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Present Tense
David Gedge and The Wedding Present are coming straight outta L.A. on El Rey: MORE

Spaced Out
Jason Pierce has a thing for fire. So together we poured gasoline on Spiritualized: MORE

From slicing up cat dicks to signing up Fonzi, Big Tobacco has pulled some weird science: MORE On the Beach
Dream pop standouts Beach House are catching heat. But can they catch fire live? MORE

Stipe On Speed
R.E.M.'s thrash attack has gone into hyperdrive on the brilliant Accelerate. Stipe tells us the targets: MORE

Slugs 4 Obama!
Atmosphere's When Life Gives You Lemons... is all about the hope. And so is Obama: MORE

I Say God Damn!
What's left unspoken in the Obama flap is this: Has God blessed America recently? MORE Ass Out!
Assy McGee is one hell of a cop from hell. So where are his arms? Our interview explains: MORE

Miss Fortune
China's Olympic intrigue has reached critical mass. Who says politics and sports don't mix? MORE

Nirvana's Son
Kurt Cobain: About a Son is out on DVD. Its peek into bipolar stardom is still hard to watch: MORE

Boxing legend Joe Louis gave body and soul to God and country. Did they repay the favor? MORE

Those in need of war films are scoping the wrong Oscar bait. Try the Dark Side: MORE

Pro Choice
Clinton or Obama? Good question. Now, all you have to do is answer it, and wisely: MORE

In Cold Blood
Rick Geary creates comics that paraphrase history without passion. Our interview explains: MORE

RIP, Prof
Kashmere pioneer Conrad Johnson has passed. But his upstart funk still lives on: MORE

Past Proust
Adapting one of canon lit's most knotted yarns into a comic just might work. Wait, it did: MORE

The housing collapse is a failure of white-collar proportions. Klein saw it coming: MORE

Trash It!
Is your home worth less than your mortgage? Then walk away, baby. Just walk away: MORE

Dystopia Drift
Unembedded journo Dahr Jamail has seen Beyond the Green Zone. And it's looking ugly: MORE

Best of 2007
El-P's I'll Sleep When You're Dead was the most brutally honest music of the year: MORE

Fed Up
Bernanke's rate cuts won't stop the bleeding. It will just cover up the tracks. Thanks, Greenspan! MORE

Beat This!
Ike Turner has passed on. But Morphizm's last interface with the funk maestro never will: MORE

Karl Rove now says Congress rushed Bush into war with Saddam. Revise your textbooks! MORE

Shop or Die
The Kubler-Ross Model works for death, but it also works for the mall. Even around the Bratz: MORE

The Fixer
Gordon Brown is a go-to guy if you're a lobbyist. Or a fan of Rupert Murdoch: MORE

Guns, Green?
The market has spoken, says Naomi Klein. And it wants bullets rather than renweables: MORE

Pak Attack!
Musharraf may be Bush's nightmare, but he started out as Clinton's daydream: MORE

From pain rays and flying cars to innovations to save our sorry hides from climate change, tomorrow science is here today: MORE

Not a Moralist
The Serbian photographer Boogie has seen his fair share of the global underworld. Good thing he took pictures: MORE

Party's Over
Serj Tankian's debut solo effort Elect the Dead says civilization is over. So why is he smiling? Our interview explains: MORE

The Perv
Pakistan dictator Pervez Musharraf has declared martial law and suspended the constitution. Who's surprised? MORE

God is Bond
Barry Bonds isn't the only sports superstar who points to the Man Upstairs when he scores. Piety has gone viral: MORE

From plunging dollars to skyrocketing oil, the hyperreal American economy is due for a real-time ass-kicking: MORE

Pin is Back
It's been a long time since the stunning Summer in Abaddon. Good thing Autumn of the Seraphs is on the way: MORE

Ignore Nothing
Indie-hop titan El-P's newest epic I'll Sleep When You're Dead is filled with biohazardous truth. So is he: MORE

Sicko 'Em!
Whatever. Michael Moore's new movie on the corrupt American healthcare system is good for you: MORE

Water For War
If you think the clusterfuck for oil is scary, just wait until we're more worried about H2O than CO2: MORE

Altered States
Don't know much about global warming? Keep it that way. Trust us, you don't wanna know more than that: MORE

Pelican Echoes
If you think wordless metal can bring noise but not brains, we talked to a band that wants to talk to you: MORE

Rasputina has finally embraced the War on Terror in Oh Perilous World. What took so long? We asked: MORE

Osama's Diary
It's a stone cold Morphizm classic. And it will still make you cry. Almost as if it was real. Really: MORE

Slice and Dice
Cake blew up with a cover song, but they're even better at blasting "War Pigs." Our interview explains: MORE

Gaza Lab
Israel. Hamas. Fatah. What the? Gaza is looking less like a prison and more like a petri dish every day: MORE

Fronts in the War on Terror are shifting. Which means Canada's oil sands are up next for a global warming: MORE

Crow's Nuts
The indie Tony Millionaire strip Maakies is at last making the legit jump to Adult Swim. Bottoms up, sailor: MORE

Vulture Funds
You've got to get in on this one. You buy $5 million in Third World debt relief, then sue for $50 million. Suckers buy it every time: MORE

DIY or Die
Art-punk corn dogs The Minutemen were brazen heroes. It's about fucking time someone gave them a biopic: MORE

Not a Slave
300 director Zack Snyder may be a friend to CGI, but he knows when to leave it alone. Our interview explains: MORE

Physics of Iraq
What goes up must come down and what gets jacked must come back. Ask the British. While you're at it, go ask Icarus: MORE

A Bit Awkward
The Pixies' doc loudQUIETloud captured the band selling out stadiums and ignoring each other. Our interview explains: MORE

Total Chaos
According to our interview with journo and author Jeff Chang, the hip-hop arts movement is far from dead: MORE

Get Truthy!
Stephen Colbert's vivisection of the stoopid Republican machine is an example of linguistics at its ballsiest. Suck on it: MORE

Cry Wolfie
Let's not drink the Kool-Aid. The World Bank was fucked up long before fuckup Paul Wolfowitz took over: MORE

Object: War
Our hyperreal narrative in Iraq is in search of an ending. Will the American people write one before it's too late? MORE

Good Machines
In these liner notes excerpts from his compilation Fuzzy Warbles, XTC architect Andy Partridge's love of tech goes haywire: MORE

Torture Works
Is it just us? Or is the tight-lipped Bush administration's call to torture for information more than ironic? Hey, wait: MORE

Go Fuck Yourselves
President Bush's speech on the war's escalation revealed much. Including how little he cares about...well, everyone: MORE

"How My Brain Works"
From sci-fi to hip-hop, Michel Gondry has a gift for visual invention. And we have a lot of questions for him: MORE

When PNAC Attacks!
Get to know your well-heeled presidential family and other comb-lickers in this excerpt from Fanta's comic Bush Junta: MORE

I'm the Distorter
Sure, the Democrats may have taken over Congress, but the Bush administration hasn't blinked on Iraq. And it never will: MORE

Trial of Trials
Jose Padilla was once a terrorist. Now he's putting U.S. torture policy on trial. Only in America: MORE

Garrison State
Muslims rioting. Americans killing. Too bad no one's made a film called Why We Fight. Wait, Eugene Jarecki has! MORE

"The smell of damp earth that hangs over Guilin will surrender, and join the cosmopolis cropping up along the Li:" MORE

"In the cinematic fashion of the dying antihero, I expired while reading the stars. Coordinates on a grid of contested terrain": MORE

Fanta Goes Beastly
A comics powerhouse compiles a massive tome on our collective nightmares. Vampire and Harpy haters beware: MORE

Shit Happens. Real Fast.
In our continuing exegesis on exponology, China explodes and Antarctica's demise accelerates: MORE

The planet is heating at an exponential rate. But what is the exponent, and who are the people spinning it? Enter Morphizm's formative science, awaiting your learned modification: MORE

Panther Power
Fuck Hoover's race paranoia. The Black Panthers have survived, from Marvel comics to hip-hop to a loud ass protest near you: MORE

Surfing With Rosa
In honor of the Pixies doc, Morphizm pays homage to their Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim split, an enduring classic: MORE

Monday, January 07, 2008


Too Late, Hillary. Too Late.

UPDATE: Morphizm's pals at the Huffington Post have syndicated this post there. Drop by and join the discussion before it is buried.

I'm not going to predict that Obama sweeps the rest of the states as surely as he has in Iowa's Democratic primary, especially on the eve of New Hampshire's tally. But I am going to say that Hillary Clinton continues to bark up the wrong tree. And the reason is very simple: She's not a viable candidate for change. She is the Establishment. And that sucks.

As David Morris of AlterNet posted today, the distasteful reign of Bush and Cheney has made well-meaning change agents in this country, and the world, forget what it was like under the Clintons. As a Berkeley leftist, I couldn't believe what was happening myself, as Bill and Hillary set about dismantling the New Deal with the help of the losers on the Right they were so busy capitulating to. It was, after all, their mantra: Reach across the aisle, shake the hand of those who disagree with you, find common ground. Which is a nice enough sentiment, if you're living in a fantasy. But in the real world, dreaming up something as stoopid as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or repealing the Glass-Steagall Act and laying the foundation for the 2007 subprime screw-over, things don't work that way. You reach across the aisle and you end up with a world where Pat Robertson has his own TV show and Al Gore loses a presidency he won because, as the dope lamented in An Inconvenient Truth, "What can you do?"

Uh, something? Anything?

The problem with the Clintons, and the Gores, and every other so-called Democrat who thinks the best way to gain and retain power is to sell out their base to their enemies who believe in insane stratagems like intelligent design and economic deregulation, is that they make it easier for those backwards power-mongers to not only sink knives into our backs, but to argue that we had it coming all along. Let me put it this way: If you hate Bush, you should hate Clinton. It is the Clintons' spirit of capitulation that has led us to this momentous crossroads, where the dollar is in freefall and the Gulf-of-Tonkin rewind plays itself out in Iran's Strait of Hormuz. Sure, the Bush regime has been a loaded gun ever since it planted its sick roots in Texas -- my vote for the worst state in America -- but that doesn't mean it needed to be taken off the shelf. Shopped around like it was something worthwhile.

But at almost every stop in her last several years of senatorial service, Hillary Clinton has polished Bush's gun with aplomb, hoping for some kind of reverse capitalization she could use to build her own regime. A third-grader with access to the internet could have told you that voting for a war authorization against Saddam and Iraq based on pure speculation with no substantial evidence would end up becoming a political death sentence when the world woke up from its consensual hallucination and realized it had been sleeping with the enemy. That third-grader could have told you the same thing about allowing telcos to data-mine Americans within an inch of their lives and liberties, or designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Or suspending habeus corpus. get the point.

So when Hillary, according to the knobs at the Washington Post, seizes the reins of her own campaign in hopes of stopping Obama's runaway train, see that for what it is: A failure of leadership, not its opposite. Like her husband did during the 90s, she's capitulated too much to too many dumbasses, and now it's too late to look like someone you would want running the country. Can you imagine the headlines a few years from now if she won the White House? "Hillary Seizes Reins as War in Iran Goes Badly." Wonderful. Where do I not sign up?

Look, no one with any sense that I know of is arguing that Obama is not wired tightly with hedge funders and lobbyists and all the other poisonous elements of American society that help those in his position land the highest-profile job in the nation. There is zero way of escaping those influences if you want to become president. That, too, is reality. But Obama is not Clinton, just as Clinton is not Bush. He is new to us, and a reminder that the White House isn't a mere timeshare to be handed off to two political dynasties once every eight years. In other words, Obama is change, if only by virtue of the fact that he shares a different last name than the slackers who have ruined America over the last two decades. (Fucking A, has it been that long?)

So when Hillary gets on the stump and argues "That's not change!" after blasting one of Obama's missed or non-declarative votes, she might be right. Until one looks at her own voting record, that is, or what she has done, or more importantly, hasn't done during a crucial period in American history where the country really, really needed someone to do something. Anything. Whatever could be done, rather than floating a Gore-like defeatism ("Well, what can you do?") while actually emboldening those who shove razors beneath her, and our, fingernails.

So yeah, Hillary, it is much too little too late. We needed a change agent when your husband was president, or when Bush ran amok over the Bill of Rights. But you slept on the job, played it safe, and went along with the pillage. And now you're going to pay for it by losing the one job you thought someone should have just handed you, because of your last name.

That might have been your last mistake.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008


Obama Takes Iowa

Good news for America: A state full of rural whites just gave its blessing to what may turn out to be America's first black president.

Now, I know Obama is the real deal, but this win is a smackdown for Clinton. She's been whining about everything except her disastrous voting record during the Bush administration, and that now shows in the ballot results. The fact that she and Edwards are in a dead heat sniffing Obama's fumes proves that this country can get its shit together when it has to.

But...there's always a but. It's one state. There are plenty to come. Then a nominee has to be picked. Then a VP, then a national campaign. Then the actual election.

Did I mention global warming? An economic recession? Peak oil? Resource wars? So-called terrorism? Any or all of those, and more, can monkeywrench Obama's run for the White House, at any given moment. This death march isn't over at all. It's just beginning.

Good luck, righteous dude whose name rhymes with Osama.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007


Hillary's Musharaff

[Catching up with investigative reporter and Armed Madhouse author Greg Palast, who has a sneak peek into Perv's past worth reading. -- ST]

Hillary Musharraf

[Greg Palast, Morphizm]
You've seen all those creepy photos of George Bush rubbing up against Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, the two of them grinning and giggling like they're going to the senior prom. So it's hard to remember that it was Hillary and Bill who brought Pervez to the dance in the first place.

How that happened, I'll tell you in a moment.

But first, let's get our facts straight about the man in the moustache. Musharraf, according to George Bush, The New York Times, NPR and the rest of press puppies is, "our ally in the War on Terror." That's like calling Carmine Gambino, "Our ally in the War on Crime."

Musharraf's the guy who helped the Taliban take power in Afghanistan in 1996. And, through his ISI, Pakistan's own KGB, he is still giving the Taliban secret protection.

And this is the same Musharraf who let Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Osama's operations chief for the September 11 attack, hang out in Quetta, Pakistan, in the open, until Khalid embarrassed his host by giving a boastful interview to Al Jazeera television from his Pakistan hang-out.

And this is the same Musharraf who permitted his nation's own Dr. Strangelove, A.Q. Khan, to sell nuclear do-it-yourself bomb kits to Libya and North Korea. When the story off the flea-market in fissionable materials was exposed, Musharraf (and Bush) both proclaimed their shock - shock! - over the bomb sales. Musharraf didn't know? Sure. Those tons of lethal hardware must have been shipped by flying pig.

But, unlike Saddam and Osama, creations of Ronald Reagan's and George Bush Sr.'s Frankenstein factories, Musharraf was a Clinton special.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Hillary Gets Huffed!

UPDATE: The fine folks at Huffington Post have syndicated my spiel on Hillary Clinton here. It is a PG-13 version, safer for everyone.

You Can't Have It Both Ways, Hillary. Well, Maybe You Can.
[Scott Thill, Huffington Post]
That Clinton found the time to give Bush yet another pretext for military violence, this time against the Iranian people, shows that she's still not sure if she's showing enough masculinity to win the White House. Someone needs to remind her that is was hawks who first got us into this mess in the first place. And then to compound the hypocrisy of that vote by asserting in a recent debate that she's open to unconditional diplomacy with Iran is lunacy. After all, she smacked Obama down for asserting the same thing a mere three months ago, and she just voted to label its army terrorists. She's got less beef with Blackwater...


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