Monday, December 29, 2003

I started a supak for Wes Clark blog. I will support whoever the Democrative nominee is, of course, but I'm pushing for Clark because I think electability is the most important factor. I think a Dean - Clark ticket would be good, but they seem to be ruling it out now.

Friday, December 12, 2003

"The question is whether we are to abandon the standards and habits of a free society, fleeing the risks of freedom for the deadlier risks of opression. The question is whether we are to relinquish the standards of Jefferson for those of Torquemada."

"Down there in the jungles, unregenerate, ingenious, tricky, as tiny as a louse or a termite, and as hard to get at, emerged a strange creature whose potency we had almost forgotten: man."—I.F. Stone

Monday, December 01, 2003

A Chat with Jack Sheldon back stage at Like Jazz

I sat down next to one of my favorite Jazz musicians, Jack Sheldon, backstage at the Mark Taper Forum last week. We're they're doing "Like Jazz" through Jan 25th. I'm running projection. Jack is 1st trumpet and sings two songs. We chatted about the Hollywood Bowl. He asked me who my favorite Jazz musician is and I said Art Pepper, and Jack went off. All kinds of Art Pepper stories. Art had a tough life and a heroin addiction. But Jack only mentioned that briefly, like it was a sad disease. What mattered most to Jack about Art was how well he played. I could see a hint of tears welling up in the chubby bags under his tired eyes.

Apparently, his eyes are the only things of Jacks that's tired. He flirts a lot (even on stage during "Don't Touch My Horn." And, he's doing eight shows a week!

I never knew Jack was the voice of the I'm still just a bill up here on capitol hill guy of School House Rock fame....

Response to a "Don't vote for tax increases" mail I just got

Considering that the rich in California pay less as a percentage of their income in taxes than the middle class and poor, I'd say you're kinda right. Don't vote for someone who is going to raise your taxes, especially if you're rich, because you wouldn't want to have to pay for all those lazy, middle class, over-paid union guys who seem to think they have some right to health care and social security and decent wages?

Also considering that the term "taxes" can include many things, like payroll taxes, higher fees, price increases, bigger fines, less services, less benefits, and the middle class paying a higher percentage of all taxes due to tax cuts for the rich, the middle class should definately not vote for BUSH. HE HAS RAISED THEIR "TAXES."

As someone recently said, Republicans like to say Democrats are "Tax and Spend." Well, Republicans are now the party of "Don't tax -- and spend."

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Fighting Fires With Tax Cuts

We're fighting a nasty flu here in Canyon Country, while firefighters battle the fires all around us. Our air is full of fine particles, which are dangerous to breathe. Our kids aren't going out to recess. And as I read this morning's news, I find that many people are being told the firefighters simply don't have enough people to protect homes. Why? Because a great many firefighters are in Iraq—called up as reservists.

While they're over there protecting us from the dangerous weapons of mass destruction, over a thousand homes (and counting) have been destroyed, and our air quality resembles a chemical attack. Fire, the oldest weapon of mass destruction, is plowing through these neighborhoods, which are, ironically, mostly Republican. These people, whose homes are now being destroyed, mostly supported the action in Iraq, which destroyed so many Iraqi homes. These people, most of whom will probably vote for Bush again, probably don't make the connection between the man telling them there's not enough resources to save their home and the reservists sent to Iraq. They probably don't make the connection between their vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger and how his cut in the car tax will mean massive layoffs of the very firefighters he's praising today.

While these people sleep in gyms or in their cars packed with what they could save from their houses, will it sink in that we have to pay for all this? Or will they continue to buy the slickly marketed Republican snake oil tax cuts?

We have a friend in San Bernardino who's family lost their home to fire yesterday. She has breast cancer. Her son has health problems too. They barely get by, and now they have to suffer this. So when I hear talk of laying off firefighters and cops to pay for Arnold's tax cut, or when I hear that more reservists are going to be sent to Iraq, it makes me wonder how greedy Republicans can actually be. It makes me wonder how the party that likes to talk about values and safety and community could actually say "Screw all that, I want my tax cut." It makes me wonder if they can ever admit they were wrong about anything.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Ain't Killing Palestinian Children And Destroying Houses By American Jets Terrorism?

Here's the picture. I like to vote pictures like that onto the top of Yahoo's highest rated sights list. Five votes gets a story or picture up there, so all you need is 5 Yahoo user profiles. If it's a great shot like that one, the kind that makes a point Fox news won't, it will get voted down viscously by a group of about 50 that watches that thing like a hawk for anything really pertinent. Like, during the war, you'd never find a story about little Ali (whose family was killed and arms were blown off) up there, no pictures of bleeding or dead children. Only arguments that it must have been an Iraqi bomb that did it.

The terror we spread there will come back to us. Because the US is the world's largest arms dealer many times over, there's a lot of killing with "made in the USA" written on it. Predictably, the people who create war in this country are the same people who profit the most from it. Dick Cheney, who made millions at Halliburton where government contracts increased 90% during his tenure as CEO, and the Project for a New American Century posse (Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle), advocated attacking Iraq since 1999, and got their chance after 9-11. Now, through no bid contracts, the companies they work for (Cheney still receives $150,000 a year from Halliburton, and the George HW Bush owns an undisclosed chunk of the Carlisle Group, which W would inherit) are being paid in borrowed dollars by the Bush administration to rebuild what they just blew up.

In this month's Harper's magazine, Chalmers Johnson writes, in The War Business Squeezing a profit from the wreckage in Iraq, "When war becomes the most profitable course of action, we can certainly expect more of it." I'll be checking out Johnson's new book, The Sorrows of Empire: How the Americans Lost Their Country.

"Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he 'didn't want to see any stories' quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used." — Article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 2003

Thursday, October 16, 2003

My God Can Beat Up Your God

Lieutenant General William Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said the reason Osama and his cabal hate us is because we're Christians. Huh. Maybe they hate us because our right-wing, ultra-conservative, evangelical Christian cabal, headed by born-again coke-head AWOL Bush, makes the kind of statements that Boykin, and Pat Robertson, make. Last week, Pat Robertson suggested we should blow up the US State Department with a nuclear weapon. Today, the LA Times reported that Boykin, while in uniform, said to the Good Shepherd Community Church in Sandy, Oregon, “I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.” He also stated that President George W. Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters: “He was appointed by God.”

And I thought it was the Supreme Court.

First of all, we're not a Christian nation. We have many faiths and non-faiths. We have believers and brights. We have many Muslims, Hindu, Buddhists, Seiks, and others. The Christian right is forcing their god down everyone's throat and for some reason nobody seems to mind much. Pat Robertson asked God to kill Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize Sodomy. Jerry Falwell, well, I think you get the picture. And when W gives a speech at Bob Jones University, as he did in the campaign of 2000, we all know where he stands. He agrees with these people. In fact, in a well known exchange with his mother, he said only evangelical Christians will get into heaven. As he said when he first set foot on Israeli soil and was asked what he had to say to the Jews, he responded, “You're all going to hell.”

James Watt, when he was Reagan's interior secretary (and mentor to current interior secretary Gail Norton), said "We don't have to protect the environment -- the Second Coming is at hand." Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum recently made remarks to the same effect. This kind of Rapture Logic is rampant among the neo-cons in Washington these days, and it should scare the hell out of each and everyone of us. After all, if the man with his finger on the button thinks the Book of Revelation is actual prophecy, then who can stop him from raining fire from the sky on us all? What's to stop this man from thinking he is the second coming? After all, God talks to him. God picked him to be president. His generals go around preaching it. He preaches it. They do what they want to whoever they want and keep the details secret.

Meanwhile, we can't find the truth about Bush's Saudi friends, like Bandar Bush, and the Bin Laden family, and how they were secretly scurried out of the country after 911, without the FBI or anyone interviewing them. We can't find out about the connection between Bush, Cheney, the Carlyle Group, Unocal, Enron, and the Afghan pipeline. We can't find out about Ken Lay writing energy policy that causes environmental Armageddon. The press plays dumb, or worse. And I write away in this political blog that no one reads.

What's the point? Why bother? Who cares?

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Bush Creates Hostile Environment

responding to "Bush Faces Hostile Environment," by Gregg Easterbrook, LA Times, Oct. 14, 2003

Gregg Easterbrook put so much spin on Bush's environmental record that I got dizzy reading it. Using statistics from the last 30 years of successful regulation and enforcement as proof that Bush's recent changes to those very laws are responsible for our cleaner environment is the utmost in neo-con double-speak. The steady decline of air and water pollution stats since 1970 actually prove that the policy of tough regulation and suing environmental evil-doers worked. Those policies have been abandoned under Bush, and it will take some time to measure the impact. We can, however, look at the record in Texas, where his voluntary emissions-control programs managed to sign up 3 of the 8,645 worst polluters, and pollution has gotten much worse. As new studies show an even more direct correlation between pollution and breathing disorders, especially asthma in children, we know that the results of Bush's laissez faire approach to pollution will result in more pain, sickness, and death.

People like Bush have spent decades fighting for land-owner rights over the rights of endangered species, and the rights of people to have protected wilderness areas. The fact that forested acreage has expanded in the last decade, or that no US animal has gone extinct in the last 20 some years is reason to applaud the brave people who have spent their lives fighting for these issues. To suggest that Bush be given credit for these facts is sickening.

While Bush's new regulations on diesel emissions are laudable, they are a miniscule portion of air-pollution, and will be flash-flooded away by the changes being made to allow more pollution elsewhere. Easterbrook doesn't mention the shift away from making polluters pay for Superfund, cutbacks in offshore oil well inspections, or Bush's under funding national parks. Bush has stopped farmers from suing pesticide makers, removed Clean Water Act protections from streams and wetlands, allowed factory farm pollution (from agribusinesses that give him millions) to foul the waterways with animal waste, and imposed a regulatory freeze that is holding up regulations to minimize raw sewage discharges. Easterbrook does mention an increase in smog in southern California, but he fails to explain how this "blip" isn't going to keep getting larger when, as he admits, SUVs aren't required to get better mileage, and there are more SUVs on the So Cal roads everyday. He ignores the fact that So Cal's success in fighting smog has been the direct result of the kind of tough regulations that Bush and the lobbyists he's put in power are against!

Easterbrook's assertion that we "...can't demand no oil drilling and also demand no mileage restrictions on SUVs," is convoluted logic. First of all, most Americans support strict mileage standards on all vehicles. It is the auto industry, well represented in the Bush administration by Andy Card, Bush's chief of staff and former auto industry lobbyist, that fights mileage standards. Spoiling our natural places with oil wells for a drop in the bucket of demand is an insult to and an assault on our children and grandchildren. Suggesting that Bush gives a damn about these environmental issues when his record in Texas and as president prove the exact opposite is the biggest insult of all.

Eric Schaeffer quit as an EPA enforcer when he realized the Bush administration, and the lobbyists they put in positions of power, were not only going to stop suing polluting industries, but actually relax the rules that regulate them. Bush also slashed the EPAs enforcement budget, and directed the EPA to expand loopholes that allow old power plants to continue pumping out 12 million tons of sulfur dioxide a year, without implementing modern pollution controls. Pending lawsuits were dropped. Polluting industries dropped out of agreements reached before Bush. All of these tools for reducing pollution were eliminated, resulting in a pollution increase compared to where we would be if Bush had not been "elected." Modest estimates of the results of Bush's changes to new source review show 20,000 more premature deaths per year as a result. Now that's eco-terrorism.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Arnold's comments to female bodybuilder Lisa Lyons.

A few years back, while posing for photographs with female body builder Lisa Lyons, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a question about her racial preference in sexual partners. Apparently, Arnold had a problem with Lisa preferring to have sex with black men. He asked her point blank, "Why do you fuck all these niggers?"

Of course, this doesn't have anything to do with whether he can balance the state budget without raising taxes, as promised. But perhaps it does have something to do with who will suffer the most under his budget cuts.

So far, that's two Arnold stories we've published in this political blog that have not been picked up by "mainstream press." They've both come from credible sources who prefer not to be named (for fear of retribution from Arnold and his powerful friends in Hollywood, and now Sacramento). If you know someone in the press, pass this on to them. Tell them you heard it from us. We'll point them in the right direction.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

“Today, somebody who has worked his whole life to save for his son’s college has to pay taxes at more than twice the rate of his boss. Where I come from, that man’s hard work means at least as much to the future of the country—not half as much as his boss. Mr. President, I challenge you. Explain why you think a multimillionaire should pay 15 percent on his next million on stock profits, while a fireman has to pay over 30 percent for each extra dollar of overtime. Mr. President, explain how you square that with America’s values.”— John Edwards

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Recall Arnold

I don't care if you're family, union, or what, but any of you who bought the Pete Wilson run Arnold show are dead to me. Good luck with these assholes back in charge. More deregulation. More screwing the working guy. More blaming someone else for Bush's problems. More me writing in a political blog to vent anger. But now, with Arnie surely helping Bush get his hands on California's 55 electoral votes, I've taken it personally. My anger is going to start leaking out of this political blog, and into the lives of every single person I know who voted for this.

Arnold Unplugged - It's Hasta la vista to $9 Billion if the Governator is Selected By Greg Palast

Too bad this came in so late. Greg Pallast finally tracked down something that really stinks. I mean, groping a woman is a misdemeanor. What Mr. Palast has dug up is a felony of massive pumpitude. Seems Arnold has been seeing some men in hotel rooms for some evil doing. The two men he has not denied meeting with? Ken Lay and Michael Milken. Yup. Enron and Junk Bonds. Arnold and Kenny Boy, George W Bush's right-hand man. No wonder Arnold had the ready New Hampshire line for Arianna. But no body pushed him. Nobody pointed out that as Governor, Arnold could force a settlement with the Energy companies that not only ripped us off, but also, so far successfully, blamed Gray Davis for their mess. Please send this to anyone you know. Now. Knowledge is power. And while it may not stop Arnold now, it will sure slow him down in 2006, when we vote for Governor again, if there's not a recall on him. And it will definitely slow down Arnold's buddy George W in 2004.

For the latest on this, visit Greg Palast's site. Get Greg Palast books here.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

My Reply Is All You Need to Read to Know What This Guy Said

The names may have been changed to protect the idiots.

Wow. Right out of the Limbaugh book of bullshit there, Fred. First, your cries about the liberal media are as old and stale as your typical Republican dodging of what I was talking about. Where are your answers to the points I made about the people who own the businesses that used illegal labor to put you out of business? I asked why you blame the immigrants when it's the people who hired them who unfairly undercut you, much as Wal-Mart does. I'll take your silence on that one to mean that you were too busy with your racist blame games to realize that the greedy business owners who hired the illegals are really responsible. And, ironically, those business owners are by and large Republicans. Hey, I'd love to shut off their illegal cheap supply of labor. But if you think that the people who benefit most from their labor, i.e. construction and agri-business owners, and the Republicans they give their contributions to, are actually going to do something about it, then you really do need to get your head out of your ass.

The answer, as I said before, is to document and legalize all these people here doing jobs no one else wants. Then those business owners would have to pay workers comp and other benefits on every single employee. Republicans argue we should deport them all because they know that will never happen. Want to extend a wall all the way along the border? The one in Berlin didn't work. The one in Israel won't either. Until you address the underlying economic issues, the immigration problem will remain, and the greedy people who profit from it, like drug dealers who don't want marijuana decriminalized, do not want anything changed. Your problem is you buy into their crap.

And then you just ignore it and go off on the LA Times.

OK, let's go there. Are you calling the 15 women who so far have come forward liars? I've been in this business for 15 years. I have many friends in the business. And we all know how it works. If a woman, especially a production assistant, came forward with accusations against one of the town's biggest money makers, they'd never work again. But now it's a different game. And if Arnold wins, I won't feel sorry at all when the shit hits the fan. Arnold is a whoremongering womanizer. Plenty of people in this town know this. I personally know people who have heard him scream "Bring me another whore" right after one left his trailer. And that was in the nineties, not the 70's. These women are coming out now because they, like many of us, can't believe that Arnold has gotten this far with his vague bullshit. He can't answer questions. The scripted plan that he has come out with exposes how he feels about unions, and yet people like you ignore this fact. And, I bet you will again. In fact, I bet you aren't even reading this. You'll just fire back with some more right-wing crap. You'll refuse, like Arnold, to answer direct questions. And then you'll try to find a way to blame me, or the women who were sexually harassed. Fine, forget the Nazi crap. I don't care about that. I do care about some asshole who has been groping peoples daughters for years, and all you right wingers just ignore it. If one of those girls was your daughter, you'd feel a lot differently.

Oh, and by the way, which is it? Did he do something bad or did he not? He says their liars and then he apologizes for bad behavior? Which is it, Fred? I'll wait while you consult your right wing sources on that one. Maybe your boy could get back to me on the shit he wrote. The fact that you've taken over and we don't hear from Cris anymore is kind of sad. I was so looking forward to his explanations.

And your little Limbaugh attacks on me and my reading habits are just pitiful, Fred. I read Yahoo News every day. I write a blog ( I read google news. I get so many news sources, my family laments the little time I leave for them on the computer. So don't you dare tell me I don't look at all sides of an issue. I got a BA in philosophy. I'm trained in looking into both sides of an issue. My wife and I play devils advocate all the time to try to sound out the truth on things. My Dad was a Republican and he made some good arguments for some of what they stand for. There are plenty of issues where you'd be surprised where I stand. But I think them through and try to see the deeper truths in these issues. And the one issue that keeps showing up is how money ruins politics. It's Davis's problem, it's Bush's problem, and now it's Arnold's problem too. He's taking money from (surprise, surprise) developers (including one from Montana with big environmental problems) and agribusiness, the two industries that benefit most from illegal laborers.

Arianna's Clean Elections Initiative is the way to go. It's worked in Maine and Arizona.

Tell me how many times you voted for someone besides a Republican. As far as Davis's Republican-like dealings with Enron and the power crooks, yeah, that's some serious shit. He should be investigated. Tell me what laws exactly that he broke. Right. I'm sure you'll get back to me on that one.

I'm not about to vote for the groper that Pete Wilson is handling, because Pete Wilson is the miserable son of a bitch that got us into the power mess to begin with. Not to mention that the Bush appointees on FERC wouldn't set price caps, which is why we had to sign those damn long term deals to begin with. Furthermore, if using consultants from the power companies to negotiate contracts and set policy is a jailable offense, then why are George Bush and Dick Cheney not in jail?!?!? We all see through your bullshit about not talking about Bush in this debate. The whole damn country is screwed because of him and his cabal, and yet short-sited people like you, while trying to feed the power grab, try to turn it on Davis. Amazing.

And why do you Republicans refuse to acknowledge the Bush Corporation's malfeasance in all this? From Enron to FERC, from Dynergy to the deficit, the Bush administration is guilty of all, and more, of the same things you blame Davis for. I think it's a shame that the Bush boys illegally exposed Wilson's wife, because now they can be impeached for that crime instead of the ones they committed with Ken Lay and their Halliburton and Enron buddies.

You're the one who needs to do his homework. When you read Limbaugh's site and listen to Bill O'Reilly, that's not two sources. If I want to know what they think, I'll just go get the Republican National Committee's talking points for the day.

Try answering the points I made in the first mail before you condescend to me about doing my homework. Just answer the questions Fred, because I don't think you can. That's why you came back at me with this liberal press bullshit that is so old and stale.

As for you not holding any bad feelings, I don't believe you. Your condescending avoidance of the issues I put forth in the mail you answered prove how little you think of anyone who doesn't have your views. The fact that you can't defend Bush from the same charges you level on Davis is hilarious. And I'll tell you right now, I do harbor bad feelings toward people like you. You have not done your homework. You couldn't argue with me, Peter Camejo, or Arrianna (whose poll numbers didn't change at all after the debate). The reason I can't stand people like you is that you make these racist anti-immigrant statements, and then when confronted with them, you simply change the subject.

Furthermore, you support things like telling women what they can do with their bodies (like forcing them to die instead of getting an abortion, like the late term bill that just passed the US House does), like forcing terminally ill patients to die in pain when their jack-booted Ashcroft thugs bust medicinal marijuana users, like saying these poor immigrants ruined your business when it was the greedy business owners who illegally used that undocumented labor who did it. You and your kind, like Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the FOX news ilk are nothing more than vicious thugs who preach about libertarian ideas while trying to regulate private behavior. You spew out garbage as fact and then claim everyone else's fact is garbage. You call anyone who disagrees with you a traitor or treasonous or commie bastards because we think working people need to be protected from the greedy rich scumbags you support.

You've really got something coming, man. Working people are going to get a lot smarter. We're going to see through this crap. And once Arnold is Governor and everything is better in California (Ha!), I look forward to hearing your defense of Bush.

Scott Supak

Saturday, October 04, 2003

The anti-labor people are out in force.

When Arnold says "business friendly" he means "management friendly." As in right-to-work state. As in, the Bush plan. Trickle-down. Supply side. Tax cuts for the rich in hope that they will re-invest. Well, when you dis-invest in people by cutting wages, isn't that like a tax hike? Isn't it worse, really? When your kids will paying off the debt of a stupid war, when the feds stick states with billions in unfunded mandates, those are tax HIKES on the middle class. When they deregulate everything, but especially energy, you get more pollution and less control over the price of the energy.
"Deregulation will leave a lasting legacy for California." -- then Governor Pete Wilson (Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign manager)
I get a lot of letters with very smart people who want to argue this. They blame "illegals" for their woes, and yet they fail to see the connection to the Wal-Mart mentality.

Most often, the explanation is that their business has been ruined by illegals who under price them. And yet these same people shop at wal-mart. I shop at Target, which has union employees and costs about the same. Apparently, their CEOs don't make as much as Wal Mart's. But the people who support these CEOs with Wal-Mart mentalities are invariably Republicans, who are anti-union. Arnold has said unions are ruining Hollywood, as have Bruce Willis and others. They envision a Hollywood without IATSE or Teamsters. They envision the Wal-Martization of America.

When someone under-cuts you on price in America, Republicans have told us, that's because they're more competitive. It's good for everybody. It keeps inflation down.

What it really does is put small business out of business, puts union workers out of business, imports tons of crap from countries that have slave labor conditions (which further puts mostly union manufacturing jobs out of the country), and rewards greedy CEOs like Ken Lay and Dick Cheney who avoid paying taxes and move money offshore.

At the same time, in order to keep your blame off them, they point to immigrants. "Illegal Immigrants." Yes, the same ones who work for very little money, get no benefits, AND PAY TAXES. And who do they work for? Large agri-businesses and construction businesses (big Republican supporters), for starters. While no doubt some small businesses have found it hard to compete with immigrants in some areas, for the most part they just don't see the bigger picture: where rich Republicans use the "illegals" for the cheap, non-union labor with no benefits in order to run people who do it "legally" out of business. They get people to blame the immigrants instead of blaming their rich campaign contributors and fellow back-room cigar smokers and womanizers.

And that's not to say that Democrats are a whole lot better. They take plenty of money from people who want something in return. But they also take more money form working people who believe in the right to collective bargaining, the right to a livable wage, the right to health care, the right to a clean environment. The last one is dearest to me because we all need a clean environment. Even Republicans need clean air and water. And while Arnold will probable do some Jeb Bush kind of song and dance on off-shore drilling, he'll be quietly pushing for the same kind of cross-your-fingers, voluntary approach that worked so well for W when he was Governor of Texas. For the record, only three of the 8,645 most polluting companies in Texas have signed up for W's voluntary plan. For the record, Pete Wilson was the God-father of California's deregulation which, along with Enron (Bush's biggest 2000 contributor), was the real culprit in the "energy crisis."

All the crap that Arnold and all the other Pete Wilson Republicans tell us about costing too much is the same ploy they use on a national level to take away people's right to overtime pay (like Bush is trying to do). They keep telling us that if we make it cheaper for businesses and the rich people who own them, then there will be more for all. Supply side. It just doesn't work. How many times do we have to watch a supply-side president run the economy into the ground, run up the deficit, and then try to blame everyone but himself? And why do so many people, especially union workers, fail to see the connection between Bush and the people who are putting Arnold in office?

There should be help for small businesses and small business owners. Think of what small businesses would save if we had universal health care. Ask Peter Camejo about that one. It will boggle your mind, and even the right-wing-nuts I know would wonder why the Republican Corporation of America fights that one so hard... While you're at Camejo's site (Peter used to be an economist), check out the actual tax rates on Californians and you'll see that the tax burden is shifting from wealth to work, and that's just not fair.

When Bush, or Pete Wilson, or Arnold try to tell you that their tax cuts for the rich, or their "renegotiations of union contracts" are going to save the economy, remember that this is coming from the people who brought you Enron, deregulation, increased pollution, increased poverty, 3 million jobs lost (and counting, first net loss of jobs since Hoover) and the largest deficit in the history of America. When will we learn that the only thing that trickles down from these people is the crap on their chin that just spilled out of their mouths?

Thursday, October 02, 2003

"Bring Me Another Whore!"

According to an associate of mine (who prefers not to be named for fear of retaliation and blacklisting), while working on the movie "True Lies," he witnessed a young woman come out of Arnold Schwarzenegger's trailer, get in a car, and leave. Seconds later, Arnold came out of the trailer and yelled to one of his production assistants, "Bring me another whore!" After today's allegations of groping by six women, and Arnold's subsequent admission that he'd been a bad boy, I thought his apparent hiring of prostitutes might help change the minds of some women who think this guy is OK. Besides his anti-union ("business friendly") positions, his taking of money from developers with inherent anti-environmental agendas, and his stated goal of huge budget cuts (which, by definition under California budget rules will come from services to the poor), this man's attitude toward women (as late as 2000 in one of the groping cases) should tell us that he is a mere big name shill for the Wilson forces who so desperately want to renew their deregulatory, anti-worker, pro-rich agenda.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

New Bush books and quotes

Over in the Bush section of, I've added new Bush quotes and new Bush books. I didn't have to do a thing to the election 2000 section, because if you live in a big state, your vote for president still counts for about half (or even less!) than a vote in a little state. In fact, if a person's vote in Wyoming counts as ONE VOTE, then, because of the the electoral college, a vote in Massachusetts is worth 37% of a vote. Go figure. It's because of the bonus 2 electors per state, which rewards voters in sparsely populated states. That's why they're all talking about NASCAR Dads now. It's the middle class redneck vote in those red states.... So write all your redneck friends and tell them how Bush's tax cuts are moving the tax burden from wealth to work, meaning they're actually going to be paying more of the nation's tax burden.

Monday, September 29, 2003

Remarks by former President George HW Bush At the Dedication Ceremony for the George Bush Center for Intelligence
"We need more human intelligence. That means we need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. (Applause)

"Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors."—26 April 1999
Well, then. Seems we have at least two "insidious" traitors inside the White House. While Mr. Novak, who started this shit, says it's just "Bush Bashing," it seems Pappy, who actually ran the CIA, thinks it's something else. After all, who's going to want to be a CIA agent if the people you're working for would so easily expose you, risking your life over political embarrassment?

Say you're out there in the field finding information about REAL WMD threats to the United States and your husband discovers that your bosses at the White House were lying about someone else's WMDs in order to start a war... You'd think, "I don't have to worry. These people are professionals. They'd never reveal my name as some sort of school-yard payback to my husband, would they?"

I'm sure Mr. Novak will continue to protect his sources at the White House, so that he can say it's just Bush bashing, and not treasonous as W's old man suggested. But my question for the White House is, "If you guys didn't do it, then where did Novak get the info on Wilson's wife?" Here is what Novak said in his column Mission to Niger on July 14, 2003:
"Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report."
Two "senior administration officials? And then the White House says nobody? Are they calling their friend Bob Novak a liar? Hey, Novak may be the most pompous ass ever to back a Republican tax cut, but he's no oaf, and I doubt he'd make shit like that up. And I doubt if when he says "senior administration offical" he means somebody's intern.

What I find even more incredible is that Novak should have known that by publishing the info on Plame, he could be breaking the law? Doesn't his publisher have lawyers who would have known they were abetting a felony? Or was Novak in such a rush to try to discredit Wilson (as if saying his wife suggested him for the job would do that) that he didn't really care if Pappy Bush thought he was committing treason?

Meanwhile, W's biggest contributor in 2000, Ken Lay of Enron infamy, refused to turn over documents to the SEC. Well, of course he did. He shredded them all! And to think that the SEC, which refused to prosecute W himself over breaking the law in his Harken Energy deal while HW was President, would actually go after Kenny Boy Lay is a joke! That's like believing John "Big Brother" Ashcroft will actually investigate who at the White House called all those reporters saying that Ambassador Wilson's wife was "fair game." Or that's like believing that a Republican congress will investigate the no-bid contracts that earned Halliburton a billion dollars (and counting) in Iraq. Or, that's like thinking that all the lobbyists turned regulators will actually keep an eye on the industries they used to lobby. And if you do believe that crap, I have a bridge for you to shove up your ass.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

A 4-year-old boy in Landover, Md. today found a loaded handgun, picked it up and fired it through his door, killing his 5-year-old sister and hitting a 7-year-old boy in the back. No doubt the NRA is making plans to hold a rally in Landover as soon as possible, to defend the right of idiots to own guns.

Meanwhile, the NRA's favorite person down the hall, president Bush, had his impartial news reading by an advisor this morning and I wonder if they told him that Ashcroft will be burying, uh, investigating reports that two "high-level" White House aides leaked former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife's name to Robert Novak, who printed it, even though she was an undercover CIA agent who's life was endangered by the leak. Of course, if there were a special prosecutor for this (as their would be if it were Clinton's White House), whoever leaked the name committed a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

"It's pretty clear to me that, knowing that they could not shut me up because I had already told my story, the purpose for doing this was to intimidate others and keep others from stepping forward," Wilson said.

A source said reporters quoted a leaker as describing Wilson's wife as "fair game."

Wilson said Aug. 21 at a public forum in suburban Seattle that it is of keen interest to him "to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs."

Oh, I can see it now. If Karl Rove were in Prison, would that make Bush brain dead?

Saturday, September 27, 2003

The Awful Truth

We rented The Awful Truth, Michael Moore's television show from 1999 and 2000. Wow. The most creative in-your-face guy I've ever seen. Watch this and then watch Bowling for Columbine and you'll see how toned down he was for Columbine.

Mike's new book, Dude, Where's My Country, will be out Oct. 7. This is the beginning of the end for George Bush.

For some real fun, we get to help Mike figure out how to spend his tax cut!

I'd like to point out that the booing on the Academy Award stage during Mr. Moore's acceptance speech for his Best Documentary Oscar was done by a few right wing, gun-totin' union stagehands (not teamsters as Steve Martin put it) from IATSE Local 33.

Yes, that's right, I know it's an oxymoron. Right-wing union guys. But there's plenty of them. Big, burly, biker guys with bad backs and big guns. Even some little fire-plugs who just want tax cuts no matter what. All of them give me the I'll-stop-them-with-a-baseball-bat attitude when I say the guys they vote for would like to crush their union and make this a right-to-work (for less) state.

My contacts at the Oscars that night tell me the main culprit, Steve Ross, was near a microphone and booed loudly enough to be picked up on it. Then, the backstage incident, which Steve Martin apparently witnessed, featured brother Ross walking up to Oscar winner Moore and faking a sneeze that was really a loud "Bullshit."

I sent an open letter to the union saying that no matter what you believe, we're there on a professional level, working, and not in a position to say anything. In fact, it made us look bad to the Hollywood elite who we want to employ us. We say we're worth more money than non-union guys because we're better. More professional. I suggested that if Steve Ross wanted to say something that was pro-gun and pro-war, he should win an award that gets presented in front of a billion people.

I think it's time I sent out another letter to point out the irony that what Mr Moore said about a "ficticious war" being fought for "ficticious reasons" turned out to be, well, not "Bullshit." Turns out that all of the pseudo-patriotism Brother Ross displayed was the, ah, ah, ah....


I'm sure if Brother Ross had a family member in Iraq being shot at, he'd still be an asshole. And Bush would still be a liar.

Friday, September 26, 2003

George W Bush - enemy #1

After last night's Democratic debate, MSNBC had a focus group with some Republicans who were upset over Howard Dean calling George Bush the "enemy." In fact, in full Tom "draft-dodger" DeLay form, they said that was treason. I'm not sure if they meant it or were just trying to help Ann Coulter sell her book.

But let's look at the word enemy. If someone is trying to kill you, then they are your enemy. I'm sure the Republicans on pollster Frank Luntz's MSNBC "American Voices" panel would agree. So, when George "Orwell" Bush changes air pollution rules to allow 20,000 premature deaths every year, isn't he at least the enemy to those 20,000 people? And what about the asthma many more children will get? Isn't someone who allows more childhood asthma the enemy of those children and their parents?

Luckily, we live on the west coast, so the weather patterns keep my family out of the fallout pattern. But, like the rest of the country rallied to call terrorists the enemy for 9-11, is it treason to say that Bush is the enemy? No. In fact, based on the pure numbers, he's the biggest enemy.

This takes me back to an argument that flared for a while a few months ago, comparing George Bush to Saddam Hussein. Of course, that was back when the Bushies hadn't stressed that Saddam wasn't involved in 9-11. Well, everyone but Cheney stressed it. I submit that there is very little difference between Saddam and W.

Saddam killed members his political opposition. Poor people are overwhelmingly against Bush. And the 20,000 premature deaths from Bush's air pollution program? There's a lot of poor people in that number. And who lives around the superfund sites that aren't being funded? How many of them will die sooner because the pollution they live near won't, as Bush has mandated, be cleaned up?

Furthermore, how many innocent lives has George Bush caused the death of in Afghanistan and Iraq? How many soldiers will die? And finally, if you believe, as many Americans do, that Bush has done Al Qaida's recruiting for the next 20 years at least, how many Americans are going to die in future attacks that would live had we not attacked Iraq?

George Bush is the enemy. This is not vilification. These are facts. He is reckless and is causing death everywhere we look. That makes him an enemy of the free world, an evil doer, and he should be tried for his crimes against humanity. I only wish I could say it as venomously as Tom DeLay would if Clinton were doing these things.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Swirling Super Bowl Dreams of Real Representation

As Arnold "Super Bowl Debater" Schwarzenegger (and, no doubt, many of his supporters) fantasized about something perhaps worse than stuffing Arianna Huffington's head in a toilet during last night's debate, Peter Camejo must have been thinking that at least a few people were logging onto his web site. The fact that I feel guilty for wanting to vote for him is a sad state for a Representative Democracy.

We don't have a Democracy that looks much like us. We get to choose the lesser of two evils. We chicken out of supporting the positions we care about because we know that if 1726 of the 96,837 (0.017%) green votes for Nader in Florida had voted for Gore, Al would have won Florida by one vote. Instead, those 1726 Green voters in Florida got the diabolical opposite of what they actually wanted.

5.3% of Californians voted for Camejo in the 2002 Gubernatorial election (many more wish he was the leading Democrat in the race). But 5.3% of the legislature isn't from the Green Party. If you go to Tom McClintock's Ventura district, you'll find Hispanics, Blacks, and Greens. But Tom doesn't represent those greens, or even most of those minorities. In fact, many of the farm workers in Tom's district would get deported if he had his way.

While Lt. Governor Bustamante tried to keep his cool when Arnold interrupted him, he risked looking patronizing with his “Yes, Arnold's. Arianna made her excellent point, as usual, and we should all thank her for doing so. She sagely used the debate to help launch the Clean Elections Initiative for public financing of campaigns paid for with a tax on oil extracted in California. Camejo said he supports the initiative.

Which led me to think that this man who stands for everything the Democrats claim to stand for, who once ran for President as a socialist, would make a damn fine Governor. And as I'm thinking this, Arnold just insists on talking right over everybody. And yet they love him. If McClintock bailed, Arnold would win. Thanks, Tom. I admire a man who keeps his promises. Even though I agree with the pundit who suggested McClintock was building a bridge back to the 15th century.

I though, “What a shame I can't just vote for Camejo.” I'm sure Peter would say not. He helped the California Green Party. He helped the multi-party system idea. He got the message out. As did Huffington, Bustamante, and McClintock. Arnold got something out, and let's hope he keeps flushing before he sticks anyone's head in it.

Monday, September 22, 2003

"George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld care about the troops in the same way that Tyson Foods cares about chickens."— Retired Army master sergeant Stan Goff whose son was recently deployed to Iraq (thanks to

Today's honorary Stupid White Man Ann Coulter said in September, 2001, "This is no time to be precious about locating the exact individuals directly involved in this particular terrorist attack.... We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity." I have a better idea. We should send Ann Coulter to Iraq, and let someone who's been there a while come home. As Tim Robbins said on last week's Real Time, I'd like to see a Sgt. O'Reilly, and a Lt. Limbaugh.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Everything I've read today about the new Newsweek poll showing Wesley Clark leading Democrats and only a few points behind Bush in a head-to-head said that a problem for Democrats was that 45% of those polled still didn't know who Wesley Clark was. I don't get it. 45% of those polled didn't know who Clark is, but in a matchup with Bush, 47 percent of voters backed the president and 43 percent backed Clark. That's good news! That means that the more people get to know Clark, the worse it is for W.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, helped liberate the area that now includes Iraq from the Turks during WWI. Britain ruled the new area under a mandate from the league of Nations. After being freed from the Turks, you'd think they'd show some gratitude. Instead there were uprisings and assassinations of British soldiers and civilian administrators. So, they sent Lawrence back to Baghdad to report. He wrote these words:

"The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. ... things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. . ... We are today not far from a disaster."
I got the above from an article in today's LA Times by Michael Keane, a fellow of the U.S. Department of Defense's National Security Education Program, and a lecturer on strategy at the USC Marshall School of Business, titled: "Eigth Pillar of Wisdom? Iraq is a Deep Morass." It's a great article where he reviews Lawrence's thesis about what it takes to make a successful rebellion. You guessed it: have an unassailable base, have an occupying force that's too small to pacify the contested area, and have a friendly population. This is certainly true in the Sunni Triangle, if not most of the country by now.

How many more misspeaks will we hear from the Bushies? How many more people will die?

General Wesley Clark for President

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."— President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

Friday, September 05, 2003

Wounded in Iraq, deserted at home
U.S. wounded are airlifted to overcrowded and understaffed hospitals and left out of media's war coverage.

Yes, these are the new disabled veterans who will lose benefits under a centuries-old rule. Mr. Bring-em-on just received another letter about it. If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

"Our President said in his speech in March that when we go into Iraq, we are going there because Saddam Hussein has harbored, trained and funded terrorists, including those connected to al-Qaeda. If we are going to attack a nation and occupy it because of a connection to al-Qaeda, which never appeared, then what are we doing with Saudi Arabia? They are effectively occupying us financially. We have become a financial colony of the petro-fanatics."
-- Greg Palast, interviewed in Buzzflash

"And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he had nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." -- Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, March 18, 2003

We're waiting, Bill.

Friday, August 22, 2003

James Whitehead

Jim Whitehead, author of the novel Joiner and many books of poetry, was my favorite teacher. I took several of his courses at the University of Arkansas, mostly poetry, and learned more from him in those short days than I did anywhere else. The man was a tower in person and on paper. He was a viscious editor and a good friend. The parties at his house were the best I've ever attended. He died in Fayetteville, Arkansas, of an aortic aneurysm, the same thing that killed my father.

Here's a line from his sonnet "A Local Man Doesn't Like the Music":
Those tunes don't recollect one memory
I ever had. Not one could call my name.
And when the music isn't company
It's time to go and time to change your mind.

Friday, August 15, 2003

"I'm a follower of American Politics."— GW Bush

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show said "That's funny, as president, I'd think you'd be a leader of American politics." Same show as the Arnold Schwartzenegger campaign slogan: "Cutting violence in half with a laser guided chain saw across a charred landscape for the children."

Monday, July 07, 2003

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease."—GW Bush, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

Monday, June 30, 2003

"I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other." — Katherine Hepburn

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Bush's Resume

I love the last one, that the Carlyle Group has been put in charge of Post-Iraq-war revenues. These guy are so blatant that I really hope they get a few thousand extra degrees in hell. I particularly like Kelley Kramer's intro, where she mentions the argument I've been hearing that Bush is not as bad as Saddam. Now there's a doozy, and even Arianna Huffington said Bush wasn't that bad. But, I'd like to make one comparison. Saddam killed the people in his opposition. Now, Paul Wellstone's unsolved death aside, I'd like to point out that Bush's opposition is Democrats, or liberals, and that most poor people vote for Democrats, and that under Bush's environmental disasters like not funding super-fund, many poor people will get cancers and other ailments and die. Yes, they will die sooner because of Bush. So, in terms of pure numbers of people who did not vote for him, Bush is killing more of the opposition than Saddam. And considering that his right-wing-nut Ashcroft administration won't let people with cancer smoke pot for their pain, I can make the argument that he's torturing them too....

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Fund-raiser for GOP pleads guilty in case of child pornography

Richard A. Delgaudio called President Clinton "a lawbreaker and a terrible example to our nation's young people." Mr. Delgaudio, a frequent talk-radio guest and president of the Legal Affairs Council, a group that helped pay the legal bills of former Reagan administration officials Oliver L. North and Caspar W. Weinberger after they were charged in connection with the Iran-contra affair, pleaded guilty yesterday [April 23, 2003] in Baltimore Circuit Court to production of child pornography. Delgaudio, 50, took pictures of himself having sex with a 16 year old girl.

Spin Zone - We Decide, You Shut Up

Friday, April 11, 2003

Republican Fundraiser is Chinese Double Agent

While she was spying for the Chinese, Katrina Leung was paid about $1.7 million by the FBI to spy on China.
Senior law enforcement officials say Leung, who became a prominent fundraiser for the Republican Party, was never questioned seriously before Mueller's order was issued [in late 2001].
What are the chances that, like they did when they told John O'Neill to stop investigating the Bin Ladens, the Bush administration told the FBI not to investigate someone who was raising a bunch of money for them? After all, Republicans don't "investigate" their donors unless they crumble to pieces, taking their employees life saving with them. Nope. Instead they give them billion dollar contracts to rebuild what they just got rich blowing up, without bidding... Halliburton. Enron. Katrina Leung. And, sadly, not enough people will care in the swing states to stop this guy from getting another four years.

Unless, perhaps, Democrats do as Howard Dean suggests and give up on most gun control for the sake of beating Bush.

Monday, March 24, 2003

A Blog From Baghdad

"today [sic] my father and brother went out to see what happening in the city, they say that it does look that the hits were very precise but when the missiles and bombs explode they wreck havoc in the neighborhood where they fall. Houses near al-salam palace(where the minister Sahaf took journalist) have had all their windows broke, doors blown in and in one case a roof has caved in. I guess that is what is called “collateral damage” and that makes it OK?" — Salam Pax, from Baghdad, in his Blog, Where is Raed?

Friday, March 07, 2003 a Feb. 26 debate in the British Parliament, George Galloway, a Labor Party backbencher from Scotland, declared that "that born-again, right-wing, Bible-belting, fundamentalist Republican Administration in the United States want war." — from Bush, the Bible, and Iraq by Stan Crock of BusinessWeek

War, a new world order, and the return of Jews to the land God promised Abraham are three things Bush believes precede the return of Christ. I'm convinced he thinks that he's bringing on Armageddon. His Dad praised the new world order and W has done everything he can to increase it's skull and bones centered power. Bush has not pushed the Jews to stop expanding settlements in the land God promised Abraham. And war, well, St. Patricks day looks like it. Yup. These bible thumpers are going to screw us all to push their bullshit agenda, making themselves rich in the mean time, so they can be sitting in their mansions when the rapture comes. Anybody else think we should be sending the guys in white coats to put stright jackets on 90% of the Bush administration? Anybody else starting to realize that there's no difference between the fundamentalists in the White House who will kill civilians to meet their greedy goals, and the ones in caves in Afghanistan?

Bush's slips of the tongue often reveal the truth

As Mark Crispin Miller says in The Bush Dyslexicon, what we, and especially the corporate press, often think is a slip of Bush's mangled tongue, actually is a glimpse into the truth. Just one such glaring example in last night's "press" conference should give Syria, Iran, North Korea, and many others (including peace lovers everywhere) reason to worry.
"But in the name of peace and the security of our people, if he won't do so voluntarily, we will disarm him, and other nations will join him — join us in disarming him." — W
Other nations will join him. Well, of course they will, because the one thing Karl Rove (Bush's Brain) has calculated is that W won't get re-elected unless there is a war actually going on during the election in 2004. Oh, and if you'd like to see what actual reporting looks like, by a guy who works for a non-profit news organization, check out Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

Monday, March 03, 2003

"A number of key [USDA] personnel have bought into much of the industry proposal.... [The rules were weakened because of] industry efforts made at the White House level." — National Food Processors Association newsletter, November 11, 2002

Just in case you were wondering, yes, the NFPA gave almost all of its political donations to Republicans, and gave HEAVILY to Bush. The listeria outbreak in question made it to public schools while the Bushies hid the recall for two weeks. Don't believe me? Read all about it in the lawsuit against Wampler Foods. Oh, and if Bush has his way, this lawsuit will be limited, because he thinks getting sued when you kill people is bad for bidness.

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Pablo Picasso - Face of Peace (Seri)

Face of Peace (Seri)

Pablo Picasso

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Tom DeLay - House Majority Hypocrite

Bush's Buddies getting rich off war

That's the sticker, in the shape of an arrow, I'm going to have made for sticking on the gas pump, pointing at the price. Especially good thing to do in swing states (see the 2000 "election"), and in wealthy, redneck, NRA, and Soccer Mom neighborhoods.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion ... and you allow him to make war at pleasure. ...If today he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us,' but he would say to you, 'Be silent.: I see it if you don't.'" — Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

"Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." — Abraham Lincoln, in an 1864 Letter

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

War Profiteers and Pains in the Asses

Talk of war raises gas prices and possible price gouging (war profiteers and robber barons are the same people?). Bush is big oil. Talk of war makes big oil rich. War makes Carlisle Group rich. Who owns the Carlisle Group? Wow. Big oil and big defense. A lot of the same people? Hmmmm..... What is Iraq sitting on top of? The second largest reserve of oil in the world? Hmmmm... And yet, I still hear chicken-hawks, like draft-dodger, cyst-ass Rush Limbaugh, saying Bush's war mongering isn't about oil. OK, but it sure helps, huh? Meanwhile, Bush's biggest buddies, contributors, conspirators, and future employers are getting rich off the mere talk of war. I'm sure W is happy to help out the people who got him appointed.

Friday, February 07, 2003

"We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations." — Resident Bush, 2003 State of the Union Address

"Instead of surpluses, we now face a period of budget deficits.... The re-emergence of deficits is not welcome news." — Resident Bush's 2004 Budget

Thursday, January 09, 2003

Sexual References in The Lion King

For two and a half years I've been running the fly-rail automation for the Los Angeles Production of the Lion King at the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. We're in the middle of the 929th show right now and I realized I never posted the sexual references from the show. I've been meaning to do this for a long time now.

Simba: You're so weird.
Scar: You have no idea.

Scar: You'll be beating off buzards for your next bite.

Bonzai: That lousy Mufasa! I won't be able to sit for a week.

Scar: You won't get a sniff without me.

Hyenas: I need a fix of flesh.

Scar: I need a Queen.

Timone: Night after night... in search of the perfect spot.

Pumba: He's got all that youthfull energy, if you get my drift.

Timone: It's big, wet, and in a hurry.