he only looks small if he’s wearing pants.

April 26th, 2007

Dennis Cucinich’s Balls.

Once again, it looks like only Dennis Kucinich has the balls to take on the Military Industrial Complex in any serious way. I’d love to see Dean or Gore get up behind this. Obama, I’m looking at you. I’m not expecting much from Hillary. She’s made it pretty clear that she’s about as Left a candidate as McCain.

Ford pardoned Nixon and it polluted the political landscape for decades. Let’s show these supernational purveyors of oil and blood the door and make sure they remember it.

11 Responses to “he only looks small if he’s wearing pants.”

  1. cauley says:

    I find it incredibly difficult to focus my political energies when my balls feel so… small. If my privates could elicit just one reaction like that seen in the photo, I’d go out and leaflet every house in the country for DK. He gets props, regardless.

  2. Joshua says:

    I know. The look on her face is like, “Hooray!”

  3. Jeff says:

    Could we not get into the habit of putting giant pictures of balls on the website? Just saying.

  4. Joshua says:

    First off, it’s a small picture of giant balls.

    Second, it’s obviously not a habit.

    Third, it should be.

  5. Ken Larson says:

    In case you want to get serious:

    I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

    Politicians make no difference.

    We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

    Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

    There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

    The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

    So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

    This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

    The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

    For more details see:

    http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/inside-pentagon-procurement-from.html

  6. cauley says:

    Ken:

    How far off into the horizon are you looking? I see no end to public apathy, nor do I see an ENRON-type event occurring within the MIC. What do you say will bring this downfall about?

    Not that he has a shot in hell, but isn’t someone like Kucinich just the kind of person to bring this phase in American history to a close?

    Should we instead be looking at former military commanders, as Eisenhower advocated, in order to reign in the MIC?

    I ask these questions of you in all seriousness, though I do find the small photo of large testicles funny. Still.

  7. Ken Larson says:

    The U.S. Department of Defense, headquartered in the Pentagon, is one of the most massive organizations on the planet, with net annual operating costs of $635 billion, assets worth $1.3 trillion, liabilities of $1.9 trillion and more that 2.9 million military and civilian personnel as of fiscal year 2005.

    It is difficult to convey the complexity of the way DOD works to someone who has not experienced it. This is a massive machine with so many departments and so much beaurocracy that no president, including Bush totally understands it.

    Presidents, Congressmen, Cabinet Members and Appointees project a knowledgeable demeanor but they are spouting what they are told by career people who never go away and who train their replacements carefully. These are military and civil servants with enormous collective power, armed with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense Industrial Security Manuals, compartmentalized classification structures and “Rice Bowls” which are never mixed.

    Our society has slowly given this power structure its momentum which is constant and extraordinarily tough to bend. The cost to the average American is exhorbitant in terms of real dollars and bad decisions. Every major power structure member in the Pentagon’s many Washington Offices and Field locations in the US and Overseas has a counterpart in Defense Industry Corporate America. That collective body has undergone major consolidation in the last 10 years.

    What used to be a broad base of competitive firms is now a few huge monoliths, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Boeing and SAIC.

    Government oversight committees are carefully stroked. Sam Nunn and others who were around for years in military and policy oversight roles have been cajoled, given into on occasion but kept in the dark about the real status of things until it is too late to do anything but what the establishment wants. This still continues – with increasing high technology and potential for abuse.

    Please examine the following link to testimony given by Franklin C. Spinney before Congress in 2002. It provides very specific information from a whistle blower who is still blowing his whistle (Look him up in your browser and you get lots of feedback) Frank spent the same amount of time as I did in the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) but in government quarters. His job in government was a similar role to mine in defense companies. Frank’s emphasis in this testimony is on the money the machine costs us. It is compelling and it is noteworthy that he was still a staff analyst at the Pentagon when he gave this speech. I still can’t figure out how he got his superior’s permission to say such blunt things. He was extremely highly respected and is now retired.

    http://www.d-n-i.net/fcs/spinney_testimony_060402.htm

    The brick wall I often refer to is the Pentagon’s own arrogance. It will implode by it’s own volition, go broke, or so drastically let down the American people that it will fall in shambles. Rest assured the day of the implosion is coming. The machine is out of control.

    If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting on this blog entitled, “Odyssey of Armaments”

    http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/odyssey-of-armaments.html

    On the same subject, you may also be interested in the following sites from the “Project On Government Oversight”, observing it’s 25th Anniversary and from “Defense In the National Interest”, inspired by Franklin Spinney and contributed to by active/reserve, former, or retired military personnel.

    http://pogo.org/

    http://www.d-n-i.net/top_level/about_us.htm

  8. Jeff says:

    Kuchinch doesn’t have anything even slighty resembling a chance in hell to get anything accomplished, by the way. Not. a. chance. in. hell. I know, I know. But seriously. No.

    HOWEVER I will say this: he’s got a very lovely wife.

    ~jeff

  9. cauley says:

    Is that really his whiffer? He’s working some kind of elven magic fo’ sho’.

    I’m inclined to agree with you regarding his chances at accomplishing anything, but what then? Please don’t say Hillary.

  10. Jeff says:

    If you want to really back a dark horse, Mike Gravel’s looking good. Also, his campaign has about $500. So that’s probably a big no there, too.

    I found an article the other day that talked about how hard it was for SNL to find an actor to play Obama. Tim Meadows suggested that whoever gets the part play him “as a robot”. Ouch, but, he’s not wrong.

  11. cauley says:

    The robot take is very smart and very true. In Barry’s defense, however, I say he is a very realistic robot, like the Aliens-Ash/Bishop level robot.

    Also, he wouldn’t be the first:
    http://www.superdeluxe.com/sd/contentDetail.do?id=D81F2344BF5AC7BB72C32624E72B3CFF0DFFC49A6FCD178D

    Sorry, I don’t know how to add links.