Monday, January 26, 2015


Greece leaves behind five years of humiliation and suffering, fear and authoritarianism, said the leader of the winning Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras. He’s moving on Monday to build a stable government and plans to get rid of Athens’ three main creditors.


Syriza won 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament election.


On Monday, Syriza managed to gain key support to form a new government after the meeting with Panos Kammenos, the head of the anti-austerity party Independent Greeks, which also opposes Greece's bailout deal. Kammenos said his party would back Tsipras to be the next prime minister.


The 40-year-old leader plans to create the first eurozone government elected to undo the conservative polices of budgetary rigor imposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Greece as a condition of the bailout back in 2010.


THAT can be added to Greece's list of problems now.  Refuse austerity imposed by the Great White West, and you're going to be labeled a terrorist haven.  Watch for drones.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Scott Walker plays Dropkick Murphys in his campaign? (Hell, in his LIFE.)  Now THAT's ironic.  And strange.


I want to see Scott Walker at one of these shows.


*Worker's Song - Dropkick Murphys

This one's for the workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead

In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We've often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed

We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who's given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
Though we've never owned one lousy handful of earth?

[Chorus x3]

All of these things the worker has done
From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
We've been yoked to the plough since time first began
And always expected to carry the can

Truth in Advertising

The Daily Show fixed Koch Brothers ads:

By the way, the Koch Brothers are rounding up republican presidential candidates for a seminar.  Mitt Romney is not invited.  Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem

The Drone Operator You Will Not See on American Media

Wow. Such a Deal

US industrial interests took centre-stage at the start of Barack Obama’s visit to India as he and the prime minister, Narendra Modi, outlined a deal to limit the legal liability of US suppliers in the event of a nuclear power plant catastrophe.

Thirty years after an infamous chemical leak killed thousands at Union Carbide’s factory in Bhopal, the threat of tough Indian compensation laws has frustrated US hopes of an export boom in the energy sector – despite an agreement by former US president George W Bush to share civil nuclear technology in 2005.

  The Guardian
If you want ANYTHING out of us in the future, you’ll give our corporations immunity.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

It's Sunday

But we're going to change it to Sadday in light of the following report.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beginning with the "Great" Ronald Reagan

It's the Least They Can Do

[A] group representing Arab-Americans says the rate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats resulting from the Oscar-nominated war film [American Sniper] has already tripled.

Citing what an executive for the group told the Guardian was a “drastic increase” in hate speech on social media, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee wrote letters this week to actor Bradley Cooper and director Clint Eastwood to ask them to speak out “in an effort to help reduce the hateful rhetoric”.

  The Guardian
It would no doubt be too much to ask that they also point out the fabrications and “artistic license” they’ve taken.
The film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture, depicts the story of Chris Kyle, the famed US navy Seal notorious for the highest known single kill count in US military history.
I think they should have addressed the letter to the Academy as well.
Even the actor James Woods got in on the action, tweeting: “Every time an American Armed Forces sniper pulls a trigger, those who would kill or maim an American warrior are no longer a threat.”
And to James Woods.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finally! A Guide to Understanding Yemen

‘What the hell is exactly happening in Yemen?’ is now one of the most urgent geopolitical questions in the Middle East. Sadly, few people are qualified or knowledgeable enough to answer this pressing question. Most experts agree that most experts can’t give you a straight answer. The reality is Yemen is a complex place that is very hard to understand for outsiders, and even more so for insiders. Indeed most of the people asking what is happening in Yemen are Yemenis themselves.

Now, I am not an expert on Yemen but being Lebanese I am an expert at not knowing what is happening in my country, which gives me a valuable insight into the situation in Yemen. Not one to shy away from difficult challenges, I have compiled this essential primer on Yemen that will help you understand its politics and prepare you for what will happen there next. (Experts also agree that anything is possible there next, which narrows it down a bit.)

  Karl reMarks
Continue reading The Confused Person's Guide to Understanding Yemen.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Looking Forward to Jeb?

Beause a GOP win in 2016 is all but guaranteed.
In a recent New York Times article, The Bushes, as Distinct and Alike as Brothers Can Be, the author attempted to draw a distinction between W. and Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush, who is gearing up for a possible campaign for the presidency, would like Americans to know that he is not one of the Bush heads linked to his brother, George. In other words, he really hates to carry the bad luggage left behind from W.

But as we all know, a hydra is a hydra, and a Bush is a Bush, no matter how many times you cut the head off, the same Bush serpent will grow back again, the same Bush policies of profiting from oil and wars will emerge again and again.

No matter what Jeb says on the campaign trail, he will be burdened with the family’s hydra-albatross around his neck, especially W.’s albatross that carries enormous “torturous” weight, beginning with the mass destruction of Iraq that left hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and thousands of our own soldiers, either dead, homeless, maimed or poisoned from depleted uranium, a country, incidentally, that had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks, followed by the shocking CIA Torture Report, under the Bush-Cheney administration’s orders, barbaric torture practices were used on detainees at the US illegal prison,Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As explained in a NY Times editorial, former military officers described this evil facility as a “betrayal of American values.”

  Truth Out
Methinks you are about to overestimate the American public, good sir.

And besides, Obama owns all that now.

Who even remembers Jeb’s participation in the S&L bailout? The culprit there was brother Neil, wasn’t it?
Neil Bush was the most widely targeted member of the Bush family by the press in the S&L scandal. Neil became director of Silverado Savings and Loan at the age of 30 in 1985. Three years later the institution was belly up at a cost of $1.6 billion to tax payers to bail out.


Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.

  Rational Revolution
You can read more about the Bushes in this [1992] Mother Jones piece, The Bush Family Value$.
BTW, Jeb and his partner sold that office building in 1991 for $8 million.

He may, however, have some weaseling to do to keep this issue at bay:
During his first failed campaign for governor in 1994, Bush was asked in a debate what he would do to help African Americans. "Probably nothing," he replied. In 2000, his administration purged 12,000 eligible voters from the rolls because they were incorrectly identified as convicted felons. More than 40 percent of them were African Americans.


[He also] said that women on welfare "should be able to get their life together and find a husband."

  Mother Jones
And yet, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see our “democratic” offering in 2016 to be Hillary Clinton and John Ellis “Jeb” Bush. You?