Wednesday, June 30, 2004

RWAs

Right Wing Assholes. How to talk to them? That is the question asked of Cary Tennis in today's Since you Asked column:
Here's the problem: the opinions of right-wing assholes (RWAs). Now, when socializing with family or in our little club, the rule to observe is "Don't talk about sex, religion or politics." RWAs would be the first to assert these family values, but of course can't help getting in little digs. Or big digs. No matter what activity you pursue, RWAs must express their opinions. "That's one for Hillary." "'They' don't like us handling guns." "There's this one guy at work who's a Muslim, but he won't be around long if I can help it." And "the liberals did this, did that, did this other thing." Gay marriage, women's rights, gun control, our eternal wars -- you name it, a right-wing asshole can sneak it into any conversation and slam it.

And, oh man, can they talk! Many RWAs are blue-collar and listen to Hate Radio for eight hours a day, and can (and will) gladly blather for eight hours at the drop of a hat. None of their opinions are their own, of course. They're just parroting the talk-show hosts. And because they're "talking sense" they assume everyone listening agrees with them. [snip]


Which leads to the all-burning question: What's the best way to respond civilly to right-wingers you socialize with but whose opinions you don't share?

Well, one could adopt the Veep's approach to feel-good dialog and tell the RWA to go fuck him/her self. It's what YT does. YT likes the Mitch & Murray policy from Downtown: "Nice guy? Fuck you. Go home and play with your kids."

But the ever wise Mr. Tennis has sage advice:
Unfortunately, we don't have a single word that says "I'm listening but I may or may not agree." But we do have several ways of saying "Kindly take your head out of your ass," and it seems to me we ought to start saying it.

America is in political crisis. This is no time to sit quietly by. You simply have to register your dissent. We are living in one of those historic moments where you either respond authentically or you lose your soul. If your friends and relatives do not realize the depth of our peril, you owe it to them to try to make them aware of it.

So how do you register your disagreement in a way that is principled, respectful and historically conscious? Maybe you start by saying something simple and straightforward such as "I respectfully disagree."

[snip]

Don't try to win them over. Just stand your ground and say you're a liberal and you don't agree and that's how you see it. If you're challenged to rebut what was said, offer instead to do some research and present your case to the group at a later date, saying that even if you don't persuade anyone, that way you'll all end up a little better informed.

Then go home and study. Go over every detail. Learn the history of the subject. Listen to all the pundits you can stand and get to know what their arguments are. Find the factual holes in their arguments. Then, next time you meet, present your case, and ask for campaign contributions.

Today's a good day to send some scratch.

Seventh-inning Screech

Well, a booooooooooooo, actually. And just who was worthy of the bronx cheer? That's right, Dick "Go Fuck Yourself" Cheney.
Cheney, who visited both clubhouses after batting practice, watched part of the game from the box of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and part from a first-row seat next to the Yankees dugout, where he sat between New York Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Cheney was booed when he was shown on the right-field videoboard during the seventh-inning stretch.

Feels good, don't it, Veep?

Shoveling Coal for Satan

Matt Taibbi lets it rip.

Go. Read. Now.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Mirage in the Desert

NYTs Michael Ignatieff's mea culpa:
...For if the country needs anything as it faces up to Iraq, it is to put away the messianic and missionary oratory of presidential funerals and learn some humility while there is still time.

At Abu Ghraib, America paid the price for American exceptionalism, the idea that America is too noble, too special, too great to actually obey international treaties like the Torture Convention or international bodies like the Red Cross. Enthralled by narcissism and deluded by servility, American lawyers forgot their own Constitution and its peremptory prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

[snip]

This administration was fumbling for a plan two months before the invasion. Who can read Bob Woodward's ''Plan of Attack'' and not find his jaw dropping at the fact that from the very beginning, in late 2001, none of the civilian leadership, not Rice, not Powell, not Tenet, not the president, asked where the plan for the occupation phase was? Who can't feel that U.S. captains, majors and lieutenants were betrayed by the Beltway wars between State and Defense? Who can't feel rage that victorious armies stood by and watched for a month while Iraq was looted bare?

Someone like me who supported the war on human rights grounds has nowhere to hide: we didn't suppose the administration was particularly nice, but we did assume it would be competent. There isn't much excuse for its incompetence, but equally, there isn't much excuse for our naivete either.

Memo to all those someones like him -- isn't it time you too faced reality? Show Bush the door in '04!

Premature Iraqulation*

Much has been and will continue to be written about Bremer's escape from Baghdad ...


Fascisionable Cammy Posted by Hello


...and the timing of the US hand-over of power to the new Interim Iraqi Government, as Eric Boehlert writes in today's Salon feature article [sub only]:
This time there was no "Mission Accomplished" banner flying high.

Forsaking public, self-congratulatory speeches, the much-anticipated transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people did not take place among pomp and circumstance, nor was it captured for history by a throng of journalists. Instead, the transfer occurred nearly in secret inside a well-secured building behind the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, witnessed by a handful of participants in the five-minute service. Coming off a weekend of unending violence, during which more than 100 Iraqis were killed by terrorists protesting the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the pageantry of a ceremony on June 30 suddenly seemed less inviting to both the United States and its Iraqi partners in the interim government, and the transfer of power was quickly moved up to Monday.

It was just the latest U.S. plan for the Iraqi occupation to go awry. That sovereignty is being passed to Iraq against a backdrop of violence so extreme that martial law is being seriously discussed by the new Iraqi government highlights how poor the postwar conditions are and how big of a challenge the new government faces. Indeed, the handover occurs as a wide range of foreign policy experts have concluded that the plan to invade Iraq as well as the postwar-construction phase have failed on nearly every front.


Money quote:
The notion that the newborn Iraq government will be able to root out powerful insurgents, even though 138,000 U.S. troops have failed at that task over many months, strikes many observers as fantasy.


Well, whatayaexpect from the US Department of Fantasies?:

Over and over we've been told that Iraq is turning the corner.

When the statue of Saddam came down we were told that there would be a smooth occupation.

Once Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed, we were told the insurection would fizzle and stability would return to Iraq.

When both sons were murdered and the insurection gained strength, we were told that once Saddam was captured, the bloodshed in Iraq would abate.

When Saddam was captured and the insurgents grew stronger still, we were told that the handover of sovereignty will stabilize the war-torn country.

With the handover complete, the death toll and violence continues unchecked.

What Bremer and Bush and Bush's badministration have done is bail on Iraq for CYA purposes, and left Iraq with a sovereign government without complete sovereignty, let alone its own army, to battle extremist insurrection and possible civil war.

Sorry, George. What Powell said holds true: You broke it. You own it. We the People will hold you accountable.

*header shamelessly copied from Wonkette. Good one!

Monday, June 28, 2004

F/911 Rakes in the Turkee

Rising Hegemon gives Fahrenheit 911 Five Dicks for its weekend performance. Woohoooo!


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Well with big thanks to the Bush Whores and the nut-wing, Farenheit 9-11 is estimated to have taken in over 21 million dollars! This marks the first documentary (dare we say Mockumentary?) to debut as the top film in the country. To all those in the right-wing, nut-wing, and especially Sully the silly and Hitchy-poo, we say nyah nyah nyah. Way to go Mike!

Tell two friends. It really riles the right!

The No Truth Zone

Jack Mathews isn't messing around with Shrill O'Lielly. The veteran scribe's Daily Dish is being served up cold...you know, like that revenge stuff.

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In a column last week on "Fahrenheit 9/11," I paired political lefty Michael Moore with media righty Bill O'Reilly as "ideological thugs who play loose with the facts while fostering hatred in an increasingly polarized country.

I thought I was insulting Moore, but it was O'Reilly who got mad. He wanted me to appear on his radio show and defend myself. When I didn't, he told his listeners, "I guess old Jack couldn't reach the phone while hiding under his desk."

This amused me. [snip]

Here's what I'm willing to do, right here, in my medium of newsprint. I'll serve up some O'Reilly untruths, courtesy of the media watchdog group Media Matters for America (www.mediamatters.org), and you disprove them - in your column, or on your radio or TV show, wherever the truth wants out.

I'm sure Media Matters will be watching.



Friday, June 25, 2004

"I was the buffet"

Good grief. Why are most sluts stupid? Case in point: Monica Lewinsky. She just can't keep her pie hole shut.

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Clinton wiped his ass with her years ago and whataya know, now that his memoir is out she's upset that he's wiping his ass with her now. Please. Hadn't she learned anything while away from the slimelight?
"I really didn't expect him to go into detail about our relationship" in the memoir, she said. "But if he had and he'd done it honestly, I wouldn't have minded. ... I did though at least expect him to correct the false statements he made when he was trying to protect the presidency. Instead, he talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert."

Paging Dr. Freud. Ummm, Mon, hon, it's 'Life is a Cabaret', not buf...oh, whatever.
"That's not how it was. This was a mutual relationship, mutual on all levels, right from the way it started and all the way through. ... I don't accept that he had to completely desecrate my character."

Mutual on all levels? Desecrate her 'character'? Okay. Memo to Monica: Clinton was married you, you tart! And... you have no character to lose. To wit: Liar, check. Stalker, check. Crazy, check. Stupid, you bet your fat ass.
The Daily Mail said it had interviewed Lewinsky, who lives in New York, at an undisclosed location in the United States where she was staying until the wave of Clinton publicity subsides.

We know Monica digs older guys...could her 'undisclosed location' begin with the letters R R M? Anyone seen Cheney lately?

Kabul for Kerry

Political Wire scoops USA Today's breaking Kerry fundraiser in Kabul.

Kabul Rocks the Vote Posted by Hello

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — With armed Afghan guards at the gate and a Democrat donkey mascot munching leaves in the shade, dozens of American expatriates held a fundraiser in Kabul on Friday for U.S. presidential hopeful John Kerry. About 60 people, mostly nongovernment aid workers, gathered at a restaurant garden across town from the fortress-like American Embassy, declaring "Kabul for Kerry."

"It's important to show that there are Americans everywhere, even in Afghanistan, who want a change of leadership in the United States," said organizer Karen Hirschfeld, who is helping Afghans get ready for this year's national elections.

"For the future of Afghanistan, Iraq and America, we need someone with a more rational foreign policy who will work with the international community," said Hirschfeld, from Winchester, Mass. "We think John Kerry will be a good leader."


Awww.... Franklin the Democratic Donkey, munching on grass in the shade... isn't that just the warm-fuzziest visual? Sure as hell beats cluster bombs in marketplaces.

Spirit of Cooperation

All two of YT's readers know I've nothing against cursing. Shit, I fucking cuss all the time. So when fucking Dick Cheney fucking does it, I think it's fucking great. What pisses me off, however, is his fucking hipocrisy:
Dave Sirota provides a perfect fucking example:
CLAIM:

"Governor Bush and I are also absolutely determined that [we] will restore a tone of civility and decency to the debate in Washington."
- Dick Cheney, 8/4/00

CLAIM:

"I look forward to working with you, Governor, to change the tone in Washington, to restore a spirit of civility and respect and cooperation."
- Dick Cheney, 7/25/00

FACT:

"Typically a break from partisan warfare, this year's Senate class photo turned smiles into snarls as Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly used a profanity toward one senior Democrat, sources said." Cheney "blurted out the 'F word' at Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont during a heated exchange on the Senate floor… The incident occurred on Tuesday in a terse discussion between the two that touched on politics, religion and money, with Cheney finally telling Leahy to 'f--- off' or 'go f--- yourself,' the aides said…Cheney, who is president of the Senate, ripped into Leahy for the Democratic senator's criticism this week of alleged war profiteering in Iraq by Halliburton, the oil services company that Cheney once ran...During their exchange, Leahy noted that Republicans had accused Democrats of being anti-Catholic because they are opposed to some of President Bush's anti-abortion judges, the aides said. That's when Cheney unloaded with the 'F-bomb,' aides said." - CNN, 6/24/04; Reuters, 6/24/04


Shit Piss Cunt Cocksucker Motherfucker Tits
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Really, the Veep should show some fucking decency, ya fucking know what I'm sayin'?

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Coalition of the Wild-eyed

YT loves it! The Repugs' wheels really are coming off. Team Bush has a new name for Kerry supporters: Coalition of the Wild-Eyed


Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr Posted by Hello

The Bush-Cheney campaign released a video on its Web Site that played up some of the more strident statements Democrats have made on the campaign trail and declared: "This is not a time for pessimism and rage."

The implication the Bush campaign appeared to be trying to leave was that some of the main boosters of Kerry's presidential campaign are filled with rage and perhaps a bit kooky.

They forgot: Mysterious and spooky, and all-together ooky

More Gore

Big Al's at it again. He's on the stump and calling Team Bush big fat lying liars.

Big Al Posted by Hello

"Beginning very soon after the attacks of 9/11, President Bush made a decision to start mentioning Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein in the same breath in a cynical mantra designed to fuse them together as one in the public's mind." [snip]

"...President Bush is now intentionally misleading the American people," Gore said. "Indeed, Bush's consistent and careful artifice is itself evidence that he knew full well that he was telling an artful and important lie -- visibly circumnavigating the truth over and over again as if he had practiced how to avoid encountering the truth."

Go Al!

Here Cums the Judge

With Iraq still burning, Team Bush still lying through their caps, and Ronald Reagan still dead, The Smoking Gun has gone to the pumps -- Penis pumps that is:
JUNE 24--While seated on the bench, an Oklahoma judge used a male enhancement pump, shaved and oiled his nether region, and pleasured himself, state officials charged yesterday in a petition to remove the jurist. According to the below complaint filed by the Oklahoma Attorney General, Donald D. Thompson, 57, was caught in the act by a clerk, trial witnesses, and his longtime court reporter (these unsettling first-hand accounts will make you wonder what's going on under other black robes). Visitors to Thompson's Creek County courtroom reported hearing a "swooshing" sound coming from the bench, a noise the court reporter said "sounded like a blood pressure cuff being pumped up." Thompson, the complaint charges, even pumped himself up during an August 2003 murder trial.

The Judge has said the device was 'a gag gift'....YT's not going there.

Blonde nod to Talk Left.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Recent Sightings


Scandals R U.S. Posted by Hello

YT gives props to Freeway Blogger for its dedication to free speech and guerilla artists everywhere.

Osama bin Lotto

October Surprise? September 11, 2004? Republican National Convention?

Will Team Bush produce the al-Qaeda leader in time to help Dumbya's sagging re-election chances? Place your bet!

Link via Pacific Views via Pinko Feminist Hellcat.

Rust White and Blue

Rustie Michael Thomas was privileged to attend Neil Young's screening of F/911 last night at the Guild in LA. Lucky!!!! He writes:
I have just returned from one of the most powerful evenings of my life, watching “Fahrenheit 9/11” at the Directors’ Guild Theatre. It was introduced by Neil Young who was responsible for its screening as “artist in residence”. His anthem “Rockin’ in the Free World” was used as the film's closer and I must say I've never been prouder to be a fan of Neil Young’s music than I was tonight.

I'm misty eyed over here!
I talked at length with David Crosby and Stephen Stills and briefly with Neil. He introduced the film by saying he hoped it would be “a signpost back to America” and then read a telegram from Michael Moore who was in Washington DC showing the film to members of Congress. The film is a scathing indictment of the Bush administration, to put it mildly, and I asked Croz afterwards if he thought it could affect the election.

“Absolutely”, he replied, “The Republicans are scared of this movie. That's why they're doing everything they can to prevent it its release. If these guys get re-elected and they re-institute the draft, I’m leaving the country. I’ve got a 9 year old son and they ain’t gettin’ him!” He added that his more cynical friends are already convinced they have Osama in custody and are waiting to announce his capture him just before the election.

Oy. The October Surprise? I've long thought Bush would produce Osama in October too.
It was a lighthearted evening before the movie, people were in tears afterwards, the film is that powerful. Before it began, Neil spoke softly, asking each member of the audience to recruit five people to see the film and urge them to vote. So I’m honoring Neil’s request, for all of you out there who love and value the music of Neil Young and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, see “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The film shows that the powerful and greedy may have wealth on their side, but that in times of great crisis, it is the artist who will speak truth to power.

God bless America and God bless Neil Young.

Amen, brother.

UPDATE 9:17a.m.: Bill Zuma-Aiko piles on with a funny...
dub: "and get me that neil one guy"
dubaide: "thats young"
dub: "who is young?"
dubaide: "neil one"

Memo to George W. Bush: the Meek are ready!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

It's the war, stupid!

There are tears on Republican pillows today because darn it, economic strength does not prevent political war-time fallout. No matter how bright the economy looks, so long as the central political theme of Team Bring-it-On Bush is true -- that we are in the midst of a world-wide war that is far from over and predicted to worsen -- the rosy financial future is irrelevant. Pocketbook issues skitter away in the all-scattering winds of war. Sure, the economy will play a role in voters' decisions in November, especially for the 3 million folks whom Bush sent to the unemployment offices, but Team Bush cannot wish the war away. The 963 and counting coalition deaths won’t go quietly into the night. Voters will judge Bush on this war he chose to wage whether he (or his Repuglican apologists) likes it or not.

But don’t take my words for it. Let election history be your guide; the rule is simple; the result as predictable as sunrise: if America is at war, war-related issues trump all domestic issues. Period.

George Don’t-Bogart-That-Joint W. Bush has billed himself the ‘war president’, even dubya-ing his campaign tour Winning the War on Terror Tour. Pity the mess he made of Iraq continues to tailspin out of control, as the evidence that the world is actually MORE dangerous -- thanks to his failed policies -- gets piled higher and deeper. Strip away his Commander-in-Chief's crown, and Emperor Bush has no clothes.

Of course the wingnutters have their Talking Points Memo and have engaged in an all-out blitz that it’s the economy, stupid! that will frog-march voters to the polls. The stench of desperation coming from the right is palpable. See, the other half of Americans have awakened from their 9/11 paranoiatriotic nap and are saying no to the kool-aid. Given the steady stream of information that proves Bush’s foray into Iraq was the most significant abuse of presidential power in our nation’s history, come November, We the People will vote, and Iraqifuckation will cost Bush his presidency.

[sigh] Stripping and hooding him and wiring his genitals aren't options.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Amy "ABB" Tan?

Tristero brings us news of Amy Tan's wanting. What's her wanting? To reach undecided voters and swing 'em left. In an email -- circulated with permission -- Amy writes:
Dear Friends:

If you are receiving this and are an ardent Bush supporter, I apologize. Please ignore the rest of this email. We both know I won't change your mind, and you won't change mine.

However, if you feel we may need a different President for the next four years, I hope you will find the following useful.

Like many of you, my stance on the elections has been basically "anyone but Bush." When John Kerry evolved as the Democratic candidate for President, he became my choice as well. I found, however, I was not as passionate about Kerry as I was passionate about simply getting rid of Bush.

Yet I wanted to be a strong Kerry supporter. I wanted to know why I would choose Kerry beyond partisan politics, why we needed someone exactly like him given the fact that our country has never before suffered such a rapid loss in our civil rights, the environment, our educational systems, employment, health care, our economic health, our standing in the world, our ability to deal with terrorism without it escalating into a worse situation--in essence, the now fragile underpinnings of our future, in which any one of those troublesome situations could undo us, let alone a multitude of them.

So what makes John Kerry particularly well-suited for the Presidency and these times?

I asked a friend who might know better than I. Scott Turow, consummate writer, Chicago lawyer, a smart guy, a sensible man with a conscience, who stays up to date with the issues that face our country.

Scott emailed me a quick response. And it was so articulate and concise, so well informed and true, that I wanted to share it with my friends. I have reprinted it below, I encourage you to send it to your friends and family, and encourage them to send it to their friends. I especially hope you will send it those who are undecided or have not yet bothered to register. Please also consider making a special effort to reach people in "battleground" states, for example, the Midwest, Colorado, and Florida, and find the biggest issue that affect them personally, be it health care, education, stem cell research, or the security of our nation. Be able to articulate specifically why Kerry addresses their best interests. Herewith some remarks you can say about the overall qualifications of John Kerry....

Scott Turow’s remarks on John Kerry and why he is the right person to be President:
I could say the following without blushing: He is running against a man who was not fit for duty in 1968 and is not fit for duty today, a man who lacked the qualifications for the office when he was elected and has demonstrated it. We have been through a skein of national disasters, for which he accepts no blame, because he literally doesn’t understand enough about the job to realize how a better President would have responded. John Kerry has been in public life for 35 years.. He was a prosecutor when GWB was running an oil company into the ground. And he was already a seasoned United States Senator when GWB decided it was time to give up abusing substances. JK has a sharper grasp of foreign policy, and more experience with it, than any candidate for President in the last 50 years, with the possible exception of GHWB (see today’s NYT). His dedication to the cause of our military and veterans is long established. And his commitment to economic and social justice for all Americans cannot be doubted. A man can’t be the committed liberal Bush sometimes maintains Kerry is, and also the unprincipled waffler. Life and public service are complicated, as GWB doesn’t understand. JK does. He has a sense of nuance, and the experience and values to improve the life of the country.

There you have it, folks. Bush bad. Kerry good. Turow coulda just written that Bush is a fucking moron, but Turow's a professional wordsmith dontcha know.

"No fucking duh, shitcan"

So many flaming news stories, so little time to comment. Like the terrorist breedings faster than we can capture or kill them, the White House is producing scandals faster than YT can blog 'em.

For now, here's Jessie at Pandagon on parodying Conservatism. It's all good.

And Eric Alterman continues showcasing the lying liars who lie with a straight face. And the wingnutters call Kerry a flip-flopper? Sheesh! The 9/11 Commission is now inviting the Dickster to put up or shut up.

Meanwhile, Iran has captured three British warships. Crew and all.

And Al-Jazeera airs video of S. Korean hostage in Iraq. Another beheading coming soon to a media outlet near you.

Tbogg's bloggin' how Georgie got his gun.

Got an hour? The Hamster droppings are a-plenty.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Bush's Dirty Dozen

Kicking Ass is taking names:
The DNC has in its possession a certain file cabinet that, had it not been the actual cabinet that Republicans broke into in 1972 at the Watergate Hotel, would probably have long ago been discarded. Now, 32 years and one day after the infamous break-in that brought down a president, the cabinet is back.


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Bush's "Dirty Dozen" — the 12 investigations involving this administration, range from Halliburton no-bid contracts to lying about WMDs in Iraq, from outing a CIA operative for political revenge to Rumsfeld's refusal to turn over memos.

There are now so many scandals on so many different topics it gets hard to keep track. This is where the scandal cabinet comes in real handy. We're using it to help us keep track of all the old scandals, so we can keep our eyes out for the new ones, like Bush's secret plan to slash education, homeland security, and veteran's benefits.

Visit Kicking Ass for all the dirty details.

Mr. Pot? Meet Mr. Kettle

Jeanne Lenzer brings us news via The Agonist of Bush's plans to screen the entire US population for mental illness come July 04. Bush's plan, however, has nothing, nothing, not a thing! -- diddly squat, really -- to do with his long-standing ties to drugs, er, drug companies.

Crazy is as Crazy does Posted by Hello

Mr. Jones told the BMJ [Ms. Lenzer] that the same "political/pharmaceutical alliance" that generated the Texas project was behind the recommendations of the New Freedom Commission, which, according to his whistleblower report, were "poised to consolidate the TMAP effort into a comprehensive national policy to treat mental illness with expensive, patented medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects, and to force private insurers to pick up more of the tab."


The Agonist notes: "The government would assess the mental health of all Americans (starting in pre-school) and diagnose and treat with drugs those individuals that failed to meet the government's criteria."

You first, Mr. President.

Thumb's Up

When it comes to George W. Bush, Roger Ebert doesn't wear a tin-foil hat

Critic Not Standing Alone Posted by Hello


A reader wrote:
"In your articles discussing Michael Moore's film 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' you call it a documentary. I always thought of documentaries as presenting facts objectively without editorializing. While I have enjoyed many of Mr. Moore's films, I don't think they fit the definition of a documentary."

To which Ebert replied:
That's where you're wrong. Most documentaries, especially the best ones, have an opinion and argue for it. Even those that pretend to be objective reflect the filmmaker's point of view. Moviegoers should observe the bias, take it into account and decide if the film supports it or not.

Michael Moore is a liberal activist. He is the first to say so. He is alarmed by the prospect of a second term for George W. Bush, and made "Fahrenheit 9/11" for the purpose of persuading people to vote against him.

The reason I blogged Ebert was this:
Moore's real test will come on the issue of accuracy. He can say whatever he likes about Bush, as long as his facts are straight. Having seen the film twice, I saw nothing that raised a flag for me, and I haven't heard of any major inaccuracies. When Moore was questioned about his claim that Bush unwisely lingered for six or seven minutes in that Florida classroom after learning of the World Trade Center attacks, Moore was able to reply with a video of Bush doing exactly that.

I agree with Moore that the presidency of George W. Bush has been a disaster for America. In writing that, I expect to get the usual complaints that movie critics should keep their political opinions to themselves. But opinions are my stock in trade, and is it not more honest to declare my politics than to conceal them? I agree with Moore, and because I do, I hope "Fahrenheit 9/11" proves to be as accurate as it seems.

Roger and Me... again ... who knew?!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Oh, hell no!

If what Washington Whispers is saying is true, that Rose-Garden Gephardt as Veepster is a 'done deal', then John F. Kerry can kiss my vote adios. As much as I loathe the smirking chimp-in-charge, my disdain for Gephardt runs deeper. I will never, ever, ever, EVER forgive him for endorsing the invasion of Iraq. The blood on Gephardt's hands has stained him.

The Dirty Dozen Posted by Hello

In case anyone on this planet needs further proof of the damage Dick Gephardt would do to Kerry's presidential chances in November, Matthew Yglesias best explains "as a presidential candidate, Gephardt was 'a miserable failure.' As a vice-presidential candidate, he’s even worse."

Matt sez the country can do better. I agree wholeheartedly.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

LIAAAAAAAAAAR!

That felt good. Will the Bush badministration ever fucking tell the truth? Ever?!

Bush world: Cheney Claims al-Qaida Linked to Saddam

vs.

Reality: 9/11 Panel Disputes Iraq Link to Attacks


Heil to the Chief Posted by Hello

Gearhead cuts through the fat:
No Credible link...
between Dick Cheney's mouth and the truth.
--Gearhead, on Wed Jun 16th, 2004 at 12:06:17 EDT

Word.

Move America Forward Update

Since Russo Marsh & Rogers aka Censorships R Us is in my backyard, I'm particularly interested (proud, even) to continue to broadcast their stoooopidity and hypocrisy via my little byte of cyberspace. Natasha at Pacific Views got her peace on and called RM + R to get the scoop. One of many amusing graphs - amusing only for the respondent's sheer idiocy:
Also, while we had been talking about Iraq, Guiney was pointing out good things that soldiers were doing over there, like giving candy to kids. Also, that they were "escorting little school girls to school, in a country where they weren't even allowed to go to school [before.]" I tried to clarify that by reading the quote back to her and asking which country she was talking about, and she said Iraq and Afghanistan. When I asked her specifically where this action was occuring, she finally said that she'd been talking about Afghanistan. Third time's a charm.


Indeed.

Harper's Index for May

Today The Hamster links to Harper's Index for May 2004 and blockquotes this juicy tit-bit:
Amount that Tom DeLay's political action committee spent at the Washington, D.C., Hooters last November: $117.19 [Federal Election Commission (Washington)]


Other entries include:
Minimum number of misleading statements on Iraq made by the Bush Administration's top officials since March 2002 : 237 [Committee on Government Reform (Washington, D.C.)]

Percentage of these that contradicted, made selective use of, or mischaracterized existing government intelligence : 100 [Committee on Government Reform (Washington, D.C.)]

Chance that an American adult believes that "politics and government are too complicated to understand" : 1 in 3 [National Home Education Research Institute (Salem, Oregon)]

Chance that an American who was home-schooled feels this way : 1 in 25 [National Home Education Research Institute (Salem, Oregon)]


Go. Read.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Generation I

A poll of Iraqis commissioned by the CPA has given Team Bush a fuck-you-finger showing their anti-Americanism-patriotism. Whattaya know, "more than half of Iraqis believe they would be safer if U.S. troops simply left."


Get Ouuuuuuuuuuuuut! Posted by Hello

Several officials said in interviews the results reinforced feelings that the transfer of power and security responsibilities to the Iraqis can't come too soon....

Just last week, President Bush predicted future generations of Iraqis "will come to America and say, thank goodness America stood the line and was strong and did not falter in the face of the violence of a few."

The current generation seems eager for Americans to leave, the poll found.


Too bad that poll couldn't have taken place 950 coalition deaths ago.

Designs on the White House

They have seen the future. And it is a T-Shirt. Designs on the White House has called "on every American with a conscience, a mouse, and a good idea to send in your designs for a better John Kerry 2004 Presidential Campaign T-shirt" in several categories. Check out the finalists. YT's fave:
"Arrest me, hold me without reason, refuse me legal counsel, tap my phone, read my email, search my house and seize my belongings and harass my family and friends. Am I a patriot now?"

Very creative people!

Priceless

Over at Salon's War Room, Geraldine Sealey blogs "Halliburton's egregious overcharges":
Abandoning trucks because of flat tires: $85,000. Putting 100 workers up at a 5-star hotel: $10,000 a night. Lavish spending and mismanagement by a politically-connected firm: Priceless. Actually, there is a price being put on Halliburton's wasteful shenanigans in Iraq: $8 billion.


Knight-Ridder writes: Halliburton Inc. paid high-priced bills for common items, such as soda, laundry and hotels, in Iraq and Kuwait and then passed the inflated costs along to taxpayers, according to several former Halliburton employees and a Pentagon internal audit."

" ... The 36-page report by the Defense Contract Audit Agency said that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had a billing system that was 'inadequate,' had numerous deficiencies and billing misstatements and that KBR didn't follow laws and regulations relating to spending and recordkeeping. Its contracting practices are so bad, the auditors said, that KBR shouldn't be allowed to bill the Pentagon directly without the government poring over every detail in advance."

Birds of a feather...

Herr Leader Posted by Hello


Surprise! House Republicans are stonewalling the Halliburton Whistleblowers' testimony. They say it's only the 35th news release about Halliburton's criminal misdeeds since 2003. We liberals/democrats/truth seekers are such sticklers for accountability. Really, we need to get lives or something.

Worst. Attorney General. Ever.

Paul Krugman rips into John Ashcroft today and writes what we in the middle and us on the left have been saying for three+ years: Step aside, McCarthy. John Aschroft is the worst Attorney General ever.


Unpatriot Actor Posted by Hello


Ashcroft is incompetent. He’s a manipulator. He’s dishonest. He hates Americans. He thinks he’s above the law. And according to Atrios, Ashcroft “is obsessed with porn, pot, and prostitution” -- when most Americans think he should be obsessed with protecting America from real terrorists like Osama (remember him?) rather than locking up Average Joe for speaking ill of Bush and his cabal.

YT believes that Memogate will be the final nail in Ashcroft’s political coffin. The DOJ already has a successor on tap -- but first things first: Ashcroft’s ass on the grill.

From Krugman:
Last week Mr. Ashcroft, apparently in contempt of Congress, refused to release a memo on torture his department prepared for the White House almost two years ago. Fortunately, his stonewalling didn't work: The Washington Post has acquired a copy of the memo and put it on its Web site.

Much of the memo is concerned with defining torture down: if the pain inflicted on a prisoner is less than the pain that accompanies "serious physical injury, such as organ failure," it's not torture. Anyway, the memo declares that the federal law against torture doesn't apply to interrogations of enemy combatants "pursuant to [the president's] commander-in-chief authority." In other words, the president is above the law.

The memo came out late Sunday. Mr. Ashcroft called a press conference yesterday — to announce an indictment against a man accused of plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio. The timing was, I'm sure, purely coincidental.

Riiiiiiiight. You’re getting sleepy…very sleepy…the memo’s are coming…we’re going to Orange alert…must…go…shopping…

Monday, June 14, 2004

Arnold to the Rescue?

The LA Times reports that my Guvna has decided to attend the GOP convention and support Bush, which puts him between a right-wing rock and a liberal g-spot.


Political Pointers Posted by Hello

For the Bush campaign, Schwarzenegger's appearance might send a reassuring signal to moderate or undecided voters that the Republican Party is open to dissonant voices not necessarily in step with the conservative wing. Schwarzenegger supports abortion rights, opposes a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and supports stem cell research.

And he likes his head between naked girls’ thighs.

Newsflash for Team Bush: What you hope Schwarzenegger’s message might send to moderate or undecided voters is nothing compared to the message his appearance will send to your Christian wing-nutter base. Have you lost your religous mind?!

Aides say that if Schwarzenegger’s appearance does prove dicey for Team Bush or Schwarzenegger, they’ve a solution:

"I imagine Schwarzenegger and his team will accept an offer to speak at the convention and get in and get out.”

YT is pretty sure the Gropenator has the in-n-out thing covered.

Turnabout is Fair Play

Recently YT announced that there weren't any fascists in my neighborhood; turns out that I was *gasp* wrong. There are haters of free speech, lovers of censorship, and all around liberty-strangling assholes in my neck o'the woods.

So desperate are Bush Republicans to censor Michael Moore's latest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, a local public relations firm has set up a web site attacking Moore, and urging the public to contact theater owners directly; some of these owners "are reporting receiving death threats."


Doug Lorenz & Sal Russo -- Local Enemies of Free Speech Posted by Hello


So, who's footing the bill for MoveAmericaForward.org? Why, it's none other than the PR firm of Russo Marsh & Rogers, the same firm that spear-headed the California Recall against Gray Davis. The WHOIS information has subsequently changed several times to conceal the Site's ownership, but What Really Happened has the dirt on them. So does Another Day in the Empire who writes:
"Time is short," the Move America Forward web site declares, "we must act now to have our voices heard in time to make a difference. Help us get messages from millions of Americans sent to these film industry executives."

Certainly, time is short for the Republicans -- millions of Americans are about to learn how George Bush had a business relationship with the Bin Laden family -- and they will learn it right before the election. Russo and the "non-partisan" Republicans want to make sure you never see Moore's film. They don't want you to know the truth about Bush and his buddy-buddy dealings with the Saudis.

Incidentally, after a WHOIS check -- WHOIS is a searchable database maintained by registries and registrars that contains information about domain name registrations on the internet -- was run on MoveAmericaForward.com and it was discovered that the site was registered in the name of Russo Marsh & Rogers. Soon after this information was posted on the web, the registrant name was modified to omit Russo Marsh & Rogers.

Not only do the Republicans not want you to go see Moore's film, they also don't want you to know they are behind the campaign to smear Moore and pressure theater owners into not running the film. It's just like the Republicans to do this sort of thing behind your back. Of course, it is rather lazy and stupid of the Republicans to not think about WHOIS. But then nearly everything about the Republicans lately -- from the lies behind the invasion of Iraq to clumsily attempting to cover up the TortureGate scandal -- has been lazy and stupid.

For media-savvy dickheads, Russo Marsh & Rogers not only screwed-the-pooch on the WHOIS info, they also forgot the power of the Internet, specifically the power of the bloggesphere. Apparently they haven't read today's Meet Joe Blog article at the Times online.

Contact these Domestic Enemies of Free Speech and tell 'em how you feel -- who the fuck are they to decide what you watch on the big screen?:
Russo Marsh + Rogers, Inc.
770 L Street, #950
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 441-3734
Fax: (916) 441-6057

Sal Russo: srusso@rmrwest.com
Ron Rogers: rrogers@rmrwest.com
Teri Smith O'Rourke: torourke@rmrwest.com
Joe Wierzbicki : jwierzbicki@rmrwest.com
Kelley Afghari: kafghari@rmrwest.com
Douglas Lorenz : dlorenz@rmrwest.com
Corey Sparks : csparks@rmrwest.com

Original Link provided by Atrios.

Update 6/15/04: The PR idiots made CNN. Boy, do they look stoooooopid.
Update Updated 6/15/04: Tom Tomorrow got to see F9/11 last night and lived to tell about it. O'Reilly was also in the audience, but apparently left mid-way through the movie. Tom also links to, ironically, a Fox News Review that reads in part:
As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, "F9/11" — as we saw last night — is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty, and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice.

Updated Updated Update 6/15/04: dKos has been contacted by a reporter covering the Sactown PR firm's censorship activities (hello! Sacramento News & Review -- this one's in our backyard, I hope you're covering it -- if not, don't say I didn't tell you so) and lo and behold, we're winning!!!! The theaters under attack are now being "Showered with Love." Power to the good people!

Family Values, indeed

Was it the drugs? Was it his slip in the ratings? Was it only that she was sick to death of the Bloviator-at-large (and I do mean large)? Whatever her reasons, third time’s a charm for the soon-to-be ex Mrs. Limbaugh. She’s following suit of the two previous ex’s and kickin’ that loudmouth-drug-addict-has-been to the curb. Rumor has it she’s hired the Law Offices of Bitem, Rippem & Shreddem, lawyers who’re quite dogged in their pursuit of the greenback.


I...I assets? My accounts? Posted by Hello


YT wishes Marta well. Remember: Don't get mad. Get everything!

Friday, June 11, 2004

Moore Neil Moore Neil

In a last minute coup, IFP's Los Angeles Film Festival (running June 17-26) snagged Michael Moore's Palme d'Or-winning docu "Fahrenheit 9/11" for a screening slot. Pic will screen on June 22, three days before the film opens nationwide.

But that's not the good news. The good news -- the great news -- is:
...Moore recently secured Young's song "Rockin' in the Free World" to play over "Fahrenheit's" closing credits.

While Moore isn't expected in Los Angeles for the screening, Young will be on hand to introduce the pic.


Neil Young Rocks! Posted by Hello

"We think it's a great venue for the film," said Lions Gate Films Releasing prexy Tom Ortenberg, who has been inundated with hundreds of special screening requests since taking on the pic's distribution. "Nobody works harder to promote independent film than the IFP, so playing 'Fahrenheit 9/11' as presented by Neil Young at the L.A. Film Festival seemed like a perfect fit to launch the film's release in Los Angeles."

Neil has always avoided endorsements. Remember: He ain't singin' for Pepsi. He ain't singin' for Coke. But he'll sing to boot Bush from office.

YT is practically swooning! What a way to begin the weekend. Peace out.

Reagan Death Bounce

Donkey Rising brings us news of the recent LA Times poll that shows the GOP's fervently-desired Reagan death-bounce ain't gonna happen. Not even the death of the man who single-handedly destroyed the commies...pardon YT while she gags...can help stave off Bush's slide into the Hell where he belongs.
Bush's current advantage among men is almost non-existent (49-48), while he is behind by 13 points (40-53) among women. Kerry is ahead by 10 points among 18-29 year olds, consistent with the lead he has had among young voters in most polls. And he has a 2:1 advantage among moderates (60-32), though, interestingly, and in contrast to other recent polls I've seen, he runs slightly behind among independents (46-49; note, however, that among moderate independents, Kerry has a huge 63-31 lead). In terms of the three battleground states where LAT oversampled, Kerry is losing 42-48 in MO, dead-even in WI (44-44) and ahead 46-45 in OH).

And here's a startling result from their generic congressional ballot question: Democrats are favored over Republicans by an amazing 54-35 margin, including 3:1 among moderates (60-20) and even 51-38 among male voters.

Music to YT's ears.

Worst. President. Ever.

Liar. Murderer. Thief. No, I'm not talking about Richard M. Nixon. I'm talking about that other liar, murderer, thief:

YT's wish  Posted by Hello


Bush lied to the world and embarked on an illegal war. He personally ordered the murder of thousands of innocent Iraqis. He personally ordered the torture of prisoners of war. He’s robbed the nation's coffers. He’s ruined international relations with US allies. He can’t manage a simple declarative sentence. He’s the worst president ever! What more does Bush need to do before he’s booted back to Texas, preferably to a jail cell?

Will some slut (Washingtonienne, perhaps?) give Bush a blowjob already so we can finally impeach him? YT knows it’s a lot to ask of you, Washingtonienne, but come on girl, be a good patriot, do it for the good of the country! We'll still respect you in the morning. Promise.

UPDATE: Search Engine Bombers have been busy! Out of curiosity YT just typed Worst President Ever into Google and Yahoo search engines and what was the first site to appear for my clicking pleasure? The Biography of George W. Bush

Thursday, June 10, 2004

John John

John F. Kerry campaign insiders are chatting up Washington Whispers who say Kerry's widdled his VP field to three. If YT had a say, John Edwards would be da veepster. I mean really, who couldn't love a mug like this:


PHAT VP Posted by Hello


A Kerry/Edwards ticket gives YT the warm fuzzies.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Dear Reader

It has been brought to YT's attention that my use of profanity has offended some folks. Due to complaints received from those with delicate sensibilities, I shall endeavor to try saying:

She's an aggressive go-getter
Instead of: She's a ball-busting cunt

I'm certain that isn't feasible
Instead of: No fucking way!

Perhaps you should consult Google
Instead of: Tell someone who gives a shit

That's interesting
Instead of: What the fuck?

Excuse me, sir?
Instead of: Eat shit and die, asshole

I don't think you understand
Instead of: Shove it up your fat ass

He's insensitive
Instead of: He's a prick

I understand
Instead of: Fuck off

Thank you for your continued support. YT

Another Big O

Fahrenheit 9/11 won another Standing Ovation from an audience of film industry pros who know greatness when they see it.


Bush Burner Posted by Hello

After an audience of more than 600 people in the theater of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cheered, whistled and laughed their way through the two-hour film, they jumped to their feet to give Moore a standing ovation as he took the stage.

Clearly buoyed by the reception, Moore, whose film is scathingly critical and mocking of President Bush, declared: "There has been a shift in this country. ... The average American is finally beginning to figure it out. We were duped (into invading Iraq)."

"I hope this country will be back in our hands in a short period of time," he added.


Me, too, Michael.

Why?

Why is it patriotic to look at this?:


Reagan Posted by Hello


But unpatriotic to look at this?:


Unnamed Heros Posted by Hello


YT doesn't get it. Can someone out there explain it to me?