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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Mark Kleiman Channels the Wire 

Mark Kleiman gives a tutorial on how to cut crime straight out of HBO's the Wire.

-Ziggy Stardust  03:09 EST | |

Monday, December 27, 2004

Iraq is not Vietnam 

Some townhall guy says this:

The war in Iraq is different from the war in Vietnam in so many respects that it is hard to know where to start listing the ways. But for some large portion of Democratic voters, it will forever be 1968.

I, for one, think he is right. Since he was busy, I will list the differences between the wars at issue.

  • Vietnam is not in the middle east.
  • The domino theory is a domino theory of freedom, not communism.
  • Hard to get weed in Iraq.
  • Digital Cameras.
  • Arrogant out-of-touch secretary of defense is old, not young
  • Texas blowhard running the show is not bald.
  • Hippies somehow lazier these days, have giant puppets

-Miguel Sanchez  14:01 EST | |

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Blogging from the road 

I am on a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver. For only $6 I can ride in comfort while checking my email and blogging because this badass bus gots wireless. Yep, I'm thrilled!

Now if only American airlines will catch on.

-Ziggy Stardust  18:31 EST | |

Trouble with recycling 

New York City has recycling services--kinda. The city recycles most stuff, but not beer bottles, because you can take those back to the store--provided the store sells that kind of beer--for a five cent refund. I'll be damned if I'm lugging sixty bottles around my neighborhood until I've found stores to take them all, just to make $3. And I don't like the idea of just throwing away perfectly good bottles. This is where Bottle Man performs his valuable public service. On trash day, Bottle Man comes by and gets all of the bottles out of everybody's trash. Once I made the mistake of putting wine bottles (no money is available for wine bottles) in with the beer bottles. Instead of tossing them in the city trash can on the corner, not fifty feet from where Bottle Man was rummaging, Bottle Man taught me a lesson. He left the wine bottles on my curb so as to remind me not to do it again. I've got much sympathty ("Much sympathy"? I've been watching too much of The Wire, not that there really such thing as too much) for anyone who works for a living, so last night I put all of the beer bottles, and only beer bottles, in a nice bag (it was a new kind of Hefty bag that's very strong, but that's neither here nor there). This morning I looked out of my window and saw the bag lying on th sidewalrk, ripped open from the side, and emptied of bottles. What the fuck was wrong with my bag? The next recycling day eve that I'm home, I wanna wait outside and ask just how I should prepare the bottles for his receipt.

-Daddy Brooklyn  09:25 EST | |

How we're winning the war on terrorism 

I'll just post the whole thing:

War Crimes

Thursday, December 23, 2004; Page A22

THANKS TO a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other human rights groups, thousands of pages of government documents released this month have confirmed some of the painful truths about the abuse of foreign detainees by the U.S. military and the CIA -- truths the Bush administration implacably has refused to acknowledge. Since the publication of photographs of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the spring the administration's whitewashers -- led by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld -- have contended that the crimes were carried out by a few low-ranking reservists, that they were limited to the night shift during a few chaotic months at Abu Ghraib in 2003, that they were unrelated to the interrogation of prisoners and that no torture occurred at the Guantanamo Bay prison where hundreds of terrorism suspects are held. The new documents establish beyond any doubt that every part of this cover story is false.

Though they represent only part of the record that lies in government files, the documents show that the abuse of prisoners was already occurring at Guantanamo in 2002 and continued in Iraq even after the outcry over the Abu Ghraib photographs. FBI agents reported in internal e-mails and memos about systematic abuses by military interrogators at the base in Cuba, including beatings, chokings, prolonged sleep deprivation and humiliations such as being wrapped in an Israeli flag. "On a couple of occasions I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water," an unidentified FBI agent wrote on Aug. 2, 2004. "Most times they had urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18 to 24 hours or more." Two defense intelligence officials reported seeing prisoners severely beaten in Baghdad by members of a special operations unit, Task Force 6-26, in June. When they protested they were threatened and pictures they took were confiscated.

Other documents detail abuses by Marines in Iraq, including mock executions and the torture of detainees by burning and electric shock. Several dozen detainees have died in U.S. custody. In many cases, Army investigations of these crimes were shockingly shoddy: Officials lost records, failed to conduct autopsies after suspicious deaths and allowed evidence to be contaminated. Soldiers found to have committed war crimes were excused with noncriminal punishments. The summary of one suspicious death of a detainee at the Abu Ghraib prison reads: "No crime scene exam was conducted, no autopsy conducted, no copy of medical file obtained for investigation because copy machine broken in medical office."

Some of the abuses can be attributed to lack of discipline in some military units -- though the broad extent of the problem suggests, at best, that senior commanders made little effort to prevent or control wrongdoing. But the documents also confirm that interrogators at Guantanamo believed they were following orders from Mr. Rumsfeld. One FBI agent reported on May 10 about a conversation he had with Guantanamo's commander, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who defended the use of interrogation techniques the FBI regarded as illegal on the grounds that the military "has their marching orders from the Sec Def." Gen. Miller has testified under oath that dogs were never used to intimidate prisoners at Guantanamo, as authorized by Mr. Rumsfeld in December 2002; the FBI papers show otherwise.

The Bush administration refused to release these records to the human rights groups under the Freedom of Information Act until it was ordered to do so by a judge. Now it has responded to their publication with bland promises by spokesmen that any wrongdoing will be investigated. The record of the past few months suggests that the administration will neither hold any senior official accountable nor change the policies that have produced this shameful record. Congress, too, has abdicated its responsibility under its Republican leadership: It has been nearly four months since the last hearing on prisoner abuse. Perhaps intervention by the courts will eventually stem the violations of human rights that appear to be ongoing in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan. For now the appalling truth is that there has been no remedy for the documented torture and killing of foreign prisoners by this American government.

-Daddy Brooklyn  09:19 EST | |

I was working during halloween, so that's why this is late, Mr. Fancypants 

Halloween costumes can make good christmas gifts.

-Miguel Sanchez  01:33 EST | |

Still Christmas shopping? 

Can't get enough of my hillarious christmas gifts posts? How about some Chocolate Pork Rinds? How about some stuff to make you stop eating poop? No one to buy for? How about you treat yourself right with this book? Or if you can't settle on one thing, how about 9000 ladybugs?

-Miguel Sanchez  01:15 EST | |

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The real reason we lost the election 

Insufficient support from the powerful mac and cheese lobby. Like a lot of people say, if it worked for clinton, it will always work and we must do it again.

-Miguel Sanchez  23:58 EST | |

Last minute Christmas shopping, failure 

Under the gourmet foods section of Amazon, you can order this tasty elk carcass. Mmmmm, carcass [gurgle, gurgle, gurgle].

By blog was a catastrophic failure. 30 minutes into it, I was badly burned, covered in bean paste, my hair was glued to the monitor and I left running for my life from a pack of Africanized beavers. While I was able to fend them off, the blog was a total loss, buried under self-pity so thick, I dared not let anyone see it.

Also, I just came from the house of a friend, whose mother and sister had made anatomically correct gingerbread cookies. The nipples were cinnamon flavored. I think I am scared for life after seeing a gingerbread man with a dick.

-Miguel Sanchez  22:52 EST | |

Singing Starbucks Praises 

I woke up this morning in one of those big red square states that have hummers painted with the American flag whose drivers, presumably, lack any sense of irony. Maybe it died, but only in places that don't laugh (to fend off the tears) when they hear our President speak.

[Ed. note: Hmm... good to see that exams didn't remove your bitterness.]

So, anyway, after shoveling the snow off the driveway for the first time in two years I headed off to Starbucks for my coffee and paper. Thank god for Starbucks. And the additional surprise of free wireless access through Einstein's network is going to make this trip bearable, I suspect.

Now if only my ipod could block out the man at the next table blabbering about Christ's righteousness and our holiness battling the sinfulness of the world.

Maybe I'll wish them a happy holidays...

Update: I almost threw my empty coffee cup at the Billy Graham wanna be when he told the guy he was preaching to that "you have to believe in God to be good. If you don't have Jesus how can you can about anyone else? You'll only ever act selfishly."

-Ziggy Stardust  17:31 EST | |

In case you missed it... 

Monday, December 20, 2004

The certitudes of a simpleton 

From the Times, our president's blather:

President Bush strongly defended Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today, declaring that the Pentagon chief is doing "a really fine job" and that any suggestions that he is insensitive are simply wrong...

And Mr. Bush does, as he stressed today. "He's done a fine job, and I look forward to continuing to work with him," the president said. Alluding to Mr. Rumsfeld's years of experience in Washington, Mr. Bush said he was confident that the secretary "will continue to reach out to members of the Hill, explaining the decisions he's made."...

"I know Secretary Rumsfeld's heart, I know how much he cares for the troops," Mr. Bush said, adding that Mr. Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, often visit military patients at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington and the Naval Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Md.

"Beneath that rough and gruff, no-nonsense demeanor is a good human being who cares deeply about the military and deeply about the grief that war causes," Mr. Bush said.

The full text of the press conference is here, and it's no more substantive than this article suggests. Whenever the president talks, it's just childlike rambling with no room for any facts.

Just once, I'd like to hear Bush address the points brought up in, oh I don't know, this editorial from Bill Kristol (isn't he the top dog at the Weekly Standard?) where he concludes that the "soldiers deserve a better defense secretary than the one we have."

-Daddy Brooklyn  22:12 EST | |

I'm out of here 

I have left the empty desert of "ustoo" for the empty desert of my own mind. blog.

-Miguel Sanchez  14:06 EST | |

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The price of freedom 

Is $2.6 million. Ask Diebold. This is the settlement with the state of California for their shitty insecure voting machines.

-Miguel Sanchez  21:25 EST | |

A positive sign 

This statement, which I advocate reading in it's entirity, is roughly how I feel these days. If this guy can see what's going on, maybe more people will soon.

I have marched and protested against abortion clinics. I have led several pro-life rallies and even led our church to construct A Memorial To Aborted Babies. I have conducted small and large (some drawing crowds numbering in the thousands) pro-life, pro-family rallies and meetings in the Pensacola area and in many towns and cities across the state of Florida...

...When Ronald Reagan was running for President, I helped Dr. Jerry Falwell register more than fifty thousand new conservative voters in my state. I have attended White House functions with former President Reagan and former Vice President George H.W. Bush...

No one can honestly question my commitment to pro-life, pro-family, conservative causes. That being said, the Religious Right, as it now exists, scares me....

...More than that, the Religious Right appears to believe that G.W. Bush is the anointed vicar of Christ. But instead of wearing the garb of a religious leader, he wears the shroud of a politico and a military commander-in-chief.

As such, in the minds of the Religious Right, Bush's war in Iraq is a holy crusade. America is fast taking on the shape of the old Holy Roman Empire and President Bush is quickly morphing into a modern day Caesar.

Via Daily Kos

-paul  13:48 EST | |

Friday, December 17, 2004

A flat tax is only fair 

You've worked hard, or at least been spectacularly lucky in leveraged currency trading, so why not reward yourself this holiday with a zepplin? Neiman Marcus doesn't say, but I'm sure they could paint a sporty "Bush/Cheney '08" logo on it.

-Miguel Sanchez  18:02 EST | |

Are you trying to make me a commie? 

Do you love celebrating Jesus but give no regard to what he said? Are you really, really rich? Are you wondering what would be a good way to spend more time with your wife?

Look no further than, Neiman Marcus, which is offering for sale this Christmas season a his-and-her bowling alley.

-Miguel Sanchez  17:55 EST | |

Thursday, December 16, 2004

A good idea is a good idea  

This morning, I stumbled across a new batch of neocon outrage courtesy of America's Favorite 3rd tier law school prof., Glenn Reynolds. It seems some U. of Wisc. prof. suggested, in jest, that sensible people balm their anger over the election by punching republicans in the face, keying their cars, or killing them.

I key'd the hell out of a toyota tacoma pickup with a bc04 sticker near the 16th street mall on november 3rd. Boy was that awesome. I think I'll do it again, too. It's Christmas, and I've been good this year.

Don't you hate useless pennies? Put those 1 cent pieces to good use by throwing them out your car window at bc04 cars. A car expert friend of mine says that nothing is more damaging to a car's paint job and windshield, especially at highway speeds. Although, with the economy the way it is, you may want to hold onto those pennies.

Want more hillarious pranks? Go to the funeral of republican, and laugh uproariously throwing in the occasional "I'm glad you're dead" a la Jack Nicholson as the Joker in the first "Batman" movie. Watch the families weep and wail. Now that's funny.

Tell the children of republicans that there is no santa. Go now. Do it. I'm sure some of the people on this blog know of conservative little children they could phone today and advise them of this.

-Miguel Sanchez  11:45 EST | |

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

A fat heroin addict who knows dick 

Please, Please, Please join in in trying to agitate a rush limbaugh fine. Don't put it off.


-Miguel Sanchez  19:10 EST | |

Why do my posts kill the party? 

I have noticed that when I ever I make a post, it seems to create a long silence from the other posters. Possibly in angry rebuke. Oh Well. I have plenty of time to be extrememly paranoid these days...

-Miguel Sanchez  19:09 EST | |

Monday, December 13, 2004

Pathetic blegging 

Blog + Beg = Bleg!

There's nothing more patriotic you could do than show you love America by finding a job for an out-of-work Kerry Staffer. The person that I represent won all the precincts he was responsible for, so you know he did his best for the DNC.

Anyone who knows of any opportunity is encouraged to e-mail

Expect more of these posts in the future.

-Miguel Sanchez  16:52 EST | |

Video Games can save your life  

The disadvantages of a plastic face 

I had had my suspicions that John Kerry had been botox'd into the stone age some time in mid-summer. He had 1 facial expression until mid-October. Then he had 2.

This alone, of course, was not enough evidence. There are many democrats that have 1 facial expression: Tom Daschle (fretful, pants too tight), Lieberman (fretful), Hillary Clinton (bemused smile of Machiavellian plotting), Gephardt (fretful and surprised), and Michael Moore (looking for sandwich, praise).

Today, however, my botox suspicion has been confirmed. Via Wonkette.

Also in the "This is so fucking sad I can't believe it" department, you can still order KE04 merchandise. If you order now, you can get a real set of credentials from the DNConven. I think I'd rather have a deck chair from the Titanic.

-Miguel Sanchez  13:01 EST | |

Sunday, December 12, 2004

John McCain is a registered trademark? 

In my quest to track down the full transcipt in which Catholic League [aside: is the catholic league like the Justice League? Do they solve crimes?] President William Donahue is quoted from in the post below, I found the following:

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN ®, ARIZONA: Our choice wasn‘t ...

Yeah, Yeah. The "R" means republican... I thought it looked funny. Shut up.

-Miguel Sanchez  19:04 EST | |

Miguel's Dead Link Fiesta 

Saturday, December 11, 2004

I suggest reading the whole article. 

Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think.

-Ben  22:02 EST | |

Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, OK? And I'm not afraid to say it. That's why they hate [The Passion of the Christ]. It's about Jesus Christ, and it's about truth. It's about the messiah. Hollywood likes anal sex…I like families. I like children. They like abortions. I believe in traditional values and restraint. They believe in libertinism. We have nothing in common.
– Catholic League President William Donahue, discussing the Academy Awards on Scarborough Country with Pat Buchanon, 12/8/04

-Ben  22:00 EST | |

Amen, sister 

From a blog I should have had the forsight to create myself, Unemployed Kerry Staffer:

But I never ever look at my alarm clock and think, "I better get up, the country needs me." I used to. I used to think the entire campaign would fall apart, John Kerry would lose and I had a duty to the country to get out of bed every morning so that we could be the saviors of the world. Obviously that is not really an issue these days.

-Miguel Sanchez  11:47 EST | |

Bill Owen's daugter is hot  

Despite his bad, sissy-boy, chinless, doesn't-understand-basic-math genes, Owen's daugter is HOT!

-Miguel Sanchez  11:42 EST | |

Uh, what? 

From the 'official bio' of outgoing DNC chair Terry McAuliffe:

It was during this campaign that he wrestled an alligator on a dare from a fund-raising prospect and he has been wrestling with tough challenges ever since.

I've always thought of an alligator as a large reptile...

-Miguel Sanchez  11:20 EST | |

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Amen, Brother 

MoveOn, however, isn't an organization so much as an outlet. It's a network of aggrieved liberals, connected by the central nervous system of the Internet, and it enables its members to convince themselves they're "doing something" when they're really not.

If I had a nickle for every time some stupid hippy fucker refused to volunteer for the real presidential campaign and said "I'm working with moveon 'dot org', so I'm already helping out" I'd have somewhere in the neighborhood of $10.

I wish I had access to moveon's mail list so I could tell these stupid sons-of-bitches how worthless they really were and are. I'd be the happiest man alive. In addition to doing nothing, they "kicked it up a notch" by covering the same people DNC was and pissing independent voters off.

Thanks, 60's-era liberals! Thanks, you stupid do-nothing totally removed-from-reality summer of love burnouts! With any luck, Dean will be DNC chairman, and we can close the books on America once and for all. If only LSD and beatles music were carcinogens...

-Miguel Sanchez  17:05 EST | |

Oh Dear God NO! 

Listen, Howie, I know you like to get high, but PLEASE STOP SMOKING CRACK!

-Miguel Sanchez  10:19 EST | |

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Electronic voting machines: Programmer wrote vote-rigging software for Florida rep. 

Very disturbing. According to this, a programmer has admitted that he wrote prototype software for now Florida representative Tom Feeney. The software was to be worked in to the code on touchscreen voting machines that would allow a user to alter the outcome of an election. The type of machine it was written for was not specified. The program's writer said
...that he was told the program needed to be “touch-screen capable, the user should be able to trigger the program without any additional equipment, [and that] the programming was to remain hidden even if the source code was inspected.
The affidavit, which has apparently been forwarded to the House Judiciary Comittee (of which Feeney is now a member)is available here. Please note that no claims of actual fraud in the Florida election have been made.

I don't think I would be so bothered by this if I knew there was some sort of paper trail with these machines, and if the source code for them was a matter of public record.

(also via slashdot)

-Ben  13:39 EST | |

Science: Consensus on global warming 

A lit review done by the journal Science has concluded that there is a consensus about global warming in the scientific community. A big suprise? No. But the next time some blow hard tries to tell you differently, you can respond with "well, actually, a recent look at the literature done over the last 10 years has shown that climate researchers, geologists, atmospheric scientests and just about everyone else involved with global warming in the scientific community has no doubt whatsoever that human activites are causing global temperatures to increase. It's not opinion, it's verifiable scientific fact. The only question is of how bad it has to get before we decide to do anything about it"

Via /.

-Ben  13:28 EST | |

Monday, December 06, 2004

99.8% of complaints to FCC are filed by one group 

According to Michael Powel and the FCC, complaints about indecency on television are up this year to well over 1 million, from just 350 )three hundred and fifty) in 2001. Of those 1 million so far this year, about half were in reference to one incident (Super Bowl titty-show).

The group, Parent's Television Council, has taken cranky letter writing to an entirely new level.

Is this a bad thing? Not according to PTC: “Why does it matter how the complaints come...If the networks haven’t done anything illegal, if they haven’t done anything indecent, why do they care what we say?”

Sure, except that as I understand them (back me up here, Doug), decency laws are based on a community standard, and I believe it is morally wrong for a few people to write thousands of letters and create an artificial outrage.

This reasoning is like saying "Just let the police search your house. If you have nothing to hide, they'll leave and you can go about your business"

Scary stuff.

-Ben  21:35 EST | |

How did we get here? 

Andrew Sullivan says:
TORTURE IS NOW LEGIT: Evidence procured by torture is now sufficient to detain "enemy combatants" at Gitmo. Prisoners "have no constitutional rights enforceable in this court." Slowly, we are beginning to piece together what the Bush administration has set up - with little public debate. The government can detain prisoners without naming them, it can use methods that are "inhumane," it can use evidence procured by torture, and anyone the government deems an "enemy combatant" is beyond the recourse of constitutional protection. Some of this might be defensible, although I doubt whether I'd agree. But the lack of candor, the absence of real debate (neither Gitmo nor Abu Ghraib came up in any of the presidential debates), and the vagueness of many of the rules are surely worrying in the extreme.
What are high school students taught about Habeas Corpus nowadays?

-Daddy Brooklyn  17:43 EST | |

Sunday, December 05, 2004

I'm conducting a poll 

I'm thinking about this as I write my final (take-home) exam. Who splits infinitives because it sometimes sounds better? I do.

-Daddy Brooklyn  14:53 EST | |

Saturday, December 04, 2004

It may appear as if I am blogging 

But clink this link from In the Agora to watch a video of Jerry Falwell saying that the Iraq war looks like it is going fine if you watch Fox News. Brilliant!

Via Brad Delong.

-Ziggy Stardust  14:04 EST | |

To get your blood boiling before breakfast 

Some necessary reading The Bush's upcoming plans for social security reform destruction, tax changes and other democracy ruining turmoil.

First, from the NYT, Gregory Mankiw proclaims that "The benefits now scheduled for future generations under current law are not sustainable given the projected path of payroll tax revenue..."

Then, the WSJ has this:
"At a private retreat this week, congressional Republican leaders warned Bush aides about the uncertain prospects on Capitol Hill for much of the president's ambitious agenda. House and Senate Republicans expressed particular concern about the president's plans to revamp Social Security, given the opposition of most Democrats and of AARP, the largest and most active organization of seniors in the country."

"Republicans also took issue with the administration's prioritizing. While the president apparently wants to tackle tax overhaul in 2006 — after trying to carve private retirement accounts from Social Security payroll taxes in return for new limits on guaranteed benefits — some lawmakers would rather reverse the order. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, for example, suggested tax overhaul should be Mr. Bush's top priority, according to people familiar with discussions at the retreat. Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa has said Mr. Bush should have a tax plan to Congress by March if the White House expects to get something passed..."

"Republican lawmakers, with an eye already on the 2006 congressional midterm elections, are concerned, among other things, about how they can get Social Security and tax reform — two big and risky pieces of legislation — passed amid heightened hostility with Democrats. On Social Security, one Republican retreat attendee said, 'unless there's a buy-in on the part of Democrats — a good number of Democrats and high-profile Democrats — there's a real reluctance to go down this road..."

"The three-day Republican retreat, at a Virginia conference center near Washington, brought together senators and House members, along with top Bush strategist Karl Rove, White House budget director Joshua Bolten and other administration officials. Mr. Bolten warned of cuts in some domestic programs as part of the administration's efforts to bring spending under control.(my italics - can you say 'starve the beast?')"
After that, it's Jonathan Weisman in the WaPo who notes that "To pay for...cuts in investment taxation, the administration is eyeing two large funding sources: eliminating the tax deductibility of employer-provided health insurance and eliminating the deductibility of state and local taxes."

Then, there's the NYT editorial board on the need to fully disclose the costs of social security reform. Something we are being lied to about right now.

Most of this came via The Note on 3 Dec.

-Ben  01:55 EST | |

Thursday, December 02, 2004

My novelty has worn off 

Yesterday, I registered as a democrat. While the casual reader of this blog (if any really exist) may not think this is a big deal, it is. When I was 8, I celbrated the election of George Bush the 1st by drawing an elephant on my etch-a-sketch.

While I am still conservative on many issues, I am also not an insane facist, or hillbilly romantic who thinks exhaulted thoughts about canned cheese and driving around in a circle.

Here's a bold idea for the republican party to consider: just because I like good food that isn't shipped in foam peanuts to wal-mart, does not mean I want a cock up the ass.

I don't like going to the hardware store. This doesn't mean I want to see "the terrorists win".

Let's quit mincing words now that the election is over: "NASCAR Dad" means "Illiterate Dad". People who think that their ignorance and stubborn faith in an America that never existed gives them some kind of credibility can go to hell. The republican party is the party of the kinds of people I've hated all my life for their stupidity and smirking self-satisfaction in ignorance. It's the party of double standards and lousy ethics and lousy thinking. Fuck 'em. I am proud to be a democrat. somewhat.

-paul  10:53 EST | |

Yes Virginia, I am a dick head 

In my vast post-election bitterness, I have been grasping at a way to wreak a horrible revenge on Bush supporters. The internet has made this much easier. There is a website "convervative" that can be of aid to any bitter Bush opponent.

My proposal is for everyone who supported Kerry to go to conservative match, and start dating some republican bitch (or wanker). After you have gained their trust and adoration, pull the rug out from under them. My suggestion: pictures of yourself involved with someone else. It's important that they aren't obscene, but clearly depict infidelity. It's also important that you be on hand when you drop the bomb: "I am a liberal, I never cared for you, and this whole thing has been motivated by political revenge. How does it feel?"

This probably won't change anything, but it will be moderately satisfying.

-paul  10:44 EST | |

If condoms fail 31% of the time... 

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I said I wasn't going to post. But this is different--I'm in class so I can't really be studying now anyway.

Read this WashPo article on what abstinence only programs actually teach. It'll make you proud to be a, er, liberal.

Thanks to Chris for the distraction.

-Ziggy Stardust  10:27 EST | |

Amusement from The New Yorker 

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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