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February 14, 2006


Roger at Limited, Inc. says:

Boeing, 2.6 billion dollars profit, up 37.4% from 2004
Lockheed Martin, 1.8 billion dollars profit, up 44.2 % from 2004
General Dynamics, 1.5 billion, +19.1%
Northrup Grummen, 1.2 billion, +29.2 %

If only… if only I were a genetic engineer, and were able to develop a bacteria that I could slip to the stockholders of the largest military companies. This bacteria wouldn’t hurt them. It would just make everything they smoked, drank and ate taste like human blood.

I myself have sometimes thought we should develop an internal combustion engine that runs on ground up Iraqi children. That would at least have the virtue of being honest.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted at February 14, 2006 09:19 AM | TrackBack

Roger has a neat idea. He needs to enlist the aid of Nosferatu, perhaps make him a full partner in the genetic quest.

I favor your idea. Having raised an inordinate number of the local variety, I am chagrined that I didn't think of children of the ground up kind as fuel for the combustion engine, but I did from time to time consider flinging one or two into the tiger's cage at the local zoo.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at February 14, 2006 09:54 AM

How many is "inordinate"?

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at February 14, 2006 11:11 AM

Nosferatu? I was thinking blackberrying Dr. Caligari, actually. Although lately he spends all his time brainstorming with Karl Rove.

Posted by: roger at February 14, 2006 11:16 AM

Seven, thirteen grands, two teen-agers still at home, single father, first wife died, second one fled, life rocks.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at February 14, 2006 11:19 AM

Jesus must be mistaken. Six kids is "inordinate." Seven kids is "Holy shit!"

Posted by: Sully at February 14, 2006 12:06 PM


My understanding actually is that Dr. Caligari is interning for Rove. They've got so much talent that's really the only way for him to get his foot in the door.

Jesus B. Ochoa,

SEVEN?! It seems to me you should, instead of reading this site, be resting.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at February 14, 2006 01:20 PM

Found 'em.
Profits of Mass Destruction

Onward and upward, for Jesus and the Bottom Line.

Posted by: donescobar at February 14, 2006 02:29 PM

ButI'm only 71, what the hell you mean resting? I've done my damnest to screw the Repubs to death, and just maybe, I ain't done.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at February 14, 2006 05:53 PM

There. Proof that this war is really about sustaining a way of life that has become unsustenable. Ever think how much of the military companies provide the basic needs to sustain the Jet Set culture. This is it folks, your Jet Set culture is on welfare right now, and the war is part of the package.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at February 14, 2006 07:16 PM

Pace Henry, Marcus does not suggest 'antiwar people just want to kill pro-war people.'

The article's one and only reference to 'killing' comes from a teen who is quoted as saying that a band that has auditioned 'Masters Of War' "wants to kill Bush." Marcus clues us that the teen had misheard the line "And I hope that you die" as "Die, Bush, Die."

Marcus attributes the longevity (not 'new popularity') of the song to "its melody, and its vehemence," not to its (imagined) killing blood-lust.

Oh, and it wasn't a 'black man' Marcus heard singing it, but a 'toothless white singer.'

On the whole Marcus seems somewhat ambivalent about the song. (He says it has another 'horrible' song inside it, and at least implies that it's 'bad art.') He does not conflate anti-war protestors with angry teens.

Here ends your lesson in reading comprehension. Thanks for at least linking to the article so we could reach a saner conclusion than yours.

Posted by: Half at February 15, 2006 03:20 PM

I did misread the final paragraph. But not Marcus, I don't think I misread him.

He is the one that introduces race. He does not just say there was a singer at the Farmers market, now suddenly singing the song and now inflecting its most famous line.

He finds it relevant that there were three singers there. He tells us their races. The short form of that final paragraph is "There were these two black singers, and then this white singer (a lot like them) singing in a funny way "I hope that you die"

I read something into this text and confused this with what he wrote. But this does not mean I didn't get what he meant. This wasn't quite fair of me, but still - you said yourself that Marcus is 'ambivelent'. People who are ambivalent often have something going on inside them on they arent aware of, right?

--What is keeping 'the song alive', of course, is an illegal war started with lies that people are dying from. And the political corruption behind it. Marcus is highly intelligent and sane. Yet he does not come to this conclusion! He actually thinks more people have been singing Masters of War recently so they can sing that line.

There does have to be a reason someone smart & sane thinks something insane. The evidence I have for my conclusion is slim. No doubt. I suppose if I had time I could demonstrate that racism does play a role in how many Americans see the Iraq wars (even many liberal Americans). And if had time I could demonstrate that this is unconscious is many cases.

Posted by: Henry at February 16, 2006 01:26 PM