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Monday, June 27, 2005

Fighting Liberals Take Rove to the Woodshed.

Here's a great site recently launched called Take it to Karl. It posts comments from liberals either in the military or formally in the military in response to Rove's recent comments. Here's a sampling: As a member of the Army...

[The Left Coaster]
9:03:30 PM    

Lynching apology excuses.

As of July 19, all but 13 senators have cosigned Mary Landrieu's S.Res.39 for the Senate's record on lynching. 2/7/2005--Introduced. Declares that the Senate: (1) apologizes to the victims and survivors of lynching for its failure to enact anti-lynching legislation; (2)...

2:49:11 PM    

Bigots' Choice on ABC.

ABC is mining the rich historical reenactment subgenre of reality TV. In family favorites like Frontier House and Manor House, contestants strive to maintain the anachronistic lifestyles of their predecessors. This season, ABC takes three white "Christian" families and a...

2:48:32 PM    

Iraqis put on their 'brave face' after Rumsfeld's comment that defeating the insurgency is "up to them," and an introduction to an AP 'Look at Iraq by the Numbers,' says that they "shed light on the progress made."

2:45:55 PM    

American Fantasyland:

There’s secrets behind every façade, you know. At Walt Disney World, tales are told of the people inside the Goofy, Mickey, and Stitch costumes, the cast members who devote their evenings to the kinds of drug-and-alcohol driven orgies that would make Bacchus proud. It’s the only way to stay sane , to balance the mad happiness with which they must prance around, day in, day out, for love of Walt and the children. So cross-dressing chick who plays Mickey might use a strap-on to pleasure Pocahantas as Pluto and Cinderella ball madly in the corner and Donald, still sans pants, masturbates while Dopey, Doc, Woody, and Buzz run a train on Belle. Bashful, of course, shoves his proud cock in her mouth as the Beast, crazed on acid and tequila, bellows and cackles at the sight of Goofy trying to suck his own dick.

We also know that what we see at Disney World is but a small, small glimmer of the truth of the place. Below Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are tunnels, vast mazes of tunnels, where the workers move between rides and spaces in the parks so they can magically appear. Once you fall from grace, like losing belief in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and Uncle Sam, and you see the calculated, sweaty machine beneath Main Street, U.S.A., you can never be innocent again.

Not to belabor the point, but the Bush administration is the Disney World front of geopolitics. What were the appearances of Donald Rumsfeld on various and sundry Sunday morning gabfests but attempts to continue the illusions about Iraq. And what was the joint mini-press conference between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Jafaari but the mad charade of equivalence. Of course Cinderella really lives in the castle. Of course Jafaari is a sovereign leader.

Little actually needs to be said about the events themselves. (And the transcripts of the Meet the Press and Fox “News” Sunday interviews are tediously, frighteningly the same.) For little was spoken that was actually news. Yeah, yeah, Rumsfeld said the insurgency could go on for a dozen years. And he would not admit a single mistake or misstep or miscalculation or misstatement or missed opportunity or a motherfuckin’ thing about troop strength, “last throes,” pre-war plans, or Karl Rove’s belches of hate, other than that he didn’t know, he’s not “political,” and history will judge him. Rumsfeld sounded like nothing so much as a man who knows that history is going to drag him into a sodomy pit and fuck him ruthlessly, repeatedly, as one should be if one is dragged into a sodomy pit.

And as for that sham press conference where you couldn’t figure out where one lie ended and another one started? Well, no muss, no fuss, no dismembered corpses in Fantasyland. All teacups and submarines, and, for certain, it’s a small world after all.

Non-Iraq Observation : It’s fascinating that when Bush talked about members of Congress regarding Social Security “reform,” he said, “They're afraid if you take on a tough issue, it will make it harder to get reelected,” since, you know, Social Security “reform” was barely mentioned by Bush until after he was re-elected. Ah, the delusional realms to which this presidency will not fail to sink to.
- Rude One

 [The Rude Pundit]
10:15:28 AM    

Just In.

SCOTUS ruled no display of the commandments on public property.

I did mention these sacred courthouse monuments were originally publicity stunts for Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments”?

[Suburban Guerrilla]
10:12:41 AM    

Screwed Again.

And yet, didn’t the opposite logic apply to phone carriers? WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cable companies may keep rival Internet providers from using their lines, a decision that will limit competition and consumers’ choices. The 6-3 decision is a victory for the Bush administration, which sought exclusive control to promote broadband investment from [...]

[Suburban Guerrilla]
10:11:53 AM    

A good day at the court for the realtiy-based community

No theocratic paraphernalia in the nation's courtrooms.

Maybe Judy Miller will serve time. And it couldn't happen to a nicer whore.

- Lambert
10:10:56 AM    

That'll Show Them.

So, John Kerry has become, through channels, apparently aware of what he understands some are calling the Downing Street Memo, though he does understand that they're more properly minutes, except for the other British memos, which are really memos, except for those which could, he supposes, be more properly be called notes. Raw Story has the text of a letter that John Kerry is going to deliver to the Republican Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It's signed by Kerry and nine whole other Democratic Senators, adding up to more than 22% of the Senate Minority. This will generate several...

 [Paperwight's Fair Shot]
4:58:02 AM    

Kookoo for Cocoa Puffs

One of the more fortunate generic personality traits of right-wing extremists is that they are all so ego-driven, power-hungry, and insecure that eventually, they turn on each other. Far-right movements are most noteworthy, I think, for their constant fra ...

4:57:23 AM    

Talking about hate crimes

. Well, as promised, I appeared this afternoon on Michael Medved's radio show on KTTH-AM in Seattle to talk about hate crimes. We used my book Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America as a jumping-off point. I...

4:56:22 AM    

Some In GOP Think Bush & Co Aren't Governing Enough.

It doesn't fit into the spin message, so some will say it isn't backlash — but it sure looks and smells like backlash:...

 [The Moderate Voice]
3:42:58 AM    

A few words about the draft

If you don't volunteer, we will drag you here

The Army's problems will not be solved by the draft. All a draft or national service will do is force the poor and unwilling to serve in the military with predictable results. The draft has always been unpopular in the US. Universal Military Service was proposed by Harry Truman in 1948 and rejected out of hand.

The fact is that Bush's War in Iraq is his problem and that of 150,000 families. No one is seeking to join them. They now threaten recruiters.

A draft is overwhelmingly opposed by most Americans, and trying to institute it would be political suicide.

But the Bushies are getting desperate.

Someone will call Bush's bluff on this, Hagel, McCain, Graham, someone. They will ask why a draft isn't needed when the National Guard is being destroyed. And Bush will have to answer.

While people like to call for Bush's daughters to enlist, I would be scared shitless if they actually did, because some kind of conscription would be around the corner. If the twins go, your kids are next.

Within the next few months, if not weeks, Bush will have to face a realistic choice, either call for conscription or leave Iraq. There is no other way to resolve this. And the reaction to conscription would be brutal at best, and violent at worse. Bush has never prepared the country for such a choice, and if he tries on Tuesday, opposition will explode. The draft is political suicide. But remember, Bush has always left other people to clean up his mess. And if the price of that is losing Congress, well, that's the price. Bush won't care.

Rove's antics, and Cheney's attack on Hagel are just the start of their last run to save Iraq.

[The News Blog]
3:39:57 AM    

Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Liars? (Iraq Mission Edition).

More and more of the press corps seem willing to say that the Bush administration lies all the time, about everything--and that this habit of lying is not a good thing:

The White House spin cycle - Hardball with Chris Matthews -

David Schuster writes: I don't know if things are getting better or worse in Iraq. But I do know the Bush administration is now in total panic mode over the erosion of public support for the occupation. How else could one explain the President's bizarre radio address this past Saturday or the even more surreal comments recently from other administration officials? First, the president's radio address: On Saturday President Bush defended the war in Iraq saying, "We went to war because we were attacked." Huh? In September 2003, the President himself stated, "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th attacks." (For the record, the 9/11 Commission is on the side of the Sept. 2003 President Bush — The commission found there was "no collaborative relationship between Iraq and Al-Qaeda.") On Sunday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said criticism of the handling of the war isn't justified because "The administration, I think,...

[Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal]
3:37:44 AM    

Fareed Zakaria is making sense | Liberals Against Terrorism.

Praktike writes::

 Here's a paragraph that I've probably written myself in one form or another: I realize that it feels morally righteous and satisfying to "do something" about cruel regimes. But in doing what we so often do, we cut these countries off from the most powerful agents of change in the modern world: commerce, contact, information. To change a regime, short of waging war, you have to shift the balance of power between the state and society. Society needs to be empowered. It is civil society: private business, media, civic associations, nongovernmental organizations that can create an atmosphere which forces change in a country. But by piling on sanctions and ensuring that a country is isolated, Washington only ensures that the state becomes ever more powerful and society remains weak and dysfunctional. In addition, the government benefits from nationalist sentiment as it stands up to the global superpower....

[Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal]
3:31:58 AM    

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