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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Never Mind the Bollocks
by Lee

In a world full of Britney Spears and Eminem, there are still some people with a little integrity.

Britain’s most infamous punk rabble rousers are giving the big middle finger to the music industry types who’ve tapped the band for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, issuing a grammatically impaired open letter saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony scheduled for Mar. 13 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

“Next to the sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. We’re not coming,” the band says via a handwritten note posted on frontman Johnny Rotten’s Website, thefiilthandthefury.co.uk. “Were [sic] not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organization [sic] selling us a load of old famous.”

The Sex Pistols, who had been passed over by voters for several years before making the list, had been expected to inject a little anarchy into the proceedings as one of five acts being inducted. Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the late Miles Davis will also be feted.

But, in a nod to the rebel spirit that inspired generations of mohawk-wearing youth, and helped them sell more than a million records, the Sex Pistols made it perfectly clear where their loyalties lie--with themselves.

“Congratulations,” the missive continues. “If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons. Your [sic] anonymous as judges, but your [sic] still music industry people. Were [sic] not coming. Your [sic] not paying attention. Outside the sh-t-stem is a real Sex Pistol.”

I’ve always thought the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was a pathetic waste of time.  This is why.

Posted by Lee on 02/25/06 at 11:09 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Love It Here, Or Die
by Lee

I remember a few years back the State of Texas started putting “The Friendship State” on its license plates.  You can imagine how well that went over in Texas.  It was a real pussy slogan.  Well, something very similar is going on in New Hampshire.

New signs on New Hampshire’s borders tell visitors, “You’re going to love it here.” The only problem is the governor and other top officials hate them.

“Right now, every time I go past those things I’m embarrassed,” Senate Majority Leader Robert Clegg said Thursday.

Gov. John Lynch acknowledged that he, too, can’t wait to get rid of the beige signs that depict a small village along with the “love it” slogan.

“It’s true. I want to be there when they take out the first one,” he said.

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to require the state motto, “Live Free or Die,” on highway welcoming signs. The motto could replace the “love it” slogan on the beige signs, or, more likely, appear on new signs.

Sen. Robert Letourneau, R-Derry, who sponsored the bill, favors the latter.

“I don’t think adding the motto to an ugly sign will do any good,” he said.

This is what happens when you let women design things.

Posted by Lee on 02/25/06 at 10:05 AM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

I Talk To the Trees
by Lee

With a federal budget laden with TENS OF BILLIONS of dollars of useless pork projects, how does the Bush administration plan to raise money?

The Bush administration Friday laid out plans to sell off more than $1 billion in public lands over the next decade, including 85,000 acres of national forest land in California.

Most of the proceeds would help pay for rural schools and roads, making up for a federal subsidy that has been eliminated from President Bush’s 2007 budget.

Congress must approve the plans, which several experts said would amount to the largest land sale of its kind since President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905 and created the modern national forest system.

“This is a fire sale of public lands. It is utterly unprecedented,” said Char Miller, professor of environmental history at Trinity University in Houston, who has written extensively about the Forest Service. “It signals that the lands and the agency that manages them are in deep trouble. For the American public, it is an awful way to understand that it no longer controls its public land.”

To put this into perspective, this is like having a friend who has 12 credit cards, who uses them to buy designer clothes and plasma TVs and vacations to Hawaii, and then has to pawn his grandmother’s jewelry to pay the light bill.  Sorry if this makes me an “irrational Bush hater,” but I expected better from a Republican president.  Especially one with a Harvard MBA.  But, hey, I’m kooky like that.

Posted by Lee on 02/25/06 at 09:56 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Slave to Capitalism
by Lee

It’s 8:48 on a Saturday morning, and it’s a gorgeous Southern California day.  Am I going to the beach?  Am I headed to the golf course?  Perhaps spending the day with a pretty girl?

No, my friends.  I’m going to work.  Because I absolutely love money, and I know how to use our wonderful capitalist system to obtain it. Life is wonderful, indeed.  There will be plenty of sunny days in my future, but money can come and go in the blink of an eye. 

Posted by Lee on 02/25/06 at 09:48 AM in Deep Thoughts  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Real Bush Legacy
by Lee

Remember in those days after 9/11, the way Bush was?  Remember when he enjoyed the highest sustained approval ratings of any president in history?  Well, my friends, this should be an indication of just how far the party has sunk under Bush’s “leadership.”

Rasmussen has a new poll up in which—hold on now—Democrats in Congress are outpolling President Bush on national security. By a margin of 43 to 41 percent, Americans say they trust Congressional Democrats more than Bush when it comes to protecting our national security. And by a margin of 64-17 percent, they oppose the sale of the ports to Dubai.

If you want to know just how incompetent this administration is, look at the way this issue was handled.  They didn’t think that the UAE port issue was going to be a lightning rod?  I mean, give me a break.  So now they’ve not only enabled the Democrats and other opponents to spin this to their own advantage, but they’ve actually made the GOP look weak on national security.

When are you Bush sycophants going to wake up and realize just how much damage this president is doing to the cause of conservatism in America?

Posted by Lee on 02/24/06 at 04:36 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Scream For Me, Long Beach!
by Lee

Oh yeah, baby!

IRON MAIDEN are currently writing material for their new, as yet untitled fourteenth studio album which will be released later in the year prior to the tour. The live show will of course include new album material, and will be in full MAIDEN tradition — spectacular stage production, sound and lights ... and, of course, Eddie!!

Says Steve Harris, “We had a fantastic time and a lot of fun last year playing songs from our early albums. However, MAIDEN is all about pushing ourselves creatively and keeping fresh, so we’re all charged up to make a great studio album together with Kevin Shirley and take it out on the road at the end of the year.”

Up the Irons, motherfuckers!

Posted by Lee on 02/24/06 at 09:16 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Port of Call
by Lee

I have to admit, the more I read about this port deal, the less concerned I am about it.  I don’t know if I’m 100% on board with it yet, but I think a lot of my initial reaction might have been a bit unfounded.  Anyway, if you’re looking for the answer to why Bush is so gung-ho on this deal, it’s right here.

Central to the debate is the fact that the United Arab Emirates, while a key ally of the United States in the Middle East, has had troubling ties to terrorist networks, according to the Sept. 11 Commission report. It was one of the few countries in the world that recognized the al-Qaida-friendly Taliban government in Afghanistan; al-Qaida funneled millions of dollars through the U.A.E. financial sector; and A.Q. Khan, the notorious Pakistani nuclear technology smuggler, used warehouses near the Dubai port as a key transit point for many of his shipments.

Since the terrorist attacks, it has cut ties with the Taliban, frozen just over $1 million in alleged terrorist funding, and given the United States key military basing and over-flight rights. At any given time, there are 77,000 U.S. service members on leave in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Pentagon.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England warned that the uproar about the United Arab Emirates involvement in U.S. ports could risk alienating the very countries in the Middle East the United States is trying to court as allies in the war on terrorism.

“It’s very important we strengthen bonds ... especially with friends and allies in the Arab world. It’s important that we treat friends and allies equally around the world without discrimination,” he said.

I think this is an important point.  If we are going to treat all Middle Eastern nations as terrorists, no matter what they do, then what incentive do they have to cooperate with us in our fight against terrorism?

Posted by Lee on 02/24/06 at 09:07 AM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Why Apple Rules
by Lee

Tuesday I call Apple to tell them my laptop is screwed.  Wednesday a shipping container arrives at my apartment.  Thursday I ship the defective laptop to Apple.  And this morning I wake up to find that they have received my laptop, fixed it, and it is being shipped back to me today.

Now that’s service.

Posted by Lee on 02/24/06 at 08:55 AM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

To Rick
by Lee

I’ve been trying to email you, but it keeps bouncing back.  If you get this, shoot me .

Posted by Lee on 02/24/06 at 12:31 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Surrender to Allah
by Lee

It’s not often I agree with Salon, but when the shoe fits…

Admittedly, there’s something about cartoons, which are by definition unruly, tasteless and immature, that brings out, if not the ayatollah, at least the disapproving parent in even the most permissive of adults. And granted, there may be a rights-versus-responsibilities debate to be had over the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s original decision to commission images of Mohammed. But once these images became a major news story (and given that they easily satisfied Western standards of legitimate commentary and in fact only became internationally controversial after being misrepresented to the larger Muslim world) I can see little reason—other than bodily fear, bottom-line self-preservation, and just poor judgment—that the U.S. media and the public officials entrusted with defending our freedoms wimped out so thoroughly when challenged to live up to their historic obligation under the First Amendment to keep the American public informed. When we withhold information in the name of a misguided sensitivity, by default we allow nihilistic street mobs from London to Jakarta to define the debate in this country. In effect, we have capitulated to intimidation and threats and negotiated with terrorists. No need for Zarqawi to behead us. We do it ourselves.

When we capitulate to the Islamists, they win.  It’s as simple as that.

Posted by Lee on 02/24/06 at 12:27 AM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Shame and Blame
by Lee

Can someone explain the logic of this?

The US state of Mississippi plans to put the names and faces of convicted sex offenders on roadside billboards.

About 100 posters showing offenders, particularly those who prey on minors, will be put up, a state official said.

Don Taylor, head of the state’s Department of Human Services, told a local newspaper the aim was to make the public aware of their crimes.

But human rights campaigners say the measure is unnecessary as the public is already aware once convicts are jailed.

If you’re going to spend money on billboards, why not do it for wanted criminals and sex offenders and fugitives, rather than for those who are already convicted and in jail?  What a total waste of money.

Posted by Lee on 02/23/06 at 05:52 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Political Boobies
by Lee

Tom DeLay might be a scumbag, but he’s got a hot daughter.


Who knew?

Update: For those of you who are curious, this is sort of what Divamommy looks like.  Same general category.

Posted by Lee on 02/23/06 at 09:22 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Separate Ways
by Lee

Considering the impending sectarian civil war in Iraq, remember you heard it here first last year.

You cannot force together people who do not wish to be so.  We saw this after the end of the Cold War, when Yugoslavia, previously held together under the Tito dictatorship, fractured into smaller states among religious and ethnic lines.  I think it’s very well possible that we may see the same thing happen in Iraq.  Iraq was created by the British, and the only thing keeping it together was Saddam.  Now that he’s gone, we may see the Kurds and the Shi’ites and the Sunnis all break off into their own corners and fracture the country into three smaller nations.  And this may be the best thing for them.

Damn it’s hard being right all the time.

Posted by Lee on 02/23/06 at 09:10 AM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Right on Cue
by Lee

Yesterday I closed out my post on the mosque explosion by saying “America and Israel to be blamed in 3… 2… 1…”.  Thankfully, I can always count on Iran’s batshit crazy Islamofascist president to come through for me.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the United States and Israel on Thursday for the destruction of a Shiite shrine’s golden dome in Iraq, saying it was the work of “defeated Zionists and occupiers.”

Speaking to a crowd of thousands on a tour of southwestern Iran, the president referred to the destruction of the Askariya mosque dome in Samarra on Wednesday, which the Iraqi government has blamed on insurgents.

“They invade the shrine and bomb there because they oppose God and justice,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to the U.S.-led multinational forces in Iraq.

“These passive activities are the acts of a group of defeated Zionists and occupiers who intended to hit our emotions,” he said in a speech that was broadcast on state television. Addressing the United States, he added: “You have to know that such an act will not save you from the anger of Muslim nations.”

Muslims.  So fucking predictable.

Posted by Lee on 02/23/06 at 08:55 AM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Scooter Store
by Lee

I just got an email from Citizens United asking for money to defend Scooter Libby.

Scooter has pled “not guilty” to each and every count in the recent indictment. He has declared his innocence and his intent to win in court. In ten years of public service, Scooter and his family have made many sacrifices – including the past five years at the forefront in fighting the war on terror.  Now they need our help to win this important fight, as the liberal media and democrat party are relentlessly attacking Scooter.

We are confident that at the end of this process, Scooter will be fully exonerated.

That he may be.  So was OJ.  But just like OJ, Scooter is going to have to do it without my money.

Posted by Lee on 02/22/06 at 10:41 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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