Thursday, June 30, 2005

Boo Hoo

When political correctness goes nutso.

The National Park Service sought out footage of "conservative - right-wing demonstrations" to revise the video shown to visitors at the Lincoln Memorial after being pressured by conservatives who complained the display implied Abraham Lincoln supported abortion, homosexuality and liberal causes.

Park Service documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show officials purchased video of President Bush, pro-gun advocates and pro-Iraq war rallies and also considered removing images of Democratic former President Clinton at the memorial. Charleton "mixed ethnicity" Heston instead of President Clinton? I think not.

Flip-Flopping, LXIV

In today's Washington Post, we learn that "the White House recently brought onto its staff one of the nation's top academic experts on public opinion during wartime, whose studies are now helping Bush craft his message two years into a war with no easy end in sight. Behind the president's speech is a conviction among White House officials that the battle for public opinion on Iraq hinges on their success in convincing Americans that, whatever their views of going to war in the first place, the conflict there must and can be won."

Isn't it a little dangerous to govern according to polling data and public opinion? If he now is going to use polling data to determine what he says, one would sure hope Bush never said anything against using polls in such a context, right? A hypocrite, that would make.

But what's his excuse for this?

THE PRESIDENT: Polls? You know, if a President tries to govern based upon polls, you're kind of like a dog chasing your tail. I don't think you can make good, sound decisions based upon polls. And I don't think the American people want a President who relies upon polls and focus groups to make decisions for the American people.

-- Press Conference, April 28, 2005

At this point, former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers piped up, "What do the poll numbers say?" All eyes turned to Bush. Without missing a beat, the famous Bush smirk crossed the president's face and he replied, "In this White House, Dee Dee, we don't poll on something as important as national security."

-- President Bush to Dee Dee Myers, quoted in "The Other War Room: President Bush Doesn't Believe in Polling -- Just Ask His Pollsters" by Joshua Green, Washington Monthly, April 2002

He's not a hypocrite, he's a flip-flopper. And we've learned from our conservative colleagues that it's a bad name to be called. I feel safer already.

Axis of Fabulous

Today Spain has become the newest member of the Axis of Evil. While I was still nestled in my bed watching the third season of Sex & the City on my day off, the Spanish parliament legalized gay marriage, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third country to allow same-sex unions nationwide. Jubilant gay activists blew kisses to lawmakers after the vote.

Why do they hate traditional marriage so much?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Anti-Labor Department

What happens when a report commissioned by the Labor Department into the working conditions of the countries President Bush wants to do trade with according to his Central American Free Trade Agreement turns up documentation of poor working environments and failings to protect workers' rights?

It becomes hidden as far away from the public eye as possible, of course.

The Labor Department instructed its contractor -- International Labor Rights Fund --to remove the reports from its Web site, ordered it to retrieve paper copies before they became public, banned release of new information from the reports, and even told the contractor it could not discuss the studies with outsiders. Why must they hide or edit reports that don't jive with their goals? When a puzzle piece doesn't fit, you don't take scissors to it until it does. You turn the puzzle around.

Why Do They Hate Fetuses?

"As a country, we must keep our pledge to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence. That is why we say the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," is what the Republican platform used to look like. Now the communal thought of Senate Republicans is one of sick manipulative testing on unborn children. The same political party that calls stem-cell research immoral finds itself supporting pesticide testing on expectant mothers and their children.

The approved amendment, brought up to vote by Democratic Senator Boxer from California, will block the Environmental Protection Agency from using studies that intentionally expose people to pesticides when considering permits for pest killers. The measure passed 60-37.

Those expressly supporting the testing of deadly chemicals on unborn children include such abortion foes as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. The very same Rick Santorum who brought his dead 20-week old, prematurely delivered son home to show his kids.
In his Senate office, on a shelf next to an autographed baseball, Sen. Rick Santorum keeps a framed photo of his son Gabriel Michael, the fourth of his seven children. Named for two archangels, Gabriel Michael was born prematurely, at 20 weeks, on Oct. 11, 1996, and lived two hours outside the womb.

Upon their son's death, Rick and Karen Santorum opted not to bring his body to a funeral home. Instead, they bundled him in a blanket and drove him to Karen's parents' home in Pittsburgh. There, they spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass.
It should also be duly noted that the only reason a vote on the matter was destined to take place is because President Bush and his administration lifted a partial moratorium imposed in 1998 by the Clinton administration on using human testing for pesticide approvals.

Culture of Life, my ass. They should be ashamed, and they have a lot of explaining to do. I'd like to see them even remotely try to excuse this inexcusable filth.

Great Pennsylvanians

I've had the unfortunate luck of actually meeting this Douchebag of Freedom. Sad but true. I am not in his district, thank God, but his anti-gay, racist antics are quite well-known in my part of the state. This doesn't surprise us.

And for the record, I don't agree with Rep. John Myers either. They're both idiots and they're both Democrats. Fuck em both.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane

President Bush's approval rating is perpetually under 50% and the number of Americans agreeing with his direction in Iraq continues to diminish. Gas prices continue to rise. Barely anyone believes we were told the truth as to why we invaded Iraq, and a majority of Americans scoff at the notion of reforming Social Security to include personal savings accounts. His nominee for the top diplomat position to the United Nations has been stalled for months, with no end in sight. The more radical of his judicial nominees were forever destroyed, with the more moderate -- and I use the term "moderate" loosely -- were only allowed through in a compromise constructed to appease the Democrats.

It's just not a very good year to be President Bush.

But, hark, what is that? It's a mysterious plane entering the no-fly zone around the Capitol the day after President Bush made a desperate plea to the American people to get them to like him again. Quick! Raise the terror warning.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I Shrug

I kid you not. This is the official website of the Renewal in Iraq program.

Doing the Diet Thing

To prove that Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, isn't all that bad, two women -- an editor and a producer -- from FOX News are going to eat like the prisoners do. Armed simply with a menu from Tony Snow's webpage -- yes, that's a link to a song titled "Thank God I'm a Republican" at the bottom of the page -- these fine ladies are off to show that living indefinitely in a prison without being charged with a crime can be fun and invigorating!

We may gain weight if we eat everything on the diet, which averages 2,684 calories per day. We may lose weight, considering we're both making radical and healthy changes to our current snacking patterns. After all, the diet offers very little refined sugar or processed white flour.
Oh it sounds like paradise. It sounds like they're living in, as Dick Cheney called it, the tropics! Now all you need is a woman bending your fingers back to the point where you find yourself on the floor screaming and writhing in pain. I wonder if they need someone malicious enough to do such a thing. I may know just the woman.

Oopsie Daisy

President Nixon, every conservative Republican's second favorite president, referred privately to Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as an "old witch" and national security adviser Henry Kissinger insulted Indians in general, according to transcripts of Oval Office tapes and newly declassified documents released Tuesday. It should also be said that Karl Rove is reported to have been a Nixon fan since the age of nine.

"We really slobbered over the old witch," Nixon told Kissinger, according to a transcript of their conversation released as part of a State Department compilation of significant documents involving American foreign policy.

Let this be a warning to you all. If you're going to say rude things about women, gays, Indians, or any other group not associated with you, make sure the little red button isn't pressed to the on position.

Show Me the Money

Heaping insult on top of injury, the Washington state Republican Party was ordered to pay the Democratic Party $15,000 to cover court costs in the GOP's unsuccessful challenge to the election of Gov. Christine O. Gregoire. Officials said the check was cut Friday as Chelan County Superior Court Judge E. Bridges signed a final order in Wenatchee to dismiss the Republican challenge, affirming a ruling he issued June 6 that upheld the election results.

Not only did they lose, but they had to pay for it -- literally.

Come See the Light

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, our friend and ally in the War on Terror, saw the light today and ordered the re-arrest of 13 men accused of involvement in the gang-rape of a woman in 2002, pending the outcome of the rape victim's appeal in the high-profile case.

Originally, five out of the six men convicted of raping Mukhtaran Mai were subsequently acquitted. It's been a long time coming, but at least Pakistan now has one toe in the water of human dignity. Thanks be to you. And thanks be to the international outcry that followed the acquittal.

Italians = the French

Italian prosecutors want to extradite 13 CIA officials accused of kidnapping a radical Muslim cleric and transporting him to Egypt where he reportedly was tortured, and they've asked Interpol to help track down the Americans, a court official said Tuesday.
Doesn't Italy know we're at war?! Don't they know that in time of war, you don't question how the United States gets its information? Why do they hate America so much?

Friendly with the Audiences

President Bush sure does love giving national addresses in front of military audiences and audiences by invite-only. What do the two have in common? Those you invite are more than likely going to be sympathetic toward your proposals, and,

Few audiences are as predictably friendly as military ones, duty bound to show respect for their commander in chief, often bursting into whoops.
And Bingo was his name-o.

Down, Down in the Dumps

Finally, as if the wool were pulled away from the metaphoric eyes of the populace, a majority of Americans disapprove of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. It took over two years, 1,700 American deaths, two abuse scandals, too many troops without adequate armor and too many disgustingly misleading reasons for war for a majority of Americans to realize that this war was a mistake from the beginning. Welcome to the real world, people.

For the first time, a majority of Americans said the administration "intentionally misled" the public in going to war and nearly 75 percent said it underestimated the challenges involved, the poll of 1,004 adults found. On Iraq specifically, 56 percent said they disapproved of Bush's work and 62 percent said they thought the United States had gotten bogged down in Iraq.

Political capital, anyone?

But this poll should be expected. When only 68% of the members of the Free Republic approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president, you know there's got to be some rough waters in the ocean.

Also, on a lighter note, a majority of Americans polled* think Dick Cheney looks like he was beaten as a child with an ugly stick.

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* This poll was conducted by me between 4:00pm and 4:05pm Tuesday, June 28, 2005 of 13 people on my AOL IM buddy list.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Friend to the Animals

Senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., has won high praise from the Humane Society of the United States lately for pushing legislation aimed at ending breeding facilities known as puppy mills. Good for him.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also finds him a friend. "He's a man with a heart, and he doesn't think it's any more acceptable to treat animals cruelly than humans," said Mary Beth Sweetland, director of research and investigations for the Norfolk, Va.-based PETA, of the man with a man-dog sex fetish constantly on his mind. I guess it's still considered ethical as long as he's monogamous with his dog.

Fat Cats Get Fatter

A top U.S. Army procurement official said on Monday Halliburton's deals in Iraq were the worst example of contract abuse she had seen as Pentagon auditors flagged over $1 billion of potential overcharges by the Texas-based firm.
Over ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN OVERCHARGES! And yet the United States government continues to give them no-bid contract after no-bid contract. Over one billion dollars was wasted on the fat pockets of these people, while our troops continue to risk their lives in combat with nary adequate armor.

Why do they hate the troops? Why do they totally disrespect the American tax-payer?

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Appeasapaloozaville

Someone famously said of Sen. John Kerry, "I shudder to think how close this appeasement endorsing asshat came to being president." Okay, so it's not all that famous, and it's not all that interesting, but his nightmare just came true.

In his post -- which he promptly closed for commenting when I had him backed into a corner -- a certain blogger explained in no uncertain terms that sitting down at a negotiating table with terrorists is a bad idea -- not just terrorists, but all Arabs as well. In fact, he used the word "appeasapalooza" to describe any such scenario. I couldn't disagree more. Talking never hurt anybody. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

He quoted an article from the SF Gate that quoted Sen. John Kerry saying, "No insurgency is defeated by conventional military power alone. Look at the IRA," the Irish Republican Army, which fought a decadeslong guerrilla war against the British in Northern Ireland before a Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government was put in place. "It was defeated by a combination of time and political negotiation."

And now the Bush administration is taking a cue from this success in appeasement and talking to insurgent commanders in northern Iraq.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged Sunday that U.S. officials met with insurgents in Iraq, after a British newspaper reported two such meetings took place recently at a villa north of Baghdad. Insurgent commanders "apparently came face to face" with four American officials during meetings on June 3 and June 13 at a villa near Balad, some 25 miles north of Baghdad, The Sunday Times reported.
According to this particular blogger, after we sit down and negotiate with the terrorists, "we’ll all live happily ever after in our Kalifah paradise with that oh so awesome sharia law in place, it’ll be grand!" I like it when he uses big, fancy words.

But two meetings? Two meetings! What kind of appeasing asshats do we have running this country? Two meetings! Oh my God, could you imagine if there were more than two meetings? There weren't more than two meetings were there?
When asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about the report of the two meetings, Rumsfeld said, "Oh, I would doubt it. I think there have probably been many more than that."
Oh, that's just too funny. It's really hard being so right all the time.

He's a Known Liar

Cheney v. the World, Part LXII

Vice President CHENEY says,
The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.

General ABIZAID says,
"I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago." As to the overall strength of the insurgency, Abizaid said it was "about the same" as six months ago.

Secretary of Defense RUMSFELD says,
"I would anticipate you're going to see an escalation of violence between now and the December elections," the Pentagon chief told NBC's "Meet the Press." And after then, it will take a long time to drive out insurgents. "Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years," Rumsfeld said on "Fox News Sunday." Numbers were never his strong point.

No Idea

Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said. The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity.

"They are no longer trying to duck this and have respected their obligation to inform the UN," the Committee member said.
Sigh. I don't know what to believe. But for the time being, I'll disbelieve.

Playing Doctor

As someone who identified themselves and emphasized their role as a physician Dr. Frist broke several ethical rules that March day. He claimed to make a diagnosis on a patient without directly examining her or reading her medical records. He did not make or keep any formal patient record of his medical evaluation of this case. He gave his professional opinion on a patient who resides in a state where he has no license to practice medicine. He misused his professional opinion (as officially entered into the Congressional record) and abused and misrepresented his stature as a licensed physician for the purposes of influencing a major legislative body during debate on pending legislation.

He's a classy guy.

(hattip, Porlock Junior).

Greater of Two Evils

Dr. Strangelove: or How the Bush Administration Learned to Embrace Those Who Seek the Bomb.

President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Sunday to pursue a peaceful nuclear program...
Iraq, without a weapons program, without stockpiles of weapons, without a viable infrastructure, and without a connection with Osama bin Laden, was more a threat to the safety and well-being of the American people than Iran is? Wow.

I Watch You When You Read

To the cheers of thousands of librarians, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday called for the Senate to rewrite the USA Patriot Act to prevent investigators from scanning library records and bookstore sales slips.

Libraries should be "sanctuaries of learning where we are free to read and consider what we please without the fear that 'Big Brother' may be peering over our shoulder," Obama said in the keynote address at the American Library Association's annual conference.
It's amazing. I have many opinionated readers on this blog, from many points along the political spectrum, and not a single one of them has been able to tell me why this intrusion is of any good. Not a single person has even taken a crack at it. And yet the Bush administration is sticking to its guns. I don't understand it.

Backpeddling

When Karl Rove said that liberals were soft on terrorism, he just meant Moveon.org and Michael Moore, ya see. Or that's what those in the White House who are riding to his rescue are saying. He wasn't talking specifically about the Democratic Party or other liberals in general.

But that is, however, how everyone took it to mean. How convenient he didn't clarify that point in his speech. But hey, at least they have to backtrack and semi-apologize a little bit.

And Michael Moore? Do you remember what happened last time a member of the federal government started questioning the patriotism of those in Hollywood? It's kind of appropriate that it would be Karl Rove taking on the starring role of Sen. Joe.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Like Water and Oil

This shit is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

Pat Buchanan -- the right's favorite anti-semitic homophobe -- says in his new opinion piece, "Bush needs to tell us where we are going, how long it will take, how much it will cost, what the prospects are of success, what the risks and costs of failure are, and what victory will look like. America needs answers now. Assurances will not longer do." I couldn't have said it better myself. I despise the man, but I couldn't agree more.

Friday, June 24, 2005

In a Sentence

Shortened Ian McGibboney: The flag-burning amendment is stupid.

Hear, hear.

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Shortened Dummocrats.com: Ditto.

Six Degrees of Seperation

One more post on Karl Rove -- for now, at least -- and I'll stop. Honest. But I thought this was interesting. In his much maligned speech, Rove said that groups linked to the Democratic Party made the mistake of calling for "moderation and restraint" after the terrorist attacks. Obviously he means to suggest that political parties are responsponsible for all groups even slightly linked to it.

Dan Bartlett, communications director for President Bush, touched on this notion when he said that Rove was "just pointing out that MoveOn.org is a liberal organization that didn't defend or accept the way that we prosecuted the war in the days after" the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington.

This is a horrible way to play the game. MoveOn.org does not represent the Democratic Party. If we played like this, I hold the Republican Party responsible for being linked to a group that blamed the events of 9/11 on the Supreme Court (for allowing Roe v. Wade). I hold the Republican Party responsible for being linked to a man who said about the same horrible tragedy, "The ACLU has got to take a lot of blame for this ... I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"

Anti-abortion extremists are most definitely not liberal. Therefore, being conservative, these killers can be linked -- using the formula provided by Rove/Bartlett -- to the Republican Party. So can anti-gay bigots who tie young homosexual men to fence posts. Or racist bastards who drag black men behind a truck.

I hope everyone sees the obvious silliness of these connections. And I hope Rove apologizes for making such a generalized statement.

All for Political Gain

...and Republicans are not shy about evoking Sept. 11 in political fights.
What was the AP's first indication? Could it be when Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham, R-Calif. said, "Ask the men and women at Walter Reed or Bethesda. Ask the police and fire(fighters) that stood on top of the Trade Center. Ask them and they will tell you: 'Help pass this amendment.'"

What makes "Duke" think that every police officer or fire(fighter) who stood on top of the World Trade Center is going to think exactly the way he does? Isn't that the height of egotism? It's preposterous and offensive that he uses their legacy, their heroism to further his political ambitions and idealogies.

Or perhaps the AP had this in mind.
As families whose relatives were victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, we believe it is an outrage that any Democrat, any Republican, any conservative or any liberal, stakes a "high ground" position based upon the September 11th death and destruction. Doing so assumes that all those who died and their loved ones would agree. In truth, some would and some would not. By definition the conduct is divisive and, because it is intended to be self-serving and politicizes 9/11, it is offensive.

We are calling on Karl Rove to resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others. His comments are not welcome.
Indeed it's offensive. The notion of using the emotions and patriotism of Americans to shore up votes is offensive. Republicans have shown that they will do anything to evoke 9/11 and to make sure that the public votes on the emotions they felt that day.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose district includes the site of the former World Trade Center, laid it out best when he said, "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents." And I believe him.

Throes of Passion?

The Iraqi insurgency is as active as six months ago and more foreign fighters are flowing in all the time, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Thursday, despite Vice President Dick Cheney's insistence that the insurgency was "in its last throes."

Gen. John Abizaid, testifying at a contentious Senate hearing alongside Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, gave his view of the war in response to lawmakers who expressed concern about progress in Iraq and support at home.
Is Dick Cheney lying again? No friggin' way.
Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday defended saying the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes," a comment that sparked criticism the White House was being too optimistic about when the violence will end.

Cheney said he was not backing down from his remark. "If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period, the throes of a revolution," Cheney said in an interview with CNN.
What a douche.

Dear Mr. Rove

Dear Mr. Rove,

Your comments yesterday about the War on Terror seemed to suggest that you feel very passionately about defending America, and sending others into combat. As you know, America is facing a serious enlistment crisis right now, at the very same time more casualties mount in the Iraq War. Therefore, since you have said you are so committed to this unneeded war -– and since you are so willing to attack those who oppose it -- I have attached this enlistment form from the U.S. Army for you to fill out and submit. You are still young enough to contribute to the military and to the frontline war effort you say you care so deeply about. Although you have never served a single second in the uniform, I am sure they will find a niche for you in Iraq at the first possible second.

Clearly, if you support forcing others to risk their lives for your ideological beliefs (without even providing them proper armor and weapons), you will no doubt be willing to risk your own. Indeed, this war in Iraq and the War on Terror all demand sacrifice from every American. This could be yours. It's one this country is willing to let you make.

Please let me know when you fill out the enlistment form. Drop me a line when you get to Iraq to let me know if your still believe we should be sending troops to die for a war you lied about.

Sincerely,
Zac Attack

Thursday, June 23, 2005

My Own Amendment

If a flag-burning amendment can be passed in the House simply because people are afraid of seeming unpatriotic, I call for a Constitutional amendment banning wars started because of a beef rather than a reason. What's more patriotic than that? Almost 2,000 Americans would still be alive. And for that matter, I also want to ban all wars started by someone who's never served in the military. (I'm looking at you, Rove, Cheney, Bush, Card, Rice, Scooter, etc.) (Is it just me, or is it strange that the one person in the administration who spoke out against the war in Iraq -- Powell -- would also be the only one who ever served in a war?)

And I'd also like an amendment banning Ashton Kutcher from ever making a movie again. Or from showing his face in public, as a matter of fact.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Quadruple XL

Sizes on Rush Limbaugh's merchandise website come in "S, M, L, XL, XXL, and now in XXXL & XXXXL!" That's right: XXXXL. I'm guessing that the hypocritical drug-addicted Limbaugh was tired to buying two XXLs and sewing them together. Hey, it's his website. He can do what he wants.

Truth Will Overcome

What Republicans say and what's the truth aren't always congruent, or even remotely similar in any sort of fashion.

CLAIM:
"For the sake of family farmers, Congress needs to get rid of the death tax forever."
-- President Bush, June 14, 2005

FACT:
"Almost no working farmers [pay the estate tax], according to data from an Internal Revenue Service analysis of 1999 returns that has not yet been published. Neil Harl, an Iowa State University economist whose tax advice has made him a household name among Midwest farmers, said he had searched far and wide but had never found a farm lost because of estate taxes. "It's a myth," he said. Even one of the leading advocates for repeal of estate taxes, the American Farm Bureau Federation, said it could not cite a single example of a farm lost because of estate taxes."
-- New York Times, April 08, 2001

New Low in Conservative Politics

When an anti-Hillary Clinton book hits the bookshelves and even the most partisan of the conservative partisans denounce it, you know you've reached a new low in politics.

Some of the influential, conservative "bloggers" who have used their Internet journals to raise questions about the "liberal" media and to spread damaging information about Democratic politicians said they won't endorse The Truth About Hillary. ...

On the Fox News Channel, Bill O'Reilly -- another frequent critic of the senator -- said Monday that he had read the book and "there's little new" in it. The most negative accounts, he said, come "from anonymous sources, which is not good. Far too many accusations are coming from people who are settling grudges in a cowardly way."
Ouch. Even Bill O'Reilly is attacking the right-wingers. That's harsh, man. Way harsh.

Movie Quotes

Flamingo is right, as always. But I have a few of my own quotes that didn't make the cut that I want to share with the world.

"Fuckin' ain't dancin'." -- Showgirls.

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball." -- Dodgeball.

"Eve just wanted to know shit." -- Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Highly Amusing

Looks like right-wingers who miss the glory days of the Ronald Reagan presidency can count someone else among their ranks.

Saddam Hussein is a cleanliness freak who's addicted to Doritos, doles out relationship advice and misses Ronald Reagan. ...

Saddam offered opinions on several US presidents, declaring Ronald Reagan his favourite because he supplied him with weapons during the Iran war in the 1980s. "Reagan and me, good," Saddam reportedly said. "I wish things were like when Ronald Reagan was still president."

The Embarrassments

U.S. lawmakers took aim at the Pentagon on Tuesday for hiding information from U.N.-mandated auditors about U.S contractor Halliburton, with Republicans calling it an embarrassment.

"This is a self-inflicted wound, a needless failure to meet transparency obligations," Rep. Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut, told a U.S. House of Representatives panel.
This, they call an embarrassment? I can think of a few others if they want my opinion, including but not limited to the White House on Tuesday rebuffing Democratic calls for creation of an independent commission to investigate treatment of foreign terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I can see them not wanting a commission if they have something to hide, but why not just let them do their thing? What would it hurt?

Or, of course, the fact that President Bush is left with few options for reviving his stalled nomination of John Bolton to be U.N. ambassador. Instead of garnering enough support for the "ambassador" to break the filibuster, the tide is going in the other direction and they're losing votes. Embarrassments abound.

And don't forget the King of all Embarrassments, Tom DeLay.
A casino-rich tribe wrote checks for at least $55,000 to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political groups, but the donations were never publicly disclosed and the tribe was directed to divert the money to other groups that helped Republicans, tribal documents show.

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, now under criminal investigation, told the Coushatta Indian tribe, a client, to cancel its checks to the DeLay groups in 2001 and 2002 and route the money to more obscure groups that helped Republicans on Medicare prescription drug legislation and Christian voter outreach.
As if you could if you tried.

Missing in Action

Missing like weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so are Bush's much-hyped, much-hated Social Security personal accounts from a House Bill being drafted by the GOP. But I thought they were essential to Social Security solvency. Silly me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

These are Our Friends

President Bush said it best when he lauded compliments to his friend at a joint news conference in the Oval Office.

[Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf] has been a determined leader to bring to justice not only people like Osama bin Laden, but to bring to justice those who would inflict harm and pain on his own people. Remember, this is a man whose life had been -- had been threatened by, and still is threatened by al Qaeda leadership. He's the person who survived two direct assassination attempts. And there is nobody more dedicated than -- in the protection of his own people than President Musharraf.
Dedicated in the protection of his own people. Except, of course, you're a woman.
Early this year, for example, a doctor named Shazia Khalid reported that she had been gang-raped in a government-owned natural-gas plant. Instead of treating her medically, officials drugged her into unconsciousness for three days to keep her quiet and then shipped her to a psychiatric hospital.

When she persisted in trying to report the rape, she was held under house arrest in Karachi. The police suggested that since she had cash, she must have been working as a prostitute. Dr. Shazia's husband has stood by her, but his grandfather was quoted as suggesting that Dr. Shazia had disgraced the family and should be killed.

On average, a woman is raped every two hours in Pakistan, and two women a day die in honor killings.
That's Pakistan. Our friends and allies in the War against Terror.

Quote of the Week

I am a progressive because that is what I believe at my core. It is not some position of convenience to be shed the next time some Washington wonk decides it's more advantageous to be a centrist. And in my experience, voters are much more sophisticated in being able to spot insincerity than those inside the Beltway give them credit for. When American people believe someone is truly fighting for them and their families, they respond.

-- Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Shrouded in Pissed Mystery

How do you know Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is pissed at you? When she sternly tells you to "knock it off." What is "it," exactly? I'm not sure. And what is "it" on, which "it" ought to be "knock[ed]" "off" of? That, too, remains a mystery.

Lying to Get Ahead

Being about as blind as a conservative in a room full of starving people, Dick Cheney is back to his old tricks of deception and all around lying.

"I've never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does. He's never won anything, as best I can tell," Cheney said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."
I don't think he checked his facts any better than when he debated John Edwards last year.

Howard Dean was elected governor of Vermont five times between 1992 and 2000. What's Cheney's record?

Flip-Flops for Summer, II

President Bush encouraged a Republican senator on Tuesday to offer Social Security legislation that would not include private investment accounts. ... Bush's nod to Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's plan comes as public polls show that most Americans do not support the president's handling of the Social Security issue.
Oh, that's all we need now: a flippity-flopper. We need real leadership in the White House.

Flip-Flops for Summer

Reversing field after a meeting with President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he will continue pushing for a floor vote on John R. Bolton for U.N. ambassador.
Oh, that's all we need now: a flippity-flopper. We need real leadership in the Senate.

Monday, June 20, 2005

A Dearth of Linguists

Nearly four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal government has created a profusion of programs to train students in languages and cultures important in the war on terrorism. But government leaders and language experts say the effort is an uncoordinated jumble too slow to produce measurable results.

"We're not there, and we're not moving fast enough," says Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Could it be because we've discharged at least 322 service members with skills in Arabic, Farsi, Korean and other critical languages over the last 10 years because of the ban on homosexuals in the armed forces, like a government report found? There's an idea. And speaking of "don't ask, don't tell," did you know that the policy not only hurts our sensibilities of right and wrong, and hurts our national security, but it also hurts our collective pocketbook?
The Government Accountability Office says the cost of recruiting and training personnel to replace all 9,488 service members separated under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be at least $190 million, if each was replaced one for one with a new trained recruit. The total does not include costs for the Marine Corps, Coast Guard or the reserve components.
Looks like I found some more wasted money. How many children could we feed with $190 million? How many children can we insure with $190 million?

The shame of it all.

Crack Crack

Senate Democrats blocked John Bolton's confirmation as U.N. ambassador for the second time Monday. The vote was 54-38, six shy of the total needed to force a final vote on Bolton, and represented an erosion in support from last month's failed Republican effort.
That, my friends, is the sound of a whip undeniably obliterating President Bush's so-called mandate.

It's His Job

That was then...

BUSH: Of course we're doing everything we can to protect America. I wake up every day thinking about how best to protect America. That's my job.
This is now.
Sixteen foreign-born construction workers with phony immigration documents were able to enter a nuclear weapons plant in eastern Tennessee because of lax security controls, a federal report said Monday.

I Decree

President Bush demanded Monday that the Senate vote on John R. Bolton's nomination to be U.N. ambassador...
He'll huff. He'll puff. He'll cry if he has to.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

A Reeded Tool

Ralph Reed, the "squeaky-clean political operator and a driving force behind the Christian right," has recently announced his candidacy to become Georgia's first Republican lieutenant governor since Reconstruction, a largely powerless post that could serve as a stepping stone to higher office.

But, as the meme goes in his party, he is awash in allegations that he raked in money from the same gambling interests he once called "a cancer on the American body politic." There are news reports that Reed's work -- arranged by longtime lobbyist friend and public relations specialist Jack Abramoff, who is under investigation in Washington for allegedly defrauding Indian tribe clients, and friend to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- was secretly funded by gambling interests seeking to stifle competition.

Reed faces a lone opponent for the Republican nomination -- state Sen. Casey Cagle of Gainesville. Cagle's campaign has said it's a stretch for people to believe Reed didn't know gambling money was helping fund his antigambling work in Texas and Alabama.

"Only an Enron accountant would believe Ralph's claim that he accepted millions in fees without bothering to learn where they came from," his campaign argued in a recent e-mail.
In a strange sidenote, Reed was chairman of the Georgia Republican Party in 2002-03 when the party pulled off upset victories to elect the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue. Yes, the same Sonny Perdue who was fined this week $1,900 for campaign violations and must repay more than $18,000 in contributions -- most of it to his wife for using her company's airplane.

The ruling Friday was believed to mark the first time that a sitting Georgia governor has been fined since the commission was created in the 1970s. Should tell ya something. I mean, other than the apple doesn't fall from the tree.

We Found Him

But we just don't feel like picking him up yet.

CIA Director Porter Goss said he has an "excellent" idea where Osama bin Laden is hiding, Time magazine reported on Sunday. But that sounds awfully like a few other assurances we've heard when it comes to things in hiding. And we all know how well that information panned out.

We know where [the Iraqi WMDs] are.

Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003
Mmm, hmm. Sure.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Neil Cavuto Sucks It Hard

As if you needed any more evidence of FOX News bias as a right of center cable news channel, look no further than the lies and distortions brought forth by Neil Cavuto toward Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

If you start the interview like this, you lost your credentials as a trustworthy newscaster.

[T]hanks to him and pretty much him alone, investigators cannot check up on the books while you're checking out of the library. Joining us to explain is independent Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders.
He's not an authoritarian tyrant. Two hundred thirty-seven members of the House of Representatives voted along with him to cut this unneeded and intruisive part of the USA Patriot Act from our daily lives. Thirty-eight Republicans, including Rep. Katherine Harris (R) from Florida, voted along with Rep. Sanders. Hardly a "pretty much him alone" moment in Congressional history.

After losing all his credibility -- as if he hadn't accomplished that years ago -- Neil Cavuto asks this question.
CAVUTO: Are you concerned, though, Congressman, that, if there is another attack on this country, you might have, with the best of intentions, contributed to it?
What kind of bullshit, loaded question is that? Did he ask that of President Bush when he interviewed him last? If there is another attack on our country, is the president concerned that he might have, with the best of intentions, contributed to it by invading Iraq? As far as I can tell, he did not. And as far as I can tell, that is a more pertinent question. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.

I have still not seen a single person intelligently tell me how the reading habits of people in this country lead to the behavior needed to attack and kill innocent lives. My bet is on that I never do. I again ask for anyone to attempt to excuse this frivolous invasion of privacy. If it helped catch the terrorists, fine. But no one can tell me how it does just that.

And in case there ever is another attack on American soil, we all know where FOX News will place the blame.
CAVUTO: You are going to make authorities more leery of doing [investigations]. And we will be hit again.
Blame it on the liberals. They do already for the high gas prices.

A Logic Problem

Bush also was the first president to attend the Hispanic prayer breakfast, now in its fourth year.
Exactly how many presidents have there been in the past four years?

Want Not, Waste Not

Want another quick lesson on government waste, brought to you by the federal government?

A Halliburton Co. unit will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects, the Defense Department announced on Thursday.

Yes, that Halliburton.

But on a lighter note, this new detention facility costs less than Oprah's new house. You gotta count even the smallest of blessings.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Tidbit for the Day

Texas leads the nation with 345 executions since 1982, including nine this year. The next closest state is Virginia, which has put to death 94 people in the same period.
What does that say about people from Texas?

Close the Borders with Cameras!

Want a quick lesson on government waste, brought to you by the federal government?

A $250 million program to put remote video surveillance cameras along parts of the United States' northern and southern borders was grossly and possibly criminally mismanaged, a House subcommittee heard on Thursday.

Best part? The initial $2 million contract, which eventually ballooned to $257 million, was awarded in 1999 to a company called International Microwave Corp. which was later acquired by L-3 Communications Government Services Inc, which was never subject to open competition as required by federal regulations.

Fiscal responsibility, y'all!

Who Knew?

Gov. Mitt Romney said Thursday he will support a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Massachusetts, the only state where it is legal.
Wait. You mean Massachusetts still exists? I thought for sure that it fell off the face of the earth in a Gomorrah-inspired destruction unparalleled since the days of "Shock and Awe" the minute they allowed those damn gay marriages. Who knew Pat Robertson talked out his ass?

They're Like Me!

Gee, ya know, the thing I like about this Bush administration is how they're salt of the earth kind of people. I mean, really. When I think of someone who acts, looks and talks like 90% of the population, I think of Republicans, and I think more specifically the top aides of the administration.

Take Karl Rove, for instance. Everyone knows a short, fat, balding, ugly man. Karl Rove is that man. He's just like me. We both have stock and bond funds reported to be between $1 million and $2.4 million. We also both have a $250,000 house and a wife named Darby, who owns a Florida beach house worth more than $1 million.

It's simply amazing how they can continue to look after the little people and have their fortunes continue to grow to numbers the average Joe can only dream about. (In 2003, Rove reported that his stock and bond funds were worth between $725,000 and $1.8 million.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Bringing Home the Sanity

The piece of legislation a la this post passed the House of Representatives 238 to 187. Thirty-eight Republicans spit in the eye of the President, who threatened to veto such legislation, in order to bring a tiny piece of common sense and reality back to the world. Here's to you, thirty-eight Republicans.

Give an Inch...

The Bush administration this past Tuesday threatened a veto of a massive spending bill for law enforcement, space programs and other federal programs if it weakens the post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act, the White House said.

"If any amendment that would weaken the USA Patriot Act were included in a bill presented to the president for his signature, the president's senior advisors would recommend a veto," according to a statement released by the Office of Management and Budget, which reviews all pending legislation.
What is this offensive, national security weakening, liberal attack on the God-given legislation known as the USA Patriot Act?

On Wednesday, Rep. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, is expected to offer a measure limiting the Patriot Act by ending law enforcement's easy access to records on citizens' reading habits at libraries and bookstore purchases without a traditional search warrant.

Seriously, in all seriousness, being as serious as I can possibly be: what the fuck? Are you freaking kidding me? As true as I am sitting in a library this very second, the Bush administration -- and President Bush, specifically -- believes that national security will be weakened and that we will lose the war on terrorists and homosexuals (or are they the same thing?) if they are unable to gain access to our reading habits without a traditional warrant.

First and foremost, wha?

Second, how is what I read an indication as to what I will do with that knowledge? I remember having such a discussion with a news reporter friend of mine (not Ian) back when this legislation was first passed. It seemed then that law enforcement officials were recruiting pizza delivery peoples to tattle on unsuspecting Americans who may be doing anti-American things. A book haphazardly strewn on a coffee table may give away clues as to the idealogical leanings of said person. My friend was concerned because she had at least half a dozen books on al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden around her living room, as she was doing research for the articles she was writing. To a willy-nilly pizza delivery boy (or girl!), the sight of such books may, to them, indicate a sympathy for the group and its leader. And what would stop that boy (or girl!) from tattling on my reporter friend? Nothing would come from it, but it's the principal of the thing.

Just because I have read a book on al Qaeda doesn't mean I am a member of al Qaeda. I've checked out books by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and yes, even Sean Hannity. That surely doesn't mean I subscribe to any of their teachings. Hell, I even rented a Girls Gone Wild video before. And we all know where that got me.

As of yet, I cannot come up with a single reason why anyone needs to know what I read. Furthermore, I cannot come up with a single reason why anyone needs to be able to access that information without a warrant. But, evidently, that need is real. Nationwide in 2002, over 550 libraries have reported receiving requests over the past year from federal and local investigators for records of patrons. More than 200 libraries in 2002 -- including my own -- also said that they had resisted such requests from authorities.

And many people, including those on Capital Hill, don't see a single reason either.
F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R., Wis.), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the Justice Department, told the Associated Press in an interview that the Justice Department was sharing so little information, he could not assess how the Patriot Act was working.
If the government can come up with a justifiable reason for invading my reading habits, by all means, access away. You'll see a little Bonhoeffer and a little Adams. Whoopee. Until then, like my bedroom, stay the hell out of it.

Where's the Electorate? Here!

Nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, a new Gallup Poll finds, the most downbeat view of the war since it began in 2003.
In case you're not up on the latest information regarding the lies and misrepresentations of the facts the Bush administration spewed unto the American public, check out this well-documented and no-nonsense website. And also, in case you're really out of the loop, the American death toll has reached 1,700 -- most (93.85%) occurring after President Bush declared an end to major combat operations. Nearly 13,000 servicemen and women have also been wounded. What will we tell our children?

Not Too Keen on Biden

While I do believe that Howard Dean has taken a bite out of the whacky brownies brought to the party by Republican Leaders, and while I do believe that Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) can go suck himself, I must admit that I am with the unfortunate senator on at least one count: No one other than me speaks for me.

On the Don Imus show, Senator Biden said, "The Democratic [Party] chairman does not speak for me, an elected United States senator. No party official speaks for me anytime, anyplace, under any circumstances. And I think the rhetoric is counter-productive."

How true. Taking us back to the discussion Tom and I had a few posts ago, no one in the Democratic Party speaks for me "anytime, anyplace, under any circumstances." Not Howard Dean, and certainly not Joseph Biden.

Cases in point: Biden led the fight for the passage of the Bankruptcy Bill, Biden voted against limiting credit card interest rates, Biden voted against limiting predatory lending, Biden voted against protecting consumers when their identity is stolen, Biden voted for the Iraq War, and Biden voted to confirm Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

I feel, unlike the Senator and the myriad Republicans and few Democrats who voted for the fleecing of hard-working American families, that the average citizen deserves the benefit of the doubt and deserves not to be taken advantage of. If that makes me a Democrat, so be it. If it doesn't, screw it. I yam what I yam. Everything else is puddin'.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Don't They Care About Tradition?

The number of active-duty soldiers getting divorced has been rising sharply with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The trend is severest among officers. Last year, 3,325 Army officers' marriages ended in divorce — up 78% from 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion, and more than 3 1/2 times the number in 2000, before the Afghan operation, Army figures show. For enlisted personnel, the 7,152 divorces last year were 28% more than in 2003 and up 53% from 2000. During that time, the number of soldiers has changed little.
To Hell with the wives. Piss on the kids. What about the Sanctity of Marriage? Does no one weep for the greatest institution in the history of human civilization? Damn those straighties and their mockery of traditional marriage. The day this country allowed them to marry was the first day on the long path to Hell. Can I hear an Amen?

Trust Them, They're Christian

For the record: There is no link between greenhouse gasses and global warming. Look, I have an official government study editted by Bush administration staffers whose sole intention was to downplay such a connection. And people say we shouldn't trust the government! Ha!

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Philip Cooney, chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, changed descriptions of climate research approved by government scientists. The Times said that Cooney, a lawyer and former lobbyist with the American Petroleum Institute, made notes on drafts of reports issued in 2002 and 2003, removing or adjusting language on climate research.

Some of the changes were as subtle as adding the words "significant and fundamental" before the word "uncertainties," the Times reported. In one section, he crossed out a paragraph describing the projected reduction of glaciers and snowpack, the newspaper said.
What kind of scientific background does he hold? None. Does he have an unethical connection with a company or industry that would benefit from the link? Oh yeah.

And the White House is defending the edits. God love em.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in a press briefing that Cooney's editing was part of a broad review by 15 federal agencies, including policy people like Cooney as well as scientists. "Everybody who is involved in these issues should have input in these reports, and that's all this is," he says.
Exactly which people "involved in these issues" is Mr. Cooney looking out for? He's an unelected nobody. Where's my representation?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

This is Your Government

On the Believability Scale, this ranks at the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" level.

United States Justice Department lawyers Tuesday asked a federal judge for sweeping sanctions against the biggest tobacco companies, saying the government had proved a 50-year industry conspiracy to mislead the public with "half truths, deceptions and lies that continue to this day."

But without explanation, government attorneys drastically reduced their most expensive demand, scaling back a proposed industry-funded smoking-cessation program from $130 billion to $10 billion. $120 billion in demands just disappeared into thin air. A person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the change was "forced on the tobacco team by higher-level, politically appointed officials of the Justice Department," including Associate Atty. Gen. Robert McCallum, who oversees the civil division.

Why would the Associate Atty. Gen., who oversees the civil division at the Justice Department, push to scale back a $130 billion fine against big tobacco for misleading the public with half-truths, deceptions and lies that continue to this day?

Before his appointment in the Justice Department in 2001, McCallum had been a partner at Alston & Bird, an Atlanta-based firm that has done trademark and patent work for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. In 2002, McCallum signed a friend-of-the-court brief by the administration urging the Supreme Court not to consider an appeal by the government of Canada to reinstate a cigarette smuggling case against R.J. Reynolds that had been dismissed.
Oh. Never mind then. I guess the Camel Joe dollars really do come in handy.

Whoa Whoa Whoa

I said it once, and I'll say it again. Tom DeLay's just a gift that keeps on giving.

The lawmaker who will head a House inquiry into trips that lobbyist Jack Abramoff arranged for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has his own links to the lobbyist. At one point, Abramoff touted Rep. Doc Hastings' relationship with his firm in a pitch to a prospective client.
Okay, I have to ask it. Are we in the Twilight Zone? Seriously. I'll be okay with it as long as you give it to me straight. Cause there's no way in Hell you can make this kind of stuff up.

Come Back Down to Earth

I'll admit it. I did like him. I liked him a lot. Now he's just a whacko. Where have all the respectable politians gone? Sing it, Paula. Sing it.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

So Long, Fine Woman.

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. Jesus loves you more than you will know. And Heaven can attest that you've given this gay boy many a daydream.

Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" but achieved greater fame as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," has died. She was 73.
Rest in Peace.

Ain't No Thing Called Privacy

If I suffer from depression, how much of a right do you have to know? If I suffer from depression, how much of a right do I have to keep that information private and to make sure -- through criminal and civil prosecution -- that this information stays private? According to our leaders in Washington, not so much.

An authoritative new ruling by the Justice Department sharply limits the government's ability to prosecute people for criminal violations of the law that protects the privacy of medical records. The criminal penalties, the department said, apply to insurers, doctors, hospitals and other providers -- but not necessarily their employees or outsiders who steal personal health data.

If a hospital sells a list of patients' names to a firm for marketing purposes, the hospital can be held criminally liable. But if a hospital clerk does the same thing, in defiance of hospital policy, the clerk cannot be prosecuted under the 1996 law, because the clerk is not a "covered entity."

Why the distinction, you ask? One glaringly obvious example shines forth like the pearly white teeth of Big Brother. If the Justice Department asks for the medical records of women who have had an abortion -- which has happened -- and hospitals refuse to comply -- which has happened, as well -- a well-placed envelope of money in the pocket of a hospital clerk can make all those nasty, time-wasting court appeals a thing of the past.

And there ain't nothing you can do about it. Well, there was. But you blew it. Congrats.

Think A Bit

The more I think about it, the more it would seem perfectly natural to expect conservatives to be up in arms, chanting and lamenting about judicial activism, over a recent Supreme Court ruling banning the use and excuse of marijuana as a pain reliever for a bunch of pot-heads. It is a severe encroachment on states' rights, which, for all intents and purposes, started the Civil War back in Lincoln's time in the first place. The 6-3 decision in Gonzales v. Raich was a sharp defeat not only for the medical marijuana movement but also for the Rehnquist-led trend of the past decade that reined in congressional efforts to restrict or pre-empt the states.

Where's House Majority Leader Tom DeLay demanding retribution against the Justices for such grievance offenses against the soverienty of the states? Where's Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist boohooing on national television the obvious trampling and overstepping by a single branch of the federal government?

States' rights used to be what conservatives believed in. It's what allowed them to keep their slaves.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Bad Day for Republicans

A judge Monday upheld Democrat Christine Gregoire's victory in last fall's governor's election, and defeated GOP candidate Dino Rossi said he would not appeal -- ending the legal fight over the closest gubernatorial election in U.S. history.

Donating My Money

Showing that they are always looking out for their best interests over the interests and benefits of the American people, the Bush administration has once again given four negligent and criminal ex-Enron executives more American tax-payer money for the sheer hell of it.

Public Citizen has discovered provisions buried in President Bush's energy bill

that provides hundreds of millions of dollars worth of federal loan guarantees for a power project apparently to be built by four former Enron executives.
In fact, "one of the former executives is Thomas White, former head of Enron's retail and energy trading in California during the energy crisis who later served as President Bush's Secretary of the Army."

This is, of course, months after Hillary Clinton was booed down for daring to speak some sense when she suggested that we spend more money on making birth control more accessible in an obvious attempt to curb abortion. I remember quite vividly that our good friend and local conservative Tom from Aldaynet poopooed the proposition because he couldn't imagine where we'd get the money for such a project. I suggested slashing -- instead of increasing, as the Bush administration has done -- the budget for the failed and perpetually failing Abstinence-Only sex education program. Now I see a few more wasted hundreds of millions of dollars up for grabs.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Welcome Back

Hey all. Please excuse my unexplained absence of late. Thank you all for your emails of concern, but everything is a-okay. I only wish I could say the same about my computer.

A few weeks ago my laptop started making the occassional clicking sound, not unlike the clicks of one of the computer animated alien cohorts of Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II. I'd do various things to my laptop, not limited to smacking it up along side its DVD ROM, which would temporarily fix the situation, but it progressively got worse. Now, after a few days of seeing a message on my screen at startup saying that a hard disk failure is imminent, my computer refuses to do anything. It will start, all right, but won't go very far before it stalls and does nothing. So yes, I suppose I have to get a new hard disk now. Fun fun.

Having that, on top of everything else going on now because of the nice weather, I have not been keeping up with my blogging commitment. I apologize. Now that I have grown accustomed to this crappy, secondary computer, I hope to post with a little more regularity, though not as often as before, at least until I can get my computer up and running once more.

Until that moment comes, please feel free to leave comments as usual and continue to write me emails. They're encouraging and I appreciate them.

-- Zachary