Michael Moore and Bill Maher beg Nader not to run. Hysterical.
The Texas Democratic Party are having a $15K in 14 days fundraiser to allow them to provide the complete Texas Voter File for free to all the Texas state house candidates. Go give.
courtesy of BOR.
In his pants, socks, shirt, briefcase............ whatever. Seems Sandy's not in as much hot water as originally thought. Back to the Plame boondockle yet?
Code Word Kerry
Convention Daily reports that the Massachusetts "scanning community" -- turning its ample eavesdropping skills on recent law enforcement radio chatter in and around Boston -- believes it has learned John Kerry's Secret Service code name: "Minuteman." The scanners believe that "Speedway" is John Edwards's code name (North Carolina's NASCAR world could be the inspiration), and "Mahogany" is what they've gleaned for Teresa Heinz Kerry.
............ and "do'er" is believed to be the code name for Cate Edwards. As in "I'd do'er".
Beat to the Punch
Some days it doesn't pay to compile stories, you get upped by all the cream of the crop blog-dits/pun-gers?
* Speaking of tax dollars, it's time for a horticulture lesson for the battering rams of the local PD. Which also heaps irony on the entire WOsD with the Bush campaign recommending Prozac to a troubled nation.
* Pakistan gave us our July surprise. What's are they giving us for Halloween. Yay for another capture........the timing seems, well, suspect.
* Are we in danger of a police state? Not yet..... we all still have more handguns than the government. We are in danger of an idiot state where self pleasure is illegal and scarfing a PayDay is a crime. It's a shame that real crime's been reduced so much that the cops have extra time on their hands.
* Koppel interviews Jon Stewart.
STEWART: No, but you CAN say that's BS. You don't need humor to do that because you have what I wish I had which is credibility and gravitas. This is interesting stuff, and it's all part of the discussion and I think it's a good discussion to have, but I think it's important to take a more critical look. You know, don't you think?
Convention Stuff, in no particular order
* Best comprehensive listing of those blogging in Boston.
* Anticipation of August's fun. Where it's always 9/11.
* Lil Missy points out the failure of the Department of Homeland Security this week with her fear-based expose on the Mexican border.
* Dear Leader's sucking down traquilizers. Truth or Fiction, you decide. Let see if it causes him to screw up the English language.
* Get Your War On; episode 38 is up.
* From the grave, Daniel P. Moynihan speaks wisdom.
* Rapmaster Chuckie C from Cell Block 3 discusses Limbaugh's fascination with marriage.
So there’s no need to despair just yet about the state of marriage. There are still quite a few men out there who are “the marrying kind”—men inspired by their Christian worldview.
* Novak complains about the faux unity amongst Democrats. Fails to see the 100% support for him to be hung out to dry in the Plame affair.
* USA Today dumped Coulter in favor of Goldberg. He gets 3.5 paragraphs into his review of the convention before invoking Godwin's law and rendering the remaining 75% of his article useless.
* Dallas receives 3" of rain overnight in late July. Citizens seen standing outside with their heads up like baby ducks. By this time, we're usually seeing 105 degrees and in our 30th without rain. Freaky.
* kos interviewed Chris Bell yesterday regarding his suit against Tom DeLay, his PAC(s) and the inherent cronyism in the Texas legislature. Disappointing news on that from came from the DMN. Seems as if the deck is stacked against Bell's lawsuit.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee gave about $81,000 dollars in the last decade to ten Republicans who could be asked to investigate allegations the Texas lawmaker misused his office.
* More local news, the hottest race in Texas for 2004, Frost vs Sessions, will see no less than five debates. In-friggin-credible. Here's to Frost mopping the floor with Sessions.
* CSPAN truly is the network of the people and for the people. The others seem to be, well, vacant, absent, useless and most of all, disrespectful. Last night I dumbed down and watched part of the O'Reilly Fuctor to see the Michael Moore coffee talk and was appalled to see Billy Boy yacking from the convention with all the activity going on down on the stage while he droned on and on about himself and his opinion. When did coverage mean, we're here in person......now you have to watch,.... our person?
* ~36 Bloggers were granted credentials to cover the DNC this year. Incredible progress even if some of their output is spotty and seems to be suffering from a forest-trees type of handicap. The RNC, not to be outdone, has granted 20 bloggers credentials for their hootenany in NYC in August. This should be a spectacular year for varied coverage.
* Bush, this week headed off to Crawford on vacation (again). This time he decided to give the reporters a first hand look at his ability to "stay the course". He's giving Ford a run for his clumsy record.
* Is it a good sign when the conservative action committees are railing against Bush's policy decisions or have we really just opened the last seal and are about to get a healthy dose of pestilence?
* To all the incredibly clever pundits who are fawning over the most recent Kerry photo-op. Do the words, "too easy", mean anything to you? This isn't a Dukakis in the tank moment.
* It's good to have a brother who's the governor of a swing state. Krugman paints a reality snap shot of November.
From Left Field............. (no, not *that* left)
* David Frum gives his rabid readers the neatest little Reader's Digest Version of Barak Obama's speech.
Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
and this is the kind of review it gets
9:50. An impressive show by Barack Obama. His speech was all cliché, 100% content-free – but delivered with conviction, force, and the faintest sprinkle of humor. He reminds me of that saying of Napoleon’s: Give me lucky generals. How many people had to drop anvils on their toes to make this guy the front-runner for Illinois’ open Senate seat? But yes, I do believe we are looking at Hillary Clinton’s running mate for 2008.
Look for Davey in August.....he'll be the one making the jerking motions with his hands and funny faces as he basks in the glow of the August convention. We will revisit his tone.
Tit for tat. He said, she said. I know you are but what am I? No backs. Infinity. Reading the coverage for the White House race and.. more noticably this week, the convention, are the distinctly opposed views of the race, the polls, the voters and the overall pulse of the nation. Either somebody somewhere is manipulating the polls or those polled or the demographics change 180 degrees each time they solicit feedback from the populace.
You can read reassuring articles like this, on race in politics and the slow shift of voters back to their base and the spin around and get smacked with this ABC polling breakdown that shows almost the complete opposite. It's not that the media is liberal or conservative......it's that the entire gammut seems rigged somehow to keep the constituents constantly guessing and assuming the data they're being feed is both accurate and static in nature. Rarely do the readers get treated to such factors as number polled, all questions (and wording) asked, type of respondents and all the supporting data. The public should simply ignore all polling data and vote their hearts and minds. Put Zogby out of business and hang up on them when they call...... or lie to them to skew the data..... you know they'll skew it later...... get the work done up front.
This morning's articles on last night's speeches were amazing to read. Clinton was in spectacular form and more than likely the reason he was completely left out of this piece. In case you missed it, apparently the war in Iraq is Clinton's fault because a now deceased man, stated on his deathbed that Saddam wanted to make nice and we ignored his plea, therefore the Clinton torpidity forced Bush's hand in Iraq or something. Heck, if we wanna play with the 20/20 hindsight machine couldn't we just put a 9mm in Rummy's hand and have him shoot Saddam after selling him biological agents?
DJ Jazzy Annie hasn't coughed up her daily hairball since USA Today's not running her articles. Although she does pen a "why me type" tirade on how put upon and disaffected she is over the snubbing.
Tonight's to-do includes fast forwarding through all the TIVO'ed stuff I got to see and watch Carter's speech. This excerpt from his transcript is amazingly articulate. Don't you miss having a leader who can not only articulate his message but comes across as understanding his subject matter?
In repudiating extremism we need to recommit ourselves to a few common- sense principles that should transcend partisan differences. First, we cannot enhance our own security if we place in jeopardy what is most precious to us, namely, the centrality of human rights in our daily lives and in global affairs. Second, we cannot maintain our historic self-confidence as a people if we generate public panic. Third, we cannot do our duty as citizens and patriots if we pursue an agenda that polarizes and divides our country. Next, we cannot be true to ourselves if we mistreat others. And finally, in the world at large we cannot lead if our leaders mislead.
Why is it, the assumption is that tax cuts, across the board, are immediately good for the people, the economy and the small business owner? One size fits all.............. all just need to change to fit the size, apparently. I love this quote;
"I'm not paying any taxes at all because we're not making any money," Bailey said with a sigh. "I loved paying taxes. It meant we were doing all right."
I concur. I loved the year my wife and I jointly paid the equivalent of an SUV's price in taxes. It meant we were doing well enough to contribute back to the country and still live well within our means. When everyone is doing well, EVERYONE is doing well. It's more than just an overused cliche.
* Speed reading: "You read between 650 - 700 words per minute. Extremely efficient reading level. (The average rate is between 200 - 250 words per minute.) It is assumed that you did not skim the words nor fail to understand the meaning of what was read." Explains why I get so much done. ;)
which segues into.........................
You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every book ever published. You are a fountain of endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and never fail to impress at a party.
What people love: You can answer almost any question people ask, and have thus been nicknamed Jeeves.
What people hate: You constantly correct their grammar and insult their paperbacks.
What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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This week's focus is on Kelly White. She's running in a tough district, west of Austin, which went red last time around. Moving up from a woman in need of battered woman assistance to having the shelter named after her, she's made more than just a mark on her community. Check out her Q&A and the district/race profile.
strength and wisdom........
......are not opposing values.
--Bill Clinton, July 26, 2004
and rejected by USA Today.................it's Ann Coulter. Who rather than discussing the issues or the convention itself had to revert to 3rd grade playground type ad hominem attacks on everyone she could list off the top of her little head.
My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons they call "women" at the Democratic National Convention.
Could she be more full of herself and less focused on the job she's *supposed* to perform?
* After snubbing the NAACP^4, Bush headed off to Detroit to speak to the Urban League. It's not enough to send a mixed message you have to double speak and then appear sincere. In the discussion of race in politics, it's important to know some about the speaker and more about their backing and "their umbrella of cause".
But he said black voters should ask themselves, "Does the Democratic Party take African-American voters for granted? I know plenty of politicians who assume they have your vote but did they earn it and do they deserve it?"
Answer: Yes. see: civil rights vs florida voters.
* All GOP acquired signatures in Michigan for Nader should be required by law to vote for Nader. Supporting a cause simply to defeat a greater cause should come at the expense of the end tally.
* WWJVF? Whoever Rove told them to. But that's dependant on Jesus' pastor sending the campaign the list of church attendees and then pushing the agenda from the pulpit. It's ok though, that whole tax exempt status isn't a barrier, it's an opportunity to surmount the insurmountable. Remember, christians are not held to man's law, but God's law first and there's nothing in the bible about taxation of religion or speed limits.
* War on Terror..............ongoing. War on Iraq................funded. War on American Citizens' choice................still ramping up at an increasing rate. Policies are not incarcerating people quick enough, only ~4% of the population's serving time.
* Sandy Berger, flavor of the month. My knee-jerk guess is this will be a big something flack about very little....... brought to light to shade the Plame investigation and cloud content of the convention. Check out Media Matters timeline of the story's evolution from missing documents to "my god, he stuffed it into Socks the cat". Again, if you missed Outfoxed, buy it, watch it, it's worth the $15.
* Oh, no.............. the NYT is a liberal paper. Yeah and the WSJ and the Washington "Moonie" Times are way right. So it's a matter vs anti-matter thing and they cancel each other out.
This year's decision to include bloggers in the convention should make up for the glaring lack of coverage the networks are providing.
Switch off the TV and turn on your computer.
* Difference between the two campaigns, if this had occured at the Bush HQ, we'd be at terror level red.
* I'm all for supporting Linda Rondstat and her failing career and ensuring both her and Michael Moore's right to free speech. I draw the line at them performing a duet. Bad idea.
* What 4 more years will probably look like, proving Orwell was merely bad at timing.
* Bush isn't as *for* tax cuts as he claims? WTF?
* Ben Shapiro this week turns his byline into a want ad. He needs a spokeperson. Ok, cheap shot. Since he does close out his article pissing about liberal's inability to take it when they're attacked personally........does that mean we get to declare a semantics war with no holes barred? Stay tuned.
Panel Determines Immediate Solution to 9/11 Failure
(AP) Washington DC
Today's announcement of the results of the 9/11 Commission will bring about a drastic future change in the way government reacts to terrorism threats within the US borders. A specialized team of forensic, genetic and military experts will be formed, to research the use of pre-cognitive intervention to safeguard the Homeland. It is estimated that by 2010 a fully functional facility covering the Washington DC area will be in operation.
An unnamed source from within the NSA was quoted as saying, "We hope will be able to meet our objective, however without the use of pre-cognitive vision, we can't be positive". Early reports from Capitol Hill indicate a large majority of representatives on both sides of the aisle are commited to spending no less that $220 billion dollars over the next 5 years to the project. Speaking on behalf of the Senate Majority leader a source stated, "If we spend even half of what we've invested in Iraq on 'Operation Mind Missle Shield', it still won't be enough".
The President has committed his full support, adding the caveat, "Keep those things outta Crawford...... I seen that, 'Minority' movie".
* If you plan to crash a GOP function.......blend. No really......your VIP card will last longer.
* Ozzy succumbs to the pressures of politics.
"and ancient rocker Ozzy Osbourne recently dropped "War Pigs" from his concert set list after complaints were made about an accompanying video that interspersed images of Adolf Hitler and Bush. "
* Odds Kerry's involvement in the Iran Contra investigation comes up in the debates? 100 to 1. "I caused your dad to issue more pardons for governmental employees than any previous president". "Which, coincidentally helped staff your administration".
* Costco vs Sam's Club. Labor practices alone make this an easy decision.
Evolution of Fear
* Americans aren't scared enough. Apparently the duct tape and plastic lobbyists aren't working hard enough. However, freaking out over Middle Eastern musicians is all the rage. What we might want to start fearing is paranoid white chicks.
* Department of Labor has a website for the Homeless. Yay! Now all they need is guaranteed high speed connections in their cardboard boxes and they're set.
* Don't blink.
Thought for the Day
George W Bush will eventually leave the White House. Whether it occurs in January of '05 or January of '09, George W Bush will return to Crawford Texas. He's still, geologically speaking, quite young. This fact guarantees that for many years to come he'll be at the forefront of national politics, state and regional campaigns, industry conventions and the occasional 'watch me clear this brush pile' news bite. While our tax dollars will still be invested in him with security, travel and pension, what they won't be funding is an army of highly-skilled speech writers. Here's where the future of comedy fodder becomes ripe for the picking. From his White House exit until his leap off this mortal coil the American people will be blessed with direct viewing of Bush without a gaggle of handlers.
May we all misunderestimate his highly articumalatedness as he rides into the sunset on his high horse.
Taking life seriously and the rest with a grain of iodine infused NaCl
* FBI investigation of sock stuffing continues. Bras under increased scrutiny within the Beltway.
* Debunking 101. "How can the government continue to invest in the NEA and let the taxpayers fund crap like the "Piss Christ"? Answer: It's not nearly as painful as watching the Pentagon "Piss Away" a billion dollars, and you have something to show for it. For the math impaired, the NEA budget was increased by Bush, and is still only 13.9% of the amount the Pentagon LOST.
* Who cares anymore. Honestly, I want my president to be a recovering juvenile miscreant who couldn't pull his drug addled head out of his ass until he hit 40. Gives him character. What I don't want is him pretending it all didn't happen and that, thanks to God, he's not only above the populace but the law as well.
Walking me to my car (he insisted), Tom, who works for a construction conglomerate, reaches for a favorite metaphor to describe George Bush: linoleum. "You know: Usually you get a microfilm of the color, and if you drop a plate on it you discover it's an ugly-looking floor. Then linoleum came out—the pattern goes through the entire one-eighth of material. You can drop a plate on it, and the color is true all the way down!"
and because hardwood flooring's too expensive and difficult to rip up when trends change?
* Breaking news. WMDs found. Bush vindicated. Cheney taunts the Hill. Rumsfeld declares war on Iran. Pre-emptive Free-for-All declared. Democrats surrender, allow martial law and suspend elections in November to celebrate. Fox declared official state news.
under all that concrete.....they were aimed at the US.
Update: nope. Please resume your normal level of fear.
* We reserve the right to attack any nation that sponsors terrorism...... except ourselves.
* Krugman subtly skewers the administration. Dinner's at 8.
* File under monumentally stupid. How to undermine your own credibility in two easy lessons, by Sandy Berger.
* Newest image in the dictionary under sellout, Nader. How long before he loses all credibility for the dogma he espouses?
* Newest military perk. Boobies.
* The Democratic Party Platform is out. Go read.
Quote of the Day
"I'm voting for Bush to express my hatred for Michael Moore. If Bush loses FatFuckMike wins. Thus Bush must win."
The Other Logic
* WWJD? Not hang out with those evil Presbyterians, according to Dennis Prager.
* What Would Kerry Supporters Think? Not hang out with David Limbaugh, according to David Limbaugh.
* What Would Trial Lawyers Do? Sue alcohol companies, according to Doug Bandow.
Has Townhall become a haven for gay bashing, gun toting, Jesus citing oddballs, or is it just me?
It's Tuesday again...... time to support your local candidates.
Today's featured guest is: Jim Dougherty
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* No insinuations or snarky comments needed. Too easy.
Lies Lies and more Lies
* File under dumb and self defeatist. Wouldn't it just be easier to let the GOP re-enact the 1992 convention?
* Debunking the debunking of Moore's F-9/11.
The Other Guys
* The young GOP, setting fashion trends for the new century.
* It's not nice to call Bush a liar. Durn if he ain't right. From now on, use: Willfully Blinded Idealogue, Motivated By Revolving Door Lobbyists and Neo-Con War Hawks.
* Mike Adams takes time off from his attacks on homosexuals and collegiate liberals and tells you how to pack for your next "John Mohammed" styled outing.
* See "Outfoxed". Yes it's biased, but then so is its primary subject matter. The talking points aspect and the approach of letting the "news" speak for itself makes it a much more powerful film than F-9/11 where MM does have a tendancy of inserting himself more than is necessary. The "Some Say" approach to citing sources is weak and frightening....... especially after reading the 9 page Frank Luntz memo.
* The Bush twins (a joke waiting to happen) have been featured in Vogue. No matter how fancied up they get, Jenna still looks like the cheerleader who intentionally forgot her underwear just to get noticed and Barbara looks like the girl who'd accept your invite for a date and then not show. Polished, they are not.
* ''I would describe my relationship with the current leadership as basically nonexistent,'' Bush told reporters. ''You've heard the rhetoric and the names they've called me.'' and refusing to speak really build back the ties that were lost, right?
* The best type of capitalism is the kind that's proceeded by crony.
* Iraq set to vote on gay marriage. Oh, no um...... the don't ask don't tell policy? Nooooooooooooo. American type, no emotional attachment-styled prison gang raping. Oh yeah, that.
* Liberal media isn't just a reality, it's a rampant epidemic. Displayed most recently by their high-skilled method of rolling over and wetting themselves when the White House campaign team said *jump*.
* So, Robert, there was then, no reason to out Valerie? So come forward and give up the leak. No, better yet.......take the information to your grave in 10 years. Inside Leavenworth, please.
* Wham! Bam! Thank you, Ma'am.
Ben "I need to get laid" Shapiro imagines life with Kerry
This week, I began to think for the first time about what I would write if Sen. John Kerry were elected president in November. But then, I realized I should write that column now. What good would it do to awaken people to the dangers of a Kerry administration after that administration had been elected? Here, then, are a few predictions of what will transpire in the unlikely event that John Kerry becomes the most powerful man on Earth.
Because in my 19 or so years I've found I possess the powers of Nostradamus and have the social skills of Chicken Little.
Major terrorist attacks will occur in the United States. John Kerry clearly does not recognize that the fight against terror must be pre-emptive: No amount of wheedling, cajoling or appeasement will convince Islamo-fascist terrorists not to murder Americans. Terrorists must simply face death or capture, but Kerry operates under an amorality designed by the United Nations and therefore feels that American pre-emption is not an option.
Just like they did under Bush's watch, minus the voluntary lack of awareness.
Little on Kerry's resume suggests that his views have changed radically since the 1970s, when he demanded that U.S. troops be sent around the world at the behest of the United Nations. Not only that: If Kerry has his way, the much-maligned but incredibly productive Patriot Act will fizzle, allowing terrorists to roam virtually unhindered throughout the United States.
Just like we went to war with Iraq because they didn't follow the instructions laid out in the UN resolution(s) and the Patriot Act has done so much to ensure grandma can't travel with fingernail clippers or a hat pin.
Gay marriage will become a reality across the country. The chances of passing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage before the election are slim. And with the radical gay-activist agenda moving full steam forward, it seems very likely that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will soon be struck down by the courts, forcing states to accept gay marriages from other states.
Fags scare my virginness. It threatens my future success at landing quality poontang.
Even if DOMA is left standing, though, liberal activists are willing to circumvent the law, as they have in San Francisco and New York. What would President John Kerry do to protect the sacred institution of marriage? Nothing. He opposes a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage -- and he was one of only 16 senators to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, comparing advocates of DOMA to 1960s racists who opposed interracial marriage. Get ready for Mr. and Mr. Smith if Kerry is elected.
John Kerry might protect the institution of marriage by..................being married!!!!! To a rich woman!!!!! We capitalists hate that.
Your taxes will rise. If you're a government leech, vote for John Kerry. Otherwise, a vote for John Kerry means more out of your paycheck. Don't buy the Clintonesque political demagoguery that Kerry will sock it to the millionaires while leaving the rest of us untouched. Look at Kerry's Senate record instead.
While you're at it, pull up Cheney's and Bush's legacy in Texas. They're both just 'thooper'.
If you're a member of the middle class, Kerry wants to raise your taxes. If you own stocks or a car, Kerry wants to raise your taxes. If you die or get married, Kerry wants to raise your taxes. Even if you use the Internet, Kerry might want to raise your taxes; he said in 2001 that online taxation would be needed in the near future. Kerry voted against the Bush tax cuts. Kerry has promised a tax increase of $700 billion -- and that's a low-end estimate. If he actually fulfills his campaign spending promises, make that estimate closer to $1.7 trillion. Don't be surprised if a Kerry administration transforms economic boom into stagnancy or even recession.
Fear possibility. Taxes might go back to where they were when we were all employed and the stock market was performing and interest rates were a wee bit higher......and there was a surplus. Won't that suck ass? Remember, by this time in the campaign in 2000, Bush was promising us a recession.
The military will be crippled -- again. Like Bill Clinton, Kerry purports to be a military supporter. And, yes, Kerry served his country with honor. But Kerry's actions upon his return to the United States and his efforts on behalf of the anti-military faction of American liberalism are inexcusable. During his tenure in the Senate, Kerry repeatedly voted to cut back the military; in 2003, Kerry voted against $87 billion to support troops in harm's way. He also campaigns for allowing open homosexuals into the military, a move that will surely undermine morale and morality in our armed services. Kerry insists that he will strengthen the military, but which John Kerry will show up? If Bill Clinton was any indicator of Democratic "strong" military policy, we're in real trouble.
Crippled, by overuse of National Guardsmen deployed overseas. Overdeployment of critical troop strength and playing police/pre-emptive strikers in the Middle East. While we're blaming Kerry's future performance on behavior from Ben's pre-zygote years, may we draw the same parallels with Bush?
These are only a taste of what a Kerry presidency would bring. A vastly liberal Supreme Court is not a probability but a virtual certainty. Abortion would be reinstated in the pantheon of leftist government-sponsored programs. Public education will revert to its previously unaccountable status. America's energy resources will not grow, and dependency on foreign oil will remain.
Oh, my God! Roe v. Wade might still be a reality. Public education might get, *funded* and oil might still be needed? Rock, you lost an occupant. Maybe, under Kerry, alternative resources for energy might get a funding boost. Use farm subsidy money.
Trial lawyers will have a vocal advocate in the White House -- and when health-care costs go up because of unjustified lawsuits, government-run health care will be proposed as a solution. The legal immigration system will not only remain broken; it will be completely destroyed as Kerry encourages more benefits for "undocumented immigrants."
Not Lawyers!!!! Like those retained by Tom DeLay, Jack Ryan, Bush himself, um, the firm of James Baker. Shall I go on?
The America portrayed here will be John Kerry's "stronger America." I just pray we do not have to live in it.
Ben, I understand Sudan's looking for aid volunteers.
9 Senators stand out in this broohaha.
The Brave Ones
Let Them Eat Yellow Cake
* Josh Marshall deconstructs the argument against the argument against the possibility that Iraq may have sought uranium from Niger. Apparently they're all referencing the same questionable document and still citing it as gospel.
* New, rather amusing blog showing Bush as an Evangalist. Amusing when you take a look at his speech yesterday where he took a page out of the revival preacher handbook and simply repeated "America is Safer" over and over again. Repetition doesn't make truth.
* Download the anti-Bush/anti-War compilation CD today.
* When your base isn't on the same "War Footing" you are, is it time to worry?
* Billmon, discusses Enron, Kenny Boy and the ties to the White House. Amazing contradiction to the whiney butt poop head who blamed everyone else on Larry King Monday night.
* It isn't lying when you don't say what you feel. But if you're acting on how you feel and saying something else......that just makes your ass a hypocrite.
* Go read BAN's introspective review of the GOP's stance on abortion. Brilliant piece.
* Ah, the South. The sounds of cicadas buzzing, the taste of a cool mint julep, the crackling sound of a good cross burning and the overwhelming sense of mass de-evolution is happening at a rapid pace. Remember, these are the good God-fearing folk who want nothing more than................the washing machine on the front porch to work.
Edwards: little more than a pretty face
I find myself a winner, raised up by the ghastly sound of my ensuing calm. Why, then, am I so darn mad?
More on the hackles. They are simply natural cranks up the big bottom.
Such reportorial, all consternation, and no cream puff. This week, all we get is rock star status. Groups plan to "beat up on" you like a kid"
Such penetrating questions may explain why that one heartbeat we hear about dispels all goose bumps. John Edwards may be a good lawyer, but arguing cases, even augmented by five years in foreign expertise, essential to supporting jihadist terrorism for Bush supporters.
Edwards is a guy. Maybe that's why, Rabin's widow was assassinated at the Edwards household.
Edwards has denied talking about Islam. I am not Dan Quayle.
This may be a first, but I can only agree with on-the-job training in the White House on national security issues, pretty hair and toothy smile of the happy stump struggle.
Which should make a lot of Americans mad.
happy stump struggle......fodder for a good haiku
Tomorrow our Senators will vote on Defense of Marriage, no...um Exclusion of Fags, no........um Support of Wife Fuckers Amendment. I for one support this act. By eliminating divorce, annulments, separations, Vegas-style marriages, adultery, shotgun weddings and most importantly interracial marriages....oh and that gay thing, we hetero-hitched should be guaranteed years and years of uninterrupted peaceful bliss. Nothing shall stand in our way of becoming the sole proprietors of the term marriage. Minus the silly combination of a king and a queen of the same suit and the joining of partially used ketchups and other condiments into a single container, of course. 60% of the non-divorced heterosexual married voting Senators is all we need to ensure we keep tax paying 'merkins out of our exclusive club and ensure the terrorists (and Michael Moore) do not win. Please help, saving marriage now will keep your wife from leaving you later.
On a more serious note,................or not
* Light reading for your sadistic side, UN&WR gives us the Taguba annexes. Today's special brought to you by the word "freedom" and the number 911.
* Uncovering a vast cache of child porn in a Catholic seminary has helped explain the church's resistance to pro-choice politicians. Less babies reduces the odds some of them will become viable altar boys ripe for the picking later.
* Vote for your pick for this year's October surprise. My money's on terrorists at the end of this month and Osama in October.
* Dear UN, we need help with our elections. A very well done letter.
* Stop sounding stupid in local political discussions. Find out who "represents" you.
It's not just any old Tuesday, it's TEXAS TUESDAY. The day we focus on local Texas candidates and recommend you donate your time, your money and your votes.
This week's profile is Jeanette Popp. You get both a profile and a Q&A. Her stance and views on education paralleled the exact discussion I was having at lunch today. I love when that happens. Take time to read the account of her daughter's murder and her personal beliefs on preventing these types of crimes through nuturing the youth of the nation. Touching stuff.
* After the incessant post mortem Reagan fawning and Bush II comparisons I struggled with what the *real* difference between the two were. After the World Court's ruling on Friday regarding the the "Great Wall of Love" in Israel, it hit me. (editorialized for affect)
-- Reagan policy regarding the Berlin Wall: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall".
-- Bush policy regarding the Israel Wall: "Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it keeps suiciders out".
* Speaking of Reagan, I never knew he prevented abortions as president decades before being elected. He truly *was*, the Quizat Haderach.
* Abstinence education works well when combined with a full understanding of impact, options and consequences. It works incredibly well when combined with ingrained guilt.
* Osama won. Film at 11. Wake up folks. When we're so friggin scared that we can't hold our own elections without having them at risk with the vague *possibility* of a terrorist strike, we are out of control. Remember, this is the same administration who's slowly erroding your civil rights and attacking the attorneys working to defend the populace.
* Armstrong Williams asks an amazing question this week. "So explain to me again, Mr. Bond, why President Bush would consider appearing at the NAACP's annual convention." BECAUSE HE'S A UNITER, STUPID!!!
* Abbreviated Dennis Prager; "As I have long believed, in general, conservatives think liberals are fools and liberals think conservatives are evil." and, I'd like to prove the liberal's point by showing my intolerant side.
* Delay DeLay. Couldn't happen to a nicer exterminator.
* Instead of having to search around the web for how-to's on negatively impacting the GOP convention in NYC this year, the NY Daily's summarized it for you in one easy location. odd.
Sign of the Times
Because one Phil Gramm wasn't enough, Texas had to stoop to replace him.
"It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right. . . . Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife."
-- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), advocating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in a speech Thursday to the Heritage Foundation.
McCain says no, Kerry never asked and Faux News has it. Any more questions?
* The latest Ted Rall installment has Michelle Malkin's panties so twisted she thinks she's both black and speaks for all those offended by Rall's bile. While twisting in the wind, she loses focus of the concept that Teddy doesn't even begin to speak for the majority of those of us on the left. Her site does allow one to see what her fan base is like. They're real sweethearts..... full of that compassionate conservativism like the other site she writes for. While she's on the "all lefties are bigots" rant, she forgets to explain why the 43rd pResident of the United States won't attend the NAACP convention. Odd choice in an election year.
* Speaking of race. Check out brownequalsterrorist.com. Read his story on his photo-op encounter(s).
* Democratic Convention Blog, link and monitor.
* Time to halt Pentagon spending and restrict budget increases until they can get control of their finances. Imagine if you held stock in this company...... oh wait, you do.
* True definition of misunderestimatednessosity.
* Not all bloggers get burned out......some of us take weekends off.
* WaPo profiles Edwards. Not a bad run-down but he either needs to clarify his stance on all issues or they're not listening.
So we're waging war on pornography now. Yippee.
To the winner goes the spoils. (link NSFW)
A third source, an official who works under ISI's director, Lieutenant General Ehsan ul-Haq, informed tnr that the Pakistanis "have been told at every level that apprehension or killing of HVTs before [the] election is [an] absolute must." What's more, this source claims that Bush administration officials have told their Pakistani counterparts they have a date in mind for announcing this achievement: "The last ten days of July deadline has been given repeatedly by visitors to Islamabad and during [ul-Haq's] meetings in Washington." Says McCormack: "I'm aware of no such comment." But according to this ISI official, a White House aide told ul-Haq last spring that "it would be best if the arrest or killing of [any] HVT were announced on twenty-six, twenty-seven, or twenty-eight July"--the first three days of the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
oh my god.
Mike Adams releases a new and somewhat controversial article that's too hot for TownHall.com on the same day he's having a live performance with Benny Shapiro. I'd excerpt and deconstruct but have no idea where to go with his frustration over a frank article on anal sex and missing porn from the university's web site. Hanging out with the undersexed Shapiro should help belay some of his pent-up energy I suspect........or help him suss out better sources of material.
* Yellow Cake is still on sale. Bidding starts at 2 million dinars or 2 camels.
* Remember, aborting is worse.
* Elections have been cancelled for November. "In Fear We Trust" is the new Fatherland motto. Do not pass go.
* No political rallies in Central Park. Reason: saving the grass. Trampled grass grows back faster than trampled civil rights.
* The administration prefers you die for your country than come back wounded. Dead, you're just a one time pay-out.
* DeLay retains legal expertise. You think it's a wealthy "TRIAL LAWYER"?????
* TSA, best investment of government money since Monsanto started getting farm subsidies.
* Dear GOP, could I interest you in a paragraph tag or two. Ow ow ow ow!
* Isn't prayer free? What sort of prayer group needs a CEO and funding?
Your Daily Show Styled, Moment of Zen
* willing patsy swiftly loosing credibility, Powell style.
In an attempt to subtly warn the American people, Ann announces her desire for children.
"In fact, I'm immediately renouncing my university degrees and going to work for the post office just to give my future children a shot at having a "life story," should they decide to run for president someday."
Now all she needs to find is a husband who has no issue with her being, well.. an attorney.
Things Cracking Me Up
* You don't know Tiger Hand???? Saddam demonstrates undefeatable moves. (thanks Brooke)
* Ketchup. It's not just a vegetable anymore. Now it represents the most prominent vegetable.
VPOTUS and more
* Kerry picks Edwards and the opposition wastes absolutely no time registering the appropriate domain name and releasing a new ad.
When you watch the ad that declares Kerry courted McCain, reflect on this and question how truly in love with Bush he really is. As the Bush builds their anti-wealthy trial lawyer pro-Halliburton agenda and start the mudslinging trying to paint Edwards as a foe of the little guy. Do your research on Cheney's records.
Reflect on this exchange (excerpted for brevity):
Q: Let me try a double whammy and you can answer both, or one or neither. You must be well aware of the caricature of you that has evolved over the last three years, the whole undisclosed location thing, the sinister force behind the President's policies. What do you make of that? And do you feel compelled to deal with it, especially in the context of this campaign that's just beginning?
Cheney: But I make the judgments, and we make the judgments, the staff, on those kinds of considerations in terms of what will advance the program and move us farther down the road towards our goals and objectives, than I do in terms of worried about, sort of, my image, or how people perceive me. Am I brown cloud? Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole? It's a nice way to operate, actually.
* One more thing.......Matt Drudge, Dick Morris and all you dumbasses who donated to "StopHillary" thanks for proving PT Barnum right.
Pre Invasion Iraq vs Post Invasion Iraq
Mission Accomplished, have a nice day.
* Bush took off to West Virginia to rally his supporters. Showing his commitment to freedom, two individuals in anti-Bush t-shirts were bound and removed from the rally. He lauded West Virginia's commitment to the war in Iraq forgetting completely to recognize their most prominent National Guardsperson.
* Getting Lay'ed may take on a new meaning soon. Fingers crossed.
* The Moonie Times reports that Kerry has been charged as a heretic. Catholic priests postponed determining punishment, due to child abuse lawsuits and their inability to fund another publicity stunt....plus they're saving up for the pope's funeral.
John Kerry picks John Edwards. That is all.
now, bring on the debates
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
* WWJVF? (who would Jesus vote for)
* Spin = State of Mind.
* "or fuck them like you did." ............best line ever.
* Impeach Perry.......or muss his hair up real good.
* Sign of a slow news day.
* Only numbers 4, 43, 44, 46, 47, 67, 73, 85, 88, 90, 96, & 100.
Things that Republicans have to believe in order to be a Republican today:
1. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
3. Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.
4. "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.
5. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
6. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
7. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
8. Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.
9. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
10. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
11. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.
12. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
13. Global warming is junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.
15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.
16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
17. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.
18. You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right to adopt.
19. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.
20. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
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