Saturday, December 13, 2014

I've been wondering

It seems as though each national outrage receives attention, appears to be a basis for change, and then dissipates into national short attention span trashcan.  Who needs to think about Ferguson or choke holds when we have torture and the Dems threatening to shut down the government.  National outrages get their 15 minutes of TV fame and fade away.  So--

Will police protests fade like tea party and Occupy?

If I didn't know better I'd start thinking the assorted protests are created and staffed by political operatives from both parties.  Since Obama been in office seen any big anti-war protests?

Arab Spring? Nah. Arab Burp? Yes!

Until Arabs bag their obsession with the need to have Islam pervade all aspects of their lives there will never be an Arab Spring.  Ever.  So how's Egypt doing on the Burp front?  Oh, pretty good--

Egypt bans former US diplomat as nation continues crackdown on dissent

Oklahomans are Batshit Crazier than Buckeyes

Ohio botches executions so badly they want to hide their fuckups from everybody, including the courts.   I guess CIA sadists who are looking for work could find employment in Ohio.  Yeah, how about Oklahoma too.

Scene at botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett was 'a bloody mess'

I have to assume the citizens of Oklahoma and Ohio want to kill people and they are indifferent to the means and methods of offing those they've decided to kill.  And I thought ISIL was violent.

Bush Didn't Know

That schmucks whole presidency seems to have been eight years of not knowing anything about what his government was doing.  The guy is a dim bulb, but damn he can, plausibly, deny that he was president.  Was George Bush president?

Documents Shed New Light on Legal Wrangling Over Spying in U.S.

Obama seems to have emulated the shrub.  How often does he claim to have found out about the latest mess, scandal, or government fuckup at the same time as we did from cable news?   And it's his folks who have screwed up.  I guess the guy doesn't chat with folks in his Departments  He's not a people person.

Wow, for the past few decades we've been led  by a liar, a dolt and a misanthrope.  We elected them so they are exactly what we wanted.  We do have remarkably poor taste.




Makes ya proud to be an Amercan, don't iit

The Senate Democratic staff members who wrote the 6,000-page report counted 119 prisoners who had been in C.I.A. custody. Of those, the report found that 26 were either described in the agency’s own documents as mistakenly detained, or released and given money, evidence of the same thing.

Amid Details on Torture, Data on 26 Who Were Held in Error

I don't know why but this kind of shit reminds me of Ohio--

Ohio lawmakers remove death penalty bill measure that could have led to drug shortages

Ohio Lawmakers Want to Remove Transparency on Executions, So Capital Punishment Can Resume


If Ohioans are hellbent on killing people to assuge the need for collective vengence, that's their choice.  However,  they should exercise their mortal actions in public. Ohio should drop the needle, the chair, the chamber, the rope, and the bullets. Ohio should have public executions.  The Governor should be the only one allowed to pull the cord on the Ohio State Guillotine.

The execution site should be at the top of some exterior steps so the head may roll to the bottom. Only with public executions can potential felons be deterred from committing crime. Note, capital punishment has not been a deterrent for some time, it's also not been public for decades. Ohio can become the nation's leader in capital punishment justice if it adopts my suggestions.  Now Texans...

Happy Afghan War!

Wow, we're ending the war, kinda, sorta.  We'll leave about 12,000 or more soldiers on the rubble.  I have a feeling within a year or two (2016 election time), we'll hear Prez Barry ask for more troops.

At least 21 die in attacks in Kabul, other parts of Afghanistan

I have a feeling that when the history books are written on this war, they will show a war designed, run and botched by the CIA, State Dept., and White House.  The military will be seen as attempting to recover from war designer's ineptitude.  I've long thought Vietnam was pretty much a civilian SNAFU.  Afghanistan is similar, but it's a civilian FUBAR.

This threat should never have been there at all

Attacking the press was not part of the hoped for change voters wanted when they listened and believed Obama in 2008.  At any rate, after a few years of ragging on the reporter the DOJ now says they won't compel him to name sources.

Justice Department won’t compel Times reporter Risen to reveal source in leak case

Obama keeps proving he's more Bush than Dem.  I hope Democrats will listen and think before they nominate another Obama.  I have the same regard for Hillary Clinton as I do for Obama.  I held my nose, I voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.  After all, the alternative was a Trog.

We need a new party.

Torture Issue

I've read some of the report.  I've listened to cable news.  I've read reporting.  The Senate makes serious claims that we, the people of the U.S., through our government and our employees in the CIA, tortured captives for information.  Torture is and was then illegal.  The techniques and program used were reverse engineered from what enemies have done (and were condemned for ) to some of our soldiers in the past.  It was, no matter how you cut it, damed stupid and very, very wrong by any standard.

Needless to say, those who were in the CIA or involved in some level of decision making that approved the use of torture are scrambling to paint a very different picture.  In a nutshell, they claim, sure, some employees were over zealous, did some bad things, but they got some intel that saved lives.  John Brennan is the strongest apologist for the CIA torture program.

How do you feel about this?  The Senate or the CIA?  The Senate has made some rather extraordinary claims about the CIA and their acts.  The have provided evidence, their assertions are documented.  Evidence for their claims is available for any neutral party to examine.  In other words, they have argued from documented premises (facts) to factual conclusions.  Rebutting the Senate report requires  one to show the evidence does not support premises that lead to the asserted conclusions.  If one cannot refute the evidence, offer new evidence, or find a flaw in the reasoning, then the report holds.

The Senate has in a political context provided extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims.

The CIA response can be summed up in two words "trust me."  The CIA makes claims, but instead of providing factual documentation to support their claims, they say "trust me."  They make claims they provide no evidence.  I do not trust that kind of reasoning.  Don't forget we recently had a President who said "trust me" over and over again.  Evidence surfaced, he had lied to all of us.  The CIA appears to be acting very presidential in the face of its own blue dress.

When we speak of things in this world, horses as opposed to unicorns, and make statements about those things, we have to be able to provide evidence based in this same world otherwise the claims are bullshit or lies.  Brennan is either bullshitting the public or lying, He heads the CIA, I assume he is lying but cannot provide direct evidence about him.  Either way he is not trustable.  His and the claims of other CIA shills are merely noise used to distract us from what they did and to preclude any modicum of justice.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Trust the cop to be, well, cops

When you arm a dolt, don't be surprised at the results.  Once again, votes matter.  Think about it.

Undercover police officer pulls gun on Oakland protesters after cover blown

This is governance?

Senate poised to consider $1.1 trillion spending bill before new Saturday deadline

Justice

Have you listened to the CIA apologists?  They admit they tortured folks.  They claim it benefited us all (made us safe), won't do it again and want us to just move on.  I bet Bob McDonnell would like that kind of justice---

Former Virginia Governor McDonnell’s sentencing guidelines: 10 years at least

About time

The 12 year old killed by an inept cop has been ruled a homicide.  I guess it will go to trial.  However, if the cop is tried by a jury of his peers, he will be found innocent and be declared a national treasure.   Sometimes you have to wonder about dolts judging dolts.  If the media attention, garnered by the mess in Ferguson, had not occurred, I bet this killing would have received no attention and the killing been ruled righteous.

Death of Tamir Rice, 12-year-old shot by Cleveland police, ruled a homicide

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Old Fart

I'm an old fart.  I don't pay much attention to pop culture these days.  Come on, I'm in scene one of Act III of my life.  I ran across this piece on "bro country" and since I had nary a clue as to what it meant, I had to read it.  It's dumb, but what part of the pop scene is not?  So for the edification of fellow clueless oldsters--

‘Girl in a Country Song’ hits No. 1 by mocking bro country. The bros aren’t laughing.

Torture

Turn on cable news, read a newspaper or listen to the radio and you will, before long, encounter some kind of coverage of torture (or enhanced interrogation techniques).  Is torture right or wrong?  Well, you have to decide for yourself.  You cannot and should not turn to some schmuck like me or putz like Dork Cheney.

I will share my thoughts, but please think it through for yourself.

 I do not accept it for the simple reason that if I condone such acts, then I have to accept that such  acts could be done to me legally by an enemy or person in our government.  Both would be seeking intelligence which they believe I may possess.  If I accept torture, then I could not realistically  complain.

I cannot torture others and others should not torture me.  When I was in the Army, I did not expect enemies to torture POWs and certainly never entertained the idea that we would torture POWs.  Please don't play semantic games now.  Torture is unacceptable to me.  Since I do not want to be a victim, I cannot abide with any other person being a victim.  It's really that simple.  Yep, it's the golden rule and the idea that the ends do not justify the means.  What we accept in the behavior of others, we ultimately have to accept being done to our person.

Hmm, do you think suspicion is a crime?  Think about your answer and then ponder the idea of torture.

  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orphan Black

I am an Orphan Black fan.  If you haven't seen the show, stream the first two seasons.  I have been a bit surprized at the show's absence from award nominations.  Looks like that's changing

'Orphan Black' fans relieved at Tatiana Maslany's SAG Awards nomination

Now when will season 3 begin?

Quiz Time

How well do you know the world of spying? Take our CIA and NSA quiz.

Crack Intelligence?

Defense?  CIA?  State?  They all keep on living up to historical expectations.

Why didn’t U.S. know about South African who died in failed Yemen rescue mission?

Now about all that torture defense bullshit...

This is governance?

You tell me.

This is governance?

You tell me.

Fundraising expansion slipped into spending deal could power financial bonzana for parties

This is governance?

You tell me.

Congressional leaders hammer out deal to allow pension plans to cut retiree benefits

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

He'll always be the "Ooopsman!"

Rick Perry in 2016?  Maybe a Trog gets excited about that.  I guess they think glasses make a person  smart and improves their memory.  I have a feeling non-Trog voters see the joke under those glasses.

Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he’s a ‘substantially different’ candidate

I guess we really can't complain about ISIL's behavior now can we

The 10 most harrowing excerpts from the CIA interrogation report

Did we execute any prisoners in our assorted military or black ops prisons?  I bet we did.  Trust in the CIA?  Come on.  The military?  Nah.  How about you?

A black chapter in our recent history

Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty

Uh, the logic is nucking cuts

This ranks right up there with "to save the village, we had to completely destroy it.  Or how about using rape as a an interrogation technique?

Yep, after CIA employees in some shithole location use rape as a technique,  a CIA agent then claims "We had to fuck her (or him) in the ass until she (or he)  told us what we wanted to hear.  It took days, but what we heard, in some way may have produced intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. I didn't enjoy fucking her. It wasn't my idea.  I obeyed.  I did as ordered by torture consultants employed by the CIA"
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If you, the CIA, fucked up massively, you have to defend your fuck up or go nuts. There's always the off chance someone will believe you.  Anyone met a con who readily admits, without reservations,  their guilt?  There may be a few, but not many.  The CIA, Congress and the White House failed us.  They failed morally.  They failed legally.  They subverted the Constitution.  Fear does funny things, but does not justify abdication of law and morality.

CIA director rebuts report, says interrogation techniques ‘saved lives’

The first step in atonement is confession--state your sins, what you did, aloud.

For all the pols and appointees who approved torture..

Here's what they need, they need to have a tube shoved far up their ass, then lie there and let gravity force feed a nutritious slurry into their intestine.  Now where did I come up with that idea?  Oh, it's what I read the CIA did.  Yeah it ends a hunger strike and exerts behavior control.

Senate report: Uncooperative terrorism suspects faced rectal rehydration, feeding

I wonder if any CIA thugs superglued a prisoners ass shut?  The CIA is full of really warped fuckers.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Race Question

Imagine you are a retired Barack Obama.  Now imagine you have ducked your secret service and for some reason are driving a Lexus in the white part of Staten Island.  Do you think you'd be pulled over by the cops and be found guilty of DWB*?  Still think everything is hunky-dory in American raceland?  Now pick any spot in rural or suburban Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, etc.  Shit, imagine any rural place in any state, the outcome is pretty much the same.  Imagine too if you, as Obama, objected.  Would you be bashed a bit and busted?  Do you think the arresting officer would be indicted for any crime?  

Garner case puts Staten Island’s racial divide in spotlight


Did you forget Pearl Harbor Day?

Yesterday was Dec. 7th.  Other than an op/ed piece or one on the remaining vets from the Arizonia, there was little mention of the Japanese attack on Pearl.  Why did that attack happen?  We have our explanatory lore, stories, and a bit of history too.  What about our former enemy, Japan?  Do we share the same account?  Here's a piece that gives us a bit more info from their perspective so we can better  understand that day of infamy--

In Japan, Pearl Harbor is seen as just another battle in a decades-long war

If you are interested in some our military antecedents to Pearl, pick up a bio of Billy Mitchell.

Funny how history is just one long tit for tat.  Wonder when it all began?   Setting aside the Cain and Abel myth, I do wonder who began this endless feud of humanity.

Sadly, SSDD


What was $115 in June and now runs about $69?

It's not a hi-tech gizmo or merch priced to go for Xmas.  Nah, it's a barrel of oil.  How long will the lower gas prices last?  That's hard to predict?  Did you expect gas at less than three for Xmas?

Opec and American shale keep the oil price spiralling downwards

Agree or Disagree?

Agree or no--

"The “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance conducted by intelligence services and disclosed by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden cannot be justified by the fight against terrorism, the most senior human rights official in Europe has warned."

Before you disagree, in the name patriotism of course, ponder what undergirds things such as democracy, freedom nd liberty?

More Looney Tunes

Here's more on The New Republic--

Revolt at the New New Republic

Who'd a thunk the Shrub would defend his torture team?

Wow, the Shrub backs the CIA for doing their patriotic duty.  Patriotism makes it all okay?  Look, instead of torture substitute some other actions see if you still support the Shrub, Darth and the CIA.

How about serial murder?  Still down with the patriotic times making the crimes okay and non-discussable today?  Hmm, now try genocide?

If the Germans had used this defense, then using Bush logic we'd have agreed and would have become silent about the holocaust!  To put it religious terms, when we commit mortal sin, it's easy to give ourselves a pass, but we're still going to do an eternal sentence in hell.  In socio cultural terms, if we follow Bush logic, our silence then then legitimates the behavior and institutionalizes for future use.  Without atonement for our deeds, we increase the depravity in our collective lives.   The Germans would have found it easier to sidestep their Nazi past, but we would not let them, we forced, regardless of cost, a continuing discussion of hate and genocide.  We said no to them.  We need to say no to Bush and his criminal cronies.  His acts were not patriotic at all.

Still agree with the torture team patriotism defense?

Bush and C.I.A. Ex-Officials Rebut Torture Report

The simplest way to have avoided today's mess is to have follower our law and ethos and never tortured anyone in the first place.

Trog of 2016

Which knuckle-dragger will win the GOP nomination?  I kind of agree with author of this piece and would also love to see the Dems rid themselves of the Clintons and nominate Elizabeth Warren.

Who’s most likely to end up as Republicans’ nominee in 2016 presidential race

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quiz Time for Tubes Fans

How much do you know about the web and digital technology?

Play the fear card. It's more CYA.

There comes a time when we, as a people,  have to come clean and admit we allowed shitheads to be in charge.  We allowed those turds to do rotten things.  We called crime patriotism.   If we don't fess us, then we all become permanent shitheads who put torture right up there with apple pie, mom, and Chevrolet. The new American way?  There is a price we have to pay for our acts, too bad the Rep finally realizes the cost of his wallowing in filth for years.  We have to rise out of the sty, but I bet we won't.  We've become accustomed to a life guided by fear.

House chair warns violence abroad would follow Senate torture report release

Duh!

Here's the headline--US defends Yemen al-Qaida raid that led to deaths of two hostages.  Come on, do you expect to see one that says the US deplores the action it took in Yemen? Of course the bozos who decided to do the deed are going to defend their acts.  The problem is we are blessed with bozos who act like clowns.


If the guy finally closes Gitmo, it won't matter

It looks like Prez Barry has inched a bit closer to shutting Gitmo down.  So what?  He failed to close it when it really mattered.  Hell, he didn't even fight the good fight.  He folded so he could be reelected and not close it down again.

When you start thinking about Hillary Clinton and other Dems for 2016, which one do you think will Obamafy us the least?  Obamafy?  Yeah, talk the talk, but never walk the talk?  Here's one, I can't back his politics, but I have a feeling he's walks his talk.  He's Jim Webb.

Six Guantanamo detainees transferred to Uruguay as Obama works to close prison

Radio Peeve

I enjoy  community radio.  The music they play is quite diverse, I think it's called eclectic.  I used to listen to KRCL when I lived in Salt Lake City.  It's still a great station on the weekends.  It used to have one of the best Bluegrass shows on Sunday afternoons.  After I left SLC, I looked for other stations.

I had to use the Internet since local radio really sucks--reception and stations.  The Tubes delivered some really good community stations.  I listen to KXCI, KRCL, WMNF and others.  Usually when one of them goes into jibber-jabber mode I can switch to another for music--I am not a fan of talk radio at all.

I used to have about six to eight stations set up in iTunes until my Mac died.  My approach, when talk commenced was just click on an entry and change to music. That worked on all days except Sunday.  On Sunday morning, every station I like like was turned over to the local godzealots.  They prayed or played Jesus stuff all morning long.  I'm not a fan of god, much less Jesus music or preaching.  I had a problem.  Would Sunday AM become my Pandora day?

Then I discovered WRUV, University of Vermont radio.  They play jazz followed by some heavy metal on Sunday.  I listen to "sludge, doom and gloom" until another station bags the church swill.  Then I switch if the metal elections aren't to my liking.  I do like metal.

Tubes radio gives us an Internets full of great radio.  I imagine the evangefundies use the Internet to  overdose on Jesus chit chat and their godawful music (and can avoid my kind of music).  Now if the stations I like would just bag the religionists....


Race Question

If you are white and think that the non-whites are making too big an issue out of the recent police killings of a couple of large black men, I have a simple question.

Would you trade places with any black person in this country?  Would you become black and feel the same about cops and the justice stuff as you do as a white person.  Think about it.  Hell, I wouldn't even become Obama, would you?


Got those confederate dollars?

Except for Virginia and Florida, the South is solid Trog.  I assume those confederate bucks are legal tender in the New Confederacy.  I have no doubt, given the opportunity, that southern whites would reinstitute slavery.  It's a state's rights thing and would be a way to celebrate all that southern heritage bullshit.  Break out the bedsheets and confederate flags, the South is back.  Watch out the loons are rising.

Sen. Mary Landrieu loses runoff in Louisiana to Rep. Bill Cassidy