Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SBL sing-a-long with the world 

Playing for Change: connecting the world through music.

Music for change - intro:

Stand By Me:

More music and information (html site): Visit Playing for Change Foundation.

Peace through music.


Monday, December 15, 2008

SBL Retro-Cheese Rollerdome 

Johnny Sharp and Bobby Freeman present flea hop organ experiment circa 1970s:


hypnotic open thread


Sunday, December 14, 2008


CNN's John King is from Idaho, which makes me wonder if John King is a white supremacist because there are a lot (whatever that means) of white supremacists in Idaho. When will CNN respond, in a forthright and transparent manner, to growing speculation surrounding John King's possible ties to white supremacy?

Sarah Palin is also too from Idaho.


Two Shoes Blues 

Via Think Progress:
President Bush is in Baghdad today on a surprise farewell visit highlighting the security deal recently reached between the U.S. and Iraq. CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware reports this afternoon that during a press conference with Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, an Iraqi man threw a shoe at Bush, but “it just sailed past his head”:


The New York Times notes that the first shoe “narrowly missed” and the second shoe also missed. “This is a farewell kiss, you dog,” the Zaidi shouted.



Swindledome Sunday 

Masters of the Collapsing Universe Edition

Two Cheers for Rod Blagojevich
Published: December 13, 2008

ROD BLAGOJEVICH is the perfect holiday treat for a country fighting off depression. He gift-wraps the ugliness of corruption in the mirthful garb of farce. From a safe distance outside Illinois, it’s hard not to laugh at the “culture of Chicago,” where even the president-elect’s Senate seat is just another commodity to be bought and sold.

But the entertainment is escapist only up to a point. What went down in the Land of Lincoln is just the reductio ad absurdum of an American era where both entitlement and corruption have been the calling cards of power. Blagojevich’s alleged crimes pale next to the larger scandals of Washington and Wall Street. Yet those who promoted and condoned the twin national catastrophes of reckless war in Iraq and reckless gambling in our markets have largely escaped the accountability that now seems to await the Chicago punk nabbed by the United States attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald.

The Republican partisans cheering Fitzgerald’s prosecution of a Democrat have forgotten his other red-letter case in this decade, his conviction of Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Libby was far bigger prey. He was part of the White House Iraq Group, the task force of propagandists that sold an entire war to America on false pretenses. Because Libby was caught lying to a grand jury and federal prosecutors as well as to the public, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. But President Bush commuted the sentence before he served a day.

Fitzgerald was not pleased. “It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals,” he said at the time.

Not in the Bush era, man. [ continued/in full: Sunday NYTimes ]

Epic Flail:
Report Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders
An unpublished federal history of the U.S.-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts the effort as crippled by poor planning, waste and deception, leading to a $100 billion failure

Savvy like a dumb stump:
Lawyer Seen as Bold Enough to Cheat the Best of Investors
Authorities say that Marc S. Dreier, one of New York’s most accomplished lawyers, brazenly swindled the city’s savviest investors, in a fraud estimated at $380 million.



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