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Saturday, April 09, 2005
Brain Game

Stupid, silly and really hard to explain to a curious 5 year old.
Is Michelle Malkin a C**t?.

No, she's definitely not a c**t. Being a c**t requires enough intelligence to form malicious intent. Being a c**t presumes she knows what she's doing. I've seen no evidence of either of these things. Nope, she's just:

2.Right wing
3.A buttmunch.

Do you think she'll mention me on her blog?

Satuday Morning News Roundup

CNN--Chuck and Camilla: Married; confessing adultery. We're morons.

MSNBC--Chuck and Camilla: Married; she's a slut, nobody likes her.

CBS--Chuck and Camilla: Married; the CNN folks are tabloid morons.

ABC-- Chuck and Camilla: Married; Yawn.

Fox-- Chuck and Camilla: Married; Lots of Celebrities. And rooftop snipers. Be afraid. (oh, by the way we found these papers on some gitmo prisoners you probably don't care but here they are anyway)
The more things change...

So exactly what is it that we've bought for the Iraqi people with our blood and treasure? I think I've heard this story before.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Friday Cat Flogging

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Small World, Part 2
As you will no doubt recall, our former Attorney General had to recuse himself from the Enron case. Now it turns out that our current AG is also recusing himself from the case.

Now, I think recusal is a good idea when it turns out that a high ranking law enforcement official may have a conflict of interest in a case, which is certainly what we're dealing with here. But in BushWorld, recusal also sends a clear message to underlings: these guys are my buddies.

It also shows what pervasive influence Enron had among the people that make up the current administration, including the President and Vice President. Why do you think Cheney has refused to release his energy task force records in spite of multiple court rulings directing him to do so? This is a scandal that could have and probably should have, brought this Presidency down.

As Texas Governor, Bush was closely associated with the principals of what has turned out to be a sophisticated shell game. Enron made huge contributions to Bush's political career. He used an Enron corporate jet during his 2000 campaign. Of course, after the scandal broke, Bush couldn't seem to recall any of that.

Many of his political cronies initiated and passed legislation that specifically allowed Enron to run the scams that ruined thousands of peoples' finances, all while accepting very large "campaign contribution" from these crooks. The Clintons were hounded throughout the 1990's over Whitewater. Unlike that sordid exercise in witch hunting, Enron shows clear evidence of political corruption up to and perhaps including outright bribery. And there are a lot of politicians with dirty hands in this matter.

Which is most likely why it will never be investigated. However, you'll be comforted to know that the investigation into Henry Cisneros' payments to his mistress is still under way and eating tax dollars. Of course, he pled guilty to the offense and the court case was closed nearly six years ago. But then, he was a democrat.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
How about a scary story?

Marburg haemorrhagic fever is back, and it looks like the current outbreak in Angola is going to be fairly large, if not a record. Each time these death viruses erupt, they're a bit different. Previous Marburg eruptions have resulted in fatality rates between 30-80 percent. The current outbreak is running 99 percent. Another difference is that young children were not a large percentage of previous outbreaks. This time, many of the victims are children under 5.

Here's another fun fact: one of the centers of the current outbreak is in the slums of an Angolan town called Luanda. Luanda has an airport. The incubation period for this virus is 3 to 9 days. Travel time between Luanda and New York is around 23 hours:

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The good news is that historically, this virus has been hard to catch. You need to be in close contact with infected fluids. The bad news is that this outbreak has been acting differently in other ways, so who knows whether this characteristic has also changed?

Scared yet?
More important news
Straight from CNN's front page to you:
Royal couple to acknowledge 'sins'

Thursday, April 7, 2005 Posted: 11:37 AM EDT (1537 GMT)

..."We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, by thought, word and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us."...

Umm, guys? Nobody's been to church lately? This is the "General Confession" which is said weekly before Holy Communion by all Anglicans/Episcopalians who use the 1928 BCP. It's not special for Chuck and Camilla. It means they're going to take Communion as well as get hitched. It's just part of the service. Really. You can trust me on this.
Small World

It turns out that the staffer who wrote the GOP talking points memo is one Brian Darling, of the Alexander Strategy Group. He was ostensibly working for Senator Mel Martinez (R, FL) as Chief Counsel, but he has ties to Tommy Boy through ASG also. ASG is one of the cash pipes that DeLay uses to keep his wife and daughter in spending money, too.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
This is Just Really Weird

Look, I know John Paul was an important pope. I know that he was/is revered and loved by Catholics around the world. It's sad that he has passed on. But he has. He's dead. His body doesn't have any of "him" left inside. Really. Check with your trusted spiritual advisor on this, if you like. That thing on the dais, all dressed up in papal finery, that's not him. He's gone. The sight of our current and former presidents kneeling reverently at the ritually attired corpse of a frail old man--while politically facile--is totally wack:

Karol Wojytla is not paying attention to this insane outpouring of dead-body worship. He has better things to do, now. God is watching, I guess, because that's one of the things that He does, but I really seriously doubt that He is particularly impressed by frantic reverence for embalmed remains.

That's one of the things He sort of specifically disapproved of a while back, I thought. It's hard to determine whether this is media induced hysteria (which I suspect) or just plain human silliness. Or both. In any case, this is a little nuts.

But at least it takes a little media heat off of George and Tommy boy.

Poor Tom.
It turns out that this latest scandal engulfing Tom Delay is just part of the vast liberal media conspiracy:

"My wife and daughter have any right, just like any other American, to be employed and be compensated for their employment. It's pretty disgusting, particularly when my wife and daughter are singled out and others are not, in similar situations in the Senate and as well as the House.

"But it's just another seedy attempt by the liberal media to embarrass me."
So, this is just like if my wife decided to work at the Starbucks on the corner. The dastardly Liberal Media would find a way to make it look bad. Oh, and being paid with $500,000 of Daddy's campaign money? Why, that's the god-given right of every American! Besides, other people do it, too.

I think Tommy boy is getting close to being toast. When he goes down, I wonder who he'll take with him? He doesn't seem like the kind of guy who will just go away quietly, and it seems likely that he would have some, umm, dirt, on a few people in DC. Come on Tom, get even on your way out of town. Please?
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Big Projects.....

have me tied up for little while. Two articles on deadline and taxes are chewing up my few hours of free time each night. I'll post when I can.

But how 'bout Tom DeLay!?!?!? He's being sacrificed by the GOP and we all know who the chief strategerist is.

Paging Mr. Rove.
Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad. This guy is a piece of work; I would have put money on not finding someone even more questionable than Negroponte to put in this position.

But then, I would have had to pay up. You can always count on these guys.
He's not Jesus...
but he plays him on TV!

On Sunday night, Larry King--with a distinguished panel of theologians on the show, asked actor James Caviezel--who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's recent movie--the following probing metaphysical question regarding the late pope:

"Jim, you think he's with Jesus now? We only have 30 seconds."

Don't you just love TV?
Monday, April 04, 2005
Breaking News!

Still Dead

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It's a good thing that there are no other newsworthy events occurring in the world. Bread and circuses, anyone?
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Bishop Gene Robinson

As I was surfing around this evening, looking for right-wing absurdities to comment on, I found a catchy headline on Worldnetdaily:

Rev. Gene Robinson: Jesus 'might be 'gay''
1st openly 'out' Anglican bishop sparks outrage with queer idea

Now, it happens that I am Episcopalian, as is Gene Robinson. It further happens that Bishop Robinson was confirmed by the delegates of the National Convention at my church in Minneapolis, in 2003. It even further happens that I have heard Bishop Robinson speak, and I immediately knew that this was horseshit.

The "Anglican" description comes from the Telegraph article that Worldnetdaily plagiarized. Yes, they plagiarized it. It's a dumbed-down cut-and-paste job with no attribution. Must not be a sin, like homosexuality is.

The "quote" in both of their headlines isn't really a quote at all. He didn't say that. In fact, this is what he said, according to WND's (and the Telegraph's) own article:
""Interestingly enough, in this day of traditional family values, this man that we follow was single, as far as we know, traveled with a bunch of men, had a disciple who was known as 'the one whom Jesus loved' and said my family is not my mother and father, my family is those who do the will of God. None of us likes those harsh words. That's who Jesus is, that's who he was at heart, in his earthly life.

"Those who would posit the nuclear family as the be all and end all of God's creation probably don't find that much in the gospels to support it,"
So where's the part about Jesus being gay? Well, you know where it is, but if you're like me, you probably don't want to shove your hand up WND or the Telegraph's nether regions to retrieve it. These far-right propaganda outlets are truly despicable; worthy of a book, not just a blog post.

What Bishop Robinson speaks of here, is that Jesus was not part of a conventional, nuclear family. This is news? Let's see; immaculate conception (to put it delicately), Mary Magdalene, lepers, fishermen, roughing up money changers...we're not exactly talking about Leave It To Beaver, folks. But, to the wingnuts, because Bishop Robinson is openly gay, everything he says must be about "the hidden homosexual agenda".

Here is something else Bishop Robinson said, (read the whole sermon here; I recommend it) referring to the gospel of Matthew 13:24-43:
... You might be thinking that this parable is about evil in the world. It is. And God sends the rain on the just and the unjust – no matter how much it drives us crazy or how unfair it seems. You might be thinking this parable is about the cause of evil in the world. Which it is. And although I have a hard time imagining the devil, I know that evil can become so big, and so present, that it’s hard not to posit an evil mastermind behind it.

But for me, this parable, spoken by our Lord two millennia ago, is about arrogance and humility. Too much arrogance and too little humility in our lives as individuals, too much arrogance and too little humility in the Church, and too much arrogance and too little humility in America..."
No wonder the right hates him so much.

What a Great Idea.
Riverbend has a new post up, talking about how American TV newstainment shows are blanketing Iraq. Towards the end she makes a suggestion:
"...I have a suggestion of my own for a reality show. Take 15 Bush supporters and throw them in a house in the suburbs of, say, Falloojeh for at least 14 days. We could watch them cope with the water problems, the lack of electricity, the check points, the raids, the Iraqi National Guard, the bombings, and- oh yeah- the ‘insurgents’. We could watch their house bombed to the ground and their few belongings crushed under the weight of cement and brick or simply burned or riddled with bullets. We could see them try to rebuild their life with their bare hands (and the equivalent of $150)…"

That would be cool. CBS?..., Fox?... NBC?... Hello?...
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

Cost of the War in Iraq
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