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Oh, Goody!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 26, 2007

Everyone’s favorite nutcase anti-Semite (well, besides William Donohue), Theodore “Vox Day” Beale, is back and trapped in my spam folder! He apparently freaked out at the sight of a woman posting in the comments thread over at Pharyngula and it led to him having another bile eruption.

To refresh everyone’s memory: Ted Beale — the son of World Net Daily bigwig and millionaire tax dodger Robert Beale — had for years been trying to make the big jump from the roiling swamps of the right-wing eliminationist camp into a gen-you-wine Big Legitimate Media paycheck, and had actually landed a gig at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but found himself losing his PiPress billet due to his habit of making statements like these:

If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn’t possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don’t speak English and are not integrated into American society.

And these:

[Women have] been so indoctrinated by their 16 or 18 years of schooling that their heads explode if you even suggest something like ‘maybe giving the vote to women was a bad idea.’ They can’t even consider it.

In short, he and his father are key representatives of America’s conservative movement.

If you want to see what he sent me, you can find it by pressing on the “Read more” button — and you won’t even have to visit his skanky website! Read the rest of this entry »

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Roll over, George Orwell

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2007

Our bride-to-be is Al Qaida, and the marriage broker is the Iran Contra gang.

Shorter Hersh:

“In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda….


Al Qaeda is Sunni, and many of its operatives came from extremist religious circles inside Saudi Arabia. Before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, Administration officials, influenced by neoconservative ideologues, assumed that a Shiite government there could provide a pro-American balance to Sunni extremists, since Iraq’s Shiite majority had been oppressed under Saddam Hussein…
The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat….
The Pentagon consultant confirmed that hundreds of Iranians have been captured by American forces in recent months. But he told me that that total includes many Iranian humanitarian and aid workers…
[CFR Fellow] Nasr went on, ‘The Saudis have considerable financial means, and have deep relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis’—Sunni extremists who view Shiites as apostates. ‘The last time Iran was a threat, the Saudis were able to mobilize the worst kinds of Islamic radicals. Once you get them out of the box, you can’t put them back.’ …
The focus of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, after Iran, is Lebanon, where the Saudis have been deeply involved in efforts by the Administration to support the Lebanese government. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is struggling to stay in power against a persistent opposition led by Hezbollah, the Shiite organization, and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah….

In 2005, according to a report by the U.S.-based International Crisis Group, Saad Hariri, the Sunni majority leader of the Lebanese parliament and the son of the slain former Prime Minister—Saad inherited more than four billion dollars after his father’s assassination—paid forty-eight thousand dollars in bail for four members of an Islamic militant group from Dinniyeh. The men had been arrested while trying to establish an Islamic mini-state in northern Lebanon. The Crisis Group noted that many of the militants ‘had trained in al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.’ According to the Crisis Group report, Saad Hariri later used his parliamentary majority to obtain amnesty for twenty-two of the Dinniyeh Islamists, as well as for seven militants suspected of plotting to bomb the Italian and Ukrainian embassies in Beirut, the previous year…
Walid Jumblatt, who is the leader of the Druze minority in Lebanon and a strong Siniora supporter, has attacked Nasrallah … Nasrallah, he said, was ‘morally guilty’ of the assassination of Rafik Hariri and the murder, last November, of Pierre Gemayel, a member of the Siniora Cabinet, because of his support for the Syrians….
Last summer, it was reported that Israel was trying to kill Nasrallah, but the extraordinary precautions were not due only to that threat. Nasrallah’s aides told me that they believe he is a prime target of fellow-Arabs, primarily Jordanian intelligence operatives, as well as Sunni jihadists who they believe are affiliated with Al Qaeda….
Nasrallah said he believed that President Bush’s goal was ‘the drawing of a new map for the region. They want the partition of Iraq…’.Nasrallah said he believed that America also wanted to bring about the partition of Lebanon and of Syria….Partition would leave Israel surrounded by ‘small tranquil states…’
Iran-Contra was the subject of an informal ‘lessons learned’ discussion two years ago among veterans of the scandal. Abrams led the discussion. One conclusion was that even though the program was eventually exposed, it had been possible to execute it without telling Congress. As to what the experience taught them, in terms of future covert operations, the participants found: ‘One, you can’t trust our friends. Two, the C.I.A. has got to be totally out of it. Three, you can’t trust the uniformed military, and four, it’s got to be run out of the Vice-President’s office’—a reference to Cheney’s role, the former senior intelligence official said.”


The irony of so much of this is beyond words:

  • Like the British, we are going to re-draw boundaries of the whole Middle East to establish peace.

  • We are using terrorists to fight our battles in the war on terror.

  • The dangerous Iranians we are arresting in Iraq are aid workers

  • The son of the guy we claimed the Syrians assassinated is actually funding Islamic radicals.

  • The Saudis want Israel, not the US, to bomb Iran. 

  • The lunatics running this asylum are the same guys who mined Corinto Harbor (judged a war crime by the rest of the world), ran deaths squad in Honduras and El Salvador, saw the Contras “the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers,” and somehow looked the other way as tons of cocaine was flown into American cities.

 What’s not to like?

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Well, it is 2000AD and then some. How’re we doing?

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2007

Judge Dredd v. the supernatural in the sci-fi graphic, 2000AD. (Image from the BBC)

“Like so mucch of science fiction, the comic 2000AD, celebrating its 30th birthday, has to cope with its “predictions” coming to pass rather more quickly than expected.

The comic’s most famous character, the unblinking dispenser of justice, Judge Dredd, has become a byword for excessive authoritarian powers.

…[Says Pat Mills] “If you look on the back of the very first Judge Dredd prog [issue] there is a wonderful view of Mega City One and there are all these spy cameras everywhere. It shows in some area the present has caught up with it.”

Alan Grant, a long-term writer for both Judge Dredd and Batman, said that the comic was shaped by the cauldron of politics in Thatcherite Britain.”

The likeness of Samuel Alito is both apt and prescient, don’t you think?

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The Romney story: how dumb are we? –Just asking.

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2007

I have been reading great susurration about a recent news story on Mitt Romney’s Mormon ancestry. People wax indignant about how this is a “smear,” and religious bigotry. 

Well, maybe.

Has anyone figured out that about the only way to get such detailed genealogical information is from the candidate?

It is common in campaigns for candidates to have oppo done on themselves, to get out everything negative early on. That way, in the heat of the campaign season, it’s “old news.” And the best part is, he gets your sympathy.

But maybe the story was printed out of religious bigotry. If so, it represents the workings of our political system exactly as our Founders envisioned it. Think of the presidential campaign as a job interview for the best job in the nation, a job that could decide life or death  for millions or even billions of human beings. You’re on the interview committee. What don’t you want to know?

The only thing I don’t want to know is stuff that’s false. If Al Gore didn’t say it, if John Kerry didn’t do it, if Bill Clinton wasn’t even in the hotel when the alleged event supposedly took place, then I don’t need to know.

My advice is to wait before forming an opinion on the Romney story. There are many issues in life for which the correct answer is “I don’t know.” I think this is one of them.

Romney’s Mormon heritage is of no importance to me. He’s a smarmy, sly, hypocrite, a politician who inherited his father’s Rolodex and did exactly with the Massachusetts governorship what Dubya did with the Texas governorship. He has Peter Principle written in block letters on his forehead. I would be delighted to see the religious bigotry of the “Christian” right destroy either his candidacy or the Republican party or the fundamentalist movement. And not because of who his grandfather had sex with. 

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