• gratuitous commented on the blog post Feinstein, McCain Want US Troops Deployed in Yemen

    2015-01-26 09:41:38View | Delete

    Yes, sending in the troops has had such a salutary effect in the region over the last 15 years, why not do it again? How you planning on paying for it, Senators? We put the last two invasions and occupations on the cuff, while emptying the Treasury into the pockets of the overrich. Are we going to raise taxes on the war profiteers, or do their fat campaign contributions continue to insulate them from being tapped to pay for it all? It’s apparent they aren’t putting their own children in harm’s way; what are we asking the wealthy to do in support of your imperial schemes?

  • gratuitous commented on the diary post Science-schmience, Georgia just wants to execute this intellectually disabled man by Jose Cornejo.

    2015-01-22 07:13:22View | Delete

    And the bloody-fingered executioners who murder Warren Hill will head off to church on Feb. 1 and celebrate their ultra-Christian Christianity and all the signs of divine favor they enjoy.

  • No, the opposition isn’t just from labor unions trying to protect American workers (union and non-union alike), but shouldn’t that factor in somewhere, sometime, to all these Master of the Universe power grabs? We’re still waiting for those vaunted side agreements on labor and environmental concerns from NAFTA. Any minute now, I’m sure.

    Tick, tick, tick. I can just feel it in the air.

  • Hmmm, might this have the unexpected and unintended result of having the United States become more involved in the ICC, perhaps even joining it? That would be quite disastrous for any number of people, and I don’t think the power behind the power would allow it. But it might be fun to watch them squirm at the faint prospect of justice.

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post “They got this”

    2015-01-14 08:12:38View | Delete

    I’m reminded of an Andy Capp strip from many years ago (yeah, I’m old). Andy and his pal Chalky are walking along, and Chalky asks Andy how it went at the pub the night before. Andy says it was terrible, he had to keep changing his seat. Chalky says, “Did someone try to pick a fight with you?” Andy replies, “Eventually.”

  • Two considerations that leap to mind are security concerns, which is closely linked to fear. Putting those aside, though, I’m okay with high government officials from the U.S. giving the march a miss. Reporters from the States would not be able to resist making the story all about the President or the Vice President or whomever: Where he went, who he talked to, who he marched beside, didn’t march with, looked at and smiled, didn’t look at, how much it cost, etc., etc.

    As it is, there’s going to be carping from certain quarters (looking at Fox) no matter what the President does. By not going, at least the reports from Paris will be focused on the march and its meaning, instead of the endless fascination of American reporters for what interests them.

  • President Transparent strikes again. “None of your business, Citizen. We’ve got Top Men diligently working on this.” We really need to trust our leaders and intelligence agencies where mistakes are almost never made. Besides, any blowback from their activities will surely not affect the people carrying out these programs, but citizens far, far away from you and who you probably won’t know personally.

  • It’s a whole new year! Meet the new boss.

    I’m beginning to look at drone warfare as heroin. The moment of the spike feels so good, but each and every other aspect of it is so self-destructive that the only possible explanation for it is addiction. And addicts have ceded control of their autonomy to the drug of choice.

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post “Let’s declare victory and go home”

    2014-12-29 06:02:32View | Delete

    Golly, I’m having more and more trouble not drawing the Forbidden Conclusion: All those young men and women killed in Afghanistan may have died for . . . nothing.

    I better cut it out before I make baby Jesus cry.

  • There’s a part of me that thinks, “What, did they think they could get away with this?” Then another part of me thinks, “Hell, they didn’t think anyone would even notice! ‘Getting away with it’ wasn’t a consideration because they didn’t think they did anything wrong.”

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post To preserve (themselves) and protect (themselves)

    2014-12-16 08:22:15View | Delete

    Wouldn’t now be an opportune time for all the good cops to come out and condemn this sort of behavior? Doesn’t Det. Curd’s way with a grieving witness go against any police department’s policy?

    Or is the Code so strong that even this is written out?

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post Greenpeace Took Things Too Far With the Nazca Lines Stunt

    2014-12-15 08:26:49View | Delete

    At least Greenpeace admitted their mistake, and I’m guessing that there is no permanent damage to the protected area. Now, when are we going to get an apology from, say, a mining company for killing its workers in the name or profit, blowing the tops off mountains, and flooding downstream communities?

    I’ll pencil it in for “never.”

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post Just a “coincidence” I’m sure

    2014-12-08 08:21:11View | Delete

    “Same sex marriage.” Brutha, please! Everyone knows this is all connect to Benghazi! and the IRS scandal. Get your conspiracies right, otherwise you just look like a know-nothing goof.

    On a totally unrelated note, there’s a call holding on Line 2, some producer from Fox whose very interested in your theory that same sex marriage is causing global climate change, which totally doesn’t exist.

    Waitasecond.

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post If there’s one thing that is true

    2014-11-26 08:25:54View | Delete

    Yes, let’s all be calm. I remember counseling calm in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and you know what I got called for my trouble? Language that would make a drunk sailor blush. No, white people had been killed, some of them quite wealthy! Action must be taken! Drop some nukes in the middle east and glass that whole desert!

    My, but “calm” was not the order of the day or the week or the month or the year after that. It was all fear all the time, and Something Must Be Done lest our enemies perceive us as weak. In our society we have enemies of the citizenry who get to call the shots and run the show. Now it’s supposed to be calm. Those enemies don’t perceive the people in Ferguson as weak; no, they see them as inconsequential if they deign to notice them at all.

    So calm we must be, lest our superiors get jumpy. Since they’re the ones giving the orders, it’s imperative that we make sure they’re calm and comfortable, secure in their wealth, power and privilege.

    Fuck that, says I.

  • President Obama acting more like Candidate Obama at last. Not afraid of the scary Republican Lilliputians in Congress anymore? That would be a very salutary development for the country. Keep it up.

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post Louisiana Senate: Mary Landrieu Way Behind in New Poll

    2014-11-19 16:28:09View | Delete

    Once again, voters are asked to choose between a Republican and a Republican running on the Democratic ticket. Surprise! They’re going to choose the Republican who is at least honest enough to run on the Republican ticket.

    But don’t those Louisiana voters know there’s a big difference between the two parties? Okay, no significant discernible differences in this particular race, but there are differences. Great big wollywocking differences! For reals.

  • It always makes me prick up my ears when I hear someone mixing definite numbers with meaningless platitudes. For example, the testimony that the U.S. investigators interviewed “approximately 96 witnesses.” How do you interview “approximately” 96 people? Weren’t you keeping track? But they looked into 101 detainee cases, according to their report. Which means they interviewed less than one witness per case. I can’t say that’s very reassuring about the thoroughness of their investigations.

    On top of that, we get the mealy-mouthed formulation “the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt” as the reason for not prosecuting anyone. Words even the weaseliest weasel would hesitate to weasel. What admissible evidence are we talking about here? What evidence did you uncover that you decided all by yourself wasn’t admissible? Did the inadmissible evidence suggest further lines of inquiry, or did you just let your investigation stall out because something, something inadmissible?

    Is it unreasonable to hope for a little more Poirot and a little less Clouseau from these folks?

  • That’s it right there. I fully expect to see a free speech lawsuit and another snappy 5-4 Supreme Court decision outlining the heretofore unknown right to unlimited profit. If you can’t cash in on blowing away defenseless old men, how are we going to recruit the next generation of uniformed mercenaries?

    Okay, I know the answer to that one: Consign a majority of the population to grinding, endless poverty. Some of the young uns will get desperate enough to join the military and kill and die for the greater wealth of Charles and David Koch.

  • This is good news; I hope it will be followed by more good news.

    It occurs to me that as barbaric as we regard the beheadings carried out by those dastards in ISIS, how barbaric is it to hold someone for 12 years with no contact with the outside world, no acknowledgment of their status, tortured intermittently, before finally releasing them?

  • gratuitous commented on the blog post ISIS Advancing Towards Baghdad

    2014-10-13 07:18:26View | Delete

    Whoa, bombing them didn’t work? Must be because we didn’t bomb them enough! Violence can never fail, it can only be failed. It’s our national religion, and you’d be hard pressed to find even the most ardent fundamentalist of one of those lesser religions (the ones that talk about God and stuff, instead of the real holy relics – bombs, missiles and bullets) who shows nearly the faith in their deity as our entire nation shows when it comes to violence. We believe in violence so totally and completely that even when it appears to fail, we blame ourselves instead of the violence.

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