Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
...listen to this twaddling swill.
Crooks & Liars:
Sen. Joe Lieberman is telling his critics to "relax" over a bill that would allow the president to disable parts of the internet as he deems necessary.
China has an internet "kill switch" and the U.S. should too, according to Lieberman.
"We need this capacity in a time of war. We need the capacity for the president to say, internet service provider, we've got to disconnect the American internet from all traffic coming in from another foreign country, or we have to put a patch on this part of it," Lieberman told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday.
"So I say to my friends on the internet, relax. Take a look at the bill. And this is something that we need to protect our country.
Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its internet in case of war and we need to have that here too," he said.
Sounds awfully needy...apparently becoming a apologist for communist repression tactics and "rogue nation" behaviors isn't the same sort of career-blasting minefield within American politics that it once was.
Good to know, comrades! And Senator Joe...as one of your "friends on the Ìnternet", congratulations on becoming another of the "many nooses around the neck of U.S. imperialism". That'll show those libs!
Of course, I'm sure I won't be the only 'party' pooper to bring this pesky detail to the fore:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The George Russell quintet (George Russell, Don Ellis, Dave Baker, Steve Swallow and Joe Hunt), Lydiot, 1961.
Don Cherry, with George Gruntz, Sahib Shihab, Henri Texier, Daniel Humair, Salah El Mahdi, Moktar Slama, Jelloul Osman and Hattab Jouini, Noon In Tunisya, 1969.
Eric Dolphy, Hat and Beard, 1964.
Lalo Schifrin, Bullitt Main Title / Shifting Gears / Ice Pick Mike, 1968.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
BP chief executive Tony Hayward, often criticized for being tone-deaf to U.S. concerns about the worst oil spill in American history, took time off Saturday to attend a glitzy yacht race off England's Isle of Wight.
In a statement, BP described Hayward's day off as "a rare moment of private time" and said that "no matter where he is, he is always in touch with what is happening within BP" and can direct recovery operations if required.
Is that right?
Jolly good. Carry on, stiff upper lip.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Erroll Garner with Wyatt Ruther and Eugene "Fats" Heard, Caravan, 1953.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Elvin Jones, No Tonic Pres, 1965.
Charles 'Yardbird' Parker, with Miles Davis, Lucky Thompson, Arvin Garrison, Dodo Marmarosa, Vic McMillan, and Roy Porter, Ornithology (Take 2), 1946.
...and many happy returns to Mr. Marcus Miller, Run For Cover, 1991.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Oh, the humanity.
Michele Bachmann has fouled the atmosphere within the submerged bathysphere of her mind once too often, methinks.
I must say Shapiro has developed his 'conversational' fluffing skills quite well since seeking (we won't call it gainful, save in the personally renumerative sense) employ with Breitbart...That is, for a repeat player of the Reductio ad Hitlerum card.
No doubt the listener is intended to tap their webbed toes arrhythmically as this Mighty Hurlitzer plays us a Putz de deux, a minorish left-footed waltz of tin dog whistles and flapping drums that never resolves.
'Bow to your corners' - the ones on your skulls, that is.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
So I'm following this tempestuous teapot of a controversy over Helen Thomas and her intemperate remarks of late regarding Israel and Palestine, and I'm struck by a rather stark contrast.
Within days of her widely broadcast comments, she's lost her agent and other representation, resigned from her job, and it appears that the vast majority of her credibility and goodwill among the ever-forgetful news consuming public has gone up in smoke - a sad coda to an otherwise exemplary journalistic career. Such is the price of thoughtless candor, or so it would seem.
Whether all those who are determinedly up in arms on this topic wish to acknowledge some salient facts or not, the issue that I hold with this event is the unequal expectations given to the self-identified conservative commentators over the last decade or more of American politics who have made equal or greater 'gaffes', deliberate or otherwise, yet continue to hold their plush sinecures within the various media empires from where they continue their cultural assaults.
Ann Coulter...Glenn Beck...Pat Buchanan...Sean Hannity...Mike Huckabee...Laura Ingraham...Newt Gingrich...The list goes on a while, doesn't it?
Ms. Thomas has paid a rather massive price for her carelessly subjective honesty, where others have apparently received the dispensation to promote their studiedly sensationalist viewpoints without curtailment.
Whatever one's personal feelings on the topic, the lack of balance in response is quite obvious.
Those who point their timorous fingers in an accusatory fashion crying "It's not enough" that an apology is offered and a voice silenced would do well to remember who was one of the few - in fact, at times the only - to ask so many unanswered questions of the Bush administration from the front row of the White House press gallery, and just who the beneficiaries of those unanswered questions were and are.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
It's not like he falls down frothing after a fevered harangue in front of the blankly staring cameras...Yet...But I can't imagine a certain conference call tomorrow will be to congratulate someone on a bold analogy well played for the public benefit.