Wednesday, April 30, 2008

If "Intelligent Design" Accurately Explains Creation, Then "God" Is A Sick, Sadistic Fuck-up On Cosmic Scale

So says Prof. (and formerly Father) Francisco Ayala, an evolutionary biologist and geneticist at Cal/Irvine. The story's in the NYtimes yesterday:
Dr. Ayala, a former Dominican priest, said he told his audiences not just that evolution is a well-corroborated scientific theory, but also that belief in evolution does not rule out belief in God. In fact, he said, evolution “is more consistent with belief in a personal god than intelligent design. If God has designed organisms, he has a lot to account for.”

Consider, he said, that at least 20 percent of pregnancies are known to end in spontaneous abortion. If that results from divinely inspired anatomy, Dr. Ayala said, “God is the greatest abortionist of them all.”
If the "Design" were "intelligent," human males would be able to auto-fellate...and there would be world peace, because we'd never leave the house.

There's more. Follow the linkee.
Irony is struggling for breath! Hallelulia!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Laura Berg, A True, Heroic Citizen of Our Republic

Copied & Pasted, in toto, from the blog Political Flesh Feast, by plasticseapolluter (Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 13:41:10 PM PDT
Welcome to the Coven, Laura Berg (+)
The New York Times included the following editorial about Laura Berg, RN who practices as a psychiatric nurse in the Veterans Administration system. For speaking truth to power, she was almost charged with sedition, and the full court witch hunt press of the Bush Administration was on her. Nurses are far to easily oppressed, intimidated and made to pay horrible prices for advocating for their profession and for patients - who in this case were the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Unless the public gets wise pretty darn fast and stands up for nurses who are working against all odds to advocate for them, there won't be professional nurses available when you need them - anywhere.
Here's to you, Laura Berg, Registered Nurse!
The PEN American Center, the literary organization committed to free expression, is honoring an American most people in this country have never read or even heard of: Laura Berg. She is a psychiatric nurse at a Veterans Affairs hospital who was threatened with a sedition investigation after she wrote a letter to the editor denouncing the Bush administration's bungling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war.

That's right, sedition: inciting rebellion against the government. We suppose nothing should surprise us in these days of government zealotry. But the horror and the shame of that witch hunt should shock everyone.

Ms. Berg identified herself as a V.A. nurse when, soon after Katrina's horrors, she sent her impassioned letter to The Alibi, a paper in Albuquerque. "I am furious with the tragically misplaced priorities and criminal negligence of this government," she wrote. "We need to wake up and get real here, and act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit."

Her superiors at the hospital soon alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and impounded her office computer, where she keeps the case files of war-scarred veterans she treats. Then she received an official warning in which a Veterans Affairs investigator intoned that her letter "potentially represents sedition."

It took civil rights litigators and Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico to "act forcefully" in reminding the government of the Constitution and her right to free speech. The Department of Veterans Affairs retreated then finally apologized to the shaken Ms. Berg.

Even then, she noted, one superior told her it was preferred that she not identify herself as a V.A. nurse in any future letter writing. "And so I am saying I am a V.A. nurse," Ms. Berg soon boomed out in a radio broadcast. "And some of my fire in writing this about Katrina and Iraq is from my experience as a V.A. nurse." Thus declared Ms. Berg, well chosen to receive the new PEN/Katherine Anne Porter First Amendment Award.
Thankfully, those in power came to her aid. But that's the exception and not the rule. Most of us who act in legal and ethical ways and who are targeted do not have such optimistic and satisfactory outcomes. That's why, when you seek out effective nurse advocates, they aren't likely to be found. Most have already been hunted and have met with the treatment that most whistle-blowers receive. Many others, when they have to make a decision In whose interest to act, leave the profession. Yet others give in and docilely act in the interests of their employers.

So in Laura Berg, we find a real nurse, bound by duty to advocate for patients in the face of threats, of suppression, of intimidation and of personal harm. Her patients can rest easy. They are under the care of a trustworthy and competent professional.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Roger Clemons Did Not Get Steroid Injections or Fuck Teen-Age Girls

Yes, yes, yes: I know it is yet another distraction, the beguilement of the salacious, but I still quiver all over with schadenfreude when conservative avatars of family values, morals, and virtues get caught with their dicks in their hands.

So the tale of former iconic athletic idol Roger Clemons and his decades-long 'relationship' with country singer Mindy McCready just tickles the shit outta me. Apparently, this paragon of all that is good and godly in Murka, sports, and Murkin 'culcher' started tapping that tender stuff when she was 15 and he was 28.

Of course, he claims it was all innocent. The girl was just a family friend. Nothing 'inappropriate' happened between them--though that's not the story being told by the fella who didn't inject Roger and his wife (who looks a LOT like Mindy)--in the ass with HGH). Roger's INNOCENT! He never touched her...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

McStain Did NOT "Fight" In Vietnam

He flew bombing missions over Vietnam (and probably Laos and Cambodia, too). The A-4 was/is not a 'fighter'; it's an 'attack' aircraft, a small, versatile, fast bomber.
He didn't "fight."
He bombed. 23 missions. 23 medals. One per hour in flight, approximately.
If he ever got into air-to-air combat, for example, it's not in any of his biographical material (and it would be if he had, for instance, shot down a MIG), and he has no air combat medals among the dozens of medals of which he was the recipient.
Mainly, that is, he slaughtered civilians, bombed roads and hiways, bridges and trains, and agricultural features like dikes and canals. And attacked power stations, and other civilian targets.
Which was what he was doing when they shot his murderous, war-criminal ass down.
And which was why they treated him pretty badly.
He deserved it!
He did behave pretty well as a prisoner, however.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Res Ipsa Loquitur

(H/t to my pal up in Santa Fe, the talented Jim Terr, who apologized for the 'low-level' humor. Hey, pal: It's just my style!)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

News From The "Little-Girl-Fucker" Cult In Texas

The Judge in San Angelo issued an order that all the children from the compound will have to undergo DNA testing to determine who their parents are.

This could be the death knell for these sick fux. If there is a limited number of male parents of children, as there will be, the fact of the birth of children to under-age girls, fathered by that limited number of male parents could/should be potent evidence against the fathers in charges of sexual molestation, rape, and other crimes under the doctrine of "res ipso loquitur." Cuz if a 16-year-old girl has a two or three-year-old child, and there's no sitings of either Jesus or Zeus, the thing (the child) does in fact 'speak for itself.'

Send 'em all up the river, and they'll make a nifty little core-group for holy prison gang.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Y'know That Little-Girl-Fucking Cult Down In Texas?

Female Girl-Fuck Cultists In The Murkin Burqa
Yeah this one."

Where all the women wear gingham burqas?

Seems, now, that the call reporting the abuse didn't come from an abused girl, as was originally reported. Or at least, not from one who was undergoing abuse at the time.

Rather, authorities report now, the tip that spawned the raid on the baby-fuckers' compound there in ElDorado, Tx (an ass-hole place, to begin with) was called in by a woman in Colorado with a history of making false reports.

Still, in a blow to those who still believe in 'free will,' a witness testifying in the matter before a Texas judge made the following observation:
An expert in children in cults testified Friday that while the teen girls believed they were marrying out of free choice, it's a choice based on lessons they've had from birth. (In which they vary, exactly, how from any other children? Ed.)

"Obedience is a very important element of their belief system," said psychiatrist Bruce Perry, who interviewed three girls seized in the April 3 raid. "Compliance is being godly, it's part of their honoring God."

He also said that many of the adults at the Yearning For Zion Ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are loving parents and that the boys seemed emotionally healthy when he played with them.

But, he noted, the sect's belief system "is abusive. The culture is very authoritarian."

Child welfare investigator Angie Voss testified Thursday that at least five girls who are younger than 18 are pregnant or have children. Voss said some of the women identified as adults with children may be juveniles, or may have had children when they were younger than 18.
Elsewhere in news from the Cult of the Baby-fuckers, the 'victims' aren't being very cooperative with the authorities. "Identifying children and parents has been difficult because members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have given different names and ages at various times, Voss said. The state has asked that DNA be taken from all of the children and their alleged parents to help determine biological connections. The judge has not ruled on that request."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The "Debate" Blowback

Okay, first thing:
Identity politics was invented by white elites to divide intrinsic communities of common interest on the basis of 'invented' grievance. The grievances aren't invented, but the divisions based upon them are.

The real irony of the campaign is that BHO and HRC are compelled by the hegemonic inertia of the system to play the game according to 'rules' which were invented to prevent--or at least to impede--their ascendence.

Neither of them is a "Liberal." Neither is a "progressive."

But the identity communities of which they are both avatars and icons are so ineradicably linked to the "liberal" agenda that both BHO and HRC are identified as "leftists," when nothing could be further from their political sympathies. There's still a little life left in irony after all.

The passion with which the acrimony between the fiercest partisans of both Dim candidates gets exchanged suggests to me that deep, damaging wounds have been dealt to and by both sides.

If i were a CorpoRat, that's just the way I'd want it.

Another thing:
The worst thing to emerge from the 2008 Campaign has been the final, complete, total, irreversible concession to the COMMERCIAL/CORPORATE media the care and handling of the campaign discoures. This is really bad. The CorpoRat media are in business to do nothing but deliver an audience to a product or a service. That's it. End of story. Therefore no one should have been surprised when the 'debates' began as degenerate, gotcha sessions conducted by preening pundits, and descended from there. George Stephanopoulis as Simon Cowell to Obama's or Clinton's aspirant star on American Idol.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sometimes ya gotta just give it a rest: Dachshund Dashes

This is Jerry. He's a VERY happy dog.

I almost let some dumb political observation spoil the mood...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Paul Craig Roberts: Neo-con Lackey Gen. Betrayus's Gonna Try To Talk US Into Iran, Again

From The Online Journal:
Saturday the London Daily Telegraph reported that "British officials gave warning yesterday that America’s commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government. A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iran’s intervention in Iraq could set the stage for a US attack on Iranian military facilities, according to a Whitehall assessment." [British fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes - Telegraph, By Damien McElroy, April 5, 2008]

The neocon lacky Petraeus has had his script written for him by Cheney, and Petraeus together with neocon warmonger Ryan Crocker, the US governor of the Green Zone in Baghdad, will present Congress tomorrow and Wednesday with the lies, for which the road has been well paved by neocon propagandists such as Kimberly Kagan, that "the US must recognize that Iran is engaged in a full-up proxy war against it in Iraq." (Emphasis supplied.)

Don’t expect Congress to do anything except to egg on the attack. On April 3, the International Herald Tribune reported that senators and representatives have made millions of dollars from their investments in defense companies totaling $196 million. [AP]

Rep. Ike Skelton, the Democrat chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is already on board with the attack on Iran. The London Telegraph quotes Skelton: "Iran is the bull in the china shop. In all of this, they seem to have links to all of the Shi’ite groups, whether they be political or military."

All Skelton knows is what the war criminal Bush regime tells him. If Iran really does have all these connections, then it behooves Washington to cease threatening Iran and to make nice with Iran in order to stabilize Iraq and extract the US from the nightmare.
Roberts is a former luminary in the Reagan regime who finally saw the light. I just LOVE the way Roberts so utterly and thoroughly loathes and detests the fucking Busheviks.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Identity Politics: Who Loves Yuh, Baby...

The core issue, the basest contradiction, and the greatest irony of the clash between the BHO and the HRC campaigns over the Dim nomination is that BOTH candidates have an historic 'right' claim to become the first (non-White/non-Male) President.

Not only that, but there is also a case to be made that both groups of traditionally marginalized, and historically oppressed people have an historical mandate, if you will, to be so represented in the person of the Chief Executive of the USofA.

The irony --who says colonialism can't be fun-- is that the representatives of two such righteous causes should be fighting each other so ferociously fot what, in the end, will probably a prize in ceremonial terms only because whomsoever the next president may be, s/he will face an array of problems, dilemmas, paradoxes, and troubles of such impossible scope, scale and size as to make even one with such an ego as is requisite even to aspire to the office blanch.

It is not unlike watching the birth throes of a third-world 'democracy' where there has until recently been European governors or overseers.

There is the additional irony in the positions into which their "identities" force them. These two candidates, whose 'identities' locate them in the 'liberal' side of the discourse (no matter that neither one of them is anything but a very careful centrist), must try simultaneously to capitalize on their 'identities' without seeming to overtly appeal the the "liberal" issues and constituencies their "identity' bona fides entitle them.

They must fight it out like any other formerly colonized people for the power that consists mainly in the structures still owned and imposed by their oppressors.

Meanwhile, The extent and effects of the 8-year "Mierdas" touch (the shit-side of the famed "Midas" touch) of the Chimp, his satraps, toadies, and gunsels probably won't penetrate the mind-set of 'ordinary Murkins' for almost a decade: until, that is, the next president or two throw up their hands in utter despair--if they retain a shred of decency; if a Puke, then they take a victory crap on the tattered remains of the Constitution.

Of course, the fruits of this chaotic confrontation may become moot, if (as is at least as likely as for either one of the two iconic Dims fighting it out) John McStain is installed. Then they both become very intersting footnotes.