No, those aren't shirt-wearing dick dolls the President of the United States is holding. Those are the even gayer Spuddy Buddies. That's the absolutely, positively not gay Senator Larry Craig there on the left. With oddly named Senator Mike Crapo and lesbian cartoon character-named Congressman Butch Otter, along with Congressman Mike Simpson. It's a picture from 2005 at Tamarack Resort in Idaho.
Pop quiz: who looks gayest?
And As Long As We're Posting Fun Larry Craig Pictures:
That's from July 4 of this year. The ironically named (for Craig) "Independence Day," where, as Craig writes on his Senate website, "American soldiers have been sacrificing to bring the freedoms we celebrate on this special day to millions of people who have known nothing but oppression and fear." Yep, freedom for everyone except homosexuals, especially those who are so self-loathing that they gotta try to get action in a public shithouse.
Still, two soldiers and no smell of piss and Lysol? Larry Craig's bestest day ever? The Rude Pundit just reports.
George W. Bush is a terrible human being, and the world would have been better off if he had died in a drunk driving accident back in the 1970s. The Rude Pundit knows, he knows, fuck, how he knows, how fashionable it is to love the sinner but hate the sin, how people talk about what a good guy Bush is when he's not fucking up the country, the kind of guy you'd like to have a near-beer with. Fuck that. Relativism is for pussies. Bush is the kind of man who would finger fuck a man's wife and then giggle when he gives that man a shake with his unwashed hand.
Which is more or less what he did on his day-and-a-half tour of New Orleans and the Katrina coast.
Of all the stupid fucking things Bush said on his southern jaunt (and they were legion), this one had to be scraping bottom: "There's nothing more hopeful than to be with somebody who says, welcome to my home, particularly given the fact that these mixed-use housing projects have replaced old-style low-income housing projects that, frankly, didn't work. In other words, the storm came, created a lot of heartbreak and heartache, but people took a different look at how best to help people in their homes." Bush was talking to "new homeowners" at River Garden, a mixed-income housing complex, which is shorthand for "less poor negroes per square foot."
Look at what Bush said: we knew that the shitty hellholes we created for the negroes were shitty hellholes, so good thing the city got wrecked, 'cause we sure as fuck weren't gonna do anything unless we could steal the property back. Rents for a two-bedroom at River Garden start at $1200 a month, unless you're in one of the low-income subsidized housing that comprises 30% of River Garden. This'll work out just fine. Aren't conservatives supposed to be against social experimentation? Or maybe they just think this is some kind of reality show they can watch from a distance. This kind of shit is hard to do when you've got things like an economic base and a functioning infrastructure. But in a situation like New Orleans?
That's par for the course, eh? Unless the negroes are rioting or bobbing face down in sewage-filled floodwater, then just keep 'em controlled. But post-Katrina, oh, shit, they had to pay attention. When Bush was at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School, giving his only longer than a couple of seconds speech in New Orleans, he spent more time talking about what he sees as a good education than he did telling the kids that all the trashed, destroyed buildings they have to pass everyday will be replaced, that the neighborhood, the Lower Ninth Ward, will be safe from floodwaters despite the fact that the Lower 9 is still just as vulnerable as it was August 29, 2005. No, no, let's show he's a teachin' president: "I'll never forget, one time when I was governor of Texas, a woman looked at me and she said, 'Reading is the new civil right.' It had a profound impact on the policies that we have pursued since I've been in public office, and Laura has pursued as a lifelong reader. And that person was right."
The man was staring at a group of black children and parents and others whose homes were fucked up piles of mold, who lost almost everything they had, and he was telling them about how cool it is to read. Well, shit, at least he didn't read them any goat stories, a sure sign, as we know, of the apocalypse.
And then the motherfucker went to Mississippi and made a backhanded swipe at Louisiana: "The American people have written a check -- written checks for $114 billion to help the people on the coast...Now, of that $114 billion, about 80 percent has been obligated. Mississippi has taken the obligated money and is spending it wisely." Compare that to what he said in Louisiana: "Of the $114 billion spent so far -- and resources allocated so far, about 80 percent of the funds have been disbursed or available. And, of course, Don [Powell, the czar] and I will try to work through the bureaucracy in Washington, just like folks down here are trying to work through the bureaucracy to make sure that there are adequate plans for the money." Yes, Mississippians got the big beat down from Katrina, but, again and again, it needs to be pointed out: they didn't have to rebuild the state's largest city, they didn't have to deal with the damage caused by man-made incompetence, they didn't have to deal with the intractable poverty compounded by the storm. And who, exactly, put all that bureaucracy in place?
Fuck it. As long as Bush is in office, as long as this soulless approximation of a human being keeps running around and making feints at care, New Orleans is fucked. Bush came down to the quarters this week, and he danced a little with the negroes, but when he heads back to the White House, they've still gotta toil in the heat.
By the way, the Rude Pundit's eaten at Dookie Chase's, the same restaurant Bush patronized this week. He's right. The food's delicious. Huzzah for small favors.
By the way, go to When the Saints to do some good. And click over to their links to do more good. As the people of New Orleans know, despite the sight of Bush and Laura and Karl Rove eating fried catfish, we're on our own.
Jean has had it. He's done with New Orleans. Most recently, he wrote to the Rude Pundit to say that things had become "very disheartening" for him and his family. He fought for two years to try to re-make his life into something like it was pre-Katrina, but he's done. As of now, he's decided to stay one more year to get his affairs in order, as they say, and then get the hell out of the fallen city. "Had enough...There is no plan, no mayor, black people fighting, no federal money...they can keep this cesspool."
Yeah, Jean is angry, that kind of palpable anger that spills over and infects even your most righteous feelings and open-mindedness. He writes, "I am fucking tired of the black people shooting each other...when their lazy asses get out of bed, then the productive black people getting stomped on by their 'brothers.'" You may look at that and you'd be perfectly justified to read it as latent racism spilling out, with your offended liberal sentiments pointing to how Jean stereotypes (at least some) blacks as "lazy." The Rude Pundit reads it as disappointment, disillusionment, and disgust, as the emotional response to unending betrayal; he reads it as sad. And the truth of the matter is that a majority of the crime in New Orleans is committed by African Americans, as befits a majority black city. And the truth is that black-on-black violent crime is one of the main eruptions of the plague of criminality in New Orleans. And the truth is that more than likely you haven't lived in the heat and trash and fetidness of New Orleans for two years. In other words, get fuckin' real.
To be poor and black in New Orleans was always to exist in a world of crime and rotting housing projects, and the murder rate was rising even before the storm. The Rude Pundit knows people, white and black, who were beaten, mugged, and shot in New Orleans long before Katrina roared up to the city. But you add a couple of years of mostly abandoned, unlit neighborhoods; rents spiraling out of control; churches, schools, hospitals, community centers, and massive amounts social services disappeared; a decimated police force; toss in guns, drugs, and corruption, and, well, fuck, you do the math. It ain't exactly trig. What it is is a murder rate that's nearly 50% higher than the second city in that list of damnation, Gary, Indiana. The kind of investment in schools, in jobs, in housing, that was needed before Katrina wasn't there. Now it's a joke to think it'll be there.
Jean can't take it anymore. He's lived in New Orleans for over a decade and a half, and he's seen all other sorts of highs and lows. To live in Louisiana is to accept that even the best political leaders are the ones that do no harm, that corruption is preferable to incompetence, and that those who try to change things will eventually be chewed up and spit out by the long-standing system, like a legislature that actually spent time this year debating and passing a partial birth abortion ban. Guess all those Katrina and Rita problems could wait. So the fucktardery of Louisiana politics is something you accept. Except when you actually need the government to do something. Then the status quo is bullshit, and it's like waking up with a hangover, covered in blood, knife in your hand, next to a live goat and a dead fat guy who's been cut from belly to Adam's apple. And we're talking Democratic and Republican administrations. Since the pirate Jean Lafitte to the oil companies to the casinos, Louisiana has existed to be plundered.
So Jean lists the frustration of trying to get anything done: "The same groups of scuzzbuckets that stole money in the past still want the government contracts...the lack of infrastructure...the slow time to get anything done..." Yeah, one thing that angers the Rude Pundit as much as anything else whenever he goes to New Orleans is that the streets aren't swarming with construction and clean-up crews. You'd expect the allegedly most powerful nation on Earth to re-flood New Orleans with men and women rebuilding the city. Yes, there is more construction going on, but New Orleans demonstrates the failure of the privatization of the American government. Instead of the government just goddamn hiring people, everything has to be contracted, subcontracted, filtered, and diffused through idiotic, incompetent agencies like the Road Home, as well as corporations and companies who each want a taste as the money dribbles through. And now the federal government isn't even organized to do anything of the scale of, say, the TVA.
Hell, people are fuckin' thrilled that most of the original debris from the storm has been picked up at last. Hell, at least you can go to a bar for a beer and some blues, and that's something, right?
This was a city in America that was left to fend for itself after the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, with money tossed at it like it was a sidewalk drunk with a cup. It is part of America. You fail New Orleans, you fail the nation. And while Mayor Nagin and President Bush talk about people returning, Jean says, "We are moving...I'm tired."
Tomorrow: Bush in the Big Easy.
The lawyer and the small business owner are both white. They live in different areas of metro New Orleans. They had different experiences of Katrina. And they have had different experiences of its recovery, although some things remain the same.
The lawyer and her family evacuated to Florida before the storm and ended up living in an apartment in Baton Rouge for a few months, paid for by the law firm, before finally returning to their large Garden District home, with its stone patio and pool. They had to clear tree limbs and other detritus, but mostly everything at home was fine. Their first year was rough, as it was for everyone living in the ruins of the city.
The small business owner lived on the Metairie side of the 17th Street canal levee, the one that broke and destroyed the middle-class neighborhood of Lakeview. Still, her house flooded, the walls infested with mold, many of her possessions wrecked. Her New Orleans souvenir and decoration store in the Riverwalk was looted (although, poignantly, the looters took mostly t-shirts and other clothes, leaving a great deal of valuable merchandise). She ended up living with family in Lafayette for nearly six months before buying a house there. For the next year or so, she went back and forth to New Orleans weekly, cleaning her home, debating whether or not to sell it or repair it. She tried to run her business on the web, in smaller spaces in the smaller city.
Now, two years after the storm, the lawyer says, things are returning to a semblance of normalcy. The mail is regular. There's more restaurants and clubs. Her kids were going to go to private school anyway, so that hasn't changed. Friends of hers who had left, even taking jobs elsewhere, are starting to return. "They realized that Dallas, say, is not like New Orleans," she said. And that's hard to argue with. Especially when you're drinking a homemade mojito lounging on a lawn chair next to a slate-stepped swimming pool.
A couple of blocks near her New Orleans home, the small business owner pointed out, is the fissure at the bottom of the levee on her side of the canal. "It looks like the San Andreas Fault," she said. The canal walls won't hold in another storm, the Army Corps of Engineers knows. Erosion like what the small business owner pointed out is taking care of any other semblance of security, and assurances by the Corps that that particular weakness is no problem don't really alleviate the feeling that more water may flood the streets again.
You can't understand that anxiety when a storm makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, she said, when a hurricane of any sort appears in the tropics. This was before Dean. Essentially, the people of New Orleans, of the Gulf Coast, are suffering the kind of post-traumatic stress associated with soldiers. Instead of hearing bombs, they hear wind. And it doesn't help that the nation doesn't seem to want to help ease the suffering.
But the small business owner is easing herself back into her now cleaned and restored ranch home. She is making tentative steps to restoring her old life as best as she can. She's lived in New Orleans her entire life. Hell, her 95-year old mother lived there her whole life until Katrina put her in a California assisted-living home, and she wants to return.
People yearn to come back to New Orleans. Like a lover that's betrayed them, they ache for the city's embrace even though they know the wounds will never heal.
Bush's pissy little statement bears little discussion, other than it was made with maximum contempt for those who would dare question his judgment. The President looked like a man who was told he'd need to take horse suppositories for the next six months to save his failed presidency. And if Alberto Gonzales is a "good man," then the Rude Pundit is one of the finest Americans ever to have trod our purple mountains majesty.
10:31: Why did Gonzales do it now? What confluence of evidence, expediency, and soul-sickness led him to either be released from his blood oath or to tell Bush to "fuck off" at last? Was it the loss of the musk of Karl Rove around the Oval Office? Such manly moments are to be missed in these dank end days of the swampy DC summer.
10:32: He's got a quite the prissy little demi-man gait to his walk up to the podium. That is not a happy man, not the usual skipping cocky stride of the dude who's gotten his jollies sending people to death and torture.
10:34: Gonzales says life in a suit is better than picking fruit in a field, he gives Bush a gentle kiss on the balls, and, whoa, he's outta there. That is someone who just did something he was ordered to do, but in the most "kiss my ass, motherfuckers" way possible.
Let's see what's up at Fox "news": This Jim Angle fucker thinks that Republicans are upset that Gonzales didn't "defend" himself more in hearings. He says that there's no "proof" that Gonzales lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee, disparaging Democrats, giving a thumb to the walnut-like prostate of Orrin Hatch for the Utah Senator's wisdom in defending Gonzales.
Boo-yah- it's 10:37 and Fox is off to Michael Vick.
Over to CNN: They're talking to fired U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, who sounds weary of the whole goddamn thing. Says Gonzales failed to insulate the U.S. attorneys from politics. Cummins says of Gonzales, "He earned this, he said and did some things that are unforgivable" and "he threw some of my colleagues under the bus." That's not unakin to stopping Gonzales at the doorway and kicking him in the nuts on the way out. Comically so.
Emory University counsel and former USA Kent Alexander says that Gonzales should have been more independent and able to stand up to the President. And he makes the obvious statement that Bush shouldn't nominate a friend.
CNN's John King tells us that Gonzales is still gonna be called to testify in hearings. He also compares Bush's support for Gonzales to his vow to stand by Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court and his opposition to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. King sees this as Bush getting rid of "his pinatas" to position himself better politically, which is not unlike a crack whore pulling off a few herpes scabs to make herself look less diseased to the drunks she's blowing.
And the dead dogs win at CNN at 10:47. And MSNBC is also in the ring with the pit bull corpses. Ah, well, time to shut off the TV, finish this bottle of Moet, and enjoy the slightly brighter sunshine.
Back later with the President's statement, in which he'll criticize Gonzales for withdrawing early and that, like what happened after Vietnam, there'll be killing fields all over Capitol Hill.
It's nowhere near ironic that the White House and the Justice Department spent the weekend outright lying about his Friday phone call to the President saying, "Adios."
More after Gonzales's press conference, which oughta be fun in that "badger gnaws its trapped foot off" kind of way.
Hey, kids, you wanna show you're the coolest Christian with a capital "CHRIST" at your school? Then kick it Perkins-style by ordering the Family Research Council's Back To School Resource Kit for you and your parents. Now your square old parents can get the down-low on what's really up at the satanic centers of secularism they send you to (unless you're home-schooled, yo).
You can show your Moms and Dads wassup with "The Internet Guide For Parents" pamphlet, which disabuses them of the idea that pornography started and ended with Betty Grable's ass: "Most people think of Internet pornography as naked, airbrushed women or 'pin-up girls.' This view is hopelessly naive." You bet it is. According to the FRC, "In addition to graphic sex between two adults, every imaginable sexual deviation is displayed, involving violence, animals, excrement, and group sex, to name a few." Yeah, and that's not even getting into watching dudes get fucked in the ass by dildoes and other tubular objects, but that's not telling you anything you didn't know, eh, playas? Oops, though. The FRC recommends that your parents install spyware on your computer to find out what you're masturbating to, boys: "Online activities can also be monitored by a host of downloadable programs which track sites viewed." It's just like Jesus would do, if his kids were actually stupider than him about computer security.
Oh, and girls, if you're nervous about getting that HPV vaccine that'll prevent you from getting most forms of cervical cancer, the Back To School Resource Kit has a pamphlet for you: "Gardasil: What Every Parent Should Know about the HPV Vaccine." It's actually vaguely informative and shows how to turn disease prevention lemons into abstinent lemonade by encouraging your parents to use the shot as a way to talk about you not fucking.
The most awesomest part of the whole kit, though, is the pamphlet "Homosexuality in Your Child's School." It's a concise, thorough look at all the ways you might be forced to go down on your best friend in a locker room while all the gay teachers applaud your open-mindedness. It's crazy out there in the queer-loving world of public education: "Pro-homosexual activists... promote policies that forbid 'discrimination' against students or teachers on the basis of 'sexual orientation.'" Why all the quotation marks? It's because the gays aren't born that way: race, sex, and other stuff is "inborn, involuntary, immutable, and innocuous" (feel free to make your own "inborn" joke here), but not the homosexuality.
So if high school boy Jimmy has chosen to blow cock, there should be no problem with calling him a "faggot," 'cause he's choosing to be such. Using the FRC's "logic," one can assume that the FRC would have no problem with, say, a junior Rude Pundit calling the fundamentalist Christian kids, "Backward ass fucks with Jesus shoved so far up their asses they can feel a crown of thorns tickling their uvulas." 'Cause, you know, being Christian is a choice, no?
Most of the pamphlet is filled with horror stories of homosexuals being allowed to teach in schools or form clubs or of anti-pro-homosexuals being mistreated for their desire to discriminate against the rampant sodomy that'll infest the schools should gays and lesbians be treated equally.
Really, there's rarely as much fun reading FRC shit as when you come across lines like this: "Perhaps the most notorious one-day event was GLSEN’s annual conference in Massachusetts in 2000—now commonly known as the 'Fistgate' conference." The GLSEN is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. A report on the event, which will make you wet or get wood, describes a seminar where teenagers asked frank questions about sex, including, well, fisting, and the masturbation-inducing "Do lesbians rub their clits together?" (to which the Rude Pundit can only respond, "Aaah, prom night"). Frankly, we're all better human beings because some people actually call an event "Fistgate."
By the way, the author of the pamphlet is by Peter Sprigg, whose bio states that, prior to becoming a big deal at the FRC, he "had previously served as a pastor, a professional actor, and a congressional aide." And all of his books are about how evil homosexuals are? Uh-huh.
Yep, kids, the FRC's got you ready for the big scary world of the first day of school. Hell, the kit even includes How to Raise an American by Myrna Blyth, "an outstanding book on teaching such old-fashioned virtues as patriotism, decorum, and a work ethic," as well as five Ten Commandments book covers you can use to wrap your evolution-spouting science books. That'll teach those homosexuals who want you to be educated to live in the real world a thing or two.
The night before his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, President George W. Bush needed some inspiration for the words he was going to speak. Yes, he knew he was taking a risk in revising the conventional wisdom on the Vietnam War, that it was a war that should have never been fought, that Americans should have withdrawn long before we were neck deep in the Big Muddy. Hell, he himself had spoken with those well-worn notions as a backdrop. But his presidency, he knew, had been about nothing else but turning all conventional wisdom on its head, to say that those things the nation believed were true, those rights Americans believed were dear, those ideas of equality they thought were foundations, to say that all that supposed "truth" was actually lies.
Determinedly, his administration, like a pack of plague rats seeking a garbage dump, had gnawed away at it all, the liberties, the laws, the separation of powers, telling Americans they had been fed lies all along. Bush knows he's not so much a visionary as a revisionary, showing America how the last half century of its existence was premised not on liberation and progress, but on the existential crises that too much freedom precipitates, how history is actually a vindication for American triumphalism. And that, like the God he believes in, people just need a strong hand to guide them to his promised land. If only the faithful weren't so hard to convince.
He had the Secret Service bring around a small car for him Monday night. Weary from his trip back from Canada, Bush still knew he needed to commune with the dead in order to feel fully confident in his words. "The Memorial," he told them. And at first they headed over to the giant, seated Lincoln they had taken him to many times before on these late night jaunts. "No. 'Nam." One of the agents flinched, unnoticed. He hated it when the President called that war "'Nam," for his father had lost a leg over there, and the agent had been taught that only those who went could call it that.
At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the wall, you know, Bush walked along it, his fingers skipping over the engraved names. The Secret Service established a perimeter, getting any homeless people or lingerers to move on. They rolled their eyes to each other, knowing what was about to happen. It had happened to marble Lincoln so often. And Jefferson a bit less.
Bush pressed his face against the black granite. "Cold, like dead grandpa," he said to an agent, whose back was turned. Eventually, he traced his way to the center of the memorial, the bottom of the V built into the earth. "Like a hard pussy," he thought, and he leaned in and licked the cleavage between the walls. "Tastes dry, like Laura," he muttered, laughing to himself, then he announced to the agents, "Ya'll keep your backs turned, ya hear?" They knew the drill.
Unzipping his pants, President Bush took out his half-tumescent cock and rubbed it on the wall. "Yeah," he said as he became fully rigid. To him, the wall at that moment was just a pair of spread-eagled legs, like the legs of a slave girl, the haunches of a rotting corpse in the jungle, held open, just calling for a fucking. Propping himself awkwardly in the cleft, hands pressed against the sides, he began thrusting away, fucking right into the heart of the names of those who, to him, lost the war and disgraced America, yeah, they just had to lay there and take it, 'cause this goddamn wall should be twice as fuckin' large so that we could have taken down Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol...
"Shee-it," he exclaimed as a surge in his cock yielded only a dribble of cum, but, still, at least it was something. He pulled out a handkerchief and wiped himself off, put his limp, scraped dick away, and tossed the dirty hankie to an agent. "Take me back home, boys," he said. "I got a speech to practice."
This is from President Bush's visit to the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis on August 4. He's fucking waving at people. With the bridge in the background. With bodies still in the river at that point. He's fucking waving.
His speech today at the VFW where he said we should have kept fighting in Vietnam? It's pretty much the same thing as this image. In fact, so is his entire presidency: the crumbling nation is just the backdrop for his goofball, man o' the people bullshit antics.
(Since Blogger was fucked for most of the morning, more tomorrow on the VFW speech.)
In the realms of bugfuck insanity in the right-wing punditry, there's few that have come close to the taint self-licking paranoia and outright shitting oneself in public that Douglas MacKinnon's column achieved last week at Townhall.com (motto: "Proudly shitting ourselves in public for nearly a decade"). Titled "The Two Things You Need to Know Before Your City Is Nuked by Terrorists," MacKinnon lowers the bar on what passes for commentary to a level not even worms could squirm under. After speaking to a "former high level intelligence operative of our government" (which is broad enough to include both George Tenet and a spook who staked out Marshall Tito back in the day), MacKinnon is convinced, goddamn convinced that "Tragically, horrifyingly, but quite predictably, it’s going to happen. The only question being which American city or cities?"
Yep, that's the first things you need to know: that, like a first strike by the Soviet Union in the 1950s we all remember, it's going to happen. And why is that so? Well, when MacKinnon, not a willing tool, asked the former official that question, "his anger boiled out." Oooh, what's it gonna be? The Iraq war diverting our military and intelligence capacity from actually, you know, preventing such a thing from happening? Oh, no, little realist. Buckle your seatbelts and behold the rage of an old spy looking on our failed nation: "He pointed the finger squarely at our politicians and our politically correct, left-leaning media, who, in his opinion, have 'sealed our fate.' He spoke of politicians from both sides of the aisle who consider border security nothing more than a cheap tool to be used for their reelection and enrichment. He despaired about a media that not only gleefully leaks our nation’s most trusted secrets for partisan gain, but then willingly acts as a propaganda tool for the very terrorists intent on our total destruction."
God, how we've damned ourselves. Dear God, how Wolf Blitzer has failed us all.
But what to do? MacKinnon's advice is something not unakin to "Kiss your ass good-bye": "When said attack comes, you and your family are on your own. Period. My friend stressed that 'our government won’t be there to help us. It is broken beyond repair and incapable of assisting those most affected by the blast.' He talked of critical infrastructures like water, electricity, fuel, banks, our food supply, medical services, police and firefighters, being unavailable for weeks or months. He warned of the blind panic that would follow such an explosion. Of the looting, of neighbor turning on neighbor to take what they don’t have for their own survival. Of our economy suffering an economic loss in the trillions of dollars."
Man, we haven't seen craziness like this since before the Berlin Wall fell. MacKinnon may as well be taking out Joseph McCarthy's skull, sneering at it, calling the dead Senator a "pussy" before fucking its eyehole. This is the kind of nutzoid shit that all those conservative Chicken Littles have been praying for since the end of the Soviet Union so they can dust off their whips of nuclear holocaust and smack all our complacent asses with them. No wonder they want another 9/11. It'll give 'em a chance to say, "Told you so" to the hoped-for thousands of dead and injured people.
MacKinnon confronts us all at the end with these oh-so stark questions: " Knowing this, are you prepared? Can you and your family ride out the frighteningly unpredictable weeks or months following the loss of an American city and its inhabitants? If you are not in the city hit, can you survive?" Well, can you, motherfucker?
Maybe the answer is found in MacKinnon's recent novel, America's Last Days, wherein "A conservative president, say President Bush, is getting ready to be replaced by a liberal, say Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, after a crisis like something worse than 9/11. The nation's national security team is worried that the nation is going to pot." Man, a terrorist attack would send his sales through the roof.
The Testament of Solomon is a fascinating early Jewish text from, possibly, the first or fourth century. In it, King Solomon uses a magical ring to meet and talk to a bunch of demons, thus giving Goth kids and oh-so-spooky devil worshipers a template for their masturbatory maunderings. One of the demons Solomon interviews is Beelzebub, who describes his activities in an amazingly honest fashion for an angel who fell with Lucifer: "I said to him, 'What are your activities?' He replied, 'I bring destruction by means of tyrants; I cause the demons to be worshiped alongside men; and I arouse desire in holy men and select priests. I bring about jealousies and murders in a country, and I instigate wars.'" Oh, for the days of such forthright evil beings.
For when Karl Rove appeared on three of the Sunday morning gabfests, he was nothing if not the Prince of Lies, deflecting every accusation as mere piffle to his bloodstained truth. When David Gregory, on Meet the Press, asked Rove about his involvement in the Valerie Plame case or the U.S. attorney firings, he may as well have sliced open a goat and read its entrails in order to get to the truth. The ghastly ceremony that summoned Rove to NBC involved the kidneys of Mexican children, the anus of a warthog, and a call to an assistant.
Strangely, the only interviewer who got under Rove's pustulent skin was Chris "Why Won't My Father Hug Me?" Wallace on Fox "news." Indeed, in that one can read the entrails of the interview, Wallace's treatment of Rove was as good an indicator as any that the "news" network is done with the Bush administration. Every time Wallace would frame a question in a way that seemed to demand a definitive answer, Rove, smirking like an Abu Ghraib guard at the scared, shriveled penis of an Iraqi prisoner, would say, "Nice try," as when Wallace asked, in good "gotcha" fashion, "Why did you push to fire some U.S. attorneys in the president's second term?"
Yes, Wallace was irritating the shit out of Rove, and finally, the flesh mask melted away for a moment, revealing the voracious, scabby visage that'd make Medusa say, "Goddamn, wrap a scarf around that shit or something." When Wallace pushed on the attorney firings, Rove's contempt for all those who would question him leaped to the fore: "I know you don't understand you're being an agent of Congress when you ask me that question, but you are." Got that? Chris Wallace of Fox "news" is just a tool of those fuckers in Congress who would dare question the White House.
Wallace, in a line that would be laughable in most other contexts replied, "I like to think I'm an agent of the public, not the Congress." Rove would not back down, saying to Wallace, "Well, in this instance, you're an agent of Senator Leahy and Congressman Waxman." So to even question the notion of executive privilege is to be named an enemy of the administration. And you see that language - "an agent," doing their "bidding." Man, nobody can demonize like a demon. See, Rove's argument is that he's protecting the Constitution by giving advice to the President. Rasputin doesn't have to fuckin' tell you what he advised the Czar to do.
Remember: Rove's purposes in being are to protect George W. Bush and to make sure that his kind of Republicans have power. That's the filter through which to view his disparaging comments against Hillary Clinton, calling her an "incompetent, traitorous cunt with teeth who everyone hates and whose very existence poisons the country," or words to that effect. Also, remember that Karl Rove plays the long game and he only has a few well-worn tricks. So the obvious answer is that he's seeking to drive up Clinton's negatives among Republicans under the idea that she's gonna be the nominee.
But here's the twist in Rove's twisted mind: Rove wants Clinton to be the nominee, not just because he thinks she's the major candidate who's most easily defeated in a general election, not just because it gives him a chance to pull out all stops on his vile smear machine, but because he wants to defeat a Clinton. Right now one of the most damaging things to George W. Bush's legacy, which Rove is responsible for, is that it's making the Clinton legacy so much brighter. (Remember: we're thinking like Rove here, not like human beings.) To tarnish the Clinton legacy, and to secure his own, he needs the head of a Clinton on his wall.
Beelzebub will not be denied.
After reading former New York City mayor, presidential candidate, and bald man Rudy Giuliani's manifesto on America's place in the world in Foreign Affairs, the Rude Pundit was left with a few questions, a strong desire to drink straight rye whiskey, and a stomachache that felt like he had been stomped by jack-booted thugs. Because while Giuliani spouts on and on about how theworldchangedafter9/11, someone needs to ask this glowing essence of terrorist fighting light a simple question: How exactly did you help New York City recover from 9/11?
'Cause, using a magical calendar, it's pretty easy to determine that Giuliani was only the mayor of New York (not "America's Mayor," which is more honorific or exploitable) for four months after the World Trade Center was destroyed. And then he spent the next few years making shitloads of money from speaker's fees and Giuliani Partners (financially benefiting enormously from hyping the terrorist threat so that corporations and others would use the services of his "security consulting" firm), fighting Hillary Clinton, fighting cancer, and banging his new wife. And basking in the glow left behind after he was buffed clean of the dust of the Twin Towers.
'Cause, see, New York City's recovery after the end of 2001 had nothing to do with Rudy Giuliani. Mike Bloomberg took over in January 2002 (after an election that Giuliani tried to postpone). All Giuliani did, the sum total of his 9/11 experience, is that he held some hands and was a cheerleader, along with cooperating with the feds. Giuliani's just the skeevy fucker at an accident scene who makes sure he gets in front of the TV cameras, ready to thank God that no one else was hurt or to say anything it takes to keep that red light burning in his direction.
So when you read Giuliani's Foreign Affairs screed (and it is a screed just gussied up for a more prestigious publication than, say, Newsmax), you're getting the opinion of a man whose credentials are: doing little to protect New York City after the 1993 bombing (other than making a really cool love nest/war room that blew up real good on 9/11), leaving office (by law) while the World Trade Center hole was still warm, and massively profiting off the very wars he wishes to foster. Anyone wanna talk some more about Barack Obama's lack of experience?
And you oughta read the thing. As others have pointed out, it's some insane and dangerous shit. It's also hilarious, the kind of hyperbole that seems like it was written in a backwoods shack by a bugfuck nutzoid hermit tweaking on homemade meth, thinking he's surrounded by man-eating bears and scrotum-gnawing weasels. In other words, very Republican.
"We are all members of the 9/11 generation," writes Giuliani at the outset, which is like being part of the Woodstock generation, but with less fucking. Yep, it's a new age, says Rudy, "when old ideas have to be rethought and new ideas have to be devised to meet new challenges." Prior to 9/11, no one ever thought to devise new ideas to meet new challenges - it's why we still fire muskets at incoming RPGs.
Then he goes completely unhinged, like rhino-tranq-that-motherfucker-before-he-kills-again crazed. See, Rudy says we have to try to create a "realistic peace... Achieving a realistic peace means balancing realism and idealism in our foreign policy...realism must help us recognize the road we must travel to achieve them." But watch out - "A realistic peace is not a peace to be achieved by embracing the 'realist' school of foreign policy thought." So we must be realistic with our realism but not be realists. Aw, fuck, that was just like a punch to the temple.
Most of the rest of the essay is like George W. Bush without the nuance, the kind of Manichaeism that'd make Mani go, "Whoa, dude, back the fuck off." It's filled with the "no shit" broad generalizations that mark the idiots' dictums of the neocon movement: "America is a nation that loves peace and hates war...The world is a dangerous place." The kind of bullshit that politicians laugh about later that they put another one over on us yahoos.
But if you want scary funny, the kind of "oh, he can't really mean that" progression of logic, let's just throw two lines up together. Early in the piece, Giuliani says, "At the core of all Americans is the belief that all human beings have certain inalienable rights that proceed from God but must be protected by the state." Later, talking about "Extending the International System's Benefits," he writes, "Securing the rights of men, women, and children everywhere should be a core commitment of any country that counts itself as part of the civilized world." So rights that are gifts from a God, where both "rights" and "God" are defined by Americans (but are never defined by Rudy in this essay, for specifics are the tools of the effete), must be secured for all people of the Earth. Now, how are Muslim nations supposed to feel safe in Rudyworld? Or maybe that's the point - they're not. Either way, the second you introduce the big sky wizard into the argument, you're gonna lose.
Oh, what fun it would be to pick apart the entire thing, a rant disguised as reason, a way to make dumb people feel smart, to justify every past mistake (don't you get it? We really almost won the Vietnam war. Hippies were wrong). He praises events like Van Cliburn playing in the Soviet Union as helping bring down the Berlin Wall, but says of a post-Fidel Cuba, we must "resist any step that allows a decrepit, corrupt regime from consolidating its power under Raúl Castro." Although, again, what those steps might be beyond letting Hannah Montana play Havana are never defined.
In other words, there's nothing this power-hungry motherfucker won't say to pump up his street cred, making him seem like a bad-ass, when, really, he's just another whiny rich dick who wants to take credit for shit he didn't do and out tough guy the other tough guys. It's just amazing, in a Barnum-like way, that people still give a damn about what he has to say.
Often, watching the Bush administration in action is a little like watching a magician opening for strippers named Bodacious Ta-tas Lorraine or Lady Kitty Cockswallow at a no-cover bar at a Boise truck stop in the 1960s. The magician, maybe named "the Great Ballini" or something equally clever, isn't very good, his card forces a little too forced, his coins and hankies too obviously tucked away, his sleight of hand clumsy, his hidden compartments clunky. But, still and all, to half-drunk truck drivers wanting feathered boobies and sequined cooters thrust in their faces on a cold Idaho night on the road, it's distracting as long as you don't pay too much attention. The problem, of course, is that once you know the tricks, the magic dissipates and all you've got is a loser desperately trying to entertain you with dirty-puns and a suit that needed to be cleaned last month.
So, while there's been an uproar over how the Petraeus report is not the Petraeus report, but actually the White House report, well, the idea that General Petraeus was ever going to write the report is just so many ripped dollar bills magically mended with a wave of the hand. According to the actual legislation, "The President, having consulted with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, the United States Ambassador to Iraq, and the Commander of U.S. Central Command, will prepare the report and submit the report to Congress" and "The President shall submit a second report to the Congress, not later than September 15, 2007" and "Prior to the submission of the President's second report on September 15, 2007, and at a time to be agreed upon by the leadership of the Congress and the Administration, the United States Ambassador to Iraq and the Commander, Multi-National Forces Iraq will be made available to testify in open and closed sessions before the relevant committees of the Congress."
So, while everyone and his Cheney was talking about the great and mighty "General Petraeus's report" or some such shit, that was just spin, spin that the Democrats got tricked into using. And while Democrats were right to balk at the idea that Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker would give only closed-door testimony, well, fuck, read the goddamn bill. Remember: the Bush White House parses every letter of every word to see how to manipulate things in their favor, or they just issue a signing statement that says, in so many words, "Kiss my chicken-fried ass."
Smoke and mirrors. Push-up bras or socks in the crotch. Nothing is ever what it seems in this mad age with these madmen. Take Gitmo. Even as candidates like crazed robot Mitt Romney talk about doubling its size or Republicans and their foul lackeys in the media say things like, "We don't want them strange-talkin' people we tortured on our soil," the Bush administration approached Canada about taking over a dozen Chinese Gitmo detainees who have been determined, through long years of nut vices and forced nudity, to have no connection to the eeevil people of the world (or at least those that we deem eeevil). But, it seems, we can't just return them to China because, well, shit, seems they were captured by Pakistani bounty hunters because they were fleeing persecution in China. Lucky thing they were turned over to the USA. For cash.
Oh, China wants 'em back. Wants 'em back bad. We even let Chinese officials "interview" them. That must have been waterboardtastic. And China has "pressured" other countries into not taking the men, who, despite being no threat to America, live in cells for 22 hours a day. Remember how it used to be really cool when Soviets or Chinese would defect? Remember political asylum? Goddamn, how wonderful America seemed back then.
Now we beg Canada to take them because our toy-poisoning Chinese masters have told us to keep our filthy freedom-loving hands off them. Canada, though, said, in so many words, "Kiss our Canuck asses. Hard."
Or, like that pathetic magician whose pigeons have flown off and are now shitting all over the club, "Clean up your own fucking mess."
So, on Monday, just before announcing that Karl Rove was heading out to befoul the nation at large, George W. Bush visited with the war wounded at the DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Dragging Bob Dole and Donna Shalala along with him with the promise of implementing their report that said, more or less, the medical care system for vets is a combination of incompetence, feces-sitting, and cockroaches, Bush also implored Congress to get involved in the action.
In a series of sentences so bizarre that it puts the "taught" in "tautological," Bush said, "When they come back in September, we want to work with Congress to pass that which is necessary to make sure that the Dole-Shalala commission recommendations are fully implemented. In other words, there are some aspects of the commission recommendations that require congressional approval. We believe it's important for Congress to listen to the commission. We believe the recommendations make a lot of sense, and we would ask for the Congress to pass those recommendations as quickly as possible, so I can sign them into law." In other words, ice cream is tasty. And sweet. So let's eat it.
Then Bush expressed amazement at the miracles taking place around him: "There's an amazing -- there's a lot of amazing things taking place here in this facility. For example, we saw information technology, health care records that are being passed seamlessly from the Department of Defense to the VA, to make sure that the care providers here have got up-to-date access for each patient." Imagine - big electronical machines whose vacuum tubery allows them to transfer informationality from one telecyclopedia to the other. And it doesn't even require punch cards. Jesus, the man's never heard of an "attached document."
Another amazing thing is the kayaking. No, seriously, the fuckin' kayaking: "We saw volunteers helping the wounded learn to regain balance and confidence through kayaking programs." Really - kayaking:
And while kayaking may be a fine way to engage in physical therapy, is it truly "amazing"? Cool, perhaps, but "amazing"?
It just doesn't take much to amaze a man who thinks that a couple of less dead Americans is progress and that a bill to give health insurance to poor children is unwarranted government involvement in people's lives. Bush continued his amazinosity at the work of the hospital staff: "I saw physical therapists -- I heard physical therapists talk about their patients with the kind of care and compassion that obviously requires a big heart and strong commitment." What's the alternative? For the therapists to talk about their patients as faceless pieces of meat ready to be patched up to be sent back to be slaughtered again? To promise to neglect them in filthy rooms? "Care and compassion" ought to be among the bare minimum standards, no?
Bush finished his visit with this promise: "If we find problems, we'll solve the problems." But, of course, the most convenient way to avoid solving problems is to avoid looking for them and hoping they don't rear their ugly problematic heads.
Karl Rove's ex-leather slave is worried. Feeling something not unakin to pity, he had watched his ex-master announce his resignation after reading Rove's prognostications and strenuous anti-prostrations in the Wall Street Journal. When he was Karl Rove's leather slave, the ex-leather slave was kept in the basement of the White House, chained to a broken radiator next to Andrew Johnson's Freedmen-stomping shoes covered in dried blood and just to the right of Warren G. Harding's giant-sized box of lamb intestine prophylactics ("Ribbed For the Delight of the Damsels"); if his mouth was Rove's playground, his anus was the Boy Genius's very own Six Flags Over Texas, complete with its own concession stand. Escaping after Rove was distracted at the end of the 2006 midterms, the ex-leather slave now lives anonymously in Virginia, and he is worried.
At first, watching Rove speak, the ex-leather slave felt a familiar twinge in his asshole, seeing his ex-master's howler monkey face slack and unusually calm, much like it was after withdrawing his cock from the leather slave's sphincter, ordering the leather slave to lick him clean. Rove would become introspective in those moments, as a man may when he's come in the ass of a human he more or less owns, maybe even getting a washcloth for the welts he left on the leather slave's back. Yes, seeing Rove next to the President, who had so often jacked off to videos of Rove's basement antics, the ex-leather slave felt a nearly Pavlovian need to finger his own prostate until he was just about to ejaculate and then stop, as Rove had ordered him to do so often, denying his own pleasure.
He was wondering why Rove was leaving. Was it because, like another mad, deformed Rumplestiltskin, someone had seen him dancing freakily in the forest, proclaiming his real name? Once you know you don't have to give away your firstborn to the dwarf who spun your gold out of shit, you can be free. No, that couldn't be it. No one but he, Karl Rove's ex-leather slave, knew the real Rove. Then, during the announcement, he saw it. Or more precisely, he heard it. And it chilled him to his no-longer-strung-up balls.
It was when Rove's voice quavered as he spoke, "At month's end, I will join those whom you meet in your travels, the ordinary Americans who tell you they are praying for you." The CNN anchors said Rove was getting choked up. But, no, no, that wasn't the truth. He wanted to call them and tell them that they were reading it wrong. He knew that it wasn't sadness or admiration or regret. It was pure disdain and hatred and anger, swallowed down, gagging him, not so much a lump in his throat as vomit at the very idea of "ordinary Americans." The ex-leather slave had heard that before, that savage rage, usually just before Rove made the slave play Jesus to his centurion, adding repeated sodomizings to the spiked bullwhipping of Christ; goddamn, it was like Rove was writing a new book to the Bible those nights, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Karl. Rove hates you all, the ex-leather slave wanted to say to the gathered reporters, you may know that, but you don't know how much. Karl Rove hates us all, and he's gonna prove how much.
He looked back at the Journal interview. Jesus, it's so obvious, thought the ex-leather slave. See, Rove's alleged greatness is that, because he lies and speaks the truth with such fluidity, one cannot distinguish them. The really, truly, demonic liars know that you have to be demonstrably right at least part of the time. Yes, yes, of course he's stumbled since 2006. Of course, his myriad sins are nipping at his heels like the waves of a tide coming in, but Rove has always walked on the ocean's edge. What we cannot know is what Rove really believes and what he wants us to believe so that he can accomplish what he really believes.
Take, for instance, Rove's comment on Hillary Clinton as "a tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate." How do you read that? Is it the truth, that he is saying what Republicans believe? What they wish? Or is he announcing in advance a threat, that Republicans are keeping their powder dry until the nomination, that they have something they can use and manipulate to blow up a Clinton candidacy? Masterful, just like when Rove would tell his ex-leather slave that he was going to shove a hot dog into his ass and instead he'd slam an eleven-inch dildo. Always keep 'em guessing. The devil is doubt for doubt sows division and division gives the devil the chance to harvest souls.
Yes, Rove can say he's going to write a book. He can say he's going to spend time with his family. That is probably true. But the ex-leather slave knows. He heard it in Rove's voice, a voice that said to the ex-leather slave, "I am not done with you."
Rove is going to come after him, the ex-leather slave has decided. Rove wants him back, and Rove can't get him back trapped in the White House with the buffoon he turned into a king. No, he's got to be out in America, using whoever he needs to find the ex-leather slave, whose jaws throb in painful memory of cocks and ball gags, for no one escapes Karl Rove. The ex-leather slave isn't sure who it will be, Thompson, maybe, or, god, no, Giuliani - the idea of Rove and Giuliani together is like mixing ammonium nitrate and kerosene and shoving it up his ass.
The ex-leather slave wants to warn people about this man, this Karl, this Rove, this ferocious, bejowled sociopath, this lamprey, this parasite seeking a host. But if he does, he risks everything. He is, after all, just Karl Rove's ex-leather slave, trying desperately to avoid being trussed up for another four years.
The Rude Pundit's hitting the skies today, leaving Red State America behind once again. He'll have more to say about the forgotten Katrina landscape later this week. But for now, in case you were wondering if the White House could dick over Louisiana just a little bit more, you're in luck.
Seems that the White House is threatening to veto a water resources bill that was negotiated between Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress, that passed with overwhelming support in the House, and that included levee and coastal restoration projects to help prevent large-scale hurricane damage in south Louisiana, including an area directly affecting 120,000 people.
The White House has made noise about the potential wetland impact of the levee system and the cost of the bill. But let's be clear: the other reason the White House is gonna veto this fucker is because it's a model of the kind of bipartisanship it desperately wants the Congress to avoid. The bill itself shows that politicians can function, and the Bush administration can't have that. It totally fucks up the White House's narrative that only it can rise above the fray with solutions.
That's not to mention that the White House was left out of the loop on the negotiations. The threatened veto, which might not be overridden, makes the President seem like the fourth guy in a room where a menage a trois is occurring, pissed off that he's consigned to watching rather than filling an orifice. Of course, that's one kind of man, a selfish prick. Another more decent, fulfilled man might enjoy the sight of such carnal pleasure in motion and sit this one out.
Up, up, and away.
Serving their country, Josh and Tagg Romney visit "the world's largest bull," or, more appropriately, the world's largest plaster of Paris bull, in Iowa. It's sort of like being pinned down in Baquba by small arms fire and the occasional RPG under 120 degree heat while wearing 50-pounds of equipment, except with more, you know, bull.
You know why the Romney boys are not signing up for the military? Goddamn, the answer's so simple and logical and in line with their father's philosophy that it's staring us in the face. It's so obvious that you wonder why Mitt doesn't just use the truth. It's because each and every one of the five brothers must be gay. Out in the fields of Iowa, they must have been lapping down farm boy chowder like it was pouring from Brigham Young's ass. And the military still doesn't allow practicing homosexuals to join up. So, really, they're just being patriots.
C'mon, Ben, Craig, Josh, Matt, and Tagg. If you tell us that, then we'll understand why not a single one of you has volunteered for the war your father wants to have other people killed for.
Man, queer love, black cock, and abusive parents. Ah, prom night. And also the last week of guest bloggers at the Rude Pundit's joint.
Let's give it up for African American Opinion of African American Political Pundit, Shark-Fu of Angry Black Bitch, Angry Independent of Mirror on America, Terrance of Republic of T, and the ubiquitous Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend and Pandagon.
The Rude Pundit was gonna send them sea shells, but then the hermit crabs bit him and he tossed those fuckers back in the ocean. That'll teach 'em.
Monster movies have taught us many things: our inability to control mad science, the way fearsome beasts are pussies when confronted with fire, nuclear radiation does bad things. Basic but meaningful lessons that inform our daily lives among the monsters. And there's one lesson filled with pathos but remarkable in its logic: if you create something that goes on a rampage (and you're not an evil mad scientist - just a, well, plain ol' mad one), it's pretty much your responsibility to kill it or at least tell people how to stop it before it totally wipes out a village or Tokyo or the world. Sure, you can have regrets, talk about how your three-armed giant toad/human hybrid is just acting on toad instinct, but that slimy motherfucker's gotta be suckin' down a grenade, blowing its viscosity (and its sadly human heart) all over downtown before the credits roll.
So, demonstrating once again that old money means never having to say you're sorry, it seems that George H. W. Bush, the older one, the boob father who couldn't manhunt Manuel Noriega without tearing up half of Panama, thus offering a template for future fuckery, is feeling sad that people say mean things about his son. How much of a wimp is HW? Apparently, it causes him "pain" when someone he knows says, "I love you, sir, but your son’s way off base here." Jesus, what would happen if one of his inner circle said, "I have nothing but the high hard man love for you, dude, but, goddamn, this fuckin' tard son of yours is gonna make sure we're all walkin' around with information chips up our asses, suckin' poison air through gas masks while we're all gettin' suicide blown to shit at the malls, our zombie soldiers keep fighting even after they've had their arms and guts shot to hell, and Congress doesn't even take a piss without his say so, and I think he'd like it that way."
In her lubricious hummer of an article in the New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg doesn't neglect Poppy's balls, either: "he likens himself to a Little League father whose kid is having a rough game. And like the proud and angry Little League dad who cannot help but yell at the umpire, sometimes he just cannot help getting involved." See? It's all like Little League, except the home team is deciding the rule book as it goes and none of the cute kiddies are driving over IEDs. Yet. Recruitment goals must be met, you know.
Stolberg licks Poppy's taint while giving creepy details of the family's relationship: "When the clan is in Kennebunkport, all the Bush children, the president included, stream into their parents’ bedroom at the crack of dawn for coffee." Yes, stories are told throughout the Bush family about Barbara Bush, very much the matriarch, having each child, in turn, pretend to suckle at her dried-fig dugs, telling them to "Have a little of Mommy's cream in your Colombian." Unless you're rich enough to buy an entire nation, you wouldn't understand.
If you were a friend of Poppy, you might give him some advice: "Would you fuckin' do something about your twit man-child before he wrecks the joint?" Andrew Card could tell whenever Poppy called his son: "Sometimes he’d ask me a probing question. And I’d think, Hmm, I don’t think that question came from him." That's right. If George W. Bush, our current goddamn President, asked something more than, "You think it's funny that Afghanistan and Pakistan and all those other countries end in 'Stan'? I think I'll call 'em 'the Stans,' so whenever I say, 'What's up with the Stans?' that's what I'm talkin' about. Should I issue an executive order to that effect?" then the question came from Poppy.
Of course, sometimes, Satan's just sitting there in a buried line, daring you to find him. Stolberg writes, "The former president is often asked how he steers clear of second-guessing his son, and his answer is always the same: that he is not qualified to second-guess because only the occupant of the Oval Office has complete access to the kind of intelligence reports that inform presidential decisions." Now, throughout the debate about the debate about debating the war, President Bush, this one, kept saying that Congress saw the same intelligence he did. It was the de facto buck pass. Now, here's Bush's father saying, "No, only the President sees it all." Any right wing bag of spooge who spouted that line endlessly wanna take it back?
The entire article tells us that blood is thicker than nation, that it's easier fall back on bromides like, as Stolberg quotes, the father "supports his son 'in every single way with every fiber of my body,'" that sometimes Dr. Frankenstein says we can all go fuck ourselves - he just created the monster and isn't it cool to just watch it wreck the town?
It started when Pam saw the same news story I did, and had the same thoughts. I hadn't planned on writing this series, but lately some right wing whack jobs have been chafing my ass like a polyester g-string with their notions that LGBT parents are selfish, abusive mofo's, by virtue of being queer. Motherhood and fatherhood, apparently, is all about who you fuck.
Never mind that just about anybody who can pee straight can make a baby, while most queer parents have to jump through the flaming hoops of adoption or IVF to become parents. Apparently, jonsin' for the right set of genitals is enough to make you a better candidate for babydaddy/babbymamahood than queers who have the misfortune of not being able to fall down drunk and get up pregnant. (We've tried. Believe me, we've tried.)
As I've said previously, their fucked up logic is that while being straight doesn't automatically make you a good parent, it makes you a better candidate for parenthood than a queer, because you can't be gay and be a good parent no matter what the research says. I didn't it made any fucking sense, but for people who also believe they're gonna eat pie in the sky with Jesus while they watch the earth burn, sometime next week, it's as close to making sense as they'll every get.
So I decided to see what I could learn from some of these superior heterosexual parents.
"Here's the unmentionable secret: Racism isn't that big a deal any more. No sensible person supports it. Nobody of importance preaches it. It's rapidly becoming an ugly memory."Well he got one part right -- no sensible person supports it. Take the story of Florida State Representative Bob Allen (R-of course). He also served as John McCain campaign’s co-chairman in Florida. He had a 90% Christian Coalition voting record. But he also allegedly had a taste for big black man meat.
-- White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, back in the day (Fox News Sunday, October 6, 2003)
Rep. Allen picked the restroom at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Titusville to satisfy his need for chocolate oral pleasure. As he cruised the stalls, he solicited an undercover male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform suck off the black man in blue for $20. Yes, he was going to pay to perform.
When the cop lifted his shirt and showed Allen the badge, imagine what kind of excuses ran through his mind to explain away the encounter -- the devil made him do it? Drugs? Booze?
Those all would have made sense. Too easy. All of the GOP sexual hypocrites have it down pat -- just check into rehab and hope everyone will forget about the indiscretion.
No. Bob Allen reached back into the recesses of his bigoted mind and probably said "Eureka! The big black buck made me do it! He was about to mug me and I needed to do anything to beat a path from these dangerous darkies."
State Rep. Bob Allen told police he was just playing along when a undercover officer suggested in a public restroom that the legislator give him oral sex and $20 because he was intimidated, according to a taped statement and other documents released Thursday.For a man scared out of his f*cking gourd at the Giant Stocky Negro about to attack him, Allen sure handled himself well with this improv, from the police report:
…”This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park,” Allen, who is white, told police in a taped statement after his arrest. Allen said he feared he “was about to be a statistic” and would have said anything just to get away. Allen, who couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, has repeatedly declared his innocence, his intention to fight the charges and his desire to stay in office.
The officer: “I was standing against the far wall of the stall. Allen closed the door behind him and stood against it. I said “what’s up” and Allen said “Hi.” Allen then said “this is kind of a public place isn’t it.” I said “do you have somewhere else where we can go?” Allen said “How about across the bridge it’s quite [sic] over there.” Allen engaged me in a conversation in which he agreed to pay me $20.00 in order to perform a “blow job” on me.”
The above exchange took place after Allen entered the restroom twice cruising, peeped over the stall wall at the officer and then pushed open the door to join the officer to proposition him.
We should all react with such innovative self-defense maneuvers when confronted by a menacing Big Black Buck in the Bathroom. Penis-in-mouth = getaway car.
Many thanks to The Rude One for letting me drop by again (read my guest post from last year, It's All About the Sex). You can read slightly less rude material at Pam's House Blend.
Much attention has been given to Pat Tillman in recent weeks, for the way that his family was misled about his death in Afghanistan. Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch has also received considerable media attention. Even the soldiers being Court martialed have received plenty of media coverage.
But there is one soldier who has hardly been mentioned. Most Americans are not even aware of this soldiers name. Yet her story is no less important than the Tillman or the Lynch stories. In fact, if Americans knew about her story, many would be saddened and outraged about the way that her family has been treated. I feel that if the truth were to come out about her case, it could easily dwarf the case of Pat Tillman. And the story of Jessica Lynch would not come close. Yet, for 2 years, the national media has ignored her case. (But there is plenty of coverage for Paris Hilton and Britney Spears).
The soldier that I speak of is Army Pvt. Lavena Lynn Johnson. She would have celebrated her 22nd birthday just a few days ago (July 27th). (picture)
This has to be one of the biggest stories in the Country that is not getting National Coverage.
Young Pvt. Lavena Johnson, was killed in Iraq on July 19th, 2005. Evidence in the case points to assault and murder. However, the Army has been covering up the killing, calling the soldiers death a suicide instead. The Army has refused to provide the family with key documents, and has ignored the families attempts to find answers in their daughters death.
Immediately after her death, the Army told the Johnson family that Lavena did not die from suicide. (1) But a few days later, the Army changed its story and called it a suicide by way of a self inflicted gunshot. The case was never properly investigated. The FBI should have taken over this case, once it appeared that foul play was involved.
The family put up an initial fight, but then the case faded.
Right after her death, I attempting to get more light shined on the issue. I wrote newspapers, and TV stations, without success. I guess they felt that it was more important to spend all of their time talking about Strippers like Anna Nicole Smith. I even attempted to get "Black Reporters" Tavis Smiley and Ed Gordon to cover this story, but neither of their programs ever responded to my e-mails via their websites.
I immediately saw red flags with this case, because the circumstances were so suspicious. First and foremost:
1. Lavena Johnson was not a candidate for suicide, based on all of the accounts that described her personality, demeanor, her spirit, etc. None of that pointed to suicide. Also, she was nearing the time when she would be coming home and had been making plans with her family.
2. Secondly, from a physical/scientific standpoint it would have been nearly impossible for her to shoot herself in the side of the head with an M-16 with her weak hand. The bullet wound was on the left side of her head, but Lavena was right handed. Typically this is not how a suicide would be done with an M-16 rifle. In addition, weapons residue & forensics tests showed that she did not even fire the weapon.
3. Her face and upper body showed signs that she had been beaten. She had a broken nose, a busted lip, and her front teeth had been knocked loose. The funeral service workers had to repair her face before her funeral. Other parts of her body also showed signs of trauma.
I did not want to push too hard at the time, because the family did not seem interested in dealing with the issue. They wanted to grieve instead.
But there are now new developments in the case, and the family is once again fighting for a new investigation. Local St. Louis TV Station KMOV Channel 4 covered the case this week, and even more evidence has surfaced in the case that was not previously reported. See video here. The new evidence supports the case that Lavena was brutally murdered in her tent.
This case should be brought to national prominence, because a disgusting injustice has been committed here. The killer or killers are out there walking free.
My theory on what may have happened to this young soldier? She was likely a victim of a rape or sexual assault of some kind, likely by superior officers or enlisted soldiers. In an effort to cover up their crime and keep her from telling anyone, they decided to kill her. The evidence in the case shows that the suspect (s) attempted to destroy evidence at the crime scene, including an attempt to try to set the crime scene on fire. The new information also shows that there was a blood trail leading outside from Lavena's tent. If she shot herself in the head with an M-16, then she would not have been able to get up and walk outside of her tent to create the blood trail. Another person would have had to do that.
OR an alternate scenario could be that Lavena was a witness to or knew of serious criminal activity involving officers or senior enlisted folks over there. She must have saw something or heard something, and her superiors knew that she could be a witness against them. In an effort to guarantee that she would not tell what she knew, someone decided to have her killed.
Either way, this case deserves National attention, and the FBI should get involved. From seeing other cases in Iraq involving Iraqi civilians, we know that these kinds of events have taken place. The problem with these kinds of cases involving soldiers overseas is that evidence is lost and potential witnesses and suspects are reassigned to other bases over a certain period of time. But this is exactly why this needs to be an FBI case, because any new case would involve several jurisdictions.
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (or CID), which is typically responsible for investigating crimes on Army installations, has proved that #1. It may not have the resources and/or the manpower to investigate such a complex case, and #2. It has shown that it is not trustworthy in terms of being an impartial entity in this case. This is especially important if the offender or offenders were Army officers…and if the Army itself is involved in this cover-up.
Let's bring national attention to this issue so that justice can be served...for Lavena, her family, and for the other young women in the military who may have found themselves in similar situations (or will in the future), and may not have known how to seek help if help was even available at all.
This kind of vile injustice (far worse than what happened to Pat Tillman) should not be allowed to stand.
Fast Forward To April of 2007
This is a case that I have been following for a long time. It now looks as if things are finally beginning to move.... See video of latest developments here.
Johnson, a 19 year old soldier from St. Louis, was killed in Iraq in 2005. However, the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death point to murder and a government cover-up. The case has been stalled for several months, due to stonewalling by the Army. However, the U.S. Congress has now gotten involved in the case. This is the first sign of any significant national involvement. The case had basically been ignored on the national level, until now. It was only a local story.... But with the recent revelations about Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman and others, the Johnson case is finally getting at least some national attention.
Ironically.... if the truth comes to light in the LaVena Johnson case, it could easily dwarf the cases of Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch (as if those cases were not bad enough). Yet, the Tillman & Lynch cases have gotten all the media attention.
It was blog activity (from several people) that kept this issue alive.
Fast Forward to May of 2007
Lavena Johnsons body was exhumed and an independent autopsy was performed. The final report is still pending. The Army is still stonewalling the family and Congress regarding documents and other evidence in the case.
This is currently where the case stands.
The publics help is still needed to get this story on the national stage. Once in the spotlight, pressure could be brought to bare to force officials into action.
Please call or write your member of Congress. If you are a journalist or the editor of a newspaper or magazine, you could help by covering the story and getting the word out.
I am The Angry Independent.... writing from St. Louis, Missouri, and I run the blog Mirror On America.
See the original 2005 media report
Other Blogs and Reports on This Story
Johnson And Tillman Families Deserve Answers
Post from Waveflux
A bitch has lost my share of car keys…my favorite tube of MAC lipstick whilst at the club…and my wallet more than once (wince).
But this bitch is having a hard time wrapping my mind around losing 190,000 AK-47 assault weapons in a war zone.
I’m also struggling with the news that the pentagon didn’t track those weapons by serial number.
For the love of all that’s holy, the Girl Scouts track cookie sales by serial number! Is it too much to ask the Pentagon to do the same for AK-47s?
Okay...okay, okay...I just read this story about warrantless eavesdropping and I think I may have a solution to the problem of locating the missing weapons.
Instead of listening in to my personal conversations with discussing how fucked up it is that the Pentagon lost 190,000 guns that are most likely going to be used against American soldiers which means my tax money just armed the insurgency…mercy…why not used all that nifty technology to listen in to Iraqi conversations and see if anyone there is chatting about a shitload of AK-47s?
Or mayhap listen in on some Pentagon conversations and find out just how many officials can't find their ass with both hands?
Logs off to go order Thin Mints...
He's tired of having Brownback pointing out the fact that Romney has switched his position on choice.
Oh, and he’s tired of having to answer questions about being Mormon.
Ummm…well, he’s fine with that as long as he can talk about his family and so forth or use his faith as an excuse for going anti-choice.
How’s about I toss out something new for Romney & Co. to chew on?
This bitch noticed that Mitt has five grown sons. I also noticed that Romney is decidedly pro-war…which was surprising since he didn’t exactly get his Audie Murphy on back in the day over Vietnam.
With five sons…five healthy adult sons…and America at war with the Army facing a recruitment problem …well, this bitch is curious about those Romney boys military service or lack there of.
Or is the hypocrisy of asking others to put their life on the line for this fubar war when your own chil’ren sleep on a soft mattress safe at home another touchy topic?
I’m just asking!
And shit, at least that’s a newish question (wink).
I had to use my trusted sleep relaxation technique, which involved imagining Ann Coulter handcuffed to a wall in my dream-based dungeon and being forced to watch Eyes on the Prize over and over and over again.
That one works every time, bless it.
Anyhoo, my name is Shark-fu of AngryBlackBitch.com and I will be your Mistress of Bitchitude for the day.
Yes, this bitch was shocked too (wink).
Chris was cranking through the political happenings of the weekend and dropping his sound bites like healthy fiber induced shits. He finished with some stuff on Hillary Clinton and how her admission at Yearly Kos that some of her friends are lobbyists may or may not hurt her with the base.
Then he said something along the lines of Clinton being the establishment candidate but not completely because “She’s a woman and that’s going to be a big change.”
I popped some more Excedrin, shot back the rest of my coffee and then replayed that shit.
Senator Clinton is the establishment candidate for the Democratic Party but not totally because she’s a woman?
Now that’s a juicy bone for Monday morning blogging!
Shark-fu’s random speculation over Senator Clinton’s establishment status while waiting for the meds to kick the fuck in and kill my hangover…
A woman announces she’s running for President and everyone assumes that a lot of shit is going to change…that she’s going to bring with her a knowledge of oppression, a different perspective, a different management style…you know, a "woman’s touch".
But the candidate that has emerged is an establishment candidate who knows the path and is sticking to it...big time.
Matthews (and he is in no way alone on this) would believe that Senator Clinton’s gender somehow trumps her political resume.
But I challenge the logic of that!
As a matter of fact this bitch finds it insulting.
Politics is littered with examples of the diversity of political perspective within womankind. Hell, that political spectrum includes Bay Buchanan’s rancid self and goes all the way over to the fantabulous Angela Davis!
But pundits have been giving Senator Clinton a pass of sorts by assuming they know her position on all things women are assumed to feel the same towards….reproductive choice, military force and domestic policy shit.
We’re months into this race and they are still struggling with that shit.
Still to come while the Rude Pundit is soaking in saltwater - hey, was that just a flock of pelicans that went by? Those are some freaky motherfuckers, the Mitch McConnells of the seabird world, sitting calmly while swallowing living creatures whole - anyways, here's a reminder list:
Monday, August 6: Shark-Fu of Angry Black Bitch
Tuesday, August 7: Angry Independent of Mirror on America
Wednesday, August 8: Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend, Pandagon, and, for August, Americablog; and Terrance of Republic of T
The Rude Pundit's gotta go get a Bloody Mary, extra tabasco.