Archive for June, 2013

Obama’s Challenge In Africa

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

It’s not about recognizing gays in Africa, however noble and fruitless an effort!

It’s all about switching off Mandela’s machine, equally uncomfortable, so let’s see how Barack handles that!

Gorilla says: “Symbolism is fine, but what shall you do when the rest is silence?”


Equal Justice Under The Law

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

For once, these Supremes recognized the obvious unconstitutionality of DOMA.

Alas they lacked the courage to recognize that gay marriage is constitutional for the same reason DOMA is not, and throw out all the homophobic attempts by the GOP to restrict the rights of all Americans.

Gorilla says, “Still a long way to go in this hateful country, but a small victory for equal justice under the law!”


The All-White, All-Male Choir

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

They hate women, every minority, and the poor.

They will do whatever it takes to prevent women, every minority, and the poor from having equal justice under the law and political power.

They care only that the rich have the lowest taxes possible.

They are amoral and cowardly fellow citizens.

They will only be defeated by the fact that no one lives forever.

Gorilla says: “They are the lesser angels of our nature!”


Shorter Snowden Escape

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

He’s going where everyone wants him to go: Obscurity!


Supremely On The Side Of Racism

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Yep, the Supreme Court thinks that we’ve achieved colorblindness in the South, so there’s no need to worry about voter suppression!

And of course it’s just what you would expect from the conservative Republican racist, misogynistic group on this Supreme Court, who can command majorities for anything the Chamber of Commerce and the Know Nothings can eat…

Gorilla says: “A shameful day for America and American justice!”


As Markets Crash

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Thereby delivering their verdict on the stupidity of central bankers, this lot is clearly the worst since the 1930s, so let us pause to reflect…

There’s no inflation, “growth” is barely discernible or non-existent in many countries, and yep, it’s entirely because of weak demand.

So what should be forthcoming is a much higher inflation target and massively more fiscal and monetary stimulus.

Gorilla says: “But all we get is a burnt out nub of a taper called Ben Bernanke!”


The Fed Fumbles Again

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Inflation is way below target and has been for years.

Unemployment is way too high and has been for years.

The Fed said it would engage in QE3 until unemployment falls below 6.5% (still way too high) and inflation rises above 2.5% (still way too low).

So why does the Fed predict on the one hand that unemployment won’t reach its target until the end of next year at the earliest, while hinting that it may slow down on QE3 by the end of this year?

Because it’s been run for the past 25 years by the worst two Chairmen in its history.

Al and Ben care only about pleasing Wall Street, a place full of cretinous criminals, they care not at all about the disasters their stupid policies have inflicted upon generations of Americans.

Gorilla says: “The sooner Bernanke leaves, the better it will be, he’s worthless!”


Pointless Is As Pointless Doesn’t

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In Afghanistan, President Karzai isn’t happy about the US-Taliban talks announced in Qatar yesterday.

What he wants is a renunciation of violence, a recognition of the Afghan constitution, and direct talks with the Taliban.

What he doesn’t seem to understand is that without the US, his government and mostly likely he himself won’t last 6 months once US forces have departed.

Our President seems to be playing this one about right. We should have departed Afghanistan a decade ago. What we’ve created there is a corrupt government that is unable to control much of the country.

So we’re doing the best we can to get out. We’d like a peaceful solution, but there’s not a lot we can do to make that happen.

The same principle applies to Syria.

We’d rather not see a bloodbath, but we have no great national security interests there and there is not much we can do to change the situation on the ground.

Arming the rebels is not a solution, since the rebels are not a unified force and the Russians, knowing they’ll be the biggest loser is Assad goes, don’t want to play ball.

What this demonstrates is there are limits to American power.

Spending 10 times more than anybody else on the military has not bought us anything of lasting value in the past 25 years.

It’s time to recognize we can’t do it all by ourselves and we need to fix our own broken society as soon as possible.

Gorilla says: “Let’s put people back to work to build something more useful than endless, pointless wars!!!”


Indefinitely Not Right

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The US government has released a list of 46 “indefinite detainees” being held in Guantanamo.

The logic, completely at odds with both domestic and international law, goes like this: there’s not enough evidence to try them and they’re too dangerous to be released.

What is the point of all the surveillance, the terrorist thwarting and capturing, and the defense of freedom if basic human rights are ignored?

There need to be trials, Guantanamo needs to be closed, and the US needs to demonstrate to the world that we can do this without losing our minds to fear and repression.

Gorilla says: “If we stand for indefinite detention, without charge and without trial, then we stand for nothing!”


A Rough Week For Democracy And Failed States

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In the US, where our government has been spying on us for a decade and nobody in power wants to hear, much less do anything about it…

In Turkey, where a phony democracy now plans to use the army, which actually still runs the country, on its own people…

In Iran, a non-democracy where for the umpteenth time in the last 35 years, a moderate has been chosen to keep people in line…

In Syria, a dictatorship that received a strong endorsement from KGBeast Vlad, apparently because Assad slaughters his people more humanely…

In Burma, an emerging non-democracy where people are killed because of their religious beliefs…

In the Congo, a cesspool of misery for 50 years, where people are killed by the millions and no American or European leaders care to intervene…

In Pakistan, where religious belief kills and enslaves women in their millions…

Gorilla says: “We could do more, or we could do less, but we need to think more about what we’re doing!”