Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Don't trash the Starbucks, man. Order a latte.

Lockdown, Ottawa.
The barricades are up, streets are closed and some parts of the city are simply a no-go zone today as U.S. President George W. Bush arrives for a two-day visit to Canada.

Here's the blow-by-blow:
It took about an hour for the march to make it just 11 blocks. I'm not sure if that's is good or bad for a crowd of 12,000 to 15,000, according to Joe Cressy, spokesperson for the "No to Bush" campaign. So far, the march seems to have gone peacefully, with no arrests or vandalism. At the Starbucks, employees were busy peddling lattes. Office workers came out to watch the march during breaks and a bike courier blithely entered the crowd, grinning, hands free. “No problem,” he laughed. Now more speeches and drumming. The diversity of the crowd is impressive — in age, religion and culture. Some are staying until the 5 p.m. candlelight protest — the weather is still good and the sun shining. Others are heading off in search of Mr. Bush's next stop in Ottawa.

Developing... Riots. Gas masks. Arrests!

I Love A Charade!

As Preznit Bush invades Canada today, those 'boisterous' Cannucks are showin' Herr Leader little love.

...his unpopularity in some Canadian quarters was unmistakable. Some of the several hundred protesters near the Parliament building were polite. "Please leave," read one sign along Bush's highly secured motorcade route. But others near where Bush and Martin met held placards that branded Bush an "assassin." A truck parked near the motorcade route was emblazoned with the phrase "Bush is a war criminal." Another placard simply commanded, "Go Home ... " and included an expletive.

Ooooo, let's play Guess the Expletive. Was it:

Go Home Fucker
Go Home Bastard
Go Home Dumbass

YT posts, you decide.

*photo shamelessly stolen from Wonkette.

Update: Ding Ding Ding. We have a winner. It's Go Home Mother Fucker.

Stark Raving Red

You might have noticed YT has gone red in the face. And no, it's not because I wasn't nominated as a sexy blogger *snif* like some guy I know. I'm not bitter. Really. Who needs cyberoggling when I can get felt-up at the airport? It's all the rage. Coming to a chick-lit editor near you: Fear of Flying the Friendly Skies.

No. The reason I'm red-faced is because I'm angry. 1 hour and 10 minutes ago, the U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Tied the Record as the highest for any month of the invasion of Iraq, and 27 million Americans are more interested in the make-believe death of Desperate Housewives. 27 million viewers tuned in to a fucking teevee show but tune out reality. And I wonder why this country's in the shitter.

Where's the 'family values' and 'moral' brigades when our bloody troops need them? Oh. Right. They're here and here and elsewhere doing nothing but fanning the war flames.

As Dan Akroyd sez:
...we’ve got to support those young men and women who are out there protecting our big, fat, bloated lifestyle.”

Like Michael Fitzsimmons, I'm pushing myself away from the dinner table and saying, "No more Jello pudding for me, ma."

If the FVMB wants to reach out to me, bring. it. on. I got somethin' to say to them.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Hello, Rawstory?

Can you please tell me why this freak, this Christopher Adamo's blog is hosted by Kevin J. Burt of 5126 Penny Lane, Cheyenne, Wyoming? ...That's Kevin Burt (R) Representative of Wyoming's House District 09. What's their hookup?

Seems Mr. Burt, this paragon of red-state values, likes to frequent Wyoming Networks.com and share his thoughts... that is when he's not busy hosting right-wing hate speech. To date, he's 65 posts under his belt. Here's one he finds amusing:

Today, President Bush called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

He wants to ban Democrats.

The President said that it was unnatural for people to be Democrats or even act democratic. He stated that nowhere in the Bible was there any mention of Democrats and/or their perverted fair and free life styles.

The President feels that if Democrats are allowed to exist, they will continue to want to have opinions and be involved in the business of the government. He said that the Democrats keep demanding honesty, accountability and, to quote the President, "all that other silly stuff that gives me a rash on my you know what."

The President has been hinting that he was against Democrats for some time, but now that he sees the very good possibility that a Democrat could best him in the 2004 election, he feels it is time to take a stand.

When questioned about his decision on this matter, Bush told reporters that he sees Democrats and a democratic government as being the biggest obstacles in his quest for his very own kingdom. He said it was because of Democrats that he has had to waste so much of his time hiding from the truth. The President seems to feel that if all Americans were Republicans, he could just do exactly as he pleased and never have to worry about covering up any and all of his activities.

Bush cited as an example the questions about his time served in the Guard. The President said that if it were not for Democrats and all their questions, he could be declared a Viet Nam war hero too. He pointed out that the only reason Sen. Kerry is considered a hero is because Democrats have called him one.


And then there's his lovin' of big dick Cheney's man date:

49. Appointed a Vice President quoted as saying "If you want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you ought to build nuclear power plants." (Vice President %@!#$& Cheney on "Meet the Press.")

Trusting you and your source that Cheney did, in fact, say this - it happens to be true. Very true. I thank Bush for permitting me the opportunity to vote for such a man for vice president.

[snip. ed. note: now for the obligitory 'screw the environment'...]

I think we should drill in ANWR, too.

And of course, Scandal wouldn't be complete if the two elephants weren't in the same house. That's some livingroom, eh?

Pics. We. Want. Pictures. Are Burt and Adamo lovers? Why's Burt hosting Adamo's blog? What's the payoff? Monetary? Sexual oooooo la la!?

RawStory, I need you.

SpongeBob Kidnapped!

Have you seen this sponge?
Police are looking for a blow-up figure of SpongeBob SquarePants swiped from a Minnesota Burger King. They've found a ransom note which starts off: "We have SpongeBob." It then demands, "Give us ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes."
The ransom note is signed by SpongeBob's nemesis, Plankton. A postscript reads: "Patrick is next," referring to the Bermuda shorts-wearing starfish that serves as SpongeBob's sidekick.

At a southeastern Utah Burger King, vandals made off with a 10-foot-tall SpongeBob balloon.

Employees are handing out "Missing" fliers with a full description of the popular cartoon figure - featured in a new movie.



So I'm reading The Site That Shall Not Be Linked because it hurts my head to do so, and I come across this cess pool wherein I'm told about "Kay Daly. A blond, 38-year-old Virginia woman who describes herself, with disingenuous self-deprecation, as a 'stay-at-home mom.'"

Seems this Kay Daly chick gives head to a four-year-old winger group called Coalition for a Fair Judiciary, with the stated goal of getting evangelicals on the highest bench.

In a word: Cunt.

Daly is already sounding the conservatives’ post-election battle cry -- and, in the process, she’s offering an early glimpse of the GOP’s plan to use judicial issues as a wedge in the run-up to the midterms. Her pitch is based on a standard-issue set of distortions and coded-references to East and West Coast elites: Democratic senators who oppose Bush’s nominations are merely doing the bidding of liberal groups, like People for the American Way, who are funded by a shadowy consortium of trial lawyers, unions, and Hollywood celebrities.

And green tea drinkers, oh my! Quick, someone call Candy Cowley, alert the mediawhores!

Surfing around the internets, looking for an embarrassing photo of Daly to caption and mock till hell froze over, I came across an op ed she wrote for the non-paying, unimpressive, any-hack-will-do-website-for-obscure-winger-rants:

Dear Ms. Heinz-Kerry:

At first, I thought you were nothing more than an interesting side note to the Kerry campaign. A bit of comic relief, if you will. Heaven knows, the country could use it after watching the painful machinations of your husband as he desperately tries to explain his ever-shifting positions on every policy issue imaginable.

It is time, however, for you to put down the gin-soaked raisins and smell the coffee. Let me say this as clearly as I know how: Motherhood IS a full time job. Despite you and your fellow feminists' best efforts to belittle stay-at-home moms, we manage more in an hour than many folks do in an entire day.

Multi-tasking? We invented it, sister. We are managers, psychologists, physicians, chefs, teachers, pastors, physical therapists, personal shoppers, nutritionists, interior decorators, chauffeurs, cruise directors, financial advisors, housekeepers and seamstresses - and that's before lunch.

It may surprise you to know that there are stay-at-home moms who have PhDs, J.D.'s, MBAs and other advanced degrees. But this is a choice that we have made. We recognize that our self-worth is not inexorably linked to our careers. In fact, we made the discovery long ago that our legacy is our children. My tombstone is not going to read "She wrote really great press releases" - it will say "Wife and Mother" and that is an awful lot more to live up to.

And there are many of us who are stay-at-home moms who have managed to have careers while we are at home. That's right, it may come as a shock to feminists who are busily devaluing home and family, but it is no longer necessarily an "either-or" option. Technology allows for telecommuting and many careers now are not bound by the old-fashioned notion of physical presence in an office and a 9-to-5 mentality.

You made your money the old-fashioned way, Ms. Heinz-Kerry - you married it. And while there is nothing at all wrong with having money, there is a certain separation.

Huh. And here I thought "motherhood" was about raising kind, caring, honest, and free of hatred children. I had no idea that being a fucking snide bitch was the God Lover's way to raise kiddies. Kay-I'm-a-good-Christain-so-fuck-off's Kerry bashing goes on, and I had to laugh at her womanlove for Laura Bush -- that pillar of goodness who reads to kids and kills her boyfriend.

Isn't there something in some book that sez thou shalt not kill, and blessed be the peacekeepers?

Update 5:39pm: Salon's War Room pulls back the curtains on the Daly Family's Department of Values:

Sargent shines a light on Daly's rather intriguing background as a young GOP operative, alongside her husband Jack Daly, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor:

"The Dalys represent a picture-perfect Republican union -- their second son's middle name is 'Reagan' -- and are fierce partisan warriors who are not afraid to get their hands dirty on behalf of client or party. Jack Daly threw waffles at candidate Bill Clinton during a campaign stop in Winston-Salem in 1992. And last spring, in the midst of a nasty Republican congressional primary in North Carolina, the Dalys were accused of sending out fictitious e-mails to Christian voters about a rival of Kay Daly's candidate, in which a character named 'Pastor Randy' falsely alluded to a variety of lurid criminal charges against the rival. Kay Daly has denied involvement."

Will someone get pictures of these people in a menage-a-quatre or snap them kicking a dog or pushing an old lady, asap?! YT would love to see these 'patriots' turning on the spit.

Calling all Political Paparazzi. I. Want. Pics. Do it for your country, man.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Candy Weighs In

My dislike of Candy Crowley has reached its pitch. Ever since she smugly claimed "we did that" during Howard Dean's speech, the night he ended his presidential campaign ("that" being the media tear-down after the build-up), and every day since that she ass-kisses Team Bush cuz if she doesn't, no press pass for her fat, ugly ass, my disdain for her has grown. It's is now an entity.

So, what's Candy weighing in on now, besides about 230lbs? Green Tea.
During a luncheon speech Monday to the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley shared an early memory from the campaign trail that may explain why John Kerry will not be president next year.

In January 2003, when his campaign was still young enough that Kerry would actually sit down with reporters in a relaxed setting, he and Crowley met for breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, Iowa. "I'd like to start out with some green tea," Kerry told the waitress, who stared at him for a moment before responding, "We have Lipton's."

Lipton's would be fine, Kerry said, but the memory stayed with Crowley. "There were many green tea instances," she told the sell-out crowd of 450 at the Kravis Center's Cohen Pavilion. "There's a very large disconnect between the Washington politicians and most of America and how they live. Bush was able to bridge that gap, and Kerry was not."

I knew Candy was a lazy-ass media whore, but I didn't think she was completely stupid. Ha! I learn somethin' new every day:
This smackdown brought to you by Alterman's Correspondents’ Corner:
Name: Tom Andersen
Hometown: Pound Ridge, NY


Have you ever noticed on cold nights at Yankee stadium, when the TV camera focuses on Joe Torre, he's sipping a hot beverage? That hot beverage is green tea. Joe drinks it because he's been treated for prostate cancer, and green tea has antioxidants that are believed to be protective against prostate cancer. John Kerry, that green-tea-drinker, also has been treated for prostate cancer. I drink green tea for the same reason.

Next time someone sees Candy Crowley, can you pass this on?

Name: Dennis Croskey
Hometown: Kansas City, MO

The Candy Crowley piece on Kerry's disconnect with the heartland because he drinks green tea is about the stupidest thing to come out of the press coverage of this campaign, and that's saying a mouthful. The slightest bit of research would reveal that Kerry's father died of prostate cancer, and Kerry himself had surgery for prostate cancer a year or two (?) ago. Green tea is one of the best things you can put in your body for a healthy prostate. Modifying your diet for health concerns? Just another one of those liberal elitist things, I guess.

Maybe that's why Candy's clueless about green tea ... she has no idea what "modifying your diet for health concerns" means.

Dr. Atkins? Paging Dr. Atkins...oh, yeah, he's dead. Jenny Craig? Paging Jenny...

Monday, November 22, 2004

Department of WTF?

So, do we need more troops in Iraq, or fewer troops in Iraq?

To Err Is Human

To forgive is devine:

We, wanderers of the world outside the US, have been touched by the initiative of www.sorryeverybody.com, and the huge amount of photos they received. The initiators of this website would like to show to the American people that they appreciated that message.

And we 49% appreciate the appreciation.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Because Liberty Breeds Prosperity

Or so they say:
Let's say you decide to err on the side of Iraqi prosperity. You take advantage of the 100 year low value and buy 2 million Iraqi dinars. You look them over, admire them, and show them to some friends as a curiosity. The security features alone will have them enthralled. Then you stick them in a closet and go about your life.

A few years from now, you see a program on A&E portraying the lives of average Iraqis. You see people drinking locally bottled, genuine Pepsi Cola; not the ersatz they'd been consuming for years. They are buying their cars from Baghdad Mitsubishi.

Their highly educated engineers, no longer waiting tables or driving cabs, are engineering. The world's 2nd largest oil reserve is producing more efficiently. Higher quality crops are being harvested, in larger numbers.

You discover that things are going well enough in Iraq to have raised the value of the the dinar to one US cent.

Your $2100 purchase would now be valued at $20,000.

If the dinar were to climb to a dime, you've got two hundred thousand dollars in your closet. What if it were to reach a dollar? Or rebound to it's peak of over $3.00? Do you dare continue to keep your dinars in the closet?

This is no pipe dream.

Greed is Good is so 80s.

Deja Boom?

More freedom on the march:
In an eerie repetition of the prelude to the Iraq war, hawks in the administration and Congress are trumpeting ominous disclosures about Iran's nuclear capacities to make the case that Iran is a threat that must be confronted, either by economic sanctions, military action, or "regime change."

But Britain, France and Germany are urging diplomacy, placing their hopes in a deal they brokered last week in which Iran agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment program in return for discussions about future economic benefits.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell thrust himself into the debate on Wednesday by commenting to reporters that fresh intelligence showed that Iran was "actively working" on a program to enable its missiles to carry nuclear bombs, a development he said "should be of concern to all parties."

Uh, Colin, about that fresh intelligence:
The source of intelligence used this week by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to suggest Iran is working on a nuclear weapons program may not be reliable, knowledgeable sources told CNN Friday.

Meanwhile, in the reality-based communities, Bush was burned in effigy in Chile and Iran and Gaza and the body count continues.

.....We'll always have Mars.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

You Know You're a Dumbass....

When you quote The Onion for facts.

This bit of Religious Right Ridiculousness brought to you by AmericaBlog, because a good nation deserves the truth.
Oh yeah. First it was Tinky Winky. Now they're taking on gay sharks. Not kidding. And they even quote "The Onion" as proof. And they ask why the hell we think they're a bunch of Bible thumping morons? You're accusing a shark of being gay and using the Onion as proof. Idiots.

In a nutshell, the movie is about a Great White Shark named Lenny who is a vegetarian. Dad does not approve, and the movie goes on from there. The movie's Web page includes the phrase "it's sometimes okay to swim against the current." And the religious right disapproves of this message of tolerance against those who are a bit different, even though, truth be told, they're pretty damn different themselves. One wonders how long the religious right would survive in a country like the one they're trying to craft - i.e., a country that crushes those who are different and unliked by the majority (message to religious right: you're not 50% of the vote, think about that).

Oh, and it gets better. Apparently the young shark "cross-dresses" as a dolphin! The horror, the horror. Now young boys across America may think it's ok to - dare I say it - dress as dolphins.

Only America's Taliban could bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "Free Willy."

Lenny the Shark and YT's sometimes-commenter Armtornoff are now bound by incident. Both have been attacked by the American Family Association, and in both incidences, the AFA has come away looking the fool. Dumb is as dumb does.

Gone In 15 Minutes

Fame, that is:
Star-watching crowds gathered near Nu Cuisine, Sticky Fingerz and the Peabody hoping to glimpse somebody, anybody. The arrival of limos sent folks into a frenzy. Whispers of famous people swept through the throng. Someone noticed retired U.S. Gen. Wes Clark through the massive windows at Nu: "There's Wesley Clark!" A person nearby misheard: "You see Wesley Snipes?" "No. Wesley Clark." The other, now disappointed: "Oh."

For more celebrity and famous-for-DC-types goings on, spend A Week In Little Rock. The Clenis thanks you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Rumormill Has Spoketh

George and Condi sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

You know what "they" say: Once you've had black...

Bushworld: Where Up Is Down

While Prezit Bush claims substantial progress in Iraq, the reality-based community sez "get that man a newspaper, stat!"

Ripped from today's headlines:

- Mass kidnap of Iraqi policemen - at BBC (Nov 17, 2004)
- Iraqis Angry, Distraught at Aid Worker's Murder - Reuters via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Insurgents continue attacks in Mosul - at CNN.com (Nov 17, 2004)
- 10 Killed in Baghdad; 31 Iraqi Police Kidnapped - at FOX News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Chirac questions US-led Iraq war - at BBC (Nov 17, 2004)
- Nine people killed in Ramadi clashes: hospital - AFP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Clashes, Car Bomb Leave 10 Dead in Beiji - AP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Pull-Outs Threaten Polish-Led Force in Iraq - Reuters via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Amnesty Calls for 'Unequivocal Orders' to Prevent War Crimes in Iraq - OneWorld.net via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Fallujah Subdued, but Battles Continue - AP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- US marines struggle to care for civilians stranded in Fallujah - AFP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Chirac, on eve of London summit, doubts post-Saddam world is safer - AFP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Iraqi PM 'Very Concerned' Over Shooting - AP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Police Say 31 Iraqi Cops Were Kidnapped - AP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)
- Car Bomber Rams U.S. Convoy Near Baghdad - AP via Yahoo! News (Nov 17, 2004)

I don't care how many times Bush sez we're making progress in Iraq, it doesn't make it so.

Will the SCLM ever fucking do their damn jobs and report reality and not White House spin?! Yeah, I know. Don't hold my breath, right?

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Arnold For Prez?

YT has just one question for these people: Have you completely lost your minds?!

They have plans, big plans!
Year 1:
AmendforArnold rises to 1 million members. AmendforArnold teams in walking, running and cycling events around the country. Launch the first of our annual marches on every capitol in the 50 states plus territories. Hold our first march in D.C.

Year 2:
AmendforArnold rises to 10 million members. Expand to have AmendforArnold teams in EVERY walking, running and cycling event around the country. Hold our second annual march on every capitol in the 50 states plus territories. Hold our second march in D.C., bigger and better than our first!

Year 3:
We mount a Million-Human March on Washington, D.C. - this is to encourage the House and Senate to pass the Amendment.

Year 4:
Our members stage an Olympic-torch style relay around the United States to secure the required 38 states' ratification of the Amendment.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and answer my own question. Yes!

Memo to Lissa: We've enough dicks on Capitol Hill, thanksverymuch.

UPDATE 11/17/04 -- YT Gets Mail Edition:

So I wrote to Lissa and expressed my admiration for her enthusiasm to get Arnie on the ballot sometime in her lifetime but that I also questioned her mental health in engaging in said undertaking, in light of these 'moral' and 'values' times. I asked how she thought the bible-thumping red staters would take to a man whose penis is plastered all over the internets, holding the nation's higest office? The man, not the penis. Was AmendforArnold scamming people who donate $10 toward the constitutional amendment in his name because a President Arnold-I-love-orgies-and-naked-women-sitting-atop-my-shoulders would never in a million years happen? They don't call him the Gropinator for nuttin', honey.

They respond:

Dear Capitola,

Thank you for your recent inquiry.


What ever happened to a good old Fuck You? Times, they are a'changin'

Feelin' Drafty?

Tis the season. The Government's makin' a list, they're checkin' it twice, gonna find out who registered to fight, Bush's claws are coming, for them.
The Selective Service System (SSS) and the U.S. Department of Education now are gearing up to compare their computer records, to make sure all men between the ages of 18 and 25 who are required to register for a military draft have done so.

The SSS and the education department will begin comparing their lists on Jan. 1, 2005, according to a memo authored by Jack Martin, acting Selective Service director.

While similar record checks have been done periodically for the past 10 years, Martin’s memo is dated Oct. 28, just a few days before the Nov. 2 presidential election, a hard-fought campaign in which the question of whether the nation might need to reinstate a military draft was raised in debates and on the stump.

It took several more days, until Nov. 4, for the document to reach the Federal Register, the official daily publication for rules and notices of federal agencies and organizations.

The memo was also produced after the U.S. House voted 402-2 on Oct. 5, against House Resolution 163, a bill that would have required all young people, including women, to serve two years of military service.

Remember how the SCLM and winger pundits mocked P. Diddy for his Vote or Die campaign? Come the draft, who'll be laughin' then?

Hell No Status Quo

From the Site That Shall Not Be Linked: Is Al Gore gunnin' for '08?

As much as YT likes Big Al, I'm with Kos. Out with the old, in with the new.

I am a REFORM democrat.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Tell Us Somethin' We Don't Know

Mr. Slam Dunk sez Condi screwed the pooch and we Americans got fucked:
Should Condoleezza Rice be worried about the memoir that ex- CIA director George Tenet is peddling?
The former spy chief "trashes" the national security adviser in his book proposal, one publishing insider tells us.

"He claims she was incompetent, that she didn't do her job" when it came to protecting the country from terrorists, the source says.

Mind you, the 9/11 Commission found the CIA responsible for so many intelligence boners that Tenet, after seven years at the agency, resigned.

Tenet's book collaborator and former spokesman, Bill Harlow, denies that Tenet is putting the blame on Condi.

"The book proposal is confidential," says Harlow, the author of the military thriller "Circle William."

"But that is not an accurate rendition of the proposal."

Tenet, who spent two weeks meeting with publishing-house editors, is also said to lay odds that Al Qaeda will strike next with a radioactive "dirty bomb."

Which is pretty much what Michael Scheuer said last night on 60 Minutes. It's not 'if' AQ will strike with deadly force, but 'when'.

Feeling safe?

Friday, November 12, 2004

Some Girls Have All The Fun

Wonkette's in a Cox Fight with some conservative hack who calls himself a journalist because he dirties up otherwise clean paper or computer screens with words words words, and those wacky freepers are jizzin' themselves cuz the PHAT red-head dared call the Newsgeek 'reporter' a jerk.

Wonkette apologized, but still the Freeps had to insult her:

To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Never heard of either of them. They're probably both going to put this clipping in their scrapbooks.

3 posted on 11/12/2004 1:45:51 PM PST by Huck

Never heard of Wonkette? Now that's just fucking mean, dude.

Bush Speaks

They ignore.

U.S. President George W. Bush addresses a group of Muslims at an Iftar dinner during the Holy month of Ramadan in the State Dinning Room of the White House, November 10, 2004. REITERS/Mannie Garcia

Guess the Muslims didn't get Rove's "Loyalty Oath" memo.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Imperial Hubris Uncorked

Michael Scheuer is about to let it rip:
Michael Scheuer, whose book "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror" was signed as "anonymous" and published this summer, will resign effective Friday after 22 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

In a statement, Scheuer said the CIA had not forced him to resign, "but I have concluded that there has not been adequate national debate over the nature of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and the forces he leads and inspires, and the nature and dimensions of intelligence reform needed to address that threat."

He intends to speak to the media over the next several weeks, including an appearance on the CBS show "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

Let the curse of the 2nd term scandals begin.

Red State Literature

Or, He Won!

A Man of Values, Resolve and Curge.
Qualities Oft-Repeated,
Ill-Defined, Perhaps,
not Actually Lived
but Ever Scenting
the Brave White Wings
that fanned the Wind
of Heartland's Moral Hooey.

- from an upcoming [book] celebrating the rigged election as a triumph of Republican morality over plodding Democratic values like "jobs", "education" and "health care."

(Blurb Review)

- who knows what the fuck it means, people like hearing it. (Soundbytes Weekly, a division of Memetronics Digest, "When you want it said fast and catchy!")

- Stick a burning cross in us, we're done. (Conservative Quarterly)

Order in time for XMas. When you hate enough to give the very best...

Terry Hearts GWBush?

Via Wonkette, YT learns that by golly, some Murikans aren't sorry they voted for Bush. Look who I found on page 2:

No wonder Terry's unemployed! With friends like this....

They Have Tanks

About the election being stolen or rigged or whatever, Emdeewrote:
For the record, I think the conspiracy theories could easily be true. It's a bit hard to believe the exit polls across the country could all have been so wrong. But it doesn't make any difference. If an election is at all close, the Republicans will fight like junkyard dogs, and the Democrats won't. So it will always go to the ones who will fight the hardest.


Face it kids. You're outmatched. Swords and badminton racquets can't beat brass knuckles and switchblades.

That being true, how do we on the left beat back tanks!
LOS ANGELES, November 9, 2004 - At 7:50 PM two armored tanks showed up at an anti-war protest in front of the federal building in Westwood. The tanks circled the block twice, the second time parking themselves in the street and directly in front of the area where most of the protesters were gathered. Enraged, some of the people attempted to block the tanks, but police quickly cleared the street. The people continued to protest the presence of the tanks, but about ten minutes the tanks drove off. It is unclear as to why the tanks were deployed to this location.

Our period of mourning is over. The streetfight has begun, and we need to be fully aware that they are bringing tanks to this fight.

What is America, the Land of the Free, becoming? A nation of Tiananmen Squares?!

This is not good, people. Not. Good. At. All.

Blonde nod to Americablog.

Pass The Bucket

YT's gonna barf. The Preznit's inauguration plans are making me sick:
When President Bush (news - web sites) takes his second oath of office Jan. 20 it will be his family's fifth inauguration ceremony, a day of pomp and pageantry set amid the icons of democracy only this city can provide: the U.S. Capitol, the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue.


With 21-gun salutes, fancy-dress balls and tighter-than-ever security, the day will resemble nothing so much as a coronation.


Among those traditions are: a preinaugural church service for the incoming president and first lady, a congressional escort to the Capitol for the public swearing-in, a presidential inaugural address that sets forth a vision for the new term, a luncheon in the Capitol's famed Statuary Hall and a 1.7-mile procession along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House before a massive, cheering crowd.

Massive crowd? Probably. But not everyone will be cheering.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Too Little Too Late

or, What. Fucking. Gall. Snubbed
Sen. John McCain, appearing on Imus in the Morning, said he called Sen. John Kerry after the election but his call hasn't been returned.

YT Like

The Grunt speaks. You listen:
During the final days of the presidential campaign, one of the thousands of neglected ammo dumps became an election flash point. In an attempt to take the heat off Bush, Rudy Giuliani actually went so far as to state that the heisted ammo was “the troops’ fault” and not the responsibility of the commander-in-chief.

But while Bush shouldn’t be held responsible for tactical snafus, his generals sure should – starting with Tommy Franks. It’s time that the C-in-C showed his support for the troops by nailing the culpable parties for all of the major military screw-ups in his pre-emptive war.

And an ambitious former mayor who dodged the Vietnam draft should be rapped on the head with the butt of an M-16 rifle for putting the politically expedient bad mouth on our brave soldiers.


Draft The Kicker

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Why must decent young men and women be killed in Iraq when pieces of shit like the RNC Kicker are allowed free-range to spread his putrid stink?

Sunzoo wants to know:
Letters to the Editor
November 10, 2004
Trouble at a polling place

To the Editor:

Why was the alleged Republican kicker working as an election official?

On Tuesday morning, like many of us, I went to vote. My polling place, the one for ward 27, district 11, was 3609 Chestnut St., a cozy-looking rehabilitation care center next to the Divine Tracy Hotel. When I got to the voter registration desk, I became a witness to a confrontation between an election official and a Democratic poll watcher whose name unfortunately escapes me. The election official was behaving very aggressively, and telling the poll watcher that, among other things, she must not speak to any of the voters, or to him, and if she did, he would call the police. She was visibly upset and a little overwhelmed, but she kept her cool.


I learned soon afterwards that this had not been the worst of it, and that it had been going on all morning. At one point, the election official had verbally intimidated a homeless man, causing him to leave without casting his vote, and had prevented the poll watcher from intervening. When the election official involved me in the confrontation, addressing me and blaming the poll watcher for the delay, I said something brief in her defense. She then asked me if I could give a statement of what I had just witnessed to a couple of lawyers, and I gladly did.
This is when I was shocked to learn the identity of the election official: Wharton junior Scott Robinson, better known as the alleged convention kicker.

I find it absolutely despicable that someone alleged to have acted in such a wantonly irresponsible and gratuitously violent manner, someone who makes a sick, cruel joke of the United States of America, should be entrusted with a position of such responsibility in overseeing a process that is vital to our democracy and central to our identity as a nation. Why did this happen? Furthermore, I am inclined to ask, when it is people like Robinson who are able to play a part in our political process, without someone, somewhere, objecting to the absurdity of it, what does that say about what this political process has become?

Sunzoo sez "Take Action" and gives names, addresses, and phone numbers for those of us so inclined.


What the Preznit means to say is that healin's hard work.

Posted by Hello U.S President George W. Bush walks from the Walter Reed Army Medical hospital with first lady Laura Bush in Washington, November 9, 2004. Bush paid a visit to soldiers recovering from wounds sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan.

George: "it's so uplifting to see their spirit, their drive to become rehabilitated, their love of their country, their support of the mission."

Laura: Must. Recharge. Battery.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Lest Anyone Forget

One small reason to keep opposing Bush's Iraq policy:

An Iraqi doctor treats a wounded 2-year-old boy after he was brought to the hospital when his house collapsed during an air raid, conducted by the U.S. forces in the western city of Falluja, on November 6, 2004.

Collateral Damage has a human face. Remember that.

Sorry Everybody

Now this is fucking cool!

Got digital? Go for it.

It's Discrimination, Stupid!

Today's Values America segment is brought to by AMERICAblog:
Clearly this child has no idea what the sign she's holding means. If she does, her parents should have their children taken away. She's far to young to be exposed to such a word.

This is the face of the Religious Right. This is the face of "Values" America. This is also, clearly, the face of low quality education (someone didn't quite get the spelling right and had to go back and correct it)

If Bush's "Values America" isn't enough to make you sick, there's always
kiddie-porn-lovin' priests.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Fate in 08

Everyone's speculatin' .... who'll run for the White House in 08? Ezra bunks the obvious: Hillary and Richardson and Vilsack, or, as YT calls them: NoWay, NoHow, and Sadsack.

Mark Warner of Virginia, though, is "interesting":

Warner, to me, is the most interesting wildcard. He's wildly popular in Virginia, a state that Democrats would could conceivably move into their column. He boasts an excellent, bipartisan record, having united the state to successfully weather a towering fiscal crisis. He's a former businessman and will probably enjoy significant support (read: fundraising) in the tech and entrepeneurial community, not to mention the positive narrative business leaders always get. He's a committed, solid Democrat and won't suffer the "Lieberman affliction" Bayh will soon be experiencing. His only major drawback is that he raised taxes, but I don't know too much about how that's been received. Truth is, Warner's something of an enigma to me, but a promising one, and I'd love to hear from Pandagoers with impressions of the guy.

Take a look:

Mark Warner has the hair, the Kennedy-like jaw, he has the blue-jean manly bulge, he's a friend of the working man, he's black-religious-folk friendly, he's a sportsman, he has the bus, and he wears his patriotism on his head.

Do the dems need a southerner at the top of the ticket to win the south and ultimately win back the White House from the Rethugs? Kos sez that's bullshit. But I think so. Team Kerry wrote off the south and look what happened. Face it, folks. Southerner's don't vote outside their region. Period. If we have to 'reach out' to red-state southerners, it'd be a helluva lot easier with a "wildly" popular democrat who has the inside track and the wind at his back.

Morals. Get Your Morals

MILWAUKEE (AP) A conservative talk-radio host has formally apologized for using a racial slur on the air, then joking about it for a week.

Mark Belling used the word ''wetback,'' a derogatory term to describe illegal Mexican immigrants, in a discussion on his Oct. 27 show about potential voter fraud in Wisconsin.

''You watch the voter turnout on the near south side (of Milwaukee), heavily Hispanic, and compare it to the voter turnout in any other election, and you're going to see every wetback and every other non-citizen out there voting,'' he said.

He sarcastically apologized on the air last Monday, then joked about the situation for days and polled listeners about whether he should have apologized.

Salt of the earth, that guy.

So I'm A Liberal...

and lack morals befitting the bigoted Bushlovin' evangelical debase and I live in a blue state and I drink mocha-lattes with my pinky extended...at least I'm not one of these people:

What is it with Bush supporters and their freaky fallic fascinations?

There's rumors on the internets that leftie bloggers are a dying breed now that we got our asses kicked by 1 percentage point of Americans who the media keeps telling us are better people and deserve better lives, that we're bellybutton lint and should just shut up already and get used to sittin' in the back of the bus where the morally corrupt belong.

To those who would silence me, I say: Fuck. Off. I'm not shuttin' up for nothin'. Bush lies? I blog it. Troops die? I blog it. Jenna barfs JD on non-Jenna? I blog it. Neo-con scandals? I blog it. Evangelicals behave sinfully? Hopefully with pics! I blog it. YT isn't going quietly into the fucking night. I'm here. I'm angry. I'm resolute. I'm looking forward to 2008.

Thankfully, YT isn't alone. Loaded Mouth sez:
Take your "morals" and shove them up your ass.

And Athenae issues her own fuckwa:
I'd like to sleep for a while, and remember not only what I did, but why I did it. The things that are important to me: keeping my brother and sister out of the war, improving our journalism, supporting good candidates, those things are still out there, and I still care about them.

More battle-hardened steely-eyed forward looking, please, and less weepy whiny soul-searching. Fuck it. Let's start again.

Digby hullabaloos too:
It's hard to respect people who are willing dupes year after year and deliver power to a party that is merely using them for electoral gains and has absolutely no intention of delivering on its promises. There's just too much money involved in selling the culture that these people find so objectionable. And the ones who are selling it own the Republican party lock stock and falafel.

Like I said. Schmucks.

So take heart, Dear Reader. Bush will eventually go down in scandal or his dictatorship will end in 2008. Whatever happens, we'll bear witness, and blog the shit out of it.

Friday, November 05, 2004

The Election Is Over. Not The Fight.

Baby got back.

Turn Your Back On Bush has a good idea:
On January 20th, 2005, we're calling for a new kind of action. The Bush administration has been successful at keeping protesters away from major events in the last few years by closing off areas around events and using questionable legal strategies to outlaw public dissent. We can use these obstacles to develop new tactics. On Inauguration day, we don't need banners, we don't need signs, we don't need puppets, we just need people.

We're calling on people to attend inauguration without protest signs, shirts or stickers. Once through security and at the procession, at a given signal, we'll all turn our backs on Bush's motorcade and continue through his speech and swearing in. A simple, clear and coherent message.

Sounds good to YT.

YT Hearts Canada

And not just because Neil Young hailed from their borders. No, YT thinks Canadians rock because who else but these fine cannucknuckleheads would offer up marriage to save liberal Americans from a second Bush term?
Now that George W. Bush has been officially elected, single, sexy, American liberals - already a threatened species - will be desperate to escape.
These lonely, afraid (did we mention really hot?) progressives will need a safe haven.

You can help. Open your heart, and your home. Marry an American. Legions of Canadians have already pledged to sacrifice their singlehood to save our southern neighbours from four more years of cowboy conservatism.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Multi-Pronged Offensive

As YT does as she is told and rolls along like Old Man River, I decided I needed a cyberbuddy along for the bumpy ride, someone who'll help me through the tough times, er, Bush's second term. Bush has Rove; The Lone Ranger had Tonto; Sponge Bob has Patrick. And I -- I have Li'l Willie:

BellyBuddy Posted by Hello

Who's Li'l Willie? He's a right bastard, a mean-spirited old man with serious personality issues and who thinks that he is beyond reproach -- you know, a Rethuglican -- a man who makes nice women use the F word, a man who I've decided that while in MY house here at Capitol Banter, he will always be smiling.

Resentment. It does a Blonde blogger good.

Old Man River

Well, shit. Kerry didn't win, but all is not lost. The good news is Bush has no one left to blame for his mistakes; he broke the nation, he owns it; the bad news is -- and we elitist morally-out-of-touch liberals know this to be true -- that the bad will only get worse.

Red State Americans are like alcoholics, without the booze. They're drunk with ignorance and will never seek recovery until they hit rock bottom. Those 59 million people are in denial. They haven't suffered enough. They voted against their better interests and won't start healing until they're broke -- emotionally and financially -- eating cat food, and their sons and daughters have been conscripted.

Was I disappointed by the loss. Fuck yes. Was I angry? You betcha. Did I cry? A damn river. Over the last two days I've experienced every emotion available to me: dispair, disbelief, rage, revenge, resignation, empowerment. That's right, I feel empowered by Bush's win. Sure, the democrats were decapitated, but we're insurgents now. We're the rebel base, with nowhere to go but onward.

Over all, nothing's changed. Bush is still in power. Bush is still a liar. The evangelical right are still freaks of nature. Will the media turn on Bush? I think so. Can't think of a two-term President whose second term (Ike?) wasn't disasterous. I look forward to blogging Bush's failings.

Yesterday, standing on the corner of Powell and Geary in San Francisco was a black man dressed in a white tuxedo with tails and wearing a top hat that he tipped to me as I dropped a fin in his cup. He was signing Old Man River acapella, deep and low and mesmerizingly slow like the late great Sam Cook, smiling at the stoney-faced passersby, telling all to buck up, all was not lost, to keep rolling along:
You and me, we sweat and strain
Body all aching and racked with pain
Towed that bargem lift the bail

You heard the man; chin up little soldiers. Keep rolling along.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

My Sentiments, Exactly

Good Dog!

More election day pics here.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Al Pieda

Fun at Ann The Stick's expense:
Right now two Al Pieda operatives Zach and Phil, are being charged with assault, disturbing the peace, and criminal damage. We ask everyone involved, where is your sense of humor? If Ann Coulter wants to tell towel-head jokes, Al Pieda will be the first to laugh. We will also be the first to retaliate with jokes of our own. No one was hurt Thursday night. However, something in the neighborhood of 40,000 Iraqi soldiers, 15,000 Iraqi civilians, and 1,000 American soldiers have been killed in the war in Iraq that Coulter cheerleads. No Al Pieda agents have been found in Iraq.

Please contact Al Pieda with comments, questions, and any offers of support for the legal defense fund for Phil and Zach.

What's a little pie among friends?

Kerry In A Landslide

YT believes. Fuck the GOP voter-suppression tactics, fuck the repug thugs, fuck the wacky polls, fuck Tim Russert and his stupid little dry-erase board, and fuck all of the other SCLM bobble-heads who talk talk talk talk talk just to hear their own voices.

Our side has:

unprecedented voter registration.
unprecedented NEW voter registration.
unprecedented youth involvement.
unprecedented minority involvement.
unprecedented Presidential hatred.
unprecedented Democratic grass roots activity.

There are more of US than there are of THEM and tomorrow the US' will put the THEMs in their rightful loser places.

YT's with Digby:
There is a lot of handwringing among the gasbags about the fact that people allegedly aren't voting "for " Kerry but against Bush, as if the underlying reason for voter intensity matters. It doesn't. If the Democrats come out in droves tomorrow because they loathe and despise President asterisk more than they love Kerry it doesn't matter one iota. The result is the same.

The underlying fact that cannot be ignored by Democrats and moderates of all stripes is that they stole the goddam election last time and then governed like they'd won in a landslide. They rubbed our noses in it for four long years with a far right agenda, treating us like shit every single step of the way. Apparently, they believed their own ridiculous hype and convinced themselves that we would just roll over and take it. They were wrong.

It didn't have to be this way. 9/11 could have wiped the whole thing out if Junior had behaved even slightly as the president of the entire country instead of just his base. They made their bed.


If it is fear and loathing of George W. Bush that made that happen, so be it. The modern Republican Party will rue the day they pushed us to our limit. Their hubristic dreams of a permanent majority are dead. We are going to crush them with our numbers.

The End of An Error is near.