Tuesday, October 31, 2006
|Good news out of Iraq:|
1) Vast majority of Iraqi population still alive. Many unwounded, untortured.
2) Insurgency's supply of explosives steadily dwindling.
3) Scrap metal business literally booming. Lots of extra car parts.
is is notis "cutting and running" from the phrase "stay the course"
alternet.org: Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil [ 2 ]
ajc.com: EPA Closes Principal EPA Chemical Library via thinkprogress.org
govtrack.us: S. 3930: Military Commissions Act of 2006 (Vote On Passage)
editorandpublisher.com: Eavesdrop on our president chatting with FOX News and friends
The Illustrated Daily Scribble: daily.scribble 05.24.04
Rolling Stone:: The Worst Congress Ever
Rolling Stone: The 10 Worst Congressmen
youtube.com: Olbermann's Special Comment on GOP Fearmongering
Google Video: Darth Vader Calls The Emperor
youtube.com: VD is for Everybody (1969)
youtube.com: C is for Cookie
youtube.com: GOP Halloween Treat
youtube.com: Rube Goldberg Officeplace Contraption
youtube.com: Jay and Silent Bob: "Zoinks, Yo!"
youtube.com: The ladies of P.E.T.A. get naked, and protest poultry
workingforchange.com: Fiore presents: Freedom from the press
satiricalpolitical.com: Limbaugh ‘stays the Coarse’: Claims FDR Faked Polio
current.tv: Link from Mark
wrotniak.net: Depth of field and your digital camera via sachsreport.com
Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a "public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."
Watch the first two seconds of this video. This is proof positive that modern "Republicans" are really Lektroids from planet 10.
heraldtribune.com: Harris may or may not believe in the Rapture, depending on the polls
Glenn Greenwald: The networks' refusal to accept ads for The Dixie Chicks documentary
Via Crooks and Liars: The networks' refusal to accept ads for The Dixie Chicks documentary
powells.com: The Pat Robertson and Friends Coloring Book
Monday, October 30, 2006
DailyKos: Updated: Florida machines flipflopping votes to GOP already
Miami Herald: Glitches cited in early voting
democraticunderground: Votes for Democrats are registering for Republicans
Reuters: Diebold quarterly earnings rise, shares jump
"Oh my God, his daughters!" Said Carey. "I'd love to party with his daughters. I'd love to meet them. I totally want to have sex with them." worldnetdaily.com
AMERICAblog: GOP porn scandal widens: In addition to accepting donations from gay "porn king," GOP also took money from "porn queen" Mary Carey
worldnetdaily.com: Jessica snubs Bush, porn starlet doesn't
worldnetdaily.com: 'Daisy Duke' turns down meeting with president at GOP fund-raiser, while Mary Carey still on board
worldnetdaily.com: White House won't address porn star dining with Bush
politicalhumor.about.com: Mary Carey Does D.C.
worldnetdaily.com: Porn star's dream: Sex with the Bush twins
worldnetdaily.com: Bush dinner's porn star: "I'm a praying Christian"
worldnetdaily.com: Bush, XXX-rated world intersect
worldnetdaily.com: Bush fete with porn star to raise $23 million
worldnetdaily.com: Bush snubs Crowe, but not porn star
radarmagazine.com: How did a porn king and his 36DD leading lady get themselves a sit-down with Karl Rove and President Bush?
demopedia.democraticunderground.com: Mary Carey
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Rude Pundit: Jesus Disagrees With Michael J. Fox
Hughes For America: "Today" host Matt Lauer just called you an ill-informed, insulting, prejudiced asshole
youtube.com: Response Ad to Michael J. Fox
Freeway Blogger: Endless War
tpmcafe.com: Bachmann: "God then called me to run" for Congress
nypost.com: Humorless Dave Rips O'reilly via Wonkette
Beliefnet.com: Putting the Good in Goodies - Halloween candy with a religious spin
Daily Kos: IRS commish accused of playing politics with collection actions
youtube.com: Under the Tusken Sun via The Jawa Report
news.yahoo.com: Top US general says Rumsfeld is inspired by God
President Bush in space
guardian.co.uk: Bush issues doctrine for US control of space
humorgazette.com: Bush suffering from Venus envy?
cjonline.com: Bush opens outer space to combat
SmallTownPapers.com: It’ll take a big fig leaf to cover naked aggression
theglobeandmail.com: President Bush in space
Thursday, October 26, 2006
"In order to win the '
|Rove already making excuses for the upcoming Diebold 'election'|
"Karl Rove, President Bush's top political strategist, says he doesn't believe the polls -- at least the public polls that claim the Republicans are likely to lose the House of Representatives and possibly even the Senate on Election Day."
"Elections are only a few weeks away and it looks like the Republicans are going to lose a lot of them. I guess desperate times require desperate measures. [on screen: RNC's TV ad depicting another terrorist attack by Osama bin Laden, followed by a reminder to vote 11/7]. Let me get this straight. Osama bin Laden is threatening to attack America again, so what we should do is vote for the people who haven't been able to catch him for the last five years?" --Jimmy Kimmel
rsf.org via Wonkette"According to some nosey international group, the United States has again fallen down the Worldwide Press Freedom Index. (We're Number 53! We're Number 53!)"
alertnet.org: Bush defies Senate, appoints mine agency head
youtube.com: VD is for Everybody (1969)
theaustralian: Republican ragging for bleeding heart Clint
samkass.com: Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard
FOX News: Neil Young: Exclusive 'Impeach the President' Lyrics
wired.com: Terrorist or UFO Truth Seeker?
"Likening the times to the late 1930s as Nazi Germany was rising to power, Sen. Rick Santorum said last night that if he loses his re-election bid, it could set the stage for terrorism to become more of a threat than the Nazis ever were."
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
|Rumsfeld Agrees Bush Is 'Not Backing Away From Stay The Course'|
Faced with widespread disappoval of its Iraq policy, the Bush administration launched a coordinated effort this week to convince Americans it has never had a stay-the-course strategy in Iraq. On Sunday, President Bush said, "We've never been stay the course." White House Counselor Dan Bartlett disavowed the label again yesterday.
O’Reilly: Taliban Resurgence In Afghanistan Is A 'Myth'
csmonitor.com: British General: Time running out in Afghanistan
(NATO commander warns if lives don't improve soon, a majority of Afghans could switch allegiance to the Taliban.)
The Mother Of All Heists
President Bush on Iraq: It's Never Been "Stay The Course"
Crooks and Liars: Bush: Well, listen, we’ve never been "Stay the course"
Crooks and Liars: TDS: GOP’s Ministry of Truth
Monday, October 23, 2006
Daily Kos: Blackwell purged Ohio Voter Rolls Oct 1st.
opednews.com: Ohio Lawsuit to Reinstate hundreds of thousands of Purged Democratic Voters to be Filed Fri or Monday
Democrats Call on Republicans to Ensure Fair and Impartial Elections
politicalaffairs.net: Election 2006: Doomsday for the GOP Agenda
The Colbert Report Wikiality Aug. 1 2006
urbandictionary.com: Urban Dictionary: wikiality
news.com: Colbert speaks, America follows: All hail Wikiality!
bartcop.com is having a contest, can you find a picture of of Katie where she is not being physically restrained?
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Throughout the last few months, rumors have been whipping through the breast-augmentation world that the Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of returning silicone implants to the open market after a 14-year partial ban on the gel-filled bosom enhancers. The ban, which came down in 1992, had never fully eradicated silicone -- women who had endured mastectomies or had a breast "deformity" or agreed to participate in a study could still opt for the gel -- but the average Pamela Anderson groupie, the cosmetic breast enhancer, was out of luck. She had to make do with saline. alternet.org
Cape Cod, with a breast cancer rate 20 percent higher than the rest of Massachusetts, is just one of a several places around the United States with the dubious distinction of being a "hot spot" on our nation's increasingly lit-up breast cancer map. It's joined by Long Island, Marin County and San Francisco -- places where a controversy has brewed for years -- and newly emerging areas such as the Puget Sound in Washington state and Brownsville, Texas. alternet.org
Computers 'set to read our minds'
"An "emotionally aware" computer system designed to read people's minds by analysing expressions will be featured at a major London exhibition." BBC
huffingtonpost.com: Eat At Cheney's
hauntedhotsauce.com: Haunted Halloween Hot Sauce!
okaygo.co.uk: "Someone keeps stealing my letters..."
unitednude.com: High Heel Mobius-strip shoes via growabrain
flickr.com: 1930s German Culture Magazines
Ban for boy with two snacks
By David Sapsted
A boy aged 10 has been banned from his school dining hall because his packed lunch broke the government's healthy eating guidelines.
The father of Ryan Stupples is protesting after his son was forced to eat in the headmaster's office at Lunsford primary school, Larkfield, Kent, because his lunch contained two snacks, instead of one.
Ryan's lunch consisted of a sandwich, fruit, fromage frais, cake, mini cheese biscuits and a bottle of water. The cake and the biscuits broke the snack limit. They were discovered when a teacher checked his lunch box.
Michael Stupples, 41, said: "What 10-year-old boy won't get upset when he's out of a dining hall in front of everyone and made to eat his lunch in the head teacher's office?"
Malcolm Goddard, the headmaster, said: "We take healthy eating very seriously and everyone is aware of our new policies." telegraph.co.uk
Muslim Religious Differences Too Trivial to Pursue
Jeff Stein, the national security editor at Congressional Quarterly, published an op-ed piece in today's New York Times (available, alas, only to TimesSelect members) giving the results of his recent survey of counterterrorism officials. The survey has just one question: What's the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?
Stein was dumbfounded to learn that very few of his interviewees, who play important roles in intelligence and law enforcement communities and Congress, had any idea. And, as Stein writes, he wasn't asking deep, theological questions, "just the basics: Who's on what side today, and what does each want?"
For those of you who might—like Trent Lott, who recently wondered, "Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me"—see this as a rarefied inquiry, here's how Stein explains why it matters:
[T]he nature of the threat from Iran [Shiite], a potential nuclear power with protégés in the Gulf states, northern Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, is entirely different from that of Al Qaeda [Sunni]. It seems silly to have to argue that officials responsible for counterterrorism should be able to recognize opportunities for pitting these rivals against each other.
Hostilities between Sunnis and Shiites are on center stage in Iraq, and play an important role in Al Qaeda's motivations. Perhaps if officials knew more about them, better policy would follow?
But one of Stein's interviewees—the spokesman for the FBI—took the position that understanding the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite was akin to "memoriz[ing] the collected statements of Osama bin Laden, or be[ing] able to read Urdu [or] playing 'Islamic Trivial Pursuit.'"
If there's a game comparison, shouldn't it at least be Risk? motherjones.com
Chertoff: "The internet is turning people into terrorists"
"Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday."
"'We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the internet,' Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police. 'They can train themselves over the internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination,' Chertoff said. 'Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites.'"
"Chertoff pointed to the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transit system, which killed 56 people, as an example a home-grown threat. To help gather intelligence on possible home-grown attackers, Chertoff said Homeland Security would deploy 20 field agents this fiscal year into "intelligence fusion centers," where they would work with local police agencies."
wired.com: Chertoff's 'Web of Terror'
washingtonpost.com: Officials Tout U.S. Anti-Terrorism Record
|Republican Woes Lead to Feuding by Conservatives|
"With polls showing Republican control of Congress in jeopardy, conservative leaders are pointing fingers at one other in an increasingly testy circle of blame for potential Republican losses this fall," reports the New York Times.
"Tax-cutters are calling evangelicals bullies. Christian conservatives say Republicans in Congress have let them down. Hawks say President Bush is bungling the war in Iraq. And many conservatives blame Representative Mark Foley’s sexual messages to teenage pages."
However, "almost regardless of the outcome on Nov. 7, many conservatives express frustration that the party has lost its ideological focus. And after six years of nearly continuous control over the White House and Congress, conservatives are having a hard time finding anyone but one another to blame." NYTimes via Political Wire
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
NYTimes: Voter’s Allegiances, Ripe for the Picking
dailymail.co.uk: North Korea might now have The Bomb, but it doesn't have much electricity
ens-newswire.com: Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse Tied to Global Warming
Wingnut Mafia: Seeing Al Qaeda in their cornflakes
mudvillegazette.com: al Qaeda's "Working Paper for a Media Invasion of America"
xignite.com: Global Islamic Media Front Discusses Plan for Penetrating US Media
youtube.com: annemetz on the page scandal
Birds fly much the way that bricks don't
drivehard.net: Conan HD Bumper Gallery
lifeboat.com: Warning Signs For Tomorrow
flickr.com: 1930s German Culture Magazines
evilmadscientist.com: How to hack LEDs into Lego minifigures for Halloween
flickr.com: Croc Costume
vintagepbks.com: Vintage Paperback Portal