Archive for December, 2007

The North Korean Option

Monday, December 10th, 2007

This post received a comment directing us to these comments from Nick Benton, a confirmation of internal events within the cult.

Friendly or not, an average of 80-plus new sets of anonymous eyes have visited my blog entries here every day since last summer. That was until this past week, when the number dropped dramatically and has not rebounded beyond its pre-summer average. Then I learned from a reliable source that the sudden downturn corresponded with a new edict by Lyndon LaRouche banning his minions from the Internet, North Korea style.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep tabs on anything stat-wise from the point that this blog was converted to wordpress.  I do not know if the same 80-plus Larouchites have been dutifully reading this thing on a daily basis, and I do not know if those 80-plus Larouchites have departed such that … well, I’d be back to the half a dozen readers I had previously!

It may be all moot.  I am nobody; Nick Benton is The Enemy — former member with some knowledge, liable to tell all.

I have previously commented on the similarities between Larouche’s organizaiton and North Korea, though the comparisons aren’t terribly remarkable.  Looking through the website, all I really see is a comparison of news outlets, both with messages designed for the purpose of injecting Dear Leader into prominence in the world community bowed down before by World Dignataries and the like.  But recently at Factnet, the question arose:  If the membership isn’t reading this stuff, and the people to whom it is handed aren’t reading it, is *anyone* reading it?

The same might well be asked for North Korea’s propaganda outlet.

But, looking over my previous comparisons of Larouche with North Korea I see that One Great Question, the one that you ask when you look at this page.

Mitt Romney’s Great Religion Speech

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

So everyone’s talking about Mitt Romney’s “Mormon Speech”, wherein he made that asinine comment “Religion requires freedom.  Freedom requires Religion”, and went on about the Great Secular Threat, for the benefit of all those Republican primary voters who are edging over to Mike Huckabee these days.

So we have had all this great spiel comparing Mitt Romney’s speech with The Catholic Speech of a previous candidate who had been dogged about his Catholicism.  I am, of course, referring to…

Alfred Smith in 1928.

So the question is: how did Mitt Romney’s speech measure up to Alfred Smith’s speech?  I guess you just have to surf through the bloviating pundits to assemble your opinion.

serious infractions

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I can’t quite say I am disappointed, because disappointment is something reserved for a mother who received the call that her child just stole a 6 pack of Coke from the grocery store.  Or for crudely drawn dogs to their crudely drawn adolescent owner.  This is quite a bit more drastic.

Go to the Friday Oregonian and read the first article on the front page of the Metro section.  Or look down the articles at oregonlive.  I would say then type his name into the search function on the sidebar, but even though I know a few conversations with him are on this blog a few times, it doesn’t pop up.  Google his name and something from me will pop up as number one.  If you then push the “images” at google you will not see the photograph I am referring to, but you will see one that would work in a pinch — a stand-off with his mouth agape.

It has been a few years since I have had any extended talk with him.  It has been less than that, somewhere between one and two years, since I’ve exchanged a “Hello” with him.  In the interium he disappeared into Arizona, for reasons that seem to have been explained.  I imagine any number of people reading that article, or seeing that news from elsewhere would have a bit of schadenfruede, mixed with the disgust… another hypocritical pious fundamentalist Christian nut-job, right?  I can’t say I do– I genuinely liked the fellow.  Sooner or later I will see him again, though here I would have his name followed by “Comma Sex Offender,” a millstone he will live with for the rest of his life and will, I guess, have to somehow configure with his judgemental explanation of Christianity.

Statistically speaking, we all know someone who has that dark secret — because statistically we all know a victim (the numbers are rather large) and the numbers would have to match up somehow.  The most famous figure in Oregon is that former governor, generally regarded as one of the state’s best — the media covered up his molesting of a young girl.

What can one say?  It is depressing, and I am somewhere beyond “disappointed”.

Ron Paul… 1988… dejavu and a little Pat Robertson too

Friday, December 7th, 2007

If someone wants to fight in a “foreign war,” fine.   But, Dr. Paul warns, do not expect a Libertarian Government to foot the bill, or pay for any part of the space program not essential to national defense.  Dr. Paul refuses to call himself an isolationist, but that is how many others see him.  A man who relishes to fight with hecklers, he sometimes draws angry reactions.  At Jersey Village High School northwest of Houston, a student shouted accusingly: “No armed forces in other countries?  No foreign wars?  This was basically the idea that got 6 million European Jews killed during the Second World War.”

Though the students cheered, R. Paul replied, “We were there and we still didn’t prevent it.”

— NYT 10-16-1988 “Now For a Real Underdog”, Andrew Rosenthal.

Wayne King, 8-10-1988, “SOME REPUBLICANS BACK FOE OF BUSH:Key Supporters of Robertson Push Candidacy of Former Texas Congressman “ 

Mr. Paul was campaigning in Texas yesterday and could not be reached for comment.  But he said in a recent interview in The San Diego Union, ” I identify with Robertson and I identify with a lot of people who follow him.”  But he said, “He’s not a libertarian — he’s weak on civil liberties and I’m not sure about his foreign policy — but we all know Pat Robertson is not going to go anywhere so we’re the only place they can go afterwards.”

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

To rebut Obama’s comments that he was not running “to fulfill some long-held plans” to be president, the Clinton campaign cited an AP interview with Obama’s kindergarten teacher, who remembered he wrote an essay entitled, “I Want to Become President.”

Asked by reporters Monday if he had any response to Clinton’s latest attacks, Obama said, “No,” paused, then added, “It’s silly season. I understand she’s been quoting my kindergarten teacher in Indonesia.”

The storyline goes, roughtly, that the sense of inevitibility for the nomination of Hillary Clinton has been punctured, the first step for the reclimation of the Obama Campaign, and a Time Magazine cover feature.  So it is that Mercury is rising, along with Obama and Huckabee.

Hillary Clinton chimed in with that weird nugget of presidential ambitions.  All of which signals that Obama’s presidential ambitions wound its way through a period of adolescent slackerdom and low key drug usage — planned for the purpose of appealing to the “Youth Vote” come 2008.

But I say better that storyline come to life than that the one where the Clintons made a deal with the Bushes for a long long long period of dynastic rule.

Blogospheritics

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Larouche long ago glommed onto the term “Noosphere”, and I invite you to look it up on the oh-so-dastardly wikipedia if you have never encountered the term before. A number of weeks ago, emitting from out of the boiler room in Loudon County, the downloadable pamphlet “The Noosphere Versus the Blogosphere”. (The introduction to is well worth the mocking gaze.) It appears to be an expansive definition of “blogosphere”, one that travels to include ALL OF THE INTERNET– touching especially on social networking sites and wikipedia– and on to video games and on to … Dungeons and Dragons?

Apparently the implicit has become explicit, and we find this:

Finally, consider that part of the business plan of Lyn is that when you have LCers ebing burnt out and replaced by newer yutes aevery few years, no one knwos about the past and is pretty much kept ignorant of the past, until now. Thus, the cult has ordered a top down banning of using the internet to look up the cult and emailing or being engaged in any discussion of cult history. basically Lyn has a few hundred yutes in the dark cave who only see Lyn.

The Internet is Counter-Revolutionary. More to the point:

“*P.S.* Snippets of daily emails have been appearing on that wily, suicide-inducing website, factnet; so, please, people, don’t share these e-mails with those bozos! And if you are a culprit, please call the war room, and apologize.”

I don’t know if a “yute” in the state of mind to send material to — well, basically xlcer– would be in the state of mind to respond to a demand to apologize, but then again we may have some psychological gray area of uncertaintly and conflicted duties and emotions here. Interesting to note too that factnet is apparently inducing suicidal thoughts in the author of this note, and also we once again see that reminder of the tragic events from last April.  (Conciously I believe the comparison they are aiming for is to the tragic suicide of the 13 year old who was yanked along by some bizarre antics of two adults over myspace.)

There is an element of mixed signals coming through, however. The Internet cannot possibly be turned off, because as well know Howie G is still out there. He turns up here. But more entertainly:

If you like LaRouche, and have noticed that the economy and financial system is collapsing, there is no need to apologize. For more LaRouche fun, go to

Yes. Yes. A Clarion call to courage to the… multitude… of individuals who “have no need to apologize”. But, why would they be surfing the internet for Larouche-related stuff if they’ve been told not to by the org? (Oh wait. This is for the “non-member” supporters. Like, for instance… [ ]. As well [ ].)

3 Problems Not Caused by Atheism

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Background:
VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI strongly criticized atheism in a major document released Friday, saying it had led to some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” ever known.

In his second encyclical, Benedict also critically questioned modern Christianity, saying its focus on individual salvation had ignored Jesus’ message that true Christian hope involves salvation for all.

The document, titled “Saved by Hope,” is a deeply theological exploration of Christian hope: that in the suffering and misery of daily life, Christianity provides the faithful with a “journey of hope” to the Kingdom of God.

“We must do all we can to overcome suffering, but to banish it from the world is not in our power,” Benedict wrote. “Only God is able to do this.”

In the 76-page document, Benedict elaborated on how the Christian understanding of hope had changed in the modern age, when man sought to relieve the suffering and injustice in the world. Benedict points to two historical upheavals: the French Revolution and the proletarian revolution instigated by Karl Marx.

Benedict sharply criticizes Marx and the 19th and 20th century atheism spawned by his revolution, although he acknowledges that both were responding to the deep injustices of the time.

“A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God,” he wrote. But he said the idea that mankind can do what God cannot by creating a new salvation on Earth was “both presumptuous and intrinsically false.”

“It is no accident that this idea has led to the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice,” he wrote. “A world which has to create its own justice is a world without hope.”

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Problem #1:

Hundreds of Sudanese Muslims, waving green Islamic flags, took to the streets of Khartoum on Friday demanding death for the British teacher convicted of insulting Islam after her class named a teddy bear Mohammad.

“No one lives who insults the Prophet,” the protesters chanted, a day after school teacher Gillian Gibbons, 54, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and deportation from Sudan.

In a bid to secure her early release, Lord Ahmed, a Muslim peer from Britain’s ruling Labour party in the House of Lords upper house, left London on Friday.

He was accompanied by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, from the opposition Conservative Party. They were invited to Khartoum by the Sudanese government.

At least 1,000 protesters shook their fists or waved banners or ceremonial swords and chanted religious and nationalist slogans after leaving Muslim Friday prayers. Banners called for “punishment” for Ms. Gibbons, and some protesters burned newspapers that contained pictures of the teacher. Several hundred protesters made a brief stop at the closed but heavily guarded Unity High School, where Ms. Gibbons worked, but did not attempt to go inside. The school was guarded by five truckloads of police in riot gear.

Problem #2:

A 14-year-old boy who refused blood transfusions in his fight against leukemia — based on religious beliefs — died Wednesday night in Seattle, hours after a Skagit County judge affirmed his right to reject the treatment.

Dennis Lindberg, of Mount Vernon, died around 6 p.m. at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle, according to KING-5 television. As a Jehovah’s Witness, Lindberg objected to receiving blood. Doctors had said he needed it to survive his cancer treatment.

In court Wednesday, Superior Court Judge John Meyer said that Lindberg, though in the eighth grade, was old enough to know that refusing blood transfusions might amount to a “death sentence,” and that he had the right to make that decision.

Problem #3:

A new coloring book being distributed by the Archdiocese of New York uses a cartoon guardian angel to warn kids against predators in what is apparently the first such effort by a Roman Catholic diocese in the United States.

But the head of an advocacy group for victims of abuse by priests said the book should say explicitly that trusted adults _ including priests _ may be the abusers.

In the coloring book, the perky guardian angel tells children not to keep secrets from their parents, not to meet anyone from an Internet chat room and to allow only “certain people” like a doctor or parent to see “where your bathing suit would be.”

In a comic book version for older kids, a teenager turns to St. Michael the Archangel for strength to report that two schoolmates are being sexually abused.

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the books are new this fall and have been distributed to about 300 schools and 400 religious education programs to use as a resource.

“It’s to help young people to know situations they should not get into,” he said. “How to be safe _ but to try to do it in an age-appropriate and sensitive way.”

Zwilling said the coloring book grew out of the archdiocese’s “safe environment” training program for adults such as coaches and parent volunteers who interact with children.

How odd

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Interesting sight yesterday, walking down the street downtown:

A woman, I don’t know — early 30s? — non-chalantly carrying a blow-up sex doll (fully blown up).  I did what is the equivalent of a double-take, except I guess it’s a “Linger and Focus onto object for a second.”  I passed by her, and pacing her was a woman, I think walking along with her, giving a broad knowing smile, which forced me to awkwardly look away — I may or may not have been blushing.

I half expected a “Hidden Camera” to be filming in the area for a 6th generation “Candid Camera” program.

2008 Campaign round up, agog

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Mike Gravel … hm.  Huh.

So, what happens if Dennis Kucinich wins the Democratic nomination and Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination, as Kucinich suggests he’d tap Paul as his vice presidential pick?  Would Paul reciprocate and the nation be faced with a choice between Kucinich – Paul and Paul – Kucinich?  And once the close-to-socialist/close-to-libertarian ticked gets elected, would the vice president be assassinated, ala Garfield, to get their ideological man into power?

Nothing of any note happened in the Hillary Clinton campaign this past week.

Alan Keyes is as upset at being excluded from the Republican debate as Gravel is for the Democratic debate.  Unfortunately, he has not churned out a youtube video about it.

Mitt Romney’s poll numbers are dropping as people take a gander at him and realize that he in fact a Robot.

John McCain has been endorsed by a paper that regularly endorses losers.  It is considered a crowning moment in McCain’s election comeback.

I note anecdotal approval of Joseph Biden’s presidential campaign coming from various spots.  I do not understand these people.