January 13, 2005
Compiled and written by Delilah Boyd, A
Who's Your Republican Daddy?
George W. Bush says, "Don't question my war, you traitors!" Supreme
Court wannabe, Samuel Alito says, "Trust me when I say I can't remember
hating minorities, the disabled and women, but trust me to remember
minute details of case law from the same time period." And Republicans
scrambling to distance themselves from Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay
are screaming, "Don't worry your little heads about our ethics problems,
children. Big Daddy Republicans will make everything right as rain
Of course, Bush, Alito, and the Republicans running from Jack
and Tom didn't actually use those exact words. But that's what sane
Call Me Irresponsible?
Asshattery of the first order! George W. Bush (the professional
backdrop prop) says I'm "irresponsible" and "giving comfort to our
adversaries" for questioning his war. Well, George can't tell me
what to say or what to think, even though he'd certainly like to.
In Bush's America speaks for me:
I think what is irresponsible is not those that
are critics but an administration that lies us
into a WAR, drains the bank of all our money,
totally screws the war up and them attempts to
cry about it when people point out that HE has
caused all this.
Bush is Irresponsible, not those that point it
out, this is a last ditch effort to use 9/11 to
stop people from pointing out a failure.
You have rode that horse till it's dead, Mr.
Bush. Move along and do something that is good
for Americans for a change.
Of course, this is the same George W. Bush who insinuated that
the U.S. Supreme Court needs Alito to gain some class and dignity.
and Liars has the video. And unfortunately, the president
has no moral qualms about endorsing a dishonest liar. Hughes
For America has the sordid details.
Alito's Choice: Lie or Claim Amnesia
Michael Coblenz, blogging for Interventionmag.com,
During Judge Alito's confirmation hearings yesterday,
he was asked about some of his rulings in the
area of criminal law. Apparently he once ruled
that the police had the power to search anyone
in a house when they were serving a warrant, even
if that included strip searching a ten year old
girl. That was just one of many rulings where
Alito ruled in favor of broad police authority.
Digby at Hullabaloo,
in a post called "Freeping the court," also speaks for me: "I just
had a chance to see Alito's opening statement and I have to say
that I think he came off as an asshole." If you missed any of the
has been live-blogging the Alito confirmation hearings, beginning
with the opening statements and inserting blah blah blahs when appropriate.
Bainbridge, however, offers a more visceral description
of the hearings:
After catching up on the first day of the Alito
hearings, one conclusion seems inescapable; namely,
that Alito is more machine now than man; twisted
Also funny (as in a Sammy Alito-weird way), Blame
It On The Falling Sky laments:
Another "I can't believe the bastard said that"
This week's 'moment' brought to you by shameless
lover of democracy-buying business interests,
ALITO: Hello, Senator.
GRAHAM: That was an interesting exchange.
GRAHAM: I guess there's no rule against beating
a dead horse, or we'd all have quit a long time
So in the next 30 minutes, I'm going to ask
you the same questions you've been asked for a
whole day. (LAUGHTER)
And I hope you'll understand if any us come
before a court and we can't remember Abramoff,
you will tend to believe us. (LAUGHTER)
For a "first person" account and more than a few chuckles, be
sure to check out The
Right Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr. (being the official,
sanctioned, most righteous blog of the man who is going to get past
those pesky senators. The A Stands For Awesome). Well worth repeated
Corsair gives us the Alito Drinking Game (for those
late-night C-Span reruns of the hearings):
Take one drink if:
... Starre decisis is mentioned
... The word subpoena is mentioned
... A Republican refers to Alito as "consistent"
and his opponents as "desperate"
... The audience breaks into fake Washingtonian
Take two drinks if:
... Someone says "White Boys Club."
... A heated argument breaks out between Senators/
A Senator loses his or her temper
... Brown v. Board of Education is brought up.
... Senator Specter, adrift on a sea of chaos,
pedantically reminds everyone, "I am the Chairman
of this Committee"
Pound it if:
... A Senator drops the "Scalito" bomb.
Funny you should mention the Scalito bomb, Corsair. Want to watch
Republican Box Turtle Man, Senator John Cornyn, call Alito "Scalito?"
Kos has the link.
Alas, Alito appears to be skating toward confirmation. Never mind
his written record on sadism (torture), spying (on American citizens),
and sperm (Roe v Wade). Unless Senate Dems have some fourth quarter
Hail Mary plan to expose Alito's "I can't recall" and "that was
then" testimony, Sandra Day O'Connor's wishy-washy swing vote legacy
will fade into oblivion, possibly for decades, and access to the
precautionary arts, education and career advancement will once again
be a privilege of birth and means.
And Mrs. Scalito will continue to cry on cue when those mean women
and minorities protest her hubby's 12th-century rulings. Gee, I
wonder if that little strip-searched girl cried, Mrs. Alito?
In other legal news, Gennifer Flowers lost her bid to sue Hillary
Clinton for some stupid thing or another. Boo-effing-hoo, Jennifer.
As usual, bloggers took this story and ran straight to Google.com
with it, looking for "where is she now?" material. As
luck would have it, we now know a lot more about Gennifer's cash-cow
husband and personal backer (since 1990!), Finis Shelnutt.
Remember the guy in New Orleans who sat outside and drank champagne
while people perished around him? The guy who started the rumors
about looters shooting at police officers? Yep, that's Gennifer's
Intuition has the whole story, and it isn't pretty.
Most notable Finis Shelnutt quote: "Most importantly, the hurricane
drove poor people and criminals out of the city."
Sad News From the Blogosphere...
San Francisco blogger, Gary Rhine
Gary Rhine (Rhino's
Blog) died in a plane crash in Lancaster, California,
on Jan. 9th. Funeral arrangements are detailed on his blog. You
will be missed, Gary.
My Phone Records, My Privacy
John in DC at AmericaBlog
notes: "If you had any question whose side Republican Congress is
on, now you know: the side of big business and the telemarketers."
John in DC goes on to cite a Chicago Tribune article on selling
your private phone records without your knowledge. Would a Dem-controlled
Congress do that?
Speaking of privacy rights, the NSA has been spying on yours truly,
along with other Quakers and Unitarians in Baltimore. The details
are on my blog, A
Scrivener's Lament. And while we're on the subject
of spying, the "good guy" spies aren't allowed to expose their neocon
puppeteers, but one of them is, at least, offering hints.
Gagged whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds, says Wot
Is It Good 4 is getting hotter and hotter in the
game of "Hot & Cold: Brewster Jennings, Edelman and Grossman." Hmm.
Curiouser and curiouser. It's just a shame that we aren't allowed
to learn the truth without playing games (because Big Daddy Republicans
Truisms really do make the best joke material, y'all. Case in
Hanson's latest Bush joke:
After numerous repetitions of "We don't know
if Osama is still alive," Osama himself decided
to send George Bush a letter in his own handwriting
to let him know he was still in the game.
Bush opened the letter and it appeared to contain
a single line of coded message: 370HSSV-0773H
Bush was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Condi
Rice. Condi and her aides had no clue either,
so they sent it to the FBI. No one could solve
it at the FBI so it went to the CIA, then to the
NSA. With no clue as to its meaning they eventually
asked Britain's MI6 for help. Within a minute
MI6 cabled the White House with this reply:
"Tell the President he's holding the message
Pat Robertson & The Kiss Of Death
Really. Pat has been shunned by Israel for his lame-assed "God
smote Ariel Sharon for dividing Israel" comment. Does this mean
that Pat's $50 million Jesusland Theme Park, scheduled to squat
on Sermon on the Mount acreage, might not come to be? Pat has certainly
set the Jesus Tilt-A-Whirl project timeline back several cubits
- and bloggers are, naturally, having a picnic. She
of the Wandering Attention Span writes:
11th January, 2006. 2:08 pm. Memo to Mr. Robertson
Perhaps you should have a disciple wash those
feet before putting them in your mouth.
And Kemp at The
"Bush"-Whacked Administration reminds Pat that there
are indeed consequences:
Israel will not do business with Pat "What-can-I-say-next-to-make-me-look-&-sound-like-an-absolute-idiot?"
Robertson after the evangelical leader stated
that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was
divine punishment for the Gaza withdrawal.
All I can say is; Karma baby!
Karma, indeed. (By the way, Kemp, That scrolling headlines code
in your blogger.com profile section is way cool - I am so stealing
Silly me... I thought Republicans despised "big government," reveled
in the honor of the U.S. military's treatment of prisoners, and
believed without a doubt in a citizen's right to privacy. Boy, was
I wrong. Bush's government is bigger than every other administration's
in our history, the Pentagon is now known as Torture Central, and
the right to privacy only applies to Republican Anglo-Saxon males
and their wives (if they can cry on clue).
I was one of those lucky Scouts with a yellow dog Democrat/Atticus
Finch father. Even if I hadn't been so lucky, I certainly don't
need a spying, stealing, torture-loving Republican to tell me what
to think and what I can or can not say. This is America, Bush! Bite
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