Monday, February 28, 2005

Ka-boom! Iraq suicide bomber kills 100+ people


Ka-boom!A car bomber drove his car into a crowd of people getting medical checkups to qualify for government jobs. At least 125 are dead and 130 are severely injured. Remember that war in Iraq? George Bush and Karl Rove would just as soon you didn't. Since we're heading toward 1,500 American soldiers dead in Iraq, it's worth thinking about for the moment before we get back to the Social Security crisis.

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More about the Oscars: Chris Rock cracks George Bush

I was wishing that Billy Crystal was the Oscar host. But Chris Rock did crack my up when he joked about by "being a cashier at the Gap and you're 70 trillion short in the till." He was talking about George Bush coming into office with a budget surplus and now all the money is missing. He followed up with a riff about The Gap starting a war with Banana Republic over tank tops, only to discover that Banana Republic doesn't make tank tops. Very funny jokes in front of a billion people.

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The Oscars


Hilary Swank was a popular winner last night at The Oscars. Here's a list of the other 2005 Oscar winnners.

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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Just for laughs: I Love Karl Rove

Check this out. Susan posted this one on Suburban Guerrilla. LOL.

Ever question the law that requires you to show ID at the airport? John Gilmore did.

I've started to pay more attention to privacy items. For one, my wife's identity was stolen a few years ago, and the thieves took over $50,000, plus opened driver's licenses and passports in her name throughout the Northeast. Second, I've blithely gone through life showing ID without thinking about it until I've heard some intellectual arguments in the past couple years about privacy rights in the US. So, this story struck me as an interesting take on the government requiring ID to board an airplane when no law exists to have a national ID. From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
John Gilmore's splendid isolation began July 4, 2002, when, with defiance aforethought, he strolled to the Southwest Airlines counter at Oakland Airport and presented his ticket.

The gate agent asked for his ID.

Gilmore asked her why.

It is the law, she said.

Gilmore asked to see the law.

Nobody could produce a copy. To date, nobody has. The regulation that mandates ID at airports is "Sensitive Security Information." The law, as it turns out, is unavailable for inspection.

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Ann Coulter is nuts

Semidi has a rundown of the latest Ann Coulter craziness in a piece titled Ann Coulter: Serial Liar. That's some great reading about a woman who's as crazy as a fox.

The Rude Pundit gives us the unfiltered (you've been warned) version of what he thinks of Ann Coulter (via Blatherskite). And, you can look here for an amusing poster of Ann and her love buddy, George Bush. (Which makes me think, if she married Georgie Porgie, she'd be A. Bush. On second thought, maybe she should marry James Beard.)

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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Condi Rice goes gothic: Secretary of State as domanatrix


I'm still laughing about this picture from Whiskey Bar in a piece titled These Boots Are Made for Walking. Original pointer from Philly Future.

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HIV cases double for blacks in the US

In a scary turn of HIV and AIDS statistics, HIV cases have doubled over the last decade among blacks while holding steady for whites. Newsday reports:
The HIV infection rate has doubled among blacks in the United States over a decade while holding steady among whites - stark evidence of a widening racial gap in the epidemic, government scientists said Friday.

The findings were released at the 12th Annual Retrovirus Conference, the world's chief scientific gathering on the disease. Thursday evening, research was presented on the aggressive HIV strain recently discovered in a Manhattan patient. His doctors, led by Dr. David Ho at Rockefeller University, said the strain has disturbing traits that help it quickly progress to AIDS while resisting drug treatments: It grows well in the lab, unlike most drug-resistant strains, and it causes cells that it infects to clump together, allowing them to kill other cells.
Since neither blacks nor gays generally vote Republican, the Bush Administration will continue to ignore the statistics and the science. In fact, I halfway expect the evangelicals to stand up and use their old, sick "fornicators and sodomites deserve what happens to them" argument for letting this health epidemic go underfunded.

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Friday, February 25, 2005

Dump je schatje

For the Dutch readers of iFlipFlop comes this hilarious website called dumpjeschatje.nl (dump your sweetie). This is a really funny one. It's a 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover kind of site, with downloadable breakup letters and graphic scenarios of how to get rid of him/her before the summer holidays roll around. There are even breakup e-cards available (warning NSFW). For those of you who don't read Dutch, it's still funny and worth a look. You'll get the idea.

Note to Lizzy and The Pain: Deze website is niet voor u.

Toto, I don't think we'll have abortions in Kansas anymore

CNN reports that the Kansas AG is invading women's privacy with impunity:
TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- The Kansas attorney general is demanding abortion clinics turn over the complete medical records of nearly 90 women and girls, saying he needs the material for an investigation into underage sex and illegal late-term abortions.
He says he wants to do it to "protect children." Of course, he means zygotes, which are "children" to him. The hell with them or their rights once they're born.

Pennsylvanians: Vote no to Social Security privatization on Rick Santorum's site

The man-on-dog Senator's Social Secutity poll is located on the left side of the page towards the bottom. Go to the link below and answer the question. You will get the results to date after you vote. This is a great opportunity to let Senator Santorum know how we feel!!

http://santorum.senate.gov/public/

Do you support Soc Sec privatization reform?

YES for privatizated accounts
NO against privatizated accounts

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Jeff Gannon aka Jim Guckert is priceless


Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert is back online. (I refuse to link to him, but if you look at any rightie blog you can find his site.) I like the picture that Will Bunch has of Gannon as Beldar Conehead. If Gannon is Beldar, it would explain why most alien abductions seem to involve an anal probe.

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Chilling tsunami photos

I found this story on Attytood today about a camera found from a couple who were swept away in the tsunami. Very scary photos, indeed, of the tsunami bearing down on a person; and the wave ultimately engulfing the couple taking the pictures.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

George Bush: Duplicitor-in-Chief

I read this yesterday on Philly. Incredible duplicity from George Bush. Friends, this is what The Big Lie is. Who's going to call him on this one?
"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. Having said that, all options are on the table," Bush said.
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Senator Rick Santorum's Social Security Townhall Goes Sideways

This was on Kos about Senator Rick Sanotrum's townhall on Social Security. The College Republicans are supposed to be the smart ones:
[B]efore the event, Philly DFA began chanting "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Rick Santorum has got to go!" Local college Republicans, who are just about the only Republicans in West Philly, responded with a chant that beautifully was captured live by CNN: "hey-hey, ho-ho, Social Security has got to go!" I love it when the other side does your campaigning for you!

Inside the hall, the biggest applause line of the event was generated early on when Santorum asked a rhetorical question about demographics and funding: "what happens in 2008?" Before he could answer his own question, someone shouted "Bush leaves office," and the room went wild.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Questions Jeff Gannon never got to ask

I found this on One Good Move. Funny essay about Jeff Gannon / Jim Guckert. Some of the questions Jeff Gannon never got to ask from the piece titled Leave Jeff Gannon Alone!:
QUESTIONS JEFF GANNON NEVER GOT TO ASK
"In the early 1940's, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and turncoat Jim Jeffries murdered six million Jews and untold numbers of homosexuals. How do work with these obviously insane assassins to pass laws that will only help the American people? And could you also address why misguided Jews, Negroes and Gays blindly support the Democratic party."

"Senator Ted Kennedy said the 3,000 innocents who died on September 11 were little Eichmanns, and probably were all having secret affairs that would make their spouses crap their pants if they knew about them. With this Hate America First crowd, how can you ever successfully deliver democracy and freedom to those being tortured by tyrants around the world who are supported by liberal college professors in an academic community that teaches the blessings of Marxism and Christ-killing?"

"People say you said the reason you went in to Iraq was because of the WMD, Iraq's dangerous ties to Al Qaeda, and impending nuclear attacks from Iraq, obviously applaud the rape rooms of Saddam, when we all know you went in to bring freedom to the forsaken Iraqi people. Comment?"

"There are rumblings that Hillary Clinton may run for President in 2008. Will your administration bring out the fact that she slept with the entire membership of every Harvard fraternity AND sorority? And is there room in the budget to resurrect the Whitewater scandal to find out why she killed Vince Foster? I mean, if she did. Could you also comment on the size of her calves?"
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The US is going to invade Iran in June, says Scott Ritter

The former UN weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, says the Bush Administration plans to invade Iran in June. I'm sure you've all noticed that Iran is firmly in the news cycle and Iraq is out. Hmmm. From the article:
Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in Olympia's Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.
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AARP attacked by The White House: Social Security too liberal


Yep, the Swift Boat Liars are at it again. I saw this one on Eschaton today. Kos has a rundown, too. It's a real gasper. These people have no shame.

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Malcolm X was assassinated 40 years ago today

Etherealgirl has a very interesting piece about the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. She includes a beautiful portrait and several resources. It's well worth thinking about the sacrifices the man made and the effects he's had on all of us.

George Bush's favorite song? Pass the Dutchy to the left hand side


Yes, George Bush did inhale. Now he's taking an iron-lung toke of hypocrisy. Semidi has a summary of the Rastafarian in Chief's words:
He refused to answer reporters’ questions about his past behavior, he said, even though it might cost him the election. Defending his approach, Mr. Bush said: “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”
Look kids, you can smoke dope, learn to lie bigtime, and still be president of the United States. Bush is pictured here with his favorite cousin, Mary Jane Bush.

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Hunter Thompson kills himself

Hunter Thompson killed himself yesterday. Gonzo to the end. Here's to the crazy ones.

Liberation is coming, whether you want it or not: Bush's foray into Iran

Eric Blumrich has his eye on George Bush and the Neocons as they look to replace Iraq with Iran as the "great threat." Take a look at Eric's animation of the war overtures against Iran.

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Bill Maher comments on Jeff Gannon aka Jeff Guckert


One Good Move has a great compilation of Bill Maher's take on the Jeff Gannon/Jeff Guckert scandal. Also discussing hotmilitarystud.com are Robin Williams, Leslie Stahl, Tommy Thompson, and Joe Biden.

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Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Bush secret tapes

Kos has the summary. It's not good for Georgie Boy. Doper. Evangelical shill. Alcoholic. See kids, anbody can grow up and be president. George Bush did; you can too.

George Bush was the "Execution Governor" in Texas


George Bush executed 135 prisoners while he was governor of Texas. Now his friends are making public secretly recorded tapes of the chief executioner showing his real duplicity. Kind of like saying he's pro-life, but then executing living, breathing people?

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

The Crackers: A parody of The Gates


BoingBoing has a parody of Christo's The Gates titled The Crackers. Even though I've been a fan of The Gates while others, like our friend at philly, have questioned whether it's art, this rendition of The Crackers cracked me up, I have to say.

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Brit Hume writ wrong

Oliver says Brit Hume must go. I agree.

Bombocracy in Iraq



That "democracy thing" is working great in Iraq. A suicide bomber killed 17 and wounded 23 in a southern Iraq mosque. The Turkish Press says, "Extremist Sunni Arab insurgents have pledged to target the Shiite majority, which swept to victory in the January 30 elections and is set to take power for the first time in the country's history."

George Bush can say "democracy is on the march in Iraq." The truth is, it's suicide bombers who are on the march.

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Friday, February 18, 2005

More Abu Ghraib scandals: Mock execution photos

Just when you think you've heard the last of the Abu Ghraib scandal (George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld want it that way), we hear that there are mock execution photos available. Alberto Gonzalez was heard singing a version of Elvis's That's alright, mama.

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Google Maps: Miserable failure in Washington D.C.

For a little fun do this Google search on Google Maps: Miserable failure in Washington D.C. See where the miserable failure lives.

Social Insecurity


Here's a Social Insecurity calculator created the Senate Democrats. My calculation: Bigtime losses with the Bush privatization plan for Social Security.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Alberto Gonzalez asks George Bush if he'd like to know obscenity when he sees it


Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez ruled that an obscenity case can be reinstated against Extreme Associates. Gonzalez said, "The Department of Justice remains strongly committed to the investigation and prosecution of adult obscenity cases."

In other news, Gonzalez asked President George Bush if he'd want to "hang out this weekend and check out the entire Extreme Video collection. Purely for research, of course, Mr. President." The president was heard whispering, "Them little girls can run, but they can't hide. Heh-heh."

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Life on Mars


Scientists say they have discovered life on Mars. George Bush immediately declared the bacteria part of the Axis of Intergalactic Evil and Condi Rice accused the organisims of developing nucleus weapons.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Kyoto Protocol gets backwards

Roy Spencer writes in World warms to Kyoto, but research will save the day, "One small step for man, one giant leap backward for mankind. That's how Wednesday's official start of the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that aims to limit global warming, should be greeted." So true. 2005 has started as the warmest year on record. And 3 of the last 5 years have had record high worldwide temperatures. What's Kyoto spelled backwards? George Bush.

Large, unexplained blast in Iran

Hmmm. The BBC reports that a large explosion happened in southern Iran this morning. Do you notice all the hullabaloo about Iran now? News coverage? Increasingly hostile rhetoric from George Bush and Condi Rice? My sense is that we're going to be hearing about a lot more "unexplained explosions" in Iran soon. Scary.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Be careful what you wish for: Iraq now heading the way of Iran

George Bush and Company thought they were so clever -- just hold elections and, Volia!,Iraq becomes a free and democratic country. Not so fast. From Iraq Winners Allied With Iran Are the Opposite of U.S. Vision:
When the Bush administration decided to invade Iraq two years ago, it envisioned a quick handover to handpicked allies in a secular government that would be the antithesis of Iran's theocracy -- potentially even a foil to Tehran's regional ambitions.

But, in one of the greatest ironies of the U.S. intervention, Iraqis instead went to the polls and elected a government with a strong religious base -- and very close ties to the Islamic republic next door. It is the last thing the administration expected from its costly Iraq policy -- $300 billion and counting, U.S. and regional analysts say.
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George Bush is no patriot, even if he calls for a renewal of the Patriot Act

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Feb. 15, 2005: President George Bush yesterday urged members of the U.S. Congress to renew an act, which allowed for secret proceedings in immigration cases against some Caribbeans, bolstered the surveillance of the FBI and increased use of material witness warrants to hold suspects incommunicado for months.

Some patriot, huh?

Monday, February 14, 2005

CNN shows the same nuke plant for Iran and North Korea


I wonder where CNN got these shots of nuclear plants in Iran and North Korea. In an amazing twist of fate, there the same shot. Hmmmm.

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Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is supposed to be a happy day. But in case anyone needs a laugh and is not all that charmed with the day, here's a site called Be My Anti-Valentine. One that made me laugh out loud: You'll do.

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Drones have been buzzing Iran for a year now

We're sending drones over Iran. I wonder if that means Karl Rove.

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Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Gates, by Christo


I found this beautiful picture of Christo's The Gate project on Ping - The Gates. I would love to get to New York to see it in person. Here's a great collection on Flickr. One of my favorite views is here.

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Howard Dean is DNC Chair


HOWARD! The Democrats took the first step toward victory in 2008 (Hillary 2008) by electing Howard Dean as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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George Bush and the face of compassionate conservatism



You work three jobs? That's uniquely American. That's fantastic.

President Bush, to 57-year-old Omaha resident Mary Mornin, after she told him she works three jobs to support her children, one of whom has mental disabilities.

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Fallen soldiers


On a flight to Chicago on Tuesday I sat next to a Marine in full dress uniform. He looked crisp and serious, just like you could imagine. At some point I turned and said I didn't know that Marines traveled in dress uniforms. They don't. As the plane parked at the jetway in O'Hare, the pilot came on and said, "We have a fallen soldier on board. We're asking everyone to stay seated until his Marine escort leaves the plane to accompany him to his final resting place." We all sat while my seatmate left.

Here's an AP photo that had this caption: Marine military gear from Capt. Lyle Gordon, Capt. Paul Alaniz, Staff Sgt. Dexter Kimble and Lance Cpl. Tony Hernandez were placed inside Airman Memorial Chapel during the memorial services for the fallen men at Miramar Marine Corp Air Station in San Diego on Friday, Feb. 11, 2005. The Marines were killed along with 26 other Marines and one Navy sailor in a helicopter crash in Iraq (news) on Jan. 26. More than 500 mourners paid tribute Friday to the four Texans who were among the 31 killed.

Death totals in Iraq as of today: 1,456
Wounded in Iraq: 10,700


Friday, February 11, 2005

More lies from Condi Rice

See Condi Lie. Lie Condi Lie. Condi Lies-a-Lot

Here's just another story of the audacity (and mendacity) of Condoleeza Rice, who lied about national security briefings on Al Qaeda. From Kos:
Although then national security adviser Condoleezza Rice wrote a March 22, 2004 column in The Washington Post that "No al-Qaeda threat was turned over to the new administration," a newly declassified document [image below the fold] tells the story.
Lots more reading with incriminating documents in full view. Republicans called John Kerry a flip-flopper and it worked. Condi Lies-a-Lot is going to stick.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Andy Borwitz writes that the Flintstones Are Way Too Gay

Read Andy Borowitz's clever satire titled Flintstones Are 'Way Too Gay,' which includes this line: Fred and Barney should be banned because they are virtually inseparable, are never seen wearing pants and live together in the suggestively-named town of Bedrock, complains a conservative activist.

Remember that tsunami?


Do you remember that tsunami that killed on the order of 200,000 people? As far as George Bush is concerned, it's more important to worry about Iran, Iraq, and Social Security. Those brown-skinned, non-Christian people in places we can't even locate on a map don't deserve our sympathy. (Yes, we can lump innocent Iraqi civilians we've killed by the thousands into that group.)

Here's a touching photo that shows donated, used clothing left on the beach in Aceh for tsunami survivors.

All Hail King Karl Rove



Karl Rove's influence has roved even farther. Rove has been appointed President Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff. Karl will now be responsible for developing The Daily Big Lie and in his new role will have even more direct access to the president. Early ideas found on Rove's desk:

My Big LIe To-Do List for This Week
Monday: When we said WMD we meant Iran, not Iraq. It's Iran.
Tuesday: George Bush was a war hero in Vietnam
Wednesday: Support the president's Social Security plan or you won't get your check next week
Thursday: No, we don't have a litmus test for Federal judges
Friday: Forget that straight couple in Florida that tortured their adopted children or the millions of straights who get divorced each year, it's the gays that are ruining the American family
Saturday: It's unethical to question Tom DeLay's ethics
Sunday: Intelligent design tells us it's the Lord's day of rest

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Happy Chinese New Year


It's the Year of the Rooster. Happy Chinese New Year.

The US is outsourcing torture

From the powerful piece by Susan Meyer titled Outsourcing Torture in The New Yorker:
The extraordinary-rendition program bears little relation to the system of due process afforded suspects in crimes in America. Terrorism suspects in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have often been abducted by hooded or masked American agents, then forced onto a Gulfstream V jet, like the one described by Arar. This jet, which has been registered to a series of dummy American corporations, such as Bayard Foreign Marketing, of Portland, Oregon, has clearance to land at U.S. military bases. Upon arriving in foreign countries, rendered suspects often vanish. Detainees are not provided with lawyers, and many families are not informed of their whereabouts.
The US government's "extraordinary rendition" program sweeps in, kidnaps people, and sends them to countries like Syria to be "questioned." It can happen to you, folks, if your name is on the wrong list.

Rumsfeld answers the age-old question: Do you feel like I do? Do you feel like I do?


Donald Rumsfeld, when asked at a recent press conference, "How do you feel?" answered, "Like this."

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Condi Rice holds a seance for Yassar Arafat


Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is shown with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas just before they went into a joint seance to conjure the ghost of Yassar Arafat. The poltergeist of the deceased PLO leader looks on glowingly in the background.

Eagles fans aren't even this rabid

This Welsh rugby fan was really dedicated to his team. Look at this story titled Well, at Least He Won't Be Fathering More Fans. Note to Evangelical Republicans: I would suggest this as an oath of fealty to George Bush's win in November.

Alberto Gonzalez should be proud: Kuwaiti prisoners tortured at Gitmo

The story is just being revealed, but Kuwaiti prisoners say they were tortured while in detention at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba and while they were held in Afghanistan. A lawyer for the group charges that prisoners were strung up by their hands or feet and beaten with chains until they passed out. Several were stripped naked and taunted by female guards. At least one was sodomized.

Alberto Gonzalez, our new Attonery General, should be proud. His memo with opinions that it's okay to torture prisoners is coming home to roost.

Google maps

Wow. Every day Google comes out with something cool. Google maps is the latest fun gadget.

Bush and the Budget: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

WASHINGTON — President Bush's austere spending plan for next year represents a stark reckoning with some of his own expensive past choices, from cutting taxes to going to war in Iraq.

Operations in Iraq are costing about $1 billion a week, on top of a broader buildup of military and homeland security capabilities. Making permanent the tax cuts of his first term, which the administration credits for reviving economic growth, would cost as much as $1.1 trillion over the next decade.

Those priorities are in direct competition with the president's election-year pledge to cut the federal budget deficit in half by the time he leaves office in 2009. To do that, Bush proposes eliminating or sharply cutting about 150 domestic programs, many of them popular on Capitol Hill. It may add up on paper, but it's unlikely to fly in the real world of politics.


This lede, via USA Today, is right on the money. Too bad George Bush isn't. What he says and what he does are at such odds.

Monday, February 07, 2005

A perspective on Social Security

Josh calls Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration to task about their Social Security "crisis":
Look what we hear from the administration's own collective mouth. Their solution to the problem does nothing to solve the problem -- not me saying it, them saying it. However, it does cost trillions of dollars. In fact, it will cost -- by their own estimation -- much more over the next 20 years than it would to keep Social Security going strong for the next 75 years.

At what point does this proposed policy collapse under the weight of its own ridiculousness?
Talking Points Memo is rightly named. This is required reading for the Social Security (or, as George Bush calls it, ShowShull Security)hoax that the Bushies are pulling on unwitting Americans.

The 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2004

If you want to read about real turmoil in this world, look at this MSF-USA report titled The 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2004. And instead of genuinely helping these people, George Bush & Co. are spending $200 billion to "make the world free of terror." These stories tell of the real terror in this world: crushing poverty and rampant disease.

While it was a tragedy that 3,000 people died on 9/11, it would be a travesty to forget that 5,000 times that number died in the tsunami on 12/26 (what tsunami?) or that 90% of the people living in Burundi survive (barely) on less than $1 per week. George Bush and the Evangelicals say that all life is precious. It sure seems that they mean, "all Southern, white, Christian, fundamentalist" lives are precious (white, Christian, prisoners on death row in Texas, for example, are exempt from this "all lives are precious under God" rule).

Super Bowl Ads

Here's a very good compilation of Super Bowl ads. My Philadelphia Eagles lost by 3 points last night and I have that same kind of feeling I had on November 2. I'm just hoping that the Patriots don't claim they have a Super Bowl Mandate.

iFilm has the Super Bowl ads in streaming video, BTW.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Tie game at halftime

Eagles 7, Patriots 7. Whew! Tied at halftime. Should be a barn burner.

UPDATE: Patriots 24, Eagles 21. Bummer.

Eagles are on the board first

Eagles 7, Patriots 0. 2nd Quarter. So far, so good.

Betting on the Eagles....a Cross-Blog Friendly Wager

Atrios and Ntodd have a great idea. A little friendly Super Bowl wager with the proceeds going to local charities. I put my $50 in the pot. From the post on Eschaton:
I suggest we choose a charity for each team. If the Pats win, all us betting on the Eagles have to donate to the American Friends Service Committee (Ntodd's choice).

I'm going local. If the Eagles win, all you New England losers have to donate your bet to Project Home.
Great idea, guys. Fly, Eagles, Fly.

Cat blogging, Matrix-style


This is my contribution to cat blogging: The Philadelphia Eagles are going to ninja-kick the New England Patriots in the neck.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Heh-heh, Joe: George Bush comes out at the State of the Union



Heh-heh, Joe
Heh-heh Joe, where you goin’ with my butt in of your hand
Heh-heh Joe, I said where you goin’ with young Georgie's butt in your hand, oh
I’m goin’ down to ask my old lady
If she's okay with me messin’ ’round with another man
Yeah, I’m goin’ down to ask my old lady
If she's good with me messin’ ’round with another man
Huh! and that ain’t cool
Heh-heh Joe, I heard you let your mamma down
You let her down now
Heh-heh Joe, I heard you let your lady down
You let her down in the ground yeah!
Yeah!
Yes, I did, I let her
You know she caught me messin’ round messin’ round town
Huh, yes I did I let her
You know my old lady caught me messin’ ’round town
Heh-heh, Joe.
Let's you and Georgie go to San Fran
Get some people talkin' 'round town.

Lyrics: From Hey, Joe by Jimi Hendrix
Video: From One Good Move
George Bush's gay inspiration: Sponge Bob Square Pants

Philadelphia Eagles and Wing Bowl

Karl has some fun stuff posted on Philly Future today. One is a compilation of Super Bowl picks (EAGLES!) and another is a look at Wing Bowl Mania. E-A-G-L-E-S

State of the Union Parsing Tool

I found this State of the Union Parsing Tool on Oliver Willis, who offered these stats from this very cool site.

Bush By the Numbers - The State of the Union
2001: 8 sentences contain freedom 0 sentences contain sacrifice
2002: 14 sentences contain freedom 2 sentences contain sacrifice
2003: 5 sentences contain freedom 1 sentence contains sacrifice
2004: 8 sentences contain freedom 1 sentence contains sacrifice
2005: 17 sentences contain freedom 1 sentence contains sacrifice

iFlipFlop Poll results: Iraq elections aren't legitimate


iFlipFlop readers overwhelmingly think the Iraqi election was a bit of a sham. Was the Iraqi election legitimate? 89% say no. As Lambert asks on Corrente, "Could it possibly be that the election numbers are not accurate?" Hmmmm.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Philadelphia on its way to being a digital city

Mayor John Street will announce plans to make Philadelphia a Wi-Fi digital city on February 9.
Neff said Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street will announce the wireless business plan Feb. 9 at the city's Independence Center. The plan will call for construction of the citywide network to begin midyear 2005 and finish by the end of summer 2006, Neff said. When completed, the network will cover about 135 square miles, she said.

"Our goal is to cover the entire city of Philadelphia with wireless broadband access at low rates so every person, business and visitor will have an opportunity have access to wireless broadband anywhere in the city," Neff said. She added that Philadelphia is on track to become what she called a "digital city," and that ubiquitous wireless broadband would enhance the city's economy.

Chief torture advocate, Alberto Gonzalez, confirmed as Attorney General

Alberto Gonzalez was confirmed as Attorney General by a vote of 60-36. Now the man who advocated torture as an interrogation technique in memos to George Bush is our top law enforcement officer. Condi Rice, who lied about WMD and shunned the world community, was sworn in as Secretary of State. Paul Bremer, who mangled his job in Iraq and now seems to have "misplaced" $9 billion, was awarded the Medal of Freedom. Does anyone have the feeling that apocalypse is already here?

General James Mattis says shooting people is "fun"

Do you ever wonder where all this lawlessness comes from in Abu Ghraib? Why the rest of the world thinks we're corrupt and unethical? Look at the words of General James Mattis, who said:
"Actually, it's quite a lot of fun to fight; you know, it's a hell of a hoot. I like brawling; it's fun to shoot some people."

In the context of Afghanistan, he said men who slapped around women for not wearing a veil had no manhood and it was fun to shoot them.
Guess what happened? He was "counseled" on his choice of words. Counseled. Donald Rumsfeld was responsible for setting a tone that resulted in torture at Abu Ghraib and George Bush won't accept his resignation. Gen. James Mattis says "It's fun to shoot some people" and he gets counseled. How do we teach children right from wrong when the leaders of the United States of America don't even seem to be able to offer and example of what's right?

Donald Rumsfeld offered to resign twice

....and I say, "The third time's a charm." Donald Rumsfeld says he offered to resign twice, and George Bush said, "Stay." Nice. Note to George Bush: Denial is not a river in Africa.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Barney's proctologists attend the State of the Union


In a strange twist, quite a few of Barney's former proctologists were elected as Republican congressman in the recent elections. In a show of solidarity for the lovable character, the Republican freshman showed their purple fingers and sang a few bars of "I love you, you love me, we're a Republican family."

In other news, Dr. James Dobson and his Army of God prowled the halls of Congress before the State of the Union to keep the fomer proctologists of Sponge Bob Square Pants from showing their yellow fingers to the assembled media. As Drudge says, "Developing."

The leaders of the "free" world


From the 2005 State of the Union address.

George Bush: The U.N. can talk to the hand.
Dick Cheney: Yes, master.
Dennis Hastert: I hope the microphone didn't catch that.

Thus Spake Bushathustra - George Bush's State of the Union 2005

Here's the full text of George Bush's 2005 State of the Union.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

State of the Union Drinking Game

These drinking games are always fun. Here's a State of the Union Drinking game that I saw on semidi.

Iraq Votes - Be Careful What You Wish For

Juan Cole points out that the Iraqi election outcome may not quite be what George Bush would like you to think it is:
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim claimed victory in the Sunday elections for the United Iraqi Alliance, the coalition of religious Shiite parties he leads. And this is what the winners, if they are winners, think of the US:

"No one welcomes the foreign troops in Iraq. We believe in the ability of Iraqis to run their own issues, including the security issue," Mr Hakim said. "Of course this issue could be brought up by the new government."

The idea that the revolutionary Shiite al-Dawa Party, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Badr Organization (trained by the Iranian revolutionary guards), all of them with close ties to Tehran, would welcome a permanent US military presence in Iraq was always a chimera. Most Shiites who voted on Sunday thought they were voting for an end to US hegemony in their country. This is why it is so bizarre that the US Right is interpreting the elections as a victory for the Bush administration.

Dipping their fingers in George Bush's ink

On CNN, they're talking about a Louisiana Republican congressman who says he's going to dip his index finger in purple ink to show solidarity with Iraqi voters. He's inviting other senators and representatives to follow his lead. I can't wait for the pictures. Photoshop awaits (but it won't be necessary).

Toy soldier


Did you see this one? An Islamist website claimed it was holding a US soldier hostage and offered this photo as evidence. The rub? This is a toy soldier. Like the G.I. Joe action figure shown here. Here's the story.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A new tsunami picture from a new persepctive


Remember the tsunami? Here's a new tsunami picture from a new perspective that shows the power of the wave, which was reported to have been rushing in at 500 mph.

Bill Moyers: There is no tomorrow

From Bill Moyers' article called There Is No Tomorrow:
One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington.

Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.
The full article is worth a read.