Monthly Archives: January 2005


How about that Universal Health Care?

I just got my notice for COBRA insurance from my job (last day was Friday).

To continue my current coverage would cost me $453.90 a month.

Isn’t that insane? Almost as insane as not having health insurance.

Seymour Hersh: ‘We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult.’

So heavy on political posts lately… but this is a stunning monologue. Seymour Hersh on a mother who’s daughter was involved in Abu Ghraib:

I get a call from a mother in the East coast, Northeast, working class, lower middle class, very religious, Catholic family. She had a daughter that was in the military police unit that was at Abu Ghraib. The sequence is: they get there in the fall of 2003. Their reported after doing their games in the January of 2004. In March she is sent home. Nothing is public yet. The daughter is sent home. The whole unit is sent home. She comes home a different person. She had been married. She was young. She left her husband, moved out of the house, moved out of the city, moved out to another home, another apartment in another city and began working a different job. And moved away from everybody. Then over – as the spring went on, she would go every weekend, this daughter, and every weekend she would go to a tattoo shop and get large black tattoos put on her, over increasingly – over her body, the back, the arms, the legs, and her mother was frantic. What’s going on? Comes Abu Ghraib, and she reads the stories, and she sees it. And she says to her daughter, “Were you there?” The daughter slams the door. The mother then goes – the daughter had come home – before she had gone to Iraq, the mother had given her a portable computer. She opened it up, and sure enough there was a file marked “Iraq”. She hit the button. Out came 100 photographs.

You really need to read/listen to the entire thing. It is absolutely stunning. Other gems:

Europe is not going to tolerate us much longer. The rage there is enormous. I’m talking about our old-fashioned allies. We could see something there, collective action against us. Certainly, nobody – it’s going to be an awful lot of dancing on our graves as the dollar goes bad and everybody stops buying our bonds, our credit – our – we’re spending $2 billion a day to float the debt, and one of these days, the Japanese and the Russians, everybody is going to start buying oil in Euros instead of dollars. We’re going to see enormous panic here.

Gay Bashing

On page 13 of this week’s Dallas Observer, the Full Frontal page, I found something that couldn’t go unblogged. So here it is for your reading pleasure.

Gay Bashing
Dallas Observer, Volume 25, Number 4, page 13

James Dobson, founder of Focus on Family, recently blasted Spongebob Squarepants (yeah, you read that right) for promoting homosexuality to children. To many, it seemed a little-how do you say?-insane. Not Full Frontal. We think Dobson is a hero for finally standing up to the pro-cartoon media. They’ve been protecting SpongeBob’s sexual proclivities for far too long. Come on, people-he lives in a pineapple under the sea! Read between the lines!

But it goes much deeper than just one yellow sponge. If Focus on Family wants to stamp out the cartoon industry’s pro-homosexuality agenda, it’s going to have its hands full.

  • Gumby
    Forget for a moment that Gumby is designed to look like an erect penis. (A green erect penis, sure, but that’s not fooling anyone.) Take a look at the names of Gumby’s “pals”: Pokey, Prickle and Goo. Don’t think we have to spell this one out.
  • SuperFriends
    One of the main characters, Batman, guns for the president of NAMBLA with his boy toy Robin-whose real name is Dick, by the way. Plus, they all look a little too comfortable running around in tights.
  • Fred from Scooby-Doo
    1) He wears an ascot at all times. 2) He’s apparently not getting it on with Daphne, or even Velma. Of course, she’s probably a lesbian.
  • Beavis and Butt-head
    Technically not aimed at kids-but who do they think they’re kidding?-B & B are two typical self-loathing homosexuals. Which still means they are very, very gay.
  • Garfield
    He’s so bitchy, he’s practically auditioning for Carson’s role on Queer Eye.
  • The Smurfs
    Yes, they’re three apples high. But that doesn’t make them kid-friendly. Just short. Look at it this way: There’s one girl in the entire village, and something like a few dozen guys. You know what has a similar demographic breakdown? Prison. We all know what happens in prison.
  • Barney Rubble
    This little fireplug scored one of the hottest wives in all of cartoondom. Yet who does he hang out with at all hours? Fred Flintstone. So what does that make Betty Rubble? It’s called a “beard.”
  • Boo Bear
    Long-running debate: Is he Yogi Bear’s son or friend? Neither. He’s his underage lover. Despicable.
  • Pepe LePew
    Not obvious, since this horny skunk is always on the prowl for a willing female. But take another look: More often than not, the “female” he’s pursuing turns out to be male. LePew rarely, if ever, seems bothered by this.
  • Ren & Stimpy
    The creator of this show has even said that he was surprised Nickelodeon would air a series about a gay couple. As are we, sir. As are we.
  • Bugs Bunny
    In almost every episode, for some convoluted reason, Bugs winds up in women’s clothing. Which, fine, it’s a comedy tradition, whatever. We’ll let that slide. But Bugs also married his longtime nemesis, Elmer Fudd, which we all know is not only unconstitutional, it’s just plain wrong. We’re pretty sure he also got hitched to Yosemite Sam at some point.

DoE Secretary Demands PBS Return Money Used to Make Gay-mentioning Toon

The not-yet-aired episode of Postcards From Buster shows the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, on a trip to Vermont — a state known for recognizing same-sex civil unions. The episode features two lesbian couples, although the focus is on farm life and maple sugaring. The nation’s new education secretary denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles.

Farming and maple sugaring are lifestyles?

Gore Vidal on the Inauguration Speech

We are shameful when we go abroad, because we know nothing. Just to watch the destruction of the archaeologists’ work at Babylon. Babylon is a center of our culture. Nobody knows that. Nobody knows what it is, except it’s a wicked city that the lord destroyed. Well, it was the center of our civilization, the center of mathematics, of writing, of everything. And apparently our troops were allowed to go in and smash everything to bits. Why did they do it? Was it because they are mean bad boys and girls? No. They’re totally uneducated.

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Iraq Torture Continues

A new report from Human Rights Watch has found that Iraqi security forces are committing systematic torture against detainees in Iraqi jails. The report is based on interviews with 90 former detainees, 72 of whom alleged they had been tortured or abused.

[T]he American Civil Liberties Union released more government documents Monday that revealed Iraqi prisoners have lodged as many as 90 complaints of abuse against the U.S. after being held at a little known U.S.-run jail. The prison is housed in a former palace in Baghdad that was once used by Saddam Hussein’s son Uday. Detainees were reportedly sodomized, tortured with electric shocks, beaten and burned with cigarettes. One elderly Iraqi woman reported being sodomized with a stick.