Friday, March 31, 2006

Jeff Goldstein: another piece of work

Apparently Ms Carroll was treated like a princess by her noble and gentlemenly kidnappers, who snatched her up three months ago simply to protest the occupation of their country by the forces who liberated 25 million Iraqis from under the boot heel of Saddam Hussein. Such a selfless and, yes, painful, act by such a benign and caring and patriotic insurgency! I mean, screw the millions of Iraqis who voted for democratic reform—impossible without the ouster of Saddam—these mujahadeen care about their honor, and the honor of their country! Which begs the question: why did she come back? Seems like she had it made where she was. You useless piece of shit. You hideous, unfeeling, souless twat. Get out of my country, get off of my planet, vaporize yourself in a .44 caliber cloud of red mist. Jeff and his little band of vermin reference the interview tape that Carroll's captors made with her before her release. BEFORE HER RELEASE. I don't suppose that might have colored anything she said. I suppose all you brave patriots would have given nothing but name, rank, and serial number. Say -- you know hwere we could use brave patriots like you? AT THE FRONT LINES, you chickenshit cowards.

What Would Jesus Do?

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Imus Executive Producer: Carroll is “The Kind of Woman Who Would Wear One of Those Suicide Vests, Sneak Into the Green Zone”

I hate you right-wing moron pigfuckers so bad. You don't deserve this country. You're swine.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Don't piss Jane off, Part 2

Don't piss Jane off, part 1

Norman Rockwell meets H.R. Giger

Good point

Motorhead: 1916

From the album of the same name:
16 years old when I went to war, To fight for a land fit for heroes, God on my side, and a gun in my hand, Chasing my days down to zero, And I marched and I fought and I bled and I died, And I never did get any older, But I knew at the time that a year in the line, Is a long enough life for a soldier, We all volunteered, and we wrote down our names, And we added two years to our ages, Eager for life and ahead of the game, Ready for history's pages, And we brawled and we fought and we whored 'til we stood, Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder, A thirst for the Hun, we were food for the gun, And that's what you are when you're soldiers, I heard my friend cry, and he sank to his knees, Coughing blood as he screamed for his mother, And I fell by his side, and that's how we died, Clinging like kids to each other, And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood, And I wept as his body grew colder, And I called for my mother and she never came, Though it wasn't my fault and I wasn't to blame, The day not half over and ten thousand slain, And now there's nobody remembers our names, And that's how it is for a soldier.

Bound, Blindfolded and Dead: The Face of Revenge in Baghdad

Why doesn't the media report the good news coming out of Iraq? Because there fucking isn't any. Via 2millionth.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Another helpful public servant

TheInd.com - News | Business | Culture - Weekly - Lafayette LA: "A piece of legislation passed during last month’s special session with no opposing votes throughout the entire process could end up costing coastal parishes millions of dollars, according to local tax officials. Act 34 by Rep. John Alario, a Westwego Democrat, expands an existing law exempting certain ships, vessels and barges from state and local sales and use taxes. Specifically, it added barges and drilling ships operating in foreign or interstate commerce to that tax-free column. Alario pushed the legislation as a simple “clarification” and was out of town when contacted for comment. Late last month, tax officials in St. Charles Parish reported that they expect to lose about $500,000 annually from the change, and that the coastal parish region could incur a $20 million collective hit as well. Other coastal parishes contacted don’t know what to expect yet, but Lafourche Parish, for example, is anticipating a $300,000 to $500,000 annual loss due to taxes that can no longer be levied on supplies, services and repairs of barges in association with drilling vessels."

Homes destroyed, forced to leave city, jobs vaporized, govt. screw job = "deadbeat"

Chron.com | Poll: Houstonians evacuee-weary: "'These results reflect what I'm hearing from my constituents,' said U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. 'I think the percentage of people unhappy with the deadbeats from New Orleans would be larger but for the big hearts of Houstonians who want these folks to get back on their feet, as I do.'"

Prize Winning Headlines

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Typical

Liar and thief Ben Domenech is a "man of principle", while those that unearthed his lies are "Loathesome, vile, and disgusting ignoramuses."
Right wing conservative values at their finest. Here, Ben blames everyone but himself (this was before his recent mea culpa at RedState, right below the entry above; even that is not a full admission, and he chose to make it on friendly ground). Despite his protestations of innocence, the birds are coming home to roost:
He explained the passage that appeared to be copied from Mr. O'Rourke's book by saying that Mr. O'Rourke gave him permission. Contacted at his home in New Hampshire, Mr. O'Rourke said that he had never heard of Mr. Domenech and did not recall meeting him. "I wouldn't want to swear in a court of law that I never met the guy, Mr. O'Rourke said of Mr. Domenech, "but I didn't give him permission to use my words under his byline, no."
And, in keeping with our "typical" theme, Glenn Reynolds says it was all a plot of the left wing to "get" Wee Ben:
Glenn Reynolds, who writes the blog Instapundit, said the bloggers were "motivated by a desire to get" Mr. Domenech. "They didn't like him because he was a conservative and he was given real estate at The Washington Post," he said. "Their goal was to find something they could use to get rid of him, and they succeeded."
Tiresome little squabs. Make your reputation on dishonesty and theft and lies, and then villify the people who rat out your sins. VOTE VALUES, AMERICA! Speaking of which: Let's take a moment to wish damnation and everlasting hellfire on a couple of people. First, Mr. Cheney (I realize damning Cheney is like selling ice to eskimos, but it's hard to break these knee-jerk liberal habits): Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday rejected charges by Democrats that the Bush administration was mishandling Iraq and said: "If they are competent to fight this war, then I ought to be singing on American Idol." No, you ought to be nose deep in boiling shit with fishhooks yanking at your leathery marbles. Over 2000 American servicemen and women dead, tens of thousands of Iraquis dead, national bankruptcy, international shame, torture prisons, outed CIA operatives, corruption, civil war, domestic spying ... thanks for the leadership. Yeah, the Democrats can only do worse: they'll all be getting BLOWJOBS! Moving right along, let's wish a trip to the flaming pitch pit with extra helping of caustic demon seed up the play-dough fun factory for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Bellflower, CA, who have been dumping gomers on skid row. "Gomer", for you civillians, used to be (& might still be) doctor speak for "Get Out Of My Emergency Room." More condescension from Sifu Tweety at thepoorman.
On Monday, (Nagin) offered to let residents rebuild anywhere but warned that homeowners in flood-prone areas would do so at their own risk. “I’m confident that the citizens can decide intelligently for themselves,” Nagin said. Well, no, they probably can’t. Especially since they’ve been given no good options besides building on the land they own.
No, we can't make those decisions. Best to let you white men without the accents decide for us. Well, we's best get back to singin! OH DE DOO DAH DAY ...

Above the law

Friday, March 24, 2006

After the Levees | TPMCafe

First Draft - The 'Ow, My Ass Hurts' Defense

Oh God no please

Lord of the Rings stage show opens in Toronto If you like this idea, please tape a dry cleaning bag over your head..

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Look, I don't like the kid either

...but anyone with a brain the size of a monkey's nut can see that the column which Steve Gilliard and Jane Hamsher are so hot about is meant to be SATIRE (or at least sarcastic), and thus two normally sharp and incisive liberal commentators have let themselves fall into Malkinland. Y'all should just hush before you make yourselves look worse. There's plenty of ammo against the WaPo's new "conservative blogger" -- but that column is not one of them. Period. And while I'm at it, I find the left's outrage over the Post's hiring of this wee clown unreasonable and wrongly aimed: you can attack the kid over what he's written (dissing Coretta Scott King, after her funeral, as being a "communist"), and you can rag on the Post for claiming that hiring this kid brings "balance", but there's a common thread among the bloggers and commentaers that I find amusing: that the Post is degrading itself by running a convervative blogger. No, it isn't; it may be degrading itself by running an idiotic conservative blogger, like the L.A. Times and the Doughy Pantload, but this tortured howling about how low the paper has sunk, coming from people who never had any use for the Post in the first place, is ridiculous. It's not doing the re-emerging left any good in the eyes of America, and it's not doing the liberal blogosphere any good, either. Simmer the fuck down.

Monday, March 20, 2006

I see a pattern emerging

First Draft - 'Journalism Values'

Athenae on "Journalism Values":
... the other thing my Very Good Bosses did was to flat-out refuse to create some kind of nobility and mythos around the job itself. One used to scream at me, paraphrasing Bull Durham, "This is a very simple job. You go out, and ask questions, and Write. Down. Answers." The rest of it? Smoke-filled coffeehouse crap designed to make us feel special, imbued with some mysterious power. A monkey could do this job. A monkey would be smart enough not to want to, but he could. So "journalism values?" Give me a fucking break. Journalism values are the values of an upright and honest human being. Tell the truth. Don't take money or food or presents or sex from people in exchange for influence. Show people the world as it is. Ask the hard questions of those in power and use your access on behalf of those that don't have any. Where will people get those values if they don't get them from journalism school or an editor? They'll get them the same place I did. At my father's side on long car rides. In the church pew, with my mother. In the stories my grandmother tells. From friends on dark nights cruising back and forth at the beach, talking about what we wanted to do with our lives. On every page of every book I've ever loved. In listening to every teacher who ever taught me.

How about warrantless physical searches?

You like those? Those okay? Really, thanks again, thanks so very much for voting values and installing our very first crypto-fascist baby dictator.

So True.

South Park - Scientology Episode

Maybe

Oh to be a contractor now that spring is here

Sunday, March 19, 2006

'New Orleans: My Home, My Life, My Love' - Part 1

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Isn't this the plot of "Porky's 2"?

Who watches the Watchmen? The same shitheels who watch you.

A Pentagon intelligence agency that kept files on American anti-war activists hired one of the contractors who bribed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., to help it collect data on houses of worship, schools, power plants and other locations in the United States.

So, just to put this in words of one syllable: the government hired a crook to collect secret, sensitive information, some of it regarding private citizens. Par for the course. I can hardly even work up steam over it any more.

Friday, March 17, 2006

sweet

Bah! (They took the video down)

"The cow's not mad. She's got a brain issue."

Mad Cow Disease Only Sounds Scary. Yeah, it's just a trifle:
Does BSE or a similar disease occur in humans? BSE belongs to a group of progressive degenerative neurological diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE diseases are always fatal. The TSE diseases include scrapie, which affects sheep and goats; transmissible mink encephalopathy; feline (cat) spongiform encephalopathy; and chronic wasting disease of deer and elk. There are six TSE diseases that affect people: kuru, classical Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, fatal familial insomnia, and sporadic fatal insomnia. The human diseases are very rare; for example, classical CJD has been well studied and occurs sporadically worldwide at a rate of about one case per one million people each year. What is the new variant form of CJD that the experts in the United Kingdom believe might be related to the BSE outbreak in cattle? In contrast to the classic form of CJD, the new variant or variant form (vCJD) in the United Kingdom and France affects younger persons (average age at onset: 26 years), and has different clinical features from CJD. People with vCJD begin with serious psychiatric problems or problems with their senses (ears, eyes or smell). This first set of symptoms is followed weeks or months later by poor muscle coordination, muscle spasms, and mental confusion. The illness lasts for at least 6 months, and on average people with vCJD die approximately 13 months after their symptoms begin. When patients' brains are examined by autopsy, there are clear changes in brain tissue structure, including many "spongiform," or open spongy-looking areas, abnormal clumps of prion protein called plaques, and other areas with less prominent accumulations of abnormal prion protein.

ABOUT GODDAMN TIME

Fucking blogger. I forgot what I was going to say. All I remember is that it had cussing in it.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Congratulations, you lousy right-wing fucks

:O

49% jump in State Farm Farm Bureau premiums.

I realize that insurance companies took a massive hurricane hit this year, but that's what insurance companies are for, and if they were unprepared for such a payout, then why the fuck are they in the insurance business? Do NOT get me started on homeowner's insurance. Longtime readers will remember my frothing rant when our homeowner's insurance inspector came out to verify a claim we had made about some minor roof damage after a tropical storm; not only was the claim not allowed, but he threatened to cancel our insurance because this was the THIRD claim we had made in two years (all the claims were well under $500 total). A rate hike was inevitable, but 49% is usurious. Considering that wind damage would now be largely excluded, that means that the only damage you could claim from a Louisiana hurricane would be ... what? Flying debris? They want us to go to a second insurer to get wind coverage AFTER they've raised rates for LESS coverage oh god I'm turning green and my pants are ripping ... And you know, I have to wonder aboutDonald Powell: is he really that dull and dumb? I mean, I know he was cobbled together out of wattle and pitch in the white house basement and outfitted with a chatty cathy talking chip and sent down here to act as a sort of semi-human stalking horse to draw fire while the DHS and Executive Branch clowns packed up their dopp kits and hopped a freight car up to Kansas City, but come on. Is this really the best he can do:
“Sean has been a guy who has reached out to me,” said Powell, who also noted he has worked closely with several other members of the recovery authority and New Orleans city leaders. “He seems to have a sense of urgency about this.”
Well, now that you mention it, I guess I do detect a little note of urgency from those people who have to rebuild before their neighborhoods are declared non -viable for lack of rebuilding efforts (sweet plan) and are thus bulldozed to make room for little shops and boutiques and whatnot.
NPR interview with the LA State medical Examiner.
As usual, some of the best political writing on the net comes from Glenn Greenwald.
"STICK IT UP YOUR ASS, STARBUCKS!"

Hoo Boy

LaLa Lalonde on how those shiftless ni-- I mean those evacuees are screwing over FEMA, which isn't that smart to begin with. And apparently FEMA is either wasting money on trailers or wasting money on hotel rooms, not sure, but it's wasting money on these thieving -- on these wastrels. Whatever it is, LaLa don't like it none and offers some homespun country wisdom to sum things up jest rat.

yes in fucking deed

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Avarosis on the Washington Post

Cowardly Democrats and why it matters

Greenwald: Everything you ever wanted to know about how our government and media work. Please also note the list here of those senators - 19 D, 4 R and 1 Don't know/Can't say -- who voted to censure Bill Clinton over a blowjob and are still in the senate, refusing to vote for a censure of George Bush over his illegal wiretapping of American citizens. I see Mary Landrieu is on that list. Why am I not surprised?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

South Dakota Abortion Application

The culture of life

BobGeiger.com: The Love Ends When You're Born in South Dakota:
After South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed legislation last week banning nearly all abortions in his state, he made a big culture-of-life statement about how he and the rest of the Religious Right were protecting the weakest among them. "In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society," said Rounds. That’s an amazing statement coming from the governor of the state that houses the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which has long been one of the bleakest places in North America from a socio-economic point of view. According to U.S. Census Bureau poverty status numbers, Shannon County, which encompasses most of Pine Ridge, has a startling 60 percent of families with kids between the ages of 5 and 17 living below the federal poverty line. In households defined as “female householder, no husband present,” the number of children under five living in poverty is a sickening 68 percent ... life expectancy on the reservation is 47 for men and 56 for women – numbers that would make us shake our heads at the misfortune of some isolated, third-world nation. That area of South Dakota also has an infant mortality rate that is twice the national average, with some child-welfare sources saying it's up to five times what's seen in the rest of the country.

Just the Bestest Article Ever

Why do blacks continue to support Democrats? By Adele Fergusen
Remember Ronald Reagan’s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, “With all that manure, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.” The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves. Besides freedom, a job and a roof over their heads, they all sought respect. But even after all these years, too many have yet to realize that to get respect, you have to give it. The treatment given President Bush at Coretta King’s funeral was shameful. And these weren’t poor, uneducated black people who “dissed” him. They were among the country’s top-drawer blacks...
Yeah, what is it with you moulies anyway? Hell, the Irish were sold to brutal slavers, ripped from their families, brought here in the bellies of slave ships and forced to live out generations as owned chattel to be used, beaten, raped, bought and sold with no rights or hope of escape, and you don't hear the Irish crying about it! Maybe you should have another million man march and just walk it off! Via The General.

On today's school lunch menu: Rock-hard dick

Monday, March 13, 2006

You have got to be kidding me

Telegraph | News | Sept 11 trial halted over Government conduct:
The trial of one of the September 11 conspirators has been suspended while the judge decides whether to rule out the death penalty, after it was revealed that the American government had been coaching witnesses. On calling recess in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a confessed al-Qa'eda member, District Court Judge Leonie said: "In all the years I have been on the bench I have never seen such an egregious violation of the court's rules on coaching witnesses."

How it should work

Ashley's on a roll

Stupidest Letter to the Editor Finalist #3

Wow. From "torture, shomrture" to 9/11 to opposition to the administration equalling sympathy for the enemy to this:
There is a real war going on, and unless our leaders have the wisdom, tenacity and courage to press forward and crush our opponents, the deadly conflict in Iraq will likely expand to the U.S., maybe even to Louisiana, and perhaps even to Lafayette.
So you faggots just shut up about George Bush, okay?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

These Ham Radio motherfuckers really know how to party!

If there was ever a face that needed a dick shoved into it, this is that face

Pierce Bush: Not in the Loop? Shut up shut up shut up shut up! Who the fuck is in charge over at the Today show? Was the waterskiing squirrel booked or something?

Beatdown

Saturday, March 11, 2006

CBC News: Slain U.S. hostage was tortured, shot: police

CBC News: Slain U.S. hostage was tortured, shot: police By the way: Rush Limbaugh, on November 29, 2005, about Fox's kidnapping:: "I mean, these people are liberals, they're warped. Well, I mean, that's why there's -- I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this...
"... here's why I like it. I like any time a bunch of leftist feel-good hand-wringers are shown reality."

People Suck, Pt. 2

Boston Catholic Charities give up adoption program rather than consider gay parents. Pretty righteous position for a bunch of babyfuckers. And, you know, to hell the kids who might need a loving home. If the diocese can't have their pick from the good looking ones first, then they aren't going to play.

Speaking of religious hypocrites, Dobson's been doing a little recreational fabrication again.

That story, by the way, is part an parcel of this one, in which (wait for it) a Bush cabinet official resigns (gasp) over possible ties with corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff (no!).

Speaking of hypocritical religious cabinet members who resign in disgrace, let's take a moment to remember shoplifter Claude Allen, who was, for a brief period, in charge of the White House Katrina task force. The best and the brightest.

The White House asked Dubai to pull out of ports, claimed it wasn't ready yet, not that kind of country. Dubai counters by asking to just put the tip in and, if U.S. doesn't like it, to pull out right away. Can a friendship ring be far off in our future?

Are you too happy this morning?

Need some rage to start the day offright? Look no further than a couple of articles linked from 2Millionth :
People were turned back at the Gretna bridge by armed authorities, men who fired warning shots over the growing crowd. Men in control. Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw, paramedics in New Orleans for a conference, wrote in an email report (now posted at CounterPunch) that they saw hundreds of stranded tourists thus turned back. “All day long, we saw other families, individuals and groups make the same trip up the incline in an attempt to cross the bridge, only to be turned away. Some chased away with gunfire, others simply told no, others to be verbally berated and humiliated. Thousands of New Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the city on foot.”
I've said it before, and I'll say it again here: You people in Gretna, especially those of you who are so proud of your local government for "securing" the bridge? You're worthless. Take the gas pipe. And then there's this:
Excerpts from an essay by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson posted Sept. 21, 2005, on WorldNetDaily.com: • "Say a hurricane is about to destroy the city you live in. What would you do? If you're black . . . you'll probably wait for the government to save you." • "When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out." • "About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. (But) I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder." • "Had New Orleans' black community taken action, most would have been out of harm's way. But most were too lazy, immoral and trifling to do anything productive for themselves."
Happy yet?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Get the Thorazine darts

Kimbo leaves the slam after three days of hardtime, compares self to Ghandi and Mandela. Unless she can be bagged, tagged, and contained somehow, this woman is going to be running the April mayoral elections, in which she's a candidate. Ah, New Orleans. Punch drunk and reeling from the death blow, it still finds time to field a lunatic..

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Dubai packs up and goes home

Dagnabbit

New York Daily News - World & National Report - State Dept. trashes UAE rights record: "WASHINGTON - The State Department's human rights report ripping the United Arab Emirates landed with near-perfect bad timing for the White House yesterday in the middle of the ports sale debate."

Jesus, please don't let this be a bomb

Homeland Security to Add Religious Center. If you're going to invoke God to help you fight terrorists, I think you need a real ass-kicking god like Odin, or Freja. Or Kali. None of this "I wilt take my hand away and thou shall see my back parts" crap.

DHS finally getting adult supervision

Land sakes I've never heard such language from a lady

Crazy people, NOLA: An Enduring Tradition

See how cops in 1960's NOLA treated the wandering insane. Or at least how they did so in training movies.

Structure 117

Mark Folse, Wet Bank Guide. Real people, real lives, real losses. Outstanding post. Someone give this guy a newspaper job, please?

Gobsmacked

Guh:
Outside, Laura Bush peppered Gil Jamieson FEMA’s deputy director of Gulf Coast recovery, with questions. “Is this debris out of one house?” she asked, pointing to the pile. “It was just put out on the street? What about the homeowners who are gone?”
Gah:
You know, we just came from a neighborhood where people are fixing to -- are in the process of cleaning up debris. We went there because the Mayor and the Governor thought it was important for me to see firsthand the devastation of the storm in certain neighborhoods and the progress that is being made for cleaning up the debris.
Via Schroeder.

Think it's impossible to be any more disgusted with politicians?

You ain't been readin' the papers, homes: Frist maneuvers to block rejection of ports deal. This is the same Frist who spoke out against the ports deal a couple of weeks ago. But when it comes to a vote, guess who caved? How about a little craven behavior from the other side of the aisle? Sen. Rockefeller apologizes and sounds a conciliatory note to his distinguished republican cowardly spineless whimpering lapdog quisling counterparts after they take umbrage at being called cowardly spineless whimpering lapdog quislings for buckling under white house pressure to ignore the illegal wiretaps, which they now hop-e to make retroactively legal (cough). Rockefeller was livid Monday, but yesterday? Not so much. In fact, he wants to be a little helper! Puke. Hey, remember last year when Ray Authement was swearing up and down that there was no investigation of ULL sports and that the media was irresponsible for suggesting such a thing? ... how do the youngsters say it nowadays? Oh, yes: PWNED! Time to dust off that resignation letter, Droopy!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Like I said:

People Suck

Texas primary election result show that Democrats still have problems: themselves and other people. In San Antonio, it looks as if Bush-hogging DINO Henry Ceullar will avoid a runoff with Ciro Rodriguez. Cuellar beat Rodriguez previously in an election marred by let's all say it together VOTING IRREGULARITIES. Rodriguez ran a good, breath-of-fresh air campaign this time, but for some reason couldn't get his message across, couldn't convince people to vote for a principled Democrat versus a tit-sucking republican-wannabe Democrat. (Although it looks like there are once AGAIN some republican-favoring OKAY EVERYONE PLACES, on three, one, two, three: VOTING IRREGULARITIES. There may still be a runoff, but that's doubtful). People STILL refuse to vote for a Democrat; this kind of failure has to land at the feet of the candidate and the party ... although see below; we can't rule out the possibility that voters are turds who care about nothing but their own wallets and live in a cotton-candy fantasy world of lace cookies and magic ponies. I wonder if the DKos crowd will crow that a close loss is really a victory, like they did when Paul Hackett lost to Jean Schmidt last year. EDIT: Oop! My bad. It wasn't DKos to start the spin: it was Jane Hamsher and Steve Gilliard. Tsk. Now. Not something one can blame on Democrats, or blame on anything other than maybe heavy psilocybin use: Tom Delay beats three republican challengers in another Texas primary. Stunning. There are no Dems to blame here, just a group of voters either morally bankrupt or intellectually overdrawn or really really fucking high.. What the FUCK, Texas? What the fuck? You know, if people are going to ignore corruption and ignore the distinct lack of values displayed by the Party of Values and ignore the BRAZENLY FUCKING OBVIOUS FACT THAT THE MAN IS A THUG AND A LIAR AND PROBABLY A CRIMINAL then maybe I can't blame the Democrats for losing anything, since it's clear that people are just too dumb to be let near a voting machine.You dicks would elect an earwig in a jar if you thought is would pose for a picture and build some new bleachers at the softball field. Oh, and if you DeLay voters are indeed high, just let me say AAAAHHGGHH SCORPIONS SCORPIONS SCORPIONS THEY'RE ALLL OVER YOU MAN here dude, you need to kick back and relax, bro.
I would have more to say about the craven, treacherous, and entirely expected caving of the intelligence committee on the NSA wiretaps issue, but I get physically ill if I think about it, and if I see the name "Olympia Snowe" my blood begins to churn and the blackness rises and I can feel the metamorphosis begin, and I want to save that for later. Read Glenn Greenwald instead.
FINALLY.
If anyone notices a smell like rank, stinky pussy today, it's either the Bradford Pears in bloom or a rank, stinky pussy.

Monday, March 06, 2006

I've about had it with this asshole

And I don't mean Ivor, although I've about had it with him too. I mean The Poor Man. Look, you dumb motherfucker: people have every right to live where they want and how they want. They have a right to demand that their infrastructure be competently built and safe. The fact that a bunch of fuckups refuses to build that infrastructure correctly does not mean that the population of New Orleans should shrug and pack up their lives, their histories, their culture, and just move away. The people of New Orleans, believe it or not, are aware of the dangers and the lies and the broken promises and do not need you to go to bat for them against the EVIL CORPS OF ENGINEERS who tell the poor ignorant crackers and undereducated Negroes that their homes are safe. They do not need your condescending lectures. We may be southern, but you know what? WE KNOW THEY'RE NOT SAFE. WE ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE THEM SAFE. WE READ NEWSPAPERS AND EVERYTHING. The people of New Orleans WANT THEIR HOMES BACK. They WANT THE PROMISES KEPT. You want to back down? You want to give up in the face of government incompetence and indifference? Fine. Give up. Go home. And take your own advice and shut the fuck up. This is what the state of Louisiana reaps after years of being the nation's clown, of reveling in our outsiderness, in encouraging the image of corruption and dissolution and decadence. The rest of the country does not take us seriously. They do not think we can make our own decisions. They feel the need to protect us from ourselves, after decades of ignoring us and our very real needs. It's really our fault, when you think about it: we were the party state, barefoot and drunk and brazen in our graft and vice. And now, when we cry for help, all we get is YOU STUPID FUCKERS. DON'T LIVE THERE. Well. We're going to live here. You Yankees with real jobs and educations pay for Florida when the hurricanes hit every fucking year. You paid for New York when the towers went down. You pay for California after the quakes. And you're going to have to pony up and pay for us because even though we're southern and even though we're ignernt and even though we insist on living in a city that's been hanging on for three hundred years, we're still a part of your goddamned country. And we fucking well deserve it whether you think so or not. So SHUT UP and WRITE THE CHECK and quit worrying your RIGHTEOUS LITTLE HEAD. After all, we're only white trash and po niggers, and if the hurricanes come again and wipe us out, well, you can just write the check off on your taxes. No great loss. You arrogant gasbag condescending cocksucker.

Bechtel contractor, based in Dubai, gets lucrative U.S. security contracts

I bet it was DIRECTLY related to the participating member

The Raw Story | Rep's all-expenses paid vacation to 'foster awareness of the power of love':
Emerson wrote in a recently filed travel disclosure form that the official purpose of the trip was: "A time for spiritual self-reflection and an open and honest dialogue." Under House ethics rules, in order for Members to accept a travel gift "the fundamental requirement ... is that the subject matter of the trip be related to the official duties of the participating Member."

Spot the Hidden Message

Two soldiers, two deaths

Yvette Burridge doesn't like seeing her son's name on a t-shirt listing Iraq war dead. She feels it's exploitative. I wonder how she feel about Pat Tillman, especially now that the Army has launched a criminal investigation into his death, and the exploitation of Tillman's death by none other than The commander in chief:
Mary, the mother, complained to the Post that the government used her son for weeks after his death. She said she was particularly offended when President Bush offered a taped memorial message to Tillman at a Cardinals football game shortly before the presidential election last fall.

Levee Fixes Falling Short, Experts Warn

Levee Fixes Falling Short, Experts Warn: "The Army Corps of Engineers seems likely to fulfill a promise by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans's toppled flood walls to their original, pre-Katrina height by June 1, but two teams of independent experts monitoring the $1.6 billion reconstruction project say large sections of the rebuilt levee system will be substantially weaker than before the hurricane hit."

First Draft - Mercy and Grace

Brilliant

Guards Fault Homeland Security Protection - Yahoo! News:
... when an envelope with suspicious powder was opened last fall at Homeland Security Department headquarters, guards said they watched in amazement as superiors carried it by the office of Secretary Michael Chertoff, took it outside and then shook it outside Chertoff's window ...

Scout Prime Owns You

Excellent work all around: Scout Prime is required reading. Scout Prime: Blogging from New Orleans!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sigh

It's hard to even raise the anger any more: how low, how dishonest, how dispicable, will the Republican party faithful go to subvert justice and democracy in this country? Lies, hypocrisy, and out and out crime. Here's the latest: Frist threatens Intel Committee: If you investigate the NSA spying program, I'll just change the rules to block them. Of course, Bill didn't always feel this way about the rules. Didn't they used to call this "flip-flopping?" I call it lying, and I call Bill Frist a lying, bought-and-paid-for piece of shit, and that goes for the rest of you goddamn zombies. I think it's time for a revolution.

Still Missing as of 02/20/2006

New Orleans, An Outsider's Perspective

From Daily Kos:
To make a comparison, after 9-11, there was a great deal of "New Yorkers are so strong" mentality. .. I haven't seen anything like that in the media or in the entertainment industry for New Orleans. I haven't seen anyone calling them true Americans, great survivors, strong-willed people. All we get are jokes about how all the government-issued RVs lie unused, or how the debit cards given away were spent in casinos and on booze. Well, I don't know any New Yorkers, so i can't comment on their mentality after 9-11, or how they banded together or how strong they were. But I did see New Orleans people, and I did speak with them, and I and my friends were humbled.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Some of you rich folks with a million to spare do something decent for a change

Dubai Port Deal Is Delayed Over Protest on Yahoo! News

Maybe today won't suck after all: The New York Dolls, live 1973

Tour the Ninth Ward with Scout Prime

Breaching, overtopping, whatEVAH.

Oyster lays it out here. The fact is that there was virtually no discussion of levee breaches in the months leading up to Hurricane Katrina -- if anyone had thought the levees would buckle, there would have been an outcry, if for no other reason than ass covering. But the notion of a catastrophic flood, either through levee overtopping or rain and storm surge, was widely known to be a likely result of a large hurricane. The larger point is that the Bush team were warned of flooding, warned of overtopping, had pictures and reports, and were aware of the possibilities days before the storm made landfall. It's technically sort of almost true that no one anticipated the beach of the levees -- no one in Louisiana or Washington had made specific predictions or specific, levee-breach contingency plans -- but the meat of the argument is horseshit. Floods were well anticipated. Catastrophe was anticipated. And believe me, the pathetic incompetence of the federal response (coast guard excepted) was anticipated by more than a few.

Bah.

Nola.com: NewsFlash - New Katrina video shows La. Governor assuring levees safe. I realize how confusing and chaotic a disaster can be, but it's just so motherfucking sad that even basic small-business level coordination is out of reach for the state. I'm sure the myriad panels and committees will come up with recommendations like "improve communications," leading to other panels and committees to try and figure out how to do that, and so on and so forth until the next one hits and there's nobody with satellite phones, no one with wireless connectivity, no one coordinating with the weather service, no technology in place to register a levee failure ...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

"This is beyond words."

Media sat on Katrina briefing video since August 29

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

They Knew pt. 1,658

And they lied, but this time it's on tape: EVERYONE knew about the fucking levees. And note to the national media and well-intentioned yankee bloggers: it's LEVEES , not LEVIES. Pin this to your forehead, as I grow weary of countenancing your ignorance.

Yes, it's all about race. No other concerns at all.

Think Progress has the letter: Al-Qaeda Infiltrated UAE Government.
New evidence has emerged that key agencies of the United Arab Emirates may have been infiltrated by al-Qaeda. In May or June of 2002, al Qaeda officials wrote a letter to the UAE government claiming the emirates were “well aware” of the infiltration. The letter, translated by the United States Government, is publicly available on the website of the West Point Combating Terrorism Center.

Chris Rose: I'm all white

"I have decided to free myself of the yolk that burdens me. " Still, an entertaining read, even if it does point out the desperate need for copy editors in the hurricane impact area. BOY IT SURE WOULD BE FUNNY IF I POSTED THIS WITH A TYPO shut up.