Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday "What I Found on You Tube" Post

It's only castles burning...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Toy Soldier

Leave it to the most prominent chickenhawk in the nation to opt for such a crude reaction to murder on the most horrific of scales:

"Why didn't Roosevelt bomb it[Auschwitz]? We should have bombed it."
Rudy's Campaign Blimp

It's not quite like Ron Paul's, but I guess you go with what you've got, and not what you want.
It's Not a Bomb...It's a Liberating Device Which Happens to Explode

On the bright side, it's a democratic shell...

Greenwald links to this story about yesterday's, um, liberation via explosive air-drop in Baghdad's Latifiya district/southern suburb.

Ain't war grand?
A "New and Improved" Shit Sandwich... STILL a shit sandwich, no matter HOW "new and improved" it supposedly is.
Doing the Work Thing

It's a busy Friday in the office. I'll try to post something a little later. Cheers...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

It's a Gas Gas Gas

What a bunch of wonder the Bush administration loves Blackwater so much:

The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel.

Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the American military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint.

"This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous," Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day. "It's not a good thing to cause soldiers who are standing guard against car bombs, snipers and suicide bombers to cover their faces, choke, cough and otherwise degrade our awareness."

Both the helicopter and the vehicle involved in the incident at the Assassins' Gate checkpoint were not from the United States military, but were part of a convoy operated by Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor that is under scrutiny for its role in a series of violent episodes in Iraq, including a September shooting in downtown Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.

Oh yeah--that oughta win hearts and minds, as well as impress upon the rest of the world the American regard for human life.

Good god.

Of course Blackwater spokesperson, and I'm not making this up, Anne Tyrrell, insists it was all an innocent mistake and that a Nexus 6, um, I mean, a private security contractor would never

a) shoot innocent civilians

b) get drunk and shoot innocent civilians

c) get drunk and shoot an Iraqi vicee-president's bodyguard

d) deliberately drop a CS gas cannister on a busy Baghdad intersection


e) all of the above.

Tyrrell then noted "the flame that burns twice as bright lasts but half as long," before ending the conversation.
And--Action! Hullabaloo notes a number of things about the "Iranian speedboat attack" that just don't pass the smell test and further notes the irony that this was publicized the same week that a newly declassified report definitively debunks any claims to an attack by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.

You know, it's astonishing, the level of contempt they must hold us in, to think they'd try to pull off the same lame stunt almost forty-five years later. Unfuckingbelievable.
No, George...

You're not allowed to chop down the "Door of Humility." Now put the chainsaw away--it's not a toy.
"Mr. Bush, I'm Calling From the Collection Agency...Hello?"

No wonder these clowns whine about having to file search warrants. They don't even know how to pay a goddamned phone bill:

Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.

A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. Poor supervision of the program also allowed one agent to steal $25,000, the audit said.

Note: the FBI budget for FY03, the latest I was able to scrounge up on a quick search, was $4.5 billion dollars. You know, it takes a special kind of incompetence to screw up basic bill paying with a budget that size.

But that's just another example of standard operating procedure from the worst administration ever.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hauling Freight

I swear the sonofabitch is the biggest egomaniac I've ever seen.
Next Time, It Could be New York City...

From First Draft--and no, nobody, except maybe a few wingnut loons, want a disaster to befall anyone...but Honore's right: the nation hasn't learned anything from the storms of 2005 and flood of New Orleans...particularly the flood, which was NOT a natural disaster, but in fact essentially a 9/11 attack resulting from federal government negligence.
Chris Matthews is a Dumb Blonde

The idea of HRC as the Democratic nominee doesn't make me want to dance in the streets...but that wasn't what forced me to cut off the TV while watching election returns.

Nope. The tipping point was...having to listen to someone who almost makes Patrick Buchanan sound sane.


Busy morning here...I'll try to post again when I can...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Now, as an unenthusiastic-at-best voter for Mary Landrieu, it's not like I really want to defend her, but I'll bet if it was Landrieu, R-LA, this would barely cause a blip on the radar screen.

Maybe she can claim God has forgiven her.
Preening Little Weenie in Chief

Shrub in Jerusalem:

Lights in the Old City of Jerusalem will be turned off before dawn this week so visiting US President George W. Bush can get a better view of the sun rising over its ancient walls.

Remind you of anything?

...the streets [of New Orleans] were lit last night, starting 30 minutes before the President's motorcade came through... then they went dark an hour after he left.

And...damnit, I'm busy over here today and can't locate it, but somewhere out on the internets I recall reading about the High Chimp's imperious behavior at his cabinet meetings, where those in attendance are expected to stand and sit on his hand signal, which he on occasion engages in for no other reason than to be an asshole.

But what would you expect?
WIIIAI: "Sometimes the Hypocrisy Reaches a Kind of Zen Perfection"

Take a look at the major points of Chimpy's statement about Kenya.
Roberts & Scalia: "We Wanna Torture People, Too!"

"Why should the executive branch have all the fun?" (Link from Rising Hegemon).

Monday, January 07, 2008

It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature

Frank Luntz insists that there's nothing wrong with inviting the same person to multiple "focus group" studies, despite the fact that this practice appears to be, at the very least, highly unusual.

Note: I've had a bit of trouble off and on getting the link to load.
Shrub Quixote, Decider Errant

When a nitwit navel-gazes and considers it his "legacy."

God, what an embarrassment. Worse, he refers to himself in the third person.
And He Looks Like David Horowitz

Al Giordano points out an astonishing "coincidence" in some focus groups put together by Frank Luntz for Fake Noise some four months apart.

I guess the attention span shortening experiment hasn't worked on everyone...
Credit Where Credit is Due

Here's to the Ohio State fans who understand the difference between real life and games, unlike some others.

(Note: I'm aware--well, more or less aware for a non-New Orleanian--of the controversy surrounding the demolition of public housing in the city. However, I'm still absolutely grateful to those Ohio State fans who are doing the right thing...and, no, I don't expect them familiar with all the ins and outs of the matter. As for Eddie George, regardless of how you feel about his company participating, he gets right to the heart with his statement, at least as far as I'm concerned.)

Although Sunday finished with partying late into the night, the day started with hundreds of Ohio State and LSU fans, faculty, students and football players teaming up to build new baseball fields at the NFL Youth Education Town Boys & Girls Club -- formerly Rosenwald Playground -- next to the now-condemned B.W. Cooper Housing Development just outside of downtown.

The playground took on nearly 8 feet of water from Hurricane Katrina flooding and it has slowly come back since, even though most neighborhood buildings still have spray-paint markings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Sunday was first time LSU freshman defensive lineman Will Blackwell of West Monroe said he got to see some of the city’s really devastated areas.

"You read about it and you see it on TV," he said. "But you don’t realize what happened until you come down here, and it makes you want to help."

LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe, who graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans, showed up in jeans and a tattered LSU cap to work.

"This (project) is an expression that this is not just about coming in, enjoying the hospitality and blowing out of town," O’Keefe said. "This shows they (LSU and Ohio State supporters) really want to give something back."

Former NFL star and Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George was shocked by the state of B.W. Cooper.

George also has his landscape architect company working with fellow former Ohio State player Keith Kay and KBK Enterprises to tear down B.W. Cooper and rebuild it as mixed-income housing in what was a recent and controversial decision by the New Orleans City Council.


"It’s amazing the things I'm looking at," George said. "This is America we live in, and it's almost like a Third World country. It's unfathomable that two-and-a-half years later we’re still in this state."
Representing the Drooling Class Point of View

It's William Kristol.

It's about what you'd expect from a drooling nitwit.