July 8, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
I sat beside Ambassador Joseph Wilson at the "Forum On Alternatives
To American Foreign And Domestic Policy Since September 11" conference
in DC in July, 2003, mere days before his New York Times
piece, "What I Didn't Find In Africa," (debunking BushCo's bogus
yellow cake claims) was published.
This man is not a crackpot. Nor is he a raving partisan Democrat.
Common sense should tell you that Ambassador Wilson is a brilliant,
thoughtful diplomat, whose only political concern is, and has always
been, to establish and maintain healthy relationships between the
United States of America and its global sister nations.
Which is why Karl Rove had to destroy him, of course.
"Karl Rove," the search term, began at #8 and rose rapidly to
its present number #2 position at Technorati.com this week. (Number
#1 was some UK Vanna White game show chick, who's dealing with the
sudden death of the show's host.) Thousands of bloggers are ripping
KKKarl a new one, but Jane at firedoglake
does it best:
As someone who is still choking on the bile that
came up over a bunch of sanctimonious old hacks
hijacking the constitution and sitting in judgment
of Bill Clinton, I would personally like to invite
every one of them to dine on a delightful repast
of their own words.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, you better
eat fast, you bastards. This one's heating up.
P.S. Oh, NYT, WaPo? You got scooped by the fucking
McLaughlin Group. You should all be disemboweling
yourselves in shame.
Thanks, Jane! I needed that! For leak updates, Miller-in-handcuffs
news, and other play-by-play BushCo treason action, check out the
Kos, Josh Marshall's Talking
Points Memo and some blogs you should get to know,
Common Ills, Blue
Meme, and the au (so) courant Best
Of The Blogs. For the 411 on FOX News' strange silence
on Rove, consult MoxieGrrrl.
After Judith (Chalabi-loving) Miller smiled for the camera on
her way to jail for contempt of court, Ambassador Wilson posted
his reaction at TPM
Supreme W. Court Watch
Common sense should prevail when George W. nominates a Supreme
Court justice, right? Don't hold your breath. Lance
Mannion claims (sarcastically) that now is not the
time for George W. to nominate Alberto Gonzales, aka The Teacher's
Pet, to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Lance writes:
This isn't a good time to have Gonzales on national
television answering questions about torture again.
It's also not a good time for Bush to have to
nominate another Attorney General who, in addition
to having to answer questions about torture, would
have to answer them about Karl Rove and Valerie
Plame and the Downing Street Memos and whether
or not the President broke the law in lying the
country into a war.
On the other hand, Pharyngula
is genuinely pessimistic about fighting George W.'s nutcase nominees,
considering the Democrats' track record (bending over) on Republican
One of our problems right now is that it seems
like the majority of Republicans will happily
vote for any insane far-right boob in the name
of party loyalty, while Democrats will take a
knife to each other over trivia.
Cheer up, Pharyngula. I hear that Barbara Boxer is ready to thumb
her nose at BushCo and go to the mattresses on this one.
Live 8 Bush Boo Boo(s)
Common sense should make at least a few Freepers understand just
how hated and reviled George W. Bush is, but NOOOOO. What will it
take for freepers to learn just how much the world hates George
W. Bush? Thanks to wongaBlog,
blogging the Live 8 concert, here's more proof:
David Beckham introduced Robbie Williams - the
scream factor doesn't really get much bigger than
At various points, the screen showed photographs
of the world leaders who'll be present at the
G8. Only George W. Bush got booed.
Down On The Farm
Tim Worstal, at the Globalization
Institute blog, highlights George W. Bush's sudden
overseas announcement that he'll end U.S. farm subsidies, even though
the powerful southern sugar lobby sweetened the Republican-controlled
Senate's CAFTA voting tally.
The really hilarious part:
By insisting upon endless paperwork on the sourcing
and provenance of each and every piece of produce,
this scheme will make it extremely difficult for
exporters to compete.
The cow goes "moo," the sheep goes "baa," and
the farmer goes, "Oh, shit! I shouldn't have voted against all of
those public school referendums and pissed off all of those liberal
academic types who understand how to fill out all of these Gawd-damned
forms. And I shouldn't have voted for George W. Bush!"
Common sense should've taught farmers not to believe anything
a guy who turns a pig farm into a theatrical backdrop has to say.
Looking For More Real News?
the cut & paste news site getting great reviews, serves up stories
from reputable global news sites which we normally don't see in
our daily mullet wrappers. Here's an excerpt:
Ahead of a meeting with leaders of the world's
most powerful nations, U.S. President George Bush
has made it clear he's not about to budge on the
issue of climate change.
Also bookmark worthy is FPF
Correspondent In France, where Barry Fokler also
posts news items generally ignored by our corporate-owned news media.
Here's an example:
But, for many in the counter-recruitment movement,
"Is the draft coming back?" is the wrong question.
There is the "poverty draft" of young people
who are told the military is their only path to
a career; the "backdoor draft" of the Stop-Loss
program which mandates soldiers stay in active
duty for up to 24 months after their contracts
have expired; "the senior draft" in which reservists
(who make up 40 percent of the fighting force
in Iraq) are compelled back into active military
service; and finally, there is the "secret draft"
of mercenaries and private military contractors.
I hope today's recent grads use some common sense when viewing
those schmaltzy Hallmark-card-clone "Join up Now!" TV commercials,
where the kid convinces the parent by saying, "It's only the Reserves.
It's local, and it's training."
Don't you find it surprising, to say the least, that George W.
Coward waits until he's out of the country to announce these decisions?
The Circle Jerk Of Blog Bashing
Common sense should've kept me from clicking on anything to do
with blogs published by a major media source, but I just couldn't
help it. Some guy named Will, who writes about blogs for the corporate-owned
megalomedia entity MSNBC, links to a blogger named Joe, who supposedly
claims that blogs
are boring. Joe explains:
You have two kinds of boring blogs:
1. Big Fish Bloggers, who are just endlessly
talking about the same things, over and over.
2. Small Fry Bloggers, who are regular folks
who are (let's face it) regular.
If there's any consolation, no matter how boring
your own blog is, it's never going to be as boring
as the "Dullest Blog in the World."
That's right. Will links to Joe, who links to the Dullest
Blog in the World, which happens to be the most popular
blog at wibsite.com and somewhat droll, in a Woody Allen Manhattan-era
kind of way. Anyway, it's just a harmless diversion.
While clicking around wibsite.com (trying to find out who or what
the hell a wib is), I found this amusing cartoon by Dave Walker:
Cue Gilda Radner, circa 1978! It just goes to show you... "boring"
isn't always a dead end. By the way, if you know who or what a wib
is, let me know.
More Blogging News
Francisco Liberal is looking for a few good bloggers!
If your heart (along with the rest of your vital organs) is in San
Francisco, Liberal Traitor wants you to join his new bloggers group
and fight the right-wingers.
Well I think that it's high time that we big
bad liberal San Franciscans embrace their insults,
and shove it right back in their faces. That's
the idea of this blog. They've lowered the bar
on political discourse, so it's time to get down
in the mud with them, take off the gloves, and
sling some shit!
San Francisco Liberal also has two must-see
videos, one funny and one rather scary.
Have you learned to love vlogging yet? YouTube
has some great videos for you, including segments from the wildly
popular underground political comedy feature, "Washington Interns
Gone Wild!" YouTube will also host your videos, and it's free.
A little common sense, not Nixon's ratfuckers running rampant
in the halls of government, is needed "now more than ever." Office
Of The Independent Blogger has a scathingly brilliant
"common sense" idea:
Here's a situation where we ought to take a common
sense approach toward our diplomacy. Regarding
African poverty and global warming, give more
money for the former and take more allied steps
with Europe on the latter. In exchange for a few
extra billion in aid to Africa, and for our joining
Europe in setting goals for limiting, and cutting
back on, carbon dioxide emissions, insist that
they help us in Iraq with money and peacekeepers,
with soldiers, with advisors, with public displays
This Independence Day week, I've thought a lot about the legacy
of our founding fathers - more precisely, about Thomas Paine's Common
Sense, wherein the author draws a distinct line between
society and government.
I draw my idea of the form of government from
a principle in nature, which no art can overturn,
viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less
liable it is to be disordered, and the easier
repaired when disordered.
Common sense. It's such a simple concept that even Republicans
should be able to embrace it. Hey George W. Bush, Rick Santorum,
Tom DeLay, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove! Didn't anyone ever teach
you any common sense? That simple question alone might just shut
them up long enough for at least one Democrat to get a word in edgewise.
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