Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunny Sunday

A spectacular sunset from the parking lot of Chuckanut Manor restaurant near Bellingham.

I could not resist putting up this gorgeous pic from up there in Washington in Micki's corner of the world.

The start of a new week and once again we all hope that someone or someones come to their senses and puts the brakes on the runaway, crazy, idiot riddled, administration running America into the ground.

I watched Press the Meet and MarKOS and Harold Ford were engaging in some finger pointing back and forth, interesting but nothing new. Democrats are squandering support by internal differences and have an essentially headless organization divided by political differences.

C'mon Dems! get your shit together and develop a unified plan to return America to the American people, not the corporatistas. Without a unified and concise approach the Dems will still be perceived as direction less, which will reduce the chances of winning local contests for Senators and Representatives where the real power lies.

Well time to get out and ride. Up into the Sierras today into serious mountains and wonderfull winding roads, pics tomorrow.



David B. Benson said...

It was local.

A grain elevator outside of town burnt down Firday evening. The fire departments ran a mile of firehose, served by 5 or 7 pumpers.

©A®OL said...

Oh, brother, I hadn't heard about this guy! And I watch Jon Stewart! I might have missed that night.

BuzzFlash Hypocrite of the Week
August 10, 2007

Bob Allen,

Welcome back to the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

Well, on July 13, BuzzFlash was way ahead of the pack in calling attention to yet another GOP elected-official pervert, "Conservative" Florida Republican State Representative Bob Allen.

When we last left Allen, he had just been arrested in his home district for soliciting an undercover cop. What was the charge? That he offered to perform fellatio on the officer for a measly $20. As we noted, not only was Allen accused of a sex crime, but he also was revealed as someone who would go down cheap to perform sex.

Oh those legions of repressed and psychologically twisted Republicans, they aren't just perverted; they are perverted perverted.

Anyway, the rest of the media has now caught up with BuzzFlash's keen eye for GOP deviants because of Allen's rather creative -- and racist -- excuse for his odd sexual negotiation (in a Titusville, Florida, public restroom in a park, no less).

Allen is now claiming it was his fear of black men in the area that made him offer to pay a couple of ten spots to blow someone. As Jon Stewart said (and we are paraphrasing here) of Allen's "excuse": "I thought if I had a c*ck in my mouth, the black men wouldn't hit me."

According to the police report:

In a written statement released Thursday, Titusville Officer Danny Kavanaugh recalled entering the restroom twice and said he was drying his hands in a stall when Allen peered over the stall door.

After peering over the stall a second time, Allen pushed open the door and joined Kavanaugh inside, the officer wrote. Allen muttered " 'hi,' " and then said, " 'this is kind of a public place, isn't it,' " the report said.

The officer said he asked Allen about going somewhere else and that the legislator suggested going "across the bridge, it's quieter over there."

And then the negotiations for sex ensued.

Allen's excuse of blaming "the black man" follows the basic subtext of most Republican "underground" racism. If it's not blame the blacks and Mexicans in the U.S., it's blame the swarthy Arabs in Iraq and the Persians in Iran.

Instead of facing the darkness in their own tortured souls, too many Republicans blame dark people for their own sordid perversions.

That, of course, makes them hypocrites of the most loathsome kind.

And Bob Allen may yet be found innocent -- if he manages to get a jury of racist peers.

But it won't keep him from receiving his second infamous honor as the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

Until next week, remember our motto: So many Republican hypocrites, so little time.

Catch up with you soon.

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Previous HOTW Award for Bob Allen: July 13, 2007.

Gerald said...

The film, "For the Birds" and the song, "Splish Splash" remined me of the good, ole days.

Gerald said...

Why do we have to receive real news from foreign sources? Here is an article from an Australian news source.

Iraq war boss says US draft 'worth considering'
Posted Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:00am AEST

The top US military officer in charge of coordinating the war effort in Iraq says that it makes sense to consider a return of the draft to meet the military's needs.

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, who serves as the White House deputy national security adviser, says the all-volunteer military is serving "exceedingly well" and the administration has not decided it needs to be replaced with a draft.

But in an interview with National Public Radio, he says a return of the draft is worth considering.

"I think it makes sense to certainly consider it and I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table."

"But ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the nation's security by one means or another."


How can we be "secure" with incomptence and a psycho in the WH?

Gerald said...

WASHINGTON — Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.

"I think it makes sense to certainly consider it," Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said in an interview with National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

"And I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table. But ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the nation's security by one means or another," Lute added in his first interview since he was confirmed by the Senate in June.

President Nixon abolished the draft in 1973. Restoring it, Lute said, would be a "major policy shift" and Bush has made it clear that he doesn't think it's necessary. ("If Bush did call for the return of the military draft, he would definitely be impeached but convicted and removed is another matter. The Nazis would not convict and remove the person they worship." - Gerald)

"The president's position is that the all volunteer military meets the needs of the country and there is no discussion of a draft. General Lute made that point as well," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

In the interview, Lute also said that "Today, the current means of the all-volunteer force is serving us exceptionally well."

Still, he said the repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan affect not only the troops but their families, who can influence whether a service member decides to stay in the military.

"There's both a personal dimension of this, where this kind of stress plays out across dinner tables and in living room conversations within these families," he said. "And ultimately, the health of the all-volunteer force is going to rest on those sorts of personal family decisions."

The military conducted a draft during the Civil War and both world wars and between 1948 and 1973. The Selective Service System, re-established in 1980, maintains a registry of 18-year-old men.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has called for reinstating the draft as a way to end the Iraq war.

Bush picked Lute in mid-May as a deputy national security adviser with responsibility for ensuring efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan are coordinated with policymakers in Washington. Lute, an active-duty general, was chosen after several retired generals turned down the job.

"Bush wanted a dummy in Lute's position so when he recommends the return of the military draft, Bush will have someone to blame. We know the Dems are stupid with Rangel leading the call for the military draft. Now the Dems are saying that our forces will be in Iraq for many, many, many years. The military draft will be returned for the sons and daughters of the poor, low middle class, and the middle class." - Gerald

"Bush wants our borders opened so when the military draft is returned and there is rioting in the streets and Americans are slaughtered in the streets by the gestapos and Bush's panzer divisions, such as Blackwater, there will be a human pool for cannon fodder to serve in our endless preemptive wars." - Gerald

David B. Benson said...

For some reason I didn't read the 2006 Oct 02 issue of The Nation until today. It contains an article by a Peter Kwong entitled China's Noeliberal Dynasty.

Makes mainland China out as a truely horrible place.

Even George Orwell's 1984 seems better...

micki said...

Chuckanut Drive

Den, you'd enjoy Chuckanut Drive on your motorcycle. The highway is built to 1920s standards. ;-)

You could stop in Bow-Edison for lunch at the Edison Cafe and see photos of the most famous luminary from the area -- Edward R. Murrow. Murrow grew up in Blanchard and went to Edison High School. He later attended Washington State College (now University), where Dr. B is. The Communications' school bears Murrow's name.

micki said...

Carol -- Bill taped (DVd?) that particular Jon Stewart show and only looked at it on Friday night. He called me into the room when the segment came on about this racist hypocrite.


micki said...

China's Neoliberal Dynasty

This is not from The Nation's site, but from a site named China Study Group. (I think that at The Nation it is by subscription only.) Dr. B, it does indeed make mainland China out as a truely horrible place.

micki said...

So it looks like Mitt Romney was the fifth caller which means he wins the Iowa Straw Poll. But, who gives a flyingbleep? This presidential campaign is so ridiculous when Duncan Hunter (who???????) comes in LAST, behind two guys who didn't even actively participate (Rudy Ruthless and Fred the Lazyass Basset Hound).

What a zoo.