Monday, August 29, 2005

The Abyss Calls

Unbelievably great writing from Tom Watson:

The symbols have never been more stark: no screenwriter (even those who write farces) could have sold such a script in 2000, before the national election was pickpocketed by James Baker. Too unbelievable. A blithe, play-acting President on a bicycle on the ranch, under siege from a growing camp of aggrieved Americans while the finest, middle class youth of the nation is bled white thousands of miles away in the midst of a religious civil war triggered by the United States - with no hope of victory, no hope of Jeffersonian democracy, no hope for honor. Yes, this does sound like 1968 - minus the bicycle, and with lower approval ratings and a more mainstream opposition.

Yet, of course, the toothless, political cowardice of the Democrats must not slip away into the night of history. Particularly in this Congress, lockstep support for national security in the "time of war" has given the Administration the social checkbook it needs to write the bills for this war. Far too many Democrats went along for the ride, bought too easily into the argument that everything is different after 9-11. They missed the fact that one thing didn't change, despite the panic of the President and his little yelping terriers: we still have some national character in this country, we can't be sold a bill of goods forever, we know when to hold 'em and to fold 'em.

And folks, it's time to fold 'em. When the argument for continuing war is to merely to honor the dead that have gone before with more dead, with more wounded, with more destruction, you know the jig is up, that the military maneuver is merely in the form of a forlorn hope, destined to die for nothing. The Iraqi civil war will rage until there is no Iraq. There never was an Iraq, except as the construct of an empire and a dictator; we had no business in the squabbles of religious tribes. And we have no business in helping to write a consitution that places the lives of women at the mercy of a medieval code of sexist, moralist, symbolist humiliation and punishment. Conspiring with the mullahs against women may be George W. Bush's greatest act of treason against the world's people - and it will live in infamy.

There is nothing to this but to admit failure, and save American lives. Perhaps that is not honorable. Perhaps it leaves a vaccuum in the east, into which the hard-core religionists can step. To bad: it is done. And we need to be done.

Here's the thing I don't get about Bush's true believers: What happens when he's done with you? If you have value as Colin Powell or George Tenet did, he used them to get what he wanted and then they're gone when that value has been spent. You could say they got rewards, but really, ask yourself if you as a true believer--or not--have put value on their integrity and credibility. Was it more before they left or more today? He's done with them. He'll get a new one, use them, and burn them when it furthers his purpose (or whim). Just like you.

He's got his second term now. There is no one to please except himself, which is probably why he's back to vacationing. Republicans dominate the government as never before in this century. Where is the agenda? What about smaller government? I've had years of hearing the republican yammering against those libruls and their so called agenda. Well OK then. You're running the place now. The biggest answer seems to be hugely expensive micro-managing of the public schools. If you ask me, nothing smacks more of liberalism than No Child Left Behind, a big budget Federal mandate. Oh I forgot, it's only a liberal program when somebody else gets the benefits.

But that's where we are today, bleeding heart conservatives wanting to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on rebuilding other countries into peaceful muslim theocracies. The old people have become the new hippies. Free drugs (now Lipitor and Viagra), freedom at any price (well, sort of, we'll settle), "hey it's just money, man" deficit spending. And if you oppose the war, well "hey man, you're sending all this negative energy man, like, over to the other side - OK - and like they can pick up this energy and use it agains us man, it's not cool man." Really. What party is wearing the rose colored glasses now?

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Time to Get Rude

As in time to read more of the Rude Pundit. Please check him out. Here's a recent bit that had me howling as usual:
See, when Bush speaks, it's like watching the President of another country talk. "God," we think, in ever-increasing, staggeringly large, impeachment supportable numbers, "what a happy nation that man lives in; god, how we wish we lived there; oh, fuck, he's talkin' about here; oh, fuck me, we're fucked." When Bush talked briefly to reporters yesterday in his Idaho vacation away from his vacation "ranch," it was all jovial shit about how super-duper wonderful Iraq is in its splendiferous shiny new pseudo-Constitution; how, despite every bit of evidence to the contrary, he could say, "The fact that Iraq will have a democratic constitution that honors women's rights, the rights of minorities, is going to be an important change in the broader Middle East." Despite news reports that very day saying how the Sunnis have been excluded from the process, despite the outcry of Iraqi women, it's all great, greater, bestest.
Now read the whole thing. Hilarious.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Future of CNN

CNN 2010:


Need Proof? I mean, besides missing blondes getting hundreds of hours and the veterans missing limbs getting, oh, jack squat.

We used to get news from actual journalists and reporters. David Brinkley even wrote his own copy. Such was the reserve of credibility that the networks have been mining ever since.



Then we had infotainment--the evening news magazines--we all know what that looks like. It's popular, it's exciting. What if we bring that sexy, jazzed up stuff to the news? Well as in lot's of things, other countries sometimes try it out before we do--so have a look at Primer Impacto, the spanish language CNN that we almost look like today.



Mmmmm. That's good looking news about Tumba de Concreto. Must...change...channel...No...must...watch.



Hay, me gusto mucho las anchorettas bonitas! So you just know it's where were going because CNN is already robbing the cradle for cuter and younger anchorettas. This next one is real:



I'm writing a anchorette interview bot. It's real easy to write programs that form a continuous loop. I think it's something like:

while listening = true;
{"We show you salacious crap because you keep watching it, so we can't show you hard news because then you'd turn it off and watch porn, so we HAVE to show you porno news because otherwise the public would not get their news because we can't show it and it's our responsibility to show it because Americans trust us as their news source and we can't let them down and so" //repeats indefinitely
}

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Iraq, Another Glorious Victory for Democracy



Guest Post by conservative columnist Clint Barkinmad of the Daily Times-Dispatch

FOLKSTOWN, USA: Yessir, the values we hold so dear in this special heartland in the U. S. of A. are a spreadin' worldwide! Countries I can barely pronounce, like Rwanda and some o' them Russky states are all votin' up a storm. I hear lately about votin' in Iran too, so folks round here ain't cottonin' to that ole Cindy She-man story sayin' that her boy done died for nothin. Not if you call votin in Iran and Iraq nothin by George! Thats a goodn!

So now the latest news that we're a sposed to be unhappy about cordin' to some liberal talkin heads. Some Iraqi doctor lady that called our President "my Liberator" is now turnin her back on Iraq and skedaddlin on outa there. Well zipiti-do-dah! What's her lil ole problem?

"This is the future of the new Iraqi government - it will be in the hands of the clerics"


Well my oh my. Guess she hasn't been applyin for no buildin permit round here recently, them clerics down at the commission really are a pain in the patootie but you don't see us runnin off ta Canada do ya? (hehe) Look, I'm no saint, but if we gotta deal with them church fellers runnin the country over here, then it ain't gonna be much different over there ya gotta figure. I got no problem with that. Been a christian all mah life, tell you whut. An if you ain't a christian, well then son, lemme clue you in. Better get with the program.

Now don't get all upset and get me wrong on this here issue. Our under God government ain't out to hurt you if you ain't a christian, but on the other hand, you don't build your house where the new roads goin if you see what I mean. Pat Robertson called for the assassination of some ole President down south of the border there just for even thinkin a crossin us, so I'd advise all you disagreeable types to start agreein mighty quick.

Well, gotta run. That dang ole rooster got himself in a twist again out there in the field.

(Clint Barkinmad 57, is a long haul trucker on permanent disability who lives just outside Folkstown where he looks after his mom, her chickens and runs a "Draft Hillary--for Iraq" club which meets at Red's Billiards just outside of town on Rt 46. A portion of his Social Security income goes to the Club for Growth to support efforts to shut down Social Security. He is a fervent christian who believes prostitution should be legal "Mary Magdalene was a whore and she was holy", enjoys taunting people who read books or magazines at the diner. His favorite show is Foxnews and his favorite movie is "Butt Fuck Sluts Go Nuts #46").

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Christianity, New and Improved! Assassinations A.O.K.




Oh yes, Pat Robertson, soul of Country Buffet Christianity (gorge on deep-fried scapegoat with rich and tangy vengeance sauce!) is publicly for assassination when money is possibly at stake. Here he is, in his Christian glory, calling for the pre-emptive assassination of Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, before he can threaten the Venezuelan supply of oil
to the U.S.

You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.



Well, isn't that special! Jesus as an economic mercenary, a killer for money. And not in response to any action, before any action! When are we going to stop referring to these people as Christians? Because I don't believe it's Christian to murder someone because they have more beanies than you and you want them.



Via Media Matters, watch the video

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Meet The New Science -- No Science Involved!



So the NYT publishes an article about Intelligent Design saying how much money has been spent on funding 'science' research.
"$792,585 financed laboratory or field research in biology, paleontology or biophysics, while $93,828 helped graduate students in paleontology, linguistics, history and philosophy"
Now that's a fair amount of money. One would reasonably expect some actual 'science' to be performed with those funds, would they not? Well, the money went somewhere, but as anyone can find out for themselves, not one scientific paper has been written. (Click here to read the whole article and find out how to confirm this.)

In order for Intelligent Design (ID) to be considered a "scientific" theory one has to actually, you know, publish the science and have it peer reviewed by other scientists. So why is the MSM discussing ID as a scientific theory when, in reality, no actual science has ever been performed?

Don't miss the next Science issue of the New York Times, where an exciting discussion of the alternative theories of witchcraft and voodoo and why they should be taught in medical school. Disagree at y0ur own peril, you cultural elitist!

People used to think that thunder and lightening represented God's anger. Now we know it's just the weather. Does that weaken a person's faith? Is God somehow lessened by this substitution of science for God?

Executive Summary: All you really need to know about the ID/fundie folks is that science is an abomination until they need antibiotics.

"The creationists' fondness for "gaps" in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. Gaps, by default, are filled by God. You don't know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You don't understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent! Is photosynthesis a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please don't go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God. Dear scientist, don't work on your mysteries. Bring us your mysteries for we can use them. Don't squander precious ignorance by researching it away. Ignorance is God's gift to Kansas. "

Richard Dawkins, FRS.
Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, at Oxford University
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Taken from his essay
Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant


(More here)



Free 2002 Scientific American article in PDF

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Bush Air Reports Flawless Safety, Record Profits


Aug 18, 2005 Crawford, TX. "We are pleased to report a record of flawless safety and record profits" said G.W. Bush today, CEO of Bush Airways. While President Bush is not involved in the day to day operations of the airline, spending his time on vacation as President, he has handed over the operation of the airlines to longtime friend and supporter Orvis "Hooper" Carlysle.

Despite the stock sinking to record lows, the President remained upbeat. "Hooper tells me things could not be better, and I believe him." said President Bush.

There have been widely circulated reports that recent crashes have been due to cost cutting in the maintenance unit, which was apparently laid off last quarter and the pilot crews replaced by lower cost employees from Mexico. Randolph Likspittle, spokesman for the Airline, denied any such rumor. "That is a ridiculous statement, we have perfect safety record." Asked about a recent crash in Otter Creek, Randolph replied "that was not a crash, it was an unscheduled landing event at a non-prime location."

Several people injured and families of the dead involved in the unsheduled landing have filed suit for damages. "Micheal Moore and MoveOn.org are totally behind this effort, it's just another case of their usual partisan trickery." One of the mothers of the deceased, Casey Sheenan, was blasted by Bill O'Reilly when she appeared on the O'Reilly Factor last night. "You're nothing but an America-hating left-wing socialist bent on the destruction of the American airline industry!"

A senior airline industry spokesman who would not give his name stated that the use of mexican immigrant labor, trained in simulators for 3 weeks by Halliburton contractors was a novel and unproven approach to flight training. "Calling our pilots inexperienced and unable to communicate in English is a deplorable racist and class warfare tactic known to be used by the extreme left in this country" declared Mr. Likspittle.

Rescue workers were delayed getting to the "landing" site due to the lack of a mayday message coming from the plane. Repeated calls of "Hay, Dios Mio" went unheeded.

Bush Airways trades at $1.07.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Way I See It

Guest Post by conservative columnist Mike Rightsmith of the Plains Chronicle Journal

Freedom and Democracy are on the march! And boy is that expensive! Thank goodness we have decent Republicans around to print the free money to finance it! Republicans have taken on the thankless job of being the nation building policemen of freedom that they used to despise. But that was the pre-9/11 mindset. Today, they need our support. We know if there is going to be peace in the world it's up to Republicans to lead the way, by force if necessary. Cost is no object because hey, the intention is that it should cost less and that's what really matters. Only a terrorist sympathizer questions the motives of truth and goodness behind this global war.

And we will prevail! Success is all in how you look at it. How many car bombs did not go off today? A lot more didn't than did! And so the average car bomb to car not-bomb has dropped significantly! This is the kind of progress the Liberal media will not show on TV!

You tax and spend liberals all wanted to coddle the Arabs after 9/11. How predictable! The Republicans again showed the better way, rather than try to be all touchy-feely friendly with the Arabs, we would rebuild their whole damn country! For Free! Not one therapist in sight! And it won't cost the taxpayers one red cent because we don't raise taxes. On this point alone, Democrats will just never learn.

And to all the liberal whiners complaining about everything. Shut Up! You're not running the country, we are! If there is anything wrong, we get to say what it is, not you! And you know what? You're what's wrong! All you Micheal Moore, Ted Kennedy liberal types with your liberal ways are what brought this country down!

Your one world government plans are doomed, because while you liberals sip your lattes we are concentrating more power in the Executive branch. Your activist courts will be brought under the power of the people once again and our elected leaders will have the power to legislate and enforce law as the will of the people. The final solution being the single party domination of the all branches of government, and the ultimate power in the hands of the President of the global superpower U.S. of A.! At last, all power centralized on one office, enough to finally defeat the liberal dream of a all-powerful, world-dominating government!

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War as Bad Choice Does Not Equal Anti-Americanism

digby nails it again

Memo to those on the right who say the Left supports Islamic fundamentalists: we're the Godless Heathens, remember? We're against the religious zealots running governments across the board. Of course, that includes your "base" here in the US too so you'll have to pardon us for our consistency and ask yourselves why we find you incoherent on this matter.

We always understood that while deposing Saddam was easy, the risk of civil war or an Islamic theocracy were very high. We thought it might be worthwhile to wait for just a fucking minute to see how this little terrorism problem played out before jumping into the middle of the hornets nest and swinging wildly. So, please don't blame us. We don't like totalitarians. We don't like theocrats. And we understood that when you go mucking around in the middle east at the direction of con-men and ideologues, you are likely to fuck things up.

America isn't magic. The military does not have magical powers. We knew this. Michael Ledeen and his fanciful cohorts apparently didn't. Now they are blaming everybody --- and I mean everybody --- but themselves for the failure they have wrought.

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Monday, August 15, 2005

It's the Sound Bites Stupid!

Democrats know about the degradation of discourse into media sound bites. They've apparently just decided to remain the woe-is-me victims instead of just winning with it. Republicans craft their talking points with the adroitness of the best Madison Avenue advertising craftsmen. They're perfect little soap bubbles of thought--only enough substance to create a pretty appearance and delivered with the eau du Liberal French perfume that attracts and repulses them equally. They are waiting for the slightest touch to pop into nothingness. But no one is there to do it, except the Daily Show.

The president has noted many times on many occasions that he "thinks about Iraq every single day." What is his analysis then? What is the result of all that thinking? Can we at least get a peek into that daily process?

Isn't this a bloody obvious question? Please someone ask it so that I can see dear leader's brain-crash stare one more time.

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Talking Point: Resolve

Resolve is not defined as one's determination to gamble with other peoples money or lives at no cost to themselves. How far we've come from LBJ, who at least felt responsible and empathetic towards the soldiers he sent to die in a previously ill-conceived war. Gutless Wonder Bush won't even have his nap time interrupted for the war that is his own personal project. He's rested, tanned, and healthy.


I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy but that could change." .Governor George W. Bush, 5/22/98

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

How's that Conservative Agenda Going?

So, the Republicans have had a majority for how many years? And the House, Senate and White House all republican, all the time for how many years? So, when can we start asking, where's the beef? Where is the smaller, less intrusive, less expensive, better run, better financed government they were going to bring us? I'm all for conserviatism in government, but I don't see any of that happening. I just hear a lot of whining about about those Other People Not Acting Right. Other People are Poisoning the Culture. Families are Under Attack. Relentless Bombardment in the Media of Images, yadda yadda.

Look, don't ask me to have an iota of respect for your manhood or intellect if you can't tune out the media noise and run the bloody government. That's what you ran for office for, running the government, not yelping like a meth-stuffed poodle over every crappy movie, game, TV show or single-serving celebrity scandal. And that goes for unit-dosed missing white girls too. Ok, something happened to somebody. Delegate it! There's 300 million of us out here! Get back to work already!

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Just What Noble Cause Are They Dying For?

via Digby:

Cindy Sheehan:
I said I want the president to explain what was the noble cause that my son died in, because that's what he said the other day when those 14 marines were killed. He said their families can rest assured that their sons and daughters died for a noble cause. And I said, "What is that noble cause?"

Digby says:
It is not an academic exercise for her. She lost her son --- and she'd like to know why. Nobody can explain to her -- or to any of us --- why we invaded Iraq and why people are dying. They said it was to protect us -- but it wasn't a threat. Then they said it was to liberate the Iraqi people, but Saddam and his government are a memory and yet the Iraqi people are still fighting us and each other. Our invasion of iraq has inspired more terrorism, not less. Oil prices are higher than they've ever been. The country is swimming in debt. People are being killed and maimed with the regularity of the tides.

And everybody knows this. Deep inside they know that something has gone terribly wrong. We were either lied to or our leaders are verging on the insanely incompetent. That's why when Cindy Sheehan says that she wants to ask the president why her son died --- in those simple terms --- it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It's not just rhetorical.

She literally doesn't know why her son had to die in Iraq. And neither do we.


Well said...

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Homeland Insecurity

People used to travel the world to see the wonders of other civilizations. Now, we see the most mind-bogglingly bizarre things during travel. For instance, I recently watched what looked to be a ninety-pound, frail, old, crippled, wheelchair-bound, palsied woman being patted down and wanded in her wheelchair at the airport.

Can we stop looking for terrorists in the places they showed up previously and possibly try an educated guess at what high value targets are laying around unprotected. And when I say unprotected, I mean unprotected from people willing to die killing the guards, not crippled ladies.

Try this on for size: 5 guys go to a gun show and pick up some assault rifles and handguns. They can then blast their way into:
  • A nuclear power plant control room and start a meltdown. Millions dead.
  • A chemical plant, blow it up. Hundreds of thousands dead.
  • A natural gas LNG storage facility. Thousands dead.
  • Gas or Petroleum processing facility. Hundreds dead.
  • A repeat of the London bombings in New York. 40 dead.
Thank god we're putting on a good show of sort of protecting those high value trains and buses! We have to start learning. Setting up concentrations like security checkpoints is the same as creating new targets. They blow up checkpoints in Iraq, but then, they can't get at any higher density targets. We're leaving the high density targets open--like nukes, then creating new smaller targets.

The worst of the urban legend memes is the "dirty bomb." Oooh. Terrorists are going to get their hands on one and smuggle it into the country! Why Fucking Bother? Just shoot the guards at a nuclear plant and take the fucking waste out and dump it in the reserviour. Oh wait, thats Three Mile Island and they do that anyway. What makes people think they won't just Chernobyl the thing and kill everyone in the fucking state?

Here's Chernobyl downtown where nothing lives.



Also, a small town 25 miles away from Chernobyl and hot it looks like today. All part of a huge dead zone where nothing can live.

These pictures come from someone who used to live there. You can support her site here.

Can we also stop pretending that all terrorism comes from those other religions? Eric Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh weren't part of Hezbollah. Don't forget, the Christian Evangelicals think we're all dead anyway.


Update: I just watched the HBO special "Indian Point." Indian Point is the nuclear plant about 50 miles north of NYC on the Hudson. Security appears to be about as bad as anyone familiar with our government culture would guess. The funniest moment is the use of the fat, old guards with their M16s at the gatehouse. Here's a hint fellas, if the cameras can shoot you from the public street, so can a terrorist.

We still have this idea of security as a "show of force" rather than actual, real force. There's a reason they don't have armed guards in banks anymore. Over time, they found that all they were doing was providing a free gun to the robber, who could quickly take it away from just about any guard, because the element of surprise beats boredom every time.

The scariest moment comes after a former guard goes public to say the security is a joke. In response, the security gets evaluated and polls all of the security guards. Only 19% think they could repell an enemy attack.

If you want a look at what armed security looks like, have a stroll arount the Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Here you will find eagle-eyed, ramrod straight-backed special forces types straight from central casting with well-oiled machine guns cradled with such neural sensitivity, they appear to be natural extensions of their bodies. And these guys are patrolling. They eyes are sweeping the place constantly. If you saw it you would understand, the US is Mayberry RFD by comparison.

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Rules of Replicans #42

You must have an active sex fetish, or at least, be in active denial about your sex fetish. There isn't room to link every Rupublican sex fiend with a naughty fetish here. But let's just start with Arnold the Family Man.

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Remind Me Who Runs the Country Again?

How is it that the people who run the country, have their fingers on the buttons, and sit in the lap of power get to whine incessantly about being powerless to defend themselves from their detractors--who really have no power at all?

Via Atrios:
I hate when people who have access to the most influential platforms in the world whine about being "attacked," and she's compounding this by claiming she has no way to "fight back."

Yeah, here are some people who are actually unable to "fight back" because you were "proved fucking right" Judy [Miller].


Judith Miller personally put the Good Housekeeping Approval stamp on the Iraq WMD hoax. She has so much power at the The New York Times that she can basically get a war off the ground with her one source story, a spy named 'Curveball' who we now know was an Iranian agent, Ahmed Chalabi (now in Tehran).

She still has a job and the support of the paper after this:
On May 26th, the paper published an editor’s note acknowledging that it had been improperly influenced by Chalabi. “Accounts of Iraqi defectors were not always weighed against their strong desire to have Saddam Hussein ousted,” the note said. “It looks as if we, along with the administration, were taken in.”
Emphais mine. Not always?

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Iraq, Demoted from War to Struggle, Slips in Ratings


Here's a clipped image from the MSN Homepage today.

Puzzle: Can you find something Americans are being asked to fight and die for and costs a billion dollars in your tax dollars every X hours? Ok, so their not your kids and it's borrowed money from some future taxpayers, but still...

There is more emphasis on "Are you fighting over Fluffy" than Operation Enduring Inattention. Headlines and graphics on newspages are not randomly generated. Management has made the conscious decision that the war doesn't matter except as a daily footnote. They know they can't ignore it completely. Although, like President CrazyBananas, they would if they could.

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Mothers Against Drunk (War) Drivers: Cindy Sheehan

Can any Democrat address this criticism of their party?

...Their voices are silent. Thus, both they and the party they claim or presume to represent look dumbstruck, awkward, pitiful, and timid. Where the single greatest issue of the day, and one of the most potent issues of our time, is concerned, there is no courageous opposition.

Meanwhile, the caskets keep coming home…with no public official to greet them or to respect them. They are the forgotten dead and they represent thousands more of the even more forgotten wounded.

But wait. There is someone to hold the emperor to account. There is someone willing to look ridiculous, to be mocked and made a fool of, to challenge the conventional wisdom of the court.

She, unfortunately, is not a Senator. She is not a party leader. She is not in the regular establishment Rolodex of the Sunday talk producers. Yet, she holds the highest office available in a republic, that of citizen.

And to the embarrassment of both Republican and Democratic establishments, she takes that office more seriously than they—the silent “leaders”—do theirs. When the last Marine leaves Iraq, dead or alive, she can claim more credit than them all. Because of the courage of one brave woman, she quite possible will have had more to do with finally bringing this great nation back to its senses... and to its principles.

Remember her name. It is Cindy Sheehan.

So do we have any leaders coming to support her? Anyone?

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Michelle Malkin: A Life of Ligitimizing Hateful Mindless Bullshit

Awaken Citizens! America is only a free country because we are ever vigilant in defense of this freedom! It is a dangerous world we live in! We can no longer afford to wait until they strike. We must intern those who appear to be any possible threat! And we must find out what they know!! By any means!!!

A beautiful dissection of the innerworkings of this birdbrain via the Peking Duck.

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Wingnut Workings

A crash course in how the rethuglicans work is presented in concise format:

Anyone who follows American politics with a clear head knows that the GOP and its fans are constantly making up accusations out of thin air, setting off tactical smear-bombs and 'working the refs' by simply out-and-out, bare-assedly lying about having been victimized and persecuted, knowing that some percent of the charges will stick. The genius of this tactic, as I'm reminded presently, is that an accusation can be made in moments, in a sentence, while disentangling it can take minutes and paragraphs, sapiency and an audience able (and willing) to follow the threads of discourse to a reasoned conclusion. In American political life today (as on the grade-school playground), the whooping-ass liars have an advantage in that it's often simply too much trouble to figure out the truth -- and the US media is structurally handicapped against calling flaming, howling, pants-on-fire liars, 'liars,' so there you go.

Couldn't have said it any better than that. Worth reading the whole episode--another right wing nutjob completely plagiarizes some other work, and calls it their own--but that's just the boring part! When confronted with her plagiarism, she does the perfectly Republican trick of accusing the accuser of plagiarism! With more stolen content!

Via Sadly, No!

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Another Mom Stomps O'Reilly



It is just too much fun to watch an old bully blowhard like O'Reilly get a taste of what he dishes out constantly.

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