Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State of the Union? For Veterans, it's Fucked Up

Congressman Lane Evans (D-IL), the senior Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, today issued a lengthy statement in advance of The Chimperor's State of the Union Empire address tonight.

In that statement, he takes the Baby Doc Maladministration severely to task for its absolutely appalling record on veterans' issues:

It is disgraceful that year after year veterans, hats in hand, must beg for an adequate budget from the White House and GOP-controlled Congress.
The President’s budget requests have not kept pace with health care demand, as evidenced in part by continuing unacceptably long waiting times for thousands of veterans to receive a medical appointment.
The President denied access to more than 260,000 veterans who sought VA care in fiscal year 2005 and upwards of a half million in the last two years, solely as a cost-cutting measure.
The President’s pattern and practice of shortchanging veterans led to a fiscal year 2005 VA health care shortfall of $1.5 billion and fiscal year 2006 budget shortfall of $1.97 billion. After months of repeated warnings by Democrats and veterans’ advocates that the VA faced a dangerous funding shortfall, the Administration during the summer of 2005 begrudgingly acknowledged that these warnings were accurate and that it lacked the funds to adequately meet the health care needs of our veterans.
And that's just scratching the surface. Read his entire statement and then all of you oxymoronically-self-described Republican veterans out there (and that includes you, Chickenshit Charlie), tell me where he is wrong!

Tell me, Republican veterans, why you continue, in total denial of your own self-interests and those of your brothers-in-arms, to blindly, foolishly and stupidly support an administration that is systematcally dismantling all of the protections that you and me and our fellow veterans have been promised in exchange for putting our lives on the line for our country?

Tell me why you continue to suck up to this amoral flock of arrogant Chickenhawks, this effete corps of impudent snobs, this contemptuous pack of haughty assholes who hate the military, hate veterans, hate you, and who seem to enjoy, to relish victimizing your fellow veterans?

Just tell me.

If it Quacks Like a Duck...

So what does this sound like a description of to you:

...a massive, warrantless domestic surveillance program implemented at the whim of the Chief Executive and his inner circle, and unimpeded by any oversight; the use of federal law enforcement agencies to spy on political opponents of the administration; an elaborate network of clandestine detention facilities designed to hold people indefinitely without charge or legal representation, and where suspects may be tortured and then, at the discretion of secret tribunals, executed; an executive branch of government that views the notion of checks and balances as a fusty anachronism, if not subversive; the fusion of federal and corporate power; and the monitoring of the reading habits of private citizens –- all of this done under the rationalizing rubric of national security.
Sounds like Nazi Germany in the 1930s as they were on their inexorable march to power. But the astute readers (and by that I mean liberals) of this blog will immediately recognize that this is actually an accurate description of the Bush Administration's actions since 2001.

This is an excerpt from a letter by Stephen Ducat that the New York Whore Times refused to print -- but you can read the whole thing on Buzzflash.

"...A wiretap requires a court order..."

"...nothing has changed..."

This is one of those phases that ought to be getting the same kind of play as "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky", but where is the goddam MSM/SCLM on this one? Still dreaming of Clinton's cock and wanking off over that bully Billy blowjob, I guess.

Baby Doc himself in Buffalo in April of 2004 made this rather remarkable statement:

Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.
Don't believe me? Think it's some more leftwing media shit make up out of whole cloth to make the Chimperor look like a moron? Wrong, fucker -- it's right there in the White House transcript. The sonofabitch knew he was lying when he said it -- the massive illegal wiretaps had been going on for months by this time.

Why in the fuck did he even say this? Nobody asked him about it. Nobody brought it up. He just kind of kicks it up from that vacuous interior of his, and he had to know it was a lie when he said it.

So why is the MSM/SCLM letting the lying bastard get away with it? Why is that pussified Repug congress letting the assholes get away with it?

It's because nobody has the fucking balls to stand up and call them on it. Baby Doc is a schoolyard bully that everyone is afraid to stand up to. Grow some fucking balls, Democrats, and start taking back our country. Impeach the lying spying murdering monkey boy. The only way to do that is by winning elections this fall. I want to see you at least try to win some.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Living Proof that Wingnuts Will Believe Anything

In case you haven't noticed, I have a new blog-buddy, a moronic crypto-fascist lockstep wingnut gadfly that I call alternately Chickenshit Charlie or Navy Boy (see for example his posts here and here, and especially check out where he calls me -- or my cats, it's not clear which -- "gay").

Chickenshit Charlie claims to be a Republican veteran, and he has his own blustery rightwing jingoistic suckass Baby-Doc-apologist blog. With that oh-so-typical Repug hypocrisy, he's another one of those who spew weakly venomous yet totally stupid invective all over liberal blogs, but remove posts from their own blogs that make them look bad. Not that he needs any help looking bad -- that pile-of-dog-crap blog of his is enough to make a web designer puke.

So he asks me how I can be a veteran while knocking someone else's service (i.e., Baby Doc's -- yeah, some service that was), and yet, bigger than shit on that waste-of-space frame-faced blog of his, he attacks John Kerry's service: "Kerry lied while good men died". He also attacks my service and Al Gore's service on my blog, while at the same time he says, "I'll never resort to degrading your service to this country-veterans don't do that to each other."

I guess that makes him both a liar AND a hypocrite...but then he already said he was a Republican.

He's currently blog-flogging that laughably simple-minded tinfoil-hat fairy tale that's making the rounds of the credulous rightwing blogosphere, that all of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were loaded on civilian planes and flown in coach to Syria ahead of the US invasion. This is based entirely on the word of one man, a General Sada, who is allegedly a former Iraqi officer, and he doesn't even claim that he saw it himself -- he was only told about it by others, who remain anonymous.

Presumably those anonymous sources were told about it by their friends, who were told about it by their friends, and so on and so on and so on in a prototypical textbook-case urban legend viral spiral.

Never mind the fact that no one else -- no one at all -- has come forward to validate these reckless claims.

Never mind the fact that David Kay and the Iraq Survey Group found no evidence of WMDs.

Never mind the fact that any nation, including Iraq, the US, Canada, or even fucking Andorra, when faced with an imminent invasion by a much larger force, would never voluntarily relieve itself of its only means of defense -- if Iraq had any WMDs, it would have kept them and used them on the invaders. To refuse to do everything you can possibly do to repel foreign invaders and maintain your national sovereignity would not only be totally unrealistic, it would be far out in the goofy-eyed realm of surreal insanity.

To claim that Saddam wouldn't use the weapons if he had them, to claim that David Kay and the Iraq Survey Group are lying, to expect that our military couldn't have known about and couldn't have stopped this mythical weapons escape, beggars belief to the point where anyone who actually buys into this string of fantasies has to be dissociatively delusional to the point of needing professional help.

And why these jackass morons even want to flog that unbelievably preposterous story is beyond me.
If it's false -- which it most assuredly is -- then it makes them look even more like the fatuous, naive and gullible dickheads they are.
And if it's true, then it makes their pint-sized Dick-tater Baby Doc, his neocon meat puppeteers, and their inept bootlicking neocon minions look even more ineffectual, inept and incompetent than they already appear to be.

But I guess that doesn't matter to my new blog-buddy and others of his ilk. Facts are perpetual strangers to them. They'll clutch at any straw in the wind and hang onto it for dear life if it has the just slightest hint of a clue about an anecdote that mentions a tale that could possibly be related to a story that will support their misguided belief -- their misplaced faith -- in the worst president the US has ever had.

They are like children of alcoholics -- which in an oddly unhealthy symbolic way they are -- who are in such denial about Daddy's "problem" that reality is a distant planet. They will do anything, say anything, think anything, tell any lie, believe any lie, just to please Daddy so Daddy will protect them from the monsters. They can't see that Daddy is the monster.

It's sad, really, that people like Chickenshit Charlie can't just grow the fuck up, already:
Bush is not your daddy.
Bush does not care about you.
The Repug party does not care about you.
God will not provide for you -- if he existed, he would be appalled at what his "true believers" like you are calling on him to do.

But I know I'm just pissing into the wind. As I've said before in response to Chickenshit Charlie, there is absolutely nothing that Baby Doc could possibly do, to the world, to this nation or to him personally, that he wouldn't be able to justify in his own weak mind, all the while chanting his neocon mantra: Support the president, support the president, support the president -- if the president does it, that means it's not illegal.

But I'll bet $10,000 in cold hard cash that Chickenshit Charlie and his Koolaid-sucking pals never once said anything remotely like that about Bill Clinton.

Did you, Charlie? [silence, chirping crickets] Yeah, that's what I thought.

Hypocritical asshole.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Stop Alito Now!

It's not too late -- contact your senator and let him or her know that you support the filibuster. Even politicians will listen if enough of their constituents speak up.

I've tried contacting my senators and their voice mail boxes are full, so I've sent them emails. I'll be calling them again starting at 9:00 AM EST on Monday.

After you've contacted your own senator, head on over to Democrats.com and check out their Alito 48 page -- they have a list of senators who are still waffling. It wouldn't hurt to contact them as well, even if you are not in their states.

You might want to bookmark/add to favorites that Alito 48 page -- Bob Fertik will be updating it all weekend with news, more action items, etc.

Let's make this happen!

British Royals and the Military--Setting an Example

The British Royal Family, unlike the Bush family, has a long tradition of proud military service going back centuries.

Most recently, Prince Andrew, younger brother of Charles, the Prince of Wales and third in line for the throne, was a combat helicopter pilot in La Guerra de Las Malvinas (aka the 1982 Falklands War), Prince William, heir to the throne, has entered Sandhurst (Britain's equivalent to West Point), and little brother Prince Harry graduates from there in April with a commission as a cavalry lieutenant. He very well could be sent to Iraq as a regular member of the regiment he is joining, which is scheduled for deployment.

The princes are setting a sterling example for their nation, and for their relative counterparts over here across the pond, the twin princess daughters of King George.

So how's that shit, Jenna and Not-Jenna? You're not gonna let a couple of wimpy-assed cheddar-eating warm-beer-drinking funny-talking effete English royal snobs show you up, are you? Enlist now. Recruiters are standing by at www.goarmy.com.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Constitutional Protection? It's Hard Work. Too Hard.

What is this, some kind of talking-points litany, some kind of leitmotif, for the entire Baby Doc Maladministration? We can't do it because it's "hard work"? That's what Torquemada Gonzales says is the reason why they haven't bothered to even try to get FISA court approval for all those warrantless wiretaps.

After listing a mind-numbing panoply of "difficulties" with doing the right (i.e., the legal, the Constitutional) thing, mostly involving annoyingly legalistic attorney types, Torquemada Boy summed it up with the complaint that "... and finally, as attorney general, I would have to be satisfied that the search meets the requirements of FISA."

Imagine that. He'd have to be satisfied that governmental actions meet the requirements of the law. Can't have that. We surely don't want the Attorney General of the United States -- the Top Cop of the USA -- to have to break a sweat, to have to actually do anything so he can be certain that those actions are -- gasp -- legal and Constitutional.

Yeah, looks like, bottom line, it's just too much of a fucking hassle having to adhere to those pesky and bothersome Constitutional protections. Just too much work. Hard work. After all, the Constitution is just a fucking goddamn piece of paper.

Plus, as Baby Doc himself says, "we don't want to tip off our enemies". Tip them off to fucking what? To the fact that we have a government of laws, that even the president is subject to the Constitution, that we are wiretapping conversations? That part they already know, Baby Doc.

Jesus, you'd think they'd at least try to come up with some justification that could pass the straight-face test, but it looks like they just don't give a shit. And that's the scary part.

No Win Situation for Baby Doc

It's obviously no way out for The Chimperor and those pesky photos of him with Abramoff that he refuses to release. He says he won't give 'em up because he doesn't want them used "for political reasons" -- which is evidently, then, not the reason those photos were taken in the first place...

So, if he doesn't release them, it's ammunition for those liberal media assholes who are so obviously out to get him, with their ludicrous demands for the people's right to know, and their unprecedented demands for public access to public documents.

If he does release them, then it's red meat for the rightwing religious zealots who would be shocked -- shocked -- to see those compromising photos -- which of course do not exist -- of the Monkey Boy with Abramoff's circumcized Blunt Boener stuck so far up his Cheney that his tonsils are brown.

No wonder he's in complete denial: "I don't know him", he says, without a single trace of personal embarrassment sticking to his imitation-leather shitlicker boots.

Like I say, it's no win for Baby Doc. Kinda feel sorry for the little fucker, doncha now?

Two Days to Stop King George

Listen up, people. We have just two days to stop King George's court-packing scheme. Alito must not be confirmed.

Please contact your senators and tell them to support the filibuster. I don't give a shit if you're in a blue state or a red state, let them hear from you!

The more people who call and let them know how we feel, the more likely it is that those wavering fence-sitting mugwumps will finally come down on the side that stands for democracy and freedom. And those who still insist on wearing the Darth Cheney Imperial Storm Trooper uniform...well, they still need to hear from you, because every telephone call they receive telling them to support the filibuster represents one vote against them in the next election if they don't listen to you. After all, these fuckers work for us, and they had goddam well better represent our interests.

Filibuster Would Make Dems "Look Bad"????

Andy Ostroy over at The Ostroy Report has a good take on the potential Alito filibuster.

It seems the White House is advising Democrats that they might want to forego the filibuster, lest it "make them look bad".

Make them look bad?????!!!!!!

So we are supposed to take image advice from the worst corrupt bunch of evil asshole motherfuckers since the Caligula Administration? Because it would make us look bad????

If you saw this bullshit on a television show, it would have to be a lame-ass sitcom.

Check out Andy's full blog post and you'll just sit there silently shaking your head.

Friday Cat Blogging

Thursday, January 26, 2006

John Kerry to Filibuster Scalito!

He must have been listening to those of us out here in the blog wilderness. Just one day after I posted my "John Kerry, you piss me off" entry, he stood up and said he will lead the filibuster of Scalito!

Now it's up to the rest of us to contact our senators and tell them to stand up with John Kerry and filibuster Alito. This is a nomination that cannot go forward, and we need to tell them that we stand behind the filibuster.

Go to contact your congress and make a phone call to your own senators.

Also, Save the Court has put together a list of critical senators who need to be contacted. Surf on over to that website and fax these senators. Please help in any way you can.

And while you're at it, send an email to John Kerry and thank him for standing up.

And finally, take a look at this Google news search for the phrase "Kerry filibuster Alito". Any doubts you might have had about the SCLM/MSM being "liberal" should be immediately put to bed when you count up the vast majority of completely negative stories criticizing Kerry.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Five Dwarves

There are five senators who have expressed an interest -- or who are widely believed to have an interest -- in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination:

Evan Bayh (IN)
Joe Biden (DE)
Hillary Clinton (NY)
Russ Feingold (WI)
John Kerry (MA)

So far none of these five has taken a leadership role in keeping Scalito off the bench.

So my question for these five dwarves is this: How in the hell do you think you can lead this country if you can't step up to keep this rightwing fuck off the Supreme Court?

I'm waiting for an answer, but I don't think it's going to be forthcoming. And if one of these hapless morons happens to be the lucky nominee in '08, well...

But things have a way of working themselves out. There's still a primary season to go through before they can lock up that nomination, and I'll be god damned if I will vote for -- or give money to -- any of these spineless fucks if they don't filibuster Scalito.

Period, end of story.

Goddammit John, Just Say "No"!

John Kerry, you piss me off. I donated all of the profits from my book sales to your 2004 campaign, I was in a leadership position of the Veterans for Kerry Steering Committee in my state, and I worked my fucking ass off trying to get you elected.

You pissed me off when you refused to stand up to the Swift Boat Liars for Bush. You pissed me off when you didn't go for the jugular in the debates. You pissed me off when you caved in like a two-minute egg on the day after the election.

And now you're gonna piss me off one more time when you won't stand up and lead the filibuster against Alito. Way back in June 2003 you said "I am prepared to filibuster, if necessary, any Supreme Court nominee who would turn back the clock on a woman's right to choose or the constitutional right to privacy, on civil rights and individual liberties and on the laws protecting workers and the environment." (full story)

John, if that ain't Alito to a "T", then I'm a neo-nazi skinhead. So now the question is this: Are you going to keep your word and do it, or are you going to turn tail and slink away?

It's time, John. Put up or shut up.

Google Backs Down in China -- USA Next?

Just as I've been singing Google's praises for standing up for freedom and democracy, I learn that it backed down in China and caved into the Chinese government's demands that it filter its search results to prevent Chinese web surfers from finding subversive information on, for example, Tibetan independence or the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

It's all driven by the almighty dollar, of course, and with the competition (e.g. Microsoft and Yahoo) having already caved in to the Chinese, it makes good business sense for Google to do the same.

But it bodes ill for Google's principled stand against our own government. Do the honchos at Google really think that the BFEE can't bring enough subtle and not-so-subtle economic pressure to affect Google's bottom line? Once that happens, I'm predicting they'll bend over and spread 'em faster than a ten-dollar hooker.

Too bad, too, since we need more people and organizations willing to stand up and stick a finger in the all-seeing eye of the BFEE's New World Order.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

An Interesting Juxtaposition

Ordinarily it wouldn't have caught my attention, but in the course of less than 24 hours two of the major carmakers announced layoffs in an attempt to maximize profits and minimize losses.

What was interesting in this is that Ford is closing plants and laying off 30,000+ workers, while Daimler is also laying off people -- but in their case it's 6,000 managers.

Those of us who have spent any time at all in manufacturing (and I did my term as a wage slave in several factories in my youth, thank you) won't have to guess which strategy will be successful.

If I were in the market for a new vehicle, guess which manufacturer I would choose.

Call Your Senators & Demand a Filibuster

It's six minutes to midnight on the last day of democracy and only you can stop the clock.

Go to Contacting the Congress and make a phone call to your senator to demand that he or she filibuster Alito.

The stakes are too high and the Dems need to grow a spine. They need to hear from us that we don't want someone on SCOTUS who will be a rubberstamp for the Imperial arrogations of the Bush Family Evil Empire.

Only you can make a difference. Please take a few moments to call your Senators.

Do it now.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Weekly "Bush Twins in Uniform" Watch

It has now been 615 days since Jenna and Not-Jenna Bush, the slacker offspring of Preznit Numnutz, graduated from college and they are still not in the uniform of the US armed services.

Why? Because they have other priorities. They are too busy partying down in Georgetown to show their support for the war by enlisting their chickenhawk-child selves into the military service, that's why.

Be sure to sign the Buzzflash petition and demand that the Bush offspring enlist, or else bring the troops home. If it's not a cause noble enough for any of the children of the Bush Dynasty to join, then it's not noble enough for our sons and daughters to die for.

And check out The Yellow Elephant blog, which asks the question "It's their war; why aren't they fighting it?"

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Osama Been Forgotten

I guess the skinny little guy has been out of the spotlight long enough, so now with the '06 elections coming up, it was time for him to trot out his Message of Fear to help his good buddies in the BFEE.

Al Jazeera calls it thusly: Bin Laden’s propaganda- Valuable gift to Washington.

Of course the fact that I even reference an Al Jazeera story on this blog -- let alone link to it -- is pretty much a guarantee that I'm now on the "watch list" for sure, if I hadn't landed there already for some of my rash comments in this space and elsewhere.

In the meantime, you gotta wonder, if this is the most powerful nation, blah blah blah, and we could put a man on the moon and rovers on Mars, they why in the hell can't we "smoke 'em out" of those caves in AfghanaPakistan? Rough terrain, my ass. We've fought a lot of wars on rough terrain, and that never stopped us before.

It has to be that we just don't have the will, the resolve, to hunt down and capture one man who is hiding in a cave, but we are more than happy to invade a non-combatant third country and pour all of our wealth and lives into what was a losing proposition from the get-go.

BTW, it has now been 1549 days since Baby Doc said he'd get Osama "dead or alive". It was only 1347 days from Pearl Harbor to the end of WWII.

Playing Hardball over at the Daily Kos

Who does this sound like to you?

They are vehemently against abortion, they resist progressive woman's rights. They view homosexuality as a crime against nature and God, some advocate the death penalty as an option for it. Separation of Church and State is despised by these folks; they insist the nation is founded on the principles of their religion, and they work hard to bring that de facto theocracy about. They deplore strong language, gay characters, and sexual content on TV and in the media. And they ignore the Geneva Convention when it suits their ideological purposes, including provisions against torture or due process. They're anti-stem cell research, pro-creationism, and generally distrustful of science. These folks are easily whipped into a state of frenzy with ideological manipulation to the point where they will commit violence, or at least tacitly endorse that violence is acceptable, if it advances their Divine agenda. They then take great pains to justify that violence, including unprovoked attack of civilian areas, under certain conditions, with convoluted theological gymnastics. They are almost to the man pro-death penalty ... Am I railing against the religious right again?
Could be, but my target here is actually Al Qaeda and related fundamentalist Wahhabism; the source of terrorism, the scourge of our planet, the Axis of Evil.
Read the rest of this commentary on the Daily Kos blog. It's choice, in addition to being right on the money.

Ron Kovic on the Iraq Wounded

Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July, was wounded in Vietnam in 1968 and has spent the years since that time as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic.

He knows something of the horrors of war -- and of the horrors of surviving it. He has a moving and disturbing commentary on the Huffington Post website about today's wounded coming home from Iraq. Here's an excerpt:

They are alone in their rooms all over this country, right now. Just as I was alone in my room in Massapequa. I know they're there--just as I was. This is the part you never see. The part that is never reported in the news. The part that the president and vice president never mention. This is the agonizing part, the lonely part, when you have to awake to the wound each morning and suddenly realize what you've lost, what is gone forever. They're out there and they have mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives and children. And they're not saying much right now. Just like me they're just trying to get through each day. Trying to be brave and not cry. They still are extremely grateful to be alive, but slowly, agonizingly they are beginning to think about what has really happened to them.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Three Simple Words

The next time some Repug wingnut Baby Doc apologist tells you that the BFEE was perfectly justified in spying on Americans, intercepting our phone calls, etc., and that the inherent power of the presidency allows the president to do anything he wants and ignore any laws he thinks he doesn't have to obey, just say these three simple words:

President Hillary Clinton.

Will they still be blindly supporting the arrogation of Imperial power to the presidency when that august office is occupied by Hillary Clinton?

I think we all know the answer to that one.

Fucking hypocritical assholes.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Violating Two Rules

I love the way freeper troll assholes can hide behind the anonymity of a blog post. I've got my own freeper fan now. Check out his moronic musings in response to this week's Bush Twins in Uniform Watch.

He signs his posts "impeachchimpy", but it's unlikely that reflects his true colors. I've told him "fuck you" a couple of times now, but he still won't answer the question: If this "war on terror" is so goddamned important, then why aren't the offspring of the class that benefits the most from it doing any of the fighting?

He can't answer the question. Instead he bullshits his way through some puffed-up bona fides about his West Texas (yeah, go figure) family tree and history of service, tosses a couple of ad hominem grenades in my direction, tries to insult my military service, yada yada yada.

I've told him to identify himself if he wants any further dialog with me. He could be Dick Cheney's pet turd for all I know. Chances are he'll stay in hiding and won't show himself.

Anyway, in my dealings with this prick I've already violated two of my basic rules:
1. I don't respond to anonymous assholes, and
2. I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

Google and the Government -- Watch Out

I guess the illegal wiretaps and email intercepts and covert suveillance weren't enough. Now the BFEE Department of inJustice has issued a subpoena to Internet search giant Google ordering them to cough up one million random web addresses and -- here's the important part -- a record of all Google searches for a one-week period.

So what are they looking for? Al Qaeda sleeper cells? Nope. For people looking for the plans to make a dirty bomb? Nope. How about the formula for cooking up methamphetamine? Nope.

Give up?

Pornography. They want to know what "pornography searches" people are conducting. Like this is the most pressing of all possible problems facing this country. Jesus Christ, we have people in our own country dying because they can't afford health care, children going without food and shelter, soldiers being murdered in Iraq, lobbyists literally buying congressmen, and all they can think of is fucking pornography?

These people have some real issues. We did know that, of course, way back when AG Slashcroft covered up those nakedly disgusting female breasts on that DOJ statue, and sadly that fundamentalist quasi-Xian narrow-minded neo-Puritan non-philosophy is still running rampant through the echoing halls of the Imperial Palace.

Google, to its credit, is resisting this unnecessarily invasive governmental intrusion.

It had better, seeing as how it's already on the privacy hotseat for prior questionable practices. We can only wait and watch, to see if they ultimately cave in and crawl on their bellies like whipped dogs to avoid the lash of the Imperial Storm Troopers.

This one is all over the Internet -- watch it and see what happens. This could be a watershed event in the world of privacy protection.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Swiftboating: A Republican Veteran Fights Back

But is it a case of too little, too late? James Webb, fellow Vietnam vet, fellow Vietnam war novelist, former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and a Republican, had a great op-ed piece in today's New York Times:

Military people past and present have good reason to wonder if the current administration truly values their service beyond its immediate effect on its battlefield of choice. The casting of suspicion and doubt about the actions of veterans who have run against President Bush or opposed his policies has been a constant theme of his career. This pattern of denigrating the service of those with whom they disagree risks cheapening the public's appreciation of what it means to serve, and in the long term may hurt the Republicans themselves.
There's a lot more. Drop by and check it out. There's also an active thread on this piece over at the Daily Kos.

Let's hope that he is right, and that it does hurt the Republicans. Maybe then the cooler heads on the conservative side will prevail and they can wrest control of the GOP back from the religious fundos/neocon thugs/Mayberry Machiavellis that have seized control of it.

What I can't understand is why anyone with a half a brain and any sense of recent history can still be a Republican after what has happened to the party that used to stand for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and avoiding foreign entanglements.

I just don't get it.

Candidate Veterans in the Crosshairs

Last week's swiftboating of John Murtha was just the beginning. Of course we should have known that. It turns out that the website that first hosted this travesty is a wholly-owned subsidiary of wingnut media gadfly and fulltime asshole L. Brent Bozell -- yeah, big surprise there. Watch for more bullshit pretending to be news coming out of that slime factory -- sorry, Brent, if I want to get a whiff of wingnut media crap, I'll just watch Faux News.

Anyway, Helen Thomas (remember her, the little old lady that makes Baby Doc shit his pants in fear whenever he sees her?) has an excellent piece on veterans stepping into the crosshairs when they become political candidates.

The way 2006 is shaping up, it's going to be Swifties squared when it comes to that appalling political creature, the Democratic veteran. Let's all be prepeared to counter those lies and attacks that we know are coming, and do all we can do to elect those Democratic veterans across the country.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Needed: A Democratic SCOTUS Swat Team

Our new SCOTUS buddy, Sammy-the-Mouth Alito, now says he really didn't mean it all those years ago when he made some positively obsequious comments about his good buddy, Robert "Savonarola" Bork, calling him "one of the most outstanding nominees of the century'' and "a man of unequaled ability, understanding of constitutional history, someone who had thought deeply throughout his entire life about constitutional issues and about the Supreme Court and the role it ought to play in American society.''

But now that he's been called to task on this crap by the Dems, he's back-pedaling so fast that I half expect him to say something like what Willie Horton said about Michael Dukakis after the trouncing he received in the 1988 election: "Hey, I barely knew the guy!"

Our Sammy now says it was all just a big misunderstanding, that he was just expressing his personal support for Bork as a person, and not as a Supreme Court justice, yada yada yada.

Yeah, uh-huh. And when Charles Manson is standing in the capitol rotunda in Sacramento, brandishing an AK-47 and yelling for everyone to get down or he'll kill them ... well, he will just be exercising his free speech rights by expressing in his own way his support for The Gropinator, and it'll all be just a big misunderstanding. Tell that to the SWAT team.

What we really need is a Democratic SWAT team that will zero in on the half-truths and the "inoperative statements" and the dissembling and the misdirection and the lies on the part of each and every wingnut asshole that the Repugs can throw up for these lifetime SCOTUS appointments. Zero in on them and hold their feet to the fire.

But with a bunch of weak-kneed lilly-livered Dems like Lazy Di in the Senate, I guess that's just too much to ask for.

What's Eating Diane Feinstein?

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Wimp) said that she would vote against Sammy "The Liar" Scalito, but that she wouldn't support a filibuster.

Feinstein has a reputation of being a strong supporter of women's rights -- including their reproductive rights -- but she is on record as saying something extraordinary concerning the Alito vote before the senate:

He is clearly qualified and...I am very impressed with his abilitiy to maintain a very even demeanor during this entire thing and his ability not to specifically answer any questions.
Uh, Senator... isn't that a good reason to filibuster the dissembling asshole? The very fact that he won't come clean on Roe -- practically the only issue he was unwilling to discuss his views on -- ought to be a gigantic red flag.

So what's eating Diane Feinstein? Could it be that her husband is a big-time defense contractor?

Just asking.

A Military Flyover -- On MLK Day???

It will have to go down as one of the most egregious slap-in-the-face stunts of the Smirking Chimp Maladministration. At the height of a huge Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in San Antonio, the Air Force did a flyover of the crowd using a couple of T-1A Jayhawk training jets.

A show of military force, on the very day set aside to honor the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and America's most vocal spokesman for peace and non-violence.

Think about that.

It has to go beyond simple ignorance. It has to go beyond "just an error in judgment, my bad, ha-ha". This has to be deliberate, a slap in the face to the legacy of Dr. King and a warning to all of us "peaceniks" on the ground that maybe next time we'll get an application of that old napalmolive skin lotion.

Well I've got news for you flyboys and your puppetmasters all the way to the upper reaches of the White House: We will not be intimidated and we will not be frightened down some fucking rabbit hole.

We shall overcome.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Even "Uncle Walter"?

In a statement so eerily reminiscent of his 1968 call for the end of the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite, for several generations the most trusted name in television news, has called for an American withdrawal from Iraq.

Now 89 and slowing down -- but still going strong where it counts -- Cronkite has added his voice to those of us who have been calling for an end to the Iraq misadventure in empire-building.

Because of his still olympic status as the dean of the world's newsmen, Cronkite's word will have momentum and reverberation and resonance far beyond the limited audience of television critics.

Naturally, the SCLM/MSM and their lackeys on the right will call for his head on a platter, and the old "Cronkite is a Communist" canards will be pulled out and dusted off.

But I hope that those cries will fall on deaf ears. To those of a certain age, Uncle Walter remains the conscience of the American media. Let's hope that this will be the start of a sea change, and the media will finally, at long last, admit that they have been buttfucked by an administration that cares about nothing except its own survival.

BTW, note that link above: It goes to a website in the UK -- we'll see if any of the SCLM/MSM have the balls to pick it up.

President Gore Speaks Out

This is must read. President Al Gore, giving a speech at the appropriately-chosen venue of Liberty Hall, compared the surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. to the wiretaps of today.

Read the entire text of his speech on the Raw Story website.

This should be required reading in every high school in the nation. In every college classroom. In every workplace.

So what are the chances that the SCLM/MSM are going to slam it, denigrate it, incorrectly report it, and trivialize it? I'd say, given their record with Al Gore, those chances approach 100%. Watch the news and see for yourselves.

Weekly "Bush Twins in Uniform" Watch

Weekly "Bush Twins in Uniform" Watch

It has now been 608 days since Jenna and Not-Jenna Bush, the slacker offspring of Preznit Numnutz, graduated from college and they are still not in the uniform of the US armed services.

Why? Because they have other priorities. They are too busy partying down in Georgetown to show their support for the war by enlisting their chickenhawk-child selves into the military service, that's why.

Be sure to sign the Buzzflash petition and demand that the Bush offspring enlist, or else bring the troops home. If it's not a cause noble enough for any of the children of the Bush Dynasty to join, then it's not noble enough for our sons and daughters to die for.

And check out The Yellow Elephant blog, which asks the question "It's their war; why aren't they fighting it?"

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Clutching at Straws?

Yeah, that's what I might be doing here, but Arlen Specter said to George "The Weasel" Stephanopoulos this morning that impeachment could be a "remedy" for the crimes of Baby Doc.

That might be a weasel-word on the part of Specter, but it might also be a sort of trial balloon to gauge the sense of the nation on the issue.

Sadly, though, it seems that the "sense of the nation" is focused on the NFL playoffs (go Seahawks!) and tonight's two-hour opener for season five of 24, and not on the high crimes and misdemeanors of the BFEE Maladministration.

Anyway, as interesting as it is to hear Specter raise the issue, the Senate really has no say in whether the Smirking Chimp gets impeached -- that's the job of the House, and until we elect enough Democrats with spines and balls this November to make it happen, the criminally-insane Baby Doc will continue to plunder the freedoms and liberties that many people have, up to this point, taken for granted.

Like the proverbial frog in the slowly heating water, it's time to jump. A good step toward that jump would be for the Dems to filibuster Alito, but it looks like they are not going to do it. He'll get his sacred "up or down" vote, and this nation will be fucked for a long time -- maybe forever. But I repeat myself...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Swiftboating of John Murtha

It had to happen, I guess. A couple of wingnut assholes on a website called Cybercast News Service have hatched a long piece that calls into question Congressman Murtha's Purple Heart medals -- he wasn't entitled to them, blah blah blah, same old shit.

Cited as a source in this personal attack is a political foe of Murtha's from Pennsylvania, one Don Bailey (formerly a Democratic congressman and a fellow Vietnam vet who lost a primary election to Murtha -- no potential for personal revenge in this attack, no sir), who claims that in an emotional conversation on the floor of the House Murtha said that he did not deserve the medals.

I guess it's one thing when a Democrat says that he didn't deserve his Purple Heart, and something else entirely when a Repugnican does it: None other than Bob Dole made the same claim for his first Purple Heart award, and where was the hue and cry from the hypocritical motherfuckers on the right? No where, that's where. They were strangely silent on that issue. Imagine that.

Well, it's obvious to me that these two chickenhawk pricks have never spent any time around decorated combat veterans. Many of those veterans also feel that they didn't "deserve" their medals, and many will admit it in an "emotional conversation".

I personally heard fellow Vietnam vet Paul "Buddy" Bucha, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, say essentially the same thing last year, also in an "emotional conversation". He said that as a company commander he fucked up and got some of his men killed, and the Army gave him a medal for it. He now carries it around in his pocket as a constant reminder of what he did to those he calls "my boys".

But watch for the rightwing noise machine to pick up on this Murtha Swiftboating story and spread it far and wide to the Moron-Americans who listen to Limbaugh and Hannity and Savage and all the rest of their ilk who continue to pollute the public airwaves with their obnoxious filth.

And watch the SCLM refuse to counter these lies. Just like the cowards they are.

Orwellian Language from the SCLM/MSM

The Baby Doc Maladministration has been notorious for its use and extension of Orwellian language -- No Child Left Behind is actually No School Left Standing, Clear Skies is actually Polluted Air, and so on, and the SCLM/MSM* has steadfastly not only refused to call them on it, but they have been active co-conspirators with the BFEE in their steady march towards fascism.

Case in point: Now, almost without exception (even NPR is doing it!), the SCLM/MSM are referring to the current drift towards total presidential power as the "Unitary Executive". Sounds sort of vaguely ecumenical, like one of those nondescript Protestant religions that no one pays any attention to any more, doesn't it?

This is a handy way to avoid calling it what it really is. Such truly descriptive terms as "capitalist oligarchy", "unconstitutionally usurped power", or "fascist dictatorship" apparently aren't on the "approved" list handed down from on high.

"Unitary Executive" sounds so much more benign, doesn't it? Too bad that no one is speaking up about this except for those of us all the way out here in Left Blogistan.

In Germany, first they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me … and there was no one left to speak out for me.
-- Pastor Martin Niemoller
* So-Called Liberal Media/Main Stream Media

Friday, January 13, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Town Hall Meeting Shocker

I just got home from a "town hall" type of meeting with my congressman, Brian Baird (Washington 3rd). He's a smart, personable, even-tempered guy who's good at thinking on his feet, which I guess is why he keeps winning elections. He and I have disagreed over the years on some issues (e.g., Terri Shiavo, flag burning), but he's in the forefront of fighting for veterans' benefits, supporting veterans' issues and funding veterans' health care, so by and large he's way better than whatever knuckledragger the Repugs have thrown -- or can throw -- up against him.

But he told an absolutely appalling story about what happened when he and his wife attempted to travel to Kuwait to make a personal visit to a group of National Guard troops from right here in this district who had been deployed to Kuwait and were on the verge of going into Iraq.

He contacted the commanding general of Task Force Olympia and was told that they would not allow him to make an official visit as a congressman and not be able to ask questions of the troops because -- get this -- That fat bastard, the Squeaker of the Hose, one Denny Fat-boy Clogged-arteries Supersize-me Make-that-three-triple- cheeseburgers Hastert issued an edict that no Democratic congressman could speak to the troops without a Repugnican sewer rat being present.

And people still wonder why we need to get that slavering pack of corrupt GOP bastards out of there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Now We're Scared of...Quakers???

Steve Gilliard over at The News Blog has the unsettling details on a case out of Baltimore where the NSA actually admitted -- in court -- that they had mounted a massive spying effort on a peace group.

A Quaker peace group, at that. I guess you just can't trust those non-violent types. They are just SOOOO fucking likely to go all Timothy McVeigh on us and the next thing you know those so-called "Friends" are your sworn enemies, evil incarnate, ready to choke you to death on their insidious oatmeal.

Jesus Christ, this is just too much. Now I suppose all of us who are active in various peace groups will start looking a little more skeptically at that new guy who doesn't say much but who looks like his bowtie is really a camera, a little more cautious towards that ancient granny in the muu-muu who just might have a copy of Masters of Deceit, with that Junior G-Man built-in voice recorder, stashed away under her hand-knitted shawl.

And that's exactly what they want us to do. They want us to get paranoid and start suspecting those around us. It'll take the heat and the focus off of them, so they can blithely go about their evil business of Empire.

Don't fall for it. Paranoia will destroy ya, in the words of the song. Let's all stay focused. All of the groups I belong to are open and transparent (like the Quakers). If the Gestapo motherfuckers want to go double-oh-seven and spy on something that they could see anyway, just by walking by, let 'em.

Le plus ça change...

Guess who said this -- extra points for when:

The biggest threat to America today is not communism; it's moving America towards a fascist theocracy and everything that has happened during the ______ administration. Is steering us right down that pipe...When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view and if that code happens to be very, very right wing almost toward Attila the Hun.
Give up? It was Frank Zappa, talking about the Reagan (you remember him, old guy, drool cup, couldn't zip up his own pants?) Maladministration on Crossfire in 1986. Twenty years ago. And during the course of the interview, he told then-resident wingnut John Lofton "you can kiss my ass".

Over at the Crooks and Liars video blog they have the full story, plus a video of Zappa's appearance. What a loss to us all when he died.

The more things change...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Bush Bounce in the Polls

Looks like the Smirking Chimp got a little boost in the polls -- he's now up in the 40s somewhere depending on the pollster, from an all-time low of around 34 per cent.

Of course, those polls are being taken for the most part by telephone, so people might be thinking twice before they go on record with the NSA listening in that they don't like the job he's doing...

Funny thing, too, I've never been polled about what I think about him. I'll bet you haven't either. I woudn't mind telling the pollster a thing or two about the Monkey Boy -- and that's probably why they haven't asked me.

Teetering on the Brink

The Alito Hearings kind of creeped up us, but there he is, the smarmy motherfucker, lying his ass off to the rubber-stamp Senate about his judicial "philosophy", and trying to hide his glee -- and that of his Monkey Mentor, Baby Doc -- that the fragile balance of the Supreme Court is about to shift mightily to the right and we will be fucked for a generation. Or more. Maybe forever, if the Imperial Presidency isn't reigned in. And sadly the Court is the entity who has the last word.

While I am all for the preservation of a woman's right to choose, I think that the long-term issue is the balance of power and the collection of a vast array of powers in the person and the office of the President of the United States. It supersedes all others, and all others will be rendered moot if this consolidation continues.

Alito has given no indication -- in fact, quite the opposite -- that he is interested in the true conservative philosophy of limited government, etc.

A court with the unholy alliance of Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito riding roughshod over the "liberal" wing will surely do what it can to roll back most of the advancements in civil rights and individual liberties that we have fought for and won over the last 70 years. And that "what it can" means pretty much everything.

Read an examination of the issue at the always-incisive Consortium News and tell me that you don't agree.

If the Dems don't filibuster his ass out of there, then they might as well pack up and go home. Let the Boy Emperor, like Caligula, elevate horses to the Senate. There's already a horse's ass in the White House.

Bitch-Slap a Repugnican Talking-Points Liar

One thing we need to point out, and keep pointing out to the end of this year's election, is this: Not one Democrat took money from Jack Abramoff. Not one single Democrat!

Every time one of your Repugnican "friends" tries to say that the Dems are just as guilty as the Republicans in this scandal, just point out that inconvenient little factoid to them. A few, it is true, took money from the tribes, but it is an important distinction that it was not Abramoff money.

This was -- and remains -- strictly a Repug corruption scandal. Read the details at MyDD and lay a bitch slap on every fucking Repugnican asshole who tries to pull that shit on you.

Monday, January 09, 2006

What the Fuck???

Wow, here's one that flew under the radar. Last week Baby Doc signed a bill that makes "annoying" someone on the Internet a federal crime if you don't disclose your "true identity"...

I guess that makes me in violation of the law. You all have probably guessed that "Farnsworth" isn't really my name. On the other hand the more astute readers of this blog (i.e. Democrats and other liberals, who are smarter than the knuckledraggers in the GOP) have likely already figured out my "true identity" -- I haven't taken any great pains to hide it.

C|net News has details on this travesty. So I guess all of you "anonymous" posters to this blog and others are in deep shit as well, if your purpose was to annoy.

Yeah, so I guess I'll be tracking your ass down. Just as soon as I get back from Gitmo, since a big part of the reason why I started this blog in the first place was to be an annoyance to the Repugnican assholes running this sorry excuse for a government.

Blunt Boener for the House

This is too easy. The two Repugs who are snarling at each other like a couple of retarded Shitzus in a competition to replace the disgraced Tom Delay are named Roy Blunt and John Boener.

I say let them share it, and the House Repugs can continue slipping us what they already have been for the last eight years...

Darth Cheney's Health Problems

Big Dick Cheney was in and out of the hospital last night but he claims there's nothing serious wrong with him. Just a little shortness of breath (wouldn't it be great if he actually started sounding like Lord Vader?) and an unspecified "foot problem" -- he probably had to have it surgically separated from his glottal tissue after all of those serious Iraqi foot-in-mouth-disease problems he's had over the years ("greeted as liberators", "last throes of the insurgency", "definite WMDs", "linked to Al Qaeda", etc etc etc).

Bush says he "has no doubts" about Cheney. That's really close to "Heckuva job, Dickie -- now don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out." Except of course that Cheney has nowhere to go and the Boy King really couldn't function without his regent/meat-puppeteer.

Still, I've said before that I look for The Big Dick to beat an eventual retreat "for health reasons", and it sure looks like they are preparing us for that possibility. I'm hoping that it's kind of like back when Agnew resigned -- he had to get out of the way before the Congress could march ahead on the impeachment of Tricky Dick, because nobody could accept a President Agnew. Ditto here -- no one will feel much inclined to impeach the Smirking Chimp if it means Evil-Overlord-and-Left-Hand-of-Satan Darth Cheney would be publicly and visibly in command of the Empire.

This could get interesting.

Weekly "Bush Twins in Uniform" Watch

Weekly "Bush Twins in Uniform" Watch

It has now been 601 days since Jenna and Not-Jenna Bush, the slacker offspring of Preznit Numnutz, graduated from college and they are still not in the uniform of the US armed services.

Why? Because they have other priorities. They are too busy partying down in Georgetown to show their support for the war by enlisting their chickenhawk-child selves into the military service, that's why.

One of the more memorable cadence chants at the September protest in DC went like this: "Not our sons, not our fathers. If you want war, send your daughters."

Be sure to sign the Buzzflash petition and demand that the Bush offspring enlist, or else bring the troops home. If it's not a cause noble enough for any of the children of the Bush Dynasty to join, then it's not noble enough for our sons and daughters to die for.

Oh, and be sure to see the commentary from a student at the University of Virginia on last week's Bush Twins in Uniform Watch, containing what appears to be an open letter to fellow student Philip Alito, son of the current nominee to SCOTUS.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Madness of King George

In only eight days, 30 Americans have been killed in Iraq. This is the highest average daily death toll (3.75) since January of 2005 (4.1).

I guess we're still in those "last throes" of the insurgency -- who knew that they would last for years?

Over at The Radical Veteran, you can see the casualty numbers climb, and there's no end in sight.

We have to end the madness of King George. He must be impeached and removed from office. Sadly, this will not happen until next year at the earliest, and then only if we replace the corrupt and venal members of Congress (i.e. the Republicans -- but I repeat myself) with Democrats with the spine and the balls to do the right thing.

In the meantime, let's all hope that the crazy little fucker and his meat-puppet-handlers don't manage to bring on that Armageddon that they all seem to want so badly.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Buzzflash Hypocrite of the Week

Be sure to check out the Buzzflash GOP hypocrite of the week -- one Baptist minister from South Tulsa, Lonnie Latham by name, just got popped for propositioning a male police officer for ... oral sex!

This is the same Lonnie Latham who supports whole-hog the Baptist tenet that homosexuals can be cured by Jesus. Latham, it goes without saying, is married with a family. He says he was "pastoring to the police" and apparently it was all just a big misunderstanding.

Like Buzzflash says, "mistakes do happen, but not many police officers get fellatio confused with preaching on behalf of Jesus"...

Funny, isn't it, how the most vocal of opponents to the "homosexual agenda" seem to have a deeply closeted one of their own. Or, in Lonnie's case, maybe not so deeply closeted.

Friday Cat Blogging

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Abramoff Plea

So the lying greedy fucker pleads guilty. Big deal. A few lower-level politicos will be burnt as sacrifices, but part of the deal was that the little fish would get fried in exchange for the big fish getting away.

Abramoff does a little prison time at some country-club digs like Lompoc, where he can work on his golf game and make new contacts, the minor players will do some community service, and the rest of the stalwart members of congress can make a big deal of giving back to Abramoff some of those nasty dirty bribes contributions -- a false, empty & counterproductive gesture, I must say, since it will only serve to let the fucker to pay off his attorney fees with someone else's money.

In the meantime things will roll along as normal in neo-fascist Amerikka, and the weak sheep who vote Repugnican will make lame-assed excused for their boy or girl in congress: "Oh, s/he's not like that, wouldn't take bribes, didn't know, etc etc etc. ad naseum)

I guess I'm just too cynical to believe anything that comes out of that cesspool of sleaze known as the Repugnican congress (and yes, I know that some Dems are "innocent victims" of the Abramoff largess Update 1-9-6: Turns out that the Dems took tribe money, but NO Abramoff money), and let's keep it real: It's been a Repug operation since 1994, and they are the ones who have fostered the culture of corruption that is now rampant in those hallowed halls.

Nothing new under the sun? Rightly said (Ecclesiastes 1:9-14).

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Barbie Promotes "Gender Confusion"?

Jesus, what the religious right won't sink to. First it was Tinky Wink, Lenny the Shark and Sponge Bob who were pushing the "gay agenda" off onto our children. Now it's, of all toys, Barbie!

Yes, Barbie, kids. That icon of big hair and bigger boobs is actually a conscious agent of the homosexual conspiracy. Seems that an outfit called Concerned Women for America is up in arms because the Barbie website asks visitors their gender, with the choices being "I am a girl", "I am a boy", and -- here's the kicker -- "I don't know".

That's it. Obviously that promotes something called "gender confusion" -- which leads to bisexuality which leads to homosexuality and the next thing you know your little pigtailed darling is blowing up the grade school, taking the principal hostage and heading to the tower to burn a flag while at the same time killing everyone in sight.

Jesus, people. We have real problems facing this nation. If these women are so fucking concerned about America, maybe they should focus on the real problems -- poverty, racism, fascism, hunger, etc etc etc.

Thanks to AmericaBlog for this story.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

An Oath to Defend...

You'd think a history buff ought to know this, but apparently Baby Doc doesn't seem to recall that he did not take an oath to defend the people of the United States, despite what he says. Instead he took an oath to defend the Constitution:

Article II Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
His oath is right there, in the Constitution itself. That "goddamn piece of paper".

In and of itself this signals that George W. Bush has committed an impeachable offense. He has violated the provisions of the US Constitution by spying on American citizens without court approval, he has engaged in illegal searches, he has violated the rights of the people to be secure in the homes and their personal effects -- and if those lying motherfuckers in Congress, those hypocritical bastards who were SO quick to impeach Clinton over a lousy blowjob, had half a fucking testicle between them, they'd vote articles of impeachment on the crooked evil bastard.

But I guess it makes a big difference which political party is in office, doesn't it.


Monday, January 02, 2006

Wishes for a Happy New Year

Thanks to the ACLU for this -- I am proud to be a card-carrying member.

Weekly "Bush Twins in Uniform" Watch

It has now been 594 days since Jenna and Not-Jenna Bush, the slacker offspring of Preznit Numnutz, graduated from college and they are still not in the uniform of the US armed services.

Why? Because they have other priorities. They are too busy partying down in Georgetown to show their support for the war by enlisting their chickenhawk-child selves into the military service, that's why.

One of the more memorable cadence chants at the September protest in DC went like this: "Not our sons, not our fathers. If you want war, send your daughters."

Be sure to sign the Buzzflash petition and demand that the Bush offspring enlist, or else bring the troops home. If it's not a cause noble enough for any of the children of the Bush Dynasty to join, then it's not noble enough for our sons and daughters to die for.