Friday, May 15, 2009

Repugnant in the News: Karl Rove Interrogated by Feds

Karl Rove reportedly squealed: "DON'T WATERBOARD ME!!! PLEASE ... PLEEEAAASE." (Copious SOBS)
Fed interrogator: "Sir, CALM DOWN. We don't do this any longer. Would you like a Valium?"
KR: "Yes, please ..." (Whimper)


The aim: to determine if officials obstructed justice in the dismissals of U.S. attorneys.
Washington Post
May 15, 2009

Washington -- Karl Rove will be interviewed today as part of a criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys under President George W. Bush, two sources say.

Rove, a former senior aide to Bush, will be questioned by Connecticut prosecutor Nora Dannehy, who in September was named to examine whether former Justice Department and White House officials lied or obstructed justice in connection with the dismissal of federal prosecutors in 2006.

Re: You Read it Here First (Peter's Prophecy)

Note: Peter once hit a $20 straight exacta at the Kentucky Derby for $1,000 and change, so his gift for prophecy in the Sport of Kings is established. The rest, by comparison, is gravy.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Let it be written--let it be done

And the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls--and sometimes in blogs:

Miss California on Cable News: Fox & Friends Gives Carrie Prejean Her Chance
May 14, 2009 03:24 PM ET Paul Bedard Permanent Link Print
by Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Miss California and Miss USA runner-up, Carrie Prejean, tossed around in the battle over gay marriage, will be a one-day guest host for Fox News Channel's popular morning show Fox & Friends, Whispers learns. She will host the 6 a.m.-to-7 a.m. slot on May 27, filling in for Gretchen Carlson—the 1989 Miss America—who will be off that day.

The party of Lincoln

Is now a petulant 3rd-grader (from Politico, courtesy of my pal Ms. Em):

A member of the Republican National Committee told me Tuesday that when the RNC meets in an extraordinary special session next week, it will approve a resolution rebranding Democrats as the “Democrat Socialist Party.” When I asked if such a resolution would force RNC Chairman Michael Steele to use that label when talking about Democrats in all his speeches and press releases, the RNC member replied: “Who cares?”

I understand that "Democrat Socialist Party" narrowly edged out "Stinky Poo Poo Heads," and that the RNC further stated "na na na na na you can't get me" and emphasized that girls have "cooties."

A concise statement of the obvious

From former law prof, current federal appeals judge and interesting crank Richard Posner:

By the end of the Clinton administration, I was content to celebrate the triumph of conservatism as I understood it, and had no desire for other than incremental changes in the economic and social structure of the United States. I saw no need for the estate tax to be abolished, marginal personal-income tax rates further reduced, the government shrunk, pragmatism in constitutional law jettisoned in favor of "originalism," the rights of gun owners enlarged, our military posture strengthened, the rise of homosexual rights resisted, or the role of religion in the public sphere expanded. All these became causes embraced by the new conservatism that crested with the reelection of Bush in 2004.

My theme is the intellectual decline of conservatism, and it is notable that the policies of the new conservatism are powered largely by emotion and religion and have for the most part weak intellectual groundings. That the policies are weak in conception, have largely failed in execution, and are political flops is therefore unsurprising. The major blows to conservatism, culminating in the election and programs of Obama, have been fourfold: the failure of military force to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives; the inanity of trying to substitute will for intellect, as in the denial of global warming, the use of religious criteria in the selection of public officials, the neglect of management and expertise in government; a continued preoccupation with abortion; and fiscal incontinence in the form of massive budget deficits, the Medicare drug plan, excessive foreign borrowing, and asset-price inflation.

By the fall of 2008, the face of the Republican Party had become Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Conservative intellectuals had no party.

I would argue that the judge might be overstating the intellectual power of conservatism even BEFORE its Limbaugh-ization, but that is another story for another time. His analysis of the party and what passes for "conservatism" hits fairly close to the mark.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hurray for Miss California!

Now go away. Now. Away. Go.

I think I know where she's headed though. She's blond, dumb as multiple bags of hammers, with a fake tan, fake boobs, hell, everything about her is fake. You know what that means?


The Right Just Keeps Lying and Lying and Lying

The chattering right wing chihuahuas LIE with almost complete impunity. It’s nearly impossible to catch these bloviators in real time because they keep throwing out the lies quicker than anyone can correct them. Sure, there’s YouTube, KO, Rachel Maddow, Huff Post, and the blogs. The problem is the lag time and a captive audience that has already drunk the Kool Aid.

On the bright side, the right is losing audience as fast as the left is gaining it, so the country is becoming less stupid as a result. Those of us who tuned in to Keith Olbermann last night were treated to a fist-pumping point-by-point destruction of Bill-Oh Really’s historical revisionism that President Obama was wrong when he said Winston Churchill never tortured.

Yes, Bill-Oh, you are WRONG, you fool; ignorant lying sophist.

Sunday, on This Week with Georgie Boy, the unctuous George F. Swill declared imperiously that “more than 80% of Americans are more than satisfied with their health care plans.”

WRONG again, Swill, and YOU KNOW IT. The FCC ought to have a voluntary truth-in-commentary rule that would place the political chattering class on time delay so that every time they utter an untruth the viewer would see a freeze frame with a rolling text box at the bottom displaying the factual information. I propose that it be called WINGERFAX.

As soon as Swill makes the statement, “more than 80% of Americans are more than satisfied with their health care plans,” the screen would be frozen and the following rolling text displayed at the bottom:
According to the respected Gallup Poll (12/4/08) on Americans’ attitudes toward U.S. healthcare:

“The net result of these observations about the way U.S. healthcare works is that Americans generally believe the system is highly troubled: 14% say it is "in a state of crisis" and 59% think it has "major problems." Only 26% believe it has minor problems and a slight 1% say it does not have any problems.”

What’s most galling about this smug little jerk with a bow tie is that as the father of a special needs child who was never denied the best healthcare available, one would expect him to have some empathy for the uninsured, or at least, to accurately and honestly discuss the state of healthcare. 

But this is by no means the one and only time Swill has lied: as with all right wingers it's a consistent pattern with him.

- In 1980, Swill helped Ronald Reagan prepare for his presidential debate while posing as a neutral or objective journalist. There were similar conflicts of interest involving his associations with Conrad Black and Bob Dole.

- More recently, in a 2008 column Swill claimed China and Cuba had partnered to drill for oil off the Florida coast. That statement was false, and Swill published a retraction, but not before Dick Cheney and John Boehner repeated it.

- In 2009 Swill disseminated false information about the effects of global warming by claiming that, "[a]ccording to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea levels now equal those of 1979." The Arctic Climate Research website of U of I fired back: "We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but our data shows that on February 15, 1979, global sea ice area was 16.79 million sq. km and on February 15, 2009, global sea ice area was 15.45 million sq. km. Therefore, global sea ice levels are 1.34 million sq. km less in February 2009 than in February 1979."

And so, Swill's off-the-cuff "80%" remark is simply the first salvo as he (and I'm sure, Bill-Oh) aim to destroy President Obama's efforts to provide healthcare for all Americans. Their campaign will be one of lies, misinformation, and slander to swiftboat healthcare. (Yes, it's true; the swiftboaters are baaack and they're the anti-healthcare storm troopers.) Anything for a buck. It's in their DNA.

Senator Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer and whose son lost a leg to cancer, dedicated his entire career to giving Americans universal healthcare, precisely because of these experiences. He said he and his son are alive today because they were privileged to get the very best healthcare available. But millions of our citizens are not so fortunate, and that’s wrong.

For Senator Kennedy, healthcare is a right, NOT a privilege.

Therein lies the difference between liberals and conservatives. Let's roll.

Monday, May 11, 2009

We live in the world's dumbest country

You probably heard this one:

Teen Suspended for Going to Prom--Baptist School Forbids Dancing, Rock Music and Hand-Holding

FINDLAY, Ohio - An Ohio teenager has been suspended by his Christian school that bans dancing because he attended another high school's prom.

Officials at Heritage Christian School in Findlay had warned 17-year-old Tyler Frost that he would be suspended and prohibited from attending graduation if he went to the public school dance over the weekend with his girlfriend, according to The Courier.

Frost danced and held hands
[Editor's Note: OMIGOD!! WE'RE DOOMED!!!] with his girlfriend, Rebecca Smooty, at the Findlay High School prom, attended by about 800 students, officials told the newspaper.

OK, boys and girls, this raises SOOOO many issues.

First of all, what sort of mutant parent sends their child to such a school?

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, given that 44% of Americans believe in this:

Well, if the school won't allow hand-holding, we know who can't enroll:

People far wiser than me have called faith the belief in things not seen. I don't think faith requires the rejection of those things that are patently obvious.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


With apologies to all the wonderful moms for this slightly twisted post:

To the relief of all those present, Darth Cheney did not attend the WH Correspondents Dinner. President Obama joked the Dark Lord was busy working on his memoir "tentatively titled, How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People.” Then, he reportedly added: “The FORCE is with us.”

But Darth Cheney wasn’t too busy to make it onto one of the Sunday talk shows: