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October 7, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A Scrivener's Lament

Fraud, Conspiracy, & Espionage, Inc.

It's spy vs. spy in the White House, Da Governator vetoes people, the Supreme Court goes Wal-Mart, lib-hunting season officially opens, Stephanopoulos "Plames" Bush & Cheney, Karen Hughes' field trip flops, Iran's next, and (big surprise!) O'Reilly hates bloggers.

Now that CNN et al have begun to devote airtime to the blogs each day, conservatives are getting really nervous. And what do they do when they get nervous? They whine, of course.

Call The WHAAAAM-bulance!

From Think Progress:

O'Reilly Tonight: How Blogs Are Destroying America

AUTHOR BERNARD GOLDBERG: There are some conservatives on the list ["100 People Who Are Screwing Up America"], but there are mostly liberals. And when they could write unanimously on the Web, you know, a review or post.

O'REILLY: Blogs. I don't even read them. I mean, it's so outrageous.

GOLDBERG: It's beyond - it's beyond vile.

O'REILLY: Let's go to the - look, that's just a waste of time. You shouldn't even read it. It's garbage. Nobody cares about it. Everybody knows the simpletons who are doing it are cowards and they don't have any influence. [7/18/05]

UPDATE: Crooks & Liars has more.

Hmm. O'Reilly hates bloggers? Big whoop! Like I give a good goddamn. Honestly. Who can take this clown seriously when you stumble upon this?

Feeling Sorry for O'Reilly

Friday, September 09, 2005

By Bill O'Reilly

Here's the blogging truth: O'Reilly Sucks!

Spy Vs. Spy

It had to happen. Just as we hear rumblings of multiple indictments in the Plame CIA leak case, BushCo sends the corporate-owned media on yet another wild goose chase. They always do this, don't they? AmericaBlog has the story (and dozens of great comments) on the FBI analyst - nabbed a month ago - who was stealing files on the president of the Phillipines and giving them to her opposition party. The diversion? He used to work for Cheney.

Instead of falling for yet another Rovian diversion, read Larry Johnson's blog post, Plame Update. Larry lists ten important facts about the Plame case, complete with a timeline and sources.

Vetoing People (The Ahhnoldt Way)

Let's hear it for Internet impressionists! Don't Read This Weblog does Da Gropenator, and it would be hysterically funny were it not for the subject of the post.

"Dere will be none of those boy-on-boy touchings while I'm da governa!"

I'm just imagining, but I'll bet Schwarzenegger said something along those lines before he used the giant stamp marked veto on the Gay Marriage Bill presented to him. At least I'm assuming that's how vetoing works--that there's a big stamp marked 'Veto' that he applies to bills (here I'm assuming that a bill is like a packet of papers stapled together, perhaps with a nice header like "THIS ONE LETS THE 'MOS GET MARRIED").

I'd also venture to guess that, if such a stamp does exist, Arnold has probably stamped his assistant with it on the forehead in front of a crowd of people and laughed at how funny he is.

"You are vetoed! And you are vetoed! And you are vetoed! And my arm is vetoed. This lady's puppy is vetoed. My wife's skeletal body frame is vetoed. And all da gays in all da whole world are vetoed!"

Just remember, Mary. Republicans want your tax dollars, your tourism dollars, and your talent for revitalizing city neighborhoods. They just don't want you to demand full citizenship rights.


What's more humiliating than appointing Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court? Appointing Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. Believe it or not, Ms. Harriet Miers (BS, SMU, 1967; JD, SMU, 1970) is apparently a blogger - and you'll just scream when you read "her" posts!

Also humorous - in a "this would be funny if it weren't the sad truth" way - is a post by The Poor Man:

Wow! Dear Leader can nominate anyone he wants, and the Democrats can't do anything about it! Why, he could nominate Roy "Ten Commandments" Moore if he wanted to! But Moore's a judge. Dubya doesn't need to nominate a judge - he can really nominate absolutely anybody. My God ... he could nominate Hannity!

Professor Bainbridge (thanks to Cloudynuageux for the tip!) reminds us that Ms. Miers' law firm isn't exactly fraud free. By the way, if you have any info or links to share concerning Ms. Miers, just click and fill in Move On.Org's simple feedback form.

Follow The Links

You just never know what you'll find when you start following links from one blog post to another. I followed a link from a Democratic Underground post to Republicans Are Idiots, where I clicked on a link citing DU as the link source to a post by Orcinus. Whew! But it was oh, so worth it...

This bumper sticker was spotted by Left in SF over the weekend -- disturbingly, on an SUV parked among a crowd of cars out for a gay-pride rally.


The people sporting such stickers, no doubt, will contend that it's just a joke -- as though such a fig leaf could disguise the violent attitudes and beliefs required to find it humorous. Next they'll argue that stickers saying "Hitler Needed to Finish the Job" are just meant to be funny.

The great thing about link trails? Rediscovering (or finding for the first time) blog posts that need spotlighting again and again.

George W. Nixon Update

Think Progress posted this bombshell less than one minute after George Stephanopoulos uttered the words:

Source to Stephanopoulos: President Bush Directly Involved In Leak Scandal

Near the end of a round table discussion on ABC's This Week, George Stephanopoulos dropped this bomb:

Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it's a manageable one for the White House especially if we don't know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.

This would explain why Bush spent more than an hour answering questions from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. It would also fundamentally change the dynamics of the scandal. President Bush could no longer claim he was merely a bystander who wants to "get to the bottom of it." As Stephanopoulos notes, if Bush played a direct role it could make this scandal completely unmanageable.

Kaboom! Ewwwww! What's that smell? Why, I do believe it's the familiar Republican odor of undindicted co-conspirators!

Blogging News

Add FBIHOP to the list of NYT Select back doors.

Scary development, and I mean an Edward Scissorhands kind of scary (housing) development. Google is building a gated community for its workers on federal land. Hmm. Avoiding property taxes and keeping tabs on its workforce at the same time? Priceless. RatcliffeBlog has the particulars.

Karen Hughes' Magical MessUpery Tour

Fact: you're only as good as your most recent failure. Philly blogger Attywood reaches back to 1970 to describe Karen Hughes' Middle East PR failure:

Karen Hughes' Middle East trip was a 1970

American woman, said get away
American woman, listen what I say
Don't come hangin' around my door
Don't wanna see your face no more
I don't need your war machines
I don't need your ghetto scenes
Coloured lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else's eyes
Now woman, get away from me
American woman, mama let me be.

By the way, just how many friggin' Number 2 guys does Al Qaida have, anyway? The Counterterrorism Blog sorts them out and exposes the BushCo/Hughes propaganda/lies.

Loonie Moonies & Iran

Who needs evidence when you've got a really nifty slide presentation? No, I'm not talking about Colin Powell's disgraceful U.N. performance ahead of our disastrous Iraq adventure; I'm talking about the Washington Times' drum beat to attack Iran. Walter C. has the timeline and the links. Evidently (according to officials in India), a U.S. attack on Iran is a done deal.

Hey, BushCo! The world just called. They all said, "No!"

More Fun Than A Barrel Of Chimpy McFlightsuits

Why read yesterday's news today when you can read Avant News (whose slogan is "Tomorrow's News Today")? Here's a snippet:

Theater Review: Bill Frist Dazzles in "Clairvoyant"

No one can leave this show without feeling uplifted, spiritually strengthened, and more conversant in the tangled ethical maelstrom that is illegal insider trading. The sense one absorbs is that of positive ions after a thunderstorm. If you catch only one theatrical production this season, make it Bill Frist in "Clairvoyant".

"Clairvoyant", a Bill Frist Production.
Written, directed and played by Bill Frist.
47th Street Theater
304 W. 47th St., Manhattan
Tickets: $85-$140

Islands Of Ignorance

On the Fascist Fundie Front, cites the top ten hotbeds of American Fundie fighting.

Click the city links at DefConAmerica and fight back.

DeLayed Justice

Thanks to Progressive Texan for posting the pic! Bloggers had a field day with the first indictment, but when the second one was announced the blogosphere exploded (virtually, of course). Newshounds is keeping track of how many times Delusional DeLay DeLovers try to proclaim the Bugman's innocence by claiming that the law is just too darned complicated.

Just because I feel it's our patriotic duty to recognize the importance of that SECOND INDICTMENT (as well as the third count - conspiracy to commit money laundering), let's see that mug shot again:

Gee, that was fun, wasn't it?

Good times. Good times.

Maybe we'll get to do it again.

What do Republicans hate? Anything or anyone they can't control. What do Republicans want? They want it all: money, power, and complete control of your life. Can Republicans be stopped?

Hell, yes!

It's up to us to make our elected officials listen and learn: Republicans can not be trusted. Period. Taking the high road is a noble goal, but turning a blind eye to rampant cheating, embezzling, bombing and stealing betrays our very raison d'Ítre: to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

Let's go get those Bush bastards!

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