August 5, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Lost In Translation
Have you heard the new Republican Party meme? The party of Nixon
plans to "refine" the issues by "refining" its message (cue Orwell
cringing). We all know their new and improved message will be the
same wingnut song, same wingnut verse: "Pretend to join 'em! Then
cheat 'em... And accuse 'em of not playing fair!"
This week, our "liberal media" ignored the president's involvement
in the Boy Scouts Jamboree disaster, the truly weird "We Republicans
Aren't As Mean As Those Other Republicans" club increased their
card-carrying membership rolls, and the "bogus accusations" Bozos
tried to pull another fast one. It's pretty clear, folks. The more
we fight back, the louder they squeal.
Our "Liberal Media" Strikes Again!
Who else but George W. Bush could cause 300 Boy Scouts to fall
ill (while waiting for him to arrive) and escape media scrutiny?
(Reagan's dead. He doesn't count.) Had President Clinton done this,
the press would've been all over it like stink on a skunk. And there's
more. When George W. finally showed up, he spent a few seconds eulogizing
their dead and the rest of the time trying to convince them to join
the military. Random
Thoughts From A Wandering Mind posts:
"Kids - now that you're all in high spirits,
visit the booths we've set up beside the stage
to read through an "information package" on our
army. One day when you've reached the draft eligible
age, you too can fight for freedom and bring democracy
to more countries that don't want us there."
Random Thoughts also posts this pic:
So in Republican lingo (which doesn't translate into any known
Earth language that I know of), if you're man enough to survive
a heat stroke and/or lightning strike, you must be soldier material?
I'll bet the ranch that every one of those boys couldn't wait to
get home to the safety of their families after that ordeal.
UK blogger The
Disillusioned Kid adds his own disillusionment with
scouting and notes the hidden Republican definitions in US scouting
It might be pointed out that the Boy Scouts of
America is a much more reactionary organisation
than its British counterpart. It excludes "avowed
homosexuals" from its ranks, meaning that gays
cannot join either as leaders or members. The
reasoning behind this ban? Organisers claim that
homosexuality violates the Scouting oath to be
"morally straight" and the Scouting law to be
In my experience, "morally straight" and "clean" have had absolutely
nothing to do with anyone's sexuality. In fact, I've always chuckled
at the grimy goofuses who fear homosexual advances. As if.
Refinement? Don't Make Me Laugh!
Republican refinement of the issues (aka "lying with gusto")
is the hot meme of the upcoming 2006 election season. For example,
did you know that the Democrats staged an extensive vote fraud scam
in 2004? Neither did I. And here on Planet Reality, they didn't.
Actually, the whole "American Center for Voting Rights" report
was a dastardly Republican front group scam. The
Brad Blog has the scoop, and Billionaires
For Bush has an online "Block The Votes Heroes Card
Game," suitable for playing while you read the list of wingnut sites
(and even a TV station) who ran with the bogus story without checking
the "non-partisan" claims of these guys:
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, Conservatives
For Corker - that's US Senate wannabe Bob Corker
- have started a blog for the recent gubernatorial loser, and they
But what you won't find at this website is the
personal, mean spirited and often less than clever
content so often available at Team GOP, Blogging
for Bryant, Voluntary Conservative, et al.
Psst! Check your right sidebar, you corkers! Your links betray
your "refined" pseudo-sincerity:
2006 Senate Blogs
- Bill Hobbs
- Blogging for Bryant
- Chattanooga-Hamilton Civic Forum
- Harold Ford Jr. Blog
- Moore Thoughts
- Simply I
- South End Grounds
- Team GOP
- VOLuntarily Conservative
Ya just gotta love those "common sense, conservative values!" As
for those sidebar links...
But Wait! There's More!
The GOP just can't stop branding Democrats as eeeviiilll, even
when it's their own who betray their so-called common sense conservative
Review notes that Republicans are livid because the
"ultra-liberal California Supreme Court" ruled in favor of same-sex
benefits. Pensito writes:
Not so fast, talibanis. The California Supreme
Court is the only branch of the state government
controlled by your side.
Justices on the California Supreme Court include
five Republicans, including the chief justice,
and one Democrat. The seat formerly held by Janice
Rogers Brown, a rightwing extremist tapped by
President Bush for the federal bench, remains
open awaiting a nomination from Republican Gov.
5 Republicans and 1 Democrat. Is that what qualifies as ultra-liberal
these days? Oops, I forgot - they're "refining the message."
That's Not All...
It's official. Rick Santorum is a dick! Actually, he's a dangerous,
pig-ignorant dick. Did you hear the one about Ricky (The Dick) Santorum
claiming that the "pursuit of happiness" is harming America? Santorum
Exposed has the complete story. Don't forget to scan
the comments. My personal favorite:
Liberals love immediate gratification? The people
who believe in conservation and REAL sacrifice?
As opposed to the free-market uberconsumer/Christofundie
end-of-the-world scorched earthers who care for
nothing but the bottom line? What a fucking dick.
What about that oath you took to uphold the Constitution, you
dick? There's a seriously deadly war going on which you helped start,
Santorum, and your ridiculous attacks on the US Constitution betray
every sacrifice ever made on the battlefield and here at home.
Reporter and Blogger
Steven Vincent, the journalist who authored the
interesting Basra op ed in the New York Times
on Sunday, has been killed, shot multiple times
after getting abducted with his translator. (He
blogged here as well). NPR's Philip Reeves says
that Vincent and his translator were abducted
outside his hotel by people in a white pick up
with "police" written on it, but no license plate.
(Vincent describes a similar vehicle used by police
loyal to radical Shiite clerics to commit sectarian
assassinations in his op ed). His translator Ward
al-Khal was shot through the chest, and is hospitalized.
According to Reporters
Without Borders, Steven Vincent is the 64th journalist to die
in Iraq since March, 2003.
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More Blogging News
Major snaps to Operation
Yellow Elephant for getting mentioned by Gene Lyons!
(I'm a fan of "Operation Yellow Elephant," a
tongue-in-cheek effort to get Young Republicans
to enlist. Maybe they should try some Democratic
Leadership Council keyboard warriors, too.)
Then And Now
M Carpenter's post, "The Joy Of Being Republican,"
lists the greatest quotes of Republicans who whined about President
Clinton's recess appointments. Of course, Clinton's appointments
didn't include sending a maniac to "refine" the United Nations.
The Upside Of Losing
St. Louis blogger Kn@ppster
explains why Paul Hackett's loss in Ohio this week is actually good
news for Democrats:
The 2nd has historically been a solidly Republican
district. Former US Representative Rob Portman,
who left Congress to become the Bush administration's
trade representative, polled 72% or more in each
of his six races to represent the 2nd. In last
year's presidential election, George W. Bush carried
the district over John Kerry with 64% of the vote.
And last night, in a special election to replace
Portman, Democrat Paul Hackett came within 3%
of winning -- despite his Republican opponent's
3-to-1 fundraising advantage and despite the Republican
National Committee's desperate last-minute media
buys. He carried four of the district's seven
counties. The only thing that saved his opponent's
derriere was overwhelming victory in her home
Be sure to read the entire post, which includes Kn@ppster's spot-on
analysis of the race. While you're there, be sure to note the hateful
freeper droppings (comments in the sidebar) about his blog.
Still hungry for Ohio facts? Simply
Appalling sums up (scroll down the page) the Repuke
win in a single word: gerrymandering.
District 2 (at the bottom of the map) has been
drawn in a U shape and excludes Highland County.
Now note that while District 2 as currently drawn
went for Bush by 64%, in Highland County Bush
also won, but only by 50.82% to 48.72%.
Can you doubt that if a portion of Highland
County had been included in the district, Hackett
would have left Schmidt at home clipping coupons?
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Do it for the children. But do it! And remember... if Republicans
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