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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Perfectly Suited New Title: "The Supreme Corp"

Sad and miserable beyond words.

More than enough to make a grand lady weep.

If things weren't already bad enough, now the Supreme Court has just slam-dunked its approval for an even more thorough corporate whoring of our political process.

"The most radical and destructive campaign-finance decision in the history of the Supreme Court," said Fred Worthheimer, president of Democracy 21, about the court's decision last Thursday striking down a major portion of a campaign finance reform law.

"It returns us to the days of the robber barons," said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause.

As if we weren't there already, Bob, with the scandalous plundering of our strained treasury by Wall Street's crooked, insatiably greedy oligarchy.

President Obama said it best, commenting this was a “major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

And just wouldn't you know it--that House of Sleaze called the Republican Party just looooved it!

But why not? All five gowned cretins that made the majority vote were, that's right, exclusive gifts of that democracy-nurishing GOP:

* Justice Kennedy: Appointed by Ronald Reagan.
* Justice Roberts: Appointed by George W. Bush.
* Justice Alito: Appointed by George W. Bush.
* Justice Scalia: Appointed by Ronald Reagan.
* Justice Thomas: Appointed by George H. W. Bush.

Thanks so much, fellahs.

Scalia, it must be said, appears much better suited to run the Gambino Family, considering his gangsterish opinions on civil liberties.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was ecstatic, calling this “monumental,” while Texas Sen. John Cornyn crowed, “These are the bedrock principles that underpin our system of governance and strengthen our democracy.”

Oh, yes of course, Johnny. I imagine you're salivating all over yourself at the thought of how much more corporate largesse will be flowing into your deep pockets.

All in the cause of "strengthening our democracy," along with all those bulging CEO stock porfolios.

Run along now to the Crawford ranch, Cronyn, and pound down a few beers with your Texas crony, Dubya, who's guilty (among other things) of installing some of those lame brain justices on the High Court. The two of you can reminisce about the good ol' days when the Oval Office phone had a forest of corporate speed dials.

As always, the Daily Show's Jon Stewart had a stupendous take on this sorry spectacle, which at the minimum blesses us with laughs to dry away the tears.

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Say it loud: "We Will Survive." Many times.

Friday, January 22, 2010

GOP Waterboards Massachusetts and The Rest Of The Nation This Week

Yep, America, those adorable Faux Trolls continue to radiate and bloviate!

As the new red stain begins oozing all over Ted Kennedy's perenially blue senate seat, they've gotten almost as giddy as the night their Official GOP Network christened a Texas village idiot's installation in the White House a decade ago.

Bully for Senator-elect Scott Brown in following his corporate insurance masters' commands. He's ready to run to Washington to help put the coup de grace to the last hope of humane health care for tens of millions of Americans, while the medical-industrial complex CEO's continue popping their champagne corks like profit margins.

But wait, our Scotty has still more to offer. This devout Christian Reformed Churchman is mighty enthused with that thing called "enhanced interrogation" for anyone getting nabbed by bounty-hungry Middle Eastern warlords & drug traffickers.

There are numerous first-hand accounts of the victims of this "enhanced interrogation." The following passage is taken from a story in the Independent, a British newspaper:

Henri Alleg, a journalist, was tortured in 1957 by French forces in Algeria. He described the ordeal of water torture in his book "The Question." Soldiers strapped him over a plank, wrapped his head in cloth and positioned it beneath a running tap. He recalled: "The rag was soaked rapidly. Water flowed everywhere: in my mouth, in my nose, all over my face. But for a while I could still breathe in some small gulps of air.

I tried, by contracting my throat, to take in as little water as possible and to resist suffocation by keeping air in my lungs for as long as I could. But I couldn't hold on for more than a few moments.

I had the impression of drowning, and a terrible agony, that of death itself, took possession of me. In spite of myself, all the muscles of my body struggled uselessly to save me from suffocation. In spite of myself, the fingers of both my hands shook uncontrollably. 'That's it! He's going to talk,' said a voice.

The water stopped running and they took away the rag. I was able to breathe. In the gloom, I saw the lieutenants and the captain, who, with a cigarette between his lips, was hitting my stomach with his fist to make me throw out the water I had swallowed."

And beyond this is the appalling realization that too often many victims will make up anything to stop the torture. That means, of course, too often all that "high value intel" is little more than hogwash, produced by stupid, sadistic zealots.

Despite the Obama Administration's torture ban, it's still critical keeping the heat on any and all deluded policy makers who justify going medieval and inflicting a relentless wave of destruction on the world. The closest and loudest example of another torture fan is Scott Brown's fellow cover boy that THANK GOD ALMIGHTY followed the Texas village idiot out of power.

The highly malignant Dickie Cheney can now only take to the airwaves to caterwaul his evil ways, arm-in-arm in the ranks of right-wing stooges at Faux News and elsewhere.

At the same time, never, ever assume life could not return to the Dark Ages we experienced in the eight long years after America's rigged 2000 election.

Think it couldn't happen here?


Just imagine the wonderland of fresh, enlightened leadership.....

Secretary of Defense -- Ann Coulter

Secretary of State -- Rush Limbaugh.

Secretary of Education -- Pat Robertson.

U.N. Ambassador? But of course: Bill O'Reilly.

And swimming somewhere in all this nourishing soup would be none other than "Cosmo Scott" Brown. After all, he surely would be deserving of some of the spoils in the Palin/Beck Empire.

Meantime, I'll sit back and watch a cathartic "Hitler Finds Out...." episode concerning the more immediate problem of another wretched Republican stealing the thunder.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tragedy Is Clear--It Was That "Swore A Pact With The Devil" Syndrome

One of the most horrific things in the aftermath of unspeakable carnage, whether man-made or natural, is the sight of animals slowly devouring the corpses.

Usually they're vultures, sometimes wild dogs. Of course they are nature's scavengers. They don't know any better. They need a meal.

At other times, though, beasts of a different breed show up at the scene. They roar, flash their own powerful jaws, and start feeding on the victims with the same ferocity as their fellow predators.

But the meal they're after is an altogether different kind of sustenance.

For this species, it's simply a matter of generating enough shock and awe over the airwaves. All they need is a devoted audience of assorted cretins, reactionaries, and bigots to lap up their toxic drivel, day after day after day.

And make no mistake--bottom feeders such as Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson can sniff out a juicy ratings feed in virtually any manner of people & places. They engorge themselves on actors stricken with Parkinson's Disease. Or, when especially voracious, a monumental terrorist attack. Like 9/11.

Sometimes they can't resist even the most unlikely targets. Take for instance last Wednesday's heart-breaking calamity in Haiti, one of the most tragic places on earth.

It didn't take more than moments for the ravenous Komodo Dragon from within each to start salivating joyfully.

The corporate media continues keeping right-wing reptiles on display for the just the same reason for the endless parade of stomach-churning reality shows.

The bottom line, folks. Ethics, schmethics.....whatever you can get away with, just do it.

Thank God for the few precious antidotes counteracting the poison (also brought to us by our fearless corporate media.) Like John Stewart's "Daily Show." Keith Olbermann is another welcome relief. He doesn't ever pull punches--a critical skill when dealing with the broadcast troglodytes.

Fired-up Keith's take on the matter:

Bravo, Mister O! May your tenure on air be long and vigorous.

Meanwhile, we'll pray for these tortured people of Haiti. Considering these current scenes from Haiti, let our thoughts be light years away from the utterly deplorable vein as "pundits" Rush & Pat.