Saturday, August 20, 2005

Some say TomAto, some say toMAHto. Then again, others may say it defferently. And that's just all part of this wonderful rainbow crazy quilt of freedom we call these here United States. If you can find a more pussified editorial this weekend, I'd like to see it. Phone and cable companies still deathly afraid of municipal networks. I have a personal interest in this, as I supported Lafayette's municipal fiber proposal and hate Cox Communications so bad I could fart nails. I'm still pissed off about the SCOTUS's eminent domain ruling, though, and am not particularly in the mood to cut municipalities any slack when they're fighting off corporate meddling with one hand while jiggling some developer's balls with the other. OH WHY DOES LIFE HAVE TO BE SO COMPLICATED. Fracas? Does anybody really say "fracas"? "Yeah, me and Lurleen went drinkin' over t'the Wagon Wheel and she caught the slut Brandine with her hand down Dace's Wranglers and they had them a fracas right there by the video poker." Anyway, something ought to be done about that endowment or that foundation or what have you. I bet they spent it all on booze. This is all that goddamn Cheney's fault. Darth Vader? Are we offering our middle schoolers the option of joining the Dark Side as a "lifestyle choice? I blame George Bush! Via 2Millionth: A link to a scathing editorial by Paul Begala and a smattering of right-wing hatred to brighten your Saturday:
Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past - I’m not arguing for despotism as a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble - recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin’s penal code it was a crime to be the wife or child of an ‘enemy of the people.’ The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, ‘clan liability.’ In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished ‘to the ninth degree’: that is, everyone in the offender’s own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed. -- John Derbyshire, National Review, 2/15/2000
The Political Teen (please) weighs in on Intelligent Design. It's turtles all the way down, kid. "Volunteering to become a soldier is volunteering to preserve and protect - with your own power and will - the country, its borders, its citizens and its institutions. It isn't volunteering to keep a political party in power."Jack Cafferty says "Fuck it." Via Digby: Rose Aguilar interviews regular red state folks in Stories in America:
I feel like the president is doing everything he can to help. Like what? For one thing, he is protecting our country by being in Iraq. We can't pull out too soon because they'll think we're chicken and they'll try to attack us again. W
But there's anger, too. A lot of anger:
What'd you do? I was a building inspector for an insurance company. I made a nice living for a quarter of a century. When you get laid off, it's a big shocker. All of a sudden, you got no money coming in. If you're in your 50s and 60s, they're not gonna hire you to do anything. They won't even hire you to sweep the floor. People laid off my age have to get two or three different part-time jobs. What are you doing now? I do part-time building inspections and my wife went back to work as a teacher. Without that, we would have lost the house. Do you have health insurance? I get it through the VA and a clinic in Tulsa. If it wasn't for that, we'd get sick and just stay home and hurt. Or die.
And, from the same guy:
You're not a fan of Bush? No. I was lied to in Nam and he's lying to the people about the Iraqi thing and the oil thing. The Gulf of Tonken was a lie. Weapons of mass destruction was a pure lie. Young men and women are dyin' for nothin'. Afghanistan was a righteous cause. We should have sent all these men and women over there and gotten bin Laden, cut his head off and come home. Did they? No. We're over there losing people for nothin'. Eventually we'll pull out of that country and it'll be total anarchy anyway. Bush is popular in this state. Yeah, unfortunately. Big oil is around here, so sure, he's popular. He'll lie and people will believe him.
There's a change in the weather coming. A storm from the north. Can you feel it yet, your bibled-up chickenhawk cocksuckers?


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