Friday, September 28, 2007

2Truthy's Happy Friday Happy Hour: Armani Caskets

- Special Thanks to Chicago's Own 'Michigan Avenue Mel' Toast-

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ahmadinejad on the Treatment of Women and Homosexuals

Ladies Man Iranian President Ahmadinejacket Appears at Columbia University

During this time of overwhelming anti-war protest in the United States, Columbia University’s invitation to President Ahmadinejad to speak on campus did more to put a human face on the guy who has been referred to as ‘The Hitler of Iran’ by opening a dialogue between the People of the United States and the leader of the next country the Bush administration has been rumored to have its sites set on bombing. Here is the full transcript of the speech.

While the Ladies Man of Iran responded to Holocaust denier status by describing the 60 years of Palestinian oppression at the hands of Israel, what is his true position on homosexuality with this defensive non-answer (see below)? Does he have something to hide?

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country. (Laughter.) We don't have that in our country. (Booing.) In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have it. (Laughter.)

Here is where they cut him off…

Who told you that we have homosexuals like you have? Allah? Mike Wallace?
We would never, ever get our hands on one single ONE of those 72 virgins if we were homosexuals! What would the virgins think? Are you batshit crazy?


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ron Paul

Dr. Congressman Republican Libertarian Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is a Mixed Bag

(This post has been updated)

There's Something About Ron Paul. 

 It seems Ron Paul is the GOP presidential gash with panache candidate who has a certain je ne sais pas…

He's a Libertarian Republican...a mixed bag! He is a physician, a man who appears to be of integrity. He is a persistent defender of the Constitution and champion of civil liberties. All good, all good. 

But what are his specific positions on American job outsourcing/insourcing, restoring high paying jobs to educated Americans who have watched them be sold to cheap imported, dubiously "skilled" foreign workers? Or strengthening public education, food and drug safety and raising the minimum wage?  ABC reports:

"Under a Paul presidency the departments of Energy, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and Interior would cease to exist. Their elimination would slice about $179 billion from the federal budget and cut about 134,000 federal jobs.

Paul said his plan would not lay people off, but would transfer them to other departments until they retire.

Paul would slash funding for the remaining departments, including a 40 percent cut for the Food and Drug Administration and a 30 percent budget reduction for the EPA. The Department of Defense would see $832 billion disappear from its budget during Paul’s first term in office, most of which would stem from Paul’s plan to end all foreign wars and foreign aid."

Read how the military supports anti-war candidate Ron Paul in this exclusive from Wonkette. Then, read about how the "Christian Biblical Wingnuts" absolutely love him and much, much more.

And check out just how much Ron Paul wants to really, really sell out our jobs in this article entitled Ron Paul is NOT the Answer, posted at Bob Oak’s excellent blog


Friday, September 21, 2007

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and The Demise of America's Middle Class

The Shock Doctrine: The Demise of America’s Middle Class

Who is architecting the "shock doctrine" that keeps middle-class America paralyzed when it comes to throwing out corrupt politicians and demanding that "corporatist cronies" and their employees forge a democratic social contract? As wealthy corporate elites continue to drive out America's professional middle class by eliminating them in favor of cheap foreign labor, why can't our citizens -- particularly progressive and liberal Democrats --- address white collar labor abuses by structuring meaningful, enforceable laws to protect our jobs and wages against what Naomi Klein refers to as "disaster apartheid"? While the media rail about corrupt politicos, there is an odd silence from alternative media to investigate which corporate elites are screwing who.

In her new book The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein describes how our government has been hijacked by crony capitalists who, with the complicity of think tanks and the media, have set out to destroy public and local institutions. With the largest segment of America's citizens (middle-class) allowing their jobs to be handed away, eroding infrastructures and healthcare now considered a luxury only meant for the ruling elite, this book inspires the question that every citizen of the United States should be asking of each presidential candidate:

Why Can't The United States Frame this Election on Our Disappearing Middle Class and Ask Who in Corporate Elite Circles are Responsible?

After all, politicians are merely the tools of these frat boys controlling what Klein refers to as the "corporate utopia" or executive management cabal which deems itself in charge to redistribute its profits to the third world by eliminating white collar jobs for over fifty million middle class American professionals. While the middle class continues to be sidetracked by social and ideological hot button issues (abortion, genocide and war on other continents, the skullduggery of the Bush administration), crony capitalists have just about picked off the professional middle class right out of existence with nary a whimper. So who are these corporate cronies who schmooze with our Democrat ic controlled Congress? Where are the investigative journalists to inform us of the actual people who are behind driving the middle class to extinction? Can investigative journalists begin to answer the very question "Who is Screwing Who?" that Molly Ivins put forth when she lavished this high honor on the talented, rising star populist political journalist and author David Sirota:

"Sirota is a new-generation populist who instinctively understands that the only real questions are "Who's getting screwed" and "Who's doing the screwing."

The extent to which corporate power has taken over the country and is driving our middle class out of existence by handing over our jobs to cheap foreign labor ought to be the number one priority for each and every citizen who is not a corporate elite -- uh, which would be like 98% of the population. So why is it that in Europe, discussions about the economic blueprints architected and controlled by what Klein refers to as the think-tank infrastructure in this country, which is organized to leap into the chasm right away after disasters strike. The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute amass free market ideas in the same way that women amass closets full of shoes. Klein says that if there's anything the market delivers on, it is a stream of increasingly intense disasters. But here lies the shock and awe rub: The current economic model in America is a slow-motion train-wreck, but we just don't seem to hear about this from either MSM or alternative media. While most political journalists focus on delivering the message from a pay-to-play pulpit and are risk aversive when it comes time to reporting on "who's screwing who", the question becomes: is it the professional middle class en masse that just does not want to hear from journalists how they are being silently annihilated? Or is it that most political journalists control the message by investigating and reporting only so much in order to preserve their relationships with the powerful?

Democratic Social Contract. Is it really the media or are we to blame? At what point does compromise factor in when it comes time for the media to report "who's screwing who?" Or does it even matter? These are the types of questions that Klein raises; questions that leave us wondering whether we as a society really are demanding change at all or do we really, honestly, reject the concept of socio-economic civility entirely and at the end of the day, only want to preserve our individual places in line at the trough?

Technocratic Circles. While politicians schmooze with corporate elites in what Klein refers to as "technocratic circles" who lay off tens of millions of our white collar professionals and replace them with H-1bs, promote corporate tax shelters, gut our infrastructures, America's LIBERAL and so-called progressives idly sit back and ignore the key question of "who exactly is drawing up the blueprint to drive our middle class out of existence?" Which organizations quietly broker deals with politicians to throw out laws that were designed to strengthen the democratic social contract between corporate America and the citizens of this country? How do these organizations go about manipulating "shock doctrine" to control the plebes? One reason we don't read or hear about this silent middle class genocide is that many of our best and brightest college professors with tenure and fixed incomes, however modest -- have become immune to the problem facing millions of their non-academic, white collar neighbors as corporate America and their corrupt political counterparts sponsor "think tanks" to trump up data and churn out statistics in 'support' of handing over white collar jobs to cheap foreign labor, thus eradicating the middle class.

Technocratic Circles of Elites and how they influence "Disaster Capitalism." Follow the money. Klein explains that The SPP (Security Partnership Prosperity) is an example of shock doctrine, which she describes as "an agenda that would have been unspeakable in terms of integration with the United States before 9/11, and in the panic afterwards, in that shock " the SPP agenda moved forward in technocratic circles, and it was presented as a done deal." Note: Technocratic circles like to remain stealth and invisible to the public by keeping under the press radar. They can, however, typically be found schmoozing with each other either poolside behind their gated McMansions or on the Bombardier flex-jet en route to some exotic, lush South Pacific Island the rest of us never even knew existed. So who makes up these technocratic circles who affect how many of our professional jobs get handed over to H-1bs? For starters, look up "venture capitalist" in the Menlo Park, CA phone directory and if you are at a loss for who's name to start with, get a hold of undeclared candidate Al Gore who serves as an advisor to the board of pro-h-1b mascot GOOGLE and ask him just what he would plan on doing to reverse this war on America's educated middle class.. In case you didn't know, businessman Al Gore is chairman of his own London, England based company that brokers carbon credits to other wealthy elites and has ties to Silicon Valley and numerous green energy startups...Now can you spell "disaster capitalism"?

What Social Contract? Klein's shock therapy victim thesis begs the question as to why the professional middle class would allow businessmen with personal profiteering interests to run for office when our social contract is at stake. As the climate changes, why does America's middle class sit idly by while businessmen with stakes in unproven green technology start-ups (like ethanol) continue to benefit from tax subsidies at our expense? With aging public infrastructures that have been starved for almost three decades and erratic weather patterns, climate change undoubtedly is influencing this pursuit of short-term growth that is at the heart of the economic model, as more of these disasters may prove inevitable. If we aren't careful, each of these disasters offers the opening and a rationale for more disaster capitalism at a time when we are in need of a social contract.

Klein: "You can depend on capital to arrive at any vacuum and exploit any weakness. It is not the case that politicians need to facilitate this and fund it lavishly with taxpayer money. What is disturbing is the seamless alliance between government and capitalism."

Shock Doctrine at Work. Klein discusses how once Canadians began learning about the SPP they promptly rejected it. Last month's summit in Montebello, Quebec culminated with this press release "don't worry, nothing's going to happen here." (Note that this summit was closed to the public.) The Canadians did say that they would favor the SPP should there be a disaster-- (that "D" word again) such as a terrorist attack or other 'natural' disaster -- then they would implement tightened integration between security forces in all these countries. So the question becomes, "why can't the three countries coordinate security without losing their sovereignty? Haven't the three countries been doing this since the pony express? What - all of a sudden security in each country have lost their walkie-talkies and high speed internet access? The key thing to note here is that In Canada, the SPP August meeting made headlines where in the U.S., it did not.

Democratic Socialism vs. Unchecked "Free-Market" Capitalism. At the heart of what is driving America's professional middle class to ignore this blueprint toward their socio-economic annihilation, Klein describes the key ideological distinction between Europeans and Americans in the following way: Americans are threatened by the prospect of what Europe understands intuitively and in practice: that social democracy demands corporations take responsibility for public policy that forges the socio-economic contract which provides its citizens a life of dignity and respect that includes health care, job protections, electricity, water, and housing. Did I leave out food? With democratic socialism, markets can indeed thrive in tandem with humane and productive corporate laws that guarantee the rights of its employees as citizens first through much needed civic minded socio-economic models that benefit the public. These socio-economic models currently benefit only a few corporate and political elites. Now, with the internet, we no longer have the excuse that "MSM" controls the message.

What to do? America's academic professionals need to reevaluate their alliances with think tanks that supply horseshit data that fuel American white collar hitmen like Compete America to corporatist cronies that is then picked up by the media as "fact". Our middle class professionals know this is happening and must unite to fight for the right to good jobs here; America's educated professionals deserve to earn more than plumbers per hour and live in good neighborhoods and afford to send their kids to good colleges. As Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) so endearingly said in Legally Blonde when she answered a question about the difficulty of getting into Harvard: "what’s so hard about that?”

But America's Democrats (not the faux ones like Hillary and Bill who crafted NAFTA) will have to unite against this socioeconomic shock and awe and lead this march. Who else is gonna do it? The Republicans? Corporate technocratic circles of elites? HA! And maybe one of these days, preferably not when pigs fly -- some rising star political journalist who has seen it all from the inside out will pick up where the others left off to establish a new precedent for reporting on the corporatist cronies who are architecting the shock doctrine. After all, when it comes to socioeconomic issues affecting our lives, the press has us looking one way when it's usually a sign to look in the other direction.


General McCarthy “My lips Move With Bush” Petraeus

General McCarthy “My lips Move With Bush” Petraeus
-Very special thanks to the late, great Louis Armstrong-

Make no mistake: General David H. Petraeus is to George Bush what Charlie McCarthy was to Edgar Bergen.

The recent faux indignation hurled at for their now infamous GENERAL PETRAEUS OR GENERAL BETRAY US? ad against the War in Iraq

is the latest in the Bush administration’s pull-out-all-the-stops against the Democrats and censure MoveOn

For a five-star General who has been touted as a nice guy (as “nice” I suppose, as one whose occupation involves killing people), Petraeus unarguably is serving this administration as the ventriloquist George W. Bush’s puppet. This false outrage is the same old rehashed, conservative stew served up to the plebes alongside a tainted salad of eroded civil liberties, unprecedented levels of social and economic inequality and injustice, and international wars against humanity waged by a secretive executive branch fanned by the private sector and fought for by a permanent, unwitting underclass. No wonder Bush wants amnesty for tens of millions of illegal immigrants…

This faux indignation knows no bounds as the collective American sleepwalking, citizen/consumer zeitgeist continues its nap while the media elite cook up these faux narratives that perpetuate the spawning of more corporate and military industrialist complex elite profiteering.

Petraeus? Bush? Not unlike McCarthy and Bergen -- two heads, one made out of wood and the other, er, also made out of wood. Same message.

“I’ll get more lovin’ from that old dumb, dumb, dummy, than I ever got from you…”
-Louis Armstrong


Monday, September 10, 2007

Petraeus: "You'll Never Make Westmoreland Out of Me"

General Petraeus in Planet Of The Apes: The Senate Testimony Musical
Help! the General is trying to invade us
"Get your paws off me you diry old Congress!"
He can talk! he can talk! he can talk! he can talk
Hey Petraeus Hey Petraeus
Can I do the surge a little more?
Well of course you can!
Well I couldn't before!

I hate every Senator I see
From Mike Crapo to Pat Leahy
Oh, you'll never make Westmoreland out of me
Oh no! I was wrong. It was a civil war all along
Guess you've finally made Westmoreland out of me!

I LOVE YOU! Hey Petraeus Hey Petraeus

I think you have WMDs
And I think you're Al Quaeda, too!
I think you have WMD's
And I think you're Al Quaeda, too!
You're also lazy.

Friday, September 7, 2007

2Truthy's Happy Friday Featured Guest...Who Would You Rather Have a Beer With?

Ron "Tater Salad" White

The Labor Day "barbecue" (a sit-down, outdoor dinner here in the hills where over two hundred people feasted on ginger-stuffed quail and frolicked around the Disneyland-motiffed grounds that circle the pristine, gymnasium sized swimming pool ) I went to last weekend was hosted by friends whose recently divorced, thirty-something sister-in-law, Saffie Drinkwater, flew in from the East Coast.

Saffie was seated next to me and, as the conversation turned to politics, she started telling me that she was "very excited" about Fred Thompson hopping on the bus and then she asked me "Who would YOU rather have a beer with? Mitt Romney or Fred Thompson?"

Hmmmmmmmmm.....I thought about it (was leaning towards the Fred-head).

That's when I asked Saffie "Who would YOU rather have a beer with? Stephen Colbert or Ron 'Tater Salad'White?" Then I told her I would be SO conflicted that I would have to just tivo them both but she said with extreme conviction: "I would NEVER have a beer with that bum (Tater Salad.)"

So Happy Friday! Let's raise our beer mugs to Saffie and toast Ron Tater Salad White!