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  • Our Endangered Values (Direct from the Traitor's Mouth)

    06/03/2006 10:53:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies · 1,054+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 06/02/06 | Jimmy Carter & Jeff Fleischer
    Jimmy Carter is without doubt one of the most active and influential ex-presidents in American history. After leaving office, he established the nonprofit Carter Center, tasked with advancing human rights around the world. Through his and the center’s work, Carter has helped monitor more than 60 democratic elections, worked with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to develop sustainable agriculture, negotiated for peaceful conflict resolution in various countries, and worked to eradicate diseases such as Guinea worm and river blindness. For these and other efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Carter–whose presidency was highlighted by achievements in international...
  • Reviewer Thinks Hijackers Should Have "Consulted" on UNITED 93

    04/25/2006 4:47:26 PM PDT · by John Robertson · 26 replies · 986+ views
    Slant Magazine ^ | April, 2006 | Keith Uhlich
    "Certainly this isn't the first Hollywood production done in by the competing corporate and personal interests that funded it (consider the unspoken implications—both commercial and propagandistic—of the film's last-minute title change from Flight 93 to United 93), but it is the only one I've come across where the families of those onboard gave it their full-on approval. Not all the families, of course. All evidence suggests that the terrorists' relatives were left entirely out of the creative process, an action which goes a way toward revealing the film's hagiographic bias (how easy it then becomes to turn victims into heroes...
  • The Adversary Culture: The perverse anti-Westernism of the cultural elite

    02/25/2006 7:00:43 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 44 replies · 1,392+ views
    The Sydney Line ^ | 2/11/06 | Keith Windschuttle
    Address to: Summer Sounds Symposium Punga Cove, New Zealand February 11 2006 For the past three decades and more, many of the leading opinion makers in our universities, the media and the arts have regarded Western culture as, at best, something to be ashamed of, or at worst, something to be opposed. Before the 1960s, if Western intellectuals reflected on the long-term achievements of their culture, they explained it in terms of its own evolution: the inheritance of ancient Greece, Rome and Christianity, tempered by the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the scientific and industrial revolutions. Even a radical...
  • MORFORD: The Real State Of The Union

    02/01/2006 5:48:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 501+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/6 | Mark Morford
    How to address a bitter, war-torn but still somehow giddy and deeply horny nation. My fellow Americans, we're not as royally screwed as everything Bush has done during his miserable term in office would have you believe.
  • Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein today saying don't support the troops.(Hugh Hewitt interview)

    01/24/2006 4:44:36 PM PST · by Checkers · 54 replies · 1,729+ views
    Radio ^ | Tuesday, January 24 | Radio Blogger
    Here's the audio and transcript of Hugh's interview with Joel Stein. It's another glaring example of why the Times is the worst newspaper in America: HH: Welcome now Joel Stein of the Los Angeles Times, columnist there. Hi, Joel. Welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show. JS: Hey, thanks for having me. HH: You wrote a very controversial column today, and I want to talk about it. But first, some background. How long have you been a columnist for the L.A. Times? JS: A little more than a year. HH: All right. And you're a graduate of Stanford, right? What year?...
  • Bye-bye Delay! So long crooks! Goodbye world, I'm gone by ZOT!

    01/08/2006 6:43:32 PM PST · by SoLongCrooks · 317 replies · 9,527+ views
    Yaa, you repukes are not doing so well, huh? Imagine, you repukes control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and appointed 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices. Yet the Supreme Court thre out sodomy laws in all 50 states and recognized the right of government to seize land for any reason. And you couldn't pass your Social Security changes could you? Sorry, that was your last shot. Come November, we're going to start seeing more Democratic faces in the House. It's the end for you guys. You guys are celebrating when Bush's numbers go *up* to 45%. Then Faux...
  • Morford: Does 'Narnia' Actually Suck?

    01/11/2006 8:36:00 AM PST · by presidio9 · 104 replies · 2,729+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 11, 2006 | Mark Morford (stay away from her wardrobe)
    I was all wrong about "Narnia." Which is to say, about six months ago in this space I was hell-bent on the white-hot idea that Hollywood and the Christian-right group/billionaire that helped produce the tepid and saccharine flick would absolutely ruin "The Chronicles of Narnia" books, ruin the deep magic and the astounding sense of wonder these books held for millions of children (including this writer) by regurgitating them as a slick, dumbed-down, poorly acted smarm-fest full of ham-fisted Jesus allusions and excessive special effects, all from the director who brought you, ahem, "Shrek 2." Things did not, shall we...
  • Throng mourns executed former gang leader at LA funeral [Tookie Williams]

    12/20/2005 3:08:07 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 71 replies · 1,976+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/05 | PETER PRENGAMAN
    Mourners overflowed a church Tuesday for the funeral of executed murderer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, listening to eulogies by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg and Rev. Jesse Jackson and a recording of Williams urging peace. As police watched, mourners including gang members flashing hand signs gathered at the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles and in a parking lot where a TV showed the funeral for Williams, who was executed Dec. 13 despite a celebrity-studded campaign for clemency. Snoop Dogg recited a poem, "Until We Meet Again," in which he referred to the execution. "It's nine-fifteen...
  • The Stanley "Tookie" Williams Vigil at San Quentin, Monday, December 12, 2005

    12/13/2005 6:24:20 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 32 replies · 2,147+ views ^ | 12/13/05 | Zombie
    These photographs and videos were taken outside the gates of San Quentin Prison on the evening of December 12, 2005 during a vigil marking the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, which happened shortly after midnight. Before arriving at San Quentin, I had been under the naive impression that the crowd in front would be evenly split between anti-death penalty protesters and pro-death penalty protesters. I was sorely mistaken. I quickly learned that the crowd was 99% anti-death penalty. And a substantial proportion of them were avowed socialists, since several radical groups showed up en masse…. Full collection of photos &...
  • The Iron Fist of Jesus [liberals and Aljazeerah unite]

    12/10/2005 12:51:12 PM PST · by Hadean · 43 replies · 1,407+ views ^ | 12.10.2005 | Jason Miller
    The Inmates are Running the Asylum How much damage will men like George Bush, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Sam Brownback, Ralph Reed, and Rick Santorum inflict before reason prevails and they are unmasked as the twisted, malevolent charlatans that they are? Fundamentalist Christians, adherents to a nauseating perversion of Christianity (conjured from their twisted imaginations and their distorted interpretations of the Bible) wield a significant amount of power in the United States, socially and politically. Fund-raising, promotional, and organizational skills have enabled these Corpora-Fascist Capitalists masquerading as practitioners of the Christian faith to gain pervasive influence over the Republican Party....
  • Unstoppable Political Correctness Meets The Immovable Identity Group (Feminist v Transgender)

    11/30/2005 3:36:57 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 19 replies · 849+ views
    Local Liberty (The Claremont Institute) ^ | 11/20/05 | Conor Friersdorf
    Unstoppable Political Correctness Meets The Immovable Identity Group In my sophomore year at Pomona College my intramural inner tube water polo team made it to the championship game. The co-ed activity required each 7 person squad to have two women in the water at all times. Women's goals counted as two points as well - nice shooting Emily Gold, class of 2003! Some called this setup sexist, but it achieved its aim - women were included both on the squad and during the games. (The unintended consequence - a team fielded by the Women's Water Polo Team proved very difficult...
  • Ted Rall: Iraq War Vets are Sadistic Torturers

    11/28/2005 6:09:50 AM PST · by Chickenhawk Warmonger · 49 replies · 1,724+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/27/05 | Robin Mullins Boyd
    Anti-American left wing lunatic Ted Rall was not content with depicting the US military as rapists, pedophiles and idiots. In his latest piece of artwork, Rall portrays Iraq War Veterans as torturers and domestic abusers. The cartoon, Sex Lives of Iraq War Vets, published on November 26, 2005, shows the veterans torturing their girlfriends and the girlfriend's parents Abu-Ghraib style. The final frame shows a vet dropping bombs on his girlfriend's home in response to a break-up. This latest attempt to undermine our military comes on the heels of Rall's cartoon depicting US soliders in Iraq as rapists and pedophiles.Ted...
  • The bitter truth, as we feast on the bounty of the empire (Robert Jensen bile alert)

    11/24/2005 9:15:16 PM PST · by weegee · 69 replies · 1,393+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2005, 10:28PM | By ROBERT JENSEN
    The bitter truth, as we feast on the bounty of the empire -Our myth of Thanksgiving warps a history of genocide ONE indication of moral and intellectual progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day with a National Day of Atonement. Indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas. But the thought of changing this white-supremacist holiday is hard to...
  • Visiting ‘Amerika’ (THREE-BAG BARF ALERT!)

    09/30/2005 3:21:41 PM PDT · by SinisterDexter · 40 replies · 1,633+ views
    Phillipine Daily Independent ^ | 9/30/05 | Luis V. Teodoro
    THE United States is “America” to most people. But that word refers to the continent. When applied to the United States, it is better spelled with a “k,” as in “swastika.” It’s the country most Filipinos want to visit. But if you’ve ever been involved in any group or activity faintly progressive; if you have relatives or friends who have been there; or you’re from a country that its officials say harbors “terrorist groups,” you’d be tempting fate to go there. No matter how vague or past your involvement, it could earn you a strip search, an interrogation session with...
  • Grieving Mother Demands Answers From President

    08/19/2005 1:39:26 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 9 replies · 443+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | August 19th, 2005 | Rand Simberg
    March 12, 1944 WARM SPRINGS (Routers) A Minnesota woman whose son was killed in the recent Anzio offensive has demanded a private audience with President Roosevelt, and has taken up residence outside his Georgia retreat until she gets one. Mrs. Etta Mae Hanberg, of Fergus Falls, had a son, Lawrence, who died after stepping on a land mine near the Italian village of Aprilia on January 25th. Overcome with grief, she now questions the war, and laments the apparent purposelessness of her son's sacrifice. She has set up camp outside the president's vacation retreat here, and refuses to leave until...
  • UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses

    07/16/2005 6:52:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies · 2,139+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Jul 14 2005 | Aoife White UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses Aoife White Thu Jul 14, 9:38 PM ET BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)--A U.N. panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run in the future has failed to reach consensus but did agree that no single country should dominate. The United States stated two weeks ago that it intended to maintain control over the computers that serve as the Internet's principal traffic cops. In a report released Thursday, the U.N. panel outlined four possible options for the future of Internet governance for world leaders to consider at a November "Information...
  • Red Alert... list of Left groups plan to surround the Whitehouse on Sept 24th

    07/14/2005 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 127 replies · 8,101+ views
    Here is the list so far for sponcers to this hate America fest: ANSWER Code Pink UFPJ NION Al Awda World Workers Party Ruckas Revolutionary Communist party ACORN Campus Antiwar Network International Socialist Org Greens Party Muslim Student Association CPUSA
  • Barf Alert! 27 days left before war with Iran

    05/11/2005 3:02:04 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 42 replies · 1,377+ views ^ | May 10th
    COUNTDOWN TO ATTACK ON IRAN & SYRIA 27 days left before war with Iran Are we going to stand idly by as more sovereign countries are attacked? This farce has nothing to do with getting rid of nuclear weapons in the Middle East or else the US would shut down the billions of dollars of aid that Israel receives. Money that is funneled into its massive chemical, biological and nuclear arsenal, which is turning Israel into a dominant superpower. Their military & political might remains unchecked. They are in firm control of the world’s remaining superpower, the United States, and...

    05/05/2005 1:55:37 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 90 replies · 3,293+ views
    CafePress ^ | 5/5/05 | Unknown
    "Making fun of Repubicans won't get them on our side, but threatening to kill them might be more effective."WARNING: The screen blurb on the left of the front page is peppered with F-bombs and similar sentiments from this representative of the Tolerant Left.
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. • This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • Photo Essay: Ward Churchill at SF Anarchist Bookfair (LINK NOT WORK-FRIENDLY!)

    03/30/2005 10:54:32 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 33 replies · 5,749+ views ^ | 3/30/05 | "Zombie"
    Here's the first of an amazing series of photos, audio and video files taken at the San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair by "Zombie". The entire series can be seen here.WARNING: Several of the images and files on the page -- especially the sixth image from the top -- are highly work-unfriendly, and might disturb Freepers not used to the open-air freak show that is San Francisco "alternative culture." Proceed with caution!
  • Controversial Colorado professor defends himself at Cal forum (Ward Churchill)

    03/29/2005 11:51:58 AM PST · by TFFKAMM · 26 replies · 988+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles Burress
    University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill, under fire for linking Sept. 11 victims with Nazis, drew what seemed to be a largely sympathetic audience of more than 400 people to UC Berkeley Monday. Accusing critics of demonizing him, Churchill said that his comment characterizing World Trade Center workers as "little Eichmanns" had been distorted and that an ensuing conservative campaign against him posed a threat to all who would criticize government or society. Churchill, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said he did not express support for those who launched the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks....
  • Rachel Corrie's family sues Israel, IDF

    03/15/2005 1:36:57 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 221 replies · 5,640+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 3/15/05 | Amos Harel
    The family of Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist killed by an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer in Rafah two years ago, sued the State of Israel and the IDF for damages in the Haifa District Court on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003 when she tried to block an IDF bulldozer from destroying a Palestinian house near the Philadelphi Route, the strip of land in the Gaza Strip bordering Egypt. An IDF investigation ruled the incident was an accident and that the driver did not see Corrie, and the military prosecutor's office decided not to press charges...
  • No Yellow Ribbons Here (BARF Alert!)

    02/24/2005 12:28:47 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 119 replies · 2,769+ views
    Daily Collegian (UMass) ^ | 2/24/05 | Thomas Naughton
    Guilt can only weigh on a person's mind for so long before they crave the act of purgation; to get the weighty feelings of shame and responsibility out of the mind - or at least the guilty parties attempt to find some kind of peace if they cannot rid themselves of a screaming conscience that implicates and indicts its possessor.That said, perhaps some readers will understand why my friends and I rip yellow ribbon "support the troops" magnets off of cars or wherever people have affixed them. By ripping off these ribbons, we find a way to deal with our...
  • Incitement on UC Irvine campus (The next Ward Churchill?)

    02/05/2005 4:58:22 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 23 replies · 1,018+ views ^ | 2/2/05 |
    This link opens a 6-minute QuickTime video of a hate speech at the University of California at Irvine, by a Muslim speaker named Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, announced as “a specialist in international politics:” After spewing antisemitic conspiracy theories and justifying suicide bombings of Israeli buses, the speaker says:And we have to sacrifice too, while we live here ... in Am-ri-ka. The belly of the beast. The number one imperialist in the world. ... But ... let’s call it a state, OK? And then you gonna go get some Uncle Tom Palestinian leaders to fall for this okey-doke. Two-state solution is off...
  • Ward Churchill's pickup vandalized (swastikas, hate mail, etc.)

    02/03/2005 11:15:49 AM PST · by TFFKAMM · 74 replies · 2,440+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 2/3/05 | Hector Gutierrez
    Vandals painted two swastikas on the truck of besieged University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, Boulder County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday. The vandals painted the swastikas on the tailgate of Churchill's Chevrolet pickup late Tuesday or early Wednesday, said Lt. Phil West, a sheriff's spokesman. He said deputies told him that Churchill's truck was parked in front of his home when the vandals struck. Also Wednesday, Churchill turned over to deputies copies of "hate mail" he said he had received. Churchill told the deputies he already had provided the hate mail to the CU campus police, West said. Churchill has...
  • You are being watched! You will slip up soon! (Ooooooooh, a scary post! ZOT!!!)

    01/31/2005 3:28:10 PM PST · by dl_pens · 189 replies · 3,465+ views
    You and your fascist co-horts will all be sorry when the Bush* administration is charged with stealing this election. His administration and this website is nothing more then propaganda for a fascist regime. We are watching you, and we will be there when you slip up and your face down on the ground because you slipped on your own Nazi style propaganda. John Kerry won this election and you know it! Everyone knows it!
  • Is the biographer of activist Judi Bari a tool of the right, or just a skeptical liberal?

    02/01/2005 8:39:45 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 12 replies · 724+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/05 | Edward Guthmann
    Kate Coleman knew she'd be opening a can of worms when she wrote a biography of environmental activist Judi Bari, but she didn't know how bad it could get. A lifelong liberal, former Yippie, affirmative action advocate and John Kerry supporter, Coleman is finding herself labeled a "right-wing thug" and "character assassin" by Bari partisans for the book, "The Secret Wars of Judi Bari: A Car Bomb, the Fight for the Redwoods, and the End of Earth First!" (Encounter Books). "She calls herself a leftist. That is a joke," says Darryl Cherney, the man who was riding with Bari in...
  • Activism's Onanist Fantasy Ideology (LIBERAL critique of Moonbat Left)

    01/26/2005 7:13:53 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 7 replies · 510+ views
    Winds of Change ^ | 1/26/05 | Joe Katzman
    Activism's Onanist Fantasy Ideology by Joe Katzman at January 26, 2005 03:57 AM Al Qaeda may not be the only ones out there with a fantasy ideology (pace, Lee Harris), and another version of same may explain quite a bit about modern American politics and the decline of the Democratic Party. If you see activism as the default mode of politics, goes this thesis, you shouldn't be surprised when it leads to anti-intellectualism, tolerance of extremists, retreat into fantasy, and a self-defeating kind of partisanship designed to make people feel better about themselves rather than produce meaningful change. At least,...
  • Protesters denounce Bush - Thousands rally in S.F., Berkeley against 2nd term

    01/20/2005 10:38:08 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 52 replies · 2,908+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/20/05 | Wyatt Buchanan and Patrick Hoge
    Several thousand demonstrators rallied at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco on Thursday night, protesting the inauguration of President Bush and calling for an end to the war in Iraq. After the rally, demonstrators marched along Market Street, effectively closing the street. Speakers at the rally gave fiery denunciations of Bush and his policies, with many shouting personal insults and some comparing his actions to that of the Nazis in pre-World War II Germany. "Today is a sad day in history. A war criminal has been sworn in as president," said Alicia Jrapko of International ANSWER, the group that organized...
  • Ho Hum, More War And Death

    01/19/2005 12:07:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 761+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/19/5 | Mark Morford
    What happens when habitual warmongering and BushCo lies become part of our daily diet? And then you read the appalling little story about how BushCo is now "taking steps" to further the investigation into why their original intelligence on Iraq was so painfully, treasonously, colon-clenchingly wrong, why they thought Saddam had giant Costco-sized warehouses stacked to the rafters with snarling nukes and nasty biotoxins and active warheads when, in fact, he had nothing but a couple Dumpsters full of rusty 20-year-old shell casings and a bucket of stale glue.
  • Stray Dogs Deserve Back Rubs

    01/14/2005 9:53:29 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 1,158+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14/5 | Mark Morford
    We kill millions of pets every year Who cares if a few get posh shelters and humane laws? OK. So I tend to think people who insist on calling themselves pet "guardians" instead of "owners" are exasperating and a bit wrongheaded, and that such uber-PC thinking does almost nothing to change or improve the behavior of the thousands of animal abusers in this country. And I tend to agree with fabulous dog writer Jon Katz that such semantic sidestepping does more harm to the animals than good, and leads to naive treatment, lack of decent training and an outright ignorance...
  • 12 Most Stupid Tsunami Quotes (must be read to be believed!)

    01/06/2005 3:30:23 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 857+ views
    The Chrenkoff Blog ^ | 1/06/05 | Arthur Chrenkoff
    The 12 most stupid tsunami quotes  For some, natural disasters of the magnitude of the recent tsunami provide an opportunity to engage in acts of kindness or heroism. For others, it's yet another opportunity to embarrass themselves. If you chance upon more stupid quotes, let me know.In no particular order: 1. Them darned monkeys did it: Bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an "ancient Chinese astrology meets modern Western New Age tripe" explanation for the disaster: "This year just ending - which the all-too-seismically-aware Chinese will remind us has been that of the Monkey, and so generally much prone to terrestrial...
  • Resolutions For The Damned

    01/05/2005 8:06:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 1,032+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/5 | Mark Morford
    A new year, a Bush-gutted, storm-ravaged world and you in need of some juicy, heartfelt pledges -- This is the year. No, really. This is the it. This is the year you resolve to let it all hang out and lick the fingertips of the divine and stop holding back and stop quivering with unchecked anticipation/dread as you realize that, if you care a whit for self-definition and spiritual nuance and hot wet intelligence and deep karmic color in this tsunami-hammered, Bush-ravaged world, you are desperately needed right now. It's true. Alas, many are dejected. Many of the blue or...
  • Saddam Hussein's Lawyer Aims for Bush (Projectile-Vomiting Alert!)

    12/22/2004 11:06:15 AM PST · by TFFKAMM · 15 replies · 796+ views
    Village Voice ^ | 12/17/04 | Kareem Fahim
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Curtis Doebbler, a human rights lawyer who has been retained to defend Saddam Hussein in his upcoming war crimes trial, tells a story that he says hints at the problems with America's occupation of Iraq. Since July, he said, he has been approached by not one but two separate organizations funded by the United States to help train the judges of the Iraqi Special Tribunal. Their proposal? That he contribute to the training. After the first request, Doebbler told the organization, which he won't name, that he would probably have a "conflict of interest" instructing the judges who would...
  • Is For Republicans

    12/22/2004 8:05:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 83 replies · 3,109+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/22/4 | Mark Morford
    Attention, liberal shoppers! Next year, screw those GOP-supportin' companies, and try buying blue Do you care much that greasy ol' Pizza Hut gave tens of thousands in PAC money to the GOP last year? How about the fact that Taco Bell stopped pumping out their happily toxic semirancid meatlike substances just long enough to write a fat check to the conservative Right? Isn't that weirdly fascinating, in a depressing and indigestible sort of way? Does it matter a whit that, say, Fruit of the Loom underwear gave nearly 100 percent of its corporate donations to tighty-whitey-wearing Republicans, nearly every one...
  • Morford: It Will All Be Over Soon. BushCo? Kerry? SUV gluttony? Your last orgasm?

    10/08/2004 10:59:31 AM PDT · by MikalM · 30 replies · 1,087+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/8/04 | Mark Morford (waxing philosophical!)
    It's so easy to get all caught up in the everyday spit and hiss and noise and blank presidential smirks. Isn't it? It is, after all, incredibly easy to get stuck in the white-hot moment, all screaming elections and bland debates and counterfeit terrorism fears and ugly obesity epidemics and Atkins-approved bubble gum and air/water pollution like an afterthought, all commingling with the mad melodrama of your last bad haircut and the scratch on your precious bumper to the point where we forget the scope of it all, the scale, the macro and the micro and the ebb and flow...
  • OUT OF MY HEAD: Everything to Live For '04 (Bush Victory = Mass Suicide?)

    09/14/2004 3:41:11 PM PDT · by MikalM · 120 replies · 3,064+ views
    The Carolinian ^ | 9/14/04 | Joe Killian
    I have friends who refused to watch, listen to or even read Bush's speech to the RNC last week -but I just had to see it. I was working that night, so I set my VCR and came home to the tape at around 1 a.m. It's hard to describe the mixture of nausea and fear that gripped me as I watched this speech. I was offended at the use of the tragedy of 9/11 as political leverage - but, in a strange way, it was almost a relief. The Republicans have finally fully embraced the position they've been hinting...
  • Morford: Apocalypse Bush! (Why care for the planet when the End Times are almost here?)

    09/09/2004 10:52:34 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies · 1,537+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, September 8, 2004 | Mark Morford, read by FReepers and few others
    This is the great thing about rabid fundamentalism. You really just don't have to give a damn. Take the environment. I mean, isn't it just a little pointless to care so damn deeply about the air and the soil and the water and the stupid little disposable animals on this silly spinning ball of expendable rock when the Second Coming is imminent and a blood-soaked fire-breathin' Jesus who looks remarkably like Mel Gibson will return very soon to smite the heathens and the gays and the vegetarians and the Francophiles, and who will rescue all those who worship patriarchy and...
  • Morford: Where Is Your Hallowed Balm? Music? Yoga? Porn?

    09/03/2004 11:01:24 AM PDT · by MikalM · 36 replies · 1,451+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/3/04 | Mark Morford (who never disappoints)
    I am searching for a few good things. Things to counteract, to dissolve the simmering dread, to deflect the waves of nausea and karmic pain induced by the incessantly depressing media maelstrom and the appallingly hateful gloat of the GOP convention and by the most tyrannical administration and least articulate American president in 100 years. You know how it is. And you say to yourself, these things, these radiant gems that live outside the mass-media miasma, I need them because they provide some balm, soften the fact that the nation feels massively off track and blinded and war torn and...
  • Morford: Dick Cheney Gets His Gay On

    09/01/2004 10:55:20 AM PDT · by MikalM · 16 replies · 857+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/1/04 | Mark Morford (who else?)
    Bunny-curdling screams were heard throughout the Beltway last week and Laura Bush herself got all flustered and confused as vice president and noted hunk of rabid warmongering neoconservatism Dick Cheney broke ranks with his party of other hunks of rabid warmongering neoconservatives and admitted, in public, that he thinks gay people are, you know, mostly OK. Sort of. A little. In small doses. "With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be able to free -- ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they...
  • Morford: Sentient Non-Idiots For Kerry

    08/27/2004 7:13:22 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 18 replies · 788+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, August 27, 2004 | Mark Morford, non-sentient drug-addicted talentless androgenous pervert
    And isn't it funny how at least 13 members of Congress have actually requested that the United Nations monitor this year's U.S. presidential election, just because, just in case, just to ensure there's no voter rolling and election rigging and chad hanging and outright shameless Florida reaming like last time? And isn't it even more funny how, when firebrand U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, from Florida, brought the issue up on the floor of Congress, she was actually shouted down by the Republicans, scolded that she was out of order and told her comments should be stricken from the record? And...
  • All the Nudes That's Fit to Print (NYC GOP Convention Protests - FR Mentione)

    08/26/2004 7:09:31 PM PDT · by MikalM · 166 replies · 8,179+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 8/26/04 | Chris Thompson
    All the Nudes That's Fit to Print Radicals planning to cause mayhem at the GOP convention should accept this sad fact: Murdoch’s minions are waiting.The last time a major party held its nominating convention in New York City, I was among the tribe of protesters clamoring outside. I had hitchhiked from Oakland to Manhattan and, after adventures with a guy in Barstow who claimed he was jumping parole and barked, "I swear by my white skin!" after each beer, or the gentleman in southern Missouri who loaded the shotgun in his rifle rack and declared his intention to shoot the...
  • Morford: What Price Youth, Spider-Man? (Self-Absorption Alert!)

    08/25/2004 10:11:57 AM PDT · by MikalM · 11 replies · 683+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/25/04 | Mark Morford (continuing his slide into irrelevancy)
    So then a largish envelope comes in the mail and it's from my mother and it contains a single, well-used comic book sealed in a plastic Zip-Loc bag, a book from my childhood she found in a storage box in the garage in our family's cabin getaway up in northern Idaho. And my mother, being smart and attuned and with the times as she is, she noticed the comic's title, and the main characters, and her eyebrows went up and she thought I might want to see it. Here's why: It's a Spider-Man comic. It's from 1976. It's in excellent...
  • Morford: This Man Touched My Parrot

    08/24/2004 6:56:43 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 928+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2004 | Mark Morford, the gerbil was not available for handling
    How good and refreshing and inspiring is it, in these war-drunk, anti-everything, BushCo-ravaged times, to discover a gem of pure unadulterated free-thinking humanity and funkiness and animal tenderness sitting just outside the teeming city walls? How life affirming and encouraging is it to stumble, quite randomly, quite unexpectedly, across what is probably the funniest, most caring, most quirky, most unexpected, most hugely popular, intensely local veterinarian in the entire Bay Area even though I can't verify that because I've only been to like, two, but I'm willing to risk saying it anyway? I am here with an answer: It is...
  • Morford: Still Proud To Be In S.F. (Gay Marriage)

    08/18/2004 10:06:03 AM PDT · by MikalM · 16 replies · 704+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/18/04 | Mark Morford (who else?)
    No one in his/her right mind truly believed that San Francisco's landmark same-sex marriages would stand the test of the scowling California Supreme Court or the white-hot glare of the rabid homophobic war-drunk BushCo Right. It was almost no contest, a leather-clad dove versus an archaic, oily tank from the word go -- or, rather, from the words "I do."
  • Suspect will face most serious charges in SUV arson case (ELF/Green Terrorism)

    08/02/2004 6:03:05 PM PDT · by MikalM · 30 replies · 986+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/2/04 | Jessica Gresko
    A Caltech grad student implicated in an arson spree that destroyed or damaged 125 sport utility vehicles will have to face a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison, a federal judge ruled Monday. William Jensen Cottrell, 24, is charged with participating in attacks last August that targeted SUVs at three dealerships, as well as four privately owned vehicles. Authorities said the attacks caused $2.3 million damage. He faces a nine-count indictment, including one count of using a destructive device in a violent crime. Cottrell's lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner to throw out...
  • Morford: Rig My Election, Please (Desperate neocons try to trick us into another BushCo victory)

    07/21/2004 7:38:49 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies · 1,189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, July 21, 2004 | Mark Morford
    Semi-clever, ultra-wealthy Bush supporters suddenly donating piles of money to the Nader campaign in an obvious attempt to steal votes from John Kerry? Pshaw. Ptouey. Child's play. Tip of the iceberg. A mere distraction. We ain't seen nuthin' yet. This is the time of desperation and anxiety. This is the time of hysterical Orange Alerts and imminent al Quada attacks coming from outta nowhere at any minute and violating our children and kicking our puppies and badly denting our Honda Accords. And yes, this is the time of election-year political tactics coming from the increasingly anxious Right that will make...
  • (Courtney) Love and other catastrophes: "BUSH is behind my problems!"

    07/19/2004 2:05:22 PM PDT · by MikalM · 104 replies · 3,210+ views
    The Age ^ | 7/19/04 | Caroline Overington
    (Excerpt) Despite everything, Love believes her predicament is the result of a coordinated financial, legal and personal smear campaign. In a recent interview with London's Sunday Telegraph, she was asked if she bears any responsibility for her current problems. "The last thing I want to say is, 'I'm a victim', but I am. I believe it's a trickledown from Bush... I should have done an audit. I should have done face-time with people. That is true. But did I bring it on myself? I don't think so."
  • Morford: Why Hookers Love Republicans

    07/16/2004 7:28:43 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 52 replies · 1,971+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, July 16, 2004 | Mark Morford
    "BoBo? It's Syndee. You ready, girl? The convention starts in an hour, and the senators are salivating!" "Hi, Syn! Almost ready! Just finishing my makeup. Hey, which outfit you think I should wear tonight? My red, white, and blue glitter spandex halter with the peekaboo panties, or the red vinyl skirt with the Velcro tear-away crotch and the big picture of the M-1 tank on the butt?" "Oooh, I'd go with the tank, Bo. This is the GOP convention, girl! These Republicans love their war, you know? It's all about big phallic missiles and manly howitzers and 'weapons of ass...