Tuesday, December 26, 2006

'Godfather of Soul' James Brown Dies

'Godfather of Soul,' Legendary Singer James Brown, Dies of Heart Failure at 73


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

But seriously folks...

Lots and lots of discussion over subpoena power and the like...

Back by popular demand...

The infamous grocer's son...unedited...

The Honorable Henry Waxman!


C'mon...I know you're curious...



Wednesday, December 06, 2006

FT's Gideon Rachman: The Baker-Hamilton report


Finally, it seems to me that the ground is being prepared for the United States to walk away, and to blame the Iraqi government for failing to get its act together. Take a look at this recommendation from the report:
"If the Iraqi government does not make substantial progress toward the achievement of milestones on national reconciliation, security and governance, the United States should reduce its political, military or economic support."
If I were an Iraqi sitting in the green zone, I wouldn’t feel too re-assured by that passage.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Whatever happened to the "Good War"?

Afghanistan Opium Crop Sets Record

U.S.-Backed Efforts At Eradication Fail

Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world's heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterday.


When asked about the increase in Opium production, G-Dub "Rub a dub dub" Lame Duck responded, "Take me out, Coach...I'm tired..."

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Are George W. Bush lovers certifiable?

A collective “I told you so” will ripple through the world of Bush-bashers once news of Christopher Lohse’s study gets out.

Lohse, a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush.

Lohse says his study is no joke. The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse’s study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

“Bush supporters had significantly less knowledge about current issues, government and politics than those who supported Kerry,” the study says.

.......I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!


Court Hears Global Warming Case

The Supreme Court yesterday cautiously confronted for the first time the issue of global warming, hearing a challenge to the Bush administration's refusal to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases in new vehicles.

...and our favorite justice, Antonin "Fuck You" Scalia, had this to say...

At one point, he (Scalia) acknowledged the role of carbon dioxide as a pollutant in the air but wondered about it being a pollutant in the "stratosphere."

"Respectfully, Your Honor, it is not the stratosphere. It's the troposphere," Milkey (lawyer) said.

"Troposphere, whatever. I told you before I'm not a scientist," Scalia said to laughter. "That's why I don't want to have to deal with global warming, to tell you the truth."


Thursday, November 23, 2006


First hit this link:

Then read this link:

He's scored touchdowns four different ways this season. He has 12 rushing touchdowns, a 70-yard catch for a touchdown, two passing touchdowns and the 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. With 1,303 rushing yards, he's just 84 yards behind the Arkansas single-season record set by Madre Hill in 1995.
McFadden, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back, said it would be a "great honor" to break the Arkansas rushing record.
But an even greater honor would be bringing a first-ever SEC championship back to Fayetteville.
The next two defenses (LSU and Florida) will be the toughest two McFadden has faced all season. The Gators are allowing just 71.8 yards per game on the ground and the Tigers 74.6 yards. Neither defense is giving up more than 2.7 yards per carry.
McFadden's teammates say these are the types of games he lives for.
"He runs hard, and you'll see it go to another level now," Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston said. "If you try to tackle him one-on-one, it's not going to be too pretty for you."

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Take a trip back..........


whether its the Allmans at Fillmore West
Stevie Wonder at Winterland
or Traffic at Fillmore East

there is something for everyone on this website.. free access to the vaults

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Glenn Beck-Classless

...I also heard this asshole on Rush Limbaugh (yes, I listen sometimes) slamming non-whites that report on Al-Jazeera...

CNN's Beck to first-ever Muslim congressman: "[W]hat I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies' "


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Inmate Allegedly Urged to Strip for Pie

AP) Two Lenawee County Jail officers have been fired after authorities say they urged an inmate to strip and run naked around his cellblock in exchange for a piece of cherry pie. "We took decisive action," Sheriff Larry Richardson told The Daily Telegram.Richardson said firing of the officers _ two of the jail's best employees _ was recommended by the county's labor attorney. Richardson said he learned of the incident in a letter from another inmate.The sheriff's department said Sunday that the names of the officers weren't being released.Union officials have challenged the firings, saying the punishment was too severe. Union local president Deputy Michael Osborne said it's not normal procedure to fire such employees after a single incident.Richardson said the officers considered it a prank. An investigation found that the male inmate who was urged to strip saw the two officers eating in August in the jail's glass-enclosed control tower and asked for some food.The conversation turned to joking about what the inmate would do for cherry pie, the investigation found, and the inmate said he was willing to streak. Richardson said the inmate was allowed out of his cell and streaked.No criminal charges will be brought, the Lenawee County prosecutor's office has ruled. Following that decision the department went ahead with internal disciplinary action, Richardson said."We had to be satisfied there was no criminal act," Richardson said.

White House: Iran must play constructive role


uhhhh..... i thought Iran was supplying terrorists with weapons.. what next?
White House to request troops and nuclear warheads from N. Korea to battle insurgents

Friday, November 10, 2006

funny shit.... love those brits


Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse


what goes around.....

wonder if this is the real reason he retired early

R.I. senator may leave Republican Party

As happy as I am that the Dems took control of both Houses...a decent and good voice of reason got caught up in the wake of the Neo-cons...Lincoln Chaffee...check it out...


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oh, Rummy...don't go away mad...just go away....

Just for fun (and a little gloating)...here are a few tidbits from Rummy's catalogue...AHEM!

"As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know We don't know."
—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

"Things will not be necessarily continuous. The fact that they are something other than perfectly continuous Ought not to be characterized as a pause. There will be some things that people will see. There will be some things that people won't see. And life goes on."
—Oct. 12, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing

"Oh my goodness gracious, What you can buy off the Internet In terms of overhead photography!
A trained ape can know an awful lot Of what is going on in this world, Just by punching on his mouse For a relatively modest cost!"
—June 9, 2001, following European trip

...later, dude...

AP: Startling findings in Tillman probe


the nightmare is reality

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

White House Caught Allegedly Doctoring "Mission Accomplished" Video...

Not only is the GOP involved in voter intimidation, blackmail, fraud and other Rovian tactics, but the White House gets caught by a YouTuber doctoring the "Mission Accomplished" speech...

...from our friends at The Huffington Post...


Friday, November 03, 2006

Bush Blasts Dems During Missouri Visit

Part of Bush's plan for Iraq:

"We have a plan for victory. We have a plan to secure this country, and part of our plan is to send Jim Talent back to the United States Senate."


...if this weren't so damn scary it would be funny...


Key Evangelical quits amid gay sex claim


innocent til proven guilty but typical bs

The accusations were made by Mike Jones, 49, of Denver, who said he decided to go public because of the political fight over the amendments.
"I just want people to step back and take a look and say, 'Look, we're all sinners, we all have faults, but if two people want to get married, just let them, and let them have a happy life,'" said Jones, who added that he isn't working for any political group.
Jones, who said he is gay, said he was also upset when he discovered Haggard and the New Life Church had publicly opposed same-sex marriage.
"It made me angry that here's someone preaching about gay marriage and going behind the scenes having gay sex," he said.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

National Foreclosures +17% QoQ, +43% YoY


some of the economic numbers Dubs doesn't want you to know about...

Fascism - Us or Them?

Fascism - a system of social organization in which the political state is a dictatorship supported by a political elite and in which the economic society is an autarchic capitalism, enclosed and planned, in which the government assumes responsibility for creating adequate purchasing power through the instrumentality of national debt and in which militarism is adopted as a great economic project for creating work as well as a great romantic project in the service of the imperialist state.

Broken down, it includes these devices:
1. A government whose powers are unrestrained.

2. A leader who is a dictator, absolute in power but responsible to the party which is a preferred elite.

3. An economic system in which production and distribution are carried on by private owners but in accordance with plans made by the state directly or under its immediate supervision.

4. These plans involve control of all the instruments of production and distribution through great government bureaus which have the power to make regulations or directives with the force of law.

5. They involve also the comprehensive integration of government and private finances, under which investment is directed and regimented by the government, so that while ownership is private and production is carried on by private owners there is a type of socialization of investment, of the financial aspects of production. By this means the state, which by law and by regulation can exercise a powerful control over industry, can enormously expand and complete that control by assuming the role of banker and partner.

6. They involve also the device of creating streams of purchasing power by federal government borrowing and spending as a permanent institution.

7. As a necessary consequence of all this, militarism becomes an inevitable part of the system since it provides the easiest means of draining great numbers annually from the labor market and of creating a tremendous industry for the production of arms for defense, which industry is supported wholly by government borrowing and spending.

8. Imperialism becomes an essential element of such a system where that is possible — particularly in the strong states, since the whole fascist system, despite its promises of abundance, necessitates great financial and personal sacrifices, which people cannot be induced to make in the interest of the ordinary objectives of civil life and which they will submit to only when they are presented with some national crusade or adventure on the heroic model touching deeply the springs of chauvinistic pride, interest, and feeling.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

R.I.P. “Stay the Course” 1885-2006

From the Supreme Leader: Keith Olbermann...

I found this on the Internets while I was using the Google...


Monday, October 23, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?


Alright, kiddos...this is an op-ed in today's NY Times. You have to read it to believe it. It's so simple it's scary...

Angry driver allegedly fires crossbow...


what's the lesson here?
don't shoot Basil the bird

Monday, October 16, 2006

Poll: Support for war among Americans at all-time low

"What?! I thought we were WINNING!! TERROR! TERROR! TERROR!"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A poll carried out for CNN over the weekend finds support among Americans for the war in Iraq at an all-time low, with just 34 percent saying they approve, and 64 percent saying they disapprove.

...lots of links on John Aravosis' blog below...


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Kenny Boy/DeLay bitch...

As Election Nears, Groups Plan Negative Ads

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 — A previously unknown group led by a Republican political consultant in Houston is financing television advertisements against nine Democratic House candidates from North Carolina to Arizona.

The group, Americans for Honesty on Issues, is spending more than $1 million on the advertisements, which accuse Democratic candidates of carpetbagging, coddling illegal immigrants, being soft on crime and advocating cutting off money for troops in Iraq.


...the mud-slinging has started from the GOP...

655,000 Iraqis die because of war

NEW YORK - A controversial new study contends nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war, suggesting a far higher death toll than other estimates.
The timing of the survey's release, just a few weeks before the U.S. congressional elections, led one expert to call it "politics."
In the new study, researchers attempt to calculate how many more Iraqis have died since March 2003 than one would expect without the war. Their conclusion, based on interviews of households and not a body count, is that about 600,000 died from violence, mostly gunfire. They also found a small increase in deaths from other causes like heart disease and cancer.
"Deaths are occurring in now at a rate more than three times that from before the invasion of March 2003," Dr. Gilbert Burnham, lead author of the study, said in a statement.
The study by Burnham, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and others is to be published Thursday on the Web site of The Lancet, a medical journal.
An accurate count of Iraqi deaths has been difficult to obtain, but one respected group puts its rough estimate at closer to 50,000. And at least one expert was skeptical of the new findings.
"They're almost certainly way too high," said Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington. He criticized the way the estimate was derived and noted that the results were released shortly before the Nov. 7 election.
"This is not analysis, this is politics," Cordesman said.
The work updates an earlier Johns Hopkins study — that one was released just before the November 2004 presidential election. At the time, the lead researcher, Les Roberts of Hopkins, said the timing was deliberate. Many of the same researchers were involved in the latest estimate.
Speaking of the new study, Burnham said the estimate was much higher than others because it was derived from a house-to-house survey rather than approaches that depend on body counts or media reports.
A private group called Iraqi Body Count, for example, says it has recorded about 44,000 to 49,000 civilian Iraqi deaths. But it notes that those totals are based on media reports, which it says probably overlook "many if not most civilian casualties."
For Burnham's study, researchers gathered data from a sample of 1,849 Iraqi households with a total of 12,801 residents from late May to early July. That sample was used to extrapolate the total figure. The estimate deals with deaths up to July.
The survey participants attributed about 31 percent of violent deaths to coalition forces.
Accurate death tolls have been difficult to obtain ever since the Iraq conflict began in March 2003. When top Iraqi political officials cite death numbers, they often refuse to say where the numbers came from.
The Health Ministry, which tallies civilian deaths, relies on reports from government hospitals and morgues. The Interior Ministry compiles its figures from police stations, while the Defense Ministry reports deaths only among army soldiers and insurgents killed in combat.
The United keeps its own count, based largely on reports from the Baghdad morgue and the Health Ministry.
The major funder of the new study was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Image-conscious Arkansas takes anti-Nutt shirts


Caleb Larru, 28, had black shirts printed with a cartoon of Nutt's face on the front. On the back, below a headline reading "National Championship Under Construction," was a list of statistics from Nutt's tenure at Arkansas, including the Razorbacks' lack of 10-win seasons and Southeastern Conference championships -- and their poor record against some of the SEC's top teams.

Friday, September 29, 2006


Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey didn't do the honors, presenting a Top Ten list on Thursday's "Late Show With David Letterman." Staff member Gerard Mulligan came out to deliver the list.
And it's amusing, risque, out there ...
Letterman explained why Mulligan stepped in to deliver "Chapter Titles in Jim McGreevey's Book."
"We had invited the governor to be here, he said he would be here, we were all very excited that he was going to be here and then he stopped calling," Letterman said. "They just stopped calling. They left us numbers that were unplugged, we couldn't get a hold of him. He said, 'Oh no, we're coming, don't worry, we're coming,' and that's the last we heard of him…I hope he's OK."
McGreevey, who is gay, may not be after he sees this list ... Or maybe he'll guffaw. That was our reaction.
The list to "Chapter Titles in Jim McGreevey's Book" ...

10. "The Day I Got Caught Governing Myself"
9. "How to Pretend to Like Girls for 47 Years"
8. "From Schwarzenegger to Pataki: Governors I'd Like to Oil Up"
7. "Another Confession -- I Can't Resist Entenmann's Pound Cake"
6. "At First I Just Thought I Was Bipartisan"
5. "The New Jersey Budget Crisis -- What Would Judy Garland Do?"
4. "A Look at the Governor's Balls"
3. "Politicians Who Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth"
2. "How to Push Through a Bill – Or a Steve or a Larry…"
1. "Why I Don't Like Bush"

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Dirty Trick... (but not surprising)

Cheney's boys show their best side...


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Governor Ann Richards, 1933-2006

-Dorothy Ann Willis Richards-

"Poor George, he can't help it...He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."

Rest In Peace, Governor...

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Yep, Fuckwads...here ya have it...

All I care about...no, wait a minute...all I are about...no, wait a miniature...ale 'a err 'bout...er...er...is there a walkabout?!

oh, and check this out...I found fer duckin' oofin' stuffers'...


9/11...the path of the lie...

So here we are...

9/11 is just a few hours from now. Just a few hours.

What is your president doing? No...I don't know either. But it's a safe bet that Georgie Porgie is curled up with his Pet Goat and sleeping...dreaming of a new "Red Bike...vroom vroom!"...

This link is one of many, many...if you take the time...


Monday, September 04, 2006

Jews?! Bah...

Burn! Burn you silly Jews!


*This may be huge or it may be bullshit...either way, Bush looks like he has his finger up his righteous ass...

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hurry...check this out!

Please Google the word 'failure' and see what results you get... better hurry before W finds out!

Hurry...check this out!

Please Google the word 'failure' and see what results you get... better hurry before W finds out!

After year in Iraq, soldiers face 18-hour bus ride home

For at least a year, the soldiers had survived one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: driving trucks on the violent roads of Iraq for the US Army. Half the company had been at it nearly two years.

But when the 150 soldiers in the Massachusetts-based 220th Transportation Company , 94th Regional Readiness Command , arrived at Camp Atterbury in Indiana just after midnight Friday for demobilization, they were told they would have to take the bus home -- an 18- to 20-hour ride.


Thanks Rummy...you asshole...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ralph Nader on the hook over nomination ‘deception'

Harrisburg, Pa. — Former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader and his running mate must pay more than $80,000 (U.S.) in expenses for the lawsuit that challenged their nominating papers and kept them off the 2004 ballot, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a decision released Wednesday.

There was an implication of “fraud and deception” in their petition drive, the court said in its ruling.


...pulled this one for Daniel Webster...our staunch Dem.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Climbs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has climbed back to 138,000, driven up in part by the need to control the escalating violence in Baghdad and the decision to delay the departure of an Alaska-based Army brigade.


...WTF?! C'mon Georgie Porgie...I thought things were just "rosy"...Rummy said so.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Froomkin's all over Cheney...

By insinuating that the sizeable majority of American voters who oppose the war in Iraq are aiding and abetting the enemy, Vice President Cheney on Wednesday may have crossed the line that separates legitimate political discourse from hysteria.


Go get 'em Dan!!!

Friday, August 11, 2006


"Oooohhhh....yeah, Condi...keep talkin,' babe...just like that..."

"Oooohhhh...yeah, Justache...keep lookin' at my teeth...just like that..."

Weird News Of The Day-S.C. Bakery Bible Study Featured 'Buns'

(AP) Customers in a bakery for a Bible study saw a different kind of buns Wednesday morning. A drunken teen came into the Atlanta Bread Co. shortly after it opened, used the bathroom in a storage closet, then walked out of the bakery naked, Bluffton Police Department spokesman Mike Creason said.

"He was sitting on the curb with no clothes on when the police showed up," Creason said.

Julius Daukus, 17, of Columbia, was charged with indecent exposure, police said.

The teen had apparently been drinking while visiting some friends at a nearby home and wandered off, Creason said.Daukus was confused when police arrived.

"He was calm, just sitting on the curb," Creason said. "He didn't know where he was."

Employees at the store said the Bible study regulars just shook their heads at what happened.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ned Lamont is my hero...

Check this out...and take into condsideration that Ned Lamont has no experience...uh...I mean, NO EXPERIENCE!!!


"we didn't bother to wake President Bush" - source tells NBC

Bush and Blair discussed the raid on Sunday nite...
worst performing stock sector was Airlines and other Transportation

think there was a leak?


I'll keep it short and sweet -- Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.

Secy's Laurel and Hardy.. All over it - whew i feel much safer


oh my fucking god, part II
the worst mustache...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Friday, August 04, 2006

Following up on Mr. Mayor's post...

Check this out:


Rumsfeld is an asshole!!

'Atta girl!

Warms my heart to read in the Demazette this AM about Hilary dressing down Rummy at the hearing yesterday. I only wish I could have been there... after her opening salvo he mutters, "My goodness."

The mayor is behind on his comments... but was moved to action on Cynic's "Scary Shit" piece.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Great news...just grrrrrrEAAAAAT news!!!!

Good evening,

I am happy to report that, in it's vast wisdom, the administrators of the Congressional cafeteria have decided to rename the renamed..."French Fries" are back!

That's right, folks...you heard it hear first. Well, not really, I heard in on NBC...

But "French Fries" and "French Toast" have made their return.
Remember when those two pesky Republican Reps., Jones and Ney, got upset about the French's lack of support of invading Iraq?

"Dammit, my follow Americans! I'll be damned if I have to eat one more French Fry...or, or, or have one more piece of French Toast....or, or have French's mustard! From this day forward, FREEDOM FRIES AND FREEDOM TOAST FOR ALL AMERICANS!"


Documentary of LR music scence.. trailer


Iraq `Fiasco': New Books Target Dumb Ideas, Corporate Greed


Monday, July 31, 2006

Paul Eells...

...dies in a car accident on the way back from a stupid golf tournament and interviewing Hou'ton Dale about Darren (or Dareen or Darrell) McFadden's big toe...

...it's all about the Big Toe, fellas...

...Oh My!

NYT Sunday edition - Scary Shit



you get the feeling that shit in the middle east is spiralling out of control in front of our eyes..

Thursday, July 27, 2006

A Texas Preacher Leads Campaign To Let Israel Fight - WSJ

By ANDREW HIGGINS July 27, 2006
WASHINGTON -- After Israel sent warplanes into Iraq in 1981 to bomb a nuclear reactor, Texas televangelist John Hagee sent letters to 150 fellow Christian preachers to rally support for the Jewish state.
He got just one positive response. When Mr. Hagee pressed ahead with plans for a pro-Israel gathering in a San Antonio theater, he says he got a death threat on the phone and someone shot out all the windows of his station wagon parked in his driveway.
Last week, as Israel's armed forces pounded Lebanon and worries of a wider conflagration mounted, Mr. Hagee presided over what he called a "miracle of God": a gathering of 3,500 evangelical Christians packed into a Washington hotel to cheer Israel and its current military campaign.
Standing on a stage bedecked with a huge Israeli flag, Mr. Hagee drew rapturous applause and shouts of "amen" as he hailed Israel for doing God's work in a "war of good versus evil." Calls for Israel to show restraint violate "God's foreign-policy statement" toward Jews, he said, citing a verse from the Old Testament that promises to "bless those who bless you" and curse "the one who curses you."
The gathering was sponsored by Christians United for Israel, a national organization the 66-year-old preacher set up this year. The group lobbies politicians in Washington, rallies grassroots support for Israel and aims to educate Christians on what it calls the "biblical imperative" of supporting the Jewish state.
Mr. Hagee is a leading figure in the so-called Christian-Zionist movement. This evangelical political philosophy is rooted in biblical prophecies and a belief that Israel's struggles signal a prelude to Armageddon. Its followers staunchly support the Bush administration's unequivocal backing of Israel in its current battle with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
President Bush sent a message to the gathering praising Mr. Hagee and his supporters for "spreading the hope of God's love and the universal gift of freedom." The Israeli prime minister also sent words of thanks. Israel's ambassador, its former military chief and a host of U.S. political heavyweights, mostly Republican, attended.
At a time when Islamist groups are displacing secular nationalists as the main vehicle for political revolt across the Middle East, Mr. Hagee and like-minded evangelicals are injecting greater religious fervor into American attitudes and policy toward the region. They see, and even sometimes seem to embrace, the notion of a global conflict between Islam and the Judeo-Christian West, just as do many zealous Muslims.
John Hagee (center) at Christians United for Israel banquet in Washington last week.
"This is a religious war that Islam cannot -- and must not -- win," Mr. Hagee wrote in a recent book, "Jerusalem Countdown," which focuses on what he says is a coming nuclear showdown with Iran. "The end of the world as we know it is rapidly approaching.... Rejoice and be exceeding glad -- the best is yet to be." The book has sold nearly 700,000 copies since it was released in January, according to his Florida-based religious publisher, Strang Communications.
Christian Zionism has been around for years but is now gaining greater prominence as it gets turbocharged by the marketing flair of Mr. Hagee and other religious entrepreneurs. Mr. Hagee has deployed massive resources to galvanize support for Israel. He heads a San Antonio megachurch, which claims 19,000 members, runs a television company and has close ties to Republican Party power brokers. His Washington banquet last week cost about $500,000, according to an organizer. A big Christian broadcasting network, Daystar, carried the event live.
The following day, he mobilized evangelicals representing all 50 states in a lobbying blitz through the Capitol. Armed with talking points scripted by Mr. Hagee and his staff, they peppered senators and congressmen with arguments for Israel and against its enemies, particularly Iran.
While Mr. Bush is clearly close to evangelicals, he has never fully embraced their agenda or rhetoric. But their views are generally in sync with the aims of his national-security strategists, who reach similar conclusions through a different logic. They have long blasted what they've termed the "false stability" of a region mostly ruled by autocrats and that has tolerated terrorist organizations committed to Israel's destruction. The influential "neo-conservative" school of foreign-policy advisers has also buttressed this line, arguing that the U.S. must push more aggressively for democracy in the Middle East.
Bedrock for Bush
Christian evangelicals, who first found political traction under President Reagan in the 1980s, now number about 50 million and form a bedrock constituency for President Bush. Best known for their lobbying against abortion, same-sex marriage and on other domestic issues, they have also taken a keen interest in foreign policy, especially since the attacks of 9/11.
"Leave Israel alone. Let them do the job," Mr. Hagee told his supporters last week at the banquet. Israel's enemies, said New York Congressman Eliot Engel, one of the few Democratic speakers, "do the work of Satan."
This melding of realpolitik and religion, say former and current U.S. officials, has produced a potent force. Israel's evangelical supporters "were out there before, but didn't really appear on the radar screen," says Dennis Ross, a Middle East envoy in the administrations of both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. "Now they are an important part of the landscape." More than any prior White House, the Bush administration has established formal, regular contacts with American evangelical leaders.
The White House says it isn't overly influenced by any one group. "The president makes decisions about policies for our country based on what is right for our citizens," says Dana Perino, deputy press secretary. "The United States has been an ally of Israel since its founding, and President Bush has worked to strengthen that alliance."
The main vehicle for Mr. Hagee's pro-Israel activities over the years has been San Antonio's Cornerstone Church, which he first joined as pastor back in 1975 when it was called Church of Castle Hill, a moribund parish with only a few dozen worshippers and heavy debts. He had quit his previous church the same year during a messy divorce that was quickly followed by his remarriage to a young churchgoer. Attracted by Mr. Hagee's mix of thundering oratory and folksy humor, the congregation mushroomed.
The son of a puritanical preacher, Mr. Hagee first visited Israel in 1978. He says he went there "as a tourist and came back home a Zionist." While in Israel, Mr. Hagee visited Jerusalem's Western Wall and says he felt a "nearness to God like no other place on Earth." At that moment, he recalls, "The Lord required of me to do everything I could to bring Christians and Jews together."
After returning to Texas, Mr. Hagee says he plunged into a "three-year study binge to discover the Jewish roots of Christianity." This coincided with a surge of contacts between American evangelicals and the then Israeli government of Menachem Begin, a devout biblical scholar and hardline defender of Israel's right to territories won in 1967. Mr. Begin worked hard to cultivate American evangelicals, with whom he shared a belief that Israel's birth in 1948 and subsequent struggles were a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
Mr. Hagee says he met with Mr. Begin three times.
When Mr. Begin ordered Israel's air force to bomb Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981, Mr. Hagee was horrified by widespread criticism that followed. After reading a San Antonio newspaper that described the attack as an act of "gunboat diplomacy," he decided to organize a pro-Israel gathering.
Local Christians initially showed little enthusiasm for the idea. San Antonio's Jewish community was even more wary. "There was a lot of skepticism," recalls Aryeh Scheinberg, an Orthodox rabbi who took part in meetings among Jewish leaders to decide how to respond to Mr. Hagee's proposal. "Everyone wanted to know: 'What does he really want?' I said, 'Let's give the man a chance and take the risk.' "
The pro-Israel gathering went ahead with both Jews and Christians present. As Mr. Scheinberg mounted the podium to deliver a final prayer, security told Mr. Hagee of a bomb threat. Mr. Hagee, a stocky man who got to college on a football scholarship, says he asked God to make the rabbi pray "not like Moses but like a Presbyterian late for lunch." The threat was a hoax.
The event has been held every year since, though some Jewish leaders refuse to attend and reject any alliance with Mr. Hagee. "Many of his views are hateful," says Barry Block, a prominent reform rabbi in San Antonio, who accuses Mr. Hagee of demonizing Muslims and propounding a divisive right-wing agenda that erodes the barrier between church and state.
When addressing Jewish audiences, Mr. Hagee generally avoids talking about Armageddon. But his books, whose titles include "Beginning of the End" and "From Daniel to Doomsday," are filled with death and mayhem. "The battlefield will cover the nation of Israel!" he writes in "Jerusalem Countdown," his recent work, describing a "sea of human blood drained from the veins of those who have followed Satan."
Some fellow evangelicals accuse Mr. Hagee of ignoring Arab Christians. Donald Wagner of North Park University, an evangelical Christian college in Chicago, first traveled to Israel at around the same time as Mr. Hagee but reached the opposite conclusion. "I was very pro-Israel until I went there," says Mr. Wagner, who heads a research group that challenges the theology of Christian Zionists.
A Turn to Television
Little known outside of Texas when he first embraced Zionism, Mr. Hagee turned to television to promote Jesus, Israel and his own name. His main platform for this was Global Evangelism Television Inc., a nonprofit organization. First set up in 1978, GETV initially relayed the programming of others to local cable operators. In the 1980s it began pumping out its own shows featuring Mr. Hagee for broadcast on national Christian networks. His sermons and chat shows now appear on 120 stations and, he says, reach more than 90 million homes.
By the mid-1980s his flock had outgrown his church in central San Antonio. In 1987, Cornerstone moved to a 35-acre suburban campus with a 5,000-person assembly hall and a new television and radio studio.
As his exposure grew, so did controversy. He ran into flak for inviting former White House aide Oliver North, a pardoned felon, and disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart to speak at Cornerstone. He also feuded with the U.S. Postal Service over nonprofit rates for church mailings that contained ads for his books and videos. (He sued and, he says, got a refund of around $40,000.)
Mr. Hagee also upset black leaders. To help students seeking odd jobs, his church newsletter, The Cluster, advertised a "slave" sale. "Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone," it said. "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." Mr. Hagee apologized but, in a radio interview, protested about pressure to be "politically correct" and joked that perhaps his pet dog should be called a "canine American."
The quarrels didn't stop the steady growth of his congregation, which is multiracial. His "nights to honor Israel" got bigger, too, as did his clout as a fund-raiser for Israeli causes. He says he has raised over $12 million so far.
Increasingly prominent, the preacher attracted the eye and, initially, the ire of Jerry Falwell, the dean of the Christian right and another enthusiastic supporter of Israel.
In 1994, The National Liberty Journal, a conservative monthly run by Mr. Falwell, labeled Mr. Hagee a "heretic" for championing so-called dual-covenant theory -- a belief that Jews and Christians have separate deals with God that allow each to get into heaven. The traditional Christian view is that Jews and other non-Christians must convert -- or end up on the wrong side of the battle of Armageddon.
Soon after the article appeared, Mr. Falwell arranged to meet the Texan at a Christian pow-wow in Memphis. Mr. Hagee, says Mr. Falwell, convinced him that he didn't believe in the "dual covenant." Mr. Falwell now sits on the board of Christians United for Israel.
Mr. Hagee, citing a New Testament verse, says a "remnant of Jewish people...have favor with God right now" but he is vague on which Jews will get to heaven without conversion, saying that only God knows this. He dismisses the dual-covenant issue as "something to start coffee-table debate."
Closer to Power
Mr. Bush's 2000 election victory and the Republican Party's control of both houses of Congress brought evangelical Christians closer to power than ever before. Mr. Hagee had met Mr. Bush several times while he was Texas governor and solidly supported his push for the White House. Mr. Hagee was closer, though, to another powerful Texan, Congressman Tom DeLay. Soon after becoming majority leader in the House of Representatives, Mr. DeLay gave the keynote speech at Mr. Hagee's 2002 pro-Israel gathering in San Antonio. Mr. DeLay, since embroiled in a corruption scandal, also spoke last week in Washington.
In 2003, The San Antonio Express-News dug into Mr. Hagee's filings with the Internal Revenue Service. The article alleged no wrongdoing, but reported that Mr. Hagee received more than $1.25 million in 2001 for his church and TV work and had a trust that includes a nearly 8,000-acre $2.1 million Texas ranch.
Mr. Hagee says that the bulk of his earnings comes from royalty payments from his 21 books, not from churchgoers' donations. He says he'll earn much the same this year if book sales hold up.
His finances under the spotlight, Mr. Hagee reorganized his holdings in a way that allowed him to avoid having to make public filings. In September 2004, Global Evangelism Television re-registered as a church under the name Grace Church of San Antonio. Churches, unlike religious TV companies and other nonprofit outfits, are exempt from filing detailed returns with the IRS. A further reorganization in recent weeks moved all assets into Cornerstone Church. None of the Church's financial records are publicly available. Mr. Hagee said his lawyers had recommended the changes for "greater clarity."
President Bush abandoned President Clinton's efforts to secure a big-bang peace settlement to the Israel-Palestine conflict but, under prodding from Britain and others, did back a slow-paced plan known as the Roadmap for Peace.
In May 2003, Mr. Hagee and other evangelical leaders sent a letter to President Bush applauding the invasion of Iraq but complaining about the Israel-Palestine peace plan. They said it would be "morally reprehensible" for the U.S. to be "evenhanded" between Israel and "the terrorist-infested Palestinian infrastructure."
Last fall, he took his annual "night to honor Israel," to Israel, holding the event in the hangar of an Israeli air-force base. He spoke at the Israeli Parliament and organized a visit for his U.S. followers to Megiddo, an Israeli hilltop that he believes will be the site of the battle of Armageddon.
Mr. Hagee also started laying plans for Christians United for Israel, hoping to meld a plethora of mostly small pro-Israel Christian groups into a national network. He contacted Mr. Falwell, who says he immediately offered support. He hired David Brog, a lawyer who had worked in both Israel and on Capitol Hill and who is a distant cousin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, as the new organization's executive director.
As Mr. Hagee's plans took shape last fall, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby, set up an "outreach" unit to work with Christians and others. Appointed to head the unit was a San Antonio native who had previously worshipped at the synagogue of Mr. Scheinberg, the Orthodox rabbi who has been one of Mr. Hagee's keenest supporters.
Christians United for Israel held its first meeting in San Antonio in February and immediately began organizing last week's Washington event. To galvanize support and allay suspicions in some quarters of his motives, Mr. Hagee traveled around the country, meeting with Christian and Jewish leaders. Some Jews worry that Christian-Zionists want to convert Jews to Christianity, something Mr. Hagee has always denied.
The current eruption of violence, says Mr. Hagee, shows that Israel should not surrender land in search of peace and that Christians and Jews are on the same side.
"If God opposes giving away the land, if it has never worked, let's come up with another plan," he thundered last week. "Do not give the land away. It belongs to you. It is God's heritage to you."

I think I am going to be sick

This country is being run by IDIOT DUMBSHIT FREAKS!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Imus and Chris Matthews


where was this conversation 3 years ago?

Pryor and Lincoln...GOP.

Review shows Pryor tends to back Bush in Senate

WASHINGTON — Despite harsh criticism from conservatives over recent votes, Arkansas’ Sen. Mark Pryor has been in President Bush’s corner more often than not during the 109 th Congress.

Among Democratic senators, only Ben Nelson of Nebraska has supported Bush more often than Pryor, a new tally shows. The ranking is from VoteTracker, a congressional vote-tabulation service, and is based on a review of 67 key votes on which the White House had a clearly stated position.

Pryor sided with Bush on 49 of those and disagreed on 18, for a rate of agreement of 73. 1 percent.

Arkansas’ other Democratic senator, Blanche Lincoln, sided with Bush 66. 2 percent of the time.

Asked about the figures, Pryor acknowledged, “I do agree with the president on a lot of things.”



Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Mr. Mayor, Jackass (a.k.a. the cynic) and myself have decided that Mr. Babaar (pronounced Babaaaaaar), Daniel Webster and Socrates should stop drinking the female strain of Kool-Aid and make the return north next summer. Plenty of people have been calling you chump-asses out...bitches...all of ya...

Mr. Mayor and The Kid...

Typical Republican Bullshit


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Rockefeller's Obit


i realize this is old news but for those who didn't see the NY Times obituary written by Steve Barnes....

anyone out there?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Security funding list: Bean fest, but not Times Square?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Homeland Security database of vulnerable terror targets in the United States, which includes an insect zoo but not the Statue of Liberty, is too flawed to determine allocation of federal security funds, the department's internal watchdog found.



Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Anyone out there? As I sit on the porch lookin' at the big lake, I wonder...what is going on in the world? Let me know...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday....

Happy birthday to Clowntown.

Happy birthday to Clowntown and, especially, the Band.

Happy birthday to Clowntown and, especially, the Band and the Mayor.

...bummer those 2550 kiddos who've died in Iraq because of Worst.President.Ever.'s genius won't have another birthday...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Limbaugh detained at Palm Beach airport

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription.
Customs officials found a prescription bottle labeled as Viagra in his luggage that didn't have Limbaugh's name on it, but that of two doctors, said
Paul Miller, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
A doctor had prescribed the drug, but it was "labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes," Roy Black, Limbaugh's attorney, said in a statement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection examined the 55-year-old radio commentator's luggage after his private plane landed at the airport from the Dominican Republic, said Miller.
The matter was referred to the sheriff's office, whose investigators interviewed Limbaugh. According to Miller, Limbaugh said that the Viagra was for his use, and that he obtained it from his doctors.
Investigators confiscated the drugs, which treats erectile dysfunction, and Limbaugh was released without being charged.

Who would screw this fat bastard???

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Warnings on WMD 'Fabricator' Were Ignored, Ex-CIA Aide Says


In late January 2003, as Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to argue the Bush administration's case against Iraq at the United Nations, veteran CIA officer Tyler Drumheller sat down with a classified draft of Powell's speech to look for errors. He found a whopper: a claim about mobile biological labs built by Iraq for germ warfare.
Drumheller instantly recognized the source, an Iraqi defector suspected of being mentally unstable and a liar. The CIA officer took his pen, he recounted in an interview, and crossed out the whole paragraph.

A few days later, the lines were back in the speech. Powell stood before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5 and said: "We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails."


Friday, June 23, 2006

10-year boner...no shit...

Man wins $400K for 10-year implant malfunction

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- A former handyman has won more than $400,000 in a lawsuit over a penile implant that gave him a 10-year erection.

Charles "Chick" Lennon, 68, received the steel and plastic implant in 1996, about two years before Viagra went on the market. The Dura-II is designed to allow impotent men to position the penis upward for sex, then lower it.

But Lennon could not position his penis downward. He said he could no longer hug people, ride a bike, swim or wear bathing trunks because of the pain and embarrassment. He has become a recluse and is uncomfortable being around his grandchildren, his lawyer said.


...was this old dude really ridin' a bike? well...anyway...not being able to position your penis downward must...must...be pretty COOL!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Study: Earth 'likely' hottest in 2,000 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It has been 2,000 years and possibly much longer since Earth has run such a fever.

The National Academy of Sciences, reaching that conclusion in a broad review of scientific work requested by Congress, reported Thursday that the "recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia."


"Uhhh...Mr. President? I am so sorry to bother you on your day off, but may I ask you a question?"

"I can only speak to myself." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2006

"No, Mr. President, I mean, can you speak to me?"

"If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?" —George W. Bush, Detroit, Mich., Feb. 8, 2005

"Oh...okay. Is there any way I can speak with myself?!"

"One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." —George W. Bush, Jan. 3, 2000

"I have to go to the bathroom, Mr. President. Mr. President?! MR. PRESIDENT?! PLEASE STOP FOLLOWING ME? I'M SERIOUS...QUIT!"

"Never again in the halls of Washington, D.C., do I want to have to make explanations that I can't explain." —George W. Bush, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000

CEOs earn 262 times pay of average worker

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chief executive officers in the United States earned 262 times the pay of an average worker in 2005, the second-highest level in the 40 years for which there is data, a nonprofit think-tank said on Wednesday.

In fact, a CEO earned more in one workday than an average worker earned in 52 weeks, said the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The typical worker's compensation averaged just under $42,000 for the year, while the average CEO brought home almost $11 million, EPI said.


"Excuse me, Mr. President? What is your opinion regarding the continued separation of classes in the U.S.?"

"I tell people, let's don't fear the future, let's shape it." —George W. Bush, Omaha, Neb., June 7, 2006

"Uhhhh...I'm sorry Mr. President, but I really don't follow?"

"I think — tide turning — see, as I remember — I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of — it's easy to see a tide turn — did I say those words?" —George W. Bush, asked if the tide was turning in Iraq, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

"Thanks for your time, Mr. President..."

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

2 killed in second botched Israeli strike

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 21, 4:06 PM ET
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - In the second botched Israeli airstrike in Gaza in two days, two people were killed and 13 were wounded when a missile hit a house Wednesday, just hours after grieving and angry Palestinians buried three children killed in a previous attack.

Militants vowed revenge, and Israelis debated the effectiveness of airstrikes that target militants but are taking a mounting toll on innocent Palestinians.
In Wednesday's attack, Israeli aircraft targeted militants in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis but hit a house instead, killing a man and a woman and wounding at least 13 people, including five children, according to hospital officials.

The missile blew a hole in a wall of the one-story concrete block shack. A pool of blood covered part of the kitchen floor of the stricken house.
A witness said a car carrying Palestinian militants passed the house as the missile struck. They jumped from the car and ran into a nearby field.
A senior air force officer, speaking on condition of anonymity under military regulations, said the missile missed its target by several dozen yards.

How many is several dozen? 5 dozen is over half a football field.. that's a big miss. Dont' we supply the Isreali military with artilery?
If Isreal can't hit their target with US made weapons, how are we to believe Sadam could bomb US soil using his catapult?

If you are Muslim, dont' walk outside in Gaza....

Episcopals agree to curb consecration of gay bishops

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church on Wednesday, reversing an earlier decision, adopted a resolution to avoid the consecration of additional gay bishops, a move designed to heal strained relations with 77 million fellow Anglicans worldwide.

The action reversed a decision made 24 hours earlier when one of two legislative bodies at the 2.3-million-member U.S. church's triennial convention rejected a similar idea.

The resolution adopted by both the church's bishops and by lay and clergy diocesan representatives voting in separate bodies calls on bishops and local committees "to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate (for bishop) whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."

Debate during the week-long convention made it clear that the "manner of life" caution applied to openly gay candidates for the episcopate.

The church has been in turmoil since its consecration three years ago of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first bishop known to be in an openly gay relationship in more than 450 years of Anglican history.

.....and these guys are supposed to be more progressive and tolerant than mainstream religion? Fuck that...

Weird News Of The Day-Fla. restaurant sells $100 hamburger

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A hundred bucks might buy you more than six dozen burgers from McDonald's, but the swanky Old Homestead Steakhouse will sell you one brawny beef sandwich for the same price.

Boca Raton Mayor Steven Abrams could barely speak between bites as he devoured the 20-ounce, $100 hamburger billed as the "beluga caviar of sandwiches."

"Heaven on a bun," restaurant owner Marc Sherry said.

The burger debuted Tuesday at the restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort and Club, where a membership costs $40,000 and an additional $3,600 a year.

"We've never had a hamburger on our menu here so we really wanted to go to the extreme," Sherry said, calling it "the most decadent burger in the world."

At about 5 1/2 inches across and 2 1/2 inches thick, the mound of meat is comprised of beef from three continents — American prime beef, Japanese Kobe and Argentine cattle.

The bill for one burger, with garnishing that includes organic greens, exotic mushrooms and tomatoes, comes out to $124.50 with tax and an 18 percent tip included. The restaurant will donate $10 from each sale to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Saddam's main lawyer killed... Again

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of Saddam Hussein's main lawyers was shot to death Wednesday after he was abducted from his Baghdad home by men wearing police uniforms, the third killing of a member of the former leader's defense team since the trial started some eight months ago.
Khamis al-Obeidi, an Iraqi who represented Saddam and his half brother Barzan Ibrahim in their trial, was abducted from his house Wednesday morning, said Saddam's top lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi. His body was found on a street near the Shiite slum of Sadr City, police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.
Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi confirmed that al-Obeidi had been killed, although he did not provide any details. A photo of al-Obeidi provided by police showed his face, head and shoulders drenched in his own blood.
A parked car bomb also exploded near an ice cream shop in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding eight, police Capt. Sattar Jabar said. It was the second attack in as many days in the sprawling Shiite district in eastern Baghdad.
The violence came a day after the U.S. military recovered the bodies of two missing soldiers from an area south of Baghdad that it said was rigged with explosives. A senior Iraqi defense official, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, said the bodies showed signs of having been tortured.
The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of five insurgent groups, claimed the new leader of al-Qaida in
Iraq executed the men personally, but it offered no evidence. The U.S. military did not confirm whether the soldiers died from wounds suffered in an attack Friday or were kidnapped and later killed.
Al-Obeidi, who was in his 50s and had six children, was the third member of Saddam's defense team to be killed since the former leader's trial began on Oct. 19.
A dozen masked gunmen abducted defense lawyer Saadoun al-Janabi from his Baghdad office the day after the trial's opening session. His body was found the next day with two bullets in his skull. Nearly three weeks later, defense lawyer Adel al-Zubeidi was assassinated in a brazen daylight ambush in Baghdad. A colleague who was wounded fled the country.
"The aim of this act is to terrify the lawyers and hinder the work of the defense team," al-Dulaimi said.

i can see the job posting now...
wanted Baghdad law school graduate: summer internship for aspiring lawyers looking for experience in war crimes and genocide. assist the coalition of the willing and President Bush bring justice to Iraq. must provide own flak jacket and bodyguard. salary negotiable up to $5/day....

no thanks..
what a clusterfuck...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

State Trooper, Santorum Team Member Sued for Rights Violations at Barnes & Noble

By Matthew Rothschild
The Progressive

As if Senator Rick Santorum didn’t have trouble enough, now one of his team is facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the rights of several women who came to speak with him at a book signing and discussion session for “It Takes a Family.”

So, too, is a Delaware state trooper who, while in full uniform, was acting as a security guard for the event last August 19.

The trooper, Sergeant Mark DiJiacomo, of the Delaware State Police, allegedly kicked out and threatened several of the women, and arrested two of them for a short period—all before Santorum had even shown up.

On May 30, 2006, Stacey Galperin, Miriam Rocek, Hannah Shaffer and her mom, Heidi, along with one minor, sued Sergeant DiJiacomo. They also sued Jane Doe, an unidentified “member of Senator Santorum’s promotional team.” They are seeking “redress for the deprivation of their First and Fourth Amendment rights and for the emotional distress caused by Sergeant DiJiacomo’s false arrest and unlawful threats,” the lawsuit says.


Ahhhhhh, goody.....ahhhhh, goody! What an asshole this guy is...his Democratic opponent is leading him by about 20%....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Japan pulling its 600 troops from Iraq

By JOSEPH COLEMAN, Associated Press Writer
TOKYO - Japan ordered the withdrawal of its ground troops from Iraq on Tuesday, declaring the humanitarian mission a success and ending a groundbreaking dispatch that tested the limits of its pacifist postwar constitution.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said the 600 non-combat troops — deployed in early 2004 — had helped rebuild infrastructure in the area where they were based, and he pledged further aid to Iraqi reconstruction.
"Today we have decided to withdraw Ground Self-Defense Forces from the Samawah region in Iraq," Koizumi said in a nationally televised news conference. "The humanitarian dispatch ... has achieved its mission."

Think North Korea nuke test has anything to do with this?

Inflation Ravages U.S. Wages, Fueling Angst at Bush's Economy


Adjusted for inflation, the median income for the top 10 percent of U.S. households rose 2.3 percent between 2001 and 2004, covering much of Bush's first term in office, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, issued in February. For the other 90 percent of households -- which earned less than $184,800 in 2004 -- the median fell 0.5 percent over the same period.

Well there you have it.... supply-side economic policy working its magic.

Monday, June 19, 2006


thinkin' that maybe the application should be made...does anyone have anything to saY?

Friday, June 16, 2006

2,500 dead: How many more?

By Cindy Sheehan
June 14, 2006

On Feb. 1, I was arrested at the State of the Union address for wearing a Veterans for Peace shirt that read: "2,245 Dead. How many more?"

So today, with 2,500 dead, I ask again: How many more?

And with tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians -- maybe even a lot more than 100,000 -- killed, I ask: How many more?



Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Flag-Burning Measure

Published: June 16, 2006

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a constitutional amendment that would empower Congress to outlaw flag burning. The measure has already been approved by a two-thirds majority in the House. To become part of the Constitution, it must be passed by the same margin in the Senate and ratified by 38 state legislatures. In 1989, the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to strike a Texas law that barred flag burning, ruling that the law restricted freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. Supporters argued yesterday that the proposed amendment would restore the power of Congress — rather than unelected judges — to decide the flag-burning issue.

.........alright liberals, Constitutionalists and libertarians...here goes the erosion of our constitutional guarantees...

What would war with Iraq cost?

Bush: Attack by Iraq 'would cripple' economy

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House is downplaying published reports of an estimated $50 billion to $60 billion price tag for a war with Iraq, saying it is "impossible" to estimate the cost at this time.
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday that such a conflict could cost $50 billion to $60 billion -- the price tag of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
In September, Daniels disputed an estimate by Bush economic adviser Larry Lindsey -- who has since left the White House -- that war with Iraq could cost $200 billion.
Daniels said he believes Lindsey's estimate was "the upper end of a hypothetical," Duffy said

Larry Lindsey was later fired for that estimate...

Senate sends Bush $94.5B for Iraq, Katrina
The 98-1 vote on the compromise House-Senate legislation gave much-needed funds to support U.S. troops overseas. Most of the money — $66 billion — goes to the Pentagon for military operations overseas.
The bill would bring to almost $320 billion the tally for the campaign in Iraq and $89 billion for the one in Afghanistan.
Only Sen. Arlen Specter (
news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., voted against the bill. He is opposed to a provision endorsing Bush's $873 billion "cap" on the annual appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. Specter is pushing for $7 billion in additional money for education and health programs.
Still, there is increasing concern in Congress about the cost of the war in Iraq and the fact that the spending is kept on a set of loosely policed books that are kept separate from the rest of government operations.
"This bill continues the charade that this war should be funded off budget instead on including the money our troops need in the regular budget that's requested by the president and sent to us," said Patty Murray, D-Wash., as debate closed Thursday.

$320 billion? and still counting.... Looks like Larry was a little low, not high...
by the way that money is borrowed and not even reported in our budget deficit...

House members argue over Iraq policy

WASHINGTON - "Stay the course, I don't think so Mr. President. It's time to face the facts," said Pelosi, D-Calif., adding that she will vote against a Republican-engineered resolution that she called "an affirmation of the president's failed policy in Iraq."
"Achieving victory is our only option, for the sake of the American people and for our children and grandchildren," answered Boehner, R-Ohio.


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad on Friday, a day after the national security adviser said al Qaeda's days in Iraq are numbered.
The bomber blew himself up as worshippers gathered for prayers at the Buratha mosque, an old site which is revered by Shi'ites. Twenty-five people were wounded.
Mosque guard Abdullah Hussein said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who had hidden explosives in his sandals to avoid security checks. Police have not confirmed this.
"A guard tried to stop him but he blew himself up and nothing was left of him except his head. You can see it if you want, it's over there," he said, pointing toward a tray in the mosque where a severed human head lay.
It is not the first time a suicide bomber has killed at the Buratha mosque. On April 7, three suicide bombers dressed as women attacked it, killing at least 71 people.
Friday's blast was the type of violence the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, who succeeded Arab Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last week, had vowed to maintain as part of a war against Shi'ites and the U.S.-backed government.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri vowed three days ago to avenge the death of Zarqawi, who was killed by a U.S. air strike last week.
Shortly after the mosque blast, mortar bombs hit houses and shops on the edge of Baghdad, killing at least three people.
The violence came just two days after the government launched a security crackdown with 50,000 Iraqi forces backed by 7,000 U.S. troops.
It also came after Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said security forces had seized documents detailing al Qaeda's network in Iraq and the whereabouts of its leaders.
"We believe this is the beginning of the end of al Qaeda in Iraq," he said on Thursday.

Really? That's great news. All is well. There is nothing to see here. Move along.....

Not to worry guys.. House members are debating the issue. I'm sure we will get some clarity in a couple of months... right...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

U.S. military deaths in Iraq reach 2,500

Enough is enough...

Humans close to finding answers to origin of universe: Hawking

HONG KONG (AFP) - Acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking has said that humanity is finally getting close to understanding the origin of the universe.

Speaking at a lecture in Hong Kong, Hawking said that despite some theoretical advances in the past years, there are still mysteries as to how the universe began.

"Despite having had some great successes, not everything is solved. We do not yet have good theoretical understanding of the observation of the expansion of the universe," he told an audience of 2,500 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

"Without such understanding, we cannot be sure of the future of the universe."

"New observational results and theoretical advances are coming in rapidly; cosmology is a very exciting subject. We are getting close to answering these old questions: why are we here, where did we come from?"

..........."Excuse me, Mr. President? What do you make of Mr. Hawking's findings?"

"God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear." —George W. Bush, Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2004

"Uhhhhh, okay Mr. President..."

Monday, June 12, 2006

Let Them Go Green-Editorial in today's NY Times

Just last month, Goldman Sachs invested $27 million in Iogen, the Canadian ethanol producer. The little-noticed move was the latest piece of a larger strategy of enlarging the company's profile in environmentally conscious investments. Goldman has now risked over $1 billion on renewable energy projects, including solar and wind-energy projects and alternatives to gasoline like cellulosic ethanol.

Goldman is only one of a growing number of investment and manufacturing enterprises chasing emerging technologies that could help provide the alternative energy sources that politicians from President Bush on down say they want and that the country will certainly need in years to come. Meanwhile, more and more companies — including heavyweights like DuPont, Johnson & Johnson and United Technologies — have been busily cleaning up their own acts, using less energy by making themselves more efficient.

Over time, these efforts could place the United States in the forefront of an emerging global market for cleaner technologies. They are also essential to the effort to tackle the two big energy-related issues of the age, global warming and the world's dependence on precarious supplies of foreign oil.

If Washington is smart, it will throw its weight behind these efforts by providing the necessary incentives, whether as loans, direct grants or targeted tax breaks. But Washington is dawdling; several excellent bills designed to advance the development and wider use of various alternative fuels, cleaner cars and carbon-free power plants are languishing in the election-shortened legislative year.

It is no less important to preserve good programs already on the books. For example, a tax credit to encourage wind power is set to expire next year, at a time when high energy prices are raising interest in that clean technology.

There are plenty of interesting technologies out there, but the trick now is to catapult them from the laboratory to the marketplace. General Electric, for example, is already a producer of large wind turbines. And it is heartening to see investment houses, venture capital firms, hedge funds and pension plans — like Calpers, the big California pension fund — funneling money into environmentally sound investments.

Investing is about the next big thing, not the last one. Companies are looking for the sort of opportunity Detroit automakers missed when Toyota was ready with the Prius as gas prices began to skyrocket. No one wants to be left behind again.

Beer ingredient may fight prostate cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement, according to a new study. But researchers say don't rush out to stock the refrigerator because the ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit.
Oregon State University researchers say the compound xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a specific protein in the cells along the surface of the prostate gland.
The protein acts like a signal switch that turns on a variety of animal and human cancers, including prostate cancer.
Cancer typically results from uncontrolled cell reproduction and growth. Xanthohumol belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids, which can trigger the programmed cell death that controls growth, researchers say.

That's what i'm talking about!!!!
"Drink 17 beers and call me in the morning."

Murder in Iraq - Murder in USA... President Bush presiding over Global Murder Spree

WASHINGTON - Murders, robberies and aggravated assaults in the United States increased last year, spurring an overall rise in violent crime for the first time since 2001, according to FBI data.
Murders rose 4.8 percent, meaning there were more than 16,900 victims in 2005. That would be the most since 1998 and the largest percentage increase in 15 years.
Murders jumped from 272 to 334 in Houston, a 23 percent spike; from 330 to 377 in Philadelphia, a 14 percent rise; and from 131 to 144 in Las Vegas, a 10 percent increase.
Despite the national numbers, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York were among several large cities that saw the number of murders drop.
The overall increase in violent crime was modest, 2.5 percent, which equates to more than 1.4 million crimes. Nevertheless, that was the largest percentage increase since 1991.
The FBI data, compiled from reports by more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies, does not contain overall crime numbers in any category nor does it offer any explanation for the changes. The FBI's final annual crime report comes out in the fall.
Criminal justice experts said the statistics reflect the nation's complacency in fighting crime, a product of dramatic declines in the 1990s and the abandonment of effective programs that emphasized prevention, putting more police officers on the street and controlling the spread of guns.
"We see that budgets for policing are being slashed and the federal government has gotten out of that business," said James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. "Funding for prevention at the federal level and many localities are down and the (National Rifle Association) has renewed strength."
Still, Fox said, "We're still far better off than we were during the double-digit crime inflation we saw in the 1970s."
Robberies were up 4.5 percent and aggravated assaults 1.9 percent, according to preliminary data. Alone among violent crime categories, the number of rapes fell 1.9 percent.
Violent crimes peaked at 1.9 million in 1992 and fell steadily through the end of that decade. The number has been relatively stable for the past six years.
Crime last year increased in all regions, although the 5.7 percent rise in the Midwest was at least three times any other region's. These states make up the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Fox cautioned against reading too much into year-to-year changes in individual cities, saying some differences result from random variation and marked swings the previous year. Also, some large statistical increases result from some small numerical changes.
In Hartford, Conn. for example, murders jumped more than 50 percent, from 16 to 25.

Little Rock has recorded 33 homicides this year, on pace to eclipse the city's record 76 homicides in 1993. Authorities suspect many of the killings were gang-related.

HMMMM....... think economic policy has anything to do with this? tax cuts and inflation fueling class warfare. this is no surprise. why can't Dems make this case?

Poop or Puke?

Interesting reading...pick your poison. Do you want to read about Iraq and crap in your shorts? Or do you want to read about the environment and throw up on yourself?




"In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" Homer Simpson

Friday, June 09, 2006

Brewer Projected 11th Pick to Magic in Mock Draft

9. Golden State Warriors: Patrick O'Bryant, C, Bradley: O'BryantRationale: After getting Andris Biedrins, Ike Diogu, and Chris Taft in the last two drafts, do the Warriors still need bigs? Sadly, yes.Also Considered: Rodney Carney, Ronnie Brewer
10. Seattle Sonics: Shelden Williams, PF, Duke Rationale: Other than Tyrus Thomas, Williams is considered the best shot-blocker in the draft and is viewed just as pro-ready after spending four years being groomed by Coach K. With Chris Wilcox hitting the free agent market and a pair of unproven players at center, the Sonics can't avoid addressing their frontcourt. Also Considered: Ronnie Brewer
11. Orlando Magic: Ronnie Brewer, SG, Arkansas: J.J. Redick might be the pick here, but can the Magic really afford to use this pick on a sixth-man chucker? Orlando needs more than just a shooter, and Brewer can defend, handle the rock, and get to the rack—all of which makes him a good fit with Jameer Nelson in the backcourt.

Bad Gas?

Dozens Fall Ill at IHOP in Arkansas
Jun 08 3:01 PM US/Eastern
More than two dozen people became ill after inhaling a substance believed to have been sprayed inside an IHOP restaurant, police said.
Authorities were trying to determine the source of the substance that forced the restaurant's evacuation Tuesday evening.
Some customers were gasping for air, and one complained of shortness of breath and a burning sensation in his nose and throat. Four were taken to hospitals, police said.
"Due to the symptoms of the victims, it is believed that some substance, such as tear gas or some similar substance, may have been sprayed in the seating area of the restaurant," Patrolman Jonathan Landrum said.
The manager for the Jonesboro restaurant did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Patrick Lenow, a spokesman for Glendale, Calif.-based IHOP, said he was not aware of the incident and had no immediate comment.

My bet is Mrs. Huckabee ordered the 21 piece shrimp dinner....

Thursday, June 08, 2006

"I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: "

"a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. . . ."

great deal quite a lot some VERY LITTLE
The presidency 15 18 25 36 5% unsure...

"Excuse me, Mr. President? Would you care to comment on your low poll numbers?"

"I want everybody to hear loud and clear that I'm going to be the president of everybody." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2001


Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Are You a Lebowski Achiever?

Homophobe Amendment Fails... 49-48


These assholes think we should AMEND THE CONSTITUTION
YEAs ---49
Alexander (R-TN)Allard (R-CO)Allen (R-VA)Bennett (R-UT)Bond (R-MO)Brownback (R-KS)Bunning (R-KY)Burns (R-MT)Burr (R-NC)Byrd (D-WV)Chambliss (R-GA)Coburn (R-OK)Cochran (R-MS)Coleman (R-MN)Cornyn (R-TX)Craig (R-ID)Crapo (R-ID)DeMint (R-SC)DeWine (R-OH)Dole (R-NC)Domenici (R-NM)Ensign (R-NV)Enzi (R-WY)Frist (R-TN)Graham (R-SC)Grassley (R-IA)Hatch (R-UT)Hutchison (R-TX)Inhofe (R-OK)Isakson (R-GA)Kyl (R-AZ)Lott (R-MS)Lugar (R-IN)Martinez (R-FL)McConnell (R-KY)Murkowski (R-AK)Nelson (D-NE)Roberts (R-KS)Santorum (R-PA)Sessions (R-AL)Shelby (R-AL)Smith (R-OR)Stevens (R-AK)Talent (R-MO)Thomas (R-WY)Thune (R-SD)Vitter (R-LA)Voinovich (R-OH)Warner (R-VA)

Byrd? that's fucked up


7 June 2006
By Richard Smith
HORROR film fan Suzanne Cooper yesterday named her baby Damien after the devil child in the The Omen, who was also born on June 6.
Suzanne went one better than the movie by hitting the full Number of the Beast with the date - 6/6/06.
Special needs teacher Suzanne, 36, was also induced for six days before Damien arrived at 6.59am, tipping the scales at a spine-chilling 6lb 6oz.
She said: "We are overjoyed about the baby. The Omen is one of our favourite films and that's why I was keeping my legs crossed for a birth on the 6th.
"It does seem a bit weird I suppose, but he's a perfect baby - nothing at all like Damien in The Omen."