Sunday, April 30, 2006

In praise of Stephen Colbert

Ever try to do stand up at an indictment?

That's what Colbert did last night at the White House Correspondents Dinner. His routine didn't get big laughs because it came at a self-inflated, self-congratulatory dinner which did nothing less than praise the "bravery" and "dedication" of the White House Press Reporters.

Then Colbert gave them a 20 minute indictment, using irony to carve each and everyone of them (except Helen Thomas) a new one.

It was brave, it was brilliant, and it was true.

C-SPAN will repeat it at 12:30 p.m. eastern this afternoon for those of you who didn't see it. He'll probably be on about an hour in or so.

Or for the best part of it, you can, as always go to Crooks & Liars.

"I am da law"

What a tinhorn little dictator we have as our "elected" leader:

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.

Not that this seems to bother the Republican Congress. The 1930s era Reichstag was about as active in balancing executive power.

Say what you will about Democrats, when they were in power, they never let the Chief Executive, be they Republican or Democrat get away with stealing power from them. Ask Lyndon Johnson about how much fun it was when William Fulbright started holding hearings on Vietnam.

Via AmericaBlog.

My God, somebody noticed

That isn't a blogger...

U.S. rhetoric on Iran resembles pre-Iraq war rumblings

US officials appear in much the same position as they were in 2002: stalwart defenders of the nuclear order scouting world support for their cause, uncompromising souls in a compromising multilateralist universe.

With the latest nuclear crisis coming to a head after Iran blew off a UN Security Council injunction to halt uranium enrichment, the United States is again showing signs of frustration with the world body.

Nearly four years after President George W. Bush warned the United Nations it risked becoming "irrelevant" unless it dealt with Saddam, his administration is billing the showdown with Iran as a new test of UN mettle.

"Iran is openly challenging the United Nations," deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Friday. "That challenge should have consequences in order to sustain and to reinforce the credibility of the UN as an institution."

This is so fucking pathetic. If Bush and his merry band of cowards hadn't so overplayed its hand with Iraq they may have actually had hope of some diplomatic resolution to Iran that didn't involved nothing more than saber-rattling. But ultimately they are ineffective at being much more than bullies...always good for our long-term security interests. Iran knows this, it also knows that Bush cannot really afford to fight another war -- it expects Bush to act rationally and not pull the trigger.

So we have two states expecting rationality, as they see it, out of the other.

Oh that's a good sign.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Gubmit Knows Best

Atrios linked to the same article earlier and something caught my eye: how little his handlers have Colonel Klink saying anymore. It is a bad sign when every presentation is nothing more than tired bromides like this:

"The enemy is resorting to desperate acts of violence because they know the establishment of democracy in Iraq will be a double defeat for them," Bush said in his weekly radio address as he saluted the emergence of a permanent government.

"There will be more tough fighting ahead in Iraq and more days of sacrifice and struggle," he cautioned. "Yet, the enemies of freedom have suffered a real blow in recent days, and we have taken great strides on the march to victory."

I know, I know they have been saying nothing for years. This is how we know how bad things are--there is nothing, literally nothing good to say except we are making great strides on the march to victory. Gives you goose bumps doesn't it?

"Death to America

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What Privacy?

It's a Penumbra of Nothin'

The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court's approval, the Justice Department said Friday.

The Bush Administration has as much respect for civil liberties as it does for war planning. But now that the popularity ratings are tanking, some folks are "finally" showing their inner "non-coward" (yes, that's all sarcasm):

New expressions of frustration over how little information the administration has shared about the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping on Americans flared yesterday in the Senate, one day after House Republicans barred amendments that would have expanded oversight of the controversial program.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said yesterday that he will file an amendment to block the NSA program's funding -- but said he will not seek a vote on it at this time -- in hope of stirring greater debate on the warrantless surveillance, part of the agency's monitoring of alleged terrorists.

"Where is the outrage?" asked Specter, who has chaired hearings that questioned the NSA program's constitutionality.

Um, Arlen, there's this guy you work with -- Russ Feingold, from Wisconsin. It's a state next to Minnesota and Illinois. Perhaps you've heard of him?

In addition, I've got some outrage, in fact I'm typing this post just with the middle finger of each hand. If Bush was north of 45% approval your piehole would be shut tighter than Don Rumsfeld's sphincter.

Some ed-u-mah-cay-shen

Read Steve Gilliard today on the myth of the Confederacy -- Senator George Allen's little fantasy idea (and the fantasy of so many others, an alternative universe created out of stupidity and defeat). Even if he is not a professional historian (and for all I know he may actually be) Steve remains one of the most interesting writers on military matters around, one of the great benefits of the rise of the blogosphere.

You know one guy who's opinion I'd like to hear about George Allen's love of the Confederacy is that of perhaps the greatest player Allen's father ever had, Dave "Deacon" Jones - a guy who grew up understandably angry about his treatment as an African-American in the South.

I think he'd feel it deserving of a solid head slap.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Some posts I enjoy more than others...

I'm definitely enjoying this one, Rush Limbaugh's Mugshot:

Looks like he went to the Tom DeLay school of mugshot posing.

We're still workin' blue

The indomitable Watertiger and I are still operating the disturing Rising Hegemon After Dark -- in case you wish to be disturbed.

Our most recent posts are off-putting.

"And verily doth the Bullmoose shat forth a mighty turd"

The wanker-cum-comedy is thick today my friends...

Peter Beinart is a very thoughtful and often insightful writer. The Moose was particularly impressed with Beinart's penetrating piece on recovering the tradition of the tough Democrat titled, "A Fighting Faith." that was published in New Republic over a year ago...

...Dean lost the Democratic nomination, but Deanism dominates the party. The left is ascendant and the center isn't holding. The central national security problem of the Democrats is that the activists, bloggers and even many leaders of the party view President Bush as more of an enemy than the Jihadists, mullahs and Zaqawis who seek to do us harm. Unfortunately, in the face of this dynamic, Beinart has softened his stance in contrast to the much tougher stand he took in the article upon which this book is based.

Meanwhile, Joe Lieberman's courageous consistency has prompted the left to attempt to drive the most prominent, and one of the few remaining Truman Democrats out of the party. It is fine to urge Democrats to shun Michael Moore. It would be finer to now mount a defense of a Democrat who truly represents the legacy of those Democrats who met at the Willard Hotel so long ago.


Transformin' the Middle East my ass! Unless you mean taking a bad situation and making it a goddamned nightmare.

The State Department's annual terrorism report finds that Iraq is becoming a safe haven for terrorists and has attracted a "foreign fighter pipeline" linked to terrorist plots, cells and attacks throughout the world, a senior State Department official involved in the preparation of the report told CNN.

Great, not only did we manage to fuck up in Afghanistan, but now the more obvious fuck up of Iraq has produced a much larger and more populated "SAFE FUCKING HAVEN" for terrorists.

I believe that this is the GODDAMNED OPPOSITE of every promise this Assministration gave.

No wonder Rummy is pretending it's successful and progressing. A tell tale sign that the opposite is occuring.

And continuing the theme of tragic farce:

A full 10 seconds of silence passed after a reporter asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld what the intense secrecy and security surrounding their visit to Iraq signified about the stability of the country three years after the U.S.-led invasion. Rice turned to Rumsfeld to provide the answer. Rumsfeld glared at the reporter.

"I guess I don't think it says anything about it," he snapped. He went on to say that President Bush had directed him and Rice to go to Iraq to "meet with the new leadership, and it happens that they are located here," a reference to the heavily fortified Green Zone where U.S. officials -- and many Iraqi leaders -- live and work.

Chimpeachment anyone?

I'll just be one of the hundreds of blogs linking to this

Let's Impeach the President...

But first...

Let's Overload Neil Young's Server.

Support Report the Troops

Ah yes, the Bush Administration and the GOP always standing up for the troops, by "saying" they support the troops - and no more.

Army specialist Tyson Johnson of Mobile, Ala., had just been promoted in a field ceremony in Iraq when a mortar round exploded outside his tent, almost killing him.

"It took my kidney, my left kidney, shrapnel came in through my head, back of my head," he recounted.

His injuries forced him out of the military, and the Army demanded he repay an enlistment bonus of $2,700 because he'd only served two-thirds of his three-year tour.

When he couldn't pay, Johnson's account was turned over to bill collectors. He ended up living out of his car when the Army reported him to credit agencies as having bad debts, making it impossible for him to rent an apartment...

... And there are many more like Johnson. Staff Sgt. Ryan Kelly lost his leg in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq.

He didn't realize it, but the Army continued to mistakenly pay him combat bonus pay, about $2,000, while he was in the hospital rehabilitating, and then demanded that he pay it back.

He, too, was threatened by the Army with debt collectors and a negative credit report.

"Top" Gun

It appears that not only was "Randy" Duke Cunningham involved in sex parties at the Watergate of all places, but Porter Goss and one of his chief deputies at the CIA were there too.

And, as Digby notes, what hasn't been reported much is that Cunningham, like good ol' Jimmy Jeff is a self-loathing individual who bashes gay Americans while being a gigantic hypocrite about it (it's the hypocrisy that's par for the course really).

So Cunningham, Porter Goss, another CIA honcho, and prostitutes...surely Jeff Gannon can be worked into this somehow.

Remember she's an "editor"


KNOW YOU KNOW NR IS RIGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]


It took several hours but it has been fixed -- like "the Derb".

In a "just" alternative universe

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

George Bush's mail box is full of overdue notices from creditors outside the residence his "hard work" has truly earned him.

Let's just Nuke Iran and be done with it...

Somebody has other priorities.

(Modified from AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Because he also couldn't actually walk more than five feet

Denny Hastert attended a conference touting alternative vehicles, drove a block and got back into his SUV.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In Denny's defense, it was 3:56 p.m. and he needed something with extra pickup to get to the Old Country Buffet before the rush.

Let's try this again...once more with feeling

It figures that an Administration that refuses to believe in evolution has the adaptability of basalt.

February 6, 2003:

Inaction would also have consequences for the relevance of the Security Council, Rice said. If the United Nations failed to force Iraq to comply with resolutions already in place, the world body might lose credibility.

April 27, 2006:

Iran seems determined to defy international demands to control its disputed nuclear program, so it is time for the U.N. Security Council to act, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday.

"Is the Security Council going to be credible?" Rice asked after meetings with NATO foreign ministers

Thursday, April 27, 2006

To Complete the Circle

Monkey Fister shows us that Bush is indeed, Mr. Haney from Green Acres:

Go pay him a visit when you can.

Bushopoly Cards

Because some ideas just haven't been done to death...

They may be a decade away from Nukes

But the Iranians have definitely caught up to the West in the area of blue screen technology. It's virtual Ayatollahs!


Coming soon "Grand Theft Auto: Tehran".

Make enough enriched uranium for a glow stick.

Steal "Members Only" jackets from second-hand stores and estate sales.

And finally, two words: Erotic Burkas!

Game Over!


As Rummy & Condi sneak into Baghdad unannounced and then proclaim it amazing progress, even the Iraqis see through the shinola better than our News Networks who call them "Surprise Visits" as if it's this incredibly awesome gift they are giving.

Look there are good "surprises" and bad "surprises".

A good surprise, when you come home and Halle Berry is waiting for you.

A bad surprise, she's brought Billy Joel with her and they argue about who is taking you out for a drive.

Rummy & Condi are definitely in the latter category.

"We didn't invite them," said Kamal Saadi, a Shiite legislator close to the new prime minister-designate, Nouri Maliki...

..."It would be more appropriate if they would leave us alone," said Mahmoud Othman, a senior Kurdish legislator. "Let us solve our problems by ourselves."

"Enough is enough," said Sheik Mahmoud Sudani, a politician affiliated with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr. "Rice's trip to Iraq at this critical time is just another desperate move by the Americans to try to impose themselves on our new government. But they have lost their influence."

The "other" Shrill one

Bob Herbert,

If George W. Bush could have been removed from office for being a bad president, he would have been sent back to his ranch a long time ago.

If incompetence were a criminal offense, he'd be behind bars...

...The worst thing he did, of course, was to employ a massive campaign of deceit to lead the nation into a catastrophic war in Iraq -- a war with no end in sight that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives and inflicted scores of thousands of crippling injuries...

...The sins of the Bush administration are so extensive and so egregious, they could never be adequately addressed in a newspaper column. History will be the final judge. But I've no doubt about the ultimate verdict.

Remember the Clinton budget surplus?

It was the largest in American history. President Bush and his cronies went after it like vultures feasting in a field of carcasses. They didn't invest the surplus. They devoured it.

Remember how most of the world responded with an extraordinary outpouring of sympathy and support for America in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11?

Mr. Bush had no idea how to seize that golden opportunity to build new alliances and strengthen existing ones. Much of that solidarity with America has morphed into outright hostility.

Blaming the Clenis somehow...priceless

My our children certainly have had a lot of their future spent to accomplish a hell of a disaster:

The cost of the war in Iraq will reach $320 billion after the expected passage next month of an emergency spending bill currently before the Senate, and that total is likely to more than double before the war ends, the Congressional Research Service estimated this week.

The analysis, distributed to some members of Congress on Tuesday night, provides the most official cost estimate yet of a war whose price tag will rise by nearly 17 percent this year. Just last week, independent defense analysts looking only at Defense Department costs put the total at least $7 billion below the CRS figure.

Once the war spending bill is passed, military and diplomatic costs will have reached $101.8 billion this fiscal year, up from $87.3 billion in 2005, $77.3 billion in 2004 and $51 billion in 2003, the year of the invasion, congressional analysts said. Even if a gradual troop withdrawal begins this year, war costs in Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to rise by an additional $371 billion during the phaseout, the report said, citing a Congressional Budget Office study. When factoring in costs of the war in Afghanistan, the $811 billion total for both wars would have far exceeded the inflation-adjusted $549 billion cost of the Vietnam War.

The cost of occupying Iraq is twice the cost of invading too. Good thing they never thought about the occupying at the White House.

Good job, once again, C-Plus Augustus.

Droopy tries to act independent

Those Ned Lamont numbers in Connecticut (or more accurately those George Bush numbers in Connecticut) must really be speaking to whiny Joe Lieberman:

Hurricane Katrina's latest fatality should be FEMA, the nation's disaster response agency, a Senate inquiry concluded in calling for a government overhaul to avoid future failures like those the devastating storm exposed...

...Though the proposed changes do not place blame on any official or government agency, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., will offer "additional views" to the panel's findings in a statement accusing President Bush of failing "to provide critical leadership when it was most needed."

And when Lieberman makes his statement it will lose all force and impact because every word ever uttered by Joe Lieberman has no force and no impact. Can you imagine the stunning proposal Lieberman must have given his wife Hadassah? Must have been stirring. I don't speak Hebrew (not a lot of call for it in Minnesota) but does Hadassah mean "lower your expectations"? Lieberman really is Fredo's Fredo.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Oh please, oh please!

From Raw Story:


"Hold on a minute, I think that puddle isn't just from Scotty, it IS Scotty."

(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Keep Pulling The String

Apparently the fourth circuit court of appeals, not known as a bastion of liberal thought, doesn't like this whole unitary executive theory (the fourth circuit is the court that wouldn't just let DOJ hold detainee Jose Padilla four years without due process then dismiss the case to transfer him to another jurisdiction). Yesterday the court ordered a trial judge to review whether a recent conviction may have been tainted by information obtained from secret and warrantless wiretaps, as reported in the NYT.

WASHINGTON, April 25 — An appellate court on Tuesday directed a lower court to consider statements by a Muslim cleric in northern Virginia that he had been illegally wiretapped under the warrantless eavesdropping program that President Bush authorized.
The ruling opened the door to what could be the first ruling by a federal court on whether information obtained under the program, operated by the National Security Agency, had been improperly used in a criminal prosecution.

The cleric, Ali al-Timimi, who was sentenced to life in prison last year for inciting his Muslim followers to violence, is challenging his conviction because he says he suspects that the government failed to disclosed illegal wiretaps of his e-mail messages and telephone conversations.

In an order released on Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit did not rule on the merits of Mr. Timimi's assertions about the N.S.A. program, but sent the case back to the federal trial court in Alexandria, Va., for a rehearing.

The appellate court gave the trial judge in the case, Leonie M. Brinkema, broad latitude, saying the trial court could "order whatever relief or changes in the case, if any, that it considers appropriate."
But a lawyer for Mr. Timimi, Jonathan Turley, said the appellate order was a significant and "extraordinary step" because appellate courts did not generally order a rehearing in a criminal case while an appeal was pending.

"This is very good news for us, and we're eager to go back to Judge Brinkema to explore these troubling issues," Mr. Turley said in an interview.

The Justice Department has declined to say publicly whether National Security Agency wiretaps were used against Mr. Timimi or any other terrorism defendants. But Mr. Timimi's lawyers maintain that circumstantial evidence, including incriminating conversations between him and other suspects that were monitored after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, indicate that the eavesdropping program was used against him.

Wanna take bets? I think this is where it all starts to unravel. Federal judges with lifetime tenure may be just the kind of relief we need from those hearty souls in the senate.

Composed by Bush Adviser Fred Ziffel

(To the Green Acres theme)

Green zoning is the way to be.
Compound livin’s the life for me.

Bombs blowin' up so far and wide

Keep Al Qaeda, just give me that homicide.

Tehran's where I’d rather invade.
I'll get me better polls this way.

I just adore a smart-bombs view.
Baghdad I love you but time for Imam's gettin' screwed.

(dee dee dah dee dee)

The gore.
(dee dee dah dee dee)

More war.
(dee dee dah dee dee)

Fresh polls.
(dee dee dah dee dee)


Pretend you're my wife

Good bye, Muslim life.

Oh Green Zone we are there!

If you look at him the right way

You realize, "My God, we elected Mr. Haney"!

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

And Cheney is really Arnold Ziffel...

Those linear shrub-mazes are hard work.

Bush loses track of the trail of pretzels leading him back to the White House.

(AFP/Tim Sloan)

And here cometh the bullshit...

These statements are truly becoming tragi-comedy, who believes these people anymore, other than mouthbreathers. A vast majority of the country now knows that everyday is opposite day for the White House:

At a news conference with Casey, Rumsfeld said Iraq is moving forward.

"This is a sovereign country, and they are making impressive progress," he said.

Here is today's "impressive progress" --

*BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed a senior judge in Baghdad's Amiriya district, Interior Ministry sources said. The judge, Ibrahim al-Hindawi, was the head of the main court responsible for the western Karkh sector of Baghdad.

*BAGHDAD - Police found the bodies of two men in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday. No more details were available.

BAGHDAD - Two people were killed and five wounded when a bomb planted inside a mini bus exploded in the Shi'ite Sadr city slum in eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Four policemen were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint near Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen killed four people, including an eight-year-old girl, in separate incidents in religiously mixed Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

TAL QASIR - Four Iraqi policemen and two insurgents were killed on Monday when insurgents attacked a police station in Tal Qasir, 200 km ( 125 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead two soldiers and a policeman who were out of duty on Monday near Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed a soldier working in the Oil Facility Protection Service on Monday in the main road between Tikrit and Kirkuk, police said.

And as Juan Cole notes this is a relatively light day of violence in Iraq.

How George Bush reacts to a crisis

When he can't bomb, apparently it's just talkin' points all the way:

Repeat every lousy pro-business, pro-not solving a fucking thing point he can make about the price of Gas.

1. No new refineries being built (um, that's because the oil companies don't want to build 'em, not because of any regulations)

2. Environmental regs in gas, oh, of course. And when gas was a dollar seven years ago (and for more than 15 years) under the same regulations that was the environmentalists fault too?

3. Ethanol. Oh yes, the great fucking boondoggle of ethanol. The fuel that takes more fossil fuel to make than it produces. The grand agricultural subsidy that accomplishes nothing.

So where will George Bush & Tom DeLay be?

A law that Bush signed when fucking up Texas has resulted in the killin' of a woman because she's too damned expensive.

The countdown has begun on the life of Andrea Clark, a patient at St. Luke's Hospital.

Six days left.

No, she's not terminal, her family says and she's not brain dead. Her sisters say that she wants to live. The Houston hospital is going to unilaterally remove a woman from life support, apparently based on the decision of a lone physician even though her family wants her to continue to receive care.

The central issue in the Andrea Clark case is the same as that in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case, whether the state should be able to sanction the removal of a human being from life support.

What's even more significant in the Clark case is that the Texas bill that allows health care providers to end a human life despite the wishes of the patient and the patient's family was signed into law in 1999 by President George W. Bush as Texas Governor. However, in 2005, he rushed back to the White House from Easter vacation to sign a bill rushed through Congress which was designed to save the life of Terri Schiavo because of his "presumption in favor of life".

Will Georgie drop all relaxing and sign a bill?

Will DeLay make a noise, since this is occuring in his home town?

Will the right-to-lifers and Randall Terry show up to act like assholes and fuck up 'Kumbaya'?




Incompetence Squared

Poor Iraq, so far from normal so frequently "surprised" with visits from Bush Administration clowns.

A double dip of douchebaggery that should be good for tweaking that approval rating one tenth of a point has Condi & Rummy coming to Baghdad and puttin' on a show of how great stuff is going. All so they can make a demonstration of progress by withdrawing troops before the mid-terms in salute to their disastrous policy.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


(To "God Bless America")

God Blessed America,

When he made me King.

I vacationed, and I relaxed,

I cause fright, night not too bright, kill to love.

Kill the Shiites, kill the Sunnis,

Kill the Persians, nuke 'em all

God blessed America, now scratch my balls!

God blessed America, I'll kill you all (except the blastocysts)!

(pictures from AP & Reuters)

My God, he can walk!

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Dumb & Dumberer

Bush and Ahmadinejad (who I call "Bob") deserve each other:

Mr Ahmadinejad has drawn fierce criticism in the West for comments last October that cast doubt on the Holocaust and for saying that Israel should be "wiped off the map". Yesterday, he said: "We say that this fake regime [Israel] cannot logically continue to live."

How these two manage to demonstrate the existence of God is beyond me.

Unless God is a dick.

Monday, April 24, 2006


Your President (I know, I know, but it's not a bad dream, it's true) explains his decision-making process:

"I based a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true."

Now remember that Georgie believes dinosaurs are truly Jesus' Horses.

Try to get some sleep somehow.

Had It With Mr. Have Got

I don't know about you, but I'm up to my ears in Mr. Have Got telling me what "I've got" to understand.

"We're going to have a tough summer because people are beginning to drive now during tight supply," Bush said as he toured a California facility developing hydrogen-powered vehicles.

"The American people have got to understand what happens elsewhere in the world affects the price of gasoline you pay here."

I know what most of the people now understand is that when the moron in chief tells us what "we've got" to understand, it's usually just the opposite whatever snake oil he is trying to pawn-off. What he's got to understand is that the majority of Americans are showing him their middle finger--and it is only going to get worse.

Stupid is as Stupid Does

I'd try to cry crocodile tears for Michelle Malkin, but on the internets no one can see you pretend to cry.

However, while she is no doubt getting a taste of her own, stupidly prescribed medicine, enough is enough. IF she and Jesse were forced to move because their address was published (and sorry because of her track record of being overwrought and mendacious I'm not sure if she is making the whole thing up) then this is a classic case of two wrongs do not make a right. As an anonymous person on the internets I am not big on exposure. Anonymity gives you the freedom to do things you would never do if you were known, it is liberating (it can also be a license for doing the wrong thing too of course -- with no power comes no responsibility right Uncle Ben?). I would never be as snarky if I were exposed, sorry, but it is good for teh comedy.

Michelle Malkin is not anonymous, of course, but that doesn't mean there is not a degree of privacy associated with her and her family. Especially in that it should apply to her kids who haven't done squat. Her original listing of the private information of protesters was incredibly wrong, there is some justice to her exposure -- but that doesn't make it "just".

Okay, there endeth the moral posturing and here beginnith the snark.

Perhaps Michelle and Jesse can move here?

"C'mon Boys..."

"In the Navy
Come on protect the motherland
In the Navy
Come on and join your fellow man"

(REUTERS/Larry Downing)