Archive for February, 2009

Self Fullfilling Prophecy?

February 28, 2009 Leave a comment


Or good anticipatory skill?

I wonder…

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Hell To Pay

February 28, 2009 Leave a comment


No, not the hit piece on Hillary by the right wing propaganda publisher Regnery Publishing (on a side note…the malicious hack who wrote that book Barbara Olsen, wife of  Ted Olson one of the “Elves” of the Arkansas Project, was on American Airlines Flight 77 which flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11).

Hell to pay as in when voters get their chance or storm the governors mansion a la the French Revolution and drag out the despots…

Jobless Angry At Possiblility Of No Benefits

As governors in nine states, mostly in the South, consider rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for increased unemployment insurance, there is growing anger among the ranks of the jobless in those states that they could be left out of a significant government benefit.

The stimulus bill recently passed by Congress includes incentives to states to expand benefits to many more jobless people, including part-time workers and those who have cycled in and out of the work force, who are not covered in many states.

The Republican governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, along with Alaska and Idaho, have raised protests, saying that expansion could eventually require them to raise taxes.

So…steer that ship the USS Obstructionist right over the waterfall.  I don’t think the unemployed, running out of benefits or having none at all are interested in the political reasoning behind the obstinacy of their governors.

…”Mr. Kight and other unemployed workers said they were incensed to learn they were living in one of a handful of states — many of them among the poorest in the nation — that might not provide the expanded benefits.

“It just seems unreasonable,” Mr. Kight said, “that when people probably need the help the most, that because of partisan activity, or partisan feelings, against the current new administration, that Perry is willing to sacrifice the lives of so many Texans that have been out of work in the last year.” “

Hell holds no wrath like a voter scorned…

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On a Musical Note…

February 28, 2009 Leave a comment


I went to a nice orchestra performance last night.  Someone special I know was playing the cello in the performance.  I have grown to love the cello for its very rich and varied sounds.  This is a piece called A Cello Rondo all performed by one person:

Kudos to Cabby for her most lovely performance last night.  Not quite Yoyo Ma yet, but good nonetheless.  Here is Mssr. Ma playing paganini caprice 24.

Something to aspire to.  Perhaps the attention that Phillip Glass gives the cello is the reason he is one of my favorite composers as well.   Here is  a segment of Koyaanisqatsi that Phillip Glass performs the entire musical score for.  It is a Hopi  word which means Life Out of Balance.  The film is one of my favorite as well.

The cello…a wonderful instrument.  My favorite cello player…a wonderful person.

Pax y Amor

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February 27, 2009 Leave a comment


Hate seems to be something to organize around.  The organizations of hate are growing in numbers.  They started growing in numbers during the eight years of the Bush assault on America.  The members of these hate groups seem to hold everybody but themselves responsible for their misery.  What a surprise.

Growing Hate Groups Blame Obama, Economy

— Don Black said he despises Barack Obama. And he said he believes illegal aliens undermine the economic fabric of the United States.

Black, a 55-year-old former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, isn’t the only person who holds such firm beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which Thursday released its annual hate group report.

The center’s report, “The Year in Hate,” found the number of hate groups grew by 54 percent since 2000. The study identified 926 hate groups — defined as groups with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people — active in 2008. That’s a 4 percent jump, adding 38 more than the year before.

What makes this year’s report different is that hate groups have found two more things to be angry about — the nation’s first African-American president and an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs. For the past decade, Latino immigration has fueled the growth of hate groups.

Of course an African American president and Latinos are the reason that inbred, uneducated and illiterate white folks can’t find jobs and interpret their Christian bibles to hate anyone that doesn’t live in a trailer, drink Budweiser and smoke Marlboros.  And…ha ha, the Imperial Lizard or whatever mentioned above is named….Black!

Black claims the number of registered members and readers on his white nationalist Web site surged to unprecedented levels in recent months.

On the day after Obama’s historic election, more than 2,000 people joined his Web site, a remarkable increase from the approximately 80 new members a day he was getting, Black said. His Web site, which was started in 1995, is one of the oldest and largest hate group sites. The site received so many hits that it crashed after election results were announced. The site boasts 110,000 registered members today, Black said.

“People who had been a little more complacent and kind of upset became more motivated to do something,” said Black, who also said he joined his first hate group at age 15.

Yes…too bad a “real American” did not win the election.  I am sure that would have appeased the hordes of hating humans.

White supremacist groups have gained traction, a reversal from the decline the groups experienced since 2000, according to the law center report. One of the smaller Ku Klux Klan groups, the United Northern and Southern Knights, more than doubled its chapters, widening its geographic reach from eight to 24 states, according to the report.

The image of a black man in the White House angers white racists, who fear nonwhites gaining too much power, said Jack Glaser, associate professor of public policy at the University of California-Berkeley.

But racist fears can also be more mundane and personal: Nonwhites in the White House could lead to nonwhites in their neighborhoods, which could lead to interracial dating, a great taboo among hate groups.

“Obama poses a large cultural threat to white racists,” Glaser said. “This may explain some of the uptick in hate groups.”

Yes…after 43 white presidents (yes I know some of them served multiple terms) we can’t let the blacks get “too much power.”  Why they might want to force all white golf clubs into making them allow black members.  And do you have any idea how hard it is to maintain all white inbred retards?  Why it takes a family to raise a village… or something like that.

Expect fascist ideology to take stronger root.  Expect  demonizing of minorities to become more mainstream and white nationalism to manifest itself as the economy worsens.  We are in the perfect scenario to have virulent racist fascism take hold and start driving politics more so than usual.  It will be interesting to see how far right the GOP will swing in the next four years.   Expect the GOP to capitalize on the disenfranchisement of unemployed and angry white people’s emotions.  This increase in hate groups is another reason that racist tom foolery such as the mayor of Los Alamitos, California’s cannot be tolerated and blown off as harmless.

White people worked very hard to kill off the indigenous people of this country and to force blacks into building their nation.  It hurts for them to lose the power that they controlled through violence and intimidation for so long.  Have a little feeling for them…

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Say It Ain’t So, Joe

February 27, 2009 Leave a comment


Please, please let Joe and Sarah run on the same ticket in 2012.  What is it with these right wing bozos?  As condeceding as he is about the First Amendment, you can tell he has no respect for it unless it represents his views.  And in a heads up match between him and Al Franken, I’m taking Al every time.

What does it say about the GOP that this traveling joke is a spokesman for their party?  It does say “Democratic Majority” as long as his ilk are what the Republicans are about.

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No Offense, Heh Heh…

February 27, 2009 Leave a comment


The above picture was sent in an email by the mayor of Los Alamitos, California to several people with the comment “No Easter Egg Hunt This Year.”  He was shocked to find out that many people found it offensive and racist.  Not being Japanese he did not commit seppuku, however he is resigning.

Calif. Mayor Who Sent White House Watermellon Patch E-Mails Quits

The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”

Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at the City Council meeting on March 2.

Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called “a small group of friends.” One of the recipients, a local businesswoman and city volunteer, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.

Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city.

Local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price, who is black, said Tuesday she received the e-mail from Mayor Dean Grose’s personal account on Sunday and wants a public apology.

“I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes,” Price told The Associated Press. “I honestly don’t even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor — come on.”

Who could have imagined that Ms. Price would not be amused?

Grose confirmed to the AP that he sent the e-mail to Price and said he didn’t mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.

He said he and Price are friends and serve together on a community youth board.

“Bottom line is, we laugh at things and I didn’t see this in the same light that she did,” Grose told the AP. “I’m sorry. It wasn’t sent to offend her personally — or anyone — from the standpoint of the African-American race.”

So…he was “unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.”  Then what was the point of the e-mail?  As I said, a nice opening of the belly and spilling of the intestines would have been interesting, but resigning from public office will have to do.  What was this guy thinking?  I am sure he will have time to ponder that now.

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Are we getting closer?

February 27, 2009 Leave a comment


The above picture is of a variety of canabis called Sweet Tooth grown legally in the civilized country of Spain.  Here in the United States there has been no realistic dialogue in regard decriminalization of marijuana for some time.  A couple of interesting things have occured recently.  One, due to the financial crisis California is discussing  regulating pot and taxing it to get revenue.  Also, Eric Holder has announced that the days of Gestapo raids on medical marijuana clinics are over.

Here is Attorney General Eric Holder:

That is a huge step right there.  And here is Ron Kampia or the Marijuana Policy Project trying to have an intelligent conversation with Glenn Beck about California’s proposal to tax marijuana.  If Beck is a representative of “stratight” America he clearly needs therapy. Kampia, on the other hand, presents some well reasoned points and appears to be the only lucid person in the conversation:

On another note, does anybody like Glenn Beck?  Look in the picture dictionary under “Smarmy” and you will see his picture.  Glen Beck continues to blurt that he is a Libertarian when he is so far from that perspective as to be ludicrous.  He is just a poor journalist with a bad personality that happens to spew right wing talking points.  Why does he still have a job?  Oh, yeah.  For just those reasons.

It is interesting to see some dialogue in regard decriminalization of marijuana.  One of the most counterproductive prohibitions we have ever endured as a nation may be getting closer to meeting reality.  That reality is that the laws against pot have not been effective and have been devastating to American’s freedoms and families.  Tax it?  You bet.

It is interesting also that Mexico is undergoing a near civil war right now with drug cartels waging violent attacks against the government, other cartels, the police and innocent bystanders.  While it is a complex situation, If drugs were decriminalized then the black market for them would come close to disappearing and the positions of the cartels would crumble.

To finish up, here is a very interesting article by Al Giordano of The Narco News Bulletin:

The Drug War Wall Begins To Fall

It is an interesting piece by a great journalist and activist.  The prohibition model does not work.  Give it a read if you have a few moments.

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