Monthly Archives: January 2008

A Moment for the White Guy

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For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the utter absence of John Edwards from the media during the month of January was due to the “sideshow” issues of First Black, First Woman, First Hispanic, Insurgent Libertarian candidates. Perhaps, to be naively charitable, there wasn’t much that John Edwards could do that was “newsworthy” to the extent of capturing that day’s news cycle.

As the Bushies have shown, you can run an entire failed presidency by grabbing the spotlight each and every news cycle, so I guess that a new prerequisite of the Presidency is now the ability to hog the airwaves and the soundbites. Or, at least our piranha/paparazzi media show it that way, and, television being reality, it becomes more reality television.

The American Presidency as the O.J. Trial, if you will. Continue reading

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Now That Edwards Is Out

Regular readers of this blog will recall that I declared my support for John Edwards on January 1, BEFORE Iowa (just so’s you’d know the choice was made without reference to polling, etc.) Edwards dropped out today, and I need a little time to digest the implications before shooting off my big mouth (unlike our national pundit corps[e]). Meantime, this is EASY (I almost did this yesterday, but evidently I had more loyalty to my candidate than he had to me):

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Courage.

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Hillary v. Mitt

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It looks as though Mitt Romney finally has competition in the sweepstakes to see who is the spinmeister — in this case, spinmeistress — to whom reality means the least. Continue reading

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How NOW, Angry Cow?

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Marcia Pappas is pissed off. She’s pissed off at John Kerry:

Psychological Gang Bang of Hillary is Proof We Need a Woman President
January 11, 2008
by Marcia Pappas, President NOW – New York State

We’ve all witnessed scenarios where, on the playground little girls are being taunted by little boys while both girls and boys stand idle, afraid to speak up or even cheering. Or, in the workplace males tease young and older female co-workers; make obscene gestures, inappropriate comments, Continue reading

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Welcome To The Future

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One of the signal ironies of the Twenty-First Century (and the last quarter of the XXth) is that grinning morons on the tube dismiss odd stories out of the bounds of “normal” — that strange place that doesn’t actually exist, since, as any good reporter knows, history is compounded of equal parts weird and bizarre, and never “normal” — as “science fiction,” as in “it sounds like something out of science fiction” as their empty heads are bobbled to television sets across the land via satellite, as they interview guests via satellite, and as their video signals are edited and effects superimposed using incredibly powerful, lightweight, ultra-miniaturized computers. Continue reading

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In Which I Force Harlan Ellison to Work for FREE

From an upcoming documentary about that guy the proprietors and employees of Dangerous Visions Bookstore on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks (alas, R.I.P.) used to call “The angry old man up on the Hill.” If you’re having trouble seeing it, you could go HERE.*

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Our Criminal Congress

Why should we be part of a force going into a country where there has been complete lawlessness? Why should we put the lives of our soldiers on the line in order to restore order in a country where there is none?

– Judy Woodruff, CNN talking head

Lawlessness, already endemic, is worsening amid uncertainties concerning command and control of security forces. We are witnessing a potentially dangerous deterioration of the situation.

Alvaro de Soto, UN Diplomat

They are “America’s Congress” — The representatives of “We the People,” charged with creating the laws by which we live, Continue reading

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On Behalf of Al Gore: Screw You, Bozo

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The sea this ship floated in is now many miles away

I got an email request today from a close friend, who wrote:

On Jan 24, 2008 5:59 PM, PSEUDONYMOUS wrote:

Can you poke holes into this argument?

[URL expunged, see blog below]

I think you might want to listen to this argument. What choice do you think is responsible or defensible? Continue reading

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Reporting On Bias

Before the AP article on lying by the Bushies to get us into war, and the inevitable, idiotic Republican smear of invoking “Soros” as a universal panacea against the evil eye, cuckolding and shooting people in the face, I direct your attention to the following piece of biased, unprofessional “real” journalism, courtesy of Ron Fournier of the Associated Press, who would, at this level of suffering and dementia, be put down as a gesture of mercy, were he a dog and not merely a blind hack: Continue reading

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Magic 8-Ball: Unclear, Try Again

 

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Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. See HERE.

 

 

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Too Much Information

 

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Race and Sex Baiting and Jackie Robinson

Dear Progressives (and if you’re not a progressive, just piss off now, because this isn’t for you):

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The madness has already begun. As I’ve written, Barack Obama’s win in Iowa showed us that the color of a man’s skin need not be the determining factor (or even an important factor) in this presidential season. Continue reading

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Counting The Daze

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This may come as a shock to some of you, but it’s a leap year.

As you may recall, that means the year is 366 days and not 365 days long.

In 366 days, Bush is required, by law, to vacate those premises he’s been squatting illegally in for the past seven years. Continue reading

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Ku Klutz Klan

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I am sure that you regular readers will appreciate how it grieves me to note that I actually covered this story a fortnight and more ago. (It was a Crooks & Liars featured story on New Year’s Day). After all, this is “Tomorrow’s News Today,” and not “Two-Weeks-from-Now’s News Now.” Continue reading

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