Support the Troops... (until they come home)
-- GOP strategy
What prompted the committee's entry into the Schmidt-Hackett race was a comment made by Hackett in a USA Today article published Thursday. Hackett, talking about his service as a marine in Iraq, is quoted as saying, "I've said I don't like the son-of-a-b--- that lives in the White House. But I'd put my life on the line for him."
Because Hackett said that, Forti said, "we decided to bury him."
Every time a Democratic war veteran is slandered, a kitty dies.
Think of the Feline-Americans.
Short & Sweet
* Kudlow: "If Karl goes down, he's taking the economy with him."
* Krauthammer: "Critizing the TSA would be easier if it had been thought up and implemented by Democrats."
* Limbaugh: "In my thesaurus, the synonym for questioning is fight."
* North: "Trading arms with Iran was NOWHERE near as bad a Jane Fonda's antics."
* Thomas: "How did Ollie and I wind up with the same assignment?"
* Bozell: "Sexual innuendos in the new 'Dukes of Hazzard' movie are much more offensive than the paint job on the roof of the General Lee."
* Social Security reform is back and Bush, in an effort to keep it non-partisan let Karl Rove speak to it and then said;
The president told the assembled guests that “groups like MoveOn-dot-something” have been attending congressional town-hall meetings and “raising cane” about Social Security reform. Meanwhile, Bush said, “our folks have been working” on changing the entitlement system, the source wrote in an e-mail.
Um no Georgie, they're getting spanked.
* Actions vs Words. Is America a Christian nation if you judged it on its behavior?
* The world according to Tom DeLay, "rules need not apply".
* Do we really need a fake TV series on Iraq to compensate for the lack of footage on the "real news" channels?
* The Wimp in Chief will cut brush on his ranch in the hottest month of the summer but won't weather possible rain to speak to Boy Scouts at their Jamboree? Guess the TANG didn't toughen him up enough.
* EW! No really, ew.
* Next up, Congressional Medal of Freedom.
* Who did what to whom and when.
* Bozell's outdone himself this week. Proposing the concept of instituting confirmation hearings for news anchors and journalists. I couldn't agree with him more.
Let's start with;
Democratic Loser Consortium
* The last gasp of a desperate cabal who's outlived its usefulness, lost the majority of races since 1996 and still seem to think they're in control. Newsflash: Attacking the grassroots, doesn't build the base and becoming moderate won't solve extremism.
Grand Theft Auto; San Andreas. You get to blow people's heads off, run over pedestrians, steal cars and cause all kinds of neato cathartic chaos, most often found in movies starring the Governor of California. What could possibly get the government's panties all bunched up over a video game with less violence than real life in Iraq or some of the Army's recruitment games?
Interestingly enough, the images used on the news, as they reeled in mock faux horror, showed a black man and a white woman mid-coitus. Which of America's freakish base fears are they attempting to cater to; the dormant bigotry or the projected puritanicalism?
Apropos of Nothing.
|Your IQ Is 130|
* Maybe the quickest route to the hearts and the minds of the Iraqis is through the ass. Who are we to question?
* Joe Biden is doing more to ruin a presidential run 3 years out than any other politician, cept maybe Santorum.
* Is John Gibson the next Bernard Getz?
Politics in Pictures
* An "Oh Face". Proud I tell ya. Proud.
* I'm gonna git ya sucka.
“I remember the flash of light. Then a blast of wind came into the shelter and I was blown on to some rocks. I lost consciousness then somebody called, "Are you all right?" I was shocked to see people with eyeballs hanging out, faces black, some with flesh hanging off. Some had internal organs coming out of their abdomen. They were holding their arms out asking for water. I heard people saying, "Help me! Help me!" but I couldn't do anything because I was so frightened, shaking with fear.”
This is just one chilling passage from this profoundly disturbing account of the aftermath of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I read it and wept. My mother, Yoko, survived this horror.
Human Beings in a civilized society must ask themselves: Did 140,000 people in Hiroshima die in vain on August 6, 1945? Did over 2,000 people at the World Trade Center die in vain on September 11, 2001? Why are we allowing the leaders in this country to ignore the dead? How can we passively accept their incompetence and willful ignorance which is making the world a more dangerous place than it was on 9/11? Are we going to idly accept their incompetence – some of us even inexplicably cheering them on - and one day experience the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ourselves? I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep repeating it because this is too important to let go. This IS NOT a game of “my dick is bigger than your dick” partisan politics. It’s about the future of our country and our planet. While the current administration spend their days managing the “spin” of this or that exposed deceit they fail to honor the fallen. They fail to honor the soldiers. They fail to accept responsibility for their countless mistakes. They fail to protect American citizens. They fail, they fail, they fail, they fail. When will everyone – 100% of America – wake up to that fact? And when that happens, will it be too late?
A few weeks back, my 3 year old wanted a fruit roll-up. One of those freakishly technicolor food-like concoctions that seem to attract kids like flies to shit. He fussed, he cajoled, he negotiated, he had a real meal first, anything to get that fruit roll-up.
I got the box down from the top shelf and while unwrapping it, I told him, take small bites. Just eat a little bit at a time. He proceeded to fold it up into one big wadish square and shoved the whole thing in his mouth at once. As with most substances, increased thickness reduces ones ability to tear or in this case, chew.
The wad of roll-up appeared to almost increase in size as he chewed furiously and the enormous size caused a unavoidable rainbow flood of spit as he couldn't close his mouth. About 5 minutes of vigorous chewing he started to get a funny look on his face and apparently tried to swallow. The wad in his mouth, being contiguous, defied gravity and refused to go down, causing some nasty gagging. The color-wheel of processed food stuffs was spat out and a little "uuuugh" was uttered, followed by a "that.was.gross". Sum total of fruit roll-up actually consumed, zero.
In reading Billmon's piece on our behaviour with regards to Iraq, their democracy and the hurdles yet to leap or even encounter, all I could think of was my kid and his fruit roll-up. Bush, in his eagerness to nosh down his war has created an equally nauseous situation and, I'm waiting for that moment when he starts to gag, tossing back up a fully masticated, undigested, and malformed wad of hubris and simply walk away with a disgusted look on his face.
* Hate by any other name, is still hate.
"Liberal congressmen have now introduced a bill adding 'sexual orientation' specifically to federal workplace protection," the pro-family spokesman says. "This would be the first time, if it passes, that Congress has created a special civil-rights category for sexual orientation."
If the legislation passes, he adds, it could set America on a downward spiral into depravity and, meanwhile, open the floodgates to all sorts of special rights groups.
* How do you effectively protect an entire planet from religious zealotry?
* A fair and balanced look at the flag desecration issue from the right.
* Doin' it by the numbers isn't effective if you're using the wrong numbers, a POV on the Iraqi bodycount.
* Increasingly fascinating is, that no matter how bad the screw-ups, how egregious the misleading of the voters, how catastrophically bad the war is managed and how criminal the administrative leaks are, the GOP do not deviate from their blind faith to their leader.
* Talk about a match made in heaven... a porn mogul and a CNN producer. Might even make Larry King worth watching.
"I wouldn't be here this morning if President Bush had done the one thing required of him as commander in chief _ protect and defend the Constitution," said Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst. "The minute that Valerie Plame's identity was outed, he should have delivered a strict and strong message to his employees."
And finally, you HAVE to read James Marcinkowski's testimony! Damn if he doesn't just NAIL it. (You may need to scroll down a smidge.)
* The view from the other side of the looking glass includes marmalade skies, pink elephants and the ability to overlook felonious behaviour.
* Ben Shapiro's shopping list.
* Why would the Pentagon want to classify the "successes" in Iraq?
* SCOTUS nomination bingo. The GOP's talking points.
* Non-sequitur chuckles.
* Why we went to Iraq. Solid logic that could also justify attacking Mexico and Paraguay.
* The end result of the marriage between church and state.
* Iraq's building a Bill of (some) Rights, sorta like what we're eroding ours to look like. %s/Israel/gay/g
* At least the intelligence agencies get it.
* I know what the penalty for lying to a grand jury is if you're a Democrat. What is it if you're a Republican?
Don’t mind the Distractions!
It’s not about Valerie Plame or Joseph Wilson. It’s about lying to take this country to war with Iraq. It’s about covering up those lies. It’s about attempting to silence any patriotic American who points out the criminal behavior of the Bush Administration. It’s about soldiers dying for the lies. These facts are too important to dismiss. This isn’t about politics, it’s about treason and piles upon piles of dead people – both soldiers and civilians. Focus People! Focus!
Overstating the obvious (well, obvious to those of us in the reality-based community). Criminals in the White House. Let's go over this one more time, shall we?
Molly Ivins weighs in. “The Rove-Plame scandal is just the most visible example of the administration's willingness to destroy anyone in order to achieve its goals...... Joseph Wilson is merely one of the many people who provided one of the by now innumerable pieces of evidence that this administration lied about why we went to war in Iraq.”
Mark Morford, my other favorite journalist. “Rove might have stepped over the line just far enough to end his current reign as Dark Lord of Shrubtown………This much must be admitted: Rove has already changed the American political landscape, is largely responsible for the giant wedge that now divides the nation by reinventing the Republican Party and turning it into an efficient, ruthless machine of war and power and misprision, a party that does a beautiful job of pretending to care about the little guy even as it sends him off to die in horrific wars while giving his salary to crony CEOs and calling it a patriotic tax break.“
Give it up for Boise, Idaho! “Karl Rove, on the other hand, has already been found out as a likely traitor to the United States. Now we must work backwards. Does his exposure help to explain some of the administration's most baffling foreign policy blunders?”
Political Theatre of the lowest order. I wouldn’t step foot in the White House right now without a body condom. Foul, fetid, rank, stinking. NASTY!
Repugs are shocked (!) I tell you, simply shocked (!) at the accusation! Hrrrumph!
A Karl Rove chronological tour. Oh what fun it is to ride……
Turd Blossom and his fellow Turd - in June 2003. Who's your buddy? Who's your pal? It's me idn't it? Now come over here and give Daddy a big smooch! SHEESH! Wonder who’s Bottom? ***Shudder***
* It's not about *what* anyone says any more. Creating talking points out of edited soundbites is the soup du jour for the MSM.
* How's Georgie the CEO doing?
* It's one thing to lose the support of the people back home... it's another to demoralize the men and women in the theatre of war.
* Abortion facts... are they as bad as the screamin' meemies say?
Point to Ponder
from the Post
The paragraph identifying her as the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was clearly marked to show that it contained classified material at the "secret" level, two sources said. The CIA classifies as "secret" the names of officers whose identities are covert, according to former senior agency officials.
Anyone reading that paragraph should have been aware that it contained secret information, though that designation was not specifically attached to Plame's name and did not describe her status as covert, the sources said. It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a federal official to knowingly disclose the identity of a covert CIA official if the person knows the government is trying to keep it secret.
Guess the Author
The only way a Supreme Court nominee could win the approval of NARAL and Planned Parenthood would be to actually perform an abortion during his confirmation hearing, live, on camera, and preferably a partial birth one.
Yep, Ann... the adam's apple toting terrorist wanna-be who masturbates furiously to the fantasy of pulling a Timothy McVeigh in front of the New York Times building.
John G. Roberts Jr.
Whoda thunk it? Dear Leader picked a former corporate attorney and lobbyist who has had only 2 years of actual bench experience, as the nominee for the highest court in the land. From the almost giddy response on the right last night on the "talking head" shows, it's quite apparent who's being catered to.
Rest easy you overly complacent voter. They have your best interests at heart and won't use ideology to manipulate existing laws. Based on historical precedent, the only people/precepts who really need to be concerned are;
Remember, it's not obstructionist to desire the facts. Investigation is not witch hunting. Discussing details is not a smear campaign. Spin is not truth. Please think for yourself before activating your television.
Hey Ya’ll! Lookey, lookey! See the bright shiney things over HERE! NO! Don’t be a-readin’ any o’ that nonsense about my “special friend” Turdblossom, um, I mean, Karl. Naw, that ain’t even worth lookin’ into.
DAMN, these asswipes are unbelievable, eh? Seriously, how dumb do they think we are? And elsewhere in the blogosphere, what the Right is saying about potential Supreme Court Nominee Edith Brown Clement, "Stealth Candidate."
Meanwhile, the shit continues to get deeper, pile higher. But like Kos says, "Too bad (for Bush and Rove) that the special prosecutor doesn't give a damn about the Supreme Court nominee. He's continuing to build his criminal case."
Q Mr. President, you said you don't want to talk about an ongoing investigation, so I'd like to ask you, regardless of whether a crime was committed, do you still intend to fire anyone found to be involved in the CIA leak case? And are you displeased that Karl Rove told a reporter that Ambassador Joe Wilson's wife worked for the Agency on WMD issues?
PRESIDENT BUSH: We have a serious ongoing investigation here. (Laughter.) And it's being played out in the press. And I think it's best that people wait until the investigation is complete before you jump to conclusions. And I will do so, as well. I don't know all the facts. I want to know all the facts. The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who's spending time investigating it. I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.
Played out in the press? Hey-Zeus Christo man... who called the press? Who got the press involved? Where the hell else would this play out, the basement of the White House? Cheney's bunker? Guckert's rumpus room?
And, in case it wasn't glaringly obvious... no, Bush is not disappointed in Karl. He's doing the job he was hired to do.
Catchin' up with Snark
* The closer and deeper a relationship gets, the more likely you are to see one or the other of the two finish each other's sentences. It shows a sense of oneness, a joining of the minds. When it shows up in print (Colson & Murchison), it's a little creepy and comes across as group think.
* It doesn't have to be inevitable, however possible.
* Hi, my name is Joel Stein. On the floor there ,you can see the slaughtered remains of my inner child. Please ignore the mess, I'm busy trying to prove how superior I am by not reading a Harry Potter book.
* The White House press corps have been going above and beyond the call of duty recently. Not *only* have they been asking real questions, but they're assisting Scott "doughboy" McClellan with his love handles. Like the soap scene from "Fight Club".
* When will the proponents of Old Testament law start reading the rest of Leviticus and looking deep into that "Pandora's Box"?
* Flip flopping is fine as long as you're a.) not a Democrat and b.) not doing it in a campaign.
With the nation in hurricane/lost white chick season and having to focus on who did what to whom in the Plame investigation, this is bound to be swept under the rug.
Interrogators at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forced a stubborn detainee to wear women's underwear on his head, confronted him with snarling military working dogs and attached a leash to his chains, according to a newly released military investigation that shows the tactics were employed there months before military police used them on detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The techniques, approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for use in interrogating Mohamed Qahtani -- the alleged "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- were used at Guantanamo Bay in late 2002 as part of a special interrogation plan aimed at breaking down the silent detainee.
Military investigators who briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday on the three-month probe, called the tactics "creative" and "aggressive" but said they did not cross the line into torture.
The report's findings are the strongest indication yet that the abusive practices seen in photographs at Abu Ghraib were not the invention of a small group of thrill-seeking military police officers. The report shows that they were used on Qahtani several months before the United States invaded Iraq.
This case is about Iraq, not Niger. The real victims are the American people, not the Wilsons. The real culprit - the big enchilada, to borrow a 1973 John Ehrlichman phrase from the Nixon tapes - is not Mr. Rove but the gang that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted finite resources, human and otherwise, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair.
Well duh Barbie. Some of us had this figured out days ago. Now flowchart the links and get them published in the local papers.
Because sometimes all you have time for are sound bites.
Mehlman The NAACP unfortunately in the 2000 campaign likened the president to James Byrd, who was a racist killer in east Texas, who the president brought to justice.
...and Karla Fay Tucker was caught on TV mocking Dubya. What good is history if you can't manipulate it for cable television?
Aggressive spamming should be a punishable offense. Sorry for the "shut-down" over the weekend but trackback spamming overwhelmed the server I'm hosted on and they were forced to take action. Until such time as a workable solution is available, trackbacks are completely and totally disabled here. One bad apple truly does spoil the whole bunch.
History assignment for Ann Coulter... it's called Google.
from Ann's latest piece
Dick Cheney responded by saying: "I don't know Joe Wilson. I've never met Joe Wilson. I don't know who sent Joe Wilson. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back." Clown Wilson's allegation that Cheney had received his (unwritten) "report" was widely repeated as fact by, among others, the New York Times.
from Cheney's Bio
Mr. Cheney also served a crucial role when America needed him most. As Secretary of Defense from March 1989 to January 1993, Mr. Cheney directed two of the largest military campaigns in recent history - Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East. He was responsible for shaping the future of the U.S. military in an age of profound and rapid change as the Cold War ended. For his leadership in the Gulf War, Secretary Cheney was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush on July 3, 1991.
and a wee bit on Wilson
In 1990, while sheltering more than 100 Americans at the U.S. Embassy and diplomatic residences, he briefed reporters while wearing a hangman's noose instead of a necktie -- a symbol of defiance after Saddam threatened to execute anyone who didn't turn over foreigners.
The message, Wilson said: "If you want to execute me, I'll bring my own (expletive) rope."
This toughness impressed President George H.W. Bush, who called Wilson a truly inspiring diplomat who exhibited courageous leadership by facing down Saddam and helping to gain freedom for the Americans before the 1991 war began.
So Coulter's so proud of her big Dick, she's willing to tout his lies and ignore the fact that he was, apparently so woefully incompetent as a Secretary of Defense under the first Bush administration that he didn't even know the acting Ambassador to the country we waged war on? Wow. What dumb fuck swallows this stuff?
* Glen Maxey's driving the effort to put a stop to the insertion of unnecessary bigotry in the state's constitution. It's bad enough we can't fund schools, but when more money's spent on anti-gay legislation than on school planning, you know the state's not prioritizing.
* Larry Jarret for Dallas County DA. Not an endorsement, just a PSA. (haven't done my homework yet)
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No wonder Joe American can't wrap his head around this, it's a complete antithesis to simple logic. Compounded only, by the administration's rabid revenge on those who would question their view from the other side of the looking glass. Topped off with a frothy topping of "not what I said", "didn't do it", "smear campaign", "unwarranted attack" spin on reality, discounted effectively by their own statements. It's a shit-centered baked alaska of quivering flopsweat dressed up in it's best competent politician suit. Blatantly Criminal.
The Educated & Intelligent.
Has the Turdblossom Express reached the end of the line? Tell it, Sister, tell it!
The Speech the President Should Give. Sarah Vowell is a frequent contributor to NPR’s This American Life. She is the author of, most recently, Assassination Vacation, and previously The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World. She is also the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in The Incredibles. Sarah Vowell is a proud-to-be-geeky history fanatic. She is hysterically funny and oh yea, brilliant. If you’ve never read anything by Sarah, check her out at your local bookstore/library (or just visit amazon.com) and begin a hilarious and informative journey into American History like none you’ve ever experienced.
Future President of the United States, Barack Obama’s address at the Knox College Commencement in Galesburg, IL. I’m all for human cloning if we can clone this guy. Can I get an Amen?
“Do you think most people grasp the ripple effects of this war without end?” Thank you G. B. Trudeau for telling it like it is since 1970!
Who us? Worry? By God we have a MANDATE!
Today’s Health Report.
Have you ever said, “I can’t get that song outta my head?”
Stossel I recently finished a tour for my book, "Give Me a Break." Weirdly, the same month "Give Me a Break" came out, my publisher released a book by my wife's ex-boyfriend.
His book was not political, but he is well-liked in the liberal media world. After our books came out, I turned on the radio, and the first thing I heard was Imus gushing about how wonderful my wife's ex-boyfriend was. Even my wife rolled her eyes. My publisher couldn't get me on Imus.
That's the debate the media's supposed to advance.
I didn't find much of it in the "open-minded" liberal media.
You can't get a break with the liberal media when it comprises ~5% of the available airtime.
Virgin Ben As I explain in my new book, "Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future," Hollywood's focus on pushing the envelope leads to greater societal tolerance for higher levels of deviancy. According to the TV execs, we should all embrace the deviant -- after all, these transgendered students are "idealistic and impassioned," going through "life changes" just like the rest of us. Who are we to condemn them?
You're a sexually inexperienced tightass who wrote a book about the ills of porn in a hermetically sealed vacuum.
Bozell They are left-wing radicals, but I don't know that Goldberg is even a conservative. I say this because a couple of years ago, I spent an evening plying him with liquor in a bar and still couldn't get his tongue wagging.
Now, imagine Bozell grilling Linda Tripp.
Hanson Apparently, the liberal opposition thinks sarcasm and negativism can reverse the larger political tide of the last three decades. Good luck.
Beats corruption, budget overrun, waging war on; women, the poor, etc, outing spies, raping the environment and eroding civil rights. I'll stick with sarcasm.
Prager An honest leftist would say: "Because I view this war as immoral, I cannot support our troops." What is not honest is their saying, "Support the troops -- bring them home." Supporting people who wish to fight entails supporting their fight; and if that fight is opposed, those waging it are also opposed.
Aside from being a deluded fuckwit, Prager refuses to acknowledge that a.) there's a slight possibility that a large number of troops might not want to be in Iraq and that they're not allowed to question their orders and b.) in an era of rampant terrorism and with Osama still commanding, pouring billions of dollars and thousands of lives into Iraq isn't necessarily showing the utmost *support* for our troops or the safety of our nation.
* Installing freedom, democracy and rampant corruption since '03. a must read
* Junior Birdman becomes the worm.
* Proposed Iraqi homage to the Great Leader.
* This can't be good for the "WOT".
* Parity is so 1999. You can accuse Hillary of being a lesbian and allowing herself to be raped to conceive but when she compares Bush to Alfred E. Newman, pounce. (eyeroll)
* Erosion of the base.
* Obfuscate \Ob*fus"cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obfuscated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Obfuscating.]
1. To darken; to obscure; to becloud.
2. Hence: To confuse; to bewilder; to make unclear.
* Malkin-think; Abu-Ghraib = a couple of rogue troops. tragic but isolated cop beating in SF = the fault of liberals.
Thank you for Hurricane Dennis. Without which, our so-called liberal media would have been forced to invent more seemingly newsworthy details on the missing girl in Aruba.
Thank you for journalistic evolution that's become so afflicted with myopia that they've collectively lost ability to focus on more than a single story at a time and selectively choose only those that can be parsed by catering to the lowest common denominator.
Thank you for a weekend completely free of news surrounding the 48+ civilian and police deaths in Iraq, the exposure of Karl Rove's treasonous act, the low number of new jobs created, the exponential bloat of the national debt, the pending sale of Unocal to the Chinese, the misuse of taxpayer dollars in Ohio, the missing 8.8 billion dollars in Iraq, the renewal of Halliburton contracts in the theatre of war while misappropriation investigations are still ongoing, and the swift erosion of civil rights under the guise of protecting freedom.
Thank you for being so readily available to the put-upon majority in all 3 branches of government when they need a way to justify their manufactured wedge issues and allowing yourself to be the raison d’être for unfettered invasion of personal privacy.
Thank you for leaving your infallible words up to interpretation, creating maleable and obtuse teachings that can be used as the touchstone for all legislation, presidential decisions, governmental nominations and the whole eye for an eye thing.
As the one true leader of "God's Own Party", it's only through you we can ensure the legacy of "pre-emptive measures" permeates throughout American society; from private medicine to the books we read all the way to our personal sex lives.
* The punishment for revealing a covert CIA agent on "double super secret background" is probably "double super secret probation". In keeping with the pattern of rewarding failure with medals and incompetence with promotions, Rove's due for an ambassadorship. What say ye, Iraq?
* How long until someone blames this on "liberal campuses"?
* Dear MSM, there's a vast difference between a treasonous act of exposing a covert opperative in time of war and exposing possible felonious behavior on the part of partisan government officials. Learn to differentiate.
* Iraq on the auction block. Think Brit Hume's buying in?
* Africa's problem isn't hunger, poverty, corruption, war, pestilence, drought, plague, or HIV/AIDs, it's a lack of freedom. Freedom... tastes like chicken.
* Time for a new ribbon magnet. "We Support the VA".
* File under, Duh, Barbie.
* Support the cause, enlist a neoprotoconservaconite for terror.
* The culture of life.
Eve Ensler is an extraordinary woman. She has traveled the globe meeting women in countries far and wide to discover the common bonds we share as women and as human beings. She has worked tirelessly to bring the plight of these women - hunger, discrimination, abuse, rape and torture – into the mainstream consciousness. She’s written several plays, the most well-known to the general public being The Vagina Monologues. Her latest play, The Good Body, takes the movement one step further by telling the stories of real women and in doing so reveals how our patriarchal society continues to project an image of women as “less.” In a nation of rampant consumerism women are targeted and marketed to in a devious dance of “you are not perfect, you must purchase our product in order to be so.” Women are brainwashed from early childhood (and it gets younger and younger) to believe in an unachievable physical perfection (women in magazines are airbrushed to achieve the look) in order to keep them occupied, frustrated about their packaging and continually feeling “not good enough.” Women become willing participants in this fruitless quest for perfection which wastes years of their lives, perhaps their entire lives. It keeps them from participating in our government, local or national, it prevents them from fulfilling their potential as human beings. It prevents many from making meaningful contributions to our society. It forces them to unknowingly relinquish the awesome power they possess. This is by design. The fact that Eve is out there speaking this truth makes her one of my heroes. And today Eve Ensler speaks to the American people in a letter which increases my admiration for this Warrior Princess. I understand that no one person is the Messiah who can single-handedly deliver us from the evil we find ourselves embroiled in today. Not Eve and not any one of the bloggers and not the preznit (certainly not him) and not Bono and not you or I. But together, we HAVE to raise the collective consciousness of this nation to fully understand and recognize the evil that is being perpetrated in our names. Are you doing your part? We must ACT, we must be passionate about change, and we simply have to wake the fuck up.
An underground explosion at the WTC on 9/11? Why has this story been hushed up? Oh, that’s right. Because the minute anyone uncovers some horrific detail that the general public was never told, the individual is accused of being a “conspiracy theorist” and their patriotism is called into question. They are Godless infidels who don’t “support the troops” and must immediately be silenced or labeled as “crazy.” The rhetoric from the neo-cons is deafening and this is also by design, People. The Truth will be revealed but those of us in the reality-based community don’t want to say, “I told you so.” No, we would simply like the rest of the nation to (I can’t say this enough) wake the fuck up and not only hear the truth, but LISTEN.
Would you like to find a way to actually support our troops in a meaningful manner? (Unlike the neocon conservative asswipes who declare “HEY YOU! SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! by spending a dollar on some magnetic yellow ribbon that they slap on the back of their Hummer or other gas-guzzling SUV and then happily go about raping and pillaging and ignoring the murdered, maimed, and permanently disabled.) Operation Truth is a non-profit 501c(4), non-partisan veterans' organization that seeks to amplify the soldiers' voice in the American public dialogue. Paul Rieckhoff, a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserves, founded Operation Truth in June 2004, only months after he returned from a year-long tour in Iraq. As of January 2005, Operation Truth represents well over 300 OEF/OIF veterans, and has over 26,000 supporters. Visit the website and find out how you can help! (And a shout out to P.L. for sending me the link. Thanks P.L.!)
File under “stuff the reality-based community already knew.” Opponents of the morning after contaceptive pill being sold over the counter are concerned that it encourages unprotected sex and increases promiscuity. Do you know what increases the likelihood of unprotected sex and promiscuity? Do you really want to know? HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY.
Stupid people make my brain sad. It worries me that there are more people (and god-help-us Senators) just like Rick Santorum. It really, really does. And yes, it makes my brain sad.
Our Articumalaterer in Chief
I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve.
* Ignore the obfuscation, count the blinks. Remember, he represents you to the rest of the planet.
* Oh, that SCLM.
* What makes an activist?
* Real life analogy.
* Science trumps legend at Tulsa zoo.
* Corruption, cronyism and ramapant ineffectiveness... buys you new government contracts. yay!
* Jeb scores a big one with his base.
"Isn't that self-evident?" Merrill said. "A lot of the principles contained in the Old and New Testaments really are superior principles for raising children and for living."
boy, ain't that the truth? proof below the fold
A few rules
Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
Leviticus 26:27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; 28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. 29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
Usefullness of daughters
Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
While CNN blathered on last night about keeping calm and trying to reassure it's viewers that everything was cool, the blurbs at the bottom of the screen looked like this.
Terror Strikes Fear
Commuting at Orange
Ever Safe Again?
Terror of London
The Underground Hell
mmmmm, warm fuzzies for everyone.
My prayer is for the citizens of London and that this, if nothing else, provides the wake up call driving home the point that abandoning Afghanistan and attacking Iraq has not made us safer, despite what anyone says.
WMD = Bush on a Bike
The White House Press Corps questions Bush's ability to effectively vet Supreme Court candidates.
MR. McCLELLAN: You know, the President believes we should all work to elevate the discourse. This is a time when we need to tone down the rhetoric. This is a nomination for the highest court and it should be a dignified process. And that's what the President is urging everybody to follow. He wants to see a process that is fair, where his nominee receives a fair up or down vote on the floor of the Senate.
Q Who is he relying on most in just talking about - is it Rove, is it Card, is it who?
MR. McCLELLAN: I indicated to you that he met with key advisors last week; I went through some of those names, and that includes, obviously, Andy is very involved in this process and someone the President has been talking with. The President, I know, was speaking with him over the weekend from Camp David; he's continued to speak with him since that time. Harriet Miers is very involved and has been overseeing the compiling of materials on potential nominees. Karl, as Deputy Chief of Staff, is very involved. Dan, as Counsel to the President, is very involved. The Attorney General is very involved in this process. So there are a number of key advisors who the President is going to continue talking to as we move forward on this process.
Q The President is not a lawyer; in fact, he makes fun of lawyers and prides himself, it seems, that he's not a lawyer. So is he reading the actual opinions? Is he - what kind of legal materials is he going over?
MR. McCLELLAN: As I indicated, he does have information on key rulings by some of the potential nominees.
Q Is it easy to digest it for him, or he's reading the raw opinions?
Bush on Gonzales
``I don't like it when a friend gets criticized,'' Bush said. ``I'm loyal to my friends.
``And all the sudden this fella, who is a good public servant and a really fine person, is under fire,'' Bush said. ``And so do I like it? No, I don't like it. At all.''
Bush on Ken Lay
"I got to know Ken Lay when he was the head of the—what they call the Governor's Business Council in Texas. He was a supporter of Ann Richards in my run in 1994. And she had named him the head of the Governor's Business Council. And I decided to leave him in place, just for the sake of continuity. And that's when I first got to know Ken. …"
—President George W. Bush, answering reporters' questions in the Oval Office Jan. 10, 2002
Justifying torture trumps bad bidness.
Oh God, if only this headline were true. Yea, if only we could believe one lying word out of this Smeghead’s mouth.
It Takes an Idiot with a Publisher . Hmmmm. Family First? I guess he puts bestiality second, so that’s an improvement for Santorum.
For those who have difficulty remembering very recent history. Let's try to stay focused, People!
I wish we had reason to celebrate. REALLY I do. But honestly, if these mofos have yet to receive even a slap on the wrist for crimes committed thus far, what are the odds – even when caught red-handed - that they will have to answer for it, huh? The Rude One says it better than anyone else, as usual.
Americans are spending 50% more on their kids than they did in…..1997? Wow. Welcome “Generation X-cess.”
The Love that dare not squeak its name! Yup, those lovable gay penguins, Roy and Silo (and the egg they hatched, Tango) are the subject of a wonderful new childen’s book. Harvey Feirstein says, “This wonderful story of devotion is heartwarming proof that Mother Nature knows best." Beautiful!
Not being a football fan myself, I’ll never really understand this. But I have to hand it to the family for honoring what they believed would be his final wishes!
* Ann hates art but loves "most" of the Ten Commandments.
* Buchanan's itchin' for a Supreme Court fight... between the bible and boobies.
* Rich Lowry had a deadline and not a damn thing to talk about. Thank god for US and People magazine's inspiration.
* Stossel's back for a rant on how the FDA's conspiring to make him wrinkled.
* Dougie "Huntin' Fer Jesus" Giles' panties are tightly wound into the crack of his ass over the Aruba fiasco... and not for the reasons the rest of us are.
* Prager, he'd just rather turn the decision on who to appoint in Sandra's place, over to god.
* Diana West offers up a rare critique of the administration on its policy reversal, talking with terrorists.
Chock Full O'Nuts.
* Reality TV we can look forward to as we de-evolve in front of the tube.
* Fear of the Ten Commandments exists because they reminds us we're not gods?
* Some comparisons are painful but fundamentalism is fundamentalism.
* When journalism crosses the line from independent to agenda driven.
* No state is exempt. Red state appear more affected.
* Choices, we all make choices.
* The Dubya Nationals?
Nothing to see here, move along, the Heritage Foundation's done all the investigative work you need on prisoner abuse.
Recently I visited our military’s much-maligned detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I found the prisoners there were treated humanely and justly, living in conditions that meet — indeed, far exceed — Geneva Convention standards for prisoner treatment.
It’s not prudent to speculate on the motives behind the histrionic criticisms of Gitmo recently launched by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. But if these institutions truly wish to advance human rights, they would do far better to focus on the Defense Department’s response to prisoner-abuse scandals — and hold it up as a model for security forces around the world.
Really? What did the spokesperson for the DOD have to say regarding investigations surrounding our treatment of prisoners in Guantamo Bay?
There have been at least 32 suicide attempts at Gitmo, but Donald Rumsfeld dismissed any criticism that abuse was involved.
"Oh, come on now. The International Committee of the Red Cross is crawling down around there. People from all those countries. There's no issue about how these people are being treated. They're being treated very, very well by the fine young men and women who went to the high schools that you went to, and any implication to the contrary would be false," he says.
Ah, the bullet-proof argument, that since it's Bobby Joe and Mary Lou from 4th period math keeping watch over those suiciders, there's absolutely no chance in hell they're being mistreated and to question the slim possibility there is abuse, slight's poor Mary and Bobby.
Our man in the field goes on to say...
Sensational headlines may be a boon for fundraising, but they do not always spur reform. Remember the tempest over Abu Ghraib? The world was shocked and enraged at the sight of those photos of prisoner abuse. But well before those photos were published, the U.S. military had recognized the problems and was moving to correct them — in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Moving at lightspeed they were. Chasing down all seven of the rogue soldiers and ensuring they addressed the henious acts from the top down, right?
After the story and damning pictures became public, President Bush summoned Arab reporters to assure them that Abu Ghraib “is a stain on our country’s honor,” and that the Abu Ghraib abuse was the fault of seven low-ranking enlisted soldiers in the One-Alpha cell block. Vice President Richard Cheney described the perpetrators as “rogue soldiers.”
There's more... Our slate is now clean. According to our investigative reporter at the Heritage Foundation, justice has prevailed in Abu Ghraib
How, exactly, has the Pentagon responded? It has moved decisively to hold the actors accountable. More than 390 criminal investigations are either in progress or completed. So far, there have been 50 referrals to courts-martial, more than 85 non-judicial punishments, and 26 administrative actions. At Abu Ghraib alone, the commanding general was relieved of duty and reduced in rank, the Intelligence Brigade commander was relieved, there were eight courts-martial, four officers received non-judicial punishment, and action is still pending for another 13 soldiers.
Wait, wait wait!!!! My math's not what it used to be but this is more than seven. So, Gitmo is good and Abu Ghraib is bad? Odd, I thought the techniques used in Abu Ghraib had been imported from Guantanamo Bay, directly.
The solution, endorsed by Rumsfeld and carried out by Stephen Cambone, was to get tough with those Iraqis in the Army prison system who were suspected of being insurgents. A key player was Major General Geoffrey Miller, the commander of the detention and interrogation center at Guantánamo, who had been summoned to Baghdad in late August to review prison interrogation procedures. The internal Army report on the abuse charges, written by Major General Antonio Taguba in February, revealed that Miller urged that the commanders in Baghdad change policy and place military intelligence in charge of the prison. The report quoted Miller as recommending that “detention operations must act as an enabler for interrogation.”
Miller’s concept, as it emerged in recent Senate hearings, was to “Gitmoize” the prison system in Iraq—to make it more focussed on interrogation. He also briefed military commanders in Iraq on the interrogation methods used in Cuba—methods that could, with special approval, include sleep deprivation, exposure to extremes of cold and heat, and placing prisoners in “stress positions” for agonizing lengths of time...
Ironic, exporting torture techniques from an island we won't trade with to a country we invaded under the guise of establishing democracy.
Bush was right, this will be a stain. I believe though he understand the scope of the stain and no amount of whitewashing's going to remove it as long as their apologists are taking "investigative junkets" to Cuba.
In preparation for the passage of a Constitutional Amendment to ban the burning of the US Flag, the American Legion has been asked to begin researching possible alternatives to the current process for flag retirement. Today; "When a flag has served its useful purpose it should be destroyed -- preferably by burning."
Recommendations proposed are:
This, of course, fails to solve the issue of patriotic events where the little "Made in China" flags are handed out and then swiftly make their way to the curbside or the trash cans once the festivities have ended.
So, which is worse; the encroachment upon freedom of speech and expression through seemingly radical behavior or the unpunishable act of misappropriating the national symbol on bumper stickers, tattered window flags, shirts, and Super Bowl ponchos?
British and American aid intended for Iraq's hard-pressed police service is being diverted to paramilitary commando units accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture and extra-judicial killings, The Observer can reveal.
Iraqi Police Service officers said that ammunition, weapons and vehicles earmarked for the IPS are being taken by shock troops at the forefront of Iraq's new dirty counter-insurgency war.
Something tells me this isn't the rebuilding effort we intended. (thx Todd)
Recruitment, down. Measures, drastic.
Liar, liar, pants on fire. Slimebag Extraordinaire, who ya gonna pay off to get outta this one? Inquiring minds want to know.
“Christian” Organization endorses child abuse. Proof positive that being able to have children doesn’t mean that you know the first bloody thing about parenting. And there are a lot of truly compassionate and concerned citizens who want to see an end to this kind of cult programming. Daily Kos weighs in. (Scroll to the bottom for an excellent list of resources to help.) Update as of 7-1-05.
The rich get richer and we’re paying for it. When will the red-state voters wake up to the fact that there’s a huge dick in their ass?
The lies are catching up with them. It appears as though at least some red-state voters are realizing that they are experiencing more than mild discomfort from the above mentioned dick. More and more folks are coming over to the reality-based community. Welcome!
Today’s WTF? Wow. The simple soy bean. Such an unassuming little bean. Who knew? File under BATSHIT CRAZY.
Sandra Day O'Connor we no wanna you to go.
Day, disa day disa day disa day.... (apologies to Dan)
buckle your seatbelts kids, it's going to to be a bumpy ride.