Thursday, February 05, 2004

Yes, it's a free country


When you're just too chickenshit to go the route of Buffalo Bill from Silence of The Lambs:

A Girl Shirt!

Wait until the world discovers that this guy uses a new twist on the old "lost wax" mold making technique . . .
Isn't an Inquisition reference a bit on the nose for a blog named after the, well, umm, popular conception of the Spanish Inquisition?

Pope Defends Spanish Inquisition

Despite failing to find any Jews left in Spain, even after the torture of hundreds, the Pope's Chief Inquisitor insisted that Jews may still be found.

The Pope defended the Inquisition today, stating that in addition to encouraging Jews to leave, the Inquisition helped restructure the culture, ethnicity, economy, and government of Spain. Also, the Inquisition was ordered by God.

Cheers!

Isn't the pic of Madame Secretary and the Illustrious Great Leader from the days when we were engaged in dialog to end their WMD program (without trying to invade)?

Wasn't the pic of Rummy with the Great Satan from the days when we were arming them to go kill Iranians and Kurds?

Yeah, great comparison, Lileks. If you can't discern one motive from the other, then I guess that you really should just stay at home and play with the Gnat, contemplate your navel, and post all day.

As for Brian, well, I guess I would have thought better. I guess Lileks is your Tom Tomorrow. Hmm. How to get a Google bomb going that Lileks goes to Tom Tomorrow? It's a start....

Yeah, I want the current candidates to get angry about 9/11. Maybe in August. You know, when the President takes a month off, just like he gave the troops (no, wait. They didn't get a month off; they were stuck there for over a year. But then, they are the little people). When Bush is hanging out in Crawford, I hope people start asking about 8/11. You know, the month before the attacks, when the administration shelved the Clinton administration warnings about Osama bin Laden, attacks, etc. I know the 9/11 commission should have it's lobotomized report available some time before then. I tend to think we'll all be pretty pissed off about 9/11 then, especially the Bush administration's disgusting neglect of our safety.
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How dare Bush??

How dare Bush cash in his misuse of power! I am disgusted. let me just follow the link to get even further enraged ... oh. oh, my. oh, well, that changes things. My, Brian, you are quite the clever rhetorician. I fully understand the errors of my ways.

To think, all this time I've been yelling and screaming at the way Bush jets over to states after they have primaries because he doesn't have a single opponent to face off against in a bully pulpit, the way that the administration made their energy policy based on what the energy companies dictated, the way that Halliburton was assigned contracts — it's all part of the accepted Washington practices. I guess that makes it alright. I should stop beating up on Bush. I should support my President.

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I seem to recall Whitewater, Travelgate, and the Starr Report much better than my conservative colleagues appear to. The high standards espoused from the other side of the aisle don't seem to hold when it's their boy in the White House.

So, I'll take the high road: Kerry was wrong and should immediately admit it, return the money, and attempt to make amends, even if it means his leaving the Presidential race. As Americans, we deserve to know that our representatives are not bought and paid for by special interests.

So. Kerry drops out of the race due to his misdoings. Dems take the high road. Would the Repubs? Am I on crack?
It's easy for me to offer up Kerry (decorated war hero who actually served rather than use family influence to end up in the national guard — or had "other priorities" — who has managed to avoid playing dress-up when trying to show the military that he supports them — didn't GW on the carrier remind anyone else of Mike D. in a tank?) when I would be much happier with Edwards

Damn.


Do not piss off the one they call Lileks. He will come late at night, stilletto in hand to explain to you the error of your ways:
Patrick Stewart has now become T. J. Hooker. I know him not. .

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I’m waiting for a Kerry speech in which he seems angrier about 9/11 than he does about tax cuts.


"Let’s say President Kerry would be forced to act against North Korea, because we
caught them shipping nukes to a terrorist organization, and once we got
there we uncovered all the torture camps and poison-gas human experiment
labs. Let’s say his administration had several retreads from the Clinton era. Do
you think we’d see this image [above] on Democratic Underground message boards?
"

Capt. Archer may not be much, but he made it a point o welcome the Big "E" back from Afghanistan in 2002, and that meant a lot to me.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

AP Exclusive: Bush Blocked Law, Drew Cash


By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A White House colleague was trying to close a loophole that allowed a major insurer to divert millions of federal dollars from the nation's most expensive construction project. George W. Bush stepped in and blocked the legislation.

Over the next two years, the insurer, American International Group, paid Bush's way on a trip to Vermont and donated at least $30,000 to a tax-exempt group Bush used to set up his presidential campaign. Company executives donated $18,000 to his White House and presidential campaigns.

How much more evidence do you need that this is the most cynical, the most corrupt and the most heinous presidency since His Fraudulency, Richard Milhouse Nixon, drank his way through six years and 2,000,000 dead Cambodians!

This is typical of the Repuglican Tax, Spend, and jump into bed with the capitalists who have benefitted from your corruption mentality!!
Were the two connected? Bush says not.

Yeah - right - like he's going to say that he was really in bed with these people all along. How many workers died on this project to line his pockets? How many lost children in Iraq while his insurance industry cronies refused to insure their widows or their fathers and brothers dying of Gulf War Syndrome???
But to some government watchdogs, the tale of the Texas ex-governor's 2000 intervention, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press, is a textbook case of the special interest politicking that Bush rails against on the presidential trail.

Yeah, he's crying all the way to the bank over his relations with special interests. Watch for the connections to the Defense industry next!
"The idea that Bush has not helped or benefited from a specific special interest, which he has said, is utterly absurd," said Charles Lewis, head of the Center for Public Integrity that just published a book on political donations to the presidential candidates.

"Anyone who gets millions of dollars over time, and thousands of dollars from specific donors, knows there's a symbiotic relationship. He needs the donors' money. The donors need favors. Welcome to Washington. That is how it works."

And that is precisely why, if we can't have Nader, Kucinich or Dean in the White House, we have got to have John F. Kerry!
Ignore the Henry Wirz thing. It's a phase he's been going through these last six or seven years.

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I'm pretty sure the image goes with this quote:

Mr. President, if I may speak freely, the Russkie talks big, but frankly, we think he's short of know-how. I mean, you just can't expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys. And that's not meant as an insult, Mr. Ambassador, I mean, you, you take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he's got. Hell, look, look at all them them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn't quit...if the pilot's good, see, I mean, if he's really... sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low, you oughtta see it sometime, it's a sight. A big plane like a '52. VRROOM! There's jet exhaust, fryin' chickens in the barnyard. . . . Has he got a chance? Hell, Ye... ye...

Surfing Safari?


Sec'y of Defense Donald Rumsfeld performing a dance number on the set of the upcoming "Pulp Fiction 2".
Or maybe it's from "Top Gun 2"? "Well, ma'am, I was ... inverted."

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

WTF?

I know it's early (really early) but I have to wonder at an exit poll that shows 5% of respondents who voted for Kerry would be "Very Dissatisfied" if Kerry won the nomination. The stresses are all mine, but I hope that the surveyors made sure to stress the questions appropriately. I mean, why did you vote for him if you don't want him? What are you? Some kind of Republican?
Do you suppose Rev. Jones offers Kool Aid after services?

They should've had a V-8


GALENA, Kan. - Authorities in this southeast Kansas community are investigating a case in which a 33-year-old woman posing as a 13-year-old boy sought help from a church and tried to enroll in a middle school.

Jim Jones, pastor of the Galena Assembly of God, said the person he now knows to be a woman showed up at his church in October, claiming to be Chris Gomez, a 13-year-old boy who had been the victim of child abuse.

Jones said that after a series of inconsistencies, he confronted the person claiming to be a boy last week and that she told him she was actually a 33-year-old woman with three children.
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Okay, who needs to be reminded that church services with the Reverend Jim Jones might be a bad idea?
But I got thrown out of the church with the cool Nikes for being too androgynous!

Actually seen on a military base

WARNING
EXPLOSIVE
DOG
TRAINING
IN PROGRESS
DO NOT ENTER
The MP didn't think it was as funny.

Tracking

Searching for stories about the great new hypocrisy leads to only 144 results. Let's keep track of this number over the next few weeks, shall we?
Where have all the fiscal conservatives gone / Long time passing?

Uh, OK


I found this site when I was trying to look up something I heard when listening to a complete idiot last night. Weird, huh?
I don't know how I feel about a vegan leading the country. Honestly. I guess I would prefer it over an idiot.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Totally agree on the point about Capitalist thieves

Thanks for bringing up the point about those capitalist thieves. Much as you are arming yourself for the eventual Canadian invasion (it's not a matter of if but when), so I am arming against the eventual class war. Am I scared? Heck no! Do I have any idea where I would fall on the class scale? Heck no! Do I think it's part of our Constitutional obligations to fight such a war? Heck yes!

Do you ever wonder to yourself / Why we don't defend people, we just defend wealth?

For all of our Floridian readers, yes, I know that the Candian invasion has been ongoing for quite some time. I'll come down there as soon as I can and help thwart their evil intentions.

Why we pay lawyers

OK, just looked up the relevant part of McCain-Feingold (well, actually, H.R.2356 "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002", the Sahys-Meehan bill), and found that 305.2.C(ii) (I have no idea if that is the correct notation) is the part that says "A candidate meets the requirements of this subparagraph if, in the case of a television broadcast, at the end of such broadcast there appears simultaneously, for a period no less than 4 seconds--

`(i) a clearly identifiable photographic or similar image of the candidate; and

`(ii) a clearly readable printed statement, identifying the candidate and stating that the candidate has approved the broadcast and that the candidate's authorized committee paid for the broadcast"

And that is why we pay lawyers the big bucks. For example, as a consultant for a big-time consulting company, we'd have had to charge the "client" (apparently the term "john" is already used in a similar profession) around $300 for me having looked that up, as opposed to whatever it is lawyers bill out at.

Hey, Brian, how much do lawyers bill out at in your parts?

How to Steal an Election


"How can anyone believe that multi-billion dollar capitalist institutions like the New York Times or the Washington Post do anything other than legitimate capitalism. Of course, they are great at focusing on stories that divert attention from class struggle. The New York Times reports:
    Concerned citizens have been warning that new electronic voting technology being rolled out nationwide can be used to steal elections. Now there is proof. When the State of Maryland hired a computer security firm to test its new machines, these paid hackers had little trouble casting multiple votes and taking over the machines' vote-recording mechanisms. The Maryland study shows convincingly that more security is needed for electronic voting, starting with voter-verified paper trails.
As if elections make a difference! When all of the candidates reflect the interests of the ruling capitalist class, who cares which thief steals the election? Elections in the Capitalist World are stolen long before the polls open!"
Class! Class! Class!

Points for Brian

OK, I got points for the first Apocalypse Now reference — I think it's essential that I point out the Brian deserves points for the first Kubrick reference.

I'd also like to point out that the sorry state of the world under the current administration eerily resembles Dr. Strangelove.

Hmmm. Mirkin '04?

Whoever Blinks First

Michael Moore went into depth about presidential debates and candidates from a blinking perspective (if you'll pardon the pun). He then proceeded to show Forbes, who is apparently an alien. Dude just never blinked. It was freaky.

I like the thought that a 4-star can outstare his opponents.
Wes is very lucid. Too bad he's overly manipulative. And we all know how much trouble we got into the last time a Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas became president: roaring economy, incredible job market, and budget surplases

Next on Fox:

When Lawyers Make Fun of the Law! Watch with mild amusement when a conservative Wisconsin-based attorney makes fun of a requirement of the campaign finance reform bill created by a 2000 Republican presidential candidate and the senator from Wisconsin.
Even funnier since it was so recently upheld by the US Supreme Court. Geez, Brian, don't you read lawyer journals?


I'm Shawn Laasch, and I endorse this attack on my friend's legal abilities.