Saturday, April 30, 2005

Political Weinies

One hundred days into his second term, President Bush has lost much of the political muscle he boasted about after winning re-election. Gas prices are rising, his approval ratings are sagging and Americans are unhappy with his handling of the economy and Iraq.

Now he's trying to sell a Social Security plan that would cut future benefits for all but low-income retirees -- giving opponents fresh ammunition. Even before Bush unveiled his new proposal -- and despite a 60-day sales campaign -- a majority of Americans thought he had mishandled Social Security, too.
Damn. It must suck being president. I mean really, really suck ass.
Along with his other troubles, Bush has had to prop up two endangered Republicans: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, accused of ethical lapses, and John Bolton, the president's choice for U.N. ambassador, criticized for his judgment and treatment of subordinates.

It wasn't supposed to be this hard. Not for a re-elected Republican president with a GOP-ruled House and Senate.
It's almost musical. Do you hear that? It's the sound of one hand clapping. And it's clapping a sad, sad song. This administration has truly shown that it is all talk and no action. Sure, it's easy shoving 130,000 troops into a foreign country. Let them work out how to take over the capital with fewer troops than asked for, unarmored vehicles, and no exit plan. But exactly how well are they doing with the economy? Bzzzz. How well are they doing with gasoline prices? Bzzzz. How well are they doing "saving" Social Security? Bzzzz.

And speaking of John Bolton,
John R. Bolton, the embattled nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, regularly tried to set up meetings abroad with Russian, British and French officials without notifying the U.S. Embassy or the State Department, the outgoing head of the department's European bureau said.

... "It's symptomatic of his determination not to work with other people," [A. Elizabeth Jones, assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia] said. On foreign trips, particularly to Moscow, "He was off on his own doing by God what he pleases," Jones said. "It is a State Department rule these meetings must be coordinated with the embassy."
And who does President Bush want representing American interests at the United Nations? Uh huh.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Bringing Their Own

Some have said or insinuated that the Democrats ought to bring their own solution to the Social Security woes instead of soley disparaging President Bush's plan for private accounts. I present three such Democrats.

On one side, the Bush administration wants to partially privatize Social Security and totally eliminate the estate tax. On the other side, there is a proposal by former Social Security Commissioner Robert Ball and seconded by Wisconsin's Rep. David Obey to use the estate tax to fix the shortfall.

Ball figures we can make up the funding gaps for the coming boomers by raising the wage cap on Social Security taxes to include workers who earn more than $90,000 and by rejiggering the cost-of-living adjustments. But the moral heart of the plan is to designate the tax on estates over $3.5 million to Social Security.

It would target some of the inheritance of the richest sector of society for the security of the entire next generation.
Congressman Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN) introduced legislation today that will preserve Social Security and meets each of the guiding principles for reform laid out by President Bush. Congressman Sabo's solution fixes the projected Social Security shortfall without dismantling the system as we know it.
[Rep. Peter DeFazio has] introduced legislation that will stabilize Social Security without resorting to privatization. My legislation has been certified by the Social Security actuaries as restoring 75-year solvency to the program. According to the actuaries, H.R. 3315, the Social Security Stabilization and Enhancement Act, "would improve the long-range OASDI actuarial balance by an estimated 1.89 percent of taxable payroll, changing the present-law actuarial deficit of 1.86 percent to an actuarial balance of +0.03 percent of taxable payroll." In other words, my plan erases the projected long-term deficit and puts Social Security in the black.
In announcing that he is looking for a way to keep Social Security solvent, President Bush said, "I will work with members of Congress to find the most effective combination of reforms. I will listen to anyone who has a good idea to offer." Is he listening?

No More Worries

After having a vile and disgusting comment directed toward me this morning, and having it bother me for the last six hours, I have decided to do something I have never done before. I will delete the comment. I do believe in free speech, even if that speech is the exact opposite of what I believe and what I would say, but there comes a point where cheap shots are no longer considered "speech" in the sense of being free from my censorship.

I have received emails from some people I have never seen leave a comment, explaining why they do not. The threads have become a hunting ground for those involved where intelligent, civil discourse cannot be attempted without an all out war. Instead of admitting that a Democrat could be right or that a Republican has the answer, party lines are drawn and defiantly enforced.

I cannot control what people say to each other in the course of discussion, but I will no longer tolerate those who question my religious conviction, my troop appreciation, nor will I tolerate attacks against my patriotism. I'm not discouraging people from leaving comments. In fact, let me take this time to encourage it. There is a lot I can learn, but I do not receive any beneficial information from digressing discourse. Stay on topic. What I choose to write about is of importance to me, even if I make it a humorous post. The issues I'm trying to convey are real and a certain level of back-and-forth between great minds needs to be played out.

Very few of you know me, even fewer have any idea what my convictions are. Do not pretend to understand me, do not pretend to have me pegged. Hunting season is over.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

They Could Be Alive

Why do they hate the troops so much?

A breakdown of the casualty figures suggests that many U.S. deaths and wounds in Iraq simply did not need to occur. According to an unofficial study by a defense consultant that is now circulating through the Army, of a total of 789 Coalition deaths as of April 15 (686 of them Americans), 142 were killed by land mines or improvised explosive devices, while 48 others died in rocket-propelled-grenade attacks. Almost all those soldiers were killed while in unprotected vehicles, which means that perhaps one in four of those killed in combat in Iraq might be alive if they had had stronger armor around them, the study suggested. Thousands more who were unprotected have suffered grievous wounds, such as the loss of limbs.
When Sens. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. brought forth an amendment to the spending bill for Iraq that allocated a piddley $213 million in additional money for armored Humvees, many Republicans (and one Democrats) actually voted nay, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist who is fresh from espousing the moral decay of Western Civilization. The balls.

Here are the senators sick enough to deny armored vehicles to our troops.

NAYs ---39
Allard (R-CO), Bennett (R-UT), Bond (R-MO), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Burr (R-NC), Chambliss (R-GA), Coburn (R-OK), Cochran (R-MS), Cornyn (R-TX), Craig (R-ID), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Dole (R-NC), Domenici (R-NM), Ensign (R-NV), Enzi (R-WY), Frist (R-TN), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Gregg (R-NH), Hagel (R-NE), Hatch (R-UT), Inhofe (R-OK), Inouye (D-HI), Isakson (R-GA), Kyl (R-AZ), McConnell (R-KY), Murkowski (R-AK), Roberts (R-KS), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Smith (R-OR), Stevens (R-AK), Sununu (R-NH), Thomas (R-WY), Vitter (R-LA), Voinovich (R-OH), and Warner (R-VA).

It Ain't Easy

It must suck to be President.

The White House learned a painful media lesson Thursday: Do not launch a press conference on the first night of May Sweeps! CBS, NBC and FOX cut off President Bush, mid-sentence, in several time zones, after sacrificing one hour of prime.

The president was left standing on the stage as NBC rushed to Donald Trump, FOX to Paris Hilton and CBS to SURVIVOR: PALAU. ABC and PBS stayed with talkative Bush until he left reporters in the East Room of the White House.

Sensing he was running into trouble, Bush joked, "We better finish this up, there are TV programs to show. And I want to help the economy." But it was too late. They had already pulled away.
Suck indeed.

I Think, therefore I'm President

"I think people oppose my nominees because of judicial philosophy," [President Bush] said [during his press conference Thursday night].
As opposed to judicial activism, which is totally different because one is following the letter of the law with some added personal beliefs injected into the decision and the other is following... the letter of, umm, the law with personal beliefs injected into the decision. Well, liberal judges do the latter and conservative judges do the former.

Great Men of Conservatism

From time to time I will find it appropriate and needed that we all take a step back and look at a conservative voice in the crowd that speaks of reason and dedication to the cause of world betterment, instead of the all too common rhetoric du jour. To start off this occassional posting, I shall begin with the father of modern conservatism, with whom I share at least one common frustration.

Barry Morris Goldwater (January 1, 1909 – May 29, 1998) was a United States politician and a founding figure in the modern conservative movement in the USA. Goldwater personified the shift in balance in American culture from the Northeast to the West. A five-term United States Senator from Arizona, he was the Republican Party candidate for the Presidency in 1964.

Though many of the policies and ideas advocated by Goldwater were wildly out-of-step with the liberal political consensus of the United States in the two decades following World War II, his losing campaign proved to be a turning point for the modern Republican Party, which just sixteen years later nominated and elected Ronald Reagan, a conservative in the Goldwater mold. By the end of his life, the party had moved rightward to such a degree that it frustrated Goldwater himself, who publicly criticized what he saw as a Christian right takeover.

Goldwater once spoke, "Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives."

Spoken like a modern-day liberal. It's a shame the Republican Party has fallen even farther to the right than what Goldwater experienced. Any doubt of this is quickly dissolved with the circus entitled "Just Us Sunday" (or Justice Sunday, I forget). (Here, here & most of all here.)

By the 1980s, with Ronald Reagan as president and the growing involvement of the religious right in conservative politics, Goldwater showed an increasing libertarian streak that put him at odds with the Reagan Administration and religious conservatives. Consistently libertarian, Goldwater, unlike many of his conservative followers, viewed abortion as a matter of personal choice, not intended for government intervention. Goldwater was a passionate defender of personal liberty, and saw the religious right's views as an encroachment on personal privacy and individual liberties. In his 1980 U.S. Senate re-election campaign, he won support from religious conservatives but in his final term voted consistently to uphold legalized abortion.

Ain't no conservative alive half the man he was.

People Working Hard

"I'm not surprised that some are balking at doing hard work," Bush said of the Republican-controlled Congress [during his press conference Thursday night].
Yeah, ya bunch of lazy bastards. Oh how I long for the days of hard work. Trips down memory lane are fun.

The Party of InTolerance, II

The chairman of the Colorado Young Republicans was one of the people involved in a March 21 incident in which three Denver residents were forcibly removed from a speech given by President Bush because of a bumper sticker.
But the worst part is yet to come.
Two of the three who were removed, Bauer and Leslie Weise, said that Klinkerman is the event volunteer who was wearing a magenta shirt and smiley-face tie that night, and told them, "Secret Service is coming down to talk to your group."

Then a man who looked and acted like a Secret Service agent arrived and threatened them with arrest. He allowed them to enter but then found them 20 to 30 minutes later and forced them to leave. ... The real Secret Service says the man who ousted Bauer, Weise and Alex Young from the president's speech was actually a Republican Party staffer. ... The service is investigating that man on possible criminal charges of impersonating a Secret Service agent. He was wearing a dark suit, earpiece and lapel pin. The Secret Service and the White House know the man's name but have refused to reveal it.
Let's recap. Three tax-paying citizens were denied entrance into a tax-payer funded event. The Chairman of the Young Republicans group told them that a Secret Service agent will be along to kick them out and arrest them. A man impersonating a Secret Service agent (a federal offense) told them to leave. The White House knows the identity of this breaker of the law but is shielding him from prosecution for no apparent reason. The White House is actively in the middle of obstructing justice. And the liberal media says nothing. Such a liberal media. Such a trusting and open White House.

Smoking the Illegal Stuff

He's the gift that keeps on giving.

Arguing against loosening sanctions against Cuba last year, DeLay warned that Fidel Castro "will take the money. Every dime that finds its way into Cuba first finds its way into Fidel Castro's blood-thirsty hands.... American consumers will get their fine cigars and their cheap sugar, but at the cost of our national honor."
But at the cost of national honor, Tom DeLay just can't contain his hedonistic urges, and decided to splurge on the very "fine cigars" he would rail against in a year's time. On July 28, 2003, during a meeting between DeLay and the Republican Jewish Coalition at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay had a picture taken of him being orally pleased with a Cuban cigar.



Who cares about "our national honor" when you're off of American soil and thus able to kick back with an illegal product of a Communist, dictator-controlled island country? Though the consumption of such products were not illegal at the time, it is the principle of the matter. And principles are not the strong point of the Republican Party anymore. (Smaller goverment, personal responsibility, fiscal conservatism, etc.)

Just another indiscretion of a man who knows no morals, no ethics and certainly no limits. As he once said to a government employee who tried to stop him from smoking on government property, "I am the federal government."

Our national honor suffers every day he remains a key member of the Republican Party. When will level-headed Republicans realize enough is enough.

The Party of InTolerance

Republican Alabama lawmaker Gerald Allen says homosexuality is an unacceptable lifestyle. [And] under his bill, public school libraries could no longer buy new copies of plays or books by gay authors, or about gay characters.

"I don't look at it as censorship," says State Representative Gerald Allen. "I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children."
If that's not censorship, what is censorship?

The way for him to protect the hearts and souls and minds of the children of Alabama is to suffocate and brain-wash them into believing what he believes -- no matter what sins he commits every day.

"It's not healthy for America, it doesn't fit what we stand for," says Allen. What things that we stand for would be destroyed by reading Truman Capote's uber-homosexual book "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker? What is it that Rep. Allen believes we actually stand for? Straight, right-wing, book-burning, whiteness?

Friendly Enemies

A Swiss-based businessman accused by the US Treasury of providing financial help to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda carried a Saudi diplomatic passport, according to copies of documents contained in a book published today in Paris.
Our friends and allies in destroying terror -- and in all things homoerotic. As Jay Leno said, "What happens in Crawford stays in Crawford."

Don't You Move

With a showdown looming, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist refused to budge Thursday on his demand that Democrats forgo filibusters against all of President Bush's past or present nominees to federal appellate court benches or the Supreme Court.
With neither side ready or willing to budge an inch on this issue, a story by Dr. Seuss comes to mind. Not only does it have a wonderful moral to it, but its title and main characters are distant relations of mine. So now, I give you the copyright-infringed story by Dr. Seuss.

-- The Zax --

One day, making tracks
In the prairie of Prax,
Came a North-Going Zax
And a South-Going Zax.

And it happened that both of them came to a place
Where they bumped. There they stood.
Foot to foot. Face to face.

"Look here, now!" the North-Going Zax said, "I say!
You are blocking my path. You are right in my way.
I'm a North-Going Zax and I always go north.
Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!"

"Who's in whose way?" snapped the South-Going Zax.
"I always go south, making south-going tracks.
So you're in MY way! And I ask you to move
And let me go south in my south-going groove."

Then the North-Going Zax puffed his chest up with pride.
"I never," he said, "take a step to one side.
And I'll prove to you that I won't change my ways
If I have to keep standing here fifty-nine days!"

"And I'll prove to YOU," yelled the South-Going Zax,
"That I can stand here in the prairie of Prax
For fifty-nine years! For I live by a rule
That I learned as a boy back in South-Going School.
Never budge! That's my rule. Never budge in the least!
Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east!
I'll stay here, not budging! I can and I will
If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!"

Well...
Of course the world didn't stand still. The world grew.
In a couple of years, the new highway came through
And they built it right over those two stubborn Zax
And left them there, standing un-budge in their tracks.

What the Antichrist?

Colorado Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, locked in a bitter tussle with a conservative Christian group over President Bush's judicial nominees, referred to the group as "the Antichrist." He backed off Wednesday, saying he regretted using the term.
Watch yo mouth, jagoff. Democrats do not need to be dragged into a name-calling battle with anyone.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Ethics Rock

The House, with grudging Republican support, voted Wednesday to reverse GOP ethics rules that Democrats charged were designed to protect Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Happy days are here again!

It's not about avenging the evilness of Tom DeLay. It's not about scoring political points. It's about continuing the tradition of accountability even when that means that you have to turn in one of your own for misbehavior.
"I think there is a member, especially on our side, that needs to have the process move forward so he can clear his name," Hastert of Illinois said without naming DeLay.

Admonished by the House ethics committee last year on three separate matters, DeLay has faced new questions in the past month on ties to lobbyists and foreign trips funded by outside groups. DeLay, who has denied any wrongdoing, repeated on Wednesday that he would welcome the opportunity to put the matter before the committee and "set the record straight."
Now he will get his day in court, so to speak, so that if he is innocent he can indeed clear his name. But with the old Republican partisan rules set in motion in January without Democratic support, he would've been guilty in the court of public opinion because the mounting evidence against him, but no action would've been held against him because of the rules written specifically for him. Now the ethics committee will once again be able to run on the rules set up with bipartisan support, as it always had.

And if Republicans would like to bring ethical charges against a Democrat, bring it on. We should not stand idly by and allow unethical behavior just because it's the status quo. It is wrong and it's about time we stand for accountability.

It's Time for TV

Tomorrow, President Bush will hold a prime time press conference, his first in over a year, to offer more details about his plans to overhaul Social Security. With each stop on his 60-day, tax-payer funded jaunt around the country, the percentage of Americans who are comfortable with private accounts being added to the greatest social program to come out of the White House approaches zero more and more.

The more the American people hear about private accounts and the risk involved, the less they are interested in taking that chance. Americans are demanding that another course of action be taken to ensure the solvency of the program, a course of action that doesn't involve Wall Street. And this is a smart demand.

Fifty-one percent of Americans oppose the accounts, up from 41 percent in March. And Bush's overall job approval rating is at 47 percent, matching his all-time low in Washington Post-ABC News polls, while half disapproved of his performance.

This could be a very important press conference for the president, though he may not last through the whole night. If the press are too hard on him, the Secret Service can always swoop in and take him to a hide-out and blame it on a pack of birds. First a thunderstorm and now some carnivorous, winged animals. He's a true rough and tough cowboy.

Ship the Bastard to DC

Let the Press Secretary's expert use of words wash over you.

Bush is supporting DeLay as "strongly as he ever has, which is strongly," McClellan said.
Strongly, indeed. At a Social Security reform stop in Galveston, Texas -- you know, a short hop from his hideaway in Crawford -- President Bush invited the ethically dirty House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to the event because DeLay is from around that area. And by area, they mean that state. A spokesman for Bush pretends that DeLay's presense had nothing to do with boosting his political image by standing next to the approval-rating disaster known as the president.
Scott McClellan said DeLay was invited to the event because his district is near Galveston, although it doesn't touch it.
And, if seeing his ugly mug wasn't bad enough for the American people, we were forced to pay for all of his travelling expenses. He "rode with the president in his limousine, on his Marine One helicopter and then on Air Force One for the return flight to Washington." And guess what! I never once had the opportunity to vote yes or no for Tom DeLay's election to the House of Representatives. And yet my tax-payer money went to fly him back to Washington, D.C. Excellent.

But the best news is exactly how many slices DeLay has received over the past month. It's truly a death by a million papercuts.
Over two years, Rep. Tom DeLay had at least two dozen discussions with a lobbyist working to keep a U.S. territory's factories free from new labor laws. The lobbyist contributed to the House leader's campaigns and arranged travel for him.

Records show that DeLay's staff spoke with the lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, or his team almost daily during this period. DeLay's office kept Abramoff, now under criminal investigation, routinely apprised of congressional efforts to block new regulations on his client, the Northern Mariana Islands.
Whatta man.

And It is Good

Have they finally seen the light?

House Speaker Dennis Hastert urged fellow Republicans on Wednesday to abandon new rules that led to an ethics committee shutdown and his members appeared ready to follow him in retreat.
One can only hope so. Ethics are ethics, and if the Democrats are doing unethical backdoor dealings, then let them have their heads on the chopping block as well. But do not change the rules to protect one of your own. It only makes you look guilty, and is bad for the integrity of the Congress.

Funding Restraint

The Bush administration issued a veto threat again Tuesday against a popular highway bill, saying the president would be likely to reject any legislation that exceeds a White House-set spending ceiling or adds to the deficit.
This may be the funniest thing I've read in a really, really long time. As if the President and his administration should be admonishing anyone for exploding the deficit -- the deficit that a Democrat will have to come in and fix later on, just like last time.

But his threat has been merely bark with no bite in the past, so what Congressman is supposed to cower in fear of that? Up until August 26, 2004,
According to the Office of Management and Budget figures, Bush has threatened to veto 40 bills, since taking office in 2001.
He has never sent a bill back, no matter how outrageous the price tag on every spending bill. But we know that the President doesn't have anything against veto-power. He just doesn't believe in actually reining in big-spenders -- like the Democrats are supposed to be.
As governor of Texas from 1995 through 1999, he vetoed 97 bills. From legislation providing lawyers for poor people to a Patient Protection Act, Bush freely wielded his red pen to block the Texas Legislature.
He vetoed legislation providing lawyers for poor people? What a bastard. Honestly. What a frickin' discompassionate moronic fucktard.
The administration, in saying the legislation "should exhibit funding restraint," was at odds with many in Congress, including some conservatives, who say the deteriorating state of the nation's roads, bridges and public transport demands more aggressive spending.
Oh my God, that's just too funny. "Funding restraint"! What a hoot.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

More with Less

A majority of 55 over 44 would seem awesome and impressive. But a look at the numbers proves otherwise, and also thumbs its nose at the notion that this is a conservative leaning country.

According to the 2000 Census (PDF), the state of Texas has 20,851,820 citizens, which are represented by two Republican senators. The state of New York has a population of 18,796,457, which is represented by two Democrats. The state of Colorado has 4,301,261, which is represented by one Republican and one Democrat.

If we were to add up all the populations of the states that have at least one Republican senator, we come up with the number 163,192,803. If we were to add up all the people living in the states that have at least one Democrat senator, the number reaches 167,991,270.

A measly 44 senators represent nearly 5,000,000 (4,798,467) more Americans than the 55 Republican senators. They may have a majority in the Senate, but a majority of the American population believes in the leadership and the efficiency of the Democrat Party. Eleven fewer senators, and they're still kicking ass!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Do No Tending

Earlier this month, Press Secretary Scott McClellan said,

We don't tend to get involved in internal political matters.
Today we find out that,
... the Bush administration has pressed Iraqi leaders in recent days to end their stalemate over forming a new government, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney personally exhorting top Kurdish and Shiite politicians to come together.
As the New York Times reports, this new pressure "was a change in the administration's hands-off approach to Iraqi politics." Indeed, it would seem that we have guidelines and absolutes, until they get in the way. Then we don't. See how it works?

Sunday, April 24, 2005

International Insecurities

During a Labour Party meeting in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called President Bill Clinton a "fantastic friend and supporter," which obviously got the White House's metaphorical panties in a bind because Press Secretary Mike McClellan came forward and released a statement calling Blair "a good friend of the president." Because, you know, a guy can't get too much reassurance in his friendship with another dude.

Put It All Together

In Algebra, X + Y = Z. Let's fill in the unknown variables and have a little fun, shall we?

A =

The airfare to London and Scotland in 2000 for then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) was charged to an American Express card issued to Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist at the center of a federal criminal and tax probe...
B =
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists.
C = Some seriously unethical behavior. And in the normal scheme of things, unethical behavior usually leads to censure. What are the chances?

More than Two Hundred

Democrats have banded together to block votes on 10 of President Bush's nominees, while allowing votes on more than 200 judges.
More than two hundred judges have been allowed to go up for a vote. Democrats are concerned and only looking to block ten of the most extreme.

So fuck off, Dr. Frist.

Hotel Rendezvous

Exactly what does Vice President Dick Cheney do when he's not making idle threats, voting against Meals on Wheels, or lying to the American public? I report and you decide.

Cheney and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah met at a hotel ... The White House refused to provide details about the meeting. Cheney also met with the son of a former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri...
I dunno. But I have an idea! Wink wink, nudge nudge. They ain't call him "the Dick" for nothing.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Pay Back's a Bitch

Once upon a time in a far away land during great economic and social prosperity (known as the early-to-late 1990s), there was a United States Representative by the name of Henry Hyde.

Rep. Hyde was a nice man. He was so nice in fact that he led a mob consisting of fellow Congressmen hell-bent on bringing impeachment charges against a sitting president for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the Monica Lewinsky affair.

As luck would have it, being in the spotlight allowed the secret of his very own extramarital affair in the 1960s to explode on the scene. Hyde referred to his affair as a "youthful indiscretion," which is code for "F*&$ you, I'm a Congressman."

The great Impeachment Trial never really accomplished much of anything but the wasting of millions and millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours that could've been put to better use by the Republican majority.

But now in the early-to-mid 20-00s (known as the time of crappy economic and social prosperity), Mr. Hyde, who's set to retire at the end of his term in 2007, is spilling his guts about his involvement in the impeachment trial. He's telling ABC7Chicago that the reason behind the impeachment charges of President Clinton may have been pay-back motivated.

The veteran republican is also admitting for the first time that the impeachment of Clinton may have been in part political revenge against the democrats for the impeachment proceedings against GOP President Richard Nixon 25 years earlier.

"Was this pay back?" asked [reporter] Andy Shaw.

"I can't say it wasn't."
Well, if you ever doubted the childish antics of the Republicans, you've just received your validation. Twenty-five year old grudges really do exist on television shows and in the Republican Party.

That's My Cheney

I'm cowering away from the computer in thought after Dick "the Dick" Cheney swung his massive metaphorical man meat and issued a dire warning to all Senate Democrats who may or may not get in his way.

Vice President Dick Cheney warned Democrats Friday that he will cast the tie-breaking vote to ban filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominees if the Senate deadlocks on the question.
No! No! I never saw it coming! That's the pure genius of the warning -- I thought the opposite were true. Oh that Dick Cheney, he's always pulling fast ones. Just like when he came out yesterday in support of John Bolton for the UN Ambassador position. Who would've ever seen that one coming?

Friday, April 22, 2005

Friday Moment of Zen

The borough police in a nearby (and by nearby, I mean 25 minute drive) town had to use a stun gun to subdue a former borough councilman last Sunday. Even better, he's running for mayor! Here's how the article in Tuesday's paper describes the night's happenings.

According to the police report, [Mr. So-and-So] was driving at a speed in excess of 80 mph in a 25 mph zone, crossing the road's double yellow lines and refusing to stop.

When [he] parked his 1991 white Chevrolet Caprice, police said, he got out of the car and headed for a backyard. The arresting officer used a "loud, audible voice" to tell him he was under arrest, a police report says. He told him to stop and put his hands up, it says.

Police said [he] would not comply and they used a stun gun to take him into custody.
So let's recap. He was drunk, though the police report did not list his blood-alcohol level, travelled in excess of 80 mph in a 25 mph zone, crossed the double yellow line in the middle of the road several times, and resisted arrest. What does he have to say for himself?
"I did nothing wrong."
I love it. Still makes me laugh and that is why it's my Friday Moment of Zen.

It's the Value, Stupid

In the great state of South Carolina, cockfighting and domestic abuse are both considered misdemeanors punishable by 30 days in jail. If Rep. John Graham Altman (R-Dist. 119-Charleston) has his way, one of these dreadful stains on the human dress of life will be classified as a felony, punishable by five years in jail. Rep Altman explains his reasoning.

Cockfighting reminds me of the Roman circus, coliseum.
That's right. Mistreatment of gamecocks, according to Rep Altman, should bring with it a five-year jail sentence while mistreatment of a woman is a 30-day offense. When asked why the discrepancy in the value of lives, this little dialogue took place.
Rep. Altman responds to the comparison, "People who compare the two are not very smart and if you don't understand the difference, Ms. Gormley, between trying to ban the savage practice of watching chickens trying to kill each other and protecting people rights in CDV statutes, I'll never be able to explain it to you in a 100 years ma'am."

News 10 reporter Kara Gormley asked Altman, "That's fine if you feel you will never be able to explain it to me, but my question to you is: does that show that we are valuing a gamecock's life over a woman's life?"

Altman again, "You're really not very bright and I realize you are not accustomed to this, but I'm accustomed to reporters having a better sense of depth of things and you're asking this question to me would indicate you can't understand the answer. To ask the question is to demonstrate an enormous amount of ignorance. I'm not trying to be rude or hostile, I'm telling you."

Gormley, "It's rude when you tell someone they are not very bright."

Altman, "You're not very bright and you'll just have to live with that."
And I guess I'm not very bright because he told me so. I must go die now in my not very bright world.

I Concur!

The number of Republicans who have been mentioned as possible front-runners for the White House include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Govs. George Pataki of New York, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, and Sens. George Allen of Virginia, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John McCain of Arizona.

Larry Sabato, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Virginia has said, "I've already heard Republican activists say they are unimpressed with this field." And with the exception of McCain, I believe that I do in fact agree with the Republicans.

That's It, We're Done Here

President Bush, who's never been a friend of the environment throughout his career as president and as Governor of Texas, decided to scrap an Earth Day event at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday because of bad weather. Thunderstorms and "the threat of hail" are evidently enough to frighten any cowboy.

But, don't fear, the president is heading for safe ground. He's going back to his ranch in Texas.

As if you had any doubt.

Amen

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote -- where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference ... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish -- where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source -- where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials.
I bet he's, as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist would say, against "people of faith." He sounds like a big ole anti-religious bastard who is frightened by religion instead of one of those people who embraces it and loves it and wants to watch it flourish.

Damn John F. Kennedy.

April Showers

April's Douche Bag of Freedom belongs to none other than House Majority Leader Tom "the Former Bug Exterminator" DeLay. As with the past Douche Bags of Freedom (DBFs), the honor goes to the Honorable DeLay for his total disregard for looking like a complete idiot.

Tom DeLay, who is under investigation for unethical behavior in a multitude of settings, including feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations and getting wined and dined by special-interest groups, had this to say on the House floor in November 1995.

The time has come that the American people know exactly what their representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special-interest groups? Or are they working hard to represent their constituents? The people, the American people, have a right to know. I say the best disinfectant is full disclosure.
And thus his appropriate title.

Tom DeLay
Douche Bag of Freedom

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Six Degrees of Bush

Or less.

Neil Bush, the president's controversial younger brother, six years ago joined the cardinal who this week became Pope Benedict XVI as a founding board member of a little known Swiss ecumenical foundation.
Is there a Bush on every board? That's so dirty -- and for so many reasons.

Blasphemy!

Let the shouting and protesting from the Right begin.

Sen. Arlen Specter is pushing legislation to expand stem cell research...

Just Don't Do It

Private Republican polling shows scant support for a plan to stop minority Democrats from blocking judicial nominees, officials said Thursday, as two of President Bush's most controversial appointments advanced toward a possible Senate confrontation.

These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a recent survey taken for Senate Republicans showed 37 percent support for the GOP plan to deny Democrats the ability to filibuster judicial nominees, while 51 percent oppose.
A simple majority of Republicans oppose such a "nuclear option," and that's just in the party wanting to make it happen! The number would be staggering if a similar poll were done on the Democrat side. But the awesomeness of this poll is trumped by a second part.
Additionally, the survey indicated only about 20 percent of Americans believe the Republican statement that Bush is the first president in history whose court appointees have been subjected to a filibuster...
The idiocy of that number is astounding and terrifying. And I betcha they're all Republicans.

Nice Try, Come Again

Tom from Aldaynet was nice enough to point out (PDF) that 70% of college students are "somewhat or very concerned" Social Security will not pay out benefits when they retire. He uses this statistic as a carte blanche on why we, as Americans, must give into the Bush push for private savings accounts. Only problem is, it's not an exclusive relationship.

I'm one of those 70%. Well, I was when I was still in college. But now that I'm out, I'm still "somewhat or very concerned" that Social Security won't be able to pay out the benefits that I'm paying into the system right now. Not so much "very concerned" as I am curious. There is obviously a cash flow problem on the horizon. There is obviously a need for a change.

But I don't believe that the private accounts that Bush and his posse are touting is the way to reform the system to assuage my fears. Yes, something needs to be done. No, this is not the answer. Simple enough.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Religious McCarthyism

The Republican leadership is going down an extremely distasteful and dangerous road by aligning itself with a group that is campaigning against Democrats by saying they are "against people of faith."

[House Majority Leader Tom] DeLay's religious rhetoric reminds us of the poison Sen. Joseph McCarthy spread through the political system in the early 1950s with his anti-communism crusade. And, much as President Dwight Eisenhower chose not to take on McCarthy for political reasons, Bush is refusing to split with DeLay because Bush needs his support for his domestic programs and fears alienating the religious right.
Oh no, you can't alienate the religious right.

Kifaya, Already

President Bush on Monday made a fresh pitch for his Social Security overhaul in this Republican-friendly state [of South Carolina]. ... South Carolina is the 22nd state that the president has visited to sell the idea of Social Security reform.
President Bush has started a fresh new trek from sea to shining sea that takes him around the country to talk about Social Security reform. And yet when asked about their confidence level in the president to make the right decision with Social Security, only 25% of those polled believed President Bush would do the right thing. That, of course, is down from 31% in February.

Seventy-three percent of those polled felt uneasy about President Bush tampering with Social Security -- up from 63% in February.

So if the more the American public hears and understands the president's plan for reformation equates a drop in the numbers of the American public who agree with the president, when do we start demanding that the president quits wasting so much damn gas and just stick his ass back in Washington? Honestly! Who's paying for these dismal failures known as town hall meetings? We are! I am. Enough already.

Parallels of Faith

Roman Catholic cardinals reached to the church's conservative wing on Tuesday and chose as the 265th pope Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a seasoned and hard-line German theologian who served as John Paul II's defender of the faith.
In other words, the Dick Cheney to George W. Or Mini-Me to Dr. Evil. Parallels are strictly relationshipal and do not speak of individual personalities or behaviors.

Riiight.

Icing on the Cake

The latest accusations of abuse aimed at the president's nominee [Tom Bolton] to be America's ambassador to the United Nations come from a self-described "liberal Democrat" who in 2004 helped organize the Dallas chapter of "Mothers Opposing Bush."
And, according to Tom from Aldaynet, this is reason enough to dismiss her allegations against the nominee. But, if anything, it's not.

The allegation -- this one, that is, and not the other half dozen or so against him -- deals with an incident when a inferior (read: woman) had the balls to disagree with him.
A former contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development also has come forward with charges that Bolton had harassed her and spread falsehoods about her while he worked as a lawyer for a private firm, [Sen.] Biden said.

Biden read a letter from the woman, who wrote, "Mr. Bolton proceeded to chase me through the halls of a Russian hotel, throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under my door and genuinely behaving like a madman. I eventually retreated to my hotel room and stayed there. Mr. Bolton then routinely visited me to pound on the door and shout threats."
The woman making the accusations puts it best when she said,
"There is no question that I have been a vocal and outspoken critic of this administration and I am a very liberal Democrat. But it is equally no secret that I had a run-in with John Bolton."
Exactly.

And even if her story turns out to be bogus, which there is no real evidence to suggest such a thing, there are many others lodging complaints against him -- some of which he does not even deny. He's a bad man. He's Tom's man.

Deflection Shield On

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay treated his political donors to a bird's-eye view of a Three Tenors concert from an arena skybox leased by a lobbyist now under criminal investigation. DeLay's political action committee did not reimburse lobbyist Jack Abramoff for the May 2000 use of the skybox, instead treating it as a type of donation that didn't have to be disclosed to election regulators at the time.
His unethical dealings pile higher and higher with each passing day, and yet we hear nothing but praise from those who claim their victory last November came by appealing to the ethical and moral wants of the American public. Their hypocrisy stinks of rotting flesh.

Of course, though, DeLay won't go down without a fight. Instead of denying (believably, anyway) these allegations, he's using the ole Smoke Screen tactic. His favorite diversion? Activist Judges.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench has been "incredibly outrageous," his latest salvo at the federal judiciary in the weeks following the courts' refusal to stop Terri Schiavo's death.
Look over there, not at me.

Where did he make these allegations? Fox News, of course. Of course.

Crushing Santorum

Democratic state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr., who hopes to challenge Republican Sen. Rick Santorum next year, increased his lead to 14 points in a poll released Wednesday.
Boo Yeah!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

You Bad, Me Good

Isn't a little sickening that the same President who claimed to share "a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated," in reference to the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal and the same President who is now accusing Iran of violating the rights of Arabs and other minority groups, is the exact same President who, along with Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft, signed off on a secret system of detention and interrogation that opened the door to such methods as those used in Abu Ghraib?

It was an approach that they adopted to sidestep the historical safeguards of the Geneva Conventions, which protect the rights of detainees and prisoners of war. In doing so, they overrode the objections of Secretary of State Colin Powell and America's top military lawyers—and they left underlings to sweat the details of what actually happened to prisoners in these lawless places.
Indeed, it's the pot calling the kettle black. But not black. They haven't accepted them into society yet. It's the non-rain cloud calling the inside of a cucumber white.

Setbacks R Us

John Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador suffered an unexpected setback Tuesday when the Republican- controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee scrapped plans for a vote in favor of a fresh look at allegations of unbecoming conduct.
I shed a tear.*
The decision came after Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, shocked his fellow Republicans by saying he wanted more time to study the charges against John Bolton, the State Department's top arms-control official.

"I've heard enough today to give me some real concern," Voinovich said. "I don't feel comfortable voting today."
What is the concern? He's a bully who cannot admit when he's wrong, or stand to hear other people tell him that he's wrong.
The Democrats also established that Bolton sought to have an analyst on the National Intelligence Council, an advisory group to the CIA director, replaced for the same reasons. Bolton didn't dispute the allegation.

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said his staff had learned of at least two other episodes in which Bolton had sought to penalize junior bureaucrats.

A former contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development also has come forward with charges that Bolton had harassed her and spread falsehoods about her while he worked as a lawyer for a private firm, Biden said.

Biden read a letter from the woman, who wrote, "Mr. Bolton proceeded to chase me through the halls of a Russian hotel, throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under my door and genuinely behaving like a madman. I eventually retreated to my hotel room and stayed there. Mr. Bolton then routinely visited me to pound on the door and shout threats."
What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man! Say it again. What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man.*

*Not really.

Closer

U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay described himself as "closer to God" on Tuesday as a result of intense scrutiny of his ethical conduct.
I just laugh and laugh at the absurdity. Oh my. Just laugh and laugh. Okay, I'm finished. No I'm not! Haha!

Not only because I cannot see DeLay as all that religious, but also because it makes me think of the Nine Inch Nails song, which totally rocks. I wanna unethically travel overseas using expenses paid for by nonprofit groups or by lobbyists and private interests working through those groups like an animal. I wanna feel you from the inside.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

More Trouble in Fantasyworld

Just add this to the second-term blues. It must suck having all that political capital and mandate and stuff and not being able to cash in on it worth one iota.

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska signaled Friday that his support for the nomination of John R. Bolton as U.N. ambassador was wavering after new reports that Bolton ordered an intelligence analyst removed from his job.
Tear.
The analyst, a State Department employee who now works on Hagel's Senate staff, is the third intelligence analyst reported to have been threatened or intimidated by Bolton, who has served since 2001 as undersecretary of State for arms control and international security.
A freaking cryin' shame.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Much is Such

What kind of nutties was I referring to in my previous post about the absurdity of judicial nominations made by President Bush? This should whet your appetite of unbelievability.

In Hope v. Pelzer, 536 U.S. 730 (2002), [William] Pryor vigorously defended Alabama's practice of handcuffing prison inmates to hitching posts in the hot sun if they refused to work on chain gangs or otherwise disrupted them. In 1995, Alabama was the only state in the country that still used chain gangs and the only one that used the hitching post. 536 U.S. at 733. The post was a horizontal bar to which inmates were handcuffed "in a standing position and remain[ed] standing the entire time they [were] placed on the post." 536 U.S. at 734. The plaintiff in this case, Larry Hope, charged that he had been handcuffed to a hitching post twice, one time for seven hours, during which he was shirtless "while the sun burned his skin... During this 7-hour period, he was given water only once or twice and was given no bathroom breaks. At one point, a guard taunted Hope about his thirst. According to Hope's affidavit: '[The guard] first gave water to some dogs, then brought the water cooler closer to me, removed its lid, and kicked the cooler over, spilling the water onto the ground.'" 536 U.S. at 734-35.

Pryor's brief contended that Mr. Hope had not been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. In fact, Pryor’s brief asserted that "the risks to Hope of pain, dehydration, sunburn, wrist injury, and harassment were hardly greater and perhaps even less than that faced by his fellow inmates who dutifully worked in the sun all day" on the chain gangs.
If only she had thought of it first.

Please Shove It

Michelle Malkin, what "blah" would look and sound like if it were a person, got her metaphorical panties into a bind the other day over some products being sold on the official DNC website Cafe Press by official DNC staffers some loser that portrayed several not-so nice images depicting a suicidal President Bush and words asking that he please kill himself. She wrote,

And before the "everybody does it" apologists pooh-pooh this lunatic anti-Bush merchandise: There's tasteless political paraphernalia on both sides of the aisle, but I've already searched and there are currently no "Kill Kerry" products, blood-spattered or otherwise, being sold at Cafe Press.
But, as anyone with two brain cells to rub together can find, the Right's thirst for blood goes well beyond John Kerry.

Dear Liberals, Please Commit Suicide

Dear Teddy Kennedy, Please Commit Suicide

Dear Hillary Clinton, Please Commit Suicide

Frankly, this all disgusts me. Pooh-pooh all you want about who started it first and who has the least amount of taste, but as long as we're talking about some computer geek and not a major corporation or political party, give it a break. You're boring me.

Come Join Us Stone a Man

As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees.
That's all fine and dandy. But on the same token, can I also put together a telecast portraying the 51 million Americans who voted for President Bush (out of a national population of over 300,000 thousand) as "against Catholics" or "against tall people" or "against those without Texas drawls" or "against those with the thought-capability to say 'strategy'" or "against people with long chins"? It's absurd.

Democrats aren't blocking the nominations because of their faiths. They're blocking them because Bush's nominees are whacked-out, coke-addicted, spray-paint-huffing sons and daughters of whores. Or something like that.

Just Another Day

We are living in a material world and I am a material girl.

Stocks plunged again Friday, suffering their worst day of 2005 and the third straight triple-digit loss for the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow fell 198 points after an already uneasy market was disappointed with the latest economic news.
Thank God for that Republican majority.
On March 7, the Senate voted to kill two amendments to increase the minimum wage attached to the bankruptcy bill (S. 256). One offered by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour over two years, lost in a close 46–49 vote.
They're champions of the working people of the nation! Watch as they look out for your best interests instead of lining their own pocketbooks.
The measure would shift most large class-action lawsuits involving parties from different states to federal courts, removing them from the jurisdiction of state courts that historically have been more receptive to such suits. The legislation had been strongly pushed by business groups, which argued that class-action lawsuits were enriching trial lawyers... Critics charged that the legislation would deprive Americans of legal recourse when they were wronged by powerful corporations.
Smaller federal government brought to you by, well, no one.

And last but certainly not lease, with the recent passing of the Bankruptcy Reform Bill by the House and Senate, and the president set to sign it into law, the American people aren't being served. They're being shoved to the side.
[The reform bill] marks the second major change in law to benefit business since Republicans increased their House and Senate majorities in last fall's elections.
Welcome to a country run by complete, selfish, hypocritical idiots (AKA Republicans).

Fathering the World

I never heard of such a thing, but in my travels on this strange contraption called the Internet today I found out that there are in fact things called wholphins. They are a mix between whales and dolphins. Such a world we live in!

The only whale-dolphin mix in captivity has given birth to a playful female calf, officials at Sea Life Park Hawaii said Thursday.
The mother, Kekaimalu, is herself a mix of false killer whale and an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Although the zoo did not disclose the identity of the father, I believe we can deduce and use our skills of logic to narrow the field. Park officials say that the father could be an 8-foot long bottlenose dolphin, but they are quick to admit that they are not positive.

I think a description of a false killer whale may lead us in the right direction.
False killer whales do not closely resemble killer whales. They grow to 20 feet, weigh up to two tons and have a tapering, rounded snout that overhangs their toothed jaw.
Hmm... sounds familiar... Two tons... two tons... two tons...

Bingo!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Impeding Investigations

Now that they were caught playing unfairly by paying off conservative commentators to tout their policies -- because the commentator in question actually wrote against the policy before he was paid to endorse it -- the Bush administration is playing chicken with the investigation looking into whether they crossed any legal lines in their conduct.

The Bush administration is impeding an investigation into the Education Department's hiring of commentator Armstrong Williams by refusing to allow key White House officials to be interviewed, a Democratic lawmaker briefed on the review said Thursday.
Bastards.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

I'll Be Around

Posting will be light in the next few days for a multitude of reasons. One being that my birthday is in exactly 42 minutes. Another is that some family stuff has come up and I won't be around to do my usual posting. The third reason is that my computer is on the fritz yet again and I hate using this crappy old one for long periods of time. It sucks and it just annoys me to no end.

But, as I have been away from the Internets, I have been unable to keep up with the news as much as I should. One little ditty from today had me giggling though and I knew I just had to post on it.

Private GOP tensions over Tom DeLay's ethics controversy spilled into public Sunday, as a Senate leader called on DeLay to explain his actions and one House Republican demanded the majority leader's resignation.

"Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election," Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., told The Associated Press in an interview, calling for DeLay to step down as majority leader."
Hurting the Republican Party? Ya think? That's the understatement of the year. One Republican has the balls to stand up and speak the truth out in public. When will the next come along?

Saturday, April 09, 2005

He's All Alone

Taking a cue from good ole Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, President Bush said in an interview that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is off his rocker. Well, in so many words.

Asked in a conversation with reporters about statements by Mr. DeLay that judges were out of control and should be held accountable, the president said: "I believe in an independent judiciary. I believe in proper checks and balances."
Slap slap slap. And another one for good measure.

Don't Understand

I just don't understand gay Republicans. But, if they're happy and they aren't hurting anyone -- so be it. Take this with what you will.

Arthur J. Finkelstein, a prominent Republican consultant who has directed a series of hard-edged political campaigns to elect conservatives in the United States and Israel over the last 25 years, said Friday that he had married his male partner in a civil ceremony at his home in Massachusetts.

Mr. Finkelstein, 59, who has made a practice of defeating Democrats by trying to demonize them as liberal, said in a brief interview that he had married his partner of 40 years to ensure that the couple had the same benefits available to married heterosexual couples.
Democrats are liberal demons. Come to think of it, I don't mind gay Republicans, but I despise gay Republican hypocrites. And they seem to be one and the same.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Going Down and Down

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey published Thursday showed a drop in approval of Mr. Bush's handling of the economy to 41 percent from 46 percent two months ago. A USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll released this week found an even sharper drop, to 41 percent from 48 percent five weeks earlier.
And that's not even the worse of the news! This is just too unbelievable.
In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 34 percent of respondents said the country was headed in the right direction, down from 42 percent in February.
Two months ago, a full 58 percent of Americans thought that this country was headed in the wrong direction. Now, in the beginning of April, a full 66 percent of people think this country is headed in the wrong direction. Republican President, Republican House, Republican Senate. Sixty-six percent of American people think this country is fucked up. Do ya see any correlation there?

Friday Moment of Zen

When Bush's face appeared on giant screen TVs showing the ceremony, many in the crowds outside St. Peter's Square booed and whistled.
See what happens when the administration can't control the people at an event?

Down on the Ground

Can it possibly get any worse? Oh yeah. It's getting much, much worse. And still conservatives pretend it doesn't mean anything.

Bush's job approval is at 44 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. Only 37 percent have a favorable opinion of the work being done by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Forty-four percent! Can you believe it? The man who made the wild and false claim of having some political capital to spend [I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.] is doing a horrible job, with most Americans disapproving of his sorry ass. He's flipped his rocker.

And not only that, but now
Senate Republicans are considering temporarily sidetracking President Bush's plan for personal investment accounts under Social Security...
That's right. The President is too far off the track that the GOP must now sidetrack his plan in order to become somewhat believable and gain the trust of everyday Americans again. Most Americans are weary of Social Security reform, but he keeps on chugging. It's a wonder he was elected at all. Hmm.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Go Your Own Way

"No one should be punished for choosing to go their own way," said Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.
So true on so many levels.

Time to Strike

Democrats, who often ignored Rep. Tom DeLay's Republican-leaning district, see a political opening in 2006 now that the House Majority leader faces ethics questions and dismay over his intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.
Ya think? This week, a Houston Chronicle poll in the district found that 49 percent said they would vote for someone else. If played right, it could be like picking candy from a baby. Or, in a Republican analogy, like getting a gay male prostitute into the White House briefing room.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Fallen on Bad Times

Americans by 53%-34% say they disapprove of Bush's handling of the Schiavo case. Congress' rating on Schiavo is worse: 76% disapprove, 20% approve.

By more than 2-to-1, 39%-18%, Americans say the "religious right" has too much influence in the Bush administration.
Political capital. Mandate. HA!

Dirty Tricks

There once was a memo written by a Republican detailing the advantages of exciting the pro-life base by pushing ahead with legislation to interfere in many courts' decisions to allow a very ill woman the right to die.

The mystery of the memo's origin had roiled the Capitol, with Republicans accusing Democrats of concocting the document as a dirty trick. And conservative bloggers had challenged the authenticity of the memo. But, their own breed of dirty tricks have proved fruitless as today the author of the memo -- the legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) -- admitted to writing and distributing it in an effort to be the most insensitive prick since Trent Lott.

Bastards.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Buying Power

The wife and daughter of Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, have been paid more than $500,000 since 2001 by Mr. DeLay's political action and campaign committees.
Who knew the devil paid out so much money for two souls?

Good Cop, Bad Cop

In either a maneuver to repair a maimed image in the minds of the 80% of Americans who saw through the Republicans' facade of compassion and realized they were playing to the religious right of the party, or in a maneuver to play good cop to balance out Tom DeLay's insane, insensitive, lunatic bad cop routine, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Tuesday that courts had acted fairly in the Terri Schiavo "right-to-die" case.

"I believe we have a fair and independent judiciary today."
Wha-wha-what? The notion of activist judges is a myth? I wish they'd get their talking points straight.

Hehe, I said "straight."

Drunken Intelligence

US relied on 'drunken liar' to justify war,
read the title of an article in the Sunday's edition of the British newspaper Observer. At first I thought the "drunken liar" in question was a reference to President Bush, but it turns out the truth was much, much worse.
An alcoholic cousin of an aide to Ahmed Chalabi has emerged as the key source in the US rationale for going to war in Iraq. According to a US presidential commission looking into pre-war intelligence failures, the basis for pivotal intelligence on Iraq's alleged biological weapons programmes and fleet of mobile labs was a spy described as 'crazy' by his intelligence handlers and a 'congenital liar' by his friends.
Yep, it's the liberals and the Democrats who let America down. Totally. What the hell were they thinking?

Poor Presidency

President Bush's approval rating has plunged to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, the Gallup Organization reported today.
All other presidents who served a second term had approval ratings well above 50% in the March following their election, Gallup reported. Bush's current rating is 45%. The next lowest was Reagan with 56% in March 1985.

Wait a moment. The second lowest approval rating for a president at this point in a second term was 56%? A full 11 percentage points more than what Bush has now? Ha! And it was Reagan. Double-HA! Political capital, my ass.

Guilty Conscience

What does a guilty conscience look like?

Defiance defines House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who has three lawyers, one crisis consultant with Justice Department experience and a new support group of conservative activists as he tries to survive allegations of ethical misconduct.
Three lawyers? Honestly. Who needs three lawyers?

Monday, April 04, 2005

Whatcha Think?

There are polls for all occassions -- and, true to form, the Associated Press doesn't leave us wondering the views and opinions of Americans in this time of remorse for the Catholic faith.

With the next pope hanging in the wings, the poll shows that a majority of American Catholics find the dogma of Vatican City antiquated and in need of some change.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans and 60 percent of U.S. Catholics said the next pope should change church policies to allow priests to marry.

Most Americans, 64 percent, said women should be allowed to become priests, and 60 percent of the surveyed American Catholics agreed in the poll.
Perhaps the times are a-changing.

Cincinnati Rocks!

Sometimes washed-up, middle-aged former boy band members just have to stand up and represent.

Justin Jeffre, a former member of 98 Degrees, wants to be Cincinnati's next mayor, saying his love for his hometown and desire to make it better motivated his decision to run.
All the power to him and his quest to build a second career after the dismal failure he called his first career. We here at Zac Attack wish him the very bes -- Actually, we don't give a flying fig newton.

Don't You Forget

Poland is withdrawing about a third of its 2,400 troops [stationed in Iraq].
You forgot Poland, didn't ya?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Cheney Disappointed

On another issue, Cheney said he backed efforts to help save Terri Schiavo's life, but strongly disagreed with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who wants retribution against judges who blocked restoration of her feeding tube.

"I don't think that's appropriate ... There's a reason why judges get lifetime appointments," he said.
If Dick Cheney thinks you've gone over the line, you've gone waaaay over the line. It's just the way it is.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Until Tomorrow

I've got my dancing shoes on, so I won't be posting until some time tomorrow afternoon. My friends and I are going into the city to dance the night away.

I Appoint Thee

Damn obstructionist Republicans. Last night the White House announced that President Bush, brushing aside a stall tactic by Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., appointed the nine-member commission that will determine military bases closings without waiting for Senate confirmation.

Lott, the racist former Senate Majority Leader with a heart of gold for the gents and ladies in uniform, had said the United States should not be closing bases while troops are at war. "I will try to stop it at any point and in any way I possibly can." He placed a "hold" on Principi's nomination, according to aides and lobbyists speaking on condition of anonymity. The hold delayed voting on the nomination. He also was expected to place holds on the other nominations as well, the aides and lobbyists told The Associated Press earlier this week.

But his everything wasn't enough to stop the evil Bush Junta from appointing a commission during the Senate recess, thus skirting Lott's objections. The commission will determine which military bases in the United States are just asking to be closed in our time of perpetual war, and which will be allowed to stay open and house our men and women who are fighting in far off countries and whose families count on the bases as their home.

God. Their love for our soldiers is the stuff dreams are made of.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Watch Yourself

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday blamed Terri Schiavo's death on what he contended was a failed legal system and he raised the possibility of trying to impeach some of the federal judges in the case.

"The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior," said DeLay, R-Texas.
Almost reminiscent of another pushy, arrogant Republican who once threatened then-President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He’d better have a bodyguard.

Jesse Helms (b. 1921), U.S. Republican senator from North Carolina. New York Times, p. A19 (November 23, 1994).
The streak of nastiness is apparent.

Sean Says Asshole

Everyone knows Sean Hannity is a fraud and his moral uppityness is nothing more than a show to get people to like him. But if the media is soon finished talking about death -- or those on the verge of death -- perhaps we can talk about Hannity's potty mouth. Click and listen!

HANNITY: Congressman's next. This is one negative guy. I'm gonna pound him too, like those other guys. ... You outta be ashamed of yourself, Congressman. [A spanking sound. Either one person clapping, or something more interesting and exciting!] Jerk. Jim Moran. Uh, I forget where he's from. Where's he from, Findley. [Papers shuffled] He, he wanted to talk about Medicare. Good God, what a jerk. Did you hear that, Frank? Asshole. God I hate these people, you have no idea. It's unbelievable to me. How pissed was Moran, not that I give a shit. I have always, couldn't stand this guy.
That's Sean Hannity for you. Using the Lord God's name in vain. Shame on you, Mr. Hannity. Shame on you. Asshole.

And shame on you, Congressman Moran. How dare you want to talk about Medicare with The Hannity? Shame on you. Asshole.

Bill Did It

With the Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction clearing the Bush adminstration of manipulating the intelligence from Iraq for political purposes -- although evidence just released today shows a much different story -- a Kentucky Senator places the blame on a popular Republican scapegoat: Bill Clinton.

"The Clinton administration cut the intel budget by 20 percent. The Director of Intelligence got rid of spies -- human intelligence that we badly needed in the war against terror," said [Sen. Kit] Bond.
If it weren't for this pesky report, the Clinton administration would've gotten away with falsely hyping the war with Iraq, allowing a thousand Americans to be killed, and murdering tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis -- not including the thousands and thousands of guilty Iraqis.

Good thing we didn't reelect Clinton for a third term and allowed him to invade Iraq on false pretenses.

Brownback on His Back

Add this name to the list of scary-ass potential 2008 presidential candidates: Sen. Sam Brownback. The Kansas Republican is using a network of social conservatives and Christian activists to raise his profile in Iowa and New Hampshire, two states critical to White House hopefuls.

In an interview Thursday, Brownback said he has not made a formal decision on whether to run and would not give a timetable on when he would decide. "I'm exploring the options," he said. "There's a lot of interest in the topics that I've been pushing for some time."

What kind of topics?

Internet pornography is corrupting children and hooking adults into an addiction that threatens their jobs and families, a panel of anti-porn advocates told the hearing organized by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., chairman of the Commerce subcommittee on science.

Brownback, an outspoken Christian conservative who has championed efforts to curb indecency on television and the Internet, said the public is beginning to realize "they don't just have to take it."
You don't have to take it.. lying down. Internet pornography is horrible, unpatriotic shit. Pornography you actually have to pay for is, of course, another story.

Don't Talk to Me

Believing in an unadulterated Second Amendment, the Bush administration is attempting to circumnavigate the First Amendment wherever possible. Case in point: Denver, Colorado.

The White House on Wednesday said three people were bounced from last week's presidential speech in Denver "out of concern they might try to disrupt the event."
Their concern? "They had done nothing but arrive in a car bearing an anti-war bumper sticker." That's it. Bam. You're against war, you must leave the speaking event because this president only speaks to those who support him utterly. This makes perfect sense because there's no such thing as a Republican who was against the war in Iraq. Of course. But the story gets better.
And they said they were evicted by a man who dressed and acted like a Secret Service agent. But a Secret Service investigation found the man was a Republican Party staffer who was working President Bush's town hall meeting on Social Security at the Wings over the Rockies museum.
The man who asked them to leave wasn't even Secret Service! It was some guy playing dress-up. Isn't that great?!

Not only does this adminstration not believe in the First Amendment, it's teaching others to be just like them. And this isn't a freak occurence. Many such instances have been reported.
North Dakota's congressional delegation wants to get to the bottom of a list that barred more than 40 people from President Bush's speech last month in Fargo.
Sigh. I thought he was a man of the people.

I Spit at You

The Party of Absolute Intolerance strikes again.

The 18-year-old from Lake Worth had been accepted into the Army and planned to enlist after graduating this spring from Santaluces High School. But the plan came apart in late October when [Steven Soper] attacked his girlfriend after learning she planned to vote for Sen. John Kerry in the presidential election.
Soper dragged Stacey Silveira, kicking and screaming, into her house before throwing her to the floor and spitting on her, police reports said. Soper reportedly bit Silveira and then placed a knife in her hand and told her to kill him, because a vote for Kerry would mean he would die anyway. But his fear of death must have been short-lived because he still hopes to one day serve in the military.

And how.

Bugging the Bug Man

Add insensitive prick to his rap-sheet. Yesterday, in another attempt to shift attention away from his ethical misgivings, House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay -- former bug exterminator -- said, "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."

The men he's referring to are unelected judges -- more specifically, those who rule against him or defendents he believes are right. The the "this" is in reference to the death of Terri Schiavo.

But his comments come just one month after a federal judge's family was murdered in cold blood in their home, supposedly in response to her high-profile cases and the decisions she's handed down that angered many.

U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow found her husband and mother shot dead in the basement of her home Monday night.. Michael F. Lefkow, 64, an attorney, and Donna Grace Humphrey, 90, were lying in blood with gunshot wounds to the head when the judge arrived to a darkened house at 6 p.m., a source close to the investigation said.
What an insensitive, opportunist asshole.

But I Believe

As former secretary of state Colin L. Powell worked into the night in a New York hotel room, on the eve of his February 2003 presentation to the U.N. Security Council, CIA officers sent urgent e-mails and cables describing grave doubts about a key charge he was going to make.

On the telephone that night, a senior intelligence officer warned then-CIA Director George J. Tenet that he lacked confidence in the principal source of the assertion that Saddam Hussein's scientists were developing deadly agents in mobile laboratories.
Now they tell us! But there were weapons of mass destruction! I clapped my hands and I believed and everything. There were WMDs, America! Listen to me! Donald Rumsfeld said he knew where they were. He wouldn't lie!