Posted by Charles II on October 12, 2013
Too weird. The Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante (via Modemocrat, in a thread appropriately entitled Idiots”):
After months of hard work by the entire staff at Galt’s Gulch Chile (GGC) I am extremely pleased to announce to the world that Ayn Rand’s vision in her iconic book, Atlas Shrugged, has become a reality. It is unfortunate that the world has transformed much into what Rand had envisioned and the need for a place like Galt’s Gulch has become so urgent. But, since that is today’s reality we are very happy to offer the respite from the Western world of oppressive governments to freedom-minded people in which they can build a new, more prosperous community.
The runners up were Mexico and Thailand, famous for the freedom supplied when one’s government is run by narcotraffickers or military dictators respectively. It’s just amazing that mature democracies, where people can actually vote, haven’t discovered the advantages of forming a government based on retreating into survivalist communes.
Posted in Ayn Rand, Latin America, looney tunes | 4 Comments »
Posted by Charles II on April 11, 2011
The Pentagon has now officially joined the lunatic fringe, claiming that the UN Rapporteur on Torture and a US Congressman would not be conducting official business in visiting veteran Bradley Manning in prison. The effect would be to prevent Manning from discussing his situation freely, since the conversations would be monitored and could be used against him in court.
Thank you, Firedoglake for bringing out this clear abuse of power. None of us has any excuse for averting our eyes from a plainly illegal action.
But wait! The State Department is trying to keep up in the race toward complete and abject lunacy by blaming anti-coup demonstrators for violence in Honduras, with spokesman Jeremy Spector actually saying: “The demonstrations of the past week are truly frightening and a cause for concern.”
Almost two years of repression, not a problem. Four soldiers get hospitalized in the course of street battles, and that’s frightening.
What’s frightening is that these people are in charge of our government.
Added, from Ewen McAskill, The Guardian:
A senior United Nations representative on torture, Juan Mendez, issued a rare reprimand to the US government on Monday for failing to allow him to meet in private Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of being the WikiLeaks source and held in a military prison. It is the kind of censure the UN normally reserves for authoritarian regimes around the world.
Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, said: “I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the prevarication of the US government with regard to my attempts to visit Mr Manning.”
Posted in Honduras, impunity, looney tunes, Pentagon | 3 Comments »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 12, 2008
We knew that Howard Wolfson was full of dung. Nate “Poblano” Silver explains just how full of it:
The thing about Iowa, however, is that unlike virtually any other electoral contest, second choices matter, since Democratic caucus rules dictate that a voter may caucus for her second-choice candidate if her first choice does not achieve the 15 percent of the vote required for viability. As such, Iowa pollsters did a lot of work in trying to determine voters’ second choices. And in virtually every survey, Clinton did rather poorly as a second choice: an average of several surveys in December showed that she was the second choice of about 20 percent of voters, as compared with 25 percent for Obama and Edwards (an even later version I have sitting on my hard drive showed the second-choice breakdown as Edwards 30, Obama 28.5, Clinton 23.5)
So the odds are that, if John Edwards had dropped out on the morning before the Iowa caucus, Obama would have won by more points rather than fewer.
It was also the case that Barack Obama appeared to get the lion’s share of Edwards supporters once Edwards dropped from the race:
Christy Hardin Smith has more on this over at my home away from home, FDL:
Oh, Howard, go back to your pals at Faux News. Your disinformation slip is showing.
And take Mark Penn with you, while you are at it. I suppose it’s a mere coincidence that the very advice Penn gave the Clinton camp on how to destroy Obama during the primary somehow made it’s way into the hands of McCain’s campaign folks…and that Penn and Charlie Black just happen to have worked together for years. Yeppers. Just a coinkydink, I’m sure. Sullivan has more.
I’d clean forgot about the Penn-Black connection. That would explain a lot of things.
Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, eedjits, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, looney tunes, WTF? | 1 Comment »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2007
Salon.com contributor Peter Kurth lost a laptop while flying from New York to London, and made the mistake of harrassing airline personnel about it. For that crime, he was heaved into prison for five weeks, on the pretext of a nearly-expired (though still legal) passport, and raped nearly non-stop until he was finally freed.
But that’s not what’s evil.
What’s evil are the minds of people who think that this was perfectly OK and that he deserved to be raped and humiliated for five weeks for sassing back to a flight attendant over his lost $1000-plus laptop. These people would be perfectly at home in Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Stalin’s Russia, or Franco’s Spain.
Posted in eedjits, evil, getting a clue, looney tunes, paranoia, totalitarianism, WTF? | 7 Comments »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 19, 2007
As the Nitpicker documents here.
Once again, reality outstrips The Onion.
UPDATE: McCain was saying on Meet the Press back in February that bombing Iran would start the Apocalypse. I guess he must have realized that the mouth-breathers who make up the GOP’s base don’t mind that at all.
Posted in 2008, Iran, John McCain, looney tunes, Republicans acting badly, WTF? | 1 Comment »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 3, 2007
The esteemed Dick Day, Minnesota State Senator, showing his vast and encyclopedic knowledge of the important health issues of the day (sub. req.):
Day said that his opinion further changed during the Senate discussion regarding the bill when Tom Neuville, R-Northfield, explained to the Senate that the dangers of secondhand smoke may be exaggerated.
“He explained about secondhand smoke and how it’s
totally bogus,” Day said.
“It’s basically a feel-good emotional issue. He
brought out a whole bunch of studies and so I looked
at the whole thing and thought, ‘Wow, this is really
big brother taking over people’s lives.'”
Getting medical advice from Tom Neuville is like getting shopping tips from Lindsey Graham and John McCain. The guy refuses to admit that mankind can and has caused global warming, despite the growing mounds of evidence.
As it is with global warming, so it is with secondhand smoke: Groups that aren’t funded or infiltrated by paid industry hacks state clearly and unequivocally that secondhand smoke is a killer. And if Dick Day had a brain, he wouldn’t embarrass himself by siding with the hacks.
Maybe we should just call him Senator Sick Day: He seems to support forcing people to take them.
UPDATE: Oh my gosh — I went to check out Tom Neuville’s blog, and he’s pimping the utterly-debunked “Great Climate Swindle” film! What. A. Moron.
Here’s my post on the debunking. This is just too frickin’ hilarious.
Posted in looney tunes, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, tobacco, WTF? | 1 Comment »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 24, 2007
Ian Williams drives the final garlic-smeared silver-studded wooden stake through the heart of a favorite piece of wingnut mythology.
As I predicted nearly two years ago, the conservatives in the US largely shut the hell up about Oil-for-Food when it was found that the people working hardest to rip it off were oil men based in Houston, Texas. (And guess what? The lead perp, David Chalmers, is a big donator to the GOP.)
Posted in BushCo malfeasance, corruption, GOP/Media Complex, hypocrites, looney tunes, madness of King George, mythmaking, phony scandals | 3 Comments »