March 10, 2008

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk



Komar & Melamid, Double Self-Portrait as Lenin and Stalin, 1972

* Top ten conservativie idiots. excerpt:

"6. George W. Bush

"Congress recently passed a law which would force U.S. intelligence services to follow United States Army Field Manual rules on the treatment of prisoners. According to the New York Times, the Manual specifically prohibits:

"Forcing a prisoner to be naked, perform sexual acts or pose in a sexual manner.

"Placing hoods or sacks over the head of a prisoner, and using duct tape over the eyes.

"Applying beatings, electric shocks, burns or other forms of physical pain.

"Waterboarding.

"Using military working dogs.

"Inducing hypothermia or heat injury.

"Conducting mock executions.

"Depriving a prisoner of necessary food, water or medical care."


"Sounds pretty reasonable. After all, according to the Times, even Gen. David Get Out Of My Dreams Get Into My Car Petraeus has said, 'Some may argue that we would be more effective if we sanctioned torture or other expedient methods to obtain information from the enemy. They would be wrong. Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they also are frequently neither useful nor necessary.'

"Wise words. Which is why nobody was surprised to learn that:

"U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday vetoed legislation passed by Congress that would have banned the CIA from using waterboarding and other controversial interrogation techniques."

"Duh."

* "George Bernard Shaw once came across one of his own books in a used bookstore in London. He was surprised to find his own inscription inside — he had presented the book 'with esteem' to a friend. He immediately bought the book and had it wrapped and delivered again, after adding a second inscription: 'With renewed esteem, George Bernard Shaw.'"

* In DC?

Tonight at The Red and The Black (1212 H Street, NE), Plums, with Insect Factory and Sightings. 9pm

Thursday The Caribbean will be performing in DC next Thursday night, March 13th as part of the DC Independent Film/Music Festival. The show will be from 6-7 PM [EARLY!] at Pangea Cafe [2121 Pennsylvania Avenue NW] in the George Washington University area. Oh yeah and it's FREE!

* "The poetry of heroism appeals irresitably to those who don't go to a war, and even more so to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy" -- Louis Ferdinand Celine

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