November 4, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
See How They Run!
Have Wal-Mart and Fox News teamed up to swiftboat your town with
their new and improved ad campaign? Has Mr. Smith returned to Washington?
"Sloppy Seconds," anyone? Dreaming of a Karl Rove Fitzmas piñata?
Yes, the nickname "Scalito" is pejorative, but does the diminution
fit? If those who "can," govern, what about those BushCo yahoos
who "can't" govern? They continue to campaign, of course.
While the nation mourns civil rights giant Rosa Parks, neocon
wingnuts continue their quest to whittle away what's left of our
lives, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness (aka justice).
Senator John Kerry delivered a beautiful eulogy
at the funeral of Rosa Parks today at the Greater
Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
"When I met Rosa Parks, I was overwhelmed by
this graceful, small woman's quiet strength and
humility - her conviction in taking on the army
of power that was deployed before her - her courage
to dig in, knowing full well the power of the
courthouse, the power of the sheriff's badge,
the power of the vigilante, the power of the establishment
- knowing that on dark country roads or after
a knock on the door in the middle of the night,
people still disappeared and died almost anonymous
deaths except for those who loved them. So many
killed just trying to be citizens in the land
of the free.
Rosa Parks was about progress, not memory. Yes,
she sat down so we could stand up, but not so
we could stand still.
Progress. That's what the great lady was all about. And not standing
still causes Republicans to run like hell. Naturally, BushCo's flying
cable news monkeys accuse Democrats who attended the funeral of
campaigning, especially Senator Clinton. Which brings us to...
Run, George! Run!
The Big Mic at Propaganda
Sandwich says we should all read Joe Klein's "The
Perils of the Permanent Campaign." I agree. Klein offers a
play-by-play of BushCo political stunts (yes, stunts - not just
following Senate rules, but real honest-to nogoodnick stunts!) since
the election mess of 2000, and exposes their momentary political
importance - and their long-term danger to democracy. Big Mic's
comments are golden:
have had my issues with Klein in the past, but
I thought this piece was just great. Although
I am a little thrown off by this passage:
The President's declaration that "major combat
operations" were over on May 1, 2003, after he
co-piloted an airplane onto the deck of the U.S.S.
Abraham Lincoln and emerged, jazzed, in a jaunty
flight suit, seems almost ludicrous in retrospect.
In retrospect? Insert snarkiness here.
Some people call me "Dubya," some call me "Codpiece
Speaking of campaigning... If you've always wondered how Republicans
manage to steal elections, Yellow
Dog Blog has the answer in his post called "Big Election
Theft In A Small Town."
Sloppy Seconds, Anyone?
While wingnut bloggers are still busy slamming CBS' John Roberts
for his "casual language," more thoughtful progressive bloggers
question George W. Codpiece's do-over U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
Bloggin Journal asks, "The most qualified is... Alito?"
After the Harriet Miers mêlée, anyone chosen by Bush was bound
to be mocked relentlessly. Elizabeth at The
New Blog writes: "I am very surprised... Not!" Elizabeth
continues: "So Bush announced his next nomination. Who is it? Well
the sloppy seconds is Samuel Alito." And Elizabeth concludes:
The only thing that is amusing about this, is
the Republicans insisting that they are only wanting
an up and down vote on this nominee. To that I
say: "Harriet Miers."
Check out The New Blog, especially a post called "Actually,
You Have Not Come A Long Way, Baby." Also, if you're a fan of
pissed off ranting bloggers, Grumpy
Old Man has an epithet-filled post on the regressive
Republican attack on the new cervical cancer drug, which is well
Mr. Smith Has Returned To Washington!
Poor Bill Frist. Not only is he a flippin' criminal,
but now this! "This is an affront to me personally,"
"This is an affront to our leadership. It is an
affront to the United States of America, and it
is wrong." Shhush, now, little one. It sounds
like you have gotten yourself all worked up.
Were the SIX times rule 21 one was evoked during
the Clinton witch-hunt strike you as an affront
to you, your lack of leadership or the country?
Hunter, posting at Daily
Kos, lists the obvious signs that Fristian Republicans
should fasten their seatbelts:
First, obviously, it forced the Senate to agree
to finally investigate the massaged and/or bogus
Iraq War intelligence, after stonewalling the
investigation for over two years.
* Second, it shows the American people that
the Democrats are serious about the Republicans'
ongoing dismissal of critical national security
matters, even if Republicans like Frist and Roberts
have proven over the last two years they aren't
trustworthy or responsible about pursuing them.
* It absolutely nails the Republicans to the
wall on Plamegate.
* It completely disrupted and short-circuited
the nasty, Swift Boat hackery of the Republicans
attempting to defend the far-right Judge Sam Alito.
* Perhaps most importantly, it fires a huge
warning shot into the Republican efforts to break
Senate rules to disallow filibusters.
* And finally, it made Bill Frist look like
an utter amateur. Whining like a stuck pig, Frist
made it perfectly clear that he isn't nearly the
political tactician his lockstep demands for party
loyalty require him to be. Today, Reid made Frist
look like a complete fool - actually, Frist mainly
did it all by himself. This further weakens him
and his own hold on his party.
I would add that you know Republicans are in serious trouble when
their telepuppet pundits renew their constant interruption of Democratic
spokespersons and Wolf Blitzer and pals stand back and let it happen.
Hmm. What's more important: ratings or democracy? By the way, every
blog post by Hunter is golden!
Speaking of golden, DUer LynneSin
has a scathingly brilliant idea! Show Harry Reid your appreciation
by donating $11.01 (to honor his 11/01/2005 stand against Republican
disdain for our national security) to Reid's Senate Dem PAC. This
idea is spreading like butter on hotcakes! Great thinking, LynneSin!
(By the way, what kind of GOP idiot came up with the name VOLPAC
for Fristy when Harry Potter has just been named the most popular
literary hero of all time?)
Meanwhile, back at Daily Kos... be sure to check out EastBayJB's
post on George W. Bush joking with a reporter about administration
leaks. You'd think George W. might've learned his lesson after that
embarrassing WMD search video. Stop. Rewind. Erase that. What was
I thinking? George W. and any form of the verb "to learn" in the
same sentence? That's just crazy!
Fox And The Foxes In Your Hometown Henhouse
What's scarier than FOX News teaming up with Wal-Mart? How about
Dems joining in? Jeff.
L. Thigpen posts from Greensboro, South Carolina:
FOX NEWS: THE WALMART CAMPAIGN!
Fox news brings a psychologist in to talk about
Wal Mart's response to a $2 million documentary
on its business practices. Reagan and Clinton
advisors have been hired. Three essentials to
the Wal Mart campaign
1) Poll the public
2) Discredit opposition
3) Appeal to the personal
The swiftboats (and some Dems) are coming! Absent a free and objective
press, Wal-Mart will make Long John Silver look like one of its
minimum wage door greeters.
When The Going Gets Tough...
Well, what do you know? The Washington Post has finally
figured out that renditions are real. What's changed since this
story was first circulated? Easy answer: the CIA (because of Plamegate)
is getting good press, and the White House... er, isn't. Of course,
this rendition deal is despicable, but the Post's sudden
attention is definitely specious. Ragged
Oh, and by the way, the CIA, who are running
these "black sites", well, VP Cheney and some
republicans want to pass a law specifically stating
that the CIA are not bound by any laws and treaties
outlawing torture. Great.
It just goes to show, whenever republicans get
het up about something and call press conferences,
you know those they are attacking are really on
It's well worth a ride in the Wayback Machine to an awesome (and
rather gruesome) blog post on U.S. involvement in renditions by
Eric Martin at Liberals
Against Terrorism. And before you depart the Wayback
If you want to know where those ridiculous right-wing talking
points on Valerie Plame's non-covert status, the CIA's failure to
find WMDs, and the French government's forgery of the Niger documents
are coming from, click on The
American Thinker's July 18, 2005 blog post, "Spy
Valerie and the rogue CIA." Be sure to disinfect afterward!
Fitzmas For The Rest Of Us
Have you visited Freesqueeze.com
yet? If you're a fan of political caricatures, you'll love this
artist! Here's a sample of Freesqueeze's work, suitable for framing:
What would be more fun on Fitzmas morning than a Karl
Rove piñata from Democracy Nation? Hm. I'm thinking of filling
it with hard candy, in anticipation of Rove's "hard time" future.
I know it's trite, but I can dream, can't I?
And finally, DUer meaganmonkey
writes: "Never underestimate the power of makeup."
That was fun, guys! Thanks!
See how they run... yep, Republicans run when they can't govern.
They also run like hell when Dems stand up to them. This week, 35%
of Americans approve of George W. Bush and 19% approve of Dick Cheney.
Keeping the neocons and their campaign creations on the run is job
#1! And we can never stop - their campaign stunts are, of course,
sleazy and dangerous, but some of them are momentarily effective.
The high road doesn't have to be a dead end, either. When push
comes to shove, Democratic ideals for all Americans trump
cheap campaign stunts (to benefit a scant few fringe-wingers) every
By the way, Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
has now pleaded not guilty. I can't wait to see how right-wing bloggers
and feral freepers react to the possibility of Cheney et al testifying
under oath. If Scooter lives long enough to go to trial, that is
- my tinfoil Stetson is now planted firmly on my native Texan head.
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