Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"When McCain chose our beauteous Sarah as his running
"Until Palin reared her beautiful head, this is precisely the sort of thinking liberals would have denounced..."
"Despite [Democrats'] phony championing of “women’s issues” (i.e. abortion) there was not one Democrat woman who could win a head-to-head contest with Palin. Especially not if we got to see their faces. Democrats may have a fleet of women politicians, but they don’t have a deep bench of attractive ones. You don’t even think of most Democratic woman as women: Rosa Delauro, Nita Lowey, Patty Murray, Janet Napolitano -- and the list goes on. Oh, sure, there are the odd female Democrat sex kittens -- your Janet Renos, your Donna Shalalas -- but they're the exception to the rule."
"After Palin gave her barnburner of a speech at the Republican National Convention, a friend of mine in a liberal industry told me his friends were aggressively confronting him demanding to know if Palin was raised by a secret cult of Christians that taught children nothing but Creationism and public speaking. Oh, how I wish he had said “yes.” Imagine the aneurisms! I think what liberals were trying to say was: Gosh, she’s an exceptionally attractive mother of five!"
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Big deal, you say. I bet people get arrested all the time for running a meth lab in Wasilla, Alaska. So why is this news?
A 42-year-old Wasilla woman was arrested Thursday at her home by Alaska State Troopers with a search warrant in an undercover drug investigation. Sherry L. Johnston was charged with six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.
Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston, the Wasilla 18-year-old who received international attention in September when Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, announced their teenage daughter was pregnant and he was the father. Bristol Palin, 18, is due on Saturday, according to a recent interview with the governor's father, Chuck Heath.
The worst part of the story? It will be years from now, when Levi is trying to remember his daughter's birthday, and Bristol has to say, "You remember, baby. It was the week Grammy got arrested."
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here's the latest, from Borowitz, courtesy of my Uncle John.
More as it happens. Sheesh.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will enter the Presidential race in February, after it becomes clear which nominees will get the nod from the major parties. His multiple billions and organization will impress voters—and stun rivals. He’ll look like the most viable third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt. But Bloomberg will come up short, as he comes in for withering attacks from both Democrats and Republicans. He and Clinton will split more than 50% of the votes, but Arizona’s maverick senator, John McCain, will end up the country’s next President.”
No kidding. We toss 'em in the can all the time. Why in the past 35 years alone, we've put three of our governors in the slammer. New York? They've got a former Governor who liked to boink hookers with his socks on.
Now comes the news that our latest First Dude, Rod "His Hairness" Blagojevich, is in trouble, too. Welcome to the club, Rod!
Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois.
What makes Rod particularly stupid in this instance is: At the time that he committed his alleged offenses, Blagojevich knew that he was under federal scrutiny. They've been investigating the guy for a long time. And yet...
"The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement. "They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States Senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism."Perhaps worst of all, Blago makes Obama look bad. The GoOPers are going to have a field day with this, as they should. And let's make one thing clear:
I'm all in favor of rooting out corruption and getting rid of crooked politicians. That includes members of the Democratic party. If Blagojevich did what has been alleged, he should be tossed in the pokey forever and ever. Amen.
What a goddamn idiot.
Monday, December 8, 2008
From her latest posting:
"Among its myriad failings, the Bush administration has repeatedly gotten it wrong when it comes to getting it right. Over the last eight years, there has consistently been no penalty for those who have gotten things - even the most important things - wrong, and no reward for those who have gotten things right. Call it Bush Darwinism: survival of the unfittest. Over the weekend, Barack Obama made an encouraging move to reverse that unintelligent design by appointing Eric Shinseki to head the VA. By making a deliberate effort to reward Those Who Got It Right, Obama not only sends a message that the days of Bush Darwinism are over, he makes it far more likely that the next Eric Shinseki will be willing to step forward and speak up."Atta girl, Ari. Don't you love her writing style?
Oh, and just between you and me? I thought Stewart was kind of a dick to her the other night.
I'm just sayin'.
Please God, no. I need that paper! It's one of the few things (along with Jon Stewart) that has kept me sane over the past few years!
"The New York Times Company plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits."
For God's sake, go out and buy a damn paper, everyone!
Friday, December 5, 2008
"....declaring nearly 60 million acres of national forests off limits to logging and road building, significantly tightening the standards for arsenic in drinking water, increasing energy efficiency of appliances, reducing tolerance for lead in paint and soil and setting new rules for privacy of medical records."
"In recent days, the Bush administration announced new rules to speed oil shale development across 2 million rocky acres in the West. It scheduled an auction for drilling rights alongside three national parks. It has also set in motion processes to finalize major changes in endangered species protection, allow more mining waste to flow into rivers and streams, and exempt factory farms from air pollution reporting."
"Among the many new regulations—or, rather, deregulations—the Administration has proposed are rules that would: make it harder for the government to limit workers’ exposure to toxins, eliminate environmental review from decisions affecting fisheries, and ease restrictions on companies that blow up mountains to get at the coal underneath them. Other midnight regulations in the works include rules to allow “factory farms” to ignore the Clean Water Act, rules making it tougher for employees to take family or medical leave, and rules that would effectively gut the Endangered Species Act."
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
And you know...it's kinda sad, watching this basically decent and well-meaning man, a man in the twilight of his career, who has devoted so much of his life in the service of the American people, have to sit down across the table from this Texas asshole but, hey...that's why Charlie gets the big bucks, right?
Here's the thing: Bush is in a really tough spot. He's unpopular, his party just got walloped at the polls (mostly because of him) and he's scheduled to go down as one of the worst Presidents ever (perhaps even able to swipe the "Worst Ever" title from James Buchanon and Richard Nixon). And when you're in a tough spot, that's when your true colors show.
So how does Bush do on this little test? How do you think he did? From the Daily News:
"President Bush issued a stunningly candid critique of mistakes on his watch Monday night, saying he was "unprepared" for the 9/11 attacks and calling the flawed case for war in Iraq his "biggest regret."
"That's a do-over that I can't do," Bush said of his decision to attack Iraq based on the faulty intelligence that dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. "I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess," Bush said...Members of Congress from both parties and the spy agencies of other nations also concluded that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, but "the biggest regret of all" in his term as commander in chief Bush said, "has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq."
Bottom line: Bush was not forced to go to war, just because the Congress had given him the authority to do so. He chose to go to war because he and his neo-con buddies had a hard-on to get Saddam since Day One of their Administration. 9/11 was just their excuse.
Never, ever, ever forget that.
But he hasn't pissed me off yet. Not yet.
GOP strategists have argued that toppling Saddam was worth going to war whether or not Iraq had nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, but Bush said he wasn't sure. "You know, that's an interesting question," Bush said when asked what he would have done ifhe had known the intel was bogus. "It's hard for me to speculate."
Really? It's hard for you to speculate, you fucking idiot? You've been making the argument for YEARS that simply taking Saddam out was worth everything- the lives, the treasure, the loss of global respect- and now....you're not sure? I hope when you got back to the Oval Office, someone gave you a good, hard slap in the face. For starters. Jerk.
And that's enough, you'd think, for this guy. But no. He has a lot more pissing off to do. Go for it, George!
Bush said he never expected to be a wartime President. Despite briefings warning that Al Qaeda was ready to strike in the summer of 2001, Bush said, "I think I was unprepared for war" when the planes hit the towers on 9/11.
"In other words, I didn't campaign and say, 'Please vote for me; I'll be able to handle an attack,'" Bush said. "In other words, I didn't anticipate war. Presidents - one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen."
And it is absolutely correct that unexpected things will happen to a President. One of my favorites would have been if Charlie Gibson had taken the opportunity at that moment to unexpectedly knee you in the balls.
But he's still not done:
"Asked if Barack Obama's election was a voters' verdict on him, Bush
said, "I think it was a repudiation of Republicans."
"Bush professed to be unconcerned about his approval ratings hitting historic lows, or about what historians will write. 'I will leave the presidency with my head held high,' Bush said, but he also regretted his failure to curb the bitter partisanship that has prevailed in Washington. 'Frankly, it just didn't work as well as I'd like to have it work,' he said.
I have to stop. I'm choking on my own bile.
"Bush said he was thinking about writing a book when he gets back to Texas..."
"...and will also be sorting out what he intends to do with the rest of his life."
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Everybody's pulling out their big guns to try and win this thing, but here's the paragraph that grabs ya:
"Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential
nominee, teamed up with Chambliss at four campaign events across Georgia on
I wouldn't hold my breath on this one (Obama lost Georgia pretty handily) but it would be a nice surprise anyway.