The Jokes ... Just Write Themselves
A workshop on government openness is closed to the public.
"The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails," Obama told government offices on his first full day as president. "The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears."
Yet on some important issues, his administration produced information only after government watchdogs and reporters spent weeks or months pressing, in some cases suing.
Melanie Ann Pustay, director of the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy, offered these reasons to explain why it was closed: She wanted government employees to be able to speak candidly.
Europeans still high on Obama
The American president arrives this week in Europe to pick up his Nobel Peace prize ... Obama orignally planned to spend just four hours at the Copenhagen conference on global warming, which for many Europeans is the world's No. 1 problem. Nevertheless, Obama-mania lives on in the hearts of millions here.
A poll released Friday and conducted in the five major European powers -- France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Spain ... showed that Obama has retained the support of the vast majority of the Europeans polled ...
Butt nooo, the Assocated Press are never done (no Sir, Maam). Every f*cking day, those turdmonkeys fling yet another bucketfull. In their leel pet disinfo column: This Day in History. Which of course, should be retitled: Rewriting This Day in History. Where wanton, indiscriminate murder/slaughter by Islam, is swept under the rug. Terrorists/murderers are only/always militants/guerillas. Victims only died ... were never killed/murdered. Never, ever is the direct connection made. Unless of course ... it is by U.S. service personnel (or of course, members of the IDF).
Wanna know where the AP witers hang out? (In the big city L.A.).
... Porn Star Karaoke Night at Sardo's Grill & Lounge, a friendly little hole-in-the-wall place that six nights out of the week is just another karaoke pub. But on Tuesday nights, when just about everybody else is getting ready for bed in this quiet suburb on the edge of Los Angeles, Sardo's becomes the place to be for anyone who has ever been, or who wants to be, connected with the porn business.
[My local, smelly commie rag (L.A. Daily News, editor Carolina Garcia), thought this piece worthy of placement. Inside the front page].
Sunday, December 13
B'caws eet's duh rayceesm, stoopit.
A patronizing fantasia of plantation life in post–Civil War Georgia, Song could at least be understood — if hardly excused — as a product of its time (18 years before the passage of the Civil Rights Act). But is Disney’s latest, The Princess and the Frog, the Obama-era fairy tale that anyone other than the “birther” crowd has been waiting for?
... segregationist President Woodrow Wilson
The movie then flashes forward to the Jazz Age ’20s — but is it before or after the Mississippi River flood of 1927 that burst Louisiana’s infamous levees and stranded hundreds of thousands of blacks in refugee camps?
Tiana wishes upon a star for a handsome prince ... He then seems to appear in the form of the visiting Prince Naveen of Maldonia (Bruno Campos), a mocha-skinned dreamboat of indeterminate ethnicity (convenient, given the antimiscegenation laws on the books at the time) ...
... writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker ... send newly anthropomorphic Tiana and Naveen hopping off into the bayou rather than continuing to dodge ol’ Jim Crow on the streets of the Big Easy ...
This hasn’t been a banner season for black characters in American movies, from the women lusting after ideals of white beauty in Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair (FYI, Tiana also sports a chemically “relaxed” ’do) ...
Disney’s first black “princess” lives in a world where the ceiling on black ambition is firmly set at the service industries ...
... dreams do come true in New Orleans,” goes one lyric from the film’s boisterous opening number, a far cry from Newman’s own “Louisiana 1927” — the unofficial anthem of Hurricane Katrina — with its prescient lament: “They’re tryin’ to wash us away.”
Wassamatter ... din't ya hear me (stoopit)?
... Husayn cites Sly Stone, the Beatles, jazz pianist Dick Hyman and “chamber music” as his soundtrack while composing it — it’s all held together by a “free nationals” ideology. It’s a worldwide concept he explains as “basically anyone who’s naturally free, free from nationality. We say these are the ones who aren’t slaves. In America, you have what we call 14th Amendment citizens — anyone who came from other nations, who came to register as a citizen of the United States. They’re not free nationals anymore, they’re nationals to the U.S. They gave up their native nationality to participate in someone else’s government. So the U.S. has 14th Amendment citizens, who are second-class citizens. It started in the slave days so it’s not possible for them to be free.”