December 17, 2004
Compiled by Bucky Rea, The
Brown Bag Blogger
Undocumented Nannies of Well Documented
been good this week to see someone besides the Democrats
getting beat up.
The worst week ever had to belong to Bernard Kerik who blew not
only the sweetest job offer in his life, but also put his marriage
at risk, certainly lost at least two girlfriends, had to drop "saved
Iraq" from his resume, saw nearly
every dirty little secret of his life hit the front pages, and
even had to say buh-bye to his most favoritetest babysitter, a flashy
girl not from Flushing, the nanny named "illegal" (or possibly not).
Of course the feeding frenzy came only after he was useless to
the administration. Our intrepid major media decided to hold their
fire until after the man was down and could be safely kicked. The
whole story's not being credited as such, but the fact is that once
again a story that might have died stayed alive because bloggers
refused to let it go. Leading the charge was Talking
Points Memo's Josh Marshall who lit a match off every
flickering light on the Kerik scandalabra he could reach. By week's
end both Marshall and blogger Steve
Gilliard were starting to wonder if there ever even
was a nanny. Could it be, Gilliard asks, that Kerik was "inventing
a nanny to cover his legal problems"?
You heard it here first, people. "Undocumented nanny" is the new
"spend more time with my family."
problems like avoiding arrest warrants, stalking the son of
one of his girlfriends', and hiring mobsters to redecorate his love
nest. Only with Kerik out of the picture, who's gonna help George
Bush restore honor and dignity to the White House?
"Hmmm," thinks Rising
Hegemon blogger Attaturk, "maybe these
two men can help."
meanwhile, had the straight poop on famed publisher Judith Regan,
the conservative publisher who "reluctantly" published all the dirt
on the Lewinsky almost-scandal she could find. The moralizing Ms
Regan, of course, was one of Mr Kerik's paramours. And, once again,
the straight poop came straight out of the horse's mouth. Okay,
we won't dwell on that image too long. Instead, let's contemplate
REGAN: Well, I think that the social fabric of
this country has become completely unraveled. I think the sexual
revolution had a lot to do with that. I think that we are in terrible
shape. I think we have a country where half the kids are being raised
by single mothers. A lot of that has to do with male behavior. We
look at the men in this country who do not want to be accountable
to their wives, do not want to be accountable to their children.
Of course some of us got to get a much closer look
at those "unaccountable" men, eh, Judith? To get the full effect,
you really gotta read all
the quotes from the Escheton. Regan's a literate, well spoken
woman, of course. So, unfortunately, there's no smoking falafel
this time; just tons and tons of hypocrisy hung out to dry.
Back to Ohio
Brad Blog is all over the Ohio vote miscount story
like Santa on a milk and rum cookie spread. The latest news is that
the Kerry campaign has added "election tampering" to its lawsuit
against the Ohio secretary of state.
While Blue Lemur and Brad Blog covered the sad news, Emmanuel Ortiz's
was out to remind us what's really at stake and what's being lost
in the Buckeye Votergate State. Grab a kleenex before reading the
"Plea from an Ohio Activist" that Ortiz has posted. Then go and
War and War
Laura Rozen's War
and Peace blog continues to find a deficiency of
the latter in favor of the former, while being one of the best round
ups on the bad news about both. In addition to tracking all the
wacky doings of arms smugglers in Iraq (who always seem to be KBR
employees) and Doug Feith (Rumsfeld's lieutenant who is miffed about
Israel doing arms bidness with China... just like he used to do),
Rozen's starting to wonder who's behind the "dump Rumsfeld" movement.
Senators McCain, Lott, Susan Collins, and Norm Coleman are calling
for his thick skull and she smells
Dick all over it.
Cole was his usual indispensable self this week,
giving us not one
history lessons on the history of Jews in Iraq.
Gloom Despair and Agony on Me
But let us not laugh at Bernie Kerik's exposure only to forget
our troubles. Under a constant barrage of information about how
thoroughly whomped the Democrats got last month (losing--oh my god!--a
total of seven US House seats and only winning 48% of the vote against
a sitting war time president--panic!), some folks in the blogoverse
are turning to despair.
Joe Drymala at Not
Geniuses.com argues, "It's time to face the facts:
the United States is a one-party state." Which is true if you only
count the 51% of the voters who voted for Bush and the 52.8% of
the US House members who are Republican.
Drymala is among many pointing to the piercing series, already
a modern blog classic, by Orcinus:
"The Rise of Pseudo Fascism." This one's a keeper; print this whole
series by Orcinus out and really read it. Even if you don't buy
the whole neocons-are-protonazis argument -- and I don't -- this
is thought provoking and very disturbing stuff that lets you see
some what we're up against.
Over at the Daily
Kos, DUer Tom Tech is keeping an eye out for the
drift to the far far nuttier right with his brand new This
Week in Fascism Report. Keep an eye out for this
Carpetbagger caught the dumbest story of the week.
John McCain has found his winning issue for 2008: athletes' steroid
abuse. Yep, that's what did it for Georgie. Along with rigging the
machines in Ohio and Florida, that's pretty much how you win elections
in the fabulous 21st Century.
The People's Choice
Now don't forget, the Sandy Koufax Awards -- those are the real
weblog awards, by the way, not to be confused with the right-slanted
Bloggies I mentioned last week -- are coming up again. Wampum's running the show again so send in your
raves and faves to Wampum asap.
And finally, last week I ended my first column in this series with
a general call for recommendations from people about blogs I oughta
know about about. The blogger who got the most recommendations was
a guy named The
Rude Pundit. Well, the people have spoken then; and
the people want cussing. Which leads us up to our quote of the week
From the Rude One:
G****mn, that must've been some hot f******g: Bernard
Kerik, Police Commissioner of New York City, and Judith Regan, w**re
of bookdom, b*lling like crazed weasels in that $6000 a month condo
in lower Manahttan, the fin-de-siecle glow of the
still burning rubble of the twin towers turning one of the bedrooms
a tawdry red.
Um, pardon the French, of course.
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