Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Secrets and Lies

The NYT points us to Post Secret, a blog that hosts confessionals:
The Web site gives people simple instructions. Mail your secret anonymously on one side of a 4-by-6-inch postcard that you make yourself. That one constraint is a great sieve. It strains out lazy, impulsive confessors.

For PostSecret, you write, type or paste your secret on a postcard, and then, if you want, decorate the card with drawings or photographs. Next the stamp and then the mailbox. Yes, it's work to confess. And it should be, if only for the sake of the person who might be listening.

One message says: "I lied" under the word "oath."
YT has gotta say, after checking out the site, WOW, there's some creative, twisted, sad, interesting-like-road-kill kinda peeps out there contributing.

Go. Visit. Confess?

Kicking and Screaming

No, I'm not talking about a movie by the same name, I'm talking about the desire to mainline political crack. Having been blissfully away from the teevee and the Internets for four days, catching up on world events is hard, hard work. So much material to blog, so little time to do it.

I fell into the Daou Report and spent several hours reading the latest from the left, right, and center wonks. After that I browsed the Usual Suspects (see sidebar) and voila, Tuesday's newsday is nearly half over, and I haven't even donned my hazmat suit and surfed Freeperville! always a good source for the absurd.

Speaking of absurd....There's a two-syllable word we haven't heard Preznit Batshit Crazy mutter until today, when Amnesty International laid the smackdown upside his noggin.

What else, what else.... oh yes, cyberpal Jeff Huber got a shout out by ARIANNA HUFFINGTON! Deep Throat's out. Steve Gilliard gets warm and fuzzy with Chickenhawks:
"fuck you, gutless bitch."

And for a real mind-bender, Fox News admits to bias.

Onward and upward!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Holidaze

Here's wishing everybody a fun, relaxing and safe holiday weekend. Me? I'm channeling Neil.

Gonna leave the pain behind
Gonna leave the fools in line
Gonna take the magic potion
Gettin' in an old black car
Gonna take a ride so far
To the land of sun tan lotion
Gonna take it state by state
Til I hit the golden gate
Get my feet wet in the ocean

I'm still living
in the dream we had,
For me it's not over...



See ya'll Tuesday.

Peace, out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Nuclear Weapons Effects Calculator

Or in layman's term: How Fucked Are You?

This interactive tool illustrates the devastating effects of a nuclear weapon detonation in selected U.S. cities. The size of the weapon and the height at which it is detonated are the two main factors which affect the range of destruction. The size of the bomb can be chosen by selecting the weapon's yield, as measured in kilotons (KT) or megatons (MT) of TNT equivalent. There is also the option of having the bomb delivered using an automobile at ground level or using an aircraft flying at an altitude which produces the widest area of destruction.

Sez Ivan Oelrich, FAS strategic security project director:

“This is just a very graphic way to let anyone see what the effect of a bomb on his city would be.”

Isn't that thoughtful? Any person who wants to "see what it would take to wipe out cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Reno, Nev.," can do so with the click of their mouse. Doomsdaying has never been easier, though sleep may now prove more elusive.

I love the Internets!

Blonde nod to Wonkette.

"How They Got It So Wrong"

The "they" being the media. Here we go again.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not authorize the military to shoot down a small plane that prompted evacuations of Washington power centers on May 11.

The Washington Post, citing accounts given by federal officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported that Rumsfeld had given the military authority to take the action, if necessary, against the diminutive Cessna 150 that had wandered into restricted airspace over the Washington area.

Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said Rumsfeld gave no such authorization.

"The secretary was notified as soon as the situation developed. And he was available to make any necessary decisions with respect to this incursion. It never reached the point at which he had to make those kinds of decisions," Whitman told reporters.

[snip]

Asked about The Post report that the plane was 15 to 20 seconds from being shot down, Whitman said, "I don't know how they got it so wrong."

Maybe the Pentagon peeps read AmericaBlog this morning, where Joe wondered if the knuckleheads thought the decision through:
So, it appears the newest threat we face in DC isn't terrorists. It's stupid pilots who give Rummy's guys a chance to test out their missiles over DC. If the missiles miss, where do they end up? And, if the plane is hit, where does the debris go? How far is the debris field?

Will the Post cave like Newsweek?

The Riddler

Seeing as the chickenshit cowards at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs scrubbed Galloway's testimony from the official website while leaving up every other one, this post at Democratic Underground made my morning:
Dear Democratic Elected Officials of the United States
(with damn few exceptions),

I am writing this open letter to call your attention to the remarks made yesterday, May 17, 2005, to the United States Senate, by British MP George Galloway of the independent Respect Party. I do this because he serves as an example of why your party should be abandoned by the U.S. working class, by U.S. women, by oppressed nationalities in the United States, and by anyone who professes to be a progressive or a leftist.

George Galloway did that for which you have proven incapable; he spoke as an opposition. Since there seems to be a great dark space in the middle of your heads where the notion of opposition should be -- a void filled by parliamentary molasses and the pusillanimous inabilty to tell simple truths -- I suggest you all review the recordings of Galloway's confrontation with Republican Senator Norm "Twit" Coleman to see exactly how effortless it is to stand up to these cheap political bullies. While you are at it, you can watch your colleague Carl Levin demonstrate exactly what I mean about most of you and your party, as he alternately hurls petulant cream-puff insults at Galloway and kisses Coleman's stunned, clueless ass to give that toothy dipshit some comfort in the wake of Galloway's verbal drubbing.

Galloway didn't have to walk up to the docket and slap the cowboy shit out of Coleman -- though I admit I still struggle with my own secret urges to do just that with most of the air-brushed, combed-over, Stepford meat-puppets who now people the United States Congress. No, all Galloway had to do was tell the unvarnished truth, and it had exactly the same effect. If Democrats had half the spine that Galloway does -- if you would stop chasing your creepy little careers through the caviar and chicken-salad circuits of duck-and-cover American political double-speak, then not only would people like me not be calling for all to abandon the Democratic Party and take their fight to the streets like good Bolivians -- not only that, but you'd have won the last election.

[snip]

You don't deserve anyone's support, not even as a tactical matter any longer, because you end up doing ritual verbal combat then giving the "cornpone Nazis" of the Republcan Party any goddamn thing they want. That’s why Galloway rhetorically spanking that soap-opera-looking shitbird [ed. note: !!] was the most satisfying thing many of us have seen in months.

That's exactly why some of us are saying go Bolivian on their asses. Tell the Democratic Leadership Council to eat shit and die. Stop working, stop obeying, block the streets and highways, shut down the capital, and watch them choke on their own sewage. If Americans weren't so bewildered by television, so addled and soft from junk food and cars and electronic appliances, and so addicted to their own cultural superficiality, they might begin organizing general strikes: women's strikes, workers strikes (without union bureaucrats to calm them down), Black people strikes, Brown people strikes, info-tech strikes, eco-strikes, all working our way up to One Big Strike.

It's a ways off, but it's coming.

Especially if, as my friend ScottALib wrote recently, a Draft is instituted to take on Iran and Syria:
It's a double-edged sword, a two-way street, a devil's bargain, whatever the right expression is. It was, however, the unifying element in the anti-Vietnam War protests. It united people of all ages and brackets - sons, daughters, parents, grandparents, rich, poor, middle class, everyone - because it was an equal-opportunity employer and everyone was in the pool. We hated Nixon as much as Johnson because we hated the war and we hated the draft, and it didn't much matter who the President was as long as they kept the war and the draft in place. The war was happening halfway around the world, but the draft was happening right there in your neighborhood. It made the war a very immediate thing.

Excuse me for a minute, I'm off to practice Duck and Cover.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Moon Is Waning

Today is Tuesday, May 24, 2005. On this date in History:
....President George W. Bush, facing an electorate disenchanted with the Iraq war and its prisoner scandals, began a five-week campaign to explain his policies to voters.

Some things never change.

A For Effort

Memo to self: Must. Get. Fancier. Protest. Signs! Some folks are quite inventive:



Steve Bonkamp, of Seattle, carries a figure representing a U.S. soldier bleeding on top of a barrel of oil Monday, May 23, 2005, during a protest in front of a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office in Seattle's University District. Several dozen protestors demonstrated at three miltary recruiting locations Monday in opposition to the war in Iraq and military recruiting that takes place on school campuses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With Friends Like This


Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, left, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi speak after a meeting in Najaf 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The meeting with Muqtada al-Sadr sought to defuse tension between Sunnis and majority Shiites after a recent series of sectarian killings. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

Al Sadr had better watch his back. Chalabi's face-time always comes with a heavy price.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Scumsucking Bastards

MaryScott rants so I don't have to:
You wanna see me out in the streets, screaming like a madwoman? Re-institute the draft. I'm not willing to bet the lives of MORE innocents on the theory that if there's a draft, millions will vote the Republicans out of office.

For the love of god, they haven't voted them out of office so far, and the fuckers have all but burned the Constitution. People are fucking SHEEP, and if there's a draft, it will take a good solid few years of body bags on television (if they SHOW them) -- IF that -- before they start to get the message.

CHRIST, why, WHY must men continue to propose that the only solution is to kill each other?

Mary's responding to a Kos diary on Tacitus embracing the D word because of military personnel shortages needed to fight their wars of choice.

Duh. Pearl Harbor patriotism is so 1941.

Friday, May 20, 2005

USA! USA!

Great. The President of the United States, the most powerful man in the free world, is a global butt joke.
The British paper renewed its mockery on Saturday, running the front page headline "Bush probes Saddam's pants", saying US President George W. Bush had pledged to "get to the bottom" of the leaked pictures.

Attaturk channels Sun.

I can hardly wait for the Daily Show.

Just Sayin'

On May 4, 2005, Jenna Bush enjoyed a glass of wine with friends.





Meanwhile:

05/04/05 ABC: Nine Iraqi soldiers killed in Baghdad car bomb
Nine Iraqi soldiers were killed and 17 people wounded in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on Wednesday. Six of the wounded were also soldiers, an Interior Ministry source said.

05/04/05 Al Jazeera: Iraq Oil Ministry sacks hundreds
Iraq's Oil Ministry has sacked several hundred employees as part of a crackdown on corruption and smuggling that has cost the state billions of dollars, according to oil officials.

05/04/05 Aljazeera: Iraqi police free Reuters cameraman
Nabil Hussein, 30, was beaten and then arrested and held at Mosul police headquarters. His father, Noureddine, 59, was detained when he went to the police station to inquire about his son

05/04/05 AP: Explosion Kills 50 at Iraqi Police Center
An Iraqi carrying hidden explosives set them off in a police recruitment center in northern Iraq Wednesday, killing at least 50 Iraqis, the U.S. military said ... The attack in Irbil ... appeared to be the deadliest by insurgents since Feb. 28 ...

05/04/05 AP: Iraqi Forces Capture Saddam's Relative
Iraqi security forces captured a son of one of Saddam Hussein's half brothers, who allegedly financed the insurgency, in a raid on suspected militants near the ousted dictator's hometown, the government said Wednesday.

05/04/05 AP: Japan plans to withdraw troops from Iraq in December
Japan will withdraw its 550 soldiers from their non-combat mission in Iraq in December, according to a media report Wednesday.

05/04/05 AP: Wreckage of U.S. jets found in Iraq
Investigators in Iraq have located the wreckage of both Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets that were reported missing earlier this week, but they have yet to find the second pilot, an official said Wednesday.

05/04/05 CENTCOM: REMAINS OF SECOND PILOT FOUND FROM APPARENT F/A-18 CRASH
Search teams located the body of the second pilot from one of two missing U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 aircraft from the U.S.S. Carl Vinson May 4.

05/04/05 CENTCOM: Two Task Force Baghdad Soldiers Killed By IEDs
Two Task Force Baghdad Soldiers died when their vehicles were struck by roadside bombs. The two separate incidents occurred May 3.

05/04/05 Chosun Ilbo: No Koreans Hurt in Irbil Suicide Bombing
No members of Korea’s Zaytun Division or Korean expatriates were hurt in a suicide bombing that killed at least 60 in Irbil in the Kurdish Autonomous Region in northern Iraq, where the troops are stationed, the Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

05/04/05 DOD Identifies Army Casualty
Spc. Derrick J. Lutters, 24, of Burlington, Colo., died May 1 along a supply route in Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated while his unit was inspecting a bridge for enemy tampering.

05/04/05 DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Maj. John C. Spahr, 42, of Cherry Hill, N.J., died May 2 from injuries received when the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft he was piloting apparently crashed in Iraq. Assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

05/04/05 IBS: Pilot Who Died In Iraq Was From Cherry Hill
The pilot whose remains were recovered on Tuesday was identified by officials as Maj. John C. Spahr, executive officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

05/04/05 Kentucky Standard: Local soldier injured in Iraq
A Bardstown-based soldier is recovering in a Baghdad hospital after being injured during a truck explosion last week in Iraq. Military Police officer Brett Johnson, 23, suffered a broken shoulder in the incident.

05/04/05 KRT: GIs launch new tactic against enemy fighters
Nine battalions now hold an area where 13 battalions had been stationed until February. In northern Anbar province, which includes Haqlaniyah, about 3,000 Marines are stretched among outposts in an area the size of South Carolina.

05/04/05 KRT: Iraqi Cabinet sworn in with no Sunnis included
A deal to bring Iraq's rebellious Sunni Muslim minority into the new Iraqi government fell through at the last minute Tuesday, so the Cabinet was sworn in with seven posts - including the oil and defense ministries - vacant or filled only temporarily.

05/04/05 KUNA: Two Iraqis wounded in car bomb attack in Mosul
Two Iraqis were wounded when a car bomb targeted a US Army patrol in the city of Mosul, northern Iraq. A civilian had been killed in an attack on Iraqi police in Mosul, a statement by the MNF said Wednesday.

05/04/05 LodiNews: Woodbridge man injured in Iraq
Specialist Nick Beintema was wounded last Tuesday in a reconnaissance mission in northern Iraq. He suffered a concussion, a broken jaw in two places, a severely injured right leg apparently broken in two places, a damaged kneecap, and.....

05/04/05 MNF: Two Bulgarians dead after vehicle accident
Two Bulgarian Soldiers are dead following a vehicle accident near Basra, Iraq around 12:30 p.m. May 3. One humvee carrying Bulgarian Soldiers overturned, causing the fatalities.

05/04/05 National Guard and Reserve Mobilized as of May 4, 2005
This week, the Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase in the number of reservists on active duty, while the Army and Navy had a decrease. The net collective result is 686 more reservists mobilized than last week.

05/04/05 PowerOne Media: Blackhawk grad injured in Iraq
Lantz Headland, a corporal in the F Company 1-58 Aviation Regiment, was doing air-traffic control on an airstrip the afternoon of April 25 when a mortar shell landed nearby and tore through a ligament on the top of his foot.

05/04/05 Reuters: Body of second U.S. pilot missing in Iraq found
Search teams have recovered the body of a second American pilot missing after two F-18 Marine Corps planes disappeared over Iraq earlier this week, a U.S. statement said on Wednesday.

05/04/05 Reuters: Suicide bomber kills at least 60 in northern Iraq (update)
A suicide bomber killed at least 60 people and wounded 150 more when he blew himself up at the office of a Kurdish party in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Wednesday, a health official said.

05/04/05 SITE Inst.: Ansar al-Sunnah Claims Responsibility for Devastating Attacks
The Military Corps of the Iraqi insurgent group, Ansar al-Sunnah issued three communiqués, posted on the group’s official website, claiming responsibility for three car bomb attacks in the cities of Arbeil, Baakouba and Samraa today.

05/04/05 SwissInfo.org: Italy minister calls U.S. version of Iraq killing "a lie"
A U.S. account of how its soldiers killed an Italian agent in Iraq was "clearly a lie", an Italian minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, further stoking tensions between Rome and Washington over the shooting.

05/04/05 US News and World Report: Beating the Roadside Bombers
There were 336 reported American military deaths caused by IEDs and an additional 89 by various types of suicide or car bombs as of April 29, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, a website that tracks military deaths.

05/04/05 WLBT.com: MS Soldier Killed in Iraqi Explosion
It's an image no soldier's family wants to see: military officials standing at their door. It happened to a Sharkey county family Tuesday when they learned Army Sergeant John McGee was killed in an explosion.


Jenna's unemployed day of happy social drinking brought to you by Getty Images.

A depressing day for mankind brought to you by Iraq Coalition Casualties.

Hard Time

So the Sun's pics of Saddam in his tiddy whities sent the Reichwing's panties to crackistan. They're mad. Real mad.




If the Pentagon has said it once, they've said it hundreds of times: Wait until the pyramid's complete before taking the picture! Sheesh. Some torturers never learn.

And um, I would be remiss if I didn't comment on Saddam's .... well, his physique. He wasn't called a Dictator for nuttin' honey.

Blonde nod to Wonkette.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Oy

Via Sarah Weinman's ripping of Publishers Marketplace:

Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman's YIDDISH WITH GEORGE AND LAURA, a follow-up to the bestselling Yiddish With Dick and Jane, featuring the whole Bush mispocha (family) speaking Yiddish in Kennebunkport, again to Terry Adams at Little, Brown, for publication in fall 2006, by Paul Bresnick at Paul Bresnick Agency.

I'd say mazl-tov, but getting gelt for that khokhme is farkatk.

My Eyes!

UPDATE: Hmmmm. That Ebay is quick. This one was pulled:

It Burns!

She looks like cherry-cheeked Ronald Reagan on crack.

Let's see if this one stays up.

Purple Pussy Packer 5000

Duck!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Beltway prankster, perhaps fueled by reports that a grenade was tossed at President Bush during his tour of the former Soviet satellite nations, engaged in a bit of copy cat satire this morning as a sex toy was thrown at the Bush twins during a photo-op on the White House lawn.

As the large purple device was seen flying through the air, Secret Service agents assigned to the twins immediately ushered the young women into their waiting limousine, while another of the agents threw his body upon the then unidentified object to stifle any vibrations or gyrations that could have adversely affected the conservative audience gathered to meet the twins.

“It was surreal; almost like it was in slow motion,” Winters explained. “At first someone yelled ‘grenade!’ but then we all realized it was just the ‘Purple P---- Packer 5000.’

[snip]

Secret Service and CIA agents who later secured the scene reported that the synthetic penis, or “dildo”, was not live and contained none of the 4 “C” batteries necessary for its operation.

At the daily White House press meeting later in the day, Press Secretary Scott McClellan said that the Bush administration was going to “look closely” at this latest incident, including but not limited to the use of Jeff Gannon.

Ah, satire. A not so lost art, after all.

Cuz Every Girl's Crazy

'Bout a sharp dressed man. Especially, when it's NEIL!
If an elite black-tie awards dinner in Beverly Hills isn't No. 1 on the list of Neil Young's Least Favorite Hangouts, it'd be a lock for the Top 5.

Yet there was the elusive, unpredictable rocker Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel among 800 music industry heavyweights — guest of honor, no less, at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' annual pop music awards.

[snip]

Still, it's anybody's guess how seriously one of pop music's most mercurial artists would look on an event that honored Joni Mitchell and Ashlee Simpson on the same night.

Young, however, said "I'm speechless" at joining such previous winners as Mitchell, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney. (BMI, the other major U.S. performing rights group, was scheduled to give its top award the next night to Paul Simon.)

Later, Young was anything but, extemporizing a six-minute acceptance speech that started with a long, heartfelt tribute to his wife, Pegi, for sticking through each of his careening career twists and turns during their 27-year marriage.

"A lot of relationships have gone down the tubes at the hands of the muse," he said, looking toward the table where Pegi sat with their children, Amber and Ben, as well as Neil's older son, Zeke, with actress Carrie Snodgress.

Awwwww. I'm all teary-eyed over here.

Congrats, Neil! See you at Bridge.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Pretty Prick With A Comb-Over

Well, it appears Mr. Six-Figure-Speaking-Fee-Rudy Giuliani will be addressing the graduating class at Middlebury College, Vermont, home of Howard Dean and the fantastic Bread Loaf Writers Conference, where being a waiter to the published elite is an honor and privilege. The Class of '05 is preparing for protest: turned backs, hecklers, and have been instructed to bring their dog whistles. Go! Fight! Win!

Any Vermonters planning on attending? Please oh please blog it and get pictures! Where's al Pieda when you need them?

How Do You Spell Whoopass?

G E O R G E G A L L O W A Y:
"I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaida. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11, 2001. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.

"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong. And 100,000 people paid with their lives -- 1,600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies, 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies."

I hope Norm Coleman's ass is still burning from that public spanking. Too bad the hearing hadn't occured before last Friday's stint on Real Time. Bill would've piled on and it would have been GREAT.

And We Still Lost

Campus Leadership reports:
The campus left obviously puts its money where its mouth is. CLP has just released Deep Blue Campuses - a study of the political giving habits of employees at the top 25 colleges and universities. At Harvard, for instance, every 2004 donation to the Bush campaign was met with 32 John Kerry donations. At Princeton, the ratio was 302-1. Ten of the top 25 had ratios of greater than 20-1.

What's that tell me? There are more of them than us. Or Team Bush cheated. My money's on the latter.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A NeoCon Revisionist's Wet Dream

Who sez retired US Navy Commanders don't have a sense of humor in these dark days? Not me.
In the mid-nineties, NEWSWEEK formed the Project for a New American Century that formulated a policy of U.S. global dominance based on an American invasion of Iraq.

Once in power, NEWSWEEK failed to pick up on the intelligence that warned of the 9-11 attacks. Subsequent to 9-11, NEWSWEEK cooked the intelligence on Iraq that linked it to 9-11 and falsely verified its active weapons of mass destruction.

NEWSWEEK ignored the advice of senior military advisers who warned that more troops would be needed to curb a post-hostilities insurgency, and denied that an major insurgency was in progress when it was clear that one already was.

NEWSWEEK was singularly responsible for the lack of sufficient body and vehicle armor in the Iraq war, and for the pathetically slow response in supplying it once the shortfall was identified.

NEWSWEEK wrote the Justice Department memorandums that led to the prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, and led to the practice of "extraordinary rendition."

Exhibiting shameless hubris throughout its tenure, NEWSWEEK claimed that it never made a mistake because God was telling it what to do.

heh.

More Like This. PLEASE

British Parliament member George Galloway gives great smackdown! Some highlights:
He called the accusations against him "a pack of lies."

"I am not now or ever been an oil trader and neither has anyone on my behalf. I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one, and neither has anybody on my behalf," Galloway said.

[snip]

"Now, I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer, you're remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice," he told Coleman. [ed note: that'd be Republican Norm Coleman]

[snip]

He said he had met with Saddam twice -- "exactly as many times as Donald Rumsfeld has met with him."

"The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and give him maps," Galloway said in a heated opening statement.

"I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second occasion, I met him to try and persuade him to allow Hans Blix and U.N. inspectors back into country."

[snip]

"You have my name on lists provided to you by the Dopher inquiry, provided to him by the convicted bank robber and fraudster and con man Ahmed Chalabi, who many people, to their credit, in your country now realize played a decisive role in leading your country into the disaster in Iraq," Galloway said in a heated opening statement to a Senate panel investigating the charges.

[snip]

"In these circumstances, knowing what the world knows about how you treat prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison, in Bagram Air Base, in Guantanamo Bay -- including, if I may say, British citizens being held in those places -- I'm not sure how much credibility anyone would put on anything you manage to get from a prisoner in those circumstances," he said.

Damn! That felt so good to read I think I need a cigarette.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Yes, Virginia. There Is A God.

For weeks and weeks I've been looking for the God the Reichwing keeps tellin' me is the reason George W. Bush is Preznit and that the deaths of thousands of people are a-ok. He wasn't found here or here or here or here or here, to list a few places.

But!

I did find Him here.

So long, Dennis. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Now, if that failed actor-turned wonk Ron Silver gets Dennis's prime-time slot, I'm praying for the Rapture.