Saturday, October 08, 2005

News from Wingerville 

Must be something in the water in Indiana. They certainly send more than their share of certifiable wackos to Congress.

But really, this is just a not-so-thinly-disguised attempt to prevent pregnancy among female couples. What a hateful bunch of sociopathic legislators. Unfortunately it's too late to prevent their conception.

Reminds me of that old late-60s protest sign: "Nixon pull out, like your father should have."


Friday, October 07, 2005

Slow Learners 

Looks like Bush's support among the faithful is headed south, so to speak.

WASHINGTON - Evangelicals, Republican women, Southerners and other critical groups in President Bush's political coalition are worried about the direction the nation is headed and disappointed with his performance, an AP-Ipsos poll found.

[. . .]

The intensity of support for Bush's job performance has also dropped sharply among white evangelicals, Southerners, people from rural areas and suburban men.

"We've lost focus on where we're supposed to be going and not able to respond to the crises that affect the people of this country," said David Ernest, a Republican from San Ramon, Calif., who is angry about the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. "We're mired in a Middle Eastern adventure and we've taken the focus off of our own country."

Bush has tried to reassure conservatives about his Supreme Court nominee. He's also trying to counter critics of the war by tying U.S. efforts in Iraq to the larger war against terrorism. And he's made frequent trips to the areas devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita to offset criticism of the government's initial response to Katrina.

Of all the problems facing the country, the war in Iraq is the one that troubles some Bush supporters the most.

"I approve of what the president is doing, but it's a mixed decision," said Richard Saulinski, a Republican from Orland Park, Ill. "We should get out of Iraq. It seems like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. I just think we're dealing with a culture we don't really understand."
Not to worry. Why just yesterday the president clicked his heals together 3 times and repeated the magic words:
That should have everybody back in line pronto.


Law and Order Conservative 

DeLay asks for indictments to be set aside.
WASHINGTON - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's legal team asked a court Friday to throw out his indictment, arguing that a Texas district attorney "attempted to browbeat and coerce" grand jurors into filing criminal charges.

I thought browbeat and coerce were DeLay's middle names.

Either the snivel lamp is lit or the bug man is starting to get a rash from that noose around his neck.


Thursday, October 06, 2005

Noose tightens on Rove 

Via AMERICAblog, the AP is reporting that Karl Rove is going to offer an 11th-hour testimony to the Plamegate grand jury.
Federal prosecutors have accepted an offer from presidential adviser Karl Rove to give 11th-hour testimony in the case of a CIA officer's leaked identity but have warned they cannot guarantee he won't be indicted, according to people directly familiar with the investigation....

The U.S. attorney's manual requires prosecutors not to bring witnesses before a grand jury if there is a possibility of future criminal charges unless they are notified in advance that their grand jury testimony can be used against them in a later indictment.

Rove has already made at least three grand jury appearances and his return at this late stage in the investigation is unusual.

The prosecutor did not give Rove similar warnings before his earlier grand jury appearances.
Dear me! The hits just keep on happening.


The Pro-Torture 9 

Via Sully.
Allard (R-CO)
Bond (R-MO)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)
Looks like the Bible Belt now runs all the way to Alaska. Too bad. I always liked Alaska.


Texas Payback 

Over at Loaded Mouth via Josh Marshall:

Honey, if you cover me on this one, leave the Texas lottery just the way it is, don't say anything about the Ben Barnes payoff, and never mention how I got into the Texas Air National Guard, when I'm president, I'll put you on the Supreme Court. How does that sound? Deal?

Read it for yourself.


Monday, October 03, 2005

Bad Crazies in Wingerville 

I actually try to get some work done on a Monday, and I miss out on all the excitement in Right Blogastan.

Meanwhile the hardcore Bush loyalists kinda have their backs pressed up against the wall, with big, round, white eyes -- like a bunch of guards in an asylum for the violently insane who've just realized the Thorazine shots aren't working any more.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

Black is White, Up is Down 

I finally got around to reading George Lakoff's "Don't Think of an Elephant," the classic short version of how the right has framed the political discourse over the past couple of decades.

Lakoff also explains how the reality of those on the Radical Right differs from Progessives like me.

I can accept that we have different realities. I happen to think that theirs verges on the dillusional, but that's another story.

The real problem is that their reality, their values, if you will, says that it's okay for them to tell a shit-load of Orwellian lies in order to further their values-based agenda.

When I heard that the senior U.S. generals in Iraq said that the number of combat-ready Iraqi battalions had dropped from 3 to 1 over the past few months, I wasn't especially surprised.

Today, Kos notes that President Bush is "encouraged by the increasing size and capability of the Iraqi security forces."

Black is white. Up is down.

Let us pray.


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