Saturday, June 30, 2007

Cuts Like a Knife 

Defeat of Immigration Bill will cost GOP Latino votes
“There may be some short-term gain from this,” said Linda Chavez, who served in the Reagan administration and is now chairwoman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative public policy group. “But in the long term, it is disastrous for the Republican Party.”
I love the smell of disaster in the morning.
“I think it’s bloody for the Republicans,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a Latino-oriented research and policy organization with offices in San Antonio and Los Angeles. “The Democrats said pro-immigrant stuff, and even if they didn’t support it, it was because they said it wasn’t good enough. The Republicans said anti-immigrant stuff and so now they are going to get killed with this.”
I certainly hope so. I'm kinda lookin' forward to dancing at the funeral.

UPDATE -- Sunday morning: Josh elaborates:
The real fall-out is that this has dealt a massive and probably enduring blow to Republican efforts to at least compete for, if not win over, the growing hispanic electorate. The model here is then-Gov. Pete Wilson's (R) 1994 reelection campaign in California -- a set of events that played out somewhat more amorphously but to real effect across the country in the mid-1990s.

Briefly, Wilson successfully rode the anti-immigration issue to victory, in particular through his embrace of Prop. 187 -- a successful ballot initiative to deny social services to illegal immigrants and get local cops into the business of policing people's immigration status. It helped Wilson get reelected. But it also basically destroyed the California Republican party. Destroyed may be too strong a word. But it put the state's rapidly growing hispanic population firmly into the Democratic camp and played a big part in making California into the solidly Democratic state it is today. (People forget, it didn't used to be that way.)

[. . .]

This whole episode has branded the Republicans as the anti-immigrant party. And that's not good for a party that wants to compete for the votes of America's largest bloc of new immigrant voters.
Yep. And it's about time those chickens came home to roost.


Friday, June 29, 2007

When the Repubs start to copy us, 

you know we're finally getting something right. That's the upside.

On the other upside, they remain terribly confused about why it works.


You are the reason 

Many thanks to the lovely and thoughtful Avedon Carol, who posted this link to an outstanding Blind Faith video that includes both the accoustic and electric version of Can't Find My Way Home. They sounded great even on my laptop's funky speakers. Go listen now.

If you're sitting at home on Friday night, might as well have yourself a little fun.


Cryin' Shame 

House rejects proposal to defund Cheney.

Vice president won’t lose his expense accounts.


It's Friday Afternoon, 

which means there's bound to be somebody new resigning from the Cheney administration today.

Guess there are still a few hours until closing time in DC.

UPDATE -- Later Friday afternoon: And here it is!

Justice Department official resigns

I'm so surprised.


One of the scarier scenarios 

I've seen lately. From commenter Hank Gillette at TPMmuckraker:
January 18, 2009: Bush pardons everyone in his administration for any and all criminal acts that they may have committed.

January 19, 2009: Bush resigns.

January 20, 2009: In his last and only act as president, Dick Cheney pardons George W. Bush.
You know they would.


Buy the T-Shirt 

Support Freedom of Speech.

Sale of these T-Shirts, which memorialize U.S. troops who have died in the Bush-Cheney-Lieberman-McCain war in Iraq, is now illegal in 4 states (including Arizona, home of the wing-nuts-R-us state legislature). In defiance of the new state law, Dan Frazier continues to sell them.

Flagstaff police have advised Mr. Frazier that they are preparing to report his activities to the Flagstaff City Attorney for the filing of a criminal complaint.

The ACLU is prepared to defend Mr. Frazier, as this prosecution would be a clear violation of free speech.

Show your support. Get the T-Shirt. You'll probably see a few other items you'd like to display, as well.

By the way:
One dollar from the sale of each shirt is being donated to charitable organizations that assist families of fallen U.S. troops. As of early June 2007, we had donated $2,120 to such charities.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

High Crimes and Misdemeanors 

Think Progress notes law professors who point out that, if a crime is being investigated (as opposed to the usual congressional information gathering process), then courts are likely to uphold the subpoenas.

Putting the thoughts of several commenters together, there is a fairly reasonable logic that gets us directly to impeachment. It goes like this:
It's time to name a special prosecutor.

UPDATE -- Friday morning. This piece at DKos expands on the subject a bit, and lays out the steps and the players. Go read.

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They write letters 

And remain chronically clueless.
Thank you for contacting PBS. We greatly appreciate your interest in
our programming. Like you, PBS recognizes the importance of an informed
and engaged citizenry.

The "All-American Presidential Forums," which are moderated by Tavis
Smiley, is an historic broadcast marking the first time that a panel
exclusively comprised of journalists of color will be represented in

Mr. Smiley, along with journalists Michel Martin of National Public
Radio, nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. and USA Today
and Gannett News Service columnist DeWayne Wickham, will question
candidates on issues ranging from healthcare and housing to Katrina relief,
the economy and the environment, among others.

PBS is proud to offer a live broadcast of this event, which is the
first major opportunity for the candidates to present a detailed discourse
and dialogue on their social agendas.

Regarding your concerns about Dr. Luntz, I would like to clarify that
he is not participating in the forum itself or in the live broadcast of
the event. Rather, Dr. Luntz was selected by Mr. Smiley to obtain
on-the-spot feedback from a group of everyday citizens who will be watching
the forum live at Howard University.

Dr. Luntz will appear as a guest on Mr. Smiley's regularly scheduled
program on Friday evening, accompanied by the 30 people who participated
in the Instant Response focus group to discuss the results of the
study. We have full confidence in Mr. Smiley's abilities to produce an
intelligent, thought-provoking program and in his skills as an interviewer.

I hope you will watch the "All-American Forum" this evening and tune
into the second forum for Republican candidates, which is scheduled to
air in September.


PBS Viewer Services
And these folks are the subject of endless chain emails sent around by liberals in order to keep PBS in business.

Sometimes, ya gotta wonder . . .


No Clothes 

High-risk emperors.

h/t to Man Eegee for getting it.



We still got it. Which I'm sure is no big surprise to those of you who experience it on a regular basis (around here we call it DWB -- Driving While Black).

Ed thinks there's still a case to be made for some occasional gene pool maintenance.


Impeach Now! 

These things take time. Might as well get started. Details here.

Then follow up with the war crimes trials. Maybe we can find an appropriate use for Gitmo after all.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Warm thoughts for a fallen soldier 

With the death toll rising higher each day, don't forget that every one of those casualties was a real live person, not just a number or a name and rank.


Gore leads in New Hampshire 

Pretty good for a guy who's not even running.

h/t Ben Smith at TPM Election Central


Turns out Coulter's good for something 

Coulter's Words Help Edwards Raise Cash


Fucking Army Generals 

What do they know about war, anyway? Certainly not as much as the learned congressperson from Indiana. Must be something in the water in Indiana that produces such brilliant politicians. Bet he can even spell potato.

And at the risk of repeating myself . . .


Buy Glenn's New Book 

There are a lot of reasons. He's smart. He writes well. He knows what he's talking about. He says what needs to be said.

Mike Stark offers another reason.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Ad Nag & Megan Thee:
More than half of Americans between 17 and 29 years old — 54 percent — say they intend to vote for a Democrat for president in 2008. They share with the public at large a negative view of President Bush, who has a 28 percent approval rating with this group, and of the Republican Party. They hold a markedly more positive view of Democrats than they do of Republicans.
Of course, it only counts if they actually show up and vote.


Bushy's Daddies 

I don't subscribe to much Freudian psycho-babble when it comes to politics.

That said, it is interesting to note that King George II felt he had to take care of what the neo-cons considered finishing the job his father failed to complete in Iraq, and he seems to have abdicated actual control of his administration to his tough new daddy figure, Dick the Torturer.

And all that war president, commander-in-chief, I'm the Decider bullshit is exactly the kind of stance a spoiled 6th grade wimp would take to project the image of exactly what he is not.

Interesting comments here, here (my favorite: I'm quite sure some of us wish we knew who was at that energy meeting way back when, aren't you? Maybe waterboarding could reveal the answer.), and here.

UPDATE -- Tuesday night: Meteor Blades has a few thoughts on the daddy deal, too.

Not too long ago, Mister Bush made a scary fool of himself in front of some of his friends by thumping his chest three times and saying, "I am the President." From a Psych 101 point of view, that apparently wild-eyed scene is more understandable now.

Because if George W. Bush is certain of one thing, it's that he's not the President. Not the Decider. Not the Commander Guy. When it comes to important matters on every subject of importance, Mister Bush is not the hand, he's the sock.

While Barton Gellman and Jo Becker's series in the Washington Post firms up the suspicions of those who have been paying only cursory attention, anyone who reads blogs or the alternative press or John Nichols or between the lines of the lamest elements of the megamedia has known for years that the real chest-thumper in the executive legislative branch of government that goes unmentioned in the Constitution is none other than Richard Bruce Cheney, the man who the keen observer dday has taken to calling Fourthbranch.


Time to cut off funds for the "non-executive" veep? 

Todd Gitlin ("the whole world is watching!") says: Call your congress persons. Ask for a commitment on where they stand.


Slow Learners? 

Or just too lazy to pay attention to the details?

T.A. Frank says most journalists are still missing the main story about the politicization of the Department of Justice.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Let's just send them Dick the Torture Master 

German prosecutors want CIA agents extradited.

And since King George signed off on it, let's throw him into the deal, too. You know, sort of like a minor league player to be named later.


"strengthening America's armies of compassion." 

Your Supreme Court, hard at work.


Condi. No spine. No self-respect. 

Mark Kleiman:
I have to disagree with Kevin Drum. I don't find it even mildly surprising that Dick Cheney was spying on his White House colleagues. Disgusting, yes. Surprising, no. It's part of his fundamentally totalitarian mind-set.

What I do find surprising is Condoleeza Rice's passivity in the face of this interference in her communication with her own staff. Anyone with an ounce of self-respect would have gone to Bush and said, "This stops from right now or I'm out the door."
Of course, that's not the sort of action you get from a spineless toady.


Elizabeth Edwards steps up 

Declares support for gay marriage.
Elizabeth Edwards, starring at the kickoff event of San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade, came out in support of legalized same-sex marriage Sunday -- taking a position that she acknowledged is at odds with her husband, presidential candidate John Edwards.

"I don't know why somebody else's marriage has anything to do with me," she said. "I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage."
Good for her.


Quote of the Day 

From the always insightful Duncan Black:
No one could have predicted that training and arming a bunch of people who hate each other and us might have led to them killing each other and us with greater efficiency.
Atrios. Just another dirty fucking hippy with a keen grasp of the obvious.


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Random Data Tag 

Avedon said I should consider myself tagged. I blew off one of these things a year or so ago (from Jess, I think). So I look at this as making amends.

So, I've been tagged to do the following:

1. All right, here are the rules. 2. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves. 4. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. 5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Okay, number 5 (above) sort of assumes that I have sort of contact with 8 other bloggers. Maybe I did once, but that seems quite a stretch now. But here goes anyway.

1. I was playing in a working rock and roll band when I was 14.

2. I was kicked out of that band before I turned 15.

3. I have only 2 fears: people and economic insecurity.

4. I can't even find an agent for my mystery book, much less a publisher.

5. In college I learned that a little 151 could take the edge off the acid.

6. I have a fondness for redheads.

7. I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Meet the Beatles, After the Gold Rush, Workingman Dead, Joni Mitchell's For the Roses, and the Dixie Chicks' Home.

8. When I think about how I'm going to survive in retirement on a pretty small fixed income, I consider moving to Latin America.

Now comes the hard part. I tag (in no particular order):

Julie with a B
Tedski from Rum, Romans, and Rebellian
Nancy (the aspiring Christian cosmetoligist)
Benjamin Greenberg at Hungry Blues
Professor Kim
Natalie Davis at Grateful Dread

Party on, y'all.


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