Archive for the ‘politics’ Category


Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
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The Distance From The Moon—Italo Calvino

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
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Luther Blissett Responds

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Wu Ming Foundation has a blog, and on it they post an interview with the real Luther Blissett.

Previous post on these guys here.

so about those protests in Georgia today…

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Anyone know what’s going on in the American right wing blogs right now regarding the protests in Georgia demanding that the pro-Western president to resign? ((Yes, yes… more complicated than that, but play along… )) Remember when they wanted to go to war with Russia to defend our bestest friend and staunchest ally ever Georgia? Has McCain said anything yet?

I’d look myself, but i don’t want to contract the crazy cooties. It’d be interesting to see if they still want to do some breast-beating over Georgia and Russia at this point.1

  1. Just realized that they’re probably all out having tea parties today. Whoops. []

Kadare on Kadare

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

From the Guardian:

There is no such thing as a political writer when it comes to literature, according to Albanian author and winner of the Man Booker International prize, Ismail Kadare.

“I am of the opinion that I am not a political writer, and, moreover,  that as far as true literature is concerned, there actually are no political writers,” Kadare said in an interview with Swiss press on Saturday. “I think that my writing is no more political than ancient Greek theatre. I would have become the writer I am in any political regime.”

The novelist and poet Kadare defected from Enver Hoxha’s Maoist regime in Albania in 1990, seeking asylum in France. The author of novels including The General of the Dead Army, The Palace of Dreams and Albanian Spring, Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker International prize in 2005, prompting a storm of criticism from some anti-communist writers, who took issue with his privileged status under Hoxha. Although some of his works were banned, others, particularly The Great Winter, praised the leader and the country’s split from the Soviets in 1961.

His international success as a writer, Kadare told NZZ, was a double-edged sword. “On the one hand it secured protection for me in relation to the regime, on the other hand I was constantly under observation,” he said. “What excited suspicion was ‘why does the western bourgeoisie hold a writer from a Stalinist country in high esteem?'”

This led to him being admitted to the Communist party in order, he said, to show the world, and Albania, that he was not a “bourgeois”, but a communist. “What should I do? Say no? That would have equaled destruction, a senseless victim. They would at some point have found a reason to condemn me as a French agent,” he said.

Stormy Daniels for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

She’s a porn star, and she’s possibly running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana as a Republican.

I’m not big on professional porn stars, but I already respect her a hell of a lot more than that slimeball David Vitter. Hell, i think that i like her better than the possible Democratic candidate Jim Bernhard, as I’m not a big fan of the Shaw Group or Bernhard’s $100,000 contribution to the Bush campaign n 2004.

Until just now, i was supporting her just as a provocateur, because when a porn star can claim the ethical high ground against a sitting senator, there is something very wrong in Louisiana. No one else dare state, “”I might be a porn star but I haven’t done anything illegal. And I guess the big question is not just why is David Vitter in office, but why is he not in jail?”

Indeed. Why the hell not?

Louisiana is already a joke with Vitter. Let’s run that joke into the ground with someone with a ridiculous profession, yet still has more integrity.

“this charming, interesting, beautifully mannered history buff”

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This is the real Bush derangement syndrome. These loons cannot merely argue that Bush is not the worst president in American history. They are compelled to argue that he is good, or more often, great. This piece is one of the most absurd pieces about Bush that I’ve ever read. It’s so brazenly sycophantic that I’ve read it several times, and checked the identity of the author, because it reads as satire.

Read it. Be gobsmacked.

what I suspect Israel has on the Bush administration

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Somehow I missed Juan Cole’s post about Olmert’s boast of how he gave a call to Bush to crush Condi Rice’s UN resolution. YatPundit nudged it back to my attention.

So why would the Bush administration cave so quickly to Israel’s demands?

Because Mossad probably has proof that the Bush administration let 9/11 happen, believing that the casualties would be no worse than the 1993 WTC bombing, and allow them to push through a radical agenda, especially the invasion of Iraq.1

There. I said it. I said it before, and it always seems to be greeted with the sound of chirping crickets. This has been the most corrupt and mendacious administration in American history. At this late date, how is this scenario still inconceivable?

After all, it’s what they did with New Orleans when the levees were breached.

  1. The big gaping hole in this theory is if Israel has this sword hanging over the head of the Bush administration, The U.S. would have already bombed Iran ten times over by now. []

Gaza leading up to attack on Iran?

Saturday, January 10th, 2009


Juan Cole links to a piece by William Lind suggesting that if Likud comes into power on February 10th, then Israel might finally go ahead with that plan.

This attack on Gaza seems more like cheap jab before the whistle is blown. For once, I don’t feel like crying wolf, howling that on a strike on Iran is imminent. Obama will be tested, but that’s too suicidal of a gambit for Israel.

It’s the crazy evangelicals here in the U.S. who are trying to bring about an apocalypse. Whatever problems that I have with the ruthless lack of ethics of the hardliners in Israel in their goals of “security,” they are pragmatic. Even if some renegade Iranians are caught red-handed lobbing rockets, there will be restraint.

Panetta has an ugly, possibly dangerous task before him

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Your Right Hand Thief has a post up commenting on a spectacularly weird statement from Mark M. Lowenthal, about if Panetti pushes an Obama agenda of reform too hard and too publicly at the C.I.A.

“C.I.A. people are not going to start plotting against the president”.

Indeed. That’s a seriously unnerving quote from a former senior C.I.A. official. Exactly what is on the table if they get unhappy?1 Better yet, what would cause them to start plotting the assassination of an American president?

Nope. I don’t think that it’s a meaningless joke. It’s a winking one at best.

  1. Actually, the answer to that is, “…they are going to withdraw from taking risks, and then the C.I.A. becomes useless to the president…” If a soldier did that, he would be court-martialed at the least. []