July 29, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
What's Hot and What's Not!
What's TV News Hot this summer? Heat waves, missing blondes,
the Space Shuttle launch that almost, er, wasn't, and TV commercials
for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
What's Blog Hot? The truth about White House treason, the
truth about John (the TV commercial-product, Supreme Court wannabe)
Roberts, the truth about the London bombings, and... well, the truth.
For America has the cable news networks' latest hot
This Just In: It's Hot!
Continuing their fetish-like fascination with
weather – picture Anderson Cooper in a slicker
each spring – networks like CNN have dispatched
sentries on round-the-clock missions to update
audiences on three important facts:
1. It's hot out
2. It's going to be hot out tomorrow
3. If you're not careful, you'll get too hot
Between the hot, hot heat and America's triumphant
return to space, it's surprising that the networks
even find the time to fawn over Supreme Court
nominee John Roberts Jr. But they do. Just enough
time, in fact, for them to avoid TraitorGate altogether.
Perhaps if Karl Rove were our solar system's sun
and not a treasonous chickenshit, maybe then we'd
hear more about it.
What's Blog Hot: Timelines, Resources and
Lists, Oh My!
I know I'm not alone in my lust for lists and timelines of anti-BushCo
antics, especially those equipped with up-to-the-minute hot links.
Many thanks to MIA
WMD WTF W for the "manipulation used by the Bush
White House to initiate the war in Iraq" timeline. Major snaps to
for the excellent (and frequently updated) resource page on Rove,
Iraq, DeLay, Judicial Filibuster, Social Security, and other crucial
issues. And kudos, of course, to Citizens
For Legitimate Government and Buzzflash
for their latest breaking news links and their many other valuable
CNN, ABC, MSNBC, and NPR have also jumped on the timeline/resource
bandwagon in a big way this week. Hmm. It may take a while, but
they almost always catch on.
What's Hot: Asking Questions
What's not hot: not answering questions.
Judging by BushCo's refusal to answer a single question on a single
issue, it's obviously not hot to answer questions this summer. Bloggers,
however, will keep on asking until the corporate media finally catches
Progress: "Why Was Rove Editing Intelligence Statements
(By the way, Think Progress also posted a real blast
from the past this week:)
10/5/01: Bush Pulls Security Clearances From
"We can't have leaks of classified information.
It's not in our nation's interest." - President
George W. Bush, 10/9/01
Intuition (re Abu Ghraib torture paintings): "Must
I paint you a picture?"
General has a question for Rick "Ass-Obsessed"
A Question for Rick
When I heard that Sen. Santorum was taking questions
for a Washington Post chat, I decided to submit
a question I had originally asked him a couple
of years ago but failed to receive an answer to:
...I say "man on dog" means some kind of sick
sex act. My friend Mike says it's more than that.
He says it includes things like when you pack
peanut butter in your rear end and then let Butch,
your australian shephard, lick at it with his
I don't see that there's anything wrong with
that. It's really no different than having him
lick my face and I mostly never allow him to get
around to the "north side" if you know what I
mean. What's more, since it's not actual sex,
it doesn't matter that Butch is male. I mean it's
not like I'm doing some kind of homosexual on
dog kind of thing. I'm no pervert...
What do you think?
What's Not Hot: A Fortune 500 Company That
Claims to be Part of the Government.
Just when you thought the friends of BushCo couldn't get any weirder,
cites Clear Channel's (in Florida, of course) legal argument that
the media giant's stadium should be tax exempt because it's actually
part of the local government. Oh, and they also want the neighbors
to STFU about their noise violations. True patriots! Barely a blip
on the news radar screen.
Also Not Hot: The Blair Bush Project
Leave it to Tony to squander the Clinton-era love affair he had
going with the vast majority of the UK population and have himself
surgically attached to George W.'s ass. Too bad for Tony (but good
for the planet) that the UK press and citizen bloggers still speak
truth to power, even after a series of bombings. Bloggerheads'
Manic notes that all the makeup in the world can't cover up Blair's
bruises in a post called, "Ridding ourselves of the foundation-wearing
'five times a night' appeasement monkey."
Not In The Least Bit Hot, Even If They Think
They Are: College Republicans
infiltrated the recent College Republican National Convention...
with a camera:
Judging from the number of empty beer cans
under this college student's seat, we can only
assume he's either really enjoying the speech
going on, or really, really hating it. By the
way, Conventionette informed me this photo was
taken at 10:00 in the morning. Yikes.
Some dude who really likes Paul Gourley. Can
you believe the fire alarm behind him isn't
going off with that pose? Hawt.
The power of seersucker compels you!
What's Not Hot: Being Karl Rove
Blah, Black Sheep, who normally posts on musical
groups, takes time out to roast Karl Rove:
Possible Reasons Karl Rove Told Matt Cooper He'd
"Said Too Much"
Cooper misheard. Rove actually said he'd "fed
too much." You knew he was a vampire, didn't you?
2. Rove still had his iPod playing in one ear
and was singing along to R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."
3. Rove is a lying sack of shit who uses his
office for political gain even if it endangers
those working to protect our country.
Blah, Blah's post adds new (and disturbing) meaning to one of
my (now former) favorite sayings, "Bite me, Karl!"
What's Legitimately Hot: The Space Shuttle
The number #1 blog search this week is "Space Shuttle." Even the
ever-cynical blogger, You
are all just sheep to me... And I have a kilt took
time out from relentlessly bashing
Tony Blair to post: "Yes!!!! Go For Launch!"
But uh-oh. Pass the popcorn and stay tuned for Episode 2: The
"W Stands For Weird" decision to ground the Shuttle fleet in mid-mission.
I'm sure bloggers will dissect this decision six ways to Sunday.
What's Red Hot in Freeperland: Flip Flops
in the White House
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! You'd think that the "regular guy," with
whom the Sixpack family wants to have a beer, would spend some time
getting to know, uh, regular people. Nope. When the Connecticut
Cowboy hosted the National Women's Championship Lacrosse team, wingnut
bloggers crawled over those beer cans on the floor (see pic above)
to slam the young women's' "lack of decorum." Promenadeit
harps: "The White House is no place for flip flops, or any ultra
casual attire, unless the president is throwing a 'dress down Friday'
type of affair, and casual is called for."
Student Ministries types: "Those uber-geeks of Northwestern
Women's Lacrosse NCAA Championship team recently visited the White
House. Unfortunately, some of the girls, especially some in the
front row of the photo-op, wore, well, thongs."
shrieks like a banshee: "Flip-flops, modeled after shoes meant to
be worn into a public shower or on the beach, have no business anywhere
in the vicinity of the president and his place of residence.)" (sic)
We can agree on that point. Please notice, however, that the President
was too well-mannered to comment on their clothing. "
No, we can't agree on that point. I'm sure you think that the
Bush twins are perfect role models for today's young women. Hmm.
Let's compare those young women to Jenna Bush. Is this what you
meant by "a 'dress down Friday' type of affair, and casual is called
I guess the flip-flops in the pic are appropriate, in your opinion.
Cop a clue, GopInsight. Unlike Jenna Bush, the NCAA women's Lacrosse
team has accomplished something pretty damned extraordinary. Check
out some churches sometime and note the "public shower or on the
beach" footwear of the Nazarene, you snarky snotball.
By the way, I've got your "too well-mannered to comment on their
clothing" president right here:
One more thing, GOPInsight-Impaired! Before you burst an aneurism
over that video of President Well-Mannered, check out Hughes For
Advice From George W. Bush." I'd hate for you to miss it.
What Could Be Really Hot, But... Isn't.
No enterprising Republican has found a way to recycle those old
anti-Kerry campaign buttons and slam the NCAA Lacrosse champions
at the same time. Noel at A
Little Bit Of Everything has, though:
What angers me more than ridiculous flip-flop
argument is the fact that this team's achievement
is being overshadowed by this ridiculous flip-flop
argument. The Northwestern Women's Lacrosse program
is only 4 years old, and in that short time they
managed to go undefeated and win the National
Title. But unfortunately they are probably going
to be more widely known as the flip-flop team.
What's Hot-as-a-Red-Hot-Poker Hot: Blog Swarms,
Blog Unions, Blog Rolls, and Blog Carnivals
Never underestimate the power of those in power to underestimate
the determination of citizen bloggers. Liberal bloggers are getting
organized, and we're determined to make a difference. Check out
the the Progressive
Bloggers Union and learn how to be part of something
truly red hot! And don't forget to join the DU
Activist Corps. Making a difference is what's really, really
hot this summer!
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