Republican Ethics Poster Boy?

Maybe they’™re trying to do more than just spin the House Ethics Committee reversal of last week, as RawStory reports?

Seems the National Republican Congressional Committee is honoring Ira Stern with the 2004 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal award. I’™m wondering, do they think Mr. Stern’™s conviction for stealing more than $600,000 in [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Maybe they’™re trying to do more than just spin the House Ethics Committee reversal of last week, as RawStory reports?

Seems the National Republican Congressional Committee is honoring Ira Stern with the 2004 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal award. I’™m wondering, do they think Mr. Stern’™s conviction for stealing more than $600,000 in 1996 enhances his stature? (One thing we note in the article ‘” Mr. Stern is true to Republican form in denying he ever committed a crime even though having admitted to it back in 1996. The Republican sense of (lack of) personal responsibility holds true.

Or is this, for the first time in a long time, some truth in advertising for the Republicans?

Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Ten Eleven Car Bombings??

Aw, c’™mon.

This is getting ridiculous. 10 11 car bombs have exploded today, killing at least 23 41 people, including 3 American soldiers, and injuring scores more across Iraq.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Insurgents carried out a series of attacks in Baghdad on Friday using car bombs and mortar rounds, killing at least 20 Iraqis and wounding [...]

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Aw, c’™mon.

This is getting ridiculous. 10 11 car bombs have exploded today, killing at least 23 41 people, including 3 American soldiers, and injuring scores more across Iraq.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Insurgents carried out a series of attacks in Baghdad on Friday using car bombs and mortar rounds, killing at least 20 Iraqis and wounding more than 65, officials said. A car bomb killed another Iraqi soldier near the southern city of Basra.


The worst-hit area was a district of Baghdad where four suicide car bombs exploded, hitting Iraqi soldiers and police and Iraqi civilians on a Friday, the Muslim day of worship for most Iraqis’¦

This isn’™t the last gasp of a dying insurgency. It’™s complete, unmitigated chaos.

And in other Rapture Ready‘„– news, some people are saying Pope Benedict XVI fits the world end prophecy. Rupert Murdoch is rumored to be gearing up Fox News for 24/7 –  ‘œArmageddon – The Apocalypse‘ coverage as soon as Beezlebub rises.

Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq,Permalink

Fingernails on a Chalkboard

Well, that was about a waste of an hour of my life. George Bush brought his Bamboozlepalooza Tour to prime time television this evening, and a small band of stalwarts shared the pain in ZoneBot Chat during the course of the event. As a whole, I’™d have to say we were wholly unimpressed. [...]

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Well, that was about a waste of an hour of my life. George Bush brought his Bamboozlepalooza Tour to prime time television this evening, and a small band of stalwarts shared the pain in ZoneBot Chat during the course of the event. As a whole, I’™d have to say we were wholly unimpressed. You want a substantive review of the issues that Maximum Leader covered tonight? Here’™s a great link.

On the other hand, if you’™re looking for a style points rating, here you go: Arrogant. Condescending. Schoolyard bully. Petulant dolt. Nearly a perfect score on an asshat scale of 1 to 10. He even managed to land the triple Luntz several times this evening.

Need examples?

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Lies and the Lying Liars That Tell Them

(‘¦apologies to Franken)

Scottie, 4/27:

Q Scott, as it relates to the gas situation, short-time gas situation, what does the White House consider affordable for all socioeconomic levels in this country as you’™re talking about possible ‘” to have affordable gasoline? It sounds like you’™re looking for a rollback in prices. What is the price that’™s [...]

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(‘¦apologies to Franken)

Scottie, 4/27:

Q Scott, as it relates to the gas situation, short-time gas situation, what does the White House consider affordable for all socioeconomic levels in this country as you’™re talking about possible ‘” to have affordable gasoline? It sounds like you’™re looking for a rollback in prices. What is the price that’™s ‘“


MR. McCLELLAN: As you’™re aware, the government doesn’™t set the price. What we have is a shortage of supply, and that’™s why energy prices are so high. That’™s something I addressed at the beginning in my remarks. And what we want to see is those prices come down. We want to see more affordable gas prices for Americans, because it is something that has a direct impact on families who are struggling to make ends meet, and small businesses that are working to grow and hire new people. It is something, as I have previously said, is a drag on our economy.

Bloomberg, 4/28:

‘¦ The Energy Department said inventories rose 5.4 million barrels to 324.4 million in the week ended April 22, more than eight times the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 14 analysts, and the 10th gain in 11 weeks. Stockpiles have risen as OPEC boosted its production target this year to meet rising demand.


‘œNear-term supplies are looking better,’ said Alan Herbst, a principal at New York-based Utilis Energy LLC, an energy- consulting firm. ‘With refining margins so strong right now, refiners are trying to run as many barrels as they can and get that margin’¦’

There is no shortage – unless you count ‘œtruth’ in White House press briefings.

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

CSPAN to Air David Griffin 9/11 Video on Saturday

(psst – but it’™s available now’¦)

On Saturday at 10:30AM EDT, CSPAN will air what is being called an ‘œelectrifying’ lecture by David Griffin, which was held at the University of Wisconsin on April 18th. For those who are immediately interested in seeing the video, 911blogger.com has the lecture available on their site in .avi format, [...]

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(psst – but it’™s available now’¦)

On Saturday at 10:30AM EDT, CSPAN will air what is being called an ‘œelectrifying’ lecture by David Griffin, which was held at the University of Wisconsin on April 18th. For those who are immediately interested in seeing the video, 911blogger.com has the lecture available on their site in .avi format, including the post-lecture Q&A (which may not be aired on CSPAN). The size of the file (150mb) is probably prohibitive for dialup folks; hopefully a streaming version is online soon. IndyMedia reports:

Griffin’™s electrifying talk was recorded Monday night, April 18th, in Madison, Wisconsin. If you missed this historic moment’“ the biggest lecture hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus overflowing with over 450 people who gave Griffin a thunderous standing ovation for charging the Bush-Cheney regime with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks’“you’™ll have to see the video to believe it! And you won’™t believe the local media coverage either’¦

Perhaps watching this lecture would be a nice alternative to the chimp-and-pony show tonight? Just thinking out loud’¦

I’™ll let you know what I think after I’™ve watched the video.

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Terrorism

The Bush Press Conference – 8:00PM – Open Chat

So, Maximum Leader is going to hold a primetime press conference tonight – the fourth during his reign. In reading the advance reports, we can assume two things: 1) Bamboozlepalooza was not the roaring success the administration had expected it to be, and 2) They’™re going to keep on pushing Social Security dismantlement anyway.

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So, Maximum Leader is going to hold a primetime press conference tonight – the fourth during his reign. In reading the advance reports, we can assume two things: 1) Bamboozlepalooza was not the roaring success the administration had expected it to be, and 2) They’™re going to keep on pushing Social Security dismantlement anyway.

As the stock market has taken a publicly spectacular beating over the past few weeks, slippage in public support of risky private accounts has continued unabated. As I’™ve noted before, I think this is a bit of a backlash in response to the Great 401K Meltdown of the early 2000′™s. Still, BushCo continues to hawk their gambit like an Old West snakeoil salesman, even in the face of mounting pressure from within their own party to STFU‘¦

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Fat Boy Goin’ Down?

The teetering mountain of neconservative bullshit continues its inexorable slide down the slippery slope. (Try saying that mouthful out loud two times real fast.)

Fla. Court Refuses to Hear Limbaugh Appeal

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The teetering mountain of neconservative bullshit continues its inexorable slide down the slippery slope. (Try saying that mouthful out loud two times real fast.)

Fla. Court Refuses to Hear Limbaugh Appeal

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Media,Permalink

Happy Anniversary, Baby!

It was one year ago today that Dan Rather broke the Abu Ghraib story to the general public (although Sy Hersch’™s readers knew about it somewhat earlier). The pictures flashed on CBS’™ 60 Minutes were a momentary ripple on the national psyche – how could Americans conduct acts so detestable against other human beings? [...]

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It was one year ago today that Dan Rather broke the Abu Ghraib story to the general public (although Sy Hersch’™s readers knew about it somewhat earlier). The pictures flashed on CBS’™ 60 Minutes were a momentary ripple on the national psyche – how could Americans conduct acts so detestable against other human beings? Abu Ghraib was (and still is) the new face of United States to many in the world. The images were a stark message – the government of George W. Bush ain’™t your daddy’™s Uncle Sam.

I don’™t want to use this post to go back and review our own ‘œshock and awe’, though. Today is also the one year anniversary of Joseph Darby’™s descent into hell on earth. Who’™s Joe Darby? Read on’¦

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

A Reverend Dobson to Respect

Of course it is a different Dobson, not the rabid Radical Right Wing Christian Cleric who seems obsessesed with gays, brain-dead women and men in long dark robes. This Dobson I found in my local paper, reading an editorial by Ronald J. Sider, President of Evangelicals for Social Action. The Evangelicals for Social [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Of course it is a different Dobson, not the rabid Radical Right Wing Christian Cleric who seems obsessesed with gays, brain-dead women and men in long dark robes. This Dobson I found in my local paper, reading an editorial by Ronald J. Sider, President of Evangelicals for Social Action. The Evangelicals for Social Action even had a little message for Bush back in January. Mr. Sider is part of the gear-up for this weekend’™s visit by Fred Phelps’™ Hatefest to Philadelphia this weekend, and he writes a nice little piece about how Evangelicals SHOULD be treating gays and lesbians, and he refers within to Ed Dobson, a man formerly Vice President of Jerry Falwell’™s enterprises.

Ed Dobson loves homosexuals. Yup, that’™s the scandal, because his mega-church in Grand Rapids, MI goes out of its way to be kind of gays and lesbians. No, not all is lost in religion in America. Not all are cut from the James Dobson/Fred Phelps mold.

Oh, if you go to that Fred Phelps link, check out the beady eyes on that guy! Wow!

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

Admin Note: SpinDentist Erratic Posting

Ah, Spring is in the air and that means house hunting. In this case it means more. We signed an offer Monday, we’™re moving, and we’™re ecstatic. While it is only five blocks away, that will entail a lot of work from now until late August. My posting between now [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Ah, Spring is in the air and that means house hunting. In this case it means more. We signed an offer Monday, we’™re moving, and we’™re ecstatic. While it is only five blocks away, that will entail a lot of work from now until late August. My posting between now and a couple weeks from now will be erratic as we get the condo ready for showing by May 14. Holy CRAP this is unreal!

The good news is that the new place is 60% bigger and has PARKING ‘” highly coveted in a big city where spaces are worth close to $300 a month. And this place should sell quickly for a good profit. Still, getting ready to show it means painting and storing stuff and keeping EVERY SURFACE polished to its essence.

So if I’™m not posting, don’™t worry, folks. I’™m just here suffering. . .

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin
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