Saturday, January 28, 2006

Um, Ann, could you explain the joke? 

Perhaps it's because I'm reading it rather than hearing Ms. Coulter deliver this jab at Justice Stevens that I don't understand it?
"We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme
brulee," Coulter said. "That's just a joke, for you in the media."
How is that a joke? What's funny about it?

I'm not trying to be a spoil sport. I just don't get it. Anyone care to explain the humor in Coulter's statment?

Powerline Blog: Just 'cause Kos is Bigger Doesn't Make Him More Influential, right? 

The guys at Powerline Blog don't seem to realize how idiotic they look when they attempt to dismiss the influence of the Daily Kos blog:
Moving beyond bluster into question-begging, Kos added, "There's
nothing 'extreme left' with demanding Democrats act like Democrats."
But Democrats have never acted like Kos and his Kiddie Korps.
Only two posts and six hours after patting themselves on the back about reaching 50 million page views. A quick look at the blog traffic rankings on Truthlaidbear.com shows how insignificant Powerline is compared to Kos. Technorati's top blog rankings also show the extraordinary difference in the influence of Powerline vs. Kos.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Rick Santorum's Call to Bumper Stickers 

Wow. The bumper stickers aren't even stickers. They're magnets. Now that's sacrifice. Sen. Santorum, are we really sacrificing when we're borrowing to pay for a war? Or, are the unborn - who will one day have to pay for this mess - the people who are really sacrificing for this unjust war. You care about the unborn, right?

City Pages - The Blotter - 1/27: Morning Communique

"And yet we have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what's at stake. They're willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I'm asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?"

-- Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), calling Americans to serve

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Scalia and Ethics? Ha ha ha ha ha 

It really is amazing how brazen Justice Scalia was taking a junket like this in conflict with the swearing-in ceremony of someone he's going to be working with for the rest of his life. It makes me wonder how he makes decisions. Does he work for the United States as a supreme court justice, or is his first responsibility to the Federalist Society, who pay for his drinks and lodging at the Ritz-Carlton?

ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Ethics Problem?
At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the 17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country's top resorts, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society.

Bush's Incompetence is No Laughing Matter 

The problems with Medicare Part D are no laughing matter. The lives of America's most vulnerable citizens are at risk. Incompetence is a perfect description of the failed implementation an follow-through on Bush's own initiatives, including Medicare reform, the Iraq war, bringing Bin Laden to justice, and responding to Katrina:

Bush the Incompetent
It's the president's prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D), though, that is his most mind-boggling failure. As was not the case in Iraq or with Katrina, it hasn't had to overcome the opposition of man or nature. Pharmacists are not resisting the program; seniors are not planting car bombs to impede it (not yet, anyway). But in what must be an unforeseen development, people are trying to get their medications covered under the program. Apparently, this is a contingency for which the administration was not prepared, as it has been singularly unable to get its own program up and running.

Have you forgotten New Orleans, Mr President? 

Originally uploaded by ceonyc.
If you can't start a war over a tragedy, does it really warrant a President's attention? How can New Orleans still have neighborhoods looking like this almost five months after Katrina?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Richard Simmons on Who's Line is it Anyway? 

Beyond description. Just watch it:

Dick Cheney's Tainted Leadership Lives on at Halliburton 

It turns out that Haliburton refused to inform the military that water being used by troops was contaminated:
Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn't get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents.
They prove that they simply do not care what allegations are brought against them:
Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, disputes the allegations about water problems at Camp Junction City, in Ramadi, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in company e-mails.
Luckily, our elected officials are taking swift action to address this, right?
Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who will chair the session, held a number of similar inquiries last year on contracting abuses in Iraq. He said Democrats were acting on their own because they had not been able to persuade Republican committee chairmen to investigate.
Tell me again how the Republicans love our troops? No body armor and poisoned water. This is what you people voted for?

Mr. President, Is it Patriotic to Outsource American Jobs? 

Why does President Bush reward companies for moving their headquarters off-shore? Why does our tax system reward companies for taking jobs away from Americans?:
Patriot Corporations
"If you want to make Americans of all stripes mad, tell them about the billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks our government gives to companies that outsource jobs, exploit workers (both here and overseas) and dodge taxes. Tell them about Accenture, for example, which advises other companies how to outsource jobs overseas while avoiding its fair share of tax payments by incorporating offshore in Bermuda. Yet like many other US corporations, Accenture continues to qualify for tax breaks, and it currently has more than $500 million in government contracts--courtesy of taxpayers."
The article includes tips on how tax incentives could be changed to reward companies for making patriotic business decisions.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

How Bush and Bin Laden Help Each Other 

A well reasoned explanation of how Bush actually helps Bin Laden, and vice versa:

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth: "Bush and Bin Laden really owe each other a lot. In a sick way, they've made each other's careers. Bush's failure to deal with Bin Laden's impending attack on the U.S. made Bin Laden a legend. And, the invasion of Iraq has generated a slew of new recruits for Al Qaeda. On the other hand, by continuing to issue threats against the U.S., Bin Laden gives Karl Rove the ability to keep pushing national security as a political weapon against Democrats. Bin Laden's message before right before the 2004 election helped at a critical time. And, let's not forget that Bin Laden has given Bush the excuse to break the law in the U.S. by illegally spying on American citizens."

If Bush actually captured bin Laden and stopped fighting wars that didn't need to be fought, how would he manage to keep Americans living in fear? They may actually have time to focus on all the other ways Bush is ruining our country.

Liberal Blogs Growing Faster than Conservatives 

Looks like it pays to be accountable. Left-wing blogs are growing at a faster rate because they allow comments and community participation according to MyDD.com. Why are right-wing blogs so worried about allowing people to comment on their blogs? Don't they have their facts straight?

MyDD :: Aristocratic Right Wing Blogosphere Stagnating: "At least when it comes to the national blogosphere, liberals are leaving conservatives in the dust. By comparison, conservatives seem all too happy to continue to cogitate from atop their lofty and increasingly irrelevant perch. That's fine by me. I hope some things never change."

John McCain on Wiretapping 

John McCain's take on Bush's illegal wiretaps really hits the nail on the head. If the president needs more authority, he should come to congress and explain why. They're not going to turn down a legitimate request. Since the president did not come to congress or a judge to request authority to spy on Americans, he has broken the law.

Crooks and Liars: "WALLACE: But you do not believe that currently he has the legal authority to engage in these warrant-less wiretaps.

MCCAIN: You know, I don't think so, but why not come to Congress? We can sort this all out. I don't think- I know of no member of Congress, frankly, who, if the administration came and said here's why we need this capability, that they wouldn't get it. And so let's have the hearings..."

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