Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Live 8 is coming to Philly
Albert has the details on Live 8 coming to Philly on...Philly.
Create your own church signs
Monday, May 30, 2005
Memorial Day 2005
And on this memorial day we shall fall short of our duty if we content ourselves with praising the dead or complimenting the living and fail to make preparations for those responsibilities which present times and present conditions impose upon us. - William Jennings Bryan, Memorial Day Address (1894).
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Fascism: As fresh as it ever was
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
- Herman Goering at Nuremberg
This was sent to me by my buddy, Bill, with the headline above. So true, Guillaume.
Friday, May 27, 2005
One of my favorite bar signs in NOLA
After a week in NOLA minus a camera, I just went ahead and used my phonecam to snap this picture of one of my favorite bar signs in New Orleans. (My other fave was the one that simply said in 6-inch letters, "BIG ASS BEERS.")
I'll follow Matt's lead and do a writeup of things to see and do in NOLA. It was very good. Now I get to fly back to Philly and be in the airport with 50,000 of my closest friends.
I'm buying a Powerball ticket
The Powerball prize is up to $215 million for annuity or $122 million for cash (I'll take the cash when I win). A card reader here in NOLA told me I was going to need to open a bank account in the Caymans, so I'm feeling pretty good. Now going to burn a voodoo candle with the word "money" on it.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
I'm gonna flush that Koran right out of my hand
The members of the Danieltown Baptist Church in Rutherford County, North Carolina, show what Fundamentalist Christianity is often about: obsession with other people instead of taking a look at themselves and making themselves better people. This post from The Digital Courier shows what these holy rollers really believe: my god is better than your god. What do you suppose would happen at a mosque in Rutherford County if the sign substituted "The Bible" for "The Koran"?
The White House Press Secretary is a Liar: Part 87
The Tattered Coat has an article titled Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, in which Matt outlines White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan's bald-faced lies about Koran desecration at Gitmo, Newsweek magazine, and deaths in Afghanistan.
These guys at the White House have no shame. Boys, it's okay to change your mind. It's what rational people do. They process new information. They make informed judgments. They "flip-flop." That's how the world works...unless you're part of the Bush Administration. Then you're much more likely to use the mental tactics of a three-year-old: uh-uh, I didn't say that. Only in this case, you're our government representatives and we have you lying on tape. Even in that face of that you deny, deny, deny.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Dan at Blinq has a cool piece about Roadcasting. Can RoadRageCasting be far behind? I have a few choices words for my first RRC when I'm sitting on the Schuylkill.
Attytood on Amnesty
Attytood outlines some words by Nobel Laureates speaking on behalf of Amnesty International:
When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a license to others to commit abuse with impunity, she said.
Runaway bride can't run away from overzealous prosecutors
Because police and prosecutors in Gwinnett County, Georgia have all the crime and danger taken care of in their community, they can now focus on prosecuting The Runaway Bride, Jennifer Wilbanks. And if those prosecutors are really bored, they can listen to ScanGwinnett, the police and fire radio with nothing on it because everything is perfect there.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Filibuster "nuclear bomb" averted...for the moment
Sensible Senators saved the U.S. Senate from the shameful, self-serving situational ethicists. A group of very skilled Senators hammered out a compromise that allows a yes-no vote on President Bush's judicial nominees without dropping the filibuster "nuclear bomb." (Hey, great name for a bomb, don't you think? The Filibuster.)
Here's a list of good people in the Senate from both sides of the aisle who worked out the compromise:
Lincoln Chafee, R.I.
Susan Collins, Maine
Mike DeWine, Ohio
Lindsey Graham, S.C.
John McCain, Ariz.
Olympia Snowe, Maine
John Warner, Va.
Robert Byrd, W.Va.
Daniel Inouye, Hawaii
Mary Landrieu, La.
Joe Lieberman, Conn.
Ben Nelson, Neb.
Mark Pryor, Ark.
Ken Salazar, Colo.
Monday, May 23, 2005
More car bombings in Iraq
More death and destruction in Iraq. This Yahoo photo shows an Iraqi policeman surveying the damage from a car bomb at a Baghdad restaurant on May 23. I heard on Chris Matthews' show yesterday that there have been more car bombs in Iraq in the past four weeks than all the months of the American occupation preceding that.
Top U.S. generals say it's not going so great in Iraq
The NYT outlines what's going wrong in Iraq. And it's not left-wing media bias. It's right out of the mouths of U.S. generals on the ground in Iraq. Sometimes you just have to say, "Bullshit, that's a pig!"
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Sen. Rick Santorum's New Nickname: Senator Sanscrotum
Politics New Orleans Style
I just arrived in New Orleans (NOLA as some locals say). I'll get back to regular posts here, but in the interim, here's a nice picture of a NOLA street scene.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Dear Man-on-Dog Senator Santorum: It's never good to make Nazi comparisons
Good advice from Will Bunch at Attytood to Man-on-Dog Senator Rick Santorum: "He should just know that it's better never to utter the word "Hitler".. because nothing good comes of it."
The actor, the cowboy, the bull and the milk pail
Did I ever tell you the one about the actor, the cowboy, the bull and the milk pail?
Saddam Hussein Stars in a Remake of Captain Underpants
It's hard to top the headline in this photo from the BBC showing Saddam Hussein in his underwear. But, I was watching Regis and Kelly (okay, it's a guilty indulgence) and Kelly said, "Hey, I've just seen my first dictator."
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Ah, the exquisite irony of it all: George Bush chastizing Newsweek for making an error that caused the loss of life
Wow, George Bush and his friends at The White House have no shame. I saw this post on Etherealgirl and just shook my head in wonder at how George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld can be such hypocrites.
Priscilla Owen shakes the hand that milked the bull
Priscilla Owen, George Bush's nominee for the federal appeals court, says that the president's hands are very soft for such a tough man.
"What lotion do you use to keep your hands so soft after all that brush clearing down on your ranch, Mr. President?" asked Ms. Owen.
"He, he. It's not lotion, little lady," said the president. "That's bull batter. And that's boatloads better than Bill's frist or Barbara's balm."
George Bush plays hot potato with a hand grenade
Call me skeptical. First there was the story of George Bush's life being in danger when a "small bomb" was thrown into the crowd during a speech in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Then we heard that the "grenade" was a dummy, a test grenade or training device. Then just about the time that George Bush & Co. get embarrassed about Georgie being out riding his bike while the White House and Capitol were evacuated because of a false threat, we now hear that the grenade in Georgia was real. AND THE PRESIDENT'S LIFE WAS IN DANGER!!!!!!!!!!!! Right.
These guys just make it up as they go. Karl Rove reminds me of one of those loser kids who embellishes stories to make himself and his wingman look heroic. I'm just thinking more Jon Lovitz (yeah, yeah, Morgan Fairchild, she's my....girlfriend) than the truth. I think these writers in the UK have the story right.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Is this how you milked the bull, George?
Comedienne Laura Bush demonstrates the "milking the bull" joke that was such a hit at the White House Correspondent's Dinner while cuckolded husband George Bush gives the Zieg Heil salute to his Republican base.
Michael Jackson is an Evangelical Christian
Have you ever noticed that those who invoke religion just a little too much, especially Fundamentalist Christians, are the creepiest and seem to have the most to hide? Michael Jackson, fundamentalist. Jim Baker, fundamentalist. Jimmy Swaggert, fundamentalist. Bill Frist, fundamentalist. Pattern?
Karl Rove's Baby Picture
Funny, but "You must have been a beautiful baby" doesn't jump to mind when looking at this newly discovered Karl Rove baby picture.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Vote Today. Vote Seth.
Newsweek made a mistake...
...and the White House is saying the mistake is worse than the underlying act. In the never-ending lack of irony, Scott McLellan is on CNN this morning criticizing Newsweek magazine while acting like there was no Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse or no torture at Guantanamo Bay. Hmmm.
UPDATE: The Tattered Coat has a more detailed review of this crazy situation. Guess what? It's probably true that the Quoran (or Koran, or whatever way it's spelled these days) was flushed down the toilet at Gitmo. It was just misreported. More hmmmmm.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Sorry about the thin posts
I'm changing systems and have the tradtional transition issues. Should be up to the normal 3-4 posts a day by the end of the week.
Tom wins Survivor
Tom Westman, a NYC firefighter, won Survivor last night. Sure, I know, Condi Rice made a secret trip to Iraq, 48 more Iraqis were executed, and the Sunday talk shows had Dick Cheney as the dark horse candidate for president in 2008. That's all so...boring.
I was thinking as I watched survivor, what if we elected Tom as president? The dude knows how to form alliances. He's strong. He's strategic. He's clever. He's all the things George Bush isn't. So this officially launches iFlipFlop's campaign for Survivor Tom for President '08.
BTW: Britney Spears is still pregnant. And the Runaway Bride still isn't married.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Bill Frist's Day Off
I saw this on Oliver Willis's site and couldn't help but nick it. I'm still laughing about Bill Frist going shopping and running into these guys. Read what O-Dub wrote...Frist got a ticket for parking illegally, too.
This too shall pass
I saw this young guy on the platform at 30th Street when my train pulled in on Friday. I was just thinking about how long we're going to have to endure George Bush and the right wing agenda when I looked out the window and saw the message on his shirt. It says, "This too shall pass." (I know you can't see it, I used my phone-cam, but I took it as a sign.)
Sunday Big Cat Blogging
I just can't get with the program. I downloaded this picture on Friday, but I'm in the middle of an operating system change and didn't get around to it until this morning. So..here's Sunday Big Cat Blogging for Evangelicals, who this very morning are worshiping their god by praying that Roy Horn (and "his kind") gets bitten again by one of these tigers. (They say it's payback for feeding Christians to the lions; this is throwing twinkletoes to the tigers.)
Saturday, May 14, 2005
More Seth Williams
Chris at Rowhouse Logic has a writeup of the Seth Williams gathering last night in Center City. Matt has the pix and a summary too on The Tattered Coat. Found via Karl's post on Philly Future.
There's a lot of momentum building for Seth Williams for DA. Now it's time to get out and vote on May 17, friends.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Biker Boy George Bush
Attytood had a piece a couple of days ago titled Bush: It's All About the Bike, in which Will takes our president to task for being out on a bike ride in the middle of the afternoon while the nation's capital was under a Code Red threat. It's a great read. But that story just kept bugging me.
As it turns out, not only was George out riding his bike, but he wasn't even told of the airplane "threat" until long after it was over. Is this guy in charge of the country? He's riding his bike in the middle of the day? He's reading My Pet Goat while the World Trade Center burns? He's clearing brush in Crawford when tens of thousands of people are starving and being murdered in Darfur? It's hard work being president - but not for George Bush.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Test your political typology
Test your political typology here. I tested as a Liberal (go figure):
Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Liberal typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic or agree with the group on all issues.
Liberals represent 17 percent of the American public, and 19 percent of registered voters.
Here's a stirring piece on The All Spin Zone about African genocide, the U.S. government's refusal to acknowledge it, and the U.S. media's complicity in ignoring. Richard Cranium's title tells it all.
What a mess in Iraq
George Bush and Company can't candy coat the mess in Iraq anymore. It's nuts there. Yesterday morning a car bomb killed 54 people and wounded over 100. Iraq has been Boomtown in the past two weeks with death and destruction everywhere. Democracy on the march, huh?
Philly: Vote May 17
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Jesusland Bumper Stickers
Keep on the sunny side, the sunny side of life...
From the always clever Zen Comix.
Does George Bush have Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy?
This story stinks to high heavens. In fact, when I walked my dog this morning she took a Karl Rove a couple of times. And this story about George Bush dodging a grenade in Georgia smells like Karl Rove.
These guys just keep making up stories. It's a little of the Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, hurt someone and then look like a hero for "rescuing" them. George Bush and Karl Rove cook up a Wag the Dog story to attack Iraq, get thousands of U.S. soldiers injured and killed, and then want to look like a supporter of the troops. George Bush pillages the federal coffers by granting tax breaks to the rich, then acts like he wants to help the economy by "fixing" Social Security. George Bush damages the U.S. reputation in the world with his "If you're not with me, you're against me" speech, then wants to appear as the global diplomat.
Please George von Munchausen Bush, we don't need any more "rescuing." You've done enough.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Mayor Street's press release on the Corey Kemp matter
From Mayor John F Street's press release:
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2005I'm all in favor of governmental reform, and if this is the start of it, I say, huzzah!
Statement from Mayor John F. Street
After reviewing all the evidence, a jury found a former member of my Administration and four private citizens guilty of violating a variety of Federal laws. We respect that verdict. It is of little comfort that not all of the defendants were convicted on all counts.
These convictions should send a strong message that people who violate the public trust will be prosecuted, tried and convicted. That is the way it should be. As Mayor, I am deeply saddened to know that a former member of my administration was found guilty of violating the public's trust.
As I have said from the first moments this investigation was discovered, my administration has always had a zero tolerance for corruption and, as promised, we have fully cooperated with the federal prosecutors throughout this process. We have turned over hundreds of thousands of pages of materials to the United States Attorney's office and spent thousands of hours working with them to ensure full examination and deliberation about the allegations.
Today's verdicts highlight the need for Council to pass the comprehensive ethics proposals I have submitted, which include restrictions on outside income and eliminates nepotism as well as increase financial disclosure.
The proposal creates an independent ethics board which will drastically change the way government business is done in our city.
It is important for all Philadelphians to have confidence that their government is doing the right thing for its citizens.
Can George Bush be any more tone deaf?
George Bush went to Moscow. Continued to show the world that Condi's hus...., boss, is a tone deaf fool who exemplifies The Ugly American. The Boston Globe commented:
History has weighed heavily on President Bush's trip to Latvia and Russia to commemorate the Allied victory over German fascism.I'm not crazy about being so harsh, but it just astonishes me that the president of U.S., with all the resources he has about cross-cultural sensitivity and historical perspective, can continue to step in it like some crass cowboy from Crawford, Texas.
What should be clear after Bush angered Russians by speaking of the Soviet 'occupation" of the Baltic states -- rather than the ''liberation" Russia's President Vladimir Putin has evoked -- is that one's reading of history can have a great bearing on the present and the future. And though Bush said some things in the Latvian capital of Riga and in Moscow that needed to be said, he was speaking as a leader who has demonstrated an unfortunate insensitivity to the lessons his predecessors learned from the inferno of World War II.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Blessed are the ironic, for they have no damn clue
Vince of NJ Indy Media, pointed me to this picture of a supposed pro-life protestor on the picket line advocating death. The Genesis lines he cites at the bottom of his Kill-Kill-Kill poster are Genesis 9:5-6.
Genesis 9:5 - And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
Genesis 9:6 - Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
I watched a Chris Rock special on HBO last night, and he did this bit about "Who are you more afraid of?" He said, "Who bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City? That wasn't al Qaeda. Who sent anthrax through mail? Not al Qaeda. Who did Ruby Ridge and Waco and a mess of others? Not al Qaeda. I say to George Bush, I'm not afraid of no al Qaeda, I'm afraid of Al Cracker." The real terrorists in this country don't come from Arab lands, they are people like Eric Rudolph and the guy in this picture. Of course, we might also just call them George Bush's base.
How would George Bush do in Leave No Child Behind?
These dumbasses. George Bush and Company were touting the capture of the Number 3 Al Qaeda operative named Abu Faraj al-Libbi. Small problem: al-Libbi is a third-rate hood; the real bad guy is named Anas al-Liby. Perhaps Team Bush should go back to school. Leave No President Behind.
Note to George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld: LEARN TO READ YOU LYING IDIOTS.
UPDATE: Will has the whole rundown on Attytood.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
I heart Frank Rich
Frank Rich wrote Laura Bush's Mission Accomplished today. I heart that man.
First anniversary of Nick Berg's death
It's been one year since Nick Berg was beheaded in Baghdad. And there are still more questions than answers. On this Mother's Day, I wonder what George Bush has to say to Mrs. Berg about why her son was killed and why we're allowing other mothers' sons and daughters - American and Iraqi - to be killed.
Happy Mother's Day
I looked up the origin of Mother's Day in the U.S. The first mention in the U.S. was in 1872 and was first celebrated in 1877. Anyway, happy Mother's Day to the moms out there.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
I guess it's better than being a beauty school dropout
Cue up "Proud to be an American": NOT
Christ, read this piece about Bumbling George Bush and how he behaved like an ugly American in Latvia today. Shameful.
National ID cards
Friday, May 06, 2005
Tony Blair explains what it took to be elected to a third term as British PM
George Bush and I had to have oysters about this big to lie about the Iraq War and get re-elected. It worked!
Were only women guilty at Abu Ghraib?
Has anyone noticed that the only people the U.S. think are guilty at Abu Ghraib are women? The Army demoted Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, whose unit was in charge of the prison. Lynndie England was the most celebrated face of abuse (but in a crazy twist, the judge now has rejected her guilty plea saying England didn't know what she did was wrong).
Quick summary: The bitches did it. Boys will be boys. Muslims ain't Christians, so to hell with them.
The Party Party
C'mon, I could just listen to Dick is a Killer again and again. That would be Dick Cheney.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Scaring the bejeebus out of me
Seth Williams for D.A.
Give me an A, give me an L, give me a Q-A-E-D-A
The U.S. military reported that they intercepted a letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi that complained about waning morale in Al Qaeda. Because we all know that terrorists have feelings too, and they are searching constantly for their inner motivation. Plus, they always like to document their feelings in Blue Mountain Arts cards.
Comic via Cox & Forkum, which also has stories about how unmotivated the Iraqi terrorists have become, when they only blew up 47 people in a single suicide bomb rather than their intended 50.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Michael Jackson: I didn't do it, my hand did it
I'm sure there would even better captions for this Michael Jackson photo, but I thought "I didn't do it, my hand did it" first thing.
Laura Bush calls him Mr. Excitement
This comic by Pat Oliphant is so on the money.
You can redact the chill I got when I saw these photos together
U.S. can't win wars says top general
Okay, it's not quite that dire, but I must admit it's a little startling to read this in my hometown paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, this morning:
The U.S. military might not be able to win any new wars as quickly as planned because the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have strained its troop numbers and resources, the nation's top military officer told Congress in a classified report.Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush won't give dates for a pullout from Iraq because they say it lays out their strategy, yet they just coughed up that the U.S. is unprepared for another war because our resources are strained. Do you think that Kim Jung Il can read newspapers? This is the mess "The War President" got us in.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
The runaway post
Will has a very clever way of getting attention in big media. On an Attytood piece, he says the way to do it is to start each story with "The runaway...." Have a look. I'm still laughing. And thinking of retitling this site The Runaway Blog.
Crazy war staffing ideas
Matt has a piece on The Tattered Coat called Out of the Psych Ward, Into the Combat Zone in which he says, "So this is how Bush fights terrorism: by placing guns in the hands of mental patients and convicts." Interesting read, indeed. And it made me think that of George Bush wants to do that kind of war staffing perhaps he could start with his brother Neil, who fits both of Matt's criteria.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Are you a Republican?
I scored a -9% on the Are You a Republican quiz. Mine said "You're a damn Commie! Where's Tailgunner Joe when we need him?"
Florida court won't allow 13-year-old to have an abortion
A Florida court ruled that a 13-year-old is too "immature" to have an abortion. As if maturity is a court definition. Hell, if maturity was a requirement for making decisions, the court should have ruled that Britney Spears should be prevented from breeding.
I'm tired of Florida. Really sick and tired of it. In fact, I think I'm going to organize a group with picks and shovels - the Give Florida Back to Spain (GF-BS) Foundation. I figure we can have Florida sawn off from the Mainland by about summertime if we all work together. Let Florida Float! Let Florida Float!
Everything is temporary
Tibetan monks created this sand art to meditate and demonstrate the temporary nature of things. Even George Bush and the Religious Right won't last forever.
More car bombs in Baghdad
Over 15 car bombs have exploded in Baghdad, Iraq since last Thursday, when the "democratically-elected" government was installed. Another eight people were killed today by a car bomb. Little hard to swallow the platitudes President Bush gave about Iraqi freedom last week during his press conference.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Dancing around the May pole
When I was a kid it was a big deal for us to dance around the May pole at school (and a Catholic school, to boot). As kids, we didn't know it was a pagan ritual - it was just fun. Anyways, it's sunny here in Philly today and since it's May 1 it made me think about the dance. Here's a little more info for those of you curious about May pole celebrations.
Surreal picture of flag-draped coffins
Social Security Shell Game
Rad rants about the Social Security shell game in a piece titled The Fix Is In? Interesting perspective on George Bush proposing a Treasury Bond option for Social Security privatization when just a few months ago the president called those bonds "just paper."