August 31, 2006

Always a Bridesmaid

Somebody's bitter about not getting an Emmy nomination.

My pal Jon Stewart and his legion of writers think they're ultra cool and hip because they embrace every left-wing cause that comes down the pike. Yeah, you won, Stewart, but the fix was in. The choir to whom you preach runs the Emmy Award program and every other Hollywood smoochfest. You guys can be funny, but how many Americans want you people standing between them and Iran? Maybe Larry David, but that's it.

(...)

Opinions are like lips; everybody has them. But some of them are razor thin, and there ain't enough collagen in the world to help these showbiz people.

I thought opinions were like assholes and Bill, you is one.

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QOTD - Decisioning

BUSH: Well, that was a couple of books ago. Let me look. The key for me is to keep expectations low.

WILLIAMS: Is that what everyone doesn't get?

BUSH: I don't know, Brian, what they get or don't get. Here's the thing: The great thing about the presidency is that you are totally exposed. And people spend a lot of, particularly if you're making decisions, and hard decisions, people spend a lot of time, not only analyzing decisions, but analyzing the decision maker. And I understand that, but a president must never let that get him off track.

Wow. The leader of the free world folks, he'll be with us for another 2 years. Let's hear it for low expectations!!!!

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August 30, 2006

Like Money in the Bank

What's the icing on the bankruptcy law changes, predatory lending & eminent domain law cake?


NEW YORK -- Homebuilder Toll Brothers said the current slump in residential construction is unlike any it has seen in 40 years as it became the latest to warn of a glut in new homes for sale and a slowdown in the closely watched real estate market.

The builder of luxury homes also reported weaker than expected preliminary results for the just completed quarter and cut its outlook for the homes it will sell in the current period. Toll Brothers (Charts) shares fell 4 percent in premarket trading.

The housing and homebuilding markets have helped drive the national economy during the past few years. Any downturns in these critical sectors could add to the problems of an already unsteady situation.




How bad are the signals coming from the housing sector? As a recent news headline clearly put it: it is simply UGLY. Indeed, all the indicators from the housing sectors - including the latest housing starts and the homebuilders (NAHB) forward looking business conditions - indicate a housing sector that is literally in free fall.




For quite a spell now, we've been preaching a similar sermon. The logic seems inescapable: The greatest housing boom this fair land has ever seen is over and is due to be followed by one big bust. All by itself, housing has been a mighty prop to the economy, and its crumbling can't help but have widespread and unmitigatedly ugly repercussions.




Bubble or not, the housing market looks to be deflating rather rapidly. Sales of new and existing homes both plunged beyond Wall Street's already pessimistic forecasts according to data released this week, raising fears that consumer spending will falter.

Analysts say much of the consumer boom that characterized the most recent period of economic expansion was driven by a draw on equity from rising home values. Many fear that as this sort of cash dwindles, consumers could falter and economic growth would suffer in the process.


Sleep well.

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August 29, 2006

QOTD - Vitriol is not Wit

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Dorothy Parker's sharp-witted writings used to cut through a lot of nonsense. Ann Coulter is the Dorothy Parker of our time -- an industrial strength Dorothy Parker

Um, no. Quick compare and contrast.



Now, look, baby, 'Union' is spelled with 5 letters. It is not a four-letter word.
D.P.

I know that there are things that never have been funny, and never will be. And I know that ridicule may be a shield, but it is not a weapon. D.P.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. D.P.
If you want to know what the Lord God thinks of money, just look at those to whom he gives it. D.P.


My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building. A.C.
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war. A.C.
“Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.” A.C.
“I love to engage in repartee with people who are stupider than I am.” A.C.
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Ramsey'ed Up The Tube

So which station last night led off with the JonBenet story non-story, gawrsh we got it all wrong news flash, asked why we spent so much money to drag Karr back to the US before the DNA and then cut to the deaths in Iraq, violence in Afghanistan, nukes in North Korea or any of the local elections?

None of them.

Instead, it was; John Mark Karr takes a piss, John Mark Karr is moved from facility A to facility B, John Mark Karr seems to have lost 3 pounds since arriving in Colorado, John Mark Karr video from 1992, John Mark Karr moved to California for some reason none of us are privy to but we're going to chat about it forever because it takes less effort than exposing the fact that we no longer have a correspondent on the ground in Baghdad.

The media is voluntarily complicit.

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Nothing and Beingness

* Aren't we yet, as a nation, a bit tired of this type of rhetoric? Shouldn't we, while fighting those who wish to do us harm, be bonding together as a nation and not emulating the hateful and restrictive type societies of those we claim to be bringing freedom to?

* Joe Lieberman, the best gift the Republicans never expected but always dreamed of.

* Worse? We lost 6 troops on Sunday alone. The course is laid and he must follow. There's no way he's "planned" for the worse.

* When your boss screws you over, don't blame him... you're the one that wanted the job.

* Texas, for sale to the highest campaign donor. Between selling off toll roads to Spain and manipulating energy costs, Governor Good-Hair truly is the worst elected official we have in this state.

* Nothing would make Jesus happier than you buying your kids Armor of God PJs for his birthday.

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August 28, 2006

Hoo-Rah

Gimme a "K!" - Gimme an "A!" - Gimme a "T!" - Gimme a "R!" - Gimme an "I!" - Gimme a "N!" - Gimme a "A!"

--- What's that spell?!

Governmental Incompetence!!!

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...forever the cheerleader, on the sidelines and taking his cues from the band.

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Allah's Cart - pick and choose.

* Bush's disregard for public opinion... a selling point for the public?

* When is the world truly safe enough for the President to be as disengaged as he's been for the last 5.x years?

* Want a true Christian on the ballot, 'write in Jesus'.

* How long before the UK starts handing the 'unchargeable' over to the US... we love holding people without charge.

* Feeling safer under Bush? Neither is the Gulf Coast.

* Not so much, it's about controlling women or the argument would include condoms.

* In an election year... wouldn't this be a flip-flop?

* It's good to bethink you're the king. Guess when you build a palace, it makes sense.

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Lest We Forget.

As Bush returns to the scene of the crime abdication of duty, images of his sense of urgency and caring need to be kept fresh.

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"No one could have anticipated the breach of government continuity and lack of attention to detail".

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Faith Based Voters

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rep. Katherine Harris sought Saturday to smother a campaign brushfire stoked by an earlier claim that failure to elect Christians to public office would allow lawmakers to "legislate sin."

Harris, appearing at a gun show in Orlando, said she did not mean to offend non-Christians in her comments to the Florida Baptist Witness last week. She explained that she referred exclusively – and repeatedly – to Christians because she was being interviewed by the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

(...)

Harris ignited a furor with her Witness interview. She sounded a fervent evangelical tone, saying that God "chooses our rulers," that voters needed to send Christians to political office and that God did not intend for the United States to be a "nation of secular laws."

Speaking to Witness editors, Harris said:

"If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin."

(...)

Saturday, Harris did not apologize but said, "it breaks my heart" if people were upset with her interview. She said "it wasn't my intent" to "section out Christians."

Though Harris directly addressed her remarks about church and state, she was less clear explaining her comments about God not intending for the United States to be "a nation of secular laws."

Asked if the U.S. should be a secular country, Harris said: "I think that our laws, I mean, I look at how the law originated, even from Moses, the 10 Commandments. And I don't believe, that uh . . . That's how all of our laws originated in the United States, period. I think that's the basis of our rule of law."


Whatta nutter. Attending gun shows to both campaign and "clear up" the confusion over her statements about the need for Christian only elected officials? Then, instead of providing an appropriate explanation, she's proves she has absolutely no grasp on the belief systems of the founding fathers, the rule of law or the judiciary. It's no wonder her respect for the elections in Miami couldn't raise a blip on an electroencephlagram, she was waiting for guidance from her maker and in the absence of that... the Bush family.

Her campaign has become truly faith based... nothing short of a miracle is going to get her a Senate seat.


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August 25, 2006

Don't You Just Miss the Dark Ages?

It never ceases to amaze the degree to which people are surprised when there's negative backlash to bigotted language by those being slighted. Mike Adams has tossed out enough vitriolic language to make an entire lake bitter and we've come to expect less than PC type of comments from him. This though, takes the cake.

There is nothing wrong with discriminating against a class of people who are afflicted with an emotional or mental illness that is relevant to the completion of a given task – especially if that task is crucial to the well-being of the society at large. That is why I am opposed to the idea of gays adopting or teaching our children.

... and he still can't figure out why he gets hate mail?

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Quotable Must Reads

Howard Dean smack-down captured on Kos.

"You don't make a permanent commitment to a failed policy. "


A TBogg reader cuts through the BS.

And one of the consequences of failing this badly is that you have to shut up and let actual adults take charge and clean this shit up. I don't give a rat's ass whether you're ready to live with it. Sit down, and don't raise your hand again until you have something useful to say.


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August 24, 2006

Cracked Eggs in the Chickenhawk Nest

Quotables from a couple of the finer supporters of the manufactured Iraqi war that's being funded by the Chinese, fought by our men and women and still completely strategy-free.

Sure, anti-war candidate Ned Lamont beat Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in the Democratic primary. But look at Lamont's "strategy" for the war in Iraq. He calls for a "phased pullout" of troops. A "phased pullout"?

Larry's more of the phased stay-in type. Just keep us there indefinitely or at least until the insurgency we fired up and continue to fuel dies out on it's own? Maybe just until the corruption, embezzling, cost overrun and subsequent interest on our inevitable debt becomes too much to sustain.


To wit, they're claiming there is no connection between the war on terror and the war in Iraq, and while they're all for the war against terror -- absolutely in favor of that war -- they are adamantly opposed to the Iraq war. You know, the war where the U.S. military is killing thousands upon thousands of terrorists (described in the media as "Iraqi civilians," even if they are from Jordan, like the now-dead leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi). That war.

We liberals (like I f-ing speak for them... but if Ann can, so can I) support the GWOT as long as there's no confusing the Messopotamian boondoggle with the search for Osama and the erradication of the cause of terrorism. You can't fight an emotion, you actually have to address the cause. Most of all though I can really get behind a war in which Ann's support is coupled with active involvement and my civil liberties aren't erradicated under the guise of protecting my freedomses. I could also be tempted in getting behind investigating people who make idle threats like blowing up the NY Times building. Couple of years detention without charge might be in order. Something worth pondering.

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Everything in Moderation

Why has news almost become a self-parody? Why does it seem there's less and less quality in each night's broadcast? How is it that Nancy Grace, Rita Cosby et al manage to qualify as pundits/journalists?

24 hour news cycles. It's not about quality, just quanity. As illustrated below, you truly can, have too much of a good thing and an ungodly amount of a bad thing.


Toast with Butter or TV News.

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Butter with Toast or News TV.

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August 23, 2006

Parallel Universes

Ah, American Culture. We ain't high-brow, but you know where we're comin' from.

All you need to know about America, her values and her freedomses can be found in either a country song or the lives of the artists themselves. ...and they say Hollywood is crazy?

Two days after her DUI arrest, she was injured in a beating by her former boyfriend, William McKnight, who pleaded guilty to domestic assault and was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail.

McCready has since sued McKnight over the beating and given birth to his child.



Which explains, this.

He loves to cuss, gets a jolly when a mountain biker wipes out trying to keep up with him, and now we're learning that the first frat boy loves flatulence jokes. A top insider let that slip when explaining why President Bush is paranoid around women, always worried about his behavior. But he's still a funny, earthy guy who, for example, can't get enough of fart jokes. He's also known to cut a few for laughs, especially when greeting new young aides, but forget about getting people to gas about that.

Now, when we see Bush chuckling to himself on the dais and the laughter appears wholely unrelated to the topic, we know why things seem, so durn funny.

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We Were Asleep When the Navaho Left

* Hot off the press... words easier to thrust on others than live by.

* First the clever linguists at Townhall come up with Taliban Democrats and now.... Hezbocrats? For a party who's frontrunners are either indicted or bigots... they sure do project, don't they?

* Wrap your head around this gem; "The surveillance is legal if it's necessary to protect national security, and the fact that we're not willing to discuss it shows it's necessary to protect national security."

* Dear John McCain, Yes, this administration is guilty... but as a lily-livered bowl of fear laced jello, you win no points in your complicitness. Congress authorized and or failed to call into question any of Bush's justifications. It's your war too.

* I knew it was only a matter of time before Pat Buchanan would say something that undermined all of his recent super-logical articles.

* Crib notes and he still comes off sounding like a doofus?

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I'm a Thunkin'

"Laura said I ain't been usin' mah seriousness face enough".



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August 22, 2006

All the Fit That's News to Print

* Being hard-headed is not a sign of leadership.

* All the information you didn't want to know about Iraq in their post-3/19 world.

* Did you know Texas is for sale to the highest bidder?

* Profiling through fear.

* I like Ike.

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Political Pedantry

The English language, quartered, deboned and wrapped nicely in butcher paper.

Q Thanks. Let me ask you about presidential pardons. Last week, you issued 17 of them. That brought the number of pardons you've issued in your presidency to 97, and that's far fewer than most of your recent predecessors, except your dad. And I want to ask you, do you consider yourself to be stingy when it comes to pardons? What is your philosophy on granting presidential pardons?

THE PRESIDENT: You know, I don't have the criterion in front of me, Mark, but we have a strict criterion that we utilize -- we being the Justice Department and the White House Counsel. And I, frankly, haven't compared the number of pardons I've given to any other President. Perhaps I should. But I don't think a scorecard should, necessarily, be the guidepost for pardoning people.

Bush uses a strict litmus test for pardons? Criterion is singular and given the list, he might be right... if the offense is minor and in the distant past, the request is granted.

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August 21, 2006

Soulman: Staying the Course

When the course is dictated by the rut you dug... keep on rutting.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. More than 3,500 Iraqis were killed last month, the highest civilian monthly toll since the war began. Are you disappointed with the lack of progress by Iraq's unity government in bringing together the sectarian and ethnic groups?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I am aware that extremists and terrorists are doing everything they can to prevent Iraq's democracy from growing stronger. That's what I'm aware of.


(...)

Q I'm talking about strategy --

THE PRESIDENT: The strategy is to help the Iraqi people achieve their objectives and their dreams, which is a democratic society. That's the strategy. The tactics -- now, either you say, yes, its important we stay there and get it done, or we leave. We're not leaving, so long as I'm the President. That would be a huge mistake. It would send an unbelievably terrible signal to reformers across the region. It would say we've abandoned our desire to change the conditions that create terror. It would give the terrorists a safe haven from which to launch attacks. It would embolden Iran. It would embolden extremists.


Ok, folks... here's the strategy: No matter how standed up the Iraqis may be, they can rest assured we'll still be there in January '09. He's not disappointed in the lack of progress because it provides the justification he needs to keep us in the theatre of battle. Infinite chicken and egg loop hatched by the chief chickenhawk.


Remember these points, in November.



The daily death toll from violence in Iraq now stands at more than 3,000 a month, or averaging more than 100 killings a day.





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I'm sorry, they did WHAT?


This freaking anyone else out, or is it just me?

Iranian artillery shells killed at least two civilians and caused dozens of families to flee Iraqi Kurdistan villages, a senior Kurdish official says.

The shells were aimed at an area known as a base for militant Kurdish opposition groups seeking independence from Iran and Turkey, said Mustafa Sayed Qadir, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which governs the eastern half of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The government of Iraq is aware of the shelling, which has taken place in recent months, but has not taken an official position, The New York Times reported Sunday.

More of the course we're staying?

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Civics Lesson for the Underqualified

Q Mr. President, the federal ruling yesterday that declared your terrorist surveillance program unconstitutional -- the judge wrote that it was never the intent of the framers to give the President such unfettered control. How do you respond, sir, to opponents who say that this ruling is really the first nail in the coffin of your administration's legal strategy in the war on terror?

THE PRESIDENT: I would say that those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live. You might remember last week working with the -- with people in Great Britain, we disrupted a plot. People were trying to come and kill people.

This country of ours is at war, and we must give those whose responsibility it is to protect the United States the tools necessary to protect this country in a time of war. The judge's decision was a -- I strongly disagree with that decision, strongly disagree. That's why I instructed the Justice Department to appeal immediately, and I believe our appeals will be upheld.

I made my position clear about this war on terror. And by the way, the enemy made their position clear yet again when we were able to stop them. And I -- the American people expect us to protect them, and therefore I put this program in place. We believe -- strongly believe it's constitutional.

And if al Qaeda is calling in to the United States, we want to know why they're calling. And so I made my position clear. It would be interesting to see what other policymakers -- how other policymakers react.

Um, no.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

When terror reigns supreme and fear is the tool of the powerful, how again is it that we win? When the rights afforded to us under the Constitution, which we hold dear, are eroded under the guise of safety we admit failure outright. We undermine our credibility to the world as the paragons of freedom when we allow threats to so drastically impact our lives, our liberty and our pursuit of happiness.

Bush's inability to fully grasp the concept that he works for us and the nation's willful subservience to his crimal ineptitude stands a greater chance of weakening this nation internally than any external threat of violence ever will.

Posted by kerry at 03:22 AM | Comments (0)

Single Color Chameleon

"We are at war with a brutal enemy," Lieberman said while visiting a pizza parlor. "How the heck can we be in a battle in which we are fighting as Democrats and Republicans against each other when these terrorists certainly don't distinguish based on party affiliation? They want to kill any and all of us."

Ironically, as a Gallup Poll showed, Lieberman has more support from Republicans than he does among Democrats, though the 48 percent of Democrats who voted for him this month isn't chopped liver, either.

But with the Republican establishment rejecting Alan Schlesinger, who gets 6 percent in the polls, the dirty little secret in Washington is that some of Lieberman's biggest supporters are in the White House.

Oh, Joe. How hard is it to recall the old addage, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem"? I've got no issue with you running as a Republican with Republican money and Republican staff... just please stop calling yourself an Independent Democrat.

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August 18, 2006

Kookitude

Rephrasing for clarity and fun.

* Who Would Jesus Hire and what would his criteria be?

* When you mix Bush's policies with religion what do you get? Holy Crap.

* Orrin Hatch, suffering from terrorist induced selective memory loss.

* Rhetorical questions. Five years late.

* The GOP machine will fund Lieberman as an Independent, he'll win and then switch parties proving once and for all where his loyalties lie.

* How cool is it to manufacture a war and be able to totally justify the obliteration all the underpinnings of the Constitution on the existence of said war? The ultimate blank check.

* Booby Bombs. What's in your blouse?

Posted by kerry at 05:13 AM | Comments (0)

New Math

Bush's plan for removing the threat to America.

Security + Freedom = America
Freedom(Hate) = Terrorism
America - Freedom = Peace

What they really mean.

Mohawk + Kaka = Macaca
Mohawk = Head ; Kaka = Shit
Macaca = Shithead

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August 17, 2006

Quotables - WTF Edition

Why might the Democrats be anti-Iraq War? Easy... real question is, why Joe (and those on his fence) doesn't get it?


Ricks argues that the invasion of Iraq "was based on perhaps the worst war plan in American history," an incomplete plan that "confused removing Iraq's regime with the far more difficult task of changing the entire country." The result of going in with too few troops and no larger strategic plan, he says, was "that the U.S. effort resembled a banana republic coup d'etat more than a full-scale war plan that reflected the ambition of a great power to alter the politics of a crucial region of the world."


Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and the other supporters of this war are responsible for the consequences of their actions—or they ought to be. One result is that tens of thousands of Iraqis are now dead who would not have been had the invasion not happened. Given that Bush hails the preciousness of each life when the subject is embryonic stem-cell research, I wonder why the Iraq war is not judged—and acknowledged—an abysmal failure by its creators. Do they not believe Iraqi lives are as valuable as frozen embryos?


We are rapidly approaching "put up or shut up" time in Iraq, i.e., the time at which no strategy will result in the accomplishment of a stable, unified, democratic Iraq. And we are approaching that point because we have, for the last three years, temporized, negotiated, and shifted between strategies, and gone back and forth between the application of force, and the application of half measures.

...not only is closure of Guantanamo right in principle, it is right because "the historic tradition of the US as a beacon of freedom, liberty and of justice deserves the removal of what has become a symbol of injustice".


"I think that the greatest problem that we deal (besides the insurgents and militia) with is that our leadership has no real comprehension of the ground truth. I wish that I could offer a solution, but I can't. When I have briefed General Officers, I have given them my perspective and assessment of the situation. Many have been surprised at what I have to say, but I suspect that in the end nothing will or has changed."


As just a cause as this may have been... the righteousness has been erased by ineptitude, ignorance and a disregard for humanity, culture, civil rights and rule of law.


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Oh, They So Had it Coming




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August 16, 2006

Asking Questions

* Isn't it stunning to see the how much more outrage is being directed at extra smoke in a photo or multiple angles of a single shot over the actual number of civilian casualties? Is there such thing as journalistic purity when you're ass-deep in rubble and can smell the stench of rotting flesh from under your feet?

* Was FDR wrong? Could his question need updating? Should it now be, "we have nothing to fear but the fear mongers themselves"? Osama et al rely on fear tactics and they are rightfully known as terror-ists. What do you call a government that allows that fear to manipulate their policies and affect their nation? Enablerists?

* What does it look like when you chart out the course we're staying?

* Would you be surprise at the existence of an electrical fire if you failed to hire a professional to wire your primary supply?

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August 15, 2006

Tumultuous Calm

* Why does the AP hate America, her freedoms and the safety our government guarantees?

* Since when did the minority party possess so much power they could actually be accused of playing politics with the GWOT? Simple logic when applied properly, would lead one to assume that the manipulation of fear would have to come from those in charge.

* What, you mean bombing the love for democracy into em ain't gonna work?

* Gotta give Bush a smidge of credit... he can be ironic with a straight face.

* Damned if I don't find myself nodding in agreement with Buchanan again. Eerie.

* George Allen for the GOP nomination in '08. I love a man who's not afraid to be who he really is.

Posted by kerry at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)

Cuppa-Joe

Joe Lieberman: The best Democratish-type 3-way tied for third Republican money can buy.


"Bringing people together to solve problems and depolarize the partisanship of politics... until rather recently".


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A Time to Sow. A Time to Reap



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we had joy we had fun
we had seasons in the sun
but the wine and the song
like the seasons have all gone

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August 14, 2006

Open Letter

Dear George Bush,

That War on Terror's got me Terror-fied. I'm all hopped up on fear; scared of that guy at 7-11 with the bottle of water, the shify-eyed lady at the Target make-up counter and don't even, get me started on the guy buying toothpaste yesterday at Walgreens.

We truly do need to be fightin' them over there instead of over here and gotta hit em where it hurts. We've shown we can tear down governments that support "Terror" with well-funded ease and spectacularly documented video montages. No more chasing imaginary threats in Iraq, that think-tank experinment's due the write-off it so richly deserves.

So, when we invadin' Britain and Pakistan?

Let's roll!

Much love and warmongering,

The Monkey.

Posted by kerry at 08:12 PM | Comments (0)

Piss Poor Planning

Hello... DHS-FAA-FBI ... how long have you known about the potential of the liquid explosives threat? 6 years... 10 years...

... a Herndon, Va.-based company has technology that can help airport security screeners determine whether a container of liquid is an explosive as it passes through airport X-ray machines.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in talks with Guardian Technologies International Inc. to use the company's PinPoint image analysis software in conjunction with airport X-ray machines to tell the difference between explosives and organic items such as shampoo, clothes and food in carry-on baggage, according to a company executive.

Is it just me or does the mental image of thousands of reactive knees jerking appear similar to goose-stepping?

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Twice the Speed of Stupid and Half the Impact of Apathy

Imagine if we had this level of presidential clarity when it came to our boondoggles.



Some Israeli officials considered this stupid idea proposed by the American President involving an attack on Syria insanity, for the world would have seen the ''military campaign'' as overt aggression.

(...)

Speaking from his ranch in Texas, Bush said that "it increasingly seemed that Israel would not be able to achieve a military victory, a reality that led the Americans to get behind a cease-fire," New York Times quoted the American President as saying.

Olmert now has only one choice, which is courageously face the political damage at home.



Instead... here at home we hear from the Kool-Aid team.

In just a six short weeks, Israel has done a great job, a job that will end with the complete elimination of Hezbollah's ability to launch attacks on Israel. I have it on good authority that Israel will not stop until they secure their nation and succeed in their endeavors to accomplish what Lebanon either refused to do or was unable to do – despite the passage of a cease-fire resolution yesterday at the U.N. Security Council.

(...)

If we fail in Iraq, assure yourself, Iran will rapidly fill the vacuum of power. It will move even quicker to acquire nuclear weapons and then the world will have a problem that no talking, no diplomacy, no cease-fire in the world will stop. It is time to say no to terrorism. If not, now when? If not this way, than how? Israel has made its choice. Have we?

Oh yes, we've made decisions. Just none of them good or with an understanding of the long-term impact.

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August 12, 2006

Boom Boom Boom, Let's Go Back to My Room

What's worse than a fake terrorist plot, cooked up to place unnecessary fear in the hearts and minds of the voter during primary season when the opposition's the only one making real sense?

A real terrorist plot, manipulated by the administration in the media well in advance of any police/military action -- to ensure the opposition looked weak on national defense and soft on terror.

This is why, the boy who cried wolf wound up starring in "Boy Who Became Wolf Shit".

Posted by kerry at 02:44 AM | Comments (1)

August 10, 2006

Butterfly Effect

When Pakistani terrorists plan to attack planes in the UK... my kid is not allowed to take a sippy-cup of milk on his flight to Chicago this morning.

Guess what, he doesn't feel any safer and according to him, "Dad, this sucks".

I'm still waiting for the day someone uncovers the C4 + rectum plot.


Posted by kerry at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

Taliban Democrats and Other Nonsensical Statements.

* Bless Cal Thomas' pea-pickin' heart. He's so dead set on supporting Lieberman he's forgetting that the Democrats who are tired of the do-nothing incumbents don't really want to stifle free speech, music, movies, sex, personal choice, and civil liberties like the Taliban... that's the other party.

* The price for loyalty.

* Really, is alcohol so powerful that it causes you to say things you've never thought? The old addage is, when you're drinkin' your mouth's sayin' what your mind is thinkin'. Maybe the end result is that alcohol becomes illegal, given it's a gateway drug to bigotry and anti-semitism.

* Given Bush's vision for Iraq... how stood up is Iraq going to need to be when we move on over into Iran?

* Mmmmm, Texas-flavored hypocrisy.

* Too much to hope for?

Posted by kerry at 07:50 AM | Comments (0)

Be Careful What You Ask For...

Ah Ann. Happy Bush got what he needed.

The free world, which is rapidly boiling down to us and Israel, is under savage attack. Treason is rampant in the country. True, Democrats hate Bush, but they would hate anybody who fights the war on terrorism. It is a hostile world, and there is now a real question about the will of the American people to survive.

Back in the 2000 race Bush was having trouble with the whole lack of an 'us vs. them' and without the clarity of a nation in Osama and his buddies, we needed a nation state to be pissed at or to piss on.

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

Lucky for Bush (and Ann), he's expanded that approach into more of a global opinion than he could have dreamed possible. Not only has he polarized the nation but the entire planet. ...and they say he's not had any successes to speak of. It's all in how you're measuring succes.

To Ann's other point... I sure would like her to find *one* person who's completely opposed to the War on Terror-ism/ists. Opposition to an under-budgeted, under-planned nightmare in Iraq isn't opposition to the GWOT.

Posted by kerry at 07:12 AM | Comments (0)

God Bless Volvo

My wife, my son and my god daughter all walked away. Reason #13447479325 why running red lights are bad*.

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* red light was run by the other car

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August 09, 2006

Truthiness in Advertising

Clarity for Connecticut


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Does Joe need to refund monies received from the Democratic Party now? Shouldn't he, even if he's not legally obligated to do so?

Posted by kerry at 04:59 AM | Comments (0)

Joementum

You know Joe, when the voters speak and you still refuse to listen, you simply drive home, hard, the point being made all along. You've betrayed your constituents, turned your back on your legacy and become irrelevant. Yes, there are many of us who are happy Ned Lamont won, but it didn't *have* to happen.



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August 08, 2006

QOTD - Crippled Waterfowl


via MilitaryWeek

Science and ethics are two areas where George W. Bush cannot be accused of knowing too much, thinking too deeply, nor retaining even a shadow of personal humility.

Someone needs smart pills.

Posted by kerry at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

Where there's fire, there's bound to be smoke

* New found accuracy in media.

* Success; now being gauged on a sliding scale.

* Maybe he's selectively moronic.

* More of the mighty are falling.

* Maybe Tom will win... irony's always entertaining.

* Why does the media hate Iraq so?

* A pattern is forming.

Posted by kerry at 03:49 AM | Comments (0)

I'm Sorry, You're Going to Need to Talk Louder, I Can't Hear You Over the Whisper Campaign

Some of the best quotes of the week.

Limbaugh:

What Cokie seems to recognize is something E.J. Dionne has yet to grasp: No matter how tough things get for conservatives, Democrats are inescapably hostage to their militant base and otherwise ill-equipped to lead the world against the global Islamofascist jihad -- facts not lost on most voters.

Ah, yes... the violent success rate of the Neocons a record worthy of global laudation.



Prager:

So, the real question is: Why? Why has the shooting and murder of Jews elicited less angst from the Left than the anti-Semitic statements made by Mel Gibson when drunk?

Dennis, just because it's on TV ad nauseum, isn't an indication of how much anyone cares



Morse:

Nobody gets any credit for raising children.

WATB much?



McCullough:

Liberals love pedophiles, because they must do so to keep their own belief system intact.

(...)

For liberals to denounce pedophiles, ultimately they would have to denounce, lesbianism, homsexuality, and their particular favorite - adultery. And that's just no going to happen.

At the end of the day there are such a thing as moral values, and liberals despise them - because as they see it - those moral values limit their sexual freedoms. And if this is "America" - isn't it all about the freedom to get your groove on?

Liberals love pedophiles.

We have a winner!!! The worst pseudo-pundit on the planet.

Posted by kerry at 02:16 AM | Comments (0)

August 07, 2006

Which One of These is Not Like the Other

The Doctrine of Imposed Christian Nihilism?

WASHINGTON -- These are rich times for conspiracy theorists, and the mother lode these days may be found in the fevered minds of anti-Christianists.

Among paranoiacs who see a Jerry Falwell or a John Hagee in every burning bush, U.S. support for Israel isn't about protecting the only healthy democracy in the Middle East, but about advancing Armageddon and, yes, the Second Coming.

At last, we'll get to know what Jesus would drive. Most likely, he'd drive out the conspiracy theorists on both sides of this imagined apocalypse.

(...)

``You can be sure that Condi Rice is not reading Tim LaHaye books,'' says Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and director of its Evangelicals in Civic Life program. LaHaye is author of the best-selling apocalyptic ``Left Behind'' series.



And here's another data point: Joel C. Rosenberg, who writes Christian apocalyptic fiction, told me in an interview this week that he was invited to a White House Bible study group last year to talk about current events and biblical prophecy.

Rosenberg said that on February 10, 2005, he came to speak to a "couple dozen" White House aides in the Old Executive Office Building -- and has stayed in touch with several of them since.

Rosenberg wouldn't say exactly what was discussed. "The meeting itself was off the record, as you could imagine," he said. He declined to name the staffer he said invited him or describe the attendees in any way other than to say that the president was not among them. "I can't imagine they'd want to talk about it," he said.

"I can't tell you that the people that I spoke with agree with me, or believe that prophecy can really help you understand what will happen next in the Middle East, but I'm not surprised that they're intrigued."

(...)

Rosenberg says he got a call last year from a White House staffer. "He said 'A lot of people over here are reading your novels, and they're intrigued that these things keep on happening. . . . Your novels keep foreshadowing actual coming events. . . . And so we're curious, how are you doing it? What's the secret? Why don't you come over and walk us through the story behind these novels?' So I did."

Find the disparity and ask yourself; which of these two arguments, given the path of our foreign policy, recent political doctrines and statements from this administration, do you find to be the most viable?

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August 06, 2006

365 days till 40

Happy Birthday to Me


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August 04, 2006

Semantic Semblance

* Maybe they hate us because the loudest voices appear selective in which types of human life they value.

* Going to be damn hard to drown the Bush-sized government in a bathtub. The "tubes" police are now looking at limiting profile-style websites in libraries. Why?

* Why does the Bush administration and the legislative majority hate the America worker so? Between overtime rulings and the treatment of the minimum wage, they're just dead set on widening the disparity gap.

* Insanity: doing the same thing over and over... expecting different results.

* Why New Orleans can't be rebuilt. Too busy nation building elsewhere.

* 4 more days before Lieberman becomes a fully GOP sponsored independent.

* Shouldn't they have tried it on lab rats first?

* The future; option one or option two.

Posted by kerry at 05:43 AM | Comments (0)

Mission Accompliced

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent official visit to Washington coincided with an upsurge in sectarian violence in Baghdad prompting the Pentagon to re-deploy an additional 5,000 troops to the Iraqi capital. And, at a time when most Americans had hoped for a drawdown of US forces in Iraq, the Pentagon is extending the tours of 3,500 soldiers for up to four months in an effort to curb the bloodshed.

Ah, the success to failure ratio of have no strategy, timeline or exit plan.

Posted by kerry at 04:22 AM | Comments (0)

August 03, 2006

Why Not Joe?

An incumbent Democrat who recruits College Republicans, plans to run as an Independent and votes in-line with Dear Leader's worst decision points... still thinks he's entitled to his job?


From: "[windows-1252] College Republicans"
Reply-To: collegerepublicans@PRINCETON.EDU
To: collegerepublicans@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Unconventional Primary Campaign Opportunity (LIEBERMAN)

Republicans,

(...)

Incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman (Democratic Primary)
Lieberman is facing a tough primary fight versus far-left anti war activist Ned Lamont.
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August 4-9th Primary Campaigning:

(...)

People interested in campaigning for Lieberman in the Democratic Primary will have lodging accommodations paid for (by his campaign), as well as food and transportation.

Buses would bring you back on August 9th.

via kos

Posted by kerry at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

Grace Under Fire

When you start out comparing yourself to Reagan and wind up performing like Ford, it's possible expectations may have been set too high.



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

QOTD - Faster than the speed of insensitivity

War is hell. People die. Some are innocent. Some are women and children. Some just so happen to be living right next to rocket and missile launchers aimed at women and children on the other side. And next to terrorist headquarters. In a Hezbollah stronghold too close for comfort to the Israeli border. And so, they die. That's what happens in war. It is nothing new.

Don't you miss the days when the sanctity of life applied, *even* to those outside of a petri-dish or cryo-lab and there was, at a minimum, a glimmer of compassion in conservativism?

By her logic, should you have the misfortune of owning a house next door to a meth lab and the cops, when makign a bust, get the house wrong and open fire when you come out to get the paper... it's your fault for living there and hey, these things happen in a war.

Posted by kerry at 02:15 AM | Comments (1)

August 02, 2006

QOTD - Our Father Who Art in a White House

Why bother with a pastor, imam, preacher, rabbi or priest when your Dear Leader has the power to absolve?

Q Yes, the Reverend Ted Baehr, as chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, says that while Mel Gibson's behavior was shocking, his apology should be taken to heart. And Attorney William Donohue, of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said, "What Mel Gibson said was indefensible, anti-Semitic and irresponsible. Fortunately, he's apologized, which is being rejected by some who should know better." In 2003 Roman Polanski, the convicted child rapist, received a standing ovation when he won an Oscar. Nice to know what really offends Hollywood. And my question: Does the President forgive Mel Gibson or not? (Laughter.)

MR. SNOW: The President believes in the forgiveness of sins for all who seek forgiveness.

...and people say there's no benefit to merging church and state?

Posted by kerry at 04:07 AM | Comments (0)

Fecal Blueprint for Peace

Your Democracy in action.


* San Diego county, fighting corruption with corruption.

* Pennsylvania, where money buy just about anything.

* If you bring a video camera to a protest... keep it quiet or pre-arrange the services of an attorney.

* Texas where state parks aren't worthy of funding but land can be sold off to Spain.

* Even when the populace believes a candidate is no longer qualified, he still has an alternate path by which to seek what he believes he's entitled to.

* Being above the law, totally rules.

Posted by kerry at 02:25 AM | Comments (0)

August 01, 2006

Planning for the Inevitable

Wouldn't it be refreshing if once, just once, this administration appeared to have planned for any and all possible outcomes for inevitable situations... Katrina was the benchmark and the Israel/Lebanon conflict is it's supporting argument.

Earlier, when asked whether a new Middle East shuttle was being planned, Rice told reporters on her plane: "Stay tuned." She also rejected largely negative reaction to the Rome talks, which portrayed Washington as isolated in its opposition to a call for an "immediate ceasefire" demanded by some European and Arab allies. Rice denied on Thursday that Washington had been on its own. "Yes, there were a lot of countries calling for an immediate ceasefire. There were several that did not," Rice said. "It was not all countries calling for an immediate ceasefire," she said, adding that failure to engineer a cessation of hostilities that would last, would only cause future bloodshed. "Every time there is a broken ceasefire, people die and there is destruction and misery." "Yes, we want to see a ceasefire urgently in this region. Let's create the conditions this time that will make this an end of violence."


Asked why she didn't go earlier and engage in quick-hit diplomacy to try to end the violence, Rice replied, "I could have gotten on a plane and rushed over and started shuttling and it wouldn't have been clear what I was shuttling to do."


Rice said that the proposed settlement is based on assurances given to her by the parties and is founded on three principles: A cease fire, the proper political conditions for a long term agreement, and the establishment of a multinational force. “We are working on all three elements of the deal so the cease fire will be backed by a multinational force supported by a Security Council resolution.”


And the United States' role as Mideast peacekeeper and honest broker? Rice canceled a scheduled stop in Beirut on Sunday after Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora made it clear she wasn't welcome. She was returning to Washington today after a nine-day tour to focus on seeking a resolution in the United Nations Security Council that will bring about a "sustainable" cease-fire in the region.

Bush said the United States was working with allies for a United Nations Security Council resolution to get a "sustainable cease-fire, a cease-fire which will last" — but not necessarily anything immediate. ... "Yesterday's situation was awful," Bush said. "I understand that, but it's also awful that a million Israelis are worried about rockets being fired from their neighbor to the north."

So, in summary... we take 14 days to respond. Then our envoy dismisses the importance of her role as a negotiator and the need to act swiftly, while noting that it's too early to try and stop the fighting or seek a cessation and then ultimately defers future planning for the region to the UN. Why again the proported surprise when disinvited by the Lebanese government?

I'll buy dinner for the first White House press corps member who asks Bush and or Rice what sustainable means in terms of regional stability and then follows it up with its relationship to the "course" we're staying in Iraq and how meaningless both are without being fully quantified and measured. Proof of question and follow-up required.

Alice is permanently trapped on the other side of the looking glass.

Posted by kerry at 08:10 AM | Comments (0)

Aout Begins

* Go, play MadLibs with hate mail. Super fun for the whole family.

* Interesting isn't it, when you google "damn cracker" on Google Images, you get pictures of Andrew Sullivan, Wonkette and E.J. Dionne. Makes sense.. but surprising nontheless.

* Better off now than you were six years ago, then reject change. Otherwise stay the course with the super-successful team of GOP whizbangs, hell-bent on flubbing international diplomacy while turning corruption into high art at home.

* Ain't it 'bout time Dubya started debatin' that there, Globawl Warmin'?

* Look folks, it's all about being fair. The poor want to feed, clothe and house themselves and the rich want to have 100% of what's due them. We phase in a minimum wage increase over 3 years and give a break to inheritance recipients now. It's called balance. in bizarro world

Posted by kerry at 02:11 AM | Comments (1)