Digby’s as annoyed as I am

Digby made the mistake of watching a bunch of stuffy shitheels try to say anything at all about Richard Pryor. Imagine asking a fire hydrant about your dog.

If you would like to have a surreal experience akin to the effects of downing ten shots of cheap tequila, tune in to FoxNews as they eulogize Richard Pryor. Apparently he invented dirty words. (It’s going to come as a helluva surprise to Lenny Bruce — not to mention Redd Foxx.) He rejected the comedy of the good comedian, Bill Cosby, and went down the “wrong path” that led us to where we are today with all this R rated badness. One of the commentators said that when he went on TV in the mid 70’s he “wasn’t ready for prime time.” (Actually, prime time wasn’t ready for him.) Another said that “every black comic owes him something.”

(Is it possible that right wingers are all actually zombies who died sometime before the 60’s and have been walking among us as the undead ever since then? I just don’t know what else can explain their terminal cultural obtuseness.)

The honkies at Fox News really need to step off. I am reminded of my ex’s Uncle Rich. That pompous fucker thought he had been everywhere but the electric chair and had seen everything but the wind, and he was about as clueless as that stump right there. But he was White, and he Owned His Own Business, which in his mind made him Wise. He rode that business into the ground like Slim Pickens riding the bomb at the end of Dr. Strangelove. Tragic, really.

That whole honkie entitlement meets comeuppance story seems to be going around QUITE a bit lately. It’s kinda catching, innit? You could maybe call it the Tom DeLay Narrative Arc.

Tom DeLay, Jim Crow, whassa difference?

Looks like the Supreme Court is starting to see it that way:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review congressional redistricting in Texas is a new setback for Republicans and Representative Tom DeLay, who lost his House leadership post over the issue and now finds the plan he engineered in legal jeopardy.

The high court may force a redrafting of the redistricting map that helped Republicans pick up five U.S. House seats in Texas in the 2004 elections. The decision to consider the case is a symbolic boost to Democrats in Texas and Congress, without guaranteeing them more seats as they seek to win back control of the House.

You can’t jigger the voting districts to exclude minorities when you live in a slave state. Hello?

The court put the case on an accelerated schedule, setting arguments for March 1 to hear from Democrats and minority-rights groups who say the map illegally diluted the rights of Hispanic and black voters and was so partisan it violated the Constitution. A three-judge panel in Texas earlier heard the arguments and allowed the redistricting.

How the mighty fall.

Arkansas with a beach

Crowds of men fueling up on beer and assaulting immigrants in the street?

The Australian Prime Minister is saying it’s just some rogue youths getting out of hand-

Prime Minister John Howard has condemned the race-based attacks in Sydney, but says they don’t mean Australia is a racist nation.

“I do not accept there is underlying racism in this country,’’ Mr Howard said today following yesterday’s race riots at Cronulla Beach.

Never mind that he’s been trying to jam though his own “ultra-draconian terrorism and sedition bills through parliament.”(see above link)

Let’s have a look at these lads, shall we?

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Hm… That guy looks kinda skinhead-ish, doesn’t he? I mean, it could be he’s just going bald….

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Hm… more bald guys… Well, at least they’re not marching around sieg heil-ing or anything…

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Oops.

Wait, there’s more

White supremacists were among those who took part in yesterday’s race riots in Sydney’s south, Police Minister Carl Scully said today.

Someone might need to tell Jonah’s mama that her precious WASP riot made up of her beefy aussie heroes might just spill out of the beer halls, next, and then what?

WaPo getting nasty with Froomkin?

What’s up with the national newspapers rounding on their liberal columnists? First the LA Times fires Robert Scheer and now the WaPo is getting huffy with Dan Froomkin? Is someone threatening their access to the White House?

Political reporters at The Post don’t like WPNI columnist Dan Froomkin’s “White House Briefing,” which is highly opinionated and liberal. They’re afraid that some readers think that Froomkin is a Post White House reporter.

John Harris, national political editor at the print Post, said, “The title invites confusion. It dilutes our only asset — our credibility” as objective news reporters. Froomkin writes the kind of column “that we would never allow a White House reporter to write. I wish it could be done with a different title and display.”

Like Bob Woodward isn’t dropping the WaPo’s credibility down an abandoned well to start with. Someone is threatening to cut these newspapers off, methinks, if they don’t reel in their criticism of the flailing White House.

the counter is up

The Ken Lay indictment watch counter is up there on your right. I am counting forward from February 2nd, 2001, which is the day Lay was specifically mentioned as culpable in the stock inflation pump and dump, as well as defrauding the government and Enron stockholders.

I think if the Justice Department flips Ken Lay, then the whole justification for the Iraq War comes unraveled, which is why he is still eating at the Country Club in Houston.

Scraps of Conversation to lighten your day

Agent Little Bird: How can anyone be smart enough to go on [Who Wants to be a] Millionaire[?] and not know what rap song begins with, “Oh. Mah. Gawd. Becky, look at her butt.”

Me: someone with no butt, clearly

ALB: $8,000 is rightfully mine.

Culture of Bored with the Whole Fucking Thing

Sorry I have been posting so sporadically over the last few days. I am just getting tired of waiting for the innumerable other shoes to drop in the innumerable republican scandals in DC.

I mean, how long does it take to indict someone for illegal stock sales? Or for leaking the name of a covert agent to the media? Or for destroying the retirement savings of thousands of people?

In that spirit, later today I will be installing a clock that will run on the right side of my blog, detailing exactly how much time has passed since the day Enron collapsed. What is conspicuous about this massive amount of time is that Ken Lay has STILL NOT BEEN INDICTED.

(Which, you may recall, speaks volumes to me about what he knows about the real reasons for the Iraq War.)

Until then, I highly recommend you pass the time by looking at pictures of baby pandas.

It helps.

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Because God is on our side

I have been ruminating lately, in light of this fantastic bit of editorial cartooning from TomTomorrow, about this war and why I was not only opposed to it, but also the 1st Iraq war and the invasion of Afghanistan. (I am not afraid to say it, btw. I was against the invasion of Afghanistan, as I am against the first resort to force when there is any possibility of a more measured response.) I am not a pacifist, though. There are times when violence is inevitable, but I believe that it should be doled out in no more measure than is absolutely necessary and when there is no other option.

Y’see, it’s not that I wanted it to fail, it’s that I didn’t want it to happen at all.

This is not always an easy position to hold, especially when much of the country, especially in the early days of the Iraq war, held many of us up to ridicule and questioned our commitment to Justice, Patriotism, and All That Is Holy and Good™. Certainly, most of this was like hearing someone else call his dog. Addison and I don’t really care, because it has nothing to do with us and we know it. But some of this sort of noise starts to seep in, and the occasional sleepless night wondering what it’s REALLY all about can be… troubling.

And then, fortunately, today I was pointed to Mark Twain’s essay “The War Prayer,” and I remembered why I hate to hear that the bombers are flying and that the cruise missiles are being launched and that our tanks are crashing through their streets.

When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory–*must* follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

We have become dizzy and we have confused ourselves. As I have said before, “We make pious noises about worshipping a Just and Merciful God, while doling out destruction and horror upon the innocent, pausing only to pat ourselves on the back for waging a ‘just’ war.” But, you see, the children are still dead. Full stop.

Any powermad bureaucrat with a hard-on for white phosphorus needs to remember this when he starts beating the “Pre-emptive war” drum.

There was a time, just a few years ago, I remember hearing reports about a house in Minnesota where people who were TORTURED AT THE HANDS OF TYRANTS could come to be safe, heal, and receive therapy. Living in the US, they could be comforted in the knowledge that they had escaped Sierra Leone, Uganda or Malaysia and they were now safe in the United States of America, a country where people were not tortured or indefinitely detained without charges, where the rule of law prevailed and that every person had the right to a fair trial.

I remember thinking, I am so glad to live in a place where these people can come and be safe. I am so grateful that we’re better than that. What happened to that country?

I have heard the justifications of the people who would excuse torture, and their compatriots who endorse the bombing of women and children- “This is a war for the future of civilization!” (Indeed! It would appear that civilization is in great danger. Perhaps not in the way that you mean, however…) and “These people are merciless savages who hate us and want to kill us all!” (killing their children should help their outlook immeasurably!) and finally “They hate us for our freedom!” (well, then let’s do away with as many of them as possible right now!)

Please, all of you pious murderers… keep your god. Try to reel in your hysterical fear and admit your war has failed. We have to find a better way to make the world safer. Murdering thousands of people with liberal applications of high explosives in order to obtain peace is unlikely to achieve any sort of Victory, certainly not a moral one.