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Saturday, July 12, 2003

"I'm so frustrated by George Tenet's taking the African uranium fall, that I wrote George Bush a song parody. Feel free to sing 'Bush Says The Words' to 'I Write The Songs' by Barry Manilow (chorus only), using this midi link which opens a second window."
Mad Kane, July 12, 2003

All I have to say is that not only does the emperor have no clothes, he has no dick either.

What the fuck is Tenet's problem? Why is he blaming his agency for the bushies not hearing what they didn't want to hear in the first place? What a gutless jerk. He just blew his one chance to be on the right side of history.

Will somebody in government, elected or appointed, please stand up the nutcases in the bush junta before they get us all killed or something? Or at least before another soldier dies in Iraq? Please?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:44 PM PST [Link]

"There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it."
From "Back to the Future", by Michael Valdez Moses in Reason 7.03 print edition

Has JK Rowling been reading Leo Strauss? Yikes!

Oh, and congratulations to Matt Welch on becoming an Associate Editor at Reason.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:08 PM PST [Link]

Friday, July 11, 2003

"On C-Span radio the other morning, I heard a Vietnam combat veteran earnestly worrying that our troops in Iraq might be 'hand-cuffed.' He had heard a rumor about rubber bullets that upset him. Another caller made the point more angrily 'For every American who gets killed, they should take 20 Iraquians (his term) and hang them from lamp posts.' This, he explained, is how the Klingons from Star Trek would handle it."
Little Caesar's Quicksand, by William Greider on his very cool blog, July 11, 2003

For God's sake, if we know anything, anything at all from Star Trek it's not to let the Klingon's handle anything.* They're warriors and they suck at everything else. (I can't wait for those comments from the Klingon Anti-Defamation League [KADL]).

And if we've learned anything, anything at all from the 20th century, let's grab our guys and their stuff and get the fuck out of Iraq right fucking now! Send three NGO aid worker to replace every soldier, send the Mime Theater of Paris, send Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Kylie Minogue, Fairuz, Madonna, Eminem, and NWA, but get those uniforms the fuck out of there. They're just targets by now.

And the Pentagon, CIA, Rice, Powell, everybody pro-war should have known this. Fucking jerks. If they're going to fight a war from their desk, let's move their desk to the front lines. Grrrrrr.

*Oh and by the way, the Klingons have an empire, but then again, isn't that what the bush junta is aspiring to in the first place?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:44 PM PST [Link]

"I saw it starting to go wrong before the [2000] election. I met with Condi Rice. She told me she believed that American troops shouldn't be keeping the peace—they were the only ones who could kill people and conquer countries, and that’s what they should be focused on doing."
The Last Word: Wesley Clark, Newsweek International, July 14, 2003 (Bastille Day no less)

Hasn't Condi Rice seen enough horror in her life not to want to wish it on other people? What kind of moral universe is she living in? God help us all.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:44 PM PST [Link]

"Groth is not so sanguine as to see the bailout by supportive Fantagraphics customers as a magic solution to all problems facing the publisher or the industry. In fact, some of those problems are bigger than the industry. Asked to forecast a worst-case scenario, Groth said it was hard to overestimate such a scenario 'with Bush at the helm and unemployment the highest it's been in nine years. Assuming, however, that we don't all end up huddled in bomb shelters with our duct tape and canned goods and burning Dixie Chicks CDs for warmth, Groth was able to foresee a best-case scenario bright enough for him to segue into a commercial for new releases: Best-case scenario? We flourish. The Will Elder book kicks ass. Readers snatch up The Pirates and the Mouse....'"
Comics Community Comes to Fantagraphics' Rescue, by Michael Dean, TCJ, #254

Well, do you buy comics or pay the rent with those unmployment checks? The magnitude of the bush disaster never fails to amaze me.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:17 PM PST [Link]

The July ArtDeadlines free list is up.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:42 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Okay, I give up, anyone who wants a free week of Blogad, please leave a comment. Thanks.

As a treat for my regular readers, I'm giving away a week of HackenBlogAds (see sidebar) to the first 10 people who leave a comment, with a viable email. Commenters beyond the first 10 comments will be considered on a case by case basis.

Fine print: Ads are approved based on content, being in the first 10 is not a guarantee your ad will run. There are no guarantees in life anyway, but sometimes there are freebies.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:03 AM PST [Link]

Is it me or when you click on the "Ideas for California" link on TomMcClintock.com http://www.tommcclintock.com/ideas/index.cfm there's nothing there but the words "Coming soon..."?

Is it me or does that tell you more about the supporters of the Davis recall than they probably want you to know?

It's not easy being a native Californian, really it isn't.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:30 AM PST [Link]

"Mexico must build a solid finance system to support its housing goal by 2006, says a USC Lusk Center for Real Estate report. A key hurdle is making mortgage credit available to a growing middle class.

"Mexico must develop a strong housing finance system in order to meet President Vicente Fox’s goal of doubling the country’s housing production by 2006, according to a USC report in Mortgage Banking magazine."
Mexico's Housing Plan, by David Dale-Johnson, USC news, July 10, 2003

Mortgage bankers have their own magazine?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:30 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

"For Japanese men sick of plying professionals, there are always the rape brokers of Vietnam - touts who'll apparently drag a woman off the streets so a Japanese man can violate her.

"'I was walking alone through a market when this guy about 40 came up to me and, in broken Japanese, started saying, "woman, woman." I thought he was talking about prostitutes, so I told him I didn't need him, but he wouldn't go away. He turned to me and told me I could rape her. I asked him for more details and he said he'd kidnap any girl I pointed out and let me rape her,' a 32-year-old man who traveled to Vietnam last year tells Tokusatsu Shinsengumi. 'I was terrified. I ran away from him as soon as I could.'"
Sex, rape & slaves inserted in sick holiday menu, by Ryann Connell, Mainichi Daily News, July 5, 2003 (via Warren Ellis' blog)

Ew. And this is not the creepiest thing in the article. This is:

"In Ecuador, Japanese can, according to the men's weekly, hunt for children in a different manner as they are armed with a rifle and permitted to track down a youth let loose in the jungle. About 10 Japanese have so far taken part in the tours, with only three getting a shot off at their target and no fatalities reported."

Am I being culturally intolerant or is this just as sick as it sounds? I'm very sure it's the latter.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:52 PM PST [Link]

"Pitiful, isn't it? Blankley is one of Washington's brightest pundits—when he isn’t cast in his role as Bush Shill. Last night, played the shill well. Had the Admin misled the public in the run-up to war? It didn't matter, Blankley said, because polls show the public is indifferent to the debate. Just how pitiful was that response? So pitiful that Howard Fineman interrupted, saying it just wouldn’t wash!"
Matthews and Mitchell seemed to act like real journalists. How long will this summer fling last?, Daily Howler, July 9, 2003

It didn't matter, Blankley said, because polls show the public is indifferent to the debate.

WTF? Fuck the polls. What kind of a moral universe is Tony Blankly living in?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:33 PM PST [Link]

If you have a few bucks to spare, please send them Consortium News' way. Here's directly to the secure online form. We need these guys to keep telling the truth, now more than ever.

One of the best books I've ever read about the Reagan and Bush Administrations, Central America and the "War on Drugs", was Lost History, by Robert Parry, The Media Consortium (ISBN: 1893517004). It changed the direction of the third Hackenbush novel in a big way. So much for background reading.

So if you don't feel up to a flat-out, tax deductible donation to Consortium News, maybe you could buy a copy of Lost History. Not only will you get the thrill of déjà vû, you'll know a lot more than you did before you read it. You'll also know how many villians from those times are villians with us now.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:37 PM PST [Link]

Ah, if only it were true:

"Shape Magazine Declares July 'Let Yourself Go' Month
WOODLAND HILLS, CA—Shape, the women's fitness magazine, has officially declared July "Let Yourself Go" Month. "You've toned those abs and burned the flab in time for bikini season... Now it's time for a meatball sandwich," wrote Shape editor-in-chief Barbara Harris in her 'From The Editor' column. "Come on, live a little. Don't be a tight-ass with a tight ass. Eat, lounge, and slouch your way to a happier, more satisfied you." Features in the issue include "Girth Equals Mirth: Six Sure-Fire Techniques For Broadening That Belly," "Wrinkles: The More You Have, The More You've Lived," and "Reduce Unwanted Stress By Not Giving A Fuck." " The Onion, July 7, 2003

Hear that? Relax, have a sandwich, and stop giving a fuck what other people think. Who wants to look like Angelina Jolie, anyway? When all of your brainpower is devoted to how you look, there isn't much left for, well, anything.

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 01:26 PM PST [Link]

"No tactic too low.  No maneuver too venal.  This is the essence of the today's Republican tactics.  But you're not gonna beat these tactics by ranting and raving about how awful Bush is.  You're going to beat them by being equally tough and smart in how you play the game.  Sure, anger feels good.  But winning feels better."
Don't Get Mad, Get Even, by Ruy Teixeira, Donkey Rising, July 8, 2003

Yeah. The Left can be "nice" again when the fires are out. We're in a knife fight with a rosebud and not only are we losing (see 2002 election), we're getting sliced up while we're losing. We can fight the Republican's with as much ferocity as they fight us without becoming like them because they're better at staying in the ranks even when they lose. (God forbid the hard right should ever examine why they lose [when they do] or, for that matter, why they're wrong for and about America.) Lefties tend to wander back to their own pursuits whether we win elections or lose them (see 2002). However, now that we know how bad things can get, we'll have to stay focused in 2004 (see 2002). Just until November 3, 2004, honest.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:50 AM PST [Link]

Yay! Kevin Parrott is back! And he's got Dinah Washington and Lionel Hampton downloads for this week's musical selection. So far, I don't think I've gotten any music there that I didn't really like.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:31 AM PST [Link]

"There is also a section entitled "The American Labor Movement." This oddly pigeon-holes measures that pertain to the population at large, such as raising the minimum wage and providing a middle class tax cut. In any case, these are good economic priorities.

"Taken together, these two areas show Kerry to be decidedly more progressive than Howard Dean (whoops!). There don't seem to be any sour notes in the social issues area either."
A Visit With John Kerry, by MaxSpeak, July 8, 2003

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:22 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

"I think the Trekkies LIKE to find things that are wrong with these movies. Gives em something to do. Besides design websites and tape their glasses back together."
Joe Bob Briggs on The Wrath of Khan

"Episode 9. Hide and Q. Q wears the hottest outfit in his career, a French Empire kinda thing: I must say, he has a sexy lap. He also tries to seduce the thuggish Riker who just doesn't get it. 'Say, Blue Eyes, it's hot, isn't it, and we could play a little game, couldn't we, and let me ply you with alcohol, and what are you doing later tonight?' But Riker just goes 'duh'. Bafflingly, Q still grants Riker the power of the Q, so Riker makes a lame attempt to give everybody what they want most. Wesley gets suddenly grown up (he turns out to be the kind of guy who works at Chess King in the mall), Worf wins a date with Acquanetta the Eel Woman, and Geordi can see! Only Jean-Luc spurns him, and all of sudden ALL CREATION realizes what Q's getting at. Jean-Luc, for God's sake, man, put out!"
Mirror TV Guide Listings for Star Trek: The Next Generation, by The Enigmatic Big Miss Sunbeam on ST:TNG (sort of)

Not an episode guide for anything you or I ever saw on TNG, but definitely a laugh riot for me.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:26 PM PST [Link]

TBogg and I are the same sign. Happy Birthday, TBogg.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:04 PM PST [Link]

"Professional petition circulators, who chase ballot initiatives across the U.S., work on both sides of the campaign to oust Gov. Davis."
At a Dollar Per Signature, Recall Effort Is a Living, by Paul Pringle, LA Times, July 7, 2003 (login: hackebush and hackenblog in some combination)

This seems like a bad idea because money could really set the agenda in a bad way. Although how it could be worse I'm not sure, it just feels wrong. Oh well.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:32 AM PST [Link]

Monday, July 7, 2003

"'I normally do not get too heavily involved in politics, but this is more about getting involved with America than with politics," he (Willie Nelson) adds. 'I plan to do concerts to benefit the campaign.' No events in conjunction with the campaign have yet been announced."
Nelson Adds Stardust to Presidential Campaign, by Barry A. Jecyell, Reuters, July 7, 2003 (via Warren Ellis' blog)

Name that Dem's campaign!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:08 PM PST [Link]

From the referer report:


Appears there is a Polish band called "Dr. Hackenbush". I don't know how I feel about that.


Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:38 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, July 6, 2003

David Niewert's excellent essay, "Rush, Newspeak and Fascism", is on his site in pdf format for download. Please get one and please donate $5 or more on his donation button. When you think of what he's put into this essay and what you know when you're done reading it, $5 is a helluva bargain.

And, having read my copy, I also think that we will re-read this essay in a few years and realize, happily, that we had a narrow escape or, sadly, wish we'd seen it coming and done something before it was too late.

I can't predict the future but I do know that forewarned is forearmed and it's not too late (yet).

Please support David. In addition to being a great writer, he's very cool, too.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:17 PM PST [Link]

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