Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday, Monday!




This cartoon from 2005 shows that even two years ago folks were hoping to send the thugs to the Graybar Hotel for their indiscretions, it is two years later and we are a bit further ahead but not much, they still remain free to subvert and misdirect.

Too much misdirection and subversion has left a noticeable hole in the US Constitution that is real hard to miss. Gonzo continues to plead ignorance and as most neo-cons, blames others for his troubles, Rover? Well he still lingers in the background playing puppeteer for the Chimp-in-Chief.

The good part is Congress is paying a bit more attention now than before, the war is grating on the American people raising concern all the way up the ladder. The Skippy-scooter trial ran a big alarm bell throughout the halls and as such made it imperative that the bottom be got to soon or face major election issues come 08.

As it stands now the Repugs will be hammered into obsolescence anyway with the exception of LIEberman who seems to get elected no matter what by the ding-a-lings in Connecticut.

Batten down the hatches, stormy sea's ahead this week, icebergs all over the place, shiploads of nervous neo-cons, and no lifeboats on this one way voyage to Davy Jones Locker.

47 comments:

DEN said...

Micki. Katie Couric made her typical phony sympathy motions with the Edwards' last nite. They seemed so sincere in their devotion to each other however and as such negated Courics' hackmanship.

Could have been worse, Diane Sawyer could have been the interviewer, YECH!!

I do wish the Edwards well despite the MSM bloviations.

DEN said...

I, like many people, find it nauseating that the professional political pontificators seem unable to contain their desire to apply horse-race analysis to Elizabeth Edwards' announcement that she has life-threatening cancer. From CNN, to Time Magazine to Rush Limbaugh, the national political chattering class has this week truly earned its well-deserved reputation as a group of people dominated by egomaniacal, self-absorbed freaks wholly and completely out of touch with even the most basic sense of decency.

David Sirota sums it up nicely.

DEN said...

Narcissism reigns supreme here in these United States, self absorbed, spoiled little rich idiots dominate the landscape.

What a sight, collective temper tantrums cannot be far away.

Screw you cellphone talking, SUV gas pig driving, ego-driven, too much money, non-voting, self absorbed, children spoiling, idiots.

Get back to reality based thinking or face extinction.

(oooo he do have a bad attitude don't he)

DEN said...

Took the Bubbas TWO days to discover the obvious.

Neighbors React to Alleged Slay-Grilling
By MONICA RHOR
Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON — For at least two days, neighbors at a city apartment complex noticed an acrid aroma, black smoke and leaping flames coming from two barbecue grills on the balcony of a second-floor apartment.

What, neighbors at the Red Oak Place apartments wondered, was going on in the unit where 27-year-old Timothy Wayne Shepherd lived? What was he burning at all hours, for days at a time? The answer turned their stomachs.

According to law enforcement officials, Shepherd dismembered, and then burned the body of his former girlfriend, Tynesha Stewart, a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student. Nothing remains of Stewart's body, Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas said at a press conference Saturday.

Read and be disgusted.

micki said...


Citing evidence that senior White House officials are using RNC and other political email accounts to avoid leaving a record of official communications, Chairman Waxman directs the Republican National Committee and the Bush-Cheney ’04 Campaign to preserve the emails of White House officials and to meet with Committee staff to explain how the accounts are managed and what steps are being taken to protect the emails from destruction and tampering.

Alan said...

Yeah, the college student murder has been a major topic 'round here lately. A bigshot Black Muslim leader, Quanell X, got the guy to admit he killed her, and then he showed Quanell where he dumped the body, supposedly. That dumpster had been emptied more than once since then, so they were trying to track down which time she would've been in it, and exactly where it was emptied because they don't always go to the same landfill. Sheriff's Office announced they weren't going to search through tons and tons of landfill to find her. Well, that set off a major storm in the black community! Next day they announced an emergency allocation of half a million dollars to begin a search, which calmed the 'brothers' down a little bit. Then the next day, the suspect confessed to the REAL way he got rid of her body... hence the interviews with his neighbors and the results being the search called off and that article you linked. My first reaction was... it takes more temperature than a barbecue pit to burn up a human body, especially the skull/bones... so what tha fk?? Since the story has changed almost daily, I'm waiting for the next 'update', and where that'll take us.
There's actually weird shyt like this happening all the time in the big city. Remember Andrea Yates drowning her kids... the diaper-wearing astronaut story (tho no murder there)... I guess the latest is the "dog bites off the genitals of a sleeping male baby". No shit, google "dog bites genitals" for a link to that one (they say the wounds DON'T EVEN match the dogs teeth).
That's just a representative sample of the weird cases here locally.

micki said...

The Nation -- Al Gore, Global Statesman

Cue the anti-Gore brigade!

Ready, aim....

DEN said...

Micki, wowzer! hot stuff there!

Go Waxman, reel in the big fish!

DEN said...

RNC= Real-Nasty-Characters,

Political slimeballs & yahoos cash holding organization(PSYCHO)

Carey said...

Den is on a roll!

Before I get sidetracked by reading all the posts, I wanted to mention that I found Blair's outburst about Britist captives in Iran unsettling. This could only be another in the series of build-up incidents to D-Day.

Blair's always been too happy to do Bush neocrons' biddings. Remember he discussed openly with Bush the ways in instigate war with Iraq.

Also, I saw this yesterday on AR posted by Capt. I also got it in my email and think it's worth another post. This is a perfect critique of the Dem Congress so far on the Iraq occupation.

Betrayed!

How the Democratic Congress betrayed American voters, the troops in Iraq and extended the occupation for at least another 18 months.

By Cindy Sheehan

The “slow bleed” strategy favored by the Democratic leadership and MoveOn is an immoral political calculation that will cause more heartache and disaster in Iraq. That leadership should understand that being perceived as “weak on principle” is much worse politically than being “weak on defense”. Democratic politicians need to vote their conscience on the supplemental. On November 7th we voted for an antiwar, anti-Bush policy; make that vote count for peace.

Carey said...

From yesterday's thread:

Micki,

Frank Rick--I love to death.

To see what Mr. Rove might be trying to cover up, look instead at what Ms. Lam was up to in May, just as the Justice Department e-mails indicate she was being earmarked for removal.

_________________________________

As I've said, the Carol Lam case was the most conspicuous and blatant.


Also I see that Micki posted what Chuck Hagel said yesterday. I had to chuckle when I saw that.

Den--Screw you cellphone talking, SUV gas pig driving, ego-driven, too much money, non-voting, self absorbed, children spoiling, idiots.

Den's mantra for his morning commute. The evening mantra is unfit for print.

Carey said...

Micki,

Give Waxman some power and he'll run with it.

Carey said...

Micki,

Watching Gore, you get the feeling that the man has achieved that higher sense of confidence, a tranquility of sure knowledge and being at one with God.

However, I don't think he'll run.


I had a small (trustworthy??) little epiphany last night and made a prediction on who will lead us into the major clean-up operation we must undertake in 2009.

EDWARDS AND OBAMA

I'm filing this away. This is the first time I've ever made such a far-off prediction and I'm probably completely off and full of it.

Carey said...

The other prediction. Not so nice.

We'll go into Iran towards the end of April.

I so hope that's wrong as we all do. I've just gotten this feeling that everything's going just hunky-dory for Cheney and his crew of slime. No one's looking, we're preoccupied. The time of year, Spring. It has to be this year for obvious reasons. They could never pull it off after 2007.

We'll all just be skating along and BOOM, right in front of us, a falso flag attack.

Oh. why am I even bringing this up? It's chronic paranoia induced by six years of Bush/Cheney.

DEN said...

Carey! Sounds like you are getting back up to speed! Cool!

I hope the next time you hear shingles mentioned they will be on a roof!

DEN said...

Carey in regard to Cindy's post, i just don't think she is being fair toward the Dems.

They were damn lucky to get that legislation pushed through at all.

The Repugs are feeling the same pain from the voters which forced their hand and as such went along with a longer timetable.

I too want us OUT of that mess, but it took a while to get into it and as such I suspect it will take time to get out properly.

The Iraqis need to defend themselves alright and will step up if they know they HAVE TO and our occupation will end.

The Neo-cons and their Fantasyland ideas made one HUGE MESS that cannot be resolved rapidly, stuff takes time.

If the elections get here and nothing is resolved by then BOTH parties will pay the price for their actions or inactions.

Alan said...

Den said...

Carey in regard to Cindy's post, i just don't think she is being fair toward the Dems.

They were damn lucky to get that legislation pushed through at all.


I agree Den. Even the vote among Move On members was for this bill they figured was a good start and about as much as we could reach for at the time, and still get it through. Move On folks aren't centrists either, and are pretty radical.

Carey said...

They were damn lucky to get that legislation pushed through at all.

Den and Alan,

I find myself in sympathy with the Dems at the same time very worried about their past record on showing spine, or lack of.

Politics sucks.

Carey said...

Politics suck, excuse me.

DEN said...

Oh jeez Carey thats a pretty BIG goof, might have to beg forgiveness from the blog POObah, all is forgiven, don't do it no more!! LOL!!

micki said...

Den and Alan, I am so glad we have a couple of level-headed fellas on this site.

Carey, I understand how frustrated you are, but as you know, politics is (sometimes) the art of compromise.

Thank goodness we have politicians who are willing to hammer out workable solutions.

We've seen what six years of "my way, or the highway" has done to the world!

Carey, I am so glad to see you up and at 'em again!

Micki said...

Bill and I produced a short video for an anti-war effort recently -- for a national organization with which all of us on this site are familiar.

The interviewee was a mother of a National Guard Iraq War vet. She brought her 20-something daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to the videotaping.

The mom is an involved anti-Iraq war activist. She is articulate, smart, and committed.

I asked her daughter and her boyfriend if they were involved in the anti-war effort. They said (paraphrasing slightly) "No...mom speaks for all of us....She does enough for ten people!... We're really busy and it's just not our bag. She's really good at this....We hate politics."

Bill and I left the videotaping really depressed.

micki said...

The Hanoi government revealed on April 4, 1995, that the true civilian casualties of the Vietnam War were 2,000,000 in the north, and 2,000,000 in the south. Military casualties were 1.1 million killed and 600,000 wounded in 21 years of war. These figures were deliberately falsified during the war by the North Vietnamese Communists to avoid demoralizing the population.


Given a Vietnamese population of approximately 38 million during the period 1954-1975, Vietnamese casualties represent a good 12-13% of the entire population. To put this in perspective, consider that the population of the US was 220 million during the Vietnam War. Had The US sustained casualties of 13% of its population, there would have been 28 million US dead.

micki said...

Gonzales aide to invoke Fifth Amendment
Goodling will refuse to answer Senate questions on fired U.S. attorneys


Washington - Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday.

    "The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real," said the lawyer, John Dowd.

....more at MSNBC.com

micki said...

The Presidential Records Act of 1978 states that the records of a president, his immediate staff, and specific areas of the Executive Office of the President belong to the United States, not to the individual president or his staff.

The act states that the president must "take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of his constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented and that such records are maintained as presidential records pursuant to the requirements of this section and other provisions of law."

Hmmmm....Rep. Waxman may be hot on the trail, eh?

micki said...

I'm just YAK-KING away here!

Dr. B, are yaks originally from Yakima? Or Yakutat Bay?

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- As well you know, yaks are from Tibet. This species is a variant of the steppe bison which used to, before about 20,000 years ago, range on the Mammoth Steppe which extended from northern Spain to Siberia, across Beringa into Alaska.

See
R. Dale Guthrie
The Intrepretation of Paleolithic Art(?)
Univerisity of Chicago Press.

David B. Benson said...

The Nature of Paleolithic Art.

Also, by the same author,
The Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe

DEN said...

Micki, it's real tough to get some teens and 20-somethings to pay attention to politics, I know, I was that way, too busy with peers.

Took me till my mid 20's, started voting regularly and checking out candidate history and such.

Parental input is sometimes welcomed depending on upbringing, but mostly kids spend their time being 'anti-parental unit'.

They could still come around.

DEN said...

The Yak, animal of many uses.

DEN said...

Some people 'Yak' too much,

Some people pack too much,

Ever try to pack a Yak in a sack?

Or sack a packed Yak?

I'll be back,

with a better plan of attack!

Jeanne said...

Carey,
You had SHINGLES???? My daughter had those. Sooo painful. Hope you're feeling better.

Jeanne said...

You know it's getting bad when Bob Novak talks about how incredibly isolated the president is. And George just keeps digging the hole deeper. Scary.

Jeanne said...

I think young people are going to get more involved as they feel the pain. My daughter is dealing with a lack of funding for college. She's dealing with friends going to Iraq.

She's beginning to get it.

•c•arol said...

What a wonderful weather day! It was up in the 70s but I don't know if we broke the record, which was 75° in 1925. I think I heard on the news this morning that we're about 20 degrees above normal.

I heard frogs last night! The last sign of spring is here. EeeHawwwww!

End of the Michigan weather report.

•c•arol said...

Jeanne! I was just wondering about the weather in MN and here you are! Is your dirty snow gone yet?

micki said...

Yaks are cows with dreadlocks.

But, seriously (not a scientific observation) I had never connected the steppe bison with Paul Bunyan's mythical Babe the Blue Ox! Voila!

Thank you Dr. B!

micki said...

Carol, you like it 20ยบ above normal?

I love it when I get rosy cheeks from a chill in the air.

I must be from a northern latitude haplogroup.

But, maybe not.

micki said...

Jeanne, I'm glad to hear that kids are beginning to get it. Your daughter is smart.

If we had a draft, they would have gotten it sooner.

But, I won't go there right now.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Actually oxen and cattle have been bred from aurochs, which were only more distantly related to bison and yaks.

But related, just not close cousins...

micki said...

Den, I grew up in a politically engaged family. One of our favorite stories about my dad is when he went to vote for John Kennedy in 1960 -- my brother went with him to the polls. He was 10 years old.

My brother asked him, "Tell me again why you're voting for Kennedy?"

My dad explained how he had made his decision. Then he said, "if you were old enough to vote, you'd be voting for him, too, because you're a Democrat."

Oh, boy! Cue the anti-anti-everything types!

micki said...

Aurochs?

What is that?

Or, who are they?

micki said...

Oh...

1 : an extinct large long-horned wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe that is the ancestor of domestic cattle

This took me to wisent...which went to wisenheimer, which may be moi! ;-))

Micki said...

Den, did you make that up about the yak? It's very clever.

micki said...

bush is in the Isolation Booth.

He's always been there. No one really cares about him. His mother didn't.

Scary, is right.

Saladin said...

Stuck in the Middle With You
Steelers Wheel

Ode to the left and right.
=============

Well I don't know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain't right,
I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I'm wondering how I'll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.

Yes I'm stuck in the middle with you,
And I'm wondering what it is I should do,
It's so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I'm all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Well you started out with nothing,
And you're proud that you're a self made man,
And your friends, they all come crawlin,
Slap you on the back and say,
Please.... Please.....

Trying to make some sense of it all,
But I can see that it makes no sense at all,
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor,
'Cause I don't think that I can take anymore
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Well you started out with nothing,
And you're proud that you're a self made man,
And your friends, they all come crawlin,
Slap you on the back and say,
Please.... Please.....

Well I don't know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain't right,
I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I'm wondering how I'll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you,
Yes I'm stuck in the middle with you,
Stuck in the middle with you.
=============
Hope you're well DEN!

Jeanne said...

Carol,
It was a whopping 81 degrees yesterday. The snow is GONE!!!
It's still a dirty mess from all the snowplow dirt but last week our streets were swept. And the grass is greening up. And little tiny buds are on the trees.