February 01, 2007

 

See the movie!

You know it has to be good, if it brings me back from my long blog absence.

So Boston shit its pants yesterday over "suspicious packages" and shut the whole city down. And guess what? IT WAS A FUCKING MOONINITE LITE-BRITE! They spent HALF A MILLION DOLLARS and called out the bomb squad and shut down bridges, tunnels and highways, over a MOONINITE!

This is the most hilarious (if perhaps involuntary) fuck-you to the square world since the '60s. Does this design firm take tax-deductible donations? Amazing. TVs filled with Mooninites giving America's obsession with terrorism the finger.

The best part is that ONLY BOSTON freaked out about this; ten other major cities couldn't give a shit, because as the guy who got ARRESTED for this said, "I find it kind of ridiculous that they're making these statements on TV that we must not be safe from terrorism, because they were up there for three weeks and no one noticed. It's pretty commonsensical to look at them and say this is a piece of art and installation."

No, we're not safe from terrorism because public officials don't know what a Mooninite is. JESUS. FUCKING. CHRIST. The picture linked above is my new wallpaper, by the way.

It's good to be back.

January 25, 2007

 

Presidential Hopefuls


There are already a few people hoping to be the next POTUS. And some of them made videos... In case you don't know, now you know:

READ THIS.

January 12, 2007

 

How many gavels do you think Barney Frank uses in one day?

Watch Congressman Barney Frank give Patrick McHenry the gavel bashing of his life! Welcome to the new congress, bitches!

December 15, 2006

 

Jurassic Prick

Junk science meets crybabyism, from today's Progress Report:

Best-selling novelist Michael Crichton is a vocal critic of global warming science. His 2004 novel State of Fear depicts global warming as a hoax concocted by environmentalists to raise money. In January 2005, Crichton spent an hour talking with President Bush; the two were "in near-total agreement," according to Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes. Last March, The New Republic senior editor Michael Crowley wrote a cover story called "Jurassic President: Michael Crichton's Scariest Creation." It highlighted Crichton's junk science and the danger posed by President Bush adopting it. Crichton's response was to smear Crowley in his latest novel, Next, by writing in a character named "Mick Crowley" who rapes a two-year-old boy. The following is a graphic excerpt from Crichton's novel (reader beware): "Alex Burnet was in the middle of the most difficult trial of her career, a rape case involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy in Malibu. The defendant, thirty-year-old Mick Crowley, was a Washington-based political columnist who was visiting his sister-in-law when he experienced an overwhelming urge to have anal sex with her young son, still in diapers. Crowley was a wealthy, spoiled Yale graduate and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune." The real-life Michael Crowley is also a Washington journalist and also graduated from Yale. In an article posted yesterday, Crowley says he is "strangely flattered" by the reference. "If someone offers substantive criticism of an author, and the author responds by hitting below the belt, as it were, then he's conceding that the critic has won."

Wow. Someone needs to get eaten by a velociraptor...

December 14, 2006

 

Striking Goodyear workers need our support

Check out the ongoing struggle at http://goodyearsolidarity.blogspot.com/, and read a great article at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/12/14/11337/063.

Go union!

December 13, 2006

 

Breaking: Sen. Tim Johnson Suffers Stroke, Places Dem Senate Leadership in Jeopardy

From the WSJ:

South Dakota's Sen. Johnson
Hospitalized for Possible Stroke
By DAMIAN PALETTA
December 13, 2006 4:43 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) was rushed to George Washington University Hospital in Washington on Wednesday afternoon after suffering a possible stroke, his office said.
[Timothy Johnson]

"As this stage, he is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by the stroke team," his office said in a brief statement. "Further details will be forthcoming when more is known."

Mr. Johnson, 59 years old, was first elected to the Senate in 1996. If his condition means he will no longer be able to continue as a senator, it would stop the Democrats' takeover of the Senate.

The November election left the new Senate, to take office Jan. 4, with 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and two independents. But the two independents will align themselves with the Democrats, giving them majority control of the Senate.

South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds, a Republican, would appoint any successor if Mr. Johnson were unable to serve.

Mr. Johnson is the second-ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

December 07, 2006

 

Iraq Study Group calls for phased withdrawal, regional diplomacy, Bush-nailing

Their report (available here) came out yesterday, and it's a scathing indictment of the Bush administration's mishandling of the war. Here's a choice graf from the Times story:

What played out on Wednesday morning, from the White House to Capitol Hill, was a remarkable condemnation of American policy drift in the biggest and most divisive military conflict to involve American forces since Vietnam. It was all the more unusual because Mr. Baker was secretary of state to Mr. Bush’s father, and because the bipartisan group managed to come up with unanimous recommendations.

Now the question is: will Bush do anything about it? Remember the hullabaloo around the 9/11 Commission Report? And what did he do about that shit?

PS If you haven't read Dick Clarke's book, pick it up used for cheap.

December 04, 2006

 

Yosemite Sam is gone

U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton will step down because he sure as hell won't be confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Senate:

Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his temporary appointment expires within weeks, the White House said Monday.

Bolton's nomination has languished in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for more than a year, blocked by Democrats and several Republicans. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a moderate Republican who lost in the midterm elections November 7 that swept Democrats to power in both houses of Congress, was adamantly opposed to Bolton.

December 01, 2006

 

Top story: "U.S. Considers Ending Outreach to Insurgents" (Post)

This is a very interesting article on the US's internal debate over outreach to warring factions in Iraq (much of which has not been previously discussed). Key grafs:

The Bush administration is deliberating whether to abandon U.S. reconciliation efforts with Sunni insurgents and instead give priority to Shiites and Kurds, who won elections and now dominate the government, according to U.S. officials.

The proposal, put forward by the State Department as part of a crash White House review of Iraq policy, follows an assessment that the ambitious U.S. outreach to Sunni dissidents has failed. U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that their reconciliation efforts may even have backfired, alienating the Shiite majority and leaving the United States vulnerable to having no allies in Iraq, according to sources familiar with the State Department proposal.

The proposal has met serious resistance from both U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and military commanders in Iraq, who believe that intensive diplomatic efforts to bring Sunni insurgents into the political process are pivotal to stabilizing the war-ravaged country, the sources said.

A second danger is that the United States could appear to be taking sides in the escalating sectarian strife. The proposal would encourage Iraqis to continue reconciliation efforts. But without U.S. urging, outreach could easily stall or even atrophy, deepening sectarian tensions, U.S. sources say.

A decision to step back from reconciliation efforts would also be highly controversial among America's closest allies in the region, which are all Sunni governments. Sunni leaders in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf sheikdoms have been pressuring the United States to ensure that their brethren are included in Iraq's power structure and economy.

But over 10 days of intense discussions recently among top policymakers in the White House review, State Department officials argued that intervening in Iraqi politics is increasingly counterproductive, particularly after elections for a permanent government last December. Reconciliation, they also argued, is now exceptionally unlikely and could actually jeopardize U.S. relations with Iraq's Shiites, who make up about 60 percent of the population, according to sources familiar with the debate.

The State Department proposal, which was introduced at the second of 10 meetings and has dominated debate ever since, suggests that the United States would keep at arm's length diplomatic efforts to bridge the deep divide in Iraq between the two branches of Islam, the sources said.

Another point of debate in the policy review is how far to broaden a new U.S. strategy to bring in regional players to help stabilize Iraq. The White House and the State Department are still wedded to the isolation of Iran and Syria, despite the growing momentum behind the idea of regional outreach, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The idea has also been part of the discussions of the Iraq Study Group.

November 30, 2006

 

Update: Clinton calls Iraq a "civil war"

Man, it's really coming down now: http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2006/11/clinton-calls-iraq-civil-war-against.html

 

First Look: 11/30/06

Here are this morning's top stories:

IRAQ

NATIONAL

AROUND THE GLOBE

Update to come this afternoon/evening.


November 29, 2006

 

Colin Powell: Iraq is a "civil war"

CNN: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday said Iraq's violence meets the standard of a "civil war" and that if he were heading the State Department now, he might recommend that the administration use that term to describe the carnage in the war-torn nation.

 

Frist will not run in '08

AP: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will not run for president in 2008, Republican officials said Wednesday, as the field of White House contenders continued to shrink more than a year before the first convention delegates are chosen.

Frist's formal announcement was expected later in the day.

 

Update: NBC video on decision to call Iraq "civil war"

Matt Lauer and Barry McCaffrey: http://video.msn.com/v/us/msnbc.htm?g=69945658-84da-4e09-b9a4-50d1432a7d8b&f=00&fg=copy

 

News Update: 11.29.06 @ 9:52am

Supreme Court to rule on EPA's obligation to regulate CO2: http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyid=2006-11-29T064422Z_01_N28256308_RTRUKOC_0_US-USA-COURT-WARMING.xml&src=rss

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