July 15, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Karma Comes Calling
Not a good week for the BushCo bulldozer, was it? Not quite instant
karma, but a good start. Media whores tried and failed to distract
us from Rove (aka The Smoking Gun), Larry Flynt noted Bolton's group
sex fetish, Londoners reacted to tragedy the way we should have,
and Jerry Falwell said no to the president.
Cue That Law & Order Pizzicato!
Karl Rove is a national hero. I'm as serious as a stroke here.
That's how Republicans are spinning Rove's conversation(s) with
Time reporter Matt Cooper. I kid you not. According to Patrick
J. Buchanan (on MSNBC's Imus, July 13, 2005), "If
you looked out your window during Watergate and saw at least three
reporters, you knew you were in trouble."
Times have changed, Pat, and you damned well know it. Sure, you
Nixon minions were afraid of the press back then. But what about
today? KKKarl writes his own talking points and you guys lather,
rinse and repeat them ad nauseum for the corporate-owned
media's cameras. National hero, my ass! I'm gonna buy you a fruit
asks the best question this week: "In light of the terror attacks
in London, doesn't Karl Rove's sabotage for political gain of a
secret agent who is part of our defense AGAINST such terrorists
become particularly alarming, hypocritical & dangerous?"
Rove, The Smoking Gun?
Scott McClellan learned this week that when you dismiss a Rovian
connection to the Plame CIA leak as "ridiculous," you'd better be
prepared to have that word crammed down your twinkie-sized throat
by a quasi-vertebrate White House press corps that just watched
one of its own go to jail for doing what BushCo asked her to do.
Bloggers reacted to Matt Cooper's email (naming Rove as his source)
and the White House press corps' "Dance, Scotty! Faster, faster!"
routine, questioned Novak's role as the rat, crafted nifty Plame
timelines, and even found the time to question Rove's lineage this
week. While the big gun liberal bloggers are still parsing Rove/Luskinian
syntax, trial attorney and brilliant blogger Seth Abramson at The
Suburban Ecstasies posts the definitive must-read
analysis of Rove's possible crimes (the crimes of...) and sister
crimes (conspiracy to commit...). No wonder Republicans are attacking
Joseph Wilson's integrity again.
Bolton's Back, And Larry Flynt's Got Him!
Left Coaster channels Dirty Harry: "Go Ahead George,
Make My Day: Do A Recess Appointment Of Bolton." The Left Coaster
figures that senate Dems would resurrect the filibuster for Supreme
Court nominees if George W. appoints Bolton during the recess. Hmm.
Sounds like a plan to me. Ron at Middle
Earth Journal worries that Bolton is more interested
in his DC power than the UN:
Two months ago, while his confirmation was in
trouble, Bolton began efforts to double the office
space reserved within the State Department for
the ambassador to the United Nations, according
to three senior department officials who were
involved in handling the request.
Previous ambassadors have kept a small staff
in Washington in a modest suite. Bolton told several
colleagues he needs more space and a larger staff
in Washington because, if confirmed, he intends
to spend more time here than his predecessors
No Sex Please, We're
While we've all been focusing on Bolton's official record, Larry
Flynt has been busy. Mr. First Amendment thinks we deserve to
know the truth about John Bolton's kinky sex habits before George
W. hands the guy the keys to the United Nations building.
Corroborated allegations that Mr. Bolton's first
wife, Christina Bolton, was forced to engage in
group sex have not been refuted by the State Department
despite inquires posed by Hustler magazine publisher
Larry Flynt concerning the allegations.
Never Give In! Never, Never, Never!
You'd think the U.S. media would be relieved to learn that British
authorities had moved so quickly to solve the London terrorist bombings,
wouldn't you? Media whores (especially Fox News) offered non-stop
speculation/conjecture terror attack coverage almost equal to their
recent Michael Jackson media mania. Talking hairdos even plodded
on after George W.'s big print cue cards instructed him to repeat
his ridiculous "We fight them over there instead of here at home"
crap, which had to piss off the citizens of London, er, royally.
How would we feel if the attacks had happened here, and Tony Blair
had said that?
Citizen journalism (even though the megalomedia tried its best
to kill indymedia once and for all last year) is alive and well
and putting the kibosh on BushCo's attempt to co-opt the London
attacks for GOP political gain. The UK
Guardian Blog kept us up to date while events
were unfolding, Wikipedia's real-time
coverage was outstanding, DU's forum
posts were extremely informative and poignant, and We'reNotAfraid.com
has already posted over 60
galleries of pics submitted from both local readers and friends
around the globe...
Bloggers with brains (and hearts) also berated Fox news' sickening
coverage of the London terrorist attacks. This Londoner's response
to the terrorists, posted by CFUCT,
should inspire us all to deal with our media's megaterror hype in
What the fuck do you think you're doing?
This is London. We've dealt with your sort before.
You don't try and pull this on us.
Do you have any idea how many times our city
has been attacked? Whatever you're trying to do,
it's not going to work.
All you've done is end some of our lives, and
ruin some more. How is that going to help you?
You don't get rewarded for this kind of crap.
And if, as your MO indicates, you're an al-Qaeda
group, then you're out of your tiny minds.
Because if this is a message to Tony Blair,
we've got news for you. We don't much like our
government ourselves, or what they do in our name.
But, listen very clearly. We'll deal with that
ourselves. We're London, and we've got our own
way of doing things, and it doesn't involve tossing
bombs around where innocent people are going about
And that's because we're better than you. Everyone
is better than you. Our city works. We rather
like it. And we're going to go about our lives.
We're going to take care of the lives you ruined.
And then we're going to work. And we're going
down the pub.
So you can pack up your bombs, put them in your
arseholes, and get the fuck out of our city.
CFUCT adds, "I'm pretty sure this attitude is why they survived
the Battle of Britain and The Troubles."
Discourse.net reports that
the 8th district Court of Appeals has struck down that speciously
named partial-birth abortion law. For now, at least, Republican
congress-critters can't make up such crap laws to control women
Old Testament style just because they want to. Grandstanding, like
they did during the Schiavo tug-o-war, may appease the fascist fundie
fringe checkbook owners, but the vast majority of citizens want
control over life and death family decisions.
No Feminazis Or Witches Need Apply
Whom do you ask if you want advice on Supreme Court nominees?
Girl answers, "Jerry Falwell. (This certifiable nutcase
is the one who said 9/11 was God's punishment for America's depravity,
which is rhetoric worthy of al-Qaeda itself.)"
One has to wonder why Jerry declined. Maybe he didn't want his
(cough) shining (cough) legacy tainted by taking eternal responsibility
for George W.'s bogus Supreme Court appointment(s). And how many
Americans get away with saying no to the president, anyway? I've
never heard of such a thing, have you?
In other Supreme Court news, Rehnywatch
writes, "Breaking: Rehny hospitalized for fever... just like Brad
Pitt! (This is where the similarities end, however). [Note to Rehny:
retiring in hospital gown is not recommend. grosssss.]"
Funnier Than Falwell
Adventures in the Wrong Tense
How about now?
"If you are at a senior level in Washington these
days, you inevitably must deal with the media,"
said Terry Holt, a former spokesman for the Bush-Cheney
reelection campaign, speaking of [Karl] Rove.
"He has good relationships [with reporters], and
he's good at it. He has great credibility with
the people that he deals with."
Errorist wonders if Karl and Rush were separated
Curve, who's tired of those friggin' magnets, has
found the answer to annoying Republican bumper stickers...
Let's hear it for newbies!
The refreshing honesty of newbie bloggers, especially their willingness
to question their own personal belief systems, makes blog reading
a pure joy. For example, independent voter and newbie blogger Rhodian
Attic always believed George W.'s promise to find
the White House leaker and bring him/her to justice. Now, she has
proclaimed, "I doubt I have ever been so ashamed to be an American."
Tag It Or Lose It
Ever wonder why keyword blog searches turn up many more wingnut
than mainstream/liberal results? The answer is "tagging." Rightwing
bloggers have begun tagging their posts en masse, while the
rest of us ignore tags at our own peril. When you read those posts
with "File this under politics, humor, religion, etc.," that means
there's a whole lotta tagging going on.
Not that I believe we're all blogging gods, mind you, but our
posts don't have to disappear into cyberlimbo, either. Technorati.com's
are simple to use, and they even provide the cut & paste code
for you to insert into your posts. If your blogging software doesn't
support automatic tag pinging, you can tell Technorati to ping
your blog manually. Pinging, by the way, assures that your post
shows up in topic searches... which Republican bloggers would prefer,
er, not happen. Ever. What better reason to start tagging?
It's becoming more and more obvious that our corporate-owned media
is consulting blogs for story ideas and original news angles. As
long as truth-seeking bloggers keep up the good work and make sure
their posts are noticed by search engines, BushCo's media whores
will have to "watch what they say." Karma. Bitchin', isn't she?
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