Do or Die Time for the 2014 Sochi Olympics
August 8, 2013
By Clinton Fein


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed increasing noise over Russia’s violent anti-gay agenda is making its way to the highest levels of government.

As Russia prepares to host the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, its recently adopted “gay propaganda” legislation doesn’t simply reflect badly on it as a host country, but genuinely threatens gay athletes, athletes that voice support for them, and any gay or pro-gay spectators.

If Jews were under attack in Russia, persecuted by the government for practicing their religion, attending synagogues, wearing yarmulkes, or engaging in anything that might be considered “Jewish propaganda,” do you think the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would still be holding the Games in Sochi in 2014?

How about NBC? Think they’d still be broadcasting it?

[Let the Boycotts Begin]







Chock-Fil-A-Shit
July 28, 2012
By Clinton Fein


Just a few weeks ago, Chick-Fil-A was just another fast food joint, and certainly not one at the center of the marriage equality debate. Sure, activists in the know were well aware of the Christian identified company’s homophobic tendencies as their foundation pumped serious coinage into the coffers of some of the more notoriously and virulently anti-gay entities hell-bent on making people unhappy and actively seeking to deny them their rights (if not torture, bully them or drive them to suicide).

After being confronted about the ramifications of his company’ support for bigotry under the guise of traditional marriage, the company’s president, Dan Cathy -- one of those deluded men who genuinely believes his heterosexual propensity for pussy makes him superior somehow, qualifying him to cherry-pick portions of the bible that nourish his hate and bigotry – rather than distance his company from his personally held hatred, declared Chick-Fil-A “guilty as charged.”

[Vomit for Jesus...]







Annoy.com vs. Rupert Murdoch: Decades of Disgust
July 18, 2011
By Clinton Fein


From its inception, as part of a First Amendment lawsuit challenging the Communications Decency Act, our role was to ensure that both language and imagery, crude in style and execution in its early days, was intentionally as indecent and annoying as possible. The targets of Annoy.com’s wrath – politicians and the media – were excoriated with unreserved venom and vitriol, with the foulest language imaginable and frequently graphics to support it. And top of that list, from day one, was Rupert Murdoch and his media properties.

The biggest irony of all, was that our small company had waged a First Amendment battle, the resolution of which would protect the likes of News Corporation. No one could argue that online transmission of content of the New York Post, The Sun, News of the World and later Fox News, would meet the vague definitions of both indecent and annoying.

Almost every month, our disgust for Murdoch and the extent to which he was singlehandedly and irreparably degrading journalism was published on Annoy.com.

All this time we’ve been railing against Murdoch, it felt like we were swimming upstream alone. Long before Keith Olbermann began his vendetta against Fox News and later Murdoch. But the Internet has a memory, and despite the vulgarity of some of the expression, here is a compilation of what Annoy.com published. Vindication has taken a long time, but it looks like finally it may just have arrived.

[Toxify...]







Disaster and Distaste
March 19, 2011
By Clinton Fein


Idealism is cute. Really. Eager entrepreneurs pitch their start-ups, caught up in the intoxicating thrill of possibly being the next multi-billion dollar visionary. A “don’t be evil”-like philosophy framing a social application (before marketing strategists condescendingly suggest a brand refresh) that will revolutionize the planet. Like seriously. A Western, Silicon Valley inspired narrative bathes these idealists in the warm glow of technocratic achievement, shimmering self satisfyingly in the reflection of a Zhi Tea-infused sweet tea vodka.



[Self glorify...]







United States of BP
September 10, 2010
By Clinton Fein


Maybe it was because it was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil up until the time that this grave affront slipped under the radar. Perhaps people were just too grief stricken to make the perfectly logical, pretzel-twisted, acrobatic leap that rebuilding a Church right next to a planned memorial site would be nothing less than distasteful and indecent and disgusting when the man responsible for the carnage was himself a Catholic. Indeed, William and Mildred "Mickey" McVeigh, McVeigh's parents, were Irish Catholics. "If there is a hell, then I'll be in good company with a lot of fighter pilots who also had to bomb innocents to win the war," McVeigh said following his sentencing.

And so it is. The new flames of anti-Muslim violence are being fanned with a fervor that has infected even the most rational of minds. What was proposed as an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, where a Burlington Coat factory stood before it, has morphed into a mosque on Ground Zero.



[Overreach...]







FBI: Frivolous Bureaucratic Infringement
August 3, 2010

Why, you may ask, would the cover of Annoy.com consist of nothing but the logo of the FBI? No tweaks, witty modifications or slight alterations. Just the image of the logo exactly as it is. And, of course, a disclaimer!

Because, it appears, the FBI decided to take time out from protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, and instead spend its resources on demanding that Wikipedia remove an image of their logo from their website. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has threatened Wikipedia with legal action if the online encyclopedia doesn't remove the FBI's seal from its site. The seal is featured in an encyclopedia entry about the FBI.



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Best Not Buy
July 30, 2010

Like Target, Best Buy thought it would be a smart business decision to make significant contributions to the political action committee MN Forward, who is helping to elect rabid homophobe, Rep. Tom Emmer. The Minnesota Independent has also linked Emmer to a Minnesota Christian "punk-rock ministry" that supports the killing of gays and lesbians.



[Shop till you drop???...]







United States of BP
July 4, 2010
By Clinton Fein


Oh, say, can you see, in the oil's sickly sheen,
Through the billowing smoke, through the gas masks we breathe in?

Whose once proud stars and stripes, we sold to quench our desire,
To gorge with reckless abandon on the earth that we're bleeding?

And the CEO's stare, exhaust fumes fouling the air,
Through the poisonous night, we were barely aware.

O say, will that oil-soaked banner now black
Stand for anything real, or worthwhile to take back?



[Happy Birthday America...]







The Road to Hell
May 24, 2010
By Clinton Fein


The Obama administration continues to give environmental waivers to oil companies, who continue to drill, and is all but ignoring the supposed moratorium, while BP is blatantly refusing an EPA order to switch to less-toxic oil dispersant.

Yes. Refusing! (While member...s of their board sit on the board of the company that makes the toxic Corexit 9500, millions of gallons of which they are pumping into the Gulf of Mexico).

Who the hell is running the show? President Obama, lead now, or fuck off back to Chicago.

[Shill, baby, shill...]







Your Privacy. Your Problem. Idiot.
May 11, 2010
By Clinton Fein


In the real world, when someone treats you like a cheap, unworthy piece of shit, you reestablish the definitions and boundaries of the relationship. An invitation to opt in to a new service or product demonstrates a respect for you as a person, and a confidence by the inviter in their product and service and the value it will add to your life.

In a Zuckerman and Scobie privacy dead, opt-out world, they fuck you up the ass involuntarily without a condom. Because that's what you want, whether you know it or not. And if you don't like it, you better make damn sure you learn what steps you need to take to ensure it doesn't happen again, no matter how inconvenient it may be for you, how difficult it may be to do, or how long it may take. And don't even think about complaining either, you whiny entitled dipshit.

[Reveal everything...]







Math Debate
March 1, 2010
By Clinton Fein


Who is Dr. Sally Blower? And why should you care?

This scientific feminist is from the old school. Not quite. Certainly not the pioneering kind like Susan B. Anthony, Ida Jackson or Betty Friedan. Not even like reviled feminists and anti-porn activists Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon, who despite everything, still had an iota of interest that extended beyond the self. Dr. Blower is the self-proclaimed kind that corrosively damages real gains made by women to legitimately protect themselves and not because of an intelligent aversion to contemporary feminism’s much inherent hypocrisy, like Camille Paglia. Hers is a narrower, selfish, self-interested, privileged, white middle class appropriation of feminism that uses her gender to manipulate people, threaten lawsuits, allege gender discrimination, and when all that fails, relies on her husband to get her a position.

These aren’t petty grievances. Playing games with communities is dangerous, with the potential to inject uncertainty into critical prevention methodologies and inspire hate legislation aimed at gays and people with HIV/AIDS like we are seeing in Uganda. It is dangerous, callous, ignorant and inexcusable.

[Blow...]







Ralph Lauren: Impossibly Fashionable
October 9, 2009
By Clinton Fein


Yep. Believe it or not, the Ralph Lauren model above has not been manipulated. At least not by me. By Ralph's fashion empire. He placed her in a slightly different context however. Note the body types though. Spot any differences?

I cannot believe in 2009 we still have to vomit our guts out, or slice off half our abdomens to fit into crappy clothes designed for holocaust victims. It's not just Ralph Lauren. The entire fashion industry seems to be fixated on perpetuating this bullshit.

[Eat it up...]







Cry My Diluted Swastika
August 18, 2009
By Clinton Fein


For the right wing extremists, neo-Nazi’s, resurgent Ku Klux Klan members and others harboring racist sentiments, comparing Obama to Hitler is blasphemous. Imagery of Obama as a Nazi must irk neo-Nazis and white supremacists as much as it did Hitler when Leni Riefenstahl’s cameras captured the beauty and grace of athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

It’s not the people holding signs comparing Obama to Hitler that America needs to be worried about. Fueled and fed by commentators, politicians and the media, it’s the ones whose racist hatred is being masked by more sinister, less obvious expression.

[Incite away...]







In Madoff We Trust
March 18, 2009
By Clinton Fein


Mad at Madoff, little thief,
stealing billions, causing grief.
Dark energy, awful karma,
Jews now have Bernie
like the gays had Jeff Dahmer.

[Thou Shalt Not...]







Time Change
December 18, 2008
By Clinton Fein


Louis Farrakhan, Ann, Coulter, David, Duke, Rick, Warren, Barack, Obama, President, Time Magazine, Cover, Change

Time Change(2008).




One hates blacks and one hates Jews
One hates Muslims throwing shoes
One hates Jews and also Whites
One spews hatred, one picks fights
Diverse, opinionated, noisy too
All American like me and you
Yet there's only the one whose hate is okay
A speech to made on Inauguration Day
Jews, Blacks and Whites, you have nothing to fear
Your rights are quite safe ...as long as you're not queer
Thank you Obama, what a wonderful change
Such diverse inclusion, what incredible range
Free speech justifications, good gracious, what luck
Your honeymoon's over now, fuck you Barack.

[Amendments first, please]







Dire Straights' Agenda
November 2, 2008
By Clinton Fein
Matt Barber, Peter LaBarbera, CWFA, Americans for Truth

Dire Straights' Agenda (2008).




[...] One of the biggest contradictions presented by morons like Matt Barber and Peter LaBarbera is this: they claim that only 2% of the population is gay, and question why 2% should be given such disproportionate power to change the "definition" of marriage. What they are unable to answer is why such a tiny percentage threatens the institution of marriage. If they were doing such a wonderful job protecting it, why is there a failure rate over 50%, and what pathetic, delicate thread is supporting their current marriage that a same sex commitment of two people would destroy it?

According to proponents of Prop 8, a man could walk into a strip club, walk out with the first woman he sees, marry her, commit adultery every night, and that relationship is regarded as more sacred and meaningful than, say, the man's gay sister's, who has been with her partner in a loving, monogamous relationship for twenty two years.

This is what this battle is all about. And the lies and hatred perpetuated by these organizations is the most disingenuous. As it gets uglier and uglier, a sampling of just the type of people backing this are, can be found by personal attacks on me by the heads of two national organizations based on an admittedly provocative satire I wrote back in 2003.

[Ladies...]







There's Something About Sarah
October 10, 2008


There's Something About Sarah (2008).


It’s not the freakish, shrill non-answers she gives in the few not-quite interviews by not even close to journalists. It’s not the hard core fundamentalism, sugar-coated to create an illusion that she supported her unmarried teenage daughter’s “choice” to carry her fetus to term, when she would have insisted on it regardless -- even if the father was her husband, who had raped her. After making her pay for the sex assault kit. And firing anyone who sought funding to cover the costs for said rape kits.[...]

[...] It’s this freak of nature. The anti-Christina of Feminism. This aw shucks automaton that will earn Tina Fey an Emmy, and elevate the ratings of Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, gives me the chills in ways I don’t quite understand. The notion that after nearly eight years of George W. Bush, America still believes that they’d rather have a President who they could knock back a beer with than one who might be able to string together a coherent sentence. The Tits on the Ticket personification of America’s racist undertone, allowing the narrowest of minds the perfect conduit to get away with voting for the bitch rather than the nigger and still look progressive.

[Pigs 'n Lipstick]







Unwanted Annoyance
October 9, 2008


Unwanted Annoyance.


To the extent we give a flying fuck about Lynday Lohan and Perez Hilton in the middle of a recession and possible Palin presidency, the notion that Lynday Lohan deserves protection from "unwanted annoyance" in conjunction with her deposition in her girlfriend's defamation lawsuit is patently absurd.

Lohan's very presence is in and of itself, a fucking "unwanted annoyance." Video the deposition, and then file it in the "Who Give a Fuck" free video collection. Anything if it means we don't have to see, or hear from, or hear, or witness, or smell this fucking unwanted annoyance again.

[Fuck Off]







Just for the Taste of It
September 11, 2008


Things Go Better (2002).


"Things Go Better" was published on September 11, 2002, on the first anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil, inspiring a slew of hate mail and threats. Still fresh in the memory of many, few understood the intention of the piece.

The accompanying text, a reworking of The Gettysburg Address titled The Forgettysburg Redress envisioned the inevitable crass commercialization of September 11th, imagining the nauseating prospect of the government packaging fear, and companies making money off the tragedy, slapping their brands onto anything resembling twin towers, from key chains to currency. "…we here blithely empurple these dead through didactic commercialization; that the nation, shall trade platitudes for latitude, so that commoditization of the devastation by the government for the corporation, shall forever degrade memory’s worth."

[Revisit]







Michael Huckabee: Family Man

Election 2008: Michael Huckabee

Not much to say about this loser that hasn’t already been said. The new rising star of the Republican presidential hopefuls is a former governor of Arkansas with a few choice attributes that make him the perfect Republican.

He equates homosexuality with pedophilia and necrophilia (perhaps an association made by spending too much time in Church), refused to retract his absurd 1992 comment that people with AIDS should be quarantined, and is one of those self-appointed soldiers for Christ, to whom the fringes on the religious right gravitate like flies to feces.

-- December 18, 2007

[More: Election 2008: Michael Huckabee]






Unbearable in Sudamn
November 30, 2007

Unbearable in Sudamn(2007).


She got a very light punishment...Actually, it’s not much of a punishment at all. It should be considered a warning that such acts should not be repeated."

Thus spake Rabie A. Atti, a Sudanese government spokesman referring to the conviction and sentence of British teacher, Gillian Gibbons, who was sentenced to 15 days in prison and a deportation. She could have spent months in jail and been lashed 40 times, after she allowed her 7-year-old pupils name a class teddy bear Muhammad.

People are entitled to whatever religious beliefs they want, but it's time to stop demanding respect and accommodation when lashing teachers and blaming imaginary voices are done in the name of religion.

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November 10, 2007
Rupert and Rudy
By CLINTON FEIN


Giuliani’s response to the Judith Regan suit was to dismiss it as sounding like a “gossip column story,” and one not worthy of his response. That strategy might have worked for George Bush Senior when asked about his adulterous affair, but Giuliani might not be so lucky. For one, even his Republican opponents are already all over it, and more importantly, it’s not only a gossip column story, it’s a lawsuit alleging criminal conduct on behalf of News Corp. executives in the name of protecting the presidential ambitions of Rudy Giuliani.

It makes sense really. The smutty programming produced and aired by Fox coupled with the smutty lifestyle exemplified by Giuliani is a match made in heaven…or hell.

-- November 18, 2007

[More: Rupert and Rudy]









November 10, 2007
Drowning in Hypocrisy
By CLINTON FEIN


California's Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's decision to join Senate Judiciary committee Republicans in approving the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey for Attorney General is nothing short of disgraceful.

Much like her decision to sponsor legislation that would desecrate the constitution by criminalizing flag burning, Feinstein has shown her true colors yet again.

-- November 10, 2007

[More: Drowning in Hypocrisy]









September 6, 2007
Idaho, No You-da-ho!
By CLINTON FEIN


When Senator Craig determined that Sgt. Dave Karsnia, the arresting officer, was not responding to the foot-tapping, either by foot-tapping back, or making some other gesture that demonstrated his interest, he should have had the common sense to quit. That's why there are codes, idiot! It’s that clouded judgment, along with immediately pleading guilty to make it “all go away” that suggests he is ill equipped to serve as a representative of the people of Idaho, let alone in any leadership role.

Since I would never find myself in the same position as Senator Craig, I tried to imagine what I would do from Sgt. Dave Karsnia -- the entrapper’s -- point of view, or if I was minding my own business in a bathroom stall and some strange, liver-spotted, gnarled hand swept across the underside of the stall. My guess is I would probably yank off the wedding ring, and walk out, making sure to flush first. Etiquette always.

-- September 6, 2007

[More: Idaho, No You-da-ho!]





Money Green

Following the tragic death of Princess Diana on August 31, 1997, Annoy.com’s Clinton Fein penned the song “Money Green,” which was performed live in Los Angeles in October 1997 by the talented Meri Free, and her band Circle.

Now, ten years later, we are re-releasing the song (for the first time, with an accompanying, cheesy production values, video). While certain of Fein’s predictions about the royals did not come true, most about the media did, and the song holds as true today as it did back then. (See accompanying lyrics.)

For instance, Fein wrote: “Now while tabloid sales are in decline, all we can do is wait, to see if Willy smokes a joint at school or Harry’s overweight.” Well, we all know Harry’s not overweight, and William, to our knowledge, was not the son smoking joints at school.

No one can tell the difference between The Sun and CNN anymore than they can tell the difference between the National Enquirer and The New York Post. The onslaught of here today, gone tomorrow reality stardom has diluted tabloidism to the point that the only celebrities anyone remembers these days are Jennifer, Brad and Angelina and the repulsive Lyndsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

[Die Ana]















Rudy Giuliani

Election 2008: Rudolph W. Giuliani

There IS nothing “fair and balanced” to say about a man as unfair and imbalanced as former mayor of New York and Republican Presidential frontrunner, Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Every supposed strength is nothing more than a sordid display of hypocrisy at its ugliest.

His flip-flopping on abortion, gays in the military (despite his cross-dressing propensity and gay friends) and other such hypocrisies, Giuliani continues to use the blood spilled on September 11th as a stepping stone for his political ambitions.

His fear-mongering, torture-friendly, censorship-happy, expedience-driven candidacy reveals that he’s probably the only man who, if elected to office, would be a worse President and unleash more damage domestically and internationally, than President Bush himself.

-- June 22, 2007

[More: Election 2008: Rudolph W. Giuliani]









May 16, 2007
Just Desserts: The End of Jerry Falwell
By CLINTON FEIN


He may have been a nice father to someone, or a sweet grandfather, or a kindly mentor, but Jerry Falwell represented the absolute worst that mankind has to offer. His message was one of hate, intolerance and ugliness, sugar-coated along with a twisted and poisonous infusion of dogmatic religious fervor.

He may well have galvanized millions to fight the protected notion of separation of Church and State, but his legacy is as ugly and embarrassing as it was ever impressive.

-- May16, 2007

[More: Just Desserts: The End of Jerry Falwell]









Hillary Rodham Clinton


Election 2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton

She has made a habit of making history. After she became First Lady after her husband was elected President, she angered as many as she impressed by revolutionizing the role. She was involved in policy making, retained her maiden name, and proved to the world she was no wallflower.

She garnered sympathy following her husband’s notorious blowjob that caused her public humiliation, and to the surprise of many feminists, stuck by her man and resurrected her marriage.

-- May 8, 2007

[More: Election 2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton]











Election 2008: John McCain

Harsh and unfair as it sounds, John McCain is too old and too disfigured to be elected President. America elects politicians who look good on TV and who pretend to care about children. But even if we were a more mature, more sophisticated electorate, would we really elect a man who jokes about bombing a country, when indeed he would have just such power?

A profile of the Arizona Senator is the first in a series that will explore the 2008 Presidential candidates who actually stand a chance of beginning the long path to remedy from the disastrous mess resulting from a two-term Bush presidency. The only thing we can state at this point, is that it can't get worse. Or could it?

-- April 29, 2007

[More: Election 2008: John McCain]







April 19, 2007
Bringing Decency Back
By CLINTON FEIN
Don Imus, 2007

Bringing Decency Back


April 19, 2007 - In the name of decency (also known as lost advertising revenue), Don Imus was fired by NBC, who claimed that they wanted to work toward a campaign of common decency that expanded beyond the walls of their news organization with its strained credibility.

That was before they received the “multimedia manifesto” from Cho Seung-Hui. Now watch how decency looks, grieving families be damned, when advertisers aren’t bolting.

[Read the artice]







April 11, 2007
Free Speech, Not Consequences
By CLINTON FEIN
Don Imus, 2007

Free Speech, Not Consequences


April 11, 2007 - Two years ago, I warned MSNBC that Imus was tainting their brand. More than that, I questioned how they could continue to allow Imus to denigrate their journalists, as the media and political elite sustained his platform with appearances on his show.

Imus still has the right to free speech, and the right to call whoever he wants whatever he wants. With or without appropriate context. But never forget, that speech may well be free, but never free of consequences, and is not guaranteed under the banner of a news organization striving for integrity and journalistic excellence, no matter how far short they have measured.

[Read the artice]







April 3, 2007
Bullshit 2.0
By CLINTON FEIN
Bullshit 2.0, 2007

Bullshit 2.0(2007).


For every deed, a million analyses; for every sentence, a million deconstructions. Blogs begetting blogs, begetting social networks, begetting conversations and commentaries. Comments about comments for comments, responses for responses about responses. Words tripping over words to embellish words about words. Sentences about sentences, broken down into keywords and efficiently retagged into categories and subjects to be repurposed and rehashed and replayed and redeployed. An over-bloated, over-tagged, over-stuffed, over-sub-categorized, over-rated, over-extended, over-hyped, overload of over-analyzed, over-distributed, over-offered, over-done overstatement -- over and over and over again.

[More after jump]







Shock and Augmentation
January 22, 2007
Shock and Augmentation, 2007

Shock and Augmentation (2007).


Condoleezza stupid bitch
Spitting out your deadly spew
Dozens dying daily damn it
Nothing worthwhile, nothing new

Secretary, Statesman, Russian expert
Stanford Provost, Cunt Supreme
Still standing by her man abusive
Our kids are burning, hear them scream

President Fuckface, fucking prick
Christ your cock so small must be
Sending soldiers more to die
Your senseless fucking killing spree

A blocked up asshole, keeping shit trapped
Telling us history will view you kindly
Guess what dickwad, murderous asswipe
You sent our children to die blindly

Protecting Americans, who are you kidding?
Your actions kill, we bleed and burn
I hope you rot in hell you fucker
The only thing you’ll ever earn

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Janauary 19, 2006
Unacceptable In Any Context or Circumstance
By CLINTON FEIN


Black Power, 2006

Mickey Mouse(2001).


A brouhaha of gargantuan proportions has enveloped Hollywood after the Grey’s Anatomy star, speaking to reporters at the Golden Globes, reopened a wound he had made back in October last year when he referred to T.R. Knight as a faggot.

Like Jesse Jackson’s attempts to ban use of the word nigger, efforts to punish Isaiah Washington for using the word faggot seem ridiculously misguided. His denial of having uttered it is what’s offensive, not his use of it in the context of the denial. Had he said, I am really sorry I called T.R. a faggot, as opposed to I didn’t call T.R a faggot, would his comment have been so explosive?

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When You Puke Upon a Star
By CLINTON FEIN
Janaury 17, 2007


While Dick Cheney busies himself pouring over the private financial records of innocent American civilians, the fugliest man on the planet, (or just behind Cheney, as my friend Jayne argues), Donald Trump was dealt a number of blows this last week, none of them coming from Rosie O’Donnell, mind you.

To compensate for -- how do I say this delicately – an obviously very small penis, this delusional clown revealed his Achilles heel, by revealing his ever-so-desperate need to belong, to feel part of something he’ll never be part of. Laying out a minimum of $15,000, The Chump bought himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. No matter how successful The Apprentice was once upon a time, long ago, acting it wasn’t. Nasally sneering “You’re Fired,” looking as ugly as is humanly possible wasn’t exactly a stretch for someone already as ugly as is humanly possible.

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Success Simians
December 9, 2006
Success Simians, 2006

Success Simians (2006).


The much-anticipated Iraq Study Group led by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Democratic Representative, Lee Hamilton of Indiana, released its findings on December 6, 2006.

Although the geriatric panel lobbied some tough criticism at the White House and Pentagon, its findings, supposedly delivered after the midterm elections to avoid injecting domestic politics into it (like politics can be divorced from it), are already outdated given the rapid escalation into violence and chaos in Iraq.

Nonetheless, it did call for U.S. combat brigades to be withdrawn from Iraq by early 2008, which in turn led the mentally retarded apes at Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post to conclude that Hamilton and Baker were “surrender monkeys” -- their brazen headline accompanying quite possibly the worst Photoshop image ever produced.

What would the New York Post recommend? Like old, die-hards Rice, Cheney and Bush: Staying the course, off course, of course.

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There's Something About Basting
By CLINTON FEIN
December 6, 2006


Mary Cheney is pregnant! Of course, assuming a healthy term, little Cheney Poo Poe will have to grow up in a home where the tangible benefits of marriage that his or her five cousins take for granted, are only afforded to children born of parents whose superior sexual orientation better equips them to raise children, such as Britney Spears or Michael Jackson.

Things like inheritence, immigration and guardianship will have to be lawyered to death, because no matter how you cut it, here comes the bastard baby of the lesbian daughter of the Vice President of the United States. That's v-a-l-u-e-s for the spelling-impaired.

[More...]





November 28, 2006
The Nigger Trigger
By CLINTON FEIN


Black Power, 2006

Black Power(1997).


Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic meltdown was no less vitriolic because he used the word Jew instead of the more derogatory kike or hooknose. His seething sentiments were perfectly communicated by the context and delivery in which they were proffered, not by his choice of words.

Similarly, Michael Richards’ tirade was shocking because of the sentiments he communicated, not because he used the word nigger. Had he told the black men in the audience that he didn’t appreciate being heckled by African Americans, would that really have made the comment any more palatable? Would joking about a fork up the ass of an African American have been acceptable?

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November 19, 2006
If We Had Ethics

If We Had Ethics, 2006

If We Had Ethics(2006).


Judith Regan was feeling quite shitty
For a bitch that just isn’t that pretty
With her blow-job lips pursed
A martini she nursed
The most hated from city to city.

Utterly lacking in charm and in grace
She thought she would mention in case
Though Nicole had been bashed
And her throat had been slashed
She, Judith, was once punched in the face

Why I did it?” her response thought so smart
Some word play to tug at the heart
Offering lame justifications
And detestable recriminations
To feign her intentions had heart

Not many found an O.J. book sunny
Exploitation, she says, not for money
A book launch commotion
And a Fox News promotion
Toxic tell-all sweet coated in honey

When I interviewed him all I could think
Not how much lower I’d sink
Ron and Nicole in my heart
Like a sulfurous fart
This new low has a terrible stink
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Demockracy, 2005

Demockracy, (2005)(2006).





Stewing Lame Ducks

Back at home, the President's sinking popularity forced him to bring back Daddy's friends to help him get out of his Iraqi quagmire. The over-arching message of the recent elections, despite already going unheeded by the administration, showed the world where America really stood on the Iraq war. And unlike this President, global leaders read the news and understand public moods.

Against this backdrop, Bush's presence at APEC will be tinged with pity as global leaders posture against a sitting lame duck.

It’s a pity Daddy couldn’t help him get out of Vietnam once again.

-- November 18, 2006

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TORTURE

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THIS NOVEMBER!









Who's Your Shepherd?

Calling for the beheading of an artist for creating a caricature depicting a religion as violent is hypocritical. About as hypocritical as assaulting or killing a woman for appearing in a degrading beauty contest. Or like amputating Ann Coulter’s legs for her immodest vagina flashing on Fox News. Or castrating and sodomizing men who rape.

While all the world’s major religions -- Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, and Hinduism – shoulder responsibility for fueling extremist factions spewing hatred, violence and intolerance, Muslims do need to drop the victimization act and realize that just as they condemn and judge others with impunity, so too must they learn to cope with being subject to criticism.

Until people stop, in Allah's name, stoning woman to death, killing homosexuals, cutting the hands off children stealing food to survive, flying passenger planes into skyscrapers, car-bombing innocent people, forcing their religious convictions onto others, and other such atrocities, and until Muslims loudly and clearly reject and condemn the violence perpetrated by those who have hijacked and perverted their religion, the likelihood of cartoonists depicting Muhammad as a gentle, olive-branch carrying dove is not particularly high.

-- February 4, 2006

[It Gets Worse...Read On!]









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The Gay Agenda

If gay bashing, teen suicide and genuine attempts by politicians and Presidents to actually amend America’s constitution to explicitly deny rights to homosexuals weren’t clear and present dangers, the notion of a “gay agenda” would be laughable.

Gays are constantly defending themselves against accusations by pseudo-religious bigots claiming they have an insidious agenda aimed at destroying family values. Let's put the matter to rest, once and for all, by providing the MOAA -- the Mother of All Agendas.

How strong can a marriage be – a supposedly sanctified institution – if two members of the same sex marrying will destroy it? How learned can a behavior be, if despite your best parenting efforts to instill heterosexuality onto your children, they still end up being gay?

[Warriors, come out to play-ay...]




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Printing Company Refuses to Release Abu Ghraib Image for Exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO -- October 5, 2004– Hundreds of art enthusiasts looking forward to San Francisco-based artist, Clinton Fein’s, latest exhibition may find an imageless 78” wall in the gallery after Palo Alto-based printing company, Zazzle, refused to release two of Fein’s images.

Fein learned of the last minute decision after a company representative informed him that two of his images had been deemed inappropriate, and Zazzle did not want to be associated with the images.

The one image, recently reviewed at Chelsea’s Axis Gallery by New York Times’ Ken Johnson, who described it as “an American flag with the stars and stripes made from the text of the official Abu Ghraib report is accompanied by fifty representations of the iconic image of a hooded man teetering on a box with wires trailing from his arms comprising the stars.

[Full Release]

See also:
Corporate Policy Leads to Political Censorship
By Molouk Y. Ba-Isa
Arab News

Printer rebels at artist's imagery
By Louise Roug
The Los Angeles Times

His art is not subtle. It can be hard to take. But Clinton Fein is not afraid to make a statement.
By Kenneth Baker
The San Francisco Chronicle

2 of Clinton Fein's political works run afoul of his printer's policies
By Kenneth Baker
The San Francisco Chronicle

Artist and advocate Clinton Fein has his controversial images destroyed prior to exhibition
By Kresta Tyler Johnson
ArtThrob Magazine

Annoy.com Webmaster says war art censored
By Paul Festa
CNET/News.com

Print shop refuses to release political images
By Jack Fischer
San Jose Mercury News

Local Artist Censored: Printing Company Refuses To Release Abu Ghraib Images For Exhibition
Not In Our Name Press Release













War Against War: Sweet Dreams

For thousands of Iraqis, liberation has been nothing short of laser guided destruction and horror. The recent furor that arose following the release of images of dead servicemembers returning to Dover Air Base in flag-draped coffins, did more than hit home the cost of American lives. It demonstrated that, for all its many flaws, the U.S. military at least treats its dead with dignity and respect. For one thing, they count them. America’s policy of not counting the dead is not likely to win any points in the battle for hearts and minds. Nor is the treatment of those injured, let alone those killed. Clinton Fein’s Sweet Dreams is simply a compilation of photographs from all over the globe that doesn’t answer any questions, but suggests that the American Dream, for those in Iraq, is not so sweet.

[Watch the slide show]



War Against War: Uncomfortably Numb

A slide video presentation made possible by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by First Amendment advocate, Russ Kick, and made available on his web site www.thememoryhole.org. A Pentagon ban, supported by the Bush Administration forbids the taking of pictures of dead soldiers -- the practice of which many believe changed America's course in Vietnam. To date, over 700 Americans have been killed in Iraq since George W. Bush declared war, but the practice of only counting Americans is perhaps the most troubling of all.

War Against War: One Summer

Clinton Fein's audio-visual slide show, One Summer, captures a moment in time in San Francisco when the city said no to war. The apathy that followed the anti-war movement's inability to stop the war was preceeded by the passion evident of those appearing in this production.














Phoenix Rising

There were times I rejoiced
The panic of the mighty, the desperate,
And the heavenly virgins brandishing men’s vulnerability.
Then the oil men sobbing and frantic
And flying away, and wanting their fixes and crucifixes,
And the hell’s-fire blazing, and the lack of reason,
And the city inquisitional and the skies unfriendly
And the coffee franchises filthy and charging high prices:
A crude time we had of it.

[From the flames...]

Annoy.Com September 11 Image Draws Criticism/Threats
September 6, 2003

Annoy.com Statement Regarding September 11 Image, Phoenix Rising
September 6, 2003


War Against War

The horror of war is difficult to comprehend without being there and witnessing it first hand. Yet those opposed to the war are not all vandals, bleeding hearts and left-wing lunatics as the mainstream media would have everyone believe. Many of those protesting have siblings, children or people they love in the military, and want nothing more than to see them home safely. And not every person opposed to George W. Bush automatically supports Saddam Hussein.

Similarly, many of the riot police who are arresting citizens on the streets of San Francisco do not support President Bush or the war, but are forced to bear the brunt of vicious baiting and taunting vitriol at the hands of some protestors in the performing of their job. There is no black or white in this War Against War.

From ground zero of the antiwar movement, War Agaisnt War is the beginning of an audio-visual commentary on what the modern antiwar movement looks like and how it operates.

[Bear witness]











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A visit to gibe, Annoy.com’s online community, is testament to the fact that Annoy.com is alive and well and living in a utopian universe free from the wiretappings and similar trappings of Dick Cheney's “New Normalcy” and Donald Rumsfeld's "New Europe". This global audience of gibers (referential name given to active Annoy.com participants) are engaged in a passionate dialogue that offers invaluable insights into how people view what is going on in the world, both before and after September 11, providing a rich archive of incredible insights. The technology reveals the power of unmediated online communications and has been pointed to by academics as a remarkable tool for conflict resolution.




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