Too busy today. In my absence...
For a chuckle, check out this living will.
* She's at peace. May her entire family now be left alone to experience the grieving process.
* Messiah comparisons. Note, one on left is somewhat more credible.
* Watching the event(s) unfold in Florida and listening to some of the more violent rhetoric, I'm pleased to see that it's not just me that keeps reflecting back to the pseudo-prophetic writings of John Titor. Hack, maybe.. creepy, definitely.
* On the topic of Terri supporters, this guy... gives me the willies. The combination of his calls for violence and links to these people make me wonder if Terri's family really realize the ilk they've attracted to their cause. Then there's the "she's Jewish" cry combined with the Catholicism angle which cause migraine level cognitive dissonance. Now the Pope goes and gets a feeding tube... what's he trying to do, up his ratings?
* Think the BSA will start relaxing their membership restrictions now?
* Is this level of freedom exportable?
* Re-instating the Fairness Doctrine... a bad thing? Ensuring balance in content can never be bad.
* Chipping away doesn't bring about instant gratification but it does go a long way at wearing away resistance. Congrats to the pressure applied to the NPC.
* The company Terri Shaivo's family keeps just gets weirder and weirder and then slides off into the abyss. Now they're going on TV (as her sister did last night on Scarborough Country) and alluding to foul play in the initial collapse of Terri, one wonders what the ultimate goal is...
* Oh, crap. Michael Moore might have been correct. Pretty soon, dogs and cats will be fornicating with each other... it's going to be anarchy!
* Lesson of the day; Be careful which team of horses you hitch your wagon to.
* Who's ready for a border war?
* The GOP talking points memo, apparently it wasn't really typed up on a IBM selectric after all. Dan Rather's going to pay!!!!
* Iraqi government can't get their stuff together? If they keep this up, we may just have to bomb them again.
* _rg_i_g w__h Lib_r_ls, __d _hy I'v_ S__pp_d Who knew? Who cared?
* When Dennis Prager starts off talking about Terri Schaivo and takes a wild right turn at, unclean sex during menstruation, you know you've entered the mind of a great, great man.
* The National Press Club has invited Bulldog to sit on a panel to discuss the White House Press Corps, but failed (refused?) to invite John Aravosis who tirelessly broke, chased and exposed the fraud story in the first place. Let them know what a bad decision they've made. Balance is all that's being requested.
Bits and Bites
* Can we write off Nader as too long in the tooth and undermedicated to benefit anyone?
* The Canadians are laughing at us... you know they are.
* "Yes, I flew back from vacation to vote for saving Terri Shaivo before I voted against Terri Shaivo". May this haunt his "political capital".
* …well, I can do you god and guns without the gays, and I can do god and gay without the guns, and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but I can't do you guns and gays without the god. God is compulsory – they're all god, you see. .. apologies to Tom Stoppard
* Happy days are here again. The skies above are clear again. So let's sing a song of cheer again. Happy days are here again.
* A solution to some of life's larger issues.
Townhall on their "independence" from the Heritage Foundation...
Liberals are engaged in a merciless and unrelenting fight against the conservative agenda, chipping away at the gains we've made and distorting the facts to portray our side as mean-spirited and heartless in order to turn the American public against us. We expect this announcement to bring the liberals out in hoards as they attempt to smother this new baby in its crib. This great news started to leak into the Washington media over this past weekend and already the liberal blogs are trying to spin this to their advantage. They are trying to discredit us with other media operations. They hope to silence us before we’ve uttered a word.
Texas Governor Race
More from Chris Bell below the fold.
BELL DECLARES ‘ETHICS EMERGENCY’
“We need to hold our state government as accountable as it holds our schoolchildren”
AUSTIN - Saying proposed ethics legislation would only encourage Rick Perry’s unethical performance in office, Chris Bell today declared an Ethics Emergency. An “ethics emergency” has admittedly no force of law, just like Rick Perry¹s revolving door policy. Bell also conceded that declaring an “ethics emergency” would be about as effective in stopping ethical transgressions as the Snack Tax would be in making us all skinny.
But it makes a point that Rick Perry just doesn¹t get. Examples of cronyism, conflicts of interest, insider deals, revolving door loopholes, and pay-for-play have become business-as-usual with Rick Perry in the Governor¹s Mansion. In stark contrast is the record of longtime ethics watchdog Chris Bell. In Jun. 2004, then-U.S. Rep. Bell broke a seven-year-long “ethics truce” by filing an ethics complaint against Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Also, as a Houston City Council Member, Bell was responsible for sweeping ethics reform.
“Only in Washington would a truce on ethics make sense to some folks, but here in Texas it looks like Rick Perry is taking ethics lessons from Tom DeLay,” said Bell. “This isn¹t just an ethics truce, this is a wholesale ethics surrender.”
HB 3148 would give blanket civil immunity for “violations of law involving the making, acceptance, or reporting of political contributions and expenditures.” Usually tort reform is aimed at creating a more favorable climate for business. In this case, tort reform would help create a more favorable climate for cheating.
HB 913, sponsored by Mary Denny, would give political appointees veto power over criminal prosecutions of violations of the state election code. In an editorial, the Austin American-Statesman called the Denny Bill “one of the worst pieces of legislation in recent memory.” Mary Denny is the chair of the House Ethics Committee.
“We need to hold our state government as accountable as it holds our schoolchildren, and these ideas would take us in the opposite direction,” said Bell. “These ideas are dangerous for democracy, and the fact that they could become law—let alone the fact that Rick Perry hasn’t denounced them—means we have an ethics emergency on our hands.”
We're stopped at a red light. The light is not changing. Eventually, Em speaks up. "Green green green green green green green green green green green green," she says.
"What are you doing?" says me.
"I'm making the light turn green," says Em. "Green green green green green green green green green."
Chris is in the back seat. "Green green green green green green green green green green green," says Chris.
"Green green green green green green green green green green green green," says Maia.
"Green green green green green green green green green green," says Em.
"Green green green green green green green green green green green green green green green green green green," says all of them.
The light turns green.
"Yay! It worked!" says Em.
Interestingly, some of the commands, such as close your eyes, open your eyes, etc. she tended to do several minutes after I gave her the command to do so. She had a delay in her processing of the action. However, when praised for the action, she would then continue to do the action repetitively for up to approximately 5 minutes. As we had moved on to other areas of the exam, at times she was continuing to do the previous command, then at inappropriate times since the focus of the exam had changed.
Rapmaster Dougie G gits awl jiggy wichit dis week. Slammin' down da funky 'phors ta gitcha closa to da G-O-D.
Y’know the type: the eye-fluttering, angel-seeing, super-spiritual religious caricature who is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good; the sort who dreams about how he would rather be in heaven while he tints his windows against the headaches here on the earth.
Shorter: Blind literalists with rose colored glasses.
Well, even though grass-munching bovine lethargy might go down in our current scat-laden Laodicean culture, it does not, has not and will not fly with our concerned Creator.
Shorter: God hates shit-assed lazy cows.
Susan Hays has resigned as DCDP chair.
Alright Dallas, you got your pound of flesh. Now, get your shit together and figure out how we can work together as a team. This battles created massive rifts in the party. Time to pull it together and win or risk losing not only important races, but members as well.
* Saving Social Security for the youth while demonstrating the powers of government.
* How long before Michael Shaivo begins to fear for his life? Will the Religious Right put out a fatwa on him?
* Here's what it takes to get respect in the White House these days. Back an administration or two, this was frowned upon when it was heterosexual in nature.
* What could possibly cause a 100% failure in the Social Security "trust fund"?
* Good point... lets just go a little easy on the monkey rhetoric, mmmkay?
* Florida, the last bastion of evolution.
One of my mostest favorite people was interviewed by the NYT last week and then again by a weblog... Go check it out... The 11th question should have been "Why didn't you push harder to get Santorum into this year's lexicon?". C'est la guerre.
Does anyone seriously doubt that Cheney is the most qualified person, in either party, to be our next president? Any number of early Republican hopefuls -- Bill Frist, Tom Allen, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney -- would look good riding the bus with Cheney in a few years. The Cheney for President bus, that is.
I hope President Bush asks Vice President Cheney to succeed him. For four more years.
This is an example of a compassionate conservative
Is it possible that the soul of Terri Schiavo has been floating – held in some prolonged and excruciating limbo – waiting for doctors to stop interfering with the process of her death? I believe that this is so, and that is why I have supported her husband’s desires to have her feeding tube removed. Terri Schiavo isn’t being murdered. She’s being allowed to die. Death will not be an end for Terri Schiavo, it will be a beginning. She will finally be allowed to claim the reward that ultimately we all seek, a reward she’s earned and deserves.
This, is an example of a belligerent nitwit who's a loose piece of gravel away from slipping over the edge.
If Gov. Jeb Bush doesn't say something similar to the Florida courts that have ordered Terri Schiavo to die, he'll be the second Republican governor disgraced by the illiterate ramblings of a state judiciary. Gov. Mitt Romney will never recover from his acquiescence to the Massachusetts Supreme Court's miraculous discovery of a right to gay marriage. Neither will Gov. Bush if he doesn't stop the torture and murder of Terri Schiavo.
Miz Thaaaang makes this argument
Despite all those years of important, searching litigation we keep hearing about, Terri has yet to receive either an MRI or a PET scan – although she may be allowed to join a support group for women whose husbands are trying to kill them.
Apparently she's unwilling to do a lick of research.
From the Florida state appointed guardian to Terri for reporting on her condition to Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida courts.
Groton, Conn.: I saw you describe the brain matter in Terri. How was that determined?
Dr. Jay Wolfson: MRI scans.
All Shaivo All the Time
* If the GOP wants Mrs. Shavio dead... who else would they like to see dead? I don't necessarily subscribe to all of Mr. Grouch's point, (although he makes a scary one) I do believe there isn't an ounce of altruism in any one of the posturing congresscritters wailing and nashing their teeth over this saga. If they really believed life to be *this* sacred, they'd be ensuring every American had the same level of attention and care provided to them
* This though, is the funniest article/parody on this subject I've read.
* Pussies. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.
* He is/was wrong. Yeah, Rome wasn't built in a day... they probably had as much graft, corruption and red tape as we do.
* Things you should know.
* What would happen if the US responded in a like manner to immigration and "minorities"?
* I apologize to all of you for being behind the curve. It's not too late to catch up. Governor Good-Hair's outsourcing the state's new interstate highway nightmare to a Spanish company. After reading the details of this financial boondogle, there are absolutely no redeeming factors I can find that indicate this, in any way, benefits the taxpaying voters of this state. Call or write your local representative now.
Corridor Watch update... below the fold.
Last night I sent a CorridorWatch.org Member’s bulletin about the Trans-Texas Corridor article in today’s The Christian Science Monitor. One reply I received this morning asked a devil’s advocate question, “what makes this round of roads ... taking land... any different from the first generation of highway takings?”
It wasn’t the first time we have been asked about the differences between the development of the national Interstate Highways system and the Trans-Texas Corridor. Once I finished my reply I thought about the others might have the same question and could benefit from our exchange.
WHAT MAKES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANS TEXAS CORRIDOR DIFFERENT FROM THE NATIONAL INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM?
(1) There is no clearly defined transportation need (e.g. site specific traffic study, etc.) for the Trans-Texas Corridor. In fact here are no specific routes or capacity specifications identified. The need for the Interstate Highway system was well defined and thoroughly understood. Elimination of grade crossings intersections) was among the chief safety advantage of the Interstate Highway.
(2) There was no public discussion/debate prior to adoption of the Trans-Texas Corridor plan. The Trans-Texas Corridor was proposed by the Governor who tasked TxDOT with quickly drafting a plan. A plan which was approved and adopted by the Transportation Commission with a single meeting and without public input. In contrast the Interstate System was debated for years before the project was approved. During that time the Interstate System turn from toll roads to freeways and the routes evolved from avoiding large cities to running through them.
(3) In the past highway projects were driven by transportation needs; today the Trans-Texas Corridor & toll roads are driven by a need for revenue. That's a significant shift of public policy that has occurred without any substantive public input, discussion or debate.
(4) Secrecy. A stunning lack of governmental transparency in the bidding and contracting process. Another drastic shift of public policy that has occurred without any substantive public input, discussion or debate. Rationalized by the promise of innovation and other theoretical and unproven benefits, we have sacrificed open government and created a new and horrific potential opportunity for abuse.
(5) Profiteering. The Trans-Texas Corridor introduces state-sponsored monopolies for public infrastructure that includes transportation, utilities and economic development. The state’s private partners are motivated by profit above public service. The state will extend protections to ensure their private partner’s profits, and to ensure state revenues, sacrificing the just regard for adverse impact to the citizens of the state.
(6) Attack on the free enterprise system. Unlike our Interstate Highways, the Trans-Texas Corridor is a closed access facility that will not present the adjacent land owners with the same commercial development opportunities. Those opportunities are reserved for the state and their private partners. The state state-sponsored monopoly of economic development, and the redirection of traffic induced revenues, will directly compete with existing and future free enterprise. The state’s private partner will use the power of the state to gain an unfair competitive advantage.
These are but a few of the significant differences between today’s Trans-Texas Corridor and the national Interstate Highway System.
David K. Stall, ICMA-CM
* Billmon is so very back.. go catch up.
* LGF, less of a credible new source than white supremacists? Now if Powerline could sink to those levels...
* Democracy is on the march. Not so much here, though.
* Best recommendation for the 10 Commandments squabble, ever.
* When do the numbers reach the level of deplorable?
* International Policy = Duck.
* A rare moment of clarity.
To Err, is Human.
To Air, is America.
Welcome to Dallas..... thanks for the alternative.
In the din of the non-invested meddlers...
"Our family has asked Randall Terry and his staff to once again coordinate the efforts to rescue Terri from the clutches of death by judicial homicide. We ask you to help my daughter, Terri, by following Randall's lead, and cooperating with and supporting the efforts we have asked him to undertake. We thank you with all our hearts for your concern for our daughter, and for your help in trying to save her." -- Bob Schindler, Father of Terri Schiavo
and the political posturing of those we elected to help us...
all I hear is this.
The motel ministry's metaphor maven tells us this week that Jesus would have welcomed all....
If the Christian truly follows the Christ of the Bible and wants to impact this planet positively, then he will spend significant and intentional time away from his church buddies and in the company of people who are fundamentally not of his stripe. Yes, if you follow the life of Jesus as lined out in the scripture, you’ll quickly see that the majority of his ministry went down outside of formal religious buildings filled with proper religious people.
Ya know, I agree with him through most of his article and then I get to the bottom.
To be continued…
* Logon to ClashRadio.com to hear Doug’s latest interview with David Horowitz.
Yeah, there's some Jesus-like tolerance to strengthen his point.
Washington DC: (SNAFU) In an unprecedented move, President Bush cut short his Crawford-esque weekend to try and save a post-uterus life and expand, yet again, the broad reach and scope of government control. Conservative members of both houses rallied around the on-going saga as they gave birth to new legislation that dips even further into removing the rights of an individual and the privacy of personal choice. After being asked, "How he resolved the seeming disparity in policy between the intervention in the Schaivo case and the willful dismissal of many other Americans who need health care and cannot obtain it", Bush waved vigorously and shouted "God Bless Us, Everyone", and then headed off to Arizona to resume pushing for Social Security reform.
The Face of Compassion
The perfect end to a perfectly suckass week is laughter. Have some, it's contagious.
* Tbogg does Lileks over at American Street. Put down your drink first.
* I'm flippin' off your flop.
* ROTFLMAO. RIF YWBA. IYKWIMAIKYD.
* What goes good with Jesus Juice? L'Eau De Sweaty Carpenter.
On the Wolfowitz in Ewe outerwear.
Even the greatest statesman makes some mistakes. But Wolfowitz is perfectly incompetent. He is the Mozart of ineptitude, the Einstein of incapacity. To be sure, he has his virtues, the foremost of which is consistency. He has been consistently wrong about foreign policy for 30 years.
Should I ever wind up in a vegetative state and congress/my relatives/the governor/any judges stick their noses into my bidness, this is my official request (being of sound mind and all) that, after they've subpoenaed my ass to drool in front of the unwashed and spectating masses, someone, anyone... please, invoke your 2nd amendment rights and just bloody well shoot me. Any extra bullets used on the useless meddlers will also be appreciated.
Putting the Happy Face on Foreign Relations
Shaken by raucous protests at open "town hall"-style meetings last month, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio and other GOP leaders are urging lawmakers to hold lower-profile events this time.
This month, Republican leaders say they are chucking the open town-hall format. They plan to visit newspaper editorial boards and talk to constituents at Rotary Club lunches, senior citizen centers, chambers of commerce meetings and local businesses. In those settings, "there isn't an opportunity for it to disintegrate into something that's less desirable," says Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
So Bush's fear of opposing views has trickled down.
Remember, when Biden tosses his hat into the ring in 2008...
TODAY SENATOR JOE BIDEN, vice chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading Democratic foreign policy voice in that body, voiced strong support for Paul Wolfowitz as President George W. Bush's choice to head the World Bank.
Biden described Wolfowitz, currently deputy secretary of defense, as a man with an "active and fertile mind" who believes in the work of multilateral institutions. Asked for his reaction to the selection, Biden responded with one word: "Solid."
He then elaborated. "Paul is a brilliant guy and a serious person. My differences with Paul relate to his assessment of what we would have to face in Iraq after the war."
* What if in addition to funding the non-contiguous raping of ANWR, we allocated the same amount of money towards alternative energy sources. Saying energy independence while ignoring options that != fossil fuels is barely even lip-service.
* Is a reporter really a reporter if he doesn't attend the meetings he reports on?
* You know how hard it is to chase down criminals, when you're barefoot and pregnant?
* What's with the vitrolic hate from the "winners"? Here's an interesting run down of the rhetoric. It's one thing to dislike an administration, it's a vastly different equation when you're suggesting violence on a large percentage of the populace.
Kinky for Governor?
FRIEDMAN: Well, my plan is to bring back like the Bracero Program from 1944 that ran for 20 years where the Mexican government vets these people. I mean, they pay for it, and they get green cards, and they're actually legitimate. And then seal the border.
O'REILLY: Do you trust the Mexicans to do that?
FRIEDMAN: Well, we -- it would probably have -- it would be both sides, 679 miles-- fair to both sides. Definitely I would seal the border by bringing in the -- I think you're basically right about that.
O'REILLY: The National Guard.
FRIEDMAN: Bring in the National Guard, the Texas Rangers (search), the entire Polish Army, whatever it takes.
O'REILLY: Well, you could -- as Governor Friedman, you can call the Guard out and you can put the Guard right behind the federal Border Patrol. Arnold Schwarzenegger could do that tomorrow if he so desired.
FRIEDMAN: And I want them to help. I mean, good fences...
O'REILLY: Absolutely. That's what they're there for.
FRIEDMAN: ...Good fences make good neighbors, and, Mr. Fox, help us build that fence.
Probably not the best idea.
Bush informed us this week that despite his aggressive 60 in 60 travel agenda to push Social Security change, he truly has no plan.
But he expressed astonishment that people constantly refer to "Bush's plan": "I haven't laid out a plan," he said. "I've laid out some ideas that I think ought to be considered for a plan, and that's what's important for people to know."
Ideas are one thing, stakes in the ground are much much different. The on the table, off the table argument, albeit appears authoritarian, still seems to be in flux.
From March 15th Bush told the regional reporters that he is not about to take private accounts off the table -- a condition Democrats have set before they will join him in crafting a solution to Social Security's long-term solvency problem.
He also warned that there will be "political consequence for people who do not want to participate in coming up with a solution."
Ok, so we have private accounts (his words) combined with veiled threats to his opposition. It's his campaign, shouldn't he be providing the proposals, not waiting for others to create "solutions"?
From February 16th The one thing I'm not open-minded about is raising the payroll tax rate. And all the other issues go on the table," Bush told a roundtable of regional newspapers, according to an account Wednesday in the New Haven Register.
Wait, I don't get it. Everything's on the table but payroll tax increases? So he's unwilling to take private accounts off the table and tax increases can't go on the table... does anyone know what's really been tabled yet?
From the White House Over the years, many people from both parties have offered suggestions such as limiting benefits for wealthy retirees, indexing benefits to prices, instead of wages; increasing the retirement age; or changing the benefit formula to create disincentives for early retirement. All of these options are on the table.
Oh, ok. There we go. So shitting on people's heads is on the table. As long as we've got that cleared up.
This explains so much.
"The night before their appearance with Bush, Surma and the other conversation participants held a dress rehearsal with a White House aide who played the role of the president. While Surma and other participants said they were never told what to say, the practice session and the interviews that preceded it reduced the likelihood of any surprises.
"White House Communications Director Nicolle Devenish said screening out opponents helps ensure a 'productive discussion.' "
All over the place and back again
* What's the old line, "You ain't gotta go home, but you can't stay here"? Dear Tom DeLay, Go.
* Isn't it fascinating how the FCC is being driven to enforce "decency", the administration ran on a "values" ticket but the very same party is working to eliminate the ethics committee from Congress?
* How about those Iraqi checkpoints? Does this count as friendly fire?
* Dear KBH, we're keeping a tally sheet for your gubernatorial run.
* Read our Lips, "No Nude Texans". Does the donut clause apply to the boxed "single serving sized sit in front of the TV and chow" Hostess type or the run out on Saturday morning for a chocolate glazed with nuts?
* Giving Ann Coulter a run for her money, Missy M holds absolutely nothing back in this week's episode of, "I fucking hate the left and will tie as many wackos together as I can to desperately make my point".
* War, pestilence, famine, disease... take the back seat please. The RCC needs to address their issues with fiction. No, not the bible... Dan Brown.
* I miss the Puritans.
* Global Warming. Why is it still be touted as a "manufactured lie, designed to inflate costs and stifle commerce"?
* Finding parallels in the oddest of places.
* BAN fesses up to almost locating Osama. At least they didn't waste any of our tax dollars failing.
* Fundies counter the "Day of Silence" with a "We Can't STFU Day". Nothing changes a mind like a good dogma smack down.
Karen Hughes demonstrates the level of credibility the Bush administration has procured internationally.
Happy 3rd Birthday Champ!
Shorties to Start the Morning.
* Maybe they're right and we're not evolving.
* If you have or contribute to a blog, go.sign.this.
* The Right's tickled to have a top who's discreet, it's quaint to watch his honor be defended. Now, if they could just settle that nasty little bit about the overlapping careers.
* The DLC, a dinosaur begging for a tar pit?
* You are being manipulated. Film of you being manipulated, at 11.
* If the first strike on Iran comes from Israel, can we get them to be the 'boots on the ground' too?
* "Don't forget Poland" - GWB 2004. The Religious Right listened.
* Maybe Hollywood types are bad for America. Mad Max to the rescue.
* Literalist humor. It has to be the truth... they took the time to call it the Gospel.
* A *real* American hero. What was it again, that he's done... on behalf of the American people since his days as a Nixon puppy?
The Nation's #1 Hotel Minister challenges his readers to get off their butts and do something.
If Christians would toughen up a bit, get out of the religious closet, follow their faith instead of their fears, and live their beliefs in a more robust way, we would once again change the face of this nation more drastically than Michael Jackson’s plastic surgeon altered his mug. Maybe that’s a bad analogy. But you get my point.
Here's two versions of the same quote, as reported at cbc.ca on the same day:
"The industry has been overserviced for a long time," said David Carr, editor of Wings magazine. "Too many seats chasing too few bums, as we often say. Now we've got some rationalization."
In Canada, there have been too many seats on regularly scheduled flights to go around. "The industry has been over-serviced for a long time," said David Carr, editor of Wings magazine. "Too many seats chasing too few bodies."
Now which one of those do you think represents what the analyst actually said, and which one do you think was modified to appeal to the sensibilities of the typical Canadian?
* Smack Down.
* Bigassedbuttfuckingbythosewhoarebeholdenonlytothecorporateelite. (this should be the litmus test for 2006 & 2008)
* SSA 2010
* Um, no.
* Yeah, me neither.
Dear Meester Boooooosh,
Failing to meet with and ignoring Yassir Arafat while waiting out the Vegas odds on his life expectancy, is not international relations or a roadmap to peace. The subsequent elections held by the Palestinians, also had nothing to do with your administration or its influence. Abbas' meeting with Sharon, also not your success. Shit does not magically appear out of thin air in a vacuum.
Lebanon. Until you can pronounce it, no one will *ever* believe you had dick to do with change. Syria's decision to pull back, did not occur because you blathered on at a SSA "change rally". The death of Rafik Hariri, you can claim that if you want. The resignation of Omar Karami... again, not you. Then again, the rise of Hezbollah influence in the streets may indicate you did, in fact, have a slight peripherial role.
Fascinating as it may seem, evolution within other governments occurs without US influence. Sometimes, even at a rate visible to the human eye. Because you believe you've been placed in a position by a higher power doesn't mean anyone else is convinced or that your policies are even that far-reaching. Trust me, God told me yesterday that he thinks you're an out of control, weasel-assed shirker with a bit of a Napoleon complex.
Before you rush to celebrate your perceived impact on the changes occuring within the borders of other independant nations, take a look at the changes you've implemented within your own. Think back, which previous empires have worked this hard to undercut the many for the benefit of the few?
* Have we turned such a tight corner culturally that this has become excusable?
* Wow, imagine how twisted this guy's panties would be if his horse in the race had lost.
* CWA simplified. It's better to only have one parent than two of the same sex.
* Hey, Blue States! Carry my burdens, beeyatch!
* James Carville is irrelevant. Each time he opens his mouth and all you get is old school rhetoric with no action, remember, he gave us Zell Miller.
* Go read this piece on the bankruptcy law. Go. Now.
Not unlike “Reality” Television, “Smooth Jazz” was created to appeal to the lowest common denominator and it absolutely, positively sucks. And there was a time when Kenny G. could merely be regarded as a harmless, no-talent hack – the butt of jokes told by talented musicians everywhere. But no more. Pat Matheny says it best.
We were only kidding about that whole separation of church and state thing. More heaping mounds of steaming crap from the Crapmasters. Just Crap-tacular.
REEFER Madness? Maybe not.
Democracy, the G.Dub way.
Blogged Down. Okay, all you Bloggers. If you haven’t read this article from The American Prospect, check it out.
Why does Bushco want to protect THESE criminals? Just asking.
A little reminder to check back with freewayblogger now and again. Good stuff.
* Every last one of these guys and these guys should be forced to walk around with a Scarlet "B" on their chests. That, or personally visit every constituent they impact with their bankruptcy reform and explain why their case(s) wasn't worthy and simply a drag on the economy.
* Either there really are a large number of dead journalists or they're really good hiders.
* We can institute pre-emptive measures when it comes to attacking a soverign nation but not when it comes to keeping the peace? How many more hindsight driven, international installations of democracy can we effectively manage?
* -Schthupppp- (the sound of Dennis Prager's sphincter completing a vapor lock around his neck). Catching up with the leading God-complex authority, we're informed that those of use who apply logic and reason can't comprehend the good vs evil approach. Au contraire mon frere. We get evil. It is a subjective view that can be assigned all willy-nilly, to anyone who might have a differing opinion and then used to justify bombing them with depleted uranium which has a half life much longer than the the MSM's memory, thus absolving us from the category, evil.... Yeah, we get it. It's good to be above the law and still remain high on the moral horse, ain't it?
“I predict that the Al Franken Show will fail miserably in Austin,” said Jason Stanford, consultant to the Chris Bell for Governor Exploratory Committee. “We have a Governor that wants to tax lap dances and a Republican legislature that wants to tax love handles, and now they want to reform school finance by taxing bottled water. Satire is dead in Texas, but if he thinks he can add a little mirth to the madness, Al Franken is welcome here.”
So now that we've got his attention...
* Stupidity marches onward like, well, like a rampaging mob of zombies. (via Peter)
* Fallout, blowback, friendly fire.. and they call the left PC? What term are they going to apply to this atrocity, unintended consequences?
* The team who refuses to study the opposition's game plan, deserves to lose.
* Just simple lack of communication or willful stupidity on the part of the military?
* The SCLM is truly, just a myth. Being too chicken to run an ad against landmines is criminal.
* We should all be following this case. Directly or indirectly, the outcome affects all of us.
* Do not make fun of those who like to pretend they're eating the body of their saviour.
* Is religion at risk of governmental influence or visa versa?
Today's visual brought to you by your local cucumber growers and Cal Thomas.
But I digress. The Montgomery County schools trying out this program will also teach students to "develop" a sexual identity. According to the official line, gender identity is "a person's internal sense of knowing whether he or she is male or female." Gee, I discovered that as a child in the bathtub without the help of my public school.
Wading Through Weirdness So You Don't Have To... Much
* Do all PhD's get so bored and have so much extra time on their hands that they can sit around and write out their SpongeBob interview fantasies? Someone get this man a grant application.
* When God strikes you down like Job and you're flat on your back, thank him for the time off.
* Kissing. The gateway drug to gaynessosity.
* When your elected officials begin to use the word annuity, they're really not thinking long-term on your family's behalf.
* Peace in the Middle East, pisses God off. He's apparently a realtor with no vision for subdividing.
* Until 50% of the elected representatives in Washington spend a week existing on tips, feeding 4 on minimum wage or lose everything to hospital bills, they should stop coming up with clever ideas to "fix" the system.
* American Facism. Does it exist? Is it latent? Definitely worthy of investigation.
Bits & Pieces
* Remember back in the old days when changing your mind was a "flip-flop" and Social Security was talked about in terms of a "lockbox"?
* Not everyone's a suck-up yes-man. Refreshing.
* Bulldog may get his first opportunity as a bottom. Remember, it's not gay if your doin' the penetrating.
* Bush, needing the intricate details of Social Security explained to him, has reached out to his peer group.
* The new bankruptcy law... who benefits, really?
* Think gay marriage yanked the wackos out of the shadows, the ERA's back.
FEC & Blogs
Bush demonstrates his poker face, reserved for tedious international negotiation.
NEWS FLASH! Not to overstate the obvious but...
Horror Stories by Molly Ivins. So perhaps you say to yourself, “What’s so bad about mandating parental consent for an abortion?” Anyone who thinks that is incredibly out-of-touch with reality. Read a few of these girl’s stories. Not quite as simple as that, is it? Reality is rarely simple.
The self-appointed morality police strike again! The Kansas Attorney General, Phill Kline, is seeking medical records of women—including their name, medical history, sexual history, birth control practices and psychological profiles—from two state abortion clinics as part of an alleged criminal investigation he claims is about sexual abuse of minors. Un-freakin-believable! These religious zealots MUST BE STOPPED!
US sparks row at UN over abortion What’s it going to take? Will the Neanderthal neocons not be happy until women are forced to walk five paces behind their “men” and kept in grass huts outside of the village five days a month? Why do they fear women SO MUCH?! And how comforting that “the Beijing conference's action plan did call for governments not to punish women who have undergone illegal abortions.” The majority of those women can’t be punished because they’re dead.
Women have special stake in Social Security debate. Women make up about 60 percent of all Social Security beneficiaries and 70 percent of beneficiaries 85 and older. Half of women 65 and older would live in poverty if not for Social Security, and the system is the only source of income for one-fourth of elderly women living alone. We’re waiting to hear the details, Shrub. Until then both supporters and opponents of the proposed Social Security Privatization Plan will continue to make assumptions to support their arguments for and against. Here’s just one reason why it’s a bad idea.
Sisters of ’77. This is the year I graduated high school. I remember this event well. It was an exciting time for women and as my friends and I have been discussing since 2000 - when the current criminal-in-chief stole an election - it’s hard to believe we’re fighting the same battles 28 years later. This film aired last Tuesday, March 1st on PBS but check out the website for a wealth of information about the conference, women who were interviewed for the film, more about the filmmakers or to order a video of the film!
So Eason Jordan resigned in shame after his "quote" in Davos..
* Jordan had made similar allegations to the ones he made at Davos less than three months earlier at a News Xchange forum in Portugal, and on the record. The British newspaper the Guardian reported that Jordan told the global news executives assembled there that "Actions speak louder than words. The reality is that at least 10 journalists have been killed by the US military, and according to reports I believe to be true journalists have been arrested and tortured by US forces."
If he could have just waited a few weeks.....
Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena, shot and wounded after being freed in Iraq, said Sunday U.S. forces may have deliberately targeted her because Washington opposed Italy's policy of dealing with kidnappers.
Friday evening's killing of the agent and wounding of the journalist, who worked for a communist daily, has sparked tension with Italy's U.S. allies and put pressure on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to take a hard line with President Bush.
Aren't we supposed to be trying to prove everyone else's opinions wrong?
* As the US deliveries freedom and democracy around the world attempts to errode the first amendment here at home are in full swing. The FEC is investigating ways to limit internet participation in the election process. Bring it on...
* Is the DLC intentionally working to render themselves obsolete?
* Wonder what a Messianic complex looks like? Creepy.
* Backlash results of the don't ask don't tell rules.
Go Say Hi
* Corked Bats.
DCDP Fodder, Part VII
* StoutDem deconstructs the DMN article.
* Precisely why Austin's discussing tax increases this year. Apparently this level of detail's not getting through to his fan base locally.
Nostradamus provides clarification on the direction he's chosen to take the economy.
CDC warns of new STD
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of Sexually Transmitted Disease.
This disease is contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior. The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim (pronounced "gonna re-elect him").
Many victims have contracted it after having been screwed for the past 4 years, in spite of having taken measures to protect themselves from this especially troublesome disease.
Cognitive sequellae of individuals infected with Gonorrhea Lectim include, but are not limited to: Anti-social personality disorder traits; delusions of grandeur with a distinct messianic flavor; chronic mangling of the English language; extreme cognitive dissonance; inability to incorporate new information; pronounced xenophobia; inability to accept responsibility for actions; exceptional cowardice masked by acts of misplaced bravado; uncontrolled facial smirking; ignorance of geography and history; tendencies toward creating evangelical theocracies; and a strong propensity for categorical, all-or-nothing behavior.
The disease is sweeping Washington. Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed and baffled that this malignant disease originated only a few years ago from a Texas Bush.
* Why liberals lose... or why an argument can't be framed with a statement rather than a question.
* What happens when a former White House staffer gets her foot fed to her. Can't people tell when they're being led?
* The newest "anti-left" meme discussed here. How long before you hear these terms on Faux News?
* When the debate is framed using rhetoric that's just shy of hate, it's hard to take the high road.
* Could we see justice in our time? Can we settle for a light in the darkeness?
* Searchable blog feeds. Fantastic tool.
* Dallas personified.
* The dangers of battle in Iraq.
Chris Bell spoke last night in Austin. His first speech in his exploration towards a race for Governor. I wish I could have been there... we appear to have a very viable candidate on our hands.
There are days when I simply have to check out. No news is good news. Walk away from the fireball and mutter to myself, “My water pistol can’t put that shit out.” Yes, I have those days. And sometimes weeks. Life in the reality-based community is like that. You can say, “Truth is stranger (and more dangerous) than fiction.” only so many times before it begins to lose all meaning. You can watch some asswipe-yay-hoo-not-my-preznit treat the country as if he’s Ken Lay and we’re Enron. You can observe from a safe distance genocide and abuse and murder of innocent people all in the name of “democracy.” You can casually read a headline like “Bush Cabal Media Censors Boondocks Comix” and simply let the disbelief wash over you without actually affecting you. Or the headline “Bush Vows Renewed Push for Faith-Based Initiative” simply registers as, “Oh, looky there. One more step towards a Theocracy. Next!” You see the dumbing down of our society in it’s youth. You can watch this almost daily if you teach at the university level. Hey, have YOU ever had to grade an essay written by a 19-year-old that looks more like it was written by a ten-year-old? A dyslexic and mildly retarded ten-year-old at that. Because the high school teachers had to get this kid a passing grade on that ever-important TAAS test so, OOPS!, he never actually learned anything. Like the motherfucking English language. Tragically, he was never told that he might someday have to apply English grammar in his job and what’s more that he should have an opinion, that he should think for himself, ask questions, not settle. So you wonder, “What happened to this country?” Why are we suddenly existing in a society straight out of some science fiction novel. Stranger in a strange land, indeed. You have days when you feel like the one sane person in Guyana who looks at Jim Jones and says, “Uh, no thanks. I’ll have the Evian.” And you wonder how so many, SO MANY, citizens could simply take leave of their senses and believe the heaping servings of bullshit that this administration is cramming down the throats (and through the courts) of its people? How could this many people be duped? And you have the opportunity – on occasion – to meet some of those who drank the kool-aid and liked it and you study them closely, quizzically and what do you find? It’s heartbreakingly simple really. They’re frightened. They respond only to their fear and no rational or reasonable or (and this is most important) INTELLIGENT debate or explanation could ever influence them. They’ve placed their hands over their ears and are humming, “La, la, la, la.” because they don’t want the truth. Why? Jack Nicholson delivered this line best. Because they can’t handle the truth. They will go to extreme lengths to never face facts and above all to never admit their error in judgment. They want more than anything to just not think about it and you notice that they get extremely irritated and angry when they come face-to-face with the truth. At those times they can be heard to exclaim, “Kill the Messenger! Kill the Messenger!” (Or is it, "Boil that dust speck! Boil that dust speck?") And for many of them, you must consider the fact that on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs these folks barely have physiological covered. How can they be expected to think about Esteem? Self-actualization? These are people who want someone else to “handle things” because “back in the day” we trusted our government to take good care of us. Little do they realize that the stinging pain in their back is from the knives thrust there by their very own elected officials. They are too frightened and ignorant to realize that they voted to their detriment. And then for just as many you know that this is nothing but a high-dollar game. Yes, The Have-Mores. Dubya’s “base.” They lie and scheme and ass-bang the world and laugh all the way to the bank. What DOES one in the reality-based community do? Well, realize that this – as with all things – is cyclical. You are reassured by history and your ability to look at The Big Picture. Trust that the Universe has a way of working this shit out. And me? Well, most days, I find other like-minded reality-based thinkers and enjoy what’s still good about this country. The fact that – for the time-being anyway - I can write this. The fact that many, many others are doing the same. I enjoy thought-provoking and downright entertaining theatre every chance I get. I walk my dogs. I read a great novel. I help desperate women-in-need take control of their lives in hopes that any improvement in their future means our country is that much closer to being a better place for all. I lecture a room full of 19 and 20-year-olds about the importance of having an opinion, questioning authority and learning the art of the persuasive essay. And oh yea, share good stuff with good folks like you. So here’s one of my faves, Mark Morford at the SF Gate, who always says what I wish I’d said first – whether it’s about abstinence-only sex ed programs, the death of radio, or the legacy of a legend. So read and laugh. Really enjoy, SAVOR each moment and don’t let the bastards get you down. Because it really pisses them off to see us enjoying life and NOT being duped. Vogue la galére!
Cats Can Be Herded and Other Misassumptions
disclaimer: these are my personal opinions and observations differences of opinion may be addressed directly to me.
Much has been written now, mostly from an insider perspective, on the DCDP Executive Committee theatrics from Monday night and the dust still hasn't settled. Most of the shenanigans have already been covered rather well by both Vince over at BOR and the mechanics described in detail by Byron. From my previous post on this subject assumptions were made that I was in the "Susan Camp" vs "The Other Camp". This could not be farther from the truth. I see how the perception could be made based on the tone. Allow me to clarify.
I attended Monday's meeting with the belief that there needs to be a change in leadership within the Party. I left the meeting with approximately the same opinion with only a few minor alterations.
The meeting was called as a response to the multiple resolutions sent out to all the precinct chairs by those seeking redress, of sorts. What was obtained was nothing of the sort. Rather than maintaining a level of civility and decorum, those seeking to be heard behaved badly. The chair is an elected role and despite differences, the position demands a level of respect even if the person holding it, does not. A large number of the attendees, like myself, were expecting to see a forum where change for the future was the goal and instead were greeted by seething animosity which served as a barrier to progress. The attendence of the precinct chairs was required to establish a quorum, it's a shame that their presence wasn't more respected by those who requested it in the first place. The inability to swear in the 60 new precinct chairs was also very disappointing.
The ousting cabal establishes what I fear could be a nasty precedent for the club where, rather than exhibiting civility in the interest of the entire county Democrats, they chose to create a scene. In retrospect, the need to air grievances should have warranted a third party moderator to ensure all issues were raised and heard. I suspect, months and months of pent up aggression lended much towards the tone. However, instead of working for the benefit of all, those with the axe grinding agenda took the meeting hostage through aggressive immaturity.
Susan Hays may not be the best person for the job but the possibility that the vocal opposition is the alternative, frightens me. After watching David Wilkins fidget like a 5 year old between his rude lunges for the microphone, Shannon Bailey and Michael Moon continually shout down the chair even as she attempted to address their issues, both Katy Hubener and Harriet Miller's screaming (however justified) as the meeting deconstructed into chaos gives me a glimpse into what we might expect from this proposed alternative in the future.
If what's being established is a gunslinger mentality combined with a lack of willingness to work towards a common goal, my expectations for a successful 2006 is dissipating. Those attending Monday's meeting, watching from the sidelines, who may have been considering involvement, are quite likely reconsidering sticking their necks out in fear of them being arbitrarily whacked off. Establishing a "we eat our own" culture before civility is even attempted, will keep willing volunteers and future party leaders at home and cheat the party of unrealized potential and opportunities.
It is my personal hope that the two resolutions passed serve as effective tools for moving the party forward and that the potential negative ripple affect resulting from differences between these two factions is effectively abated.