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November 11, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A Scrivener's Lament

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Mr. Cheney, did you intervene with chairman Pat Roberts to obstruct the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's investigation of the Bush administration's use of Iraq intelligence? Mr. Bush, why did you make Howard University students go to the back door for their dinner? Cue crickets chirping while we wait for the obvious answer: "No comment."

The good news: when Republicans are silent, they're hurting. Even better news: each day, more allegations of wrong-doing and more concrete evidence against BushCo make their way into the mainstream psyche via the blogs.

Dicking Around

Dick's a busy boy, isn't he? War and Piece writes:


Cheney has intervened with chairman Pat Roberts to obstruct the Senate Select Intelligence committee's investigation of the Bush administration's use of Iraq intelligence.

Care to comment, Mr. Cheney? Mr. Roberts?

And "John in DC," posting at AmericaBlog, asks:

Why are the infamous "16 words" still being peddled on the White House Web site?

That's easy, John - Dick might need to trot out that tired old lie when he takes the stand in Scooter's trial. His wingnut followers still believe that crap, and Cheney knows it.

After all, Republicans call their own supporters "wackos" in their private emails. It's true. Michael Sheerer at The Huffington Post has the story... and the scandalous Scanlon email memo.

However, I'm sure Cheney won't be reached for comment on either of these issues. Ever.

You've Got Bogus GOP Mail!

"mlk" (via Daily Kos) describes a mass-mailing Virginia "Democratic Party" voting guide:

Republican dirty tricks in VA GOV race! With Pictures!

by mlk

I got a mailing supposedly from the Democrats called "2005 Official Democrat and Progressive Voter Guide". Knowing that I'm voting for Kaine, I really didn't pay attention to it. But I did notice that it mentioned voting for Russ Potts for Governor. For those who aren't aware, Russ Potts is an old-school Republican running as an independent in this race and has more impact on Kilgore than Kaine.

The dead giveaway, mlk: stupid Freepazoids used the word "Democrat" instead of "Democratic."

I'm sure Kilgore couldn't be reached for comment. He was too busy CONCEDING TO KAINE.

Worse Than Hoover

Ever think you'd hear yourself uttering those words? Olin at Ponage cites the Washington Post story on the FBI's new-and-improved Patriot Act powers:

"The FBI now issues more than 30,000 national security letters a year."

Talk about big brother.

Again.

One of those letters, demanding that a librarian disclose private information on patrons who used a specific computer, is described in detail. Even more chilling: the librarian was warned never to discuss the letter with anyone. Ever.

The FBI's obvious new motto: No Evidence? No Warrant? No Problem!

I'm also sure the FBI refuses to comment on the other 29,999 similar "ongoing investigations."

Are You Hungry?

OK, I've become a big fan of Fagistan, whose tag line is "I'm gay, and I hate you!"

Chef Boyardee's Aborti-O's!

Driving home from work, I entered the interstate only to find myself next to a giant truck with what I thought to be an innocuous billboard advertisement on the side. Looking closer, it seemed to be an advertisement for Spaghetti-O's, small chunks of pasta drowning in thick, sour tomato sauce. Next to the bowl of Spaghetti-O's was the word CHOICE? written in cheerful, balloony letters. Was CHOICE? A new brand of canned pasta tastiness? The truck was moving too fast and sped past me, and I was able to see the same image on the back, but here the word CHOICE? was replaced with "TEN WEEK OLD FETUS" and the image was, indeed, a ten week old fetus, only it was chopped into very small pieces, and to give a scale a large butcher's knife was shown chopping the fetus's little arm in half.

Read the rest of the post. Then, if you're not quite sated...

How About Some Tofu Fries With That CNN Headline?

From Church of the Big Sky:

CNN: WTF?

Up in the headlines section of CNN.com right now:

Riots in Paris.

Scooter Libby pleads not guilty.

Joey Buttafuoco is selling protein shakes in Hollywood.

Whaaa? Yep. That's headline news for ya. Joey Buttafuoco is running a craft services company serving up goodies to the Desperate Housewives. This is major news? Did the war end in Iraq? How the hell did I miss that?

The face that launched a thousand health shakes. Yeaaaah, right.

Nicollette Sheridan needs a nectarine-kiwi smoothie! STAT!

Someone at CNN.com needs to be slapped. And slapped hard.

May I join you in that slapfest, Church of the Big Sky?

By the way, I'm sure CNN has no comment.

And, Of Course, There's FOX!

As the Christmas season approaches, who else but Bill O'Reilly can turn praise for his Lord and Savior into a reason to support Supreme Court wannabe Scalito Alito? Media Matters has the sound clip and the sordid details.

Can't get enough of ol' Falafel Face, but can't watch him without barfing? Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly, Intl. (an organization of hope) keeps tabs for us, and posts every single one of those loofah-faced lies, like this one:

Let's break this down a little:

1. "The Factor doesn't endorse political candidates."

Really? Wow, I could have sworn that you…. okay, I'll take your word for it.

2. "…you gotta go with Forrester."

That's an endorsement, Bill. And you're on The Factor.

Read the rest of the post for the rest of O'Lielly's 2005 election fabrications. I'm sure O'Lielly would love to comment on these issues, but he'd never shut the fuck up, would he?

POP Goes The Presidential Photo-Op!

Pam at Pandagon takes on the prez, Ken Mehlman, and the entire BushCo advance team after their disastrous Howard University PR attempt:

I'll pick up my chicken wing at the back door, Massa George

It's hard to believe that Bush (with the help of Ken Mehlman) can do any f*cking worse at attempting to court the black vote. The Katrina debacle saw his 11% approval in the community drop down to an incredible 2%.

Where do you think his numbers are now, after this ham-handed photo op, which turned into his worst colored-folks-reliving-a-Jim-Crow nightmare.

--snip--

From the Washington Post:

On a day when the U.S. Senate passed a resolution paying tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who died last week, campus security guards were telling students that if they wanted to eat they'd have to come back when the president and first lady were gone, then go to a service door at the rear of the dining hall and ask for a chicken plate to go.

I have to agree with WaPo columnist Courtland Milloy. All the Chimp had to do was drop in, share a wing and some collard greens with the Howard students -- and he'd score one for the GOP without breaking a sweat. He and his bonehead "outreach crew" couldn't even manage that without creating a PR disaster.

Worst. President. Ever.

I'm sure no one involved with this horrific treatment of university students was available for comment.

Tagging, Blogger Style

DUer "Ioo" at Life In Bush's America has written a great Technorati Tag Generator! All you have to do is type in a keyword (Politics, Religion, Media, etc.), and copy and paste the code into your blog post.

Thanks Ioo, you're my hero! And Life In Bush's America is definitely bookmark worthy!

Best Iraq Analogy/Anti-France Bashing Award

DUer "Flash Harry" posts:

It's like you save somebody from a mugging (WWII) and then ask them to help you rob a liquor store (Iraq). The first act doesn't make the second one right.

God, I hate these narrow-minded, jingoistic people!

Hey, Flash Harry! Want to get even? DUer "southlandshari" has a great reply post pic for those midnight runs to Freeperville:

Short. Sweet. Perfect hit and run anti-freeper blogging tool!

Smile, Scooter!

For those of us feeling down because no one was able to procure Scooter Libby's mug shot, Monk at Inflatable Darboard gives us this:

Ah yes, Inflatable Dartboard's extensive beltway contacts have come through again. Everyone is looking for it, everyone wants it and even though federal trial mugshots are not usually made available to the public... we got our hands on it! Here it is:

Not really sure what the two red burn marks are on his right bicep. Maybe Rove used a Taser on him to take the fall? Perhaps Cheney put out his cigarettes on his arm after he broke Libby's ankle to keep him quiet? Hopefully we'll find out before the trial.

I'm sure Scooter's future cell mate will love to comment.

A Lott Of Explaining To Do

From Attywood:

Well, we guess it's true: Revenge is sweet.

Too funny! Hastert and Frist make a big show of calling for an investigation into a leak allegedly affecting national security -- the locations of secret "black site" torture prisons. And then -- BOOM!!! Lott just said, Tuesday afternoon, that he thinks it was a GOP Senator who leaked the info to the Washington Post last week. He says the details had been discussed at a GOP Senators-only meeting last week, and that many of those details made it into the WaPo story.

Money quote from Lott; "We can not remain silent. We have met the enemy, and it is us."

See what happens when Rove loses his magic powers.

I'm sure neither Hastert, Frist, nor Lott can comment further... due to the Justice Department's "ongoing investigation." Hmm. Maybe that's the plan: make all Republicans the targets of investigations so they won't have to answer for their actions.

Psst! Want to make double-dog sure Rove really does lose his magical powers? Check out Take Back The Media's double DVD set, "Rove'sWar." What a great holiday gift idea!

Democrat, Heal Thyself!

Finally, DUer "Burythehatchet" makes Daniel Webster look like an amateur:

Lexicon Update - Phrase for the day: Electorus Interruptus

Electorus Interruptus - A neurological affliction suffered by Democrats. It is the inability to reach electoral climax by being assured that an electoral victory is real. Even with 99% of votes counted, the sufferer cannot be firmly convinced that the Democrat has won, regardless of the lead in votes counted.

The only cure for EI (Electorus Interruptus) that I can think of is SA: Straight Answers!

For BushCo flying monkeys sucking the life out of as many Americans as possible, this week was just business as usual. And those BushCo "no comment" crickets are still chirping...

Phase I: "No comment." Phase II: "I can't comment due to the ongoing investigation."

I hope we're entering Phase III territory: when the mainstream press starts calling BushCo answers what they really are: "Non-denial denials."

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