December 19, 2008

If The Same Thing Happened To Malia Obama . . .

Republican family values once again rears its head:

Levi Johnston's mother hit with drug charges

WASILLA -- A 42-year-old Wasilla woman was arrested Thursday at her home by Alaska State Troopers with a search warrant in an undercover drug investigation. Sherry L. Johnston was charged with six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston, the Wasilla 18-year-old who received international attention in September when Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, announced their teenage daughter was pregnant and he was the father. Bristol Palin, 18, is due on Saturday, according to a recent interview with the governor's father, Chuck Heath.

Troopers served the warrant at Johnston's home at the "conclusion of an undercover narcotics investigation," said a statement issued Thursday by the troopers as part of the normal daily summary of activity around the state.

Troopers charged Johnston with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance -- generally manufacturing or delivering drugs -- as well as fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, or possession.

What, they aren't going federal on her ass? Pays to be white.

September 16, 2008

Truth Derangement Syndrome

Holy kites. Kevin Drum, (apparently now at Mother Jones) highlights research by two political scientists that shows that political conservatives are actually more likely to believe a lie if shown actual evidence that repudiates the lie:

Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler provided two groups of volunteers with the Bush administration's prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. One group was given a refutation -- the comprehensive 2004 Duelfer report that concluded that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the United States invaded in 2003. Thirty-four percent of conservatives told only about the Bush administration's claims thought Iraq had hidden or destroyed its weapons before the U.S. invasion, but 64 percent of conservatives who heard both claim and refutation thought that Iraq really did have the weapons. The refutation, in other words, made the misinformation worse.

A similar "backfire effect" also influenced conservatives told about Bush administration assertions that tax cuts increase federal revenue. One group was offered a refutation by prominent economists that included current and former Bush administration officials. About 35 percent of conservatives told about the Bush claim believed it; 67 percent of those provided with both assertion and refutation believed that tax cuts increase revenue.

Hey, cons. Experts say that if you shoot yourselves in the head, there is a good chance that you will die.

April 24, 2008


They don't even try to hide their lies anymore:

(CBS) People who believe the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision giving the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush was politically motivated should just get over it, says Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia denies that the controversial decision was political and discusses other aspects of his public and private life in a remarkably candid interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, this Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

"I say nonsense," Scalia responds to Stahl’s observation that people say the Supreme Court’s decision in Gore v. Bush was based on politics and not justice. "Get over it. It’s so old by now. The principal issue in the case, whether the scheme that the Florida Supreme Court had put together violated the federal Constitution, that wasn’t even close. The vote was seven to two," he says, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision that the Supreme Court of Florida’s method for recounting ballots was unconstitutional.

Furthermore, says the outspoken conservative justice, it was Al Gore who ultimately put the issue into the courts. "It was Al Gore who made it a judicial question…. We didn’t go looking for trouble. It was he who said, 'I want this to be decided by the courts,'" says Scalia. "What are we supposed to say -- 'Not important enough?'" he jokes.

In short:


If we didn't have a Congress run by an incumbency protection racket, I'd say impeachment is too good for the slimebucket.

October 12, 2007

Embiggening The Dialogue On SCHIP

Atrios is right. This offering by Republicans is funny, but not "ha-ha" funny.

June 27, 2007

High Class Nuttery

Johan Hari writing in The New Republican went undercover at the cruise hosted by the National Review. As Digby explains, what he heard aboard that cruise is not far removed what is heard in a random Klan gathering.

The animating idea behind all of this is, as one would expect, racism. Arabs ("Muslims") and Mexicans will have to suffice since hating Jews and Blacks is temporarily inconvenient, but it's all the same.
Several days later, the nautical counter-revolution has docked in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where passengers will clamber overboard into a nation they want to wall off behind a 1,000-mile fence. One expresses horror at my intention to find a local street kid to show me around, exclaiming, "Do you want to die?" D'Souza summarizes the prevailing sentiment by unveiling what he modestly calls "D'Souza's law of immigration": An immigrant's quality is "proportional to the distance traveled to get to the United States." In other words: Asians trump Latinos.

. . .The table nods solemnly before marching onward to Topic A: the billion-strong swarm of Muslims who are poised to take over the world. The idea that Europe is being "taken over" is the unifying theme of this cruise. Some people go on singles' cruises, some on ballroom-dancing cruises. This is the Muslims Are Coming cruise. Everyone thinks it. Everyone knows it. And the man most responsible for this insight is sitting only a few tables down: Mark Steyn. He is wearing sunglasses on top of his head and a bright shirt. Steyn's thesis in his new book, America Alone, is simple: The "European races"--i.e., white people--"are too self-absorbed to breed," but the Muslims are multiplying quickly. The inevitable result will be "large-scale evacuation operations circa 2015" as Europe is ceded to Al Qaeda and "Greater France remorselessly evolve[s] into Greater Bosnia." He offers a light smearing of dubious demographic figures--he needs to turn 20 million European Muslims into more than 150 million in nine years, which is a lot of humping--to "prove" his case.

But facts, figures, and doubt are not on the itinerary of this cruise. With one or two exceptions, the passengers discuss "the Muslims" as a homogenous, sharia-seeking block--already with near-total control of Europe. Over the week, I am asked nine times--I counted--when I am fleeing Europe's encroaching Muslim population for the safety of the United States.

Gee, that "D'Souza's law of immigration" is certainly convenient for Dinesh D'Souza, right?

June 25, 2007

When You're In School, You Have No Rights

And apparently, according to the Alito Court, when you are out of school you also have no rights:

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech Monday, ruling against a high school student and his 14-foot-long "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner.

Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as
advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court
in a 5-4 ruling.

Joseph Frederick unfurled his homemade sign on a winter morning in 2002,
as the Olympic torch made its way through Juneau, Alaska, en route to
the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Frederick said the banner was a nonsensical message that he first saw
on a snowboard. He intended the banner to proclaim his right to say
anything at all.

Gee, I wonder who those five justices were [/sarcasm]

God what a bullshit decision. The kid did his act when the school was dismissed so that the students could watch the Olympic torch pass. So now kids can be prosecuted for normally constitutional acts outside school hours? That's conservative, Constitution-trampling logic for you, and the last paragraph just made me grin a little:

Conservative groups that often are allied with the administration are backing Frederick out of concern that a ruling for Morse would let schools clamp down on religious expression, including speech that might oppose homosexuality or abortion.

Yep, in their zeal to put women's wombs under federal control and to reclassify gays as second-class citizens, they shot their own selves in the foot. Yes, let's round up all the hatemongering students of all stripes and expell them under this new empowerment of the public schools. They certainly deserve no less than what Fredricks had to go through because of their hard-on for authoritorianism.

Continue reading "When You're In School, You Have No Rights" »

June 8, 2007

And It Begins

I hope the anti-choicers are happy now:

PITTSBURGH — A woman who put her miscarried fetus in her freezer will not be tried on one of the charges against her, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has decided to drop a charge of abuse of a corpse against Christine Hutchinson, 22, of Pittsburgh, Zappala’s spokesman Mike Manko said Tuesday.

Last month, a district judge ordered Hutchinson to stand trial on that charge, as well as concealing the death of a child.

Abuse of a corpse “will not be on the [court] documents when they are filed during formal arraignment,? Manko said.

Defense attorney Lawrence Fisher said prosecutors will withdraw the remaining charge once Hutchinson agrees to continue treatment for depression.

Yes, you read that right. A woman who had a miscarriage through no fault of her own is being charged with "concealing the death of a child." There is so many things wrong with this picture, like how exactly is one supposed to handle a miscarriage, don't people routinely put dead bodies in freezers anyway, and why is the government compounding a woman's grief, but it all boils down to what kind of agenda the anti-choicers are setting down. These are the same crowd who do not mind seeing more women dying if their protect-the-fetus campaign can continue steamrolling over women's rights. They love to see more teenaged mothers who cannot take care of their babies because allowing these girls a choice in the matter would get in their way of controlling the uterus.

In the end, I will guarantee that those who have abortions will face the death penalty or the equivalent, all miscarriages will be cause for murder investigations, and all zygotes will be issued birth certificates if the anti-choicers have their way.

(via Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon)

June 2, 2007

Life Under The Bush Era

Pretty much the same as life under the previous Bush era:

The number of violent crimes in the United States rose for a second straight year in 2006, marking the first sustained increase in homicides, robberies and other serious offenses since the early 1990s, according to an FBI report to be released Monday.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Report will show an increase of about 1.3 percent in violent offenses last year, including a 6 percent rise in robberies and a slight rise in homicides, according to law enforcement officials, who described key findings in advance of the report's release. That follows an increase of 2.3 percent in 2005, which was the first significant increase in violent crime in 15 years.

Much of the increase was concentrated in medium-size cities, including the District of Columbia, officials said. Criminologists and law enforcement officials offer varying theories for the upswing, including an increase in the juvenile population, growing numbers of released prison inmates and the rise of serious gang problems in smaller jurisdictions.

June 1, 2007

Shorter Bill O'Reilly And John McCain: "Rahowa!"

Bill-O, once again, has been caught slipping over his apoplexy over the "immi-gants" and has revealed his true colors:

Bill O'Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you're a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you've got to cap with a number.

John McCain: In America today we've got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don't need so many.


O'Reilly: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don't know, I don't know. We've got to cap it.

McCain: We do, we do. I agree with you.

Actually, he wasn't slipping, he actually believes in his crusade to protect the interests of the poor, oppressed white males. If this were the 1850's, I'll guarantee you my left eyeball that both O'Reilly and McCain would quickly change their tune concerning the immigration debates they had during that time.

You all can see it for yourself in all its glory:

May 30, 2007

Elections Matter

If you are a woman and you just LOOOOVE being paid less than men for the exact same type of work, vote for Bush and approve of his wingnut Supreme Court picks:

WASHINGTON, May 29 — The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for many workers to sue their employers for discrimination in pay, insisting in a 5-to-4 decision on a tight time frame to file such cases. The dissenters said the ruling ignored workplace realities.

The decision came in a case involving a supervisor at a Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Ala., the only woman among 16 men at the same management level, who was paid less than any of her colleagues, including those with less seniority. She learned that fact late in a career of nearly 20 years — too late, according to the Supreme Court’s majority.

The court held on Tuesday that employees may not bring suit under the principal federal anti-discrimination law unless they have filed a formal complaint with a federal agency within 180 days after their pay was set. The timeline applies, according to the decision, even if the effects of the initial discriminatory act were not immediately apparent to the worker and even if they continue to the present day.

. . .Workplace experts said the ruling would have broad ramifications and would narrow the legal options of many employees.

In an opinion by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the majority rejected the view of the federal agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that each paycheck that reflects the initial discrimination is itself a discriminatory act that resets the clock on the 180-day period, under a rule known as “paycheck accrual.?

“Current effects alone cannot breathe life into prior, uncharged discrimination,? Justice Alito said in an opinion joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas once headed the employment commission, the chief enforcer of workers’ rights under the statute at issue in this case, usually referred to simply as Title VII.

Under its longstanding interpretation of the statute, the commission actively supported the plaintiff, Lilly M. Ledbetter, in the lower courts. But after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case last June, the Bush administration disavowed the agency’s position and filed a brief on the side of the employer.

Compassionate conservatism in action.

May 28, 2007

In Any Other Country, There Would Be Mobs In The Street Wielding Pitchforks

Not here though, people still cling to that useful fiction that if you work hard and play by the rules, you will get rewarded:

American men in their 30s today are worse off than their fathers' generation, a reversal from just a decade ago, when sons generally were better off than their fathers, a new study finds.

The study, the first in a series on economic mobility undertaken by several prominent think tanks, also says the typical American family's income has lagged far behind productivity growth since 2000, a departure from most of the post-World War II period.

The findings suggest "the up escalator that has historically ensured that each generation would do better than the last may not be working very well," says the study, which is scheduled for release today. The study was written principally by John Morton of the Pew Charitable Trusts, which is leading the series, called the Economic Mobility Project, and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution. Other participating think tanks are the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and the Urban Institute. (See the study.)

In 2004, the median income for a man in his 30s, a good predictor of his lifetime earnings, was $35,010, the study says, 12% less than for men in their 30s in 1974 -- their fathers' generation -- adjusted for inflation. A decade ago, median income for men in their 30s was $32,901, 5% higher than 30 years earlier. Ms. Sawhill said she isn't sure why men's wages have stagnated. "It seems there's been some slowdown in economic growth, it's possible that the movement of women into the labor force has affected male earnings, and it's possible that men are not working as hard as they used to."

. . .The report also found that between 1947 and 1974, productivity, or output per hour, and median family income, adjusted for inflation, both roughly doubled. Between 1974 and 2000, productivity rose 56% while income rose 29%. Between 2000 and 2005, productivity rose 16% while median income fell 2%, challenging "the notion that a rising tide will lift all boats," the report says.

And those Wall Street cheerleaders are simply flabberghasted as to why people aren't as happy as they are that rich people are becoming richer. Well, here you go.

May 22, 2007

The Christian Jihad Al Harb

Brought to you exclusively by the late Jerry Fallwell:

LYNCHBURG, Virginia (CNN) -- A first-year Liberty University student was arrested in what police said was a plot to detonate explosive devices Tuesday, the day of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's funeral.

Mark David Uhl's intended target is unknown, authorities said.

ABC News was reporting the youth told authorities he had made the bombs -- which were found in his car -- to stop protesters from disrupting Falwell's funeral.

May 15, 2007

I Say This Without Any Hesitation Or Equivocation

The world is better off without him:

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television minister whose 1979 founding of the Moral Majority galvanized American religious conservatives into a political force, died Tuesday at age 73.

Falwell was found unconscious and without a pulse in his office at Liberty University, the college he founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, said Ron Godwin, the school's executive vice president.

Though paramedics tried to revive him at his office and en route to Lynchburg General Hospital, "Those very timely and very efficient and effective efforts were unsuccessful," Godwin said.

May 10, 2007

Ivy-League Dickhead Makes Economic Case For Unlivable Wages

Oh no, N. Gregory Mankiw, an influential economist whose textbooks are required reading for any aspiring economist, he didn't just apply overly simplistic, non representative Econ 101 models to the labor market, did he? He can tell me the number of recessions that happened due to the countless times Congress have raised minimum wages right? So when prices go up, we buy less huh? How does that explain how my gas tank is still full with $3.00 gas, but my checking account is still considerably empty, huh? They still teach things like "inelastic product" over at Hah-vahd, don't they?

There, you see kids, Ivy League education just doesn't live up to its hype.

Update: Speaking of required reading, paperback books are supposed to be cheaper than hardcovers, right? So who the hell would make money trying to sell a paperback book at $121?

Oh that's right, it's those rip-off artists like Mankiw who call themselves college professors that can command that price, unless their students take that "timeless economic lesson" to heart and simply choose to lower their demand for the textbooks as the prices go up, while maintaining the same equilibrium of grades.

(via Atrios)

May 5, 2007

Looks Like Atheism Doesn't Make You More Moral

Case in point: Karl Rove.

April 27, 2007

Imus Gets Canned, Limbaugh Stays

And the corporate media and the political elite remain oblivious.

March 21, 2007

Thank You, David Ehrenstein

Because you have made a conscious decision to get hung up over Barack Obama's race in the way you never did for any other Democratic candidate running for president (except, perhaps, for Al Sharpton) you have given certain racist pillheads on the radical reich the plausible deniability to make fun of Obama based on his skin color.

I've said over and over again, Obama's problem is not with black voters, it's with white voters. If a ham sandwich was running as a Democrat, blacks would vote for it in droves, which is understandable considering the cavemen occupying the Republic party. The "he's not black enough" canard is just an excuse for commentators to race racial analysis without impugning the racial innocence of white people. Let it go NOW.

March 20, 2007

Spitting On The Troops


March 15, 2007

U.S.A To New Orleans: "Go To Hell!"

Scout of First Draft crafted what is possibly the best post on post-Katrina New Oreans ever. It was prompted by this post by NBC News correspondent Martin Savidge and the comments that followed. Apparently whenever he does any news report on the Katrina disaster, he gets two separate responses depending on who is offering their opinions:

I've been covering New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on a regular basis since Katrina. That's about 19 months. Whenever one of my stories makes Nightly, I get two very different reactions. Locally, people say "Thank you" to me and NBC for continuing to keep the city's plight before the eyes of the nation... from that nation I get, "Enough already! I am sick of hearing about New Orleans!"

The comments following his posts shows why President Bush failed to address Katrina during his SOTU and why Lieberman is refusing to use his powers to investigate the administration's conduct during that disaster: they just don't care anymore, the people of New Orleans deserved what happened and should just go away. Here are just a sampling:

. . .Keep electing Ray 'school bus' Nagin, I'm sure that will win the rest of the country over.

. . .I am sick - of hearing how every taxpayer in America should pony up a couple grand to subsidize the rebuilding of a cesspool of a city that will just be wiped out again by the next "unlucky" hurricane.

. . .Americans are not just tired of the Katrina aftermath they are dispappointed that the folks elected in Louisiana don't have the sense of a muskrat who would move if his habitat is threatened.

And so on. Even though it's an exercise in futility in answering these clowns, Scout takes the time to patiently point out that the hometowns of each of these commentators have suffered or are likely to suffer natural disasters. In the wake of the fact that the Army Corp of Engineers installed faulty flood pumps during the wake of the Katrina disaster, knowing that it won't stand up to another Katrina-like disaster. They can thank their lucky stars that 2006 was a mild hurricane season.

March 13, 2007

General Peter Pace Thinks Alexander The Great, Attaturk, Etc., Are Immoral

Who cares if they were great military leaders, all that matters that they are Teh GaY!

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed mild regret Tuesday for voicing his belief that homosexual acts are "immoral," but he stopped short of an apology as gay rights groups and a powerful Republican senator rebuked the general for the comments he made to the Chicago Tribune.

. . .In the interview with the Tribune, Pace said his views were based on his personal upbringing.

"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," Pace told the Tribune editorial board. "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.

"As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not," he said. "We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior."

That's quite interesting, especially in light of this highly timely report by Anne Scott Tyson in tomorrow's Washington Post:

The number of homosexuals discharged from the U.S. military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy dropped significantly in 2006, according to Pentagon figures released today, continuing a sharp decline since the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts began and leading critics to charge that the military is retaining gay and lesbian personnel because it needs them in a time of war.

According to preliminary Pentagon data, 612 homosexuals were discharged in fiscal 2006, fewer than half the 1,227 who were discharged in 2001. On average, more than 1,000 service members were discharged each year from 1997 to 2001, but in the past five years that average has fallen below 730.

"It is hypocritical that the Pentagon seems to retain gay and lesbian service members when they need them most, and fires them when it believes they are expendable," said Steve E. Ralls, a spokesperson for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a nonprofit group that opposes the policy.

True, but it's a hypocrisy they are willing to deal with due to the circumstances.

March 11, 2007

How Republicans Support Their Troops

Marine Corporal Matt Sanchez has been a loyal soldier in more than one way. Not just the service to his country, but his service to spreading reich-wing ideology and condemning those that dare criticize the clusterfuck in Eye-Rack. Now that it has been exposed that Sanchez was a gay porn star, the military is beginning inquiries into wheter to expell him under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

John Aravosis has the best commentary on this farce:

They need to see if Dont Ask Dont Tell covers sodomy, and "telling" I presume, BEFORE you enlisted. You know they're gonna kick him out. There is no way a gay-porn star male prostitute is going to be permitted to remain in the Marines, regardless of his claims that he's not gay. As I mentioned before, the irony here is that Matt Sanchez's friends on the right, who gave him an award for his service, want him kicked out of the Marines, while the folks on the left, who he claims hate him, are the ones fighting for his right to serve. Think about that one, Matt, the next time you do interviews talking about how much the Party of "Faggot" embraces you.

March 2, 2007

Ooooooh, Snap!

Ann Coulter is such a cut-up! I can't understand why conservative humor isn't more popular in this country

February 15, 2007

It's Time We Ban Sexual Moralists From Our Schools

This is what passes for sex ed these days?

In the matter of the "gum game" -- the yucky attempt in Montgomery County schools to impress upon teenagers the dangers of sexual promiscuity by asking them to share a piece of gum -- all involved now appear to be appalled at themselves.

"In hindsight, it's gross and disgusting," says Gail Tierney, founder and head of the Rockville Pregnancy Center, the evangelical, antiabortion clinic that taught abstinence classes to thousands of Montgomery schoolchildren until the gum hit the fan.

"It's a disgusting, gross exercise that no adult should have asked a child to do, no matter what the purpose," says Brian Edwards, spokesman for the county school system, which has now banned the Pregnancy Center from public classrooms.

Via Thinkprogress.

January 17, 2007

Wiener Savage Lights A Cross For MLK.

Janet Jackson's left nipple (almost) gets exposed, Al Jazeera isn't allowed to broadcast in this country, but this openly white supremacist horseshit gets to air without penalty.

January 3, 2007

Now We Want YOU!

As highlighted by BarbinMD in The Daily Kos, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John M. Shalikashvili is now in favor of letting gays in the military. Has he finally seen the light and has realized that there is absolutely no evidence that homosexuals will undermine armies, that homosexuals have served valiantly and honorably in the armed forces for ages?

Nope, he has been turned because of cold mathematics:

Our military has been stretched thin by our deployments in the Middle East, and we must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job.

The current military leadership likes to act like they serve only corporate and conservative interests when they are in fact in service of all Americans. Because they have for so long acted in the interests of an extremist minority in this country goes far to explain why they have fucked up in Eye-Rack.

December 21, 2006

Fear Of A Muslim Planet

A U.S. Representative, a Republican naturally, felt the need to send this to his constituents about Keith Ellison:

Thank you for your recent communication. When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran. We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country. I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.

The Ten Commandments and "In God We Trust" are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Koran. My response was clear, "As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, The Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office." Thank you again for your email and thoughts.

Sincerely yours,

Virgil H. Goode, Jr.

70 East Court Street

Suite 215

Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151

Really, there is no negotiations with lizard brains like these. Quit trying to "accomodate" them and remove them from the levers of power.

December 13, 2006

The World Bank = The CPA.

A big reason why the Eye-Rack war is such a disaster today is because the original Coalition Provisional Authority is such a black hole of political appointees, right-wing ideologues and other grossly incompetent characters that it earned a nickname among the military personnel as "Can't Produce Anything".

The original godfather of the war, former deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has been appointed to be the head of the World Bank, because, you know, he's the financial genius who predicted the Eye-Rack war can pay for itself with Eye-Rack's oil money. Now the career professionals at that organization are complaining about Wolfowitz running that place into the ground:

WORLD Bank president Paul Wolfowitz faces mounting criticism from directors of the international lending organisation who say he relies on political advisers with little expertise in development while driving away seasoned managers.

Half of the bank's 29 highest-level executives have left since Mr Wolfowitz, the former US deputy defence secretary and an architect of President George Bush's invasion of Iraq, took office in June last year. Among them is Christiaan Poortman, vice-president for the Middle East and a 30-year veteran, who left in September after resisting pressure to speed up lending and adding staff in Iraq.

"It was very sad to see someone of Mr Poortman's calibre leaving," Eckhard Deutscher, one of 24 executive directors who oversee the management of the lender, said. "The bank needs to be very careful not to lose too much of its human capital."

The exodus is damaging the poverty-fighting institution, which provided $US23.6 billion ($A30 billion) last year for projects such as schools and clinics, say directors and observers.

Perhaps it's just as well, the World Bank has done almost nothing to stem the poverty rate around the world. In fact, it might have even increased it.

December 5, 2006

Morons Leading The Insane

The lizard-brain wing of the blogosphere are offering their solution to what they now recognize as a real clusterfuck in the country formerly known as Eye-Rack. Of course, the offerings of those who cheerled the initial misadventure in the first place is going to suffer from a deficiency in quality, originality,or insight. They range from "exporting Iraq to the region" to disrupting Iranian oil trading to regenerating a whole new mercenary Eye-Rack army replete with re-education centers and close proximity to U.S. soldiers.

But this plan by the appropriately named Jacksonion Party takes the cake:

What is that, pray tell?

The Jacksonian way out?

I promise you, you will not like it.

It is to widen the war and take out SYRIA using Egyptian or Jordanian or Kurdish troops in an 'Afghanistan style' light infantry attack and use US air supremacy to wipe out the forces of Syria wherever they appear.

. . .What is even better is that this offers a way out and a way UP for the Middle East. Iran, will either have to open up and HELP, in which case their people will get first hand knowledge of how the US operates and realize the insanity of going after us militarily and start to work hard on a new regime OR it will close up and become an immediate threat realizing that its existence is being threatened without a single shot being fired at it. It will lash out, in that case. And find the US Forces that have been stabilizing Iraq have already been shifting to counter them. The moment they *do* a two pronged attack from the southwest and northeast out of Afghanistan by US forces will put Iran out of operation in three weeks or so. Maybe even three or four months. Definitely not long as the regime is 'one deep' and are facing the hard demographics of their population coming to loathe them.

And who gets to run Iran while it recovers?

Simple: Afghanistan and Iraq.

And if you have time to read through the numbingly dense prose this writer puts forth (has he ever heard of run-on sentences?) you'll find that his ultimate goal is to create a pan-Islamic superstate in which Mecca and Medina is shared by everyone, all in an effort, ironically, to punish and correct Muslims for not being a "religion of peace."

Why can't these infants shut up and leave the thinking to the grown-ups?

November 30, 2006

More Lizardbrain Activity

That Christ-hating muslim elected congressman from Minneapolis Keith Ellison is reportedly going to be swearing on the Koran instead of the Bible, and natually the reich-wingers are becoming apopolectic over it:

Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.

He should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.

First, it is an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism -- my culture trumps America's culture. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book.

Forgive me, but America should not give a hoot what Keith Ellison's favorite book is. Insofar as a member of Congress taking an oath to serve America and uphold its values is concerned, America is interested in only one book, the Bible. If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress. In your personal life, we will fight for your right to prefer any other book. We will even fight for your right to publish cartoons mocking our Bible. But, Mr. Ellison, America, not you, decides on what book its public servants take their oath.

And it goes on like that, with Dennis Prager comparing Ellison's action to that of a neo-nazi swearing on a copy of Mein Kampf, that even Jews use the Holy Bible when being sworn into Congress, and that Ellison's actions will embolden the Muslim terra-ists.

Well, one problem with that. It seems that freshmen Congresspeople don't even use a holy book at all when being officially sworn into Congress:

But Prager’s column is based on one other glaring error: the swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives never includes a religious book. The Office of the House Clerk confirmed to ThinkProgress that the swearing-in ceremony consists only of the Members raising their right hands and swearing to uphold the Constitution. The Clerk spokesperson said neither the Christian Bible, nor any other religious text, had ever been used in an official capacity during the ceremony. (Occassionally, Members pose for symbolic photo-ops with their hand on a Bible.)

This electioin brought out the worst in Republicans. Their defeat has brought us Trent Lott back into the Senate minority leadership and it's only going to get worse from here.

November 23, 2006

Those Underpriviledged Whites

Those geniuses at the Boston University's College Republicans have come up with a, ahem, novel way to combat all the oppression they've been facing from all the minorities in their school, all 11 percent of them: set up a scholarship fund for whites only!

Looking to draw attention to what they call the "worst form of bigotry confronting America today," Boston University's College Republicans are circulating an application for a "Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship" that requires applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian.

"Did we do this to give a scholarship to white kids? Of course not," the scholarship reads. "Did we do it to trigger a discussion on what we believe to be the morally wrong practice of basing decisions in our schools and our jobs on racial preferences rather than merit? Absolutely."

The scholarship, which is privately funded by the BUCR without the support of the university, is meant to raise awareness, group members say. BUCR member argue that racial preferences are a form of "bigotry." The group has a similar view on affirmative action.

The application for the $250 scholarship, due Nov. 30, requires applicants be full-time BU undergraduate students and one-fourth Caucasian and maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Applicants must submit two essays, one describing the applicant's ancestry and one describing "what it means to you to be a Caucasian-American today."

*Sigh* I've stopped being surprised by these antics years ago, with all the halloween parties, affirmative action bake sales, and simple out-and-out racism from these young Republican punks. But just for your edification, gentle readers, here are the facts: minority enrollment in top colleges have declined over the years and less than one percent of all undergraduate scholarships go exclusively to minorities anyways. But of course that doesn't matter to these morons. They know perfectly well what they want and don't want. The effort to include minorities in the campus life that used to be reserved for the white and the rich is simply too much for them.

November 22, 2006

A Conservative Daily Show.

Oh, God, no:

Now Fox News Channel, a primary source of material for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, is teaming with the exec producer of "24" to try its hand at a news satire show for conservatives to love. Joel Surnow, co-creator of "24," is shooting two half-hour pilots of a skein he described as " 'The Daily Show' for conservatives," due to air in primetime on Saturdays in January

Sorry, conservatives can't be funny. Libertarians, maybe, but not conservatives. Conservatives are too hateful to be funny. Larry the Cable Guy is only "funny" because he lampoons the lifestyle of low-income whites with the understanding of commonality, thereby winning a sizeable audience. But this venture by conservative elites is going to fail miserably. Count on it.

via Crooks and Liars.

November 13, 2006

"Will You Stop Wanting To Destroy Our Economy?"

This post from blogger Max Sawicky demonstrates why college economics courses, at least at the introductory level, are nothing more than indocrination organs for neoclassical conservatism.

Yes, yes, in Econ 101 they taught you that creating price floors (minimum wage) produce surpluses since apparently the workers have become too expensive for employers to hire. But one does not have to take an upper division course in economics to know that raising the minimum wage does not create labor surpluses. How many times have we raised the minimum wage in the past without creating unemployment? Hell, in terms of inflation, minimum wage is LOWER than it was in the early seventies, so don't pay attention to the conservatives' pet theories about minimum wages being bad for the economy.