Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hey Rich, fuck you!

One of the least persuasive anti-war... [Rich Lowry]

...talking points is that the Iraq war has already taken longer than it took to vanquish Hitler in World War II.

First of all, your guys (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld) are the ones using the Hitler analogies ad nauseum to try to save their pathetic asses politically.

Second, none of us will forget that YOU, Rich, are the asshole that proclaimed this in the Spring of 2005:

Just something to think about

When Pat Buchanan thinks you are too in love with throwing the term fascist around, it is time to seriously consider psychological assistance:

Re Fascism [Cliff May]

...I just went a few rounds with Pat Buchanan on MSNBC on the legitimacy of the term “Islamo-Fascism.”

Pat’s argument was that the term was inappropriate because then the movement Mussolini led would have to be called “Christo-Fascism.”

Besides, he said, the term is offensive to Muslims.

These struck me as very strange perspectives, for rather obvious reasons. If folks disagree, I – or better you – can offer a rebuttal.
Posted at 12:14 PM

When you are to the right of Pat Buchanan, you are starting to redshift.

Excerpts from the forthcoming Dick Cheney bio

Written with the incredibly inaccurate and syncophantic Stephen Hayes, the Laurie Mylroie of ink.

Chapter 1:

Dick was born in the house his father built. Dick's father was a sort of a little man, common man. He was a streetcar motorman first, then a farmer, and then he had a lemon ranch. It was the poorest lemon ranch in California Wyoming. He sold it before they found oil on it. And then he was a grocer Lion-Tamer. He was a great man, because he did his job, and every job counts up to the hilt, regardless of what happens.

Nobody will ever write a book, probably, about Dick's mother. Dick's mother was a saint. A saint with eight teats and a dewclaw.

Chapter 2:

When Cheney was just a year and a half, he intercepted Japanese codes that stated they were preparing to attack Midway Island. He promptly sketched a crayola-gram to Admiral Chester Nimitz and changed the course of the war in the Pacific. For his heroism, Nimitz recommended Cheney for the medal of Freedom, but he was denied the award by Fascist-apologist Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Dick got his revenge at the age of four, when on a trip to Warm Springs, Georgia he introduced the resting Roosevelt to his pillow. [Sorry, classified]

Chapter 3:

1948, seven year old Dick Cheney tries to volunteer for the United States Air Force to participate in the Berlin Airlift, the attempt to keep West Berliners fed is known to young Dick as "Germany's second chance to get National Socialism right!". But just before he can bicycle down to the recruitment office he stubs his toe on the coffee table, suffering a nasty hangnail that would likely compromise his flight status. Darn the luck. Fortunately, Dick is able to turn to other priorities and engage in the war at home with incessent red-baiting of fellow second grader milk monitors and playing in Whittaker Chambers' pumpkin patch.

Chapter 4:

Dick hits puberty:

To be continued...

Hang your head in shame...

This is disgusting,

The platoon commander for the squad of Marines who killed as many as two dozen Iraqi civilians during an attack in Haditha last year recommended later that the sergeant who led the attack receive a medal for his heroism that day, according to military documents.

How things change

It seems just like yesterday, I was a called a commie-symp. Now according to Donny ("Forget the Nation, more importantly my job's in danger") Rumsfeld I've gone from that to being an apologist for fascists.

Funny, I don't remember being a signee to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact?

And yes, I really enjoyed what Olbermann had to say about it as well. And that's an understatement.

It's tough to dig out the wheat from the chaffe

But somewhere in the midst of showing banalities and hyperbole, conservative and 9/11 Commission member manages to say that Bush's Iraq adventure is a clusterfuck in combating the Bin Laden's of the world.

Godwin's law having been violated by Donald Rumsfeld

I hereby declare my right to make all the Nazi = Bush Administration comparisons I wish.

Oh, it makes an old Bush family friend wanna dance!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

After A Couple Of Hard Days...

hangin' with hurricane victims and acting like he is the decider, like he gives a shit, like he understands how it feels to live outside the lap of luxury, what's a president to do?

Why, he goes off raising money for assholes just like him.


I remind you, like you needed to be, that Jonah Goldberg, like so many on the rightwing punditry (especially at Nat'l Review) owes his career to his parent, in Jonah's case his mommy (suckle on this!). So when he says stuff like this...

Spike Lee's "Masterpiece" [Jonah Goldberg]
I ended up watching it last night. There's was a lot of interesting and moving stuff in there — how could there not be? — but at four hours, complete with conspiracy theory nonsense and "don't-blame-the-victime" but "hey look, we're victims" seesawing, I found it scandalously self-indulgent. But what else do you expect from Spike Lee?
Posted at 8:05 AM have to take it with a saltmine.

Remember how moving Jonah was about Katrina?

Attn: Superdome Residents [Jonah Goldberg]
I think it's time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you're working on that, find the biggest guy you can and when he's not expecting it beat him senseless. Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It's never too soon to be prepared.
Posted at 10:05 AM

I once again remind Jonah, that some say Iraq is perfectly safe and Rich Lowry says it is getting safer (don't be frightened by those 20 service deaths the last few days or the 150 plus that have died in bombs the last couple). We know Rich Lowry is NEVER wrong about Iraq! So it seems to me its time to consider enlisting now...more than ever!


I'm guessing we will be hearing a lot of claims like this in the next two months:

the head of US forces in Iraq, US General George Casey, remained cautiously optimistic.

"Since mid-July, statistics measuring levels of violence have trended down," he said in his weekly column in the US-led forces newsletter.*

"While a positive indication, it is far too early to call this a continuing trend. The Baghdad security initiative has resulted in reduced levels of murders, kidnappings, assassinations, terrorism and sectarian violence."

Meanwhile, such statements will be contained in stories that report this:

Insurgents killed at least 24 people and wounded 55 more in a bomb attack at a popular central Baghdad market amid unabated bloodshed across the country.

The blast in the Shurja market came just two hours after insurgents targeted an Iraqi army recruitment centre in the Shiite town of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing 12 volunteers and wounded 38.

Windows one kilometre (half a mile) away from the market were rattled by the mid-morning blast.

A sustained bout of bloodshed has rocked
Iraq over the past four days, leaving more than 150 people killed and scores wounded.

The important thing is NOT the truth, but to give folks like Bill Kristol and numerous administration hacks a talking point to run and lie with -- by not "technically lying". It is sort of like Clinton only it isn't as evil and sordid as the worse sin in the world, the extramarital blow job. No, it is just minor sins like war & death. The stuff Jesus (and the media) apparently doesn't care about as much.

*Yes, the "newsletter", try not to indignantly guffaw too much.

That's right guys, play him off the stage...

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hmmmm, somethings missing...

Much better!

My Goodness Gracious...

But this is handy, the Bush War Timeline.

Go through it there is outrage after outrage and more than a few, "oh yeah, I remember that now" moments. There are more appropriate shocking references to Iraq within it, but a couple things thing stands out as NEVER receiving enough attention:

September 18, 2001: In a move a federal judge will later call "conscience-shocking," EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman announces that the thousands of pounds of hazardous materials released into the air after the World Trade Center collapse pose no health risk to residents of the area around Ground Zero. It is the third time since the attacks that the EPA has expressed such a sentiment. Subsequent news reports and lawsuits will show that Whitman acted at the behest of the White House, and that relevant studies had not been completed. Tens of thousands of people suffer "debilitating health problems" related to the attacks, according to Newsweek.

September 20, 2001: A letter to President Bush from the neoconservative Project for the New American Century says, "Even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq."


According to the 9/11 Commission Report, on this date undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith (ed. "dumbest fucking person on earth") wrote to Donald Rumsfeld and "expressed disappointment at the limited options immediately available in Afghanistan and the lack of ground options. [He] suggested instead hitting terrorists outside the Middle East in the initial offensive, perhaps deliberately selecting a non-al Qaeda target like Iraq."


Bush and Blair meet for a private White House dinner. According to the former British Ambassador to Washington, Blair told Bush not to get distracted from the war on terror. Bush replied, "I agree with you, Tony. We must deal with this first. But when we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq."

I suggest giving this link to every "independent" and soft-Republican you know.

...And maybe more than a few Lieberman supporters!

Ah, balanced!

Let's see here, when blogs write about the "Downing Street Memos" the NY Times does pretty much nothing, providing nary a mention of the smoking gun documents on the build up of the war.

But a CNN anchor gets caught on a live mike talking about her family dynamics and it gets a column.

Well, thank goodness they are exercising that First Amendment huh?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

In that war thing...

That thing that if you don't support you love yourself a "modern nazi", I think something like 20 American soldiers have died since Saturday. The death toll is 2,637.

All the big bloggers have mentioned this already

Well many have.

But I can't help thinking that Joe Lieberman is trying to sell me feminine hygiene products.

What a loss to her career

One can literally see Rita's career flash before her eyes.

Credit, where it's due, this pic originally came from the Corner.

I have the audio as well.

This just in....


John Mark Karr confesses to Lindbergh kidnapping; that he and Jimmy Hoffa caused the disappearance of Amelia Earhart; operating the Bermuda Triangle; surviving a crash in Roswell, New Mexico; writing the Zimmerman Telegram; offing Vince Foster; faking the moon landing; hanging chads; creating 'the Rachel'; killing all known Kennedys and Mary Jo; Milli, but not Vanilli; inappropriately touching Judge Crater; new coke; financing the mujihedin; making parts of the Ukraine glow at night; writing Protocols of the Elders of Zion; alias Steve Bartman; making desserts for Zachary Taylor; telling Bob Packwood to be more 'hands-on'; ghost writing 'The O'Reilly Factor: For Kids'; Natalie Holloway hunting sharks; Hasselhoff; Chief Environmental Scientist, Exxon-Mobil; swimming with Harold Holt; grabbing Isadora Duncan's scarf too tightly; loving Jodie Foster too damn much; being Karen Carpenter's nutritionist; producing Saturday Night Live in 1981; writing the Hitler Diary; being Floyd Landis's pissboy; Urkel; enabling Al Sadr; zuba pants; Chandra Levy; Time naming Powerline 'blog of the year' and the Ann Coulter cover; golfed with Tom Delay; Rob Lowe's videographer; maintaining the levees and coordinating Katrina relief; Captain of the Monkey Business; Roy Cohn's idea man; hooking up Whitney Houston an Bobby Brown; causing Lou Dobb's hispanic girlfriend to dump his sorry ass in College; Fatty Arbuckle's caterer; Writing memos to Captain Dreyfus; Skating with the Stars; telling Tom Wolfe what young women "really think"; 'Head On' apply directly to the forehead; misplacing Thurman Thomas's helmet; Abu Gah-rape; calling Joe Klein a liberal; Matchmaker for Wallis Simpson; mandating that 'The Bridges of Madison County' be read at every fucking book club in the country;'Matrix' sequels; doing all of 'Desonex's" dirty work; thirteen of seventeen Duggars; Swiftboat Veteran's for Truth; being Koren Robinson's AA sponsor; loading the gun on the USS Princeton AND USS Iowa; encouraging Lynne Cheney to write a lesbian western; selling arms to Iran; hiding the WMD's; outing Valerie Plame; feeling up Kathleen Willey; Sherman Adam's vicuna coat; designing Hitler commercials for; editing 'Gods & Generals'; adopting wives for Woody Allen; making Jenna Bush's ID cards; wearing Bigfoot feet; Jennifer Wilbanks' eyes; trading hats with Jack Abramoff; hockey hair; Jonah Goldberg; not renewing 'Deadwood'; selling Ramon Mercader an ice pick; being X, Y, and Z; the Lusitania, Hindenberg, Titanic, Andria Doria, Edmund Fitzgerald, Challenger, Columbia; encouraging Benedict Arnold; the 18-minute gap; and Howie Mandel.

"Freedom" on the March

That must be why one Dear Leader (he's read 60 books in 8 months, he can outpeddle Lance Armstrong, he can outfart Karen Hughes and his smell sweet!) is being visited by another.

President Bush launched an initiative this month to combat international kleptocracy, the sort of high-level corruption by foreign officials that he called "a grave and corrosive abuse of power" that "threatens our national interest and violates our values." The plan, he said, would be "a critical component of our freedom agenda."

Three weeks later, the White House is making arrangements to host the leader of Kazakhstan, an autocrat who runs a nation that is anything but free and who has been accused by U.S. prosecutors of pocketing the bulk of $78 million in bribes from an American businessman. Not only will President Nursultan Nazarbayev visit the White House, people involved say, but he also will travel to the Bush family compound in Maine.

Nazarbayev's upcoming visit, according to analysts and officials, offers a case study in the competing priorities of the Bush administration at a time when the president has vowed to fight for democracy and against corruption around the globe. Nazarbayev has banned opposition parties, intimidated the press and profited from his post, according to the U.S. government. But he also sits atop massive oil reserves that have helped open doors in Washington.

Good thing nobody will ask any hard questions in the press pool.

Well, maybe this guy:

A very special photo op

Because it is truer to life than the real things.

adapted from the AP orginal.

You know what is coming

Things not looking good for the GOP, one of its members tells you what is going to happen:
More telling is that the smartest Republican political minds agree. ``The issue matrix and political dynamics are not good for us,'' says Representative Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican. ``Only some big national or international event before the election can change that.''


Here is what I predict will happen in September and October. File it away -- nah, don't bother, if I'm right you know I'll be reminding you constantly...

Twelve Bush PhotoOps
Eleven Cheney fund-raisers/scarefests
Ten O'Reilly talking points about Democrats lovin' terrorists
Nine bad economic reports that Cavuto declares good news for Bush
Eight Joe Lieberman appearances with Republican congressional candidates
Seven Ann Coulter Hannity & Colmes appearances
Six Swiftboat Attacks on Murtha
Five blatant racist statements!
Four threats to bomb the fuck up of Iran
Three "terror in the skies" plots uncovered (all overstated)
Two new and improved Iraqi governments
And a new Osama Video Tape!

The Mantra of the Bush Years

After sleeping on the job in August and September 2001 the Bush Administration has been on the job poking the embers of 9/11 with the sole purpose of driving up his poll numbers. So this portion of a story about the alleged London 'liquid-bomb plotters' sums up the last five years as we come to the anniversary:

While officials and experts familiar with the case say the investigation points to a serious and determined group of plotters, they add that questions about the immediacy and difficulty of the suspected bombing plot cast doubt on the accuracy of some of the public statements made at the time.

“In retrospect,’’ said Michael A. Sheehan, the former deputy commissioner of counterterrorism in the New York Police Department, “there may have been too much hyperventilating going on.”

If it wasn't for 'hyperventilating' FoxNews would be a test-pattern.

Why do any governing?

Being President is really just about the photo ops. As long as Bush can have canned pictures taken with Americans, or Americanish people who treat him with the appropriate level of subservience then it is all good.

The kool-aid is strong in this one...

Sad really:

The welcome Bush received here (Biloxi, MS) was warmer than the one he is expected to get Tuesday — the actual anniversary of Katrina — in Louisiana, where recovery efforts have moved much more slowly.

"There is a division over there," Thomas "Lynn" Patterson, who gave Bush a tour of his new home, said about New Orleans. "There's not the same division over here."

When Bush visited Patterson's neighborhood right after the storm, the 61-year-old was digging cars out of the muck. Patterson said Bush told him then that he wanted to make sure that people got the aid they needed.

"He hasn't forgotten it," said Patterson. "We don't expect him to pull out his wallet and write a check for us. He personally would do it if he could because he's a passionate guy."

Those unrequited man-crushes are powerful things.

"Who wants a man-kiss?"

Monday, August 28, 2006

Oh for fucks sake

Days and day of coverage and it is likely all not for fuck all!

(Reuters) - A DNA sample taken from John Mark Karr, the schoolteacher who claims to have been with child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey when she died in 1996, does not match DNA found in her underwear, a Denver TV station reported on Monday.

KUSA-TV cited two unnamed sources in the report, which comes hours before Karr was due for his first Colorado court appearance. Amid skepticism over Karr's account, legal experts have said that a DNA match was critical to the prosecution case.

So now we will have days of analysis but not a goddamn thing to consider the media's incredible ability to be completely irresponsible.

Par for the course then.

Whack-a-mole 2 electric booga....ah, fuck it, it just sucks

Progress in Iraq, the killing is going down, the military and our puppet says.

But, as usual, this was wrong -- they were just taking your measure.

Yesterday, 69 killed in random, so far at least 50 today.

The Rummy Claus


You better shut up, swallow our lies
Better go along, I'm telling you why
Rummy killed Santa by Bomb

He hated our freedoms that's not very nice
Was making make bombs out of an egg nog device
Rummy killed Santa by Bomb

The U.N. would do nothing
Wanted to destroy your way of life
He gave wrapped gifts to suiciders
So, he had to die and so did his wife

So, he had to be killed, he had to die
We dropped a bunker buster upon the guy
Rummy killed Santa by bomb

Serious minds require serious blogging

So naturally, Ann Althouse live-blogged the emmys.

What's next, the Tonys?


On Saturday the Washington Post published a patently hocus-pocus analysis of death-rates in Iraq and found it to be really safe:

The death rate for U.S. men ages 18 to 39 in 2003 was 1.53 per 1,000 -- 39 percent of that of troops in Iraq. But one can also find something equivalent to combat conditions on home soil. The death rate for African American men ages 20 to 34 in Philadelphia was 4.37 per 1,000 in 2002, 11 percent higher than among troops in Iraq. Slightly more than half the Philadelphia deaths were homicides.

Naturally, war enabler emeritus Ernest T. Bass, ESQ jumped on this as being proof that things are not so bad over there.

As is, of course, this raises five immediate questions.

1. Notice that "casualties" are not included, Reynolds, who is certainly no military scholar has previously equated "casualties" as deaths, something that is not how it is traditionally defined, casualties includes not just dead but wounded. There have been more than 20,000 American casualties in Iraq.

2. The study really under-reports several key differences between a current American Soldier and an average citizen in this country. The average american soldier is heavily armed himself, wearing personal body armor, as well as being accompanied typically by other heavily armed men in vehiclies while perhaps not adequately armored for full effectiveness are certainly better armored than your typical Honda Civic. They are also trained to be wary and take such action as to minimize their exposure to injury.

3. I don't know about the city any of you live in, but I would bet you do not have instant communications systems that quickly brings medical assistance of those specializing in treating gunshot and shrapnel wounds, including a fleet of helicopters that can get you to a nearby medical unit with an even higher level of specialization that has you treated almost immediately. This was pointed out by an emailer to Reynolds, which to his credit he published:

Among my other duties in Iraq, I was a convoy gunner. I am also a native of inner city Philadelphia who has spent almost all of my life in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods. I can say from direct experience that combat duty in Iraq isn't as easy or as safe as walking down the street in Philadelphia. This is a simple fact that the statistics you've linked to attempt to obfuscate. The statistics don't take into account the fact that the majority of servicemen in Iraq spend their deployments behind rows of T-walls, Hesco barriers, and checkpoints, and that the much smaller number of troops that spend their time outside the wire face far greater danger than young black men walking the streets of Philly. The statistics also ignore the fact that the American military has some of the best trauma care in the world, and that the number of people who live despite grave injuries vastly outnumbers those who die from them. (If I remember correctly, the Army said a little while ago that the number of deaths in Iraq would be four times greater if not for its ability to quickly evacuate casualties to top quality medical facilities.) This means that a lot more soldiers have faced potentially life-threatening injuries than just those who have died. If the proper statistics were referenced (or even available) I'd bet my next paycheck that they would back up the obvious reality: Iraq is a warzone that is vastly more dangerous than even the deadliest sections of Philadelphia.

4. The statistics do not include the deaths and injuries among Iraqi soldiers...OR CIVILIANS. Sixty-plus of whom died in bombings alone yesterday. Even the most conservative county of deaths places the total at well over 50,000 over three years, but some estimate more than 200,000 deaths. And that is DEATHS alone, as for casualties, who the hell really knows? There were nearly 3,500 violent deaths in Baghdad alone. A total that puts any American city to shame. New York City came no where near that total...even during the month of September 2001 -- and they got a 2,900 death head start!

5. Even if you interpret the stats as the authors intend it raises a serious question of how much it sucks to be a black male in this country, and how unserious our effort has been to alleviate that problem.

And then there is a final obvious question that comes out of this question if as Insty and others want to interpret the stats...


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Understanding Iraq in 2 news stories

August 25th:
The past two weeks have seen a 41 percent decline in violent attacks across Baghdad, Iraq, according to a top coalition officer supporting Iraqi forces.

August 27th:
BAGHDAD (AFP) - A series of deadly suicide bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least 59 people in a brutal response to premier Nuri al-Maliki's attempts to stitch his wounded country back together.


Looks like we've found the graveyard of old Bush-Cheney Iraq talking points.

(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)

By the way, 90 plus percent of Iraqis want us the FUCK OUT of their country!

Excuse me...

While I betray my home state origins and salute the baseball team of my youth!

Now if Lariano can get healthy and be throwing by the end of the year...

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Immortally Non-Beloved

So much for that Bush-bump...

Other issues, however, certainly are preoccupying voters. Bush’s approval rating has taken a slight dip since the last NEWSWEEK Poll in mid-August. While 38 percent of respondents approved and 55 percent disapproved of his job performance back then, now 36 percent approve and 56 percent disapprove. That approval figure nearly matches the president’s all-time low of 35 percent in May.

Some potential factors contributing to that slippage: his handling of the economy (with 37 percent approving and 58 percent disapproving) and the situation in Iraq (31 percent vs. 63 percent). Both of these results also approach all-time lows. The only semblance of a silver lining remains his handling of terrorism and homeland security, with 49 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving. But unfortunately for Bush, his approval rating on that issue edged downward as well, from 55 percent in mid-August.

For the Powerloiners

He's a genius, he's a leader, he's so awesome. Another week chalked up for the men with powered loins:

With apologies to Jackson Browne (to 'Lawyers in Love')

It's hard to stay up with what's been going down
So I just give up and swallow all Rove's stuff now
Among the Regimes new war plan schemes
Am I the only one who hears the memes?
Oh the looney themes of lawyers in love

Bush to send the air force to Iranistan, go nuk-u-lar
They bomb just before the election, October!
Blogging while billing fees, with Bush we're on our knees
Cheering for World War III while Jesus bleeds
To the mating calls of lawyers in love

Last week I flew myself to Washington, the capitol
Bush talked to me while I was fluffing him, I do his will
The rapture has us doomed, or so says Reverend Moon
And I hear that Iranistan will be glowing soon
A vacation land for lawyers in love

And like a good typical neighbor....

State Farm Doesn't Care!

If this is true, State Farm policy holders should cancel their policies en masse.

State Farm Insurance supervisors systematically demanded that Hurricane Katrina damage reports be buried or replaced or changed so that the company would not have to pay policyholders' claims in Mississippi, two State Farm insiders tell ABC News.

Kerri and Cori Rigsby, independent adjusters who had worked for State Farm exclusively for eight years, say they have turned over thousands of internal company documents and their own detailed statement to the FBI and Mississippi state investigators.

In an exclusive interview with ABC news, to be broadcast on 20/20 -- Watch 20/20 tonight at 10 --and World News, the Rigsby sisters say they saw "widespread" fraud at the State Farm offices in Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.

"Katrina was devastating, but so was State Farm," says Cori Rigsby.

At one point, they say State Farm brought in a special shredding truck they believe was used to destroy key documents. State Farm says shredding is standard to protect policyholders' privacy.

The sisters say they saw supervisors go to great lengths to pressure outside engineers to prepare reports concluding that damage was caused by water, not covered under State Farm policies, rather than by wind.

They say reports that concluded that damage was caused by wind, for which State Farm would have to pay, were hidden in a special file and new reports were ordered.

Unbelievable. Those sisters sound like heroes though.

Friday, August 25, 2006

How to tell you've had too much

You start calling the audience idiots and then when they mildly voice their displeasure, you choose to demonstrate your self-proclaimed greater intellect by flipping them off.


Let's call this method "the Hitchens"!

Crooks & Liars had the pic, and naturally has the video.

Strangely no comment from Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz and William Kristol

Now that you mention it, I've noticed:

Hollywood star Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James has launched a scathing verbal attack on President George W Bush, calling the leader "a d**khead."

The motorcycle maker visited soldiers outside Baghdad, Iraq--and is convinced the majority of the U.S. military agree with him.

James says, "Everyone in Iraq knows Bush is a d**khead. He's the boss' kid.

"Everybody I know who has a successful business who has a kid--the kid is always a f**khead. Have you ever noticed that?"

Via Holden

Shorter Krauthammer

Before we bomb the Iranians, we have to bomb the French.

Oh and...

Rosie Ruiz Redux

Mean Jean, the drama queen, appears to have faked her participation in a Marathon.

Four months after she was reprimanded for making false statements about having a second undergraduate degree, the state's top elections officials will investigate whether the Miami Township Republican told the truth about how well she fared in - or whether she even ran - a 1993 marathon in the state capital.

A panel of the Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause Thursday that false statements might have been made by the first-term Republican and her campaign about the Columbus Marathon 13 years ago.

I merely report, you deride:

'Real Marines' may not cut & run; but Mean Jean appears to know how to 'Cut & Paste'.

Summarized about Right:

Boy we sure don't know much about Iraqn we better bomb the fuck out of 'em!

Too bad we don't know more, but better safe than sorry.


It was high members of this Republican administration who leaked to the Iranians and the whole world the name of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative who spent her professional career combatting the proliferation of WMD and was, at the time she was betrayed by Traitor Rove and his merry band, working on Iran. Had it not been for these Republican figures, none of whom has yet been punished in any way for endangering US national security, we might know more about Iran.

Combining the days big stories according to the cable news networks

John Mark Karr admits to molesting Pluto.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

If George Bush were President

"What the hell is four-score? Give it up for my good friend President Davis!"

"Barely be able to speak badly and bomb the fuck out of the evildoers. All the canal construction will be handled by Standard Oil, right Dick?"


"If I were you, I'd be fucking afraid, 'cuz without me, you'd all die. And it would hurt. A lot!"


"Itch bean ein berlinererer"

Non-finder of Labors' Love Lost

Poor Joe, so far from Bush, so close to his electorate.

Today, the UAW endorsed the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate, Ned Lamont, at a noon-hour press conference at their Region 9A headquarters in Farmington. Before the August 8 Primary, members had met with both Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont and concluded that Lamont was the candidate to support, citing his stance on issues like NAFTA and universal healthcare. Those issues, according to Region 9A director Bob Madore, “are two of the top issues affecting our membership.”

Joe promptly went out and asked Ford, GM, and Dr. Z for money (and the latter for a mustache ride)

Hey, there is an idea...

Golly in all the hubbub I missed something

I thought he was out rolling his eyes and tut-tutting with Peggy Noonan, but while Peggy enjoys her Medicare D rush of prescriptives the Bullshit Moose has returned.

But he's more than returned.

He is no longer just "Bullshit Moose", no, he is something even more...

He is...

Bullshit Moose the White!

In this highly charged political climate, the Moose is a rare breed apart.

I believe he made this speech in front of a large flag.

Naturally, the Bullshit Moose the White is still upon Josh Marshall's blogroll even those it's pretty clear that his love of bombing the fuck out of third worlder's has yet to be fully sated --

Of course, Iran is not just a threat to Israel, but to all liberal democracies. However, Israel uniquely comprehends the immediacy of the Iranian threat. Time is not on our side. While the mullahs may be a few years from obtaining nukes, there is a point of no return in their efforts - and it is soon.

The world, unfortunately, would rather sleep. Sanctions are just so inconvenient. Money is to be made. And diplomacy, regardless of its effectiveness, is holy in the church of the left.

Even though Iran has been showered with generous offers of incentives, the left wants them to be given even more carrots without the serious threat of a stick. Lefties claim they are tough and they are only anti-war when it comes to Iraq, but appeasement is their instinctive impulse when confronted with a national security threat to America or her allies.

But, make no mistake - the recent war with Hizbollah has taught Israel a painful lesson. They cannot afford to slumber while their enemy prepares for a slaughter. In the next war, Hizbolla could be supplied with the ultimate weapon by their patrons in Teheran.

And the writing is on the wall...

Yet another moron who thinks he is channeling Churchill, when he is really channeling an armchair version of Curtis LeMay.

But what else could we possibly expect from the Bullshit Moose the (really, really) White?


But that last bit seemed somewhat familiar...

I noticed this when I first saw the show, but it took the YouTube a while to come out.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Forget the Sharks, the Beach is scarier than ever!

Not only is this a dangerous precursor of massive environmental change

Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking

But the people who did this particular task have a hell of a resume stuffer.

59 Copies of "Archie Comics" and one copy of "Juggs" do not 5 dozen books make

We are now living in the true world of the Cult of Personality:

Bush has entered a book-reading competition with Karl Rove, his political adviser. White House aides say the president has read 60 books so far this year (while the brainy Rove, to Bush's competitive delight, has racked up only 50).

Breeding Hope Through Forced Governance

I missed the chimp's press conference the other morning but was able to read transcripts and watch clips of a most embarassing performance by the leader of the free world. He was so bad I am left to wonder what kind of desperation leads his handlers to feed him to the wolves like that--so ill-prepared. T-bogg put up a clip of a classic stream-of-consciousness, meandering, non-answer that is exhibit "A" of the stupidity of the man.

My one wish is that we would hear the press start snickering during one of these moments and build to a crescendo of belly laughs. Of course that will never happen, but how do they keep straight faces?

Apparently Human Cartoons

Are unable to recognize the merits of the "graphic artist".

Let us see the one-word descriptions you suggest for noise Ana Marie?

I would guess a good one for your blogging career would be a one-word description indicating the need for astroglide.

I suggest....

Headlines so ironic and projected you just have to laugh

Snake in the Grass: The pompous, hypocritical hucksterism of Günter Grass.
By Christopher Hitchens

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black (label).

"Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq."

sug·gest (sg-jst, s-jst) KEY

sug·gest·ed , sug·gest·ing , sug·gests
1. To offer for consideration or action; propose: suggest things for children to do; suggested that we take a walk.
2. To bring or call to mind by logic or association; evoke: a cloud that suggests a mushroom; a ringlike symbol suggesting unity.
3. To make evident indirectly; intimate or imply: a silence that suggested disapproval.
4. To serve as or provide a motive for; prompt or demand: Such a crime suggests apt punishment.

Why can an obscure anonymous blogboy do this in 15 minutes, yet the national media not manage to pull off any comparison in 48 hours?

October 28, 2002:
"This [Saddam Hussein] is a person who has had contacts with al Qaeda."

February 2, 2003:
"Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct and continuing ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraqi intelligence and al Qaeda have met at least eight times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent bomb-making and document forgery experts to work with al Qaeda. Iraq has also provided al Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training."

March 6, 2003:
"He has trained and financed al Qaeda-type organizations before, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations."

May 1, 2003 sans flightsuit:
The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We've removed an ally of al Qaeda, and cut off a source of terrorist funding.

January 23, 2004:
"There's overwhelming evidence there was a connection between al Qaeda and the Iraqi government," Cheney said in an interview on National Public Radio.

June 15, 2004:
President Bush repeated his administration's claim that Iraq was in league with al Qaeda under Saddam Hussein's rule, saying Tuesday that fugitive Islamic militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ties Saddam to the terrorist network.

June 18, 2004:
Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence is "overwhelming" that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, and he said media reports suggesting that the 9/11 commission has reached a contradictory conclusion were "irresponsible."

"There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming," Cheney said in an interview with CNBC's "Capitol Report."

June 18, 2004:
"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda" is "because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda."

Not one fucking thing right

Chatham House, a British think tank on international relations and analysis, has issued a lengthy article on Iran and the World. Included within it is a summary of the U.S. position in Iraq and its relationship vis-a-vis Iran. And as seen below every fucking thing has been a lie, a disaster, and has made things worse.

It is useful at this point to consider political realities in contemporary Iraq. Even though elections were held in December 2005, and a new government with a four-year lifespan has been formed, albeit somewhat belatedly, the political structure and characteristics of Iraq are far from what the US administration would deem to be in keeping with an ‘ideal’ model.

The first hope of the ‘ideal’ model was that Iraq would be a bastion of secular democracy. This has clearly not happened. Even if it is accepted that Iraq is on the pathway to becoming democratic in a Western sense (and this is a big assumption), the most influential political group in Iraq are those who identify themselves as Shi’a Muslims, who follow one of several religiously based political parties.

The second hope, even expectation, of the US was that Iraq would be united by a strong and vibrant sense of Iraqi nationalism. Whether Arab Sunni, Arab Shi’a, Turkmen, Kurd or Assyrian, it was taken for granted that all would subscribe to a cohesive sense of Iraqi-ness. This did not happen. Instead, ethno-sectarian identities rapidly established themselves as the principal means of social organization and political mobilization. This fracturing of the political space in Iraq, combined with the chaotic devolution of power, opened up fissures which could be exploited by neighbouring powers and other formations such as Salafi-Jihadi militants. In this complex environment, Iran and other states would find it easy to create networks of patronage and build a portfolio of locally effective parties, militias, and organizations which could all be influenced to act in their interests.

The third hope was that the emergence of a democratic Iraq would take place relatively quickly. Over three years after the removal of the Ba’th regime from power, it is clear that Iraq is far from stable and will almost certainly require the MNF to remain for some time in order to prevent absolute collapse, possible fragmentation, and the continuing strengthening of the forces of radical
Islamism deemed inimical to US interests.

The great problem facing the US is that Iran has superseded it as the most influential power in Iraq. This influence has a variety of forms but all can be turned against the US presence in Iraq with relative ease, and almost certainly would heighten US casualties to the point where a continued presence might not be tenable. Sources in Iraq are already warning that the major cities (including Basra and Baghdad) have witnessed a rise in the activities of Iranian paramilitary units and the recent bout of violence and instability in Basra is now considered to be a small display of what would happen if Iran itself was targeted.

You can say many, many, bad things about Saddam Hussein, but one thing you could not say is that he was an ally of Iran. By their incomprehensibly stupid invasion of the nation they have managed to create a gigantic, chaotic place that is going to go from a check on Iranian power to an ally; as well as handcuff the flexibility of any military response being a real threat.

Now, thanks to Bush -- and no matter how much Bill Kristol masturbates to the prospect, taking military action against Iran will be an unmitigated disaster for the American military.

Bush may not realize it (which is quite frightening) but he has managed to put us in a fucking box full of scorpions with no real method of escape without getting stung...and if he follows his puny heart and operates against Iran, thousands more American troops will be stung to death.


The Right-Wing just cannot help themselves as frothing, FROTHING, over Anna Diggs Taylor being on the board of an organization which gave money to the ACLU.

How dare she have such an indirect conflict of interest! Even if it isn't!

Granted it isn't nearly as bad as these conflicts, which are not considered conflicts of interest:

A Supreme Court justice's son working for the firm representing the guy who ultimately prevails before the Supreme Court over a contested election (with his Dad voting in the majority) and then gets himself appointed to the No. 3 job at the Department of Labor.

Or another Supreme Court justice's wife working for the potential "transitition team" which will pick the members of the new administration -- which occurs after her husband the Supreme Court justice sides with her "team".

Or, your hunting buddy has a case coming before the Supreme Court, but you can simply say you have no conflict...quack quack quack.

"Macaca, that's a good one, heh heh heh"

Bush assisting political suiciders:

President Bush has no qualms about raising campaign cash for Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) despite the Republican's widely assailed quip in which he called a rival campaign worker of Indian descent a "macaca."

I have to say, no matter how often I see it, I giggle everytime I see the name of Allen's campaign manager Dick Wadhams. Although I am angry that someone actually has my "porn name".

I Await Howard Fineman's declaration...

That, like the standards Howie the Ho applies to Democrats, the GOP is in the midst of a "Civil War"

Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski, whose perceived missteps over the past four years have turned him into one of the most unpopular governors in state history, soundly lost his bid for re-election after finishing last in a hotly contested three-way race for the Republican nomination.

With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Sarah Palin, a former Wasilla mayor, won the GOP nod with 51 percent of the vote. Former state legislator John Binkley came in second with 30 percent. Murkowski polled just 19 percent.

Murkowski shook Palin's hand in the middle of a crowd of her supporters, all waving signs. "Congratulations, you've got my support. I'll do everything to see that you're elected," Murkowski told her.

At least, Murkowski possesses the class Joe Lieberman lacks.

I'm betting Howie says fact, I bet he says nothing even when and if Lincoln Chaffee or Rhode Island is defeated in the Republican Primary on September 12.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bush and his National Security Team meet at the Crawford Ranch

And thus endeth my Bush fart jokes.

The GOP campaign the next 10 weeks

August 21, 2006: boo!

August 28, 2006: Boo!

September 5, 2006: BOO!

September 12, 2006: BOO!

September 19, 2006: BOO!

Sept-October, 2006: BOO!!

November 2006: BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


"War is not a time of joy. These are challenging times, and they're difficult times, and they're straining the psyche of our country. I understand that. You know, nobody likes to see innocent people die. Nobody wants to turn on their TV on a daily basis and see havoc wrought by terrorists."

"Now, pull my finger. Pull it!"
(AFP/Paul J. Richards)

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

"Awe, Helen, you really let one go there."

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

"Memo to Self"

(AFP/Paul J. Richards)
"Don't say these aren't times of joy and then make fun of some dudes seersucker suit. It'll bite you in the ass. Might make 'em ask hard qweschen"

"These aren't joyous times," Bush said, reflecting on the situation in Iraq. "These are challenging times. And they're difficult times. And they're straining the -- the psyche of our country. I understand that."

And yet Bush found plenty of time to poke fun at members of the press corps.

The prime object of his teasing was seersucker-clad Cox News Service reporter Ken Herman, who has covered Bush since they both worked in Texas.

But Herman returned the favor with a grilling:

"A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn't gone in. How do you square all of that?" Herman asked, when his turn came around.

Bush: "I square it because imagine a world in which you had Saddam Hussein, who had the capacity to make a weapon of mass destruction, who was paying suiciders to kill innocent life, who had relations with Zarqawi. Imagine what the world would be like with him in power. The idea is to try to help change the Middle East. . . .

"You know, I've heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived and -- you know, the stir-up-the-hornet's- nest theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were. . . . "

Herman: "What did Iraq have to do with that?"

Bush: "What did Iraq have to do with what?"

Herman: "The attacks upon the World Trade Center?"

Bush: "Nothing.
Except for it's part of -- and nobody's ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- Iraq -- the lesson of September the 11th is: Take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. . . .

"I fully believe it was the right decision to remove Saddam Hussein, and I fully believe the world is better off without him. Now the question is: How do we succeed in Iraq?"

Thank God the Bush Twins are doing their part in the "War on Terror"

REUTERS/Steve Marcus

"Funny, I haven't gotten laid either."

(AFP/Getty Images/File/Ethan Miller)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Your President

Your so-called "War" President:

He loves to cuss, gets a jolly when a mountain biker wipes out trying to keep up with him, and now we're learning that the first frat boy loves flatulence jokes. A top insider let that slip when explaining why President Bush is paranoid around women, always worried about his behavior. But he's still a funny, earthy guy who, for example, can't get enough of fart jokes. He's also known to cut a few for laughs, especially when greeting new young aides, but forget about getting people to gas about that.

If the DNC doesn't IMMEDIATELY start running fucking advertisements on this Exchange

There will be HELL TO PAY!

Question: "But what did Iraq have to do with September 11th?"

Bush: "Nothing."


While the pundicracy has had it's cynical giggles at a split in the Democratic attitudes towards Iraq, also known as Joe Lieberman versus Sanity, how much note will be taken of the obvious split on Iraq between the GOP's self-described purveyor's of non-spin McCain versus Hegel?

Furthermore, it is obvious that after mocking, haranguing and praying that we on the left who decried this disaster before it ever started, sentient conservatives are having a moment of their own:

Although, I disagree with the remedy of Rick Moran, I at least give him credit for understanding that the Administration has been lying to all of us for years about a war (as opposed to a blowjob):

For if there is a victory to be had in Iraq – and one can just barely make one out in the distance amidst the blood and ruin – it will take courage on the part of the President to confront these problems and do what is necessary in order to reverse course. And this will entail both risks and probably a larger casualty count among Americans fighting there.

Yes we need more troops – a lot more at least temporarily. Order must be brought to Baghdad and its environs and to do that we would need, according to General Trainor, is perhaps as many as 50,000 more Americans to both police the area and ferret out insurgents and the death squads.

For that to happen, the President would have to admit he and Donald Rumsfeld have been wrong all along and that in order to achieve stability, the additional troops must be sent. It is of the utmost distress to me that this President has failed to take responsibility for past mistakes and admitted to error in prosecuting the war. The grudging admissions of mistakes just isn’t getting it done. If he is serious about winning in Iraq (and he has called Iraq the “frontline” in the war on terror”) then he is going to have to go before the American people and explain why additional troops are necessary.

Yes I can understand why he has not admitted past mistakes and errors. The political climate wouldn’t give him “credit” for doing so. The situation in Iraq has gone far beyond the politics of the moment and now engages the future security of the United States. If he can’t be a man and take the inevitable finger pointing and name calling, then all hope is lost and we should start bringing the troops home now. The whispers in Washington that the President wishes to simply “hang on” in Iraq and leave the denouement to his successor is possibly the most immoral, cynical thing I’ve ever heard – which leads me to believe that it is not true. But it is equally immoral to simply apply more of the same prescriptions to a war that is now clearly out of control. Drastic changes are necessary. And if the President is not willing to apply them whether out of fear of the political consequences to his presidency or the Republican party, then he doesn’t deserve to sit in the big chair.

I bolded one part of this because, frankly, if one doesn't think at this point that Bush, Cheney and Rove are not capable of immoral cynicism, there's little hope you'll ever believe such a thing is possible.

They lied to get us into this war, using the highest level of immoral cynicism possible, they've continued it throughout. By this time you really have only two choices about Bush, he's either barely smart enough to breathe, or he is just as immoral and cynical as Rove, Cheney and Rumsfeld (for whom you do not have the option of stupidity, they're just patently immoral).

The solution to Iraq is not more troops, the actual solution set sail in the Spring of 2003 when we gave it up to allow flightsuit photo ops. Now it is just a parade of horribles. They either fuck themselves and us over now; or they fuck themselves and us over after several hundred more Americans die and billions more are wasted in costs several months down the line. In my opinion, we might as well get the Iranian's best price on the giant embassy, or they'll get it for free in a few years anyway.

A Romantic evening with Joe Lieberman

I love you Hadassah, can we play our usual?
(AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)

Pull it, pull it! Pull It!
(AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)

(AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)

Thanks you're a zeeskyte.
(AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)

The Bush Line-Up

9 Catchers, and they all passed balls.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Sunday, August 20, 2006

You Got Served

Old President Havegot (as in "what the people have got to understand") got served last week by a cranky district court judge in the Sixth Circuit and the MSM and even the blogosphere is all atwitter with the flaws in the court's opinion. Greenwald has spent probably every waking minute the last few days explaining his argument that even though the reasoning may leave much to be desired, it is the outcome itself that is important. The fact that the right wing blogosphere responded by calling names instead of analyzing the decision says a lot about how scared they are. Whatever. All I can say is that it must have felt really good to bitch-slap the administration.

Besides, the question I am really interested in is the general make-up and disposition of the Sixth Circuit. If the case landed in the Eight Circuit I wouldn't be so sanguine about how the case would finally resolve even though this one undoubtedly lands in the You-Nita States Supreme Court.


I subscribe to only a few publications, most of which with I can't keep current because of work, the active lives of 13 and 9 year-old boys, obsessively reading blogs of great writers (Digby, Billmon, atrios (when he decides to really write), and on and on, but the one publication I renew time and again is the New Yorker. It is reliable because of writers like Hertzberg, Hersh, Goldberg, Gladwell, and, Mayer, to name a few. Here is part of Hertzberg's recent contribution to The Talk of the Town on THE debacle:

On February 27, 1968, Walter Cronkite, the longtime anchorman of the CBS Evening News and the gruff but kindly voice of what was then called Middle America, signed off his broadcast on an unusual note. Freshly returned from Vietnam, where the Tet offensive had just ended, Cronkite offered what he called “an analysis that must be speculative, personal, subjective.” “We have too often been disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds,” he said. “To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic yet unsatisfactory conclusion.” Like the famous issue of Life devoted to photographs of a week’s worth of American dead, Cronkite’s polite demurral came to symbolize the long migration of opposition to the war in Vietnam from the fringe—the campus firebrands, the radical clerics, the flowers-in-gun-barrels hippies, the papier-mâché puppeteers—to the wide, upholstered center of American political life.

The center of American politics is no longer as roomy (or as comfy) as it was then. The fringe, now luxuriant only at the rightmost edge of the political prayer rug, has gone online and wired itself for AM radio and cable TV. And nowhere in the cacophonous, atomized “media environment” of today is there anyone capable of deploying the wall-to-wall avuncular authority that was Cronkite’s stock-in-trade. Even so, in this August of 2006 a palpable, ’68-like shift in sentiment is in the steamy air. Among foreign-policy élites and the broader public alike, it has become the preponderant conviction that George W. Bush’s war of choice in Iraq is a catastrophe.

“It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq,” Thomas L. Friedman wrote, in the August 4th edition of the Times. “We are baby-sitting a civil war.” Friedman may not be another Walter Lippmann (just as any number of Stewarts, Olbermanns, O’Reillys, and Coopers don’t quite add up to a Cronkite), but he is the most influential foreign-affairs columnist in the country, and from the beginning he has been a critical supporter of the war. His defection is a bellwether. “The Administration now has to admit what anyone—including myself—who believed in the importance of getting Iraq right has to admit,” he wrote. “Whether for Bush reasons or Arab reasons, it is not happening, and we can’t throw more good lives after good lives.” In a Washington Post column a day earlier, the relentlessly centrist David S. Broder, citing his colleague Thomas E. Ricks’s new book, “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” admitted that “the hope for victory is gone” and deplored “the answer from Bush,” which he characterized this way: “Carry on. Do not waver. And do not question the logic of prolonging the agony.”

The dude can just write. The whole thing really is worth the read so hop on over.

Ruining The Whole World

Attaturk posts below to a perfect example of what a war monger says to a room full of sheep and it is disgusting (what Rove said, not what Attaturk said). In today's Los Angeles Times appears a report about just how divided is the country we have "LIBERATED":

Travel west across the river to the Sunni neighborhood of Amiriya and listen to Fatima Omar: "I have a best friend who's leaving the country in six or seven weeks, and I can't go visit her because she lives in a Shiite neighborhood."

With each explosion, with each firefight, Omar's geography shrinks.

"We are prisoners of the city," she said.

Conditions that lead Pentagon generals to say civil war is close are already polarizing many neighborhoods. Although Shiites and Sunnis still live side by side in some places, about 200,000 Iraqis, most of them from Baghdad, have left their mixed neighborhoods and taken refuge in communities where they can live among their own. In July, the Baghdad morgue reported more than 1,800 violent deaths.

Real fucking funny, isn't it? So funny I forgot to laugh.


They'd make great Nazis.

Rove was speaking to the Associated Republicans of Texas, and ticket prices started at $200. He was not in the Renaissance Hotel lobby during the reception.

"I want him arrested. He planned the war that killed my son," Sheehan told officers guarding the door. Sheehan's oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Police then ordered the group to leave, but some protesters had paid for rooms for the night. Those protesters went upstairs, including Sheehan.

One protester slipped inside the ballroom during the dinner but was escorted out after shouting about men and women dying, the Austin American-Statesman reported in its Sunday editions.

"Pat, did you get her check before she left?" Rove quipped to the GOP group's executive director, Pat Robbins, as the crowd of 300 laughed, the newspaper reported.

"I don't question the patriotism of our critics. Many are hardworking public servants who are doing the best they can. Some of them are people looking for a free meal," Rove said, drawing more laughs.

And Karl Rove is a scum-sucking bastard who cheerleaded on an illegal war that has killed tens of thousands of people and which harmed every fucking thing it could, including this nation's long-term and short-term interests...all in the name of getting a moron reelected President.

Who's getting a fuckin' free lunch here?


You've dealt with this moron for six years and now YOU feel betrayed?

The alliance between George Bush and Tony Blair is in danger after it was revealed that the Prime Minister believes the President has 'let him down badly' over the Middle East crisis.

A senior Downing Street source said that, privately, Mr Blair broadly agrees with John Prescott, who said Mr Bush's record on the issue was 'crap'.

The source said: "We all feel badly let down by Bush. We thought we had persuaded him to take the Israel-Palestine situation seriously, but we were wrong. How can anyone have faith in a man of such low intellect?"

Whose the bigger moron, the moron or the moron who follows the moron?

Yip, Yip!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

What is Bush's nickname for Mike Allen?

I'm guessing "Slurpee"

There are key differences between the two, though. Allen, 54, is three inches taller and six years younger than the president. And where Bob Woodward found that Bush could give detail-rich answers to scores of complex questions at a stretch, Allen embarrassed himself in January by replying "For what?" when a New York Times reporter asked his opinion of the nomination of Ben S. Bernanke, which had been announced three months before and was coming to a Senate vote. (Hint: His predecessor was Alan Greenspan.)

Was Allen awake for that monstrosity of press conference Bush had yesterday? Bush can't give detail-rich answers in describing the difference between a 'Mounds' and an 'Almond Joy'. One cannot assert George Allen's stupidity by saying Bush is smart (especially using court stenographer Bob Woodward), you say it by saying he's even DUMBER than George Bush. Which leads you to be aware that the guy probably isn't safe from choking on pudding.

The fact this Mike Allen keeps his job is Exhibit A that the corporate press is slowly killing this country.

Violating the Mann Act

Pam and her liquid-fun bags hijack an airplane.

Samuel L. Jackson:

Get this motherfucking nutjob off this mother fucking plane!

Thanks to Sadly No.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Other than Zombie Lincoln, Zombie Theodore Roosevelt or Zombie Eisenhower

There is only one Republican I can stomach at the moment, not that I'd vote for him - but at least Hegel seems to actually be in pain, an actual "straight-talker"?

Gas prices, drought, war.

Iraq, Lebanon, terrorists, the plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic.

Nebraskans with questions on their minds.

Hagel with direct answers.

“There were no terrorists in Iraq until we got there.”

“War should never be held hostage to a political agenda. It shouldn’t be used as a partisan issue, a wedge issue, especially by those in my party who say Democrats don’t care about the security of our country.”

“I think the Patriot Act had gone too far (and needed to be amended) to balance constitutional liberties and security.”...

...Yes, Hagel acknowledges, his critiques of Bush administration policies in the Middle East probably are becoming increasingly blunt.

Does that reflect anger?

“I am very frustrated,” he answers, leaning forward in his seat to talk over the sound of the two engines rushing him toward the Sioux City airport.

“I see policies that clearly are not in the long-term interests of the country, policies that are damaging this country.

“We’re going to pay a price.”

Sure, Hagel says, “I’m not unaware that when I challenge the president, I’m politically outside the mainstream of my political party. I have angered some people.

“Yes, it will have an effect on my future. I’m not bothered by it.”...

...Hagel is annoyed by those in his party who choose to use the war for partisan advantage.

That’s “cheap political rhetoric,” he says.

“At least as many Democrats have died in Iraq as Republicans.”

Funny how that works

The Doughy Pantload quite the logical thinker, as we all know.

Which explains why he can post stuff like this:

Book Recko [Jonah Goldberg]
I mentioned it in my column today , but I really do recommend Jeffrey Herf's The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust. So many books on Nazism come out every year and get lost in the maw. This is an important, imaginative and novel piece of scholarship. And, unlike his Reactionary Modernism, it's very easy reading.

Posted at 10:49 AM

I've actually read Herf's book and it goes into great detail about how deeply and illogically the Nazi's truly believed "the jews" controlled everything and how the propoganda got notched up the more imperiled the Nazi regime was [and one might then note how deeply that propoganda could be absorbed into the marrow by a great number of ordinary Germans per Daniel Goldhagen].

But what is amazing is that Goldberg then takes this right to the illogical hatred of Jews in Iran -- which is not an inappropriate argument about Ahmadinejad.


Pantload cannot seem to see the pattern of broad-brushing, illogical castigation against "Muslims" or the "Arab World" in his constant searching of analogies that is supposed to demonstrate the need to kill us some more islamofacists to scare the rest of the arab street straight because of the size of our mighty tallywackers. He is exactly the same tool the Nazi's used to castigate and vilify a broad swatch of people, this time Muslims or Arabs. In form, there isn't all that much separating Ahmadinejad's bigotry and the Pantload's.

or example, here, here, and here.

It also doesn't take a hell of a lot of observance to note that everytime the GOP seems politically imperiled the "evil islamofascist terrorist" seems to make a cameo appearance and dominate the propoganda posing as cable news for several days afterwards. Does anyone doubt that after going literally 2 years without these sort of "high alert" warnings, suddenly ten weeks before the election they start off again.

Anybody want to predict when between mid-October and November 7, Osama will be suddenly showing up with his latest finger waving diatribe?

No More JonBenet

Flame on...

Ok, stop it, don't, enough already, quit, stop damn it, no more, For God's sake, arrrghhhhh -- I have officially had enough of the witless media gourging itself on faux or sort of real (not to even begin with the real at the moment) celebrity crime cases. I always thought that the JonBenet case was among the worst of these mindless enterprises that the media love so much yet accomplish no improvement for the planet.

The media seemed to love this case to such a degree I began to wonder about the minds of the suits who would rearrange the schedules of programing and news to make room for this garbage.

No, do not think me a heartless bastard -- I thought the crime was as hideous and disgusting as anyone else -- but I saw and continue to see no reason to gear up the media hype machine again. A crime did occur. A tragedy was perpetrated on a little girl. The family was strange. But let's not engross ourselves with this prurient sick reporting again. Not when little girls all around the planet are dying because of a worthless executive (no offense to real executives) who is kind of, sort of running the ship of state in the ol' USA of these days. Not with so many children homeless.

Can't we focus on something with more substance. A story that has clear and direct consequences for our everyday lives? No, I suppose not. Because to do otherwise would mean that the media would have to work and not just rehash old stories. We would need real reporters who did not simply repeat lines that the misadministration gave them but true investigative reporting where you assume that everyone is holding out important information on you.

Where are those reporters? They are few and far far between at best, aren't they?

What was I thinking?

Flame off...

About that "hero" suing Murtha

It was going to be tossed in any case, but ooooooooh how the freeptonians came in their underoos about the matter.

But no matter how much you moisten and then apoxy yourself to the scipt "S" in your 'Superman' 54-waisted undies with your noxious premature, Coulter-fantasizing, premature emissions, you will not be able to get around this problem:

A high-level military investigation into the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha last November has uncovered instances in which American marines involved in the episode appear to have destroyed or withheld evidence, according to two Defense Department officials briefed on the case.

The investigation found that an official company logbook of the unit involved had been tampered with and that an incriminating video taken by an aerial drone the day of the killings was not given to investigators until Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the second-ranking commander in Iraq, intervened, the officials said...

...the logbook, which was meant to be a daily record of major incidents the marines’ company encountered, had all the pages missing for Nov. 19, the day of the killings, and that those portions had not been found, the officials said.

No conclusions are drawn about who may have tampered with the log. But the report says that Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the leader of the squad involved in the killings, was on duty at the unit’s operations center, where the logbook was kept, shortly after the killings occurred, the officials said.

Ah, sigh...(to the Love Boat theme)

Lies, repeated anew,
Come aboard.
We're deceiving you.
Lies, a freeper's usual game.
Let them flow,
The press will listen to you

The Swift Boat
soon will be making another run.
The Swift Boat promises wanking for everyone.
See a creep all a fester,
The mind on a new campaign.

Clear lies still hurt liberals more
With a creepy smile, from a crushing bore.

It's Swift!
Oh Jesus again, their swiiiiiiiift!

Fez Tip to TBogg on the story.

Now that's an old school 'Rally'

"Thank you fellow patriots, fellow survivalists, bunker aficionados, gun lovers, and white supremicists. Or as I like to call you, my base. Mwafa mofar ma har ha marful."

(AP Photo/Troy Maben)

I'm boldly taking a good helmsman

Real Dolls, the Next Generation!

(AFP/Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

Full-Scale Sectarian Violence

I think John at AmericaBlog asks the legitimate question of what possibly separates 'full-scale sectarian violence' from 'Civil War'?

The blast was the latest of several recent attacks in the district, a densely populated area controlled by the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia loyal to the cleric Moktada al-Sadr. It signaled that full-scale sectarian fighting was continuing in the capital despite the extra American troops deployed there.

Ah, the difference it makes:

Thursday, August 17, 2006

That's more like it

I sure do like seeing pictures of emails like this:

There's more from that bitter old bastard that I've come to really enjoy Jack Cafferty.

Best. Video. Ever.

And the song is pretty good too.

You all must see this video by Ok Go.

What do you all think?

Middle of the Middle East

To my mind, the mess that we have seen recently -- and is ever ongoing -- reflects what we've seen in mid-Atlantic collegial culture suddenly going uncritically pro-Palestinian and in some individuals unnervingly so. The truth lies not in one extreme position or the other. And whatever one's views of the state of Israel and what's been occurred in Syria, Lebanon, or for that matter Jordan, it is rather ominous that we are given a binary view -- support or criticize -- as if there are no other options, as if the situation and history provides such a simplistic and stark choice.

This is especially tricky when we consider that this thinking continues despite more than fifty years of counterinsurgency in Israel. Until recently, we seemed to be locked into a kind of perpetuating anti-Palestinian sentiment in North America as one does not hear from those living in Israel including career military who might shed some context on the war (not that Iraq war, the newer one).

Regional pacificism would be nice but as Gandhi pointed out, it relies on clear and accountable civil institutions led by laws/courts. Hmmm... that is clearly missing. And Gitmo-crazed American leaders (so-called) have no leg to stand on here. Clearly.

The majority of Islamic leaders and Muslims abroad have certainly condemned terrorism. It is less clear as to whether our so-called international "community" has condemned actions taken that have aggravated relations with legitimate and peaceful Islamic states and organizations. Think it through: How many Islamic heads of state favor radical groups engaged in terrorism? How does one eradicate such movements without creating martyrs to assorted extremist causes?

The bobble-heads on the right want Islamic leaders to do what they say rather than work behind the scenes in difficult cultural times. How do you tear down extremists without bringing them more sympathy and support? This is especially true in many countries where support of extremist religious and social groups have helped aristocratic families or politicains maintain their control (read: Egypt and Saudi Arabia as two examples).

Added to this is the Right-Wingers in the United States and England screaming about suicide bombers... like it or not, they are a reflection of the intelligence and surveillance build up in Israel, technologies and techniques much marketed abroad. Sri Lanka, a purchaser of this expertise has had almost 300 incidents involving suicide bombers. Expertise, alas, was sold to the Sri Lankan state as well as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Suddenly, the spectre of suicide bombers, as the only remaining means to bring a dispute to the doorstep of politicians or otherwise make one's point plainly. I wish this had been more discussion and less support of state sponsored violence in Sri Lanka from the late 1980s. Then maybe the situation there would not be written with so much blood.

Terrorist organisations of the lunatic fringe are indeed USING religion, their adherents are not Muslims. They are picking and choosing from the Koran and the Sunnah. They do however (and unfortunately) prey upon situations marked by despair, a perceived lack of alternatives, low opportuntiies and the pathology of waiting that never seems agreeable to human beings.

If one examines one historical sitaution or another, and the balm of streamlined ideologies, anti-American statements become clearer. What is an Afghan having suffered under the Taliban, then blasted anew by the present campaign, meant to think of their situation? When we remember that the individual has earlier toughed out the Soviet campaign and quite probably lost every scrap of property built up over generations.

I suppose we are all trying to figure out the future of the Middle East. But we have to be far more careful than the 'wingers, faux newsies, and one-book (ghost written, of course) experts and contemplate just what impression should leaders in Islamic countries or anyone else gain from foreign policy decisions of the last few years? As for the narrow, anti-Western minority, just what should such persons make of what appears in the global media depicting the glorious and powerful West? What to do, as in Sudan of yesteryear, when US corporations overstayed their leases? Even after they were asked to leave.


The Wake-Up Wal-Mart bus tour rolls across Iowa and what do I see? Two Senators who supported anti-consumer bankruptcy legislation looking at me.

Organizers have planned events with Gov. Tom Vilsack, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

For a refresher on what a piece of shit this bill was and is see this diary from dkos.

They want to be president, they should not be let-off the hook. Hold them accountable.

"Hey there little Amish boy..."

"Ever seen a zipper?"

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

All good streaks come to an end...

Revolutionary War gave us Washington;

Civil War gave us Lincoln;

The Progressive Era gave us Theodore Roosevelt;

The Depression & WWII gave us Franklin Roosevelt;

The Cold War gave us Truman;

9/11 gave us...take your pick...

Well, it was good while it lasted.