Saturday, July 12, 2008

"Walmart", Said The Asshole

Oh my oh my oh my.

Personally, I think we're failing to see the other messages in the image - Walmart has moved away from the five-pointed "American" star it adopted in the early Nineties when it was touting the Made in America brand image, and has now adopted something . . well, star-ish, sunishine-ish . . vaguely bursting, anyway.

The burst could be considered an abstraction of the six pointed star that we associate with the Star of David. Which is odd, to me, because if you know people in Bentonville and Rogers, Arkansas, there's not many Jews. But Northwest Arkansas does have more than its fair share of End Timers and other Christian Zionists. I should know - my grandfather was one of them. But he also thought that the use of mechanical musical instruments, candles, and other worship trappings was, "unholy" in the "apostolic faith of his church."

There's also the notion that this is the first corporate logo to acknowledge the evil is really in the footnotes. So the logo itself begins to literally read: Walmart*
* cheap crap or
* soon to be named Buy 'n' Large or
* anti-union and proud of it!
. . but you get the idea. How convenient of the company to simply just adjust their coporate image to reflect that just about everyone subtitles the company name to their own tastes.

In that spirit, this link is very appropriate: The Unofficial Logo Redesign Contest. Heh, indeedy.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Sign On


Kucinich will hand deliver your signature, supporting impeachment, directly to your congressperson.

I do not buy that it is too late. In fact, with the looming Iran War, I think that it is more important now than ever. Impeachment would hopefully render this administration impotent.

At minimum, we need the hearings. We need to get this shit on record. Indelibly.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Seven of Six:

Hope this Helps

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It’s the Leadership Dammit

I am angry but it is not materializing in that way...there is this very numb kind of surrender that makes me want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head.

I am sure that this will return to some kind of outrage that begets action in a couple of days, but right now I am wondering what the point is.

I am not as disappointed in Obama as I am in all of the Dems - most specifically the leadership who did not need to bring this bill to the floor.

I have no idea why they would do this and why they would put the other Dems in the position of having to vote for this stupid piece of shit legislation knowing that many of them need to be re-elected in red districts.

Why would they do this?

As for Obama, and yes I am making excuses, I get why he voted like he did. The vote was 69-28 - voting "Nay" would have made all of us happy but it would have not have changed the final result and would have offered the McCain campaign endless material for "Obama being weak on fighting the terrists."

Right now the only question in the polls where Obama is losing to McCain is in “fighting terrorism.” Obama had to vote for this.

It was posited, by David Bender on AAR the other day, if we could choose for Obama to win the election or to vote “No” on this FISA bill, wouldn’t the choice be clear? I think that this was our choice; it is absolutely possible that voting No on the FISA bill might have killed his campaign. Probably not, but I am not willing to take that chance.

Yes, I am a Progressive and I live in a very Progressive area of the country. Obama does not need to try to win my vote. He does have to try to win the vote of the people in the middle of the country and the people who do not follow legislation closely – the ones who are genuinely afraid of the terrorists and the ones who are swayed by sound-bites.

Even though I wish that he would have stood on his principles – I still believe that he has these principles. I cannot say the same for McCain.

Feingold lays out all of the reasons why this bill is so dangerous and his statement proves why he is, and always will be, my first choice for President. Feingold still believes in Obama and stated, when asked by Rachel Maddow last night, “what is the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans?” that our last, best hope is to elect Obama because “he believes in the Constitution.”

McCain only throws out the word “Constitution” when it sounds good but he prefers to actually throw out the Constitution in practice.

So, when I stop feeling powerless and begin to channel my anger back into action the ACLU is going to court and Strange Bedfellows are also taking action. There is Feingold and he is hiring. Then there’s Bob Wexler. There’s Progressives for Obama who continue to push him.

And, there is always, Obama himself, who invites discussion and dissent and, who I believe, is teachable.

The Leadership of the Congress – the Democratic leadership – brought this piece of shit legislation up. They are the cesspool Id, I get it, but I do not think that we can fault Obama fully for this – what choice did he have? He has to win to make the changes we need. If this vote was the way to winning then I can forgive that. And, fer gawd’s sake, this is not a re-hash of the Obama vs. Hillary fight.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008


You know what I'm talking about.

Those PUMA goats must be laughing their asses off. They didn't have to do thing to force this, but they're certainly getting their rhetorical rocks off.

I'm thinking like I may punch out for the rest of the week.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

VP - It's the New Celebrity Drug of Choice

This post has been kicking around in my head for the last week. We, as political activists, have a vested curiosity and interest in the Vice-Presidential candidate selection process, but we're left completely in the dark about how the Party candidates (or campaigns) choose their running mates. Even the voting public, which disturbingly resembles several blocs of political consumers rather than actors or activists, has legitimate reason for disclosure into the decision process.

'Vetting' can unsettlingly bring forth images of smoke-filled rooms, people sitting in straight-back chairs with spotlights pointed at their faces, or even simply Masters of sublime evil sitting alone and cackling gleefully while stroking a white long-haired cat.

But as we've been told by LBJ, the job ain't worth more then a bucket of warm spit. Of course, Johnson never used the Vice-Presidency to any degree like Dick Cheney has. Unless you subscribe to the conspiracy that dares not speak its name. And then Johnson probably shot men in Reno (and everywhere else) just to watch them die.

Webb's withdrawal from the Veepstakes earlier this week has caused everyone who should know better to update their lists and freshly speculate. My favorite statistical sites - plug, plug - both had articles summarizing. And then Chris Cillizza popped his top 5 picks for both parties, causing the Votemaster to write a reaction.

The VP selection is total horserace crapola. Short of a highly placed insider jeaprodizing their job and probably all future employment as a partisan bureaucrat, the public and the media will remain in the dark about any VP deliberations the candidate has with his leadership team. The closest we'll come to it is the memoir or official history issued 2-4 years after the politician retires from government. Once the cat's dead and the secret headquarters has been destroyed.

But its addictive crapola. As crapola tends to be, otherwise we'd be ignorant of celebrity children, divorces, and infidelity. There may not be an actual evil genius involved, but narrative has never given much more than the smallest asscheek for veracity, especially when a good nickname gets coined.

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Full-On Flabbergasty


There's lipstick feminism, and then there's completely purposefully ignorant, batshit behaviour. All I can say is thank god Amy Winehouse has a husband, so we're spared this stupidity in addition to her smoking, drinking, shooting & snorting anything laid in front of her.

Moe: Pulling out always works for me"

Tracie: "And I know it's an irresponsible thing to day, but it's (Pulling Out) The Most Fun Way Not To Get Pregnant"

Moe: "I guess third guy, I ever had sex with, date raped me, and I got very mad at him, but I wasn't gonna fucking like turn him in to the police and fucking go through shit..

Lizz interrupts: "Why not, you see that's the problem, why not, I am just curious?"

Moe: Because it was a load of trouble and I had better things to do, like drinking more."

And I'll be dammed before I link to the Jezebel website, giving them attention they can gin up as affirmation for being willfully ignorant frat girls.

Updated Amanda: " . . they were trying to be outrageous and funny. And considering the fact that alcohol was flowing freely, it’s hard for me to get upset that they weren’t dazzling wits and instead going for shock value."

Shock value works a hell of a lot better when you're speaking the truth, and not trying to be sarcastically ironic while inebriated.

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