Archive for September 10, 2008

Jay Diamond Smacks Down Peter King!

September 10, 2008

This is so good, I don’t want to louse it up with the blockquote that italicizes text and makes lengthy items difficult to read. Read it all for a Grade-A education on American political reality!

Quoting begins:

Dear Peter,

As somebody who has spoken to you on the radio in the past I was frustrated by Chris Matthews’ failure to challenge your empty and deceptive boilerplate (a too polite term) in the matter of public health insurance.

As you unburdened yourself with the standard GOP bullshit about “government bureaucrats” being put in charge of healthcare, Matthews correctly confronted you with a polite demand for you to explain what you meant. You hastily retreated to a wind storm of comically panicked subject changing from which Matthews never recovered, enabling you to escape for the millionth time from even this minor scrutiny of your transparent (to a person of normal intelligence) and utterly immoral disinformation.

Specifically: In asserting by deliberate indirection that the choice confronting Americans is one between “government bureaucrats” directing medical decisions as opposed to citizens making medical decisions for themselves, you are being deliberately false.

No one except an individual who is paying cash for medical treatment is in control of their own medical decision making. The true and real choice is one between an accountable public official within the bounds of written law administering medical decisions as opposed to an agent of a private insurance business, accountable to his or her boss and profit seeking shareholders with a specific private money interest in denying medical treatment!

You know this.

And yet on national television you made believe (and tried to trick your fellow Americans into believing) that the choice confronting citizens in the matter of medical insurance and treatment is one between a “government bureaucrat” controlling such decision making as opposed to the individual citizen making that decision for themselves.

So tell me, Pete…..If you are so concerned about the well being and medical independence of the American people, and if you interpret medical decision making by “government bureaucrats” to be a threat to their welfare and medical independence, then why are you not now, nor have you EVER, demanded in the interest of this supposed medical independence, the immediate termination of Medicare, which is, as I am sure you are aware, a program of public medical insurance for more than 60 million Americans over the age of 65 as well as disabled Americans?!

Might as well call for the abolition of the Veterans’ Administration while you’re at it. After all, I know from just now having seen you on television how worried you are lest these 70 millions of your fellow citizens that you love so much might be forced to succumb for many more years to the torments of these “government bureaucrats” of Medicare and the VA!

Yes, that’s it, Pete…..go on TV now and tell your constituents and all the American people including the veterans, that you are going to remove this yoke of “government bureaucrats” from their medical decision making and turn it over to the loving ministrations of the private insurance business and their employees and shareholders.

Go on TV tomorrow and tell the American people (and their adult children) to start shopping in the magical marketplace for a comprehensive health insurance policy equivalent to the coverage of Medicare and the VA.

Why aren’t you doing that, Pete?!

What’s stopping you?

Of course you appreciate my indignant sarcasm in all of this. The pity is you don’t give a shit. And the reason you don’t give a shit is because there is absolutely no price for you to ever pay (in this world) for all the misery, and damage, and heartaches, and grieving, and agony, that you have sustained and encouraged by the brutality of your wilful and relentless deceptions in the cause of your myopic and shallow, and not so hidden agenda.

No doubt in this immoral hustle you are guided by our Dear Lord, rather than your political instincts or career and money self-interest.

The above is my appreciation for what you call your service to America. The kind of service a bull does to a cow.

Jay Diamond

eBook Fans: Represent!

September 10, 2008

Culture Poll: Ebooks or real books?

The Guardian UK online newspaper is running a poll that closes in 4 days from now.

Go vote for eBooks!

It doesn’t look good for us right now:

No registration required. Just click on one! And I trust you lot to vote only once.

Quote: Wil Wheaton

September 10, 2008

it is pitch dark

[…] Apple is slowly catching up to Amazon MP3 and realizing that given the choice between fucking goddamn stupid DRM and no fucking goddamn stupid DRM, we’re going to choose no fucking goddamn stupid DRM every time.

Hey, that message is also getting through to treeware publishers too!

Politics: Pastors Defiant, Librarians Muzzled

September 10, 2008

Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted

CHICAGO — Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.

The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.

“For so long, there has been this cloud of intimidation over the church,” ADF attorney Erik Stanley said. “It is the job of the pastors of America to debate the proper role of church in society. It’s not for the government to mandate the role of church in society.

Yet an opposing collection of Christian and Jewish clergy will petition the IRS today to stop the protest before it starts, calling the ADF’s “Pulpit Initiative” an assault on the rule of law and the separation of church and state.

Emphasis added by me.

So let me get this straight. This group believes that this proclamation from Jesus Christ Himself isn’t good enough for them:

Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

Matthew 22:15-22

No, they know better than the One they proclaim to follow!

Meanwhile, librarians are being shunted off their regular forum onto a separate one in order to comply with their tax-exempt status:

ALA Pushes Political Discussion to ALA-APA, but Some Grumble

In response to concerns raised about the legality of “political speech” engaged in by the American Library Association (ALA), precipitated by much discussion of Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her interaction with the Wasilla, AK, library, ALA officials have found a solution—though not all ALA Councilors welcome it.

According to a message posted Friday by ALA president Jim Rettig, the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), which operates under different Internal Revenue Service rules, can legally provide a forum for such discussions. Thus an ALA-APA Forum discussion has been opened, to ALA members and others, “to discuss mutual issues of interest to librarians and other library workers, including political issues and candidates.”

Rettig’s message noted, “ALA, because of its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, is expressly and absolutely prohibited by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code from engaging in ‘political speech.’ This means that ALA resources, including electronic discussion lists, blogs and wikis, cannot be used for ‘the support of, or opposition to, a candidate for public office.'”

Emphasis added by me.

Isn’t that a twist: the guardians of intellectual freedom are complying with the law while a bunch of self-appointed “godians” are Satan-powered defiant!

It’s time for Churches who want to open their yaps about Caesar to render unto Caesar!

Writer Cliff Burns Has The Fever

September 10, 2008

R & R Apparently Doesn’t Mean “Ranting & Raving”

What’s wrong with me, why can’t I take a week, a solid week and do nothing more than lounge about in my bathrobe, watching old Bunuel movies and reading fat science fiction tomes?

A killer post that I think many who read this blog will relate to.

Farewell, Coney Island

September 10, 2008

Coney Island Weiners

A beautiful post by Joseph Devon. The world is diminished by Coney Island’s disappearance.

Lipstick On A Pig: A Common Idiom

September 10, 2008

Just how absolutely fucking stupid have the press and American people become?

this pig needs more lipstick on it.
How many shades of lipstick does it take to put on a pig until it’s pretty?
Makeup! We need more lipstick for this pig!!
Palm – keep putting more lipstick on this pig!
lipstick on a pig?
An iPhone-like GUI gimmick on top of Windows Mobile is like lipstick on a pig.

Here, go look at others: Google search term.

You brain-dead Republicants!