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Ohio GOP Poll Workers Received Supplemental Training

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Yield Curves 2005

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Fire and Seeds

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Sarah Palin RevealedSarah Palin had premarital sex? With a Black athlete? while dating Todd? and she was all into the interracial thing at the time? and she went on—after marrying Toddy—to have a real, live, extramarital affair with her hubby's business partner? Ye gods, is there more?

WHAT?! She and Todd were both coke heads?! She even snorted nose candy on an overturned 55-gallon fuel drum?!

No, this whole story just can't be true. No, it can't; but watch how many interviews she isn't going to do for fear someone will bring up the accusations. Bye-bye, viable GOP candidate Sarah. (Okay, she never planned to run for the White House. That was a Sarah Playbook standard to make money off suckers. The point is, if she pretends she's serious about a run, her most caustic critics can pretend they're serious about it, too.)

Now, let's find some hard evidence to buttress the unsupported rumors that Rick Perry has drilled his share of Texas T (that's "T" as in "Trollop").

Better yet, let's see someone have the guts to revive that old scandal from a few years ago about Michele Bachmann and another Congressman on the Financial Services Committee. That one was delicious. (I know, I know, "delicious" is applicable as long as the bag stays firmly on for the obligatory defloration scene, where Ms. Michele coos, "Why didn't my husband ever want to do this?" Inevitably, awkward crickets chirp from the Larry Craig Honorary Bathroom Stalls at the local Young Republicans Club.)

We might even hear a few words about Barry and that little tart who got sent to the islands to keep her away from the press (and, of course, Barry's wife, who doesn't strike the astute observer as being a vegetarian when it comes to young ladies making unlady-like moves on the Scrawny One).

Please, please let this be a fun presidential campaign season. America needs something more worthwhile than quantitative easing to get back on its feet.

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19:40:28 on 09/14/11 by Dark Wraith · Sleaze9 comments

Sicko City

As if it weren't enough that the government admitted in August that it was storing images of people scanned through their clothing at airports, now comes even more evidence of a deep, abiding sickness that pervades the mentality of those who govern by fear with impunity.

The graphic below was on the screen of a computer in a Transportation Security Administration office.

Sick graphic joke at TSA

No, that's not funny. It's vomit bait. And no, it's not just one "rogue" employee's bad idea of a joke. It is exemplary of a pervasive mentality of a government that has no self-control and no idependent judiciary branch interested in or even capable of smiting its ever-increasing invasiveness in the name of this or that law enforcement demand.

This is what has come of our "war on terror." It is also what has become of our government whose thugs protect "the Homeland." It is also what has become of those who let their children go on airplanes. Sooner than you think, it will be what has become of those whose children go to school. Subjugation works this way. I wrote about it in my article, "Forced Nudity as Subjugation." That piece was not an exercise in hypothetical abstractions.

If we just throw up our hands, saying, "I can't do anything about this," then we have no one to blame but ourselves: the terrorists have won.

As much as it might offend those whose groveling fear would drive them to trade even their own children for a modicum of false security, those terrorists would be both the foreign and the domestic sickos. The government servants in the homeland version really do hate our freedom, at least the part that has anything to do with some fanciful right to privacy.

16:06:02 on 11/12/10 by Dark Wraith · Sleaze5 comments

GOP Hate Machine Cranks It Up

Payback Time, RepublicansIt seems that the extremists who now run the Republican Party want a Photoshop war. Dark Wraith Publishing is more than happy to take that declaration of war and run with it.

With thanks to the Atlantic for getting the word out on this latest, vile trash from the Republicans, I offer this fabulously sexist, droolingly misogynistic advertisement produced and published by the Minnesota GOP. Enjoy the kicky music and the altogether tasty photos featured in the first half of the show. At 2:54 into the video, the real fun begins.

(NOTE: The copy of the video I published here last night was pulled by YouTube, ostensibly for copyright infringement, so I located another, identical version that has survived since last April on YouTube.)

Rock on, all you progressive, Democrat, liberal, and otherwise ugly women out there. This video is really about you.

It seems that the extremists who now run the Republican Party want a Photoshop war. Dark Wraith Publishing is more than happy to take that declaration of war and run with it.

Stay tuned for a series of posts here at The Dark Wraith Forums and Big Brass Blog that will constitute my turn at demeaning, degrading, insulting, nasty, harsh, hurtful, downright uncharitable imagery of the luminary loonies of the Party of Hate, otherwise known in polite circles as the GOP.

17:25:49 on 08/19/10 by Dark Wraith · Sleaze3 comments

John Edwards, Man Slut

John EdwardsIn an interview with ABC News, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter, who had been hired by as a videographer for his campaign despite her lack of experience in the field. Little information prior to 2006 is publicly available about her, although a first-person narrative by a character based upon her in a novel by her boyfriend at the time paints her as "an ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious" young woman; but Hunter, herself, claims subsequent 'spiritual quests' of an unspecified nature led her away from previous lifestyle choices.

Edwards, a former United States Senator from North Carolina, had previously characterized as "false" the allegations that he had engaged in an extramarital relationship with Hunter.

First reported last year, rumors of Edwards' extramarital affair were sourced to allies at the National Enquirer of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Edwards denied the allegations and his staff removed all references to Hunter from the his campaign Website. More rumors surfaced several weeks ago when the National Enquirer reported that Edwards and Hunter had been seen together at the Beverly Hilton, adding further fuel to stories that Edwards is the father of Rielle Hunter's illegitimate child, speculation that was disputed by Edwards' long-time friend, Andrew Young, who claimed the child was his.

John Edwards' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination came to an end earlier this year after lackluster showings in early primaries. Prior to stepping away from the campaign trail, he and his wife, Elizabeth, had appeared together at an outdoor press conference to disclose that her breast cancer, which had been in remission since surgery in 2004, had returned in the form of what doctors believed were metastatic cancerous masses in bone and lung tissue.

John and Elizabeth Edwards have three children, Jack, age 7, Emma Claire, age 9, and, Cate, who currently attends Harvard Law School. A fourth child, Wade, was killed in a car accident in 1996.

No official statement has been issued by Elizabeth Edwards concerning her husband's admission of infidelity.

16:20:33 on 08/08/08 by Dark Wraith · Sleaze20 comments

Quoth the Dark Wraith

This is the fifth time my site has been attacked and either shut down or infected by malware. Should I be paranoid? No, of course not. It's all just coincidence, isn't it?

The Art of Grousing

I am so utterly weary of this nonsense. I went to the store to buy a bottle of vitamins since I'd just run through my last jug of 200. All I wanted was a nice multivitamin, maybe with some minerals. What I encountered was ridiculous: there on this long, five-shelf display was row after row of vitamins. I thought to myself, "Where's the basic multivitamin I want?" I spent literally 30 minutes finding out that the entire display had nothing but one stupid specialty vitamin after another. There were vitamins for kids, vitamins for adults under 30, vitamins for women over 50, vitamins for athletes, vitamins for women, vitamins for men over 70, vitamins for post-menopausal women, vitamins for men who need prostate health (whatever the Hell that means), vitamins for active seniors, vitamins for this, vitamins for that; but there was not ONE BOTTLE of just plain, old-fashioned multivitamins. NOT ONE.

I thought to myself, "Are they joking?" This is exactly the same thing that happened to me the last time I tried to buy a tube of toothpaste: they had toothpaste for fresher breath, toothpaste with stripes, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, toothpaste for tartar control (I don't eat fish with tartar sauce), toothpaste to make my teeth whiter-than-white, toothpaste with mint (I hate mint), even toothpaste with "advanced whitening and advanced freshness," as if I want to blow daisy smells while I direct inbound aircraft traffic with my smile; but there was not one tube of plain, old-fashioned toothpaste. NOT ONE.

You know what? I'm SICK of it! Did I tell you that already? Well, I am.

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