Monday

Blaahhhh!

I had pretty much resigned myself to not writing anything until after the new year. I've been suffering from a bit of outrage fatigue lately. But...BUT...when dickheads go and do something so egregious that I literally consider impaling myself on a thorn bush, I feel that I must share.

What could be so bad as to awake from this slumber that I've been in...

The New York Fuckin' Times hired William "The Bloody" Kristol as a columnist. ??? Opposing voices aside, this man is a psychopath. The editor of the Times justified this by saying that he felt the need to give all sides a forum to explain their beliefs. Okay...fine...You know what, this might actually help us because Bill Kristol is just that fucking crazy that people may actually start to realize that the neo-fuckwits are not good for the country after reading his bile. Let him write, I say. However, I will no longer be purchasing any more NYT's.

Update: Billy finds it amusing that Liberals heads are "exploding" over his hiring...You know what, go fuck...TRex...do ur thing
.

McLaughlin Group on Mitt Wrongney



Pat Buchanan gives him an A and an A for performance and style, respectively. There's a fuckin' surprise!!! All this shit about "secularism" becoming a powerful religion is starting to chap my ass - all that bullshit was started by assholes like Bill O'Reilly as a distraction from actual news. It plays on religious peoples' emotions and gets them so worked up that they don't bother to process actual information about their so-called "pious" candidate. Hey, "he said he's religious and that's good enough for me". Dumb.

Saturday

HEY IOWA!

I just lost what little remaining respect I had for Iowa's Republicans:

Poll: Huckabee opens up commanding lead in Iowa

W - T - F? I didn't think it possible to be more clueless than our current commander-in-chimp, but Huckabee is making me doubt myself - and yet, he is the leading candidate in the first primary state. Gnarly!

HEY IOWANS! You do realize that this guy is a foreign policy moron coupled with a reckless political asshole, don't you? For the love of Mary, in the past week he has proved that he doesn't know his ass from his elbow when it comes to global politics. On top of that, he thinks that a serial rapist, who also happens to be a confessed murderer, received to stiff a prison sentence - only to release said rapist/murderer so he could go on to rape and murder some more women. I understand you Republicans don't have much to chose from (kinda the shit-sandwich/giant douche paradox), but surely you could find someone better than the "God made my poll numbers go up" - I'm Christ incarnate candidate.

I'd blame the MSM for not getting the clusterfuck that is Huckabee's past out there, but they have more important "news" to cover:



Side note: I don't know if I'm more excited to see who wins the Democratic nomination, or which ass-clown takes home the GOP crown.

Friday

LOL!

Just now got to checking Dispatches at ScienceBlogs today, when I read one of the funniest things I've seen in awhile. I'm going to post Ed Brayton's introduction as well as an excerpt from a WorldNutDaily post regarding the passing of a new bill in CA involving sexual orientation discrimination in public schools:

The religious right's histrionics over SB 777, the new law in California that prohibits discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, just keep getting more and more ridiculous. This article at the Worldnutdaily about Christian parents pulling their kids out of public schools so they don't catch The Gay is a perfect example. Take a look at this spin:

Parents in California have started reacting to the state's newly mandated homosexual indoctrination program by pulling their children out of classes, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell is warning districts they'll lose money if that happens.


Oh! Sweet Jeebus is that frickin' hilarious. "Homosexual indoctrination program." It gets better:

"With the passing of SB 777, a Christian parent cannot, in good conscience, send their child to a public school where their child will be taught or coerced into a lifestyle or belief system that is contrary to the faith they hold dear," Kanter told WND.


Told ya! Why does this always revert to these fuckwits claiming that such issues put their dearly held faith in danger? For the love of God, the very idea of faith is such that those of true faith cannot be "coerced into a lifestyle or belief system that is contrary to the faith they hold dear". If they're so worried about their kids being led astray, they obviously haven't done their jobs as parents when in comes to instilling "good moral values" in their children. (My idea of"Good moral values" as they relate to these folks will have to wait for an entirely different post.) And God forbid their kids every actually formulate any opinions of their own that might be contrary to their dearly held "faith". Let's call this shit what it is: These folks are pissed because now they actually have to do a little more parenting to keep their kids from "hatin' on teh gays". That and if one of their kids actually is gay or transgender and decides to come out, well then they will have to put up with God knows what kind of abuse from their Christian...wink , wink Brothers and Sisters.

How Christ-like of these Christians.

Thursday

This is the Cream of the GOP Crop?

The Hucksters been taking a lot of hits this week on...well...quite a bit.

To recap:

- He released a serial rapist from prison who, upon being released, went on to rape and murder two more people. He released this man despite the requests of several former rape victims not to do so. And let's not forget the fact that this convicted rapist had previously confessed to helping beat a man to death with a claw hammer.

- On Tuesday, Huckabee said he'd never heard of the NIE report. That's just pathetic man. I've got people in my office, who pay attention to the news about as much as I pay attention to celebrity gossip, that were asking me about that particular report.

- Huckabee tries to backpedal, unsuccessfully on MSNBC yesterday, but then abysmally fails the same test for a second time in the SAME week.


Is this just poor preparation or nerves - or is it a lapse in judgment? If it's poor preparation than that alone should be reason enough for this man to not receive a single vote in any election ever again. It's pathetic enough that he's such a fuckwit, but if not a single campaign staff found it prudent to sit him down and explain to him the problem with saying such dumbass things, then imagine who he'll surround himself with as cabinet members. If by some snowball's chance in hell he wins, we're likely to have The Hamburgler as our next Secretary of Agriculture. If it's nerves, do we really want this man to have sole command over America's nuclear arsenal? Maybe he can give Jesus the launch codes for safe keeping so he won't have to worry about it. I'm pretty sure if Christ were alive today he'd be all about preemptive nuclear strikes.

Which brings me to the last possibility - judgment lapse. I think his whole campaign has been one big lapse of judgment. In fact, I think leaving the ministry for politics (and everything he's done since) has been one huge lapse. And if you need any further proof than this week's cacophony of fuck-ups, then consider his last celebrity endorsement was from this guy:



For crap's sake, where does the GOP come up with these assclowns?

WTF?

It's early. For a moment I thought I had misread this headline, but upon the double take - No! Alas:

Bush told in August that Iran nuke program 'may be suspended'

President Bush was told in August that Iran's nuclear weapons program "may be suspended," the White House said Wednesday, which seemingly contradicts the account of the meeting given by Bush Tuesday. ( my emphasis)


Firstly, I'd like to know exactly what he was told. Based on the way these chumps operate "may be suspended" was likely be the entire NSC and JCS standing in The Oval Office screaming "No nukes...No nukes...No nukes!"

Secondly, "...seemingly contradicts..?" which apparently CNN's new way of saying "the exact freakin' opposite of what the President said on Tuesday". I'm paraphrasing here, but I'm pretty sure Bush said he wasn't told anything about the NIE report until last week other than the report contained information that "needed to be analyzed".

Again, imagine if a Democrat was trying to pull this kind of crap. Thanks CNN. Thanks for slowly becoming the umpteenth mouthpiece of the GOP. Appreciate it!

Wednesday

First He Goes After Doocy, Pisses Off the Kilmeade, And Now...

Looks like this time you pissed off the wrong "m-effers", Billy.



And another great episode of Bill-O making an ass out of himself on the O'Reilly Foot-in-Mouth Factor. The fact that Drowning Pool continuously points out the average age of Falafel Master's audience leaves me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. In the past I would've put these guys in the "Okay, I won't change the station list", but now they just made their way onto my "THESE GUYS ARE FRICKIN' A-W-E-S-O-M-E" list (not that anyone actually gives a shit!).

(via Paddy at Cliff's)

Again, Huckabee Sucks

And here is why, you definitely need to read this:

Documents Expose Huckabee's Role In Serial Rapist's Release

That story makes me sick to my stomach, as it should any decent human being. It's becoming more obvious these days in order to be a successful politician one must surrender any shreds of decency he or she may have ever had. I have so many thoughts racing through my head at the moment that if I were to attempt to get them all written down here I would be typing until this time next week.

I will say this though: If I lobbied for a known serial rapist to be released from prison early and was successful, only to have that man rape and this time murder two more women, one who was pregnant, I think I would probably spend the rest of my life in personal reflection and meditation trying to atone to the families of all the victims and humanity in general for that one unforgivable mistake. This I would do if I could even bear the thought of living anymore.

I would not run for President of The United States of America.

Tuesday

Frank Luntz and Dead Voters

(via Newshounds' Outrageous Quote of The Week):

"The average age of the New Hampshire voter is deceased..."


Making it rather difficult for the average New Hampshire voter to get to the polls.

To be fair Luntz did correct himself saying, "I mean really old." I think Luntz in confusing voters' ages in New Hampshire with the average age of a typical Faux News viewer.

Be sure to vote in this week's poll and don't forget to check out the Outrageous Quote of the Year.

Today's Big Effin' Surprise

President Bush at his press conference today:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush challenged Congress Tuesday to quickly pass war funding legislation before its December holiday recess.

However, the president warned that "if the Congress passes an irresponsible spending bill, I'm going to veto it,"...


Yeah, I know. I'm just as shocked as you are!

Cathy Griffin's Riffs About Emmy Speech

(Drexel Democrats via Dispatches)

This is freaking hilarious...



I laughed almost as hard watching that as I did when watching yesterday's installment of the Westboro Allstars.

Monday

Westboro Allstars...

(via Shakes...)

What the hell is wrong with these people? I'll EAT my kids?!? Wow! You've gotta give 'em credit because that one is pretty original:


http://view.break.com/278059 - Watch more free videos

The ironic thing is I actually did eat a baby for breakfast (I took today off so I had some extra time to prepare food this morning). I see a platinum duet in the future:



I'll see you guys in hell.

On a more serious note: I really do pray for that child at the end of the first video. Imagine living life with the idea that God literally hates everyone around you. Didn't he supposedly do something about that in the past - like with a flood or something? Geeesh...one would think it's time for another global cleansing already.

Thursday

School Yard Tiffs at Faux News...

(via Newshounds. They watch Fox so we don't have to - thank God for that!)

This is too damn funny:

Kilmeade calls O'Reilly "gutless" for dissing Doocy on tape


Awwww! Waaaahhhh! They are thick as thieves over there at Faux and Friends, Billy. You'd better watch yourself, or you won't be getting any "Sloppy Cronkites" at this year's Christmas party.

Referring to his upcoming "most bizarre" interviews (would that be ones where he shouts down his guests, or where he simply cuts their mics?) he snarked that they would not include segments with Steve Doocy. Sound effects indicated Doocy'd been punched, and Gretchen Carlson assured him that meant O'Reilly likes him - flashback to grade school, anyone? Then Brian Kilmeade said, without his grin but surely (?) in the joking spirit, that it was "a little gutless, because he does it on tape when you can't even respond."


Yeah, ya big jerkface. How dare you talk about somebody when he can't defend himself. Gutless bastard. (Side note: I was going to take the time to link every word in that next to last sentence to an instance of the terrifying trio doing just that, but I simply don't have the ambition or energy to subject myself to such a task.) Let's see what has got Bri-Bri fired up:



Ooooooooo! I'm tellin' ya Billy - don't mess with the Kilmeade. As my mother would say, "You're cruisin' for a bruisin' mister*." You've been warned.

*No, my parents did not beat me - as much as I'm sure they wanted to at times.

Leahy Uses Logic, Law to Get Rove in Front of Congress

A small departure from the usual sarcasm saturated post. Today, Sen Patrick Leahy specifically acknowledged that W had no involvement in the U.S. Attorneys' firings, thereby throwing the bullshit flag on W's executive privilege claims regarding M.C. Rove and Harriet "I don't know anything about anything so I'm the perfect choice for a Supreme Court Justice" Miers.

Leahy had this to say about the E.P. claim (CNN):

The executive privilege claim "is surprising in light of the significant and uncontroverted evidence that the president had no involvement in these firings," Leahy, D-Vermont, wrote in his ruling. "The president's lack of involvement in these firings -- by his own account and that of many others -- calls into question any claim of executive privilege."


Yeah, I'd go with that. Of course, I'm guessing even if the do testify the score will be:

"I Don't Recalls": 45, 358
Pissed Off Leahys: 1

"I Don't Recalls" win in a landslide.

Mind Numbing Dumbassery and Despicable Journalism

(via C&L)

I'm speechless. Here's the headline of a front page WaPo article today:

Foes Use Obama's Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him

What? Did Rupert Murdoch purchase the Washington Post? Just read this - it's infuriating:

Despite his denials, rumors and e-mails circulating on the Internet continue to allege that Obama (D-Ill.) is a Muslim, a “Muslim plant” in a conspiracy against America, and that, if elected president, he would take the oath of office using a Koran, rather than a Bible, as did Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the only Muslim in Congress, when he was sworn in earlier this year.


I was trying to calculate just how outrageous this rumor (which the Post has pretty much turned into a full fledged allegation) is when my WTFuckulator exploded in my hands. Luckily, I was wearing a full body protective suit and asbestos gloves because I suspected something like that might happen.

So rumors (or "blatant lies" as BarbinMD puts it) about a person's religion are going to get printed as front page news in the so called bastion of "liberal media" that is the Washington Post? Well then you know what I heard:

- Rudy Giuliani is a hermaphrodite, which would explain his past wardrobe indiscretions.

- Mike Huckabee is secretly a high ranking official in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.



- Fred Thompson died three years ago. The man running for president using his name is Sam Waterston in a Fred Thompson mask.

- Mitt Romney believes that Jesus Christ preached to the Native Americans...Oh wait, that's actually true.

- Ron Paul is Ron Paul.

I'll be contacting WaPo shortly with this information. I expect we'll be seeing it on page A01 tomorrow.

Wednesday

Dammit Arlen

Seriously dude, WTF?

..."(Citizens Against Government Waste) CAGW provides taxpayers with the information that Congress wants to keep under wraps: a convenient, searchable database of earmarked spending,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “With our more transparent format, pork gems such as $882,025 for 25 'abstinence education' programs in the state of Pennsylvania...


What does this have to do with Specter?

What nefarious conservative put in all 25 earmarks? Why, “moderate” Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. Money well spent, sir.


Christ, Jesus H. Just when I thought I was starting to come back around on Arlen because of his teaming up with Kennedy on pulling in the Preznit's state secrets claims, I read something like this and immediately remember why this guy is bad news: He's either very slippery or a senile dumbass. I can't decide, but I'm leaning toward the slippy slip. He gets press coverage as a "moderate" in turn enticing Democrats on issues like FISA and SCHIPS, and then slips in back door earmarks for programs that to appeal to religious fundies - by the way, these programs have generally proved to be complete frickin' disasters.

Here's another trick that Arlen likes to pull: He gets his face all over the television by taking strong stand against Bush policies in public only to turn around and vote with his caucus when bills opposing such policies hit the floor of the Senate.

Nice!

Tuesday

Rudy Giuliani's 9/11's Balls...

...are made of brass fuckin' titanium.

Giuliani, the Republican presidential front-runner, last month pledged to “get rid of” so-called earmarks, which cost taxpayers about $13 billion this year, saying his party should promote “fiscal discipline.” Just weeks later, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP won $3 million worth of projects for its clients in defense-spending legislation. […]

In all, Bracewell & Giuliani sought federal earmarks for 14 companies this year, 11 of which hired the firm after Giuliani joined in March 2005, Senate records show. Giuliani, 63, isn’t registered as a lobbyist. The firm paid him $1.2 million last year, according to his personal financial-disclosure form.

The defense-spending legislation approved this month by Congress contained funding for three of those clients, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based advocacy group that opposes special projects that lawmakers insert in spending bills without public debate.


So unbelievable that my only initial response was to giggle.

Honestly, this guy's arrogance is starting to rival that of Bush/Cheney if it hasn't already surpassed the dynamic duo's. If the MSM ever gets its collective head out of its ass (minus KO), this guy is done (not bloody likely, I know). And just for a moment pretend he wins the primary, this kind of shite should just absolutely end any chance of a Republican 2008 presidential victory.

(Bloomberg via C&L)

Wednesday

Another Awesome Endorsement...

...for the Huckster. His campaign has really decided to class things up. This time Mike has teamed up with Rick Flair in the hopes that all other "A - list" celebrities will jump on board the Baptist express (CNN via C&L...):

Now, Huckabee is getting ready to rumble: wrestler Ric Flair, a.k.a. The Nature Boy, is supporting the former Arkansas governor in his bid for the White House.

CNN has learned the WWE wrestler is on board with Huckabee, and will co-host a campaign tailgate with the candidate at the South Carolina vs. Clemson football game on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina. More details are forthcoming.


Hysterical laughter ensues

Hold on a sec...I need to catch my breath and dry these tears from my face. So before we go any further let's take a look at some of the more classic moments of Huckabee's celeb endorsers.

One:



Two:



(Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, accepts that guy's support. Wow.)

Three:



Hey, he's the CHAMP! Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Yes, Huckabee is clearly the best hope for the "Moral Majority" and "Family Values" party.

I'm gonna go laugh some more...In fact, I'm going to be laughing about this for days.

Good luck, Mike.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Tuesday

Total Douchebag

Just when I think those fuckwits at Faux & Friends couldn't get any worse, they do something so stunningly egregious as to completely set a new standard low (since they are currently pretty much the standard for all things suck) in the "WTF?" department:

from C&L, download the video here.

Brian Kilmeade: "“They should taze this guy!” [snip]

“…Why do they think they’re going to continue to be politely escorted out. At one point with security so high and tensions on edge, don’t you think they’re going to get at the very least tazed or beaten to a pulp by somebody?”


No, Bri-Bri. I don't think peaceful protesters exercising their freedom of speech should be beaten or tazed. At the very least, I think people should start questioning why you're still on television. You sir, are a dipshit.

Monday

F&*k Chuck and Huck

This is just awful...



Wow.

Conservative Television

I'll tell you what, it's a good thing we have people like Bill O' watching out for us when it comes to TV smut...



When are people going to wake up? Quite frankly, it's getting rather old writing about shit like this.

Top Ten via DU...

Whole lotta shitheadiness...

Friday

Friday Afternoon Fun...

Yep, it's Friday.

There is not a whole lot I can say about this...



...other than "Leave Britney Alone You Bastard Ass-faces!!!". (That is probably the most horrible punctuation of all time.) I'll tell ya what, you gotta respect Chris Crocker's willingness to put himself out there.

I'm not even sure why I think this is so funny.



I'm gonna kick your ass. Mike Judge cracks me up.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Announcing Peter Griffen bringing you Shipoopie...



I'm really glad I found this as an embeddable clip. Most of the Family Guy clips have been pulled from YouTube because...Well, I'm not sure, but I'm sure there is a lot of money involved. Wankers.

One more...Not the biggest fan of Sasha Cohen but this is pretty damn hilarious. I think I first saw this on Feministing to give credit where credit is due.



One minute and fifty seconds into the clip, and I'm ROFLMAO. (Giggle) "This going on the telly."

Alrighty, peace out and have a great weekend.

Later peeps!

Thursday

New Word

At least I've never seen this until now, but then again I spend most of my time with my head up my ass when it comes to internet speak so humor me:

(via Gavin at SadlyNo!)

"WTFuckulator"


That's a "What The Fuck Calculator". That's also some funny shit.

OMG!!

I just watched this video on Wonkette and now I feel like stabbing my eardrums out with a dull, rusty nail so that I may never again be forced (or force myself) to suffer such a horrible commentary. I should have taken Wonkette's warning more seriously:

WARNING:Wonkette takes no responsibility for personal injuries the viewer inflicts upon him or her self after watching this video. Readers are recommended to keep all guns, knives, razors, nooses and other methods of suicide at a distance; when the chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republican, Benjamin Johnson, speaks his first line — “I don’t know why every student isn’t as politically active as I am” — self-torture is unavoidably the first recourse. Wonkette, for example, had a fork next to itself while watching this video, and now that fork is in Wonkette’s eye.




What tree did this fuckwit just fall out of? You know I was going to transcribe the ending of that interview and then interject some comments, but what he says about the war and 9-11 is so unfathomably stupid that I can't find the words to describe how I feel right now.

Well that, and this nail lodged in my head is starting to cause some real issues with my cognition.

Update: Christ, Jesus H. Please, make this stop. There's more...



To borrow a bit from Shakes:

Mike Rogers says: "I have no scientific proof it works, but on a scale of 1 to 10, my gaydar tripped a 15!"

It's good to post this now, so when, after a meteoric rise in national politics as a GOP prodigy, Senator Benjamin Johnson is discovered blowing Senator George P. Bush in the Senate toilets while wearing a wetsuit with a condom-covered dildo up his ass, we can say we knew him when.

It's like a stroll up memory lane.


My colleagues and I are in the office and we're getting ready to seek out scientific proof that a gaydar can actually trip a 15. We designed a series of experiments of showing this video with no sound to self-proclaimed conservatives (Boy howdy do we have a shitload of 'em around here!) and we plan to monitor various body functions with some very serious looking medical equipment.

Results will be posted at Townhall immediately following the tests.

Wednesday

This is why it matters...

...that the GWA is on strike:



Hell yes. As much as it sucks not having new "The Daily Show" or "Colbert Report" episodes every night, I understand and appreciate their cause. I wish them the best of luck. Stay in the fight!

Oh, for God's sake...

This guy can literally shape his turds to form 9-11 (on the way out too!). Sorry for the grossitude, but at the moment, I can't think of any other way to frame Rudy's 9-11 Tourette's.



If this guy becomes our next president, how long do you think we'll have before Canada puts up a border fence?

Here ya go Dennis...



Sorry for the language and have a nice day!

Tuesday

Quick hit...

Jillian at SadlyNo! brings up an excellent point:

(She is talking about Japanese officers convicted of war crimes after WWII, they were convicted of torture - one of the methods employed was waterboarding.)

So, here we go, then:

If you honestly do not think that waterboarding is torture - and I’m looking at you, Matt Margolis - then have the intellectual honesty necessary to argue that men like Yukio Asano ought to have their convictions overturned and their wartime records posthumously cleared.

It’s time, big boys. Put up or shut up. Have the courage of your convictions, or shut the hell up and go home. If waterboarding is not torture, then Yukio Asano received an inadequate defense at his trial for war crimes, and his family deserves to have his name cleared. If you’re not prepared to say that, then you don’t really believe the nonsense you write about waterboarding not being torture. Or, you don’t really believe in abiding by the rule of law when it’s inconvenient for you. So, which is it?


'Nuff said. I can't wait to see what the counter argument is. This should be good.

Fun for Everyone

Okay, not really. But attentions must be gathered, and Americans need to take note of today's news from the WaPo, which I am sure will garner only the smallest modicum of regard from other MSM sources.

'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say

The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"-- including higher oil prices, the expense of treating wounded veterans and interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars.


That's right, $1,500,000,000,000. According to the post, this is about $20,000 per American family of four.

That amount is nearly double the $804 billion the White House has spent or requested to wage these wars through 2008, according to the Democratic staff of Congress's Joint Economic Committee. Its report, titled "The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War," estimates that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have thus far cost the average U.S. family of four more than $20,000.


Of course the Republicans have something to say about this (You know because this is a "Democrat" report and all):

Brian Hart, a spokesman for Sam Brownback (Kan.), the committee's senior Republican senator, said, "The Democrats didn't bother to run this report by any of their Republican JEC colleagues or staff."

"We'll see what they come up with, but it sure seems that the Senate leadership is trying to protect their continual proclamations of defeat instead of working for bipartisan progress," Hart added.


Is he serious? This "proclaiming defeat" and "(not) working for bipartisan progress" schtick is getting rather fucking old already. Six years of a "rubber-stamp" Congress and here you have these assholes running around saying that the Dems aren't playing fair because they commissioned a report on their own rather than bringing up the idea in committee (where I'm sure it would have remained indefinitely).

Hold all incoming calls and get the goddamn whaaaaambulance down to Brownback's office, STAT. His feelings might be fractured.

The ridiculousness gets even more ridiculous:

Robert D. Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International) and a member of the National Security Council staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter said he agrees that the war is far costlier than the publicly stated price tag but said some of the report's measures are problematic. He said he thinks it would be hard to show that the Iraq war has caused oil prices to skyrocket...


Well then the $1.5 trillion price tag is worth every penny because this guy says it would be "hard to show that the Iraq war has caused oil prices to skyrocket".

Next paragraph:

Oil prices have more than tripled since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the report notes, to a peak of more than $90 per barrel.


D-oh! In all fairness, Hormats does seem like a pretty reasonable guy, but he's missing a concept that reasonable people use quite readily called inference. We invade Iraq, oil prices triple. There might not be a 1:1 corollary, but all signs point to some sort of connection. Remember when Wolfowitz said Iraq oil production would pay for the war in six months...Good times.

It's been said by several others before and it's worth repeating now: If you ran a company like these people have run the government for the past six and a half years, you'd be in prison! No ifs, ands, or buts. (Well maybe some butts - sorry my infantile mind couldn't resist.)

Although war costs have risen each year and the fiscal 2008 funding request is the highest so far, the direct and indirect costs of Iraq and Afghanistan are much lower than the costs of World War II and are just passing those of the Vietnam War. World War II is estimated to have cost $4.9 trillion in today's dollars. According to Congressional Research Service reports, the Vietnam War cost $600 billion in today's dollars and the 1991 Persian Gulf War cost $80 billion.


WTF is the point of this paragraph? Please tell me this isn't some sort of half-assed comparison between terrorists and Nazis. (Horowitz alert!) I guess the financial comparison can be made, but it's a wee bit out of context considering that in WWII we were fighting two (three if you want to count Italy) military superpowers. Last time I checked, al Qeada didn't have a carrier fleet or U-boats.

Oh geez, I should have read the entire article first.

The nation's economy is so large that it "disguises the costs and doesn't impose any hardship on the American people," allowing the government to sidestep normal budgeting processes, Hormats said. He said the country has borrowed all the money it has needed for the wars because taxes have been lowered and the wars have been funded largely by supplemental appropriations, with few budgetary sacrifices.


That guy IS a fucking r-tard. I don't think these people understand the concept of borrowing. When you "borrow" money, you have to pay it back. It's not like stealing your playmates shovel in the sandbox. You borrow a couple billion dollars from a foreign power, they're gonna want it back...With interest. And what WaPo piece would be complete without someone from the Brookings Institute's two cents:

"A lot of (the war cost) is debatable, but there are costs that will in the near future be attributable to Iraq that haven't been accounted for yet."


Yeah. Like more dead people, but that really doesn't matter when we're talking 'bout the dollars now does it?

Monday

Top Ten via DU...

Surprise, surprise. Another week chocked full o' conservative dipshits. In fact, number eight on this week's list is so particularly amusing to me that it's going up:



Climate Skeptics

Last week the Journal of Geoclimatic Studies released a new report "pointing to ocean bacteria as the overwhelming cause of global warming," according to Reuters. Chaos ensued:

Skeptics jumped on the report. A British scientist e-mailed the report to 2,000 colleagues ... Another from the U.S. called it a "blockbuster." Blogger skeptic Neil Craig wrote: "This could not be more damaging to manmade global warming theory ... I somehow doubt if this is going to be on the BBC news."


Even Rush Limbaugh trumpeted the story on his radio show. But there was just one problem: the whole thing was a hoax. There is no "Journal of Geoclimatic Studies," and the authors of the study don't exist. The whole thing was a big trick to expose climate skeptics as the non-scientific propaganda-pushers they really are. In an interview, the apparent author of the spoof study wrote:

Its purpose was to expose the credulity and scientific illiteracy of many of the people who call themselves climate sceptics. While dismissive of the work of the great majority of climate scientists, they will believe almost anything if it lends support to their position.


Apparently so. Well done, sir.


Oy vey. You really gotta hand it to global warming deniers. I'm pretty sure these guys could manage to fuck up a one float parade. Bravo!

Sunday

Mike Huckabee Sucks, So does Bob Schieffer

He's on Face the Nation right now, and I think I just threw up in my mouth when Bob Shithead asked him about the primaries. He also just said that he wishes he had Pat Robertson's endorsement. So Do I. Now he thinks Bushie has done a good job re: Pakistan. A seven minute interview and Shithead asked Huckabee one real question. Good Job boys.

Alright, now the Paul, Ron is on talking about all the moolah he raised last week with his Paul-bots. I will say this, the man preaches a decent message but the fact that he may very well be a dominionist or reconstructionist is very disconcerting.

God help us all. At least he's not talking about bombing the shit out of the Middle East!

Thursday

Uh?

Toys tainted with 'date rape' drug recalled

Holy shit! R U kiddin' me? What's next? Bubonic Barbie?

Big thanks out to China, and all the bastard U.S. based to companies importing their shite toys. Bottom dollar keeps the profits soaring!

Wednesday

No Effin' Way!

This headline alone was enough to invoke a pretty good chuckle:

(via GottaLaff at Cliff's)

Pat Robertson wanted to assassinate one of Giuliani's lobbying clients


Jeebus! That's pretty extreme seeing as how just this morning Pat blessed 9/11 Rudy with his endorsement. What the heck is going on here?

HOUSTON - Rudy Giuliani’s law firm has received $100,000 to $200,000 since 2005 to lobby Texas legislators on behalf of Citgo Petroleum Corp., a Houston-based oil company ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.


Ooooooo! Uh-oh. That's a pretty well established connection between 9/11 Rudy and Bin Chavez - wonder if Pat has ever had anything to say about the latter?

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's The 700 Club.


Hell yeah, Pat. THAT IS "WHAT JESUS WOULD DO"!!! But wait a second. "(A) launching pad for...Muslim extremism"??? Pat's worried about a country that is 96% Catholic, 2% Protestant, and 2% Other becoming the next base camp al Qaeda? Wow.

You are truly blessed to have such a wise and thoughtful supporter, Rudy. Congrats!

Losers, Cheats, Oh yeah: ASSHOLES

These righties really have got their shit together when it comes to fucking people over. I mean this is really impressive.

(NYT via C&L)

Five authors have sued the parent company of Regnery Publishing, a Washington imprint of conservative books, charging that the company deprives its writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company.

In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, “orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets and to wholly owned subsidiary organizations within the Eagle conglomerate.”

[Richard] Miniter said, “It suddenly occurred to us that Regnery is making collectively jillions of dollars off of us and paying us a pittance.” He added: “Why is Regnery acting like a Marxist cartoon of a capitalist company?”


I don't know buddy - you tell me. You guys are the ones always bitching about us on the left being Burqah-loving, commie-hugging, fascists. Looks like the kind of capitalism you buffoons always trumpet as some kind of free market utopia has finally come around and nailed you right in the ass. You see unregulated free market societies have the same problems as all other societies: They are chocked full of greedy assholes who will do anything and screw anyone to keep the money flowing out of the workers pockets and into theirs. Hell, I'm surprised Regnery hasn't already out-sourced the job of writing their books to a third world nation by now. It's not like you guys have anything truly original to say, and I'm sure they could get some 14 year old to frame up the same talking points they hand you every time you get a book deal.

Gotta luuvvvvv that irony.

Monday

Top Ten via DU...

Here's the dumbness, and boy-howdy was there a lot of conservative wankery last week!

Friday

Friday Afternoon Fun

TFIF!

I'm going to do something I don't normally do here. That is, I'm going to post the creation of a very special kind of "right-tard" - Pam from Atlas Shrugs. And no, I'm not linking. This video is just awful(ly funny in a sad sort of way)! To quote Brad from SadlyNo!, "Basically the worst goddamn thing I've ever seen".

A warning to the squeamish, this is really pretty freaking hard to choke down the first time. It gets much easier (and certainly more hilarious) after multiple viewings.



Okay. Everyone still with us? Good.

A friend sent this to me about a year and a half ago, and to this day, when we're talking on the phone at least one of us quotes something from this clip. Funny as hell!



"Behind me painstaking barons burningly drug soldiers in huge piles of whale nets. Ohhh. Whoooo! Alright, that's one Jerry. Hey! Let's go for a curry."

A friendly PSA from Donny Baker.



One more from Mr. Seinfeld in honor of "Bee Movie" opening today, and with the hope that the cast gets together for one more scene (For those of you who missed The Daily Show last night - It's a possibility)!



Well, have a great and unsober weekend! Peace out!

Thursday

Go Fist Yourselves

I honestly don't know what to say about this YouTube clip other than it could quite possibly be one of the most pathetic, piece-of-shit arguments I've ever seen.

via Wonkette



How weak is that crap. I wonder if we can find a counterpoint that will completely blow this bullshit propaganda out of the water? Yepper, that took all of 0.23 seconds on "Teh Google":

Funding Health Care with Tobacco Tax Won’t Work

One of the problems with the federal reauthorization of SCHIP is that money is tight. Congress and the President have been on a spending spree for the past few years (Sidebar: No shit?), and new budget rules require that any new spending be offset by spending cuts in other areas or an increase in taxes.


Makes sense. Hmmm. Are there any other areas where we could cut spending or raise taxes? Nah guess not. Well I guess those of us who are still stupid enough to smoke (Yes, I'm one of the a-holes in that category - probably the foundation of the pyramid that is my liberal self-loathing) will really have to crank it up if we're gonna get those working class families' kids the health care they need. Damn! Just when I was seriously considering another run at quitting.

Wait a sec...

While it may be unpopular to defend lower taxes for tobacco users, it is an issue of fairness and fiscal responsibility. It is poor tax policy to tax a certain group in order to deliver benefits used by a wider group of people. The only legitimate reason to tax a group is to offset any harm that group causes to society. And while many think that smokers impose a large cost on the government, studies have found that the cost of smokers to society is roughly thirty-two cents a pack. Ohio taxes cigarettes at $1.25 a pack and the federal government taxes them at thirty-nine cents a pack, so smokers are already paying more than their fair share.

Of course, there is also a practical reason not to impose such a tax. Tobacco tax revenue is a declining revenue source. As fewer people smoke, taxes from cigarettes and other tobacco products decrease. Government health care spending, on the other hand, increases almost every year. In Ohio, for instance, Medicaid spending went up 11 percent every year earlier this decade.

If you try to pay for an ever-increasing government program with a continually-decreasing tax base, the revenue will not there. That means there will be a need for other tax sources to pay for it. So when you hear those pushing this tobacco tax increase as the “solution” to SCHIP funding, skepticism is warranted. When a similar proposal was floated by anti-smoking groups in Ohio in 2005, state lawmakers wisely rejected it.


Ahhhhhh...horseshit! Stupid lawmakers. Sorry kids.

ROFLMAO!

You can't make this shit up...

Members of One Clan Group To Protest Another in Cullman

That should be frickin' rich...

WTF Rudy?

Via Steve Benen at C&L

Here's your fuckin' liberal media not doing their jobs again...


Giuliani vows to lie with impunity


Nice Rudy. Real nice.

The Giuliani campaign unveiled a radio ad this week with a bogus claim about healthcare. They lied. They know they lied. And they know they got caught lying.

Are they going to backpedal? Not even a little.

Asked if Mr. Giuliani would continue to repeat the statistic, and if the advertisement would continue to run, [Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Giuliani] responded by e-mail: “Yes. We will.”


I'm sure the nightly news will be all over this. My beating of this particular dead horse is getting clinically disturbing, but I'm going to keep saying it until I see some changes: Can you imagine if a Democratic candidate did this? The amount of faux outrage such a scandal would generate would have Republican congressmen everywhere breaking up their gay orgies in order to hold an immediate censure session condemning the evil "leeeeebrulll" Democrat who has no morals or ethics.

Of course once all is said and done it'd be back to the hotel room for a little man-on-man fun.

Natch.

Wednesday

Bring on Da Crazy

The Indomitable Max Blumenthal via Cliff Schecter



"Good grief" is about all I can muster after getting two minutes into this video. The lady at about 1:00 represents everything that scares me about the religious right in this country. You have a overwhelming minority of the population that identifies with these peoples values, and yet they have changed the face of politics so drastically that we have current Republican presidential candidates "flip-flopping" on former beliefs faster than a Formula-One car running on jet fuel.

People listen: Theocracies are bad (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan under the Taleban...), and these folks make no effort to hide the fact that a theocracy is exactly what they desire for our country. The sad thing is that most of the shepherds of this flock our simply corrupt, power hungry, hypocritical, sycophants duping these people out of house and home while leading incredibly licentious and lavish lifestyles. However, their followers believe, and what's worse, they vote.

Unless we want to have the next Ted Haggard telling us the homosexuality is an abomination to God just after he has finished doing meth and snookering gay prostitutes, we had damn well better start telling our friends to get off their asses and vote.

Tuesday

Must Read...

This is a great post by Ed Brayton about teh Command Guy's spending policies.

Unfortunately, I don't think will be hearing to much about this story in the MSM aside from the McClatchy article.

Ed is right, and this observation is particularly on point (my emphasis):

Oh, and that's not to mention that issuing all that debt has given foreign governments, China in particular, a multi-trillion dollar leverage point over us. If you ran a corporation that way, you would be in prison. Our government does this year after year and we return 90% of them to their jobs every two years. Wake up, America. You're being screwed and they aren't using any lube.


Hmmm...prison? Maybe we should start seriously considering that option.

Top Ten via DU...

As always, conservative ass-hattery in full force...

Friday

Friday Afternoon Fun...

Sorry about missing last week...

To teh funny...

SNL is really starting to not suck these days. I'm not really sure why this is funny. I guess it's the slapstick element that has me laughing.



Zombie Dance!

This one is going up again...I'm in a mood for it. Not funny, but still awesome. And I'm lazy and running out of other peoples' material...



Best show ever...Georgie Boy...



More Genius...

We're doin' five this week. Hellooooooo!



Good times...gooooood times!

And, we couldn't call it a week without a shout to our buddy from the "Potato State"...Hold that thought. You know what...I'm starting to feel bad for this guy...Ahhh, screw it...



Peace out biznatches..."Operation Kick Buckeye Ass" is in full swing.

For the rest of you who aren't Penn State fans...Have a good one? I guess?

Thursday

Breaking News...

The wildfires in SW CA are Bill Clinton's fault.

Don't laugh...they really are!

Bonnie Erbe via FDL (my emphasis)...

Commentator Mary Mostert, on the conservative Web site RenewAmerica.US/ tries to blame the Sierra Club and forest-preservation policies for California’s wildfires. She writes: “It has been known for many years by those actually involved in the forests that the Sierra Club policies which became public policy in the 1990s under Bill Clinton, would cause exactly the kinds of fires we are now experiencing …. I identified the real culprit in the growing forest-fire problem in an article in 2002 entitled, Our Burning Forests — the Legacy of Radical Environmentalism.” Right, extra trees caused California’s wildfires, not the Southwest drought.


Figures. He fucked up on Bin Laden. He used his weather machine to bump Katrina up to a CAT 5 just before landfall in the knick of time to activate the weather tractor beam to make sure it hit just off of NOLA. His fiscal policies are responsible for the current income gap between the rich and the middle class/low income not rich incomes. He even made the Mets blow it just before the post season. Good Grief...will anything satiate his uncontrollable lust for mayhem? S.O.B!

Is Dana Perino a FemBot?

via Wonkette

Dana Perino: Global Warming Helps the Cold, Poor

…this is an issue where I’m sure lots of people would love to ridicule me when I say this, but it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter.


Oh, for Jeebus sake! It's hard to tell if Dana Perino really believes that shite that comes out of her mouth on a daily basis. At least with Tony Snow, he didn't even try to hide the fact that he was lying - short of coming out and saying, "Yeah, this is all total bullshit", you could tell by his laughter that he wasn't exactly being forthright. But with Perino, she seems like a true believer, a "thousand yard stare" person. It's either that, or she's a cyborg.

On a side note, quick question for Dana: If the number of people dying from cold-related deaths is cause for concern at the White House, then why the hell are you guys trying to do this?

Wednesday

No...Just Plain: NO!

via Think Progress:

Fox News: Al Qaeda is causing the CA wildires


I bet you'll never guess which show was promulgating this idea. If you said Fox & Friends, congrats...you win.

Now if you could just make the hurt stop, I'd give you a wooden nickel. Great point by Think Progress commenter Fan of Man:

well if it was alqaeda (laughable) then the whole “fighting them over there so we dont have to fight them here” has just been blown out of the water…..


Yup! I have to be honest with you, I'm really surprised they haven't tried to pin this on Iran yet. I mean hell, we're already fighting "teh evil doers". I thought these guys wanted to scrap with some Persians?

Of course, I'm only just kidding...Well...Ehhhhh...Let's not go there.

Undefinable Compassion...

This is just beyond deceitful:

Using the pathetic trick of releasing the mean-spirited announcement on a Friday evening, the week's lowest-buzzing moment of news coverage, the Bush Administration wants to cut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a move which will literally leave 30 million low-income households in the cold this winter.


No, I'm not talking about releasing this information on a Friday evening (a pathetic political trick nonetheless, but one that has been employed since the birth of the modern media). I'm talking about the expressed desire to cut heating assistance to 30 million poor families. Jeebus, that is ten percent of the country's population! Not to beat a dead and decomposing horse, but way to go main-stream-media. The announcement is made on Friday, and someone, who happens to spend at least three or four hours a day reading news, is just now finding out about from Dan Brown via the Huffington Post on Wednesday morning. Superb!

If you're not pissed off yet, there is plenty more in this post that should get your rage-o-meter pegged:

The president's fears of middle-class freeloaders getting government help do not apply here. The households using LIHEAP are poor by any American standard. About two-thirds of the households that receive LIHEAP assistance have annual incomes of less than $20,000. One day Bush says "poor kids first," and then the next, moves to shut off their heaters. And you can be sure that no one who supports Bush's cutback has ever himself spent an icy winter without access to heat.

In a stirring Boston Globe editorial, Deborah A. Frank and Joseph P. Kennedy II point out a devastating statistic:

"Young children in poor families who receive energy assistance through the federal LIHEAP are 32 percent less likely to require admission to the hospital on the day of their visit to the emergency room than eligible families who do not receive LIHEAP."

This program lets people live. How can the Bush Administration propose to cut it by 44% from its 2005 funding level? Don't they have money for this vital program?

The answer is yes, they certainly do.

Frank and Kennedy illustrate, "the federal government collected $10 billion dollars in royalties from oil and gas companies in fiscal 2006 - a small fraction of the $77 billion that oil and gas companies received from the sale of oil and gas produced from federal lands and waters."


That's right..."...federal lands and waters." I'm no expert on land ownership rights, but I'm pretty sure that FEDERAL lands and waters belong to all Americans, just not the fucking oil companies, which seem intent on destroying these environments, and their cronies in Washington. What would happen if these poor families started chopping down fuel wood and hunting game on federal lands so they could provide food and heat for their kids? Their asses would be outrageously fined and probably thrown in jail.

The thing that truly saddens me about this entire episode is just thinking about how many of these people, who will be left out in the cold if Bush gets his way on this proposal, will still rally themselves together as ardent Republicans never even considering casting a vote for a Democratic candidate. Fuck, I bet through their master manipulation and flat out lying, the Republicans can even get the majority of the media to somehow start blaming this impending crisis on the Democrats.

Kudos for that, shitheads. You "compassionate conservatives" truly are the masters of fucktastic fuckery.

Thursday

With Friends Like These...

Well, we can pretty much kiss Fred Thompson's ass goodbye if this story ever makes it to cable news. Although, at this point that's asking a lot:

AP via Mustang Bobby

Thompson was hired for a mid-1980s legal case in Kansas on the recommendation of Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps.

The Topeka, Kan.-based church is now best known for protesting at soldiers' funerals, claiming their deaths are retribution for the nation's acceptance of homosexuality.


snip...

Church members released an open letter to Thompson this week, saying he had discussed his views on homosexuality with them while handling the case of a woman who had sued the state's Republican attorney general for sexual harassment.

"We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question — and it was wonderful, and we saw eye to eye," church members said in the letter to Thompson.


Uh-oh. Somebody's got some splainin' to do. Anything else?

Phelps' sister, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said in a phone interview Wednesday that while Thompson might disagree with the church today, he didn't disagree then.

And yet, Phelps-Roper said, "He wouldn't dare stand up and say that when he's running for president."


I know this is all hearsay, but D-oh! Insert Law & Order sound...Here!

Monday

Top Ten via DU...

Whoa! There's been quite the turnout of conservative-dumb-assery this week, and Earl G has packaged up the biggest clowns into a nice little ten part sampling.

Enjoy!

Friday

Friday Afternoon Fun...

Now that I've been in the last of the 5 million weddings I was involved with this summer/fall, I think it's time to get back to the funny.

I'll admit it - even I'm getting a little tired of hearing about Larry "I'M NOT GAAAAY!" Craig, but this new one is pretty funny (via Jesus' General):



Always gotta have a little of the SNL (Shakesville)...



Nothin' funnier than drunk animals...



Save it PETA. It's funny.

This is singlehandedly the funniest thing I've seen all week. I will warn you - I only got about thirty-five seconds into this clip before I had to pull the plug the first time. This is just so freaking weird. I think the lack of any kind of context. If this is some kind of contest, I think they need to narrow in on some screening skills.



Well, that's all for this week. Go State!

Peace out, bitchez.

On Ann Coulter...

From Jezebel...I was only going to post a wee snippet of this article, but you know what? F-it. The whole thing's going up (my emphasis):

All day long the news channels have been running this clip of Ann Coulter telling Donny Deutsch she wishes Jews would convert to Christianity to "become perfected," which amused me vaguely now that I'm pretty sure what she does qualifies as "performance art," until I saw the nine thousandth pundit come on and decry her "anti-Semitism" and finally felt compelled to point out what is really very obvious to anyone with experience as a self-hating Gentile: Ann Coulter seriously has a massive hard-on for the Jews.

She is so totally pro-Semitic she is dating a Jew, probably the latest in a long string of Jews, at least one of whom, down the line, had a mom who objected to her not on the basis of her batshit brand of batshitism but her supposed "Christianity," and when Ann looked into the whole conversion thing and realized how insanely complicated the Jews make it versus the whole "splash of water" method she thought, "Well for fuck's sake, we managed to eliminate the red tape here, and we're the biggest religion in the world. What's their excuse for making this like Soviet Russia??" Also, so you know: "We know we're all sinners" is basically tantamount to saying, "I, too, have had my share of abortions." Don't worry though, none of the unborn were potential Jews, because you can't be Jewish without a Jewish mother! Which, praise Jesus, Ann Coulter will never be. The "mother" part, especially.


Love it! Annie Asshat has become such a joke that even the MSM has finally stopped taking her seriously.

Wednesday

Another Hit From BNF...

Faux News is apparently launching a business channel. God help us. I imagine getting business advice from a Faux News spin-off would be akin to asking David Vitter or Rudy Giuliani for marriage advice. Enjoy...

Tuesday

This is what I've been trying to say...

Cliff Schecter points us to a post by a former Republican turned "isolationist", John Cole, that pretty much sums up what I've been trying to say for a long time. I have never even come close to saying it so perfectly though:

Seriously- what does the current Republican party stand for? Permanent war, fear, the nanny state, big spending, torture, execution on demand, complete paranoia regarding the media, control over your body, denial of evolution and outright rejection of science, AND ZOMG THEY ARE GONNA MAKE US WEAR BURKHAS, all the while demanding that in order to be a good American I have to spend most of every damned day condemning half my fellow Americans as terrorist appeasers.

SNIP

That is why the Republican party is in shambles. The majority of us have decided that the movers and shakers in the GOP and the blogospheric right are certified lunatics who, in a decent and sane society, we would have in controlled environments in rocking chairs under shade trees for most of the day, wheeled in at night for tapioca pudding and some karaoke.


Cliff goes on to name a few things for which the party used to stand:

[Former GOP traditions] included fiscal responsibility, individual rights, separation of church and state, international alliances in foreign policy, respect for the Constitution and limited government.


John Dean spoke of this in Conservatives Without Conscience, that is, how the values of the Republican party have shifted show drastically in the past 35 - 40 years - To that I would add that most of the media have followed. For God's sake, Dean was a senior adviser in the Nixon administration, and now the only program that gives him regular air time is Countdown.

This is what I have been complaining about (mostly in conversations in highly red areas) for the past few weeks: That the media is liberal is the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American public in the past 30 years. Respectable figures like John Dean and others have one hour a night to try to make their cases - yet people like Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Hannity, Rush, etc., seriously troubled people, are routinely piped into our homes on multiple networks on an almost nonstop cycle (which usually consists in them blathering about the evil liberal media, try to wrap your heads around that one!).

So what can we do? Well, lately I've just been telling people they're full of shit when they start regurgitating the last thing Bill O' or Ann say. Literally. It might be a little harsh at first, but that is how you have to get these peoples' attention anymore. They've been inundated with so much Faux News B.S., which has starting making its way to all the other networks, that they are almost lost to the dark right side forever. But there's hope for some of them. Don't give up. After getting their attention, try to calmly explain to them why you don't think the media is liberal, and use examples. There is probably no way in hell that you'll get them to switch sides, but anymore I feel like it's a huge victory for our side every time I can get a conservative to admit that the whole "liberal media" ethos is a total fallacy. Small steps, Elle. Small steps.

Priceless...

Via some extremely clever reader at SadlyNo!

The new RNC logo...



...Oh, I'm gonna be laughing at this one all day week. Thanks, Larry. You've been great.

Friday

Tooting of Mine Own Horn...

I know. I shouldn't be doing this...My mom always told me "Ye who toots his own horn runs out of wind", but Mom, give me a little leeway on this one. As soon as I heard this last night on Olbie's show, I knew this would be one of the first posts on C&L today:

John Dean speaking about torture laws...

"Not only should the congress not cede to their requests, they ought to extend the statute of limitations for another five years, make it a ten year statute of limitations so people would have vulnerability if these can be surfaced and dug out, because it’s the only way to make the point that indeed, these are real laws. Otherwise it’s a joke to even have them."


Right on. Unfortunately, I'm not as optimistic as Mr. Dean in that it seems as though this administration has already (And I'm stating the obvious here) decided that no law is more important than political and economical prosperity for their cronies.

Thursday

Quick Question...

Is anyone else currently in or around the Middle Atlantic states a tad disconcerted that we are getting into the heart of October and the daily high temperature has been at or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the past week? Apparently, the temperature isn't going to go down anytime soon either. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining, but something doesn't seem quite right.

Autumn, fall, almost winter - 80 - 85 degrees...Pennsylvania? Huh?

Wednesday

Here's One That Will Knick Your Socks Off...

Bush Vetoes Child Health Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, in a confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children's health insurance.

It was only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year's elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.

The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage.


Surprising that the White House "sought as little attention as possible". Isn't it? I mean, if you watch Fox News this Sunday you'd think conservatives everywhere were cheering for such a pen stroke from their fearless leader:

(via Newshounds...my emphasis)

"Well, first of all, whenever I hear anything described as a heartless assault on our children, I tend be - think - it's a good idea. I'm happy that the President is willing to do something bad for the kids. You do wonder about the Democrats, If I can just say. Putting a 12-year-old - I mean, how pathetic is that? A 12-year-old kid giving the radio address. Nancy Pelosi pretending she's praying for the President. You really wonder how stupid they think the American people are." - Bill Kristol. speaking about the President's threat to veto the SCHIPS legislation, FOX News Sunday, 9/30/07


Yepper! Compassionate Conservatism at its finest. I'm going to go ahead and save us some time and just give William "The Bloody" Kristol the next five WTF moments for that gem. He does have a point though, it's not like republican officials would ever do something so pathetic as to hide behind young children...

No. Never.

Monday

Top Ten via DU...

Click here.

I'm scared shitless by preferential to #5 this week. Who would've thunk it - Bush lied again.

Thursday

Could it be...

That Dan Rather will be "The One" who restores balance in the main stream media after the past six years of abhorrent malfeasance and gross negligence? God knows I hope so. After this week's latest round of the spineless amendment (the House also decided that free speech only applies in situations where nobody's feelings get hurt) in conjunction with the horseshit "sense of the Senate" (Kyl-Lieberman) votes, I don't think I could be anymore demoralized right now.

from Sidney Blumethal...

If the court accepts his suit, however, launching the adjudication of legal issues such as breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with contract, it will set in motion an inexorable mechanism that will grind out answers to other questions as well. Then Rather’s suit will become an extraordinary commission of inquiry into a major news organization’s intimidation, complicity and corruption under the Bush administration. No congressional committee would be able to penetrate into the sanctum of any news organization to divulge its inner workings. But intent on vindicating his reputation, capable of financing an expensive legal challenge, and armed with the power of subpoena, Rather will charge his attorneys to interrogate news executives and perhaps administration officials under oath on a secret and sordid chapter of the Bush presidency.

In making his case, Rather will certainly establish beyond reasonable doubt that George W. Bush never completed his required service in the Texas Air National Guard. Moreover, Rather’s suit will seek to demonstrate that the documents used in his “60 Minutes II” piece were not inauthentic and that he and his producers acted responsibly in presenting them and the information they contained — and that that information is true. Indeed, no credible source has refuted the essential facts of the story.


Keep ur fingers crossed!

So let me get this straight...

Some, if not most, Republican law makers (at least the ones with consciences) are all a tither over the White House's threat to veto the new proposed SCHIP legislation. Well, they should be. Who in their right fucking mind can justify denying American children health care one day (I think the change to the bill would provide another $35 billion in funding for SCHIP), and then go out and talk about how Congress MUST give Bushie the $190 billion increase he needs to continue the crusade against the evil doers. Opponents of the bill of the bill are bitching about the inclusion of certain groups that will be covered (via FDL):

Tuesday night, however, in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted the Senate’s 60 vote rule also restricts what the House can accomplish. The Senate’s self-imposed gridlock is now the House’s excuse as well.

I heard the same excuse from Charlie Rangel during the SCHIP floor debate, when he claimed that many House members wanted the bill to cover children of legal immigrants and pregnant women (as many states do now), but the Senate Republicans demanded that coverage be removed or the bill would never get 60 Senate votes. “This is the Senate Republican’s bill,” he said.


Puke. So the family values party is pissed because pregnant women will be covered under the new plan?

Pro-life my ass!

However, several Republicans have come out in support of the bill. Though, I don't think we should be breaking out the cake and ice cream and throwing a party for them...A yea vote for this bill is so the right thing to do, I'm sure a chimp could reason his way through it. Of course, we've all seen this before...Specter, Warner, etc...these Republicans will go on TV or radio telling the public how jazzed they are to vote in a way that will help a Democratic bill get passed, and then turn around and stab the country in the back by voting down party lines.

Profiles in Courage every single one of them.

Quick hit quote...

via TRex at FDL

“If Bill O’Reilly was caught robbing a bank, he would say he was taken out of context.”

Paul Waldman, Media Matters

Tuesday

Gross...

via TPM

Rudy Campaign Distances Itself From Supporter's $9.11-Themed House Party

For once...I'm speechless.

Monday

To ridiculous not to mention...

(via C&L)

Bill O’Reilly Surprised At Civility Of Black Restaurant Patrons

The Falafel Master himself had this to say on the Radio Factor regarding his recent trip to a Harlem restaurant with Al Sharpton:

"... [O'Reilly] couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.” O’Reilly added: “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea'"....


Yes, because that's typically how black people order something in a restaurant. By starting off their request with the words "mother f*cker".

Ass. 'Nuff said.

UPDATE: Check out TRex's as always indomitable snark on Billy's "field trip".

UPDATE TWO: From Media Matters Re: CNN'S Rick Sanchez on O'Reilly's Harlem trip:

Sanchez On O’Reilly’s remarks:


— “At first glance, you don’t see it as questionable. Especially if you’re not an African-American!”

– “Here’s a guy who’s trying to give a compliment.”

– “I agree with him [there was no racist intent].”

– “We all have an uncle who comes to parties at our house…who will occasionally say things like this.”


Sanchez On African-Americans:


– [To Lemon] “People are actually offended. And you would know. They call this a ’subtle type of racism’… it’s the velvet glove type.”

– “What my African-American friends and associates have told me…is that they were insulted that a man with his experience and his age would for the first time realize that … African-Americans who gather in places in America and have civilized meetings. That’s what they say.”


Good Lord! Rick Sanchez is defending Bill O? Rick, at first glance I, like many others who aren't African American, found it extraordinarily questionable, actually I found it completely objectionable, which is no different from damn near everything other nonsensical thing Bill says.

As Keith Olbermann noted last night, this is passive aggressive racism. Regarding the uncle comment, Rick, Bill O' isn't some drunken closeted racist at family picnic - he's a major media figure, who is on the air (radio and television) for approximately four hours every day. He (and his audience, who apparently didn't complain at all about the comments) should hold himself to a higher standard.

Ha! Ha! That last sentence was a joke.

UPDATE THREE: Jeebus, this is going to be the never ending post. From C&L:

Bill O’Reilly: CNN has joined Media Matters “on the Dark Side”


What a fucking headcase!

Today's WTF Moment brought to us by...

...a senior official in the Bush White House who explains to us why Barack isn't armed with da skillz you need to be president.

A "senior official" in the White House of George W. Bush tells journalist Bill Sammon why Barack Obama won't be the next president of the United States: Obama is intellectually "capable" of the job, the official says, but he relies too much on easy charm. "It's sort of like, 'That's all I need to get by,' which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters ... and a laziness, an intellectual laziness."


R U kidding? Read that last sentence again. This guy did realize he was asked about Obama, right?


Most Ironic Statement Ever Award.


Congrats!

Top Ten via DU...

Another week of conservative dumb-assery calls for another Top Ten list (via DU).

Enjoy!

Tuesday

Quick Question...

How fucking crooked do you have to be to say something like this (via Down With Tyranny):

"In [Hillary Clinton's health-care] plan we have government insurance instead of private insurance. In her plan it's crafted by Washington; it should be crafted by the states. In her plan, we have government Washington-managed health care. Instead, we should rely on private markets to guide health care. And in her plan, you see increased taxes. The burden should not be raised on the American people."

---former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at a press conference held without the hospital's permission outside New York's St. Vincent Hospital, before Senator Clinton's health-care plan was even released


Of course! You have to be a republican presidential candidate.

Damn near every other industrialized nation on the planet has some form of a health care system that guarantees health care for all citizens. Meanwhile, some 47 million people in this country have no form of health insurance whatsoever. And those that do make claims for medical coverage must fight tooth and nail to actually get their respective insurance companies to pay da bills. Being that as it is, what is the fucking problem here? This shouldn't even be an issue, folks. Unfortunately, it's a huge issue, and when we have assholes out there saying stuff like "... we should rely on private markets to guide health care" when the private markets have clearly screwed the pooch time and time again, it might be time to start thinking about switching gears.

And let's not forget that we've spent nearly half a trillion dollars on a war that has actually made the country less safe. It is nearly impossible to imagine what we could have done here at home with that kind of money. But I'm sure 47 million of us have an idea or two.

Oh, and one more thing: Mitt Romney is an asshole.