February 28, 2005

Boondoggle at the OK Corral

Quick update on the Dallas Democrats Executive Committee meeting.

What they don't have in cohesion, they make up for with confusion.

Whatever mistakes Susan Hays may have made throughout her tenure could not be as bad as the behavior displayed by the "Outst Susan Berzerker Cabal" at tonight's meeting. The party appears to not need a strong leader as much as it needs a cohesive base that support the entire party and doesn't struggle from within, for some perception of power. Dallas County was cheated out of 60 new Democratic precinct chairs tonight. That, in and of itself, is the morally reprehensible part, all the other bickering was just an unfortunate annoyance.

*Due to a server move tomorrow, there will be more on this Wednesday, that and I need to calm down some.

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Who Said That?

Monday's need a chuckle and thanks to the boys on the other side of the proverbial aisle, there's never a shortage.

Who said...

Maybe we can’t end corruption in the church, but we can demand that our pastors' refrain form any form of corporate sponsorship during their sermons. Doing so would help prevent the swindling of countless families, while reestablishing the church as a trusted sanctuary during a family's most desperate time of need. Such moments simply should not be considered purchasable by local corporations.

and who said...

Come to think of it … the only thing I got out of my first attempt at college was the handy student ID card. What a multipurpose little item that was. I used my student ID to the max for getting into movies at half price, breaking into my girlfriend’s dorm room to check her voice mail to see if the jock in her English Lit class was still calling her and the all important job of separating the seeds and stems from the Colombian Gold I kept hidden on a Frisbee under the passenger seat of my Z28.

you guessed it, Armstrong "buy me, I'm cheap" Williams and Doug "high poobah of ballroom 2" Giles

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February 27, 2005

Separated at birth

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"George, are you pondering what I'm pondering?"

"I think so, Vladimir, but this time you wear the tutu."

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The eyes are the window to the soul

Bush's European Placation proved so successful that even Iran got something out of the deal.

The body language is screaming, ain't it?

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February 26, 2005

Dallas Morning.... News?

After not even showing up for the Social Security Townhall Jeb Hensarling hosted this week, the best research the Morning "News" can offer up on the Bulldog (Gannon/Guckert) controversiay/scandal is this?

A conservative online news outlet that formerly employed a writer who attracted attention by asking President Bush a loaded question at a news conference last month has temporarily shut down.

The publicist for the Texas-based site said Thursday that the decision to temporarily shut down was made because the founder "can only take so much of a beating" over its political slant.

(...)

Talon News owner and Pearland resident Bobby Eberle's phone has been disconnected. But his publicist, Jennifer Ohman, said that the large number of Web visitors attracted by the controversy "were not the kind of hits we were looking for. The attention by and large was negative. If anything, it seemed to fuel the fire."

Which had been proceeded earlier with this.

AUSTIN – The politically conservative owner of the online Talon News Service said Friday that his site would continue its coverage of the White House despite harsh criticism of one of his reporters.

Bobby Eberle Jr., a Houston activist and engineer who also runs the popular GOPUSA political Web site, told The Dallas Morning News that he plans to replace reporter James Guckert, who went by the name Jeff Gannon. The reporter resigned Tuesday after reports that he had used the fake name in White House press briefings for two years and was employed by a politically active and partisan company.

"We haven't stopped our operations at all," Mr. Eberle said in a telephone interview from his Houston home. "We've got four new stories up there today."

whoops, spoke too soon.

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Civil War, Coup or Unceremonious Changing of the Guard

Watching events unfold in the ensuing battle within the Dallas Democratic Party has been both disheartening and disappointing. Being neither a precinct chair or an offical with any of the local clubs, I've been neither directly involved nor affected. However, after the January 8th LH/WR Democrats club meeting was hijacked by the party secretary, I thought some digging was in order.

The resolution(s) written up on behalf of the party clubs seemed out of order and quite inappropriate, at first. Primarly since the author was an elected officer and his crew of supporters were known to have axes to grind. The tone in the introduction of the resolution written for our club didn't appear to have the county voters, club members or precint chairs in mind so much as a creepy level of vengence. Thankfully, the other members appeared equally as concerned about the lack of procedure as Mrs. Monkey and I did and voted to push this out to a precinct chair vote.

The primary complaint being circulated is the letter Susan Hays wrote in support of Michael Schneider for District Judge on party letterhead. Personally I have no issue with the Chair writing a support letter, even for a Republican, I just don't belive it to be ethical to use party resources to further whatever agenda she might have. Not to mention the possibility of the legality of the action. In the month following the revelation of this breach of trust, other, yet to be proven elements pointing to a lack of leadership have been raised.

Including, but not limited to;

  • Misuse of funds.
  • Manipulation of district races.
  • Disaffection of local clubs.
  • Impacting local candidates

I believe this list to be much more egregious in nature than writing a support letter for a member of the opposing party. But, if the level of confusion and disorder I saw at the headquarters on November 2nd are any indication of Susan Hays' leadership, it is indeed time for a change and waiting till 2006 may be an irreparable mistake for the mid-term elections. Her response letters to the precinct chairs regarding the concerns raised seem to be more focused on damage control than party unity and contrition.

If you live in Dallas County and have an opinion, please show up Monday night at the CWA Hall on 1408 N Washington @ 6:30pm. It's the least you can do.


Update: The "big guns" in Dallas have circulated a follow-up letter addressing other failures and or abdication of duty during Susan Hays' time in office.

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Peace Negotiations - Dubya Style

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February 25, 2005

Call to Action... of sorts

If you do nothing else today...

Go read this article, pulled forward from the Kos Diaries. Your game plan is spelled out. Now, get to work.

In Retrospect

* What were the complaints against a Kerry White House? What was it again the SBVFT were scaring everyone with? Who got picked? What's he doing now? Irony is not dead.

* That guy, the inarticulate boob, 51% of the voting populace thought was the best man for the job... how's he doing in week 5 of term 2? Slippery slide to hell folks, slippery slide.

* DeLay, in the news again. Someone get out a spotlight, train it on his ass and don't let up.

Say Hi To...

Robert Greenwald

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Bulldog's Tenacity

Everybody's favorite White House shill seems to think he's still on the side of righteousness and has reopened his website. Go pay him a visit.

Send him an email and ask;

  1. If he'll add commenting.
  2. If he'll be adding an old article repository.
  3. What his hourly rate is now.
  4. Whether he's still able to get a press pass.
  5. If this indicative of what he means by protection of his personal privacy.


be creative

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February 24, 2005

Get me a Q-Tip, I just don't believe my ears

With DJ Pooty Poot, Rapmaster Shrubby Shrub waxes all eloquent and stuns the crowd with..

Mr. Bush answered: "I'm perfectly comfortable in telling you, our country is one that safeguards human rights and human dignity, and we resolve our disputes in a peaceful way."

and then there's this...

Q -- on some of the decisions he has made on his democratic institutions, or have you just agreed to disagree? And, President Putin, did anything President Bush say to you today prompt you to reconsider some of those decisions?

PRESIDENT BUSH: I think the most important statement that you heard, and I heard, was the President's statement, when he declared his absolute support for democracy in Russia, and they're not turning back. To me, that is the most important statement of my private meeting, and it's the most important statement of this public press conference. And I can tell you what it's like dealing with the man over the last four years: When he tells you something, he means it. He asked what some of my concerns were, and he explained answers. I told him that it was very important that capital see rule of law, that there be stability, there not be any doubt about whether or not -- if somebody invests, whether or not the laws change. And I think Vladimir heard me loud and clear, and he explained why he made decisions he made.

But we had very frank discussions about a variety of issues. And the operative -- again, the operative statement, the summary statement that I think is important for people to hear in our countries, precisely his opening statement to King's question -- speaking about monarchies. Anyway. Get it? (Laughter.) It's late in the trip. Which is, firm belief in democracy. And I appreciate that.

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Jeb Hensarling Comes Face to Face with Reality

The Townhall was attended by a small but well informed group of about 25 people and Mr. Hensarling got his ass handed to him. What follows is based on Mrs. Monkey's notes and impressions, emphasis mine.

He started with a presentation and a chart package. Showed a big picture with his parents and him and stated they both collected social security. Showed a picture of his two kids and said he wanted to make sure they were taken care of.


Charts:
Changing Demgraphics - showed the bodies like on Jon Stewart (2.23.05)

Life Expectancy 60 to 77

Cost of Doing Nothing

  • 10.4 Trillion
  • 30% Reduction in Benefits
  • 43% Increase in Payroll Taxes


Social Security Implicit Rates of Return

  • Grandparents 12%
  • parents - couldn't see figure
  • Born in 1960 2%
  • said that children now would reap 'negative returns or maybe, maybe 1%'

Direct Quotes

'I do not believe in raising taxes'

'Is it a crisis? I don't know, but President Clinton, now I said Clinton, called it a crisis. Let's say this; if you had a small fire in your backyard would you put it out or would you decide to go to the movies and wait until it engulfed your whole house'

'is there risk? yes. but it's riskier to leave your retirement money in Washington DC. They have been raided 59 times for things like parks in PA where the toilets don't work, studies on decorating dorm rooms etc. taxes have already been raised 20 times'

Principles for Strengthening Social Security

  • right to safe and secure retirement
  • recognize current system unstable
  • current or near retirement receive full benefits
  • voluntary accounts

Personal Security Accounts

  • Best of old and add new features
  • Keep Government backing
  • Guaranteed lifetime benefits
  • Progressive benefits
  • Completely voluntary
  • No impact on current or near retirement
  • Add investment in real assets
  • Add professional investment management (love that one)
  • Add worker ownership


Questions (as best I can remember)

Mrs Monkey: The GAO estimates that Soc Sec will have a 3.7 trillion shortfall over 75 years. Where does the 10.4 trillion dollar figure come from?

A: That is called an infinite horizon figure. in other words the cost to fix this permanently.

Q: What about the 2 trillion in start-up costs? Paul Krugman estimates that we would need to borrow 15 million. Alan Greenspan and Paul O'Neill both expressed concern over start up costs.

A: I've talked to Alan Greenspan and he's in favor. Cited some Greenspan report that shows this will reduce the debt over time. 'don't know the context of your numbers' 'don't believe those figures' 'If you could fix your car now for $350 or wait a year and pay $3500 for a new transmission which would you do?' 'Compare that 1 to 2 trillion cost to 10.4 trillion

This is where I piped in and asked how he could compare a 2 trillion cost now to a 10.4 trillion "infinate horizon' cost over more than 75 years. (at this point, the gentlemen to my left who had given me his business card: Kaufman County Commisioner District 3, I think. Reached over and took it back)

Mr Hensarlings rep then asked that we not interupt and I apologized and said that I was just really trying hard to understand.

He then said " I don't agree that we will have to borrow money. we'll grow government at a rate 50% faster than family income"

Q: Thanks for coming, I recognize that the internet has made your job much harder as we all came loaded with facts and figures (chuckle chuckle...no it's an opportunity) Aren't you asking seniors to pay for the costs of the war in Iraq and tax cuts for the rich?

At this point the guy at the end of the table got all red faced and started going off on how 'you people' want to pass this on to our children thus saving Jeb from answering.

Q: I work in the banking industry and I've seen what happens when people lose their life savings. You just attached your name to HR800 giving legal immunity to the Gun Industry. How do we know that you won't provide such immunity to the people responsible for managing these accounts?

(at this point, I noticed the first constable in the back of the room)

A: Started to go on and on about how he believed in the 2nd amendment.

Q: I'm not interested in the second ammendment

Jeb's guy then told her to be polite and she said she thought she was being polite but she wanted an answer.

A: We'll keep in place the government guarantee yada yada " I don't understand your question"

several people around the table said " I do" and one woman restated " she is concerned that the brokerage firms managing the accounts would not be held acountable'

A: tort reform blather. health care cost blather.

Q: I'm a Vietnam Vet over 55 but my wife is under 55. I'm concerned about the 2 trillion cost and don't see how these private

Jeb: "I call them personal"

...accounts will shore up the system.

At this point Jeb said next question would be the last question as he was running out of time and I noticed there were a few more people in the back of the room and 3 constables.

A: I don't believe we will have to borrow the money if we keep government spending in check.

Q: If Government spending is up 3.6% - isn't it up to congress to stop pork barrell spending isn't it up to our leadership to stop spending?

I don't think he even answered. he said he was out of time and was gone from the room before I could stand up.

Your tax dollars at work folks. A "Townhall" meeting where open dialogue and contradicting opinion attracts constables. Democracy in action, where long reaching change is met with obfuscation. Now, let's see how the "real press" covers this, if at all.

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Quotables

Dear Leader in Old Europe

When asked whether the United States was contemplating attacking Iran, he replied forcefully. "This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. Having said that, all options are on the table," he said.

In the past, Mr. Bush has said that an American president can never rule out the use of military force, adding that it is always the last option.

Ain't that a flipflop?


Rush Limbaugh's Holiday

Reporting on his own show to EIB fill-in host Roger Hedgecock, Limbaugh said U.S. forces are "just doing the Lord's work over here."

(...)

Limbaugh replied that he wouldn't try to impose an American-style government on the country. "I trust freedom. I trust free people. Let free people make up their own minds about things and you can trust the results."

(...)

"I didn't go politically correct on them. I told them exactly who's saying what about them," Limbaugh explained. "I told them what I think is the sort of phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock 'n' roller of some members of the American left saying they support the troops but they don't support their mission.

Couldn't we just make him Ambassador?

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Watercooler Worthy

Serious Topics, Snarky Approach

* The unmistakable sound of flapping gums rubbing on the inside of the northbound side of a neocon sphincter.

* Proving once again that the SCLM is nothing more than a manufactured illusion, chicken little and company are going after PBS now.

* Why black history month should be about worshipping the GOP as true champions of civil rights.

* One secret society to rule them all. Sauron would be proud.

* Richard Perle & Howard Dean faced off in the rhetorical battle of "Logic vs We'll Do Whatever We Want To Do".

* Patty Bouvier, under fire for being a lesbian. Jessica Rabbit in her defense, noted, "She's not bad, she was just drawn that way".

* Without enough to keep him busy, the Texas Attorney General's pulling a "Roy Moore" with the Ten Commandments. Personally, I can't wait for the "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" law... I'm not though, in favor of the leniency afforded to "thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle".

* Love your work as God commanded.

* From God to the pope to you via his publisher, Gay marriage = evil. Raping little boys = not so evil.


Vast Resources

* The Indy Blogs

* Political Strategy

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February 23, 2005

Quick Funny

Courtesy of Chris.

HOW THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CHANGES A LIGHTBULB

There are two responses:

How many members of the Bush administration does it take to change a light bulb?

a):
1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed.
2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed.
3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb.
4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs.
5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb.
6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner: Light Bulb Change Accomplished.
7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally in the dark.
8. One to viciously smear #7.
9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along.
10. And finally one to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.

b): None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably and anythingyou say undermines the lighting effect. Why do you hate freedom?

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The Curse of Gerrymandering

So the Congresscritters are hitting the road with their townhall meetings to ensure their constituents are drinking the Social Security Kool-Aid. In Texas, thanks to DeLay, we here in Dallas, have to drive 30+ miles out to Forney Texas to catch Jeb Hensarling shilling for the administration's vision-free plan. Apparently the concept of a need for multiple meetings hasn't occured to the planners. Sense a pattern?

Congressional Town Hall Meeting
Congressman Hensarling
Thursday, February 24, 09:30 AM
Forney Subcourthouse
200 E. Main St.
Forney, TX 75126

Update: Mrs. Monkey will be attending in person, well thought out questions are welcome.

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My Dogma Wants to Bite You

Part VI in the Series: Dennis Prager is Holier than Thou, we're subjected to alternating finger waggling and halo polishing as Dennis explains the war between "values" and "lefties"

He starts us off with a wee history lesson...

With the decline of the authority of Judeo-Christian values in the West, many people stopped looking to external sources of moral standards in order to decide what is right and wrong. Instead of being guided by God, the Bible and religion, great numbers -- in Western Europe, the great majority -- have looked elsewhere for moral and social guidelines.

He goes on to explain that the elsewhere is Communism and Nazism... and for the rest of us degenerates, it's feelings.

In fact, feelings are the major unifying characteristic among contemporary liberal positions.

Quite right Dennis, feelings. I feel that the theocratic nation concept you so aggressively masturbate to would be oppressive. I feel that preying on the weak is wrong, building up the rich on the backs of the poor is reprehensible, that not nuturing the planet we all inhabit is criminal. I feel your piety is insincere and manufactured.

more after the jump.

Aside from reliance on feelings, how else can one explain a person who believes, let alone proudly announces on a bumper sticker, that "War is not the answer"? I know of no comparable conservative bumper sticker that is so demonstrably false and morally ignorant. Almost every great evil has been solved by war -- from slavery in America to the Holocaust in Europe. Auschwitz was liberated by soldiers making war, not by pacifists who would have allowed the Nazis to murder every Jew in Europe.

How is it morally ignorant if you have no idea what the question was? Not every great evil has been "solved" by war. Some wars actually are just. WWII, for the US, war wasn't the answer until we were pulled into it. Knowledge of the atrocities suffered by European Jews atrocity wasn't even known when we got into the war nor was it the primary reason for our involvement. The important thing for a nation who's supposed to be on the side of "righteousness" is to work to not *start* wars. As for conservative bumper stickers, Dennis just needs to get out more.

The entire edifice of moral relativism, a foundation of leftist ideology, is built on the notion of feelings deciding right and wrong. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Subtle ain't he? Dennis, the English would have viewed the Minutemen as terrorists in the 1700's. Terrorists aren't all "leftists" and visa versa. Of course we are quite handicapped in the area of distinction as God's not popping in every 5 minutes to point out the evil-doers for us.

The animals-and-humans-are-equivalent movement is based entirely on feelings. People see chickens killed and lobsters boiled, feel for the animals, and shortly thereafter abandon thought completely, and equate chicken and lobster suffering to that of a person under the same circumstances.

The unprecedented support of liberals for radically redefining the basic institution of society, marriage and the family is another a product of feelings -- sympathy for homosexuals. Thinking through the effects of such a radical redefinition on society and its children is not a liberal concern.

Connecting the illogical dots with a Spirograph. The small percentage of people who empathize with the killing of chickens is not the same as those who believe it benefits society as a whole when we treat all people the same. Thinking through the effects requires one key element, the thinking. Thinking that starts out of the uptight "we know best" box and staying out of it. Gay marriage benefits have only yet to be explored and who can fathom the long-term social impact of allowing love to flourish unabated? This nation used to think we'd slide into moral decay if a white woman married a black man...

The liberal preoccupation with whether America is loved or hated is also entirely feelings-based. The Left wants to be loved; the conservative wants to do what is right and deems world opinion fickle at best and immoral at worst.

No, it's fucking economic you stupid ass. We all need each other. Small planet, large solar system, we're all we got and it's important for the longevity of the species for us to get along. We go to war and to hell with everyone else, who pays? The American public. Who holds the majority of our debt? International banks. We at least should behave in a manner that would garner respect. Your boy Bush is over there sucking up now, why? Feelings?

For liberals, the entire worth of the human fetus is determined by the mother's feelings. If she feels the nascent human life she is carrying is worth nothing, it is worth nothing. If she feels it is infinitely precious, it is infinitely precious.

Rather than taking the conservative approach and determining the life is worth nothing *after* birth; by reducing child care credits, education funding, pell grants, medicare/medicaid, shipping jobs overseas, creating open ended wars and futzing with retirement guarantees... not to mention the vast vast VAST overload of CPS cases and the backlog of children waiting to be adopted. It's an overused analogy, but if men were the ones that had to give birth, abortions would be available at 7-11.

Very often, liberals are far more concerned with purity of motive than with moral results. That's why so many liberals still oppose the liberation of Iraq -- so what if Iraqis risk their lives to vote? It's George W. Bush's motives that liberals care about, not spreading liberty in the Arab world.

Or maybe some of us are opposed to the occupation because it was criminal in nature. We weren't done in Afghanistan, funds were diverted, data was manipulated, no threat was posed, planning was non-existent and vast amounts of money was embezzled. Until the US troops are gone, they have *NOT* been liberated. A nation cannot spread altrustic liberty using DU bombs.

Elevating motives above results is a significant part of liberalism. What matters is believing that one is well intentioned -- that one cares for the poor, hates racism, loathes inequality and loves peace. Bi-lingual education hurts Latino children. But as a compassionate person -- and "compassionate" is the self-definition of most liberals -- that is not the liberal's real concern. His concern is with an immigrant child's uncomfortable feelings when first immersed in English.

No, compassion is the faux flag being run out ahead of the conservative neocon movement as articulated by your Dear Leader. Empathy and understanding are the primary concerns. Equality doesn't hurt much either.

Reliance on feelings in determining one's political and social positions is the major reason young people tend to have liberal/left positions -- they feel passionately but do not have the maturity to question those passions. It is also one reason women, especially single women, are more liberal than men -- it is women's nature to rely on emotions when making decisions. (For those unused to anything but adulation directed at the female of the human species, let me make it clear that men, too, cannot rely on their nature, which leans toward settling differences through raw physical power. Both sexes have a lot of self-correcting to do.)

So those crazy youths just need to grow up, stop being so touchy-feely, put faith in Dennis' God, toughen up and become NeoCons who will shrug off those emotions long enough to send someone else to fight their wars.

To be fair, feelings also play a major role in many conservatives' beliefs. Patriotism is largely a feeling; religious faith is filled with emotion, and religion has too often been dictated by emotion. But far more conservative positions are based on "What is right?" rather than on "How do I feel?" That is why a religious woman who is pregnant but does not wish to be is far less likely to have an abortion than a secular woman in the same circumstances. Her values are higher than her feelings. And that, in a nutshell, is what our culture war is about -- Judeo-Christian values versus liberal/leftist feelings.

Do I contradict myself, well then... I contradict myself. Ignoring the easy targets, focus on whose values are competing against leftist feelings. Not Buddist or Muslim or Taoist... Judeo-Christian values are at war with the left. It could be a composite concept and doesn't *have* to be a manufactured conflict. WAR, doesn't *HAVE* to be the answer.

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February 22, 2005

Worthy Canadian Initiative

My tax dollars at work: CBC News Indepth -- Canadians Have Fourteen Different Words For Snow.

Here's a quick guide to snow in Canada – and how to prepare for it:

While picking up your morning coffee at the local doughnut shop, you overhear the following conversation:

"I hear it's gonna snow today."

"Yup, we're getting some snow."

Here, the term snow is used without qualification. It means you can expect precipitation of significant duration and extent. Try to remember where you put your snow shovel.

Had the doughnut shop people said "we're expecting snow flurries or snow showers," you would have breathed a bit of a sigh of relief, because you knew that not much of the white stuff would accumulate. At least not enough to shovel.

And if detective mon said "daddy me snow me stab someone down the lane, a licky boom boom down," then you've got Snow.

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So They Don't Fall Through The Cracks

* Following the money makes one both alert and paranoid. Take a second and read this on Powerline..... the Bulldog supporters.

* Pulling the Peak Oil topic back to the surface.

* Why does the GOP display so much hate towards the masses? When did the AARP become the new whipping boy? How many votes is this going to pull in for 2006 or is the nation's memory simply so bad it'll be irrelevant in 3 months?

* Is anyone keeping tabs on who all the Bulldog supporters are? I'm thinking this should be worthwhile information in the near future.


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Charm, Poise & Wit

Finally, the opportunity to use communication aids without having to be all sneaky.

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Got Insurance?

From Chris Bell on HB 23, a bi-partisan proposal to end credit scoring for insurance rates in the state. This predatory and punative practice affects everyone, but impacts those who can least afford it.

STATEMENT BY CHRIS BELL ON HB 23 Offered as testimony before the Insurance Committee, 2/21/05

There is no logical basis to link insurance rates to credit ratings. If someone is late on his credit card bill, that does not mean that a tornado is going to hit his barn. Economic redlining only serves to protect the profits of insurance companies, and we have a moral mandate to stop this now and to lower the barriers to home ownership.

This is not a partisan issue. The sponsors of HB 23 are Republicans, and in 2002, Rick Perry promised to end credit scoring in Texas. He was right to take that election-year stand back then, and though his appointee at the Texas Department of Insurance is protecting economic redlining, the Governor would do well to keep his earlier promise."

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Odd Ends

* Read my lips, "No NUDE Texans".

* Masturbation fodder for the wee wittle neocon in all of us.

* Save the children....... time. It takes too much time to sift through all the crap to get to good schlock TV, the PTC aggregates it for you on line.

* Helpful politically savy hints from Heloise.

* Is it that the design is intelligent or that intelligence needs a designer?

* Do your homework.

* BWA! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Go for it kiddos.

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February 21, 2005

Connecting the Dots

Tbogg captures the pattern. Bulldog exposes himself, Powerline rushes to his defense, Bulldog threatens to sue & Powerline gets a call from a yet unnamed future client. Let's quickly review the details, shall we?

Gannon/Guckert

White House press pass for "Bulldog", the GOPUSA lackey who has yet to grasp the subtle distinction between exposure and good exposure. Ran the talkshow circuit on Friday after declaring he wouldn't speak to the press, got bulldogged and still managed to evade direct questions regarding the Plame investigation.

Powerline

In defense of Bulldog.

You dumb shit, he didn't get access using a fake name, he used his real name. You lefties' concern for White House security is really touching, but you know what, you stupid asshole, I think the Secret Service has it covered. Go crawl back into your hole, you stupid left-wing shithead. And don't bother us anymore. You have to have an IQ over 50 to correspond with us. You don't qualify, you stupid shit.

Litigation

Bulldog seeks to defend his "other profession" and journalistic talents in a court of law.


Representation

Needing appropriate legal representation, it appears, Mr. Bulldog has turned to the articulate expertise of Powerline's key contributor as his legal "Behind-RocketMan."

To that I say, "Heaven could not have matched up a cuter pair". Here's to a highly publicized case that trumps the media circus that is the Michael Jackson trial.

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"Where is Richard Nixon now that we finally need him?"

Apropos to Kerry's eulogy below, here's HST comparing Nixon to Dubya:

Richard Nixon looks like a flaming liberal today, compared to a golem like George Bush. Indeed. Where is Richard Nixon now that we finally need him?

If Nixon were running for president today, he would be seen as a "liberal" candidate, and he would probably win. He was a crook and a bungler, but what the hell? Nixon was a barrel of laughs compared to this gang of thugs from the Halliburton petroleum organization who are running the White House today -- and who will be running it this time next year, if we (the once-proud, once-loved and widely respected "American people") don't rise up like wounded warriors and whack those lying petroleum pimps out of the White House on November 2nd.

Nixon hated running for president during football season, but he did it anyway. Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for -- but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him.

You bet. Richard Nixon would be my Man. He was a crook and a creep and a gin-sot, but on some nights, when he would get hammered and wander around in the streets, he was fun to hang out with. He would wear a silk sweat suit and pull a stocking down over his face so nobody could recognize him. Then we would get in a cab and cruise down to the Watergate Hotel, just for laughs.

So there's one positive thing that George W Bush has accomplished -- he's made Hunter S. Thompson look back on Richard Nixon with fondness.

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Looks Like Someone's Having a Monday

In No Particular Order

* How can Eason Jordan be forced to resign for stating he believed that journalists were targets but Ms. Coulter keeps getting asked back on shows after stating....

Coulter: "Would that it were so! ... That the American military were targeting journalists."

* The money and brains behind the Swift Boat Boys are now refocusing on eliminating the AARP roadblock from privitization of Social Security. When will these guys spend some money on something that actually gives back to the citizens they claim to champion?

* Wow, Bush actually worried about his past being an issue for his candidacy. What, he had no idea the effectiveness of the GOP's cleansing methods?

* Dear Georgia, here's your opportunity to blur the lines between church and state.

Asked why he should be lite gov, Reed told us he's a "team player" who can work with the Republican majority under the Gold Dome, and has a background as a strategist who helped craft both the Contract With America, which the GOP rode to a congressional majority in 1994, and the Declaration for a New Georgia, which was the Republicans' campaign document in 2002, when Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected.

* Celebrating the the obscure but very important work of a junior Senator from Texas. John Cornyn's pushing for expansion of and better oversight of the FOIA. Baby steps.

* No no no no no no no & hell no.

* Reaching "across the aisle" will not create an atmosphere of bi-partisanship. Oliver Willis hits the proverbial nail with this post on why a spine is so desperately needed now.

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Goodbye Gonzo

Just when the country needed your ascerbic wit more than ever, you pick up and leave us. Guess once around the Nixon carrousel was enough, eh?

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February 20, 2005

Bring It On.... Beeeyatch

Mr. "hard to spell" Jeff is seeking legal action against those who outted his moonlighting career. This guy's not only criminally naive but asking for the wrong kind of attention. Stupidity, should be taxed. Don't forget to keep up with the latest twists in this plot at AmericaBlog.

Jeff Gannon is considering suing liberal interest groups, bloggers and others for a "political assassination" that drove him from his job as a reporter for a conservative news outfit called Talon News, he told NEWSWEEK. Gannon, whose real name is James Guckert, singled out Media Matters-a "well-funded" liberal group headed by longtime "attack dog" David Brock. ("Everything we wrote about him came from the public record," Brock replied.)

Remember, the trick is; always, follow the money.

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Frequent Flyer Miles Not Included

The war on perceived terror certainly has torn down a lot of pre-existing international barriers.

New York-Newsweek has obtained previously unpublished flight plans indicating the CIA has been operating a Boeing 737 as part of a top-secret global charter servicing clandestine interrogation facilities used in the war on terror. And the Boeing's flight information, detailed to the day, seems to confirm the claims of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, who says he was abducted by American operatives and in early 2004 flown to Afghanistan. Together with previously disclosed flight plans of a smaller Gulfstream V jet, the Boeing 737's travels are further evidence that a global "ghost" prison system, where terror suspects are secretly interrogated, is being operated by the CIA
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February 19, 2005

CPAC

Aside from the unique opportunity to hear preachers thank God for the wonderful work done by the Swift Boat Vets, what other reason attracts so many dedicated people to this convention?

The studs in lipstick.

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February 18, 2005

Life is a Cabaret Ole Chum

Tomorrow Belongs to Me - the song from the musical CABARET - provides a chilling soundtrack to the "14 Defining Characteristics Common to Fascist Regimes." Disturbing, to say the least.

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Illogical Illusions

Juvenile Humor

Negroponte anagrams:
Last Name

  • PROTEGE NON
  • REPENT GO ON
  • ENTER GOP NO
  • OGRE PENT ON
Full Name
  • heroin demon jr tiptoing
  • gop detriment join rhino
  • gop dinnertime John riot
  • gop dirtier John mention
  • gop joint nimrod therein

Other, Less Amusing Topics

* Using relational logic and GOP think, let's draw up some conclusions. Drugs sales support terror, porn is like drugs so, therefore porn on TV is like having a terrorist in your house. Which makes Adelphia Communcations, a terrorist organization.....that supports the GOP. Illogical? Maybe.

* Robert Knight, speaking for concerned women on gays... being neither, waxes rhapsodic on the impact a gay themed "Sleepless in Seattle" would have had on the kid. Priorities.

* Iraq's a breeding ground for terrorists. Geez, I wonder how that happened? Does no one plan for this shit? Why does this comes as a surprise only to those making decisions?

* Here's why Iraqi soldier training's not going as planned. Would be funnier if it wasn't so close to the truth.

* Head Games.

* Not a child's behind left.


QOTD

Do you support Senator Blank's policy that calls for an invasion of Saudi Arabia to overthrow the oppressive monarchy there so that in two years, after 1,500 American soldiers are dead, 11,000 American soldiers are wounded, tens of thousands of civilian deaths have been caused, $300 billion American dollars have been spent, Saudis are able to hold elections where a fundamentalist Islamic government allied with Iran is elected to power in a landslide?
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February 17, 2005

Earworm

Ever been listening to or reading the news and suddenly a song pops into your head?

GREEN HEAVEN
About this planet, there is something I know
There's a very big difference between above and below
A friend foe, or bro, leave your body on the floor
Let your spirit fly away like the soul of a crow

Here, above land, man has laid his plan
And yes, it does include the Ku Klux Klan
We got a government so twisted and bent
Bombs, tanks and guns is how our money is spent

We got V.D., heroin, greed and prostitution
Tension, aggravation, L. Ron Hubbard solution
Not to mention hard-core chemical pollution
If you think you're just away, you're in a mental institution
And that's a heart felt shame
'Cos everyone's crazy, everyone's the same
So, why should only Larry, Curly and Moe be to blame?

Time now to take you to a different place
Where peace lovin' whales flow through liquid outer space
A groovin' and a gliddin' as graceful as lace
A never losing touch with the ocean's embrace
Diviner than the dolphin, that there is none
'Cause dolphins just-a like to have a lot of fun
No one tells 'em how their life is run
And no one points at them with a gun
They have a lot of love for every living creature
The smile of a dolphin is a built in feature
They be movin' in schools but everyone's the teacher
Someday mister dolphin, I know I'm go'n to meet you

Back to the land of the police man
Where he does whatever he says he can
Including hating you because you're a Jew
Or beating black ass, that's nothing new
Trigger happy cops, they just like to brawl
They use guns, clubs, gas, but that's not all
They got puke, ridden prisons and sex sick jails
Fuck the poor, if you're rich you pay the bail
So support your police, support your local wars
That's the way to open economic doors
Why do we do it? 'Cause the president's a whore
We assume the position to sell the ammunition
What the fuck? It's the american tradition
Along with going fishin' apple pies in the kitchen
Isn't it bitchin' seeing dead men in ditches?

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Theatre of the Absurd

For all the carnage in President Bush's budget, one program is being showered with additional cash - almost three times as much as it got in 2001. It's "abstinence only" sex education, and the best research suggests that it will cost far more lives than the Clinton administration's much more notorious sex scandal.

While teenagers in the U.S. have about as much sexual activity as teenagers in Canada or Europe, Americans girls are four times as likely as German girls to become pregnant, almost five times as likely as French girls to have a baby, and more than seven times as likely as Dutch girls to have an abortion. Young Americans are five times as likely to have H.I.V. as young Germans, and teenagers' gonorrhea rate is 70 times higher in the U.S. than in the Netherlands or France.

The Bush administration's global AIDS program last fall awarded a grant to promote abstinence in African youth to a politically connected Washington advocacy group, even though the expert committee reviewing requests for government money judged the request "not suitable for funding."

A federal agency's efforts to remove the words "gay," "lesbian," "bisexual" and "transgender" from the program of a federally funded conference on suicide prevention have inspired scores of experts in mental health to flood the agency with angry e-mails.

Ohio Republicans Seek 'Academic Bill of Rights'. Restricting education. Because creating an America as STUPID as Mr. Preznit is a goal for the Repugs.

Take Action against discrimination. Two competing versions of the Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment - HJR 6 and HJR 19 - have just been referred to the House Committee on State Affairs. These proposed amendments would write discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Texans into our Constitution by banning marriage for same-sex couples.

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2004 Results. Where WWW means Wretched Writers Welcome. Always good for chuckles, groans, guffaws, and giggles. And we need to laugh. For some of the best (or worst, as it were) click on “Lyttony of Grand Prize Winners.” The very first winner in 1983 has always been one of my personal faves!

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Petulant Pedant

Random Mind Boggling

* Gently transitioning from bad to "oh my god we're all going to die", Bush nominates John Negroponte for the role of National Intelligence Chief. What, was Kissinger busy or something?

* David Horowitz has really outdone himself with this invaluable piece of divisive propaganda. Leftist being compared to terrorists? Fascinating logic.

* Proof positive the liberal agenda is really having a negative affect on our college campuses. *eyeroll*

* A rousing thank you to Ward Churchill, the wacko from Colorado. Not for his asinine rhetoric but for keeping Ann's panties so twisted, she's willing to use the "N-word" and dismiss existing issues on Indian reservations, in the same breath.

* Why is it that the squeeky wheel gets the grease and just doesn't get replaced? So now, the Religious Right's threatening two branches of government simultaneously? Someone revoke this man's tax exempt status.

* Brit Hume, reporting out of his butt and assuming the public's too stupid about history, warped FDR's comments on Social Security. FDR's speech was made in 1935. Who in their right mind, believes that 6 years after the 1929 catastrophe, the president would dare to suggest we bank any of the government's retirement plans on Wall Street's performance? Time for a changing of the Faux guard.


QOTD

What's the one of the last things you want to hear when you're about to be forcibly gang raped by a retard?

"Benefits are scheduled to grow at a certain rate, and one of the suggestions, for example ... was they grow ...they grow, but not at a rate as fast as projected. You can call it anything you want. I would call it an adjustment to reality," he said.

First, one has to have a firm grip on reality to adjust it.

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Custer Battles Sabre Rattles

Gross mismanagement of both US and Iraqi funds, little to no oversight, alleged indiscriminate killings and all of it apparently sanctioned by the "CEO-style" administration. When you're looking to outsource sensitive government/military work, shouldn't you at least do the minimum vetting required to ensure a modicum of integrity is exhibited?

"I wish I could tell you that the Bush administration has done everything it could to detect and punish fraud in Iraq," Grayson said. "If I said that to you, though, I would be lying."

Keith Olbermann had four former employees on his show Tuesday night. Each of them had resigned in disgust from Custer Battles while in Iraq. They focused primarily on the human abuse aspect.

OLBERMANN: Nothing in war is pretty but even against that stark landscape our number four story on the COUNTDOWN tonight is inescapably ugly. New allegations from four American military veterans that heavily armed private security contractors in Iraq are brutalizing Iraqi civilians. Our report is by NBC News senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers. And if there is no other clear lesson in this story, it will become obvious to you that it is really bad symbolism to take any organization operating in a theater of war and give it the name, Custer Battles.

(...)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The front of the truck came down like this. I could see two children sitting in the back seat of that car with their eyes looking up. At the axle, as it came down, it pulverized the back and I said, wow, what hit this car?

Performing on behalf of our government, we have a contracting company in the theater of battle who's known to have committed inhumane acts and we can't even figure out if they're immune from fraud prosecution or not?

Custer Battles has been accused of illegally inflating costs on plum contracts in 2003 to protect the Baghdad International Airport as well as for a massive program that replaced Iraq’s currency. Former Custer Battles employees and plaintiffs, W.D. "Pete Baldwin" and Robert Isakson, claim that the company routinely engaged in accounting trickery and used a corporate shell game involving Cayman Island subsidiaries to drum up charges by tens of millions of dollars with the clear intent to plunder funding for reconstruction efforts.

(...)

But the court fight is not yet about determining if Custer Battles engaged in illegal billing -- even though the firm’s own internal audit raised red flags on the matter. It is about whether or not the United States government has any jurisdiction over the alleged fraud -- and if it should do anything about it.

Their own internal audit showed red flags? They're still operating on old contracts with a freeze on renewals and we can't figure out under which jusrisdiction they fall?

Given their touted use of NetSuite, it should be right easy to investigate the fraud, right?

With NetSuite, though, he says, it is a simple matter to conduct an audit with the information that already is seeded throughout the system. NetSuite allowed Custer Battles to pass its first DCAA audit.

What kind of people are running this company? How could they have received such a sweet deal? What could have allowed them such ease of acess?

Mike Battles, one of the company's owners, unsuccessfully ran for the House as a Republican from Rhode Island in 2002. He has also contributed to Republican causes and had received campaign contributions from the nation's top GOP officials.

Oh, well then, business as usual.

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February 16, 2005

Georgie McBoom Boom

Folks, ducking and covering just ain't gonna be enough

The Bush administration's commitment to step up preparations for a potential resumption of nuclear bomb testing in southern Nevada comes less than a week after the Utah Senate unanimously approved a House-passed resolution that urged the federal government not to "return to the mistakes and miscalculations of the past which have marred many Utahns" and that would create "a new generation of downwinders."

(...)

But he stressed the need to leave the door open to a resumption of testing in the event that future enemy threats or failures in the stockpile require actual detonation. "Unanticipated events could include complete failure of a deployed warhead type or the need to respond to new and emerging threats," Bodman said.

this, is what is known as dicksizing.

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Please don't suck. Please don't suck. Please don't suck.

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Fluctuating Travesties

Random Bits

* Okey Dokey Brent. Don't come crying to me when your defense of Gannon and comparison to the Eason debaucle bites you in the ass.

* New and clever ways to screw military veterans. How do these people sleep at night?

* How far the mighty have fallen. Oh Martin, you think this gives you a voice.... you naive little potato chip. (sorry Dave)

* Dear Tulsa World, touch base with the Dallas Morning News, this approach will ruin your reputation, not save your paper. History is your friend.

* Well, it ain't his money, right? How 'bout *really* voting against it until they solve the CPA fraud issue?

* My God, these people can justify anything..... 'cept consensual blow-jobs. Bloody fascinating.

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February 15, 2005

hyperbolic histrionics

Tools

* Feel like the MSM's not keeping up? Let them know.

War et al

* As the War Machine Keeps Turning.

* Priorities and parallels.

* What are the Vegas odds on punitive damages to those in charge of the CPA?

* Reward for failure in this administration is promotion. Can an international tribunal make a difference? Color me skeptical.

* It's not irrational to be against an administration who has none of your best interests at heart.

Whoopsie, Our Bad

* Willful incompetence. Blind Faith. Aggressive Stupidity. Belligerent Ideology. 51% of voters want this.

Inequality

* The gay agenda, as outlined by straight bigots sans a clue. Wouldn't it be nice, for once, to see people who believed enough in "values" that they actually displayed the "value" of being inclusive?

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Bushco=Fear Mongering, Bushco=Profiteering, Bushco=Incompetent Gasbags

Thank you P.L. for emailing much of this to me so I can share with all!

The Year of Living Indecently. LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!

The second Bush term began with the installation of a powerful new government censor in another big job, Secretary of Education. Margaret Spellings hadn't even been officially sworn into the cabinet when she took on "Postcards From Buster," threatening PBS with decreased financing because one episode had the show's eponymous animated rabbit hobnobbing with actual lesbian moms while visiting Vermont to learn how maple syrup is made.

How to talk to a Conservative about Social Security (if you must). The White House and their deep-pocketed allies have launched a $35 million public relations effort to spread misinformation about President Bush’s Social Security Privatization scheme. This fact sheet will arm you with all the facts you’ll need to take them on.

The Fighting Moderates by Paul Krugman.

Howard Dean's political rejuvenation means that the time of caution among the Democrats is past....For one thing, there's no more room for illusions. In 2001 it was possible for some Democrats to convince themselves that President Bush's tax cuts were consistent with an agenda that was only moderately conservative. In 2002 it was possible for some Democrats to convince themselves that the push for war with Iraq was really about eliminating weapons of mass destruction. But in 2005 it takes an act of willful blindness not to see that the Bush plan for Social Security is intended, in essence, to dismantle the most important achievement of the New Deal.....

Howard Dean & The Moral Center by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. This is from last Saturday, Feb. 12th which means the blogosphere has read it and re-posted it a million times over by now. HOWEVER, for that individual who lives under a rock and only occasionally gets out to read news online, this from the Rev. Jackson is not to be missed!

Wal-Mart. Low prices at what cost? When you consider the fact that $$ to Wal-Mart is $$ to the GOP how difficult is it REALLY to forgo their “savings?” Alrighty then. Screw the bastards and don’t buy into the marketing hype! Just like eating fast food, it costs you MUCH more (and much more than $$) in the long run. Wal-Mart's fancy new ad campaign to scrub its image is up against a grassroots network of citizens fact-checking the real cost of those low, low prices. Watch the animated map to see the network grow.

Security? What security? From the government-bankrolled corporation that brought us the failed FBI computer upgrade and the non-existent Iraqi security force comes another failure in a string of, well, failures. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) recently informed "some of the nation's most influential former military and intelligence officials" that they were "at risk of identity theft" due to a robbery at the SAIC offices. The personal information – including the officials' Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses – was not obtained by some Mission Impossible stunt; the thieves gained access to the building by breaking a few windows. For a company that is entrusted with "sensitive government contracts, including many in information security," vulnerability to smash and grab jobs brings us down to a whole new level of national insecurity.

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Hindsight

Things you wished more people knew on 11.02.04

* Medicare reform, wasn't.

* Richard Clarke wasn't a partisan, just a patriot.

* Compassion exists on a per-caste basis.

* Faith-base initiatives include military recruitment.

* How to better rebound the rhetoric.

* How much we all miss the Standard Oil types.

* How well the War on Some Drugs is protecting our youth.

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February 14, 2005

Exit Polls: 10% in favor of well lit points of egress

When you want a war, when you need a war, you can always find ways to justify your actions.

Regarding Iraqi Elections

Is it 72%, 60%, 57%, 55% or simply a percentage of the potential living organisms that might possibly qualify but yet we're unsure of that total due to involutary attrition, loosely attributed to regular occurances of things that go bang in the night? I wish I had as much confidence in the success of this outcome as President PollyAnna.

Mother Guckert

* Watch this space... update, it's up.

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Math, and other confusing governmental activities.

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We're in a war already, aren't we? This administration had a wee glimpse of that fact before submitting their budget, right? Why is it, that they can't add those costs as part of the overall fiscal plan?

The one-year budget deficit will be so large in the next fiscal year that if the government stopped funding everything except defense, homeland security and entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the nation would still be $75 billion in the red.

Business as usual for the MBA'ed CEO pResident who studied at the feet of Ken Lay.

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When Giles Smiles

Dougie, the Soul Shaker in room 202, blesses us this week with a rousing call to action using the ever prevalent Pit Bull analogy.

My ClashPoint is this: your Pit Bull son or daughter has unlimited potential for greatness.

(...)

Set them up, and then set them free to be great Pit Bulls.

But please please please, spay and neuter early.

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February 13, 2005

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Gross inefficiency. (via, a reader)

But records and interviews also show that the computer dragnet frequently cut off federal benefits to the sick, poor and disabled who were neither fugitives nor felons. Many lacked financial and legal resources to get their benefits restored.

In one case, an Oregon man with a mental disorder was named on an arrest warrant for entering a rental car without permission at an airport parking lot in 1999. Four years later, computers found the record, and the man's federal disability payments stopped. The man committed suicide last year, before his benefits could be reinstated.

However, the government's statistics show a large share of the warrants involved allegations or infractions of such limited interest to law enforcement that police often were unwilling to arrest or extradite.

The computer does not distinguish between serious felony charges and allegations that may be dropped or routinely reduced to misdemeanors, for example.

which is worse;

  1. misuse of taxpayer dollars?
  2. impact to the needy?
  3. wasted government time?
  4. 1, 2 & 3?

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February 11, 2005

Ooooooh Lordy

So, who was surprised to find Super ReporterMan Jeff Gannon, able to lob partisan softballs at the speed of sound, was really, mild-mannered closeted, Jeff Guckert? If you choose to be a tool, don't complain how you're used, beeeeeyach.

* How to get "up in the polls" in two easy steps. 1. lack of balance 2. repeat.

* Democrats across the nation are bracing for the rush to power expected the moment the Rapture occurs.

* Fiscal conservativism is dead. Please kick in dirt.

* Who still gives a shit? Doesn't the media know yet, the American public wants a president who's never seen any action but is willing to send their boys to die. They don't want a former vet whose seen action and cares about the legitimacy of his actions.

* Wow, Ann. Tell us how you really feel. Almost tops the Tim McVeigh comment. Almost.

* What could keep pretty-boy Romney from running for president?

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February 10, 2005

Antidisestablishmentarianism

I'm against it.

Charles, if he becomes King, will be the "defender of the faith" and titular head of the Church of England. Yet he finds himself in the position where he cannot be married by that selfsame church. It's like ecclesiastical orthodoxy on your wedding day. Ironic, doncha think?

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February 09, 2005

Hope, is not a managerial tool

caption needed.

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February 08, 2005

Koyaanisqatsi

Budget

* Make the pie (chart) higher -- Bush

* How much less would the budget have to be if they made the proposal available only in soft copy?

Unlawful Unlawfulness

* Tales from inside Gitmo.

* Was justice served or did we just get in a hurry?

Social Insecurity

* When you can't even sell a solution to yourself... stop trying to force it on others.

Odd and Unusual

* Can we dole these out to members of Congress and the Administration?

* If blastocysts were just resourceful enough to pay taxes, we wouldn't be in this fiscal mess.

* What does "Passport to Manhood" mean to you?

New Find

* Velvel on National Affairs -- pay attention to this piece.

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February 07, 2005

Helpful Lesson in Language

How to tell when the lexicon is being manipulated

personal adj.
1. Of or relating to a particular person; private: Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted (Elizabeth Janeway).
2. a. Done, made, or performed in person: a personal appearance. b. Done to or for or directed toward a particular person: a personal favor.
3. Concerning a particular person and his or her private business, interests, or activities; intimate: I have something personal to tell you.

private adj.
1. a. Secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others: a private hideaway. b. Designed or intended for one's exclusive use: a private room.
2. a. Of or confined to the individual; personal: a private joke; private opinions. b. Undertaken on an individual basis: private studies; private research. c. Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges: a private patient.
3. Not available for public use, control, or participation: a private club; a private party.
4. a. Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government: private property. b. Of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources: private funding.
c. Conducted and supported primarily by individuals or groups not affiliated with governmental agencies or corporations: a private college; a private sanatorium.


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House Cleaning

Catching Up On a Few Items

* It's strongly recommended that an ethics committee, have some.

* The White House's rhetoric on Social Security keeps shifting ever so slightly. Please pay attention.

* Texas Governor in '06.

* The Battle of the Bulge hasn't ended.

* How we "really" support our military.

* Oh those wacky wacky Canadians. Don't they know Bill O'Reilly can kick their collective asses?

* If we keep digging deeper into the Iraqi oil for food program, will we find Hoffa too?

* Play with all of Bush's SOTUs.

* Family values, GOP style.

A Few New Sites of Interest

- Media In Trouble
- Politick
- Progressive Blogger Union
- Rhetoric 101
- Iranians for Peace
- Last One Speaks
- Be Bothered

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February 05, 2005

PS. Liberals lack patriotism.

Shorter Jonah Goldberg:

I cannot come to the warzone, don't bother me now.
I have married a wife, I have bought me a cow.
I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum,
Pray hold me excused, I cannot come.

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February 04, 2005

Please Show Your ID

In the future, qualifying for Social Security benefits will require a slight external modification.

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Same Sh*t Different War

Sound Familiar?

LONDON, England (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that an attack on Iran over its nuclear program is "not on the agenda at this point."

"We have many diplomatic tools still at our disposal and we intend to pursue them fully," Rice told a news conference after a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Maybe because it's part of the smokescreen lexicon.

Mr Bush, speaking in Berlin on Thursday, said he had told the German chancellor, Gerhard Schrder: "I have no war plans on my desk, which is the truth, and we've got to use all means at our disposal to deal with Saddam Hussein."
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Quotable

From the post SOTU call-in lines on C-SPAN.

After blaming Democrats for the potential collapse of Social Security because if all aborted babies were paying taxes today, we wouldn't have a shortage in the future, she ended with...

"He has God behind him and the Democrats just need to get over it."

Selling Social Security Reform

* Rule #1, Keep Democrats out of your pep rally. GI Joe says, "Knowing is half the battle". You would think Bush would want to win a battle.

Creating Heartwarming Moments

* When you pack the upper balcony at the SOTU with props, check em out a little first.

Winning Hearts and Minds

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for 5 years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis continued. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

Success is Determined by Perspective

* When you base your war on lies, justification for any outcome is a cake-walk.

Your Best Interest at Heart

If your Senator voted to confirm Gonzales, he or she is, by proxy, a supporter of the use of torture. Period. Chertoff is no better.

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February 03, 2005

Happy Birth Tax

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Fictional Report from BushCo

Twig had nothing new to say, just the same old tiresome lies. To recap: Blah, blah, blah, blah, LIE OUT MY ASS. Blah, blah, blah, blah, LIE SOME MORE. Blah, blah, blah, PUBLICITY STUNT. Blah, blah, PHOTO OP. Blah, blah, MORONS WILL EAT THIS SHIT WITH A SPOON WHILE MY BASE WILL LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK! Blah, Blah, Blah, Lie, Lie, Lie. Thanks for the $$ Chumps! If you looked very closely you could see Karls hand shoved up G.Dubs ass. Pretty soon theyll just prop up a cardboard cutout of Shrub and let Karl deliver the speech. OY.

We could all use a laugh today so, Fellow Patriots, here are a few fun items and one call to action. To close out, some lovely quotes to ponder.

The Camel Toe Report. The song was funny but not since Mullets Galore have I laughed this hard at a website.

The Worst Wedding Toast Ever. I heard this on This American Life last month and was thrilled to find it on the web. Ive heard some pretty awful wedding toasts but this one.well, its REALLY special. Hilariously inappropriate.

U.S. Children Still Traumatized one year after seeing partially exposed breast on TV. The children's drawings are a hoot. The Onion. Still some of the best news reporting around!

BEER! Is there anything it cant do?

The time is now. The Principles Project. Join the discussion today! WE are the future.

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Sometimes a majority simply means that all the fools are on the same side. Claude McDonald

Democracys real test lies in its respect for minority opinion. Ellery Sedgewick

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work. - Michael Novak

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. Sydney J. Harris

I dont make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers.

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SOTU Recap (of sorts)

The Shadow Knows... or what he really means to say.

  • First, we must be good stewards of this economy... ignoring of course, the impact of my tax cuts.
  • America's prosperity requires restraining the spending appetite of the federal government... we're in charge but we'll find a way to blame the Democrats.
  • Justice is distorted, and our economy is held back, by irresponsible class actions and frivolous asbestos claims... Cheney's really embarrassed about that whole Dresser purchase thing, it's affecting his options.
  • I urge Congress to pass legislation that makes America more secure and less dependent on foreign energy... We're going drillin'.
  • you and I will work together to give this Nation a tax code that is pro-growth, easy to understand, and fair to all... Don't have a clue as to how we're going to fund the restructuring.
  • It is time for an immigration policy that permits temporary guest workers to fill jobs Americans will not take... This is how we create jobs, right?
  • Thirteen years from now, in 2018, Social Security will be paying out more than it takes in. And every year afterward will bring a new shortfall, bigger than the year before. For example, in the year 2027, the government will somehow have to come up with an extra 200 billion dollars to keep the system afloat... and as long as we spend this amount yearly to invade other nations, we won't be able to fund retirement.
  • We must make Social Security permanently sound, not leave that task for another day... Like we're doing with the debt and by removing sound information from textbooks.
  • For the good of families, children, and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage... Because fags are more of a threat than heterosexual divorce for some dumb reason.
  • Our government will continue to support faith-based and community groups that bring hope to harsh places... Working to eliminate the separation of church and state one whittle cut at a time.
  • because people on trial for their lives must have competent lawyers by their side... Unless they're in Texas.
  • We will pass along to our children all the freedoms we enjoy - and chief among them is freedom from fear... Thanks for the talking points, FDR.
  • Our men and women in uniform are fighting terrorists in Iraq, so we do not have to face them here at home... We're building a sovereign flypaper nation in Iraq.
  • We will not set an artificial timetable for leaving Iraq... So that as we rebuild, we can continue pumping oil.
  • We are in Iraq to achieve a result: WMD Military bases.

other views; here, here, here, here & here.... and the talking points.

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February 02, 2005

Dear Connecticut

gettin' some joementum?

Update: What comes with the kiss... a yes.

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Talking Points

As Bush runs through his proverbial laundry list of plans for the next 4 years and tries to explain his view of the state of our union, keep the following details in mind.

Elections, work best with coercion.

Jesus, does not vote.

Lies, have a way of catching up to you eventually.

Torture, is not a family value.

Healthcare, should be a right not an option.

Tax Cuts, are not a panacea.

Senators, are not all yes men/women.

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SOTU Preview

My fellow Americans, what we have today in this country is a crisis. A crisis of confidence in Social Security. The people I speak to with regularity have convinced me that without my personal interference we will incur a tragedy of 9/11 proportions. In 37 years, after I've gone home to Jesus, at this rate, we will only be able to pay out 80% of benefits. In order to prop up this tsunami of impending doom we're looking to enlist the assistance of the expert resources provided to us on Wall Street. By investing approximately 1.2 trillion dollars, borrowed from the Chinese, to restructure the way your money is invested we guarantee that the crisis will be reduced significantly in comparison to the burden of the national debt. Over the long-term as your money is wisely managed by the upstanding brokers we choose, we anticipate a boost to the primary stock indices as well as a drip-like trickle down to those least in need. Trust us. Freedom, Liberty (repeat 30x each)

Thank you and God bless the selected few.

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February 01, 2005

Jaw Dropping Moments

* Texas, the leading state in abstinence education. How's that workin' fer y'all?

* The White House press corps. Ensuring the public has the best access to real answers.

* Miss the Cold War? Worry not your pretty head, it's coming back, ever so slowly.

* NCLB, how's that working? Well, seems students don't have a clue what the Constitution provides.

* Tolerance, Jesus style. Minus the Jesus part.

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NO-Berto

Texas voters, please contact your Senators and let them know that you will not tolerate abuse in any form. Everyone else, contact yours.

For a listing of the supporting blogs, click here.

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Arbitraiting Good & Evil

Dennis is at it again. This time, elevating himself to a higher level of piety simply by his party affiliation. Differentiating Good and Evil by political bent and using comments from the rememberance of Auschwitz to bolster his point.

"Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing." -- Miecyslaw Kasprzyk, Polish rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust, New York Times, Jan. 30, 2005

(...) agreed, expand to say "Someone who chooses not to know...."

Since the 1960s, with few exceptions, on the greatest questions of good and evil, the Left has either been neutral toward or actively supported evil.

(...) ignoring of course, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the sale of biological weapons to Saddam, Kissinger's handywork, etc.

It brings me no pleasure to describe opponents of the Iraqi war as "worth nothing.

(...) because opposing an unjust war founded on lies is evil now?

The Left "does not know the difference between good and evil." And that is why it is worth nothing.

(...) with a brush that broad he ought to be able to paint all of Manhattan in a single stroke. Not only are we smart enough to know the difference but we're willing to acknowledge it when the less desirable trait is exhibited in the policies set forth by our party. There's a special place in hell for this man.

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Also, typing in "More evil than Satan" doesn't take you to Bill Gates' homepage

If you want to start up your own search engine company, what's the quickest way to generate a set of links?

If you're Microsoft, apparently the answer is to display the results that you would have gotten if you just went to Google in the first place.

Oops.

Update: How to move from the USA to Canada gives you one of the best reasons to live in Canada. Also: gay marriage. (via Duketor)

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Ink Stained Fingers

Kudos to the Iraqi people for what appears to have been a successful election. I find many aspects fascinating.


  1. How the media and administration call it a complete success before counting begins.
  2. How quickly the bloom faded once jury selection started in the Michael Jackson case.
  3. The degree to which the administration is banking on this being a turning point.
  4. The speed at which the world was willing to overlook the criminally tragic approach to the invasion now that an election has been held.
  5. How much more important it is to the war bloggers that everyone in Iraq be able to vote while castigating the American left for raising voting lines as an issue here.
  6. How success can be declared when no defined criteria has been established.

The best comment on the turnout came from a Canadian friend who wrote.

Not a partisan thing, just a statement about complacent electors. Wouldnt it be embarrassing (but telling) if Iraqi voter turnout ends up being higher than your last election (60.7%) and our last election (60.5%), given the slightly reduced chance of getting blown up at a polling station in Canada or the US?

Lazy good-for-nothing North Americans

Damn, if he don't have a point. Maybe we need more risk.

More of a risk than the looming threat of a non-sequiturial mandate.

What might such people lose? They would lose power. A successful outcome in Iraq would isolate the isolationists more effectively than at any time since World War II. It would also give President Bush more power to push through Congress his domestic agenda, including Social Security reform, tort reform, tax reform and, most importantly, a realignment of the Supreme Court along constitutional lines.

How does an election in an occupied country justify increasing our debt, futzing with Social Security and packing the Supremes with right wingers?

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