Category Archives: politiblog

why organic?

In a long-ago post on Frankenfood, I focused on the potential dangers in consuming it, and glossed over what I think is actually the larger problem: the world’s food supply in the greedy, grubby paws of a few corporations who think altruism is the latest Nissan model.

Similarly, the debate on organic food seems to focus on whether it’s healthier to eat. Continue reading

oh, God, not another one…

Debra Medina, like Sarah Palin only frumpy. Well, not quite like Sarah Palin, because apparently she is educated, and yet she still thinks people would be better off without government. Without 911, without public schools, paved streets, traffic laws, money, public sanitation, or anything but private property and guns, which she calls the two rights essential to freedom. Not the first things the word “freedom” brings to my mind, but whatever. Oh, and she wants the Texas National Guard to line the border and keep out Mexicans. One, that would be relying on a government institution, and two, would that include her Mexican-American husband?

Dear Texas: Secede. Really. Do it. Stop accepting Uncle Sam’s money, send all those federal contracts elsewhere, shut down every public service your sales tax can’t afford. Take your trigger-happy dumbshit paranoid rednecks, go live your government-free fantasy, and raise the collective IQ of the rest of the U.S. You’d be doing us all a favor.

Song du jour of the day: Just Go Away, by Blondie.

no machetes yet

I always think a government “collapse” sounds so dramatic. The mental picture I get looks sort of like when they blow up a building and it just sinks into a cloud of dust. But nope, here we are in the middle of one, and everything will go on as normal, and there will be new elections at some point.

Have I ever been in a country while the government was falling before? I don’t think so, but the way they do it here in Europe, maybe I was and just didn’t notice. It’s so civilized. Nobody running around with machetes, no need to stockpile bread and milk or figure out ways to smuggle your children over the border.

I kinda liked Balkenende, what I knew of him anyway, and I actually really admired Wouter Bos’s response to the financial crisis in 2008, so this is probably not going to be a good election. Especially because Geert “I will blame everyone but myself for the fact that I have stupid hair” Wilders is predicted to be the big winner, and good lord, the last thing any country needs is a dipshit like that within shouting distance of any kind of power. So we won’t need to be stockpiling food and forging IDs while this government is falling, but we might need to once the next one comes in.

Should be interesting times coming up. Though upon reflection, I rather hope not. Boring certainly has its charms…

Song du jour of the day: We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives, by Los Campesinos.

spotted this in the Guardian today…

One side thinks poor people deserve good health care, and won an election on the promise to make sure it happens. The other side are so determined to oppose the will of the people that they harass, bully, and threaten to assassinate their opponents.

Which side has been accused of fascism?

Note to my fellow Americans: before you use words like “socialism” and “fascism,” look them up in a dictionary. Seriously. When you use words without knowing what they mean, it makes you sound stupid.

Of course, nobody who reads this blog needs that advice, so I guess I’m just venting.

Song du jour of the day: Moving to LA, by Art Brut.

Dear Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, and George Monbiot

I agree with you politically, to a certain extent. But just because you wrote a book? Doesn’t mean I want to read 60,000 words every time you sit down at the typewriter. Please acquaint yourself with the difference between a “column” and a “tome.”


yeah, that fits.

Of course 8 of 9 Supreme Court Justices would find that strip-searching a 13-year-old girl is inappropriate, and you just know that the one dissenting voice would be that of Clarence Thomas. Hey, at least he’s upfront about being a pervert…

…No. No, I can’t even admire that. What a freaking sleazeball.

Song du jour of the day: oh, something by Rick James.

ZOMG! Mark Sanford, people!

YES, the governor who refused federal stimulus money to put South Carolinians back to work, because it’s socialist (yeah, socialist like the U.S. Highway system?) and helping people is somehow un-American, is now up to something else! Not only is he an… um, a very bad person (just in case my niece still reads this blog), he is also DUMB AS A BAG OF HAMMERS. Seriously how could anybody be dumb enough to do something like this NOW?

Okay, if this doesn’t end his career, then South Carolina really does deserve its Miss Teen USA contestant.

Song du jour of the day: Ack! I can’t think of anything! The Stupid! It’s got meeeeeeaagh!

ETA: He skipped Father’s Day for this. Howzat for family values?