October 19th, 2007

yellow_elephant

You SEE! It is all the fault of the reality based community.

A famous scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine has apologized for racially insensitive comments about the intelligence of blacks.

The Sunday Times of London printed an interview with Doctor James Watson in which he suggested blacks are not as intelligent as whites.

The prominent laboratory where he works in New York (The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) suspended Watson over the comments Thursday. And London's Science Museum canceled a sold-out lecture Friday by the doctor.

A statement from Watson's publicist says he is mortified over the quotes. Watson said he cannot understand how he could have said what he is quoted as saying, but he understands the public reaction to the comments.

[ cf DNA Scientist Apologizes for Comments on Intelligence of Blacks ]
How MANY TIMES have I had to say this,
Memory is not merely Theft!!!!
IT IS TERRORISM
Clearly if the evil liberal media meat puppets had cited him in the correct contextual framework rather than limiting themselves to merely the factual, none of this would have been problematic, because we would have all understood that this great person was actually denouncing the Nobel Prize system for having become the apostate spawn of the Dark Lord!!!

And that Science, as a fanatical wing of the reality based community, is all EVIL, ALL THE TIME!!!!

And WE MUST STOP IT!!!

Would this be a bad time to talk about the traditional biblical literalist positions that existed prior the Brutal Onslaught of the Radical Left Wing Extremists, under Presidente-General Ike, and his mainforce assault on our white christian america, or would that be reminding americans of, well, more painful times.... Back when the Radical Left Wingers were well, Radical Left Wing Liberals!!!!
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Crime Fighting Terrorism In The Sub Prime World Before The Zombies Come!!!!

Ok, so s9 does a most amusing takeOver of Dan Gross's DESPERATE EFFORT to wrap some brain power around the current
Zombie Hunt For Al-Qaeda Gay HomoZeXuals In The Sub Prime Market
What can I say I LOVED The Rantettes between citations:
A theory? No, Dan— I read your article. You don't have a theory. You have a tenuous but firm grip on one of the few bits of reality not yet obliterated by the ongoing demolition of the financial press in the United States.
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This is your theory?

You're going to be really impressed with my theory that bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. Have you heard it before? It's really very clever and revolutionary. It explains so much about how the universe works!
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.I love that phrase "a new mega-conduit" like you don't even know. That's bullshit so pure you could step all over it at 20:1 and still get $100/ounce for it on the street.

[ cf MoJoRant ]
Ok, so there is something bollockedin their typesetting. But the Money Shot is:
Dan. It's not a short-term bailout. It's bridge to a long-term restructuring of the mortgage securitization industry. I am, of course, trying to be careful what I say here. Progressives may want to pay careful and close attention to what's going on here, because there's a chance that what's happening in this disaster could be used to get some progressive leverage back into the hands of the middle class. These high-finance wizards have royally fnorcked themselves up here, and reconstructing the mortgage industry in the aftermath of their stupidity is an opportunity to get some things fixed that have been seriously messed up for a long time. Having the government reinsure some of these special investment vehicles could backfire on these bankers in a huge way. Let the nose of one camel into the tent, and pretty soon, you've got camels everywhere.
[ ( op cit) ]
WHAT????

And end the hand out to the conduit builders of off book assets???

Gosh, for most fo middle america, their knowledge of such gambits is normally limited to their awakening to the underpleasantness of Enron, or their first time through the whole embezzelment crisis....

So ok, but what if americans were to think about why Banking Regulation was a gooder idea!!! Why is it that the old Frank Capra "It is a wonderful life" had such a dangerous conunter point between the world where folks had their little Savings And Loan, and the sort of Morally Degenerate "Potterville".

What if americans looked at the sort of Potterville america has become and remind me again that there is no tie between the moral failures of the so called 'capitalists', that the so called ammoral world of business can just blithely move along pimping the next Hannah Montanna, till someone finally legalizes the right to own one's own...

Gosh, maybe if americans were to work out which of their 'moral purity' moments that they meant to really deal with in all of this, who knows, they may also be able to turn back the Gay HomoZeXual Zombies in the Sub Prime Market....

Or NOT....

Or is that REALLY the big scary bit here - the problem with kansasa remains that the nice folks buy the religious language, and hope that majikally that is not, once again, going to turn into a tax break for the folks who do not have anything to worry about....
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Digby Gets SERIOUSLY Dangerous....

Digby starts with the lovely line
I don't know if you have noticed, but something truly ugly seems to be bubbling up from the primordial ooze of the conservative movement.
[ cf Follow The Leaders ]
and proceeds to list the recent turn of Psychosis in the RingWingNutters.

This is followed with the usual obligatory waltz through the usual problems, including, but not limited to, the usual sexual guilt crisis amongst the damaged white males who wanted to be the great war heroes.... and all they get to do is be spiteful, in some phaux american traditonalism. But digby goes unpleasantly off the rez starting with:
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I don't think that adequately explains why this seems to be happening more at this moment. It's possible that it's a result of frustration with the fact that conservatives have been shown to be dramatically incompetent at governance. But they have always believed themselves to be an aggrieved minority bravely fighting against the liberal elites who run everything, so that doesn't really hold water either. And in any case, they will purge the Bushmen from their pantheon and instantly assume the glorious mantle of Ronald Reagan the first chance they get and carry on as if it never happened. (You can already see it with the astonishing hypocrisy with which they are once again extolling themselves as good fiscal stewards after six years of feeding on the government carcass like gluttonous hyenas.) These little set-backs do not penetrate the right wing mind very deeply.

(op cit)
And then stomps down hard with:
And last week, among all these instances of violent right wing rhetoric flying through the ether, our president smirked, for the umpteenth time, "we don't torture" knowing very well that the whole point of his refusing to define torture is because they want people to believe they are actually torturing. Torture --- a taboo for centuries --- is now considered a useful tool by the government of the United States of America, both in practice and in rhetoric.
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And many members of the leadership of this country, in all branches of government, have signed off on the presidents right to order torture and indefinite detention with no due process for "enemies" however he sees fit. We know that the administration "renders" people to foreign countries for torture. They admit doing it, although they laughably claim that it is done "responsibly."

Why wouldn't the hard core right ratchet up its natural proclivity for violent rhetoric in light of that? Clearly, this kind of thinking is now openly sanctioned by the conservative leadership of this country.

The question for the rest of us is whether they will be content with only emulating their words. It wasn't that long ago that, under the influence of much less authoritative extremist rhetoric, a couple of radical right wingers took matters into their own hands. It's not as if it can't happen here.

( op cit ( url in original text - CHECK IT OUT!!!) )
Interesting problem there...

A minor problem exists here, since by digby's working position, which I have little argument directly with, there is that small problem that he has now ejected from being 'conservative' any of us who worked with the intelligence community and do NOT support warcrimes. I think we, as a nation, would find it far better to take the matter to task the old fashion way, and note that the current collection of RightWingNuttery has opted OUT of the american conservative movement, precisely because they no longer LIKE to be a part of the America that fought against Stalinist Oppression, and DO NOT like the fact that we put both german and japanese war criminals on trial for their war crimes.

I WORRY because as the last Url makes clear, americans have seen what happens when american wingNutters go off the reservation and abandon their moral standards. It is even more comical as the root cause of that attack has been drifted from an Iraqi Controlled, to an Iranian Controlled, to a Space Alien Controlled Ops. Anything but taking into account that when americans decide that they want to live out their rhetorical posturing, they can do a really good job of actually implementing that rhetoric.

The tragedy for the fighting 101st keyboardists is that they have been ever so polite and voted loudly and often with their feet!!! Unfortunately, when the killers walk off the rez to implement their violence, the killers they get will not have a clean command and control infrastructure, nor will they work out the unpleasant technical details of why the fighting 101st keyboardists were always running away.

The ultimate challenge on the flip side of that coin to the liberals will be if they can break away from the simplistic companion notion that anyone who is not a progressive is a regressive. That will ultimately be the major challenge as the nation seeks to recover from this long dark nightmare of the soul!!!
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KulturKampft

Ah yes, while chasing down a piece on how the maricopa county shariff has gond BatWonky because the executives who do the Village Voice Media:
The story—headlined "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution", and written by Michael Lacey, Village Voice Media executive editor, and Jim Larkin, VVM chief executive— detailed how Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio used a wide-ranging subpoena "in an attempt to research the identity, purchasing habits, and browsing proclivities of our online readership."
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"We're being arrested for raising hell," Lacey remarked. "It's sort of a tradition journalism has."

[ cf Village Voice Media Executive Editor Released From Jail and Vows to Fight }
i fumbled across the pics about the party that is about the movie.... It's an Art Thing. Not the sort of clean linear straight ahead all american, god, flag, apple pie, and the need to privatize Zombie Hunting so that we can return those High Paying Jobs Torturing the Unbelievers.

If you do not follow the NYC art/NightScene, this may help explain why M*therf*cker I'd Like to Film ( I cleaned the title so as not to put lj in an emotional crisis about whether TORTURE is more of a vulgarity... ) What can I say, I feel for the film maker, film making is not easy, life is not easy, and sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do...