Update So does Matt Yglesias and Brad DeLong.
Oh, poor liberals what now?
Friday, September 30, 2005
Michael Agrees With Me
About Bill Bennett, so there you partisan hacks!
Update So does Matt Yglesias and Brad DeLong.
Oh, poor liberals what now?
John Conyers Attempting To Trample The First Amendment
Conyers is pressuring a radio station to cancel Bill Bennett's show because he disagrees with a comment that Bennett made. Here is what Conyers quoted:
Former Republican Education Secretary, Bill Bennett stated on his radio program yesterday that, "if you wanted to reduce crime, you could - if that were your sole purpose - abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."
Here is what Bennett said:
I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.See what part Conyers left off? He sure got the kossites frothing.
My opinion about Bennett's remarks: Boo-fucking-hoo. Everyone is so damn sensitive about everything. He wasn't making a racist statement he was making what he thought was a factual but ridiculous remark. His point was that it was ridiculous. Point lost because he made some politically incorrect comment. Get. Over. It.
Obviously, Mr. Conyers has misunderstood the point of the First Amendment. I'm pretty sure when he attends rallies with Louis Farrakhan the first thing he mentions after Louis Farrakhan starts using his hate speech, against folks like me, is that the First Amendment protects such speech.
I'm sure that his attendance of these hate rallies isn't a sign that he is a hater himself. He's just a big supporter of the First Amendment when used by people that share his values. In Conyers mind, the First Amendment only protects hate speech when you agree with it.
Sorry, Mr. Conyers, this is still America and the First Amendment applies to all not just you and your racist friends. Btw, I'm still wondering about those turkeys you lost. Thanksgiving is coming, will you be finding them so the poor can eat them this year?
Thursday, September 29, 2005
A Consensus Nominee?
New York Senator Chuck Schumer, whose former staffers went dumpster diving to destroy Maryland's Republican Lt. Governor, wants Bush to appoint a consensus nominee.
"If ever there was a time that cried out for consensus, the time is now," Schumer said Thursday. "If the president nominates a consensus nominee, he will be embraced — the president will be embraced and the nominee will be embraced with open arms by people on this side of the aisle. Not only we on this side of the aisle but the American people hope and pray in these difficult times for a consensus nominee."
What a fucking joke! You want the president to reach out and hold hands with a lifetime SCOTUS appointment?
You want someone appointed that you could support? Win a Presidential election and then we'll give a shit about what you need, okay Chuckie?
Nominate Janice Rogers Brown! She's smart, she's black, she's conservative, and she'll make the Democrats go berzerk!
Nominate Janice Rogers Brown!
Better than I thought. The nays were the typical sour grape Democrats, I was disappointed in Mrs. Clinton but obviously she has her sights set in 2008 and needs her angry left-wing base.
Michelle Malkin has the Dem votes posted.
What To Do About NOLA?
I've been thinking a lot about the FEMA mess in NOLA. Everyone has piled on Brownie and much of it was deserving but I have a few observations. First, would anyone else have been more capable to handle things in NOLA, considering the problems in that existed in New Orleans before Katrina?
Brownie called NOLA dysfunctional, I think he was being generous and I'm not the only one.
It's easy to dismiss Brown's statement to a congressional committee investigating the Katrina response as an attempt to deflect blame for his agency's bureaucratic blunders and snafus on others — in this case Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
Considering all the problems associated with the officials in Louisiana, is it any surprise that the shit hit the fan when Katrina blew in?
I'm not defending Brownie because I think he's great, just the opposite, but isn't it curious that he became incapable of doing a job that he did just fine a year ago? Last year, Florida got nailed 4 times by some pretty nasty hurricanes and Brownie managed them without any performance complaints.
Why weren't there any FEMA horror stories after Hurricane Rita slammed into Texas? Some would argue that the agency had learned the lessons of Katrina.
My concern now is the rebuilding. I don't want to just start throwing money at NOLA when their history of corruption isn't exactly history, yet. New Orleans is a city with a barely functioning government, a corrupt police force and haven for crime and poverty. And jazz. All of it sitting below sea level.
Is that what we are rebuilding? We need someone that knows how to build and manage money in there supervising or we'll get more of the same. I don't know about you but I don't want to invest in a sinkhole, literally or figuratively speaking. Do you?
I want The Donald to run the rebuilding.
(Via The Professor)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tom DeLay Has Been Indicted
Tom DeLay has been indicted by a Texas Grand Jury for conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme.
Time to step down asshole!
Dean Has A Question
What the fuck, huh?
My boyfriend, Michael, has nailed it.
But I believe that government officials like Ray Nagin and Governor Blanco knew that these stories were untrue. I believe they allowed these unfounded stories to go unchallenged because it worked to their advantage. They saw the poor response of the federal government and they knew their response was even worse. And the more horrific they allowed the situation to seem, the more criticism that would go to the federal government - specifically to the president - for his government’s response. They knew the news media would ignore the reality of the situation if it was made to look as though the Bush Administration was ignoring a city of poorer black people.
Monday, September 26, 2005
More Desperate Than I Thought
I love Desperate Housewives. I never thought that I could see myself in any of those women, until last night.
When Bree argued with her mother-in-law about her husband's happiest time, my eyebrow twitched. When she had decided that she was finished being slyly insulted by this wretched woman, my cheek ticked. When she saw that her mother-in-law defied her and put that stupid tie on Rex's body for the funeral, I glared at the screen almost in unison with poor Bree. When Bree stopped the casket from closing, and took a properly matching tie off a neighbor and marched toward the casket my heart skipped a beat. And when she lifted his corpse, removed that ugly orange tie and dressed her man properly for the last time, I realized that ...
I am Bree. More casual, less crazy but I am Bree.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Hamas Will Convert Netzarim Synagogue Into Terrorist Museum
Where is the outrage?
Hello? Anyone there?
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Senate Judiciary Approves Roberts
With a vote of 13-5 the Judiciary says okay to Roberts.
The yes votes were no real surprise, unanimous votes from the Republicans with Leahy, Feingold, and Kohl joining.
It would've been a shock if Schumer, Biden or Kennedy voted yes. What they are basically saying is that they will vote no on any Bush Supreme pick, no matter what.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Swifty McLoser Still Wants The Job
Go away already! You weren't good enough to beat Bush, in 2004, you'll never be President.
Stop embarrassing yourself, it's sad.
One Can Only Hope
Ara thinks the Dems should stand unified in opposing Roberts. He thinks that opposing Roberts, as a replacement for Rehnquist, is a good idea and that the Dems won't look like obstructionists.
If you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you. And since you live in Louisiana, I'll give you a really good price.
Here's the way I see it and most likely the way it is. Bush has two candidates in mind. One is a moderate that the Dems will salivate over, the other will make the Dems frothier than rabies on a St. Bernard. Vote no, en mass, on Roberts and Bush will call you obstructionists that will vote "no" regardless of who he nominates. You will have nullified the treaty of the "gang of 14" and all hell will break loose. That will free him up to bitch slap you with a hard core conservative, like Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American woman. I'd love to see the Dems tear up a black chick that happens to be friends with Dianne Feinstein.
Vote no on Roberts and the Dems will have signed their own execution.
Please, I'm begging you. Just. Do. It.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Who Should Disarm?
We are in talks trying to get Iran and North Korea to stop making Nukes or to get rid of the ones that they have. Is it hypocritical of us to ask them to disarm when we are clearly unwilling to disarm ourselves?
Who else should disarm? Should we force Israel to disarm? If not, why not?
Cindy Strikes Again
Now Cindy is going after Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Sheehan wants Hillary to stop supporting the War or else.
You moonbats seriously want to blow your best chance at recapturing the White House?
When Cindy Speaks...
...Liberals should hide the microphone, keyboard, or anything else to shut her up.
From Huffington Post:
It is a Christ-like principle to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless. That's what is happening in Algiers and other places in Louisiana...but by the people of America, not the so-called "Christians" in charge. If George Bush truly listened to God and read the words of the Christ, Iraq and the devastation in New Orleans would have never happened.
Occupied New Orleans? Somebody get the hook, her time is ovah.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Saddam's Iraq and Bush's America--The Same
It's time we conservatives face it--America under Bush is barely different from Saddam's Iraq.
In America, you are free if you meet George Bush to say, "Mr. President, I hate the way you're running this country!"
In Saddam's Iraq, you were free if you met Saddam to say, "Mr. President, I hate the way George Bush is running his country!"
Where did we go wrong????
Osama Bin Laden's Nightmare
Woohoo! Check it out! Afghans are voting in their second national elections today, just like Iraq will be in a few weeks!
Osama Bin Laden's nightmare: muslims voting! But worse?
I'll bet women do really well too. Like, significantly more than the minimum number of seats they're guaranteed by the Constitution. Anyone want to take my bet?
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I'm taking the boys to Kensington Metro Park today for a reunion picnic with my High School buddies. Not a class reunion, it's a best friends reunion. We all started to get together at least once a year, after we were all reunited 3.5 years ago for the funeral of one of our closest friends. Our buddy, Mike Scanlon was the Detroit policeman that was murdered while making a routine traffic stop.
It's a great thing. You grow up, get married and make new friends but you never forget the people you bonded with as children. The guys that held your hair while you puked your guts out from too much booze, the ones you played Truth or Dare with, the ones that you spent the best of your youth with. I spent a lot of time remembering them fondly and wondering what they were up too. Mike's death brought all of us together again and we decided not to take it foregranted that we'd all be around forever. We didn't want to only see each other for funerals and weddings. So, we started planning an annual Family picnic every September and camping in June. The November after our first get together we lost another friend, Steve. He died of a massive coronary at age 35. The loss of those two guys, in the same year, really cemented for all of us how important it is to stay in touch. For me personally, it was almost too much. Mike died just 3 months after my father and Steve died 10 days before the first anniversary of my father's death. I lost three men that I loved in one single year. I swear, everytime the phone rang and I heard my friend John's voice my heart would stop. He decided to start calling more often so that I would stop answering the phone with "oh, God who died now?".
Anyway, I'll be gone for the day with the kids eating BBQ and bonding with my oldest and dearest friends. I hope y'all have something just as wonderful to do today!
Don't step On The Ducks!
Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven.
When they get there, St. Peter says, "We only have one rule here in heaven: don't step on the ducks!"
So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one. Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw.
St. Peter chains them together and says, "Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!"
The next day, the second woman steps accidentally on a duck and along comes St. Peter, who doesn't miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman.
The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps.
She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St. Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on ... very tall, long eyelashes, muscular, and thin.
St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.
The happy woman says, "I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?"
The guy says, "I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck!"
Got any good jokes to share?
Friday, September 16, 2005
I have just a couple of thoughts. Everyone knows, by now, that President Sugar Daddy like to spend money for a good cause. Conservatives hate, hate, hate, the spending. It makes my butt pucker but I never really thought of Bush as a fiscal conservative and if anyone EVER LISTENED TO HIM WHEN HE CAMPAINED EITHER TIME, they'd stop being so flippin' surprised.
What the F**k do you think "Compassionate Conservative" means? It means, if you make me feel bad, I'll write you a check, unless you want to have an abortion or to marry your gay lover.
It was a good speech. I'm disappointed that he didn't tell all the race baiters to eat his shorts but that's why he has us.
The best thing about his speech? If the liberals complain about it, they look like a-holes. I love that.
What did you think?
Thursday, September 15, 2005
An Idea For New Orleans
Hey the Investors Business Daily has a great idea: every member of Congress should pledge to forego one item of pork for their district to help pay for New Orleans reconstruction!
Wouldn't that be great leadership, allowing all Americans to sacrifice together?
Haaa! Yeah, that'll happen.
(Via Puppy Blender.)
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
The rest is at The Right Place.
Draco will be 8 months on the 19th, he is already cruising (walking by holding furniture). Just cut 4 more teeth, they should be pretty visible in a few weeks. Just little white dashes right now.
Aidan, my gorgeous nephew, is already eating steak. Just kidding, but look at those choppers, Alice says that he is cutting his 7th tooth already. Aidan just turned 8 months Monday.
Jake is turning 8 next month. He looks so mature already.
[If it is hard to see, clicking the picture should make it larger]
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
I'm watching the Roberts hearing and I'm impressed with the skill that Roberts displayed when answering the questions presented. He's one calm mutha.
Arlen Specter is doing a damn good job keeping the hearing from becoming the Ted Kennedy show. I love hearing him tell Teddy to STFU, in the nicest way possible, of course.
Loved Biden! He blathers for 8 minutes posing a question then complains that his time is running out when Roberts takes more than 30 seconds to answer it.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Daily Howler Serves Up Mary Landrieu on Skewers
I wasn't the only person thoroughly unimpressed by Mary Landrieu on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
HT: Ara in the comments
Mike Brown Resigns
Brownie has resigned. Totally expected that Bush would let him resign rather than completely disgrace him by firing him.
Too bad, I heard that Brownie was doing a heck of a job.
You hear all the stupid political Katrina quotes, some that are not stupid but painted that way and then there is this gem from Wolf Blitzer:
"You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals...many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold." –CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005
Where is the Liberal outrage? I'm not a liberal but I found that quote offensive and STUPID.
Oh, and the famous Bush quote?
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." –President Bush, on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina
Now, I've read and re-read all the dire warnings. Did any of them say the levee would break? No. They all said the water would overtop, overflow the levee. That is a different thing than a barge being thrust through the levee and breaking it.
Who warned that a barge was gonna breach the levee in the area that it had just been strengthened? Who warned that the levee would breach/break/open up like the Red Sea? None before the breaches happened, all that was known for certain is that storm surges would overflow the levee.
Cuz, my favorite rakish ex-President, who is not believed to be STOOPID, said this the same day Bush did:
"Yes, I think that's important to point out. Because when you say that they should have done this, that or the other thing first, you can look at that problem in isolation, and you can say that.
Want a stupid quote?
Mary Landrieu said that she wasn’t going to blame the Local NOLA government for botching things up because: [waiting for transcript from Fox News Sunday]
Mayor Nagin has a hard enough time getting their people to work on a sunny day, how do you expect them to work in front of a hurricane?[That isn't exact but it's damn close. As soon as the transcript is available I'll fix it and link it.]
Well, I do declare that I must have an unreasonable expectation. Cuz, I expect people to do their jobs when called because IT'S THEIR DAMN JOB!
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Thursday, September 8, 2005
I'm Still Sick
I've been trying to blog to the best of my ability while being pretty sick. I've not gotten much sleep but at the same time sitting upright has been an effort. Draco is sick too and he's cutting his 4 upper teeth. Poor baby has been miserable and my being ill isn't helping.
I'll try and do better but my head is full of fluid. Bear with me.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Al Franken knows more about being a lying liar than I thought. I guess it really does take one to know one.
Man, I hope he does run against Norm Coleman for the Minnesota Senate seat. I'd love to see Franken deal with the same shit he slings.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
The Definition of Insanity
Everyone knows that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result. So, in the case of NOLA, is the Mayor/Governor incompetent or insane?
Please note that the link provided is to an article written last year after the Hurricane Ivan.
HT: Captain Ed
Why I Didn't Jump On The Kanye West Train
What would be the point? I could say, like so many other bloggers, that Kayne was an ass and his remark was as racist as he accused Bush of being.
But why bother? My liberal cronies will just accuse me of being a
Not in the mood. I won't even try to convince anyone that Bush isn't a racist. Being a republican automatically tags you because that has been the game for decades. Just like being a democrat automatically tags you as a smelly, hippie, baby-killing, socialist/communist loving, sucking the government teat because you are too lazy to get a damn job that pays well. Or you're a teacher.
We all have our crosses to bear, no pun intended, so I see no point in defending any untruths.
You want to believe in sterotypes then you can paint yourself accordingly. I won't bother.
Reminds me of High School, where I was assaulted because my forefathers owned slaves. Unfortunately, for me, nobody wanted to listen when I tried to explain that my forefathers were more likely to have been slaves than owners and that Poland didn't have any slaves of African decent. Since I'm the first American born person in my family, it was impossible for my family to have owned anyone in the U.S.. Wanna guess how many people decided that hurting me was wrong?
You can't convince a closed mind.
NOLA Response Timeline
We have all been arguing, wringing hands and pointing fingers. The news reports have been heartwrenching and frankly it looked like nobody knew what to do. I've been hoping that someone would put together a timeline of events and finally someone has.
Rightwing Nuthouse has it up and he used the Times-Picayune as his source. He used only verified information, no hearsay. I don't know anyone that didn't think the response was, um, lacking. This timeline puts things in perspective. He is constantly updating as verfied info becomes available.
Via:The Puppy Blender
Monday, September 5, 2005
What About Mississippi and Alabama?
I'd like to see a little more coverage of the people that were actually hit head on by the hurricane. Mississippi is under some water too. Maybe a little coverage on the rescue efforts there. What's the problem? Are the devastated faces there a little too white? That won't play well with the Bush is a racist meme.
Yeah, I'm still pissed.
Sunday, September 4, 2005
Why I Haven't Blogged
During this time of national tragedy, I decided that my blogging would be less than respectful to the victims of Katrina and I didn't want to be that way. The people in NOLA, Mississippi and Alabama need help. They need us to rally together, donate money and rescue them. That is why I left my donation plea up and took a few reflective days off.
I'm really angry. This is not the time to start pointing fingers and assessing blame. I'm angry that people seem more obsessed with whining, accusing and blaming than helping.
People are still needing rescue, there are people missing, there are entire families trapped in their attic but it is more important to some to spend their time blaming Bush. Bush is a racist, he hates black people and that is why they are in trouble.
Are you fucking kidding me?
You people need help. Go get some medication or shock therapy. Something! Anything!
Yes, yes, Bush hates black people. That's why he predeclared LA a disaster area on Saturday, so they could take advantage of funds and people. If only they'd have ASKED for something more than a few measly bucks. That's why he called the Governor on Sunday and asked her why the fuck there isn't an evac underway. Why hadn't an evac started on Saturday when he mentioned that LA was gonna be a disaster area?
Yes, he's such a fucking racist. That's why he made sure that New Orleans had an INCOMPETENT Mayor. He hates them so much that he made sure LA had an INCOMPETENT Governor.
The Federal government CANNOT just take over a State. That is illegal. The Governor needs to specifically request that the Feds come in and take over. She asked for $9M in funding but no physical help. Then there is this:
Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.
So, the Governor didn't want to give up local control of the State to the Feds. Guess what? Our laws prevent the Feds from doing anything without being asked to intervene, so any delays are NOT the fault of Bush but of the INCOMPETANT Governor that would rather have her people suffer than give control over to the President and the Federal Government.
And that is somehow Bush's fault.
I have disabled comments for this post. I'm not in the mood for any arguing. I don't care if you disagree with me. This post is meant to explain my lack of blogging and I'm not in the mood to debate. I'm so angry and upset by the events that have happened that I cannot, in all honesty, think straight.
I will resume blogging tomorrow.
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Don't Forget the Animals
Please don't forget about the smaller victims of Katrina. You can donate to Petco Foundation to help the animal victims.
In addition to the destruction of homes and widespread power outages, Hurricane Katrina has resulted in hurt, lost or homeless companion animals. To assist those in need, the PETCO Foundation is sponsoring a national emergency fundraiser.
Please give what you can. If you want a list of other charities accepting donations, The Professor has a comprehensive list.
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