Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sharon Stone: Star Idiot

Sharon Stone says maybe China's earthquake happened because of bad karma from its treatment of Tibetans. How is that different from Jerry Falwell saying Hurricane Katrina occurred because of homosexuality and loose living? Chinese parents who lost their children in the school rubble will really want to see all your movies, Sharon. (She says she doesn't like it when people are unkind. What the fuck is she?) And what's happened to Bush because of his behavior? Surely he should be struck by lightning if bad karma results in disaster.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's time for Hillary to go

But if she can't quite manage that yet, at least she MUST take the advice that David Gergen gave her on CNN last night. Tell her audiences that she doesn't want the votes of racists; she doesn't want people to vote for her because she's white. That whoever votes for her now must be ready to vote for the duly-nominated candidate of the Democratic Party in November. She's doing a serious disservice to herself and the country at this point. Stop it, damn it!

However, we must note this, from today's Times (also mentioned for the first time ever as far as I know, on CNN last night):

Since 1972, when exit polls first began, no Democratic presidential candidate has won a majority of white voters. The closest division was in 1992, a three-way contest when 39 percent of whites voted for Bill Clinton and 40 percent voted for the first President Bush. In 2004, President Bush defeated John Kerry among whites by 58 percent to 41 percent.

So fuck'em (if they can't take a joke, as my old, late friend Charles used to say).

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Two people is all it takes

Somehow the California court's use of the interracial marriage ban that they overturned long ago as an analogy to the same-sex marriage ban that they overturned the other day does make it clearer than ever, to me at least. Duh. Marriage is not about gender or color. It's about two people wanting to plight their troth, being in love, making a financial arrangement, whatever. It's the two-people thing that counts. And whoever the people are who are involved in a particular marriage, why should that bother anyone else? I don't get it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

oh. my. god

Now I see there's talk of INVADING Myanmar to deliver supplies. "We had to destroy the town in order to save it." Wasn't that the old Vietnam rubric? And we've shown ourselves to be so delicate and so careful about invasion--is that the foundation of this "humanitarian" impulse? Aren't they even ashamed to use the word (any words--invasion, humanitarian, como sea)? Believe me, whatever the Burmese are suffering now, they ain't seen nothing yet if we invade. Gosh. The arrogance. Words fail me.

similarity breeds contempt

A story in the Times about the Chinese government's response to the earthquake had a little kernel that says as much about our government as anything could; something like, "If the Chinese government can respond better than ours did at the time of Hurricane Katrina...". How soon we forget, wondering how Burma/Myanmar can refuse offers of aid for their natural disaster. We, the US, also rejected international offers of aid at that time, no doubt feeling it would be a humiliation, as no doubt the Myanmar junta feels. So the similarity between our government and Myanmar's....

Monday, May 5, 2008

from the Times story on immigrant deaths in custody

Mr. Bah’s relatives never saw the internal records labeled “proprietary information — not for distribution” by the Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the New Jersey detention center for the federal government. The documents detail how he was treated by guards and government employees: shackled and pinned to the floor of the medical unit as he moaned and vomited, then left in a disciplinary cell for more than 13 hours, despite repeated notations that he was unresponsive and intermittently foaming at the mouth.

What on earth can they be thinking of? I hate corporations and the evil they spawn. Break them up. Destroy them. They are clearly anti-human. They make people behave like monsters and they kill people with utter abandon. It sounds like the country is rotten to the core and doesn't deserve to survive at all. Could Obama possibly win in such a horrid place? Could he do anything? I doubt it. In tears...

Thursday, May 1, 2008


From The Times, today: "In a partial concession to Congressional pressure, the Bush administration agreed on Wednesday to show the Senate and House Intelligence Committees secret Justice Department legal opinions justifying harsh interrogation techniques that critics call torture."

These people, if anyone does, deserve to be put in the electrically-charged, death-dealing thing that some call a chair. "...techniques that critics call torture"? What is The Times saying here? Maybe waterboarding et al isn't really torture, that it's all in what you call it? How about what civilization calls torture, something like that. Oh George Orwell where are you when we need you--it's 1984 and way way beyond.