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December 2, 2011

It appears that the artist who created the iconic Obama image for the 2008 campaign is undergoing a change of heart. The image above is not a photoshop but a recent creation by Shepard Fairy himself. Note to Fairy: he’s not on our side.

Bushwa Barry knows where his bread is buttered and his coddling of the bankers for the last few years has only emboldened them even more. Obama tried to get all 50 state Attorneys General on board for a slap on the wrist settlement with the largest banks which would preclude any further penalties by any other entities but a few of the AGs with some integrity balked and have made attempts to prosecute the banks themselves. Bankers really don’t care much for integrity.

To wit, Mass. AG Martha Coakley recently sued Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase , Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and GMAC over their deceptive mortgage practices. GMAC, which you may recall was massively bailed out by taxpayers not that long ago, responded by suspending all mortgage lending in the state. Because how’s a banka supposed to make a buck when you got to obey the damn law. I’m sure GMAC believes this will have some serious repercussions for the state housing market, but my first reaction is don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you on your way out.

Things took a more sinister turn in Nevada recently. A few weeks ago came the news that AG Catherine Cortez Masto filed a 606 count indictment against two mid-level title officers who had supervised the filings of thousands of fraudulent foreclosure documents. My speculation is that the AG was hoping to get those two to turn against their own higher ups. The AG got the two names from a low level employee named Tracy Lawrence who had apparently been signing the fraudulent documents herself. She cooperated with the AG, pled guilty to reduced charges, and was set to be given a suspended sentence. But she never showed up for the sentencing hearing this past Monday morning. She was found dead in her apartment later that afternoon. More on this if any updates become available.

Authorities continue to crack down harshly on peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters. Earlier I had wondered how long the LAPD would be able to contain themselves. Evidently not very long as the LAPoPo were scared shitless that they might be pelted with gravel. Much of violence against protesters there was committed after they had been hauled away and taken into custody. What astounding bravery. Doucherocket extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg is now openly boasting that the NYPD is his own personal army.

Now you might think Bloomberg’s equating the civilian forces under his command with the military was just an unfortunate slip of the tongue. Maybe, or maybe he is simply aware that for the oligarchy that runs this country there is little difference left between the two. The US Senate has just passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a 93-7 vote, a development that has not received much press in the corporate media (surprise surprise) which –

…redefines the US homeland as a “battlefield” and makes US citizens subject to military apprehension and detainment for life without access to a trial or attorney…

Glenn Greenwald notes that the legislation also

…renews the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) with more expansive language: to allow force (and military detention) against not only those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and countries which harbored them, but also anyone who “substantially supports” Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces” (Sec. 1031)

That “substantially supports” language is awfully vague, huh? Wonder who these Senators have in mind? And let’s not forget, the Powers That Be have been making plans along these lines for several years now with Halliburton subsidiary KBR winning the contract to build detention facilities on US soil back in 2006. Once again, it’s awfully vague as to exactly who these facilities are intended to house –

KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, company executives said.

In light of the preceding, this advice seems particularly apt –

Look out kid, don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tiptoes, don’t try No Doz
Better stay away from those that carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose, watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

Get the hell out there and Occupy something, Occupy everything, before all you’re allowed to occupy is a cell.

And who knows, besides just pissing off the cops, you might even do some good.

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  1. cometman permalink*
    December 2, 2011 11:39 pm

    And if you have a smartphone, kiss your privacy goodbye – Security researcher: Android software ‘Carrier IQ’ records communications:

    An alarming new video published to YouTube this week by a 25-year-old security researcher seems to reveal a piece of hidden software included on virtually all new Android smartphones that records every last keystroke users make, sending the data back to its creator in secret later on.

    No techie here, but Wired seems to think it’s pretty fucked up and so does Julian Assange

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that governments worldwide have been using electronic devices, such as smart-phones and computers, to monitor what people are saying, where they are going and what they are writing.

    The controversial journalist spoke at a panel of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism held at the City University in London on Monday. The panel inaugurated WikiLeak’s new project: the Spyfiles. They provide details on the deals private surveillance companies made with various governments all over the globe to design monitoring software integrated into electronic devices, which could be used to monitor the activities of whoever these governments want to keep track of.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 3, 2011 9:56 am

      This seems to be getting a good deal of press. More from the Guardian – The new cyber-industrial complex spying on us.

      And from Wikileaks – The Spyfiles.

      And for the NSA –

  2. cometman permalink*
    December 2, 2011 11:45 pm

    Some quick notes –

    Pepper spray inventor feels remorse.

    Greeks get new government, stay really pissed off.

    Looks more and more like Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up. But that doesn’t absolve him from being a lecherous asshole.

  3. cometman permalink*
    December 3, 2011 10:24 am

    Checked out the new SciTechDaily site after you linked to it and found this one via the site – Genetic genocide: Genetically altered mosquito warriors could wipe out humanity’s biggest killer

    American scientist Anthony James, from UC Irvine, has made mosquito genetics the focus of his career – and his latest invention is a genetically modified mosquito designed to bring populations of Aedes aegypti down from within.

    In short, the modified genes affect only the female mosquitoes, rendering them flightless. The larvae hatch on the water, and the females are unable to leave, rendering them harmless to humans and leaving them to die. The males are unaffected, so they mature normally, then mate with other females to pass the genetic modification on.

    James has understandably been taking a circumspect approach. Not so with his colleague –

    Luke Alphey, whose company Oxitec was originally hired by James to design the flightless female genetic modification, is so confident that these genetic warriors work, and that there will be no environmental ill effects, that he has taken advantage of the lack of regulation in many areas to conduct full scale field tests in the wild.

    So this clown has already released these terminator mosquitoes into the wild with no real idea of what the long term consequences might be. In case Mr. Alphey stumbles across this little corner of the interwebs, here’s some suggested reading, dumbass.

    And this little editorial note was appallingly ignorant –

    So it seems it’s happening. And whether it’s for better or for worse depends entirely on your viewpoint.

    No it doesn’t. It depends on empirical evidence, something which Mr. Alphey couldn’t be bothered to gather before trying to turn a quick buck.

    The New Scientist, a site which I read with increasing skepticism, had similar comments

    Nevertheless, if autocidal technology lives up to its promise, it could be about as environmentally friendly as pest control can get. It could largely or entirely replace pesticides, and it affects only the target species. Last but not least, it is hard to see what could go wrong.

    What could go wrong with forcing a species into extinction?!?!? What could go wrong with introducing manmade genes into wild populations?!?!?! Funny, I can think of all kinds of things off the top of my head. Why people continue to fuck with things they don’t understand is beyond me. If you don’t fully understand it the habits of hornets, probably best not to stick your pecker in their nest.

    Scientific American also has a lengthy article on the subject – The Wipeout Gene.

    Haven’t had a chance to read the last one in full yet but from the first few graphs it appears much more rigorous than the previous two.

    • artemis54 permalink
      December 3, 2011 1:36 pm

      You want stupid? Courtesy of Class M, get your red hot stupid right here:

      In Praise of Dirty Energy

      It is too hard to pick out any of it as stupider than the rest. Just read the whole thing, it is mercifully short.

      • cometman permalink*
        December 3, 2011 6:43 pm

        A dearth of jobs for middle-brow men???!?!?! Who wrote that crap, David Byron?

        Since so many problems could be solved by reducing population, my suggestion is for the author to sterilize him(?)self for the good of us all. I’ve got a rusty sledgehammer in the garage I’m not using for much….

  4. cometman permalink*
    December 3, 2011 10:29 am

    More on OWS and the loss of privacy. This one concerns a police officer(!) who got some bad advice and was foreclosed upon and the OWS protesters his family turned to for help – Occupy Y’all Street: Occupy Atlanta Fights Foreclosure, Fannie Mae Demands Protesters’ Emails . Hopefully the cops will realize sooner or later that they are just as expendable as the rest of us in the eyes of the 1%.

    And, another mic check, this time for the Wells Fargo CEO –

  5. artemis54 permalink
    December 4, 2011 12:35 pm

    Must be the long nights and friends so far away that have me watching a movie every other day. In any case I have another four star rec for you: Mr. Nobody Jared Leto goes Leo one better and ages to 118 in this tale of . . . . let’s say alternate realities.

    Flawed you bet but what a glorious effort.

    Very odd to me that this film got no buzz. For one thing, it is in its way as romantic as Dr. Zhivago and with leads just as good looking. Perhaps it is the difficulty of explaining what happens, or doesn’t happen, that kills word of mouth. More likely my guess would be that the Belgian director and other scattered interests behind the film spent no time schmoozing in Hollyweird and tvland to get all that publicity going. And Leto obviously couldn’t care less – he’s gone back to his rock band full time since making the film.

    • artemis54 permalink
      December 5, 2011 6:46 am

  6. artemis54 permalink
    December 5, 2011 8:11 am

    God help me. I don’t know how, but my whole adobe reader everything is in czech and I can’t figure out how to switch it back

    • artemis54 permalink
      December 10, 2011 12:34 pm

      For future reference, you shut off, then start Adobe while holding down ctrl. This gets a language choice screen.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 11, 2011 9:43 am

      Ha! There’s something similar on wordpress too – Stemella changed all the script here to Japanese or something one day a couple years back. There are a few dozen languages you can use evidently. Maybe someday soon I’ll switch it to Uyghur…

  7. artemis54 permalink
    December 5, 2011 11:17 am

    Turns out it’s on Youtube:

    • artemis54 permalink
      December 8, 2011 9:30 am

      I should be honest about this.

      I seek refuge in the steady state
      I seek refuge in the infinite branches of the time line
      I seek refuge in the Mandelbrot Set

      • cometman permalink*
        December 11, 2011 9:44 am

        Thanks for the link. I’ll be watching that one soon.

  8. artemis54 permalink
    December 5, 2011 2:35 pm

    The Great Bear has a mighty voice. She is ten years old.

  9. artemis54 permalink
    December 8, 2011 7:31 am

    President Whiplash – The most maddening thing about Obama is that when he is good, he can be very good. Just yesterday for instance sheer genius in Osawatomie and genius in more ways than one. Check out TR’s address in little Osawatomie and it gets even better. It is not lost on anyone that TR was of course a Republican. He can easily follow this up with a similar speech echoing the great socialist Eisenhower on the interstate highway system for instance. A couple more like this and his reelection is in the bag. (Weirdly serendipitous as I was just reading about TR in Osawatomie the day before.)

    And in Geneva, a truly brilliant and historic speech from Clinton (apparently sans teleprompter!), arguably a high point in American history. People are fawning all over her in the gayosphere, but they fail to notice that she was there because and only because Obama sent her there.

    But when he is bad. As in Durban, where his silence and refusal to even engage represents an abject utter failure that will horrify our grandchildren if they somehow survive and have time to think about such things.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 11, 2011 10:51 am

      Well whaddya know! Perhaps Bushwa Barry has been a surreptitious member of this blog’s vast readership since I used Roosevelt’s Osawatomie speech in this post over a year ago as a contrast to the bullshit that usually comes out of Obama’s mouth.

      Seeing a lot of Roosevelt bios in the bookstores these days. The cynic in me suspects that this is just a shallow attempt by Barry to attach himself to a popular Republican figure, much like he did by tossing Reagan’s name around a few years back.

      The CSPAN link you posted to Barry’s recent speech above looks like it was moved but I found the text here. Now that I’ve read it I’m even more cynical.

      The first half was very weak tea. I noticed this –

      Throughout the country, it’s sparked protests and political movements – from the Tea Party to the people who’ve been occupying the streets of New York and other cities.

      What group were these people occupying in protest of exactly Barry? To his credit he does actually mention Wall Street in the 2nd half of the speech, but I’d be more willing to believe he was serious about his proposed reforms if he actually gave some of the Wall Street minions in his employ the axe – talking about you Timmeh and the Ber-nank, just to name two out of many with high ranking positions in his administration. And let’s not forget “jobs czar” Jeffrey Immelt, who never saw a job at GE he didn’t want to send overseas. That would send an important message but he’s shown no will whatsoever to get rid of these clowns and keeps hiring more of them.

      And he touts better education as a top priority and yet we find out that once again, he’s backed off the reforms he proposed under pressure from lobbyists (the very same people he once promised who have no presence in his administration right before he began hiring them) – With Lobbying Blitz, For-Profit Colleges Diluted New Rules.

      Harper’s had a good article on the overall usefullness, or lack thereof, of these for-profit online professorless “universities” recently – Leveling the field: What I learned from for-profit education.

      And yeah, his unwillingness to address the climate change problem is simply unconscionable.

  10. artemis54 permalink
    December 8, 2011 7:45 am

    Hog mic checked in Des Moines

    • cometman permalink*
      December 11, 2011 11:39 am

      Ha! Christie – “We’re used to dealing with jokers like this in NJ all the time.”

      Yeah, usually NJ elects them governor.

  11. artemis54 permalink
    December 9, 2011 2:44 am

    Tonight’s film review – The Tree of Life

    It certainly seemed intriguing from a distance. Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes and a slew of other awards.

    The cinematography is drop dead gorgeous from start to finish. There, that’s the only good thing I can think of to say. Penn is really only in the movie for a few minutes, which he spends aimlessly and silently wandering around, who the hell knows why or cares. The rest, meh, a somewhat troubled kid with an uptight control freak of a dad (Pitt) and a mom who seems to have mentally checked out quite some time ago.

    Plus all this random footage covering the history of the universe from the big bang on. All of it. Dinosaurs, the whole thing. This seems to have moved all these critics to think that they are suddenly having BIG THOUGHTS about spirituality and the existence of god, ETC ETC ETC.

    About forty minutes in I was mentally calculating how soon I can start collecting social security and thinking about variations on a hummus recipe. Cold molasses moves quicker than this movie, if it could be said to move at all. For a supposed reflection on life it is amazingly lifeless. It actually opens with the news that Penn’s brother has died. After a while I started envying him; at least he didn’t have to watch this boring, pretentious, self-absorbed pile of crap.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 11, 2011 12:21 pm

      Here’s a review of one book I’ve been trying to get through for a while now – Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials.

      From reading the blurb it sounds pretty interesting but after three of four cracks at it with no semblance of a plot, characters, or coherent discussion of anything in sight, I started to wonder if I were missing out on some joke. All the reviews I’d read treated it seriously but after a little searching I ran across website which used a quote from the book as an example of word salad philosophy. There are a few interesting and humorous bits in it but you have to slog through a whole lot of loggorhea to find them.

      I did however run across this fascinating little link which is where I suspect some of the more persistent droners and drivelers we’ve run across get their material – The Postmodernism Generator. New material each time you reload the page!

      • sisdevore permalink
        December 11, 2011 12:39 pm

        I love those generator sites. the best one is the pornolizer.

        • artemis54 permalink
          December 12, 2011 10:27 am

          Lordy, I had to feed in dk, and wouldn’t you know, up popped Hamhando licking mamz’s pole.

  12. artemis54 permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:09 am

    Oy. My congressman “Doc” (not a doctor) Hastings is now chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. Frightening enough in itself, but a couple days ago he held what he promises is only the first of a whole series hearingson the Endangered Species Act. The title of this one gives you the spirit of the thing: How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery Efforts

    I watched so you don’t have to, and you’re welcome. Outnumbered but not outsmarted, Kieran Suckling of the CBD and Jay Tutchton of WildEarth Guardians at least got into the record the facts refuting most of the bullshit flying around the room. What do you expect with prizes like Don Young of Alaska – who is on record as wanting to abolish the Forest Service, Idaho’s Raul Tea Party Labrador, the dimwitted Louis Gohmert of Texas, and so many others? Including a bozo from the southeast whose name I didn’t catch. He anecdotally related that spotted owls have recovered in Montana (where they never occurred before) thanks partly to their success in nesting in KMart signs. Hats off to Suckling et all for their patience in the face of all this idiocy.

  13. artemis54 permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:28 am

    Mic check in Durban – the final hours saw the plenary session occupied by official youth representatives and ad hoc protestors. Note the Environment Minister of the Maldives speaking and standing behind him, the bearded Kumi Naidooo, director of Greenpeace.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 11, 2011 1:15 pm

      Another who had to interrupt for her voice to be heard – US College Student Shames US Climate Delegation in Durban.

  14. artemis54 permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:02 am

    Like most genius ideas, it is so blindingly obvious we should have demanded it years ago: Entertainment Value: Should the Media Pay for Nature Conservation?

    Think of the miniscule amounts at the point of collection. Say a penny per viewer per screening.

  15. cometman permalink*
    December 11, 2011 12:52 pm

    Ha! In response to this lame Rick Perry ad comes the following –

  16. cometman permalink*
    December 11, 2011 1:53 pm

    Some notes –

    The US continues to arm the Egyptian military as it cracks down on protesters.

    More details on US black torture sites, this time in Romania.

    Firemen in TN once again stand by with thumbs in ass as a home burns to the ground.

    Rats show empathy. Newts do not.

  17. cometman permalink*
    December 11, 2011 2:49 pm

    More on OWS –

    Barry’s DofJ can’t find a single person on Wall Street to prosecute because, well, it’s hard work – Why No Financial Crisis Prosecutions? Ex-Justice Official Says It’s Just too Hard.

    Which is bullshit. Maybe Holder should talk to this OWS protester, who was of course arrested – My Occupy LA arrest

    …let’s talk about a man who was not arrested last Wednesday. He is former Citigroup CEO Charles Prince. Under Charles Prince, Citigroup was guilty of massive, coordinated securities fraud.

    Citigroup spent years intentionally buying up every bad mortgage loan it could find, creating bad securities out of those bad loans and then selling shares in those bad securities to duped investors. And then they sometimes secretly bet *against* their *own* bad securities to make even more money. For one such bad Citigroup security, Citigroup executives were internally calling it, quote, “a collection of dogshit”. To investors, however, they called it, quote, “an attractive investment rigorously selected by an independent investment adviser”.


    For his four years of in charge of massive, repeated fraud at Citigroup, he received fifty-three million dollars in salary and also received another ninety-four million dollars in stock holdings. What Charles Prince has *not* received is a pair of zipcuffs. The nerves in his thumb are fine. No cop has thrown Charles Prince into the pavement, face-first. Each and every peaceful, nonviolent Occupy LA protester arrested last week has has spent more time sleeping on a jail floor than every single Charles Prince on Wall Street, combined.

    My understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley is that CEOs are responsible for whatever they sign off on so they can’t use the excuse that a few bad apples committed crimes of which they weren’t aware. Seems like this guy and many, many others could be prosecuted if Barry and Holder would get off their asses.

    Also, BofA assists OWS protesters – Bank Of America Sends Internal Email Exposing Where The “Occupy” Movement Is Hurting It Most.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 12, 2011 7:59 am

      You’ve got to be kidding. Officer Friendly not in attendance in NYC yesterday as cops rip down paper hearts made by kids of OWS protesters –

      Side note: when the people in Santa suits go by saying “Occupy the North Pole” I believe I caught one gentleman saying “Occupy my pole”. Ha!

  18. artemis54 permalink
    December 13, 2011 10:19 am

    Followed some of the west coast port action yesterday. Once again Oakland was the epicenter, and once again the peripatetic Spencer Mills managed to be in the right place at the right time, mostly by virtue of never coming to a stop for longer than it takes to conduct a a brief interview.

    O O held a massive GA in the occupied port, a little too massive to handle, on one topic. Whether or not to occupy another port shift that began at 3 a.m. They had previously agreed to go home after two shifts were cancelled yesterday if the police refrained from violence and arrests. The police in Oakland did so, but livestreamers were hauled off in NY, and protestors were mistreated in Houston and San Diego. That was too much for O O, which proceeded to occupy three terminals this morning and get the 3 a.m. shift cancelled as well.

    Significant because the port had moved a lot of traffic to today in anticipation of being back to business as usual.

    Mills (“OakFoSho”) managed to interview Scott Olsen – recovering nicely, but not as proficient in speech as he seems in the relaxed atmosphere of a studio – and some occupiers who are also rank and file of the ILWU who clearly feel there is a way for the two entities to mutually benefit from the association. As did the Longview head of the ILWU who in a way started all this. He addressed the GA via phone/mic check in terms that seemed almost Wobbly, declaring among other things that Occupy would prove responsible for the “rebirth of the labor movement.” Heady stuff.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 14, 2011 12:03 pm

      Hopefully some of those involved noticed the following little tidbit – Why Does the Dallas Fed President Want to Destroy West Coast Port Unions?

      The headline is a bit over the top IMO but Matt Stoller dug up some transcripts of Fed meetings from a few years back showing how the banking interests profit immensely from shipping. Basically the more port capacity there is, the more cheap crap they can shove down our throats, whether there’s any real demand for it or not. But of course when all you put on store shelves is cheap crap there will continue to be a demand for more since nothing seems to be manufactured to last more than about 30 minutes after purchase before breaking. More than willing to pay good $$$ for quality products but I’ll be damned if you can find them anywhere. And even if such products were available, the 17 year old retail clerk making minimum wage likely won’t be able to point you to them. Writing this, I notice another chunk falling off the pair of shoes I bought recently…. Isn’t globalization just peachy!

      • cometman permalink*
        December 14, 2011 1:06 pm

        More on the relationship between ports and Wall Street here – How Goldman Sachs and Other Companies Exploit Port Truck Drivers — Occupy Protesters Plan to Shut Down West Coast Ports in Protest:

        Occupy organizer Kari Koch in Portland says that their action is aimed at disrupting business as usual for “Wall Street on the waterfront.” In particular, they are targeting EGT (Export Grain Terminal) and Goldman Sachs. EGT is part of a multinational conglomerate, and the company is engaged a labor struggle with the International Warehouse and Longshore Union in Longview, Wash., and Goldman Sachs, much maligned for its shady business dealings, which were part of the economic collapse, owns half of SSA Marine, which operates four terminals at the Port of Long Beach and also owns the trucking company Shippers Transport Express.

        I’m sure this is tied in somehow to Goldman and others’ manipulation of commodity prices. Hopefully OWS and the longshoremen and truckers will be able to see eye to eeye on the efficacy of these protests.

  19. artemis54 permalink
    December 13, 2011 10:56 am

    Canada drops the facade of civilization, declares itself a pariah state

    This is a truly shameful day for Canada

    • cometman permalink*
      December 14, 2011 12:33 pm

      Unbelievable. It would cost them a whole $14 billion!?!?!? If $$$ is the only language these clowns can understand, perhaps somebody could do a study of how much it would cost to do nothing.

      Not hard to think of several industries that are suffering right now because there’s no damn snow in the winter. Was going to get the squidlette some ice skates this year, but since there’s no ice….

  20. cometman permalink*
    December 14, 2011 1:16 pm

    One I forgot to mention (as did a lot of the corporate media I suspect – likely purposefully). After murdering a couple dozen Pakistani soldiers a few weeks ago, Uncle Sugar has been forced to vacate its drone airbase in Pakistan.

  21. artemis54 permalink
    December 14, 2011 1:40 pm

    I found it odd that a US drone would crash in the Seychelles until learning it is a major host for the program.

  22. cometman permalink*
    December 14, 2011 3:57 pm

    George Takei cracks me up –

  23. cometman permalink*
    December 14, 2011 4:31 pm

    Some notes related to OWS, at least loosely –

    Taibbi notes that recently protesters have busted out the cephalopods as they take it to the Goldies. Another view here –

    Here’s one worth watching in full explaining among other things why the German economy seems to be so healthy compared to the rest of Europe. Basically, they’ve been slashing wages well before anybody thought to impose austerity and haven’t met the economic benchmarks they set themselves –

    Harper’s publisher John MacArthur tears Barry a new one and deservedly so – President Obama Richly Deserves to Be Dumped.

    And, I’m loathe to bring this up on the off-chance somebody might take the suggestion seriously, but for those OWSers who insist on being abysmal percussionists but find drum circles too low-tech, somebody has created the most annoying sartorial option in the history of the world – the electronic drum machine shirt.

  24. artemis54 permalink
    December 16, 2011 1:10 am

    Christopher Hitchens is dead and the world is a little duller for it.

    Sacred cows everywhere are no doubt sleeping a little easier tonight. Hoist your glass to some classic Hitch:

    (in the aftermath of that, he had occasion to wipe Sean Hannity and Ralph Reed off his windshield as well)

    • artemis54 permalink
      December 16, 2011 1:19 am

    • triv33 permalink
      December 18, 2011 10:05 am

      Seasons Greetings my friends. I come bearing the only kind of gift I can afford to offer…a limerick…

      Austerity seems a fair plan
      To the top 1% of the land
      They sit on their wealth
      And drink to their health
      Then laugh as the shit hits the fan

      Have yourselves a great holiday!

      • cometman permalink*
        December 21, 2011 10:02 am

        Good to see you triv! And here’s one for you –

        To avoid scatological wind
        And bring to the banksters chagrin
        Be like that Fawkes Guy
        And support Occupy
        To the system, go throw a wrench in!

        Here’s hoping you and melvin and miss d and the rest of our vast readership all have a great holiday too!

    • cometman permalink*
      December 20, 2011 6:44 pm

      I’m sure he would have gotten a chuckle from this bone head – Hitchens is in hell because God loves him

      • triv33 permalink
        December 20, 2011 7:15 pm

        Christ, that’s funny.

  25. artemis54 permalink
    December 16, 2011 1:55 pm

    In this part of the country it doesn’t get a lot more conservative than the Tri-Cities, infested as they are with tea partiers and bible thumpers.

    So it is a little surprising that a letter calling out the one percent and capitalism by name elicited responses from nine people so far and eight of them are in enthusiastic agreement.

  26. artemis54 permalink
    December 20, 2011 5:43 pm

    While he doesn’t do my kind of music, I can’t help but like Mister Chase. Here is his version of pop hit Last Friday Night, simultaneously translated into both gay and American Sign Language:

  27. cometman permalink*
    December 20, 2011 7:14 pm

    The SEC brings a lawsuit against former Fannie and Freddie execs. Civil not criminal but so far so good. Until it turns out that we the taxpayer get to foot the bill for the defense and it turns into another opportunity for some grandstanding during election season with no real penalty no matter what happens.

  28. cometman permalink*
    December 20, 2011 7:29 pm

    Some notes –

    Year of rage continues in Egypt.

    Bradley Manning in court for pre-trial hearing.

    Not sure quite what to make of this yet, but if history is any guide it sure looks like Obummer has already caved to Republican demands on the Keystone pipeline, all for allowing a payroll tax reduction to continue for two whole damn months. The rationale supposedly is-

    In a statement, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer indicated Mr Obama would sign the measure.

    But the president would almost certainly deny a permit for the pipeline, unnamed Obama administration officials said hours earlier.

    The US state department warned earlier this week that two months would not be enough time to carry out the legally required environmental studies needed to approve the project.

    Correspondents say the Obama administration can simply deny approval in early 2012 and go back to its original plan of delaying a final decision, pending the study of an alternative route.

    Wouldn’t bet any money that it actually pans out that way.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 21, 2011 10:20 am

      Well it already hasn’t panned out that way, although not in the way I had suspected. Presented with a bill that would force a pipeline decision and get a “tax cut”, exactly what you’d think the knuckle draggers would want, the House Republicans voted it down anyway, and I’ll be damned if I can figure out the rationale behind it other than simple contrarianism.

  29. cometman permalink*
    December 21, 2011 8:24 am

    Update on the local OWSers.

    Went to the Occupied park last week just as the local authorities were handing out eviction notices to those encamped. They were due to be booted on noon this past Monday unless the OWSers filed a suit against the city. Their lawyer had one ready to go bright and early Mon morning so for the time being at least they are still allowed to stay.

    • triv33 permalink
      December 21, 2011 8:32 am

      Did you read that in England they’re listing Occupy London as a terrorist group? And Occupy London had the nerve to be surprised…

      • cometman permalink*
        December 21, 2011 9:46 am

        I had heard about that – evidently the authorities were trying to chalk it up to a bad choice of wording but somehow I suspect that’s only because somebody had the temerity to notice said wording.

        And since the church had been harboring them, does that mean the Anglicans are now a terrorist organization too? Wouldn’t that be a nice Xmas gift to Pope Ratfucker.

        Really hard to keep track of the “logic” being used to keep us all down lately. Every day it seems somebody is being told by some authorities that their words don’t mean shit. Just ran across this one where a priest was threatened with arrest at a Fla city council meeting for having the audacity to criticize the council during an open comment period over its treatment of the homeless and their advocates.

        As has been said many times before, if Jeebus came back today he’d be lynched.

      • cometman permalink*
        December 21, 2011 10:11 am

        Also, see above for limerick response in case you missed it.

        This post is getting pretty full with comments and I’ll try to get a new one up soon…

        • triv33 permalink
          December 21, 2011 11:22 am

          Do you know that tune Hey There Delilah? If you like Mad Magazine style song parodies (and who doesn’t?) I just might have something that you’d enjoy

        • cometman permalink*
          December 21, 2011 11:31 am

          yeah, throw up a link!

          And speaking of OWSers being portrayed as terrorists, I just read about this ill-advised upcoming video game – Tom Clancy game casts 99 Percent as domestic terrorists.

          How heart warming to think that 12 year olds everywhere will grow up thinking it’s OK to beat the shit out of people who don’t like thieving bankers. But what do you expect after Obama gives the OK to imprison and assassinate US citizens. He is setting the example for everyone to follow…

  30. cometman permalink*
    December 21, 2011 9:30 am

    Shades of Harry Randall Truman as one man refuses to leave the area around the Fukushima disaster – Lone holdout’s first nuclear winter looms in Tohoku.

    Now that Iraq is “fixed” and Barry has pulled out the troops (except for all the mercenaries and “embassy guards”), the Shia PM Maliki is hunting down the Sunni VP Hashimi, who is currently hiding out in the Kurdish region. Seems that I remember somebody predicting that events like this would happen, like anybody with half a fucking brain. Looks like Uncle Sugar may have to turn the transports around, for the Iraqis’ own good of course.

    And Russian researchers have discovered a whole lot of newly released methane flowing out of the Arctic, much more than previously expected. Maybe that’s why there’s no snow yet this year.

  31. triv33 permalink
    December 21, 2011 11:41 am

    Oh, I can’t throw up a link…heh! I can only copy and paste, which I will do if that’s okay with you, it’s a bit longish, but…it’s being passed passed around in all the best subversive circles. Give you a link to an occupy song….

    that’s from the morning we wrote it, we’ve since reworked it into a more bluesy bit catchier ditty. Need to get that version up to replace the ballad. Oh! The joys of unemployment.

    • cometman permalink*
      December 22, 2011 8:33 am

      Very nice! Put up the new one too when you get it finished.

      Been thinking I could write a pretty humorous book about how surreal the ordeal of unemployment is. For example, I learned that the reason people are jobless is because they just don’t have a positive enough attitude. And my taxpayer dollars paid the salary of the person who told me and a whole roomful of people that. But if you haven’t been through it, you probably don’t feel it viscerally, and if you are going through it, it really isn’t all that funny.

  32. triv33 permalink
    December 21, 2011 11:58 am

    The author wishes to remain anonymous.
    Hey There Obama
    Hey There Obama
    hey there Obama
    what’s it like there in that bubble
    yeah, I hate to spoil the party
    but here on main street
    we’re in trouble
    yes it’s true
    not that it matters much to you
    what else is new

    hey there Obama
    sorry wisdom from a cynic
    I’m still here with no insurance
    and two hours from a clinic
    save your spin
    you’ve got an ear that’s made of tin
    that’s not a win

    oh but what’d you do for me
    oh but what’d you do for me
    oh but what’d you do for me
    oh but what’d you do for me
    what’d you do for me

    hey there Obama
    you know times are getting hard
    but just believe me, man
    that tax cuts create jobs is a canard
    but..way to go
    your corporate buddies love you so
    I think you know

    hey there Obama
    I’ve got more advice to give
    if ever one word that I wrote you
    would hit you where you live
    I’d write some more
    Instead of showing you the door
    you’re such a bore

    oh but what’d you do for me
    oh but what’d you do for me
    oh but what’d you do for me
    oh but what’d you do for me

    you don’t care what our problems are
    we’ve lost our homes, our jobs, our cars
    a farce of the audacity of hope
    and you can take that “yes we can”
    and stuff it-hey, just fuck you, man.
    here, take this empty “donate” envelope
    Obama your words don’t ring true
    I have had enough of you
    Our world will never ever be the same
    and you’re to blame

    hey there Obama
    you’ll be fine and you won’t miss me
    that the other guys are worse inspires
    your campaign will make more history like ya do
    no one fires up the base like you
    too bad it’s nothing good or true
    hey there Obama here’s to you
    this one’s for you

    • triv33 permalink
      December 21, 2011 12:00 pm

      huh…little c&p fuck up there, sorry for the double double title title.

    • triv33 permalink
      December 22, 2011 8:50 am

      If you’ve got any appreciation for Gilbert & Sullivan I’ve got a parody on the pro Obama partisan that would make their heads ‘splode, but I laughed and laughed. I blame Mad Magazine.

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