August 19, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Bells Are Ringing
Who could have predicted that one grieving mother would rouse the
national media from its summer slumber, that the president's handlers
would wake to mounting opposition and actually lower expectations
for his Iraq folly, or that gas pump-sucking SUV-Americans would
wake up one day and realize that the goal of oil men is actually
to make lots and lots of money? The telltale signs of America finally
waking up were front and center this week, and bloggers took note.
Of Mitzvahs And Miscreants
kind of pissant, two-bit cracker goes out of his/her way to post
hateful comments on a site solely designed to post updates and information
on a grieving mother's vigil? Crawford
Update does nothing more than post information on
the events in Crawford, in real time, from a first-person perspective.
When Emily Sharpe posted this week that Fred Mattlage had offered
Mrs. Sheehan and her supporters free use of his private property
(a true mitzvah in my book), the wingnuts attacked:
Fred Mattlage, The guy must be hard up for some
attention. I would of kicked all your asses off
my land. Cindy, wake up. your being played like
a fittle and your real cause is a big joke. With
out the Lib media, you would be nothing. Oh, that's
right you a nobody.
# posted by hooya : 8:16 PM CDT
More than 1600 candlelight vigils were held Wednesday night to
support Cindy Sheehan's truly noble cause. Irritating the hateful
was not on the agenda.
brought to you by "Davenetics, the blog of the next five minutes,"
links to Harold Meyerson's timely
essay on the pundits who worked as backup-singer doo-woppers
for the Bush administration's not-so-excellent adventures. Meyerson
asks and answers his own question to preface his argument: "Are
mere pundits responsible when an administration's policy goes wrong?
When their sophistic arguments helped sell and sustain it, very."
Looking for proof positive that our media has been co-opted by
PNACers and neocons? Cable
News Lies is the hot blog spot exposing our corporate-owned
media's seriously right-wing agenda:
American cable news networks have been monopolized
by a dwindling number of parent corporations,
all of whom have conservative agendas. The cable
news networks are also critically dependent upon
corporations for advertising. The owners of cable
media networks are conservative, like many business
owners. As owners, they can dictate editorial
and hiring policies. Such a uniformity of ownership
means that stories which do not somehow benefit
these large corporations may not be run. In other
words, the cable news networks are no longer the
media of the people, they are the media of the
Cable News Lies will expose this conservative
bias, and end the myth of the liberal media.
Be sure to bookmark Cable News Lies! This blog is a gem!
Mission Not Accomplished? No Problem. Lower
week BushCo announced that they've failed to accomplish the mission
in Iraq. (Which was all based on lies, anyway. So, hell's bells!
What in the world did you expect, wingnuts?)
Underground's Paul Nadeau sums up the right-wing's
Does This Mean We're Giving Up?
This article in today's Washington Post might
be using overly defeatist language, but the signs
from the administration are the most troubling
that I've ever seen.
If it's true, then it means that we're cutting
our losses and admitting defeat.
So long, hegemony. Hello, Islamic fundamentalism
and China. If all this is true, then we've officially
squandered our unipolar moment.
It's times like these that I'm actually glad that BushCo never
cracked a history book. Otherwise, they might have learned enough
to do even more damage.
Texas Tea (Hold The Sympathy!)
read zillions of bloggers' explanations of rising gasoline prices,
but the Daily
Pundit's theory continues to intrigue me.
Of course, I could be an idiot...
We are told over and over again that the reason
gasoline prices in America have shot through the
roof is that the world as a whole has increased
its oil use so drastically in the past few years
that the price increases are unavoidable.
Well, in 2002, world oil production was around
66.9 million barrels per day, and consumption
was around 77.5 million barrels a day. American
gas prices at the pump in 2002 hovered around
the $1.38 mark.
In 2005, world oil production was around 79.9
million barrels per day, and consumption was around
82.6 million barrels a day. American gas prices
at the pump in July, 2005 hovered around the $2.30
So...in three years, oil production increased
by 13 million barrels, or nearly 20 percent, while
consumption only increased by 5.1 million barrels,
or 6.6 percent, yet gasoline prices jumped by
92 cents, or almost 67 percent.
You know what? I don't think it's those wild
and crazy Chinese commies fueling up their new
BMWs that's sending US gasoline prices through
the roof, which seems to be the current fave "explanation."
(I know, I know - somebody will come along and
explain why I'm an idiot, and then somebody with
better credentials will explain why I'm right,
and then somebody with even better cred will point
out why I'm an idiot, and so forth, and so on
- an experience I've had before, which basically
boils down to "nobody knows nothing about nothing....")
I just wish someone would leak the memo which instructs TV Hair-dos
to smile like Cheshire Cats when reporting their "Pain At The Pump"
stories. What else could explain their Twilight Zone, smilie-face
coverage of such an alarming issue?
The Worm Crawls In
Leslie Wolf Blitzer's manic meltdown
Tuesday afternoon? It was hilarious! The CNN crawl stopped working,
Lou Dobbs Tonight had to be postponed for 30 minutes, and
Leslie Wolfie was sure that every major media outlet
had also been attacked by this vicious computer virus. I swear,
he acted like the world was ending!
Using my trusty remote, I found MSNBC, Fox News, and every other
TV network calmly doing their usual thing. (ABC was supposedly affected,
but my local affiliate had no problems.) Only CNN's
Wolf Boy was hysterical. Life treats you well sometimes when you
least expect it, doesn't it?
According to the Tech
Guru, "Zotob is a worm that is spread through a flaw
in Windows Plug and Play Buffer Overflow." OK. Whatever. For those
of us on Planet I Don't Care How It Works As Long As It Works, the
guru also notes that the Zotob worm can run on most Microsoft platforms,
not just Windows 2000 - so don't think you're safe, MS users! -
and suggests you visit Microsoft Security and download
Psst! If all of this is Greek to you, any computer savvy teenager
can do it for you. Pizza is the standard payment.
On The Lighter Side...
become a big fan of Americans
Are Dumb, probably because of my appreciation for
all things snide and snarky. This blog is not, as its title would
imply, a condemnation of our entire population. Each day, Lt. Dan
posts links and brief synopses for his "top 3 examples of Americans
being dumb." Here's a peek...
August 17, 2005
Today's top three examples of Americans being
1. At the protest near the president's ranch
in Texas a Waco man drove his pickup truck over
white crosses bearing the names of soldiers killed
in Iraq (from Reuters)
2. They stampeded to get cheap used Apple laptops.
One woman urinated on herself rather than give
up her place in line. (from CNN)
3. The Jesus Video Project (from The New York
August 16, 2005
Today's top three examples of Americans being
1. A lot of them use the fake story about Einstein
humiliating his atheist professor (by proving
the existence of god) as evidence that he believed
in intelligent design (from Snopes)
2. "A free thinker is Satan's slave." (from
3. Babies with names that show up on no-fly
lists have been prevented from boarding planes
in the U.S. (from The Guardian)
What a great way to start the morning without that "what
fresh hell is this?" taste in your mouth. Thanks, Lt. Dan!
Splogging Got You Down?
How many times have you searched the web and found the results
chock-full o' spam with strings of incoherent code symbols? GRRR!
Anything that can be web spammed and email spammed can also be blog
Herald quotes Mark Cuban's excellent
post on splogging:
Blogger is by far the worst offender. Google
seems to be working hard to adjust their relevancy
indexes to exclude splog from having influence
on search rankings, but they don't seem to be
doing anything more than removing reported splogs
(spam blogs). Kind of like going after the zombies
one at a time with a shovel. Can we get some help
on this, Google? (you can check out weblogs.com
to get a feel for just how much splog we are talking
Mark Cuban, by the way, is your go-to guy for all blog-related
When Is A Blog Not A Blog?
the scoop on Cincinnati's The
Blue Chip Review? It appears to be a bunch of radical
right-wingers bashing "DemocRATS" and sometimes even eating their
Their gossip columnist, The Whistleblower, who claims the site
is NOT a blog, posts...
-- When "Mean Jean" Schmidt gets to Washington,
what will her first piece of legislation be? According
to Whistleblower Research Bureau Chief Fearless
Ferrett, word is she's already busy working on
her Bloggers Reform Act of 2006, that'll require
hosts to be personally criminally liable for all
the lies published on their blogsites. But this
wouldn't actually affect the Blower, since we're
not really a blogger.
"Not really a blogger?" That site looks like one of those Jeff
Gannon right-wing scam deals to me. They offer no evidence that
they meet even a single "news service" requirement. Hm. I wonder
who's paying the
bloggers staff? Probably some
As for Jean Schmidt's plan to hold site hosts legally responsible
for "lies" published on their blog sites, I can't wait for Free
Republic's reaction to this news.
Liberal bloggers really are making a difference. The more we blog,
the more the media has to pay attention; consequently, more slumbering
Americans wake each morning with alarm-bells going off. Of course,
there have always been Americans who don't need metaphorical alarm
clocks: the ever vigilant, the ever questioning, and the ever patriotic
- whose persistence and perseverance made this country great.
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