bastard.logic: G20 Aftermath Shakes Canadian Democracy: Public Inquiry NOW.

(Originally posted at Comments From Left Field) At this past weekend’s G20 Summit, Toronto the Good was transformed into Toronto the Garrisoned. Almost from the moment the summit began, 25,000 mostly-peaceful protesters faced a riot gear clad phalanx of security forces — 19,000 police officers in total, almost 20 times the number of Canadian troops ...

bastard.logic: Obligatory WFT McChrystal?! Post

by matttbastard Cole drops an Apocalypse Now reference, while The Artist Formerly Known as Tacitus thinks shitcanning is imperative if the republic is to survive the impact of McChrystal’s insta-infamous still-unpublished Rolling Stone interview [h/t Ben Smith]. Perhaps. Laura Rozen usually has sound instincts and excellent sources: One early thought: does [McChrystal] want to get fired for insubordination before his strategy is shown to fail? ...

bastard.logic: Two Minutes Hate for Turkey (Hiss! Spit!)

by matttbastard Via John Cole:  The Murdoch Street Journal sounds the battle cry as Outer Wingnuttia declares war on the declining Turkish Republic (the biggest BFF breakup since Paris & Nicole deleted each other from their respective Sidekicks): Israeli special forces and their commanders were apparently shocked to find their boarding attempt on the Mavi (“Blue”) ...

bastard.logic: Israel & the Freedom Flotilla Assault: It’s All About the Gaza Blockade

by matttbastard Israel does it again. With one deadly commando raid of an aid flotilla bearing essential goods in violation of Israel’s (illegal) blockade of Gaza, the Israeli government has reasserted its expressed right to, essentially, defend its borders by any means necessary. Thus far, a good amount of the discussion of events has centered ...

bastard.logic: Quote of the Day: Bartlett 1, Libertarianism 0.

by matttbastard As we know from history, the free market did not lead to a breakdown of segregation. Indeed, it got much worse, not just because it was enforced by law but because it was mandated by self-reinforcing societal pressure. Any store owner in the South who chose to serve blacks would certainly have lost ...

bastard.logic: Rand Paul Parties Like It’s 1964

by matttbastard Belated congratulations to newly-minted Kentucky GOP Senate candidate and latest Tea Party ubermensch of the moment Rand ‘Son of Ron’ Paul, for defeating the establishment candidate with Chuck Norris round-house kicks a well-fought insurgent primary campaign.  Why, It’s enough to make those who should know better prove once again, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that no, they really don’t know ...

bastard.logic: Rima Fakih’s Trojan Bikini

by matttbastard Sometimes it takes well over a thousand words to highlight the absurdity of the viral xenophobia that periodically sweeps over the more Islamophobic denziens of Outer Wingnuttia. This time it would (at first) appear that a mere picture will suffice: Of course, as Echidne points out, the rush to silently refute the ridiculously simplistic racism expressed by Pipes, Schlussel, et ...

bastard.logic: Shorter Andrew Sullivan: It would be criminal NOT to speculate about Elena Kagan’s “alleged lesbianism”

by matttbastard Sully momentarily veers from his dogged quest to discover the truth about Trig Palin’s parentage to set his sights on an even more momentous issue of international importance: Breathlessly demanding that SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan come clean about her sexual orientation. Or, as Sully’s latest Murdoch Times column bluntly headlines, “Answer the lesbian question, Ms. Legal Eagle.” ...

bastard.logic: Reanimation

by matttbastard Huh. Whoda thunk that one’s traffic would grind to a screeching halt (even Google-friendly Ann Coulter links) if one only posts once or twice in a single month? Clearly this calls for more one-line squibs and embedded flash vids courtesy 3rd party sources (lazy bloggers luv ya). Yep, in the coming weeks expect to see actual daily(ish) content being ...

bastard.logic: Cameron Tories Quietly Castigate Single Mothers: J.K. Rowling Brings Teh Pwn

by matttbastard A kinder, gentler Conservative Party (UK)? That’s certainly the image Conservative leader David Cameron has been desperate to project ever since he took the reigns of the so-called ’nasty party’.  But Harry Potter impresario (and single parent) J.K. Rowling isn’t buying the Tory’s New Labour Lite makeover. Rowling notes that despite the fuzzy rhetoric, Cameron’s Tories exhibit the same ...

bastard.logic: B’nai Brith Canada Hearts Free Speech (Except When It Doesn’t.)

by matttbastard Free speech for ye: B’nai Brith Canada condemns free speech double standard on campus as Coulter talk is cancelled in Ottawa TORONTO, March 24, 2010 – B’nai Brith Canada has condemned the free speech double standard that exists on university campuses across Canada and has resulted in the cancellation of recent events due ...

bastard.logic: The Last Post I Will Ever Write About Ann Coulter (Except for Cynical SEO Purposes)

by matttbastard (Photo: Rockinon2009, Flickr) Well, well, well (h/t Sabina Becker): First, contrary to what Coulter seems to suggest in a brief phone interview with Macleans.ca scribe Colby Cosh, it was not the police who “shut it down.” I spoke with Ottawa Police Services media relations officer Alain Boucher this morning, and he told me, in no uncertain terms, ...

bastard.logic: Ann Coulter in Canada: Of Fire Alarms and Flaming Hyperbole

by matttbastard (Photo: Jimbo Wales, flickr) Aw, poopsie: After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving a speech on Tuesday night, the American conservative writer said it proved the point she came to make – free speech in Canada leaves much to be desired. Then she said what she really thought ...

bastard.logic: Red Meat Straight Outta Ann Coulter’s Rider

by matttbastard No, just…no: Even before she opened her mouth for the first of three speeches this week on Canadian soil, American right-wing antagonist Ann Coulter had already scored a victory of sorts. Coulter, who spoke to an audience of about 800 at the University of Western Ontario on Monday night, received a pre-emptive and ...

bastard.logic: Unintended Consequences, Redux

by matttbastard (Photo: Paul Keller, Flickr) Jane Mayer on the sudden prominence of ex-W speechwriter (and current Hiatt-approved pro-torture propagandist*) Marc Thiessen and why those who don’t pop wood for enhanced interrogation [sic] should be wary: The publication of “Courting Disaster” suggests that Obama’s avowed determination “to look forward, not back” has laid the recent past open to partisan reinterpretation. ...

bastard.logic: I’m a goddamn princess with my high heels on.

by matttbastard Phone Joan = matttbastard’s new musical crush object. Think PJ Harvey squatting in Christania with Josh Homme, a small library of Victorian ghost stories and a milk crate of Blue Cheer vinyl.  Or, in lieu of thinking, just rock the fuck out (with your cock out or otherwise). Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

bastard.logic: Burn, Hollywood, Burn

by matttbastard Salon knows the score – no Hollywood wingnut roundup is complete without giving mad props to alpha-wingnut Victoria Jackson: Again – no Hollywood wingnut roundup is complete without giving mad props to alpha-wingnut Victoria ”There’s A Communist Living in the White House!!” Jackson. Srsly. P.S. surprise — he’s also the Anti-Christ. That is, indeed, “sooo evil.”  ...

bastard.logic: I don’t give a toss about Tiger Woods, but this is kinda sorta WIN

by matttbastard Alt-pr0n mogul Joanna Angel wins @ Twitter today:  thank god i work in an industry where i do not have to make embarrassing apologies and quit my job for being a slut. Oh, snap! Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

bastard.logic: Bye Bayh, Mon Cowboy

by matttbastard Every Republican’s favourite soon-to-be retired moderate [sic] DINO gunslinger Evan Bayh refuses to quietly ride off into the sunset: “There’s just too much brain-dead partisanship, tactical maneuvering for short-term political advantage rather than focusing on the greater good, and also just strident ideology,” the Democratic senator said on “Good Morning America” today. “The ...

bastard.logic: Obligatory ‘John Mayer is a Dick’ Post

by matttbastard Stay classy, you racist, sexist douche piñata. Photo: Jared Polin Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

bastard.logic: Irony is Dead, Redux

by matttbastard   Education reformers were out in full force at this past Sunday’s Perry-Palin rally in Texas (I truly heart Moran Country).  (Also, TEH NUGE!!!1one Ain’t no party like a Tea Party partaaaay.) h/t Adam Serwer Photo: Bryan Fotographer, Houston Press Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

bastard.logic: Choosy Moms Choose Teleprompter

by matttbastard Much like wealth redistribution, she was for it before she was against it. (Read Katrina vanden Heuvel on ‘Palinland’, and then try your goddamndest to not give Palin’s latest scorchingly stupid [yet unfortunately all-too-effective] PR offensive any more oxygen, lest it consume the entire Beltway and blogosphere. And yes, I realize I’m part ...

bastard.logic: Prorogation, Disengagement and Cutting the Democratic Deficit in Canada

by matttbastard With thousands of Canadians reportedly hitting the streets this past weekend to express their disapproval of Stephen Harper’s latest arrogant bird-flip to Parliamentary democracy, it seems apparrent that our political elites are out of touch with the people whose interests they profess to represent. A new report, to be released today, offers empirical ...

bastard.logic: “Roger Ailes as Howard Hughes”?

by matttbastard Let’s hope the ugly SOB still clips his toenails. Seriously — producing daily crypto-fascistic dispatches carefully crafted to rile up the rubes while scoring mega ad rev? Understandable. Poor hygeine?  Absolutely unforgivable. h/t Krugman (who, speaking of unforgivable actions, hath besmirched teh honour of Marcy Wheeler!!11one) Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

bastard.logic: Slacktastic Placeholder Post

by matttbastard Busy busy busy lately, kids (and by ‘busy busy busy’ I mean ‘lazy lazy lazy’, as my always-obsessive Twitter output will attest — 140 characters is a lot less daunting than 140 words, sadly). But we can’t enter into the last year of the first decade of the new millennium without a new ...