November 18, 2005
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Woodwardgate, Today's Tricky Dick, and The Teen Blogger's Got A Gun
Bush goes to China? Brilliant - but not original - way to change
the subject, George. But I'm afraid your warm and fuzzy Asian adventure
can't possibly compete with this week's hot blog topics: Woodwardgate;
Tricky Dick Cheney finally gets caught lying (and also lying by
omission); and the alleged teen killer who is... a blogger! Plus
Fox News hates America's working class, America's not done with
Bush's sloppy seconds Veterans Day speech, and one more thing: we
torture people and use chemical weapons in war. So much for that
Bob Woodward comes clean... sort of. "GlennGreenwald"
(at Daily Kos) writes:
"The Woodward Bombshell is a Disaster for the White House." While
wingnut bloggers try their damnedest to spin Woodward's day-late-and-a-dollar-short
"Yes, I knew about Wilson's wife" sworn statement to Patrick Fitzgerald
as exonerating Scooter Libby, GlennGreenwald points out the obvious:
(1) Another WH senior official committed perjury
(2) There is no justification for the WH to
conceal the identity of this Senior Administration
(3) Could this new SAO leaker be the VP?
(4) Woodward's attempt to minimize the leak
makes no sense.
Other bloggers with thoughtful insight on Woodwardgate: Josh Marshall
Points Memo), firedoglake (here,
That's Progress, and "brazilians" of others.
Unlike the identity of the third assassin in Macbeth, we will
soon know the secret identity of Woodward's Senior Administration
Official (SAO). Meanwhile, don't forget to keep an eye on Kos's
Leak Timeline for updates and links. And make all of the Judith
Woodward jokes your heart desires...
Speaking of Judith Miller...
Judith Miller Is An Innocent Victim?
Responding to Maureen Dowd's cat scratching column about her,
Judy hit the cable news talk show circuit last week, and demonstrated
her best Botoxed face and baby talk skills. Judy lamented MoDo's
personal attacks, but she neglected to point out that not one of
her colleagues ever stepped up to defend her. Steve Gillard at The
News Blog lists the names of the strangely silent
as well as Dowd's sources for her Judy dirt.
Veterans Day Sloppy Seconds Speechifyin'
No has the side-by-side texts of George W. Bush's
Veterans Day speech and an earlier speech (October, 2005) with the
same... er, exact words. So much for honoring America's veterans:
just more sloppy seconds. Well, what did you expect from President
After you read the creepily similar content of the worst presidential
speech(es) ever, watch TrueMajorityAction.org's
enhanced video of Bush's weird Veterans Day speech. (Pay close attention
to the crawl at the bottom of the screen!) Then, check out Hoot
at the Dark's post on George W.'s poll numbers, "Everybody
Limbo! (Now With Poll)."
What A Dick!
On the same day that Woodward published his little bombshell statement,
we learned that someone gave the Washington Post a document
detailing Tricky Dick Cheney's 2001 Energy Policy meetings with
Big Oil guys. Mark82
Well slap my @$$ and call me Judy
(Cue soundtrack: A little electric blues today
-- StikMen: Cleanin' Up the House)
File this one under "no sh*t, Sherlock". I mean,
I am shocked, shocked! to find out that oil companies
were consulted during deliberations of the Veep's
energy task force. The news here is what? That
it took four years to figure this out?
points out how often those Big Oil guys lied during last week's
hearings and zeroes in on the fact that Cheney knew they were lying
and never once attempted to set the record straight.
Alleged Teen Killer "Sounds Normal" On His
The fact that David Ludwig and Kara Beth Borden are both bloggers
seems to pique the interest of at least one youth minister/blogger.
Also of some interest to me is that David Ludwig
had his own blog on Xanga. The problem is that
on his blog he seems fine... but in his blog he
sounds normal. Or as normal as any 18 year old
It makes me take a step back and think about
what kind of crazy job youth pastors have. Could
someone have helped him? Was he struggling in
I don't know about Ludwig's faith, but maybe the fact that he
took a gun to his girlfriend's house might be something to focus
on, instead of his "normal sounding" blog posts. Random Bloggings,
Zenformation Professional, and 6,867 others (not
really, it just seems like it) have posted the kids' blog links
everywhere. If you want to read about laptop shopping, Christian
bands, and see the same pictures CNN has, here are the links:
Hmm. Kara Beth Borden. Beth, as in "Elizabeth." As in "Lizzie."
As in parents murdered. Nope. Not going there.
Let's Play BushCo Jeopardy!
I'll take "Dumbass Washington Post Decisions" for $500, Alex.
According to Why
Are We Back In Iraq?, The correct answer is "What
are Poland and Romania?"
Howard Kurtz and Dana Priest find themselves
neck deep in Double Jeopardy because the WaPo
withheld the names of those two US-approved torture
camp destinations, even though the paper carried
Associated Press stories naming those two particular
countries. A better question might be, WTF? Or,
better yet: How dare the Bush administration plan,
build and run concentration camps?
The sad part? Woodwardgate has already knocked this story off
the blog rankings radar, and Howard Kurtz is now the go-to cable
news Woodwardgate interview guy. Heavy sigh.
News From The Land of Duh: Fox News Hates
That's right. Fox really, really hates your family. Really. What
do you do when you want to chase down those Fox News rabids? You
release the News
Hounds of course! During Neil Cavuto's recent interview
with John Stossel and Jonathan Hoening, the guests praised outsourcing,
vilified factory workers, and claimed that America could always
"just trade" for things we need:
Cavuto asked Stossel, "People say manufacturing
jobs are leaving. What do you say?"
"Bye!" said Stossel, waving at the camera. "There's
nothing wonderful about manufacturing jobs. I
think if you look at what we want for our kids,
that should answer the question. We don't want
them working in a factory where the work is underpaid,
I mean, is very hard, it may be uncomfortable."
Later in the show, guest Jonathan Hoenig, capitalistpig.com,
predicted that General Motors Corp. would "go
belly-up by the spring of 2006." Cavuto asked
him if that would bring a bailout of the kind
that helped Chrysler remain in business for 20-some
years before merging with Daimler.
"God, I hope not!" said Hoenig, living up to
the name of his website.
The O'Lielly Factory
Bill O'Reilly never ceases to piss off the hard working people
of this country, does he? Of all the bloggers typing slash marks
across O'Lielly's facial pixels this week after his San Francisco
slam and subsequent companion rants, Rule
Of The Bone does it best:
this time Bill has lost it. The anchor from The
OReilly Factor Aka The Show For People Who Don't
Read Newspapers has issued an attack on San Francisco.
Now I know we have found Bill to be a hypocrite
more times than Kevin Federline has used the word
Yo on his new record.
We can only hope that the man loses his show
or chokes on a porkchop. We will never be so lucky.
Hope keeps the dream alive, Rule Of The Bone. And you never know.
O'Reilly just might leave his heart in San Francisco some day soon.
I think Wal-Mart has a sale on ice chests this week. Oh, and...
writes: Bill O'Reilly IS NOT a terrorist
sympathizer! Repeat: Bill O'Reilly IS NOT a terrorist
sympathizer! And there's NO SUCH THING as a Google Bomb!
Bloggers Bust BushCo
"Leaveonlyfootprints" (via Daily Kos) cites
the BBC story on the U.S. military's use of chemical weapons
Hooray for the blogosphere!
This line however crumbled when bloggers (whose
influence must not be under-estimated these
days) ferreted out an article published
by the US Army's Field Artillery Magazine in
its issue of March/April this year.
The article continues and covers the "Willie
Pete" angle - parallels to Vietnam. There is also
a very eerie photo of WP being used to illuminate
Fallujah. There is an explanation - for our good
British friends - of the term "shake and bake"
and the author concludes that such an expression
lends the whole story credibility because it sounds
like an expression troops would coin.
Finally, it discusses the US's actions and labels
the use of WP, ultimately, as a "weapon on the
No More Bush!
I'm becoming a big fan of You
Forgot Poland! Mags has a way with words that puts
Candace Bushnell to shame. Here's a post about Jeb Bush leaving
open a future White House bid:
Please, no more
A crazy coincidence, this article above. I was
just out having some tea with friends this evening,
chatting out the benefits of Brazilian waxing
vs. shaving, and then I come home, read a few
articles online and come across this. And the
only thing running through my mind in both instances
was "no more bush."
No more Bush, indeed. This country's had enough
of you guys.
Thanks for the laugh, You Forgot Poland! You rock!
This week, the trip to China was supposed to be the top
story - it was supposed to jump-start Bush's Sir Edmund Hillary
climb in the polls. Ah, the best laid plans. Too bad. So sad, Mr.
Bush. You lose. Woodwardgate - not Woodward - scooped you big time
- even the "teen blogger with a gun" story punk'd you. It's a good
thing your mommy is traveling with you. She's so (cough) warm and
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