Archive for July, 2006

Clueless Condi: Bombs, Brahms, and ‘Birth Pangs’

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The Blog | Arianna Huffington: Clueless Condi: Bombs, Brahms, and ‘Birth Pangs’ | The Huffington Post

EXCERPT:

Yet another reason to be worried about your future, courtesy of the Bush administration: our nation’s top diplomat equates the death and destruction afflicting the Middle East with… labor contractions. “What we’re seeing here,” said Condi Rice before heading to the war zone, “in a sense, is…the birth pangs of a new Middle East.” It takes a cockeyed optimist — or a delusional zealot — to see the good in all that suffering.

Condi No Longer Welcome in Lebanon

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Could she be the worst Secretary of State since Alexander Haig?

 

VOA News - Israeli Airstrike Kills More Than 50 Lebanese Civilians, Beirut Cancels Talks With Rice

EXCERPT:
Speaking shortly after the attack a visibly angry Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said he would not hold scheduled talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“There is no place on this sad morning for any discussion other than an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, as well as an international investigation into the Israeli massacres in Lebanon now,” Siniora says.

New York Times Endorses Lamont Over Lieberman

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

SoonerThought also endorses Lamont.

A Senate Race in Connecticut - New York Times
EXCERPT (Emphasis added):

If Mr. Lieberman had once stood up and taken the lead in saying that there were some places a president had no right to take his country even during a time of war, neither he nor this page would be where we are today. But by suggesting that there is no principled space for that kind of opposition, he has forfeited his role as a conscience of his party, and has forfeited our support.
Mr. Lamont, a wealthy businessman from Greenwich, seems smart and moderate, and he showed spine in challenging the senator while other Democrats groused privately. He does not have his opponent’s grasp of policy yet. But this primary is not about Mr. Lieberman’s legislative record. Instead it has become a referendum on his warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction. We endorse Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for Senate in Connecticut.

Rove Blasts Journalists’ Role in Politics

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Jackass. He has it backwards.

Newsvine - Rove Blasts Journalists’ Role in Politics

EXCERPT:

Presidential adviser Karl Rove said Saturday that journalists often criticize political professionals because they want to draw attention away from the “corrosive role” their own coverage plays in politics and government.

“Some decry the professional role of politics, they would like to see it disappear,” Rove told graduating students at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. “Some argue political professionals are ruining American politics — trapping candidates in daily competition for the news cycle instead of long-term strategic thinking in the best interest of the country.”

But Rove turned that criticism on journalists.

“It’s odd to me that most of these critics are journalists and columnists,” he said. “Perhaps they don’t like sharing the field of play. Perhaps they want to draw attention away from the corrosive role their coverage has played focusing attention on process and not substance.”

Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Tirade — Alleged Cover Up - TMZ.com

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

If this is true, then the “Jesus Chainsaw Massacre” director truly is a piece of shit.

Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Tirade — Alleged Cover Up - TMZ.com

EXCERPT:

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”

The deputy became alarmed as Gibson’s tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, “What the f*** do you think you’re doing?”

A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”

We’re told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how “f****d” he was and how he was going to “f***” Deputy Mee.

Gibson was put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and after a few minutes tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants. Sources say Deputy Mee thought Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the booking cell and asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.

After leaving the bathroom, Gibson then demanded to make a phone call. He was taken to a pay phone and, when he didn’t get a dial tone, we’re told Gibson threw the receiver against the phone. Deputy Mee then warned Gibson that if he damaged the phone he could be charged with felony vandalism. We’re told Gibson was then asked, and refused, to sign the necessary paperwork and was thrown in a detox cell.

Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson’s rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too “inflammatory.” A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff’s headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson’s comments would incite a lot of “Jewish hatred,” that the situation in Israel was “way too inflammatory.” It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” had incited “anti-Jewish sentiment” and “For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?”

We’re told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct.

Eureka…!

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I have found a great new show…quirky, fun, well paced and a little eerie. It’s called Eureka.

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It features some favorite actors, too, including Maury Chaykin, Joe Morton,  Debrah Farentino and “Max Headroom” himself: Matt Frewer.

Even if you’re not a Sci-Fi fan, this one is worth your time. Check it out.

Speaking of great TV shows…guess which former X-Files star is appearing on our next podcast?

Democrats launch ‘Six for ‘06′ agenda

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

CNN.com - Democrats launch ‘Six for ‘06′ agenda - Jul 27, 2006

The Senate’s top Democrat says 1994’s “Contract with America,” the Republican campaign agenda the year the GOP regained control of Congress — was an “urban myth.”

“The ‘Contract with America’ didn’t accomplish anything,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. “(It) didn’t change the election at all.”

Republicans signed the 10-point plan with fanfare on the steps of the Capitol before they took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

Yet, even as Reid dismissed the “Contract with America,” he and other Democrats were promoting their own election-year document of six broad legislative goals, called “Six for ‘06.”

Democrats insist most of this year’s campaigns — 75 percent — will be a referendum on President Bush.

But they also realize they have to give voters a reason to vote for them, not just against Republicans.

“Its closing the deal,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The document, which carries the title “A New Direction for America,” is a brief compilation of six themes Democrats have been pushing in various ways all year:

 

  • National security 

     

  • Jobs and wages 

     

  • Energy independence 

     

  • Affordable health care 

     

  • Retirement security 

     

  • College access for all 

    “This 100 days is about drilling in the different direction we as Democrats will take this country,” said Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

  • The World is in Flames…Condi Plays Piano

    Thursday, July 27th, 2006

    Rice has Mideast on her mind at Asian summit - Yahoo! News

    EXCERPT:

    The situation in the Middle East has put paid for Rice to one of the highlights of the ARF — the lighthearted skits at Thursday’s gala dinner.

    “It is a serious time, it is not a time that is frivolous, and I will play something that is in accordance with my serious mood,” Rice, a trained classical pianist said, adding she would probably offer solace from the brooding works of Johannes Brahms.

    You Can’t Be Serious

    Thursday, July 27th, 2006

    Ladies and gentlemen, the end of serious journalism.

    From HuffPO: 

    Former Wonkette editor Ana Marie Cox was today named Washington Editor for Time.com, effective July 31, 2006. Said Time managing editor Richard Stengel: “Ana Marie is a sharp and witty observer of the Washington scene and has the ability to spot political angles in surprising places.” Cox, who made her name at Wonkette using language that presumably will never find its way to Time.com, has been a contributing columnist for the magazine’s website since March 2006. She also last year published “Dog Days,” a novel about Washington politics and campaigning.

    Former OK Congressman Mickey Edwards Challenges Bush

    Thursday, July 27th, 2006

    Looking at the whackjobs they send to D.C. these days, it’s hard to believe Oklahoma used to have such a sensible GOP Congressman as Mr. Edwards.

    Lawyers Challenge Bush

    EXCERPT:

    For millions of Americans, liberal and conservative, the battles over Bush Administration policies, from the war in Iraq to the shape of the federal tax code, revolve around questions of political ideology or partisan preferences. For many others, the central issue is not the Administration’s policies but its competence. For the American Bar Association, and for some other organizations as well, including the Washington-based Constitution Project, the matter is much simpler: It’s a question of legality.

    Want to Stop Bush? VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER

    Thursday, July 27th, 2006

    Americans clearly think Bush is a disaster and say they want to put the Democrats in charge (see below). Hell, even the Repubs are turning on him. But the only way to check his unbridled power is to put Congress back in the hands of the Democrats. They will hold him to account. This means you must vote for your Democrat candidates for Senate and Congressman. No matter what–if you want to stop Bush, you have to remove the GOP Members of Congress. If you vote GOP, you are simply not serious about stopping this disastrous president’s policies.

     

    Poll: World Doesn’t Respect Bush, 60% In CBS/NY Times Poll Say President Not Respected By Foreign Leaders - CBS News

    EXCERPT:

    A separate CBS News/New York Times poll on Congress and the 2006 election (.pdf) found continued low approval ratings for lawmakers and the president translating into a Democratic lead in the midterm voting this fall.

    If the midterm elections for the House of Representatives were held today, 45 percent of registered voters said they would support the Democratic candidate, while 35 percent would support the Republican.

    CJR Daily: Iraq, We Hardly Knew You

    Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

    CJR Daily: Iraq, We Hardly Knew You

    EXCERPT:
    Iraq, forgotten? Is that possible? While calling the war “forgotten” is a little too extreme (we’ll save that title for Afghanistan), recent coverage of the constant, staggering daily death toll has begun to take on the pall of boilerplate copy in the nation’s newspapers. In one sense, it’s understandable: After three years of grinding conflict and daily body counts, eyes may begin to gloss over when reading a story about the latest suicide bombing in Baghdad.