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November 15, 2003
THINKING ABOUT NAGGING BITCHES ON HIS BIRTHDAY
Happy birthday, Michael - one supporter of the war who has an effing sense of humor.
LIKE, FILIBUSTERS TURN ME ON
Well, they've got Valley Girl (ake one38.org) excited in a salicious and satirical sort of way.
A little hot and bothered about it all. OK, she's just bothered.
And Then guess what happened.
Only a taste:
Texas judge Priscilla Owen. She, like, totally voted to restrict the size of buffer zones for Anti-Abortion protesters outside of abortion clinics in the Texas "Operation Rescue v. Planned Parenthood" case. Can she, like, be any hotter? Because god knows, when you're getting an abortion, seeing a bunch of people across the street screaming "Mommy Mommy Why Did You Kill Me?" just isn't good enough to bring down your buzz. They need to be right up in your face. It's their right.
Well, visit the site anyway, it like, refreshes eight or nine times, which seems to go with the top-of-the-page Aristotle quote.
This post brought to you because of these fantabulous guys and gals.
November 14, 2003
PROUD TO BE A DRUGGIE
In three different radio promos for Rush Limbaugh's Monday return real news bites have played, - "Rush arrested for pill popping," "Radio star declares addiction." - and seem quite proud of the fact that Rush has been a naughty boy. [They don't mention the word hypocrite or fuckwad, tho]
In the middle of the 10 minutes I heard going to work (And no I don't normally listen but I'm stuck in the middle of a freedom-of-speech zone and can't get any decent music and always forget tapes and so forth.) they had a commercial ... and you'll like this ... for Cortislim.
See, as might be suggested by the name, it's a weight loss wonder drug. not only that but one bottle of, yep, pills, is only $49.99.
Their tag line is: If you have daily stress in your life. If you want to lose weight. Then you need Cortislim now!
These pushers are pretty insistent aren't they?
IT'S THE WAY IT OUTTA BE
ANONYMOUS likes to declare opinions. Some of them are even his own.
Use this insult template and disperse.
IT RIVALS NEWT'S BOOK
I'm sure too start me on the path of some type of enlightenement, I got an e-mail from an individual at the Ayn Clouter Web site - which if you want to look just type that in the engine we know as Google.
Her literary efforts rival Newt's great book of fiction, 1945.
Here is an excerpt from "The Blogfather." You're so vain, you probably thought ....
Well, I would post an exceprt if I didn't cototn on, late i might add, that this was some evil-underhanded way to get the other alliances at NZ Bear to get me to link to their showcase post.
Quite delicious, actually, but i only fell for it this far because I'm a newbie.
LOST? I have joined up with what appears to be a "let's all have a little fun" competition of blog popularity. Despite trepidation, I jumped in - to dip my toes deeper into blog culture (no doubt an oxymoron unless you're talking bacteria).
Shock and Awe is a member. So is Estimated Prophet. Both sites I already have links to. Mahablog is another admirable site. As is Democratic Veteran.
EMPTY PRINCIPLES - SLATE
Daniel Gross wrote a vacuous article titled Bobos in Purgatory where he said there seems to be a lot of Bush haters who have benefited mightily from "Bush's tax cuts."
And really, it is as empty an article as that - surprise that money doesn't rule everyonre's minds.
Slate article here.
In fact this parapgraph seems to try and beak a record fo rthe most lies and disengenous thoughts packed into a parapgraph and I'm actually glad I didn't read it before sending off the e-mail below, otherwise I would have been less reasonable:
As an economic strategy, the tax cuts have plainly worked. People—particularly high-income people—are feeling wealthier and are buying more goods and services. But it's a questionable political strategy. Bush's tax cuts don't seem to have converted many Democrats, particularly the high-income Democrats who fuel his opponents' campaigns. Wealthy Democrats [ed: But not Republicans?] generally would prefer to pay less taxes rather than more, but they don't wake up each morning raging at the government's confiscation of their income. Their dander is far more easily aroused by attempts to stock the bench with right-wing ideologues, or by Dick Cheney's insistence on linking Saddam Hussein to 9/11, or by the general hash the president has made of trade and fiscal policy.
An e-mail I sent Mr. Gross, under the subject "Pretty Selective Nonsense." The Slate guys are actually pretty good about getting back, so if he replies I'll post - unless it's not worth it.
November 13, 2003
STAGING THE DEBATES
Senate debate on judicial nominees has fractious start
By Klaus Marre
See, you'd think this righteous and principled indignation that Democrats are being unfair - holding up four judicial nominees and letting a vote on 168 of them - was just about politics or someth ... Just a second, a call is coming in.
Well, that's a shocker, folks. I've just been told this IS all about politics and wasting time.
I've heard mixed reports on how this will look to the average American voter.
To my mind, i can't believe too many people give a rats ass about four judges, while it is very clear that the Republicans are holding things up to make a point about judges.
In other words, it will change a few Republicans minds who have a vested interest in the bills and business that are being delayed
BTW, is Orrin Hatch the stupidest fuck on the planet or what?
OPERATION IRON HAMMER - WHAT A BUNCH OF NAZIS
No really. As Jeremy over at Fantastic Planet points out the Nazis had the exact same thing.
No the Rove administration is not a bunch of Nazis. Yes the coincidence is hilarious, in the way only screwed up military ideas can be.
The operation, known as Plan Iron Hammer, was the 1943 brainchild of Professor Steinmann of the German Aviation Ministry, who had pointed out the benefit of raiding selected points in the Soviet infrastructure in order to damage the whole.
WAY TO SHED THAT ALOOF IMAGE KERRY
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry on Thursday shrugged off the dismissal of his campaign manager and the subsequent departure of two senior staffers, saying his campaign “will be better off moving ahead with people who want to be there.”
If he can't connect with his staff, he sure ain't gonna connect with "the American people."
JUDGE MOORE NO MORE
He of the Top Ten Reasons the Ten Commandments should be on my court lawn" and the one wearing "I don't understand my job" T-shirt and cap, was kicked out on the unemployment line today by the Alabama court of Judiciary.
Just-the-facts ma'am AP REPORT:
This should actually be a day for all Americans to rejoice. But it won't be and Moore will be employed by some right-wing organization before the year is out.
But I feel happy that, if he broke the law, Moore should be penalized. After all it's clear he's beyond help and the likelihood fo recidivism is high. I'm sure, under different circumstances, ex-Judge Moore would feel the same way.
STUPID !@#$% FLIES
I've got one middle-sized fly buzzing around the newsroom right now. It is bugging the heck out of me. I am singled out beause I decided to wear cologne today. !@#$%.
And I'm afraid as it just buzzed by my ear that I'm going to let out a loud "motherfucker" and that wouldn't be a good thing. (not unheard of but ....
I don't love all god's creatures.
update 8:48 Fly is dead. I smacked it down. I've accomplished something today.
November 12, 2003
GEPHARDT CAMPAIGN KEEPING ME EXCITED
At least that's the idea. I signed up to receive periodic e-mail updates - he probably calls them "Gephardt Flashes" or something - and I've been dutifully deleting them. But then the subject titles started to get me and I always meant to post about it.
Now in the interest of ..... um, well, frankly, making more room in my Excite account, here are the titles, all from Steve Murphy, Gephardt for President gopher.
-Gephardt Takes 7 Point Lead in Iowa - Nov. 10
-Dick Gephardt - The Deanslayer - Nov. 7
-Less Than A Year to Go - Nov. 5
-Gephardt Rebukes Dean for Confederate Flag Remark - Nov. 3
-$366,000 for 366 Days - Nov. 2
-Tune In: Gephardt on Face the Nation, Hardball
-Help Me Scare George Bush (this one from Dick Gephardt) - Oct. 31 (Halloween see. HA)
-Gephardt on Top in Illinois, Has the Momentum - Oct. 27
- Tell Bush to Keep Assault Weapons Off Our Streets - Oct. 26
and the one that gave me the idea
-CQ: Fear the Turtle - Oct. 18.
See, Gephardt is not afraid to be called a turtle just because he looks like one. he's catching up to Dean (the Hare). He seems quite fond of fairy tales, does our Gephardt.
November 11, 2003
IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FRIST IT
This is pretty good. Frist a 'rank amateur' according to a colleague.
Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid, D-Nevada, launched his protest over Frist's scheduling of 30 hours of continuous round-the-clock debate starting Wednesday to highlight Democratic filibusters of some of President Bush's judicial nominees.
Link here. Taiwan, and $1 million cost to meet with Neil "Bailout" Bush are discussed over at Joshua Micah Marshall's digs today.
WHAT'S BUSH AFRAID OF?
Not happy with stiffling dessent in America (free-speech zone, look it up), President Bush is a little scared that protestors in London might actually be heard. Under the guise of "could be a terror risk" Bush's advance people (who he could call off at any point so, yes, blame him) want to stop any and all protest in London during his visit.
London. A city of 8 million people who live in a country that is "WITH US" in the 2003-February 2005 Iraq war.
Read it and weep, ladies and gentleman.
Yard fury over Bush visit
With sidebar on Bush's posse (I can't spell entourage) and accoutrements:
Plllllllllllllease tell me how I'm posting this only because I hate Bush and that somehow any true outrage I feel right now must be made up. Go ahead.
SHOSHANA JOHNSON - REMEMBER HER?
Jessica Lynch is a wonderful American.
I thought that after I heard about the rescue (go to the archives). I think that today as she is the toast of the town and receives the spotlight, awards, and the adulation and thanks of a nation -- except those rightwingers who really don't like her now and are being vocal about it. A work colleague - a reporter at a "liberal" newspaper - actually said, talking about Lynch: "It looks like James Carville was right about, if you drag $20 through a trailer park, who knows what kind of trash you'll pick up.)
The factually inaccurate movie? I didn't watch it. The book? I won't buy it, though if I see it in a thrift store in a few months I probably will.
The interview with Diane Sawyer? I'll record it and watch it.
But, through no fault of former (I think) Private Lynch, all eyes are trained on her and not also on Spc. Shoshana Johnson. You know, the dumpy black chick.
The woman who went through the same things, perhaps worse (who was also given 20 percent military medical benefits to Lynch's 80 percent, though I think that travesty was rectified).
There is no better way to illustrate this point then the shot I saw on CNN and elsewhere of Lynch, with crutches and full gown. The narrator was talking about how she looked fabulous.
And she did. A great smile. Happy and humble to be honored at the American Music Awards for .. something. What exactly I'm not sure.
But standing right next to her, unmentioned by all but CNN, was Johnson. Johnson was in regulation uniform, one that looked a little big on her. She did not look glamorous, but she did look like a soldier.
CNN mentioned that both had won the award. No one else - that I watched - did.
Let's take this two-part, three-question test:
Where is Pfc Lynch from? Where is Spc Johnson from?
Who has a TV movie? Who does not?
How old is Lynch? How old is Johnson?
I am the last person to cry racism (trust me on this one) but to me some type of subconscious or insitutional racism has to be part of the equation for this different treatment.
I am tremendously saddened by this. If I can find a way to send a letter to Johnson, I will and I'll let you know how, too. This country is better than that.
Shoshana Johnson is a wonderful American.
PLEASE TELL ME IN 200 WORDS OR LESS
HOW BUSH IS COMPASSIONATE TOWARD VETERANS
Does he ever say more than they are good at sacrifice?
When will he go to a memorial of a fallen soldier?
Why is there a ban on photographing returning soldiers in coffins?
How can he say this: Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like without being struck by lightning and smote many times.
How would he face the family of dead Pfc. Jesse Givens who wrote a letter to his family in case he died in Iraq.
It's hard to say all this without making a political point but we are spilling blood far more precious then that which courses through the veins of George Bush Junior, president of these United States.
Of course, I'm a Democrat so I obviously couldn't care about the lives of soldiers. Or, maybe I've got that backwards in his case.
BUSH CAN BE INSULTING ...
And not just to your and the country's intelligence.
Turns out he can "dish out the insults." The press - or at least this dumbass writer - is so proud.
GREER, S.C.(AP) - President Bush is fond of doling out good-natured insults to people who share a stage with him. Monday, he proved he can dish it out and take it, too.
Wow what an extraordinary wit. The set up, the timing. The delivery (I'm assuming as I didn't see). I'm flummoxed and bed-rocked. Little Johnny, bedtime story is over now. Sleep tight. What? Well, try.
Bush to Give Robertson Medal of Freedom
When I read that headline, I about punched myself in the face.
But it's not who I thought it was. Whew.
WHO WANTS TO LIVE IN A POMOSEXUAL WORLD?
Metrosexual sounds supposedly sophisticated. It has the wrong sound to it. Much like meme. Pretention personified.
Whereas Pomo (also pretention personified strangely enough) leading to Pomosexual has a softer, less "in-your-face" sound to it.
November 10, 2003
SOLDIERS, WHITE HOUSE AND MEDIA AGREE
If only for a brief few hours and except for the dimbulb of one Gary Thatcher, communications chief for the U.S. occupation authority (which is???).
NBC was critized for filming an attack on a Baghdad hotel. When I read the first quote in newshole Howard Kurtz's WaPo column:
[S]ome U.S. officials in Iraq raised fierce objections and tried to block Miklaszewski and his cameraman from filming the scene. "The NBC journalists conducted themselves in a wholly inappropriate, uncaring and insensitive manner," says Gary Thatcher, communications chief for the U.S. occupation authority. "Instead of rendering or summoning aid, they focused on gathering video footage of people in agonizingly painful situations . . . in order to boost the ratings."
... I was going to chalk it up to another Rove administration flacky toeing the line. Turn outs, in this case, true, but others were more sane. The quotage goes on:
Says [NBC cameraman] Miklaszewski: "I realized they were very emotional, very upset, that they had been attacked. But frankly, we had a job to do -- cover the attack on the al-Rashid Hotel as best we could. We were being as unobtrusive as we possibly could. . . .
The defense gets stronger as it turns out NBC personnel did help out. The link here.
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO BE REMINDED OF THE FACTS
A Manufactured Crisis on Judges - an editorial
Conservative activists have been demanding that Senate Republicans do more to push through the Bush administration's most extreme judicial nominees. So the Republican leadership is planning a 30-hour talk marathon later this week to protest the Democrats' blocking of a handful of candidates.
All this name calling? What would Ann Coulter say?
This brings out a point I've expressed here before. This time I'll do it a little differently. If either party wants their judges nominated why don't they try and pick people who aren't either 1) completely inexperienced or 2) Complete wackheads.
Someone with, oh I don't know, a good solid foundation in law and a history of decisions on which to base a federal judge nomination, without a history of letting their personal opinions be known to all and sundry.
WANT TO TAKE SCOTUS BETS ON DECISON?
Supreme Court to Hear Guantanamo Appeals
I really don't know and am not going to research this one now. However, this point below by (our allies in Gulf War II) seems to be compelling. In fact, it seems that the International Criminal Court (flawed and incomplete as it was/is) may have helped here if the US (and others) hadn't opted out.
Lower courts had found that the American civilian court system did not have authority to hear the men's complaints about their treatment.
Why one and not the other? I can't figure that out.
I WAS WONDERING ABOUT THE SUPERMARKET STRIKE
Afraid it had dropped off the map. Or hoping it had been settled. Nope on both accounts.
For the cashiers and stockers on the picket lines, the fight to fend off large-scale concessions is a struggle to avoid being thrown into one of America's lowest castes, the working poor. But for the supermarkets, the confrontation, the biggest labor dispute in the nation in recent years, is a painful investment to ensure that they can survive against Wal-Mart and other low-cost rivals.
My instinct is to protect people from being poor if they are making an attempt to live - which these people clearly are. There's nothing more demoralizing than being "theworking poor."
How does society benefit by turning these people out?
Also, the grocery chains in question may be making less money than before, but they are still turning profits.
I try and shop at Wal-Mart as little as possible, because of the way they treat their workers. I've done that for a few years. I do shop there occasionally - about four or five times a year. I also don't always find the best prices at Wal-Mart and I would never, under any circumstances, buy my food there. Or have my eyes checked. And I have never trusted them to touch my car or cut my hair. It's something about the quantity over quality ethos that gets to me.
There are some places where there are not many choices. But the supercenter's are always in places where there is competition. I'd think some people would chose to shop at places that had comparable, if a wee but higher, prices if they knew that there were people making a good living there. Those making the higher-range $17 an hour have been there many years.
Price is the No. 1 factor in the decision to buy and where to buy. But there are millions of people who have the slight luxury and/or the still-alive conscience to look elsewhere because the simple fact is, if you work for Wal-Mart you are not a happy person. At least every (yes every ) Wal-Mart employee I've ever encountered has been curt, dismissive toward those in the line in front of me - and me - and basically seemed unhappy to be alive.
You get that at other stores, but more often than not you have people who haven't forgotten how to smile. Call me an idealistic buffoon but that's worth something, right? It is to me.
update 12:31 Here's a much better way to save money than on the backs of workers - new radio tracking technology.