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... 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.