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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

That didn't take long.

When you want to bring more people to your church don't forget the fire and brimstone. Hate the sin and the sinners. Yep, that's the ticket. Gays 'Responsible' For New Orleans Devastation Group Claims :
(New Orleans, Louisiana) An evangelical Christian group that regularly demonstrates at LGBT events is blaming gays for hurricane Katrina.

Repent America says that God "destroyed" New Orleans because of Southern Decadence, the gay festival that was to have taken place in the city over the Labor Day weekend.

"Southern Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars" Repent America director Michael Marcavage said in a statement Wednesday.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city." Marcavage said. "From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same."

"Let us pray for those ravaged by this disaster. However, we must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said.

"May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," Marcavage concluded.

The catastrophe is still in progress and wingnut groups are blaming the victims. I would normally laugh this off but this perverted thinking is rife within Bush's base. Most evangelicals believe that Satan exists, but do you never hear them saying calamities are caused by the Devil? No, its their god punishing the wicked.

This is another reason for separation of Church and State, because if these people ever attempt to get in power...Oh wait, never mind....

(via AMERICAblog)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Another F**kin' Music Video

Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo (sing along version or higher quality) by the Bloodhound Gang is, like, totally safe for work by using euphemistic phrases.

You gotta' love lyrics like these, "Marinade the nether rod in the squish mitten."

Well, at least I do. So, maybe it's NSFW after all.

Also does anybody remember Robert Downey Jr. in Back to School where he was precociously attractive? I could swear I saw his double is in this clip.

Another guy I could vote for...

Bill Clinton for Governor of California is suggestion from San Francisco Examiner:
Forget Robin Williams, forget Rob Reiner … the superstar that big money Los Angeles Democrats want to run for governor of California is … Bill Clinton. Yep. Some of the Southland's deepest Democratic pockets are busily trying to persuade — some would say 'hire' — Clinton to move to the Golden State and take on Schwarzenegger. They figure that Bubba can beat the faltering Terminator here in 2006 in a New York minute. …

That is the problem: Clinton's a New Yorker now. There is ample precedent — right in the Clinton family — and going back to Bobby Kennedy, who moved from Hyannisport to New York, for running and winning a U.S. Senate seat in a state other than one's historic home state. But governorships have long remained the province, so to speak, of local politicians. Only one person in U.S. history has been elected governor in two different states, and that was in the days of the open frontier when political establishments were being newly created as people (and pols) moved west. It was the long-lived Sam Houston, elected governor of Tennessee in 1827 and then governor of Texas in 1859, who so far has been the nation's only double excellency.

I live in a town where the mayor is a former governor, so why not a governor who was a former president?

(via Other Crap)

I could vote for this guy.

Despite my thinking it's too early to start handicapping presidential candidates for next election, I think I could get behind the campaign of Macgyver 2008
Macgyver, proud American for life

Macgyver has no skeletons in his closet, no cocaine/alcohol problems, He promises not to use tragedy for political gain, no unnecessary holidays, he would be the president for crying out loud! Should the most powerful man in the world be allowed to clown around on the farm for months on end? No! Macgyver's idea of a holiday is being dropped behind enemy lines armed only with a spoon and a positive attitude. That's the Macgyver way.

Martyr Complex? Inconceivable!

When I was young, we had a friend of the family who once when pulled over for going through a stop sign told the policman, " I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ; Satan get behind me!" The cop laughed and gave her the ticket anyway.

Needless to say she was perplexed by the persecution. Which leads me to this article, Evangelicals’ martyr complex mystifies critics:
Yet many evangelicals consider themselves a persecuted majority.

They say they continue to be maligned by some of the most influential institutions in the country — the media, public schools, universities and Hollywood. Societal demands for tolerance are extended to every group but theirs, they say.

“There is an attempt by the secularists to take Jesus Christ and to take God out of every aspect of our society,” the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, said in a recent interview.

That view was on display this month at “Justice Sunday II,” which enlisted Christians in the fight for more sympathetic federal judges.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told the gathering in a Nashville, Tenn., church that limits the Supreme Court has placed on religion in public schools have meant “that our children don’t have a right to pray.”

Opponents are baffled by the idea of a persecuted evangelical movement.

Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest University Divinity School in North Carolina, says these evangelicals think they are oppressed only because some Americans disagree with them.

“They want to be culture-dominant,” Leonard said.

John Green, a religion and politics expert at the University of Akron, said that evangelicals who feel slandered are responding partly to the added attention from their role in the presidential race.

“Before, they felt a lack of respect. Now, they feel some hostility,” Green said.

Despite their political clout, evangelicals have not achieved many of the policy changes they consider key, Green said, such as outlawing abortion. They worry that politicians who benefit from Christian support will not stand with them on these issues.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, angered conservatives by supporting expanded embryonic stem cell research. Frist spoke at the first “Justice Sunday” in April, but was not invited to this month’s rally because of his position on the issue.

Eddie Gibbs, professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school in Pasadena, Calif., said that loss of influence in the broader culture is behind the frustration that persists no matter how many lawmakers Christian activists help elect.

It's simple, evangelicals want special preference. They are not being discriminated against, rather they think some rules don't apply to them. Just as our family friend found out: Stop signs are for everyone. They just haven't figure it out yet.

(via BuzzFlash)

Ostrich Suicide Attempt?

I was going to write about the ostrich that got out on the Golden Gate Bridge but Angie beat me to it. She's got a nice pic too.

It Takes an Act of God to Cancel Bush's Vacation

Too bad it's not an election year. After Ivan hit Florida last year it took Bush only three days to get on down there to survey the damage.

Bush will fly to Washington, tomorrow, to help monitor federal assistance on one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the United States:
Bush was expected to visit the region affected by Katrina, but details on that trip were in flux as the White House worked to make sure the president would not disrupt response efforts.

Last year Bush wasted no time to visit Florida for the much needed electoral votes. This year he cut his vacation short by 2 days.

I think John Aravosis said it best:
FOX News anchor Shepard Smith is flying over New Orleans in a helicopter to survey the damage and report to the nation. Have things gotten that bad in our nation that a reporter for a biased news outlet is acting more presidential than the president himself?

What a difference a year makes...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Astounding Similarities

If you're in the mood for a good rant, then you must read Drunken Monkey Style Blogging on a regular basis.

Here's a short sample:

And Pat supposedly being a religious man, even though I have my doubts about anyone who so freely decides who deserves to die and who doesn't, could in the Muslim world be equated with a mullah. Those evil fanatics who teach people to hate others that we hear derided soo often of late. Pat Robertson, Christian Mullah of hatred who can decide who deserves to live or die on the cuff on live TV. What a guy. WWJD? Why he'd kill Chavez in a heartbeat because Chavez is an evil man who stole an election, 'gasp', Hugo has been known to have people killed and tortured in the name of his government, 'gasp', he has plans for oil that are not good for all the people everywhere, 'swoon', and he's generally a lying backstabbing politician who would do anything to stay in power. That is why Jesus and Pat Robertson would kick Hugo's butt.

But................................................................... Why is it he and his democratically elected government make me think of Bush and his little crew?

For the full impact go read the whole thing. Since there aren't any permalinks scroll down to the 8-24-05 commentary.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The hottest spot north of Havana ...

Excerpt from The Travel Issue:

All around Copacabana’s were barricades, check points, barbed wire and blinding bright lights. Located in the Wazir Akhbar Kahn district, it was close to Kabul’s embassies. At the entrance was a badass, olive green armored jeep sporting a stenciled Bulgarian flag on its doors. Two sullen soldier girls stood next to the vehicle, looking bored and smoking cigarettes.

Copacabana’s owner is an Afghan-American with meticulous facial hair. He wore light blue jeans with splotches of bleach in the thighs. His eyebrows were waxed into geometric shapes and his hair was gelled into a spiky barb. His whole head looked sharp and precise.

“Waz’ up, man?” he asked when I got to the door. He was standing in a tight knot of other spiky haired 20-somethings.

“I wanna drink,” I said.

“Sure, man,” he said. “Inside.” He opened the door and I went inside.

The interior of Copacabana’s looked like a Starbucks; large red couches, solid colors, long, angular lines. It was air conditioned and cool. The DJ was playing an up-tempo, break-beat version of “Tom’s Diner.”

I ordered a Jack and Coke and sat down.

There were three girls dancing on the dance floor. In a seat near them a fat old man in a white suit patted his leg and flopped his bald head around lamely to the beat. A smoke machine noisily hissed out clouds of white steam, which wrapped around the legs of the girls and dissipated near their heads.

Some off-duty soldiers came through the double doors, scanning the room as the DJ began playing “Eye of the Tiger.” They went and stood at the bar. Upright and southern, they all wore tight blue jeans with large belt buckles. They stood in a tight circle, talking and laughing, telling dirty jokes and drinking their Budweisers.

One of them recognized me from town and sat down across from me on an oversized maroon chair.

He bought me a beer. I told him I was a writer and he put his cigarette in his mouth and took out his wallet, squinting from the smoke.

He pulled out a card, crossed something off of it, then handed it me. It showed his name, rank and an Afghan flag crossed with an American one.

“I am very cautious of writers,” he said.

“You should be,” I said. “They will screw you, if you’re not careful.”

Then I asked what he was doing in Afghanistan.

He looked away from me. “Now, well,” he said, chuckling. “I am gonna be real honest with you.”

‘Go ahead, man,” I said. “I don’t give a fuck what you do.”

“I do… radio stuff,” he said, wincing. “You know… for the army radio. I teach Afghans how to broadcast from the radio stations and do news. I’m like a journalist, kind of. But for the army.”

What the hell is so wrong with that?” I asked. “Sounds a fuckin’ lot better then gettin’ a bullet in your ass.”

“Well,” he said, looking around. “Just once, I mean… it sounds crazy, but just once I would like to get into a firefight. To prove to myself that I’m worth it. I know it’s not cool to kill anyone and that’s not really what I am talking about. I don’t wanna kill no one. I’ve known guys who have killed and they are fucked—really fucked. They go home, discharged and are never the same. But still, I want to know if I have it. That edge they teach you about in training. You have it or you don’t. I wanna know if I got it.”

I looked at the rest of the soldiers. They were all dancing with a fat blond girl who worked at the Swiss embassy. Everyone was gyrating and making pained faces.

“Look, you have guys here… it’s like a game,” he went on. “They wear all the shit—you know, full armor, M-16’s, but that’s all photo ops. To show the grandkids. Because it’s safe here, you know. Kabul is safe. You can do your time and feel like a real hero. Afghanistan is easy. I know guys who got bronze medals for sitting in an office. Out in Kandahar or Nuristan, that’s where the action is. I want to go there to prove it to myself. That I can do it and survive.

“There is a culture in the army,” he continued. “To get respect you have to take risks. Radio journalists get no respect. It’s a macho culture, know what I mean?” (read the rest)

Squeeky Clean

Did anyone ever really useLysol this way?

All can say is, "We've come along way, baby!"

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Let's go to the tape....

Over at You forgot Poland! I see that Robertson is changing his story:
So now Pat Robertson is saying that he didn't say "assassinate" when it came to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Uh huh. And monkeys are flying out of my butt.

That sums up my reaction. Look at this video and make up your own mind.

Recently I read a comment somewhere that said, "If you want to take over the world all you need to do is take over US government," (if you know the source, please let me know). It got me thinking about the extreme religious whack-jobs who are always preaching that the Antichrist is going to come from international institutions like the UN or the European Union.

These same whack-jobs want America to have an empire and take over the world. Do they even see the contradiction here?

Doctrine of Assassination

Watching the 700 Club's news segments, where a story is delivered then Pat Robertson (or his son) gives the significance in digest form, is much like ordering a steak and having the server chew it up only to regurgitate it into your mouth. Often his comments are out of this world but the other day was beyond the pale when Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuela's President:
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. (emphasis added)

Robertson knows a lot of doctrines but the "Doctrine of Assassination" does not seem to exist. There are very few usages of the term found on Google The only relevant reference I found in Google Scholar deals with the ethics of assassination vis a vis the doctrine of Just War and Self-Defense. Could it be that Robertson knows that the Bush Doctrine of pre-emption is in really a call for assassinating those who oppose American hegemony?

Whit Kaufman, in a paper on The Ethics of Assassination, poses the moral concerns surrounding the idea of eliminating foreign leaders:
Nonetheless, there remain serious concerns about the idea of assassination even if we decide that the target is a combatant; these concerns apply to the assassination of military leaders as well as political leaders. First, the fact of premeditation is troublesome; self-defense is paradigmatically not premeditated, but as Webster describes it, an immediate reaction where there is no time for deliberation. Second, a primary moral duty under the doctrine of self-defense is to use the minimum necessary harm. An assassination order, or a bounty offered for the target “dead or alive” is in itself not morally permissible, because it violates this duty. Any planned assassination must be one in which killing is only a last resort; the order must be capture alive if at all possible. Morally, we cannot be indifferent between capturing alive or dead. (Some questions were raised, for example, about the killing of Hussein’s sons: was every reasonable effort made to capture them alive?) This is to say, a premeditated killing is always suspect; the aim must be to capture if at all possible, and to kill only to prevent him from escaping and carrying out further harm.

A second concern is the danger of misuse of the policy. In the course of public debate over the assassination of Hussein, it was widely reported that some members of the administration wanted to have Hussein dead, in order to avoid a trial at which embarrassing revelations might come out about the connections between the United States and the Hussein regime. Obviously, such an improper motive would invalidate the moral legitimacy of an otherwise legitimate assassination attempt on Hussein. Similarly, the initiating attack on Iraq was clearly an assassination attempt on Hussein, based on intelligence reports that claimed to identify his whereabouts – yet the Administration refused to describe the attack as an assassination, but insisted it was merely a legitimate strike against a “command and control” center. In order to evaluate the ethics of the action, one must be entirely clear about its underlying motivation.

A third concern is the danger of the slippery slope: once assassinations are ever permitted, will this undermine the Just War limits on killing? The worry here is about breaking down the barrier between legitimate killing in self-defense or in punishment, versus the sort of illegimate killing of which terrorism is a prime example, and which can simply be called murder. Assassination, given its premeditated character, is uncomfortably close to the side of illegitimacy. This is not necessarily a reason to reject the legitimacy of any assassinations, but it is a reason to reiterate the strict limitations on the policy. To the extent a person is in a role distant from the actual aggression itself (i.e. a supervisory role), there must be a direct connection between him and the acts of violence. A mere figurehead leader, as Wingfield suggests, is not a legitimate target, nor ordinarily is a civilian commander in a democratic state. The ordinary assumption must be that one may use defensive force only against those who are the agents threatening imminent, unjust violence. The presumption must be against assassination, given its resemblance to premeditated killing. It is reserved only for exceptional and urgent circumstances, and when all other methods have failed; to the extent the target is a political leader rather than a military one, that provides a further presumption against assassination. In Just War Theory, assassination can be seen as at best a last resort.

In conclusion, it appears that the policy of assassination or targeted killing, though it may be morally legitimate in certain limited circumstances, must in general be considered impermissible under the Just War Doctrine. The principle of respect for human life does not in general allow premeditated, extrajudicial killings of specific individuals. Only in urgent situations or extreme circumstances, where there is no other means to avoid a given imminent harm, can assassinations be permitted. And to the extent the target is a political rather than a military leader, the presumption against assassination must be even stronger. The recent shift in opinion in favor of the use of assassination can be revealed for what it is: a newly emboldened effort of the Realists and the Consequentialists to make inroads into the Just War Doctrine. But as much as they have the power of emotion on their side, moral principle must be the ultimate determinant in the conduct of war.(Emphasis added, and just Read the whole thing)

But back to Robertson, he also makes a not so subtle dig at the President with his claim that, "We don't need another $200 billion war..." What makes this interesting is the comparison and underlying agreement with what Ben Shapiro recently wrote.

After examining the unpopularity of the war, Bush's plunging poll numbers, Shapiro even notes the lack of proof of WMD's and that it was al-Queda who attacked us, not Iraq. Despite all this he is not deterred from saying, "If America is to survive and flourish, Americans must realize that empire isn't a choice: It's a duty."

That's right, we must embrace our inner empire. Empire is our duty and that's Why war in Iraq is right for America:
That is why impatient isolationism serves us ill in Iraq. Did Iraq pose an immediate threat to our nation? Perhaps not. But toppling Saddam Hussein and democratizing Iraq prevent his future ascendance and end his material support for future threats globally. The same principle holds true for Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and others: Pre-emption is the chief weapon of a global empire.

No one said empire was easy, but it is right and good, both for Americans and for the world. Forwarding freedom is always important, but it is especially important where doing so ensures America's future security -- as in Iraq. Maintaining American empire will require Americans to recognize the dangers of impatient isolationism.

Ah yes, impatience is the problem. That's why torture is such an part of our tool kit (right next to the tongs, pincers, and heated rods). Those who justify torture, ilk like Robertson, can easily accept assassination as a method of policy. It's not a slippery slope anymore, it's a plunge off the cliff into an immoral abyss.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Away awhile...

I really need to find a 'guest poster' for when I take time off. Are those things trademarked? Guestbloggers™?

I mean, is there an agency for Guestbloggers™? Or, is it ask your friends?

I've being undercover, lately, like: Acting as a free agent; Acting like a conservative anarchist,I exhort these thoughtful messages:

Think different;y because it'' wrong...and..original

Think for yourself...

Think that someday, (to apply the PoliSciFi) your thoughts will be measured, shaken together, and stirred, but not running over. Rememeber, as we have been advised, "Watch what you say."


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

La Petite Morte

More music news. This is one of the hottest music video I've ever seen:Romantic Death. For some this might be considered NSFW. However, there is no nudity or cussing (in french, les gros mots) but is is very humanly erotic.

The Sun will be my next CD purchase, you betcha!

Gotta' run now to watch it again....

(via -appropiately enough- Hot Links)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Album Formerly Known As Sean Hannity’s Phone Number ...

You got to love a band that puts out an album after Sean Hannity’s Phone Number:
Sean Hannity (631) 673-8003 was set to be released on July 21 by 10-34 Records. But, according to a press release sent out last week by the band, Kids Against Combs and 10-34 were issued papers on July 15 from Hannity’s attorneys, "threatening to sue both parties if they proceeded with releasing an album named after Hannity’s home phone number and containing the political pundit’s home address in the CD’s liner notes." (The digits, meanwhile, are now disconnected; "changed to an unlisted number," says the recording.)

After receiving papers they oblige with the newly renamed soon-to-be-a-hit The Album Formerly Known As Sean Hannity’s Phone Number ... Currently Sean Hannity Is a Democracy Subverting Douche Bag..

Swear to gawd, snuffle, snuffle, Snort, Cough. What further proof do you need that conservatives don't understand the funny...

Update: Visit Kids Against Combs if you want to buy the album, buy t-shirts, or listen to this song: Capitalism is gonna break your heart.

iPod Flea - Even Smaller

Got an itch for some music? Try The iPod Flea.

The accesories are a must have!

(Thanks to an email from Generik)

Monday, August 08, 2005

Rock, Bottle, Beer...

Here is an Intelligent Design question: If only the neanderthal had a bottle opener?

(via flabber)

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Pardon me Rove, it's about the chat on who knew the doo doo

Paul Begala offers up his speechwriting skills to Bush for when he get's aroung to pardonning Karl Rove:
My fellow Americans. We meet once again in dark and dangerous times. I remember well the terrible tragedy of September the 11th, 2001. Today, we have the terrorists on the run, and yet they attack our soldiers nearly every day in Iraq. They bomb tourists in Egypt, kill innocents in London and Madrid and Indonesia and Kenya. This truly is a global struggle against violent extremism.

This is not a conventional war, and it will not be fought nor won by conventional means. At the heart of our success will be tactics and techniques that I am not free to divulge to you -- strategies and secrets you will never know. At a time like this, in a post-September the 11th, 2001 world, preserving, protecting and defending our national security secrets is literally a matter of life and death.

That is why I was so angry when the name of one of our CIA agents was revealed two years ago. I vowed then to cooperate in every way to bring the wrongdoers to justice, and I have done so. But what started as an investigation into national security has gone off track. Those who seek to undermine me politically are now pursuing a course that will harm America's security and could invite another September the 11th, 2001.

Let me put this as plainly as I can: the charges against Karl Rove are false. He is an innocent man. He was a strong and steady presence at my side on September the 11th, 2001. And he has a right to defend himself, his good name, his lifetime of service to our country and his wonderful family. The charges that have been filed against him are the result of a secretive grand jury proceeding in which Karl has not been shown the evidence against him, has not been able to confront his accusers, has not even had a lawyer present when he was questioned -- a right every murderer in every police station has.

But now that the secret grand jury proceedings are over, more than anything else, Karl wants to stand up in the cold, clear light of day and defend his good name.

But here's the problem. If Karl were to explain how and why he is innocent; if he were to offer his strong and compelling defense in public, it would reveal even more of our nation's secrets. The terrorists have CNN, you know, and Karl's trial would give them a daily tutorial in just how we fight the war on terror. They would learn lessons from the trial that might allow them to attack us here at home, just as they did on September the 11th, 2001.

I cannot allow this to happen. I cannot jeopardize the lives of our fighting men and women -- no matter how much I love Karl and no matter how badly he wants to clear his name. I have not forgotten the lessons of September the 11th, 2001. And I will not allow anything to happen that makes another September the 11th, 2001 possible. And so, in an act of selfless patriotism, Karl has agreed not to offer any public defense. He has agreed to keep secret all the evidence that clears him. And he has agreed -- at my insistence -- to accept a full, free and absolute pardon.

Although innocent, Karl will pay dearly. Those who oppose our efforts to combat terrorism will vilify him. I would remind them that in front of the Department of Justice stands a statue of Nathan Hale. A noose around his neck, Hale stands defiant, about to be executed by the British for keeping secrets that led to America's independence. Nathan Hale said he regretted that he had but one life to give to his country. Karl himself has told me he regrets he has but one reputation, but he is willing to sacrifice it for his country, especially if it helps to prevent another September the 11th, 2001.

Karl's selfless act will end the matter immediately and allow us all to get back to the life and death struggle against those who hate us for our freedoms, and who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001.

God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.

Passion Play for Peeps Down Under

Via The Huffington Post I learn that the city of Sydney has asked Mel Gibson to stage Christ's crucifixion.

I really hope he casts this young man from Hartland who made the news awhile back:
Lt. Pierre Boucher said the man took two pieces of wood, nailed them together in the form of a cross and placed them on the floor. He attached a suicide sign to the wood and then proceeded to nail one of his hands to the makeshift cross using a 14-penny nail and a hammer.

"When he realized that he was unable to nail his other hand to the board, he called 911," Boucher said.

It was unclear whether the man was seeking assistance for his injury or help in nailing down his other hand.

I mean the guy has some experience in live reenactment of the Passion; all he needs is a helping hand to make it to the big time...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Stupidest Post I've Read in a While

Normally I don't read blogs on the right because they are seriously lacking in humor. And I'm all about the funny. Usually what passes for humor in wingersville is statements like, "If we turn the Middle East into glass we can find the oil easier."

But thanks to Daou-O-Vision I found this hilarious, barrel bottom-scrapping defence of Karl Rove at the expense of Judith Miller.
I want to know who Judith Miller is hiding. She has gone to jail protecting a source that, if known, will blow the whole Valerie Plame leak fiasco out of the leftist side of the debate.

Logically, her source cannot be Karl Rove. If it were Rove, old Karl would be pounding the pavement right now looking for a new job. Judith Miller has a waiver to disclose her source and she still refuses to do it. Matthew Cooper gave up Rove the minute he had gotten enough sympathy from the media and the public. He had already had a waiver, but he knows how to play his audience.

Judith Miller is hiding who? Could it be Ted Kennedy? Could it be Charles Schumer? Could it be Valerie Plame? Ms. Plame's boss is on the record explaining that Plame had not been under cover for nine years prior to the Robert Novak article. Robert Novak is on the record as having called the CIA prior to going public with the name of Joseph Wilson's wife.(my emphasis0

Why not claim that Miller is protecting Theresa Heinz becuse they share the same vowels in their last names.

I still find it funny despite that the fact the right has killed irony but have inadvertanly created an iditioaucraty. Now that's funny...

Post Mordem

Yeah, I know it bites! I posted an after action report about our latest BARBARian meetup over at the Barbarian Blog.

I neglected to mention that we did meet with some of the Drinking Liberally folks but we didn't mingle as much as I would have liked to see happen. I did get a cool button though...

Update: Per the request of oldwhitelady here is a pic of the button.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I've got Questions.

Here are few things I've been wondering about this last week.

Why did Ashcroft's DOJ send over the request for documents in the Plame investigation minutes before Bush goes to bed for the evening? Can you tell me they didn't know his early-to-bed habits? Was it to provide plausible deniability for Bush, or was it like under Reagan where they'd let him sleep while the adults handled the crisis?

Why didn't they rename the GWOT to the "World Struggle Against Violent Extremism" or W-SAVE? Don't you think they're slipping? Did they think it would be too obvious? Are the poll numbers restraining their obnoxiousness?

Will the next president still have military authorization given by Congress under the Iraq War Resolution. Is it president specific or will it have to be renegotiated? Any constitutional lawyers out there?

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo...

‘Caught You Napping,’ President Tells Congress
With congress away for its customary August recess, President George W. Bush successfully avoided Senate confirmation hearings and named his dog, Barney, to the United States Supreme Court.

In a Rose Garden ceremony, Mr. Bush told reporters that Barney would replace Chief Justice William Rehnquist, making the president’s five-year-old Scottish terrier the most powerful judge in the nation.

“In the years since Barney came into our lives, he has been widely admired for his intellect, his sound judgment and his personal decency,” the president told reporters. “Basically, he is John Roberts with fur.”

The president acknowledged that Barney’s scant legal experience would most likely have meant a contentious confirmation battle in the Senate, but he had these words for the vacationing legislators: “Caught you napping!”

Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, vacationing in his home state of Nevada, offered a muted response to the canine’s nomination, telling reporters, “He couldn’t be that much worse than Rehnquist.”

Given the unorthodox nature of the president’s Supreme Court pick, the White House press corps bombarded Mr. Bush with questions, but the president waved them off, ordering them to “take the rest of August off.”

But Mr. Bush did say that he would take advantage of the congressional recess to push forward with a number of initiatives on his wish-list, including abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, imprisoning Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) at Guantanamo, and naming the Fox News Channel the fifty-first state.

(via Other Crap)