Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Taking a break

My outrage meter is broken. Six years in the red will do that. I just can't dedicate any more energy right now to the insanity that surrounds us.

Based on past experience, I'll probably be back at some point. Maybe not.

Monday, March 12, 2007


"Lewis Libby has now been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lies that had absolutely no legal consequence."
So begins Ann Coulter's latest column on how the Libby prosecution is (surprise!) a terrible miscarriage of justice, and how Bush just must absolutely pardon Libby, now.

Ann, sweetie, let me just suggest a minor edit to your lead paragraph:
"Lewis Libby Bill Clinton has now been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lies that had absolutely no legal consequence."
There. Much better - and more accurate!


Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley is the third high-ranking military official forced out because of the scandalous treatment of veterans at Walter Reed Hospital. Could this finally be a tipping point, where patriotic Americans begin to realize that conservatives don't care at all about the troops, no matter how much accusatory finger-pointing or heart-tugging country songs stomp through our war-infested culture?

No wait. What was I thinking? Of course, the answer is "no." The line is a dot, people.

Friday, March 09, 2007

What goes around

Unhinged eliminationist gun-obsessed perv Kim du Toit has decided that he's shutting down comments on his site, because he's tired of a few stray attacks on him and his wife, the vivacious, bombastic universal scold Connie du Toit. Up to now, his flying monkeys have pretty much toed the line, probably because they are too busy stroking their highly-polished shotguns to challenge him on anything. Well, those happy days are gone.

I must admit that one of my sharpest incidents of schadenfreude was when I learned that Kim and Connie's homeschooling database business, Did Today, collapsed because investors were horrified with the du Toits' combined online output. Who knew that years of calling for the violent death of your political enemies would have such negative consequences?

And so the withdrawal continues, as they homeschool their children and retreat into their fantasy of the 1950s America that never existed in the first place.

Go with God, you two.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Dirty Sanchez

So did you hear the one about the military guy who was the toast of the right, after speaking out about being called names on the Columbia University campus by the college's "radical anti-military students"?

Yeah - turns out his previous career was in show business. He was a star - of gay porn.

And guess what? Matt "Rod Majors" Sanchez had his picture taken at CPAC with Ann Coulter, just as she was making the "faggot" comment about John Edwards. He was at CPAC to accept the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award.

You can't make this stuff up, people.

Of course, the crapweasels are rallying around him. Because let's face it: he may be a (self-denying ex-porn-star ex-manwhore) faggot, but he's *their* faggot. It's also sad and tragic that Sanchez has pledged his undying support to a movement that doesn't think he should have been allowed into the military in the first place.

My favorite part of his whining display of victimhood on Salon was his contention that lefty blogs were "prying into his private life." Personally, I think if your naked ass is displayed on video racks in every porn shop in the U.S., your "film career" isn't part of your "private life."

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Libby, Libby, Libby goes to Prison, Prison, Prison

Of course, he won't. He'll get a pardon, sometime between Election Day 2008 and Inauguration Day 2009. But it's just too pleasurable not to write that headline.

Coulter apologia

In surveying the right-wing crapweasel web sites, as I do more often than I should for the sake of my blood pressure and overall sanity, I've come across a broad spectrum of defenses of Ann Coulter's "faggot" remark. I hereby record them for posterity - paraphrased, but with the basic meaning intact.
  1. Ann wasn't calling Edwards a faggot - she was referring to Isaiah Washington from "Grey's Anatomy."
  2. Ann didn't call Edwards a faggot - in fact, she specifically *declined* to call him a faggot.
  3. Ann was using the word in the "schoolyard taunt" sort of way - not to mean "gay." (This came not only from her defenders, but from Ann herself on "Hannity" last night)
  4. I thought being gay was great, according to liberals. Is there something wrong with being gay, now?
  5. Gays call each other "faggot" all the time. What's the big deal?
  6. Faggot actually means: bundle of sticks, female prostitute, old woman, bassoon (!) etc. etc. ad infinitum.
  7. The comment didn't have anything to do with Edwards - it was all about media hysteria over language.
  8. It was a joke!
  9. There were a lot worse things Ann could have called Edwards, but she didn't.
  10. Why are liberals trying to take away Ann Coulter's freedom of speech? Liberal Nazis.
  11. Apparently to liberals, it's OK to say vicious things about Christians, but you can't sneeze in the direction of a gay.
  12. Ann was taken out of context (again).
  13. I hate liberals and their manufactured outrage.
  14. Ann was making a good point. Who wants the Breck Girl as Commander-in-Chief?
UPDATE: Best weblog comment of the week, from Hot Air:
I'd just like to add that liberals don't love to bash Christians, just people who call themselves Christians right after calling someone else a faggot.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Ich bin ein Faggot

Memo to Ann Coulter:

When Michelle Malkin denounces you for being over the top, you've got a problem. Seriously.

Still, though, please keep it up. Ramp it up if possible. Say every single hateful, racist, bigoted thing that your slavering followers are thinking but dare not say. Cap it off with another performance at CPAC 2008 - maybe you can call Barack Obama a half-breed nigger terrorist-lover or something. (Just an idea - feel free to steal it.) Because the Democrats are going to need all the help they can get to take back the White House next year.

Godspeed, Ann.

UPDATE: Shorter "Hot Air" comment section:
Calling someone a "faggot" is no big deal. When I was growing up, we called each other "faggots" all the time, and it didn't have anything to do with whether anyone was homosexual - or, as we have to say now, "gay." Damn fags and their euphemisms. Go Ann!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Everything's hunky-dory

When I heard the news story today about the explosion in Ramadi, I laughed. Which makes me a bad person. But when the U.S. government tries to minimize the reports of a truck bomb killing 18 children on a soccer field by saying, no, we set off the explosion ourselves, and it just wounded 30 people - we're down the rabbit hole.

Further down.

Monday, February 26, 2007

People in Hell want water

If Hillary Clinton gave the fantasy speech outlined by Gary Kamiya in Salon, I just might consider voting for her. But she won't, not in a million years. So I won't. Simple, no?

Quote of the Week

"I love America. Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all drive hybrid cars doesn’t mean that I don’t love America."

-Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), "30 Rock"
"30 Rock" is one of the best-written shows on TV right now, and definitely the best-written (and funniest) comedy. No surprise, since Tina Fey jumped ship as head writer on SNL to write and star in her own show. Alec Baldwin is also fantastic as GE exec Jack Donaghy, who has a giant photo of a toaster on the wall in his office.

Speaking of offices, "The Office" is brilliant, but I don't think it's a "comedy" in the traditional TV sense. The tone and aims are completely different.

If you haven't seen "30 Rock," give it a chance. I don't want this one to get cancelled.

Democrats Fail to Pass Symbolic, Non-Binding Resolution Declaring Earth Not Flat

This Modern World nails how I feel every time some anti-science nut like Dean Esmay (who also believes passionately that Terri Schiavo could have lept out of her hospital bed if just given a chance, and that HIV is harmless) laughs at Al Gore or writes some variation of this:
Boy, it sure was cold today. And we got 7 inches of snow overnight. Someone call Al Gore!
I think I need to take a break from the browser when every time I open it, my most common emotion is "loathing."

UPDATE: Some high-quality braying from Dean and his flying monkeys about Al Gore's Oscar win last night. Al better watch out - a few more good works, and he might surpass Jimmy Carter as Most Hated Man on Earth for the crapweasels.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

How about 'who gives a shit'?

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi gives voice to anger over a national media that is a lot more concerned with Britney Spears' hairdo and Anna Nicole's "death fridge" than anything that matters in this world. The thing is, just like our government, in this country we have the exact media that we deserve.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Doth protest

A choice comment from a Freeper called "Catholic Canadian," in a discussion about former NBA star Tim Hardaway's statement that he "hates gay people":
"At one point, I tried to be tolerant of gays that I met. I would talk to them as normal individuals. After awhile though, all civilised talk with them decends into lewd and suggestive sexual comments, innuendo, attempts at touching and suggestions that you go back to their place."
Uh huh.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Monkeys with typewriters

The latest salvo in the right wing's war against environmentalism? Hybrid cars are dangerous because they are too quiet, and thus threaten the safety of the blind.

I'm not making this up.
"That's not a real story," says my brother.
"Yes it is! I'll send you the link."
"You must have left something out," he says, incredulous.
"No. It's real," I say.
"Are you sure that isn't an Onion story? Because I would laugh at it if it was in the Onion."
This story is hilarious for many reasons. But the one that leaps to mind is, I can imagine right-wingers trying to come up with a list of reasons why hybrid cars should be banned. But I can't for the life of me imagine them coming up with that one in a million years.

I give up

I'm tired of fighting. So this is to announce that from now on I believe the following:

-The King James Version of the Bible is the inerrant word of God.
-Abortion is murder.
-Global warming is a hoax.
-HIV does not cause AIDS.
-Valerie Plame was not a covert agent.
-Saddam had WMD.
-Saddam helped plan 9/11.
-The minimum wage hurts the poor.
-George W. Bush is a Texas rancher.
-Bill and Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster.
-Tom Cruise is not gay.
-Gay sex is indistinguishable from rape, incest and bestiality.
-Iraq is not in the middle of a civil war.
-$9 billion missing in Iraq is no big deal.
-George W. Bush is the reason we haven't had a terrorist attack since 9/11.
-Ann Coulter is funny, sexy, and correct.
-Michael Moore is a holocaust denier.
-Hybrid cars are dangerous because they are too quiet.
-Anyone who criticizes the Iraq war or the President is a traitor.
-The more guns we have, the safer we are.

If more revelations come to me, I'll add them. Thanks for your attention.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


This isn't a pop culture weblog, although pop culture is another of my abiding interests. And I do tend to focus, as some commenters like to point out, on stuff that "angries up my blood," as Grandpa Simpson says. So I couldn't pass up this Entertainment Weekly writeup on ABC's "Lost," which has suffered a major loss in audience (including me) this season:
Nobody is more proud - and more defensive - about Lost than [series star Matthew] Fox. The fall from amazing grace? That's just the headline-hungry media tearing down what the cast and crew built up. The ratings decline? Those were simply hype-intrigued looky-loos who've decided Lost isn't for them and gravitated toward less complicated fare. "Good riddance," says Fox.... And what of the devotees who yearn for those innocent invisible-peanut-butter-flavored beach days? "The people who rag on it that way aren't strong enough fans, really," he says. "Those people are copping out."
Memo to Matthew Fox: fuck you. You're an actor on a television show - a show that started with a handful of intriguing ideas that then proceeded to systematically crap all over them. This show made you a star, and it might not be the best move to be insulting the very people who put you there.

It physically pains me to channel Laura Ingraham, but shut up and act.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary

I don't much like Hillary Clinton. I think she has all of her husband's bad points and none of the good ones. But I have to say, I would relish like a fine wine her election to President in November 2008 - just to see the massive number of head explosions that would result among the crapweasel right wing as Hillary and Bill saunter back into the White House. It would be like watching all three "Scanners" movies at the same time.

The BMFC initiative

The usual crapweasel suspects on the right are all up in arms about the proposed ballot measure in Washington State that would require married couples to have children within three years, or have their marriages annulled.

After carping for years that marriage is all about children, these doofuses are taken aback with their own "morality" being thrown back in their faces. As usual, though, I don't think the measure's proponents have gone far enough. On my old site, I outlined a similar proposal, something I called the Bureau of Marriage and Family Certification (BMFC).*

Here's the rundown:

1. No marriage allowed where the woman is older than child-bearing age (medical certification required).

2. All engaged couples must sign a Procreation Pledge, agreeing to attempt to conceive for at least the first five years of the marriage.

3. Both marriage partners must be heterosexual, to avoid conflict with Rule 2. Heterosexuality will be authenticated by the BMFC, using investigative techniques, or in difficult cases, medical arousal testing.

4. All new marriages will be monitored by the BMFC for no less than one (1) year, to make sure the union is legitimate and not undertaken for financial or other non-approved reasons, especially including theft of company or government benefits.

5. Divorce will be strictly regulated. All civil divorces will have to be approved by the BMFC, after a 3-5 year evaluation process.

I think this is a good start in forcing the right wing to confront the real consequences of their worldview. Marriage is all about children? Divorce is too easy? People shouldn't get married just to get benefits? Fine. Then write it into law, bitches.

When I lived in Michigan, an ambitious local prosecutor thought his ticket to fame would be prosecuting women for giving birth to crack-addicted babies. Great idea, right? Get tough! But once he started actually throwing poor black mothers in jail, the bloom fell off the rose.

You think abortion is murder? Fine. Then every single doctor who performs an abortion, and every single woman who gets one, should be charged with and convicted of murder. Murder is murder. And the woman doesn't get off the hook because the baby was conceived in a rape. A fetus is a person, full stop. Deal with that reality, and maybe we can talk.

*NOTE: I take no responsibility for how people will pronounce this acronym. :-)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Because I miss Molly

A quote from a 1995 Molly Ivins article on Rush Limbaugh, in Mother Jones magazine:
I have a correspondent named Irwin Wingo in Weatherford, Texas. Irwin and some of the leading men of the town are in the habit of meeting about 10 every morning at the Chat'n'Chew Cafe to drink coffee and discuss the state of the world. One of their members is a dittohead, a Limbaugh listener. He came in one day, plopped himself down, and said, "I think Rush is right. Racism in this country is dead. I don't know what the niggers will find to gripe about now."
Godspeed, Molly.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Amen, brother

The whole "Mary Cheney's baby" thing has been fascinating, hasn't it? It's just another layer of frosting on the cake that is Mary Cheney's lesbianism in the first place. How galling it must be for those right-wing crapweasels to have a perverted selfish hedonist smack dab in the middle of that nest of vipers called the Cheney family.

Of course, Lynne and Dick haven't exactly charged to their daughter's defense, and Mary herself has been even worse - taking the right-wing's money, both at Coors and from her own father's campaign, and staying silent when it came to standing up to the elements in her father's party that abhor her very existence.

As usual, other people say it more eloquently than I can - in this case, it's Dan Savage. Preach it, brother!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Screw him

Molly Ivins died just a few days after she revealed that her cancer had come back for a third time. I'm surprised at how much this hurts. I don't have a lot of words at this point, so I'll turn it over to Tbogg commenter D. Sidhe, who responded to Dean Esmay's despicable display of hatred thusly:
Of course I'm sure all of this will just go into the hopper as proof of Dean's little thesis that the left is full of angry people like Molly Ivins. But you know what? Screw him. How dare he demean Molly's anger, her completely legitimate anger, at what he and his boy Bush and the rest of the people like him have done to her--and our--country? Of course she was angry. These jackasses are tearing our entire country apart, and have spent the last six years calling us traitors for even noticing it, who wouldn't be angry about that? Jesus Christ, Dean, if you thought we were destroying the country you loved, wouldn't you be angry? You even seem plenty angry at the moment, to say that kind of thing about a woman who's just died, and you're on top. Do me a favor, and remember how you felt during the Clinton years. Now remember how angry you got when you found a couple of idiots in blogs somewhere saying nasty things when Reagan died, and then go shut the hell up. Damned straight we're angry. We're angry you morons forced an immature little bully on us, and angry you forced a vicious, destructive, pointless war on us, and angry you've made us less safe, not more, and gotten literally uncountable numbers of people killed doing it, and angry as hell you've been treating us like traitors and hysterics for being pissed off about it. You're a nasty little boy who pulls the wings off of flies and laughs when they buzz helplessly around in the dirt, just like your bullying president. Molly knew that from the start. That's why you're glad she's dead, because she knew that and she never stopped saying it. And all of her anger was nothing to what you people have done to us, all of us, as a planet. My biggest regret is she will never get the chance to see Bush impeached, and jailed, like the war criminal he is. And I'm going to work even harder to make sure that happens, because you, and all of the rest of you pricks who are saying evil things about her today, deserve to be dragged out into the light and shown for what you are and what you've done. You've hurt Molly's country, and my country, and our entire world, and if we have to pin it all to your foreheads to make sure you can't do it again in another twenty years, we'll do just that.

I never met Molly. But I miss her so damned bad it aches. And I didn't want to know what the bastards were saying about her, because it hurts. But, you know, I'm glad I know. Because it made me angry, and I'm going to use that anger to help restore the country she loved.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Not funny ha-ha

Isn't it funny that the crapweasel right wing's description of the Scooter Libby trial, "lying about a crime that did not take place," can actually be more factually applied to Bill Clinton's impeachment?

As someone once said on Democratic Underground, "Can't we find a woman to give Bush a blowjob, so we can impeach him?"

Related post: Blowjobs and broomsticks

Monday, January 29, 2007

Now and then


CHENEY: [If the U.S. had not invaded Iraq,] Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would, at this point, be engaged in a nuclear arms race with Ahmadinejad, his blood enemy next door in Iran --

BLITZER: But he was being contained as we all know --

CHENEY: He was not being contained. He was not being contained, Wolf.


"Saddam Hussein has not developed any significant capacity with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."

-Secretary of State Colin Powell, Feb. 24, 2001

"We are able to keep [Saddam's] arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."

-National Security Advisor Condi Rice, July 29, 2001

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins' breast cancer is apparently "back with a vengeance," and she's in the hospital. This is sad, sad news. The world will be a much poorer place without her in it. I wish her and her family the best.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Why Air America struggles

I don't know if Air America is struggling or dying or doing fantastic. Depends on who you ask, like everything these days. But I do know that it hasn't been the bang-up success that its initial founders thought it would be.

I think the answer is twofold: one from the negative side, and one from the positive side. They're really just two sides of the same coin.

The positive: I don't think people on the left have to be coddled and reassured of their opinions every moment of every day, like people on the right. Righties seem to need constant assurance that yes, they are of course right about everything, and damn those traitorous bastards who are cheeky enough to think otherwise. On the left, largely, I think people have come to their positions over time, through actually thinking about them. Right-wing ideology, to me, seems to be more the product of indoctrination and imposition. That's not to say that some on the left can't be just as rigid and doctrinaire as any Michelle Malkin or Dean Esmay. But overall, I think the idea holds.

The negative: People on the left are so beaten down by the dominant right-wing ideology in this country that even they flinch when confronted with people and ideas that the right finds abhorrent. It's practically stylish in my Commie bubble called Madison to be openly scornful of Michael Moore, for example, even though he's one of the few pop culture figures who have forcefully rebelled against the horrors of the neocon worldview. Lefties can be so conciliatory that they won't support people on their own side if they are too "strident." Let's just get along, be nice and smile, and maybe everyone will hold hands and buy each other a Coke.

To which I say: HELL NO. That time has passed. Fight back. Get in their face. Stand up for what you believe in, goddamn it. Get a bloody nose, and give two back. We didn't start this fight, but we better damn well win it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Democracy Now!

One of the most successful PR campaigns in the history of humanity has been to change the U.S. war in Iraq from a response to a perceived threat into a heroic campaign to spread democracy.

Now that the non-existent threat of Iraq (remember the 45-minute launch of drone planes?) has been justly thrown into the dustbin, the crapweasel right-wing has successfully managed to completely change the subject. They will deny utterly that the "threat" was the reason for the war, and point to various mentions of "freedom" and "democracy" sprinkled through Bush speeches and official documents as proof that FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY were the reasons for the war all along. You like democracy, don't you, punk? Don't you like freedom, you Commie bastard? Purple fingers, bitches!

Too bad this justification is just as fake as the last one.

What's magic and brilliant about this new construct is that it allows us to blame the Iraqis for not being grateful enough that we invaded their nation, killed hundreds of thousands of their friends and family, and destroyed their infrastructure. Bush even explicitly mentioned this "debt of gratitude" in his last up-against-the-wall Iraq speech.

All I can say is, those Iranians better be ready with the flowers and candy.


This image was prominently displayed in a comment thread on FreeRepublic about the President's State of the Union speech.

Words fail me.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Very bad day

If you're President Bush, and the day before your State of the Union speech, with your approval ratings at an all-time low and still sinking, and the former Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John Warner, publicly comes out against your "surge" plan in Iraq...

...you must be having a Very Bad Day.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

Feingold 4 Ever

From Glenn Greenwald, who has been covering the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the warrantless wiretapping by the Bush administration:
Feingold began by pointing out that the administration, including Gonzales, has many times accused opponents of the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" -- meaning those who insisted that eavesdropping take place within the law, within the FISA framework -- of "opposing eavesdropping on terrorists" (I can find 20 examples in 5 minutes of that).

Feingold's first question - "do you know of any one in the country who opposed eavesdropping on terrorists?"

Gonzales: Sure - if you look at blogs today, there is a lot of concern about all types of eavesdropping, who don't want us eavesdropping at all.

Feingold: Do you know anyone in government who ever took that position?

Gonzales: No, but that is not what I said.

Feingold: It is a disgrace and disservice to your office and the President to have accused people on this Committee of opposing eavesdropping on terrorists.

Gonzales: I didn't have you in mind or anyone on the Committee when I referred to people who oppose eavesdropping on terrorists. Perish the thought.

Feingold: Oh, well it's nice that you didn't have us "in your mind" when making those accusations, but given that you and the President were running around the country accusing people of opposing eavesdropping on terrorists in the middle of an election, the fact that you didn't have Congressional Democrats in "mind" isn't significant. Your intent was to make people think that anyone who opposed the "TSP" did not want to eavesdrop on terrorists, even though that was false. No Democrats oppose eavesdropping on terrorists.

Gonzales: I wasn't referring to Democrats.

So, apparently, all those speeches Bush officials and their supporters have spent the last year giving accusing people of opposing eavesdropping on terrorists, and all the television commercials making the same accusations throughout the months leading up to the election, were not about Democrats at all, but were about random bloggers who are against all eavesdropping. Where? Maybe on Smirking Chimp and Democratic Underground. That is who they meant when they were talking about opposing eavesdropping on Osama bin Laden. They didn't mean Democrats in Congress. The entire campaign and all of those accusations were directed only to the bloggers who don't want them eavesdropping at all.

I confess to finding that exchange deeply revolting though satisfying at the same time. Can't they just all yield all of their time to Feingold?

Damn I wish that man was running for President.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sex sex sex

Unintentionally hilarious FreeRepublic quote of the week, on a thread denouncing the idea of ending "don't ask, don't tell":

"I am amazed at the 24/7 obsession that these people have with sexual activity."

Mind you, this is a site that has a permanent category called "Homosexualagenda."

Memo to all the gay-hating troglodytes on FreeRepublic:

I'm not the one defining myself by my sexuality. I'm not the one obsessed with sex. I'm not the one calling people names based on who they love.

You are.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Mind-blowingly stupid right wing media moment of the week

Bill O'Reilly's latest fascination is having a "body language expert" on each week to "analyze" newsmakers and give us "insights." Insights like that Rosie O'Donnell really doesn't like Donald Trump - not one bit.

Tonight, she was asked to watch video of (wait for it) Saddam's execution.

She proclaimed that just before the hanging Saddam "experienced anxiety."

Anti-gay Freeper jaw-dropper of the week

"We are going in the wrong direction. We should extend the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy to the civilian sector as well."

-during a discussion of lifting the ban on gays serving in the U.S. military

Just wondering

Gerald Ford seems to be being praised mainly for his wonderful decision to pardon Richard "I am not a crook!" Nixon at the close of Watergate.

I wonder, though, if Nixon had been tried and convicted, whether we might have been spared imperial presidencies such as that of George W. Bush. Maybe these men might not have thought that they were above the law, that they were invincible.