Are we Safer and Cleaner?

posted Apr 28, 2009
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by marumaruyopparai on 4/28/2009 @ 11:34am
Backwards ampersand? Nice touch.

by NineInchNachos on 4/28/2009 @ 12:10pm
I always write ampersands like that. It's my one social disability.

by NineInchNachos on 4/28/2009 @ 7:03pm
Noticed on Joe Izenman's twitter stream that he was thinking about purchasing the original art of this fine cartoon.

Why anyone would want to own a drawing of CHUCKIE is beyond the scope of my imagination.

CHUCKIE is the most unpleasant image I can think of.

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/29/2009 @ 8:39pm
"Are we Safer and Cleaner?"

I think the cleansing has only just begun...

News item posted 4/20/09 on regarding a Department of Homeland Security Report:

"...the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United groups, those opposed to immigration, and returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

by Altered Chords on 4/30/2009 @ 10:12am
Isn't Safe and Clean a Tacoma based initiative?

Moved to new house in november. I feel safer because the gang that was sqatting in a house a few doors down from me has been removed because they shot guns off while walking around.

I feel cleaner because the city of Tacoma's code enforcement has hauled away the items strewn around that house and billed the owner of the house.

My neighbor feels cleaner because I paid him to mow my lawn and the neighborhood looks better.

I feel cleaner because the 2 guys renting the house previoulsy used to grow weed have been taking care of their lawn.

The 'hood seems safer and cleaner.

While visiting a different neighborhood however, my backpack containing charts of jazz standards was stolen. Be on the lookout for a seedy looking jazz musician w/ a stupid looking purple backpack.

by Erik on 4/30/2009 @ 12:17pm
I feel cleaner because the city of Tacoma's code enforcement has hauled away the items strewn around that house and billed the owner of the house.

Nice. Its hard to realize how much blight there is still in Tacoma until one visits another city and then returns. One step at a time.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/30/2009 @ 12:38pm
I'd settle for clean and sober.

by NineInchNachos on 4/30/2009 @ 12:58pm
Mr. Cords,
Indeed Tacoma has made progress to be more safe and clean... my cartoon illuminates the psychic sabotage inflicted upon the good people of tacoma by the criminal policies of the Bush Administration.

How can any one be truly safe and clean when head cheese is rotten?

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 10:14pm

"These are the atrocities whose architects and perpetrators Obama has refused to prosecute: threatening to murder a suspect's wife and children, threatening to rape a detainee's female relatives in front of him, beating prisoners, simulated execution, threats of execution, hanging suspects by their arms until interrogators believed their shoulders had dislocated, stepping on ankle-shackles to cause severe pain and injury. The IG reports that these detainees came into custody on the basis of "assessments that were unsupported by credible intelligence" (e.g., random accusations from untrustworthy sources, such as grudge-bearing neighbors who turned them in for cash bounties), and the Obama administration has announced that it will continue the CIA's program of "extraordinary rendition" (kidnapping suspects and sending abroad to be tortured in other countries)."

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/5/2009 @ 6:33pm
Isn't is obvious now that Obama=Bush and Democrat=Republican?

They all answer to the same corporate masters, they all are the same damn thing. The same things are going on right now, we just happen to have 9.7% unemployment to distract us from it.

by fredo on 9/6/2009 @ 8:09am
We should vote George Bush out of office as soon as possible.

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2009 @ 9:00am
Dale Washam for president 2012!

by fredo on 9/6/2009 @ 9:24am
Thorax: Unemployment rates compared:

2003 (George W. Bush, R)= 6.0%
2009 (Barack Obama, D)=9.7%

Bureau of Labor Statistics

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2009 @ 11:15am
thus the results of two terms of miserable failure. Barack has to clean up his mess.

in solidarity with our outgoing green tsar: Republicans are Assholes.

by fredo on 9/6/2009 @ 11:24am
Van Jones: another quality Obama appointment.

by tacoma1 on 9/6/2009 @ 12:20pm
Van Jones was a green jobs advisor. He should have been evaluated on his ability to create green jobs. Not his (thoughtful and reasoned) opinions about Republicans.

Below, is a table that shows the job creation abilities of our past Presidents, in order of incompetence, from worst to best. As Barack Obama hasn't even finished one year yet, he is not yet on the list. Herbert Hoover, who is responsible for the worst recession in our history is of course, numero uno! The President that is responsible for the second worst recession in our nations history is number two.

U.S. president Average annual increase
Herbert Hoover -9.00%
George W. Bush 0.00%
George W. Bush 0.30%
Dwight Eisenhower 0.40%
George H. W. Bush 0.60%
Dwight Eisenhower 1.40%
Ronald Reagan 1.50%
Nixon/Ford 1.70%
Roosevelt/Truman 1.80%
Richard Nixon 2.20%
Ronald Reagan 2.20%
Bill Clinton 2.30%
Kennedy/Johnson 2.60%
Bill Clinton 2.60%
Harry Truman 3.00%
Jimmy Carter 3.10%
Lyndon Johnson 3.90%
Franklin Roosevelt 5.20%
Franklin Roosevelt +2.6% **
Franklin Roosevelt +5.3% **

by jenyum on 9/6/2009 @ 12:20pm
I love how you completely leave out the (6!) intervening years of Bush aministration rule and fail to mention their notorious tendency to manipulate statistics.

The BLS reports for the months leading up to the election predicted sharp drops in nearly every important employment sector other than health care. (It was part of one of my freelance jobs to read those reports at the time.)

During the earlier years of the Bush Administration, the unemployment rate wobbled pretty widely from 3.8% to 6.3%

The first big jump in the unemployment rate for the current recession occurred between the months of April and May of 2008, (from 5% to 5.5%) it later began a steady climb of about .4 percent per month (on average) beginning in November of 2008. When President Obama took office in late January, it had already climbed to 7.6%. Had the current trend of a .4% monthly increase continued unabated in the 8 months following the inauguration we would now be facing 10.8% unemployment, rather than the current (still rather scary) 9.7.

This summer, the trend actually abated a bit as the rate held more or less steady from May to July.

by fredo on 9/6/2009 @ 12:35pm
tacoma1@ In trying to emulate the Franklin Roosevelt administration, Obama is ironically emulating Herbert Hoover's. Ha ha ha

by tacoma1 on 9/6/2009 @ 12:45pm

You don't seem to argue that GW was the second biggest screw up that we've ever had.

Maybe we could give the new guy at least half a term before we call him a failure?

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2009 @ 12:54pm
have to admit Van Jones is no Harriet Miers.

by jenyum on 9/6/2009 @ 1:09pm
Actually,the highest unemployement rates of the Great Depression occurred during the first year of FDR's first term, reaching a height of 24.9%, before the New Deal began to bring about positive changes.

FDR's magic wand was no more sparkly than Obama's. It takes time for the policies of one president to be mitigated by the next.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/6/2009 @ 9:38pm
If I remember my history and economics classes correctly, FDR did little to actually make a meaningful change in the economy... except for declare war in 1941.

by fredo on 9/7/2009 @ 7:39am
" table shows job creation abilities of our past Presidents, in order of incompetence"

The table may be useful for the purpose of comparing job creation but would not be useful for the purpose of comparing incompetency.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that job creation tends to go up more under Democratic presidencies. It's their nature to expand the bureaucracy with unneeded and unaffordable government positions.

by NineInchNachos on 9/7/2009 @ 9:27am
the bush administration was a boon to the torturers. I wonder if clover technical college offers a torture course.

by tacoma1 on 9/7/2009 @ 11:23am
We will never know how FDR's economic policies would have played out without WWII. As to who brought us into the war............... as I remember my history, Japan's Emperor Hirohito and a squadron of Zero's at Pearl Harbor had something to do with FDR declaring war at the time.

I just thought that is was interesting that the two presidents that had the worst record for job creation, were also responsible for the two worst recessions in our history. That has to be more than a coincidence. I realize that you would rather have high unemployment so you can hire people for low wages, but you and I can add that to the list of things values we will disagree upon.

by NineInchNachos on 6/7/2010 @ 1:07pm
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released evidence it says indicates that the Bush administration conducted "illegal and unethical human experimentation and research" on detainees' response to torture while in CIA custody after 9/11. The group says such illegal activity would violate the Nuremburg Code, and could open the door to prosecutions. Their report is based on publicly available documents, and explores the participation of medical professionals in the CIA's "enhanced interrogation program."

more here:

by marumaruyopparai on 6/8/2010 @ 12:56am
I feel refreshed, safe and clean, like a pleasant dip in the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

by NineInchNachos on 6/8/2010 @ 9:55am

nightmare of bush continues

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2010 @ 12:52pm

More on torture murder death cover ups at GTMO!

by daubermaus on 9/30/2010 @ 1:12pm
For the record, that's an AFP wire story - you might as well link to an Al-Jazeera story - at least they're more honest.

AFP is a newswire that is Euro-centric; seriously and obviously pro-Socialism; and consistantly slants thing against the US.

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2010 @ 1:35pm
ah ha! AND isn't the washington post owned by the MOONIES?

by The Jinxmedic on 9/30/2010 @ 1:52pm
I believe that you're thinking of the Washington Times. Different paper. The Washington Post is just bad, but not owned by Moonies.

by daubermaus on 9/30/2010 @ 1:54pm
And your point?

I was addressing the credibility of AFP, nothing more.

In the interests of open disclosure: I work as a Rueters stringer.

To further disclose: I am a life-time member of the American Constitution Society and aggressively oppose "Torture".

That said, the ruling was in Feburary, why are they rereporting it today?

The actual case is here - read the whole thing and then donate a paycheck or two to ACS or the ACLU!

by daubermaus on 9/30/2010 @ 1:58pm
A book that should be required reading to vote:

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2010 @ 2:06pm
Thanks for setting me on the path to enlightenment. I just heard the story on my democracy now headlines podcast.

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2010 @ 2:10pm
"The judge dismissed these claims, deferring to the military's position that the detainees were enemy combatants rather than prisoners of war."

that's just all kinds of messed up.

by daubermaus on 9/30/2010 @ 2:33pm
It ate my post - grrrrrr.

2nd try:

Jinx has learned not to get me started on the Bush Admin's complete and total rape of the US Constitution.

This is a good book on the subject:

Or any book by - he's one of those Fox News Liberals you rarely hear about. ;) is a good, fast read.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/30/2010 @ 2:49pm
Oh noes- you started it yourself!

by NineInchNachos on 11/4/2010 @ 9:24am
Thanks! Can we put him in jail now?

"Bush Directly Authorized Use Of Waterboarding, Still Rejects 'Torture' Classification In New Book"

by NineInchNachos on 2/8/2011 @ 1:46am
they'll get George one of these days!

"Former President George W. Bush has canceled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.

Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod’s annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.

Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say."

by The Jinxmedic on 2/8/2011 @ 6:04am
blah, blah, blah.

by NineInchNachos on 2/8/2011 @ 9:04am
yeah, they act like it is no big deal, but wikileaks shows that this kinda stuff really drives people crazy.

by The Jinxmedic on 2/8/2011 @ 9:50am
I like wikilweaks, actually.

By the way- if you start arresting presidents, you had better start arresting them all - no exceptions. In fact, such a threat may well guarantee us a better class of chief executive in the future.

(Either that, or we should just forget our 230 year experiment in republican democracy, and take steps to re-join the commonwealth.)

by NineInchNachos on 2/8/2011 @ 10:04am
how about a compromise? We only arrest the presidents who authorize use of torture and are careless about which European countries they land in?

by The Jinxmedic on 2/8/2011 @ 10:29am
Nope. All or nothing. Arrest every living president, or none of them. No compromises, no politics.

Then apologize to the Queen and re-join the commonwealth.

by NineInchNachos on 2/8/2011 @ 10:42am
oh Humbug. you're no fun at all.

by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2012 @ 4:13pm
good stuff!

by The Jinxmedic on 5/30/2012 @ 8:24am
I just hope you're not on the current president's "kill list"...

(remember, according to executive order, he can knock off US citizens at home and abroad now via remote assassination drones, much like the kind that the SPD wants...)

by NineInchNachos on 5/30/2012 @ 8:57am
So cool.  Just  like the Terminator Movies! 

by The Jinxmedic on 5/30/2012 @ 9:11am
Speaking of the "Terminator Movies", did I ever mention that I once met T-1000 in Afghanistan?

by NineInchNachos on 5/30/2012 @ 9:13am
...all puzzle pieces .. is are falling into place.