Bush, Castro, Cuba

Bush defeats Castro!

Anyone wanna bet that the Republican Party takes credit for the downfall of Fidel Castro in about ten years or so in the same way they claim Reagan/Bush Sr. brought down the Soviet government? (They actually have a reasonably good argument in that one can draw at least a thematic connection between W and a colon infection.)

economics, Iran, oil

Cue Iranian invasion?

I heard Jon Stewart the other night ask one of his guests if she thought George Bush was going to go nuts in his last months in office and invade Belgium or something. Since the NIE on the Iranian nuclear situation was released last fall, Iran has fallen off of the front pages.

Well, it’s time to put it back on – they have announced the opening of their very own oil bourse.

There are many reasons this is bad for the US, but the main one is timing. The US economy is straining on (or over, depending on who you ask) the precipice of a recession and can ill afford a hard shock, and this may well be a very hard shock indeed. Since the 70’s, oil has been priced in US dollars, effectively guaranteeing that any nation worth its salt would have to hold healthy sums of the greenback to protect its own currency and to guarantee the steady drip of liquid gold that makes the world go round. The US’ large trade deficit, mounting federal debt, and general softening economy have combined to put a heavy downward pressure on the dollar, making these dollar savings accounts worth less and less, and other currencies more and more attractive. Marketing crude in different currencies will provide still another reason for national governments to diversify US dollar holdings, and the additional currency on the market will further drive down its value.

It is hard to say right now how important this single measure is, but the uncertainty may well put Bush’s hand back on the red button, and Iran back on Fox News, if not the front page. There’s still time to get a good battle heated up, if not commenced, before January ’09.


[[:-> – My little ASCII Mohammed

It seems that here on the ‘kog lately we’ve been taking the piss out of Christians fairly frequently. I don’t want to leave anyone with the impression that I am anti-Christian, because it would wrong. I am against all religion and superstition equally, let that be clear; no Mohammed, Christ, Thor, or Elvis.

To further clear the air, I take note of, and a cheap pot-shot at, the new Mohammed image controversy. Apparently, some Islamic dunderheads have started a petition to get Wikipedia to remove the image of Mohammed from its website.

Okay, okay, everyone is free to stroke their own fetishes and superstitions as they see fit, but they have no right to expect others to follow suit. So it’s against Islamic law to make an image of Mohammed – fine. If my reading is right, the reason for the law is to prevent idol worship – which is perfectly fine for Muslims. However, I have a sneaking feeling the employees and contributors to a website dedicated to the free dissemination of information like Wikipedia are unlikely (to say the least) to be Muslim, so the risk should be slight at best. I might be going out on a limb here, correct me if I’m wrong.

Anyway, If someone creates an image of Mohammed, well, they’re already bound for hell, right? Let ’em to it, I’d say. Or at least I would if I was a Muslim. More virgins for me.

By the way, here are some more pictures.

christians, evolution, general silliness, religion, religious right

A new ‘Creation Museum’ – Who was it that said: “There is no fool like a deliberate fool”?

These edifices to idiocy  have made the ‘kog roll of lunacy before. But, it *has* been awhile, so I thought we might revisit this little tidbit of born-again stupidity.   Don’t most US states have fraud laws?

2008 leadership, Hillary Clinton

You knew it couldn’t last…

One of the ballsiest things the Democrats have done in recent years has been icing out FuxNoise. After caving to the Necropublicans in the Senate and Congress with a majority in both, making Fux pay for their slander by cutting access to half of the presidential race showed that there was at least someone with a pair somewhere in the DLC.

Well, all is well again – the Clinton campaign has caved in and agreed to a February debate on the Noise. I can only hope that Obama says no, leaving Hillary alone on the stage to freeze.

“In a one-one race it is important for voters to see the [candidates] side by side and see the differences as opposed to seeing them at rallies and big events,” said Penn (Clinton’s chief strategist).

I agree 100%, however they can be seen every bit as well on CNN or NBC as Fox.

Corporate simpering, Google, Microsoft

Google on Microsoft on Yahoo

I note with interest Google’s response to Microsoft’s move on Yahoo:

Microsoft’s hostile bid for Yahoo! raises troubling questions. This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another. It’s about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation.

followed by further lameness:

Could a combination of the two take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors’ email, IM, and web-based services? Policymakers around the world need to ask these questions — and consumers deserve satisfying answers.

Sorry Google, but I don’t buy it for a minute. You are just sore that Microsoft is going to attempt to create a presence in the internet – for now your personal feifdom. You’re just upset that there is no way on earth anti-trust laws would let you swallow Yahoo, but Microsoft might just get away with it.

I don’t like being put in the position of cheering on Microsoft, but it might take a big dog like that to create some real competition on the interwebs. Tough shit.

Bush, Fox, Karl Rove, wincing Bush apologists

The circle is completing itself…

First, Tony Snow goes from telling lies for the Bush administration on Fox News to doing it in the Whitehouse. Now it looks like Karl Rove is reciprocating by moving from the Whitehouse to Fox News.

Help us all…