Saturday, January 20, 2007

I'm not sure what to say, but what an unbelievable dick. In really a comical, crazy uncle you need to put in an institution kinda way.

Using machine guns as props, Nugent, 58, appeared onstage as the final act of the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting offensive remarks about non-English speakers, according to people who were in attendance.
This man must have such a small schlong, he might want to think about getting in touch with fellow GOP whack Mel Sembler and borrowing his penis pump.

This, my friends, is the Republican base.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure of reading Jesus' General, one of the funniest progressive bloggers I've come across, go check out his "feud" with favorite Dinesh D'Souza.

Except you can't really call it a feud, as D'Souza responds with such creative lines as "are you on drugs," (yes, this guy has made millions in wingnut welfare for witty responses such as that) while the General just destroys this half-rate loser who looks/acts like one of the freakish first-round booted contestants on American Idol.


Friday, January 19, 2007

So much to do...I have a guest post up at Firedoglake and am in the comments right now.

Also go see my usual Cliff's Corner piece at Americablog where I am also lurking in the comments (multitasking my friends), and I will be hosting the Book Salon at Firedoglake this Sunday at 5PM EST..

Thursday, January 18, 2007

This can't be!

You mean, Zach Roth and myself somehow figured out that Mitch McConnell would be a partisan ass as Republican leader by, um, observing his past behavior. Yet, David Broder took McConnell at his word, ya know, that he would be Mr. Let's Make A Deal with Democrats once he was installed, even though that would completely contradict how he has comported himself his entire political career.

Well, you know what they say in the world of high-pay Washington punditry: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me 259,000 times...

Sid Blumenthal has an interesting piece in Salon on the sweet-natured man that is John McCain.

My weekly roundup of Republican Sexcapades from this morning on The Young Turks.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dinesh D'Souza supports the values of Osama bin Laden. I guess we shouldn't be surprised when conservative welfare brats whose ideas would never see the light of day without mass purchases of their books, find common cause with those who attacked us on 9/11.

Next he'll argue that there is simply no more racism in this country against African Americans. Oh wait, he already did this in one of his other rigor mortis inspiring pieces of cultural diarrhea.

This is what passes for an "intellectual" on the right, mind you.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Duncan is right on in his analysis of how Bush's incredible unpopularity has been treated by the press vs Clinton's lowest points. Ahh, that liberal media bias.

BTW Is the war over in Iraq yet? I heard Saddam is dead.

Speak on my brother.

McCain Was Against War In Iraq Before He Was For It

So I began looking through some old newspaper clippings on the Gulf War for some research I have been doing, and you just wouldn't believe what I happened across. Featured prominently in one article from August of 1990, was a senator named John McCain, the "maverick" or "straight talker" if you will, who tells it like he sees it and sees it like he imagines Teddy Roosevelt would have. Yet, has our hero once again flip flopped on his views (see evolution, gay rights, Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, his feelings about Jerry Falwell, etc.)? Could it be?

First, let's get back to today's version of Mr. Mccain. You may now know him as just about the most belligerent war hawk, a truly insane warmonger among a group of Brawny Paper men named Jon Kyl, Joe Lieberman and Mitch McConnell. Also known as the only lunatics openly supporting Bush's De-Iraqification via more troops from American families he would never stoop to meet with or probably run into in daddy's country club in Kennebunkport.

But let's get back to McCain. Mr. Consistency himself has been a stalwart supporter of our foray into the Middle East. And of course of escalating our troop presence, which just so happens not to find among their ranks any member of his immediate family.

He was an honorary co-chair (with who else but Joe Lieberman?) on the Committee on the Liberation of Iraq, whose mission in 2002 is kind of evident if you reread that name. Since then, you could call him one of the war's biggest cheerleaders. According to Dean Broder:

...there is nothing nuanced about his position on the Iraq war. In speeches on and off the Senate floor and in countless television interviews, McCain has argued that it was right to remove Saddam Hussein and that the United States and its allies must remain in Iraq until conditions are created for a stable, secure Iraqi government...When I interviewed him in his office the other day, he even used the pejorative phrase "cut and run" to describe those now calling for a timetable for withdrawal of American troops.

His view on Bush's escalation in his own words is "I believe that together these moves will give the Iraqis and Americans the best chance of success." He's echoed this point many times, as an AlterNet piece pointed out, "McCain yelled at Baker and Hamilton [of the Iraq Study Group] last week because they didn't like his proposal to increase troop strength in Iraq by a number somewhere between 20 and 40 thousand."

He understands more Americans will die in Iraq because of his support for escalation, as he pointed out in a FoxNews interview in September, when he said "It's very serious. The situation is deteriorating. There's certain to be more casualties. It's for a noble cause. It's tough going between now and the election. We have the will and ability to prevail."

Finally, McCain's willing to stand up to the American people, even if they don't support his war, to do what's right. "I understand the polls show only 18 percent of the American people support my position. But I have to do what's right... In war, my dear friends, there's no such thing as compromise. You either win or you lose."

So where am I going with all this? Well, get out your flux capacitor and go back to 1990. Here is what John McCain had to say then, regarding using U.S. troops in the Gulf War. You could call it startling.

If you get involved in a major ground war in the Saudi desert, I think support will erode significantly. Nor should it be supported. We cannot even contemplate, in my view, trading American blood for Iraqi blood. [New York Times Aug 19, 1990]

Ahh, there's nothing so refeshing as the sweet melody of straight talk.

Ok, so let's break this down. The Gulf War was far from perfect in many respects, but we had allies from around the world sending troops (including Syria and Egypt)and it was largely bankrolled by Japan and Saudi Arabia. There was an actual response to Iraqi aggression and we had an American leader not stupid enough to go into Baghdad. Yet, under these circumstances, Sir McCain thought that American casualties in Iraq were not acceptable and that support at home among members of Congress and the people would erode (and he actually cared about what people thought) and, therefore, US ground troops should simply not be a part of the equation (he still, of course, eventually supported the Gulf War Resolution).

Quite an amazing transformation, isn't it (especially for a man who was also in favor of pulling out of Beirut in 1983 and skeptical of using force in Somalia and Bosnia initially)? It couldn't have anything to do with electoral politics could it?

To further bring home this point, will be releasing television ads in New Hampshire and Iowa, also known as McCain's two paths to paradise, pointing out his many flip flops on war and his weak case for escalation.

But in the meantime, just read this quote one more time, and tell me this man has not become a pathetic political shill, willing to sell his soul and the lives of the people who have supported him for his white whale, the presidency:

We cannot even contemplate, in my view, trading American blood for Iraqi blood.

Kinda says it all, doesn't it?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Anyone ever hear of Teapot Dome?

What a shock that the Bushies would try and do their best to echo some of the worst corruption in our nation's history.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Not So Back In Black

Alas, MSNBC has cancelled for tomorrow, something HUGE must have come up. Will let you know when the next one is.

But I have been booked to go on Sam Seder's show on Air America at 11:30 AM EST on Tuesday. So listen, darn you!

Back in Black

Or a button-down shirt. Tomorrow. MSNBC. 9:30 AM EST. Be in front of your tv as we discuss the sad state of our right-wing government.

Great piece in yesterday's New York Times about the tragic war that is based on underlying racism, police state control, ideology over logic, ignoring the facts on the ground and creating failed states that are a potential danger to the US.

Oh, you thought I meant Iraq? No, its precursor, the retarded-beyond-Jenna-and-the-other-one policy known as the War on Drugs.

You need to be a Times Select subscriber to read the whole thing. But here is a taste:

America’s unwillingness to recognize the socioeconomic context of the drug crisis at home and abroad, to see that being surrounded by failing states threatens its security, to provide aid where it is most effective, and to acknowledge that the root cause of this hemispheric disaster is not supply but its own citizens’ insatiable demand for illicit drugs, is as incomprehensible as the quagmire in Iraq.

Another "war" where our forces need to be redeployed immediately.

You remember how they trumpeted that we killed those Al Qaeda leaders with our bombing campaign in Somalia (to pretend we like, did stuff, when the Ethiopian Army are the ones doing everything)?

Well, yeah, um, not so much...Turns out we killed 90 innocent nomads and farmers who simply wanted to go about their lives. Which the Bush Administration ended. As it has unnaturally ended so many others of those who have done nothing but get in the way of their incompetence.

Three cheers for the absolute moronic misfits in the Bush Administration, who kill innocents as often as Condi surreptitiously checks out Playboys at her local newsstand.