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]
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)...
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...
- Rude One
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
, 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
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.
: 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.
[The Rude Pundit]
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”?
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 [...]
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]
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 ...
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.
A few words about the draft
If you don't volunteer, we will drag you here
[The News Blog]
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
Rove's antics, and Cheney's attack on Hagel are just the start of their last run to save Iraq.
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 - MSNBC.com:
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
[Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal]
Fareed Zakaria is making sense | Liberals Against Terrorism.
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
[Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal]
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