Friday, November 10, 2006

Here Comes the Jive Turkey Express 

Via AP
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain considered the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, intends to launch an exploratory committee next week, GOP officials said Friday. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a public statement from the four-term Arizona senator.
UPDATE - Saturday Morning. In the comments below, Zelph suggests we call it the BS Express. Sounds about right. Any other thoughts?


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Billmon knows what I'm thinking 

It's funny to hear Republicans talking about the spirit of bi-partisanship, now that they're out in the cold.

I'm reminded of arch-conservative Republican heavyweight Grover Norquist saying bi-partisanhip is the same as date rape.

How do you deal with people who said If the Democrats win, the terrorists win?

William Lloyd Garrisson, the 19th century abolitionist and editor had a pretty good perspective on it:
With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter . . .
But, thanks to Billmon, I was reminded of Marcellus in Pulp Fiction, capturing my true feelings when it comes to the Republicans.


Still "Defending the Border" 

[ediotor's note: Since all those hateful anti-Mexican ballot measures passed in Arizona on Tuesday, I thought I'd resurrect a post from May of 2005. Enjoy.]

Looks like somebody sent the trolls over to David Neiwert's excellent blog to rant about the vigilantes who are "patrolling" a tiny swath of the Arizona desert near the border with Mexico.

These guys call themselves "Minutemen." Or maybe that's what their wives call them. At any rate their claims of success in slowing the flow of folks coming across the border are pure fantasy.

I was at a dinner with Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano last month. She says that, although the number of people crossing the zone that the vigilantes are watching has gone down, the number of border crossers at other locations has gone up proportionately. Imagine that.

This whole notion of defending Arizona's border from invasion by foreigners reminds me of a conversation with my father. I grew up in a family of Goldwater Republicans. My dad was a veteran of World War II. He was an artillery officer with the newly-formed 7th Infantry Division.

By the early '70s he had become disenchanted with the Vietnam War and the mounting death toll in a foreign land with no real strategic interest for the U.S. (sound familiar?). One evening when he was about half way into his second tall glass of bourbon (a nightly practice for both my mother and father), my dad declared that the place to stop the Communists was the beaches of California.

I stood there in the kitchen, rather amazed at this somewhat heretical proclamation, wondering if he would say more. My father took another drink and, after deciding that our neighbor to the west (California) had already been lost to the radical left, said, "On second thought, maybe we should make our stand at the Colorado River."

Vaya con Dios, Dad.


Letting the People Decide 

The Proposition 107 (the so-called Protect Marriage Amendment) campaign was formally launched up here in the northern Arizona back in May of '05 in the parking lot of the Strip Mall Church of Fear and Ignorance on 7th Avenue in east Flagstaff. I was there that day, along with a few progressive friends, doing my part for Truth and Justice and The American Way.

The main pitch of the fundies who were driving that runaway train was "Let the People Decide." They figured they could sell their mean-spirited bigotry to the ignorant masses if they made it sound all pretty and democratic.

And since that day, there has been a big pro-Prop 107 sign in the front window of the Strip Mall Church of Fear and Ignorance that proudly proclaimed, "Let the People Decide."

Think I'll stop by there soon and see if I can find one of those faithful fundies, just so I can say, "Hey, Bubba, the People Decided. Get over it!"


Sunday, November 05, 2006

More sex scandals than actual accomplishments 

This is how to talk to a Republican strategist.

h/t to Duncan.


Take this one with you 

into the voting booth!

h/t to DK at TPM and thanks to RR for the link.


The Patriot Fact 

Glad to see my phone company doing such good work. Wish my natural gas company would produce quality videos like this.

h/t to openthread for the link.


McCain was against discrimination 

before he was for it.

Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop.
Watch me pander. I can't stop.
If the radical right
thinks I'm great
I'll have their support
when I run in '08


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