Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tancredo goes projecting again...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Why is it...

...every Conservative pundit that gets waterboarded says it's torture if it ain't torture?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Have a nice Memorial Day week end everyone.

Normally on Memorial Day I write a post thanking the men and women of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice. But I'm heading out of town for the week end visiting family and probably won't have much time for blogging. I certainly welcome one of the contributors putting up their own Memorial Day remembrance post.

I want to wish every one a nice week end and hopefully nice weather for visiting the cemetery on Monday.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here's one of my favorite logic fallacies from Conservatives.

A poster on NY RnR wrote:

George (Shrub) Bush and Dick (The Terrorist) Cheney planned the invasion and occupation of Iraq in late 2001 and early 2002 as a way to increase their reputation as historic “war presidents”, and to make money for their friends in the oil business.

And a Bushbot defender retorts:
Again wrong, no American oil company has profited from the war in Iraq.

I've seen this one before many times. The wingnut thinking can be broken down thusly:

If there is A (a plan) it will be followed by B (oil profit)

Since there is no B there couldn't be A.

It's called Denying the Antecedent.

Of course it doesn't occur to the wingnut that plans can go awry. And if Iraq isn't an example of a plan going awry, I don't know what is. It's got to be one of the silliest wingnut arguments that was fabricated in the last 6 years.

It's a strange world we're livin' in.

Yahoo: Real Soldiers love their robots

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Just in case you missed it, we tortured to find justification for our Iraq invasion.

I haven't seen this story a whole lot in the press. The Villagers on the Sunday talk shows didn't mention it a whole lot. McClatchky broke it:

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist.

Such information would've provided a foundation for one of former President George W. Bush's main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and Saddam's regime.
Report: Abusive tactics used to seek Iraq-al Qaida link

When we talk about how Bush & Co. used torture, the ticking time bomb scenario has no bearing or relevance. They-particularly Cheney-used to torture to get their sadistic jollies off and fabricate fictions to mislead the American public.

Reid Must Go.

I had high hopes for Senate Majority leader Harry Reid. I remember reading an article in the New Yorker about him in 2006. It had some great examples of Reid exhibiting spine. Like this one:

In July of 1978, a man named Jack Gordon, who was later married to LaToya Jackson, offered Reid twelve thousand dollars to approve two new, carnival-like gaming devices for casino use. Reid reported the attempted bribe to the F.B.I. and arranged a meeting with Gordon in his office. By agreement, F.B.I. agents burst in to arrest Gordon at the point where Reid asked, “Is this the money?” Although he was taking part in a sting, Reid was unable to control his temper; the videotape shows him getting up from his chair and saying, “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!” and attempting to choke Gordon, before startled agents pulled him off. “I was so angry with him for thinking he could bribe me,” Reid said, explaining his theatrical outburst. Gordon was convicted in federal court in 1979 and sentenced to six months in prison.

New Yorker: Minority Retort

Time and time again, Reid has refused to weild the power majority status gives him to stand up for Democratic party principles.

The latest BS from the majority leader's office is this:

REID: I'm saying that the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans, do not want terrorists to be released in the United States. That's very clear.
QUESTION: No one's talking about releasing them. We're talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.

REID: Can't put them in prison unless you release them.

QUESTION: Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? ...

REID: I can't make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.

WTF does that even mean?

Look if Reid can't stand up to a bunch of whiney Republicans blanching at the thought of their Cuban gulag getting shut down, he needs to go. If he can't figure out that an American prison in any of our 50 states is perfectly capable of holding bad guys picked up overseas as Gitmo, then he's as dumb as a sack of hammers.

Personally I don't think he's dumb and this is more likely to be a craven attempt at positioning for his next Senate race. But if he's that vulnerable, maybe we need to get someone who feels more secure articulating liberal values.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hannity figuratively gets smacked around by Jesse "The Body" Ventura

Jesse is doing a much needed public service by rhetorically smacking around Conservatives on the torture debate. He polished off Elisabeth "The Vacuous" Haselbeck on the View and proceeded to take it cross town to Hannity's dive.

Jesse rolls over Sean like steamroller.

Here is more Jesse on torture:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Republicans just can't help themselves.

You know a week ago, the Left was worried that Obama was going to just sweep this whole torture scandal under the rug. There was even polling out showing that Americans were surprisingly permissive about allowing torture. The Republicans were actually winning the debate with the American people.

But then Pelosi categorically denied being told that classical torture techniques like waterboarding was used. The CIA went on the defensive causing a she said/he siad debate. And the Republicans smelled what they thought was blood in the water.

So now they're calling for Speaker Pelosi's head. Which makes it more likely there will be an investigation of House Intelligence Committee briefings and the crime-torture-that is central to all of the allegations.

In other words, this game of political chicken only works to our advantage.


If I had to come up with a shorter post, I'd say: The GOP is like a guy in a suit covered head to toe in shit. He scrapes off a little of that shit and is throwing it at the chick in a bizness suit.

h/t to Matthew Yglesias.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tonight's Featured Artists-Gil Scott-Heron

Here he is with "B-Movie." It's a nice commentary on Ronald Reagan.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Times, They Are a Changing

The further we get into the Obama administration, the more I'm convinced that the country is going through a major political realignment on a scale not seen since at least Reagan's election. Like Reagan, Obama's rise came on the heels of an administration perceived by most Americans to have been a failure in all areas; foreign policy, the economy, and social issues. Also like Reagan's, this realignment will fold out over the course of several years. While I once believed that the prospect of this was more directly linked to how quickly we can dig out of the economic crisis or defeat terrorism (whatever that means), I'm not so sure anymore.

Looking back both at the Reagan and the FDR realignments, the latter being even larger in scale, I see similarities that can likewise be applied to the present situation. Chief among these was the widespread and prolonged misery felt by many, if not most, Americans at the time. While both FDR and Reagan enjoyed overwhelming victories to begin their first terms, the more permanent majorities they inspired were never fully realized until well after they took office. This was largely due to the ease of both of these presidents to attribute any and all bad news to the last guy (or philosophy).

Being able to credibly blame the other side when so many Americans are feeling the big hurt instills political passions that are much more long-lived than those inspired by Clinton's blow jobs or by Newt Gingrich being a big asshole. FDR's "New Deal" era Democrats comprised a political majority that lasted for several decades before they started dying off en masse. As for Reagan's majority, it took three successive administrations, two botched wars, a complete financial meltdown, and a considerable amount of culture-war fatigue before any real number of the "Reagan Democrats" ever came back home.

Judging from what I see so far from the Obama administration, I believe they are quite aware of the above-mentioned historical lessons and are applying them correctly. While I'm beginning to get tired of hearing the word "inherited" so often, the politics behind it is right on the money. I doubt anyone needs me to tell you how pissed off people are at Bush/Cheney right now. If the American public is to be subject to years of additional bad economic news peppered with persistent reminders as to how we got here, a permanent and/or lasting Democratic majority is quite likely. If, on top of that, Democrats can establish a national health insurance company to compete against the private-sector interests and can get the union card-check bill passed, a permanent majority will be practically inevitable.

Pubwoof's Featured Artist - Radiohead - 15 Steps (Scotch Mist)

This video is from the film "Scotch Mist", which is an album-length video of "In Rainbows". Anyone into this band should see it.

I've been totally amazed by these guys for years. Even if Radiohead quits making music right now, I think their body of work now rivals or surpasses that of Pink Floyd, Genesis, or any of the other pioneers of this genre. Rock is not dead yet.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mr Bold recommends...

"The Great Derangement" by Matt Taibbi.

I just started it, but Taibbi sets it up as an inside look at the lunatic fringe-Right and Left.

The following gives you the flavor of the book:

...You can say a lot of weird shit when you're a Brother in Christ, so long as you don't forget to sing along at the right times.

In that regard, the 'prayer request' [a Pastor John Hagee hotline] I ended up making was for a fictional ex-wife who I said had run out on me. I told my prayer line counselor that my betrothed had thrown me over for a Jewish ACLU lawyer named Schatz--that she had jumped in his Saab and run away with him to Paris, to take the Bateau-Mouche ride she said I could never give her. I further told my counselor that I didn't know what 'Bateau-Mouche' meant, but I knew it wasn't Christian. When I was finished with my story, there was silence on the line for a moment.

'The car was a Saab?' the counselor said finally, with appropriate contempt."

I finished the first chapter. So far it's a fun read.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

In today's news: Sarah Palin takes on

It's the Crack ho v the Wasila nevermind.
HoustonPress Blog

In my short time surfing the Internet[s], I've never seen any good come from people lawyering up over website content.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Texas School Board votes on the age of the Universe

Teh stupid it burns...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

16 Enter-One Man Leaves

From DailyKos TV, a mash-up of last week's news.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Advice for Conservative leaders and their base

Dear Conservatives,

I know over the week end you all got together and had a little GOP pizza party. And while it's admirable that Jeb Bush thinks the party may need to start listening more in order to get in touch with Americans again, Rush is right. You all need more Conservatism. Tax cuts forever while advocating for increased military spending is a surefire way to balance the budget.

If you keep on message Conservatives, Americans will eventually see your point of view and agree that yes, money can grow on trees.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Open thread Saturday

Feel free to Rant and Rave about whatever you feel like here-

Friday, May 1, 2009

Today's Featured Artists-The Grateful Dead

Here they are doing "A Touch of Grey."


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