June 17, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Back in the day, TV shows were chock-full o' family values. Hidden
among the all-white casts, the picket-fenced yards, and the picture-perfect
holiday specials was a moral for every episode.
What if the TV shows of yesteryear were updated for today's typical
American audience? Would our children learn anything of value? Would
the moral of each episode stand up to scrutiny?
Leave It To Freepers
In tonight's episode...
explains why McCain will never be elected president:
McCain openly attacked the (POW/MIA) activists
telling the press, "The people who have done these
things are not zealots in a good cause. They are
the most craven, most cynical and most despicable
human beings to ever run a scam." The Justice
Department did investigate the POW/MIA activists
and their organizations and found no reason to
charge any POW/MIA activist.
The moral of this episode: No semi-sane Republican has a
general election chance in hell... with his own party.
Let's Make A Deal
Joe Biden, come on down!
David Sirota, at sirotablog,
wants to make a deal with Senator Joe Biden. If Biden will stop
attacking Howard Dean, he can have his choice of Door #1, Door #2,
or Door #3, where Carol Merrill is standing!
All good Democrats and progressives should make
a deal with Biden: he can continue stabbing his
own party in the back with impunity for his own
self-promotion, and say his party doesn't speak
for him. In exchange, Biden should agree to never,
ever claim to speak for Democrats.
Is it a deal, Joe? We won't speak for you, as
long as you never, ever try to claim your record
is representative of us. Sounds pretty fair -
and believe me, in the long run, the Democratic
Party would be getting the better end of the bargain.
DuPage County (IL) Dem candidate and blogger Rob Freedman nails
the Dean issue succinctly by blaming the person who started
it all... Tricky Dick Cheney.
Dragging one's mother into a national debate
to avoid facing the issues is pretty low. Between
this and telling Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy
to "F@&k Off" I'd say Vermonters in general get
to the Vice-President.
The moral of this episode: Screw your enemies, and screw
your friends, too. In fact, screw everybody, kids!
Just sit right back, and I'll tell a tale...
For Sanctuary clarifies Amnesty International's "Gitmo
Gulag" allusion and utterly destroys the warmongers' straw argument:
The critics of Amnesty International (hereafter
AI) report that it is unfair to associate what
the current administration is doing with its detainees
as a "gulag." The Russian government of that era
had imprisoned more than fifteen million people.
It is estimated that the imprisonment of people
by the current American administration as it wages
war on terrorism according to AI is around 70,000.
While a match in numbers is not comparable,
it does not mean that the world does not have
another "gulag." For instance, Stalin's "gulag"
of harsh and inhumane conditions did not occur
overnight. The American "gulag" is only in its
infancy. Only time will determine if the numbers
between the two gulags are comparable in harshness
and being inhumane.
The moral of this episode: It's okay to rape and torture
people, as long as you don't call a fledgling gulag a full-blow
gulag. Got that, kids?
My Three (And Counting) Memos
In tonight's episode...
As more and more minutes and memos fight their way to the U.S.
media surface, The
Heretik explains why Tony Blair's days are numbered
and why George W. should be preparing to answer the $200 billion
A great disquiet now haunts the seeming silent,
stiff lipped British political soul. That disquiet
will not stay silent much longer. An honest British
soul has whispered of his disquiet. That quiet
rage will now be heard here across the Atlantic
Etherealfire, at An
Etherealgirl's Adventures In Cyberland, links us
Sister, who links us back to The Heretik's rendition
of George W.'s famous "Fuck Saddam! We're taking him out!" incident
(in front of Condi Rice and three senators). Add Raw Story's excellent
Timeline, and I do believe we have a story with legs.
Now, if only our media - who are bobbing and weaving to avoid
a head-on collision with this story - would do its job, the U.S.A.
might be able to regain its own lost soul and collective conscience.
Oh, yeah. I forgot - you can't spell conscience without "science."
Maybe that's the problem.
The moral of this episode: By the time the general public
finally hears about an issue, the Republican noise machine has already
(pun intended) flushed it.
The Blastocyst Bunch
Till the one day, when this lady met this fellow...
Bush News, the unofficial weblog of Jenna Bush news,
links us to a fascinating story about embryo twinning, which appears
to refute BushCo's belief that life begins at conception.
The strange thing is that the president, as the
father of twins, might be expected to understand
how hard it is to draw a bright line defining
when life begins. No one can say when Barbara
and Jenna Bush got their individual start in utero;
twinning can take place as long as seven to 10
days after fertilization. This is why even some
Catholic theologians suggest that "ensoulment"
occurs at some time after conception.
So, it appears that not only are Jenna and Barbara seriously late
entering the workforce (or the military) after college, they were
also late (by their father's own definition) for the Fascist Fundie
The moral of this episode: The Bush twins have no souls.
No big surprise there, kids.
I Love Lynching
Mutiny asks the burning question: But why now?
Why after all this time is the Senate finally
acknowledging this dark chapter in U.S. History?
Do you all see the Machiavellian plot being
hatched here? George Allen is just as ambitious
as Bill Frist in seeking the Presidency in '08.
Seasoned pundits even see him as a frontrunner,
and the campaigning has long since begun.
In order to get the support of the religious
right (which is an absolute imperative for Republicans
in this country) he needs to help get rid of the
Senate filibuster and get right-wing judges on
the bench. By sponsoring this anti-lynching legislation
he is really just trying to build the case against
the filibuster AND trying to shore up black votes
for his 2008 run. Believe it.
is keeping score.
It's high time we demanded to know why 27% of
the Republicans in the US Senate refuse to come
out in opposition to lynching. All the Democrats
now support the resolution. So why not the Republicans?
Or was Howard Dean right? The GOP is the party
of far-right Christian WHITE people?
The irony is, Frist tried to lynch the resolution.
The moral of this episode: Republicans hate black people,
brown people, women, and all foreign-looking people. Period. And
they're not really fond of "regular" or "poor" white people,
Regime Knows Best
In tonight's episode...
According to (gagging on the title here) Blogs
For Bush, Father BushCo knows best how to protect
us from those evil Gitmo detainees:
In all of the discussions of Gitmo, the thing
least mentioned is what sort of people are being
held there. Right now, there are about 550 detainees
- the real hard-core of captured terrorists; people
who, if released, would likely immediately go
back to killing others.
For most of them, we probably lack "stand up
in court" evidence to convict them of a specific
crime - so they cannot under any circumstances
be turned over to our courts, because we'd just
have to release them. Those who are calling for
the closure of Gitmo are, in the end, calling
for more deaths of innocents, because that would
be the net result of a closure of the detention
Oddly enough, the comments posted after that blog entry are even
scarier than the crapfest post itself.
The moral of this episode: Freeper logic is piss poor.
Prisoners don't deserve due process because they'd just be released?
Shades of Scalia - you can execute an innocent person even if he's
proven not guilty after being convicted. (You're so totally screwed,
Make Room For Bloggers!
Fighting the good fight, lefty bloggers are today's Revolutionary
War pamphleteers, who are determined to defend the truth and expose
injustice. Some of them have even agreed to share their insights
DUer "DA" who posts from Portland, Oregon, and his guest
author "cs" who posts from Central Ohio, are better known
Both prefer to blog anonymously, in order to minimize the impact
on their families and workplaces. DA was prompted to begin blogging
by a friend who was frustrated by the sheer number of political
emails that DA had been forwarding. DA adds, "There is too little
information being supplied by MSM [mainstream media] these days,
as well as misinformation coming from dark-side sources for us to
Most of the posts at BloggerRadio are whipped-out using things
as simple as Notepad and then copied into TypePad on-the-fly. DA
and cs would like to venture into the realm of portable/wireless
posts someday, and they also want to incorporate audio/podcasts,
etc. into BloggerRadio.com in the future.
DA believes that affordability is one of blogging's major strengths
and driving forces behind its explosive popularity. According to
DA, the time and energy expended to maintain a viable blog is a
much greater investment than the dollars. BloggerRadio focuses on
politics and consumerism, and the blogging duo consider their perspectives
to mirror those of Joe & Jane Sixpack.
DA's advice to new bloggers: "Have multiple authors, in separate
time zones. And, where possible, pick your co-authors from those
who already have some familiarity for the platform (in our case
TypePad) that hosts the blog. Authors in various locales makes for
more interesting inputs & perspectives, and the multiple time
zones make it easier to keep something current/fresh coming to the
This week, BloggerRadio takes on Fristquackery:
Be sure to visit
BloggerRadio.com and watch for DA's powerful DU posts.
In other DU news, congratulations to DU Blogger wicket at BlueBus.Org
for the Ron Reagan (MSNBC) mention!
Ron: Whether or not it‚'s the right strategy,
Dean‚'s plan to fire up the base is certainly
having an impact, especially when you look at
what some of the liberal bloggers are saying.
The blogger at bluebus.org says "Give 'em hell
Howard!" She writes that Dean is doing the right
thing, and that it’s about time that control of
the Democratic Party is returned...
Way to go, wicket!
And so, before you sit down with the family to discuss the moral
depravity of Republicans, give this some thought: once upon a time,
real family values, like good citizenship, were standard TV fare.
Sure, the shows were lame, and the characters were corny. But telling
the truth and doing the right thing were, and are, important lessons
for America's children. We've come too far since those "White &
Straight Make Right" days to stand idly by and watch Republicans
erect more white picket fences around their secure, undisclosed
The moral of this Blog Box: How pathetic that no one ever
cared enough about today's Republicans to teach them how to behave
or how important it is to be considerate of the needs of ALL people!
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