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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion
Wed Nov 02nd 2011, 07:53 AM
When I was a child we used to laugh about the European phone systems, how unreliable, expensive, outdated and difficult to use they were, how their infrastructure was a mess of old and broken technology with hopelessly incompetent organizations running them. I am now in the fourth day of the fourth major power outage in my region in the last two years. Our power and data distribution technology is based on a 19th century innovation, the telegraph pole. It was quite the thing in the 1800's, but ...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 01st 2010, 10:31 AM
To fight insurgents, US turns to targeted killings Shift could force Taliban leaders to negotiate (Link)/ 'targeted killings', what a fine term for the last desperate gambit against an insurgency: the death squad. This tried and true practice of state terror, practiced by regimes as disparate as Nazi Germany, the military dictatorship of El Salvador, our own Operation Phoenix in Vietnam, the Indian government in their suppression of Kashmir, the French against the Algerians, and then the Alge...
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The wheels on the bus are falling off; falling off, falling off. The wheels on the bus are falling off all around McCain. The bullshit from the bus is really vile, Really vile, Really vile. The bullshit from the bus is really vile, isn't it a shame? The money on the bus has all run out, all run out, all run out. The money on the bus has all run out, libruls are to blame. The Driver on the bus yells "terra-ist" "terra-ist", "social-ist". The Driver on the bus yells "terra-ist" what an angry c...
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Imagine if Obama and Biden were running a campaign 'in the style' of McCain Palin. New York City (AP) At a rally in the Democratic Heartland Joe Biden re-iterated his charge that John McCain was brainwashed by Vietnamese Communists while collaborating with the enemy after his questionable 'capture' flying a bombing mission over Communist Vietnam. "John's a Manchurian Candidate" Biden said, to cries of "kill him" from the crowd. "He's not one of us" Biden continued, "we can't trust him". Th...
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After all of the rude nasty and downright vile things I have had to say about Couric, it is only fair to say that her interview of Palin is a work of art, a work of genius, and that Couric is a master of her craft. Her craft is not of course evening news reader, it is the up close and personal tv interview, the intimate interview, a tv form also mastered by her direct predecessor in failed women newsreaders, Barbara Walters. All due respect Ms Couric, and you are due plenty. And along the way ...
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and there is a huge steaming turd in it. It all makes sense now. They knew McCain couldn't win, he was the sacrificial lamb. Just in case he had a prayer, they stuck him with the preposterous palin. Then we get the October Surprise (ok it was a week or so early.) Only of course it accelerates the McCain tailspin (crash #6.) Naomi Klein is right: we are getting the Washington Consensus full treatment previously reserved for countries like Argentina, Venezuela, South Africa etc. Barack will b...
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In the midst of the ongoing CorpMedia Orgasm over Palin, the cloistered vaginal candidate for vice president, it has become increasingly obvious that this candidate is either woefully, inexplicably ignorant for a normally intelligent person, or just rather stupid, or more likely both: none too bright and ignorant even for her IQ. Despite the perky demeanor and ability to deliver a nasty-gram with a certain panache on tv, Palin has demonstrated amply, and with such clarity that the media stenogra...
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Chomsky would have a field day with the dilemma facing the shadow government. Palin is not only a dangerous radical fundamentalist lunatic, she is likely to ascend to the presidency within the first term of a McCain administration. The Palin gambit indicates that Rove's machine knew that if Gramps was the focus of the campaign, they were going to lose bad. Palin was chosen precisely to take the focus off of the increasingly obviously senile McCain, and put it on the perky fundaloon governor of...
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So the incompetence of the dc cabal, the texas oil mafia running our nation, is once again on grand display in their now comical overreaction to Hurricane Gustav. The Bush Gang went into full bunker mode, which as it is a media event only, means that George gets to take his tie off and gets to wear his blue shirt too. The convention's Monday sessions got shut down to a minimum, with neither Bush nor Cheney giving their speeches (for which a thankfull nation breathed a collective sigh of relief),...
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3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools? JB: We should not exclude abstinence-until-marriage education programs. SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support. (Link) It is their hypocrisy and their smarmy holier than thou determination to push their studied ignorance onto the rest of us that we must attack, and attack, and atta...
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September 1, 2008 Hollis, NH Warren Stupidity, blogging from his basement 'office', has offically declared Babygate Stoopid. "I haven't seen so many good democrats fall for a Rovian diversion since the Bad Looter Meme outbreak of Katrina", Stupidity said, "did we all bang our heads too hard when Gramps startled us by selecting the worst choice for a major party vice presidential candidate ever?" When asked what Democrats should do about Babygate, Stupity said: "get a f_g clue. The issue here ...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Dec 02nd 2007, 08:08 PM
While the media is involved in a general love fest with Mike Huckabee, it seems they are ignoring his rather dubious reign as governor in Arkansas. Specifically, they just can't seem to bring up the Wedding Register Affair. It seems that while preparing to vacate the governor's residence (and after a failed attempt to take the furnishings of that residence with them) the Huckabees set up a wedding registry for themselves at Dillards and Targets. Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, apparentl...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Dec 01st 2007, 08:55 AM
Every morning the Grey Lady emails me their top headlines, and almost invariably every morning I get from that same email a reminder that we are ruled by an insane clown posse that, while feasting on the plunder from our national treasury, is gleefully driving our creaky old school bus of a republic off a steep cliff. Today's insanity. Lawmakers Set Deal on Raising Fuel Efficiency. 35 mpg by 2020. Do I actually have to comment here? Ok, I'll state the obvious. This is total bullshit. We nee...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jul 27th 2007, 05:44 PM
A blatantly stolen election? Two of them? Advance warning of a massive terrorist strike with no response by our government before that strike occurred? A conspiracy to defraud Congress and the People into supporting a war of aggression against another sovereign nation using completely false claims of certain knowledge of illegal weapons of mass destruction, the quick discovery that there were no such weapons, that there was no certain knowledge nor could there have been? The revelation of a r...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jun 04th 2007, 06:57 PM
So it is graduation season and thus I get dragged out my mom's basement in my bathrobe and coffee stained t-shirt and pj bottoms to make the usual rounds of social events, which being a blogbarian I am just no good at. So some other aging techy gravitates towards me and we get into the usual what do you dos and he does spy satellite imaging for some defense firm, a fate I have avoided so far. So the problem they are working on is differencing Iraqi road snapshots to play spot the IED. "Hmmm", ...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in Latest Breaking News
Wed May 16th 2007, 12:53 PM
Our treasury. Any rebuilding was for show only. They never had any intention other than to wreck what remained of Iraq's devastated infrastructure. Their only intention was to assure that an independent Iraqi state could not arise out of the military overthrow of the saddam regime.
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat May 05th 2007, 01:37 PM
I flew into Boston last night after a long day on the road and as we rolled up to the gate the flight attendent announced: "We have a serviceman on board, back from Iraq for some well deserved R&R, lets all give him a round of applause for his service to our country. Welcome back xxxxx!" The cabin broke out in claps and cheers. I couldn't participate. I just couldn't do it. I'm glad that whoever he was came home safe and sound, in one piece. I cannot cheer our soldiers. I cannot participate in ...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Apr 23rd 2007, 11:10 PM
There should be no doubt even among the neoclown dead-enders and bushist holdouts that their decision to ignore the lifeline thrown to them by Bush-daddy's Iraq Study Group, their decision to escalate rather than negotiate, their decision to stay the course again, has failed. Once again. And that failure is not because our troops were poorly trained, although they are as they are now being rushed into Iraq without proper preparation. That failure is not because our troops are still inadequate...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Feb 18th 2007, 08:43 PM
Operation Imposing Law - OIL - aka 'the surge' is one nefarious steaming pile of crap. Anyone care to hazard a guess on when 'the surge' will be complete? What is the time frame? Does the surge require six months? Should we check back in on Iraq in August to see how things are going? The Bush administration is stalling for time, and there is no particular time limit, other than 1-9-09, around noon. Congress has not demanded any metrics whatsoever by which our Iraq policy is to be judged. Inst...
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Posted by Warren Stupidity in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Feb 04th 2007, 05:19 PM
The argument has been made both here on DU and more generally in the public political discourse that strong measures including the use of military force need to be considered to prevent the emergence of a nuclear Iran. Disturbingly, almost as if the disaster in Iraq never happened, we are witnessing once again Democratic leaders, and in particular leading candidates for the presidential nomination beating the neocon war drums on Iran. For example, here is John Edwards presenting the justificat...
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What expired at the end of that rope was not just the tyrant Saddam Hussein but also the secular nationalist movement in the middle east. What was buried in Tikrit was not just Saddam Hussein but pan-arabism itself. What has replaced the nationalists are the islamists. Oddly, the great facilitator in this now almost total defeat of secular nationalism in the arab world has been none other than our own government and its allies. Our policies over the last 25 years, intentionally or not, have al...
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It is a bit ironic that this week we learned both that it seems the late Gerald Ford's pardon of Nixon before any trial or even formal investigation was an act of great courage and statesmanship that healed a nation, and that Saddam Hussein is to hang on short order so that justice will be done. Why is it that Nixon's pardon healed a nation? I believe the argument goes something like this: we were a bitterly divided nation and holding Nixon accountable for his crimes would have made those divis...
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1. British troops raid police station in south Iraq (Link)/ In which reporter Christopher Torchia, Associated Press cannot decide how to bullshit us on what happened, and thereby betrays himself. "BAGHDAD -- Backed by tanks, British soldiers raided a police station in the southern city of Basra yesterday, killing seven gunmen in an effort to stop renegade Iraqi officers from executing their prisoners, the British military said." Gunmen? Or Policemen? Torchia knows that what happened here is ...
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The doubletalking bullshit machine has been in high gear all week. A coordinated bullshit campaign started last weekend, with all of the War Party frontmen dutifully donning their Surge Suits and marching out on talking point to deliver the word, and the word was Surge. Of course what they were really talking about was escalating the war in Iraq in one last ignoble effort to kill enough Iraqis fast enough to convince the survivors to submit, Cartman style, to our authority. An interesting appro...
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It seems that the deciderer has deciderated, or so the buzz seems to have it, and he has deciderated in the usual madison avenue marketing manner with the meme 'surge'. We are going to surge into Iraq with another huge additional force (enough perhaps for their Iran Plan? but I digress.) We are going to commit atrocities on a grand scale. We are going to bomb and blast and mow down the enemy. We have it all on power point slides, as noted elsewhere on DU (see here: (Link)). Isn't that grand? ...
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Michael Fox, severely afflicted with Parkinson's disease, funds and stars in a political advertisement advocating for stem cell research, for the Missouri ballot initiative to promote stem cell research in that state, and for the senate candidacy of Claire McCaskill. The ad was incredibly effective, heart wrenching, as Mr. Fox is an iconographic figure, forever in our collective consciousness as, oddly enough, the conservative republican kid Alex P. Keaton in the long running hit Family Ties. ...
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The Bush administration has announced a bold new policy initiative in Iraq. From here forward, America is going to Stray Recourse Until Remission is Enabled. Offical spokesman Tony Snow announced the new policy initiative at the formal internment of the former policy initiative, sometimes referred to erroneously by liberal media terrorist sympathizers as 'Stay the Course', a phrase never used by anyone in the administration, in the Media Memory Hole. The internment closed with the traditional b...
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Given the revelations of this week regarding tenet and rice and mandatory silence from the 9-11 commission and the statements of Senator Leahy: (Link) I say it is time to let LIHOP go free. I say LIHOP is the most reasonable explanation for the events of the last eight years, and that other theories are lead headed coincidence idiocy.
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I guess I am breaking DU rules here. I've lost faith. I am at the end of my rope. I realize that we have been roved right into this position, but here we are: the opposition party refuses to oppose tyranny, the opposition party has no strongly held positions on any issues. What we have is the Loyal No Position Party. I ask all of you, I repeat Philosoraptor's question: what is the line? What will it take? When have we had enough? The plot to reframe the election is now pretty clear. This summer...
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"Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen born in Syria in 1970, came to Canada in 1987. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in computer engineering, Arar worked in Ottawa as a telecommunications engineer. Arar with his daughter (file photo) On a stopover in New York as he was returning to Canada from a vacation in Tunisia in September 2002, U.S. officials detained Arar, claiming he has links to al-Qaeda, and deported him to Syria, even though he was carrying a Canadian passport. When Arar...
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