Thursday, June 26, 2008

Some WTF quick hits

Obama, say it ain't so
Obama backs the death penalty? Not liking that. He said, "I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes. I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime."
Admittedly, if anything happened to The Kid, I think I'd probably kill the perpetrator -- well, that is, after The Kat had already killed him. However, that is my personal choice--it's not a national policy. Obama should know how fucked up our justice system is, how biased against African-Americans it is, how disproportionately the death penalty is levied against African-Americans versus whites. And thus he should know that the death penalty as policy is, even for the most "heinous" crimes, morally repugnant. In my mind, the government cannot murder people in the name of the state or the people, no matter their crime. I'm against torture for the same reason -- don't waterboard some guy and tell me it's for national security or freedom or so Cheney can have some good videos to jerk off to at night.

I gotta get me one-a (or four-a) these!
Check out the Cat Genie! Just imagine--no more holding my breath and scooping! No more buying those heavy-ass boxes of Tidy Cat Scoopable! Note the matching bathroom accessories!

Wait--would Clawsie go for this?

Tony Scalia: Legal Scholar he ain't, no matter what robe he's wearing
The guy can't even distinguish fact from fiction anymore, so deeply embedded is he up the collective ass of the Bush Administration/Neocon Body Politic. He might as well go up there in a bathrobe. He's the worst kind of lawyer--one who simply bends reality to suit his own opinion of the case.

The cool part? It's documented forever, as he wrote the dissent.

Letting bygones be bygones, no matter how ugly?
Nineteen years ago this month, a military crackdown on the 1989 Tienanmen Square protests resulted in the murder of hundreds of Chinese citizens in Beijing. Yet in 42 days, the world's best athletes will be flooding into Beijing to compete in the 2008 Olympics. Of course, the Chinese government has figured out a way to avoid any uncomfortable memories or associations between that incident and the Olympics: they barred any TV stations from broadcasting live images from Tienanmen Square. Well, that takes care of that!

I ask again the question I've been asking since the IOC made the abhorent decision to award the Games to Beijing: Why aren't we boycotting?

If I were an athlete, no matter how long I'd trained and how much I'd sacrificed to make the Olympic team, I just don't think I could bring myself to set foot in that city and put aside the memories of what that government did to its own citizens--just so that I could run a race or win a medal. I mean, imagine you're a healthy young athlete, excited out of your mind to finally be at THE OLYMPICS. And you step onto Tienanmen Square to -- what, take pictures? Mug for your friends and their cameras? "Hi Mom! Here we are at Bloody Square!" Nope, I just don't think I could go.

Of course, an administration that condones and encourages torture, blows other countries' cities and citizens to bits, and pretends they're bringing democracy to the world probably doesn't have an issue with what the Chinese government made its military do in 1989.

This is a news story?
This was at the top of the McClatchy page, under "Latest Headlines." What's next, a comparison of their hair?


dguzman said...

Holy cat poopie, Cat Genie costs 300 bucks!

FranIAm said...

$300 bucks. Back to scooping!!!

Anyway, I knew about Obama and the death penalty. Which I might point out - if I wanted to sound like a pedantic Christian asshat - is totally against like any Christian idea or value. Do I sound like a PCA(it is too long to retype!)

It pisses me off and as someone who was raped as a child, I am disgusted that this was even up for discussion.

For me anyway - no death penalty. Evah. I realize not all agree.

FWIW being against the death penalty is political suicide. And he chides Cheney for pandering to polls. Tsk tsk.

Yes I am still voting for him. Ugh.

Please do not ever mention Cheney spanking the (hate to say this) monkey again. It makes me taste throw up in my mouth.

Westcoast Walker said...

WOW lot of great randomness - thanks!

The height thing is funny - perhaps the MSM punditry will ruminate endlessly on the type of colognes they are wearing, boxers vs briefs, and other such essential items of consideration for the debate.

err... of course I posted recently on Obama's iPod selections, but that is somehow more noble and relevant, I mean we got to know what the future Prez is grooving to - it is a real sign of character.

Also, I am with you on the whole Olympic thing, and as a matter of principle I am not going to watch any of that disgusting fiasco. Take that all you Tienanmen Square deniers!

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Liberality said...

I agree with franiam here, no reason ever for the death penalty and Obama is pandering. he's been doing that quite a bit lately huh?

Anonymous said...

Okay, add four cat genies to the list of things I would buy if I ever win the lottery.

Distributorcap said...

i wonder if george the wonder cat would use the cat genie

he gets quite amused watching me bend down scoop up his waste -- that he leaves in the corners of the box -- on purpose

dguzman said...

Fran--no kidding. Oh well, I can dream, can't I?

You're not a PCA! That's just plain logic. But you're right in that saying you're against the death penalty = unelectable wimp. Which pisses me off. Sorry for the vomitrocious Cheney reference!

Walker--glad you enjoyed. I won't watch any of the Games either. I'm also informally polling my friends and coworkers about it--explaining what happened in Tien.Sq. and asking about it--much like I did in the post--so far, all of them had said they'd go to the Games, they'll watch them, etc. Again--pisses me off to see people disregard the lives of others. OH MAN--I gotta check out that Obama iPod post of yours! Thanks for the heads-up!

Liberality--seems that way, doesn't it? Kinda scary.

DCup--I know! Me too!

DCap--my kitties like to watch me scoop, and then when I'm done they go in and do some more "work," the little devils!

dguzman said...

Mountjoy--I saw you deleted your comment, but I thought all your points were valid. Thanks for stopping by!

chimpy said...
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Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

I dig this new style of post, lots of info in short bits.

CDP said...

I like this post, too. And I'm with you 100% on the death penalty. Between this and the "pledge" on campaign finance, I'm quite disappointed in our candidate. Still voting for him, though.

karenzipdrive said...

Regarding the death penalty, we must remember that Obama's going to have to pull a Hillary and drift closer to the middle to get elected.
Sorry to break the news to his early acolytes, but he's a politician and pandering is what they do.
As for the $300 kitty crapper, my gaggle of cats would doo-doo on the rim just to piss me off.
As it is, they run along side me when I come in from washing out their disgusting litter boxes so they can all add new Tootsie Rolls the minute I put the fresh boxes down.

Randal Graves said...

In a perverse way, I'm glad a lot of this funky Obama shit is coming out. He's a politician people, not the second coming.

Better than McCain? Yep.
Same level as my man Dennis? Fuck no.

And that last one is comical AND disturbing. The Dems played into their hands in 2004 when they agreed to have Edwards and Vader sit. Obama IS taller. That's an advantage, fair or not. Make them stand up. That's the price you pay for nominating creaky, old white fuckers. The Dems will do ANYTHING to get rid of an advantage.

BeckEye said...

I read the whole "death penalty for raping a child" discussion on another blog and I said that I've always felt that if the death penalty was "on the table" that it should be up to the families of the victims to choose the ultimate punishment. Of course, that would probably just open up a whole new legal can of worms.

Dr. Zaius said...

Cat Genie looks pretty cool, regardless of the price. They always talk about height during presidential debates. It was a huge topic during the Bush/Kerry debate because Kerry was so tall.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh dear, that did not take long for the death penalty issue to rear its ugly head, did it?

The cat genie looks lovely, but I'm betting my cat will still manage to miss 30% of the time. Why should that change?

an average patriot said...

It is hard to believe Tianenmen was that long ago! Nothing has changed only gotten worse from what I can see like here.
As for Obama and the death penalty. I am an eye for an eye type of guy and I just don't know how I feel about the death penalty primarily because there is not a fool proof method and I would be pissed if they killed someone who was innocent and I am sure it happens!
Then again screwing with a child like that is egregious.What to do? The thing to me is to attack the problem before it starts. Teach morals in schools if you have to. En mass we have to regain our morales and start with the friggen top!

Bubs said...

Obama is just moving to the "center" like I expected him to do. No anti-death penalty candidate is going to be elected president in our lifetime at least.

8 years ago his re-positioning would have bothered me, but after seeing the disaster that Bush has been, I'm ok with nearly anything Obama needs to do to get elected.

DivaJood said...

Personally, I think the death penalty for child rapists is too good for them. Really, I am opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances because it is "cruel and unusual punishment." However, child rapists are the lowest of the low, and should be turned over to a mob of angry parents.

Mathman6293 said...

Boy am I late. But I agree about the cat thingy.

enc said...

It's all so depressing. Except for the cat thingy. I wish those had been available when I had cats!

Mauigirl said...

I'm sorry to see Obama leaning to the right lately myself. I have my fingers crossed that he won't go too far in that direction...

Love the Cat genie!

GETkristiLOVE said...

Let me know how the kitty thing works if you get one although I got a pretty fancy one for Tobiko already.

Anonymous said...

DG - Can't talk to the cat thingy. I don't own one. But your arguments and passion against the death penalty and the Beijing Olympics are dead on.

Man I hate showing up late to the party.

dguzman said...

Monkey--you like this? Maybe I'll do it more often with the quick hits. Often, it's the only way to cover ALL the shit that happens in a day.

CDP--glad you liked the quick hits too. I suppose it's to be expected that saying "no death penalty" in a violent country like ours = not electable.

Zip--my kitties just kick the litter out about five feet while "covering" their efforts.

Randal--no, there's no one like Kucinich. Darth Cheney probably HAD to sit or he'd have a heart attack.

Beckeye--angry families would probably regret their actions later, and yeah--a big mess.

Dr. Z--do you think McFossilteeth is too old to stand up that long?

Barbara--mine just kick the litter. Misses are rare, unless the boxes are icky, then they go on the bathmats, the kitchen area rug, etc. Assholes!

Avg Patriot--welcome! Mistakes in the courts are common! Also--I don't think that teaching morals will help those people who are sociopaths, you know?

Bubs--Yeah, he could pretty much do anything short of kissing Bush's ass and I'd still vote for him.

Diva Jood--welcome to the bloggy! That's a good idea you got there.

Mathman--just wish it didn't cost $300!

Enc--yes, it's all depressing, all the time. *sigh*

Maui--again, I'm still going to vote for him. He'd have to go Linda Blair and start talking about drilling in ANWR and stuff for me to change my mind.

GKL--what kind of fancy box does Tobiko have?

Spartacus--who knew I'd get this many comments!?

vikkitikkitavi said...

What nobody ever seems to talk about is the difference between "death penalty for raping a child," and "death penalty for being convicted in our highly flawed justice system for raping a child."

Dr. Zaius said...

I don't think that McFossilteeth will have any trouble standing up for that long. With enough viagra and formaldehyde, he should have stiffen right up.

Whiskeymarie said...

The cat genie looks promising, but I feel it would deprive my wonders of the "king of the world" move (head out of the box, paws on the edge, assume regal pose) they have when using the litter box.
I'd miss that.

And, while we're on topic, what DO you think of our candidate's hairstyles? Hmmm?
Can we find out if they're boxer or brief types of guys?
How about what brand of toothpaste they use?
Forget the real issues, in a world where every second of a b-list celebrity's is photographed and analyzed...
we talk about height and hair styles.
Be afraid, be very afraid.