Oh Lula, how could you?

This is what vacillation looks like…

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Maybe this is just resignation, or maybe it’s an attempt to play peacemaker, but it sure as hell smells like betrayal to me…


The president of Brazil, Luiz inácio Lula da Silva, is studying the different possible ways of recognizing the new government of Honduras, according his advisor for international affairs, Marco Aurelio García.

Lula’s objective is to unite with other countries in the region who have recognized the new president, Porfirio Lobo, who won the elections of last November. The results have already been recognized by Colombia, Panama, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica, but were rejected by the countries of the ALBA bloc.

According to García, Lula would be disposed to send a favorable signal to Lobo’s executive in the next Latin American-Caribbean summit, which will take place in late February in Mexico. “We’re evaluating the situation and waiting on the initiatives of the new government”, said García to Reuters.

“Brazil should not remain isolated,” García added. For that reason, the Brazilian president will wait until the summit in Mexico, in order to see if the countries of the region adopt a common posture with respect to Honduras. “The decision should be taken together,” he added, and assured that “there’s no hurry.”

Or maybe it’s just cynical triangulation, or an attempt to have one’s cake and eat it, too. Always so many possibilities to leave one guessing, eh?

Contrast that with the unambiguous stance of Lula’s counterpart from Ecuador:


The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who landed in the Dominican Republic after his trip to Haiti, met on Saturday with the former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, in the Ecuadorian embassy in Santo Domingo. He insisted that Ecuador would not recognize the recently inaugurated president, Porfirio Lobo.

“We won’t legitimize a government whose origin is illegitimate,” said Correa, referring to the Honduran presidential elections, which were organized by the “de facto” government installed after the coup d’état which removed Zelaya from office.

However, Correa added that the situation would not mean any kind of break with the Honduran people, according to a press release from the office of the presidency of Ecuador.

“He needs no invitation, he can come anytime he wants,” said Correa when asked about a possible visit by Zelaya to Ecuador.

Translations both mine.

This is what solidarity looks like:

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Lula, take note. And don’t sell yourself out, because this one will surely come back to bite you after all you did for Mel. Remember whose embassy gave him shelter from the fascist thugs who wanted to kill him? Why, then, make peace with those thugs–or their illegitimate successors–as long as they remain unpunished for their antidemocratic move?

Or, to put it a different way: Lula, how the hell could you give democracy lip service, only to follow it up with a shank in the ribs? How could you even contemplate it?

How to report the news

Charlie Brooker explains the TV formula for making you feel “informed” without actually being it:

Actually, even with allowances for comedic exaggeration, this is all too true.

Music for a Sunday: Guerrilla Soldier

I’ve been reading Richard Gott’s excellent book on some of the guerrilla movements in Latin America lately, so this song is a natural choice for me this week:

Unfortunately, there’s no video for this one (except an unembeddable live version which is very fun and concert-y but doesn’t capture the real tone of the song, IMO. Plus, Larry’s got a pouffy ’80s mullet. Eek!)

The guerrilla soldier may be “born in Santo Domingo”, but he has more of a universal feel about him; he could be any little guy in Latin America, really. Every time there’s a bout with interference from Washington, he springs up somewhere. The US marine “down from his home up in Maine” doesn’t seem to have changed much, either. What has changed is that popular sentiment has now swung to the side of the guerrilla, and seems likely to remain there, thanks to education–and a keen, deep-seated personal awareness of imperialism and the collusion of Big Media.

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Wankers of the Week: January Blahs edition

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Here comes the end of January, legendary month of the blahs. As we bid farewell to it, let us now pause and remember the blah-blah coming from the following wankers…right before we deliver them the obligatory boot to the head:

1. Andre Fucking Bauer. Where have we heard all these stock phrases before? “Hand up not a handout”, blah blah blah. “Don’t feed stray animals because they breed”, blah blah blah. “Culture of dependence”, blah blah blah. “Short term pain for long term gain”, blah blah blah. Here’s a way to deal with all the blah blah blah, voters of South Carolina: Don’t give this douchebag a handout by giving him a hand up to the gubernatorial mansion. Don’t feed this stray animal, because he breeds. Don’t contribute the the REAL culture of dependence–handouts to scum like him from corporations who are throwing millions out of work, and then “investing” that extra cash in this shithead so that he can further piss on and humiliate those who need welfare to survive because there are no real jobs, thanks to his shitty economic policies. And who are now in danger of being made to work for it, at bogus jobs that don’t pay a living wage or anything else for that matter, in a state with a long history of slavery and profiteering on human misery. That’s a lot of long-term pain for the short-term gains of a few. And, unlike what the Repug candidate says, that’s NOT a lot of blah blah blah.

2. John Fucking Moore. Protests are a “numbers game”, blah blah blah. Funny, but the real numbers say you’re full of wind, John. Here, have a free dinner on me:

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3. And while we’re on the subject of prorogation blah-blah, I’d like to feed some crow to whoever the fuck planted these painfully obvious fake protesters. I don’t know what’s dumber…the Godwin violation, or the fact that they sent their own brownshirts out to do it. In any case, Epic Fail.

4. Jackson Fucking Diehl. “Hugo Chávez’s régime is crumbling”, blah blah blah. How many fucking times has he said this already over the past decade and been dead wrong? I’ve lost count. For those who want to see what Chavecito’s really up to, here. And for those who want numbers, in inglés, here. Crumble THAT.

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5. Tony Fucking Clement: “All you have to do is vote us out”, blah blah blah. Well Tony, we would, except you guys prorogued in order to keep us from doing just that, since we denied you a majority last time ’round. You’re also taking blatant advantage of the Libs’ vacillation, brought on mainly by Iggy’s unpopularity (let’s face it, if he were anything other than Harpo Lite, he’d be in like Flynn with the voters.) And if anyone tries that confidence thing, I know just what you’re gonna do next…the same as you’ve already done twice before when something threatened to bring the Harpocracy down. (BTW, you look a downright knob in that pic. Just so’s you know.)

6. James Fucking O’Keefe. “Investigative journalist and filmmaker”, blah blah blah. Make that “right-wing hack under arrest for illegal wiretap attempt and espionage”, ha ha ha. Just don’t ask me why he was spying on Mary Landrieu; she’s a DINO (a.k.a. Repugnican Lite.)

7. Fucking Harpo. “It should not take a natural disaster to turn our attention to the less fortunate”, blah blah blah. “Tragedy strikes those who can least afford it”, blah blah blah. “Each year, it is estimated that 500,000 women lose their lives during pregnancy or childbirth”, blah blah blah. O RLY? Then why did you shaft your own fellow countrywomen (and children), Stevie Peevie? Oh yeah, I know…NO NATURAL DISASTER.

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8. And speaking of shafting women, how about the anonymous motherfucker who shat this cowardly screed in the National Pestilence? “Radical feminism…has done untold damage to families”, blah blah blah. “Women’s Studies courses have taught that all women…are victims and nearly all men are victimizers”, blah blah blah. “Women’s Studies activists convinced politicians that family law was too forgiving of men”, blah blah blah. About the only true line in the piece is the last one, which I had trouble getting to because I was too busy cleaning projectile vomit off my monitor. No, we feminists are NOT going away. And when we find out who wrote this piece of shit, we’re gonna give him (for it surely IS a him) holy hell.

(UPDATE: Jezebel concurs with my diagnosis–this is one sad old psychopathic dude, full of whine and bluster about his own lost privileges. Nada más.)

9. David Fucking Horowitz. The irreplaceable historian Howard Zinn is barely in his grave, and look who turned out to piss on it. “Absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn’s intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect”, blah blah blah. “A fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people”, blah blah blah. Y’know what, Dave? The exact same could be said of you right now, while you are living. No wait, I take that back. You haven’t “seduced” anyone, let alone millions. You’ve got what–all of two dozen followers, all of them fellow overpaid right-wing stink-tankers just like you? It doesn’t get more fringe-y or unworthy of respect than that. No wonder you’re so bitter. You’re bound for the worst fate known to Judaism: to die unremembered. But Professor Zinn, I’m glad to say, has left us a rich legacy, for which he will be honored and loved as long as there’s anyone left who can read. And what he did with it was not “seduce” millions of people with his “fringe mentality”, but fully inform them so that they could in turn formulate their own arguments, independently, to rebut right-wing sausage factories like yourself.

Next time, Dave, pick on someone who can fight back, you fucking coward.

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10. Fucking NPR also deserves blame for #9. “Balance and objectivity”, blah blah blah. Where were their balance and objectivity when they produced no fewer than six obits, all laudatory, for William Fucking Buckley–who could, incidentally, be accurately described in the same terms Horowitz used to slam Zinn?

11. David Fucking Brooks. “Force the country to accept common sacrifice”, blah blah blah. “Raise taxes on the lower 98 percent”, blah blah blah. Yeah, great idea…tax those who are already in debt up to their eyeballs paying for the top two percent to go tax-free! Paging Matt Taibbi, we have a weenie seeking another atomic wedgie in Aisle Four…

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12. Scott Fucking Roeder. “Children in immediate danger”, blah blah blah. “Doctor killing justified”, blah blah blah. I’m only surprised it took longer for the jury to find him guilty than it took him to say all that ridiculous shit.

13. Rielle Fucking Hunter. “Private and personal”, blah blah blah. “Intimate relationship”, blah blah blah. Look, lady: If you don’t want to be known for all eternity as the woman John Edwards betrayed his cancer-stricken wife with, you can do any one of the following: (a) Don’t be that woman (recommended); (b) don’t get pregnant, or (c) DON’T TAPE THE FREAKIN’ EVIDENCE!

14. and 15. Barbara Fucking Kay and Kathy Fucking Shaidle. All the humorless blah-blah-blah you could possibly stomach, courtesy of Five Feet o’ Fugly (to whom I won’t link, as I refuse to give a platform to mad cow disease). What’s really funny, as one of the Cynic’s commenters points out, is that the former chose the latter’s site to dump on Antonia Zerbisias for saying Fuck and horseshit in a tweet, when Ms. Five-Feet is full of both to the point where even a drunken sailor would find it embarrassing. (Come to think of it, maybe that’s why her site had the dubious honor; the pearl-clutchings of La Kay could not be published in her usual slot at the National Pest because of the Eff Bomb, after all…)

And they think they’re “ladies”? Well, here’s something ladylike for the both of them:

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Failing that, I suggest carbolic soap: not for their mouths or their dirty, dirty keyboards, so much as their souls. There’s a whole ‘nother world of fugly in there!

And now, my friends, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time for the booty call! Bow your heads…or DUCK ‘em, as the case may be:

Good night everybody…and wankers, GET FUCKED!

Chilean fascist youth–what charm, what class…

This was taken just after Sebastián “Pinochet Jr.” Piñera won by a narrow margin (and the abstention of a third of the Chilean electorate) on the second round on the 17th. Here’s how these fine young fascists decided to show their dignity and respect for the other guys…


According to a video on YouTube, these followers are not content with chants such as “Take your seat, take your seat, President Piñera”, and let out barnyard noises such as this: “Communists, faggots, we killed your parents because they were lazy.”

There was no shortage of hoorays for the ex-dictator, and chants such as “General Pinochet, this triumph’s for you”. Referring to the coup d’état of September 11, 1973, they chanted: “With Allende we built a big bridge for Augusto [Pinochet] and his heroes to pass over.”

Translation mine.

Notice, too, where they chose to give this little serenade. The balcony they’re yelling at is decorated with a banner of Che Guevara.

Nothing like a little petty triumphalism to show what you’re really made of, eh?

And the comments at the YouTube site tell just how a lot of other Chileans really feel:


“How different is Santiago from Montevideo. In Santiago, we have those nostalgic for fascism, and in Montevideo, a Communist president-to-be. Why don’t those buddies in the video come and tour Montevideo with their little songs and slogans–we’ll treat them very well, like tourists. HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO LIVE IN MONTEVIDEO!”

“How embarrassing for me to be a Chilean…these people are demented.”

“The people of Chile have always been intelligent, in general. They’ll realize in four years that this is not the way, nor is it the example the Chileans have given for all of Latin America, and the waters will return to their source.”

“What low-class people I see here, how they’ve lost their dignity, sold themselves for 40 shekels…”

“Thank GOD I’m not like them, and would never make fun of the dead or the suffering of the families of the victims. I’m so glad to be on the side I’m on!”

“How disgusting…oh well…countries get the governments they deserve, and democracy is abiding by the decision of the majority even if they elect a clown for president. I’m ashamed to see these images.”

“Disrespectful shits, you don’t play around with human lives! And they call themselves Christians?”

“I hope I can remember every one of those faces and meet them on the street.”

Translations mine.

Uh-oh. Something tells me Piñera is in for a rough ride these next four years–the comments I selected are very typical of the responses to the video. Those widdle Pinoshitters had better pray that no one who saw and commented on this video will remember their faces. That is, if they still dare to call themselves Christians…

Festive Left Friday Blogging: What RCTV didn’t want Venezuela (or you) to see

This is the “cadena” (all-station legally mandated broadcast) that RCTV, now reduced to a cable station, refused to show and got suspended for refusing to show. Gee, don’t you wonder why they refused? Well, here’s a broad hint: The reality you see above doesn’t fit with their crapagandic agenda. This is the opening of the “Admirable Campaign” for the Venezuelan congressional elections–a gigantic rally in O’Leary Square in Caracas. As you can see, the Chavistas totally rule; they’ve got a real campaign going. Admirable? Yep, it’s that.

And the oppos? Well…let’s just say this is as good as their campaign will get.

The Real News on the prorogation and the Canadian pro-democracy movement

Forget the Harperite lie about prorogation being “routine”. There is NOTHING routine about evasion of hard questions about torture. That’s the real story here.

Short ‘n’ Stubby: Internautic Trivia Day is hereby declared by your Queen…

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I have a terrible confession, kiddies: The kitty above isn’t mine. But she illustrates the concept of “short ‘n’ stubby” perfectly, being a Manx. It’s a natural breed originating on the Isle of Man in Britain; it probably began as a random mutation that just “took”, being confined to a relatively small cat population. They’re born with either no tail at all, or just a short stub or longish partial tail (and are designated as “rumpies”, “stumpies” and “longies”, accordingly). The trait is autosomal dominant and lethal, meaning that if you try to breed two Rumpies, you get dead kitties everywhere. But if you mate a Rumpy to a regular tailed kitty of whatever kind, you’re full of win and tailless cuteness. (I’d really like to see a Rumpy with Siamese color-points–a Manx-a-mese!)

Anyway. Today is Internautic Trivia Day here, so on with it:

Apple, Inc. has just rolled out its latest Next Great Thing, and already it’s a hit with the ladies:

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The best part? No tampon backup necessary.

Chavecito advocates using Twitter! Oh noes! Now the tweeter will be rojo rojito for sure.

BTW, I learned a new Spanish verb the other night–tuitear, meaning either “to use Twitter” or “to tweet”. To my knowledge, ’twas Mario Silva what coined it. And no, it’s not Mario himself who manages La Hojilla’s twit-stream. (Love the Henry VIII costume!)

Nik Kozloff thinks Chavecito said the moon was made of green cheese. Already been debunked by not one, but two of my compañeros. How embarrassing!

Also, Daniel Drezner is a douchey dumbass, and the Venezuelan ambassador to the US has called him on it (scroll to the bottom, the pwnage is a joy to behold!)

But hey: When it comes to nutty conspiracy theories, turnabout is apparently fair play. More than a decade ago, the Yanks thought the Russkies had created a nuclear “earthquake weapon”. Now, it’s the Russkies blaming the Yanks, the “earthquake weapon” is an ionospheric research project called HAARP (located in Alaska, which, as the Paliness can tell you, is within easy hollering distance of Russkyland), and both sides are putting their wacky words in Chavecito’s mouth.

And no, HAARP can’t cause earthquakes; it only “talks” to the ionosphere, not the ground. Being located in Alaska, it’s actually more in danger of being demolished by an earthquake itself than it is of causing one. It sits near the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, which is the largest and most active subduction zone in the world. In fact, despite its formidable appearance and the web of tinfoil hattery that’s grown up around it, HAARP’s actual use is quite benign. (A pity they don’t offer tours!)

And if you really wanna go off the deep end, here’s a shocking bit of news: You’ll never guess what the Internets are REALLY made of! (Warning: The truth will not only set you free, it is also insufferably cute!)

Doonesbury nails the iPad

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