Thursday, July 31, 2008

Must pick up jaw from floor

Tell me Joe Lieberman didn't really just say this, sweet Buddha in a boat. I'm afraid I'm going to have to have my jaw rewired before the end of this campaign, as I suspect there are many more of these moments to come. Seriously, I cannot BELIEVE Joe Lieberman said this.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dept. of Feeling Better Now

From Mahablog:

Mike's Suggestion

A little Pick-Me-Up



Well, it's the best I can do at 11:30 on a weekday.....

Sick of it all!

Bleh!!!

I suppose I need an attitude adjustment.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Job Application

"What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?"

That irresistably charming smirk?

The promise of Armageddon that follows him wherever he goes?

His codpiece?

Am I getting warmer? Do I have the job yet?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Obamamessiah and the Algoracle

Dday over at Hullabaloo points us to this post by Jesse Taylor over at Pandagon and both posts examine a trend that we've seen plenty of examples of quite close to home. Most recently, our friend Mike has been coping with a troll named Mark Harden, long known to both of us from our time spent arguing with him at a conservative blog called All Things Conservative which was hosted by Mark's friend and golf partner, Bill Crawford. While Bill has dropped out of sight, Mark soldiers on, though now for some reason he's refusing to comment under his real name, using instead a series of clever-only-to-him pseudonyms. Go figure. Anyway, this propensity for deriding and sneering at the enthusiasm that others show for liberal causes or candidates is one that Mark adopted with great relish. Makes perfect sense when you think about it. After all, the intellectual base of their ideology looks like this.

UPDATE: And after all.....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Heydave!

Well, since I can't bring you the impeachment, prosecution and imprisonment of the entire Bush administration, I will have to settle for giving you this:


Alexander Calder. (American, 1898-1976). A Universe. 1934. Painted iron pipe, steel wire, motor, and wood with string, Overall: 40 1/2 x 30" (102.9 x 76.2 cm). Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange). © 2008 Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Gallery label text
Focus: Alexander Calder, 2007

"Just as one can compose colors, or forms, so one can compose motions," Calder stated shortly before making this work. One of Calder's first mechanized mobiles, A Universe presents his abstract vision of the cosmos. A small red sphere and a larger white one suggest planets and move along curved wire paths at different speeds, completing a full cycle in forty minutes. Calder constructed a motor that propelled the spheres' movements, using his training as a mechanical engineer.

Reflecting on his work of this period, Calder commented, "At that time and practically ever since, the underlying form in my work has been the system of the universe." His personal fascination with the solar system was part of a wider phenomenon, prompted in part by the discovery of Pluto in 1930. Calder's interest in astronomy and physics was not one-sided, however. When A Universe was first exhibited at the Museum, Albert Einstein reportedly stood transfixed in front of its slowly moving orbs for the entire forty–minute cycle.
And you'll have to listen to this in order to get the reference to this (it's not in the transcript):

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Questions

Steve Benen examines questions about preemptive presidential pardons to which I would like to add more questions for my panel of experts:

Would Chimpy's pardons still be valid if he himself is indicted? Can he preemptively pardon himself? Even for war crimes?

UPDATE: Dday has no doubts.

Yes, it matters

Hilzoy:
I have to assume that people like Karadzic assume that they can act with impunity; that they will never have to answer for what they did in a court of justice, or face the prospect of punishment. It matters immensely that they be proven wrong.

Monday, July 21, 2008

"Tin Roof Blowdown"

That is the title of James Lee Burke's book about Katrina that I just finished reading this weekend. I like his books but I think his descriptive style can be a little over-the-top sometimes. However, I suspect that "over-the-top" is exactly what was required to describe the devastation that Katrina wrought on New Orleans - in any case, it seemed to fit the bill perfectly in this book. I recommend it.

Do we really need 4 more years of Stupid in the White House?

Via P. Z. Myers we see that John McCain, whose "strength" is supposed to be foreign affairs (?), is worried about all that trouble along the Iraq-Pakistan border:


Very worrisome, indeed:

Rice: Iran "not serious"

Uh-huh.
Rice Wants 'Serious Answer' On Iran Nuclear Deal
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran on Monday that it faces more sanctions if it defies a two-week deadline to agree to curb its nuclear program.

Rice said Iran is stalling and must give a "serious answer" within the deadline set by six world powers, which offered trade and technical incentives if Tehran halts its uranium enrichment program. The West fears Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb.

"We are in the strongest possible position to demonstrate that if Iran does not act, then it is time to go back to that (sanctions) track," Rice said.

It was her first comment on the subject since Washington broke from its usual policy and joined nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva on Saturday.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday that Iran must either halt its nuclear program or face international isolation. Speaking in Jerusalem, Brown said Britain, the U.S. and their European partners are determined to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapons program.

"Iran has a clear choice to make: suspend its nuclear program and accept our offer of negotiations or face growing isolation and the collective response not just of one nation but of all nations around the world," Brown said.
Regarding the above, What Digby said.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Good news: There are a few sane ones left

Steve Benen points us to a rare bird: A conservative with a conscience:
I'm a lifelong Republican - a supply-side conservative. I worked in the Reagan White House. I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years. In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America. I served on Bob Dole's presidential campaign team and was chief economist for Jack Kemp's Empower America.

This November, I'm voting for Barack Obama.

When I first made this decision, many colleagues were shocked. How could I support a candidate with a domestic policy platform that's antithetical to almost everything I believe in?

The answer is simple: Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies - this is the difference between venial and mortal sins.

Taxes, economic policy and health care reform matter, of course. But how we extract ourselves from the bloody boondoggle in Iraq, how we avoid getting into a war with Iran and how we preserve our individual rights while dealing with real foreign threats - these are of greater importance.
You listening Bill Crawford and Mark Harden? Too bad.

Feces by any other name would stink just as bad

Dahlia Lithwick and "Bushisms" are the only reason to read Slate these days, and I rarely venture over there even for that, unless someone else - as is the case today - points me in that direction. Ms. Lithwick suggests that we "call executive overreaching what it is" and I say, Fine. Let's really quit beating around the bush, so to speak, and call it war crimes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's true.

They are really beyond satire. Unbelievable.

Meanwhile, Digby offers more of her trademark astute observations.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Worth its weight in solid gold pixels

This post by TBogg for the picture alone, but the text is just icing on the cake!

And we're off....

Good morning! Everyone have a good weekend? I got a lot done but the AC went out in my car which, believe me, takes a lot of the fun out of driving around down here in South Texas in July. So, that needs taking care of.

Meanwhile, there's lots of buzz around Blogtopia 'bout lots of things, so let's take a look at some of it, starting with something to just, you know, set the right tone:



And since I can't get this additionally tone-setting video from MSNBC to embed, you'll have to go over to Maha's place to see it. It's worth the trip. Best viewed, perhaps, after reading this reminder from Glenzilla about why the rule of law is supposed to matter.

So, now that tones are appropriately set, here are a few other things to take note of:

I have been meaning to link to this thoughtful post by Sara over at Ornicus for a few days - just hadn't gotten around to it. She makes some really good points about what will possibly be the impact of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on post-Boomer feminism.

Lots of folks are talking about that New Yorker cover. I tend to agree with Steve Benen and Atrios in generally finding it missing its mark, humor-wise. Interestingly, I also had the thought that Atrios expressed that SadlyNo! probably could have pulled it off better, yet here is Brad himself telling everyone to just chill.

And Juan Cole examines Obama's NYT piece on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Finally, an anecdote about the political education of my son: I am an early riser but generally quite low-functioning (I mean, more than usual) until noonish, preferring to spend my morning hours drinking coffee, reading the paper, web browsing, etc. However, with the AC out in my car, I had to get out early to do shopping before the afternoon heat set in, so Sandy and I set out to get groceries bright and early on Sunday morning which is how we found ourselves in the checkout line before noon and THANKS TO TEXAS BLUE LAWS unable to buy cooking sherry! Whoops! sez I, but Sandy was dumbfounded. That's ridiculous! sez he, and I had to point out that that is one of the things that happens when you have a state legislature dominated for years by rightwing cretins. I think he gets it. Which is good, because as our gal Ruth over at cab drollery points out in this post, his public school education is lacking in some pretty fundamental (pardon the phrase) ways, and it is up to us parents to see that he is equipped with the tools he needs to fight the Ways of the Wingnut here in Texas.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Blues

I heard about this group yesterday while driving home from work, so I thought they would be a good pick for Friday music. Pretty amazing, check them out: They are a family group, two brothers and their sister with Dad sometimes pitching in on the blues harp. I don't know how old the Dad is, but the brothers are 16 and 14 and the little sista on the drums is 9 YEARS OLD! On top of that, the boys made their own instruments out of CAR MUFFLERS, fer cripes sakes, and use seat belts as shoulder straps. Novelty aside, they sing teh blues like seasoned pros. Here are 2 versions, one with stills and better sound, and one live version:



Thursday, July 10, 2008

Comic Relief

Freewheel just sent this to me:


The George W Bush Presidential Library

A monument to his years in office.

The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages. The Library will include:

The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.

The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.

The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has been able to find.

The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling.

The Tax Cut Room, with entry only to the wealthy.

The Economy Room, which is in the toilet.

The Iraq War Room. (After you complete your first tour, they make you to go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.)

The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shotgun gallery.

The Environmental Conservation Room, still empty.

The Supremes Gift Shop, where you can buy an election.

The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.

The Decider Room, complete with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board, dice, coins, and straws.

Note: The museum will feature an electron microscope to help you locate and view the President's accomplishments.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

About FISA

Very depressing. I was going to write a post about it, but I ended up writing a long comment in response to this post of Mike's and said pretty much everything I was going to say there. As always, I'd love to hear what any of you have to say.

Picture worth a thousand words


More here.

On Humor

Republicans are pretty insufferable most of the time, but especially when they try to be funny.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Daniel Ellsberg

On what to know and what to do about FISA. Better than sitting around whining.

Bravo!

Our good friend Mike smacks one down! Woo hoo!

They know their market!

I'm pretty sure God created Texas so that She would have something to laugh at.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday morning

This should be good. Do you suppose Fox will carry it?

Little to argue with here though one commenter does point out that "free speech" doesn't necessarily give one the right to interrupt a public speaker.

I'm watching the Williams sisters slug it out for the Championship at Wimbledon. What are you doing?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy July 4th Everyone!

Maybe next year we'll have something to celebrate. Meanwhile, here's some Onion satire, courtesy Blonde Sense:



See Also: Joe Consason on What John McCain didn't learn in Vietnam and Greenwald's analysis of Obama's FISA statement.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

This 'n' That

Steve Benen looks at bias in AP reporting which reminded me of this report I heard on NPR and I remember thinking that it sure sounded like it came straight from McCain's campaign. I mean, fergawdsakes, look who they quote toward the end: The American Enterprise Institute! Hello?

Meanwhile, hilzoy points us to this Rolling Stone article on Obama's managing style, which is - dare I say it? - hopeful (the article, not his managing style). It is a good article but I'm having difficulty reconciling the points it makes with Obama's cave-in on FISA which, to me, reeks of standard beltway mentality.

And speaking of FISA, here's Greenwald doing what he does best.

And TBogg agrees to follow a train(wreck) of thought and finds an interesting comparison.

Finally, don't you all agree that heydave has been looking a little peaked lately? I've prescribed some more medicine.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Goldberg's Real Patriotism Problem

AL spells it out for us.

Aaaiiiieeeeeeeee........!!

Be sure you are sitting down and have swallowed any spewable liquids before you read this!

Mr. Reed's Opus

Not to be missed!

Just wonderin'

On my way into work this morning, I passed our town's animal shelter that has a sign outside - like the kind you see in front of some churches - that said: Man is Dog's idea of what God is. That thought made me really, really sad and then I thought, Do you suppose Man has it as wrong as Dogs do?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Seymour Hersh on NPR

Find a way to listen to this interview.

Who will stop them?

UPDATE: Dday over at Hullabalo comments.

Feingold