Somebody didn’t get the memo…

February 24, 2011

Wasn’t there some memo circulated around the DNC about toning down the violent rhetoric after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting?

I’m betting that Capuano is now wishing his life had a Rewind/Delete switch:

At the very least, he needs a Mute button.


And why, exactly, have we not heard about this?

January 23, 2011

The question is rhetorical, of course: we know why this didn’t receive the same coverage as Loughner’s attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

In his “About Me” box on Facebook, Brezik listed as his favorite quotation one from progressive poster boy, Che Guevara. The quote begins “Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism” and gets more belligerent from there.

On his wall postings, Brezik ranted, “How are we the radical(s) (left) to confront the NEW RIGHT, if we avoid confrontation all together?”

As good as his word, Brezik’s marched on Toronto in June 2010 to protest the G20 Summit, where he was arrested, charged, and deported. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,” he boasted.

Oh, no– no media bias here, not at all.

And people wonder why I’m a cynical bastard.

Was WikiLeaks a False Flag operation?

January 2, 2011

It’s possible. The idea has occurred to me in the past; to date, nothing that WikiLeaks has published is truly damaging ( I speak in terms of national security; the damage to personal reputations is something different ). Hell, from a certain perspective, the US State Department comes of looking like it’s actually doing its job. Seriously– who doesn’t think that the Saudis “will fight to the last American”?

But, why then the persecution of Julian Assange– or, rather, why such an obviously contrived persecution of Julian Assange? Any half-way decent espionage agency could have “retired” Assange with little fuss or muss. Why then the high-profile, low-plausibility rape charge? I suspect that there has either been 1) a serious experience-drain amongst our intelligence agencies, or (something I suspect may be closer to the truth) 2) this is a part of a proxy-war between one or more of our intelligence agencies against the Obama Administration.

Stop for a second and let that sink in: one of the alphabet soup companies has decided to take the President down a peg. If that doesn’t worry you, then you’re taking anti-anxiety drugs the likes of which my doctor won’t prescribe me.

FB has left the building.

December 24, 2010

Ferdinand Bardamu, host of In Mala Fide, has announced that he has left the building.

I envy the bastard– he got out before I did. It’ll take me another 6 months before I can start shopping my resume around for new jobs, and even then, I’m limited by my medical needs (my cancer came back in September–chemo sucks). Still, even if I’m forced to remain close to where I am, anything away from where I am now will be an improvement.

I drink to FB’s success tonight– he deserves his props.

I’ve been much remiss in this…

December 11, 2010

This is Ferdinand Bardamu’s post on Anna Ardin & Sofia Wilens, the two feminists who brought “rape” charges against Julian Assange in retaliation for WikiLeaks’ release of US State department cables.

My personal opinion of Assange notwithstanding, I view the release of the US State Department cables as a good thing overall; if nothing else, it will convince the powers that be to stop waltzing around with their bare asses swinging in the wind. More importantly, it weakens the establishment– and the establishment has been anything but a friend to the people of the United States.

Edit: The Unfrozen Caveman links to an article on Wikileaks by Fred Reed, which sums up the situation nice and neat:

    Two ways exist of looking at Wikileaks, the site that publicizes secret military documents and videos. The first is held self-interestedly by the Pentagon and by Fox News, the voice of an angry lower-middle class without too much education. These believe that Wikileakers are traitors, haters of America, who give aid and comfort to the enemy and endanger the lives of Our Boys.

    Implicit in the Foxian view is a vague idea that the leaks give away important—well, stuff. You know, maybe frequencies of something or other, or locations of ambushes or, well, things. Important things. The Taliban will use this information to kill American soldiers. The notion is vague, as are those who hold it, but emotionally potent.

    The other view, held usually by people who have some experience of Washington, is that the Pentagon is worried not about the divulging of tactical secrets, but about public relations. Wikileaks doesn’t endanger soldiers, insists this way of looking at things, but the war itself, and all the juiceful contracts and promotions and so on entailed by wars.

    Which is obvious if you look at what the military (the president, remember, is commander-in-chief) actually does. Remember the military’s frantic efforts to suppress the photos of torture at Abu Ghraib, photos of prisoners lying in pools of blood while grinning girl soldiers play with them? These had zero tactical importance. They did however threaten to arouse the Pentagon’s worst enemy.

    The American public. (Emphasis Mine.)

And that’s it in a fucking nutshell: Wikileaks threatens to wake the American Public the fuck up. There’s a generational conflict brewing right now between those who maintain the status quo (those who rule ) and those who would change the country ( those who foot the bill ). Wikileaks gives that conflict a huge push.

It’s all about the numbers.

November 16, 2010

(With a tip o’ the hat to the blog)

So, why hasn’t Ted Rall been charged with incitement to domestic terrorism?

November 14, 2010

Hard on the heels of “Timmy Tantrum” Wise’s projecting screech at the “White Right” over the Republican victories in the Mid-Terms, we have Ted “Tough Talk” Rall calling for the overthrow of the US government:

We can wait for the system to collapse of its own accord, for the rage of the downtrodden and dispossessed to build, for chaos of some sort to expose and destroy it. But implosion might take a long time. And when it happens, we may find ourselves even more powerless than we are now. They — the hardcore, racist, undereducated, fundamentalist Christian, anti-civil liberties Right — are preparing to step into the breach, to seize power. They can’t wait to unleash their venomous hatred on the city-dwelling commie hipster fags they despise. They are armed. They recognize that the system is doomed. They’ve seen this coming. They’re organized and willing to merge their disparate brands of conservatism under a common
leadership. Most importantly, they get it. They don’t need to be convinced that everything is in play. They’re putting it in play.

You must change that. You must become strong. You must organize. You must do whatever it takes to oppose the system.When you get the chance, you must destroy it. If you don’t kill it, it will die nonetheless. But it will drag us down along with it. That is what happened to the Russians. Though some Marxist analysts attribute the events of 1991 to counterrevolutionary forces — the politicians who gathered around Boris Yeltsin certainly fit the bill in some respects — the Soviet government wasn’t actually toppled. It collapsed. Broke and ideologically exhausted, its adherence to revolutionary socialist principles having devolved to mere lip service, the very idea of government as a viable and necessary entity withered and disappeared. Power decentralized. Without an organized group of opposition leaders poised to take the reins, the vacuum was filled by former factory managers and gangsters who backed the men who morphed into Russia’s present-day oligarchs.

Revolution, though bloody and terrifying, would have been easier than the slow convulsions of collapse. So it will be here.

If the U.S. government is going to collapse anyway, it behooves us to first replace it with something that can stand in its place. Unless we act, we’ll have to deal with a post-collapse scenario, in which we’ll have to fend off roving criminal gangs, hoodlums, predatory corporations, oppressive residual government entities, and an emboldened political right.

(All italics are mine.)

Could you imagine the shit-storm that would fly were a Tea Partier to say something like this–let alone write a book advocating it?

Of course, “Tough Talk Ted” doesn’t want to do any of hard stuff like leading his revolution:

Well, that’s not what this book is about. I don’t want to lead a revolution — not because I’m not willing, but because I wouldn’t be good at it. I’m not wired that way. I’ve never even been a community organizer.

No, no, no– Teddy wants other people to do all that sweaty, messy stuff like fighting and dying. Wouldn’t want the cartoonist to ruin his manicure, now–would we?

Ted is that guy at the back of the crowd who likes to egg people on when a barfight is brewing, but is the first to run for the exit when the shit begins to fly. Ted Rall is no Bill Ayers.

I don’t think I’ll hold my breath waiting for the FBI to pick up Teddy.