December 9, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Failure, Fruitcake, and Fab Blog Finds
A day without an O'Reilly lie is like a day without... well, we
won't know what that's like until the day after the falafel fellow's
obit is published, will we? Ann Coulter tells rowdy students to
go back to their dorms and masturbate, the death penalty debate
heats up, and uh oh - Froomkin's causing WaPo Wars! Or is he? Plus:
the Carnival Of The Liberals is in town! And what makes Com•Log•ic's
blogger, Magickmuffin, tick?
Bushspeak (Do-Over Edition)
W. Bubble Boy wraps up his "I invaded Iraq because I wanted to"
speaking tour by claiming that the whole world thought there were
WMDs (lie) and, besides, it was all Saddam's fault (lie); but he
(Bush) takes responsibility for the bad intel guys workin' for him,
and he's gonna fix it (colossal lie).
Blog has the 411 on all four speeches and gives the
prez four points (out of a possible 10) - one point for each speech.
Hmm. Who parented this failure? Oh yeah, President and Mrs. Failure.
Thanks to DUer "Fridays Child" for the Bush Booze Belch
U.S. State Dept. Says "Fear Everything"
Rob Mercatante at elcanche
(Words & Images from Guatemala) also dissects the latest Bush speech
and even shares the U.S. State Dept.'s "Be Afraid of Everything,
Everyone, Every Place" public announcement update. Tennessee
Guerilla Women post a fab anti-Bush quote from Viggo
Mortensen, and also note that Bubble Boy's approval
rating is back in the 30's.
Freepers and Other Fruitcakes
have nothing against fruitcake (except for that whole "taste, texture
and 1000-year shelf life" thing). In fact, I've posted my favorite
(hic!) fruitcake recipe on my blog, A
Scrivener's Lament. I strongly recommend that freepers
and other fruitcakes follow the directions very carefully... before
reading the sidebar entry, "Ammunition In O'Reilly's War On Christmas".
Speaking of fruitcakes...
Try spelling O'Reilly without l-i-e. Can't be done. Media
Matters has an entire database of O'Reilly's Lies
(updated regularly), which includes print and video links. And The
Brad Blog has the audio link to the O'Lielly caller
who claimed that Bill inspired a customer to stiff a waitress because
she dared to say, "Happy Holidays." Hey, Scrooge O'Reilly, stop
preying on tip-dependent food transport technicians.
Atheist Alliance is in the house, Loofah Boy! And
there's an army of bloggers recording your every move: I'm
the Mama, News
Tree (who cites Ann Coulter's "go back to your dorm
and masturbate" rant), and countless others.
By the way, there really is a war on Christmas, O'Reilly - but
it's being waged by Mrs. Fields and the Carvel Ice Cream Cake Company.
Jack has the, um, scoop:
Carvel's Santa Claus ice cream cake is nothing
more than a redecorated Fudgie the Whale.
No, seriously, look:
Apparently the good folks at Carvel thought
no one would notice. As if. The hat's a stupid
shape, the beard's all wrong, and everything about
this screams "I'm Fudgie turned sideways, ho ho
ho. Merry Whalemas."
Imagine my shock, then, to discover
that Carvel is not the only baked goods corporation
guilty of reusing existing shapes for their
Santa-themed holiday comestibles. While Anya
and I were at the mall yesterday, I snapped
this terribly-lit phone pic of the display
case at Mrs. Field's Cookies:
I spewed coffee on my keyboard when Halloween Jack called Carvel
"the Enron of frozen baked goods." And the comments after the post
are hilarious: "The Mrs. Fields version looks like a Sodomize Me
Santa;" and "Yeah, unquestionably Jolly Old Saint Ass."
Novak: Don't Bug Me!
jabs Robert Novak's little luncheon speech bombshell ("Bush can
settle CIA leak riddle, Novak says"). JABBS writes, "Should the
media "bug" the president? Do we need to have a "what did you know
and when did you know it" moment?"
'Fraid so, JABBS. But who can do it without getting swiftly swiftboated?
Hope cites Dan Froomkin's "Bush hasn't taken Iran
regime change off the table" quote and suggests that Bush is in
a box... just like Saddam. (What? No bubble?)
So Iran is still on the table? No wonder Froomkin is in the middle
of the Washington Post's war on... er, itself. B12
Partners Solipsism figures that some uptight WaPo
reporters and Bush administration fruitcakes (as cited in Salon.com)
are confusing Froomkin, who speaks truth to power through facts
and opinion, with the paper's "credible" White House reporters.
Stop laughing and yelling "Like Woodward?" Froomkin is merely the
latest Marat in the bathtub, joining the Baltimore Sun's
Jules Witcover, the LA Times' Robert Sheer, CBS News' Dan
Rather, and a long line of diplomatic and military truth-tellers
now residing in BushCo Retaliationland.
The Dirt Downunder
The Froomkin opposite? Apparently the Sydney Morning Herald's
officially-sanctioned "blogger" thinks that the rest of the blogosphere
will just yawn when entries change and/or disappear. A
Yobbo's View (From The Arse End of the Anglosphere)
takes Andrew West to task for his shoddy reporting/blogging on the
Cronulla riots. West began this week by blaming "trailer trash"
racists. Then he admitted that he "was 'a little uneasy' about seeing
a woman in Islamic dress in Australia," and then he deleted the
"uneasy" post and pasted in an explanation. Finally, he
deleted the explanation... leaving only the "trailer trash"
As Yobbo points out: "Andrew has not yet worked out how to delete
posts from the archive entirely, so they are still available for
reading at this time." Ouch! That's gotta hurt. The jury's still
out, though, on whether it was West or his editors who deleted the
posts. Makes one wonder, doesn't it?
Does anyone else find this newspaper blogging phenomenon seriously
screwy? You can't have it both ways, Morning Herald. Even
if you call it a blog, we will fact check your ass and call you
on your bullshit!
The Terminator's Death Penalty Decision
I know - I'm not the only person making that connection this week.
The death penalty debate (triggered by the number 1000) has pitted
brother against brother and friend against friend. Thousands of
bloggers have weighed in, including Harry
Schwartz and View
From 103. In addition, The
Ruminations on America Project posts valuable historical
information and current links to Truthout
(California Governor's decision), RomanCatholic.com
(Explanation of Biblical belief), StreetGangs.com
(History of LA gangs), DeathPenalty.org
(History of the death penalty), and InsideOut.org
(DNA testing) to help us draft informed-opinion blog entries.
Fab Blog Finds
just do it better! Of course, you knew that.
Brainshrub.com's Paul -V-
showcases the best of the best liberal blogs in December's Carnival
of the Liberals' Number 1. He writes in the premier edition: "Blogging
is about writing, and, writing is about thinking clearly. There
is NOTHING, ladies and gentlemen, that liberals do better than think
Congrats to the 10 bloggers who made the December final cut: Spun
and Spinning, Bloodless
Blue Republic, Hughes
For America, Neural
Gowder's Experimental Non-Ranting Blog, Shakespeare's
of the Day, and Throw
away your TV: Video Blog.
For those with little (or biz-restricted) online time, I suggest
either taking advantage of the site's XML feed or pasting these
ten top-drawer blog posts into a Word doc for portability. You won't
want to miss a single syllable!
Last week, I lauded Magickmuffin's blog, Com•Log•ic,
as a brilliant recipe for blog success. This week, I had a chance
to chat with Magickmuffin and learn more about the blogger behind
Magickmuffin started blogging for several reasons: to inform people
about what is happening within our government - since the "corporate
media" has been a failure in this regard; to be a little more creative
with information by creating cartoons and providing a little comedy;
and to try and make a "Karmic" difference. This way, Magickmuffin
hopes to add some sort of balance to all the hatred generated by
the Right Wing Propaganda Noise Machine.
Magickmuffin uses a modified template and says
that having no formal training in web languages has made the
learning process enlightening, as well as frustrating at times.
Ever resourceful, problems with a header issue led Magickmuffin
to a blogger's
forum, where someone knew exactly what needed to be done.
(Note: The DU
Computer Help and Support Group has bailed me out of a "Bush
Brazillion" HTML post and template snafus!)
A graphic artist by profession, Magickmuffin uses Photoshop and
ComicLife. (Sorry, PC fans. ComicLife is a Mac only program.) Other
than the costs of the computer and the software, Magickmuffin's
blogging experience has been free, including templates and server
Magickmuffin's future plans include adding a series of questions
to accompany the commentary on each cartoon and inviting readers
"to help make some logical sense of this mess we are in at the present
time in our history."
One of my favorite features at Com•Log•ic, is Magickmuffin's ability
to craft new words, like Trans•Spin•dental: the act of spinning
something until you enter a trance-like state from your head spinning
Magickmuffin advises new bloggers to embrace both exploration
Take breaks to clear your head; find a forum
to help you when you need it; don't be afraid
to ask for help; and always keep a cool head.
Also, if you're tweaking a template, be sure to
save your pre-existing code somewhere else, just
in case you may need it later.
Last year, Magickmuffin created a movie called "Smoking Guns Mushroom
Clouds," a commentary on the lead up to the Iraq war, in which BushCo
cabinet members explode into mushroom clouds. I can't wait to see
Let's face it: George W. Bush is a first-rate failure, and his
few remaining supporters are certifiable fruitcakes. No amount of
do-over speeches will ever justify his "booze belch" approach to
foreign and/or domestic policy. No amount of trans•spin•dental terpsichore
can save him, either.
As long as we keep recording the BushCo lies and speaking truth
to power, we all have a chance to make a real difference. Blog it
for the country. Blog it for the world. Just blog it, y'all!
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