Saturday, October 29, 2005

Utah in Denial 

Utah trails the rest of the country in bailing on Bush. Ed Partridge finds some explanations, as well as one defector.


The Bigger Picture . . . 

and why Congress isn't investigating it.

If the Republican leadership of congress weren't spineless Bush toadies and insane religious fanatics they would do their job and investigate this honestly for the good of the country. But they won't. They are nothing more than braindead fatcats gorging at the pork barrel with a fistfull of C-notes in one hand and a bible in the other.
Josh Marshall notes that Senate Democrats could use a little spine themselves.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Oh Shit 

In case you missed it, the White House pissed off satiracle web site The Onion when the government threatened legal action over The Onion's use in satire of the Presidential Seal.

Now The Onion has fired back.

The Onion is graphics-heavy and can take a long to load if you're on dial-up (or some other slow connection), so you might want to see it at AMERICAblog.

Prepare to laugh. Laugh.


Scooter Goes Down 

Armando reports that Scooter Libby is being named in 5 (count 'em, 5) indictments. They indictments include the claim that Libby endangered national security.

The right wing noise machine will call it the criminalization of politics.

Let's be clear. This is not a little unauthorized fellating in the oval office.

It's treason for political gain.

Let the investigations continue. There's plenty more dirt in the White House.


Hard to find a day 

Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, was asked when the Democrats would announce their agenda.

Ms. Pelosi replied:
As I said, it would be helpful if there were no arrests, subpoenas, or indictments on whatever day it is. We would like a clear shot at it.
We may all have to get out our 2006 calendars for that one.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Blog you should read: Sister Nancy Beth 

Well, since nobody in the White House got indicted today, I started poking around the blogosphere to see what I could find.

This one's a hoot. Desert Rat Democrat says if the General had a sister, she would be Sister Nancy Beth Eczema of Edicts of Nancy.

As most of you know, I've been a big fan of General J.C. Christian for a long time (in blogger years). Hell, we might be related, though it's hard to tell. Once you go back 3 or 4 generations, Mormon genealogy starts to look like a pan of spaghetti.

But I digress. DRD may be on to something.

So go visit Nancy. Tell her Travis loves it when she gets down on her knees (to pray, that is).


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

5 Indictments - 4 Recipients 

Hunter cites a report at Raw Story. He also notes that Richard Sale says the special prosecutor isn't quite done yet. Looks like he's asking for another grand jury.

Party on!


Let's Make a Deal 

Just to keep your spirits up on the Night Before Fitzmas, Mark Kleiman speculates that the additional day before indictments are announced just might be used for one more good squeeze play:
Imagine, for example, that my speculation of last night is correct, and that Fizgerald's visit to Rove's lawyer yesterday was for a session of "Let's Make a Deal." In that scenario, if Luskin had said "See you in court," indictments would have been handed up today. If, instead, Luskin had said, "Let's talk about how much my guy has to give you on what other player to constitute 'substantial cooperation'," that would have been a reason for Fitzgerald to hold off while the bargaining went on. (Jeralyn Merritt has a good analysis of how weak Rove's bargaining position would be.)

Of course, it doesn't have to be Rove who decided to try to cut a last-minute deal; any of the players might have done so. What's hard to imagine is a reason for delay that came up at the last minute but that doesn't mean more trouble for the potential defendants.
During my 2 decades in the army, we made a transition from white skivvies to brown ones. Brown underwear is a good thing. During those occasional moments when you are scared shitless, you recognize the true value of brown underwear.

I'm betting that the boys in the White House are wishing they had some brown underwear today.


Bumper Sticker I'd like to see 

Build More Prisons
for the Republicans


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Fitzmas on Wednesday 

Via Josh Marshall, Steve Clemons has a source that says the target letters have been received, and that as many as 5 indictments will be filed on Wednesday.

A press conference is scheduled for Thursday.

And, I'm guessing there are some loose bowels in the White House today.


Faith-Based Pharmacies 

You got raped. You want the morning after pill. You go to your local pharmacy. You get politely told my some "person of faith" to fuck off.

That's how it went down at the Fry's Pharmacy in Tucson for a 20-year old Tucson woman on a recent weekend.
The issue surfaced in Arizona last winter, when Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a bill that would have permitted pharmacists to refuse to dispense it on moral or religious grounds.

But her veto was essentially meaningless, as most of the drugstore chains that dominate Tucson already allow that as a matter of corporate policy. Most also require that the customer be immediately referred to another pharmacist or drugstore willing to fill the prescription.

"The idea is, if our pharmacist won't dispense it, the patient will know where to go to get it," said Michael Polzin, a national Walgreens spokesman.

That same policy is in effect at all Fry's Food Store pharmacies, said Fry's spokeswoman Kendra Doyel.

On the night three weeks ago when an on-duty Fry's pharmacist refused to fill the emergency contraception prescription, the pharmacy manager offered to find another pharmacy that would, according to Doyel.

"He felt he was making every attempt to help her get what she needed. A pharmacist would never just say 'you're out of luck,' " said Doyel, who would not allow any of the Fry's employees involved in the incident to be interviewed.

But a friend with the sexual assault victim that night strongly disputed that account.

"He (the manager) said he would fill it himself if we could get there before his shift ended, within 10 minutes," said Sabrina Fladness, a University of Arizona student and owner of a computer service business.

"But we were more than 10 minutes away, so that was impossible. So he said we would have to come back the next morning" - after the shift of the refusing pharmacist ended.

"He made no provision for getting it that night," she said.
Of course, the woman could just as easily been denied at Target or Walgreen's.

Anyone know of a pharmacy chain that insists that their pharmacists actually due their jobs instead of deciding for their clients who gets what prescriptions filled?


Monday, October 24, 2005

Crony Jobs 

You too can get a prestigious job in the Bush administration.

Thanks to Harriet for the tip.


Sunday, October 23, 2005

War is Peace 

Via Susie, we learn that another military blogger has been silenced. But hey, that's a small price to pay for driving the flag of freedom into the heart of the Middle East.

Also a damn strange way to teach the them Middleeasterners about freedom and stuff.


not very bright guys 

Al Rodgers writing at Daily Kos reminds us of this classic line from Deep Throat:
"Forget the myths the media's created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." ~ Deep Throat. From the 1976 film "All the President's Men."
Keep that in mind as the boys in the White House start setting Scooter up to be the fall guy.


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