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October 31, 2005
More of the Same

In a perfectly typical and not unexpected show of nose-thumbing, Vice President Cheney today replaced the indicted Scooter Libby with a couple of his other cronies.

Mr. Cheney's office said David S. Addington, the vice president's counsel, would become his chief of staff, and John P. Hannah, who had been principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs, would become Mr. Cheney's assistant for national security.

NY Times

Clearly they're very concerned about surrounding themselves with people who will offer intelligent, thoughtful counsel, and not just flacks who demonstrate loyalty above all else.

It just warms your heart.

Bush Changes the Subject

In a surprise move, the White House announced the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, just days after the headlines were all about a major investigation into their political dirty tricks. Suddenly, the headlines aren't! Well, played.

In his speech announcing the nomination, Bush was also strangely emphatic about Alito's judging experience, as if that had been an issue with his last nomination.

Judge Alito is one of the most accomplished and respected judges in America. And his long career in public service has given him an extraordinary breadth of experience.

Experience... A novel approach to appointing extremely powerful officials, I didn't expect him to go there, but we'll see how that plays.

As predicted, the sinking of the Miers nomination doesn't really help the progressive cause at all. It looked bad for the White House, sure, but the public has an extremely short memory, and we're just going to end up with a much more staunchly and unambiguously conservative nominee. Someone like Alito.

Happy Halloween, Droogs


October 28, 2005
Fitzgerald Press Conference

You can watch it here, or what's left of it.

Patrick Fitzgerald is a no-nonsense guy, and he looks to be handling this extremely well. He just completely slammed the current Republican talking point that the crimes for which Libby and possibly others are being indicted are not that serious or are "technicalities." He was extremely clear that these are very serious charges.

Five Indictments for Libby

** UPDATE: Libby has resigned from his White House posts.

libby indicted

The news is in: Libby indicted on five counts: One count of obstruction of justice, two counts of making false statements, and two counts of perjury.


No indictments for Rove today, but the investigation continues. Statement from Fitzgerald coming in about an hour.

Don't Fuck With The Onion

A few days ago, it was reported that the White House—apparently having nothing more important to do—had sent a cease and desist letter to the publishers of The Onion for their use of the presidential seal in a series of parodies of Bush's weekly radio addresses.

Today, The Onion hits back.

the onion


Libby Yes, Rove No (For Now)

Press conference from Fitzgerald coming at 2pm ET, but the reports are that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Dick Cheney's chief of staff, will be indicted today at least for making false statements to the grand jury, but that Karl Rove will not be indicted. The word is that Fitzgerald will ask for an extension of the grand jury's term to continue his investigation into Rove's role.

So it's not quite Fitzmas, or it's Fitzmas Part I. I don't like the term Fitzmas.

Cheney Aide Likely to Be Indicted Today; Rove Under Scrutiny - New York Times.

October 27, 2005
Note to Residents of Virginia's 67th District

Don't vote for this guy.

Chris Craddock, 27, running for state delegate, reportedly made the following comment to a high school AP government class when a student mentioned that absent sex education, the United States could face STD and AIDS crises like we see in Africa:

"Africans will have sex with anything that has a pulse."

Seriously. That's what he said.

He also declared that he believes there are "three ways to become gay: You don't have a father figure in your life, you have an abusive father figure or you have no loving support in your family."

Oooookay. Raise your hand if you know someone who is gay and does not fit that description. I thought so.

So, the guy is a dipshit. Don't vote for him.

Oh, and even better than his ludicrous comments is his pathetic attempt to defend himself.

Regarding his comments about African sex, Craddock said, "Sex runs wild in Africa. One of my best friends went to Africa and got her doctorate from Johns Hopkins [University] studying the AIDS culture in Zimbabwe. And she said one of the main reasons [there's so much AIDS there] is that sex is just rampant in Zimbabwe."

"Read any study that deals with the problems of AIDS in Africa and you'll see that," he said.

In teacher Cynthia Szwajkowski class, said Craddock, "I said sex runs rampant over there and that insane amounts of unprotected sex produces HIV."

FLASH: Sex Runs Rampant in Africa!

Is this guy kidding? As far as I'm aware, Chris my boy, sex runs "rampant" and "wild" just about everywhere. People may be having sex right in your very own home town! Wild sex! Rampant sex!

Dude needs to get out more.

What's most absurd and sad about this whole thing is that he couldn't be more misguided and wrong. Yeah, there's an element of truth to the fact that the sexual mores in many African countries have contributed to the AIDS epidemic there. But it's for exactly the opposite reason that he's proposing. The reason is that they have the kind of culture and educational system that he wishes WE had. Frank and open discussions of sex and sexuality are taboo. Safe sex is not taught in schools and outdated, misogynistic customs are silently (and sometimes not so silently) enforced and perpetuated. Which is exactly what he wants to happen here.

We currently lack a massive AIDS crisis on the scale of many African countries. Implementing his ideas will get us that much closes to having one.

The kids were right, Chris. You're a douche. And you're nascent political career is over. Give it up. You're not smart enough.

Message to Republicans

Posted on the American Spectator by Mark Corallo, an influential Republican who is being consulted by the White House on Karl Rove's defense.

Message to Republicans: Whoever is generating the "Attack Pat Fitzgerald" talking points needs to cease and desist. This veteran (and some might say "victim") of the Impeachment in '98, finds it highly hypocritical to hear the same attacks that the left leveled at Ken Starr now being floated by the right to discredit Pat Fitzgerald -- Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison called perjury a "technicality." What has separated US from THEM is our adherence to intellectual honesty and principle even when it costs us politically. The Ds made excuse after excuse for Slick Willie while demonizing Ken Starr. If Fitzgerald indicts anyone, not for violating any of the statutes governing the handling of classified information, but for obstruction or perjury, Republicans must refrain from trivializing the charges or defending the indicted.

All should be thoroughly mindful of the FACT that Pat Fitzgerald is arguably the best prosecutor in the country. Nobody knows more about Al Qaeda, their methods and the way they finance their operations. America is safer from terrorism because of him.

The many recent profiles extolling his blue-collar upbringing, his brilliance, his record and his unrivaled work ethic neglect one of his core character traits: he is also eminently reasonable. This is not Javert, bent on getting his man no matter the consequences or the "triviality" of the crime. This is a servant of the law who has, to his credit, a thick vein of common sense and an understanding of what motivates usually law abiding people to violate the law. He is not out to get anyone.

I know Pat. Simply put, he is a really good guy.

Via Digby

Why We're Screwed #1834

For a while now, just about everybody who knows anything about it—and is willing to address it honestly—has advocated some version of the idea that we need a "Manhattan Project" style program to look into alternative sources of energy. Our dependence on foreign oil—and on oil in general—is basically the root cause of nearly all of our major problems these days.

The government, naturally, has completely fucked this up. Instead of investing in other sources of energy to free us from having to do business with places like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc., they decided to spend $200 billion and counting to secure those sources of energy. And why? Why even now, with gas prices rising higher and higher, do they do nothing significant to change our energy policy?

This is why.

Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Thursday reported quarterly profit surged, pushed up by record crude oil and natural gas prices. Net income rose to $9.9 billion, or $1.58 a share, in the third quarter from $5.68 billion, or 88 cents a share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned $1.32 per share. Analysts on average expected $1.39, according to Reuters Estimates.

Two powerful hurricanes ripped through the Gulf of Mexico in the quarter, disrupting energy operations in the region and sending oil prices and refining margins sharply higher.

Shares of Exxon Mobil, the largest of the so-called "super-major" oil companies, rose more than 10 percent in the third quarter, underperforming the broader Standard & Poor's integrated oil and gas index , which rose more than 13 percent.

Because the companies who basically write our energy policy are making a fortune off of these policies, and most of the decision makers in the agencies that regulate that business used to work for it.

Until we realize that companies like Exxon-Mobil have no interest in peace, or non-destroyed Gulf Coasts, nothing will change. When things get bad for everyone else, things get better for them. And this goes for the entire military-industrial complex, really. As long as these people are manipulating our system, we will never have the kind of world nearly all of us would want. There's no money in it for them.

Miers Withdraws

Not a surprise. Easily one of the stupidest nominations ever.

How to Become a Republican

This cartoon pretty well sums it up.

become a republican

October 26, 2005

Liz and I were lucky enough to get to see Joseph Wilson speak tonight at Town Hall in Seattle. It was pretty amazing to hear one of the central figures in what may end up being one of the great political scandals of our time, just as that scandal is reaching the boiling point. The mood in the room was jubilant, and only some of it was really vengeful. Most of it felt like people who had really just had enough, and were excited to see a crack in the armor of those who the feel are destroying the things they hold dear. It didn't feel entirely like schadenfreude, it felt like relief. Or at least the anticipation of relief.

Wilson gave a good talk. His message was fairly simple: participation and responsibility. He feels that his role in this whole affair is simply that he held his leaders accountable, and he strongly feels that we all should be doing the same.

He also mention some places in Washington state, and everybody clapped. Allow me to go on the record here and now that I'm sick of all the clapping. Clap when someone makes a strong point or finishes a song, fine. But can we please knock of the clapping every time a speaker or performer mentions something we're remotely familiar with?

"I was speaking to a friend in the sociology department at the University of Washington..." [clap clap clap clap] "I was in Santa Barbara a few months ago..." ["Yay, Santa Barbara!" clap clap clap]

For the love of god stop it.

Where was I?

Wilson also had a lot to say about the back story to the current mess we're in. He was in the foreign service for 20-some years, and served in the Iraq during the first Gulf War. He has a lot of admiration for George H. W. Bush and how he handled that situation, and claims that the feelings are mutual. He also had some powerful and moving words about the unbelievable waste of global good will that our government's actions after September 11 represent. It's really staggering, something I don't like to think about, but do pretty often anyway. We blew it in a magnificent way, and "it" was something we're not likely to see again in a long time.

That's it. It was good. I'm not much for "man-on-the-scene" reporting. Did I say it was good?

Happy [Maybe] Indictment Day.

October 25, 2005

rosa parks

They Spin, You Decide

A few days ago, Think Progress had an interesting piece about the right-wing spin machine and it's direct line into Fox News.

The best part:

According to a database search, every single television reference to the CIA leak scandal as the "criminalization of politics" in the last 30 days has been on Fox. Even more stunning: on every occassion, the phrase was introduced into the segment by a Fox News anchor or correspondent, never by a guest.

Think Progress

They even have a nice video montage.

O'Reilly: MoveOn = Nazis

I ask you, how much more of an asshole could Bill O'Reilly possibly be?

I posit not much.


He recently equated
giving money to MoveOn.org with giving money to Nazis.


The context is that the judge in the DeLay case has given money to MoveOn.org. Naturally there's no mention of what other organizations this judge may have given money to, and I don't know either, but it's really beside the point. Are we going to start vetting every judge in the country for their political leanings and force them to recuse themselves when trying cases involving politics? What if the judge gave money to the ACLU?

How do you think O'Reilly would react if it were discovered that the judge had given money to the Bush campaign? Do you think he would demand a new judge? Somehow I doubt it.

I really don't like him.


A sad milestone... Bush and his friends' lies and spin have now cost 2000 American soldiers their lives in Iraq. Billmon shows us what 2000 looks like.

Tomorrow? Thursday?

Everyone's all a twitter over the coming indictments. It should be an historic and interesting couple of days. The word on the street is that indictments will be handed down tomorrow to between 1 and 5 people—with most guessing closer to 5. The indictments will be sealed until a press conference on Thursday, though, so unless the indicted want to chat about it, we may not know until then.

Tomorrow night Liz and I will be at Town Hall in Seattle to hear Joseph Wilson speak, a wonderfully timed event that should be fascinating.

If you live in Seattle, I'll see you at The Stranger's still-not-quite-scheduled-but-probably-Thursday Indictment Night Party at the Mirabeau Room. Details.

I've been looking forward to seeing these poeople go down for a long, long time. Here's hoping they nail the bastards.

(Then again, other rumors suggest more delays, extensions, etc.)

October 24, 2005
Spin Rebuttal
Think Progress has a helpful rundown of Claim vs. Fact in the accelerating right-wing propaganda campaign on the Valerie Plame investigation. Useful.
October 23, 2005
Shabby Behavior

I have to agree with Matthew Yglesias here on the recent spate of (formerly) highly placed Republicans—Scowcroft, Wilkerson, etc.—coming down hard on the Bush administration. It's certainly nice to hear, but where the hell were these guys last year? Protecting their asses, that's where.

As Matt points out, they saw what happened to Richard Clarke, and they were scared. But if they had some balls, they might have made a difference in the things they're now complaining about, instead of just becoming best-selling authors.

Latest Spin

The latest Republican spin on the Valerie Plame affair and the Tom DeLay indictment: These aren't "crimes," they're technicalities.

Watch Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson make this point on Meet the Press.

certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation were not a waste of time and dollars.

Think Progress

Bill Kristol was making similarly pathetic statements on Fox News Sunday..

Scooter Libby or Karl Rove are going to be judged criminals for perhaps acknowledging her name, perhaps knowing, though there's no evidence they did, that she was a covert operative… That's a crime?

Think Progress


Tom DeLay is not a criminal… Are we seriously going to pretend that shuffling hard and soft money around which hundreds of politicians have done over the last two decades, before McCain-Feingold was enacted [is a crime]?

The answer to all of this crap is easy: Yes, these are crimes, and they're very serious ones. Perjury? Obstruction of justice? Funneling corporate money into state races? Crime, crime, crime.

At least Tim Russert had the presence of mind to point out to Senator Hutchinson that Republicans didn't seem to be so against these kinds of things in the Clinton years. In fact, Hutchinson herself had some interesting thoughts on the matter back then.

The key thing to understand here is that criminals in positions of high power are often eventually brought down by what seem to be "minor" charges, even when everyone knows damn well they committed much more serious crimes. See, powerful people are hard to catch. They know how to cover their tracks, and they can wield enormous influence upon others to cover for them. They're not stupid, but smart criminals are criminals nonetheless.

The law is the law, and if these people are found guilty of breaking the law, they should be punished. Arguing that no one would reasonably pursue these "technicalities" absent some political agenda is irrelevant. You can't take a piss in Washington absent some political agenda.

In the end, this kind of spin is a desperation move. Keep it up, jerks.

(And yes, this is different than the Democrats complaints over the Starr investigation in one very important way. Outing a CIA agent in a time of war or manipulating campaign money to take over the legislature of the second largest state in the union are exponentially more serious than lying about blowjobs. It's not a witch-hunt when the crimes make a difference. It's justice.)

October 22, 2005
Prussian Blue

Uh... WHAT?

Thirteen-year-old twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede have one album out, another on the way, a music video, and lots of fans.

They may remind you another famous pair of singers, the Olsen Twins, and the girls say they like that. But unlike the Olsens, who built a media empire on their fun-loving, squeaky-clean image, Lamb and Lynx are cultivating a much darker personna. They are white nationalists and use their talents to preach a message of hate.

Known as "Prussian Blue" — a nod to their German heritage and bright blue eyes — the girls from Bakersfield, Calif., have been performing songs about white nationalism before all-white crowds since they were nine.

"We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," said Lynx. "We want our people to stay white … we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."

ABC News

Just when you thought the world couldn't get any scarier.

(via the Slog.)

October 21, 2005
The (Mug) Shot Heard 'Round the... Blogs

Okay, so this picture is everywhere, but hell, I'm so happy to see this guy get arrested (but not quite as happy as he is, seemingly), that I had to put it up.

delay mug shot

That smile is really sad. I mean, I can understand his position that he's innocent and all, but nobody likes to be arrested you dumbass. You just look like a fool.

I was really hoping for some stripey pajamas and him holding up one of those number plates, but oh well.

Of course, DeLay and his lawyers are squawking endlessly about how this is just "retribution" on the part of the prosecutor. They're right, of course—it's retribution for breaking the damn law.


October 20, 2005
Wow. Wilkerson on Bush Administration

The New America Foundation sponsored a brown-bag lunch with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former State Department Chief of Staff (2002-2005).

Wilkerson expertly dissects the Bush administration from the inside. Stunning.


Available in several video and audio formats here.

It's long, and by most traditional standards boring as hell, but if you're into this sort of thing—and you should be—it's amazing. (The really good stuff starts around the 20 minute mark).

October 18, 2005
Fearfully Made

Oh. My. God.

I don't even know what to say about this. Just watch and listen.

lil markie

(click image for video)

If you didn't guess, he's singing part of the song in the voice of an unborn fetus named "Lil' Markie".

So, that's really disturbing and weird.

But that's nothing compared to this, the "Diary of an Unborn Child". Be sure to listen all the way through.

October 16, 2005
Jesus Loves Us

How many of these do you think Bush has in his bedroom?

jesus 911

I'm sure if Jesus were around today, he'd be quick to wrap himself in the American flag. From what I understand, that was totally his style.

(via The General)

Canoeing The Mighty Trickle

Now this is just absurd. Really funny, too, though.

canoe reporter

After promoting their upcoming segment on the president's phony chat with the troops the other day, NBC's Today Show goes out to a flooded town in New Jersey where their intrepid reporter is paddling a canoe down what used to be a street. And then two guys walk between her and the camera, showing the water to be about 3 inches deep.

In the west coast feed of the program, they found a deeper place for her to stand, and got rid of the canoe.

Crooks and Liars has the videos.

Hilariously lame and sad.

October 15, 2005
The Photo-Op

Sigh. This is not surprising, but that makes it no less depressing. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you support these people, you're a fool.

The "president" had an "unscripted chat" with US soldiers in Iraq yesterday.

Except it was completely scripted.

And there's incontrovertible proof.

Lots of it.


Think Progress.

Think Progress again.

National Journal.

Talking Points Memo.

Can we impeach this jackass already? Jesus.

October 11, 2005
Plame-O-Gate Overview

Hardball gives a good rundown of the who, when and what of the continuously unfolding Valerie Plame affair.


A worthwhile 3 minutes or so if you need to catch up. We could be seeing indictments of top administration officials any day now.

Crooks and Liars has the videos and torrents thereof.

October 10, 2005

No confirmation that this is true, but AMERICAblog is reporting that Newsmax is reporting that Bono is going to share a stage with Rick Santorum in support of the turd-monkey's reelection campaign.

What the crap?

I'm no great Bono fan, but at least he seemed to stand for justice. Santorum? Not so much.

October 7, 2005
We're On a Mission From God

Good thing we're cracking down on all that "religious fundamentalism" in the Middle East. We all know the kind of trouble that sort of thinking can cause...

bush as jesus

George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month.

Mr Bush revealed the extent of his religious fervour when he met a Palestinian delegation during the Israeli-Palestinian summit at the Egpytian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, four months after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did."

Mr Bush went on: "And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East'. And, by God, I'm gonna do it."

Mr Bush, who became a born-again Christian at 40, is one of the most overtly religious leaders to occupy the White House, a fact which brings him much support in middle America.

Soon after, the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz carried a Palestinian transcript of the meeting, containing a version of Mr Bush's remarks. But the Palestinian delegation was reluctant publicly to acknowledge its authenticity.

The BBC persuaded Mr Shaath to go on the record for the first time for a three-part series on Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy: Elusive Peace, which begins on Monday.

Guardian Unlimited

Al Qaeda Now Hiring


DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together its Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaper reported. The London-based Asharq al-Awsat said on its Web site this week that al Qaeda had "vacant positions" for video production and editing statements, footage and international media coverage about militants in Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Chechnya and other conflict zones where militants are active.

The paper said the Global Islamic Media Front, an al Qaeda-linked Web-based organization, would "follow up with members interested in joining and contact them via email."


Ig Nobel Prizes

Yesterday the inventor of the Neutical, synthetic replacement testicles for pets, was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Well deserved.


If you're interested, there's a new version of Neutical on the market (though it is "equally superior to the other models") that features ScarRetard®, which, according to the website, "virtually retards the risk of potential scar tissue development."

I propose that these guys win a prize for most qualifiers in one sentence, too.

October 6, 2005
Trust Him?

George Will—yes George Will—on the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

Senators beginning what ought to be a protracted and exacting scrutiny of Harriet Miers should be guided by three rules. First, it is not important that she be confirmed. Second, it might be very important that she not be. Third, the presumption -- perhaps rebuttable but certainly in need of rebutting -- should be that her nomination is not a defensible exercise of presidential discretion to which senatorial deference is due.

It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court's tasks. The president's "argument" for her amounts to: Trust me. There is no reason to, for several reasons.

He has neither the inclination nor the ability to make sophisticated judgments about competing approaches to construing the Constitution. Few presidents acquire such abilities in the course of their pre-presidential careers, and this president particularly is not disposed to such reflections.

Furthermore, there is no reason to believe that Miers's nomination resulted from the president's careful consultation with people capable of such judgments. If 100 such people had been asked to list 100 individuals who have given evidence of the reflectiveness and excellence requisite in a justice, Miers's name probably would not have appeared in any of the 10,000 places on those lists.


The wisdom of presumptive opposition to Miers's confirmation flows from the fact that constitutional reasoning is a talent -- a skill acquired, as intellectual skills are, by years of practice sustained by intense interest. It is not usually acquired in the normal course of even a fine lawyer's career. The burden is on Miers to demonstrate such talents, and on senators to compel such a demonstration or reject the nomination.

The Washington Post

Defying White House, Senate Votes No on Torture

The amazing thing about this story is not the overwhelming majority (90-9) by which these restrictions passed, but that this was in defiance of the White House, which is, apparently, in favor of "cruel, infuman and degrading" treatment of prisoners.

Choice quote...

Bush administration officials say the legislation would limit the president’s authority and flexibility in war.


Yeah. That's the idea. The president does not have absolute authority and should not have it. He does not have the "flexibility" to ignore the human rights of anyone.


October 4, 2005
Comments and Crap

So it's become clear that my comments were messed up. I had set the junk comments threshold a bit high, apparently, and many legitimate comments were being flagged as junk and not displayed. I've fished out as many as I could find from the junk rolls and they should be back up now. My apologies.

Obviously I have no interest or desire to keep people from posting their views on this site, it's often quite entertaining, but I do what I can to stem the unending tide of junk comments. It's an annoying game.

So comment away. Please email me if you receive any notification that your comment has been flagged or moderated and I'll see that it doesn't happen.


Signs that we, as a society, have too much time on our hands, #198,239.


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October 3, 2005
Miers Purpose

I'm inclined to agree with Digby here.

Conservatives that are all up in arms over Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court shouldn't be so surprised. Did they really think Bush was a conservative? His mission is not to advance the conservative agenda, it is to maintain power for his friends and allies and to cut down liberal social policies.


The Bush administration is about setting up the legal and institutional framework for a Republican majority for the next generation. That is Karl Rove's raison d'etre, beyond Junior, beyond conservatism, beyond ideology.

Harriet Miers is the official machine justice, a made woman, the one whose only committment and loyalty will be to Karl Rove and George Bush. I'm sure they would have preferred Alberto Gonzales but he is too much of a known quantity to easily finesse the varying political requirements within the base. She will do just fine. She is their creature. Her purpose on the court is to assist the Republican party in any way necessary, not to advance conservatism.


Sadly, the egg isn't only on the faces of all these well-meaning, "true" conservatives who have been blind enough to keep supporting him all these years, it's on all of our faces. And our childrens' faces. And their childrens'. And on and on. Now that these ideologues have taken over the highest court in the land, there's no telling what kind of havoc they could wreak.

They know that they're on somewhat shaky ground these days with their elected officials and that the electorate is fickle (because the electorate doesn't pay attention), so now they've got a good piece of the unelected court that can enact massive changes to the social structure of this country with a few key rulings. It's really been a masterful game they've played, I'll give them credit for that.

I mean, this is his own lawyer. He now will have his own Supreme Court Justice. Or two.

Harvey Danger

For some reason I seem to have not mentioned this on this blog yet, but I recently created a new web site for the Seattle-based indie band Harvey Danger, in support of their new album Little by Little, which they are offering on their website as a free download, via Bittorrent even (and by direct download too).

Read about their reasons for doing this here.

The whole thing is starting to get a lot of attention, at least from the geeks out there. Hopefully from the music folks, too.

This morning it was Slashdotted and last week on Boing Boing!


More Fun for DeLay

New charge: money laundering.

This charge comes after DeLay's lawyers tried to argue that the conspiracy laws in Texas don't apply to the election code. Ceding that this may be the case, the grand jury found another charge.

Naturally, DeLay is playing this as if he's being persecuted, but it sounds pretty reasonable to me. He tried to weasel out of trouble on a technicality, so they found another charge. he claims that he's innocent, yet his lawyers are doing everything they can to make sure the case never has to go to trial.

The fact that the Republicans are going around crying about being persecuted by some imaginary Democratic cabal is laughable. And poor Christians are so discriminated against, too. How stupid do we have to be to let the idea that the ruling majority is persecuted by a powerless minority gain any credence?

DeLay keeps calling the indictments against him "retribution." He's right. Retribution for breaking the law.

From Zero to Supreme

I know this isn't unprecedented, but isn't it a little weird to have someone who's not even a judge become a Supreme Court Justice?

Isn't that kind of like hiring someone with no experience in disaster preparedness to run the Emergency Management Agency?

Or like hiring people with no experience in Arab countries to run Iraq?

Seems weird to me. First Roberts goes right to the head of the class, and now a non-judge is going to be one of the top judges on earth.

Oh, and I'd like to also express my uncontrollable rage every time George W. Bush utters the phrase, "legislate from the bench." God I hate that guy.

October 1, 2005
Home Page Bug Fixed

Thanks to all who wrote in, and my apologies to them and to everyone else for being so slow to fix that dreadful Windows/IE bug on my home page. Since I avoid both Windows and IE as much as possible, it didn't annoy me nearly as much as it did many of you, nor as much as it should have.

Anyway, it's fixed.

Get Firefox.
And a Mac.

Endless Uses

New, from Ziploc, giant bags.

giant ziploc bags

Unfortunately, this innovation came a little too late for these guys: (that would be the world's largest sandwich)

big sandwich