial blood, but a semi-literate military coup-maker deposed by the British in 1941 for his Nazi sympathies) as dictator.
Replacing a parliamentary democracy with an absolute monarchy:  what a concept!
Years of corruption, misrule, and murder led the Shah, in the face of increasing public resistance, to flee the country on 16 January 1979, thus ending the Pahlavi monarchy (although his son, in good comic-opera style, pretends to be Shah).  He then lived on his ill-gotten gains in Egypt, Morocco, the Bahamas, and Mexico, and developed a gallstone condition which required surgery.  At the insistence of David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger (a thug who knows a thing or two about war crimes and crimes against humanity), Pahlavi was allowed to travel to New York City for treatment.  The safe harbour given Pahlavi was interpreted by most of the Iranian people as a continuation of the American war, and resulted in the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran, and the taking of American hostages, on this date in 1979.
Pahlavi left the USE on 15 December 1979, moving to Egypt, where he died on 27 July 1980.
Fast-forward to now: economic sanctions have been deployed, and USE military action threatened, because Iran may be developing a nuclear bomb.
This from the only country ever to drop The Bomb on human beings.

Your author was archivist at the Oklahoma State University Library in Stillwater from 1975 to 1980.  In those days, OSU had a large number of Iranian students enrolled in petroleum and engineering programs.  After the embassy seizure, Iranian students (and those who “looked like one”) were subjected to verbal obscenities and physical attacks.  This culminated in a rally, on the Library plaza, to ostensibly support the hostages, but which more closely resembled a Klan rally, with signs such as “Sand Niggers Go Home”.
I had stationed myself near the speakers, shouting commentary about their racist statements.  One of their main complaints concerned the burning of American flags. When the hate-fest culminated in the burning of an Iranian flag, I seized the flag and put out the fire.  I was attacked, and spared a beating only because a rally leader said, “Not in front of the cameras!”
(Humorous side note:  the rally was featured on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, where I was promoted to “Dean of the Libraries”.  The actual Dean freaked, and made me promise that, were he to be called before an investigatory committee of the state legislature, I would explain the misidentification.  I was delighted to oblige.  Alas, no such committee was ever impaneled; I would have enjoyed giving them an earful.)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Presidential Aspirant

Today is Saturday, 3 November 2012.
Jonathan Harris, who won fame as Dr. Zachary Smith on Lost in Space, died this date in 2002 (born 6 November 1914).
On this date in 1986, what became known as the Iran-Contra Crimes burst into public view, when the Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa revealed that the Ronald Reagan regime was secretly engaged in the crime of selling weapons to the neo-fascist religious dictatorship in Iran, ostensibly in a bid to secure the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
And suddenly, the multiply-felonious minions of the Great Communicator, the Patron Saint of Manly Brush Clearing, the Tanned-and-Ready White Man on Horseback, scrambled desperately to re-tool Big Bad Ron into the Great Napper, the Out-of-Touch Senior Citizen Barely Capable of Doddering to the Presidential Crapper and Back While Zipping It Up and Not Soiling Himself, the Sgt. Schultz of America:  “I know nothing!  Nothing!”

What does it tell us that every Repubnican President beginning with Nixon reveled in criminally betraying his oath of office and the public trust? 
That a President Mitt would fit right in.

Friday, November 02, 2012

No Sense of Decency?
Today is Friday, 2 November 2012.

I’ve seen a number of self-described evangelical Christians on TV saying that they’re voting Romney, because he’s anti-choice (well, at least during this election cycle).
How do they justify voting for a believer in a concocted religion which is a mocking burlesque of the faith they claim to hold?  (Joe Smith was the Lafayette Ron Hubbard of 1820s America.)
First, there’s Smith’s use of “peep stones”, also known as “seer stones”.  These were rocks which one put in the bottom of an upside-down hat, concealing them from the sun with either hand or head, which enabled one to see, super X-ray like,  lost objects or buried treasures in the ground.  Smith’s family organized treasure expeditions, conning locals into investing in the hunt, in exchange for a proportionate sheer of the booty.  Smith also claimed to use a peep stone or stones in translating the golden tablets which became the foundation of Mormonism.  Jesus did it all the time.
Second, there is Smith’s unseemly and apparently boundless appetite for women as sex objects, including women at least as young as 14.  Jesus also did it all the time.
Third, there’s the problem of infinitely continual revelation by the Mormon leadership, which includes the suspension of polygamy (at a time when Federal troops were poised to invade Utah) and the rejection of the alleged sub -humanity of Blacks (as noted in my column of 25 October, “Mitt Klux Klan”).
According to Apostle Bruce McConkie (in 1978):  We have now had added a new flood of intelligence and light on this particular subject, and it erases all the darkness and all the views and all the thoughts of the past. They don’t matter any more.... It doesn’t make a particle of difference what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June of this year. [my italics]”
Whatever happened to “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13.8)?  Offer not valid when it comes to Blacks?

All this and more is counted as nothing by certain evangelical Christians, when it comes to installing Big Government as overlord of every woman’s body.

“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

Thursday, November 01, 2012

White Trash Talk
Today is Thursday, 1 November 2012.

I’m beyond disgusted by white-wingers … err, white right-wingers, who accuse President Obama of “pandering” when he addresses predominately Black audiences, by ”talking Black”.
This means you, Smugger … err, Tucker Carlson, Matt Sludge, most everyone at Fox “News”, etc.
(I deeply object to the slandering of a noble animal, the fox, by stealing its name to promote neo-fascism.  Call it “Sewer News”, with the catchphrase, “We never flush!  You wallow in shit!”)

What they mean is:  Obama isn’t talking “white”.  (Pink, if one wishes to be accurate, unless one is hallucinating a race of albinos.)

Pray tell, what would “talking white” be?  Orson Welles?  Ann Romney?  A semi-literate Kluxer from a segregated village in Mississippi?  The delightfully-late William Fraud Buckley,  Jr., with his surgically  turned-up snout?    The ignorant-but-arrogant dog-abusing and misogynistic homophobe, Richie Mitt?

What they mean is, that “talking white” is the natural talk, Massa-talk, and that all other “talks” are the products of sub-humans.

What “these people” really want are slaves to work to death and rape.