Gavin Newsom says he’s “absolutely not convinced” that he will run for re-election for mayor of San Francisco. He says he’s tired of sitting “at bars and restaurants doing homework and getting food to go” and wants more balance in his life. I am sure that also means he’d like to date 20-year-olds without being scrutinized.

The U.S. Secret Service pulled a 14-year-old girl out of class and questioned her until she went into tears earlier this week. What was her crime? Last year, she posted a picture of the president on her MySpace page, scrawled “Kill Bush” across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. Now to me, that doesn’t seem like a threat on the President’s life. The girl took down the photo herself when she realized that the photo may be misconstrued as a threat–which is what she had just learned in her eighth grade history class.

Surely, the Secret Service knew everything about this girl before paying her a visit. They knew that she was an honor student near the top of her class, they knew where she lived, who her friends were, and the clubs she attended. Most importantly, they knew she was a peace activist, and to the Bush Administration that may be her biggest crime. The Secret Service decided to teach her a lesson in not dissenting against our nation, even though that is not a principle that our nation was built on. That’s why we are not British subjects.

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They would have to be retarded not to be ahead. I mean with Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Abramoff, Katrina, Iraq, Halliburton no-bid contracts, Iraq, Cheney shooting people, Iraq, Tom DeLay grand jury indictments, Iraq, Foley having one-handed type fests with male pages, and again last but not least: Iraq, the democrats would have to be a bunch of drooling idiots to lose this election. They better grow a pair and go for the jugular now that the republicans are hurt. Stay tuned.

Five years after 9/11 and now the media is running special features asking if we are safer. The honest answer is probably not. We’re a lot more inconvenienced (no hair gel on planes), but not any safer from terrorism now than we were on that fateful day. In fact, the opposite is probably true. According to polls, 25% of Americans believe that we were safer before 9/11, and I’ll have to agree with that. Our treatment of muslim prisoners in Abu Ghraib and other prisons has incensed muslims all over the world and now things have gone from bad to worse.

Still, don’t believe the fear mongering and stress about your death at the hands of muslim extremists. Annual mortality rates for “death by terrorism” are still pretty low. According to a recent Wired blog posting, here are some annual mortality rates extrapolated from Highway Safety and National Vital Statistics reports:

Driving off the road: 254,419
Falling: 146,542
Accidental poisoning: 140,327
Dying from work (or at work): 59,730
Walking down the street: 52,000
Accidentally drowning: 38,302
Killed by the flu: 19,415
Dying from a hernia: 16,742
Accidental firing of a gun: 8,536
Electrocution: 5,171
Being shot by law enforcement: 3,949
Terrorism: 3,147
Carbon monoxide in products: 1,554

According to this list, you stand a better chance of being shot by a cop than by a terrorist. Hey, they are there to “protect and serve” after all. Just try and be the one getting protected and not the the one getting served. Amazingly, this list doesn’t include Centers for Disease Control data that lists all the people that die from heart disease and cancer. Those things are also worse than terrorism. Well, the Bush administration’s foreign policy is pretty bad for us too, but I digress.

My advice, vote for a new Democratic President in 2008, stop stressing about terrorism, and start jogging. You’ll live longer.

According to a recent poll, half of Americans still believe that Iraq had WMDs.

Castro wrote a letter saying that he’s sick, going into surgery, and that Raul, his brother, is officially in power. Of course, this prompted celebration all over Miami, including Calle Ocho. However, this is not the first time Castro has been sick. By many accounts, he has been “dying” for the last thirty years. Of course, this time it may actually happen and the world is watching. His death may open the door for multi-party democratic elections and an open economy on the island. The only way that the U.S. will lift the embargo is if Castro dies, and apparently the U.S. now has an incentive, cheap energy. Stay tuned.

Now that sizeable off-shore oil and gas reserves have been found in Cuba. Economists speculate that the embargo, and ideological war, against Cuba has outlived its usefulness and may no longer make economic sense.

What a big surprise. I’ve felt that the U.S. has been hypocritical by doing business with the largest communist regime in the world, China, but claiming that they can’t do business a communist, Castro. C’mon, it’s not ideology that the U.S. cares about, it’s money plain and simple. If the U.S. can save money on energy by buying Cuba’s oil and gas you better believe that the embargo will be over.

At the G-8 summit yesterday, Bush walks into a room where the German Chancellor and the Italian Prime Minister are speaking. He proceeds to approach the German Chancellor from behind, places his hands on her shoulders (as if about to give a back rub), and she immediately clenches her shoulders and raises her hands as if saying, “Eeew, get the hell away from me!” Check out the video here and read the story here.

This man is, and will obviously continue to be, an embarrassment to our country. Did he forget that he is the President of the United States? Perhaps he thought he was at a coed college party and that he was walking up to the “coke table” to get a hit. They are at a conference to discuss global issues and make decisions that affect hundreds of millions of people. Did he not know that a gesture like this could be seen as him exerting power over a woman, or dare I say, over Germany? She did *not* like the gesture at all.

I for one think he’s lucky that the German Chancellor chose not to make a big deal out of the incident. She probably didn’t make a big deal because she, like many others, think that our President is a big fat joke. He’s barely qualified to speak, let alone be there. He’d rather be a jester than a leader. At his core he is unintelligent and emotionally immature, and when he’s not reading from a script this becomes painfully evident.

The fact is that Clinton, an intelligent man with much more maturity and charisma, may have been able to pull that off. However, Clinton did not have to resort to “back rubbing” to get any point across. His sharp intellect and depth on almost every issue spoke for itself. No scripts, no prepared speeches, just off the cuff coolness. He was like a cucumber, or dare I say, like the other side of the pillow.

To channel Stuart Smalley let me just say, sorry George, you are not cool enough, not smart enough, and doggone it, people hate you.

Taking a cue from America, the bastion of democracy, Mexico is going to have the most revered of all electoral processes, the court mandated recount. That’s right, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to file election fraud charges to force a recount. Who knows, the Mexican court could just appoint the next president of Mexico, just like here in the United States! Isn’t that sweet? Ah, they want to be just like us.

Today is California’s gubernatorial primary election. Please get out to your polling places by 8:00PM and cast your vote. Sadly, the expected 34% turnout would be the lowest turnout ever. And we’re not talking 34% of the entire state population, we’re just talking 34% of the 15.6 million registered voters. That’s right, only 5.3 million people will vote to decide the fates of 33.9 million state residents. If that doesn’t seem fair to you and you don’t plan to vote today, then I suggest you get off your fat ass and do so.

Surely by now you’ve heard about Steven Colbert’s ruthless roast of President Bush at the White House Correspondents Association dinner a couple of weeks ago. Well, if you haven’t seen it, it is now on Google video with CSPAN’s consent. Apparently the White House entertainment booker didn’t really understand the meaning of satire very well. It was brutal, and I loved every minute of it.

“Nuestro Himno,” the Spanish-speaking version of “The Star Spangled Banner” which means “Our Anthem,” is causing a stir and sparking a national debate about freedom of speech, national identity, and immigrant rights. There are mixed reactions from the song that vary from elation to utter indignation. The reactions stem from the fact that it is not a straight translation of the English version, because it has to rhyme, and because its release coincides with a planned May 1 national boycott in support of immigration reforms.

Surely, we should all be proud that we live in a country where we are free to make any version of the national anthem that we see fit. “The Star Spangled Banner” is in the public domain and the music can be played on an accordion, a bassoon, an electric guitar or anything else anyone wants. Additionally, words for the music can be written or rewritten at will by anyone in any language. It is called freedom and we should all embrace it. However, some see this Spanish-speaking anthem as a threat to our national identity.

The truth is that no matter how many versions of “The Star Spangled Banner” are made, there is only one national anthem in the United States. We should all be secure in knowing that there likely will never be a congressional action to change the national anthem. For example, even though Canada has two official languages and there are English and French versions of “O Canada” the English version is the official version of the song.

That being said, even if this Spanish-speaking version of “The Star Spangled Banner” is officially recognized by congress two hundred years from now when the official languages of the United States are English, Spanish, and Chinese, or a mixture of the three like in Blade Runner, the English version will likely still be the official version.

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Dick Cheney’s travel requirements were made public today on the Smoking Gun. Among the things he must have are all the lights turned on, the room at 68 degrees, decaffeinated coffee, four to six bottles of water, and four cans of caffeine-free Diet Sprite. Additionally, the room’s televisions have to be preset to — wait for it, wait for it — Fox News. No mention was made of beef jerky, a shotgun, buckshot, a defibrillator, and a couple of floor mirrors to practice scowling and looking like a Dick. Apparently, he brings all that other shit himself.

No, not that Bush. I don’t know how I missed this, but this is a video of Pierce Bush, George W. Bush’s 19-year-old nephew, defending his uncle’s position on the Dubai ports deal. He’s admittedly high on caffeine when he’s doing this interview and can barely speak. Why is he speaking up on this issue? I don’t even think he knows. At this rate, he’s probably going to be the Republican frontrunner for the 2024 presidential election.

Mayor Gavin Newsom held a press conference to address Milos and Scientology, stating “Relax. I’m a practicing Irish Catholic. I’m not a Scientologist, and I couldn’t tell you two things about it.” In his head he was thinking, “Can’t you guys see that all I want to do is tap dat ass!” He seemed really calm and collected, so chances are that he already hit that. Nice.

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom flew down to Los Angeles to hang with his new fling, Sofia Milos, and to go to the annual dinner of the Citizens Commission for Human Rights. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, it turns out that the Citizens Commission for Human Rights was co-founded by the Church of Scientology to expose ethical violations by psychiatrists and to raise questions about the use of psychiatric medicines. In short, Milos has ties to scientology, and that could hurt our good mayor’s political career.

I noticed she was at least a scientology sympathizer, if not a scientologist, while looking through her website last week when the story of their relationship broke. Certainly Gavin knows of her ties to the origanization by now and simply doesn’t care. I mean look at her, she’s so damn fine she could worship wild goats and most guys would ignore it. I am guessing that the mayor is not looking to convert to scientology anytime soon and is just looking to tap dat ass. After all, I am sure that he knows that scientology is a crazy UFO cult.

Here are the lyrics to a song that should be recorded to the tune of Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got a Gun. It would be awesome if Aerosmith recorded the song to parody Good ol’ Dick, but I doubt that would ever happen.

Cheney’s Got a Gun

Dum, dum, dum, Cheney what have you done
Dum, dum, dum, it’s the sound of my gun
Dum, dum, dum, Cheney what have you done
Dum, dum, dum, it’s the sound, it’s the sound…
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah….

Cheney’s Got A Gun
Cheney’s Got A Gun
His whole world’s come undone
From shootin’ quail on the run
What did poor Harry do
What did he put you through

They say when Cheney lost investments
He swore to give Harry pain
That lawyer had it comin’
Now that Cheney’s Got A Gun
He ain’t never gonna be the same

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Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a fellow hunter while hunting for quail in Texas. Cheney shot Harry Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, in the face, neck, and chest from about 30 yards away with a 28-guage shotgun even though Whittington was wearing a bright orange hunter’s vest. Well, with friends like that, who needs their enemies to hire assassins? Strangely, the incident was not reported publicly by the vice president’s office for nearly 24 hours, and then only after the incident was reported locally by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Nice. What a dick!

George W. Bush uses the phrase “heck of a…” in public a lot. Sometimes up to four times in a ten minute public address! He says the phrase so often that it is considered key part of the presidential vernacular. You would think he would have stopped saying this after the hurricane Katrina disaster when he famously said, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” Well, he hasn’t and by all accounts he’s not going to stop.

Governator's Bloody Lip

The Governator’s recent motorcycle crash has started a political firestorm. Although Arnold Schwarzenegger has been driving a Harley for years, both at home and in movies, he has never bothered to obtain a motorcycle driver’s license. I would argue that this is proof positive that the wealthy and priviliged believe that they can choose which laws apply to them. California political observers and legislators are not amused.

Although many would argue that this picture is very amusing. I mean look at him! The Terminator. Huh!? Well, at least he’s smiling about it. It’s all fun and games when you are the governor of Caleeforneea.

Who knew that Arnold Schwarzenegger had a Sesame Street appearance? Well, sort of. Anyway, check out this flash cartoon so that you can meet some of the people in Ahnuld’s neighborhood. Also, remember to vote in the California Special election on November 8th. Big ups to my wife Mama for finding the link.

If you are a fan of the card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG) and enjoy political satire you’ll love Katrina: The Gathering. Who knew that card geeks were also adept at political satire? Granted, the political satire will be really hard to understand if you don’t understand basic MTG rules, which really just makes you a normal person. Either way, check it out.

At the U.N. World Summit security council meeting today, George Bush wrote a note to Condoleezzzza Rice (the extra two z’s are for the nap she was taking) asking if it was possible to go to the bathroom. The photo of the note has the following caption:


U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s vision of freedom from want, persecution and war.

Seems official enough, right? However, upon closer inspection of the note it reads, “I think I may need a bathroom break? Is it possible?” The President also appeared to be writing another sentence, but it was unclear what that may be. Okay, as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth shouldn’t you plan ahead so you don’t have to go to the crapper in the middle of the most important meeting in the U.N. World Summit? He’s not even paying attention at this point!

Also, let’s say that Rice says it is not possible, does he just pee or crap his pants right there, where he sits. It’s unfortunate that he had to go, but to literally ask someone else is asinine. Bottom line, do you want the leader of the free world to ask someone else for permission to use the bathroom? He should have just stood up and gone, but then again it isn’t the first time that he should have just stood and gone. Remember the long arduous minutes after the 9/11 attacks? Loser.

Song Album Cover

The Legendary K.O. just put out a song called George Bush Don’t Care About Black People over the beat of Kanye West’s Goldigger track off the new Late Registration album. According to the FWMJ site, The song was supposedly produced by Kanye West and the words were written by Big Mon and Damien a/k/a Dem Knock-Out Boyz. Here’s the link to the MP3 (Windows Audio, 8.69MB).

In related news, the University of San Francisco African American Studies Program is doing a forum on Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina this Monday night, September 12th, between 4:00PM and 6:00PM in the Atrium of Gleeson Library. The two contrasting quotes that will be analyzed during the event are Kanye West’s quote, which is the song’s namesake, and Condoleeza Rice’s quote, “I don’t believe for a minute anybody allowed people to suffer because they are African-Americans. I just don’t believe it for a minute.” Belie’e dat, bitch!

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Mike Myers and Kanye West

You’ve probably already heard about this. During a Katrina benefit concert which aired on September 2nd, Mike Myers and Kanye West went on the air to talk about the fact that many in New Orleans were homeless and in need of help. Myers starts by reading off the script then passes it to West. As Kanye West starts talking it is clear that he is nervous and not as calm and collected as he normally is and a few moments later you realize he’s not reading from the script. West eventually ends his rant with “they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us.”

Myers is a little shaken, but goes back to reading from the script, he then passes it back to West a second time. Immediately Kanye West looks deadpan into the camera and states, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Mike Myers then looks at West with a look of dread and then calmly looks into the camera and says, “Please call…” Oh the comedy! One because Kanye West said what many people were thinking. After all, it took five days before federal resources even reached New Orleans. And two because Mike Myers had no idea that the shit was going to hit the fan while he was on the air.

The Washington Post has a full transcript of the event, and here’s the video. If you haven’t seen it already, you have to check it out.

“What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”
— Barbara Bush referring to the evacuees in the Astrodome, Labor Day 2005

Wow, she definitely is the source of Dubya’s “compassionate conservatism.” Barbara Bush basically said that the conditions in a large shelter are better than where the poor black people were before the storm. Oh, okay, the people that have lost everything they own, barely escaped the disaster with their lives, lost a few loved ones, and are now hundreds of miles away from everything they knew are now better off trying to sleep on a cot in the middle of the Astrodome. She even audibly chuckles during the interview as she lauds about how good they have it. Nice.

With this crazy woman as his mother, is it any wonder that the President behaves like Alfred E. Newman. He is totally detached from his emotions because of her. His “what me worry?” attitude towards the disaster is indicative of the beatdown he suffered under the hands of this woman as a child. Mind you, this doesn’t excuse his incompetence, it simply explains it.

Hurricane Victim Crying for Help

Disturbing images of thousands of Americans dehydrated, hungry and unable to escape New Orleans make me wonder whether the United Stated is doing everything it can to respond to New Orleans’ disaster. I mean, we can afford to spend $1 billion airlifting supplies to tsunami victims in southern Asia and tens, scratch that, hundreds of billions of dollars ferrying military supplies to Iraq to wage war, but we can’t supply water, food and medical supplies to tens of thousands of our own needy residents here.

Damn, is it because the most affected are poor black people? I wonder. I have seen the images on television and the large minority of people that need help are the ones that couldn’t afford to leave the city, and they are predominantly black. They must feel abandoned by the system and a government that could not, or chose not to, respond as quickly as possible. I am not supporting the anarchy, looting (except for food, water, and other necessities), the rapes and violence, and the gangs with guns that have taken over the city. However, I can understand how the victims may feel abandoned and dismissed by the little, or no help, they’ve received.

Think about what it must be like to be sitting on top of a roof or to be sitting in a shelter where it’s hot; where you’re worried about when you’re going to be picked up; you’re thirsty; you’re hungry; you’re not sleeping; you’re not showering; you’re homeless; you’re afraid for yourself, you’re afraid for members of your family. Hell, you may not even find some members of your family. The water that has you trapped there grows increasingly dirtier, smellier, deadlier–there are dead bodies, bacteria, and toxic chemicals in it. It’s been days since the catastrophe and everyone is desperate for help.

Please donate to the American Red Cross, every little bit helps. For more photos of the tragedy, goto Nola.com.

I am tired of hearing about this! I want news about issues that change the world not just one family. Surely there are happpenings around the world that are more pressing for our society. Aside from this lady’s family and the evangelical Christians, who want to be in everybody’s business, who really cares about this? I am not trying to be mean, but damn!

“Would the FCC conclude that the movie has sufficient social, artistic, literary, historical or other kinds of value that would protect us from breaking the law…with the current FCC, we just don’t know.”
–Raymond Cole, President WOI-TV, Regarding Saving Private Ryan

ABC affiliates in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia said they would not air the network broadcast of Saving Private Ryan. The affiliates are fearful of running afoul with the FCC due to the scenes of violence and foul language depicted in the film.

How sad is this? Surely the film has social and historical value, since it depicts some of the harsh realities of World War II from an American perspective. Surely it has artistic and literary value, since it was directed by Spielberg. Also, surely, the Bush administration and the FCC are having a chilling effect on free speech. So much so, that media is censoring itself. Really sad.

“The country is split by what seem to be two mutually antagonistic and irreconcilable value systems, one urban, secular, liberal and postmodern, the other rural, religious, conservative and premodern…It is sad to see this happening in America, a country known in the past for the pragmatic, anti-ideological nature of its politics.”
–Hillel Halkin, Jerusalem Post

One week after the presidential election, the world reflects on the election and its meaning in the global community. This article collects points-of-view from scholars and journalists from around the world. A fascinating look at how the rest of the world perceives us. Check it out.

Election Day is here. Polling places officially opened at midnight on the East Coast, apparently to let the press get photos of the candidates. Everyone needs to get out and vote today, especially if you are voting for Kerry. Remember, we all made a pact last year to elect anyone but Bush. Let’s make it happen.

After spending a bunch of money on fraudulent attacks against Kerry, Karl Rove will start selling Bush as a true Texas cowboy. A bunch of new commercials featuring George W. in his Crawford, Texas ranch will begin airing soon. Comedian Will Ferrell plays the President in this parody of the upcoming commercials. Check it out when you get the chance.

Cheney as The Penguin

As I watched the Cheney speech, his monotone voice made me drift off. I have to admit, the RNC has me a little depressed. I couldn’t help but think that Cheney had the mannerisms of Burgess Meredith, you know, the Penguin in the old Batman TV show. I decided to try and Photoshop something, and lo and behold, I found a picture of exactly what I wanted on the Internet. And here I thought I had come up with something original.

How can someone that awarded a no-bid $7 billion contract to his old company say anything of import anyway? His party isn’t even happy with him. Senator Al D’Amato of New York suggested that Bush drop Cheney from the ticket in favor of someone better. It may be childish, but this picture makes me feel a whole lot better.

I watched Arnold’s speech at the RNC to see if he had anything interesting to say. The Repubs brought him out to New York clearly to appeal to immigrant voters and he did just that. He exclaimed to immigrants, “We Republicans admire your ambition. We encourage your dreams. We believe in your future.” If only that were true. Republican lawmakers have historically tried to isolate us and reduce immigrant quotas.

Pete Wilson, the former governor of California, tried himself to practically close the Mexican border by removing Mexican immigration quotas completely. He even joked in a speech that perhaps the best way to protect California against immigration was to erect an electric fence between California and Mexico. It didn’t sound like Pete was all about immigrant ambitions, dreams, and future back then!

And what the hell does Arnold know about being an average immigrant, the guy was Mr. Universe like seven times! This is not the average immigrant experience. A guy picking strawberries or grapes in a field has no idea what it’s like to have orgies with beautiful women after a bodybuilding contest. There are two Americas and the average immigrant doesn’t live in the one that Arnold does.

The speeches on the convention are so riddled with holes and incosistencies that they are truly hard for me to even watch. I can only imagine what Cheney will say after they let him out of his cave. It’s almost too painful to watch.

After hearing the remarks of the opening night of the Republican convention last night one thing is clear, the Republican party is utterly confused, especially John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani.

John McCain, whose kids must be locked up in a dungeon somewhere by the Secret Service, came out and lauded the President for not changing his resolve on the war on terror. This is the same guy that the Bush camp destroyed durint the 2000 elections campaigning for him. They must have something really good on him. Resolve is the word of the day, but it should be stubborn. Stubborn enough to go against the United Nations, the popular will of the United States, and the International community at large to go to war with Iraq. WMDs or no WMDs, as it now turns out. Whatever!

News flash to all: being stubborn doesn’t make you a leader! A true leader knows when he is wrong and says so. A couple of days ago, the President said that he “miscalculated” on the amount of post-war resistance there would be in Iraq. Well, admission is the first step to recovery, but I am afraid that it’s too little too late. Especially for the Americans that have lost loved ones in the war.

Not to be outdone, Giuliani stepped up and compared George W. to Winston Churchill and called him “rock solid.” Winston Churchill!? That’s such a crock the Republican party is distancing itself from the quote today. Solid as a rock!? Well, immobile as a rock is more like it, as evidenced in the seven minutes after he was informed of the 9/11 attack. Did he see Fahrenheit 9/11!? Giuliani also said that Bush “can see into the future.” Well, okay, if Rudy says it with conviction it must be true! Maybe George should open a 900 number and be the next Miss Cleo.

Who’s buying all this bullshit!? Stay informed and vote Democratic in November.

Barack Obama, The Future of the Democratic Party

Bill Clinton was the star of the first night of the convention. On Monday night he did what Clinton always does. Electrify the crowd with his charisma, en point commentary, and down-to-earth anecdotes. In his inspiring and articulate speech he criticized the Bush Administration’s actions and did not go into personal attacks on George W. Bush. If you didn’t see it, you should read a transcript of his speech–it was excellent.

On Tuesday night, the night belonged to Barack Obama. Obama is a State Senator from Illinois who will soon become a U.S. Senator. He was running against Jack Ryan for the Senate, but Ryan dropped out of the race last month. His speech was awesome! He drew from his personal experience to explain that he is the son of a Kenyan immigrant who came to “a magical place” called America to study. Here he met his mother, a young lady from Kansas. He drew upon his diverse heritage to explain that his story, the story of “a skinny kid with a funny name,” is just a part of the larger American Story and that, in no other country on earth, is his story even possible.

As an immigrant from Puerto Rico, his speech struck a chord with me. He was charismatic, articulate, intelligent, and delivered a flawless speech. I found myself thinking that this man had the charisma to become the first Black President. Please take the time to read a transcript and see a video of his speech, you won’t be dissapointed. Barack Obama is the man to watch in the Democratic party in the next two decades. I wish him the best of luck.

This is a hilarious parody of the song “This Land” based on the current election’s politics. I almost hurt myself as I fell to the floor laughing. Big ups to Benson Tran for sending me the link.

California Education Secretary, Richard “Dick” Riordan, told a little girl that her name, Isis, meant “stupid, dirty girl.” The incident took place last Thursday at the Santa Barbara Central Library, where Riordan stopped in to promote a summer reading program. After reading a picture book to preschoolers and young elementary school pupils, he chatted with some of them as video cameras rolled to capture the event. According to the published reports, the exchange went something like this:

Little Girl: “Do you know my name means egyptian goddess?”
Riordan: “It means stupid, dirty girl.”
Little Girl: “It means egyptian goddess.”
Riordan: “Hey, that’s nifty.”

Yeah, that’s fucking nifty! Riordan apparently thought that the girl was asking him what her name meant and replied in (un)kind. Riordan must have come out of the library bathroom after chewing on some delicious crack! Everyone is up in arms and calling for his resignation. Because even after several big crack hits, that shit still isn’t funny.

Didn’t his handler tell him not to be an asshole before he went on the photo op!? You know, “Uh, Mr. Riordan, you really shouldn’t fuck with the kids this time, there’s cameras around.” What a dumbass!

5 Stars

I saw this film last night at the Metreon in San Francisco and can only describe it this way: documentary filmmaking at its best. Michael Moore bring us a film that is informative, funny, provocative, moving, and unabashedly critical of the Bush Administration and their use of the Iraq war to further their own agenda.

The film opens with the Gore-Lieberman victory celebration on election night, 2000, and poignantly asks if the last four years has been a just a bad dream. It explains what we now know is a fact, Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris knowingly disenfranchised many minority Florida voters to help George W. Bush steal the election. For more on this see the 2002 documentary, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election.

The film portrayed the way the congressional Democrats, with the exception of a handful of African American House members, rolled over without protest to the theft of the election. It showed defiant African American House members rising honorably in protest on the Senate floor to object the certification of the election results only to be gaveled out of order by Al Gore, President Pro-Tem of the Senate presiding over the joint session. The objectors could not force a debate because they could not get a single Senator to support their right to do so. Not Lieberman, not Kennedy, not Edwards, and not Kerry. This was sad to see.

The film then goes on to detail the months leading up to the 9/11 attacks and chronicles Bush’s vacations, including embarrassing responses that Bush himself gave to the press trying to justify his time off. This is not just Moore’s opinion, the record shows that President Bush was listed “on vacation” over forty percent of the time during his first eight months in office.

The film credits roll when the timeline reaches 9/11. Instead of showing the gruesome images of the Twin Towers being struck by airplanes, Moore allows the audience to call up their own recollections of the chilling event by using a black screen and audio of that fateful morning in New York.

Moore then shows George W. Bush choosing to go ahead with a photo opportunity at a Florida school after the attack on the first tower. During the photo op, after the second tower is struck by terrorists, Bush’s chief of staff whispers into his ear, “America is under attack.” This is where we all get to see Bush’s world crashing in around him. For seven minutes we watched the surreal scene. Without anyone to tell him what to do, Bush continued with the photo op while apparently thinking “what the fuck do I do now?” Bush’s possible thought process is masterfully narrated by Moore during this amazing scene–you have to see it to believe it.

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Jeri Ryan, better known as to Star Trek fans as 7 of 9 on Star Trek Voyager, filed court documents in which she charged her ex-husband, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, Jack Ryan, with attempting to force her have sex with him in public at “sex clubs.”

The documents were filed in 2000 and have now been unsealed due to Jack Ryan’s bid for the Senate. The documents charge that on three separate occasions her then-husband took her on “surprise trips” to New Orleans, New York and Paris. On the second trip, her husband wanted to have sex with her in the club but she refused.

Scandalous shit! I am sure this will have an effect on his bid for the Senate. Because as we all know, America can accept guns, explosions, dismemberment, terrorism, and fear, but not anything other than puritanical missionary position sex between a man and a woman. He would have been better off stabbing somebody. Jack Ryan is fucked!

The best article I’ve read regarding Reagan’s accomplishments to date. Mark Morford gives us a compelling account of Ronald Reagan’s true legacy without all the GOP hype and glory. Big ups.

It is amazing to me how people get a selective memory when speaking about those that have passed away. Case in point, President Reagan. He passed away this week, and from news reports, you would think that the man was Mother Teresa. I’ll concede the fact that he’s responsible for scaring the bejesus out of Gorbachev and ending the cold war, and he was a good public speaker, but he wasn’t a saint! Since it seems that the media outlets and the Republican spin machine will continue talking about the “good” of Reagan, let’s talk a little about the bad and the ugly, shall we?

The Bad: Reaganomics. This so-called economic concept of Ronald Reagan was that if you cut taxes you would increase Federal Revenues since economic activity would increase. The increase in economic activity would bring with it increased Federal tax revenues. In other words the tax cut would be self liquidating and self paying since any lost revenues for the moment would almost immediately be made up by increased revenues in the future. It didn’t cost anything, therefore, to lower taxes and the economy would be stimulated to new heights.

In truth, Reaganomics was a smoke screen for a hidden agenda. Taxes were cut, only in the first year of his presidency, to keep the American public happy while a plan to increase the national debt by $2.5 trillion was being concocted. What for? The United States systematically overspent on national defense to crush the Soviet Union since it was obvious they couldn’t keep up. It took Reaganomics only 8 years to increase the national debt from $1 trillion to about $3.5 trillion!

Reaganomics Key Points:

  • The national debt when Ronald Reagan took office was about $1 trillion. That included in it all the debt run up for the Revolutionary war, the Spanish-American war, the Civil war, World War I, World War II, the Korean war, the Vietnam war and all the Social wars of the 1930’s and subsequent years. In other words it took the United States from 1776 until 1980 or more than 200 years to accumulate a national debt of $1 trillion.
  • Ronald Reagan left us a national debt of about $3.5 trillion or $3,500 billion.
  • Given the spending habits established by the legacy of Ronald Reagan the national debt is now a little over $7 trillion!
  • The interest cost on the national debt now runs about $318 billion a year! When Ronald Reagan took office they were about $53 billion a year.

So, feel free to give Reagan props for ending the Cold War, but don’t perpetuate the myth of fabulous Reaganomics. The end of the Cold War came with a $2.5 trillion price tag attached to it, don’t try and tell us that it was free!

The Ugly: the closing of mental health hospitals in California and across the United States. Is it any wonder that California seems to have all of the crazy homeless people? State mental hospitals were taken away by Governor Reagan in the seventies, and federal mental health programs were later taken away by President Reagan in the eighties.

When Ronald Reagan was governor of California he systematically began closing down mental hospitals, later as president he would cut aid for federally-funded community mental health programs. It is not a coincidence that the homeless populations in the state of California grew in the seventies and eighties. The people were put out on the street when mental hospitals started to close all over the state.

Seeing an increase in crime, and brutal murders by Herb Mullin, a mental hospital patient, the state legislature passed a law that would stop Reagan from closing even more state-funded mental health hospitals. But Reagan would not be outdone. In 1980, congress proposed new legislation (PL 96-398) called the community mental health systems act (crafted by Ted Kennedy), but the program was killed by newly-elected President Ronald Reagan. This action ended the federal community mental health centers (see timeline on this link) program and its funding.

In closing, the next time you pass by a homeless person in downtown San Francisco screaming to themselves at the top of their lungs, remember Reagan. And if your kids need to go out and get jobs at age 9 to pay down the national debt, be sure to tell them that they can thank Ronald Reagan, and now President Bush, for their misfortune.

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Please, don’t just take my word for it. Check out this winning 30 second ad from the Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest, sponsored by the fine folks at MoveOn.org. Also be sure to visit Billionaires for Bush.

“It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S. It’s hard to reconcile this with the ‘land of the free’ and the ‘home of the brave.'”
–Howard Stern

Howard Stern was yanked from six Clear Channel stations earlier today. The conglomerate cited $495,000 in fines for 18 instances of fart sounds, which are in violation of federal decency rules, as their decision to drop Stern.

What the fuck? Howard Stern’s show hasn’t really changed much in the last ten years and now they want to take him off the air for “a little farting.” I am the first to admit that I do NOT always agree with Howard Stern. Hell, I don’t even like him all that much, but freedom of speech is what we have in common.

Throughout this ordeal, Stern has maintained that the Bush Administration is targetting him directly for his criticism of President Bush. The Administration is using Clear Channel to do its bidding. Clear Channel’s political action committee and its employees have given $265,800 to Republicans for the 2004 election, more than any other broadcaster, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.

Stern will still be aired in dozens of stations across the country, but this is just another example of public dissent and freedom of speech being stifled in our country by those in the highest bastions of power (also, see the CNN story).

John Kerry has won the democratic nomination with his Super Tuesday performance. Now the nation gears up for the battle between Kerry and President Bush. Political analyst say it will be bloody, stay tuned. Although I know that Senator John Edwards had stated that he was not running for vice president, I think a Kerry-Edwards ticket would be pretty good, we’ll see who joins in for vice president soon.

It looks like this presidential race will be fought by two members of the mysterious Order of the Skull and Bones (see also Conspiracy Archive articles). Many books and websites have been published regarding this secret order and claims that it is an offshoot of an old Bavarian secret society called the Illuminati. Either way, there are claims that some of the members of the order are actively involved in a plot to control world events. I personally think the order is just a frat house for the wealthy and elite, nothing more.

Since Thursday, over 1,600 same-sex marriages have been performed at San Francisco City Hall. Hundreds more were turned away and told to return tomorrow to continue the wedding extravaganza.

As we moved on Saturday, we noticed a huge surge in traffic all over the city, particularly near the intersections of Fell and Van Ness–this explains it. San Francisco City Hall has become same-sex marriage Mecca and people are coming from far and wide to be married before some sort of legislative or judicial mandate forbids it. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Big ups to all the gay couples that have tied the knot in the past couple of days!

The first gay marriage in the United States took place this morning at San Francisco City Hall. A lesbian couple, Del Martin, 83, and Phyllis Lyon, 79, took the plunge officially this morning after being together for nearly fifty years. This ceremony and the many more that will surely take place will undoubtedly spark a huge national controversy and legal battle. Stay tuned.

John Kerry Smiling While Grabbing Mark A. Popp's Ass
Bush Presidential Inaugural, January 20, 2001
John Kerry smiling sheepishly while doing a little ass-grabbin’.

John Kerry won the New Hampshire primary today by a wide margin. However, the win was bittersweet for me thanks to the picture above. The fact that he even posed for a photo op with this loser says that he is a political whore that will do anything for a buck. I don’t see Kerry sticking to his own convictions, but rather swaying his views to suit public opinion. I sure hope I’m wrong, since it looks like he’s headed to a Democratic nomination. Stay tuned.

Remember Dubya’s henchmen and henchwomen in Florida? Recent investigations finally prove that Katherine Harris effectively fixed the Florida Presidential election, but she’s a congresswoman now. What is up with that!? Even more scary is that she is contemplating on running for the U.S. Senate. Stay tuned.

Matt Gonzalez

No, not me! Matt Gonzalez is beating Gavin Newsom by 7 points in the San Francisco mayoral race according to the latest poll.

Gavin is a nice guy, he’s good friends with the Gettys, he’s married to a lawyer that looks more like a model (she’s half Puerto Rican by the way), and is wealthy beyond belief. Matt Gonzalez is also a nice guy, a Stanford Law graduate, he’s President of the Board of Supervisors. But most importantly, he’s a self-made man with a kickass name! Even though they are both bright guys, I am endorsing Matt Gonzalez for Mayor of San Francisco.