It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

29 November 2008

Sometimes a Great Notion

Ken Kesey eulogized renowned rock promoter, and ruthless businessman Bill Graham (Uncle Bobo), on stage with the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Colliseum on Halloween night in 1991. He made a statement that night that has stuck with me as one of my cardinal rules of the road: “In any given situation, there are always going to be more dumb people than smart people.”

I like to call this Kesey’s Postulate, which I find even more useful than Occam’s Razor (the dictum that the simplest explanation for an occurrence is usually correct). Kesey’s Postulate explains Pampers being elected, the media, two terms of George Bush, someone getting killed in a stampede at a Wal-mart on Black Friday, the state of our economy, the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, Nazi Germany, the pet rock, robot eggs, Paulie Shore, the perennial return of the McRib sandwich, MSNBC…

So, what do we do when faced with such rampant stupidity? Embrace the warrior thought. Tell the truth…out there…millions have no idea what the hell is going on. Or, as Diamond Tiger at Logistics Monster has suggested: STOP PREACHING TO THE CHOIR!

It's time to fulfill the notion of the Jeffersonian Coalition.  Time to act on the 50% Solution.

Time to gather and make some good shit happen for a change to replace the bullshit that keeps getting passed out.

I have embedded the 2nd set of the Dead’s Halloween ’91 so you can hear Kesey’s tribute to Buffalo Bill. I’d say listen to the entire set, but if you want to get to the heart of the matter, click the right arrow five times to hear Kesey’s Dark Star. Bill gave us a place to come and find our own truths, to tap into energy greater than ourselves. Kesey, that crazy, half-cocked warrior, knew it. Now he’s gone too.

We are facing a great mountain of bullshit. How resolved are you really to do the work that needs to be done to fix this? Are you going to take the wild ride, or eat a McRib? The choice is yours.

Buffalo Bill's
              who used to
             ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
he was a handsome man
                    and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death

                               -- e.e. Cummings

28 November 2008

A Red Sea Pedestrian's Christmas Appeal

Black Friday is over. Did you join in the Red Hour? Did you mangle anyone for the last "Club Me Dead Elmo?" (I will be bashing that little red usurper any chance I get; Grover was doing just fine all by himself thank you very much). 

As a Jew I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas. As a kid in public school we had a tree in every classroom that we would decorate (I actually became a pretty decent tree trimmer as a result, much to the amazement of my goyishe friends). Every year our elementary school principal would dress up as Santa. We would all have to stand in line to sit on his lap and tell him what we wanted for Christmas, and every year I would tell him, "I'm Jewish, I don't celebrate Christmas." That was until 6th grade when, in my new found cynacism and chutzpah, I told him, "What I want for Christmas is my public school principal to stop dressing as Santa and making us all sit on his lap."

The Persistence of Memory

First, an update from Pine Ridge. Things seem to be settling somewhat in terms of the current blizzard situation. Power is being restored, firewood is being delivered, and donations are coming in for the Propane Fund. Goods have been received. But the following communities are still in need of relief:

    • Town of Allen

    • Oglala

    • Red Shirt Village

    • Lost Dog Community

    • Potato Creek


    In his book Cosmos, the late Carl Sagan wrote about whales and their songs. Before the arrival of the steam powered ship, whales could sing to each other across vast expanses of ocean. Songs were learned, exchanged, added to, and perhaps comprise the extensive narrative of their history and knowledge. With the human presence, on and beneath the seas, the distance these songs can travel is drastically limited, cutting them off from communities with which they would exchange information. The cerebral cortex of whales is far larger than ours. There is no telling how far back a whale's memory reaches. I'm no cetaceans expert, but I would imagine our abilities pale in comparison. Still, there lies within us a thread that connects us to place, time, generations.

    27 November 2008

    Giving Tanks

    I know you will all be stunned when I say that I don't give a crap about the Pilgrims.  But I do like the fact that, on this one day, people are gathering.  They are getting together with family and friends.  They are gathering to watch the sunrise on Alcatraz.  Some are cold, some have more than they could possibly need.  Some are getting plowed, watching football and getting stitches after a poorly vaulted keg stand.  Some are wondering what they did in their last life that warranted having to be stuck with the family they are disfunctionally hanging out with.

    Me, I'm with my little clan of four leggeds and my two legged.  The firewood is cut.  The coffee is hot.  The beer is cold.  The cooking will be happening.  We've got a roof over our heads, the animals are safe, the bills are paid, there's wood for the fire, and food on the table.  That's good fortune and wealth in my book, and we here are plenty grateful for all that every day.

    It's been a long and tiresome year, laden with bullshit, and gaggles of douchebags.  It's also been a year of camaraderie, of standing up, of making noise, and kicking ass.  For those of you who thought we'd go away or lose our resolve, you can pack that idea in a little ball and jam it.  We're just getting warmed up.  And now, there are more of us, because you had to dog Sarah Palin.  

    So yeah, I'm thankful for all you PUMAs and beyond who woke up this year.  No going back to sleep.  The really fucked up shit hasn't happened yet.  Thank you to all the new friends, brothers and sisters i've acquired over the past year.  Any year your family expands is a good one.  

    And, of course I'm thankful that the Shrub has pardoned his last turkey.  It won't be long.  I'm really looking forward to the .00003 trillionths of a second that we will have when there won't be a completely unqualified, insipid, arrogant asshat as President (it happens in the space between the Justice saying, "So help me God," and when Pampers says, "So help me God."  Then the congregation responds: "God help us."

    And thanks to all of you who come here, whether it's to laugh, get some information, or vent.  It's very heartening to know people can handle reading words like tits, winkle, and vibraphone.

    Happy Thanksfeasting

    26 November 2008

    Don't Delay!

    Order your Malibu Pampers President-select Playset today.  Your Malibu Pampers President-select playset comes with podium, Office of President-select placard, and Malibu Pampers President-select motorcade (Barackadential Seal sold separately).  Now you too can pretend to be the pretend President...just like Pampers!

    photo courtesy of cjanimate

    25 November 2008

    My Spider Sense is Tingling!

    Something is afoot.  I think the wingnuts are emerging from their lairs.  I think The Turd Blossom and Grendel Brazile may be making a baby...the next Pampers perhaps.  They will raise him in an underground vault and he will come forth and eat our young.

    Speaking of underground vaults, I think I'm going to have to build a bunker.  I think I'll fill it with whiskey, beer, lava lamps, sound equipment, an unlimited supply of music, and kosher deli.  There will be room for all of you.  Just bring a tinfoil hat, ice, more alcohol, and a bag of sand.  

    Is it me, or is Pampers' gibberish making less sense than usual.  I think he must have sent Joe Villages to buy some scotch tape so Big Pamp can "fix the country up."  Oh brother.  

    So get your records together: no ipods until we wear out all our record stylus (some of you probably have no idea what the hell I'm talking about...that makes my head hurt), those of you who still remember records that is.

    This song is so frickin' catchy that we're going to play the crap out of it.  Anyone out there still remember how to twist?

    22 November 2008

    On Life, The Universe, and Everything

    Warning: This is a rambling, stream of consciousness. If anything I say here offends you that’s too bad. Deal with it.

    What is the matter with Americans? Why is it that people are thinking themselves into boxes? I know a lot of people, including myself, are still reeling from the completeness of the DNC/Pampers coup of 2008. I didn’t think that Howard Dean and Donna Brazile were smart enough to pull it off. They weren’t of course. They had a lot of help. What doesn’t surprise me is their willingness to sacrifice anything resembling democratic process, anything remotely indicating an honoring of the social contract between the government and the governed. Politicians have been screwing us for generations. There is nothing new under the sun.

    But what I find astounding is the perspective from which people seem to be operating now. I figured that now, surely now, people had woken up and realized that, as things stand, they have no recourse to power. But still people are operating as if government must respond to them. I read comments on various blogs about how centrists should move to the Republican Party and shift it. I see people who still believe that there is hope for the Democrat Party. To me it seems obvious that if both parties are demonstrably corrupt it is incumbent upon anyone who rejects that poison to leave their party and not support it. Join us here in the lagoon of the Unaffiliated, and accept a few unavoidable truths.

    1. The federal government is now operating with not a care as to the opinions of The People. They are no longer even beholden to our votes. If numbers don’t look good Democrats have ACORN to pump up the votes. Republicans have their own fraud machine, which is apparently only willing to go to work for candidates that fit their ideological preference.
    2. Politicians in office have one purpose; to maintain power for their party—NOT FOR YOU.
    3. The federal government is operating outside the Constitution; they have gotten away with this because you are letting them and now, in their unmitigated hubris, they are taking liberties with your rights (this is being done by both parties so leave the partisan acrimony at home please).

    This being the case, what do we do? How do we initiate the paradigm shift that must take place in order to change this? In order to answer this we must look at the sources of the problem. The way I see it, there are two main culprits: Partisanship, and External Financial Interests.

    I have already established that elected officials are more beholden to their parties than they are to their constituents. If that weren’t true we’d all be happy with our government and we’d all be making love in the streets. Instead, we have been as divided along party lines as the politicians. Why, because they want it that way. Using ideology as a lever, whether the issue is gay marriage, abortion, war, or the price of arugula, there is always a way for parties to keep us divided; or at least think we are divided. Democrats use the threat of the overturning of Roe v Wade. Republicans use the threat of gays destroying the institution of marriage and running amok converting our children with their Gay Ray. And every four years, like mindless Pavlovian dogs, Americans fall for these memes again and again (here’s to the women of PUMA who finally said screw you). What neither party wants you to understand is that there is more common ground between “liberals” and “conservatives” than you think.

    Clinton Democrats, particularly women and LGBTs (the ones who were paying attention) realized some very hard truths this year. The Democrat Party doesn’t give a damn about women’s rights, about gay rights, about democracy, about the Constitution. They are realizing that they are more patriotic than they understood. They have begun to realize just how dissatisfied they are with how they are being served. They are angry, and rightfully so. Some are even starting to realize that they have been replaced by ACORN’s fraudulent voter rolls and are no longer listened to, as they are no longer needed. There is no reforming the Democrat Party from within. The partisans don’t care who they crap on: AS LONG AS THEY WIN.

    What do these Democrats have in common with many Republicans? Love of country, respect for the Constitution, the desire to see government work for the interests of the people, instead of getting in their way and violating their rights. These two sides need to find one more common thread: the realization that being affiliated with corrupt political parties that are only interested in gaining and maintaining power for their own benefit does not help the country, does not provide a path of Liberty, and does not promote the protection of our rights.

    There has been a proposal I have seen offered by voters in the Clinton wing of the Democrat Party called the 30% solution. It is my understanding that proponents of this theory believe that swelling the number of women in elected office to 30% will create a tipping point that will help bring an end to sexism and misogyny in government, political parties, and perhaps the media. I agree that we need a stronger female presence in government, particularly when, more than half this country is populated by women. What I want to know is, what is the point of putting more women in office if, they are sent by a party that is inherently sexist, corrupt, broken, and unresponsive to the needs of the voters, regardless of their gender? On the current playing field we must assume that these women will fall into the same partisan traps that all our elected officials do, being beholden to their party before the people. I saw women that I fought with in the primaries, feminists who were furious with the sexism of the Pampers campaign, turn right around and work for him to get elected. Partisans are partisans. There is nothing happening on the horizon to make me feel that this will change.  In conversing with fellow activists, including Logistics Monster's Diamond Tiger, I believe we need a new tipping point. We need a 50% solution.

    Currently, statistics show that approximately 30% of registered voters are Unaffiliated. Some of them lean to the right, some to the left. Why is it that there are this many people in the American electorate who are not members of either major party? I think it’s safe to say that it is because of the reasons I have stated above; and the numbers of us here in the Lagoon of the Unaffiliated seem to be growing with each passing election cycle. It is no wonder then that the Democrat Party, in conjunction with the Pampers campaign, unleashed such a widespread campaign of voter registration fraud; they must no longer have the numbers to win elections based on their legitimate voter rolls.

    What do you suppose would happen if the American electorate, over the next two to four years, shifted from 30% unaffiliated to 50%? Suddenly both parties would actually give a damn about what the people think, what they want, where they want the country to go. Suddenly the levers of Roe v Wade, Reproduction, Gayness, etc would no longer matter. Both parties would be forced to ideologically disarm, and for once have a national discourse on policy.  And program's like the 30% solution would have a greater chance of succeeding in America like it has abroad.

    But it is not simply enough for us to disaffiliate. We must also evaluate ourselves, see where we are politically; what we want for our country; what we want from our government. If you feel your party is broken, your government is working against your interests, and your liberties are being violated then you are not alone. The question is, are you willing to abandon your personal ideology to work with others who may not have the same politics as you, in order to get our political parties, and the federal government, to once again be beholden to We The People, and the Constitution? If you have answered yes then you should think about leaving your party, and let the conversation begin.

    I’ll go first.

    I see myself as a left leaning centrist. I believe in fiscal conservatism. I think deficit spending cripples our economy and makes us beholden to foreign financial interests that, more often than not, do not have our best interests at heart. I believe government should be interfering in our lives as little as possible, and should be doing its utmost to fulfill its primary mission; provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and establish justice and domestic tranquility. In other words, insure our Safety and Happiness and maintain a republic that does not impinge on our unalienable rights, while protecting the rights of the minority.

    I believe that the Equal Protections Clause applies to everyone, regardless of skin color, gender, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

    I believe that if we possess the indefeasible right to Life, then we possess the same indefeasible right to access to quality, affordable healthcare.

    I believe that if you are capable of working, but are on welfare, you should learn a trade and work. If you can’t afford that training then let’s find the funds to pay for it.  If someone has a child and needs help paying for childcare so they can work, then they should get tax credits to defray those costs.  I'm not sure what the conservative approach is...should these people be made into soylent green?

    I believe in the social safety net.

    I believe that the struggle for women’s rights, gay rights, children’s rights, indigenous rights, and racial equality are the same struggle and must be engaged as such. Is this not what Senator Clinton said in Beijing in 1995, and again in Washington, D.C. in June 2008?

    I want one person to have one vote.

    I believe that our representatives in Congress should not be sitting in their chairs as career politicians. They are there to represent our voice, act on our will, tempering that by making sure that minority voices are also represented so that the majority isn’t ruling by fiat. I also expect our elected officials, and federal justices, to operate within the confines of the Constitution, not running amok taking money from landed financial interests and sacrificing us on their altar of power and greed, violating our rights because it suits their agendas.

    I believe that life begins at conception, and do not support abortion as a method of birth control. But I do not have a uterus. I believe a woman has an indefeasible right to make choices that affect her life. If they choose to carry their child to term that is their right. If they feel they must (I refrain from using the word "want" as I don't think anyone wakes up and says, "I want to get an abortion today!"  But I could be wrong) abort their pregnancy, or the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s health, who am I to say, “Sorry lady you have to do what I tell you?” That’s ludicrous. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my sperm either.

    I believe that decisions of morality have no place in politics. A person’s liberty ends where another’s begins. Whether someone gets an abortion, decides to have a child out of wedlock, be in a relationship with someone of the same sex is of no consequence to anyone else. You may not like that people have abortions, or that guys are having sex with guys and girls are having sex with girls, or women are having children when they aren’t married; guess what? As long as no one is making you do it, as long as it’s not impinging on your right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, it’s none of your fucking business. Trying to get government to do something about it is an attempt to abridge the liberties of others. From where I stand, attempting to get government to interfere in such issues is unconstitutional.

    I believe that companies that pollute my air, land, and water, are violating my unalienable rights. If corporations pollute our environment then the federal government must take action to stop it. If I have a god given right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, then I also have a right to clean air, land, and water, as they are an integral part of the aforementioned rights. If a corporation manufactures a product that produces toxic substances as a by-product, they can decimate the land they own all they want. But if those toxins invade the air, land, and water beyond their property line then we have a problem.

    I believe that the United States’ continuing genocidal policies regarding the country’s indigenous people is a continuing stain on our society that must be stopped.

    I believe that we must take action to insure the security of our nation, but not at the expense of our civil liberties. If our security agencies cannot accomplish this with the technology available, and a bureaucracy cannot be streamlined to issue warrants for tapping phones or enacting searches and seizures, then we have a problem; it called being set on stupid.

    I believe that our foreign policy’s central objective should be peace and universal human rights. If we are attacked, we have the right to defend ourselves. If our allies are attacked we should come to their defense. If a regime is committing acts of genocide then the world community should intervene to end it.

    I believe that John was the Egg Man, and Paul was the Walrus. I believe that if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, it still makes a sound. I believe Looney Tunes kick Disney’s ass. I believe the Who kicks Zeppelin’s ass. I believe people should be making love more and arguing less.

    I believe that regardless of what I believe, you have the right to believe in what you want, and do what you want to do, as long as you don’t infringe the rights of others.

    If you think our government is as broken as I do then start thinking about what we’re going to do about it. I say we break the power of the political parties first.


    Maybe I'm Stupid for Asking...

    ...but has anyone heard Senator Clinton say she has accepted the offer to be Secretary of State?



    That's what I thought.

    21 November 2008

    How Dumb Was My Field (Update: Penny Pritzker Picks a Peck of Pickled Peppers)

    The New Dork Slimes printed the following quote from Penny Pritzker, ending the rumor that she might be Commerce Secretary for Pampers: “I think I can best serve our nation in my current capacity: building businesses, creating jobs and working to strengthen our economy,” Ms. Pritzker said. “It has been my great privilege to serve in the Obama campaign. I look forward to helping our new president in every way possible and am excited about the future under his leadership.”

    I think I might have thrown up in my mouth.

    Translation: "After all the shit I pulled there's no way I'd make it through this without some pustulant nasty coming to the surface."

    Thank you for playing Penny. We have some lovely parting gifts for you including a case of Turtle Wax and Rice-a-Roni the San Francisco treat. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.  I hope the Pampers zombies feel better now that PP won't be mucking up the Clinton administration redux.  Is this the change you were talking about?


    While the great orange cheeto is aflame with the reconstitution of the Clinton administration (you poor saps actually thought Pampers was going to be able to do this on his own? my god you people are idiots), looks like the Pampers shillazombies at TalkDeaf are having palpitations at the rumor that Penny Pritzker (yes the same douche who helped create the subprime mortgage vehicle that is consuming our economy in a ball of flame) may be Pampers' Commerce Secretary.  And my aren't they upset at the all the typical power players getting cronied pick ups on the playground.  Keep waiting for that "Change" you idiots.

    SHE WAS HIS FINANCE CHAIR YOU ASSHOLES!!!  WHY THE FUCK WERE YOU NOT PAYING ATTENTION???  Oh yeah, you were too busy gang raping Hillary Clinton in the primaries as you orgied on Pampers kool-aid.

    Why don't you assholes go fuck yourselves.

    Rant all you want.  You douchebags will still vote for him in four years because you're nothing more than a bunch of sheep zombies.  Please please please move to Russia and vote for Putin surrogates.  It's easy.  They tell you who to vote for.  You'll feel right at home.


    20 November 2008

    And That's Not All

    I have been informed that I have been nominated in these additional categories:

    Best Blog
    Best Humor
    Best Political Coverage
    Best Hidden Gem

    Many mahalos to Diamond Tiger for your high praise. I'm voting my ass off for you too!

    19 November 2008

    I Have Been Nominated

    For Best Individual Blogger in the 2008 Weblog Awards.  Thank you to Diamond Tiger for the nomination.

    You can vote for me by clicking on the badge on the right.  Turn on your page search and type in Shtuey if you care to vote for me.  If you do, and I win, when I am elected President I promise to appoint you to a cabinet post that I haven't thought of a name for yet.  It will most likely involve wombats, leather, or Wankle Rotary Engines. 

    Pop Quiz!

    This was forwarded to me by Ms Placed Democrat.  Test your knowledge!

    Is It NBA Or NFL?

    36 have been accused of spousal abuse

    7 have been arrested for fraud

    19 have been accused of writing bad checks

    117 have directly or indirectly
    bankrupted at least 2 businesses

    3 have done time for assault

    71, repeat 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges

    8 have been arrested for shoplifting

    21 currently are defendants in lawsuits, and

    84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

    Can you guess which organization this is?

    Give up yet? 

    Neither, it's the 435 members of the
    United States Congress

    The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

    And you thought I was just a crazy cranky pants.

    The Latest from the Republic of Lakotah

    Russell Means issued this report on 17 November:

    Many hundreds of American Indians still snowbound and without electrical power or water on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

    Sofia Romero, age 98, snowed in, no power, no water, food situation unknown.

    Emme Zimiga, age 96, snowed in, no power, no water, food situation unknown.

    Amanda Milk, age 80’s, no legs, dialysis patient, snowed in, presumed dead.

    Hisle SD - 38 households (average of 17 persons per household on Reservation) still snowed in with out power or water.

    Lost Dog Community - 5 families snowed in, no power, no water, food situation unknown.

    Lacreek Electric Association reports that over 1,000 power distribution poles broken by the storm have been replaced, but dozens more are still down, while repair efforts have been diverted to the some of the main distribution lines still partially inoperative.


    It was also reported that the Red Cross presence at Pine Ridge was one person who was rude and left on Saturday.  There has been some help from the National Guard.  No word on whether the Red Cross will return.  Shipments of donated supplies are getting through.  It has been asked that people not send mismatched items; if it is possible to send NEW clothes, please do so.

    How to Send Relief Aid
    Posted by admin On November - 10 - 2008
    1. NEW Clothing can be sent to:
    (recent shipments of clothing included many mismatched gloves and boots, used pantyhose, etc. We recommend that new clothes be purchased at outlet and discount stores.)

    2. Food Donations:
    Since diabetes is already and epidemic on the Reservation, we recommend that you send hi-protein food such as beans, brown rice, canned meats and other foods high in protein and vitamins.

    T.R.E.A.T.Y. SCHOOL, a 501(C)(3) Tax Exempt Organization
    P.O. BOX 99
    444 Crazy Horse Drive
    Porcupine, SD 57772

    2. Republic of Lakotah Emergency Propane for the Elderly:
    can be purchased directly from Lakotah Plains Propane via Mastercard/Visa at: 605-867-5199 . Via mail to P.O. Box 1994, Pine Ridge, SD 57770
    3. Send Contributions of Relief Aide to T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School

    18 November 2008

    Ding-a-ling Brothers Bush & Obama Circus: The Dumbest Electorate on Earth!

    In 2004 62 million Americans thought that George W. Shrub was doing such a bang up job running the country that they voted for him again.  In 2008 nearly 67 million voted for a man who thought there were 57 states in the U.S.A., and who stated that his policies will bankrupt the coal industry (the single largest source of electricity production in the country) causing skyrocketing energy costs.  One hundred twenty-nine million people in this country voted for the two most incompetent, corrupt presidential candidates this nation has produced since Warren G. Harding.  

    To just make sure that you understand the enormity of that figure let's put it this way:  More than one in three Americans are so unbelievably brain dead stupid they should not be capable of respirating.  If breathing was not an action rooted in an involuntary nerve impulse, more than one third of the population of this country would drop dead.

    See some of these brilliant Americans in action.  Watch the entire video.  It's priceless.

    And how did this happen?  I agree with John Ziegler:  The negligent, complicit MEDIA.

    I wonder if people in Canada are smarter?

    Here are results of the Zogby Poll.

    512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

    97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

    Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

    57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

    81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

    82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

    88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

    56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

    And yet.....

    Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

    Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

    And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

    Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

    Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

    Naturally, Lefty dingdongs accused Zogby, a noted Pampers supporter, of conducting a push poll on behalf of Fox News.  Here is noted Pampers supporter John Zogby's statement on the controversy: 

    "We stand by the results our survey work on behalf of John Ziegler, as we stand by all of our work. We reject the notion that this was a push poll because it very simply wasn't. It was a legitimate effort to test the knowledge of voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama in the Nov. 4 election. Push polls are a malicious effort to sway public opinion one way or the other, while message and knowledge testing is quite another effort of public opinion research that is legitimate inquiry and has value in the public square. In this case, the respondents were given a full range of responses and were not pressured or influenced to respond in one way or another. This poll was not designed to hurt anyone, which is obvious as it was conducted after the election. The client is free to draw his own conclusions about the research, as are bloggers and other members of society. But Zogby International is a neutral party in this matter. We were hired to test public opinion on a particular subject and with no ax to grind, that's exactly what we did. We don't have to agree or disagree with the questions, we simply ask them and provide the client with a fair and accurate set of data reflecting public opinion." - John Zogby
    Apparently, only 2% of Pampers voters were able to answer all the questions correctly.  To read more on the media driven gross incompetence of the American electorate go here.

    Maybe in 2012 I'll run a brick for President.  I bet the brick gets more votes than Ralph Nader.

    16 November 2008

    Update on Pine Ridge

    From Debi McLeod at Native Americans Against Obama:

    I wanted to thanks everyone for your help so far, I did get this email this morning. Yesterday, I was at the univeristy here, load supplies to take. The students helped alot, from this email I see more is still neeeded, and will be going and getting the things most needed. I sent all donations so far for propane, but now will get the things here needed. For the next few days, I will buy these supplies, for those who wnat you can send them to this address below or I will take all donations I get and buy as much as possible, so if you can’t send them you can donate through this site, and I will be sending them. Here is the info I got, and it it reputable. Here is the copy.

    I have just received this reply from an email friend. I have deleted
    her email addy and name (except for initials). This is the latest
    info I have.
    …Churches of any denomination should be willing to help…we know
    the mainstream media will not even address this issue, but WE can
    make sure they know about it and demand they report on it…people
    are dying, it doesn’t matter what race…they need our help.
    I will let you know as I receive any further information.

    Subject: SIOUX NATION
    Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:42:50 -0600
    I have received info from Lakota, Ogala Sioux. It is bad. There are
    over 1900 power poles down, no electricity, no firewood, running out
    of propane, There are snow drifts 20-30′ deep in some places making
    it virtually impossible to enter the areas with any vehicles much
    less on foot.

    The National Guard is helping some…and I understand that the Red
    Cross may be there.
    Here is the address to send either Donations, new blankets, baby
    food, diapers, Wet wipes for cleansing, new baby blankets, or food
    stuffs that are not perishable. The higher that you go upward the
    worse it gets. Hwy # 44 to Wounded Knee to Porpucine, Kyle is very
    bad, Wmblee and Katoka are suffering.
    These are all in the path of the blizzard.
    Sanitary napkins would be very beneficial for someone to send, also
    Fat candles.

    Vice Chairman of the Ogalala Sioux Tribe
    C/O Bob Ecoffey
    P O Box 1203
    Pine Ridge, SD 57770
    (605) 867-5396

    My contact doesn’t want his name smeared over the internet, however,
    I will tell you that these men flew with him and his crews putting
    out the fires there a couple of years ago and these men care about
    their people and their lands. They are trustworthy. Fire chief said
    that these men named in the address are the best to handle the
    incoming packages etc. I would suggest that should anyone want to
    send something, that they state which reservation that they want it
    go to i. e. Porcupine, Wounded Knee, etc. etc. “B” did send an
    overnight check to them for $1,000 so that will help some. They will
    have to fly firewood in to them, they cannot get there via road. You
    might tell the people that are truly interested in helping where to
    send the packages to the address above. It took “B” several days to
    get in touch. Some phones are out along with the electricity.

    All of the elderly that were in harms way have been moved out and
    those that were very sick. All have been accounted for so that is a

    Much prayer is needed for the people. This ought not to be in this


    14 November 2008

    Republic of Lakotah: Rebirth of a Nation

    So much of my energy for the past year was tied up in the election that I missed something, something I had been hoping to see for a long time.  It wasn't until I received Debi McLeod's email calling for aid to Pine Ridge that I saw this (let this be a cautionary tale on the trap of myopia).   On 17 December 2007, a delegation of leaders of the Lakotah Nation delivered a message to the U.S. Department of State that they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties between their nation and the United States.  Lakotah leader, and indigenous rights activist Russell Means declared, "We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us."  To that end the Lakotah have moved to establish what is being called the Republic of Lakotah.

    Here is the Republic's partial statement on unilateral withdrawal.
    “We as the freedom loving Lakotah People are the predecessor sovereign of Dakota Territory as evidenced by the Treaties with the United States Government, including, but not limited to, the Treaty of 1851 and the Treaty of 1868 at Fort Laramie. Lakotah, formally and unilaterally withdraws from all agreements and treaties imposed by the United States Government on the Lakotah People. Lakotah , and the population therein, have waited for at least 155 years for the United States of America to adhere to the provisions of the above referenced treaties. The continuing violations of these treaties’ terms have resulted in the near annihilation of our people physically, spiritually, and culturally.

    Lakotah rejects United States Termination By Appropriation policy from 1871 to the present. In addition, the evidence of gross violations of the above referenced treaties are listed herein. Lakotah encourages the United States of America, through its Government,
    to enter into dialogue with Lakotah regarding the boundaries, the land and the resources therein.

    Should the United States and its subordinate governments choose not to act in good faith concerning the rebirth of our nation, we hereby advise the United States Government that Lakotah will begin to administer liens against real estate transactions within the five state area of Lakotah.

    Lakotah, through its government, appointed the following representatives to withdraw from all the treaties with the United States of America based on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties entered into force in 1980 and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007.”

    Teghiya Kte Canupa
    Heretofore known as Gary Rowland

    Gluha Mani
    Heretofore known as Duane Martin Sr.

    Oyate Wacinyapin
    Heretofore know as Russell Means

    Mni yuha Najin Win
    Heretofore known as Phyllis Young

    Republic Of Lakotah P.O. Box 99 Porcupine SD 57772, SD 57772
    Go here to read the full statement, including the legal basis for this action here.  

    I, like every student in American public schools, was sold the legendary heroic tales of the European explorers (who mostly turned out to be slave traders and mass murderers), but never got much in the way of anything resembling a history of America's First Nations beyond the story that they were wild, blood thirsty savages that had to be subdued (and the Trail of Tears was really sad).  Nothing about their religions, cultures, history, languages...nothing; so I decided to educate myself.

    Part of my research led me to my university's graduate library where there were volumes upon volumes containing every treaty made between the United States and Plains nations including the Cheyenne, Kiowa, Arapaho, and Lakotah.  My original theory was that these nations could invalidate these treaties based on the presence of illegitimate signatures.  Terms were set that certain numbers of members of each signatory band had to sign.  Many were just an "X", some were dead people (and you thought Chicago invented that game).  If a precise number of false signatures could be found, bringing the required number below that legal standard, then the treaties were never properly ratified, and thus invalid.  The wind of time makes this a difficult procedure at best, but not impossible.

    There were obvious points before I began this research, the most glaring being that the United States government repeatedly violated treaties it signed with the bands of the Lakotah Nation.  But there was this missing piece, and of course it was right in front of my face.  Article VI of the Constitution of the United States:
    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
    Regardless of the protestations of the United States government, its breaking of treaties with the Lakotah, and other indigenous nations, was a violation of the Constitution.  But it wasn't until the signing of the Declaration of Indigenous Rights that the pieces could fall into place. 

    Article 37 states:
    1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements concluded with States or their successors and to have States honour and respect such treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.
    2. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as diminishing or eliminating the rights of indigenous peoples contained in treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.
    Now, Lakotah leaders are at last standing up, with the full weight of constitutional and international legitimacy, and saying, as we did in 1776, "We have a country."  

    The land represented in the territory of the Lakotah Republic encompasses all the territory that was granted to their nation in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 (see the above map), a treaty the United States chose to violate after an expedition to the Paha Sapa (the Black Hills), led by George Custer no less, found gold there.  It is exactly as I envisioned it when I first read those treaties; that the Lakotah are entitled to take back all of that land and live a free life, as they never really legally surrendered it.

    I have been arguing here that all three branches of the federal government have been acting in violation of the Constitution vis a vis FISA, the suspension of habeas corpus, and the SCOTUS decision to strike down the ruling of the 6th District Court of Appeals ruling regarding the voter registration fraud in Ohio.  I cannot demand constitutional legitimacy from the United States government in regard to my own liberties and freedoms without demanding it on behalf of the Republic of Lakotah, and all indigenous peoples with whom the U.S. treated, as well as recognizing the new Republic's sovereignty and borders.

    For the record, Means and the other leaders of the Republic of Lakotah are not speaking on behalf of the entire nation, but in the recent tribal elections on Pine Ridge 45% of voters supported Means, the Freedom ticket, and independency. That means 45% of people on Pine Ridge are willing to give up the slavery of U.S. welfare and handouts in order to rebuild their nation free of the United States. The remaining 55% voted for dependency. It will be interesting to see how the Freedom ticket does on the other Lakotah reservations. I for one stand on the side of freedom.

    In my view, in light of July 4, 1776, any American who fails to recognize the independence and sovereignty of the R.o.L. is a flaming hypocrite.

    Here is Russell Means talking about the vision of Lakotah

    Blessings of success, protection and peace to the Republic of Lakotah as you embark on this new venture.

                                             יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
                                      יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
                                  יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
    May the Creator bless you and protect you.
    May the Creator's countenance shine upon you and be gracious to you.
    May the Creator's countenance shine upon you and grant you peace. 

    Pine Ridge Updates. Russell Means Declares International State of Emergency

    Russell Means, Lakotah activist and candidate for Tribal President, released the following statement regarding Pine Ridge:

    Governor Michael Rounds of South Dakota has declared the State a disaster area. However, Indian Reservations are NOT included in the declaration.

    I, Russell Means, due to the total absence of Tribal Government and its leadership, and as candidate for Tribal President and Chief Facilitator of the Republic of Lakotah, am declaring an INTERNATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY.

    The reason for this declaration is two-fold: 1) The current life-threatening severe weather conditions and 2) The ongoing genocidal policies of the United States Government that still remain unaddressed:

    Unknown thousands are still stranded by high snow drifts for 3rd straight day.

    Unknown number of people without heat and/or electricity.

    Impassable road conditions preventing emergency services and propane deliveries.
    Confirmed fatality due to inability to get to dialysis treatment. Status of other dialysis patients is unknown.

    Second fatality bled to death due to no emergency services.

    Tribal President Steele and Vice President Brewer’s whereabouts unknown as reported by 

    Officers of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A.).
    Officers rescue mother with new born and 2-year old child from heatless home.
    Tribal Police dispatch unable to determine road conditions.
    Wide-spread telephone service interruptions.
    Hardest hit is the eastern portion of the Reservation, which includes Pass Creek, Eagle Nest and Medicine Root Districts. Also Red Shirt Table, Cuny Table, Slim Buttes,Oglala and Porcupine communities.
    Unconfirmed reports of National Guard due to arrive today.
    Genocidal Results of the Failed American Indian Policies of the United States Government:

    Lakotah men have a life expectancy of less than 44 years, lowest of any country in the World (excluding AIDS) including Haiti.
    Lakotah death rate is the highest in the United States.
    The Lakotah infant mortality rate is 300% more than the U.S. Average.
    One out of every four Lakotah children born are fostered or adopted out to non-Indian homes.
    Diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, etc. are present. Cancer is now at epidemic proportions!
    Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S national average for this group.

    Median income is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year.
    97% of our Lakotah people live below the poverty line.
    Many families cannot afford heating oil, wood or propane and many residents use ovens to heat their homes.

    Unemployment rates on our reservations are 80% or higher.
    Government funding for job creation is lost through cronyism and corruption.

    Elderly die each winter from hypothermia (freezing).
    1/3 of the homes lack basic clean water and sewage while 40% lack electricity.
    60% of Reservation families have no telephone.
    60% of housing is infected with potentially fatal black molds.
    There is an estimated average of 17 people living in each family home (may only have two to three rooms). Some homes, built for 6 to 8 people, have up to 30 people living in them.

    More than half the Reservation’s adults battle addiction and disease.
    Alcoholism affects 9 in 10 families.
    Two known meth-amphetamine labs allowed to continue operation. Why?

    The Tuberculosis rate on Lakotah reservations is approx. 800% higher than the U.S national average.
    Cervical cancer is 500% higher than the U.S national average.
    The rate of diabetes is 800% higher than the U.S national average.
    Federal Commodity Food Program provides high sugar foods that kill Native people through diabetes and heart disease.

    Indian children incarceration rate 40% higher than whites.
    In South Dakota, 21 percent of state prisoners are American Indians, yet they only make up 2% of the population.
    Indians have the second largest state prison incarceration rate in the nation.
    Most Indians live on federal reservations. Less than 2% of Indians live where the state has jurisdiction!

    Only 14% of the Lakotah population can speak the Lakotah language.
    The language is not being shared inter-generationally. Today, the average age of a fluent Lakotah speaker is 65 years.
    Our Lakotah language is an Endangered Language, on the verge of extinction.
    Our Lakotah language is not allowed to be taught in the U.S. Government schools.


    To contribute to the relief effort, and the ongoing survival of the Republic of Lakotah follow this link.

    12 November 2008

    Urgent! Pine Ridge Needs Help!

    This email was forwarded to me from Debi McLeod from Native Americans Against Obama

    Where is the Red Cross? Where is FEMA? Where is the National Guard?
    The Lakota Reservation in South Dakota has been struck with a huge,
    early season snow storm. Elderly people are without propane, there is
    a great lack of food, medicine and warm winter clothing.

    According tho the president of the Reservation, the State of South
    Dakota is doing almost nothing. The roads are still not plowed and
    people are dieing.

    They need our help in way of wood, propane, warm winter clothing,
    food and assistance with plows.

    If you are in the area and have the heart to help these folks, go to
    the Porcupine School or call 605-867-1111.

    If you can, send money, call and get details on arrangements. If you
    can send materials, as this is going to be a long winter for the sick
    the elderly and the children, the address is

    Republic of Lakotah
    P.O. Box 99
    Porucupine, SD 57772

    Winters are brutal in this area, and this one is worse than they can
    deal with. Any and all help will be remembered by the people for
    their entire lives, and lives is what this is about.

    Please, with our Holidays coming, help these people NOW while we can
    still help. People are dieing right now.

    Feel free to contact John for more information.

    John Stroebel
    PO 166 Centennial Wyoming 82055


    Please do what you can to assist the Lakota at this critical time.

    11 November 2008

    For Our Veterans

    I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to honor the brilliant men and women who have stood up throughout our nation's history to defend our freedoms and liberties at home and abroad.  They have laid their lives on the line in the air, on land, and at sea so that the rest of might know comfort, peace, life, and liberty.  We continue to be who we are because they stand in our defense.

    We have not always treated our veterans with the respect and rights that they deserve; anyone who has worked at, or known someone admitted to a VA hospital knows that.  I have never heard anything good about anyone's experience in these places.  

    We must take the greatest care in sheltering our veterans when they come home from war.  We must help heal them as the scars of battle seldom fade simply with time and distance from action.

    And I would hope that our elected officials, who send our men and women off to war to defend our freedoms and our Constitution, would remember that they too have taken oaths to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and that if they break that oath, they should think twice before sending others to fulfill it.  Liberty begins at home.  When you send our men and women to war you must live by example and protect our freedoms and our Constitution at home.  If you cannot, then you have no right to put one American in harms way. 

    Don't you ever forget that.

    To everyone who has served in our armed forces, thank you.

    You Can't Handle The Truth

    Maybe we were high on acid.  Were we high on acid?  We must have been high on acid.  But I swear that Obama won the nomination due to rampant caucus fraud, voter intimidation, and a DNC that manipulated the delegate count and rigged the convention to insure a predetermined outcome.  Oh wait...that is how he won the nomination.  It certainly wasn't because more people voted for him.

    But now we have Steve Croft hiding the truth, glossing it over with sunshine, lollypops, and moonbeams.  He perpetuated the lie Obama made $600,000,000 from small internet donations, instead of the millions of dollars he took in illegal contributions from foreign nationals, and massive corporate bundling by lobbyists and pacs (the same ones he said he wasn't taking them from).

    Croft let Axelgoebels and company go on and on about how race was not discussed, instead of how the campaign played the race card to crush dissent, and silence critics in the primaries, and the general election.  You will nearly vomit when David Plouffe says that when Obama delivered his "race speech" he looked presidential, instead of trying to distract everyone from the fact that he was a 20 year member of a black liberation theology church that foments hate for non blacks, Jews, gays, and America whose bigoted preacher, a man whom Obama  called an uncle and a mentor, married him, and baptized his children.

    He let them go on and on about their grassroots effort, instead of exposing the connection between the Obama campaign, it's defrauding the FEC, and its use of ACORN to launch a nationwide campaign of voter registration/voter fraud.

    This is not the 60 Minutes that I grew up on; the 60 Minutes where political fraudmasters were exposed, with the truth stapled to their foreheads.  No, that 60 Minutes is dead and gone.  It is no surprise that Walter Cronkite has largely been silent through this lovefest.  People with integrity know better.

    But after all that whitewashing came the kicker.  The puppet master, the man who groomed Obama, filtered his life, covered his tracks, and made him the empty suit he is, David Axelrod, is going to be in the White House with his creature.  We've already had two years of unreality courtesy of Mr. Axelrod.  Now we're doomed to four more.  Nothing good will come of this.

    Chris "'til the juice runs down my leg" Matthews now believes it is his mission to make the Obama presidency work.  An admission that the whitewash must continue?  Lord knows the media didn't let the truth stand in their way before.

    We must be the media now and get the truth out to all who will listen.  Blog radio, podcasts, blogging, printing of leaflets, creation of newspapers and magazines.  We must become the new Hearsts because the lies will continue to be told by the mainstream media until they are no longer able to make money off telling the lies.  And that's what it's all about.  So if you haven't done so already, cancel that subscription to the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, etc.  Stop watching the network news, and start finding the truth out for yourselves, because, "There are no truths outside the gates of eden."

    Now, get your barf bag handy because here's the whitewash courtesy of Steve "I am not a journalist" Croft and the rest of the clowns at 60 Minutes.

    Watch CBS Videos Online

    And now detoxify with Bob:  At times i feel there are no words but these to tell what's true.  Will you live inside, or outside the gates of Eden?  I prefer truth.  How about you?

    10 November 2008

    A New News Network Arises

    In response to the main stream media's continued reality altering lovefest with Pampers I have taken matters into my own hands and have created my own news network: SHTUEY NEWS NETWORK.  Like MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC I have decided to create my own reality where I deliver whatever news I like.  I might be reporting on Pampers eating babies one day, and Joe Biden making love to a chicken the next.  It's anything goes at Shtuey's News Network.  And if you've made up a story that you think we'd be interested in running, feel free to submit it to the comments section of any post here at valve!  As always, comments are moderated here so your story will be seen by my eyes only until publication (I reserve the right to judiciously edit any and all articles).

    So drop by the Shtuey News Network to read all the news that's fit for me to make up.

    09 November 2008

    The Crisis

    In 1776 Thomas Paine began writing a series of essays that are now collectively known as The Crisis Papers.  The first of these dated 23 December 1776 moved General Washington to have it read to his soldiers at Valley Forge.  Here is the famous opening paragraph:
    THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
    As we did in 1776, we now face a crisis.  Not from a foreign power that seeks to maintain dominion over us, but from our own government, that will soon be controlled by a political party that violated it's own charter, and federal election law, in order to secure the White House, and no doubt more seats in the Congress (as yet I have not found cases of this applied directly to Congressional races but, considering the illegal voter registration activities of ACORN on behalf of the Democrat Party, I think it is safe to assume that Democrat Congressional candidates also benefitted from illegal activity; they are free to disprove my statement upon which I will detract it).

    As we have seen, and as I have written here many times, the federal government itself has taken action in the face of popular opposition; chiefly the passing of a FISA bill that does not abolish warrantless wiretapping, and grants retroactive immunity to telecom companies that participated in the program, and the passing of the $700 billion financial rescue package that the majority of Americans did not want.  When our elected representatives, whose primary duty is to vote according to the wishes of their constituents, vote against the will of the people, clearly we have a government that is broken, no longer serves the interests of the people, and that is in violation of the social contract laid out in the Declaration of Independence.  The same can be said for the President, who tapped our phones without warrants, in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.

    A government that passes laws, over the objection of the people, a violation of its founding principles, is a government to whom you do not owe allegiance.  You do not pledge allegiance to the federal government.  The pledge of allegiance is to the flag, it is to our nation.  The federal government is not the nation.  The nation is We The People.

    The sunshine patriot, the summer soldier, stands up and cheers over the election of a fraud and liar, and then goes back to sleep.  If you say "country first," if you understand that we are a nation of laws, not men, and you stand up and just say no deal, then you are, as Paine suggested, worthy of the love of all men and women.

    How do we resist?  If the federal government is going to ignore our will, then what's to stop us from doing the same?  We employ the principles of our Founders, of Thoreau, of Gandhi, of King.  If the government passes a law that we did not support, do we have any obligation whatsoever to be bound to it?  The Congress is obligated to pass laws based on our desires, not based on what they think is best.  For too long they have done the latter.  The time has come to say, "No more!"  Either do what we tell you to do, or we will use our powers under the Constitution of the United States to create governing institutions that exercise our will.  It's very simple.  But this cannot work unless every American stands up and holds their representatives accountable.  If a bill is scheduled to be voted on that you feel is against your interests then make your voice heard.  Call your legislators.  Better yet, go to their offices.  If they vote against your interests then go back and demand to meet with them and speak your mind.  Take out an ad in the paper, or put up a poster publicly that states the events that transpired, and how your rights were violated, how your voice was ignored.  The only reason why this happens to us again and again, on our dime no less, is because we allow it to happen.  WE ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN.  How much longer will you let this pass?  Until there are cameras in your house?  Until your bank account is an open funnel to the government that can seize your assets when they like for any reason?  Until you, your sons, and your daughters are conscripted to fight in a war that you did not support or sanction?  This is your country.  Stand up and keep it that way.  

    The people in our federal government are not evil.  They are drunk with power.  It's time we sobered them up.  It's time we imposed term limits.  It's time we had direct oversight of our elected officials.  It's time that we create citizen assemblies with veto power.  It's time for us to take responsibility for this republic, as our elected officials are doing nothing but making a mess of it.

    But don't listen to me.  Listen to Thomas Paine who made the case far more eloquently than I:
    Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out: I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but "show your faith by your works," that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light...if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.
    It's your nation people.  What are you going to do about this?

    08 November 2008

    Where Do We Go From Here?

    Readers and colleagues have been calling and emailing regarding my take on the next move.  Some are considering forming a new party.  Some are considering reforming the Democrat Party.  Some are thinking about gathering independents and centrists from both parties to form a coalition of voters that can shift the parties to the middle which is where most of us are politically.  All of these are valid strategies that need to be examined. 

    One thing is certain, a new political force in this country, in the hands of The People, is necessary to break the stranglehold that partisanship and failed representative democracy has locked around our necks.  It is rapidly reaching a tyrannical level.  If you don't believe me consider Pampers' proposal for mandatory community service and the debate regarding the seizing of our 401Ks.

    In a time when our federal government is operating in violation of the Constitution of the United States (congratulations to Justice David Souter for issuing a Writ of Certioari in the Berg v Obama case demanding that Pampers produce a real birth certificate by 1 December 2008--he may be the last bulwark of constitutional legitimacy left in federal government), I believe our first priority must be to rein in the federal government by imposing term limits on Congress, and by shifting to a participatory democracy model, as I have stated in previous posts.  If we fail to do so a new party or political structure will be of no significance.  Voting doesn't mean shit in this country when candidates and political parties can violate FEC rules without being challenged, and all three branches of government are running amok unchecked.

    A reader here touched on this sentiment when they posted:
    We need to get every person who cares about America to commit to an agenda that truly transcends party, one that restores integrity to the process itself, that prioritizes the question of securing (or rescuing!) the system from corruption - for instance, how to keep the flow of information from being corrupted, and how to ensure elections are not corrupted.
    If we do not have these things, all the other issues are totally out of our hands.

    I couldn't agree more!

    As for valve!  I will continue to write on what moves me, whether it is political or not, doing my best to inject the words poo poos, wee wees, douchebag, and fuckface, when appropriate.  My defense of our unalienable rights, and criticism of the federal government, including Pampers, will continue as necessary (I expect this will be rather a lot), as long as the 1st Amendment is still upheld in this country.  I will also be keeping a close eye on Senator Clinton to see whether she is going to remain a lioness for real democracy, or transform into a complete Pampers toady.

    I invite you to supply any tidbits you come across, and join the discussion.  I am considering taking comments out of moderation in the hopes that post election Pamperbots are too busy circle jerking to the election night speech to bother coming here.  Of course if they do, their comments will be removed and they will be publicly humiliated (that's what you brownshirts get for being such complete assholes across the internet for the past year and a half).  

    So grab onto something and hang on.  The coming year might just make 2008 look like a carnival.

    Now here's one I'm sending out to that great media whore of the blogosphere; Taylor Marsh. She sacrificed what little credibility she ever had, her principles (that's assuming she ever had either), and the women's movement, to support the sexist, misogynist, and undemocratic Pampers in the hopes of getting some access, and an audience of unlimited Pamperbots.  She said she'd never compromise with the mystery tramp.  But when she realized he wasn't selling any alibis she decided to just go along like a good little brownshirt.  I'd ask her how she feels, but those who compromise themselves tend to keep numb with substances, or adulation.  I'll just let Bob do the talking.  I'm particularly fond of this version with the Band (minus Levon Helm who went home because he was tired of being booed at every show), from Bob's 1966 European tour.  High energy, and lots of piss and vinegar.  Ya gotta love it.

    Congratulations Pampers, You Finally Did Something I Respect

    Due to Obama supporters' constant demand for substance, the major discussion at is all about the First Dog.  In a stunning development it has been decided that the OPampers family will be getting a shelter dog.  As a proponent of shelter adoption (see mine pictured in the side bar) I applaud this decision.  Millions of animals are put to sleep in shelters across the country every year.  That's millions of cats and dogs that only want a warm place to live so they can provide you with an endless supply of love.  Because of the way your party, your pet organization ACORN, and people like your campaign finance chair have raped our housing market and economy, families across the country have found themselves having to take their family pets to shelters because they can't afford to take care of them.  You can afford to be altruistic.  Adopt two dogs.  And publicly adopt Senator Clinton's economic plan so people can afford to stay in their homes, get back to work, and get their family out of the shelters. 

    Now, it may be that this decision is nothing more than yet another Pampers publicity stunt.  As long as the dog is loved, taken care of, and spoiled rotten like every shelter dog and cat should be, I have no problem with that.  Now if this turns into an Ellen DeGeneres style fiasco that will be another story.

    Some advice for the Pampers family on making their choice, and some care tips:  
    1. Take the breed mix into consideration.  Just because your dog will most likely be a mutt (there are pure bred dogs in shelters, as well as breed specific rescues so if there is a type of breed that is suited to you languishing in a shelter don't hesitate to adopt it), doesn't mean it won't have those traits.  One of my dogs has some Jack Russell and beagle.  This is a 40 lb dog with a 4.5 foot vertical leap and a lot to say.  For example, dogs with a lot of working/hunting dog in them may not be the best for you, unless you plan on giving them appropriate activities to challenge them and use their bred-in skills.  Terrier mixes can be great dogs (but they can also be a challenge).  Certain breeds, like Cairns, could turn the White House grounds into a World War I battlefield, but they will also cut down on your vermin problem.  So choose wisely, play with your dog, exercise him/her, and love it!
    2. Shelter dogs can be prone to separation anxiety.  This is a real syndrome that, if left untreated, can cause psychological and emotional problems for your dog.  Don't panic!  A dog suffering from separation anxiety can be treated with training, and in some cases medication.  If your dog is displaying symptoms (excessive whining while you're gone, causing damage to floors, window frames, furniture, etc; stress) you should consult your veterinarian, who may refer you to, or work in conjunction with, a behaviorist.  One of my dogs suffered from a terrible case of sep anx.  I used a combination of training and medication to help treat her (she was on two types of medication for a while).  With love, patience, and proper treatment, you can help alleviate and possibly cure any dog of this syndrome.  My dog is now off medication and is happy and healthy.  Do not underestimate the damage that can be done to your dog if this goes untreated.  It can be debilitating.  But as I said, it is very treatable (your kids are going to be a big part of the training process, and they will learn a valuable lesson about kindness to animals).  So if your dog ends up having separation anxiety don't throw your hands up and take the dog back.  Work with your dog and help him/her get healthy.  The reward of undying love will far out way the cost in time and medication.
    3. Keep in mind that some shelter dogs were dumped there by abusive families.  This happened to one of my dogs.  She was emaciated and nervous when she was dumped at the shelter where I found her.  She was so neglected that she didn't even know what to do with a ball.  She had some issues, but again, with love, patience, and a doggy class, she has blossomed into one of the most loving dogs in the history of dogdom.  She is also a fierce protector of her family.
    4. Foods to avoid: no onions (in any form!!!), no grapes, no garlic in large quantities.  There are a lot of foods and plants that dogs should avoid.  There are a lot of websites with good information on this.  Here's a list.  Consult a variety of lists because they're not all complete. is a great resource.  It's like MySpace for dogs.  Here's another great resource for animal health.
    5. The most important factor in your dog's health is diet and exercise.  Since you are a family of means you can afford the best diets available; do your dog a favor, do not feed it kibble.  Despite the growth of fancy ass dry dog foods, whole foods are best.  Kibble doesn't deliver optimal nutrition and isn't good for doggy teeth.  Not everyone can afford the higher quality kibbles, especially in today's economic climate that your party has dropped in our laps, but that isn't an issue for you.  Consider a raw or home cooked diet.  Avoid grains.  There are lots of grain free diets out there.  There is no reason for you to feed your dog Purina, Iams, Pedigree, or other such bags of poo (these companies use low grade food sources, often with nasty chemicals in them because their meat ends up with euthanized animals in it...seriously.  There are also nasty preservatives in them.  If you're going with a kibble diet, feed wet food as well.  I avoid foods with BHA/BHT, ethoxyquin and menadione sodium bisulfite.  I also avoid foods with the word "by-products" in the ingredient list, and only use foods whose ingredients lists starts with a meat protein (chicken, lamb, as opposed to chicken or lamb meal).  Do some research.  Don't feed your dog crap.  Being in the aristocracy you can afford to consult a dietician if you want (for the record I am not shitting on people who feed their dogs super market kibbles, but if you can afford a better diet do some research and change your pet's food; they'll be healthier in the long run, and you'll end up saving money as you don't have to feed as much food because it's more nutritious).  Prepared foods I recommend are:
    • Evo
    • The Honest Kitchen
    • Evangers canned meats
    • Orijen
    • Wellness Core
    • Nature's Variety

    Remember, your dog is the most vulnerable member of your family, and, god willing, it will be a member of your family for a long time.  It's like having a toddler that never grows up.  So take care of your dog.  Play with your dog.  Love your dog.  Feed it well, and always have clean, filtered (or distilled) water available.  And provide lots of exercise.  

    Don't fuck this up.  Nothing works up the ire of the public faster than someone who doesn't treat their dog well.  You can't throw your dog under the bus like you have done to so many of the people in your life.  You are making this commitment for life.  Be this dog's forever family or you'll be in deep doodoo with a lot of people.  Animal lovers are a lot less forgiving than ordinary voters.

    PS The people at PETA are a bunch of yahoos who think that domestic animals should not exist so don't ever ever ever let anyone from PETA near your dog.  In fact, don't let them near the White House.  PETA nutcases kidnap and euthanize dogs and cats (though considering the fact that PETA uses Alinsky tactics like you and ACORN you might like PETA; try developing a conscience).  We had a rash of that in North Carolina and other places.  For a quick look at how fucked up PETA is watch the videos below (warning, explicit language, and some graphic footage of animal cruelty; cover your kids' ears, and possibly eyes).  

    And just to clarify my position: I believe the abuses and inhumane treatment of animals should end.  I buy meat that is raised locally, raised and slaughtered humanely and treated with respect (I am fortunate to live in an area where this is possible).  I believe the future of agriculture is local farming.  It helps avoid expensive and environmentally unsound interstate transportation (exception for Hawaii), promotes healthier conditions, agricultural practices, and better quality food.  Basically, I do my best to make humane choices, but I'm not giving up eating meat.  I'll go vegetarian when lions go vegetarian.  I also have nothing against people trying to raise awareness regarding animal cruelty.  But I do not condone the use of violence, extortion, etc.  And the fact is that in a lot of cases animals make better companions than people so I don't support the abolition of domestic animals.  As long as they are cared for and treated with respect I have no problems.  

    Here's an organization I have no problem supporting.  American Humane.  Like me, American Humane supports the Pampers family position regarding adopting from a shelter.  If Pampers only keeps one promise I hope it's this one.

    Now, on with the show!

    07 November 2008

    What Exactly Is The Office of the President Elect?

    So if you happened to catch Pampers' press conference today you saw a placard on his lectern that said, "Office of the President Elect" with a tiny version of the Barackadential Seal on it.  He's still trying to convince us that he can do the job, while looking more and more like he can't.  I am filled with confidence.  It was very reassuring seeing him standing with his tutors, rattling off more cliches.  Awesome dude! 

    Warning: Do not watch all 18 minutes of this, it might give you gas.

    I couldn't help but notice that Pampers is making sure everyone knows that former Clinton administration advisors are part of his tutoring team (we already know Pampers had to talk to Big Dawg because the man who fell from Planet Asshat hasn't a clue as to what the hell he's doing).  Funny, I don't see Senator Clinton among them.  Here's her statement on the October jobs report:
    “Under the Bush Administration, the American economy has lost jobs for 10 straight months. Today's report contains the worst unemployment rate in 14 years with our economy now having lost more than 1.2 million jobs in this last year alone. The Bush Administration has the worst job creation record of any administration since the Great Depression.

    Businesses large and small are struggling to secure financing to survive. Families cannot find affordable mortgages and consumer loans. The housing crisis has wiped out hundreds of billions of dollars in home equity and grows deeper every day. This final chapter of the Bush Administration's ill-conceived economic policies cannot end soon enough.

    We are in a recession and we must act decisively and wisely to change course, hasten a recovery, and reform the broken economic policies that will be the sad and disastrous legacy of the Bush Administration. Under a Democratic Congress and Administration, we will have the ability to do precisely that. In the coming weeks, as we consider a stimulus package, I believe we should pursue several goals that will help restore stability to our markets and financial system.

    One, we must prevent another wave of looming foreclosures that will drive down home values and the broader financial markets. Twenty percent of Americans now hold mortgages that exceed the value of their homes. We must prevent as many unnecessary foreclosures as possible by rewriting mortgages for families committed to making monthly payments and acting responsibly. I have proposed, and will introduce, the Home Owners' Mortgage Enterprise, or HOME Act, to buy and rewrite mortgages at risk of failure. This is based on the successful Home Owner's Loan Corporation created during the Great Depression by President Roosevelt, which not only saved more than one million homes but also turned a profit while staving off foreclosures and preventing wider home values from falling further. We also should consider jump starting the housing market with a temporary tax credit to address record levels of low demand.

    Two, a stimulus package should help displaced workers and struggling middle class and hardworking families. Extending unemployment insurance benefits for the hundreds of thousands of workers who will soon exhaust their benefits is necessary to ease the burden on those families who continue to seek work. Aid for struggling families facing higher home heating bills this winter must also be an urgent priority.

    Three, we should also help our distressed states and cities. Our states, many of which face record budget shortfalls, need fiscal aid in order to fill their budget holes without having to sacrifice their critical health, social, and public safety services.

    And four, we should consider steps to create jobs in the near term by targeting a stimulus that will not only boost the economy now but pay dividends in the future. For example, providing resources for states to begin construction on "fast-tracked" infrastructure projects will help create hundreds of thousands of new jobs while fixing our crumbling roads and deteriorating bridges, creating room for the economy to grow.

    The challenges we face are daunting, and today's jobs report clearly shows that the road to recovery will be difficult. But it is imperative that we take these urgent steps that will kick start our economy and hasten our recovery.”
    So Camp Pampers, when you decided to go with your messiah over Hillary, was it because of his blue ties, his smile, or do you just hate women? No, it's probably more like this: having someone in the White House that possessed the capacity to develop her own solutions, and not have to act (complete with Malibu Barry stage sets) like a leader in order to convince people she is...well...that would just make too much fucking sense wouldn't it?

    I suspect it's probably just as painful for Senator Clinton to watch the man from Planet Asshat flounder about while the nation struggles as it is for us, especially when it is patently obvious she knows what the hell to do, and so obvious that he has not one clue.

    Way to fucking go America.

    Saying, "I told you so," has never been more satisfying, or more painful.

    Oh, and how's that notion of the government seizing your 401K sounding right now? Eat shit Camp Pampers.