Archive for November, 2006

Jimmy Carter on Evangelicals: “Weird”

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Read the whole transcript. It’s a winner.


BEN: We are essentially out of time and only have time for one more question, talking to the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. Mr. President, you are an Evangelical Christian, how do you account then for the sort of rabid support for everything Israel does without qualification from so many Evangelical Christian leaders in this country, and how do you think that influences the administrations politics?

CARTER: Some Christians who I know very well, very devout people, believe a certain interpretation of Revelations, that in my opinion are quite weird, in that in the coming of Christ that the holy land has to be occupied by the Jews and not by anyone else and then in the end that all Jews will have to be killed or either converted to Christianity. This is a very seriously distorted interpretation of the Scriptures that I am very familiar with.

Bob Geiger: Right-Wing Bloggers Wrong About AP Story - Will They Apologize?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

I doubt it, Bob.

The Blog | Bob Geiger: Right-Wing Bloggers Wrong About AP Story - Will <i>They</i> Apologize? | The Huffington Post


When I think of every time our right-wing counterparts in the political blog world humiliate themselves, I’m reminded of former NBA star Charles Barkley who, upon hearing that Tonya Harding was calling herself “the Charles Barkley of figure skating,” said “I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.”

And here we have so many conservative bloggers, after days of castigating the Associated Press for running what the wingnuts claimed was a fictitious story about six Sunnis being burned alive in sectarian violence in Iraq on Friday, having to once again face what a bunch of putzes they really are.

The AP reported last night on eyewitnesses to the immolations, that occurred when Sunni worshippers were leaving a Mosque on Friday and have also substantiated the identity of Iraqi police Capt. Jamil Hussein, who the AP cited as the primary source for its story that the Sunnis were killed while the Iraqi military stood by and did nothing.

Said the most recent AP story:

“Seeking further information about Friday’s attack, an AP reporter contacted Hussein for a third time about the incident to confirm there was no error. The captain has been a regular source of police information for two years and had been visited by the AP reporter in his office at the police station on several occasions. The captain, who gave his full name as Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, said six people were indeed set on fire.”
You can read the rest of the AP story, which includes the eyewitness accounts, here.


But over the last few days — ever since a Naval Public Affairs officer demanded in writing that the AP publish a retraction for the article, which the military claimed was false — our little Bloggers for Bush have been more excited about all of this than Mark Foley at a Boy Scout Jamboree.

“MSM credibility, R.I.P.” said Michelle Malkin on her blog, while the Powerline dudes headlined it all with ” Story of Sunnis Burned Alive Going Up In Smoke.”

Tim’s Nameless Blog Post-Katrina life in New Orleans

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

~ Tim’s ~ Nameless ~ Blog ~ Post-K life in New Orleans

Worth a visit!


Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Harry Shearer puts Newt in his place here. Susan Estrich has a few thoughts, too.

But what got my attention was the next paragraph of the story:

“We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade,” said Gingrich.

For Newt’s information, we actually have: it’s called New Orleans, and we lost it not to terrorists, but to the design and construction failures of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Would less freedom of speech have saved it?

Of course, drowning 80% of a city is not the same as nuking 80% of it.

Still, the city has lost just about that percentage of its mental-health professionals after the citizens have undergone a profound civic trauma that might call for the services of, let’s just hypothecate here, some mental-health professionals. Speaks well for the social conscience of the profession.

Don’t Forget This

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Click here. Workplace Bullying in the News

Monday, November 27th, 2006

I once had a complete asshole for a boss who bullied me with impunity. He would be friendly at first to learn my weaknesses/vulnerabilities, then when I did not walk in lockstep with his whims, he used those weaknesses against me in cruel and demeaning ways.

The website below has some strategies for dealing with a bullying boss–though I did the only thing I could do in my situation: I left and did not look back.

Life is too short to work for a bully. Trust me. I know.–Editor Workplace Bullying in the News

Olbermann: The Best On TV

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Olbermann’s show helped keep me sane for the past few years of the Bush Junta. He is the best thing on TV. TVNewser


“While there is no argument that Olbermann can at times be self-indulgent, somewhat arrogant, over the top and stridently passionate, he is also the most compelling news personality of his generation. Love him or hate him, he is a charismatic, righteously indignant force of nature who is inspiring fervent cheers and detesting jeers in equal measure.”

“No voice came to me and told me to do this,” Olbermann says. “It’s simply the eruption of the need to say something. If this country was founded on anything, it’s the fight to the death to protect the right of someone to say that which you disagree with. I just think maybe I’m first in voicing skepticism of the administration that’s been irrationally muted.”

Nora Ephron: Melancholy Babies

Monday, November 27th, 2006

The Blog | Nora Ephron: Melancholy Babies | The Huffington Post


Good gracious me. Donald Rumsfeld, who to the best of my knowledge has not lost a wink of sleep since he helped lead us into this sorry war, spent a whole day on the verge of tears because of the way he was fired? Because no one had the courtesy to tell him in advance? Because he believed it when Bush told the press that Rumsfeld would serve until the end of his Presidency?

I love this.

Sen-Elect McCaskill: Proud to Say She Had My Vote

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Damn straight.

Sen-Elect McCaskill: “People Have Gotten Rich Off This War” And I Want To “Put A Stop To That”… | The Huffington Post

“But I know as a new member of the Senate, and as a new member of the Armed Services Committee, I want to ask some questions, because this supplemental appropriation of $150 billion the President is going to ask for, clearly we need to have some accountability. People have gotten rich off this war, and I want to make sure we put a stop to that.”

Tony Hendra: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Dick Cheney’s Heart — and a Few Other Favorite Things

Friday, November 24th, 2006

The Blog | Tony Hendra: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Dick Cheney’s Heart — and a Few Other Favorite Things | The Huffington Post


I give thanks O Lord that we’re getting to kick The Lame Duck when he’s down. Thank you too Lord for making impeachment unfeasible so’s we get to kick him and kick him and kick him, have him to kick around for two more long years, kick him so bad his stupid quacking beak comes out his own greasy-feathered DA.


I give thanks O Lord that because of the sanity, decency and plain commonsense of the American voter, the whole world has finally had this self-evident truth confirmed: George Bush is what the whole world knew him to be the second it laid eyes on him: a talent-free, petulant, pea-brained bully.

Did Putin Poison ex-spy?

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Shades of 007…did Putin dispatch assassins to Britain in order to silence a dissident spy? The spy said as much before he succumbed to poison. Hmm. Putin is formerly an operative of KGB, no? They play hardball in Russia. In the U.S., we just engage in character assassination.

UPDATE: CNN reports it was radiation poisoning.

Poisoned ex-spy warns Putin from beyond grave | Top News |


Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of his murder from beyond the grave on Friday, in a statement read out the morning after he died of an unknown poison in a London hospital. litvinenko-alexander-cp-2076609.jpg

“You may succeed in silencing one man. But a howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done,” Litvinenko said in a statement read out by friends.

bush-putin-meeting.jpg“You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics claim,” his statement said.

Thanksgiving on The SoonerThought Show

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

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