Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Someone needs a punch in the cunt -- I think it's you.

Damn.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Can't tell the fuckups without a scorecard

Probes find plenty of blame to go around. That last sentence is a puzzler, though.

It's okay if people die, as long as they aren't our people

Civil war? The Vodkapundit says well, if it kills some Muslims, that's super! Via TBogg.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Didn't Chertoff claim to have found out about the prts deal when it hit the media?

ABC News: Homeland Security Objected to Ports Deal. Seems like someone is NOT PAYING ATTENTION AGAIN. Or, you know. Lying.

Things going swimmingly

No, they won't have anything to do with security.

United Press International - Security & Terrorism - UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports: "The Marine Transportation Security Act of 2002 requires vessels and port facilities to conduct vulnerability assessments and develop security plans including passenger, vehicle and baggage screening procedures; security patrols; establishing restricted areas; personnel identification procedures; access control measures; and/or installation of surveillance equipment. Under the same law, port facility operators may have access to Coast Guard security incident response plans -- that is, they would know how the Coast Guard plans to counter and respond to terrorist attacks."

"Creating human-animal hybrids"

Stupidest letter to the editor ever? Well, maybe not ever. But even W's faithful are jumping ship after what has obviously been five years of lies, secrecy, domestic spying, secret torture prisons, 2,500 dead soldiers, the outing of covert agents, fealty to special interest lobbyists, incompetent planning, incompetent execution, divisively tarring opposing voices as traitors, slavish service to corporate interests, and, finally, the handover of US port operations to an unstable foreign government. Mrs. Godchaux apparently considers reporting of these shameful, immoral, and unamerican activities as "unfair and biased". Where are your values, Mrs. Godchaux? You must be a fundie. As long as someone is "for the unborn" they can wallow in the whole ugly spectrum of earthly evil, piss on the ten commandments AND the new covenant with the Lord and still be a shining example of Christian morality, right? Right. I did read the text of the SOTU speech. And I did draw my own conclusions: He's a criminal, you're an idiot, get off my fucking planet now. Supporting W on grounds of his "morality" or his "values" is no longer just ignorant; now, it's (as Tbogg says) so divorced from reality that it doesn't even get visitation rights.

Feds help corporations ? I'm flabbergasted.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Dubai company taking over 6 ports?

Lou Dobb on the port controversy

Transcript of the Lou Dobbs show on CNN::
"DOBBS: Absolutely, but why would we turn over control of the operation of terminals in six of our major ports because we want to be pals? PORTMAN: We will never turn over control of security and we don't in this case. As you know, the Coast Guard provides the physical security. DOBBS: That's not, I know that's -- there's some people trying to push that forward, but in point of fact, those terminals do have security requirements and many of those terminal operators are hiring security forces to carry out security at the terminals. I may not be the brightest fellow in the world, but I do understand the issues here."
Good stuff.

Pffft.

Dueling officials slowed storm response | csmonitor.com: "Chertoff is by-the-book, a lean, terse manager. Brown is a talkative maverick who believes in leadership from the front lines. "

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Remarks by President Bush After Meeting with Cabinet

Remarks by President Bush After Meeting with Cabinet:
"The management of some ports, which, heretofore, has been managed by a foreign company will be managed by another company from a foreign land. And so people don't need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America."
Such a waste.

Proof That God Does Not Exist

The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned

A little light reading for the can. I'm going to spend thte weekend comparing this to the House report, the SE Louisiana Hurricane Plan (The Hurricane Pam report, prepared by IEM), and a couple other little wonders. I hope my blood pressure can take it.

Backwards, ignorant prairie cunts.

I am so goddamn sick of these people. Can you PLEASE just move somewhere -- I hear Afghanistan is lovely -- and set up your little faux-christian theocracy and leave my country alone?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Fun with math

Is someone handing Jan Risher a rubber biscuit?
"I got tips on how to pace myself with my limited quantity of beads. I learned most float riders spent about $1,000 on beads. By my estimation, members of the Rio krewe spent $200,000 or more on beads."
Most float riders spend about $1000 on beads. Uhm ... really? A quick search leads me to conclude that $1000 would buy you over 20,000 strings of metallic beads. At $35 for a case of 60 dozen, that makes 28 cases per rider. So ... If Rio spent $200,000 on beads, they would have 4,000,000 strings. If 50 people were on the float (a very high estimate, I believe), that means each person tossed 80,000 strings. I guess that sounds right, Jan. What do the other Martians think?

Well well well well.

Cue the dancing bears

Sorry-ass W shills: John McCain (I almost voted for you. Phew!) and Joe Lieberman are trotted out to show support for the irresponsible turnover of American port security to a company owned by and located in the United Arab Emirates. I expected as much from Joe; but I'm constantly surprised by McCain's ever more obsequious kow-towwing to George Bush. Bush sat back and let Karl Rove smear McCain's reputation and question his sanity back in the 2000 presidential primaries; why does McCain constantly fall into the party line? I thought maybe his stand against torture was a glimmer of hope, perhaps a chance he would reclaim visitation rights to his balls again, but alas no. Even Corky is up in arms about it. Not everybody in the liberal/left/America-hating side of the aisle is up in arms about it; Glenn Greenwald, for example, is still on the fence. But the issue is clear to me, and to many others: port security has been the poor stepchild of homeland security for years, well before 9/11. It's one of the most vulnerable points of entry into the United States, and an insignificant (at best) amount of money has been earmarked to decrease that vulnerability. So: after leaving this weakness exposed and unfortified for five years, control is suddenly handed over to a country -- not just a foreign company, but a *state-owned* foreign company -- with a track record of financing and supporting terrorism. I'd be as outraged if port control was handed over to North Korea or Pakistan. And I'm not happy to learn that some port functions have been farmed out to China, either.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

It's time.

New York Daily News: W aides' biz ties to Arab firm

Via 2Millionth: The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.
One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World - giving it control of Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container port. Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush's cabinet. The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World's European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.

President Discusses Port Security

Oh my sweet baby Jesus. Right from the horse's mouth. How did this happen? How did this gibbering, incoherent, inarticulate imbecile end up the most powerful man in the world? How does "values" translate to "selling out American port security?" Dig it:
"I think it sends a terrible signal to friends around the world that it's okay for a company from one country to manage the port, but not a country that plays by the rules and has got a good track record from another part of the world can't manage the port." "This company operates all around the world. I have the list somewhere." "I really don't understand why it's okay for a British company to operate our ports, but not a company from the Middle East" "I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British [sic] company. I'm trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to people of the world, we'll treat you fairly." "There is a process in place where we analyze -- where the government analyzes many, many business transactions, to make sure they meet national security concerns. And I'm sure if you -- careful review, this process yielded a result that said, yes, a deal should go forward." "One of my concerns, however, is mixed messages. And the message is, it's okay for a British company, but a Middle Eastern company -- maybe we ought not to deal the same way. It's a mixed message. You put interesting words in your question, but I just view -- my job is to do what I think is right for the country. I don't intend to have a fight. If there's a fight, there is one, but nor do I view this as a political issue."
There's a word for guys like you.

Either astoundingly stupid or brazenly treasonous. Or both.

More on the Bush administration's outsourcing of port security to a company owned and controlled by a nation with a history of financing Al Qaeda, as well as other terrorist groups. Think Progress UAE facts here and CNN story here. Firedoglake has some info on exactly which cronies will benefit financially -- oh please. Do NOT act surprised about that at this late date. Also note that 40% of overseas Army equipment passes through two of the ports which will be controlled by a company owned and operated by a terrorist-friendly nation. I just can't ... it's making me woozy. W will use the specter of 9/11 to attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, and then hand over homeland port security to a country that helped finance 9/11. It just boggles my mind. Why haven't we broken out the pitchforks and torches yet? The man is obviously a witch. STREGA.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld says we're losing the propaganda war.

Say What?

William Rivers Pitt | The Enemy:
They called it "Cyber Storm," and it was a war-game exercise run last week by the Department of Homeland Security. The war game had nothing to do with testing the security of our shipping ports, borders, infrastructure or airports. "Cyber Storm" was testing the government's ability to withstand an onslaught of information and protest from bloggers and online activists. "Participants confirmed," wrote the Associated Press, that "parts of the worldwide simulation challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose "Web logs" include political rantings and musings about current events."

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Unfuckingbelievable

Think Progress quotes Mike DeWine:: "You know, there's been some controversy about whether or not this program is legal or is not legal. I think we need to get beyond that. And the vast majority of American people believe these calls need to be listened to. But we don't want to have any kind of debate about whether it's constitutional or not constitutional. So I think we need to put that beyond us.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Shut up shut up shut up shut up

Bill Decker, breaking it down:
The public good sometimes requires absolute candor between a medical professional and a patient. That's why confidentiality is enshrined in medical ethics and in the law. But you'd have to admit that most of the passion is on the other side of the argument. You can see for yourself at www.theadvertiser.com, where we've posted responses about the handling of the meningitis outbreak. More privacy battles rage. The fight over Roe v. Wade is really about whether a legislature's efforts to limit abortion intrude on a woman's private decision. Because of the 9/11 attacks, the federal government has new access to personal information such as library records, and, without benefit of warrants, it has monitored overseas calls originating in the United States. Google and the Justice Department are battling over Internet search engine records as part of a pornography investigation. It would be tragic if we draw the privacy line in a place where it would prevent public health officials from protecting the public's health.
Isn't there a Halo game somewhere that you could be in?

Greenwald on the SIC, the NSA, and the life cycle of a scandal

GWB hands over port security to Dubai

Hey, republican thugs! We know you're all for warantless wiretapping of American citizens -- what do you think about this? Despite Fears, a Dubai Company Will Help Run Ports in New York - New York Times
By PATRICK McGEEHAN Published: February 17, 2006 The Bush administration dismissed the security concerns of local officials yesterday and restated its approval of a deal that will give a company based in Dubai a major role in operating ports in and around New York City. Representatives of the White House and the Treasury Department said they had given their approval for Dubai Ports World to do business in the United States after a rigorous review. The decision, they said, was final. Dubai Ports World is buying the British company that currently operates the cruise-ship terminal on the West Side of Manhattan, one of the biggest cargo terminals in New York Harbor, and terminals in Philadelphia, Baltimore and other big ports. Several lawmakers, including Representative Peter T. King of Long Island, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Senator Charles E. Schumer, have criticized the administration for its approval of the deal, saying it was done too quickly and without enough scrutiny of the ramifications for security at American ports. 'In the post-9/11 world, there should have been a presumption against this company,' said Mr. King, a Republican. He added that people in the intelligence community had told him they had concerns about how the company operated the port of Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates. 'I'm going to be pushing as hard as I can to slow this down.' Mr. King said. Mr. Schumer said that he was concerned that the company could be infiltrated by terrorists with designs on exploiting the vulnerability of American ports. He noted that the Sept. 11 attacks were financed in part by money that passed through banks in the United Arab Emirates. "This is not going to go through quietly and secretly the way some people might like," Mr. Schumer said, adding that he feared that diplomacy might have trumped national security in this case. In an interview in London, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, a financial adviser to the royal family of Dubai, said yesterday, "We are working closely with the Americans." In mid-January, President Bush nominated a senior executive of Dubai Ports World, David Sanborn, to run the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. Mr. Sanborn had been running the company's operations in Europe and Latin America. Mr. Schumer and six other members of Congress sent a letter yesterday to John W. Snow, the treasury secretary, calling for a more thorough review of the deal, in which Dubai Ports World agreed to pay $6.8 billion to acquire a British shipping company, Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. A subsidiary of the company, P & O Ports North America, operates the local facilities. Anthony R. Coscia, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, also wrote to Mr. Snow, seeking information about the security review that was conducted. Mr. Coscia said in an interview that he sent the letter after a few attempts to get answers drew no response. "Clearly, we would expect that information relative to a facility that we operate would be shared with us," Mr. Coscia said. "It is not our role to review and approve this transfer," he said, but added that "given the fact that this is our port and these are employees for whom we feel responsibility, there are issues we would like to become comfortable with." P & O Ports operates the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal and owns a 50 percent interest in the Port Newark Container Terminal, which is the third-largest cargo terminal on the Port Authority's property. The other half-interest is owned by a subsidiary of Maersk Line, which is based in Denmark. The Dubai purchase was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, of which Mr. Snow is chairman and which does not usually disclose information about its deliberations, said Brookly McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department. Ms. McLaughlin declined to say when the committee began or ended its review of the deal or what national-security implications it considered. "We as a general rule do not comment at all on any specific transactions," Ms. McLaughlin said. She added that the review could not be reopened unless the company provided false information or omitted important facts. Stewart Baker, assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security, said his department had no information about Dubai Ports World that justified an objection to the deal. Indeed, he said, the company has cooperated with the department in its efforts to secure American ports and ships in foreign ports. "We did not find derogatory information in our review," he said. But that review, Mr. Baker said, did not involve gathering information from outside sources, like the Port Authority, because the committee must keep a proposed transaction secret. He said the committee's investigation began in November and ended in mid-January. The investigation did not include background checks on the senior managers of the company or an evaluation of how the company screens its own employees, Mr. King said. "Certainly, you would think they would talk to the Port Authority," he added. Mr. Schumer said he believed that pressure for a second review was beginning to mount in Congress, among Democrats and Republicans. Mr. King said he would consider holding a Homeland Security Committee hearing on the matter if the administration refused to reconsider. "This can't be treated in a pre-9/11 way," Mr. King said. "There was a tone-deafness here that indicates they didn't show the level of concern that it warranted."

This is old

And dully obvious in that faux-thoughtful way Glenn Reynolds has, but this was such a marvelously revealing quote that I had to note it: "Most poor people in America can afford food (that's why so many poor people are fat)."

Brendan Loy takes on Popular Mechanics

Debunking PM. I read the PM collection this morning, and was (am) appalled at the inaccuracies, distortions, omissions and the overall tone of the whole crapfest. I will have more to say about it, if I can get over my depression about republican quisling on the NSA issue (with help from Olympia Snowe and her merry band of turncoats). So maybe this weekend.

The curtain is lowering

The Debate - Taking on the Week's Big Issue Read the comments. People just don't seem to like us much.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Morgue for Katrina shuts down - IHT

Are you fucking kidding me?

A deal to fix FISA? FIX IT? The law the administration is accused of REPEATEDLY BREAKING? WHAT NEEDED FIXING? Other than your spine. What is so MOTHERFUCKING HARD about OBEYING THE LAW? The world does not need to be adjusted to fit the Bush administration's whims. Craven, sniveling cowardice. You sorry spineless, treacherous sons-of-bitches. REPUBLICANS OFF EARTH NOW!

Anyone hear Rush today?

It was rich. He accused the democrats of playing race politics by running Sherrod Brown, " who is black." So it's racist. Except Sherrod -- which Rush pronounced "Shur-OD" -- is white. And it's "SHARE-od." Fat drug addled pathological liar.

Your President Speaks!

First Draft - Your President Speaks!: "One way to help control costs is to help people who are poor and indigent get costs in places that are much more efficient at delivery of health than emergency rooms."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wow

The Poor Man Institute » Response to Tigerhawk:
"The loyalty “owed” a President, or any government official, or any policy of the same, by a private citizen, is this much loyalty: zero. Let me say that again: the loyalty I, or you, or anyone “owes” to someone in the government, or to some course of action they favor, is none whatsoever. To think otherwise, Teddy Roosevelt might comment, is “unpatriotic and servile”. Now, this is not to say you can’t give your loyalty to the President or his policies - it’s a free country, and you can do any non-treasonous thing you want with your loyalty - but that’s your decision, and nobody has to live with it but you (and all the people who suffer from the consequences of your stupid choice of loyalties, of course.) Personally, I think the President is a horrible fucking stupid cunt and his policies are for shit. Your results may vary. But if someone tells me that I “owe” it to the President or his crap policy to act like I don’t think that, well, that person can get in the big long line with WPE and the rest of folks who really desperately need to go fuck themselves."
It's steamin'. I've been wanting to blog about the levee board and the legislative session, but I think I have to save it for the comic.

Spiking the NSA Investigation

Here's what defines a cynic: I expected this to happen, but I really really wished that someone would show some balls, just for once: It looks like the Senate probe of the NSA domestic wiretapping scandal is falling apart, due in no small part to Karl Rove spearheading a WH pressure campaign to stop it. Don't let them do this. Don't let them get away with breaking the law. I'm writing my Senators; you should too. What does it fucking take to get leadership in this country? Where's the courage?

Quail question

Were the birds on the Armstrong ranch -- where Big Dick snapped and shot Harry Whittington in the face -- wild or pen-raised? Anyone know, and have a citation?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bah

I hate to see him go; I had hopes. But you know what? If you don't have the balls for it, then good riddance. Broke my heart is all you did.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Don't tell my wife ...

but I love Reddhedd. The definitive deconstruction of Big Dick's "hunting" "accident".

What's happened to conservatives?

A short course in the degradation of the conservative mindset can be seen here. Note that all the wingers who agree with the author are brave and brilliant while liberals who disagree are hysterical and scurrilous and idiotic, etc. Note also the call to Muslims to solve their problems by accepting Jesus Christ (and note the painting which illustrates the post). Note how liberal blogs are tarred and dismissed as immature and shrill without explanation or rationale. Note the insults applied to liberals while complaining about how full of hate and rage they are. All very typical of today's swinging internet conservative. But be careful if you comment -- the blog owner deletes comments she doesn't like and bans dissenters. Which is, finally, how she and her ilk would like this country to end up: muzzled and under the thumb of a charismatic leader, all serving Christ and enjoying our tax breaks while we watch the poor folk cleanse the earth of the Mohammedan. This is why I have no time to listen to the right any more: even the more intelligent winger apologists can't hold an thought for more than a few sentences without jettisoning facts, slandering opponents, and wallowing in onanistic self-mythologization. You know, it's's taken the right wing neocon generation twenty five years to chip away at the foundations of this country, and the Bush administration only five years to nearly destroy the fabric. You people are done; you're over. The astounding corruption, the unbelievable ignorance, the rejection of science, the pathological lying, the willful dismissal of human rights and liberty: you disgust me, and not just because I'm "liberal." The conservative movement has become a squad of belligerent brown-shirted yes-men following the rank and acrid scent of gang of clownish, craven criminals, either too afraid or too ignorant or too blinded by pseudo-evangelical fervor to accept objective reality, and you have shit on my country long enough. The left has its share of idiots and racists and losers, too; I'm under no illusions about the character of people in general. I have no love for Michelle Malkin; in fact, I think she's a racist crypto-fascist apologist, but you braniacs who pepper other blogs calling her a "Filipina cunt" and a gook aren't doing the grownups any favors and should really just shut up. And you liberal bloggers have to face up and deal with the fact that there are shitheels among us who need to be dealt with; even bloggers who I enjoy, like TBogg, are notoriously silent about the racist and sexist insults -- and I mean bad insults, not just "someone-might-find-that-offensive" insults -- that appear in their comments, and, sometimes, in their posts. I certainly don't think that Glenn Greenwald or Markos or any of the name bloggers are always correct or need to be defended* -- I'd love to see someone lock horns with Greenwald or Jane Hamsher or Juan Cole. Now, if we could only get people off the creationism ... what a world we might might live in ... * Of course, Greenwald posts on this very issue and is, as always, far more articulate and measured than I am, at least when I'm writing at 5:30 a.m. so at least I have and excuse. (cough)

How I could just kill a man

Firedoglake has a good roundup of Dick "Shotgun Blast to the Face" Cheney stories. Too bad Dick got those five deferments; if nothing else, a stint in the service would have taught him how to handle a gun.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Yes.

Mardi Gras parades begin tonight.

If any of the national magazines/newspapers apparently still pondering my query letters want me to cover this first post-apocalypse Mardi Gras, y'all better move fast.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

This seems important

Blanco's 'housing trust' conflicts with Nagin's plan. Huh. So the state wants to control any Federal money disbursed for recovery in New Orelans, and New Orleans wants to hold the ATM card. Look, see:
“There’s a strong sentiment for legislative involvement,” said Sen. Tom Schedler, R-Mandeville, who sponsored a measure to require approval from both houses of the Legislature for every spending decision.
I like that: "A stong sentiment for legislative involvement", or as we who live south of I-10 say, "an envie for the cash." They can smell it. Personally, I'd rather see Ruthie the Duck Lady in charge. Other interesting things in this story, though: it seems that Blanco has given up on the Baker bill, which my gut tells me is the wrong thing to do. (Why else would one want to hijack the oil leases? You give us the Baker bill, we give you the oil, simple! But no. We've going to retain the lease out of petulance or something.) Blanco's plan brings the Baker bill responsibilites back on Louisiana, and tries to fulfill the same obligations with a fraction of the money. Louisiana has *never* been able to handle federal funds; most years, we don't get the matching funds we deserve because we can't get the fucking paperwork in on time. I think passing the money through the fewest possible hands is in order; you never know when Bob Odom is going to want to build a 600-ft statue of Cochise out of cane syrup and starts to rifle through the drawers. And then there's this:
Donald Powell, Bush’s Gulf Coast rebuilding czar, would not comment Wednesday when asked at a Baton Rouge speech whether the administration would allocate any money for housing in the president’s $18 billion supplemental request to Congress for spending in the hurricane region. Powell said that his office will spell out what that money will be for in “15 to 30 days.”
Pfft. Go home, Comrade. Speaking of Powell:
His staff estimates that 15,000 to 20,000 uninsured homeowners outside the flood plain have severe flood damage, and only 30,000 such homeowners inside the flood plain. Powell said he is negotiating with the Louisiana Recovery Authority on an agreed-upon estimate. “We’re close to a number that’s based on science,” he said.
Oh, NOW science is just FINE. YAY for SCIENCE when it gets you off the HOOK. Anyway, The Mouth of Sauron -- as Don was known in college -- has the same message: "That's all the change I have, buddy." ____________________________________________ More Rhodes Scholars. "Flood Control Officials" in Benton and Livingston oppose a single levee board, since they live in a different floodplain and probably wouldn't get a seat on a single levee board and thus would miss out on all of the swag oh geez was that out loud:
Sen. Heulette “Clo” Fontenot went further, turning from the room’s witness table and telling the crowd they were being used by the Blanco administration as political pawns. Fontenot said Blanco, who testified in support of the bill before the committee, knows it cannot get enough votes to pass the Senate. “You’re being taken for a ride,” said Fontenot, R-Livingston.
R, huh? Well how about that. ____________________________________________ Okay, fine. Let's sum it up: rioting over cartoons is stupid and proves only that religious fundamentalism breeds intolerance, violence, and by design keeps people ignorant and enthralled. Cartoons portray Mohammed, and by extension all Muslims, as violent terrorists, so the response is to torch everything and stage world-wide riots. I saw one protester with a sign that said, "EUROPE: your 9/11 is coming!" Well, it was totally unfair to give the impression that you guys were violent! I'm not here to follow anyone's religious rules, be they Muslims or Baptists or Evangelicals. You want to live by scripture, fine. This is all so obvious and simplistic, isn't it? Iran and Syria fan the fires by attaching truly degrading drawings to packages of the cartoons. It serves their purposes to encourage the west to view Muslims as terrorists, so they can complain about it and leverage the indignation. So here's the deal: peaceful Muslims of the world? This is your problem. These people *are* Muslims. Don't trot out that "Well, terrorists aren't true Muslims because etc" line. Pat Robertson is an Evangelical problem, child-raping priests are a Catholic problem, and intolerant rioting fundamentalists who would kill over a cartoon is a Muslim problem. Deal with it, and we'll try to get our own Wingnuts out of office.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

More on the Duhé vs. Courtney mash-up

Get the sordid details behind the mp3 hit of the year!
“Believe it or not, I’m tired of the whole affair,” Duhé adds. “I would have let it go a year and a half ago if she hadn’t waged an aggressive war of slander against me. That’s what drove me to report her to the Ethics Board and the Legislative Auditor. In the past two weeks, I have learned that she is trying to slander someone else who is entirely innocent and undeserving of her abuse. That’s what got me mad enough to talk to AIM and has brought it all up again. The [Louisiana Educational Television Authority] Board is looking into it, and so is CPB.”
Is it just me, or does he sound a little like Ignatius J. Reilly? I still have my copy, if anyone wants one.. Right now I'm adding a slammin' techno soundtrack.

Best Bill Decker waffle yet

The Daily Advertiser - www.theadvertiser.com - Lafayette, LA:
On Monday, I put three NetFlix DVDs in my mailbox in the area near Time Plaza.. On Tuesday, they showed up on my NetFlix account Web page as having been returned. On Wednesday, I found the next DVD in my NetFlix rental queue, the Marx Brothers’ “The Coconuts,” in my mailbox. DVD rentals by mail. Forty-eight hours. It was almost like going back in time. Or maybe it was like moving into the future, when the Web will offer Acadiana people quick access to huge movie catalogs, one way or the other.
It's just breathtaking. I wonder what it's like to live in a continual state of Heisenbergian uncertainty, where nothing can ever be up without being down, or red without being green. Still, even big fat middle-aged Halo-playing wafflers caught between eigenstates need to relax, kick back and cruise some MySpace pages. Creeeeeeeeeeeeepy. "Honest, Honey I was just checking out this band I mean doing some research for a column!"

This is what you get for reading books.

Let me tell you about the time someone tossed a copy of "Roberts Rules of Order" into a Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting. It was worse than the day the first flush toilet came to Chauvin, I tell you for true.

Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry

Oh, and Dick Cheney says that having a public debate regarding changes to the law will alert Al Qaeda to our movements::
"Members of Congress 'have the right and the responsibility to suggest whatever they want to suggest' about changing wiretap law, Mr. Cheney said. But 'we have all the legal authority we need' already, he said, and a public debate over changes in the law could alert Al Qaeda to tactics used by American intelligence officials. 'It's important for us, if we're going to proceed legislatively, to keep in mind there's a price to be paid for that, and it might well in fact do irreparable damage to our capacity to collect information,' Mr. Cheney said."
So shhhh. No talking. We have to play this game in secret. Don't tell mommy about this game or she'll be mad at you. Ssshhhh. ______________________________ Speaking out against illegal wiretaps may be a brave step for republican Heather Wilson to take, but there may be more to it than that. The first wave of republicans seeking to distance themselves from this administration has begun. Speaking of distance, it looks like wunderkind Geroge Deutsch is out at NASA. You remember George. 24-year-old kid who tried to limit public access to a scientist studying global warming, tried to add the word "theory" to every mention of the big bang:
In October 2005, Mr. Deutsch sent an e-mail message to Flint Wild, a NASA contractor working on a set of Web presentations about Einstein for middle-school students. The message said the word "theory" needed to be added after every mention of the Big Bang. The Big Bang is "not proven fact; it is opinion," Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, "It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator." It continued: "This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most."
Among other things. Tsk, tsk. More lies. More misplaced religious fervor. More cronyism. Watch Katie O'Beirne deliver the republican response to Coretta Scott King's funeral. Which is, essentially, that negroes don't know how to behave in public. I don't know enough about the different levee board proposals to comment here, other than to note this:
The opposition to the Boasso bills breaks down generally into three categories: those who don’t want their parishes included in a regional authority, particularly if tied to Orleans Parish; those who say they favor consolidation but want separate east and west bank authorities; and those who want to give more levee project control to the state transportation department rather than to a new regional board.
Do not, I mean DO NOT give control of ANYTHING to the DOTD. How someone managed to zero in on the one state organization more useless than the old levee board is a thing of awesome and terrible symmetry, but please. The DOTD claimed to have no responsibility for anything during hurricane response (during the Pam exercise), and their post-K actions have borne out my impression of them as rudderless, ignorant of their own charter, and about as useful as tits on a bishop. And now someone wants to give them the levees? Why don't you just put the NOLA school board in charge? The Village Voice on the stonewalling of White House Katrina papers. Math is hard, especially copying numbers.Math is hard, especially doing payroll. Mardi Gras finds at least one sponsor: Glad Trash Bags. By the way, Beccers (editors), it's not "the search" for a presenting sponsor that "remains elusive", it's the sponsor that remains elusive. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Get this crap in the mail

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On cartoons and the Muslim world

This pretty much says what I would say, although I'd cut out some of the weasel words and would not have concluded that the best we can do is let the controvery rage. That's too Bill Deckerish, and obscures the very real need for certain people to shut up and sit down.

Pat Robertson to Europe: Start fucking more or the jigs will take over

Media Matters - Robertson: Europe committing "racial suicide." And it's all Jean-Paul Sartre's fault! Of course, the mud races can't read and are thus immune to to the sinister charms of the wily Sartre, so they continue their beastly copulations and pound out more orc babies to bedevil the white race. Come on, you limeys! Come on, you froggy bastards! Stick it in the front for a while and let's see if we can't get this 1000 year reich back on track!

Bush to Elmo: Drop Dead

The always articulate ReddHedd lays it out for us. In that travesty, that trainwreck of a budget, the truth becomes clear: if there's nothing in it for the cronies, then fuck it. Fuck louisiana, fuck public tv, fuck veterans, fuck science, fuck medicare, fuck all you poor, old, young, black, sick, needy people. Quid pro quo, motherfuckers.

Lies

More lies. GWB and the FBI both said, in 2002, that wiretaps would not have prevented 9/11. Of course, now they're vital, to something or other, and especially if they're warrantless.

Hey let's all make fun of stupid people!

We can start with Mark Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina:
The idea of there being a, you know, a little mud hole and two mosquitoes get together and the next thing you know you have a human being is completely at odds with, you know, one of the laws of thermodynamics.
I had to edit my response, because I just ... this is the stupidest goddamn thing I've read in I don't know how long. I don't know if I should laugh or cry. What a fuck-nosed wetbrained chicken-fried retard. Wow. And I thought Scott Adams was dumb.

Math is hard - let's go shopping!

Doug Gruse takes the pulse of Lafayette's women and addresses a most pressing problem: how to buy jeans that don't make your ass look fat. Harder than the SATs! And you gals know what a screaming blue bitch those SATs were, which is why you all majored in art history and married MBAs! Missing from this otherwise encyclopedic disquisition is advice on the proper tuck and roll needed to create a saucy spring mangina. That bulge can really ruin the line of a good pair of $100 Joujous, you know.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Hmmmm

The more I read about this new Blair-Bush memo, the more I think it's bullshit. I mean, I know the man is stupid, but he's not that stupid. There are just too many things wrong with the whole idea (spy plane would have to fly extremely low, which would be suspicious; the UN doesn't have spy planes anyway; if a "UN Spyplane" were to be shot down, the real UN would publicly note that it had no spy planes; Iraq had refused to shoot at similar planes in preceding months, and had complained through official channels about the overflights, which would lead me to believe that they already suspected funny business). I may be wrong, but I think this is either bogus or just loose talk.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Hybrid Moment

Blood pressure in the red and rising

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath has the surprising news of the day. Apparently Mr. Chertoff is pig-bitin' mad over the GAO report on the DHS Hurricane Katrina response, which apparently paints him as an OUT-OF-TOUCH, INCOMPETENT, UNCARING BLITHERING WATERHEADED MORON WITHOUT THE SENSE TO READ THE INTEL HE'S BEEN GIVEN OR EVEN TURN ON THE FUCKING WEATHER CHANNEL oh god where's my digitalis

Bush told Blair we're going to war, memo reveals

Kung Fu Monkey: I Miss Republicans.

Kung Fu Monkey: I Miss Republicans.
They were the grown-ups. They were the realists. Sure they were a bummer, but on the way to La Revolution you need somebody to remember where you parked the car.
Good stuff all around the Kung-Fu Monkey.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

GWB in Minnesota

Idiot:: "People need to be incented to make right choices with their bodies, in what they eat and how they exercise." Read the whole thing, if you can. This is the leader of the free world:
Congress over here, and people say, vote for me, I'm going to make sure the benefits grow faster than the rate of inflation. Listen, Social Security was meant to supplement income, retirement income, initially. And so what I'm telling you is there's a solution to be had. Unfortunately, the atmosphere in Washington appears that there will be solution because there's too much politics.

Dammit, Oyster

I was on my way to note this, but Oyster beat me to it:Mikes Foster, Dave Treen & Buddy Roemer approch the throne, kowtowing all the way:
Three former Republican Louisiana governors sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday making "a friendly appeal" to Bush to take a "second look" at the Baker [housing] bill and "see if something can be worked out."

"Enough is enough."

You should read this too:
Here's a thought for Arlen Specter and Republicans on the Committee: step up to the plate, find out whether you do or don't have the cojones to do your job, and subpoena the documents. If the WH refuses to comply with the subpoena, hold them in contempt of Congress and throw someone's butt in jail until you get what you have requested. I mean, really, enough is enough.

William Rivers Pitt

You should read this.
If there is hope to be found in all this, it is in the words of Thomas Jefferson, written 208 years ago after the passage of the Sedition Act. "A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."

See Lieberman jump for joy

CONNECTICUTBlog has a nice clip of Joe Lieberman leading the standing O at the SOTU address, leaping from his seat like the bestest little fan EVER, before a single republican can stand. Way to go, buddy. Speaking of Lieberman, he's in this story too, lobbing softballs to Ray Nagin while the republicans on the committee try to blame him for water being wet. Why not outright opposition? Why "This week's letter pushes those concerns just one step short of outright opposition"? Why is everything one step short. If you're going to oppose something, then OPPOSE IT. Take a stand. I'm all for pissing on the lease sale, but not for almost getting ready to seriously consider pissing on the lease sale. Sad. Get used to it; there's going to be a lot more stories like this. YEE-HAW! More good Christian people banding together to keep the niggers out of town! Way to go, you pricks!
“If Katrina had been a direct hit on Ascension Parish, what would we expect neighboring parishes to do?” Hughes asked. The parish president also made religious references, asking the crowd to think about what Jesus would do. The response to Hughes’ question about Katrina making a direct hit on Ascension Parish drew an immediate chorus of catcalls and grumbles of dissatisfaction from audience members. Later, trailer park neighbor Robert Chandler, 41, had an answer for Hughes about what Jesus, the man Christians believe is their savior, would do. “And what would Jesus do? Jesus tells me to help myself, and, Ronnie, if Ascension Parish got flooded, you know what I’d do? I’d go to work somewhere else, and I’d buy a trailer,” Chandler said as the audience applauded so loudly in the packed Geismar Community Center that the clapping obscured more of Chandler’s comments.
What Jesus would do is kick you right in your fucking butt-ignorant redneck ass is what he would do.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Charges against Sheehan dropped - Politics - MSNBC.com

Murtha's Letter To The President and some other stuff

First, read Congressman Murtha's letter to W. ____________________________________________ I'm working on next week's Suspect Device cartoon, but I had to get this one out of my system before I could do any real work. ____________________________________________ CQ.com raises an intersting point about domestic surveillance:
The distinction between “receiving” and “collecting” seems “to offer considerable leeway for domestic surveillance activities under the existing legal framework,” wrote editor Steven Aftergood in Tuesday’s edition of Secrecy News. “This in turn makes it harder to understand why the NSA domestic surveillance program departed from previous practice.”
____________________________________________ Someone buy me one of these and I'll write you a filthy limerick. Or send you an autographed cartoon. Up to you. ____________________________________________ Click to watch Ray Nagin describe the debilitating conditions under which Cowboy Brownie and Count Chertoff worked. Via scout prime.

Joint Chiefs dislike cartoon

Damn! Black Flag Live.

Dissent? not on my watch, Bitch

ReddHead sums it up nicely. A battle of symbolic gestures, to be sure, but a telling one nevertheless.

The Clash, Live in 1977

Worst Person in the World Nominee Number 2

Nagin to testify on Katrina response today: "State Transportation and Development Secretary Johnny Bradberry told the Senate committee that he had been assigned the task in April, a little more than four months before Katrina struck, of developing plans to evacuate people with no cars from New Orleans. He conceded that his agency had done nothing to complete the task."

Attention DNCC

Need somebody to write concession speeches? Give me a call! Overtime okay.

People Get Ready: Just three percent of Bush's attention is focused on Gulf Coast recovery

City opened shelter to Katrina evacuees without food and water

That's right. They did. And it took FEMA three days to notice the calls for help. No surprise to me. At the Hurricane Pam exercise, the DOTD were the most unhelpful, useless, befuddled organization. The whines here are the same as they were then. Did anyone expect anything different? Ignored, marginalized, forgotten. No plan, no committment. I like the Bush water carriers at the end of that story: Mary Landrieu hinting that she hasn't forgotten the bounty she expects from her cloture vote (keep waiting, honey), and Harry Ray, 73, who thinks that if W had spent more time talking about the gulf coast, he would have had to talk about the fires in California and the tornados in Oklahoma. Yeah, the tornados that killed two thousand people, destroyed a major city, left hundreds of thousands homeless and threatens 25% of the country's oil supply. Big Motherfucking tornados with ten-inch cocks. I don't even want to think about Tim Kaine's response to the SOTU speech. This is exactly what is wrong with Democrats. Weak, dispassionate, unwilling to confront and call a liar a liar and a failure a failure. Sometimes I don't know who makes me sicker, the dogpack running the country or the whipped ones cowering under the bed. Nothing new from the president? Nothing new from you, either. Strong response here. Of course, Paul Reickhoff isn't an elected official. And tsk tsk don't you second guess the president, traitor! Eric Benjamin sucks more corporate cock over at the Times. He's such a useless, hamhanded shill that I can barely read him, but I have to ask the nice reasonable folks at Cox: If you are so committed to bringing state-of-the-art internet access to Lafayette, why didn't you do it before LUS got involved? Ghaaaa. Another winning cover story from TOA. I'll deal with this later.