Friday, November 17, 2006

The New Face of Leadership of the Republican Minority in the Senate


And here's just one enabler and excuse-maker that thinks there's nothing wrong with the choice.

And he's smart, too:
Lott on Iraq: After declaring that Senate Republicans and "real people out there in the world" don't "obsess" about Iraq like reporters do, Lott said in September that he doesn't understand why Sunnis and Shiites are fighting each other anyway. "Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference?" Lott asked. "They all look the same to me."

Lott on Tom DeLay: In an interview with the Washington Times in 2005, Lott said that George W. Bush "needs Tom DeLay" and that the White House should have been giving him "aggressive support." "I think the president would tell anybody privately or publicly that Tom DeLay has been a strong leader, aggressive leader, and that he hopes he'll stay in that leadership position," he said.

Lott on ethics reform: "Now we're going to say you can't have a meal for more than 20 bucks. Where are you going, to McDonald's?"

Lott on critics of "earmarks": "I'll just say this about the so-called 'porkbusters.' I'm getting damn tired of hearing from them. They have been nothing but trouble since Katrina."

Lott on Abu Ghraib: In an interview with the New York Times' Deborah Soloman, Lott said: "Most of the people in Mississippi came up to me and said: 'Thank goodness. America comes first.' Interrogation is not a Sunday-school class. You don't get information that will save American lives by withholding pancakes." Right, Soloman said, but unleashing killer dogs on naked Iraqi detainees isn't really the same things as withholding pancakes, is it? "I was amazed that people reacted like that," Lott responded. "Did the dogs bite them? Did the dogs assault them? How are you going to get people to give information that will lead to the saving of lives?"

Lott on what it means to look like an American: "I always had trouble understanding -- Iraqis look like Iraqis, and Americans look like Americans ... Methodists, Baptists and Catholics live in my hometown. They all look the same to me, they all look like Americans." Lott's hometown is Pascagoula, Miss., where about 65 percent of the population is white and about 29 percent is black.

Lott on saying things you shouldn't: "We've all fallen into that trap ... where you go before some group that you really shouldn't, or you're not quite sure who they are or you use some inflammatory language that appeals to that group. And you know, you've just got to learn not to do that. We all have to learn to not to do that, Republican and Democrat alike."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Rightist Hypocricy: Supporting Islamofascist Terrorists is OK When We Do it -- And it's None of Your Business

Fox News reporters
freed for $2 million
Terrorists used cash for arms to 'hit Zionists,'
payment said to encourage more abductions
Posted: November 14, 2006
8:25 p.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2006

JERUSALEM – Palestinian terror groups and security organizations in the Gaza Strip received $2 million from a U.S. source in exchange for the release of Fox News employees Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, who were kidnapped here last summer, a senior leader of one of the groups suspected of the abductions told WND.
Link. Yes, Rupert apparently is not the one who paid but no one's heard Fox criticize the largess. $2,000,000.00 is a lot for the terrorists; these ain't multi-trillion dollar operations....

This Made Me Almost Laugh


Big Media Start Drawing the Long Knives....

The gratuitous bashing the self-claimed objective Big Media has begun.
Pelosi Faces No-Win Outcome Over Murtha
That's right, BM: insult your audience by dissing their electoral choice.

But the joke, as it were is on them; they're not just being water carrying courtiers, they're screwing themselves by insulting their audience. So when their audiences -- viewers and readers -- continue to shrink....

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Zune: The Reason You Can Get it in Brown


And what means "Welcome to the Social"? The "Social" what? The Legion of Dopes, of people find pleasure in dealing with crap? Or worse, thinks it's actually cool? People who think there's a problem with something working well? People who think it's cool to go in public and strangers can access your MP3 player? Or enjoy having purchased music unplayable on their new MP3 player?

I suppose Bill G's extortionate crap-pushing business model is admirable in a way. But there's absolutely no reason to give him your money if you've any choice whatsoever.

But then, a brown Zune would be for you....

Fake -- But Believeable

Well, the last one is actually kind of true, no?
The Top 5 Spun Election Headlines

5.Republicans Retain Control of Executive, Judicial Branches
4.True to Values, GOP Pols Opt to Spend More Time With Families
3.Dems Admit No Exit Strategy for Invasion of Congress, Senate
2.Mr. Pelosi's Wife to Run House

and the Number 1 Spun Election Headline...

1. Bush Brings Democracy to Formerly Oppressed Country

Why Liberals are Seen as Wussy

A Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives

November 14th, 2006

To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters,

I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week's election. You're worried that the country is heading toward a very bad place you don't want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has ended with so much yet to do, so many promises left unfulfilled. You are in a funk, and I understand.

Well, cheer up, my friends! Do not despair. I have good news for you. I, and the millions of others who are now in charge with our Democratic Congress, have a pledge we would like to make to you, a list of promises that we offer you because we value you as our fellow Americans. You deserve to know what we plan to do with our newfound power -- and, to be specific, what we will do to you and for you.

Thus, here is our Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives:

Dear Conservatives and Republicans,

I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never, ever, call you "unpatriotic" simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consider your behavior to be "different" or "immoral." Who you marry is none of our business. Love and be in love -- it's a wonderful gift.

3. We will not spend your grandchildren's money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It's your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.

4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we'll make sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.

6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.

7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Immediately. We will protect you.

8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren't much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.

10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you -- and your employees -- that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too.

11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don't put those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your most radical religious beliefs ("Blessed are the poor," "Blessed are the peacemakers," "Love your enemies," "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God," and "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."). We will let people in other countries know that God doesn't just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism -- starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.

12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.

I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans -- and for the rest of the world.


Michael Moore

I'm an Old Testament guy: To the extent practicable and not self-destructive -- a Dem specialty -- lets do unto the wingnuts as the wingnuts have done to us.

Do what I called rope-a-dope: Set them up. Let's try and pass "will of the People" stuff that they can join us as passing or be seen as the enemies of the People.

2008 can be fun....

Christofascist Teacher of the Day

Someone needs an indefinite leave immediately to protect our kids:
A history teacher at the local public high school [in Kearny, New Jersey] may have bitten off more than he cares to chew this fall. Self-described conservative Baptist David Paszkiewicz used his history class to proselytize biblical fundamentalism over the course of several days at the beginning of this school year.

Among his remarks in open class were statements that a being must have created the universe, that the Christian Bible is the word of God, and that dinosaurs were aboard Noah's ark. If you do not accept Jesus, he flatly proclaimed to his class, "you belong in hell." Referring to a Muslim student who had been mentioned by name, he lamented what he saw as her inevitable fate should she not convert. In an attempt to promote biblical creationism, he also dismissed evolution and the Big Bang as non-scientific, arguing by contrast that the Bible is supported by what he calls confirmed biblical prophecies.
After taking the matter to the school administration, one of Paszkiewicz's students, junior Matthew LaClair, requested a meeting with the teacher and the school principal. LaClair, a non-Christian, was requesting an apology and correction of false and anti-scientific statements. After two weeks, a meeting took place in the principal's office, wherein Paszkiewicz denied making many of these comments, claiming that LaClair had taken his remarks out of context. Paszkiewicz specifically denied using the phrase, "you belong in hell." He also asserted that he did nothing different in this class than he has been doing in fifteen years of teaching.


At the end of the meeting, LaClair revealed that he had recorded the remarks, and presented the principal with two compact discs.

President John McCain -- Scary; Sends Shivers Up and Down My Spine

Straight Truth Express my ass:
Lott is supported in his comeback bid by Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Dear Sue Shows Her Right Wing Love for Democracy and Her Constituents

Dear Sue:

Get over it. Your constituents have spoken.

They want to be rid of you.

So just go already!
Rep. Sue Kelly, R-Katonah, and state Sen. Nicholas Spano, R-Yonkers, both trail their Democratic challengers, John Hall and Andrea Stewart-Cousins, respectively, by thousands of votes.

Both, however, have refused to concede defeat as election officials recanvass voting machines, a task expected to be completed tomorrow.

The numbers, however, are stacked against them.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hav-A-Laff, Courtesy of Judy Miller

Of course, she's writing for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, a far more appropriate venue than the front page of the Times (at least, of course, if one were to use old time standards as oppose to Pinch-Raines-Keller standards).

Judy would take an unsubstantiated crock of shit and pass it off as fact. My favorite is a front page piece confirming WMDs in Iraq based on a soldier coming up to her and telling her that that guy yonder said whatever; double hearsay, unsubstantiated. I man, something like is at best a three 'graph story to be buried as deeply within the paper as possible -- if it must run at all.
[Miller] told an audience at Kansas State Univrsity that she's "worried about bloggers" because "[a post] starts as a rumor and within 24 hours it's repeated as fact."

Gosh, unsubstantiated rumors repeated as fact? Well, we guess Miller would know something about that, having given us stories like "U.S. Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts," "U.S. Analysts Link Iraq Labs to Germ Arms," "U.S-Led Forces Occupy Baghdad Complex Filled With Chemical Agents" and "Aftereffects: Prohibited Weapons; Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, An Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Our Leader's Jewels -- At Risk!

Here's the headlines:
Pelosi Vows to Return Bush's Balls by Early '09
Reassures President in Oval Office Meeting
And the story is somewhere here.

Another E-Voting Success Story; It Just Works

Randy Wooten figured he'd get at least one vote in his bid for mayor of this town of 80 people even if it was just his own.

He didn't. Now he has to decide whether to file a formal protest.

Wooten got the news from his wife, Roxanne, who went to City Hall on Wednesday to see the election results.

"She saw my name with zero votes by it. She came home and asked me if I had voted for myself or not. I told her I did," said Wooten, owner of a local bar.

However, Poinsett County results reported Wednesday showed incumbent William H. Wood with 18 votes, challenger Ronnie Chatman with 18 votes and Wooten with zero.


"It's our understanding from talking with the secretary of state's office that a court order would have to be obtained in order to open the machine and check the totals," Payne said. "The votes were cast on an electronic voting machine, but paper ballots were available."

The True Winners of Election 2006


I thought the same thing in 2002 and 2004: How come enough voters couldn't see or appreciate or react against what losers Our Leaders were.

But you can't fool all the people all the time -- or enough swing voters to re-elect utter lying crap....

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Speaking of Our Leaders' Exact Failings....

It is not true that Our Leaders do not have a plan for Iraq. There was a plan since at least 1999.

They have just chosen to ignore it. Or any other plan. Plans are like so reality-based....

Portraits of Our Beloved Leader that Make Us Proud....

And no, as a fair and balanced blog, we are obligated to point out that Our Leader did not break anything. He merely abdicated his responsibilities and allowed and enabled others to, well, crap on America and destroy everything for accreting power to plunder. That's a big difference, so let's be clear on what are exactly his failings.

Dear Sue Kelly Bucks GOP Trend; A Tragedy: Took the High Road and Still Lost


And this there is of course this too.

Meanwhile, her lawyers think that they'll find her over 3,500 votes.

NY 19 to Kelly: Drop Dead.

A Small Insight, Or Maybe a Question

No one bothers to get out the independent vote. What does that mean? Only reality gets independents into the voting booth? Hatred of GOP failures and corruption? Voters who respond instead of goose-step...?