Thursday, September 24, 2009

Michael Vick

Michael Vick not only fought dogs but his compound was used for the dog fights.
Dog fighting is fundamentally a gambling activity, just as cock fighting and boxing.
If Vick had bet on an NFL game he would be banned for life.
Vick actually ran a gambling organization on his property but as soon as he got out of prison he was back on the field.
What is wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thanks Beck, Bachmann, Dobbs, et. al.

AP source: Census worker hanged with 'fed' on body

WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.

The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. The Census has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the death was a killing or a suicide, and if a killing, whether the motive was related to his government job or to anti-government sentiment.

Investigators have said little about the case. The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, said Wednesday the man was found hanging from a tree and the word "fed" was written on the dead man's chest. The official did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word.

Who fanned the flames that resulted in this murder? I'm going to blame Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Fox Noise, Rupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Ann Coulter, and every other hate baiting shitbag fouling up our radios and televisions. This is not the first time they have had blood on their hands and it won't be the last. They don't care as long as they're good and rich. These people have done more to destroy what is good in America than any terrorist or communist. Congratulations, fuckers.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Race Card and Joe Wilson

Or "Of Course It's Racism You Idiot"

During President Obama’s speech before the Congress last week, South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson (R), could no longer stand it as his and his associates’ lies were called lies by Mr. Obama. Mr. Wilson shouted out, “You lie!” when Mr. Obama repeated that healthcare reform did not include illegal aliens. I'm pretty sure he yelled it the first time the President made this statement but the second time he was shouting into a relatively quiet hall.

This is the most egregious break in decorum ever heard during a Presidential speech before both branches of Congress. There actually are rules of decorum and calling the President a liar on the floor of the House is definitely against those rules. In typical form the Republicans try to equivocate Wilson’s outburst with George W. Bush being booed (which also happened to Obama during this speech) but this is similar to them comparing La Raza to the KKK (more on that in a future post). It is false, like most of what comes from the right these days.

Now the accusation has been made that Wilson’s outburst was a sign of racism. Jimmy Carter is perhaps the highest profile individual to make this claim. Let me join him and others by saying, “Of Course it’s racism.” Joe Wilson is a wealthy, southern, Repbulican, white man and the chances of him not being a racist are so small an angel would have trouble dancing on them. If you haven’t lived in South Caronlina, Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi and you disagree with me I can tell you that you have no idea what you’re talking about. The plantation mentality is alive and well in the Deep South. It is still common in Joe Wilson’s hometown for one white man to start a conversation with another by saying, “God I hate a nigger” just like a northeasterner might say, “Looks like it might rain.” Don’t believe me? Go live down there and spend some time with “regular folks” that are white. You tell me how long it is before you hear someone say about a recently deceased black person, “Just another dead nigger.” I can guarantee you that was said millions of times about Michael Jackson.

But Wilson’s crassness was not 100% racist, I’ll admit. A small amount of his anger was personal, a small amount was political, but the part that boiled him over was the fact that a black man was calling him out for his bullshit. His obsession with illegal immigration is inherently racist, his support for keeping the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina State House is inherently racist, but some of his opposition to Obama is simple partisanship. The thing is, his frothing fury is fueled by his racism. He hates the fact that a black man is his superior and his anger and loathing is race based much more than any concerns about socialism or border security.

The “tea party” protests are vitriolic racist hatred under a very thin veil of political protest. Much offense is taken by the right wing when this is suggested (they protest too much, perhaps?) and they immediately claim that the same kind of protests were made against Bush. This is false equivalency. Bush was an idiot, his policies were evil, and he fucked this country up worse than any President in history. Like all Republican Presidents (with the slight exception of Reagan) he left the country in worse shape than when he started (Reagan’s GDP was only slightly higher in the end than under Carter and it was worse than under any other Democratic President), he left us less safe as we are hated by more of the world than ever before and our infrastructure decayed horribly under his watch while we pissed away our wealth in stupid wars.

There were legitimate reasons to protest Bush, and people did protest and loudly. If you go back and look at the pictures of anti-Bush protests, there were a few mean posters with him and a chimp or him and with a Hitler mustache, but most were topical like “No More War” or whatever or “Torture is Wrong” or like that. With these “teabagger” protests, however, the signs are mostly offensive, and deeply so. There are many Confederate flags (an absolutely racist emblem), signs accusing him of not being a citizen (stupidity rooted in racist mistrust), etc. There were a few assholes mixed in with the liberal protestors against Bush. There are a few non-racist conservative protestors mixed in with the racist shitbags at these “tea party” protests. It really bothers me that anyone can stand alongside someone shouting that the President should go back to Kenya and not hang their head in shame… that is, anyone that’s not a racist.

The same arguments are being made against the Obama administration in general that were made against desegregation in the 60’s. “Communist” and “Socialist” are descriptives hurled at anything suggested by Obama and these same words were used to describe the abolition of Jim Crow laws in the South. These “teabaggers” are the same people. They cannot see they are gaining more than they are losing. All they can see is they have lost power to people that would vote for a nigger* and that is more than they can stand.

I don’t know that Joe Wilson dresses up in white robes and burns crosses on the weekend. I’ll even go out on a limb and say he hasn’t done this in the last 30 years, and may never have. I’m not going to say that he regularly goes out with his Confederate friends and salutes a Confederate flag, the emblem of slavery and violence against blacks. He might even have some black acquaintances with whom he is civil. But I’ll betchya he’s been a member of an all white country club. I’ll bet he has no black neighbors. I’ll bet he uses the word “nigger” in private. I’ll make these bets because I’ve lived in the Deep South and from personal experience I know that most wealthy southerners are racist through and through. Racist in that casual way that is easy to hide until you are forced to sit there and be called a liar by a black man.

*their word, not mine.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Space Junk

"It keeps falling! It keeps falling!" - Devo

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Climate Change as Art

What Can You Say?

I'm going to write something here about Representative Joe Wilson SC (R)...

It has to be something other than "Joe Wilson is a dick." But what? What else can one write about such a typical, childish, racist, xenophobic, Republican asshole? And what could I write that hasn't already been written about him somewhere else already? Not much. Even if I tell you my personal reaction to the man screaming out, "You lie!" at our President as he was speaking before Congress, it wouldn't be something that hasn't been written somewhere else. My thought was, "What a dick!" I'm sure that's been written in many places, like on that twitter thing that all the kids are using. Because, when it comes right down to it, Representative Joe Wilson of the lovely state of South Carolina is a dick. Read up on him. Any rational adult would find him to be a dick.

So if you want facts about this (like that he broke the House Rules of Decorum or that John McCain immediately condemned Wilson) just look around the old internets. The Huffington Post alone already has over five grammar free and spelling challenged full length articles less than 18 hours after Wilson's resounding dick move. Here at Me Talk Big Noise you will only hear my opinion of the man, and that opinion is that he is a dick.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Is It Just Me Or Are They Mostly Republicans?

There used to be video here but the "embed" feature was disabled by CBS for reasons I don't understand. Here's a link to the video:

Yet another "family values" Republican is caught fucking around.

September 9, 2009

DUVALL RESIGNS OVER SEX BLAB FLAP Michael Duvall has resigned from the California State Assembly after a local TV news station reported his remarks about sexual escapades with two lobbyists. Duvall was unaware that a live mic was picking up his hanky-spanky talk.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Al Franken, Man of Reason

The former satirist and comedian puts his communication skills to good use calming down "tea baggers" (this still makes me snicker) and then explaining the healthcare "debate" as clearly and succinctly as is possible.

What does it say about the current state of politics in this country that one side argues facts and figures and reports and studies and science while the other is reduced to having its leaders spout lies in order to defeat any kind of healthcare reform? And yes, I mean liars. Michael Steele, the "head" of the GOP said that people should be very afraid of the death panels. There are no death panels. The section of the (still unwritten) law they are lying about was originally written by a Republican and added to Medicare legislation... under Bush! Senator Grassley, the lead Republican on the healthcare committee has said his job is to defeat reform... and he also lied and said there were death panels at one point or that people should be afraid of the bill as if it had death panels in it... whatever. I see little rhetorical difference between the two. Each is an attempt to scare the stupid... and it seems to work.