Thursday, August 28, 2008

Setbacks, Dog Attacks And Dental Plaque

In recent weeks, President Bush has suffered a few significant setbacks to his agenda of unchecked power. A judge appointed by Bush has ruled that some of the president’s former aides must testify before Congress about politically motivated firings of US attorneys. George, if I ever said in the past that you don’t know how to pick judges, I was at least partially wrong!

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has once again said that the US must set a specific date for military withdrawal from his country. Kind of destroys the whole Bush talking point (and, doubtless, Republicant election victory strategy) of painting anyone who wants to bring US troops home as quitters who embolden terrorists. Is Iraq worried? "Thanks, we’ll take it from here." Chew on that, consternos. Then get our people home ASA fucking P!

Man bites dog is news. "'The man' shoots dog" is sadly becoming news, of late. A SWAT team shot a Maryland mayor’s two black Labradors to death during a mistaken drug raid at his home. (I guess blacks really do suffer more violence at the hands of police.) Known for their intelligence and gentleness (i.e. great family dogs), the two dogs were shot in the back by well-armed and body-armored SWAT team members who claimed they felt threatened. A senseless act. You’ve got a gun, it’s only a dog, so what the hell. Sure, it’s easy for me to sit here and point fingers after the fact, but this is just fucked up. An investigation has been launched, but I’m not holding my breath that anyone involved will be punished for excessive use of force.

Down in San Marcos, Texas, police Officer Paul Stephens pulled over a man for speeding, but it was no routine traffic stop. It turns out the driver had a sick seriously ill dog in the car and was rushing to a veterinarian. The driver pleaded with the cop, but was told to calm down because it was just a dog and he could “get another one.” The dog died during the 15-20 minutes it took Stephens to write a ticket. What an insensitive asshole! Seriously, man. Officer Paul Stephens, asshole, dog killer, public servant. It’s all on video, too. Did I mention Office Paul Stephens is an asshole and a dog killer?

By the way, I include stories like this here because, as I've hopefully made clear since the beginning of this blog, I cannot abide what I see as abuse of power, whether it's "W" using government agencies or military resources to suit his own agenda or cops clearly going way over the line. Powerful people rarely suffer legal consequences for their actions, so I try them here, in the court of public opinion. It's the only court time they'll ever see.

Now I know what it feels likes to be a woman. At the repeated request of my dental hygienist, I finally bought an electric toothbrush last week. I figured there’d be a slight buzzing sound from it, and a somewhat amusing new sensation in my mouth, but what I got sounds and feels like a jackhammer inside my head, and that new sensation is actually numbness. When I am done using this vibrating, handheld implement I feel somewhat… violated. Oh, and the rotating head! Funny thing when you get toothpaste and saliva and other viscous matter on it – they go every which way, dotting all nearby surfaces. Sure, the toothbrush belongs in your mouth, but you’ve got to take a breath and spit once in a while, no? I think this implement would actually make a better “gag gift” (wink wink) for a bachelorette party.

Hey, has there ever been an electric toothbrush artist? Put a dab of paint on the tip, put it near a canvas and turn it on? Forget the airbrush – I think I just invented a new style of art: Rotationist.

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27 comments:

K9 said...

cops sometimes become cops just so they can exercise power over people. guys like that probably buy rotating toothbrushes for their wives. a better story wouldve been he cop puts the guy, the girl and the dying dog into his car, turns on the screamer and lights and gets them to the vet in time.

threatened? by two labs? absolutely! then, the spaceship came down, and Xenu brought tom and katie to his volcano.

nothing will ever happen to the shooters.

Pete Bogs said...

k9 - we Americans have always taken our right to protect our homes seriously... had the black labs acted aggressively, they (the dogs) most certainly would've been justified... sudden, noisy, violent, scary home invasion... that's what some peoplr have dogs to protect against...

LeftLeaningLady said...

My X is a cop, so I can support
K9's comment 100%. He thinks having a badge and a gun make him a god and DO NOT question his authority. And this may prove my total stupidity, but I think he would've jumped back in his car and led the way to the vet with sirens blaring.

And the SWAT Team, there is nothing to say about them. I hope they die a painful death.

I don't believe in having dogs for home protection (personal choice). My baby Lola is part of the family (as she sleeps beside me) and that is part of the reason we crate her when we are not home. It keeps her out of trouble, but, also, should anyone ever break into my house, they can see immediately that she is not a threat and will leave her alone.

I do believe that people are more important than animals, most of the time, but only slightly.

Pete Bogs said...

lll - I wasn't suggesting using dogs as protection... but their natural instinct is often to protect their humans from bad humans... if the dogs had acted aggressively, it would've been understandable... and justified!

great to see you... guess you got through storms ok...

dianne said...

Hi Pete I'm not going to get into the politics because I know little about them.
As far as the two black labradors are concerned I would say that was power gone mad and a complete over reaction.
Those electric toothbrushes can he harsh,take a little getting used to, good for dental hygiene but I wouldn't suggest them for anywhere else! Ouch!! What were you thinking, we're delicate you know? :)

Pete Bogs said...

dianne - the handle end of the brush is actually quite smooth...

dianne said...

Lol...thanks for that information Pete but I will still give it a miss.
:) xoxoxox

berry said...

Patton Oswalt
Werewolves and Lollipops
(breakfast fare on a Thursday morning)

"If the standard for impeachment is a blowjob, Bush should be executed"

y'know....he might just have something there.

boneman said...

OK, who the hell is 'berry' and why doesn't his name lead to his blog?!

Oh...wait.
That's me, only, I've recently signed up for combining my 'accounts' for extra special service.
Like writing comments and not being tracked down back at my blog where folks can throw stones at me.
Wait...they can't throw stones at me from their computers, can they?
No....
Of course not.
That would break THEIR computer screen.
But for crying out loud, now, thanx to the extra special services I'm provided, i have to sign in at each and every place I frequent BEFORE I know if I'm going there that day.

Oh, thankyou, google....

I guess I better go get signed up for bathroom privelges, else they'll tell me "you're already signed in as grumpy man with a stick and we can't let you use the restroom here."

(but, it's my bathroom!)

"we're sorry."

Pete Bogs said...

boneman - your quote reminds me of something I said, but it had Bush getting life in prison... I like your version better... but if he's never put on trial he'll never receive any punishment for breaking the law... a definite reason I left the Dems...

boneman said...

if the Republicants win, he'll never do time.
If the Dumbocrats win, he won't get a sweeping 'Ford' reprieve.
(you know, that isn't the word I'm searching for, but it was one of the Republicans I admired in my lifetime. However, what a terrible way to be remembered, eh? Getting Nixon off the hook)

Pete Bogs said...

boney - yes, I know the word: "copout"

Lil Bit said...

Good lawd, lots to comment on here...

I'll pass on speaking to the politics, but instead will vote for YOU for the Rotationist Party, lol, how's that?

... and of course, your mascot wouldn't be a donkey or elephant... it'd be a big ole friendly dog, who slobbers all over power-hungry assholes. ;)

boneman said...

I think Lil Bit has got something there.

Just remember, if you want to run (and I can help find you a big ol' slobbering dog, too) (or a cat, if that's what blows your skirts up)
If you want to run, I'll post your politicking ads on my brand new program, First Farm and Weather Report, absolutely free of charge!

Pete Bogs said...

lil bit and boney - I appreciate the support... I can tell you, as the founder of the Reasonist Party, I would have a lot of splainin' to do if I were to run on the Rotationist ticket...

nice to hear from ya both... no new posts planned as of now, but you never know...

dianne said...

Dont stay away for too long Pete, you will be missed. :) <3

dianne said...

Hi Pete I was just having a look through your September posts looking for some piratespeak. I came across your very in depth posts on oral sex (September 2006), very interesting, I'm impressed that you would put so much thought into it. I could go on with a whole lot of stuff here about intimacy, foreplay and such but I think you are right on the mark there. Grooming is important, a little trimming yes as those Brazilian waxes are a killer. I'm pleased to hear that you like a small triangle left there because I am a woman and I dont want to look like a little girl. And yes one should never forget the jewels, one doesn't have to be on ones knees and I have no fear of protein anywhere on my skin; most important be sincere and loving. :) xoxox

dianne said...

And most important 'hygiene'. I found the comments that your other readers left to be very informative. I dont know whether I should delete my previous comment as it is a bit personal...still thinking about it, dont know what people will think of me.I will just stress that this would only happen in a loving relationship if it were me. :) Y xoxoxo

Pete Bogs said...

dianne - this is a good place to be honest... it's anonymous, and you live halfway round the world from most visitors... I appreciate your candor...

dianne said...

Thanks Pete, I wasn't thinking of the people here at home for very few realise I have a blog...was thinking more about your regular visitors who know me as well. Blush... but your article was interesting from the male perspective, it made me laugh and I felt like making a comment and praising you for your honesty. :) xoxoxo

Pete Bogs said...

dianne - did you read parts 1 and 2? there were two posts, one focusing on each gender...

dianne said...

Yes Pete, I read parts 1 & 2...in fact I was laughing about a comment that you made.Lol, it can be quite a dangerous way to pleasure a woman, a guy could end up with a broken neck.:)
And speaking of numbness in the mouth how is your electric toothbrush going? ;) xoxoxo

Pete Bogs said...

dianne - you must have meant this line: "You also need a strong skull, just in case it gets trapped in the ever-tightening vice grip of her legs."

I am getting used to the toothbrush... I don't like it, but if it means shorter teeth-cleaning visits then it's worthwhile...

dianne said...

Yes Pete, that was the one,Lol, well I shouldn't laugh should I?
Those toothbrushes do take some getting used to'
If you have time check out my latest post 'Love is All'. :) xoxoxox

Bird said...

i've been in absentia for quite some time bogs, but i've a new post up. drop by the roost and say hello!

dianne said...

Hey Pete! Check out my latest post. it is sure to give you a laugh. :) xoxoxo

dianne said...

I like your new 'avatar' Pete, looks like a good drop of Guinness! :) ♥ xo