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Friday, November 30, 2007

Roger Without Me

As noted over at Moorwatch, the guy who gave Michael Moore his big break has left us.

DETROIT, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/--Roger B. Smith, who led General Motors in the 1980s through a period of significant change, passed away here Nov 29 after a brief illness. He was 82.

Smith was appointed chairman and CEO on January 1, 1981, and led the world’s largest automaker until his retirement on July 31, 1990.

Smith directed GM during a revolutionary period in the auto industry, a time of expanding global business, tough new environmental and safety standards, and increased competition from foreign brands.

During Smith’s tenure as chairman and CEO, GM introduced its first front-wheel-drive midsize cars, formed NUMMI, a joint venture with Toyota to manufacture cars in California, created Saturn, and acquired Electronic Data Systems and Hughes Aircraft Corp.

“Roger Smith led GM during a period of tremendous innovation in the industry,” GM chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said today. “He was a leader who knew that we have to accept change, understand change, and learn to make it work for us. Roger was truly a pioneer in the fast moving global industry that we now take for granted.”

I’m sure Miikey is celebrating somewhere with a big plate of cheeseburgers and Twinkies.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/30/07 at 09:53 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Liberty and Security
by Lee

I’m sure that many of you have been following the banter between Thrill and I in this and various other posts.  It usually ends up between the two of us because we hold diametrically opposing views on the idea of liberty versus safety.  I’m far more concerned with liberty, he’s far more concerned with safety from terrorists.  So it was with great amusement that I just received the following press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a previous release from whom I eviscerated here.  You can read the congressman’s full statement here.

Heading into another even-numbered year, at least one congressman facing re-election wants to discuss the war threatening America’s future.

Not the potential quagmire in the Middle East, but what U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter called the “asymmetrical war” being waged against the United States of America by the People’s Republic of China.

“The corporate elite do not wish to understand this,” McCotter said of the growing threat. McCotter called the tactics of China, “Everything short of outright physical engagement. It is a cold war, but only one side seems aware they’re engaging in it, and that’s the Communist Chinese.”

The world’s most populous nation, McCotter said, is not exactly living up to the lofty ideals of communism — with an idyllic, simple life fashioned after the principle: ‘To each according to their needs; from each according to their abilities.’ Instead, the Livonia congressman said China’s leadership is aggressively capitalistic, making money from the West and using it to build up arms.

That’s only one problem, among the many McCotter has been discussing lately. As a guest on panel shows, interviewed by the print media, and on the floor of the House itself, China’s threat to the U.S. — the world, if McCotter’s vision is accurate — seems to be his primary concern. A recent House Resolution bearing McCotter’s signature addressed China’s violations of human rights and the lack of a democratic approach by the nation’s leaders.

“They have security, what do they need liberty for,” McCotter smirked.

Those of you who, like Thrill, believe that relinquishing your rights and liberties to government is the best way to keep you safe, always remember that “safety” is the exact reason that the Chinese government uses to deny people fundamental human rights.  And he’s right, China is secure.  I was walking around last night with about ¥3,000 in my wallet, which is about what the average Chinese makes in three or four months.  I wasn’t worried at all about crime or walking down dark alleys, because this is a very safe city, far safer than Los Angeles ever was.  Of course, you have no rights whatsoever, and those few rights which you allegedly have can and are routinely negated at the whim of the government.

So Thrill, feel free to give up your rights.  If you have security, what do you need liberty for?

Posted by Lee on 11/30/07 at 10:28 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Apparently we’re not as miserable as we thought.

According to epidemiological estimates, major depressive disorder affects 1 in 10 adult Americans each year. Outpatient treatment of depression in the United States increased 300 percent between 1987 and 1997, the last year for which comprehensive statistics are available. By 2020, according to the World Health Organization, depression will trail only heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide. As Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has written, “We are in the midst of an epidemic of depression, one with consequences that, through suicide, takes as many lives as the AIDS epidemic and is more widespread.” What accounts for this deadly, rapidly spreading malaise? Nothing.

According to Horowitz and Wakefield, “There are no obvious circumstances that would explain a recent upsurge in depressive disorder.” The ranks of the depressed are bulging, they argue, because the clinical category fails to make the elementary distinction between normal, functional sadness and true mental disorder. The depression data are littered with false positives-jilted lovers, white-collar workers who missed out on a promotion, and kids nobody asked to the prom. People who are suffering but who aren’t sick.

In other words-normal people. But we’ve turned therapy for everything that upsets us into a national pasttime. For those who don’t want to see a shrink, there’s pills to make us feel better. We’ve gone from teaching peope how to deal with life as it comes to teaching them how to try and make it go away. And now we’re told to think there’s something wrong with us if we’re not depressed. Depressing, isn’t it?

Update by Lee: As an actual psychiatric patient with a diagnosed psychiatric condition (obsessive/compulsive disorder) who takes psychoactive medications to deal with the symptoms, I couldn’t agree more with this piece.  America is a pill-popping society.  Have a problem?  Here’s a pill.  There’s always a pill.  (And they wonder why kids are inclined to experiment with drugs—they’ve been taught from the earliest of ages that if you feel one way and want to feel better you put a substance in your body.) So people, rather than deal with the normal ups and downs of daily life, go to doctors to get antidepressants.  They’ll piss and moan and change doctors if they aren’t given the drugs they are convinced they need, so the doctors give it to them anyway.

Let me put it this way.  My goal is to one day be able to get OFF these medications.  I may have to take them for the rest of my life, but ideally I’d like to see if I can ever get to a point where I can control my symptoms au naturale.  I just don’t have the mental need to be shoving pills down my gullet in order to convince myself that I’m sick.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/30/07 at 06:34 PM in Health Care  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

When Trannies Attack
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A group of trannies lose their nuggets and go medieval on a McDonald’s crew.

“They come to the window, tap, tap, tap. I’m still ignoring them. I guess that just pissed them off worser,” Brisco said.

Three men, dressed as women, jumped out of the car, ran into the restaurant armed with a tire iron, and started swinging at employees, but not before they disrobed, kicking off their stiletto boots, hoop earrings, and jackets.

I’m thinking the drive through guy deserved for ignoring them. That pisses me off too. That and people who think “worser” is a word.

Watch the hilarious account in the crew’s own mangled English:


Buwaaahaaaahaaaa!

Posted by on 11/30/07 at 04:17 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Manwhore Pre-Empting PSA

I’ll let Manwhore start the official college football thread. I was going to say this on my own blog, but it needs a wider audience. So to the two women who read this blog, I have a message from the Y-chromosome individuals out there:

If someone at work has tickets to the Big 12 Conference Championship game and is looking to sell them at face value, do not assume that your husband is uninterested just because he has never mentioned Mizzou, Chase Daniel or how awesome it would be to watch a pre-season unranked team fight for a trip to the BCS Championship Game with tens of thousands of their fans who are already drunk and happy from spending the afternoon on the Riverwalk.

I’m just sayin’, that’s all.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/30/07 at 03:47 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

“Hate is More Lasting Than Dislike”

So as the week closes, and we’re heavy into the Ron Paul debate, I became intruiged about who this guy was. Rumors fly around and around about everything from his positions on fiscal conservatism, leanings to libertarianism, true conservativism, brave new world policies (ie. dissolving the DEA, and the IRS), tax revolution, etc. However there was one thing that didn’t sit well with me from the beginning. Ron Paul the Racist?

A 1992 newsletter by Republican congressional candidate Ron Paul highlighted portrayals of blacks as criminally inclined and lacking sense about top political issues.
Reporting on gang crime in Los Angeles, Paul commented: “If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”
Paul, a Surfside obstetrician who won the GOP nomination in the 14th District runoff by defeating incumbent Rep. Greg Laughlin, said Wednesday he opposed racism.
He said his written commentaries about blacks came in the context of “current events and statistical reports of the time.”

To be fair, and to bring this all to light, these statements are disputed, and some people ‘The Paulians” are quick to point it out.

Michael Krekel, a spokesperson for Congressman Paul’s campaign, has now responded to the allegations of racism in the Congressman’s writings. Krekel called the writings “unfortunate,” but said that the writings referenced above were “not written by the congressman personally.”
“It was composed by a ghostwriter, and then sent out with Dr. Paul’s name attached to it, Krekel told The Daily Background. He also said that at the time, Paul was not directly involved in politics and that he had a staffer write the column in his place. Paul “has apologized repeatedly for his error, and he has been dealing with the incident for 15 years,” Krekel added.
“While the views expressed on African Americans do not reflect Congressman Paul’s views, he understands that he is responsible for anything that goes out in his weekly column.”

Whether Dr. Paul wrote these staements or not, I have to make one thing abundantly clear, the people that would support this viewpoint either don’t know this or don’t care. I was interested this morning reading some comments made by reader Thrill, and decided to throw some of the reading up for the people here that still have teeth left to bite this Everlasting Gobstopper. From our previous Kinder, Gentler, Hatred by the always amazing West Virginia Rebel, Thrill got to thinking that there was something to more to be learned from this group than meets the eye (and no, he didn’t ask them if they wanted to beat the shit out of Bumblebee because he was a fruity-sounding yellow kind of Transformer :-) )

I’ll let Thrill expand on his thought process further but one thing became clear to me through two emails, and that’s that to these kooks, freepers, and white supremacists Ron Paul is thier man. through email convo I learned more here:

I decided to go to the source.  I emailed Pastor Williams on their website and posed as a supporter.

Great site!  It’s nice to see an organization that promotes the best interests of the race without any of that ridiculous Viking stuff.  I think we can all agree that the white man has made his greatest advancements in the name of Christ and it warms my heart to see such men as you upholding that tradition.  Keep up the great work!

God’s Peace,


xxxxxx

PS: I know you can’t mention it on your site but where do you stand on next year’s presidential election?  I’m leaning toward Dr. Paul because of his values.  I’d like to know your perspective.


I’ve personally known a couple of Nazi types and realize that their self-esteem is so low that they are absurdly prone to flattery. I didn’t think they’d respond if they thought I was a Ron Paul spambot or a critic.

The email was answered this afternoon by UCOY co-founder and Church Administrator Laslo Patterson and he had this to say:

Thanks for the kind comments Brother.  The media pulls articles like these out just for smear propaganda.  To let all that read know that we are really hitler’s children with swastikas branded all over our bodies and tattooed under our eyelids.  LOL

I’m sorry had to vent a little bit there.  But in answer to your question, I personally back Dr. Paul.  Thanks again and take care. Listen in to the show tonight on Fox Radio hosted by Alan Colmes.  Pastor Williams will be on there.  Also listen to our show immediately following that one on blogtalk radio.

Yahweh Bless,
Laslo Patterson
United Church of YHWH

Again these human slime can be found here and a thanks to Thrill for the legwork. I’d like to say what I found most personally disturbing was the speed and security that Laslo repsonds with in his answer. the whole convo is over a very short period of time. that makes me believe this man has looked at “the Doc” very carefully and found what he likes. I truly believe that aside from Laslo being impressed by Paul’s small government politics, he must be attracted to either the satements above, or an even more intimate knowledge of Paul’s viewpoints on black people and how ‘fleet footed’ they are.

Again, I also thought being a conservative was siding with Israel, and not calling them a Pestering Zionist Lobby. All of which Paul has been accused of. this cantidate hardly sounds like someone worthy of support to me, whatsoever. Look, with Paul’s insistance on the Bible in the Constitution, the racist accusations, the anti-semitism, etc. who in the hell is he and just who is supporting him? I wouldn’t want to know I was contributing money to a cesspool of racists and weirdos.

Any of the other politicians up there would get the random axe for muttering something wrong, and this Paul guy is just lurking in the back waiting to pop like that last kernel of popcorn in the bag. Seriously, WTF??!!

Posted by Manwhore on 11/30/07 at 03:35 PM in Election 2008  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

We Know You Better Than You Know Yourself

Megan McCardle linked to the venerable “My TiVo thinks I’m gay” article. This was back in 2002. Ah, the good old days when online retailer software would sometimes come out with very strange recommendations. The days when I bought the Aubrey-Maturin series and found my recommendation list crammed with every book, movie, song, video game, article of clothing and piece of furniture related to the age of sail. And no matter how many I marked “not interested”, it came back for more until I ordered something else, at which point it would flood me with British sci-fi or something.

It eventually began to be fun, trying to outwit the damn thing. One day, I put in the following order:

1 of: The Annotated Lolita
1 of: Storm of the Century
1 of: Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Argerich, Abbado, London SO
1 of: The Koran (Penguin Classic 5th Edition Revised)
1 of: The Proud Highway : Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967 (The Fear and Loathing Letters , Vol 1)
1 of: The Killer Angels
1 of: Color Purple
1 of: Breakfast of Champions
1 of: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire/Volumes 1, 2, & 3

Not all of that was for me, but it was one of the best orders I ever put in. That explosion you heard in Seattle was their computers trying to figure out who I was (I mean, besides an intellectual snob). I got some *weird* recommendations after that. Books on Islam, obscure artsy books, war history books, yes. But also a CD by the Dixie Chicks, a romantic “comedy” starring David Duchovney and various iterations of The Sims video games. I guess the computer decided I was a lunatic so it didn’t matter what they sent me. ("We got too many of them Miss Congeniality DVDs? Recommend ‘em to Hal. He’ll buy anything.")

Anyway, fill the thread with weird things Amazon or TiVo or some other brain-reading device has recommended to you. I know my experience can’t be unique.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/30/07 at 03:10 PM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Last Jump

Rev your engines in his memory.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP)-Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel’s death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes idiopathic pulminary fibrosis, an icurable condition that scarred his lungs.

Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

He sacrificed his body so that millions of us could be entertained as kids. RIP, Evel.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/30/07 at 02:31 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

It’s All Bush’s Fault, All Of It

Via Boortz, a comprehensive list of over 600 things supposedly caused by global warming. The list includes rioting, more snow or less snow, a lopsided earth and a “fashion disaster” (no, not my wardrobe). Many panics contradict each other, of course.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the biggest problem with getting people to take global warming seriously is the tendency of its supporters to blame everything on it. I’m now convinced that global warming is the reason I couldn’t get dates in high school. I mean, something may my face break out like that.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/30/07 at 10:21 AM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

It Was Really Me, Damn It!

Not to be denied his stardom, Osama bin Laden has gone on the offense today saying “Hey! I’m the worstest, baddest terrorist of all time!”

Bin Laden said it was unjust for the United States to have invaded Afghanistan for sheltering him after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, saying he was the “only one responsible” for the deadly assaults on New York and Washington.

“The events of Manhattan were retaliation against the American-Israeli alliance’s aggression against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, and I am the only one responsible for it. The Afghan people and government knew nothing about it. America knows that,” the al-Qaida leader said.

I wonder how he got himself into the bbodies of eleven other people. I also don’t recall us being welcomed by the Taleban either, nor do I recall them gleefully turning this douchebag over to us. However, there is one golden nugget the article brings up:

“As the FBI has said since 9/11, bin Laden was responsible for the attack,” Kolko said in a statement. “In this latest tape, he again acknowledged his responsibility. This should help to clarify for all the conspiracy theorists, again - the 9/11 attack was done by bin Laden and al-Qaida.”

Eat your heart out, thuthers.

Posted by Manwhore on 11/30/07 at 08:27 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Kinder, Gentler Hatred

Seriously, who do these idiots think they’re kidding?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-An anti-Semetic church formed by white supremacists has abandoned its neo-Nazi imagery, such as swastikas, to make its message more palatable, a change that a leading Jewish group called an attempt to “sanitize hatred.”

The group banned the use of Nazi uniforms, red armbands and similar regalia because they were an instant turnoff to people who might otherwise be open to the church’s teachings, including the belief that white Anglo-Saxons-not Jews-are God’s chosen people in the Bible.

“We don’t like the swastikas. We don’t like the negativity,” said Jonathan Williams, the leading pastor of the United Church of YHWH. “The majority of people see that as pure evil.”

Now the “Church” can be seen as cute and cuddly. Isn’t that nice?

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/29/07 at 10:48 PM in Right Wing Assholes  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Rumble Down South

It’s a real uprising versus the fake revolution.

CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov. 29-Three days before a referendum that would vastly expand the powers of President Hugo Chavez, this city’s streets were packed on Thursday with tens of thousands of opponents to the change. The protests signaled that Venezuelans may be balking at placing so much authority in the hands of one man.

Even some of Mr. Chavez’s most fervent supporters are beginning to show signs of hesitation at backing the constitutional changes he is promoting, which would end term limits for the president and greatly centralize his authority. Other measures would increase social security bebefits for the poor and shorten the workday.

New fissures are emerging in what was once a cohesive bloc of supporters, pointing to the toughest test at the polls for Mr. Chavez in his nine-year presidency.

Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte and Jimmy Carter are going to be extremely disappointed.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/29/07 at 09:17 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Blowin’ In The Wind

Are there less hurricanes this season than you thought there would be? Want to please the global warming crowd in a hurry? Then make some up!

With another hurricane season set to end this Friday, a controversy is brewing over decisions of the National Hurricane Center to designate several borderline systems as tropical storms.

Some meteorologists, including former hurricane center director Neil Frank, say as many as six of this year’s 14 named tropical systems might have failed in earlier decades to earn “named storm” status.

“They seem to be naming storms a lot more than they used to,” said Frank, who directed the hurricane center from 1974 to 1987 and is now chief meteorologist for KHOU-TV. “This year, I would put four storms in a very questionable category, and maybe even six.”

Yes, but Al Gore wasn’t the Prophet of Doom then that he is today. Back then, real science still mattered.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/29/07 at 08:57 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Doc’s Cash
by Lee

I just received the following from the Ron Paul campaign.

Thanks to your continued support, we are closing in on three important fundraising milestones for the fourth quarter:

• During the third quarter, Fred Thompson raised $9,750,821 to be used during the primary election cycle.
• Not counting money that he loaned to his own campaign, Mitt Romney raised $9,896,719.
• Rudy Giuliani finished with $10,258,019.

Ron Paul is currently at $9,708,791 for the fourth quarter.

Man, that’s a whole fucking shitload of truthers, neo-nazis, and other kooks, isn’t it?  Or maybe, just maybe, Paul’s message is resonating with a large group of actual conservatives, and the whole attempt to present him as some kind of kook is an organized smear campaign by other candidates who would rather marginalize him than confront him.

Yeah, go right ahead and keep believing that all this money is coming from kooks and weirdos, whatever helps you and Baby Jeebus sleep at night.

Posted by Lee on 11/29/07 at 06:26 PM in Election 2008  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

I Don’t ♥ Huckabee
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A month or two ago there was a discussion about Mike Huckabee and I said he seemed like a real personable guy. He is. He’s coming across that way in almost every account I read. “That Mike Huckabee sure is a nice feller.” People are eating it up too because he’s surging in the polls. The problem is, he’s as batshit crazy as Dennis Kucinich and likely to outspend him. Hey, maybe those two fellers oughta get together! Nevertheless, this is a guy who:

- Believes in young earth Creationism
- Doesn’t know humans are primates
- Speaks of religion and science as if one is a substitute for the other, with religion clearly coming out on top (Gee, I wonder how that will affect policy)

I’d could overlook these things if the federal government wasn’t involved in setting school curriculum and approving the results of the scientific research it funds. As it stands, the federal government is into everything and that means everything about a presidential candidate matters.

I was even willing to give him a break as a fellow bass player but some things are just too important, especially as he’s currently a contender.

Posted by on 11/29/07 at 04:15 PM in Election 2008  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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