numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Full disclosure: I was a "9/11 truther" until the report came out sometime in 2004. The part of me that still has truther sympathies is kind of worried right now, because last time a Republican president was ridiculed this hard, a major terrorist attack happened on US soil, and suddenly everyone was buying yellow ribbon magnets and wearing crying eagle sweatshirts, and talking about how we had to "respect the office."

After the report came out it still wasn't a good look for the Bush administration, due to epic bungling. 

For years I was of the opinion that the Bush administration knew something was going to happen, but did nothing because it was convenient for them - one of my first LJ entries was on that subject. Then my opinion changed, and I decided that they had just been incompetent and complacent - but that they used the event after the fact as an excuse to drum up support for Bush, and for war in Iraq, even though none of the 9/11 terrorists were Iraqi, and there was no Al Qaeda presence in Iraq before the 2003 invasion.

According to some stuff I remember from the time, Bush had wanted to go back to war with Iraq prior to 9/11, but there was just no support for any kind of action, and no intel that anything was happening there for us to be worried about. Saddam Hussein was soundly beaten in Desert Storm 1991 - but it wasn't the "redemption" for losing in Vietnam that some people wanted it to be, because he'd escaped.

And if they knew something was about to happen and did nothing to stop it, it may not technically qualify as a false flag - but it still served its purpose of getting people to line up behind GW Bush and support a military action against Saddam Hussein that no one was in support of before.

But then 9/11 happened, and the Bush admin railroaded us to war. And the "we have always been at war with Eastasia" doublethink that conservatives adopted after 9/11 and leading up to the Iraq war laid the groundwork for what is going on right now with Trump. They want to be right, and they want reality to reflect what they think it should be rather than what the evidence says is actually going on. They want to feel good about themselves again after Vietnam and Nixon and Iran Contra and eight years of GW Bush. And everything they do to that end makes them look worse and worse, and deep down they have to be aware of this. But as usual in cases like this, they double down on the fantasy.

They're so deep in their fantasy right now that they're okay with Nazis. This is how far it's gone. When confronted about the worrying fact that so many white nationalists have essentially taken over the Republican party, the standard response is "You libs will call ANYONE a nazi" even though they straight up called Obama Hitler for eight years.

I think that the dissemination of the Richard Spencer punching video may be a wakeup call for some, but others I have talked to are like the "Nice Neighbors" from that one macro, who never rocked the boat and never spoke out of turn, or made trouble for anyone - and who refused to worry about their neighbors being dragged away by the SS or the Stasi.

The problem boils down to the fact that they just don't want to have to think about it.

I mean they can't even admit that Trump's just a trashy reality TV star who closelined Vincent McMahon and cheated on his wives and "grabbed women by the pussy," defrauded college students, and sold shitty vodka and subpar steaks. They have to act like he's some kind of anointed god to even be able to cope - something that they accused Democrats of doing with Obama even though there hasn't been any documented evidence to back this up, as there has been with Republicans doing so with Trump and George W. Bush.

It would be better if they just straight up admitted "we know he is a trashy reality TV star, we just voted for him as a protest vote and to piss everyone else off." But that doesn't make them feel good about themselves. And Republicans are reactionaries who respond to primarily to feeling.

This wasn't something I realized until someone in a thread explained it to me, using Newt Gingrich as an example. Republicans experience no cognitive dissonance when New Gingrich, a serial adulterer, talks to them about Republicans being the party of "family values" - not because of the evidence of what he has done, but because of how his words make them feel.

You can present evidence to Republicans until you're blue in the face, and it won't matter - only feelings matter to them. They primarily respond to emotion. And they want to feel good about themselves.

This is why they hate "Social Justice Warriors." They don't want to think too hard about how the things they say or do may effect other people, and they don't want to be made to feel guilty for it. Their reaction is not introspection; their reaction is to angrily lash out at "Social Justice Warriors" because they made them feel bad. Yet the fact that feel bad means that on some level, they know what they are doing is wrong.

Cognitive dissonance is a hell of a drug.

They voted for a hostile, blustering, psychopathic narcissist who has promised to do things which will hurt his own base the worst, if he is allowed to do it; because we made them feel bad.

Think about that. Think about it especially the next time one of them calls you a "snowflake."

There is also an opportunity here for social engineering on a mass scale, if we'll take it - especially if we manage to use the Church Of Kek's own playbook against them. It's just that so many leftists feel like ain't nobody got time for that anymore. But if there is another terrorist attack, or anything of you nature, you can bet the Trumpettes will take advantage of it and rally the fence-sitters into full compliance - exactly the way they did after 9/11, and leading up to the War in Iraq.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
This just says it better than anything I could have come up with.

The Soviets win! Who knew that 18 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, they'd win anyway?
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)

Wow. Just wow.

May I also add that Jon Stewart still rocks?
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)

Damn, not VP even a week and already a scandal.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
We interrupt my nearly month long squeeing over the upcoming Watchmen film to bring you this news...

BREAKING at RNC: A Nun and Eight Others Swept into Unmarked Van by Police in Minnesota

UPDATE (12:34 PDT):: One of the 9 protesters arrested was a nun, seen being loaded into an unmarked blue van. The 9 were apparently trying to climb a fence near a church.


UPDATE: ColdSnap is reporting 9 arrests downtown near the Excel center and police massing all over the downtown core.

The National Lawyers Guild and Communities United Against Police Brutality have filed an emergency motion to stop the seizure of cell phones and cameras during the RNC.

The groups will hold a joint press conference at Hennepin County Government Plaza to discuss their application for an emergency injunction, according to a tweet issued by the ColdSnap Legal Collective.


What country is this, again? Are we living in Soviet Russia or something?

I leave you with this picture, ganked from [ profile] usa_de_quirky. Because really. This expresses it best:

numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (pissed!Bernie)
...and because [ profile] jim000037 gave me permission to repost these, and because I should have done this a week or so ago...

D: Bush...just shut up.

Truly war without end...
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (pissed!Bernie)
This makes me lose a little bit more faith in humanity in general.

Link ganked from [ profile] willnobilis. There has been some question if it's real, but it seems to be confirmed.

I like the comments that says the Republican party is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln, and that Barry Goldwater must be turning over in his grave. BECAUSE IT'S TRUE.

I remember some of the things that were being said about Obama by Republicans I debated with online back during the 2004 election, always with the disclaimer, "BUT WE'RE NOT RACISTS! HONEST!"

Yeah, sure. Just keep telling yourselves that.

I realize that this probably just represents a segement of the GOP, that not all Republicans are like this. It's just that enough ARE like this that it is still a tangible influence within the party. And you know what? It's time for them to GTFO.


Jun. 13th, 2008 03:36 pm
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (pissed!Bernie)
Michelle Obama referred to as "Obama's Baby-Mama" on Faux Snooze.

Gee, those miserable sods are really going to be embarrassed if he becomes our next president. HELL, THEY SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED NOW.



Apr. 30th, 2008 07:31 pm
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Wow, mah fandomz are all topical with current events. Once again, this tidbit comes to us via [ profile] jamesovei.

Air Martials Grounded In No-Fly List Mix-Ups.

numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
So, the US has reached the total of 4000 deaths due to the Iraq war. Add this to the thousands of our soldiers who have been maimed both physically and emotionally, the civilians who have been wounded, killed, had loved ones killed, or who have been displaced due to the constant turmoil, and multiply by the fact that Bush and his administration keep writing blank checks with our tax money to keep the war going as our economy just gets worse and worse. I guess you can all see where I'm headed with this.

Maureen Dowd was on NPR the other day talking about a column she'd written in which she'd described Bush tap-dancing in front of the white house and singing a little song. She made the point that Bush seems happier the worse things get. Here's some of it...

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

Bush, as we say here on the internets….it’s time for you to STFU and GTFO.

[ profile] echomirage himself is headed over there soon. He won't be in an active combat role, but I still worry.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
So, the US has reached the total of 4000 deaths due to the Iraq war. Add this to the thousands of our soldiers who have been maimed both physically and emotionally, the civilians who have been wounded, killed, had loved ones killed, or who have been displaced by the constant fighting, and multiply by the fact that Bush and his administration keep writing blank checks with our tax money to keep the war going as our economy just gets worse and worse. I guess you can all see where I'm headed with this.

Maureen Dowd was on NPR the other day talking about a column she'd written in which she'd described Bush tap-dancing in front of the white house and singing a little song. She made the point that Bush seems happier the worse things get. Here's some of it...

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

Bush, as we say here on the internets….it’s time for you to STFU and GTFO.

[ profile] echomirage himself is headed over there soon. He won't be in an active combat role, but I still worry.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (FANTASTIC.)



By Matt Spetalnick2 hours, 36 minutes ago

A new U.S. intelligence report says Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and it remains on hold, contradicting the Bush administration's earlier assertion that Tehran was intent on developing a bomb.

The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released on Monday could undermine U.S. efforts to convince other world powers to agree on a third package of U.N. sanctions against Iran for defying demands to halt uranium enrichment activities.

Tensions have escalated in recent months as Washington has ratcheted up the rhetoric against Tehran, with U.S. President George W. Bush insisting in October that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to World War Three.

But in a finding likely to surprise U.S. friends and foes alike, the latest NIE concluded: "We do not know whether (Iran) currently intends to develop nuclear weapons."

That marked a sharp contrast to an intelligence report two years ago that stated Iran was "determined to develop nuclear weapons."

But the new assessment found Iran was continuing to develop technical means that could be used to build a bomb and it would likely be capable of producing enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon "sometime during the 2010-2015 time-frame."

The shift in the intelligence community's thinking on Iran comes five years after a flawed NIE concluded neighboring Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction -- a report that helped pave the way for the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
House passes $50B Iraq withdrawal bill

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer


House Democrats pushed through a $50 billion bill for the Iraq war Wednesday night that would require President Bush to start bringing troops home in coming weeks with a goal of ending combat by December 2008.

The legislation, passed 218-203, was largely a symbolic jab at Bush, who already has begun reducing force levels but opposes a congressionally mandated timetable on the war. And while the measure was unlikely to pass in the Senate — let alone overcome a presidential veto — Democrats said they wanted voters to know they weren't giving up.

"The fact is, we can no longer sustain the military deployment in Iraq," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Staying there in the manner that we are there is no longer an option."

The White House pledged to veto the bill, and Republicans said they would back the president.

"These votes, like the dozens of previous failed votes, put the interests of radical interest groups ahead of the needs of our military and their mission," an administration statement said.

The bill represents about a quarter of the $196 billion Bush requested for combat operations in the 2008 budget year, which began Oct 1.

It would compel an unspecified number of troops to leave Iraq within 30 days, a requirement Bush is already on track to meet as he begins in coming weeks to reverse the 30,000 troop buildup he ordered earlier this year. It also sets a goal of ending combat by Dec. 15, 2008, and states that money included in the bill should be used to redeploy troops and "not to extend or prolong the war."

The measure also would set government-wide standards on interrogation, effectively barring the CIA from using such harsh techniques as waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

Rest of the article. )


It would be cool if this actually passes, despite any neocon shenanigans.

Of course, my mind being what it is, the first thought I had when I saw this on Yahoo! was, "HOUSE passes a withdrawl bill?" and I was envisioning the comic strip of this happening in my mind like something from [ profile] mspaint_lolz.
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Yes, I know Johnny Carson is actually dead. However, as long as our current Bush-appointed Homeland Security expert is going off of gut feelings about possible future terror attacks, and Bush is ok with that, I think the above metaphor is sadly appropriate.

You know, they could actually go out and try and gather Intelligence the old-fashioned way...but NEVER MIND! They have Chertoff's GUT working for them! My only question is, what happens if he has some especially spicy takeout or something one night, and his gut goes on the blink? WHAT THEN?!?!1


Jul. 8th, 2007 06:03 pm
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
I have nothing against Nancy Pelosi, but would be nice to see the Democrats actually, you know, do something instead of just wibbling all the damn time and letting the Neoconservatives Pretending To Be Republicans who are currently in power run roughshod all over everything. We voted for them last year because we were sick of all that, and now they need to deliver, or GTFO.


Sheehan considers challenge to Pelosi

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer 32 minutes ago

Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.

Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek by July 23 to impeach Bush. That's when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting next week from the group's war protest site near Bush's Crawford ranch.

"Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership," Sheehan told The Associated Press. "We hired them to bring an end to the war. I'm not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn't be too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money."

Messages left with Pelosi's staff were not immediately returned. The White House declined to comment on Sheehan's plans.

She plans her official candidacy announcement Tuesday. Sunday wrapped up what is expected to be her final weekend at the 5-acre Crawford lot that she sold to California radio talk show host Bree Walker, who plans to keep it open to protesters.

Sheehan announced in late May that she was leaving the anti-war movement. She said that she felt her efforts had been in vain and that she had endured smear tactics and hatred from the left, as well as the right. She said she wanted to change course.

The rest of the article. )
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Elric)

Violent weekend in Iraq kills over 220

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer 33 minutes ago

Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives, including 60 who died Sunday in a surge of bombings and shootings around Baghdad.

The calls reflect growing frustration with the inability of Iraqi security forces to prevent extremist attacks.

The weekend deaths included two American soldiers — one killed Sunday in a bombing on the western outskirts and Baghdad and another who died in combat Saturday in Salahuddin province north of the capital, the U.S. command said. Three soldiers were wounded in the Sunday blast.

Sunday's deadliest attack occurred when a bomb struck a truckload of newly recruited Iraqi soldiers on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 20, a police official at the nearest police station said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

Also Sunday, two car bombs exploded near simultaneously in Baghdad's mostly Shiite Karradah district, killing eight people. The first detonated at 10:30 a.m., near a closed restaurant, destroying stalls and soft drink stands. Two passers-by were killed and eight wounded, a police official said.

The rest of the article. )
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Well, I had an OK 4th of July, even though I didn't participate very much in the way of festive activities unless one counts playing FF VII, yaye.

I won't bore you with a long TL;DR statement regarding the Bush Administration, because I'm sure lots of folks have already made those types of posts. I'm sure GW made lots of Patriotic noises, and I do think it's ironic, because his Administration has probably done more to crush our hard-won freedoms than anyone has since the Nixon Administration.

Also: I am not at all shocked that Scooter Libby is being given a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card, either. Really, is anyone surprised?

Everyone (well, a lot of people, anyway) talks about how horrible this Administration is, but nobody impeaches.

Ah well. Now that I'm sure I've manged to alienate about half of you - hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July.

Also, since YouTube is apparently refusing to post videos on my ElJay for some reason:

Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia, My Reflection.

I'm totally going to write Transformers Lyric Wheel fanfic to this song. LOL j/k NO, RLY!

numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
First off, here is another video that I was going to try and reconstruct the other day, except that I only found it just a little while ago: Ultravox - "Dancing, With Tears In My Eyes." In the 1980s, we here in the USA were just being inundated with PH33r TEH B0MB messages, and the popular music and videos of the time reflected this paranoia. Although this video depicts an accident rather than a bomb, I still think that it can be counted along with the rest of them.

Before finding it on YouTube, I'd most recently seen the video in 2003 along with my then-roommate at the time, Rachel. We snarkily (but ironically) concluded that though Americans were being bombarded with cold-war paranoia during the 1980s regarding our possible imminent death by nuclear war at any given moment, that most people probably had no idea what a nuclear holocaust would actually look like (though this would later be remedied by that infamous scene from Terminator 2.) The two of us didn't really, either (having never really witnessed one, of course) but that bit of logic seems to have escaped us at the time. ^_^

Grave of the Fireflies does a pretty good job of depicting the aftermath of the bombs dropped on Hiroshimam and Nagasaki, however. There there are the British classics Threads and The War Game.

OHAY, Threads is on YouTube in its entirety. I've always wanted to run it with Wizards as a double feature, but then I'm already aware that I'm going to Hell.

If you think about it, nothing's really changed. In the 1980s, the Big Ph33r was nuclear war. Now it's terrorism. The reason for this is that all of the folks in the Bush Administration's lineup were pretty much trained to continue fighting the Cold War. So was Osama Bin Laden and the rest of Reagan's Muhajideen. Is it any wonder they're still at it?

EDIT: With all of the pronouncements of doom that have been made over the last few years by sundry media figures, religious fanatics, and modern-day would-be doomsday prophets, I will say again - show me those who continually forecast doom, and I'll show you the folks who will be disappointed if it doesn't happen. My opinions regarding "prophesy" still stand - it'll only happen if we say it will, and enough people accept that and act accordingly.


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