February 10, 2006
Compiled and written by Delilah
Laura Bush displays her basic instincts in public, a Republican
staffer blogs her thong, move over Brokeback Mountain...
here comes Snakes on a Plane, and BushCo's "Doogie"
Deutsch joins "Heckuvajob" Brown and "Most Qualified"
Miers in the They Were Expendable category. But as usual, the major
BushCo players remain mysteriously untouchable.
When 1960's Protest Signs Come True
It finally happened. AmericaBlog
held a virtual bakesale to help the Pentagon pay for military body
armor. Actually, the money was raised to help a soldier pay the
bill, sent by the Pentagon, to replace his military-issued, blown-to-smithereens
Wow, you guys were amazing. In just two hours,
we raised over $5,000, with over 180 donations
ranging from $1 to $400 (average donation was
around $20, so this really was a community effort).
If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking
about, see the post below. I've just spoken to
the reporter who covered this story - he reassured
me that the guy is for real - they've actually
been covering his deployment to Iraq for a while
now. I'm calling the service member yet.
Here's to hoping that some day we won't need
virtual body armor bake sales to help provide
for our service members in Iraq.
Yet Donald Quacking Rumsfeld still has a job, and our corporate-owned
media refuses to pursue the story of the missing Pentagon money,
Bush's broken promises to military families, and the mysterious
body armor shortage.
BushCo and the Body Armor Scandal: Untouchable.
Gone With The Wind
Just a quick update on the State of the Union
speech, in which Bush called for more alternative
energy research and dedication to math and science
The Bush budget was revealed this weekend, and
called for a $500 million cut in the Dept. of
Education's budget, as well as the firing of many
wind-energy and biomass researchers at the Dept.
of Energy. Nuff said.
BushCo Oil Men and their Energy Independence Scam: Untouchable.
Bush Budget Buggery
Daily points out the obvious:
The $2.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2007 would
cut billions of dollars from domestic programs
that help the poor, including "Medicare and food
stamps to local law enforcement and disease control."
The plan also calls for "extending most of his
tax cuts beyond their 2010 expiration date."
BushCo and the War on the Lower 99% of the Tax Brackets: Untouchable.
Family Values, Republican Style
Have you heard the one about the Republican staffer with the sexy
blog? No, not Mike DeWine's aide Jessica Cutler - Jeff Sessions'
aide, Stormie Janzen, who posed on her blog with her pants down.
grabbed the pic before Ms. Stormie had to
delist her blog from public viewing. Ahem.
Though Stormie apparently does not talk about
juicy encounters with other hill staffers, she
does did appear with her pants
opened and showing her thong tha thong thong thong.
That was apparently a little much for Sessions'
Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn, who has apparently
made poor Stormie
shut up remove
Why is Stormie's blog worth mentioning? It's an election year.
A mere three days after (Democrat Brad) Ellsworth
officially entered the (Indiana's 8th congressional)
race, right-wing blogger Joshua Claybourn approached
The Courier-Journal with photos of Ellsworth's
19-year-old daughter drinking alcohol that he
pulled from her Facebook site. At his site, he
pouted about having to engage in "politics of
personal destruction," but argues that, since
Ellsworth is a law enforcement official, it's
relevant. My guess is that he'd hoped the photos
would run with no mention of his name, but when
his name came up, he recognized the need for some
Rather than dismissing the photos as cheap politics
unworthy of Hostettler, the Congressman's sister
and spokeswoman Karen Hammonds ran with it, attacking
Ellsworth's daughter for posting the photos. To
me, that's enough to suggest that it was Hostettler's
campaign who sent Claybourn to do their dirty
work. After all, Claybourn counts Hostettler as
one of his 'famous friends'. And even though Claybourn's
taken down his blog's archives and immunized it
from automatic archiving and cacheing with a robots.txt
file (gee, why ever would he have done that?),
a Google search reveals his ties to the Congressman,
even in one post bragging about his "sources close
to Congressman John Hostettler."
Democrats and their Kids: Infinitely Smearable.
BushCo Republicans and their Own Warped Sense of Family Values:
What Will They Censor Next?
First, it was the Rolling Stones at the Superbowl (Davenetics
has the story). But will they howl when Samuel L. Jackson's Snakes
On A Plane comes to a theater near them? Screenwriter Josh Friedman
Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing posts:
Now out of both loyalty to the sacred bond between
studio and screenwriter and also a serious desire
to keep getting hired in this town, I will not
give away any of the plot details of SNAKES ON
A PLANE. But know this. As the great Sam Jackson
would say: There are motherfucking snakes on the
What else do you need to know? How the snakes
get on the plane, what the snakes do once they're
on the plane, who puts the snakes on the plane,
who is trying to get the snakes off the plane...This
is not for you to ponder. There are snakes on
the plane. End of fucking story.
Brokeback Bush wouldn't dare admit to seeing (and possibly appreciating)
the number one film in the country, but I'll bet the ranch that
Snakes On A Plane, with Sammy L.'s distinctive, um, epithets
adorning the finished script, will definitely make the Air Force
One film list.
BushCo Hypocrisy v Hollywood: Untouchable.
Republican Funeral Behavior 101
Intelligence Squad, as usual,
posts the shortest and sweetest response to the Republican-owned
media mayhem machine's assault on Mrs. Coretta Scott King's mourners.
While Intelligence Squad focuses on MSNBC's Don Imus, you can substitute
any reichwinger's name for Imus and get the same result: "So I'll
be damned if I'm gonna let a dusty racist cracker alcoholic like
Imus tell me how to mourn the loss of a leader in my community."
Speaking of behavior, did you catch George and Laura at Mrs. King's
Michael Shaw at The
Huffington Post traces Laura's "sit down strike"
(with pictures) of Rev. Lowery's standing ovation and notes:
"Ever the expert in appearances, let's just assume Laura knew
exactly how long to remain parked without it turning up in
the morning papers."
The media, of course, targeted everyone else's "behavior" and
ignored George and Laura.
The BushCo First Family's Behavior: Untouchable.
Doogie BushCo-NASA Crony Resigns
Thanks to Nick Anthis, blogging at Scientific
Activist, 24-year-old George Deutsch (Bush appointee
as NASA's publications censor) is currently unemployed. As it happens,
Anthis (a Rhodes scholar and Biochem grad student at Oxford) actually
graduated from Texas A&M, where Bushco found Doogie Deutsch, boy
Republican campaign worker, during the 2004 election.
At this point, while I am unaware of whether
Deutsch graduated from college at all, it is clear
that he did not graduate from A&M, and he
may have intentionally misled people to believe
that he did. The idea that NASA let a 24-year-old
journalism major, with no experience in science
or technology, other than writing a few articles
about video games, determine what scientists were
able to communicate to the public was pretty bad.
The fact that he was censoring scientific information
on global warming and the big bang made things
more interesting, especially since he was a political
appointee doing this to prevent challenges to
the Bush administration's policies. But now, finding
out that he did not even graduate from Texas A&M,
and may not have graduated from college at all,
is absolutely outrageous.
Anthis has since posted
Instead of the story being about a 24-year-old
lying, it should be about this: how did this guy,
who already had dubious qualifications, make it
into NASA with such an obvious lie on his resume?
To work for a federal agency, including NASA,
extensive background checks are usually required.
If I was able to uncover the truth about Deutsch
in one phone call, then he must have been placed
in his current position without any investigation,
due to his loyal service on the Bush presidential
For a president that paints himself as a champion
of national security, the NASA incident is a major
blow to Bush's credibility. This isn't the first
time either, with George Deutsch now joining the
ranks of Michael Brown, the embattled former director
of FEMA, and Harriet Myers, Bush's Supreme Court
nominee who was subsequently withdrawn. Congratulations,
Deutsch, this is a pretty elite circle!
Doogie Deutsch: Touchable.
BushCo Using Deutsch to Insert the Word "Theory" Next to "Big
Bang" in NASA Publications and Dumping Him for Not Graduating From
Liberal Blogging Basics
In their new book, Take It Back, Carville and Begala encourage
liberal bloggers to follow the standard set by Daily
Points Memo, and Buzzflash,
- and report the news - "with attitude."
How's this for setting the standard? While searching for "blogging
standards" this week, I found The
Olive Ream's Blog Disclaimer & FAQS, posted on May
14, 2005. Here's the disclaimer (which I am so grabbing for my own
blog - and citing the source, of course):
This blog is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense
violence action and some language. Parents are
strongly cautioned. Some material will not be
suitable for children under 13 and Bush supporters.
Blog Side effects: Some readers may experience
Fatigue, Drowsiness, Nausea, Blurred Vision, Slurred
Speech, Tremors, Euphoria, Impairment of Memory,
Confusion, Depression, Constipation, Skin Rash,
Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis, Changes in
Libido and Loss of Appetite.
The mentioned side effects remain for a short
duration of time. However if you feel that they
persist for a long period, please view the Fox
Here are a few of The Olive Ream's FAQS:
# I am aware that my posts might be grammatically
incorrect but I think it would be more appropriate
to ask me if I give a sh*t. And here's a ; to
prove my point.
# No, I am not an American, but I might play
one on TV for large amounts of cash.
# No, I do not support Bush or Blair as they
don't play well with others. My mother warned
me about people like them. She said, "Son, beware
the minions of the antichrist, for they are quite
thick and gittish." I believe she was talking
# Yes, there was a specific aim for starting
this blog. It was to use the word 'lugubrious'
in a sentence, and I think I just achieved my
# Finally, for the genius that has emailed me
asking for my email address, please seek professional
Thick and gittish. What a perfect description! Bush and his fellow
gits and git-ettes are only untouchable if we, the people, let the
media continue to ignore their despicable behavior. They're only
untouchable if we refrain from ridiculing their pig ignorance of
society and its Constitutional rights. And they're only untouchable
if we don't stand up and shout, "We're mad as hell, and we're not
going to take this any more!"
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