Thursday, June 30, 2005

Here It Comes

When Bush pulls the troops out of the national meat grinder known as Iraq so that the legend of his Presidency will be that of Liberator and not Lying Fucking Asshole Murderer, (because we in the reality-based community know, deep down inside our sexy liberal guts, that the GOP ain't politically stoopid enuff to impliment the Draft (aka Conscription Brigades) in order to get the jackboots necessary to clean up Bush's mess without forced service), guess who the Reichwing will blame when Iraq falls to the terrorists the US created and the civil war that's now being waged on the sands of Mesopotamia morphs into the threatening regime it wasn't until now?

Yes, Voices of Reason, my darlings of sanity, you guessed it: Dissenters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Senate Republicans denounced other lawmakers and the news media on Thursday for unfavorable depictions of the Iraq war and the Pentagon urged members of Congress to talk up military service to help ease a recruiting shortfall.

Families are discouraging young men and women from enlisting "because of all the negative media that's out there," Sen. James Inhofe (news, bio, voting record), an Oklahoma Republican, said at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Oh, no, the screams of "Hell No We Won't Go" couldn't possibly be because reasonable people are deciding they don't want to die for Team Bush's lies.

A Visual

March 20, 2003. Click.

Blonde nod to periphrastik.

Paging Doctor Frist

You're about to get fristed.
The Tennessee Department of Health has responded to complaints into Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-TN) 'diagnosis' of Florida's Terri Schiavo by videotape, RAW STORY has learned.

Their letter, written by Tennessee Department of Health Director of Investigations for Health Related Boards Denise Moran, said that the complaint had been received and "was in the process of being reviewed."
Feel the burn, baby.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Fool Them Once

Citizens of San Diego, an enclave of conservatism in an otherwise liberal state, let it rip.

Blonde nod to the King o'Snark.

Dizzy, My Head Is Spinning

I bellied-up to the Whiskey Bar this morning to reinforce what I already knew about Bush's speech last night: Same Old Same Old with a twist of Lies.

No, I take that back. Bush's speech did include something new; it was the first time I had heard him call for enlistments. I thought, "Huh?" and then "Uh oh. Is he laying the ground work for the Draft?"

Nothing Team Bush does surprises me anymore, and I am guilty of analyzing every word They utter because 9 out 10 times what they're saying/not saying directly affects lives, and I wouldn't put past Team Bush to use last night's unusual call to service as the seeds for future conscription. Everyone knows about the military's failing recruiting efforts, it's no secret the current forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are tapped; after listening to Bush last night, to do what he says he's going to do, "defeat the insurgency," in Iraq, he's going to have to use the American military as a full-on occupying force and lock-down Iraq, from the borders on in.

Which means more troops. A lot more troops. Several hundred thousand more troops. Hear that? That's the sound of top soil being turned as the new crop is prepared for planting:
Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), interviewed on CBS's "The Early Show," maintained that "one of the very big mistakes early on was that he didn't have enough troops on the ground, particularly after the initial victory, and that's still the case."

Sen. John Kerry, Bush's Democratic opponent in last year's presidential election, told NBC's "Today" show that the borders of Iraq "are porous" and said "we don't have enough troops" there.

Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) Jr., appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," disputed Bush's notion that sufficient troops are in place.

"I'm going to send him the phone numbers of the very generals and flag officers that I met on Memorial Day when I was in Iraq," the Delaware Democrat said. "There's not enough force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency."

Biden argued, "The course that we are on now is not a course of success. He (Bush) has to get more folks involved. He has to stand up that army more quickly."

Where will these new troops come from? Shifting forces around the world? Without a Draft, just where will Bush get the jack boots he needs to fully occupy and secure Iraq?

Steve Gilliard knows where Bush can find two of-age Americans to sign up.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

"Bumps In The Road"

Oh, those bumps? They're graves.
News flash: Iraq is a disaster. I've been back one day, and the airport road was the worst I've ever seen it. We had to go around a fire-fight between mujahideen and Americans while Iraqi forces sat in the shade of date palms on the side of the road, their rifles resting across their laps. My driver pointed to a group of men in a white pickup next to me. “They are mujahideen,” he said. “They are watching the Americans.” Indeed, they were, and so intently that they paid no attention to me in the car next to them. We detoured around two possible car bombs that had been cordoned off while Iraqis cautiously approached.

Rumsfeld's assessment of “good progress” on the constitution is not accurate, as the committee to draw it up still hasn't completely agreed on how the Sunnis will take part.

When I was in Ramadi, I found the morale to be lower than expected. It wasn't rock-bottom among the Marines of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, but it wasn't great. Most of the ones I talked to weren't confident they were doing anything worthwhile, and were instead focused on getting home alive. If a few Iraqis had to die to make that happen, well, war is hell.

I'm not sure who's winning this war, the Americans or the insurgents. But I know who is losing it: the Iraqi people. Those bumps in the road are their graves.

Posted by Christopher at June 28, 2005 07:53 PM
Memo to Team Bush: That broken record isn't playing. Not in Iraq. Not in Peoria.

Blonde nod to Attaturk.

A Year Ago Today

A little Q & A history in preparation for tonight's drinkingbamboozlepalooza:

Q Will you respond to an analysis that's already been raised that this is -- this very modest ceremony is, in the face of the insurgent activity, is a kind of panic move, that it represents an effort to wrong-foot the insurgents and terrorists, and it kind of shows they almost have the upper hand?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No, it's quite the contrary. I would say that demonstrating to not only the terrorists, but to the Iraqi people that this government is ready, this government is ahead of schedule and this government is committed to fulfilling their hopes and aspirations.


Q Beyond his remarks with Prime Minister Blair this afternoon, does the President plan to address the American people anytime soon, today or Wednesday, or whenever, about the significance of this moment?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, he will address -- the entire world, including the American people will hear from the President today about his thoughts on today's transfer of sovereignty.

Blah blah blah, same shit different day, day in/day out, year after year.

Will I watch Bush tonight knowing my bullshit-o-meter will be at full tilt from the moment Bush's lips begin to move? Absolutely. I've 1744 reasons.

Remember When

A few Gaggles ago a reporter asked Scottie if any of the Bush Clan were currently serving in the military and Scottie said he'd look into it... anyone know if the question has been followed-up and answered?

Sure, we all know the answer -- No -- but it'd be nice to get in on the record.

Update 6/28/05 2:43 pm. Eric in LA piles on:
Name: Eric Smith
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Since 6/21/2005, Scott McClellan has been searching for any member of the Bush clan who is in the military service now. Perhaps offering a reward would help Scott find at least one (although the Bin Laden rewards haven't lead to him either). This is day six of his search. He should be asked regularly if he has found any or admits that none exist. Perhaps a day counter on your web page would help motivate Scott's search.

A day counter...good idea!

Monday, June 27, 2005

A Preview?

Check out today's DOD briefing. It's the Americans at home who are "disconnected" with respect to the violence in Iraq, not the White House.
Q General Casey, what's your view of statements like the one Senator Kennedy made, that seem to suggest that the United States has already lost in Iraq and should pull out as quickly as possible to avoid any unnecessary further American casualties? And what effect do statements like that have on the troops and the difficulty of the job they have to do?

GEN. CASEY: I think I responded to Senator Kennedy's comment about quagmired at the hearing. Obviously, I don't agree with the statement that the United States is losing in Iraq nor that we are getting into a quagmire.

I'm sorry, second part?

Q What impact do such statements have on the troops --

GEN. CASEY: Thank you.

Q -- and the difficulty of the job they have to do?

GEN. CASEY: Yeah. I went around to visit all the division commanders just prior to coming back and asked them, one, how's the situation, how are things going? And to a person, they all responded that this is moving in the right direction in their areas. Then I asked them did they have enough troops to do what they needed to do. And to a person, they all said they had what they needed to get the job done.

So, we're kind of scratching our heads, and the troops are kind of scratching their heads, wondering why there's such a large disconnect between what they are seeing on the ground every day and statements like that back here, because they're just not connected.

Can you fucking believe this spin? If that's what Bush is going to say tomorrow night...that Americans are the ones disconnected from reality when it comes to Iraq .... I predict approval ratings in low 30s by July 4th, impeachment hearings in September.

Mars, Bitches!

Holden has the Gaggle covered regarding Bush's no-new-news prime-time speech tomorrow night, but Mr. Obsession leaves out one snarky moment in today's exchange:
Q I've got a quick one. There was a report today that the administration is supporting plutonium production. Is this correct, and is that true?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, let me give you an update on that. I'm glad you brought that up. First of all, this is a matter under the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy, and the plutonium that we're talking is not -- is non-weapons-grade plutonium. The Department of Energy is responsible for producing significant heat and electricity power systems that would require no maintenance in places like deep space. And plutonium-238, which we're talking about, is the substance that makes that feasible. Such power systems are used in support of deep space exploration missions and certain national security applications. But, again, we're not talking about any weapons-grade plutonium.

And I think the Department of Energy can probably talk to you more about why we need to produce it.

Q Speaking of that, how's the Mars project coming along? (Laughter.)

Q Thank you.

MR. McCLELLAN: Thank you all.


The Summer Of Truth

Freeway Blogger speaks. You listen.


to speak out against the Lies and Propaganda and let 25,000 of your closest friends know just how you feel about this war and the lying sons of bitches who dragged us into it.

Starting July 5th, freewaybloggers across the nation will begin placing signs on the freeways voicing their opposition to the war. These signs will continue going up through July and August and on until impeachment hearings begin in September.

We are the music makers
We are the dreamers of dreams

What do we want?
Our troops home!
When do want them?

A World Of Huh?

April 4, 2002:
Terror must be stopped. No nation can negotiate with terrorists. For there is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death. -- George W. Bush

June 26, 2005:
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged Sunday that U.S. officials have met with insurgents in Iraq, after a British newspaper reported that two such meetings took place recently at a villa north of Baghdad.


History schmistory.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Huh? Files

I didn't know Cheney had a heart.
Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to the cardiac unit of the Vail Valley Medical Center Friday. Contrary to Associated Press reports that he went to see orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steadman, at the Steadman Hawkins clinic for a knee injury, Vice President Cheney passed through the Steadman Hawkins clinic and the Colorado Mountain Medical Center to get to the cardiac unit to see Dr. Jack Eck and his team. The Vice President checked into the hospital under the name of Dr. Hoffman.

Tick tock.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Riddle Me This

How does George W. Bush's Ownership Society square with the high court's decision to grant local goverments the right to seize American citizens's homes?

Les wonders too:
Q Suppose that McLennan County, Texas, decides that a center for slot machines would bring in much more revenue than the Bush ranch. Would the President try to fight the eminent domain, as now legalized by five members of the Supreme Court, by means of the Aderholt-Shelby bill, or how?

MR. McCLELLAN: You know, I don't know of any attempt by McLennan County to do such a thing, first of all. And, second of all, if they did, it's a matter for McLennan County to deal with. But I know of no such effort.

Q He would fight it, wouldn't he?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think the President has made his views clear when it comes to private property rights. In terms of Supreme Court decisions, we obviously have to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court.

Q Does the President feel as strongly about that lady in New London, Connecticut, who will be forced out of her home where she was born and has lived for 87 years, does he feel as strong as Justice O'Connor feels, and does he believe this decision will help with his nomination of new justices?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, we just haven't talked about it, but the President is always concerned about the American people and their well being.

Q He really is concerned about this lady, isn't he?

MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead.

Yeah, Bush is concerned about Americans. So long as they keep their mouths shut and die for his lies, all's well. Keep your eyes open for the long knives should his approval rating drop to 40% ... oh, right, it is at 40%, with 60% of ALL Americans disapproving of him and his policies.

No wonder Karl Rove is unhinged.

Talk About Last Throes

Today's Democratic/Liberal/Independent/non-Repukican-Kool-aid-drinker meme regarding Karl Rove & Company Bush: "Desperate Rhetoric from a Failed Presidency". Why failed?
Because our troops don't have the armor they need.
Because the Stock Market is lower than when Bush took over.
Because torture is now legal.
Because the economy is stagnant.
Because every day American troops die.
Because our borders are still unprotected.
Because the total deficit is approaching 10 trillion dollars.
Because 40 million are uninsured.
Because Osama bin Laden still roams free.
Because, despite total control, you can't pass any meaningful legislation.
Because millions are wasted daily by corrupt contractors in Iraq.
Because the people of the world no longer respect us.
Because the terrorists of the world no longer fear us.
Because accusing patriotic Democrats, many who serve in our armed forces, of being traitors is un-American.

Comment suggestions or inspirations added:

Because the mission isn't accomplished!
Because gas costs $2.50.
Because tuition has increased while financial aid has decreased.
Because there were no WMDs.
Because genocide continues in Darfur.
Because, because, because, because, becaaaauuuuuussssse, because of the awful things Bush does.

We're off to seek impeachment, of the Worst President Everrrrrrrrr.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Welcome To The Party, Pal

Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., an outspoken advocate of the war, said Iraq's insurgents "will only defeat us on the field of American public opinion." And at the moment, he said, "I fear American public opinion is tipping away from this effort."

Ya think?
Convened to give the administration a chance to shore up support for its policy, the Senate hearing followed recent opinion polls showing a sharp erosion in public support for the war. In a Harris Poll, 63 percent said they wanted U.S. troops to come home within a year.

What's Cookin'?

Grilled Rumsfeld. Yummy yum.

Hell Hath No Fury

Like 49% of Americans scorned. Eric Daou of the Daou Report weighs in:
I'm devoting much of today's report to Karl Rove's vile comments denigrating half of the American public. My office overlooks Ground Zero, and I'm looking at the gaping footprint as I write this. My wife and I were in New York that day, on our way to the WTC for a morning meeting. A chance phone call dragged on a few minutes too long and most likely saved our lives. I lost friends in the towers, and when I walk past the site, as I do almost every evening, the pain is as real as it was on September 11th, 2001.

I spent my youth in Beirut during the height of Lebanon's civil war, and I fought the Syrian presence in Lebanon long before the "Cedar Revolution." I watched young boys give their lives and mothers cradle their dying children in blood-soaked arms. I've seen more bloodshed, war, and violence, and shot more guns than most of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists combined. I wouldn't presume to question the strength or dignity of a stranger, and I pity those who blithely push the right=strong, left=weak rhetoric. It says far more about their inadequacies than it does about the target of their scorn. Today, Karl Rove took that rhetoric to a new, filthy low.

Where else would you find a pig, but wallowing in filth.


Karl Rove is a fat pig-faced mother-fucking asswipe jerk-off cock-sucking evil prick bastard! who I hope burns on the spit in Hell when he dies of natural causes.

Where's a lightening bolt when you need it?

Scottie Slam-a-thon!

Go. Right now. Read today's Gaggle.
Q I was there in this -- when he said, "in the throes of," --

MR. McCLELLAN: You were in the interview?

Q He did not mean political, he meant the whole situation in Iraq.

MR. McCLELLAN: You were in the interview? I think you should look --

Q You can't change his meaning. You guys are trying to step back now, and I don't blame you.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I disagree with you.

Go ahead though, Jessica.

It's all good.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Best Is Yet To Come

This is why I love Howard Dean and give him lotsa Turkee:
Dean says the Republican Party preaches adherence to "moral values" while failing seniors and low-income people in need of educational opportunities and health care.

Dean says that while Democrats believe in a "small government just big enough to get things done," Republicans "believe in a government just small enough to sit inside Terry Schiavo's (SHY'-vohz) nursing-home room."
That's gonna leave a mark.


Blonde nod to Hoffmania.

Pretzel Shaped Logic

David Shuster of MSNBC lets it rip.

End Quote:

And now, the public is tired of this deadly trip through fantasyland — a place where White House P.R. strategies seem to matter more than holding anybody accountable for the war's mistakes and mismanagement.
Why does the White House PR peeps hate America?


"...tell her that we've turned the corner..."

Dead, disgraced or in jail. Sounds good to me. And if it's good enough for Capone...:

At a hearing Wednesday on Abramoff's activities, Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John McCain urged the Justice Department to take a close look at Abramoff's tribal billings and his movement of the money, suggesting the lobbyist may have committed mail and wire fraud.


The documents show continuing efforts by Scanlon and Abramoff to convince tribal officials that their lobbying efforts were far more extensive and expensive than they actually were.

''I think you should call her and tell her that we have turned the corner but you are pouring it on to make sure we win. Tell her as of now you are finally willing to say that we will win this, but laughingly say 'I don't know how I am going to get back all the money I had to dump into this. I hope the Golden Moon (casino) turns out to be real golden!''' Abramoff suggested to Scanlon in an e-mail. ''That will set her up for a discussion about payments.''

Turning the corner. Where the fuck have I heard that bullshit before?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Draft Jenna; NotJenna too.

Today's Gaggle "Question of the Day" :
Q Is the President concerned about the recruitment being down in his home country, he can't get -- you know, some day you may give a war and no one will come? And, also, the second part of the question, is there any member of the Bush clan who is in the military service now, that you know of?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'd have to go check; that's a pretty large clan, as you --

Q Would you do that?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- as you referred to. In terms of -- and certainly there are members of the family that have served and served very admirably in the Armed Forces.

Q I'm not talking about the past, I'm talking about now.
More like that, please.


I really dislike when my snark is edited.

What they printed:
Wes Clark said that Americans need to get moving.

Memo to the former Supreme Allied Commander/Presidential Candidate/Fox News consultant: Howard Dean speaks for me. Not you.

-- Capitola Banta
What I wrote:

Memo to the former Supreme Allied Commander/Presidential Candidate/Fox News consultant: Howard Dean speaks for me. Enjoy the Falafel.

What's Salon got against deep-fried chickpeas? Sheesh.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Ellen From Dallas

Gets it:
“You, as well as other mainstream media outlets, have missed the point entirely of the Downing Street memo[s]. Which is that Bush lied to the American people and to Congress and to the [United Nations] about going to war with Iraq. He constantly said the war was the ‘last’ option. It wasn't for him. He was going to go to war with Iraq (for whatever reason) come hell or high water. These memos have been the only honest, forthright history we've seen of this war. The bottom line fact is that Bush lied … When will the media outlets get pissed because Bush lied? When will the media finally be able to see right from wrong? You certainly had no problem with it when Clinton was president. You were like a dog on a bone with that. I'd love to see the mainstream media go after Bush with the energy they went after Clinton. This isn't just another story. We've lost citizens, had our country bankrupted and had our reputation around the world destroyed. When are you going to remember that you're Americans first, and Bush lackeys second?”



I couldn't wait for Holden; I'm obsessed with the Gaggle.

Today's is a doozy. Me thinks the sleeping giant has awakened...

Q Hagel specifically said that the President is disconnected from reality on Iraq.

About those last throes?

Q In the news conference just now, the President was asked about the Vice President's assertion that the insurgency is in its final throes. He was asked if he agreed, and he didn't say anything about it. We went around on this last week, with you, and you didn't endorse that. Is it now the administration's view the Vice President went too far in saying that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, let's talk -- I mean, I think you should look at the context of what the Vice President was saying.

Q It's not that -- just those two words --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, not at all.

Q -- are you still behind it?

MR. McCLELLAN: In fact, he was referring to how some Zarqawi lieutenants have been captured in Iraq. There's been great progress made in going after the al Qaeda network in Iraq. Just last week our military announced the capture of another top Zarqawi lieutenant, the head of operations in Mosul, a very dangerous individual who was responsible for a lot of death and destruction in Iraq. And so we're continuing to make progress against what is a determined enemy.

Q So is that the last throes? I mean, do you agree with what the Vice President said?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, let me tell you where things are. The terrorists and the regime elements are desperate. They are going to be defeated. They have no vision to offer. They have no alternative to offer, other than destruction and chaos and killing of innocent civilians. And they have shown that they are not able to stop the progress on the political front. The Iraqi people time and again have defied their desire to stop them from advancing on democracy.

Q I'm just asking if those two words -- so you're standing behind what the Vice President said?

MR. McCLELLAN: Hold on, and I'm talking -- and look at what the context of what the Vice President said, because you didn't point out everything that he said.

Go ahead.
Everything he said? Oh, yeah, that'd be Go Fuck Yourself.

The blame game continues...

MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Les.

Q Senator Hagel is quoted by U.S. News & World Report as saying, "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. The reality is we're losing in Iraq."

And my first question: Would you deny that Al Jazeera loves such statements by Republican senators and Senator Durbin?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think I already addressed this comment in an earlier question.

Q Yes, I know but -- Senator John McCain, who is another Republican, said on network television: "Too often we've been told and the American people have been told that we're at a turning point, what the American people should have been told is that it's a long -- it's hard, it's tough."

And my question: Does the President suspect that Senator McCain is angling for another "he may run with a Democrat" national rumor, possibly with Joe Biden?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think Senator McCain has addressed those questions.

Snark Alert!
Q So is the enemy both determined and in its last throes, at the same time?

Festivus for the rest of us:
Q Scott, just for the record, following up on the bin Laden question, is the Bush doctrine -- you're either for us or against us -- still in effect?


Meet The Don't Press

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Tim Russert sucks.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Reporting For Duty

Now is the time for all good men and not men to come to the aid of Der Leader's Crusade.

What: Operation Yellow Elephant

When: June 24-26, 2005

Where: 56th College Republican Biennial Convention

Why?: "To motivate the College Republicans to vigorously defend the vital work they're doing defending the homefront by holding affirmative action bake sales, immigrant hunts, and subsidizing the Scaife funding of Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, and Michelle Malkin"

Sir! Yes, Sir!

My printer's cranking out the flyers, Sir!

SUVs w/yellow ribbons will never be the same, Sir!

Those uber patridiots down the street from me, Move America Forward or their God will smite you, will find OYE flyers on their desks Monday morning, Sir!

Commencez la révolution!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing, Baby

Yesterday I main-lined the live-blogging of the DSM Hearing at dailyKos, was riveted ... refresh, refresh, refresh! It was so good, I needed a cigarette.

Right this moment the Hearing is on C-SPAN 2, and Mr. Bonifaz is laying down the SMACK! BANG! POW! High crimes. Treason. Impeach. Impeach. He's laying out the case for Impeachment. Indeed he is. Clearly. Factually. Powerfully. I want to Cannonize him. At the very least.

And now there's this.

It's happening.

I look forward to The End of an Error.

But I dread the fall out.

Damn Straight

What Tas wrote:

Without us progbloggers keeping this story alive and providing crucial support to Conyers' efforts, the Downing Street Memo would have never became the Downing Street Movement. And it's time that we served the Bush administration and the rest of these Republican pasties some notice: Bloggers will fuck your shit up. The longer you wait to confess will translate all the more into the pain you'll be put through. So the choice is yours... You're free to do the right thing at anytime. But until that time comes, we'll never let up.

He's right. We progbloggers won't stop hammering the Republicans, Bush, and anyone else who doesn't do the right thing: investigate the White House's role in manipulating the country into an illegal war.

We'll never ever let them off the hook. They're our fish to fry, and we're reeling them in.

Misleading Congress Is An Impeachable Offense


Blonde nod to the sweaty lunk.


The Good Guys are getting some traction now!

Nice to see the link on Yahoo Home Page's "In The News." That's a first.

What do we want?


When do we want it?


Thursday, June 16, 2005

Dear Chimpy

Welcome to DUMPVILLE. Population: YOU. -- (Peanut).

Kosipolitans are live blogging the Downing Street Minutes hearing, and it is FUCKING GREAT!

Go. Read. Refresh.

Do it!

Top Ten Mary Carey Campaign Slogans

This comment by Jeff Huber deserves the Front Page:
Put Mary Carey in the White Whore House!

Time to change Whores in the middle of the stream!

We need a new bush in the oval office!

Whores not wars! [ed. note: personal fave]

You can lead a whore to water, but you can't make her drink the Kool-Aid!

Pink states unite!

No, she's not related to horseface!

Let America screw its president for a change!

Sink your Axis of Evil into this!

Mary Cary packs a peck of presidential pussy!

Do I have clever readers, or what?!

There's Something About Mary

After watching her on Countdown last night, an AmericaBlog reader came up with a great idea for a T-shirt:
Don't Blame Me. I Voted For Mary Carey
I watched. And she was great! Anybody else catch the porn star-cum wonk on Countdown last night? I do believe the Dems may have finally found their Karl Rove. She's blonde. She hot. She's got Double D knockers.

What she said:

She met a guy from Ohio who promised her $10 million to bankroll her next campaign.

Republicans can party! Party like Pornstars!

She received job offers. A guy has a sister from Ohio who owns a string of strip clubs and they want to book her, Danno.

Some men asked her for threesomes.

She's 25, but that's like dog years in the porn biz.

You can watch the interview here. Don't say I didn't warn you: she's laugh out loud funny. So's Keith's "puppet show." In the final act, Puppet Bush asks Puppet Mary: "Got wood? heh heh."

Be There

Mind. Body. Spirit. Whatevah.

On Thursday June 16, 2005, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room HC-9 of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence.


Later on the same day at 5:00 p.m. ET in Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House, a large rally will support Congressman Conyers who plans to deliver to the White House a letter addressed to President Bush and signed by over 500,000 Americans and at least 94 Congress Members. The letter asks the President to respond to questions raised by the Downing Street Minutes.

The hearings will be shown on C-SPAN 3 AT 2:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME today. Watch it!

Posted by: Anonymous : 9:37 AM

Poor Dick Durbin dared call Gitmo a bad place and a Wingnut's panties went straight to Crackistan:
The word traitorous does not begin to capture your heinous remarks in the Senate regarding our treatment of war prisoners. You, Sir, are a political abomination and if I had my way senator you would be impeached and arrested for sedition.
See, in Wingnutistan, to speak truth against injustice makes you a traitor, one of the enemies:

For you to compare the treatment these Islamic dogs have received as our prisoners to Nazi concentration camps, to the Soviet gulags or to murderous regime of Pol Pot is not only a disservice to the victims of those horrible crimes, it is nothing less than siding with our enemy and emboldening them to continue their terrorist assault on our country.
The frothing goes on. And on. And on. And on.

But this Annon nails it:

What a terrific letter.

What the liberals don't realize is that nothing -- NOTHING -- is more American than detaining prisoners without charges or hope of a trial, and then chaining them to walls for days on end covered in their own excrement.

This treatment is exactly what the founding fathers envisioned when they wrote the Bill of Rights, and anyone who dares to disagree with it is an enemy of America.

As a matter of fact, disagreeing with the president is always seditious -- as long as we're suspending the fourth amendment, we might as well flush the first.

Well put!
Nevermind that Senatore Durbin was reading from an FBI report. Dissent should be trampled, dissenters should be imprisoned, shut up already, they're so unseemly.

God Bless the USA! Free Katie! Apple Pie! Fallafels for everyone!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hasta La Vista, Baby!

Nothing warms my heart like a protest. Love the pic of the faculty turning their back on the girly man.

Favorite Kosipolitan quote:
I'll be back .... when it's safe.


Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Uh oh. Someone better alert certain someones that some girls like to advertise.

When you're hot, you're hot, babe.

Photo courtesy of AP's Michael Conroy.

Blonde nod to
Greg at Wonkette.

She's Mad As Hell

And Cindy isn't going to take it anymore!
"Hard work is seeing your son's murder on CNN one Sunday evening while you're enjoying the last supper you'll ever truly enjoy again. Hard work is having three military officers come to your house a few hours later to confirm the aforementioned murder of your son, your first-born, your kind and gentle sweet baby. Hard work is burying your child 46 days before his 25th birthday. Hard work is holding your other three children as they lower the body of their big (brother) into the ground. Hard work is not jumping in the grave with him and having the earth cover you both," she said.

Since her son's death, Sheehan has made opposition to the Bush administration a full-time job.

"We're watching you very carefully and we're going to do everything in our power to have you impeached for misleading the American people," she said, quoting a letter she sent to the White House. "Beating a political stake in your black heart will be the fulfillment of my life ... ," she said, as the audience of 200 people cheered.

Emphasis mine. Sentiment shared.

Monday, June 13, 2005

The Riot Of Little Hands

When the brave blog, my heart lodges in my throat.

More Please

Sen. Russ Feingold has brass balls. Big ones.
"The mantra for Fox News is that we only hear the bad news (about Iraq). I was over there (in February), and we don't hear enough bad news," the senator told a listening session in Clinton this week.

The war, says Feingold, has turned into an "amazing mess."


While most members of the Senate appear to be content to let the administration off the hook, Feingold is paying attention to Americans who are asking for more information about whether the president and his aides faked up their case for war.

When someone at the listening session asked about the "Downing Street memo," minutes of a meeting of British officials before the war at which it was suggested that the Bush administration intended to "fix" the facts in order to justify an attack on Iraq, Feingold treated the allegations with appropriate seriousness.

"I can't tell you the amount of comment I've heard on the Downing Street memo," said the senator, who promised to pursue the issues raised by the memo with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and others.

Um, might I just suggest Mr. Feingold that you don't bother with Tony Blair? He's a lying fucker. Trust me.

Money Quote

Bob Herbert on the Army, "frantically searching for solutions," ie., boots to fill its ranks, and the enlistments bonuses worth up to $40,000:

There's something frankly embarrassing about a government offering trinkets to children to persuade them to go off and fight - and perhaps die - in a war that their nation should never have started in the first place.

Like I wrote to ScottL (blonde nod to you!), were I Bob's editor, I might have suggested "frightening," for "embarrassing" but now that I've thought about it, "Disgusting" works too.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

To All John Kerry 08 Supporters

A few days ago I wrote an open letter to John Kerry about doing what he says he's going to do, just once, and BobsAdvice was to Stop Bickering! I visited Bob's cyberhhouse and think his overall message is a good one -- work together to take back our country from the radical right who controls all branches of government and is determined to bring on the Rapture -- and I responded thus:
Hi Bob--

I followed you over here from Capitol Banter.

While I appreciate your dedication and loyalty to Senator Kerry -- I've been there/done that too, giving time and money to his campaign -- Today I support the democratic party of reform.

Howard Dean speaks for me.

I don't care that John Kerry got Cs at Yale. I'd never get *into* Yale so who am I to criticize average grades?

My criticisms of John Kerry, indeed my long list of disappointments in him, are real and shared by millions of democrats...and greens and independents and progressives and moderate republicans who so hated George W. Bush's presidency that they plugged their noses and pulled the lever for the Senator from Mass. John Kerry was the nominee and everyone who wanted Bush from office "closed ranks" and voted for him.

We did what he and the party asked of us.

He didn't do what we asked and he promised to do.

Fight for the Presidency. Count every vote.

If John Kerry thinks he can win the grassroots' support and the nomination in 2008, he has a steep, uphill battle. The dissapointment is still a fresh wound, a gaping, bleeding gash that stings and burns and angers every time he says he's going to do something and then doesn't.

You should direct your finger- wagging indignation his direction, because no amount of chastising his voting block (Stop the Bickering!) is going to change history.

If John Kerry expects to get my vote in 2008, he'd better come out swinging, and stay there, soon.

I'm not holding my breath. I am, however, holding my wallet.

Friday, June 10, 2005

What He Wrote

John Cory is a Vietnam veteran. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V device, 1969 - 1970. :

Quick, do you know why Republicans are against federal money for stem cell research? They're afraid the Democrats will use it to grow a spine. (ba-da-boom)

But first he lets it rip:
The Bush GOP is a Wal-Mart of five-and-dime ethics, self-enriching corporate sponsored war, imitation morality made in China, and a fresh baker's dozen of half-truths for every occasion. America on sale: to the right folks in the right place at the right time for the right price. Going once, going twice ...

Bible-thumping-bunko artists shove the hand of God into your pants pocket for thirty pieces of silver to buy membership lists from the likes of David Dukes and the KKK, because we all know, Heaven is white with just a touch of beige. And if you question that, James Dobson will take his Bible belt and show you the lashing love of Jesus.

We've long since passed murder at 1600 and now head to 1700 dead soldiers in Bush's war on Iraq. And while Condi visits the troops, with a smile that could slit your throat from ear to ear, nobody asks what the plan is for this sandbox game of death.

There's more, oh, so much more, but I leave you with this...
I want someone who will stand up not stand down. I want someone outspoken and outrageous and out there, for me. I want someone on my side, not on my back for more money. I want someone who fights, not folds at the first sign of fake indignation.

To paraphrase my good friend Titus: You whiny Democratic Leadership wussies - get down off the cross and use the wood to build a bridge to get over it! We love Howard Dean!

This is Capitola Banta, signing off for a long weekend of relaxation.

Peace, out.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Congressional Mojo

Conyers is going global:

...on Thursday, a week from today, I will be holding a hearing with my Democratic colleagues to begin to hear evidence about the DSM. We will have a number of witnesses, including Joe Wilson, who frequent readers here already know is a WMD expert and former Ambassador; Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA analyst; Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq; and John Bonifaz, a renowned Constitutional attorney. At the conclusion of the hearing, we will go to Lafayette Park and I will personally deliver your signatures to the White House.

This hearing is just one step in an investigation that I am commencing that will literally span the Atlantic. I am in touch with British officials and former U.S. intelligence officials and I am determined to get to the truth.

300,000 signatures to the Congressman's letter in 2 weeks. And mine's one of them.

Impeach, Bitches!

Like Land-mines, Only Smarter: Brain-minds

Jesus' General brings us the latest from the Freeway Blogger.

San Francisco, CA

More about the man behind the movement here.
"You see, the reason our founding fathers insisted on free speech is that when the country is threatened from within, citizens can sound the alarm. Now we have a big fucking problem: thanks to one man, the whole world hates us. What better job for an American than to try to salvage just a little bit of his country's reputation?"

Give that man a Macanudo!

Mmmmmm. Tasty.

Is it the flat-out in-your-face tell it like it is fuckyouveryverymuch 'voice' that makes The Rude Pudit so endearing, so entertaining, heart-warming? What ever *it* is, Sir Rude rocks this elitist leftie commie's world:
The Rude Pundit's said it before and he'll say it again: Howard Dean will fuck your shit up. Stand that motherfucker up at the gates of hell. Let that son of a bitch loose in the dainty Democratic china shop and let's break some fuckin' dishes. Howard Dean knows the score, man; he knows that the faithful, those who actually believe that the fight is not the path to surrender, want a spokesperson who's willing to pick up the unpinned grenade that just landed near him and shove it up the ass of the enemy who tossed it. Goddamn, it would have been magnificent to have seen him debate the President. On stage, Bush would have been begging for the privilege to lick the sweat off Dean's balls.

But wait, there's more!
This manufactured uproar over Dean all started in earnest (this time) with his appearance on Meet the Press on May 22, where, in so many words, Dean said, "Republicans are vile cocksuckers who deserve nothing less than to be shit on by legions of diarrhea-ridden cows. They have fucked up the Congress, the Presidency, the judiciary, and the world. Now why should I play nice with those goddamn evil powermad assholes like Tom DeLay?" And then the fun started, with Bill O'Reilly, who really ought to be sodomized with a microphone, vomiting out that Howard Dean was "a bitter and increasingly incoherent man." Last night, O'Reilly attacked Dean again, saying he was "nonsensical." But, of course, O'Reilly also was begging Dean to come on his show. Because, you see, Bill O'Reilly is a five-buck-a-blow whore.


...ain't it fun to watch Hannity and Coulter and Gingrich and Hume and all the other hate-filled sociopaths flail about and try to take Dean down? You've seen Dean's arms? Big, thick sons of bitches. He can bear it. And he can throw it back at them. As long as those behind him don't put him in handcuffs.
Red meat. Yummy yum.

Dear Senator Kerry

About that Downing Street is Thursday. I'm waiting, and not very patiently. Remember when you said this:

"When I go back [to Washington] on Monday, I am going to raise the issue," Kerry told Massachusetts' Standard Times newspaper last week. "I think it's a stunning, unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home.”

I believed you when you said you would stand up against Team Bush.

I belived you when you took my money and promised to run a winning campaign.

I believed you when you said you would count every vote.

Please, for fuck's sake, do one thing -- one fucking thing -- you say you're going to do!

What Howard Dean Said

So some pussy Democrats are piling on Howard Dean for telling the truth, that:
"The Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. They're a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same, and they all look the same.

"It's pretty much a white, Christian party," he said.
"I think it is true that the Republicans are, in fact, a largely white, Christian party. There is nothing the matter with that. I'm a white Christian myself. But they don't include other folks," Dean told NBC television's "Today Show."
"Republicans are mean. They're not nice people."
Don't believe him? Check out this Freeper thread today on black children's exotic names:

Parents who give such names generally are less socially ambitious than average, so their kids probably learn this lack of ambition at home.

4 posted on 06/09/2005 9:29:02 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)


Like Barack Obama?

6 posted on 06/09/2005 9:29:59 AM PDT by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)


I hope this writer has their flame suit ready- It is SO un-PC to say out loud that your going to rarely find a bank president named 'Shoniqua'

8 posted on 06/09/2005 9:30:25 AM PDT by Mr. K


"Exotic" names?

How about "illiterate"? Like the little boy in my wife's first grade class whose name was pronounced "Brian" but was spelled on his birth certificate "Brain" - because his mother was not one.

How about "silly?"

How about "sick," like the kids named after fashion designers and alcoholic beverages?

It should come as no surprise that a hiring manager is going to say to himself, "What are the chances that this person whose parents (if he had more than one) were morons will himself turn out to have more than one brain cell active at a time?"

20 posted on 06/09/2005 9:37:19 AM PDT by Redbob


I like the names that are taken from medical conditions, such as "Chlamydia Jones", or something similar.

34 posted on 06/09/2005 9:43:23 AM PDT by SIDENET

What, no "Colin" jokes?

But back to Howard Dean's "hate speech." According to Republican Senator Gordon Smith:
"We certainly represent every ethnic background, every national origin. "

"This kind of hate speech really doen't have a productive place in our political discourse in this country," Smith said.
Oh really? Tell it to your peeps, Senator Smith. Those Freepers are the face of your party. White. Racist. Pseudo-Christian. Freaks.

Glad I Missed It

Left I watched Jon Stewart interview Colin Powell last night on the Daily Show, and as usual, Bush's house boy dutifully carried his master's weighty buckets of bullshit:

His [Jon's] questions weren't total softballs, but he wasn't about to challenge any of the nonsense spewing from Powell's mouth either. Yet another big lie appeared on this show -- Powell's assertion that "all the intelligence services of the world" said that Iraq had WMD. As I wrote here, they may have thought it was possible or even likely that Iraq had WMD, but that wasn't the case for invasion made to the world and to the American people by George Bush and his gang, and it certainly wasn't the claim made by Powell himself at the U.N. in February, 2003, where he made statements like these:

We know that Iraq has at least seven of these mobile, biological agent factories.

"There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. And he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction.

"Saddam Hussein has chemical weapons."

Remember Powell's performance at the UN? Remember the stunned, incredulous, indeed flabbergasted looks on the council members' faces as the US SOS presented as fact what were known falsehoods, remember the forged document?

Colin Powell is a fucking liar and I wish someone! close enough to do so would call him on his bullshit.

Just after Powell's UN performance in Feb., 2003, I marched in protest with tens of thousands of others who wanted peace, NOW, first in Sacramento and then in San Francisco, and the sign I carried was COLIN POWELL IS A LIAR!

He was then, he is now.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Huh? Files

The cops aren't sure if the Los Alamos whistleblower was beaten to a pulp on purpose or if he had simply "cavorted with dancers."
Jeanette McCalip, a dancer at the bar, told the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday that she recognized Hook as the man who got a lap dance from a waitress the night of the beating.

Now that's some ass-shakin'!

Stalin An American Benchmark?

Jeff Huber at Pen & Sword doesn't think so:
To set the record straight:

No, I don't agree that Guantanamo is George W. Bush's gulag.

But I hope it's his Waterloo.

Who will be our Duke of Wellington? Better 190 years 11 days late than never!

Like A Dead Chicken Around A Dog's Neck

Filed under Republican Stupidity, right-leaning John Cole rips Texas Republican Gov. Perry for desiring to seperate the queers from the steers:

"Texans have made a decision about marriage and if there is some other state that has a more lenient view than Texas then maybe that's a better place for them to live," Perry said.

However, that signature was only ceremonial, since voters must approve the same-sex ban in November.

"A nurturing home with a loving mother and loving father is the best way to guide our children down the proper path," said Perry, who was joined by several legislators. He also thanked the "pro-life" and "pro-family" organizations.
Single mothers? Screw them. Single fathers? Fuck you. Grandparents raising their grandkids cuz mom and dad can't care for them properly? Go fuck yourselves.

To which John responded:

Bigots, the whole lot of them.
A commenter had this to say:

.... next time you hear Republicans doing their hyena laugh over Howard Dean, remember this topic, and observe what is really going on here.

Howard Dean knows that hanging the albatross of the so-called "christian" right around the neck of the Republican party is exactly, precisely and absolutely the right thing to do.

He knows that "real" Dems are fired up by this stuff. He knows that there are a hundred more Perrys out there to shoot their party in the groin with their hypocrisy and their lies and their phony preachments. He knows that they're wrong, and he knows that the long term politics here are going to work in our favor ("our" as in large-D politics).

And make no mistake, Republicans. You own Perry. You own Dobson. You own Frist. You own the whole smarmy lot of them and their bullshit, and we are going to hang it around your necks with a pink ribbon as much as it takes and as long as it takes for you to come to your senses.

Don't like it? Too bad. You brought these potatoheads to the party, and you are going to drive them home. It is not seemly for you to try to run away from them, now that you used them to get power. You can run, but you can't hide.

I don't get mad when a Perry makes an ass of himself. I get happy, because I know that every day that passes while Repubs who sold their soul to this devil do nothing to repudiate this stuff, is a day closer to then end of this national nightmare.

Posted by: ppgaz on June 8, 2005 02:21 PM
Yeah. It's like Powell's Pottery Barn Rule: They broke it. They own it.

Except everyone suffers because of it.


Barbarism: Texas Style

Kevin Drum totally ruins my morning here and here.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Where's My Gaggle?

Oh, here it is!

I'm obsessed with Holden's obsession with the gaggle.*

Got obsession?

*Yeah, I coined that phrase. Where's my T-shirt? What, I gotta come up with the slogan AND the turkee?

Okay. *sniff*

Monday, June 06, 2005

Norah's Got A Brand New Bag


FishbowlDC via Wonkette.

They Write Letters

Sending Our Children To War. One of Five Letters:
To the Editor:

The obvious question between the lines of "Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents" (front page, June 3) is, Where do our leaders in Washington stand on this issue? They are parents, too, and they overwhelmingly support the war in Iraq. Are they encouraging their children to enlist?

When President Bush stands in the Rose Garden extolling the virtues of the war in Iraq, I wonder: What are Jenna and Barbara doing this summer? The disturbing reality is that the children of the men who decided to take our country to war are pursuing the cushy, safe jobs of the elite while other people's children are fighting and dying.

Isn't leadership more than mere words?

Barbara Ash
Weston, Conn., June 3, 2005
Dear Ms. Ash. In a word, No.

Blonde nod to Steve Gilliard.

"Looks Like An Israeli"

At least Bush wasn't walking like an Egyptian.
A doctored poster of President George W. Bush -- sporting Groucho Marx's dark eyebrows, mustache and stogie -- was supposed to promote a high school play.
But for award-winning drama students at El Camino Real High School, it turned out to be a stark lesson in free speech. The poster was close, but no cigar.

After one student complained last week, school officials ordered a hundred of the posters ripped from the Woodland Hills campus on grounds they promoted smoking and political preference.


The controversy began when students of the theater department created the poster, paid for by the school, to promote their new play, "The Complete History of America (Abridged)," a zany spoof on the last 500 years.

Because the jacket of the original play depicts George Washington with a Groucho treatment, students thought their production promo deserved a fresh look.

So on Dubya's sleepy-eyed mug they dabbed black bushy brows, a thick mustache and a lit Macanudo cigar. Dubya stood for politics; Groucho for satire. Perfect twin symbols of their play, they reasoned.

All went well until a high school senior and Bush supporter wrote a letter of complaint to the administration last week for the way the president was depicted, according to teachers and students. The complaining student added that Bush was also made to look "like an Israeli."

"We had one student who was very upset," Lee said. "So much turmoil within himself, he was distraught..."

Good grief. Turmoil within himself? Distraught? What a wuss.

My Hero: Richard Ben-Veniste

Anyone see the talking head shows this weekend? I caught Richard Ben-Veniste on Fox News and Blizter(?) and another panel show I can't remember -- they all blend together after a while -- and WOW! Ben-Veniste was fantasitc. No Nixon revisionist history for him! Ben-Veniste wasn't haven't any of it, not from the talking heads, not from G. Gordon Liddy who slunk lower in his chair with every Ben-Veniste mention Liddy's criminal acts and prison stay. Called Liddy a "Nixon henchman," right to his face.

It was beautiful. See for yourself:
WATERGATE PROSECUTOR RICHARD BEN-VENISTE: Well, quite clearly, we're looking at the sheer audacity of a group of convicted felons and Watergate revisionists whining about the fact that Mark Felt went outside the system and hurt them; when, in fact, all they wanted was Mark Felt to agree to their trashing of the constitution and to shut up, salute and follow orders.

Now, that is astounding at this date.


BEN-VENISTE: But look, what is confusing here -- and by this week's revisionists, who've been out there on all the media, is their idea of loyalty. FBI agents, prosecutors swear allegiance to uphold the Constitution. They don't swear allegiance to the person who sits behind the desk in the Oval Office. And that's the big difference. It's the difference between a democratic country and a banana republic.

WALLACE: But let me ask you, Mr. Ben-Veniste, because this question of Mark Felt's motives, and his outrage, has come up. Mark Felt was a top official in the J. Edgar Hoover FBI. He was later convicted for his role in black-bag jobs, where he had authorized the break-in into the apartments of various associates of the Weather Underground, the anti-Vietnam War radicals.

Do you think he was really outraged by what the Nixon White House was doing?

BEN-VENISTE: I think he was outraged by the groups like Mr. Liddy operating out of the basement of the White House, taking it upon themselves to break into the offices of psychiatrists, in order to discredit and humiliate individuals whom they hated. He was outraged, I think, by the misuse of the IRS and other federal agencies to further Mr. Nixon's personal vendetta against the so-called "enemies."
Sound familiar? I'm sure to Karl Rove is does.

She Doesn't Look A Day Over 150

On June 8 Babs turns 80. June 12 GHW turns 81. You can send them a Birthday Message. Here's one:

My wife and I want to send the two of you our fondest greetings for a Happy Birthday! We thank God for you and rejoice with you at this milestone in your life. Few people--make that none?--have had the privilege to serve as President and first lady, and then to have their son follow in their footsteps. As a father and grandfather, I know the joy you must share on a daily basis to think of all the good George W. has done for this nation, and all of it done under extreme duress of a liberal press and a mean-spirited Democratic Party. May this be just one reminder of the millions who stand with the Bushes in what and Whom they stand for. May God bless you with many more blessings in the days ahead. You and your son are truly men for this time in our history, and we appreciate you both--and your wives--more than you will ever know in this lifetime. Happy Birthday!
--Mr. & Mrs. Arthur O. Livingston, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Oddly, my greeting hasn't posted. I keep checking, and resending ... maybe the site filters the words "demon seed" and "spawn of Satan" and "anti-Christ?"

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Reason 6,989,495,194

Why I read Kos:

If anything, the only thing surprising about the Iraq occupation is that it has so persistently mirrored what war critics predicted; a rapid military "win", followed by a Vietnam-like insurgency that bogs down U.S. forces and destabilizes any nascent attempts at self-government. That's not horn-tooting; anyone not fully under the spell of yay! war could see it coming ten miles off. But, as Yglesias hints, there isn't much ground there for war supporters and war skeptics to pair off and dance. War supporters desperately cling to the notion that there will be, might be, could be some avenue by which this international fiasco can at least be dulled, rather than admit their support was mistaken. War skeptics like, admittedly, myself, aren't in any mood to take patronizing, self-serving crap from people whose past judgment has ranged from horrible to catastrophic. And so, there's an impasse within the party, and indeed within American politics in general. We are, in a word, stuck.

Scott comments "that the Democrats have been such a disaster as a party for the last decade or so that millions of people are willing to vote GOP rather than for them."

What a pantload. The comment, that is :-) Bush did not *win* the votes in 2000, and 2004's are questionable at best.

What did the "Democrats" do that was such a disaster? Was it the trillion$ of national surplu$? A booming economy? Jobs galore? No. It was Bill Clinton's lying under oath about getting his dick sucked by a girl who wasn't his wife. The man was impeached for lying about an affair, something every man would probably do, and indeed many of the men seeking that impeachment had done and were doing during the impeachment! And yet Bush can lie the country into an unjustified war where thousands are killed and maimed, the economy is in the toilet, the wheels are coming off the once mighty military machine, and he, and his cabal of a party are somehow better than the prosperity under Clinton's presidency?

Step away from the Koolaide, Scott.

Some conservatives hate Bill Clinton like some democrats, liberals, greens, indepenents, foreigners hate George W. Can't please everyone.

At least no one died when Clinton lied.

Oh, and before you (Scott) bring up the argument that Bush didn't 'lie' but was spoon-fed 'bad intelligence', I refer you to the Downing Street Memo.

What Bobski sez:
Can it be any clearer that the gang of fascist thugs occupying the White House lied repeatedly to get their war? (IE: "...facts were being fixed around the policy..." Imagine, if you will, what would be happening in Washington if a President Clinton did this.


Friday, June 03, 2005

We Have Piss Christ

Now they have Piss Mohamed. Whether they like it or not. Art is subjective. And everyone's a fucking critic.

Gitmo -- the Hell that keeps on giving.

Whistle-blowing 101

Class is now in session:

With the "final secret" -- in the words of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee -- now broken, it's worth looking back at the granddaddy of all whistle-blowers and see what lessons can be learned:

Follow the money: That was the advice Deep Throat gave Bernstein and Woodward, and the money trail was one of the things that led them to the White House.

[Someone's been reading Rude Pundit. ]

The instruction continues. Shorter:

Cover your tracks.
Better yet, don't leave any tracks.
One person can make a difference.
But one person isn't enough.
Make sure your confidante is trustworthy.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

Business Week concludes: "Felt, and many whistle-blowers after him, made a difference. But first, they made a choice."

Which got me thinking about Colin Powell, and Tuesday, when George W. dined at Powell's house. Why, I wondered. Why would Bush go to the Powell's for dinner? It's no secret that George W. doesn't respect Colin Powell. Hell, I'll bet he doesn't even like him, not after the way Bush pulled Powell's strings and made him goose-step Bush's lies before the UN, forever tainting Powell's honor and credibility, an esteem he'd spent a lifetime earning. I mean, friends don't ask friends to lie for them. So why dinner on the fly?

Could it be that Rove and Bush fear a ColinGate? Did Bush go to make nice with Colin, what with all this Deep Throat bidness swirling about? Did Team Bush's collective asshole suddenly pucker shut when realizing that if Colin melted down because of "overwhelming stress" or snapped in a desperate desire to redeem his honor, his legacy, to re-rail all that derailed accomplishment, and became today's Deepest Throat, upchucking all he knows about Team Bush's White House MisAdventures (and we know Colin's got dirt to spew), Team Bush would go down faster than JimmyJeff on the prowl?


A girl can dream, can't she?

What YT Thinks Only Ruder

Not as many fuck, fucker, mother fucker, cocksucker swear words as I usually like to see fly from His Royal Rudeness' fingertips, but as always, he nails my thoughts exactly:
The Rude Pundit thinks this: the American public, in growing numbers, knows in its heart that they've been lied to, just like in Vietnam, and that Americans are being killed for those lies, just like in Vietnam. But fear is a powerful thing: deep, psychological, repressed fear - that if the truth is not held back, then the monsters of anarchy must be unleashed. It is better to take down a President for something a great deal more prosaic than war crimes and mass murder. Because what does it say about us if our leader is guilty of such things?

Which is why the Rude Pundit believes, hopes beyond rational hope, that other 'Gates are going to develop around George W. Bush, 'Gates that will move in tighter and tighter until they become increasingly strangling. And that's why this is a very interesting little development in the Jack Abramoff scandal: it seems that the White House was allowed to be used to fundraise for Abramoff's and Grover Norquist's various causes/pocketbooks.

Ahhh, the sweet relief of dirty money. Now there's something we can actually get our heads around.

Wanna bring down a President? Deep Throat said it best: Follow. The. Money.

Schundler's List

Fake. Fake. Fake, fake, fake.

Better Strong and Wrong than Weak and Right?

On my way to work this morning I heard something on the local FM radio station that I hadn't ever heard before -- no, no, not decent music -- Neil doesn't get much radio play these days -- what I heard was a word so unsettling, a word coming from such an unlikely source -- two white-bread radio jocks with the emotional depth of gold fish -- that for a moment I thought I was hearing things; did Jeff and Jeff really say what I think they said? Did Jeff and Jeff say the word so politically incorrect that to mention it in certain company sends that certain company into simultaneous fits of rage and despair? Did Jeff and Jeff say the word "Draft?" As in Military Draft?


Yes they fucking did.

So shocked was I about these two normally silly shallow morning show jocks launching into a political rant about the possibility of the Draft coming to town that I about pulled my zippy li'l red Z-3 to the side of road in a screeching halt just so I could sit dumbfounded, contemplating what my ears had heard.

Hell had frozen over.

For the first time since the US invaded Iraq, the radio show's news segment not only included news about the war, a subject previously taboo, but also the possibility of a Draft.

Now, you and I dear reader know how messed up Iraq is, how the military isn't meeting its recruiting goals, how there's always been this looming threat of a Draft, 1) because there's a bill already on the books and people in place to begin the process, and 2) because we're INFORMED. But the masses, the people who *gasp* don't mainline political crack like we do, are somewhat blissfully unaware of current events. Yes, they know things aren't going well over there, but they trust that their Preznit knows what he's doing and dangit, there's light at the end of the tunnel, freedom's on the march, purple fingers of democracy are pointing skyward, and Dick Cheney, VP of all VPs, sez the insurgency is in its last thoes.

So I get to work and fire up the PC and there, all over the Internets, the Draft is being discussed, here and here and here and here:
In this atmosphere of suspicion, the Selective Service System, the Rosslyn-based agency that conscripted 1.8 million Americans during the Vietnam War and 10 million in World War II, quietly pursues its delicate dual mission: keeping the draft machinery ready, without sparking fear that it is coming back.

"We're told not to do a particular thing but to be prepared to do it," said Dan Amon, a spokesman for the Selective Service, which last year registered about 15.6 million young men between the draft-eligible ages of 18 and 25. "We just continue to carry out our mission as mandated by Congress."

My cyberpal Tas wrote recently that if the "draft is introduced, that will be the death knell for this war and the Republican agenda."

Would it? I wonder. Would a military Draft unite red states and blue states into purple states, would Americans of all class status rise up in the streets and advance on the White House like villagers storming Dr. Frankenstein's castle?

Honestly, I don't know. I'd like to think a Draft would wake that 51% of Americans who voted Bush from their neo-con pixy-dust slumber and see the rat bastards in the White House for what they really are, rat bastards, but my faith in that 51% of Americans is shot to shit.

I just hope it isn't their kids who end up like my faith in their parents.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Get Your Protest On

Via Dan-The-Man-Froomkin we're told to mark our calendars for September 24, 2005.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US anti-war group vowed to surround the White House in a sea of demonstrators during coordinated protests scheduled to take place in Washington, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco on September 24.


This "will be the largest anti-war demonstrations to take place since the second election, or selection, of George W. Bush" in November, Brian Becker, ANSWER's national coordinator, said at a news conference.

"This will be representative of a changed mood inside the United States," Becker said. "At this point we believe the majority sentiment in the country not only disapproves to George Bush's handling of the White House but has turned decisively against the war in Iraq."

"We will, on September 24, surround the White House with a sea of anti-war demonstrators," he said.

I can't be in Washington, but I can and will be in San Francisco. Anyone planning on attending the rally in SF drop me a line. First round's on me.


Gotta luv Les.
Q Since the President is scheduled to attend a Republican fundraiser on June the 14th, which will also be attended by California gubernatorial candidate and porn star Mary Carey, what guarantee does the White House have that she will do nothing pornographic at this event? What will be done if she does?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I haven't looked that far ahead on the President's schedule.

Q But it's important -- it's only two weeks from now. You must have some plan --

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, we're going to invade her, strip her down to bra and panties and have us a good old fashioned tickle fight.

Okay. I made up that last Scottie quote. Les wants to know what will be done if Mary Carey goes porno at the Preznit's party.

I say, girl, please, show 'em your tits and get it on film. Make us lefty commie elistist pinko fag hag blue-stater hippy Californ-i-a ians proud and flash those boobs your boobs!

You know you want to.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Holy Crap

I don't know what's scarier, Pastor Patriots or the planned 2006 "Ohio for Jesus" rally.

Kos thinks all this Jesus talk is 'disturbing'. I'm going with "batshit crazy."

Is it 2008 yet?