Saturday, July 07, 2007

Cheney Fatigue 

Once viewed as a sage and mentor to President Bush, Cheney has approval ratings now that are as low as — or lower — than the president's. Recent national polls have put them both in the high 20s.

[ . . . ]

It seems Cheney fatigue is settling in some Republican circles.
I'm sure you had Cheney fatigue long before the Repubs discovered it. Tell Congress it's time to impeach Cheney.


Friday, July 06, 2007

Unnamed Heroes 

5 injured in Vegas shooting:
A man on a balcony over the New York-New York casino floor opened fire on the gamblers below early Friday, wounding four people before he was tackled by off-duty military reservists, police said.

[ . . . ]

Zegrean emptied a semiautomatic handgun toward the casino floor before he was tackled by a U.S. Army reservist, a Navy reservist and others who held him for police, (Las Vegas police Capt. James) Dillon said. He said he did not know the names of the people who intervened.


Send Postcards Every Day 

I think Avedon's got the right idea. We should be sending postcards to our congresspersons every single day with this simple message:
And, just to be on the safe side, I'd add one additional line:
Cheney First
More here.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Equal Justice Under the Law 

"I guess I don't know what you mean."

Did all of these guys get gentlemen's Cs at Yale?


Sen. Domenici to change Iraq "position" 

Ah, yes. Elections are coming up for Pete next year. Must be time to get in touch with the people of New Mexico and align himself with the voters.

I think they're all getting tired of an Iraq position which amounts to bending over and and grabbing their ankles.


A mole with sideburns 

This is what Republicans (and confused wankers like Broder) mean when they speak of Congressional bi-partisanship.

Man, Thompson was such a sharp dresser back then, too. No wonder they're still swooning over him.


Guns don't kill people. 

People pissed off about fireworks do.

Where I live it's been so hot, dry, and windy for the last 6 weeks that folks keep the phone number to the police on their speed dial, just in case some fool decides to ignore the ban on fireworks (in town, and in the adjacent national forests).

A self-defense (or maybe public service) plea might actually work under these conditions.


Romney says it was "reasonable" 

He couldn't possibly be more of a hypocrite.

Things being how they are, I guess that makes him eminently qualified to be the Republican nominee for president.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Paris Hilton did more time 

than Scooter Libby. Call it the quote of the day.


All that needs to be said 


Resign! And resign Mr. Cheney, too . . . Who is the ventriliquist and who is the dummy is no longer relevent.

Go watch. If only those wise men in Washington could express it so clearly.


Monday, July 02, 2007

Quotes of the Day 

Today, our QOTD must follow two different tracks. There's just that much good stuff this morning.

First, former CIA guy Larry Johnson, talking about the incompetent "yuppie bombers" of Glasgow:
Looks like we have yuppie Muslims who, despite a medical education, don't understand fundamentals about how to build and detonate quality improvised explosives. They obviously spent all of their cash on the Mercedes and neglected to sign up for the suicide bomber course. Thank your deity or religious object of affection for their fecklessness. Or, thank your lucky stars.
Then, there's Hudson Institute senior fellow Irwin M. Stelzer, describing Bush's demeaner despite 6 years of continuous disasters of his own making, quoted by Peter Baker in the WaPo:
"You don't get any feeling of somebody crouching down in the bunker," said Irwin M. Stelzer, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who was part of one group of scholars who met with Bush. "This is either extraordinary self-confidence or out of touch with reality. I can't tell you which."
Funny, most of us would have no trouble figuring that one out.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Same Old 

One for Ed.


King of the Hill 

McGuinn & Petty.

Roger was Tom's rock & roll model.


More 80s 


Was going to post Stop Dragging My Heart Around, but Stevie is a lot easier to watch when she's not twirling around on stage.


Tonight is what it means 

Atrios brought back an 80s classic last night, posting Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart (great song -- pretty weird video).

Made me flash on "Tonight" from the 1984 cult classic Streets of Fire. Diane Lane was reportedly disappointed that they didn't let her do her own singing. That's Holly Sherwood doing the actual vocals. Laurie Sargent does the singing on a couple other of the films songs.

People have wondered if McCoy, played by Amy Madigan, is a lesbian. The role was acutally written as a male character, but Madigan convinced director Walter Hill to let her do it. I think she's the most interesting character in the film.


A Tragic Legacy 

Susan G at Daily Kos with one of the best reviews I've seen
of Glenn Greenwald's new book:
With ruthless clarity and bone-chilling analysis, Glenn Greenwald’s A Tragic Legacy takes readers on a tour of the simplistic black-and-white world that Bush has created over the past six years—a world where all situations are reduced to a nightmare cartoon of pure Good and pure Evil, where military solutions are the only solutions, where any call for calm consideration is equated with backing the forces of darkness.
Get it.


Quote of the Day 

The proud, the few, the 26 percent. Meteor Blades picks up on what they really care about:
Ever since the latest Newsweek poll came out, I've been pondering what it would take to crack the nutty 26% of Americans who still approve of Mister Bush's performance in office, already 1% lower than Tricky Dick Nixon's approval rating the week before the House Judiciary Committee began its nine-month-long impeachment hearings in October 1973.

The 26% didn't flinch about lying the nation into war, authorizing torture, wrecking the environment, wiretapping illegally, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands, handing billions over to war profiteering cronies, dumping the Geneva Conventions, suppressing the vote, tainting good will toward America internationally, turning modest budget surpluses into monstrous deficits, trying to undermine Social Security, rewriting scientific studies and politicizing every single governmental agency.

Probably getting caught sprinkling cocaine on his mom's popcorn during President Putin's visit to Kennebunkport wouldn't get the 26% to give Mister Bush the boot. Nor mistakenly taking off his jacket in public to reveal the ventriloquist's machine first test-driven in the 2004 debate.

But fail to pardon Libby? Harumph. That's just too much for the gentle souls of the 26%, every one of whom, I will wager, approves of Mister Bush's previous record in that arena . . .
Gentle souls. Right.


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