Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Dobson hates it? Then I love it!

Dr. James Dobson is apoplectic. He's got voodoo dolls of the seven Republicans out and is furiously stabbing away.

From Dr. Dobson: "This Senate agreement represents a complete bailout and betrayal by a cabal of Republicans and a great victory for united Democrats."

In other news, Chief Justice Rehnquist was taken to the Capital Hill health unit Tuesday. Maybe he's being treated from the shock of a bipartisan deal in the Senate.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Frist gets fricasseed

In the great tradition of Washington politics, not all questions were answered. But seven (7!) Republican senators stepped forward, paired with a Democratic Senator, to announce they would not vote against ending the filibuster.

If you didn't catch Frist's concession speech, do it. Daily Kos has that and more.

And try deciphering the 14 signatures.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Watch out for that marmot

John Lewis, FBI deputy assistant director for counter terrorism told a Senate subcommittee that regarding animal rights and environment activists: "There is nothing else going on in this country over the last several years that is racking up the high number of violent crimes and terrorist actions."

He told this to them yesterday (19 May 2005). Not prior to 9/11. Not prior to the Oklahoma City bombing. He said this yesterday.

He acknowledged that they haven't taken human life - yet. It's just been luck so far.

He also mentioned that the FBI drew comparisons with rightwing extremists, KKK, and anti-abortion groups. And apparently found that they stacked up well against animal rights and environmentalists.

(I couldn't find any reference to this in online U.S. media.)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Put Louisiana on the terrorist list

From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, WAFB-TV Channel 9 is reporting:
"Three members of a Ponchatoula church have been arrested for allegedly raping children, and in some cases, having sex with animals."

Still a little unclear?
"Livingston Sheriff's Detective Stan Carpenter says church minister Louis Lamonica turned himself in on Monday and admitted to having oral and anal sex with kids for years... and that's not all."

The answer is yes, the article does go on.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Never bring a Scot before a Senate committee

"Now I know that standards have slipped in the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice." MP George Galloway didn't start there, and he didn't finish there, but sure sounds like he mopped the floor with our sorry excuses for Senators.

I'm looking for a news source that has committee chair Sen. Coleman (R-MN) looking good. Still looking.

Galloway on meetings with Hussein:
"As a matter of fact, I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns. I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second of the two occasions, I met him to try and persuade him to let Dr Hans Blix and the United Nations weapons inspectors back into the country - a rather better use of two meetings with Saddam Hussein than your own Secretary of State for Defence made of his."

Galloway on checking your work:
"You assert on page 19, not once but twice, that the documents that you are referring to cover a different period in time from the documents covered by The Daily Telegraph which were a subject of a libel action won by me in the High Court in England late last year."

And to sum up:
"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies."

Galloway Oil Claims 'Based on Forgery'
The Scotsman goes more in depth on the actual documents the Senate committee uses to accuse Galloway. Doesn't look good for Coleman & Co.

Galloway Rejects U.S. Accusation as Diversion for Iraq Failings [Bloomberg]

ABC notes that Galloway didn't show the usual deference witnesses usually show when appearing before Congress. But even here Sen. Coleman doesn't look good.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Warning shot across the bow

A casual stroll through my usual list of websites turned up warnings being issued by Greg Palast's site and What Really Happened that they are under a spam attack.


Maybe the perpetrators really think this will dissuade people from reading these sites. Or this is their well thought out response to calls of impeaching Bush for lying about going to war.

Keep your eyes posted. I'm sure this is just the beginning.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

And the winner is - Portland, Oregon.

The first U.S. archdiocese to file for bankruptcy is Portland, Oregon.

(They filed Tuesday, May 10 2005.)

It involves San Francisco's Archbishop William Levada, who is accused of covering for Rev. Grammond, who is accused of molesting dozens of boys in Portland.

So far only found this story only on the San Francisco Gate. Where's the liberal anti-faith media?

Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Protocols of the Elder Nitwits of PNAC

When that student pilot played chicken with the Air Force on Wednesday, May 11 2005, the protocols developed after 9/11 kicked in.

The Supremes were rushed to the basement; the First Lady whisked off to a secure location; workers in the Beltway were instructed to hit the streets and run for their lives. One of my favorite moments was when the White House press corps started leaving, the Secret Service halted them and instructed them to remain, then a little while later told them to get out. That was as detailed as the Secret Service was going to get.

Now we find out the Pres wasn't even notified about the hijinks until 36 minutes after it was over. In the bylaws of the protocols (Scott McClelland used "protocols" 34 times in Thursday's briefing), the Pres is not to be disturbed if he's tooling around on his mountain bike.

Don't we all feel a little better knowing that his handlers don't let him near the controls?

P.S. For more about "them," check this.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

They couldn't save Schiavo, but United still has a chance

Judge Eugene Wedoff (Eugene? Really?) saw enough potential in United Airlines to agree to foist FOUR pension plans onto the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • PBGC

  • So the taxpayers stay on the hook, and pensioners (and future pensioners) get hosed.

    From the Chicago Sun-Times:
    Judge Wedoff said he was "choosing the least bad among a number of unfortunate choices."

    How about letting this corporate behemoth go gently into that good night, sell off the assets, and fund the pensions?

    JEB, George, De Lay and Congress couldn't save Terrry Schiavo, but by God they're going to rescue United.

    P.S. United's pension default is the largest in U.S. history. So far.

    Oh, just sell the cemeteries too, for chrissakes.

    "All of the churches, all of the parish houses, all the missions," will be sold, Bishop Douglas Crosby said. Forty properties, apparently cemeteries, weren't part of the deal.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2005

    We've impeached for less

    Remember the Maine? How about the Gulf of Tonkin? Try the Lusitania sinking on for size. And don't get the cadres started on Pearl Harbor. For some real eye-popping reading, read Major General Smedley Butler's "War is a Racket." I won't give away the ending.

    Monday, May 09, 2005

    Ask Not for Whom the Pharmacist Serves, Because It's Not You

    Tundra Kat

    I think we're all fearing that day we run up against the Christian Scientist pharmacist.

    Milwaukee Pharmacist Nails Her Thesis

    More Economic Ravings

    I missed this little remark by Fearless Alan Greenspan:

    From Financial Times, 5 May:
    Main page content:
    Greenspan warns on credit derivatives
    By Richard Beales and Gillian Tett in New York
    Published: May 5 2005 18:36 | Last updated: May 5 2005 18:36

    Rapid growth in the credit derivatives markets has created considerable uncertainty about how the global financial system might react to any new economic shocks, Alan Greenspan, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, warned on Thursday.
    The sheer complexity of derivatives instruments, in particular, coupled with the consolidation in the financial industry, made it increasingly hard for regulators and bankers to assess levels of risk, he said.

    Translated into English it reads:  any drops in the dollar or spikes in interest rates will have exponential effects that could bring down some really big boys.
    Certainly explains that cowardly 0.25 move the FOMC made last week.

    Get the Anti Defamation League on the phone

    It’s not safe to read the news anymore. Here I am, whimsically perusing the Christian Science Monitor report on dueling versions of the Sgrena shooting, and bam! I’m assaulted.
    “The car's speed is a key point of disagreement. Both countries agree that the Toyota Corolla carrying Ms. Sgrena, Mr. Calipari, and an Italian driver was traveling south on a road the US military calls "Route Vernon." It reached a US checkpoint stopping traffic feeding onto "Route Irish," the notoriously dangerous highway to Baghdad International Airport.”

    I think we all know the protocol of the Geneva Convention here. I’m allowed to mock the Irish. You’re allowed to disparage the Irish. The U.S. military? Hell no. My dander is up. The acrimony flood gates are wide open. This means war.

    But then I get comic relief from the most unexpected source. Oh, those good-for-nothing skunks at the Fed, they always find a way to crack me up.

    We're going to burn

    Dahr Jamail, a newsman who went to Iraq and took pictures of what’s really going on. We, the people of the United States, are going to burn for what we’ve done.

    The images have to be seen.

    Follow the rats, and commentary from Martin Mull

    The rats are hurtling themselves off the good ship U.S.S. Economy. At least Alan has the good grace to lay the groundwork for his exoneration in the coming collapse.

    In other news, I’m taking a stroll through the TV channels, and I catch this line from “Roseanne,” delivered by Martin Mull:
    To know what God thinks of money, all you have to do is look at the people who have it.


    Greenspan Warns Rising Deficits Endanger Economy

    And the Supremes ride to the rescue again

    It’s hard to keep your eye focused when there are so many shell games going on. On one front, the White House is still trying to shift that Social Security money to Wall Street, while the Supreme Court makes it harder to get your money back when Enron-like behavior is uncovered.

    Here’s what I don’t understand – after they take all the money away from us – who’s going to buy their mountains of crap? Big Pharma: who’s going to have money for the purple pill? I don’t even know what the purple pill does.

    I’m guessing the attack on Americans by Bush & Co. is hitting critical mass. Keep an eye on rulings about police powers and martial law: when the economic bottom falls out, then people will get angry at Washington. And Washington will have the detention camps all set up for us.,0,1249792.story?coll=la-home-headlines

    (originally written 4/20/05)

    Remember all that work I did a couple of years ago?

    OK, well, turns out it has to be done all over. And I didn’t have any product warranties on it, so I’m going to need some more money.
    U.S. security devices at ports to be replaced
    The New York Times
    MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005

    In its effort to create a virtual shield around America, the Department of Homeland Security now plans to spend billions of dollars more.

    Did you know that bananas have enough radiation to set off the sensors? Me either!

    Here’s a funny story: Yorkshire pudding has the same density as explosives. We know this because it has set off machines looking for that kind of stuff. I think the real question here is: who’s packing Yorkshire pudding?

    I've mulled it over and...

    If it’s good enough for Kansas to revisit that kangaroo court of a show trial known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, then I might as well take an evolutionary stab at it.

    Did you catch that collective sigh of relief emanating from Tennessee? Those Kansasian boobs, those leading lights of Western Hemisphere, are going to tackle the ideological issue of our time.

    Wait, this just in – it is not The Ideological Issue of our time. It was The Ideological Issue in 1925.

    Let’s just skip the Kansas trial, because those Intelligent Design guys will sweep the floor with the Evolutionary hacks. Every skip in the fossil record? Ha! Take that, neo-Darwinist.

    Seriously, it’s the truth so just sit down and shut up.

    Just an aside, but won’t the Creationists have a problem with the U.S dumping depleted uranium all over the Garden of Eden (aka Iraq)?

    Oh, and yeah – God did do it in 6 days of morning and evening, and so what if He didn’t get around to creating the sun until Day 4. He’s God, He doesn’t need a sun to make morning and evening. Rebut that. (And don’t pay any attention to the OTHER creation story in Genesis.)