Archive for the ‘Politics’ category

The Kids Song Was True!

November 19, 2008

All I can recall are the first two lines:

Hitler had only one great ball
Himmler had two but they were small

Well, look at this: Hitler HAD only got one ball

AN extraordinary account from a German army medic has finally confirmed what the world long suspected: Hitler only had one ball.

War veteran Johan Jambor made the revelation to a priest in the 1960s, who wrote it down.

The priest’s document has now come to light – 23 years after Johan’s death.

The war tyrant’s medical condition has been mocked for years in a British song.

The lyrics are: “Hitler has only got one ball, the other is in the Albert Hall. His mother, the dirty b****r, cut it off when he was small.’

Until now there has never been complete proof Hitler was monorchic – the medical term for having one testicle.

But the document tells how Johan saw the proof with his own eyes. In the account, he relives the horror of serving as an army medic in World War I.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #413: Plan 9+

November 14, 2008

Paulson says additional bank capital needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Friday recapitalizing banks is the most effective use of a $700 billion financial bailout war chest but acknowledged the United States’ reputation has been tarnished as a result of the financial crisis that has spread worldwide.

“We have in many ways humiliated ourselves as a nation with some of the problems that have taken place here,” Paulson said in an interview with CNBC television.

Leaders of major industrial and developing economies are meeting in Washington on Friday and Saturday to discuss how to move forward from a financial crisis that began with the collapse of the U.S. housing market under a load of toxic debt and is now pushing economies around the world into recession.

Paulson won approval from Congress in early October to spend up to $700 billion to calm financial markets and revive lending, but has ruffled feathers by changing the focus to bolstering bank capital from buying mortgages.

The Treasury Secretary defended his decision to switch the focus of the rescue package, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, from buying unsellable mortgage-related assets to injecting capital into banks, saying market conditions had worsened.

“The major purpose of the TARP was to stabilize the financial system, first and foremost, to prevent a collapse … number two, to get lending going. I think the system has been stabilized,” Paulson said.

Emphasis added by me.

There. It’s now official. The Treasury of the Secretary has openly confirmed that the entire economic system could have collapsed.

Do you get it now?

It can still collapse.

Previously here:

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #335: Plan 9
Depression: 2009

2010: Back In Your Box, Bitch

November 12, 2008

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Palin on Banning Books.

So, you see, she didn’t ban books…she just tried to fire a librarian who wouldn’t censor them. If someone is offended at the prospect of book banning, the “real” story certainly won’t make them feel any better.

I have a feeling that T-shirts that read “Pastor, I’m Gay” are going to be the rage in two years.

WHY Freedom Of Speech MATTERS, Dammit! Part Three

November 11, 2008

Blogger jailed for 20 years over poem that mocked Burmese dictator

A young blogger and a writer who disguised an attack on the country’s dictator in the form of a love poem have received heavy jail sentences, in the latest blow to opponents of Burma’s military dictatorship.

Nay Myo Kyaw, a 28-year old man who blogged under the name Nay Phone Latt, was sentenced to 20 years and six months in jail by a court in Rangoon.

The poet, Saw Wai, received a two year sentence for an eight-line Valentine’s Day verse published in a popular magazine. Even the lawyer representing the two men, Aung Thein, has been sent down for four months for “contempt of court” during his defence.

Emphasis added by me.

Let me show you how it’s done in America.

Senior General Than Shwe: You fat ugly bastard. What venereal-infected cunt spewed out your mutant form? Is there any way we can shove you back in? With a face like that, do you sometimes mistakenly wipe it instead of your ass after taking a shit? Drop dead, motherfucker!

Come and get me, Burma!

Oh, wait. But here I am safe in America. That’s unfair, all of you say. Ohhhkay…

President Bush: You fucking incompetent waste of human life. You’ve destroyed New Orleans, you’ve murdered countless innocent Iraqis, you’ve mocked and subverted and just about destroyed the ideals of this nation as embodied in our Constitution, and you’re still hellbent on Mission Accomplished by doling out unaccounted trillions of dollars to all the pinstriped whores who line up to suck your impotent dick which even God Himself could never again make stiff. Please do the right thing and shoot yourself dead the day after you leave office. We shouldn’t have to bear the expense of a trial for your war crimes and waste perfectly good rope hanging your traitorous motherfucking ass.

Come and try to give me twenty years.

Previously here:

WHY Freedom Of Speech MATTERS, Dammit! Part Two
WHY Freedom Of Speech MATTERS, Dammit!

And We’re Such Racist Bastards

November 5, 2008

French Politicians Envy U.S. Openness to Black President

PARIS — Christiane Taubira, a black French politician, ran for president here in 2002 and won just 2% of the vote. To her, Sen. Barack Obama’s election is a global triumph — and a reminder of how far France is from electing a member of a racial minority to its highest office.

“France needs to learn from what is happening with Obama,” says Ms. Taubira, a lawmaker from French Guiana, a French overseas department located in South America. “The U.S. population has grown with Obama, they have overcome their prejudices. …Such an experience is impossible in France.

Emphasis added by me.

What France used to be:

African American writers and artists such as Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Paul Robeson, and other leaders of the 1920s “Negro Renaissance” felt they had found a refuge from racism in France.

Josephine Baker went so far as to become a French citizen!

And now France marvels at us.

So much for we Americans being a bunch of racist bastards.

For anyone who visits France after the Inauguration: It’s your turn to look down your nose at them!

Additional:

For Blacks in France, Obama’s Rise Is Reason to Rejoice, and to Hope

2012

November 5, 2008

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The war never ends.

Ralph Nader: No Compromise

November 5, 2008

This is why I voted for him.

From his open letter (sent via email) to then-Senator Obama, I quote this:

Should you be elected President, it must be more than an unprecedented upward career move following a brilliantly unprincipled campaign that spoke “change” yet demonstrated actual obeisance to the concentration power of the “corporate supremacists.” It must be about shifting the power from the few to the many. It must be a White House presided over by a black man who does not turn his back on the downtrodden here and abroad but challenges the forces of greed, dictatorial control of labor, consumers and taxpayers, and the militarization of foreign policy. It must be a White House that is transforming of American politics– opening it up to the public funding of elections (through voluntary approaches)– and allowing smaller candidates to have a chance to be heard on debates and in the fullness of their now restricted civil liberties. Call it a competitive democracy.

Your presidential campaign again and again has demonstrated cowardly stands. “Hope” some say springs eternal.” But not when “reality” consumes it daily.

Ralph Nader Asks: Obama – Uncle Sam Or Uncle Tom?

And Fox News — Fox News?!!? — suddenly has a dose of Obama Luv?

Give me a fucking break!

This is Fox News:

Fox News Jokes About Killing Obama

And so is this:

FOX ATTACKS OBAMA

Lots more at YouTube for anyone who wants to bother plopping in “fox news obama” as a search term.

Come back after the Obamamoon is over and Fox begins to inveigh against him again. And again. And again. And again.

Meanwhile, give up it to wikipedia for already having the reference in its entry: Uncle Tom

The Story Ain’t Over Yet

November 5, 2008

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Not until “The End” is written on the dismal two chapters of your mis-Administration, Bush!

Personal: So, Last Night …

November 5, 2008

… I went to sleep about 9:55PM EST. Took a transistor radio to bed with me to listen to the coverage.

A whole bunch more states were to be announced at 11PM.

But Ohio had already gone for Obama, so I knew it was over. I knew it was over at 9PM.

At about 10:20PM, it was lights out for me.

Slipped into the land of Morpheus by surprise.

Had some weird dreams I do not recall.

Woke at 1AM, hearing a radio host saying Obama’s acceptance speech had occurred about forty-five minutes earlier.

Listened for noise outside.

No noise.

Went back to sleep.

I still haven’t seen the video of the speeches of either McCain or Obama.

And I’m interested to see what Ralph Nader’s final vote slice turned out to be.

Now, can everybody just STFU about politics at least until Inauguration Day?

Election Headlines For November 5, 2008

November 5, 2008

Usually I resample these up to 440-pixels wide. But since they are all so photo-heavy, I don’t want to pixelate the pictures. So, actual size as they appear on their websites.

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Clearly, this one is the journalistic equivalent of an orgasm:

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