Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th

Wherever you are, hope you enjoy the holiday or the day if you're outside the US.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

OK Hitchens, That's Enough For One Night

We're calling you a cab.

h/t Rising Hegemon.
Would You Like Fries With Your 'Homosexual Agenda?'

So, American Family Association--what is it about two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun that makes you teh gay?

My guess is the 'special sauce.'
Dead Last

The United States is eighth out of eight among G-8 countries when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Not only does that demonstrate a level of cynical greed completely at odds with basic principles of Christian charity, but it's dollar dumb on multiple economic levels to boot. Pretty much everyone short of yer Rush Lamebone fans recognize that the growth industries of the future WILL be environmentally sound. It simply makes. no. sense. to cling to antiquated methods and practices.

In related news, Russia--RUSSIA, of all places--gave Team Bush a big fat nose tweak, saying we're "in no position to lecture other countries on how to conduct their affairs." Medvedev is referring to the dismal economy...but now much the same can be said re: this administration's policies and actions related to human rights.
Turd Zombie

Like cockroaches and Keith Richards surviving nuclear holocaust, Karl Rove will always find a way to slither onto a GOP campaign team, even if there's a significant shortage of brains.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

OK, I Confess

Yeah, just like Faux News, I've--gasp--been photoshopping pictures/visual aids. For example, here's one I did of Beelzedick Cheney not too long ago:

Apologies...from now on, I'll stick with the originals:

"Tests Find Source of FEMA Trailer Fumes"

It was Big Time, all along...

Your 'Liberal' Media

This highly sympathetic profile of drug addled racist Rush Limbaugh speaks volumes about the elite media.

Funny, but I recall reading somewhere that the same paper once insisted Hitler's antisemitism was "understood to be largely rhetorical."
Bring 'em On, Five Years In

And to think the GOP has the goddamned nerve to throw the mother of all hissy fits over Wes Clark's comments.

Funny how selective memory works.

In addition to being non-plussed over the appalling bad taste of "bring 'em on," I find it interesting that they somehow missed their appointment with the fainting couch when Shrub made his equally crass joke about "WMD hav[ing] to be somewhere," or when Dick. Cheney. haughtily claimed the insurgency was in its "last throes" some three years ago, etc. etc. etc. etc., ad nauseum.

Maybe they were busily rehearsing and practicing their expressions of outrage in private.

Or maybe they're just a bunch of assholes.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Another Senior Moment? know, if I was John McCain, I'd be careful when it comes to accusing someone of being "unable" to "control...surrogate operation[s]."

Just sayin.'

Note: and yes, I'm aware that James Webb is hardly an Obama "surrogate," but that merely adds yet another level to the degree of absurdity, as will the inevitable charges from the wingnut howler monkeys about "media bias" (although, as best as I can tell, no one in the media has noticed this yet).

Seemed like a good idea when gas was $1.50 a gallon...

Not suprisingly, automobile sales have dropped like a rock since gas prices began soaring skyward...
Wingnut Charm Offensive

I guess it's not real surprising Ed Patru seems to be camera shy, given that he's chosen to be the political equivalent of a disease carrier/spreader:

A conservative political group is taking to the airwaves today, again accusing U.S. Rep. Don Cazayoux of blocking energy-related legislation.

The radio ad -- funded by Freedom’s Watch, a political organization that supports conservative policies -- says Cazayoux blocked votes to increase domestic energy production.

The ad is expected to air through the 6th U.S. Congressional District.

Cazayoux, D-New Roads, said Monday the ad refers to his opposition of procedural votes that are used to slow down Congress...

Ed Patru, spokesman for Freedom’s Watch, said Cazayoux should be more aggressive in calling out Democrats who are opposed to domestic drilling and are asking for the release of more foreign oil.

"He ought to be walking the halls of Congress, megaphone in hand, asking the Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) to drop her opposition to drilling," Patru said.

Patru said Cazayoux is among Democrats who have not signed a petition to move an energy bill out of House committee, which Pelosi, D-Calif., is not allowing.

The resolution, called the No More Excuses Energy Act, would allow for companies to explore oil and natural gas offshore and from ANWR, allow the issuance of tax exempt bonds for the financing of domestic use oil refinery facilities, and allow tax credits for the production of electricity from nuclear energy and natural gas production.

"But Don Cazayoux stands in the way, while we cut back on gas and groceries, family outings and summer vacations," the Freedom’s Watch ad says.

The ad directs listeners to call Cazayoux’s district office and tell him to support House Resolution 3089.

Patru said similar ads are being aired in 15 other Congressional districts.

Cazayoux, who faces re-election to the seat this fall, called the ad a campaign tactic.

Cazayoux said he welcomes calls to his office. "It gives us a chance to tell people our side of the story," he said.

Cazayoux said he is glad the dialogue on drilling is starting, but it is a conversation that should have been started years ago.

"Drilling is not a short-term solution," he said. Even if drilling in ANWR is allowed, "it would be 10 years before any significant relief to gas prices will occur."

"We don’t want to focus just on drilling," Cazayoux said. "We have to continue to talk about some of the longer term solutions that I’ve focused on and I think Congress is focusing on."
You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Throw Up in Your Mouth a Little

Brad from Sadly, No! chronicles "The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency."

Leonard Pinth Garnell would approve.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Offer Void East of the Caspian

But the surge is "working."
Like Claude Raines, but Without the Charm and Looks

Shorter Bobby Jindal: "I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy."
Pulling Third Shift at the Outrage Manufacturing Plant

Barack Obama is not the presumptive nominee without good reason, and I suppose his 'cut it off' reaction to Wes Clark's comment is the correct one, even if more than a little bit of me wishes he'd instead tell a preening, narcissistic John McCain and his wingnut posse to stick it/act like they've got a pair/grow up, etc.

The plain truth is that for a generation or more Democratic candidates have been subject to PRECISELY what Wes Clark said about John McCain, while an utterly vacuous media has uncritically played the role of stenographer. Obama and his wife are the most recent victims, having been on the receiving end of an absolute avalanche of ugly, racist and/or xenophobic rumor mongering with hardly a peep from anyone save liberal left blogaea and maybe Olbermann.

Hell, 'attack their strength' was and is the mantra of one Karl Rove, whom the media anointed as he-who-could-do-no-wrong, at least until he screwed the pooch in 2006.

Yer GOP--typical bullies: they can dish it out, but start crying like momma's boys when anyone dares to hit back.
Highway Robbery

Big Time wants you to fork it over

Oil continues to surge to Bush-merde-touch levels--$143 dollars a barrel today, and I doubt anyone would be surprised if it spiked to $150 before too long...particularly in light of the latest round of ridiculous saber rattling by (presumably) Dick. Cheney., who is no doubt fully aware of the ramifications.

So...Americans are finally being asked to "sacrifice," in this case, their hard-earned dollars, for the greater glory of Dick and his investment portfolio.

Ironically, Louisiana, or at least the State Treasury, benefits from Bush-Cheney mismanagement...but it's small comfort after such huge losses from the hurricanes, the flood, and the drooling stupidity of the administration's reaction.

That said, Gret Stet residents, like everyone else, feel the pinch at the pump. Well, at least most do...

VERY fortunately I'm an exception to the rule, what with by local standards is an astonishingly short work commute (about a mile and a half--at most ten minutes if there's traffic...yeah, I could walk or bike, but...walking in Gret Stet heat and humidity is NOT an option, and bicycling will likewise have to wait for cooler temps and fewer State Troopers ordering me off the streets.) Still, yesterday, it was just over thirty bucks to top-off my roughly half filled tank (at $3.99 a gallon). And while I only have to do that every two or three weeks, I can't imagine the level of frustration a 'burb dweller has...

And that sort of frustration WILL express itself at the polls...provided it isn't trumped by an abject appeal to pure fear. In other words, Charlie Black was merely expressing what must be considered a de facto GOP policy: the HOPE that America suffers another terrorist attack. That's both ironic...and a little scary, considering it's Shrub and Big Time...