Your Weekend Dose of Shrillness

Add some shrillness to your day:


It is long overdue for groups like HRW [Human Rights Watch] to get accorded the “moderate US mainstream” respect they deserve, and get acknowledged for the incredible courage it takes to report these kinds of abuses. While it is a secondary issue to the sheer immorality of torture, if ever there was a program designed to make overseas travel and work by Americans more dangerous, it is a policy of systematic torture of prisoners.

Once again, the Bush administration demonstrates that they are prepared to dangerously undermine American interests while branding all critics as leftwing scoundrels and traitors. And once again, they are full of shit.


Before this administration took office, I would have thought that the one thing I could count on Republicans to do right was to take care of the basic needs of our men and women in uniform. “Help is on the way”, Bush said. I suppose I should have remembered that he came from the same party that told us (falsely) that “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help'”, and taken it as a threat. Leaving aside the little matter of sending them off to fight a needless war without bothering to take care of such minor details as planning for the occupation, we’ve seen the guard and reserves stretched to the breaking point, stop-loss orders, Humvees with inadequate protection, and soldiers buying their own body armor.

PZ Meyers:

You would be surprised at how much email is sent to me telling me to stop being so derisive, that harsh language and ridicule turn people off and repel the very ones we’re trying to persuade. My reply is like the one above; by refusing to ridicule the ridiculous, by watering down every criticism into a mannered circumlocution, we have created an environment where idiots thrive unchallenged. We have a twit for a president because so many people made apologies for his ludicrous lack of qualifications?we need more people unabashedly pointing out fools.

I’m doing my part to fight Idiot America. I hope more people join me.


At the end of the day, it does not matter what Bill Frist really knew about the true standing of HCA when he sold the stock, it does not matter how many ethical violations and violations of Texas law Tom DeLay really committed, or in how many ways Karl Rove undermined the CIA ? they are all Republicans. Forget all the hypocrisy from those former prosecutors in the Reagan DOJ who now make money pimping for the rightwing. All of their nonsense is true by definition. The Rule of Law party is above the law. Karl Rove must be innocent ? regardless of the facts.

Man, that felt good. I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.


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Brad, it iz true zat qvitters nevah vin. Only communist und Nazis do not smoke. Und nau I must go — vee ah very busy, as Kallifohniya is due to annex Sudetenland…

Modern Major-General

I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.

At least you still have the glue-sniffing to tide you over.


And if all else fails, there’s always the Steel Reserve…


And if all else fails, there’s always the Steel Reserve…

Ooooooh, do not tempt me…



Don’t give in to the nicotine temptation! Remember what I said about the whole more kissable part before – it’s true! I’ll kiss you myself to prove it if you need proof. 😉


There’s nothing wrong with kissing an ashtray. Personally, I find it delightful.


Fear not dearie- Steel Reserve is a poor-tasting but powerful beer with a very high “It’ll git ya DRUNK!” factor.
If Brad’s buzzed on that shit most of the day, he’ll have no need of smoking.
A better strategy than most available since he can no longer masturbate– which was his previous fallback.


Stupid fucking link tags…
Just Google the name if you want to see evidence of it’s shittiness- or just look here if you dare.
Ah… that was quite an evening…


That’s PZ *Maiurs.

(Or, in a more accurate fashion, Myers. :))



I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, Brad, especially at a stress laden time of nicotine withdrawal. Perhaps you should sit down and fire up a pecan nut. OK?
Human Rights Watch are not necessarily as pure as the proverbial driven snow. see for example:
‘Hotel Rwanda : Hollywood and the Holocaust in Central Africa


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