Monthly Archives: August 2007

Bad Fiction Writers Go To Congress

Pamela and Todd have covered this below, but the statement that Larry Craig released this afternoon is such a shameless and transparent lie that it deserves special attention. (Please don’t tell the “Congressional Potato” about it.)

Good fiction writing gets you on the bestseller list. (Hopefully). Bad fiction writing, evidently, gets you into Congress.

Alberto, move over! There’s a NEW contender for most shameless pathetic liar in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Nugent Disgusts Anew, My Response

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Readers may recall the grand Faux Nooz Flap of July, wherein Sean Hannity featured my Democratic Daily July 5 post on Nugent’s disgusting Wall Street Journal attack on the “Summer of Love” and an entire generation on July 4 as a) cover for Ann Coulter’s remark that terrorists should assassinate John Edwards, and b) THEN, in the same week, that his “friend” Ted Nugent and his family lived in fear of my “assassinating” him/them. (I know. It was an astonishing distortion of what I had written, but we pass over that mess in favor of the newest one.) Continue reading

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Alberto, We Knew Ye ENTIRELY Too Well …

[SPECIAL BLOG EMERGENCY POSTING #1]

It is a testament to the utter failure of the Bush Administration that even the Kewpie Doll from Hell™ Michelle Malkin has taken the full swan dive and is swimming away from the sinking Ship of State as fast as any rat ever swam: Continue reading

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With apologies to Magritte

 

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The End

 

Protest

Courage.

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The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You …

hat tip to ThinkProgress

It is Buzz Windrip‘s dream come true, the wet dream of Tricky Dick Nixon, the paranoid fantasy of a thousand “libertarian” science fiction writers, right-wing columnists, lefty conspiracy theorists, and now it’s come true: We ARE living in a Philip K. Dick novel.

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites
By ROBERT BLOCK
August 15, 2007; Page A1

The U.S.’s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation’s vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.

The decision, made three months ago by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, places for the first time some of the U.S.’s most powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic security officials. The move was authorized in a May 25 memo sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking his department to facilitate access to the spy network on behalf of civilian agencies and law enforcement.

Until now, only a handful of federal civilian agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey, have had access to the most basic spy-satellite imagery, and only for the purpose of scientific and environmental study… [MORE]

But wait! (As they say) there’s MORE!!

Plans to provide DHS with significantly expanded access have been on the drawing board for over two years. The idea was first talked about as a possibility by the Central Intelligence Agency after 9/11 as a way to help better secure the country. “It is an idea whose time has arrived,” says Charles Allen, the DHS’s chief intelligence officer, who will be in charge of the new program. DHS officials say the program has been granted a budget by Congress and has the approval of the relevant committees in both chambers.

Wiretap Legislation

Coming on the back of legislation that upgraded the administration’s ability to wiretap terrorist suspects without warrants, the development is likely to heat up debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security.

Access to the satellite surveillance will be controlled by a new Homeland Security branch — the National Applications Office — which will be up and running in October.

Debate? What fucking DEBATE?!!?! Civil liberties? What fucking CIVIL LIBERTIES??!?

I remember writing in 1986 or ’87 (or trying to write, since nobody would publish my political stuff. SEX stuff, sure, but important political stuff? Naw.) when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that you had NO right to privacy in the airspace above your home, that they’d opened the door to spy satellite surveillance on U.S. Citizens. This was, naturally, considered the wildest form of Leftie Paranoid Conspiracy Theory Wackiness.

Well, kiddies, here you are.

In a related story, the White House will be authoring the “surge” report in September. They’re not even TRYING to hide the lying, the enabling acts, the arrogation of power, the illegal wiretaps, warrantless searches, gag orders, etc. etc. etc.

In such a climate, it is insane and dangerous for me to write about politics, or to put my neck on the line for the likes of you. Because, frankly, I don’t love you that much.

So, to paraphrase Chief Joseph at the end of the Nez Percé War:

Hear me, my readers, I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will blog no more forever.

I’m ready for the boat to Leavenworth now, General Miles.

disCourage.

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Seymour Hirsch Was Right

This, in today’s Washington Post quite scares the living crap out of me.

The designation of the Revolutionary Guard will be made under Executive Order 13224, which President Bush signed two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to obstruct terrorist funding. It authorizes the United States to identify individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups engaged in terrorist activities. The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on the list, U.S. officials said — a highly unusual move because it is part of a government, rather than a typical non-state terrorist organization.

Let’s see, picking fights with Iran’s military, asserting extended presidential powers, based on his OWN executive order of “Nine-Elebben”; waiting until Congress is out of town to do it, etcetera, etcetera. This is another step in a pattern, but steps are combined and the direction seems increasingly apparent.

They’re rattling the sabers but America doesn’t quite seem to be listening. And  to what end? We cannot possibly engage in a land war with Iran, and it would seem foolish to proke them. But we do.

Well, foolishness in the pursuit of a crapulous foreign policy is not entirely out of character. The lame duck may yet bring the whole farm down with him.

Courage.

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Crazy From The Heat, or It’s Only Logickal

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Welcome to the dog days of August. Originally having something or other to do with the heliacal rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, the Nile floods and the UFOs moving the Pyramids, they now seem to just be dog days. Continue reading

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Half-Hour News Hour Canned

It began with Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and was supposed to be Faux Nooz’s answer to “The Daily Show.”

But it didn’t quite work out, which seems odd, since the Rightie talking point on progressive talk radio has always been that “It can’t work, because LIBERALS don’t have a sense of humor.” Well, guess who’s not laughing now? Continue reading

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A Beauchamp Master List

A Master List of my pieces in The Democratic Daily, as they relate to the Rightie blogosmear of Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp and The New Republic.

In reverse chronological order:

This represents my complete series of postings on the Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp Affair– thus far — the tale of a soldier in Iraq, who, writing anonymously for The New Republic , was ‘outed’ by the yowling of the top Right Wing blogs, and was investigated by the Army for UCMJ violations, at the behest of and choreographed blog firestorm by Weekly Standard BLOGGER Michael Goldfarb. [TWS is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and edited by FAUX Nooz regular William Kristol].

As of this writing, Beauchamp has not been heard from, according to the Army, by choice, but according to TNR (where his wife works) because he’s being held incommunicado with all communications to relatives monitored.

Courage.

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The Carolina Fabulist

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[OUR STORY SO FAR: This refers to the ongoing New Republic/Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp "controversy" that has raged in the Rightie blogosmear since the Rupert Murdoch-owned, William Kristol-edited Weekly Standard's BLOG, run by Michael Goldfarb, called for, on July 18, "Fact or Fiction? A mission for milbloggers:" and then used the blog as a central clearing house for the top Rightie blogs -- Michelle Malkin, Little Green Footballs, Powerline, Captain's Quarters, etc. -- to pile on to a series of "Baghdad Diaries" written by an anonymous soldier. First, they disputed whether the 'soldier' even existed. Then, when the soldier revealed himself, dug up every old blog posting they could find on the internet. They found that he had been for Howard Dean at the University of Missouri in 2004. They "found" that his wife worked at the magazine. They catalyzed an Army investigation of the soldier, who is currently either being held incommunicado -- if you believe the magazine that his wife works for -- or else is incommunicado by choice, if you believe the chief PR officer in theater, Col. Boylan, whose confirming letter that, supposedly, Beauchamp had recanted all was received by Bob Owens, the Confederate Yankee, trumpeted by Michael Goldfarb, and was the basis for both the New York Times and the Washington Post stories on this sordid mess last week. Now, the story continues ...] Continue reading

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Rove To Resign (Says Rove)

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The Wall Street Journal just broke this story. Karl Rove is resigning at the end of August.

Karl Rove to Resign At the End of August
By a WALL STREET JOURNAL Staff Reporter
August 13, 2007 4:00 a.m.

Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. Continue reading

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Declaring Victory and Covering Their Tracks

Funny. After yowling like coyotes on a full moon, the literary micro-parsing has continued in the blogosmear. The New Republic and Private Beauchamp continue to be the favored whipping boy of the fake media, as the attempt to port the ‘controversy’ into the mainstream media continues, with Rush Limbaugh vacation fill-in host and ex-Canadian arts critic Mark Steyn writing in his syndicated colummn (From the Orange County Register):

Warm-mongers and cheeseburger imperialists
by Mark Steyn

… According to the Weekly Standard, army investigators say Pvt. Beauchamp has now signed a statement recanting his lurid anecdotes.

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Presidential Sale Kicks Off In Iowa

I have already written on this busted system, wherein he (or she) with the most money probably wins. Well, the opening obscenity in this Ebay White House auction took place today, with Mitt Romney buying the “Iowa Straw Poll.”

Having spent in excess of $2 million (reportedly) and offering to bus supporters to Ames, Iowa, and then to pay their $35 ticket fee, stuffing them with pork he barbequed in his on-site tent, for what is, in essence, an Iowa state GOP fundraiser, the results were perhaps predictable, certainly almost meaningless, and will be endlessly dissected by a national press with — evidently — nothing better to do. Continue reading

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