Friday, February 27, 2009

Take Action: Support a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Take Action: Support a Truth & Reconciliation Commission

I'm all for getting at the truth. I'm also real big on criminal trials. But let's get at the truth first. It's important NOT to just sweep the past eight years under the rug. If we do that, we, as a nation, will not learn. And the neocons can continue their disinformation campaigns.

The truth has to be louder than their lies. Please sign the online form today.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Republican Circle Jerk

In my early corporate days, I was a gerbil in the cage of the software development and release cycle, the timing of which was usually centered around trade shows like DAC (Design Automation Conference). In between shows, we'd gather requests from our customers and add those features to the software, along with other stuff we thought would be cool, hopefully in time to make a big announcement at the next major show. Then we'd take our barely released bug-filled code and go present it at the show and pray that nobody asked us to do anything outside of the demo. Otherwise, there'd be no telling what the code might do. Explode and eat the computer. Or something.

I was a "demo jock(ette)," demonstrating the software on the floor of our booth. If any of the demo jocks from our competitors happened to stop in during one of my demos, I was supposed to ask them to leave, but I never did. What was the point? If they were looking at our new features so they could copy us, then they'd have to run home after the show and spend the next 3-6 months writing that code. During that time, we would be innovating with new features, and they'd be playing copycat catch-up. It never ceased to amaze me how limited this short-term thinking was on the part of our competitors. But I was just a blonde girl who could say words like substrate, blind & buried vias, and surface mount components. 

Horny yet? Good for you.

So, I grew up and moved on but everywhere I went there were good marketers who kept an eye on their competition, while focused on product innovation. Or lazy marketers, who spied on and copied their competition. The ones that innovate (iPod), win. The ones that copy (Zune), die.

Now I'm seeing the same damn stupidity and pure laziness in the Republican party. You would think that after getting their asses kicked in 2006 and in the recent presidential election, they might sit back and take a toke off their hashless pipes, and, well, innovate.


First, they get the black guy to be the head of the RNC. "Inclusion" is the concept. They want to reach out to all the non-white people that they've shit on for, well, forever. Including (there's that word again), them thar Mexicans they hate so much (except when they can get their corporate  buddies some meaty contracts in The War On Drugs Gold Rush. Then they love 'em some [dead] Mexicans.) But, actually, they just thought to themselves, "That one...Obama...he's black, and he won. We need a black guy! Can somebody bring me a black guy? Come on! WHO DO I HAVE TO FUCK TO GET A BLACK GUY AROUND HERE?"

They DIDN'T say, "According to the US census projections, minorities will be the majority by 2042. And there were enough minority votes in 2008 to tip the balance in Obama's favor. Maybe we should stop being so darn xenophobic. Maybe we should actually reach out and touch a few of them, and not clean up with hand sanitizer afterwards. Maybe we should help minorities be successful?"

Ya think?

Now I hear about another copycat scheme - Eric Cantor, Republican whip, is modeling himself after Newt Gingrich: (And yes, he is the same guy who said his spokesperson's obscenity-laden video was just a joke. Of course, I should talk. ahem.)
Mr. Cantor said he had studied Mr. Gingrich’s years in power and had been in regular touch with him as he sought to help his party find the right tone and message. Indeed, one of Mr. Gingrich’s leading victories in unifying his caucus against Mr. Clinton’s package of tax increases to balance the budget in 1993 has been echoed in the events of the last few weeks.
So, again. Nobody's innovating here. And according to Matt Yglesias, Gingrich's obstructionist "success" in the Clinton era doesn't even apply to our current situation. (I'm so surprised!) Nor are the Republicans even thinking, for one half of a second, about their constituencies outside of the beltway. (Yoo-hoo! We're out here, boys!) They're just playing the same old obstructionist game, and pissing off the American people some more. It's like they're still in high school and doing the same old circle jerk they've always done. 

But the American public isn't impressed with their, um, performance...just like the girls that wouldn't date them in high school.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

You Go, Ron Paul

Well. What if, indeed.

(Hat tip to After Downing Street. If you are reading this post in an email, click through to my blog to see the video.)

A Swamp By Any Other Name... still a swamp.

Blackwater is changing its name to Xe (pronounced Z - fancy that). But they'll still have the taint of murdering marauding mercenaries. I heard they were changing their business focus to training anti-narcotics mercenaries to compete with their major nemesis DynCorp for US taxpayer-funded "War On Drugs" contracts (what a scam that is), Total Intelligence Solutions - which boasts that it "brings CIA-style" services to the open market for Fortune 500 companies (i.e. spying for corporations - niice),  "aviation support," which involves selling "escape packages" to rich religious fanatics so that when Armageddon occurs (like it did when Katrina hit New Orleans), a private chopper will zoom in and pick up all the Real Krishtians from their rooftops and take them off to an undisclosed sinner-free area. It's called "rapid safeguarding." Fancy that. There they will drink lemonade, watch the world burn, and hope to Geezus that nobody finds out they're gay.

On that note, one of the commenters on the TPM article about Blackwater/Xe said that Blackwater may want us to pronounce Xe as "Z," but in Nahuatle, it would be pronounced as "She." I rest my case.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Congressman Scorned

(hat tip to Matthew Good. If you're viewing this post in an email, click through to my blog to view the video.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Will Obama Say "I Screwed Up" About This?

Obama has decided to tell the American people one thing - that he will end torture and secret renditions - and do another - continue the Bush administration's torture and rendition policy. While he was saying "I screwed up" all over network news recently, he was screwing the American people in the background. Nice cover, Barack. Who gives a shit about Daschle's tax problems? Not me. I DO give a shit about the continuation of BushCo terrorism.

For in-depth legal analysis, multiple links and suitable outrage, read Glenn Greenwald's article,
Obama fails his first test on civil liberties and accountability -- resoundingly and disgracefully. Also read his follow-up article on the State Secrets Act: The 180-degree reversal of Obama's State Secrets position.

If you would like to read about the ACLU lawsuit against Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing that assisted the CIA in its rendition program, read this article: ACLU Sues Jeppesen Dataplan for Participation in CIA Torture Flights. And watch this video to put a human touch to this terrible practice:

If you are interested in seeing the rendition map, here it is (click for larger image):

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bill Moyers, Glenn Greenwald & Jay Rosen

Very interesting Bill Moyers show with Glenn Greenwald ( and Jay Rosen  (PressThink). They discussed the media's relationship with Obama. I never thought about it, but I found their assertion very interesting: that the media doesn't like "change" because if any real change happens, or if Obama does something outside of the political "norm," something they never thought of or didn't expect, the media is left sputtering in front of the camera. They would no longer be the Beltway Boys And Girls In The Know, the experts whose job it is to inform us. Because the news is now full of what the pundits think might happen, or future news. They don't report as much on what actually is happening. Even when they do talk about events as they occur, they make all kinds of future predictions or future analysis about what it might mean. If Obama makes real changes that they don't understand, they'll all be fumbling for something to say. 

You can watch the show, listen to it and read the transcript here.

Ken Starr Gets A Stain On His Dress

Ken Starr made a name for himself sniffing cum-stained dresses. Now he wants to invalidate all the same-sex people who LEGALLY got married before California's Prop Hate debacle. He needs to get his sorry ass out of our bedrooms and pay attention to the freaking economy or all the dead or displaced Iraqis or all the dead Gazans or something worthwhile for a change.

DEADLINE: Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Zina Saunders' Art

Here's another cool link from my friend Me-Me (Turquoise Moon, Screaming Me-Me). I'd never seen Zina Saunders' art before, so in case you havn't either, here's a link to her art inspired by Sarah Palin. My favorite has to be this image of Lieberman leaving the "prom" in tears after getting ditched by McCain. It's called Joe Lieberman's Heartbreak and she did it for The San Francisco Chronicle. 

But don't stop at the politics pics, make sure you also look at her reportage section. There are some amazing stories in there about some very real people.