February 3, 2006
Compiled and written by Delilah
This week gives us two major annual events: Bush's 2006 State
of the Union speech and Groundhog Day. One event involves a meaningless
ritual in which we look to a rat-like creature of little intelligence
for prognostication. The other involves a groundhog.
SOTU "Fear Your Shadow" Redux
The critics agree: nice speech from Planet Oh-Right-Sure. But
here on the third rock, the reality was more in what the president
didn't say in his annual speech to congress than in what
he did say.
For example, Major Robert L. Hanafin (conservative
libertarian) at Veterans
For Common Sense writes that our troops and their
families needed to hear that Bush would end the military's overextension
problem by the end of 2006, that the president would give our troops
basic guidelines to gauge their progress on a tangible course to
success, that our troops would never again be sent to war without
proper equipment, and that our nation's veterans would be a priority.
Alas, like every other issue crucial to America's future life,
liberty, and pursuit of happiness, veterans' affairs were not addressed
even remotely adequately in Bush's "nice" speech.
Sidebar: in an email forwarded to me by Blog Box reader Tom Farley,
Hanafin wrote: "If we have to embrace the Democrats to bring down
a potentially FASCIST regime so be it." Hanafin also wrote:
Second, YOU don't know what you are talking about
regarding Murtha's call for a gradual withdrawal
from Iraq. In fact it differs little from Republican
Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina's House
Resolution 55 submitted only six months prior.
Sorry, Major. The crickets were chirping too loudly for our corporate-owned
media to cover that Republican bill. Rest assured though that our
Pentagon brass are fighting the important war... against cartoons,
namely this one by Tom Toles.
Too bad the Pentagon didn't see the following toon before the SOTU
speech (but I don't think they have anyone smart enough to understand
it, anyway. After all, it takes an 8th grade understanding of American
We sure needed the National Guard here at home last year, didn't
we? Alas, the only thing Bush's Pentagon seems capable of doing
with any success is lying to Congress. Who needs bombs when you've
got General Hayden?
General Michael Hayden is capable of destroying an entire country
(ours) with words instead of bombs. Want to watch him lie to the
US Congress? BradBlog
has the video.
Couldn't stomach the live SOTU "Fear Your Shadow" spectacle? Hesitant
to drop your IP address on the White House.gov website? Read the
transcript at either AmericaBlog
or on my blog, Delilah
But wait! Before you read the BCLB (Bush Child Left Behind) SOTU
transcript, read the reality-based one, delivered by John Edwards.
The speech is posted at Tom
Paine.com. Here's the conclusion:
The State Of Our Future
America risks losing our position as a global
leader and our reputation for being the land of
opportunity if we continue on the course that
President Bush has set for us. We are fortunate,
however, that our forefathers established a democracy
that lets the people decide the ultimate fate
of the nation.
I know we can create a country that works for
all of us. We must focus on important goals that
bring America together, such as fighting the battle
against poverty, rewarding work and preparing
our country for the challenges ahead.
If we are all truly equal in the eyes of the
Lord and the Law; if we believe that there is
dignity in hard work, then poverty has no place
in America — the greatest, wealthiest nation on
earth. God bless America, especially for our finest
goals, and for our determination to meet the challenges
that have been laid before us.
Progress has the real SOTU facts and links (all of
them, point by point); if you were expecting any rational commentary
either before or after the speech, TVNewser
explains why you didn't find any; and Tom
Tomorrow leads the blogging pack in asking the healthcare
question of the evening: "In his world, it makes perfect sense for
Americans to save up for something they can't afford. Hell, he's
never had to worry about money, why should we?"
SOTU Guest Relations Rumble
One T-shirt, several bruises, four hours and two jails later,
Cindy Sheehan pens her 2006 SOTU arrest experience for Buzzflash.com.
As of this writing, the bogus charges against Mrs. Sheehan have
been dropped, and no-one (repeat: no-one) has posted a photo of
the "Support Our Troops" woman, who supposedly was asked to leave
Hate TV news coverage in general? Don't despair. Turn off CNN.
Turn off MSNBC. Politics
TV is here! Click on over and check out DTV (Dem
TV) for reality-based SOTU commentary and analysis. Pssst. The Blog
Channel is coming soon!
Speaking of must-see TV, have you met The
Young Turks? They kept the Alito fight alive long
enough last week to teach Senate Dems a thing or two about abusing
their base (us).
And, for those of you still recovering from SOTU Bingo/Drinking
Game alcohol poisoning, here are those buzzwords that brought on
your bodacious buzz (thanks to DUer DeepModem Mom for posting the
New York Times graphic):
A perfect complement to the above graphic is Dubyaspeak.com's latest
Dubya, which includes the 17 SOTU references to "freedom"
in paragraph form.
Chris Matthews is an Idiot, Hannity's a Moron,
and Russert's a Playa?
Chris Matthews thinks Latinos are "natural Republicans?" Of course,
that explains why they (Republicans) want to close our borders and
deport all illegal immigrants. Logic is not your strong point, Tweety.
and Liars has the video.
Hannity is a moron. Of course, you already knew that, but have
you visited hannityisamoron.com
yet? Don't forget to punch Sean Hannity while you're there! (Scroll
times. Good times.
Huffington says Scooter Libby's trial will demonstrate
how much of a Plamegate "player" NBC's Tim Russert really is, but
stuffs the entire Scooter Libby defense strategy into a nutshell
for us and writes: "My Not So Bold Prediction - this trial will
mark a watershed in the history of the media in America." Expect
to hear much, much more in the near future about how Libby's trial
lawyers plan to pull back the sheets and expose BushCo's media shills.
Speaking of trials, pre-trial hearings, and other culture of corruption
issues, Jack Abramoff will be sentenced for his nefarious Sun Cruz
dealings on March 16th. The trial date of the three men accused
of killing Gus Boulis will be announced on March 23rd. Adam Kidan
(Abramoff's Sun Cruz associate) will be sentenced on March 1st.
How do I know these dates? I found them at The
Grand Ole Docket, a new feature of Josh Marshall's
Points Memo blog conglomerate, er... blogomerate...
er, whatever. And then there's Enron's Lay and Skilling trial...
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Enron-Bush connection:
(the new home of Robert Scheer) has the links.
The Liberal Media Strikes Again
Our favorite Gun
Guys tell the sad, yet somehow hilarious tale of
VA State Rep. Jack Reid's inability to clean a gun in his office
without it going off, and asks the burning question: "If Reid's
carrying a gun around the General Assembly, who isn't?"
My question: what kind of asshat thinks the "it went off by itself"
defense actually works? Fortunately Reid's personal bullet-proof
vest was hanging across the room and took a bullet for the state
representative. Could've been worse.
Wait a minute. Why wasn't "State Rep. Has Time to Clean His Gun
at Work" the headline? Oh yeah, I forgot - the dreaded liberal media.
Ready for more "liberal" media mayhem? Good Bush, Bad Bush.
Intelligence Squad posts
a round up of recent reputable data, and I have to wonder: if the
numbers are all this bad, why are there many more good Bush stories
than bad ones on my TV? Oops, I forgot the dreaded liberal media
again, didn't I? Duh.
Frist: Then and Now
Some nerve, Frist. Of course, the kitty killer praises Coretta
Scott King today, but he had no problem voting against a motion
for a roll call vote condemning lynching last June. Hughes
for America has the details.
Blast Blog Post from the Past
Attic knows why BushCo indictments probably won't
drive the Republican criminal element from power. Prescott Bush
was indicted, yet here he is - years later - with another famous
"I am not a crook" Republican...
Fired for Blogging, Or Fired for Dumbassedness?
You decide. Here's a snippet from blogger/reporter Matt
Donegan's MySpace blog post about being fired by
his employer, The Dover Post, for blogging:
Foul language? You bet your fucking ass there
is foul language. But racial slurs? Bashing the
handicapped? Come on, people. It's sickening to
think that you can't so much as joke about someone
different than you nowadays without someone pinning
a KKK hat on your head and calling you "Massa."
Seriously, lighten the hell up already. Political
correctness is killing society, slowly but surely.
And did I really threaten members of the local
community with violence? My so-called "death list"
that I recently added to after an annoying customer
pushed me over the edge also includes Mitch Williams,
every driver who goes under the speed limit in
the left lane, whoever made Mars Attacks and,
as a courtesy to my kin, my brother's ex-wife,
"that frosty bitch."
Some of Matt's more memorable blog quips:
(Complaining about his loud neighbors): "I bet
James Earl Ray was woken up by black people yelling
pointlessly in the streets the night before he
killed your civil rights leader."
"Happy New Year, one and all. Head out to the
after-Mummer's Parade on 2nd Street in Philly
between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. Jan. 1. It's (no shit)
like Mardi Gras, without all the smell of dead
Katrina victims washing through the streets."
"Are these the sentiments of a flaming Nazi
mongrel? I think not. They're the beliefs of a
man who is fed up with people who don't know how
to call a black man 'black,' a white man 'white,'
and a Mexican man 'lazy.'"
The blog comment that probably lead to Matt's Dover Post canning:
"I hate my job."
Carnival of the Liberals
of the Liberals #5 is up at Neural
Gourmet. Ten of the best recent liberal blog posts
are chosen for each carnival, so click on over and check them out.
And if you'd like to host a future carnival on your blog, contact
Neural or email
me, and I'll forward your message.
The groundhog saw his shadow this year and was frightened enough
to hide for six more weeks. The burning SOTU question: did Bush
frighten Americans enough to hide from their own shadows until the
day after the mid-term elections in November? Remains to be seen,
but I predict more fearmongering than ever before as we approach
election day. Don't let Bush win!
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