Saturday, January 16, 2010

Moyers/Mortenson interview . . .

Follow up to previous post:

Here's link to the full, unedited interview Bill Moyers did with award winning author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson re: the situation in Afghanistan. It's way too complicated and smart for the Fox News/Limbaugh zombies so don't even bother. The rest of you should find it pretty fascinating and inspiring though.


Ugggh . . . .

I'm such a masochist for watching this shit so early in the morning. Alas - somebody has to keep an eye on the goose-steppers:

Doocy: One other thing I think we should point out, they did challenge Saturday Night Live to put them on as guest hosts -- together.

Kilmeade: They should take that up.

Carlson: Some people are saying they might be on the ticket together, down the road. Maybe Saturday Night Live will be the first stop.

I realize watching the Fox & Friends asshats gushing over a Palin/Beck, Beck/Palin presidential ticket is par for the course for that fascist network, but I will honestly say that after viewing that spine-chilling clip, that if the day ever comes when Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are President and Vice President, it's the day I'm the fuck out of here. Because that truly will be the final death cry of constitutional democracy in this country. Really.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Another (better) way . . .

Greg Mortenson, the author of the new book "Stones into Schools," believes that there's a better path to peace in Afghanistan other than bombing the place even further back into the stone age.

After working in the region for 17 years, Mortenson argues that building schools and nurturing local communities is the way to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan population and end the United State's long occupation of the country. Mortenson has a unique perspective on the Afghan mindset and culture that diplomats in their air conditioned, well guarded fortresses could not begin to fathom. Read his book "Stones into Schools" and learn something.

In this clip Mortenson discusses with Bill Moyers his efforts to build schools in some of the most remote and dangerous regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The current U.S. strategy (and yes I acknowledge it is Barack Obama's strategy) is simply prolonging the inevitable - failure. And if you don't believe that is true, go find a Russian military veteran of the former Soviet Union's decade-long war in Afghanistan and ask him what he thinks of "nation building" with bombs and guns.


When other-worldly minds collide . . . . (not a pretty sight)

I've stated it many times before in previous blog posts, but it bears repeating - thank gawd for Jon Stewart.

When I heard that Sarah Palin had been hired by Fox to be a "news" analyst/contributor the excitement level in my brain increased a hundred-fold because I instantly knew that Jon Stewart would be there for those of us who live life in the reality-based community to counterpoint her idiocy. And when Palin's second appearance on Fox since her hiring had her paired up with escaped mental patient Glenn Beck, you just knew that Stewart was going to have a little bit of fun with such a mind-numbingly stupid clusterfuck.

Thanks as always Jon.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Needs to be said more often -- and loudly!


I'm very happy to see that some people have found the courage to take to the media airwaves to question the decency and sanity of the fundamentalist Christians and their brethren, the hate-mongering right-wing conservatives. These fuckheads may have the right to say whatever they want, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to sit idly by and allow their loathsome mindset to dominate the public discourse. More of it!


It is what it is . . .

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It's only a cartoon I know, but I'll be damned if it isn't true. This pretty accurately depicts the average public debate these days on issues of substance between liberals & conservatives and democrats & republicans.

Just saying . . .


"Compassionate conservatism" . . .

. . . is the mother of all oxymorons.

Andy Barr – Thu Jan 14, 11:57 am ET

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and televangelist Pat Robertson are being scolded for their comments in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti that has killed tens of thousands, according to early estimates.

Critics from both the left and right are denouncing their remarks as insensitive to the disaster and attempts to score political points off human tragedy.

Speaking on his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”

He added: “We've already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”


Speaking about the disaster during his program “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson said that when Haiti was still a French colony its leaders “swore a pact to the devil” to get out from “under the heel of the French.”

“They said, ‘we will serve you if you will get us free from the French.’ True story. And so, the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal,’” Robertson claimed, as was recorded and sent around by the liberal group Media Matters.

“But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other,” he continued. “That island of Hispaniola is one island. It is cut down the middle on the one side is Haiti the other is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty.”

Reminds me of this quote from a "compassionate conservative" re: Hurricane Katrina and the disaster that befell New Orleans:

And for that folks I give you reasons 14,254 and 14,255 why krazee is not a conservative nor religious.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Grayson curbstomps conservative blow hards . . . . again . . .

I believe I've made this observation previously, but it won't hurt to repeat it .. too bad every single Democrat in Congress doesn't have the fucking spine of Alan Grayson. If they did, the GOP would be a shit-stained relic laying at the bottom of the dustbin of political history.

Just saying . . .