Friday, June 29, 2007

It's Fun To A.E.I. MC, Eh?

In The AEI

Right Wing
We were dead in our shoes
due to
Elections were ours to lose
and then
A think tank formed around us
and our selfish, greedy ideals
gave a stylish veneer
The program became clear
and then
brought the big corps onside
and now we've got our own thrill ride

doot doot doot doot doot

It's fun to play at the AEI, hey
Tyrant for pay at the AEI, hey-ey
You can make yourself rich, scratching your 1000 year itch
while you make the whole world your bitch

Food For Thought

Kronee Beat

My pal Litbrit has written an excellent journalistic piece, detailing the developing and ever-widening scandal that threatens humans and their animal friends alike...Courtesy of the neoconservative urge to commit suicide and take an entire country with them...

Diminished Capacity: FDA Downsized and Privatized, America is at Risk

Read it and take positive action, if you can.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Reviled One

Cheney Forever, Forever Cheney

Raw Story:

"The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is exempt from a presidential order requiring government agencies that handle classified national security information to submit to oversight by an independent federal watchdog," the Los Angeles Times will report Saturday, RAW STORY has learned.
"The executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 covers all government agencies that are part of the executive branch and, although it doesn't specifically say so, was not meant to apply to the vice president's office or the president's office, a White House spokesman said.

Cheney Forever, Forever Cheney.

Monday, June 04, 2007

S Is For Senescent

When I was younger, I developed a taste for speculative fiction, nurtured by the works of Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and many other worthies, including Ray Bradbury.

Now, I don't insist that a creator of any artistic work share my personal politics or philosophies of life...For me, divergence of opinion is the air that Art breathes.

And yet, from Raw Story:

Contrary to widespread critical and mass opinion accumulated over fifty years, author Ray Bradbury insists that his classic novel Fahrenheit 451, originally published in 1953 during the McCarthy era, isn't really about government censorship.

According to the renowned author, "We've never had censorship in this country and we've never burned books. There are temporary lapses."

Really, Mr. Bradbury?

While it is well within your creator's rights to offer a revisionistic opinion of your own works 5 decades later, (noting the fact that the title of your work refers to "the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns", and is set in a time where the possession of books by individuals is banned by government fiat)

...As to your latter assertion regarding American bookburning, I need offer you only one name:

Wilhelm Reich.