Saturday, February 21, 2009

Now for something completely different

Frige, Couch, Monster Truck Tire



Upright Piano


Engine Blocks


Steel Drums


Bikes


Hard Disks


Bigger Crusher - engine blocks


Engine Puller


Washing Machine


Shopping Carts


Old Macs and TVs


Filing Cabinet


Riding Mower


And last but not least... Twinkies


The humanity!

Prosecute Bush Effort Continues

Vincent Bugliosi's book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder is a New York Times bestseller.

Source: http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/143772/index.php

"Bugliosi meticulously lays out a case against George W. Bush for purposefully deceiving the United States into war, thereby causing over 4,000 U.S. soldier deaths and 100,000-plus civilian Iraqi deaths and counting."

"Bugliosi is in a good position as a former prosecutor to ask--on behalf of millions of people--why should someone who accidentally kills a person in a liquor store holdup be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, yet someone who creates death and destruction on an unimaginable scale sail off into the sunset and have a library named after them? Is U.S. law based on justice, or whim?"

From the The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder website:

"A searing indictment of the President and his administration, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder also outlines a legally credible pathway to holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions, thereby creating a framework for future occupants of the oval office."

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Now that we have a real President again, here's hoping this effort succeeds.

Bush's crimes are real and need prosecuting.

How to Poison Yourself

This video underlines why I think people that like to eat very hot food are, perhaps, not so bright...



Hat Tip to Bifurcated Rivets!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Metaphor



Lovely. Sums it up nicely.

Hat tip to LaughingSquid! Squids RULE!

This is completely 'Over the Top'



Alan desperately needs more fiber.

How Much Is Enough

Superb.

Definition of 'Not Getting It'

This little blip from "Nitwits Braying Around Silver Spoons"* caught my eye:
Not one of the 117 speakers or presentations at DuPage was found to represent conservative views or views to the right of center even though roughly half the nation holds such views.
"Roughly half" ?

LOL!!!!

It's really cute when they toss around made-up numbers and pretend to know what they're talking about.

Hey kids!! You might want to check this site for some facts about which way the country is 'leaning' - you might find it illuminating. That is if you can turn off the spotlights illuminating your autographed George Bush poster, the glare might be distracting you a bit.

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* aka "Students for Academic Freedom" - best free entertainment on the web!

More like a cry for help

Whenever I see oddly-formatted text in a blog I look at the source code to see what's going on.

This post at the Colorado Index caught my eye and this is what it looks like 'underneath':
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<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">appropriate from the HUTF for specified state agencies.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Helvetica; "><br />span>p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Helvetica; ">Assuming my schedule permits, I will be testifying against this bill.span>p>
Not so much a post as a cry for help.

I keep hearing about how the GOP intends to raise their technical awareness...

...I wish them great luck.

They'll need it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Love is a Battlefield

Oh my god... I would SO throw myself on this in a heartbeat.

Just what we need for the coming social revolution.

Power of Prayer

Man Kills Self in 'Hour of Power' Cathedral

A man shot and killed himself in front of a cross inside televangelist Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral on Wednesday, police and church officials said. The man handed a note and his driver's license to two ushers, walked to the cross and then shot himself in the head as he appeared to be praying, Senior Pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz said.

Hat tip to Drudge Retort.

Radio Polyp

Jon Caldera is a real piece of work.

By implication*, he's mouthed the following lies:
  1. Governor Ritter is a thief - transcript and video.
  2. Obama's Recovery bill would cost $30K per family - transcript and video.
  3. Obama's Recovery bill would force doctors to use certain protocols - transcript and video.
  4. Global warming is caused by solar flares - transcript and video.
  5. The Colorado Supreme Court declared itself part of the legislative branch - transcript and video
  6. Obama is a Marxist - transcript and video.
  7. The New Deal did not work - transcript and video.
  8. The UAW killed the auto industry bailout bill - transcript and video.
  9. Environmentalists have 'halted' domestic energy exploration - debunked.
  10. The Independence Institute feeds 'accurate' information to media - transcript and video.
There's many many more examples of exactly how dishonest, vicious and ignorant this sad little man is - but he did get an award for being a loudmouth so I guess that counts for something with certain wingnut elite. I'm sure Major Wingnut loves him.

Jon Caldera is the living, breathing example of a hardcore, dyed-in-the-wool, stone-headed, cold-blooded and hateful wingnut attack-dog.

In my opinion, to believe anything Jon Caldera says, one would have to have an I.Q. far below the bright mass in this photo:


Only in Colorado of the past could this troglodyte have flourished. Luckily, though, Colorado is now a Blue State and I suspect Jon "Steamin Pile" Caldera's fortunes are about to change.

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* the method of lying and sliming favored by the GOP.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rummy KNEW

From AlterNet.org

Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death, Which Is a Serious Crime
By Stephen Pizzo, News for Real. Posted February 13, 2009.

71% of Americans want to see Bush investigated, and it's about time Obama's team hightailed their way over to court to start doing it.

During the Bush years Americans the boogeyman used to keep Americans cowed was the real or imagined threat of imminent terrorist attack.

Now we have a new president – and we have a new boogeyman – the economic meltdown. .

Now don't get me wrong. Anyone who's read this column over the past few years knows I've been Chicken Littling about the financial house of cards for a long time. And, now that it's finally collapsed, it's even worse than I predicted, and getting worse by the day.

Which is why Obama and his team are on the tube night and day talking about nothing else -- as if Americans are concerned about nothing, which isn't true.

71% of Americans are in favor of an investigation into the possible misuse of the Department of Justice by the Bush administration according to a Gallup poll released yesterday. (Full Story)

That's a pretty startling number, even for those of us who've been arguing for investigations for some time now. After all, Obama didn't get 71% of the vote, which means that a lot of folks who voted for McCain also want equal justice applied equally.

One reason for this surprisingly robust groundswell for investigations may be that each day, formerly secret Bush-era documents surface that truly shock the conscience.

Just yesterday the ACLU got it's hands on a truly smoking gun memo written for then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. This document informed Rumsfeld that those he'd tasked with beating information out of suspected terrorists had not just tortured them, but tortured some of them, to death. In other words, they murdered them.

No, I'm not kidding. Here read the original document yourself.

If Rumsfeld had been, say, some local police captain in charge of these guys, this document would make him – at very least – accessory-after-the-fact to murder. He not only conspired to keep this evidence secret, but did not report this as the crime it is, nor order the perpetrators arrested, charged and put on trial.

There's a legal name for this crime: “Misprison of a Felony.” Defined here as:
“The failure to perform a public duty...Misprision is a versatile word that can denote a number of offenses. It can refer to the improper performance of an official duty...The most familiar and popular use of the term misprision describes the failure to report a crime....The first Congress passed a misprision of felony statute in 1789. The statute holds, "Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony … conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States" is guilty of misprision of felony and can be punished with up to three years in prison.

Under the federal statute, the prosecution must prove the following elements to obtain a misprision of felony conviction:

(1)another person actually committed a felony;
(2)the defendant knew that the felony was committed;
(3)the defendant did not notify any law enforcement or judicial officer; and
(4)the defendant took affirmative steps to conceal the felony.”

As for Rumsfeld, this document, the crimes it describes, and the available evidence indicate that, were he charged for misprison of a felony, he would be found; guilty on each count.


(An aside: Chances are very good that other high-placed officials in the Bush administration saw this document as well. A prosecutor and grand jury can find out just who else's chestnuts are in this particular fire.)

I am completely sympathetic to the extraordinary economic burden Obama and his team shouldered on January 21. But during the campaign it was Obama himself who posited the notion that a president had to be capable of do “more than one important thing at a time.”

The economic meltdown – likely the worst since the Great Depression – demands immediate and intense attention. But the economy is not the only thing that melted down during the Bush years. Core American values melted down as well, and require equally urgent attention from this new administration.

Because America's strength and moral authority in the world don't flow solely from a robust US economy, but also by an unswerving adherence to a unique and lofty set of moral values. Both the economy and our moral authority need urgent and immediate repair. Obama needs to work night and day to return health and stability to our economy. He also needs to work night and day to restore our moral authority. And that can only be accomplished by holding those who so despoiled our national soul accountable for their (well-documented) crimes.


But so far I've not seen a glimmer that Obama or his Attorney General, Eric Holder, have the stomach for real investigations that could lead to real crimes and real prosecutions. For example, even though Obama has repeatedly promised to lift the many lids of secrecy the Bush administration slammed down on the public's right to know, he hasn't. It's currently just as hard to get information and documents about the Bush years out of the Obama administration as it was to get the same out of the Bush folks themselves.

sfgate.com -- For the second time this week, the Obama administration has gone to court in San Francisco to argue for secrecy in defending a terrorism policy crafted under George W. Bush - in this case, wiretapping that President Obama denounced as a candidate. (Full Story)

They need to be told to keep their promise and loosen up, to release the kind of hard evidence we need to fully know what crimes were committed, by whom, where, when and how many.

To help get this message through to them please sign this petition.

The must. Who says so? Just 71% of the people they represent. That's who.

One more thing. Now that the Obama folks have those documents, they also have constructive knowledge of felonies committed. Which means if they don't investigate and prosecute, they may be the next ones found guilty of misprision of a felony. Ya know?

(For more Bush administration documents see the Document Drawer at -- http://www.bushproject.com)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I Have to Keep Pinching Myself

...it's over... thank you Jesus... it's over...


From Crack to Chasm

Well... now I've seen it all. Pat Robertson, King of the Crazies bad-mouthing the Voice of the Wingnut Right, Rush "Big Tush" Limbaugh:
"I hope he fails" about President Obama, televangelist Pat Roberston said, "That was a terrible thing to say. I mean, he's the president of all the country. If he succeeds, the country succeeds. And if he doesn't, it hurts us all. Anybody who would pull against our president is not exactly thinking rationally."
Holy shit... (meant in the most ironic way imaginable)... this is like the two sides of 'Bush's Brain' turning on each other! While it's hard to believe, it's flat-out funnier than fuck to see. Aside from the spectacle of Pat "Bats" Robertson questioning anyone's rationality, it's just screechingly hilarious to watch the GOP continue to melt down like the wicked witch in the last reel of Wizard of Oz.

One of the commenters on the Retort quipped:
This just proves that even a blind squirrel can find a nut now and then.
Blind squirrel" is an exquisitely-apropo description of Robertson who has more than once blamed hurricanes and 9-11 on gays.

The problem is, the 'social conservatives' (i.e. crypto-theocrats) have lost control of their badly-fractured party. The Colorado Index says it best:
They don't have a positive message, or if they do, they can't communicate it. They have become a bunch of scolds. They are at war with everyone, but mostly, they are at war with fellow Republicans.
and goes on to say later:
As a result, the Democrats are having a field day.
Why, that's a fatalistic way to put it... but when your plans for a neocon theocracy explode in your face like a cheap overinflated condom I guess it can feel kinda like the opposition is 'running all over you'... or at least into your socks. Being irrelevant hurts. So much so that it's making some on the Lunatic Fringe hallucinate.

But ya know what - if you're so opposed to the stimulus, take Paul Begala's advice and say no to the money. Maybe it would help your distant-flapping-fringe wingnuttians trust you again.

Or, you could be like Michelle Bachmann (the stupidest member of Congress) and simply go off into a mind-trip wherein the stimulus bill becomes all manner of horrible things. All false.

OR... you could be like Rep. Walter Jones (R) of N. Carolina and buy a vowel by signing on as co-sponsor of legislation to investigate the Bush administration. Yes, that's Walter Jones, self-described Conservative who brought "Freedom Fries" to Congress. Once a cheerleader, he's now one of the most vocal critics of Bush and Co., flying in the face of those who would sweep the last eight years of neocon lunacy under the rug.

I think what's happening is that the radioactive fallout from Bush's a-bomb-crater failure with the economy has caused the tumor that is neo-conservatism to shrink, allowing the decent part of the GOP's 'brain' to start functioning again, their party to suddenly wake up, shake itself and mutter 'I have had a dream...!' and realize that it's time to stop Pucking around.

Then again, I suspect we'll see more insane accusations like Mark Hotaling's before any semblance of true rationality appears.

Hat tip to Drudge Retort, ColoradoPols, the Rude Pundit and any others refenced.

Christina Rossetti in Lafayette

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the roof flies off your house,
The wind is passing by.
-- Lafayette, Tuesday 17 February, 1300 hrs

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bitter Dregs

Well, the spinmeisters in Washington are working overtime - they've got the pedal to the metal and they're throwing rooster tails of mud sky-high. Trouble is, it's just not sticking.

From Yahoo News:

Obama’s approval rating remains well above 60% in tracking polls. A range of state pollsters said they’d seen no diminution in the president’s sky-high approval ratings, and no improvement in congressional Republicans’ dismal numbers.
Ouch. So all that sound and fury from the wingnut right (including the sad, shrivelled up husk-of-a-man John "Crashypants" McCain) signifies... nothing.

The Yahoo News article continues:
And that’s before the stimulus creates billions of dollars in spending on popular programs, which could, at least temporarily, further boot Obama’s popularity.
Oh dear. So El Rushbo might have to keep up his tirades for another couple of months - I hope his health holds up. Really I do.

But wait! There's more!

“It’s eerie—I read the news from the Beltway, and there’s this disconnect with the polls from the Midwest that I see all around me,” said Ann Seltzer, the authoritative Iowa pollster who works throughout the Midwest.

That’s a perception treasured by Obama’s aides, who spent a two-year presidential campaign safeguarding “the brand,” as they called it, of a new, post-partisan sort of political figure.

With the stimulus safely passed, they say they’re relying on the steady support of a populace that, after a closely watched election, is tuning out the Washington cut and thrust, and views Obama as a high-minded reformer and his Republican rivals as bitter partisans.

Whoops. For once the 'news cycle' just isn't going their way. No matter how hard the GOP tries to marginalize Obama and spit on his efforts at bipartisanship it's boomeranging violently and smacking them right in the teeth.

Couldn't happen to a more-deserving bunch.

And here's the hair-splattering moneyshot:

A CBS News poll released February 5, for instance, found 81% of Americans said Obama is reaching out to congressional Republicans, while just 41 percent said the congressional Republicans were looking for bipartisanship.

So, when the GOP was running the show, we had threats of 'Nuclear Option' by Trent Lott and gloating from Phil Gramm that "We're going to keep building the party until we're hunting Democrats with dogs."

Well, now that the GOP is (metaphorically of course!!) running naked and bleeding through the woods I suspect that crack has come home to them painfully... and it's not likely to get better for them any time soon.

Like my friend Mary Pitt says: They Still Don't Get It.

Hat tip to Drudge Retort and Dependable Renegade!