Friday, September 12, 2008

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

14 Iced Bears - In the Beginning
Sure To See
14 Iced Bears
In the Beginning (2001)

Tricycle Bicycle Cycle - Tricycle Bicycle Cycle's First Manatee Hugging Party
Something's Always Something Else
Tricycle Bicycle Cycle
Tricycle Bicycle Cycle's First Manatee Hugging Party (2005)

Marilyn Monroe - Some Like it Hot
The River Of No Return
Marilyn Monroe
Some Like It Hot (2001)

Klima - Klima
Her Love Is Happy
Klima (2007)

HINOI TEAM - Super Euro Party
Sticky Tricky and Bang
Super Euro Party (2006)

Wild Billy Childish & the Musicians of the British Empire - Thatcher's Children
Little Miss Contrary
Wild Billy Childish and The Musicians of the British Empire
Thatcher's Children (2008)

The Prisoners - Rare and Unissued
The Prisoners
Rare and Unissued (1988)

The Ex - History Is What's Happening
Pep Talk
The Ex
History Is What's Happening (1982)

East River Pipe - Goodbye California
Silhouette Town
East River Pipe
Goodbye California (1993)

Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack
The Season Is Ours
Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack (1994)

friday reads

Paul Krugman: Blizzard of Lies

Power-sharing deal reached in Zimbabwe.

President Hugo Chávez last night ordered the US ambassador to leave Venezuela within 72 hours and accused Washington of fomenting a coup attempt against his socialist revolution.

Grand jury transcripts released Thursday from the biggest espionage case of the Cold War raise questions about whether Ethel Rosenberg was convicted and executed based on perjured prosecution testimony.

35 Years After Original 9/11: New Transcripts of Kissinger's Role in Chilean Coup

Colby Buzzell: The Army Wants You...Again! (Yes, Really.)

As urban economies collapse, gun violence rises.

AP: Will Public Believe McCain 'Doublespeak' -- Or the Press?

Check out Violet Blue's random sexploitation movie night.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

thursday reads

Open Left: Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?

A whistleblower is coming forth against John and Cindy McCain, and the picture he is painting is not a pretty one. You've probably heard about Cindy McCain stealing prescription drugs from her charity in the 1990s. Today, Tom Gosinski, her former employee and a close friend of the McCain's, came out on the record about the entire sordid episode. And it appears that McCain used his Senate staff and resources to cover up Cindy's drug use, and potentially to prevent the Drug Enforcement Agency from investigating his wife's theft of illegal prescription drugs. John McCain certainly used his political connections to begin a campaign of intimidation against Gosinski, because at the time - this was after the Keating 5 scandal - another major scandal would have derailed his career. Gosinski stayed quiet out of fear until today; a recent fight with cancer has strengthened his resolve. As he told me today, if he can beat cancer, he can go on the record regarding how the McCain's do business.

Glenn Greenwald: The government, the media and Afghanistan

Cindy Sheehan: Reflections on 9-11

Violet Blue: Sex Work Is Not a Crime

Wanker, Texas Ranger

Mark Morford: Evil: It's the new good!

Glen Ford: 9/11 and the Great American Decline

A Children's Treasury of Terrible 9/11 Art.

Chris Floyd: The Falling Land

9/11 The Falling Man (video)

Special Comment on the GOP’s Trademarking of September 11

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Drill, Baby, Drill

Houston Chronicle

A "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" existed in the federal agency that handles royalty payments from oil companies, including sexual encounters between government employees and industry representatives, according to a memorandum released today.

The Interior Department's Inspector General, who has been investigating the U.S. Minerals Management Service's Royalty-In-Kind program, said government employees who were supposed to be regulating the oil companies were engaging in drug use and having sex with industry contacts.

wednesday reads

The rate of suicides among-active duty soldiers is on pace to surpass both last year's numbers and the rate of suicide in the general U.S. population for the first time since the Vietnam war, according to U.S. Army officials.

U.S. Military Is Keeping Secrets About Female Soldiers' 'Suicides'

9/11 Plus Seven

Homeless Court

Ignorance is bliss

New heights of stupidity

More cowbell

Ah...this brings back so many memories.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

tuesday reads

Former Abramoff Associate Is Arrested

Former lobbyist Kevin A. Ring was arrested yesterday on conspiracy, fraud and obstruction-of-justice charges in connection with his alleged role in a four-year scheme to lavish tickets and trips on lawmakers and government officials in return for help for his clients.

Ring, 37, had worked hand in hand with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff on behalf of Indian tribes that sought to operate gambling casinos, describing the efforts in boastful private e-mails later used by prosecutors to build a criminal case against the lobbyists, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday.

Ring, a former aide to Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.), made a brief appearance yesterday in the federal courthouse in the District. Through his attorney, Ring pleaded not guilty and criticized the government, saying it was trying to pressure him to provide evidence against others.

Bob Herbert

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that it would no longer ban voter registration drives among veterans living at federally run nursing homes, shelters for the homeless and rehabilitation centers across the country.

Chris Hedges: Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention

Secret Battle Plan From Republican Playbook Revealed

Don't Worry, Be Liberal

#5 Texas Stops #9 Detroit, 83-46

Denver Broncos 41, Pinche Raiders 14

Monday, September 08, 2008

monday reads

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan from US and NATO airstrikes nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007, with recent deadly airstrikes exacerbating the problem and fuelling a public backlash, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The report also condemns the Taliban’s use of “human shields” in violation of the laws of war.

The United States government last night announced the biggest financial bailout in the country's history, as it took the troubled American mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae into temporary public ownership to save them from collapse.

Paul Krugman: So yes, the Fannie-Freddie rescue was a good thing. But it takes place in the context of a broader economic struggle — a struggle we seem to be losing.

George Friedman: Georgia and the Balance of Power

A Tiger's Tale


Sept. 8, 1966: Liftoff for the Starship Enterprise

Sunday, September 07, 2008

this is what a police state looks like

2008 RNC : Protester arrested for "falling" off his bike

Sadism, Cruelty, Torture In The Twin Cities

Detainee alleges torture in Ramsey County Jail

The Deeply Broken American Police System

Contingent of Lawyers, Activists, and Media Take Concerns of Police Brutality at RNC to Mayor Coleman's Office