Monday, February 28, 2005
Here’s the little bastard that’s stumping for BushCo’s Social Security Fraud.
What? Am I supposed to let up on him cuz he’s a kid?
I say a group of nine-year-old lefty’s should beat this little punk's ass.
Why is there a picture of Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch on SmithAntics?
Click here to find out.
Update: This is for Cousin Oliver diehards only. Don’t even think about clicking the link if you’re not core.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
I’ve been meaning to post on straw man Joe Biden—the supposedly tough-on-Bush senator from Delaware, who is a regular fixture on the Sunday morning talk show circuit (i.e., the BushCo fellatio-fest). But a commenter on Daily Kos summed up my thoughts on Biden quite nicely:
Joe Biden's best service to the Democratic Party's base would be to sit down and shut up.Yes, Joe, perhaps you should just go the fuck away.
This guy Biden is another poster child for why we Democrats are now in permanent minority status. He's a useless corporate-military proponent, whose presence on these shows results in the dangerous illusion of "presenting both sides."
Hey, Joe Biden: you're a corporate lackey, and an Iraq War enabler. Take a long hike, before someone gets the very bad idea of you as a presidential candidate.
And let us not forget Joe’s stern words for BushCo torture master Abu Gonzales:
“I like you. I like you. You are real -- you're the real deal.”
The real deal indeed.
Both of whom merit the deepest contempt.
The Bush administration wields maximum secrecy with minimal opposition. The White House press is timid. The poor, limp Democrats don't have enough power to convene Congressional hearings on any Republican outrages and are reduced to writing whining letters of protest that are tossed in the Oval Office trash.Wow! The entire American political landscape in three sentences. Bravo!
Read the whole piece.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
So tired of hoping my morning paper will bring news of serious trouble for BushCo.
It never does.
So tired of checking the lefty blogs for news that the jig is finally up for these bastards.
It never happens.
So tired of fooling myself that the male prostitute fake journalist expose could possibly spell real trouble for BushCo.
So tired of waiting YEARS for the Plame investigation to bear fruit.
Ain’t gonna happen.
So tired of this Teflon presidency.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Thanks for the cartoon, Leila! I love your blog--even though I can’t read it!
I’m too busy today to dive down the blog rabbit hole.
What’s going on?
Please drop any goodies into the comments box.
Update: Aw, shit, I couldn’t resist taking a quick peak at Atrios. I noticed he posted on a subject of particular interest to me: wizard rock.
Chavez, Scott, or anyone else....care to comment on wizard rock?
Thursday, February 24, 2005
I barely knew you, but I’m going to correct that.
In case you missed this little ditty, you’ll want to give it a listen.
Can you remember a single day in the past four-plus years that these guys didn’t just astonish you?
The much-touted American-style "town hall" meeting the White House has been planning with "normal Germans" of everyday walks of life will be missing during his visit to the Rhine River hamlet of Mainz this afternoon.So BushCo cancelled the fuckin’ thing.
A few weeks ago, the Bush administration had declared that the chat -- which could have brought together tradesmen, butchers, bank employees, students and all other types to discuss trans-Atlantic relations -- would be the cornerstone of President George W. Bush's brief trip to Germany [...]
The Germans, though, insisted that a free forum should be exactly that. Wolfgang Ischinger, Germany's Ambassador to the United States, explained to the New York Times last week: "We told them, don't get upset with us if they ask angry questions."
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
On the new leader of Halliburtonistan, Ibrahim al-Jaafari:
A devout Shiite, who according to an aide has the scholarly rank of mujtahid, or one qualified to give religious rulings, Jafari refuses to shake the hands of women and was behind a move last year to make Islamic law Iraq's legal basis for dealing with issues such as marriage, divorce and inheritances.So, let me get this straight. We were lied into a war in which thousands have been killed and mamed and billions of your dollars have been spent (and illegally skimmed into the coffers of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton) so a piece of human garbage can install an Islamist theocracy rooted in the revolting affront to humanity known as Sharia Law?
This is “Operation Iraqi Freedom?”
I thought BushCo was trying to create a theocracy in America, not Iraq.
Go fuckin’ figure.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
My deepest condolences if this is a member of your family.
Image courtesy of Bartcop.
Courtesy of BushCo.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Hillary Clinton is insufficiently aggressive in her opposition to BushCo and therefore earns my contempt. Any Democratic lawmaker who, like Clinton, chooses the road of risk-aversion and watered-down "opposition" to this gang of lying, torturing, criminal swine is immoral.
I watched Hillary on Meet the Press yesterday and was disgusted by her total lack of outrage that the current occupants of the White House have lied this country into war and have now set their sights on destroying social security.
In my opinion, Hillary Clinton is a craven, opportunist retch. Every last Democrat should be in full-throated opposition to the Bush-GOP agenda -- a la Senator Byrd.
If you are an enabler of neocons, for all intents and purposes you ARE a neocon.
Piss off, neocon.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
“Gannon became a target of liberal bloggers after he asked President Bush ….”
Blah, blah, blah….
Stop running interference for the White House!
Stop. You’re disgusting
No, Howie, this story is not “about” the bloggers.
Have you no dignity?
Shall we review, you fucking clown:
A potential male prostitute gets White House credentials using a fake name, provides McClellan a welcome ideological lifeline during press conferences, and somehow gets access to classified CIA documents that outs an undercover CIA operative.Any questions?
The United States government is currently run by a group of people for whom verifiable truth holds no particular privilege over ideologically inspired nonsense. For members of the mainstream media, trying to maintain a sense of self-importance and solemnity and to keep the wing nuts from crowing for more scalps, this requires a series of stratagems to keep up the scripted charade, no matter how foolish it makes them look or feel while doing so.The cowed Bush-suckling hack clowns that comprise the MSM are the lowest form of life.
The easiest of these stratagems is simply to stack the coverage with political partisans and give them free rein to spout GOP propaganda. That's what the cable news networks do, as Media Matters for America demonstrated. Consistent with cable inauguration coverage, for example, MSNBC offered viewers of its State of the Union commentary eleven right-wing pundits and just two Democrats or liberals in response.
The second technique is more often deployed on network television, where such naked partisanship is frowned upon, but executives are, if anything, even more worried about appearing unsympathetic to the red-state, red-meat offerings of George W. Bush. This is to ignore the substance and focus on the spectacle, the "feelings" and the atmosphere. CBS's Bob Schieffer, on his best post-Dan Rather behavior, for instance, marveled, "One of the best-delivered speeches that I have heard President Bush make. He was confident, he was direct, he drove his points home."
On ABC, Cokie Roberts found herself enthralled with a faux-dramatic--and most likely fully staged--embrace between an Iraqi woman seated next to Laura Bush and the mother of a soldier who died for Bush's folly in Falluja, gushing, "To have that completely spontaneous hug was something that leaves you with goose bumps." Tim Russert--who, like so many Democratic pols who transition to media megabucks, is committed to proving his bona fides by kowtowing to Republicans at every opportunity--professed, "You can feel...in this town" that Democratic "nerves are frayed." Russert was reacting to a rare display of Democratic spirit during the speech--booing when Bush sought to mislead the country into dismantling the most successful government program ever attempted in America: Social Security. To Russert and much of the permanent Washington establishment, the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat--or at least one who's willing to act that way.
The lowest form of life.
Friday, February 18, 2005
"Where's the Bulldog? Who wants to know?"
(Thanks to Cranky Avalon at Democratic Underground for coming up with this and making me laugh my ass off!)
Perhaps BushCo’s hot military stud should be placed on “suicide” watch.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Courtesy of the Dems.
Go ahead, give it a whirl.
Calling the nomination of John “Death Squad” Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence an outrage would be an exercise in gross understatement.
Yet Wolf Blitzer, with a straight face, just told his viewers that Negroponte is an “excellent” choice. The disgusting suck-up, hack didn’t even go through the motions of characterizing the nomination of this murdering filth as “controversial.”
And since when is it a so-called news anchor's job to endorse a political appointment?
And how is it that a man much of the world considers to be a WAR CRIMINAL IS BEING NOMINATED AS THE CHIEF SPY OF THE UNITED STATES???
100 bucks says the Democrats sail this pig through Senate confirmation hearings -- after the "tough questions" charade, of course.
We are no longer approaching fascism.
We have arrived.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Eerie, ain’t it?
Imagine the media explosion if a male escort had been discovered operating as a correspondent in the Clinton White House. Imagine that he was paid by an outfit owned by Arkansas Democrats and had been trained in journalism by James Carville. Imagine that this gentleman had been cultivated and called upon by Mike McCurry or Joe Lockhart—or by President Clinton himself. Imagine that this "journalist" had smeared a Republican Presidential candidate and had previously claimed access to classified documents in a national-security scandal.There is an exception. Keith “not a whore” Olberman is all over this story. His Countdown program is must-see TV for me and the missus every night at 9:00 PST on MSGOP.
Enough of this shit!
This is far worse than Rather’s case of shitty judgment; Hume should resign.
Yeah, just as soon as Cheney turns in his walking papers, right?
The excellent Keith Olberman excluded, the MSM in this country comprises a gang of careerist, clown hacks, who are falling over each other in a desperate struggle to be the number one White House suck-up.
Facts no longer matter; pushing the GOP master narrative is everything. It’s the postmodern BushCo-GOP complex.
If you think I exaggerate, congratulations. You’re not watching the “news.”
Update: Atrios weighs in. Hey, he used a corpse analogy similar to my post title—only in reverse.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
I’m busy and don’t have much to say today, but Tom Tomorrow does:
Slowly, for the mouth breathers….Back soon.
Obviously, the point is not that Gannon/Guckert is gay.
The point is that a fake journalist working for a fake news website, who was apparently leading a double life--allegedly even running an illegal business--somehow gained access to one of the most secure facilities on the face of the planet, under a fake name, in order to ask fake questions the White House wanted asked during press conferences.
You don't get into the White House by showing up and flashing a press pass that you Photoshopped together and had the local copy shop laminate. And you certainly don't get into the White House briefing room by virtue of working for a freshly minted partisan website, unless you are very well connected. The point is, the White House and/or its surrogates really shouldn't be in the business of inventing fake news agencies in order to manipulate public opinion. But they were, and they got caught. (...and it should go without saying that this goes waaaay beyond the "tradition" we've heard so much about lately of making sure you've got a friendly journalist in the audience. Fox News wasn't friendly enough, for chrissakes?)
Gannon/Guckert's alleged porn sites and "escort" activities are relevant in that they highlight the utter incompetence of the administration--somebody somehow thought it would be a bright idea to use this guy, and nobody bothered to vet him to see if they were going to end up with egg on their faces. Any right winger who pretends that G/G worked for a legit news agency and is simply the innocent victim of a gay witch hunt is either too stupid to tie his own shoes in the morning, or is being deliberately dishonest. No third choice.
Monday, February 14, 2005
America Blog is promising a BIG story on Gannon today.
Let’s hope they deliver.
Update: Not surprisingly, it’s about Guckert’s former life as a male prostitute. My first impressions are not good. Of course it is scandalous that a White House that claims to be a citadel of morality let a male whore question the president, and apparently gave the said whore access to classified CIA information.
If this weren't bizzaro BushAmerica, this would be a huge story.
But this lurid expose will play right into the wingnut narrative of bloggers-as-sexual-lynch mob. The RW spin machine (as manifested in the MSM) is going to make a meal of this (or possibly just ignore it into oblivion). The Rethuglicans will successfully spin this to their advantage—as sickening and unbelievable as that sounds. Hell, they turned a genuine war hero into a communist traitor; they turned a sniveling, drunken, coked-out frat boy deserter into an American hero. Now the real sexual witch-hunters will turn the tables and pin the sexual-witch-hunter label on not only the left bloggers, but all liberals.
Hope I'm wrong.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Well, lookie here, the decadent, latte-drinkin, Volvo-drivin,' homo-lovin' blue states are subsidizing the Fundies of Jesusland.
B-but, that not what Rush said!
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Despite my doubts about Dean's ability to heal the Democratic Party, I do agree with Atrios and Daily Kos that we should reward good behavior. I mean, what other alternative do we have right now?
It was this quote from Daily Kos that convinced me to add the donation link below:
Remember, the GOP will unload on Dean. Everytime you hear the "Dean Scream" without context, consider donating. When you hear some empty head talk about the party "moving left" with Dean, consider donating. When you hear about unnamed big dollar Democratic donors whining about pulling their money out of the party, consider donating.God, so true. I clicked by FOX this morning and noticed that they were covering Dean's ascension to party chairman. And sure enough, all they could talk about was The Scream.
Since it's impossible to reach into the TV and strangle Tony Snow, I figure my only recourse is to throw some dough to the man he and his knuckle-dragging ilk despise and fear. I'll start with $10.
Friday, February 11, 2005|
Thursday, February 10, 2005
You’ll need a high-speed connection, speakers, and 10 minutes and 36 seconds to watch this awesome segment on Guckertgate from Keith Olberman’s program.
The contrast between this segment and the shameful whitewash job attempted by Whore Wolf Blitzer and Whore Howard Kurtz on CNN yesterday could not be more stark.
Thank you, Keith, for not being a whore.
Daily Kos provides the answer:
A potential male prostitute gets White House credentials using a fake name, provides McClellan a welcome ideological lifeline during press conferences, and somehow gets access to classified CIA documents that outs an undercover CIA operative.Yummy!
A couple things to ponder, via Atrios.
Partisan operative with no background in journalism, whose work frequently involves passing off RNC press releases as his own stories, is allowed to be a part of White House press briefings day after day, operating under a pseudonym, providing a regular lifeline for Scott McClellan and making it difficult for other reporters to get answers to serious questions.If we lived in a functioning democracy, with a functioning press, this would be a hefty scandal.
Having worked in the White House, I can assure everyone that not only would it be impossible to get a White House pass using an alias, it is impossible even to get past the gate for an appointment using an alias. Thorough FBI background checks are required for the former and a picture ID is necessary for the latter. Therefore, if Gannon was using an alias, White House staff had to be involved in maintaining his cover.
Will Pitt has compiled The Jeff Gannon Experience.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
I got behind the curve on the rapidly unfolding tale of fake journalist/White House lackey, Jeff Gannon. Luckily, the excellent Buzzflash has the background and latest details.
Incidentally, I was watching dipshit’s press briefing when Gannon asked this question:
Thank you. Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy. [Senate Minority Leader] Harry Reid [D-NV] was talking about soup lines. And [Senator] Hillary Clinton [D-NY] was talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse. Yet in the same breath they say that Social Security is rock solid and there's no crisis there. How are you going to work -- you've said you are going to reach out to these people -- how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?I didn’t know whether to laugh or break something.
Update: Whoo boy, this Gannon -- er, Guckert --thing is blowing up!
Abridged version for you short-attention-span folks: A Republican operative posing as a journalist named “Jeff Gannon” was given regular access to the White House press room to ask set-up questions that would facilitate BushCo lies and distortions. Now that this fraud has been discovered, Gannon, whose real name is J.D. Guckert, has resigned from the fake news organization,“Talon News,” for whom he worked.
So, either the White House is not doing background checks on persons seated within feet of the president, or this Guckert fellow is a BushCo plant--part of a growing press payola scandal in which the administration is using taxpayer funds to distribute propaganda.
There’s much more, including “Gannon’s” previous articles stating that Kerry is gay, which, along with dozens of other Talon propaganda pieces with and without Gannon’s byline, have mysteriously disappeared from the Talon Web site.
Oh, and he's connected to the Plame leak.
As dumpster diver Drudge would say...
So I’m home watching The Munsters, and a memory is triggered about an incredibly cool Haunted House board game I used to have. I’ve always loved vintage toys and I was aware of some collector sites on the Web, so I decided to see if I could find a picture of that great old game.
In the process I found the Holy Grail.
Oh, and I found the Haunted House Game .
Update: Oh man, this site might be even better!
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Yes, I am encouraged that Dean will be the new DNC chair.
But right now my contempt for the Democratic “leadership” exceeds my contempt for BushCo.
Yes, you read that right: there are people I hate worse than BushCo.
Face it, history is littered with bad guys. BushCo is just doing what villainous regimes have been doing for thousands of years: murdering, lying, perusing their own selfish interests at the expense of the people. They are pure garbage, immoral scum. They should be behind bars.
But at least in modern times, every evil regime has faced a determined domestic foe that stood in unequivocal opposition to it.
BushCo has no such foe.
The major American opposition party is so compromised by corporate money, cowardice, risk-aversion, and lack of political will that it has rendered itself a pathetic caricature of its former self.
I hate them because they enable Bush.
God, I hate them.
I’d like to hear one good reason why I should believe that Dean is bigger than the disease that has infected the Democratic Party.
In case you haven’t noticed, exposing the massive fraud that is BushCo’s plan to “reform” Social Security has become the central battlefront on the left blogosphere. And for good reason: the criminal thugs intend to hand over your retirement security to Wall Street, and they are getting a major assist from the mainstream media (MSM), who are only too happy to advance the White House/GOP narrative.
Indeed, the Soviet-style “reporting” on the phonied-up Social Security crisis has been nothing short of stunning—and blood-boiling (seen Meet the Press lately?).
That said, this blog will not become enmeshed in the fiscal complexities of the Great Social Security Scam—namely because I am about the last person on earth who should be commenting on economics. And I think most of you come here for reasonably concise expressions of anger, disgust, and humor.
Anyway, to me it’s very simple: the liars are lying again. This time it’s not about the threat of WMD from afar, but about the impending collapse of the system that provides your guaranteed-by-law old-age pension.
Dick Cheney is fucking with your golden years.
But if you want to get into the details of this thing, I recommend you follow the excellent coverage by Josh Marshall, Atrios, Kevin Drum, and Daily Kos.
If you want one-stop shopping for your Social Security fraud coverage, look no further than Professor Krugman (requires free NYT registration), who is nailing these fuckers about three times a week. Here’s a sample:
President Bush isn't trying to reform Social Security. He isn't even trying to "partially privatize" it. His plan is, in essence, to dismantle the program, replacing it with a system that may be social but doesn't provide security. And the goal, as with his tax cuts, is to undermine the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt.I'm sure the media script is already being drafted.
Why do I say that the Bush plan would dismantle Social Security? Because for Americans who entered the work force after the plan went into effect and who chose to open private accounts, guaranteed benefits - income you receive after retirement even if everything else goes wrong - would be nearly eliminated.
Here's how it would work. First, workers with private accounts would be subject to a "clawback": in effect, they would have to mortgage their future benefits in order to put money into their accounts.
Second, since private accounts would do nothing to improve Social Security's finances - something the administration has finally admitted - there would be large benefit cuts in addition to the clawback.
Jason Furman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the guaranteed benefits left to an average worker born in 1990, after the clawback and the additional cuts, would be only 8 percent of that worker's prior earnings, compared with 35 percent today. This means that under Mr. Bush's plan, workers with private accounts that fared poorly would find themselves destitute.
Why expose workers to that much risk? Ideology. "Social Security is the soft underbelly of the welfare state," declares Stephen Moore of the Club for Growth and the Cato Institute. "If you can jab your spear through that, you can undermine the whole welfare state."
By the welfare state, Mr. Moore means Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - social insurance programs whose purpose, above all, is to protect Americans against the extreme economic insecurity that prevailed before the New Deal. The hard right has never forgiven F.D.R. (and later L.B.J.) for his efforts to reduce that insecurity, and now that the right is running Washington, it's trying to turn the clock back to 1932.
Medicaid is also in the cross hairs. And if Mr. Bush can take down Social Security, Medicare will be next.
Monday, February 07, 2005
I ran across this post I put up this past August.
Damn you for failing us, Kerry.
Damn you, Republican-lite Democrats.
Damn you, you weak-ass, corporate-funded, professional failures.
Or sucking off …. take your pick.
This is just appauling.
Watch the video, in case you need verification that we are in HELL.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
As a grad student studying Stalinism, I grappled to comprehend how such an evil dictatorship could not only exist, but inspire such intense and widespread devotion (I asked the same question of the Nazi regime).
Near the end of my studies, I read an excellent book called Magnetic Mountain, which presented Stalinist Russia as something akin to a theocracy. The book was a revelation to me.
Are you catching my drift?
BushCo is a belief system for imbeciles.
BushCo is a celebration of ignorance.
BushCo asks you to let your intellect go flabby.
What a pathetic soul who gives in.
Friday, February 04, 2005
Hey, guys, I am dead serious here.
How in the fuck are we supposed to process this?
When do we reach the breaking point?
Try to imagine the problems that could have been solved with 9 BILLION dollars.
Social Security is in “crisis,” and these guys just “lost” 9 BILLION dollars.
9 BILLION, skimmed from the people’s treasury into the coffers of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.
The filthy, criminal pigs must be laughing.
And the Democrats and the press are on their knees, bowing to these snickering, thieving, murdering thugs.
This is fucking insanity.
Okay, not the most creative post title, but imagination seems unimportant when you’re shaking with rage.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Gets his Kool-Aid from an IV drip.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
The chickenshit, draft-dodging, pampered assholes are going to pretend they’re not chickenshit, draft-dodging, pampered assholes.
Just when you think it’s not possible to hate these people any more than you already do.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Smithantics asked me to introduce you to the "Terror from the South", "Los Lobo" "The Latino Lover" "The Chicano Chieftain" "The Pride of Mexico" "The Mexican Marauder""Little P" or just "P".
This guy is going to be shoved down your throats in the coming years.
This guy is the great hope of the Bush family, this guy may very well be the Crown Prince!
USA Today said in 2000:
He's the 24-year-old descendant of a political dynasty: His granddad was president, and his Uncle George wants to be.
He's a symbol of diversity deployed, ''en espanol,'' to court young and Latino voters for the Bush campaign.
And, let's face it, he's a major hottie: a cross between Ricky Martin and John Kennedy Jr. in the looks department!
That's right let's face it he is a Hottie! and we all know that "Hot" people make the best politicians!
Regardless of these mysterious connections, this is gonna be our man!
All of you are saying Wait Hilton!, W. is the 43rd president!? what gives?......The title is correct, I said 45th to make room for the 44th President of the United States!
Livin' La Vida Loca! Yo Necessito Borracho!
Each day my waking wish is that today these oil-drenched, faux-Christian, neo-Nazi, traitorous thugs will go down.
And it never happens.
You know why?
Because the mainstream media is a wholly owned subsidiary of BushCo.
And most of the country is to fucking stupid to care.
Have a nice day.