Jun 30, 2010

A view of the carnage from the sky.

The blog is located here, it's called the BP Slick. Its the gentleman that was on KO's show tonight. It will possibly make you ill and perhaps cry....it did that to me.

Then, it made me incredibly angry. Oh, how I would love to see some of the exec's from BP in a dark alley...they lie and obsfucate their fucking asses off about the toll their screwup has caused. But they have no problem putting out press releases on how much money they have spent so far on fixing their fuckup.

Jun 29, 2010

Excuse me asshole?

I really thought I was one of 'those people' who would never get an ulcer..seriously, I did. I have no friggin problem vocalizing my pissed-offed-ness in a voice so loud, rank and obnoxious that people within a four block radius hear me and get 'my point'.

Evidently...I was wrong because my father has been able to do the unthinkable...make me sick to my stomach and consequently going to the doc's tomorrow to inquire as to whether an ulcer is in my immediate future.

Another thing he has done was push my buttons so hard and so often that I think a few of them are stuck in the on position.

So, with all that in mind, when the cunt-haired bitch in the pharmacy at Wally World, on Rosedale, jerked my chain really early this morning by announcing I would have to wait until 5pm to pick up a refill for my rescue inhaler...I almost stroked out...I swear I saw stars before I launched into a tirade that included announcing that I was calling a couple of friends I have over at channel's 29 and 23 and ripping her and her fellow pharmacy employees a new one live on the five o clock news...about how I had to go to the emergency room which gawd knows is full of death and infections to begin with....because 'they have rules' and not being able to breathe doesn't count with them.

I was told I should of called yesterday to refill the inhaler...even if I didn't need it or fucking use it yesterday. I was expected to be clairvoyant if I wanted a refill and/or to be able to breathe like everyone else on the fucking planet...

Bear in mind I called the minute they opened. Maybe the 3rd minute...I ain't sure. Also bear in mind that after talking to three of these ignorant employees, I was primed like no ones business when I finally got the pharmacist, aka the cunt-haired bitch on the horn.

I did not use any four-letter words...but I did use every long, four-or-more syllables, legal-ese word and legal threat I could think of..all with honey dripping off them..,ok that last part is a bit of a lie...but I digress...

Whilst I tore this worthless employee, aka the cunt-haired-one-in-charge a new ass, without being foul-mouthed, I was marching around in the living room like I was on a death march into a warzone...my guns...aka my voice...a-blazing.

In the end, I got one helluva walk accomplish in my living room, and my blood pressure was off the charts. I also got my inhaler within 2 hours of my call...simply unheard of in these here parts people!!

;) It's good to be the bitch....sometimes it is, ya know.

Senator Jeff Sessions is a douche nozzle.

After watching that fuckwad yesterday, I really wish he would fall in a deep hole and never find his way out. Christ, what a political piece of shit.

And another thing..if they have the votes to get Kagan out of committee, why in the blue hell don't they just do it? I am sick to death of listening to all the political grandstanding by every fucking Rethug that sits on that committee.

Kagan isnt a liberal, she sure as fuck isn't a traditional progressive either. She is a friggin middle of the road pain in my brown ass.

Jun 28, 2010

Sen Robert Byrd is dead.

The old fucker served WVA for over half a century. He tried hard to eliminate poverty in West VA, we must give him credit for that, even though he fought against the civil rights act of 1964 as well as the Voting Rights act that same year. He was in most respects a racist sumbitch. He was a former KKK member, which isn't surprising considering where and how he grew up. He did not go to a traditional college, but he could be quite eloquent. Below are a few of his more memorable quotes:
“I lost no opportunity to promote funding for programs and projects of benefit to the people back home.”

"It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics. "

"We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends. "
He was 92 when he went to meet his maker last night.

Jun 27, 2010

The Strat Pack: 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster

Non political post people....it IS Sunday ya know. ;)

I have always loved the Fender Stratocaster. So many fantastic musicians of my era (the 70;s-80s) played it. When my son said he wanted to learn how to play electric guitar..I ran out and bought the kid a Strat...went in hock up to my brown eyes...

Then there was the cost of lessons...not cheap. The kid evidently did not like lessons or practice time at home..he just wanted a very-fucking-expensive air guitar I guess.

I was crushed and sold that hot pink strat after six months of fighting w/the sub-teenage pain in my ass...but I digress..

Palladia had the three hour documentary on today, sadly I missed the first 45 minutes of it. But I can tell you that it is well worth seeing, if you are a music nut like moi. You can buy the dvd on Amazon, buy.com and other places. I couldn't find another rebroadcast of it in the search function for Directv. There are wonderful artists that play their best music live like:

David Gilmour, Joe Walsh, Paul Rodger, Gary Moore, Phil Manzanera and a host of talented folks...one person is glaringly missing:

EC...Eric Clapton. But it's still worth viewing/listening to.  I swear to Buddha. ;)

Jun 24, 2010

Blanche gets it...Barney don't.

Look, I will admit upfront that I can not find my ass w/both hands when it comes to the world of finance, stocks and derivatives..not to mention hedge funds.

Say what you will about the bluedog Blanche Lincoln, hell I take her name in vain a LOT. She is a c#nt on healthcare and many other social issues..but the bitch (I mean that in a good way) gets it on Financial Reform.

On the other hand, Barney Frank is rolling over. I can't friggin believe it. He wants to weaken the FR bill even more...wtf dude????

Dylan Ratigan has some great guests on daily that are specialists on derivatives, stocks, investors and the whole ball of wax when it comes to fixing our banking system.

Video when it becomes available...meanwhile read this on his msnbc page and this on HuffPo...about how Dodd, Frank and others are basically caving in to Big Banking and the markets, stock and otherwise.

The bill and various amendments are being debated now. The fuckers are pulling the rug out from under Financial Reform. It's downright fucking pathetic m'dear reader.

I just got home after a week w/my father. I poured a stiff drink (it was after noon) and turned on my favorite political show lately, Dylan Ratigan. All it did was stress me out...and I just spent a week stressed out with my father who keeps having major senior moments. Sigh...heavy sigh.

Video is out.

Jun 23, 2010

Kwame is pissin' down both legs...

He gets hauled off to jail for his transgression's whilst on probation and then...bam...the federal indictment kicks his well-fed ass!

Remember folks...he is a Democrat. The party affiliation matters not...all politicians are corrupt one way or another.

I can only count on one-fucking-hand the number of politicians I trust anymore. Makes me sick.

Jun 22, 2010

KO's Special Comment: I agree!

I have spent most of this day reading and pondering Gen McChrystal's thoughts about who he works with and for.

After watching Olbermann's special comment tonight I must say I unequivocably agree with KO's assessment. Keep McChrystal. If you did not see KO's remarks...here it is.



Remember his team of rivals speech....if he means that...he will keep the General.

The rich got richer in 2009..I kid you not!

I will no longer tolerate individuals that scream about how horrible it is to tax the rich in this economy. From Reuters via MSNBC:
The rich grew richer last year, even as the world endured the worst recession in decades.


A stock market rebound helped the world's ranks of millionaires climb 17 percent to 10 million, while their collective wealth surged 19 percent to $39 trillion, nearly recouping losses from the financial crisis, according to the latest Merrill Lynch-Capgemini world wealth report.

Stock values rose by half, while hedge funds recovered most of their 2008 losses, in a year marked by government stimulus spending and central bank easing.

"We are already seeing distinct signs of recovery and, in some areas, a complete return to 2007 levels of wealth and growth," Bank of America Corp wealth management chief Sallie Krawcheck said.

The fastest growth in wealth took place in India, China and Brazil, some of the hardest hit markets in 2008. Wealth in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific soared to record highs.

Asia's millionaire ranks rose to 3 million, matching Europe for the first time, paced by a 4.5 percent economic expansion.

Asian millionaires' combined wealth surged 31 percent to $9.7 trillion, surpassing Europe's $9.5 trillion.

In North America, the ranks of the rich rose 17 percent and their wealth grew 18 percent to $10.7 trillion.

The United States was home to the most millionaires in 2009 — 2.87 million — followed by Japan with 1.65 million, Germany with 861,000, and China with 477,000.

Switzerland had the highest concentration of millionaires: nearly 35 for every 1,000 adults.
There is no way any fucking republican can now justify their hue and cry about how taxing the rich will hurt the economy. It's all bullshit folks.

From our Dept of WTF?

War Profiteer Blackwater, now known as XE, gets a new contract from the Obama administration. From WaPo:

When hearings on war-zone security contractors continue Monday, representatives of the best known -- or most notorious -- firm in the business will not be at the witness table.

The firm's controversial track record in Iraq, from where it was recently evicted, won't be on the official docket either.

But the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting is going to be talking about Blackwater Worldwide (now known as XE Services) nevertheless, given word late Friday that the State Department had just awarded it a $120 million contract for work in Afghanistan.

Officials of the companies that lost out to Blackwater/XE are all scheduled to testify Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill. The commission is also going to take up new problems with private security guards in Iraq.

The Afghanistan contract, to provide “protective security services” at new U.S. consulates in Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, comes only four months after the Iraqi government expelled Blackwater/XE. Individuals from the firm are being prosecuted by the Justice Department for allegedly shooting unarmed civilians in Baghdad.

The company won the contract over two other American firms — Triple Canopy and DynCorp International, the Associated Press reported from Kabul, quoting U.S. embassy spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. The one-year contract can be extended twice, for three months each, for a maximum of 18 months, the A.P. said.
Ain't that some shit?  Raping and pillaging the american taxpayer, not to mention killing civilians at the drop of a hat for no friggin reason...

Jun 21, 2010

Our F*ckwit of the week.

George Will gets this weeks honors. I do share a love of baseball with that jackass...but that is it. From Crooks & Liars:
George Will claims that there is no defense of BP and their terrible safety record and says of course no one wants to make apologies for them when asked about Joe Barton's remarks during the Congressional hearings last week. Then naturally he proceeds to play water carrier for the company and slams the Obama administration for getting them to set up the escrow fund, comparing it to something akin to Hugo Chavez nationalizing the oil industry in Venezuela.
TAPPER: George, I want to start with you. I know you don't agree with what Republican Texas Congressman Joe Barton had to say, but does the idea of this $20 billion escrow account make you uncomfortable?
WILL: It does. Look, there is no defense of BP which has an execrable safety record in this country, from the refinery disaster in Texas in '05, the Morris Slope leak in '06, all of that and so no apology from BP. But if you don't want to live in a Northern Hemisphere Venezuela, you ought to be a little queasy about the fact that a president, any president of any party, using raw political power, without recourse to courts that exist for this sort of thing, under laws, with due process, essentially confiscates $20 billion from a publicly held corporation, about half of its shares held by Americans, to be dispensed, again, with out judicial supervision, as the political branch sees fit. That is worrisome. Even, they have even said that BP maybe held responsible for the lost wages caused by, not BP, but the administration's own moratorium, six-months moratorium, on deepwater drilling. Which maybe more costly to the economy of the Gulf than the spill itself.
Later in the segment Will quotes Shakespeare and compares the President to Caesar and then reads from an article in The Economist which blasts Obama as being “Vladimir Obama”.
TAPPER: Rahm Emanuel seemed to really seize on those Barton comments almost as if President Obama were on the ballot this year, for the 2010 midterms, running against Joe Barton. Democrats argue that Barton's comments are not really out of Republican mainstream. And here are some comments from the Republican Study Committee, in the House; 114 members of the Republican Party in the House saying: "BP's reported willingness to go along with the White House's new fund suggests that the Obama administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics. These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been born out of this administration's drive for greater power and control." George, it seems like mainstream Republican thought, if that is from the Republican Study Committee?

WILL: Well, among those asking, upon what meat doeth our Caesar feed that he has grown so great?, is "The Economist" of London, which I think we have all accept as a mainstream publication. They say, in a section of their lead editorial, called "Vladimir Obama", "The collapse of BP's share prices suggest he has convinced the markets that he is an American version of Vladimir Putin, willing to harry firms into doing his bidding. If the president does not stand up for due process he will frighten investors across the board. The damage to Americans environment is bad enough, the president risks damaging the economy, too." That's not a partisan outfit, "The Economist".
Christ, give me an effin break you worthless corporate-loving stooge.  These sumbitches will stop at nothing when it comes to going after Obama with baseless, political fuckery.

You think Georgie has BP stock? God, I hope so...I really do.

Of course Joe Barton shares in this award...him and his 1.2 million bucks in oil company money he has taken.

Jun 19, 2010

Manute Bol dead at 47

Most people will remember Manute as the 7ft 7in NBA center from the country of Sudan.

I will remember him as someone that spent his life, after basketball, fighting the good fight for his countrymen and women. A quote from Charles Barkley sums it up for me:
"You know, a lot of people feel sorry for him, because he's so tall and awkward," Charles Barkley, a former 76ers teammate, once said. "But I'll tell you this -- if everyone in the world was a Manute Bol, it's a world I'd want to live in."
Sudan is still a nightmare that never ends, a horrible place to live and die, but Manute Bol fought for what was right until he became very sick and had to return to the United States. Manute died from complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare skin disease that he contracted from a medication he received in Africa.

Rest in peace big man...I hope your native land will find peace as well some day.

Video: FU BP

Caught this video at C&L this morning. Love it! Took these folks two days and dodging the cops. It's a simple but direct message really made me smile.

Help Defeat Bachmann..

Tarryl Clark is attempting the impossible...defeating Michelle Bachmann in the Nov election. Usually the Democratic vote in that district gets split...thus giving Bachmann the election over and over and over again. I despise Bachmann,and I am quite sure all folks left of center do as well.

Watch Clark's video then toss her a few bucks if you can here.

Jun 14, 2010

AZ nutters claims of immigration crime spree is pure bs.

Serving up some irony this Monday morning, the state of AZ's Dept of Public Safety has released a report(pdf), along with the FBI's recently released report (pdf) on the level and types of crime being perpetrated by illegals and/or Mexican Nationals. It shows that all the bs being tossed out by the rightwing nutters is pure unadulterated fuckery. From AmericanProgess.org:

The facts on crime in Arizona

  •  Violent crimes in Arizona are down by 15 percent since 2006: The FBI’s preliminary Uniform Crime Report, or UCR, for 2009 shows that violent crime—murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault—is down in Arizona for the third year in a row. The absolute number of violent crimes in 2006 was 30,916 in Arizona. By 2009 it had dropped by 15 percent to 26,094.
  • Per-capita violent crime rate dropped by 22 percent: Factoring in the change in Arizona’s population, the rate of violent crime per 100,000 persons in 2009 was 390.5, which is a 22 percent decrease from 501.4 per 100,000 in 2006. For comparison’s sake, the violent crime rate in nonborder states such as Georgia and Tennessee was 410.6 and 604.9 respectively in 2009.
  • Arizona’s violent and property crime rate drop was twice the national average: Nationally, violent and property crimes were down between 2008 and 2009, but Arizona saw rates of decline more than double that. The nation as a whole saw a -5.5 percent change in violent crime and -4.9 percent change in property crime from 2008 to 2009, but Arizona experienced a percent change of -11.1 in the former and -12 in the latter in this same time period.
  • Kidnappings are tied to Mexico’s organized crime syndicate, not innocent Americans: It’s clear that Arizona has an organized crime problem, with 267 kidnappings in 2009 in Phoenix alone. But the kidnappings most often occur when human smugglers—who are usually part of Mexican drug cartels—demand more money for their services. As Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said, “We’re talking about the kidnapping of smugglers and associates. I have no fear that my kids or grandkids will be victims.” This means that our efforts must be directed toward two fronts: fixing our broken immigration system so that people can immigrate legally with visas and not illegally with smugglers, and helping to resolve the deadly war on drugs in Mexico.
 The article is quite illuminating and also includes a section on just the border regions...which are some of the lowest crime areas in the United States.  

Another bit of irony for you: The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposes S.B. 1070.

Jun 13, 2010

This n' that.

First things first...Sirens Chronicles is closing up shop. It was a fun carnival ride while it lasted. I met many a talented writer and people who still give a shit how the world is run and by whom. I will miss my morning duties, but hey....ch-ch-changes ya know?

Second, I can no longer tolerate BP and their fuckery. Evidently The Big O can't either. He needs to put his foot up their collective ass and shake em up a bit. I find myself changing the channel when BP and the oil spill are being discussed. Chalk it up to PTSD with regard to the Santa Barbara oil spill and how it affected me as a young adult...seriously, I do not kid on this issue. Dead or dying animals covered in oil are never funny or appropriate.

Third, my dad is doing much better...but he still won't discuss alternative types of living, and most family-type folks still think he needs to be in a more controlled setting. The differences lie in how much control. Family politics are such a bitch...but then, so am I. ;p

Time to get my sports sunday on...I love this day of the week. ;)

Jun 12, 2010

Is Alvin Greene for real?

If he is..South Carolina voters are a friggin trip and do not put much thought into who they elect to represent them, as NO ONE knew squat about this dude.


Check out Alvin's check he used to pay the filing fee...

He was told he needed a campaign check..

Jun 11, 2010

GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!

Every four years the FIFA World Cup comes around. Being a sports bitch, I try to get into the sport of Soccer...or as the rest of the world calls it...football. This years tourney is in South Africa.

Did you know that more countries belong to FIFA than the United Nations? Over 700 Million fans watch the championship game...I shit you not. This craziness has been going on since 1928.

Evidently the US is the only country that doesn't go batshit crazy over this tournament. So, I try to do my part and become one with the rest of the world.

RSA (Republic of South Africa) has just scored a goal on Mexico...YAY! (I think) ;)

So get your Soccer love on and join in the craziness here.

Jun 8, 2010

Our F*ckwit of the week.

There are plenty of candidates for Fuckwit of the Week, but Dick Morris is really a keeper for this award. He is now saying the federal government doesn't provide enough regulation of the Oil Industry.

I shit you not dear reader...this clown said it. Suddenly, it's Obama's fault Dickwad Cheney and his boss, The Idiot, gave oil barons free rein. Aren't ole Dicky and Hannity both free market kinda guys?? Watch both of them change their stripes below.

Abramoff to be released...already?

"Casino Jack" Abramoff will soon call a halfway house home, according to RawStory. Soon as in this week or next. From the RS writeup:

Three and a half years has passed since the incarceration of onetime Washington power-broker Jack Abramoff.

And as soon as this week, or next, Abramoff will be on his way out the doors of a federal prison and into a halfway house, where he will reside until he's formally released.

Abramoff, 51, pled guilty to corrupting public officials and tax evasion in January 2006 and was sentenced to four years in jail. He bilked nearly $25 million from Indian tribes who sought influence with federal officials. Peter Stone, a veteran investigative journalist at National Journal, who has covered the scandal extensively, asserted in a little-noticed post late Friday that Abramoff was set to leave prison soon.
That scumbag will soon be a free man. Was Justice served? I don't think so.  Watch the trailer for a new documentary on Jackie, courtesy of Crooks and Liars.

Medical personnel helped Bushies torture.

From Jurist:
Medical personnel present as part of the Bush administration's enhanced interrogations [JURIST news archive] were collecting and analyzing data in order to develop more effective interrogation procedures, according to a report [materials] released Monday by the advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) [advocacy website]. The techniques used by the interrogators, including waterboarding [JURIST news archive], sleep deprivation, and prolonged isolation, were recognized as legal if medical personnel were present and responsible for ensuring the legal threshold for "severe physical and mental pain" was not crossed in violation of the US War Crimes Act [text]. The report contends the collection of data was used not to protect the health of the person being interrogated, but rather in an experimental fashion to justify and shape future interrogation procedures. If proven, the use of humans as research subjects would be in violation of the Geneva Conventions, the Nuremburg Code [materials], as well as other national and international laws. PHR also contends that while the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memos [text, PDF] may provide a legal defense against claims of torture, that protection would not extend to claims of human experimentation, stating:
[T]he Bush administration's legal framework to protect CIA interrogators from violating US statutory and treaty obligations prohibiting torture effectively contravened well-established legal and ethical codes, that, had they been enforced, should have protected prisoners against human experimentation, and should have prevented the "enhanced" interrogation program from being initiated in the first place. There is no evidence that the Office of Legal Counsel ever assessed the lawfulness of the medical monitoring of torture, as it did with the use of the "enhanced" techniques themselves.
The report lists a series of recommendations, including investigations by the US Attorney General, the US Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP), and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture [official websites]. PHR also calls on the US Congress to amend the War Crimes act to ensure its compliance with the Geneva Convention.
This report is the latest incident in a long string of medical condemnations of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and the medical professionals working in it. Last April, the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website] released a report [text, PDF] alleging that medical professionals violated codes of medical ethics [JURIST report] by participating in and assisting in ill-treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees. In September 2007, doctors from 16 countries wrote a letter [JURIST report] condemning the US military for its treatment of detainees, particularly the policy of force-feeding to counteract hunger strikes. A month earlier, a commentary [text] published in the Journal of the American Medical Association [journal website] asserted that force-feeding was a violation of medical ethics [JURIST report]. 

So much for that medical oath...

Jun 2, 2010

Hot Tub Tommy trial to finally start?

We can only hope. From TPM:
Five years after he was charged with conspiracy and money laundering in an alleged scheme to funnel corporate money into the 2002 Texas elections, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may soon stand trial after a ruling by a state appeals court cleared perhaps the final remaining obstacles in the case.

And his lawyer tells TPMmuckraker DeLay couldn't be happier with the state of the case.

"He wants to go to trial. He's been wanting to go to trial from the very beginning," says Dick DeGuerin, the high-profile Texas defense attorney who is representing DeLay. "There's no evidence by any stretch of the imagination that could convict him."

Overturning a lower court Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in a case brought by DeLay's two co-defendants, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, clearing the way for the case to move forward. The Austin American-Statesman reports:
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously ruled that the lower state 3rd Court of Appeals erred when it accepted the co-defendants' arguments that the money laundering law did not apply to them because the funds involved were checks, not cash. The all-Republican court, in effect, said the lower court acted prematurely.

The state's highest criminal court also dismissed the defendants' constitutional challenge that Texas' law banning corporate donations was too vague or overly broad to be understood.
 We must be positive...or negative..what-the-fuck-ever...that Delay and his cronies will get to do the perp walk one of these days....whilst I can still revel in the deliciousness of it all. Please excuse all the photoshops of Delay. I despise that lyin' sumbitch with every fiber of my being.

Jun 1, 2010

Right on Mr. Reich!

I love this man, he makes so much sense...it's almost scary!!!

Today's Photo..er..Graphic..ok, Picture.

It's moving day!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have purchased a domain name. I have been meticulously working on a new site,Leftwing Nutjob. Please change your bookmarks people..this puppy will no longer be updated as of July 1st 2011.