July 1, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
This week, KKKarl Rove took a hit for his team in the name of diversion,
oil reached $60 per barrel, Rumsfeld took a verbal dump on national
TV, and Revoltin' Bolton entered the Bermuda Triangle of presidential
Add some whacked Supreme Court shenanigans, some bull shark/pit
bull chompings, and a lame-assed "Stay The Course/Join The Armed
Forces" prime-time speech... and you've got yourself one hell of
a week for bloggers!
The Supreme Court Strikes Again
I haven't felt this betrayed since that Nazi Rolf blew the whistle
on the Von Trapps. Do the Supremes really believe that Repuke-run
municipalities won't bulldoze neighborhoods for their real estate
developer buddies? The
Big Picture asks, "What kind of madness is this?"
(the blog of the American Constitution Society) notes the Supremes'
interesting Miller/Cooper ruling. Swing
State Project has the 411 on this week's rulings,
including the "If it's art, it's not really religious" Ten Commandments
More Supreme Court crap has to be filed under...
Fascist Fundie Watch
Panda's Thumb is convinced that the Supreme Court's
Ten Commandments ruling is good news for those of us who abhor the
thought of Jesus in the science books. Fantasy
Life notes that Justice-less Scalia, in his dissenting
opinion, claims (pretty much) that the state of Kentucky is permitted
to display the Ten Commandments in its courtrooms because we were
attacked by Al Qaeda.
In other Fascist Fundie news...
the extremely clever liberal smart ass who wrote the letter to the
Fascist Fundie Board of Education in Kansas? Well, he's now concluded,
based on scientific methodology in line with the "Intelligent Design"
model, that the decline in the number of pirates is directly related
to global warming.
By the way, Venganza included this depiction of his deity of choice,
The Flying Spaghetti Monster in his hysterically funny letter to
the Kansas Board of Education:
P.S. I have included an artistic drawing of Him
creating a mountain, trees, and a midget. Remember,
we are all His creatures.
Let's cut to the chase: if you include one creation myth in your
science curriculum, you have to include them all.
Mr. Bolton? Please Hold
Will he or won't he? Inquiring minds want to know if George W.
Coward will slip John Bolton through the back door, recess appointment
style, which would make Bolton the ultimate temp worker. Sumo
Merriment explains it all for you:
"A recess appointment for Bolton would allow
him to serve as ambassador until a new Congress
is seated in January 2007. (I see this as a done
deal myself...why not? Remember Bush has a mandate
for crap's sake!)"
I'm with you on this one, Sumo. On my blog A
Scrivener's Lament, I created this graphic in Bolton's
In the continuing saga of "Karl Rove Bites The Big One For BushCo,"
bloggers paid homage this week to the, er, man behind the curtain.
Some clever DUers weighed in with creative captions and descriptions
BurtWorm: "When I saw those towers fall, I didn't
want to understand the terrorists. I wanted to
figure out how to keep people from focusing on
who was president when it happened. Ha! Ha!"
RobertSeattle: "... looks like a scrotum in a
seemslikeadream: "We sure have seen quite a bit
of KKKarl these days."
And I chimed in: "Jabba The Hutt with less hair."
Josh Marshall, Peter Daou and Mahablog have more to say about KKKarl.
Planet has all of the links.
Some People Get Real News (Just Not Us)
Blogging from Romania, Flogging
the Simian links to daily news reports, which those
of us stateside only wish our sorry excuse for a national news media
Exhibit A: The Georgian media has apologized for claiming
that a Bulgarian tossed that grenade at George W. Bush recently.
Reports now claim that it might've been a Russian soldier.
Exhibit B: Pakistan has released 35 recent Gitmo-released
prisoners into the general population. The catch? To be set free,
all the Gitmo grads and their families had to do was promise that
they wouldn't commit any terrorist acts.
Exhibit C: The USA is sending Egypt 25 "Avenger" missile
systems at a cost of $126 million.
Exhibit D: We're Number One! We're Number One! Yes, the
USA is number #1 when it comes to imprisoning people! 22% of all
prisoners in the world are incarcerated by good ol' Uncle Sam.
When freepers spout off about the "liberal media," ask if they
know about those news stories cited above. Also, remind them that
there are precious few shopping days until George W.'s birthday.
The most popular gift recommendation is...
Hey, if the bullshit hat fits...
Away, Away With Rummy, By Gum!
Speaking of bullshit:
How convenient! Aren't you sick of Republicans who "can't recall"
their controversial verbal bowel movements? Think
Progress slams Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's
most recent "Meet The Press" spotless-mind lapse. It seems that
Rummskulled "can't recall" telling George W. that the Iraqis might
fight back after being invaded and occupied. In another post this
week, Think Progress points out Rumsfeld's 1966
attack on LBJ's Vietnam credibility gap. (Thanks for the talking
Also zeroing in on the obvious, Cenk
Uygur posts on the Huffington Blog: "How do you feel
about your Secretary of Defense lying to you so brazenly? And, oh
by the way, how do you feel about Iraqi submarines? And the nuclear
capability they were supposed to have and the possibility that might
be able to strike us in 45 minutes?"
Finally, DC blogger whyihatedc
flings George W.'s birthday chapeau in every freeper's face:
Hey, remember North Korea? You know, that "axis
of evil" member that actually does have nukes?
If you do, you may find it funny that a certain
Rev. Moon is kinda sorta helping to prop up its
Throughout the 1990s, as Western observers
predicted that the Kim dynasty that rules North
Korea would collapse for lack of hard currency
reserves, the Moon organization invested tens
of millions of dollars, which apparently included
payments made before U.S. sanctions eased in
Even funnier: a lot of the Moon front organizations
that do business in North Korea are headquartered
at a certain newspaper building, located where
New York Avenue meets the lovely Anacostia River.
Sorry, whyihatedc! The wingnuts don't seem to give a rat's dripping
ass about the weird workings of Rev. Moon. They're too busy being
dumber than dirt, which brings us to...
World's Dumbest Right-Winger Revealed
DUer Geek Tragedy has found the dumbest right-winger on the web!
Think I'm kidding? Here's what the wingnut wanker wrote:
Now from, Bubbleheads, comes this report with
photos of the anti-war crowd protesting at a military
funeral! This is how far deranged the asshat anti-war
movement has become. Check out this photograph
of this asshat with a sign that says "Thank God
for IED's" and "Thank God for 9/11".
Of course, he's referring to the FRED PHELPS protest. When confronted
with the Fred Phelps facts, Wingnut Wanker wrote this:
And what are they all upset about? Are they upset
about a deranged protest at a military funeral?
Do they denounce this lunatic? Nope. They're simply
upset at being lumped in with a crazy preacher.
Be sure to scroll down and read the comments! My personal favorite
is, "You are so stupid it hurts my brain."
Bull Shark vs. Pit Bull (Warning:
Jesus, Marconi, and Mohammed! What is wrong with people?
That's a shark on
a lunch break, people! (AP Photo/Jason C. Miller)
Faces and Pit Bulls:
Bad Combination (Google Image)
Brian at Musings
From Brian J. Noggle wonders if this will be "The
Summer of The Pit Bull" or "The Return Of The Shark." Brian muses,
"Man, I cannot wait till the hysteredia brings us the climactic
conclusion in two years: Shark Vs. Pit Bull: The Reckoning (tagline:
'People were only the appetizer')."
Of course, these stories are newsworthy. So are the stories of
missing women and celebrity trials; however, the overkill media
coverage has turned these news reports into editorial cartoon subjects.
When "Helicopter Down In Iraq: 15-20 US Soldiers Dead" is relegated
to the crawl at the bottom of your TV screen, something is seriously
Appalling, one of the best bloggers beating BushCo
upside the head on a regular basis, notes news reports claiming
that the U.S. may not be bothered by the price of crude oil, but
the Japanese are.
Meanwhile Forbes is running a piece by AFX, the
business news subsidiary of Agence France-Presse,
with the headline "Japan govt worried as crude
oil futures hit record 60 usd a barrel - report"
Why is the Japanese government worried?
Japan has been reducing its dependence on
oil as an energy source, and also has one of
the most energy-efficient economies in the industrialized
world. So Japan's primary concern is high oil
prices might cause growth to slow in other less
energy-efficient countries like the United States,
and thus depress demand for Japanese exports.
At least someone is worried about our economy. How long
will it take before our media pulls another mea culpa out of its
ass and admits that they should've covered this story? Oil sat at
$60 per barrel for days before dropping to $58 (due to profit taking).
Of course, news whores rejoiced as if George W. had something to
do with the price of oil "plummeting." Zprava
(The Oil Blog) is the best site to bookmark for global oil news
and current price info. The stories there are real eye openers.
And If You're Real Good, I'll Make You Feel
Good, I Want Your Spirits To Climb
Such was the aim of George W.'s miserable failure (disguised as
an important address to the nation regarding the war in Iraq) this
week. Too bad. So sad. Speech sucked the big one. Even heavily Repuke-weighted
polls made huge sucking noises.
Domain Progress posts: "Sometimes you just have to
watch the train derail." Billmon
sums up the stinky speech quite nicely: "The problem, I guess, is
that while Bush was using the troops as a visual backdrop, politically
speaking he was trying to hide behind them. And it
Further Review cuts through all of George W.'s "Speechifyin'
To The People" BS and zeroes in on the obvious (which is always
lost on the Bush-supporting Backside of the Bell Curve):
Ok, so instead of telling people over and over
again how you have a strategy, why not tell people
clearly what that strategy is, and not change
it next week? And while you're at it, explain
how that strategy in any way resembles the crap
you sold to the American people in order to get
us in to this was in the first place.
"The Iraqi people are growing in optimism
and hope," Bush said. "They understand that
the violence is only a part of the reality in
Am I the only one who thinks it's incredibly
presumptuous and insulting for him to speak for
the Iraqi people?
No, you're not the only one. In fact, each time BushCo government
officials hide behind phrases like "The Iraqi people understand,"
and "The Iraqi people know," I'm reminded of candidate Greg Stillson
in The Dead Zone, shielding himself with the baby.
To me, this week's speech (all 28 minutes) sounded like an infomercial
for military recruiters. I half expected that assmouth Billy Mays
to offer some free Orange Glo to the first 100 callers.
Ignore The News Whores And Celebrate Real
It's officially summer. Don't swim with sharks, keep your face
away from pit bulls, don't step in BushCo's BS, and fact check the
corporate media's shit by reading your favorite blogs. Everyone
who shills for BushCo (male or female) is a scrotum in a suit -
don't trust any of them!
Instead, celebrate the the Fourth Of July this holiday weekend
- and work to restore its true meaning.
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