February 28, 2006

Nonya Bidness



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I've been chastised for not weighing in on the recent invasive attack on women's rights in South Dakota, beyond quoting Tbogg. My hesitancy has been a result of the combination of frustration & anger mixed with an unhealthy does of pessimism surrounding the slow erosion of human rights in general.


Historically, in emerging theocracies, some of the first things to go are equal rights for women in society. We all are acutely aware, that if it was up to the XY chromosome to carry a child to term, abortions would be available in a 7/11 drive-through. Anyone who firmly believes that the argument over Roe v Wade is only about saving the lives of the unborn is completely delusional. The line in the sand being drawn now by the state legislature in South Dakota is merely the tip of the iceberg. The fault there, lies on the shoulders of every single eligible non-voter and each and every one of the idiots who were convinced that the GOP had their best interests at heart.

If this artificially constructed wedge issue was truly about saving lives, provisions for the health and welfare of the mother would have been considered. The need for available recourse in cases of incest, rape etc would have risen to the top of the must-haves. If love for babies was actually at the center of this debate, adoption assistance, funding for CPS and a waiver for gay adoptions would have been included. Loving and caring for those already amongst us is paramount to the life and safety of the unborn.

Politicians (primarily Democrats who "get it") who say they are anti-abortion and pro-Choice are not contradicting themselves. They are stating what their personal belief is and that they're not willing to foist it off onto others. Elected officials, who declare themselves pro-Life appear, in most cases, willing to do just about anything to invade other's lives and equally unwilling to assist when there's a need. Being "Pro-Life" should be about ALL life and not an ala carte menu.

If pro-Life movement truly meant what they said about reducing the number of abortions, they’d make condom kiosks as prevalent as Coke machines and the morning after pill over the counter. You can't bitch about crabgrass if you didn't weed-n-feed before the spring rains.

When your elected official fails to represent you it's time to stop voting for him/her. When the federal government fails to protect you, the status quo isn't enough. The cultural climate's not going to get "all better" by itself... stop voting for people who don't represent the will, needs and desires of the people.

Posted by kerry at 05:50 AM | Comments (4)

QOTD - Un-bloody-believable

Lord, please protect me from your followers.

How can God call homosexuality an abomination and order us not to engage in it and then turn around and create a small group of people who can do nothing but engage in it? If you're an evolutionist, the continuation of the species doctrine proves that Bruce cannot, and should not, mate with Steve. Consider that over thirty years ago America was able to get two spacecraft, each going approximately 17,000 miles per hour, to dock perfectly in space using technologically male and female engineering, yet we can't seem to see that God did not intend male-to-male docking, so to speak. If it doesn't fit, you must quit.

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Historical revisionists de-Christianize the birth of our nation. They'd have you believe that our ancestors came here to escape religion, as one textbook said, rather than to tell the truth that they came here to worship Jesus Christ as they felt compelled to do. They established America as a Christian nation, with intent to evangelize. Now, we're morphing into an amoral, secular, homosexual glorifying, drug taking, and Gansta-rapping land. The world still emulates America, and we're accountable before God for this sickening changing legacy.

Posted by kerry at 05:06 AM | Comments (2)

Fox Invades Hen House

Naturally, when the news of the planned sale of our nation's ports operations to a UAE government broke, the instinctive reaction, after the initial shock of course, is to joke about it some.

You might ask;

What's next, David Duke as president of the NAACP, David Irving chairing the ADL... too ludicrious?

How about an extreme right-wing anti-gay Baptist preacher, who's been known to loudly insert his voice into Supreme Court nominations, as an appointee to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS?

Shore nuff.

One of the five new appointees to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS is a conservative Baptist minister who advocates a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the Washington Blade reported Friday.

Herbert Lusk, a former Philadelphia Eagles football star and current pastor of Philadelphia's Exodus Baptist Church, was named to the presidential AIDS advisory panel, also known as PACHA.

Although Lusk has no background in HIV/AIDS policy, he does fit the mould of Bush's conservative Christian base and faith-based funding agenda.

thx Peter

Posted by kerry at 03:19 AM | Comments (1)

February 27, 2006

Shorter Giles

After being subjected to a barrage of Hollywood generated homosexuality-lovin' liberal spew... nothing washes the fear of things I don't understand out of my mind like a good water buffalo/hippo slaughter.

Oh, and don't forget... Jesus loves some of you.

Posted by kerry at 07:56 AM | Comments (0)

Lopsided Consistency

Bush on Katrina:

"We will learn from the lessons of the past to better protect the American people," President Bush said.

Bush on the safety of our ports:

"This deal would not go forward, if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America," said Mr. Bush.

Fascinating. Hollywood, that festering stewpot of liberal ideology, will spend thousands of dollars on one movie focusing on ensuring seamless continuity but the President of the United States' handlers can't ensure that as he leaps from topic to topic he doesn't contradict himself.

Katrina exposed security issues, risks and an appalling lack of concern for the security of our citizens. Proof of lessons learned is in the way the changes are implemented.

Posted by kerry at 05:26 AM | Comments (0)

Inquiring Minds

Dear White House Press Corps,

In today's political environment, which is worse?

Unanswered Questions or Unquestioned Answers.

regards,

a reader.

Posted by kerry at 02:58 AM | Comments (0)

February 26, 2006

Eminent Domain

What could be a more applicable analogy of the Bush II legacy, than a private Methodist university seizing property on behalf of the president for his library?

DALLAS - The school favored to host the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas's Southern Methodist University, may encounter a snag next week in the form of a lawsuit alleging that the school has improperly seized local homes in order to secure land for the proposed library site.

They can't need *that* much room for "The Pet Goat" and "I Am Charlotte Simmons".

Posted by kerry at 08:36 AM | Comments (0)

Proactive reaction

Dear Preznit Boosh,

You said, "We can expect the coming days will be intense. Iraq remains a serious situation." "But I'm optimistic, because the Iraqi people have spoken, and the Iraqi people made their intentions clear. ... They want their country to be a democracy."

and...

"This is a moment of choosing for the Iraqi people,"

Remember, their choices are limited. In a Democracy it's important for the reality to be, that everyone can succeed. As the "anticipated" intensification of the serious situation spirals out of control, the fact remains, that it was your short-sightedness that brought us to this position.



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These mobs of angry and obviously unemployed men... how angry do you supppose they'd be if it was them on the receiving end of the rebuilding contracts instead of your administration's cronies?



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Instead of hollow platitudes followed up by appalling inaction, try a run at giving them real tangible solutions. A plan, if you will. A timetable, for a lack of better words. A show of action that lets each and everyone of these Iraqis know that our actions really are altruistic and that once we've ensured that the people will be in charge of all aspects of the rebuilding, from the sewers to the parliament... maybe a slow cessation of violence will occur. It's the least you could do before the violence escalates to the point where you're referring to all Iraqis as terrorists and insurgents.

Couldn't hurt to try.


Posted by kerry at 03:06 AM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2006

Saturday night quickies

If you have a group of Tibetan monks in town on a peace mission and you learn that their visitors visas have expired, what do you do? If you answered "Call in the SWAT team", the Omaha police department might have a job for you. (via)

Hiking to the North Pole in the dead of winter + accidently setting off the pepper spray canister inside the tent = a zany madcap adventure for the whole family!

She likes me! She really likes me!

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February 24, 2006

Who Loves Ya, Baby?

Quickies.

* Talking points for the Democratic candidates in the 2006 election cycle. Think they'll get the testosterone injection needed to use em?

* Note to White House, when you peddle fear... don't act surprised when your audience appears afraid.

* How quickly might the port operation management broohaha, become a states' rights issue?

* International goodwill a thing of the past. It's going to take years to undo all of this.


Flashback

March 13, 2002

Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of --

THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission.

Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is -- as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if, in fact, he's hiding at all.

So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains, that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did.

And there will be other battles in Afghanistan. There's going to be other struggles like Shahikot, and I'm just as confident about the outcome of those future battles as I was about Shahikot, where our soldiers are performing brilliantly. We're tough, we're strong, they're well-equipped. We have a good strategy. We are showing the world we know how to fight a guerrilla war with conventional means.

Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore. And if we -- excuse me for a minute -- and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it. Either we will or our friends will. That's one of the things -- part of the new phase that's becoming apparent to the American people is that we're working closely with other governments to deny sanctuary, or training, or a place to hide, or a place to raise money.

And we've got more work to do. See, that's the thing the American people have got to understand, that we've only been at this six months. This is going to be a long struggle. I keep saying that; I don't know whether you all believe me or not. But time will show you that it's going to take a long time to achieve this objective. And I can assure you, I am not going to blink. And I'm not going to get tired. Because I know what is at stake. And history has called us to action, and I am going to seize this moment for the good of the world, for peace in the world and for freedom.

How much has changed in almost 4 years?

Posted by kerry at 06:10 AM | Comments (0)

Amen

Tbogg nails it

I want to be blunt about how I feel about abortion:

I don't care about your discomfort or moral objection with regard to abortion.

Unless you are the one who is pregnant,
it
is
none
of
your
fucking
business.

I could not have articulated it better.

Posted by kerry at 05:29 AM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2006

Omniscent to a Fault

How our Commander in Chief views his role and responsibility.

In order to make good decisions, you've got to rely upon the judgment of people you trust.

(...)
So I called, I delegated -- that's one of the things you do in decision-making.

(...)
Part of being a decision-maker, though, is you've got to help -- you've got to think strategically.

(...)
You can't lead the nation, you can't make good decisions unless you're optimistic about the future.


And the stark reality

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." -- GWB to GMA, 9.1.05

Peter Galbraith - former U.S. diplomat: January 2003 the President invited three members of the Iraqi opposition to join him to watch the Super Bowl. In the course of the conversation the Iraqis realized that the President was not aware that there was a difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. He looked at them and said, "You mean...they're not, you know, there, there's this difference. What is it about?"

FORT HOOD, Texas — President Bush said yesterday a declassified briefing document on al Qaeda that he received 36 days before the September 11 attacks "was no indication of a terrorist threat."

"I am satisfied that I never saw any intelligence that indicated there was going to be an attack on America..




While defending the deal, McClellan acknowledged that the president did not know that his administration's interagency task force had approved it until the media began reporting the growing political reaction to it in recent days. Bush was not informed earlier because the interagency review found nothing to raise it to the presidential level, McClellan said.



According to various eyewitnesses at a private meeting in the White House Cabinet Room last week, the president was characteristically cordial, yet remarkably non-committal in responding to a wide range of questions, mostly about racial disparities concerning such issues as employment, education, health care and legal rights. But the most "mind-boggling moment," in the words of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), came after Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) asked the president, "Do we have your support in extending and strengthening the 1965 Voting Rights Act when it comes up for renewal in 2007?"

The president responded, according to witnesses, in a way that made caucus jaws drop: He did not know enough about that particular law to respond to it, he said, and that he would deal with the legislation when it comes up.

Just the tip of the catastrophic iceberg. Please continue to rearrange the deck chairs on the USS Bushtanic, sit back relax and enjoy the complimentary sodas, the decision maker's on the job.

Posted by kerry at 03:56 AM | Comments (1)

February 22, 2006

Underfunded



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Posted by kerry at 10:55 PM | Comments (0)

Straight from the Queasy Pit of Your Stomach

Too True for Fiction

* We've secretly replaced your burgeoning democracy with civil war. Have a Nice Day.

* Does this mean the Powerpuffline Girls will be doing their research IN Iraq?

* If Bush had met with Yassir Arafat in 2000, would we have this problem?

* How 'bout intentionally accidental mistruthisms?


QOTD

It is time to have an accounting of just how badly run, and conceived, this "war on terror" has been. You won't hear it from the Democrats, who have been running a severe testosterone shortage since Vietnam.


Visually Speaking

* Art imitates reality imitates art. Scares shit out of masses.

* 51% percent of you thought this, was good idea. baaaaaaaa. *shudder*

Posted by kerry at 07:03 PM | Comments (1)

Erosion of the Base?

President Bush truly IS a uniter. We're just all surprise at what he's used to unite us.



National unity has been hard to find since just after 9/11, but it's back. President Bush, long maligned for dividing America, has truly brought together young and old, red states and blue states, men and women.

This rare moment of unity is the visceral reaction to an idea so stunningly unwise that political opponents are stumbling over one another to reach the same cameras and microphones to say the same thing – stop the ports takeover now.The controversy stems from the sale of a British firm that runs port operations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and Miami. London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation has been sold to Dubai Ports World of the United Arab Emirates, a nation that happened to supply two of the 9/11 hijackers.

That does not make the government of the UAE an avowed ally of Osama bin Laden, but it doesn't make it a welcome addition to our already bleak port security landscape either.


Maybe they're upset that even Bush isn't aware of what his adminstration's doing?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates until the deal already had been approved by his administration, the White House said Wednesday.

Defending the deal anew, the administration also said that it should have briefed Congress sooner about the transaction, which has triggered a major political backlash among both Republicans and Democrats.

But when you lose the wingers.........

The Greeks and Sigmund Freud had a name for what may ail President George W. Bush: Thanatos. The death wish.

(...)

How else to explain this administration's inexorable march toward political death?

The final throes of Bush's journey toward self-destruction may have found expression with the apparent sale of operational rights to six of our nation's largest ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Approved by the Bush administration against all reason, the $6.8 billion sale includes the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.

You've lost the base.

Oh, and Ms Malkin... bi-partisan concern for national security shouldn't come as a surprise. Finding yourself aware of your opposition's support for something you're in favor of doesn't mean it never existed. It's like the guy who had been blindfolded for years, having it pulled off and then being surprised that there was a whole other world out there. It's always been there but a constructed obstruction kept it invisible.

Posted by kerry at 05:53 AM | Comments (0)

February 21, 2006

a veto?

5+ years in office, hundreds of bad bloated bills have *sailed* across Bush's desk and the first item he chooses to declare a possible veto on... transitioning responsibility of U.S. ports over to the UAE. Yes, that UAE.

Bush told reporters traveling back to Washington with him from Colorado that he would veto legislation to stop the deal from going through.

"After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward," Bush said. He added that if the U.S. Congress passed a law to stop the deal, "I'll deal with it with a veto."

Someone somewhere's getting a reach-around.

Posted by kerry at 11:32 AM | Comments (2)

6 Inches... No, Really!

President Bush's demonstrative display of precisely how much political capital he has remaining.

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Posted by kerry at 11:12 AM | Comments (0)

D'oh!

The former oil magnate demonstrates the ease at which, industrial accidents can occur.



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Posted by kerry at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

CEO President in an Enron World

* Have we passed the point of being embarrassed by those we elected to represent us?

* Civil liberties, still not nearly as important as exporting freedoms.

* The subtle differences between someone who's willing to research a subject and do critical analysis and someone who's well... not.

* Will our elected officials sweep domestic spying under the rug and prove to the nation they are willing to acquiesce to the White House's notion that it's all powerful?

* Why again, are we not prosecuting those we hold in Guantanamo Bay?

* Democracy rules... unless the people exercising their freedoms get it wrong. The right decision rarely occurs in a vacuum.

* I needs me some PAC money. Where I come from, this is known as free-loading.

* GI Joe say, "Knowing is half the battle".

Posted by kerry at 02:22 AM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2006

Spreading Happiness like Cold Peanut Butter on Fresh White Bread



* Makes Cheney's shooting seem sort of amaturish.

* Freefall or carefully orchestrated maneuver?

* Field of Dreams. Maybe the people will eventually migrate to the housing.

* I disagree. I saw Mary more as the Cruella De Vill type yesterday than Maleficent.

* Why Democrats aren't winning.

* Hey, it's the right side when your facing the incident report.

* How could this have happened? Following the latest string of successes, it just doesn't add up.

Posted by kerry at 04:38 AM | Comments (0)

Taliban-esque

mmmmmmm, Vice Police... imported directly from Afghanistan

Two uniformed men strolled into the main room of the Little Falls library in Bethesda one day last week and demanded the attention of all patrons using the computers. Then they made their announcement: The viewing of Internet pornography was forbidden.

The men looked stern and wore baseball caps emblazoned with the words "Homeland Security." The bizarre scene unfolded Feb. 9, leaving some residents confused and forcing county officials to explain how employees assigned to protect county buildings against terrorists came to see it as their job to police the viewing of pornography.

After the two men made their announcement, one of them challenged an Internet user's choice of viewing material and asked him to step outside, according to a witness. A librarian intervened, and the two men went into the library's work area to discuss the matter. A police officer arrived. In the end, no one had to step outside except the uniformed men.

Posted by kerry at 04:34 AM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2006

Plausible Deniability

They sure don't respond well to facts, do they?

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Posted by kerry at 06:24 AM | Comments (0)

Move Along. Nothing to See Here.

Oh to have the fawning pundit sheep Cheney has. Imagine if you will, it's 1997 again, the Lewinsky scandal breaks and the instead of a feeding frenzy that focused on everything from semen stains to the width of the mythical cigar, Clinton received a pass. What if Fox News (Krauthammer, Gibson et al) had announced that it wasn't news worthy or relevant to his job? Would "journalists" be pillioried for writing bits like this?



Is the Cheney story the story we should be obsessing on right now? Well, in a word: No. Granted, he is the Veep, and he did shoot someone; but come on, this is not the most important news item in the US this week.



Insert your own orange vest/yellowcake uranium joke here. Inquiring minds want to know: Aren't I going to write about Cheney? What am I supposed to say? Accidents are bad? OK. Accidents are bad. For the record, here it is: Dick Cheney should not have shot Harry Whittington. Not that most reporters will leave the brouhaha there. There is the familiar refrain, which is always the follow-up when you don't bash the Bushies enough: What about the White House's handling of the incident?



An off-duty incident in Dick Cheney's private life has been hyped in the media as if it had some real significance for more than a quarter of a billion Americans.



But I found myself thinking, how can I judge this man? After all, I don't know how it feels to perforate a pal with an errant shot.

So, for me at least, it's over.

We squeezed the last ounce of juice from this grape. We have exposed every facet of this bizarre event.



Secrecy? This was hardly an affair of state. And it was hardly going to be kept secret. Arrogance? The media laying these charges are the same media that just last week unilaterally decided that the public's right to know did not extend to seeing cartoons that had aroused half the world, burned a small part of it and deeply affected the American national interest. Having arrogated to themselves the judgment of what a free people should be allowed to see regarding an issue that is literally burning, they then go ballistic over a few hours' delay in revealing an accident with only the most trivial connection to the nation's interest or purpose.


But no, this is puritanical America where shooting a buddy in the face with a shotgun is something you sweep under the rug but squeeze off a load of jiszm in an intern's face, and the American people have to pony up ~$40 million to investigate it.

I guess it all balances out. The victim apologized like a good boy... and polls show the American people are "over" this already. Wonder who told them?

Posted by kerry at 04:17 AM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2006

QOTD - Hunting Edition

I see the vice president as an honorable, forthright gentleman who places the nation's best interests above his own.

This quote would almost be plausible, although nigh impossible to choke down, if David would bother to cite examples of Cheney's loving and altruistic approach to governing. Course, he doesn't and is still quoting the "blame the victim" line. Wanker.

Posted by kerry at 05:58 AM | Comments (0)

Friday Quickies

* Might there be one or two GOP Congresscritters who see Cheney's "accident" and subsequent silence as an issue?

* How hunting and politics work.

* Dallas has it's own "Jeff Gannon" type running for office. Super.

* Putting the "So-Called" into the liberal media.

* Per Scotty McClellan (mentioned 15 times), the people have spoken... he's just choosing to interpret their response.

* Oh crap... and I was going to complain about the $75 million Condi wants to spend to get Iran to like us.

* Hey Democrats, stop loading the gun for the opposition.

Posted by kerry at 04:18 AM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2006

Us vs Them

On Foreign Threats in the post Cold War World "I'm also running because I want to keep the peace, keep the peace. When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world and we knew exactly who the they were. It was us versus them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we're not so sure who the they are. But we know they're there."

--Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 21,2000

Fast Forward

Congress appeared ready to launch an investigation into the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program last week, but an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort and may kill it, key Republican and Democratic sources said yesterday.

The Senate intelligence committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a Democratic-sponsored motion to start an inquiry into the recently revealed program in which the National Security Agency eavesdrops on an undisclosed number of phone calls and e-mails involving U.S. residents without obtaining warrants from a secret court. Two committee Democrats said the panel -- made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats -- was clearly leaning in favor of the motion last week but now is closely divided and possibly inclined against it.

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Senate intelligence committee member Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said in an interview that he supports the NSA program and would oppose a congressional investigation. He said he is drafting legislation that would "specifically authorize this program" by excluding it from the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which established a secret court to consider government requests for wiretap warrants in anti-terrorist investigations.



WASHINGTON - The Senate overwhelmingly rejected an effort Thursday to block renewing the Patriot Act, the 2001 law passed weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks to help the government hunt down terrorists.

The 96-3 vote was no suprise to Sen. Russell Feingold, the Wisconsin Democrat who was the lone senator to oppose the law four and a half years ago and is the chief obstacle to extending 16 provisions now due to expire March 10.

...And thanks to the spineless ineptitude of our elected officials, they've allowed Us, to become the Them. Enacting KGB-styled legislation to monitor the populace while simultaneously embracing the Talibanesque religious right ideology's setting this nation up to completely contradict the 'democracy' we're trying to sell overseas. Congress is subtley telling the White House that three branches of government is one too many, apparently.

Posted by kerry at 06:14 AM | Comments (0)

Ann's Frank

She may be smart enough to earn millions from her acidic political barbs, but when it comes to something as simple as voting in her tiny hometown, hard-core conservative pundit Ann Coulter is a tad confused.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections records show Coulter voted last week in Palm Beach's council election. Problem is: She cast her ballot in a precinct 4 miles north of the precinct where she owns a home — and that could be a big no-no.

Blonde moment?

Posted by kerry at 03:56 AM | Comments (1)

Foot Shooting Duel 101

I'm the furthest thing from a Democratic strategist but it would appear the 2 primary candidates for Texas Governor are on a willful collision course towards failure. Instead of investing their energy, time and email lists demonstrating why they're the right person to replace Perry, they're engaged in a flame war of sorts. I can see how this approach might be effective in a solidly blue state where the Republican or Independent candidates don't stand as much of a chance against either of the two, no matter who swept the primary but this is Texas. We can't afford to not replace Perry.

As Gammage and Bell continue to lob flaming salvos of dredged up negative history at each other, they're simply arming their opposition and reducing the amount of research required for the battle to come in the general election. Does Gammage really want to win so bad that he's willing to paint Bell as a Republican lite and then watch Perry run all over the state this summer touting that "He's just me with a *D*"?

Gammage's last attack email is below the fold. It seems odd to me, that he's willing to send this level of detail out via email but not upload it to his web page. Is this an indication that he doesn't support the pseudo-comparison or that it's just too toxic to publish? So now it's just a matter of who shows up on March 7th with less mud on them after they've spent all their valuable time in the primary defending their past instead of discussing the future.

We're ~19 days out from the primary and after watching Austin go from really bad to worse when we lost Bush and got Perry, felt the impact of corruption with redistricting and then blown away by the ineffectivess shown on school financing and reform, I realized it's not a necessarily a Democrat we need... it's change.

On the 1 to 10 scale of whether to vote in the primary (10 = voting) or withhold to sign Kinky's petition, I'm about a 3 and the candidates' email missives aren't driving that number up any.

From: Progressive Democrats [mailto:info@gammageforgovernor.com] Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 3:00 PM To: xxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx Subject: Houston Republicans Actually Gave Chris Bell an Award for Working Against a Democratic Mayor... Chris Bell is Republican Lite


Chris Bell is running in the Democratic Primary for Governor, but he cannot seem to figure out what he really is.

Chris Bell flips-flops back and forth: Bell is the ONLY Democrat to ever receive an award from the Harris County REPUBLICAN Party. He cozied up to the GOP to get Republican votes in his race for Mayor of Houston against Democratic incumbent Lee Brown.Then he ran claimed he was a "moderate" when he ran in a middle-of-the-road Congressional district.When he thought he had the Democratic nomination for Governor locked up, Bell talked a lot about "bipartisanship" and complimented George Bush..Now that he faces a real contest in the Primary, Chris Bell presents himself as strong "bold" Democratic leader.

In Congress:

a.. BELL VOTED TO ALLOW DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.
League of Conservation Voters, National Environmental Scoreboard, 2003, p.28 and following. Congressional Record, 4/11/2003, Roll Call 145

a.. BELL ENDORSED THE BUSH TAX CUTS THAT GAVE HUGE TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF AMERICANS-AND CAUSED THE BIGGEST BUDGET DEFICIT IN OUR HISTORY.
Houston Chronicle 9/13/2002

a.. BELL VOTED FOR THE BUSH-CHENEY ENERGY PLAN.
The Sierra Club called it "one of the worst disasters for the environment and public health in recent years."
League of Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2003, p 28 and following

a.. BELL VOTED AGAINST FELLOW DEMOCRATS AND JOINED REPUBLICANS TO PASS AN INFAMOUS "BANKRUPTCY BILL" WRITTEN BY BANKS AND CREDIT CARD COMPANIES.
Congressional Record, March 19, 2003; Roll Call Votes 72 and 74

a.. BELL VOTED TO WEAKEN CLEAN WATER LAWS.by granting special exemptions to oil and gas companies.
League of Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2003, p 28 and following

a.. BELL SUPPORTED THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S INVASION OF IRAQ.
Houston Chronicle 9/13/2002


As a Houston City Council Member:

a.. Bell campaigned against a city initiative to raise the minimum wage in Houston.
Houston Chronicle 2/14/97; 2/16/97

a.. Bell was the only Democrat EVER to receive an award from the Harris County GOP for siding with Republicans on the City Council and voting against Democratic Mayor Lee Brown. Bell received the award at a banquet attended by Governor Rick Perry. Previous winners include Tom Delay.
Houston Chronicle 3/30/2001

a.. Houston Democrats passed an anti-Bell resolution saying, "No Democrat should support candidates.who accept awards from the chair of the Harris County Republicans." Bell dismissed them as "HARD CORE PARTY ADVOCATES."
Houston Chronicle 10/2/2001

a.. A leading Republican (and virulently right wing Houston radio talk show host) named Jim Evans ran radio ads, paid for by the Bell Campaign, urging Republicans to vote for Bell in his Mayor's race against Democrat Lee Brown.
George Strong Houston Political Blog 10/31/2001

a.. "Getting support from Houston Republicans is considered an important component for Bell," said The Houston Chronicle, when describing Bell's race against democratic Mayor Lee Brown.
Houston Chronicle 3/20/2001

a.. While chair of the Houston City Council's Ethics Committee, Bell proposed doing away with the "blackout period" in which contractors doing business with the city were prohibited from contributing to incumbents. The Houston Chronicle asked, "Where's the Shame?" Though Bell campaigned as "Mr. Ethics," he was the ONLY candidate for Mayor who refused to disclose his income tax returns.
Houston Chronicle 1/14/2000: 9/12/99: 9/6/2001


Bush-Cheney Energy Bill:

Bell voted with Tom Delay and against the overwhelming majority of fellow Democrats to enact a bill the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) called "one of the most anti-environment pieces of legislation passed in recent history." The bill allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It granted $38 Billion in tax breaks and subsidies to the coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas industries. "The bill also undermined clean water protections," said the LCV, "by shielding makers of the gasoline additive MTBE from existing lawsuits for contaminating drinking water in 1,500
communities in 28 states.. "The Sierra Club said, "this bill will benefit the worst polluting industries in America."

The Bankruptcy Act:

Written by credit card companies and pushed by the Tom DeLay Republican leadership, this odious anti-consumer bill was opposed by progressive Democrats, but Bell voted for it anyway. The bill was the father of legislation that finally became law-legislation a Texas Judge recently described this way: "It was apparently an agenda to make more money off the backs of consumers in this country." The NAACP, AFL-CIO, Consumers Union, and the Consumers Federation of America, among others, opposed the bill. Among many other evils, the bill made it easier for creditors in many states to take a family's or elderly person's home to pay off catastrophic debts caused by medical emergencies and long illness. It made it far more difficult for families to escape the crushing burden of the huge debts caused by such expenses. (Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy for American families.)


The Grover Norquist Junket:

Chris Bell, Tom DeLay and Rick Perry have one thing in common-junkets paid for by Grover Norquist. Norquist is one of the supreme national GOP heavyweights and is the head of the right wing pressure group, Americans for Tax Reform. Norquist helped finance Perry's yacht trip to the Bahamas, where they planned Texas education policy in the company of other GOP fat cats. What isn't well known is that when Congressman Chris Bell wanted to visit the Persian Gulf sheikdom of Quatar in 2003, he had the junket completely paid for by an entity known as the Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, a group FOUNDED by Grover Norquist. In addition, this group shares its office with Grover Norquist! It's the traditional Washington story---lobbyists, favors, junkets, influence.


Pol. Adv. paid for by Bob Gammage

PO Box 13226 Austin, TX 78711

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February 15, 2006

Entertain Thine Self



Absolutely Brilliant & Thought Provoking.

Posted by kerry at 08:36 PM | Comments (0)

Police are on the lookout for a small pink balloon

Strindberg: "Black as is my need, missing as is my painting."

Helium: missing!

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Quote of the Year...... so far

Mr. Cheney "felt kind of bad" about the accident, Deputy San Miguel told Sheriff Salinas, but everyone was calm, Sheriff Salinas said.

KIND OF?

...as in not really much at all? WTF? I guess coming from Dick, we should all be surprised he felt anything.

Posted by kerry at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

Who's the Most Petty?


The US House of Representatives with their "Freedom Fries" or Iran with...

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Not content with pelting European embassies with petrol bombs to protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, Iranians have decided to rename the "Danish pastries" relished by this nation of cake lovers. From now on, the sweet, flaky pastries which dominate the shelves in Iran's cake shops will be known as "Roses of the Prophet Mohammad," the official IRNA news agency reported as pressure on Denmark over the cartoons took on a new dimension.

I think we have a tie

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Vicariously First Hand

* Number one on the NYT Best Seller list, "Squandered" by George W Bush.

* Dear Media Types, Cheney doesn't notify you because he doesn't care. Don't you get that yet?

* The Cult of Bushonality. pt. 1 & pt. 2.

* I think Harriet's doing just fine, thank you.

* Yes, it is rather ironic, that an ideological blind spot exists, that doesn't let the apparently unemployed Muslim protestors, who chant, "death to the infidels" while blowing things up see how they themselves are the creaters of the over-the-top mischaracterization of their own prophet. However, they too are victims of manipulation.

* In the game of Abramoff Red Rover, 3 more have come over.

* Was there ever an era we can fondly look back upon and sigh wistfully about the days when independent thought and difference of opinion wasn't punitive?

* Democrats, not godly enough... but woe is he who attempts to be religious and yet holds the veil of liberalism for I shall cast him out. Worthy of the mantle of righteousness, he is not. whatfuckinever.

* Dear DLC, DCCC, DNC... that funny walk, is the result of your cranial rectal inversion. When you have a vet, who's popular with the people and wants to run for office, you say.... YES! You don't play favorites or manipulate the primary. You let the people decide.

* Dick Cheney is blind. Mr. Whittington was wearing both a orange hat and jacket. Do not leave reading PDBs to this man. Do not let him drive... and most importantly, do not let him shoot.

Posted by kerry at 02:32 AM | Comments (1)

February 14, 2006

Wing Man

Well this isn't good. A bit more serious than the "winged" status.

Was Cheney's hunting license an out-of-state license? If not, is Harriet Miers looking into this like she did for the Bush/Cheney ticket in 2000?

Just curious.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CNN) -- The fellow hunter who was shot and wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney has suffered a "minor heart attack" after a piece of birdshot migrated to his heart, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

Harry Whittington, 78, is in stable condition in intensive care and will remain hospitalized for up to seven days, hospital officials said.

"Some of the bird shot appears to have moved and lodged into part of his heart ... in what we would say is a minor heart attack," said Peter Banko, administrator at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial.

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Heavenly Hemophilia

More than just a man with good hair.

stigmata
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Shorts


* ... and we're still calling Afghanistan a success?

* Someone's about due for a Medal of Freedom.

* Dissention in the ranks?

* US safety for sale to the lowest bidder.

* Still winning both hearts and minds one love pat at a time.

* Next up, congressional funding for the War on Science.

* Ok, let's not use the word "lie". How about "unnecessary convolution of the facts to fabricate a threat"?

* Shit.

Posted by kerry at 02:39 AM | Comments (0)

February 13, 2006

Quick Draw McGraw

More on the Misadventures of Gerald McBoomBoom

If Bill Frist can make a full diagnosis from the floor of the Senate after a single viewing of a video, I'm qualified to weigh in on the hunting skills of the Vice President or at least add to the TPM POV.

What we know: Dusk (5:30pm), 20 gauge shotgun (it is quail), & all participants are qualified AARP members.

What we can assume: Very little light, wide choke barrel (small birds), #4 buckshot (no sense in erradicating one's prey), no dogs & little to no 10 mile cloth.

My personal hunting skills were instilled at a very young age and a simple understanding of; the weapon, your terrain and the animal you seek are inherently important to the success of your outing. Cheney appears to have paid attention to none of the above or is/was physically incapable of doing so.

When you're driving 30 MPH through a residential neighborhood, your goal of traversing safely includes more than ensuring you see other cars. You're watching for kids, cats, dogs, joggers, the elderly and the odd falling ball shooting across the street. It's about paying attention to everything at once and using all your faculties.

Hunting quail, especially in a group almost mandates all persons fan out and stay in the equivalent of a semi-circle to aid in both flushing and visibility. The given is that a "partner" should be established to further eliminate the possibility of error. More importantly is the nature of the bird itself. Quail almost invariably flushes to the rear. Loudly, unexpectedly and without dogs... sometimes after you've passed them. That being said, they don't fly high and into a tree like a dove or across a body of water like a duck, they flutter about ~50 feet above the ground. So a heightened awareness of one's surroundings *and* fellow hunters is required.

South Texas hunting would more than likely be in Cedar and Mesquite underbrush which can obscure visibility to about 25' or less in some spots. If hunters aren't wearing 10 mile cloth, they've endangered themselves before setting out.

So we've got the party of 3 out *right* before the day's season window closes, looking to bag some game. They're trucking through the underbrush, oblivious to each other's position. Trigger happy Cheney kicks up a covey, spins and fires. Fucknut. The neighborhood analogy applies *HERE*. As you rotate and are lifting your weapon to fire, your focus cannot and should not be on the bird alone. You should be scanning for fellow hunters, trucks, dogs, water tanks and anything else that might be on the property. Authorization to shoot isn't based on the existence of the bird(s) alone.

My guess is that the Vice President has a vision impairment of some sort, glaucoma, retinopathy or reduced peripheral vision due to previous strokes and is physically incapable of registering a person at ground level while he's scanning and panning up at a 30 degree angle. The incident occured about 30 to 45 minutes before *official* sundown when the sun is either; in your eyes or has dropped and altered shadows considerably.

Before Dick Cheney obtains another hunting license in any state, a mandatory range of vision and reflex test should be performed.

Update/Correction: It was a 28 gauge with more of a full choke... which means the "spray" wasn't nearly as wide and indicates even more of a level of skill incompetence on the part of the shooter.

Posted by kerry at 08:22 AM | Comments (1)

Fibs and the Fibbing Fibbers who Tell Them

Round Up

* Ok, so our men and women in uniform aren't dying for a lie. Just malicious and intentional misuse of the truth. Don't you all feel better now?

* Who is the biggest leaker?

* Iraq deserves our tax dollars more than we do. Education and healthcare are Socialist principals. We're Democratized.

* Bush likes to make decisions... he's even more adept at avoiding direct consequence.

* Honor before Dishonor? (they stole my image to use for rants.)

* Oversight is sooo pre-9/11.


Peeking Across the Aisle , where the comedy writes itself

* Star Parker: Getting the vote and bathroom access was enough for some of us.

* Mike Adams: Time for me to appreciate selectively offensive art.

* Doug Giles: Art appreciation doesn't require a grasp of the art itself and judgement is mine, sayeth the Dougie.

* Bert Prelutsky: Robert Mapplethorpe made me a Republican.

* Nathanael Blake: When I finally get laid.... she's gonna be purty.

Posted by kerry at 03:33 AM | Comments (0)

Credibility Erosion

Which is worse, watching the "Smaller Government, Less Intrusion" GOP justify unwarranted illegal spying through rambling obfuscation or the manufactured war that they're using to justify ignoring laws established to protect our rights.

Answer: Both.

Pat Roberts on MTP Sunday was in rare form as he used the "more words to confuse the subject" approach to Q&A.

MR. RUSSERT: Here’s where I’m confused, because...

SEN. ROBERTS: Actually, that’s not true, Tim. If you’ve got five days, eight days on one of the threats that we were briefed on, you’ve got to act within minutes and hours. If you have 10 dots here and you have 100 dots to get the full picture and you’re waiting days and you may be missing these communications, it may be too late.
MR. RUSSERT: Then why not go to Congress and say that, and request a change in the statute that would allow this activity specifically? What’s the reluctance to go to Congress?

SEN. ROBERTS: I think that they do—I don’t know, this—I have some memory pills, I think everybody here ought to take a memory pill every morning on the recollection of, you know, what really went on, because that’s not my recollection. My recollection was that we just sat there with the people who did the briefing, I’m not going to say who, and they said, “Do we need to change this law?” And we started to really figure out what jurisdiction, how we could change it, how we could streamline FISA, because it is outdated because of the time constraints and because of the stack of materials that they have at FISA. And don’t tell me that isn’t there, because I’ve just been there. OK? So here we have a situation where we need to change the FISA law, and everybody said, “Well, what jurisdiction is—and then you’re going to have to reveal the operational details.” One of the concerns I had was that some people were saying, “Well, maybe we could just put a line in here,” or—you know, like the manager’s amendment that we do in the Senate, or whatever, in the House, and say, “Just get it done.” You can’t do that. You’ve got to say, “What are we doing? How are we doing it?” Give it to the jurisdictional committees, and then we will see exactly what happened in The New York Times whether the program is going to be followed.

mmmmmmm.... a Medicare fix to intelligence.

Posted by kerry at 03:09 AM | Comments (0)

Sprayed by a Dick

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 78-year-old hunting companion of Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering in stable condition Monday after Cheney accidentally shot him during a weekend quail hunting trip, a hospital official said.


*ring* *ring*...... "Jack Abramoff's office, how may I direct your call?"

"Jack please, tell him Dick's on the phone."

"Jack here...... what's up Dick?"

"Wanna go hunting?"

Posted by kerry at 03:04 AM | Comments (0)

Naturally, I already had twelve dozen different brands of shampoo on hand

Shorter Leah McLaren: I wish that Levis were trendy enough for me to buy.

Posted by dave at 02:26 AM | Comments (0)

February 11, 2006

You don't say

According to the official Torino 2006 web site, women's mogul silver-medalist Kari Traa has her line of clothing. In fact, they point out,

Traa has also modelled clothes, sometimes wearing very little else.
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February 10, 2006

Polishing a Turd

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Posted by lulu at 04:00 PM | Comments (1)

Dude.

We're watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. The guy who took the athlete's oath not to do drugs did so at exactly 4:20 my time.

Posted by dave at 10:39 AM | Comments (1)

Even Tom Clancy Couldn't Make this Shit Up

* Scooter blames his boss(es).

* Brownie blames DHS and the White House ignores him.

* Bigger than the 'gay-agenda' is the anti-gay-agenda.

* The GOP has Mary Matalin (she who possesses no "Oh Face"), the Dems need to hire Rev Lowery.

* Is it an official retraction when you fudge the shit out of truth and then simply replace the old with the new?

* The Emperor, in the business of simply manufacturing scares to instill more fear?

* Quid Pro Quo to the power of 10. So, in addition to the White House "addendums" to bills, we have a post-vote add policy now?


Side Note

Last night's performance of "Under God" by Pat Boone at the CPAC opening ceremonies was the most amazing exhibition of crowd-pandering dribble performed by a slightly undead has-been, ever. As he sang-talked his way through the repetitious "Under God, Under God, Under God, Under God" the viewers were entertained with a virtual cornucopia of American Flag images as if juxtaposition of the two concepts at a GOP rally had to be driven home rather than assumed to be an understood reality. Fascinating to watch a roomful of theocratically driven "patriots" swaying to mind-boggling bad music composed to stroke their faux ideology.


Maybe the general public should replace the White House Press Corps

"Did you actually read the August 6, 2001 PDB, 'Bin Laden determined to strike in the United States?'

"If so, why did you not act on it?

"If not, why is it necessary to spy on Americans when you don't even use the information you already have?"

Posted by kerry at 05:39 AM | Comments (0)

Lyrical Interlude

KMFDM again

New American Century


Count your blessings
Walk the line
Don't move too fast
Or fall behind
There are rules you must obey
They get re-written by the day
Don't do this - don't say that
Your every move is logged and tracked
By the all oppressive eye
Spy satellites in friendly skies

The new american century
Has only just begun
No one exempt from the tragedy
Counterattack start pushing back

Fight the power
That chokes your speech
Fight the power
That makes you bleed
Fight the power
That propogates lies
To keep you weak
Keep you in line
Fight the power that reigns you in
Divides and conquers
Defines your sin
Fight the power
For one and all
Before the power swallows us whole

No one dares to say a word
Our panic drives all human herds
In the land where cash is king
Our silence bought and sold for free
The future's banging on our door
When real I.D. will be the law
Love thy neighbor and turn him in
It's call patriotism

The world is watching in disbelief
Chanting shame on you
How can you stand by so quietly
Letting them rape your liberties

You can't be bothered or concerned
You see no reason for alarm
Prejudice, religion hate
Usher in new mandate
Absolute and resolved
One nation under one god
Lack of interest has its price
As we're stripped of all our rights

Those who cannot learn from history
Are doomed to repeat it!

Posted by kerry at 03:19 AM | Comments (0)

February 09, 2006

Now *that* is Funny

Ain't humor ironically subjective?

* Iraq, You Know... a message with a dash of rum and an umbrella.

* The AG leaves em rolling in the aisles with his comparison of the Founding Fathers' use of wiretapping methods.

* 43 IMs 42 for advice.

* Compassionate conservatives corner the market on genre-based humor. Not for the weak at heart.

* S-M-R-Test man on the planet.

* Signal to Noise ratio for wiretapes -- 1 in 100,000,000. Terrorists using analog. Bloodhounds still down dry rabbit hole.

* Other's uncomfortable anger is a hoot for the rest of us.

Posted by kerry at 09:03 AM | Comments (0)

Disclaimered Caveat

* Bush Administration: Hiring the best and brightest since 2000.

* Bush budget 101: Of course, it adds up to 100000000001.

* Where in the writings of the founding fathers did they speak on political blackmail as policy?

* The United States flag, more important that free speech or the liberty of the citizens.

* With faith-based politics, you're also required to have faith in the management.

* Wiretaps. How good are they? They don't seem to be solving domestic issues.

* Does a Boehner fit well with Bush?

* How corrupt does a democratically elected government have to get before the people, collectively, begin to want change?

* Maybe they just can't help themselves. Power's an addiction too.

* Fallout of the liberal media. Man, they're sneaky.

Posted by kerry at 02:26 AM | Comments (0)

February 08, 2006

Valuing Values

It's not that the speeches yesterday at Coretta Scott King's funeral were "left", it's just that Republicans have no other way of categorizing the concept of equality, human rights & world peace. They don't see it within their own party and therefore naturally assume it's left of center when in all actuality, it *IS* the center.

Why might Bush have not been as well received yesterday? Let's compare.....




It's about Values
CSK GWB
Anti-War Pre-emptive War
Gay Rights Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage
Victim of Warrantless wiretaps and government overreach Re-instituted Warrantless wiretaps and government overreach
Embodied Peace  Cuts a wide swath
Sacrificed herself for others Shared half a steak once
Picked Cotton as a child Pulled silver spoon from mouth
Opposed Capital Punishment 152 prisoners executed during term as Governor 
Advocate of non-violence Picked a fight with his dad while drunk
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Focused Dereliction

* I love the smell of trompled first amendment rights in the morning.

* The prevention of 9/11, now in multiple choice format.

* Lame duck hardball.

* What would news look like if the entire White House press corps emulated Helen Thomas for a week?

* The SOTU, actions vs words.

* Remember, Jesus never told us bombing Iraq was a good idea nor did he think highly of abandoning the least of these.

* This will be a blemish on the integrity of the United States for years to come.

Posted by kerry at 02:19 AM | Comments (0)

February 07, 2006

In Memory

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... and to the man on my left, thank you for your quick response following Katrina. From everyone here in the room, you're tops.



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yes, attendence was *required*



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Alright, when I give the tie yank-wink signal, I'm about to unleash a whirlwind of BS.

Posted by kerry at 03:23 PM | Comments (1)

Mutually Funded

As Bush unveils and champions his budget this week, remember this; not one business he had significant interest in or control over did well. Without available bailouts, buyouts or a hand up, he'd be pumping gas in Idaho somewhere. His grasp of fiscal responsibility, long term impacts of decisions made today and the importance of ensuring *everyone* does better can best be illustrated by his overwhelming skill at speaking to the finer points of his Social Security initiative from last year.

Q -- really understand how is it the new plan is going to fix that problem?

THE PRESIDENT: Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to what has been promised.

Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.

Think that makes your head hurt, wait till you get the full-on rhetoric of why it make sense to not include funding for Iraq and Afghanistan in the budget, how permanent tax cuts make sense as they strip away Medicare and education funding, how their plan is to cut the deficit when they mean it as a percentage of the GDP and that Katrina's to blame for the ballooning governmental debt spending.

Oh, and they still believe that unregulated spying, is a good idea and a way to build the nation's trust.

Arizona swampland, anyone?

Posted by kerry at 02:39 AM | Comments (0)

Lithium for All

Dear Short-Fused Muslim,

If a cartoon of Mohammed as a turban-wearing bomb makes you angry and you believe it inappropriately stereotypes both, your religion and the followers of Islam; rioting in the streets, bombing embassys and shooting randomly is probably not the most effective method of dispelling the myth.

'this message brought to you by:"

a dollup of rational thought.

Posted by kerry at 02:32 AM | Comments (1)

February 06, 2006

Department of Just-Tits

* Mr. Brown is outta town. Mr. Black he ain't nevah invited back.

* Spy, not do. Suspects we get, using a big ole ACME net.

* What's in a name, Valerie Plame? It's all just a game, more of the same. Her husband's to blame.

* Iraqi reconstruction keeps pace with disruption. Megawatt output competes with explosions per square foot.

* Plan ahead. Don't count war dead. Blame United Nations while taking elongated vacations.

* Talk to the hand, my head's in the sand.

Posted by kerry at 04:53 AM | Comments (0)

February 05, 2006

Truth in Advertising

Dear 7-11,

I passed up 2.25 a gallon gas to get it for 2.24 as you advertised.

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Liars.

This is why they all report mind-boggling earnings. They're crooks.

Posted by kerry at 02:34 PM | Comments (0)

Pull a Boehner

The GOP leadership has a new face. A Boehner if you will. A man who will single-handedly reform Congressional values to pre-Contract with America days.

"Do I have K Street friends? Yes, I do," Boehner said. "Do I have relationships with them? Yes. And every one of them is an ethical relationship."

(...)

Boehner's most famous act of the sort also involved the tobacco industry: In 1995, he distributed checks from tobacco political action committees to members on the House floor

(...)

"I've never taken an Abramoff dollar," he said.

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Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose

Posted by kerry at 04:31 AM | Comments (0)

Thought for Food

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 — The Bush administration said Thursday that it would seek about $120 billion in additional financing to pay for continuing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through 2006.

The request shows that the cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has remained at virtually the same level for several years, despite hopes that a large number of the American troops may leave Iraq by the end of the year.

The $120 billion includes money for the fiscal year that began in October in the form of a $70 billion supplemental spending request, which had been expected. It also includes $50 billion in the overall budget request for the first months of the 2007 fiscal year that President Bush will submit to Congress on Monday, a figure that was described as basically a placeholder until a more specific number can be developed.

If, instead of jumping pell-mell into a war of choice, we as a nation had invested $440 billion in completing all of our goals in Afghanistan... would Bush have needed to use Osama's name twice in his State of the Union address?





WASHINGTON - A former U.S. occupation official in Iraq pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to steal more than $2 million and rigging bids on $8.6 million in reconstruction contracts.

Robert J. Stein, 50, of Fayetteville, N.C., admitted that he and his coconspirators smuggled millions of dollars out of Iraq into the United States aboard commercial airliners and laundered cash through multiple bank accounts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and Romania.

Stein was a Defense Department employee who served as a contract official for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, controlling more than $82 million in funds slated for rebuilding the Middle Eastern country.

Another fine example of fiscally responsible GOP management. Remember, these are your tax-payer dollars. If you feel they're being mismanaged, change the managers.

Posted by kerry at 04:23 AM | Comments (1)

February 03, 2006

Corrections/Retractions, page B19

* 75% reduction in dependancy on Mid-East oil? Not so much. Hello, House of Saud calling... they'd like another tiptoe through the tulips.

* Porter Goss is worried about leaks? He should give Patrick Fitzgerald a call. Not only can Fitz keep his yap shut, but he's got some inside information into who's talking.

* 18 1/2 minutes, starring Rose Mary Woods and Scooter Libby. Odds an IT guy would still be employed, if the feds came looking for company email for a case and they couldn't retrieve archives?

* Congress, up for election this year, facing massive deficit hits due to unregulated porking... would they dare go after social progams to save a buck. Yep.

* On the upside... there's less maintenence and upkeep on the hen house after a long stint where the fox is in charge.

* Just ignore the last 5 years of violent acrimony. It's hug and make up time... or not.

* They're your rights folks. Remember, proof of non-domestic spying can be manufactured just like justification for war. All they need is to seem above-board and then once we've capitulated, they have an open-door policy.

* Fun with Bush.

Posted by kerry at 04:18 AM | Comments (2)

February 02, 2006

Points Missed

Sir. Sir. Mr. President... no matter how hard you squint and lean, you're still not able see through the camera and out into TV land.

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Posted by kerry at 09:00 AM | Comments (1)

Groundhog Make Good Sausage

* Oprah's book club needs to now focus on uncovering lies in all non-fiction. Once a month she can pick a book, recommend it, tear it apart and then abuse the author on national television. Can we get her to start with this one?

* Oh Cindy Sheehan... your simple presence would have been enough. Did you have to remove your sweater? What you did was not illegal nor did it warrant the response received. Yes, we have first amendment issues but did we gain more by you not providing an extra layer of discomfort for Bush?

* In the interest of the safety of New Orleans residents, Townhall is sending a representative to test the soil, drink the water and swim in the bayous and the Mississippi. Ain't they awesome?

* Demoralize the troops, shuffle their losses under the rug and make hay out of a reporter's injuries.

* SOTU without the rose colored glasses.

Posted by kerry at 04:05 AM | Comments (0)

February 01, 2006

No More Narnia

Apparently angered by the successful battle waged by the minions of Aslan, Bush is initiating a pre-emptive strike on behalf of the White Witch.

Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research – human cloning in all its forms … creating or implanting embryos for experiments … creating human-animal hybrids … and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator – and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale.
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Tree nymphs, you've been warned. The logging industry has a larger lobbying group than the AMA.

Posted by kerry at 11:36 AM | Comments (2)

SOTU GOP Style

What gets a Republican off his/her butt? What key taglines got the House and Senate majority all hot and bothered last night?

The GOP only standing ovations followed the dramatic statements below.

  • Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning.
  • -- so I ask you to reauthorize the Patriot Act.
  • -- because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.
  • We hear claims that immigrants are somehow bad for the economy -- even though this economy could not function without them.
  • ,and make the tax cuts permanent.
  • And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto.
  • -- I ask Congress to pass medical liability reform this year.
  • The Supreme Court now has two superb new members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito.

Make of it what you will. No matter how you slice it, it's a odd assortment of priorities.

Posted by kerry at 10:05 AM | Comments (2)

Words, words, words, yea.

Went something like this:

Blah, blah,blah…..

- Freedom = 11 times

- Fear = 5 times

- Courage = 4 times

- Nook-U-Lar = three times

- 8:25 pm = Trot out the fallen soldier’s family. GOOD GOD MAN! HAVE YOU NO SHAME? (I know the answer. Unfortunately.)

- Blah, blah, blah…..A lot of empty promises.

- NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND? Who the fuck left that in there? Not funded, you monumental freakin’ IDGIT!

- About this time I was prepared to throw something at the television but then the cameras showed Rex. Aww. I’m a sucker for a German Shepherd. What a sweetie!

- “Statistics” on drug use, abortion and births by teenage mothers. ALL LIES. He is quite literally making this shit up.

- “Human life is a gift from our Creator and that gift should never be devalued, discarded or put up for sale.” And there we have it, his nod to the RADICAL, FUNDAMENTALIST, RIGHT-WING CRAZIES, better known as his BASE. And excuse me – Just who the fuck is trying to clone animal/human hybrids besides Dr. Mephisto on South Park?

- Sweet Tap-Dancing Jesus, Man, have you been drinking? The slurring is getting worse.

- Say it with me, "Spying on American citizens is necessary and you LOVE it!"

- Somewhere near the end he said, “Moral commitments of this land.” WTF?

- As far as those bright and shiney domestic programs he paraded out there….yea, right. Let’s just wait to see the budget.

- Predictable, tedious and the equivalent of re-gifting. UGH.

Worst. President. Ever.

Posted by lulu at 05:53 AM | Comments (0)

Subcutaneous Vegetation Injection

* Last week when the nation's attention turned to matters of fiction vs fact, Oprah's crushing ego blow and the MSM's inability to multi-task. Much more was going on. The populace has the attention span of a 2 year old with ADD. Pitiful

* Someone, anyone... tell me why Tom Vilsack wants the Democrats' to fail?

* More of this please. Success will be measured, not in completion but in sheer action alone. Because you don't get a bill to the floor doesn't mean you shouldn't create & submit one (while simultaneously sending it out to the press).

* The troops we should be supporting.

* Truths show up in some of the oddest places.

* They hate us for our freedoms.

* I'll vote Green first.

Posted by kerry at 03:00 AM | Comments (0)

Oversimplification

Bush's To Do List:

  • 10 Declare War
  • 20 Manipulate or ignore laws affecting national civil liberties and justify it through self granted war powers
  • 30 Go To 10
Posted by kerry at 02:46 AM | Comments (2)