Thursday, October 1, 2009

Punishing People is Un-Pleasant

Regarding Director Roman Polanski:

When people commit a crime and the authorities find out, they get punished.

This is a very clear case and if a non-artist commited rape and then fled the country to avoid the law, there would be nothing to talk about. Also, if we decided not to prosecute crimes based on the "forgiveness" of a victim to their perpetrator, there would be a lot less pedophiles and rapists to prosecute but a lot more crimes occurring. Forgiveness is simply not relevant.
Successful artists, it seems, DO think they are above the law and the names on the petition to release the director are duly noted.
Kids, it's unpleasant to see him punished, but that falls under the category of Too F*@king Bad. Let's re-gain our grip on the difference between right and wrong.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Public Option

The stupid people of this nation have got to rise up against the special interests that control them.

And we all must wrestle free from a health insurance industry that is currently controlling some of our representatives, is as ill-willed as any terrorist operation attacking this country and whose assault is as costly in American lives.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Doing Well Became Whatever You Can Finagle

Crazed about the AIG bonus fiasco, Politicians, please keep your eye on the prize. It is looking increasingly like there is no legal way to recoup this bonus $ other than to press executives to return it. Good luck getting anything from these thieves unless you can name them. That would be hilarious by the way, to see these executives fearing for their lives and returning the bonuses for "the good of the country."

We are all so angry we are crying tears of blood and this is a terrible mistake that may cost millions, but it is nothing compared to the billions lost because of what is increasingly looking like criminal activity and dispicible economic practices that were "normal" for so long.

In our culture, "right" and "doing well" really became whatever you can finagle and get away with and then pass the consequences on to some other sucker. We have to fix the entire culture to really fix this mess. It starts with the prosecution of all these criminals and it's going to take a long time.

photo: Grove Pashley-Corbis

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Criminal Charges Against AIG?

RE: House Financial Services Hearing:

It's looking increasingly like there may be a criminal case against AIG and it has nothing to do with the bonuses.

If AIG was collecting insurance premiums and had no capital to provide the actual insurance, is that legal?


Get The AIG Bonus $$ Back

Contracts??!! That is total nonsense. How many workers have put in years of their lives and been denied pensions and benefits? How many contracts have been broken or modified under less traumatic circumstances?

Taxing it or what ever the Congress has to do, with the full force of the President's office and the Legislature, it's imperative that this bonus money be returned.

It will be much safer when it is. Once the names of these bonus recipients are found out (and they will be) there will be serious concern for these people's safety. The sooner they give the money back, the better and if they are not forced to give it back, better still.

As always, agilog welcomes comments.

illustration by Mario Zucca

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's Time To "Storm the Bastille"

Regarding AIG and $165 million in bonuses:

I recommend that anyone who is unemployed or has free time get down to these offices and ruthlessly, relentlessly and legally protest in front of this company until their employees are ashamed to show up to work.

I further recommend the same for any known AIG employee or entity who accepts said bonus: relentless protest in front of their offices and homes.

People, sink your teeth into this like mad dogs and don't let go.


AIG Private Client Group
70 Pine Street
Floor 21
New York, NY 10270

AIG Travel Guard
1145 Clark Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

AIG Hawaii (3 offices)

Honolulu Office in Restaurant Row
Six Waterfront Plaza, Third Floor
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Royal Kunia Office In Wal*Mart
94-595 Kupuohi Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Mililani Office at Wal*Mart
95-550 Lanikuhana Avenue
Mililani, Hawaii 96789

As always, agilog welcomes your comments.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Stop Watching CNBC

Based on the conversation between Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart, that is the only reasonable response.

People have just got to start acting against these suck-ass institutions if we want to have any real power and change things for the better.

There are so many of us, we could crush anything if we put our minds to it.

I say, CNBC goes down. Let's just get rid of it. It would send a very interesting message.

What do you think?

Watch Jon Stewart Talk to Jim Cramer

This is really important. Really.
And then, what should we do about it?

Here is part 1 of 3. Find all at

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Everyone Talk About Something Good

Ding, dong, the witch is dead, Bernie Madoff's in jail, no one cares about Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele is pro-choice and the stock market's going back up.

If everyone talks about happy things, could it get even better?

Tell me something good....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Too Much Poverty Reporting!

Dear CNN and All News Outlets (but especially CNN),

If 10% of the workforce is unemployed, remember, that means 90% are employed.

The panic you are perpetuating is like yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

Now even comfortable people with money are in "The Grapes of Wrath" mode (ridiculous!) and, for example, are not going out to dinner which is causing restaurants to close.

Let's get The Real Housewives back in the restaurants and stores!

Stop excerbating this problem, please!

You people have way too much power.


PS: As always, agilog welcomes your comments.

photos: Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell in "The Grapes of Wrath," The Real Housewives of New York City (who, by the way, are more tolerable than their Orange County sisters any day of the week!).

Monday, March 9, 2009

To The Stockade With Him!

The Madoff plea bargain is infuriating even if it will save taxpayers a drawn-out, ugly trial and some lawyer eventually getting stomach cancer for having to defend this scum for months.

Public humiliation should be part of the penalty for some criminals. Embarrassing the few might solidify everyone else's commitment to the law. Might be healthy for victims to participate in their perpetrator's punishment and when people commit crimes, our entire culture is hurt by it.

Bring back the Stockade!

Totally serious about this.

Rules of the Stockade

1. Visitors get 4 minutes to speak to the prisoner (visitors do not have to be victims).

2. No physical confrontion (that includes throwing things).

3. No profanity (we want eveyone to hear this and profanity has no meaning after a while).

4. (2) 3 hour shifts a day until everyone that wants to speak has had the opportunity to speak.

5. Prisoner is not allowed to speak (no the luxury of apologizing or explaining or grandstanding).

What do you think? Good idea or cruel and unusual?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Staging Dr. Gupta

Strange that Sanjay Gupta would not answer his country's call to service, but frankly, we're lucky the "sexy" neurosurgeon is not going to be Surgeon General.

His reluctance to serve reflects his historical reluctance to support Universal Health Care, which inherently calls for sacrifice from people like him.

Remember the fight with Michael Moore over Sicko? CNN had to apologize, blaming Gupta's poor command of the facts on a "transcription typo" (link below).

With hard facts or not, Gupta's "just not that into" UHC and is probably heading off an embarrassing-Judd-Gregg-like resignation. Or maybe it's tax "inconsistencies" he'd rather not air.

Choosing him, if only unofficially, was not Obama's best move so far.

Better to find someone serious. The Surgeon General is going to be in the middle of a raging battle, a blood-bath even, but hopefully everyone will have access to healthcare by the time it's over.

photos: Dr. Sanjay Gupta (photographer unkown), Moore and Gupta duke it out on CNN.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Obama-care NOW

Lucky am I to be (just) on the have side between the haves and the have nots, I don't want my waiter, barista, dry cleaner, cashier, trainer or caterer to be ill, perhaps suffering in pain, and terrified because they are unable to see a doctor. 

These are "the people in your neighborhood" and, yes, I am willing to pay more taxes for that. What if Henrietta Pussycat's appendix burst and her jobs as a cashier at Big Lots and a part-time yoga instructor don't provide health insurance?

People who make more than $250,000 a year and complain about this are profoundly barbaric.

photo: Mr. Rogers, King Friday, Daniel Strip├Ęd Tiger, X the Owl, and Henrietta Pussycat by Gene J. Puskar/AP

graphic: (caption reads: "That kind of thing is only for EVERY OTHER industrialized nation.")

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Inspiring words from PM Gordon Brown to Congress

"Our task is to rebuild prosperity and work through the global economic crisis and prepare for a future that brings the biggest expansion of middle-class incomes and jobs the world has ever seen.”

photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

My Apology To Rush

Better apologize before he starts trashing me on the air. 

Dear Rush Limbaugh,

I'm "truly sorry" (just like Michael Steele) if you are offended by my assessment of pathetic Republican party leaders who feel they must apologize to you as if you are anything more than a disreputable, rabble-rousing clown only on the sidelines of real policy-making.



illustrations: Limbaugh lifted from:
evil clown from:
artists unknown

More from John Stewart on The Daily Show:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Republicans Are Afraid of Rush

Inexplicably, Michael Steele has apologized to Rush Limbaugh for calling him an "entertainer" (which he is) and saying that his program can be "incendiary" and "ugly " (which it is and Rush knows it, he made his fortune on it).

Steele is the one with a real position of power. Tough to have to pander to Rush's mob from that height.

Moderate Republicans better get their mojo back and figure out what they stand for. Even Democrats want them to get their game face on. The country needs good ideas from everyone, but they are not going to come from politicians who are beholden to the stone-age mentality perputated by Limbaugh.

Repubbies, please shake this guy and the angry mob that follows him. And if you need his angry mob so much, best think about what you're doing wrong.

photos: Rush Limbugh in the Oval Office and with his (former) drug of choice, Michael Steele begging for forgiveness (not really!), graphic by unknown designer. Agilog gives credit when it's known.

Monday, March 2, 2009

"Bastardization of the Constitution"

...says Limbaugh of the stimulus package. Tough to get thru the CPAC appearance. Might let it pass.

There have been bastardizations of the Constitution in recent years but not a peep from this windbag.

Does the GOP really want this shock-jock driving their ideological boat? Don't they remember how many pills this nut was popping?

I'm only promoting the clown.

photos: unidentified expression of Rush Limbaugh and Constitutional-bastardizationer Cheney altered by agilog.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Republican Indignation Is Total Crap

Where was the anger about "spending" when we were wasting American lives and billions of dollars looking for WMDs that didn't exist?

Guess it was fine to pay Halliburton multiple invoices for all those $45 cases of Coke.

Let's keep these selfish hoarders out of power well beyond 2010.

photos: Image from and then there's Rush

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Against Health Care Reform?

Do you want a for-profit business making decisions about your health?

Besides the fact that our archaic system is costly and unsustainable, it does not provide the best care.

For-profit health care insurers can deny doctor recommended treatments based on their bottom line and sometimes people die.

But the CEOs still get their bonus at the end of the year.

I encourage reporters and anchors to bring this up the next time someone says they don't want the government involved in their health care.

photo: Luke Thomas,

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tax Pot: Get Over It and Get In On It

Two talking points:

1. There are many well-heeled professionals who smoke pot and probably won't mind paying a bit more money if it means losing the criminal status (...and we need money).

2. Just because something is legal does not mean the government advocates it, as with alcohol and cigarettes.

photo: celebrity collage from

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

When Greed Was Normal

Inexplicable that, for all these years, we have tolerated this practice of awarding millions in bonuses to executives for simply doing their job or, in many cases, not doing it. That money comes directly out of the till. It could be used to make a business more structurally sound and less subject to collapsing like a house of cards.

Stockholders have learned to demand better. The next time we invest in a company, we want to know that it's not throwing huge amounts of hard-earned assets at one person who, historically, is as likely to be cheating or just not paying attention as he is to be driving the boat.

Thanks to Sully Sullenberger for showing that, somewhere, honor still exists.

photos: (left) Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain, (right) Captain CB Sully Sullenberger

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Oscar

Fab to see Sophia, Eva Marie and Shirley Mac, etc, but REALLY didn't like this ceremonial, pass-the-torch ...procedure. Saccharine and clinical, if sincere, the speeches by Winners to the Noms were a little uncomfortable and BORING. Where were clips of the best, most powerful moments of the performances, reminding us of the chills we got from the actors we're celebrating? And somebody's gotta say it, "Please cut the silly dance numbers."

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kyra Phillips calls Rick Santelli "a classic..."

.....regarding his Chicago Tea Party rant yesterday.

I can think of a lot of other things to call him, or I might ask, instead of "how many of you want to pay for your neighbors' mortgage:"

"How many of you wanted to pay billions in bonuses to a few deadbeat CEOs?"

And you're complaining about "the government promoting bad behavior?"

Really, Rick.........

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sen. Abel Moldonado's support...

....had several conditions, one of which was to eliminate new office furniture for the state comptroller.

That last detail in Judy Lin's article (AP) exposes that the negotiating really was getting to a level of unprecidented minutia while government workers of California waited for the ax. Office furniture...that's what they were holding out for, it was that darned furniture.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

California House Republicans Should Be Fired

...for replacing their "leader" and spurring on more negotiation time while the world collapses around them because of their inability to face reality.


This staying up all night crap is total nonsense. Getting your job done in an allotted, reasonable period of time is part of any job. And citizens' livelihoods are on the line. Let's raise the competence level here, no excuses. Yeah, it's hard, you have to agree on something. (Can you imagine getting away with this on your job...?)

Then, brilliant move on Senator Leno's part: a suggestion to the CHRs to "join him (their leader, Codgill) or replace him." 

Terrific to bring in the idea of replacing anybody at this stage of the process. Being challenged that way, they replaced. They probably didn't even know it was an option. Well, you asked for it, now it's Hollingsworth, described as "staunchly anti-tax,"  probably believes if he goes back on the tax thing, he'll be forever labeled a p*%sy. Good luck.

But really, the CHR anti-taxists have to face reality and do their jobs or they should get fired like everybody else would. Stalling because they're worried about their reputations if they ever agree to any tax increase is selfish, counter-productive and will result in severe consequences for tens of thousands of citizens, if not more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

10-20,000 gov't layoffs in California

Government workers in California who suddenly find themselves with free time on their hands should head to Sacramento and let their legislature see the results of this failure to pass a budget. 

Looks like the wrong government workers are losing their jobs........