Sunday, June 29, 2008

Of Virulent Men

In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Sun, John McCain was questioned about why he didn't ask Gov. Jim Gibbons to chair his Nevada campaign. McCain has no problem sharing his mind:

"McCain: I appreciate his support. As you know, the lieutenant governor is our chairman.

Q: Why snub the governor?

McCain: I didn't mean to snub him. I've known the lieutenant governor for 15 years and we've been good friends....I didn't intend to snub him. There are other states where the governor is not the chairman.

Q: Maybe it's the governor's approval rating and you are running from him like you are from the president?

McCain: (Chuckling) And I stopped beating my wife just a couple of weeks ago . . . "

There it is! See it? He's fucking clutch with that side-step. We've seen it a hundred times after serious questions are presented at his town hall meetings. This one, unfortunately, is different.

In October 2006, a woman accused Jim Gibbons of attempted sexual assault in a parking garage. Gibbons claimed he was helping her to her car. They both admitted to drinking alcohol at McCormick and Schmick's restaurant in Las Vegas.

McCain's attempts at humor seem to be as violently misogynistic as his outbursts of rage. I wouldn't be surprised if this asshole was quietly working a turn-around on our 19th Amendment.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Great Infinite

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Collects Scientific Treasure.

"We are awash in chemistry data," said Michael Hecht of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, lead scientist for the Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer, or MECA, instrument on Phoenix. "We're trying to understand what is the chemistry of wet soil on Mars, what's dissolved in it, how acidic or alkaline it is. With the results we received from Phoenix yesterday, we could begin to tell what aspects of the soil might support life."

We should have been here twenty years ago. It's a shame the human species is currently devoted to spending all of it's time and resources killing itself.

NASA's budget allowance since 2003 has been 93.5 billion.

The War in Iraq is rapidly reaching the overwhelming toll of 550 billion.

So stick another fucking magnet on your gas-guzzling SUV and enjoy your sad frozen TV dinners in the faint glow of American Idol auditions.

To sum it up with the gentle yet assuring words of Captain Picard:

Oh no! It's all up to YOU again!

A recent e-mail dispatch from Hillary Clinton reads:

"Dear X,

I made a promise to you, and I intend to keep it.

I told you that if you stood up for me, I would always stand up for you. You did more for me than I could have ever imagined, and I'm going to keep my end of the bargain and keep fighting for what we believe in -- in the Senate and on the campaign trail, helping to elect a new Democratic president and a bigger Democratic majority in Congress.

That relationship will endure thanks to the remarkable journey you and I have shared. But there's something else -- less endearing and I hope less enduring -- that our campaign has left behind: our substantial campaign debt.

I'm so grateful for all you've done for me -- all the ways you have given your time, energy, and financial resources. But today I am asking once again for your help ridding our campaign of debt so we can keep fighting together.

Contribute today to help us reduce our campaign debt.

As you know, I had to loan money to my campaign at critical moments. I'm not asking for anyone's help to pay that back. That was my investment and my commitment because I believe so deeply in our cause.

But I do need your help paying the debts we accrued to others over the course of this campaign. We put everything we had into winning this race, and we came just about as close as you can.

I will never regret the energy, effort, and passion we put into one of the closest and most expensive primary contests in history. But I need your help to move on to the next phase of our journey together.

Your contribution today will help us pay down our campaign debt.

You've done so much for me over the past 17 months, and I can never thank you enough. But I hope you know how much I appreciate everything you put into our campaign.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. Everywhere I go, people tell me what a big difference our campaign has made in their lives. Let's keep working together throughout 2008 and beyond to advance the causes we believe in and to advocate alongside people whose voices need to be heard."


I might have been a bit less cynical if she had mentioned Obama ONCE in this pompous "I Love Me" sermon.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The American Dream

A recent article at The Huffington Post made everything ok:

"NEW YORK -- An Italian architect said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be "the world's first building in motion," an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.
The spinning floors, hung like rings around an immobile cement core, would offer residents a constantly changing view of the Persian Gulf and the city's futuristic skyline."

Oh look at how it sparkles. Every time I fill my gas tank I'll close my eyes and try to imagine this stupid fucking building. Isn't it amazing what four bucks a gallon buys you?

Dubai. The American Dream.

Aren't you proud?

On a Lighter Note


Don't forget to vote for McCain!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Politics Triumph Science

Raiding California with commentary by Drew Carey:

The DEA seems to be hard at work fighting our "War on Drugs".

The Federal Trial for Charles C. Lynch is set for July 22, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.

U.S. District Court
Courtroom 10
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

They Say It's Worth It

Watch. Puke. Revolt.

The War in Iraq costs $720 Million a day.
That's $500,000 a minute.
That's $8333 a second.
Find out more here:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cannabis, Cancer, and Why You Aren't Adult Enough to Know

Paul Armento over at NORML posted an article up at The Huffington Post regarding something I've been personally researching for a while: What Your Government Knows About Cannabis And Cancer -- And Isn't Telling You.

Sadly, this information is not hypothetical:

"In fact, the first experiment documenting pot's potent anti-cancer effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest federal bureaucrats. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana's primary psychoactive component, THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."

WHAT?!?! This can't be. So what did they do?

"However, rather than publicize their findings, the U.S. government shelved the results, which only became public after a draft copy of its findings were leaked to the medical journal AIDS Treatment News, which in turn forwarded the story to the national media."

Nice. Shelve that shit. Not important I guess. Well, others didn't think so. I suggest you skeptics follow the links if you'd like to read the certified medical documentation:

"Fortunately, in the past 10 years scientists overseas have generously picked up where U.S. researchers so abruptly left off, reporting that cannabinoids can halt the spread of numerous cancer cells -- including prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and brain cancer. (An excellent paper summarizing much of this research, "Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment: Progress and Promise," appears in the January 2008 edition of the journal Cancer Research.) A 2006 patient trial published in the British Journal of Cancer even reported that the intracranial administration of THC was associated with reduced tumor cell proliferation in humans with advanced glioblastoma."

Sadly, our nation's Pharmaceutical Companies cannot have us producing our own medicine in our backyard with light, air, and water. No matter how effective it's medicinal properties are.

Paul goes a bit more in depth in this video about the ridiculously safe therapeutic process that marijuana provides to cancer hosts:

Inhumane. Fucking INHUMANE.

Call of Duty 5 Preview

When Treyarch released a lackluster Call of Duty 3, Infinity Ward pulled it's weight and saved the franchise with the ground-breaking Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare last November. I have to admit, I spent a good few months on the couch. I bought a brand new 47" LCD HMDI TV because of Call of Duty 4. The game just fucking brought it.

Well, seeing as the two game devs rotate every other CoD so they can release one per year, Treyarch is up.

I have to admit, I was pretty disappointed when I saw it was another WWII game. However, it looks like they managed to secure the eye candy part. Lets just hope they can produce the intensely fun and balanced multiplayer that Infinity Ward managed to DEFINE.

Check it out,

There is a MASSIVE widescreen HD version here.

The rambo plunge-stab looked a bit too dramatic. Hopefully that was purely a cut-scene animation.

House Dems Are A Cheap Fucking Date

Steve Soto over at The Left Coaster brings insight to an issue I've been trying to remain cool with. Unfortunately, it seems a good amount of House Democrats have been bought out on approving immunity in last weeks FISA bill.

Steve writes of a press release,

"On March 14 of this year the House passed an amendment that rejected retroactive immunity for phone carriers who helped the National Security Agency carry out the illegal wiretapping program without proper warrants. Ninety-four House Democrats voted in favor of this measure--rejecting immunity--on March 14, then ‘changed’ to vote in favor of the June 20 House bill--approving immunity.

“Why did these ninety-four House members have a change of heart?” asked Daniel Newman, executive director of, “Their constituents deserve answers.”'s research department compiled PAC campaign contributions from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint and correlated them with the voting records of all House members who voted on last week’s FISA bill. (The analysis used data from CRP; contributions were from January 2005 through March 2008). Here are the findings:

Comparing Democrats' Votes (March 14th and June 20th votes):

Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint gave PAC contributions averaging: $8,359 to each Democrat who changed their position to support immunity for Telcos (94 Dems)

$4,987 to each Democrat who remained opposed to immunity for Telcos (116 Dems)

88 percent of the Dems who changed to supporting immunity (83 Dems of the 94) received PAC contributions from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint during the last three years (Jan. 2005-Mar. 2008). See below for list of these 94 Dems."

All I can think about this situation is:

Expect some quick cover-ups and textbook apologies.

Placebo Patriotism

Well, someone did it. Criticizing the POW experience of an American servicemember can be a touchy subject, especially when that person is Johnny McBombBomb.

I've also found this charming video which was put together by the inmates who were left to ROT by their fearless leader:

Looks like our buddy John cracked under pressure, and has been working diligently to keep it under wraps. Nice work John.

Monday, June 23, 2008

John McCain and Medicinal Marijuana

What a senile skin-sack of organs. John McCain is the only 2008 candidate who openly disregards the powerful medicinal properties of cannabis. He is also the only 2008 candidate who has no idea about the DEA raids on qualifying medical patients and clinics, and had no problem shrugging the issue off when he pledged to arrest the sick and dying.

Check it out for yourself:

What a side-stepping codger fuck.

FISA Capitulation and Why You Should Still Vote

I've seen alot of people jumping ship and threatening to not vote this election cycle or vote for McSame.

What part of the capitulation on FISA are you still confused about?

It fucking blows. It means that Obama is the lesser of two evils.

There is a time when it makes sense to take a stand and say "NO MORE" to voting for the lesser of two evils. This is not that time. The Scalito faction has 4 of the 9 votes. 4 years of McCain gives them 6-7 of the 9 votes.

The Scalito faction believes:

  • That we are at "war" with radical Islam, although there has been no Declaration of War as required by Article 1.
  • That this "war" justifies suspending basic rights such as habeas corpus and the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments.
  • That the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts don't actually mean what they say. The Scalito gang would probably approve a Poll Tax.
  • That the current weak campaign finance reform laws are unconstituional. That is, while they would happy approve a Sedition Law imprisoning people for disagreeing with the government during war, they would argue that limits on campaign contributions are an unconstitutional abridgment of free speech.
  • They also would find that any restrictions on media consolidation to be an abridgement of free press.
    Taken together the last 3 points mean that under a Scalito government: the media would be even more one-sided than during 2002 and 2003; vote supression tactics would be widespread and more severe than since the end of Jim Crow; and corporations could openly buy elections.

You think the above are exaggerations? They are not -- read their dissenting opinions over the past 16 years.

For this reason, this is a time when the right thing to do is vote for the lesser of two evils.

Also, let's not confuse ourselves here and imagine that Hillary, in the same position, would not have capitulated. She's as much a triangulator as Bill and Obama are. As Krugman has documented, neither Clinton nor Obama talked much about progressive issues until Edwards forced them to.