Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.
“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
It is unusual for soldiers to have daily inspections after Basic Training.
Till Eros went hentai, parent company Fantagraphics' Gary Groth and Kim Thompson (and, more directly, my brilliant editor Michael Dowers) were, at least insofar as a freelancer can have one, my bosses. And very supportive, especially Kim and Mike(who has since moved on). If not for them, a great deal of what I've accomplished in the past three years--and if you count influence on my thoughts on comics, art and media, over twenty--would never have been done nor seen. They gave me my first professional publication and let me do as I liked, experiment, and develop. I owe them serious gratitude just for that.
In addition, both, along with Donna Barr, were instrumental in helping Working for the Man to be the success it was. Kim Thompson did a great deal to stimulate interest and find creators. Gary, of course, wrote the introduction. Neither hesitated to do this to help Bill & Nadine Loebs three years back.
In addition, without their steadfast, and sometimes abrasive, dedication to this medium, comics would not be what they have become. Gary Groth and Kim Thompson, as publishers, have contributed more to comics being considered a medium of expression than, I think, any other non-creator connected to the industry. Without them, Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Los Bros. Hernandez, Al Columbia, and so many more would probably not be the formidable figures they are now. And they have faced a serious and constant rain of shit for their trouble.
And that is why I am breaking silence against my attorney's good advice, and stating firmly, without equivocation, in no way open to misinterpretation...BUY FANTAGRAPHICS if you wish. I have no problem with that, because in not even the smallest do I seek to impair the company marketwise. This is a PERSONAL MATTER, for the 500th time!! No First Amendment issues, no commercial angst, just trying to get Groth et al to get the fuck out of my life, completely, and forever. If that harms Fantagraphics as a side-issue, that's not my intent, but it IS Gary's choice.
It's a shame; I looked up to him for a long time as a teenager.
And I was introduced to his work bythe Comics Journal, back when "An Edge In My Voice" was in it.
Introduced to Ellison via Groth & Thompson. I've already belabored the irony by mentioning it, I think.
I can now expect them to use it as a banner headline to promote their shitty vile Eros line or apply it as jiggery-pokery in some other skip-logic venue...
This government bullied us all into going along with their fucking war, and squelched--and still squelch--all dissent by making the claim that to be against the war is to harm the troops, and behind the chant of "Support the troops" they got a great deal of their way, did this presidency. You certainly couldn't argue against that. You might try, but it would wear you down.
"Support the troops." Again and again, till your head became the headache.
The single most important thing stopping the Democrats from stopping the war in Iraq is the fear that the Republicans, who know the war is already lost, will then be able to pin upon the donkey the blame. Not to mention worse.
This is not, anymore, an entirely justified fear. The reason the Democratic Party now controls Congress is precisely in hope that they will stop the war. Its opponents have increased to a serious majority in this country, those not against it for the simple reason that it's evil dragged to that side by its incompetence, brutality, needlessness and futility no longer being something anyone can ignore or spin. And even its few supporters can only justify further deaths as honoring the deaths that came before, and cannot muster any more than the most formal and practiced enthusiasm. At best, they now seem embarrassed. The few rabid supporters of the war are paid to be. And have so tied themselves with mindless defense of this administration that, were it to actually fall, would take the propagandists like Limbaugh and Coulter down into the dustbin of history with it, in that pop-culture limbo among legwarmers and Father Coughlin.
The moment of meaningful control will only last two years that can be counted upon. And I'm afraid they very well may continue the now-reflexive cowardice in which the GOP has trained them. The trap they fear is no longer a trap. And is the point of gaining office simply to keep getting elected, and to accomplish what while you're there? This is one reason for my skepticism about Barack Obama, which is that he's barely been a senator a couple of years, and seems to have only used it as a means of introducing himself to a mass public; I can't think of anything meaningful in regards to Senate business that he's accomplished. He's more a symbol than a leader, and we don't need symbols. We need something real.
And if she can't stand up to this, the rest of her campaign is moot. And I don't think she can; I really do think she believed she would be the unchallenged Democratic candidate. But John Edwards, who apologized without excuses for his vote for the Iraq War(thus pre-empting this problem and establishing himself as an anti-war candidate, which Hillary can't really do now), calls her on her crap. Politely.
“If she believes the vote was wrong, then I think it’s important to be honest about that,” Edwards said. “If she believes that it was not, then she can defend it.
“I don’t believe this is very complicated,” he said.
She thinks she can have it both ways. She can't. She thinks she can threaten donors into only supporting her. They've thumbed their noses at her as a result. And as a candidate, she's starting to look worse than John Kerry and Michael Dukakis combined. No wonder Fox wants it to be her so much.
Not her. please. It'd be nice to win. She's not her husband.
Hillary Clinton's campaign has managed to fuck itself up awfully quickly over Barack Obama. Over whose popularity they seem to feel offended. Especially given that Obama has been doing so well for support in California, which was always a Clinton stronghold and a state that Bill visited frequently. It would appear that Bill is not the only one prone to sudden flashes of unseemly anger, but unlike Hillary, he could bounce back on his considerable charm. Hillary, though, has all the charm of a lump of coal. And its subtlety as well.
To me, it seems she thought the nomination was something she is entitled to, and I don't really think we need more dynastic behavior in our electoral process.
And frankly, she voted to give Bush his war, and cannot even manage to say, straight out, that she was wrong. Because that's not really the word. The reason she voted for it was partly because she's already a hawk and not at all a liberal, and also on the assumption that it would have been political suicide not to. She helped give license to Bush to bring hell on earth just for the sake of her career. Deaths of thousands, enabled by her without remorse, Iraqi and American lives both nothing compared to her ambitions. And she miscalculated. Those who made that choice, and cannot say they were wrong(which John Edwards did, straight out, on Bill Maher's Real Time last week) ought to receive some sort of punishment, and it seems to me that should at least mean that you don't get to be president.
I'm still skeptical about Obama, and still like Edwards(the only political candidate I ever donated to, prior to his being chosen as VP nominee), but not Hillary. To me she's a potential Democratic Nixon. The very fact that the Republicans keep pretending that she's the worst thing that could be thrown at them, in order to guide us into making her the nominee, when you just know they've been saving something especially poisonous and career-destroying just for such a moment, tells me we would make a huge mistake if she became the Democratic nominee. The Republican political strategy often relies on getting rid of anyone they can't easily beat, and early on.
Over the past decade, Basant has been hijacked by kite-flying fanatics. Cut throat kite-flyers have been using metal twine. The aim: to cut opponents' kite wires. The collateral damage: hundreds of slit throats. A beautiful cultural tradition has degenerated into a murderous sport. Reports say that hundreds have been killed or wounded when their throats were cut by razor-sharp kite twine.
I wonder if this will force Georgie's hand in a way that, so far, the new Congress has not had the balls to. It's one thing to write the President a nasty note; quite another to take 3,000 troops out of his clumsy hands.
So it was with a provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the Bush administration’s behest that makes it easier for a president to override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law.
The provision, signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. Called posse comitatus, it was enshrined in law after the Civil War to preserve the line between civil government and the military. The other is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which provides the major exemptions to posse comitatus. It essentially limits a president’s use of the military in law enforcement to putting down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights.
The newly enacted provisions upset this careful balance. They shift the focus from making sure that federal laws are enforced to restoring public order. Beyond cases of actual insurrection, the president may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or to any “other condition.”
You know, now that I think of it, maybe it is better the troops are kept abroad.
Speaking of George Bush, with whom Sharon developed a very close relationship, Uri Dan recalls that Sharon's delicacy made him reluctant to repeat what the president had told him when they discussed Osama bin Laden. Finally he relented. And here is what the leader of the Western world, valiant warrior in the battle of cultures, promised to do to bin Laden if he caught him: "I will screw him in the ass!"
“Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion,” the memo says. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”
That's right, he thinks evolution is a Jewish plot. Ah, the Jewish conspiracy against everything. Always the favorite last resort of the absolutely ignorant. And what's great about it is that, as it's completely untrue, you can use it in any context. But wait, it gets better: he also doesn't believe Copernicus!
Oy. Look, creationists, you can solve all this and annihilate 500 years of nasty, nasty science that makes your brain cell hurt if you just do one thing: prove, positively rather than just saying, "There must be," the existence of a Creator.
You can't? No shit.
Then why not shut your stupid mouths? If you want to pretend at being scientists, buy yourselves some chemistry sets and let the world progress. You had your chance, and blew it, centuries ago. You lost your right to guide civilization by dragging it down into darkness, and we're not letting you do it again. (And if we do, we don't deserve civilization)
If I sould like I take these assholes personally, I do. I've been fighting them since I was twelve. More on that one day when I feel like writing about it.
Jacqie Venable, a 40-year-old music producer, was wearing a beret and jeans. She said she wasn’t wearing underwear.
She said the war in Iraq was meant to happen “karmically.”
“In my spiritual picture, it has to do with karma,” she said. “Everything that happens in life, to each of us, is what we call into our space. Everything comes full circle. So right now, it’s going to work out to whatever it works out to be. It might be happy for me and not happy for you.
“The people who are there fighting—it’s their journey. This is our journey,” she continued. “People are dying all around the world. Forget Iraq—they’re dying in this country. And their parents are suffering with them, and our parents suffer for us because we’re at Bungalow. There is no separation in the trauma.”
How does she feel as an American?
“I don’t see myself as an American,” she said. “I see myself as a child of a higher being, and I feel privileged to walk this earth with my daughter and my family. The war in Iraq just reminds me of my everyday war. The only way that I can make a difference is being really grateful for the good, the bad, the ugly—what I can do for me. If I’m straight and I love everybody in a grateful world, that’s the only contribution I can make. And I can teach that to my daughter.”
I asked what she’d rather be talking about.
“My daughter. Shoes. Handbags. Fashionistas to laugh at. Waxing the undercarriage—from your poonnany to your back door. It’s fucking painful.”
I met Holger Braun, a 31-year-old entrepreneur from Austria.
I asked if he cared that American soldiers are dying.
A Florida Republican explained on the House floor today that he would not support President George W. Bush's troop escalation because it was bound to be a failure. Rep. Ric Keller criticized an earlier surge policy, warning that "the benefits were temporary, the body bags were permanent."
So very fucking sad. I would feel bad for the failure they're about to experience, but it's Fox. The idea, though, of them doing a "fake news" program seems kind of redundant.
Behold a taste of Fox News' upcoming blatant, and incompetent, ripoff of the Daily Show, brought to you by noted hack creator of "24," Joel Surnow. And I'm absolutely sure I've heard its title before on some summer replacement thing that, most likely, was on NBC. Isn't it wacky? And isn't it proof that propagandists do terrible comedy?
Then there's the unintentionally hilarious Republican racism in the show. The attempted joke in which the white male host compares Senator Obama to former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry was weird and awful, especially considering the wide variety of, say, white politicians and public figures who have used cocaine. Like the president. To be fair, there are several funny liberals who occasionally employ racist humor. Most of the time, though, the successful ones, like Howard Stern, use it for satirical purposes. But anyone who listens to Howard knows he's not a racist and his intention is to expose its hatred and hypocrisy. However, when it comes from a network which has employed, promoted and shrugged-off racism with a wholly serious tone (here, here, and here for example) it doesn't sound like satire, it simply sounds racist. That said, it's an easy way to attain cred and laughter from Fox News viewers who are either racists themselves or who simply accept it with a chuckle. The joke wasn't meant to satirize and mock racism, the joke was designed to make a point that, apparently, black politicians use cocaine. You know, because they're all black and can't be trusted in positions of authority -- what with all their tar baby drug habits. That's racism. And it got the biggest (fake?) laugh of the segment.
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert shows how it's done, and shows us a great new word--"frenemy." I intend to use this word often.
Yes, I know the LOTR films were fun. (But in a time of such mediocrity, anything that at least tries would seem that way, wouldn't it?) The books are still a pile of corny, retrograde horseshit. Here's Michael Moorcock's take on it , which is much smarter than mine. (And here's "Starship Stormtroopers," his takedown of Heinlein)
A sign that the tone of this country really has changed is how the hideous 24(which I never liked, and it disturbed me my otherwise movie-violence-hating ex-wife liked it; the show will be looked back upon with guilt, the S.A. Mann Brand for our time) is now looking so well past its sell-by date. I'm glad to see that we still have a threshold of disgust, though it takes longer and longer for us to get to it all the time.
“People in the Administration love the series, too,” he said. “It’s a patriotic show. They should love it.” Joel Surnow, lickspittle producer of 24
Glad I didn't have to watch the Grammys to see this. And you know, I don't give a rat's ass if they don't sound as good as they used to. It's the fucking Police back together; shut up. Would you rather have another solo Sting album? I thought not.
"Rape only hurts if you fight it," says the virgin. I hope he remembers that should he ever be forced to share a jail cell with a much larger man.
Incidentally, he's not done his research properly when he makes reference to the "Rape of the Sabine Women," as "rape" meant "kidnapping" in that context. One can only imagine the damage he caused himself trying to imitate the "Rape of the Lock." Unless he was able to make it fit.
Cheney Authorized Leak of FBI Agent's Name Rove too. We call this treason.
In the fall of 2003, President Bush's press secretary was categorically denying that either Karl Rove or I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was involved in exposing the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA employee married to a critic of the war in Iraq.
"Why are you making these statements?" Addington asked White House communications director Dan Bartlett.
"Your boss is the one who wanted" them, Bartlett replied, referring to Cheney.
With that, "I shut up," Addington recalled recently for jurors in Libby's CIA leak trial, which begins its fourth week on Monday with Libby's lawyers calling their first witnesses.
Testimony and documents in the trial show Rove joining Cheney in trying to undercut Wilson's claim that the administration had twisted prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.
"We're a day late in getting responses to the story," Rove told a staff meeting, according to Libby's notes.
"Get the full story out," Cheney told aides, according to Libby's grand jury testimony.