January 27, 2006
Compiled and written by Delilah Boyd, A
Bob Ney has the Ohio party chair under his thumb, Roy Blunt has
bloggers up his sleeve, the WHIG group is having Fitz, and Brokeback
Bush hasn't seen the #1 movie in the country. Plus, Santorum's "army"
sports bumper stickers instead of uniforms, and Ralph Reed is paying
people to attend his campaign events.
Is there a Dem response to constant Republican lying and cheating?
Has the media covered it? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Ney ® to Bennett (R): "Suck It!"
Ohio's Republican party chair Bob Bennett says Rep. Bob Ney (R-Facing
Imprisonment) should step down if indicted, but Ney has called his
has Ney's money quote - something about glass houses.
Blunt to Conservative Bloggers: "Is There
a Ringer in the House?"
In another part of the BushCo blogging heartland, Rep. Roy Blunt
(R-Pravdaville) uses ringers to enhance his reichwing bloggers'
conference call. Corrente
slices and dices Dale Franks' (QandO
Blog) Claude Rains moment quite nicely:
Thanks to alert reader Julia, we have this from
QandO ("free markets, free people"). Roy Blunt
- of the Philadelphia Blunts, perhaps? - is running
for Tom DeLay's (porcelain) throne in the House,
so he's talking to bloggers in conference calls:
When Rep. Blunt opened the floor for questions,
the next surprise was that the first question
came from someone from GOP Bloggers. He wasn't
a part of our group, i.e., the one organized
by NZ Bear. How did he get on the call?
What touching innocence... Read on:
This guy then proceeded to throw a softball
at Rep Blunt…
Speaking of softballs, maybe Jeff Gannon could
answer our winger's question?
The moral of the story: QandO will not be endorsing Roy Blunt
to replace Tom DeLay. In fact, QandO writes: "I would rather lick
fire ants off a stick than see Roy Blunt as Majority Leader."
Fitz to WHIG: "I'll Have Some Yellow
Cake Info, Please."
According to After
Downing Street, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
is investigating a Plame-Niger conspiracy, and the cast of characters
includes the White House Iraq group and a "current State Dept. official,"
who's connecting the dots.
Tweety to the World: 'Michael Moore Bombed
O Joe (blog & podcast) is ticked at MSNBC's Chris
Matthews. And The Tweety Report's comparison of Osama Bin Laden
and Michael Moore is just the tip of Joe's angerberg. Blaming Democrats
for not capturing Mr. 9/11 when Republicans have controlled virtually
everything and everyone for the past five years makes Joe proclaim:"The
greatest threat to any nation doesn't come from the outside, it
comes from within. The enemy is among us."
You said it, Joe! You're not the only one steamed at Matthews.
Letter To Chris Matthews has had 50,000 hits in five
days. Others hot on the Matthews trail: Peter
Blog again (this time calling for a "Hardball" boycott),
The Forest, and The
Left Coaster, to name a few. Crooks
and Liars, where we normally see little text on any
video capture content, even posts a wealth of background on why
the Chris Matthew smear matters. The post prize, however, has to
go to Daily
Kos. What a headline!
Deborah Howell to Readers: "Get Over It!"
It's a snack cake! It's an ombudsman! It's both! Poor l'il Debbie
- the Washington Post's incompetent ombuds(wo)man still doesn't
get it. But Firedoglake
To all of those who wanted me fired, I'm
afraid you're out of luck. I have a contract.
For the next two years, I will continue to speak
No. What you should have said was that although
Abramoff's victims, the Indian tribes, gave money
to Democrats it was much less than they did before
Abramoff appeared on the scene and there is no
indication that there was anything quid-pro-quo
about it. Unlike the Republicans, who are up to
their eyeballs in shit over this. To say anything
else provides improper context and implies that
legitimate contributions and illegal influence
peddling are one, which they most certainly are
Thanks for making our job easy. You hang in
there, li'l gal. Now that you've got a big fat
target on yer back, we'll be right here swinging
for the fences until you get it right.
The rest of it is just more hilarity as big
media dinosaurs discover trolls. They are just
not going to enjoy the bumpy ride into interconnectivity
and the 21st century, are they? That one-way communication
thing was really working for them.
Yum. Tasty snack cake, indeed. Um, didn't Judith Miller have a
contract, too, Debbie?
Brokeback Bush to Unscreened Questioner: "I
Didn't See it. Nobody Saw Me See It. You Can't Prove Anything."
Sometimes you really have to click the link (Brad
Blog has the video) and watch the chimp "communicate"
with the little voice in his ear, as it says, "Uh... Uh... Talk
about ranching. Okay, say you haven't seen it. Uh... Uh... Okay.
Say you've heard about it, Mr. President." QUEERTY
Bush Finally Gets As Uncomfortable As We Are
So does this mean he's going to go see it? Actually,
we kind of expected some sort of half-assed response
about how gay marriage ruins traditional marriage,
but that would require the man thinking on his
feet. Instead, all we got was just more proof
of how much we need to quit President Bush.
I guess it could be worse. That little voice could be saying,
Santorum to Supporters: "My Bumper Sticker
is Just Like Military Service."
Rick Santorum says if you put his bumper sticker on your car,
you're serving your country just like the soldiers in Afghanistan
and Iraq. I'm not kidding. Santorum
Exposed has the sordid details. The next thing you
know, Little Ricky will start demanding that you salute when he
passes, or drop and give him 50. Say, where's Jeff Gannon when you
need him? By the way, Rick - do those bumper stickers of yours come
with VA benefits?
Ralph Reed to the Grassroots: "I'll Pay You
to Attend My Events."
Need cash? Just like those loser TV shows that pay audience members
$15 to sit through craptastic show tapings in L.A., Tarnished Halo
Boy is now paying for tickets to his events and a night's lodging.
Of course, you have to be an approved Republican "grassroots" (stop
laughing!) supporter. The
Carpetbagger has the goods. If you think that's weird,
wait till you see what The Patriot Act has in store for us...
BushCo to Everybody: "Pay No Attention to
the Praetorian Guard Behind the Curtain."
Mark Crispin Miller (News
From Underground) has the 411 on our future American
Gestapo, the Patriot Act link, and the pertinent clauses. He also
mentions BushCo's focus group failure phrase, "reasonable grounds,"
which has morphed into the more popular "reasonable suspicion."
No mention of "probable cause," though.
Canada to USA: "Harper's Bizarre, But He's
"Oh, Canada!" cry the American Conservatives, but Super
Mega Tomato points out that new Prime Minister Harper
doesn't even have a majority:
The only positive is that it's only a minority
government, and if they try anything radical,
they will most likely have their asses handed
I'll be waiting for it.
We're counting on you, Super Mega Tomato!
Abramoff to Media: "Who Will Buy?"
First the White House lied, and cable news crickets chirped while
bloggers and honest-to-God journalists hunted for evidence that
Bush knows Jack (Abramoff). Then, news of five photos surfaced.
Meanwhile, the White House had time to make up a new story to replace
the original lie: oh, yeah - those photos? Those are meet-and-greet
photos, just like thousands of others. Ahem. Frank James posts on
the Chicago Tribune blog, The
Bush's (awkward?) Kodak moments
One of Washington's best perks is that if you're
in the right job or know the right person, you
can get invited to an official White House event
and have your photograph taken with the president.
There are plenty of people around town, including
journalists with such photos (I think I've got
five spanning two administrations.)
So it struck many folks around here as odd when
the White House was asked if disgraced lobbyist
Jack Abramoff had ever met the president and,
if so, was there a photo of such a meeting that
White House spokesman Scott McClellan's line was
something like: we're looking for it.
All this prompts the question: why wouldn't
the White House want to make public photos of
the president with Abramoff? I think I know the
answer but if any readers have their own thoughts
on the matter, don't hesitate to write.
has one of those photos (not really), as well as the possible reasons
why the Bushist Cabal is so interested in YOUR web-surfing habits.
Here are a few:
1. You, or one of your neighbors, are suspected
of sending coded email to Osama bin Whatshisname
or his Second-in-Command Zawahooie... who I'm
pretty sure has been reported killed a minimum
of six times.
2. Your teenage daughters are augmenting their
allowances with thrice-weekly performances on
NakedHighSchoolGirls.com.... AND haven't paid
their taxes for the last three quarters.
3. Your last name is Fitzgerald AND you're unfortunate
enough to be an attorney.
4. You, or one of your neighbors, didn't vote
for George W. Bush.
Back to Photogate. When Newsweek's Michael Isikof spilled
the "Abramoff is shopping the photos around" beans, bloggers went
to town. Unconfirmed
Sources (take the name seriously) also has a photo,
Edge North writes: "This is yummier than carrot cake
BushCo to America: "It's My Country, and I'll
Bug You if I Want to."
How long will it take elected Democrats to start spitting out
the Nixonian B-word? Bugging wasn't exactly popular back in the
day (even after we explained the term to our British pals), and
it wouldn't be today, either, if we had any kind of free press.
I notice that no one has asked Bob Woodwa... - oops! Make that Carl
Bernstein - about BushCo bugging American citizens. It's illegal.
Suburban Ecstasies explains the whole thing in one
Reasoning points out: "6 in 10 think Bush Sucks!"
But this is when BushCo is most dangerous. How else can President
36% and his minions maintain control over America's daily dialogue
unless they know what the opposition is up to? They can't win without
cheating, and they're determined to reinstate the powers of Nixon,
so why not use his methods? By the way, if you're worried about
your Internet research trail, Imilly.com
teaches us how to search anonymously, and Brainshrub
has an extremely valuable IT communications security handbook for
political activists and Democrats. Well worth sharing with your
local party organization.
Had enough repulsive Republicanspeak? There's so much more to
report but so little time. Meanwhile, if you're not satisfied with
your blog's look (I'm not), or you think your blog is under surveillance...
Blog Nuts & Bolts
'Tis the brave blogger who not only redesigns a blog, but also
switches web tools entirely.
What a difference! I'm so jealous! DU's LeftCoast created the
new and improved blog with Apple's iWeb blogging tool and says it's
easy to start a basic blog with iWeb, but there are still several
negatives (you can't tweak the template, and pages take forever
to load). Temporary problems, I'm sure.
Most of us still don't trust Blogger.com's spell checker (which
used to freeze up and delete entire posts). For more info, email
me, and I'll send you LeftCoast's beautifully written, detailed
review of his experience moving from Blogger to Apple's iWeb...
and his concern about switching.
Keeping up with Republican shenanigans is exhausting, but we all
know how they operate: keep us scrambling to respond, refute, and
regroup... while they start the next cycle of lies and cheating.
At some point, Dems have to shout with one voice, "Enough!"
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