In “Revelations” (live from the Dominion Theatre in London – 1992) Bill Hicks points out – and remember he died in 1994 – that America is the bully of the world; much like Jack Palance in the movie Shane throwing a shotgun at the shepherd's feet. “Pick it up, “ Jack wheezes. “No Mister, I don’t wanna pick it up,” pleads the Shepherd. “Pick it up,” Jack repeats, squinting. As the terrified Shepherd reaches slowly for the shotgun, Palance fills him full o’ lead and tells the crowd gathered around them, “You saw him. He reached for his gun.” Bill points out how we sell arms to these countries and then invade them because they are armed. Same as it ever was. And now that we’ve bombed the shit out of Iraq, murdering countless innocent civilians, they have every reason to be pissed. Who wouldn’t be? Of course Preznit Warmonkey and his minions are screaming “We either deal with terrorism abroad, or we deal with it when it comes to us." Yes, the terrorism that YOU created by unilaterally invading Iraq. Please explain how you and your posse have made us all safer from terrorism, you monumentally incompetent gasbag. Those of us in the reality based community have been fully aware of the lies, the incompetence, the right-wing corporate agenda since the run up to this illegal war. Finally, it appears the tide is turning. Watch your back, Georgie Boy. The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but they be a-turnin’. You soulless, heartless, immoral, cowardly little Punk.
How to Get Mad Without Sounding Bonkers: A Primer. So who isn’t pissed at the same old lies spewing forth from G.Dub, Rove, Cheney and Rummy? Enough to make you spit nails, idn’t it? Check in with Adam McKay over at The Huffington Post. Great sense of humor, a lot of good ole common sense. Read his bio. You’ve laughed at his stuff before and probably don’t even know it!
What I Did On My Summer Vacation. It’s easy! Join the “Summer of Truth.” Share your thoughts with “25,000 of your closest friends.” Not sure what you want to say? Start here. We must never, never forget. We must continue to remind ourselves and our fellow citizens. This is reality without the spin.
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Your Call Is Important to us: The Truth About Bullshit by Laura Penny
All these users and creators of the “cozy no-think of simple bullshit” are dumbing and wearing us down to the point where we no longer see the distinction between BS about dish soap and lies about WMD. Penny arrives at the sad conclusion that we’ve moved on from being mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. We aren’t mad, or even surprised, anymore. We’re taking it and asking the “fair and balanced” news team to deliver us more.
World War 3 Illustrated ("War is Hell" by Penny Allen) – look for it in August. Get the hard-copy July/August issue of MotherJones to see the photos. Yes, you’ll want to look away. But don't.
On an airplane over the Atlantic, the Paris-based filmmaker and novelist met a soldier going home on leave, listened to his tales, and, at his insistence—I can’t look at that! You have to look!—viewed the movie he played on his laptop of his daily routine in Iraq. The two kept in touch, and Allen compiled the images he sent her into a foto-roman with dialogue gleaned from their conversations, a cartoon rendering starker in its reality than anything allowed on the evening news. Her construction, “War Is Hell,” has since been exhibited in art galleries in the United States. Its very awkwardness—atrocity as comic strip—summons up the inadequacy of our equipment for coming to terms with what is being done in our names, with our money.
"Hello. Is this Dalton McGuinty's press officer?"
Rhetoric circa 2001
"I want justice," he said after a meeting at the Pentagon, where 188 people were killed last Tuesday when an airliner crashed into the building. "And there's an old poster out West that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'"
Rhetoric circa 2005
Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq. "The whole world is watching this war." He says it will end in "victory and glory, or misery and humiliation."
From "Wanted Dead or Alive" to "Osama Said So"? Our presence in Iraq is now being justified, by the the opinion of a madman we can't catch, who may or may not still be in the country we abandoned to create the "terrorist flypaper" in Iraq, and is like #1 on the FBI's most wanted?
Michelle Malkin makes a point
Peaceniks are covering our kids from head to toe in emotional bubble wrap. They are creating a nation of namby-pambies.
The latest example of Hand-Holding 101 comes from the New York City public schools. According to Lauren Collins of The New Yorker magazine, the school system is introducing a new curriculum called "Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me" into all of its elementary and middle schools. The program is now used in at least 12,000 schools and camps across the country.
Among the mindless training exercises teachers undergo is the "Caring Being" session. Collins quotes a conflict-resolution expert in Brooklyn leading middle-school educators through the lesson: "I want you all to share a time in your career as an educator where someone did or said something that made you feel like you were not cared for or respected. . . . Now do the opposite." After drawing figures encompassing their negative and positive experiences, teachers shared their finished products, "Caring Beings," which would be used to "explore creating agreements around behaviors."
Just what we need to combat throat-slitting, suicide plane-flying Islamists: young eunuchs swaying to moldy old folk music while their "Peace Place" signs flap in the wind.
If you don't make fun of Ms Maglalang, the terrorists win.
A shorter GWB.
September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. Be patient, any plans we develop will only strengthen the resolve of the terrorists. "Whatever the cost" does require your tax dollars. Sending more troops or pulling out troops sends the wrong message. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. Look at Libya, Lebanon, the Palestinians... do we ROCK, or what? We're spreading democracy like oleo on hot toast. Let's hear it for a crowd who's under orders not to show emotion... GIVE.IT.UP for the red white and blue!!!!! Now go sign up, Uncle Sam needs you for the branch of the military of your choosing. Remember the Alamo!!! September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. September 11th. December 7th.
* The primary objective in Iraq, (after WMDs, regime change, instituting our Democracy) of instilling new freedoms (including religion) have gone well. n'est pas?
* Same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Note, subtle axis change.
* Wow, justifying our gay bigots against their gay bigots with a, "gee, ours don't stone people"... it's all bad folks.
* Karl, need a petard?
* Ironic justice isn't nearly as blind.
* Point of order. Pelosi's right. The minute we started diverting $75 million from Afghanistan into Kuwait and Bush said he didn't really give Osama much thought, we were done. We stuck the proverbial fork in it.
* Ohio and Florida have much more in common than their issues with basic arithmetic come polling time.
* Throes; first, last, middle, upper, lower, intermediary, intermittent... they're throein' down like wacked out MoFos.
* When an administration is mad-cow stupid... then what?
Dang it. DB over at 42, pegged me with this.
1. What were three of the stupidest things you have done in your life?
- Not dumping the stock in my 401K in January of 2000.
- Failing to listen to my heart, twice.
- Not completing college when credit hours were still in Reagan-era dollars.
2. At the current moment, who has the most influence in your life?
- My wife.
3. If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?
- Jesus: I wanna know about the "lost" years.
- Mark Twain: For the social satire.
- H.L. Mencken: For obvious reasons.
- Mohammad: Some of his writings need clarification.
- Oscar Wilde: No dinner party's complete without a catty queen.
4. If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?
- Infinite wishes and give the other two to someone else.
5. Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live at the moment. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.
- Regret: Seasons & good public transportation.
- Avoid: Highways & trying to understand the politics.
6. Name one event that has changed your life.
- Having a kid. Nothing is ever the same again.
7. Tag 5 people.
- Nope. Not gonna do it.
In a decisive and divisive move yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas over Kentucky on who gets to keep their graven images.
In support of the recent ruling, majority members of Congress will be convening a special session to draft legislation which will ensure that the remaining eight commandments of the Decalogue be added to the laws of the land. First on the docket, Adultery.
MR. RUSSERT: But if we only have three Iraqi battalions that are fully combat ready and we need 107 for us to, in fact, have our exit strategy of bringing our troops home, we are in for a very long haul.
SEC'Y RUMSFELD: Well, we're going to have, I think something in the neighborhood 200,000 in October, people in security forces when the constitution and the elections take place.
MR. RUSSERT: How many of those will be these combat-ready battalions?
SEC'Y RUMSFELD: Well, you can't do it that way. You simply have to sit down and say, "What are you trying to achieve with what types of units, and where are they in their progress?" And the answer is, they're progressing every week, every month, to a greater degree of sophistication. The biggest problems are not numbers. The biggest problems are the ministries, which are weak, and the chains of command down through those and the linkages between the police and the military forces, because they have to work together if they are going to repress this insurgency. And it's--most people are focusing on the metrics, the hard numbers. I would say the soft things, the ministries, the chains of command are considerably more important.
and still nowhere is the "progress" measured in finite detail or better yet, terms of tangible success.
Longing for the days when TV only represented the idealistic society where husbands and wives slept in twin beds, cars and houses left unlocked, blacks were never seen, everything was always rosey and reality was locked in a safe somewhere... Brent Bozell offers up this gem.
It was not always like this. Go back in TV history and remember how viewers were riveted by how Dick Van Dyke juggled his career and family life on his show, or how Lorne Greene ruled the roost on "Bonanza." These were fathers you could admire. One of the reasons those shows were such wonderful successes can be found in their portrayal of the father figure. It's as easy as that.
Just that easy. With 3 channels to choose from, these shows owed their entire success to the portrayal of men in strong fatherly roles. Couldn't have had a thing to do with Mary Tyler Moore in capri pants or a young Michael Landon in chaps?
Attention Deficit Disorder runs rampant with the Neocons. Maybe not, maybe they're just 3 year-olds with the attention span of a gnat and if they're not in possession of something new or shiny, they're just not happy. We've got little left to bomb in Iraq without having to be stuck rebuilding it... now what?
As with Iraq, the president has paved the way for the conditioning of the American public and an all-too-compliant media to accept at face value the merits of a regime change policy regarding Iran, linking the regime of the Mullah's to an "axis of evil" (together with the newly "liberated" Iraq and North Korea), and speaking of the absolute requirement for the spread of "democracy" to the Iranian people.
"Liberation" and the spread of "democracy" have become none-too-subtle code words within the neo-conservative cabal that formulates and executes American foreign policy today for militarism and war.
By the intensity of the "liberation/democracy" rhetoric alone, Americans should be put on notice that Iran is well-fixed in the cross-hairs as the next target for the illegal policy of regime change being implemented by the Bush administration.
The reality is that the US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American over flights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities.
The violation of a sovereign nation's airspace is an act of war in and of itself. But the war with Iran has gone far beyond the intelligence-gathering phase.
Oh, neat. Iran's newly elected President's a hard-liner with a desire to kick-start their nuclear program. Are they taunting our Cowboy in Chief or is this what the wingers call predestination? Bush wants to be the infinite 'War President' and his god is giving it to him?
WASHINGTON -- Insurgencies can go on for years, but the violence ravaging Iraq will eventually be quelled by homegrown forces rather than U.S. and other foreign troops, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says.
The violence could even worsen as Iraqi officials draft a constitution and Iraqi citizens prepare to install a new government by the end of the year, Rumsfeld said in television interviews Sunday.
He and other senior military officials asked Americans to be patient and support their troops as the war progresses.
"That insurgency could go on for any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years," Rumsfeld said. "Coalition forces, foreign forces are not going to repress that insurgency. We're going to create an environment that the Iraqi people and the Iraqi security forces can win against that insurgency."
Holy crap. They're running this war like Enron and planning a run-up to Iran simultaneously.
At least they're not screwing it up so badly that we stand the chance of losing all of our international support, right?
GENEVA (AFX) - Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.
The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity.
Well, at least the ruling majority, with their vast well of resources, supports the war and can pull from their base and backfill the sagging enlistment in the military. Apparently, they don't want liberals fighting this war for them.
Rest easy fellow Americans. Against a mastubatory backdrop of troops tomorrow night, our Leader will tell us how wonderful everything is, how splendid our efforts are and how we are the light shining in the darkness. Using of course, the same approach to truth used with; WMD, Mission Accomplished, Tax Cuts will save us all, Social Security is flailing, Cheney's health, etc... ad infinitum.
I ONLY WISH I WAS MAKING UP THIS SHIT.
White House Stands Behind Rove Comments. Quelle Suprise! Well OF COURSE they do. Because they’re all blowing each other. “I blow you, you blow me, we’re a blow job family...." It’s just one big BLOW fest. The Rude Pundit – one of my favorite bloggers in the whole world and I WILL see his one-man show at the NY International Fringe Festival in August – makes a great point. Yesterday’s Post. Go. Now.
Cheney Says Guantanomo Prisoners Well Fed. Well, DickMeister, I’m sure they are! I’m sure they’re livin’ la vida loco and lovin’ life. Being hog-tied and lying in your own excrement is any man’s idea of paradise! What’s not to love? Good times. Good times.
U.S. doctors linked to POW `torture' Guantanamo medical records misused basis of interrogators' strategy: Report. "Since late 2003, psychiatrists and psychologists (at Guantanamo) have been part of a strategy that employs extreme stress, combined with behaviour-shaping rewards, to extract actionable intelligence from resistant captives," it states. Such tactics are considered torture by many authorities, the authors note. Medical personnel belonging to the U.S. military's Southern Command have also been told to volunteer to interrogators information they believe may be valuable, the report adds………That contradicts Pentagon statements that there is a separation between intelligence-gathering and patient care. Hmmmm. "Volunteer." How long before medical personnel are the ones being interrogated – and tortured?
Poll Finds Most Oppose Return to Draft “Most Americans don't want to see the return of the military draft, although men, older Americans and Republicans were most likely to say it's a good idea, an AP-Ipsos poll found.” NO SHIT.
Funds for Health Care of Veterans $1 Billion Short The $1 billion shortfall emerged during an administration midyear budget review and was acknowledged only during lengthy questioning of Jonathan B. Perlin, VA undersecretary for health, by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) at a hearing yesterday. "We weren't on the mark from the actuarial model," Perlin testified. Is it the incompetence of these YAY-hoos that is unconscionable? Or the Lies? Well both, plus the fact that veterans’ suffering is compounded – if they make it home at all - by this administration’s incompetence and lies.
16 to 25? Pentagon Has Your Number, and More “The Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds, combining names with Social Security numbers, grade-point averages, e-mail addresses and phone numbers.” And they began doing this in 2002. I’ll just let that sink in.
Scoundrel city: Reckless Republicans use troops as human shields “Repeat after me: "War, bad; troops, good." See, it's possible to say something and to mean it as well…………. I'll tell you what endangers our troops: Greedy, cretinous toad leaders who send them 12,000 miles away to a desert to fight a war based on lies.” THANK YOU WILL DURST!
The Loneliness of a Lonestar Liberal "The activists I've met over the past month and a half in Texas are dedicated and determined. Unlike progressive-leaning places like San Francisco, New York and Washington DC, activists here face strong and often hostile opposition." Tell it, Sister! Tell it!
THIS JUST IN.....
A Premature Attack. Pro-Bush group's ad faults Democrats for criticisms they haven't yet made, about a Supreme Court nominee who hasn't been named, to a vacancy that doesn't yet exist. Gotta love it!
Just what is the state of the Dickmeister's health? Arianna is hot on the trail.
* No defined plan for Social Security, success in Iraq, regulation of war funding, Medicaid/Medicare, restrained spending or healthcare... and they're the majority in every branch of government. This isn't your father's Republican Party.
* The Pentagon needs fresh meat. Guess we can't sustain pre-emptive measures infinitely. Good thing we have an exit plan.
* Hey, Mofo... I'm not gay, love Jesus and can't fund schools to save my F'ing career.
* It's called, enabling.
* The "culture of life". mmmm, DDT Koolaid with a Diazanon chaser.
The Supreme Court this week voted on the side of big business and against the interest of the American taxpayer.
WASHINGTON - Cities may bulldoze people's homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday, giving local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue.
In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.
The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited rights. Still, legal experts said they didn't expect a rush to claim homes.
"The message of the case to cities is yes, you can use eminent domain, but you better be careful and conduct hearings," said Thomas Merrill, a Columbia law professor specializing in property rights.
Yeah, because restraint's worked so well in the past. What evil bastards would dare encroach on the private property of citizens only to pad the pockets of the already filthy rich?
"I think when it is all said and done, I will have made more money than I ever dreamed I would make," Bush told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And he's making millions because the Ballpark at Arlington is a gigantic, taxpayer-supported, cash machine. Last year, Financial World magazine named the Ballpark the most profitable venue in baseball. Hicks didn't buy the Rangers because he wants Juan González's autograph. He bought them because he can make a lot of money at the stadium that George W. Bush takes credit for building.
In 1993, while walking through the stadium, Bush told the Houston Chronicle, "When all those people in Austin say, 'He ain't never done anything,' well, this is it." But Bush would have never gotten the
stadium deal off the ground if the city of Arlington had not agreed to use its power of eminent domain to seize the property that belonged to the Mathes family. And evidence presented in the Mathes lawsuit suggests that the Rangers' owners --
Well, glory be... the one thing Bush was successful at, was stealing property?
Next up, the Texas Legislature and Rick Perry will call a special session to expedite the TTC and steal Texas property for Spanish developers.
Which one of these is not like the other?
During a tense Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Army Gen. John Abizaid, who as head of Central Command is the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, declined to endorse Vice President Dick Cheney's assessment that Iraq's insurgency was in its "last throes."
Abizaid said the insurgents' strength had not diminished and that more foreign fighters were coming into Iraq than six months ago. "There's a lot of work to be done against the insurgency," Abizaid said, adding, "I'm sure you'll forgive me from criticizing the vice president."
"This war has been consistently and grossly mismanaged," Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), a Massachusetts Democrat, told Rumsfeld. "And we are now in a seemingly intractable quagmire."
"Our troops are dying. And there really is no end in sight. And the American people, I believe, deserve leadership worthy of the sacrifices that our fighting forces have made, and they deserve the real facts. And I regret to say that I don't believe that you have provided either," Kennedy added.
"Well, that is quite a statement," Rumsfeld, flanked by top U.S. commanders, responded. "First let me say that there isn't a person at this table who agrees with you that we're in a quagmire and that there's no end in sight."
"The suggestion by you that people -- me or others -- are painting a rosy picture is false," Rumsfeld.
yeah, "catastrophic success" isn't exactly *rosy*.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday defended his recent comment that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes," insisting that progress being made in setting up a new Iraqi government and establishing democracy there will indeed end the violence -- eventually.
"If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period, the throes of a revolution," he said. "The point would be that the conflict will be intense, but it's intense because the terrorists understand that if we're successful at accomplishing our objective -- standing up a democracy in Iraq -- that that's a huge defeat for them.
"We will succeed in Iraq, just like we did in Afghanistan. We will stand up a new government under an Iraqi-drafted constitution. We will defeat that insurgency, and, in fact, it will be an enormous success story."
Not getting a warm and fuzzy from the administration these days. Wonder what the rest of the White House is making of all this?
MCCLELLAN: We have a clear strategy for success that the President has outlined and that our commanders on the ground are now briefing Congress about today. It is vital, as they are pointing out, that we succeed. We are working to train and equip Iraqi security forces so that they will be able to defend themselves.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I think you have to look at the context of the Vice President's comments.
Q I did, I looked.
MR. McCLELLAN: And you don't point them out. What did he talk about?
Q He said there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago.
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we can selectively quote people or we can look at the context of the comments, and I think that's what is important to do. That's why I was stepping back and pointing out to you what the Vice President was talking about.
Q So he was talking about the political process moving forward, not -- let me ask you this. What is the Vice President basing his -- where is he getting his evidence? What is he basing his claim on, if the commanders on the ground are saying --
MR. McCLELLAN: It doesn't appear that you've looked at the context of his comments, and I would encourage you to do that. And I just addressed this question when you asked it.
Q I was there in this -- when he said, "in the throes of," --
MR. McCLELLAN: You were in the interview?
Q He did not mean political, he meant the whole situation in Iraq.
MR. McCLELLAN: You were in the interview? I think you should look --
Q You can't change his meaning. You guys are trying to step back now, and I don't blame you.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I disagree with you.
Go ahead though, Jessica.
Ow! My head! Make it STOP!
Those who want the troops out of the way of unnecessary harm and... ironically *also* think the war's going badly, that the insurgency is growing and that we need a successful exit plan but,... just happen to be say, Democrats or... dare I say it, Liberals... get this warm fuzzy noogie.
NEW YORK - Speaking in a Manhattan ballroom just a few miles north of ground zero, Karl Rove said on Wednesday night that the Democratic party did not understand the consequences of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Rove said. "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."
Rove, President Bush's chief political advisor, spoke at the state Conservative Party's annual dinner. He praised the conservative movement's success, calling it "the guiding philosophy for the White House, the Senate, the House."
Rove said the Democratic Party made the mistake of calling for "moderation and restraint" after the terrorist attacks.
"Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies."
He's partly right, I didn't see Iraq as a 9/11 consequence and didn't think we'd have *as* much of an issue with the insurgency if we "understood" our enemies
At least he didn't call us obstructionists.
When you make a speech that includes strong language to make a point or to get someone's attention, you have to be ready to stand by your words. Recanting due to partisan pressure simply weakens your point. You're right in that, the behavior of Americans in Guantanamo Bay is, by the text of the FBI report, reprehensible, deplorable and undermines our international credibility. Simple logic should have told you, that when you need to communicate details like;
"On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food, or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor."
and your follow-up comparisons not only dwarf the details but completely eclipse them as you and your rhetoric become the story, you've failed in your duties. Then, to get back up in front of the same governing body a week later and blubber like a puss-assed wimp because you couldn't stand the heat... you completely erradicate the important point you were so ineffectively trying to drive home. Remember, in this day and age, Democrats don't get to be stupid assholes one day, lie about it on the Today Show the next and have it all blow over by the weekend (that only works for Fristians). Every word counts and if you're not using them judiciously, please relinquish the job to someone who can handle it.
A voter with balls.
What she said.
Here’s to you Harry J. Anslinger, William Randolph Hearst and the Cotton Lobby. And in a related story, my new favorite CD. HIGH-larious!
From the Sunday Portland Oregonian: "Other than telling us how to live, think, marry, pray, vote, invest, educate our children--- and now, die--- I think the Republicans have done a fine job of getting government out of our personal lives."
Anyone who has ever seen some douchebag on Central Expwy talking on their cell phone (not necessarily hands free either) knows this. Hang up and drive, Numbnuts.
File under WTF?
JESUS IS LORD, SIR! SIR, YES SIR! The Few, the Proud, the Strange.
Take my house, please. Like I have a choice.
* The absence of an apse, nave, vaulted ceilings, stained glass and the odd flying buttress makes the UN building, pagan? So by that logic, if the UN moved itself into say, St John the Divine... it would become holy?
* Will Saddam be allowed to call witnesses? Will that list be comprehensive? Relevence of his WMD sources to the trial?
* When I'm not hosting a mindless gameshow or posing as a right-wing pundit, I'm also on the board of Regnery publishing. Who am I? (scroll to bottom of link for answer)
* If the flag burning amendment doesn't include penalties for those; who let the stickers fade out on their cars, who fly it improperly from their rear window, who keep it up outside at night unlit, who wear it at the SuperBowl, who make shirts, boxer shorts and Ted Nugent's wardrobe... it truly will be, an absolute waste of of Congress' time. Goodbye freedom of speech, I hardly knew ya.
* We created the ultimate terrorist training camp. If you can't beat em, invite em. Reminiscent of Afghanistan circa 1979?
* Karl Zinmeister sends us good tidings of great joy from Iraq. So much so that when compared to the criteria stated by the White House for troop removal, it could begin... as early as next week.
* The "End Times" are what you make of it. Worrying about flammable gay flags is a waste of your time.
For those who've not been paying attention:
Patriotic: An individual who holds unwavering blind faith in the reason(s) we went to war in Iraq and an equally strong support for remaining in country until such time as the adminstration deems appropriate while ignoring the cost overrun and the ever shifting success targets.
Unpatriotic: Everyone else.
U.S. Troops Facing Increased Violence. More American soldiers have been killed since the handover of sovereignty on June 28 than during the initial invasion. The numbers show that "18 months after the invasion, the fighting appears to be intensifying rather than waning." In total, 1,713 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and over 12,600 have been wounded. [Washington Post, 9/9/04; Brookings Institution, "Iraq Index," Updated 5/26/05; Los Angeles Times, 6/17/05]
So what does a Patriot sound like?
"I want those families to know: One, we're not going to leave them - not going to allow their mission to go in vain; and two, we will complete the mission, and the world will be better off for it," Bush said. (...) "I think about Iraq every day. Every single day, because I understand we have kids in harm's way," the president said. "And I worry about their families; and I obviously, any time there's a death, I grieve."
The top U.S. combat commander in Iraq says American troop levels likely will remain steady through early next year and that drawdowns likely will not depend on political developments in the nascent Iraqi government. (...) “I would be opposed to announcing a timeline in advance, because that’s not conditions-based. That’s not based on the conditions on the ground. That is an arbitrary decision just based on a calendar. And I don’t think that necessarily meshes with the conditions that we might see here in-country.”
WASHINGTON - As Americans in growing numbers call for a reduction in the U.S. military presence in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that it was uncertain when the Pentagon could start drawing down its estimated 139,000 troops there. His comment cast doubt over a recent prediction of significant troop reductions within a year.
In March, Gen. George W. Casey, the top U.S. officer in Iraq, said he expected "fairly substantial reductions" in the number of American troops there by March 2006. But Rumsfeld told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday that he has not received a recommendation from U.S. commanders in Iraq about future troop levels and did not know when he might.
Di Rita says U-S troops won't leave Iraq until the mission is successfully completed. He says increasingly, the definition of success rests on a self-sufficient Iraqi government and vital economy.
D. CHENEY: We'll leave as soon as the task is over with. We haven't set a deadline or a date. It depends upon conditions. We have to achieve our objectives, complete the mission. And the two main requirements are, the Iraqis in a position to be able to govern themselves, and they're well on their way to doing that, and the other is able to defend themselves, and they're well on their way to doing that. They just announced that in the last day or two here, there've been stories about a major movement of some 40,000 Iraqi troops into Baghdad to focus specifically on the problem there. (...) So I think we're making major progress. And, unfortunately, as I say, it does involve sending young Americans in harm's way. But America will be safer in the long run when Iraq and Afghanistan as well are no longer safe havens for terrorists or places where people can gather and plan and organize attacks against the United States.
Unpatriotic America Haters
"Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse," Sen. Hagel told U.S. News and World Report magazine. "The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."
"The U.S. military presence has become part of the problem, not part of the solution," Kennedy said in remarks prepared for delivery at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. "We need a new plan that sets fair and realistic goals for self-government in Iraq, and works with the Iraqi government on a specific timetable for the honorable homecoming of our forces."
While not the first member of Congress to call for a withdrawal of the troops, Kennedy is the first senator to do so. And his remarks continued what has been a long and blistering assault on the administration's Iraq policies.
Republican National Committee spokesman Brian Jones criticized Kennedy's timing. "Its remarkable that Sen. Kennedy would deliver such an overtly pessimistic message only days before the Iraqi election," said Jones. "Kennedy's partisan political attack stands in stark contrast to President Bush's vision of spreading freedom around the world."
* Governmental oversight ceases to be oversight when it's heavy-handed and invasive.
* George W Bush, planning inevitable failure since 1999.
* Memo to Bill Frist, "You're Dubya's bitch and don't you forget it".
* Religion, the avenue by which, total strangers can drive right up into your personal business, declare you evil and do fuck-all to assist in your time of need.
* Where the short bus will be dropping off students on the information highway.
* NCLB, not just a slush fund for journalists anymore.
"Texas must be the next stop on the 'Howard Dean Insult and Alienate America Tour'," according to a prepared statement from Texas Republican Party Chairwoman Tina Benkiser. "In Texas, Dean will find what everyone else already knows – that under a decade of Republican leadership, we are one of the most diverse and prosperous states in the country.
"I recommend that Howard Dean enjoy our Southern hospitality for a short time while taking note of the fact that Texans have rejected his liberal Democrat ideas and that Democrats don't win elections in Texas."
Under a decade of Republican leadership we now have failing schools, plans for a Spanish built highway, higher insurance, regressive taxes and are hyper-focused on cheerleaders and gays. mmmm, progress.
* Dana Milbank receives his requisite spanking for Friday's White House "reach-around".
* Even 'Enemy Combatant' training is authentic. Bush is still proud of our work in Guantanamo... which means it's all sanctioned, right?
* Oh, goody. The Lame Duck Tour 2005. Should be almost as productive as the Social Security Tour they just wrapped up.
* Nothing says conversion like an assisted one way trip.
* We aren't going after Osama because;
PRESIDENT BUSH: I think Mr. Bolton ought to get an up or down vote on the Senate floor. That's my call to the Senate. I nominated John Bolton to be the ambassador to the United Nations for a reason. I'm sharing this now with my friends here. The American people know why I nominated him, because the U.N. needs reform, and I thought it made sense to send a reformer to the United Nations. The U.N. is an important organization, and the American people, I think, will take -- will understand how important it is when the U.N. is reformed and is held to account. And so we want more accountability and transparency and less bureaucracy. And John Bolton will help achieve that mission. And so I think it's time for the Senate to give him an up or down vote, now. And I'm not sure if they've made the decision to have that vote. I think tomorrow there is going to be an up or down vote, if I'm not mistaken, Tom.
Democrats complain that the administration has refused to give them access to information they need to make informed decisions on whether Bolton is the right man for the job.
Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., have sought access to the names of the U.S. officials mentioned in 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency and requested by Bolton.
Last week, the Democrats said they want National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte to check their list of three dozen "names of concern" with the names of U.S. officials in the secret communications Bolton sought.
More transparency, accountability and less bureaucracy, huh? Since, friggin' when?
Still wandering in the abandoned wilderness of "International Male" net shirts, pierced left ears and red bandannas in the back pocket, the paper of record has found its GAYDAR broken and themselves isolated from the rest of the world.
Desperate to claw themselves back to a level of relevancy, they dedicated an entire article to their frustration.
Well, how about that guy you see in the locker room, changing out of his Prada lace-ups, Hugo Boss flat-front pants and Paul Smith dress shirt and cuff links into a muscle T-shirt and Adidas soccer shorts. Does he wear that wedding ring because he was married in New York - or in Massachusetts?
How about him? Is the issue the fact that he's not returning your furtive glances? Maybe he thinks you're a troll and about to swipe his Pradas.
The result is a new gray area that is rendering gaydar - that totally unscientific sixth sense that many people rely on to tell if a man is gay or straight - as outmoded as Windows 2000. It's not that straight men look more stereotypically gay per se, or that out-of-the-closet gay men look straight. What's happening is that many men have migrated to a middle ground where the cues traditionally used to pigeonhole sexual orientation - hair, clothing, voice, body language - are more and more ambiguous. Make jokes about it. Call it what you will: "gay vague" will do. But the poles are melting fast.
OMG! What a tragedy, not only can we as a nation not figure out if we're winning a war or not, but we can't differentiate the gay men from the straight ones. Imagine the negative affect this is going to have on the knuckle dragging neanderthals who live, simply to gay bash.
"I don't have a clue anymore," said Brad Habansky, whose four-month-old men's store and salon, Guise, in the tony Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, specializes in fashionable men's wear. "Some of the straight guys who come in, I never would have thought were straight, and some of the gay men, I never would have guessed either."
Confused as he is, Mr. Habansky can at least relate. "A lot of guys think I'm gay," he said. He added that it is his gay customers who need the most convincing that he's straight.
After emerging sweaty and out of breath from the changing rooms, Mr. Habansky noted "It's not so much the ambiguity as it is the lack of consistency on my part".
"The codes have broken down completely," said Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "The other night I was at a dinner sitting next to someone who was talking about how he couldn't tell anymore, that he just didn't have any gaydar. And it was so funny. I couldn't tell if he was gay or straight."
"So I stood up and screamed *COCKSUCKER*, because you know those gay agenda recruiters are always looking for good advertisement." "Had anyone been offended I was prepared to offer apologies, blame the atrocious Chardonnay and offer my services."
"The lag time between gay innovation and straight appropriation is nonexistent now," said Bruce Pask, the style director of Cargo magazine, who is gay. "They're picking up the trends as fast as we are."
THERE'S A MOLE!!!!!!!!!! Everyone knows the GQ models are straight.
Ms. White of Cosmopolitan said that her teenage son and her husband, who used to shop with her, have been going out stag and bagging some interesting choices. "My husband came home with a sheared beaver coat," she said. "He said he thought it was shearling. He never would have been shopping for that, but the salesguy whipped it out, and . . . " Beaver or not, the coat stayed. "He loved it too much," she said. "It's definitely gay vague."
Ma'am, if your husband could get a nice sheared beaver at home, he wouldn't be draggin' a new one home.
Of course there are still places that gay men will go that straight men will not. The Speedo swimsuit is still off limits to even the most vain heterosexual American men, as is knowing the words to Kylie Minogue's latest hit single.
Barbara Streisand concerts, the 5th consecutive showing of "All That Jazz", the Judy Garland roundup and the "Body Shop".
But the best way to weed them out is...
And Alice Eisenberg, who works the door at several New York gay bars, said her supersensitive gaydar remains infallible. Last weekend she surprised onlookers when she stopped a gay-vague guy, complete with a fedora, in line at the Boys Room, an East Village bar, asking him, "You know this is a gay bar, right?"
"The jeans were right, the loafers were right, and he had a good body," she recalled. "But the shirt was completely untucked, and I think it was Old Navy."
The guy thanked her, turned and fled. ed: Back to Kansas
Because, no self-respecting gay man would ever be caught in public in an Old Navy shirt. It wasn't that this guy was straight, I mean he was in the line to the "Boys Room", he had forgotten to go home and change out of his ambiguously straight camouflage and into something a little more, 'pret a porter'.
Dan Nexon caught me unaware with the "5 books I liked enough as teen/young adult to read again as an adult" meme.
The neat aspect of this exercise is that, in a manner, I've already started revisiting some of my childhood literary loves through purchases for my son. My reading was wide, vast and varied as a child and virtually impossible to nail down favorites. The ones that stick out as memorable "have to buys" to read to my kid or those that made the largest impression are;
1. Chronicles of Narnia. Fantasy books were explicitly forbidden in my house and when it came to escapism reading, C.S. Lewis was my only hope. I've read the entire series upwords of 10 times, the last of which was in my early 20's. Eagerly awaiting the movie now.
2. The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald. I think it was the trouble making and conniving that attracted me to the series. You can't though, go wrong with anything illustrated by Mercer Mayer.
3. The "Soup" Series by Robert Newton Peck. Again, early 20th century tales of young boys with long leashes. Both the weave of the story and the authentic language helped create a world of adventure that's reminicsent of "Huck Finn" without the underlying cultural commentary.
4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. You can't do better in a book about a boy and his dog(s). Much of the realism for me was, that the story took place very close to where I grew up. Still, even today, I can't read it without being brought to tears.
5. The Encyclopedia, Generic. I had two sets, both of which were published way before I was a zygote. We lived so far away from a library that when the fiction stream dried up, the fall back was always the Encyclopedia (usually the Colliers). Between agressive reading of the out-dated reference library and digging through the big bag of Louis L'Amour books my dad's friend would leave for me (Lonesome Gods is the best) I was always reading something.
Books read as a teenager that directly affected the way I think.
1. A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
2. 1984, George Orwell
3. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
4. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
5. The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley
6. Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
7. HHGTTG, Douglas Adams
Eagerly seizing the opportunity to flaunt their utter and infinite stupidity.
This is what a complete moron looks like. Only an arrogant, misogynist, asswipe who doesn’t have a uterus can make these outrageous statements. I repeat, I only wish that stupidity was painful. (Knee to the groin, nail-gun to the eyeball, anvil to the cranium painful.)
Fashion Statement. Texans should be SO proud.
My hero and the best goddamn journalist alive today, Ms. Molly, has had a lot of practice reporting on stupid people. She's been covering Texas politics her entire life.
Clarence Page over at the Chicago Tribune provides us with this handy list of monumentally stupid people.
Violence against women is perpetrated by cowards.
Statistic: 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted before she reaches the age of 18. Until the human race accepts the fact that this is a crime of violence that has nothing to do with sex, this statistic is unlikely to change. Until women and girls are free from the guilt, embarrassment and stigma associated with this crime – a crime AGAINST them – they will be unable to speak openly and honestly about the abuse they have suffered. And until that happens, men – most often the victim’s father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, brother - will continue to abuse. And get away with it.
The story of one extraordinarily courageous woman, and the callous behaviour of our Commander & Thief, prompted this post. Dubya cares about nothing except remaining in power while lining his own pockets. He cares about no one except the corporate interests whose votes he purchased. He is a detestable, foul little man. He sickens me.
Mukhtaran Bibi, a woman who was sentenced by a tribal council in Pakistan to be gang-raped because of an infraction supposedly committed by her brother, was raped by four men, then village leaders forced her to walk home nearly naked in front of a jeering crowd of 300. With the backing of a local Islamic leader, she fought back and testified against her persecutors. Six were convicted.. But then a court ordered her attackers released and authorities put Ms. Mukhtaran under house arrest - to stop her from speaking out. Armed police prevent her from stepping outside and cut her phone line. On Friday, just as all this was happening, President Bush received Pakistan's foreign minister in the White House and praised Pakistan President Musharraf's "bold leadership."
For an update on Mukhtaran Bibi's story go here.
Happy Father's Day. Gift ideas for the men who have everything.
* A .357 magnum that not only compliments bedroom decor but brings out the color in your wife's eyes when she's carrying it.
* Free advice from the
Christocratsgovernment on how to live your life.
* The de-criminalization of cronyism, no-bid contracts and torture.
* Relationship and tolerance counseling from our buddies in Pakistan.
* The opportunity to note in your calendar the moment in time that science was veto'ed as a concept. (now if they'd just stop using it to build bombs too)
* The comfort and relaxation that comes from knowing the truth, may, some day, actually be told. (via Atrios)
* and finally, a big bundle of celebrated triumph that may allow you as a father, the opportunity to bid your son or daughter farewell as they're shipped off to fight someonelse's war.
Do NOT read the Downing Street Memo to your child before bedtime.
The sound of Scotty-boy choking on his own bile.
Q Well, I'm just wondering what the metric is for measuring the defeat of the insurgency.
McCLELLAN: Well, you can go back and look at the Vice President's remarks. I think he talked about it.
Q Yes. Is there any idea how long a 'last throe' lasts for?
McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Steve....
* Beltway blinders and other non-diagnosable maladies.
* Lies and the lying liars. Kudos on consistency.
* Just crown the duck and be done with it.
* Yeah, what he said!
* Oh, dear god. Manipulating financials is one thing... casualties is a completely different story.
* Somebody pop the White House bubble and let some reality in and truth out.
* Iraqi War planning timeline, complete with Downing Street Memo references. Print and distribute randomly.
Your thought for the day.
The complementarian rather than egalitarian position in male-female relations has many implications. Today, unless women gain jobs and athletic scholarships commensurate with their percentage of the population, feminists scream discrimination. Viewed biblically, however, occupational differences in male-female ratios seem less a function of bias than of biology, the way God made us.
Some days KMFDM just fits the bill.
DAY AFTER DAY INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE BEING DEPORTED,
INTERROGATED AND TORTURED- PUT THROUGH THE THIRD DEGREE
FUNDAMENTALIST FORCES ARE UNDERMINING THE INTEGRITY
OF LIBERAL AND DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL STRUCTURES
RADICAL ANARCHISTS, FASCISTS AND TERRORISTS ARE RESPONSABLE
FOR THE VIOLENCE
OUR SOCITIES ARE SATURATED WITH BLOODLUST,
SENSATIONALISM AND VIOLENCE AS A RESULT OF ALIENATION FROM ONESELF'S REALITY
HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE TOLERATE MASS MURDER
HAND-CUFFS AND SHACKLES WON'T FRIGHTEN US
NEITHER CATTLE-PROD NOR ELECTRICAL-WHIP WILL SILENCE US
WE SHALL USE ALL PEACEFUL MEANS TO OVERCOME TYRANNY
PERSIST AND MARCH ON
THEY CAN'T USE OUR SHAME AGAINST US
REGARDLESS OF RACE, SOCIAL STATUS OR GENDER
WE'RE ALL AFFECTED
I TRIED TO KEEP MY FAITH ALIVE
I'M CLOSE ENOUGH TO TRIP THE WIRE
I CANNOT KEEP MY HATE INSIDE
I'M GONNA SET MYSELF ON FIRE
I GET CLOSER BEAT BY BEAT
TO GET THE THING I REALLY NEED
I'M FUCKING TERRIFIED
WILL YOU BE EVER SATISFIED
Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.
"The right-to-lifers believe that the right to life begins with conception and ends at birth". - Barney Frank.
As indicated by the front-running issues championed by the Congressional majority, priority is given to the unborn, the slightly fertilized and the brain dead over the contributing citizens without health care, jobs or a secure future. Let's play with this for a bit.
Fighting for the blastocysts and the unborn is the utmost priority but ensuring a successful future for those that are born but unwanted isn't as important. Sending young men and women off to die for
oil a lie democracy the hell of it, is more important than ensuring they don't have to subsist on food stamp and WIC assistance. Guaranteeing higher education for all graduating students isn't as important as building new prisons or offering solid employment for at-risk teens.
Time to re-prioritize.
We've got enlistment plummeting beyond reforecasted estimations, a war on terror that appears to have an infinite horizon, and a government tied closely with churches that seems to think every unwanted fetus should be carried to term, let's juxtapose the concepts.
The church is anti-abortion and supports the administration which supports the infinite war which requires a larger military. Long term planning is in order and time for the cabal to step up to the plate.
The church can put their money where their mouth is and support all pregnant mothers through the full term of their previously unwanted pregnancy. They will then provide room, board and pre-education for the child until the age of five. The military will then be responsible for the child through graduation after which the individual will have completed basic training and be a fully trained troop, ready to serve at the government's whim.
This eliminates the need for a draft, closes the gaps in a volunteer military, vastly reduces abortions, addresses the 9 brief months when a life is truly sacred, elminates "unwanted babies", allows the churches to be the wholy owned subsidary of the government they appear to desire and could reduce the need for base closures nation-wide all in one fell swoop. It might reduce the need for abstinence only planning but that can be addressed later.
Now, it's up to you the reader to guesstimate how facetious I'm being.
* I think it's fair now, to assume that Bill Frist applies the same level of scrutiny to legislating and supporting his constituency that he does when providing pro-bono diagnostic services to invalids.
* Super. How long before the Vatican boycotts 2000 year old legacy date palms?
The Judean date is chronicled in the Bible, Quran and ancient literature for its diverse powers -- from an aphrodisiac to a contraceptive -- and as a cure for a wide range of diseases including cancer, malaria and toothache.
Reading Townhall So You Don't Have To.
* John Stossel blames Clinton for Medicare funded Viagra. Surge in popularity, maybe... funding, probably not.
* Brent Bozell is angry at the media for not grilling Clinton in interviews as hard as Bush is being grilled. Forgetting who's making policy apparently.
* The Virgin Ben is proud of his virginity and his ability to speak with authority on everyone else's morality. He forgot to blame Clinton for the surge in blowjob popularity.
Slightly paraphrasing Bill Maher, "Flying a flag on your car is literally the least you can do."
The ribbon phenomenon, what a fantastic use of unregulated capitalism. The companies unable to compete in the rush for government contracts can still make a quick buck with no sacrifice. My complaint though isn't with the ubiquitous yellow ribbons, cammo ribbons, red white & blue ribbons... ad nauseum. What stands out is the wording.
The ribbons say;
"Support the Troops".
"I Support the Troops".
Isn't it odd that the message being communicated is a directive and not a declarative? It's a command to random strangers to do something and not a statement that the individual displaying the ribbon has actually done something. These are the same people who think a tax cut during war time is fiscally smart and probably wouldn't cross the street to piss on a man on fire. As long as the focus is on telling others what they should be doing, there's no need for personal sacrifice?
The ones that have "made in China" printed on them are the bestest!!
Poor poor Tony Perkins. It's got to be rough to consistently spread so much hate and bigotry and still play the role as the underdog.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization historically devoted to fighting racial discrimination, has decided to brand the entire pro-family movement as "hate groups" and "extremists," like the Ku Klux Klan. Yet it seems odd to apply the label "extremist" to a majority of Americans, since their lengthy article (titled "Holy War") admits that in 2003 "opposition to gay marriage had climbed from 53 to 59%" and that a "majority of Americans, 55%, now characterized gay sex as a sin." Be assured that the Family Research Council will continue to stand, with a majority of Americans, where we have always stood--against violence toward homosexuals, but also against celebrating a behavior that is harmful to those who engage in it and to society as a whole.
Goodness gracious, me oh my oh. What in all that is good, could cause anyone to draw parallels between the KKK and the FRC?
Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America's premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke.
Oh, well... there's that. The far right "6 degrees of separation" game takes you from the Texas Governor's office to the KKK in one hop?
Ohio televangelist Rod Parsley and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington were among the religious conservatives who shared the stage with Perry at the Fort Worth bill signing. Parsley linked homosexuality and disease rates, and about 1,000 supporters cheered attacks on "activist judges" and the media.
God bless us, everyone. Remember the Alamo. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
KS: State Senator Who Opposes Women's Suffrage Runs for Secretary of State Wee Doggie! Another wingnut out there giving vaginas a bad name. I am still somewhat baffled by women who are (a) Repug and (b) anti-choice. But then again, a lifetime of programming is very difficult to overcome. Just ask Mary Carey.
Poor, Poor little Annie took an unflattering photo and – boohoo - here is her open forum to WHINE about it. So you have feet the size of the space shuttle, Ann, get over it. I don’t suppose when you’re as shallow as Ms. C you have the ability to move beyond the paranoid obsession with your looks. A little advice Ann, eat a sandwich and just get over yourself. Sheesh!
Sean Hannity sucks Dick. They reach simultaneous orgasm. Pictures at Eleven. File under Believe it or Not: When Slimy Dick said, “They hold an ideology that demands complete conformity, the crushing of dissent." he WASN’T talking about the Bush administration! And just in case you aren’t paying atttention People, there is still a grave threat out there, ready to strike at any moment. So don’t you stop being very, very afraid. Uncle Dick is going to take real good care of you. There now, don’t you feel better? Hey Dick. Blow me.
“Propaganda, like any other drug, dulls the mind and destorys common sense.” Testify Brother Ted! Testify! Can I get an Amen? AMEN!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Monday formally apologized for having rejected decades of pleas to make lynching a federal crime as scores victims' descendants watched from the chamber's gallery.
On a voice vote and without opposition, the Senate passed a resolution expressing its regrets to the relatives as well as to the nearly 5,000 Americans -- mostly black males -- who were documented as having been lynched from 1880 to 1960.
No lawmaker opposed the measure, but 20 of the 100 senators had not signed a statement of support of it shortly before a vote was taken on a nearly empty Senate floor.
"I think it's politics. They're afraid of losing votes from people of prejudice," Duster said of those who did not sign the statement of support.
So, Texas... how were you represented?
June 7, 1998 Whereas, there are three suspects who have been arrested and charged with the murder of James Byrd, Jr., two of whom have apparent ties to white supremacist organizations in prison and since leaving prison, and tattoos of Black Men hanging from a tree with a duck in a klan uniform nearby.
Wow, who was the state's Attorney General and Governor then?
As Texas Attorney General from 1999-2002, John Cornyn directed many initiatives vital to the interests of Texas families. Cornyn served for six years as a District Court Judge in San Antonio before being elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1990, where he served for seven years.
After which, George W Bush still refused to support a hate crimes bill and little Johnny, who wouldn't know racial bias if it hit him over the head, has never really been a fan of any hate crimes legislation, see here, here and here.
Even when the subject came up in the 2002 election, the sitting AG would not support hate crimes legislation and still won handily.
The Dallas Morning News reported that while Kirk supported federal hate crimes legislation and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), his Republican challenger John Cornyn did not.
A few days later, when Bush was asked about a pending hate crimes bill, the Austin American-Statesman quoted him as saying such a law would "vulcanize" Texans. The following day the Statesman reassured its readers that Bush in fact had said "balkanize." (The paper did not, however, correct Bush's insistence that "all crimes are hate crimes" - presumably because speeding, shoplifting, cross-burning and lynching all strike with equal fury at the roots of civilization.)
It's not all work and no play for the UnCandidate. The Governor and Attorney General John Cornyn took swift action in defense of a hallowed Texas tradition: solemn invocations of divinity before high school football games. In response to a lawsuit filed by parents in the Santa Fe school district (south of Houston), a federal court ruled that such prayers are unnecessary and unconstitutional for sports contests ("hardly the sober type of annual event that can be appropriately solemnized with prayer"). Bush and the A.G. - hoping to preserve the right of every God-fearing Texan to call down divine wrath on the kids praying on the other sideline - have filed a joint brief for appeal before the Fifth Circuit. "The purpose of the policy is not to advance religion," wrote Cornyn, "but that of promoting solemnization and good sportsmanship." Responded Anthony Griffin of the A.C.L.U., representing the parents in court: "Maybe football is sacred in Texas."
Prayer and football has trumped racial hatred in Texas' past just like fear of gays and cheerleader skirts trumps school funding and social services did this session. SNAFU
cRapmaster Dougie "G", makes so much more sense when supporting detail is added.
My ClashPoint is this: Sin is a reality. Bad is a part of the best of us. The only way we can escape our penchant for the putrid is by constant introspection, personal accountability and a church that will enforce proper discipline.
Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all 10 counts.
However, he is being held over on a possible fraud case, impersonating a white woman.
* The "White Chick Crisis", problem solved.
* Ironic. With this much advance planning, manipulation of evidence, allocated spending and gorilla marketing, one would think the war would have been more successful, wouldn't one?
* How again, does defending the broad reach, clandestine aspects, reduction of national civil rights and lack of transparency in the Patriot Act benefit, through a non-democratic shushing of the opposition in an open hearing?
* The quiet voice of reason?
* Not that proof of the Texas legislature's ignorance needs any more illuminating... but dang!
* When you're alone in an echo chamber, you begin to believe the other voices you hear. Rumor has it, Michael Jackson has the Lindberg baby too.
Image is Everything
"We have a chronic problem on our hands, not an acute problem," said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on military personnel. "We should assume there are going to be 100,000 troops in Iraq two years from now, and continuing losses. It is time to repackage this war and let Americans know we are fighting for freedom."
What a good idea. Let's.
Janice Rogers Brown. Does this woman actually HAVE a vagina? I have my doubts.
More proof that the gasbags in charge are really, really jealous that those of us without descending genitals can experience multiple orgasms. David Hager obviously has a penis the size of an infants thumb. Ya know what, Dave? All these attempts to suppress women’s sexuality won’t make that teeny weenie any larger. Nor will it make you a SANE individual. And that God you like to pray to? I’m thinking he frowns upon that whole ass-raping your wife thing.
GOOD NEWS for Texas from the 79th Legislative Session. Pro-Choice Texas continues to make progress! To be sure there was some bad news from this legislative session but we’re winning a bill at a time. Our health, our children, our spouses, our significant others and our LIVES demand it. Yes Virginia, “Even Cowgirls Get to Choose!”
Here are some bad bills that didn’t make it.
Birth Control and Your Pharmacist: HB 16, which would have enabled pharmacists to discriminate against women by refusing to fill or provide referrals for birth control and emergency contraception (EC*) prescriptions, died in the House State Affairs Committee after a contentious hearing on April 13. Two other "refusal clause" bills, SB 1016 and HB 2061, also died in committee. All three of these bills would have threatened women's access to other vital health care, including birth control.
Outlawing all abortion in Texas. Representative Warren Chisum’s HB 2907 would have outlawed abortion in Texas in the event that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, or a constitutional amendment banning abortion was passed. The only exception to this ban would be to save the life of the mother. This bill would take away a woman’s right to choose, even if she faces severe health risks or is a victim of sexual assault. HB 2907 died in committee.
Intimidating doctors and their patients. Representative Zedler’s HB 702 would have required any physician who believes a patient has experienced “complications” as a result of an abortion or attempted abortion to file a report with the Department of State Health Services. This report would contain sensitive personal information about the woman, and not failing to file the report in a timely manner would subject the physician to fines or up to a year in jail. There is no justification for these additional reporting requirements for a safe medical procedure. HB 702 was reported out of committee and was sent to the House calendars on 4/27/05. The bill died in Calendars.
Medical records privacy invasion. HB 2997, by Representative Jeannie Morrison, would have amended the Health and Safety Code to require that all physicians performing both medical and surgical abortions and physicians treating abortion complications to file reports containing sensitive personal information about the woman. HB 2997 would also require the collection of statistical information about judicial bypasses. Both medical and surgical abortions are safe procedures and there is no justification for additional reporting. The burden these reports place on physicians could discourage them from providing abortions; while the intrusive nature of the reporting could intimidate and frighten women. HB 2997 was voted out of committee on 4/27/05 and was sent to House calendars on 5/4/05. The bill died in Calendars.
License to discriminate. SB 1016 and HB 2061 would have created a sweeping right for health care providers, facilities, and insurers to refuse medical treatment on moral grounds. Texas already has a law that allows health care providers to refuse to participate in abortion procedures; this bill expands a right to refuse to entities which do not have consciences like insurance companies. They would also have allowed providers to refuse to participate in any health care service, including access to birth control and emergency contraception, and even information about treatment options. Both SB 1016 and HB 2061 died in committee.
Surpasses the mere sticks and stones logic.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
"Oh, you're one of the sodomites," Savage said. "You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today, go eat a sausage and choke on it."
In response to Cheney, Leahy reminded Cheney that the vice president had once accused him of being a bad Catholic, to which Cheney replied either "f--- off" or "go f--- yourself."
Coulter’s sweeping generalizations, which can’t distinguish Democratic Cold Warriors from Democratic fellow travelers, have alienated even some of her usual supporters (though not Hannity). But none of the nastiness or hysteria in Treason is new. Coulter has, after all, jokingly wished assassination on Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and not-so-jokingly accused Mineta of "burning with hatred for America" because he opposes racial profiling in airport screening. Her long rap sheet of hateful remarks includes this gem from a speech last year to the Conservative Political Action Committee: "We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals by making them realize that they could be killed, too."
"This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation, and we're going to ruin people's lives over it, and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You [ever] heard of need to blow some steam off?" (...) "I don't understand what we're so worried about. These are the people that are trying to kill us. What do we care what is the most humiliating thing in the world for them? There's also this business of them all wearing hoods and how that’s also very humiliating. You can see more guys wearing hoods at a [Sen.] Robert Byrd birthday party 40 years ago than we've seen in these prisoner photos."
O'REILLY: Because look ... when 2 percent of the population feels that you're doing them a favor, just forget it, you're not going to win. You're not going to win. And I don't have any respect by and large for the Iraqi people at all. I have no respect for them. I think that they're a prehistoric group that is -- yeah, there's excuses.
"I'm going to say Texas has made a decision on marriage and if there's a state with more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's where they should live."
-- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "about what he would tell gay war veterans returning from Iraq."
Racial discrimination does not always violate public policy.
I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either.
"The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior," said Tom DeLay, the Republican leader who moved the Florida case to the federal arena.
On Sunday morning, [May 1, 2005] Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson told TV viewers nation-wide that the threat posed by liberal judges is "probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." When an incredulous George Stephanopoulos asked if Robertson really believed that these judges posed "the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400 years of history, more serious than al Qaeda, more serious than Nazi Germany and Japan, more serious than the Civil War?," he responded, "George, I really believe that."
While on the Senate floor Monday, Mr. Cornyn criticized the Schiavo court rulings, saying, "It causes a lot of people, including me, great distress to see judges use the authority that they have been given to make raw political or ideological decisions." Then he said, "I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. ... And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have."
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, told a crowd of supporters of same-sex marriage bans, “Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the earth.”
"The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press -- in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of LIBERAL excess during the past years." -- Adolph Hitler; Taken from The Speeches of Adolph Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1, Michael Hakeem, Ph.D. (London, Oxford University Press, 1942), pp. 871-872.
* Why institute a draft when intimidation is so much more effective?
* The double-edged sword. If Zarqawi is dead, yay! If he's dead and the "insurgency" tide does not slow, was he the influence we made him out to be?
* Rick "man on dog" Santorum may be in trouble. Oh dear.
* Expect buck passing.
* Someone over at Townhall seems to think we're still at war and, might not be winning. Maybe Fox News isn't paying enough attention to it.
Dear Senator Biden, Bill Richardson, Paul Begala et al,
If you can't stand the heat, get the fuck out of the kitchen. Howard Dean was not elected as Chair of the Democratic Party to pander to the pundits, the current majority or to the weak-kneeded minority leadership in the House and the Senate.
The incumbent administration is supported by corporate interest and hate speech. The only way to effectively combant the opposition is to be as strong or stronger than they are. We had years of a feel good Chair, please show me the rip-roaring positive results attributed to the Terry era. Today, rather than standing behind Howard Dean as he faces off against the corrupt infrastructure that's erroding the rights of the populace, the Democratic Leadership remains mute while the GOP mouthpieces are allowed to frame the debate.
TERRY HOLT, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: Well, he's got...
CROWLEY: Why you are you nodding your head here?
HOLT: Well, they're running from Howard Dean like scalded dogs, but they should be, because he doesn't represent most good-natured Democrats out there. And they've all been doing a pretty good job the last six months. The Democrats have knocked the Republicans off message. They've been obstructionists very effectively. And here comes their party chairman who can't keep his mouth shut. He's got diarrhea of the mouth.
As the Bushites continue to undermine legitimate research on climate change, declare war on whomever they please, allow untaxed corporate interest to drive the bus, quietly invade on the lives of their constituents, inequitably redistribute wealth, discredit established science eliminate social programs while pushing a theocratic agenda, standing by idly hoping to get a word in edgewise is not conducive to forward momentum.
As long as the Democrats in the Senate continue to strike deals that only capitulate to the will of God's Own Party, lash out at those who, in their own party have the nerve and resolve to call a spade a spade they will continue to be, the minority. If every time Howard Dean speaks truth whether it be diplomatically or with forceful rhetoric, Nancy and Joe roll over and wet themselves, they deserve to lose both credibility and their places on Capitol Hill. Providing the opposition with this type of fodder for the talk radio hacks undermines the steps taken to gain the modicum of footing now held.
Until the GOP cease their relentless attacks on gays, the unemployed, the underprivileged, the nation's economy, HIV prevention, education, science and the odd nation here and there while ignoring genocide and propping up oil rich misogynists; they deserve every single critique that's lobbed their direction.
Update: The Rude Pundit does it, better.
* The Minnow sank in the harbor.
* Grey Poupon on a shit sandwich does not improve the taste.
* Apples vs oranges. Oranges don't create external bruising when used with an athletic sock.
* Bad Americans! Bad Bad Americans. Focusing on the collapsing dollar and skyrocketing deficit when we've created the perfect gay aborted war for your entertainment.
* If a voice of reason speaks in the wilderness and the audience has their fingers in their ears and heads up their asses, does he make a sound?
* Pragmatic, dogmatic and theocratic. Which of these, is not like the other...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations by the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog yielded the arrests of 146 workers and grant recipients and identified $18.5 million in unsupported costs during a six-month period that began last fall.
Fines, restitutions and other funds recovered as a result of the investigations totaled $106 million over the six months, the report showed. Of $27.6 million in costs questioned by investigators, $18.5 million were found to be unsupported. Of the 146 arrests, 65 employees, contractors or grant recipients were indicted and 43 convicted. Additionally, 24 personnel actions were taken.
Well, this type of bureaucratic nightmare must be what breeds such an astute attention to detail. Good thing the administration's focused on a smaller more streamlined government.
Boston — On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Calais, Me., carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Mr. Despres.
Then they let him into the United States.
The next day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Mr. Despres's hometown of Minto, N.B. The decapitated body of 74-year-old country musician Frederick Fulton was found on Mr. Fulton's kitchen floor.
* As noted earlier, the 10 most harmful books were selected by an objective panel of superior minds. Go read the much deserved taunting of this list over at Hereswhatsleft.
* The public is awakening from their soma induced coma. They're writing letters.
* Typhoid Gideons?
* Darth Bush doesn't really have that needed Sith "ring" to it.
* If by releasing the Form 180 details about John Kerry's military service, the facts prove the Bitter Vets for Bush wrong... doesn't it actually, do more to make Kerry look more like a spineless pussy than a strong candidate who can fight for what's right? If I had documents that I knew exhonerated me and was being slandered by lying losers, I'd pull those documents, and slap the oppostition into next week with em.
* No good deed goes unpunished anymore. Brutal.
Oh, Good God.
Let Mark Felt live his remaining years in peace, but please, don’t make him a role model for our kids. The lasting legacy of this sad era in American life ought to be a sober reminder that the ends do not justify the means. Integrity means doing the right thing in every area of your life, and it’s the real mark of a true hero.
Yeah, we need more role models like Chuckie.
On 3rd October, 2002, Colson signed a letter which outlined his theological support for a just war pre-emptive invasion of Iraq. The letter outlined how a preemptive invasion of Iraq met the criteria of traditional 'just war' theory: (1) such an action would be defensive; (2) the intent is just and noble; (3) the United States does not intend to 'destroy, conquer, or exploit Iraq'; (4) it is a last resort because Saddam Hussein had a record of attacking his neighbors, developing biochemical and nuclear weapons of mass destruction and their use against his own people, and harboring Al Qaeda terrorists; (5) it is authorized by a legitimate authority, namely the United States; (6) it has limited goals; (7) it has reasonable expectation of success; (8) non-combatant immunity would be observed; (9) it meets the criteria of proportionality - the human cost on both sides would be justified by the intended outcome.
Oh Condi Condi... Condi
"I don't put timelines on things, and I think the president, he doesn't put timelines on issues," Rice said.
No, Condi hon... Bush doesn't use timelines when it pertains to his policies.
WASHINGTON - President Bush rejected calls for a delay in next month's Iraqi elections, insisting Thursday that the vote was too important to put off even though violence and chaos still grip much of the country.
"It's time for the Iraqi citizens to go to the polls," Bush said.
Bush predicted Iraq's elections would leave the world "amazed that a society has been transformed so quickly," but he did not explain why he was so adamant that balloting go forward as scheduled Jan. 30.
Earlier, Rice told reporters she came to stress to the Iraqi government that President Bush wants the timeline for drafting an Iraqi constitution to be met. The draft is set to be completed in August.
Here's a timeline for Ms Rice.
* How can you expect reports of the Koran being flushed down a toilet to be credible, if even the guards in Guantanamo aren't even using them as designed? American Standard has though, solved the question of what toilet can handle religious text.
* Why does the "culture of life", not include "quality of life"? A plant, found in nature, that grows easily in every climate and has medicinal purposes is illegal? Why? We're now up to 68 years of monumental stupidity in the name of narrow-minded prohibition.
* Why is believing science so hard and swallowing the faith held by the ancients so easy?
* Would you rather go to your grave being known as an American loyalist or an Administration loyalist?
* Why can't Democrats be allowed be be both religious and progressive? When did the Republicans deem themselves, the last bastion of faith... post 1964?
* Aren't we all elated that George Walker Bush never had to lie about a blowjob? Isn't it swell that the honor and integrity we'd hoped and dreamed for have been replaced so quickly?
* Why does Governor Goodhair hate Texans?
* What's that quote about absolute power?
Ken Mehlman on MTP, summarized.
MR. MEHLMAN: John Danforth, I thought, was a great senator and did a great job with the United Nations. I think he's a good man. I would respectfully disagree with that. We are worried about the size of the deficit, which is why the president is pleased that the House and Senate have followed his lead in cutting the deficit in half over the next five years. We're worried about...
MR. MEHLMAN: ...We've also moved forward on modernizing Social Security, reducing class-action reform, updating our bankruptcy laws for the first time in a generation to encourage personal responsibility. These are all items that are important to all Americans, and we were pleased to make progress. So I would respectfully disagree with Senator Danforth's characterization. I think he's looking at only some of the things we've been doing and not most of them.
MR. MEHLMAN: I would respectfully disagree with their statement on that. I think this is an issue in which there's some disagreement. The fact is if you look at the exit polls about 23 percent of gays and lesbians voted for this president, so lot of folks disagreed with what the Log Cabin Republicans said. I'm glad they're supporting the president's position on Social Security. But I think that fundamentally for the president and for millions of Americans, this is an issue of principle. Who should decide on a critical question of how we define marriage in this country? Should it be decided by an activist court or by the people? We believe the people should make this decision.
MR. MEHLMAN: Well, Tim, there are a number of polls that have shown other things as well. I would respectfully disagree with those numbers. Here's what I think with respect to this question. The fact is five months ago this was an issue that people weren't really talking that much about. Because of the president's leadership, because he's brought it to people's attention, it's now a top issue. That same NBC News poll showed that a plurality of Americans believe that Congress is moving too slowly on the question of dealing with Social Security.
MR. MEHLMAN: Well, I would respectfully disagree with Mr. Pozen, Tim. I think you do want to make sure Social Security is solvent. You also want to make sure our families in the future have more solvency when they retire, that they're financially in a strong position. The goal of Social Security, after all, was to make sure that everyone when they retired had financial security. Personal retirement accounts will mean they have more security, not less.
MR. MEHLMAN: I would respectfully disagree with that finding. I think that there was clearly planning that occurred, planning that occurred to deal with the results of the war. If you remember after the first Gulf War, whether it was the breaching of the dams that we saw all over Iraq, that didn't happen. Whether it was the fires that we saw, that didn't happen this past time. Plans were made for after the war. There's no question that there has been an insurgency. The insurgents understand the stakes of the situation in Iraq. They understand that if we're successful, their efforts to promote terrorism around the world, their efforts to defeat democracy and freedom will be hurt. And there's no question-- therefore, we need to deal with these insurgents.
MR. RUSSERT: Well, many people close to Pat Tillman have said just that.
MR. MEHLMAN: Well, again, I would respectfully disagree, at the same time recognizing the tragedy, and how hard it must be for his mom and his whole family.
The Senate’s Radical Repugs
SAM BROWNBACK – Kansas
Opposed judicial filibusters – then vowed to use filibuster to block stem-cell research. A millionaire, he paid just $600 a month in 2003 to live in a plush D.C. townhouse owned by “the Fellowship,” an evangelical group. Pushing the Houses of Worship Act to allow preachers to endorse candidates from the pulpit. Votes against armored Humvees to protect soldiers in Iraq. PEARL OF WISDOM: “Porn is the crack cocaine of sexual addiction.”
TOM COBURN – Oklahoma
Favors the death penalty for doctors who provide abortions – even though he performed two during his career as an obstetrician. Vows to continue his medical practice in his “free time,” a violation of Senate rules. Hates the “gay agenda,” which he considers “the greatest threat to freedom we face today.” PEARL OF WISDOM: “Silicone breast implants make you healthier.”
BILL FRIST – Tennessee
Family company, HCA, was fined $1.7 billion for fraud. Took $2 million in donations from the health-care industry; opposed patient bill of rights. Didn’t vote until he was thirty-six. Held press conference with minister who compared liberal judges to the Klan. PEARL OF WISDOM: “Activist judges and their allies on the left will not stop until they impose gay marriage on every state in the union.”
JAMES INHOFE – Oklahoma
Only senator to oppose restoring the Everglades. Compares EPA to the Gestapo; called global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public.” As chair of Environmental and Public Works Committee, accepted more than $1 million from energy companies. More on why he is a dangerous idiot here. PEARL OF WISDOM: “Environmentalists worship the creeping things, the four-legged beasts, the birds and all that. That’s their god.”
RICK SANTORUM – Pennsylvania
Leads the push to teach creationism in public schools. Compares homosexuality to incest and bestiality. Received an A+ rating from the NRA for his opposition to gun control. Supported limits on overtime that benefited campaign contributor Wal-Mart. Pushing for a federal “conscience” law to protect pharmacists who refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions. PEARL OF WISDOM: “When people can’t control their desires…we have to pass laws to stop their desires.”
JIM THUNE – South Dakota
During campaign to unseat Minority Leader Tom Daschle, sent out stickers that read, "Vote for Daschle and Vote for Sodomy." Paid bloggers to attack media for their coverage of Daschle. Voted to ban gay adoption and medical marijuana, and limit corporate liability for cleaning up hazardous waste. PEARL OF WISDOM: “I’m all for compromises, but they must be found right of center.”
And to close out this post, there's this. OY.
--Rolling Stone Issue 976, pgs 46 & 48. (with additional info, hyperlinks from moi)
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry is taking an active role in the development of a network of Christian pastors who seek to register at least 300,000 new "values voters" in Texas and elect candidates who reflect their moral agenda.
Dubbed the "Texas Restoration Project," the network constitutes the most ambitious effort by conservative religious leaders in Texas to mobilize churches, conduct voter-registration drives and turn out voters on Election Day.
About 500 ministers gathered last month in Austin for a closed-door session in which Mr. Perry, top members of his administration and influential religious figures touted the involvement of churches in political affairs. Mr. Perry is expected to attend future gatherings as well.
The effort continues Sunday, when the governor will appear at a Fort Worth church to sign a law requiring that minors have their parents' consent before getting an abortion. Mr. Perry also plans to discuss the anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
In an e-mail to supporters, Mr. Perry has invited "pro-family Christian friends" to be at Calvary Cathedral for the event, which his political team plans to film for a campaign commercial. Mr. Perry's office said several thousand people had been invited to the event at the nondenominational evangelical church but declined to be more specific.
Organizers plan to motivate voter registration with the gay-marriage issue, an effort that Perry allies believe will help build the governor's voter base.
Ohio evangelist Rod Parsley, who spoke at the Austin event, said abortion, marriage and religious expression are issues that can galvanize Christian voters.
"People of faith are not looking to endorse candidates, but rather to endorse candidates who endorse their values," he said.
In his luncheon address to the pastors, Mr. Perry touted the Texas group's efforts to get Christian voters involved in politics and thanked "each one of you who prays for me and my family in Jesus' name."
He called himself an ally on abortion, prayer in school and gay marriage.
"If we can talk so openly about the spiritual battle we confront from the Sunday pulpit, why can't we also talk about it in the public square?" the governor said, according to a copy of prepared remarks released by his office.
No comments required, the crass & blatant approach speaks for itself.
What's with the freakish fascination and vitrolic anger by the wingers being directed at NPR? Googling "Liberal Democrat" to complain about ads? (click link, try to find ad, send to screen capture to me if you find one)
(note: what's the first entry when you Google "Liberal Democrat NPR"?)
Recently I had the idea of researching what the other side is doing, so I decided to search Google.com for the words “Liberal Democrat.” I found some very interesting things.
The first page of results contained mostly links for the Liberal Party in the UK and Europe – nothing at all to do with either Liberals or Democrats in America. The paid ads dealt with topics like “Dating for Democrats” and “Anti-Bush Gear,” and of course the Leftist propaganda website MoveOn.org was prominently featured.
However, the most interesting aspect of this Google search was the paid ad for National Public Radio at the top of the page. The ad declared:
“Liberal Democrat. www.NPR.org. Objective, in-depth & informed political coverage & analysis.”
If you search Google for “Conservative Republican,” however, you will not find any ads for NPR. It is obvious what type of listener NPR really wants to reach. Their political content is clearly biased and leans strongly to the Left.
Since NPR clearly has a liberal and biased agenda I believe it only fair they back the millions the government gave them to start their business. You think that will happen?
Yeah, NPR should pay back the government, right after Chrysler, American Airlines, United pay back their bailouts. After off-shore corporations and foreign owned news services start offering the nation a real service for the tax breaks they receive. When the American government starts spending less money on pork projects that now eclipse the Public Broadcasting funding. When the $350 million investment (15.3%) the federal government makes on CPB isn't a mere fraction (3.98%) of the tax dollars our Congressional Medal of Freedom winner lost in Iraq.
* Pat Buchanan, in his advanced age, cannot distinguish between consensual oral sex (however reprehensible) and covert theft, cover-up and blatant misuse of the Executive Branch.
Why did Felt lie? Because Felt knew he had disgraced himself and dishonored everything an FBI agent should stand for. He didn't want his old comrades to know what a snake he had been. Linda Tripp, savaged by the same press lionizing Felt, at least had the moral courage to go public and take the heat when she blew the whistle on Bill Clinton.
* Whatever happened to weighing an administration on its own merits and behavior? The apologists can't talk about Watergate without using the "hey Democrats did X, Y & Z".
* The charge of the uptight brigade have announced the 10 most harmful books... They may have jumped the gun. The virgin Ben just released a book on porn and an economist just tied the drop in crime in the 90's to Roe v Wade (fantastic book, btw).
* The Bush Administration, finding new and creative ways to discriminate weekly.
* Michelle Malkin, of course, is convinced that Gitmo is paradise on the tip end of Cuba and we're treating the occupents better than they deserve. However, until *one* of them is tried and found guilty... our behavior, water-logged Koran or not, is going to be a large black spot on our international reputation for a very very long time.
* From the state that brought you voting irregularities, collector plate and a cookie cutter version of Katherine Harris mid western style, we now offer you this. Hey! Did you just get your church in my state? I'm cool with tax cuts for the rich if the IRS would start taxing these people.
It's hard to tell who's sleazier:
Ulimately, I think that the award has to go to the Conservative politican for the brainiac move of passing to the police tapes that appear to have been significantly edited to make them seem more incriminating. Allegedly.
As a preliminary step to drilling, the rider permits seismic testing, which involves detonating sound-wave explosions to locate oil and gas deposits in the park. Two of the five Mississippi islands are wilderness areas, and the environs are home to federally protected fish and birds, a large array of sea turtles and the gulf's largest concentration of bottlenose dolphins.
The legislation marks the first time the federal government has sanctioned seismic exploration on national park property designated as wilderness — which carries with it the highest level of protection.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the former head of the Republican National Committee and one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists, laid the groundwork for drilling in the Gulf Islands National Seashore by signing a bill last year allowing oil and gas leases in state waters surrounding the islands.
Barbour also signed legislation transferring authority over drilling from the state's environmental quality agency to the Mississippi Development Authority, an economic department with no regulatory power over the environment.
In late October, before the ferry stops running for the season, western Ship Island is virtually abandoned. The terns, gulls & pelicans appear to care less about your presence. Dolphins and their calves swim up to you at the water's edge. It's pristine and quiet. Apparently, once again, pollution and explosions trump nature and historical preservation.
[NOTE: According to my source, this ad ran last Monday in the Washington Times. If you saw this ad in the Washington Times on Monday, May 30th, please let me know. Thanks!]
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS - TIME FOR STRAIGHT TALK
The driving force behind the collapse of the American family-the result of 50% plus divorce rate & low marriage formations – is thirty plus years of feminist careerism which turned out to be a social, economic, and political train wreck.
· Thirty plus years of feminist careerism fueled a 53% divorce rate & sharply lowered marriage formations and has opened the door for this nation to begin to view homosexual and lesbian marriage as something not quite as objectionable as it would have been when you and I were children.
· Thirty plus years of feminist careerism resulting in the majority of women working fulltime occurred without an increase in REAL WAGES. The BUYING POWER of earnings halved since the 1970s because most families today need two incomes to almost equal the buying power one had 30 years ago. Put another way, most women working full-time essentially work for nothing.
· Thirty plus years of feminist careerism created our exploding obesity-driven child and adult diabetes epidemic. With most mothers working, too few adults and children eat balanced, nutritious, portion-controlled home cooked meals. Within a generation 50% of Americans will become diabetic, creating a medical and financial nightmare likely to crash our health care system and the solvency not only of Medicare and Medicaid but Social Security as well.
· Thirty plus years of feminist careerism created a generation of daycare-raised infants and young children so lacking from sufficient maternal affection they sustained permanent development arrests in the neurophysiologic structures responsible for empathy. Common knowledge unaffectionately handled kittens, puppies and infant primates have problems caring for their young. More complex social animals like primates also struggle with successful mating a appropriate peer behavior. Males are less affected. Women today initiate the vast majority of divorces because they can’t make the emotional leap from romantic courtship to the empathetic, caring friendship that sustains a marriage over time.
· Thirty plus years of feminist careerism has plunged America into an almost permanent diplomatic conflict and war with cultures implacably opposed to our notions of democracy because they fear the consequence will collapse their families.
Soon less than 20% of American children will be raised in two parent households. At that point the majority of the young adult population will consist of rootless, restless, angst ridden, economically marginalized young souls with poor prospects to form stable families of their own. They’ll be easy pickings for seduction by a totalitarian ideology in the way the Nazis captured the hearts and minds of Germany’s demoralized WWI veterans.
Instead of Hitler there’ll be a Jim Jones seducing our children with extravagantly unattainable Kool Aid promises of a social, economic and emotional nirvana in exchange for submitting to a totalitarian political agenda financed by Huey Long style populist economics.
CONSERVATIVES ARE FED UP WITH THE MEDIA, OUR LEADERSHIP ELITES, AN THE GOVERNMENT PLAYING TO THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR OF PERSONAL SELFISHNESS DISGUISED IN PHONY CIVIL RIGHTS TERMINOLOGY AND IMPOSED BY DEMANDS FOR POLITICALLY CORRECT SPEECH INTENED TO SQUELCH THOUGHTFUL DEBATE.
IN THE FUTURE NO PARTY SHOULD TAKE OUR VOTES FOR GRANTED.
This message brought to you by:
Mark I. Klein, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
I wonder if he’s taken because, GOSH, doesn’t he sound just dreamy? And a DOCTOR! And not some icky doctor who might get blood on him, NO! A PSYCHIATRIST! ***Swoon*** I just know he's a fabulous lover and doesn't have a teeny-weeny microscopic penis! Wouldn’t any woman want to be his personal love-muffin-slash-nest-builder-slash-baby-factory?
Smell that? Yea, that’s sarcasm.
Sweet Baby Jesus, what an idiot. It’s a shame that stupidity isn’t really, really physically painful. You know, like a knee to the groin, a 2x4 upside the head, or root-canal without benefit of anesthesia. There ought to be consequences for this level of brainlessness.
The White House Press Corps may suck, but their team of photographers know how to capture a shot. (manipulated for clarity)
* Through the looking glass, permanently.
* Ah, details. Debunking the spin on the culture of life.
* Cover-ups and blowjobs used to be cause for impeachment. Today's standards are apparently much higher.
* Idealism isn't completely dead. Trouble is, the empasse isn't usually at a precinct level so much these days.
* Fan of Deadwood? Go listen.
* Need fidelity?
Ah, nothing beats the non-stop Nixon family reunion, where the convicted staffers regroup as apologists to condemn the "traitor". MSNBC had a lock on the slew of em last night. From Alexander Haig through Chuck Colson with a special slobbering cameo from G. Gordon Liddy.
The shining moment on Scarborough Country was Monica Crowely, where in the span of just a few minutes, in an attempt to support Buchannan, she managed to fully contradict him regarding the "conspiracy" to unseat the president.
BUCHANAN: But let me say this. The people that went after Richard Nixon day in and day out to use anything to bring him down hated him long before Watergate. They were outraged over the victory Nixon won, 49 states. He had beaten the candidate of the establishment, McGovern. And they were doing anything to bring him down. And they didn‘t give a damn what would happen in Vietnam as a consequence of that.
CROWLEY: His second mistake was a failure to understand that the ground beneath him was shifting, that investigative reporting was coming into its own, that there was this countercultural revolution that was happening. The political ground was shifting beyond him. And it was—that was happening so fast, it was beyond even Nixon‘s visionary mind to grasp at the moment.
Don't these people ever listen to themselves? You can't be the "establishment" and a "countercultural revolution" at the same time. McGovern lost to the incumbent by a significant margin. There was a grand jury running in parallel to the Washington Post investigation, which of these was the establishment and which the revolution?
PinkDome speaks for the Texas Democratic Party who for political reasons, can't speak as honestly as they need to.
Quoted in its entirety for effect.
So, let me help the TDP out with what they can't say:
If you are a woman that doesn't like to get raped by the state legislature of your rights, then go ahead keep voting Republican you dumbass.
If you are a minority of any kind and you enjoy the humiliation of always being nothing but a 'spic' or 'negro' go ahead and keep voting for the Republicans. They think you do great landscape work!
If you are a Christian that believes in the seperation of Church and State, don't vote for the Republicans. (Except a few)
If you earn less than $100,000 a year and vote Republican and drive around with a "W...The President" sticker on your car, you are truly the dumbest type of people alive. Read a fucking newspaper once in a while.
Now, There are a few Republicans to vote for and we'd be out campaigning for like a MOFO. Those are the ones that believe in fiscal conservatism, the seperation of church and state, rugged individualism, state's rights, and limited government, and are moderate on social issues. *wink* you know who you are sexy, call me.
Brilliant. Simply Brilliant. I'd like to add...
* If you have a child in Texas schools and haven't called up your state representatives and given them a piece of your mind, you deserve to have little Johnny living at home with you until he's 35.
On Bolton and the UN
THE PRESIDENT: You know, I thought -- I thought John Bolton was going to get an up or down vote on the Senate floor, just like he deserves an up or down vote on the Senate floor, and clearly he's got the votes to get confirmed. And so I was disappointed that once again, the leadership there in the Senate didn't give him an up or down vote. And the reason it's important to have an up or down vote is because we need to get our ambassador to the United Nations to help start reforming that important organization.
On North Korea
THE PRESIDENT: Well, then let's see -- if it's the wrong -- if diplomacy is the wrong approach, I guess that means military. That's how I view it -- it's either diplomacy or military. And I am for the diplomacy approach. And so, for those who say that we ought to be using our military to solve the problem, I would say that, while all options are on the table, we've got -- we've got a ways to go to solve this diplomatically --
And so China is a fascinating country that is significant in its size. Its economy is still small, but growing. But, as well, I believe we have an obligation to remind the Chinese that any hopeful society is one in which there's more than just economic freedom, that there's religious freedom and freedom of the press. And so, in my meetings with the different Chinese leaders with whom I've had the honor of meeting, I've always brought up issues such as the Dalai Lama, or the Catholic Church's inability to get a bishop into the country, or the need for the country not to fear evangelicals, but to understand religious freedom leads to peace. And so I'll continue doing that so long as I'm the President, and at the same time help deal with this very complex relationship.
So, to the UN, we want to export change via vitrolic heavy-handedness, to North Korea, a plate of stuttering waffles and to China... well, they get religion & evangelicals.