Saturday, December 6, 2008

And here I was, thinking Palin was forgettable

Migawd... she's got so much mileage left - like finding a set of still-good summer tires in the garage rafters. BOOYAH!

A'huntin' we will go

TBogg over at firedoglake has a lovely post showcasing right-wing hypocrisy. It's delicious. Give it a read.

Kossacks

From ColoradoPols:
Do You Really Want Daily Kos Representing the Democratic Party?
"In the last 6 months, during the primary wars, I saw a sickening and coordinated effort to run off anyone that did not agree with a select group of people on the site. I have often suspected that these folks coordinated to hide comments at the last minute to prevent others from uprating them, have coordinated to uprate each other when users have deemed them troll worthy, et al. The end result was that longtime activist Democrats left the site or were driven off, simply because they did not support Barack Obama during the primaries."
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For what it's worth, I quit reading DailyKOS when Bush was reelected, the tone became so strident it was the reading equivalent of a chainsaw on stainless steel.

This revelation doesn't surprise me one bit.

Kudos to ColoradoPols for promoting this to their front page.

The GOP is having their purge, we need to have ours too.

The Zero Decade: Restarting The 21st Century and Rebooting America, In The Nick of Time

Published on Monday, December 1, 2008 by CommonDreams.org
The Zero Decade: Restarting The 21st Century and Rebooting America, In The Nick of Time

by Gregory Wright

At the 2004 Democratic Convention, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich told the country "we can restart the 21st century" by replacing the Bush administration and Republican Congress with a Democratic president and Congress. The country could progress again with sufficient intelligence, adult thinking, and informed creativity -- also known as progressive policy-making.

But, thanks to a small majority of America's voters (and maybe some Ohio GOP electoral chicanery), the country just stayed stuck on Republican stupid for another four years, until 2009, with Bush and Dick and the gang in charge of the executive branch and, for another two years, with Mitch McConnell and John "Baner" Boehner running the Congress.

What a weird coincidence that the calendar decade with more zeroes in its years than any other became such a "zero decade" in the conduct of the world's most powerful and impactful nation. And what an unfortunate missed opportunity this first decade of our new century -- and millennium! -- has been. This gateway of the most enormous possible new era (it will be 99 decades before the next equivalent milestone) could have been seen at least from the start of the 1990s, and used, as a symbolic kick in the pants to address an avalanche of huge and rapidly worsening human problems, from climate change and overpopulation to the continuing threat of nuclear holocaust and the destitution of billions.

Read the rest at CommonDreams.org

hat tip to Kaye!

Bang the Drum Slowly

Sure to be two of the saddest events in Colorado's history:

El Paso County Lincoln Day Gala

Leadership Program of the Rockies Holiday Party

I'm thinking the Programs at both parties1 will look something like this:
  • Reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance2
  • Apologies that Rep. Musgrave and Sen. Allard could not attend
  • Introduction of honored guests/large donors
  • Inspirational speeches to the faithful (all 20)
  • Dinner (including a main course of crow garnished with ashes)
  • Cash bar
  • Shouted accusations
  • Shoving
  • Fistfights
Oh, they'll just be GRAND 'parties'.
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1 - more like wakes
2 - with muted sobbing

Blackwater Sent for Filtration

Sources: 5 Blackwater guards charged in Iraq deaths

By Kevin Bohn and Terry Frieden
CNN


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Five security guards from Blackwater Worldwide have been indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting in which 17 Iraqis were killed in a Baghdad square, two sources said Friday.

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The US military under Bush have gone My Lai one better - they've 'outsourced' the slaughtering. Whoopsie though - you're supposed to get your murderers from another country (like the renditions!!). The Blackwater boys are from the US, which means they're subject to US laws (y'know, that whole 'laws not men' thing?') and since McCain didn't win... oh dear...

I had hoped in my life we wouldn't see any more scenes like this:



Well, when you hire military-washouts-turned-hired-killers, what do you expect?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Poe lil Sheila

Sheila Samples offers up a lil POEtry. Suhweet.

Whipped to a Lovely Froth, followed by a Fireball

Reading the local wingblogs is simply fall-down funny1. To read one wingnut bashing another about their flavor of 'conservatism' and lack of 'party unity' is truly the height of political comedy. You can't buy entertainment this good. Even Leperkhan Shaun Kenney isn't this much fun as he studiously avoids discussing his employer Marilyn Muskrat's crushing defeat and ejection from Congress, not to mention her petulant refusal to publicly accept defeat. Guess that would be appeasement. The hammering on Musgrave has gotten so bad that Colorado's very own Living Political Fossil, John Andrews has begun calling2 for the 'abuse' to end. HA.

The very slapstick that cost the GOP the election will now compel it to drive their collective clown-car off the cliff in an effort to prove that 'clowns stick together' and have 'a code of honor'.

I'll be in my lawnchair at the edge of the cliff with popcorn and binoculars 3

1. but not worth linking to since they're chumps, IMHO
2. in a high-pitched grating whimper
3. so I can watch the fall - all.the.way.down... and the sure-to-be-glorious fireball

Epic Fishwrap Fail

The Rocky is on the rocks.

"The paper is caught in a complex and fast-changing media world..."

I.E. - too hidebound to get truly web-savvy.

BuhBye

We Owe Him, Bigtime

Requiem for a Maverick

John McCain ran one of the most incompetent, schizo campaigns in history — and for that we owe him big-time

MATT TAIBBI
Posted Nov 27, 2008 10:42 AM

Election night at the Biltmore in Arizona is a hilariously dismal scene, like a funeral for a family member nobody liked, who died owing everyone money.
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It sounds strange to say, but this election season may have done to the word "Republican" what 1972 did for the word "liberal": turned it into a poisonous sobriquet that no politician with bipartisan aspirations will ever again welcome. The Republicans didn't just break the party — they left it smashed into space dust. They weren't just beaten; the very idea of Republican conservatism was massively rejected in virtually every state where large chunks of the population do not believe in the literal existence of a horned devil, and even in some that do.

They lost in every way imaginable, on every political front. The symbol of their anti-gay crusade, Colorado congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, was beheaded. The party that had made so much hay running against Mexicans saw noted anti-immigration crusader Bill Sali of Idaho ousted along with several other members of the Immigration Reform Caucus. The GOP's grasp on the so-called "moral values" issue likewise went up in roaring flames, with Rep. Vito Fossella of Staten Island the poster child — his morals were once so perfect that he refused to be seen with his gay sister, and now he's a national joke, bounced after being caught drunk driving and having unprotected, babymaking sex with a married Air Force officer.

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ouch

Read the rest

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Perfect Christmas Gift

When you care enough to freak out your family and friends.

Hey, I just report em.

Cautionary Tale

Be careful what you ask for.

So sad.

Sort of Different

Somehow I suspect Susan B. is a-spinnin mightily in her cold little grave tonite, what with wingers like Marjorie 'Roboloon' Dannenfelser using her name for their twisted GOP GOTV (which is a BFD to the NRA, FYI).

Today she actually heaped praise (well, I'm sure she thought it was praise, but she was upwind) on Marilyn 'Got My Tush Spanked in CO' Musgrave and Sarah 'Shoot the Wolfie' Palin, saying:

What I talk to her a lot about is women's leadership -- the sort of different model of women's leadership that she and (Sarah) Palin and other women like them provide. We haven't really had that for awhile.

"Sort of different" is the understatement of the millenium.

Musgrave and Palin working together, what have the Dems wrought?

(I suspect an Emmy nomination for Tina Fey)

Hygiene Matters

Ripped still-oozing from the pages of the Dependable Renegade:

Unfortunate headline du jour.

From Politico:

Chambliss: Palin 'allowed us to peak'

But wait, there's more:

“I can't overstate the impact she had down here,” Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News.

When she walks in a room, folks just explode,” he added.



I hope someone sponge-mopped that room later. - doog

Over the top?

Was that last post a bit much?

Is there something wrong with me?

NAH.

The Need to Give MORE

City Council just accepted 25 of the 27 recommendations of the Election Reform Task Force - and set a $200 limit for individuals and $500 for organizations. Seems reasonable to me. Certainly more reasonable than $5000. Why does that number ring a bell? Doesn't seem real... you'd have to own an estate to spare that much money for politics.

Of course I'm sure some1 will laugh2 at any such attempt to limit the samson-like strength of their throbbing juggernaut and advocate some new way to lift their efforts up. They're such ferocious, unrelenting heroes of the Repubic3 . I have no doubt they're polishing their hummers4 and playing WWII morale songs5 even now.

Onward! Christian soldiers, Onward!

(gets caught up in the moment and begins marching/prancing around the room singing, holding up two rulers taped into a cross before falling to the floor in a fit of giggles, rollling back and forth kicking legs in the air)6
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1. no your honor, I don't know who (but I have a list of likely suspects!)
2. in a scary, hyena-like way that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up
3. mightily sic
4. NOT code
5. MAY be code
6. Can I help it if I'm naturally jolly?

Note: this post is specifically NOT copyrighted - y'all feel 176% free to copy and paste all over the place. I'm sure the kids at LGF and RS would love to read it. (waves)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Yes

Colorado's most-aply-named wingnut* talkshow host asked today '...is there something wrong with me?'

Um.

YES.

(* Peter Boyles)

Oh, the Stupid, it BURNS



Keith O does up Billy-O ever sssoOOO nicely.

Couldn't happen to a more-deserving right-wing pundit/jackass/tool.

Where in the World is Marilyn Musgrave

Doing robo-call recordings for Team Sarah.
Team Sarah, a special project of the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, is contacting over 200,000 Georgia households with a Get Out the Vote phone message recorded by Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO).
Well isn't that spatial.

Marilyn Musgrave and Sarah Palin, a match made in... um... no... not there. Further south. Much further. You're gettin warm...

Here's a transcript of the robocall:
Hello, I'm Marilyn Musgrave. Until last month I was a congresswoman from Colorado*. Leftist special interests from around the country poured money into my district to defeat me. They overwhelmed us with money and they smothered the truth with vicious attacks and lies. We are seeing the same pattern in Georgia. Pro-abortion radicals and liberal activists won't stop until they have a chokehold on our government. You can stop them with your vote. It's too late to change the results in Colorado, but on tuesday you can cast your vote for Saxby-Chambliss.
(second voice) Paid for by the SBAList Candidate Fund Project Team Sarah. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. www.teamsarah.org
Vicious attacks? What gall. It's breathtaking.

* BECAUSE I LOST! IN A BASTION OF GOP POWER! DAMN I'M PISSED! WHERE'S MY BOTTLE OF JACK?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Privacy on Trial

Oh won't this be fun. Now all the Executive Orders start to come home to roost.

I'm sure the Democrats will step right up to defend privacy. RIGHT!

Every single telecom officer who knowingly wiretapped without a FISA warrant should be tried the same way the go after hackers.

It's the same damn thing.

The existing FISA regs made it so damn easy to go back and get a warrant after-the-fact - even if you had bullshit evidence, pretty much all you had to do was ask. Anything for the 'homeland' after all.

Trouble is, that wasn't good enough - now they want forgiveness for just saying "fuck your limpdick laws, we're crimefighters, we'll do as we please" and then breaking said laws. Then, ludicrously later they come back saying "oh... well, sure we broke the law, but sign this new law giving us super-duper-double-secret-immunity or you're helpin tha' y'know.... terrists."

This is crimminal... not to mention stupid.

If we don't punish them, the next time will be much, much worse.

Think we will? Think these crimminals will get any kind of punishment?

Look how long it took to nail Nacchio - and he tried to hide behind the FISA law to cover his ass for insider trading.

Gee Wally, it's funny how the only time these laws have been used was to cover up wrongdoing, not find it.

Ironometer just went bang again.

Once Again, Ignored Warnings

Evidence has surfaced that clearly implicates the Bush Administration in the sub-prime mortgage meltdown.
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J.H.C. - does this nightmare ever end?

What hasn't this knucklehead ignored?

He still thinks history will judge him kindly.

What a tool*.

(*wait a sec, is that word copyrighted? No? WHEW!)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Internecine...all-out destructive warfare

Richard Stacy, at denverpost.com opens with this:
I've never seen the GOP in tatters the way it is now. There is internecine discord on the horizon. I hope it will be a friendly family dispute and not all-out destructive warfare.
Oh Richard, you're such a starry-eyed optimist! You clearly are winking one or both eyes at the party that has such creatures in it as Richard Nixon, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

If I were you, I'd get ready for a battle that will make Hiroshima look like a warm day.

Insert Diety Here

February 7, 1954, Rep. Charles G. Oakman (R-MI) introduced a bill to add the phrase 'under God' to the Pledge of Allegiance - it was signed into law by Dwight Eisenhower on Flag Day that year.

The pastor who initiated the movement, Rev. George M. Docherty, was born in Glasgow and had not heard the pledge until his 7-year-old son recited it to him. His reaction, predictably, was that God wasn't in there at all.

In fact, the path of its creation twists round Christian Socialists, the KKK and Catholicism. This article detailing its history is well worth reading. Here's an excerpt:

In 1891, Upham had the idea of using the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America to promote the use of the flag in the public schools. The same year, the magazine hired Daniel Ford's radical young friend, Baptist minister, Nationalist, and Christian Socialist leader, Francis Bellamy, to help Upham in his public relations work. Bellamy was the first cousin of the famous American socialist, Edward Bellamy. Edward Bellamy's futuristic novel, *Looking**Backward*, published in 1888, described a utopian Boston in the year 2000. The book spawned an elitist socialist movement in Boston known as
"Nationalism," whose members wanted the federal government to national most of the American economy. Francis Bellamy was a member of this movement and a vice president of its auxiliary group, the Society of Christian Socialists(2). He was a baptist minister and he lectured and preached on the virtues of socialism and the evils of capitalism. He gave a speech on "Jesus the Socialist" and a series of sermons on "The Socialism of the Primitive Church." In 1891, he was forced to resign from his Boston church, the Bethany Baptist church, because of his socialist activities. He then joined the staff of the *Youth's* *Companion*(3).
Golly gee Wally, imagine that. Our Pledge of Allegiance... penned by a Socialist. I would never have imagined.

Also, odd how Bellamy's book was oddly prophetic of our current economic situation.

(cups ear and listens for howls and tooth-gnashing)